< Earlier Kibitzing · PAGE 3 OF 6 ·
|Jun-27-12|| ||Shams: I bet more players like the late start time than don't. Hell, if word of this gets out even Carlsen might show up next year (assuming he qualifies!)|
|Jun-27-12|| ||Edmontonchessclub: 2 hours until kickoff!
There should be live coverage of the games here:
I say "should be", because I am not directly involved with the website, and I don't actually know if their coverage will work. I hope so.
|Jun-27-12|| ||WannaBe: <ECC> You can keep posting FENs here. =)|
|Jun-27-12|| ||chessgames.com: <Edmontonchessclub> About deleting posts, do you see a little link that reads "delete" to the left of your post? If so, that will let you delete it. If not, that means your post is over an hour old and we force you to live with it :)|
Anyhow, assuming the website keeps updating that PGN file, everything should be smooth sailing from here. Thanks for your help, and we're all looking forward to see some good chess.
|Jun-27-12|| ||chessgames.com: <3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw> Oh, thanks, I almost forgot! You'll notice above now it reads <SPECIAL SCORING IN EFFECT: 3 POINTS PER WIN; 1 POINT PER DRAW> and the leaderboard will remain that way. Thanks again.|
|Jun-27-12|| ||Edmontonchessclub: Perfect!
All five games from round one are still underway, after two hours of play.
|Jun-28-12|| ||HeMateMe: Has Edmonton ever hosted the Canadian championships or the Canada Open? I thought Shirov and Adams played in the Canadian Open last year--was that over in Montreal or Toronto, perhaps?|
|Jun-28-12|| ||PhilFeeley: <HHM> You may be thinking of the 2005 edition, which had this wonderful win by Bluvshtein against Shirov:|
Shirov vs M Bluvshtein, 2005
They locked horns again in 2009, but drew:
M Bluvshtein vs Shirov, 2009
2005 was also the year that featured this wonderful game by Bologan - one of my favourite games of all time:
Shabalov vs Bologan, 2005
In last year's edition, played in Ontario, neither Shirov nor Bologan played. First place was shared by Arencebia, Benjamin and Bokjov, with Arencebia taking the trophy on tiebreak:
|Jun-28-12|| ||Edmontonchessclub: <HeMateMe: Has Edmonton ever hosted the Canadian championships or the Canada Open? I thought Shirov and Adams played in the Canadian Open last year>
Shirov and Adams played in the 2009 Canadian Open in Edmonton (organized by your humble author, Micah Hughey). Here is the Chessgames crosstable:
Canadian Open (2009)|
|Jun-28-12|| ||PhilFeeley: Can't spell those European names properly. Bokjov is, of course, Dejan Bojkov|
|Jun-28-12|| ||Edmontonchessclub: Round 2 starts in an hour (11 am local time, 1 PM Eastern). Short will face Gardner with a 500-rating point advantage, attempting to come back from yesterday's surprise loss.|
Round 3 is tonight (7 PM local, 9 PM Eastern).
|Jun-28-12|| ||Sneaky: In spite of his first round misfortune, my money is on Short. He knows that with the 3-1-0 scoring, the best bet is to play like a maniac every single game. And he will, and he'll win. Mark my words!|
|Jun-28-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I think Short has sort of a history of losing first-round games (much like Tal) and then going on to play well.|
For example, he got crushed by Gelfand in 25 moves (playing white as well) in the first game of their 1991 Candidates Quarterfinals, yet went on to win 5-3.
|Jun-28-12|| ||Shams: Short just blew Gardner off the board in 25 moves. <EdmontonChessClub>, can you tell us how much time he used?|
|Jun-28-12|| ||Edmontonchessclub: <Shams>
Yes. Luckily, Gardner records the times after every move on his scoresheet.
Short used 44 minutes off his clock. His longest think was for nine minutes on 14.Qe3.
After the quick win, both players were still in good spirits and went together to a local Greek restaurant for lunch, joined by Irina Krush, Anton Kovalyov, Vladimir Pechenkin and yours truly. A local chessplayer and sponsor, Sardul Purewal, joined in and surprised us by picking up the bill for the whole table!
Round 3 starts in 3 and a half hours. There will be a much larger audience tonight, because the Edmonton Chess Club is holding its weekly tournament game (I'm playing) alongside the International players.
|Jun-28-12|| ||Shams: <Edmontonchessclub> Thanks much!|
<His longest think was for nine minutes on 14.Qe3.> He was looking for the softest dirt, to tunnel under Gardner's fence.
|Jun-29-12|| ||watwinc: It's not limited to chess, as you'll know if you've ever seen a really strong regional tennis player completely taken apart by an international. All the fluid sequences just seem to evaporate ...|
|Jun-29-12|| ||PhilFeeley: Thanks <ECC>! I wish first hand reports like this could come in from all major tournaments.|
|Jun-29-12|| ||HeMateMe: If Gardner wins again, will he be the Constant Gardner? (sorry).|
|Jun-29-12|| ||Shams: Nigel Short's game is going super late. <ECC> How did your own game go?|
|Jun-29-12|| ||Edmontonchessclub: <PhilFeeley>
So do I! I watch many tourneys on Chessgames, and I often wish the Organizers would post something. I don't know why they don't. It costs nothing, and people remember your tournament for next year.
Watch for the Edmonton International next year. We have gotten better, 7 years in a row.
P.S. If there is a bit of bragadoccio in this post, it's because I'm out for drinks with the GMs and other Edmonton Chess Club players.
Short and Krush went back to their hotel to rest before round 4, but GMs Kovalyov and Mikhalevski are still here at the restaurant (2 a.m.).
|Jun-29-12|| ||Edmontonchessclub: In round 3,
Porper-Short was 0-1, lasting a long time.
Gardner-Haessel was 1-0.
|Jun-29-12|| ||Edmontonchessclub: <Shams> My own game was a long draw to tie for 1st in the local club tournament. It helped that the usual winners of the local club tournament (FM Pechenkin, FM Wang, Gardner) all had to take a last round bye to play in the Edmonton International :)|
|Jun-29-12|| ||Chessgames Bookie: Chessbookie! betting has begun. The game is free to play for registered members of Chessgames, and you can win really cool prizes if you are lucky. |
And we're talkin' some serious prizes, too. A hundred US dollars in merchandise from The Chessgames Store, plus a free Chessgames T-Shirt, plus a 3-year premium membership to Chessgames. And that's just the top prize! Just ask <SwitchingQuylthulg>, the current world champion. It's not *all* about being immortalized in ChessBookie Hall of Fame.
We have betting windows open right now on some of the more interesting match-ups of the Edmonton Int'l on which you can wager your "chessbucks"...
Edmonton International Rd 5: Gardner-Kovalyov
Edmonton International Rd 5: Pechenkin-Short
Edmonton International Rd 6: Short-Krush
...and many more, including a PICK THREE for the final round.
Noobs should check out ChessBookie Introduction to get started. The rest of you already know what to do :)
<DICLAIMER: ChessBookie! is a gambling simulation for entertainment purposes only.>
|Jun-29-12|| ||Shams: Live games are now viewable on the official site!|
< Earlier Kibitzing · PAGE 3 OF 6 ·