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Staunton Memorial Tournament

Michael Adams8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Loek van Wely7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Jan Smeets7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Jan Timman6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Erwin L'Ami6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Ivan Sokolov6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Jonathan Speelman5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Nigel Short5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Jan Werle5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Peter K Wells5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Alexander Cherniaev3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Robert Graham Wade0/11(+0 -11 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Staunton Memorial (2008)

The 6th Howard Staunton Memorial Tournament was a 12-player round robin held at Simpsons-in-the-Strand, London, England, 7-18 August 2008. Rest day: August 13. Sponsor as last year was Dutch chess maecenas Jan Mol. Rounds started at 2 pm, except Round 11 which started at noon. Prize fund: £6000, an artistic chess set valued at £850 and an original artwork by Barry Martin. Time control: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 60 more minutes for the next 20 moves, followed by 30 more minutes for the rest of the game. There was no entry fee for the spectators. Organizers: Raymond Keene, Barry Martin and Clive and Sue Davey of the Staunton Society. Chief arbiter: Eric Schiller.

Michael Adams won again, with 8/11. The brilliancy prize went to Jan Werle for J Werle vs P K Wells, 2008.

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Adams 36 2735 * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 8 Van Wely 35 2644 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7½ Smeets 23 2593 0 ½ * ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 7 Timman 56 2591 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6½ L'Ami 23 2610 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6 Sokolov 40 2658 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6 Speelman 50 2524 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5½ Short 43 2655 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 5½ Werle 24 2591 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 1 1 5½ Wells 43 2526 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 5 Cherniaev 38 2431 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 3½ Wade 87 2167 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 0

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Timman vs R G Wade 1-0232008Staunton MemorialB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
2. Van Wely vs Speelman 1-0592008Staunton MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Smeets vs Adams 0-1282008Staunton MemorialC45 Scotch Game
4. J Werle vs Cherniaev 1-0322008Staunton MemorialE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
5. I Sokolov vs P K Wells  ½-½302008Staunton MemorialE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
6. L'Ami vs Short  ½-½352008Staunton MemorialE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. Short vs Timman 0-1402008Staunton MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
8. P K Wells vs R G Wade 1-0352008Staunton MemorialA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
9. Cherniaev vs L'Ami  ½-½472008Staunton MemorialC15 French, Winawer
10. I Sokolov vs Van Wely  ½-½422008Staunton MemorialD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Adams vs J Werle 1-0402008Staunton MemorialC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
12. Speelman vs Smeets  ½-½292008Staunton MemorialD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Smeets vs I Sokolov  1-0452008Staunton MemorialC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. L'Ami vs Adams  ½-½262008Staunton MemorialE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. J Werle vs Speelman ½-½242008Staunton MemorialE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
16. Timman vs Cherniaev ½-½312008Staunton MemorialE17 Queen's Indian
17. R G Wade vs Short 0-1532008Staunton MemorialA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Van Wely vs P K Wells  ½-½332008Staunton MemorialE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
19. Van Wely vs Smeets  ½-½472008Staunton MemorialD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
20. P K Wells vs Short  ½-½252008Staunton MemorialD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
21. Cherniaev vs R G Wade 1-0372008Staunton MemorialC41 Philidor Defense
22. I Sokolov vs J Werle  ½-½332008Staunton MemorialE17 Queen's Indian
23. Adams vs Timman 1-0492008Staunton MemorialC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. Speelman vs L'Ami 1-0622008Staunton MemorialD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. L'Ami vs I Sokolov ½-½412008Staunton MemorialD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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  Eric Schiller: Games ended early today and we have an early start tomorrow at noon so here is the update. Games will follow in the morning.

Round 10
Wells 1/2 Speelman
Sokolov 1/2 Adams
Van Wely 1-0 Cherniaev
Smeets 1-0 Short
Werle 1-0 Wade
L'Ami 1/2Timman

Final Round
Adams (7.5) vs. Van Wely (7)
Timman (6) vs. Wells (4.5)
Cherniaev (3.5) vs. Smeets (6)
Speelman (5) vs. Sokolov (5.5)
Short (5) vs. Werle (5)
Wade (0) vs. L'Ami (5)

The Dutch side almost obliterated the British fleet today. After a hectic but on-time start after a UK memory contest forgot to finish by noon, there were tree bloody defeats. Chernaiev tried a Dutch Defense against Van Wely to no avail, Werle took out Wade's Cambridge Springs, and Smeets destroyed Short in spectacular fashion. Adams almost fell to Sokolov despite Sokolov's refusal to move his king's bishop or rook for the entire game, but he managed a draw. Timman played adventurously in the opening against his fellow countryman L'Ami but split the point, as did Wells and Speelman.

Tomorrow's final round pits the two leaders against each other, just like last year. The players can put plenty of effort into the game, as in the evening they will be treated to a big helping of Simpson's famous roast beef and a veritable lake of wine at the prizegiving where six thousand pounds, an artistic chess set valued at 850, and original artwork by the Staunton Society's renowned artist Barry Martin will be distributed.

Aug-17-08  Knight to f6: <ILikeFruits> Wade is in his mid-80's according to the database, so it's no wonder to me that he has 0/9.

The number of players here aged 40 and above (6!) makes me wonder if this tournament is as much a memorial to them as to Staunton.

Aug-17-08  ILikeFruits: knight to f6......
u r right.....
i like wade....
as much as i like korchnoi....
long live knight to f6
Aug-18-08  TommyC: Congratulations to Michael Adams - quick draw today, so he wins the tournament.
Aug-18-08  Octavia: <Wade is in his mid-80's according to the database, so it's no wonder to me that he has 0/9.> lol ! Bob Wade was very much outgraded - nothing to do with his age !
Aug-18-08  Knight to f6: <ILikeFruits> As a matter of fact, Korchnoi is one of my favourite players. I think he really deserved to become champion in '78.
Aug-18-08  Rawprawn: <Bob Wade was very much outgraded - nothing to do with his age !> Well his age did tell in a few places. He lost from some quite good positions and seemed to be tiring after 4 hours or so.
Aug-19-08  xenophon: <TommyC: Congratulations to Michael Adams - quick draw today, so he wins the tournament>-maybe so but does he lose Elo points?
Aug-19-08  Cibator: A rather belated addition to the debate about the best British chessplayers (I've just returned to this site after a longish absence).

Blackburne was undoubtedly a fearsome tournament player, but the real business end of top-class chess is match play - and he couldn't do that for toffee. Lost every game against Steinitz, and didn't fare a lot better when he took on Lasker. (The Oxford Companion to Chess, in its article on JHB, is curiously reticent about these encounters.)

Aug-19-08  Illogic: I bet my whole bankroll on Wade winning the tournament. My chances are fading..
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  Eric Schiller: Van Wely offered the draw. Don't blame Mickey.
Aug-20-08  xenophon: <Eric Schiller: Van Wely offered the draw. Don't blame Mickey>

no blame meant-but i still wonder despite winning does he lose points-and if so does this make it more difficult to attract high rated GMs to events like this?

Aug-20-08  protean: <but i still wonder despite winning does he lose points>

Yes, his rating performance was 2713 (-22).

Aug-21-08  Cibator: Interesting statistic, <protean>. Confirms what I've said before, somewhere else on this site, that Mr Adams shouldn't mess around with second-rate events like the HSM if he's serious about wanting to get back into the world top ten.
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  atticuscc: <Cibator: Adams shouldn't mess around with second-rate events like the HSM>

This is nonsense. Adams conceded a trivial number of rating points, but succeeded in supporting a British tournament. Good for him - and Short!

The HSM may be a second-rate tournament by Wijk-aan-Zee standards, but it's one of very few international events in Britain these days. I've been critical of specific aspects of this year's HSM, mainly because I think the event has been diminished by them.

But I'm highly supportive of the event in principle. It's based on a nice idea (Anglo-Dutch competition); and it's been developing on the right lines until this year's false steps. Long may the HSM prosper; long may Adams & Short be invited.


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  Eric Schiller: There used to be a rule that the winner of a round-robin could not lose points. I don't now if it still holds.

In any case Mickey would have won points if he hadn't misplayed an endgame with the foolish ...Rh5 move so the event itself did not cause him to lose points. In any case 5-10 points means nothing at the elite level and would not cost any invitations. Being the winner of a prestige event is worth more.

Aug-21-08  mack: Also, who gives a tangerine toss about ratings?
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  Domdaniel: <Eric> I made the same point about tournament winners and ratings some time back, and was told that FIDE had dropped that rule.

Congratulations all round on a fascinating event. Personally I'd much rather see this kind of varied line-up than the same old unstoppable forces hitting immovable objects.

As for Bob Wade, obviously age is a huge factor. He was effectively GM strength in the late 60s, and was still rated near 2400 in the 70s. It's a sobering thought that here is a player who reached his peak before the introduction of the rating system.

Anyway, I still play the Wade Variation.

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  ray keene: thanks for your congrats-whatever may happen in the future we can be very proud of the fact that we have staged 6 staunton memorials now with such a varied and high powered line up of players-with participants and officials including russia, canada, new zealand, usa, scotland, england and holland---and top players such as adams short speelman timman king howell gawain jones and sokolov.
Aug-24-08  mack: 'Whatever may happen in the future' - a tad ominous eh, Ray?
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  Penguincw: What happened to Robert Wade. 0% score?
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  paulalbert: You can't compete successfully at this level when you are 87 years old. Wade died several months after this tournament.
Mar-19-11  BobCrisp: <BobWade> couldn't have competed successfully at this level when he was 27 years old.

Actually, that's a bit harsh. Witness one of his best games, that I recently uploaded: A Zaitsev vs Wade, 1971

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  offramp: This tournament took place in August 2008. Bob Wade died in November of 2008. In the meantime he may have been slightly relieved that the Magistral Internacional Ruibal (2008) took place. Bent Larsen scored +0 =0 -9 in that tournament and deflected attention away from Wade's poor showing here.
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  offramp: Duck egg after duck egg after duck egg.
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