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.

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