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MichaelBaron
22-07-2014, 04:13 AM
A very strong open tournament is starting in Denmark. 2 gms over 2700 playing. Also, 3 Australians (Ly, Ikeda and Smirnov) in the field.
http://chess-results.com/tnr123323.aspx?lan=2&zeilen=99999

MichaelBaron
22-07-2014, 10:37 AM
Correction. Also playing are Smerdon and Weeks. Australian Ollympiad team in action!

MichaelBaron
23-07-2014, 08:05 PM
Ly and Ikeda are both doing well so far on 3/3. Smerdon and Smirnov are on 2/3

Agent Smith
24-07-2014, 07:23 PM
Thanks for the heads-up Michael.

Tournament page, with a link to all pgn about half-way down
http://www.ksu.dk/politiken_cup/default.aspx?la=en

[Event "Politiken Cup 2014"]
[Site "Helsingor"]
[Date "2014.07.21"]
[Round "1.8"]
[White "Justinussen, Sigurd B."]
[Black "Smerdon, David"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1978"]
[BlackElo "2519"]
[ECO "B01"]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 4.Nf3 Qxd5 5.Be2 Nc6 6.Be3 O-O-O 7.O-O Qh5 8.c4 e5 9.Nc3 exd4 10.Nxd4 Nxd4 11.Bxg4+ Qxg4 12.Qa4 a6 13.b4 Nf3+ 14.Kh1 Nh4 15.Rg1 Qxc4 16.Rac1 Ng4 17.Nb1 Qf4 18.Rxc7+
( 18.Bxf4 Nxf2# )
18...Qxc7 19.Rc1 Qxc1+ 20.Bxc1 Rd1+
( 20...Rd1+ 21.Qxd1 Nxf2+ 22.Kg1 Nxd1 )
0-1

Kevin Bonham
25-07-2014, 11:08 PM
Now I guess this is one way to stamp your authority as team captain:

18 78 FM Weeks Manuel 2206 3 1 - 0 3 IM Ly Moulthun 2466 23

Agent Smith
25-07-2014, 11:40 PM
Great finish. All of the numerous continuations win for white.

[Event "Politiken Cup 2014"]
[Site "Helsingor"]
[Date "2014.07.24"]
[Round "5.7"]
[White "Weeks, Manuel"]
[Black "Ly, Moulthun"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2206"]
[BlackElo "2466"]
[ECO "A46"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.e3 Qb6 5.Nbd2 d5 6.Bxf6 gxf6 7.Bd3 c4 8.Be2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.O-O f5 11.Ne5 Nc6 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.Nf3 Bg7 14.Ne5 c5 15.Bh5 O-O 16.Nxf7 cxd4 17.exd4 Rxf7 18.Bxf7+ Kxf7 19.Qh5+ Kf8 20.Qxh7 Qe7 21.c3 Qc7 22.Rb5 Rb8 23.Rfb1 Rb6 24.h4 Bd7 25.R5b4 Be8 26.h5 Rxb4 27.Rxb4 Qf4 28.Rb7 Qc1+ 29.Kh2 Qh6 30.Qxh6 Bxh6 31.Rxa7 e5 32.dxe5 Bf4+ 33.g3 Bxe5 34.Ra5 Bf7 35.h6 Bxc3 36.Ra8+ Be8 37.h7 Bg7
( 37...Bf6 38.Kg2 c3 39.Kf1 Ke7 40.Ra7+ Kd6 41.Ke1 d4 42.Ra8 Bc6 43.h8=Q Bxh8 44.Rxh8 Kd5 )
38.a4 Ke7 39.a5 Bd7 40.Rg8 Kf7 41.a6 d4 42.a7 Bc6 43.Rc8 Bd5 44.Rc5 Ba8 45.Rxc4 d3 46.Rc7+
( 46.Rc7+ Kf6
( 46...Kg6 47.Rc8 Be4 48.h8=Q Bxh8 49.Rxh8 Kf7 50.Rd8 Kg6 51.Rxd3 Kg5 )
47.Rc8 Bb7
( 47...d2 48.h8=Q Bxh8 49.Rxa8
( 49.Rd8 Bg7 50.Rxd2 Ke7 51.Kh3 Ke8 52.Rd3 )
49...d1=Q 50.Rxh8 Qf1 51.a8=Q )
48.h8=Q Bxh8 49.Rxh8 Ke5
( 49...Ke7 50.Rh7+ Ke6 51.Rxb7 d2 52.a8=Q d1=Q 53.Qe8+ Kd5 54.Rd7+ Kc4 55.Qc8+ Kb3 56.Rb7+ Ka3 57.Qc3+ Ka4 58.Qb4# )
( 49...d2 50.Rd8 Ke6 51.Rxd2 Ke7 52.Rb2 Ba8 53.Rb6 Be4 54.Rb8 Kd6 55.a8=Q Bxa8 56.Rxa8 )
50.Rd8 f4
( 50...Ke4 51.Kg2 Ke5+ 52.f3 Ke6 53.Rxd3 )
51.Rxd3 Ke4 52.Rd8 Kf3 53.gxf4 Kxf4 54.a8=Q Bxa8 55.Rxa8 )
( 46.Rc8 d2 47.Rxa8 d1=Q 48.h8=Q Bxh8 49.Rxh8 Qe1 50.a8=Q )
1-0

Kevin Bonham
25-07-2014, 11:54 PM
What an odd game. Among the odd things about it are that Manuel missed what looks like a very strong line with 15.Nxc4 (the point: dxc4 Bf3) and then somehow did it the hard way with rook for two bishops (!) Nice final position. Thanks for posting it.

I suppose Captain Underpants will attribute the win to the Tromp!

MichaelBaron
26-07-2014, 12:21 AM
To be frank after exchange on f7, I felt black was OK..but may be my assessment is wrong. Also (not using computer just playing through the moves) c5xd4 does not feel right. may be better take on f7 immidiately.
Nxc4 for white looks strong but not such an obvious move to play if its not computer analyzed.

Capablanca-Fan
26-07-2014, 12:33 AM
Black certainly had a draw for the taking with 29... Qf4+ and perpetual, but evidently tried for more and got less.

MichaelBaron
26-07-2014, 11:46 AM
Weeks-Ikeda game coming in round 7 :) So far, Weeks, Ikeda and Smirnov are performing above their ratings while Smerdon and Ly slightly below.

Basil
27-07-2014, 08:53 AM
Now I guess this is one way to stamp your authority as team captain:

18 78 FM Weeks Manuel 2206 3 1 - 0 3 IM Ly Moulthun 2466 23
Like a boss. And yes, mark that up to the The Tromp!

MichaelBaron
28-07-2014, 10:31 PM
Wondering if we need a thread called ''Australians overseas'' for random results of the Australian players. In the meantime. Markovitz, a Tasmanian player rated under 2000 fide scored 5/5/9 in Andorra Open for 2142 performance rating!

Kevin Bonham
28-07-2014, 11:29 PM
Wondering if we need a thread called ''Australians overseas'' for random results of the Australian players. In the meantime. Markovitz, a Tasmanian player rated under 2000 fide scored 5/5/9 in Andorra Open for 2142 performance rating!

Yes, Neil told me he could have done even better but a Columbian WIM rated 2200ish pulled off a monster swindle draw against him. He said it was a very pleasant tournament.

Vlad
29-07-2014, 09:34 AM
http://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2014-politiken/09-Smirnov_Anton-Merkesvik_Sondre

Nice finish, Anton beats the Stockfish. On move 50 it is 0 assessment according to Stockfish. Black makes the best moves. On move 60 black gets mated...

Kevin Bonham
29-07-2014, 09:56 AM
Smerdon beat Georg Meier, who is not exactly a bunny!

Capablanca-Fan
29-07-2014, 01:33 PM
http://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2014-politiken/09-Smirnov_Anton-Merkesvik_Sondre

Nice finish, Anton beats the Stockfish. On move 50 it is 0 assessment according to Stockfish. Black makes the best moves. On move 60 black gets mated...
Indeed, that K-march to mating rivals the famous Short-Timman game (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1124533).

Vlad
29-07-2014, 03:51 PM
Indeed, that K-march to mating rivals the famous Short-Timman game (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1124533).

You must be talking about this famous game from the Australian championship...:)

http://chess-db.com/public/game.jsp?id=4126505.3202933.17952512.27315

Agent Smith
29-07-2014, 05:12 PM
David prepared this one i think. The big variation is
1-0 Meier, Geo (2640) - Fridman, Daniel (2667) / 1st GRENKE Chess Classic (7), Baden Baden GER 2013

[Event "Politiken Cup 2014"]
[Site "Helsingor"]
[Date "2014.07.28"]
[Round "9.7"]
[White "Meier, Georg"]
[Black "Smerdon, David"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2632"]
[BlackElo "2519"]
[ECO "A06"]

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.O-O Be7 5.c4 O-O 6.d4 dxc4 7.Qc2 b5 8.a4 b4 9.Nfd2
( 9.Qxc4 Ba6 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Nd5 13.Rd1 )
9...b3
( 9...c6 10.Nxc4 Qxd4 11.Rd1 Qc5 12.Nbd2 Rd8 13.b3 Ba6 14.Bb2 Nbd7 15.Rac1 Bxc4 16.Nxc4 Nb6 17.Nxb6 Qxc2 18.Rxd8+ Rxd8 19.Rxc2 Rd1+ 20.Bf1 axb6 21.Rxc6 Rd6 22.Rc4 Rd2 23.Bd4 Nd7 24.Be3 Rd1 25.Rc8+ Bf8 26.h4 f5 27.Kg2 Kf7 28.Rc7 Be7 29.Bg5 h6 30.Bxe7 Kxe7 31.e3 Kd6 32.Rc4 Nc5 33.Rxb4 Kc7 34.g4 g5 35.hxg5 hxg5 36.gxf5 exf5 37.Rb5 Rb1 38.b4 Nxa4 39.Rxf5 Rxb4 40.Rxg5 Nc3 41.f4 Kd6 42.Kf3 Rb1 43.Bd3 Rd1 44.Bc4 Rh1 45.Re5 Rb1 46.e4 b5 47.Bd3 Rb2 48.Rg5 b4 49.e5+ Kc5 50.e6+ Kd6 51.Bc4 Rb1 52.Re5 Ke7 53.f5 b3 54.f6+ Kxf6 55.e7 Kxe5 56.Bd3 Rc1 57.e8=Q+ Kd5 58.Qd7+ Ke5 59.Qc7+ Kd5 60.Qc4+ )
10.Qxc4 Ba6 11.Qxb3 c6 12.Nc3 Qxd4 13.Rd1 Nd5 14.a5 Nd7 15.Qc2 Rab8 16.Nf3 Qc4 17.Bf1 Qg4 18.Bd2 Nb4 19.Qb1 Rb7 20.Be1 Nc5 21.Na2 Nxa2 22.Ne5 Qh5 23.Nxc6 Bf6 24.Rxa2 Bc4 25.b4 Bd5 26.Rc2 Ne4 27.f3 Nd6 28.e4 Nxe4 29.fxe4 Bxe4 30.Qc1
( 30.Bg2 Bxc2 31.Qxc2 Rc7 32.Qd3 a6 )
30...Bg5 31.Bd2 Qf3 32.Bxg5 Qh1+ 33.Kf2 Qxh2+ 34.Ke1 Bxc2 35.Bf4 Bxd1 36.Qxd1 e5 37.Be3
( 37.Bxe5 Re8 38.Qd6 f6 39.Ba6 Rf7 40.Bc4 Qxg3+ 41.Kd2 fxe5 )
( 37.Nxe5 Rxb4 38.Qd3 Rfb8 39.Bc1 Rb1 40.Qc3 Rxc1+ 41.Qxc1 Qxg3+ 42.Kd1 Qxe5 43.Bd3 Qh5+ 44.Kd2 Qxa5+ )
37...Qxg3+ 38.Ke2
( 38.Kd2 Rd7+ 39.Bd3 e4 40.Nd4 Rxd4 41.Bxd4 Qxd3+ 42.Ke1 Qxd1+ 43.Kxd1 Rd8 44.b5 Rxd4+ )
38...Qg4+ 39.Ke1 Qg3+ 40.Ke2 Qg4+ 41.Ke1 Qh4+
( 41...Qh4+ 42.Ke2 Qc4+ 43.Kf2 Qxc6 44.Bc5 Re8 45.Qg4 Qf6+ 46.Qf3 )
( 41...Qh4+ 42.Bf2 Qe4+ 43.Qe2 Qxc6 )
0-1

machomortensen
29-07-2014, 05:24 PM
The Andorra Open is a great - but space limited - open tournament with a "roof" at less than 200 players.

This years Copenhagen Open/Politiken Cup is held under - for danes at least - extreme hot conditions. [And we don't have air con...].

In the first round we had following really short game at board 2 LIVE...

White: Richard Rapport (HUN)
Black: Tim Rogers (UK - 2011)

1.e4,c6 2.Nc3,d5 3.Qe2,dxe4 4.Nxe4,Nd7?? 5.Nd6#

NB: I couldn't help wondering who will be the first chessreporter who mix Tim and Ian up...

Vlad
29-07-2014, 09:24 PM
Congrats Anton, on your third and final IM norm!



This years Copenhagen Open/Politiken Cup is held under - for danes at least - extreme hot conditions. [And we don't have air con...].

That must be the reason why the last round opponent GM Rasmussen(2522)'s play was so unexpectedly weak.

Actually, neither of them was playing very well...

Kevin Bonham
29-07-2014, 09:48 PM
Congrats Anton, on your third and final IM norm!

*applause*

MichaelBaron
29-07-2014, 11:38 PM
Well done to Anton! Good to see Australians playing well just before the Ollympiad start!

Kevin Bonham
30-07-2014, 02:19 AM
Moulthun also claimed a GM scalp and a bigger one at that, beating Romain Edouard (2679) with black. Edouard's probably a bit sick of playing federation AUS as he was also held to a draw by John-Paul Wallace not too long ago (indeed I think Wallace was winning.)

Capablanca-Fan
30-07-2014, 03:26 AM
Congrats Anton, on your third and final IM norm!

That must be the reason why the last round opponent GM Rasmussen(2522)'s play was so unexpectedly weak.

Actually, neither of them was playing very well...
Maybe, but elegant finish. All Olympiad donors can get Max Illingworth's notes on the game:

[Event "Politiken Cup 2014"]
[Site "Helsingor DEN"]
[Date "2014.07.29"]
[Round "10.12"]
[White "Rasmussen, Allan Stig"]
[Black "Smirnov, Anton"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A15"]
[WhiteElo "2522"]
[BlackElo "2334"]
[PlyCount "56"]
[EventDate "2014.07.21"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Qc2 Nc6 6. d4 Ndb4 7. Qa4 Bd7 8. Qd1 e5 9. dxe5 Bf5 10. Bg5 Be7 11. e4 Bg4 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. a3 Bxf3 14. gxf3 Rd8 15. Qa4 Nd3+ 16. Bxd3 Rxd3
17. Qb5 Rxf3 18. Qxb7 Nd8 19. Qb4 Qxe5 20. Rd1 a5 21. Qb8 Qe7 22. Qb5+ c6 23. Qxa5 O-O 24. O-O Qh4 25. Qe5 Ne6 26. Ne2 Ng5 27. Kg2 Qg4+ 28. Ng3 Rf5! {White resigned.} 0-1

machomortensen
30-07-2014, 03:47 AM
@ Vlad

Board 12 is certainly one of the better boards because in that room you open all doors outside the parc and water.

Allan Rasmussen is defending danish champion and I presume he will play the first board at Tromsų. He never came with any bad excuses after the game.

"All" knew after the game that he should have played 21.Qa4+! instead of 21.Qb8...

Vlad
30-07-2014, 07:06 AM
In my opinion an elegant finish would be if Anton played Rf5 a move earlier. Finding Rf5 on move 28 is something I would do in a bullet game with seconds on my clock. Playing Rf5 on move 27 is much nicer.

Yes, after I saw that GM missed Qa4, I thought he can't see simple tactics, making Anton likely to prevail in that game.

BTW, Max, Anton added 37 rating points, not 27.8.:)

pax
30-07-2014, 04:23 PM
Excellent results from all of our Olympiad team members, and even the captain got in on the act with a certain notable IM scalp (and then had to quickly dump a few games in order not to overshadow the playing team members).

Capablanca-Fan
31-07-2014, 12:11 AM
In my opinion an elegant finish would be if Anton played Rf5 a move earlier. Finding Rf5 on move 28 is something I would do in a bullet game with seconds on my clock. Playing Rf5 on move 27 is much nicer.
Yes, that was better, but Anton presumably saw a way to win and played it.


Yes, after I saw that GM missed Qa4, I thought he can't see simple tactics, making Anton likely to prevail in that game.
I fail to see the logic, because presumably Anton also missed the same ‘simple tactics’.


BTW, Max, Anton added 37 rating points, not 27.8.:)
A good number.

Agent Smith
01-08-2014, 09:17 AM
http://en.chessbase.com/post/2014-politiken-cup

Agent Smith
02-08-2014, 08:38 AM
From Dave's website


Honorary Australian Gawain Jones really impressed, and thanks to a big win against Tiger in the last round, picked up second place and a hefty payday.

[Event "Politiken Cup 2014"]
[Site "Helsingor"]
[Date "2014.07.29"]
[Round "10.4"]
[White "Hillarp Persson, Tiger"]
[Black "Jones, Gawain C B"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2564"]
[BlackElo "2665"]
[ECO "E97"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Kh1 Bd7 10.Ne1 Ne8 11.Be3 f5 12.f3 f4 13.Bf2 g5 14.a4 Rf6 15.c5 Rh6 16.Qb3 Rb8 17.cxd6 Nxd6 18.Bxa7 Qe8 19.Nd3
( 19.Bxb8 Qh5 20.Kg1 Qxh2+ 21.Kf2 Qh4+ 22.Kg1 Nef5 23.Ba7 Ne3 24.Qa2 Bf6 25.Rc1 g4 26.fxg4 Qh1+ 27.Kf2 Bh4+ 28.Kf3 Bxg4# )
19...b6 20.Nf2 Rb7 21.Nb5 Nec8 22.Rac1 Bxb5 23.Bxb5 Nxb5 24.axb5 Rd6 25.Bb8 Qd8
( 25...Rxb8 26.Rxc7 Ra8 27.Nd3 Rd8 28.Rc6 )
26.Bxc7 Rxc7 27.Rc6 Na7 28.Nd1 Bf8 29.Nc3 Kh8 30.Na4 Rg7 31.Rfc1 g4 32.fxg4 Nxc6 33.bxc6 Rh6 34.Qf3 Bd6 35.h3 Rh4 36.Kg1 h5 37.Kf2 hxg4 38.hxg4 Rgxg4 0-1

http://www.davidsmerdon.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2013-07-30-13.31.41-1024x768.jpg

MichaelBaron
02-08-2014, 11:53 AM
Today's article on chessbase.com (http://en.chessbase.com/post/2014-politiken-cup) inlcude's David's and Anton's photos. It also reports that David won pairs' blitz tournarment with GM Jones