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Gens Una Sumus!


Newsletter #883

Sept 6, 2019

By Abel Talamantez

Table of Contents


FM Stearman Takes Control of Championship Section of TNM 

On Board 1, FM Josiah Stearman was apparently in full preparation in his match against CM Sriram Krishnakumar

The 5th round of the Steve Brandwein TNM created some separation at the top of the leaderboards, with two of the hottest young players facing each other on the top board of the championship section. When the smoke cleared, it was FM Josiah Stearman with the black pieces that came out on top over CM Sriram Krishnakumar. Stearman delivered a beautiful final tactical shot worthy of any puzzle book, and the game and its ending can be found at the end of this newsletter. NM Eric Li had a strong result against NM Tenzing Shaw to continue playing solidly in the top section. FM Kyron Griffith also moved up the leaderboard with a win against Sergey Ostrovsky. NM Jeevan Karamsetty also returns after a bye week next week to battle it out. It appears these three players pose the biggest challenge to Stearman, who is looking in top form in thos tournament. 

In the A/B section, Mansoor Mohammed survived a scare and had a bit of luck in pulling out the win against Rafik Robeal. More is written about this game in a column below, but it was one of the more dramatic games of the ournament and it was all caught on live video. Mohammad is a perfect 5/5 so far. With 4/5, Robert Drane drew with Lex Huberts, setting up a potential board 9 matchup next week against Mohammed, since the other 4/5 score in the section is Teodoro Porlares, who already played Mohammad. 

In the under 1600 section, Sterling Albury put a stop to the Jerry Simpkins train, defeating him on board 10. Albury is now the sole leader of the section at 5/5, with 4 players at 4/5, including Jerry Simpkins, Lucas Radaelli, John Bielic and Jahaan Ansari. 

The broadcast team following the action at the TNM

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:

Tournament Director's Corner

The TNM produces great fodder for TD's, always keeping us on our toes and providing situational content that is very instructive for tournament players. We had another such occurrence in round 5, involving the final game of the day on broadcast board 9 between section leaders Rafik Robeal and Mansoor Mohammed. 

The drama was captured on our live broadcast, here is the link:

Coverage of the end began at the 3:05:00 mark of the video. With both players racing against time, Mohammed (black) was trying to make progress in the game. At the 3:09:00 mark, that is when the real fireworks began. He had a rook and 4 pawns against Robeal's Bishop and 6 pawns. Paul, Judit and I were following the game on the broadcast, when suddenly we noticed the players discussing something over the board at the 3:10:15 mark, which is when we went into the playing area. When I went to the board, play had resumed and then an illegal move was made at the 3:10:35 mark. At that point, since white made the illegal move, black was awarded two additional minutes of time, and I replaced the clock on the board with a DGT North American clock as it was faster for me to immediately set the time so play could resume. At the point of play resuming, black now had 2:27 left, and white had 1 second. In the play that followed, white blundered into mate, in what was otherwise a drawn game. 

What made this situation instructive were two things. First, there appeared to be a claim by white that the game should have been drawn be repetition. However, notation had stopped already since players were under 5 minutes and blitzing moves, so a claim cannot be made by the scoresheet. Players always have the right to stop the clock and get an arbiter to supervise a game where they suspect that a draw claim may be made by 50 moves or possible repetition. In fact, Robeal's time would have expired and he would have lost the match had not Mohammed stopped the clock for him with one second left to claim an illegal move! Second, players should be aware that stopping the clock to get an arbiter to make a claim or supervise play in their specific game is always something they can do. We have seen this in other games during the TNM in which I was called to count moves. 

Always make any offers of a draw clearly and wait for an agreement. They should be done on the time of the player offering the draw. They should make their move, offer the draw, and THEN hit the clock. Robeal appeared to have made a draw claim or offer of a draw, it was clearly not scknoledged or accepted by Mohammed, but Robeal did not hit his clock after the offer, or pause the clock to get a TD. It almost cost him the game on time had Mohammed not stopped the clock for him, not realizing there was 1 second left. 

An exciting, dramatic, and very instructive situation at round 5 of the 2019 Brandwein TNM.


Scholastic Corner

by Judit Sztaray

Enrichment classes are starting up at many of our schools, and it's amazing to see all the excitement and energy! We have close to 20 schools where we offer FREE chess classes, thanks to our generous donors. We also have more than 15 schools where we provide chess class in the afternoon as a fee-based program. We are excited about seeing the growth. 

Do you have a kid in elementary or middle school? We encourage you to reach out to us and connect us with your school principal - it's the BEST way to get a chess class started!
We can tailor our offerings to every school's need! Email me at [email protected] and get the ball rolling!

Scholastic Swiss @ Mechanics' Institute
This SUNDAY, September 8th @ 10AM

Our "usual" Scholastic Swiss is back, early this month: 4 rounds of Swiss chess games in 3 different sections: under400, 400-699 and 700+.
First time players are always welcome, and will be placed in the under400 section as unrated players.
Top 5 players are getting trophies who achieved winning record. And everyone else will be getting medals!
NEW this weekend: the top section's winners, who may or may not have enough trophies already at home, can swap their trophies for one of our tresured books! Paul is working hard to have a selection of books that you can choose from!

More information on our website:
Register through Jumbula:

IF we have enough players for the afternoon blitz, we'll have that going from 3PM onwards. Please, be sure to email or call before coming down: we will make a decision at 1PM.


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Labor of Love at CalChess State Championship

annotated game by Michael Walder

The CalChess Labor Day State Championship concluded in Santa Clara this past weekend, and Mechanics' regular Michael Walder scored 5/6 to win outright the expert section of the tournament. He took home the biggest cash prize of the tournament, since there was a 5-way tie for first in the open section! Below is one of his games from that tournament, annotated by the champion himself.

(2) Lee,Addison (2166) - Walder,Michael (2022) [B87]
CalChess State Championship Santa Clara (3), 01.09.2019

1.e4 It's the third round and after two wins, I find myself playing the highest rated player in my section. I was feeling aggressive, so I chose an opening to suit my mood. 1...c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.0-0 [7.Bb3 b5 1-0 (36) Young,G (2327)-Harper,W (2310) Saint Louis 2011 CBM 143 Extra [CB]] 7...b5 8.Bb3 Be7 9.Qf3 Qc7 [9...Qb6 10.Be3 Qb7 11.a3 Nc6 12.Nxc6 Qxc6 13.Rfe1 Bb7 was 1/2 25, Dutter - Walder, Neal Falconer Memorial Friday Night Marathon, Berkeley July 2019.] 10.Qg3 0-0 11.Bh6 Ne8 12.Rad1 Bd7 13.f4 [13.Nf3 with the idea of playing Bg5 and after recapturing with the knight, having another white piece around Black's king was another way to play. Addison told me he prefers 13.f4.] 13...Nc6 14.Nxc6 [14.f5 Nxd4 15.Rxd4 Kh8 (15...Bf6 16.Rd3 Be5 0-1 57, Morozevich - Kasparov, Astana 2001) 16.Be3 was 0-1 39, Mamedyarov - Gelfand, Candidates (1.3), Kazan 2011] 14...Bxc6 15.f5 Kh8 16.f6 [16.fxe6 gxh6 17.Rxf7 Rxf7 18.exf7 Ng7 19.Rf1 Rf8! (19...Qa7+ 20.Kh1 Rf8 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.Bxd5 Qd4 23.c3 Qd2 24.Qg4 h5 25.Qd7 Qg5 26.g3 h4 27.Rg1 Qe5 28.gxh4 Bxh4 29.Qg4 Bf6 30.Rg3 h5 31.Qg6 Qf4 32.e5 Bxe5 33.Be4 Qxe4+ 34.Qxe4 Rxf7 35.Rf3 Re7 36.Rf8# 1-0 (36) Young,G (2327)-Harper,W (2310) Saint Louis u-20 ch 2011. For those who have never heard of him, Greg Young was a young multi-talented superstar who came out of Sacred Heart in Pacific Heights. He tied 1-2 in the 2008 US Junior championship at 13 years old and won in 2011. Later he quit chess for ... who knows? Music? (He played the violin.)) 20.Qd3 Bg5 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22.Bxd5 Qe7 23.Qg3 Qe5 24.Qxe5 dxe5 25.g3 Nh5 26.Rf5 Nf6 27.Be6 Nxe4 28.Rxe5 Nd6 29.h4 Bc1 30.b3 Nxf7 0-1 (30) Kelleher,W (2445)-De Firmian,N (2563) 3rd Eastern Class ch, March 1994. We all know who Nick is!] 16...gxh6 17.fxe7 Qxe7 18.Qe3?!N


Addison's novelty. While it combines the dual threats of targeting the pawn on h6 and the queen invasion on b6, it takes pressure off of f7. Thus: [18.Qf4=; 18.Qf2=] 18...Rg8! 19.Rf2 Rg7 20.Rdf1 [20.Qb6 Qb7 21.Qxb7 Bxb7 22.Rdf1 b4 (22...Nc7; 22...a5) 23.Rxf7 Rxf7[] 24.Rxf7 bxc3 (24...Bc6 25.Ne2 Bxe4 26.Bxe6 Bg6 (26...Bxc2? 27.Bd5 Rc8 28.Nd4+-) 27.Rb7 a5 28.Nd4+/-) 25.Rxb7 cxb2 26.Ba4 (26.Bxe6?? Nc7!-+) 26...Nf6 27.Rxb2 Rf8 28.Bc6+/=] 20...Qa7 21.Qxh6?!-/+ [21.Qxa7 Rxa7=/+; 21.Qf4=/+] 21...b4 22.Ne2 Bxe4 23.Ng3 Decision time. Put the bishop on g6 and shore up my kingside a pawn up with just a bit of reorganizing to do or return my bishop to c6 with visions of windmills dancing in my head. 23...Bc6? [23...Bg6-/+] 24.Bxe6!+/- I saw this ahead of time and thought I was doing just fine. 24...Bb5 25.Nh5? [We both missed his correct continuation 25.Bd5! Bxf1 26.Bxa8 Qxa8 27.Rxf1 Qd5 28.Re1+/-] 25...fxe6-+ 26.Qxe6? This looks tempting, but his attack doesn't work. Better was to take the rook and try to defend with his rook vs my two minors. 26...Rg6 [Stockfish prefers 26...Bxf1 with twice the advantage, whatever that means.] 27.Kh1!


27...Nf6!! It think Addison missed this move, consolidating black's advantage. 28.Nf4 [28.Rxf6 Bxf1 29.Rxg6 hxg6 30.Qxg6 Qe7-+ 31.Nf6 (31.Qh6+ Kg8!) 31...Bd3!] 28...Rh6 29.Nd3 Bxd3 30.cxd3 Re8 31.Qf5 Re5 [>=31...Ng4!] 32.Qc8+ Kg7 33.Rf3 Rg6 34.Rc1 Rc5 [34...Qc5! Hah!] 35.Rxc5 Qxc5 36.Qxc5 dxc5 37.Rf5 Nd7 38.Rd5 Nb8 39.Rxc5 Rc6



Tony's Teasers


Last  week's problem, Mate in 3, with white to move :)
Solution: 1. Bc4!! Ke5   2. Qd5+ Kf6   3. Qg5#

This week's problem: Mate in 3 white to move, Shinkman, 1872.


Wednesday Night Blitz Update


Expert Felix Rudyak was the convincing winner of the September 4th edition of the Wednesday Night Blitz with a 10-2 score. 2nd was Jules Jelinek (who also directed) with 9 points.  Carlos Davila and Joe Urquhart tied for 3rd with 8 points apiece.
For complete information about this fun event, including starting times and entry fees, go here:

Jules Jelinek
Wednesday Night Blitz Coordinator



How blind people play chess

By Lucas Radaelli


The one big thing that attracts me in chess is the possibility of blind people to play with sighted people, deaf people, even aliens, if they were here already here. It is the only sport I believe the competion is fair and equal for all. Chess is a game that exists on the board, but really happens in the mind. Then, a natural question arises: how do blind people play chess?

We use a special chess set, where the pieces can be touched without leaving their square. This is possible because each square has a small hole, and each piece can be fixed in the hole thanks to a small nail under it. Talking about squares, black ones are raised compared to the white ones, so also by touch, it is possible to immediately distinguish them. Finally, black pieces have a pin on the top, where white pieces do not.


When playing a blind person, two boards will be used. The regular one and the special set. This is to make sure that the blind person can explore its own board without disturbing the other player, which may want to look at the board at all times. A piece is considered "touched" in this case when the blind player removes the piece out of its hole, by raising the nail under the piece from the board. Note from editor, Judit Sztaray: It is important that at this point it's emphasized that BOTH players are playing under USCF rules.

Moves are communicated using algebraic notation. When one of the players say a move, the other is responsible for making the move in its own board and annotating. So, for example, if I have the black pieces and my opponent says: e4. He would move e4 in his own board, I would move e4 on my special set, and the game would continue. My move I would say my move, he would move the piece for me on his board as well.

In tournaments only for the blind, we normally use special letter names to avoid any ambiguity. So, instead of using regular letter names, we use a = ana, b = bela, c = caesar, d = david, e = eco, f = felix, g = gustav and h = hector. This is not required, just makes easier the process of communicating moves. Example: eco 4, knight felix 3, queen david 5.

Blind people annotate either using braille or a voice recorder. Voice recorders are more portable then braille writing equipement, so they are preferable. Annotating is important. If, for some reason, the two positions on the players's board differ at some point, they shall be returned to a point where the two scores match. Note from editor, Judit Sztaray: It's not only important, but it's also the USCF rule to notate your game if you have more than 5 minutes on your clock. With the voice recorder, Lucas is following this USCF rule, and not getting any special, preferencial statement.



Chess: images and social media.

By FM Paul Whitehead

2. Cartoons.

I like to have a good laugh, and chess provides much fertile ground for humor.  The cartoon panel is like the snappy mate in three shown by Tony in the club; or maybe just a respite from the spite-check before resignation…

Addams is as gentle as his snow; Steinberg burns with his toaster.

Direct and surreal, the cartoon is a Zen slap to the funny bone, and a powerful reminder:

It’s only a game.

All images are untitled - follow the links for dates, titles, etc.













GM Nick de Firmian's Column 


Magnificent Magnus #5 – Defense 2: The Counterpunch


We return to that topic of defense, where things are not going how you like it and you must attend to your opponent’s evil plans to ruin your position or just checkmate you with a nice finishing combination. It is more fun to be the aggressor and dictate the flow of the game, trying out your ideas of how to break through. When you are under attack or down material you have no choice but to carefully check through the possible plans your opponent will throw at you and do your best to stop them from coming to reality. All this is very necessary and good, but in defense it’s also very useful (and fun) to sometimes throw in a counterpunch. Not only does that do damage to your opponent, it also keeps him/her honest so that the attack against you doesn’t come with full force. I refer one more time to Mohammed Ali, this time when he was defending on the ropes against George Foreman. Foreman was attacking furiously while Ali was in a defensive posture on the ropes. Yet Ali’s jab and counterpunches took enough of Foreman’s attention that he could not push through with a winning barrage. After his own attacks sapped Foreman’s energy Ali finished him off.


Magnus seems to defend less than any other chess player as his positions are generally very pleasant. Once in a while it goes wrong for him and he must suffer like the rest of us. There are also the games when his opponent is like George Forman and comes right at him with everything – Magnus may have a good position but needs to defend his king. We give two examples below of Magnus defending. In the first game he screws up and blunders a piece, when he has to scramble and make use of whatever opportunities present themselves to save the game. In the second example Magnus has a good situation with his attackt and material, but finds himself in dire straights to stave off checkmate. Both of these games see Magnus ready to lash out when given a chance. He uses the counterpunch as effectively as anyone in the game.

(1) Magnus Carlsen (2834) - Gawain Jones (2640) [B76]
Tata Steel Masters Wijk aan Zee NED (8), 21.01.2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0



We have an exciting Yugoslav Attack in the Dragon Variation. Jones is an expert in the Dragon, having written two books on it. Usually Magnus and his team are well prepared, but this day the opening goes a bit wrong. 9...d5 10.Qe1!? e5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Bc4 Be6 14.Kb1 Re8 15.Ne4 f5 16.Ng5 Bc8!


Jones retreats the bishop to avoid be traded for the white knight. Now 17. h4 would be a reasonable move with about even chances, but Magnus goes wrong. 17.g4?? f4!


Magnus has just lost a piece! Both his bishop and knight are attacked so one will be lost. This is a real knockdown blow, and at grandmaster level usually a knockout blow. Yet Magnus steadies himself and plays on. 18.h4 fxe3 19.Qxe3 h6 20.Qc5 What to do when you are busted? One thing is to pretend you are not so that your opponent becomes a little worried. Did Magnus blunder or was it some Tal like sacrifice? Here Magnus starts to make a little trouble, threatening Qxc6 and Jones uses some clock. 20...Bb7 21.Ne4 Re6 22.h5 Qb6? 


Eager to trade queens and go into a piece up ending, Jones rushes with this move. If he had locked up the kingside with 22...g5 he would have kept a winning advantage. 23.g5! Now Jones realizes he should not trade queens do the the knight fork on c5. Meanwhile Magnus has been able to open the kingside. 23...hxg5?! 24.Qa3!


Suddenly Magnus has full value for his lost piece. This positon is one Tal would have gladly played from the White side. The strange change of fortune seems to have rattled Jones. 24...Rb8 25.b3 Qd8? Magnus has been careful to keep a very solid postion, leaving Jones to worry which of his weakeness to defend. He underestimates the power of White's next move. 26.Qxa7! 


Magnus grabs another pawn, but the real power of the move is that the white queen is well placed at this strange outpost. 26...gxh5 27.Rxh5 Rg6 28.Rxg5! White now has a large advantage. The black queen must guard the rook on b8. 28...Rxg5 29.Nxg5 Qc8 30.Rg1 Ra8 31.Qb6 Ra6 32.Qc5 Qd7 33.Ne4 Kh8 34.Qf2 Qe7 35.Bxa6 Bxa6 36.Qh2+ Kg8 37.Qh6 Qa7?! 38.Qe6+ Kf8 39.Rg5 Ne3 40.Qd6+ Kf7 41.Nc5 Bc8 

42.Rxg7+ Jones resigned as 42....Kxg7 43. Qxe5+ picks up the knight on e3. Cool yet energetic play from Magnus after putting himself in a terrible situation. 1-0


(2) Magnus Carlsen (2834) - Li Chao (2750) [D70]
Qatar Masters Doha QAT (5.1), 24.12.2015

This is a game of violent attacks. Magnus does well on the attacking side, netting a huge material advantage. He then is left with the task of defending his king against an army of pieces that look to have the white monarch in a hopeless situation. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3!? d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nb6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6



The opening is an interesting Grunfeld where White has his usual pawn center and Black has piece pressure against d4 and queenside play. 9.0-0-0!? This unusal queenside castling makes for a super sharp game. 9...f5 10.e5 Nb4 11.Nh3 Qe8 12.Kb1 a5 13.Be2 c6 14.Rc1 Kh8?! 15.Ka1


This king move by Magnus is helpful defensively as this is the best square to hide from the coming invasion of black pieces. Note how Li Chao's similar king move does not help against the white attack. 15...Be6 16.Nf4 Qf7 17.h4! This is a clever move for both attack and defense. It wastes no time for attack and defensively Magnus decides that he can live without the a-pawn. 17...Bxa2 18.h5 Kg8 19.hxg6 hxg6 20.g4 Bb3 21.Bd1 a4


Both sides are breaking though to the enemy kings. 22.Qh2 Rfd8 23.Qh7+ Kf8


24.d5! One should always remember to take care of the center as that has a big influence on the success of the wing attacks. White now threatens to take the knight on b6. 24...Nc4!? 25.Nxg6+ Ke8 26.e6


26...a3! 27.exf7+ Kd7


An amazing position. White's attack has been so successful that he has won a whole queen, yet he is in terrible danger. Black has two knights, two bishops one (or two) rooks and a deadly advanced pawn ready to deliver mate. The threat of axb2+ is horrific. White cannot take the a-pawn as 28. bxa3 Rxa3+ wins (one line is 29. Kb1 Ba2+ 30 Nxa2 Rb3+ 31. Bxb3 Na3 mate). Magnus keys in on the biggest trouble maker of the black army - the knight on c4. 28.Ne5+! Bxe5 29.Qxf5+ Kc7 30.Qxe5+!


It is this move that takes the black knight away from c4. Black must take the queen. 30...Nxe5 31.Bxb3 axb2+ 32.Kxb2 Nbd3+ 33.Kb1 Nxc1 34.Rxc1 The black attack is over. White had to give back almost his entire material advantage, but is left with a winning postion due to his advanced pawn on f7. 34...Kc8 35.dxc6 bxc6 36.f4

Li Chao resigned as he cannot take the pawn on g4 (Be6+) and the white minor pieces control the board. Heart stopping action! 1-0



Brandwein Memorial TNM Games Round 5

Annotations by GM Nick de Firmian 

(1) Krishnakumar,Sriram (2056) - Stearman,Josiah P (2427) [B33]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (5.1), 03.09.2019
[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.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 Bg5 12.Nc2 Ne7 13.Ncb4 0-0 14.h4 [Most games have featured the other rook pawn: 14.a4 which is safer as well.] 14...Bh6 15.Nxe7+ Qxe7 16.Nd5 Qb7 17.g4 Bf4 18.Bg2 Be6 19.Nxf4 exf4 20.0-0 [20.Qxd6 f3! 0-1 (39) Barua,D (2555)-Shariyazdanov,A (2612) Guntur 2000 CBM 077 [Rogozenco, D]] 20...Qe7 Black has won the opening battle; the white kingside is loose. 21.h5?! Qg5 22.f3 Rfd8 23.a4 g6 [23...d5!] 24.hxg6 fxg6 25.Qc2 Qc5+ 26.Qf2 Bb3 27.axb5 axb5 28.Qd4 Ra4 29.Rxa4 bxa4 30.Rf2 Qxd4 31.cxd4 Rc8 32.Rd2 Rc1+ 33.Kf2 Bc4 34.g5 Kf7 35.Bh3 Bb5 36.Bg2 Ke7 37.Bh3 Kd8 38.Bg2 Kc7 39.Bh3 Kb6 40.e5? [40.d5=] 40...d5? [40...dxe5 41.dxe5 Rc5-+] 41.e6?! Rc7 42.Ke1 Ka5 43.Kd1 Bc4 44.Ke1 Kb4 45.Rc2 Kb3 46.Kd2 Re7 47.Kc1 Kb4 48.Rc3 Kb5 49.Kd2 Rb7 50.Kc2 Kb6 51.Kc1 Rc7 52.Kd2 Kc6 53.Kc2 Kd6 54.Kd2 Rb7 55.Kc2




55...h6! 56.gxh6 Rh7 57.Bg4 Rxh6 58.Ra3?! Bb3+ 59.Kc3 Rh1 60.Kd2 Rh2+ 61.Kd3 Rxb2 62.Ra1 Bc4+ 63.Kc3 Rb3+ 64.Kc2 a3 65.Re1 Re3 66.Ra1 a2 67.Rh1 Rb3 68.Re1




68...Rb1! 69.Rxb1 Bd3+ 0-1


(2) Shaw,Tenzing (2276) - Li,Eric Yuhan (2282) [A13]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (5.2), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.e3 Be7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 b6 7.b3 Bb7 8.Bb2 Nbd7 9.Nbd2 c5 10.Rc1 Rc8 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Nc4 h6 13.a3 a6 14.dxc5 Nxc5 15.b4 Nd7 16.Qd2 Rc7 17.Nd4 Qb8 18.Rc2 Rfc8 19.Rfc1 N5f6 20.Bf3 Bd5 21.Bxd5




21...exd5! Black is better; takes an isolated pawn but troubles the white knight. 22.Nf5 Bf8 23.Bxf6 Nxf6 24.Nb2 Ne4 25.Rxc7 Rxc7 26.Qe1 a5 27.Nd3 axb4 28.axb4 Qc8 29.Rxc7 Qxc7 30.f3 Qc2! 31.Qf1 Nd2 32.Nd4 Qc3 33.Qe2 Bxb4 34.Nxb4 Qxb4 35.Qb5 Qc3 36.Kf2 Nc4 37.Qe8+ Kh7 38.g4? Qd2+ 39.Ne2 b5 40.Qxf7 Qxe3+ 41.Ke1 Ne5 42.f4? Nxf7 0-1


(3) Davila,Carlos (2079) - Winslow,Elliott (2222) [B07]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (5.3), 03.09.2019

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f3 c6 5.Be3 Nbd7 6.Qd2 b5 7.d5 cxd5 8.Nxd5 a6 9.0-0-0 Bb7 10.Nxf6+ Nxf6 11.g4 h5 (overreaction?) 12.g5 Nd7 13.Bd4 e5 14.Be3 Rc8 15.Bh3 Black didn't even consider this move, trading good knight/bad bishop, sort of. 15...Be7 16.Ne2 0-0 17.Kb1 Qc7 18.Rhg1 Rfd8 19.Ng3 a5??




[19...d5! works, since 20.exd5 Bxd5 21.Qxd5 Qxc2+ 22.Ka1 Nc5! puts White on the spot. Still, 23.Rd2 Nb3+ 24.axb3 Rxd5 25.Rxc2 Rxc2 could be an even ending.] 20.Nxh5!+- a4 21.Nf6+ Nxf6 22.gxf6 Bxf6 23.Bxc8 Rxc8 24.Rg2 Be7 25.h4 d5 26.h5?! dxe4 27.hxg6 exf3




28.gxf7+? [28.Bb6! Qxb6 29.Qh6 and that's that.] 28...Kxf7 29.Rg4 Rd8 30.Qe1 Bc8 31.Rg1 Bf5 32.Rc1?! [32.Rxd8 Qxc2+ 33.Ka1 a3=] 32...b4 [32...a3!?] 33.Qg3 b3 34.a3? [34.Qg7+ Ke8 35.axb3 axb3 36.Qg8+ Bf8 37.Qxb3 ruins Black's fun.] 34...bxc2+ 35.Ka1 Ke6 36.Qxf3 Rd3! 37.Rxc2 Qxc2 38.Rc1 Qxc1+ 0-1


(4) Wong,Russell (2200) - Askin,David Benja (2053) [B19]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (5.4), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nd7 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 e6 10.Bd2 Qc7 11.0-0-0 0-0-0 12.Qe2 Bd6 13.Ne4 Bf4 14.Kb1 Bxd2 15.Rxd2 Ngf6 16.Nxf6 Nxf6 17.Ne5 Kb8 18.Rhd1 Rhf8 19.c4 Nd7 20.Nxd7+ Rxd7 21.d5 exd5 22.cxd5 cxd5 23.Rxd5 Rxd5 24.Rxd5 Rc8 25.Qe5 A solid game. 1/2-1/2

(5) Griffith,Kyron (2452) - Ostrovsky,Sergey (2032) [C47]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (5.5), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bc5 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.0-0 0-0 10.Bg5 c6 11.Qf3 Be7 12.h3 h6 13.Bf4 Bd6 14.Rfe1 Bxf4 15.Qxf4 Be6 16.Na4 Qa5 17.b3 c5 18.Rad1 Bd7 19.Qd2 Qxd2 20.Rxd2 c4 21.Be2 Bxa4 22.bxa4 Rfe8 23.Kf1 Rab8 24.Bf3 Rxe1+ 25.Kxe1 Rb1+ 26.Ke2 Rb4 27.Bxd5 Rxa4 28.Bf3 Rxa2 29.Rd8+ Kh7 30.Kd2 Ra5 31.Kc3 Thus far it's been pretty even but now Kyron starts to show the power of an active king and bishop in the ending. 31...Kg6 32.Kxc4 Kf5 33.Kb4 Re5 34.c4 a5+ 35.Kc3 Ne4+ 36.Kd4 Nc5 37.Bd5! Ne6+ 38.Bxe6+ Rxe6 39.Rd5+ Kf6 40.Rxa5 Rd6+ 41.Kc5 Rd2 42.Ra3! Ke6 [Now if 42...Rxf2 43.Rf3+ is a winning K+P ending.] 43.Re3+ Kd7 44.Rf3 f6 45.h4 Rc2 46.h5 Re2 47.Rg3 Re5+ 48.Kb6 Re6+ 49.Kb5 Re7 50.Re3 Rf7 51.c5 f5 52.Ra3 Kc8 53.c6 Rf6 54.Ra8+ Fine endgame technique from Griffith. 1-0

(6) Tsodikova,Natalya (2196) - Jia,Derek (2040) [B52]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (5.6), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.c4 Nc6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.d4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 g6 9.f3 Bg7 10.Be3 0-0 11.0-0 Ne8?! Black is allowing White a grip on the position. 12.Qd2 Nc7 13.Rfd1 Rfc8 14.Rac1 Qe8 15.Nde2 Ne5 16.b3 b5?! A bid for freedom which also frees White's position. 17.Nxb5 Nxb5 18.cxb5 Rxc1 19.Rxc1 Qxb5 20.Rc7 Bf6




21.Nc3! Qb8 22.Nd5 Qd8 23.Nxf6+ exf6 24.Rxa7 Rxa7 25.Bxa7 f5 26.exf5 Qa8 27.Bd4 1-0


(7) Boldi,Ethan (2001) - Ivanov,Aleksandr (2192) [D77]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (5.7), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d4 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 e6 7.b3 b6 8.Bb2 Bb7 9.Nbd2 Nbd7 10.Rc1 Rc8?! [10...c5] 11.c5 c6 12.b4 Ba6 13.Re1 Qc7 14.a4 White has a clear space advantage on the queenside. 14...bxc5 15.bxc5 Rb8 16.Bc3 Rb7 17.Qc2 Rfb8 18.e3 Ne8 19.e4 dxe4 20.Nxe4 Ndf6 21.Nxf6+ Nxf6 22.Nd2 Nd5 23.Bxd5 cxd5 24.Rb1 Kf8 25.Rxb7 Rxb7 26.Rb1 Qb8 27.Rxb7 Qxb7 28.c6! Qc8? [28...Qb6=] 29.Bb4+ Kg8 30.Nb3 e5 31.dxe5 Qh3 32.Nd2 Bxe5 33.Qc5! It's White who has the attack. 33...Qc8 34.Qxd5 Bg7 35.Ne4 h6 36.Nd6 Qc7 37.Ba5 Qb8 38.Qxf7+ Kh7 39.Nb5 Qg8 1-0

(8) Walder,Michael (2011) - Kuczek,Kevin (1987) [A27]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (5.8), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Nc3 f5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.d4 e4 6.Nh4 Bb4? 7.Nxf5 d5 8.Ne3 dxc4 9.d5 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 Ne7 11.Qa4+ Kf7 12.Qxc4 Nexd5 13.Nxd5 Nxd5? [13...Qxd5 14.Qxc7+ Bd7] 14.Bg2! Be6 15.Qxe4 Re8 16.Qxh7 Nf6 17.Qc2 Bc4 18.Bf3 Qd7 19.0-0 Rh8 20.h4 Be6 21.Rd1 Qe7 22.Bg5 Qc5 23.Rab1 Raf8 24.Be3 Qa5 25.Rxb7 Nd5 26.Bxd5 1-0

(9) Rudyak,Felix (1900) - Jensen,Christian (1881) [D78]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (5.11), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 d5 5.0-0 0-0 6.c4 c6 7.Nc3 dxc4 8.Ne5 Be6 9.e4 Nbd7 10.Qe2 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Nd7 12.f4 Nb6 13.Rd1 Qc8 14.Be3 Bg4 15.Bf3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Qc7 17.a4 Rad8 18.a5 Nc8 19.Qe2 b5 20.axb6 Nxb6 21.Na4 Rxd1+ 22.Qxd1 f6?! 23.exf6 [23.Nc5!] 23...exf6 24.Qe2 Re8 25.Nxb6 axb6 26.Qxc4+ Kh8 27.Ra6 Rb8 28.Qe6 c5 29.Qd5 Bf8 30.Kf2 Bd6 31.Bd2 Be7 32.Bc3 Kg7




33.e5 [33.Qe6!+- Qb7 34.g4] 33...Qb7 [33...c4] 34.Qe6? [34.Qxb7 Rxb7 35.e6 Rb8 36.Kf3 Kf8 37.g4 is very difficult for Black, probably losing.] 34...Rf8?? [34...Qxa6?? 35.exf6+! and mate in two more.; 34...f5!! is the only defense -- found by Stockfish of course -- when "0.00" is the best White gets.] 35.Rxb6 Qa7 36.exf6+ 1-0


(10) Argo,Guy (1859) - Chen,Mingson (1909) [B21]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (5.12), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 d3 4.Bxd3 d6 5.f4 Nd7 6.Nf3 Ngf6 7.e5 Nd5 8.e6 fxe6 9.Ng5 N7f6 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.Nxe6 Qc8 12.Bxd7+ Qxd7 13.Qe2 Nc7 14.f5 Nxe6 15.fxe6 Qc6 16.0-0 g6 17.Nd2 Bg7 18.Nf3 0-0 Black has patiently absorbed White's aggression, and stands fine at this point. 19.a4 a6 20.Re1 Rac8 21.a5 Qd5 22.Qc2 Rc5 23.Qa4 Rc4 24.Qa2




24...Re4? [24...Ng4! (threatening ...Qc5+) 25.Be3 Rxf3 26.gxf3 Be5 with a crushing attack.] 25.Rxe4 Qxe4 26.Bd2-/+ Nd5?! 27.Re1 Qg4?? [27...Qd3=/+] 28.Qxd5 Be5 29.Nxe5 Qf5 30.Qd3 Qxe6 31.Qe2 dxe5 32.Qxe5 Qf7 33.Qe6 Kg7 34.Qxf7+ Rxf7 35.Re6 1-0


(11) Busch,Jonah M (1871) - Hakobyan,Sos (1799) [C21]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (5.13), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 The swashbucking Danish Gambit! 5...Bb4+ 6.Nd2 Nf6 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qb3+ d5 9.Qxb4 Nc6 10.Qb3 Re8 11.Ne2 Nxe4 12.Rd1 Nxd2? [12...Nf6 puts the gambit in doubt.] 13.Rxd2 Be6 14.0-0 Kg8 15.Nf4 Bf7 16.Nxd5 Kh8? [16...Qg5=] 17.Qc3 Rg8 18.Rfd1 White controls the board. 18...Qg5 19.Rd3 Qh5




20.Nf6! Qh6 21.Nxg8 Rxg8 22.Rd7 Qh5 23.f3 Qg6 24.Rxc7 Re8 25.Rxb7 Re2 26.g3 Rc2 27.Qd3 Qxd3 28.Rxd3 Kg8 29.Rdd7 Bxa2 30.Rxg7+ Kf8 31.Rxh7 Bg8 32.Ba3+ Ke8 33.Rh8 Ne7 34.Rxe7+ 1-0


(12) Robeal,Rafik (1800) - Mohammed,Mansoor (1885) [A16]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.9), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 b6 3.e4 e5 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Bc5 6.a3 a5 7.Rb1 Qe7 8.d3 0-0 9.Na4 Bd4 10.Ne2 Nc6 11.0-0 Rfb8 12.Nac3 Bxc3 13.Nxc3 Nd4 14.Bg5 Ne6 15.Be3 Nc5 16.f4 d6 17.f5 Bc6 18.Bg5 Ncd7 19.g4 b5 20.cxb5 Bxb5 21.Nd5 Qd8 22.Rc1 c6 23.Nxf6+ Nxf6 24.Be3 h6 25.Rf2 c5 26.Bf1 Nh7 27.Rg2 Bc6 28.Qd2 Rb7 29.Qf2 Rab8 30.Rc2 Ba4 31.Rd2 Rb3 32.h4 R8b7 33.g5 h5 34.g6 fxg6 35.Rxg6 Rf7 36.Qg3 Kh8 37.Rg2 Rbb7 38.Qf3 Be8 39.Re6 Rbe7 40.Reg6 Rb7 41.Bg5 Nf6




42.Qg3 White had come so far but here gets cold feet! [He had 42.Bxf6 Rxf6 43.Qxh5+ Kg8 44.d4!! with the bishop coming to c4] 42...Qe7 43.Be3 Ng4 44.Bg5 Qf8 45.Bc1 Rfd7 46.Rg5 Rf7 47.Rxh5+ Nh6 48.Qf3 Rf6 49.Bxh6? [He was back to winning with 49.Rhg5] 49...Bxh5! 50.Bxg7+ Rxg7 51.Qxh5+ Rh7 52.Qg4 Rg7 53.Qh3 Rxg2+ 54.Bxg2 Qg7 55.Kh2 Rh6 56.Qg3 Qh7 57.Kh3 Qg7 58.Bf3 Kh7 59.h5 Qxg3+ 60.Kxg3 Kg7 61.Kg4 Kf6 62.Bd1 Rh8 63.Kh4 Rg8 64.Bb3 Rg1 65.Be6 Rh1+ 66.Kg4 Rg1+ 67.Kh4 Rg2 68.Kh3 Rg1 69.Kh2 Rg5 70.Kh3 Rxh5+ 71.Kg4 Rh2 72.b3 Rd2 73.Bc4 Rd1 74.a4 Rg1+ 75.Kh4 Rg5 76.Kh3 Kg7 77.Kh4 Kh6 78.Kh3 Rg7 79.Kh4 Rg1 80.Kh3 Kg5 81.Kh2 Rg4 82.Kh3 Kf4 83.Kh2 Kf3 84.Kh3 Rg1 85.f6 Rh1# 0-1


(13) Huberts,Alexander (1767) - Drane,Robert (1800) [B03]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.14), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.d4 d6 5.exd6 exd6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.Nge2 Bg4 9.f3 Bh4+ 10.g3 Bxf3 11.0-0 Bxe2 12.Qxe2+ Be7 13.Qf3 0-0 14.Be3 g6 15.Bh6 f5 16.Bxf8 Bxf8 17.Kh1 Bg7 18.d5 Ne5 19.Qe2 Qd7 20.Rae1 Re8 21.Nd1 c6 22.Ne3 Ng4 23.Qd2 Bh6




24.Nxg4! Bxd2 25.Nf6+ Kf7 26.Nxd7 Rxe1 27.Rxe1 Bxe1 28.dxc6 Nxd7 29.cxd7 Ke7 30.Be2 Kxd7 31.Bf3 Kc7 32.Bd5 Bd2 33.Bg8 h6 34.Bh7 f4 35.Bxg6 fxg3 36.hxg3 1/2-1/2


(14) Porlares,Teodoro (1766) - Mercado,Adam (1699) [D03]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.15), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bg5 e6 4.e3 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.Nbd2 c4 8.Bc2 h6 9.Bh4 Qc7 10.Qe2 g5 11.Bg3 Nh5 12.e4 Kd8 13.0-0-0 Bf4 14.Kb1 Bd7 15.e5 b5 16.Ka1 b4 17.Nxc4 dxc4 18.Qxc4 bxc3 19.Qxc3 Ne7 20.Qd3 Nd5 21.Bb3 Qa5 22.Nd2 Bxd2 23.Rxd2 Nhf4 24.Bxf4 Nxf4 25.Qf3 Rc8 26.Rdd1 Bb5




27.d5 Be2? Getting greedy! [27...exd5! keeps Black on top.] 28.dxe6+ Ke8 29.Qb7! Qc7 30.exf7+ Kf8 31.Qxc7 Rxc7 32.Rd8+ Ke7 33.Rxh8 Ng6 34.Re8+ 1-0


(15) Acharya,Venkatagi (1706) - Malykin,Erika (1762) [B27]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.16), 03.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 b6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.d3 g6 5.g3 Bg7 6.Be3 e5 7.Bh3 Ne7 8.Qd2 d5 9.Bh6 Bf6 10.Bg5 Bg7 11.Bh6 Bf6 12.Bg5 Bg7 1/2-1/2

(16) Clemens,Kristian (1944) - Cortinas,Martin A (1697) [D26]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.17), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e3 a6 6.Bxc4 b5 7.Bd3 Bb7 8.0-0 Be7?! [8...c5; 8...Nbd7] 9.Qe2 c5? 10.dxc5 Bxc5




11.Bxb5+! Nc6 12.Rd1 Qc7 13.Bd3 0-0 14.Bd2 Nb4 15.Bc4 Ng4 16.a3 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 Qxh2+ 18.Kf1 Qh4 19.g3 Nh2+ 20.Kg2 Qxc4 21.Kxh2 Nd3 22.Ne4 Be7 23.Bc3 Rad8 24.Qg4 Rd4 25.Bxd4 e5 26.Bc3 Kh8 27.Qe2 1-0


(17) Cohee,James (1654) - Heidari,Ako (1856) [C69]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.18), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 f6 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 [7.Nxd4] 7...Qxd4 8.Nxd4 Bd7 9.Be3 Ne7 10.c4 0-0-0 11.Nc3 Ng6 12.Nf3 Bb4 13.a3? Bxc3 14.bxc3 Be6 [14...Bg4!] 15.c5 Bc4 16.Rfe1 Rhe8 [16...Rd3!] 17.Bd4?! [17.Nd2] 17...Nf4 18.Nd2?! [18.g3] 18...Ne2+ 19.Rxe2 Bxe2 20.f3 a5 21.Kf2 Bb5 22.Rb1 h5 23.h4 g5 24.hxg5 fxg5 25.Re1 b6 26.Nf1 Bxf1 27.Kxf1 g4 28.Kf2 gxf3 29.gxf3 bxc5 30.Bxc5 Rd3 31.Re3 Rd2+ 32.Re2 Rxe2+ 33.Kxe2 h4 34.Kf1 Rg8 0-1

(18) Maser,Thomas F (1902) - Boldi,Nicholas (1598) [C06]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.19), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ngf3 [7.Ne2] 7...Qc7?! 8.0-0 cxd4 9.cxd4 f6 10.exf6 Nxf6 11.Nb3 Bd6 12.Bg5 0-0 13.Rc1 Ne4 14.Qe2? [14.Bh4] 14...Bxh2+ 15.Kh1 Nxg5? [15...Bf4! runs away a pawn up] 16.Nxg5 g6?! 17.g3!+- Bxg3 18.fxg3 Rxf1+ 19.Qxf1 Qe7 20.Qf4 h6 21.Nf3 g5 22.Qe3 Bd7 23.Ne5 Nxe5 24.dxe5 b6 25.Nd4 Rc8 26.Rxc8+ Bxc8 27.Bc2 Ba6 28.Qf3 Bb7 29.Qd3 Qf7 30.Kg2 Kf8 31.Qf3 Qxf3+ 32.Kxf3 Ke7 33.Kg4 Kd7 34.Kh5 Bc6 35.Kxh6 Bb7 36.Kxg5 a5 37.Kf6 a4 38.Bxa4+ b5 39.Bxb5+ Kd8 40.Nxe6+ Kc8 41.g4 d4 42.Nxd4 Bd5 43.e6 Bxe6 44.Nxe6 Kb8 45.g5 Kb7 46.g6 Kb6 47.g7 Ka7 48.g8Q Kb7 49.Qf7+ Kb6 50.Qc7+ Kxb5 51.Qc5+ Ka6 52.Qb4 and mate in a few. 1-0

(19) Rakonitz,David (1639) - Mckellar,Daniel (1854) [D44]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.20), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.g3 Qb6 12.exf6 Bb7 13.Bg2 c5 14.d5 0-0-0 15.0-0 b4 16.Na4 Qb5 17.dxe6 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Qc6+ 19.f3 Qxe6 20.Qc2 Qh3+ 21.Kg1 Bd6 22.Qg2 Rdg8 23.Qxh3 Rxh3 24.Kg2 Rh5




Thus far an excellent game by White, but. 25.Be3? [25.f4! would keep the f6 pawn and control the kingside squares.] 25...Nxf6 26.Bg1 Nd5 27.Kf2 Re8 28.Rfe1 Rhe5 29.Rxe5 Bxe5 30.Kf1 Bd4 31.Nxc5 Bxb2! The queenside pawns are very strong and difficult to stop. 32.Re1 Rxe1+ 33.Kxe1 Nc3 34.Bd4 a5 35.Bxc3 Bxc3+ 36.Kd1 Bd4 37.Ne4 Kd7 38.Kc2 Ke6 39.Ng5+ Kf6 40.Ne4+ Ke5 41.Nd2 Kd5 42.h4 a4 43.g4 b3+ 44.axb3 cxb3+ 45.Kd3 a3?? Black was quite winning [45...Bh8 46.f4 Kc5] 46.Nxb3 a2 47.h5 a1Q 48.Nxa1 Bxa1 49.Ke3 Ke6 50.Kf4 Kf6 51.Ke4 Kg7 52.Kf5 Kh6 53.Ke4 Bb2 54.Kf5 1/2-1/2


(20) Casares Jr,Nick (1600) - Xu,Jayden (1797) [C02]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.22), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Be2 Bd7 7.a3 c4 8.0-0 Na5 9.b4? cxb3 10.Bb2 Ba4 11.Nbd2 Qc7 12.c4! dxc4 13.Rc1 Bb5 14.Rc3 Ne7 15.Nxb3 Nd5 16.Nxa5 Nxc3 17.Bxc3 b6 18.Nb3 Ba4 19.Qa1 Bxb3 20.Nd2 Ba4 21.Bxc4 Bc6 22.Rc1 Qb7 23.f3 h5 24.Qb2 a6 25.Bd3 h4 26.h3 0-0-0 27.Nc4 Kc7 28.Rb1 Rb8




29.Rc1? [29.Nxb6! Qxb6 30.Ba5! Qxa5 31.Qxb8+ Kd7 32.Rb6 Be7 33.Qa7+ Ke8 34.Rxc6] 29...g5 30.Nd6 Bxd6 31.exd6+ Kxd6 32.Bb4+ Kd7 33.Qe2 [33.d5!+- invades the dark squares!] 33...a5 34.Rxc6? [34.d5] 34...axb4 [34...Qxc6] 35.Bb5 Ke7 36.Qe5 Rbc8 37.Qxg5+? [37.Rxe6+!] 37...Kf8 resigns? A game with a lot of ups and downs. [37...Kf8 38.Rxe6! would hold but no more.] 0-1


(21) Tuck,Drew (1490) - Perlov,Alexander (1770) [E49]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.23), 03.09.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Ne2 c5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.0-0 b6 11.f3 Re8 12.Ng3 Bb7 13.Bd2 Qc7 14.Qe1 Qc6 15.a4 Rac8 16.Nf5 Qc7 17.g4 Re6 18.g5 Ne8 19.Qh4 Nf8 20.Rae1 Rd8 21.Re2 Nd6 22.Nxd6 Qxd6 23.f4 f6 24.f5 fxg5 25.Qxg5 Rh6 26.Rg2 Qf6 27.Qf4 Rh4 28.Qg3 Rh5 29.Rf4 Rd7 30.Rg4 Rf7 31.Qf3 Nd7 32.Rxg7+ Rxg7 33.Qxh5 Rxg2+ 34.Kxg2 Qf7 35.Qh4 Qf6 36.Qg3+ Qg7 37.Kf3 Qxg3+ 38.hxg3 Nf6 39.Kf4 Ne4 40.Bxe4 dxe4 41.Ke5 Kf7 42.d5 a6 43.Kxe4 Kf6 44.c4 h5 45.Kf4 Bc8 46.e4 Bd7 47.a5 b5 48.cxb5 Bxb5 49.Bc3+ Kf7 50.Kg5 Bd7 51.d6 1-0

(22) Khamkar,Susheel (1470) - Kaplan,Glenn (1651) [A38]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.24), 03.09.2019

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.d3 d6 6.Bd2 c5 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.0-0 Bd7 9.Rb1 Qc8 10.a3 Bh3 11.b4 Bxg2 12.Kxg2 cxb4 13.axb4 Qd7 14.b5 Nd8 15.e4 Ne6 16.Ne2 Nc5 17.Be3 b6 18.e5 Ng4 19.exd6 Nxe3+ 20.fxe3 Qxd6 21.Nf4 Bh6 22.Qe2 Bxf4 23.exf4 Qxd3 24.Qxd3 Nxd3 25.Rfd1 Rfd8 26.Rd2 Rd7 27.Kf1 Rad8 28.Rbd1 Nc5 29.Rxd7 Rxd7 30.Rxd7 Nxd7 31.Nd4 e5 32.Nc6 e4 33.Nxa7 f5 34.Nc8 Kf8 35.h3 Ke8 36.g4 Kd8 37.Nd6 Kc7 38.Nf7 Nf6 39.Ne5 Kd6 40.Ke2 Nd7 41.Nxd7 Kxd7 42.gxf5 gxf5 43.Ke3 Kd6 44.Kd4 h6 45.h4 h5 46.c5+ bxc5+ 47.Kc4 Kc7 48.Kc3 Kb6 49.Kc4 e3 50.Kd3 Kxb5 51.Kxe3 Kc4 52.Ke2 Kd4 53.Kd2 Ke4 54.Kc3 Kxf4 0-1

(23) Mays,Jerry (1700) - Chalissery,Jossy (1668) [A55]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.25), 03.09.2019

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nd7 3.c4 e5 4.d5 Ngf6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Be2 c6 7.Nf3 0-0 8.0-0 cxd5 9.cxd5 Re8 10.Bb5 a6 11.Ba4 b5 12.Bc2 Nb6 13.b3 Bg4 14.Qd3 Nbd7 15.b4 Nb6 16.Nd2 Bd7 17.f4 Qc7 18.f5 Rec8 19.Bb2 Nc4 20.Nxc4 Qxc4 21.Qxc4 Rxc4 22.a3 Rac8 23.Rf3 R4c7 24.h3 Nh5 25.g4 Nf4 26.Re1 Bh4 27.Ree3 Bg5 28.Bd1 Be8 29.Kh2 h5 30.Kg3 h4+ 31.Kh2 Rc4 32.Bb3 R4c7 33.Nd1 Bd7 34.Rc3 Rxc3 35.Rxc3 Rxc3 36.Nxc3 Nd3 37.Ba1 Bc1 38.Bc2 Nf4 39.a4 bxa4 40.Nxa4 Bd2 41.Bc3 Bxa4 42.Bxa4 Bxc3 43.b5 axb5 44.Bxb5 Bd4 45.Bf1 Kf8 46.Bb5 Ke7 47.Bf1 f6 48.Bb5 Kd8 49.Ba6 Kc7 0-1

(24) Barreyro,Romeo (1657) - Chambers,Don (1367) [D02]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.26), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bf4 e6 4.e3 Nf6 5.c3 Bd6 6.Bxd6 Qxd6 7.Bd3 e5 8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 Qxe5 10.Nd2 0-0 11.Qc2 g6 12.0-0-0?! c5! 13.c4 Be6 [13...b5!] 14.h3 a5?! [14...a6!] 15.Nf3 Qh5? [15...Qc7; 15...Qd6] 16.g4! Qh6 17.g5?! Qg7?? [17...Qh5! is a mandatory counterattack. It gets messy, but that's way better than just dropping a knight for just a pawn. 18.Be2 Bf5! 19.Qb3 Be4 20.gxf6 (20.cxd5 a4! 21.Qb5 Bxf3 (21...Nxd5?? 22.Nd2!) 22.Bxf3 Qxf3 23.gxf6 a3!) 20...dxc4! 21.Qxc4 Bxf3 22.Bxf3 Qxf3] 18.gxf6 Qxf6 19.cxd5 Bxd5 20.Be4+- Bxa2?! 21.Rd7 [21.b3!] 21...Rfe8 22.Rhd1 a4 23.R1d6 Be6 24.Rxb7 a3 25.bxa3 Rxa3 26.Kd1 Qa1+ 27.Rb1 Bb3? 28.Qxb3! Rxb3 29.Rxa1 Rxe4 30.Rd7 [30.Nd2!] 30...h6 White went on to win around move 42. 1-0

(25) Carron,Joel (1573) - Harris,Clarence (1464) [C56]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (5.27), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5 Qe7?




[5...Ne4; 5...d5; 5...Ng4] 6.0-0! Ne4?! [6...Ng4 7.Re1 (7.Bf4) ; 6...Nxe5 7.Nxe5 Qxe5 8.Re1 Ne4 9.f4! (9.f3?! d5 10.Bb3 f5!?) 9...Qe7 10.Nd2 f5 11.Nxe4 fxe4 12.Qxd4 Qc5 13.Rxe4+ Kd8 (13...Be7?? 14.Qxc5) 14.Be3 Qxd4 15.Bxd4 material is even but Black is quite lost!] 7.Re1+- Nc5? [7...Qc5 8.Bd3; 7...Qb4 8.Bxf7+!? (8.Qe2; 8.Na3) 8...Kxf7 9.Rxe4 Bc5 (9...Qe7 10.Nxd4 Nxd4 11.Rxd4 Qxe5 12.Bf4) 10.c3] 8.Bg5!




Amazingly Black's queen is lost! 1-0


(26) Simpkins,Jerry (1426) - Albury,Sterling C (1117) [C58]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.10), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Qf3 Be7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.d3? Bg4 and Black wins a piece. 11.Qg3 cxb5 12.Nge4 Be6 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Ne4 Kh8 15.h4 Rc8 16.c3 Be7 17.Bg5 f6 18.0-0-0 Bxa2 19.f4 Nb3+ 20.Kc2 Qa5 21.fxe5 Qa4 22.Qf2 fxg5 0-1

(27) Bielec,John - Chan,John (1515) [A40]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.28), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 c6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 h6 4.Nf3 a6 5.e4 Bb4 6.Qc2 d6 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.Qxc3 Ne7 9.Be2 Nd7 10.0-0 Ng6 11.Rd1 0-0 12.Be3 Re8 13.e5 d5 14.cxd5 cxd5 15.Qd2 Kh7 16.Bd3 Ndf8 17.h4 Kg8 18.h5 Nh4 19.Nxh4 Qxh4 20.Be2 Qd8 21.Rac1 Bd7 22.Rc3 Nh7




23.Bxh6! gxh6 24.Qxh6 Kh8 25.Bd3 f5 26.exf6 Re7 27.fxe7 Qxe7 28.Bxh7 Qxh7 29.Qf6+ Qg7 30.Qxg7+ Kxg7 31.Rc7 Rd8 32.Rxb7 Kh6 33.g4 Kg5 34.f3 Kf4 35.Kf2 a5 36.h6 Ba4 37.Rc1 Be8 38.h7 Bg6 39.Rbc7 Rb8 40.b4 axb4 41.axb4 Bxh7 42.Rxh7 Rxb4 43.Rd1 Rb2+ 44.Ke1 Kxf3 45.Rc1 Kxg4 46.Rf7 Kg5 47.Kd1 Kg6 48.Rf3 Kg5 49.Rc2 Rb1+ 50.Kd2 Kg4 51.Rf8 Rh1 52.Kc3 Rh5 53.Rc1 1-0


(28) Reyes,Victor Hugo (1497) - Radaelli,Lucas (1444) [B21]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.29), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.f4 d6 3.e5 dxe5 4.fxe5 Nc6 5.Nf3 g6 6.c3 Bg4 7.Bb5 Qb6 8.Bxc6+ Qxc6 9.0-0 Bg7 10.d4 0-0-0 11.Be3 Nh6 12.Qb3?! Nf5 13.Bf4 Bxf3 14.Rxf3 cxd4 15.Qxf7 Rhf8 16.Qb3




16...Nh4! 17.cxd4 Rxf4 18.Rc3 Qxc3 19.bxc3 Rdf8 20.Nd2 Rf2 21.Rb1 Rxg2+ 22.Kh1 b6 23.Qe6+ Kb8 24.Rf1 Rxd2 25.Rxf8+ Bxf8 26.h3 Nf3 0-1


(29) Cole,Tony (1400) - Ansari,Jahaan (1459) [C01]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.30), 03.09.2019

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 0-0 7.Be2 Nc6 8.a3 Bd6 9.Bg5 Be6 10.Qd2 Qe7 11.0-0-0 a6 12.h4 b5 13.Qe3 b4 14.axb4 Nxb4 15.Ne5 a5 16.Na4 Rfb8 17.Kd2 h6 18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.Ra1 Re8 20.Qg3 Qf5 21.Bd3 Nxd3 22.Qxd3 Qxf2+ 23.Kc3 Qxg2 24.Rag1 Qe4 25.Qg3 Bxe5 26.dxe5 g6 27.b3 Bf5 28.Rh2 Qxe5+ 29.Kd2 Qxg3 30.Rxg3 Re7 31.Rf2 Kh7 32.h5 Rae8 33.hxg6+ fxg6 34.Nc3 c6 35.Na4 h5 36.Nc5 Kh6 37.Rh2 g5 38.Kc1 Re2 39.Rgg2 Rxg2 40.Rxg2 h4 41.Rf2 Bg6 42.Rf6 h3 43.Nd3 h2 44.Rf1 Bxd3 45.cxd3 Re2 46.Rh1 Rg2 47.d4 Rg1+ 48.Rxg1 hxg1Q+ 0-1

(30) Roberts,Joseph (1369) - Baer,Michael A (1430) [B01]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.31), 03.09.2019

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.Nf3 a6 5.d4 Nf6 6.g3 Bg4 7.Bg2 Nc6 8.Bf4 Qd7 9.0-0 e6 10.Qd2 Be7 11.Rfe1 0-0 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.Bxe5 c6 14.Qg5 Bf5 15.Ne4 Qd8 16.c3 Bg6 17.Nxf6+ gxf6 18.Qg4 fxe5 19.dxe5 Kh8 20.Rad1 Qc7 21.Qf3 Rad8 22.h4 Rxd1 23.Qxd1 f5 24.exf6 Rxf6 25.b4 Qd6 26.Qb3 Bf7 27.Qc2 Bg8 28.Rd1 Qc7 29.Rd2 Rf8 30.Bh3 e5 31.Qb2 Bf6 32.Qc2 Rd8 33.Re2 Qd6 34.Qf5 Bg7 35.Re1 Qd2 36.Rxe5 Qc1+ 37.Kg2 Bd5+ 38.Kh2 Qh1# 0-1

(31) Starr,Albert Mart (1575) - Rushton,Peter Jam (1237) [A00]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.32), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 e4 3.e3 d5 4.c4 Nf6 5.b5 Bb4 6.Nc3 d4 7.exd4 Qxd4 8.Na4 Qd8 9.Ne2 Bg4 10.Qc2 0-0 11.Nec3 Re8 12.Be2 Bf5 13.0-0 Qd6 14.g3 Nbd7 15.Rad1 Ne5 16.Ba1 Bh3 17.Rfe1 Nd3 18.Bxd3 exd3 19.Qb1 Re6 20.Rxe6 fxe6 21.Re1 Rf8 22.Qb2 Qe7? [22...Rf7! is a more efficient defense of g7, leaving Black with a winning position.] 23.Nd1 c5 24.Ne3 b6 25.Ng2 Qb7 26.Nf4 Rf7?? 27.Nxh3 h6 28.Nc3 Qd7 29.Nf4 Bxc3 30.Qxc3 Re7 31.Qxd3 Qe8 32.Bxf6 gxf6 33.Qg6+ Qxg6 34.Nxg6 Rd7 35.Rd1 Rd3 36.Nf4 Ra3 37.Nxe6 Rxa2 38.d4 cxd4 39.Rxd4 Kf7 40.Nf4 a5 41.bxa6 Rxa6 42.Rd6 Ra1+ 43.Kg2 Rb1 44.Nd5 b5 45.Rxf6+ Kg7 46.Rb6 b4 47.Rxb4 Rc1 48.Ne3 Kf7 49.Rb2 Ke6 50.Rc2 Ra1 51.c5 Kd7 52.c6+ Kc7 53.Nd5+ Kd6 54.c7 1-0

(32) Thibault,William (1195) - Chen,Bryant Alan (1468) [B22]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.33), 03.09.2019

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 e6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bd3 a6 7.0-0 b5 8.a3 Be7 9.Bd2 Bb7 10.Nc3 d5 11.e5 Nd7 12.Re1 Qb6 13.Be3 0-0 14.Rc1 b4 15.axb4 Nxb4 16.Bxh7+ Kxh7 17.Ng5+ Bxg5 18.Qh5+ Bh6 19.g4 f6 20.f4 g6 21.Qh4 Kg7 22.g5 Rh8 23.gxf6+ Kf7 24.Kh1 Rag8 25.Rg1 Bf8 26.Qg4 Nd3 27.Rc2 Qb3 28.Rcg2 Nxb2 29.Nd1 Nxd1 0-1

(33) Hilliard,Michael (1429) - Cowgill,Jackie (1169) [D05]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.34), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 e6 5.Bd3 c4 6.Bc2 Be7 7.Nbd2 Nbd7 8.0-0 0-0 9.b3 b5 10.Re1 Re8 11.e4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Rb8 14.Bf4 Rb6 15.Qd2 Nf6 16.Rad1 Nxe4 17.Rxe4 Bb7 18.Re5 Bxf3 19.gxf3 Bd6 20.Rh5 Bxf4 21.Qxf4 e5? 22.Rxe5 Rxe5 23.Qxe5 a6 24.d5 Rg6+ 25.Kf1 Rg5 26.Qe4 h6 27.d6 Qd7 28.Qe7! Qh3+ 29.Ke2 Qxh2




30.d7! A powerful temporary queen sacrifice! 30...Re5+ 31.Qxe5 Qxe5+ 32.Kf1 Kh7 33.d8Q Qh5 34.Qd5 f5 35.bxc4 bxc4 36.a4 Qh3+ 37.Ke2 f4 38.Qe4+ 1-0


(34) Bryan,Robert R (390) - Allen,Tom Carter (1400) [C63]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.35), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bc5 6.0-0 0-0 7.Na4 Be7 8.h3 a6 9.Bc4+ Kh8 10.c3 b5 11.Bd5 bxa4 12.Bc4 Na5 13.Nxe5 Nxc4 14.dxc4 Nxe4 15.f3 Bc5+ 16.Kh1 Ng3+ 0-1

(35) Robertson,Wade (1249) - Acharya,Aravind (1084) [A23]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.36), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 c6 4.Bg2 d5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Qa4+ Bd7 7.Qb3 Bc6 8.Nf3 Nbd7 9.d3 Be7 10.Bg5 d4 11.Nb1 h6 12.Bd2 0-0 13.Bb4 Bxb4+ 14.Qxb4 Qc7 15.Nbd2 Qb6 16.Qa3 Rae8 17.Nc4 Qc7 18.0-0 Nb6 19.Qxa7 Na4 20.Qa5 Qxa5 21.Nxa5 Nxb2 22.Nxc6 bxc6 23.Rfc1 Re6 24.Rc2 Na4 25.Bh3 Ree8 26.Rxc6 Re7 27.a3 Ra8 28.Rc8+ Rxc8 29.Bxc8 Re8 30.Ba6 Ra8 31.Bb5 Nc3 32.Bc6 Ra6 33.Nxe5 Nxe2+ 34.Kg2 Ng4 35.Nxg4 Rxc6 36.Kf3 Nc1 37.Ke4 Nb3 38.Ra2 f6 39.f4 Rc5 40.Nf2 f5+ 41.Kf3 Ra5 42.g4 fxg4+ 43.Nxg4 Nc1 44.Ra1 Nxd3 45.Nf2 Nb4 46.Ke4 Nc2 47.Ra2 Nxa3 48.Kd3 Ra8 49.Nh3 Ra7 50.Ng1 Nb5 51.Rxa7 Nxa7 52.Kxd4 Nc6+ 53.Kd5 Ne7+ 54.Ke6




Score with WHITE WON circled and "1-0 Black flags" written ends here 54...Ng6 55.f5 Nf8+ 56.Ke7 g5 57.Nf3




Score with BLACK WON circled ends here. 1-0


(36) Ahmed,Enile - Capdeville,Barry (1226) [D37]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.37), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.Qc2 b6 7.cxd5 exd5 8.e3 Bb7 9.Bd3 Re8 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Ne2 Ne4 12.Bxc7 Qc8 13.Rac1 Bd6 14.Bxd6 Qxc2 15.Rxc2 Nxd6 16.Nc3 Nf6 17.Re2 Nde4 18.Nd2 Nxd2 19.Rxd2 Ne4 20.Nxe4 dxe4 21.Bb5 Red8 22.Be2 Rac8 23.b4 Bd5 24.g4 Bc4 25.Rc1 Bxe2 26.Rxc8 Rxc8 27.Rxe2 f6 28.h4 Kf7 29.Kg2 g5 30.h5 Ke6 31.f3 exf3+? [31...Kd5!] 32.Kxf3 Kd5 33.b5 Re8? 34.Rc2 Re7 35.Rc6 Rf7 36.Ke2 f5 37.Kd3! fxg4 38.e4#






(37) Sachs-Weintraub,J.. (1447) - Martin,Michael J (1574) [C50]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.38), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 h6 4.0-0 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bc5 6.d3 d6 7.h3 0-0 8.Re1 Re8 9.Be3 b6 10.a3 Bxe3 11.fxe3 Be6 12.Nd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 Ne7 14.e4 Ng6 15.c3 Qd7 16.a4 a6 17.b4 Nh7 18.b5 a5 19.d4 f6 20.dxe5 fxe5 21.Be2 Nf4 22.Nh2 Qe7 23.Bg4 Qg5 24.Nf3 Qg6 25.g3 Nxh3+ 26.Bxh3 Qxg3+ 27.Bg2 Rf8 28.Rf1 Rf4 29.Qe1 Rg4? [29...Qg6! keeping the queens on the board is indicated, and level.] 30.Qxg3 Rxg3 31.Kh2 Rg4 32.Rae1 Nf6 33.Nd2 Rf8 34.Bh3 Rg5 35.Rg1 Rxg1 36.Rxg1 g5 37.Bf5 Kg7 38.Nf3 Nh5 39.Nh4 Nf4 40.c4 Kf6 41.Ng2 Nxg2 42.Rxg2 h5 43.Rf2 Rh8 44.Be6+ Kg6 45.Rf7 g4 46.Rxc7 Kg5 47.Rc6 h4 48.Rxd6 g3+ 49.Kg2 Kf4 50.Bf5 Rf8 51.Rxb6 Ke3 52.c5 Rh8 53.d6 h3+ 54.Bxh3 Rxh3 55.Kxh3 Kf2 56.Rb8 g2 57.Rg8 Kf1 58.Rxg2 1-0

(38) Frank,Robert H (1358) - Badgett Jr,James (1084) [D05]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.40), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 Nbd7 5.0-0 c5 6.c3 Bd6 7.Nbd2 cxd4 8.cxd4 Qc7 9.e4 e5 10.dxe5 Bxe5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Nf3 dxe4 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Re1 Bf5 15.f4? Qd4+ 16.Kh1 0-0 17.Be2 Qc5 18.Qb3 Be6 19.Be3 Qf5 20.Qb5 Nd5 21.g4 Qf6 22.g5 Qf5 23.Qc5 b6 24.Qd4 Rad8 25.Rf1 Rfe8 26.Bd2 Bc8 27.Rae1 Bb7 28.Bc3 Nxc3 29.Qxc3 e3+ 30.Bf3 Bxf3+ 31.Rxf3 Rd3 32.Qc1 Qd5 33.Kg2 Rd2+ 34.Kg3 e2 35.Re3?? Rxe3+ 36.Kf2 Re8 0-1

(39) Ahrens,Richard Wi (1206) - Dunlap,Steven (1016) [E51]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.41), 03.09.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bd2 d5 5.e3 0-0 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.a3 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Ne4 9.Qc2 Nxc3 10.Qxc3 Re8 11.Bd3 f6 12.0-0 e5 13.Nd2 exd4 14.exd4 b6 15.cxd5 Na5 16.b4 Rb8 17.bxa5 b5 18.Qc5 a6 19.Rab1 Kh8 20.a4 Bb7 21.axb5 Qxd5 22.Qxd5 Bxd5 23.b6 Ba2 24.Rb2 Bd5 25.Bxa6 Re7 26.bxc7 Rxb2 27.c8Q+ Bg8 28.Bc4 1-0

(40) Anderson,David (793) - Nicol,George R [B20]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.42), 03.09.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d3 d6 5.Ng5 Nh6 6.Qf3 Qd7 7.0-0 Nd4 8.Qd1 Be7 9.Nc3 Ng4? 10.Bxf7+ Kd8 11.Ne6+!? [11.Nd5; 11.Bh5] 11...Nxe6 12.Qxg4 Nd4 13.Qxd7+? [13.Qxg7; 13.Qd1] 13...Bxd7 14.f4?! [14.Bb3] 14...Nxc2 15.Rb1 Rf8 16.Bd5 Rb8 17.fxe5 Rxf1+ 18.Kxf1 dxe5 19.Bd2 Nb4 20.b3 [20.Ke2] 20...Nxd3 21.Bc4 Nb4 22.Rb2 Nc6 23.Nd5 Bd6 24.Bg5+ Kc8 25.Rf2 Nd8 26.Be7 Bxe7 27.Nxe7+ Kc7 28.Nd5+ Kd6 29.Rd2 Kc6 30.b4 b5 31.Ne7+ Kb6 32.bxc5+ Kxc5 33.Rd5+ Kxc4 34.Rxd7 a5 35.Rd5 Nf7 36.Nc6 scoresheets devolve; drawn around move 601/2-1/2

(41) Tabatabai,Ashkon (1074) - Sullivan,George (873) [C55]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (5.43), 03.09.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7 4.0-0 Nf6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.d3 Re8 7.Ng5 Rf8 8.Qf3 d6 9.Nd5 Nxd5 10.Bxd5 Bxg5 11.Qg3 Bxc1 12.Raxc1 Nd4 13.Rce1 Nxc2 14.Re2 c6 15.Bc4 b5 16.Bb3 Nd4 17.Re3 Nxb3 18.axb3 c5 19.Rc1 b4 20.f4 f6 21.Rf1 Be6 22.Ref3 Kh8 23.fxe5 dxe5 24.Qh4 Bxb3 25.Rh3 Bg8 26.Rf5 Qd4+ 27.Kf1 g6 28.Rxf6 Qxb2 29.g4 Qa1+ 30.Kg2 Qb2+ 31.Kg3 Qa3 32.Rxg6 Qxd3+ 33.Kg2 Qxe4+ 34.Kg3 Qf3# 0-1

(42) Sztaray,Judit - Agdamag,Samuel [A00]
MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (5), 03.09.2019

1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 dxe4 3.Nxe4 Bf5 4.d3 e6 5.Bg5 f6 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Qf3 Nd4 8.Bxd4 Qxd4 9.c3 Bxe4 10.dxe4 Qb6 11.b3 0-0-0 12.Rd1 Rxd1+ 13.Qxd1 Bc5 14.Qd2 Nh6 15.Nf3 Ng4 16.Nd4 e5 17.b4 Be7 18.Nf5 Re8 19.Nxg7 Rd8 20.Qe2 Nh6 21.g3 Bxb4 22.Bh3+ Kb8 23.Qe3 Qd6 24.Kf1 Qa6+ 25.Kg2 Bf8 26.Qxh6 Rd7 27.Bxd7 Qd3 28.Qxf6 Qxe4+ 29.f3 Qe2+ 30.Kh3 a6 31.Qxf8+ Ka7 32.Qc5+ Kb8 33.Ne6 Qf1+ 34.Kh4 1-0

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