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Bunratty Masters Tournament

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

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 35  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Adams vs P Short 1-0282012Bunratty MastersE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
2. Arkell vs A Fox  1-0392012Bunratty MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. N Regan vs S Williams  ½-½542012Bunratty MastersB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. R Quinn vs G Jones 0-1232012Bunratty MastersC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
5. A Istratescu vs S Osborne 1-0262012Bunratty MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. M Orr vs Short 0-1372012Bunratty MastersA09 Reti Opening
7. A Istratescu vs Galego  1-0312012Bunratty MastersA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
8. Hebden vs Short 0-1462012Bunratty MastersB40 Sicilian
9. Adams vs G Jones ½-½642012Bunratty MastersE60 King's Indian Defense
10. Short vs A Istratescu 1-0412012Bunratty MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. G Jones vs L Trent  1-0622012Bunratty MastersB20 Sicilian
12. S Williams vs Adams 0-1242012Bunratty MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. M Quinn vs Hebden  0-1592012Bunratty MastersE60 King's Indian Defense
14. Galego vs T Rendle  ½-½212012Bunratty MastersA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
15. L Cooper vs S Collins  ½-½842012Bunratty MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Arkell vs C Ionescu  ½-½502012Bunratty MastersA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
17. Baburin vs L Trent 0-1282012Bunratty MastersE61 King's Indian
18. T Rendle vs Arkell  ½-½482012Bunratty MastersA03 Bird's Opening
19. S T Ansell vs Adams  0-1342012Bunratty MastersB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
20. A A Lopez vs A Istratescu  0-1462012Bunratty MastersA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J Donaldson vs Hebden  0-1792012Bunratty MastersA15 English
22. Galego vs R Griffiths  1-0522012Bunratty MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
23. G Jones vs M Quinn  1-0402012Bunratty MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Short vs M Pein 1-0402012Bunratty MastersA16 English
25. S Collins vs S Williams  0-1302012Bunratty MastersC00 French Defense
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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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