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  1. #61
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    This Sunday morning the Australian team (Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Zong-Yuan Zhao, Anton Smirnov and Brandon Clarke) will face Norway with Magnus playing on board 1!

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    The first time ever in the Australian chess history - the current world chess champion will represent Australia in the next Pro Chess League match on Thursday the 1st of March!

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    How did you manage achieving that Vlad?? It’s quite amazing to say the least

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    Thanks to our sponsor - The Offshore Oil Limited!

    The pairings for this Thursday are

    Alexey Dreev 2648 vs 2468 Temur Kuybokarov
    Samuel Sevian 2610 vs 2486 Moulthun Ly
    John Daniel Bryant 2428 vs 2508 Anton Smirnov
    Siddharth Banik 2115 vs 2509 Tan Zhongyi

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    Yes, we managed to qualify for the next stage! Carlsen team did not make it! Nakamura team did not make it! Mamed'yarov team did not qualify (with all the help from the organizers they could possibly get)!


    Unprecedented achievement for the Australian chess!!

    Next match is on the 14th of March at 2.40 pm Sydney time. We are facing the Dreev team again. We were very close to defeating them last week. I think we have very good chances going to the next stage.

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    "To be, or not to be: that is the question..."

    Well, in our interpretation is "To play, or not to play..." Or more specifically, to supply an "uncompetitive" team (as organizers knocking down players by introducing unreasonable expectations) or withdraw... Not an easy decision...

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    Congratulations to the team on crushing San Diego 10.5 to 5.5 and making it thru to the semi-finals

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    Not that quickly unfortunately, next match will be against pandas in the quarter-finals...

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    The match yesterday was fantastic! To see the game go to https://www.chess.com/blog/PROChessL...-diego-surfers and click on a square in the table.

    For example, this is the game between Anton and a former heavy weight Aleksei Dreev (Anton is black):

    [Event "Live Chess"]
    [Site "Chess.com"]
    [Date "2018.03.13"]
    [White "Igrok3069"]
    [Black "AntonSmirnov"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [ECO "D00"]
    [WhiteElo "2648"]
    [BlackElo "2446"]
    [TimeControl "900+2"]
    [EndTime "20:35:05 PDT"]
    [Termination "AntonSmirnov won by resignation"]
    [CurrentPosition "rnbqkbnr/ppp1pppp/8/3p4/3P4/8/PPP1PPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq d6 0 2"]
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    It is highly likely that on Thursday is the last match for Kangaroos this season. We are up against the Chinese wall...

    Alexey Sarana 2541 vs 2173 Chu Ruotong
    Anton Smirnov 2508 vs 2549 Xu Xiangyu
    Temur Kuybokarov 2468 vs 2674 Ni Hua
    Brandon Clarke 2319 vs 2750 Yu Yangyi

    Boys, prove me wrong!
    Last edited by Vlad; 20-03-2018 at 07:21 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    It is highly likely that on Thursday is the last match for Kangaroos this season. We are up against the Chinese wall...

    Alexey Sarana 2541 vs 2173 Chu Ruotong
    Anton Smirnov 2508 vs 2549 Xu Xiangyu
    Temur Kuybokarov 2468 vs 2674 Ni Hua
    Brandon Clarke 2319 vs 2750 Yu Yangyi

    Boys, prove me wrong!
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    They only give us 6.5 points... I am sure we are better than that.
    https://www.chess.com/blog/NapoleonB...n-and-whos-out

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    It took some serious magic for Australia to make it this far. After failing to beat a relegated Rio Grande Osprey team in the regular season finale, the Kangaroos had to wait for Mammedyarov and the San Jose Hackers to fall short against the San Diego Surfers to claim a playoff bid. After barely qualifying, the Aussies then destroyed that same San Diego squad 10.5-5.5, tying for the biggest winning margin on the day. So who exactly are the Kangaroos?
    
    Remember the Match of the Millennials where the World team beat the US by a staggering margin? Well GMs Alexey Sarana and Anton Smirnov are back, and the two-man tandem lead Australia on boards 1 and 2, respectively. These two 2500+ grandmasters are a combined 52/80 against strong Pacific Division competition - the impressive part? Both of these guys put up 3.5/4 against San Diego last week. Talk about winning big games!
    
    The Kangaroos have gone with a different look than last week in the secondary, moving up IM Teymur Kuybokarov from fourth board to third to make room for FM Brandon Clarke on fourth board. I really like this proactive "risk" from the manager. While Clarke may be the lowest player on the Aussie's roster by nearly 100 points, he holds a 2546 TPR through 28 games for the Kangaroos - including an 8/8 Super Saturday run......
    
    If Australia is going to win, they need to score 4/4 against Chengdu's Chu Ruotong. While Ruotung has out-performed her rating by 100+ points with a 12/32 score, I think its important that the Kangaroos get a bulk of their points here. Furthermore, I think Australia will need more than 1 point from every player. In a dream world, Sarana and Smirnov both get 3/4, leaving Kuybokarov and Clarke with the task of scoring a combined 2.5/8... of course scoring 3/4 against the Pandas' team is no easy task.

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    Unfortunately, we lost 9:7 at the end, thanks everybody for your support!
    Last edited by Vlad; 22-03-2018 at 04:51 PM.

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