Chigorin Memorial 2016

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Few days I ago I came back home from very nice trip to Russia a country with the largest amount of chess Grandmasters in the world. I was dreaming about playing strong tournament there for many years and finally this dream came true and I participated in the Chigorin Memorial (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chigorin_Memorial) in beautiful city of Saint Petersburg.

I started very well, in the 3rd round I faced the former FIDE World Champion Alexander Khalifman and chose my secret weapon 1.f4 and managed to even put some pressure. The game finally ended in a draw.

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photo by Sergey Sorokhtin

I played few more famous Grandmasters in this tournament but somehow I couldn’t break through but I beat all weaker players so with the score 5.5/9 I gained some rating points which is always a positive thing 🙂

Before each round I was walking a lot around the city, there were many nice things to see and I would certainly recommend everyone to visit this place and I hope I’ll be there again in the future.

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…and here’s even a little video I recorded there. Maybe at some point I will start making vlogs 😛

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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.

Polish Academic Chess Championship 6-8.01.2012 – two bronze medals

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At the end of the year 2011 I was able to relax a bit and even train chess (I concentrated mostly on some exercises from Aagaard’s book Attacking Manual and played some blitz games on playchess training mostly my tactic skills plus I could remind myself some opening tricks).

Last weekend and Friday I was lucky enough to check how good my training was while participating in Polish Academic Championship which were held in Katowice. First of all I should mention the organization was on very high level,  the conditions were just simply great. Players were accommodated in good hotels (like 4 stars) , playing hall was very nice as well, plenty of interesting games transmitted online, arbiters making pairings without a delay, there was organized some nice party in the center of the city after 1st day as well, beautiful website,  interest of local media, great promotion… I mean chess was really game for Kings and Queens there.

There were 2 tournaments, first was individual and second was team tournament. In individual tournament I scored 7 out of 9. I made 2 draws on 1st day and I lost one game to GM W.Moranda (who became winner of this tournament) in penultimate round  having huge advantage… But that’s rapid chess and such things happen very often. I must say in few games against weaker players I played very badly, had worse position but eventually scored a full point; I think that’s because of better experience… GM W.Moranda despite of having so miserable position was able to put still some resistance and finally I blundered, adding the fact there was no time increment it was no longer so easy for me – at the end I lost on time.

Result of individual tournament: http://amp.katowice.pl/wyniki-mezczyzni.html (girls played another tournament)

I was on 8th place (16th starting number) but I won bronze medal in classification of Universities of Technology.

Just after last round of individual tournament we started next competition, the team tournament. All universities were fighting well and till the last moment it wasn’t clear who is going to win this year. Finally my team (Warsaw’s University of  Technology) finished 6th in general classification and 3rd in classification of  Universities of Technology so I won another bronze medal this weekend. Full results here: http://amp.katowice.pl/wyniki-druzynowe.html

more  info about entire event can be found on http://amp.katowice.pl/index.html

That was very enjoyable time for me and now I’m concentrating on my studies again… some scary exams are coming soon 😉