Last night was the Greenwood Chess Simul exhibition and my first time participating in one. The SC Chess Association had arranged for chess Grand Master Gregory Kaidanov to play exhibitions in four cities.
We didn't have a huge turnout in Greenwood, maybe 15 players and a small crowd of spectators. This allowed the GM to play quickly and it seemed like every time I looked up, he was coming around for another move. I think everyone would have played better with a little more time to think. I was amazed when two of the Greenwood club's strongest players were out quickly. I somehow managed to hang on for a few more minutes but was just as soundly defeated. A few more guys hung on for a little longer, but the simul was over quickly. Here is my game for your enjoyment.
In retrospect I wish I had moved 8...Bb7 instead, but I'm sure there are plenty of other mistakes in my moves.
As if the regular simul event wasn't fast enough, it was followed by a couple rounds of speed chess, 5 minutes per side, with the GM playing four simultaneously. I still had nearly 90 seconds on my clock when I was checkmated.
The coolest part of the exhibition was the "blindfold" game. The GM sat facing away from the board and each player called out moves. Despite drawing one of the better Greenwood players, the GM made quick work of him. It's amazing to be able to keep track of the entire game in your head.
I really enjoyed the event and want to thank Mr. Kaidanov for taking the time to come to Greenwood.
Mike, 8...Ba6 was fine, Rybka 3 even played it in one of it's alternate line. However, 19...Kg7 would have kept you in the game, i.e. : 19...Kg7 20. f4 exf4 21. Qxf4 Qg5 22. Qf2 h5 23. Ne3 Rg8 24. Rad1 Rdd8 25. Kh1 g6 26.c4 with only a slight advantage for White.