Saturday, 28 March 2009

18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid (2009)

I was watching this video (on Chessvibes (http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/levon-aronian-wins-18th-amber/)and I thought it was quite an instructive game by Aronian-Leko Rapid game in Round 2 of the 18th Amber Blindfold and Rapid (2009). When grandmasters play blindfold and rapid, they are playing under a handicap and I have always thought that their play is more likely to include mistakes, and blunders(!!!), like the games that we play as club players. Therefore, to some extent, the games can be quite instructive. If the games are accompanied by grandmaster commentary, you cannot go much better than that. The games were broadcast on ICC's Chess.FM (and are available there: https://webcast.chessclub.com/blog/). But they have allowed other blogs to embed the videos and here are a few I watched with my son which I thought were quite good (there are others which are not worth the time).

Aronian-Leko's Rapid game (Queen's Indian ECO E15) is very good example of aggressive attacking game and watch for the tactics at the end. There is also a novelty played by Aronian: watch, listen and learn. Commentary by GM Nick de Firmian.



Here is one where Magnus Carlsen managed to defeat Vishy Anand for the first time with the Black pieces in Round 3 (Blindfold). It is a Sicilian Rossolimo ECO B51 (Bb5 Sicilian). Commentary by GM Joel Benjamin.



Here is a third on the game from Round 4 (Blindfold), Vladimir Kramnik against Wang Yue. It is a Slav Defence (ECO D 17). Again commentary is by GM Joel Benjamin.

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 4 Results

Round 4

Group A

Su - Damaschino 1-0
Valenzuela - Kirillov postponed
Siow - Kitchen 0-1
Eyres - Smirnov 0-1
Lua - Cardenas 1-0
French - Christensen 1-0

Group B

Kuru - W.Gong 1-0
Hale - Gletsos postponed
Mlinaric - Hong Postponed
Mikolajczyk - Waters 1-0
Irmler - Howari 1-0
Chiara - Aspin 0-1

Group C

Wang - Leong postponed
Siow-Lee - Beveridge 1-0
Edwards - Marton 0-1
N.Gong - Hickey 0-1
Yum - Galwey 1-0
Escalante - Burges 0.5-0.5

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 3 Results

Round 3

Group A

French - Su 1-0
Christensen - Lua 0-1
Cardenas - Eyres 1-0
Smirnov - Siow 1-0
Kitchen - Valenzuela 1-0
Kirillov - Damaschino 0.5-0.5

Group B

W.Gong - Aspin 1-0
Howari - Chiara 0-1
Waters - Irmler 0.5-0.5
Hong - Mikolajczyk 0-1
Gletsos - Mlinaric 1-0
Kuru - Hale 1-0

Group C

Escalante - Wang 1-0
Burgess - Yum 0-1
Galwey - N.Gong 1-0
Hickey - Edwards 0-1
Marton - Siow-Lee 0-1
Beveridge - Leong 1-0

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 2 Results

Round 2

Group A

Lua - Su postponed
French - Eyres 1-0
Christensen - Siow 1-0
Cardenas - Valenzuela 1-0
Smirnov - Damaschino 0-1
Kitchen - Kirillov 0-1

Group B

Gale - W.Gong 1-0
Mlinaric - Kuru 0-1
Mikolajczyk - Gletsos postponed
Irmler - Hong postponed
Chiara - Waters 1-0
Aspin - Howari 1F-0F

Group C

Wang - Beveridge postponed
Leong - Martin - postponed
Siow-Lee - Hickey 1-0
Edwards - Galwey 0-1
N.Gong - Burgess 0-1
Yum - Escalante 0-1

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 1 Results

Round 1

Group A

Su - Kirillov 0-1
Damaschino - Kitchen 1-0
Valenzuela - Smirnov 0-1
Siow - Cardenas 0-1
Eyres - Christensen 0.5-0.5
Lua - French postponded

Group B

Gletsos - W. Gong 1-0
Kuru = Hong 1F-0F
Hale - Waters 1-0
Mlinaric - Howari 1-0
Mikolajczyk - Aspin 0-1
Irmler - Chiara 0-1

Group C

Yum - Wang 1-0
Escalante - N.Gong 1-0
Burgess - Edwards 1-0
Galwey - Siow-Lee 1-0
Hickey - Leong 0-1
Marton - Beveridge 1-0

Friday, 27 March 2009

Draw for Ryde Eastwood Championship 2009

I am trying this out. Les has scanned the draw for his group and I scanned the draws for the other two groups. The size of the image is the best I can do. If the draw is too small, click on the draw and it will take you to Picasa Web Albums where you can opt to magnify the picture (using the small magnifying glass icon at top right hand). Let me know if this is useful (via the comments box below). Results are forthcoming from Bill Gletsos and will post them as and when I get them from him.

Group A




Group B




Group C


Monday, 2 March 2009

ACF Ratings March 2009

The ACF Ratings for period ending February 2009 has been released. Please go to http://www.auschess.org.au/ratings/acfrate.htm if you wish to check your ratings. Click on Active Players on the menu to the left, scroll down to NSWCA and locate your name (in alphabetical order). If you wish to check your rapid rating click on Rapid Ratings on the menu to the left.