Saturday, March 23, 2013

IM Mark Quinn Lecture and Simul Results

A report from Thursday's simul and lecture. The final score was 0.5 - 5.5 with the 5 wins going to International Master Mark Quinn and a draw going to our captain, Ziggy. Anthony Bourached also had an incredible game and was unlucky to come away with no points from it. Friedrich Wetterling (pictured below) annoyed everyone by offering a draw (aka "remi") every move for about 25 moves in a row :P He also came up with the comment of the night to IM Mark Quinn: "You're actually playing well in this game".

The lecture was very interesting too. Mark had some little anecdotes from his international tournament playing days when he got to know Kasparov a little behind the scenes, so not only did we get a presentation of a comparison between Kasparov's and Carlsen's playing abilities and styles but also their personalities. Watch out for this Grandmaster Magnus Carlson character. Mark thinks he's a better (overall) player than Kasparov and will deservedly break the 2900 rating mark in the not too distant future. Let's hope he qualifies for the World Championship showdown against GM Viswanathan Anand this year. He's in the lead (equal 1st) in the qualifying tournament: http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/candidates-r6-aronian-carlsen-increase-lead-to-15-points

Friedrich completely focused on his game against IM Mark Quinn

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