Thursday, September 09, 2010

US Class Championship - Houston
Oct. 1-3 or 2-3

234 players!

USCF results here
Results: Click here
Master : GM Flores, Mauricio
Expert : Dejmek, Mark W
Class A : Brack, Frank Edward
Class B : Donald Briggs
Class C : Pruett, Josh
Class D:  Ingram, Ted
Class E:  Warren, John C   
Unrated:  Acero, Mario   

GM Bachmann vs Safin (Rnd. 2)
  GM Gareeyev vs IM Bercys 3-day (Rnd.1)

I broke even with a small rating gain. A last round win would have got me a rating of 1919, but that was one of the worst games I have played in a while. One can usually get away with making a few mistakes during a game, but I made one too many!

The round 2 loss was very instructive. My opponent Frank Brack  is a a former expert and sports a correspondence rating of 2372. He went on to win the Class A section.

I am playing Black, White's last move was 15. Re3.  Before White played Re3, my plan was to kick the pesky Knight on g5 with either h6 or Bh6, but I could not resist the gain of a tempo by playing 15...Ng4, But White replies 16.h3!, and I am the one who losses a very important tempo and my game falls apart.
I had to retreat with 16...Nf6, White follows with 17.Nh5 Ne4 18.Nxh7! Kxh7 19.Rxe4! and I am toast. Instead 15...Bh6 and I have a good game.
  1. Win White vs Jonathan Allen (1917)
  2. Loss Black vs Frank Brack (1951)
  3. Win Randall Schwarz (1905)
  4. Draw Black vs James Ukoli (1951)
  5. Loss White vs Samuel Baker (1813)

Bloggers at the Class Championship
Left to right:

Don Putnam: Rocky Rook
Donald Briggs: Liquid egg product (Winner of the Class B Section!)
Timothy Stewart: TBD

YearCityMasterExpertClass AClass BClass CClass DClass ETotal
2010Houston, TX21203646443330234
2009Boca Raton, FL20173428221218151
2008Houston, TX1883637403031193
2007Houston, TX11173024352432173


  1. I'm thinking about registering with USCF and signing up for this tournament - it all depends on if my wife and kids will be out of town that weekend.

  2. Have you been playing over the board?

    What was your last tournament?

  3. Looks like attendance at this event fell off big time last year. I wonder why? Robin

  4. Well, Robin, people heard I was going to be there, so they got scared. Even the people playing in other classes.

    (In all seriousness, there will probably be quite a few players who don't preregister which will make the numbers look a bit better.)

  5. These are just pre-entries as of Sep. 14, I think the total will be close to 200

  6. John Veech from WI has pre-registered. His latest rating is 2160!

  7. plus early registration does not end till 24 September.

  8. Actually, with almost two weeks to go, this year's event should easily surpass last year's, not to mention that there are four GMs and six IM's already registered. This may be the strongest U.S. Class ever!

  9. Yesterday morning, the event had 83 registrations, now it is up to 97. The total shown on the website does not include the scholastic event.

  10. With one week to go, looks like we will have over 150 by midnight tonight (the early rate cut-off). Right now, we have 138. The Executive Director of the USCF, Mr. Bill Hall, has registered also.

  11. Is this the US Class or the Texas Class Championships?

  12. You got some nice pictures there. Gareyev's hair is an absolute winner.

  13. The event has been rated. See

    Also, please see the Chess Life Online article,

    Thanks to all for coming to the event!

    - Franc

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