Sunday, May 06, 2007

May 06 - 3rd Coast G/60 Open at the Renaissance Hotel

There were 32 participants. Results

FM Stamnov, FM Tennant, Brian Luo(2043 #1 Age 9) and Mc Clanahan, (1651 #26 Age 10) tied for first with 3.5/4.

I won the first two games, lost the 3rd to Tennant, and the 4th to Mc Clanahan.

In the following 4th round game, I missed, 29..Nxd6, 30.Qxa2 Kc8 with an equal game.
(5) Mc Clanahan,G (1651) - Wijetunge,I (1830) [B16]RKnights G/60 (4), 06.05.2007
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 [ 4...Nd7 5.Ng5 Ndf6 6.N1f3 h6 7.Nxf7 Kxf7 8.Ne5+ Ke8 9.Qd3 Qd5 10.Qg6+ Kd8 11.Nf7+ Kc7 12.Bf4+ Kb6 13.Qg3 e5 14.Nxe5 Nh5 15.Nd7+ Ka5 16.Bc7+ Kb4] 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Rg8 8.Bf4 e6 9.Qd2 Nd7 10.c3 Nb6 11.Bg3 Nd5 12.h3 Bh5 13.Qc2 Bg6 14.Bd3 Bd6 15.Bxg6 hxg6 16.Bxd6 Qxd6 17.g3 0-0-0 18.0-0-0 Qc7 19.Nd2 Rh8 20.h4 Rh7 21.Ne4 Qe7 [ 21...f5 22.Ng5] 22.Qb3 Rdh8 23.c4 Nb6 24.Rhe1 Rh5 [ 24...g5 25.hxg5 fxg5] 25.c5 Nd5 26.Nd6+ Kb8 27.Qa4 Nc7 28.Rd3 Ne8 29.Ra3 a6 [ 29...Nxd6 30.Qxa7+ Kc8 31.cxd6 ( 31.Qa8+ Kd7) 31...Qxd6 32.Rb3 Qb8; 29...b5 30.cxb6 Nxd6 31.bxa7+ Ka8 32.Qxc6+ Nb7 33.Kb1] 30.Nxb7 1-0


  1. You're playing in way too many tournaments, Ivan. Many times you have said that the best way for you to improve is to study more and to play less. You're not following your plan at all. Playing these fast time control tournaments actually hinders your development.
    According to your rating record, you have played in 15 tournaments since January 1st. I suggest you play in only 6-12 SLOW time control tournaments (G/120 or 40/2 G/1) PER YEAR. This is what is best if you actually want to get to 2000.

  2. I tend to think that the previous poster has a point, particularly when it comes to time controls. If you were playing the Sicilian Dragon as black, you could expect the decisive moment to come in the first twenty moves and you would be fine in the short time controls. Your repertoire seems geared towards games where the moment of truth my not come until move thirty, in which case, you need to play controls that will leave you time to think when you reach that point.

  3. Thanks for the input.

    My problem is that I really enjoy playing.

    But if I really want to improve I need to play in slower tournaments and concentrate on studying.

    I plan to do that after the Chicago Open.

  4. I cannot see how playing more chess could not be good. Play on!

  5. 1) Playing too many tournaments (especially fast time controls) enforces bad habits, and isn't even real chess.
    2) It takes away time for study.

  6. Playing in real games, assuming the time control is reasonable (at least G/60), cannot hurt your chess development. The best way to ensure you learn from mistakes is to encounter the mistake over the board and analyze what went wrong. No one became an expert from reading a book.

  7. Ivan-

    There is nothing wrong with playing a crap ton of tournaments. That's what I did. Look at my major rating jumps= they were from when I played the most and was in the best form.

    Also-- is the "Tennent" really Steve Tennant!?!?!!! Life Master?

    Please let me know.

  8. yes it is Steve Tennant

    correction was made

  9. Cool-

    Steve is a nice guy who played in both Colias 1 and 2. I haven't seen him play in another IL event for some time so just thought I'd ask.