Sunday, August 24, 2014

Blitz Tournament

Hi all,

They had a blitz tournament from 9:30PM-11:15PM.

I scored 8-0, winning $160.

Entry fee was $20.

They had 32 players.  I beat a 1700, 2000, 2200, and 2100, 2-0 each (double swiss).

I got "revenge" on Maggie in rd 3, beating her 2-0.

GM Fidel Corrales Jiminez was 4-0, and won game one of round 3, but then he hung a piece in his second game of round 3 on move 10 or so... (He played b2-b4, but the opponent's knight on e4 took his knight on c3 for free as a consequence!!).  The guy, rated 2280, was able to mate Fidel with one second left!! lol

So... I played a 2100 in the last round who was 5.5-0.5.  He lost both games without a fight.

So...that was nice!

Ben

Indianapolis Open Round 3

Hi all,

I drew round 3 against Maggie Feng (2205).
I played a line she did not know, and she used tons of time, then, one move out of what I knew, I made a bad move! lol

I think the whole line is bad, although white scores well.  Stockfish is not impressed!

Her 9...Be6?! is not best.  All I need to do is play 10.Bg5 (How I did not see that move is beyond me) and I am better,

As it was, all my moves are not good (Qd3, Qd1, Nd2, and Nf3 are all not best according to Stockfish).

I offered a draw, and I thought I was doing badly... Stockfish agrees, saying I am more than -1.

She thought forever, and accepted.

Blitz tournament 9:30PM tonight... wish me luck!

Ben

Ben Finegold - Maggie Feng
1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. d5 exd5 4. Qxd5 d6 5. Ng5 Qe7 6. Nxh7 c6 7. Qb3 Rxh7 8. Qxg8 Rh4 9. Qb3 Be6 


10. Qd3 Nd7 11. Qd1 O-O-O 12. Nd2 Ne5 13. Nf3 1/2-1/2

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Millionaire Qualifier - 106 Move Draw

I missed 87.Kxd6, so, lucky I did not lose.  He said he missed 29...Ba4.  We are tough!

In my opinion, my opponent played MUCH better than his rating.  In 106 moves, he made 2-3 bad moves. I did as well!  And the game was very complex and we were in time trouble the last 50 moves (g/90, inc/30).

Ben

Alex Bian - Ben Finegold
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 3. Nf3 b5 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bb7 6. f3 e6 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Qd2 Bb4 9. O-O-O Nge7 10. a3 Ba5 11. Nb3 b4 12. axb4 Bxb4 13. Bc5 a5 14. Bb5 a4 15. Bxb4 axb3 16. Ba3 bxc2 17. Kxc2 Rxa3 18. bxa3 e5 19. Bxc6 Bxc6 20. Qd6 O-O 21. Qxe5 Ng6 22. Qd6 Qg5 23. Rd2 Rc8 24. Kb1 Ne5 25. Re2 Nc4 26. Qb4 Ne5 27. Rd1 h5 28. Rc2 Ra8 29. Nd5 Ba4 30. Rdd2 Bxc2+ 31. Rxc2 Nc6 32. Qd6 Qd8 33. Rb2 Kh7 34. Nb6 Ra7 35. Qc5 g6 36. Nc4 Kg8 37. Qd6 Rc7 38. Ne3 Ne7 39. a4 Rc6 40. Qe5 d6 41. Qb5 Rc5 42. Qb8 Rc8 43. Qb6 Qd7 44. a5 Rc6 45. Qd4 Qc7 46. Rb6 Rc1+ 47. Kb2 Nc6 48. Qd2 Rc5 49. Nd5 Qa7 50. Qh6 Rxd5 51. exd5 Nxa5 52. Rb4 Qf2+ 53. Ka3 Qa7 54. Qc1 Nc4+ 55. Kb3 Ne5 56. Qc3 Qg1 57. f4 Nd7 58. Qc8+ Nf8 59. Qc2 Qxh2 60. Qe4 Qg1 61. f5 Qd1+ 62. Ka2 g5 63. Rb2 Kg7 64. f6+ Kxf6 65. Rf2+ Kg7 66. Qf5 Qa4+ 67. Kb2 Qd4+ 68. Kb3 f6 69. Re2 Qd1+ 70. Rc2 h4 71. Kb2 Qd4+ 72. Ka2 Kh6 73. Rc8 Qa7+ 74. Kb3 Qe7 75. Kc4 Kg7 76. Rc6 Kf7 77. Kb5 Qb7+ 78. Rb6 Qc7 79. Rc6 Qb7+ 80. Rb6 Qc7 81. Ka6 Qc4+ 82. Ka7 Qc5 83. Ka6 Qc4+ 84. Ka5 Qc3+ 85. Kb5 Qb3+ 86. Kc6 Qc4+ 87. Kxd6 Qe2 88. Kc7 Qe7+ 89. Kc8 Qe8+ 90. Kb7 Qe7+ 91. Ka8 Qe8+ 92. Ka7 Qa4+ 93. Kb7 Qd7+ 94. Qxd7+ Nxd7 95. Rb4 f5 96. Kc7 Nf6 97. Rd4 g4 98. d6 Ke6 99. d7


99...Nxd7 100. Rxd7 f4 101. Rh7 f3 102. gxf3 gxf3 103. Rxh4 Ke5 104. Rh1 Kf4 105. Rf1 Ke3 106. Rxf3+ Kxf3 1/2-1/2

Friday, August 8, 2014

Ladder Game

Here is a ladder game I played 2 days ago.

I am guessing at the move order, but I think it's right.

Ben

Ben Finegold - Ryan Chester
1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. e4 Nb6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nf3 Bd6 7. Bd3 O-O 8. e5 Be7 9. h4 c5 10. dxc5 Bxc5


11. Bxh7+ Kxh7 12. Ng5+ Kg8 13. Qc2 g6 14. h5 Re8 15. hxg6 Qe7 16. gxf7+ Qxf7 17. Nxf7 Kxf7 18. Qh7+ Kf8 19. Bh6# 1-0

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