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    FM Jack Puccini's immortal Zugzwang game?

    Puccini–Xie, R4, had a strong exchange sac. The result was the ‘Horwitz bishops’ on adjacent diagonals, leaving Black helpless. On move 25, Black is in Zugzwang: the Q must stay on d8 to support ... Bf6 in answer to Qh6 (and ... Qc8 loses to Bxf7+), the R must defend f7, and thanks to White's pawns on g3 and h4, the B has nowhere to go. After 25... g5 26. Qf5, the P can't leave the g-file otherwise Qg4+.

    The Stockfish computer on Chess24 seems to have a fixed horizon, because sometimes its evaluation changes drastically over one move.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Raymond Song continues great run from Doeberl, moving to 4/4.
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    Remarkable, playing about 300 points stronger than his rating, and in two tournaments in a row.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Puccini–Xie, R4, had a strong exchange sac. The result was the ‘Horwitz bishops’ on adjacent diagonals, leaving Black helpless. On move 25, Black is in Zugzwang: the Q must stay on d8 to support ... Bf6 in answer to Qh6 (and ... Qc8 loses to Bxf7+), the R must defend f7, and thanks to White's pawns on g3 and h4, the B has nowhere to go. After 25... g5 26. Qf5, the P can't leave the g-file otherwise Qg4+.

    The Stockfish computer on Chess24 seems to have a fixed horizon, because sometimes its evaluation changes drastically over one move.
    Jack is wellknown at MCC for not being scared to take risks and go into irrational positions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Remarkable, playing about 300 points stronger than his rating, and in two tournaments in a row.
    Well, check his pro chess league results this year. https://www.prochessleague.com/australia-kangaroos.html

    Raymond was consistently performing at least 200 points above his rating there. He is particularly strong against strong opposition. The fact that he is low rated helps him, as 2400+ jump on him.

    P.S. Actually, I had a chat with a prominent Australian coach about 1 month ago. I told him that Raymond is the next big star in our region. The coach was very sceptical. I had another chat with him a few days ago. All what he was talking about was Raymond.
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    Nice photos, both Lani and Helen. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    Nice photos, both Lani and Helen. Thanks.
    All Helen's! But she's done a fantastic job

    Unrelated but results from the Sydney International Blitz are now online at:http://siochess.com/sydneyinternatio...019/index.html . Delayed but congratulations to IM Brodie McClymont for winning the event on 8.5/9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alana View Post
    Unrelated but results from the Sydney International Blitz are now online at:http://siochess.com/sydneyinternatio...019/index.html . Delayed but congratulations to IM Brodie McClymont for winning the event on 8.5/9.
    Very strong performance, especially when it was really a first-round half-point bye then 8/8.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Remarkable, playing about 300 points stronger than his rating, and in two tournaments in a row.
    Not so remarkable when you take into account he had a few years playing in China recently before returning to Australia. And, as Vlad said, his excellent Pro Chess League results for the Kangaroos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Very strong performance, especially when it was really a first-round half-point bye then 8/8.
    Indeed so! Further evidence of Brodie's strength at fast time limits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Remarkable, playing about 300 points stronger than his rating, and in two tournaments in a row.
    His is an interesting case. From age 13 he didn't play any FIDE rated events for several years, and then has returned to FIDE-rated events in the last few years, increasing his rating in every event that he plays. It would seem to show that talent is permanent.

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    I assume the 14-move grandmaster draw Song vs Ikeda in round 7 was to help secure a norm? Certainly there wasn't a fight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    His is an interesting case. From age 13 he didn't play any FIDE rated events for several years, and then has returned to FIDE-rated events in the last few years, increasing his rating in every event that he plays. It would seem to show that talent is permanent.
    According to brain scientists, your brain pretty much stop growing after you turn 13. The only changes after that are due to you gaining more experience. So if you are 2000+ at 13 (with no or very little experience), it means you are likely to be at least 2500+ with experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowshooter View Post
    I assume the 14-move grandmaster draw Song vs Ikeda in round 7 was to help secure a norm? Certainly there wasn't a fight.
    Raymond can't get a GM norm in this tournament as he needs 2380+ average rating. Only 3 people have 2380+ here.

    He has excellent chances to get an IM norm here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
    Raymond can't get a GM norm in this tournament as he needs 2380+ average rating. Only 3 people have 2380+ here.

    He has excellent chances to get an IM norm here.
    I wonder if he will join a select few to become a GM without ever being an IM, such as Larry Christiansen, Wang Hao, Anish Giri, Vladimir Kramnik, and I can't remember if Gary Kasparov was ever an IM.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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