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  1. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    01 Aug '14 12:22
    begins tomorrow. Go Teams USA!
  2. 03 Aug '14 02:32 / 1 edit
    A round one game with a nice touch of humour.

    Nurdin Hassuji (Tanzania) vs Roddy McKay (Scotland ) Olympiad 2014
    The fun starts on move 25.

  3. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    03 Aug '14 08:47 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    A round one game with a nice touch of humour.

    Nurdin Hassuji (Tanzania) vs Roddy McKay (Scotland ) Olympiad 2014
    The fun starts on move 25.

    [pgn]
    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cd4 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be3 Bb4 7. f3 d5 8. Bb5 Bd7 9. Bc6 Bc6 10. e5 Nd7 11. f4 Qh4 12. g3 Qe7 13. Qg4 f5 14. ef6 Nf6 15. Qe2 O-O 16. O-O Bd7 17. Bd2 Rfe8 18. Nf3 Rac8 19. ...[text shortened]... mate. (though you never can tell with McKay he may have had a more imaginative finish.)} [/pgn]
    What about 28.Qxc2 ..d3+ 29.Be3 ..Qxe3 30.Qf2. Presumably black has to avoid the Queen exchange as the d-pawn looks pretty undefendable without it. White has to be better..? Perhaps 29..dxc2 30.Bxb6 ..axb6 would be a better way for black to go.
  4. 03 Aug '14 09:33
    I think White's getting killed on the light squares:
  5. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    03 Aug '14 09:51
    Originally posted by Data Fly
    I think White's getting killed on the light squares:
    [pgn]
    [FEN "4r1k1/pp4pp/1q2p3/3b4/3p1P2/P2Q2P1/1PrB3P/R4RK1 w - - 0 1"]
    [SetUp "1"]

    {--------------
    . . . . r . k .
    p p . . . . p p
    . q . . p . . .
    . . . b . . . .
    . . . p . P . .
    P . . Q . . P .
    . P r B . . . P
    R . . . . R K .
    white to play
    --------------}
    1. Qxc2 d3+ 2. Be3 Qxe3+ 3. Qf2 Qe4 4. Qd2 Qh1+
    5. Kf2 Qg2+ 6. Ke3 Qe4+ 7. Kf2 e5
    [/pgn]
    Yes, i see what you mean. Good line 🙂
  6. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    05 Aug '14 22:06
    Rhoda Masiyazi v. Akua Kosife Esse

    1.e4 g5 2.d4 f6 3.Qh5#
  7. 06 Aug '14 13:49 / 1 edit
    Here is Esse's game from today (Esse was White):


    A question: What do you lot think about the ethics of spending loads of money to send a team of complete beginners from a poor country to a tournament where they haven't got a chance of winning anything?
  8. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    06 Aug '14 19:57 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Data Fly
    Here is Esse's game from today (Esse was White):
    [pgn]
    1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bb4 4. Nc3 d6 5. h3 b6 6. d3 h6 7. O-O Nf6
    8. Nd5 O-O 9. c3 Bd7 10. cxb4 Qc8 11. Re1 Bxh3 12. Nxf6+ gxf6
    13. gxh3 Qxh3 14. Nh2 Kh8 15. Re3 Rg8+ 16. Rg3 Rxg3+ 17. fxg3 Qxg3+
    18. Kh1 Rg8 19. Ng4 Qh3+ 20. Kg1 Rxg4+ 21. Qxg4 Qxg4+
    22. Kf1 Nd4 23. Bxh6 Qe2+ 24. Kg1 Nf3+ 25. K ...[text shortened]... ginners from a poor country to a tournament where they haven't got a chance of winning anything?
    Everyone should send their best team if possible.

    ps. USA is ranked 37th currently
  9. 07 Aug '14 00:28
    Chesbase made a comment about this.

    Sally Simpson: ChessBase have waded in....

    " As much as the player from Togo would like to visit the city of Tromso, it seems rather disrespectful to come to the Olympiad and "play" such a game. Something very similar actually happened in the previous round."

    I think it's great!

    The wee girl is having the time of her life on a fantastic adventure - who cares?

    I doubt if the wee girl went sight seeing as ChessBase claim.
    I've been to Tromso. It's no accident it rimes with Glasgow and bog hole.`
  10. 08 Aug '14 00:37
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    ... I've been to Tromso. It's no accident it rimes with Glasgow and bog hole.
    I like Tromsø, and the surrounding country is beautiful.
  11. Standard member byedidia
    Mister Why
    08 Aug '14 06:17
    No wee girl here. According to her FIDE card she was born in 1975. Not that it matters one way or the other.
  12. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    08 Aug '14 12:38
    I seem to remember getting into a huge row about this last Olympiad. I think that these federations that send teams with players who've obviously barely learned the rules should be investigated by Fide. Who pays for these people to get a free holiday? There are probably decent chess players in those countries who are being denied a fantastic opportunity to gain experience. I found a game last time where someone was mated using scholars mate. That is like someone showing up to the Olympic games and entering the swimming section with arm bands on..
  13. 08 Aug '14 12:56 / 1 edit
    Akua Kosife Esse won today against the wonderfully named Baby Edna Mission:


    There will be dancing on the streets of Toga tonight for sure.
  14. 08 Aug '14 14:47
    "There are probably decent chess players in those countries who are being denied a fantastic opportunity to gain experience."

    Maybe they did not want to go (to protect their grades!) or they never had
    passports or in some countries chess may not be big (or even allowed).
    But they all deserve to be there.

    Good game by the not so wee girl.
  15. 08 Aug '14 15:25
    13.Ne6+ was a good move to find. Black had real problems on the light squares after that, though obviously it shouldn't have led to mate so quickly!