Diary of an Open

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An open is a tournament which is attended by a large number, thirty up to a thousand, chess players of varying levels - from amateurs to grandmasters. Sponsors and contributions from players who pay an entry fee cover the prizes and organisation costs (tournament hall rental, payment of arbiters, etc.).

Chess has its own aristocracy, the elite playing in super tournaments and matches for the world chess crown. Those are widely covered in the media and the Internet. The names of legendary champions are known even to people remotely familiar with the ancient game - Kasparov, Karpov, Fischer, Capablanca, Carlsen ... Books are written about them, films and TV shows made.. The number of elite players is small – the 20-30 top players on the rating list of the International Chess Federation (FIDE).

But this is only the tip of the iceberg. According to various estimates, chess is played by between 100 and 600 million people. Professionals and semi-professionals make up from two to ten thousand of them. Opens are their bread and butter, as up to 95 percent of all chess competitions are open tournaments. A huge number of professional open tournaments with prize pools ranging from 5 to 200 thousand dollars are held throughout the world. They are attended by about one million people. This is the chess underground, with its unspoken rules, heroes, tragedies, dreams, virtually unknown to the public and the media.

I want to give you an example of life in a tournament, sharing my own thoughts and observations.

January 1

The night bus from Melbourne to Sydney slowly moved along the narrow road. In the middle of the coach without much comfort, I settled down with GM Rustam Khusnutdinov from Karaganda. My friend had a headache – he had celebrated New Year's Eve, and now felt lousy. I was also suffering, but in my own way – the girl behind me began to grumble as soon as I tried to lower the backrest. We had twelve hours to spend on the road.

The decision to go by bus was dictated by austerity – it saved us paying for a night at a hotel. In Sydney, this could mean an expensive 150 dollars for two. The night journey wasn’t the most comfy by any means; we were trying to sleep, but succeeded only on rare occasions. Rus connected to Wi - Fi and watched the Premier League, where my beloved Man Utd failed to reduce my discomfort and rather added to it. The best moment of the journey was a stop at an all-night cafe, where we indulged ourselves shamelessly. Big, bad, tasty portions of greasy french fries with ketchup compensated for the roughness of the road.

And about the weather.... Observation 1 - Buses.

I often travel long distances by bus. I did Warsaw to Paris in 1995 in two nights. The bus offers minimum comfort, but is the cheapest and most interesting form of travel. Low speed and frequent stops along the way give the most complete picture of the travelled terrain. The bus ensures chess players who aren’t top-level don’t forget about their social status in the modern world.

January 2

We arrived in the Australian megapolis at eight in the morning. Two young organisers of Chinese origin met us at the bus stop and we were immediately taken to the venue, not to the hotel as we had hoped. On the way, we stopped at a shopping mall, where they bought a camcorder. We then duly dumped our stuff in the tournament hall and waited several hours for the start of the first round. There was no rest after the long overnight trip - we got to the hotel only in the evening ...

Australian Open. Sydney, 2-11 January 2015

The largest Open in the southern hemisphere had just 106 participants - a living hell for the organisers. They expected a much larger number of amateur players, those who pay an entry fees to play, for now they were sure to be at financial loss. To top it all, the sponsor didn’t carry out its agreement, providing only one free room, not five as promised. It happens here in the Wild West - yes, indeed, everywhere.

The two tournament directors were about 21-22 years old. They were good people – they undertook a risky business, but here, in Sydney 2015 they were obviously down on their luck - they finished the tournament in the red. To reduce their costs, they had to recoup money as they could. The prize fund was reduced by a quarter, the first prize dropped from 8000 to 6000 Australian dollars, the second prize from 4000 to 2900, and so on. Frankly speaking, I was beyond caring. I just wanted to finish my month-long marathon, which had begun December 12 – the Sydney Open was already my fourth tournament in a row. I was only confused that I had to play 11 rounds instead of the planned 9. However, I heard about the opportunity to take a half-point bye on one of the days and almost immediately decided to miss the ninth round.

The competition was of typical composition - the rating favorite was the wonderfully-named Ni Hua of China [for those who speak Russian there is definitely a play on words bordering “no...penis” (to stay polite)], I was seeded second, followed by a local Chinese player, then another five GMs and a dozen masters. You can and should fight for money, but the main thing is to test yourself again and again.

Round 1 - Victor Bragin (Australia, 1925 - ELO rating, rather than the year of birth), black - victory. 
(1/1, shared 1-48 places)

Having recently retired, my opponent lost himself in chess-playing, but was clearly still inexperienced, and made ​​a pretty ridiculous mistake from the word go. He fought desperately, but two extra pawns provided me with a comfortable win. I played without due care but it was enough.

At length, we checked in to the hotel, and started looking around, to realise to what extent a hole in the middle of nowhere we found ourselves in. Roads, a deserted industrial area and a few small restaurants is all that will surround us for the next ten days. The supermarket had closed before we could get there so we had dinner in a Chinese restaurant. Our mood was dark and sleepy. And the next day we had another round, so we kept off the booze.

And about the weather.... Observation 2 - Rus (GM Rustam Khusnutdinov).

Rus was willing to prepare for his games for a few hours, and his enthusiasm, as well as knowledge, I can only envy. But it is true - he loves chess much more than me. We had shared hotel rooms for a month at this point - and so far we had managed not to drive each other crazy. We’re different, but this isn’t a problem really. Rus consumes an incredible amount of information - chess, football, social networks, Skype, TV shows, music. The Internet is basically his umbilical cord.

January 3. Round 2 - FM Gene Nakauchi (Australia, 2213), white - victory. 
(2/2 points, sharing 1-22 places)

Vasya [GM Vasily Papin - CN], who was sharing a room with the Australian GM Darryl Johansen, suggested also sharing Darryl’s car, and luckily for us Darryl was very kind; otherwise there could have been a problem - forty minutes bus rides and waiting under the scorching sun is not a pleasant prospect. Thank you, Darryl!

The game was surprisingly easy, my opponent didn’t know the subtleties of the opening and quickly got into a hopeless position. I thought for a while and found a forced win.

And about the weather.... Observation 3 – Double rounds.

Many of my peers hate double-rounds; when you have to play two games a day. But personally I love them, and regret there are so few of them. My favorite tournament in France is a three day event that includes seven rounds. I played there three times and won each time - perhaps by accident. But the fact is, I like to play non-stop. There is no time to get bored or to reflect on life. You play and then play some more. After all, the best entertainement during a tournament is to play chess.

Round 3 - IM Richard Jones (Wales, 2414), black - victory. 
(3/3, shared 1-6 places)

We had dinner in the same place, not cheap, but delicious. On a double-round day, almost no-one is on his best form - in the morning the players have not yet woken up, and after in the afternoon they are already tired! However, for me it’s different - I can easily get up early in the morning and sleep less than others - 5-6 hours suits me fine. In the third round, tough fights started, as the leader’s group had tightened. I had forgotten everything in the opening, but my opponent didn’t take his chance when he could have, and the game developed in my favor. Slowly I got the advantage and won after three and a half hours.

We decided to celebrate a Hard Day's Night in a good restaurant. We asked for beer and wine. Vasya was exhausted, Rus and me also were barely alive... Fucking expensive internet in the hotel! We continued to cut costs as much we could, and bought just one modem for both of us. The next morning we went to the liquor store and bought a couple of bottles of an excellent local red wine going for five dollars – just to make sure we’ll have something to wet our lips.

Rus and Vasya were right behind the leaders, with a draw and two wins.

And about the weather.... Observation 4 - Alcohol.

Chess players are no different from other people when it comes to alcohol consumption. Even among the top players in an era of athletic teetotalers, many still drink. Among professional players in open tournaments, one can find all sorts - from fans of the bottle to non-drinkers. Some say alcohol helps relieve nervous tension after a game, and thus makes it easier to fall asleep. Some pros, alas, drink too much. I love red wine, a glass or two in the evening, every evening. Vodka and whisky...less. Beer, no.

January 4Round 4 - FM Kanfell Gregory (Australia, 2331), white - victory. 
(4 points out of 4, shared 1-3 places)

In each of the first rounds, I had been very lucky in the opening, even though I hadn’t spent much time on preparation - 30-40 minutes in the morning, max. This time again I had a bit of luck. My opponent was predictable and didn’t pose serious problems. With White, I soon achieved a big advantage, though not the type that is easy to convert. A surprisingly good start: 4 out of 4.

That evening we had cheese and pita-bread with red wine.

Chess during the day. Lunch, dinner, Internet. That’s how we live. Very simple.

Good night!

Tomorrow also is a double round. No sex! Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. And try not to think of anything.

And about the weather.... Observation 5 - Sex.

It's safe to say that open tournaments aren’t compatible with sex. Most of participants in such events can’t financially afford to bring their wives or girlfriends. So they face a difficult choice – to be unloyal or to masturbate. However, the unmarried have a similar problem – lack of time, energy and money, difficulties in verbal communication, obsession with results strongly reduce their chances of a happy acquaintance. If in Russia, and former Soviet countries, a chessplayer is quite respected as a person and women still follow basic instincts, in Western countries the situation is much more complicated. Any professional will confirm this. Of course, chess has its own Don Juans, but they hardly play any opens. OK, prostitutes exist, but there are some drawbacks as well. Almost forgot about the best solution - sex should be forgotten altogether.

January 5th. Round 5 - GM Ni Hua (China, 2689), black - defeat.
(4 points out of 5, sharing 4-13 places)

In the morning, I faced my old Chinese friend. Without a doubt, he was favorite to win, but our previous games had been double-edged - in 2010 in Guangzhou I beat him in a rapid, but lost in Macau in 2007. Playing Black, I managed to surprise my opponent in the opening, he spent a lot of time, and at some point I had forty minutes more on the clock. But Ni Hua came up with a devious plan and the position became dangerous. The tension increased, White seized the initiative. Then it was necessary to think hard in order to try to solve my problems, but I fell into a trap. I put up as much resistance as I could, but all in vain… Ni is a member of Chinese team – who won the World Chess Olympiad last year. He did not leave me any second chances.

At that point nobody could imagine Ni Hua would finally get 10.5 points out of the 11 possible and win the event leaving his pursuers well behind.

And about the weather.... Observation 6 – Chinese players in world chess.

Some twenty years ago, the Chinese team was nowhere near contending as a world leader on the chess scene. Even our modest Kazakh team was rated above them. But times have changed quite rapidly. Already in 2005, China began to play a leading role in Asian chess and compete for the highest awards in team tournaments. Their first player to break the 2700 Elo-rating mark was Wang Yue in 2007, followed by Wang Hao and others, and today's young Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi are knocking on the door of the 2750 elite club. No wonder - China simply took chess up seriously. This year's world women's champion Hou Yifan has for the first time in 26 years pushed Judit Polgar out of her dominating role on the women's rating list. Anticipating this, the legendary Hungarian chess player hurried to announce the completion of her excellent sports career. In any open tournament of the world one can meet young Chinese players, and they will always be dangerous competitors.

Round 6 - GM Khusnutdinov Rustam (Kazakhstan, 2476), white - draw. 
(4.5 points out of 6, sharing 4-15 places)

I dined with Rus and waited for the pairing, which brought us closer together still. I had White and on the seventh move entered a variation where Rus knew all the details. An intense struggle ensued. I stood worse, but defended myself, secretly hoping for a counterattack, and after three hours of play I was very close to failure. Under time pressure, however, Rus loosened his grip, began to make mistakes, and I almost won. Draw - not a bad result, considering the course of the game.

The second double round day had seriously blew my standing. I was now stuck in a group running behind the leaders. The quality of my play was not very encouraging, but the weekend was approaching and I would be able to relax a little...

January 6

The free day presented the long-awaited escape to the city center. The hotel was a 45 minute underground journey from the beauty of the ocean that ran through the famous Harbour Bridge. I was happy to be reincarnated as a child, a carefree tourist walking around in circles, Sydney Opera House, the Bay, the beach, boat trips, souvenir shops and merciless photographing. Rus even met a fellow countryman named Serik. Karagandas encounter in Australia!

And about the weather.... Observation 7 - Rest days.

Organizers do not always spoil the participants with holidays. And not all the players like these days off during the tournament. In my opinion, at the Youth World Championships they are needed - sometimes kids need to be kids. And here also young eyes get a chance to see a new country. It's a little more complicated with adults. If the city is large and beautiful, it is a big plus; if it’s a remote isolated backwater job, best not distract the players. There’s always the possibility to go half way - to hold a blitz tournament, for example, and let everyone choose for himself.

7th January. Round 7 - FM Christopher Wallis (Australia, 2348), black - draw. 
(5 points out of 7, sharing 5-18 places)

My young, educated opponent spent the entire tournament on the rise and deservedly fulfilled the International Master norm. I knew that to win by conventional means will not be easy, but I decided to take no risks and play classical chess. Unfortunately, the opening didn’t go as well as planned. Christopher avoided my preparation and seized the initiative. Trying to keep some winning chances, I took a risk, and a terrible struggle ensued. He pressed, I defended. At some point, the Australian made ​​a mistake, lost control for just a moment, and I equalised. But then he pulled himself together and found several best moves in a row. We passed the first time control and found that no one could claim victory. Draw.

I had been sucked into the tournament swamp. My luck in the openings had disappeared with the first defeat, and less infamous rivals weren’t inferior in any of the aspect of the game. Moreover – they were showing superior opening preparation, accuracy and speed. I had to grin, bear with it and wait for better times to come.

For lunch, we had discovered a wonderful Thai restaurant. Excellent cuisine and reasonable prices. However, for dinner that evening, the Indian restaurant turned out to be a disaster. I was saved by the cheese and red wine awaiting in my room. Debilitating games, monotony and lack of communication with the human race, were getting me depressed. My soul demanded a vacation. I needed a breath of fresh air. And then, out of the blue, an unexpected encounter... And who knows - maybe sex?

And about the weather.... Observation 8 - Vasya (GM Vasily Papin).

It was the third week the three of us were in Australia. At the start of the Melbourne Open I had met with Vasily Papin over the board. For some, he’s just a solid GM, but for me, he has been Vasya for ten years already. Though the first time I heard his name as Papín – as a French chess player pronounced it during the Aeroflot open many years ago. Since then, Vasya and the famous French footballer from the early 90s, Jean-Pierre Papín, have always been blood-related in my mind. Vasya is cheerful and smart. An expert on the world. Only recently has he visited Angola, Venezuela, China, India and this wasn’t his first time in Australia either. Always has his camera with him at each tournament, shooting away and making videos. Very sociable guy and as a player, has a very original style.

January 8th. Round 8 - GM Johansen Darryl (Australia, 2404), white - victory. 
(6 points out of 8, sharing 3-7 places)

Johansen is the ultimate cool dude – a real hippie. Every morning, he drove our trio to the venue, with an accompanying soundtrack from the unforgettable '70s. It’s a pity I didn’t manage to have a drink with him.

Darryl is a little over fifty. His generation of Grandmasters listen to rock, read clever books and enjoy a strategic game. This is pre-computer era chess. They are great at understanding the position, able to think, but to play move by move is boring and uninteresting to them. Today, Darryl plays tournaments in his spare time, when he isn’t teaching the royal game. It’s common knowledge in the pro circuit that this is a relatively good pairing. I, of course, was aware of it too. At the beginning of the game, Johansen made ​​a mistake and got into a difficult position. But I started to drift and lost my entire advantage. Hating myself, I still continued applying pressure and sought to find even the slightest chance of winning. After four hours of play, my rival blundered – he either got bored or ran out of energy. In an agonizing struggle, I managed to scrape a win by the skin of my teeth. My standing improved significantly.

And about the weather.... Observation 9 - Books and movies.

The whole tournament I read the book "Changing", by the famous actress Liv Ullmann. The muse of Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman remains true to herself. Describing her life and work, she is simple, sincere and honest. One night out of boredom I discovered the fabulous cinematographic world of Paolo Pasolini and began to sink rapidly into his wonderful characters. Under no other director have I come to observe actors like in his films; it’s funny to say even their faces are quite unique, an exclusive experience. Mesmerizing.

On 9 January. Round 9 - Draw without playing. 
(6.5 points out of 9, sharing 3-9 places)

Everybody played this round, except one GM-tourist-professional from distant Kazakhstan. Strictly speaking, it was not very smart, but you have to pay for your curiosity, and it was the first time I had ever earned half a point before leaving the hotel room.

And about the weather.... Observation 10 - Exception to the rule (happy).

My online dating had rapidly evolved. Dasha - 33 years old, a native of Siberia, living in Australia for more than ten years. Married. A daughter of four years of age. She was keen to invite guests to a luxury five-star hotel suite where her family was staying. I called. Alex, her husband, picked up the phone. 
- We are waiting for you, come. 
- What should I bring? 
- We already have wine. Come with a friend. 
  Dasha had made ​​it clear beforehand that her husband knew everything about our exchanges via the website and telephone. Rus refused to go with me, so I went for a solitary escapade. No war involved though. 
- If you stay the night, then sleep on your back - my friend jokingly advised. 
- No worries, I’ll remember that - I winked. 
Dasha met me in the lobby of the hotel - in real life she was no less beautiful than in her photos on the dating site. I was in luck. 
- Come, my daughter is already asleep. 
The three of us sat in the bedroom and talked. They were wonderful people: educated, intelligent and sincere. I had opened a door to a new, incredible world. 
- The Australians are straightforward and simple. They can be nice to talk to, but speak strongly about things - said Alex, a 45-year-old Muscovite, with twenty years of Australian experience. 
I was familiar with this problem of Russian intellectuals abroad - the Western world presents a simplified model of man. It is impossible to speak about the meaning of life, physics, or jazz with an ordinary representative of the Anglo-Saxon world – they simply don’t understand. 
Over a bottle of chilled white wine, the evening flowed smoothly into the warm Australian night. 
- We've been married for eight years. And since the first month of our marriage we’ve invited a third party into our intamacy, men and women, it depends. No one has ever forced anyone – we let people act according to their own free will. The intrigue remains to the end - Dasha added. 
- I'm not into any gay stuff - Alex reassured me just in case. - But this way of life is the only way to keep the family together in the modern world. Loving, we do not limit ourselves to communication with each other and get acquainted with people in order to strengthen our relationship. 
We then proceeded to play truth-or-dare with slight nuance in the rules. You have to answer any question sincerely and honestly, or get punished. We were getting more and more sincere.
I have not yet met a chessplayer - said the girl whom I liked more and more with each passing minute. - Therefore, we decided to call you.
- Murtas, I'll help you. Your punishment is to bathe Dasha - Alex decided to play along with me. 
We went to the bathroom. From an excess of tenderness, I nearly lost my mind. But it was just a game, and I played along, with a soft washcloth under warm running water. Even her child's awakening didn’t stop the game and was seen as just a minor setback. 
Dasha went to calm her daughter. I continued to talk with Lesha. He talked about Moscow, about the old and the new work of Australian life. 
- Do not be distracted. If Dasha comes now, we will give her a massage - she wants to continue. After putting her daughter back to bed, Dasha returned naked. She was beaming with happiness and beauty. 
- Lie down, beautiful. This is what us guys have been waiting for - her husband commanded. 
In the bright light of the bedside lamp, she was just gorgeous. Happiness filled my heart to the very limit...

January 10th. Round 10 - GM Vasily Papin (Russia, 2513), white - draw. 
(7 points out of 10, shared 4-9 places)

I woke up the next morning at seven on the couch. My head was spinning a little, and I began to prepare for the game – I had brought my laptop with me. Vasya is a difficult opponent, but still, I needed to win, and prepared seriously. I wanted to stay longer, but had to rush to the metro station. On Saturdays, trains run infrequently. In anticipation, I spent 40 minutes in the unbearably stuffy Sydney subway. I was lucky not to be late for the game.

At the hotel I was met with two pairs of the most inquisitive eyes in the world.

- Well, how was it??? - asked Vasya and Rus in unison.

- Super! - said the proud returnee and I launched into the story of my unexpected adventure. Everyone was excited, lively.

Unusually overwhelmed by the night's emotion, I attacked, but Vasya desperately defended. Papin is a great defender. I lost control of the game, and only narrowly escaped disaster.

- You know, I could not lose today. People would then have told legends about your Australian triumphs - explained the Russian after the game. But I also had no right to lose - to disappoint my new friends would be very annoying.

I was terribly upset. Not to win this position! I blamed myself. But checking the game on the computer showed that I wasn’t winning after all. I was greatly surprised, but soon calmed down.

We had dinner this time in a nice, solid, Chinese restaurant, but no one was cheerful - Rus had lost an important game and the second place lead with it. Soon after, the pairing for the final round was announced.

And about the weather.... Observation 11 - Before the last round.

Almost all (with rare exceptions - like here, with Ni Hua) opens are decided in the last round; who wins the prizes thus the money. You can take the jackpot, you can be left with nothing. Therefore, the number one task is to get to the last round with a chance of a prize. Goal number two - play well in the crucial game. 
In recent years, more and more strong players have sprung up out of nowhere - due mostly to the Internet, computer chess programs (engines) and a publicly-accessible databases such as ChessBase. Maybe it isn’t that the prizes in open tournaments have become smaller, maybe the competition has just increased many times over. And the stress with it. 
The last round is often played in the morning - the organizers save on hotel expenses, and many amateurs hurry home. For the professional the situation is not very pleasant, but his opinion matters little. You will agree that it isn’t very logical to start each game in the afternoon, and then on the most important day - in the morning. Wouldn’t it be better then to play in the morning everyday? I'm not complaining, quite the contrary, I'm an early bird, and in the morning I often play better than many of my rivals. They struggle.

January 11. Round 11 - GM Zhao Zong-Yuan (Australia, 2564), black - victory. 
(8 points out of 11, sharing 2-3 places)

I get a message from Dasha - in the evening, she and Alex were inviting Rus and I to come pay a visit.

Alas, this eventuality had to be aborted. That morning, it was not only necessary to quickly prepare for the game, but also to leave the hotel with our luggage - the bus to Melbourne would depart at 19.00.

Zhao Zhong Yuan is the best Australian player and a strong grandmaster. However, recently he has been more busy studying medicine than chess. It increased my chances. It was necessary to win with black – he was ahead of me by half a point.

My opponent plays every opening in the book, so I limited myself to a ten-minute preparation. I had to try to maintain a fresh mindset. I drank a double dose of vitamin C. For courage, and confidence too. Papin also encouraged me:

- Murtas, put on a suit, show everyone that you’re coming to claim a big prize.

For a whole month I had carried around my white suit in a large suitcase, but never put it on - the heat and the Australian habit of dressing in shorts and sandals didn’t permit it.

I took Vasya’s advice and appeared at the scene of the crime dressed for the occasion. The game quickly went according to the best scenario - neither my opponent nor I knew the intricacies of the opening variation. The position was precarious, I strained my mind to the full extent – at some point you could even see smoke steaming out of my ears. Zhao was also sweating blood. For 2.5 hours, a tough balanced fight ensued, but the white suit and the Chinese player's tired look gave me extra strength. I soon obtained a minimal advantage, and my opponent started to slip into time trouble. Then, after a long period in which I could not make the slightest progress, I set the last trap. Finding the right defence wasn’t easy, and with his time running out, Zhao made ​​a mistake, giving me the greater chance of a full point. The game moved into the endgame, the position remained difficult, somewhere I miscalculated, but was lucky – I did not lose my advantage.

The game lasted for more than five hours, the last mistake was my opponent's, his knight was lost, and the game was soon over. The future doctor congratulated me on my victory, and we went off to analyze the game. I was happy.

And about the weather.... Observation 12 - Closing.

The closing ceremony at an open tournament is usually quite a routine procedure. The medalists want to quickly get their money and go about their business. The losers leave the playing area before that. Organisers and the like get to talk at this point. The exact same thing happened in Sydney – we were allowed the ritual tradition of never-ending speeches.

1. GM Ni Hua - 10.5 points, 4800 US dollars
2-3. GM Kazhgaleyev, IM Illingworth - 8 points, 1720 US dollars each
4-12. GM Khusnutdinov, GM Papin, GM Zhao Zong-Yuan, GM Smerdon, IM Lee, IM Cheng et al. - 7.5 points, 280 US dollars each.

The organisers had forgotten about foreigners playing in their tournament, and had prepared cheques drawn out by Australian banks. I managed to avoid any problems with this - it was solved by the main inspirer and organiser of our Australian adventure Leonid Sandler. It was in his home that we had celebrated the New Year 2015 and in a very suitable fashion. A huge thank you to him!

... Once again, the night bus, this time Sydney - Melbourne, slowly moving along the narrow road. And again in the middle of the coach two seats are occupied by Rus and myself. The chessplayers were damn tired, but at least one of them wasn’t feeling it so bad.

[Event "Australian Open 2015"] [Site "Sydney AUS"] [Date "2015.01.02"] [Round "1.1"] [White "Braguine, Victor"] [Black "Kazhgaleyev, Murtas"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A13"] [WhiteElo "1925"] [BlackElo "2573"] [PlyCount "104"] [EventDate "2015.01.02"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "AUS"] 1. c4 e6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. Ne5 Qd4 6. Nf3 Qc5 7. O-O Nbd7 8. Qc2 Bd6 9. Na3 Nb6 10. b3 cxb3 11. Qxc5 Bxc5 12. axb3 Nbd5 13. d4 Bb4 14. Nd2 Bc3 15. Rb1 Bxd4 16. Bb2 Bxb2 17. Rxb2 Bd7 18. b4 Ke7 19. e4 Nb6 20. Rc1 Rhc8 21. e5 Nfd5 22. Ne4 a6 23. Nc5 Bc6 24. Nc4 Nxc4 25. Rxc4 Bb5 26. Rg4 b6 27. Ne4 g6 28. Nf6 c6 29. Nxh7 a5 30. Bxd5 exd5 31. Ng5 a4 32. Rf4 Rf8 33. Nh7 a3 34. Ra2 Bc4 35. Ra1 Rfd8 36. Rf6 Rdc8 37. Ng5 d4 38. Ne4 Bd5 39. Nd6 Rcb8 40. f4 a2 41. f5 g5 42. Nxf7 Bxf7 43. Rxc6 Rc8 44. Rxb6 Bd5 45. Rd6 Rd8 46. Rg6 d3 47. Kf2 d2 48. Ke2 Bc4+ 49. Kd1 Bb3+ 50. Ke2 d1=Q+ 51. Rxd1 Bxd1+ 52. Ke3 Ra3+ 0-1 [Event "Australian Open 2015"] [Site "Sydney AUS"] [Date "2015.01.03"] [Round "3.2"] [White "Jones, RS."] [Black "Kazhgaleyev, Murtas"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B18"] [WhiteElo "2414"] [BlackElo "2573"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2015.01.02"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "AUS"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 e6 8. Ne5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Nd7 11. f4 Bb4+ 12. c3 Bd6 13. Qe2 Qc7 14. Bd2 Ngf6 15. O-O-O O-O 16. Ne4 Nxe4 17. Qxe4 f5 18. Qe2 Nf6 19. Qc4 Rfe8 20. h5 Bxe5 21. fxe5 Ng4 22. Qe2 c5 23. Kb1 Rad8 24. Be3 Qc6 25. Bg1 b5 26. Rh3 c4 27. Re1 a5 28. Rc1 Rd5 29. Rg3 Rb8 30. Be3 Rd7 31. Bd2 Kh8 32. Rf1 b4 33. Ka1 Qd5 34. Qe1 Rbd8 35. Qc1 Kh7 36. Bf4 bxc3 37. bxc3 Rb7 38. Qc2 Rdb8 39. Qa4 Qe4 0-1 [Event "Australian Open 2015"] [Site "Sydney AUS"] [Date "2015.01.03"] [Round "2.2"] [White "Kazhgaleyev, Murtas"] [Black "Nakauchi, G."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A60"] [WhiteElo "2573"] [BlackElo "2213"] [PlyCount "55"] [EventDate "2015.01.02"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "AUS"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nf3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. Bd3 a6 8. h3 Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. a4 c4 11. Bc2 Nbd7 12. Nc3 Re8 13. Be3 h6 14. Qe2 Qc7 15. Nd2 Nc5 16. Qxc4 Bd7 17. e5 Rxe5 18. b4 Ne6 19. dxe6 Qxc4 20. Nxc4 Rxe6 21. Nb6 Rd8 22. Bb3 d5 23. Rad1 Bc6 24. Ncxd5 Bxd5 25. Nxd5 Red6 26. Nxf6+ Bxf6 27. Rxd6 Rxd6 28. Rd1 1-0 [Event "Australian Open 2015"] [Site "Sydney AUS"] [Date "2015.01.04"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Kazhgaleyev, Murtas"] [Black "Canfell, G."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E94"] [WhiteElo "2573"] [BlackElo "2331"] [PlyCount "75"] [EventDate "2015.01.02"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "AUS"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O c6 8. Qc2 Re8 9. Rd1 exd4 10. Nxd4 Qe7 11. f3 Nbd7 12. Bg5 h6 13. Bh4 Ne5 14. Bf1 Be6 15. b3 g5 16. Bf2 Nh5 17. Qd2 Nf4 18. Kh1 a6 19. Rac1 Rad8 20. g3 Nh3 21. Be3 Bc8 22. Bg2 Qf6 23. Rf1 Qg6 24. Rce1 g4 25. f4 h5 26. Nf5 Nf3 27. Bxf3 gxf3 28. Nxg7 Qxg7 29. Bd4 Qg4 30. Bf6 Rd7 31. f5 f2 32. Re3 b5 33. Qd3 b4 34. Nd1 c5 35. Nxf2 Nxf2+ 36. Rxf2 Bb7 37. Rf4 Qh3 38. Kg1 1-0 [Event "Australian Open 2015"] [Site "Sydney AUS"] [Date "2015.01.05"] [Round "5.1"] [White "Ni Hua"] [Black "Kazhgaleyev, Murtas"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B12"] [WhiteElo "2689"] [BlackElo "2573"] [PlyCount "63"] [EventDate "2015.01.02"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "AUS"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. c4 cxd4 6. cxd5 Qxd5 7. Nc3 Qa5 8. Bb5+ Nc6 9. Bxc6+ bxc6 10. Qxd4 Bxf3 11. gxf3 e6 12. Be3 Ne7 13. O-O Nf5 14. Qc4 Rc8 15. f4 Be7 16. Rfd1 g5 17. Ne4 gxf4 18. Bxf4 O-O 19. Nd6 Rcd8 20. Rd3 Bxd6 21. exd6 Rd7 22. Qxc6 Qd8 23. Re1 Qc8 24. Qe4 Re8 25. Be5 f6 26. Bxf6 Kf7 27. Be5 Rg8+ 28. Kf1 Qa6 29. a3 Nxd6 30. Qe2 Ke7 31. Bf6+ Kf8 32. Bg7+ 1-0 [Event "Australian Open 2015"] [Site "Sydney AUS"] [Date "2015.01.05"] [Round "6.2"] [White "Kazhgaleyev, Murtas"] [Black "Khusnutdinov, R."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B51"] [WhiteElo "2573"] [BlackElo "2476"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2015.01.02"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "AUS"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nc6 4. O-O Bd7 5. c3 Nf6 6. Re1 a6 7. Ba4 b5 8. Bc2 Bg4 9. a4 g6 10. d4 cxd4 11. cxd4 Bg7 12. Be3 O-O 13. Nbd2 Bd7 14. axb5 axb5 15. Rxa8 Qxa8 16. h3 Nb4 17. Bb1 Rc8 18. Bg5 Qa4 19. b3 Qa3 20. Nf1 h6 21. Bh4 Na2 22. Bxf6 Nc3 23. Qd2 exf6 24. Bc2 Qb2 25. Ne3 h5 26. e5 d5 27. Kh1 Be6 28. exf6 Bxf6 29. g4 hxg4 30. Nxg4 Bxg4 31. hxg4 Ne4 32. Bxe4 Qxd2 33. Nxd2 dxe4 34. d5 Bh4 35. Nxe4 f5 36. gxf5 gxf5 37. Nd6 Bxf2 38. Rf1 Rc2 39. Nxf5 Rd2 40. b4 Bd4 41. Re1 Bc3 42. Re4 Kf8 43. d6 Rd5 44. Rf4 Ke8 45. Kg2 Kd7 46. Kf3 Bxb4 47. Ne3 1/2-1/2 [Event "Australian Open 2015"] [Site "Sydney AUS"] [Date "2015.01.07"] [Round "7.3"] [White "Wallis, C."] [Black "Kazhgaleyev, Murtas"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E46"] [WhiteElo "2348"] [BlackElo "2573"] [PlyCount "128"] [EventDate "2015.01.02"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "AUS"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2 d5 6. a3 Bd6 7. Ng3 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. b4 Bb6 10. Bb2 Nc6 11. Be2 Qe7 12. cxd5 Rd8 13. d6 Rxd6 14. Qc2 Bd7 15. Nce4 Nxe4 16. Nxe4 Rd5 17. O-O Rc8 18. Qb3 Be8 19. Rfd1 Rcd8 20. Bc4 Rxd1+ 21. Rxd1 Bc7 22. Rxd8 Qxd8 23. f4 e5 24. Ng5 Qe7 25. Qd3 g6 26. Ne4 a6 27. Nc3 Bb8 28. Nd5 Qd8 29. a4 Qd6 30. Bc3 exf4 31. exf4 Ba7+ 32. Kf1 Kf8 33. b5 axb5 34. axb5 Ne7 35. b6 Bxb6 36. Be5 Qc5 37. Nxb6 Qxb6 38. Bd6 Bc6 39. Ba3 Ke8 40. Qd6 Qb1+ 41. Kf2 Qe4 42. Qb8+ Kd7 43. Qd6+ Ke8 44. Qb8+ Kd7 45. Qd6+ Kc8 46. Bxf7 Qc2+ 47. Ke1 Qc3+ 48. Kf2 Qc2+ 49. Ke1 Qe4+ 50. Kd2 Qxg2+ 51. Kc1 Qg1+ 52. Kd2 Qxh2+ 53. Kc3 Qg3+ 54. Kd2 Qf2+ 55. Kc1 Qe3+ 56. Kb2 Qe2+ 57. Kc1 Qe1+ 58. Kb2 Qf2+ 59. Kc1 Qe3+ 60. Kb2 Bd5 61. Bxd5 Qd2+ 62. Kb1 Qd3+ 63. Kb2 Qd4+ 64. Kb1 Qd3+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Australian Open 2015"] [Site "Sydney AUS"] [Date "2015.01.08"] [Round "8.3"] [White "Kazhgaleyev, Murtas"] [Black "Johansen, D."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A40"] [WhiteElo "2573"] [BlackElo "2404"] [PlyCount "115"] [EventDate "2015.01.02"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "AUS"] 1. d4 e6 2. c4 Bb4+ 3. Nc3 c5 4. Nf3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. g3 O-O 7. Bg2 d5 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Bd2 Bc5 10. Nb3 Bb6 11. Nxd5 exd5 12. Bc3 Be6 13. O-O Nc6 14. e3 Qg5 15. a4 a6 16. Nd4 Ba7 17. f4 Qh6 18. Qd3 Bh3 19. Nf3 Rfe8 20. Rfe1 Bxg2 21. Kxg2 Rad8 22. Rad1 Qe6 23. b4 h6 24. b5 axb5 25. axb5 Ne7 26. Bd4 Bxd4 27. exd4 Qd7 28. Re2 Ng6 29. Ne5 Nxe5 30. dxe5 d4 31. Re4 Qd5 32. Kf2 Qc5 33. Kf3 Ra8 34. Qxd4 Qxb5 35. Qd5 Qb2 36. Re2 Qb6 37. Qd6 Qb5 38. Qd3 Qc6+ 39. Qe4 Ra3+ 40. Re3 Rxe3+ 41. Kxe3 Qc5+ 42. Kf3 b5 43. Rd7 b4 44. Rb7 Qc3+ 45. Kg2 Qd2+ 46. Kh3 Qd1 47. Rxb4 Rd8 48. Rb2 h5 49. Re2 Rd4 50. Qa8+ Kh7 51. Qf3 g6 52. f5 Rd3 53. fxg6+ fxg6 54. Qf7+ Kh8 55. Re4 Rf3 56. Qxg6 Qf1+ 57. Kh4 Rf4+ 58. Kg5 1-0 [Event "Australian Open 2015"] [Site "Sydney AUS"] [Date "2015.01.10"] [Round "10.3"] [White "Kazhgaleyev, Murtas"] [Black "Papin, V."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D45"] [WhiteElo "2573"] [BlackElo "2513"] [PlyCount "101"] [EventDate "2015.01.02"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "AUS"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. e3 Nf6 5. Nf3 a6 6. c5 b6 7. cxb6 Nbd7 8. Bd3 c5 9. b3 cxd4 10. exd4 Bb4 11. Bd2 Qxb6 12. Na4 Qb8 13. O-O a5 14. Bxb4 Qxb4 15. Rc1 O-O 16. Rc7 Nb6 17. Nc5 Nbd7 18. Na4 Nb6 19. Nxb6 Qxb6 20. Qc2 a4 21. b4 Qxb4 22. Rb1 Qd6 23. Ng5 Bd7 24. Bxh7+ Kh8 25. Bd3 Qf4 26. Nf3 Rfc8 27. Rbb7 Rxc7 28. Rxc7 Kg8 29. Qc3 Be8 30. Ne5 Ng4 31. Nxg4 Qxg4 32. h3 Qd1+ 33. Kh2 a3 34. Bc2 Qe2 35. f4 Qb5 36. Qe3 Qb6 37. Rc5 Qb8 38. h4 Ba4 39. Bd3 Qb2 40. Qe5 Qf2 41. Kh3 Bd1 42. f5 exf5 43. Bxf5 Qxa2 44. Rc7 Qb3+ 45. Kh2 Qb6 46. Rxf7 Kxf7 47. Qxd5+ Kf6 48. Qe5+ Kf7 49. Qd5+ Kf6 50. Qe5+ Kf7 51. Qd5+ 1/2-1/2 [Event "Australian Open 2015"] [Site "Sydney AUS"] [Date "2015.01.11"] [Round "11.2"] [White "Zhao Zong Yuan"] [Black "Kazhgaleyev, Murtas"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A04"] [WhiteElo "2564"] [BlackElo "2573"] [PlyCount "121"] [EventDate "2015.01.02"] [EventRounds "11"] [EventCountry "AUS"] 1. Nf3 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. g3 Nbd7 4. Bg2 e5 5. c4 c6 6. Nc3 e4 7. Ng5 d5 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. Qb3 h6 10. Nh3 Nb6 11. O-O Be7 12. Bf4 O-O 13. Be5 Nh5 14. Rfc1 Bd6 15. Bxd6 Qxd6 16. Nb5 Qd8 17. f3 exf3 18. exf3 Nc4 19. Nf2 Nf6 20. Nc3 Be6 21. Nd3 Na5 22. Qd1 Qb6 23. Ne2 Bf5 24. b3 Rfe8 25. Nc5 Nc6 26. Rc3 Re7 27. Bf1 Rae8 28. Rac1 Nb4 29. Qd2 Bh3 30. Re1 Bxf1 31. Kxf1 Qa5 32. a4 Nc6 33. Rc2 Qb6 34. Rcc1 Na5 35. Rc3 Nc6 36. Rcc1 Qb4 37. Qxb4 Nxb4 38. Nf4 Rxe1+ 39. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 40. Kxe1 b6 41. Nb7 g5 42. Ne2 Ne8 43. Nc3 Kf8 44. Nb5 a6 45. N5d6 Nc2+ 46. Kf2 Nxd4 47. b4 Ke7 48. Nxe8 Kxe8 49. a5 bxa5 50. bxa5 Nb3 51. Nd6+ Ke7 52. Nf5+ Ke6 53. Nxh6 Nxa5 54. h4 gxh4 55. gxh4 f5 56. Ke3 Nc6 57. h5 Ne7 58. Kd4 Kf6 59. f4 a5 60. Kc5 a4 61. Kb4 0-1 


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