Saturday, 30 January 2010

A Story to Inspire Us Club Players All ......

The 2010 Gibtelecom International Chess Festival is an annual chess festival on the English island of Gibraltar (smack in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea). It is also home to the famous Gibraltar monkeys. Of course for Australian chess players, the 2008 edition was where our Australian Champion, GM Zhao ZongYuan, obtained his third and final norm.

But to show that fairytales exist comes a story from this year's edition. Here is English writer, John Saunders, writing on the official website (here):
One of the joys of open competition is the element of surprise when an unfancied player stands up to a seasoned grandmaster. The third round of the Gibtelecom Festival had a wonderful example of this (in fact, it was quite reminiscent of the third round of the English FA Cup which also throws up amazing upsets). Ivan Cheparinov is a very strong grandmaster from Bulgaria who has been rated above 2700 and spends most of his time seconding former FIDE World Champion Veselin Topalov at major events. In a few months he will almost certainly be the leading figure in Topalov’s support team when he challenges current World Champion Vishy Anand for the World Chess Championship.

But today Cheparinov faced a humble amateur – 31-year-old Victor Havik from Norway. Victor doesn’t have a chess title and his rating (whisper it softly) is even lower than the current writer. And I haven’t pushed a pawn for a few years now. With a 567 rating difference this should have been a walk in the park for the higher rated player. But maybe the Norwegian amateur had one thing going for him – the Magnus Carlsen factor. Norwegian chess has had an almighty shot in the arm with the advent of the teenaged genius.

It was a very long game but Victor kept Ivan at bay for more than six hours. Even so, wise heads were still predicting ultimate victory for the Bulgarian when Victor found an improbably beautiful queen sacrifice. It didn’t win the game (that would have been too much of a fairy story) but it did hold a draw.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Corus Chess 2010

Corus Chess is one of the most special of chess tournaments in the international chess calendar held in the Dutch town of Wijk aan See (pronounced why kahn say) and one of the longest with 13 rounds. It is also one of the 4 tournaments which make up the Grand Slam of chess tournaments (the others currently being Linares, MTel and Nanjing) with the Final held at Bilbao. The 2010 edition began with spectacular fireworks from Mr "Fire On Board"***, GM Alexei Shirov. Shirov began with 5/5 and then 5.5/6 but is now 6.5/10 (+5 =3 -2). Admittedly Shirov's 5/5 has been mainly against the 2600s GMs (with the exception of GM Peter Leko).

The official website is here filled with goodies (see especially the Reports and Game Analysis).

One of the most interesting match-up was between the World No 1, 19 year old Magnus Carlsen of Norway and the former World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik. Earlier in December in the London Chess Classic 2009, Kramnik lost to Carlsen. Here Kramnik had his revenge in Rd 9. Kramnik has been showing good form in recent months, moving away from his drawish reputation ("Drawnik") to an attacking style reminiscence of his earlier years before he became World Champion, leading some to dub him "Kramnik 2.0".

ChessVibes in conjunction with the organisers have been filming post-mortem press conferences. Here is Kramnik explaining his win over Carlsen:



Here is the Game Analysis: click here.

Here is another of Vladimir Kramnik's post-mortem Press Conference explaining his win over USA's Hikaru Nakamura in Rd 8. Kramnik showed top form crushing Nakamura's Dutch Leningrad Defence.



I also recommend heading over to ICC's ChessFM for their GOTD analysis. It is free for the moment. Get there before they locked it up and you need to become a member in order to view the video analysis.





*** That is the title of his book of collected games in two volumes which has been recommended as a must read.

Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club_2010 Calendar

From Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Blog

Monday, 25 January 2010

Members in the Chess News_2010

I thought I should belatedly report on members of the Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club endeavours in the arena of chess in 2010. We had the biggest tournament in 2010, the Australian Championships at Norths. We had two club members who played in the Australian Major. Anton Smirnov who came joint 61th with 6.5/11; (Of course Anton is also claimed by Norths Chess Club). Dylan Siow-Lee finished joint 45th with 5.5/11 out of a field of 96th.

In the Australian Minor, Vince Chiara, Greig Edwards and Jasper Hong played. Vince was joint 15th with 6/11 while Grieg managed 5/11 coming 26th out of a field of 42. Jasper came joint 37th with 4/11 points.

Full results can be found here.

Just two days ago, three present club members competed in the NSW Australia Day Weekender at Norths: Greig Edwards, Dylan Siow-Lee and Robert Watson (who rejoinded the club after 18 years; previously he was with the Eastwood Chess Club). Rob showed he is slowly regaining his form sharing in the 3rd prize in the rating division U1600-1400 with 3.5/7. Greig Edwards almost repeated his 2009 feat sharing in the rating prize in division U1250 with 3/7 (check last year's blog). Dylan Siow-Lee only managed 2.5/7 including a last round loss to Rob.

A former member, Steven Liu, shared in the 2nd prize in rating division U1800-1600 with a score of 4.5/7.

Oh, and btw, IM George Xie won the event with a perfect score of 7/7 continuing his awesome form from the Australian Championships.

Full results can be found here.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Happy New Year and the AGM ......

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Chess is back and has begun on Wednesday evenings (7:30 pm onwards) for the last two weeks. In any event, every member should try to attend this Wednesday 27th January for the AGM.
AGENDA

FOR THE THIRTY NINTH GENERAL ANNUAL MEETING
OF THE RYDE-EASTWOOD LEAGUES CHESS CLUB

ON 27 JANUARY 2010

1 OPENING OF THE MEETING BY THE PRESIDENT ---LES MIKOLAJCZYK

2 MINUTES OF THE THIRTY EIGHTH GENERAL MEETING

3 REPORT OF OUT-GOING COMMITTEE

4 BALANCE SHEET PRESENTED BY TREASURER -- TOM POWERS

5 ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS FOR THE COMING YEAR

6 DISCUSSION OF COMPETITION COMMITMENTS FOR 2010

7 REFRESHMENT BREAK

8 GENERAL BUSINESS

9 CLOSING OF THE MEETING BY THE PRESIDENT

Documents available on the night
Minutes of 38th AGM Report of out-going committee Balance sheet Membership and rating list