Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Erik Santarius Wins his 3rd WI title of the year!
He is now:
WI State Champion
WI State Blitz Champion
WI State Quick Champion
75! (51 in the scholastic) players showed up for the last tournament at Union South. The building will be demolished to make way for a new student union.
Friday, December 05, 2008
I started coaching my son's scholastic chess team on a volunteer basis. I am enjoying the experience especially since I have a very enthusiastic group.(7 new USCF members)
We play in our 3rd tournament tomorrow. We placed 3rd in our very first, and tied for 4th the second time around.
Click here for the coaching blog.
Monday, November 17, 2008
King's Island Open
Click here for CCA results, Click here for USCF reults
I went 3-2=0 in the U1900 section. The losses were hard to take as they were both in great positions, complicated by time trouble. I have to work on better time management!
It's ironic but my best games were my losses. Here is a position from my 3rd round loss to Daniel, who tied for first.
Click here to replay game
This is the a position from the last round, where a win would have won $267
I played f4, which is still winning, but Nf5 is much stronger
Click here to replay game
Four of us made the trip. Derek Paitrick had a great event in the U2100 section winning $320 and becoming Wisconsin's newest expert. Paul Fricano had a sub par effort in the Open Section with 1-4=0, but had winning positions in his first two losses, including one against GM Anatoly Lein. Ryan Jayne went 3-1=1, and won $18 in the U1700 section.
Derek Paitrick during his last round draw. (He has a notebook with pencil)We went to eat around 1am on Friday and ran in to the top two seeds GM Darmen Sadvakasov 2638 (and girlfriend) and GM Alexander Shabalov 2632
Last round action.
Front: IM Bryan G Smith(Right) upset GM Darmen Sadvakasov
Back: GM Alexander Shabalov(Right) beat IM Kirill Kuderinov.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Click here for pre-Entries (221)
Four of us will be travelling together (The only WI participants that have pre-registered)
Open Section - 2011 Paul Fricano 1-4=0
Under 2100 - 1940 Derek Paitrick 3-0=2
Under 1900 - 1883 Ivan Wijetunge 3-2=0
Under 1700 - 1692 Ryan Jayne 3-1=1
I played in the Under 2000 section in 2006 and scored 2.5/5.0
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
My Bishop is better, therefore I should try to exchange off other pieces, I can challenge the e-pawn with either c5 or e5. If I had taken my time I would have seen that White's main idea is to put a Knight on e5, and as long as I have a Knight on d7, I can chop it off. In the game I instinctively played 15...Nf6 ?!
1. Nc3 c6 2. d4 d5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Bf5 5. Nf3 h6 6. Nd2 e6 7. O-O Bd6 8.e4 dxe4 9. Ncxe4 O-O 10. Re1 Be7 11. c3 Nbd7 12. Qe2 Re8 13. Nc4 Nxe4 14.Bxe4 Bxe4 15. Qxe4 Nf6 16. Qc2 Rc8 17. Bf4 c5 18. dxc5 Bxc5 19. Rad1 Qe7?? 20. Bd6 +-
17...Nd5 was better
My best performance in a chess tournament came a week after a dismal one, so I am hoping that history will repeat itself!
As training for the Kings Island Open I plan to:
- do 45 min./day of aerobic training
- get at least 7 hrs of sleep/day
- play a G/90 game against Master William Williams
- do 250 problems/day on the Chess Tactics Server
There are 6 quads and a 5 person section for a total of 31
Click here for results (Quads 1 & 2)
Click here for my uninspiring draw against Raymond Hayes. (I was behind on time and didn't really like my position so I took the draw that was offered)
I am White. We analyzed the game using Coon's quad-core 64bit machine running Rybka 3, and these are improvements she found:
9. d x e5
12. B x f4
13. B x f4
15. Q d2 (e5 probably the worst move I made)
19. R e5
Monday, November 10, 2008
In the Veteran's event TIMOTHY P VOIGT & CHRISTOPHER BAUMGARTNER tied for first with 4.5/5.0
Although I was the 3rd seed I played poorly to end with 1-1=3! I don't have an explanation for this poor showing. I think I let the first round draw get to me, although I tried not to let it. My record in this event now is 12-3=8
Click here for USCF results
History - Number of players and the winner(s)
2008 34 TIMOTHY P VOIGT, CHRISTOPHER BAUMGARTNER
2007 45 ALEX BETANELI, TATIANA VAYSERBERG
2006 42 DANIEL L LINDQUIST
2005 29 GUY G HOFFMAN
2004 34 WILLIAM ELGER , WILLIAM R OLK, IVAN WIJETUNGE
Saturday, November 01, 2008
We won third place!
Click here for the the team blog
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Age : 15
Rating : 2262
Home town : Wichita, Kansas
Number of tournaments to get from 1600-2000 : six in 10 months
Number of tournaments to get from 2000-2200 : nine in 8 months
Click here for Conrad's USCF history
You seem to have made the difficult transition from expert to master fairly easily, what helped you most to achieve this?
Conrad: Playing on ICC (mostly 3, 5 and 15 min. games) & studying opening books.
Do you have a coach?
What's your record against GMs?
Conrad: I played GM for the fist time in round 1 and drew him. (Dmitry Gurevich)
(Conrad finished with 2.5/5.0 with losses to Yury Shulman & Benjamin Finegold)
Click here to see Fingold's analysis of his win over Holt
When do you think you will become a GM?
Conrad: In 2 years.
When is your next tournament?
Conrad: Not sure, but I will participate in the next US Chess School
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
History: number of players (open+reserve) and the winner(s):
HCC VIII.10/2008 (33+32=65) TATE, YOUNG, TENNANT, BECKERHCC VII..04/2008 (22+30=52) BURGESS, TENNANT, PARKER
HCC VI...10/2007 (30+32=62) TENNANT, BREIDER, SANTARIUS
HCC V....04/2007 (40+22=62) TATE, STAMNOV
HCC IV...11/2006 (23+26=49) STAMNOV
HCC III..04/2006 (28+17=45) TENNANT
HCC II...10/2005 (20+18=38) BURGESS, BECKER
HCC I....04/2005 (34+36=70) BETANELI
4 TENNANT 2 TATE, BURGESS, STAMNOV, BECKER
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I am at that point again(1883). Since I plan to play in the u1900 section at the Kings Island Open, Nov. 14-16, I decided to wait till the cut-off for the November supplement(Oct 3), before I play again. (Just in case I cross over!)
I know, I know....ratings don't mean much, what really matters is playing good moves.
I have been re-reading Jeramy Silman's How to Reassess Your Chess . I am getting much more out of it this time around.
I have also been working on tactics(Understanding Chess Tactics, CTS) and openings.
My next week-end tournament will be the Hales Corners Challenge VIII . (Oct. 4)
And then the WI Veteran's Tournament (Nov. 8, 9)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The LEPers II tournament was an online (FICS) tournament for Bloggers conducted by Donnie (Liquid Egg Product). That's where the name LEPers came from. The time control was 15 min. with a 30 sec. increment.
Click here for more information on who took part.
Click here for the final game against Polly(Castling Queenside).
Thanks Donnie for running the event. I can't wait for LEPers III.
Polly's account of the final is here.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
*Updated 9/08 (Final team results)
My team(Team-2) won 5-0. (The opposing team had a missing player)
I beat Stanley Garvin (1776). The game started 1.d4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. cd cd 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bf4 This was getting pretty boring and I wanted to break the symmetry and played 6... e6 although I knew that 6...Bf5 was the best move. Stanley took too much time in the opening and dropped a piece with about 12 min left. (I had around 40 min left).
My team lost 2-3=1. I lost to top seed William Williams(2200) on board 1. Ryan Jayne was upset by James Nickell on board 2.
No team results since there were many missing participants. Williams was upset by J Kohlenberg
My team went 6-0!
I beat J Veech on board 1. Since I hadn't played the White side of the Grunfeld in a while I opted for a passive line with e3.
1.d4 Nf3 2. Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5.e3 0-0 6.cd Nxd5 7.Bc4 Nxc3 8.bc c5
I thought I had a slight edge after the opening phase, but after many exchanges, Black may have had a slight advantage in the ending. The deciding factor was going to be the clock, since I was way behind. Luckily for me a bishop was gifted to me on move 39.
Three weeks of make-up games began today.
I drew J Coons(1840), but Ryan was upset by Aaron Krause.
I lost to J Kohlenberg(1907) But Cludia Schneider's won a great game over T.Kulkarni to gave the team a win. Team 2 will at least tie for 1st. I am White here. Instead of playing Re8, I decided to complicate matters since my opponent was short on time and played Ne5, But I am the one who later got into time trouble and lost!
Friday, September 05, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Round 1 - Win
I won against a 2200 player, but since he is at his floor and not currently playing at the Master level I did not attach too much significance to the win.
Round 2 - Loss
I was paired against 2116 rated Matthew Dahl from Minnesota. I had Black in the following position.
All have to do is play Rb8, and White's best move is probably to resign! But I got greedy and completely overlooked the Rook check on h7 (after the check on c8). I never thought of it that way, but because of the check White essentially got to play two moves in a row. Even after the move I played, I had several chances to draw, but botched it. After this narrow escape Matthew went on draw 2425 rated top seed Sean Nagle in round 3 and beat 2144 rated Tatiana Veyserburg in round 4, but he was beaten by Matt Anzis in round 5. Matt finished clear second with 4.0/5.0 and gained 50 points to get his rating up to 1960.
Round 3 - Draw
After the set back in round 2 I was in no mood to play round 3. I was White and played the exchange variation of the King's Indian. We agreed to a draw around move 20. My opponent was 1981 rated Robert Keating.
Round 4 - Loss
I was paired against a 1999 player who had not played in a long while. I managed to build a huge time advantage. (in the neighbourhood of 1 hour!) The time control was G/120 with 15 second delay. I had an opening initiative, but lost my way and once Black got his knight to c3 I thought that Black was better. At the end when Black was desperately low on time, I missed the tactic that not only won him a pawn, but forced the exchange of queens and left my pieces badly placed.
Click here to replay rounds 2 and 4.
I can't help but wonder what could have been, had I won round 2!
Sean Nagle won the tournament with 4.5/5. He beat 2 time Iowa champion Pete Karagianis in round 4 and 3 time current Iowa champion Tim McEntee in round 5. Matt Anzis was second with 4/5. 3rd was shared by McEntee, Matt Dahl, Robert Keating, and Tatiana Vayserberg at 3.5/5
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Illinois - Illinois Open Championships
Wisconsin pre-entries include:
2168 Kane, Jeremy
2066 Velikanov, Alexander (He will also be playing in the World Youth Champ. in Vietnam!)
1833 Veech, John
1770 Pan, Hongkai
1723 Jin, David
1717 Kane, Jonathan M
1601 Gorectke, Andrew
1530 Zhang, Tianye
1432 Schneider, Thomas
1415 Jing, Aaron
1192 Gorectke, Samuel
Iowa - 54th Iowa Open
Michigan - 2008 MICHIGAN OPEN
Ohio - 64th Ohio Chess Congress
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Aug. 15 Indiana State Quick Championship Kokomo, Indiana Results
Aug. 16 Indiana State Class Championships Kokomo, Indiana Results
Aug. 17 Blitz Chess Tournament Skokie, Illinois
Friday, August 08, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Class B HONGKAI PAN Tie for 3rd
I am playing White against a 1963 player, and with Na4 (I missed that I could play Bb3 if Qc2), I have a great game, but I played Ne2 and in mutual time trouble threw it all away.
Round 2I am Black. Here I should have played Kf7 and I think I am slightly better, I played Qa2 missing ef, but even after that I should have been able to hold the draw, but my opponent had a lot of extra time and that proved decisive.
Round 3I am Black. White had just played Rxd6, and with Rxd6 I would win in a few moves, but I played the lemon Ba6+????
Round 5 (forced bye in round 4)I am playing White here, but could not come up with a good plan and the game ended in a draw.
Although I had a very poor final score, I am pretty happy with my play. I was not outplayed in any of the games, more like I outplayed myself. The first round loss was a tough pill to swallow, and had I won that I am sure that I would have finished strong. I made the trip with 5 others and we had a great time in Chicago although only one of us managed an even score.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
IM Kirill Kudeinov(Right) tied for first with Yermo. He beat Gurevich in round 3. The battle of the generations in the U2200 section. Alexander Velikanov (10) battling Erik Karklins (94 years young) in round 3. Experience won out this time. Erik had a chance to tie for first going into the last round. He gained almost 50 points. You can see Erik's son Andrew Karklins playing in the Master section above and to the left of Erik's head. WI top juniors, Brian Luo(2069) and Alexander Velikanov(2027) #2 and #3 in the age 10 list. They played each other to a draw in the last round, and finished with 2.0/5.0
Pink squares and cool shades in the U1000 section
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I visited him a few days ago, and we talked about his chess history. Alan moved back to Wisconsin in June 2007, after spending many years in Massachusetts. He got into chess as an adult, and got more than he bargained for when he visited the local chess club for the first time. Not only did he find himself signed up as a USCF member, he also got to play his first rated game against a strong opponent. Although he was soundly beaten, he was determined to get better. In time, he was able to get his rating up to class B.
Alan says that one of the main reasons he didn't get better was the fact that he didn't take the game seriously enough. He recalled a game where at one point, 7 pieces were lined up on the same file. Instead of trying to find the best move, he was intent on putting an 8th piece on the vacant square. He lost two moves later!
Alan currently resides at the Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc, (920) 474-7800, he welcomes visitors and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
WILLIAMS, WILLIAM P (2200) won clear first with 4.0, I was clear second with 3.5 (1 bye)
Prior to today my record against SOUVIK ROYCHOUDHURY (1985) was 0-4, I finally won one.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
BlunderProne http://blunderprone.blogspot.com/ and me
I was in a confident mood going in, but this was definitely not my year. I was going to play in the 5 day with 2 byes for rounds 1 and 2, but car trouble on the way forced me to decide between taking 3 byes or playing in the 3-day event. I decided to play in the 3-day although playing five games of G/45 in one day was not going to be easy. Further delays forced me to take a bye for round 1. I finally started in round two but 2 losses in a row did me in.
Although I had a disappointing result, I enjoyed the trip to Philly and got to meet several old friends and fellow bloggers. There is always next year!
Click here for more pictures
Friday, June 27, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Despite high gas prices and flooding rivers more than 80* players from 4 states attended this year's event. Matt Jensen and his crew ran a great tournament, with lots of extras including: upset prizes for every round, drawings for ICC memberships and a chess set, multiple playing schedules etc.
I have played in four states in 14 days! Not sure when my next w-end tournament will be. I was thinking about the World Open, but it does not look likely at this point.
*including the unrated section
DAHL won this game
Bad planning (actually no planning!) turned a 4 hr drive into a 7 hour one (due to road closings). I was forced to take two half point byes.
Win against BILL GRAYDON(1603)
I arrived 30 min late for the 60 min game. I played the opening well, but then gave my opponent several chances to equalize that he did not take advantage of. Later, I was winning on the board when my opponent went over the time limit!
Loss to KEVIN BU (1966)
I was 30 minutes late again* but this time I was facing the nation's 10th ranked 12 year old. I was in the process of congratulating my self on lessening my time disadvantage and obtaining a fairly equal position when I missed a simple tactic that forced mate.
*had to drop the family off at the hotel
Win against ROBERT J DONAHUE (2064)
My opponent misplayed the opening and I was able to win a nice game.
Click here for the games
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Final results here.
Notable performances by WI players:
Alexander Betaneli tied for 1-2 with 6 points (worth $4000)
Alexander Velikanov, 10 years old and rated 2028 played up to finish with 3 points, beating 2 masters.
Alex Gianos-Steinberg clear first with 6.5 (worth $5000)
Alex has played in only 7 tournaments 6 of them Chicago Opens. His rating jump: 1786 => 1927. He also won the under 1600 section in 2005 with an identical score.
David Jin clear first with 6.5 (worth $5000)
*Correction - Jin was limited to $1500 due to rating over 1530 in past year
Edward Larkin clear second with 5.5
I had a chance to meet Chessloser and he gave me a couple of his "HARDCORE PAWNOGRAPHY" stickers. (Click here for his interview with Hikaru Nakamura)
Friday, May 23, 2008
I will not be able to go to the Chicago Open this year.
On a personal note, my daughter was born on May 16th
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
In todays game I got a great game after my oponent misplayed the opening. I am Black in the following position. There is absolutely no reason not to play ...e5 here. In fact playing ...e5 was my plan all along, but for some reason I decided to delay it. Then lost to a simple tactic.
Starting tomorrow I am going to take a 2 week break completely away from chess. I am going to concentrate on physical fitness and practicing my violin.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
6.0 WILLIAMS ,VELIKANOV,A
Week 1 (March 19)
1-0 ROYCHOUDHURY vs VELIKANOV,P
0-1 COONS vs VELIKANOV,A
1/2 GARVIN vs HAYES
0-1 WIJETUNGE vs WILLIAMS
Week 2 (March 26)
PPD VELIKANOV,P vs WIJETUNGE
1-0 WILLIAMS vs GARVIN
1/2 HAYES vs COONS
PPD VELIKANOV,A vs ROYCHOUDHURY
Week 3 (April 2)
1-0 VELIKANOV,A vs VELIKANOV,P
1-0 ROYCHOUDHURY vs HAYES
1-0 COONS vs WILLIAMS
1-0 GARVIN vs WIJETUNGE
Week 4 (April 9)
1-0 VELIKANOV,P vs GARVIN
0-1 WIJETUNGE vs COONS
1-0 WILLIAMS vs ROYCHOUDHURY
0-1 HAYES vs VELIKANOV,A
Week 5 (April 16)
0-1 HAYES vs VELIKANOV,P
0-1 VELIKANOV,A vs WILLIAMS
1-0 ROYCHOUDHURY vs WIJETUNGE
1-0 COONS vs GARVIN
Week 6 (April 23)
1-0 VELIKANOV,P vs COONS
0-1 GARVIN vs ROYCHOUDHURY
0-1 WIJETUNGE vs VELIKANOV,A
1-0 WILLIAMS vs HAYES
Week 7 (April 30)
1-0 WILLIAMS vs VELIKANOV,P
1-0 HAYES vs WIJETUNGE
1-0 VELIKANOV,A vs GARVIN
1-0 ROYCHOUDHURY,S s COONS
Make up games - May 7
1-0 VELIKANOV,P vs WIJETUNGE
1-0 VELIKANOV,A vs ROYCHOUDHURY
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Here Black has a good game after ...d4, but I played Rc8Clich here to replay
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Click here to replay
Friday, April 18, 2008
The opening was good for me. Inaccurate play in the middle game cost me a pawn, but I was sure that I could hold the resulting Bishop endgame. My opponent then sacrificed a pawn, so the material was equal.
We reached the following position. My last move was Kd5-d6. This move is a blunder because it allows White to play Bf6! It is interesting to note that Bf6 only draws if I had played Kd5-c6!
I lost this game because I failed to look at winning plans for White, was too confident of my drawing chances in my opponents time trouble.
I have seen Bishop endings where the theme was to sacrifice a bishop to queen a pawn, but in this game I forgot all about it. There is so much to remember!
I spent a lot of time going over this game and learnt a lot about Bishops of same color endings.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Event History (Players / Winner)
2007 31 / BETANELI
2006 22 / VAJA
The winners of the 4 USAT tournaments met on April 12th to determine an overall winner. The team from the South won.
The mainly WI based team of
1) 2282 Betaneli Alexander
2) 2239 Vaja Ashish
3) 2175 Santarius Erik
4) 2003 Magness Trevor (IL)
"We have Cox"
1) 2386 Robby Adamson
2) 2246 Landon Brownell
3) 2115 Jonathan Cox
4) 2100 Benjamin Marmont
in the semi final with a score 0f 1-3 (Trevor won)
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Event History (players/winner(s))
HCC VII 52(22+30)/ BURGESS,TENNANT,PARKER
HCC -VI 62(30+32)/ TENNANT,BREIDER,SANTARIUS
HCC --V 62(40+22)/ TATE,STAMNOV
HCC -IV 47(23+24)/ STAMNOV
HCC III 45(28+17)/ TENNANT
HCC -II 38(20+18)/ BURGESS,BECKER
HCC --I 70(34+36)/ BETANELI