Monday, November 17, 2008


*Updated 11/18 - Pictures can be clicked to enlarge.

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.
I am White here and if I played Nc6 Black can resign.

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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

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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

Kings Island Open 2008

Click here for Tournament Information

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

Elusive 1900

I was hoping to use last week's tournament as training before the Kings Island Open. I was in a confident mood, since I had a good chance of reaching 1900, but a first round draw put a dent in my confidence, and I could not recover ending with a dismal 1-1=3. If nothing else I got a good lesson in humility. The above position is from my loss. I am Black with the move.

Some observations:

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
19...Nd5 =

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:

  1. do 45 min./day of aerobic training
  2. get at least 7 hrs of sleep/day
  3. play a G/90 game against Master William Williams
  4. do 250 problems/day on the Chess Tactics Server

WCC Double Round Quads - G/90

Waukesha Chess Club

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
11. a3
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

Wisconsin Junior Open / Veteran's Tournament

In the Junior Open HONGKAI PAN went 5-0. He will be Wisconsin's Denker representative at the US Open in 2009.

Round 5:
DEREK D SACHS(1767) vs HONGKAI PAN(1895) 0-1 and
JAMES FAN WU (2040) vs JOSHUA D MILLER (1610) 0-1 (closest to camera)

Click here for USCF results

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)

Saturday, November 01, 2008


I decided to volunteer as chess coach at my son's school. We've had only 2 lessons, and today the kids played in their first tournament as a team. (It was the first tournament experience for 3 out of the 4 team members)

We won third place!

Click here for the the team blog