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Watto
03-09-2007, 08:42 AM
David Smerdon is playing in the Liverpool Open; a 9 round Swiss starting today. Dave's the 16th seed. Looking at the pics the venue is rather beautiful... an old concert hall. They seem to have live games for boards 1 to 4.

First round pairing: 15 Smerdon, David 2461 ...... Storey, Charles 2218

Information and results etc can be found here:
http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk/open_information.htm

By the way, the Open is running alongside the "800th Anniversary Summit Chess Match
UK v China". Results etc can also be found above.

Thanks to the closet grandmaster's blog for the tip.

Garvinator
03-09-2007, 12:03 PM
Hello Watto,

If you look at the live games link by clicking on it, the live games that will be shown are from the 8 summit games.

So we wont be able to see David's games live.

Watto
03-09-2007, 12:37 PM
Hello Watto,

If you look at the live games link by clicking on it, the live games that will be shown are from the 8 summit games.

So we wont be able to see David's games live.
Hi Garvin. Are you sure about that? The live games I was talking about look like they are set up for the open. http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk/live_open.htm
The Summit games are in a different spot: http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk/live_match_1-4.htm and http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk/live_match_5-8.htm

Anyway, even if I'm right... we'll only get to see his games if he plays on boards 1 to 4. Go Dave! :)

Garvinator
03-09-2007, 12:46 PM
Hi Garvin. Are you sure about that? The live games I was talking about look like they are set up for the open. http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk/live_open.htm
The Summit games are in a different spot: http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk/live_match_1-4.htm and http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk/live_match_5-8.htm

Anyway, even if I'm right... we'll only get to see his games if he plays on boards 1 to 4. Go Dave! :)
On this occasion, I hope I am wrong and you are right ;) :P

Spiny Norman
04-09-2007, 08:24 AM
David won his first 2 games and is paired against the 7th seed in R3:
Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (2) ...... David, Alberto.......... 2529 (2)

Watto
04-09-2007, 09:07 AM
David won his first 2 games and is paired against the 7th seed in R3:
Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (2) ...... David, Alberto.......... 2529 (2)
Yes, and I see they have live games for boards 1 to 8 for the Open so that’s good. His second round game is up at the moment.

Davidflude
04-09-2007, 09:19 AM
Hello Watto,

If you look at the live games link by clicking on it, the live games that will be shown are from the 8 summit games.

So we wont be able to see David's games live.

Well I found the Smerfs first game finished but obviously shown live. His opponent made the sort of tactical error a weak club player would make.

It appears that boards 1-4 of the open are being shown. you can see the digital boards in the photos.

Spiny Norman
05-09-2007, 07:22 AM
Draw for Smerdon in round #3, now on 2.5/3 and in round #4 he plays the 5th seed:

Hebden, Mark............ 2540 (2½) ...... Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (2½)

Davidflude
05-09-2007, 09:07 AM
It is great to see David going so well overseas.

Denis_Jessop
05-09-2007, 04:31 PM
Just to mention another nice guy - FM Manuel Weeks is also playing and has 1.5/3.

DJ

Basil
05-09-2007, 05:28 PM
http://frogstar.soylentgeek.com/wav/smurfs1.wav

If anyone has any roughies as to how David's rating is affected by these results, I'd appreciate a shout.

Thanks.

pax
05-09-2007, 09:34 PM
http://frogstar.soylentgeek.com/wav/smurfs1.wav

If anyone has any roughies as to how David's rating is affected by these results, I'd appreciate a shout.

Thanks.

Essentially it is 10 rating points per point above (or below) his expected score. So thus far, he would be up by some insignificant number of points (like 2)..

Elwood Bendigo
06-09-2007, 07:00 AM
1 Greet, Andrew........... 2441 (3) ˝ - ˝ Haslinger, Stewart...... 2468 (3) 18 14
2 Fridman, Daniel......... 2628 (2˝) ˝ - ˝ Sebenik, Matej.......... 2465 (2˝) 1 15
3 Hebden, Mark............ 2540 (2˝) 0 - 1 Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (2˝) 5 16
4 David, Alberto.......... 2529 (2˝) 1 - 0 Owen, Dennis............ 1784 (2˝) 7 64
5 Reppen, Ellisiv......... 1922 (2˝) 0 - 1 Miezis, Normandus....... 2524 (2˝) 58 8

Spiny Norman
06-09-2007, 08:43 AM
Wow ... that's a very good win for David, especially having had Black. Has anyone seen the PGN? Round #5 is also completed now. David drew against IM Simon Williams (2480) and is right at the top of the tournament now with 4/5:


Pos Player lty tl Rtng Code 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
1 Miezis, Normandus........ LTU g 2524 11000136 w20= b35+ w28+ b46+ w12+ b2 4½ 5 4½ 2365 3.57 0.93

2 David, Alberto........... LUX g 2529 4000013 b65+ w19+ b5= w45+ b3= w1 4 4 3 2429 2.53 0.47
3 Haslinger, Stewart....... ENG m 2468 405248 w43+ b42+ w10+ b12= w2= b5 4 5 4 2389 3.02 0.98
4 Sebenik, Matej........... SLO m 2465 14602296 b40+ w44+ w13= b8= w32+ b22 4 5 4 2361 3.08 0.92
5 Smerdon, David........... AUS m 2461 3202305 w47+ b62+ w2= b13+ w23= w3 4 5 4 2376 2.97 1.03

6 Ansell, Simon............ ENG m 2405 402141 b16- w66+ b64+ w44+ b14= w8 3½ 5 3½ 2274 3.23 0.27
7 Berg, Emanuel............ SWE g 2580 1704060 b19- w30+ b38+ w65+ b21= w12 3½ 5 3½ 2345 4.02 -0.52
8 Fridman, Daniel.......... GER g 2628 11600454 bye= b17+ w18+ w4= b22= b6 3½ 4 3 2438 2.99 0.01
9 Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan..... IRI g 2610 12500739 w17= b20+ w14= b15= w47+ b18 3½ 5 3½ 2391 3.87 -0.37
10 Glud, Jakob Vang......... DEN m 2435 1407767 b34+ w38+ b3- w48+ b31= w29 3½ 5 3½ 2273 3.44 0.06
11 Gormally, Danny.......... ENG g 2509 406465 b35= w26+ b15= w40+ b19= w21 3½ 5 3½ 2341 3.57 -0.07
12 Greet, Andrew............ ENG m 2441 405817 w32+ b67+ w23+ w3= b1- b7 3½ 5 3½ 2373 2.89 0.61
13 Hebden, Mark............. ENG g 2540 400084 b21+ w27+ b4= w5- b50+ w17 3½ 5 3½ 2416 3.33 0.17
14 Lalic, Bogdan............ CRO g 2509 409081 w26= b24+ b9= w29+ w6= b20 3½ 5 3½ 2338 3.52 -0.02
15 Lanka, Ravi.............. IND m 2404 5000084 b69+ b28= w11= w9= b45+ w16 3½ 4 2½ 2445 1.77 0.73
16 Lie, Kjetil.............. NOR g 2536 1501984 w6+ b18= b22= w50= w39+ b15 3½ 5 3½ 2353 3.68 -0.18
17 Madan, Augustin.......... ROM m 2425 1210327 b9= w8- b41+ w36+ w37+ b13 3½ 5 3½ 2293 3.32 0.18
18 McNab, Colin............. SCO g 2416 2400030 b33+ w16= b8- w70+ b46+ w9 3½ 4 2½ 2447 1.84 0.66
19 Palliser, Richard........ ENG m 2417 407372 w7+ b2- w79+ b25+ w11= b23 3½ 5 3½ 2373 2.77 0.73
20 Quillan, Gary............ ENG 2359 401153 b1= w9- b72+ w63+ b69+ w14 3½ 3 1½ 2429 1.23 0.27
21 Rendle, Thomas........... ENG m 2416 408760 w13- b75+ w71+ b52+ w7= b11 3½ 4 2½ 2328 2.35 0.15
22 Shaw, John............... SCO g 2446 2400553 b76+ b39= w16= b42+ w8= w4 3½ 5 3½ 2356 3.00 0.50
23 Williams, Simon.......... ENG m 2480 404454 b30+ w48+ b12- w69+ b5= w19 3½ 5 3½ 2296 3.58 -0.08


I take it (ref: crosstable above) that column D is rating average of opponents, E is expected score, therefore F must be score above/below expected to date.

Spiny Norman
06-09-2007, 08:50 AM
Round #6 draw is up, David will have White against IM Stewart Haslinger (2468):


Bd White Result Black --No--
1 David, Alberto.......... 2529 (4) ...... Miezis, Normandus....... 2524 (4½) 7 8
2 Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (4) ...... Haslinger, Stewart...... 2468 (4) 16 14
3 Shaw, John.............. 2446 (3½) ...... Sebenik, Matej.......... 2465 (4) 17 15
4 Ansell, Simon........... 2405 (3½) ...... Fridman, Daniel......... 2628 (3½) 25 1
5 McNab, Colin............ 2416 (3½) ...... Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan.... 2610 (3½) 23 2

pax
06-09-2007, 12:30 PM
For Gunner, Dave's current position is approximately +10 rating points (PR over 2650). A win over Haslinger would be worth another 5 rating points.

Watto
06-09-2007, 12:43 PM
For Gunner, Dave's current position is approximately +10 rating points (PR over 2650). A win over Haslinger would be worth another 5 rating points.
Hi pax or Shirty or any others in the know. I’ve lost track of how Smerdon’s rating points were going prior to this event. I think he gained quite a few points and then lost quite a few so did it come out more or less even? In other words, are we looking at about 2461 as his present situation + 10 so far?

pax
06-09-2007, 12:56 PM
Hi pax or Shirty or any others in the know. I’ve lost track of how Smerdon’s rating points were going prior to this event. I think he gained quite a few points and then lost quite a few so did it come out more or less even? In other words, are we looking at about 2461 as his present situation + 10 so far?

Yeah that's not too far off. I'll let Shirty do the specific calculations, but I think he lost at the Paks Cup as much as he gained at the Czech Open so he was probably around the +5 mark prior to the start of this event.

Garvinator
06-09-2007, 01:56 PM
Yeah that's not too far off. I'll let Shirty do the specific calculations, but I think he lost at the Paks Cup as much as he gained at the Czech Open so he was probably around the +5 mark prior to the start of this event.
Didnt he also gain a couple of rating points at the First Saturday tournament?

pax
06-09-2007, 02:37 PM
Didnt he also gain a couple of rating points at the First Saturday tournament?
0.5

Watto
06-09-2007, 04:00 PM
Yeah that's not too far off. I'll let Shirty do the specific calculations, but I think he lost at the Paks Cup as much as he gained at the Czech Open so he was probably around the +5 mark prior to the start of this event.
Thanks for that.

Garvinator
07-09-2007, 11:32 AM
Round 6:


2 Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (4) ˝ - ˝ Haslinger, Stewart...... 2468 (4) 16 14

Round 7:
5 Miezis, Normandus....... 2524 (4˝) ...... Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (4˝) 8 16

Desmond
07-09-2007, 08:15 PM
What can I say? He continues to impress. :clap:

Rhubarb
07-09-2007, 09:32 PM
Yeah that's not too far off. I'll let Shirty do the specific calculations, but I think he lost at the Paks Cup as much as he gained at the Czech Open so he was probably around the +5 mark prior to the start of this event.Yes, exactly +5 as it happens:

Victorian Open +4.8 (http://www.fide.com/ratings/treport.phtml?event16=7807)
Budapest First Saturday +0.5 (http://www.fide.com/ratings/treport.phtml?event16=9133)
Czech Open +17.7 (http://www.fide.com/ratings/treport.phtml?event16=9188)
Paks Cup -18.0 (http://www.fide.com/ratings/treport.phtml?event16=9702)

Total +5.0 (http://www.fide.com/ratings/card.phtml?event=3202305)

So David's October rating will be 2466.


I take it (ref: crosstable above) that column D is rating average of opponents, E is expected score, therefore F must be score above/below expected to date.Yes, and column F in the crosstable (http://www.liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk/crosstable.htm) is the exact change, not just an estimate.

Viz. Smerdon's change so far after 6 rounds is (0.20 + 0.10 + 0.09 + 0.61 + 0.03 + 0.01)*K = 1.04*10 = +10.4 rating points.

pax
07-09-2007, 11:44 PM
Manuel seems to be hitting some form, too with a draw to a GM in round 5 and a respectable score of 3.5/6..

pax
08-09-2007, 09:04 AM
Smerdon beats another GM with the black pieces to move into the equal lead on 5.5! He's heading for another GM norm he doesn't need...

Watto
08-09-2007, 09:13 AM
Joint leader with only 2 others... :)

Round 8 pairing:
2 Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (5˝) ...... Vovk, Yuri.............. 2557 (5) 16 4

CameronD
08-09-2007, 11:07 AM
[Event "Liverpool Open"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2007.09.07"]
[Round "7.5"]
[White "Miezis, Normunds"]
[Black "Smerdon, David"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A21"]
[WhiteElo "2524"]
[BlackElo "2461"]
[PlyCount "84"]
[EventDate "2007.09.07"]
[SourceDate "2007.09.07"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. g3 Bxc3 4. dxc3 d6 5. e4 Nc6 6. Nf3 h6 7. Bg2 Be6 8. b3
Qd7 9. h3 Nge7 10. Ba3 a6 11. Qe2 b6 12. Rd1 O-O 13. Nd2 b5 14. c5 b4 15. Bxb4
Nxb4 16. cxb4 Qb5 17. f4 f6 18. Rc1 Qxb4 19. cxd6 cxd6 20. O-O Rfc8 21. Qd3 Rc6
22. Rxc6 Nxc6 23. Rc1 Qb6+ 24. Kh2 Nb4 25. Qe2 Nxa2 26. Ra1 Nb4 27. Rc1 Nc6 28.
Qd3 Nd4 29. f5 Bf7 30. Bf1 Nxb3 31. Nxb3 Qxb3 32. Rc3 Qb6 33. Qc2 a5 34. h4 a4
35. Rc7 Bb3 36. Qc3 Kh7 37. Re7 a3 38. Qf3 a2 39. Rxg7+ Kxg7 40. Qg4+ Kf8 41.
Qg6 Qf2+ 42. Bg2 Ke7 0-1

Denis_Jessop
08-09-2007, 12:43 PM
Manuel seems to be hitting some form, too with a draw to a GM in round 5 and a respectable score of 3.5/6..

Now 4/7 after a draw in round 7.

DJ

Garvinator
08-09-2007, 12:58 PM
He's heading for another GM norm he doesn't need...
When it rains, it pours ;)

eclectic
08-09-2007, 05:01 PM
Smerdon beats another GM with the black pieces to move into the equal lead on 5.5! He's heading for another GM norm he doesn't need...

perhaps there should be a rule that if you get 5 gm norms you qualify for the gm title and your rating is recalibrated to 2500

Kevin Bonham
08-09-2007, 07:15 PM
Smerdon played the opening well but GM Miezis' play from 23.Rc1? onwards was rubbish.

Garvinator
09-09-2007, 09:11 AM
Round 8:


2 Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (5½) 0 - 1 Vovk, Yuri.............. 2557 (5) 16 4

Final Round:


4 Berg, Emanuel........... 2580 (5½) ...... Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (5½) 3 16

Play starts 10am their time for the final round, so I believe that is 7pm here.

Garvinator
09-09-2007, 07:05 PM
Games have started for final round. Smerdon is black in a Yugoslav Dragon. Move 10 now.

pax
10-09-2007, 08:53 AM
Smerdon lost again, but it looks like he still gains 9.2 rating points from the event.

Davidflude
11-09-2007, 11:54 AM
It looks to have been a typical last round game. White made an inaccurate move on move 10 and Smurf made an inferior reply. The error goes back to R.J. Fischer
but curiously is often not even mentioned in most books on the main line dragon. It is however usually mentioned in books on the accelerated dragon where the position frequently arises by transposition.

Garrett
14-09-2007, 10:36 AM
Well done to David.

Phil Bourke
15-09-2007, 12:21 PM
It looks to have been a typical last round game. White made an inaccurate move on move 10 and Smurf made an inferior reply. The error goes back to R.J. Fischer
but curiously is often not even mentioned in most books on the main line dragon. It is however usually mentioned in books on the accelerated dragon where the position frequently arises by transposition.
Just curious, David, but do you refer to 10...a5 as the better move in this position.

Davidflude
15-09-2007, 01:45 PM
It looks to have been a typical last round game. White made an inaccurate move on move 10 and Smurf made an inferior reply. The error goes back to R.J. Fischer
but curiously is often not even mentioned in most books on the main line dragon. It is however usually mentioned in books on the accelerated dragon where the position frequently arises by transposition.

Whoops, I was careless. The smurf went wrong later.

I will give the line (sorry if Smufr reached this position by a different move order)

1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be4 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. Bb3 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 b5 12.h4 a5 13. a4 David played b4 which has been regarded as dubious for many years. Better is bxa. (although e5 is an untested sneaky transposition) The main line after bxa is 14. Nxa4 e5 15. Be3 (the move order with 13..e5 prevents white following Boleslavski's suggestion of Bc3. Also black might try Rb8 instead of Be6) Be6 16. Nb6 Rb8 17. Nd5 Bd5 18. exd e4 Nagy-Forintas hungarian Championship 1968-9.