Tuesday, September 09, 2008

WCC Team Tournament [5 Rnds G/90]

The winning team: Back row M Politowski, M Lawrence, Me
Front row C Schneider, Greg Reese Jr and Ryan Jayne(not pictured) .

*Updated 9/08 (Final team results)

36 players participated.

Team Selection
Once the team captains were selected(top 6 rated players), the lowest rated captain got the first pick. In each successive round the lowest(cumulative) rated team got first pick.
Jim directing the team selection process.

July 16

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).

July 23

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.

July 30
No team results since there were many missing participants. Williams was upset by J Kohlenberg
Aug. 6th

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.

Aug 20
Three weeks of make-up games began today.
I drew J Coons(1840), but Ryan was upset by Aaron Krause.

Aug 27
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!


  1. Yes, the gift of a bishop is always nice!:)

  2. I would say the position was kind of even at the point in your diagram. You were following this recent game:
    [Event "Sigeman & Co Tournament"]
    [Site "Malmo SWE"]
    [Date "2008.04.23"]
    [EventDate "2008.04.22"]
    [Round "2"]
    [Result "0-1"]
    [White "Lajos Portisch"]
    [Black "Ralf Akesson"]
    [ECO "D94"]
    [WhiteElo "2523"]
    [BlackElo "2466"]
    [PlyCount "66"]

    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. cxd5 Nxd5
    7. Bc4 Nxc3 8. bxc3 c5 9. O-O Qc7 10. Qe2 b6 11. Rd1 e6 12. e4
    Bb7 13. Bd3 Nc6 14. Bb2 Rfd8 15. Qe3 Rac8 16. Rac1 Qe7 17. Ba3
    Rd7 18. Be2 Na5 19. dxc5 bxc5 20. Bb5 Rdc7 21. Nd2 a6 22. Bd3
    Qe8 23. Bc2 Qc6 24. Qe2 Rd7 25. Nc4 Rxd1+ 26. Rxd1 Qb5 27. Bd3
    Nxc4 28. Bxc4 Qa4 29. Bb2 Bxe4 30. Bxa6 Rb8 31. a3 Bc2 32. Rc1
    Rxb2 33. Bd3 Bh6 0-1

  3. Well, I would prefer a Queen, if given a choice