Friday, 29 May 2009

NSWCA InterClubs Grade Matches

The annual Grade Matches have begun this week and Ryde-Eastwood has three teams participating, one U1800 team (captain: David French) and two U1400 teams, Ryde-Eastwood Checks (captain: Alan Marton) and Ryde-Eastwood Mates (captain: weng siow). The results and progress can be followed at NSWCA website here (U1800) and here (U1400).

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 11 Results

Round 11

Group A

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

Group B

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

Group C

Marton - Wang 1-0
Beveridge - Hickey 0F-1F
Siow-Lee - Burgess postponed
Edwards - Escalante 0-1
Gong - Yum 0-1

Thursday, 7 May 2009

More Chess Videos and oldest Scot to score IM norm

I was checking the results of the UK teams competition (, and saw the link to this video annotations of a game between a FM (Graham Morrison) and a GM (John Emms). John Emms of course is a famous chess author. Graham Morrison is now also famous as the "the oldest Scot [50 years old] to record a first IM norm by scoring 7/11 in the British National League (4NCL) which finished at the Bank Holiday weekend. Graham represents North West Eagles (he now lives in Lytham St. Annes).":

A bonus especially if you are Scot and missed hearing the scottish accent. The game is a c3 Sicilian and Graham Morrison is playing Black and won.

GM Emms v FM Morrison, 4NCL 2009

The moves:
1 e4 c5 2 c3 d5 3 exd5 Qxd5 4 d4 e6 5 Nf3 Nf6 6 Na3 Qd8 7 Nc4 Nc6 8 Nce5 cxd4 9 Bb5 Qd5 10 c4 Qe4+ 11 Kf1 Bd7 12 Nxf7! Rg8 13 N7g5 Qf5 14 Bxc6 Bxc6 15 Nxd4 0–0–0 16 Be3 Rxd4! 17 Qxd4 Be7 18 h3 h6 (Graham suggest the computer pick of 18...Rd8 19 Qxa7 Nd7! as a possibly better plan.) 19 Nf3 Bxf3 20 gxf3 Qxf3 21 Rg1 (21 Rh2 may keep an edge.) 21...Qxh3+ 22 Ke2 Qh5+ 23 Kf1 Qh3+ 24 Ke2 Qh5+ 25 Kf1 Qh3+ Draw Agreed.

If you want more, FM Morrison annotates two more games, a win (playing White against GM Neil MacDonald in a Leningrad Dutch) and a loss (playing Black against GM Alexandre Fier in a Sicilian Scheveningen).

Refresher on Chess

I saw this on Chessvibes ( this morning. If you have forgotten how to play chess and how the pieces moves, why, here is a refresher:

Ryde Eastwood Chess Championship 2009 -- Round 10 Results

Round 10

Group A

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

Group B

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

Group C

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

Friday, 1 May 2009

Chess Videos

One of my aims in starting this blog for the Ryde-Eastwodd Chess Club was to try to assist members to improve their chess. Now, I cannot do this by giving tips or advice since I am a pretty dismal player myself. [I only finally won my first game on Wednesday night in the Club Championship Preliminaries!!] However, I do spend a fair bit of time surfing the Internet on chess and other non-chess related stuff. So here is something I have been aware for some time (chess videos on the Internet)and this particular video (only 48 mins long) is worth watching for club chess players new to the Sicilian. It is part of a regular series of chess videos made by a FM from USA, Dennis Monokroussos, who also hosts a programme on Playchess (I don't have a Playchess subscription and so have never watch any of those Playchess videos). Denis also blogs at, a blog worth reading. In any event, here is the link to the video on Sicilians (other than the Najdorf):

Please be quick since the video is free to watch for the first month only. Whilst visiting the site, check out the other videos by Denis as well as by other US players (including a video by one of USA's newest GM, Josh Friedel):