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ER
11-02-2009, 03:12 PM
IMMEDIATE NOTICE TO ALL CHESS CLUBS: IM IGOR GOLDENBERG AVAILABLE FOR BUSHFIRE FUND RAISING SIMULS!!! A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR CHESS COMMUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE!!!!
CONTACT IM IGOR GOLDENBERG IMMEDIATELY

0417519733,
Or E-MAIL
IgorGoldenberg@bluebottle.com

Watto
12-02-2009, 09:12 AM
I’ve watched a few Simuls and can see that they are very hard work on the part of the simul giver, both physically and mentally. So I think this is a very generous gesture on Igor Goldenberg's’s part as well as a great way for the chess community to show their support.

p.s. Tasso, I seem to recall you mentioning somewhere that the MCC were involved but can’t find that post... Would be good if it’s the case.

Dougy
12-02-2009, 11:32 AM
I gave Igor a call and he said he'd pop in tonight at Croydon Chess around 7.30 and give some blitz games for around $10 each with proceeds to be donated to the bushfire victims.

Adamski
12-02-2009, 08:33 PM
Good one, Igor.:clap: I know this is on as I saw that The Snail King was off to Croydon to play Igor tonight.

shelldrake
12-02-2009, 08:58 PM
Igor played well tonight. When I left about half the games had finished, 3 or 4 looked like strong draw chances.

I believe we raised about $192 for the Bushfire Fund.

Spiny Norman
12-02-2009, 09:26 PM
Indeed, we raised exactly $192 for bushfire relief, so I will be off to the bank tomorrow morning to pay that in.

Brilliant initiative by Igor, he is to be congratulated! Also thanks to Dougy for organising this with Igor at very short notice. There wasn't a huge turnout, but a number of people made donations even though they were unable to play themselves, which was awesome.

We finished up around 9:45pm, so the simul took approximately 2 hours (there were about 10-11 players IIRC). Igor seemed to have a predilection for bishops of opposite colour, as 4 of the games featured that motif (and he used it to good effect by winning 3 of those 4 games).

Only two draws were conceded, one to Dougy (who also drew with IM Guy West last week in the Chess Olympiad fundraiser), and another to yours truly (thanks to a small tactical oversight on Igor's part when he was already standing better positionally).

Croydon Chess Club would like to thank Igor for the generous donation of his time and effort. It was a real pleasure to meet our new IM and to put a face to the name after all this time. All the best Igor for your future fundraising efforts!

Dougy
12-02-2009, 09:28 PM
Thanks Igor - I think we've done well with only one day to prepare. Yep that's the right amount shelldrake. I found people to be very generous, for example a couple of people told me that they had already donated today and still made another donation.

We ended up with a simul format with 10 games and Igor scored 9/10 conceding two draws (if I remember correctly).

The fires were a little bit too close for comfort for some of our club members. You could smell smoke outside the club.

Also remember to shop at Coles tomorrow who are donating profits to the bushfire appeal.

Watto
12-02-2009, 09:48 PM
Thanks for all the reports. Wish I could have been there tonight!

Desmond
12-02-2009, 10:13 PM
Well done to Igor and his opponents. :clap:

Basil
13-02-2009, 12:30 AM
Mighty effort all 'round. Congrats :clap:

Carry on!

Dougy
13-02-2009, 08:52 AM
Here's my game from last night's simul. I completely messed it up in the opening! However, Fritz 10 gives -0.16 after 5...dxe4. Curious.

[Event "Bushfire simul"]
[Site "Croydon Chess Club"]
[Date "2009.02.12"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Goldenberg, Igor"]
[Black "Stones, Douglas"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A18"]
[PlyCount "83"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 d5 4. e5 Ne4 5. Nxe4 dxe4 6. Qg4 Nd7 7. Qxe4 Nc5 8.
Qe3 Be7 9. d4 Na6 10. Nf3 c5 11. Bd2 cxd4 12. Qxd4 Qc7 13. Be2 O-O 14. Qg4 Rd8
15. O-O b6 16. Bc3 Bb7 17. Rad1 Nc5 18. b3 Nd7 19. Bb2 Rac8 20. Rfe1 Bb4 21.
Rf1 Bxf3 22. Qxf3 Nxe5 23. Qg3 f6 24. Bxe5 Qxe5 25. Qxe5 fxe5 26. Bg4 Kf7 27.
Bf3 Ke7 28. Be4 h6 29. g3 Rxd1 30. Rxd1 Rd8 31. Rxd8 Kxd8 32. Kg2 Ke7 33. Kf3
Bc5 34. Ke2 a5 35. f3 Kf6 36. Kd3 Bg1 37. h3 Bf2 38. g4 g5 39. Bb7 Ke7 40. Bc8
Kd6 41. Ke4 Bc5 42. Bb7 1/2-1/2

Spiny Norman
13-02-2009, 11:55 AM
Here's mine. Fritz gives White about +0.90 before Nd2, and it certainly felt that way too, "under positional pressure" if you know what I mean.

[Event "Bushfire Fundraiser - Simultaneous Exhibition"]
[Site "Croydon Chess Club"]
[Date "2009.02.12"]
[White "Igor Goldenberg (IM)"]
[Black "Stephen Frost"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A87"]
[WhiteElo "2355"]
[BlackElo "1548"]
[PlyCount "42"]
[EventDate "2008.03.29"]

1. Nf3 f5 2. b3 Nf6 3. Bb2 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. d4 c6 7. O-O d6 8. c4 Na6 9. Nbd2 Ne4 10. e3 Qe8
11. a3 Nc7 12. Qc2 Nxd2 13. Qxd2 Bd7 14. Rad1 Ne6 15. d5 cxd5 16. cxd5 Nc5 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Qd4+ Kg8 19. Nd2 Bb5 20. Rfe1 Nd3
21. Rf1 Nc5 1/2-1/2

Capablanca-Fan
13-02-2009, 12:15 PM
Iíve watched a few Simuls and can see that they are very hard work on the part of the simul giver, both physically and mentally. So I think this is a very generous gesture on Igor Goldenberg'sís part as well as a great way for the chess community to show their support.
Indeed so. It's inspired me to offer the same in Brisbane (although I'm only an FM not an IM like Igor).

Blindfold is even more taxing so it would cost extra ;)

Spiny Norman
13-02-2009, 04:39 PM
Deposit made today. Thanks again Igor!

http://www.croydonchess.com/portals/0/Images/BushfireAppealDonation.jpg

ER
14-02-2009, 01:40 AM
Iíve watched a few Simuls and can see that they are very hard work on the part of the simul giver, both physically and mentally. So I think this is a very generous gesture on Igor Goldenberg'sís part as well as a great way for the chess community to show their support.

And they did indeed :clap:


p.s. Tasso, I seem to recall you mentioning somewhere that the MCC were involved but canít find that post... Would be good if itís the case.

MCC was first to respond in terms of looking at possible time to organise an event. Croydon Chess Club, was first to organise the event and produce the goods as well!!!

:clap: :clap: :clap:

ER
14-02-2009, 01:42 AM
I’ve watched a few Simuls and can see that they are very hard work on the part of the simul giver, both physically and mentally. So I think this is a very generous gesture on Igor Goldenberg's’s part as well as a great way for the chess community to show their support.

And they did indeed :clap:


p.s. Tasso, I seem to recall you mentioning somewhere that the MCC were involved but can’t find that post... Would be good if it’s the case.

MCC was first to respond in terms of looking at possible time to organise an event. Croydon Chess Club, was first to organise the event and produce the goods as well!!!

:clap: :clap: :clap:

PS and :clap: :clap: :clap: for myself for finally learning to use quotations properly after Trevor's intense tutorial at the BH Chess Club late last night!! :)

Spiny Norman
17-02-2009, 11:58 AM
From the bushfire fundraiser simul at Croydon last week:
* Igor Goldenberg (standing); pondering his next move against
* The Snail King (writing); and to my left
* Jamie Cross (pensive?); and closest to camera
* Ian Birchall (asleep?!); plus
* Shelldrake's right elbow (red shirt)

http://www.croydonchess.com/portals/0/Photos/2009/01/IgorGoldenberg-Simul-2009.jpg

Basil
17-02-2009, 12:13 PM
I like how The Goldenberg and The Snail King are pretending to have a clue. I cud whip they asses. They too scared to come to Qld, I bet.

Great pic, Steve. Well done again to Igor and the organisers for moving so rapidly.

Igor_Goldenberg
17-02-2009, 01:39 PM
I like how The Goldenberg and The Snail King are pretending to have a clue.
Of course. We were posing for a camera!

MichaelBaron
17-02-2009, 02:34 PM
Does MCC want to hold a fund-raising simul? If yes i will be happy to give one!

Igor_Goldenberg
17-02-2009, 02:50 PM
Does MCC want to hold a fund-raising simul? If yes i will be happy to give one!
I haven't heard from them.

ER
17-02-2009, 06:10 PM
Does MCC want to hold a fund-raising simul? If yes i will be happy to give one!

Michael take this to the MCC's thread please!

ER
17-02-2009, 06:12 PM
I haven't heard from them.

I am sure you will be approached Igor!

Garrett
18-02-2009, 05:48 PM
well done everyone !!

Great work IM Igor !

why is Igor playing white on every board ?

When Solo did the Olympiad appeal simul we charged double to play white and he kicked their butt anyway ! (including yours truly)

Cheers
Garrett.

CameronD
18-02-2009, 08:05 PM
well done everyone !!

Great work IM Igor !

why is Igor playing white on every board ?

When Solo did the Olympiad appeal simul we charged double to play white and he kicked their butt anyway ! (including yours truly)

Cheers
Garrett.

In normal simulations rules, the GM is white in all games, its common practise

Kevin Bonham
18-02-2009, 08:11 PM
In normal simulations rules, the GM is white in all games, its common practise

It certainly is and no one should expect anything different.

When Darryl last played in Hobart he gave two simuls, one with all white, one with all black. He did better in the all black one!

Teichmann did a couple of simuls here where he offered the opponent the choice of playing white, or playing black and choosing his first move within reasonable limits.

Reasonable limits, of course, included 1.b4.

Tony Dowden
18-02-2009, 08:56 PM
Indeed so. It's inspired me to offer the same in Brisbane (although I'm only an FM not an IM like Igor).

Blindfold is even more taxing so it would cost extra ;)

And, despite not even being an FM but having given plenty of simuls in my time :cool:, I'll do the same down here in Tassie - maybe in Hobart? - if someone else is prepared to organise it.

I'll even throw in prizes from my chess library for anyone who beats me :D

Kevin Bonham
20-02-2009, 07:38 PM
And, despite not even being an FM but having given plenty of simuls in my time :cool:, I'll do the same down here in Tassie - maybe in Hobart? - if someone else is prepared to organise it.

I will mention this at the HICC AGM on Monday (provided I remember to do so).

Tony Dowden
20-02-2009, 08:03 PM
Thanks Kevin :P

I reckon we could raise $193 ;)

One cunning plan is to get players to ask 5-10 people (perhaps including other players who can't make it) to sponsor their board.

I raised an easy $300 doing this for an Olympiad appeal about 25 years ago (when money was really worth something!)