Written by Pauline Rodgers on
Sat, Jul 17 2010 (04:13)
| ||Shabalov had quite a busy day. He played a 13 game simult of chess960 and found it alot of work. I though the funniest starting position was with a bishop at h1. 1.g3 and the bishop is already finachettoed. Every game is completely different, no beating players in memorized opening lines. One opponent said if felt like playing in the middlegame right from move one.|
Michael Sutton did a great job organizing this event, making a nice flyer and getting a manufacturer to make dice to set the opening position, which all players got to keep. Zeljka helped in taking photos and scanning the scoresheets. Ted Winick provided a demo board. Michael as also been the volunteer at the phone check booth and generally helping out.
Then Shabolov came back to give a middlegame lecture with many examples of two main ideas to improve one's chess:
1) Improve the placement of your worse piece
2) push pawns to create weaknesses on the opponent's side.
27 players attended the 90 minute lecture.
Lots of visitors to the playing hall, including Imtiaz Husain, at one time SCC master, now from Michigan.
Also going on in the daytime was a fun first day at the kids camp and the CFC AGM. More people are registering for the Arbiter's training.
…Round 2 Vinny Puri (Canadian Junior Champion) holds on to a draw with GM Alexander Shabalov…
July 12, 2:51AM
GM Mark Bluvshtein simul Olympiad Fundraiser Sunday 11:00 Mark scored 16-0 and, the players got to use Monroi devices.
The event raised $320 for the Canadian Olympiad team and tournament organizer Brian Fiedler has agreed to match that amount, challenging others to also do so. Our sponsor Deloitte would point out that you get a tax receipt.
Will the visiting GMs also go without a draw or loss? Stay tuned . . .
Maurice Smith, Michael Sutton and two women smoothly handled giving out the registration kits. The light blue tournament golf-shirts are great.