Saturday, October 3, 2009

FM Kiewra Blogs

FM Keaton Kiewra shares his games with us this week. With a 2009 USCL record of 3-1, Keaton has been one of the bright spots on the Destiny this season.

Hi, my name is Keaton Kiewra. I am a recent graduate of UTD and co-manager of the Dallas Destiny. I am a Fide Master with one GM norm. I am going to try to analyze my USCL games and post them on the Dallas Destiny blog for your entertainment, and who knows, you might actually learn something about chessJ Here are my games from weeks 1, 3, 4, and 5. I did not analyze these games with an engine for a couple reasons. First, my analysis engine is not workingJ and second, I feel that anyone can analyze a game with a strong computer. My goal is to convey to you what I was thinking during the games and my own thoughts after I analyzed the games, not Rybka’s. I hope you enjoy…

Game 1: Rodriguez-Kiewra

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bg5 This opening came as a complete surprise since Eric usually plays g3 systems against the King’s Indian. I can only remember playing against this opening once before and that was a game I lost to Felix Barrios (2350) but I was familiar enough with the plans for black to feel comfortable. h6 6.Be3 c5 Eric thought for a while after this move which made me feel more comfortable. It is always a nice feeling when my opponent stops moving quickly and I realize that I am no longer playing against preparation. 7.dxc5 Qa5 8.Qd2 dxc5 9.0-0 0 Nc6 10.Nd5 Qxd2+ 11.Rxd2 Nxd5 12.cxd5 Nd4 13.Nf3 I was expecting the less ambitious 13.Ne2 which keeps white’s pawn structure in tact after which the position is probably dead even. The text is more double-edged. 13.Nf3 weakens white’s pawn structure but it also opens up key lines for white’s pieces. 13…Nxf3 14.gxf3 b615.Bb5+ Bd7 16.Bxd7+?! I was very happy to trade the light square bishops since I could not think of a good square to put this bishop on. From a positional point of view this is a bad trade for white. White would be better off putting this Bishop on g2 and using it to create complications in the center. 16…Kxd7 17.f4 Kc7 18.Rg1 Rhg8 19.f3 Rad8 20.f5 gxf5?? This was a horrible oversight on my part. After the game was over I was racking my brain trying to figure out how I could make such a move, and I think I figured it out. When white’s pawn moved from f2 to f3 I didn’t make the connection in my mind that the rooks were now able to double. When I had spent some time analyzing the position a few moves ago when white’s pawn was on f2, I never considered the idea of white doubling his rooks on the g-file because it wasn’t possible, so rather than reanalyzing the new position I relied on analysis that I had done earlier in the game. This is not the first time I’ve made this error and this time it was costly. 21.Rdg2 fxe4 22.fxe4 Bxb2+ 23.Kxb2 Rxg2+ 24.Rxg2 f5 25.exf5?! This move is slightly inaccurate and gives black better chances than he should have. I prefer 25.Bxh6 giving up the e4 pawn because I feel that the most efficient way for white to win is to turn his h-pawn into a weapon and run it as quickly as possible. This will force black’s rook into a passive position and White should have no problems cleaning up. 25…Rxd5 26.Bxh6 Rxf5 27.Bg5 Rf3 28.h4 Rh3! Now black is able to stop White’s h-pawn with his rook in an active position which gives black some hope. Activating the black rook is much more important than saving the weak e-pawn which will fall anyway. 29.Bxe7 Kc6 30.Rd2 c4 31.Kc2 Re3 32.Bg5 Rh3 33.Re2 b5 34.Re3 Rh2+ 35.Kc3 Rxa2 White should have been able to find a way to proceed without giving up this pawn but Eric was low on time and this position was no longer nearly as easy to win as it was when I initially blundered the piece. Still, I cannot believe that giving up this a-pawn was in white’s best interest. Black now has 3 connected passed pawns and all three results are now possible. 36.h5 Rh2 37.h6 Rh5 38.Bf4 Rh4 39.Re6+ Kd540.Re5+ Kc6 41.Rf5 a5 42.Kd4 a4 43.Rf6+ Kd7 44.Kd5 c3 45.Rd6+ Ke8 46.Be3 b4 47.Rc6 a3 48.Bg5 a2 49.Ra6 Rh2 50.Ke6 Re2+ 51.Kf6 b3 52.h7 Rh2 53.h8Q+!! A brilliant resource and the only way that White could win. White sacrifices the pawn that was one square away from queening in order to form an inescapable mating net. 53…Rxh8 54.Ke6 Rh6+ 55.Bxh6 Kd8 56.Bf4 a1Q 57.Rxa1 Kc8 58.Ra3 Black resigns 1-0

After the game: My colleague John Bartholomew mentioned earlier in the Dallas Destiny Blog that I missed a draw a few moves ago so I won’t go into it. I felt that this was a very interesting game which contained a couple of lessons:

1. It is important to analyze each position on its own rather than relying on analysis that you did earlier in the game to ensure that you don’t miss a nuance and then blunder.

2. Even when your position looks bad it is important to fight and try to defend your position as well as possible. I’m sure that there were several armchair chess players watching this game on ICC and in the moment when I blundered a piece, kibitzing things such as “looks like this one is over” or “time for black to resign”. I remember my coach GM Miron Sher telling me that GM Gata Kamsky is known for resigning a game much later than any of his colleagues and because of this he saves roughly 10% of games that he wouldn’t have saved had he resigned “on time”. This seems like a worthwhile proposition to me.

Game 2: Kiewra-Martirosov

1.e4 c5 I was expecting this game to be a Ruy Lopez, but I had been busy the last few days and had not had time to prepare, so to see black’s pawn on c5 was a welcome sight. 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 e6 Ah, now I saw the method behind Martirosov’s madness. He was heading for a line in which I had a few unglamorous losses in the database to the likes of strong players such as GM Alejandro Ramirez and IM Davorin Kuljasevic. I wasn’t worried though because I had prepared an improvement in this line and I wanted to see how it worked.4.0-0 Nge7 5.c3 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bc2 Bb7 8.a4 Never before had I played this move so early. White immediately puts pressure on black’s pawn structure and forces him to make a decision. Most GM’s whose games I have seen in the database meet this a4 thrust with an immediate b4. 8…d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.d4 Be7 11.axb5 axb5 12.Rxa8 Bxa8 13.dxc5 Bxc5 We have arrived at a wide open position where both white’s and black’s pieces have a lot of scope. Black’s bishop looks good on c5 but it actually does not belong there since white’s night can now head to e4 with gain of time and create problems for black. 14.Nbd2 0-015.Ne4 Be7 16.Qd3 Black cannot protect both the mate threat on h7 and the pawn on b5. 16…f5 is met nicely by Neg5 capitalizing on black’s weak e6 pawn. 16…Qb8 17.Nc5 g6 18.Nd7 Qb7 19.Nxf8 Bxf8 20.Qe2 Nce7 21.Re1 Nf5 22.Bxf5 gxf5 23.Rd1 Qc6 24.Qe5 Bd6 25.Qd4 Be7 26.Bh6 Bf6 26…e5 can also be met by Qa7. 27.Qa7 Qe8 I was hoping for 27…Nc7 when I could finish the game with 28.Qb8+ Ne8 29.Rd6! 28.Ra1 Bc6 29.Nd4 Bg7 30.Nxc6 Bxh6 31.Qb7 White’s rook comes decisively to a8 next move. Black resigns 1-0

Game 3: Kiewra-Lee

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 Another Rossolimo. I was happy with the preparation I had against 3…g6 and to my knowledge I had no games in the database in the line that I was prepared to play… 4.0-0 Bg7 5.c3 Nf6 6.e5 In the past I had played 6.Re1 so Michael probably was not expecting this. Nd5 7.d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 0-0 9.Nc3 Nc7 9…Nxc3 is also possible 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bh4 Nxb5 12.Nxb5 Qa5 A possible crazy continuation would have been 12…a6 13.Nd6 g5 14.Bxg5 hxg5 15.Nxg5 exd6 16.Qh5 Re8 Qxf7+ which should lead to a draw. If white wants to try to win he can sidestep this line and just play 13.Nc3. 13.Nc3 d5 14.exd6 exd6 15.d5 Ne516.Nxe5! 16.Be7? would have been a disaster after 16…Re8 17.Bxd6 Nc4. At first glance the position looks equal after the text, but white has a few things to play for. I knew that if I could ever capture black’s week d6 pawn my d5 pawn would become a monster. Black also is a little bit weak on the dark squares which are protected only by his dark squared bishop. 16…Bxe5 17.Qd2 Kh7 18.Rae1 Bf5 Daring me to sac on e5! This had been my plan when I played Rae1 so I quickly accepted the challenge. 19.Rxe5 dxe5 20.Be7 Rfe8 21.d6 This is an interesting, double edged position. I was not sure white was better, but I knew I definitely was not worse. My strong passed pawn on d6 and dominance of the dark squares provide sufficient compensation for the exchange. 21…Rxe7 22.dxe7 Re8 23.Qd6 Qb6 24.Qxe5 IM Jacek Stopa told me after the game that he thought my best continuation was 24. Qxb6 axb6 25.Nd5 Kg7 26.Re1 Be6 27.Nxb6 Rxe7 28.a4 with a slight edge for white. I thought I would be comfortable in this endgame but I liked the chances that the middlegame offered me a little bit better. 24…Qe6 25.Qd4 Rxe7 26.h3! 26.Nd5 offers white nothing after 26…Qe5 and 26.Qxa7 is met by Bd3! The text creates luft for White’s king and threatens to play g4 attacking black’s bishop which has no satisfactory squares. Black is forced to sacrifice his a-pawn.Qe5 27.Qxa7 Bxh3? Black’s best chance is to try to hold this endgame a pawn down, although I don’t like black’s chances. If white simply centralizes his Queen and trades the Queens I don’t think black can hold this ending after the white rook transfers to the b-file pressuring black’s b-pawn. The text, however, offers little hope to black.28.gxh3 Qg5+ 29.Kh1 Qf4 Michael probably thought that he could play Qh4 and force a perpetual, however after 30.Qb8! Qxh3+ 31.Kg1 Qg4+ 32.Qg3 white’s queen makes it back in the nick of time. 30.f3 Qg3 31.Qf2 Qxh3+ 32.Kg1 Re5 33.Ne4 Qe6 34.Qd4 g5 35.Qd6 Rxe4 I didn’t blunder this J 36.Qd3 f5 37.fxe4 fxe4 38.Qe2 Qe5 39.Qh5 Qd4+ 40.Kh1 Black resigns 1-0

Game 4: Adamson-Kiewra

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 Nxd4 I normally play 9…d5 here but I figured that Robby was expecting this and had something prepared. I hadn’t played this position after the text in a couple of years, but I still felt fairly comfortable. 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.Kb1 Qc7 12.Nd5 When I made my GM norm in Kavala 2008 my only loss of the tournament came to GM Mircea Parligras who is a well known “Dragon Slayer”. I was looking over his games the morning of the match and I saw that he plays 12.h4 in this position with very good results. I didn’t feel like I could prepare something good against this h4 line in such a short time, so I made up my mind that I was going to play a different Sicilian. However when we started the game I was shocked to see him play d4 on move 1! Perhaps Parligras was more afraid of me in the Dragon than I was of himJ 12…Bxd5 13.exd5 Rfc8 14.Rc1 Nd715.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.h4 h5 17.g4 Nf6 18.gxh5 Nxh5 19.Bh3 Rh8 20.Bg4 Qc4 21.Rce1 Qf4! If I did not have this resource white’s position would probably be better. My idea is that after 22.Qxf4 Nxf4 23.Rxe7 Rae8! 24.Rxb7 I have 24…Rxh4! However after 25…Rd1 the position is double edged. This is probably the best way for white to go.22.Qc3+ Qf6 I was expecting 23.Rxe7 here. The game would probably have continued 23…Qxc3 24.bxc3 Nf4 with a sharp and probably roughly equal ending. 23.Qc7 Nf4 24.Qxe7 Rae8 I could have swapped the queens first and then played Rae8 with the same ending I mentioned before, but I thought that it was in my best interest to get my rook on e8 right away. Now if Robby swaps the queens I don’t think I have anything to worry about in this ending despite being a pawn down. All of my pieces would be active and White’s bishop on g4 is very bad. 25.Qc7 Qxh4! This is stronger and more forcing than 25…Rxh4 26.Qc3+ An interesting resource white has is 26.Be6 threatening mate, but I can play 26…Nxe6 since the Knight attacks white’s Queen and after 27.fxe6 Rxe6 28.Qc3+ Qf6 black is better. Qf6 27.Rxh8 Rxe1+ 27…Qxc3 was a tempting alternative but I felt that my chances were better of winning the ending with a Queen and Knight vs a Queen and Bishop. My long time coach, Tom O’Connor, taught me early on that a Queen and Knight have better chemistry than do a Queen and Bishop because they can create threats on any color of square. This one was for you Tom! 28.Qxe1 Kxh8 29.Bc8 b6 30.Qe4 Kg7 31.a3 Ng2 32.c4 32.Bh3 dislodging my Knight is probably necessary, however Robby was low on time. 32…Qf4 33.Qxf4 Nxf4 Now my King comes to e5 to control the center and I can reroute my Knight any square it needs to get to to create threats. 34.Kc2 Kf6 35.Kc3 Ke5 36.b4 f5 37.Bd7 g5 38.Bc8 Ng2 39.Kd3 Nh440.Ke2 f4 41.Ba6 Kd4 42.c5 bxc5 43.b5 c4 44.a4 Kxd5 45.Bc8 Kc5 46.Bd7 Kb4 No need to allow white to create winning chances (!) with a5. 47.Bc6 Nf5 48.Kd2 Ne3 49.a5 Kxa5 50.Kc3 Kb6 White resigns 0-1

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Destiny Top Blitz 4-0

What a match!

Hope I can provide a better recap later this week. For now, here are some photos courtesy of Dujiu Yang (Darwin's father).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dallas Loses to San Francisco, 3-1

Bercys just resigned. Difficult match. Thanks for those who stayed up to follow this! We'll be sure to give a recap sometime this week.

Adarsh Goes Down

Adarsh just resigned against NM Liou. Tough game. It seemed like White had a slight pull out of the opening, but Liou counterattacked nicely. After some exchanges, Adarsh just couldn't deal with Black's Q+R+N activity.

2-1 San Francisco. We need Bercys to swing for the fences against Shankland.

A Shout Out

I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate former Dallas Destiny player FM Andrei Zaremba for his stellar play in the first two weeks for Queens.

Despite years of irrelevant philosophizing, online poker, and womanizing, he still manages to play a decent game of chess. Congrats, Drei.

Board 1

Not looking good for Marko on board 1. This is like deja-vu from last year's finals: a 2...e6 gone badly awry for Zivanic. Friedel is in his element in these king-hunts just like GM Larry Christiansen.

UPDATE: Marko lost. That was total annihilation, sheesh. Score stands at 1-1. Surprising blowouts and blunders on the top couple boards.


GM Jesse Kraai blundered a piece against IM Daniel Ludwig!


It appears that Kraai missed the simple double-attack 16.Qg3

UPDATE: ...and Kraai has resigned. We'll take it! 1-0 Dallas.

A Few Pics

Sorry they're so blurry...yes, I have a cheap camera.

SanFranMatch 001
Sal Bercys
SanFranMatch 002
Daniel Ludwig
SanFranMatch 003
Adarsh Jayakumar (left) and Sal Bercys (right)
SanFranMatch 004
Daniel Ludwig once more

Live Blogging: Dallas vs. San Francisco, Week 2

We are up and running, with only Marko Zivanic experiencing some technical difficulties with his computer. He has a degree in Computer Science though, so I think he'll be fine.

Games look normal to start...I'm going to try and upload some pictures if my camera cooperates.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tonight: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog

Recently I read this amusing post by Seattle's HA81. Though obviously written tongue-in-cheek, the author describes the Dallas Destiny blog as "the most boring blog" in the league.

You know what? HA81 is right. We need to spice things up around here. Seriously. If I strictly write match reports for the rest of the season I think I'm going to lose it. GM Joel touched on this subject in his CLO article here.

I'm going to draw on Sublime for inspiration. Here's "What I Got" for tonight:

Early in the evening, log on ICC
Head over to Starbucks and order a Chai Tea
Got to find a reason, a reason our blog blows
Got to find a reason for our readership woes
I got this 'net connection, and I can still make posts
I can rock for Dallas like I'm Hall and freakin' Oates

So there you have it. My pledge to you, dear reader, for a better and more interesting blog. Tomorrow I'll be liveblogging our match against San Francisco and hope to deliver some hall-of-fame worthy updates.

It's a start, right?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Week 1: Dallas Falls to Miami 3-1

So we got killed this week.

It wasn't exactly a violent death-by-chainsaw-in-bathub style killing a la Scarface (Miami connection? I tried), but it was still a good, old-fashioned thrashing. The Sharks always field a dangerous team that has the potential to beat virtually anyone. Not the most ideal way to start our 2009 campaign, but after so much success the past two seasons we have to learn to take our lumps.

Let's start with the good and move towards the bad:

Nelson, who graciously filled in for Bayaraa this week, played a nice game on board 4. He responded to the Winawer with an unusual sideline (4.Qd3!?) that garnered him some nice pressure right from the get-go. It seemed that Nelson was always in control as he guided the game into a superior N vs. B ending that culminated with a thematic pawn break:

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qd3 dxe4 5. Qxe4 Nf6 6. Qh4 Nc6 7. Nf3 Ne7 8. Bd3 Nf5 9. Bxf5 exf5 10. Bg5 Be6 11. O-O Be7 12. Rad1 c6 13. Rfe1 O-O 14. Ne2 Re8 15. Nf4 Ne4 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Qxe7 Rxe7 18. Nd2 Nxd2 19. Rxd2 Rae8 20. Rde2 Kf8 21. b3 g5 22. Nd3 Bd5 23. Rxe7 Rxe7 24. Rxe7 Kxe7 25. f3 b5 26. Kf2 Kd6 27.a3 f6 28.Nc5 h5 29. Ke3 f4+ 30. Kd3 f5 31. c4 Bf7 32. Kc3 bxc4 33. bxc4 Bg8 34. Nd3 Be6 35. Kb4 Bg8

Align Center
White to move

36. h4! gxh4 37. Nxf4 Bf7 38. Nd3 Be6 39. f4 Bg8 40. Ne5 Be6 41. Nf3 Bc8 42. Nxh4 Be6 43. g3 Bd7 44. Nf3 Be6 45. Ne5 Bg8 46. Ka5 Bxc4 47. Nxc4+ Kd5 48. Ne5 Kxd4 49. Nxc6+ Ke3 50. Ne7 Kf3 51. Nxf5 Kg4 52. Ng7 Black Resigns 1-0

Board 3 was a roller-coaster. Keaton built up a big time advantage early on, but made a horrendous blunder on move 20. A piece down, he fought on and almost succeeded in turning the game around in Rodriguez's time pressure. Analysis shows that 49...Rh1! would have given Black the draw.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Be3 c5 7. dxc5 Qa5 8. Qd2 dxc5 9. O-O-O Nc6 10. Nd5 Qxd2+ 11. Rxd2 Nxd5 12. cxd5 Nd4 13. Nf3 Nxf3 14. gxf3 b6 15. Bb5+ Bd7 16. Bxd7+ Kxd7 17. f4 Kc7 18. Rg1 Rhg8 19. f3 Rad8 20. f5!

20...gxf5?? 21. Rdg2 fxe4 22. fxe4 Bxb2+ 23. Kxb2 Rxg2+ 24. Rxg2 f5 25. exf5 Rxd5 26. Bxh6 Rxf5 27. Bg5 Rf3 28. h4 Rh3 29. Bxe7 Kc6 30. Rd2 c4 31. Kc2 Re3 32. Bg5 Rh3 33. Re2 b5 34. Re3 Rh2+ 35. Kc3 Rxa2 36. h5 Rh2 37. h6 Rh5 38. Bf4 Rh4 39. Re6+ Kd5 40. Re5+ Kc6 41. Rf5 a5 42. Kd4 a4 43. Rf6+ Kd7 44. Kd5 c3 45. Rd6+ Ke8 46. Be3 b4 47. Rc6 a3 48. Bg5 a2 49. Ra6 Rh2? Here Keaton had a surprising resource in 49...Rh1! (diagram). The idea is to gain a tempo to advance the b-pawn. A sample line goes 50. Rxa2 (50.h7 Kf7! 51.Kc4 Rxh7 52.Rxa2 is probably White's best, hoping for an eventual R+B vs. R scenario) b3 51. Ra8+ Kf7 52. Rb8 b2 53. Kd4 b1=Q 54. Rxb1 Rxb1 55. Kxc3 with an obvious draw.

Position after 49...Rh1! (analysis)

50. Ke6 Re2+ 51. Kf6 b3 52. h7 Rh2 53. h8=Q+ Rxh8 54. Ke6 Rh6+ 55. Bxh6 Kd8 56. Bf4 a1=Q 57. Rxa1 Kc8 58. Ra3 Black Resigns 1-0

New UTD student IM Daniel Ludwig made his debut on board 2 against FM Bruci Lopez. Daniel is known for his opening preparation, and he seemed quite comfortable on the White side of this Saemisch KID:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Nge2 Nbd7 7. Be3 c5 8. Qd2 Qa5 9. d5 a6 10. Nc1 Rb8 11. Nb3 Qb4 12. Qc2 Ne5 13. a3 Qb6 14. Be2 e6 15. O-O exd5 16. cxd5 Qc7 17. a4 Bd7 18. h3 b5 19. Nd2 Rfe8 20. Rfe1 b4 21. Nd1 Bc8 22. Rc1 Ned7 23. b3 Nh5 24. Nc4 Ne5 25. f4 Nxc4 26. Qxc4 Ng3 27. Bf3 h5 28. Nf2 Bc3 29. Red1 Nf5 30. exf5 Rxe3 31. fxg6 fxg6 32. Ne4 Bxh3 33. Kf2 Rxf3+ 34. gxf3 Qe7 35. Kg3 Bf5 36. Nxc3 bxc3 37. Re1 h4+ 38. Kf2 Qh7 39. Qxc3 Rf8 40. Qe3 Qh6 41. Rh1 Bd7 42. Rc4 Qh8 43. Qd2 Qh5 44. Re4 h3 45. Kg3 g5 46. Rg1 Bf5 47. Ree1 Bg6 48. Kh2 Rxf4 49. Re8+ Kg7 Daniel has won the exchange and appears to be reeling in the point. 50. Qc3+ Rd4 51. Re6! followed by 52. Rxd6 is more than sufficient. Round about here, though, his wireless connection went out and we had to scramble for a new laptop. Daniel said afterwards that this really rattled him - especially since Lopez was in terrible time pressure.

White to move

50. Re3? Rd4! Now Black has serious counterplay 51. Re7+ Kh6 52. Qe3 Rd3 53. Qe1? (53.Qe2) Qxf3 54. Rg3 Qxd5 55. Ree3 Rd2+ 56. Re2 Rd3 57. Rxd3 Qxd3 58. Re3 Qc2+ 59. Kxh3 d5 60. Kg3 Be4 61. Qf1 Kg7 62. Kg4 Qh2 63. Rh3 Qe5 64. Rg3 c4 65. bxc4 Kg6 66. Kh3 Qh8+ White Resigns 0-1

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 The Yates variation. Bg4 10. d5 Na5 11. Bc2 c6 12. h3 Bc8 13. dxc6 Qc7 14. Nbd2 Qxc6 15. Nf1 Nc4 16. Ng3 Re8 Interestingly, former Dallas Destiny member GM Magesh Panchanathan played Becerra in this very same line back in 2005. That game continued 16...g6 17. a4 Re8 18. b3 Nb6 and was drawn on move 58. 17. a4 Bb7 18. Nf5 Bf8 So far, so good. Julio is a huge expert in the Spanish, but I was aware of the theory up until this point. 19. Bg5!? A surprise. I thought this was a novelty at first, but apparently it has been played by Judit Polgar against Kamsky in a rapid event in 1992 and was first tried in a game from Moscow in 1989. This continuation looks promising for White. d5 Rybka initially loves to grab the b-pawn but then it starts to appreciate White's attack after 19...Nxb2 20. Qc1 Nxa4 21. Bxf6 gxf6 22.Nh6+ += 20. axb5 The Polgar-Kamsky game continued with 20. exd5, but that is definitely weaker. axb5 21. Rxa8 Bxa8 22. Bxf6 Qxf6 23. exd5 I spent some 20 minutes trying to find an acceptable continuation for Black here. The notes to the Polgar-Kamsky game say "23...g6=" but I can't see how Black can claim equality after 24. Ne3 Nxe3 25. Rxe3. My solution wasn't great, but it gave me chances: Rd8 24. b3 Nb6 25. c4! Awesome move that I completely missed.

Position after 25. c4!

25...bxc4 26. bxc4 Bb4 My only chance. The pawn is taboo because 26...Nxc4 27. Qd3 threatens 28. Ne7+ and 28. Qxc4 27. Rxe5?! Here I started to see a glimmer of hope Nxc4 28. Re4 Bxd5 29. Rd4 Nb2! (Forced, but good) 30. Qc1 Bc3 31. Rg4 The critical moment of the game.

Black to move

My pieces are kinda awkward, but Black is holding. Here 31...g6! should equalize cleanly. In my time pressure though I started seeing ghosts. The only thing I could focus on was getting mated with Qh6 and Ng5 looming. 31...Be6? Panic. 32. Rxg7+ Kh8 33. Rg5 Bxf5 34. Rxf5 Qxf5 35. Bxf5 Rd1+ 36. Qxd1 Nxd1 37. Bc2 Nb2 38. Ng5 f6 39. Ne4 I thought 39. Nxh7 was winning much easier. Be5 40. g3 Kg7 41. f4 Bd4+ 42. Kg2 Nc4 43. Bb3 Ne3+ 44. Kf3 Nf5 45. Be6 Ne7 46.g4 Ng6 47. Nd6 Bc3 48. Nf5+ Kf8 49. Ne3 Kg7 50. Nd5 Bd2 51. Ke4 Bc1 Black might have some outside chances to hold this ending, but it's a longshot. 52. Bf5 Bd2 53. Bxg6 hxg6 54. f5 g5 55. Kd4 Kf7 56. Kc5 Be1 57. Kd6 Bg3+ 58. Kd7 Be1 59. Nc7 Bd2 60. Nb5 Bf4 61. Nd6+ Kf8 62. Ke6 Be5 63. Ne4 Kg7 64. Nxg5 Black Resigns 0-1

We have another tough match against San Francisco next week. Hopefully we'll be able to right the ship and I can report on a Dallas victory.

-Johnny B, manager

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Season Debut: Tomorrow, 7:00 PM CST

Tomorrow evening the Dallas Destiny will make their 2009 USCL debut against the Miami Sharks. Due to some scheduling conflicts, IMs Marko Zivanic, Jacek Stopa, and Salvijus Bercys were unable to play this week. Nonetheless, expect a hard-fought season opener! As always, the games will be broadcast via the ICC.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

2009 Roster Is Released

I'm pleased to announce that the roster for the 2009 Dallas Destiny has been finalized:

September 08 Ratings

1. IM Marko Zivanic (2552)
2. IM Jacek Stopa (2507)
3. IM John Bartholomew (2501)
4. IM Daniel Ludwig (2459)
5. IM Sal Bercys (2454)
6. FM Keaton Kiewra (2331)
7. FM Darwin Yang (2246)
8. WFM Bayaraa Zorigt (2217)
9. NM Adarsh Jayakumar(1974)

1. NM Chaitanya Vaidya (2327)
2. NM Nelson Lopez II (2211)

Keep checking back for pictures, stats, and bios on the 2009 Destiny members!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

2009 Dallas Destiny Schedule

Here is the Dallas Destiny's 2009 schedule. The USCL has devised a tough first few matches for us, as we will be facing the perenially strong Miami Sharks and San Francisco Mechanics in weeks 1 and 2. Week 3 will feature a rematch against the 2007 and 2008 USCL runner-up, the Boston Blitz. (Note: "W" indicates that the Destiny will play White on boards 1 and 3, "B" means the opposite).

Week 1 - 8/31: B vs. Miami Sharks
Week 2 - 9/9: B vs. San Francisco Mechanics
Week 3 - 9/14: W vs. Boston Blitz
Week 4 - 9/23: W vs. Seattle Sluggers
Week 5 - 9/30: B vs. Arizona Scorpions
Week 6 - 10/7: B vs. Tennessee Tempo
Week 7 - 10/12: B vs. Carolina Cobras
Week 8 - 10/19: W vs. Miami Sharks
Week 9 - 10/26: W vs. Chicago Blaze
Week 10 - 11/4: W vs. San Francisco Mechanics

All games will be played on the ICC. Get ready for the season kick-off on Monday, August 31st!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Welcome to the Official Dallas Destiny Blog

Hello USCL fans! I'd like to welcome you to the official blog of the Dallas Destiny, one of the most exciting and successful teams in the United States Chess League. This will be the place to keep up on all your Dallas Destiny news as the two-time defending champions try to add another title in 2009. Have a look around, leave a comment, add us to your favorites, and get ready for another action-packed season!

-Johnny B, manager