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eclectic
15-09-2007, 12:57 PM
Official Site (http://www.bcmchess.co.uk/monarch2007/)

The tournament runs from September 22 until September 30
Will David cross the magic 2500 mark here?

Manuel Weeks will also be playing.

eclectic
21-09-2007, 01:26 PM
arosar notes in his TCG blog that according to jenni oliver moulthon ly has entered the tournament too

eclectic
23-09-2007, 03:36 AM
http://www.bcmchess.co.uk/monarch2007/rd1.html

games on viewer or for download (?) once complete

smerdon and ly playing (not each other) weeks has a bye

Carl Gorka
23-09-2007, 10:23 AM
http://www.bcmchess.co.uk/monarch2007/rd1.html

games on viewer or for download (?) once complete

smerdon and ly playing (not each other) weeks has a bye

You can download the games from the BCM main page. IOM is excellent tournament, but it always rains and is bloody freezing with a really strong westerly wind. Good beer, though. They have their own brewery on the island...o' Kells or something like it...and the food speciality is chips with melted cheese and gravy:eek: :D

eclectic
23-09-2007, 10:53 AM
smerdon lost
ly won

Carl Gorka
23-09-2007, 11:01 AM
smerdon lost
ly won

Looks like Smerdon was doing ok till he blundered with Rxd5.

Ly game was fun:D

The draw at the IOM sees an odd split....not just top half v bottom half

Denis_Jessop
23-09-2007, 12:12 PM
Looks like Smerdon was doing ok till he blundered with Rxd5.

Ly game was fun:D

The draw at the IOM sees an odd split....not just top half v bottom half

It's a form of accelerated pairing. The top 46 players were paired top half against bottom half on boards 1 to 23. The rest (fewer than 46) were similarly paired on the remaining boards. Some players, including IM/WGM Elisabeth Paetz, who would have been in the top 46, and Manuel Weeks had a first round half-point bye.

DJ

Carl Gorka
23-09-2007, 09:16 PM
It's a form of accelerated pairing. The top 46 players were paired top half against bottom half on boards 1 to 23. The rest (fewer than 46) were similarly paired on the remaining boards. Some players, including IM/WGM Elisabeth Paetz, who would have been in the top 46, and Manuel Weeks had a first round half-point bye.

DJ

I know, Stewart Reuben tried to explain it to me a couple of years ago when I was playing in the IOM. I was trying to point out why Moulton got a relatively easy game, while David was stuck against some 2600+ duffer:D

pax
23-09-2007, 10:00 PM
It's a form of accelerated pairing. The top 46 players were paired top half against bottom half on boards 1 to 23. The rest (fewer than 46) were similarly paired on the remaining boards. Some players, including IM/WGM Elisabeth Paetz, who would have been in the top 46, and Manuel Weeks had a first round half-point bye.

DJ

How do you explain this:

10 Dworakowska, Joanna..... 2320 1 - 0 Palliser, Richard....... 2417 50 35

Bill Gletsos
23-09-2007, 10:45 PM
How do you explain this:

10 Dworakowska, Joanna..... 2320 1 - 0 Palliser, Richard....... 2417 50 35Note there are only 86 players but there are players ranked 87-90 in the raw and there are no players ranked 10, 23, 40, 60 in the draw.

I suspect that the no shows led to re-pairings being done.

Garvinator
24-09-2007, 12:22 AM
I cant seem to find the live games link? Is there one?

Carl Gorka
24-09-2007, 10:47 AM
Poor old Palliser. After allowing a mating attack in the first game against Dworakowska, he left his queen en prise in the second:D

eclectic
24-09-2007, 05:28 PM
I cant seem to find the live games link? Is there one?

i'm surprised there's no live coverage here

Spiny Norman
25-09-2007, 07:34 AM
Big test for David next round. He has White against:
Kobalia, Mikhail......... RUS g 2634

Denis_Jessop
25-09-2007, 10:43 AM
How do you explain this:

10 Dworakowska, Joanna..... 2320 1 - 0 Palliser, Richard....... 2417 50 35

That's interesting. I missed it when I first went through the pairings, if that pairing was then there. I think Bill is right. On what I said and using the published list of entrants, Palliser should have played GM Igor Khenkin 2602 but it seems he didn't show up. IM/WGM Joanna Dworakowska 2320 was top of the "rest" and seems to have been substituted for Khenkin.

DJ

pax
25-09-2007, 11:06 AM
That's interesting. I missed it when I first went through the pairings, if that pairing was then there. I think Bill is right. On what I said and using the published list of entrants, Palliser should have played GM Igor Khenkin 2602 but it seems he didn't show up. IM/WGM Joanna Dworakowska 2320 was top of the "rest" and seems to have been substituted for Khenkin.

DJ

Interesting.. Isn't this the issue which resulted in Nigel Short withdrawing in protest a few years ago? I think he believed he had won on default after an hour only to be told he had to play.

A better approach on the whole is to ensure that all the players have turned up before pairing the first round!

Brian_Jones
25-09-2007, 01:15 PM
A better approach on the whole is to ensure that all the players have turned up before pairing the first round!

This is easy in a country like Australia where player numbers are low but I have played in Liverpool before when there were more than one thousand players! Not really practical to do a roll call! ;)

eclectic
25-09-2007, 04:33 PM
rd 3
smerdon won
ly lost
weeks lost

eclectic
26-09-2007, 12:33 AM
smerdon draw rd 4

eclectic
26-09-2007, 02:00 AM
ly wins rd 4

Basil
26-09-2007, 02:04 AM
ly wins rd 4

Eeeeeexcellent! [/burns]

Garrett
26-09-2007, 06:31 AM
Eeeeeexcellent! [/burns]

Well done Howie, you almost have as much hair as Monty too old chap.

Spiny Norman
26-09-2007, 07:13 AM
Big test for David next round. He has White against:
Kobalia, Mikhail......... RUS g 2634
Good job by David ... but looking at the game, its an 18-mover, with Black a pawn ahead when the draw was agreed. White looks to have plenty of compensation: he is fully developed, with good pressure coming on the queenside with moves like Rb1 and maybe Rb6 I suppose, plus the f4-e5 pawn wege restricts Black and gives White a big space and mobility advantage. But should a ~2650 GM accept a draw from a pawn up, or play on a few more moves? Perhaps he was tired and happy to get a draw with Black and move on to the next round?

Anyway, the tests keep coming, as David now has Black in the next round against:

Areshchenko, Alexander ... 2645

pax
26-09-2007, 08:08 AM
This is easy in a country like Australia where player numbers are low but I have played in Liverpool before when there were more than one thousand players! Not really practical to do a roll call! ;)
Not at all. Most large events have registration of some kind, and it's simply a a matter of people turning up and getting their names ticked off (and paying any fees owing). Even a thousand players can be registered pretty easily in a couple of hours, as long as you have enough people doing the registering (say 10).

In any case, the Isle of Man tournament has only about 130 players as far as I can tell, so registration would be a doddle.

eclectic
26-09-2007, 11:55 AM
weeks draw rd 4

Spiny Norman
27-09-2007, 06:49 AM
David's game in Round #5 is one of the last to finish. Taking any bets on whether this is a draw or another of his giant-killing efforts?!



12 Areshchenko, Alexander.. 2645 (2½) ½ - ½ Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (2½) 2 32
19 Haslinger, Stewart...... 2468 (2) ½ - ½ Ly, Moulthun............ 2295 (2) 31 54
36 Marks, Ian A............ 1914 (1½) ½ - ½ Weeks, Manuel........... 2200 (1½) 88 67


EDIT: Woo-hoo ... David draws against the 2nd seed. Next round:
14 Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (3) ...... Georgiev, Vladimir...... 2567 (3) 32 20

Watto
27-09-2007, 08:25 AM
Smerdon, David.......... 2461 (3) ...... Georgiev, Vladimir...... 2567 (3)
Ly, Moulthun............ 2295 (2) ...... Paehtz, Elisabeth....... 2457 (2)
Weeks, Manuel........... 2200 (2) ...... Mannion, Stephen R...... 2359 (2)

eclectic
28-09-2007, 10:26 AM
smerdon lost
ly drew
weeks lost

eclectic
30-09-2007, 04:58 AM
rd 8
smerdon won
ly drew
weeks drew

Spiny Norman
30-09-2007, 06:17 AM
David was "unlucky" with his 7th-round opponent -- the guy was on a flier, turns out he's made an IM title the old fashioned way with his performance in this tournament?!

Hopefully David can win in the last round and have a plus score to finish on a positive note.

Brian_Jones
30-09-2007, 11:08 AM
David was "unlucky" with his 7th-round opponent -- the guy was on a flier, turns out he's made an IM title the old fashioned way with his performance in this tournament?!.

Jeff Horner has been a strong almost-IM standard player (and swindler) since before David Smerdon was born. Jeff was one of a long list of good players produced from the town of Bolton in Lancashire (Others were Lamb, Markland, Corden, Short, O'Hara etc).

eclectic
30-09-2007, 11:48 AM
the 3 australians given good coverage by john saunders

all have photos

an interview of david given by john with the help of manuel seems to be on its way

http://www.bcmchess.co.uk/monarch2007/rd9.html

Carl Gorka
30-09-2007, 12:15 PM
Been looking through the games and saw this:
Weeks-Mannion from round 6.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 d5

After 10..d5 and subsequent pawn sac on e5 Black just got a great position really easily by advancing his f-pawn. Interesting....

MichaelBaron
02-10-2007, 12:19 AM
Been looking through the games and saw this:
Weeks-Mannion from round 6.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 d5

After 10..d5 and subsequent pawn sac on e5 Black just got a great position really easily by advancing his f-pawn. Interesting....

original idea..but i doubt it is sound

Carl Gorka
02-10-2007, 09:56 AM
original idea..but i doubt it is sound

That's what they said about the genuine Marshall :D

Capablanca-Fan
02-10-2007, 05:31 PM
That's what they said about the genuine Marshall :D
Who said this? Capa knew he would be facing a terrific attack, but felt honour-bound to accept, and had justifiable confidence in his skill to beat it off as well as the soundness of his position, as he wrote in My Chess Career:


I thought for a little while knowing that I would be subjected thereafter to a terrific attack, all the lines of which would be of necessity familiar to my adversary. The lust of battle, however, had been roused in me. I felt that my judgment and skill were being challenged by a player who had every reason to fear both (as shown by the records of our previous encounters), but who wanted to take advantage of the element of surprise and the fact of my being unfamiliar with a thing to which he had devoted many a night of toil and hard work. I considered the position then and decided that I was, in honor, bound, so to speak, to take the Pawn and accept the challenge, as my knowledge and judgment told me that my position should then be defensible.

And just because it might have been said wrongly about the genuine article, it doesn't follow that it's wrong about this counterfeit :whistle: White is better off that his defending N is not exchanged, and Black's is off-side.

Carl Gorka
02-10-2007, 08:10 PM
And just because it might have been said wrongly about the genuine article, it doesn't follow that it's wrong about this counterfeit :whistle: White is better off that his defending N is not exchanged, and Black's is off-side.

If that was the case, then the variation wouldn't have the outstanding results it's apparently had. White's knight which is "better off" becomes a target for attack so perhaps is not better off. As for Black's knight being offside, I don't think that's really an issue taking into account White hasn't developed any of his queen side yet. But what do I know...