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|Aug-22-06|| ||thewolf: Just got back from Rd 8 so the results were; Adams vs Speelman 0.5;Howell vs Wells 0-1;Visser vs Lanchava 0-1; Sokolov vs Werle 0.5; l`Ami vs Day 1 -0 and Timman vs Levitt 1-0. Still keeps Solokov in front but now Adams,Werle and Timman all just 0.5 behind. Highlight of day was Solokov storming off after ending up drawing seemingly winning position.|
|Aug-22-06|| ||chessgames.com: FM Steve Giddins reports from round 7 of the Staunton Memorial|
Beware the Broadmoor Alarm!
Yesterday, the tournament transferred from Simpsons to Wellington College, Berkshire, where it shares the venue with the NATO Chess Championships. The beautiful estate and grounds of the college provide another superb location for the event, although the players were a little surprised by one item in the information pack, given to everyone upon arrival. It transpires that the college is just a mile or two from Broadmoor secure mental hospital, which houses some of Britain’s most notorious killers, including Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper. In the event of any inmates escaping, the surrounding area is warned by the sounding of a WW2 air raid alarm, in which case players are advised to “stop the clocks and await further instructions”. Edward Winter may be able to contradict me on this, but I suspect that “Escaped mass murderer stops play” has never yet occurred in an international chess tournament!
Luckily, today’s acts of violence and outbreaks of madness were all confined to the chessboard. Ivan Sokolov finally slackened his murderous pace, drawing a quiet game against Timman. This allowed Werle and Adams to close the gap to half a point. The former did so by fending off Yge Visser’s highly interesting sacrifice of a whole rook. The original knight sacrifice was made with the intention of the follow-up 16...Rf4, although 16...Qe7, followed by h4-h3, is also interesting. In the game, Visser threw everything at the White King, but the key manoeuvre Ne2-g1 enabled the defences to hold. Ivan Sokolov suggested 21...Rxf4 as a possible improvement, although here too, White seems to have enough time for Ne2-g1.
Meanwhile, Adams was winning a deceptively easy game against Wells. The opening variation was very sharp, but in fact, Adams had played the first 21 moves of the game before, against Helgi Gretarsson in Reykjavik 2003. He naturally assumed that Wells was aware of this and had some improvement prepared, but as the latter used up more and more time, whilst following Gretarsson’s play, this seemed increasingly unlikely. It turned out after the game that Peter was unaware of the previous Adams encounter. He finally deviated from it with 22 c5 (Gretarsson played 22 e3, although he also lost), but Black has no problems and soon took the initiative. Peter’s resignation may look a little premature, but his position is very unpleasant after both 29 Ke1 b5 and 29 Kd3 Rc8, and he also had barely a minute left on his clock by this stage.
The game Day-Levitt saw last year’s tournament winner score his first victory this year. He departed from his customary French Defence, preferring the Sicilian, but allowed a line of the Grand Prix Attack which is generally regarded as rather difficult for Black. However, Day’s handling looks a little suspect (12 a4?! for example) and Levitt struck back with the well-timed pawn breaks 12...c4 and 13...e5. The queenless middlegame looked OK for White, but he was unable to find anything effective to do, and Black, with his two bishops, gradually assumed the initiative. He already had a large advantage when Day blundered material with 34 Bb6?, after which he lasted only a few moves longer.
David Howell had a torrid first week at Simpsons, but Wellington College already looks more friendly to him, as he scored his first win, with Black against Tea Lanchava. Howell’s exchange sacrifice brought him a pawn and active pieces, and he gradually took control of the position. The pseudo-active 30 Qb6? significantly exacerbated White’s problems, and the final time-scramble up to move 40 eventually yielded Black a queen ending with an extra pawn. Ironically, Howell was also involved in the other queen ending in this tournament, in his rd 2 loss to Adams, but this time, he was on the right end of the position, and duly wrapped up the point.
In the day’s longest game, Jon Speelman suffered like an animal for almost the whole 7 hours, but eventually clung on for a draw. His insipid treatment of the Slav soon left him rather worse, and he was gradually outplayed to the point where he was lost. To the evident bewilderment of the watching Ivan Sokolov, L’Ami passed by 36...Rxf2, after which Speelman’s intended 37 Qd4 loses to 37...Qg3. However, the silicon dachshund prefers 37 Rd1, when after 37...Qg3 38 Rd8+ Kh7 39 Qxc5 Rxf3, White has the saving counterattack 40 Qf8. L’Ami instead reached a hugely favourable ending, but Speelman showed his tremendous understanding of this phase of the game and managed to salvage half a point. He thought he was probably lost until very near the end, but his opponent appeared to overlook the key idea 75 Kh4! after which the draw was secured. Just to add insult to injury, the game finished too late for the players to take dinner in the college dining room, and an exhausted Speelman was reduced to refuelling himself with a few packets of peanuts, in the bar. It’s a tough life being a professional chessplayer!
|Aug-22-06|| ||GBKnight: Round 8 : Jan Timman won a nice ending against Levitt to join Adams and Werle in 2nd place. The leaders all drew their games. *http://www.howardstaunton.com/playt...|
|Aug-23-06|| ||suenteus po 147: Has the ninth round started yet?|
|Aug-23-06|| ||Bob726: The 9th round has finished:
None of the 6 games was drawn. Amazing!
|Aug-24-06|| ||cicero1974: 10th round:
Adams - Levitt 1 - 0
Howell - Day 1 - 0
Visser - Speelman 0 - 1
Sokolov - Wells 0.5 - 0.5
Werle - Lanchava 1 - 0
Timman - l'Ami 1 - 0
|Aug-24-06|| ||dehanne: <None of the 6 games was drawn. Amazing!
That's why next year Zoltan Ribli, Ulf Andersson and Peter Leko will be invited... ;-)
|Aug-24-06|| ||TommyC: I think one reason this tournament has seen a large number of decisive game is the wide range of playing standards - from the world elite to barely professional. It's great!|
|Aug-24-06|| ||Eric Schiller: <tommyc> I've said many times that the problem with elite tournaments is that there isn't enough contrast in skill level to make for exciting chess. Ray Keene has designed the Staunton tournament perfectly to create interesting fighting chess in almost every game. We need more such tournaments.|
|Aug-25-06|| ||TommyC: <Eric>, quite so. I'd like to volunteer as the weakest player for next year, when my aim for the tournament will be to make it past move 10 in at least one game.|
|Aug-25-06|| ||taonow: <anyone>Any results yet for last round?|
|Aug-25-06|| ||Marvol: From the bcmshop website:
Round 11 - Lanchava ½-½ Timman, Wells 1-0 Werle, Speelman 0-1 Sokolov, Day 0-1 Visser, Levitt 0-1 Howell, L'Ami ½-½ Adams.
Sokolov clear winner, Timman and Adams share second.
|Aug-25-06|| ||thewolf: I would just like to pass my thanks to the organisers of this tournament i spent a really enjoyable three days(Tuesday-Thursday) watching some great games at Wellington college. Unfortunately,couldn`t make the final day had to go back to work.Pity Adams didn`t win but fair play to Solokov for beating Speelman who seemed to be getting back his form.|
|Aug-25-06|| ||GBKnight: The tournament appears to have been decided by Speelman leaving a piece en prise in broad daylight against Sokolov, although he was a pawn down at the time. Both Adams and Timman never looked likely to win their last games. A good tournament none the less.|
|Aug-26-06|| ||ray keene: thanks for all the kind comments on the staunton memorial-cross table- round commentaries and ongoing new staunton related features can be found on www.howardstaunton.com|
|Aug-26-06|| ||Petrosian63: Congrats to Sokolov.|
|Aug-29-06|| ||lentil: <I just did some calculations based on ratings. Using the old Elo formula R(new) = R(old) + 16(W-L) + 0.04(Sum of rating differences), Mr Day's expected score is -7.2. His rating will increase if he scores -7 or better!
On the other hand, Mr Adams' expected score is +5.3: If he scores +5 his rating will DROP.|
As Don Cherry would say: "Who's the stupidest?">
|Aug-29-06|| ||cade: Too bad he scored -9 then.|
|Sep-01-06|| ||Steppenwolf: Like I respectfully said before, I think Mr Day (10 losses! - must be some kind of record) should retire from this event and the organizer choose a strong junior to replace him. Sorry, but life only moves forward.|
|Sep-01-06|| ||IMlday: <Steppenwolf> Well, obviously you have a clear point. If it were a futurity or match wits with Netherlanders contest, then I could easily be replaced by someone more effective~eg Short, McShane, Rowson. Gormally would make a great wildcard too.
On the other hand this event is a commemorative for Howard Staunton whose career went well beyond his prime. And if the Commonwealth wants a stronger side, then recruiting Indians might be effective.
As a futurity an extra junior spot might be too much. Already David Howell was aiming for his 3rd GM norm. True, only in the late rounds did he catch fire, but his last-round demolition of Jon Levitt (last year's winner!) was 1.d4 b5 spectacular. And in the bar, Jon and I were both reflecting on retirement. Meanwhile Howell was reflecting on *creative chess* and Miles, McShane and Basman etc. I suspect Howell learned something valuble at Staunton 5, something one can't get from books.|
|Sep-01-06|| ||euripides: <ImDay> It was a pleasure meeting you briefly during your magnificent scrap with Timman. I trust your discussion of retirement was strictly theoretical.|
|Sep-02-06|| ||mack: <Imlday> So you'll be back next year then, I take it?|
|Sep-02-06|| ||Domdaniel: <IMlday>: chess would be so much poorer if either you or Speelman retired from competitive play. My favourite players are those who keep on keeping on, still being creative & original even when being ripped to shreds by feral teens. And the occasional surge works wonders, like Speelman's start in Gibraltar this year. Or Smyslov in his 60s, not to mention the immortal Viktor K.|
As for those who think 1/11 is uniquely bad: think again. Great players like Robatsch had 15+ losses in tournaments and kept going. I think the 'record' is more than 30 losses, back in the days of very long all-play-alls.
And as for ratings, so what? I had a similar experience once: bottom seed, 200 or 300 points behind the rest, but I managed one draw and one (lucky) win. Was bemused to find that my projected score was actually 14%, so 1.5/10 actually netted me a handful of rating points...
|Sep-02-06|| ||IMlday: <Euripides> It was good to meet you even if briefly.
<mack> It's not really my choice. The Staunton Society and probably Jan Mol and Ray Keene are primarily in charge of invitations. Last year I did surprisingly well and got invited back. This year I did surprisingly poorly, so who knows. A lot of it is health. Last year I was relatively healthy while this time I had an annoying prickly shin rash that randomly itched, stung or behaved most distractingly while I was trying to concentrate on the board. Such unpredictable factors can affect a performance rating by hundreds of points. Que sera, sera.
<Domdaniel> Thanks for the encouragement. As I recall Saemisch and Bobotsov both ended their careers with 0-15 performances so 1-11 may have some milage left. ;-)
Yeah, ratings eh. Headline: Little Kids Ate my Elo!!
I tried to copy and paste the xact quote, but instead got some supposed U.S. Congressional affadavit unlikely to be of interest to club players:
"The next year I was sent to a place in Maryland called Deep Creek Cabins to learn how to sexually please men. I was taught how to coerce them into talking about themselves. It was Richard Helms, Deputy Director of the CIA, Dr. Gottlieb, Capt. George White and Morse Allen who all planned on filming as many high government and agency officials, and heads of academic institutions and foundations as possible. So later, when the funding for radiation and mind control started to dwindle, then the project would continue at any cost [in other words, blackmail]. I was to become a regular little spy for them after that summer. Eventually trapping many unwitting men, including themselves, all with the use of a hidden camera. I was only 9 years old when this kind of sexual humiliation began. I overheard conversations about a part of the agency called ORD run by Dr. Green, Dr. Stephen Aldrich, Martin Orne and Morse Allen ...."
|Jul-18-07|| ||Akuni: <DomDaniel> The record for worst score in a major tournament was (+0 =0 -26) by the Colonel Moreau (a friend of the TD I think) in Monte Carlo 1903. He lost to every other player twice.|
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