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Staunton Memorial Tournament

Michael Adams8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Ivan Sokolov7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Loek van Wely7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Jan Smeets6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Gawain Jones6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Jan Werle6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Jan Timman5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Erwin L'Ami5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Peter K Wells4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Jonathan Speelman3.5/11(+0 -4 =7)[games]
Colin McNab3/11(+1 -6 =4)[games]
Jovanka Houska2.5/11(+0 -6 =5)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Speelman vs Timman ½-½332007Staunton MemorialE12 Queen's Indian
2. G Jones vs J Smeets ½-½452007Staunton MemorialB10 Caro-Kann
3. L'Ami vs P K Wells  ½-½182007Staunton MemorialD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
4. Adams vs Van Wely ½-½212007Staunton MemorialB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. C McNab vs I Sokolov 1-0432007Staunton MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
6. J Houska vs J Werle 0-1462007Staunton MemorialB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. Van Wely vs C McNab  1-0312007Staunton MemorialE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
8. Timman vs Adams 0-1422007Staunton MemorialE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
9. J Smeets vs Speelman 1-0512007Staunton MemorialC11 French
10. J Houska vs L'Ami  ½-½572007Staunton MemorialC77 Ruy Lopez
11. J Werle vs I Sokolov 0-1352007Staunton MemorialD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. P K Wells vs G Jones 1-0272007Staunton MemorialE92 King's Indian
13. C McNab vs Timman  0-1422007Staunton MemorialA28 English
14. L'Ami vs J Werle ½-½192007Staunton MemorialA80 Dutch
15. I Sokolov vs Van Wely ½-½362007Staunton MemorialD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Speelman vs P K Wells 0-1342007Staunton MemorialA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
17. Adams vs J Smeets 1-0472007Staunton MemorialC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. G Jones vs J Houska 1-0502007Staunton MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. J Houska vs Speelman  ½-½252007Staunton MemorialC07 French, Tarrasch
20. L'Ami vs G Jones  ½-½512007Staunton MemorialE60 King's Indian Defense
21. P K Wells vs Adams  ½-½172007Staunton MemorialE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
22. J Smeets vs C McNab 1-0402007Staunton MemorialB42 Sicilian, Kan
23. Timman vs I Sokolov  ½-½162007Staunton MemorialC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
24. J Werle vs Van Wely 0-1612007Staunton MemorialD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. I Sokolov vs J Smeets ½-½782007Staunton MemorialD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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  brankat: Yes :-)
Aug-17-07  Brown: I would like to see a Rowson - Adams match, if Rowson is in playing shape after his consecutive British Championships.
Aug-17-07  TheSlid: <Brown> Are you having a laugh, mate? That would be a complete mis-match.
Aug-17-07  Octavia: <Rowson - Adams> had a match in 98. Rowson drew 2/6 - probably get a few more draws if it was repeated.
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  Eric Schiller: More bloody fights today, like Simpson's famous carved rare beef. Jones blew Van Wely off the board, Adams destroyed McNab, Sokolov took out Speelman, Wells lost his 5th nin a row, against a speculative opening piece sac by Werle and Timman endgamed L'Ami.

Tomorrow we start at noon so the players can feast in the evening at the traditional Simpson's closing.

BTW, there were no drug problems here, unlimited coffee waas supplied to the players throughout the event.

So Mickey leads with 8-2 but plays Sokolov as Black tomorrow.

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  JointheArmy: How many points will Adams gain with +6?
Aug-17-07  PinkPanther: If Adams draws tomorrow he should get something like 4 rating points, which is pretty pathetic.
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  keypusher: Here's the finale of Jones-Van Wely, White to play and win after 24...Rf8:

click for larger view

Fine attack by Jones, but I am sorry to see Van Wely go down like this after such a fine tournament.

Aug-18-07  Octavia: <he should get something like 4 rating> yes, it is sad that the grading system tempts people to avoid lower rated events. But on the whole, taking everything into account & weighing up the pros & cons, its quite a good system considering that millions of people get a good idea of where they're standing in the pecking order. When you ask someone about their grade, you must not be content with the actual number, but ask them what their % was over the year. The answer to that gives you an idea about the amount of pleasure they're getting out of the game.
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  lostemperor: Michael Adams has won the tournament! Congratulations to him.

Congratulations to the Dutch for winning the team competition!

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  John Saunders: Games, result and crosstable available at the BCM website (
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  Eric Schiller: Thanks to John Saunders! We didn't manage to email Cessgames direct with the last round games in our rush to get to the closing dinner.

It is near midnight here and I'm hours away from sobriety, so more tomorrow, but for now just a quick comment on Timman's "queen sac". He just missed th e alternative Kf2 and didn't think he had a choice.

The tournament had a great fighting spirit with few draws. Mickey got the best game prize for his win over Werle. I'm off to a party tomorrow to celebrate his marriage and victory but will try to post some more comments. By that time Simpson's justly famous roast beef and fine wines will have slipped into the past, but right now things are just fine all over.

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  brankat: <Eric Schiller> Great job Eric. Thank You.
Aug-19-07  Confuse: congrats adams. i always enjoyed your playing style! : )
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  lostemperor: Staunton looked down and was pleased of what he saw especially the hard wooden Staunton boards and pieces. But what's that .. they have something like electronic timer devices. That's a curse. It is bad as it is if they had ordinary clocks instead of being able to explore the fascinating positions in depth without the pressure of time as in the golden days of chess... Nevertheless it was a great success!
Aug-19-07  jamesmaskell: Well done Adams. Good tournament all round with action throughout. I hope Ray or Eric might be able to make an announcement soon about Staunton 2008, perhaps?

<John Saunders> Keep up the good work with the Ceefax/Teletext pages. Saves me time trawling through PGNs...

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  Eric Schiller: <lost> No worries, mate! Te digital clocks had no increments or other nonsense, just 40/2, 20/1, g/30. Personally, I don't like the DGT and will use other clocks next year. We will also use more of those new-fangled "electrical" lights. And many of the players will arrive via metal birds in the sky. Staunton would be amazed, but pleased!
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  Eric Schiller: At the closing dinner (roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and abundant pourings of wine), sponsor Jan Moll was already talking about next year. Our hope is to raise enough money to get better lighting, live Internet broadcasts and Nigel Short, but we'll have to see how things go.

I look forward to being back in London next year with all my friends here. Every one of the players is a great guy/gal and a joy to work with. There were no incidents at all and all of the spectators were well-behaved. For much of the tournament, you could hear a pin drop. The staff at Simpson's were superb, and we were never short of water, coffee, or biscuits (cookies). The post-mortems were fueled by excellent drinks in the bar. My only regret is that more of England's strong chessplayers didn't turn up, though Michael Stean and Mike Basman did turn up.

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  Eric Schiller: For those who may be interested, House of Staunton will be selling the sets and boards, autographed by all the players and a host of other chess personalities.
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  Eric Schiller: Best game prize: Adams-Werle. Honorable mention Jones-Van Wely and Werle-Wells.
Aug-19-07  jamesmaskell: Very good news. Thanks Eric. Looking forward to next years tournament already.
Aug-19-07  pawnofdoom: Poor McNab, tied for first after round 1, and ending up in second to last place
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  keypusher: Thanks, Eric, I really enjoyed following this tournament from afar.
Aug-20-07  landogriffin: Thanks a lot for your insightful and interesting comments Eric. Enjoyed by all I am sure!
Aug-21-07  Ezzy: Thanks Eric, great work. Seems like it was a great tournament to be involved with.

Congrats to Michael Adam's. Nice to see him in top form.

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