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|Dec-30-08|| ||Gejewe: <Satch boogie> Thanks, and a happy New Year to you as well. Unfortunately, I never succeeded in finding out anything substantial about Ted Dunst. He is on a picture in the American Chess Bulletin ( at Santasiere's place, some private quickplay event ). Few games of his seem to have survived. Hugh Myers - who sadly enough died a few days ago - had some contacts with Ted Dunst in the 1980ties. Ted played correspondence chess at the time, and showed Hugh a game with 1.Na3, an opening which he said could lead to "trench warfare". I believe it went 1.Na3 d5 2.c4 d4 3.e4 with some kind of reversed Benoni-wall. This game might have been published in some "Myers Openings Bulletin". Besides Ted Dunst experimented with 1.e4 c6 2.d4 Na6 3.Nc3 Nc7 decades before Bernard de Bruijcker did,but he did not really get to grips with it - the games were not well played.. Hugh Myers had three examples he showed me at the time, but I do not have them. One probably can be found in "Myers Openings Bulletin" as well. Unfortunately, though having contributed to the magazine, I do not have access to it now.
Sidney Bernstein's autobiography "Combat" has a Dunst game from the Marshall chess club chanpionships that starts 1.e3 but after 1..e5 2.d4 Nc6 3.Nf3 e4 4.Nd2 f5 5.c4 trasposed into a reversed French defence. At least it shows that Ted Dunst, although best known for 1.Nc3.. did not restrict himself to that and experimented with other unusual ideas as well.|
|Dec-30-08|| ||satch boogie: <Gejewe> Thanks for the information. I noticed that information about Ted Dunst, like Robert Durkin was hard to come by. You're right there are not many of his games (I have only found 2 besides here).|
A friend and fellow chess player of mine also told me that Durkin had in fact passed away some time ago, he said he found a short article in one of his chess magazines paying tribute to him and featured a few of his 1.Na3 games. I havent found the article yet, nor have I found any more of Durkin's games.
I heard about Hugh Myers passing away. I submitted the game that you posted on his profile, would you happen to have anymore of them?
|Dec-31-08|| ||Gejewe: <satch boogie>
Yes, Hugh Myers' books provide quite a few of his games."Exploring the chess opening", in my opinion his magnum opus, is out of print and hard to get. In 2002 Hugh published his autobiography, which had lots of games, and recent ones as well. Here are some appetizers. If you can not find more, please remind me early february ( when I might have some more time ..) and I will make a small selection to post here.
[Event "San Salvador"]
[White "Myers, |H."]
[Black "Rovira, J."]
1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. a3 d5 4. exd5 Nxd5 5. Qh5 Qd6 6. Bc4 c6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. d4 g6 9. Qh4 exd4 10. Nxd5 cxd5 11. Qxd4 Nf6 12. Bb5+ Kd8 13. Ne5 Qe7 14. Bg5 Bg7 15. O-O-O Be6 16. Rhe1 h6 17. Bd2 a5 18. Nxg6 fxg6 19. Qb6+ Qc7 20. Qxe6 1-0
[Event "Illinois open"]
[White "Myers, H."]
[Black "Penquite, J."]
1. e4 c5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. O-O e6 6. d3 Nge7 7. c3 d5 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. Re1 b6 10. Nf1 Ba6 11. e5 Qc7 12. Bf4 Rac8 13. h4 Rfd8 14. Qe2 b5 15.N1h2 d4 16. Ng4 Nd5 17. Bg5 Rd7 18. cxd4 cxd4 19. Rac1 Qb6 20. Bf6 h5 21. Nfh2 hxg4 22. Nxg4 Nce7 23. Rxc8+ Bxc8 24. Qd2 Nf5 25. Be4 Nde7 26. Qg5 Kf8 27. h5 Ng8 28. Bxf5 exf5 29. h6 Bxf6 30. exf6 Qa5 31. Rc1 Bb7 32. h7 1-0
[Event "Lugano olympiad"]
[Black "Myers, H."]
1. c4 g5 2. d4 Bg7 3. Bxg5 c5 4. e3 Nc6 5. Nf3 cxd4 6. exd4 Qb6 7. Qd2 Nxd4 8. Nxd4 Qxd4 9. Nc3 d6 10. Nd5 Qxd2+ 11. Bxd2 Kd8 12. O-O-O Bf5 13. Ne3 Bg6 14. f4 Nh6 15. Be2 Rc8 16. Rhf1 Nf5 17. Nxf5 Bxf5 18. Be3 Kc7 19. Bd4 Rhg8 20. Bxg7 Rxg7 21. g3 b5 22. Rd5 Bh3 23. Re1 bxc4 24. Rd4 Be6 25. g4 Kd8 26. f5 Bd7 27. Kd2 c3+ 28. bxc3 Rb8 29. f6 Rg5 30. fxe7+ Kxe7 31. Bd3+ Re5 32. Rb4 1/2-1/2
|Dec-31-08|| ||satch boogie: <Gejewe> Thank you very much for the games and your time, Happy New Year everybody!|
|Mar-26-10|| ||wordfunph: Jules and Gerard Welling the same person?
"Without his opening preparation, Kasparov would be satisfied with a place at the bottom of the World's Top Ten." Jules Welling
|Apr-03-10|| ||BIDMONFA: Gerard Welling|
|Apr-03-10|| ||Gejewe: <wordfunh>
No, Jules is about a decade older, has been a journalist most of his life, one of the main topics being chess. He has not been active as a tournament player. Jules quest to chess fame is a nice endgame he won from Pachman in a simul in the early 70ties, and that made it into several endgames books and columns. Often attributed to his namesake, which is incorrect..
I can assure you - although the two live in the same region - that there is not even a family bond. And I should know !
|Apr-03-10|| ||Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)|
|Dec-26-10|| ||Caissanist: <Gejewe> - do you know the British GM Matthew Sadler? As you probably know, he recently won a Dutch tournament game with 1. e4 a6 2. d4 h6, which made me think he must have been studying at the Welling School. |
[Event "Nova College"]
[White "Van Oosterom, Chiel"]
[Black "Sadler, Matthew"]
1. e4 a6 2. d4 h6 3. Bd3 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. Be3 Qc7 6. b4 Nc6 7. c3 d6 8. cxd6 Bxd6 9. Nf3 Nf6 10. h3 g5 11. a3 g4 12. Nd4 Ne5 13. Be2 Nxe4 14. hxg4 Bd7 15. g5 O-O-O 16. gxh6 Bc6 17. Nxc6 Qxc6 18. Qb3 Bc7 19. a4 Ng3 20. fxg3 Qxg2 21. Rf1 Nd3+ 22. Bxd3 Rxd3 0-1
|Dec-26-10|| ||Gejewe: <Caissanist> Matthew Sadler found an IT related job and settled in the Netherlands,also married here.He gave up professional chess about a decade ago, but somehow regained his appetite for the game recently. Not as a professional player, but as an immensely strong amateur, allowing himself to have fun. Regarding your question, I have played Matthew once in regular tournament chess, back in 1991 when he was already quite strong, but not the world class player he was going to be. In "New in chess" magazine, he recently wrote about this NOVA college tournament, annotating this game against van Oosterom. There he also writes about his new approach to chess, his "nopenings" etc. The only chess he played the last say 10 years were some rapid games for his employers team (second time we played but this time he won convincingly) and a few simuls. He decided deep mainline knowledge was not his thing anymore, and started to play experimental openings. Thus we come to the second part of your question : Matthew plays openings like 1.e4 a6 2.d4 h6, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 b6 and 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qe7 (for example in the NOVA college tournament) out of his own - new - chessconvictions. After a mutual friend showed me the 1.e4 h6 2.d4 a6 openings that Matthew played in a rapidtournament earlier this year, I provided him with a selection of Basman games for further inspiration. Look at the game Basman-Jansen, Amsterdam 1996, which he mentions as a trigger to the pawnsacrifice in the game with IM Chiel van Oosterom.|
|Dec-27-10|| ||Caissanist: Thanks as always! Glad to hear that Sadler is enjoying chess again, so many GMs give up the game completely after they've stopped trying to be pros.|
|Jun-25-11|| ||parisattack: <Gejewe:>
Hello. I am preparing a revised edition of the North Sea Variation of the Modern Defense to which you so kindly provided a History.
I am wondering if you would have new information and or games to contribute to the 2nd edition?
|Aug-27-11|| ||Gejewe: It took some time for me to reply, because I have not been around on this site for quite a while. Sometimes there is not much time for chess, other priorities can intervene etc. :-( Answering your question, I am not aware of new information or games, except for the Olympiad game between Michael Adams and Magnus Carlsen in 2010 which has been discussed on Chessgames.com
It seems that Carlsen was quite ok. after the opening but got careless. You can check this on the page of that particular game.
And yes, I remember to have provided the history part for the first edition of the book a few years ago, mutual chess friend John Donaldson acting as an intermediate. Unfortunately, after having submitted this text I never heard anything - nor did I get a (more or less promised) copy of the new book. Forgotten in the euphoria of having the book finished and published ? ;-)|
|Sep-15-11|| ||parisattack: Hello <Gejewe>
The primary author passed away soon after the North Sea was published. It was a bit chaotic and - long story - most of the copies of the book vanished.
I have a few here and will email John D for your address and dispatch a copy to you ASAP; my apologies.
And, yes, Carlsen was OK in that game!
|Sep-19-11|| ||parisattack: <Gejewe> Email that John D had for you bounced. Perhaps you could send him current, ask to FWD to me, please?|
|Oct-11-11|| ||Gejewe: <parisattack> Thanks for your reply and your efforts to get me a copy after all. I really appreciate it. But I only just noticed your messages, have not been at this site lately,partly due to a chessvacation in Oslo last week and some other things to do :-).
One minute ago I have mailed John Donaldson, he has probably given you an old adress at work -that ceased to exist in 2011. He always sent emails to both my email adresses! John can also provide you my postadress now.|
|Oct-12-11|| ||TheFocus: <Gejewe> <parisattack> has not been in here since Oct. 1, so I will e-mail him that you have responded, and will forward your post.|
Glad to help out.
|Oct-13-11|| ||Gejewe: <TheFocus> Thanks very much. Mailcontact with <parisattack> is realised now.|
|Oct-13-11|| ||TheFocus: <Gejewe> Great. <paris> e-mailed me that he sent you a copy of the book.|
|Apr-14-12|| ||wordfunph: <Gejewe: <wordfunh> No, Jules is about a decade older, has been a journalist most of his life.>|
<Gejewe> thank you.
|May-13-13|| ||Caissanist: <Gejewe>: What do you think of the opening to today's game J L Hammer vs Wang Hao, 2013 ? Not quite as dadaesque as some of your opening experiments, but nonetheless not something you see often at this level--certainly not successfully!|
|May-17-13|| ||Gejewe: <Caissanist>: The manoeuvering in the opening, particularly from the white knights, is remarkable to say the least. But it is funny that after the opening a perfectly "normal" position has arisen. Hammer commented on the weird g3.. on the tournament site, which provokes dangerous action from black's side. I can recommend you to look at that video, it has some very interesting insights.
By the way I just missed this game, having spent mai 8-12 in ..Stavanger playing in a 6 round Swiss - a side event that had different playing times from the elite tournament. The big guys were playing at about 15 minutes by bus. And players at the open had free entry ! Great fun, I can assure you.|
|Aug-02-13|| ||EvanTheTerrible: Mr. Welling, you appear to have an extremely versatile and exciting opening repertoire. Do you mind sharing how you prepare?|
|Aug-11-13|| ||Gejewe: <EvanTheTerrible> The word "repertoire" might be a bit out of place here. It felt like wasting time, stuffing my memory up with mainlines, and being constantly alert on new developments. Many chessplayers seem to think that constantly repeating state of the art grandmaster theory is "real" chess. At a certain level you have to, you need very sophisticated preparation, otherwise there is no chance for any advantage. But nowadays even Magnus Carlsen shows it does not have to be that way.. :-)
Of course I have studied the most important openings, but not in the detail that many others have. It is very important to grasp the ideas, to know what to do in a given situation, about good and bad sides. Because it also teaches you to build up your position, and about general strategy.
For me it was important to get a reasonable position and a fighting game from the opening, and not spending more than a reasonable amount of time on opening preparation (I would rather skip it). There are many ways to do that, f.e. 1.e4 e6 2.d3..,
1.e4 d5 that often leads to Caro Kann structures at little risk - just two examples. On top of that, I was attracted by original strategists, such as Mike Basman, Max Ujtelky or Duncan Suttles. These players expand the boundaries of correct chess, well at least up to a certain level. Ujtelky's Hippo system has even been played by strong grandmasters, suggesting that flexibility might compensate for a lack of space ?! And then there are chessthinkers like Hugh Myers, trying do use wellknown information in an original way with moveorder ideas, or colours reversed ideas. Imagine Grob's 1.g4.., which is interesting but a bit marginal, after which 1..d5 2.Bg2 (2.h3) 2..c6 3.h3 e5 is solid and good, not exactly giving white a target for his dynamics. Hugh suggested 1.d3.., which can be played as a Kings Indian or Pirc defense with colours reversed, but even as a Grob after 1..c5 2.g4!? as the move ..c5 is not part of the best defensive setup(s) which makes it a better try than the original version.
In my younger years I have played first moves like 1.Nh3 or 1.Na3 but you will see on closer inspection that the positions "normalized" after a few moves, and these first moves became part of a better known structure (such as a reversed Leningrad Dutch Basman-variation, or reversed Kings Indian with ..Na6 ) It is just a matter of toying with moveorders, colours, and (known) ideas.
Part of it was improvisation, that is why I do not talk of a "repertoire". Nowadays, I am still no fan of mainlines, but there are many ways to play the opening without the necessity of excessive knowledge. Which is my way, and less improvisation because when you get older as a chessplayer, you do not have unlimited energy anymore, and should not waste it !|
|Dec-16-13|| ||dit890le: great games, Mr. Gejewe|
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