Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Busy Summer


Hello blog readers!

I will be busy this Summer!  I am going to teach 3 chess camps, one in Ann Arbor, MI, and two in Saint Louis, MO.  I will play a bridge tournament (!) for 3 days in Saint Louis as well.  Then, if all goes well, I will be a live commentator at the Sinquefield Cup, Aug 27-Sept 8.  The field will be one of the strongest (if not the strongest) in history.

If I am lucky, I will go to South Africa at the end of September for the 2014 World Youth.  I should know whether that is happening in the next week or so.

My next USCF/FIDE rated event will probably be sometime in October!

Ben

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ladder Game

Ryan Chester - Ben Finegold
1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. e3 e5 4. Nf3 exd4 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. Bd3 Ne5 7. O-O dxc4 8. Be2 Bd6 9. Nc3 h5 10. e4 c6 11. Bg5 Bg4 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. f3 O-O-O 14. Qa4 Bc5 15. fxg4


15...Rxd4 16. Kh1 Qd6 17. Rad1 Nxg4 18. Rxd4 Qxh2# 0-1

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ladder Game

Hi all,

I played a ladder game today (rated) against a 900.

Not the most exciting game.  I tried to play a 1900 (Al Howlett) but he declined.

I didn't keep score, so, it's possible I transposed moves from moves 3-10, but I think I got it right.

Ben

Mario Roper - Ben Finegold
1. e4 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Qc2 Bg7 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. h3 d6 7. d3 O-O 8. Be2 e5 9. Be3 Nd4 10. Nxd4 cxd4 11. Bg5 dxc3 12. bxc3 h6 13. Be3 b6 14. d4 exd4 15. cxd4 Bb7 16. f3 Rc8 17. O-O d5 18. exd5 Nxd5 19. Qd2 Nxe3 20. Qxe3 Bxd4 21. Qxd4 Qxd4+ 22. Kh1 Rfe8 23. Rfd1


23...Qxa1 24. Rxa1 Rxe2 25. a4 Rxc4 26. Rd1 Rcc2 27. Rg1 Bxf3 28. gxf3 Rh2# 0-1

Monday, June 16, 2014

National Open Round 6 - Win

Hi all,

13 way tie for 2nd!  4.5-1.5.  Kamsky clear first with 5-1.

I beat Browne with black in the last round.  Exactly 5 hours as per previous [post].

Computer says I played pretty well.

Ben

Walter Browne - Ben Finegold
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. Re1 a6 6. Bf1 d5 7. exd5 Nxd5 8. d4 Nf6 9. Be3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Be7 12. Nc3 Bd7 13. a4 Bc6 14. a5 Bb4 15. Re3 Qd6 16. Rd3 Qf4 17. Bb6 Be7 18. g3 Qf5 19. Bg2 Bxg2 20. Kxg2 O-O 21. Ra4 Rac8 22. Qf3 Qxf3+ 23. Kxf3 Rc6 24. g4 h6 25. h4 Rfc8 26. Be3 Ne8 27. Rd7 R6c7 28. Rxc7 Rxc7 29. Bb6 Rc6 30. h5 Kf8 31. Ke2 Bf6 32. Bd4 Bxd4 33. Rxd4 Ke7 34. Kd3 Nd6 35. f4 f5 36. gxf5 Nxf5 37. Rb4 Rd6+ 38. Ke4 Rd7 39. Na4 Kf6 40. c3 Rd5 41. c4 Rxa5 42. c5 Ne7 43. b3 Rb5 44. Rxb5 axb5 45. Nc3 b4 46. Nb5 Nc6 47. Nd6 Na5 48. Kd3 Ke7 49. f5 exf5 50. Nxf5+ Kf6 51. Nd6 g6 52. hxg6 Kxg6 53. Ke4 h5 54. Kf4 Kf6 55. Ne4+ Ke6 56. Nf2 Kd5 57. Nd3 Nc6 58. Kg5 Kd4 59. Nc1 Ke3 0-1



National Open Round 5 - Draw

I didn't feel like playing much, and I didn't feel like having black against a 2700 next round... so... draw.

Nikki was paired up and drew.

Next round, I will play AT LEAST 5 hours... even if my opponent resigns first ;)

LOL

Ben

Ben Finegold - Kazim Gulamali
1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 Nge7 4. c4 g6 5. d4 exd4 6. Nf3 Bg7 7. Nxd4 O-O 8. Nxc6 1/2-1/2

Sunday, June 15, 2014

National Open Round 4 - Draw

Hi all,

Nikki beat a 1376!  She crushed him!

I drew. Tough game, I was better, but maybe not winning.  We both thought I was winning.

Oh well.

Ben
Konstantin Kavutskiy - Ben Finegold
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e5 4. Nc3 d6 5. e4 Be7 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. h3 Nf8 8. a3 Ng6 9. b4 b6 10. Bd3 O-O 11. Ne2 h6 12. Ng3 Nf4 13. Bxf4 exf4 14. Ne2 Re8 15. O-O Bf8 16. Nc3 g5 17. Bc2 Bg7 18. Rb1 Nd7 19. Qd3 Ba6 20. Rfe1 cxb4 21. axb4 Bxc4 22. Qxc4 Rc8 23. Qa6 Rxc3 24. Ba4 Re7 25. Rec1 Nb8 26. Qe2 Qc8 27. Bc6 Rxc1+ 28. Rxc1 Rc7 29. Kh2 Nxc6 30. Qc2 Bb2 31. Qxb2 Ne5 32. Rxc7 Qxc7 33. Nxe5 dxe5


34. b5 Kf8 35. Qa3+ Ke8 36. f3 h5 37. Qa1 f6 38. d6 Qxd6 39. Qxa7 Qe6 40. Qb8+ Kf7 41. Qb7+ Kg6 42. Qc6 Kf7 43. Qb7+ Kg6 44. Qc6 Qa2 45. Qc8 Qf7 46. Qf5+ Kg7 47. Qc8 Kg6 48. Qf5+ Kh6 49. Kh1 Kg7 50. Qc8 Qa7 51. Qe6 Qc7 52. Qc6 Qd8 53. Qe6 Qc7 54. Qc6 Qd8 1/2-1/2

National Open Round 3 - Ben Wins

I won.  Nikki took a half point bye in round 1, then lost round 2, and drew round 3.

Ben

Ben Finegold - Kevin Davidson
1. b3 Nf6 2. Bb2 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 c5 5. c4 Nc6 6. Nf3 d6 7. O-O O-O 8. d4 Bg4 9. dxc5 dxc5 10. h3 Bf5 11. g4 Bxb1 12. Rxb1 Qc7 13. e3 Rad8 14. Qe2 Rd7 15. Rfd1 Rfd8 16. Rxd7 Qxd7 17. Ne5 Nxe5 18. Bxe5 b6 19. Bf3 Ne8 20. Bg3 e6 21. Kg2 Bf8 22. Qb2 Bd6 23. Bh4 Be7 24. Rd1 Qc7 25. Bg3 Qc8 26. Rxd8 Qxd8 27. Bc6 Qc8 28. Bxe8 Qxe8 29. Qe5 Qa8+ 30. Kg1 Qd8 31. Qe4 Qc8 32. Be5 f6 33. Bc3 Kf7 34. Qf3 Qd8


35. g5 f5 36. Qb7 Ke8 37. Qxa7 Qd3 38. Be5 Qb1+ 39. Kh2 Qe4 40. Qb8+ Kf7 41. Qh8 Qh4 42. Bg3 Qxg5 43. Qxh7+ Ke8 44. Qh8+ Kf7 45. Qh7+ Kf8 46. Qh8+ Kf7 47. Qb8 Qh5 48. Qxb6 g5 49. Kg2 Qe2 50. Qb7 Qd2 51. a4 Ke8 52. Bc7 Bf6 53. Qc6+ Kf7 54. Qd6 Qc2 55. Qd7+ Kg6 56. Qxe6 1-0

Saturday, June 14, 2014

National Open Round 2 - Draw

I was worried most of the game, but Stockfish says I worry for nothing! lol

The whole game is about equal, except, I play very slowly!  I had 19 min when I offered a draw and he had 34 min.

I thought I was worse (scared) but looks like I'm scared of nothing.

Ben

Joshua Sheng - Ben Finegold
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. Bxc6 bxc6 5. d3 d5 6. c4 Nf6 7. Nbd2 Be7 8. Qe2 O-O 9. O-O a5 10. Re1 a4 11. e5 Ne8 12. Nf1 f5 13. exf6 gxf6 14. Ng3 Ng7 15. Bh6 Rf7 16. d4 a3 17. b3 Qb6 18. Bxg7 Rxg7 19. Nh5 Rf7 20. cxd5 cxd5 1/2-1/2



Friday, June 13, 2014

National Open Round 1 - Ben Wins

Ben Finegold - Ronald Gross
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 c5 5. cxd5 cxd4 6. Qa4+ Nbd7 7. Bxf6 gxf6 8. Qxd4 Bc5 9. Qd2 O-O 10. Nf3 Ne5 11. e3 exd5 12. Nxe5 fxe5 13. Qxd5 Qxd5 14. Nxd5 Be6 15. Bc4 Rfd8 16. O-O-O Bxd5 17. Bxd5 Rab8 18. Rd3 b6 19. Rhd1 Be7 20. Kb1 Rbc8 21. a3 a5 22. e4 Rf8 23. Rh3 Bc5 24. Rdd3 Rcd8 25. Rh5 Rd6 26. Rf3 Rg6 27. g3 Bd4 28. Rhf5 Rg7 29. h4 h6 30. Rf6 Bc5 31. Rxh6 Rd8 32. Rf5 Rd7 33. Rxe5 1-0


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Off To Vegas


I leave for Las Vegas today for the 2014 Las Vegas Chess Festival. http://www.vegaschessfestival.com/

I will be teaching a chess camp June 12 and playing in the 2014 National Open June 13-15.

I am currently ranked #10 in the Open section, led by Wesley So and Gata Kamsky.

Stay tuned to my blog for results, games, pics, and more!

Ben

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Round 8

I looked at the game with an engine.  I am worse the whole way, as I expected, but defended well, and not as slowly as usual.  Then I was better when he went too far, I declined a draw, but couldn't win.

My best chance was 84..Rd6 instead of  84...Kg4, but that is LIKELY a draw also.. and we both were playing on increment the last 30-40 moves.

I think this was my best game.  He's tough!

Standings after Round 8
1)         Sevian                                                        6
2-3)      Gorovets, Troff                                             5
4-6)      Finegold, Priyadharshan, Boros                    4
7-10)     Friedel, Panjwani, Chandra, Bartholomew     3

Sevian needs a draw for a GM norm. Also, Troff needs to be 2500 FIDE, at some point, to be a GM (he is a GM-elect).  He was 2499.5 after round 8 of the Chicago Open, and LOST the last round.  So, at some point here, he made 2500 for sure (probably now as well) so he will be a GM, as of July 1 I suppose (not sure when, but soon!).

He already has all of his norms, and his GM title was affirmed conditional on getting 2500 FIDE.

Ben

Andrey Gorovets - Ben Finegold
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bg4 5. c4 Bxf3 6. Bxf3 e6 7. b3 Nbd7 8. d4 Be7 9. Nc3 O-O 10. e3 a6 11. a4 a5 12. Bb2 Qb6 13. Rb1 Rad8 14. Ne2 Rfe8 15. Nf4 Qa7 16. Nd3 Ne4 17. Qc2 Bf8 18. Rbd1 Rc8 19. Rb1 Nd6 20. Rfc1 Rcd8 21. Bg2 Ra8 22. Qd1 Qa6 23. Bf1 Qa7 24. Ne1 Nb8 25. Nf3 Nd7 26. Bd3 g6 27. h4 h5 28. Ne5 Nf6 29. Qf3 Bg7 30. Ba3 Qb8 31. Qf4 Nf5 32. cxd5 Nxd5 33. Qe4 Qd8 34. Rc2 Bf8 35. Bxf8 Rxf8 36. Bf1 Qe7 37. Qf3 Nb4 38. Rcc1 Kg7 39. Nc4 Qd8 40. Qf4 Qb8
41. Qf3 Qd8 42. Rb2 Nd6 43. Ne5 Nf5 44. Rd2 Qe7 45. Qe2 Rfd8 46. Bg2 Kg8 47. Kf1 Kg7 48. Ke1 Kg8 49. Qc4 Kg7 50. Qc5 f6 51. Qxe7+ Nxe7 52. Nd3 Nxd3+ 53. Rxd3 Nd5 54. Rc5 Nb4 55. Rd1 Kf7 56. Ke2 Ke7 57. Be4 Kf7 58. Rdc1 Rd6 59. Kf3 f5 60. Bb1 Rd5 61. Rxd5 exd5 62. Kf4 Kf6 63. f3 Na6 64. e4 fxe4 65. fxe4 dxe4 66. Bxe4 Rd8 67. Ke3 Rd6 68. Rg1 Nc7 69. g4 hxg4 70. Rxg4 Nd5+ 71. Kd3 Ne7 72. Kc3 b6 73. Rf4+ Kg7 74. Rg4 Kf6 75. Rg5 Re6 76. Kd3 Rd6 77. Ke3 Rd8 78. Rg4
Nf5+ 79. Bxf5 gxf5 80. Rf4 Re8+ 81. Kf2 Re6 82. h5 Kg5 83. Rf3 f4 84. Rh3 


84...Kg4 85. Rh1 Rh6 86. Rg1+ Kf5 87. Rh1 Kg4 88. Rg1+ Kxh5 89. Kf3 Rg6 90. Rxg6 Kxg6 91. Kxf4 Kf6 92. Ke4 Ke6 93. Kf4 Kd5 94. Ke3 Kd6 95. Kd3 Kd5 96. Ke3 Kd6
1/2-1/2

Round 7

Ben Finegold - Josh Friedel
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bd6 5. a3 O-O 6. d3 1/2-1/2