They think so longPosted: August 24, 2008
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)
|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)