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:

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.