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Alan Shore
10-03-2004, 05:48 PM
You can see the official site here: http://www.chess.is/reykjavikopen/english.html

Rogers is on 2.5/3 so far. The opening he chose in his second round win went like this: 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. h4!? I've never seen this opening before, how about anyone else?

arosar
10-03-2004, 06:01 PM
Ain't that the one supposedly invented by that fella who sued the ACF? The guy who was number one in NT . . . whatshisname?

AR

Alan Shore
10-03-2004, 11:30 PM
Chris Depesquale? Hmm ok.. odd opening though!

JGB
15-03-2004, 01:42 AM
So after 6 rounds Mr Rogers has 3.5 points from 6. Today he will be playing against Luis Galego rated 2479.

XXI Reykjavik Open - Round 6Ratings (Intl)
No Name Feder Intl Id Rtg Score Exp. Chg*K Rav Rprfm

1. Dreev, Alexey RUS 4100107 2682 5.0/6 4.32 7 2516 2789
2. Sutovsky, Emil ISR 2802007 2666 4.5/6 4.38 1 2495 2688
3. Aronian, Levon GER 13300474 2648 4.5/6 4.20 3 2501 2694
4. Epishin, Vladimir RUS 4162714 2633 4.5/6 4.20 3 2483 2676
5. Krasenkow, Michal POL 1113100 2609 4.5/6 4.14 4 2471 2664
6. Bu, Xiangzhi CHN 8601445 2600 4.5/6 3.78 7 2503 2696
7. Ehlvest, Jaan EST 4500016 2599 4.0/6 4.56 -6 2393 2518
8. Rogers, Ian AUS 3200019 2582 3.5/6 3.84 -3 2480 2537
9. Timman, Jan H NED 1000012 2578 4.5/6 3.48 10 2517 2710
10. Luther, Thomas GER 4611420 2572 4.0/6 3.48 5 2517 2642

Kevin Bonham
15-03-2004, 03:59 AM
Ain't that the one supposedly invented by that fella who sued the ACF? The guy who was number one in NT . . . whatshisname?

It's a variation of the Trompowsky. Chris Depasquale didn't invent it to my knowledge but he certainly popularised it. I think he beat a GM with it. Now a pretty well-trodden line, even rates a column in NCO.

Anyone here got the new Peter Wells book on the Tromp? I imagine there'd be a fair amount of coverage of that line in there and reviews I've seen of the book have been very positive.

JGB
15-03-2004, 06:55 PM
With a win Rogers is now on 4.5 from 7. Nice going.

Rhubarb
16-03-2004, 10:27 AM
Pairings for 9th and last round:

1 Vladimir Epishin (6.0) 2633 : Alexey Dreev (6.0) 2682
2 Levon Aronian (6.0) 2648 : Emil Sutovsky (6.0) 2666
3 Michal Krasenkow (5.5) 2609 : Jan H Timman (5.5) 2578
4 Igor-Alexandre Nataf (5.5) 2569 : Xiangzhi Bu (5.5) 2600
5 Suat Atalik (5.5) 2554 : Jaan Ehlvest (5.5) 2599
6 Robert Markus (5.5) 2527 : Ian Rogers (5.5) 2582
7 Sergey Erenburg (5.5) 2523 : Thomas Luther (5.0) 2572
8 Hannes Stefansson (5.0) 2572 : Helgi Olafsson (5.0) 2504
9 Hikaru Nakamura (5.0) 2571 : Tiger Hillarp Persson (5.0) 2530
10 Nikola Sedlak (5.0) 2539 : Oleg Korneev (5.0) 2566
etc.

Rogers must have some chance to get to 6.5 and then some further chance of that being enough for equal first (prediction: no way will board 1 go the distance but board 2 might) ...

The final round apparently starts four hours earlier (1pm local time), or midnight tonight AEDT.

P.S. Pairings from the Icelandic site didn't include progress scores so any errors are my own.

Kerry Stead
16-03-2004, 10:47 AM
The best games of the round look to be ones involving the 'young brigade':
2 Levon Aronian (6.0) 2648 : Emil Sutovsky (6.0) 2666
4 Igor-Alexandre Nataf (5.5) 2569 : Xiangzhi Bu (5.5) 2600
9 Hikaru Nakamura (5.0) 2571 : Tiger Hillarp Persson (5.0) 2530

Let's hope Ian can finish off with a few wins!
Don't the top few place-getters in the Open get entry into a Rapid immediately afterwards, which has Kasparov as number 1 seed? Would be good to see Ian qualify for this and have another crack at Gazza!

Rhubarb
16-03-2004, 10:56 AM
Yes, TWIC says Dreev and Sutovsky are already in the rapid, so if Ian wins he must be a good chance to qualify for one of the four places.

P.S. I don't think even Ian "can finish with a few wins" as this is the last round :D

Kerry Stead
16-03-2004, 11:19 AM
P.S. I don't think even Ian "can finish with a few wins" as this is the last round :D

Oops! For some reason I thought this was another silly 10 round tournament - must have got it mixed up with that one Short one a little while ago! :doh:

Alan Shore
17-03-2004, 03:25 AM
Ian finished on 5.5/9.. he lost his last round match against an IM, what a pity though, if he had of won that last round he would have finished =1st! :(