Thursday, 7 May 2009

More Chess Videos and oldest Scot to score IM norm

I was checking the results of the UK teams competition (http://www.4ncl.co.uk/index.htm), 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).": http://chessscotland.com/archives/gmimnorm.htm

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).

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