Monday, March 24, 2008

The Dallas Chess Club

I have spent more time in the Dallas area than any other, about 17 years (1986-2003). While there I took part in numerous events at the Dallas Chess Club. The DCC is one of the most active clubs in the nation with over 2000 events hosted since 1991.

When I got a chance to play in a G/30 tournament this past Friday I took it. I finished 1-1=2 with a loss to a Master. I had draws against lower rated opponents, but considering the fact that I don't usually play G/30 and the that the players in question were up and coming juniors, it was not that bad.

The Friday, 4 round G/30 events usually attract around 80 players and has had over a 100.(when Hikaru Nakamura played). GMs and IMs from the UTD team frequent this event and this week was no exception.

USCF results

The nation's top 11 year old Darwin Yang got past 2200 mark for the first time at this event by drawing GM ALEJANDRO RAMIREZ in round 2. Dawin had Q+2p vs Q, but could not find a way to get out of checks with not much time left on his clock

Top 11 year olds
1) Yang, Darwin TX 2202
2) Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A NY 2020
3) Shetty, Atulya Arya MI 1943

The DCC is also home to Robert Smeltzer who broke a USCF record in 1996 by playing 2266 rated games in one year. Robert has participated in almost 2700 events! since 1991

TD and expert player Luis Salinas is the "main force" behind the DCC

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Caption time

State Scholastic Championships Bughouse tournament.
March 15,2008. Oshkosh, WI.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Angelo's 138 move win - (Analysis by Angelo)

IM Angelo Young won a 138 mover against Stamnov at the recent FIDE event in Milwaukee. This was a must win game for Angelo if he wanted to share first prize with IM Megen Amanov at 4.5/5.0

Angelo says "I don't know how many times me and FM Stamnov have played each other".

As of 3/14/2008 the answer is: 16 Angelo's USCF record by total games agaist individuals (thanks to USCF -MSA Data program by W. Zimmerle)

It is interesting to note that Stamnov could have claimed a draw by the 50-move rule, but for some reason did not do so. Well, the reason might be that he was oblivious to the fact since he has a bad habit of not keeping score, and when he does it is nothing more than scratch marks!

Click here for ChessBase file

(10) IM Young,A - FM Stamnov,A [A11]MCA FIDE, 09.03.2008
I don't know how many times me and FM Stamnov play each other. 1.c4 c6 His favorite the Slav set-up. 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.b3 Nbd7 6.Bb2 Nc5 7.Qc2 Be7 8.d3 a5 9.Rb1! 0-0 10.Be2 Rb8? black must find a way to open the game in order not to get cramped. 11.0-0 Bd7 12.Na4 [ 12.e4 dxe4 13.dxe4 Qc7 14.e5 Ng4 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 f5 17.Qf4 Rbd8 18.h3 Nh6 19.Rbd1 favors white.] 12...Na6 [ 12...Nxa4 13.bxa4 b6 14.e4 Qe8 15.Ne5 dxe4 16.dxe4 c5 17.Nxd7 Nxd7 18.f4+/=] 13.Be5 Rc8 14.c5 Ra8 15.a3 Be8 16.Bxf6 Fritz like this move too! 16...Bxf6 17.d4 Nb8 18.Nb6 Ra7 19.Bd3 g6 20.b4 axb4 21.axb4 Nd7 22.Nxd7 Bxd7 23.Ra1 Qb8 24.Qc3 Re8 25.h3 [ 25.Rxa7 Qxa7 26.Ra1 Qb8 27.Ne5 Bxe5 28.dxe5 b6 29.cxb6 Qxb6 Is more prefeable than the text. 30.Ra6 ] 25...Rxa1 26.Rxa1 e5 27.dxe5 Rxe5 28.Nxe5 Bxe5 29.Qa3 Bxa1 30.Qxa1 b6 31.cxb6 Qxb6 32.Qd4 [ 32.Qa5 suggested by Fritz but my line is safer .] 32...Qxd4 33.exd4 g5 34.Kh2 h6 35.Kg3 Kg7 36.h4 f6 37.f4 gxh4+ 38.Kxh4 f5= Diagram equal but there is a lot of ways black could go wrong . weak pawns and white squares weaknesses. from move 38 thru move 112 was just mere of finding the right break for white. As i need more time too 16 mins to black and 15 mins for white. 39.Be2 Be8 40.Kg3 Kf6 41.Kf2 Ke6 42.Ke3 Kd6 43.Kd2 Kc7 44.Kc3 Bf7 45.Kb3 Kb6 46.Bd3 Be6 47.Kc3 Kc7 48.Kd2 Kd6 49.Ke3 Ke7 50.Be2 Bf7 51.Kf2 Kf6 52.Bd3 Be6 53.Ba6 Bd7 54.Kg3 Kg6 55.Kh4 Kg7 56.Bd3 Be6 57.Be2 Bf7 58.Bd1 Be8 59.Be2 Kf6 60.Bd3 Bd7 61.Kh5 Kg7 62.Kh4 Kg6 63.Kg3 Kf6 64.Be2 Be8 65.Kf2 Ke6 66.Ke3 Bd7 67.Bh5 Kf6 68.Kf3 Ke7 69.Kg3 Be8 70.Kh4 Bd7 71.Bf3 Kf6 72.Kg3 Be8 73.Be2 Ke6 74.Kf2 Bf7 75.Ke3 Kd6 76.Kd2 Kc7 77.Kc3 Be8 78.Bf3 Bf7 79.Kb3 Kb6 80.Ka3 Be8 81.Be2 Bf7 82.Bd3 Be6 83.Kb3 Bd7 84.Kc3 Kc7 85.Kc2 Kd6 86.Kc3 Kc7 87.Bc2 Kd6 88.Bb3 Be8 89.Bd1 Bf7 90.Kd2 Ke7 91.Ke1 Ke6 92.Kf1 Kf6 93.Be2 Be6 94.Bh5 Ke7 95.Kf2 Bd7 96.Kg3 Be8 97.Kh4 Bf7 98.Be2 Kf6 99.Kg3 Kg6 100.Ba6 Be6 101.Kf3 Bd7 102.Be2 Be8 103.Ke3 Kf6 104.Kd2 Ke6 105.Kc1 Kd6 106.Kc2 Kc7 107.Kb3 Kb6 108.Bd3 Bd7 109.Kc2 Kc7 110.Kd2 Be6 111.Kc2 Kd6 112.Kc3 Kc7 113.b5!! The winning move ! it will be hard for black to stop white king from marching inside . 113...cxb5 114.Bxb5 Kd6 115.Kb4 Bf7 116.Ka5 Kc7 117.Bd3 Be6 118.Kb5 Kd6 119.Kb6 Bc8 120.Bb5 Be6 121.Kb7 Bf7 122.Kc8 Bh5 123.Kd8 Bd1 124.Bd3 Ke6 125.Kc7 Bb3 126.Ba6 Bc2 127.Kd8 Be4 128.g3 Bf3 129.Bc8+ Kf6 130.Kd7 Kg6 131.Kd6 Be4 132.Ba6 Bf3 133.Ke5 Kh5 134.Kxf5 Be4+ 135.Ke5 Kg4 136.Be2+ Kxg3 137.f5 Kf2 138.Bh5 Black resigned thus winning the First MCA Fide .I think the right setup to stop the break would be Black Bd7,c6,d5,f5,h6,Kb6. and play Be8,Bf7,Be6 for tempos. 1-0

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Playing moves in the wrong order

I was thinking the other day how I haven't made any gross blunders in a while. I didn't have long to wait. Yesterday I was playing Black in the Panov Botvinik variation of the Caro Kann against a a 1600 player, a line that I am very familiar with for at least 7 years.In this position e6 is what I am supposed to play, then White plays Qxb7 and Black plays Nxd4. But I played Nxd4 first and lost a knight to Bb5+! A very frustrating way to lose 20 points.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

"King of CTS"

At the recent FIDE event in Milwaukee. I had a chat with Gopal Menon(AKA blitzmaniac), the undisputed "King of CTS". For the un-initiated CTS (Chess Tactics Server) is a site that allows users to hone their skill at solving chess tactics. There are currently ~24,000 problems and ~20,000 registered users.

Gopal at the FIDE event in Milwuakee where he tied for 3rd place

Gopal is currently ranked #25 in the USCF age 16 list with a rating of 2035. For the last 4 years he has gone up one rating class every year. At this rate he should be a master by 2009. In one tournament in 2005 he went from 1594 to 1737!

When did you start playing on CTS?

Around the US Open in 2006.

How many problems did it take you to get to 2000?

50,000 What is the most number of problems you did in one sitting?
On a scale of 1-10, How helpful is CTS in making one a better chess player?
7-8, but there is no substitute to playing stronger opponents.
When you see a problem, what percent of the time do you remember the answer, rather than calculate?

I remember the solution about 75% of the time since I have seen each problem 3-4 times, but most of the time I calculate it anyway (some problems have multiple answers).

Sunday, March 09, 2008

FIDE/USCF Milwaukee

1st MCA/Southwest Chess Club FIDE Futurity

Click here for USCF results

Click here for final results

The two IMs, Angelo Young & Mesgen Amanov tied for first. Young beat FM Aleksander Stamnov, in a 138 move marathon in round 5. It looked like Young was not making any progress for many moves, but prevailed in the end. Young has made a lot of progress in diagram 2, but I wonder if Stamnov could have defended better starting from diagram 1. (It's Whites move)

Diagram 1

Diagram 2

There were 48 players (7 FIDE) . Kudos to Chris for organizing. He is planning a round robin event in June that will guarantee a FIDE rating norm to unrated players. Free soft drinks and customized score sheets/pens were nice touches.

Local Master, Ashish Vaja made a $100 donation to the first prize, to bring it to $400.

I finished 3-2=0. I lost to IM Angelo Young and expert Allen Becker. I didn't get blown away by the IM , I thought that I was hanging in there till the very end. A unexpected exchange sacrifice by Angelo sent me into a tail spin. Click here for pgn.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

FIDE / USCF Chess in Milwaukee -THIS W-END!

1st MCA/Southwest Chess Club FIDE Futurity
March 8-9

Confirmend FIDE titled participants
IM Angelo Young FIDE Country PHI
IM Mesgen Amanov FIDE Country TKM
FM Aleksander Stamnov FIDE Country MKD

5-SS Open Tournament G/90 + 30 Second increment.

Village Hall, 5635 S. New Berlin Rd., Hales Corners, WI. (Milwaukee Area).
FREE ENTRY TO GMs & IMs (Must commit in email or writing by 3/1/08)

EF: $45-Non-FIDE rated, $25-FIDE rated players.

$$1600 (b/40 full entries (Fide players count as half entries), if 60 non-Fide attend prize will be increased!)

1st $300.00(Guaranteed) 2nd $250.00 3rd $150.00,

U2000 1st $150.00 2nd $100.00,

U1800 1st $150.00 2nd $100.00,

U1600 1st $150.00 2nd $75.00,

U1400/Unrated 1st $75.00,

Special Prizes: Biggest Upset $50.00 & Best Game $50.00 Reg.: 9-9:30am

Sat: 10:00am, 3:00pm, 7:30pm,
Sun: 11:00, 3:30pm.

Christopher Baumgartner,
9985 Linda Ln., Des Plaines, IL 60016,
email: or,
phone (after 7pm ) 847-609-2987

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Record turnout at the Waukesha Chess Club

38 players are competing in this 4 round swiss ( G/90 ). One game a week.
Place : Waukesha Chess Club
Day : Wednesdays
Time : 7pm

Cardenas wins click here for USCF results

1958 Cardenas, Davis R.

1559 Hartig, Hugo J.

I played White against Bucher in the 3rd round. Here Black has to play Nfd7, but blundered with Ne8??, after which I win the Queen for Rook with the sequence Rh3, g5 and Rf3

I lost to Hugo Hartig in the last round