Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

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Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:47 pm

Simon WIlliams has one of the most fun games so far today. After 1 Nf3 f5 (no surprise) 2 d3 Nc6 (recommended in Demuth's recent book on the Reti) 3 e4 e5 Almasi played 4 d4 (rare) and the game continued 4...fxe4 5 Nxe5 whereupon SImon played 5...d6 which seems to be a novelty.
I don't know whether to describe this as a reversed Falkbeer Counter-Gambit ora Latvian Counter-Gambit but it's certainly not a normal Reti.
Apparently 6 Qh5+ is no good so Almasi took on c6.
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Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:57 pm

It's a reversed Vienna, surely? It's 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 with colours reversed.

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Post by Tim Harding » Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:19 pm

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:57 pm
It's a reversed Vienna, surely? It's 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 with colours reversed.
Ah yes, Almasi wasted a whole tempo. Demuth actually suggests 3 d4!?
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Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:21 pm

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:57 pm
It's a reversed Vienna, surely? It's 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 with colours reversed.
Indeed, and so 6 Qh5+ was in fact already known to be very bad. The same error of 5...Qh4+ in the (real) Vienna featured in Andrew Hon v Paul van der Sterren, Lloyds Bank 1993, when one of our 190-odd players scored an easy win against someone who had recently qualified for the Candidates (!).

Can we tease Tim as well as van der Sterren over this? My immediate thought was that maybe he wrote a book on the Vienna many years ago, but perhaps not (maybe I am confusing it with the Bishops Opening).

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Post by John Moore » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:00 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:21 pm
IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:57 pm
It's a reversed Vienna, surely? It's 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 with colours reversed.
Indeed, and so 6 Qh5+ was in fact already known to be very bad. The same error of 5...Qh4+ in the (real) Vienna featured in Andrew Hon v Paul van der Sterren, Lloyds Bank 1993, when one of our 190-odd players scored an easy win against someone who had recently qualified for the Candidates (!).

Can we tease Tim as well as van der Sterren over this? My immediate thought was that maybe he wrote a book on the Vienna many years ago, but perhaps not (maybe I am confusing it with the Bishops Opening).
I am fairly sure I have a book by Tim on the Vienna but I have now reached an age where I am buying chess books that I already have so I am hardly the most reliable.

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Post by John Moore » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:04 pm

Meanwhile, why did Gawain do what he did. The knight sac just doesn't look right. I'd have hacked off the bishop on a3.

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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:17 pm

Mickey blundered on move 20 but his opponent didn't notice.

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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:24 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:52 pm
Nigel gets Aronian, after playing Karjakin, Grischuk & So in the last 3 rounds
Good gain of rating points for Short from those three draws (+6.8 for the tournament so far)), but Aronian looking likely to win this game.

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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:44 pm

Howell winning, though (as always) short of time.

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Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:02 pm

Adams wins to join the leaders on 5.5/7.

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Post by Tim Harding » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:23 pm

Draw for Gawain after defending R+2P v R,N.P (blocked pawn structure) from move 52 to 102.
That's the round finished unless there are any games going on the non-live boards.
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Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:24 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:21 pm
IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:57 pm
It's a reversed Vienna, surely? It's 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 with colours reversed.
Indeed, and so 6 Qh5+ was in fact already known to be very bad. The same error of 5...Qh4+ in the (real) Vienna featured in Andrew Hon v Paul van der Sterren, Lloyds Bank 1993, when one of our 190-odd players scored an easy win against someone who had recently qualified for the Candidates (!).

Can we tease Tim as well as van der Sterren over this? My immediate thought was that maybe he wrote a book on the Vienna many years ago, but perhaps not (maybe I am confusing it with the Bishops Opening).
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Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Post by Tim Harding » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:31 pm

John Moore wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:00 pm
Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:21 pm
IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:57 pm
It's a reversed Vienna, surely? It's 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 with colours reversed.
Indeed, and so 6 Qh5+ was in fact already known to be very bad. The same error of 5...Qh4+ in the (real) Vienna featured in Andrew Hon v Paul van der Sterren, Lloyds Bank 1993, when one of our 190-odd players scored an easy win against someone who had recently qualified for the Candidates (!).

Can we tease Tim as well as van der Sterren over this? My immediate thought was that maybe he wrote a book on the Vienna many years ago, but perhaps not (maybe I am confusing it with the Bishops Opening).
I am fairly sure I have a book by Tim on the Vienna but I have now reached an age where I am buying chess books that I already have so I am hardly the most reliable.
Yes I did a Vienna book for Tony Gillam in the mid-70s so I should have spotted that shouldn't I?
Actually I only played the 5 d3 variation once, hoping to tempt the opponent into the queen check but he didn't fall for it.
All coming back to me now...
Against Paul Wallace in 1984 but he exchanged knights as in today's game and it petered out into a dull draw, so I didn't repeat the line.
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Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:10 pm

I have that book.

I met 5. d3 twice in the space of a few weeks in local Aragonese chess about a decade ago. Two draws, one with 5...Nxc3 and one with 5...Bb4.
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Post by Tim Harding » Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:32 pm

Pairings for round 8 are up. Seven players on 5.5 share the lead and Kramnik is upfloated:

MVL-Wang Hao
Naiditsch-Nakamura
Wojtaszek-Adams
Kramnik-Xiong

Many players on 5:
Gawain plays Aronian

On 4.5: Gupta-Howell
Williams-Ganguly

On 4, Nigel plays D. Gukesh of whom I never heard.
James Jackson is also on 4; he will have Black against GM Huschenbeth.
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