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    Essent Open in the Netherlands

    I don’t think anyone’s started a thread for this yet.
    Four Australians have entered the strong Essent Open in the Netherlands running from 20 October to 28 October. The Australians are Ian Rogers (12th seed), David Smerdon (17th), Moulthun Ly and Manuel Weeks.
    I was wondering about Ly's absence from the World Youth team… good to see him here.

    Here’s the site.
    http://www.essentchess.nl/index2006.htm

    EDIT: I should have mentioned, the Open is not the premier tournament. There’s a 4 player tournament consisting of the strongest Dutch player, the junior world champion, the best woman and a world champion. This is the tenth year of the tournament and the strongest foursome they’ve had to date:
    Veselin Topalov Bulgarije 2813 1
    Shakhryar Mamedyarov Azerbeidzhan 2728 12
    Judit Polgar Hongarije 2710 16
    Ivan Sokolov Nederland 2670 39
    Last edited by Watto; 19-10-2006 at 10:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watto
    I don’t think anyone’s started a thread for this yet.
    Four Australians have entered the strong Essent Open in the Netherlands running from 20 October to 28 October. The Australians are Ian Rogers (12th seed), David Smerdon (17th), Moulthun Ly and Manuel Weeks.
    I was wondering about Ly's absence from the World Youth team… good to see him here.

    Here’s the site.
    http://www.essentchess.nl/index2006.htm

    EDIT: I should have mentioned, the Open is not the premier tournament. There’s a 4 player tournament consisting of the strongest Dutch player, the junior world champion, the best woman and a world champion. This is the tenth year of the tournament and the strongest foursome they’ve had to date:
    Veselin Topalov Bulgarije 2813 1
    Shakhryar Mamedyarov Azerbeidzhan 2728 12
    Judit Polgar Hongarije 2710 16
    Ivan Sokolov Nederland 2670 39
    That's interesting. I'm not sure why Moulthun did not apply for selection for the World Youth Team. I know that several players did not apply or elected not to go when chosen for various reasons one of which was the venue. Anyway, playing in the Netherlands will give him good experience in the pleasurable company of some good Australian companions. Best of luck to all of them.

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    10 pm start

    Hoogeveen is 8 hours behind us. I've been wrong in my calculations before... but I think that means that the first round will start tonight at 10 pm Melbourne time (as they are due to start at 2 pm local time).

    Incidentally, here's the link to the English version of the site (have just discovered it ):
    http://www.essentchess.nl/info_eng.htm

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    aussies at essent

    some aussie participants in the open section at essent 2006: ian rogers, david smerdon, moulthun ly, manuel weeks

    http://www.essentchess.nl/index2006.htm
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    Essent is under way with the open division starting today.

    Topalov, Polgar etc start in two days.

    In the tfd, it looks like there are five games being displayed, but I cant scroll down to Game 5. Can anyone?

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    Moulton playing grandmaster now

    Moulthun Ly's game against Vyacheslav Ikonnikov (2587 GM RUS M) is currently being broadcast (11 pm Eastern Aust time). I clicked on the "Live flash" link at the top of the page.

    http://www.essentchess.nl/index2006.htm
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    What, if any, norms or titles are any of the Australians playing for.

    Do they have to avoid playing each other or do pairing rules deal with this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrayggray
    Essent is under way with the open division starting today.

    Topalov, Polgar etc start in two days.

    In the tfd, it looks like there are five games being displayed, but I cant scroll down to Game 5. Can anyone?
    ahh ok, you need to use ie. I was using firefox. How dare I use a superior browser

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    So after 20...Be5 if 21.Qxa7 Bd6 22.Rxd6 Qxd6 23.Nxf6+ looks messy to me, at least in a practical sense.

    The other try I see for white is 21.b4!? intending c5.

    Now after 35.Ke2!? Bc3!? the clever idea alowed by Ke2 of Nxb6 was rejected by the GM, probably because after Rxd3, Kxd3, it looks like black might be able to infiltrate with Qb4, or Qa3

    40...Qc2!, Now Ikonnikov looks to be in trouble, if 41. Rd6 Be1! so he probably has to give up the exchange, and in much worse conditions than if he had done so 20 moves ago
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    Win for Moulthun in round one.

    Event: Essent chess tournament
    Site: ?
    Date: ????.??.??
    Round: 1
    White: Ikonnikov, Vyacheslav
    Black: Ly, Moulthun
    Result: 0-1
    ECO: E15
    PlyCount: 92

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggrayggray
    Win for Moulthun in round one.
    5 Ikonnikov, Vyacheslav 2587 GM RUS M
    Win with black over the 5th seed...
    Unlike the world youth, a really good website, games from the first round are available and pairings for round 2 as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skaro
    What, if any, norms or titles are any of the Australians playing for.
    The field looks strong enough that GM and IM norms will certainly be possible.

    Do they have to avoid playing each other or do pairing rules deal with this?
    It's a normal Swiss tournament. Why would they have to avoid playing each other?

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    He must have been tricked by Moulthun's innocent view.

    Seriously, there is an article by IM Devyatkin on chess.pro where he talks about not pushing hard in drawn positions. He claims that Topalov lost because he did not learn that rule. Devyatkin himself added 50-100 points after he stopped doing that.

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    Very Cool effort by Mounthyn

    Very impressive game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    The field looks strong enough that GM and IM norms will certainly be possible.



    It's a normal Swiss tournament. Why would they have to avoid playing each other?
    Sorry, I thought there might have been rules like people from the same country not playing each other to avoid collusion when a norm etc is on the line or else such games couldn't be counted in its calculation.
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