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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  1. Are you playing in the A section? You better not be.
    If you really want to become an expert, you need to be playing up at these tournaments.

  2. As I said before, no reason to think that "blunder avoidance" would make Ivan an expert. Tough tournament, hang in there man!
    Alex Betaneli

  3. I see that Brian Luo was the only Wisconsinite in the master section.

  4. Great result for Joel Kenny in “Class A.” Congrats!

  5. Great results for Tianye Zhang in his class. Congrats!

  6. And, great results by Ryan W. Wunsch in his class. Congrats!

  7. Wouldn't "blunder avoidance" make anyone an expert?

  8. Article from the Chess Mind:

    With 2000s like these, who needs titled players?
    I played in the Midwest Class Championships this past weekend, and played reasonably well (3 out of 5, losing 4 USCF rating points, gaining 21 FIDE points, and winning my EF back with a little extra). I lost in the first round to a 2057, prompting a commentator to ask how this could happen. Well, I handed him a script before the game, full of great ideas: he was supposed to quake in fear, play a lame opening, and then resign around move 30. Unfortunately, he seemed to misplace it, forgot to lose and won a good fight.

    Of course, it was disappointing, though I recovered the rest of the way. But the further course of his tournament was remarkable: his next two games were draws against 2400s, then he beat another master, and for dessert he drew GM Dmitry Gurevich in the last round to tie for second. This is a 2057?!

    Another terror in the event - one I didn't play - was a 9-year old expert named Brian Luo. Like me, he went 3-2, with his only loss coming to IM Emory Tate. Tate was fortunate, though - he took too many liberties in the opening and was in big trouble: Luo had an extra pawn and an attack, but he got too happy. He had temporarily sacrificed a piece, but instead of regaining it he tried to win a second extra pawn. He got the pawn, but couldn't regain the piece, and Tate won easily after that. Nevertheless, he looks like he'll be a force to reckon with, and it doesn't hurt that he's studying with Gurevich.
    Written by Dennis Monokroussos

  9. Anonymous said...
    Wouldn't "blunder avoidance" make anyone an expert?

    10/15/2007 3:35 PM

    Depends on definition of "blunder" I imagine. :-)

    Congrats to Brian, Joel, and Tim!

    Alex Betaneli

  10. Brian is NOT some little 9-year-old: he is ten! Keep growing Brian. Good luck in Turkey.
    Alex Betaneli

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