SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
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The 2011 edition of the Quebec Open (Championnat ouvert du Quebec) is –as usual–a big success! This mult-sectional event attracted a total of 280 players, including 8 gms, 5 ims and 6 fms. The top section has 31 participants from 8 different countries. A total of $18,000 dollars in prize money is at stake.
I.A Serge Archambault is the chief arbiter of the top section of this year’s Quebec Open. Perhaps Canada’s most competent arbiter today, Serge regularly goes to Europe to polish his skills. As chess organizing becomes more technological , it is vital to become acquainted with the latest software and pairing modules.
”Things are going smoothly. I’ve been told I’m the first Canadian ever to publish all the results on Chess-Results . The nice thing is of course, the results are posted as they come in (“live” if you wish). For the other sections, the Chief Arbiter, Alexandre Ber uses Swiss Sys.”
For my readers who are not savy on such details, Chess-Results is a fast and simple service to carry your tournament , providing up to date information, cross tables, statistics and so on. In the chess world virtually every organizer who wants to attract internet visitors posts their tournament results there. Even FIDE rating changes are often included!
Photos can be found here and live-games and downloads can be found here. As well, Hugh Brodie’s site carries all of the games. Enjoy!
SOME GAMES AND TIDBITS
POSITION AFTER 22 MOVES:
GM KOVALYOV (ARG)
GM CORNETTE (FRA)
A complex opening lead to an obscure middlegame where Kovalyov did not seem to be doing so badly at all. However, then he must have overlooked or underestimated something, because in the position above the French grandmaster initiates some pretty tactical ideas.
23. Be7! Rf7 24. Bxd6!
The theme of a weak back-rank is one of the most common in modern chess. The fact that Black has omitted throwing in …h6 is decisive here. The next few Black moves are all more or less forced.
24… Rxe1-ch 25. Rxe1 Qxd6 26. Re6!!
A beautiful move! The Black Queen has no good move: 26…Qd7 or 26…Qb8 lose to 27.Re8-ch; and 26…Qc7 changes nothing after 27.d6! and Black finds himself having to move his Queen to where she does not want to.
What Kovalyov does is his best chance: try to confuse his opponent and see if he goes wrong…but he does not!
26… a6!? 27. Qa4! Bc6 28. Qxa6! Qf8 29. Rxc6 Bd8 30.d6!
GM Mathieu Cornette is a very gifted tactician!
The position is too much to defend! Threats like Rc8, Bd5 and simply advancing the passed pawns have no good response. Anton fought on bravely but resigned on move 48.
POSITION AFTER 33 MOVES:
GM SAMBUEV (CAN)
I don’t know what it is, but when these two players meet over the board, the chess is simultaneously bad and entertaining. But mostly bad! (Recall their game
from the Canadian Zonal earlier this year where both sides made serious mistakes and towards the very end Noritsyn was winning… up to the point that he dropped a Rook for nothing!)
Canadian Champion Bator Sambuev
In this game Noritsyn emerged from the opening with a clear edge, squandered it with some useless check or two and then Sambuev was back in the game. Then the cycle repeated itself!
In the position above, White has a forced win. Noritsyn played the first move correctly:
Now the way to win is 35. Rb1-ch! Ka5 (35…Ka3 gets mated after 36.Qc1-ch) 36.Qa8!! (a quiet move) and there is no defence to 37.Rb5-ch! The best Black has is to give up his Queen to avoid getting mated…
INSTEAD, Nortisyn played the inaccurate 35.Qxa6 (which still keeps the advantage) and then both players –probably in time trouble–shot it out in an orgy of imprecisions. At one point Sambuev might have even stood better! BUT, in the end Noritsyn emerged victorious…with this victory the Ontario IM is close to achieving a GM norm.
POSITION AFTER 28 MOVES:
GM ARENCIBIA (CUBA)
GM KOVALYOV (ARG)
The young Kovalyov (the highest rated player resident in Canada) is an accomplished master when it comes to exploiting positional advantages! I enjoy playing over his games especially for to see his excellent technique.
In the position above, Black’s pieces are all tied up and don’t have much scope. Or counterplay. I recommend the readers to play over this game several times to witness how Kovalyov slowly but surely exploits his advantage.
POSITION AFTER 18 MOVES:
IM NORITSYN (CAN)
GM ROZENTALIS (LIT)
A sharp game so far! Probably thinking that he had the edge, Rozentalis dismissed the natural 19.Rae1 with a more or less balanced game. Instead, he sought unnecessary complications:
19.Nxg5 ?! Qxe2! (was White hoping for 19…hxg5? 20.f3! Qh5 21.g4! with the edge ) 20.Ne6-ch!? (If you say ‘a’ , you must say ‘b’…) 20… PxN 21.Bxe7
Rozentalis must have evaluated this position as promising for him. True, he threatens Qd7, and if Black takes on f2 with check then the White King is very safe on h3….Noritisyn’s move must have come as a shocker:
And all of a sudden Black has a winning attack!
IM Noritsyn has been having a mediocre year up until now…will he become Canada’s next GM?
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Gerzhoy has been having a successful summer, having won the Philadelphia International. Here in the position above Gerzhoy’s Bishop pair and strong centre gives him the slightly better chances. Correct would now be 21.Bf4! , not fearing 21…b3 22.Qb2 Rb6 23.a5!
INSTEAD, Gerzhoy played the superficial 21.Qb3 ?! and after 21…a5! all of a sudden the Bishops become less of a factor since the White a-pawn has become a big liability. It is worth playing over this game to see how Rozentalis made good on this point.
GM Rozentalis is a frequent visitor to Canada and is well liked in the chess community