Ahmadabad World Simultaneous Record (Broken)
World mass Simul record broken in India
IM Malcolm Pein - Friday 31st December 2010
The record for the largest number of players in a simultaneous exhibition chess event has been broken in Ahmadabad, India. Malcolm Pein takes a look.
The Indian city of Ahmadabad has broken the record for the number of games played simultaneously. Last Friday, in a magnificent feat of organisation, approximately 20,500 players gathered and their efforts were accepted by the adjudicator from the Guinness Book of World Records. The previous record was 13,446, set in Mexico City in 2006.
The master players giving the simultaneous were led by the Indian world champion Vishy Anand who played on the tenth anniversary of his victory over Alexei Shirov in the FIDE World Championship final in Teheran. Here is one of the decisive games of the match.
White's manoeuvres may look odd and very slow but he must restrict Black's counterplay. For example 10.b4 cxd4 11.cxd4 0-0 12.Rb1 a5 13.b5 a4 14.Nc3 Ncxe5 15.fxe5 fxe5 gave Black very good play in Shirov-Gurevich Munich 1993 and 13.Ng3 cxd4 14.cxd4 fxe5 15.fxe5 Ndxe5 16.dxe5 Rxf3 17.Qxf3 Qxe5+ 18.Be2 Qxa1 wins for Black.
V Anand - A Shirov
FIDE World Ch. Final Tehran (4)
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nce2 c5 6.f4 Nc6 7.c3 Qb6 8.Nf3 f6 9.a3 Be7 10.h4 0-0 11.Rh3 a5 12.b3 Qc7 13.Neg1 13...a4!?
(13...b6 14.Be3 Ba6 15.Bxa6 Rxa6 Anand looks adequate for Black)
14.b4 fxe5 15.fxe5 Ndxe5!
16.dxe5 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Qxe5+ 18.Qe2
(18.Ne2 cxb4 19.axb4 Bd7)
(18...Qc7! gave good chances as White's king will never be safe)
(After 19...Qxe2+ 20.Bxe2 Bf6 Black has three pawns for the piece but White has better placed pieces and should be better)
20.Nf3! Qxc3 21.Bb2 Qb3+ 22.Kc1 e5
(22...Bf6 23.Bxf6 Rxf6 24.Ne5 traps the queen)
(23...e4 24.Rxe4 dxe4 25.Qxe4 wins)
24.Qd1 e4 25.Qxb3 axb3 26.Nd2 e3
(If 26...c4 27.Bd4 Anand gradually consolidates)
27.Nf3 Rae8 28.Kd1 c4 29.Be2 Be4 30.Kc1 Re6 31.Bc3 Rg6 32.Rh2 Bd3 33.Bxd3 cxd3 34.Kb2 d2 35.Kxb3 Rg3 36.Kb2 g5 37.Kc2 Rc8 38.Kd3 g4 39.Be5 Rc1 40.Rh1 Rxg2 41.Nh4 1-0
The Blumenfeld Gambit gets roughed up here. 7...Bd6 is innacurate, 7...Bb7 or Nbd7 are best
M Olszewski - N Napoli
European Rapid Warsaw POL (3)
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.d4 c5 4.d5 b5 5.dxe6 fxe6 6.cxb5 d5 7.Nc3 Bd6 8.e4 dxe4 9.Ng5 0-0 10.Ngxe4 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 Qh4 12.Bd3 c4 13.Bg5 Bb4+ 14.Kf1 Rxf2+ 15.Nxf2 Qxg5 16.Be4 1-0