View Poll Results: Which was the most brilliant MCC game of 2017?

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  • T. Narenthram (vs D. Gusain)

    0 0%
  • T. Ly (vs H. Gao)

    3 42.86%
  • S. Urban (vs M. Raine)

    0 0%
  • T. Narenthram (vs E. Hooi)

    0 0%
  • B. Yu (vs D. Lacey)

    0 0%
  • D. Gusain (vs T. Ly)

    2 28.57%
  • G. Canfell (vs. S.C. Goh)

    1 14.29%
  • Others

    1 14.29%
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    Most Brilliant MCC Game of 2017

    Hi everyone

    The Melbourne Chess Club (MCC) has been in the process of selecting the most brilliant game played at MCC during 2017.

    The game so selected will be awarded the annual Greg Hjorth Brilliancy Prize and a $300 MCC bookshop voucher.

    The candidate games are as follows:

    -Australia Day Weekender - T. Narenthram (vs D. Gusain)
    -MCC Club Championship - T. Ly (vs H. Gao)
    -ANZAC Day Weekender - S. Urban (vs M. Raine)
    -Malcolm Pyke Memorial - T. Narenthram (vs E. Hooi)
    -Malitis Memorial - B. Yu (vs D. Lacey)
    -MCC Open - D. Gusain (vs T. Ly)
    -Hjorth Open - G. Canfell (vs. S.C. Goh)

    (*Bob Brooking Round Robins - No brilliancy game submitted)

    These games can be found at the following Microbase link:

    https://chessmicrobase.com/microbase...token=lv7whpzd

    For the first time in 2017, a panel of judges was formed to make the selection (previously, a single judge had chosen the winner). The panel this year include:

    - FM Jack Puccini;
    - FM Michael Baron; and
    - WGM Julia Ryjanova.

    Each judge was asked to rank each of the 7 games in order of most brilliant to least.

    The most brilliant game selected by the judge was allocated 7 points, the 2nd most brilliant game was allocated 6 points, the 3rd most brilliant game was allocated 5 points and so on. Each judge was free to apply whatever criteria they felt were appropriate when considering the "brilliance" of each game.

    Once the judges forwarded their rankings to the MCC Committee, the scores were tallied up to determine the winning game.

    The winning game will be announced before the start of the MCC Blitz Championship this Sunday 18 February 2018 (starts 6:00pm). After the announcement, each judge's rankings and the final scores will be disclosed in this Chesschat thread.

    We now invite the public to make their choice of what was the most brilliant MCC game of 2017. Was it one of the 7 games listed or another game that didn't make the candidate list?

    MODS - Please insert a poll for Chesschat users to select what they consider the most brilliant MCC game of 2017 (include an option for "Others" - i.e. a game other than the listed candidate games).

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    For anyone who can't view the games through the Microbase site, here they are:

    Australia Day Weekender - T. Narenthram (vs D. Gusain)
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    MCC Club Championship - T. Ly (vs H. Gao)
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    ANZAC Day Weekender - S. Urban (vs M. Raine)
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    Malcolm Pyke Memorial - T. Narenthram (vs E. Hooi)
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    Malitis Memorial - B. Yu (vs D. Lacey)
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    MCC Open - D. Gusain (vs T. Ly)
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    Hjorth Open - G. Canfell (vs. S.C. Goh)
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    Last edited by Thai Ly; 13-02-2018 at 09:55 PM.

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    Hmm for whatever reason game 6 doesn't work for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighty View Post
    Hmm for whatever reason game 6 doesn't work for me.
    I think the problem had something to do with "Opening" header.

    I've edited this header and the game does appear to play through now.

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    Most brilliant MCC game of 2017 is...

    Outgoing MCC President Elizabeth Warren announced before MCC Blitz championship tonight the judging results of the 2017 annual Greg Hjorth Brilliancy Prize for the most brilliant game played at MCC in 2017.

    The winning game was Thai Ly's win in the MCC Championship (vs Hans Gao).

    Thai's game won by a solitary point over Greg Canfell's win over Sean Christian Goh in the Hjorth Open. Bobby Yu's win over David Lacey in the Malitis Memorial was judged third most brilliant.

    Here is a breakdown of the Judging:

    FM Jack Puccini
    MCC Club Championship - T. Ly (vs H. Gao) 7 points (1st)
    Malcolm Pyke Memorial - T. Narenthram (vs E. Hooi) 6 points (2nd)
    Hjorth Open - G. Canfell (vs. S.C. Goh) 5 points (3rd)
    Australia Day Weekender - T. Narenthram (vs D. Gusain) 4 points (4th)
    Malitis Memorial - B. Yu (vs D. Lacey) 3 points (5th)
    MCC Open - D. Gusain (vs T. Ly) 2 points (6th)
    ANZAC Day Weekender - S. Urban (vs M. Raine) 1 point (7th)

    FM Michael Baron
    Hjorth Open - G. Canfell (vs. S.C. Goh) 7 points (1st)
    Malitis Memorial - B. Yu (vs D. Lacey) 6 points (2nd)
    MCC Club Championship - T. Ly (vs H. Gao) 5 points (3rd)
    ANZAC Day Weekender - S. Urban (vs M. Raine) 4 points (4th)
    Malcolm Pyke Memorial - T. Narenthram (vs E. Hooi) 3 points (5th)
    Australia Day Weekender - T. Narenthram (vs D. Gusain) 2 points (6th)
    MCC Open - D. Gusain (vs T. Ly) 1 point (7th)

    WGM Julia Ryjanova
    MCC Club Championship - T. Ly (vs H. Gao) 7 points (1st)
    Hjorth Open - G. Canfell (vs. S.C. Goh) 6 points (2nd)
    Malitis Memorial - B. Yu (vs D. Lacey) 5 points (3rd)
    Malcolm Pyke Memorial - T. Narenthram (vs E. Hooi) 4 points (4th)
    ANZAC Day Weekender - S. Urban (vs M. Raine) 3 points (5th)
    Australia Day Weekender - T. Narenthram (vs D. Gusain) 2 points (6th)
    MCC Open - D. Gusain (vs T. Ly) 1 point (7th)

    Total Points
    MCC Club Championship - T. Ly (vs H. Gao) 19 points (1st)
    Hjorth Open - G. Canfell
    (vs. S.C. Goh) 18 points (2nd)
    Malitis Memorial - B. Yu
    (vs D. Lacey) 14 points (3rd)
    Malcolm Pyke Memorial - T. Narenthram (vs E. Hooi) 13 points (4th)
    Australia Day Weekender - T. Narenthram (vs D. Gusain) 8 points (=5th)
    ANZAC Day Weekender - S. Urban (vs M. Raine) 8 points (=5th)
    MCC Open - D. Gusain (vs T. Ly) 4 points (7th)

    We look forward to more MCC brilliancies in 2018!

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    Good data on the judging there. Like the game-of-the-year results in Informator!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Good data on the judging there. Like the game-of-the-year results in Informator!
    That's what I thought. Also, the judges' assessments (just like it usually is in case of the Informator) were quite close to one another.
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    In G Canfell's game on a cursory glance I thought the crucial factor was Greg sacrificing his queen for the two minor pieces of Black's king side. That was a brave act.

    My thinking has been for years that the king's sides minor pieces are much more important than the queen's sides, as the kings sides are there to defend the king. And also getting the black king onto the seventh was also a weakening. I only bring this up because I get scalded when I mention king and queen size pieces rather than light and darks bishops etc..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Good data on the judging there. Like the game-of-the-year results in Informator!
    We've had a good deal of positive feedback on employing a panel of judges to decide the annual brilliancy.

    I think there is a good deal of anticipation built up when predicting how the judges will apply their personal opinion on what constitute a brilliancy.

    MCC are looking to maybe engaging a panel of 5 judges for 2018 and onwards. The larger panel should embrace a wide range of chess styles and philosophies. In due course we hope this increases the prestige of both winning the annual brilliancy prize and being a part of the judging panel.

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    Shout out to Chris Depasquale for featuring the winning brilliancy of Ly vs Gao in his weekly chess column in the Saturday Age on 10 March.

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