Friday 5 June 2009

More joy of facebook

While most people regard Facebook as a device for stalking ex-girlfriends or a way of getting yourself sacked from your job ("How was I to know those photos would become public"), it can be a useful tool for chess bloggers. Every now and then I pick up 'insider' coverage of a chess event from one of the participants.
For example Nigel Short is taking part in the Malmo event in Sweden and is doing quite well. He has won the first 2 rounds of this 6 player round robin, and he has kept his facebook friends informed with a 'One in a row' (after round 1) and 'Two in a row' (you can work this one out) messages. At the moment he hasn't embellished the messages with any analysis from his games, but I am sure that will arrive in New in Chess at some point in the next month.
Here is his round 1 win over home town hero, Emmanuel Berg.

Short,N (2674) - Berg,E (2610) [B42]
Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament Malmö (1), 03.06.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.a4 d6 8.a5 Nf6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nc3 e5 11.Be3 Be6 12.Nd5 Nc6 13.c4 Nd7 14.Qd2 Nc5 15.Bc2 Bxd5 16.exd5 Nxb3 17.Bxb3 Nd4 18.Ba4 b6 19.Bxd4 exd4 20.Qxd4 bxa5 21.Rae1 Bf6 22.Qd2 Ra7 23.b3 g6 24.Re4 Re7 25.Rxe7 Bxe7 26.Re1 Bf6 27.c5 Qc7 28.c6 Kg7 29.g3 Rb8 30.Re4 h5 31.Kg2 Qb6 32.h3 Qc7 33.f4 Qd8 34.Qe3 Qc7 35.g4 hxg4 36.hxg4 Kf8 37.g5 Bg7 38.Qe2 Qa7(D)
39.c7 1-0

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