SECTIONS: OPEN and RESERVE (U/1500).
FORMAT: 5/SS, T/C: Game/120 d10. Rds. at: 10-2:30-7:30 and 10-3. One 1/2- point Bye any Rd.
Full-pt Bye to 2100+ in Rd. 1 if requested before Late Registration ends.
OPEN: (b/62) $350, $250, $200, Best 1900 $190, 1800 $180, 1700 $170, 1600 $160, U/1600 $150.
RESERVE: (b/40) $150, $120, $100, U/1200 - $80, U/1000 - $40.
Trophies to: 1st Place, best U/1200, U/1000, U/800, U/600
More information here
2014 61 (FM T ULRICH, D PAITRICK)
2013 89 (E SANTARIUS)
2012 101 (FM A BETANELI)
2011 69 (E SANTARIUS)
2009 98 (E SANTARIUS, H PAN)
2008 95 (GM M AMANOV, FM A BETANELI, E SANTARIUS)
2007 97 (FM A STAMNOV)
2006 116 (A VAJA , G ARANOVICH)
2005 100 (FM A STAMNOV, E SANTARIUS)
2004 108 (IM S SMIATANKIN, FM A BETANELI, J ROWE)
Monday, January 12, 2015
SECTIONS: OPEN and RESERVE (U/1500).
Friday, January 09, 2015
|2002||22||LOUIS PAULSEN DUBUQUE OPEN|
|1999||28||LOUIS PAULSEN DUBUQUE OPEN|
|1998||28||LOUIS PAULSEN DUBUQUE OPEN|
|1996||27||L.P. DUBUQUE OPEN|
|1995||28||L.P. DUBUQUE OPEN|
|1994||31||LP DUBUQUE OPEN|
|1993||27||L.P. DUBUQUE OPEN|
|1992||35||L PAULSEN DUBUQUE OPEN|
ALERIY KOSOKIN, JAMES ALEX NEAL II & DAVID MCNEIL tie for first.
Prizes: All Open Prizes Guaranteed ($650).
1st Place = $150 + trophy, 2nd Place = $100
Tournament information here
Thursday, December 04, 2014
But they used accelerated pairings and I was paired down the 1st 2 rounds. I only managed 2 draws against players rated around 1800.
I finally got the chance to play a master in round 3. Liu, Bovey who is ranked #8 in Top age 13 list.
I had a wonderful chance to put him away with 32...f5, but bad time-management did not leave me with much time at this stage.
Due to family obligations, I could not play the last 2 rounds.
|2015||FM RUIFENG LI, MBUGUA GITHORO||166|
|2014||FM RUIFENG LI||152|
|GM TIMUR GAREYEV||141|
|2011||IM GORAN VOJINOVIC||135|
Friday, November 21, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Section ID and Name
Before / After
|2014 BLOOMINGTON OPEN (MN)|
|1863 => 1906|
|IOWA ROUND ROBIN 4 (IA)|
|1865 => 1863|
|23RD MIDWEST CLASS CHAMPIONSHI (IL)|
|1852 => 1865|
|GREG KNUTSON MEMORIAL (WI)|
|1855 => 1852|
|60TH IOWA OPEN RESERVE RBO (IA)|
1: 60TH IOWA OPEN
|1892 => 1855|
|23RD ANNUAL CATFISH DAYS (MN)|
|1906 => 1892|
|2014 ARPAD ELO (WI)|
|1860 => 1906|
|GREATER PEORIA OPEN 2014 (IL)|
|1856 => 1860|
|THE BILL WRIGHT SAINT LOUIS OP (MO)|
|1896 => 1856|
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
USCF Results here
|King's Indian: Bhagyadhar, Karthekiyan, Ivan, Abhyudhaya|
- Loss 2171 DAVID TIANJIAN PENG
- Win 1121 ERIC DOTSON HENRY HOBSON JR
- Loss 2046 ARSHAQ SALEEM
- Win 1867 KYLE J MILES
- Win 1900 AKHIL KALGHATGI
|Karthikeyan had what looked like good attacking chances against Pete Karagianis in round 3, but could not hold the ending. (0-1)|
|Karthikeyan's exchange sac in round 4 vs AYDIN TURGUT (0-1)|
|Let's see I got me some single pawns, double pawns and even triple pawns! (ROBERT LONCAREVIC vs GEORGE KRASNOPOLSKIY 1-0 Round 4)|
Sunday, February 09, 2014
I was the house player for the Expert + section. Since there were an even number in the first 2 rounds, I played in the unrated Chess.com meet up event. Results here
In the last round of the Expert + Open I played Mark Kende. After playing horribly and losing a piece on move 22. I almost pulled a Carlesn (See this great video by GM Daniel King). but drew in the end.
My game is here.
USCF results here
Pictures from the event by Cliff Yates here
Monday, January 20, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
I started with a nice rating gain in January that got me to 1962. 2000 seemed tantalizingly close.
But things turned out otherwise!
I was around 1950 by the US Open in August. Since then, despite the fact that I have lost only one game to a player rated below me, my rating has plummeted to 1878!
Paying too much attention to rating is a fruitless endeavor.
One's emphasis should be on being a better player. But that is easier said than done. Improving a rating class as an adult is not a easy task at all.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Some observations with just one event to go
- Only the top 2 spots are guaranteed.
- Not all that qualify may play.
- Mathematically even the person in the 15th spot can qualify.(Provided at least one of the top 6 don't play)
Thursday, January 09, 2014
Friday, December 06, 2013
|Ben Gradsky |
Past Iowa FIDE events
|201201086252||1||IA||DAVENPORT||2012-01-07 - 01-08||6||IOWA FIDE ROUND ROBIN #2|
|200812216891||5||IA||AMES||2008-12-19 - 12-21||18||AMES FIDE FESTIVAL|
|200801137971||1||IA||AMES||2008-01-11 - 01-13||12||1ST IOWA FIDE SWISS|
|200509187951||1||IA||AMES||2005-09-16 - 09-18||6||AMES FIDE QUALIFIER|
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Liang, Yingming & Ellis, James tie for 1st-2nd
Round 1 Grochowski, Robin(1680) defeats Williams, William (2200)
Round 2 Hoffman, Guy G (1900) defeats Liang, Awonder (2299)
- Win Corcoran, Benjamin (1591)
- Win Christensen, Wade (1908)
- Loss Ellis, James S (1961)
I wrote about the 2008 and 2007 editions (some interesting comments)
2013 16 JAMES S ELLIS, YINGMING LIANG
2012 Not held
2011 26 BRADY R HARDER
2010 22 WILLIAM P WILLIAMS
2009 44 BENEDICT A SMAIL
2008 29 PAUL FRICANO
2007 15 WESLEY EUGENE FERGUSON
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
CCA results here
USCF results here.
This was a wonderful event. Organization, direction, playing conditions, location and hotel were 2nd to none.
There was record participation and the strongest open ever with 7 GMs. But it was 20 year old Indian IM Priyadharshan Kannappan who stole the show with a commanding 4.5/5.0 performance besting GMs Gregory S Kaidanov & Alexander Shabalov along the way. He also earned $2436.00 for his effort. Priyadharshan plays for Lindenwood.
Kodus to FM Awonder Liang (who I predicted would make Master here, but missed it by 5pts). He overcame a tough 1st round loss to Akshay Indusekar (1973). To finish on 3 points, beating Erik F Santarius along the way. He also tied for U2200 money winning $541.34.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Awonder Liang hits an all time high of 2189. Which easily makes him the # 1 nine year old in the country, and just 11 points away from being a Master. My prediction is that he will easily do that in his next event, the Mid America Open.
Awonder lived up to his name by going 5-0. This crazy looking game is from his last round victory over Manis Davidovich.
Michael Chen was 2nd with 4-0.
James Ellis took home the U2000 prize.
- Loss FM AWONDER LIANG (2154)
- Win TOM A MANION (1880)
- Win ANGIE PAULA (1792)
- Draw PETER L CHEN (1991)
- Loss MICHAEL L CHEN (2154)
A last round win would have given me 2nd place, a draw a share of the U2000 money.
The game was very interesting. The critical moment below is exciting with back rank issues for both sides. I really wanted to play Ng4, but since black can play Qxd4+. I played Kh1, but it turns out I could have played Ng4 anyway, and with best play it leads to an equal position, but my move gets me in trouble.
Click here for past events by the same affiliate.