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Car Cacophony

There are many good things about chess organisation in France, where the federation is much more dynamic than in England but this year the French league, played in one block of 11 games, was held in truly dismal playing conditions. The venue which housed the games was a car museum which was not all bad…

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Leaking ceilings but not points

The day after the RAC simul, fortified by a substantial breakfast we waddled off to cheer on my 4NCL team manager Claire Summerscale in The London Marathon. Unfortunately we maintained the observational skills demonstrated in the Nice Technique post and she sped past us without our even noticing. We managed to track her down post-race…

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Tactical breakdown at RAC

On which square should Black put his queen in this position: b4, c4, a5, a6 or b6?

Baden-Baden Champions 2011
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Bundesliga Champions!

One advantage of playing for a strong team is that is quite easy to win a competition without contributing much personally. So it was a pleasant change of pace to finish the German season with 2 wins in important matches v Eppingen and Werder Bremen and a decent score of 7,5/9. Much better than last…

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Nice Technique

It is sometimes said that winning a won game is the hardest thing in chess. Not strictly speaking true but I managed to drum up some support for this theory at the 4NCL and Bundesliga that followed. In the positions below particularly bearing in mind the fairly healthy clock lead in several of them you…

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Ivanchuk: Gibraltar 2011
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Ivanchuk rocks the Rock

Apologies (once again!) for the long break between postings, I will endeavour to ensure at least one blog post a month from now on. My first tournament of the year was Gibraltar (I had won a couple of 4NCL games beforehand). The event was even more formidable with the usual very strong selection of female…

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Summer Events

Sorry for the long delay without updates, I will try and wrap up the 4NCL and Gibraltar soon. A quick update to my calandar in the meantime – I will definitely be playing in the British Championships. Also in August, I am playing in the the 1st Metropolitan International in Los Angeles from August 17th…

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London Chess Classic Cross Table

London Chess Classic 2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Score* 1 Magnus Carlsen 2802 * L L W W D W W 13/21 2 Viswanathan Anand 2804 D * W D D D D W 11/21 3 Luke McShane 2645 W D * D D D D W 11/21 4 Hikaru Nakamura…

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Simpson’s Simul Swindle

One of the nice touches at the London Classic is the simultaneous display that accompanies the closing dinner: all the participants give a tandem simul making one move each in turn which leads to a happy kind of chaos. The event is quite competitive as several of the boards (each having 4 players consulting) have…

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London Chess Classic
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London Chess Classic

We’re now past the rest day in the London Classic and coming into the home stretch. Pretty open field so a lot to play for!

Bundesliga 2010-11: Rounds 1-4, 7

Bundesliga Round 1, Saturday 9th October 2010 SG Solingen OSG Baden-Baden (W) Chanda Sandipan 2641 1/2 – 1/2 Peter Svidler 2731 (B) Jan Werle 2574 0 – 1 Sergei Movsesian 2723 (W) Predrag Nikolic 2597 1/2 – 1/2 Etienne Bacrot 2716 (B) Markus Ragger 2628 1/2 – 1/2 Michael Adams 2728 (W) Romain Edouard 2636…

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Aronian-Adams
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Plovdiv Puzzle

What should Black play in the position below? Click on “Read more on Plovdiv Puzzle” below to see the answer. My Baden Oos team finished up 5th in the Eurocup exactly where we were seeded, highlights included the good performance of Jan Gustafsson who won the gold medal on board 6. If you are cleverer…

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Four Knights. Capablanca-Steiner
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Olympiad Blues

Moving onto the chess, I think that if you had told me beforehand that I would beat Magnus Carlsen and we would place ahead of two Russian teams I would have thought the event had gone fairly well! However, it didn’t really work out like that; I got the team off to a bad start…

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mammoths---Khanty-Mansisyk
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Mammoth Effort

In general my impressions, aided by a large amount of ‘expectation management’ in the chess press before the event, were positive.  The Olympic hotel had obviously only recently been constructed: the smell of solvents remaining pungent in the air. The builders had however done a good job, the rooms were well appointed and after a…

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Paignton Chess Congress Simul

Chess venues don’t get much better than the historic Oldway Mansions and it was nice to have a wander around the gardens before starting a simul to commemorate the 60th year of the Paignton Congress. I played against 31 opponents and had a tough time of it as there weren’t many games that I could…

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Next Year: Sheffield

I have been very impressed with CJ de Mooi, who has put a tremendous amount of work into his stint as ECF president, driving up and down the country to attend prizegivings far and wide and also organising the  Staunton Memorial Dinner, generously sponsored by Darwin Strategic,  held at Simpsons on 8th September.  One of…

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This Year: Canterbury

Canterbury seemed, to a rare participant, to be an above average venue for the British championships:  a nice town with a decent playing hall and reasonable accommodation available at the university.  The main drawbacks seemed to be the failure of the university to open any restaurants during the weekend, a move which cost them a…

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French Cup Fortress

I enjoyed reading Eric Hallsworth’s columns on chess engines’ failings in 2 recent editions of Chess magazine and found that a similar silicon bemusement had occurred in one of my games.  It took place in the final of the French Cup, which was not my finest hour, perhaps affected by “First Game Syndrome” in my…

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Florida Hideaway

I have to confess I had a slight ulterior motive in playing the Chicago Open:  it put us in the right country to have a bit of holiday time at our condo in the Florida Keys afterwards! We really like the relaxed ‘island vibe’ of the area. it is a wonderful place to chill out,…

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Four Knights. Capablanca-Steiner
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Paignton Diamond Jubilee Congress

Sunday 5th – Saturday 11th September 2010. Michael Adams will be giving a simul on Tuesday September 7th at 19.00. More details at the event website.

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