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ICC Newsletter 9-2007
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ICC Weekly Newsletter Vol. II - issue IX Tuesday, March 27, 2007 ●it

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Item  Jorge Sammour-Hasbun – the ICC comeback kid!

Jorge Sammour-Hasbun – the ICC comeback kid!ICCIt was a true Cinderella-story conclusion to the Internet Chess Club’s annual Dos Hermanas blitz tournament at the weekend, as “unknown” Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (formerly Zamora) (ICC handle: NECF-InSchools) defeated three grandmasters in the final three knockout rounds, to win the 1,800 EUR first prize and blitz bragging rights of King of the Internet Hill.

One of the few untitled players to qualify from the mega 2,000 player event, Jorge entered Dos Hermanas unsure if he could even reach the final knockout stage!  The impressive field of world-class players for the quarterfinals included GMs Shahriyar Mamedyarov, Tigran L. Petrosian, Gata Kamsky, Hikaru Nakamura, Kiril Georgiev, Sergey Shipov, Rasul Ibrahimov, and underdogs IM Farid Khanlar Abbasov and Jorge Sammour-Hasbun.

Jorge’s quarterfinal victory over 2661 rated GM Kiril Georgiev (ICC: K-Georgiev) was particularly sweet, as he has fond memories of playing ultra-long blitz sessions with the Bulgarian grandmaster way back in the late nineties before his ten-year hiatus from the game.

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As child prodigy Jorge Zamora though, he won the world championship under-10 title in 1988 and later also the world under-12 title. Jorge’s family emigrated from Palestine to America and there, at the age of 15 he already had a USCF rating of 2500 and an over-the-board defeated of Gata Kamsky.  He has an ambitious over-the-board comeback planned now on the back of his resounding victory at Dos Hermanas, an event regarded by many as the world’s premier online chess tournament.

Being an unknown quantity, untitled and out of the game for ten-years, Jorge saw that his progress was causing concerns from the many chess fans following the tournament, so immediately agreed to the ICC’s request to have a USCF TD to act as an independent proctor for ALL of the KO finals to ensure there would be no accusations of cheating.

Macauley PetersonThere’s more in Macauley Peterson’s En Directo 27 minute audio interview with Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (requires ICC membership) recorded LIVE, just minutes after his harrowing 227 move (!) draw to guarantee the match win against runner-up Tigran L Petrosian (ICC: Anyuta).
Prize Winners [Dos Hermanas 2007 | March 16-24]
Place ICC handle Real Name Div Prize
1st NECF-InSchools Jorge Sammour-Hasbun EUR 1,800
2nd Anyuta GM Tigran L. Petrosian EUR 900
3rd/4th Smallville GM Hikaru Nakamura EUR 600
3rd/4th Nasimi GM Rasul Ibrahimov EUR 600
5th-8th azerichess GM Shahriyar Mamedyarov EUR 250
5th-8th Volf IM Farid Khanlar Abbasov EUR 250
5th-8th Crest GM Sergey Shipov EUR 250
5th-8th K-Georgiev GM Kiril Georgiev EUR 250
9th-16th MasterBratac GM Jan Smeets EUR 150
9th-16th Akula GM Vitali Golod EUR 150
9th-16th Indiana-Jones GM Ronen Har-Zvi EUR 150
9th-16th MEGAYARICK GM Yaroslav Zinchenko EUR 150
9th-16th Talion GM Gata Kamsky EUR 150
9th-16th zhong GM Zhang Zhong EUR 150
9th-16th LastKeks GM Farrukh Amonatov EUR 150
9th-16th talismanchik GM Gadir Guseinov EUR 150
17th-32nd Charbakh IM Levon Babujian EUR 100
17th-32nd titan13 GM Namig Guliyev EUR 100
17th-32nd Pantani GM Pavel Jaracz EUR 100
17th-32nd LeonHoyos IM Manuel Leon Hoyos EUR 100
17th-32nd B-Savchenko IM Boris Savchenko EUR 100
17th-32nd Azmaiparashvili GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili EUR 100
17th-32nd israpu GM Arthur Kogan EUR 100
17th-32nd IronMiron GM Miron Sher EUR 100
17th-32nd plamkasidi GM Dusan Popovic EUR 100
17th-32nd Neveris GM Keith Arkell EUR 100
17th-32nd Imperator15 IM Yuri Vovk EUR 100
17th-32nd manest IM Alex Lenderman EUR 100
17th-32nd Prokuror GM Valeriy Aveskulov EUR 100
17th-32nd D-Fridman GM Daniel Fridman EUR 100
17th-32nd Harmonie IM Georg Meier EUR 100

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Item  South wins U.S. Amateur Team Championship

U.S. Amateur Team Championships FinalsUSA On March 24 on the ICC, "Four Found Fischers" from the South (Daniel Ludwig, Cory Acor, Jeffrey DeJesus and Anthony Felicione) became U.S. Amateur Team Champions.

In the final match, the South scored 3-1 against the North. "Four Found Fischers" boards one and two shined. Daniel Ludwig scored a fine positional victory while Cory Acor held on tight in a terrible looking position and managed to turn the tables.

 

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Sammour Hasbun,Jorge E (3213) - Petrosian,Tigran L (3208) [B96] (1-0)
Position after 30...0-0
Sammour Hasbun,Jorge E (3213) - Petrosian,Tigran L (3208) [B96]
Dos Hermanas Internet Internet Chess Club (13), 03.24.2007
[IM Michael Rahal]

Jorge Sammour shows his tactical skills with a nice queen sacrifice. 31.Qxh7+! Kxh7 32.Rh4+ Kg7 33.Rcg4# 1–0

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Petrosian,Tigran L (3192) - Sammour Hasbun,Jorge E (3229) [C42] (0-1)
Position after: 34.Kc1
Petrosian,Tigran L (3192) - Sammour Hasbun,Jorge E (3229) [C42] (0-1)
Position after: 38.Kb2
Petrosian,Tigran L (3192) - Sammour Hasbun,Jorge E (3229) [C42]
Dos Hermanas Internet Internet Chess Club (14), 03.24.2007
[IM Michael Rahal]

Black is clearly better, but needs to bring in the king to win the game.  34...c5! 35.bxc5 Kd5 36.Bxf5 Kxc5 37.a6 Kb4 38.Kb2

 

 

 

 

 

38...c1Q+! Clearing the way for the black king. 39.Kxc1 Kc3 Now ....Bb5 is threatened. White is lost. 40.Bc8 Kxd3 41.Kb2 Ke3 42.Ka3 Bc6 43.Kb4 d3 White resigns[43...d3 44.Bg4 Bf3!]  0–1

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LIVE event The 8th Individual European Chess Championships

3 0 Blitz Championships are coming soon!Gernany The Championships will be held in Dresden (Germany) from April 3 until April 15 2007. The tournament hall is the International Congress Center.

ICC will have live coverage of the main games. The games will start at 09:00 EDT (15:00 CET).

The playing time will be 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

The organizer offers a prize fund of EUR 200,000. In addition FIDE will contribute to the prize fund with an amount of USD 80,000.


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Sammour, Jorge- Fridman, Daniel
Dos Hermanas Internet Internet Chess Club (5)
Petroff defense [C42]

In this game, Jorge Sammour defeats GM Daniel Fridman, co-winner of Dos Hermanas Internet in 2004, and absolute winner in 2005.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 This is currently the most fashionable variation against the Petroff. White plans to castle queenside and launch a pawn storm on the kingside. 6...Be7 7.Bf4 Nd7 8.Qd2 0–0 9.0–0–0 Nc5 10.h4 The first aggressive move. 10...Re8 11.Bc4 [Other ideas are 11.Kb1 Ne4 12.Qe1 Bf6 13.Be3 c5 14.Bd3 Qa5 15.Bxe4 Rxe4 16.Nd2 Ra4 17.Bxc5 Be6 18.Nb3 Bxb3 19.cxb3 Rxa2 20.Ba3 Rxa3 21.bxa3 Qxa3 22.Qd2 Qxb3+ 23.Qb2 Qc4 24.Rxd6 Rc8 25.Rc1 h6 26.Qb4 Qe2 27.Qxb7 Rc5 28.c4 Ra5 0–1 Bologan,V (2663)-Rabiega,R (2524)] 11...Be6 12.Bxe6 Nxe6 13.Be3 Qd7 14.Kb1 Securing the king before continuing the attack.

Sammour, Jorge- Fridman, Daniel - Dos Hermanas ICC 2007 (1-0) diagram 1

14...Qc6 [Also interesting is  14...Qa4 15.Ng5 Nf8 16.Rh3 c6 17.Rg3 Qxh4 18.Rh3 Qg4 19.f3 Qf5 20.g4 Qd5 21.Qxd5 cxd5 22.Nxh7 Nxh7 23.Rdh1 f5 24.Rxh7 fxg4 25.fxg4 Bf8 26.Rh8+ Kf7 27.Bd4 Kg6 28.a4 Be7 29.R8h5 Bg5 30.Bxg7 Re4 31.Bd4 Rxg4 32.Rh7 b6 33.Rg7+ Kf5 34.Rhh7 a6 35.Bxb6 Rxa4 36.Rh5 1–0 Apicella,M (2522)-Laurent,B (2374)/Avoine 2003/CBM 095 ext]

Sammour, Jorge- Fridman, Daniel - Dos Hermanas ICC 2007 (1-0) diagram 2

15.Rh3! White defends the knight on f3 in order to play g4. 15...Nc5 16.h5 Bf6 17.g4 It looks as if White's attack is much more dangerous than Black's, as White has four pawns defending his king.

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17...Ne4 18.Qd3 Qd7 19.Rg1! h6 20.Rh2 Played in order to double rooks on the g-file. 20...Qe7

Sammour, Jorge- Fridman, Daniel - Dos Hermanas ICC 2007 (1-0) diagram 3

21.g5! Nxg5 22.Nxg5 Bxg5 23.Rhg2! Kh8 24.Bxg5 hxg5 25.a3! [But not 25.Rxg5? Qxg5! 26.Rxg5 Re1+ 27.Qd1 Rxd1#] 25...f6 26.Rg4 Qe2 27.Qg6! For the pawn White has a great attack, as Black can't stop h5-h6. 27...Qf3 28.h6 White is winning. 28...Re7 29.R4g3 Qxf2

Sammour, Jorge- Fridman, Daniel - Dos Hermanas ICC 2007 (1-0) diagram 4

30.Rh1! Kg8 [30...Qxg3 31.hxg7+ Kg8 32.Rh8#] 31.Rgh3 Threatening mate in two. 31...g4 32.R3h2 Qxh2 Only move to stop the mate. 33.Rxh2 Just as well White played a2-a3! 33...Rf8 34.Qxg4 g5 35.Qf5 Kh8 36.Ka2 Probably unnecessary but White is in no hurry. 36...Re5 37.Qg6 Re7 38.Re2! Ref7 39.Re8!

Sammour, Jorge- Fridman, Daniel - Dos Hermanas ICC 2007 (1-0) diagram 5

And Black resigned. A splendid performance by Jorge Sammour-Hasbun, where he displays a great feel for the attack. 1–0

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Fun and Training
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ICC Quiz #3254
submitted by EeEk

Quiz 1

White mates in 2
Quiz solutions

To play this puzzle on the ICC type:
tell trainingbot number 3254
Then type: play trainingbot

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ICC Quiz #3206
submitted by capablanka

Quiz 2

White mates in 2
Quiz solutions

To play this puzzle on the ICC type:
tell trainingbot number 3206
Then type: play trainingbot


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Quiz solutions

Solution to ICC Quiz #3254
submitted by EeEk

1.Qh4+!! gxh4; 2.Rh5#

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Quiz solutions

Solution to ICC Quiz #3206
submitted by capablanka

1.Rg8+!! Rxg8 (...Qxg8; 2.Nf7#) 2.Nf7#