Saturday, October 8, 2011

Preregister for the 2011 Midwest Class!

The event returns to the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling next weekend, October 14-16! Play on Friday night, or begin play Saturday morning: your choice! Details here!

While I don't like to play for money, I do tend to cash my prize checks. So I should note that there are $16,000 in guaranteed prizes next weekend, and that the projected prize fund is $20,000....

Save money and preregister by Tuesday, October 11th!

Round 8, Bilbao Masters: Nakamura 1 - Aronian 0

A really impressive squeeze by Nakamura! The minority attack is thematic in the Queen's Gambit Declined, but White usually pushes b2-b4 in the opening. But Hikaru defers the undermining operation until the endgame.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Round 6, Bilbao Masters: Ivanchuk 1 - Nakamura 0

Ivanchuk's opening lends credence to the credible rumors that he has been working with David Franklin.

Board 1: Amanov ½ - Margvelashvili ½

GM Giorgi Margvelashvili deserves half a point for courage: he played the Modern Benoni against GM Mesgen Amanov and lived to tell the tale! Black even had a pull in the ending, but Mesgen defended easily enough to clinch the match.

Young 1 - Defibaugh 0

Just as in last week's game, Angelo Young plays rope-a-dope and exploits a weakness on the light squares. Black hung a pawn on move 11, so the execution is a bit more routine.

Schoch 0 - Menon 1

NM Gopal Menon plays this game in the style of Bent Larsen circa 1967: bait the opponent into committing to a kingside attack, extract positional concessions, and counterattack on the opposite wing.

Blaze 2½ - Baltimore Kingfishers 1½

Speaking very very selfishly, I'm glad that if Dmitry Gurevich had to lose, he lost in a variation that has been giving me trouble with the White pieces. IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat is not tempted by the long diagonal, but simply plays to recover the gambit pawn.

Industrial League: AMA Rogue Squadron 4 - Northwestern University 2

CICL veteran David Franklin made his debut for the Rogue Squadron last night. Northwestern's new Board 1, Karsten McVay, studied with FM Aviv Friedman for many years and has represented the U.S. in international play. Dave was kind enough to share his annotations:

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bilbao Masters - Nakamura clear 2nd at halfway point

Coverage at ChessBase, ChessVibes., and The Week in Chess.

The venue now shifts from Brazil to Spain.  When play resumes Thursday, Nakamura plays tournament leader Vassily Ivanchuk: a win would bring Nakamura into joint first place!

Mesgen Amanov's win in today's New York Times

Article here.

Well, the game is good enough to be mentioned in three blog posts.  See previous posts here and here.