Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving Benefit
Nov. 27-28 San Antonio, TX.

4 way tie for first: (3.0/4.0)
SELBY K ANDERSON (2209   ->2207)
GREGG STANLY (2044   ->2052) 
ANDREW ISTAFANOUS (1855   ->1893)

Complete results here.

My last round opponent played way too fast and got mated in the middle of the board
Ernesto was upset in Rnd 3 by Martin
More info here.

My results
  1. Draw with White vs Selby Anderson(2205)
  2. Draw with Black vs Daniel Lozano (1827)
  3. Loss with White vs Andrew Lozano (1988)
  4. Win with Black vs Zhaosu Ye(1770)

Recent W-end Open Events at the San Antonio Chess Club (Date/event/players/Winner(s)) 
2010-10-16 October Slammer 31 DANIEL FERNANDEZ(2450)
2010-07-17 2010 Summer Open 49 MICHAEL LANGER(2315), JU HYUNG AHN(2046)


  1. Nice getting the draw against Anderson. What happened in that game?

  2. Selby had a chance to win a pawn on move 21 and have a much better position, but he chose 21...c6 which gave me a chance to equalize:

    Wijetunge,I (1886) - Anderson,S (2205) [A45]
    San Antonio Corpus Christi (1), 27.11.2010

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 d6 3.Nf3 Nbd7 4.e3 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.h3 Qe8 8.c3 [8.Nc3 e5 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Nb5 exf4 11.Nxc7 Qe4 12.Nxa8 fxe3 13.Nc7 exf2+ 14.Rxf2] 8...e5 9.Bh2 Ne4 10.Nbd2 Nxd2 11.Nxd2 f5 12.Qb3+ Kh8 13.dxe5 Nc5 14.Qa3 [14.Qd5 Be6 15.Qd4] 14...Bxe5 15.Bxe5+ Qxe5 16.Rad1 [16.Nf3 Qe7 17.Qb4 Ne4 18.Qd4+ Qf6 19.Bd3] 16...Bd7 17.Qb4 Rae8 18.Qd4 f4 19.b4 Na4 20.Bf3 [20.Rc1 fxe3 21.fxe3 Rxf1+ 22.Bxf1 Nb6] 20...fxe3 21.fxe3 c6 [21...Nxc3 22.Rc1 Qxd4 23.exd4 Rxf3 24.Nxf3 Ne2+ 25.Kf2 Nxc1 26.Rxc1 c6] 22.Qxe5+ [22.Nc4 Qxd4 23.cxd4] 22...dxe5 23.Ne4 Be6 24.Rd2 Bd5 25.Rc1 [25.Nd6 Re6 26.Nxb7] 25...Bxe4 26.Bxe4 Rd8 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.b5 cxb5 [28...Nc5] 29.Bxb7 Rd2 30.c4 bxc4 31.Rxc4 Rxa2 32.Rc8+ Kg7 33.Rc7+ Kf6 34.Rxh7 [34.Bd5 Ra1+ 35.Kf2 Nb6] 34...Nc3 35.Rc7 Nd1 36.Bd5 Ra1 37.Rf7+ Kg5 38.Rf1 Rb1 39.Be4 Rb4 40.Rxd1 Rxe4 41.Ra1 [41.Kf2 a5 42.Rd5 a4 (42...Ra4 43.Rxe5+ Kf6) 43.Kf3 Rc4] 41...Rxe3 42.Rxa7 [42.Kf2] 42...Kf4 43.Kf2 Rb3 44.Rf7+ Kg5 ½-½

  3. Congrats on breaking your rating high... hope you can keep it going!

  4. Ivan said...

    Thanks, I am still kicking myself for the loss. I don't mind losing when I have been out played by my opponent, but I was too eager to get my k-side pawn storm going that I missed a simple fork.
    12/02/2010 10:15 AM
    LinuxGuy said...

    It's a trade-off between tactics and simple strategy.

    In my last game I was up a knight and rook (and lost on time in a winning position), but I was so focused on tactics that I misjudged how simple the strategic win would have been by comparison. Difficult to turn off that tactics button sometimes in a tactical game.

    What I am saying is that you could have done the opposite, seen the fork and missed a strategic win, which seems just as appalling to oneself after the fact.

    It takes time on the clock to think about _both_ possibilities. It's easy to think of one or the other and then just play that for the sake of time; or even worse when one doesn't know which they should go for, strategy or tactics. ;-)