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Old October 22nd 04, 02:29 PM
Sam Sloan
 
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Default Olympiad performance ratings for USA & UK, men and women

Thank you for posting this especially because it leads to a point I
was trying to think of a delicate way to bring up:

The two players who were most questionable and controversial for the
USA team are doing by far the worst and are dragging the team down.

Boris Gulko should have been kicked off the team and paid some money
not to go because he has been almost completely inactive. He should
have been paid some money to go away and his spot should have been
given to Hikaru Nakamura or to Gata Kamsky.

The last time Gulko played rated chess was more than one year ago in
the August 2003 US Senior Open and he faced a weak field there. Gulko
was a great player, but that was 30 years ago. The reason he made the
team this time is that the lineup was decided in April 2004, and that
was before Nakamura got really good and had fantastic results
including winning matches against three GMs rated over 2600 in the
FIDE World Championship. It was also before Kamsky started playing
again.

The performance of Gulko thus far has been a very poor 2371.

USA 6 g Gulko Boris F 57 2600 1½ 3 2371 288


The other controversial player is Shahade. Shahade clearly earned her
spot on the team. She cut through the 2004 US Woman's Championship
like a hot knife through butter. However, ever since she has been
viciously attacked by Eric Johnson and others. This clearly has had a
demoralizing effect. Unfortunately, after winning the US Woman's
Championship with a fantastic result, she has played poorly and her
rating has dropped.

Shahade has played only two games in the Olympiad, both against
players rated below 2200, and she has scored only a draw and a loss.
She has been benched and might not be playing many more games for the
team.

However, if Anna Hahn had been on the team, Anna would probably have
played no games at all unless one of the other team members had gotten
sick. No responsible team captain would put a player rated 2235 into a
match when a player rated 2440 (the next lowest rated player on the
team) was available. That is why I could not understand why Anna Hahn
even wanted to be on the team. Why go all the way to Spain just to sit
on the bench where she would have sat watching the others play?

The performance of Jennifer Shahade thus far has been 2004.

USA 4 wm Shahade Jennifer 23 2361 ½ 2 2004


Sam Sloan


At 08:57 AM 10/22/2004 -0400, Chess One wrote:

Here are some current performance rating for men and women at the Olympiad
for the US team and for the UK team. I note in passing that my fellow
Cornishman is eating his pasties with a 2917 showing for it! Leading the UK
women Harriet Hunt is also showing at 2548.

[This information provided courtesy a site
http://staff.cs.utu.fi/~juhkivij/che...d2004_en.shtml and much
thanks to its compiler and publicist, Juha Kivijärvi]

Chauvinistically, Phil Innes

country # title name age elo score games perf.rat rel


USA 1 g Onischuk Alexander 29 2653 3 5 2684 178
USA 2 g Shabalov Alexander 37 2608 1½ 3 2541 281
USA 3 g Goldin Alexander 39 2620 1 2 2498
USA 4 g Kaidanov Gregory S 45 2611 2 3 2607
USA 5 g Novikov Igor A 42 2588 3 4 2665
USA 6 g Gulko Boris F 57 2600 1½ 3 2371 288


ENG 1 g Adams Michael 32 2740 4½ 5 2917
ENG 2 g Short Nigel D 39 2687
ENG 3 g McShane Luke J 20 2629 2 4 2532 203
ENG 4 g Speelman Jonathan S 48 2555 2½ 4 2629 238
ENG 5 g Hebden Mark 46 2550 1½ 3 2436 279
ENG 6 g Wells Peter K 39 2504 1½ 4 2367 253


USA 1 g Polgar Zsuzsa 35 2567 3 5 2474 180
USA 2 m Krush Irina 20 2464 2 3 2424
USA 3 wg Zatonskih Anna 26 2440 4½ 5 2626
USA 4 wm Shahade Jennifer 23 2361 ½ 2 2004


ENG 1 m Hunt Harriet 26 2385 3½ 5 2548 241
ENG 2 wg Houska Jovanka 24 2298 3 5 2393 197
ENG 3 wm Richards Heather 21 2197 1½ 3 2354 284
ENG 4 Buckley Melanie 22 2147 1½ 2 2320


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Old October 24th 04, 03:22 PM
Jerry W
 
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Sam

Maybe you should get Eastern Europe to send over some better players? So far
as I can see there isn't a single "real" American on either mens or womens'
teams?

J

"Sam Sloan" wrote in message
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Thank you for posting this especially because it leads to a point I
was trying to think of a delicate way to bring up:

The two players who were most questionable and controversial for the
USA team are doing by far the worst and are dragging the team down.

Boris Gulko should have been kicked off the team and paid some money
not to go because he has been almost completely inactive. He should
have been paid some money to go away and his spot should have been
given to Hikaru Nakamura or to Gata Kamsky.

The last time Gulko played rated chess was more than one year ago in
the August 2003 US Senior Open and he faced a weak field there. Gulko
was a great player, but that was 30 years ago. The reason he made the
team this time is that the lineup was decided in April 2004, and that
was before Nakamura got really good and had fantastic results
including winning matches against three GMs rated over 2600 in the
FIDE World Championship. It was also before Kamsky started playing
again.

The performance of Gulko thus far has been a very poor 2371.

USA 6 g Gulko Boris F 57 2600 1½ 3 2371 288


The other controversial player is Shahade. Shahade clearly earned her
spot on the team. She cut through the 2004 US Woman's Championship
like a hot knife through butter. However, ever since she has been
viciously attacked by Eric Johnson and others. This clearly has had a
demoralizing effect. Unfortunately, after winning the US Woman's
Championship with a fantastic result, she has played poorly and her
rating has dropped.

Shahade has played only two games in the Olympiad, both against
players rated below 2200, and she has scored only a draw and a loss.
She has been benched and might not be playing many more games for the
team.

However, if Anna Hahn had been on the team, Anna would probably have
played no games at all unless one of the other team members had gotten
sick. No responsible team captain would put a player rated 2235 into a
match when a player rated 2440 (the next lowest rated player on the
team) was available. That is why I could not understand why Anna Hahn
even wanted to be on the team. Why go all the way to Spain just to sit
on the bench where she would have sat watching the others play?

The performance of Jennifer Shahade thus far has been 2004.

USA 4 wm Shahade Jennifer 23 2361 ½ 2 2004


Sam Sloan



country # title name age elo score games perf.rat rel


USA 1 g Onischuk Alexander 29 2653 3 5 2684 178
USA 2 g Shabalov Alexander 37 2608 1½ 3 2541 281
USA 3 g Goldin Alexander 39 2620 1 2 2498
USA 4 g Kaidanov Gregory S 45 2611 2 3 2607
USA 5 g Novikov Igor A 42 2588 3 4 2665
USA 6 g Gulko Boris F 57 2600 1½ 3 2371 288

USA 1 g Polgar Zsuzsa 35 2567 3 5 2474 180
USA 2 m Krush Irina 20 2464 2 3 2424
USA 3 wg Zatonskih Anna 26 2440 4½ 5 2626
USA 4 wm Shahade Jennifer 23 2361 ½ 2 2004



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Old October 24th 04, 05:14 PM
Sam Sloan
 
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On Sun, 24 Oct 2004 15:22:44 +0100, "Jerry W"
[email protected] wrote:

Sam

Maybe you should get Eastern Europe to send over some better players? So far
as I can see there isn't a single "real" American on either mens or womens'
teams?

J


Jennifer Shahade is a born American. All of the others are ferreners.
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