The Xtracon Open 2018

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The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by John Higgs » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:18 am

The Xtracon Open 2018 (aka the Copenhagen Chess Festival) started today with 5 England juniors playing: Matthew Dishman, Aditya Munshi, Nicolai Woltery, Adam C Taylor and Leif Hafstad.

The 10-round FIDE rated event runs to Sunday 29th July and is being held at the Konventum, Elsinore, Denmark.

Full details of the event can be found at:

http://www.xtraconchessopen.dk/index.php?uid=6

The chess-results link for pairings and results is:

http://chess-results.com/tnr367397.aspx ... art=2&rd=2

Latest news, photographs etc can be seen via the twitter feed : @ECFJuniors2018

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Good luck to our England juniors.
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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:51 pm

Is is hard to follow this event since chessresults does not at present provide the usual national flags.

In round 1, starting shortly, the English junior Aditya Munshi should be on chess24's live board 10 as Black against the 2597-rated Danish GM Mads Andersen.

The main English interest at Copenhagen will be on whether FM Adam Taylor can score his third and final IM norm following his first two at Hastings 2017-18 and 4NCL 2917-18.

Taylor has a rather lowly 2326 rating so would still have work to do to reach 2400 and the title.

In Round 1 he plays Black against an 1858-rated local on board 61.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:05 pm

Munshi has been switched to board 9 and Black against Norway's 2615-rated No3 GM Aryan Tari.

No disaster yet, the machine claims Munshi 0.07 ahead after 11 moves. Already better than one of the lower games where Black had Bd6 and Pc7, went Qe7?? and resigned on move 8 after White's c4-c5.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:28 pm

Munshi continues to play solidly against the 2615 GM, who is the reigning world junior under-20 champion and is ranked Norway's No3 after Carlsen and Hammer.

Munshi is still rated level at move 19. He's half an hour behind on the clock, though.

LATER: Still level at move 30, down to Q B N + 6PS each. BUT Munshi has only one minute for 10 moves.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Richard Bates » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:28 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 3:28 pm
Munshi continues to play solidly against the 2615 GM, who is the reigning world junior under-20 champion and is ranked Norway's No3 after Carlsen and Hammer.

Munshi is still rated level at move 19. He's half an hour behind on the clock, though.

LATER: Still level at move 30, down to Q B N + 6PS each. BUT Munshi has only one minute for 10 moves.
Agreed a draw when clearly better/winning, after very strange oversight by Tari. :( Well, we've all been there...

Still, incredible result.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:45 pm

Aditya Munshi is only 13 or 14 years old (born 2004) so this is a HUGE result for him.

Aside from the clock, he was never worse the entire game. Given the time position, 8 moves to make in a minute, it was realistic to accept the world junior champion and Norway No3's draw offer.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Richard Bates » Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:48 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:45 pm
Aditya Munshi is only 13 or 14 years old (born 2004) so this is a HUGE result for him.

Aside from the clock, he was never worse the entire game. Given the time position, 8 moves to make in a minute, it was realistic to accept the world junior champion and Norway No3's draw offer.
8 moves in 4 minutes you mean.

He's not going to have his 4th birthday for another couple of years.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:01 pm

Richard Bates wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:48 pm
Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:45 pm
Aditya Munshi is only 13 or 14 years old (born 2004) so this is a HUGE result for him.

Aside from the clock, he was never worse the entire game. Given the time position, 8 moves to make in a minute, it was realistic to accept the world junior champion and Norway No3's draw offer.
8 moves in 4 minutes you mean.
I know it's not always accurate, but the clock on chess24 shows 37 seconds for 8 moves for Munshi in the final position. What's the source for 4 minutes?

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Richard Bates » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:03 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:01 pm
Richard Bates wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:48 pm
Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:45 pm
Aditya Munshi is only 13 or 14 years old (born 2004) so this is a HUGE result for him.

Aside from the clock, he was never worse the entire game. Given the time position, 8 moves to make in a minute, it was realistic to accept the world junior champion and Norway No3's draw offer.
8 moves in 4 minutes you mean.
I know it's not always accurate, but the clock on chess24 shows 37 seconds for 8 moves for Munshi in the final position. What's the source for 4 minutes?
It's the modern game Leonard ;) You get 30 seconds every move.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Leonard Barden » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:13 pm

So, 37 seconds plus increment for 8 moves. The increment doesn't help much if you overstep at move 33.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Richard Bates » Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:33 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:13 pm
So, 37 seconds plus increment for 8 moves. The increment doesn't help much if you overstep at move 33.
Of course not, but it's simply not accurate to describe it as 8 moves in a minute, which creates a real prospect of being unable to make the time control regardless of how good a position you have. Anyway from what i've seen on Facebook he's a bit annoyed with himself, for all that it was a great result, which is very positive.

Speaking from experience the psychological weakness of accepting draws when you know you are better/winning is a very important barrier to overcome (I didn't really, and would on occasion almost deliberately get myself short of time so that i could internally "justify" doing so). Far better in the long run that you lose the occasional game after doing the right thing. And (also speaking from experience from the other side) far scarier for your 'stronger' opponents to play 'weaker' players who don't suffer the temptation. Much harder to justify taking somewhat unjustified risks in pursuit of victory.

That takes nothing from the excellent result itself (after all the final position only came about thanks to a strange blunder the move before so was only a fleeting chance - it wasn't as if he'd outplayed him over a long period only to let him off at the crucial moment). Looks like almost the only "upset"(unsurprisingly) in the whole round.

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:08 pm

Richard Bates wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:48 pm
He's not going to have his 4th birthday for another couple of years.
Now, if *that* were true........ :D
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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Richard Bates » Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:38 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:08 pm
Richard Bates wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 4:48 pm
He's not going to have his 4th birthday for another couple of years.
Now, if *that* were true........ :D
It is! ;)

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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:06 pm

Ah, we are talking about a Feb 29th baby?
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Re: The Xtracon Open 2018

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:02 am

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:51 pm
The main English interest at Copenhagen will be on whether FM Adam Taylor can score his third and final IM norm following his first two at Hastings 2017-18 and 4NCL 2917-18.

Taylor has a rather lowly 2326 rating so would still have work to do to reach 2400 and the title.

In Round 1 he plays Black against an 1858-rated local on board 61.
His rating was 2242 in January so steady progress is been made on the rating front, helped of course by his 4NCL norm.

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