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Paul Russell
21-01-2019, 05:13 PM
Hi everyone,

I'm very pleased to announce that the Sydney International Open (SIO) is back, hosted at Macquarie University in Sydney's North Ryde.

Four events to choose from:

Sydney International Open (SIO) 24-28 April
Peter Parr Memorial Sydney International Challengers (SIC) 24-28 April
Sydney International Blitz (SIB) 23 April from 7pm
Macquarie University Junior Rapidplay 27-28 April (9am-12pm)

With a total prize pool of $14, 850 the Macquarie University Chess Festival is not to be missed! Register today http://siochess.com/registration/ or (Direct link: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=471686&ses=1406211&sec=870280&bof=1).

Please note entries close midnight 22 April (Monday). Late entries taken at the venue will incur a late fee of $45, and will only be included in the round 1 draw at the discretion of the arbiter.

For all information regarding the venue, full prize list, current entries, playing schedule and entry fees please visit http://siochess.com/.

For any enquires please contact:

Chief Organiser: Paul Russell (Paul.Russell@students.mq.edu.au (M) 0490003822).

Chief Arbiter and Webmaster: IA Alana Chibnall (Alanachibnall@hotmail.com (M) 0408605607).

Technical Organiser: Shaun Press (Shaunpress@gmail.com (M) 0488 954 936).

shadowshooter
21-01-2019, 10:50 PM
Good to see it back in action. Well done, fellas.

MichaelBaron
22-01-2019, 12:23 AM
Just got a FB message from a chess friend who may be interested in playing in the Challenger who wants to know how ''weak'' does one need to be rating-wise to be accepted into that Challenger event. His Fide is 1900 or so I think and no ACF

ER
22-01-2019, 06:27 AM
2. The Peter Parr Memorial Challengers is open to all players rated beloow 2000 (ACF) or non ACF rated players with a FIDE Rating below 2000

Adamski
22-01-2019, 07:01 AM
Great work by Paul and Shaun to have an SIO again!

MichaelBaron
22-01-2019, 10:12 AM
2. The Peter Parr Memorial Challengers is open to all players rated beloow 2000 (ACF) or non ACF rated players with a FIDE Rating below 2000

Fantastic. Big Thx! If you play, he may see you there :)

ER
22-01-2019, 12:44 PM
Fantastic. Big Thx! If you play, he may see you there :)

You (and your friend) are welcome Michael.
I have to tell you though that after my initial enthusiasm, I discovered that SIO
clashes with our very own ANZAC Day (*) w/e at MCC. So I am actually in two minds now.
We'll see how it goes.
(*) whose penultimate and final rounds also clash with Chess Artists Excellence tournament R1 at Caulfield!

Whatever the case might be SIO is a great tournament and along with Doeberl and Aus Champs and/or Aus Open Champs
will contribute to international exposure and local improvement of our game!

I wish Paul, Shaun and co. all the best!

Max Illingworth
22-01-2019, 07:22 PM
Well done on getting the SIO up and running again, Paul and Shaun. I have special memories of this event, as it's the tournament where I qualified for my FIDE Master title, back in 2010. The first SIO, back in 2007, was a massive breakthrough tournament for me, where I went from being a talented 2000-rated player to scoring more than the occasional win against players rated around 2150-2250. I hope your hard work is rewarded with a strong, large field and a very successful tournament. :)

Paul Russell
24-01-2019, 10:55 PM
Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm regarding this event! We have definitely been getting a lot of interest from overseas titled players, so it looks promising for a successful revival. It's unfortunate regarding the clash with the MCC Weekender though.

Frank
25-01-2019, 07:56 AM
Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm regarding this event! We have definitely been getting a lot of interest from overseas titled players, so it looks promising for a successful revival.

Good on you, Paul.

Paul Russell
13-02-2019, 01:06 AM
Hi all, I've got some very exciting news. Registrations are now live for this tournament through TryBooking. We've also launched our new website (credit to our webmaster and Chief Arbiter Alana Chibnall) - http://siochess.com/. Please find the link for registration here - http://siochess.com/registration/. We've already received one entry from GM Daniel Fernandez from the UK! If you all could spread the word and share the new website that would be great. Lets get this tournament rolling.

ER
13-02-2019, 11:26 PM
Hi Paul and team!
Amazing news, keep up the good work!!
Am I allowed to share the website on my face book page?

Paul Russell
14-02-2019, 09:43 AM
Yes of course! If you could share as widely as possible that would be great. The old website also now redirects to the current one - www.siochess.com

Paul Russell
14-02-2019, 10:44 AM
Currently we have received three additional entries. The current list now is GM Daniel Fernandez (ENG), FM Gene Nakauchi, Tim Singelton and Aiden Wen!

ER
14-02-2019, 03:19 PM
Yes of course! If you could share as widely as possible that would be great. The old website also now redirects to the current one - www.siochess.com

Done!!! Kudos to Lani Chibnall for the impressive website too!

StokesyRedcliff
14-02-2019, 10:25 PM
Great news to have the Sydney International Open and Peter Parr Challengers for U2000 ACF players back on the Chess Calendar! Great to see the New South Wales Chess Association getting right behind these two events as an important sponsor too! I will spread the word to as many Queenslanders as I can - I see Gene Nakauchi has already entered! Good luck to Paul and Shaun and all involved in putting on this significant event/s! I also hope The Doeberl Cup benefits with lots of strong entries now that players have two wonderful events to play in in such close proximity!

Trent Parker
20-02-2019, 11:55 AM
It appears that Paypal is currently not a payment option.

i was all ready to enter the Challenger, lock myself in to playing, and then did not have my credit card with me.

Now I'm thinking I might use my holidays to have a holiday. But then again I'm so happy SIO is back.......

I wonder if Paypal will be an option before the event starts.......

Kind Regards

Trent

Alana
28-02-2019, 07:16 PM
It appears that Paypal is currently not a payment option.

i was all ready to enter the Challenger, lock myself in to playing, and then did not have my credit card with me.

Now I'm thinking I might use my holidays to have a holiday. But then again I'm so happy SIO is back.......

I wonder if Paypal will be an option before the event starts.......

Kind Regards

Trent

Hi Trent,

Unfortunately we have been unable to put PayPal in as a form of payment for this event. The main reason for this is that the Macquarie Chess Society do not have a business PayPal account, as they are ineligible being a student-led organisation. Since the NSWCA are not organisers of the event, we cannot use theirs either.

If you contact Paul Russell you may be able to pay into the NSWCA's bank account, who will be able to transfer the funds.

BlairMandla
05-03-2019, 10:02 AM
Something wrong with the website?
NSWCA website appears to be suspended...

Bill Gletsos
05-03-2019, 11:26 AM
Something wrong with the website?
NSWCA website appears to be suspended...The SIO website siochess.com is not on or hosted by the NSWCA

The NSWCA website is back up.

Arcadia
03-04-2019, 01:37 AM
Something wrong with the website?
NSWCA website appears to be suspended...

Hi Blair,

We've updated the website a while back to siochess.com. The old URL from 2014 Sio.nswca.org.au automatically redirects to the new website. Let me know if this still isn't working for you.

Paul Russell
03-04-2019, 01:43 AM
It appears that Paypal is currently not a payment option.

i was all ready to enter the Challenger, lock myself in to playing, and then did not have my credit card with me.

Now I'm thinking I might use my holidays to have a holiday. But then again I'm so happy SIO is back.......

I wonder if Paypal will be an option before the event starts.......

Kind Regards

Trent

Hi Trent,

If you want you can pay by bank transfer as well.

Here are the details:
Name: The Chess Club
BSB: 082-344
Acct No: 98-846-0954
Branch: NAB Macquarie Centre.

If you could please email your transfer receipt to Paul.Russell@students.mq.edu.au that would be great.

We're definitely excited to have you back playing in the SIC!

Paul Russell
03-04-2019, 01:48 AM
Hi all just an update. The tournament field is definitely looking very impressive with three GMs, one WGM, and eight IMs! With less than three weeks until registration closes make sure you register before the tournament is booked out. And of course don't forget to explore our website http://siochess.com/ for all details about the event. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Adamski
03-04-2019, 10:13 PM
Hi all just an update. The tournament field is definitely looking very impressive with three GMs, one WGM, and eight IMs! With less than three weeks until registration closes make sure you register before the tournament is booked out. And of course don't forget to explore our website http://siochess.com/ for all details about the event. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you there!

That entry list is a good state of affairs with over 2 weeks to go until the tournament. Well done to the organisers.

Paul Russell
04-04-2019, 08:09 AM
That entry list is a good state of affairs with over 2 weeks to go until the tournament. Well done to the organisers.

Thanks so much, it's definitely going to be the strongest tournament this year in Sydney!

Paul Russell
04-04-2019, 09:28 PM
For those worried about parking, parking is now free for all players and visitors to the tournament across any on campus car park. On the day I recommend using West 3 since that's the closest to the venue.

Paul Russell
09-04-2019, 02:53 PM
Hi all,

Here's an updated list of entries. Currently we have 32 in the Open with an average rating of around 1950, 24 in the U2000 Challengers, and 16 in the U18 Junior Rapid. As always, if you want to keep track of our entry lists vist http://siochess.com/entries/.
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carlsen_karpov
09-04-2019, 10:02 PM
Hello. I was wondering with the trains being cut off to Macquarie University, are there any buses to the area coming from the city?

Paul Russell
10-04-2019, 10:41 AM
Hello. I was wondering with the trains being cut off to Macquarie University, are there any buses to the area coming from the city?

Hi, unfortunately our flagship new driverless metro train line is due to open a week after the tournament >.<

However, I've included some info about public transport here http://siochess.com/venue/. There are buses that leave directly outside Wynyard Station (in the city) to the university. During peak 293 is the express bus, and off peak catch the 621 or the 651. I would recommend using the NSW trip planner or google maps to plan your transport, since the university is a major transport hub there are a lot of options available regarding public transport.

carlsen_karpov
11-04-2019, 08:26 PM
Hi, unfortunately our flagship new driverless metro train line is due to open a week after the tournament >.<

However, I've included some info about public transport here http://siochess.com/venue/. There are buses that leave directly outside Wynyard Station (in the city) to the university. During peak 293 is the express bus, and off peak catch the 621 or the 651. I would recommend using the NSW trip planner or google maps to plan your transport, since the university is a major transport hub there are a lot of options available regarding public transport.

Thanks!

Paul Russell
12-04-2019, 10:50 AM
Now with over 82 registered across the festival's events the revival of the SIO is looking very bright! For those planning on playing but still not entered please register here https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=471686&ses=1406211&sec=870280&bof=1. For anyone wishing to spectate, GM Ian Rogers will be doing commentary, and Gary Lane has confirmed that the AEC Book Stall will also be making a come back! I hope to see you all there, and don't forget if you have any questions shoot me an email at Paul.Russell@students.mq.edu.au !

Alana
14-04-2019, 05:44 PM
Entries for the Open and Challengers can both now be found on chess-results:

Open: http://chess-results.com/tnr431708.aspx?lan=1&art=0
Challengers: http://chess-results.com/tnr431723.aspx?lan=1&art=0

Paul Russell
18-04-2019, 02:13 PM
We are now at over 120 entries across the fesitval's events! Don't forget registration closes on Monday midnight 22nd of April. If you're playing to play don't forget to register before getting hit with late fees! http://siochess.com/registration/

Adamski
19-04-2019, 02:36 PM
We are now at over 120 entries across the fesitval's events! Don't forget registration closes on Monday midnight 22nd of April. If you're playing to play don't forget to register before getting hit with late fees! http://siochess.com/registration/ Many Rooty Hill players have entered, with the strongest being IM Gary Lane. Best wishes to them all!

Paul Russell
20-04-2019, 07:34 PM
Thats great to hear Adamski, thanks for helping to spread the word.

It's definitely looking like a strong turnout! We're currently on over 100 entries for the SIO ans SIC combined and approx. 40 for the juniors.

Bob1
23-04-2019, 08:05 PM
I dropped all the NSWCA equipment at the venue this afternoon.
I counted 200+ seats in a very spacious well presented room with lots of space to spare. Definitely the best chess venue I've experienced.
Entry numbers look good - this is set to be a vey successful event.
Congratulations to Paul Russell and the Macquarie University Chess Club for hosting such a large event.
(I also think the silent committee behind the event have assisted to some extent with their experience and expertise - so I'm expecting great things)
It really is amazing to see a younger generation of chess players take the challenge and put this together. (it is world class)

Watch this space.

Frank
23-04-2019, 09:16 PM
I dropped all the NSWCA equipment at the venue this afternoon.
I counted 200+ seats in a very spacious well presented room with lots of space to spare. Definitely the best chess venue I've experienced.


Wow!

Myan
24-04-2019, 12:56 PM
Hey, are there any links to the live games?

Alana
24-04-2019, 02:57 PM
Due to a few technical difficulties, we only had two live games for round 1, though one of them was a forfeit (a player got accidentally left in the pairings who had requested a bye).

You can see the McGowan - Kunte game here: http://view.livechesscloud.com/ae24e758-7a43-496c-9878-fac96b996deb

We will (fingers crossed) have 6 games streaming with a 10 minute delay on chess24 starting from round 2 at 6pm this evening. :)

Adamski
24-04-2019, 05:13 PM
Looks like the top seed beat our young Rooty Hill prospect.

Desmond
25-04-2019, 12:59 PM
Hi Blair,

We've updated the website a while back to siochess.com. The old URL from 2014 Sio.nswca.org.au automatically redirects to the new website. Let me know if this still isn't working for you.It doesn't redirect for me, comes up with 403 Forbidden error. It's also the first hit on google search.

Alana
25-04-2019, 01:43 PM
It doesn't redirect for me, comes up with 403 Forbidden error. It's also the first hit on google search.

http://siochess.com (siochess.com) works perfectly.

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/sydney-open-2019/2/1/6 is the link for the live boards, but currently there are no games for round 3 due to a technical error.

Bill Gletsos
25-04-2019, 06:55 PM
It doesn't redirect for me, comes up with 403 Forbidden error. It's also the first hit on google search.I was asked by the organiser to take down the old NSWCA hosted site sio.nswca.org.au back on 4th April.

Alana
25-04-2019, 09:19 PM
Deputy arbiter FA Helen Milligan has been taking some fantastic photos of the event which are on the New Zealand Chess News Facebook page.

I have posted some here: http://siochess.com/photos/ .

The photos can also be found on the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/NZChessNews/ .

Alana
25-04-2019, 09:23 PM
I counted 200+ seats in a very spacious well-presented room with lots of space to spare. Definitely the best chess venue I've experienced.


We are really happy with the venue - and it's complete with commentary by GM Ian Rogers for Sydney people to come and watch :) The only issue is the air-conditioning, but there's a fan which helped with this evening's round. (Photos by Helen Milligan)

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Capablanca-Fan
26-04-2019, 01:02 AM
Puccini–Xie, R4 (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/sydney-open-2019/4/1/5), had a strong exchange sac. The result was the ‘Horwitz bishops’ on adjacent diagonals, leaving Black helpless. On move 25, Black is in Zugzwang: the Q must stay on d8 to support ... Bf6 in answer to Qh6 (and ... Qc8 loses to Bxf7+), the R must defend f7, and thanks to White's pawns on g3 and h4, the B has nowhere to go. After 25... g5 26. Qf5, the P can't leave the g-file otherwise Qg4+.

The Stockfish computer on Chess24 seems to have a fixed horizon, because sometimes its evaluation changes drastically over one move.

Desmond
26-04-2019, 08:08 AM
Raymond Song continues great run from Doeberl, moving to 4/4.

Capablanca-Fan
26-04-2019, 11:22 AM
Remarkable, playing about 300 points stronger than his rating, and in two tournaments in a row.

MichaelBaron
26-04-2019, 11:22 AM
Puccini–Xie, R4 (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/sydney-open-2019/4/1/5), had a strong exchange sac. The result was the ‘Horwitz bishops’ on adjacent diagonals, leaving Black helpless. On move 25, Black is in Zugzwang: the Q must stay on d8 to support ... Bf6 in answer to Qh6 (and ... Qc8 loses to Bxf7+), the R must defend f7, and thanks to White's pawns on g3 and h4, the B has nowhere to go. After 25... g5 26. Qf5, the P can't leave the g-file otherwise Qg4+.

The Stockfish computer on Chess24 seems to have a fixed horizon, because sometimes its evaluation changes drastically over one move.

Jack is wellknown at MCC for not being scared to take risks and go into irrational positions.
Well-played!

Vlad
26-04-2019, 11:45 AM
Remarkable, playing about 300 points stronger than his rating, and in two tournaments in a row.

Well, check his pro chess league results this year. https://www.prochessleague.com/australia-kangaroos.html

Raymond was consistently performing at least 200 points above his rating there. He is particularly strong against strong opposition. The fact that he is low rated helps him, as 2400+ jump on him.

P.S. Actually, I had a chat with a prominent Australian coach about 1 month ago. I told him that Raymond is the next big star in our region. The coach was very sceptical. I had another chat with him a few days ago. All what he was talking about was Raymond.:)

Adamski
26-04-2019, 06:02 PM
Nice photos, both Lani and Helen. Thanks.

Alana
26-04-2019, 07:45 PM
Nice photos, both Lani and Helen. Thanks.

All Helen's! But she's done a fantastic job :)

Unrelated but results from the Sydney International Blitz are now online at:http://siochess.com/sydneyinternationalblitz2019/wwwSydneyBlitz2019/index.html . Delayed but congratulations to IM Brodie McClymont for winning the event on 8.5/9. :clap:

Capablanca-Fan
26-04-2019, 11:54 PM
Unrelated but results from the Sydney International Blitz are now online at:http://siochess.com/sydneyinternationalblitz2019/wwwSydneyBlitz2019/index.html . Delayed but congratulations to IM Brodie McClymont for winning the event on 8.5/9. :clap:
Very strong performance, especially when it was really a first-round half-point bye then 8/8.

Adamski
27-04-2019, 12:00 AM
Remarkable, playing about 300 points stronger than his rating, and in two tournaments in a row.
Not so remarkable when you take into account he had a few years playing in China recently before returning to Australia. And, as Vlad said, his excellent Pro Chess League results for the Kangaroos.

Adamski
27-04-2019, 12:04 AM
Very strong performance, especially when it was really a first-round half-point bye then 8/8.Indeed so! Further evidence of Brodie's strength at fast time limits.

Kevin Bonham
27-04-2019, 12:16 AM
Remarkable, playing about 300 points stronger than his rating, and in two tournaments in a row.

His is an interesting case. From age 13 he didn't play any FIDE rated events for several years, and then has returned to FIDE-rated events in the last few years, increasing his rating in every event that he plays. It would seem to show that talent is permanent.

shadowshooter
27-04-2019, 03:15 PM
I assume the 14-move grandmaster draw Song vs Ikeda in round 7 was to help secure a norm? Certainly there wasn't a fight.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.dxe5 Nxb5 7.a4 Nbd4 8.Nxd4 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 d5 10.exd6 Qxd6 11.Qe4+ Qe6 12.Qd4 Qd6 13.Qe4+ Qe6 14.Qd4 1/2-1/2

Vlad
27-04-2019, 05:18 PM
His is an interesting case. From age 13 he didn't play any FIDE rated events for several years, and then has returned to FIDE-rated events in the last few years, increasing his rating in every event that he plays. It would seem to show that talent is permanent.

According to brain scientists, your brain pretty much stop growing after you turn 13. The only changes after that are due to you gaining more experience. So if you are 2000+ at 13 (with no or very little experience), it means you are likely to be at least 2500+ with experience.

Vlad
27-04-2019, 05:21 PM
I assume the 14-move grandmaster draw Song vs Ikeda in round 7 was to help secure a norm? Certainly there wasn't a fight.


Raymond can't get a GM norm in this tournament as he needs 2380+ average rating. Only 3 people have 2380+ here.

He has excellent chances to get an IM norm here.

Capablanca-Fan
28-04-2019, 02:54 AM
Raymond can't get a GM norm in this tournament as he needs 2380+ average rating. Only 3 people have 2380+ here.

He has excellent chances to get an IM norm here.

I wonder if he will join a select few to become a GM without ever being an IM, such as Larry Christiansen, Wang Hao, Anish Giri, Vladimir Kramnik, and I can't remember if Gary Kasparov was ever an IM.

Capablanca-Fan
28-04-2019, 03:05 AM
Nice attacking game by GM Johansen (https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/sydney-open-2019/8/1/6).

halfnatty
28-04-2019, 04:37 AM
Since there seems to be a bit of controversy over my quick draw with Junta Ikeda (A friend showed me a few comments from a different site saying I fixed a draw to secure a GM norm) I would like to clarify the situation. Firstly a GM norm is impossible in this event as Vlad has already pointed out due to the rating average being too low. As for “fixing” an IM norm, I have no intention of even applying for the title even if I get all the required norms (unless my federation pays for it, which I am skeptical of given my history with the CTCA). IM is simply not a goal that I care about, so the suggestion that I am prearranging draws to secure IM norms is insulting and frankly, pretty stupid.

Regarding the game itself, Junta is a good friend of mine and I have worked on openings with him a lot in the past - in fact we know each other’s repertoires inside out. We have also played many training games in the Berlin, all of them ending in draws. Now if my goal is to win the tournament, it does not make much sense to me to waste all my energy in the morning round, trying several hours to win a game I am unlikely to win anyway. Especially when there are two rounds a day and quality of the second game tends to drop considerably after a tough first game.

Quick summary of why I forced a draw after the Berlin appeared on the board:
1) Against a strong opponent, the Berlin is a draw in 90% of cases and it is not a good tournament strategy to drag the game out
2) Junta is a good friend of mine and training partner. We have played hundreds of games, know each other’s openings and styles and when we get paired with one another in a tournament it is always a very unpleasant pairing
It has nothing to do with "fixing" norms, and those who follow my games know that I never play these kind of games under normal circumstances.

Alana
28-04-2019, 12:29 PM
Final Round of the Sydney International Open running on Chess24 https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/sydney-open-2019/9/1/3

FM Raymond Song has already scored his IM norm after round 8 :clap: As above he isn't planning to apply for it but we wish him all the best for his GM title which I'm guessing is the goal :)

Vlad
28-04-2019, 01:03 PM
I wonder if he will join a select few to become a GM without ever being an IM, such as Larry Christiansen, Wang Hao, Anish Giri, Vladimir Kramnik, and I can't remember if Gary Kasparov was ever an IM.

It is quite common in Russia nowadays. For example, Aleksei Sarana was a 2500+ non-titled player before he qualified to become a GM.

There is no much benefit from an IM title in Russia and you have to pay the fee yourselve (+20% tax to the Russian federation).:)

MichaelBaron
28-04-2019, 01:48 PM
While there have been a couple of quick draws on top boards (strangly enough - from players who I would think be more likely to play for win e.g Gm Kunte or Brodie as White) - Raymond is pressing against GM on board 1~

MichaelBaron
28-04-2019, 02:18 PM
While there have been a couple of quick draws on top boards (strangly enough - from players who I would think be more likely to play for win e.g Gm Kunte or Brodie as White) - Raymond is pressing against GM on board 1~

Update: and his position is now (after move 30) is close to winning if not winning.

Adamski
28-04-2019, 07:31 PM
Great performance by Raymond. Congrats to all the winners. Pleased to see Gary Lane scored a 2400 performance with 6/9. The same score achieved by Zhilin who I see at Rooty Hill every week as she brings her son Daniel Wang.

MichaelBaron
28-04-2019, 07:54 PM
http://chess-results.com/tnr431723.aspx?lan=1&art=9&fed=AUS&snr=46

1484 rated Jack Keating scored 8/9 gained 220 rating points. He is a junior... but not a micro-junior so amazing progress!

Capablanca-Fan
29-04-2019, 12:34 AM
Great performance by Raymond. Congrats to all the winners. Pleased to see Gary Lane scored a 2400 performance with 6/9. The same score achieved by Zhilin who I see at Rooty Hill every week as she brings her son Daniel Wang.

The top–FIDE-rated U-8 player in Australia (https://chess-db.com/public/pinfo.jsp?id=3238873)? Does WGM Jìlín do any tournament directing, given that she is an IA?

Adamski
29-04-2019, 11:36 AM
The top–FIDE-rated U-8 player in Australia (https://chess-db.com/public/pinfo.jsp?id=3238873)? Does WGM Jìlín do any tournament directing, given that she is an IA?
Yes on Daniel and I am hoping to get her arbiting when she can!

Metro
29-04-2019, 02:43 PM
Since there seems to be a bit of controversy over my quick draw with Junta Ikeda (A friend showed me a few comments from a different site saying I fixed a draw to secure a GM norm)
I believe it is this comment here https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/sydney-open-2019/5/1/6

Unknown user
Fantastic 11 move and 3 repetition draw by Junta and Raymond Song! THis is what chess is all about! Now Song is in the lead!
Apr 27
Prearrange draws to get GM norms is the way to go in Australia

ER
29-04-2019, 03:20 PM
Since there seems to be a bit of controversy over my quick draw with Junta Ikeda (A friend showed me a few comments from a different site saying I fixed a draw to secure a GM norm) I would like to clarify the situation. Firstly a GM norm is impossible in this event as Vlad has already pointed out due to the rating average being too low. As for “fixing” an IM norm, I have no intention of even applying for the title even if I get all the required norms (unless my federation pays for it, which I am skeptical of given my history with the CTCA). IM is simply not a goal that I care about, so the suggestion that I am prearranging draws to secure IM norms is insulting and frankly, pretty stupid.

Regarding the game itself, Junta is a good friend of mine and I have worked on openings with him a lot in the past - in fact we know each other’s repertoires inside out. We have also played many training games in the Berlin, all of them ending in draws. Now if my goal is to win the tournament, it does not make much sense to me to waste all my energy in the morning round, trying several hours to win a game I am unlikely to win anyway. Especially when there are two rounds a day and quality of the second game tends to drop considerably after a tough first game.

Quick summary of why I forced a draw after the Berlin appeared on the board:
1) Against a strong opponent, the Berlin is a draw in 90% of cases and it is not a good tournament strategy to drag the game out
2) Junta is a good friend of mine and training partner. We have played hundreds of games, know each other’s openings and styles and when we get paired with one another in a tournament it is always a very unpleasant pairing
It has nothing to do with "fixing" norms, and those who follow my games know that I never play these kind of games under normal circumstances.

Thanks for clarifying and coming out clean halfnatty.(Not that you had anything to hide or be ashamed of anyway!)

You and Junta did the right thing and you are beyond reproach and suspicion.

Maybe some anonymous chessbutt wowsers would have been happier if you carried on hypocritically for 25-30 aimless moves and then agreed to split the point.

Same goes for social media grave digging busybodies.

Congratulations for your great performance!

carlsen_karpov
02-05-2019, 04:46 PM
Since there seems to be a bit of controversy over my quick draw with Junta Ikeda (A friend showed me a few comments from a different site saying I fixed a draw to secure a GM norm) I would like to clarify the situation. Firstly a GM norm is impossible in this event as Vlad has already pointed out due to the rating average being too low. As for “fixing” an IM norm, I have no intention of even applying for the title even if I get all the required norms (unless my federation pays for it, which I am skeptical of given my history with the CTCA). IM is simply not a goal that I care about, so the suggestion that I am prearranging draws to secure IM norms is insulting and frankly, pretty stupid.

Regarding the game itself, Junta is a good friend of mine and I have worked on openings with him a lot in the past - in fact we know each other’s repertoires inside out. We have also played many training games in the Berlin, all of them ending in draws. Now if my goal is to win the tournament, it does not make much sense to me to waste all my energy in the morning round, trying several hours to win a game I am unlikely to win anyway. Especially when there are two rounds a day and quality of the second game tends to drop considerably after a tough first game.

Quick summary of why I forced a draw after the Berlin appeared on the board:
1) Against a strong opponent, the Berlin is a draw in 90% of cases and it is not a good tournament strategy to drag the game out
2) Junta is a good friend of mine and training partner. We have played hundreds of games, know each other’s openings and styles and when we get paired with one another in a tournament it is always a very unpleasant pairing
It has nothing to do with "fixing" norms, and those who follow my games know that I never play these kind of games under normal circumstances.

You are an exceptional and amazing player. Best wishes with everything.

Capablanca-Fan
03-05-2019, 01:34 PM
Thanks for clarifying and coming out clean halfnatty.(Not that you had anything to hide or be ashamed of anyway!)

You and Junta did the right thing and you are beyond reproach and suspicion.

Maybe some anonymous chessbutt wowsers would have been happier if you carried on hypocritically for 25-30 aimless moves and then agreed to split the point.

Same goes for social media grave digging busybodies.

Congratulations for your great performance!

Indeed so. Whingers are going to whinge, even about two outstanding performances in a row.