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|Aug-06-14|| ||waustad: The down side of the "Phantasie statt Theorie" approach is perpetual time trouble. When one plays in the occasional Swiss that's fine. As the top board in the olympiad it makes it stressful for one's fans. Today's game with Pia Cramling was a classic example, with two players I have enjoyed for some time, where both have had a lot of time trouble issues in the past. Watching live Moser had a better position according to the comps and it looked pretty good from my patzer's eyes. Then she got down to close to increment only and tried to mix it up instead of pushing her biggest strategic ace in the hole, her a pawn. She'd squish me from either side at bullet speed, but against Cramling that is a different matter.|
|Aug-06-14|| ||Mr. V: Hi Waustad, thanks for the commentary! Just out of curiosity, why is Moser one of your favorites?|
|Aug-06-14|| ||waustad: I used to live in Austria years ago and I like her approach to the game, particularly in the opening. As I've mentioned before, it also give me a reason to read some German, which I haven't spoken often since the 70s. Like many players I follow, I first saw a picture, found out the name and looked at a few games. In her case I found games that were a lot of fun. Among the Austrians, Markus Ragger is clearly stronger, but his games aren't as much fun to play through. Since she has a full time job, I suspect that we won't see that much other than league play from her going forward. She rarely seems to play a tournament now days unless she also gets something like a simul along with it to pay expenses.|
|Aug-07-14|| ||waustad: Austria plays Egypt tomorrow, so Eva Moser will probably play black against Mona Khaled. She's a WGM rated 2169 who usually plays 1.) d4. Another possibility is that she'd be rested and the Egyptian 2nd board, Shrook Wafa plays top board in light of her 4.5/5 result so far. In that event we have very little history to go on, but she's played 1.) e4 in all 5 whites in the database. Mona Khaled is another first board born in the US but playing for another country. She's not quite as formidable as the one playing for Italy.|
|Aug-08-14|| ||waustad: In her game today Mona Khaled chose to play Bird's opening and it looked rather like a Leningrad Dutch reversed. As usual, lots of time was spent in the opening and Moser was playing on increment from around move 30. White seems to have blundered shortly after that and resigned on move 33.|
|Aug-09-14|| ||waustad: Eva Moser is resting today against Guatamala. I rather expected that Veronika Exler would have been rested today after her disappointing time trouble loss yesterday after being ahead for most of the game. It has not been a great result so far with +2 =1 -3 in matches. All 5 players have lost some rating points so far and Moser is the only player with a positive personal score at +3 =0 -2. Time trouble has been a team wide issue in most of the games, though it has also been common in many other games in this event.|
|Aug-09-14|| ||waustad: Austria plays Macedonia tomorrow so the likely matchup on board 1 is Eva Moser vs Gabriela Koskoska. Guessing what Moser will play as white is often difficult, but if she opens with 1.) e4 it will likely become a Scandanavian, given black's history. With Moser's fondness for keeping the opponent off balance, I'd guess 1.) g3, which she's played a lot more than her opponent. Maybe even something like 1.) Nc3 transposing to some flavor of KIA.|
|Aug-10-14|| ||waustad: It turned into a KIA via a Sicilian and wound up 1-0 after a time scramble where evals indicated that they traded innacuracies near the end. When the time control was reached, white had penetrated with queen and rook leaving black helpless. For the match overall, Austria drew both blacks and Julia Novkovic is in a knight and pawn endgame with a 2 pawn advantage. It looks likely to end up 3-1.|
|Aug-10-14|| ||Mr. V: <Here is an interesting piece of artwork depicting EMs time trouble: https://www.flickr.com/photos/90168... Is she playing Richard Rapport there?|
|Aug-10-14|| ||waustad: <mr_v>No, though the hair looks about right. Look at the post above that one to find the game.|
My prediction that Julia Novkovic would win her game came to naught since she only managed a draw, so Austria won by 2.5-1.5. Tomorrow they play Nicaragua, so they are big elo favorites on all boards. Katharina Newrkla has played every round so far so she's likely to get the round off. We'll see tomorrow morning. The top board for Nicaragua is Ana Daniela Madrigal, who has played 1.) d4 in all of her white games in the database. The most common Moser response in the database here has been 1.) d4 e3, offering to play the French, Dutch or sometimes Tarrasch, though of late she's played the Benoni a lot.
|Aug-11-14|| ||waustad: With wins by Veronika Exler and Lisa Hapala and a draw by Julia Novkovic, Austria has won against Nicaragua. The broadcast of the game Ana Daniela Madrigal vs Eva Moser got stuck at move 33 for quite some time. After the usual first time scramble, black came out a bit ahead. It was a Benoni. Either she's taking almost all of the 30 minutes on one move or it's stuck again.|
|Aug-11-14|| ||waustad: When moves were finally available, she lost: A D Madrigal vs E Moser, 2014. Tomorrow Austria is playing Canada. If both first boards play it will feature Moser vs Yuanling Yuan.|
|Aug-12-14|| ||waustad: Confirmed, she's playing Yuanling Yuan, though as usual with Chinese names we get it backwards. The Austrians have a slight lead on the bottom 3 boards elo wise and a fairly large one on top board. Since Moser has played 9 different first moves here, who knows what she'll do this time. Her one Nimzo-Larsen here was not a success, but maybe she did some work on it. Why am I still up at 4 am? If I want to go to the Sinq Cup, I'll have to get to more normal sleeping hours.|
|Aug-12-14|| ||waustad: This was not a good day for the Austrian women. Veronika Exler won handily over Natalia Khoudgarian, but a quick loss by Julia Novkovic and a losing position in Katharina Newrkla's game forced Eva Moser to avoid the prudent draw which was available several times during the game. As happens so often, trying to win a draw is the easiest way to lose, and she did. The opening was rather interesting since Moser played the English for a change. This database only had one example of her playing 1.) c4 before today's game.|
|Aug-12-14|| ||waustad: If she plays tomorrow, the opponent is Indonesia. They're top board is Irine Kharisma Sukandar, who usually opens with 1.) e4.|
|Aug-14-14|| ||waustad: They've posted final round board pairings earlier than most, and the above mentioned pairing is confirmed. Moser is far less predictable than her opponent who is almost Fischer like in her devotion to 1.) e4. Those of us old enough to remember Fischer - Spassky World Championship Match (1972), or those who've followed EMs games here realize how much that's worth.|
|Aug-14-14|| ||waustad: Austria won 3.5-0.5 over Indonesia. Eva Moser won as black in an Improved Philidor Hanham, Veronika Exler drew and white in a Queen's Indian, Katharina Newrkla won as black in a Sicilian Dragon and Lisa Hapala won a very strange Sicilian.|
|Sep-03-14|| ||waustad: She is entered in the Austrian Blitz and Rapid championships, which will take place in Gamlitz the first weekend in November.|
|Sep-05-14|| ||waustad: Actually if you look at the list of participants, the rapid and blitz championships contain a much better sample of the best Austrian women than the official championships did.
One person I'm surprised hasn't shown up for the championships at any speed is Chiara Polterauer after her great result here:
She held her own in last year's Austrian Women's championship. Then again she's so young maybe they (or she) wanted to let her have a life away from chess for a while.
|Sep-21-14|| ||waustad: The FBL begins next weekend. Hopefully they'll make games available this time around. It was quite hit or miss over the last few seasons.|
01. + 02. Runde Sa/So, 27/28.09.2014
03. + 04. Runde Sa/So, 29./30.11.2014
05. Runde So, 14.12.2014
06. + 07. Runde Sa/So, 24./25.01.2015
08. + 09. Runde Sa/So, 28./29.03.2015
10. + 11. Runde Sa/So, 18./19.04.2015
I've corrected an obvious typo involving round 9.
More detail can be found here for now: http://www.schachbund.de/SchachBL/f...
Although Ms. Moser is listed as board 5 for OSG Baden Baden, I suspect she'll usually be on board 2 since Viktoria Cmilyte and the two Muzychuk sisters probably won't be playing that often, if last season is any indication. Perhaps Anna Zatonskih's pregnancy will be an issue sometime during the season too, which could even move her up to first board against a weaker opponent.
Baden Baden: http://www.schachbund.de/SchachBL/b...
|Sep-24-14|| ||waustad: Sunday OSG Baden Baden plays SC Bad Königshofen 1967, which is another favorite to win it all. Perhaps we'll see move GMs playing this weekend than usual for the FBL.|
|Sep-27-14|| ||waustad: I can't find live games, but both Muzychuk sisters are playing and Eva M is playing on board 4 in a game that is not yet completed. As of now OSG Baden Baden leads 1.5/0.5: http://nsv-online.de/ligen/fbl-1415...|
|Sep-27-14|| ||waustad: Today she won playing black against Martina Korenova.|
|Sep-27-14|| ||waustad: Assuming there are no changes from yesterday, she'll probably be playing white against Olga Girya. As usual when she's white, it would be foolhardy to even guess what opening will be played. Hopefully somebody like chessbase will eventually show us the games.|
|Sep-28-14|| ||waustad: Moser's win over Olga Girya today, along with one by Mariya Muzychuk over Valentina Gunina, gave OSG Baden Baden a win over their top rival Bad Königshofen dispite the loss by Ekaterina Kovalevskaya to Lilit Mrktchian. They have worse tiebreaks early on, but have played two of the stronger teams so this is not a surprise.|
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