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Desmond
26-01-2016, 03:05 PM
http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/index.htm

Featuring a couple of the players from the upcoming Candidates tournament: Nakamura, Anand.
Also Gawain Jones, Nigel Short, Moulthun Ly, Justin Tan and many more!

MichaelBaron
27-01-2016, 04:44 PM
http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/index.htm

Featuring a couple of the players from the upcoming Candidates tournament: Nakamura, Anand.
Also Gawain Jones, Nigel Short, Moulthun Ly, Justin Tan and many more!

Anand drew against 2350 or so rated lady in Rd1...and it was Slave Defence - the opening he has been playing for both white and black and defeating top GMs in it~!

Geelong Grizzle
27-01-2016, 11:39 PM
When you get that Slave c 4 free, you return it later with advantage.

MichaelBaron
30-01-2016, 09:52 AM
Moulthun is on 3/4 so far and has a 2570 performance rating. Therefore, he is almost on target for a GM norm. Justin is performing roughly on his rating after drawing with an Iranian girly.

Thebes
31-01-2016, 01:48 AM
Moulthon playing Ganguly, famous for being anand's second. He may have played him in previous doeberl's, currently holding his weight 21 moves in according to stockfish,
game can be found here : https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/gibraltar-masters-2016/5/1/17

also his rating is currently going +5, just further cementing his spot on the olympiad team if he can finish as strong as he did in Qatar.

Qbert
31-01-2016, 06:36 AM
Moulthon playing Ganguly, famous for being anand's second. He may have played him in previous doeberl's, currently holding his weight 21 moves in according to stockfish,
game can be found here : https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/gibraltar-masters-2016/5/1/17

also his rating is currently going +5, just further cementing his spot on the olympiad team if he can finish as strong as he did in Qatar.

and wins! :clap::clap:
Ganguly, Surya Shekhar vs Ly, Moulthun

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qf3 d6 8. Be2 Nf6 9. O-O Be7 10. Qg3 O-O 11. f4 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 b5 13. a3 Bb7 14. Rad1 Rad8 15. Bf3 Kh8 16. Rfe1 Rg8 17. Kh1 Nd7 18. Bh5 Rdf8 19. e5 dxe5 20. fxe5 Bc5 21. Qe3 Bxd4 22. Rxd4 f6 23. exf6 gxf6 24. Bf3 Bxf3 25. Qxf3 Ne5 26. Qh3 f5 27. Qh4 Qg7 28. Qg3 Ng4 29. Rd6 f4 30. Qf3 Ne5 31. Qe4 Nc4 32. Rd4 f3 33. g3 Nxb2 34. Nd1 Nc4 35. Rd3 f2 36. Rf1 Ne5 37. Rd6 Ng4 38. Rxe6 Nxh2 39. Rxf2 Nf1 40. Qe5 Nxg3+ 41. Kh2 Qxe5 42. Rxe5 Rd8 43. Re3 Rxd1 44. Rxg3 Rh1+ 45. Kxh1 Rxg3 46. a4 bxa4 47. Rf4 Rg6 48. Rxa4 Kg7 49. Kh2 Kf7 50. Rh4 h6 51. Ra4 Ke7 52. Kh3 Kd7 53. Kh4 Kc7 54. Kh5 Rf6 55. Kg4 Kb6 56. c4 Kc5 57. Kh5 Kd4 58. Kg4 Kc3 59. c5 Rc6 60. Kf3 Kb3 61. Rd4 Rxc5 62. Rd6 a5 63. Rxh6 Re5 64. Rb6+ Ka3 65. Rb8 a4 66. Kf2 Ka2 67. Rb4 a3 68. Rb8 Ka1 69. Rb3 a2 70. Rb6 Rh5 71. Ke2 Rh1 72. Kd3 Rb1 73. Rg6 Kb2 74. Rb6+ Kc1 75. Rc6+ Kd1 76. Rg6 Ke1 77. Kd4 0-1

MichaelBaron
31-01-2016, 09:46 AM
Great endgame skill! Also, f6 looks very brave as it opens up a file next to black's king..but it works!

Desmond
31-01-2016, 10:55 AM
Anand lost as well

Kevin Bonham
31-01-2016, 12:17 PM
Moulthon playing Ganguly, famous for being anand's second. He may have played him in previous doeberl's,.

I can't find evidence that he did. They did play in 2012 in Queenstown (Moulthun white, draw.) Justin Tan beat Ganguly at Doeberl last year with white. A win against Ganguly with black is a great scalp for Moulthun.

Agent Smith
31-01-2016, 01:14 PM
Not that it should be news, but somehow it is - Nigel Short was beaten up by a woman. 2500 Indian GM, Dronavalli Harika :)

[Event "Gibraltar Masters 2016"]
[Site "Caleta ENG"]
[Date "2016.01.28"]
[Round "3.12"]
[White "Short, Nigel D"]
[Black "Harika, Dronavalli"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2684"]
[BlackElo "2511"]
[ECO "C03"]
[EventDate "2016.01.26"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "French"]
[Variation "Tarrasch"]
[WhiteFideId "400025"]
[BlackFideId "5015197"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Be7 4. e5 c5 5. Qg4 Kf8 6. dxc5 h5 7. Qe2 Bxc5 8. Nb3 b6 9. Nh3 Qc7 10. Bf4 Ne7 11. O-O-O Ng6 12. Kb1 Nc6 13. Re1 a5 14. Nxc5 bxc5 15. Qe3 c4 16. Qc5+ Kg8 17. Bc1 a4 18. f4 Nge7 19. Ng5 Nf5 20. Rd1 Ra5 21. Qf2 Rb5 22. c3 Qa5 23. Qc2 Rb8 24. Ka1 Ba6 25. Nf3 Qb5 26. g3 a3 27. bxa3 Qa5 28. Bh3 Bb5 29. Rxd5 Ba4 30. Qd2 Qxd5 31. Qxd5 Bc2
( 31. ... Bc2 32. Be3 exd5 33. Bc5 Rb5 34. Bb4 Be4 )
0-1

Thebes
31-01-2016, 01:53 PM
and he managed to get an "easier" pairing, white against Santosh Gujrathi Vadit, another indian.

Justin Tan beat a dutch FM and is now playing a 2577 GM.

Moulthon is performing at 2673 and going +12
whereas Justin Tan is performing 2488 and going +3
The only bad thing about Gibraltar is they only broadcast 20 boards, whereas in Qatar they were broadcasting them all.

Thebes
01-02-2016, 03:48 AM
Moulthun blunders a piece in time trouble against his strong opponent today which is a shame, hopefully can get an easier pairing tomorrow.

MichaelBaron
01-02-2016, 11:03 AM
Moulthun blunders a piece in time trouble against his strong opponent today which is a shame, hopefully can get an easier pairing tomorrow.

Not that much easier - he is black against 2624 rated GM. Justin gets an easier pairing though - he is up against a well-known (but old :)) Canadian IM. Anyway, given that both Justin and Moulthun want GM norms - strong pairings are actually blessings.

Thebes
01-02-2016, 11:09 AM
And we miss out on watching Moulthon live by 1 board, looks like an early night for me, have stayed up all night the last two nights watching his games.

jammo
01-02-2016, 03:01 PM
Not that much easier - he is black against 2624 rated GM. Justin gets an easier pairing though - he is up against a well-known (but old :)) Canadian IM. Anyway, given that both Justin and Moulthun want GM norms - strong pairings are actually blessings.

Hey ... watch it fella. Young Piasetski played in my World Junior so I'm expecting him to be too strong for Justin.

MichaelBaron
01-02-2016, 03:50 PM
Hey ... watch it fella. Young Piasetski played in my World Junior so I'm expecting him to be too strong for Justin.

That's what I said - his chess career goes back to Stone Age :whistle:
He got his IM title over 40 years ago!

Tim Pearce
02-02-2016, 12:13 AM
And we miss out on watching Moulthon live by 1 board, looks like an early night for me, have stayed up all night the last two nights watching his games.

Looks like they found one more DGT, just for you!

MichaelBaron
02-02-2016, 01:05 PM
and Justin and Molthun are half point ahead of Anand after rd 7! Furthermore, Molthun drew with his 2624-rated opponent in rd 7 (while Justin beat Jammo's retirement village buddy) and is now playing Howell who is rated 2685!

pax
02-02-2016, 01:39 PM
and Justin and Molthun are half point ahead of Anand after rd 7! Furthermore, Molthun drew with his 2624-rated opponent in rd 7 (while Justin beat Jammo's retirement village buddy) and is now playing Howell who is rated 2685!

Cue frantic norm calculations (mine says if his next opponent is >2470 he needs 1/2 for a nine round norm).

Thebes
02-02-2016, 06:44 PM
Is that assuming he loses/wins/draws this game? I'm not really educated in the whole calculating norms thing.

pax
02-02-2016, 07:10 PM
Is that assuming he loses/wins/draws this game? I'm not really educated in the whole calculating norms thing.

e.g if he loses to Howell but beats a 2470, or draws Howell and draws a 2470. (My numbers are a bit approximate - I'm sure Bill or Vlad will come in here and give us the lowdown to 3 decimal places).

Vlad
02-02-2016, 09:15 PM
I believe the minimum rating of the last round's opponent is 2468, so your estimate is pretty good.

Tony Dowden
03-02-2016, 07:26 AM
e.g if he loses to Howell but beats a 2470, or draws Howell and draws a 2470. (My numbers are a bit approximate - I'm sure Bill or Vlad will come in here and give us the lowdown to 3 decimal places).

Ly drew against Howell (2685) and is White against Naiditsch (2696) in the last round. So a draw will be enough for a norm - and take him very close to breaking the 2500 threshold (I think his live rating would be about 2497-2498). Go Moulthun!!!

pax
03-02-2016, 08:55 AM
Ly drew against Howell (2685) and is White against Naiditsch (2696) in the last round. So a draw will be enough for a norm - and take him very close to breaking the 2500 threshold (I think his live rating would be about 2497-2498). Go Moulthun!!!

Crikey, if he gets the norm now he will certainly have earned it! 6 GM opponents, all rated over 2620! If he loses, a win over any player over 2371 (I think) in the final round (it's ten rounds, not nine) will secure a ten round norm, and a win over almost anyone else secures a nine round norm.

StokesyRedcliff
03-02-2016, 11:05 AM
Go Moulthun! Get that GM norm - you certainly deserve it mate!

Frank
03-02-2016, 01:40 PM
Go Moulthun! Get that GM norm - you certainly deserve it mate!

He is on the cusp of greatness!

Adamski
03-02-2016, 05:22 PM
Go Moulthun! Get that GM norm - you certainly deserve it mate!
Agreed. Hope he gets the norm. Wonderful tournament for Moulthun. :)

Thebes
03-02-2016, 06:23 PM
Currently 2495 live with a couple months left in Europe and several tournaments left including Reykjavik Open, so he could actually represent Australia at board 1 of the Olympiad as a GM!

pax
03-02-2016, 06:50 PM
Currently 2495 live with a couple months left in Europe and several tournaments left including Reykjavik Open, so he could actually represent Australia at board 1 of the Olympiad as a GM!

An Aussie all-GM team for 2018? It could happen!

Thebes
03-02-2016, 08:11 PM
Could already have 4/5 boards GM's !

Tony Dowden
03-02-2016, 10:21 PM
Crikey ... it's ten rounds, not nine ...

Oh yeah, so it is :)

MichaelBaron
03-02-2016, 11:14 PM
An Aussie all-GM team for 2018? It could happen!

If everyone agrees to play the ollympiad there is more than likely to be one! Zhao, Smerdon & Illingworth are GMs already. Kanan is almost there and may get Australian PR by then. There there is very young Smirnov + Ly who is 2500. I believe having a team where all players are 2500+ is quite a probability!

Manuel
04-02-2016, 04:13 AM
I don't often post here but I think this is a good time.

Moulthun Ly 1-Naiditsh 0 !

Second GM norm achieved!

Adamski
04-02-2016, 07:18 AM
I don't often post here but I think this is a good time.

Moulthun Ly 1-Naiditsh 0 !

Second GM achieved!
Awesome result against a top GM. Huge congrats to Moulthun. I think he has had his best ever overseas tournamemt (possibly excepting blitz where he is a champion).

Manuel
04-02-2016, 07:35 AM
http://livestream.com/gibchess/events/4737803

A link to see Moulthun show his game, not sure how long it will be up for.

Desmond
04-02-2016, 07:59 AM
Epic performance!

Thebes
04-02-2016, 08:12 AM
And his live rating it over 2500.

Tony Dowden
04-02-2016, 08:43 AM
Well done Moulthun!!! I think his live rating is about 2502.

MichaelBaron
04-02-2016, 09:35 AM
What's even more important - not just a GM norm but consistent victories over very strong GMs!. Congratulations on behalf of myself and Adamski!

lost
04-02-2016, 09:38 AM
I don't often post here but I think this is a good time.

Moulthun Ly 1-Naiditsh 0 !

Second GM norm achieved!

.....and what makes it better is it is a guaranteed 10 game norm just for turning up so well done Moulthun.

lost

ratinahat
04-02-2016, 10:21 AM
I would like to pose this question, "Has any Australian ever had a better tournament performance than this when you consider the quality of opponents he has played?"

pax
04-02-2016, 11:05 AM
I would like to pose this question, "Has any Australian ever had a better tournament performance than this when you consider the quality of opponents he has played?"

I think it is hard to go past this (bearing in mind the rating inflation of the last 25 years): http://www.365chess.com/tournaments/Groningen_1989/21679

pax
04-02-2016, 11:06 AM
Top marks to him also for pushing on for the win even when it might have been tempting to take a draw and lock up the norm.

MichaelBaron
04-02-2016, 11:08 AM
The only positive that Ly's opponent can enjoy is...that his wife is currently on 6/9 and is playing Kamsky in the last round! Full point ahead of her super-GM husband.

pax
04-02-2016, 11:11 AM
If everyone agrees to play the ollympiad there is more than likely to be one! Zhao, Smerdon & Illingworth are GMs already. Kanan is almost there and may get Australian PR by then. There there is very young Smirnov + Ly who is 2500. I believe having a team where all players are 2500+ is quite a probability!

Not to mention also Aussie Champion Bobby Cheng and Justin Tan who are both heading in the right direction. It seems to me that it is not completely certainty that Zhao and Smerdon would even be selected in 2018 if all players were available.

ggardiner
04-02-2016, 12:43 PM
Warmest congratulations to Moulthun from all at Gardiner Chess. Andrew and I have added our own thoughts at https://www.facebook.com/Gardiner-Chess-193294987381567/

Davidflude
04-02-2016, 04:04 PM
Round starts 3 hours early.

Two more tough opponents for Ly and Justin. Does Justin have any chance of a norm?

ratinahat
04-02-2016, 04:09 PM
Fair enough Pax. Must admit I did wonder whether Ian had done better sometime!

Thebes
04-02-2016, 04:21 PM
Round starts 3 hours early.

Two more tough opponents for Ly and Justin. Does Justin have any chance of a norm?

Round starts 4 hours earlier tonight, not 3.

StokesyRedcliff
04-02-2016, 05:35 PM
On behalf of all the 500 plus members of The Chess Association of Queensland, CONGRATULATIONS MOULTHUN on a simply marvellous performance in the Gibraltar Masters! You so truly deserve this GM Norm! Win Round 10 just for fun too!

lost
04-02-2016, 07:23 PM
Round starts 3 hours early.

Two more tough opponents for Ly and Justin. Does Justin have any chance of a norm?

Justin to my calculations that were done really quickly suggest he doesn't have a chance at a norm. I hope Moulthun Ly can get his final GM norm in Reykjavik Open and Justin to get a GM norm there too.

lost

Kevin Bonham
04-02-2016, 08:00 PM
Total awesomeness! Congrats Moulthun!

Thebes
05-02-2016, 12:29 AM
They subbed Moulthon's DGT fame for Vishy's, also as said in the interview Moulthon will have another chance to get GM from a GM norm tournament he'll be playing in Amsterdam
3049

He'll need to score 6.5/9 with that field.

Thebes
05-02-2016, 12:31 AM
Also Moulthon lost his last game, Jtan still playing against the current Russian Woman's champion

Justin Tan finally drew 6 and a half hours later.
His opponent Aleksandra Goryachkina already scored an IM norm for this tournament and as mentioned several times on chesschat, she used to share the same coach with Anton Smirnov

MichaelBaron
05-02-2016, 10:01 AM
Also Moulthon lost his last game, Jtan still playing against the current Russian Woman's champion

Justin Tan finally drew 6 and a half hours later.
His opponent Aleksandra Goryachkina already scored an IM norm for this tournament and as mentioned several times on chesschat, she used to share the same coach with Anton Smirnov

She is also around same age as Justin and a cute girl...so draw is a great result :)

Capablanca-Fan
05-02-2016, 01:30 PM
Here is the Ly–Naiditsch game (https://www.chess.com/emboard?id=2866528) that can actually be played through.

Thebes
05-02-2016, 04:19 PM
She is actually my age Baron, only 17.

MichaelBaron
05-02-2016, 06:05 PM
She is actually my age Baron, only 17.

Well 1 year difference is not a great deal... :).

Thebes
05-02-2016, 06:11 PM
possibly when coming from someone more than double her age

jammo
05-02-2016, 08:59 PM
Well 1 year difference is not a great deal... :).

Yes, just like being a week or two out on the birth of Andy Murray's baby, its no big deal.

MichaelBaron
05-02-2016, 10:11 PM
Yes, just like being a week or two out on the birth of Andy Murray's baby, its no big deal.
Jammo, in your Stone Age (or was it Ice Age) was it regarded as odd if 18 yo guy is dating a 17 yo girl...or would the partners be regarded as ''roughtly same age'' (this is what i said) :)

Desmond
06-02-2016, 09:56 AM
Anand has bomb-dived out of the world top 10 with that performance (-21.9).

MichaelBaron
06-02-2016, 11:16 AM
Unfortunately this is 2nd event in a row where he is performing poorly. He also did badly in London

Ian Rout
06-02-2016, 12:17 PM
Anand is in the fortunate position of being an ex World Champion and a leading (and popular) player for many years, plus his place in the coming Candidates is locked in. So he doesn't have to concern himself overly with the day to day minutiae of ratings fluctuations as much as some others.

No doubt he would have preferred to have a good result, but when he chose to play he would have been aware of the risks of the outcome that did happen, especially in circumstances where he can't give anything away, and decided he could live with it.

Agent Smith
06-02-2016, 01:46 PM
Anand also did poorly just before last years candidates, which he emphatically won.

ER
06-02-2016, 01:51 PM
Anand is in the fortunate position of being an ex World Champion and a leading (and popular) player for many years, plus his place in the coming Candidates is locked in. So he doesn't have to concern himself overly with the day to day minutiae of ratings fluctuations as much as some others.

No doubt he would have preferred to have a good result, but when he chose to play he would have been aware of the risks of the outcome that did happen, especially in circumstances where he can't give anything away, and decided he could live with it.

Correct! They all go through "slumpy" periods. I remember Carlsen in a tournament (was it Norway?) not so long ago where he couldn't even score 50%!

Agent Smith
06-02-2016, 01:57 PM
Moulthun's win. Obviously, I'm no GM laugh. But
22. ... Rxe5 looks very ??? to me, and then giving up the bishop pair next move ?

[Event "Gibraltar Masters 2016"]
[Site "Caleta ENG"]
[White "Ly, Moulthun"]
[Black "Naiditsch, Arkadij"]
[Result "1-0"]
[EventDate "2016.01.26"]
[Opening "Sicilian"]
[Variation "Najdorf, Byrne (English) attack"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Be7 4. e5 c5 5. Qg4 Kf8 6. Ndf3 Nc6 7. Bd3 cxd4
( 7. ... c4 8. Be2 h5 9. Qf4 )
8. Ne2 Bc5
( 8. ... Bb4+ 9. Kf1 Bc5 )
9. O-O
( 9. Qf4 f6 10. O-O Nxe5 11. Nxe5 Bd6 12. Nxd4 Bxe5 13. Qe3 )
9. ... Nge7 10. a3 Ng6 11. Qg3 Bb6 12. Bxg6 hxg6 13. Rd1 Bd7 14. Nexd4 Nxd4 15. Nxd4 Qh4 16. c3 Qxg3 17. hxg3 f6 18. Re1 Kf7 19. f4 Rh5 20. Be3 fxe5 21. Nf3 e4
( 21. ... Bc7 22. fxe5 Bxe5 23. g4 )
22. Ne5+ Rxe5
( 22. ... Ke7 23. Bxb6 axb6 )
23. fxe5 Bxe3+ 24. Rxe3 Bb5 25. g4 Ke7 26. Kf2 Rf8+ 27. Kg3 Kd7 28. Rh1 Kc6 29. Rh7 Rf7 30. Rh8 Kc5 31. b3 Bc6 32. Rd8 a5 33. Rd6 a4 34. bxa4 Kc4 35. a5 Rc7 36. Rxe6 Kb3 37. Rd6 Kc2 38. Kf4 Rf7+ 39. Kg5 Rf2 40. e6 Rf6 41. a6 1-0