European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Thomas Rendle » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:37 pm

Well he's definitely won today, I might ask him if I see him online (no idea if he's keeping track, might be better not to). Will be interesting to see who he gets with White tomorrow...

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by PeterTurland » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:53 pm

Yeah, four in a row, keep this up and he goes over 2700

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:54 pm

Current leaderboard shows Gawain in first place!

http://chess-results.com/tnr66864.aspx? ... =1&flag=30

Of course, there are other results still to come in, but he is the first to reach 4/4.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Leonard Barden » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:08 pm

Gawain is the only player on 4/4! Not clear who he plays next due to a glut of draws among the top seeds, but i expect somebody can work it out. In the last two rounds he has played really intelligent endings to squeeze out wins.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Leonard Barden » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:11 pm

White v 2709-rated Nikita Vitiugov

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:14 pm

Results of the last round for ENG
Rd. Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
4 5 115 GM Savchenko Boris 2580 3 0 - 1 3 GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 60
4 83 188 IM Kovalev Vladislav 2477 1½ ½ - ½ 1½ GM Howell David W L 2614 82
4 87 99 GM Kotronias Vasilios 2597 1½ ½ - ½ 1½ IM Ledger Andrew J 2424 219
4 128 198 IM Hunt Adam C 2454 1 ½ - ½ 1 WGM Schneider Veronika 2312 279

Pairings of the next round for ENG
Rd. Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
5 1 60 GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 4 3½ GM Vitiugov Nikita 2709 6
5 77 82 GM Howell David W L 2614 2 2 IM Paichadze Luka 2491 182
5 90 219 IM Ledger Andrew J 2424 2 2 GM Chatalbashev Boris 2570 121
5 123 281 Ivanov Stojan Lubomirov 2309 1½ 1½ IM Hunt Adam C 2454 198

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:40 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:Gawain is the only player on 4/4!
Quick. Stop the tournament and hand out the prizes! :)

Ah, too late. A few more wins would be handy. I did like the way he took advantage of his opponent's exposed king in that round 4 game.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:57 pm

The strange thing about this tournament is that the 2nd and 4th seeds (Mamedyarov and Giri) are on 2/4. Does this effectively put them out of the running? I've been trying and failing to find a compact listing of what the winning scores were for recent years. It seems 8.5/11 is about the expected winning score.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Andrew Bak » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:36 pm

Getting 4/4 wins against avg. of 2517 is certainly a great achievement!

With Mamedyarov and Giri being on 2/4, one would normally expect them to be able to string a few wins together and climb back into contention "through the back door". However the depth in strength of this competition means that it will be very difficult for either of them to obtain 6.5 or 7 out of their remaining seven games to reach the 8.5/11 figure that Christopher mentions.

On a seperate note, I have a book called "The King Hunt" by John Nunn, describing 50 games where the king is chased around the board and mated. A very strange version of this took place today in Vallejo Pons vs Nabaty. The queens were swapped off on move 8, and by move 25, Black's king was facing certain doom on a1!


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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:26 pm

Results of the last round for ENG
Rd. Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
5 1 60 GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 4 ½ - ½ 3½ GM Vitiugov Nikita 2709 6
5 77 82 GM Howell David W L 2614 2 ½ - ½ 2 IM Paichadze Luka 2491 182
5 90 219 IM Ledger Andrew J 2424 2 ½ - ½ 2 GM Chatalbashev Boris 2570 121
5 123 281 Ivanov Stojan Lubomirov 2309 1½ 0 - 1 1½ IM Hunt Adam C 2454 198

Pairings of the next round for ENG
Rd. Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
6 1 60 GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 4½ 4½ GM Fressinet Laurent 2693 20
6 85 184 IM Filip Lucian 2483 2½ 2½ GM Howell David W L 2614 82
6 87 198 IM Hunt Adam C 2454 2½ 2½ GM Ponkratov Pavel 2607 90
6 93 123 GM Lintchevski Daniil 2564 2½ 2½ IM Ledger Andrew J 2424 219

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:55 pm

Gawain drew with Fressinet to move to 5/6. Tomorrow is a rest day.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Paul Cooksey » Sun Mar 25, 2012 4:56 pm

Apparently Azaladze 0:1 Korobov was a default due to the clocks changing. I've seen a suggestion there were a few more.

I'm trying hard to sympathise, but can't help laughing. :D

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:03 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote: I'm trying hard to sympathise, but can't help laughing. :D
Don't forget it's running under FIDE's anti-chess rule of zero time forfeits.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sun Mar 25, 2012 5:28 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Paul Cooksey wrote: I'm trying hard to sympathise, but can't help laughing. :D
Don't forget it's running under FIDE's anti-chess rule of zero time forfeits.
I heard that several Georgians lost by default today. Adam Hunt had a good win with white against a 2607.

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Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:22 pm

Results of the last round for ENG
Rd. Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
6 1 60 GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 4½ ½ - ½ 4½ GM Fressinet Laurent 2693 20
6 85 184 IM Filip Lucian 2483 2½ 0 - 1 2½ GM Howell David W L 2614 82
6 87 198 IM Hunt Adam C 2454 2½ 1 - 0 2½ GM Ponkratov Pavel 2607 90
6 93 123 GM Lintchevski Daniil 2564 2½ 1 - 0 2½ IM Ledger Andrew J 2424 219

Pairings of the next round for ENG
Rd. Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
7 2 18 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2695 5 5 GM Jones Gawain C B 2635 60
7 61 82 GM Howell David W L 2614 3½ 3½ GM Marin Mihail 2539 150
7 71 105 GM Zhigalko Andrey 2590 3½ 3½ IM Hunt Adam C 2454 198
7 128 219 IM Ledger Andrew J 2424 2½ 2½ Gaehwiler Gabriel 2260 298

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