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Vlad
24-06-2020, 11:28 PM
This Saturday at 8 pm Sydney time Australia will play against Russian Olympic team.

XuderuF
24-06-2020, 11:48 PM
LICHESS ONLINE MATCH: AUSTRALIA KANGAROOS VS RUSSIAN (U16) OLYMPIC TEAM

In what promises to be an exciting match up, Australia will play the Russian under 16 Olympic team in an online blitz battle (3 min+1sec increment) this Saturday at 8pm on the 27th June on lichess.
Australia will field an incredibly strong team consisting of:

Australia’s Number 1 GM Anton Smirnov (2597)
Australian Champion GM Temur Kuybokarov (2530)
GM Moulthun Ly (2484)
GM Daniel Fernandez (2466)
IM Junta Ikeda (2452)

Against

FIDE Youth director, Senior Trainer and GM Mikhail Kobalia (2614)
IM Volodar Murzin (2465) (Born 2007)
IM Rudik Makaryan (2442) (Born 2004)
IM Stefan Pogosyan (2442) (Born 2004)
FM Andrey Cvetkov (2358) (Born 2005)

Though the Australian team is young the Russian team seems even younger! Led by the highly experienced FIDE Senior trainer GM Mikhail Kobalia the Russian team is full of youthful talent all very well versed in the fast paced art of online combat! Previously they demolished the Latvian team 146-58 (!) and certainly have momentum on their side. Will Australia’s current team be enough to halt the young Russian lions in their tracks?
More importantly, the match will be commentated by former World number 2 GM Alexander Morozevich who will be available to answer some questions as well as give insight into the match. Hope to see you all there we need your support!

The link is
https://lichess.org/tournament/oFAiWgfU?fbclid=IwAR3q0ap_XN7kWr3y3pGXpA5odCGqmRRF O0a8rHqDk3eSVezEQAh7kdxZMqo
Note: There will be a video link to the match which will be provided as soon as possible.

XuderuF
27-06-2020, 09:45 AM
The link for Morozevich’s commentary is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpNdWnx3VT8&feature=share
Hope to see you for this fun event!!

ER
27-06-2020, 11:13 AM
The link for Morozevich’s commentary is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpNdWnx3VT8&feature=share
Hope to see you for this fun event!!

having one of my favourite grand masters commentating on our team vs Russia efforts is a great honour! Я желаю вам всего самого наилучшего, спасибо!

Vlad
27-06-2020, 03:33 PM
having one of my favourite grand masters commentating on our team vs Russia efforts is a great honour! Я желаю вам всего самого наилучшего, спасибо!

Morozevich specifically said that he is happy to answer questions in English but only if they are stated in English. So here is a great opportunity to get him discuss games in English.

ER
27-06-2020, 05:41 PM
Morozevich specifically said that he is happy to answer questions in English but only if they are stated in English. So here is a great opportunity to get him discuss games in English.

I look forward to watching and listening to his commentary. However, I let others much more stronger than myself who will also be watching to ask him questions about the games!

Vlad
27-06-2020, 05:52 PM
I look forward to watching and listening to his commentary. However, I let others much more stronger than myself who will also be watching to ask him questions about the games!

This video stream has an option to donate. When you donate some money, you can state your question and the question will be read loudly. And Alexander will answer your question. You can ask anything chess related. Who is the world champion? Why Australia is not the best? etc.

These donations will support Alexander's work. If successful, he will be happy to do it again. For reference, 1 AUD is about 50 rubles. So even if you donate 5-10 dollars, it will give about 250-500 rubles. That would be quite useful. Thanks.

ER
27-06-2020, 06:09 PM
For reference, 1 AUD is about 50 rubles. So even if you donate 5-10 dollars, it will give about 250-500 rubles. That would be quite useful. Thanks.

what's the system of payment? if it is by visa card it will be hard for me to send money since I have de-activated the card to avoid being charged by overseas booking companies for accommodation etc
after QATAR cancelled flights to Europe. If payment is accepted by normal access card transfers there will be no problem whatsoever!

Vlad
27-06-2020, 06:34 PM
I am not sure as I have never done it before myself. But this is what I found in the internet. https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6318560

Some creators have donate buttons displayed next to their videos and live streams. To donate, follow the steps below.

Go to the video with the donate button on it, then:

Select DONATE.
Select the amount of money you want to donate and then CONTINUE.
Choose your payment method.
Click DONATE and then Done.
The nonprofit and the YouTube creator won't see your contact info.

You'll get an email receipt after your payment has been processed.

ER
27-06-2020, 07:01 PM
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You'll get an email receipt after your payment has been processed.[/I]

thank you very much Vlad, I appreciate your help!

Vlad
27-06-2020, 07:08 PM
I will donate myself and then hopefully give more clear instructions. I have just asked my Russian friends - how much they usually donate. They said that 100 rubles (2 Aud) is a normal donation and 300 rubles (6 Aud) is a generous donation.

So donating 500 rubles (10 Aud) is "From Australia with Love" donation.:)

Vlad
27-06-2020, 08:35 PM
Here is the link to the page for donations. They accept credit cards. I have donated 5 USD.

https://www.donationalerts.com/r/chessevents

shadowshooter
28-06-2020, 01:20 PM
Did Morozevich end up doing any commentary in English?

Vlad
30-06-2020, 06:50 PM
The second match between Australia and Russia will be played next Saturday (7-9pm).

XuderuF
02-07-2020, 09:19 PM
The Rematch! Russia U-16 Olympic Team vs Australia Kangaroos

Last Saturday though the Australian team outrated their Russian opponents on average, the youngsters proved to be more than a match for the Australian team defeating the Australian Kangaroos 98-83 in a closely fought match that went down to the wire! Russia’s victory was helped by the outstanding performance of IM Stefan (34 points) and IM Murzin (32 points).
On the home front, Australia’s 2020 Champion GM Kuybokarov helped the Australian team immensely scoring 28 points. Other results were more modest with Australia’s #1 Smirnov scoring a modest +1 and GM Fernandez who is studying in Australia 50%.

Note that in this format one player can get in more games than another if they finish early thus the discrepancy for the number of games, also it is not unusual for players to suddenly catch ablaze and go on a rampage with their winning streak and actually accumulate more points than the standard 1 point for a win or 0.5 for a draw. Instead, players that were on a hot streak could score 4 points a game, much of the Russian team success was helped by both Stefan and Murzin’s win streak of 7 each!
Going onto the games themselves the Russians were very solid, managed their time well, and played in a very principled and mature manner (a lot of Caro-Kanns!). One player that stuck out to me was IM-Stefan with the white pieces he favored 1.b3 and against 1.e4 played 1…Nc6 very unusual opening choices! However, his youthful opening choices are contrasted by his very principled solid style.

While the majority of the games were hard-fought drawn-out tales of positional maneuvering and quite a few swindles (!) there were 2 miniatures which I found entertaining and instructive.
Molthun Ly: https://lichess.org/sBbtpkfL/white#38 (An impressive way of dismantling 1.b3 in 19 moves) Considering how Molthun used to play this way back in 2015 it should come as no surprise he understood his bread and butter opening!
Anton Smirnov: https://lichess.org/vuFBaWV5/white#29 A new idea (at least to me!) in the Sicilian against the Najdorf, casting an iron clad grip on the d5 square and provoking the weakeness on the light squares! A pleasing bind.

This week Australia will be fine-tuning their team slightly by adding 2018 PRO league MVP IM Brandon Clarke against the exact same line up in what will hopefully be the right adjustment we need. This time the match will also be held at 7pm this Saturday so an hour earlier. So hopefully we will see you there!
Note: It is uncertain whether Alexander Morozevich is commentating again but if so details will be posted, Links will be posted shortly!

Leonid Sandler
06-07-2020, 05:19 PM
The Rematch! Russia U-16 Olympic Team vs Australia Kangaroos

Last Saturday though the Australian team outrated their Russian opponents on average, the youngsters proved to be more than a match for the Australian team defeating the Australian Kangaroos 98-83 in a closely fought match that went down to the wire! Russia’s victory was helped by the outstanding performance of IM Stefan (34 points) and IM Murzin (32 points).
On the home front, Australia’s 2020 Champion GM Kuybokarov helped the Australian team immensely scoring 28 points. Other results were more modest with Australia’s #1 Smirnov scoring a modest +1 and GM Fernandez who is studying in Australia 50%.

Note that in this format one player can get in more games than another if they finish early thus the discrepancy for the number of games, also it is not unusual for players to suddenly catch ablaze and go on a rampage with their winning streak and actually accumulate more points than the standard 1 point for a win or 0.5 for a draw. Instead, players that were on a hot streak could score 4 points a game, much of the Russian team success was helped by both Stefan and Murzin’s win streak of 7 each!
Going onto the games themselves the Russians were very solid, managed their time well, and played in a very principled and mature manner (a lot of Caro-Kanns!). One player that stuck out to me was IM-Stefan with the white pieces he favored 1.b3 and against 1.e4 played 1…Nc6 very unusual opening choices! However, his youthful opening choices are contrasted by his very principled solid style.

While the majority of the games were hard-fought drawn-out tales of positional maneuvering and quite a few swindles (!) there were 2 miniatures which I found entertaining and instructive.
Molthun Ly: https://lichess.org/sBbtpkfL/white#38 (An impressive way of dismantling 1.b3 in 19 moves) Considering how Molthun used to play this way back in 2015 it should come as no surprise he understood his bread and butter opening!
Anton Smirnov: https://lichess.org/vuFBaWV5/white#29 A new idea (at least to me!) in the Sicilian against the Najdorf, casting an iron clad grip on the d5 square and provoking the weakeness on the light squares! A pleasing bind.

This week Australia will be fine-tuning their team slightly by adding 2018 PRO league MVP IM Brandon Clarke against the exact same line up in what will hopefully be the right adjustment we need. This time the match will also be held at 7pm this Saturday so an hour earlier. So hopefully we will see you there!
Note: It is uncertain whether Alexander Morozevich is commentating again but if so details will be posted, Links will be posted shortly!

The Australian Kangaroos Team beat Russian U16 team.The final score was amazing 109-59( lichess.org platform calculated score) or 44-29 using traditional calculation. The top performers in our team were Temur Kuybokarov scoring +9 and Anton Smirnov scoring +8.
Full results can be seen https://lichess.org/tournament/q2Uaiab4?fbclid=IwAR0p1rmCxarwNpNY1DxsZGavpMMBuAip seYHt229qQN2i3DCF61s1LMVJ3k

Fantastic performance by our team!