Saturday, September 11, 2010

2010 City of Montreal Open Chess Championships

Round 2 started at 10:00 a.m. Montreal time, which was an hour and 10 minutes ago on my clock (it's now 10:11 a.m. here).  Here are the top pairings from the Open for R2:

Games of the top 3 boards can be watched here.  Ohmygoddess - Lenderman has 2 rooks, a knight, a bishop and his queen all bunched together in one corner of the board - looks like he can't bust them out.! Hmmm...(currently on move 18). 

Update 12:28 p.m. Milwaukee time (1 hour behind Montreal time):  Qin Zi Yi (2176) with white seems to be causing some problems for GM Alex Lenderman.  On Move 39 now - Queens are off the board, just went through a bloody swap of pieces.  Lenderman has six pawns though he is down a bishop, are Qin's three pawns plus bishop adequate compensation for him?  Lenderman's king looks much better defended to my inexperienced eyes.  He seems to be taking his time before making a push with some of his 'extra' pawns...

Update 12:41 p.m. Milwaukee time (1 hour behind Montreal time):  Lenderman has simplified the game down to his six pawns and a knight v. Qin Zi Yi's now two pawns, a knight and a bishop.  Things do not look promising for Qin.

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