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Zapper 2010 Tournament Report!

Post by cliff » Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:17 pm

Saturday February 27 2010


The Tournament has officially begun with Series C, Round One.

Series C M1927282725
Davidswhite 2994
Ramawolf 2978
Cnita 2806
mgomdysey 2121
kmcpherson 1930
Islanderfan (*) 1929


Average 2460

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Post by cliff » Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:16 pm

Round One Series C has been posted:

The players are abiodun, iamachessstudent, cliff, gregorgysi, nhathuy, and redketchuplover.

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Post by abiodun » Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:11 am

Thanks Cliff for being so diligent with this timely posting, just as you promised to do so !

I'm about to start right after my post here, but I'm a bit confused about the members you show in this group [series] C of Round 1 .....???
Your second post lists different names than your first post, for the same group [series] .....???? Or am I reading this wrong ....????

Either way ...... I'm Ready .... Here We Gooooooooo ! ! !

P.S. Just figured it out :!: I think you meant to wite B in your second post.
ImageChess is more than simply my pastime .... It has become My Passion !

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Post by cliff » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:16 am

OOOPS!

:oops:

Sorry about the confusion, all!

You're quite right, Abiodun! That shuld have read;

Round One Series B has been posted:

The players are abiodun, iamachessstudent, cliff, gregorgysi, nhathuy, and redketchuplover.

Thanks. I need a prrofreader, I think...


:)

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Post by islanderfan » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:46 am

Hey Greg I know you have spots for the 2010 tourney and the others, why not put a link for our zapper one in there?

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Post by iamachessstudent » Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:06 pm

Hey Cliff!!
Dont forget to join your group in the Zapper tournament you set up :)
We are waiting on you lol

I wanna wish every1 the best of luck and I hope the games are very fun and competitive:)

Joshua

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Post by cliff » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:24 pm

islanderfan wrote:Hey Greg I know you have spots for the 2010 tourney and the others, why not put a link for our zapper one in there?
I thought about that also, Brian. But I figured, although the 2010 Open likely more than not runs itself, once begun, Greg still has the day to day glitches and questions to answer, and the reason is simply not enough time!

8)

(We'll even cut him a bit of slack for sleeping and eating and working...)

:lol: :lol:


And, in a way, the "co-op" way the Zapper is running, with a bit of help and work from the participants is kind of nice to, I think!

8)

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Post by cliff » Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:31 pm

iamachessstudent wrote:Hey Cliff!!
Dont forget to join your group in the Zapper tournament you set up :)
We are waiting on you lol

I wanna wish every1 the best of luck and I hope the games are very fun and competitive:)

Joshua

You sure about that, Joshua?
I checked on my end, and I see myself as entered! The only player that I see we're waiting on is 'gregorgysi'

:?

(But wouldn't it be funny, if after all this, I was the one to mess up?)

We'll be playing soon, Joshua, and I'm looking forward to another great game!

Best of luck!

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Post by iamachessstudent » Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:33 am

Hey Cliff:)

lol
On my side, it's you we r waiting on...
we will be playing soon:)

best to you!

joshua

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Post by abiodun » Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:41 am

.............................Image

Allrighty Now Y'All ..... I'm pretty much "Feeling my oats" [so to speak] right about now..... about this Zapper's Tournament ! ! !

And just like Muhammad Ali ... My All-Time Hero use to say ..... back in the day .... [perhaps some here are too young to remember] ....

There's gonna be a "Rumble In The Jungle" ! ! !

Now ....... 1.Nf3 ..... or perhaps 1.d4 ! ! !

Let's Get It On ! ! !
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Post by iamachessstudent » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:24 am

Heh Sorry Clint..
Im an ignoramus..you were right

I hope I do better in this tournament than I did atg reading who has signed up :)

Gooo 1. D4!!! :)

Joshua

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Post by cliff » Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:14 am

:)

Not to worry, Joshua! With my memory, anything was possible!

Anyway, one Series is underway, and the other three are posted. We're on time!

:)

Here's where we're at as of this moment. By the way, these will be the ratings used in tiebreaks, if needed.

Series A
Stonedmaster 2825 pending
Energy 2628 joined
jvanmechelen (*) 2501 joined
Johnb 2296 joined
jpettit 2272 joined
gmiller 2130 joined
Average 2442

Series B
Iamachessstudent 2773 joined
Abiodun 2773 joined
Cliff (*) 2724 joined
Gregorgysi 2301 pending
nhathuy 2279 joined
redketchuplover 2235 joined
Average 2514


Series C M1927282725 In Progress
Davidswhite 2994
Ramawolf 2978
Cnita 2806
mgomdysey 2121
kmcpherson 1930
Islanderfan (*) 1929
Average 2460

Series D
martijn 2813 joined
Jpost 2786 joined
Strongplayer 2716 pending
Mluka (*) 2403 joined
rhand ** 2314 pending
Jsnyder 2016 joined
Average 2508


I'll let everyone know as soon as everything is underway.

:)

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Post by iamachessstudent » Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:25 pm

Wow
Some strong groups and average strengths...should be a helluva tournament and some good, fun games :)

Im looking forward to it !
BEST OF LUCK TO EVERY1 !!
Joshua

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Post by islanderfan » Thu Mar 04, 2010 7:23 pm

notice my group is well on to victory. Such a proud moment for me.... there my special boys!!!! :lol: :lol:

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Post by cliff » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:35 pm

cliff wrote::)





Series C M1267282725 In Progress
Davidswhite 2994
Ramawolf 2978
Cnita 2806
mgomdysey 2121
kmcpherson 1930
Islanderfan (*) 1929
Average 2460

I put the wrong match number above for Series C. This is the corrected match number now.

Oops.

:oops:

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Post by gmiller » Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:05 am

islanderfan wrote:Hey Greg I know you have spots for the 2010 tourney and the others, why not put a link for our zapper one in there?
Once all of the matches get started I'll post a link to them all on the announcements.
Greg Miller

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Post by cliff » Fri Mar 05, 2010 9:57 am

Thanks, Greg. That would be great!

:D

I'm hoping that by the weekend, our 'stragglers' will have caught up with the rest of us!

:)

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Post by cliff » Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:56 pm

Reminders have been sent out to stonedmaster, gregorgysi, strongplayer, and rhand regarding the tournaments start.

Round C, in the meantime, is quite well underway. A couple of interesting games shaping up, although most are still in the opening phases.

I'm looking forward to the games between David and Ramawolf as they develop! Should be quite a match!

:)

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Post by cliff » Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:33 am

One response to my reminders - rhand cancelled, so Series D will need to be reposted at least.

If there's no response from stonedmaster, strongplayer, and gregorgysi or if they haven't joined by Monday, we're going to have to make some alterations in the other three Series (A, B, and D) or Series C will be over before the others start at this rate!

Check back for more news Monday.

As for tonight, I have a rotten springtime cold, and feel like s--t!

:|

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Post by iamachessstudent » Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:05 pm

Sorry you are feeling bad Cliff...but you are doing a Gr8 job in organizing and working this tournament!
Looking forward to playing soon!

Joshua

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Post by cliff » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:44 pm

Thanks, Joshua.

Feeling somewhat better today, but until the tournament actually gets more off the ground than it is at this stage, I'm not sure how "great" a job I'm doing yet. But I do sincerely appreciate the sentiment, my friend!

Anyway, what we have now is new lineups for three of the Series; A, B, and D:

A
Energy 2628
jvanmechelen (*) 2501
Johnb 2296
jpettit 2272
gmiller 2130
Average 2365

B
Iamachessstudent 2773
Abiodun 2773
Cliff (*) 2724
nhathuy 2279
redketchuplover 2235
Average 2557

D
martijn 2813
Jpost 2786
Mluka 2403
Pumpkin (*) 2328
Jsnyder 2016
Average 2469


As I had mentioned rhand cancelled in an email responding to my reminder, the other three, stonedmaster, strondplayer, and gregorgysi did not respond to either the reminder or last call emails I sent them. I can be slow answering emails sometimes, myself, but if it was a situation as this, have I been any of them, I would have had the courtesey to respond, considering the number of players waiting to start.

rhand is welcome to any other event such as this I try to organize, and certainly next years Zapper as well. The others need not apply!

:x

pumpkin has agreed to fill a vacant spot in Series D, so we'll have five players in each of the unstarted Series, and since I have a hunch Mike (mluka) is still a bit busy moving and resettling, I've asked pumpkin to post that Series challenge. I'll be reposting mine tonight, and since jvanmechelen and I have a game in progress, I'll get him to repost Series A then also.

Hopefully, in a day or two, we'll have everything up and running smoothly!

To all those who have been patiently waiting to get playing, my appologies for the delays, and thanks for waiting!

:)

Till tomorrow,

- Cliff.

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Post by islanderfan » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:55 am

notice my group is off and running... and doing very well I must say.... thought I would bring that up since I am the captain and will lead my team on to victory.... just gimmie the trophy Cliff..... nobody will beat my crew!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by iamachessstudent » Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:35 pm

I hope my group starts soon...

Im anxious...:)

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Post by cliff » Tue Mar 09, 2010 3:04 pm

Well Joshua, I can give you some good news at least! If you check out the 'Start a new Game' page, you'll see I've posted the New Series B, without gregorgysi, and everyone has joined except you! Just join that one, and we'll finally have a second Series up and running!


:D :D :D

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Post by iamachessstudent » Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:10 pm

OOOOOOOOOOOO

I bow to your fast actions oh sire ::bows bows::
I'm ready to play :)

Joshua

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Post by cliff » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:11 am

Series B of the Zapper 2010 Memorial has started.

March 9, 2010.


Series B m1268178535
Iamachessstudent 2773
Abiodun 2773
Cliff (*) 2724
nhathuy 2279
redketchuplover 2235


Average 2557

Series A posted by jvanmechelen is still missing gmiller and energy. (Note: this Series was posted just yesterday or today, and reflects the new lineup. Even if you joined the first posted last week, you still have to rejoin this one!)

Series D is in limbo. I haven't heard from mluka in a week and haven't heard from pumpkin since he agreed to play on Sunday. I think it's a plot by George Bush to drive me crazy! Even retired, he's dangerous! )


:?

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Post by cliff » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:38 am

By the way, I recieved a "Private Message" from one of our players in this tournament regarding gregorgysi. I won't use his name, since he wished to keep the matter private.

The most compelling argument he gave was;

"In short, I just wish to vouch for G's character. In the past, he has showed the upmost sportsmanship, moved frequently in both winning and losing positions and was a fun person to play against. Further, he was a frequent opponent of Jeff's. Your decision to ban Gregor along with the other two for being no-shows is perhaps too draconic of a measure, at least in Gregor's case."

The eloquence and logic of this paragraph, and indeed his entire letter, was such that I would certainly be a fool to argue with it!

i maintain my stance on 'stonedmaster' and 'strongplayer', but I too have played several games against gregorgysi, and I've found him to be nothing but a gentleman and good sport.

To this end, I would like to appologize to Gregor and I hope that he will be able to make it to next years' Zapper. My only defense is that I was fighting off a horrible sinus infection and cold, and my temper was likely a biit too hot at the time I wrote that.

Thanks all, and my appologies.

:oops:

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Post by jsnyder » Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:58 pm

I posted Section D with particpants as above:

martijn 2813
Jpost 2786
Mluka 2403
Pumpkin (*) 2328
Jsnyder 2016


(sorry if i stepped on anyone's toes)
Josh

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Post by cliff » Wed Mar 10, 2010 2:12 pm

A milion thanks, Josh!

:D

I was considering the idea of someone else posting it, but didn't know who to ask!

:roll:

(God! I love initiative!)

Let me know when it starts, and I'll post it here!

Thanks again, Josh!

:D

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Post by mluka » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:24 pm

Section D is underway, match id: m1268266720

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Post by jpettit » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:03 am

Series A is underway as well:

m1268243761

Looks likes that's all of them. Good luck everyone.

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Post by islanderfan » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:55 am

you know my team will win.... so just gimmie the trophy now..... NOW I SAID!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by cliff » Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:08 pm

gmiller wrote:
islanderfan wrote:Hey Greg I know you have spots for the 2010 tourney and the others, why not put a link for our zapper one in there?
Once all of the matches get started I'll post a link to them all on the announcements.

Thanks to some much needed assistance by jpettit and jsnyder over the last few days, all the Series have started!

The matches are:

Series A - m1268243761

Series B - m1268179853

Series C - m1267282725

Series D - m1268266720


Thanks for agreeing to post the link, Greg.

(And so he doesn't feel ignored, thanks to Brian for suggesting it!)

:lol: :) :) :)

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Post by jsnyder » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:16 am

I figured I'd get my misery over more quickly. Especially since the winner of my bracket in the Net Chess Open is playing in my section here as well!! (o:

Give me til the end of next week and 1/2 my games will be over.

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Post by cliff » Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:32 pm

Well, it's a pretty easy update tonight!

:)

There are no scores in Series A, Series, B, and Series D.

In Series C, ramawolf has 2 points with two wins over islanderfan.

Those are the only completed games as yet.

:)

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Post by cliff » Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:51 pm

By the way, I think I have a "Game of the week" nomination I found while looking at some of the ones in progress. However, the game isn't over yet. I'd say another day or so. Perhaps less. I'll post it here when it's finished.

:wink:

Any other nominees?


:roll:

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Some background on the origin of Jeff's "Zapper" m

Post by davidswhite » Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:31 am

During the early years of Net-Chess, when Greg was in constant pursuit of a dependable and affordable server, the system underwent periodic crashes.
When,after a few days or more,the system would be back up and running,there would invariably be several active games that failed to reappear.In spite of Greg's efforts many of those games were unable to be retrieved and were lost forever.

There was much complaining about the lost games and it seemed that a disproportionate number of them involved games in which Jeff's opponents claimed to have held winning positions and been unfairly denied their deserved wins. Their protests were absurd since it was patently evident that all washed out games had happened randomly.

However, our boy,Jeff, saw a good thing and grabbed hold of it with both hands. He claimed that yes,he did have a "Zap" stick and that any time he felt sufficiently provoked he would once again wield it and crash the system. We all had a good laugh with Jeff about his mock claim but,believe it or not, one or more members (at least at first)took him and his supposed ability seriously.

Because Jeff had been for so long a vitally important part of Net-Chess's success and because of the singularly courageous manner with which he dealt with his otherwise incapacitating disease over the last years of his life, I'm personally certain that we'd have honored his memory (thanks Cliff) sooner or later with a Memorial Tournament...only we'd not have been able to title it "The Zapper Tournament" without the above-mentioned background.

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Post by islanderfan » Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:30 pm

let the record show I came up with the idea first... Cliff was the big bully who took all the credit.... :lol:

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Post by iamachessstudent » Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:41 pm

That is really cool, David...
I knew Jeff well ( he was my uncle), he taught me most of what I know about the game and I know he'd be very happy and humbled that you all here at Net-Chess are naming a tournament after him!
I have met quite a few ppl in my games that knew and played Jeff, and their kind words make me feel very good about this site...I dont think he ever stepped on anyone's toes, and he tried to reamin a sarcastic and smart-arse for aslong as he could; even when he got very sick and the pain became almost overwhelming,
I thank all of you for the nice words and making this tournament :)
I hope I get to play all of you and we also can have some memorable games :)

Joshua

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Post by islanderfan » Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:09 pm

Had another thought, for our next round, depending on the peeps that show up; why not do a round robin sorta thing. Group A goes against each other than Group A goes against the people in Group B.... we could call it Zapper Madness! :P

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Thanks Cliff

Post by kmcpherson » Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:58 pm

It's an honour to be marking Jeff's memory in this way and I am sure he's watching us get zapped as I write.

Your always welcome to pass comment Jeff and check on our less than nimble efforts to play this game.

To your memory and full life - thanks.

Kenneth

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Post by gmiller » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:27 am

When,after a few days or more,the system would be back up and running,there would invariably be several active games that failed to reappear
I had managed to block out the memories of those days. Maybe I should make some games from this tournament randomly disappear, just to be more authentic.
Greg Miller

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Post by jsnyder » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:41 am

Pick all my losses.. well umm that would be most if not all of my games... lol

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Post by cliff » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:34 am

My nomination for that game of the week was:

[Event "m1267282725"]
[Site "net-chess.com"]
[White "davidswhite"]
[Black "islanderfan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Game "g1105022205"]

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 Qd8xd5 4.Nb1c3 Qd5e6 5.fxe5 Qe6xe5 6.Bf1e2
Bc8g4 7.d4 Bg4xe2 8.Ng1xe2 Qe5e6 9.O-O Qe6d6 10.Ne2g3 Nb8c6 11.Nc3b5 Qd6d7 12.Qd1e2 Ng8e7 13.d5 Nc6b8 14.d6 cxd6 15.Ng3f5 g6 16.Nf5xd6 Ke8d8 17.Rf1d1 Ne7d5 18.Rd1xd5 Qd7e6 19.Nd6xf7 Kd8e7 20.Nf7d8 Qe6xe2 21.Bc1g5 Ke7e8 22.Nb5c7 {Checkmate} 1-0

I forgot to post that.

:)

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Post by cliff » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:47 am

islanderfan wrote:Had another thought, for our next round, depending on the peeps that show up; why not do a round robin sorta thing. Group A goes against each other than Group A goes against the people in Group B.... we could call it Zapper Madness! :P

Assuming that you mean for next years event, not the next round in this years, it's an interesting idea. But putting together a format to it to run smoothly would seem to be to be a nightmare! It took a fair bit for this tournament to actually get started.

Having said that, the idea is still intriguing. I still have a year to come up with some crazy idea, so who knows?

On the other hand, if you did mean Round Two of this tournament, a resounding "ARGH!"

:twisted:

Let's veto that idea for this year's Zapper, okay?

(Lord! Are you trying to give me a nervous breakdown, Brian?)

:) :) :)

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Post by islanderfan » Tue Mar 16, 2010 4:54 pm

Sorry yes I meant next year. And since it was my idea I can take care of it.... since you stole this one from me he he he :wink: :lol: :lol:

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Post by abiodun » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:08 pm

........................................Image

I wish to post this announcement to all of my worthy opponents [Cliff, Redketchuplover, Iamachessstudent, Nhat] that I'm playing in Section B of this Fantastic Tourney, in the memory of Jeff ..... to explain the Limitations of my Ancient PC :shock:
Please pardon My No Response to of any of your commentary/comments on our game boards,if there has been any. Please understand that my PC's 800X600 screen limitations will only allow me to see just so much.
As a matter of fact, even if I were able to see much more with a 1056X800 resolution, my sole focus is usually upon the diagonals/limitations of my pieces and those of my opponents.

Now ........ about this middlegame which the Grunfeld Defense has started ..... Hhmmmmm....???
ImageChess is more than simply my pastime .... It has become My Passion !

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Post by iamachessstudent » Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:22 pm

What an interesting Grunfeld it is going to be! :)

I am enjoying all my games and the opponent's in the games:)
This is good stuff:)

An interesting Grunfeld it is... :twisted:

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Post by cliff » Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:59 pm

First, I have to humbly beg everyone's forgiveness for not posting an update on Friday. Thanks to the link that Greg provided, I didn't really think it was needed. And that worked out well, since I've been a bit under the weather lately. Thanks, Greg!

:D

For those who haven't checked recently, a brief recap:

Series A - Ramawolf and Davidswhite are tied for first with 2 points each;

Series B - Cliff is first with 1.5 points and Iamachessstudent is second with .5 points;

Series C - Jpettit is first with 4 points and Jvanmechelen is second with 3 points;

Series D - Jpost is first with 3 points and Martijn is second with 1 point.

Last week I selected two games tied for the Game of the Week!
And, They're both from Series C. Both were very fast 'knockouts' and with all due appologies, Greg is the unlucky loser in both!

[Event "m1268243761"]
[Site "net-chess.com"]
[Date "2010.03.15"]
[Round "1"]
[White "jvanmechelen"]
[Black "gmiller"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2488"]
[BlackElo "2156"]
[Game "g1105023684"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Ng1f3 Bc8g4 4.Nf3e5 Bg4f5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qd1b3
b6 7.e4 Bf5xe4 8.Bf1b5 {black resigned.} 1-0


[Event "m1268243761"]
[Site "net-chess.com"]
[Date "2010.03.19"]
[Round "1"]
[White "energy"]
[Black "gmiller"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2628"]
[BlackElo "2156"]
[Game "g1105023698"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Ng1f3 Bc8g4 4.Nf3e5 Bg4f5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.e4
dxe4 7.Qd1b3 Qd8c7 8.Qb3xf7 {black resigned.} 1-0

Another "quickie", also from Series C , worthy of note is:

[Event "m1268243761"]
[Site "net-chess.com"]
[Date "2010.03.17"]
[Round "1"]
[White "johnb"]
[Black "energy"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2305"]
[BlackElo "2628"]
[Game "g1105023692"]

1.d4 Ng8f6 2.c4 e6 3.Bc1g5 c5 4.e3 Qd8b6 5.b3 Nf6e4 6.Ng1f3 Ne4xg5
7.Nf3xg5 cxd4 8.exd4 Qb6a5 9.Qd1d2 Bf8b4 {white resigned.} 0-1

(By the way, I'm more or less selecting these games for their brevity, rather than anything else.)

:)

And, the posts from Abiodun and Joshua made me feel really good! I'm enjoying the Zapper immeasurably, and it makes me really happy that everyone else seems to be also! This is a Great tribute to Greg I feel! I'm sure that somewhere he feels quite happy!

:D :D :D


All for now,

Cliff.

:)
Thanks everyone

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Post by davidswhite » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:44 am

Cliff wrote "This is a Great tribute to Greg I feel! I'm sure that somewhere he feels quite happy! "

Of course he meant Jeff rather than Greg but,considering all the work he's managed so well on this,and the fact that he's lately been under the weather,it's amazing to me that he's been able to carry on running this tourney at the level of competence which he's maintained throughout.

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