Maxim played his first Simul in ICC. It was amazing to listen to his train of thought as he explored many ideas and strategies on 20 boards. Kudos to the winners: merken, Buckeye, muhit and Zebbile. A special mention to Pasqualino, who defended a very tough game against the GM, forcing him to a draw!
As John said at the end of the event, "this has been the toughest Simul I have played so far!". Several games went into complicated endgames, and it's not easy - not even for a GM - to deal with the clock ticking fast, when you're playing over 20 boards! Kudos to the players who mastered the Master: chess24, TahoeSam, Ptzz and knightwing!
GM Illescas had a great result, despite some technical problem with his computer at the beginning of the simul. He was able to play relaxed and did not suffer so much for he was behind on the clocks.Miguel played from his chess school, and it was nice to share this event with his pupils, his wife WGM Olga Alexandrova, and WGM Anastazia Karlovich. Kudos to the only winner: taco
It was BANTER, and GM David Smerdon won all the 15 games! Our Australian GM was entertaining and played well, in a two-hour feat that people in ICC liked very much. David interacted with ICC members in channel 165 while beating all his opponents!
Yermo played well, and only one player was able to force him into a draw. alex showed his usual confidence, playing solid openings and methodically destroying his opponents. ICC members enjoyed following the event, watching Alex on the LIVE ICC TV.
Instructions to participate
Join the simul channel (ch 3). In the chat area (console) just type: /+channel 3
Once the simul is open, type: /tell simulbot join
ICC for Mac/windows users
Go the the Channel list button upper right-hand corner, and add the “Simul”
Go to menu item VIEW->CONSOLE and type: /tell simulbot join
For the Blitz Banter sessions, you need to type in your console: /match <gmname> 3 2 u -- for example: /match LarryC 3 2 u. An admin will announce in channel 3 when you can match the GM. The system used in this case is first in-first served: the first 15 players to match the GM will play him.