Sunday, February 23, 2020

APRIL 18 CHESS TOURNAMENT IS CANCELED CCM 196

2020 EASTERN CONNECTICUT OPEN  (202002224292)

COVENTRY CHESS CLUB # 47              2020-02-22

Joe Bihlmeyer won first place 3-0 at the 2020 Eastern Connecticut Chess Championship held Feb 22 in Coventry.
Bihlmeyer won against National Master Yelfry Torres in the final round.
Lisa Smith, who is a student of Bihlmeyer, tied for second place with Hector Reyes, who is a student of Torres.
Bihlmeyer gained 24 points to his USCF rating, Reyes gained 81 points, and Smith gained 12 points.
Twenty-one players entered the tournament. The average rating for the 21 players is 1466.
Rob Roy organized and directed. Roy also provided free snacks and beverages.
Many thanks to Bihlmeyer and Bob Cyr, who served as assistant TD.
Thanks to Bob Cyr, who brought in a dozen Dunkin Donuts to give away.
Thanks to an anonymous donor who brought in two dozen waters.
Finishing with 2-1 scores; Yelfry Torres, Ben Amar, Mark Bourque, Jithu Sajeevan, Tom Campo (gained 654 pts.), and Zac Zambrello a new player who earned a 1674 provisional rating.
I wish to thank each player. We had 5 new players and 7 junior players and everyone was well behaved.
Please remember our future tournaments on March 21 and on April 18.
If you are not yet on our email list then please send the request to ConnecticutChess@Gmail.com

2020 EASTERN CONNECTICUT OPEN  (202002224292)

COVENTRY CHESS CLUB # 47              2020-02-22

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 Pair | Player Name                     |Total|Round|Round|Round| 
 Num  | USCF ID / Rtg (Pre->Post)       | Pts |  1  |  2  |  3  | 
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    1 | JOSEPH BIHLMEYER                |3.0  |W  13|W   5|W   4|
   CT | 12686352 / R: 2114   ->2138     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1971   ->1997     |     |     |     |     |
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    2 | ELIZABETH C SMITH               |2.5  |H    |W  19|W   9|
   CT | 15913683 / R: 1434   ->1445     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1293   ->1311     |     |     |     |     |
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    3 | HECTOR REYES                    |2.5  |W  14|D  10|W  11|
   CT | 14338768 / R: 1339   ->1420     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1196   ->1309     |     |     |     |     |
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    4 | YELFRY TORRES                   |2.0  |W   7|W   6|L   1|
   CT | 14384402 / R: 2221   ->2216     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 2061P15->2051P18  |     |     |     |     |
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    5 | BENJAMIN HOVER AMAR             |2.0  |W  10|L   1|W  13|
   ME | 14789400 / R: 2016   ->2015     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1818   ->1826     |     |     |     |     |
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    6 | MARK BOURQUE                    |2.0  |W  21|L   4|W  18|
   CT | 12139250 / R: 1991   ->1986     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1834   ->1831     |     |     |     |     |
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    7 | JITHU SAJEEVAN                  |2.0  |L   4|W  12|W  17|
   CT | 15756176 / R: 1909   ->1918     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1744   ->1756     |     |     |     |     |
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    8 | ZACCARY JOHN ZAMBRELLO          |2.0  |L   9|W  14|W  12|
   CT | 17301465 / R: Unrated->1694P3   |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: Unrated->1596P3   |     |     |     |     |
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    9 | TOM CAMPO                       |2.0  |W   8|W  21|L   2|
   CT | 17267096 / R:  599P3 ->1253P6   |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  606P3 ->1205P6   |     |     |     |     |
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   10 | ABHIJIT MONDAL                  |1.5  |L   5|D   3|W  19|
   CT | 16778795 / R: 1718   ->1701     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1712P22->1686P25  |     |     |     |     |
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   11 | KEVIN RUSSELL CORTEVILLE        |1.5  |W  22|D  20|L   3|
   CT | 17085563 / R:  880P20-> 907P23  |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  876P13-> 901P16  |     |     |     |     |
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   12 | HAYES N GOODMAN                 |1.0  |W  20|L   7|L   8|
   RI | 15207355 / R: 1914   ->1881     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1774   ->1738     |     |     |     |     |
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   13 | JONATHAN SMUCKER                |1.0  |L   1|W  18|L   5|
   NY | 16150138 / R: 1727   ->1719     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1589P22->1578P25  |     |     |     |     |
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   14 | PUNYAVRAT UPADHYAY              |1.0  |L   3|L   8|W  20|
   CT | 15975172 / R: 1540   ->1519     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1497   ->1467     |     |     |     |     |
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   15 | ROB ROY                         |1.0  |U    |W  22|U    |
   CT | 10574790 / R: 1405   ->1405     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1032   ->1034     |     |     |     |     |
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   16 | SHESH BUDHABHATTI               |1.0  |L  18|L  17|W  22|
   CT | 15039100 / R: 1000   -> 923     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  981   -> 904     |     |     |     |     |
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   17 | HANEESHA ATKURI                 |1.0  |L  19|W  16|L   7|
   CT | 16282828 / R:  938   -> 913     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  911   -> 888     |     |     |     |     |
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   18 | MACKENZIE FURMAN                |1.0  |W  16|L  13|L   6|
   CT | 12873201 / R:  673P12-> 747P15  |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  679P12-> 749P15  |     |     |     |     |
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   19 | NAYANDEEP TUMMALAPALLY          |1.0  |W  17|L   2|L  10|
   CT | 16956407 / R:  280P3 -> 539P6   |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  301P3 -> 548P6   |     |     |     |     |
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   20 | ROBERT CYR                      |0.5  |L  12|D  11|L  14|
   CT | 12489098 / R: 1500   ->1500     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1400   ->1400     |     |     |     |     |
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   21 | THOMAS RIZZO                    |0.0  |L   6|L   9|U    |
   MA | 10017769 / R: 1517   ->1479     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1563P22->1520P24  |     |     |     |     |
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   22 | JITHYA SAJEEVAN                 |0.0  |L  11|L  15|L  16|
   CT | 16403714 / R:  370   -> 363     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  413   -> 403     |     |     |     |     |
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2020 Eastern Conn Open is 2nd Best Turnout for Coventry Chess Club.
The 1st Best Turnout is Feb 2019 with 23 players.
18 players came Dec 2018 and Aug 2017.
16 players came July 2017. 15 players for Oct 2019 and Sept 2017.
14 players came Nov 2019. 13 players for Nov 2018 and May 2016.
Housemen are never included in these statistics.
So far Coventry Chess Club had 47 monthly tournaments in less than 4 years. Our average turnout is 12 players, which happened at 8 tournaments.
Poor turnouts/how often: 11-3, 10-6, 9-3, 8-8, 7-3, 6-1, 5-2, 4-1, 3-1.
We decided not to conduct any more tournaments during the summer months. We had all poor turnouts in Summer 2019. We took a beating for hundreds.
Most times we have lost $$$ because our cash prizes are guaranteed. Our biggest expenses are also fixed; Rent, Chess Life ad, affiliation dues.
Other expenses are variable; USCF rating fees, beverages, snacks.
We need at least 12 players to join each tournament just to cover expenses.
The club has been operating in the red since its inception 4 years ago.

This is CCM 196

 

 

GAME OF THE WEEK   by Alan Lasser
He’s a doctoral student at Cornell now, but former UMass Chess Club stalwart Rod Hajaj is continuing to make progress on the path for the master title. In the last round of the US Amateur Team East tournament this past weekend, he played IM Ahbimanyu Mishra, who recently became the youngest player in the world to ever gain the IM title. Rod was kind enough to provide some notes and I quote from them in the analysis.

IM Ahbimanyu Mishra (2401) - Nimrod Hajaj (2164)
US Amateur Team East 2/17/20
1.e4 e5
2.Nf3 Nc6
3.d4 exd4
4.Nxd4 Nf6
5.Nxc6 bxc6
6.e5 Qe7
7.Qe2 Nd5
8.h4 Qe6
9.Nd2 Nb4
10.Nf3 Ba6
11.c4 Qg6 Hajaj says he was in the car on the way to the tournament when he found this new move with Stockfish. However, at 40 ply on my desktop, Stockfish thinks this 11...c5 variation is a preferable +0.23
11...c5 12.a3 Nc6 13.Bd2 h6 14.Bc3 Be7 15.O-O-O O-O-O 16.g3 g5
12.h5 Qc2
13.Nd4 Qxe2+
14.Bxe2 c5
15.a3 cxd4
16.axb4 Bxb4+
17.Bd2 Bxd2+
18.Kxd2 Bb7
19.Rh4 Ke7 He thought for about 40 minutes before playing this move to prepare Rhd8 and d6. Rod considered 19...a5 20.Rd4 c5 21.Rd3 = (21.Rg4 +0.10) where the Black pawns are weak; it's probably holdable, but "scary”.
20.Rxd4 Rhd8?! +0.89/22
20...a5 +0.48/23 21.c5 21. b3 c5 22. Rd3 Bxg2 23. Rg3 Bc6 24. Rxg7 h6 25. f4 Rhb8 26. Ra3 d6 27. Ke3 a4 28. bxa4 Rxa4 29. exd6+ Kf6 30. Rxa4 Bxa4 31. Rg1 +0.13 Stockfish 21...Bc6 21... Bxg2 22. Rg1 Bh3 23. Rxg7 Be6 24. Bd3 Rab8 25. Kc2 Rhg8 26. Rxg8 Rxg8 27. f4 Rg2+ 28. Kc3 Rg3 = Stockfish 22.Kc3 f6 23.exf6+ Kxf6 24.Rf4+ Kg5 25.Rf7 Kh6 26.g4 Rhe8 27.Re1 Re5
21.Re1?! +0.18/24
21.Ra5 +0.89/22 21...Rdb8 21...c5 22. Rxc5 a5 23. g3 Bc6 24. Kc1 Rdc8 25. Bd3 g6 26. h6 Rcb8 27. Be4 Bxe4 28. Rxe4 Rc8 29. Rd5 a4 30. Red4 Rc7 +1.47 Stockfish 22.Kc3 22. Bg4 Bc6 23. Kc3 a6 24. b4 Rd8 25. g3 Rg8 26. Bf5 h6 27. Bg4 Rgd8 28. Rd2 Be4 29. Rc5 Rac8 30. Ra2 Bb7 31. Ra1 +2.02 Stockfish
21...a5 "Finally the correct idea", the a6 aquare can be used by the rook or bishop and the pawn might reach the more useful a4 square. Stockfish holds off a5 for another move, but the idea is the same.
21...c5 22.Rd6 a5 23.h6 gxh6 24.g3 a4 25.Bh5 Bc6 26.Rf6 Rf8 27.Kc1 a3 28.bxa3 Ra4 29.Rf4 Rxa3 30.Kd2 Ra2+ 31.Kd3 Ba4 32.Kc3 Ra3+ 33.Kd2 Ra2+ = Stockfish
22.Bd3 Rab8
22...c5 23.Rh4 g6 24.g4 a4 25.f4 a3 26.hxg6 hxg6 27.bxa3 Rxa3 28.Rh7 Rg8 29.Rb1 Bc6 = Stockfish
23.Kc1 Bc6
24.g4 h6
25.f4 Rb3
25...Rb4 26.g5 Rdb8 27.Re2 Bf3 28.Rf2 Bxh5 29.gxh6 gxh6 30.f5 Rg8 31.f6+ Kd8 32.Rd5 Rg1+ 33.Rf1 Rxf1+ 34.Bxf1 Ra4 35.Bh3 Rxc4+ 36.Kd2 Bg4 37.Bxg4 Rxg4 38.Rxa5 Kc8 39.Ra8+ Kb7 40.Rf8 = Stockfish
26.Rf1 White underestimates Black's plan
26.f5 a4 27.Bc2 Rf3 28.e6 fxe6 29.fxe6 d6 30.g5 a3 31.bxa3 Rxa3 32.gxh6 Ra1+ 33.Kd2 Rxe1 34.Kxe1 gxh6 35.Rg4 Kxe6 36.Rg6+ Ke5 = Stockfish
26…Rdb8
27.Rf2 a4
28.g5?! -0.48/28
28.Rd2 -0.20/28 28...R8b4 28...a3 29. bxa3 Rxa3 30. Rb2 Rba8 31. Kd2 R8a7 32. Ke3 R7a4 33. g5 Ra8 34. Rb1 Ra2 35. gxh6 gxh6 36. Be4 R8a3+ 37. Rd3 Bxe4 38. Kxe4 Re2+ 39. Kf3 Rxd3+ 40. Kxe2 Rh3 -0.47 Stockfish 29.Be4 29. g5 Ke6 30. Re2 Rxd3 31. Rxd3 Rxc4+ 32. Rc3 a3 33. Rec2 axb2+ 34. Kxb2 Rxf4 35. gxh6 gxh6 36. Rc5 Rf5 37. Rxc6+ dxc6 38. Rxc6+ Kxe5 39. Rxh6 Kf4 -0.35 Stockfish 29...Bxe4 30.Rxe4 a3 31.bxa3 Rc3+ 32.Rc2 Rxa3 33.f5 Ra1+ 34.Kd2 c5 35.Kd3 Rb3+ 36.Rc3 Rb2 37.Rc2 Ra3+ 38.Kd2 Rb1 39.Rc3 Ra2+ 40.Rc2 Raa1 41.Rf4 Rg1 42.Kc3 Ra3+ 43.Kb2 Re3 44.f6+ gxf6 45.exf6+ Ke6 46.Rc3 Re2+ 47.Rc2 Re5 48.Rd2 Re3 49.Rf5
28…a3
29.bxa3 Rxa3
30.gxh6 gxh6
31.Kd2 "It is not immediately clear that Black is winning here, but it is clear that Black is the better side. The weak pawn on h5, the active Black rooks, the weak Black king, and the awkward rook on d4 all play a role in the evaluation. I had about ten minutes at this point and ten moves until time control."
31.Rb2 Rba8 32.Rb4 Rg8 33.Kb2 Raa8 34.Be4 Bxe4 35.Rxe4 Rg2+ 36.Kb1 Raa2 37.Re1 Rad2 38.Rf1 Rge2 39.c5 c6 40.Rb8 Rf2 41.Rxf2 Rxf2 42.Rb4 Rh2 -1.61 Stockfish
31...Ra2+
31...Rbb3 If Black can get a rook on the h-file to attack the pawn on a5, then White will have defensive difficulties. 32.Re2 Ra2+ 33.Ke3 Ra1 34.Kf2 34. Kd2 Bf3 35. Rf2 Bxh5 36. Bc2 Ra2 37. Kc1 Rf3 38. Rxf3 Bxf3 39. Kb1 Ra3 -2.43 Stockfish 34...Rd1 35.Re3 Ra3 36.f5 Ra2+ 37.Re2 Raa1 38.f6+ 38. Ke3 Ra3 39. Rd2 Rxd2 40. Kxd2 Ra5 41. e6 dxe6 42. fxe6 Kxe6 43. Ke3 Re5+ 44. Kf4 Rxh5 -2.72 Stockfish 38...Ke6 39.Kg3 Rg1+ 40.Kf4 Rg5 -4.73 Stockfish
32.Ke3 Rxf2?! -0.14/30 "I was playing for a draw and saw an easy way out"
32...Ra3 -0.71/25 33.Kd2 33. Rh2 Rg8 34. Kf2 Ra2+ 35. Be2 Rg4 36. Kf1 Rg3 37. Ke1 Rc3 38. Rf2 Rc1+ 39. Bd1 Raa1 40. Ke2 Ra3 41. Rf1 Rcc3 42. Kd2 Rg3 -2.10 Stockfish 33...f6 34.exf6+ Kxf6 35.Re2 d6 36.Bc2 Ra2 37.Kc1 Rg8 38.Red2 Rg1+ 39.Bd1 Ra5 40.Kb2 Rf1 41.Bc2 Bf3 42.Rh2 Rfa1 43.Rdd2 R5a2+ 44.Kc3
33.Kxf2 Rg8
34.Be2 Rg2+
35.Ke3 Rg3+
36.Kf2 Rg2+
37.Ke3 Rg3+
38.Kf2 ½-½

 

 

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[Event "USATE"]
[Site "New Jersey"]
[Date "2020.02.17"]
[Round "6"]
[White "IM Ahbimanyu Mishra"]
[Black "Nimrod Hajaj"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[BlackElo "2164"]
[ECO "C45"]
[WhiteElo "2401"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.h4
Qe6 9.Nd2 Nb4 10.Nf3 Ba6 11.c4 Qg6
{ Hajaj says he was in the car on the way to the tournament when he found
this new move with Stockfish. However, at 40 ply on my desktop, Stockfish
thinks this 11...c5 variation is a preferable +0.23 } ( 11...c5 12.a3 Nc6
13.Bd2 h6 14.Bc3 Be7 15.O-O-O O-O-O 16.g3 g5 ) 12.h5 Qc2 13.Nd4 Qxe2+ 14.Bxe2
c5 15.a3 cxd4 16.axb4 Bxb4+ 17.Bd2 Bxd2+ 18.Kxd2 Bb7 19.Rh4 Ke7
{ He thought for about 40 minutes before playing this move to prepare Rhd8
and d6. Rod considered 19...a5 20.Rd4 c5 21.Rd3 = (21.Rg4 +0.10) where the
Black pawns are weak; it's probably holdable, but "scary". } 20.Rxd4 Rhd8 $6
{ +0.89/22 } ( 20...a5 { +0.48/23 } 21.c5
{ 21. b3 c5 22. Rd3 Bxg2 23. Rg3 Bc6 24. Rxg7 h6 25. f4 Rhb8 26. Ra3 d6 27.
Ke3 a4 28. bxa4 Rxa4 29. exd6+ Kf6 30. Rxa4 Bxa4 31. Rg1 +0.13 Stockfish }
21...Bc6
{ 21... Bxg2 22. Rg1 Bh3 23. Rxg7 Be6 24. Bd3 Rab8 25. Kc2 Rhg8 26. Rxg8
Rxg8 27. f4 Rg2+ 28. Kc3 Rg3 = Stockfish } 22.Kc3 f6 23.exf6+ Kxf6 24.Rf4+
Kg5 25.Rf7 Kh6 26.g4 Rhe8 27.Re1 Re5 ) 21.Re1 $6 { +0.18/24 } ( 21.Ra5
{ +0.89/22 } 21...Rdb8
{ 21...c5 22. Rxc5 a5 23. g3 Bc6 24. Kc1 Rdc8 25. Bd3 g6 26. h6 Rcb8 27.
Be4 Bxe4 28. Rxe4 Rc8 29. Rd5 a4 30. Red4 Rc7 +1.47 Stockfish } 22.Kc3
{ 22. Bg4 Bc6 23. Kc3 a6 24. b4 Rd8 25. g3 Rg8 26. Bf5 h6 27. Bg4 Rgd8 28.
Rd2 Be4 29. Rc5 Rac8 30. Ra2 Bb7 31. Ra1 +2.02 Stockfish } ) 21...a5
{ "Finally the correct idea", the a6 aquare can be used by the rook or
bishop and the pawn might reach the more useful a4 square. Stockfish holds
off a5 for another move, but the idea is the same. } ( 21...c5 22.Rd6 a5
23.h6 gxh6 24.g3 a4 25.Bh5 Bc6 26.Rf6 Rf8 27.Kc1 a3 28.bxa3 Ra4 29.Rf4 Rxa3
30.Kd2 Ra2+ 31.Kd3 Ba4 32.Kc3 Ra3+ 33.Kd2 Ra2+ { = Stockfish } ) 22.Bd3 Rab8
( 22...c5 23.Rh4 g6 24.g4 a4 25.f4 a3 26.hxg6 hxg6 27.bxa3 Rxa3 28.Rh7 Rg8
29.Rb1 Bc6 { = Stockfish } ) 23.Kc1 Bc6 24.g4 h6 25.f4 Rb3 ( 25...Rb4 26.g5
Rdb8 27.Re2 Bf3 28.Rf2 Bxh5 29.gxh6 gxh6 30.f5 Rg8 31.f6+ Kd8 32.Rd5 Rg1+
33.Rf1 Rxf1+ 34.Bxf1 Ra4 35.Bh3 Rxc4+ 36.Kd2 Bg4 37.Bxg4 Rxg4 38.Rxa5 Kc8
39.Ra8+ Kb7 40.Rf8 { = Stockfish } ) 26.Rf1
{ White underestimates Black's plan } ( 26.f5 a4 27.Bc2 Rf3 28.e6 fxe6
29.fxe6 d6 30.g5 a3 31.bxa3 Rxa3 32.gxh6 Ra1+ 33.Kd2 Rxe1 34.Kxe1 gxh6 35.Rg4
Kxe6 36.Rg6+ Ke5 { = Stockfish } ) 26...Rdb8 27.Rf2 a4 28.g5 $6 { -0.48/28 }
( 28.Rd2 { -0.20/28 } 28...R8b4
{ 28...a3 29. bxa3 Rxa3 30. Rb2 Rba8 31. Kd2 R8a7 32. Ke3 R7a4 33. g5 Ra8
34. Rb1 Ra2 35. gxh6 gxh6 36. Be4 R8a3+ 37. Rd3 Bxe4 38. Kxe4 Re2+ 39. Kf3
Rxd3+ 40. Kxe2 Rh3 -0.47 Stockfish } 29.Be4
{ 29. g5 Ke6 30. Re2 Rxd3 31. Rxd3 Rxc4+ 32. Rc3 a3 33. Rec2 axb2+ 34. Kxb2
Rxf4 35. gxh6 gxh6 36. Rc5 Rf5 37. Rxc6+ dxc6 38. Rxc6+ Kxe5 39. Rxh6 Kf4
-0.35 Stockfish } 29...Bxe4 30.Rxe4 a3 31.bxa3 Rc3+ 32.Rc2 Rxa3 33.f5 Ra1+
34.Kd2 c5 35.Kd3 Rb3+ 36.Rc3 Rb2 37.Rc2 Ra3+ 38.Kd2 Rb1 39.Rc3 Ra2+ 40.Rc2
Raa1 41.Rf4 Rg1 42.Kc3 Ra3+ 43.Kb2 Re3 44.f6+ gxf6 45.exf6+ Ke6 46.Rc3 Re2+
47.Rc2 Re5 48.Rd2 Re3 49.Rf5 ) 28...a3 29.bxa3 Rxa3 30.gxh6 gxh6 31.Kd2
{ "It is not immediately clear that Black is winning here, but it is clear
that Black is the better side. The weak pawn on h5, the active Black rooks,
the weak Black king, and the awkward rook on d4 all play a role in the evaluation.
I had about ten minutes at this point and ten moves until time
control." } ( 31.Rb2 Rba8 32.Rb4 Rg8 33.Kb2 Raa8 34.Be4 Bxe4 35.Rxe4 Rg2+
36.Kb1 Raa2 37.Re1 Rad2 38.Rf1 Rge2 39.c5 c6 40.Rb8 Rf2 41.Rxf2 Rxf2 42.Rb4
Rh2 { -1.61 Stockfish } ) 31...Ra2+ ( 31...Rbb3
{ If Black can get a rook on the h-file to attack the pawn on a5, then
White will have defensive difficulties. } 32.Re2 Ra2+ 33.Ke3 Ra1 34.Kf2
{ 34. Kd2 Bf3 35. Rf2 Bxh5 36. Bc2 Ra2 37. Kc1 Rf3 38. Rxf3 Bxf3 39. Kb1
Ra3 -2.43 Stockfish } 34...Rd1 35.Re3 Ra3 36.f5 Ra2+ 37.Re2 Raa1 38.f6+
{ 38. Ke3 Ra3 39. Rd2 Rxd2 40. Kxd2 Ra5 41. e6 dxe6 42. fxe6 Kxe6 43. Ke3
Re5+ 44. Kf4 Rxh5 -2.72 Stockfish } 38...Ke6 39.Kg3 Rg1+ 40.Kf4 Rg5
{ -4.73 Stockfish } ) 32.Ke3 Rxf2 $6
{ -0.14/30 "I was playing for a draw and saw an easy way out" } ( 32...Ra3
{ -0.71/25 } 33.Kd2
{ 33. Rh2 Rg8 34. Kf2 Ra2+ 35. Be2 Rg4 36. Kf1 Rg3 37. Ke1 Rc3 38. Rf2 Rc1+
39. Bd1 Raa1 40. Ke2 Ra3 41. Rf1 Rcc3 42. Kd2 Rg3 -2.10 Stockfish } 33...f6
34.exf6+ Kxf6 35.Re2 d6 36.Bc2 Ra2 37.Kc1 Rg8 38.Red2 Rg1+ 39.Bd1 Ra5 40.Kb2
Rf1 41.Bc2 Bf3 42.Rh2 Rfa1 43.Rdd2 R5a2+ 44.Kc3 ) 33.Kxf2 Rg8 34.Be2 Rg2+
35.Ke3 Rg3+ 36.Kf2 Rg2+ 37.Ke3 Rg3+ 38.Kf2 1/2-1/2

Alan Lasser
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2020 MILL BROOK PARK OPEN  APR. 18

 

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News about Connecticut events in 2020 will be posted here as soon as the pieces start moving again. Last year's news can be found here: 2019.

Dear chess friends,
 
The results from our Connecticut teams at USATE 2020 are still being tabulated, so please tune in for further updates.
 
To my fellow teammates (QUEEN'S BALD EAGLES) 
 
--> Congratulations on a nice overall match performance (2.5 out of six possible match points)
--> Brian, I loved the beautiful t-shirts that you had specifically made for our team with the Nigerian and American flags embroidered on them. Congratulations on a nice overall performance for you as well, with five out of six points.
---> I enjoyed playing on an all-new member team this year and meeting you in the spirit of friendship. After all, this IS WHAT USATE IS ALL ABOUT.
---> Please forward this e-mail thread to our Nigerian ambassador, WFM Ulabisi Rabiu (I don't have her e-mail address!)
 
To the ILLEGAL MOVE IN UKRAINE team - ALL NBCC TEAM (Mario Guevara-Rodriguez, Norman Burtness, Michael Pascetta, and Michael Smith) 
 
---> Congratulations on playing behind the ropes in round one despite the match loss.
---> Congratulations on your fine overall performance (assuming that you won your final match, you would have four match points).
---> What were the chances of your team having to play the almost-NBCC team below, PENCE STILL ON BOARD 2, in round five?
Two NBCC teams playing each other in this huge arena is QUITE THE HISTORIC moment.
 
To the PENCE STILL ON BOARD 2 team - (USCF NM Ted McHugh, USCF NM Derek Meredith, Doug Fiske, Errol Singh) - the ALMOST NBCC STAR STUDDED TEAM
 
---> FM Richard Bauer, you were replaced by a NJ 1900 rated player. You were deeply missed, and we hope that you are feeling much better now. 
---> Congratulations on playing on board one in round two despite the loss.
---> Congratulations on your fine overall performance (assuming that you won your final match, you would have five match points).
 
 
To the CONNECTICUT'S FINEST team (USCF SM Arslan Otchiyev, USCF NM Ian Harris from the Chess Club of Fairfield County and Joseph Bilhmeyer and Jithu Sejeevan from the New Britain Chess Club)
 
---> Congratulations on winning the TOP CT TEAM prize at USATE 2020, assuming that you won your final match, you would have ended up with five out of a possible six match points.
 
I ended up running into one of former members of the NBCC, Alexander Ruth, as well. Alexander was playing on an all-University of Connecticut team. It was a pleasure to reconnect with him as well. 
 
LASTLY, BUT NOT LEAST, A VERY SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO MR. E. STEVEN DOYLE, CHIEF TOURNMAENT DIRECTOR OF THIS LARGEST TEAM CHESS TOURNAMENT IN HISTORY. KUDOS TO YOU AND YOUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF FOR COORDINATING AND MANAGING THIS AWESOME THREE-DAY CHESS RETREAT, WHERE OLD AND NEW CHESS PLAYERS BOND IN THE SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP AND SPORTSMANSHIP. YOU ARE A CHESS GOD, MR. DOYLE! I hope that you enjoy reading the hard copy of the 2019 NBCC newsletter that I left for you.
 
It was truly an amazing weekend for CT chess. You make us proud!
 
Bob Cyr
NBCC/CSCA Historian
NBCC Lifetime Member
USCF Local TD