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Staunton Memorial Tournament

Jan Timman7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Alexander Cherniaev6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Nigel Davies5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Willy Hendriks4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Eelke Wiersma4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Simon Kim Williams4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Peter K Wells4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Lawrence Trent2/9(+0 -5 =4)[games]
Terence P D Chapman1/9(+1 -8 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Staunton Memorial (2009)

The 7th Howard Staunton Memorial Tournament (GM Group) was a 10-player round robin held at Simpsons-in-the-Strand, London, England, 8-17 August 2009. Rest day: August 15. Sponsors: Terry Chapman (who was also playing) and Jan Mol. Rounds started at 2:30 pm, except Round 9 which started at noon. 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. Chief organizer: Raymond Keene. Chief arbiter: David Sedgwick. At the closing ceremony a tribute was paid to Robert Wade, who had passed away last year.

Jan Timman won with 7/9.

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Timman 57 2569 * ½ 0 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 7 2 Cherniaev 39 2428 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6½ 3 Korchnoi 78 2561 1 0 * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 6 4 Davies 49 2493 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 5 5 Hendriks 43 2444 0 ½ 1 0 * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 4½ 6 Wiersma 36 2403 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 4½ 7 Williams 29 2527 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ * 1 ½ 1 4½ 8 Wells 44 2498 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0 * ½ 1 4 9 Trent 23 2471 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * 0 2 10 Chapman 53 2232 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1

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Wikipedia article: Howard Staunton Memorial Tournament

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Chapman vs E Wiersma 0-1332009Staunton MemorialA04 Reti Opening
2. L Trent vs P K Wells  ½-½112009Staunton MemorialC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
3. Korchnoi vs A Cherniaev 0-1592009Staunton MemorialA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
4. N Davies vs S Williams  ½-½472009Staunton MemorialC00 French Defense
5. W Hendriks vs Timman 0-1392009Staunton MemorialB40 Sicilian
6. Timman vs T Chapman  1-0422009Staunton MemorialB07 Pirc
7. A Cherniaev vs E Wiersma 1-0262009Staunton MemorialA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
8. S Williams vs W Hendriks  1-0352009Staunton MemorialE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
9. P K Wells vs N Davies 1-0332009Staunton MemorialE00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Korchnoi vs L Trent 1-0662009Staunton MemorialE81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. W Hendriks vs P K Wells  ½-½182009Staunton MemorialB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. E Wiersma vs Timman  0-1332009Staunton MemorialE20 Nimzo-Indian
13. N Davies vs Korchnoi ½-½502009Staunton MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
14. L Trent vs A Cherniaev  ½-½582009Staunton MemorialB33 Sicilian
15. T Chapman vs S Williams 0-1312009Staunton MemorialB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
16. L Trent vs N Davies 0-1362009Staunton MemorialC10 French
17. S Williams vs E Wiersma  ½-½282009Staunton MemorialA80 Dutch
18. Korchnoi vs W Hendriks 0-1752009Staunton MemorialE81 King's Indian, Samisch
19. A Cherniaev vs Timman  ½-½202009Staunton MemorialB22 Sicilian, Alapin
20. P K Wells vs T Chapman 1-0372009Staunton MemorialA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. N Davies vs A Cherniaev  ½-½532009Staunton MemorialA20 English
22. E Wiersma vs P K Wells 1-0392009Staunton MemorialE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
23. T Chapman vs Korchnoi  0-1362009Staunton MemorialA13 English
24. W Hendriks vs L Trent  1-0442009Staunton MemorialB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. Timman vs S Williams 1-0342009Staunton MemorialA05 Reti Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Aug-10-09  kackhander: <waustad> i mean the games that have already finished. this link purports to be to those games.
Aug-10-09  aragorn69: <cg> Both homepage links lead to this page. Where is the link to the main (Schveningen) Staunton tourney games??
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  Chnebelgrind: <Where is the link to the main (Schveningen) Staunton tourney games??>

The games are here:

J Smeets vs Short, 2009
McShane vs I Sokolov, 2009
Adams vs Van Wely, 2009
G Jones vs E L'Ami, 2009

but there is no link to the tournament

Aug-10-09  WhiteRook48: Timman will win this event!
Korchnoi? Fat chance
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Aug-10-09  Dredge Rivers: Why doesn't the US have tournaments in honor of its dead chessplayers? Why no Reshevsky or Marshall Memorial?

(No tournament for Fischer, of course. He was an Icelander!)

Aug-11-09  returnoftheking: why is keene so keen on caps lock?
Aug-11-09  aragorn69: Thx Mr Keene. Good to see the website is progressively more user friendly. But what I was asking chessgames (and promptly got) was this link: Howard Staunton Memorial (Scheveningen Match) (2009)
Aug-11-09  aragorn69: On the whole, I must say that the Staunton Memorial always interested and intrigued me as a tournament of a different kind, more congenial (I was tempted to write "hobbit-like"...) than the vast majority nowadays, with fun games to play through. But this may also explain why the games are quite blunders prone - and in other words nowhere near worth the 5 quids being asked to watch them live... I might one day fork out hard-earned money to watch a game live, but only if it is top-level chess with top-level live commentary.
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  Eric Schiller: My analysis of the first round Staunton Gambit (!) is at
Aug-13-09  Marmot PFL: Normally Korchnoi would be playing in Zurich, but came here out of respect to his old friend Howard Staunton.
Aug-14-09  nuwanda: <Marmot PFL: ...but came here out of respect to his old friend Howard Staunton.>


Aug-14-09  diagonal: <Marmot PFL: ...but came here out of respect to his old friend Howard Staunton.>


...unfortunately for his old friend, Korchnoi does not have that much time free until now to speak with him, because of a an average of about 60 moves per game (after six rounds, with only one game - win vs Chapman - lasting less than 50 moves), hopefully, Staunton is patient ;-)

Aug-15-09  diagonal: old-friends-meeting in round 7:
Timman - Korchnoi 0-1
Aug-15-09  kurtrichards: Before the game Timman-Korchnoi in round 7 I got this feeling that the latter will win. And so he did win. Congratulations!
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  Octavia: does any1 watch the Staunton games for £ 5 when you can watch them for free the very next day & don't have to wait for the moves? and get commentary?
Aug-17-09  amaurobius: <diagonal: average of about 60 moves per game (after six rounds...)>

Good point. After eight rounds Korchnoi's average is 61 moves per game. None of this 9 or 10 or 11-move draw nonsense for him. You have to admire the old fella's competitiveness.

Aug-17-09  waustad: It Korchnoi had played in Zurich he'd have to play 2 rounds a day and a lot of GMs balk at that. A 4 round Saturday Swiss system tourney is not their cup of tea, though Naditsch was playing in two rapids tournaments at the same time in Mainz. That turned into an 11 round day if I recall.
Aug-17-09  diagonal: JAN TIMMAN is sole WINNER of the Howard Staunton Memorial 2009 with 7/9. Congratulations!

Strong finish for Victor Korchnoi (who has an amazing tournament-average of more than 60 moves per game) with three wins in a row against Timman, Williams and Wells.

Aug-18-09  percyblakeney: <Strong finish for Victor Korchnoi (who has an amazing tournament-average of more than 60 moves per game) with three wins in a row against Timman, Williams and Wells>

Very impressive by Korchnoi (while some other games in the last rounds were finished in ten moves or less).

Aug-18-09  Astardis: <amaurobius: Good point. After eight rounds Korchnoi's average is 61 moves per game. None of this 9 or 10 or 11-move draw nonsense for him. You have to admire the old fella's competitiveness.> Totally agreed - yet, his unwillingness to draw is what cost him countless games. I'm pretty sure his record against some of the strongest (Kasparov in particular) would be much better if he had chosen one or two drawing lines instead of terribly unclear continuations that might at best chance offer some vague possibilities...
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  moronovich: But then he wouldn´t have been Korthcnoi :)
Dec-06-17  diagonal: History of Staunton Memorial chess tournaments

i) Famous stand-alone Staunton Memorial:

<Groningen 1946>, won by Mikhail Botvinnik, half a point ahead of Max Euwe, followed by Vasily Smyslov.

Although the field was impressive (20 strong players; from the Dutch hosting nation just their best player, former World Champion Euwe), three top players were not present: From the United States Samuel Reshevsky and Reuben Fine were missing, from the Soviet Union Paul Keres was absent as the Soviet authorities did not let him play outside the country during this period, in other words: Both the winners of AVRO 1938 (Keres & Fine), did not play at Groningen!

<Cheltenham, Leamington Spa, and Birmingham 1951>, the Staunton Centenary Chess Congress, which was held at three venues! This tournament commemorated the one hundred years that had passed since the first international chess tournament, played in a knock-out format at London in 1851, a landmark in Staunton's life (he was the architect and principal organizer of the event which made England the leading chess centre and caused its winner Adolf Anderssen to be recognised as the world's strongest player, Staunton lost to him in the semi-finals).

Svetozar Gligoric won in 1951 ahead of joint Petar Trifunovic, Gideon Stahlberg, and Vasja Pirc, followed by joint 5.-8. Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, Aleksandar Matanovic, Nicolas Rossolimo, and Wolfgang Unzicker, 9.-10. Jan Hein Donner, and Ernst Ludwig Klein, the British champion of 1951, 11. Efim Bogoljubow, 12. Harry Golombek, =13th Savielly Tartakower, 16 players.

PS: In the year 1996, there was a Mini Staunton Memorial event, in Groningen again, but consisting of only three rounds exclusively with the veteran players who already played in 1946, still alive fifty years later (Vasily Smyslov won).

ii) <Howard Staunton Memorial Tournament series in London>, an invitational tournament held from 2003 to 2009:

The first three editions of the Staunton Memorial series had been played as a double round-robin of four, then six players in the third event. The fourth to sixth edition saw an expansion to twelve participants, contesting a single round robin.

The 2008 Staunton Memorial (Michael Adams won) was then the strongest invitation tournament to be held in London since 1986!

In 2009, the event went bigger and was split into two main attractions:

> a double round "Scheveningen" format team match England versus The Netherlands (England won 26.5 - 23.5, with Nigel Short as individual best), and

> a single round "all-play-all" (ten players) won outright by Jan Timman, veteran Viktor Korchnoi who beat Timman in their game, finished as clear third.

Record thrice (co-)winner of the Staunton Memorial series is Jon Speelman.

Dec-06-17  diagonal: This final Staunton Memorial in London 2009, also turned out to be the last international invitation tournament in classical chess of GM Viktor Korchnoi, then reigning Swiss Champion (national), and two years later in 2011 once again Champion of Switzerland at age of eighty years now, taking the Botvinnik Memorial (rapid) in Suzdal 2011 unbeaten, playing courageously at the strong Gibraltar Master (Open), winning further individual and team events or matches, but sadly, there was no invitation for Viktor Lvovich in an international closed classical chess tournament after the last Staunton Memorial of 2009.

Korchnoi started with a loss on time (there was no increment) after a grueling battle against GM Chernaev:

<Charnaev overcame the legendary Victor Korchnoi in the longest game of the day, after the latter overstepped the time limit, one move short of the second time control, in a position that is probably a draw with correct play. The entire game was desperately unclear, and typical of Korchnoi's fighting play, and had the audience enthralled throughout its six-hour duration>

Korchnoi completed his last closed tournament in classical chess with three wins in a row against Timman, Williams and Wells:

<In another truly fitting moment, the final game to finish in the entire event, involved, who else but Viktor Korchnoi. Mighty Vic ground out a long endgame win with black against Peter Wells, to make a 3/3 finish and secure sole third prize at the Staunton Memorial in 2009>

Viktor Korchnoi played a total of 549 moves in his nine games, for <an average of 61 per game>!

(Reported by Steve Giddins)

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  Tabanus: The Wayback Machine captured only a part of the official site.

I could not find out who won the brilliancy prize or best game prize, or if any such was awarded.

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