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4NCL Impressions: No Country for Old Men

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Friday, 17 May 2013

by GM Danny Gormally

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Games against juniors I find a harrowing experience. Not only do they tend to be massively underrated, but they tend to have the kind of self-belief and fearlessness, tactical sharpness that I had 20 years ago, before I became old, developed a squint and lost all my hair and teeth.

In fact my chances of winning the last two British Chess championships (which admittedly were slim in any case) were ruined by losses to 2100 rated juniors, something that still rankles with me I must admit. This year it's war!

Of late though I have been doing better against juniors. I tend to remind myself during the game, "they are just human, remember that, they are not machines... they can be beaten..."

In the recently completed English Chess League I had a crucial game in the relegation against the up and coming Yang-Fan Zhou. I was playing for Blackthorne Transport, sponsored by a company who deliver freight to Russia (no questions asked)  and we needed to beat Guildford 2 to have a chance of staying up.

Yang-Fan Zhou is perhaps best known for once scoring 9/9 in the Brighton masters, the only time I'm aware of, outside Bobby Fischer, (the 1963-64 US Champs, where he scored an extraordinary 11/11) someone scoring 100 percent in an international tournament over nine rounds or more. Perhaps the readers know of other examples?

Natalia Pogonina pulled a Fischer at World Mind Sports Games in 2008 by winning all 11 games and scoring a 2941 performance -

Zhou Yang Fan (2442) - Gormally Daniel (2507), 0-1

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Other posts by GM Danny Gormally:
One move, one line - Part II
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Would Carlsen have beaten Capablanca?

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1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 06:51 22 2013 .
1.I think had Zhao refrained from pushing his h pawn up Black would have had a tough time breaking up White's defences. 
2.I remember reading a report describing Fischer (11-)as winning the Exhibition and the runner-up as winning the Tournament :)

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