They think so long

Last saterday it was my turn to go help at the IGM tournament (from 23 august until 31 august) my chess club is organizing with the help of the compagny Iventi. The tournament is named Iventichess 2008 since it’s played in the offices of this compagny. An IGM tournament isn’t cheap so Iventi had to find other firms to co-sponor the event. 10 other firms were agreed to step into the organisation. They are now the sponsors of the players, a firm per player.

When i was watching the games i saw something very strange. One should think that GMs know their openings but on all the boards each player spend an hour or even more to play the first 15 moves. I wonder what was going on in their head when taking so much time for the opening phase of the game. Where they running over all those opening lines they know of variation x of line c? Or did they look for possible improvements of opening c variation d line z? Why did they take so much time for those first moves? Do you know?

Some information about the tournament:

Website (pity it’s only in dutch)

http://www.inventichess.com/splash.php

Players

 

Name age   Country Elo
GM Xiangzhi Bu 22   China   2710
GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko 29   Ukraine   2593
GM Rafael Vaganian 57   Armenia   2594
GM Zoltan Gyimesi 31   Hungary   2586
GM Jan Werle 24   Netherlands   2591
GM Jan Timman 56   Netherlands   2562
GM Kateryna Lahno 18   Ukraine   2507
GM Gerhard Schebler 39   Germany   2453
IM Bart Michiels 21   Belgium   2442
IM Geert Van der Stricht 36   Belgium   2426

 

 

Life games (each day start at 14:00 hrs)

http://www.inventichess.com/index_nl.php?test=program_nl


Bad tournament result

From 2 to 9 august 2008 i played in the Hoge Zeeland international tournament, Vlissingen, The Netherlands. It wasn’t my tournament. I played badly and only managed to score 4.0 points out of 9 games. A normal score would be atleast 5.0 points.

My scoresheet:

Round

Rating opp.

Nationality opp.

My colour

Result

Overall result

1

1435 N

The Netherlands

White

1

1.0

2

2202 F

The Netherlands

White

Draw

1.5

3

2202 F

Belgium

Black

0

1.5

4

1659 N

The Netherlands

Black

0

1.5

5

1777 N

Belgium

White

0

1.5

6

1661 N

The Netherlands

Black

Draw

2.0

7

1628 N

The Netherlands

White

1

3.0

8

1725 N

The Netherlands

Black

1

4.0

9

1734 N

The Netherlands

White

0

4.0

 Rating opp.: N = national rating; F=Fide rating

The reason for my bad result i can find in not having played for three months, playing to quick, missing threats, miscalculation and playing the second move instead of the first move of my calculations.

To end i will give you an example of moving to quickly.

After 15. … f6

Here i played immediatly 16. Qh5+ but the better move is offcourse 16. Ba5+ which wins the game much easier. Namely 16. Ba5+ Nxa5 (16. … Nd7 17. Bxd7+ Qxd7 18. Nxd7 with a Q to B advantage for white) 17. Qxa5+ Bc6 18. Qxc6+ Qd7 19. Qxd7# So next time i better go sit on my hands before i move, or find a good thoughtprocess.

 

 


WHO AM I

I am a belgian chess player who is already 16 years addicted to the game of chess. I never really spend time on a study of this marvelous game. But slowly the coin fell and i couldn’t get around the fact that if i want to achieve my goal of getting over 2000 rating (national and Fide elo) i need to take chess more seriously.

My current ratings:

Belgian national rating: 1916 (higest ever: 1969); Fide rating: 1977 ; Antwerp commercial chess rating: 2033

(The Antwerp commercial chess federation is standing on it’s own and has it’s own competition. Only firms and compagnies that are located in Antwerp may play in this competition. I am playing second board for General Motors in the first division.)

My chess study:

I will focus mostly on tactics. For this i will use the TASC CD. Also i will be using the DVD Total Chess Training which include the programs Strategy 2.0, CT-Art 3.0, Endgame Studies 2.0, Encyclopedia of Middlegame and Encyclopedia of Opening Blunders.

I also got myself a chesscoach. You may know him since he also blogs under the name Phaedrus ( http://chesstrainerphaedrus.blogspot.com/ ). Who, if needed, will give me other chess work.

Can you help me?

I am a bit in the dark to what to put on this blog and how i should, can, do it. So if you have any hints, wonderfull ideas, then don’t hesitate to post them in a comment.