Saturday, 16 October 2010

Cold Weather Chess

One thing we didn't really get in Siberia during the Olympiad was snow. There were a couple of brief flurries but that was about it. Which was shame as I really like snow during chess tournaments.
So when I woke up this morning I was pleased to see it was snowing here in Canberra. Not a lot of snow, but more than I saw in Khanty-Mansiysk. As snow is relatively rare in the Australian capital (light falls every couple of years, heavy falls once every 5 years) I took this as good omen for Street Chess. In fact I was happy to take the whole chess/snow thing even further, planning to play outdoors, but a mutiny by the regular players forced a change of venue to warmth and cover. But the luck brought by falling snow held and I was able to win a number of good games, including this win over fellow Olympiad player Emma Guo.

Press,Shaun - Guo,Emma [C32]
Street Chess, 16.10.2010

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.d3 exd3 5.Qxd3 Nf6 6.c4 Bc5 7.Be2 0-0 8.Be3 Bxe3 9.Qxe3 Re8 10.Qd3 Bg4 11.Nc3 Nc6 12.0-0-0 Nb4 13.Qd4 Bxe2 14.Ngxe2 Nxa2+ 15.Nxa2 Rxe2 16.Nc3 Rxg2 17.Rdg1 Rxg1+ 18.Rxg1 Qe7 19.c5 Re8 20.d6 cxd6 (D)
21.Nd5 1-0

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