Monday, July 21, 2008


There is an article on Chessbase detailing the launch of a major innovation: the ChessBase Simul Hunt. The aim is to save from oblivion as many games as possible played by readers in simultaneous displays. You can click on this link and go right to it: Edward Winter's Chess Explorations (5) - We look forward to your contribution.
Kelly Hollins mentioned he played GM David Bronstein in a simul at the HOP over a decade ago and I mentioned the new CHESSBASE project and asked him to bring me the game. He said it was "not good enough." I said that if everyone felt that way, no one would send in any games!
The next day he surprised me by giving me a copy of the game!
I've only played in three simuls; the first one versus Jude Acers, the second vs GM Bent Larsen, and the third vs GM Larry Christiansen. I lost all of them...I did, though, exact a measure of revenge by winning a game from Jude in the French Quarter many years later. I also beat GM Larry BACKGAMMON! After his simul, we played at the house of Michael Decker for many hours at only a quarter a point. Although I won the session, I watched as Larry C improved from game to game! He kept looking at me with a look that said, "I'm a GM and he's not, so I oughta be winning at this game, too!"

GM David Bronstein-Kelly Hollins
6/16/93 The Atlanta Chess and Game Center (Simul)
Giuoco Piano C54

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Bc5 4.Nf3 d6 5.c3 0–0 6.0–0 Nc6 7.Nbd2 Bg4 8.h3 Bh5 9.b4 b5 10.Bxb5 Nxb4 11.cxb4 Bxb4 12.Qa4 Bc5 13.d4 Bb6 14.Bb2 exd4 15.Nxd4 Bxd4 16.Qxd4 Rb8 17.Bd3 a5 18.Nc4 a4 19.Bc3 Bg6 20.Rad1 Qe7 21.e5 dxe5 22.Qxe5 Rfe8 23.Qxe7 Rxe7 24.Bxg6 fxg6 25.Rfe1 Rbe8 26.Rxe7 Rxe7 27.Bxf6 gxf6 28.Kf1 Kf7 29.Re1 Rd7 30.Ke2 Rd4 31.Rc1 c5 32.Ne3 Rb4 33.Rxc5 Rb2+ 34.Rc2 a3 35.Kd2 1-0

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