Tuesday, 21 September 2010

2010 Olympiad - Day 1

Just back from the playing hall after the first round of the 2010 Chess Olympiad. PNG was paired with Iran on Board 38, and they clearly came to play. Despite this being my 6th Olympiad, I've never actually played a GM here before, but Elsham Maradiabadi was not only a GM but at 2570+ GM as well.
Although I did a little prep, his choice of 1.e4 was a surprise, but as he went down the Ruy Lopez main line I was happy. I even threatened to play the Marshall Gambit, but he decided this was one piece of aggravation he did not need He instead played 8.h3 and I tried to go back into the mainline. However I chose the wrong theatre of operations, and his king side attack suddenly arced up. I tried to grovel ( even fianchettoing my knight on g7) but all I was able to do at the end was to provide him with an opportunity to finish with a rook sac.
Interestingly, board 2,3 and 4 of PNG all finished at roughly the same time, which we all lost. Joeslito Marcos lasted a little longer on board 1 but it was still 4-0 to Iran.

Moradiabadi,Elsham - Press,Shaun [C88]
Olympiad 2010, 21.09.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 d6 9.a4 Bb7 10.d3 Na5 11.Ba2 c5 12.Nc3 b4 13.Ne2 Qd7 14.Ng3 g6 15.Bh6 Rfc8 16.Qd2 Ne8 17.Nh2 Ng7 18.f4 exf4 19.Qxf4 Ne6 20.Qf2 Bf8 21.Ng4 Bg7 22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.Qf6+ Kf8 24.Rf1 c4 25.Qh8+ Ke7 26.Rxf7+ Kxf7 27.Qxh7+ 1-0


Garvin said...

Shaun, with the unusual way of doing pairings, do you know what pairing program they are using?

Shaun Press said...

I'm not sure the pairings are that unusual, at least compared to the last Olympiad. They are using Swiss Manager, and are then checking all the pairings by hand.