Saturday, August 20, 2005

Games from the Continental Open

The Continental Open Chess Championship (August 5-16) recently concluded in Buenos Aires, where Cuban champion GM Gaston Bruzon took clear first (8.5/11) with a number of players tied second, including American Super-GM Gata Kamsky. You can find several good reports online in Spanish, including this one from the Spanish-language version of ChessBase. There is also a good Engish translation of the official site from Ajdrez Argentina.

The tournament has drawn some U.S. and world press because of an apparently false report from ChessBase that a group of GMs conspired to deny 15-year-old Gaston Needleman a chance to qualify for the world championship cycle. Here are the two stories at ChessBase:

You can download all games in zipped PGN from ChessBase or in PGN direct from The Week in Chess.

There are three annotatd games at the excellent Inforchess site (which I intend to visit often during the upcoming World Championship tournament).

Hungaski-Felgaer, Benos Aires 2005 (Pirc)
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4

Kamsky-Granda, Buenos Aires 2005 (Sicilian)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.a4 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Be3 Nc6 10.Qd2

Onischuk-Gulko, Buenos Aires 2005 (Queen's Indian)
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Qc2 Na6

I cannot help noting the difference between the non-existent coverage of the nearly concurrent U.S. Open and the extensive coverage that the Continental Open received both online and in the Spanish-language press. The most important lesson in all this is simple: you need a website with news and information about your tournament, and you need to publish the games in a timely manner if you are even going to get mentioned in the news. I still have not found U.S. Open games anywhere, except for a few amateur games that have made it onto blogs:

I am tempted to speculate that the USCF purposely withheld publishing the games in order to preserve their news value when published in Chess Life a month from now. I only suggest this idea because it is the only one I can think of where the USCF would actually have a rationale for not getting more news out about the event....


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