Very quick update – Gawain wins championship from Short; Smerdon cheats justice

Posted by David Smerdon on Jul 4, 2011 in Chess |

A lightning quick update before I head off for the tournament after-party.  A big congratulations to Gawain Jones, the 2011 Commonwealth Chess Champion!  Gawain won the title from Nigel Short on tie-break, due to, bizarrely, me beating one of Nigel’s previous opponents in the last round.

In an even crueller and more unfair twist of fate, I finished in third.  Justice did not prevail, not only because my opponent, Watu Kobese, was beating me severely, but also because I played some of the worst chess of my life and I was worse in all eleven of my games.  Well, I guess there’s no accounting for luck in these big opens…

More to follow.


Jul 4, 2011 at 4:47 am

I saw in an interview that you’re considering writing a book on the Portuguese variation (3… Bg4 in the Scandinavian), and just wanted to say that I really really hope you do write this book since it’s a fascinating and fun variation and it would be great to get a GM’s honest perspective on it! Thanks for the neat blog too.

Nick Barnett
Jul 4, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Hi David
Your blog is the best thing in the cloud coming out of Emperor’s Palace.
The organisers did not broadcast with any conviction. I am the chess correspondent for the Cape Argus and really needed to follow the event, but half the game scores were either incomplete or rubbish!
I was in Sydney in 1967 the era of Purdey snr & jr, Koshnitsky, Hamilton, Fuller and Flatow.
If you feel like sending me some of your dreadful games feel free — you did come third!
Nick Barnett


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Jul 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Congratulations with your third spot! I am sad to hear that Nick could not find the correctly published games and scores on Chess-Results. I guess if you have been in Sydney in 1967, you have trouble to operate the “on button” for the computer!



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