Thursday, 27 August 2009

More Chess Videos_GM Commenatry on NH Chess Tournament 2009

Here is the official blurb about this tournament:
The NH Chess Tournament is a confrontation between a team of five young ‘Rising Stars’ and a team of five ‘Experienced’ grandmasters who can look back on impressive and glorious careers. They play a ‘Scheveningen’ tournament, which means that each player of one team plays against each of the players of the other team. They do so twice, once with the white pieces and once with the black pieces.
The team that collects most points wins the tournament. However, there are additional prizes for individual results, which are specified in the tournament rules below.

The ‘Experience’ team consists of (next to their country their current Elo rating is given):

1 Peter Svidler (Russia, 2726)
2 Peter Heine Nielsen (Denmark, 2668)
3 Alexander Beliavsky (Slovenia, 2640)
4 Loek van Wely (The Netherlands, 2622)
5 Ljubomir Ljubojevic (Serbia, 2553)

And these are the ‘Rising Stars’:

1 Hikaru Nakamura (United States, 2701)
2 Fabiano Caruana (Italy, 2649)
3 Jan Smeets (The Netherlands, 2626)
4 Daniel Stellwagen (The Netherlands, 2619)
5 Hou Yifan (China, 2590)

The players of the ‘Rising Stars’ team could invite a trainer to help them during the tournament. Family members were excluded. The seconds of the ‘Rising Stars’ are (in the same order):

1 Kris Littlejohn (United States, -- )
2 Alexander Chernin (Hungary, 2594)
3 Francisco Vallejo (Spain, 2688)
4 Erwin l’Ami (The Netherlands, 2598)
5 Yu Shoateng (China, 2504)

After some embarrassing scores (in favour of the Rising Stars) in the two previous editions, this year's Experience team is much stronger.

Official tournament website is here and GM commentary via ICC ChessFM on Game of the Day (GOTY) is here or

There are some very good games especially Hikaru Nakamura's wild KID win (with Black) against Alexander Beliavsky in Rd 3. GM John Nunn (himself a noted KID expert) called it a "model KID game". (PS: It has been reported that Nakamura played his games despite a debilitating stomach bug.)

For the cricket lovers, there is also a connection to the recent Ashes series. Peter Svidler (playing for the Experience team) is an avid cricket fan being an anglophile and a well-known supporter of the English cricket team. He is known to follow cricket matches even whilst playing a chess game in a tournament. England's defeat of Australia could only be good for peter Svidler as he proceeded to defeat Hikaru Nakamura in Rd 5.

Other videos are available at links indicated above.

NSWCA InterClub Grade Matches 2009 (Updated)

Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club's teams have finished their games in the NSWCA InterClub Grade Matches 2009 and we certainly have cause for celebration.

The best news: Our U1400 team, Ryde Eastwood Checks, comprising of Alan Marton (Captain), Vince Chiara, Greig Edwards, Mark Aspin and William Leong emerged joint first with Rooty Hill. But is was so very close for the Checks. They could have emerged outright winner. In the last round, the Checks playing Manly B only required a score of 3.5/4 to win outright. However, inexplicably, the most dependable performer to date, Vince, lost to Arno Vogelmann. Two consequences: Checks with 26.5/36 shared first with Rooty Hill and Vince lost his unbeaten record (+7 =1 -0). Nonetheless it was a stupendous effort by the boys. Greig Edwards was the other star performer with 8/9 (+8 0= -1). Congrats!

PS: It is official that both Greig and Vince have won an individual prize for their stupendous performance.

The second U1400 team, Ryde Eastwood Mates, comprising of a couple of seasoned campaigners (James Hickey and Tom Powers) and four newbies (weng nian siow (Captain), Dylan Siow-Lee, Egon Cardenas, Jasper Hong) did well to end the competition with 17/36 (just slightly below 50%). The Mates is currently sitting on 6th position but there is an outstanding result between Norths and Parramatta Eels. There is a possibility Norths can overtake the Mates if they score 4/4.

PS: It is official that the Mates came 6th. A great result considering the team's inexperience and youth.

The senior team, the U1800 comprising of David French (Captain), Brenton Yum, Lorenzo Escalante, Denis Hale, Les Mikolajczyk and Chee Hui Tan, unfortunately did not fare as well and ended up as wooden spooners with 12.5/40.