Friday, September 30, 2011
To me, this game lends credence to the fairly credible rumors that Kasparov is coaching Nakamura. The 3...Be7 and 5...h6 move order has been used by big boys in World Championship matches. Not very exciting for fans, but Nakamura with Black managed to completely shut down Carlsen.
Good coverage at Thw Week in Chess. Ivanchuk has won three games in a row; Nakamura is in 4th with an even score; he has a good chance to move up tomorrow with White against the off-form Vallejo.
Angelo trots out one of his patented knuckleball openings. 5...Nh5!? (instead of Doug's 5...O-O, also the choice of most top players) has scored extremely well for Black, but obviously Angelo had something prepared against that. After 13.Qb4!, it becomes clear that Black responded a mite too actively to White's seemingly passive opening. The rest of the game, we see Angelo Young switch from Petrosian mode to Capablanca mode. It's hard to point to Black's decisive mistake (maybe 24...Rd8). Very nice game!
Friedel got an edge, Finegold defended correctly: the draw was logical.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I'd heard this unconfirmed rumor some months ago: it certainly seems plausible....
Monday, September 26, 2011
The early bird entry fee is $140 per team: divide by four, and you'll see it's very affordable! The site is the Crowne Plaza in Northbrook.
More info here.