First Live Tournament Coverage

First Live Tournament Coverage

IM dpruess
Sep 1, 2009, 2:31 PM |

Yesterday we did our first live coverage of a chess event, with the last round of the super exciting NH Tournament in Amsterdam. This event pits a team of "Rising Stars" vs a team of "Experience" in a pairing system known as "Schevenningen," wherein each member of one team plays everyone on the other team, but nobody on their own team. In this case, it was a double-round event: each player played white and black against each member of the opposing team. The "experience" team this year was given a boost with some rather young players, but who nevertheless have a good amount of top-level experience.

From a sporting standpoint, the most important "action" of the day was already finished by the time we started our broadcast (we skipped the first hour of slow opening moves largely because, as broadcasters, we are aiming for 3-4 hour broadcasts rather than 6 hours). With a quick draw, 24-year-old Dutch Champion Jan Smeets had clinched the top score of any member of the Rising Stars team, thus earning the big prize: an invitation to next year's Melody Amber Tournament.

From a chess point of view, the most important action was just heating up. The two games I had selected to broadcast did prove to be very interesting, and were the only two games with decisive results. If you want to watch our coverage, you can still do so on-demand at . But my main reason for posting this is that if you *did* see the coverage, and wanted to look over the games, I am uploading them here in the viewer. These were great games by the two top-scoring members of the "experience" team to put an exclamation point on their own events and their team's overall victory.




5-time Russian Champ, Peter Svidler






This first game is a clash between the current U.S. and Russian Champions:

Hats off to Nakamura for starting such a serious fight in round 10 of a tournament where he had been ill the whole time. Few other players would have given us that much entertainment.

GM Peter Heine Nielsen

GM Peter Heine Nielsen of Denmark is at the highest rating of his career. He also had the highest individual score in the event.

In the next game, the other Peter begins an attack as early as move 9 with black, as if he thought he were playing against a small child! Well, actually, he was playing with a 15 year old, Chinese Women's Champion Hou Yifan! But there's noone in the world who can afford to treat her like a child over the board: she is already a strong Grandmaster!

Very strong play! Thanks to the players, and once again, thanks to the Max Euwe Foundation for putting on this event, and giving us the right to broadcast their games!