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|Sep-25-09|| ||dx9293: <parametd> I noticed that Danny Rensch could have had things break perfectly for him to make his IM title (needed 1.5/3 going into Round 7) without stress:|
-He had White vs. Bhat and played the drawing line vs. the ...Bc5 Scotch. Bhat doesn't really have a reason to go for a win at this point.
-He gets Finegold in Round 8, who needs just half a point to become a GM: potentially an easy short draw for Rensch.
-He gets Robson in Round 9 who, if he would have won in Rounds 7 and 8, would have only needed a last round draw for the GM title: another potential short draw!
Now Danny needs 1 out of 2. I would still assume a short draw against Finegold, then a very interesting game Rensch-Robson in the last round (especially if Robson wins against Diamant in Round 8). If Robson doesn't win his Round 8 game, Robson may just make a draw in the last round.
To me, the B tournament is much more dramatic than the A tournament, with 4 players needing their last norm for a GM or IM title!
|Sep-25-09|| ||parmetd: Only 3 players now. Antal is out.
Its just Robson, Finegold and Rensch.
|Sep-26-09|| ||arthurp: Curious!Benjamin should,I hope,get his GM title after this tourney!Why has it taken him 20 yrs. to do so?|
|Sep-26-09|| ||Phony Benoni: Lack of opportunities is part of it. If you're looking for chess titles, living in Michigan is not like living in New York or California. But for some reason he just kept falling a bit short. At least once, everyone thought he had clinched the title until a miscalcuation was found.|
I first played Ben when he was a 10-year-old Class C player back in 1980. Won his queen for two pieces and still nearly lost the game. I managed to beat him twice within the next year, but since then the record is 14-2 in his favor. And I ain't talking 2 victories on my part.
|Sep-26-09|| ||Marmot PFL: Ben is GM talent but some say lacks the killer instinct and takes too many short draws.|
|Sep-26-09|| ||Susan Polgar: I just posted the video of Ben becoming a GM. http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/200...|
|Sep-26-09|| ||birthtimes: Thanks for posting the video of Ben, Susan!|
|Sep-26-09|| ||sisyphus: So in Rensch-Robson tomorrow, White needs a draw to make IM, and Black needs a win to make GM. Same time as before?|
|Sep-26-09|| ||Susan Polgar: Tomorrow's game is at 10 AM local time for the B group and NOT 2 pm.|
|Sep-26-09|| ||Susan Polgar: Just posted another video of Ben celebrating at my home.|
|Sep-27-09|| ||birthtimes: Ben looks relieved and happy in your home video...much deserved!|
|Sep-27-09|| ||Marmot PFL: <Susan Polgar> I imagine the refrigerator is pretty bare right now. Once I went to eat with Ben and he had two Chinese dinners and we still had to hit the drive through for Pepsi and chips on the way back to the tournament.|
|Sep-27-09|| ||sisyphus: Looks like Robson blundered with 16...Rd8, but - after thinking for 20 minutes - Rensch took the safe route to a draw, exchanging major pieces. Black's protected passer looks like the only hope for advantage now.|
What would I do without my friend Fritz?
|Sep-27-09|| ||sisyphus: Rensch blundered a pawn with 22.b4?, allowing Robson 22...Bf2! I can relate to that.|
|Sep-27-09|| ||Thuellin: This might be tough to win for Robson. He doesn't have a huge advantage and he's behind on the clock as well.|
|Sep-27-09|| ||sisyphus: After defusing White's promotion threat with 25...Bf4+, Black retains the pawn but is left with opposite color bishops.|
|Sep-27-09|| ||sisyphus: After 36...Rd7, Robson is down to less than 4 minutes of fixed time. Rensch has 15 minutes left.|
|Sep-27-09|| ||Thuellin: Draw agreed...|
|Sep-27-09|| ||sisyphus: Robson offered the draw after 43...h3, about to lose another pawn after Rensch equalized with 41.Rxe6. I guess that makes Danny Rensch IM-elect.|
|Sep-28-09|| ||Susan Polgar: 2 titles came out from the B group. This is Ben's final GM norm and Danny's final IM norm. I am very happy for both of them. Ray was very close but it was not meant to be.|
|Sep-28-09|| ||Deus Ex Alekhina: Why, oh, why, is there a tournament in honour of the Spice Girls?|
|Sep-28-09|| ||Open Defence: <Deus Ex Alekhina: Why, oh, why, is there a tournament in honour of the Spice Girls?> coz they really really really wanna ziggy zig aah|
|Sep-28-09|| ||tamar: <Deus Ex Alekhina: Why, oh, why, is there a tournament in honour of the Spice Girls?>|
Because they beat Milli Vanilli in a consultation match.
|Sep-28-09|| ||Open Defence: you mean a lip synch match ?|
|Sep-28-09|| ||weisyschwarz: How about one with Timman, Korchnoi, Karpov, Beliavsky, Kavalek, Keene, et. al. They can call it "Old Spice".|
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