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Thai Ly
19-02-2016, 03:03 AM
MCC 150th Anniversary Lecture and Simul by GM Nigel Short - Wed 16 March 2016

The Melbourne Chess Club is pleased to announce that, as part of its 150th anniversary celebration, it will be hosting former World Champion contender GM Nigel Short for a lecture and simul!

Melbourne chess lovers - don't miss out on this unique opportunity to play and/or see a true legend and character of the game!

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Venue: Melbourne Chess Club, 66 Leicester Street, Fitzroy

Date: Wednesday 16 March 2016

Time: 6:30 pm (Lecture), 7:30 pm (Simul) (approximately)

Costs: $50 (both Lecture and Simul participation), $40 (Simul participation only), $20 (Lecture only)

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Register online at https://mcc.enter.services/2016-tournaments/melbourne-nigel-short-lecture-and-simul-registration/ (https://mcc.enter.services/2016-tournaments/melbourne-nigel-short-lecture-and-simul-registration/)


For further details, please visit the Melbourne Chess Club website page (http://www.melbournechessclub.org/events/2016/nigel-short-lecture-and-simul (http://www.melbournechessclub.org/events/2016/nigel-short-lecture-and-simul))

or

contact the club by email at (melbchessclub@gmail.com (melbchessclub@gmail.com)) or phone during opening hours on (03) 9416 3149.

Seats in the Simul capped at 30 seats, so register early!

ER
19-02-2016, 07:27 PM
Done thanks!

Thai Ly
13-03-2016, 01:03 AM
Reminder

Just a reminder to everyone that the lecture and simul are due to happen this upcoming Wednesday.

We still have a few places left in the simul, so it's not too late to come along and play one of the legends of chess. Registration can be made on the website in the original post.

Simul Spectators

Also, the Melbourne Chess Club has decided to allow spectators in for the Simul only portion of the evening. A small surcharge of $5, on top of any payable visitor's fee, will apply to anyone who wishes to spectate the Simul. This means that MCC members can spectate for $5 while non-members can spectate for $10 ($5 visitor's fee + $5 to view simul).

Finally, in response to some inquiries, parents or guardians of any juniors playing the the Simul will not be charged any fee to attend (unless they are also participating in the Simul).

Hope to see lots of people there!

Eamonn O'Molloy
15-03-2016, 02:17 PM
Can someone stick my name down for this please? Just for the simul part, can't make the lecture. Thanks.

Nikolaos
15-03-2016, 02:29 PM
Hey Thai can i still join for the lecture? I paid for the simul only but i am able to be for the lecture too is it still possible?

Thai Ly
15-03-2016, 11:09 PM
With only around 18 hours till the lecture and simul at MCC, there are till 3 seats left for anyone wanting at the last moment to come.

Should any of these remain free at the start of the lecture, we will accept entries and payment in person at the Club, but strictly on a first come/first served basis.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to play Nigel...

ER
16-03-2016, 03:08 PM
Hi Thai.
I have only entered the lecture!
The 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM slot (lecture) is all the time I have available b/n two very important business meetings.
If I am not at the club at 6:25 PM, please offer my seat to the next paying person
and keep my entree fee as a small donation to the club.
Cheers and good luck!
Elliott

ER
16-03-2016, 10:29 PM
Hi Thai.
I have only entered the lecture!
The 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM slot (lecture) is all the time I have available b/n two very important business meetings.
If I am not at the club at 6:25 PM, please offer my seat to the next paying person
and keep my entree fee as a small donation to the club.
Cheers and good luck!
Elliott

Made it for the lecture but I had to go due to other commitments right after the end. There were more people
coming for the simul which promised to be a tremendous success. The lecture was great. GM Short analysed
two games from Begonia in a pleasant, informative and humorous way. A great performance (or another greatest
hit? :)) thanks GM Nigel Short, great to know you and I hope you visit us again, sooner rather than later!

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Photo: Elliott Renzies

Thai Ly
16-03-2016, 11:37 PM
As mentioned by Elliot, Nigel analysed two of his recent Begonia wins, the first being his win against Ari Dale and the second being his win against Kanan Izzat. It was particularly illuminating to get a sense of his mind-set when he sacrificed the exchange against Kanan.

In the Simul, we finally to 30 seats in the end. The players generally did a good job pushing Nigel and in the end, he recorded 26 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss.

Congratulations to the following players for their results against Nigel:

Draw
Zhigen Lin
Colin Savige
Samuel Asaka

Win
Richard Voon

that Caesar guy
17-03-2016, 12:27 AM
As mentioned by Elliot, Nigel analysed two of his recent Begonia wins, the first being his win against Ari Dale and the second being his win against Kanan Izzat. It was particularly illuminating to get a sense of his mind-set when he sacrificed the exchange against Kanan.

In the Simul, we finally to 30 seats in the end. The players generally did a good job pushing Nigel and in the end, he recorded 26 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss.

Congratulations to the following players for their results against Nigel:

Draw
Zhigen Lin
Colin Savige
Samuel Asaka

Win
Richard Voon

VOON! what a ledge

Andy009
17-03-2016, 11:57 AM
Well done Richard,Colin, Samuel and Zhigen! Nigel has been playing well recently and to even win/draw in Simul is impressive!

Paul Cavezza
17-03-2016, 04:51 PM
The game! The game! I must see the game...

Dylan Pleiter
18-03-2016, 09:46 AM
The game! The game! I must see the game...

Your wish is my command...

Nigel Short was white and Richard was black.

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bb5 Nxc3 7. bxc3 Bd7 8.
d4 e4 9. Bxc6 Bxc6 10. Ne5 Bd6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Qg4 Qe7 13. Qxg7 O-O-O 14. Rb1
Qe6 15. Qg5 Rdg8 16. Qa5 Rxg2 17. Qa4 Bxh2 18. Rf1 Rhg8 19. Ba3 Rg1 20. Qa6+
Kd7 21. d5 cxd5 22. Qxe6+ fxe6 23. Rb7 Rxf1+ 24. Kxf1 Rg1+ 25. Ke2 Ra1 26. Rb2
a5 27. Bc5 Be5 28. Bd4 Bd6 29. c4 Rc1 30. cxd5 exd5 31. Rb5 c5 32. Bb2 Rb1 33.
a4 Kc6 34. Kd2 Bc7 0-1

Paul Cavezza
18-03-2016, 09:15 PM
Your wish is my command...

Nigel Short was white and Richard was black.

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bb5 Nxc3 7. bxc3 Bd7 8.
d4 e4 9. Bxc6 Bxc6 10. Ne5 Bd6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Qg4 Qe7 13. Qxg7 O-O-O 14. Rb1
Qe6 15. Qg5 Rdg8 16. Qa5 Rxg2 17. Qa4 Bxh2 18. Rf1 Rhg8 19. Ba3 Rg1 20. Qa6+
Kd7 21. d5 cxd5 22. Qxe6+ fxe6 23. Rb7 Rxf1+ 24. Kxf1 Rg1+ 25. Ke2 Ra1 26. Rb2
a5 27. Bc5 Be5 28. Bd4 Bd6 29. c4 Rc1 30. cxd5 exd5 31. Rb5 c5 32. Bb2 Rb1 33.
a4 Kc6 34. Kd2 Bc7 0-1

Thanks Dylan! Good stuff Voon

BearDrinkingBeer
19-03-2016, 09:57 AM
Well done Richard,Colin, Samuel and Zhigen! Nigel has been playing well recently and to even win/draw in Simul is impressive!

Thanks, here's my less eventful game (Short-Lin):

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. e3 Bb4 4. Nge2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3 6. Nxc3 d5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8.
Qc2 c5 9. Bd3 (9. Be2 Be6 10. O-O Nxc3 11. Qxc3 Qd6 12. b4 Nd7 13. Bb2 Rac8 14.
Rac1 f6 15. Bf3 b6 16. d4 exd4 17. exd4 c4 18. b5 Bd5 19. Rfe1 Rfd8 20. Bg4 Rc7
21. a4 Nf8 22. Ba3 Qf4 23. h3 Bf7 24. Rcd1 Ng6 25. d5 h5 26. d6 hxg4 27. g3 Qe5
28. Qxe5 Nxe5 29. dxc7 Re8 30. Rxe5 {
1-0 Short,N (2681)-Grandelius,N (2556)/Malmo 2013}) 9... Nxc3 10. dxc3 f5 11.
e4 f4 12. Bc4+ Kh8 13. b4 Nc6 14. Bb2 a6 ({
Though there are better moves, I felt during the game that} 14... Rb8 {
was a better way of achieving the ...b5 and ...c4 structure that I had in the
game, as the knight on c6 would not be pinned by Bd5. The engine agrees with
this assessment.}) 15. Rd1 Qc7 16. f3 b5 17. Bd5 c4 18. Qf2 {I had seen this
plan of Qf2-c5, but felt that I was already committed to playing ...b5 and ...
c4 having played 14...a6. Additionally, there did not seem to be a way for
White to force the win of material, which would spell immediate disaster in
this type of structure.} Bd7 19. Qc5 Rac8 20. O-O Nb8 21. Qxc7 Rxc7 22. Bc1 g5
23. Bd2 Bc8 24. Be1 Rg7 25. Bf2 g4 26. Kh1 Rf6 27. Rd2 gxf3 28. gxf3 Bh3 29.
Rg1 Rxg1+ 30. Bxg1 {Black is obviously worse in the final position. White's
two bishops are very strong and can severely limit the movement of the black
rook. Black is far from being able to attack any of White's pawns. On the
other hand, Black's position is solid, so I guess Nigel wasn't in the mood to
squeeze this position into a win, since there were plenty of boards still
going.} ({It was a convenient time for Nigel to offer a draw too, since I was
planning to play the inferior} 30. Bxg1 Bf1 $6 (30... Kg7 {is better, leaving
the bishop on h3 to hamper White's efforts to control the g-file. White has a
slight advantage.}) 31. Bb7 Bd3 {, sealing the d-file closed. The problem is
that White can still eventually take over the g-file with the help of his two
bishops. I couldn't find an active plan, so accepting the draw offer seemed
like an obvious choice.}) 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
19-03-2016, 10:56 AM
In Short-Voon, Short could have lost earlier since 14...h5 kills white's queen. 14.Rb1 was a mistake not only for that reason but because white should have been getting the queen out of there as fast as possible.

MichaelBaron
21-03-2016, 07:58 PM
Thanks, here's my less eventful game (Short-Lin):

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. e3 Bb4 4. Nge2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3 6. Nxc3 d5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8.
Qc2 c5 9. Bd3 (9. Be2 Be6 10. O-O Nxc3 11. Qxc3 Qd6 12. b4 Nd7 13. Bb2 Rac8 14.
Rac1 f6 15. Bf3 b6 16. d4 exd4 17. exd4 c4 18. b5 Bd5 19. Rfe1 Rfd8 20. Bg4 Rc7
21. a4 Nf8 22. Ba3 Qf4 23. h3 Bf7 24. Rcd1 Ng6 25. d5 h5 26. d6 hxg4 27. g3 Qe5
28. Qxe5 Nxe5 29. dxc7 Re8 30. Rxe5 {
1-0 Short,N (2681)-Grandelius,N (2556)/Malmo 2013}) 9... Nxc3 10. dxc3 f5 11.
e4 f4 12. Bc4+ Kh8 13. b4 Nc6 14. Bb2 a6 ({
Though there are better moves, I felt during the game that} 14... Rb8 {
was a better way of achieving the ...b5 and ...c4 structure that I had in the
game, as the knight on c6 would not be pinned by Bd5. The engine agrees with
this assessment.}) 15. Rd1 Qc7 16. f3 b5 17. Bd5 c4 18. Qf2 {I had seen this
plan of Qf2-c5, but felt that I was already committed to playing ...b5 and ...
c4 having played 14...a6. Additionally, there did not seem to be a way for
White to force the win of material, which would spell immediate disaster in
this type of structure.} Bd7 19. Qc5 Rac8 20. O-O Nb8 21. Qxc7 Rxc7 22. Bc1 g5
23. Bd2 Bc8 24. Be1 Rg7 25. Bf2 g4 26. Kh1 Rf6 27. Rd2 gxf3 28. gxf3 Bh3 29.
Rg1 Rxg1+ 30. Bxg1 {Black is obviously worse in the final position. White's
two bishops are very strong and can severely limit the movement of the black
rook. Black is far from being able to attack any of White's pawns. On the
other hand, Black's position is solid, so I guess Nigel wasn't in the mood to
squeeze this position into a win, since there were plenty of boards still
going.} ({It was a convenient time for Nigel to offer a draw too, since I was
planning to play the inferior} 30. Bxg1 Bf1 $6 (30... Kg7 {is better, leaving
the bishop on h3 to hamper White's efforts to control the g-file. White has a
slight advantage.}) 31. Bb7 Bd3 {, sealing the d-file closed. The problem is
that White can still eventually take over the g-file with the help of his two
bishops. I couldn't find an active plan, so accepting the draw offer seemed
like an obvious choice.}) 1/2-1/2

a4 and opening up a file at some point looks tempting for white.

BearDrinkingBeer
22-03-2016, 10:23 AM
a4 and opening up a file at some point looks tempting for white.

Yes, it's the engine's top recommendation for a few moves after the queen trade. I considered 22...a5 followed by ...a4 (or 22...Rf6 first), but I thought White would be able to then take control of the kingside by opening the g-file. Also he may be able to take on a5 in some lines.

Also, in case anyone was wondering, the engine regards 14...f3 as very strong, almost giving Black a slight advantage. I thought about it for a while and, in fact, only played 14...a6 with a few seconds to think because it was my turn to move again. I couldn't find a follow-up to ...f3, despite preventing White from castling kingside. It seemed like in the long term the pawn was doomed and White's dark-squared bishop can now go out via c1 again.

Thai Ly
23-04-2016, 11:58 PM
A PGN file containing 25 of the 30 games played during the Simul has been uploaded to the MCC's games database page:

http://www.melbournechessclub.org/events/historical-tournament-games?pli=1

Big thanks to Dylan Pleiter who went through the scoresheets at hand and inputted the games.