Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Confusing Last Day

I thought I played a masterpiece against Ni, but, computer says I am worse the whole game?? wtf?? stupid engines...

At the end, I had two knights against two bishops.. so... I had the knights that go Ni.....

My last game was up and down... I blundered, and was close to losing... then he played the weird d5!??!? after VERY long thought... then it was a drawn ending, and he messed it up, and I was winning...but only for one move!!!  60...Nc4+ should win, although not easy.  I thought what I did was winning (so did engines!) but it's not.

Interesting tournament.

Ben

http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201404137802-11264417

Ben Finegold - Viktoija Ni
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. b3 d5 6. Bb2 Nf6 7. e5 Nd7 8. d3 Qc7 9. O-O a5 10. c4


10...a4 11. Re1 axb3 12. axb3 Rxa1 13. Bxa1 Be7 14. Nbd2 O-O 15. Nf1 Rd8 16. Ng3 Nf8 17. Qc1 Qb7 18. Nh5 Ng6 19. Qc2 Qd7 20. Bc3 Bb7 21. Ba5 Ra8 22. Bd2 Rd8 23. Qc1 dxc4 24. dxc4 Nh4 25. Nxh4 Qxd2 26. Nf3 Qd3 27. Qb1 Qg6 28. Ng3 Qd3 29. Ne4 f6 30. h4 Qxb1 31. Rxb1 h6 32. Kf1 f5 33. Nc3 g5 34. hxg5 hxg5 35. Ke2 g4 36. Ne1 Kf7 37. Nd3 Bc8 38. Na4 Rh8 39. Ra1 Rd8 40. g3 Bd7 41. Naxc5 Be8 42. Ra7 Rb8 43. Nf4 1-0

Priyadharshan Kannappan - Ben Finegold
1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 Nf6 6. d3 e6 7. Bd2 Bb4 8. a3 Be7 9. g4 Qb6 10. O-O-O d4 11. Ne2 Na6 12. e5 Nd7 13. Qe4 O-O-O 14. Qxd4 Qxd4 15. Nxd4 Nxe5 16. Bc3 Ng6 17. Nf3 Bf6 18. d4 Nc7 19. g5 Be7 20. h4 h6 21. Bc4 hxg5 22. hxg5 Nh4 23. Ne5 Bxg5+ 24. Kb1 f5 25. Nf7 Bf6 26. d5 Bxc3 27. bxc3 cxd5 28. Nxh8 Rxh8 29. Be2 Ng6 30. Rxh8+ Nxh8 31. Rg1 g6 32. Bh5 gxh5 33. Rg8+ Kd7 34. Rxh8 Nb5 35. Kb2 Nd6 36. Rxh5 e5 37. Rh7+ Kc6 38. a4 a5 39. Re7 f4 40. Kc1 e4 41. Re6 Kc5 42. Re7 Kc6 43. Re6 Kc5 44. Re7 b5 45. Rc7+ Kb6 46. Rd7 Kc6 47. Ra7 Kb6 48. Rd7 Kc6 49. Ra7 Nc4 50. axb5+ Kxb5 51. Rb7+ Kc5 52. Rb8 a4 53. Rc8+ Kd6 54. Rd8+ Ke5 55. Ra8 a3 56. Kd1 f3 57. Ra6 e3 58. fxe3 Nxe3+ 59. Ke1 Kf4 60. Kd2 f2 61. Rf6+ Ke5 62. Rxf2 a2 63. Re2 a1=Q 64. Rxe3+ Kd6 65. Rd3 Kc5 66. Rd4 1/2-1/2


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saint Louis Open Round 3

I am 2-1.  Should play 2250-2300 tomorrow morning I guess.

- Ben

Ben Finegold - Nolan Hendrickson
1. Nc3 d5 2. e4 d4 3. Nce2 e5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Ng3 Be6 6. Bb5 f6 7. c3 Nge7 8. cxd4 exd4 9. O-O Qd6 10. d3 O-O-O 11. Bd2 h5 12. Rc1 h4 13. Nf5 Nxf5 14. Bxc6 Ne7 15. e5 fxe5 16. Be4 Bd5 17. Re1 Nc6 18. b4 Re8 19. b5 Nb8 20. Qa4 Bxe4 21. Rxe4 Nd7 22. Nxd4 Nc5


23. Rxc5 Qxc5 24. b6 c6 25. bxa7 Kc7 26. Ne6+ 1-0

Saint Louis Open Round 1

I drew in 114 moves.

I have a bye in round 2. Death Match commentary on chess.com for 3,5 hrs!

- Ben

Alex Richter - Ben Finegold
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Nf3 Be7 8. c5 O-O 9. Bb5 h6 10. Bf4 Bd7 11. O-O Ne4 12. Re1 f5 13. Bxc6 Bxc6 14. Ne5 Be8 15. Rc1 g5 16. Be3 Bf6 17. f3 Nxc5 18. dxc5 Bxe5 19. Bd4 Bxd4+ 20. Qxd4 Qf6 21. Re5 a5 22. Rce1 Rc8 23. b4 axb4 24. Qxb4 Bf7 25. Nb5 Rc6 26. Nd4 Ra6 27. Qxb7 Rxa2 28. c6 Ra4 29. c7 Rxd4 30. c8=Q Rxc8 31. Qxc8+ Kg7 32. Qd7 Rd1 33. Rxe6 Qd4+ 34. Kh1 Qd3 35. h3 Qb1 36. Qe7 Qa1 37. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 38. Re1 Qd4 39. Rc1 Qf6 40. Qd7 Qe6 41. Qd8 Qe3 42. Rc8 Qe1+ 43. Kh2 Qe5+ 44. Kh1 Kg6 45. Rc6+ Kg7 46. Rc8 Qf6 47. Qh8+ Kg6 48. Rg8+ Bxg8 49. Qxg8+ Qg7 50. Qe6+ Qf6 51. Qg8+ Qg7 52. Qe6+ Kh7 53. Qxf5+ Kh8 54. Qxd5 Qa1+ 55. Kh2 Kg7 56. Kg3 Qe1+ 57. Kh2 Qa1 58. Kg3 Qf6 59. Kf2 Qb6+ 60. Kg3 Qc7+ 61. Kf2 Qa7+ 62. Kg3 Qb8+ 63. Kf2 Qb6+ 64. Kg3 Qc7+ 65. Kf2 Qb6+ 66. Kf1 Qb1+ 67. Kf2 Qb6+ 68. Kf1 Qb1+ 69. Ke2 Qg1 70. Qe5+ Kg8 71. Qe6+ Kg7 72. Qe7+ Kg8 73. Qe6+ Kg7 74. Qe5+ Kg8 75. Qg3 Qb1 76. Qg4 Qc2+ 77. Kf1 Qc1+ 78. Ke2 Qc2+ 79. Ke3 Qc3+ 80. Ke4 Qc4+ 81. Ke5 Qc7+ 82. Kd5 Kg7 83. Qd4+ Kf7 84. Qg4 Qa5+ 85. Kd6 Qb6+ 86. Kd7 Qb7+ 87. Kd6 Qb6+ 88. Kd7 Kf6 89. Qg3 Qb5+ 90. Kc7 Qc5+ 91. Kb7 Qb4+ 92. Kc6 Qc4+ 93. Kb6 Qd4+ 94. Kc6 Qa4+ 95. Kc5 Qc2+ 96. Kd4 Qd2+ 97. Kc4 h5 98. h4 Qc2+ 99. Kd4 Qd2+ 100. Ke4 Qe2+ 101. Kd4 Qd2+ 102. Ke4 Qb4+ 103. Ke3 Qc5+ 104. Ke2 Qc4+ 105. Ke3 Qc1+ 106. Ke2 Qb2+ 107. Kf1 Qc1+ 108. Ke2 Qc4+ 109. Ke3 Qb3+ 110. Kf2 Qb6+ 111. Kf1 Qb1+ 112. Kf2 Qb6+ 113. Kf1 Qb1+ 114. Kf2 1/2-1/2


Monday, April 7, 2014

I Suck

I won my game tonight in the April Knights, but.... man, I suck.

23 in a row...

Ben

Dan Coryea - Ben Finegold
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. e3 Bg4 4. Bb5 Qd6 5. c4 dxc4 6. Qa4 Bxf3 7. gxf3 e6 8. Bxc6+ bxc6 9. Qxc4 Nf6 10. Bd2 Rb8 11. b3 Be7 12. Nc3 O-O 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. fxe4 f5 15. Rc1 fxe4 16. Qxc6 Qxc6 17. Rxc6 Bd6 18. Ba5 Rf7 19. Ke2 Rb5 20. Bc3 Rbf5 21. Be1 Rd7 22. b4 Rb5 23. a4 Rb6 24. Rc4 Rd8 25. b5 a6 26. bxa6 Ra8 27. f4 Rb2+ 28. Bd2 Ra2 29. a5 Rxa6 30. Rb1 R6xa5 31. h4 Rh5 32. Rh1 Rb5 33. Kd1 Rbb2 34. Rh2 h5 35. Re2 Kf7 36. Ke1 Ke8 37. Rc1 Bb4 38. Rd1 Kf7 0-1


Monday, March 31, 2014

Finegold 2600?

I may have finally gotten to 2600, winning this event 4-0.

Here are the games... I beat Ronit tonight.

Ben

Ben Finegold - Ronit Kirumaki
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d6 5. e4 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 e5 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. f4 O-O 9. Nf3 Re8 10. O-O h6 11. c5 exd4 12. cxd4 dxc5 13. d5 Qe7 14. Re1 b6 15. Bb2 Bb7 16. Rad1 c6 17. d6 Qf8 18. e5 Nd5 19. f5 Nb4 20. Qd2 Nxd3 21. Qxd3 c4 22. Qxc4 Kh8 23. e6 fxe6 24. fxe6 Nc5 25. Nh4 Ba6 26. Qg4 Kh7 27. Qg6+ Kg8 28. Nf5 1-0


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Finegold wins

I won my game tonight, in the month long tournament. Yay!

2599 .... getting close.

- Ben

( See also http://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/march-knights )

Alex Vergilesov - Ben Finegold
1. e4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Nc3 e6 4. a3 d6 5. Bb5+ Nd7 6. Nf3 Ne7 7. Qe2 g6 8. h4 h6 9. h5 g5 10. Nh2 Bg7 11. Be3 a6 12. Bxd7+ Qxd7 13. O-O O-O-O 14. f4 gxf4 15. Rxf4 f5 16. Rd1 e5 17. Rff1 Rhg8 18. dxe5 Bxe5 19. Bd4 Bg3 20. Bf2 f4 21. Bxg3 fxg3 22. Nf3 Qg4 23. Nd4 Qh4 24. Nf3 Qxh5


25. Nd4 Qh2# 0-1

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Friday Action Quad

Nikki scored 2-1, tied for 2nd in her quad ($4.50 prize!) and I won my quad with 2.5.

In round 1 I was dead dead dead dead dead dead dead dead lost against Matt Larson.  I drew.  I won round 2, which was pretty good. Then in round 3, I was dead dead dead dead dead dead dead lost against Doug Eckert, and he hung mate in 1.

I do not have the last 15 moves or so against Doug, but we all agreed I was more losing against Doug than Matt, if you want an indication of how I was doing.

A solid performance.

Ben

Round 1
Ben Finegold - Matt Larson


We both had 3-4 minutes here, with a 3 second delay.  Things were not looking good for me :) 1. Qc1 Qg3+ 2. Kg1 Qe1+ 3. Qxe1 Bxe1 4. Kf1 Ba5 5. Ke2 f6 6. Ne7+ Kf7 7. Nc6 Bc7 8. Nxd8+ Bxd8 9. Kf3 g6 10. h4 Ke6 11. h5 g5 12. g3 Bc7 13. Kg4 Bd6 14. Kf3 Bc5 15. Kg2 Bb6 16. Kf3 Ba5 17. Kg4 Be1 18. Kf3 Bb4 19. Kg4 Bd6 20. Kf3 Bf8 21. Kg4 Bg7 22. Kf3 f5 23. g4 fxe4+ 24. Kxe4 Kf6 25. Kf3 Ke6 26. Ke4 Kd6 27. Kf5 There was a lot more maneuvering the last 10 moves, but this position occurred. Now he played.... gxf4 And offered a draw... he had 20 seconds left here. 1/2-1/2

Round 2
Nick Karlow - Ben Finegold
1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 dxc4 4. e3 Bg4 5. Bxc4 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. Qb3 Bxf3 8. gxf3 Qc8 9. Nc3 c6 10. Bd2 Be7 11. O-O-O b5 12. Bd3 a5 13. Kb1 a4 14. Qc2 O-O 15. Rhg1 Na6 16. Ne4 Nd5 17. Ng5 f5 18. f4 b4 19. Bxa6 Qxa6 20. Nxe6 b3 21. Rxg7+ Kh8


22. Qc1 a3 23. Rxe7 Qd3+ 24. Ka1 axb2+ 25. Qxb2 Rxa2+ 26. Qxa2 bxa2 27. Rb7 Ra8 0-1

Round 3
Ben Finegold - Doug Eckert
1. b3 c5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 e5 4. Ne2 g6 5. d4 exd4 6. exd4 Bg7 7. Na3 Nge7 8. Nc4 O-O 9. dxc5 Bxb2 10. Nxb2 Qa5+ 11. Qd2 Qxc5 12. Nd3 Qf5 13. Ng3 Qf6 14. Rd1 d5 15. Be2 Be6 16. O-O Rad8 17. Rfe1 Rfe8 18. Nc5 Bc8 19. Bb5 h5 20. Ne2 Nf5 21. Nf4 Rxe1+ 22. Rxe1 Ncd4 23. Bf1 Qc6 24. Ncd3 Qxc2 25. Qa5 Nc6 26. Qc7 Qxa2 27. Ne5 Rf8 28. Nxd5 Qd2 29. Nf6+ Kg7 30. Ne8+ Kg8 31. Nf3 Qd8 32. Bc4 Qxc7 33. Nxc7 Ncd4 34. Ng5 Bd7


About 15 moves later, Black was queening his "a" pawn. I was checking him, and in response to a rook check on the 7th, he played Kf6 allowing Mate in 1 with Rf7. If he had played Kf8 it was over. 1-0

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Month Long Game

Hi everyone,

I played round 3 of a month long tournament tonight, winning a complex game.

I am closing in on 2600, AGAIN!

Ben Finegold - Paul Goddard
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. a4 Nbd7 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. Bf4 e6 8. e3 Bb4 9. Bd3 O-O 10. O-O Nh5


11. Bxh7+ Kxh7 12. Ng5+ Kg6 13. Qc2+ f5 14. Nxe6 Qf6 15. Nxf8+ Qxf8 16. Nxd5 Nxf4 17. Nxf4+ Kh6 18. e4 fxe4 19. Qxe4 Qf7 20. Ne6 Nf6 21. Qf4+ Kg6 22. Nc7 Ra7 23. d5 Ba5 24. Rac1 Bf5 25. b4 Bxc7 26. Rxc7 Qxd5 27. Qg3+ Kh5 28. Rxg7 Ne4 29. Qb8 Ng5 30. Qh8+ Nh7 31. Rxh7+ Bxh7 32. Qxh7+ Kg5 33. h4+ Kf6 34. Re1 Ra8 35. Qe7+ Kf5 36. Qg5# 1-0

Getting CRUSHED!

Hi all,

I was losing a RATED ladder game tonight to a 1650-1750 player...but I luckily won!

whew!!

Mike Kummer - Ben Finegold
1. e4 e6 2. d4 c5 3. d5 Nf6 4. Nd2 exd5 5. e5 Qe7 6. Qe2 Ng8 7. g3 Nc6 8. Bg2 Nd4 9. Qd1 Qxe5+ 10. Ne2 Nf6 11. O-O Nxe2+ 12. Kh1 Ne4 13. Nxe4 dxe4 14. Qxe2 f5 15. c4 Be7 16. f3 O-O 17. Bf4 Qe6 18. fxe4 fxe4 19. Bxe4 Kh8 20. Qc2 d6 21. Rae1 Qh3 22. Bxh7 Bd7 23. Be4 Rae8 24. Qg2 b5 25. Bg6 Qg4 26. Bxe8 Rxe8



27. cxb5 Bxb5 28. Rf2 Qc8 29. Kg1 Bc6 30. Qf1 Bf6 31. Rfe2 Rf8 32. h4 Qg4 33. Kh2 Be5 34. Qh3 Rxf4 35. Qxg4 Rxg4 36. Rxe5 dxe5 37. Rxe5 Rc4 38. Re7 Rc2+ 39. Kg1 Rxb2 40. Rxa7 c4 41. a4 c3 42. Rc7 c2 0-1

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mid-America Open Rounds 2 and 3

I won all three games, and have byes the next two rounds, since I am teaching kids' classes at the chess club tomorrow.

- Ben

Round 2
Ben Finegold - Anthony Paulercio
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 O-O 5. Bg5 c5 6. d5 d6 7. e3 h6 8. Bh4 a6 9. Be2 b5 10. cxb5 Qa5 11. O-O Bb7 12. a4 Qb4 13. Rb1 Nbd7 14. Na2 Qe4 15. Nc3 Qb4 16. bxa6 Bxa6 17. Bxa6 Rxa6 18. Qe2 Ra5 19. e4 g5 20. Bg3 Nh5 21. Nd2 Nxg3 22. hxg3 Nb6 23. Nd1 Rxa4 24. Ne3 e6 25. Rfd1 exd5 26. Nf5 dxe4


27. Ne7+!! 1-0 (Nc6 traps the queen --Editor)

Round 3
Ben Finegold - Zach Kasiurak
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 c5 5. dxc5 O-O 6. Nf3 Na6 7. g3 Nxc5 8. Bg2 Nce4 9. Bd2 Nxd2 10. Nxd2 d5 11. O-O Bd7 12. cxd5 exd5 13. a3 Bxc3 14. Qxc3 Qe7 15. e3 Rac8 16. Qd4 Qc5 17. Nf3 Bf5 18. Qxc5 Rxc5 19. Nd4 Bd7 20. Rfc1 Rfc8 21. Rxc5 Rxc5 22. Kf1 Kf8 23. Ke2 Ke7 24. h3 g6 25. g4 Be6 26. f4 Ne4 27. Bxe4 dxe4 28. Kd2 h5 29. b4 Rd5 30. Rg1 hxg4 31. hxg4 Rd8 32. g5 Rh8 33. Rc1 Rh2+ 34. Kc3 Bd5 35. Rd1 Rh3 36. Nc2 Kd6 37. Rd2 Rh1 38. Kb2 Rh3 39. Rd1 Rh2 40. Kc3 Rg2 41. Rh1 Re2 42. a4 a6 43. Rd1 Rh2 44. a5 Rh8 45. Na3 Rh3 46. Kd4 Rh2



47. Nc4+ Ke6 48. Nd2 Bc6 49. Nxe4 Rb2 50. Nc5+ Kf5 51. Nd3 Rb3 52. Rc1 Bb5 53. Rc5+ Kg4 54. Rc3 Rb1 55. Ne5+ Kf5 56. Kc5 f6 57. Nf3 fxg5 58. Nd4+ Kg4 59. Nxb5 axb5 60. fxg5 Kxg5 61. Kxb5 Kf5 62. Rc5+ Kf6 63. Rc4 Kf5 64. Kb6 g5 65. Kxb7 g4 66. Rf4+ Kg5 67. a6 g3 68. a7 Ra1 69. Rf3 1-0

Pictures from last round:






Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mid-America Open Round 1

Damn, I played GREAT!!  Komodo wants lessons!

Nikki lost her first game.

- Ben

Alex Richter - Ben Finegold
1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d5 5. e5 Bg7 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. Be3 Nh6 8. Qb3 Nf5 9. Nf3 O-O 10. Bd3 Nxe3 11. fxe3 Bh6 12. Kf2 e6 13. h4 f6 14. exf6 Qxf6 15. Ke2


15...Bxe3 16. Kxe3 Nxd4 17. Qa4 Qf4+ 18. Kf2 Qd2+ 19. Be2 Nxf3 20. gxf3 d4 21. Ne4 Qe3+ 22. Kf1 Qxe4 23. Re1

23...Rxf3+ 24. Bxf3 Qxf3+ 25. Kg1 Qg3+ 26. Kf1 Qf3+ 27. Kg1 Qg3+ 28. Kf1 Bd7 29. Qb3 Rf8+ 30. Ke2 Rf2+ 31. Kd1 Ba4 32. Qxa4 Qd3+ 33. Kc1 Qd2+ 34. Kb1 Qxb2# 0-1

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Month Long March Knights Round 2

I am playing in the Month Long March Knights.

I took a half-point bye in round 1, and beat Neil Schechter in round 2.

Games and results are at: http://saintlouischessclub.org/knights-tournament

Here is my game from last night.

Neil Schechter - Ben Finegold
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 Be7 8. f4 O-O 9. Be3 a6 10. Qe2 Qc7 11. O-O Nxd4 12. Bxd4 b5 13. a3 Bb7 14. Rfe1 Rac8 15. Rad1 Rfd8 16. Bf2 Qa5 17. e5 dxe5 18. fxe5 Nd7 19. Qg4 Bc5 20. Qg3 Qc7 21. Bxc5 Nxc5 22. Na2 Ne4 23. Qf4 Qc5+ 24. Kf1 Rxd1 25. Rxd1


25...g5 0-1