The Usual Story

[previous round]

Grandmasters are good. Grandmasters are better than me. Many grandmasters are almost unbeatable when they play white. Throughout the part of my chess life where I have had the chance to play against GMs, I have always had incredible trouble playing black against them. It's suffering upon suffering upon suffering, with plenty of knockouts sprinkled in when I can't find a way to keep suffering.

Today's game was just this "Usual Story."

Sam drew as white against some moves memorized by GM Kurnosov. He calculated pretty accurately and wended his way through the complications, and can't feel bad about the result. Tomorrow he has black against Grachev.

There were three exciting games in the elite section, with Wang Hao scoring the first points for the King's Indian Defense in this tournament, upending the leading Giri to take first place for himself. Giri did not seem to be in the best mood today, avoiding his hyper-theoretical Bayonet variation, and heading quickly towards a bad position. The other two games were very intense and balanced struggles. Bacrot-Carlsen had Carlsen pressing, but ended in a draw. Bologan-Nakamura was an intense endgame that could have gone either way, and at the end Bologan slipped (probably exhausted) and Naka mated him!


  • 4 years ago


    Wow, looks like lots of tough love, David! A bit of chess "Knute Rockne" going on here! lol

  • 4 years ago


    Try a rare opening combined with a good preparation next time: 1.e4 Knc6 for example.

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i have another chance tomorrow. i'll start preparing now, while he's out playing soccer ;-)

  • 4 years ago

    NM RWHaines

      What a whiney update! Oh poor little me. I'm no longer the player who rips GMs a new one. I'm just not very good. Woe is me.

      Well suck it up. If you don't think you can blow everyone off the board, then what the hell are you doing playing there? And this guy was lost when he played his "don't hurt me" English on move one.

      There is a place for modesty and round four in Biel is not it.

      Now, dammit, get out there and ruin some days for a few GMs!

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    thanks for the positive thoughts.

    Lawdog, i'm afraid a gm-level player must have a fide over 2500, mine is below 2400 at the moment. and it's not like i'm not trying.

    kenp, who is kursonov, and what do they mean by that?

    Buddy, i *am* having fun :-)

    Ozzie, my prep ended after 1.c4.

  • 4 years ago

    NM ozzie_c_cobblepot

    Was it part of your preparation to allow the c5 maneuver, or was it decided OTB?

  • 4 years ago


    Enough of this crap, David. You have all of your GM norms. You are a GM level player. Act like it. And more importantly, play like it, d*mmit! 

  • 4 years ago


    "The unusual story"


  • 4 years ago


    wouldn't that be nice? :)

  • 4 years ago


    Thx for the blogpost.  After your next match against a GM I'm sure the title of your blog then can read "The unusual story" Cool

    Keep it up!

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