Malahide Millenium 2017 – Report
I will post a full report over the next weekend as I am exhausted from what was a very tiring weekend of chess. A real mixed weekend for me as I managed to win this tournament for the tenth time, albeit jointly, which was the frustrating part. While the more enjoyable part was some interesting chess and a crazy game against Reinhold Mueller which was a wild and tense affair. As can be seen from the diagram below:
The draw from the previous round, with joint winner Mel Ó Cinnéide was a frustrating game in which Mel only made one real actual blunder that allowed me a winning position. One that nevertheless required some accuracy and again with time pressure being a factor for both of us I missed a few chances that allowed Mel bail out into a drawn opposite colour bishops ending.
So having got a win in a very nice game against Reinhold Mueller with some strong opening play and a nice tactical blow. Mel had put me under more pressure having to beat both Reinhold Mueller and Bartlomiej Cichonski in rounds five and six. His impressive play against Reinhold was illustrated well by Blacks next move in the diagram below:
Incredibly Bartlomiej Cichonski had previously resigned against Mel in a completely drawn position if that is, Bart had seen and played an amazing resource which was as strange as it was rare. As can be seen from the diagram below, White looks to have a devasting attack with the threat of Qe7 leading to mate, and Bart resigned thinking there was no defense. Can you see what he missed?
I had a tough game myself against Bart in the last round and after having a very lucky draw at the NCC a while back, I think Bart has improved alot in the last couple of years and seems to play strongly up to a point, only to then go astray when he thinks his position is worse than it is.
He had a drawn game against 2600 GM Sebastian Maze at the aforementioned NCC and only lost at the very last difficult moments. The game notes confirm that Bart had a draw with best play.
In our last round game, the position below is better for White but not as much as might be assumed, and the blunder Black made seemed to be indicative of the way Bart sometimes goess astray, though less and less so as he keeps improving.
Game annotations to follow.
Six players ended on 3.5 in joint third. Mel and myself won with 5.5/6 and Mel wins the title of Leinster Champion on tie break too.
Luke Scott won a nice King pawn endgame in the intermediate section to share joint first. Full details of all events is on the offical Malahide Chess Club website