A bit of fun this morning with Chess Kids Superstar, IM James Morris, launching the National Interschool Chess Championships by playing a blindfold game against Cr. Ken Ong on a giant chess set in Swanston St, Melbourne City. The game drew quite a crowd with applause and cheers during the game for well played moves!

The game was played to launch the event starting on Monday, with 250 players flying in from every state in Australia (and New Zealand) this weekend.

It was James’ first public blindfold game and Cr. Ong turned out to be a tougher challenge than expected. Well done Cr. Ong!

James Morris and Cr Ken Ong blindfold challenge

To see the game

[pgn][Event “?”]
[Site “Swanston St, Giant Chess Set”]
[Date “2009.11.27”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Morris, James”]
[Black “Ong, Ken Cr”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A40”]
[PlyCount “75”]
[EventDate “2009.11.27”]
[SourceDate “2009.11.27”]

1. e3 e5 2. d4 Bd6 3. Nf3 Qe7 4. Be2 Nh6 5. c4 O-O 6. c5 exd4 7. cxd6 Qxd6 8.
Qxd4 Qg6 9. O-O d6 10. b3 Bh3 11. Nh4 Qf6 12. Qxf6 gxf6 13. gxh3 Nc6 14. Bb2
Kg7 15. f4 Rae8 16. Kf2 Re6 17. Bc4 Nb4 18. Nd2 Rfe8 19. Bxe6 Rxe6 20. Rg1+ Kf8
21. Bc3 Nd3+ 22. Kf3 b6 23. Ne4 f5 24. Nf6 Ke7 25. Ng8+ Nxg8 26. Rxg8 Nc5 27.
Nxf5+ Kd7 28. Rc1 Ne4 29. Rf8 f6 30. Rf7+ Kc8 31. Bd4 Nd2+ 32. Ke2 Ne4 33.
Rcxc7+ Kb8 34. Rb7+ Kc8 35. Rxa7 Kb8 36. Bxb6 Nc5 37. Rf8+ Re8 38. Rxe8# [/pgn]

Cr Ken Ong pondering his move

James Morris blindfold