Sunday, February 27, 2011

#786 PGN Archive For 2010

I have uploaded my 202-game PGN Archive for 2010 and an 1103-game ChessBase archive covering June 2006-December 2010.

Links to zips of the 2010 All-Army Championship and 2010 Interservice Championship have been added to my sidebar, as well.

A running PGN file for 2011 will be attempted.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

#785 USATE - Revised Notes

I have uploaded a final version of my games from 41st USATE in java-replay and zipped PGN.

The Kenilworth Niners in round 4.

From right to left, Dr. Geoff McAuliffe (who drew a NM), Ziggy Bliznikas and NM Mark Kernighan (partially obscured).

Don Varneckas, who quickly lost to an Alekhine-Chartard Attack, is not pictured.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

#784 Best Game Award Goes To Chen

The readers have judged Kevin Chen's 3rd round win against me as Best Game of the 21st 20th Kenilworth Championship.

The poll closed a day early because the trophies will be ready today. Thanks to all who voted.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

#783 USATE - Day 3

The Kenilworth Niners were upset 3-1 in round 5 but finished-up with a 3.5-0.5 victory over a visiting Chinese team.

I lost to David Kim (1794), won against unrated Wu Haoran and may drop below 1800.

Moldovan - Kim
D16 Queen's Gambit
Slav Defense

Highlight: 26.Rxc6!, sacking an Exchange for 2 pawns.

Haoran - Moldovan
C02 French Defense
Advance Variation

Highlights: 33...b5! and 34...b4!, exploiting the Ra3, breaking-up White's pawn chain and creating connected passers.

PGN of my 4 games in the event. A more thorough, final version may follow.

Monday, February 21, 2011

#782 USATE - Day 2

In day 2 at the USATE, the Kenilworth Niners defeated NYC Snow-Plow Workers On Break 3-1 and lost to Pawn Storm.

I won a dreadful game in the afternoon and skipped the evening session.

John Moldovan 1814 - Russell Mixon 1488

D32 Queen's Gambit
Tarrasch Defense

Sunday, February 20, 2011

#781 USATE - Day 1

Yesterday, on Day 1 of the USATE, The Kenilworth Niners lost to Virginia Assassins 3-1 and defeated M'YACO 2.5-1.5. I sat-out the opener and got a match-clinching draw in the nightcap.

Patrick Melosh 1586 - John Moldovan 1814

C01 French Defense
Exchange Variation

Friday, February 18, 2011

#780 Garden State Update

The 2 Kenilworth CC entries, the league-leading Karpovs and the Kortchnois played to a 2-2 tie last night.

I had a draw in Summit's 2.5-1.5 loss to Hamilton.
For standings, games from round 5 and more info, please visit the GSCL Blog.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

#779 Kenilworth Ch. - Best Game Nominees

The following have been nominated for the Kenilworth Championship's best game award:

Carrelli 1-0 Sturniolo, from round 1
McAuliffe 0-1 Goeller, from round 1
Sturniolo 1-0 Mann, from round 3
Chen 1-0 Moldovan, from round 3

Please cast your vote by 11:59 p.m. EST 2/24/2011. Write-ins are permitted.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

#777 ICCF Cheats Me, Cancels Games

After I agreed to draw my match on board 32 of the UKR-USA match, the ICCF canceled my games and cheated me out of a 2300+ rating for the 2nd time!

In the 15th U.S. Championship Prelims, I defeated Donna Marie Kremen (who promptly withdrew) and the result was nulled after she died.

I'm supposed to play against the Czech Republic next but am so damn angry and tired of getting screwed that I may withdraw and go back to plant collecting.

Piper crocatum
(Saffron Pepper)

Strobianthes dyerianus
(Persian Shield)

At any rate, there will be no further updates on the joke of a match. For the record, however, here are the hijacked games:

B38 Sicilian Defense
Accelerated Dragon
Maroczy Bind

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.e4 d6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.Be3 0-0 9.0-0 Bd7 10.Qd2 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Bc6 12.Bd3 a5 13.Rae1 1/2-1/2

C06 French Defense
Tarrasch Variation

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e4 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ndf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 Qb6 9.a3!? Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Qxd4 11.Nf3 Qb6 12.Qa4 Be7 1/2-1/2

Friday, February 11, 2011

#776 Chieu Wins Kenilworth Championship

NM Ken Chieu defeated Michael Goeller last night to win the 21st 20th Kenilworth CC Championship. Chieu becomes the club's 7th Champion overall and 4th in 4 5th in 5 years.

5th round pairings and results:
  1. Chieu 1-0 Goeller (QP - London System) 
  2. Kernighan 1-0 Mangion (QG Accepted)
  3. Sherer 1/2-1/2 Chen (Spielmann Nimzo-Indian)
  4. Tomkovich 0-1 Moldovan (Nimzo-Hybrid Q's Indian)
  5. Hart 1/2-1/2 McAuliffe (Rubinstein French)
  6. Sturniolo 0-1 Demetrick (2 Knights Caro-Kann) 
  7. Mann 1/2-1/2 Renna (Winawer French)
  8. Mazzillo 1-0 Shiffman (?)
Kernighan and Renna received a 1/2-point byes.
Mann received a 1 point bye.

Final standings:

1. Chieu 4.5
2. Kernighan 4.0
3. Moldovan 3.5
= 4-5. Goeller, Chen 3.0
= 6-12. Mangion, Sherer, Tomkovich, McAuliffe, Hart, Demetrick, Agress 2.5
= 13-15. Sturniolo, Mazzillo, Renna 2.0
= 16-17. Mann, Carrelli (wd) 1.5
18. Shiffman 1.0
19. Komunicky (wd) 0.0


Prize Winners: 

1st - Chieu
2nd - Kernighan
3rd - Moldovan
U2050 - Goeller
U1800 - Tomkovich
U1600 - Agress
U1400 - Renna
Biggest Upset: Agress (-200) over Mann in round 2.
Best Game - to be announced

Games will follow.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

#775 Kenilworth Ch. - 5th Round Pairings

The final round pairings in the Kenilworth CC Championship are:
  1. Chieu-Goeller
  2. Kernighan-Mangion
  3. Sherer-Chen
  4. Tomkovich-Moldovan
  5. Hart-McAuliffe
  6. Sturniolo-Demetrick
  7. Mann-Renna
  8. Mazzillo-Shiffman
Agress gets a half-point bye.

#774 Kenilworth Ch. - Tiebreak Orders

21st 20th Kenilworth Championship

Suggested Tie-breaking Orders

For 1st place:
  1. Head to head result(s)
  2. Modified Median
  3. Solkoff
  4. Cumulative
  5. Cumulative opponent's score.
For other places:
  1. Modified Median
  2. Solkoff
  3. Cumulative
  4. Cumulative opponent's score.
TD Geoff McAuliffe will have the final say.

#773 ICCF FM/1194 Wrap-Up

I have annotated my 2 victories from ICCF FM/1194 and uploaded them in java-replay and zipped PGN.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

#772 Correspondence Updates

My opponent in ICCF FM/1194, Jonathan Gresham, time-forfeited in both games. He had not moved since Dec. 28th. See post #749 for the plain PGN and the replay links. Annotated versions will follow rather quickly since I've been writing along the way. I just need to edit-out some excess analysis.

In the UKR-USA match, my original opponent, Vladyslav Tiba (aka Chiba), is being replaced and I am not happy about it. IMO, his board should be forfeited. Upon resumption I may just offer a pair of draws, instead of being party to the tag-team farce.

Btw, Peter Radomskyj lost one of his games and we now trail 18-6.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

#771 Kenilworth Ch. - Round 4 Games

5 games from the Kenilworth Championship's 4th round, including my less than stellar win vs. Gordon Agress & the Chieu-Mangion see-saw, have been uploaded in java-replay and PGN, along with an updated crosstable.

Friday, February 04, 2011

#770 Kenilworth Championship - Round 4

NM Ken Chieu defeated Ian Mangion and is in clear 1st going into next week's finale. NM Mark Kernighan, who took a weather-related bye last night, and expert Michael Goeller, who beat Max Sherer, are a half-point back.
As in the two previous rounds, the pairings had to be changed.

I'll post replays, PGN, a crosstable, projected match-ups and tiebreak methods later on (tonight or tomorrow).

For now, here are the results, standings and prize picture:

4th round pairings and results:
  1. Mangion 0-1 Chieu (O'Kelly Sicilian)
  2. Goeller 1-0 Sherer (Labourdonnais French)
  3. Chen 1/2-1/2 Tomkovich (Lasker QGD)
  4. Moldovan 1-0 Agress (King's Indian)
  5. Demetick 0-1 Hart (3...g6 Steinitz Spanish)
  6. Mazzillo 0-1 McAuliffe (Scandinavian)
  7. Shiffman 0-1 Sturniolo (Dutch Stonewall)
Kernighan and Renna received a 1/2-point byes.
Mann received a 1 point bye.

Current standings:

1. Chieu 3.5
= 2-3. Kernighan, Goeller 3.0
= 4-7. Mangion, Chen, Moldovan, Tomkovich 2.5
= 8-12. Sherer, Hart, McAuliffe, Sturniolo, Agress 2.0
= 13-15. Carrelli (wd), Demetrick, Renna 1.5
= 16-18. Mann, Shiffman, Mazzillo 1.0
= 19. Komunicky (wd) 0.0

Current prize leaders: 

1st - Chieu 3.5
2nd & 3rd - Kernighan, Goeller 3.0
U2050 - Mangion, Chen, Moldovan 2.5
U1800 - Tomkovich 2.5
U1600 - Sturniolo, Agress 2.0
U1400 - Renna 1.5
Biggest Upset: Agress (-233) over Mann in round 2.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

#769 Kenilworth CC Meeting Tomorrow

The Kenilworth Chess Club will be meeting tomorrow night, as scheduled. Round 4 of the Club Championship is on tap. You may have to park further from the community center than usual. Please be careful walking as there will likely be patches of black ice.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

#768 Kenilworth Ch. - Round 4 Pairings

The pairings for round 4 are:

1. Kernighan-Mangion
2. Goeller-Chieu
3. Chen-Agress
4. Sherer-Tomkovich
5. Moldovan-Demetrick
6. Shiffman-Hart
7. Mazzillo-McAuliffe
8. Renna-Sturniolo

Mann gets a 1 point bye.

If this week's meeting has to be postponed due to the ice storm or road conditions, I will email the membership late Wednesday/early Thursday and post the announcement here.

#767 U.S. Trails Ukraine 14-4

Team USA dropped 5 games to the Ukraine in January, drew 6, and now trails 14-4. However, we finally have some winning positions (2) and should soon bottom-out at -13.

My games, which ChessBase 11 claims are among those with the least theoretical weight (bottom 6 of 128!!), are at moves 13 and 12. I've used 5 days in the Maroczy Bind and 1 in the Tarrasch French while my opponent, Vladyslav Tiba, has has used 31 and 39 days, respectively.
Btw, Tiba, who now has a FIDE-rating of 2127, is currently playing in the otb Mukachevo Cup (that would partially explain his 16 days w/o a reply) where, in round 2, he followed our game 'A' until Vasily Guivan varied with 6.g3.

  • CBV archive of the 18 finished games, arranged chronologically. ECO codes, opening headers, novelty annotation, end dates and match scores added. Time stamps removed.
  • PGN file of all the UKR-USA games, in board order, with 5-move delay. Timestamped. No ECO codes.

In other matches, the U.S. is ahead of Argentina (2.5-0.5) and behind Italy (5-1).