01 March, 2014
Posted by Signalman at 18:03
26 November, 2013
My mind was blocked on this puzzle, although it is quite straightforward.
White to play and gain a piece...yes, it is that simple, so why it took me a few minutes to solve it, I can only wonder !
Finding out that this was actually from a game played by Tal against Larsen in Montreal 1979, made me look up the whole thing.
Well worth the meagre effort to find it.
I would assume that Tal saw the whole combination from here, at move 16/17
...all the way to the end.
Play through and enjoy it.
21 November, 2013
From a recent 5/0 blitz game...
The previous few moves have seen manoeuvring around control of the e8 square ( threat of Rook exchanges leading to mate ), but Black now has an escape square and has switched to counter-attack.
25... Rb8-b2 threatens to level material by capturing the pawn. White replies 26. R6e2 giving the following position.
What should Black play ? Not complicated, but, in my opinion, instructive.
Spoiler/Solution (highlight between the brackets) [ In the game, Black played 26...Rxa2, no doubt expecting 27. Rxd2 Rxa4, and re-gaining the pawn, However, the simple 27. Qxa2 gives White a winning advantage. So, best move ? 26...Qxe2, the Black Queen is exchanged for two Rooks , and Black still has a decent game ]
18 November, 2013
Although both T57 and T58 have finished, and T59 about to start, I still didn't catch up with T56 summary and games, and in fact haven't blogged since August.
I played all rounds and ended up with a score of 3,5/6, with 3 wins, a draw and 2 losses : more-or-less as expected.
As White, I played a consistent 1.e4 and faced a Caro-Kann ( loss ), a Sicilian ( win ) and Alekhine's Defence ( win ).
As Black I played the Hanham Philidor twice ( one win, one draw ) and lost against a Réti Opening, one of the few times I have met 1.Nf3 in TL.
All fairly consistent with main TL openings, as e4 is still the most played, and the Sicilian, French, and Caro-Kann the top replies.
Below is a brief summary of opening play in T56.
For all rounds/games, see here for round 1, and follow through for the remaining rounds.
|C00-C19||French Defence||112 ( 9%)|
|B10-B19||Caro-Kann||88 ( 7% )|
|A10-A39||English||80 (6,5 % )|
|D30-D69||Queen's Gambit Declined||77 ( 6 % )|
|D00-D05||Queen's Pawn General (London\Colle\etc||73 ( 6 %)|
|A45-A50||Indian Defences\Torre Attack||60 (5%)|
|A04-A09||Reti||56 ( 4.5 %)|
|D10-D19||Slav Defence||44 (3.5%)|
|C60-C99||Spanish Game ( Ruy Lopez )||43 ( 3.5 % )|
For those interested, all games were re-indexed in Chess Assistant 11,. The Opening classification ranges ( ie to group ECO codes), I borrowed from Chessville (many thanks, although it seems to have dis-appeared again :(
See also T55 Summary, T51 Summary, T50 Summary and T47 Summary.
02 August, 2013
Well, no change at the top, although Hungary's Hoang Thanh Trang is now the sole leader with 7,5 points, half a point ahead of the chasing pack : Alexandra Kosteniuk ,Viktorija Cmilyte, Monika Socko, Natalija Pogonina and Anna Muzychuk .
However, just behind them with 6,5 is Lisa Schut.
In Round 8 she played a marathon game ( 137 moves, and more than 5 hours ) as Black against WGM Aleksandra Goryachkina.
In a Grunfeld Defence it seemed a very close game until a slip gave her the advantage...
30 July, 2013
Seven rounds played so far in this tournament and quite a few upsets seen along the way.
In joint first at the moment are Thanh Trang Hoang and Valentina Gunina ( of Hungary and Russia respectively ) who have 6 points apiece.
The next 20 players are separated by only 1 point and include 9 of the top 10 initial seeds, so I guess that means that we are probably in for an interesting finish.
Top seed Anna Muzychuk didn't have a fast start, but she hasn't lost a game yet, and with 5,5 points is sitting in the peleton waiting for her chance
Similarly, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno, Nana Dzagnidze and Viktorija Cmilyte are GMs sitting just off the pace, with Pia Cramling ( a long-standing Swedish GM and former European Individual winner) tucked in behind them on 4,5 points.
Lisa Schut ( of the Netherlands ) is placed 21st, at this point, a good achievement so far.
All her points are from wins, and watching the games lives its great to see a strong fighting spirit and determination, especially in the last two games, when facing strong opposition.