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Shaun Press
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2016 ACT Championship - Day 2
Unlike the first day, there were plenty of surprises in rounds 2&3 of the 2016 ACT Championship. Top seed IM Junta Ikeda ran into a very solid Victor Braguine, and could not manage more than half a point. Third seed Andrey Bliznyuk faced Dillin Hathiramani ...
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2016 ANU Masters Week 2
Week 2 of the ANU Masters saw a couple of missed opportunities, and 2 decisive finishes. Alana Chibnall won a pawn against Adrian de Noskowski in the opening, but with more than enough compensation, it was more a gambit than anything else. With her king in ...
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Playing Dracula
A few years ago I mentioned the TV show "Da Vinci's Demons", and how it used Go rather than Chess as a dramatic device. Well, as it reaches the end of its run, chess has now made an appearance. In a slightly far fetched set of circumstances, a young Niccolo...
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Who needs 10 GM's?
I was having a discussion today with a fellow chessplayer about IM Moulthun Ly's stellar performance at the 2016 Gibraltar Masters. I remarked that Ly is now very close to the GM title (1 norm and few rating points away), and that would mean that Australia ...
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2016 ANU Masters Week 1
The ANU Chess club's traditional Masters event began this evening, with a field of 8 evenly matched players (who to be accurate, are not actual masters). For a while it looked as though all 4 games might end in draws, after Adrian De Noskowski held top seed...
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2016 Gibraltar Traps
A big open like Gibraltar is fertile ground for spotting opening traps/disasters. I found a few last year, so I thought I'd go hunting again. Here are a few games from the early rounds where the game was finished almost before it started In this game White ...
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2016 ACT Championship - Day 1
There were no surprises on the first day of the 2016 ACT Championship, with wins by the higher rated players. Nonetheless there were a few lucky escapes, with the blunder quotient unusually high for a tournament first round. Probably the player with the gre...
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2016 ACT Championship starts this Friday
The 2016 ACT Championship begins this Friday, but it is not too late to enter. At this stage there are 30 players in the 9 round FIDE rated event, with IM Junta Ikeda top top seed, and IM Andrew Brown second. There is a minimum prize pool of $1200, but give...
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Outsmarting yourself in blitz
I spent today helping run the 2016 ACT Junior Blitz Championship (won by Albert Winkleman) and was pleased by both the quality of play, and the behaviour of the players. No one cried during the 11 round event (always a good sign) and while a few players end...
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Waste less of your life with facebook?
I thought this was already a well know facebook feature, but it seems people are just waking up to fbchess. If you want to play a casual game of chess against a friend on facebook, no need to activate an app, just open the chat box and type @fbchess play  T...
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Quick update from Gibraltar
IM Moulthun Ly has just (in the last minute or so) drawn with English GM David Howell, to move closer to scoring a GM norm. He is now on 5/8, having played 5 Grandmasters and his TPR is now around 2600. The pairings for the next round are obviously importan...
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Ly bags GM
Speaking of converting in the ending, IM Moulthun Ly had a very good win in the 5th round of the Gibraltar Masters, beating Indian GM SS Ganguly. Despite playing Black (and the Sicilian), Ly built up a strong kingside attack, before reaching a rook ending a...
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  • Australian National University
    2014
  • ACMA
    2016 - present
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Canberra - Sydney - Port Moresby - Melbourne - Ballarat
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Chess: International Arbiter, Member of FIDE Rules and Tournament Regulations Committee, FIDE Swiss Pairing Programs Committee
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    eScience (Masters), 2001 - 2003
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