Express update

Today is Round 6 and again Gawain is on the top board facing with the white pieces, French GM Laurent Fressinet. Laurent is actually married to pro poker player and IM Almira Skripchenko.You can watch the live games here.  Here they are together with their young daughter.

So far there has been many upsets in the tournament. We currently see seeds 20 (Fressinet), 60 (Jones) and 80 (Kuzubov) on the top score group. It’s still just nearly half way through the tournament but you can see how tough it is with  Mamedaryov and Grachev on 2.5/5 and Giri and Navara on 2/5.

I’ve just returned from the playing hall and I know of one definite default. IM Shota Azaladze who was on a fantastic score of 4/5 didn’t appear as his board on time today. We turned clocks an hour forward last night, so that could explain why he didn’t show up but it’s a very tough rule otherwise. I’m not sure why we couldn’t have the rest day on the day we changed the clocks but ok, this is how it is.

In the “Plovdiv” Hall, this is the clock which counts down.

I believe the rule is that you have to be sitting on your chair at your board when the clock runs to 0:00. If not, then you will be defaulted. Do you remember Hou Yifan defaulting during the Chinese Championship? IM Azaladze opponent looked very happy but surpirsed, and many GMs turned around to note the commotion and probably wished they got an “easy point” instead!

Did you notice all the various GMs smiling?



4 Responses to “Express update”

  1. Bill Forster
    March 30, 2012 at 4:18 am #

    Great courage against Volokitin today Gawain. More rating points in the bag. Inspiring stuff, dig in and keep going. Your far-flung supporters are hanging on for the ride.

  2. Bill Forster
    April 1, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    And more resilience today, recovering some ground after disappointment against Bologan (never mind Gawain, your Rossolimo book is better than his :-). 15th in this company is outstanding. There are 2700s at 98th and 100th. There are 2600s lower than 200th!

    And I just read on Chessbase that there are 23 positions in the World Cup up for grabs. On facebook Sue is posting that you have “qualified”. I am guessing for the World Cup and a nice payday at the very least. Congratulations.

  3. Barone (Italy)
    April 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    GM Jones got 7 and 1/2 points as a final result in the European Individual Chess Championship 2012, in 11 rounds, ending in the 15th position, 1 point behind the sole winner GM Jakovenko.
    The pairings weren’t lucky for Gawain, as his ELO-performance for the tournament is the 10th best, at a very good 2760 (the three best ELO-performances of EICC 2012 are respectively: 2832, 2800, 2787).

    Here the chart with the final results from the Championship’s official website:

    GM Jones, are you planning for some rest, or will your tour-de-force continue?
    Anyway, I hope you’ll find some time to post your favourite annotated games from this tournament…

    Wish you in-bocca-al-lupo for your future projects!

    • Gawain
      April 3, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

      Crepí! I’ll write an update on the tournament as soon as I can. I don’t have any tournaments lined up for a while, just a few league matches and lots of work to try and get my openings up to scratch.

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