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Watto
19-01-2011, 10:29 PM
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/Tournaments/Tournaments_161.html
The Aeroflot is starting straight after the Moscow Open.

http://www.aeroflotchess.com/material.php?id=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. :)

Watto
31-01-2011, 02:25 PM
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.

Oepty
31-01-2011, 03:34 PM
The results are available here http://chess-results.com/tnr43873.aspx?lan=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.
Scott

Vlad
31-01-2011, 05:05 PM
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.:lol:

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.:)

ER
31-01-2011, 05:59 PM
...

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

Well Anton is a celebrity in Australia where Alexandra is unknown! :P

Adamski
31-01-2011, 06:06 PM
Well Anton is a celebrity in Australia where Alexandra is unknown! :PLOL. Best wishes to both Smirnovs on their latest Russian adventure

Vlad
01-02-2011, 05:11 AM
[White "Smirnov, A."]
[Black "Vorobjov, D."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "2002"]
[BlackElo "2248"]

1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Be2 e6 6. O-O Nf6 7. h3 Bh5 8.
Be3 Be7 9. c4 Qd8 10. Nc3 O-O 11. a3 Re8 12. b4 Bf8 13. Ne5 (13. b5 Na5 14. g4 Bg6 15. Ne5 a6 16. Nxg6 hxg6 17. bxa6 Rxa6 18. g5 Nd7 19. c5 Ra8) 13... Bxe2 14. Nxe2 a5 15. Nxc6 bxc6 16. Qd2 Ne4 17. Qc2 Nd6 18. Ng3 Qf6 19. Rfd1 Qg6 20. Qc3 h5 21. Rab1 h4 22. Ne2 axb4 23. axb4 Ra2 24. Nf4 Qc2 25. Rdc1 Qxc3 26. Rxc3 Rb8 27. Nd3 Ne4 28. Rcb3 Rc2 29. Ne5 Ra8 30. R3b2 Rxb2 31. Rxb2 Ra1+ 32. Kh2 Bd6 33. c5 Bxe5+ 34. dxe5 f6 35. exf6 gxf6 36. b5 cxb5 37. Rxb5 Nc3 38. Rb4 Nd5 39. Rg4+ Kf7 40. Rxh4 Nxe3 41. fxe3 Kg6 42. Rg4+ Kf7 43. Rd4 Ke7 44. c6 f5 45. Rd7+ Kf6 46. Rxc7 Ra3 47. Rc8 Rc3 48. Kg1 e5 49. Kf2 e4 50. c7 Kg7 51. g4 fxg4 52. hxg4 Kh7 53. Kg2 Kg7 54. g5 Kh7 55. g6+ Kg7 56. Kh2 Rc6 57. Kh3 Rc5 58. Kg4 Rg5+ 59. Kf4 Rc5 60. Kxe4 Rc1 61. Kd5 Rd1+ 62. Ke5 Rc1 63. e4 Rc2 64. Ke6 Rc1 65. e5 Rc2 66. Rd8 1-0

Watto
01-02-2011, 09:18 AM
Go Anton! :) :clap:

Kevin Bonham
01-02-2011, 12:51 PM
Nice win. Well done Anton.

Adamski
01-02-2011, 02:09 PM
Nice win. Well done Anton.
Vorobjov should have looked up Anton's dad"s repertoire. Well done Anton. :clap:

Vlad
01-02-2011, 07:52 PM
Vorobjov should have looked up Anton's dad"s repertoire. Well done Anton. :clap:

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?:)

Garrett
01-02-2011, 07:55 PM
Well done Anton !!

Vlad
01-02-2011, 08:01 PM
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.

black
01-02-2011, 08:04 PM
Nice technique also. Great stuff.

Oepty
06-02-2011, 06:15 PM
Anton is now on 4/8 with the last round today, it is already underway with an early start.
Scott

Kevin Bonham
06-02-2011, 07:50 PM
Oddly Anton played three unrated opponents in a row, but each of those had played against only rated players. The performance rating given for Anton on chess-results is nonsense; if you treat the unrateds according to their performance ratings then he is performing at 2069.

Vlad
07-02-2011, 12:37 AM
Do not yet know how the last game went, I am about 500 kilometeres from Moscow at the moment.

The two opponents he drew against are Russian kiddies about 2 years older than Anton. They have Russian ratings which are about 2000. Both games were tough draws, which went for almost 4 hours.

Vlad
07-02-2011, 02:22 PM
Just wondering if people with English connections know this guy?

Yeo Michael J 2189 ENG

We had the most terrible experience possible with him. Fortunately I was not around during the game, otherwise I would probably end up punching this piece of ...

Max Illingworth
07-02-2011, 03:17 PM
Just wondering if people with English connections know this guy?

Yeo Michael J 2189 ENG

We had the most terrible experience possible with him. Fortunately I was not around during the game, otherwise I would probably end up punching this piece of ...

What happened?

Tony Dowden
07-02-2011, 03:57 PM
Unfortunately Anton lost in the last round but seems to have played a tough field.

Here's his scorecard (http://chess-results.com/tnr43873.aspx?art=9&lan=1&fed=AUS&m=-1&wi=1000&snr=357). My guess is that unrated Russians are stronger than unrated Aussies/Kiwis!

Vlad
07-02-2011, 04:38 PM
What happened?

It was a tough game that lasted more than 4 hours. Anton outplayed his opponent and was heading to an endgame a pawn up. But then around the middle of the game Anton got blood coming from his nose. The opponent noticed that Anton did not feel very well and started pressuring him off the board. At some point he started shouting at him in English. The reason was that Anton touched a piece while being in check. He couldn't use this piece to protect his king. By the rules it means he could play any other move. The Englishman started shouting loudly - you should punish him, etc. He obviously did not know the rules or pretended that he did not know them.
The arbiters did not speak English, so could not really control the situation.

Some other times he was making stupid sounds/comments with the purpose of distracting his opponent. The main problem was that if that happened say in Australia he would be told to behave by an arbiter. Here in Moscow because he did not understand what arbiters were saying he sort of did not care. The only translator was Anton himself. It was not very satisfactory situation.

Denis_Jessop
07-02-2011, 07:28 PM
The only relevant fact that i could find on the FIDE website is that his birth year is 1951 which suggests that he should have grown up by now.

DJ

Tony Dowden
07-02-2011, 07:48 PM
... The performance rating given for Anton on chess-results is nonsense; if you treat the unrateds according to their performance ratings then he is performing at 2069.

I gather chess-results has a flaw in that it 'rates' unrated as zero (but you might want to check the maths).

Tony Dowden
07-02-2011, 07:53 PM
It was a tough game that lasted more than 4 hours. Anton outplayed his opponent and was heading to an endgame a pawn up. But then around the middle of the game Anton got blood coming from his nose. The opponent noticed that Anton did not feel very well and started pressuring him off the board. At some point he started shouting at him in English. The reason was that Anton touched a piece while being in check. He couldn't use this piece to protect his king. By the rules it means he could play any other move. The Englishman started shouting loudly - you should punish him, etc. He obviously did not know the rules or pretended that he did not know them.
The arbiters did not speak English, so could not really control the situation.

Some other times he was making stupid sounds/comments with the purpose of distracting his opponent. The main problem was that if that happened say in Australia he would be told to behave by an arbiter. Here in Moscow because he did not understand what arbiters were saying he sort of did not care. The only translator was Anton himself. It was not very satisfactory situation.

This is really shocking as FM Michael Yeo (ENG) has been around for a long time and should know better.

Adamski
07-02-2011, 09:46 PM
This is really shocking as FM Michael Yeo (ENG) has been around for a long time and should know better.
Seconded. Since you are both playing Parra club champs, Vlad, I assume you both will reasonably soon be back in the land of Oz?

Kevin Bonham
07-02-2011, 09:55 PM
I gather chess-results has a flaw in that it 'rates' unrated as zero (but you might want to check the maths).

I think it treats unrateds as 1200 or whatever the current FIDE floor is.

Oepty
07-02-2011, 10:39 PM
Seconded. Since you are both playing Parra club champs, Vlad, I assume you both will reasonably soon be back in the land of Oz?

Anton is playing in the C section of Aeroflot Open.
Scott

Tony Dowden
08-02-2011, 06:18 PM
I think it treats unrateds as 1200 or whatever the current FIDE floor is.

OK. It would be logical to ignore unrateds.

Garvinator
08-02-2011, 06:42 PM
OK. It would be logical to ignore unrateds.
Is this a blanket policy or just for rating purposes ;) :lol: