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Staunton Memorial Tournament

Jonathan Speelman6/10(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Jonathan Levitt6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Colin McNab5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
David Howell4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[games]
Lawrence Day4.5/10(+4 -5 =1)[games]
Jovanka Houska3.5/10(+2 -5 =3)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Howell vs J Houska  ½-½752005Staunton MemorialE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
2. J Levitt vs Speelman ½-½122005Staunton MemorialA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
3. C McNab vs L Day 1-0412005Staunton MemorialA10 English
4. L Day vs J Levitt 1-0702005Staunton MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
5. J Houska vs Speelman 1-0632005Staunton MemorialB15 Caro-Kann
6. D Howell vs C McNab 1-0462005Staunton MemorialB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. Speelman vs L Day 1-0272005Staunton MemorialA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
8. J Levitt vs D Howell  ½-½282005Staunton MemorialA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. C McNab vs J Houska 1-0542005Staunton MemorialA06 Reti Opening
10. Speelman vs C McNab  ½-½272005Staunton MemorialA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
11. J Levitt vs J Houska 0-1452005Staunton MemorialD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. L Day vs D Howell 0-1982005Staunton MemorialA48 King's Indian
13. D Howell vs Speelman ½-½602005Staunton MemorialC10 French
14. J Houska vs L Day 0-1582005Staunton MemorialB06 Robatsch
15. C McNab vs J Levitt  ½-½462005Staunton MemorialA21 English
16. Speelman vs J Levitt ½-½122005Staunton MemorialA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. L Day vs C McNab ½-½202005Staunton MemorialB06 Robatsch
18. J Houska vs D Howell  ½-½362005Staunton MemorialC45 Scotch Game
19. J Houska vs J Levitt  0-1482005Staunton MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
20. D Howell vs L Day 0-1442005Staunton MemorialB06 Robatsch
21. C McNab vs Speelman  ½-½112005Staunton MemorialA15 English
22. J Houska vs C McNab  ½-½372005Staunton MemorialB06 Robatsch
23. D Howell vs J Levitt 0-1472005Staunton MemorialC07 French, Tarrasch
24. L Day vs Speelman 0-1732005Staunton MemorialB30 Sicilian
25. Speelman vs J Houska  1-0432005Staunton MemorialD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Aug-25-05  cade: Haha what a swindle. That's kinda sneaky tho isn't it? Not exactly honourable...
Aug-26-05  Chesschatology: <Eric Schiller> Nice to meet you too, and Lawrence. To all other London based people, may I recomend a visit- the venue is worth the trip alone. Sadly I missed all the games- but I'll definately be back!
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  Makofan: I delcare Lawrence to be the moral champion of the tournament, with only 1 draw - way to fight, Mr Day!
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  BishopBerkeley: Satellite image of Simpson's-in-the-Strand area, with major roads shown:

With no road names:

With no satellite image:

You can zoom in and out or move N-S-E-W using the arrows/slider or the click-hold-and-drag technique.

Courtesy of

I hope all is well with all participants in the Tournament!

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

Aug-26-05  Norman Glaides: <Satellite image of Simpson's-in-the-Strand area, with major roads shown:;

Having walked past Simpson's many times I can confirm that it is actually larger than in that image.

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  BishopBerkeley: <Norman Glaides> Alas, satellite images do distort certain things, depending not only on the quality of the technology used to acquire them, but also the weather, the time of day, etc.

Color-wise, such images often exaggerate the greys and browns and do not do justice to the greens and blues.

Even so, such images can be useful and fun in some contexts.

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

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  Eric Schiller: Three White wins today. Howell played rather poorly, Day played a bit timidly, should have sacrificed a piece for complications, and Speelman crushed Houska. So, no norm for Howell, but he's still only 1/2 point off the lead.

Demo boards were hard to keep up-to-date because our boardboy had to take some breaks to check up on the crickter score. A great day for England!

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  Eric Schiller: For a better example of the Janowski-Indian (Levitt-Day), see: Z Vranesic vs Larsen, 1964
F Visier Segovia vs Tal, 1966
and of course Schussler vs Keene, 1980, pointed out by Keene in the post-mortem. G Fuster vs L Day, 1988

and this game, not in the Chessgames set:

[Event "Midwest Masters"]
[Site "Chicago"]
[Date "1988"]
[Round ""]
[White "Chachere, Lawrence"]
[Black "Schiller, Eric"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Eco "A53"]
[Annotator "Eric Schiller"]
[Source "Cardoza Chess"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Bf5 This is the Janowski Indian, a variation of the Old Indian Defense. 4.Nf3 g6 5.g3 Bg7 6.Bg2 c6 7.O-O O-O 8.Nh4 Bg4 9.h3 Bd7 10.e4 e5 11.Nf3 Qe7 (11...♖e7 transposes to ♙ortisch vs. Larsen, ♖otterdam 1977 at move 10) 12.Bg5 h6 13.Be3 Na6 14.Qc2 Nh5 15.Rfe1 Nb4 (15...♘c7!? was probably more accurate.) 16.Qd2 Kh7 17.a3 (17 c5 dxc5 is unclear, but not 17...exd4 18 cxd6 dxe3 19 dxe7 exd2 20 exf8=♘+ 21 ♖e2 which is clearly better for White.) Na6 18.Rad1 Rad8 (♗lack is willing to sacrifice the a-pawn.) 19.b4 (White is in no rush. If 19 dxe5 dxe5 20 ♗xa7, then 20...♗xh3!) f5 20.exf5 gxf5 21.dxe5 dxe5 22.Qc2 ( 22.Qe2 f4 23.Nh4 fxe3 ( 23...Nxg3 24.fxg3 fxe3 25.Be4+ Kg8 26.Ng6 Qg5 27.Qxe3 Qxe3+ 28.Rxe3 Rf7 $13 ) 24.Be4+ Kh8 25.Qxh5 exf2+ 26.Kh2 fxe1Q 27.Ng6+ Kg8 28.Nxe7+ Kh8 29.Rxe1 $18 ) e4 23.Bxa7 Qf7 24.Nd2 Be6 ♗lack eventually won, too long to fit in this post 0-1

Aug-27-05  John1988: Come on McNab. A scotsman in the lead of a tournament in memory of an englishman. Come on Scotland!
Aug-27-05  Pretzel Logic: Is there a pub in London that specializes in Sherlock Holmes memorabilia, that is, things of a Holmsian nature?

In the books, he and Watson would often repair to Simpsons after solving a difficult case, just wondering if the Brits acknowledge their consulting detective icon.

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  Eric Schiller: <Pretzel> Sherlock Holmes pub is near New Scotland Yard. I've had a pint or three there, nice place.
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  Eric Schiller: Exciting play today. Speelman dispatched Day, Levitt defeated Howell in a game with a strange finish. After a time scramble, Levitt left the board remarking "That's move 40". Somehow Howell heard this as a draw offer, and after some thought accepted and shook hands, only to discover there was no draw offer (I was at the board at the critical time). So he had to play on, and resigned in a few more moves! Houska played well against McNab, but Colin found a tactical drawing line.
Aug-27-05  Greatful Fred: <BishopBerkeley> All this talk of colors and hues...have you been taking LDs with Bill Shatner and the Jefferson Airplane?
Aug-27-05  cade: Hmm so Speelman and McNab share the lead while Howell is now getting crushed after his bright start.
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  Eric Schiller: Howell's collapse continues. Day's Pterodactyl swooped down and ate him. Levitt defeated Houska. Speelman-McNab was perfunctory draw. Rest Day tomorrow (Bank Holiday/Carnival), last round on noon, Tuesday, then a traditional Stauntonian banquet at Simpson's.
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  Eric Schiller: Howell-Levitt is the favourite for the brilliancy prize, which will be announced at the banquet.
Aug-28-05  Norman Glaides: What a spectacular tourney - fair play to Jon Levitt too, that's two wins in a row; I had presumed that he was doomed after his first few games, and I think the last time he properly played was the Bury St Edmunds congress last year. Is a tournament book at all plausible? Surely it deserves one!
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  ray keene: yes it wil be published by hardinge simpole later this year-a tournament book for the first two staunton memorials already exists called stauntons city
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  Eric Schiller: Jon Levitt won on tie-break over Speelman, after reeling off his 4th straight win (over McNab). Speelman-Howell, was a quick draw. Day clobberred Houska to finish at 4.5, and had a 90% decisive rate with just a single draw!

Levitt won the brilliancy prize for his win over Howell.

Now we are off to eat (and drink) at Simpson's.

Next year's event is being organized now.

Aug-30-05  Norman Glaides: Christ, Jon L did well in the end didn't he?
Sep-04-05  aw1988: Today's tournaments (of course, there are certainly exceptions!) are vastly improved from the tournaments many years ago... and also some pretty novel ideas. The Staunton Memorial ensured participants much comfort, as did the Foxwoods Open, played in a casino (!!).

Compare to Alekhine's day in a cold dark room where everything was depressing...

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  IMlday: This was a really elegant tournament; the site so steeped in history, the conditions so plush.. short draws were not a problem, playing itself was fun!
Sep-14-05  THE pawn: Why would you play chess if it wasn't fun?!
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  WannaBe: I play chess to torture meself, cause aggrevation (dropped pieces, missed moves, unprepared pawn-storms.) I enjoy pulling my hair out, banging my head against the wall in pure anger...

I think that's about it. :-)

Sep-14-05  TheSlid: So, <IMlday>, are you glad you came all that way to play "just one more time"?. Certainly the reaction from the British press is that your games were very entertaining!
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