Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Joe Fieder Memorial

One of the great things about chess is the opportunity to meet new people and travel to new places. I did just that yesterday when I visited Random Lake, WI (Population 1551) for the 11th Joe Feider Memorial Tournament. (5 round swiss, G/30, Unrated)

This tournament is held in memory of Joe Fieder, an avid chess player who succumbed to a car accident in 1979.

It is organized by Edward Ferber ("Doc") with support from the Fieder family, the local library and other volunteers.

Keanu Davis receiving the Junior High trohy from "Doc"

"Doc" has a collection of over 200 chess sets and we had the opportunity to see and play on some of them. Kudos to "Doc" for a great event conducted in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere complete with snacks (chess cookies, fruit cake etc.) and hot beverages.

There were 34 participants. I was the 4th seed. I won the tournament on tie breaks with a score of 4.5 / 5.0 and received a nice clock trophy for my effort.
Round 4
I was paired against former master Larry Ahrens . I was happy with my play and won the end game although I missed 24...Rxd4 which would have given me a clear edge. Stephane Desmoulin(1675) upset 4 time winner Paul La Cosse (1816).

Round 5
I had White against Stephane in the last round. I thought I was doing better most of the game, but got myself into time trouble and made several bad moves. I was able to hold the opposite colored bishop with a pawn down to secure the draw.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Season's Greetings

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all. I hope that the new year brings you lots of chess knowledge/rating points.

I finished 2007 with 2 personal bests:

Highest rating : 1890
Highest Published rating: 1890 (Feb 2008)

These are my 2008 resolutions that I hope will push me over 2000 in 2008:

1) Average 7 hrs of sleep a night
2) Average 30 min of cadio. per day and 2-3 days of strength training per week.
3) Drink more water (64 oz/day) and eat healthy.

4) Average 50 CTS problems per day
5) Repeat the ~1200 CT-ART 3.0 problems 7 times (Errant Knights)
6) Create a binder of positions in which I missed the best move, print them out, and solve them regularly. (See comments by A. Vaja in this entry)
7) Read the following books:
Tal's Winning Chess Combinations
Art of Attack in Chess by Vladmir Vukovic
The Life and games of Mikail Tal
Rook endings
8) Play 5-10 rated games a month

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Training Game etc.

There are several big tournaments held during the Christmas break. Three of Wisconsin's top active players BETANELI, ALEXANDER (2287), VAJA, ASHISH (2239) and SANTARIUS, ERIK F (2177) will be heading out to the 34th Annual Eastern Open in DC.

Fellow chess traveller JAYNE, RYAN D (1697) will be heading out to the North American Open in Las Vegas. He will be one of the top seeds in the U1700 section and has a very good chance to finish on top, since I think that he is under rated by at least 150 points. This is the prize list for the U1700 section:

$10,000-5,000-3,000-2,000-1,000-800-700-600-500-400 (67% guaranteed)

May the four of them bring back lots of cash and rating points!

As part of Ryan's preparation for the NA Open, we played the following training game:

Me (1893) - Jayne,R (1679)
[E91]Training Game 60 (5 sec. increment),

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 0-0 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 Na6 7.0-0 e5 8.Be3 [ 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qc2; 8.Re1] 8...Ng4 9.Bg5 Qe8 10.h3 [ 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Qd2 ( 11.Nd4 Bd7 12.Qd2 f6 13.Be3 Qf7) ] 10...h6 11.Bc1 exd4 12.Nxd4 Nf6 13.f3 [ 13.Re1 Nxe4 14.Bd3; 13.Qc2] 13...Nh5 14.Be3 Ng3 15.Re1 Nxe2+ 16.Rxe2 [ 16.Ndxe2] 16...Nc5 17.Qd2 Kh7 18.Nd5 Qd8 19.b4 [ 19.Nb5 c6] 19...Ne6 20.Rc1 [ 20.Rf1] 20...c6 21.Nc3 Qh4 22.Bf2 [ 22.f4 Bxd4 23.Bxd4 Nxd4 24.Qxd4 Qxf4 25.Rf1 Qe5] 22...Bxd4 23.Bxd4 Nf4 24.Ree1 [ 24.Rf2 Bxh3 25.Be3 g5 26.gxh3 Nxh3+ 27.Kg2 Nxf2 28.Bxf2] 24...Qg3 [ 24...Bxh3-+ 25.gxh3 Qg3+ 26.Kf1 Qxf3+ 27.Kg1 Qg3+ 28.Kh1 Qxh3+ 29.Kg1 Nd3] 25.Kh1 [ 25.Be3 Nxh3+ 26.Kh1 Ng5 27.f4 Ne6 28.Ne2] 25...Bxh3 26.gxh3 Qxf3+ 27.Kg1 Qg3+ 28.Kh1 Qxh3+ 29.Kg1 Qg3+ 30.Kh1 f5 [ 30...Nd3 31.Rcd1 Nxe1 32.Rxe1 f5 33.Rg1] 31.Rg1 [ 31.Re3 Qh4+ 32.Qh2 Qxh2+ 33.Kxh2 Ne6] 31...Qh3+ 32.Qh2 Qf3+ 33.Rg2 Nxg2 34.Qxg2 Qxg2+ 35.Kxg2 f4 36.Kf3 g5 37.Rg1 Kg6 38.e5 dxe5 39.Bxe5 Rae8 40.Bd4 0-1

Some interesting moments:

Position after 15. Re1

Here Black played 16...Nxe2, I was happy to see this move as I think it is mistake to take my bad Bishop.

Position after 23...Nf4
Here the only way for White to stay a slightly ahead is to play 24.Rf2, 24. Ree1 loses to Bxh3

Position after 24...Qg3 Here I had to find the only move 25.Be3, but I played 25.Kh1 which loses to Bxh3
Position after 30.f5I get one last chace to save the game with 31.Re3, but I play 31.Rg1 which loses.

I was happy with my position after White's 21st move. I was getting behind on time and wanted to gain some time on the clock and quickly played 22.Bf2, which was my first mistake, later I had to find many only moves in time trouble and did not do so. Black didn't play the best moves either, and I still had a chace to come back with 31. Re3.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Blogger Profiles

I thought it would be a good idea if we bloggers had the opportunity
say, "hi" online or if we visit another blogger's city.

In order to facilitate that I created the following:

Blogger Profiles

Your real name is optional so you can remain anonymous if you wish.

Please forward this to anyone else that might be interested.
email your information to:

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Almost 1900 (1890)

I finished with 4.5 / 5.0 in the double round quad. I won the quad with game in hand. The last game (me vs Garvin) will not be played.

1890 STANLEY T GARVIN 3.0 / 5.0
1852 Me 4.5 / 5.0
1813 ARLEN P WALKER 3.5 / 6.0
1697 JOSEPH H HETZEL 0.0 / 6.0

Rating gain 1851 - 1890

Since my next tournament won't will be till the 44th Northeastern Open , January 26-27, my February rating of 1890 will be a personal best.

I have scored 7-0=1 in my last 8 games at the Waukesha Chess Club.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Last round loss from the Wisconsin Memorial

This is my last round loss against Erik Santarius (2177) from the Wisconsin Memorial.

Comments from Alex Betaneli (2287)
"Erik and I looked at it for a long time last night and found fascinating things, many turning points. In particular I suggest to Ivan to identify moments when he went from clearly better to slightly better to even to slightly worse to much worse to hopelessly lost"

Click here for games replay

The first few moves of a chess game is usually a dance where each player is trying to provoke the other to move the game along in a direction that is more familiar to himself.

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 I have never encountered this move. The Chigorin Defense is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6. So I could get into it by playing c4 here, but I decided to play 3.Bf4 since I figured my opponent knew the main lines better than I did.

3.Bf4 e6 4.e3 Bd6 5.Bxd6Since my remaining bishop was better than his, I decided to exchange. I also considered:

Bg3 with ideas of opening the h-file if the Bishop was taken, Or


Or simply allowing ...Bxf4
5... cxd6

Black gets another pawn to the center, protects the e5 square and hopes to find counter-play on the c-file

6.c4 Nf6 7.Nc3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0-0 9.0-0 a6

Black tries to expand on the q-side.

10.a4I put a stop to q-side expansion ideas by Black, but create a hole on b4, but I did not consider this a major issue since a4 is a very common move in QG games. I considered 10 d5. It was probably a better move.

10.a4 e5 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Qxd8 Rxd8 13.Ng5

** White is Better

Better bishop, ahead in development, able to use the d-file first, the Black e-pawn is a target. The only advantage I see for Black is that he has a pawn on the 5th rank and mine is on the 3rd.

I was very happy with my position, and was sure that White could not lose. I thought that I could exchange as many pieces as possible and get an easy draw. It is never a good idea to play for a draw and in fact that is a sure way to lose.

I should have:

1.Controlled the d-file

2.Centralized my king

13...Rf8 14.Nd5
I offered a draw here

A better way to exchange the Knight was to play 14.Nge4, then Black does not get a tempo by attacking the Bishop, and if Black takes the Knight my Knight remains actively placed.

14...Nxd5 15.Bxd5 Nb4 16.Bc4

I didn't want to part with the Bishop, as it was on a good diagonal, but simply 16.Rfd1 might have been better, why lose a tempo?

16...Bd7 17.Nf3I lost way too much time with this Knight and let Black get all his pieces out while it moved aimlessly around. The idea was to put pressure on the e-pawn.

***White is slightly Better

17...Rfe8 18.Ng5 Re7

I have given Black 2 free moves

19.Ne4I thought that d3 might be good square for the Knight.

19...Bc6 20.Nc3

Decided to come back to c3 as I now saw that Black could easily double rooks on the d-file, and I had to challenge him.

***Equal 20.... Rd8 21.Rfd1 Red7 22.b3

After exchanges a4 needs to be protected, 22.a5 might have been better

***Black is slightly better

22...Kf8 23.Rxd7 Rxd7 24.Rd1 Rxd1+ 25.Nxd1 Ke7

I was afraid of 25...b5

26.Nc3 f6
27.h4.Kd6 28.e4
I didn't think that the Black King could do anything on the q-side, but I was wrong. Actually in some variations I may have been correct, if the White knight enters the Black k-side. 27.h4 was wrong, the idea was to move the pawns to black squares 28.e4 was a mistake. I was afraid of Black's king getting into the q-side after exchanging twice on d5, but I didn't have to exchange off both minors. This move obstructs my own bishop. 28.Bg8 was much better.

*** Black is better

Kc5 29.f3 Nc2 30.Na2?? (Black wins a pawn and the game 30.Bg8 is much better)

My first big mistake and it is decisive. With the Black pieces so active I t may not have made much difference. Since all three black pieces are attacking on the q-side and I am defending with 2, (With the knight running short of squares) it may have been too late to save the game.

***Black is winning

30...Bxa4 31.Bg8 Be8 32.Kf2 Kd4 33.Bd5 b6 34.Bc4 b5 35.Bd5 Kd3 36.b4 Nd4 37.Bg8 Kc2 38.Ke3 Bd7 39.Bd5 Be6 0-1

The position below is from a possible unplayed variation. What is interesting about is that White is actually better. Although the Black king is very aggressively placed it is also too far away to protect the k-side pawns and the White knight starts to munch on them. My h4 move actually makes sense in this variation!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Wisconsin Memorial

ROBERT JOYNT JR vs GEREMY SAM WEBNE-BEHRMAN (Round 1) closest to the camera.

There were nearly 80 players. Congratulations to Guy Hoffman and Mike Nietman for a well run event.

5.0 Betaneli
4.5 Santarius
4.5 Joynt

USCF Results

I finished 3-1 (+ a bye)

I won the Wisconsin Tour Class-A prize.(Thanks to Parker's oversight)

Parker was winning the last round game against the top seed ROBERT JOYNT JR(2305), but thought the first time control was 40/2 instead of 45/2. He made 42 moves and lost on time!

That cost him ~$200( $83 - Wisconsin Tour Class-A + half of (2nd overall $125 + 1st A $100) )

I was disappointed that I lost the following last round game against ERIK F SANTARIUS(2177). I am White with the move. Although I knew better I tried to play for the draw by exchanging off pieces.(Playing for a draw is a sure way to lose!) I should have controlled the open d-file instead. A better way to exchange the knight was to play Nce4 instead of Nd5.
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bf4 e6 4.e3 Bd6 5.Bxd6 cxd6 6.c4 Nf6 7.Nc3 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0-0 9.0-0 a6 10.a4 e5 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Qxd8 Rxd8 13.Ng5 Rf8 14.Nd5 Nxd5 15.Bxd5 Nb4 16.Bc4 Bd7 17.Nf3 Rfe8 18.Ng5 Re7 19.Ne4 Bc6 20.Nc3 Rd8 21.Rfd1 Red7 22.b3 Kf8 23.Rxd7 Rxd7 24.Rd1 Rxd1+ 25.Nxd1 Ke7 26.Nc3 f6 27.h4 [ 27.f3 Kd6 28.Kf2 Kc5 29.Bg8 h6 30.Ke2] 27...Kd6 28.e4 Kc5 29.f3 Nc2 30.Na2?? [ 30.Bg8 Kb4 31.Nd5+ Bxd5 32.exd5 Kc5 33.Bxh7 Ne3 34.Kf2 Nxd5 35.Be4] 30...Bxa4 31.Bg8 Be8 32.Kf2 Kd4 33.Bd5 b6 34.Bc4 b5 35.Bd5 Kd3 36.b4 Nd4 37.Bg8 Kc2 38.Ke3 Bd7 39.Bd5 Be6 *

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


In preparation for the 2008 Chicago Open, I am thinking of joining the Errant Knights. There are 164 days before tournament, so that should give me enough time. I plan to start on Dec. 10th.

My next tournament is the Wisconsin Memorial Dec. 8-9. My goal is to score 4/5 (Same score as last year) Actually 3.5/4, since I usually take a bye on the first day since it's a bit ridiculous to play 3 games with a time control of 45/2;25/1;SD/1 in one day. Yes, that's right, up to 24 hours of chess in one day! Some of these Wisconsin tournaments are probably the only ones with adjournments. Last year I had the misfortune of having my first 2 rounds adjourned. I had taken a 3rd round bye, but had to come back after the 3rd round to complete the adjournments. Needless to say the games went on until early the next day.

On a side note there is an interesting race for the Wisconsin Tour A Class. This is the last event of the 2007 tour.


Thursday, November 29, 2007

G/90 Double Quad - Rounds 4,5,6

I finished 4.5 /5.0 My rating will be ~1893

Round 6 - Dec. 12 Me vs JOSEPH H HETZEL - I won

Round 5
Me vs STANLEY T GARVIN this game will not be played.

Round 4 - Nov. 28

Arlen Walker (1813) vs Me - Draw

I couldn't maintain my 100 percent record. For the first time in tournament play, I was faced with trying to find the Bishop and Knight mate and failed. It didn't help that I only had about 2 min. (with 5 sec. time delay) .

I tried to use the following method.

1) Force the king to the edge of the board
2) Then to the wrong corner - If he doesn't wan't to go to the right corner:)
3) Then to the right corner

It took me too long to complete step 2. (more then 30 moves) By this time I was down to my last 2 seconds and had to concede the draw.

I was talking about this to my friend Jose about this and he was telling me that there has been at least one case where a GM could not find the mate, so I don't feel too bad.

Here is a great link that talks about several methods.

I had never heard of the "Deletang's Triangles" before reading this.

Quad 1 -
1916 ALEXANDER VELIKANOV (#2 Age 9 in the nation Oct 2007) 4.0
1904 JAMES J COONS 0.5

Quad 2
1852 Me 4.5 / 5.0
1813 ARLEN P WALKER 3.5 / 6.0

Thursday, November 22, 2007

G/90 Double Quad - Rounds 1,2,3

Click here for games in pgn.

I am playing in a double round robin quad at the Waukesha Chess Club. One game a week on Wednesdays.

I am 3-0 see Round 3 below

Quad 1
1921 ALEXANDER VELIKANOV (#2 Age 9 in the nation) 1.5
1910 JAMES J COONS 0.0

Quad 2
1841 Me 3.0

Round 1 - Nov. 7
Hetzel vs Garvin : Garvin won
Me vs Walker : I won Click here for game

I have a nice bind. Black played Qa5 here and Bc3 would have won easily for White, but I played h3 and still had a big edge.

Round 2 - Nov. 14
Walker vs Hetzel : Walker wins
Garvin vs Me : I won Click here for game

Here I have Bxd4+ and I win a pawn, but I decided not to go into this line since it leaves the White rook very active. I spent about 15 min here and got myself into bad time trouble. In the end I was down to my last 12 seconds(vs over a min.) and offered a draw in a pawn up position, but my opponent declined. In the end I was able to win his queen 0-1

Round 3 - Nov. 21
What I concentrated on for this game is not getting over confident. I was 2-0 going in and my opponent was 0-2 and was the lowest rated in the quad, plus I had 3-1 record against him.

In the following position with Black to play, I thought I could trap the White queen, but it turns out that I can't.My Knights are very well placed in the following position Hetzel vs Me : I won Click here for game
Walker vs Garvin : Garvin won
Round 4 - Nov. 28
Garvin vs Hetzel
Walker vs Me

Round 5 - Dec. 5
Me vs Garvin
Hetzel vs Walker

Round 6 - Dec. 12
Me vs Hetzel
Garvin vs Walker

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Interesting cross table

I was looking around MSA and happen to see the following cross table. What do you make of it?

A 300 point gain in one event, where one player plays one game against several opponents.

Friday, November 16, 2007

This and that

Chess Position Trainer
There is a great free tool called Chess Position Trainer that can be used to maintain an opening repertoire. Not only can you easily maintain a repertoire, but there are great tools that can be used to test your knowledge.

I recenly joind Free Internet Chess Server . My handle is ivanw, lets play chess! For those having both, how does your USCF rating compare to the FICS rating. My FICS rating is more than 300 points less.

Chess Tactics Server
I am frustrated that after more than 20,000 tries I can't make much progress as far as rating goes. I got upto around 1600, but am now about 100 points less. It probably makes more sense to go for accuracy rather than rating, as it better represents over the board play. Handle : iwijetunge

Here is a great tool by Wayne Zimmerle. Ever wondered who you have played the most, the highest rated player you beat etc? It's all there.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Learning from a Loss

Click here for game

This is my last round loss against Anthony Parker(1982) from the 2007 WCA Veterans tournament. My record against Anthony is now a dismal 0-5. I am sure that the fact that I had lost every previous game against him had some effect on my mental state during the game.

I went into the last round with 3.0/4.0 A win would have put me at a respectable 4.0/5.0 and a tie for 3rd place, but like many times before I lost an important last round game.

It has been a while since I got into a IQP game (with either side). The most important thing to remember is that the person with the IQP needs to be on the offensive and make use of the extra space in the middle game, since going into an endgame will favor the other side.

I was happy when Black played h6 and g5, I knew that in the long run this weakening of the king side pawn structure could be exploited. In response I moved the my bishop to the b1 diagonal got my queen to d3, and attacked the g pawn. (with the wrong pawn)

When I developed my last piece, the queens rook to the c-file (17 Rac1), I was very happy with my position, but it all fell apart quickly after Black played 23...f5.

I think that the move that lost the thread of the game for me was 20.h4?! I really wanted to play 20.f4!?, and after the game I realized that this would have given Black the most trouble. The reason I played h4 instead of f4 is that I thought that f4 would loosen my king position, although this is true, I could have caused more trouble for Black since f4 also threatens f5.

Some interesting IQP links:

IQP: Exeter Chess Club

IQP: Bangor Chess Club

Interesting IQP games from (Many losses by Karpov!)

Monday, October 29, 2007

WCA Veteran’s Tournament Nov. 3-4

WCA Veteran’s Tournament
The highest finishing entrant age 50 and over will receive a trophy and the title of 2007 Wisconsin Senior Champion.

This will be my 4th consecutive time playing in this tournament. I have a pretty good record in this event 9-1=4.

Last year's winner was DANIEL L LINDQUIST. The 2006 Wisconsin Senior Champion was JAMES J COONS . Average attendance for the past 3 years was 35.

2006 Results

2005 Results

2004 Results

ALEXANDER BETANELI and TATIANA VAYSERBERG tied for first with 4.5/5.0
Bill Elger won the The 2007 Wisconsin Senior Champion Trophy on tie breaks.

I went 2-1=1. I lost the last round to Anthony Parker (1997). I played the white side of IQP and thought that I was doing well, but lost the thread somewhere. I am looking at the game to see where I could have improved.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Quick Chess Event

Location : Waukesha Chess Club

4 Round Swiss. Time control G/12 with 3 sec. delay.

I scored 3-1=0.

USCF Results

This is the positon just before I made the losing move Nd6 againts Stanley T Garvin(1816). This was one of those games where I had Black under pressure for most of the game and under estimated the power of the Black queen.

I was talking to Ashish Vaja after the game and he thought the best move here was to take the knight and then playing f4 gaining a tempo to play the knight fork on c7, when White should win.

Friday, October 19, 2007

13 Round Blitz Event

Location : Southwest Chess Club

I didn't do so well 5-7=1, but I lost to only one person rated below me and drew an expert.


1991 Wisconsin Champion(joint) David Penkalski won the event. It looks like he will start playing again, making him the highest rated active Wisconsin player at 2414.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Waukesha Chess Club G/90 , 4 rounds

Location : Waukesha Chess Club
There were around 32 players.

William Williams(2215) wins with 4.0/4.0. I was second with 3.5/4.0 (with 1/2 point bye)

USCF Results

1. Sep 26th Bye
2. Oct 3rd Win Black vs
3. Oct 10th Win White vs
4. Oct 17th Win White vs

Rating: 1839-1851

Round 2 - Win (Bye for Round 1)

Hiarcs found the following very interesting possibilty. Had my opponent seen it, he would have turned the tables and won the game. Although I am up a whole piece, White's army is fully mobilized with 16 units of fire power aiming at me.

Find the best move for White in the following position:

Click here for the game

Thursday, October 11, 2007

2007 Midwest Class Championships

Tournament Results

Prize Winners

GUREVICH, DMITRY clear first with 4.5/5.0

MEEROVICH, ILAN (2057) goes 2-0=3 in the Master Section! With a rating jump of 2057 ->2124

Blogger Dennis Monokroussos from the The Chess Mind and Thursday night lecturer on Radio ChessBase played in the Master Section.

Here is some information on the FREE Thurday night lectures:-

Dennis Monokroussos' Radio ChessBase lectures begin on Thursdays at 9 p.m. EDT, which translates to 01:00h GMT, 02:00 Paris/Berlin, 11:00h Sydney (on Friday). Other time zones can be found at the bottom of this page. You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.

I had a bye in round one , won the 2nd , but lost 3 in a row after that!

I had a quick win in round one. Maybe a strange combination of overconfidence and nervousness contributed to my down fall. In round 2, I had to find good defensive moves after my opponent ceded the exchange, but didn't' manage to do so. In round 4, I won a pawn and had a great position, but made many inaccurate moves. In round 5, I went into an ending that is supposed to be equal. We got into an opposite coloured bishop ending that I was sure was easy to draw, but later analysis shows that it wasn't that simple and Black was the only one with winning chances.

Click here for my Games

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Greg Knutson - Madison

Erik Santarius wins with a 5-0 result

Tournament Results

Top seeds were
1. Navin Sawalani 2284
2. Alexander Betaneli 2277
3. Erik Santarius 2158
4. Tatiana Vayserberg 2152

I went into the last round in a confident mood. I was paired aginst Brian Luo to whome I had never lost, but he won this time to bring our record to 1-1=2.

In the following fairly equal position I made the the horrible move 43. Rxf7??. That was a shame since I was only 2 moves away from making time control at 45. ( I had about 30 seconds left) . A couple of moves before I played another bad move g4 which lost the h-pawn. That's what I get for bad time management.
I finished with 3-2=0 (Losses to 2284 and 2065)
Performance rating: 1866
Rating Change: 1859-1860

Wssconsin tour

The "A" Class race will get interesting. Parker gained the most points, but he is still behind me, but Joel Kenny should move up from Class "B" to class "A" and he will be above me, since he was 8 points ahead of me and did .5 better than me in the Knutson tournament. It will all come down to the final event, the Wisconsin Memorial in December.

Friday, October 05, 2007

4 Round G/100 at Hales Corners

I am playing in a 4 round G/100 tournament at the Southwest Chess Club . After 3 rounds there are two plyers with 2.5 and I am the only one with 2. I will probably play James Coons. My record against Coons is 4-3=1

Click here for the Games

1. Sep 20 Loss Me vs FOGEC, THOMAS G (1639)
2. Sep 27 Win
3. Oct 04 Win MUNOZ, DANIEL A (1805) vs Me
4. Oct 11 Loss Me vs COONS, JAMES J (1922)

My results 2-2=0
Round 3
I blundered another rook, but still managed to win!
The following is a critical position. exf5 was the correct move, but I played gxf5??

Round 2 - A Knight fork
Here I played 18...Nd3 which wins the f pawn.

Round 1 - Chess Blindness

It's been a while since I made a gross blunder. I was hoping not to make any of those especially with a huge time advantage, but that's exactly what I did. In the following fairly equal postion I played Re3??
It's interesting that I explored
Re3 Bxg2
Qxg2 Qxc1
But decided that I could just play Rg3. So I was considering the the c1-h6 diagonal, but somehow missed the e3 equare.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Who is Bobby Polgar?

I was searching for chess books at the library and came across this chess based romance novel. Interesting name for the lead character.

74 Seaside Avenue (Cedar Cove, Book7) (Mass Market Paperback)
by Debbie Macomber

No, I am not going to read it although I read the review at Amazon

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Badger Open - Milwaukee

Round 1 Action Wagner vs Betaneli.
All participants were required to wear orange shirts for this round*

The open section had only 14 players.

The top seeds were

1.Betaneli (2277)
2.Stamnov (2217)
3.Santarius (2158)
4.Luo (2071) #2 Age 10 in the nation

Wesley Furguson(1966) wins clear first with 4/5.

Finishing with 3.5/5 were : Betaneli, Stamnov and Santarius.

Betaneli and Santarius who were tied with 3 points going into the last round decided on a quick draw. Luo had a sub par tournament 1-1=3

I tied for 1st-2nd Under 2000 with 3/5 (2-1=1 plus a bye)

Draw LUO, BRIAN J 2071

My record against Brian Luo is now 1-0=2. Not too shabby considering that there is at least one master who has a 0-2 record against him.

In my only loss I sacrificed a Bishop that netted me the exchange. I then won a pawn, but got myself into time trouble, and in the last move before time control blundered it all away. Later analysis shows that I could have probably drawn this game.

After I played Bh2
The critical last move before time control. Re6 here and I am fine, but I played the horrible Nb6 allowing Be5 after which with best play I may be able to draw, but ended up losing.

Performance rating = 2021
Rating Change = 1839-1859

*Just kidding about the orange shirts

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Paul Hoffman's new book: King's Gambit...

Three interesting paragraphs from Paul Hoffman's new book King's Gambit: A Son, a Father, and the World's Most Dangerous Game

When a player gets violent, his wrath is often directed not at spectators or his opponent but at himself. One contemporary Russian grandmaster has been known to pick up the pointiest chess piece, usually the bishop or a knight with a particularly jagged mane, and stab his own head until it bleeds. Then he rushes out of the tournament hall only to return for the next round as if nothing untoward has happened. At one event, this grandmaster was among the tournament leaders who were playing on an elevated stage. When he lost a key game, he bloodied his face and then, in an extreme masochistic flourish, dove off the three-foot-high stage, belly-flopping onto the hard floor.

Such behavior is exceptional, but even stable personalities have trouble accepting defeat. Garry Kasparov, the thirteenth world champion, frequently storms off like a bull, shoving aside spectators who are in his path. Pascal can be withdrawn and sullen for hours. When I lose, I repeatedly remind myself that chess is only a game. Yet even that reminder doesn't stop me from replaying in my head not only the moves of the game where I went astray, but also all the other things in my life that have gone wrong.

Most of the world's top players have strenuous exercise routines to balance their sedentary chess playing. Bobby Fischer worked out regularly long before it was fashionable, and Kasparov pumped iron, swam, and rowed as part of his chess training. "Your body has to be in top condition," Fischer said. "Your chess deteriorates as your body does. You can't separate mind from body."

Monday, September 03, 2007

Washington D.C.

National Air and Space Museum

Friday, August 17, 2007

Road Trip

I will be taking a break from tounament chess Aug 15 - Sep 8th.

I will be embarking on a ~3000 mile road trip:


Although I won't be playing any tournament chess I plan to visit a few chess cafes etc. (Washington Square)

Toronto - Street food (Tandoori Chicken) at the South Asian festival in Little India, Gerrad Street

- Parliament Building

- 1976 Olympic Stadium

Quebec City

Washington Square
I sat down at one of the tables. The guy started with small talk about Anand, since he thought I was from India. He then wanted to play a game with no conditions to see where I stood. I didn't play that well and resigned when I lost a piece. I was ready for a money game now, but he refused to play me. He probably thought that I threw the game!