Friday, November 21, 2014

IM Sean Nagle vs me

It's not often one gets the opportunity to play an IM in a tournament game. I faced him in round 2 of the 2nd Bloomington Open in MN. Sean Nagle is an expert in the exchange variation. I thought I was doing fine, until I castled, when his pawns came rolling down and I was forced to damage my structure.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Etc.

I have played in a few events since February 2014,
Events 1 thru 50:
End Date
Event ID
Event Name
Section ID and Name
Reg Rtg
Before / After
Quick Rtg
Before / After
Blitz Rtg
Before / After
2014-11-09
201411094492
2014 BLOOMINGTON OPEN (MN)
1: OPEN
1863 => 1903
2014-11-02
201411021932
IOWA ROUND ROBIN 4 (IA)
1: OPEN
1865 => 1863
2014-10-12
201410123172
23RD MIDWEST CLASS CHAMPIONSHI (IL)
2: 1700-2099
1852 => 1865
2014-09-14
201409142902
GREG KNUTSON MEMORIAL (WI)
1: KNUTSON
1855 => 1852
2014-08-17
201408174322
60TH IOWA OPEN RESERVE RBO (IA)
1: 60TH IOWA OPEN
1892 => 1855
2014-07-26
201407265752
23RD ANNUAL CATFISH DAYS (MN)
1: OPEN
1906 => 1892
2014-05-04
201405045882
2014 ARPAD ELO (WI)
1: OPEN
1860 => 1906
2014-04-27
201404273192
GREATER PEORIA OPEN 2014 (IL)
1: OPEN
1856 => 1860
2014-04-13
201404137802
THE BILL WRIGHT SAINT LOUIS OP (MO)
2: U2000
1896 => 1856

Future Plans


JAN. 10-11   Port of Dubuque Open

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Magnus on Reddit


Full transcript here

Some interesting ones:

[–]perrii 383 points  ago
Hi! What do you think of Nakamura joking with calling you Sauron on Twitter?

[–]MagnusOenCarlsen[S] 2033 points  ago
I've never actually watched Lord of the Rings... if I had, and Nakamura had been a better chess player, I might have been more insulted.


[–]fra403 113 points  ago
Hey Magnus, let me just start and say that i'm a really big fan.
I'm trying to break the 2000 barrier and I was wondering if you could give me any advice to achieve my goal.
Thanks for doing an AMA!

[–]MagnusOenCarlsen[S] 235 points  ago
Studying tactics, I would say. Up to that level, most games are still decided by someone hanging a piece...or blundering a checkmate - haha



[–]kalebreath 139 points  ago
What's your favorite chess book? Favorite non-chess book?

[–]MagnusOenCarlsen[S] 535 points  ago
Chess book: Kramnik: My Life & Games made a strong impression on my as a child
Non-chess book: close race between several Donald Duck comics (seriously).


[–]TheZenDom 48 points  ago
Hello Magnus,
  1. What are your thoughts on the ongoing Candidates 2014? Does Vishy winning make it easier for you or do you have another favourite in the tournament? I ask because judging from your tweets, you don't really hold Anand in the highest regard :)
  2. What is your response to the general idea that you are too much of a grinder? A great many number of people have said that you specialize in squeezing out dry positions rather than playing attacking chess. Many GMs have called your style of chess as its death in some aspects.
[–]MagnusOenCarlsen[S] 120 points  ago
  1. No, it didn't have anything to do with Anand, I'm very impressed by his level of preparation and general play both tactically and technically so far in the Candidates.
  2. I think it's an important trait of a good player to be able to have the same level of focus and creativity in simple positions as well as more complicated ones and thus create chances at any point in the game. I don't think making few mistakes and playing very accurately for a long time should be a negative

Sunday, March 09, 2014

USAT-N Rnd 5

Saturday, February 22, 2014

USAT-N

Standings here

USCF Results here


King's Indian: Bhagyadhar, Karthekiyan, Ivan, Abhyudhaya
I had a great time. The tournament conditions were first rate. 

Our team finished with 2.5/5.0

I went 3-2=0
  1. Loss 2171 DAVID TIANJIAN PENG
  2. Win 1121 ERIC DOTSON HENRY HOBSON JR
  3. Loss 2046 ARSHAQ SALEEM
  4. Win 1867 KYLE J MILES
  5. Win 1900 AKHIL KALGHATGI
This is my round 1 loss

I am doing good here. The endgame was probably drawn. (At least that's what GM Gurevich told me) but we were both down to about 2 min each, when I made the horrible 40...f6??

Round 1 Game here

Round 5 Game here

Karthikeyan's position against GM Gurevich in round  1 (0-1)

Round 1

Karthikeyan had what looked like good attacking chances against Pete Karagianis in round 3, but could not hold the ending. (0-1)

Round 2  

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

Expert + Open, Under 2000 & Unrated : Marshall Town, IS
Feb.8 2014

You can see the write-up by Hank here.

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

Carlsen Interview

About an hour, very interesting.

Hear what he thinks about blitz chess among other things..........

Click here

Friday, January 17, 2014

2013

2013 was an interesting year.

Start1888
End 1871
Peak 1962

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

2014 Iowa Closed Qualifying (To determine the 2014 Iowa Champion)

Top 20 (Top 6 qualify for the 2014 Iowa Closed. They play a round robin event to determine the champion)

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

Winter Open (IASCA Mini-Qualifier)
Jan 11, Iowa City, IA

Results here

Koenig vs Mc Entee (Rnd. two  0-1)
Spacious playing hall (Only negative : No skittles area) 

Friday, December 06, 2013

IA Fide Invitational Dec. 7-8, 2013
Cedar Rapids, IA

FIDE/USCF Rated


Time Control: G/90; 30i
                                                                                     
Ben Gradsky  
Ziwen Zhou
Arshaq Saleem
Dusan Tutush
James Neal
Ivan Wijetunge   
2120
2035
UNR
1964
UNR
1950
 2091
2028
1992
1986
1963
1926

 FIDE USCF
Bob Keating
Dan Brashaw
Jeremy Madison
Jim Ellis
Chris Baumgartner
Gokul Thangavel
2082
UNR
1983
1952
1792
UNR
2197
2077
1976
1969
1796
1696


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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday, September 05, 2013

43rd Badger Open - Oconomowoc, WI
Sept. 14-15

Results here

Liang, Yingming & Ellis, James tie for 1st-2nd

Upsets galore!

Round 1 Grochowski, Robin(1680) defeats Williams, William (2200)

Round 2 Hoffman, Guy G (1900) defeats Liang, Awonder (2299)

My results
  1. Bye
  2. Win Corcoran, Benjamin (1591)
  3. Win Christensen, Wade (1908)
  4. Loss  Ellis, James S (1961)
  5. Un-played



I wrote about the 2008 and 2007 editions (some interesting comments)
History
2013 16 JAMES S ELLISYINGMING 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

July-August


Chicago Class 1-0=3
Catfish 3-0=2 Tie for 2nd Place
US Open 1-2=3
Indianapolis Open 2-1=1
Iowa Open    2-1=2 Tie for 3nd Place U2000

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mid-America Open
March 15-17, 2013
St. Louis, Missouri


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.

 This was from the tense draw against GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez in round 4

GM Alexander Shabalov could not avoid defeat in the last round from this QGA position.

 Alexander Velikanov vs GM Denes Boros Rnd. 5 (0-1)
Nolan R Hendrickson vs GM Gregory S Kaidanov Rnd. 5 (0-1)



I had a forgettable 1-2=1 performance in the U2000 section To be frank I deserved to lose more than 20 points, because I played like a chump!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

1st Universal Midwest Late Winter Swiss
Mar. 2-3
Stevensville, MI 49127


Results here

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.


My results
  1. Loss FM AWONDER LIANG (2154)
  2. Win TOM A MANION (1880)
  3. Win ANGIE PAULA (1792)
  4. Draw PETER L CHEN (1991)
  5. 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.