Hastings Congress

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Kevin Thurlow
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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:39 pm

Another GM successfully fends off Richard!

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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by Nick Burrows » Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:27 pm

Great game today:


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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by James Pratt » Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:20 am

Can somebody please talk me through the opening in Matthew Wadsworth-v-Roman Edouard from Rd. 7 (yesterday). It looks like white was quickly on the back foot if not quite 'an early bath'.

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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:56 am

James Pratt wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:20 am
the opening in Matthew Wadsworth-v-Roman Edouard from Rd. 7 (yesterday).
1. Nf3 c5 2. b3 d5 3. Bb2 f6 4. c4 d4 5. b4 e5 6. bxc5 Bxc5 7. d3 Nc6 8. g3

Benko Gambit reversed. Compare to 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. f3

White lost a tempo, so in effect took Black by playing b3 and b4, whilst an early development of the c1/c8 Bishop looks suspect as well.

Perhaps compare also game 6 of the 1971 Petrosian Fischer match. 3. Bb2 is considered a mistake by some commentators with 3. e3 recommended.

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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by Richard Bates » Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:02 am

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:56 am
James Pratt wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:20 am
the opening in Matthew Wadsworth-v-Roman Edouard from Rd. 7 (yesterday).
1. Nf3 c5 2. b3 d5 3. Bb2 f6 4. c4 d4 5. b4 e5 6. bxc5 Bxc5 7. d3 Nc6 8. g3

Benko Gambit reversed. Compare to 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. f3

White lost a tempo, so in effect took Black by playing b3 and b4, whilst an early development of the c1/c8 Bishop looks suspect as well.
Although in the game it looks as if Black got way too ambitious (with f5, e4 etc) and should have been in a fair bit of trouble.

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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by Nick Ivell » Sat Jan 04, 2020 10:51 am

Is Bb2 really a mistake? Or have our opinions merely been coloured by Fischer's great performance in game 6 of the Petrosian match?

I don't know enough about these positions to comment.

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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by Nick Grey » Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:38 pm

it was a rather bad Benko reversed even as far as this 1700 player is concerned. I think 2. e4 is a massive improvement.

I agree that f5, e4 etc were ambitious but the type of aggressive moves I play with either colour.

Anyway time to log-in for todays chess and seeing if Richard, Roger and both Nicks and Matthew all win.

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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by John Upham » Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:11 pm

What move did Mark Lyell miss in his game with Thomas Thorpe after Whites routine but flawed 11.Sbd2? on board 21, round 8 today ?

It is the kind of move that might be the cause of a hangover.
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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by Nick Grey » Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:29 pm

… Nb4 ?

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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by John Upham » Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:05 pm

Nick Grey wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:29 pm
… Nb4 ?
Correct.


Black chose Rab8 instead.
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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:22 pm

Mate Bagi crushes Hebden, and now a win in his last game (barring an unlikely downfloat to Balaji) would get him a GM norm. (He would only need a draw if he played Howell, but he's not going to play Howell.)

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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by John Moore » Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:08 pm

That's about the worst game I can remember seeing Mark play for a long time. Panchanathan beats Sengupta in a game where Sengupta used a lot of time in the late middle game and then allowed an attractive but rather obvious finish.

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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by Richard Bates » Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:54 pm

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:22 pm
Mate Bagi crushes Hebden, and now a win in his last game (barring an unlikely downfloat to Balaji) would get him a GM norm. (He would only need a draw if he played Howell, but he's not going to play Howell.)
Whereas I just need to be paired against Howell and win! Maybe if I’d managed to win one of the six winning positions that ended in draws along the way...

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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by Nick Burrows » Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:21 pm

Nonetheless extremely impressive tournament from you Richard - well done!

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Re: Hastings Congress

Post by NickFaulks » Sat Jan 04, 2020 8:52 pm

John Upham wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:05 pm
Nick Grey wrote:
Sat Jan 04, 2020 4:29 pm
… Nb4 ?
Correct.
It doesn't actually seem to win anything.

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