Internet Chess Club Open

By Davide Nastasio

Three years ago, the Internet Chess Club (ICC) began to organize a yearly, very strong, open online tournament. In that time I was just beginning to play chess, but I heard wonderful things about the ICC. One of the common rumors was that the players there were stronger than on other chess sites and that it was possible to play against IMs and GMs. This year I wanted to try so at the beginning of the year I bought a subscription to the Internet Chess Club. Then, like always in life, I wasn’t using it too much because I prefer to train through different exercises and via live chess tournaments than through online blitz games. However, from time to time, I would listen to some opening lectures like the ones made by IM John Watson, who really resembles a living opening encyclopedia.

A few days ago, thanks to Frank Johnson, I discovered that they were holding a tournament and decided to participate. This was a blitz tournament, with a 3 minute time control for the entire game, with no seconds added. I was unfamiliar with such time control, and the first qualifier was quite hard for me. I lost on time in many winning positions. There were four preliminary qualifiers, the first two winners of each qualifier would go to play in the final.

Now, the competition at this tournament was outstanding. The 2013 Blitz World Champion, GM Le Quang Liem, wasn’t even able to enter the final! But of course there were other important names: GM Grischuk, GM Max Dugly (famous for his blitz skills), and GM Wesley. So who would be the victor? Of course, the one who won this tournament now three times in a row: GM Nakamura (earning himself $10,000 also)!

My performance was poor with my best result a 5.5 out of 11, being badly beaten by IMs and FMs who were desperately trying to reach the top! I must say that the experience of this tournament was great and I hope they will organize more of these tournaments, maybe also with longer time controls. Here some of the games played by Nakamura, whose ICC handle is CapilanoBridge.

It would be nice if other Georgian players who participated in this tournament would send their games to the editor so we can publish them!












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