After all the games of the tournament have finished, the "best"
games and moves will be chosen semi-democratically: everyone has one
vote, and everyone can suggest nominees, but the final nominees (if
there would be too many) are chosen by the tournament organizers.
I have to admit that I am a bit biassed in choosing the best games:
games won by White look more attractive to me. They usually contain
more straight attacks because White has to attack if he wants to win.
Black can often win by defending, which I do not appreciate so much.
You just know it when you see it. Should we also have the bust
- Vandenbroucke - Johnson, 1-0 in 37, is
very impressive. White does not even castle, but attacks boldly on the
- Hassim - Strange, unfinished in 26, was
one of the wildest games. It was really a shame that both players
withdrew from the tournament.
- Wichert - Patterson, 1-0 in 32, is also
most original, starting with 4. Nd2 f5 5. Ne2.
"Valentine's DDG massacre."
- Johnson - Visser, 0-1 in 20, an
aggressive knockout by Black. Very seldom it is Black who attacks on
- Heikkinen - Sutton, 1-0 in 24, features
another kind of violence: White eats all the space. In the final
position, Black even has two pawns more, but his pieces are hopelessly
out of the game.
The most impressing series of sacrifices.
The most brave defence, or counter-attack.
- Johnson - Strange, unfinished in 14,
contains very original g4-g5 manoeuvre by White. I would have loved to
see the continuation.
- Jirousek - Watson, draw in 21, looks
simple, but it is strange how White, two pawns down, still manages to
attack. This game should also have continued.
Or the most beautiful move, to be given something like "!!!".
Move: theoretical novelty
Something new under the sun.
- 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. f3 Bb4 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Qc2! (Erben - Heikkinen,
1-0 in 30) is definitely a good move. This may look too obvious,
and I am quite sure that this has been played before, but for me this
was the first time. I had thought that 7. Qd2 was the best move.
- 4. Nc3 c5 5. d5 exd5 6. cxd5 f5 7. Qh5+!? g6 8. Qd1
(Segerberg - Heikkinen, 0-1 in 24) is very
original idea to weaken Black's kingside. Interestingly,
Brause has used the similar
idea: 4. Nc3 f5 5. Qh5+.
- 4. Nd2 f5 5. Ne2 b6 6. g4 (Wichert -
Patterson, 1-0 in 32) was probably the boldest opening. However,
after 4... Qxd4, Black would seem to have clear advantage.
I think that the first one here fulfils best the definition of
blunder: a move that loses a winning game.
- Vandenbroucke - Croteau, 0-1 in 18,
looked like a crushing win for White until 17. Bxf6??. Instead,
after 17. a3 c5 18. Ne6!, Black could have resigned.
- 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Be3 f5 6. f3 Nf6 7. fxe4?? Ng4 was played
Jirousek - Hassim, 0-1 in 21, and
Vandenbroucke - Hassim, 0-1 in 10.
Lucky Hassim. Anyway, this was the opening trap of the tournament.