Gawain Jones | September 07, 2011 23:09

Barclays International Rounds 3,4 and 5

The answer to my previous trivia question was 300 :)

I left you after round two when I had had rather a slow start. I’m afraid the chess I played in round three wasn’t of the highest quality – after trying out the Big Clamp (1.e4 c5 2.d3) again I managed a pleasant edge but messed around with the wrong plan for too long and in the time scramble I was actually worse. By the time the dust settled we had reached what really should have been a drawn endgame but I kept on pressing and in the end managed to convert the rook, opposite coloured bishop and two pawn endgame (!) in a mere 67 moves.

The organisers seem to have decided that I’m playing in a women’s event and in round four I was given Black against the young Georgian WGM Nazi Paikidze (yes really Nazi, don’t as me why!). Apparently she has been doing some work with the Russian chess school and has been improving fast. I chose a new opening which seemed to surprise her but she found the right moves and I decided to accept the repetition after 22 moves as otherwise felt I was worse.

Today was a double round which was another good reason to accept the draw and recharge my batteries for the afternoon game. Round five I played Vlad Tomescu, an IM from Romania who I believe lives in Italy these days. Looking him up before the round I noticed he has been really inactive recently but I actually played him back in 2004 in another tournament in Rome (that time a draw). I returned to my beloved Grand Prix for this one and was finally happy with a game of mine. After 14.e5 the position was very messy but Tomescu consumed too much time. I think 16…Qc6 was probably a better bet when it’s very difficult to assess who’s better. As it was I managed to pick up a pawn and kept him passive enough and finally converted the endgame.

Sheffield, 2011


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Gawain Jones is an English chess player and grandmaster.

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