Greenwood Chess Simul

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.

  1. Nf3 d5
  2. d4 Nf6
  3. c4 e6
  4. Nc3 Bb4
  5. Bg5 Bxc3+
  6. bxc3 O-O
  7. e3 b6
  8. Bd3 Ba6
  9. cxd5 Bxd3
  10. Qxd3 Qxd5
  11. Bxf6 gxf6
  12. e4 Qh5
  13. O-O Rd8
  14. Qe3 Nc6
  15. Rfe1 e5
  16. h3 Rd7
  17. d5 Ne7
  18. Nh2 Rad8
  19. Ng4 Rd6
  20. c4 f5
  21. exf5 Nxf5
  22. Qxe5 Kf8
  23. Qh8#

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.