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Bunratty Masters Tournament

Nigel Short5/6(+4 -0 =2)[view games]
Michael Adams5/6(+4 -0 =2)[view games]
Gawain Jones4/5(+3 -0 =2)[view games]
Keith Arkell4/5(+3 -0 =2)[view games]
Andrei Istratescu3/4(+3 -1 =0)[view games]
Mark Hebden2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[view games]
Luis Galego2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[view games]
Thomas E Rendle1.5/3(+0 -0 =3)[view games]
Simon Kim Williams1.5/4(+1 -2 =1)[view games]
Constantin Ionescu1.5/2(+1 -0 =1)[view games]
Malcolm Pein1/3(+0 -1 =2)[view games]
Lawrence Trent1/3(+1 -2 =0)[view games]
Natasha K Regan0.5/1(+0 -0 =1)[view games]
Neil Berry0.5/1(+0 -0 =1)[view games]
Alexander Baburin0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[view games]
Lawrence H Cooper0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[view games]
Sam E Collins0.5/2(+0 -1 =1)[view games]
John William Donaldson0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]
Mark Quinn0/2(+0 -2 =0)[view games]
Sam Osborne0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]
Alex Astaneh Lopez0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]
Rory Quinn0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]
Ryan Rhys Griffiths0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]
Simon T Ansell0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]
Mark Orr0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]
Philip Michael Short0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]
Anthony Fox0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 35  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Adams vs P Short 1-028 2012 Bunratty MastersE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
2. Arkell vs A Fox  1-039 2012 Bunratty MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. N Regan vs S Williams  ½-½54 2012 Bunratty MastersB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. R Quinn vs G Jones 0-123 2012 Bunratty MastersC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
5. A Istratescu vs S Osborne 1-026 2012 Bunratty MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. M Orr vs Short 0-137 2012 Bunratty MastersA09 Reti Opening
7. A Istratescu vs Galego  1-031 2012 Bunratty MastersA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
8. Hebden vs Short 0-146 2012 Bunratty MastersB40 Sicilian
9. Adams vs G Jones ½-½64 2012 Bunratty MastersE60 King's Indian Defense
10. Short vs A Istratescu 1-041 2012 Bunratty MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. G Jones vs L Trent  1-062 2012 Bunratty MastersB20 Sicilian
12. S Williams vs Adams 0-124 2012 Bunratty MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. M Quinn vs Hebden  0-159 2012 Bunratty MastersE60 King's Indian Defense
14. Galego vs T Rendle  ½-½21 2012 Bunratty MastersA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
15. L Cooper vs S Collins  ½-½84 2012 Bunratty MastersD00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Arkell vs C Ionescu  ½-½50 2012 Bunratty MastersA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
17. Baburin vs L Trent 0-128 2012 Bunratty MastersE61 King's Indian
18. T Rendle vs Arkell  ½-½48 2012 Bunratty MastersA03 Bird's Opening
19. S T Ansell vs Adams  0-134 2012 Bunratty MastersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. A A Lopez vs A Istratescu  0-146 2012 Bunratty MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J Donaldson vs Hebden  0-179 2012 Bunratty MastersA15 English
22. Galego vs R Griffiths  1-052 2012 Bunratty MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
23. G Jones vs M Quinn  1-040 2012 Bunratty MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Short vs M Pein 1-040 2012 Bunratty MastersA16 English
25. S Collins vs S Williams  0-130 2012 Bunratty MastersC00 French Defense
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 35  PGN Download
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  Penguincw: Hebden offering a queen exchange.
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  Penguincw: Short queenside castles, and Jones replies right away, Nc6. The pressure has been decreased.
Feb-19-12  waustad: While looking at the games of some players here I ran across a tournament called Big Slick. I hadn't heard of it before, but many of the same players as we have in this tournament were in attendance there.
Feb-19-12  Veryrusty: In Short-Jones, move 18, Black appears almost immobilized, and 19. f4 is one of several ways to increase the pressure.
Feb-19-12  Veryrusty: With 22. Nxd5+, Short is crashing through against Gawain Jones. I haven't got an engine but this looks like demolition.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Short’s <21. g6+> in this position:

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… was good, but he seemingly had a stronger move available in <21. Qh5+>, for example:

21.Qh5+ Kg8 22.Nxe4 dxe4 (22...Bxb2+ 23.Kxb2 dxe4 24.gxh6 ) 23.Qg6 Qd7 24.Rhg1 h5 25.Bxe4 Bxe4 26.Rxe4

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  Penguincw: Adams is going to have to win to keep the tournament interesting at this rate.
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  Penguincw: Arkell's rook crashing through on the 2nd rank. Castle A.S.A.P.

Ionescu wins a full piece. If Rxc2, Qb3+ wins it back.

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  Penguincw: Jones can not take the pawn due to the fork on f6.

A temporarily exchange sac by Adams will win the piece back.

Pein takes advantage of the hole on h6.

An interesting queen vs. rook and bishop ending in Istratescu-Griffiths.

It's going to be a rook and pawn ending in Lopez-Collins.

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  Peligroso Patzer: Galego just resigned, so Adams will finish the tourney on 5.0/6.
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  Penguincw: Black is up the exchange, but not really better.
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  Penguincw: Jones down a pawn, but has a more free position.
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  tamar: Nigel let it get away on the 40th move.

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Played 40 Qe3? instead of just taking on e6 with his Queen.

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  Peligroso Patzer: Short's <40. Qe3> (tempting, to prevent the Rook check on g1) is evaluated by Fritz as much inferior to <40. Qxe6>.

According to Fritz, the feared check is not actually dangerous: <40.Qxe6 Rg1+ 41.Kb2 Qb1+ 42.Ka3 Qc1+ 43.Ka4 Qb2 44.Qb6+ Ka8 45.a3 >.

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  Penguincw: He could really use a win to bump into 2700.
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  Penguincw: Istratescu trying to win the endgame. The c6 pawn should help.
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  Domdaniel: It's a 3-way tie for 1st. The way Nigel couldn't quite finish him off reminded me of games from his Kasparov match.
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  Domdaniel: Griffiths still defending solidly with R+B vs Queen, but it all gets pretty random at this stage.
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  Penguincw: Short-Jones, drawn. Congratz to all the winners.

Griffiths had to give up the bishop for a pawn, and it's 1-0 in 83.


♔♕♙ vs. ♔♖♙

The side with the queen wins 76.8% of the time.

The remaining 23.2% is drawn.

The side with the rook never gets the full point.

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  Domdaniel: Jones had a walkover vs Istratescu in round 5, which sets him back in tiebreaks. But his TPR is otherwise higher than Short and Adams - because he played them.
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  Peligroso Patzer: BTW, in the line given for Short vs. Jones in my previous post (ending with <45. a3 >), Black can still harass the White King a bit, but after the further <45. … Ra1 46.Qxc5 b5+ 47.cxb5 axb5+ 48.Kxb5 Qxb3+ 49.Kc6 Qb7+ 50.Kd6 Qb8+ 51.Kd7 Qb7+ 52.Kd8 Qb8+ 53.Qc8 Rxa3 54.Qxb8+ Kxb8 55.Rd6>, the following position would have resulted:

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... which would have been easily winning.

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  luzhin: Yes, Peligroso Patzer, the position after 55.Rd6 is indeed easily winning. If Short had been allowed a computer (like the one you used to generate this very long line) during the game, he would undoubtedly have played 40.Qxe6. But fortunately, Grandmaster chess is played between humans under time pressure, unaided by silicon: the result is fascinating and unpredictable games like this one.
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  Peligroso Patzer: It is indeed easy to understand, <luzhin>, why Short feared the check (40. ... Rg1+, if he had played 40. Qxe6) and therefore played to prevent it.

Short played such a fine tournament and so enterprisingly in this game [6th round vs. Jones], I am sorry he was not able to convert the full point and claim clear first. I was not intending to criticize Short when I posted analysis explicitly attributed to Fritz.

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  Peligroso Patzer: BTW, according to the official site (See:, Michael Adams was apparently declared champion on tie-breaks.
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  Domdaniel: <luzhin> I am in complete agreement with your last comment. Vladimir Nabokov, Vivian Darkbloom, Timofei Pnin and Sebastian Knight would be proud of you.

So Nigel sometimes lets a win escape. Which simply points to his courageous play in entering those unclear zones - unclear to humans anyway - where such wins can be missed.

Come to think of it, Nabokov would've loved the name Bunratty. Though he may well have known of it: Clare Quilty is the mysterious villain in Lolita, and the village of Quilty in County Clare is nearby.

It's been a pleasure, Bunrattians. Until next year ...

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