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Of course I couldn't resist a cheap pun, though for a $20K first place prize that's the only cheap thing about the win by Viktor Laznicka at the World Open. He pulled off clear first by winning six in a row to start and then drawing his way home. It wasn't quite that easy, as van Wely took big risks in a KID to try to turn the tables in the final round. But the 22-year-old Czech, on his first visit to the States, was better most of the way and forced the draw that gave him the big payday. Welcome to America!

You can get more from an elder, once-removed countryman of Laznicka's, Lubos Kavalek, who dedicates his latest column to the World Open in his usual fine style. Kamsky and Vallejo were the top seeds, but the American champion lost to Shabalov with an uncharacteristically optimistic attacking move. Vallejo drew too many games after a promising start. Laznicka was out of range and 2-4 was shared by three players who won in the final round. Harikrishna and Smirin won with black against Kazhgaleyev and Hess, respectively, and McShane beat Shabalov by going with his plan of playing 1.e4 and then 2.Nf3 and 3.Bc4 against both 1..e5 and the Sicilian. I guess when you play the Piano well you can use the same sheet music on different instruments.

Another favorite, Onischuk, had a rough ride. He lost early to McShane (see Nf3, Bc4 above) and his comeback was derailed by a brutal loss to Perelshteyn in just 24 moves. (PGN after the jump.) The domination of the white pieces in the center after the sac tells the whole story. Laznicka's own big adventure came early, in round two, in the game against Smith that Lubos annotates. Both sides missed wins in a wild game all the way to the end. Just the other day, doing some note-taking in a classic, "Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk," I was charmed by Bernstein's concise definition of luck. To make it even more concise, it's that calling something bad luck removes blame, calling it good luck takes away credit. That works nicely for "luck" in chess as well.

[Event "38th World Open"]
[Site "King of Prussia USA"]
[Date "2010.07.04"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Perelshteyn, E."]
[Black "Onischuk, Al"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A85"]
[WhiteElo "2534"]
[BlackElo "2699"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "2010.06.29"]

1. d4 f5 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 d6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. Qc2 g6 6. O-O-O Bg7 7. Nh3 e5 8.
dxe5 Nxe5 9. Nf4 c6 10. e3 Nf7 11. h4 Nxg5 12. hxg5 Ng4 13. c5 d5 14. Ncxd5
cxd5 15. Bb5+ Kf8 16. Rxd5 Qxg5 17. Qd2 Bf6 18. Bd7 Bxd7 19. Rxd7 Re8 20. Qd6+
Be7 21. Ne6+ Kg8 22. Nxg5 Bxd6 23. cxd6 h6 24. Rc7 1-0


Onischuk played like me. ;)

"Against the Gods" - one of the best books ever written imo. Amazing how the study of simple children's games offers insights into financial decision making. "Endowment effect" - one sees a lot of that in the market place!

OK, yeah, yeah, where's the post about Carlsen going "pretty-boy" on us?! lol

lol nyob..."quality inversely proportional to quantity" as you said.

nice game, 17.c6 (instead of 17.Qd2) also wins with the same idea as 18.Bd7 : diverting Bc8 from defending against Ne6+ (->cxb7 Bxb7 Ne6+)
17..bxc6 18.Qxc6->Qe8#/Qx(R)a8
17..Qe7 (or 17..Qf6) 18.c7! ->19.Rd8+ Kf7 Bc4+ with mate to follow

Do nto yell but this smith lazcnikaca is awful game full of stink moves by both plyers. Aslo is nto $20k prize as mig and kavalak say becuase goochberg say $17k price and is his money.

In about five years, Carlsen could be a great Bond villain.

Magnus posing for G-Star pics are so catastrophically bad that it makes priceless. Someone tell me Diesel paid him to do this.

These picters even more funny than other ones. All I do is laugh laugh. Why do some one make Calsen look like goof. No more laughing now becuase I

Sorry to evey one I goof up. No more laughing. I do nto want to buy any thing like dirty rags.

Why do you consistently spell "not" as "nto"?

Nah, the Mgnus G-Star pictures are great. It's not easy to shoot a non-professional, the photographer is a genius to get what he did out of Magnus. He focused on the face Magnus could give him and made somthing out of that, pushed it to the limit. It works well with the chess motif as seen from outside the chess world. Really fun stuff.

Thank you for spelling. I have already used not and will rember.

Well I have seen it all! Magnus carlsen in drag. What someone wont due for big bucks, including old Garry who will be in charge of this extravagranza for a nice fee of course. Dont get me wrong Get it while you can but to my mind Magnus looked kinda foolish in those outfits and lets face it he is no Gregory Peck

And one more time the non-US players struggled to perform according to their inflated FIDE ratings when faced with the unsurmountable challenges of the unforgiving, winner takes it all, fight to the death US swisses - this time the World Open.

1. Laznicka CZE 7.5
2-4. Harikrishna IND 7.0
2-4. Smirin ISR 7.0
2-4. McShane ENG 7.0
5-8. van Wely NED 6.5
5-8. Gustafsson GER 6.5
5-8. Potkin RUS 6.5
5-8. Lenderman USA 6.5

Also participating:

Vallejo, Najer, Ganguly, Chanda (RoW)
Kamsky, Onischuk, Hess, Robson, Shabalov, Stripunsky, Kudrin, Ehlvest (USA)

With the exception of Onischuk and possibly one or two more, few of the US GMs did particularly bad tournaments though - measured by rating and rating performances. But it wasn't a very good pay day, and that's where we find the True Purpose of chess, according to some Real Chess Players that visit this blog. :o)

Hello frog. No body want to talk with you but I will. You like numbers. What is 1 + 1.

Stoopid, that's alright. Most stiffs aren't that talkative anyway. :o)

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