Friday, 29 October 2010

Ryde-Eastwood Leagues Club Chess Club Classic 2010_Rounds 1 and 2 Results

Round 1

Patterson - Hickey 1-0
Marton - Mallari 0-1
Escalante - Mikolajczyk 0.5-0.5
Edwards - Kuru 0-1
Galwey - Mere 1-0
Williams - Hale 0-1
Mitrovic - Valenzuela 1-0
Eyres - Irmler 0-1
Chiara - Siow 1-0
Cheng - Grbin 0-1
Burgess - half point bye
Bredin - half point bye
Kirillov - half point bye

Round 2

Hale - Patterson 0-1
Mallari - Mitrovic 1-0
Kuru- Chiara 1-0
Irmler - Galwey 0-1
Grbin - Escalante 0-1
Mikolajczyk - Burgess 0-1
Kirillov - Bredin 1F-0F
Hickey - williams 1-0
Valenzuela - Marton 0.5-0.5
Siow - Edwards 0-1
Mere - Eyres 1-0
Cheng -full point bye

How to Demolish the ...Qd6 Scandinavian courtesy of GM Alexey Shirov

Annotated game with a win by one of my favourite players, GM Alexey Shirov. He demolished fellow Soviet emigre (now Dutch), GM Sergei Tiviakov, in a ...Qd6 Scandinavian. {Fellow club members will know that Josh Christensen essays the Scandinavian at Club games. Here is how to defeat him courtesy of GM Shirov. :) :) :)]

Annotations courtesy of GM Kevin Spraggett:
I have known Alexi since the Paris Open in 1990 when he was just a lanky 17 year old , beginning to compete in ''western'' tournaments. Already at that time he was of GM strength and demonstrated a remarkable talent for complex, messy chess where the initiative is the only thing that really counts.

There are many gifted players who have attacking skills just as pronounced as Shirov's, but what separates him from the crowd is that with Shirov's attacks there is a certain irresistibility involved. Almost as if no matter how well you defend Shirov will always come out on top....his resourcefulness, imagination and tremendous energy never seem to exhaust themselves (they exhaust his opponents first!).

Witness his game yesterday against Sergei Tiviakov, where Shirov takes apart Sergei's favourite opening by simply throwing everything at him and going straight up the board for the jugular....

A topical line of the Scandanavian (1.e4 d5 2.PxP QxP 3.Nc3 Qd6!? ). I have played it once or twice myself--from either side! Tiviakov seems to have made this his main defence against the King Pawn openings. I mean, he seems plays it almost all the time these days!

I have never understood why some very strong grandmasters (and make no doubt: Sergei is one of the best in the world) continually play opening lines that are slightly inferior. But let me qualify myself: the Scandanavian is slightly inferior because it seems that Black always has an uphill battle to achieve an equality that can be more comfortably obtained by playing a more theoretical opening.

But Sergei has quite a reasonable score with it: he loses rarely, wins occasionally and makes a lot of draws. In other words, it has served him well and he obviously feels comfortable with the positions that arise from it. Nevertheless, I wonder if Sergei is not pressing his luck by playing the Scandanavian against whom ever sits down opposite him, regardless of his opponent's last name. Some players simply should not be provoked, and Alexi is one such player...

Here is the Paul Keres game mentioned in GM Spraggett's annotations:

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Ryde Eastwood Club Championships Grand Final

As you know, I got the details of the Ryde Eastwood Chess Classic horribly wrong (but they are now corrected). However, I did get the Club Championships Grand Final correct, which started last week. In case you wish to know who is playing (and this may influence your decision to play in the Classic since winning it is easier ......), here are the finalists:

Group A

Group B

Group C
ROB WATSON 10.5/11

Now if I am a betting man, I would open a tab and start giving odds ......

1) Bill is a wily experienced campaigner, but playing week in and week out against us patsers have taken their toll, his ACF rating is slipping but he still have a trick or two (or even an Ace) up his sleeve. Surely he must be the favourite.

2) Lou is an improving player but may have hit a plateau for a time. It is just a matter of whether you caught him on one of his improvement spurts and if so, watch out!

3) Josh is also experienced, well, he certainly has learned how to mate with a knight and bishop and he knows well his Lucena endgame (hmmmmmmm! wonder whether he knows the Phillidor or the Vancura Position?), and he has real ambition to win the title and will be Bill's main rival.

4) Mark is another improving player and I have it on best authority that his improvement is due to ChessGrandmaster software ...... He has certainly improved since the day of his first game (rapid) with Alan Marton where he allowed Alan to bamboozled him and swindled him out of a win. But realistically, an outsider chance.

5) Rob, another experienced player on a comeback to chess after years of layoff, has shrugged off his recent illness, got on with his chess but does he have the stamina? He certainly has the skill ......

6) Egon has improved tremendously in the last 6 months (those sessions with Arthur certainly did no harm). Will be the dark horse in the race.

[disclaimer: The description given above are definitely tongue in cheek and bears no resemblance to reality!]

Friday, 15 October 2010

Ryde Eastwood's Classic (corrected)


Our annual Chess Classic competition starts on Wednesday at 7.30pm. If you want to compete let me know before Tuesday 5.00pm (LMikolajczy [at]

It will be a long play competition 1 game each Wednesday for 7 rounds.


Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Ryde Eastwood's Classic and the Grand Final of the Club Championships begins ...... [corrected]

Beginning on 20th October [corrected] and until the 1st December [corrected], the Ryde Eastwood's Classic [corrected] and the Grand Final of the Club Championships. Last chance for the last Ryde Eastwood Chess Club tournament for the year. Email Les Mikolajczyk (LMikolajczyk [at] if you wish to play.

[This post was edited on Friday 15th October 2010 at 11:08 am.]