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 😉

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My next tournament – Polish Academic Championship

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This year I’ll most likely refrain from playing any chess tournaments during nearest free time (except some correspondence games or some blitz/bullet games on playchess). In previous years I usually played in Krakow, but this time I’m really tired plus I have some nice projects in mind and I should concentrate on them.

But right at the beginning of January 2012 I’m going to play Polish Academic Championship (6-8.01.2012 in Katowice) and it seems it’s going to be very well organized tournament. There’s already pretty nice website of this event with lots of info including interview with me http://www.amp.katowice.pl/wywiady.html 😉  I’ll write about organization in details after the tournament. Now I’ll just mention one year ago in team tournament my university won bronze medal in classification of universities of technology so although there’re not many strong chess players at my university we have still some chances in fighting for the best place.

European Rapid Chess Championship 2011 – final report

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As I’ve announced I played European Rapid Chess Championship this weekend. The quality of my games wasn’t great plus results weren’t satisfactory too…

I won 3 first games but later I lost to GM Mista playing without a plan… then I won 5th round and in the 6th round faced GM Miton where I managed to get some advantage with Black but generally the game was messy and at some point I played such a terrible move and just lost… I was very irritated what was one of the reasons I lost two next games scoring very bad result after first day of Gawlikowski Memorial (I checked that in years 2006-2010 I had more points after 8 rounds but I think the score in 2005 as well as 2004, 2003 might have been even better!). Next day was of course much better, there were 5 rounds so I won 4 games and in the last game I had to play GM Potkin (again I got Black pieces vs. GM!). I lost this game without putting big resistance even though position wasn’t that clear. All in all I must say I wasn’t in a best shape this time… Maybe next time will be better 😀

The tournament was won by GM Baadur Jobaava, second was GM Sanan Sjugirov and third was GM Robert Kempinski. Full results: http://www.poloniachess.pl/amplico2011/rapid/final_standings&13.html

European Rapid Chess Championship, Warsaw 17-18.12.2011

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It’s quite a long time since my last post but as I expected I was very busy with my studies… it goes rather well, but it’s very time consuming.

In last time I played only YMCA tournament in Warsaw (one round per week) – I’ll write report about my final results soon.

But this weekend there’s great fun to play in European Rapid Chess Championship in Warsaw (The Palace of Culture and Science, Plac Defilad 1). On the starting list there’re registered nearly 800 chess players including 9 players above 2700! and plenty of other very strong GrandMasters (see: http://www.poloniachess.pl/amplico2011/rapid/list_of_players.html). My current rating 2364 makes my starting number around place 100. The prize for the first place is equal to 4000 euros, not so easy to grab, but there’re many other prizes which are worth fighting for. Great fun!

The tournament is also called Gawlikowski Memorial (it became European Rapid Champ. in 2005 if my memory doesn’t fail me). I have played there since year 2001 when I won prize for the best player under age 10 😀 it was big positive shock to me that time. Later I had different results but I was always happy to play there. The conditions are just great comparing other events.

Today there was blitz tournament (European Blitz Chess Championship) with almost 400 participants, but I’haven’t played because I had some laboratories at my university plus I never treat blitz seriously enough.

All the information needed can be found here: http://www.poloniachess.pl/amplico2011/en/

Keep fingers crossed for me! I’haven’t been training for a long time but still hope to have some nice games 😉