Saturday, November 28, 2009
NM Eric Rosen
The Chicago Blaze finished their 2009 USCL season on November 4 with a 2-2 draw against the division-leading Seattle Sluggers, capping off a late-season mini-surge that gave the team a respectable 4-6 record on the year after a poor start in the first half of the schedule.
With the Blaze officially eliminated from playoff competition by Miami’s draw against Boston the previous week, the pressure was off the Chicago squad, and they were relaxed going into the final round against the heavily favored Sluggers. That and the good turnout of fans at the Holiday Inn Skokie created a festive atmosphere for the night that helped the team hold the Pacific Northwest powerhouse.
One of the Blazers who took full advantage of the circumstances was IM Florin Felecan, who scored his first USCL victory against FM Slava Mikhailuk in a 28-move Sicilian Rossolimo.
It took NM Eric Rosen a few more moves to prevail over NM Joshua Sinanan in a Closed Sicilian, but prevail he did, and the two wins secured the draw against Seattle.
As always, here are the games:
1. GM Gregory Serper (SEA) vs IM Jan van de Mortel (CHC) 1-0
2. IM Florin Felecan (CHC) vs FM Slava Mikhailuk (SEA) 1-0
3. FM Marcel Milat (SEA) vs IM Mehmed Pasalic (CHC) 1-0
4. NM Eric Rosen (CHC) vs NM Joshua Sinanan (SEA) 1-0
Though the season is over for the Blaze, the USCL playoffs have been exciting and rife with upsets, including the elimimation of the Seattle Sluggers and the New Jersey Knockouts, the teans with the best records in their divisions. The championship match will take place on December 7, when the Miami Sharks of the Western Division meet the New York Knights of the East.
Friday, November 27, 2009
I should mention that Pandolfini's answers in Chess Openings: Traps And Zaps are far more complete than the fragments I'm quoting here. He's very good at explaining the tactical specifics, then drawing a general conclusions that you can use in similar opening positions. Anyway, click below for the answer.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Click below for the answer!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Hey this is Matt Pullin a.k.a. GreenCastleBlock from YouTube. To test out my ability to post on this blog this is my game against FM Alexander Stamnov from an Evanston tournament a couple weeks ago. Not shown are 5 previous tournament games played in the last couple years which I lost to Stamnov. I have quite a lot of ground to make up in the series.
Click on the arrows below to see the solution!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Black had to execute the KBN v. K mate in a time scramble.
White resigns in the final position because this is a theoretical position in the "W maneuver." The White king is trapped in a corner controlled by the Black bishop: for example, 102.Kf3 Be6! 103.Kf2 Bg4 and mate in a few moves. The tiebreak continues....
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Play through the board to see the answer!
Other US results:
- Gata Kamsky (2695) eliminated Rogelio Antonio, Jr., (2574) of the Phillipines 1.5-0.5;
- Alexander Onischuk (2672) beat Diego Flores of Argentina 1.5-0.5;
- Alexander Ivanov (2539) lost 0.5-1.5 to Evgeny Tomashevsky (2708) of Russia;
- Josh Friedel (2551) was shut out 0-2 by Wang Hao (2708) of China;
- teenager Robert Hess (2572) lost 0.5-1.5 to Alexander Motylev (2695) of Russia;
- fellow teen Ray Robson (2567) lost 0.5-1.5 to Baadur Jobava (2696) of Georgia;
- Jaan Ehlvest (2606) was eliminated 0.5-1.5 by fellow US Swiss super-GM Ilia Smirin (2662) of Israel;
- Varuzhan Akobian (2624 goes to 1-1 tiebreak with Pavel Tregubov (2642) of Russia;
- and Alexander Shabalov (2606) is headed for playoffs after a 1-1 tie with Vladimir Baklan (2655) of Ukraine.
Photos and more games at the USCF website.
Matt Pullin sets out to illustrate a "simple" position from Levenfish & Smyslov's classic Rook Endings. If World Champions go astray, what chance do we mere mortals have? (While the grandmasters' analysis is busted in the comments on YouTube, their general conclusion is upheld by the Nalimov tablebase--technical explanation for newbies.)
Do you need help? You'll find the Nalimov six-piece tablebase online at shredderchess.com. The initial position has seven pieces, so until the Black pawn on is captured, you'll have to use your brain.
Too hard for you? You're not alone!