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Gens Una Sumus!



Newsletter #882

Aug 30, 2019

By Abel Talamantez

Table of Contents


​Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club Youth Movement Taking Over Brandwein TNM Championship Section

On boards 1 and 2, FM Josiah Stearman (blue Cal hat) and CM Sriram Krishnakumar (red US Chess hat) put in strong performances to take control of the leaderboard

The Bay Area is packed with rising star chess talent, and the Brandwein TNM concluded its 4th with our TNM youth stars rising to the occasion, as current and past members of the U.S. Chess All-America Chess Team put on a show. 

On board 1, FM Josiah Stearman put on a dominant performance in defeating NM Carlos Davila to take sole possession of first in the TNM Championship section with a perfect 4/4. On board 2, the U.S. #17 ranked 11-year-old CM Sriram Krishnakumar put on an amazing, disciplined, and technical performance in defeating defending champion FM Kyron Griffith. He now has sole 2nd place in the standings at 3.5/4, with the half point the result of a bye round.  He is having an outstanding tournament, having defeated IM Elliott Winslow the week before. Also moving up the leaderboard is the U.S. #18 ranked 15- year old NM Arman Baradaran, who defeated the always-tough NM Aleksandr Ivanov to be tied for 3rd with 3/4. Also at 3/4 is U.S. #2 ranked 11- year old NM Eric Yuhan Li, who bounced back from a loss to Stearman last week with an impressive win against WFM Natalya Tsodikova. The remaining rounds will likely see some of the nations top young players battling to become the Brandwein TNM champion.

NM Eric Li ponders his next move against WFM Tsodikova

In the A/B section, Mansoor Mohammad continued his section dominance with a win over Teodoro Polares. He stays perfect with 4/4. Rafik Robeal and Robert Drane close behind with 3.5/4.

In the under 1600 section, fan favorite Jerry Simpkins delivered another exciting game in defeating Jahaan Ansari to remain perfect. Also with a perfect score is Sterling Albury, who defeated Michael Baer. It looks like we will have a match of undefeated players next week on broadcast board 10!

Another full house at the club!

For complete standings, please follow this link:

To re-live the nights broadcast with commentary from our very own FM Paul whitehead and others, go to the Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club YouTube channel here:


U.S. Open and National Open Champion GM Illia Nyzhnyk Visits Mechanics and Plays in August Monday Night Rapid!

Monday August 26 was a very special day, as GM Illia Nyzhnyk visited the Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club for the first time. He gave a simultaneous exhibition at noon, a lecture at 5:15pm and then played for one of the greatest titles of all, Monday Night Rapid Champion.

GM Nyzhnyk discusses his simul game with Andrew Schley

For the simul, 14 players played in all, and he won 13 and drew 1. IM Elliott Winslow made the lone draw. For the rapid, He went 4/4 and tied for first with IM Teddy Coleman.

GM Nyzhnyk also gave a great lecture of a game from the U.S. Open. It was a great visit and we were honored to have him come spend the day with us. He is captain of the powerful Webster University chess team led by GM Susan Polgar, and we thank her and Judit Sztaray in working to make this visit possible.

Moments before his 5:15 lecture to the club

Round 2 handshake as GM Nyzhnyk takes on NM Carlos Davila and FM Kyron Griffith (white) takes on Jules Jelinek on board 2


Thank You For Supporting Our Broadcasts!!

The team here at the chess club would like to thank everyone for supporting and watching our live broadcasts with commentary. We have reached 100 subscribers to our YouTube channel, which has allowed us to name our channel Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club and we have 168 followers and over 8500 views to our Twitch channel, which is the platform we use to broadcast. We also now carry our live stream through our Facebook page We will soon be active on Twitter as well.

FM Paul Whitehead interviews GM Fabiano Caruana during the Mechanics'' Institute Rapid Championship. We have been able to give viewers greater access to our club through our live coverage, commentary, and broadcasting.

One of the things we love about using these platforms at our club is our ability to bring what happens inside here out to the community with the ability to communicate with our audience via chat from all the platforms. Our ability to capture the live drama of the games with our amazing commentary team of FM Paul Whitehead and GM Nick de Firmian, along with our players coming into the broadcast room to discuss their games really makes it a special atmosphere that is an honor to be a part of each and every week.

Thank you everyone, and we look forward to continuing to provide a great experience for our chess community.

Abel, Judit, Nick, Paul and Juan


CalChess Election This Saturday

The CalChess Board of Directors will have a meeting and election this Saturday to vote on 4 open seats for the Board. I stepped down after serving almost 2 years in July, and the vacant seat of the late Ruth Haring is also open. 2 other seats are also available, from Lynn Reed who is not seeking re-election and the seat currently held by Richard Koepcke, who is thankfully seeking re-election. The election and meeting will be held on Saturday at 6pm at the Santa Clara Convention Center, site of the Labor Day State Championship.

While the filling of the seats is a foregone conclusion, since only 4 people have submitted candidacy for the 4 open seats; Richard Koepcke, Ashik Uzzaman, Sujay Roy and Dr. Salman Azhar, I encourage every member of the chess community to attend the meeting and learn more about what CalChess is and how it can help the community. Here are the candidate statements:

Candidate Statements
in alphabetical order

Salman Azhar
Even though I have been involved as a co-founder or an investor in over 100 startups, BayAreaChess is my favorite due to its lasting influence on so many lives. I am returning to BayAreaChess to set the course for the next ten years and foster greater collaboration across CalChess community.
I want to invest in our chess community so that we can continue to produce great human beings and class chess players. I served on the CalChess board for about ten years and consider it an honor to have an opportunity to serve again.

Richard Koepcke
I started playing tournament chess in 1975; and have been involved with in some capacity on the Tournament Directing / Organizing side of Chess tournaments since 1985 (though these days I am mostly a TD and not an organizer). I have also been involved with CalChess from the mid to late 1990s to the present in some capacity or another. Have served as President, Secretary for many years in the past and am currently the Organizations Treasurer. I am also a FIDE Arbiter and have reached a TD certification level of Associate National Director ( ANTD ).
One of the main roles that CalChess plays is in sponsoring various State Championships, although it currently sub-contracts out the actual organizing of said tournaments. This includes the Open State Championship traditionally held over Labor Day weekend, State Scholastic Championship, and various smaller State championship tournaments. Regarding evaluating bids for Championship events, it helps to have people who have actually organized and run events of some size, which is one aspect I bring to the table as a member of the CalChess Board. CalChess is also the main interface between US Chess and local members and clubs. To better support the latter, my focus will be to gradually improve the Website, and to update the club and tournament list on a regular basis.

Sujay Roy
Sujay Roy has been teaching Chess to Bay area students. Many of them have won Championship in California State level tournaments and have achieved National ranking in US Scholastic Chess. Mr. Roy was a State Champion and National level player in India and has served as Chess coach at Weibel Elementary School, Fremont and India Community Center, Milpitas. He has been Tournament Director at California State Scholastic Chess Championships for many years.

Ashik Uzzaman  (
Being a chess player and chess parent for a long time in the bay area, I believe I have the right aptitude to help out the chess players, families and organizations in Northern California. If elected, I will work with the board members to anything within my capacity including the followings.

  1. Improving the CalChess Web Site
  2. Write article in CalChess Journal
  3. Chess Event Coverage
  4. Improve CalChess Social Web Presence
  5. Attracting Corporate World Into Chess

I have been critical of CalChess in the past, as it could have more transparency and do more to promote awareness, engagement, and offer more to the chess community than just voting on who gets what tournament. I have also been critical of the amount of organizers that make up the Board. While it is a benefit to have people who are active participants in the chess community on the Board, there should be also be a balance of members of the general chess community to provide oversight and another voice and opinion. I personally am excited at the candidacy of Ashik Uzzaman and Sujay Roy, as they provide a fresh face and look to the Board. I am also excited Richard Koepcke has decided to run again, as his knowledge of the history of the chess community and moral integrity are without question. I also wish good luck to Dr. Salman Azhar, who has returned to run Bay Area Chess and will serve on this new Board.

I do hope the Board can make changes that help excite and engage our community. Last year, I led an effort to make voting available throughout the day of the election rather than just during the meeting, which I felt led to more voter participation and less disenfranchisement. Election day last year was exciting with people campaigning, candidates rallying the get put the vote efforts and issues being discussed. We had I believe 8 candidates for 4 spots and had the most number of votes cast than had been done in some time. Whatever the results, this level of participation was good for the chess community.

This year it seems we have gone back to people not being aware or interested, and we have again disengagement and little to no knowledge of CalChess from the general chess community. The CalChess Board every year states at its meeting that it will work to improve processes and be more transparent etc. etc. but very little happens currently on the Board than voting on bids to organize events. This is an important duty, but CalChess should do more. It is difficult also when half the Board must abstain from a vote because they have an interest in the outcome. This is not very representative, and the reason I believe we need more engaged people from the general public to be a part of the Board.

A few Board members cannot do this alone, and I surely was not the one that would be able to bring about change. There are voices on the Board wanting to make a difference, and we need our chess community to help them hold others accountable. We have amazing people that make up our chess community, I hope through awareness and outreach, we can encourage them not only to participate and run, but to seek leadership positions on the Board to bring about new ideas and a new leadership perspective.

To begin learning more about CalChess, here is a link to their website:


Tony''s Teasers

GM Pal Benko (1928-2019) composed many famous problems. This one stumped Bobby Fischer, who had bet Benko he could solve it in 1/2 hour. Fischer lost the bet. The full story can be found here:


Last  week''s problem, Shifman, 1927. White to move and mate in 2:

Solution: 1. Qf3!!   Rxf3   2. Rg4#

Wednesday Night Blitz Returns!


The Wednesday Night Blitz Tournament has resumed after a 3-month hiatus! Smoothly run as usual by organizer Jules Jelinek, the August 28th edition had a turn out of 10 players and was won by (drum roll...) Jules Jelinek with 5.5 from 6 games. Carlos Davila was 2nd with 4.5, and Joe Urquhart and Jeff Senick tied for 3rd with 4 points.

For complete information about this fun event, including starting times and entry fees, go here:

Jules Jelinek
Wednesday Night Blitz Coordinator




Scholastic Corner

by Judit Sztaray

August Scholastic Swiss – Report

We had another great monthly tournament for our scholastic players at Mechanics’ this past Saturday.  Strong field in the top section with four players over 1000 USCF rated. At the end of four rounds it was Austin Li who took sole first place, with Nathan and Jon taking clear second and third place. Middle section also produced a clear winner, Kevin Sun, came back strong and confident after skipping summer to focus on his training. The lower sections had some strong beginner tournament players, and Alen Sabitov came out as a clear winner, with perfect 4.0 score ahead of 9 other players.

Gearing up for a fun and busy September

Scholastic chess will be at Mechanics’ again on September 8th, as well as we will be starting a monthly tournament at a satellite location, in Cupertino on September 15th. This will hopefully allow us to spread the name and information about our historic chess club, and build up our legacy outside of the city one small step at a time.
Another new development is that we are adding a fun and fast blitz tournament right after the swiss. Blitz is a unique chess tournament format where players have to play super fast. This particular tournament’s time control is only 5 minutes for each players, and no delay or increment time. It’s a fun way for players to learn and get used to playing with a clock, and learn to follow their instinct.
Complete list of tournaments:

Enrichment Classes - Chess at your child''s school?

The Mechanics'' Institute Chess Club''s coach team is busy starting the new school year and starting the chess classes at various schools. We have the capacity to add a few more classes. If your kid''s school does not have a chess club, please feel free to reach out to us with the name of the school, and we can reach out to them! If you need more information, please email me and I''ll send over the basic information regarding our chess classes, including pricing, curriculum, reward system, and everything else!

As always, any questions or feedback, please email to [email protected].




Chess: images and social media.

By FM Paul Whitehead

I work for the Mechanics’ Institute, and have been a regular contributor to both the Chess Club’s and the Institute’s Facebook pages.  The Mechanics’ Institute is a cultural institution, and chess is everywhere in the culture – I wanted to show that.

Starting the Chess Club’s Facebook page was for me a no-brainer: I have a background, and a strong interest, in images and chess.  I instantly understood that there was a wide culture of chess–imagery out there, spanning the human comedy from the tragic to the sublime.

People everywhere, from all social-strata, are photographed playing chess, both off-handed and serious: in barbershops and bars, churches and cafeterias.

Chess is in the Movies and Hollywood; it is on TV, and prevalent on Madison Avenue. Chess becomes satire and political commentary; it is used to manipulate and to entertain.  The imagery of chess illustrates brains, persistence, relaxation, complexity, and focus.

People are photographed playing chess on roller coasters and at the bottom of swimming pools.

Chess, literally, is everywhere.

1. The Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club

I will start with the club and move outward.  Future posts (I hope) will include Surrealism, portrayals of women in chess, celebrity culture and Hollywood, humor.  Stay tuned.

The MI Chess Club is quite new to social media, and we are just getting started – we stream live video on YouTube and Twitch, as well as posting to Facebook.  We have an extensive image collection, used liberally in past and present newsletters.  Pictures of World Champions in our club are priceless: Jose Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Vassily Smyslov, Mikhail Tal, Boris Spassky, and Anatoly Karpov.  All visited and were photographed: giving simultaneous exhibitions and lectures.  Or just playing an off-hand game!  Bobby Fischer was here twice, but never photographed: an unpardonable sin in these days!

Now we are catching up with the times a bit: all the pictures below were taken in the last two years, and they show a thriving and vital chess club.  Not only a fantastic place to watch and learn, but look – what an amazing place to play chess!

All images are untitled - these are all great previous FB posts


Nick de Firmian''s Column - Magnificent Magnus

Week 4 – Defense

One thinks of a great chess player as a force of will, pressing an opponent until he/she cracks. The great player will have some advantage of better development, more force (pieces) or some kind of positional plus. If there is an endgame, the great player will be working the small advantages to convert even dry positions into a victory.

Yet it is never that easy in real life. Even the best players screw up sometimes and find themselves in a difficult situation where they are fighting for their lives. A great example of this would be the game Kramnik- Carlsen, London 2010 which we showed in newsletter 879. There Magnus struggled on in a lost position but took every chance he could to make the win difficult. He was rewarded in the end with a miracle draw.

There is also the circumstance that you have an aggressive opponent who throws the kitchen sink at you, when you have no choice but to take the material and hold the defense. The art of defense is something every champion must refine – what if Mohammed Ali couldn’t take a punch?. Korchnoi was a player who reveled in the role of defense, and every World Chess Champion learned the hard way to be a great defender. We give two examples below from Magnus on how to defend against and attack.

(1) Hannes Hlifar Stefansson - Magnus Carlsen
European Team Chess Championship Crete GRE, 2007

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Qxf6 7.e3 Nd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 g6 10.0-0 Bg7 


The opening has given Black the two bishops, but more space and development to White. Stefansson, Iceland''s top grandmaster, proceeds to take space on the queenside. 11.b4 0-0 12.a4 e5 13.a5 exd4 14.exd4 Rd8 15.Re1 Nf8 16.Qb3 Be6 17.Rad1 Bxc4 18.Qxc4 Ne6

The opening play has been sound by both players thus far, but now Sefansson decides to advance and attack with an aggressive sacrifice. 19.Ne5!? Qf5 20.Nxf7?!

20...Kxf7 21.Re3 Diagram 

The knight on e6 is pinned and White threatens to win the queen with 22. Rf3. A defense like 21...Bf6 22. h3! would threaten Rf3 and Ne4 winning the bishop. So how to defend? 21...Bxd4!

Magnus crosses up Sefansson''s plan with an aggressive defense! He sees his queen will be lost, but finds a weakness in the White set-up. This is always the best way to defend if you can do it - push your own plans through despite the attack of your opponent. 22.Rf3 Qxf3! 23.gxf3 Bxc3 24.Rxd8 Rxd8

Here Sefansson noticed the problem. He has won the queen but ended up in a materially losing position as he cannot take the bishop on c3 due to 25....Rd1+ 26. Kg2 Nf4+ with a knight fork on the queen. White''s attack achieved was it was supposed to do, but it wasn''t enough. Score one for the defense. 25.f4 Rd4

White resigned as he still cannot take the bishop and the three black pieces overwhelm the white queen. 0-1


(2) Anand,Vishy - Carlsen,Magnus
World Championship, 2013

This was the 9th game of the World Chess Championship of 2013. Vishy Anand was the champion and Magnus the challenger. After 8 games Magnus had a 2 game lead, so Anand needed to win with White as the match was only 12 games long. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.e3 c4 9.Ne2 Nc6 10.g4!

Anand is playing an ambitious set-up to take space on the kingside. The imbalanced position is exactly what he wanted given the match situation.  10...0-0 11.Bg2 Na5 12.0-0 Nb3 13.Ra2 b5 14.Ng3 Diagram 

White is preparing a very aggressive kingside and central advance. How to defend? Any pawn move by Black on the kingside could make a target. One rule of defense: try to make sure you have some counter play. 14...a5! 15.g5 Ne8 16.e4 Nxc1 17.Qxc1

17...Ra6! An all purpose defensive move. The rook looks toward the kingside, but it is also defended now by the bishop so that Black can proceed with the b4 pawn break on the queenside. The powerful white attack is coming and the counterplay needs to be quick enough. 18.e5 Nc7 19.f4 b4 20.axb4 axb4 21.Rxa6 Nxa6 22.f5 b3 23.Qf4

Black has a nice protected passed pawn on b3, but White has three advanced pawns and four pieces bearing down on the black king. Can Black avoid getting checkmated? 23...Nc7 24.f6 g6 25.Qh4 Ne8

The black knight has moved 6 times, while the black queen, rook and bishop have been stationairy. Yet they are on defensive squares. Note that 25....h5? would simply have been met by an overwhelming sacrifice. 26.Qh6 b2! 27.Rf4!

Magnus could not just stop the attack, but has gotten his counterplay in the form of a queening pawn. Yet Anand goes for broke! No amount of extra materiel will save Black if Rh4 brings checkmate. 27...b1Q+ 28.Nf1? A tragic mistake by Anand, perhaps due to the high tension of the game and match. A fascinating continuation would have been 28. Bf1 Qd1! 29. Rh4! Qh5 (only way to stop mate) 30. Nxh5 gxh5 31. Rxh5 Bf5 32. Bh3! Bg6 33. e6! Nxf6! which holds game. 28...Qe1

Now Anand saw that his attack does not work after 29. Rh4 Qxh4. He thus resigned the game and effectively the match and World Championship. Cool collected defense by Magnus. 0-1


Brandwein Memorial TNM Games Round 4

Annotations by GM Nick de Firmian 

(1) Davila,Carlos (2079) - Stearman,Josiah P (2427) [B33]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.1), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Na3 b5 10.Nd5 f5 11.Bd3 Be6 12.0-0 Bxd5 13.exd5 Ne7 14.c3 Bg7 15.Nc2 0-0 16.a4 Qb6 17.axb5 e4 18.Be2 axb5 19.Nb4?! A simple development of the queen to d2 would leave White with a small edge due to possibilities on both sides of the board. [19.Qd2+/=] 19...Be5 20.Qb3 f4 21.Ra2?! Kh8 22.Rfa1?! Rxa2 23.Qxa2 f3! Diagram

Now White is in trouble. Josiah has pressed the kingside attack while Carlos was using too much time on the queenside. 24.Qa7? [24.gxf3 is best but still bad: 24...Rg8+ 25.Kf1 Bxh2] 24...Qxa7 25.Rxa7 fxe2 26.Ra1 Rc8 27.Re1 Rc5 28.Rxe2 Nxd5 29.Rxe4 f5 0-1


(2) Krishnakumar,Sriram (2056) - Griffith,Kyron (2452) [B53]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.2), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 a6 5.Be2 Nc6 6.Qe3 g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.c3 Nf6 9.h3 0-0 10.Rd1 Qc7 11.b3 Nd7 12.Bb2 b5 13.Nd4 Nb6 14.Nd2 Na5?! Odd to move the knight to the rim. The opening has been reasonable for both sides and 14...d5 would be a good central break giving full equality. Kyron drifts into a bad position. 15.Rac1 e5 16.Nc2 Bb7 17.Nb4 f5 18.c4! A well timed break on the queenside! 18...bxc4 19.Nxc4 Naxc4 20.Bxc4+ Nxc4 21.Rxc4 Qd8 22.Nc6! Bxc6 23.Rxc6 Qh4 24.Rcxd6 fxe4 25.Rd7 Rf5 26.Rb7 Raf8 27.Ba3 Bh6 28.Qe2 e3? A bold try, but it doesn''t work, 29.Bxf8 Rxf2 Diagram

30.Be7! Qe4 31.Qc4+ Qxc4 32.bxc4 Rxa2 33.Bb4 Bg5 34.Rf1 Bf4 35.c5 Rc2 36.c6 Rxc6 37.g3 e2 38.Rf3 Rc4 39.Kf2 a5 40.gxf4 axb4 41.Kxe2 exf4 42.Rb3 g5 43.R7xb4 Rc2+ 44.Kf3 h5 45.Rb5 g4+ 46.hxg4 h4 47.Kxf4 Rf2+ 48.Kg5 h3 49.Rxh3 Rf7 50.Rb6 Ra7 51.Rc3 Rd7 52.Rc8+ Kg7 53.Rg6+ Kf7 54.Rcg8 Rd5+ 55.Kh4 Rd1 56.R8g7+ Kf8 57.Ra7 Rd5 58.Rb6 Rd8 59.Kh5 Kg8 60.g5 Kh8 61.g6 Rc8 62.Kh6 Kg8 63.Rba6 Kf8 64.Ra8 Re8 65.g7+ Kf7 66.Rxe8 Kxe8 67.g8Q+ Ke7 68.Qg7+ Ke8 69.Ra8# 1-0


(3) Li,Eric Yuhan (2282) - Tsodikova,Natalya (2196) [E84]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.3), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 Rb8 9.h4 h5 10.Nc1 e5 11.d5 Nd4 12.Nb3 c5 13.dxc6 bxc6 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Bxd4 Re8 16.Rd1! [16.Be2] 16...d5 17.cxd5 cxd5 [17...Rb4] 18.e5 Nd7 19.f4 f6? Diagram

[19...Bh6 20.Qf2 Qa5 21.Bd3 Nf6 22.0-0 Ng4 23.Qf3 Qd8 24.g3 Rxb2 25.Nxd5 Nh2 26.Qh1 Nxf1 27.Bxb2 Nxg3 28.Qg2 Bb7 29.Nf6+ Qxf6 30.exf6 Bxg2 31.Kxg2 Nf5 32.Bxf5 Re2+ 33.Kf3 Rxb2 1/2-1/2 (56) L''Ami,A (2415)-Farley,T (2213) Bridgetown 2014] 20.Ba7! Rb7 21.Qxd5+ Kh7 22.Be3 fxe5 23.f5! gxf5 24.Qf3 Kg6 25.Be2 Rh8 26.Rd6+ Bf6 27.Bg5 Qc7 28.Bxf6 Nxf6 29.Rxf6+ 1-0


(4) Ivanov,Aleksandr (2192) - Baradaran,Arman (2224) [D14]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.4), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.e3 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bg4 7.Qb3 Na5 8.Qa4+ Bd7 9.Qc2 e6 10.Bd3 Rc8 11.Nf3 b5 12.a3 a6 13.h3 Be7 14.0-0 0-0 15.Ne5 Nc4 16.g4 Ne4 17.Nxc4 Nxc3 18.bxc3 bxc4 19.Bxh7+ Kh8 20.h4 f5

21.gxf5 Kxh7 22.f6+ Kg8 23.fxe7 Qxe7

24.Kg2? White was doing well, but this lets Black''s bishop activate. [24.Be5 keeps it penned in.] 24...e5! 25.Bxe5 Bf5! and Black is just winning. 26.Qd1 Qxh4 27.Kg1 Rc6 28.Bg3 Rg6 29.Qf3 0-1


(5) Boldi,Ethan (2001) - Shaw,Tenzing (2276) [D02]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.5), 27.08.2019

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 c5 3.Bf4 Nc6 4.e3 Nf6 5.c3 e6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.Bg3 0-0 8.Bd3 b6 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.0-0 Ne7 11.f4 Nf5 12.Qf3 Be7 13.Rae1 Nd6 14.Qe2 Nfe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 dxe4 17.f5 exf5 18.Rxf5 g6 19.Rf2 f6 20.Ng4 h5 21.Nh6+ Kg7 22.Bf4 Rh8 23.g4 Rxh6 24.Bxh6+ Kxh6 25.gxh5 gxh5 26.Kh1 Qd5 27.Rg2 Rg8 28.Reg1 Rg5 29.h4 Rxg2 30.Qxg2 Qf7 31.Qg3 f5 32.Qe5 Kh7 33.Rf1 Bc8 34.d5 Bf6 35.Qb8 Qd7 36.c4 Bxb2 37.Qf4 Bf6 38.Rg1 Qf7 39.Rd1 Bd7 40.Rg1 Qe7 41.Qg3 Qe8 42.Qf4 Qe5 43.Qf2 f4 44.exf4 Qf5 45.Qg3 Qg4 46.Qxg4 Bxg4 47.Rg3 Kg6 48.Kg2 Kf5 49.Ra3 a5 50.Kg3 Bd8 51.Rb3 Bc7 52.d6 Bxd6 53.Rxb6 Bxf4+ 54.Kg2 e3 55.a4 e2 56.Kf2 Bg3+ 57.Kg2 e1Q 58.Rf6+ Ke5 59.Rf1 Qe2+ 60.Kxg3 Qxf1 61.Kh2 Qf2+ 62.Kh1 Bf3# 0-1

(6) Winslow,Elliott (2222) - Walder,Michael (2011) [E01]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.6), 27.08.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 Just to do something different. 3...c5 4.Bg2 cxd4 5.Nxd4 d5 6.0-0 e5 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.c4 d4 9.e3 This line has never been particularly good for White. 9...Bc5

[or 9...Be7] 10.b4? [10.exd4 exd4 11.Nbd2!? is the standard ploy for White.] 10...Nxb4 11.Nxe5 0-0 12.a3

12...dxe3!? Exciting! But it overlooks an odd defense. [12...Na6! was a couple games, which Black won.] 13.axb4 exf2+ 14.Kh1 Bd4 15.Ra5! Now Black struggles to show enough for one piece -- so he gives up another one... 15...Re8 [15...Be6!?] 16.Nf3 Bg4 [16...Bb6!?] 17.Qxd4 Qxd4 18.Nxd4 Re1 19.Nd2 Rd8 20.Bb2 Be2 21.Ra1 Bxf1 22.Bxf1 Ng4 23.N4f3 [23.Kg2 Ne3+ 24.Kxf2 Rxa1 25.Kxe3! I wasn''t sure about this highly unusual material imbalance, but the computer is (+-) (25.Bxa1 Nc2+-) ] 23...Rxd2 24.Nxd2 Ne3 25.Rxa7 h5 26.Bd4 Nxf1 27.Bxf2 1-0


(7) Kuczek,Kevin (1987) - Wong,Russell (2200) [B23]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.7), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Bb5 Bd7 5.Bc4 g6 6.Nf3 Bg7 7.0-0 e6 8.a4 Nge7 9.d3 0-0 10.Qe1 Nd4 11.Nxd4 cxd4 12.Ne2 Bc6 13.Ng3 d5 14.Bb3 dxe4 15.dxe4 d3 16.Kh1 dxc2 17.Bxc2 Rc8

18.f5? exf5 19.exf5 Bxg2+! 20.Kxg2 Rxc2+ 21.Kg1 Qd5 22.Rf2 Rxf2 23.Qxf2 Bd4 24.Be3 Bxe3 25.Qxe3 Nxf5 26.Nxf5 Qxf5 27.Qxa7 Qg4+ 28.Kh1 Qf3+ 29.Kg1 Rd8 30.Rf1 Qg4+ 31.Kh1 Qe4+ 32.Kg1 Rd2 33.Qb8+ Kg7 34.Qg3 Qd4+ 35.Kh1 Rd1 36.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 37.Kg2 Qc2+ 38.Qf2 Qxf2+ 39.Kxf2 Kf6 40.b4 Ke5 41.a5 Kd5 42.b5 Kc5 0-1


(8) Askin,David Benja (2053) - Melville,Cailen (1905) [E16]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.8), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.d5 0-0 8.0-0 exd5 9.cxd5 d6 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bf4 Nh5 12.Be3 Nd7 13.Rc1 Ne5 14.Bd4 Re8 15.Re1 Re7 16.Nd2 Ba6 17.b3 Qf8 18.a4 Rae8 19.Nb5? Bxb5 20.axb5

20...Nd3! 21.Bxg7 Nxg7?! 22.e4? [22.Ne4!] 22...Nxe1 23.Qxe1 Nf5?! 24.Qf1 Nd4? 25.Qd3 Qg7 26.Rd1 f5 27.Nf1 Nxb3 28.Qxb3 fxe4 29.Bh3 Rf8 30.Be6+ Kh7 31.Re1 Rf3 32.Qc2 Re8 33.Rxe4 Ref8 34.Re2 Qd4 35.Kg2 Rc3 36.Qa2 Qd1 37.Bg4 Qd4 38.Be6 Qc5 39.Qb2 Rc4 40.Ne3 Rb4 41.Qa1 Qxb5 42.Rc2 c5 43.Qxa7+ Kh8 44.Qe7 Qe8 45.Qxd6 Rf6 46.Qe5 Qe7 47.Ra2 Kh7 48.Ra8 Rf8 49.Ra2 b5 50.Bg8+ Kxg8 51.Qxe7 Ra4 52.Qe6+ Kg7 53.Rxa4 bxa4 54.d6 1-0


(9) Chen,Mingson (1909) - Jia,Derek (2040) [B52]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.11), 27.08.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nc6 6.c3 Nf6 7.Re1 e6 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 d5 10.e5 Ne4 11.a3 Be7 12.Nbd2 Nxd2 13.Bxd2 0-0 14.b4 a6 15.Rc1 h6 16.Qb3 f6 17.exf6 Bxf6 18.Qd3 Qf7 19.Re2 g5 20.Ne5 Bxe5 21.dxe5 Rac8 22.Qg3 Nd4 23.Ree1 Rxc1 24.Bxc1 Rc8 25.Qd3 Rc4 26.Bd2 Nc6 27.f3 Qh7 28.Qxh7+ Kxh7 29.f4 gxf4 30.Rf1 Nxe5 31.Bxf4 Nd3 32.Bd6 Kg6 33.g3 Rc1 34.Rxc1 Nxc1 35.Kf2 Nd3+ 36.Ke3 Nb2 37.Kd4 Nc4 Score becomes unclear: 0-1, 77. 0-1

(10) Ostrovsky,Sergey (2032) - Busch,Jonah M (1871) [A67]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.12), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ Nfd7 9.Nf3 [9.a4] 9...a6 10.Bd3 b5 11.a4 c4 12.Bc2 b4 13.Ne2 a5 14.Ned4 0-0 15.0-0 Nc5 16.Re1 Bd7 17.Qe2 b3 18.Bd1 Nd3

Black is doing great at this point, a classic Benoni. 19.Rf1 Qb6? [19...Re8] 20.Be3 Nxf4? [20...Qb4] 21.Qxc4 Rc8 22.Qxb3 Qxb3 23.Bxb3 Nd3 24.Rab1 Nc5 25.Rfc1 Nba6 26.Nd2 Nxa4 27.Bxa4 Bxa4 28.b3 Bd7 29.Nc4 Be5 30.Nxa5 Nc5? [30...Rxc1+ 31.Rxc1 Nc5 keeps Black in the game.] 31.Nac6 Bxc6 32.Nxc6 Rxc6 33.dxc6 Nxe4 34.b4 Nc3 35.Rxc3 Bxc3 36.b5 Be5 37.b6 d5 38.b7 Re8 39.Ba7 Kg7 40.b8Q Bxb8 41.Rxb8 Re1+ 42.Kf2 Rc1 43.Rc8 Kf6 44.c7 Ke7 45.Bb6 d4 46.Rd8 1-0


(11) Goldammer,Christi (2030) - Argo,Guy (1859) [A83]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.13), 27.08.2019

1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 c6 5.f3 d5 6.fxe4 dxe4 7.Bc4 Bg4 8.Nge2 Nbd7 9.0-0 e5 10.Nxe4 Be7 11.Qd3 Bxe2 12.Qxe2 Qb6 13.Kh1 0-0-0 14.dxe5 Nxe4 15.Bxe7 Rde8 16.Qxe4 Rxe7 17.Qg4 Qxb2 18.Rad1 Qxe5 19.Rxd7 Rxd7 20.Be6 Rhd8 21.Rd1 Kc7 22.Bxd7 h5 23.Qh3 Qe2 24.Qg3+ Kb6 25.Rb1+ Kc5 26.Qg5+ 1-0

(12) Jensen,Christian (1881) - Lehman,Clarence (1900) [E65]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (4.14), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 Nbd7 [6...c5 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.d5 Na5 9.Nd2 a6 10.Qc2 Rb8 11.b3 b5] 7.Nc3 c5 8.d5 Nb6 9.Nd2 Ng4 10.Qc2 Ne5 11.b3 f5 12.e3 Rf7 13.Bb2 Nbd7 14.Rad1 a6 15.h3 Nf6 16.a4 Rb8 One of the scoresheets reads "15.h3 Rb8 16.a4 Nf6". Note that 16.f4 won a piece... 17.Rfe1 Ne8 18.f4 Nd7 19.Nf3 h6 20.Nh4 Nf8 21.e4 g5 22.Nxf5 Bxf5 23.exf5 gxf4 24.gxf4 [24.g4!?] 24...Nc7 25.Bf3 Bf6 26.Kh2 b5 27.Rg1+ Kh8 28.Bh5 Rh7 29.Ne4 Nd7 30.axb5 axb5 31.Rg6 bxc4 32.Nxf6 Nxf6 33.bxc4 Nce8 34.Rdg1 Ng7 35.Be2 Qf8 36.Bd3 Qf7 37.Bc3 Rf8 38.Qf2 h5 39.Qh4 Kg8 40.Qg5 Kh8 41.Rh6 Kg8 42.Rxh7 Kxh7 43.Ra1 Nge8 44.Qg6+ Qxg6 45.fxg6+ Kh6 46.Ra7 Ng8 47.f5 Nef6 48.Kg3 Re8 49.Bd2+ Kg7 50.Bf4 Rd8 51.Bd2 1-0

(13) Mohammed,Mansoor (1885) - Porlares,Teodoro (1766) [D78]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.9), 27.08.2019

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 0-0 5.c4 d5 6.d4 c6 7.Bf4 Nh5 8.Be3 Na6 9.Qc1 dxc4 10.a4 Nb4 11.Qxc4 a5 12.Bd2 Be6 13.Qc1 Nd5 14.e4 Nc7 15.Bh6 Nf6 16.Nc3 Ng4 17.Bf4 Na6 18.Rd1 Nb4 19.h3 Nf6 20.Ng5 Bb3 21.Rd2 h6 22.Nf3 g5 23.Be5 Nd7 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Ra3 Be6 26.d5 cxd5 27.exd5 Bf5 28.Nd4 Bg6 29.Qf1 Nc5 30.f4 gxf4 31.Qxf4 Ncd3 32.Nf5+ Bxf5 33.Qxf5 Qb6+ 34.Kh2 Qg6 35.Qd7 Qd6 36.Qg4+ Kh8 37.Qd4+ e5 38.Qe3 f5 39.Rxd3 Nxd3 40.Qxd3 f4 41.gxf4 Rxf4 42.Ne4 Qg6 43.Qg3 Qxg3+ 44.Nxg3 Rf2 45.Rd3 Rxb2 46.d6 Rd8 47.Nf5 Rg8 48.Rg3 Rxg3 49.Kxg3 Rb3+ 50.Kf2 Rd3 51.Bxb7 Kg8 52.Be4 Rd1 53.Ke2 Rd4 54.Nxd4 exd4 55.Bc6 Kf7 56.d7 Ke7 57.Kd3 Kd8 58.Kxd4 Kc7 59.Bb5 Kd8 60.Ke5 Ke7 61.Kf5 Kd8 62.Kg6 1-0

(14) Heidari,Ako (1856) - Robeal,Rafik (1800) [A10]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.16), 27.08.2019

1.c4 b6 2.Nc3 Bb7 3.e4 e6 4.Nf3 f5 5.Bd3 f4 6.Bc2 h6 7.d4 Qf6 8.e5 Qf7 9.h4 Bb4 10.h5 Ne7 11.Rh4 Nbc6 12.Bxf4 Nf5 13.Qd2 0-0-0 14.Rh3 Rdf8 15.Be3 Nce7 16.a3 Bxc3 17.Qxc3 Rhg8 18.0-0-0 g5 19.Ne1 Nh4 20.Rh2 Nef5 21.Rd2 Ng7 22.g4 Qe8 23.d5 Kb8 24.Be4 Rf7 25.c5 exd5 26.Rxd5 Bxd5 27.Bxd5 Ne6 28.Qb3 Qc8 29.f3 Rgf8 30.Rc2 Qa6 31.Kb1 Nxf3 32.Nxf3 Rxf3 33.cxb6 Rf1+ 34.Ka2 axb6 35.Rc4 R1f4 36.Bxe6 dxe6 37.Bxf4 gxf4 0-1

(15) Drane,Robert (1800) - Maser,Thomas F (1902) [C28]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.17), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Na5 5.Nge2 c6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.a3 Nxc4 8.dxc4 a5 9.Qd3 h6 10.Bh4 Qc7 11.h3 d6 12.Rd1 Be6 13.0-0 g5 14.Bg3 Nh5 15.Qf3 Nf4 16.Bh2 Bxc4 17.Rfe1 Be6 18.Ng3 Qc8 19.Nge2 g4 20.hxg4 Bxg4 21.Qe3 Nxg2? Up a pawn with a great game, Black goes overboard. 22.Kxg2 Rg8 23.Kh1 Qe6 24.Rg1 0-0-0 25.f3 Bg5 26.Qf2 Bh4 27.Bg3?

[27.Ng3+/-] 27...Bxf3+! 28.Kh2 Bxg3+ 29.Rxg3 Bh5? [29...Rxg3 30.Qxg3 Bg4] 30.Rxg8 Rxg8 31.Rg1 Bg6 32.Ng3 d5? 33.exd5 cxd5 34.Qc5+ Qc6 35.Qxa5 Rd8 36.Rg2 d4 37.Na4 Rd6 38.b4 Bxc2 39.Nc5 d3 40.Nge4 Rg6 41.Rxg6 fxg6 42.b5 d2 43.bxc6 d1Q 44.Qa8+ 1-0


(16) Mckellar,Daniel (1854) - Acharya,Venkatagi (1706) [D02]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.18), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 d5 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bg3 Nbd7 6.Nbd2 b6 7.Bb5 Bb7 8.Qe2 a6 9.Bd3 Qe7 10.c3 c5 11.e4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Bxg3 13.hxg3 cxd4 14.Nxd4 Nc5 15.Nxf6+ Qxf6 16.Nf3 Nxd3+ 17.Qxd3 Rd8 18.Qe3 0-0 19.Ke2 Rd6 20.Rhd1 Rfd8 21.Rxd6 Rxd6 22.Rd1 Rxd1 23.Kxd1 Qd8+ 24.Kc2 h6 25.Qd3 Qxd3+ 26.Kxd3 g5 27.Kd4 Kg7 28.Ke5 Kg6 29.g4 Bd5 30.b3 b5 31.Ne1 f6+ 32.Kd4 f5 33.gxf5+ Kxf5 34.g3 h5 35.Ke3 h4 36.gxh4 gxh4 37.Nf3 h3 38.Nh2 e5 39.f3 a5 40.Nf1 a4 41.bxa4 bxa4 42.a3 Kg5 43.Ng3 Kh4 44.Nf5+ Kg5 45.Ng3 h2 46.Kf2 Kf4 47.Nh5+ Kf5 48.Ng3+ Ke6 49.Kg2 Kd6 50.Nf5+ Kc5 51.Ne3 Bxf3+ 52.Kxh2 Kd6 53.Kg3 Be2 54.Kf2 Bd3 55.Ke1 e4 56.Kd2 Ke5 57.Nd1 Kf4 58.Nb2 Bb5 59.c4 Bc6 60.Ke2 Bd7 61.Nd1?? Bg4+ 62.Ke1 Bxd1 63.Kxd1

63...Ke3?? [63...Ke5!-+] 64.Ke1?? [64.c5 Kf2[] 65.c6 e3 66.c7 e2+ 67.Kc2 e1Q 68.c8Q=] 64...Kd4 65.c5 Kxc5 66.Kd2 Kc4 67.Kc2 e3 68.Kd1 Kb3 [68...Kd3 69.Ke1 e2 70.Kf2 Kd2] 69.Ke2 Kxa3 70.Kxe3 Kb2 0-1


(17) Perlov,Alexander (1770) - Mercado,Adam (1699) [D85]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.19), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.Be3 Qa5 9.Bd2?! 0-0 10.Be2 Nc6 11.0-0 cxd4 12.cxd4 Qd8 13.Be3 b6 14.Rc1 Bb7 15.d5 Ne5 16.Nd4 Rc8 17.Qb3 Nd7 18.Rxc8 Qxc8 19.Rc1 Nc5 20.Qa3 Qa8 21.f3 Be5

White has this strong control of the center, but now he gets loose. 22.f4? Bxd4 23.Bxd4 Nxe4 24.Rc7 [24.Qxe7=] 24...Bxd5 25.Rxa7 Qc6 26.Rxe7 Qc2 27.Qb2 Qa4 28.Bf3 Rc8 29.Bxe4? [29.h3+-] 29...Bxe4-/+ 30.Rxe4? Qd1+ 31.Kf2 Rc2+ 32.Kg3 Qd3+ 33.Re3 Qxe3+ 34.Bxe3 Rxb2 35.Bd4 Rb4 36.Bc3 Ra4 0-1


(18) Kaplan,Glenn (1651) - Huberts,Alexander (1767) [A16]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.20), 27.08.2019

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nf3 c6 6.0-0 d5 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.d3 Nc6 9.Bf4 Nh5 10.Bd2 d4 11.Ne4 Rb8 12.Qc1 Bf5 13.Nc5 Qd5 14.Nh4 Bg4 15.f3 Bd7 16.g4 Nf6 17.Bf4 e5 18.Nxd7 Qxd7 19.Bg3 Nd5 20.Bf2 Bf6 21.Qh6 Qe7 22.f4 Nxf4 23.Nf3 Bg7 24.Qg5 f6 25.Qh4 g5 26.Nxg5 fxg5 27.Bd5+ Kh8 28.Be4 gxh4 29.Kh1 Bf6 30.Rg1 Bg5 0-1

(19) Malykin,Erika (1762) - Rakonitz,David (1639) [A50]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.21), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.c4 b6 4.Nd2 Bb7 5.Ngf3 Be7 6.e3 0-0 7.Rc1 c5 8.Be5 d6 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.Qc2 Nd7 11.Bd3 g6 12.0-0 Bg7 13.Ne4 Nf6 14.Rfd1 Qc7 15.Nfg5 Rac8 16.b3 Rfd8 17.Nc3 Qe7 18.Be2 d5 19.dxc5 Rxc5 20.Bf3 Rcc8 21.Nb5 Ba8 22.Qe2 h6 23.Nh3 a6 24.Nc3 Bb7 25.cxd5 exd5 26.Nf4 b5 27.Bxd5 Nxd5 28.Ncxd5 Qg5 29.Nh3 Qe5 30.Rxc8 Rxc8 31.f4 Qe8 32.e4 Rd8 33.Qd3 f5 34.Ne7+ Qxe7 35.Qxd8+ Qxd8 36.Rxd8+ Bf8 37.e5 Bc6 38.Nf2 Kf7 39.Rc8 Bd5 40.Nd3 Ba3 41.Rc7+ ("less than 5 minutes left") ... 1-0

(20) Cortinas,Martin A (1697) - Sablon,Hadrien (1626) [E11]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.22), 27.08.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.g3 0-0 6.Nc3 d5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bg2 c6 9.0-0 Re8 10.Re1 Bf5 11.Nh4 Bg4 12.f3 Bh5 13.Rc1 Nbd7 14.Qb3 Bxc3 15.Rxc3 Nb6 16.Nf5 Qd8 17.Bf4 Bg6 18.Bh3 Nh5 19.Bc1 Qf6 20.Qc2 Bxf5 21.Bxf5 Qxd4+ 22.e3 Qb4 23.a3 Qd6 24.Bxh7+ Kh8 25.Bf5 Re5 26.Rd1 Qe7 27.b3 Qd6 28.Rd4 Kg8 29.Rh4 g6 30.Bh3 Qf6 31.Bg2 Rae8 32.Rd3 Qd8 33.Rdd4 Ng7 34.e4 Ne6 35.Rd1 d4 36.f4 Rc5 37.Qb2 Rc3 38.Bd2 Rc5 39.Bb4 Rh5 40.Rxh5 gxh5 41.f5 c5 42.fxe6 cxb4 43.exf7+ Kxf7 44.Rxd4 bxa3 45.Qf2+ Qf6 46.Rd2 Re5 47.Qd4 Qe7 48.Rf2+ Kg6 49.Bh3 Qc5 50.Bf5+ Kf6 51.Qd8+ Qe7 52.Qh8+ Kf7 53.Qxh5+ Kg8 54.Qg6+ Kh8 55.Qh6+ Kg8 56.Bh7+ Kh8 57.Rf8+ Qxf8 58.Qxf8+ Kxh7 59.Qf7+ Kh6 60.Qf6+ Kh7 61.Qxe5 a5 62.Qc7+ Kg8 63.Qxb6 a2 64.Qxa5 1-0

(21) Chambers,Don (1367) - Cohee,James (1654) [C41]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.23), 27.08.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.d4 exd4 5.c3 Nf6 6.Qb3 0-0 7.Ng5 Qe8 8.cxd4 Nc6 9.Be3 h6 10.Nf3 Nxe4 11.Nc3 Nxc3 12.bxc3 Na5 13.Qb4 Nxc4 14.Qxc4 c6 15.0-0 Be6 16.Qb4 b5 17.Bf4 Qd7 18.Qb1 Bf5 19.Qc1 Rae8 20.Re1 Bf6 21.Qa3 Rxe1+ 22.Rxe1 Rd8 23.h3 Be6 24.g4 Bd5 25.Kg2 h5 26.g5 Bxf3+ 27.Kxf3 Qxh3+ 28.Ke2 Bxd4 29.g6 Re8+ 30.Be3 Bxe3 31.Kd1 Qg4+ 32.Kc2 Qf5+ 33.Kb2 Qxf2+ 34.Kb3 Qxe1 35.Qxd6 Qb1+ 36.Ka3 Bc1# 0-1

(22) Chalissery,Jossy (1668) - Tuck,Drew (1490) [C00]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.24), 27.08.2019

1.Nf3 d5 2.d3 c5 3.Nbd2 Nc6 4.e4 e6 5.Be2 Bd6 6.0-0 Nge7 7.Re1 0-0 8.Bf1 Qc7 9.g3 Bd7 10.Bg2 b5 11.b3 a5 12.Bb2 d4 13.c3 e5 14.cxd4 cxd4 15.a3 Rac8 16.Rc1 Qb6 17.Qe2 Ng6 18.Rc2 f6 19.Rec1 Be6 20.Qf1 Nce7 21.Rxc8 Rxc8 22.Rxc8+ Bxc8 23.Bh3 Qc6 24.Bxc8 Qxc8 25.Qc1 Qxc1+ 26.Bxc1 Kf7 27.a4 bxa4 28.bxa4 Bb4 29.Nc4 Nf8 30.Bd2 Nc6 31.Kf1 Nd7 32.Bxb4 axb4 33.Ke2 Nc5 34.Nb2 Ke6 35.Nd2 Na5 36.h3 f5 37.f3 g5 38.g4 fxe4 39.fxe4 h6 40.Nf3 Kf6 1/2-1/2

(23) Boldi,Nicholas (1598) - Newey,Richard Her (1666) [B41]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.25), 27.08.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Nc6 4.Nc3 a6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bb4 7.Be2 Nf6 8.Bg5 Qa5 9.Bxf6 Bxc3+ 10.Kf1 gxf6 11.bxc3 Qxc3 12.Nf3 Ne5 13.Nd4 Nc6 14.Nf3 b6 15.Rb1 Qa5 16.Rb2 e5 17.Qd6 Qc5 18.Qxf6 Rf8 19.Qh6 Bb7 20.Rd2 Nd4 21.Nxd4 exd4 22.Qxh7 Qe5 23.Qf5 Qxe4 24.Qxe4+ Bxe4 25.Rxd4 f5 26.h4 Ke7 27.h5 Rg8 28.f3 Bc6 29.Bd3 Ke6 30.Kf2 Ke5 31.Rdh4 b5 32.h6 bxc4 33.Bxc4 d5 34.Bb3 Rh8 35.h7 Ra7 36.Re1+ Kd6 37.Rh6+ Kd7 38.Bc2 Bb5 39.Bxf5+ Kd8 40.Rd6+ Kc7 41.Rxd5 1-0

(24) Barreyro,Romeo (1657) - Khamkar,Susheel (1470) [D02]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.26), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 Bf5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Bxg6 hxg6 9.Nc3 a6 10.g5 Nh5 11.Nxd5 Nxf4 12.Nxf4 e6 13.Qd3 Nb6 14.0-0-0 Nd5 15.Nxd5 Qxd5 16.e4 Qxa2 17.c3 Be7 18.h4 0-0 19.h5 gxh5 20.Rxh5 g6 21.Rh3 Kg7 22.Rdh1 Rh8 23.Rxh8 Rxh8 24.Rxh8 Kxh8 25.e5 Qa1+ 26.Qb1 Qa4 27.b3 Qc6 28.Qd3 b5 29.Kb2 a5 30.c4 bxc4 31.bxc4 a4 32.c5 Qd5 33.Qd1 Qb7+ 34.Ka3 Qb5 35.Qc2 Qc6 36.Qd3 Qd7 37.Qc4 Qc6 38.Qc3 Qb5 39.Qc2 Qc6 40.Qd3 Qb7 41.Qe3 Qb5 42.Nd2 Kg8 43.Ne4 Bd8 44.Nf6+ Kf8 45.d5 exd5 46.Nxd5 Bxg5 47.f4 c6 48.fxg5 cxd5 49.Qh3 Qxc5+ 50.Kxa4 Qd4+ 51.Kb3 Qxe5 52.Qc8+ Ke7 53.Qb7+ Kf8 54.Qc8+ Kg7 55.Qd8 Qe6 56.Kc2 Qe5 57.Kd3 Qe4+ 58.Kd2 Qe6 59.Kd3 f6 60.Qc7+ Qf7 61.gxf6+ Kxf6 62.Qf4+ Kg7 63.Qe5+ Kf8 64.Qb8+ Ke7 65.Qc7+ Ke6 66.Qc8+ Qd7 67.Qg8+ Kf6 68.Qh8+ Kg5 69.Kd4 Qd6 70.Qg8 Qb4+ 71.Ke3 d4+ 72.Ke4 Qd6 73.Kd3 Qf6 74.Qb8 Kg4 75.Kc4 Qf1+ 76.Kd5?? d3 77.Qb5 Qf3+ 78.Kc5 Qe3+ 79.Kc4 d2 80.Qb1 Qe2+ 0-1

(25) Carron,Joel (1573) - Tamondong,Cesar (1617) [B22]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.27), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.cxd4 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Qa5 8.Bxb4 Qxb4+ 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.Nc3 0-0 11.a3 Qb3 12.Be2 Nxc3 13.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 14.bxc3 f6 15.Bc4 fxe5 16.Nxe5 Nxe5 17.dxe5 Rf4 18.Bd3 b6 19.0-0 Bb7 20.Bb5 Bc6 21.Bxc6 dxc6 22.Rad1 Rc4 23.Rd6 Re8 24.Rc1 Kf7 25.Rd4 Rc5 26.f4 Re7 27.Rd3 Rc4 28.Rd4 Rc5 29.Rd3 Rd5 30.Rcd1 Red7 31.Rd4 Kg6 32.Kf2 Kf5 33.Kf3 h5 34.g3 g5 35.h3 gxf4 36.gxf4 Rg7 37.Rxd5 cxd5 38.Rd2 Rc7 [38...h4] 39.Rc2 Rc4 40.Kg3 d4 41.Kh4 Rxc3 42.Rd2 d3 43.Kg3 Ke4 44.f5 Kxf5 45.Kf3 Kxe5 46.Ke3 Rxa3 0-1

(26) Harris,Clarence (1464) - Casares Jr,Nick (1600) [C68]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (4.28), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 [6...h5!?] 7.g4 Bg6 8.Nxe5 Qd4 9.Nxg6 hxg6 10.Qf3 Bd6 11.Kg2 0-0-0 12.c3 Qe5 13.Rh1 f5 14.exf5 Rf8 15.d4 Qf6 16.Be3 Ne7 17.Nd2 gxf5 18.g5 Qg6 19.Bf4 Nd5 20.Bxd6 cxd6 21.Qg3 f4 22.Qg4+ Kc7 23.Kf3 Qd3+ 24.Kg2 Qxd2 25.Rad1 Ne3+ 0-1

(27) Ansari,Jahaan (1459) - Simpkins,Jerry (1426) [A85]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.10), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 f5 2.e3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6 6.Bd3 Bb4 7.Bd2 0-0 8.Ne2 Bd6 9.0-0 Ne4 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Be1 Nd7 12.Qb3 Ndf6 13.Bb4 Kh8 14.Bxd6 Nxd6 15.Nf4 Nfe4 16.Qd1 g5 17.Ne2 f4! 18.exf4 gxf4 19.Qc1 Bg4 20.Ne5 Bxe2 21.Bxe2 Qh4 22.a4?! Ng5?! 23.Ra3 f3!? 24.Nxf3 Nxf3+ 25.Rxf3 Rxf3 26.Bxf3 Qxd4 27.Qh6 Nc4 28.Re1 Qxb2 29.h3 Qg7 30.Qh4?!

[30.Qxg7+ Kxg7 31.Re7+ is equal.] 30...Ne5! 31.Bd1 Rf8 32.Bc2?? Nf3+ A sudden end to a tense battle. 0-1


(28) Baer,Michael A (1430) - Albury,Sterling C (1117) [C86]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.30), 27.08.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Nf6 6.Qe2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.c3 d6 9.Rd1 Re8 10.d3 Bb7 11.Nbd2 Na5 12.Bc2 c5 13.Nf1 h6 14.Ne3 Bf8 15.Nf5 d5 16.b3 Nc6 17.Bb2 Qc7 18.Rac1 a5 19.a4 b4 20.c4 dxe4 21.dxe4 Nd4 22.N3xd4 exd4 23.f3 g6 24.Ng3 Bd6 25.Nf1 Nh5 26.g3 f5 27.Qg2 f4 28.g4 Nf6 29.g5 hxg5 30.Qxg5 Qg7 31.Rd2 Re5 32.Qxf4 Rf8 33.Qh4 Rh5 34.Qf2 Nh7 35.Ng3 Rh4 36.Kh1 Qh6 37.Rg1 Ng5 38.Nf5 Diagram

38...Rxf5 39.exf5 Bxf3+ 40.Qxf3 Rxh2+ 0-1


(29) Dubensky,Walter B (1078) - Reyes,Victor Hugo (1497) [D00]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.31), 27.08.2019

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 c6 3.e3 Bf5 4.Bd2 e6 5.f4 Bd6 6.g4 Qh4+ 7.Ke2 Bxg4+ 8.Nf3 Nd7 9.Be1 Qh5 10.Bg2 Bh3 11.Kf1 Bxg2+ 12.Kxg2 Ngf6 13.h3 h6 14.Rg1 g5 15.fxg5 hxg5 16.Kf1 Qxh3+ 17.Ke2 Ne4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Nxg5 Qh2+ 20.Bf2 0-0-0 21.Nxe4 Be7 22.Qd3 f5 23.Ng3 Ne5 24.Qc3 Ng4 25.Raf1 Nxf2 26.Qe1 Ne4+ 27.Kd1 Qh4 28.Rf4 Qh3 29.Nxe4 fxe4 30.Rxe4 c5 31.Rg3 Qh5+ 32.Kc1 Bh4 33.Re5 Qh6 34.Rxc5+ Kb8 35.c4 Bxg3 36.Qxg3+ Ka8 37.Qc7 Qxe3+ 38.Kc2 Qxd4 39.Kb3 Rb8 40.a4 Rh3+ 41.Kb4 Qxb2+ 42.Ka5 Qb6+ 43.Qxb6 axb6+ 44.Kxb6 Rb3+ 45.Kc7 b6 46.Rc6 Rb7+ 47.Kc8 e5 48.a5 Rh3 49.Rc7 Rxc7+ 50.Kxc7 bxa5 51.c5 Rc3 52.Kb6 a4 53.Kb5 Kb7 54.Kb4 Rb3+ 55.Kxa4 Rb1 0-1

(30) Chan,John (1515) - Thibault,William (1195) [A48]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.32), 27.08.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.h3 Bg7 4.c3 0-0 5.Bf4 d6 6.Nbd2 c5 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Be2 Re8 9.0-0 e5 10.Bg5 e4 11.Nh2 d5 12.Rb1 h6 13.Bh4 Qa5 14.a3 Nb6 15.Nb3 Qa4 16.Nxc5 Qxd1 17.Rfxd1 Nc4 18.g4 g5 19.Bg3 b6 20.Nb3 Bd7 21.Re1 Ba4 22.Bxc4 dxc4 23.Nd2 Bc2 24.Rbc1 Bd3 25.Nhf1 h5 26.gxh5 Nxh5 27.Bh2 f5 28.Kh1 Kf7 29.Ng3 Kg6 30.Rg1 Rh8 31.Kg2 f4 32.Ngxe4 Raf8 33.Kh1 Bh6 34.Rg4 Be2 35.Rg2 f3 36.Rg4 Nf6 37.Nxf6 Rxf6 38.Be5 Bg7 39.Bxf6 Rxh3+ 40.Kg1 Bxf6 41.Ne4 Kf5 42.Rg3 Rxg3+ 43.Nxg3+ Kg4 44.Nxe2 fxe2 45.Kg2 Kf5 46.f3 g4 47.Re1 Bh4 48.Rxe2 g3 49.Kh3 Kg5 50.d5 Kh5 51.d6 b5 52.d7 a6 53.Rg2 1-0

(31) James,Charles (1458) - Cole,Tony (1400) [C02]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.33), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 h6 6.Bd3 c4 7.Bc2 Bd7 8.0-0 Qe7 9.b3 0-0-0 10.b4 Nb8 11.a4 f6 12.b5 g5 13.Na3 h5 14.exf6 Nxf6 15.Bxg5 Bh6 16.Bh4 Rdg8 17.Ne5 Be8 18.f4 Qg7 19.Qf3 Ng4 20.g3 Rf8 21.Kh1 Nd7 22.Rae1 Ngxe5 23.dxe5 Kb8 24.Qe3 Qg4 25.Qd4 Rf7 26.Bd1 Qf5 27.Bc2 Qh3 28.Rf3 Bg7 29.Bg6 Rff8 30.Bxe8 Rxe8 31.Rff1 Rhf8 32.Nc2 Rf7 33.Ne3 Ref8 34.Bg5 .... 0-1 0-1

(32) Capdeville,Barry (1226) - Anderson,David (793) [C44]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.34), 27.08.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d5 4.d4 Bd7 5.Bxc6 Bxc6 6.Nxe5 Bb5 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Nd3 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qh4 10.0-0 0-0-0 11.e5 Nh6 12.Qf3 Rhf8 13.Bf4 Nf5 14.g4 Nh6 15.h3 g5 16.Bh2 f5 17.exf6 Rd6 18.Qg2 Rdxf6 19.Bg3 Nf5 20.Bxh4 Nxh4 21.Qxd5 c6 22.Qh1 Rd8 23.f3 c5 24.Rf2 Bc6 25.Ne5 Bd5 26.c4 Bf7 27.d5 h5 28.Rb1 Re8 Diagram

29.d6!? Rxe5 30.f4! gxf4 31.Qxb7+ Kd8 32.Qc7+ Ke8 33.Rb8# 1-0


(33) Roberts,Joseph (1369) - Hilliard,Michael (1429) [B10]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.35), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c6 2.f4 d5 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.e5 Bc7 6.b3 Ne7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Ng5 g6 9.Nc3 Nd7 10.Ne2 f6 11.Nf3 fxe5 12.fxe5 Nxe5 13.Bb2 Nxf3+ 14.gxf3 Qd6 15.f4 Bb6+ 16.Kh1 c5 17.Be5 Qc6 18.Ng3 Nf5 19.Qg4 Nxg3+ 20.hxg3 Qe8 21.Kg2 Bd8 22.Rh1 Bf6 23.Raf1 Bd7 24.Rh6 Bxe5

25.Bxg6 hxg6 26.Rxg6+ Kf7 27.fxe5+ Ke7 28.Rg7+ [28.Qg5+] 28...Kd8 29.Rxf8 Qxf8 30.Rg8 Kc7 31.Rxf8 Rxf8 32.Qg7 Rf5 33.g4 Rf4 34.Kg3 Re4 35.Kf3 Re1 36.g5 Ra1 37.a4 Ra2 38.Qh7 Ra1 39.g6 Re1 40.g7 Rf1+ 41.Ke2 Rf7 42.Qg6 1-0


(34) Allen,Tom Carter (1400) - Bielec,John [B21]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.36), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 e6 6.Bc4 a6 7.0-0 Qc7 8.Bb3 Nf6 9.Qe2 d6 10.Rd1 Be7 11.Be3 0-0 12.Na4? b5! 13.Nb6 Rb8 14.Rac1? Black has won the opening battle but at least White should take on c8. 14...Rxb6 15.Bxb6 Qxb6 16.a3 Bb7 17.e5 dxe5 18.Nxe5 Nxe5 19.Qxe5 Re8 20.Rd2 Rd8 21.Rdc2 Be4 22.Rc7 Bd6 23.Qxe6 fxe6 24.Bxe6+ Kh8 25.Rc8 0-1

(35) Starr,Albert Mart (1575) - Martin,Michael J (1574) [A00]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.37), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6?

A surprisingl popular try against the Orangutan, but unfortunately White gets the advantage. 3.b5 Nd4 4.e3 Ne6 5.Bxe5 d6 6.Bb2 Nf6 7.Nf3 Bd7 8.Be2 c6 9.c4 cxb5 10.cxb5 Rc8 11.0-0 Nc5 12.a4 g6 13.d3 d5 14.Nbd2 Bg7 15.Rc1 0-0 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.d4 Ne4 18.Rxc8 Qxc8 19.Nxe4 dxe4 20.Nd2 Re8 21.Qb1 Qa8 22.Nxe4 Bf5 23.Nxf6+ Kf8 24.Nxh7+ Kg7 25.Bd3 Bxd3 26.Qxd3 Kxh7 27.Rc1 Qd8 28.Qc4 Kg7 29.Qc7 Qh4 30.Qg3 Qe4 31.h4 Rh8 32.Qe5+ Qxe5 33.dxe5 Rxh4 34.f4 Rh8 35.Rc7 a6 36.b6 Rd8 37.Rxb7 Rd3 38.Kf2 Ra3 39.Ra7 Rxa4 40.g4 1-0


(36) Chen,Bryant Alan (1468) - Olson,David (1407) [A31]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.38), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.e3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.d4 b6 6.Be2 Na6 7.0-0 0-0 8.a3 Nc7 9.d5 d6 10.b4 Ne4 11.Nxe4 Bxa1 12.Qc2 Bf5 13.Bd3 Bg4 14.Nfd2

Black has won material and can consolidate many ways, but now weakens his king position. 14...f5? 15.Nc3 f4 16.exf4 Rxf4 17.Nb3 Bxc3 18.Bxf4 Bg7 19.Re1 Qf8 20.Bg3 a6 21.Re4 Bd7 22.Rf4 Qe8 23.Qe2 b5 24.bxc5 bxc4 25.Bxc4 Bb5 26.Qf3 Bxc4 27.Rxc4 Nb5 28.a4 Na3 29.Re4 Qd7 30.c6 Qc7 31.Nd2 Nc2 32.Qd3 Na1 33.Nb3 Nxb3 34.Qxb3 Rb8 35.Rb4 Ra8 36.Rb7 Qa5 37.Rxe7 Be5 38.Qd1 Rb8 39.Bxe5 dxe5 40.Rxe5 Qc7 41.Re1 Rd8 42.Qf3 Rf8 43.Qe4 Qb6 44.Rf1 Rf5 45.Qe6+ Kg7 46.Qe7+ Kh6 47.c7 1-0


(37) Radaelli,Lucas (1444) - Acharya,Aravind (1084) [A40]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.41), 27.08.2019

1.d4 f6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 Bc5 4.e4 Ne7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 f5 7.exf5 d6 8.f6 Rxf6 9.Bg5 Rf8 10.Qc2 h6 11.Bh4 Qe8 12.Nbd2 Bf5 13.0-0 Qh5 14.Bxe7 Re8 15.Bxf5 Rxe7 16.Bg6 Qg4 17.h3 Qg3 Diagram

18.b4! Bxf2+ 19.Rxf2 Nd7 20.Raf1 Nf6 21.Nh2 Rae8 22.Bxe8 Rxe8 23.Rf3 Qg5 24.Ne4 Qh4 25.Nxf6+ gxf6 26.Qg6+ Kh8 27.Qxe8+ Kg7 28.Qe7+ Kg8 29.Rxf6 Qd4+ 30.Kh1 Qf4 31.Rg6+ Kh8 32.Qg7# 1-0


(38) Serra,Owen (829) - Ahrens,Richard WI (1206) [B50]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.42), 27.08.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 d6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Bd7 5.c4 Nf6 6.d3 a6 7.Ba4 e6 8.0-0 Be7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Bf4 e5 11.Bg5 Rb8 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Nd4 14.Be3 Bxa4 15.Qxa4 Nxf3+ 16.gxf3 Bg5 17.Bxg5 Qxg5+ 18.Kh1 Qf4 19.Qd1 Rfe8 20.Rg1 h5 21.Rg3 g5 22.Qg1 f6 23.Qg2 Qd2 Diagram

24.h4! Kf7 25.hxg5 Rg8? The g-pawn becomes a strong attacker. Black should have taken it and played ... Rg8 to keep the disadvantage to a minimum. 26.g6+ Kg7 27.Qh3! Qxf2 28.Qd7+ 1-0


(39) Nicol,George R - Sachs-Weintraub,J. (1447) [D02]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.43), 27.08.2019

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Bf4 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Nc3 e6 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 a6 10.0-0 Be7 11.e4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 0-0 13.Ne5 Nd5 14.Qg3 Nxf4 15.Qxf4 Nf6 16.Rad1 Nd5 17.Qg3 Bh4 18.Qg4 f5 19.Nf6+ Bxf6 20.Qe2 Bxe5 21.Qxe5 Qf6 22.Rfe1 Qxe5 23.dxe5 Rad8 24.Rd2 Nb4 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.a3 Nc6 27.f4 Rd2 28.b4 Ra2 29.Re3 Nd4 30.Rc3 Ne2+ 31.Kf2 Nxc3+ 32.Kf3 Rxa3 0-1

(40) Dunlap,Steven (1016) - Frank,Robert H (1358) [A32]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.44), 27.08.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Bf4 Bb4+ 7.Nd2? Forgetting about the knight on d4! Nc3 would be usual. 7...Nxd4 8.e3 Nf3+? Returning the favor. Retreating would stay a knight ahead. 9.Qxf3 Qa5 10.e4 d5 11.cxd5 exd5 12.exd5 Qxd5 13.Qxd5 Nxd5 14.Bb5+ Kd8 15.0-0-0 Bd7 16.Bxd7 Kxd7 17.Nc4 Kc6 18.Ne5+ Kc5 19.Nd7+ Kc6 20.Ne5+ Kc5 White could win a bishop for two pawns with a3 followed by b4 check, but the players were in a peaceful mood. 21.Nd7+ Kc6 1/2-1/2

(41) Tabatabai,Ashkon (1074) - Badgett Jr,James (1084) [B21]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.45), 27.08.2019

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qa4 a6 5.c4 e6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Be7 8.Bg5 0-0 9.c5 Ra7 10.h3 Bxc5 11.e5 Qb6 12.Qc2 Nb4 13.Qd2 Nfd5 14.Bc4 Re8 15.Bxd5 exd5 16.Nxd5 Nxd5 17.0-0-0 Nb4 18.Kb1 Nc6 19.Qc2 a5 20.Bh4 g6 21.Ng5 d6 22.exd6 Bf5 23.Rd3 0-1

(42) Sullivan,George (873) - Ahmed,Enile [A85]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (4.46), 27.08.2019

1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bd2 c6 6.Bd3 d5 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.a3 Be7 9.Nge2 a6 10.b4 0-0 11.f3 Nbd7 12.0-0 Qe8 13.Rc1 b5 14.e4 fxe4 15.fxe4 e5 16.Nxd5 Nxd5 17.Rxf8+ Nxf8 18.exd5 Bb7 19.Be4 Nd7 20.Qc2 Nf6 21.dxe5 Nxe4 22.Qxe4 Qd8 23.Nc3 Rc8 24.Qd3 Qd7 25.h3 h6 26.Rf1 Rd8 27.Qg6 Bxd5 28.Nxd5 Qxd5 29.Rf7 Qxf7 30.Qxf7+ Kxf7 0-1

(43) Robertson,Wade (1249) - Yamamoto,Craig (1500) [E65]
MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (4.47), 27.08.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 Nbd7 7.Nc3 c5 8.d5 Nb6 9.Nd2 Ng4 10.Qc2 Ne5 11.b3 f5 12.e3 Rf7 13.Bb2 Nbd7 14.Rad1 a6 15.h3 Nf6 16.a4 Rb8 17.Rfe1 Ne8 18.f4 Nd7 19.Nf3 h6 20.Nh4 Nf8 21.e4 g5 22.Nxf5 Bxf5 23.exf5 gxf4 24.gxf4 Nc7 25.Bf3 Bf6 26.Kh2 b5 27.Rg1+ Kh8 28.Bh5 Rh7 29.Ne4 Nd7 30.axb5 axb5 31.Rg6 bxc4 32.Nxf6 Nxf6 33.bxc4 Nce8 34.Rdg1 Ng7 35.Be2 Qf8 36.Bd3 Qf7 37.Bc3 Rf8 38.Qf2 h5 39.Qh4 Kg8 40.Qg5 Kh8 41.Rh6 Kg8 42.Rxh7 Kxh7 43.Ra1 Nge8 44.Qg6+ Qxg6 45.fxg6+ Kh6 46.Ra7 Ng8 47.f5 Nef6 48.Kg3 Re8 49.Bd2+ Kg7 50.Bf4 Rd8 51.Bd2 1-0

(44) Suswal,Michael St - Chambers,Wolfe Na [A43]
MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (4.48), 27.08.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 c5 2.c3 cxd4 3.cxd4 g6 4.e3 Bg7 5.Bd3 b6 6.f4 Bb7 7.Nf3 d6 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Nc3 e5 10.Re1 Nge7 11.Bd2 exd4 12.exd4 Nxd4 13.Be4 Qc7 14.Nd5 Qc5 15.Kh1 f5

16.Rc1 fxe4 17.Rxc5 bxc5 18.Nc7+ Kd7 19.Nxa8? [19.Nxd4!] 19...exf3!

20.Qa4+ Nec6 21.Bc3 fxg2+ 22.Kg1 Nf3+ 23.Kxg2 Nxe1+ 24.Bxe1 Bxa8 25.Qd1 Bxb2 26.Bg3 Nd4+ 27.Kh3 h5 28.Qd2 Ba3 29.Qa5 Black was winning, but now his pieces get discoordinated. 29...Nc2? 30.Qxa7+ Ke6 31.Qa6 Ne3 32.Qxa3 Bg2+ 33.Kh4 Nf5+ 34.Kg5 Rg8 35.Qb3+ Bd5 36.Qc3 Nd4 37.Kh6 Bxa2 38.Qe1+ Kf5 39.Qe7 d5 40.Qf7+ Ke4 41.Qxg8 Ne2 42.Qxg6+ Ke3 43.f5 d4 44.Qe8+ Kd2 45.f6 Nxg3 46.hxg3 d3 47.f7 Bxf7 48.Qxf7 Kc1 49.Qc4+ Kd2 50.Qxc5 Ke2 51.Qxh5+ Kd2 52.Qd5 Ke2 53.g4 d2 54.g5 d1Q 55.Qxd1+ Kxd1 56.g6 Kd2 57.g7 Ke3 58.g8Q Kd4 59.Qe6 Kd3 60.Qg4 Ke3 1-0

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