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Chess Room Newsletter #879

Gens Una Sumus!


Newsletter #879

Aug 9, 2019

By Abel Talamantez

Table of Content


GM Mamedyarov and GM Mamedov Put on Spectacular Exhibition at Mechanics’ Institute 


The Mechanics’ Institute welcomed GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov for his first visit to our historic club, where along with GM Rauf Mamedov, gave a 26-board simultaneous exhibition that was broadcast via our club’s 10 DGT boards and shown to the world on our Twitch channel and Chess24. The field was quite strong for a simul, as we had 1 GM, 1 IM, 1 FM, and 1 NM, with about 10 other players rated 1800+. It was a tandem simul where the star GM’s had 1:30 in time compared to 45 minutes for the players. The GM’s were not only battling 26 players, but they had to do battle with the clock as well. In the end, the tandem of Mamedyarov/Mamedov amazingly finished 26-0, though Derek Jia had a clear win, but not enough time on the clock to finish. IM Ladia Jirasek was the sole survivor in the end. 

Prior to the event, GM Mamedyarov stopped by our broadcast booth/office to do a brief interview. The games started shortly after 7pm, and the race was on. Shakh and Rauf took turns playing the various boards, though it was clear Shakh committed more time to the top boards because of the strength of the competition as part of the overall strategy. 

As the field dwindled down to the last few players, attention was focused on 4 games. NM Rui Yang Yan fought hard and kept balance for much of the game, but Mamedyarov capitalized on a weak isolated pawn and built up an advantage over time to take the game. CM Adrian Kondakov held an even position for much of the game and played fighting chess, but was outplayed later on. The drama began with the final two games, where initially GM Mamedyarov sat down against IM Ladia Jirasek and GM Mamedov against Jia. But it became clear that Jia carried the more complex position, so the two GM’s switched seats. Jia had played amazingly well and capitalized on a blunder to have a clear winning game, but only had 15 seconds on his clock with no delay or increment. In the endgame complexity and with little time, Jia blundered away the advantage and lost on time. Jirasek was the final player, and was still in a complex struggle, though a little worse. Once the sole focus was on one game, he was ganged up on by the GM duo and they were able to close the show. It was an amazing event, and all players were given a certificate signed by both players and all score sheets were also signed. 

I want to personally thank Judit Sztaray for her amazing organizing of this great event. GM Nick de Firmian and FM Paul Whitehead provided an amazing experience for the viewers in going over the games and communicating the electric atmosphere in the club. Special thanks always to Juan Cendejas for his management of our clubs DGT boards and cameras. We have an amazing team here at our club and it would not have the same quality and experience without the dedicated work of everyone coming together.

This amazing and entertaining event can be experienced again by watching our broadcast here:


Derek Wu wins 35-Player July Monday Night Rapid

What seemed what would be a mellow, normal Monday Night rapid event at the Mechanics’ Institute was bolstered by an afternoon social media push by Judit, who used the “nagging works” philosophy to bring 35 players on July 29th! It was a very strong open section that also featured WGM Carla Heredia, WIM Rochelle Wu, NM Beilin Li, and the clubs very own Jules Jelinek, who manages our Wednesday night blitz event. It was also our first rapid we were able to break out into 2 sections. There were some very dramatic moments in the tournament, including Mechanics regular Felix Rudyak converting a king/rook vs. king/bishop endgame to defeat Carla Heredia and a game in the open section that featured two players simultaneously in check! There were also 5 cases of illegal moves being played, showing the hectic, and unpredictable pace of a rapid event. In the final round, sibling rivalry came to the forefront as Derek and Rochelle were paired against each other with perfect scores. There was no quick draw agreement, as they fought to the end, with Derek securing the win that night and taking sole first with 4-0. 

NM Derek Wu outlasted U.S. Girls Championship runner up WIM Rochelle Wu to take down the July Rapid

Felix Rudyak (right) converted a king/rook vs. king bishop endgame to pull out an upset over WGM Carla Heredia

You can view the final results here:

Our next Monday Night Rapid will be August 26th, and National Open Champion GM Illia Nyzhnyk will be playing! To register, please follow this link to take your shot at the champ and Monday Night Rapid glory.



U.S. Chess School Held at Mechanics August 2-6

Our club had the honor to host the 51st U.S. Chess School with special guest instructor GM Sam Shankland. This is a 5-day full day camp for some of the best junior players in the country. PRO Chess League Commissioner IM Greg Shahade was the organizer. Kids got to learn and train with their strong peers, enjoy San Francisco and the club, and get some chess and life lessons from our homegrown champ. It was a pleasure having them at our club and we look forward to many more in the future.

GM Sam Shankland lectures to some of the best kids in the country during the U.S. Chess School at Mechanics



Steve Brandwein Memorial TNM Kicks Off 9-rounds of Tuesday Night Action!

The new TNM made its start last Tuesday, named after former Mechanics’ Chess Club Coordinator and San Francisco chess treasure Steve Brandwein. This 9-round, 3-section tournament will continue on until October. 

NM Rui Yan Yang makes a move during the first round of the new TNM

Defending TNM champion FM Kyron Griffith took a bye for the first round, but will return next week in round 2. FM Josiah Stearman represented the top seed for week 1, with a strong open section field. We have balanced numbers across all sections and have nearly 100 players at the start. For a complete list of results, please follow this link:



Pafnutieff Memorial Sees Breakout Performance From NM Carlos Davila

The Pafnutieff Memorial featured a 4 round G/50 one-day event. 31 players turned out for this open tournament, and it was NM Carlos Davila, a Mechanics regular, prevailing with a perfect 4-0. 31 players participated in this event. 

NM Carlos Davila (right) played strong throughout to win with a perfect 4-0 score, defeating here Oscar Torcal in round 3

For the tournament crosstable, follow this link:



NM Dmitry Vayntrub Registers On Site and Has Perfect 5-0 Score to Take Down the Charles Bagby Memorial

The Bagby Memorial brought a one-day 5 round G/40 event that attracted 36 players. It was an open section tournament won by NM Dmitry Vayntrub with a perfect 5-0, defeating NM Carlos Davila in the final round. 

On board 1, NM Dmitry Vayntrub closes the show by defeating NM Carlos Davila to finish clear first with 5/5. WIM Beatriz Marinello came back strong after a tough first round to win an action packed game in the final round against Jamieson Pryor to tie for 2nd


Tournament Director's Corner

by Judit Sztaray, FA, STD

Ever wonder what's the difference between the supplemental and actual rating? what's the difference between regular, quick and blitz rating? Pretty simple, just need to know the key numbers :)

Actual rating is the rating that is changing after every rated game, after every rated tournament. This can be checked at the last page of everyone's uscf page. 
Supplemental rating is a rating that is determined for each player on the third Wednesday of a month, by taking a snapshot, or freeze, of the rating, and it is used for the following month, for the entire duration of the month. It's also called monthly (supplemental) rating. Any player must have at least 4 rated games in order to have a supplemental rating. Most tournaments use supplemental ratings when running tournaments. 

There are three rating systems: Regular (slow), Quick (fast) and Blitz. 
Regular rating system is used, and hence regular rating is affected, if the playing time for each player is greater than 65 minutes. 
Quick rating system is used, and hence quick rating is affected, if the total playing time for each player is more than 10 minutes, but less than 30 minutes.
A game is dual rated, both regular and quick rating is affected, when the total playing time for each player is between 30 and 65 minutes.
Finally, blitz rating system is used, and hence blitz rating is affected, if the total playing time for each player is between 5 and 10 minutes.
Of course there are other fine prints in the regulations, but the main guidelines are based on the time controls. More details in the USCF rule book 5C. part, read it here:

How can the total playing times be calculated? Take the time control: G/minutes and inc/seconds or d/seconds: total time equals minutes plus (seconds times 60) or minutes+seconds.
For example: our common time controls: G/120 d5 = 120+5 = 125 minutes, G/40 d5 = 40+5 = 45, G/15 +2s = 15+2 = 17.

Keep in mind all above mentioned details are USCF rules & regulations. FIDE is a whole other story :) 

In FIDE, besides having to pre-register the tournament in advance, otherwise it won't get rated, here are the relevant rules:
A tournament is regular rated if it has the following conditions:

  • are players rated 2200 or higher in the tournament? --> each player must have at least 120 minutes,
  • are players rated 1600 or higher in the tournament? --> each player must have at least 90 minutes;
  • are players rated below 1600 only in the tournament? --> each player must have at least 60 minutes;

This can explain why the upcoming Smith memorial tournament is FIDE regular rated, yet only have G/90 d5 time control --> becuase we limit the players under2200.

Rapid system is used if each player has more than 10 minutes, but less than 60 minutes.
Finally, blitz rating sistem is used when the total playing time for each player is between 5 - 10 minutes.
Detailed information here:
You don't like the current FIDE regulations? Now is your time to let your voice be heard: FIDE is looking for opinion, so they are inviting everyone to fill out this super quick survey.




Smith Memorial is on next weekend
for players u2200
August 17-18, Saturday - Sunday @ MI Chess Room

Tournament date: Aug 17-18, Saturday - Sunday
Format: 4 rounds of G/90;d5 (Game in 90 minutes with 5 second delay each move.) USCF & FIDE rated
One open section for everyone!

Onsite registration:  9:30-9:45AM
Round times: Saturday: 10AM, 2:30PM & Sunday: 10AM , 2:30PM

Sections: two sections based on USCF rating: 1800+ & under1800

Prizes: $900 based on 50 paid entries.

1800+: $200, $150, $100  --  Best under2000: $100
under1800: $150, $100, $50  -- Best under1500: $50

Entry Fee: $40 for members, $45 for non-members

More information:

Register online:​

FM Paul Whitehead's column: My Ten Favorite Chess Books, Part One.

By FM Paul Whitehead.

Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of chess books have been written, good and bad.  Every serious chess player has a library of books, and there are many lists of “desert island” chess book collections: those deemed indispensable by this writer and that.   I have my own top 10 list, subjective of course, and my reasons for including these books I will try to explain.  Beware, however: these books are old, and some can only be found in English descriptive notation.  Furthermore, if you are looking for modern opening theory, you will have to go elsewhere.  Yet I believe these ten books can be a foundation for a “classical” chess education: they were for me, and they played a vital role in my chess development. Each in its own way imparted a deep love for the game, and I found a rich knowledge therein as well.  I hope you enjoy this list, and maybe it will help you to start thinking of what chess books mean to you.  

1. Paul Morphy and the Golden Age of Chess, by William Ewart Napier (1934).


This was my first chess book.  As an introduction to the chess masters of old, and the beauty to be found in their games, I think it’s a classic.  The games are famous, obscure, extraordinary.  If the title doesn’t whet your appetite, then the 59 chapters with titles like “Gambit Dessert”, “Pillsbury and the Incomparable Twins”, “Zuckertort’s Immortals”, and “Chess Caviar” most surely will.  The games are very lightly annotated, if at all, but the best part for me are the pithy and learned introductions to each game, for example here to Janowski vs. Schlechter, Vienna Congress 1898:

“Chess is not for the languid. Schlechter had many apathetic days.  At the start of the following game there is balance; but Janowski in this fine ending, shows that it is not a self-maintaining state.”

Brilliant stuff.

2. Modern Chess Openings 10th Edition, by GM Larry Evans & Walter Korn (1965).


With apologies to my friend and colleague GM Nick de Firmian (who has been the editor of MCO since 1988), this edition is the one that I and many players who grew up in the Fischer era broke our teeth on, and therefore my favorite.  There have been many imitators, including NCO (Nunn’s Chess Openings) and BCO (Batsford Chess Openings, Kasparov), but the Evans edited 10th edition remains (for me) the greatest single-volume opening book ever written - because I would never read another opening book!


3. Fischer/Spassky: The New York Times Report on the Match of the Century, (1972).


Multiple contributors, including I.A. Horowitz, GM Samuel Reshevsky and Harold C. Schonberg, give a fascinating kaleidoscope of likely the most famous chess match that will ever be held.  The book was rushed into print after the match, yet perfectly conveys the excitement and drama of this Cold War battle.  Schonberg’s purplish prose lifts this gem of a book, and chess itself, to fantastic heights.  Here he is at one point, on Fischer:
“And mingled with all the anger and resentment was a curious undercurrent of sadness that so great and indeed, so creative, a chess mind should have acted in such a fashion.”

Other books came out on the match, but for me this is the all-time classic.

4. Think Like a Grandmaster, by Alexander Kotov (1971).


True, I never became a Grandmaster, but at least there was a book out that pointed the way!  This book has a lot of great practical advice for chess improvement, such as when to trust your opponent or not, how to handle time-trouble and blind-spots.  There is also a discussion of “candidate moves” and great advice on how to study chess.  Before reading this book, I paid more attention to my intuition and feeling for a position, but afterwards my play became a little more concrete. The Art of the Middle Game, Keres & Kotov (1964) is another book that I strongly recommend, and is a sort of companion book to Think Like a Grandmaster.  Both teach that the road to chess-mastery is not easy and requires intense study and practice!


5. Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge, Yuri Averbakh (1966).


I am often asked about endgame books, or how to study the endgame.  Back in the day, we had Reuben Fine’s classic Basic Chess Endings, (1941) as a reference.  The more ambitious of us would study Rook Endings, by Levenfish & Smyslov (1971), or even the daunting Pawn Endings, by Averbakh and Maizelis (1974).  Nowadays people swear by Mark Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual, (2003).
My approach, and the advice I give to my students, is more practical, I think: learn and understand the terms Zugzwang and the Opposition. Centralize your king.  Learn the essential endings like the basic mates, and K+P vs K.  Then learn a couple more: the Lucena Position and the 3rd Rank defense in rook endings.  When playing over the notes and games of the great players, watch how they play the endgame.  Take an interest in endgame studies: some of the most beautiful “chess art” is there.  Take apart and analyze your own games: they hold the richest keys to your improvement. 
GM Yuri Averbakh’s book, at 135 pages, has all you need to get started.  Don’t fear the endgame: get some essential knowledge, and take it from there.


 to be continued...

Tony's Teasers

Last newsletter's problem:

  1.Qa8 e4 2.Qa3 Ke5 3.Qd6 mate

This week's problem:
White to play and draw by F.Lazard 1930




Scholastic Corner

by Judit Sztaray

Don't forget to regsiter for the last camp of the season!
Free Chess Camp for Kids
Aug 12-16, 12PM-4PM @ MI

Mark your calendars and bring your kids to the last chess camp at the Mechanics' Chess Club!
Camp is free and open for all ages between Age 6-18, and all levels from absolute beginner to advanced.
We'll have two special instructors this time: NM Isaiah Kim is one of our regular TNM player he is looking forward to this unique opportunity to coach kids. Coach David is also returning with his fun lectures and engaging classes.
Camp is between noon and 4PM, so come with belly full of lunch and bring your snack for some mid-way snack breaks!
Camp capacity is 20 students, so while camp is free due to the generous donations of our supporters, but registration is neccessary to secure your spot!
More information, please visit:


Next Scholastic Tournament
Swiss & Blitz
Aug 24 @ MI

Next tournament is on Saturday, August 24th, and since most of the kids will be back to school already, I expect it to be full house. I encourage everyone to register early, and secure your spot. NEW in August is the quick and fun blitz right after the Swiss! So grab some lunch after Swiss and come back to play a fast and fun blitz touranemnt between 3-5PM.
Blitz is a fast time control game, with Game in 5 minutes no delay, so one game can last up to 10 minutes. We'll play 4 double rounds: that means when we paid, kids will first play as they are paired, and immediately after they will play a second game with the same opponent, just switching the colors. So any player will play both white and black against the same opponent in each round. 
More information on the Swiss tournament: 
and on the Blitz tournament:
Register through Jumbula:

Any questions? Email [email protected].

Nick de Firmian's Column - Magnificent Magnus
Week 1 – endgames

We have nine weeks of the Summer TNM (Steve Brandwein Memorial). For each week we will investigate games and positions from the highest rated player of all time. There is so much to learn from Magnus, even though he is only 28 years old. He has already been the highest rated player in the world for 9 years, since he was 19. He is able to handle all types of positions – attacks, defense, strategic games, wild opposite sides castling. What set him apart from an early age though was his endgame play – far and away better than any young player of his generation. One must compare him to Capablanca and Karpov in that regard, but the success Magnus has had winning minute advantages (or drawing miserable positions) probably makes him the number one all time endgame master. We start this week with a few of his classic endgames.

(1) Vallejo Pons,Francisco - Carlsen,Magnus
London, 2013

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.Bg5 Be6 8.0-0-0 Nbd7 9.Nb5 Ke7 10.Nxd6 cxd6 11.Bb5 Rhd8 12.Nd2 h6 13.Bh4 g5 14.Bg3 a6 15.Bxd7 Rxd7 16.f3 Rc8

The opening went quickly into an even endgame. Magnus has black against a 2700 player and many old school people would expect a quick draw. 17.Kb1 Nh5 18.Nf1 f5 19.exf5 Bxf5 20.Ne3 Bg6 21.Rd2 Ke6 22.b3 b5 23.Kb2 d5!

The exclamation mark is for courage! Magnus advances in the center in this now complex endgame. The black king is in the middle where it is exposed to the attack of the white rooks. That danger must be respected. 24.Re1 Nxg3 25.hxg3 h5 26.c3 d4! 27.cxd4 Rxd4 28.Rxd4 exd4

Magnus allows a discovered check. It was important that he exchanged a pair of rooks so that White would not have a strong attack on the black king. 29.Nc2+ Kd5 30.Nb4+ Kd6 31.Rc1?

Vallejo Pons is afraid of the black rook coming to c2 and decides to trade rooks. He needed to stay strong under pressure and play 31. Rd1!. Now Magnus shows the power of bishop against knight. 31...Rxc1 32.Kxc1 h4!

So that the black bishop can pick up the g pawn after 32. Nxa6 Bd3 33. Kd2 Bf1, giving Black a killer passed h pawn. 33.gxh4 gxh4 34.Nxa6 Best, as 34...a5 was coming. 34...Bd3 35.Nb4 Bf1 36.Kd2 Bxg2 37.Ke2 Bh3! 38.a4

38...Bf5! 39.axb5 d3+!

With only two pawns left, Magnus stretches the capacity of the white king and knight beyond their limits. 40.Ke3 h3 41.Nxd3 Bxd3

White resigns as 41. Kf2 Bf5 allows the black king time to mop up the pawns. 0-1

(2) Radjabov,Teimour - Carlsen,Magnus
Candidates Tournament, 2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.g3 0-0 7.Bg2 e5 8.0-0 c6 9.Rd1 Re8 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.a3 Bxc3 12.Qxc3 Qe7 13.b4 Nb6 14.Be3 Ng4 15.Nd2 f5 16.h3 Nxe3 17.Qxe3 e4 18.Rac1 Be6 19.Qc3 Rad8 20.Bf1 c5 21.bxc5 Na4 22.Qb4 Nxc5 23.Nb3 Rxd1 24.Rxd1 Na6 25.Qxe7 Rxe7 26.e3 Kf7 27.Be2 b6 28.Rd8 Nc5 29.Nd4 Kf6 30.Kf1 Rd7 31.Rf8+ Bf7 32.Ke1 g6 33.h4 h6 34.Rc8 Be6 35.Rf8+ Rf7 36.Rh8 Rc7 37.Nb5 Rd7 38.Nd4 h5 39.Rf8+ Bf7 40.Rc8 Ke5 41.Ra8 a6 42.Rc8 Rd6 43.Nc6+ Kf6 44.Nd4 Be6 45.Rf8+ Ke7 46.Ra8 Rd7 47.Rb8 Rb7 48.Rxb7+ Nxb7 49.Kd2 Kd6 50.Kc3 Bf7 51.Nb3 Ke5 52.Bf1 a5 53.Be2 Be6 54.Bf1 Bd7 55.Be2 Ba4 56.Nd4 Nc5 57.Kb2 Be8 58.Kc3 Bf7 59.Nc6+ Kd6 60.Nd4 Nd7 61.Nb5+ Kc5 62.Nd4 Ne5 63.Nb3+ Kc6 64.a4?!

Thus far the game has been quite boring. The solid Radjabov has gotten a very equal ending with White and Magnus has not made any progress. He has been patient though, and White has now made a slight error, putting the a pawn on a white square. 64...Kd7 65.Nd4 Kd6 66.Nb5+ Kc5 67.Nd4 Be8 68.Nb3+ Kd6 69.c5+ Kc7! 70.Kd4 Nc6+ 71.Kc3 Ne7 72.cxb6+ Kxb6 73.Nd2 Bxa4 74.Nc4+ Ka6! 75.Na3+ Ka7

Black has an extra pawn, even though it is in danger. Now 76. Nc4 Bb5! creates an unpleasant pin. 76.Kd4 Nc6+ 77.Kc5 Ne5 78.Nc4? White is afraid of 78. Kd4 Nd3 79. Bxd3 cxd3 80. Kxd3 when Black has a bishop and (now) strong a pawn. Yet this was better. 78...Nd3+ 79.Kd4

79...Nc1! 80.Bf1 Bb5!

This unexpected pin is lethal. White has no good way to untangle and tries to sweep up all the black pawns. 81.Nxa5 Bxf1 82.Nc6+ Kb6 83.Ne7 Nd3 84.Nxg6 Kc7! 85.Ne7 Bh3 86.Nd5+ Kd6 87.Nf6 Bg4!

Radjabov resigned here. This game was an amazing case of making something from nothing. 0-1

(3) Kramnik,Vladimir - Carlsen,Magnus
London, 2010

1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bf4 Bd6 6.Bg3 Nf6 7.e3 0-0 8.a3 Ne7 9.Qb3 b6 10.Ne5 c5 11.Nxg4 Nxg4 12.Rd1 Bxg3 13.hxg3 Nf6 14.cxd5 exd5 15.Be2 Qd6 16.Qc2 h6 17.0-0 c4 18.b3 Qxa3 19.bxc4 dxc4 20.Bf3 Rab8 21.Ra1 Qd6 22.Nb5 Qd7 23.Qxc4 a5 24.e4 Rfc8 25.Qe2 Rc6 26.Rab1 Rd8 27.Rfd1 Rdc8 28.d5 Rc2 29.Qe3 R2c5 30.Nd4 Re8 31.Qd3 Qd6 32.Qa6 Rb8 33.Nb3 Rc2 34.Nd4 Rc5 35.Nb3 Rc2 36.Qd3 Rcc8 37.Nd2 Ng6 38.Be2 Qc5 39.Rb5 Qc3 40.f4 a4 41.e5 Nd7 42.Qxc3 Rxc3 43.Ne4 Rc7 44.Ra1 Ra7 45.d6 Ngf8 46.Nc3 Nc5 47.Nd5 Ra5 48.Rxb6 Rxb6 49.Nxb6 Nfe6 50.Bc4 Kf8 51.f5 Nd8 52.Rf1 Ncb7 53.Re1 a3 54.e6 fxe6 55.fxe6

Thus far the game has been a tour de force by the great champion Kramnik. Magnus was still a teenager at this stage and he is certainly lost. However, he doesn't give up and takes his best chance. 55...Nxd6! 56.e7+ Ke8 57.exd8Q+ Kxd8 58.Rd1 Kc7 59.Ba2! Rg5 60.Nd5+ Kc6 61.Nc3 Rc5 62.Rxd6+ Kxd6 63.Ne4+ Kc6 64.Nxc5 Kxc5

So Kramnik has an extra bishop for a pawn. Yes it is winning, but Magnus has a little to work with to make it difficult - the better king and the advanced a pawn. 65.Kf2 Kd4 66.Kf3 Kd3 67.g4 Kd2 68.Be6 Kd3

69.Kg3?! 69. g5! hxg5 70. Kg4 would win, but Kramnik was afraid of trading pawns. 69...Ke3 70.Kh4? Kf2!

Now Magnus can make enough trouble to draw. 71.Bd5 g6 72.Kh3 g5! 73.Kh2 Kf1 74.Be6 Kf2 75.Bc4 Ke3 76.Kg3 Kd4! 77.Be6 Ke3 78.Kh2 Kf2 79.Bc4 Ke3 80.Kg1 Kf4 81.Be6 Ke5 82.Bb3 Kf4 83.Be6 Ke5 84.Bb3 Kf4 85.Be6 Ke5 86.Bb3

Draw ageed as the white bishop must both defend the g pawn and stop the a pawn. An amazing escape! 1/2-1/2


Brandwein Memorial TNM Games Round 1

Annotations by GM Nick de Firmian and IM Elliott Winslow


(1) Stearman,Josiah P (2427) - Ostrovsky,Sergey (2032) [C55]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (1.1), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Re1 d6 7.a4 Be6 8.Na3 a6 9.c3 Bxc4 10.Nxc4 b5 11.Ne3 g6 12.b4 d5?!

This break leads to trouble. Better to just develop with Qd7. 13.axb5 dxe4 14.bxc6 exf3 15.Nc4! Nd5?! 16.Qxf3 f6?! Black needed to take a white pawn on g2 or then c3 to break up the nice white structure. Now the game is firmly in White's control. 17.Bd2 Nb6 18.Nxb6 cxb6 19.d4! exd4 20.cxd4 Qxd4 21.Bc3



(2) Walder,Michael S (2011) - Li,Eric Yuhan (2282) [B99]

MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (1.2), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.Bd3 b5 11.Rhe1 Bb7 12.Qg3

A classic postion first seen in the Spassky - Fischer World Championship match 1972. Both Michael and Eric head straight into the complications. 12...b4 13.Nd5 exd5 14.exd5 14. e5 is a worthly alternative. 14...Kd8 15.Rxe7!? Kxe7 16.Nf5+ Kd8

17.Nxg7? This seems wrong. [Using the pins with 17.Bh4 Rg8 18.Nh6! would keep the game unclear.] 17...Kc8 18.Bf5 Kb8! 19.Qh3 h6 20.Ne6

White is rather desperate here. This isn't enough compensation for the rook. 20...fxe6 21.dxe6 Be4?! 22.Bxe4 Nxe4 23.exd7 Nxg5 24.fxg5 Ra7 25.g6 Qxd7 26.Qg3 Qe7 27.h4 Qe5 28.Qf2 Qc5 29.Qe2 Rc8 30.Rd3 Rac7 31.c3 bxc3 32.Rxc3 Qe5 33.Qxe5 dxe5 34.g4 Rxc3+ 35.bxc3 Kc7 0-1


(3) Baradarian,Arman (2224) - Boldi,Ethan (2001) [E09]

MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (1.3), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 c6 5.Bg2 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nbd2 b6 9.e4 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Qxe4 Bb7 12.Rd1

White has just a slight edge from this closed Catalan. 12...Nf6 13.Qc2 Rc8 14.Ne5 Nd7 15.c5! Nxe5 16.dxe5 Qc7 17.Be3! Rfd8 18.f4 Bf8 19.b4 bxc5 20.Bxc5 Bxc5+ 21.bxc5 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Qa5 Black plays actively as he has a passive position due to the bishop on b7. 23.h4 Ba6 24.Rd7 Rb8 25.Kh2 Qa3 26.Rxa7 g6 27.Qd2 Qd3

28.Qa5? White should trade queens and take on c6 with good chances to win the endgame. Now Black gets attacking chances. 28...Rb2! 29.Qc7 Rxg2+! 30.Kxg2 Qf1+ 31.Kh2 Qf2+ 32.Kh3?? Kh1 would just be a draw. 32...Bf1+ 33.Kg4 Be2+ 34.Kg5 Qxg3+ 35.Kf6 Qxh4# 0-1


(4) Askin,Michael (1980) - Wong,Russell (2200) [B03]

MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (1.4), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 Nb6 4.a4 d5?! Black needs to play ...d6 in the Alekhine to break up the white pawn center. 5.a5 N6d7 6.b4 e6 7.c3 Be7

8.Bd3 b6 9.Qg4 g6 10.axb6 cxb6 11.h4 h5 12.Qg3 Qc7 13.Bf4 Nc6 14.Ne2 Bb7 15.0-0 Qd8 16.Bg5 Bxg5 17.hxg5 h4 18.Qf4 Rh5 19.Na3! Ne7 20.g4 Rh7 21.Nb5 Nc8 22.c4 a6

23.cxd5 Bxd5 24.Nbc3 Bb7 25.Rfe1 Ne7 26.Ne4 Bxe4 27.Bxe4 Ra7 28.Nc3 Qc8?

29.Nb5! axb5 30.Rxa7 Nc6 31.Bxc6 Qxc6 32.Rc1 Nc5 33.bxc5 h3 34.f3 h2+ 35.Kh1 Rh8 1-0


(5) Tsodikova,Natalya (2196) - Chen,Mingson (1909) [C15]

MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (1.5), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nge2 dxe4 5.a3 Be7 6.Nxe4 Nd7 7.N2g3 Ngf6 8.Be2 c5 9.dxc5 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxc5 11.Qxd8+ Kxd8 12.Nc3 Bd7 13.0-0 Bc6 14.Bf4 Kc8 15.Rad1 Rd8 16.Nb5 Bxb5 17.Bxb5

White has an endgame edge due to the bishop pair. 17...a6 18.Be2 b6 19.Bf3 Rxd1 20.Rxd1 Ra7 21.b4 Nd7 22.Bc6 Nf6 23.c4?! a5! Black is doing a good job of trying to break out of the queenside bind. 24.c5!? bxc5 25.bxc5 Bxc5 26.Rb1 Nd7 27.a4 e5 28.Bxd7+ Kxd7?! 28.....Rxd7 29. Bxe5 Rd2! is active. 29.Bxe5 f6 30.Bc3 Bb4? Why give a pawn? 31.Bxb4 axb4 32.Rxb4 Kc6 33.Kf1 Ra5 34.Ke2 Rc5 35.Kd3 Rh5 36.h3 Rf5 37.f4 h5 38.g4 Ra5 39.Ke4 hxg4 40.hxg4 g5 41.fxg5 Re5+?! 42.Kf4 Rxg5

43.Rb5! Rg8 44.Rh5 Rb8 45.a5 Rb4+ 46.Kf5 Ra4 47.Rh6! Rxa5+ 48.Kxf6 Kd7 49.g5 Ra1 50.Kf7 Rg1 51.g6 Rf1+ 52.Kg8 Rg1 53.g7 Ke7 54.Kh8 Kf7 55.Rh7 Nice endgame play by Natalya. 1-0


(6) Melville,Cailen (1905) - Ivanov,Aleksandr (2192) [E01]

MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (1.6), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.g3 b5 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.0-0 Nd7 8.e4 Ngf6 9.e5 Nd5 10.Ng5 h6

11.Nxe6 fxe6 12.Qh5+ Ke7 The knight sacrifice was courageous but can easily backfire. 13.Ne4 Qe8 14.Bg5+ hxg5 15.Qxh8 Kd8 16.Nxg5 Qg6 17.h4 Kc7 18.Bf3?! 18. Be4 controls the board better. 18...Kb6 19.Bh5 Qf5 20.g4 Qc2 21.Nxe6 c5

22.Nxf8? Rxf8 23.Qxg7

23...Nf4! 24.Bf7 Qe4 25.f3 Qe3+ 26.Kh2 Qd2+ 27.Kg3 Ne2+ 28.Kh3 Qf4 29.dxc5+ Kc7 30.Rg1 Qxf3+ 31.Kh2 Qf2+ 32.Kh3 Nf4# 0-1


(7) Lin,Michael (2161) - Lehman,Clarence (1900) [E90]

MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (1.7), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 0-0 6.h3 Nbd7 7.Bg5 h6 8.Be3 e5 9.d5 Qe7 10.g4 Kh7 11.Be2 c5 12.g5 Ng8 13.h4

13...f5? 13... h5 would keep the kingside closed. 14.gxh6 Bxh6 15.Bg5 Ndf6 16.h5 Qg7 17.hxg6+ Qxg6 18.exf5 Bxf5 19.Bxh6 Nxh6 20.Nh4 Qg5 21.Nxf5 Qxf5 22.Bd3 e4

23.Qd2! Nfg4 24.Bxe4 Rae8 25.f3 Rxe4+ 26.Nxe4 Qe5 27.0-0-0 Qf4 28.fxg4 1-0


(8) Rudyak,Felix (1900) - Yan,Rui Yang (2139) [A06]

MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (1.8), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.g3 Nf6 2.Bg2 d5 3.Nf3 e6 4.0-0 Be7 5.b3 0-0 6.Bb2 c5 7.Ne5 Nbd7 8.c4 Qc7 9.Nxd7 Bxd7 10.Nc3?! d4 11.Nb5 Qb6

Black has taken more space in this opening. 12.a4 a6 13.a5 Qd8 14.Na3 Qxa5! 15.Bxb7 Rab8 16.Bg2 Qb4 17.e3 Qxb3 18.Rb1 Qxd1 19.Rfxd1 Rb3 20.Bc1 Rxb1 21.Nxb1 Ba4 22.Re1 Rb8 23.Ba3?

23...Bc2 Nowhere for the knight to go. 24.exd4 Rxb1 25.Rxb1 Bxb1 26.dxc5 Bd8 27.c6 Bc7 28.Be7 Be4 29.d4 Bxg2 30.Kxg2 Ne4 31.Ba3 Nd2 32.c5 a5 33.Bc1 Nc4 34.Bf4 e5! 35.dxe5 Nxe5 0-1


(9) Davila,Carlos (2079) - Busch,Jonah (1871) [B02]

MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (1.11), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nc3 Nxc3 4.dxc3 d6 5.Bf4 g6 6.Qd2 Bg7 7.0-0-0 0-0 8.Bh6 Nc6 9.Bxg7 Kxg7 10.f4 Bg4 11.Nf3 Bxf3 12.gxf3 dxe5 13.Qe3?! exf4 14.Qxf4 Qc8 15.Bd3 e5 16.Qg3 Qe6 17.Kb1 f5 18.h4 h6 19.Rhg1 Rae8 20.Bc4 Qf6 21.Rd2 Rd8 22.Rdg2 Rd6 23.Bd3 Ne7 24.Qf2 a6 25.c4 Rd4

26.Rxg6+ Nxg6 27.h5 Qe7 28.Rxg6+ Kh7 29.Qe3 Rf4 30.a3 Rg8 31.Bxf5 Rxg6 32.hxg6+ Kg7 33.Be4 b6 34.b4 c5 35.Qd2 h5 36.c3 h4 37.Qg2 Qe6 38.Qg5 Qe8 39.Kc2 h3 40.Qh5

40...Rxe4 41.fxe4 Qxg6 42.Qxe5+ Kh6 43.Qh8+ Qh7 44.Qe5 Kg6 45.Qf5+ Kg7 46.Qd7+ Kg8 47.Qd8+ Kg7 48.Qd7+ Kg8 1/2-1/2


(10) Argo,Guy (1859) - Krishnakumar,Sriram (2056) [C36]

MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (1.12), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Ne7 4.Nf3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5

Solid play by Black in this King's Gambit. He has a small edge already. 6.Nc3 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Bd6 8.Qe2+ Qe7 9.Qxe7+ Kxe7 10.0-0 Be6 11.Re1 Kf6 12.Bxe6 fxe6 13.d4 Nd7 14.c4 b6 15.Bb2

15...Kf5! Brave play to keep the advantage. 16.Nh4+ Kg4 17.Nf3 Rae8 18.Re4 Kf5 19.Nh4+ Kg4 20.Nf3 g5 21.Rae1 Kf5 22.Rxe6 Rxe6 23.Rxe6 Kxe6 24.d5+ Kf5 25.Bxh8 Bc5+ 26.Kf1 g4 27.Nd4+ Bxd4 28.Bxd4 Ke4 0-1


(11) Maser,Thomas F (1902) - Cortinas,Martin A (1697) [B33]

MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.9), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Be2 a6 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Na3 b5 11.Nd5 Qa5+ 12.Kf1?! f5

13.Nf6+? Too creative. Black doesn't have to take the knight. 13...Kf8! 14.Qd5 Qc7 15.Nh5 Be6 16.Qd2 f4 17.g3 Bh3+ 18.Ke1 f3?! 19.Qh6+ Ke8 20.Ng7+ Kd8 21.Qxh3 fxe2 22.c3 b4 23.Nc2 bxc3 24.bxc3 Nd4 25.Nxd4 Qxc3+ 26.Kxe2 Qxd4?! 27.Qg4?! Rc8

28.Raf1?? Rc3! White has trapped his own king. 0-1


(12) Newey,Richard Her (1666) - Mohammed,Mansoor (1885) [C54]

MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.13), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Nxe4 8.Bxb4 Nxb4

9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Qb3+ d5 11.Qxb4 Re8 12.0-0 Qf6 13.Nc3 c6 14.Ne5+ Kg8 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.Rae1 b6 17.f3 c5 18.Qb5 Qe6 19.Qc6? White should not trade queens here. 19...Qxc6 20.Nxc6 Bb7 21.d5 Bxc6 22.dxc6 exf3 23.Rxe8+ Rxe8 24.Rxf3 Rc8 25.Rd3 a5 26.Rd6?! 26. Rd7! Rxc6 27. Rb7b keeps the black king trapped on the back rank. 26...Rc7 27.Kf2 Kf7 28.Ke3 Ke7 29.Rd2 Rxc6 30.Rd3 Re6+ 31.Kf2 Rd6 32.Rb3 Kd7 33.Ke2 Re6+ 34.Kf2 Kc6 35.Rg3 Rf6+ 36.Ke2 Rg6 37.Rxg6+ hxg6 38.Kd3 a4 39.b3 axb3 40.axb3 Kd5 41.Kc3 g5 42.Kd3 b5 43.h3 Ke5 44.Ke3 Kf5 45.g3 g6 46.Kd3 g4 47.h4 Ke5 48.Ke3 c4 49.bxc4 bxc4 50.Kf2 Ke4 51.Ke2 c3 0-1


(13) Makhanov,Gaziz (1867) - Berreyro,Romeo (1657) [B78]

MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.14), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 d6 7.Bc4 Nf6 8.f3 0-0 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.0-0-0 Na5 11.Be2 Rc8 12.Bh6 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.h4 h6 16.g4 Nh7 17.Rhg1 Qa5 18.f4 Rfc8 19.Nb3 Qa6 20.Kb1 b5 21.a3 Bc6

22.f5 Bxe4 23.Nxe4 Rxe4 24.fxg6 fxg6 25.Nd4 Qb7 26.Rde1 Rxe1+ 27.Rxe1 Nf8 28.Ne6+ Nxe6 29.Rxe6 Kf7 30.Re1 Rh8 31.Rf1+ Ke8 32.Qf4 Qd5 33.Qf2 Qc4 34.Qf3 d5 35.b3 Qe4

36.Qc3! Qxg4 37.Qxh8+ Kd7 38.Qxh6 Qe2 39.Qf4 a6 40.Qf3 Qxf3 41.Rxf3 Ke6 42.c3 Ke5 43.Kc2 Ke4 44.Rg3 Kf5 45.Kd3 a5 46.b4 a4 47.Rg5+ Kf6 1-0


(14) Cohee,James (1654) - McKellar,Daniel (1854) [B30]

MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.15), 06.08.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bc4 Bg7 4.0-0 Nc6 5.d3 d6 6.h3 Nf6 7.Re1 0-0 8.Nbd2 Rb8 9.a4 a6 10.Nf1 Na5 11.Ba2 b5 12.axb5 axb5 13.Bd2 Nc6 14.Ne3 Nd7 15.c3 Nde5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.Qc2 Bd7 18.f4 Nc6 19.Bd5 e6 20.Bxc6 Bxc6 21.Ra2 Qc7 22.Rea1 Ra8 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 24.Rxa8+ Bxa8 25.Be1 Qb6 26.Qe2 Qc6 27.Bd2 f5 28.exf5 gxf5 29.Be1 d5 30.Qf3 d4 31.Qxc6 Bxc6 32.Nd1 Bd5 33.cxd4 Bxd4+ 34.Bf2 Bxf2+ 35.Kxf2 Kf7 36.g3 Kf6 37.Ne3 h5 38.h4 c4 39.dxc4 bxc4 40.Ke2 Ke7 41.Kd2 Kd6 42.Kc3 Kc5 43.Nc2 Be4 44.Nd4 Bd5 45.Nc2 Be4 46.Nd4 1/2-1/2


(15) Robeal,Rafik (1800) - Ross,Cameron Scott (1633) [D04]

MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.16), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bf5 4.Bd3 Bxd3 5.Qxd3 e6?! 6.Qb5+ Nbd7 7.Qxb7 c5 8.b3 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Qa6 Qc7 11.Ba3 Rab8 12.Nbd2 Rfe8 13.c4 Bd6 14.cxd5 exd5 15.Rac1! Re6 16.Qd3 Ng4 17.g3 Qa5 18.Bxc5 Nxc5 19.dxc5 Bxc5 20.Qxd5!

20...Nxe3? 21.Qxc5 1-0


(16) Tamondong,Cesar (1617) - Perlov,Alexander (1770) [E70]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.17), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.Bd3 Nbd7 6.Nge2 0-0 7.f3 e5 8.d5 Ne8 9.0-0 Nc5 10.Bc2 a5 11.Be3 b6 12.Qd2 Ba6 13.b3 Bc8 14.Rae1 Bd7 15.Bh6 Bxh6 16.Qxh6 Ng7 17.g4 f5 18.h3 Qe7 19.exf5 gxf5 20.Nf4 Qf6 21.Qxf6 Rxf6 22.Nd3 Raf8 23.Nxc5 bxc5 24.Kg2 fxg4 25.fxg4 h5 26.Rxf6 Rxf6 27.g5

27...Bxh3+ 28.Kg3! Rf8 29.Ne4 Bf5 30.Nf6+ Kh8 31.Bd1 Bg6 32.Rh1 Nf5+ 33.Kf2 h4 34.Bg4 Kg7 35.Bxf5 Bxf5 36.Rxh4 Kg6 37.Nh7 Rh8 38.Rh6+ Kg7 39.Nf6 Rxh6 40.Ne8+ Kg6? 40...Kf8 would win the knight. 41.gxh6 Bb1 42.Nxc7 Bxa2 43.Ne8 Bxb3 44.Nxd6 a4 45.Ne4 Bxc4 46.d6 Be6 47.Ke3 Kxh6 48.Nxc5 Bf5 49.Nxa4 Kg6 50.Nc5 Kf7 51.Kd2 Kf6 52.Kc3 e4 53.Kd4 e3 54.Kxe3 Ke5 55.d7 Bxd7 56.Nxd7+ Ke6 57.Nb6 Kf6 58.Nd5+ Ke6 59.Nf6 Kxf6 60.Kf4 1/2-1/2


(17) Huberts,Alexancer (1767) - Casares Jr,Nick (1600) [C88]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.18), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.Re1 0-0 8.d3 Na5 9.Nxe5 Nxb3 10.axb3 Re8 11.Nf3 d6 12.h3 h6 13.Nbd2 c5 14.c4 b4 15.Nf1 Bf8 16.Bf4 Nh5 17.Bh2 g5 18.Ne3 Nf6 19.Kh1 g4 20.Ng1 h5 21.Bf4 Nh7 22.Qd2 gxh3 23.gxh3

23...Bxh3? 24.Nxh3 Qh4 25.Kh2 Nf6 26.Bg5 1-0


(18) Boldi,Nicholas (1598) - Porlares,Teodoro (1766) [B14]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.19), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 e6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.Bf4 a6 8.Be2 0-0 9.0-0 dxc4 10.Bxc4 b5 11.Bd3 Bb7 12.Rc1 Nc6 13.Re1 Rc8 14.Ne4

14...Nxd4 15.Nxd4 Qxd4 16.Be3 Rxc1 17.Nxf6+ Qxf6 18.Qxc1 Bd6 19.Bg5 Qd4 20.Qd1 Qd5 21.Be4 Qxd1 22.Rxd1 Bxh2+! 23.Kxh2 Bxe4 24.Rd6 Ra8 25.Kg3 Bd5 26.a3 f6 27.Be3 Kf7 28.f4 Kg6 29.Kh3 Rc8 30.g3 Rc2 31.Bd4 Rd2 32.Bc5 Rxb2 33.Rxa6 Bg2+ 34.Kg4 h5+ 35.Kh4 Bb7 36.f5+ exf5 37.Rxf6+ gxf6 38.Kh3 Bf3 39.Bd4 Bg4+ 40.Kh4 Rh2# 0-1


(19) Malykin,Erika (1762) - Carron,Joel (1573) [D00]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.20), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.c4 d5 4.e3 Bb4+ 5.Nd2 0-0 6.a3 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 b6 8.Nf3 Ne4?! 9.Qc2 Nd7!? 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Qxc7! Qxc7 12.Bxc7 Bb7 13.Bb5 Ndf6 14.Nd2 Nxd2 15.Kxd2 Ne4+ 16.Ke2 a6 17.Bd3 b5 18.f3 Nf6 19.Bf5 Bc8 20.Bd3 Be6 21.Rac1 Rac8 22.Bd6 Rfe8 23.a4 Bd7 24.axb5 Bxb5 25.Bxb5 axb5 26.Kd3 Rcd8 27.Bc7 Rd7 28.Rc5 Rde7 29.Re1 b4 30.Bf4 Ra7 31.Rb5 Nh5 32.Bd6 Nf6 33.Bxb4 Rc7 34.Bc5 Rc6 35.Ra1 Rce6 36.Re1 Ra6 37.e4 dxe4+ 38.fxe4 Rae6 39.e5 Nd5

40.Bd6 Nf4+ 41.Kd2 Nxg2 42.d5 Rxd6 43.exd6 Nxe1

44.d7! Nf3+ 45.Kc3 Rd8 Black is a knight up but cannot suvive the coming Rc8. 46.Rc5

46...f6 47.Rc8 Kf7 48.Rxd8 Ke7 49.Rg8 Kxd7 50.Rxg7+ Kd6 1-0


(20) Acharya,Venkatagi (1706) - Khamkar,Susheel (1470) [C06]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.22), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Qb6 8.Nf3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Bb4+ 10.Nc3? Nxd4 11.0-0 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Nxf3+ 13.Qxf3 Nxe5 14.Qg3

14...Ng6? Black must be brave with 14...Nxd3 15. Qxg7 Rf8 and he can successfully defend with the extra materail. 15.Ba3 Bd7 16.Rab1 Qc6 17.Qg5 f6? 18.Bxg6+ Kd8 19.Qh4! Qxc3 20.Rb3 Qc4 21.Qxc4 dxc4 22.Rh3 h6 23.Be4 Kc7 24.Rb1 Rab8 25.Bg6 b5 26.Re3 a5 27.Rc1 Rhc8 28.Rd3 Kd8 29.Rd6 b4 30.Rcd1 Rb7 31.Be4 Ra7 32.Bc1 Ke7 33.Be3 Rac7 34.Bb6 Ba4 35.Bxa5 Bxd1 36.Rxd1 Ra7 37.Bxb4+ Kf7 38.a3 c3 39.Bc2 e5 40.h4 g5 41.h5 Kg7 42.f3 Rc4 43.Kf2 Rac7 44.Rd8 Rd4 45.Bf8+ Kh8 46.Bd6+ Kg7 47.Bxc7 1-0


(21) Harris,Clarence (1464) - Mercado,Adam (1699) [C68]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.23), 06.08.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Bg4 6.h3 h5 7.d3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Qf6 9.Nd2 0-0-0 10.Re1 Bc5 11.Qf5+ Kb8 12.Nf3 Qxf5 13.exf5 f6 14.Be3 Ba7 15.Bxa7+ Kxa7 16.Re4 Nh6 17.Nh4 Rhe8 18.Rae1 Nf7 19.Ng6? Nd6 20.Rh4 Nxf5 21.Rxh5 Nd4 22.c3 Ne6 23.Re3

23...Nc5 24.d4 exd4 25.Rxe8 Rxe8 26.Rxc5 d3 27.Rc4 d2 28.Rd4 Re1+ 0-1


(22) Chambers,Don (1367) - Hack,Richard (1601) [C53]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (1.39), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.c3 d6 6.Qb3 Qe7 7.0-0 Be6? 8.Qxb7 Rb8 9.Qxc6+ Bd7 10.Qxc7 Rc8 11.Qb7 dxc3 12.Nxc3 Nf6 13.Nd5 Nxd5 14.exd5 0-0 15.Re1 Qd8 16.Bb5 Bg4 17.Qe7 Qb6 18.Qe2 Bd4 19.Be3 Bxe3 20.fxe3 Rc5 21.Bc6 Rb8 22.Rac1 Ra5 23.b3 Bc8 24.Nd4 Ba6 25.Qf2 Bc8

26.Be8! Rb7 27.Rxc8 1-0


(23) Saraf,Sanjay (1257) - Starr,Albert Martin (1575) [C42]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.10), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.d3 d5 5.Bd2 d4 6.Ne2 Bxd2+ 7.Qxd2 Nc6 8.Ng3 Bg4 9.Be2 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Qe7 11.a3 g6 12.Be2 a6 13.f4 0-0-0 14.0-0-0 Rdf8 15.Rde1 exf4 16.Qxf4 Qe5 17.Qf2 Kb8 18.Bf3 Nd7 19.Qd2 Nb6 20.Ne2 h5 21.g3 g5 22.c3 g4 23.cxd4 Nxd4 24.Nxd4 Qxd4 25.Bd1 Nd7 26.Qc3 Qxc3+ 27.bxc3 Nc5 28.Bc2 Rh6 29.d4 Ne6 30.Bb3 Ng5 31.Re2 Nf3 32.e5 Rc6 33.Kb2 a5 34.Rc1 Rb6 35.Ka2 Kc8 36.a4 Kd8 37.Rcc2 Ke7 38.Re3 f5 39.Bd5 Ng5 40.Rf2 Ne6 41.Ree2 c6 42.Bc4 Nc7 43.Rb2 Rxb2+ 44.Rxb2 Rb8 45.Bd3 Nd5 46.Rb3 f4 47.gxf4 Nxf4 48.Be4 h4 49.c4

49...Kd7? 50.Bf5+ Kc7 51.Bxg4 Rg8 52.h3 Ng2 53.Rf3 Rd8 54.Rf7+ Kb8 55.Rd7 Rf8 56.e6 Rf2+ 57.Kb3 Kc8 58.e7 Rf3+ 59.Bxf3 Kxd7 60.Bxg2 Kxe7 61.Kc3 Kd6 62.Kd3 b6 63.d5 c5 64.Ke4 Kd7 65.Ke5 Ke7 66.d6+ Kd7 67.Bd5 Ke8 68.Ke6 Kd8 69.d7 b5 70.cxb5 c4 71.Bxc4 Kc7 72.Ke7 Kb7 73.d8Q Ka7 74.b6+ Kb7 75.Qc7+ Ka8 76.Bd5# 1-0


(24) Martin,Michael J (1574) - Robertson,Wade (1249) [C15]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.24), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bd2 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Qxd4 6.Bd3 Bxd2+ 7.Nxd2 Qxb2 8.Ngf3 Nf6 9.0-0 Nbd7 10.Nc4 Qb4 11.Rb1 Qe7 12.Re1

12...b6?! This leads to trouble. Black should castle, when White's two pawn sacrifice would be dubious. 13.Nce5! Bb7 14.Bb5 0-0-0 15.Qe2 Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Nd7?! 17.Nxd7 a6? Simply 17...Rxd7 would be even. 18.Nxb6+ cxb6 19.Bxa6 Qc7 20.Rb4 Rd6 21.a4 Bxa6 22.Qxa6+ Qb7 23.Rc4+?! Kb8 24.Qxb7+?! Black has less protection for the king, so White should not trade queens. 24...Kxb7 25.Rb4 Rhd8 26.Kf1 Rd1?! 27.a5! Rxe1+ 28.Kxe1 Rd6 29.c4 Ka6 30.Rxb6+ Rxb6 31.axb6 Kxb6 32.Kd2 Kc5 33.Kd3 f5? 34.f3 f4! 34...h5 35.h3 h4 36.f4! g6 37.Kc3 Kd6 38.Kd4 Kc6 39.Kc3 Kd6 40.Kd4 Kc6 41.Ke5 Kd7 42.c5 Kc6 43.Kd4 Kc7 44.Kc4 Kc6 45.Kb4 Kb7 46.Kb5 Kc7 47.c6 g5 48.fxg5 e5 49.g6 e4 50.g7 e3 51.g8Q e2 52.Qe6 f4 53.Qe7+ Kc8 54.Qd7+ Kb8 55.Qb7# 1-0


(25) Rushton,Peter James (1237) - Chan,John (1515) [C01]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.25), 06.08.2019

1.e4 c6 2.d4 e6 3.Nf3 h6 4.Nc3 a6 5.e5 Bb4

6.Bd3 Ne7 7.0-0 Bxc3 8.bxc3 b5 9.Be4 a5 10.Ba3 Na6 11.Qd2 Rb8 12.Rab1 Nd5 13.Bxd5 cxd5 14.Bd6 Nc7 15.c4 b4 16.a4? Ba6 17.Rfe1 Bxc4 18.c3 b3 19.Rb2 Rc8 20.Qe3 Na8 21.Nd2 Nb6 22.Ra1 Ra8 23.Bc5 Ra6 24.Qg3 Rg8 25.f4 Nc8 26.Nf3 Ne7 27.Nh4 g6 28.Nf3 Nf5 29.Qf2 d6 30.exd6 Nxd6 31.Nd2 Kd7 32.Re1 Re8 33.Bxd6 Rxd6 34.Nxc4 dxc4 35.Qf3 Qc7 36.h4 h5 37.g4 hxg4 38.Qxg4 Qc6 39.Qg5 Rd5 40.Re5 Rxe5 41.dxe5 Qc5+ 42.Kf1 Qe3 43.f5 Qxg5 44.hxg5 exf5 45.Rd2+ Ke6 46.Ke1 Rb8 47.Rb2 Kxe5 48.Kf2 Kf4 0-1


(26) Reyes,Victor Hugo (1497) - Capdeville,Barry (1226) [D00]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.26), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nd2 Be7 5.f4 0-0 6.Ngf3 Re8 7.Ng5 Nbd7 8.Ndf3 Rf8 9.Ne5

9...Nxe5? This leads to the loss of a very important pawn. 10.fxe5 Ne4 11.Nxe4 dxe4 12.Bxe4 f5 13.Bd3 Bd7 14.Bc4 c6 15.0-0 Bg5 16.c3 Qe7 17.Qd3 Kh8 18.Bd2 Be8 19.Bb3 b5

20.e4! f4 If 21...fxe4 22. Bxg5! 21.Qh3 Bf7 22.Bxf4 Bxf4 23.Rxf4 Bg8 24.Raf1 Rxf4 25.Rxf4 Re8 26.Qf3 g6 27.a3 Kg7 28.Ba2 Rf8 29.Rxf8 Qxf8 30.Qxf8+ Kxf8 31.Kf2 Ke7 32.c4 bxc4 33.Bxc4 Bf7 34.Ke3 g5 35.g4 a5 36.Kd3 Kd7 37.b4 axb4 38.axb4 Ke7 39.Bb3 Be8 40.Kc4 Bd7 41.Kc5 Be8 42.d5 exd5 43.exd5 cxd5 44.Bxd5 Bd7 45.h3 1-0


(27) Ahrens,Richard Williams (1206) - Chen,Bryant Alan (1468) [B40]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.27), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Be2 Qc7 5.0-0 Nf6 6.d3 Bd6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Qd2 d5 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.exd5 Nd4 11.Ne4 exd5 12.Nxf6+ gxf6 13.Qe3+ Ne6 14.c3 b6 15.d4 Bd7 16.dxc5 bxc5 17.Rfd1 Qb7 18.b3 0-0-0 19.c4 d4 20.Qd2 Rhg8 21.g3 Ng5 22.Nxg5 fxg5 23.Qd3 f5 24.Bf3 Qc7 25.Bd5 Rg7 26.Re1 f4 27.Be6

27...Re8 Wrong rook? 27...Re7 keeps it level. 28.Bxd7+ Qxd7 29.Rxe8+ Qxe8 30.Qf5+ Qd7 31.Qxc5+ Kd8 32.Rd1 Re7 33.Rxd4 f3 34.Rxd7+ Kxd7 35.Qxa7+ 1-0


(28) Ansari,Jahaan (1459) - Thibault,William (1195) [D37]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.28), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 a6 8.0-0 b5 9.Bd3 Nbd7 10.Qc2 Bb7 11.e4 c5?! 12.e5! c4?

13.exf6! cxd3 14.fxe7 dxc2 15.exd8Q Rfxd8 16.Ne1 b4 17.Ne2 Rac8 18.f3 e5 19.Be3 f5 20.Rc1 f4 21.Bd2 exd4 22.Nxd4 Ne5 23.Nexc2 Nd3 24.Rb1 a5 25.Rfd1 Ba6 26.b3 Kf7 27.Be1 g5 28.Rd2 Kf6 29.h4 h6 30.hxg5+ hxg5 31.Rbd1 Nb2 32.Rb1 Nd3 33.Bf2 Rd5 34.Rbd1 Nb2 35.Re1 Rd6 36.Re6+ Rxe6 37.Nxe6 1-0


(29) Cowgill,Jackie (1169) - James,Charles (1458) [B90]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.29), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bd3 e5 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Ne2 0-0 10.h3 h6 11.Ng3 Be6 12.c4 Rc8 13.a3 Qd7 14.Be3 Nh7 15.Nf5 Bxf5 16.exf5 Nf6 17.Qd2

17...e4! Courage! 18.Bxh6 gxh6 19.Qxh6 exd3 20.Qg5+ Kh8 21.h4 Nh7 22.Qf4 Ne5 23.Qd4 Bf6 24.Nxe5 Bxe5 25.Qxd3 Rg8 26.Rad1 Rg4 27.Qh3 Rcg8 28.g3 Qxf5 29.Qg2 Rxh4 30.c5 Rhg4 31.cxd6 Bxg3 32.fxg3 Qc5+ 33.Kh2 Qe5 34.Rf3 Rd8 35.d7 Ng5 36.Rxf7 Nxf7 37.Qh3+ Kg8 38.Qxg4+ Qg5 39.Qh4 Qxh4+ 40.gxh4 Ne5 41.Rg1+ Kh7 42.Rg3 Rxd7 43.h5 Rd2+ 44.Kh3 Rxb2 45.Rc3 Kh6 46.Re3 Nf7 47.Kh4 Rb5 48.Re6+ Kh7 49.Re7 Kg7 50.h6+ Kf8 51.Re6 Ra5 52.h7 Rxa3 53.Rg6 Ra4+ 54.Rg4 Rxg4+ 55.Kxg4 Kg7 56.Kf5 Nd6+ 57.Ke5 Nc4+ 58.Kd5 b5 59.Kc5 Kxh7 0-1


(30) Sachs-Weintraub,Julian (1447) - Albury,Sterling C (1117) [D00]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.30), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 e6 4.a3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.Nb5 c6 7.Nc7?

7...Nh5! 8.Qd2 Nxf4 9.Nxa8 Nh5 10.e3 Nf6 11.b4 b5 12.a4

12...Ne4! 13.Qe2 Bxb4+ 14.Nd2 Bxd2+ 15.Kd1 Nc3+ 16.Kxd2 Nxe2 17.Kxe2 Qa5 18.Kf3 Bb7 19.Nc7 Qxc7 20.axb5 Bc8 21.bxc6 Nxc6 22.Bd3 Nb4 23.Rhc1 Re8 24.h4 e5 25.Bb5 Re7 26.c3 e4+ 27.Ke2 Nd3 28.Bxd3 exd3+ 29.Kxd3 Qh2 30.Rg1 Qxh4 31.g3 Qe4+ 32.Kd2 Bf5 33.Ke2 Qd3+ 0-1


(31) Badgett Jr,James (1084) - Simpkins,Jerry (1426) [C46]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.31), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 f5

Jerry's favorite. 4.Bc4 fxe4 5.Nd5? exf3 6.Qxf3 Nf6 7.0-0 Nd4 8.Nxf6+ Qxf6 9.Qd3 d5 10.Bxd5 Bf5 11.Be4 Rd8 12.Re1 Bc5 13.Qc4 Bxe4 14.Rxe4 Ne6 15.Re2 0-0 16.Qxc5 Nxc5 0-1


(32) Hilliard,Michael (1429) - Tabatabai,Ashkon (1074) [D06]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.32), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bf5 3.e3 Nf6 4.c4 e6 5.Qb3!

5...Nbd7 6.Qxb7 Bd6 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Nc3 Nb6 9.Bb5+! Bd7 10.Bxd7+ Kxd7?! 11.Qa6 Bb4? 12.Qb5+ Kc8 13.Qxb4 Re8 14.0-0 Ne4 15.b3 Nxc3 16.Qxc3 Qd6 17.a4 Kb7 18.Ba3 c5 19.Qxc5 Rad8 20.Qxd6 Rxd6 21.Bxd6 1-0


(33) Olson,David (1407) - Sullivan,George (873) [A30]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.34), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 e6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 b6 7.e4 0-0 8.Ng5 Bb7

9.e5 Ne8 10.h4 Rb8 11.Nc3?! Nxe5 12.Re1 Bxg2 13.Kxg2 Nc6 14.Bf4 Bd6 15.Be3 h6 16.Nge4 Be5 17.Qh5 Nf6 18.Nxf6+ Bxf6 19.Ne4 Be7 20.Rh1 f5 21.Nd2 Qe8 22.Qd1 Nd4 23.Bf4 d6 24.Nf3 e5 25.Nxd4 exf4? Simply 25... cxd4 leaves Black with an extra pawn and fine position. 26.Ne6 Rf6 27.Nxf4 Rf8 28.Re1 Qc6+ 29.Nd5 Rf7

30.Qf3! Kf8 31.Re6 Bf6 32.Qxf5?! Bxb2 33.Qh7 g5 34.Qxh6+ Bg7 35.Rxd6

35...Qxd5+? Qe8! 36.cxd5 Bxh6 37.Rxh6 gxh4? 38.Rh8+ Ke7 39.Rxb8 Kd6 40.gxh4 Kxd5 41.h5 Rg7+ 42.Kf3 Kd4 43.Rd8+ Kc3 44.h6 Rh7 45.a4 Rxh6 46.Rb1 Rh3+ 47.Ke2 Rh4 48.a5 Rb4 49.Rc1+ Kb2 50.axb6 axb6 51.Rc4 Rb5 52.f4 Ra5 53.f5 Ra2 54.f6 Kb3+ 55.Ke3 1-0


(34) Gulbis,Andrejs J (842) - Allen,Tom Carter (1400) [C55]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.35), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nxe4

5.Nxe5? Nxe5 6.Nxe4 Nxc4 7.0-0 Be7 8.d3 Nb6 9.Be3 Nd5 10.Bd2 0-0 11.c4 Nf6 12.Ng3 d5 13.Re1 Bg4 14.Qb3 dxc4 15.Qxc4 Be6 16.Qc2 Qd6 17.Re3 Nd5 18.Ne4 Nxe3 19.Bxe3 Qd7 20.Qe2 f5 21.Ng3 f4 22.d4 Qd5 23.Bxf4 Rxf4 24.Rf1 Rxd4 25.h3 Qd6 26.Qf3 Bd5 27.Qf5 Rf8 28.Qg4 Rxg4 0-1


(35) Cole,Tony (1400) - Serra,Owen (829) [C50]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.36), 06.08.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.h3 0-0 6.d3 h6 7.Qe2 Nd4 8.Nxd4 Bxd4 9.Bd2 d6 10.0-0-0 Re8 11.g4 Be6 12.g5 hxg5 13.Bxg5 Bxc3 14.bxc3 Bxc4 15.dxc4 Re6 16.Rhg1 c5 17.Kd2 Qa5 18.Ra1 Nh7 19.h4 f6

20.Qg4 Re7 21.Be3 Nf8 22.h5 Kf7 23.h6 g5 24.Qf5 Ke8 25.Qxf6 Nh7 26.Qh8+ Nf8 27.Bxg5 Rf7 28.Bh4 Kd7 29.Rg8 Re8 30.Rg7 Rxg7 31.Qxg7+ Kc6 32.Qf7 Rc8 33.Rb1 b6 34.Ra1 Qa6 35.Kd3 Qb7 36.Be7 Nd7 37.Qd5+ Kc7 38.Qxd6# 1-0


(36) Anderson,David (793) - Roberts,Joseph (1369) [C47]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.37), 06.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Be3 Bxe3 6.fxe3 d6 7.Be2 Be6 8.d4 d5

9.Bb5 0-0 10.dxe5 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 dxe4 12.Qxd8 Raxd8 13.Ng5 Bf5 14.0-0 Nxe5? 15.Rxf5 Ng4 16.Re1 Nf6 17.Kf2? h6 18.Nh3 c6 19.Be2 Rd2 20.Rd1 Rxc2 21.Rb1 Ng4+! 22.Ke1 Nxe3 23.Re5 f5 24.Bd1 Rxg2 25.Bb3+ Kh8 26.Nf4 Rg4 27.Ne6 Rg1+ 28.Kd2 Rxb1 29.Nxf8 Nd5 30.Ng6+ Kh7 31.Re6 Rxb2+ 32.Kc1 Rxh2 33.Nf8+ Kg8 34.Nd7 e3 35.Bxd5 cxd5 36.Rxe3 Rxa2 37.Re5 f4 38.Rxd5 f3 39.Rd1 Ra1+ 40.Kc2 Rxd1 41.Kxd1 b5 42.Ke1 h5 43.Ne5 a5 44.Nxf3 Kf7 45.Nd2 g5 46.Nb1 a4 47.Nc3 a3 48.Nxb5 a2 0-1


(37) Frank,Robert H (1358) - Nicol,George R [D07]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (1.38), 06.08.2019

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.c4 e6 5.Bd3 Bd6 6.Nbd2 e5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.0-0 Qe7 9.Qb3 Nb6 10.d5 Nb4 11.Bb5+ Bd7 12.Bxd7+ Nxd7 13.a3 e4 14.Nd4 Qe5 15.g3 Nxd5 16.Nc4 Nc5

17.Qb5+ c6 18.Nxe5 cxb5 19.f4 f6 20.Nxb5 Bxe5 21.fxe5 fxe5 22.Rf5 Nd7 23.Nd6+ Ke7 24.Nxe4 Rhf8 25.Rf2 Rxf2 26.Nxf2 Nc5 27.e4 Nb3 28.Bg5+ Ke6 29.exd5+ Kxd5 30.Rd1+ Ke6 31.g4 Nd4 32.Kg2 h6 33.Be3 Nc2 34.Bd2 Rd8 35.Kf3 Rf8+ 36.Ke2 Nd4+ 37.Ke3 Nc2+ 38.Ke2 Nd4+ 39.Kf1 e4 40.Bb4 Rf3 41.Rxd4 e3 42.Re4+ Kd5 43.Ke2 exf2 44.Kf1 Kxe4 45.Bc5 Kf4 46.Bxf2 Kxg4 47.Kg2 Rb3 48.Bd4 g6 49.Bc3 b5 50.Bg7 h5 51.Bd4 a5 52.Bc3 h4 53.h3+ Kf4 54.Bd2+ Ke4 55.Bc3 Kd3 56.Kf3 Kc2 57.Kg4 Rxb2 58.Bxa5 Ra2 59.Bb4 Kb3 60.Kxh4 Rxa3 61.Bxa3 Kxa3 62.Kg5 b4 63.Kxg6 b3 64.h4 b2 65.h5 b1Q+ 66.Kg7 Qb8 67.h6 Kb4 68.h7 Qg3+ 69.Kh8 1/2-1/2


(38) Etinoff,Claude (1681) - Rakonitz,David (1639) [D05]
MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (1.40), 06.08.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.e3 e6 3.Bd3 d5 4.Nf3 c5 5.c3 Be7 6.Nbd2 c4?! 7.Bc2 0-0 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Re1 b5 10.a3 a5 11.e4 Bb7 12.e5 Nd7 13.Nf1 b4 14.Qe2 bxc3 15.bxc3 Rb8 16.Ng3 Na7 17.Nh5 Bc6 18.a4 Nb6 19.Qd1 Qd7 20.g4 Qe8 21.g5 g6 22.Nf6+ Kh8 23.h4 Bxf6 1-0


(39) Donaldson,Kyle (1721) - Schley,Andrew (1683) [B15]

MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (1.21), 06.08.2019

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 Bb4 5.e5 Ne7 6.a3 Ba5 7.Bd3 Nd7 8.0-0 c5 9.dxc5 Bxc3 10.bxc3 Nxc5 11.Bb5+?! Bd7 12.c4 Bxb5 13.cxb5 Ng6 14.Bb2 0-0 15.Qd4 Qc7 16.Rac1 b6 17.Nd2 Rfd8 18.f4 Ne7 19.Nf3 Nf5 20.Qf2 Ne4 21.Qe1 Qc5+ 22.Kh1 Qxb5 23.Rb1 Qc4 24.g4 Ne7 25.Nd4 Nc6 26.Nxc6 Qxc6 27.Rc1 Rac8 28.c4 dxc4 29.f5 Ng3+ 30.Kg1 Qh1+ 31.Kf2 Qxh2+ 32.Ke3 Rd3+ 33.Kf4 Nxf1+ 0-1


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