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Gens Una Sumus!


Newsletter #887

Oct 4, 2019

By Abel Talamantez

Table of Contents

16-Year Old FM Josiah Stearman Defeats 12-Year Old NM Rui Yang Yan to Win 2019 Brandwein TNM! 11-Year Old NM Eric Li Defeats NM Jeevan Karamsetty To Take 2nd. 11-Year Old Sriram Krishnakumar Takes Clear 3rd And is 3 Ratings Points From NM Title. Youth Dominates Championship Section.

The youth movement at the TNM; pictured are NM Rui Yang Yan and Josiah Stearman on board 1 and Jeevan Karamsetty and Eric Li on Board 2

The final round of the 2019 Brandwein TNM had its share of final round drama, as FM Josiah Stearman fought to hang on to his half point lead over NM Eric Li. Both were facing tough competition, and both rose to the occasion, finishing off impressive wins. With these results, Stearman maintained his lead over Li and won clear first in the Championship section of the TNM. The other impressive performance was that of Sriram Krishnakumar, whose took clear third place after a draw with WFM Natalya Tsodikova. He has had some great tournaments as of late, and has raised his rating to 2197, just 3 points shy of the coveted NM title. 12-year old NM Rui Yang Yan may have been deeper in the hunt had she not missed a few rounds in order to go to China and take the bronze medal in the World Youth Under 12 Girls Championship. Youth dominated this event, and it is exciting to see the stars of the future build their skills through the gauntlet that is the Mechanics' Institute Tuesday Night Marathon. Congratulations to our winners!

The A/B section provided the evening's fireworks, as a dramatic conclusion in the game between Ako Heidari and Kristian Clemens will result in an extensive TD Corner article later in this newsletter. In the end, Clemens, who was up material and position and needing a win to take clear first, made an illegal move that was noticed initially by either player, and after Heidari completed a move after, Clemens noticed something was wrong and forgot to pause the clock to get a TD. The resulting few seconds of confusion led him to forget about his time and his flag to fall. The win gave Ako Heidari clear first in this section of the TNM with 7.5/9. Daniel McKellar and Venkatagi Acharya finished with 6.5 to tie for second. 

In the u/1600 section, Sterling Albury finished with a perfect 9/9 after defeating Albert Starr. This amazing performance has catipulted his rating to 1705. We look forward to very closely following his progress as he moves up the ranks in tournament play. Finishing in a tie for second place were Mechanics' regular Jerry Simpkins and John Bielec with 6.5/9, congratulations to both!

The next Tuesday Night Marathon begins on Tuesday October 22. Registration link is here:

That day also we will have a special event, GM Patrick Wolff's new book Learn to Play Chess Like a Boss was just released and he will be doing an author event in the chess room before the TNM in lieu of the lecture. We will have books available for purchase and signing and will start at roughly 5pm. Of special interest in the discussion will be the topic of computers in chess and how artifical intelligence (AI) may revolutionize how we learn and think about chess. Make plans to come for this very special event!

For the full standings, please follow this link to our TNM page:

To watch the broadcast, watch the replay on our YouTube channel here:



Star-Studded Broadcast Booth For Final Round of TNM

A very strong collection of players on site for the final round of the TNM, pictured are FM Paul Whitehead, GM Sam Shankland, IM John Donaldson, GM Nick de Firmian and Juan Cendejas

It was a special night at the TNM this week, as we were joined by former MI Chess Director IM John Donaldson who assisted Paul with live commentary and GM Sam Shankland, who was on hand to deliver the TNM lecture and promote his new book: Small Steps 2 Success: Mastering Passed Pawn Play. You can order the book by following this link:

He will next be playing the FIDE Grand Swiss in the Isle of Man starting October 10. We wish him all the best!

GM Sam Shankland delivering the TNM lecture to a packed house

Mechanics - Marshall Club Match October 15!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The historic match between the Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco and Marshall Chess Club of New York will take place on Tuesday, October 15th at 5:30PST. Time control G/25 +5, two games each player white/black. Live coverage on with commentary by GM Nick de Firmian and FM Paul Whitehead. Thank you to our partners Twitch and Come support the team live or follow online, Go Mechanics!

The historic match between the Mechanics' Institute of San Francisco and Marshall Chess Club of New York will take place on Tuesday, October 15th at 5:30PST.
Time control G/25 +5, two games each player white/black.
Live coverage on with commentary by GM Nick de Firmian and FM Paul Whitehead.
Thank you to our partners Twitch and
Come support the team live or follow online, Go Mechanics!


Mechanics - Marshall


FM Kyron Griffith (2452) - IM Yury Lapshun (2491)

FM Josiah Stearman (2421) - GM Michael Rohde (2475)


IM Elliott Winslow (2248) - FM Liam Henry Putnam (2244)

WFM Natalya Tsodikova (2196) - FM Jon Jacobs (2200)


David Askin (2053) - Charles Hua (2063)

Manas Paldhe (2029) - Glenn Cabasso (2013)


Cailen Melville (1871) - John A Gruska (1835)

Felix Rudyak (1859) - Orion Lehoczky Escobar (1725)


Erika Malykin (1688) - Chloe Gaw (1530)

David Rakonitz (1639) - Stefan Sekulic Derdowski (1357)

Mechanics' Institute

Tournament Director's Corner

We have received several compliments regarding our use of DGT boards to broadcast games and more recently, expansion of our cameras to capture the drama of certain games up close. On several occasions, our cameras have captured dramatic moments in games that have been the subject of the TD corner, and this week was probably one of the most dramatic in not only how it played out, but also what was at stake in the result. I encourage readers to learn from the mistakes of others, as it will likely save your life sometine in a game. 

This was the last match of the evening, and the drama was captured on the broadcast and on our in room camera. A/B section leader Ako Heidari was trailing Kristian Clemens in the game, as Heidari was two pawns down, but had a bishop of opposite color ending. In the tournament, he was a half point ahead of Clemens, who needed a win to win the section outright. I was observing the game in the room standing to the side of Heidari, and Juan Cendejas was in the room behind Clemens. The critical point can be found shortly before the 4:05:00 mark:

In the game, Clemens was down to a few seconds left on his clock, and played an illegal move. He moved his dark squared bishop from a7 to g8, jumping over his king which was on d4. This can be seen on the camera. Because of the time pressure, Heidari did not realize the move was illigal, and immediately made a move and hit the clock. At this point, Clemens started to realize something was wrong, and got lost in trying to figure out what had happened. While this was happening, Clemens' clock had run to 0, and the game was lost as Heidari called the flag.

So what should have been done? What are the rules governing what could have happened?

I have written previously in other newsletters, the most important thing when it is recognized something is wrong in a game is PAUSE THE CLOCK! Doing this to get an Arbiter or inform an Arbiter there is an issue that needs their attention is vital, as it is usually when time is short that weird things in games happen. Here are the scenarios that could have played out.

1. Clemens notices illegal move, pauses the clock, and gets an Arbiter: In an ideal scenario, this would have led to Heidari receiving 2 minutes extra as a penalty to Clemens, but play would have resumed, with Clemend still having the advantage and time to convert it into a win.

Here are the FIDE rules governing this scenario:

7.5.1 An illegal move is completed once the player has pressed his clock. If during a game it is found that an illegal move has been completed, the position immediately before the irregularity shall be reinstated. If the position immediately before the irregularity cannot be determined, the game shall continue from the last identifiable position prior to the irregularity. Articles 4.3 and 4.7 apply to the move replacing the illegal move. The game shall then continue from this reinstated position.

7.5.5 After the action taken under Article 7.5.1, 7.5.2, 7.5.3 or 7.5.4 for the first completed illegal move by a player, the arbiter shall give two minutes extra time to his opponent; for the second completed illegal move by the same player the arbiter shall declare the game lost by this player. However, the game is drawn if the position is such that the opponent cannot checkmate the player’s king by any possible series of legal moves.

2. Clemens plays illegal move and Arbiter notices:

This could easily have happened in the game, and under FIDE rules, I can intervene and restore the position to before the illegal move. However, from the vantage point i had, Heidari's water bottle obscured the board where I could not see the king was blocking the path of the bishop. Play continued and Juan informned me after the move that there was an illegal move. By the time I went back to the board, the time had already expired.

3. Clemens makes illegal move and Heidari makes a legal move after and hits the clock:

This is the most interesting scenario. According to FIDE rules, the fact that Heidari made a subsequent move after the illegal move would not have mattered, the position would be reconstructed as best as possible to the original position before the illegal move. 

In all three of these scenarios, the flag had fallen before any determination had been made because neither player paused the clock while an Arbiter investigated. This likely cost Clemens at least a draw and possibly the win, but he surely would not have lost the game had it continued. 

These scenarios provide valuable learning opportunities for all. I would have thought that after a legal move was completed after the illegal move was made, that play stands and continues. After reading the rules, it seems clear that an attempt to reconstruct the position to the point of the illegal move as best as can be done is what should happen. The Arbiter has some freedom in making decisions in areas of uncertainty, but certainly the rule book could have been consulted had the clock been paused. 

Scholastic Corner

by Judit Sztaray

Kids' Tournament  - Scholastic Swiss on October 6

We love our monthly tournaments that are specifically designed to get our kids excited and roide them with some fun experience.
How exactly?

  • We have shorter games: Game in 30 minutes with 5 second delay: this means each player gets 30 minutes, so one game can last up to 1 hour. But often times they are done much faster :) as soon as all players are done, we start the new round!
  • We schedule 4 round, i.e. 4 games: this means the tournment is done in 4 hours, and players won't get exhausted.
  • We go by USCF rules, but some are a bit more relaxed: this means kids don't have to use clocks, or notate. We encourage them, but they don't have to.
  • We have fun rewards: this means we have trophies, medals and whoever had enough trophies, can switch it with a chess book from our collection!

Hope these information help you to see that this might be a fun opportunity for your child and hope to see you this SUNDAY, October 6th at 10AM.

More information:

Register online:

Don't forget to take advantage of our free classes:

Wednesday Class with GM Nick de Firmian 5:30-7:30PM:
Thursday Class with FM Paul Whitehead 5:30-7:30PM:
Saturday Kids Class 11AM-1PM:
Sunday Women Class 11AM-1PM:


Tony's Teasers

Last week's problem:

Mate in 4 by Wolfgang Pauly, 1906, white to move



       1. Nf5!!  Ke8

     2. Rb7 Kd8

        3. Be7+  Kc8

4. Nd6#

This week's problem

White to move and mate in 2: Heathcote, 1904

Wednesday Night Blitz Update

"Expert Jules Jelinek was dominant in the October 2nd edition of the Wednesday Night Blitz, scoring 10.5-1.5.  A distant 2nd was Expert Joe Urquart with 8.5- 3.5, and rounding out the winners was Expert Carlos Davila with 8-4.  9 players participated under the watchful eye of organizer Jelinek."

19th JJ Dolan Memorial on October 5
3 SS G/75; d5

Next 1-day tournament is a 3 round, G/75;d5 time control Swiss tournament. New this year that we'll have two sections: 1800+ and under1800.

Prize Fund: $720 - based on 40 paid entries. 
2 Sections:
    1800+: $240, $120, $85
    under1800: $150, $65, $60

Entry Fee:  $30 for MI members, $35 for non-members.
Family discount: entry fee is $20 for each additional player besides the first (plus late fee if applicable).

Onsite Registration: 9:30AM-9:45AM
Round Times: 10AM, 1PM, 4PM
Time Control: G/75; d5  (Game in 75 minutes with 5 second delay)

More information online:

Please, register online!

Multiple benefits: can check your entry for accuracy in advance, will receive Welcome email the day before the tournament with importan information AND will receive a Thank you email with links to rating, pictures and survey.

GM Nick de Firmian’s Column

Magnificent Magnus #9 – Ultimate Magnus

We come to the end of our nine round Steve Brandwein TNM, and so to the end of our columns on Magnus (for a while). We will now ask the question of Magnus’s place in chess history. That may seem a little strange as he is still young (28 years old), but already he has done a lot even by historical standards. He has been the number one rated player since he was 19 years old and World Champion for 6 years, since defeating Anand in Chennai in 2013. We compare Magnus to his rivals, both contemporary and historically and he is on top. Anand has had a superb career, six years as World Champion and still in the top ten at age 49. Yet he is a notch below Magnus. Capablanca is considered an all time great World Champion, though he held the title for only 6 years. We must also consider Greco, Philidor, Morphy, Lasker, Alekhine, Tal, Fischer and Kasparov when we discuss the best player of all time. Probably there is no clear choice when comparing across the centuries, but Magnus already has a claim as good as anyone’s to greatest ever chess player.

His current rating is 2876, a level no one else has reached. Nothing lasts forever, but we still expect some good years and great games to be coming from the Norwegian wonder. Young challengers are coming up and each battle is uncertain. How many more years? No one knows, but enjoy this great player while he’s in his prime.

(1) Magnus Carlsen (2484) - Garry Kasparov (2831) [D52]
Reykjavik Rapid Reykjavik ISL, 2004

This game was played when Magnus was only 13 years old. Of course he was already becoming a grandmaster, so Kasparov was probably on guard somewhat. Little did he expect such a battle. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 Qa5 7.Nd2 Bb4 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Be2 

Normal opening play thus far. White holds just a small edge. 9...e5 10.0-0 exd4 11.Nb3! Qb6 12.exd4 dxc4 13.Bxc4 a5 14.a4 Qc7 15.Rae1 h6 16.Bh4 Bd6 17.h3 Nb6 
18.Bxf6! The most challenging move, ignoring the attack on the c4 bishop.. The tactics have begun! 18...Nxc4 19.Ne4 Bh2+?! This move leads to trouble as Black must worry about the black bishop that is all alone in White's camp. More circumspect was 19...Be6 with just a small edge to White. 20.Kh1 Nd6 
21.Kxh2! Not afraid of the discovered check. 21...Nxe4+ 22.Be5 Nd6 23.Qc5 Rd8 24.d5 Qd7 25.Nd4! Nf5 Black would lose material after 25...exd5 26. Qxd6 Qxd6 27. Bxd6 Rxd6 28. Re8+ followed by 29. Rc1. 26.dxc6 bxc6 27.Nxc6 Re8 28.Rd1 Qe6 
29.Rfe1?! Kasparov was on the ropes, but this move gives him some chance to reach an opposite colored bishop ending. If Magnus had played 29. Bc7 he would likely have realed in the full point. 29...Bb7 30.Nd4 Nxd4 31.Qxd4 Qg6 32.Qg4?! Allowing the queen trade is good for the defense. Magnus could have kept many winning chances with 32 f3. 32...Qxg4 33.hxg4 Bc6 34.b3 f6 35.Bc3 Rxe1 36.Rxe1 Bd5 
White has a pawn, but a player such as Kasparov can easily hold this opposite color bishop ending. 37.Rb1 Kf7 38.Kg3 Rb8 39.b4 axb4 40.Bxb4 Bc4 41.a5 Ba6 42.f3 Kg6 43.Kf4 h5 44.gxh5+ Kxh5 45.Rh1+ Kg6 46.Bc5 Rb2 47.Kg3 Ra2 48.Bb6 Kf7 49.Rc1 g5 50.Rc7+ Kg6 51.Rc6 Bf1 52.Bf2 
Thus Kasparov managed to hold the draw. Clearly Magnus was going to be a force in the chess world. Kasparov retired soon after so he never played Magnus after this mini-match in Reykjavik. 1/2-1/2


(2) Kramnik,Vladimir - Carlsen,Magnus [A30]
Wij aan Zee, 2008

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0-0 Be7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Qxd4 d6 9.Rd1 a6 10.Ng5 Bxg2 11.Kxg2 Nc6 12.Qf4 0-0 13.Nce4 Ne8 14.b3 Ra7 15.Bb2 Rd7 16.Rac1 Nc7 17.Nf3 f5 18.Nc3 

18...g5! This aggressive advance gives Black equal chances as he takes control of some kingside squares. 19.Qd2 g4 20.Ne1 Bg5 21.e3 Rff7 22.Kg1 Ne8 23.Ne2 Nf6 24.Nf4 Qe8 25.Qc3 Rg7! This prepares Ne4, pushing back the White attack. 26.b4 Ne4 27.Qb3 Rge7 Black has played aggressively but White is still holding his own. Now Kramnik gets amitious and lands in a bad ending. 28.Qa4?! Ne5! 29.Qxa6?! Ra7! 
30.Qb5 30. Qxb6 Reb7! 31. Qd4 Bf6 threatening 32...Nf6+ would win the queen. 30...Qxb5 31.cxb5 Rxa2 32.Rc8+ Kf7 33.Nfd3 Bf6 Kramnik has a miserabler ending and will suffer. 34.Nxe5+ dxe5 35.Rc2 Rea7 36.Kg2?! [36.f3!] 36...Ng5 37.Rd6 e4 38.Bxf6 Kxf6 39.Kf1 [39.Rxb6? Ra1 40.Re2 Nf3] 39...Ra1 40.Ke2 Rb1 
Here we have a classic Magnus endgame from which now one will escape, even Kramnik. 41.Rd1 Rxb4 42.Ng2 Rxb5 43.Nf4 Rc5 44.Rb2 b5 45.Kf1 Rac7 46.Rbb1 Rb7 47.Rb4 Rc4 48.Rb2 b4 49.Rdb1 Nf3 50.Kg2 Rd7 51.h3 e5 52.Ne2 Rd2 53.hxg4 fxg4 54.Rxd2 Nxd2 55.Rb2 Nf3 56.Kf1 b3 57.Kg2 Rc2 0-1


(3) Magnus Carlsen - Hikaru Nakamura [B32]
Tata Steel Group A Wijk aan Zee NED (12), 26.01.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.g3 h5 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Nge7 10.Bg2 Bg4 11.f3 Be6 

We have an unusual position from the Najdorf Sicilian as both players have steered away from the main lines. Naka has always had a lot of trouble against Magnus, and lands in trouble soon. 12.c3 h4 13.Nc2 Bxd5?! 14.exd5 Na5 15.f4 Nf5 16.g4 h3 17.Be4 Nh4 18.0-0!? g6 19.Kh1 Bg7 [19...f5! 20.Bd3 e4 would have given Black fair chances as both kings are somewhat exposed.] 20.f5 gxf5 21.gxf5 Ng2? 
22.f6! Black's only real chance now was to play the tactical 22...Bxf6 23. Qf3 Rh4 24. Bg5 Rf4! with some chances in a worse position. Now things get ugly. 22...Bf8?! 23.Qf3 Qc7 24.Nb4 Nb7 25.Nc6 Nc5 26.Bf5 Nd7 27.Bg5 Rg8 28.Qh5! 
Somehow White is controlling all the squares. 28...Nb6 29.Be6! Rxg5 30.Qxg5 fxe6 31.dxe6 

Black resigns as 31....Qxc6 32. f7 is mate! 1-0

Brandwein Memorial TNM Games Round 9

Annotations by GM Nick de Firmian 

(1) Yan,Rui Yang (2139) - Stearman,Josiah P (2427) [B31]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (9.1), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0-0 Bg7 The players repeat the opening from the last world championship between Caruana and Carlsen. 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.d3 Nd7 8.Be3 e5 9.Nd2 0-0 10.Kh1 Qe7 11.a4 Rd8 12.Nb3 a5 13.Qe2 b6 14.Nd2 Ba6 15.b3 Nf8 16.Nc4 Qa7 17.Qd2 Ne6 18.Bh6 Bh8 19.g3 White prepares her only pawn break f2-f4. 19...Qc7 20.f4 exf4 21.gxf4 b5?! 22.axb5 cxb5 23.Ne3 [23.f5!] 23...Bb7 [23...f5!] 24.f5 Nd4


25.f6? This closes off the attack. Young Rui would have a terrific attack after [25.Bg5; or 25.Rae1] 25...Qe5 26.Ncd5 Bxd5 27.Nxd5 Rxd5! 28.exd5 Nf5 29.Bf4 Qxd5+ 30.Qg2 Qxg2+ 31.Kxg2 Bxf6 Black has a clear initiative in the endgame. 32.Ra2 Bc3! 33.Kf2 Re8 34.Rd1 Nd4 35.Bd6 Rc8 36.Bf4 Re8 37.Bd6 Re2+ 38.Kf1 Bb4 39.Rda1 Rxc2 40.Rxc2 Nxc2 41.Rb1 f6 42.Bf4 Kf7 43.Rb2 Nd4 44.Be3 Nf5 45.Bf2 a4 46.bxa4 bxa4 47.Ra2 a3 48.Rc2 Ke6 49.Bxc5


49...a2! 50.Rxa2 Bxc5 51.Ke2 Nd4+ 52.Kd2 Ke5 53.Kc3 Kd5 54.Ra8 Nf3 55.Ra5 f5 56.h3 f4 57.Rb5 Nd4 58.Rb7 f3 59.Rf7 Nf5 60.Kd2 f2 Josiah finishes with 8½ out of nine, a fantastic result. 0-1


(2) Karamsetty,Jeevan (2296) - Li,Eric Yuhan (2282) [B92]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (9.2), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Kh1 b6 Gelfand's waiting move is a fitting response to White's Kh1. [If 9...b5?! 10.a4!] 10.f4 Bb7 11.Qd3 Nbd7 12.Bf3 Rc8 13.f5?! b5 Black has an excellent opening; White is already on the defensive. 14.a3 Nb6 15.Rd1 Qc7 16.g4?!


16...d5! A textbook countering a wing attack with a counter in the center. 17.exd5 Rfd8 18.Qe2 Nbxd5 19.Nxd5 Bxd5?! Sam Shankland pointed out that [19...Nxd5 20.c3 Nxc3! 21.bxc3 Qc4! would win the piece back with an extra pawn.] Nonetheless Black is better anyway. 20.Bxd5 Nxd5 21.c3 Qc6 22.Qg2 Qc4 23.Na5 Qa4 24.Rxd5 Rxd5 25.Qxd5 Rd8 26.Qf3


26...Rd1+! 27.Kg2 Qc2+! 28.Kh3 [If 28.Qf2 Qe4+ wins the queen.] 28...e4! 29.Qg3 Rd3 30.Bf4 [30.Be3 Bd6] 30...Rxg3+ 31.Bxg3 h5 32.gxh5 e3 33.Re1 Qxf5+ 34.Kg2 Bd8 35.b4 Bxa5 36.bxa5 Qe4+ 37.Kg1 f5 38.Rf1 e2 39.Re1 f4 40.Bf2 Qf3 41.Bd4 Qxh5 42.Kf2 Qxh2+ 43.Kf3 Qg3+ 44.Kxe2 f3+ 45.Kd1 f2 Eric Li had a great result, eight out of nine and clear second, only dropping his game to Stearman. 0-1


(3) Krishnakumar,Sriram (2056) - Tsodikova,Natalya (2196) [C90]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (9.3), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Re1 d6 9.c3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.Nbd2 Qc7 12.Nf1 Nc6 13.Ng3 d5 14.Qe2


14...dxe4 [14...d4 would make it double-edged. As played it stays safe.] 15.dxe4 Rd8 16.Bg5 Ne8 17.Bxe7 Nxe7 18.a4 Rb8 19.axb5 axb5 20.Red1 Rxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Ng6 22.Nf5 f6 23.Qd2 Be6 24.Ne3 Qf7 25.Nf5 Qc7 26.Ne3 Qf7 27.Nf5 Qc7 28.Ne3 1/2-1/2


(4) Walder,Michael (2011) - Askin,David Benjamin (2053) [A13]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (9.4), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.c4 Nf6 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.0-0 0-0 6.b3 c6 7.Bb2 Nbd7 8.d3 Qe7 9.Nbd2 e5 10.e4 dxe4 11.dxe4 Nc5 12.Qc2 a5 13.h3 Rd8 14.Rad1 Nfd7 15.Rfe1 Na6 16.Nf1 Ndc5?


[16...f6=] 17.Bxe5! Nb4 18.Bxd6 Rxd6 19.Qb1 Be6 20.Rxd6 Qxd6 21.Rd1 White has netted a pawn but it will take a lot of technique to secure the win. 21...Qe7 22.a3 Nba6 23.Nd4 Re8 24.b4 axb4 25.axb4 Na4 26.Nxe6 Nc3


27.Qb2! The mate threat on g7 wins a piece. 27...Qxb4 28.Qxb4 Nxb4 29.Rd8 Rxd8 30.Nxd8 b5 31.Ne3 Ne2+ 32.Kf1 Nd4 33.Nf5 Nb3 34.cxb5 cxb5 35.Nd6 Nd4 36.N8xf7 Nbc2 37.Ne5 b4 38.Nd3 Kf8 39.Nf5 Nb5 40.Ke2 b3 41.Kd2 Nca3 42.Ne3 Ke7 43.e5 Nd4 44.Bd5 Nab5 45.g4 g6 46.f4 Nc7 47.Kc3 Ncb5+ 48.Kb2 h5 49.gxh5 gxh5 50.f5 Nc7 51.Bxb3 Nf3 52.Nd5+ Nxd5 53.Bxd5 Nd4 54.f6+ Kf8 55.e6 h4 56.Ne5 1-0


(5) Melville,Cailen (1905) - Jia,Derek (2040) [A65]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (9.5), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 g6 5.e4 Bg7 6.f3 0-0 7.Be3 e6 8.Qd2 exd5 9.cxd5 Re8 10.Nge2 a6 11.a4 Nbd7 12.Ng3 h5 13.Be2 Rb8 14.0-0 Qa5 15.Ra3 Ne5 16.Qc2 Qd8 17.h3 b6 18.f4 Ned7


19.f5? [19.e5! dxe5?! 20.f5! with a strong attack for White.] 19...Qc7 20.fxg6 fxg6 21.Bg5 Nh7 22.Qd2 Ne5 With control of e5, Black starts to take over. 23.Raa1? c4 [23...Nxg5!] 24.Be3 Qe7 25.Rf2 Bd7 26.Raf1 b5 27.axb5 axb5 28.Bd4 h4 29.Nh1 Ng5 30.Be3 Ngf7 31.Kh2 Rec8 32.Rg1 b4 33.Nd1 Ba4 34.g3 c3 35.bxc3 bxc3 36.Nxc3 Rxc3 37.Ba7 0-1


(6) Kuczek,Kevin (1987) - Busch,Jonah M (1871) [B04]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (9.6), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 Bg7 7.Ng5 e6 8.Qf3 0-0? [8...Qe7 9.Ne4 dxe5 10.Bg5 Qb4+ 11.c3 Qa5 was Lev Alburt's remarkable opening variation, which is equal.] 9.Qh3 h6 10.Nf3 g5 11.Qh5! f5


12.Bxg5! Qe8 [12...hxg5 13.Nxg5 is decisive, so White nets a clear pawn.] 13.Qxe8 Rxe8 14.Bf4 Nd5 15.Bg3 f4 16.Bh4 Nc6 17.exd6 Nxd4 18.Nxd4 Bxd4 19.c3 Be5 20.dxc7 Bxc7 21.Nd2 Ne7 22.Ne4 Kf7 23.f3 b6 24.0-0-0 Nf5 25.Bf2 Bb7 26.Rhe1 Bc6 27.Re2 Rg8 28.g4 Ne7 With a pawn and the better position, White wins 29.Rde1 Rge8 30.g5 Ng6 31.gxh6 Ne5 32.Ng5+ Kf6 33.Bd4 Kxg5 34.Bxe5 Bxf3 35.Rf2 Bxe5 36.Rxe5+ Kf6 37.Re1 Bg4 38.Rxf4+ Kg5 39.Rfe4 Bf5 40.Re5 Kxh6 41.Bxe6 Bxe6 42.Rxe6+ Rxe6 43.Rxe6+ Kg5 44.Re7 Rh8 45.Re2 Rh6 46.Kc2 Kf4 47.b3 a5 48.c4 Rh5 49.Kd3 b5 50.cxb5 Rxb5 51.Re4+ Kf5 52.Rh4 Kg5 53.Rh8 Rd5+ 54.Kc4 Rd2 55.a4 Rf2 56.h4+ Kg6 57.Rd8 Rf4+ 58.Rd4 Rf5 59.b4 axb4 60.Kxb4 Kf6 61.a5 Ke5 62.Rc4 Kd5 63.Rc5+ 1-0


(7) Jensen,Christian (1881) - Davila,Carlos (2079) [E11]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (9.7), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 b6 5.a3 Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 Bb7 7.Qg5?! Too many queen moves! 7...0-0 8.Bf4 d6 9.h4 Nbd7 10.h5 Ne4 11.Qg4 f5 12.Qh3 Qe7 13.Nh4 e5 14.Ng6! Nice trick by Christian, but due to the lack of development White is still in trouble. 14...Qf7 15.Nxf8 Rxf8 16.dxe5 dxe5 17.Bc1 Qxc4 18.Qd3 Qe6 19.b4 c5 20.f3 Ng3 [20...c4!] 21.Rh3 f4?! 22.e4! Nxf1 23.Kxf1 c4 24.Qc3 b5 25.Bb2 Re8 26.a4 a6 27.axb5 axb5 28.Rh4 Nb6 29.Rxf4 Na4 30.Rxa4 bxa4 31.Rf5 a3 [31...Ba6!? 32.Rxe5?? Qxe5 33.Qxe5 c3+!] 32.Bxa3 g6 33.hxg6 hxg6 34.Rg5 Qf6 35.Rg4 Bc8 36.Rg3 Be6 37.Bb2 Bf7 38.Bc1 Qd6 39.Qd2 Qb6 40.Qc3? [40.Qh6; 40.Rh3; 40.Qg5] 40...Rd8 41.Qxe5?? [41.Be3! and White is back on top.] 41...Rd1+ 42.Ke2 Rxc1 43.Rh3 Looks good but... 43...Rc2+! 44.Kd1 Qg1+! 45.Kxc2 Qxg2+ 46.Kc3 Qxh3 47.Qf4 Qh1 48.b5 Qa1+ 49.Kb4 Qb2+ 50.Kc5 c3 0-1

(8) Lehman,Clarence (1900) - German,Felix (1900) [B01]
MI Brandwein TNM: 2000+ San Francisco (9.8), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nb5 Qb6 6.c4 c6 7.c5 Qd8 8.Nc3 g6 9.h3 Bg7 10.Nf3 0-0 11.Bc4 b5 12.cxb6 axb6 13.0-0 e6 14.Be3 Qc7 15.Qc2 Bb7 16.Ng5 h6 17.Nge4 Nbd7 18.Qd2 Kh7 19.Bf4 Nxe4 20.Nxe4 e5 21.dxe5 Nxe5 22.Qc1 c5 23.Nc3 Qd7 24.Rd1 Qf5 25.Be2 Rfd8 26.Qe3 Nc6 27.Bc7 Re8 28.Qf3


28...Bxc3! 29.bxc3 Nd4! 30.Qxb7 Nxe2+ 31.Kf1 Nxc3 32.g4 Qc8?! Black is in control, but the middlegame was much easier to win than this endgame. 33.Qxc8 Rexc8 34.Rd7 Ra7 35.Rxf7+ Kg8 36.Rf3 Nd5 37.Bg3 c4 38.Rd1 Rd8 39.Rc1 b5 40.a3 g5 41.Be5 Rf8 42.Rxf8+ Kxf8 43.Rb1 Rb7 44.Rd1 Rd7 45.Rb1 Rb7 46.Rd1 Nb6 47.Bd6+ Kf7 48.Bb4 Rd7 49.Rxd7+ Nxd7 50.Ke2 Ne5 51.Ke3 Nd3 52.Bc3 Nf4 53.Be5 Nxh3 54.Kd4 Nxf2 0-1


(9) Heidari,Ako (1856) - Clemens,Kristian (1944) [C47]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (9.9), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5 Ako plays the Belgrade Gambit, but Clemens ducks the fun. 5...Be7 [5...Nxe4 6.Qe2 f5 7.Ng5 d3 is a wild line!] 6.Nxd4 0-0 7.Nb5 Nxd5 8.exd5 Re8 9.Be3 a6


10.dxc6 axb5 11.cxb7 Bxb7 12.Bxb5 Bxg2 13.Rg1 Bh4 14.Rxg2 Rxe3+ 15.Kf1 Re7 16.Qg4 Bf6 17.a4 c6 18.Bd3 Bxb2! This greedy is very principled. Black defends mate on g7 and weakens the dark squares in White's position. 19.Ra3 g6 20.Rb3 Qa5 21.Rg3 Bg7 22.Re3 Rxe3 23.fxe3 Qa7 24.Be2 Qc7 25.h4 Ra5 26.Kg2 Bh6 27.Qd4 Bf8 28.Rd3 Rd5 29.Qc4 Rc5 30.Qd4 Rxc2 31.Rd2 Rxd2 32.Qxd2 d5 33.a5 Bc5 34.Qc3 Ba7 35.a6 Bb8 36.Qf6 c5 37.h5 c4 38.h6 Qh2+ 39.Kf1 Qh1+ 40.Kf2 Qxh6 41.Qd8+ Qf8 42.Qxd5 c3 43.Bd3 Qc8 44.Bc4 Qf5+ 45.Ke2 Qxd5 46.Bxd5 Ba7 47.Kd3 Kg7 48.e4 Kf6 49.Kxc3 h5 50.Kd2 g5 51.Ke2 Ke7 52.Kf3 f6 53.Bc6 Kd6 54.Be8 h4 55.Kg4 Ke5 56.Bc6 Bb6 57.Bb7 Kd4 58.Bc6 Kc5 59.Bd5 Ba7 60.Be6 Kd4 61.Kf3 Bb6 62.Bc8 Ke5 63.Bf5 Ba7 64.Bc8 Kd4 65.Bb7 h3 66.Bc8 h2 67.Kg2 Heroic defense by Ako ran Kristian out of time, despite Black's superior position. Congratulation to Ako on winning the section! 1-0


(10) Mohammed,Mansoor (1885) - McKellar,Daniel (1854) [D44]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (9.11), 01.10.2019
[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.exf6 Bb7 12.g3 Qb6 13.Bg2 c5 14.d5 0-0-0 15.0-0 b4 16.Rb1!? [16.Na4] 16...Qa6 17.dxe6 Bxg2


18.Kxg2?N [18.e7! Bxf1 19.Qxf1 is famously complicated.] 18...Qxe6 Now White's in big trouble. 19.Qd5 bxc3 20.Qa8+ Nb8 21.Kg1 Qd5 22.Qxa7 Rd7 23.Qb6 c2 24.Rbe1 Bd6 25.h4 Rb7 26.Qa5 Nc6 27.Qa6 Nd4 28.Re3 Ne6 29.Qa8+ Bb8 30.Rfe1 c1Q 31.Rxc1 Nxg5 32.Rec3 Nf3+ 33.Kf1 Nd2+ 34.Kg1 Qd4 35.b3 Ne4 36.Re3 Nxf2 0-1


(11) Acharya,Venkatagiri (1706) - Cortinas,Martin A (1697) [B50]
MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (9.12), 01.10.2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 a6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d3 e6 6.Nf3 d6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Bd2 0-0 9.Nh4 Nd7 10.Nf3 b5 11.Ne2 Rb8 12.c3 Bb7 13.Nf4 Nde5 14.Qc2 Qd7 15.Rad1 Rfd8 16.Be3 Rbc8 17.Qb1 Ng6 18.Nxg6 hxg6 19.Ng5 d5 20.exd5 exd5 21.Bh3 f5 22.Rfe1 Ne5 23.Bg2 Bf6 24.d4 Nc4 25.Bf4 cxd4 26.Ne6 Re8 27.Nxd4 Rxe1+ 28.Rxe1 Bxd4 29.cxd4 g5 30.Bxg5 Nd6 31.Re7 Qc6 32.Re6 Qd7 33.Re7 Qc6 34.Re5 Ne4 35.Be3 g6 36.Bf1 Qc2 37.Bd3 Qc6 38.Kg2 Qf6 39.Qe1 Kf7 40.Qe2 Re8 41.Rxe8 Kxe8 42.f3 Qe6 43.fxe4 dxe4 44.Bb1 Qf6 45.h3 g5 46.Qh5+ 1-0

(12) Porlares,Teodoro (1766) - Robeal,Rafik (1800) [C42]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (9.13), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 d5 6.Qe2 Be7 7.Nxe4 dxe4 8.Qxe4 0-0 9.Bd3 g6 10.0-0 Nc6 11.Qe2 Bg4 12.Be4 Nd4 13.Qd3 Nxf3+ 14.gxf3 Qxd3 15.cxd3 Bc8


16.b3 Bf6 17.Ba3 Bxa1 18.Bxf8 Kxf8 19.Rxa1 f5


20.Rc1 fxe4 21.fxe4 c6 22.f4 Bg4 23.Kf2 Rd8 24.Ke3 Kf7 25.h3 Be6 26.d4 a5 27.Rc5 a4 28.bxa4 Bxh3 29.a5 Rd6 30.Rc2 h5 31.d3 Bg4 32.Rb2 Rd7 33.Rb6 Rc7 34.a6 bxa6 35.Rxa6 Bd7 36.a4 Rb7 37.a5 Rb2 38.Ra7 Ke7 39.a6 Ra2 40.Ra8 Bg4 41.d5 cxd5 42.e5 h4 43.a7 Be6 44.Rh8 Rxa7 45.Rxh4 Ra4 46.Rh7+ Bf7 47.d4 Ra3+ 48.Ke2 Ke6 49.Rg7 Be8 50.Rc7 Kf5 51.Rg7 Kxf4 52.e6 Ke4 53.Rg8 Ra8 54.Kd2 Kxd4 55.e7 Ke5 56.Rf8 Ke6 0-1


(13) Malykin,Erika (1762) - Huberts,Alexander (1767) [A45]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (9.14), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 c5 3.Nf3 [3.e3; 3.c3] 3...cxd4 4.Bxb8 [4.Qxd4?! Nc6; 4.Nxd4?? e5! 0-1 is probably the shortest game ever lost by a titled player.] 4...Rxb8 5.Qxd4 Qa5+ 6.Nbd2 g6 7.e3 Bg7 8.Qf4 d6 9.Bc4 0-0 10.c3 b5 11.Bb3 Qc7 12.e4 Qc5 13.Qg5 Qxg5 14.Nxg5 Bb7 15.f3 Nd7 16.0-0-0 Nc5 17.Kc2 a5 18.Bd5 Ba6 19.Nb3 Nxb3 20.Bxf7+ [20.Bxb3] 20...Rxf7 21.Nxf7 Nc5 22.Ng5 b4 23.cxb4 Rxb4 24.b3 a4 25.f4 axb3+ 26.axb3 h6 27.Nf3 Nxe4 28.Rhe1 Kf7 29.Ra1 Bxa1 30.Rxa1 Nc5 0-1

(14) Xu,Jayden (1797) - Tuck,Drew (1490) [D34]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (9.16), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.g3 Nc6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.Bg5 c4 9.0-0 0-0 10.Ne5 Be6 11.f4 [11.b3; and 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.b3 are the big theoretical lines] 11...Ng4 [11...h6] 12.f5?


[12.Nxg4 Bxg4 13.Qd2+/=] 12...Bxf5?? [12...Ncxe5 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.fxe6 fxe6!= 15.dxe5 Qc5+ 16.Kh1 Rxf1+ 17.Qxf1 Nf2+ 18.Kg1 Nh3+=] 13.Rxf5+- Ncxe5 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Nxd5 Qe6 16.dxe5 [16.h3] 16...Rad8 17.Qd4 Rxd5 18.Qxg4 Rxe5 19.e4 g6 20.Raf1 Rb5 21.Qg5?! [21.R1f2] 21...Qb6+ [21...h6!? 22.Qg4 only move] 22.Kh1 Rxb2 23.Rf6 Qd4 24.e5 Re2 25.e6! Rxe6 26.Rxe6? [26.R6f4] 26...fxe6 27.Rxf8+ [27.Re1+/=] 27...Kxf8 28.Qf4+?! Qxf4 29.gxf4 c3 [29...b5] 30.Be4 Ke7 31.Kg2 Kd6 32.Kf3 Kc5? [32...e5=] 33.Ke3+- b5 34.a3? [34.Bc2+-] 34...Kc4-/+ 35.Bc2 a5 36.Ke2 b4 37.axb4 Kxb4?!= [37...axb4!? 38.Ke3 b3 39.Be4 Kc5!? (39...Kb4 40.Kd3) 40.Kd3 Kb4 41.h3 is looking like it's still a draw, zugzwang or not.] 38.Kd3 a4 39.Bxa4 [39.Bb1] 39...Kxa4 40.Kxc3= Kb5 41.Kd4 Kc6 42.Ke5 Kd7 43.Kf6 Kd6 44.h3 [44.Kg7; 44.h4] 44...Kd5


45.h4?? [45.Kg7 is now the only move to draw] 45...Ke4 46.Kg5 Kf3 47.Kh6 Kxf4 48.Kxh7 Kf5 0-1


(15) Mercado,Adam (1699) - Kaplan,Glenn (1651) [B07]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (9.17), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bd3 g6 [3...e5! 4.c3 d5!] 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be3 0-0 6.h3 Nbd7 7.c4 c5 8.e5 [8.d5!?] 8...Ne8


9.0-0? [9.exd6] 9...cxd4 10.Bxd4 Nxe5 Black is up a key center pawn. 11.Nxe5 dxe5 12.Bc3 Be6 13.Qf3 Qc7 14.Nd2 Nd6 15.Rac1 Bf5 16.Rfe1 f6 17.c5 Bxd3 18.cxd6 Qxd6 19.Qxb7 Ba6 20.Qb3+ Kh8 21.Ne4 Qb6 22.Qa3 Rfe8 23.Nc5 Bb7 24.Ba5 Qb5 25.Nxb7 Qxb7 26.Rc7 Qb5 27.b4 a6 28.Qf3 Rac8 29.Rec1 Rxc7 30.Rxc7 Bf8 31.Qd1 e6 32.a4 Qd5 33.Qc1 e4 34.Qc6 Rd8 35.Rc8 Qxc6 36.Rxc6 Rd6 37.Rc8 Kg7 38.b5? axb5 39.axb5 Rd5 40.Rb8?? 0-1


(16) Mays,Jerry (1700) - Perlov,Alexander (1770) [B34]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (9.18), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Be2 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 0-0 8.Qd2 d5 9.0-0-0 dxe4 10.Kb1 Bf5 11.Nxf5 gxf5 12.Qxd8 Rfxd8 13.h3 Nb4 14.Rxd8+ Rxd8 15.Bxa7 Nc6 16.Be3 Nd5 17.Nxd5 Rxd5 18.Rd1 Rxd1+ 19.Bxd1 e5 20.c3 Kf8 21.b4 Ke8 22.g3 f4 23.Bb6


23...e3!? 24.fxe3? [24.gxf4! keeps the advantage.] 24...fxg3 25.e4 Ke7 26.Bf3 Ke6 27.b5 Ne7 28.a4 f5 29.exf5+ Kxf5 30.Be3 h5 31.Bxh5 Ke4 32.Bc5 Bh6 33.Bxe7 g2 34.Bg6+ Kf4 35.Bc5 e4 36.Bg1 e3 37.Bh5 Ke4 38.Be2 Bf4 39.Kc2 Bg3 40.Bg4 Bf2 41.Bh2 Bg3 42.Bg1 Bf2 1/2-1/2


(17) Rakonitz,David (1639) - Tamondong,Cesar (1617) [A70]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (9.19), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 d6 [3...e6 4.c4] 4.c4 [4.Nc3] 4...g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.h3 0-0 7.e4 e6 8.Bd3 exd5 9.cxd5 a6 10.a4 Nbd7 11.0-0 Qc7 12.Nd2 Ne5 13.Nc4 Nfd7 14.f4 Nxc4 15.Bxc4 Nf6 16.Re1 Re8 17.Qf3 [17.e5 dxe5 18.d6+-] 17...Bd7 18.Bd2 b6 19.Qd3 b5?! 20.axb5 axb5 21.Rxa8 Rxa8 22.Nxb5 Bxb5 23.Bxb5 Qb6 24.Bc3?? [24.Bc6!+-] 24...c4+-+ 25.Bd4 Qxb5 26.Qc3 Ne8 27.Bxg7 Nxg7 28.Qf6 Qb6+ 29.Kh1 Qf2 30.Rg1 Nh5 31.Qxd6 Ng3+ 32.Kh2 Nxe4 33.Qc6 Qg3+ 0-1

(18) Khamkar,Susheel (1470) - Chambers,Don (1367) [A10]
MI Brandwein TNM: 1600-1999 San Francisco (9.22), 01.10.2019

1.c4 d5 2.cxd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Nf3 e6 5.g3 Bc5 6.Bg2 Nf6 7.0-0 0-0 8.d4 Bd6 9.e4 Ng4 10.e5 Be7 11.h3 Nh6 12.Bxh6 gxh6 13.Nh2 f5 14.exf6 Bxf6 15.Ng4 Bg7 16.Ne4 Nc6 17.Qc1 Qh5 18.Rd1 Nxd4 19.Qxc7 e5 20.Qe7 Bxg4 21.hxg4 Qxg4 22.Rxd4 exd4 23.Nd6 d3 24.Bd5+ Kh8 25.Nf7+ Rxf7 26.Qxf7 d2 27.Bf3 Qc8 28.Rd1 Qf8 29.Qxb7 Rd8 30.Bd5 Qe8 31.Be4 Rd7 32.Qc6 Re7 33.Qxe8+ Rxe8 34.Rxd2 Rxe4 35.Rd8+ Bf8 36.Rxf8+ Kg7 37.Rb8 Re7 38.Kf1 Kf6 39.Rc8 Kg5 40.Rc2 Kg4 41.Rc6 h5 42.Rc4+ Kg5 43.b4 Rd7 44.Ke2 Rb7 45.a4 Kf5 46.b5 Ke5 47.Rc5+ Kd4 48.Rxh5 Re7+ 49.Kd2 Rd7 50.Rh4+ Ke5+ 51.Kc3 Rd1 52.Rxh7 Rc1+ 53.Kb4 Kd6 54.Rxa7 Rb1+ 55.Ka5 Kc5 56.Rf7 Rd1 57.Rf6 Rd8 58.Rc6+ Kd5 59.Kb4 Rf8 60.Rc2 Kd4 61.a5 Kd3 62.Rc3+ Ke2 63.f4 Re8 64.a6 Kd2 65.Rc4 Re1 66.b6 Rb1+ 67.Kc5 Kd3 68.a7 Ra1 69.Kb5 Rb1+ 70.Rb4 Ra1 71.Ra4 Rb1+ 72.Ka6 1-0

(19) Starr,Albert Mart (1575) - Albury,Sterling C (1117) [A00]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.10), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 4.c4 0-0 5.e3 Be7 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bb2 d5 8.cxd5 Qxd5 9.Nc3 Qh5 10.Be2 Bf5?! 11.Nd4 Bg4 12.Nxc6 bxc6 13.0-0 [13.Bxg4 Nxg4 14.h3 and White has a clear advantage, justifying the Orangutan.] 13...Rab8 14.Rb1 Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Rb6 16.Qxh5 Nxh5 17.Ne4?? [17.Ba1 is perfectly fine for White. The text just loses a piece.] 17...Rfb8 18.Rbc1?! [18.g4 Nf6! (18...f5?! 19.Nc3 fxg4-/+) 19.Bxf6 Rxb1 20.Bxe7 Rxf1+ 21.Kxf1 Re8 22.Nf6+ gxf6 23.Bxf6 Re4-+] 18...Rxb2 19.Rxc6 Nf6 20.Rxc7 Nxe4 21.Rxe7 Nxd2 22.Rc1 Rb1 23.Re8+ Rxe8 24.Rxb1 Nxb1 25.Kf1 Nc3 0-1

(20) Bielec,John - Sachs-Weintraub,J. (1447) [D45]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.23), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.e3 b5? 6.cxb5 Bb4 7.bxc6 Nxc6 8.Qa4 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Bd7 10.Bb5 Qc7 11.Ba3 a6 12.0-0 Nb8 13.Bxd7+ Nbxd7 14.Rfc1 Ne4 15.c4 dxc4 16.Rxc4 Qb7 17.Rb4 Qd5 18.Rb2 Nc3 19.Qb4 Kd8 20.Qxc3 a5 21.Rc1 Ke8 22.Qc8+ Rxc8 23.Rxc8# 1-0

(21) Cole,Tony (1400) - Simpkins,Jerry (1426) [C40]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.24), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nc3 fxe4 4.Nxe4 d5 5.Ng3 e4 6.Nd4 Nf6 7.d3 Nc6 8.Be3 Bd6 9.Ngf5 Bxf5 10.Nxf5 0-0 11.d4 Ne7 12.g4 Ng6 13.Bg5?! Bf4 14.h4 h6


15.h5? Bxg5 16.hxg6 c6 17.Bh3 Qc7 18.Ne3 Bxe3 19.fxe3 Qg3+ 20.Ke2 Nxg4 21.Qg1 Rf2+ 22.Kd1 Qxe3 23.Qe1 Qf3+ 24.Kc1 Ne3 25.Be6+ Kh8 26.Bg4 Nxg4 27.c3 Ne3 28.Rh3 Rc2+ 29.Kb1 Qg2 30.Qxe3 Rxb2+ The Great One wins again. 0-1


(22) Chan,John (1515) - Baer,Michael A (1430) [E90]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.25), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 5.h3 0-0 6.e4 Nbd7 7.Be3 c5 8.d5 Nb8 9.Qd2 Na6 10.a3 Nd7 11.Be2 Ne5 12.Qc1 Nb8 13.Bh6 Nxf3+ 14.Bxf3 Nd7 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.0-0 Ne5 17.Be2 f5 18.f4 Nd7 19.Bd3 Nb6 20.b3 Bd7 21.Ne2 e6 22.exf5 exf5 23.Rf3 Qf6 24.Ra2 Rae8 25.Kh2 Kh8 26.a4 Nc8 27.a5 Rf7 28.Qd2 Rfe7 29.b4 Rf8 30.Rb2 Be8 31.Rb1 Rff7 32.Bc2 Rc7 33.b5 Rce7 34.Rbb3 Bd7 35.Bd3 Re8 36.Rg3 Rfe7 37.Ng1 Qa1 38.Rb1 Qd4 39.Nf3 Qf6 40.Rf1 Kg7 41.Ne1 Kh8 42.Nc2 Qg7 43.Ne3 Qf6 44.Rf2 Qd4 45.Nc2 Qf6 46.Rg5 Qg7 47.Ne3 Rf7 48.Rg3 Qd4 49.Rff3 Qa1 50.Qc2 Ne7 51.Nd1 Qxa5 52.Qb2+ Kg8 53.Re3 Qd8 54.Qa1 Nc8 55.Qc1 Qf6 56.Qc2 Rfe7 57.Ref3 Kh8 58.Ne3 Qd4 59.Nf1 b6 60.Qb1 Qf6 61.Rg5 Re1 62.Qc2 R1e7 63.Qf2 Rf7 64.Qd2 Qd4 65.Qc2 Qf6 66.Nd2 Rfe7 67.Rgg3 Qd4 68.Rf1 Re3 69.Rff3 Rxf3 70.Nxf3 Kg8?? 71.Nxd4 Nice game by Black until ... 1-0

(23) Roberts,Joseph (1369) - Reyes,Victor Hugo (1497) [C41]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.26), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Be2 Be6 5.d4 Be7 6.d5 Bd7 7.0-0 f5 8.exf5 Bxf5 9.Be3 h6 10.Nd2 Nf6 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.cxd3 cxd5 13.d4 e4 14.Nxd5 0-0 15.Nxf6+ Bxf6 16.Nxe4 d5 17.Nc5 Qe7 18.Qg4 Kh7 19.f4?? Qxe3+ 20.Kh1 Re8 21.Qf5+ Kh8 22.Qxd5 Nc6 23.Nxb7 Nxd4 24.Nd6 Qe6 25.Qc5 Re7 26.h3 Rd7 27.Nb5 Nxb5 28.Qxb5 Rd2 29.Rae1 Qd7 30.Qxd7 Rxd7 31.Re2 Rad8 32.Rfe1 Bh4 33.Re8+ Rxe8 34.Rxe8+ Kh7 35.a3 Bg3 0-1

(24) James,Charles (1458) - Allen,Tom Carter (1400) [A52]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.28), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 Bc5 5.e3 d6 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Qc2 Nc6 9.Rd1 Qe7 10.exd6 cxd6 11.a3 Ba5 12.Bd3 g6 13.0-0 Bc7 14.Nd5 Qd7 15.h3 f5 16.hxg4 fxg4 17.Ng5 Ne7 18.e4 Nxd5 19.exd5 Rxf4 20.Ne6 Rf6 21.Rde1 Bb6 22.b4 Qf7 23.c5 dxc5 24.bxc5 Ba5 25.Re3 Bxe6 26.dxe6 Qe7 27.Bc4 Rd8 28.Rd1 Rxd1+ 29.Qxd1 b5 30.cxb6 Bxb6 31.Re2 Bc5 32.Qd7 Bxa3 (...) 1-0

(25) Radaelli,Lucas (1444) - Robertson,Wade (1249) [A96]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.29), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Qb3 Ne4 8.Nc3 Bf6 9.Nxe4 fxe4 10.Nd2 d5 11.cxd5 exd5


12.Bxe4 c6 13.Nf3 Qe8 14.Bd3 Qf7 15.Bf4 Bg4 16.Bc2 Re8 17.Qd3 Re4 18.Rfe1 Bxf3


19.Qxf3 [19.exf3! Rxd4?? 20.Qxh7+ Kf8 21.Qh8+ wins Black's queen] 19...Rxd4 20.Rab1 Nd7 21.e4 Re8 22.exd5 Rxe1+ 23.Rxe1 cxd5 24.Rd1 Rxd1+ 25.Qxd1 Ne5 26.Bxe5 Bxe5 27.Bb3 Kf8 28.Qxd5 Qxd5 29.Bxd5 Bxb2 1/2-1/2


(26) Badgett Jr,James (1084) - Rushton,Peter Jam (1237) [C27]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.31), 01.10.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 h6 5.Qe2 d6 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nf3 Nd4 8.Bxd4 exd4 9.Nd5 c6 10.e5 0-0 11.Nxf6+ gxf6 12.0-0-0 dxe5 13.Qd2 Kh7 14.h3 a5 15.Qe2 b5 16.Bxb5 cxb5 17.Qe4+ f5 18.Qxa8 Qd6 19.Qxa5 b4 20.Qb5 Bd7 21.Qc4 Be6 22.Qb5 Rb8 23.Qa5 Bd5 24.Rhe1 f6 25.Nh4 Qc6 26.a4 bxa3 27.bxa3 Ra8 28.Qd2 Bxa3+ 29.Kb1 Qb5+ 0-1

(27) Martin,Michael J (1574) - Serra,Owen (829) [C48]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.32), 01.10.2019

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.h3 0-0 6.d3 h6 7.Bxc6 dxc6 8.Nxe5 Qd4 9.Be3 Qxe5 10.d4 Qe6 11.dxc5 Nxe4 12.Nxe4 Qxe4 13.0-0 Bf5 14.c3 Rad8 15.Qe2 Rd3 16.Rfd1 Rfd8 17.Rxd3 Rxd3 18.Rd1 Qc4 19.Rxd3 Bxd3 20.Qd2 Qd5 21.b3 Bb1 22.Qxd5 cxd5 23.a3 b6 24.c6 Bc2 25.b4 Ba4 26.Bf4 Bxc6 27.Bxc7 f5 28.f4 Kf7 29.Bb8 a6 30.Ba7 b5 31.Bd4 g5 32.g3 Kg6 33.Kf2 Bd7 34.h4 Kh5 35.Bf6 gxf4 36.gxf4 Kg4 37.Ke3 Kg3 38.Bg7 Be8 39.Bxh6 Kxh4 40.Bg5+ Kg3 41.Kd4 Bc6 42.Ke5 Kg4 43.Kd6 Ba8 44.Kc7 Kf3 45.Kb8 Bc6 46.Ka7 Ke3 47.Kxa6 Kd3 48.Bf6 Kc4 49.Kb6 Be8 50.Kc7 Kb3 51.Kd6 Bf7 52.Ke5 Kxc3 53.Kxf5+ Kb3 54.Ke5 Kxa3 55.Be7 Kb3 56.f5 Be8 57.Kxd5 Kc3 58.f6 Bf7+ 59.Ke5 Kc4 60.Kf4 Kd5 61.Ke3 Bg6 62.Kf4 Ke6 63.Kg5 Bf7 64.Kh6 Bg8 65.Kg7 Bf7 66.Kf8 Bh5 67.Kg7 Bf7 68.Kf8 Bg6 69.Kg7 Bh5 70.Kf8 1/2-1/2

(28) Ahrens,Richard Wi (1206) - Olson,David (1407) [A40]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.33), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Bb4+ 3.Bd2 Bxd2+ 4.Qxd2 Nf6 5.Nc3 c6 6.Nf3 0-0 7.e3 Na6 8.c5 d5 9.cxd6 Qxd6 10.Ne5 Nc7 11.Bd3 c5 12.Nc4 Qe7 13.dxc5 Rd8 14.0-0 Qxc5 15.Qe2 b5 16.Nd2 Bb7 17.Nde4 Nxe4 18.Nxe4 Qe7 19.Rfd1 f5 20.Ng3 b4 21.Bc4 Kh8 22.Rxd8+ Rxd8 23.Rd1 Nd5 24.Bxd5 Bxd5 25.b3 Qh4 26.Qb5 h6 27.Rd4 Qf6 28.Rxb4 g5 29.Rd4 f4 30.exf4 Qxd4 31.fxg5 hxg5 32.Qe2 Qa1+ 33.Nf1 Qg7 34.h3 Qg6 35.Qe5+ Qg7 36.Qe3 g4 37.Qd3 Rc8 38.Qg3 Rc3 39.Qh4+ Kg8 40.Qd8+ Kf7 41.Qd7+ Kf6 42.Qd8+ Ke5 43.Qb8+ Rc7 44.hxg4 Bxg2 45.Kxg2 Qxg4+ 46.Kh2 Qh5+ 47.Kg2 Qg6+ 48.Kh2 Qh7+ 49.Kg2 Kf6 50.Qd8+ Re7 51.Qd4+ Kf7 52.Qf4+ Qf5 53.Qh4 Re8 54.Ng3 Qd5+ 55.Kh3


Blacks Flag Fell 1-0


(29) Acharya,Aravind (1084) - Capdeville,Barry (1226) [C42]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.34), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d3 d6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 Re8 7.Re1 Nbd7 8.Nbd2 Nf8 9.Nf1 Ng6 10.Ng3 Be6 11.c3 Qd7 12.d4 Rad8 13.d5 Bg4 14.h3 Bxf3 15.Bxf3


15...h6? [15...Nxd5! wins a pawn -- but it's not done! 16.Bg4! Qb5 17.a4 Qb6 (17...Qxb2!? 18.exd5 Bxg5 19.Ne4 Bf4 20.g3 Bh6 21.Be2=) 18.a5 Qb5 19.Be2 Qd7 (19...Qxb2? 20.exd5 Bxg5 21.Ne4 Bh6 22.Qa4 and Black's queen is trapped to Rab1!) 20.Qxd5!? (20.Bg4= is a perpetual!) 20...Bxg5 21.Qxb7+/=] 16.Be3+/- Nh4 17.Be2 Bf8 [17...a6] 18.Qb3 Rb8? 19.Bb5 [19.Bxa7! Ra8 20.Be3] 19...c6 20.Bc4 [20.Bf1] 20...c5?? [20...a6] 21.Bb5+- c4 22.Bxd7 cxb3 23.Bxe8 Nxe8 24.axb3 a6 25.Rec1 Nf6 26.b4 Nd7 27.c4 Be7 28.c5 dxc5 29.bxc5 Bd8 30.c6 bxc6 31.dxc6 Nb6 32.Rxa6 [32.c7] 32...Bc7 33.Bxb6 Another youngster to keep your eye on! 1-0


(30) Bryan,Robert R (390) - Nicol,George R [D02]
MI Brandwein TNM: U1600 San Francisco (9.37), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 Ne4? 4.e3 e6 5.Be2 [5.Nbd2; 5.Bd3] 5...Nd7 6.0-0?! [6.Nbd2] 6...g6? [6...g5!? 7.Bg3 h5] 7.Na3?! [7.Nbd2] 7...a6 [7...g5!] 8.b4?? Bxb4 9.Rb1?? [9.Nb1!] 9...Nc3 [9...Bxa3] 10.Qe1 Nxe2+ 11.Qxe2 Bxa3 12.Qd3 Bf8 13.a4 Bg7 14.g3 0-0 15.a5 c5 16.dxc5 Nxc5 17.Qc3 Bxc3 18.Be5 Bxe5 19.Nxe5 Ne4 20.Rbd1 Qxa5 21.f3 Nd2 22.Rf2 Nc4 23.e4 Nxe5 24.f4 Ng4 25.Re2 Qb6+ 26.Kf1 Ne3+ 27.Ke1 Nxd1 28.Kxd1 d4 29.e5 Rd8 30.h4 Qb1+ 31.Kd2 d3 32.Re1 dxc2+ 33.Ke3 Qxe1+ 34.Kf3 h5 35.g4 Rd3+ 0-1

(31) Barreyro,Romeo B (1657) - Agdamag,Samuel Zamora (1549) [E90]
MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (9.15), 01.10.2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nf3 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 0-0 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.a3 e5 8.d5 Ne7 9.Bg5 h6 10.Be3 Ng4 11.Bd2 f5 12.h3 Nf6 13.exf5 gxf5 14.Nh2 e4 15.Be2 Ng6 16.Bh5 Ne5 17.Be2 Qe8 18.Be3 Qg6 19.g3 Nh7 20.Bf4 Bd7 21.Bh5 Qf6 22.Bxe5 Qxe5 23.0-0 e3 24.f4 Qd4 25.Qe2 Nf6 26.Rad1 Qb6 27.Bg6 a6 28.Nf3 Nh7 29.Rd3 Be8 30.Bxh7+ Kxh7 31.Rxe3 Bh5 32.Kg2 Rae8 33.Re6 Qb3 34.Ng5+ hxg5 35.Qxh5+ Kg8 36.Rxe8 Qxb2+ 37.Ne2 Qc2 38.Rxf8+ Kxf8 39.fxg5 Qe4+ 40.Qf3 Qxc4 41.Qxf5+ Kg8 42.Qe6+ Kh7 43.Rf4 Bd4 44.Qh6+ Kg8 1-0

(32) Carron,Joel (1573) - Casares Jr,Nick (1600) [C53]
MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (9.20), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.c3 Qe7 6.0-0 d6 7.cxd4 Bb6 8.Nc3 Bg4 9.Nd5 Bxf3


10.Nxe7 [10.Qxf3! in the spirit of Morphy would give White a winning attack. 10...Nxd4 11.Qd3] 10...Bxd1 11.Nxc6 Ba4 12.Nb4 Bxd4 Now Black is doing well. 13.Nd5 0-0-0 14.Nc3 Be8 15.Rd1 Bb6 16.Nd5 Nf6 17.Bg5


17...Bxf2+ 18.Kf1 Nxe4? [18...Nxd5! 19.Bxd8 Ne3+ 20.Kxf2 Nxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Kxd8 and Black is well ahead.] 19.Bxd8 Kxd8 20.Bd3 f5 21.Bxe4 fxe4 22.Kxf2 Rf8+ 23.Ke3 c6 24.Nf4 Kd7 25.Kxe4 g5 26.Nd3 Bg6+ 27.Ke3 Re8+ 28.Kf2 b6 29.Rd2 c5 30.Re1 Rf8+ 31.Kg1 Bxd3 32.Rxd3 1-0


(33) Hilliard,Michael (1429) - Yamamoto,Craig (1500) [A80]
MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (9.27), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 f5 2.Bf4 d6 3.e3 Nd7 4.h4 h6 [4...Ngf6] 5.g4 [5.Qh5+] 5...e5 6.dxe5 dxe5 7.Bg3 Bd6 8.gxf5 Ndf6 9.Bh3 Ne7 10.Nf3 Nxf5 11.Bxe5 Qe7 12.Bxd6 Nxd6 13.Nc3 Bxh3 14.Rxh3 0-0-0 15.Qe2 Nde4 16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Nd4


17...Qb4+!? [17...Rhf8!? 18.f3 Qb4+ 19.c3 Nxc3 20.Qd2 Nd5 (20...Rxd4!?) 21.Qxb4 Nxb4 22.Rd1 Rfe8 23.f4 Re4-/+] 18.c3 Nxc3! 19.Qd2! Nd5 20.0-0-0 [20.Qxb4! Nxb4 21.Rd1 Rhe8 22.Rg3=] 20...Qa4 21.Qc2? [21.a3; 21.Kb1] 21...Qxa2 22.Rhh1? [22.Qb3; 22.Rf3 Rd7 23.Qb3] 22...Qa1+?! [22...Rhf8; 22...Nb4] 23.Kd2 [23.Qb1 Qa4! White's king is the more exposed, and so queens must be kept on board.(23...Qa5!) ] 23...Qa5+ 24.Ke2 Qa6+ 25.Kf3 Rhf8+ 26.Kg2 Qf6 27.Rc1 a6 [27...g5!] 28.e4? Nf4+ 29.Kg1 Rf7 [29...Qg6+! is all checks, everything goes: 30.Kf1 Qg2+ 31.Ke1 Qxh1+ 32.Kd2 Rxd4+ 33.Kc3 Rd3+ 34.Kb4 Qxe4+ mate in a few.] 30.Nf5 Qg6+ 31.Kf1 Qg2+ 0-1


(34) Tabatabai,Ashkon (1074) - Chambers,Wolfe Na [B27]
MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (9.39), 01.10.2019

1.e4 c5 2.d4 g6 3.Bc4 Bg7 4.Nf3 e6 5.0-0 Ne7 6.b3 d5 7.Bb5+ Nbc6 8.Bb2 a6 9.Bxc6+ Nxc6 10.Nc3 Nxd4 11.Re1 Nxf3+ 12.Qxf3 d4 13.Ne2 0-0 14.h3 b5 15.e5 Qd5 16.Qxd5 exd5 17.c3 Re8 18.cxd4 cxd4 19.Bxd4 Bxe5 20.Bxe5 Rxe5 21.f4 Re4 22.Rac1 Bb7 23.Nc3 Rxf4 24.a4 bxa4 25.bxa4 Rc8 26.Ne2 0-1

(35) Sullivan,George (873) - Krezanoski,Paul [A85]
MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (9.36), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4? g5 6.Bg3 f4 7.Bxf4 gxf4 8.Qd2 Bb4 9.Qxf4 d5 10.e3 Nc6 11.a3 Bd6 12.Qf3 Bd7 13.h3 Rf8 14.cxd5 exd5 15.Qd1 Qe7 16.Bd3 0-0-0 17.Qb3 Nxd4 18.Nxd5 Nxd5 19.Qxd5 Nc6 [19...Bg3! 20.0-0-0 Bb5!] 20.Ne2 Qf6 [20...Ne5] 21.f3 Ne5 [21...Qxb2] 22.Nf4? Nxd3+ 23.Nxd3 Bc6 [23...Bg3+ 24.Ke2 Ba4 25.Qc4 Rxd3!] 24.Qh5 Bg3+ 25.Ke2 Qd6 26.Rhd1 Qe6 27.Nc5 Bb5+ 28.Nd3 Bxd3+ 29.Rxd3 Rxd3 30.Kxd3 Qb3+ 31.Ke4 Qc2+ 32.Kd5 Qc6+ 33.Kd4 Rd8+ 0-1

(36) Anderson,David (793) - Cogan,Cameron [B21]
MI Brandwein TNM: Extra Rated San Francisco (9.38), 01.10.2019
[de Firmian,Nick]

1.d4 c5 2.e4 [2.d5!] 2...cxd4 3.Qxd4 [3.c3!?] 3...Nc6 4.Qe3 e6 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.f4 a6 8.h3 Be7 9.Nf3 Qc7 10.b3 b5 11.Bd3 Nb4 12.Qd2 Nxd3+ 13.Qxd3 Bb7 14.a3 Rc8 15.Bd2 Qc5 16.b4 Qc4 17.Qxc4 Rxc4 18.Kf2 Nxe4+ 19.Nxe4 Bxe4 20.a4 Rxc2 21.axb5 axb5 22.Ra8+ Bxa8 0-1


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