Monday, June 26, 2006

June 24, 2006 Joliet, IL

US G/30 with 5 sec. delay
6 Rounds

The turn out for the main event was very disappointing, only 40 players showed up. (Only 26 from IL.) The US G/15 the next day had only 20 players! The playing site and organization was very good, but more thought has to be put into the prize distribution. For instance there were no overall prizes, the prizes were based on class. There were 3 master prizes, but there was only 1 master. So he was guaranteed the biggest prize even if he scored zero points.

The star of the event was Audrius Macenis , who had 5/5 going into the last round after beating master Alexander Betaneli in round 4. Although he lost the last round he now has a provisional rating of 2119.

I started well with 3/4 . The third round loss was to the top seed. I had black in the following position. Fritz says that I have a slight edge, but I was not able to hold.

I lost the last 2 rounds to two 1700 hundred players, so I am back on my floor again.

I ran into several Iowa friends, Mike Parsons, Dan Vasto, Eric Fischer and the Anzis family.

Result: 3-3=0

Rating: 1805-1800


  1. Hi Ivan,
    It was great to see you on Saturday. A link to this blog is on We were all pretty tired and decided to skip the G/15 on Sunday. If you have any of the moves of our Round 2 game past 32, I would appreciate getting them. It was an interesting position and White must have had a breakthrough.
    Take care

  2. I only have upto move 26

    Wijetunge,I (1800) - Anzis,H [A80]
    Joliet G/30 (2), 24.06.2006

    1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 g5 4.Bg3 Bg7 5.e3 Nf6 6.Bd3 e6 7.Nf3 d6 8.Nbd2 b6 9.c3 Bb7 10.Qb3 Qe7 11.0-0-0 Nbd7 12.Rde1 Ne4 13.Bc4 d5 14.Be2 0-0-0 15.Nxe4 fxe4 16.Nd2 Nf6 17.Kb1 Qf7 18.c4 Nh5 19.Bxh5 Qxh5 20.cxd5 Bxd5 21.Qc2 Qf7 22.Nxe4 Bxe4 23.Qxe4 Kb8 24.Rc1 Rc8 25.Rc6 Rhd8 26.Rhc1 1-0

  3. Here are my moves from 26 to 32

    26...Re7 27.Qc2 Qf5 28.e4 Qf7 29.Qc4 e5 30.d5 Rd7 31.f3 Bf6 32.Qc3 Re8

    I think my main error was not playing for e5 around move 14. Your dark square bishop was better than mine the whole game and that seemed to be the difference. I did not try it because I was concerned about the weak d5 pawn.

    Take Care