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Tyson Mordue v Vladimir Dobrov - Caerleon Open July 2006


The Wrong Grandmaster!                            Java Replay    Analysis of Game (TM)      Cbv     Pgn


Tyson looks up at the live internet screen for confirmation of a splendid win against his Russian GM

After Round 3 of the weekend Swiss at Caerleon I had 2/3 having won both games on Saturday. The two GMs playing, Barsov and Dobrov, had played a real grandmaster draw in just 12 moves during Round 3 so I joined them on that score group. Michael White led with 3/3. I assumed that there was a fair probability that I would have the Black pieces against Barsov in Round 4 and did some home preparation based on that assumption.

When I got to the venue on Sunday morning I discovered that Michael was actually having a bye so, to satisfy pairing requirements, my colour had been switched and I was now White against Dobrov. I’ve never before been in the situation of having prepared for the wrong GM! Nevertheless a quick visit to the bookstall enabled me to buy “The Taimanov Sicilian” by Graham Burgess. A few minutes study showed me what I wasn’t going to play, and reinforced my memory of the main line.

Shortly before the game Jeremy Menadue told me that my opponent had been drinking quite a lot in the bar the previous evening. I know it’s hot and liquid consumption is high, but it is suggested that one avoids excess alcohol. Time pressure is also something to avoid and Jeremy, a survivor of many time scrambles himself, remarked “If he gets into time trouble against you then he’s dog meat!” After that firm vote of confidence the game started. Tyson Mordue

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The venue at Caerleon University - Tyson can be seen on the far right playing Suzie Blackburn in Rd 3




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