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|Jul-21-14|| ||Octavia: belated happy birthday! This August you're playing at the Olympiad & the invited event in Erfurt - good luck in both !!!|
|Aug-01-14|| ||Octavia: Hi all, I'm going to practise my journalistic skills, so be patient!|
Keti started out playing for the Sowjetunion once upon a time, then played for Georgia's women for many years. In 2008 she played in the Open section for Scotland & got her last GM norm + the required grading points. The is the first BRITISH women ever to become a GM! Since then she's played there until this year when she switched to the Scottish women's section. She could have played in the open section with her grading...
The Scottish women start out @ 52 thanks to a GM playing here! Compared to their usual 57th place will the others - Elaine Bamber, Ali Roy, Carey Groves & Joy Durno - stand the pace? Watch this space!
|Aug-01-14|| ||waustad: I note that about half of the players for OSG Baden Baden in the Frauenbundesliga are playing in the olympiad. Several of them are on top board, including Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant.|
|Aug-02-14|| ||Octavia: Last time Keti was on bd 2 in the Open!
In 1970 I came to Mozambique from uncouth Australia expecting to see a kind of jungle. I got the greatest surprise when I embarked in Lorenco Marques - it felt like gay Paris with a nicer climate and less traffic!
The Scots are much higher graded, of course.
|Aug-02-14|| ||Octavia: We kibitzers had some excitement in the 1st round! When the result showed that the 3 lower bds were won by Mozambique I looked at Ali & Elaine's games & couldn't believe that they played so badly. I know their styles! By the time bd 1 was shown as drawn I figured that they had shown the names in the wrong order. Then I asked myself why Keti'd offer a draw when she was winning. |
Eventually the bds showed this result: 3 1/2 - 1/2 for Sco! Carey drew.
However, by this time the colours still show the wrong way around which would give anyone a headache who looks at the games.
|Aug-02-14|| ||Octavia: Belarus next! No need to guess who's playing since they only have 4 players. |
I wonder why they paired quite a few with 4 pts with 3.5? May be its some accelerated system? I was expecting to see the Scots play another group of lower grades, not higher at this stage.
|Aug-03-14|| ||Octavia: 4 - 0 to Belorus! Joy had to swap queens early & lost in the endgame - Elaine & Ali put their Ns on the a file - are they learning from each other? - Keti played against a Sicilian with 3. f4 and @ 9. Bb3 chessgames has 10 games, 4 won with bl & 4 = but the middle game went in white's favour in this game.|
|Aug-04-14|| ||Octavia: Denmark in rd 3! 2.5 for Sco!
Carey resigned because her opponent had a very nice combo @ 28 - Joy had a q & 6 ps & her opponent had the same material. She offered her a draw & it was accepted joyfully - Elaine had a very nice combo @ 38 when her opponent thought she had a discovered attack. But in the end Elaine's n fork won.
Keti followed Sokolov - Topalov, 2005 with a KID, 6 p attack. White deviated @ 12...Na6. after a while Keti was a p down & had to work hard. @ 57 Sandra overlooked a # in 2, allowed a q swap & lost.
|Aug-05-14|| ||Octavia: 1.5 against a strong Azerbaijani team. Joy held her game until 28... Nb7 was a bad idea & her opponent gradually improved her position & Joy resigned - Ali's 42. h4 was her undoing. She hadn't considered black's discovered attack on her N - 42. Kf3 would have kept her in the game - Elaine was = until the time control when she slowly outplayed white in a Q & 2 Rs endgame!!!|
Keti's opponent deviated @ move 10 & Keti was better until the end. They played 101 moves & then agreed a = even though Keti was winning.
|Aug-05-14|| ||Octavia: Once again we got the wrong message about a result. I went back to check it & am pleased to say that Keti won her game!!!|
Round 5 against Turkey, their average is 130 pts higher but that shouldn't faze the Scots because they are all better than their grade. They started on bd 52 & will be on bd 22 tomorrow.
|Aug-06-14|| ||Octavia: Rd 5: 2 - 2
Elaine won again against a much higher graded opponent! Mind boggling complications (meaning I don't know what went on) ended in 24 Qh4+ & #in4!!! - Ali had a difficult game after fianchettoing her B, which seemed awfully slow; white ground her down slowly - Carey castled long & didn't play h4 which would have given her a more active game.
Betal Yildiz & Keti followed Beliavsky - Vuckovic till 12 - I wonder if Keti knows this game? White deviated with 13 a3 & they were on their own. @ 24. Qb4? Keti was winning & her superb technique brought the game to an early end (31 moves)
Enjoy the party & a day without chess tomorrow!!!
|Aug-08-14|| ||Octavia: Rd 6: 2.5 - 1.5 ! Moldova is 160 pts higher rated
Carey played actively & when she won the c pawn it was just a matter of time to win the game - Ali was slightly better; she had plenty of space; a repetition gave them both a happy end; Elaine agreed a = with another player ~200 pts higher than herself; they swapped queens early & black brought her castled king back to the centre; they agreed a = in a rook endgame.
Keti & Diana got out of book on move 5! Keti was slightly worse for much of the game but got back to = unfortunately not more. When she knew that they were ahead, she offered a draw.
|Aug-09-14|| ||Octavia: Rd 7: 1 - 3 Slovenia was also higher rated except bd 1|
I'm packing today for a long trip - no time to look at the other games; I'll watch tomorrow in the train :)
Keti was much better right out of the opening! 59. d7! would have won immediately but the outcome was never in any doubt (73 moves)
|Aug-10-14|| ||Octavia: Rd 8: Italy dropped their best performer today so Sco has a good chance! |
Many of the regular Olympiad players meet their friends here. Do they often play in opposite teams?
Is anybody watching my reports?
|Aug-12-14|| ||Octavia: Rd 8: 1.5 - 2.5 (Italy)
Rd 9: 2.5 - 1.5 (Ecuador) Keti & Elaine won (as per usual), Ali drew & Joy lost.
Keti won in 136 moves - is that a record for this Olympiad? Carla made her decisive mistake by attacking Keti's king. If Keti had taken it with her king, it would have been a stalemate. But of course she took it with her pawn & white had to resign.
Rd 10: Bosnia&Herzegovina are only 70 pts higher rated but some of their players may have improved greatly so anything can happen. Joy is spectating...
|Aug-12-14|| ||Octavia: Rd 10: 0 - 4 for BIH :(
I didn't have any time to watch the games but it was pretty shocking to see the result! OMG!
Sri Lanka next! My man knows the country well since his brother in law was running a tea plantation there. But the Sri Lankians kicked him out & he become a pilot...
Enjoy your party & win the last match!!!
|Aug-21-14|| ||Octavia: Rd 11: 3 - 1 Sri Lanka lost as expected but Keti also lost, which helped the team to get below their starting point (52) to 48. But during the competition the Sco women played mostly against higher graded teams & did well.|
Elaine & Joy improved their grading, Elaine did really well - congratulations.
I'm surprised Keti was playing in all the rounds - had she not played in the last 2, her grade would also have improved. If you play against lower grades you can't afford to lose as everyone knows.
|Aug-25-14|| ||waustad: <Octavia>Are you following the German Women's tournament at Erfurt? Perhaps this year it will be easier to find the games from the Frauenbundesliga too. They did show the final rounds last year live.|
|Aug-28-14|| ||Octavia: Hi Mr. Waustad, I used to think that you're German because you follow the Bundesliga, now I see that you're from across the water!|
I'm not only following Erfurt, I'm there, enjoying the commentary of Thomas Luther in the lobby.
I was telling Keti that she could win this if she put her mind to it, but she didn't think much of this idea - a pity because she could have done it. She = 3 & lost 2 so far. If she wins the next 4, she'll not overtake the 2 leaders, I don't think unless they are very unlucky.
|Sep-03-14|| ||Octavia: She won 1, lost 3 & = the rest, which is ok for her rating, but...|
Erfurt had an invited GM, an invited junior & an open tournament. I enjoyed myself in the open because there were 6 woman beginners! One got 3/9, the others 4! reminded me to 30 years ago when I started. Nowadays its much easier to improve & - especially in Germany - its easier to start as a woman. When I started in Sco it was quite gruesome since the men couldn't handle women players.
They still don't support women & that's why Keti played in the women's when she oughto have played in the open Olympiad.
|Mar-18-15|| ||waustad: She made it through the first round in the knockout tournament over Hoang Thanh Trang in a bit of an upset. She'll be playing Pia Cramling in round 2.|
|Mar-18-15|| ||waustad: I see from looking at her bio that she's one of the few women who have won overall national championships. I know of her win as Scottish champion, along with Judit Polgar, Viktoria Cmilyte and Eva Moser. There are probably others out there.|
|May-19-15|| ||Octavia: Pia won against her with 1 1/2 / 2 & therefore knocked Keti out.|
Keti is playing in the Euro women's ranked 27. She won her 1st rd against Ana Kuchava with fireworks!
I didn't see Pia anywhere in this comp.
|May-20-15|| ||Octavia: rd 2: Keti was lucky today! Zhorzholiani, Meri, her opponent messed up a won position & allowed a draw!|
|May-21-15|| ||Octavia: rd3: Selina her very good friend predictably agreed a fairly short draw with Keti. So they've got a nice day coming!|
Good luck for the remainder !
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