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    2011 Moscow Open 29 Jan - 6 Feb

    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad
    Moscow Open starting next week also has an Australian junior playing. There are more than 300 players. I have never seen so many people playing in one tournament.

    http://open.moschess.ru/eng/Tourname...ments_161.html
    The Aeroflot is starting straight after the Moscow Open.

    http://www.aeroflotchess.com/materia...=4D07485F19E81
    Wow, that's a huge field ... Go Anton!

    Good luck to both of you as well for the Aeroflot. We'll be cheering for you here in Melbourne! Congratulations too on your final IM norm, Vlad.
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    Hi Vlad. Any news on Anton's progress? The official website is a little unreliable. I saw that Anton lost to his first round opponent, an IM, but haven't been able to get results beyond that.

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    The results are available here http://chess-results.com/tnr43873.as...1&zeilen=99999

    Anton won his second game against someone rated 1556. He was 357th player out of 582, and is now ranked 328th. Massive field.

    Also there is 4 Chinese GMs and an IM being paired as unrated, I think because China is behind on rating fees.
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    Yeah, a huge field. This tournament is one of about 10 different tournaments, the others are round-robins and tournaments for kids of different ages. So this one is clearly the largest.

    Finding your board is not easy because there are about 20 different rooms where the games could potentially be played. I have seen a few situations when people come in round 2 to the same room that they played in round 1 and as one would expect they would not be able to find their board. Especially hard it is for foreigners because most of Russians do not speak English.

    On a positive note, one can see some celebrities here. Anton was quite excited when Kostenyuk walked next to him.

    The results of the first two games where more or less clear before the games started. The first opponent was rated 2424 and in my view he played about that strenth, so Anton did not have too many chances there.

    The second game was the other way around, even though it was by far not the best game by Anton, that was still enough against an opponent with about 1550 rating.

    The next round he is playing against 19 year old Russian kid with about 2250 rating. After looking at his games, he strongly reminds me James Morris; not too strong positionally, pretty good tactically, does not seem to know too much theory so can play almost everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad
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    On a positive note, one can see some celebrities here. Anton was quite excited when Kostenyuk walked next to him.
    Well Anton is a celebrity in Australia where Alexandra is unknown!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaK
    Well Anton is a celebrity in Australia where Alexandra is unknown!
    LOL. Best wishes to both Smirnovs on their latest Russian adventure
    God exists. Short and to the point.

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    [White "Smirnov, A."]
    [Black "Vorobjov, D."]
    [Result "1-0"]
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    [WhiteElo "2002"]
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    Go Anton!

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    Nice win. Well done Anton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    Nice win. Well done Anton.
    Vorobjov should have looked up Anton's dad"s repertoire. Well done Anton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski
    Vorobjov should have looked up Anton's dad"s repertoire. Well done Anton.
    I was amazed when he played 1...Nc6. We expected the Sicilian and did not even look at 1...Nc6. But I presume that was just a very bad strategy by Vorobjov, trying to trick a little kiddy by playing an unusual opening.

    On the other hand, how could he know that Anton played probably 100+ lightning games in this variation against his dad?

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    Well done Anton !!

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    The next assignment, even though has a similar rating, seems to be much tougher:
    http://www.panorama.am/en/sport/2010/02/17/shahinyan/

    The previous opponent's description is valid here too: not too much theory, a big tactical guru, not too much positional chess, probably not too much endgame knowledge.

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    Nice technique also. Great stuff.

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    Anton is now on 4/8 with the last round today, it is already underway with an early start.
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