Here Black has a good game after ...d4, but I played Rc8Clich here to replay
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
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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
Friday, April 04, 2008
1) Luo, Brian J WI 2068
2) Velikanov, Alexander WI 2028
3) Pamatmat, Jarod TX 2002
Velikanov vs Nietman, Round 5 (The secret must be to drink lots of water!)
Considering the time factor, I should have played ...Qg2+, now that my rook is protected I can move my king to e7.
During the game I didn't even look at ...Qg2+
In the actual game I ended up being up a Bishop, but lost too many pawns, and lost in a wild time scramble.