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🏆 Kings - Queens (2011)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Hikaru Nakamura, Benjamin Finegold, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno, Jacek Stopa, Marc Tyler Arnold, Anna Zatonskih, Irina Krush, Martha Lorena Fierro Baquero, Kevin Y Cao

 page 1 of 1; games 1-25 of 25  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Fierro vs Nakamura 0-11012011Kings - QueensA10 English
2. B Finegold vs A Zatonskih  1-0532011Kings - QueensC01 French, Exchange
3. Kosteniuk vs M Arnold 1-0452011Kings - QueensB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
4. I Krush vs J Stopa  0-1542011Kings - QueensA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
5. K Cao vs Lagno  0-1512011Kings - QueensB08 Pirc, Classical
6. A Zatonskih vs Nakamura ½-½362011Kings - QueensA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. J Stopa vs M Fierro 1-0402011Kings - QueensB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
8. Lagno vs M Arnold ½-½492011Kings - QueensE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. K Cao vs I Krush  ½-½362011Kings - QueensC41 Philidor Defense
10. Kosteniuk vs B Finegold ½-½522011Kings - QueensB32 Sicilian
11. A Zatonskih vs J Stopa  0-1492011Kings - QueensC02 French, Advance
12. Nakamura vs Kosteniuk 1-0332011Kings - QueensC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
13. M Fierro vs K Cao 1-0342011Kings - QueensC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
14. M Arnold vs I Krush 1-0492011Kings - QueensD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. B Finegold vs Lagno  ½-½402011Kings - QueensD80 Grunfeld
16. K Cao vs A Zatonskih 1-0512011Kings - QueensC07 French, Tarrasch
17. Lagno vs Nakamura 0-1282011Kings - QueensB06 Robatsch
18. I Krush vs B Finegold 1-0372011Kings - QueensA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
19. J Stopa vs Kosteniuk  0-1322011Kings - QueensB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
20. M Fierro vs M Arnold  0-1252011Kings - QueensA14 English
21. M Arnold vs A Zatonskih 0-1262011Kings - QueensA21 English
22. Nakamura vs I Krush 1-0252011Kings - QueensA00 Uncommon Opening
23. Lagno vs J Stopa  ½-½342011Kings - QueensC12 French, McCutcheon
24. Kosteniuk vs K Cao  1-0472011Kings - QueensC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
25. B Finegold vs M Fierro  ½-½232011Kings - QueensB01 Scandinavian
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Sep-11-11  Blunderdome: Yeah, I assume he was willing to play because he lives in St. Louis anyway. Plus, 960 and rapid don't require loads of preparation, and he's not risking any ratings points. I think he's a fan of 960 anyway.
Sep-11-11  Pyke: As I mentioned above I really like the idea of the <Kings vs. Queens> tournament. I also liked the idea of the <Botvinnik Memorial>.

But, and I know that this may sound provovative, I think that one should take these sort of tournaments as what they really are: exhibition games to strenghten the popularity of chess.

Nothing less, but nothing more.

IS it exciting and fun to watch? Yes, certainly!

But IS it serious? No!

Therefore I think, people should cut Nakamura some slack for paricipating in such an event.

Of course people have every right to disagree ...

Sep-11-11  WiseWizard: I thought he only wanted to play the toughest competition.
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  Check It Out: These are rapid games followed by 960 games?
Sep-11-11  Pyke: <Check It Out: These are rapid games followed by 960 games?>

Other way round. First 960, then rapids. (960 now being in progress at the moment)

Sep-11-11  Pyke: 2-2 with one game (Fiero-Cao stil going).

Fiero has some advantage, so it could be that the "Queens" will be narrowing the gap.

Sep-11-11  Pyke: Current standings after the 960 game of the second day: Kings lead with 9 - 6 against the Queens.

Rapid games of the second round in about 40 minutes (18:00 St. Louis time)

Sep-11-11  Pyke: Nakamura being lucky, since Anna Zatonskih missed a simple drawing line.
Sep-11-11  Cushion: Men are currently +4. Ben Finegold had a crushing win against Kostinuk in the 960.
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  HeMateMe: is 960 shuffle chess, where the pieces get dumped out on the board?
Sep-12-11  Blunderdome: By the way, when I commented earlier that Polgar's replacement would put the girls at a disadvantage, I didn't realize that the original lineup had Karpov, who has been replaced by Cao. So the ratings are balanced after all -- each side at an average of 2476.
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  Check It Out: <Pyke> Thanks. So CG can't post the 960 games? I don't see them.

<HMM> 960 chess has that many starting positions available. The king must be placed between the rooks, and bishops have to be on opposite colors. I believe position 518 is the traditional chess starting position.

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  tpstar: <960> For the longest time, there were only two Fischerandom games in the database:

Leko vs Adams, 2001

Leko vs Adams, 2001

Something about how the irregular starting formation ruins the ability to follow the PGN, plus the castling strangeness. Now there are two more:

Z Varga vs Morozevich, 2004

A Jakubiec vs Nakamura, 2009

Two Team contests as well:

Team White vs Team Black, 2007

Team White vs Team Black, 2009

Maybe some of these K&Q games will be added?

Sep-12-11  kellmano: Navara likes chess 960, as he says here:

Premium Chessgames Member <Maybe some of these K&Q games will be added?> The only time we can effectively add a Chess960 game is (i) if neither player castles, or (ii) if at least one of the rooks starts off in the corner and the kings start off on e1/e8.

We checked the first round games with our fingers crossed, but there was castling in every game. We've got our finger's crossed for the remaining rounds.

Sep-12-11  karban: In my opinion castling should be banned in 960. It is messy with it especially for amateurs. I played couple patzer games and it is so hectic and funny in the beginning that handling with castling is too much to ask, so we agreed not castling. It can be obstacle in popularization this form of chess. The kings are in every case threatened for mate in 10 :). What do you think about it?
Sep-12-11  Pyke: Tuesday 13th is a free day. Kings lead with +10 after today's round.
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  erniecohen: <karban: In my opinion castling should be banned in 960> How about banning castling in regular chess also? It would be a breath of fresh air.
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  Check It Out: As soon as I've mastered chess I'm going to start requesting rule changes too.
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  HeMateMe: Thats a great group photo for this page. The girls look terrific.
Sep-14-11  Pyke: Ouch! Katya Lahno just hung a rook against Nakamura! (First game of the day, 960)
Sep-14-11  Pyke: Ouch again! Now, Katya Lahno blundered a piece.

Quite unlikely to blunder that horribly in back to back games.

Sep-14-11  Kinghunt: Score after round 4: 26 - 14. Even if the ladies score 10-0 tomorrow, they still lose. In large part, this is due to Nakamura dominating the field. He's at an amazing 7.5/8!
Sep-15-11  dangerhump: <kinghunt> with a 200-300 pt. Elo edge he should score nicely. However, gotta give hime him credit for getting the job done.
Sep-15-11  Pyke: I really enjoy the press conferences with Alexandra Kosteniuk.

She seems to be a nice person and has a cute accent.

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