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Shaun Press
Worked at Australian National University
Attended Australian National University
Lived in Canberra
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Album Covers
A recent gift has turned my mind to the topic of chess themed record covers. Probably the most obvious choice is "Chess" by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaaeus, but there are others. Unfortunately my search was hamstrung by two issues. Firstly, sea...
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2016 ANU Open - Early entry cut off
Tomorrow (22 July) is the cut off date for early entries for the 2016 ANU Open and Minor (Under 1600 event). The tournament is next weekend (30 and 31 July) and has over $3000 in prizes. Full details are available at  http://vesus.org/festivals/2016-anu-che...
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ANU Chess Festival - Teams Blitz Event
One of the more fun events at the ANU Chess Festival is the ANU Co-op Bookshop Teams Blitz Event. Hosted by King O'Malley's pub at City Walk, Canberra City, it is now in its 4th year. It is a 5 round swiss for teams of 2 players, and this year will be held ...
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Chess doesn't make you smarter, it seems
A recent study has put a dent in the claim that playing chess makes you smarter. In a study involving 3000 primary school students, pupils were given 30 hours of chess instruction to see if it improved there math results. It turns out there was no significa...
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One in a row for Nakamura
Despite being touted as a potential World Champion, Hikaru Nakamura has had one obvious obstacle to this goal. Magnus Carlsen. He has an awful score against the current World Champion, failing to defeat him in the 30 games they have played at long time cont...
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Double the fun
Two big chess events are on at the moment, with one already running, and the other just starting. The Sparkassen tournament in Dortmund is 2 rounds in, with Ruslan Ponomariov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave leading with 1.5/2. Also in the field are Vladimir Kram...
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Carlsen equalises
After 5 years of head to head chess, Magnus Carlsen has brought his lifetime score 'Classical' games against Anish Giri up to 1 each (with a bag load of draws). Having first played in 2011 (with a win to Giri), Carlsen has been unable to grab that revenge v...
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You can find tricks in any opening
There are plenty of weird and wonderful openings I have played, but there is also just as many I haven't tried. One opening I've never really looked at is the Chigorin Defence to the Queens Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6).  I was asked about it at the chess club ...
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There are draws and there are draws
At the top level of chess, the draw quotient remains quite high, despite efforts of the organsiers to encourage decisive results. Certainly the prevalence of the very short 'Grandmaster draw' has declined over the years (at least amongst Grandmasters), but ...
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And two in a row for Carlsen
World Champion Magnus Carlsen has bounced back from his first round loss to Hikaru Nakamura to lead the Bilbao Masters after 3 rounds. In round 2 he defeated Wei Yi, while his third round win was over his World Championship challenger, Sergey Karjakin. Carl...
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Sac, sac, draw!
Vladimir Kramnik and Rainer Buhmann played an entertaining draw in the third round of the Sparkassen tournament in Dortmund last night. Kramnik decided to play for mate out of the opening, and proceeded to sacrifice a couple of minor pieces to try and achie...
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The very big match
It has taken over 18 months, but the Russia v Australia/New Zealand match has come to an end. The mammoth correspondence chess match was played over 120 boards, with 2 games per board. The final score was a pretty big victory to Russia, 190.5-48.5 (with 1 g...
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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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