Sunday, 14 November 2010

Grandmaster Coaching Weekend

The ACT Junior Chess League organisers quite a lot of chess activities for its members. Apart from tournaments and schools chess events, it runs a development program fro junior players. The culmination of this coaching program is the Grandmaster Coaching Weekend. This year GM Ian Rogers (along with FM Junta Ikeda and FM Endre Ambrus) took 3 groups of junior players and taught them a number of important (and interesting) ways of becoming stronger chess players.
On the last afternoon of the weekend Ian then gave a simul, both to the kids in the GM groups as well as the other development squad students. The simul was over 33(+1) boards and kept Ian, and his students occupied for the good part of three and a half hours. While Ian received a stern test from quite a number of players, he showed his skill as player hasn't been diminished by retirement, scoring 33 wins and 1 loss. The loss was to Joshua Bishop, who is making a habit of picking up GM scalps in simuls, having defeated GM David Smerdon earlier this year. Book prizes for the simul also went to Wenlin Yin (who unfortunately missed a winning line in his game) and Harry Press (the final game to finish).

Bishop,Joshua - Rogers,Ian [C45]
Simultaneous, 14.11.2010

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Bb6 6.Bc4 Nge7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nc3 d6 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bxb6 axb6 11.f4 Be6 12.Bd3 f5 13.Qf3 Qd7 14.Rae1 Rae8 15.Ne2 c5 16.Ng3 fxe4 17.Qxe4 Nf5 18.Nxf5 Bxf5 19.Qd5+ Be6 20.Qh5 g6 21.Bxg6 hxg6 22.Qxg6+ Kh8 23.Qh6+ Qh7 24.Rxe6 Qxh6 25.Rxh6+ Kg7 26.Rh3 Re2 27.Rhf3 Rxc2 28.R3f2 Rxf2 29.Rxf2 d5 30.g4 d4 31.Kf1 d3 32.Ke1 c4 33.Kd2 b5 34.a3 Rh8 35.Kc3 Rh3 36.a4 c6 37.a5 c5 38.f5 Re3 39.g5 Re1 40.f6+ Kf8 41.g6 Rc1+ 42.Kd2 Rb1 43.Ke3 Re1+ 44.Kf3 Re6 45.Kg2 b4 46.h4 c3 47.bxc3 bxc3 48.h5 d2 (D)
49.f7 1-0

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