Thursday, January 7, 2010

Australian Championship and World Team 2010

Still happening in Australia is their Championship started this week. The tournament over live games in my working hour, so good entertainment in my quite first working week. The games itself is very worth to watch with many flanks openings and sharp play by participants. Yesterday was IM Gary Lane third encounter with Sicilian defence as White, Gary Lane lost 1 to Zhao, win to Gene Nakauchi and drew with GM Gawain Jones in this opening. Also see IM Alex Wohl win with Benoni 1.d4 Nf3 2.c4 c5 3.d5 Ne4! over Gene Nakauchi in round 5. See games archieve in their official website and Ian Rogers comments here.

As for today, Junka Ikeda resurrect a Romantic period's King Gambit shown here. He played this against youngster Yuan Yi, here the game goes :

[Event "Australian Championship"]
[Site "NSLCC, Cammeray, NSW"]
[Date "2010.01.08"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Ikeda,Junta"]
[Black "Yuan,Yi"]
[Result "1-0"]
1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 d5 4. exd5 Nf6 5. Nc3 c6 6. d4 Bd6 7. Qe2+ Kf88. Bd2 Bg4 9. Nf3 Qe7 10. Qxe7+ Kxe7 11. O-O Rd8 12. Rae1+ Kf8 13. Ng5 Bh514. Bxf4 Bxf4 15. Rxf4 h6 16. Nge4 Nxd5 17. Bxd5 cxd5 18. Nc5 Nc6 19. Ne6+Kg8 20. Nxd8 Rxd8 21. Rf5 Bg6 22. Rxd5 Rc8 23. Rd7 Bf5 24. Rxb7 Nxd4 25.Rxa7 Nxc2 26. Ree7 Be6 27. a4 Nb4 28. Rec7 Rd8 29. Rab7 Nc2 30. Rc5 Rd2 31.Re5 Nd4 32. Re3 h5 33. a5 h4 34. a6 h3 35. gxh3 f5 36. a7 f4 37. a8=Q+ Kh738. Qe8 fxe3 39. Qh5+ 1-0

See standing and result here. Live game here.

In World Team Championship 2010, round 2 saw an upset by Greece who defeated World no.1 Russia. GM Alex Morozevich played sharp opening where his g pawn quickly reached 7th rank in move 11, but a wrong rook move jeopardized everything. His lucky opponent was GM Papaioannou of 2625 rating strength.

Round 3 saw Azerbaijan lost to India and Armenia won 3.5-0.5 to Turkey. World no.7 Vugar Gashimov was unable to kept stabil during time crisis and must lost to no.60+ Krishnan Sasikiran. Other casualty is Guseinov felt to Ganguly while the rest Indians manage to lost 1 and drew 1. This see top 5 standing for round 3 :

1.Armenia 7.5
2.Russia 7
3.Israel 7
4.Azerbaijan 7
5.USA 7

More in TWIC report. For USA team games and blog see GM Ben Finegold pages.

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