Wednesday, November 25, 2015

It's a sad day for the Chess castle and MN chess




November 24 Dan Voje the long time manager of the Castle Chess Club has decided to retire. He has run the club in several locations and directed most of the tournaments in the state for years. He will be missed. No word on his plans. We wish him well.  

Dan has been chief TD over 1700! times since 1991
He has played in almost 2000! events since 1991

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Minnesota Blizzard Open
October 24-25

Andrew Tang and Okechukwu Nnej Iwu tie for 1st with 4.5/5.0

Complete results here

Round 5 Board 1 Andrew Tang vs Andres Hortillosa  (1-0)

Round 5 Board 2 Okechukwu Nnej Iwu vs Jackson Wahl (1-0)


Sunday, October 04, 2015

2 Game Match vs MN Senior Champion Dan Voje (2066)
Time Control - G30, d10
Result 1-1

Friday, September 11, 2015

2015 Sioux Falls Open - (Revival of the Governors Cup)

NELS W TRUELSON wins the 2015 Paul Salem Sioux Falls Open with 4.5/5.0

USCF results here


I went 3-1 (1st round bye)


I was on board 2 in round 4 and had this wonderful opportunity to get a winning advantage. It was a classic case of, "if you see a good move, look for a better one". 
Even after that I had a good chance to play for a win, but played defence, when I should have been attacking, and lost the game.  Jerome went on to draw WGM CAMILLA BAGINSKAITE in round 5, and tied for 2nd place.  Well done Jerome! He is back after a 10 year break!


JEROME MITCHELL(2019) vs me Round 4, board 2
Black to play

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Just play the game.

Not sure what is going on, but one thing's for sure, I suck at chess.

Hitting my 1800 floor at the 2015 Chicago Open did it for me,

I have given up on getting to 2000.  I did get pretty close  USCF 1962 and FIDE 1980.


Tuesday, February 03, 2015

2015 U.S. Amateur Team North Championship
Feb. 20-22 or 21-22 Schaumburg, IL

USCF results here

Tournament website here


New record 73 teams

Best team name : "Stick that F Pawn Up Your A File"
Team "Chaturanga"

1Karthikeyan Pounraj1979
2Ivan Wijetunge1906
3Abhyudhaya Venkat1644
4Madhav Parthasarathy1463



History (with aproximate number of teams)
2014 Schaumburg 48
2013 Schaumburg 55
2012 Northbrook 42

East Winners -Virginia Assassins
The Viriginia Assassins:l-r  Lucas Knoll, James Schuyler, Daniel Miller, Andrew Samuelson
2383 James Schuyler
2360 Andrew Samuelson
2354 Daniel Miller
1646 Lucas Knoll

Best Team Name :  Legalize Caruana 

South Winners - Thad’s No Fun 
Thad's No Fun: NM Richard Francisco, NM Sanjay Ghatti, Frank Johnson, Grant Oen and Thad Rodgers





Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 St Paul Winter Open
Jan 24-25, 2015

IM Andrew Tang wins clear first with 4.5/5.0

Complete results here


Pictures from round 3 below.

I went 1-2, but still gained a few points since I beat an A-player and lost to to masters.
JASON M DRAKE vs ANDREW TANG 0-1

Friday, January 09, 2015

Port of Dubuque Open
Jan. 10-11

Open chess returns to Dubuque, Iowa after a 13 year hiatus!

The following is  a history of Open events:





2002    22    LOUIS PAULSEN DUBUQUE OPEN




2001    31    DUBUQUE OPEN

   

1999   28    LOUIS PAULSEN DUBUQUE OPEN

    

1998    28    LOUIS PAULSEN DUBUQUE OPEN

    

1996      27    L.P. DUBUQUE OPEN

    

1995     28    L.P. DUBUQUE OPEN

    

1994     31    LP DUBUQUE OPEN

    

1993    27    L.P. DUBUQUE OPEN

    

1992    35    L PAULSEN DUBUQUE OPEN

ALERIY KOSOKIN, JAMES ALEX NEAL II & DAVID MCNEIL tie for first.

Complete Results here

 Top seed(2240 FIDE) Valeriy Kosokin from Uzbekistan






5-Round Swiss


Prizes: All Open Prizes Guaranteed ($650).

1st Place = $150 + trophy, 2nd Place = $100

Tournament information here



Thursday, December 04, 2014

5th Annual Austin Chess Club Championship
Jan. 2-4 or 3-4

I performed below par.  Looking at the pre-entries, I was excited about playing a master in the first round.  I even did some research on likely 1st round opponents.

But they used accelerated pairings and I was paired down the 1st 2 rounds.  I only managed 2 draws against players rated around 1800.


I finally got the chance to play a master in round 3.  Liu, Bovey who is ranked #8 in Top age 13 list.


I had a wonderful chance to put him away with 32...f5, but bad time-management did not leave me with much time at this stage.


Due to family obligations, I could not play the last 2 rounds.





USCF Results

Prize winners





YearWinner(s)Players
2015 FM RUIFENG LIMBUGUA GITHORO 166
2014 FM RUIFENG LI 152
2013  ALEXANDER CHUA 137
2012
GM TIMUR GAREYEV 141
2011 IM GORAN VOJINOVIC 135

Friday, November 21, 2014

Game against IM Sean Nagle

It's not often one gets the opportunity to play an IM in a tournament game. I faced IM Sean Nagle in round 2 of the 2nd Bloomington Open in MN. Sean Nagle is an expert in the exchange variation. I thought I was doing fine, until I castled, when his pawns came rolling down and I was forced to damage my structure.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Etc.


Start Peak End
20151906

2014187119061906
2013 188819621871
2012187118881888
2011190119421871
2010186319091901
2009186918891863
2008189018901869
2007186318901890
2006180218851863
2005174318801802
Events since February 2014,
End Date
Event ID
Event Name
Section ID and Name
Reg Rtg
Before / After
2014-11-09
201411094492
2014 BLOOMINGTON OPEN (MN)
1: OPEN
1863 => 1906
2014-11-02
201411021932
IOWA ROUND ROBIN 4 (IA)
1: OPEN
1865 => 1863
2014-10-12
201410123172
23RD MIDWEST CLASS CHAMPIONSHI (IL)
2: 1700-2099
1852 => 1865
2014-09-14
201409142902
GREG KNUTSON MEMORIAL (WI)
1: KNUTSON
1855 => 1852
2014-08-17
201408174322
60TH IOWA OPEN RESERVE RBO (IA)
1: 60TH IOWA OPEN
1892 => 1855
2014-07-26
201407265752
23RD ANNUAL CATFISH DAYS (MN)
1: OPEN
1906 => 1892
2014-05-04
201405045882
2014 ARPAD ELO (WI)
1: OPEN
1860 => 1906
2014-04-27
201404273192
GREATER PEORIA OPEN 2014 (IL)
1: OPEN
1856 => 1860
2014-04-13
201404137802
THE BILL WRIGHT SAINT LOUIS OP (MO)
2: U2000
1896 => 1856

Future Plans


JAN. 10-11   Port of Dubuque Open

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Magnus on Reddit


Full transcript here

Some interesting ones:

[–]perrii 383 points  ago
Hi! What do you think of Nakamura joking with calling you Sauron on Twitter?

[–]MagnusOenCarlsen[S] 2033 points  ago
I've never actually watched Lord of the Rings... if I had, and Nakamura had been a better chess player, I might have been more insulted.


[–]fra403 113 points  ago
Hey Magnus, let me just start and say that i'm a really big fan.
I'm trying to break the 2000 barrier and I was wondering if you could give me any advice to achieve my goal.
Thanks for doing an AMA!

[–]MagnusOenCarlsen[S] 235 points  ago
Studying tactics, I would say. Up to that level, most games are still decided by someone hanging a piece...or blundering a checkmate - haha



[–]kalebreath 139 points  ago
What's your favorite chess book? Favorite non-chess book?

[–]MagnusOenCarlsen[S] 535 points  ago
Chess book: Kramnik: My Life & Games made a strong impression on my as a child
Non-chess book: close race between several Donald Duck comics (seriously).


[–]TheZenDom 48 points  ago
Hello Magnus,
  1. What are your thoughts on the ongoing Candidates 2014? Does Vishy winning make it easier for you or do you have another favourite in the tournament? I ask because judging from your tweets, you don't really hold Anand in the highest regard :)
  2. What is your response to the general idea that you are too much of a grinder? A great many number of people have said that you specialize in squeezing out dry positions rather than playing attacking chess. Many GMs have called your style of chess as its death in some aspects.
[–]MagnusOenCarlsen[S] 120 points  ago
  1. No, it didn't have anything to do with Anand, I'm very impressed by his level of preparation and general play both tactically and technically so far in the Candidates.
  2. I think it's an important trait of a good player to be able to have the same level of focus and creativity in simple positions as well as more complicated ones and thus create chances at any point in the game. I don't think making few mistakes and playing very accurately for a long time should be a negative

Sunday, March 09, 2014

USAT-N Rnd 5

Saturday, February 22, 2014

USAT-N

Standings here

USCF Results here


King's Indian: Bhagyadhar, Karthekiyan, Ivan, Abhyudhaya
I had a great time. The tournament conditions were first rate. 

Our team finished with 2.5/5.0

I went 3-2=0
  1. Loss 2171 DAVID TIANJIAN PENG
  2. Win 1121 ERIC DOTSON HENRY HOBSON JR
  3. Loss 2046 ARSHAQ SALEEM
  4. Win 1867 KYLE J MILES
  5. Win 1900 AKHIL KALGHATGI
This is my round 1 loss

I am doing good here. The endgame was probably drawn. (At least that's what GM Gurevich told me) but we were both down to about 2 min each, when I made the horrible 40...f6??

Round 1 Game here

Round 5 Game here

Karthikeyan's position against GM Gurevich in round  1 (0-1)

Round 1

Karthikeyan had what looked like good attacking chances against Pete Karagianis in round 3, but could not hold the ending. (0-1)

Round 2  

Karthikeyan's exchange sac in round 4 vs AYDIN TURGUT (0-1)
Let's see I got me some single pawns, double pawns and even triple pawns! (ROBERT LONCAREVIC vs GEORGE KRASNOPOLSKIY 1-0 Round 4)

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Expert + Open, Under 2000 & Unrated : Marshall Town, IS
Feb.8 2014

You can see the write-up by Hank here.

I was the house player for the Expert + section.  Since there were an even number in the first 2 rounds, I played in the unrated Chess.com meet up event. Results here

In the last round of the Expert + Open I played Mark Kende. After playing horribly and losing a piece on move 22. I almost pulled a Carlesn (See this great video by GM  Daniel King).  but drew in the end.

My game is here.

USCF results here

Pictures from the event by Cliff Yates here

Monday, January 20, 2014

Carlsen Interview

About an hour, very interesting.

Hear what he thinks about blitz chess among other things..........

Click here

Friday, January 17, 2014

2013

2013 was an interesting year.

Start1888
End 1871
Peak 1962

I started with a nice rating gain in January that got me to 1962.  2000 seemed tantalizingly close.

But things turned out otherwise!

I was around 1950 by the US Open in August.  Since then, despite the fact that I have lost only one game to a player rated below me, my rating has plummeted to 1878!

Paying too much attention to rating is a fruitless endeavor.

One's emphasis should be on being a better player. But that is easier said than done.  Improving a rating class as an adult is not a easy task at all.



Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 Iowa Closed Qualifying (To determine the 2014 Iowa Champion)

Top 20 (Top 6 qualify for the 2014 Iowa Closed. They play a round robin event to determine the champion)

Some observations with just one event to go

  • Only the top 2 spots are guaranteed. 
  • Not all that qualify may play. 
  • Mathematically even the person in the 15th spot can qualify.(Provided at least one of the top 6 don't play)


Thursday, January 09, 2014

Winter Open (IASCA Mini-Qualifier)
Jan 11, Iowa City, IA

Results here

Koenig vs Mc Entee (Rnd. two  0-1)
Spacious playing hall (Only negative : No skittles area) 

Friday, December 06, 2013

IA Fide Invitational Dec. 7-8, 2013
Cedar Rapids, IA

FIDE/USCF Rated


Time Control: G/90; 30i
                                                                                     
Ben Gradsky  
Ziwen Zhou
Arshaq Saleem
Dusan Tutush
James Neal
Ivan Wijetunge   
2120
2035
UNR
1964
UNR
1950
 2091
2028
1992
1986
1963
1926

 FIDE USCF
Bob Keating
Dan Brashaw
Jeremy Madison
Jim Ellis
Chris Baumgartner
Gokul Thangavel
2082
UNR
1983
1952
1792
UNR
2197
2077
1976
1969
1796
1696


Past Iowa FIDE events
201201086252    1    IA    DAVENPORT    2012-01-07 - 01-08    6    IOWA FIDE ROUND ROBIN #2
200812216891    5    IA    AMES    2008-12-19 - 12-21    18    AMES FIDE FESTIVAL
200801137971    1    IA    AMES    2008-01-11 - 01-13    12    1ST IOWA FIDE SWISS
200509187951    1    IA    AMES    2005-09-16 - 09-18    6    AMES FIDE QUALIFIER

Thursday, September 05, 2013

43rd Badger Open - Oconomowoc, WI
Sept. 14-15

Results here

Liang, Yingming & Ellis, James tie for 1st-2nd

Upsets galore!

Round 1 Grochowski, Robin(1680) defeats Williams, William (2200)

Round 2 Hoffman, Guy G (1900) defeats Liang, Awonder (2299)

My results
  1. Bye
  2. Win Corcoran, Benjamin (1591)
  3. Win Christensen, Wade (1908)
  4. Loss  Ellis, James S (1961)
  5. Un-played



I wrote about the 2008 and 2007 editions (some interesting comments)
History
2013 16 JAMES S ELLISYINGMING LIANG
2012 Not held
2011 26 BRADY R HARDER
2010 22 WILLIAM P WILLIAMS
2009 44 BENEDICT A SMAIL
2008 29 PAUL FRICANO
2007 15 WESLEY EUGENE FERGUSON