Sunday, February 3, 2008

My Son's First Tournament pt. 2

The next day was the wrap-up of the weekends chess activities. They did the award ceremony for the previous days winners, so Alex got a very nice medal and a book about the Kasparov-Short world championship match.

Following this, GM Helgi Olafsson gave a simultaneous exhibition. Alex jumped onto a board right away. He played ok for a kid, but played a long bishop move when he should have completed the development of his kingside. GM Olafsson wrote a nice note in the book that Alex won.

Olafsson,H (2535) - Cross,A [B13]
GM Helgi Olafsson Simul, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, 28.10.2007

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 dxc4 6.Bxc4 Nbd7 7.Nf3 Nb6 8.Bb3 Bg4?? [ 8...e6 9.0-0 Be7=] 9.Ne5 Be6 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Be3 Nbd5 12.0-0 Nxe3 13.fxe3 g6 14.Qa4+ Nd7 15.Ne4 Bg7 16.Nf7 Qb6 17.Nc5 Qc6 18.Qxc6 bxc6 19.Nxe6 Rg8 20.Nc7+ 1-0

Look at the expression on Alex's face when he realizes he is lost!

Here Alex gets GM Olafsson's autograph.

I ended up playing in the simul also, as they had empty seats they wanted filled. I spent so much time observing how Alex did that I didn't focus very well on my own game. I played to a decent middle-game position, but then tossed it away in one move by overlooking a simple tactic.

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