PrawnEatsPrawn Invitational #2

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Second Round

Posted by PrawnEatsPrawn on 9/17/10 at 7:11 AM

Dear All,


Firstly, a big thank you to those players that were eliminated in the first round. I hope that they enjoyed the tournament and learnt something about an important sideline.


Secondly, the second round seems to have taken on a rather lopsided look, with one section appearing much stronger than the other. Don't blame me, not my fault!


Finally, I've noticed that smileative hasn't logged on for a while and has begun losing games on time since his vacation expired. I can only hope he returns soon.


All the best



TD: PrawnEatsPrawn Started on April 22, 2010 at 2:28 AM
Players: 15   Time Control: 3 days/move
Max Group Size: 5   Rating Range: Open
# Advance: 2   Tie Breaks: Yes
Points Available: 375   Games Rated: Yes

Tournament Stats
Starting Players: 15 Completed Games: 90 (tournament is 100% complete)
Eliminated Round 1: 8 (53% of field) Games in Round 1: 60
Eliminated Round 2: 3 (20% of field) Games in Round 2: 18
Eliminated Round 3: 4 (26% of field) Games in Round 3: 12
Players Withdrawn: 1 (6%) # Timeouts: 9 (10%)
Remaining Players: 3 (20%) Remaining Games: 0 (current round)
Average Rating: 1691 Biggest Upset: 1436 defeats 1920

The Man:

Lev Abramovich Polugaevsky  (20 November 1934 – 30 August 1995) was an International Grandmaster of chess and frequent contender for the world chess championship, although he never achieved that title. He was one of the strongest players in the world from the late 1960s until the early 1980s, as well as a distinguished author and opening theorist whose contributions in this field remain important to the present day.


The Opening:

The Polugaevsky variation is a chess opening, and a line in the Najdorf Variation of the Sicilian Defence, noted for its sharpness and tactical play and devised by the Soviet International Grandmaster Lev Polugaevsky.

After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6, the Najdorf Variation, White's usual response is 6.Bg5, pinning Black's knight. 6. ... e6 continues development for Black, then White then aims to destroy Black's kingside pawn structure with 7.f4. After this, 7. ... b5 is the defining move of the Polugaevsky Variation (see diagram), launching a counterattack at White's queenside.




If white continues the attack on the kingside we reach positions which are highly tactical. For example;

8.e5 dxe5 9.fxe5 Qc7! 10.exf6 Qe5+!, where we reach the position as shown in the second diagram, and Black regains the lost piece through the fork on the king. This is the usual line in this variation, and from this point onwards play is extremely tactical, leading to a sharp, dynamic game on both sides.




  • 4 years ago


    Twenty one months later! who would have thought, such a small tournament could take so long?


    Well done to all competitors for taking part.

  • 5 years ago


    Well done to all who made it to the last round! I bet you can taste those Lev trophies already. Laughing


    Comiserations and a big thank you to those valiant fallers. Good effort and keep trying! Smile

  • 6 years ago


    It seems that my email did the trick, toadessa has advanced instead of algernonn in Group 3. Well done!

  • 6 years ago


    Dear Staff Member,

    With the closing of algernonn's account, I have been left one short for the next round of the tournament. I have no idea what are the normal protocols for such an event but would like the 3rd placed played in his group (toadessa) to advance in his place. Is this possible? can you help me with this task?

    Take a look at group 3:

    Thanks for your time and effort.

    Best regards.

  • 6 years ago


    ::running in breathlessly::  what about me?

    Ok, not really. 

  • 6 years ago


    @ Paul

    yes, it will have to be someone who played in round 1 (they bought the ticket with their efforts). There will be other tournaments of similar ilk in the future and new friends will get their chances.

    Thanks for your opinion.


    @ playing roster generally

    It's late evening here now and when I get up tomorrow morning I will email Support.... so speak now or forever hold your peace.

  • 6 years ago


    It's your decision, Prawn.  I would love to advance of course, but Deckers has a better record and is probably the stronger player, so it would be fair if you chose him instead.  We're all here for fun, no one will have any hard feelings either way.  I'm sorry that Algernonn had to go.

  • 6 years ago


    Bring up the next plyer from his group

  • 6 years ago




    All pairings are managed by the system. Not guilty M'lud!

  • 6 years ago


    Heehee.  Afaf and Mark are in the same group.  Good work, Prawn.

  • 6 years ago


    Interesting and relevant Bill Wall article:

  • 6 years ago


    Here's the list of those that were invited (so far):


    (EDIT: since the start of the tournament this link has contained less/different data and should now be ignored in the context of this post).

    If anyone already registered knows of anyone decent (i.e. no engine users) who would like to play then please forward their name.

  • 6 years ago


    Oooh, b5 instead of Be7~  lol.  I think I sometimes transpose these two anyhow? 

  • 6 years ago


    Do the two diagrams (above) show game positions or only placeholders?

    p.s. Won't allow me to post interactive diagrams, so I hope screen captures will suffice.

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