My chess holidays 2016

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I haven’t written anything about my last three tournaments on this blog so I’m putting it altogether in one post🙂

I have been quite active on my fanpage but I know some of you don’t use facebook so I’m writing here though you can see the content there even without an account and I posted some nice puzzles there!

My first holiday tournament was in Budejovice (that was my 11th time in Czech Republic playing chess!) and it was a GM round-robin tournament with average around 2430 so it was a good training tournament. I started poorly with 1/4 but later I won some games and finished on 50% at the end which was a decent result and all my games were very instructive.

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Samson fountain at Ottokar II Square in Budejovice

The second tournament was in Warsaw, the city where I live in so I didn’t have to travel anywhere and it turned out to be the strongest tournament I have ever participated in! I had to face five GrandMasters rated above 2600 and that was a great experience for me. This time I started very well and I had good chances for GM norm but later I lost three games in a row and again finished with 4.5/9 but with average around 2480 the result is certainly positive.

during tough game where my problems started in this tournament

during tough game where my problems started in this tournament

The last tournament I played in Fano (Italy); the city is located at the Adriatic Sea so I had a very good rest there. I traveled there with three International Masters from Poland and we were enjoying this nice event together. We didn’t prepare a lot before the games and we all scored 6/9 and we all gained few rating points!

Arch of Augustus just nearby our playing hall

Arch of Augustus just nearby our playing hall

…now I’m back to my usual work and my next tournament will be next month, the Polish Team Championship, 2nd division which will be held in Jastrzebia Góra by the Polish Sea so I’m looking forward to yet another good rest😛

Bad result in Zalakaros 2016

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At the end of May I travelled to Zalakaros in Hungary to compete in a very strong international tournament. There were many GMs and I had 37th number on the starting list so I was full of hope to play with the best players but sometimes life is not easy and we need to accept a bad result… (Detailed results: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr207899.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=9&turdet=YES&flag=30&wi=984) From the very beginning I had a tough pairings, most of my opponents performed clearly above their rating but of course that’s not the only problem I had and a player who wants to improve needs to find other sources of bad result.

After extensive analysis of my own games I have drawn some conclusion (I’m not going to share it fully here but I can tell one of the biggest problems was related to proper and patient calculation probably caused by too many blitz games played over the Internet) and now I’m preparing a training plan which will improve my play.

Zalakaros

There were many players from Poland there!

The tournaments are not only about playing rated games, it’s also about analysing games with friends, meeting new people and spending free time well and in my view Zalakaros is a good place for it🙂 The conditions at the playing hall were clearly above average level of European Events, all games in the main tournament were transmitted live, the players could analyse games afterwards in analysis room, enough space at the chessboard and there were free refreshments for the players each round. Zalakaros isn’t a big city but it’s a typical holiday city especially for older people so it was a nice place to have a good rest🙂

 

My impressions after 4th Polish-Hungarian Friendship Chess Tournament

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A week ago (7-8th of May) I had a chance to participate in a very well organized event held in Katowice, 4th Polish-Hungarian Friendship Chess Tournament. I have played in Katowice previously only once and it was more than 4 years ago in Polish Academic Chess Championship and I wrote about it on my blog. As far as I remember that was the first time the organizer from Katowice tried to push chess tournaments in Poland to the next level that time and he did manage doing so. After 4 years I can only confirm the direction was very good and we have real chess festival in Poland now🙂

There were around 600 participants(!) in one huge playing hall the International Conference Centre. There were many kids, I think more than 50% of the players were kids and organizers provided lots of activities for them. Top games were transmitted online and there was even live commentary which is still the domain of only high level tournaments around the world. On the first day I was even invited to the studio and  I was talking with IM Daniel Sadzikowski about my game and my future project which is coming very soon.

 

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You can watch it here, it’s 10 minutes long (starts at 6h26m24s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wWoYkIpSmk&feature=youtu.be&t=6h26m24s

After the first day I scored 3,5/5 unfortunately loosing 5th game to strong GM. I didn’t recover on the next day and finished with 6/9 which wasn’t that bad but certainly I tried for more. The tournament was won by my old good friend GM Kacper Piorun who made huge progress recently and is currently in top 100 players in the world.

Detailed results: http://chessarbiter.com/turnieje/2016/ti_1947/results.html?l=en&tb=10_

 

My impressions after Graz 2016

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This should have been posted almost a month ago😀 as usual I was busy with some other stuff but finally here it is.

Graz 2016 was very strong tournament, I had 24th number on the starting list and there were 15 Grandmasters (3 of them are in top 100 in the world)! The winner with 8/9 was GM Li Chao from China whose rating exceeds 2750. I scored 6/9 (4 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss with average of my opponents above 2350) which is very decent and I gained 6 ELO points🙂 I played very interesting chess, sometimes I was choosing extremely risky options but it paid off at the end.

Detailed results: http://chess-results.com/tnr181947.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=9&flag=30&wi=821

The atmosphere was great, there were many chess sets to analyse the game afterwards which is very important for chess culture in my view. Around the playing hall one could also find very nice chess related painting worth 28000 Euros. This is the position from the game played by Frank Marshall in 1912 and the solution is considered to be one of the most brilliant combination ever played!

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Black to move. What did F.Marshall play?

I also found some time for sightseeing as the City of Graz is quite nice.

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With quite big group of players from Poland.

…At the moment I have some rest and I also enjoy watching FIDE Candidates Tournament but I think I should play some tournaments soon. I don’t have any clear plans yet but if you know about any strong tournaments (best with the possibility to make a GM norm) please let me know🙂

2015 Little Summary and New Goals for 2016!

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As you have probably already read on my blog 2015 was a very successful year for me. I gained more than 100 ELO points, just like in the old good days when I was very young🙂 I also managed to play quite many games (almost 80). When I was still a junior I used to play more than 100 games per year but such amount of games played in one year will probably be only possible when I retire😀  From now on I will try to play minimum 40-50 games each year (hopefully it will be more!). Also important point to note I chose only very strong tournaments and I shall continue doing so. I can’t afford playing some weak tournaments as time is too valuable.

Regarding my International Master title the application is already online at http://ratings.fide.com/title_applications.phtml?details=1&id=1127993&title=IM&pb=44 and as far as I understand I’ll get it after the nearest FIDE Presidential Board Meeting which is held at the end of March in Moscow.

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Facing very difficult position at Cracovia 2015. Credits: zielonizielonka.info

I haven’t chosen all tournaments for this year yet (If you know about any nice tournaments please let me know!) but on 12th February I will play very strong tournament in Graz. You can see the starting list. There’re more than 10 GMs! As usual I ask you to keep fingers crossed for me😛

Tournament website: http://www.chessopengraz.com/2016/de/ – You should find there link to online tranmission so you can watch some top games live.

London Chess Classic 2015

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Today I came back home from London. I think I could write entire article just about my travel as I missed my flight and basically was stressed more than during the whole tournament😀

…but let’s better talk about positives. I played in FIDE Open and the field was quite strong, there were 28 GMs, 34 IMs and I was 63rd on the starting list so it was a great chance to show my potential. I managed to outplay every weaker player I faced quite convincingly and each game against stronger player was full of fight. I played 2 guys from world top 100, GM E.Postny and GM H.Melkumyan, even though I lost those games I played very agressively and had some chances. After 6 rounds I had 4 points but still without a win over someone strong so the real test came in the last three rounds where I made 2,5 with average above 2450! I beat 2 GMs and made a draw with 1 good IM.

I shared 8th place, my performance was above 2500, I got 4th International Master norm and gained more than 40 ELO points so on January I’ll finally cross 2400! My detailed results: http://chess-results.com/tnr197807.aspx?lan=1&art=9&fed=POL&flag=30&wi=821&snr=63

LCC 2015

In front of Olympia where the event took place

I also had a chance to follow the best players in the world live in action. Unfortunately they were playing more less at the same time as I was playing my games so I was unable to enjoy it as much as I wanted… Still that was nice to sit in their playing hall and experience it live, not online.

Naka vs Caruana

just before handshake Caruana vs Nakamura

There wasn’t a lot of time to visit the city but I managed to see a thing or two🙂 One thing which caught my eye immediately was… chess set (made 12th century!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_chessmen

Lewis Chess Set in the British Museum

What can I say more? I’m just looking forward playing more such tournaments!

What’s next?

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As usual I’m not writing here as often as I should but this year I had quite good results and I’m playing much more than in last years🙂 Recently I played a training tournament in Warsaw and even though it wasn’t very strong I managed to show some nice play and made great score 9/10 with performance over 2600!performance_ymca

detailed results: http://www.chessarbiter.com/turnieje/2015/ti_5171/index.html

It looks as I’m in a good shape so it would be a pity if I loose momentum so… tomorrow I’m flying to London for very strong tournament😀 There’ll be possibility to score Grandmaster norm; as I have already three International Master norms I think it’s the first time I should be thinking about GM title. My recent performance is at least good prognosis for that😉

Besides of playing I’ll be also watching best players including current World Champion Magnus Carlsen who will play the last tournament from Grand ChessTour!

For results etc. see there http://www.londonchessclassic.com/

Keep fingers crossed for me!

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