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.