Thursday, March 09, 2006


US Chess Championship

I have been looking a little at the games of the ongoing U.S. championship tournament. I really don't have time to get a get feel for the whole field, and I honestly can't really follow much of it. Of the parts I can follow, I found a couple of nice positions, ones right where I am working on improving.

White to Move

12.Nxf7! threatens the Black Queen, making the Black King take and netting a pawn.

[Event "United States Championship 2006"]
[Site "San Diego USA"]
[Date "2006.03.08"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Ibragimov, I."]
[Black "Fernandez, D."]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2635"]
[BlackElo "2423"]
[ECO "E15"]

1.c4 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Nbd2 c5 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.e4 cxd4 8.e5 Ng4 9.O-O d6
10.h3 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Bxg2 12.Nxf7 Kxf7 13.Kxg2 Nd7 14.Ne4 Be7 15.Qxd4 Nc5 16.Re1 d5
17.Nxc5 Bxc5 18.Qf4+ Qf6 19.cxd5 exd5 20.Qc7+ Kg6 21.Bf4 Rhe8 22.Qd7 Rad8 23.Qg4+
Kf7 24.Rxe8 Rxe8 25.Rd1 Kg8 26.Qf3 Kh8 27.Rxd5 Rf8 28.b3 h6 29.h4 Qb2 30.Rd2 Qb1
31.Qd3 Qa1 32.Re2 Qf6 33.h5 Qf7 34.Re5 Qb7+ 35.Qd5 1-0

White to Move

Under time pressure 53. Kg5?! was played, and White missed his big winning chance. 53. Rd7! threatens mate and the Knight, with ...fxg6 being met with fxg6.

[Event "United States Championship 2006"]
[Site "San Diego USA"]
[Date "2006.03.05"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Benjamin, J."]
[Black "Friedel, J."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C91"]
[WhiteElo "2576"]
[BlackElo "2455"]
[PlyCount "121"]
[EventDate "2006.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "United States"]
[BlackTeam "United States"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "USA"]
[BlackTeamCountry "USA"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3
O-O 9. d4 Bg4 10. d5 Na5 11. Bc2 c6 12. h3 Bc8 13. dxc6 Qc7 14. Nbd2 Qxc6 15.
Nf1 Re8 16. a4 Be6 17. Ng5 Bd7 18. Ne3 h6 19. Nf3 Be6 20. Nd2 g6 21. Qf3 Nb7
22. a5 Qc7 23. Nf5 gxf5 24. exf5 Bd5 25. Ne4 Bxe4 26. Bxe4 d5 27. Bxd5 Nxd5 28.
Qxd5 Bg5 29. Bxg5 hxg5 30. h4 Rad8 31. Qf3 Nd6 32. hxg5 e4 33. Qf4 Qc5 34. g4
Qe5 35. Qxe5 Rxe5 36. Rad1 Ree8 37. b4 Kf8 38. Rd5 Nc4 39. Rxd8 Rxd8 40. Rxe4
Rd3 41. f6 Rxc3 42. Re7 Nd6 43. Ra7 Rc6 44. Kg2 Ke8 45. f4 Nc8 46. Rb7 Rc4 47.
Kg3 Rxb4 48. f5 Nd6 49. Re7+ Kf8 50. g6 Kg8 51. Kh3 Rb3+ 52. Kh4 Rb1 53. Kg5
53... Rf1 54. Kh5 Rh1+ 55. Kg5 Rf1 56. gxf7+ Nxf7+ 57. Kh4 Rh1+ 58. Kg3 Ra1
59. Re8+ Kh7 60. Re7 Kg8 61. Re8+ 1/2-1/2


TCT Results

Circle 1Circle 2Circle 3Circle 4Circle 5Circle 6Circle 7
Step 197%99%99%100%r
Step 293%96%95%97%96%99%100%
Step 393%97%97%96%96%*98%*99%*
Step 480%86%90%92%
Step 574%77%83%87%

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