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ROUND FOUR TUCSON OPEN PHOTOS: Sunday 1/24/2010

January 25, 2010

These were the photos from the start of round four this morning – Sunday the 24th – shot from 9AM till about 9:30AM.  Then I had to leave the tournament site to meet my teaching commitments as a chess coach back in Phoenix Arizona.  Quite the event – next year I shall play!  – Coach Sean.

TUCSON OPEN PHOTOS: Days 1 & 2 – Friday and Saturday.

January 24, 2010

SIMULIZE! My 15 Board Simultaneous Exhibition Chess Match 1/19/2010

January 19, 2010

Some pictures from the 15 board chess simultaneous that I gave today – please notice that no chess clocks were in use during this event.  However each player had very little time – maybe ten minutes or fifteen minutes maximum so I had to checkmate them quickly!  This event was a lot of fun – the largest Simul I have given so far this year with my own personal best being over twenty chess boards.

If you want to achieve anything in life then it is up to you!

As it is at the chess board so it is in the great adventure that is life! - Coach Sean.

Before the storm breaks…
Object of the game?  As many checkmates as possible!

Attack of the Scholastic players - the wave comes crashing down!

The chess board is my shield...

The battle rages on!

You need track shoes for Simuls!

As soon as I defeat a youngster - 10 more want to take his/her place!

I played a lot of kids today!

"At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box".

"At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box".

PHOTOS FROM DIONISIO ALDAMA G30 USCF RATED SIMUL

January 19, 2010

Dionisio – Ready to rumble.

First wave of Simul opponents Thus starts the day long Simul

12 Board SimulDionisio – with energy!

Joel Johnson in the background.Joel waits for a more opportune moment.

Cody Vorhees - helped Dionisio get to the event site and handled Spanish language translations when necessary.Most improved player – Cody!

3 from EmporiumOnly three Emporium Coaches showed up…

Dionisio finds the going getting tough – time waits for no man!

One of the three – Good spirits as always!

Second wave attack commences.

“It is not enough to stand and stare…” – Pink Floyd

Why wouldn’t you play?  It was a free lesson from Dionisio!  Actually the fellows in the picture up above who are watching the Simul did play earlier on – as part of the first wave attack.  But there were plenty of other people who did not – which, in my opinion, was a shame really.  A missed opportunity for a good lesson and a missed opportunity to play one of the top two players in Arizona.

Final Score +33 -8.

Dionisio took a big hit on his USCF rating and thus I would propose fairer conditions for him in any such future engagements.  I have to be honest – I didn’t even know that his was rated until I got to the event.  I have never heard of anyone giving a rated USCF Simul – Susan Polgar most certainly did not when I played her – and I immediately got a bad feeling about this.

A good test of fairness for players of Dionisio’s caliber is this:  Would Garry K undertake such a challenge?  The answer is most certainly no – under no circumstances or conditions would former World Champion Garry Kasparov agree to play Game in 30 minutes against 12 opponents at the same time – and then allow others to jump in as opponents were eliminated.  In fact for most of Garry’s simultaneous displays he stipulated and forced potential particiapents to contractually agree upon the rule that no players would be allowed to participate that were rated above 2000!  In fact in the final years of his life Bobby Fischer made fun of Kasparov for this – even though Fischer was afraid to play anyone!  Kasparov did undertake special Simuls – such as his amazing win against the Israeli National Chess Team but this was with much longer time controls and did not feature as many opponents as Dionisio faced this past Sunday – which finally numbered at 41 by the end of the night.

I applaud Joel Johnson’s pulling this event off as it was a brilliant idea.  It was a jolly good show for all who came across the scene – one man playing many and with chess clocks.  I watched reactions on the faces of shoppers to the scene as they would come across it and I can tell you that their facial expressions betrayed their amazement.  This was quite a good event but can be improved upon for future editions – and should be.  Hopefully next time it will be a G45 or G60 time control for both sides and – as was amended on site for this first edition of this event – there should be breaks for Dionisio, or whomever is giving the simul be it Joel or anyone else, between success waves of players.  Perhaps even raise the entry fee to $10 to make up for the longer time control?

Congrats to Joel and Dionisio – it was quite the show!  – Coach Sean Tobin.

PICTURES from the January 2nd 2010 PIONEER VALLEY CHESS CLUB MEETING IN NORTHAMPTON MASSACHUSETTS!

January 3, 2010

DAVID HALL

DAVID HALL (WHITE PIECES) vs. LOCAL A-PLAYER TOUGH MAN PAUL SARRAZINE!

SPORTSMANSHIP

A GATHERING OF CHESS FRIENDS

Grand Finale.

Tricky Endgame

A good game from word go!

DAVID HALL – DEDICATED CHESS PLAYER!

Photos from the most recent meeting of the PIONEER VALLEY CHESS CLUB which meets in Northampton Massachusetts at the King Street Burger King every Saturday from 6 PM till CLOSE.  Or when the B.K. closes – which ever comes first!  Feel free to visit this community chess club if you are ever in Northampton.  – Coach Sean.