Friday, 26 February 2010

RECCC_Club Championship Preliminaries

Message from President, Les Mikolajczyk:

Just a reminder that our Club Championship starts on Wednesday [3rd March 2010] at 7.30 pm. If you want to play you must let Bill know be 6.00pm Tuesday [2nd March 2010] otherwise you will not be in the draw. Bill’s email is bgletsos[-at symbol-]

The competition time limits are 90min for the first 40 moves and 30min to finish. All clocks will be started at 7.30pm.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Games from Moscow Open A and B

Perhaps a game to which we can actually aspire to, English player Michael Yeo (Elo 2147) playing in the 2010 Moscow Open B Tournament, against Alexey Kondenko (Elo 2234) in a Sicilian Richter Rauzer, annotations by Michael Yeo and IM Malcolm Pein:

If you wish to play through another game from the Moscow Open but from the Open A Tournament between A.Evdokimov – D.Gochelashvili in a King's Indian Defence (annotations by IM Vladimir Barsky in "russian" english), click on the game below:

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Monday, 15 February 2010

The World No 1 vs USA No 1

The first (or rather another game) in the ongoing rivalry between two ex-teen titans. Some commentators have already predicted that this may be a long-time rivalry in the making providing chess kibitzers with good value entertainment for years to come. Remember Carlsen won the World Blitz in November 2009 but then lost to Nakamura 1-3 in the final of the BNbank Blitz tournament, held Saturday, November 28th in Oslo, Norway. BTW, they drew again in Corus at Wijk aan See.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Another game from the Gibtelecom Chess Festival 2010

John Saunders reports on Rd 8 (here):
The game of the day was almost certainly the one between Argentinian grandmaster Damian Lemos and French International Master Clovis Vernay. The Frenchman, playing Black, attempted to extract himself from difficulties with a remarkable tactical combination involving an eye-catching queen sacrifice. Many a player would have succumbed to such a dangerous attack but the Argentinian found an equally astonishing defence to neutralise the Black counterattack and convert the material advantage into victory. Great credit must go to both players for providing this feast of chess.
The game with John Saunders' annotations: