January 9, 2021
By Abel Talamantez
Table of Contents
- Organizer/TD Corner: Pan-Am
- TNM/ThNM Start This Week
- Twitch Arena
- Historical Note
- Weekly Classes
- Online Events Schedule
- Scholastic Corner
- FM Paul Whitehead's Column
- GM Nick de Firmian's Column
- Submit your piece or feedback
The Pan-American Intercollegiate Championship is college chess' premier event, bringing eligible college teams from North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. The event has been held since 1946, and in 2020, the University of Toronto was set to host the event, in commemoration of the 125 year anniversary of the Hart House Chess Club at the University of Toronto. When the pandemic cancelled the live event, however, the Mechanics' Institute was awarded the bid to host the 2020-2021 event online. This year's online event had a faster time control, G/25+5 and, nine rounds - certainly a gauntlet for any team looking to win. The event was stacked with powerhouse teams, including grandmasters up and down the lineup, all looking for their shot at glory, and a chance to bring a championship to their school. After a marathon tournament and nine action-packed rounds, Webster University regained the championship with a dominant 8/9 performance, a full point ahead of 2nd place finisher St. Louis University. This marks eight championships in the last nine years for Wesbter University, and the victory came 30 years to the day when Head Coach Susan Polgar became the first female ever to become a Grandmaster. Susan and Paul Truong have built a chess dynasty at Webster, dominating collegiate chess for nearly a decade. Finishing in 3rd on tiebreaks at 6.5/9 was Webster University Team B, 4th place University of Texas @ Rio Grande Valley A ,and in 5th was Texas Tech University A. Due to their top four finishes, these school will compete in the Presidents Cup, also known as the Final Four of College Chess to determine the U.S. team champion.
We would like to give a very special mention to UC Berkeley. They sent five teams to this event, and though not being a chess scholarship school, populated its teams with many of the local chess talent that have been a part of our Bay Area chess community as young children. Their A and B teams sat on the top two tables in the final round, both with a shot to place in the top four and get Cal into the final four. It was a tall order, however, as they were facing elite programs, and both teams were defeated, finishing 6/9. Their tournament performance was tough, gritty, and an absolute pleasure to follow. Also putting in a solid perfomance was Stanford University, finishing 5.5/9.
Webster University appeared to be cruising, going 6/6 after the first two days. But a round 7 loss at the hands of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Team A opened the door for several teams, all within a half point of the leader going into round 8. But Webster finished the final two rounds strong, defeating University of Texas @ Dallas C with the help from wins from the bottom two boards, including an exciting quick win by GM Aram Hakobyan over GM Angel Arribas Lopez, as well as GM Aleksandr Lenderman over IM Cameron Wheeler. In the final round, the Cinderella matchup was made as UC Berkeley Team A defeated University of Chicago in round 8 to take on Webster Team A. However, Webster did not let up on the gas pedal, as the GM strength on all boards was just too much, although IM Ladia Jirasek found quite a resourceful defense to hold a draw against GM Aleksandr Lenderman.
Congratulations to Webster University, and to all the teams that participated in this year's Pan Am. We hope this event created many fond memories for all the students who participated, and we are honored that we were able to continue this event which dates back nearly 75 years. This event would not have been possible without the hard work of so many in our chess community. Special thanks to Chief Tournament Director Glenn Panner and Assistant Chief Brian Yang, who showed exceptional leadership and poise in managing a large TD staff keeping an eye on almost 500 cameras that needed monitoring and addressing the questions from captains and players. The TD staff represented some of the best in the country: Martha Underwood, David Hater, Al Losoff, Jiten Patel and many volunteers, for all of whom Mechanics' Institute is deeply grateful. Chief Organizer Judit Sztaray was sensational in her organizational skills and hours of work in making sure everything ran smoothly. Thank you also to GM Alex Onischuk and Andy Schley of the US Chess College Committee, and Carol Meyer and Mike Hoffpauir from US Chess. This event would also not have been possible without the support from our leadership at Mechanics' CEO Kimberly Scrafano and GM Patrick Wolff, MI Trustee and Chair of the Mechanics' Chess Committee.
The Pan-Am brought schools and cultures together through chess, as we had teams from the U.S., Mexico and Canada, as well as players representing over 20 different countries. We would like to thank WIM Ivette Garcia Morales, who streamed the event in Spanish to the Latin American audience, thereby broadening our reach. We hope that by doing so, it helps provide momentum for more schools from Latin America to participate in future events. And finally, thanks to all our special guests who joined us on the broadcast in support of this event and the Mechanics' Institute, GM Sam Shankland, IM John Donaldson, WGM Carla Heredia, IM Kostya Kavutskiy, WIM Alexey Root, FM Kyron Griffith, GM Jorge Cori, and Al Lawrence, Director of the US Chess Trust.
Here are the full results:
TENTATIVE FAIR RESULTS - Pending Fair Review
Full tentative results pending fair play review can also be found here: https://www.milibrary.org/chess-tournaments/2020-2021-pan-american-intercollegiate-championship-online
SwissSys Standings. 2020-21 PanAm: Open
|#||Name||Rating||Team||Fed||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Rd 7||Rd 8||Rd 9||Total||T-US Amat.)||T-Game pnts||T-1-on-1||T-Buch. cut 1||T-Buch||Prize|
|1||WEBSTER UNIVERSITY TEAM A||2708||WEBSTER_A||WEBSTER||W38 [4.0]||W16 [4.0]||W9 [3.5]||W6 [2.5]||W5 [2.5]||W2 [2.5]||L4 [1.5]||W13 [2.5]||W7 [3.0]||8.0||149.25||26||100||49||53||1st Place|
|2||SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY A||2689||SLU_A||SLU||W17 [4.0]||W22 [4.0]||W14 [3.5]||D4 [2.0]||W3 [3.0]||L1 [1.5]||W9 [2.5]||D6 [2.0]||W11 [3.5]||7.0||153.75||26||100||50||55||2nd Place|
|3||WEBSTER UNIVERSITY TEAM B||2660||WEBSTER_B||WEBSTER||W33 [4.0]||W21 [4.0]||W10 [3.0]||L5 [1.0]||L2 [1.0]||W38 [4.0]||W16 [4.0]||D4 [2.0]||W6 [2.5]||6.5||135.5||25.5||99||47||51||3rd Place|
|4||UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE V||2656||UTRGV_A||UTRGV||W35 [4.0]||W27 [2.5]||W11 [3.0]||D2 [2.0]||D6 [2.0]||D13 [2.0]||W1 [2.5]||D3 [2.0]||D8 [2.0]||6.5||129.25||22||100||49.5||54||4th Place|
|5||TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY A||2647||TTU_A||TTU||X--- [4.0]||W19 [3.0]||W12 [4.0]||W3 [3.0]||L1 [1.5]||D8 [2.0]||L13 [1.0]||W22 [2.5]||W15 [3.0]||6.5||117||24||100||47.5||52.5||5th Place|
|6||UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI A||2656||MIZZOU_A||MIZZOU||W31 [4.0]||W23 [4.0]||W7 [2.5]||L1 [1.5]||D4 [2.0]||W18 [3.0]||W8 [3.0]||D2 [2.0]||L3 [1.5]||6.0||134.75||23.5||100||50||54.5|
|7||UC BERKELEY TEAM A||2480||CAL_A||UCB||W36 [4.0]||W39 [4.0]||L6 [1.5]||W13 [3.5]||L9 [1.5]||W19 [4.0]||W18 [2.5]||W12 [2.5]||L1 [1.0]||6.0||126.75||24.5||98||46||50|
|8||UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS TE||2522||UTD_A||UTDT||L56 [1.0]||W45 [3.0]||W15 [3.5]||W27 [3.0]||W11 [4.0]||D5 [2.0]||L6 [1.0]||W16 [4.0]||D4 [2.0]||6.0||125.25||23.5||99||44.5||47|
|9||UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE V||2507||UTRGV_B||UTRGV||W34 [4.0]||W25 [4.0]||L1 [0.5]||W23 [4.0]||W7 [2.5]||W14 [2.5]||L2 [1.5]||L11 [1.5]||W13 [2.5]||6.0||124||23||99||48||52.5|
|10||PRINCETON UNIVERSITY A||2417||PRINCETON_A||PRINCETON||W49 [4.0]||W29 [3.5]||L3 [1.0]||W19 [3.0]||L14 [1.5]||W20 [2.5]||L11 [1.5]||W25 [4.0]||W18 [3.5]||6.0||118.5||24.5||99||42.5||46|
|11||UC BERKELEY TEAM B||2366||CAL_B||UCB||W26 [4.0]||W28 [3.0]||L4 [1.0]||W25 [3.0]||L8 [0.0]||W37 [3.0]||W10 [2.5]||W9 [2.5]||L2 [0.5]||6.0||102||19.5||99||46||50.5|
|12||UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO A||2388||UCHICAGO_A||CHICAGO||X--- [4.0]||W37 [4.0]||L5 [0.0]||W32 [4.0]||L13 [1.0]||W25 [3.5]||W14 [3.0]||L7 [1.5]||W19 [3.0]||6.0||99.5||24||99||43||47.5|
|13||UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS TE||2534||UTD_C||UTDT||W30 [4.0]||W20 [3.0]||W18 [2.5]||L7 [0.5]||W12 [3.0]||D4 [2.0]||W5 [3.0]||L1 [1.5]||L9 [1.5]||5.5||120||21||100||49||53.5|
|14||UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS TE||2526||UTD_B||UTDT||W24 [2.5]||W32 [3.5]||L2 [0.5]||W21 [3.5]||W10 [2.5]||L9 [1.5]||L12 [1.0]||D27 [2.0]||W31 [3.5]||5.5||104||20.5||100||44||48.5|
|15||UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN||2324||UTAUSTIN||W44 [4.0]||W56 [4.0]||L8 [0.5]||D28 [2.0]||L18 [1.5]||W31 [3.0]||W21 [3.0]||W23 [3.0]||L5 [1.0]||5.5||95.5||22||100||40.5||43|
|16||STANFORD UNIVERSITY||2239||STANFORD||W40 [4.0]||L1 [0.0]||D31 [2.0]||W26 [3.0]||W42 [3.0]||W22 [3.0]||L3 [0.0]||L8 [0.0]||W27 [3.5]||5.5||82.75||18.5||100||43.5||47.5|
|17||UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TEAM A||1888||UW_A||WASHINGTON||L2 [0.0]||D46 [2.0]||W45 [4.0]||D20 [2.0]||L19 [1.5]||W48 [2.5]||W32 [2.5]||D21 [2.0]||W39 [2.5]||5.5||80.5||19||100||38||41.5||1st Place Div III|
|18||SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY B||2345||SLU_B||SLU||W42 [4.0]||W41 [4.0]||L13 [1.5]||W37 [3.0]||W15 [2.5]||L6 [1.0]||L7 [1.5]||W24 [4.0]||L10 [0.5]||5.0||105.5||22||100||42.5||46.5|
|19||YALE UNIVERSITY||2199||YALE||W43 [4.0]||L5 [1.0]||W35 [4.0]||L10 [1.0]||W17 [2.5]||L7 [0.0]||W37 [3.0]||W41 [2.5]||L12 [1.0]||5.0||89.75||19||100||43||47||1st Place Div II|
|20||CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLO||2186||CALTECH_A||CALTECH||W46 [3.0]||L13 [1.0]||D24 [2.0]||D17 [2.0]||W36 [2.5]||L10 [1.5]||L41 [0.5]||W42 [4.0]||W38 [3.0]||5.0||87.25||19.5||100||38.5||42||Top Four-Year Small College|
|21||UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO A||2200||TORONTO_A||TORONTO||W53 [4.0]||L3 [0.0]||W30 [3.0]||L14 [0.5]||W41 [4.0]||W40 [3.5]||L15 [1.0]||D17 [2.0]||D22 [2.0]||5.0||84.75||20||100||40.5||43.5||1st International|
|22||UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI WOMEN'S T||2308||MIZZOU_WOMEN||MIZZOU||W47 [3.5]||L2 [0.0]||W33 [2.5]||D38 [2.0]||W28 [2.5]||L16 [1.0]||W30 [3.0]||L5 [1.5]||D21 [2.0]||5.0||81.5||18||100||41.5||45||1st Women's|
|23||UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS TE||2215||UTD_D||UTDT||W55 [3.0]||L6 [0.0]||W41 [4.0]||L9 [0.0]||W33 [3.5]||D30 [2.0]||W29 [3.5]||L15 [1.0]||D24 [2.0]||5.0||81||19||100||40||43|
|24||PRINCETON UNIVERSITY B||1898||PRINCETON_B||PRINCETON||L14 [1.5]||W53 [3.5]||D20 [2.0]||L29 [1.0]||W49 [3.0]||W28 [3.0]||W38 [2.5]||L18 [0.0]||D23 [2.0]||5.0||77.25||18.5||99||37||40|
|25||TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY B TEAM||2094||TTU_B||TTU||W51 [3.5]||L9 [0.0]||W36 [4.0]||L11 [1.0]||W26 [3.0]||L12 [0.5]||W42 [3.0]||L10 [0.0]||W41 [2.5]||5.0||76.25||17.5||100||41.5||45|
|26||GEORGIA TECH TEAM B||1808||GATECH_B||GATECH||L11 [0.0]||W59 [4.0]||W39 [2.5]||L16 [1.0]||L25 [1.0]||L33 [0.5]||W54 [3.5]||W53 [2.5]||W49 [3.0]||5.0||55.25||18||99||34.5||35.5|
|27||GEORGIA TECH TEAM A||2191||GATECH_A||GATECH||W52 [3.0]||L4 [1.5]||W49 [4.0]||L8 [1.0]||D35 [2.0]||D42 [2.0]||W33 [4.0]||D14 [2.0]||L16 [0.5]||4.5||87.5||20||100||40||43|
|28||UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIE||2073||UCSD||W54 [3.0]||L11 [1.0]||W43 [3.5]||D15 [2.0]||L22 [1.5]||L24 [1.0]||W40 [2.5]||D35 [2.0]||D30 [2.0]||4.5||80.5||18.5||100||38.5||41.5|
|29||UC BERKELEY TEAM C||2093||CAL_C||UCB||W57 [4.0]||L10 [0.5]||D42 [2.0]||W24 [3.0]||L38 [1.5]||W35 [3.5]||L23 [0.5]||D34 [2.0]||D33 [2.0]||4.5||78.25||19||100||37.5||40|
|30||UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO B||1924||UCHICAGO_B||CHICAGO||L13 [0.0]||W55 [4.0]||L21 [1.0]||W43 [3.5]||W32 [2.5]||D23 [2.0]||L22 [1.0]||D38 [2.0]||D28 [2.0]||4.5||74.25||18||100||37.5||40.5|
|31||UC BERKELEY TEAM D||1983||CAL_D||UCB||L6 [0.0]||W47 [3.0]||D16 [2.0]||L42 [1.5]||W34 [2.5]||L15 [1.0]||W36 [3.0]||W43 [3.0]||L14 [0.5]||4.5||72.5||16.5||100||39.5||43|
|32||HARVARD UNIVERSITY||2124||HARVARD||W48 [4.0]||L14 [0.5]||W56 [3.0]||L12 [0.0]||L30 [1.5]||W46 [2.5]||L17 [1.5]||W40 [3.0]||D35 [2.0]||4.5||69||18||99||37||39.5|
|33||RUTGERS UNIVERSITY||1994||RUTGERS||L3 [0.0]||W48 [3.0]||L22 [1.5]||W50 [3.0]||L23 [0.5]||W26 [3.5]||L27 [0.0]||W52 [3.5]||D29 [2.0]||4.5||68||17||99||37.5||40.5|
|34||UNIVERSIDAD DE CHIHUAHUA||1893||CHIHUAHUA||L9 [0.0]||L43 [1.5]||D46 [2.0]||W58 [4.0]||L31 [1.5]||W55 [4.0]||W56 [3.0]||D29 [2.0]||D37 [2.0]||4.5||63.25||20||99||32.5||34|
|35||ILLINOIS TECH TEAM||1942||ILTECH||L4 [0.0]||W52 [2.0]||L19 [0.0]||W48 [4.0]||D27 [2.0]||L29 [0.5]||W46 [3.0]||D28 [2.0]||D32 [2.0]||4.5||59.75||15.5||99||36.5||39.5|
|36||UNIVERSIDAD DE GUANAJUATO||1849||GUANAJUATO||L7 [0.0]||W50 [2.5]||L25 [0.0]||W52 [3.0]||L20 [1.5]||D47 [2.0]||L31 [1.0]||W51 [3.5]||W46 [3.0]||4.5||59.5||16.5||99||34.5||37.5|
|37||UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE V||2076||UTRGV_WOMEN||UTRGV||W59 [4.0]||L12 [0.0]||W40 [3.0]||L18 [1.0]||W56 [3.0]||L11 [1.0]||L19 [1.0]||W47 [3.0]||D34 [2.0]||4.5||59||18||100||36.5||37.5|
|38||UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANG||2012||UCLA||L1 [0.0]||W44 [3.0]||W57 [4.0]||D22 [2.0]||W29 [2.5]||L3 [0.0]||L24 [1.5]||D30 [2.0]||L20 [1.0]||4.0||64.75||16||100||42.5||45|
|39||UNIVERSITY OF IOWA TEAM A||2094||UIOWA_A||IOWA||W50 [4.0]||L7 [0.0]||L26 [1.5]||W44 [2.5]||L40 [1.0]||D56 [2.0]||D47 [2.0]||W48 [2.5]||L17 [1.5]||4.0||64.5||17||99||35||37.5|
|40||UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TWIN-CIT||1758||UMINN_TW||L16 [0.0]||W54 [4.0]||L37 [1.0]||W57 [4.0]||W39 [3.0]||L21 [0.5]||L28 [1.5]||L32 [1.0]||W53 [2.5]||4.0||59.75||17.5||100||34||36.5||1st Place Div IV|
|41||UC BERKELEY TEAM E||1978||CAL_E||UCB||W58 [4.0]||L18 [0.0]||L23 [0.0]||W47 [2.5]||L21 [0.0]||W54 [4.0]||W20 [3.5]||L19 [1.5]||L25 [1.5]||4.0||59.25||17||100||36.5||38|
|42||WEBSTER UNIVERSITY TEAM C||1777||WEBSTER_C||WEBSTER||L18 [0.0]||W58 [4.0]||D29 [2.0]||W31 [2.5]||L16 [1.0]||D27 [2.0]||L25 [1.0]||L20 [0.0]||W52 [3.0]||4.0||54.75||15.5||100||37||38.5|
|43||UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO B||1556||TORONTO_B||TORONTO||L19 [0.0]||W34 [2.5]||L28 [0.5]||L30 [0.5]||D50 [2.0]||W58 [4.0]||W49 [2.5]||L31 [1.0]||D44 [2.0]||4.0||50||15||100||34||35.5||1st Place Div V|
|44||UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA||1750||UVIRGINIA||L15 [0.0]||L38 [1.0]||W51 [3.0]||L39 [1.5]||L46 [0.0]||D50 [2.0]||B--- [4.0]||W55 [3.0]||D43 [2.0]||4.0||44.5||16.5||98||31.5||34.5|
|45||HOWARD UNIVERSITY CHESS CLUB||825||HOWARD||B--- [4.0]||L8 [1.0]||L17 [0.0]||L56 [0.0]||L52 [1.0]||W59 [3.0]||L48 [0.0]||W58 [3.0]||W57 [3.5]||4.0||25.25||15.5||100||29.5||30.5||1st Place Div VI
Bigget Team Upset
|46||UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWA||1417||UWI_WW||L20 [1.0]||D17 [2.0]||D34 [2.0]||D49 [2.0]||W44 [4.0]||L32 [1.5]||L35 [1.0]||B--- [4.0]||L36 [1.0]||3.5||63.75||18.5||100||36.5||40|
|47||UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON TEAM B||1746||UW_B||WASHINGTON||L22 [0.5]||L31 [1.0]||W53 [2.5]||L41 [1.5]||W51 [4.0]||D36 [2.0]||D39 [2.0]||L37 [1.0]||D50 [2.0]||3.5||63||16.5||100||33.5||36.5|
|48||CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLO||1523||CALTECH_B||CALTECH||L32 [0.0]||L33 [1.0]||W59 [4.0]||L35 [0.0]||W57 [4.0]||L17 [1.5]||W45 [4.0]||L39 [1.5]||D51 [2.0]||3.5||55.75||18||100||33||34|
|49||UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNI||1876||USC||L10 [0.0]||W51 [3.0]||L27 [0.0]||D46 [2.0]||L24 [1.0]||W52 [2.5]||L43 [1.5]||W56 [3.0]||L26 [1.0]||3.5||48.5||14||100||34.5||37|
|50||SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY C||1242||SLU_C||SLU||L39 [0.0]||L36 [1.5]||B--- [4.0]||L33 [1.0]||D43 [2.0]||D44 [2.0]||L52 [1.5]||W54 [2.5]||D47 [2.0]||3.5||46.25||16.5||100||31.5||34.5||1st Place Mixed Doubles|
|51||REED COLLEGE||1370||REED||L25 [0.5]||L49 [1.0]||L44 [1.0]||B--- [4.0]||L47 [0.0]||W57 [4.0]||W59 [4.0]||L36 [0.5]||D48 [2.0]||3.5||33.25||17||98||30||31|
|52||OBERLIN COLLEGE||1495||OBERLIN||L27 [1.0]||L35 [1.0]||W54 [4.0]||L36 [1.0]||W45 [3.0]||L49 [1.5]||W50 [2.5]||L33 [0.5]||L42 [1.0]||3.0||57.75||15.5||100||33||36|
|53||UNIVERSITY OF UTAH||1455||UUTAH||L21 [0.0]||L24 [0.5]||L47 [1.5]||W55 [3.0]||L54 [1.0]||B--- [4.0]||W58 [2.5]||L26 [1.5]||L40 [1.5]||3.0||37||15.5||99||32||33.5|
|54||CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLO||unr.||CALTECH_C||CALTECH||L28 [1.0]||L40 [0.0]||L52 [0.0]||W59 [4.0]||W53 [3.0]||L41 [0.0]||L26 [0.5]||L50 [1.5]||W58 [3.0]||3.0||29.75||13||99||28.5||29.5|
|55||SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY||1581||SACREDHEART||L23 [1.0]||L30 [0.0]||D58 [2.0]||L53 [1.0]||B--- [4.0]||L34 [0.0]||D57 [2.0]||L44 [1.0]||W56 [3.0]||3.0||27.5||14||99||29.5||31|
|56||TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY C TEAM||1823||TTU_C||TTU||W8 [3.0]||L15 [0.0]||L32 [1.0]||W45 [4.0]||L37 [1.0]||D39 [2.0]||L34 [1.0]||L49 [1.0]||L55 [1.0]||2.5||62||14||100||36.5||39.5|
|57||TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY D TEAM||1208||TTU_D||TTU||L29 [0.0]||B--- [4.0]||L38 [0.0]||L40 [0.0]||L48 [0.0]||L51 [0.0]||D55 [2.0]||W59 [4.0]||L45 [0.5]||2.5||12||10.5||100||31||32|
|58||UNIVERSITY OF IOWA TEAM B||unr.||UIOWA_B||IOWA||L41 [0.0]||L42 [0.0]||D55 [2.0]||L34 [0.0]||W59 [2.5]||L43 [0.0]||L53 [1.5]||L45 [1.0]||L54 [1.0]||1.5||20||8||100||29.5||30.5|
|59||UNIVERSIDAD TECNOLOGICA DEL SURO||unr.||TECH_GUANAJ||L37 [0.0]||L26 [0.0]||L48 [0.0]||L54 [0.0]||L58 [1.5]||L45 [1.0]||L51 [0.0]||L57 [0.0]||B--- [4.0]||1.0||6.25||6.5||100||27.5||28.5|
Watch the broadcasts of all 9 rounds including the closing award ceremony on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw3dh9SwMBEg2zBb6AHMT9A/videos
Here are some games from the Pan-Am, annotated by GM Nick de Firmian.
(1) James Soetedjo (jimjimmo) (1776) - IM Olga Badelka (Baronessa08) (2076) [E10]
2021 Pan Am Intercollegiate ch Chess.com, 04.01.2021
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 [5.e3 is a safe way to regain the pawn on c4 and avoid complications] 5...b5 6.Nxb5 Nxe4 7.Bxc4 Bb4+ 8.Bd2?! White would do better to move the king (f1 or e2}. Blocking with the bishop lets Black get the bishop pair and win the d-pawn for insufficient compensation. 8...Nxd2 9.Nxd2 c6 10.Nc3 Qxd4 11.0-0 0-0 12.Qe2 a5 [develpment with 12...Nd7 should work well] 13.Nf3 Qg4 [13...Qa7 would help to get in ...Ba6 with more control on the queenside] 14.h3 Qh5 15.Ne4 Ba6 16.a3 Be7 17.Rac1 h6 18.Rfd1 Now White has enough compensation for the pawn with the development and queenside play. 18...Bb5?! [18...Bxc4 19.Rxc4 Ra7] 19.Ng3! Bxc4 20.Rxc4 Qb5 21.Nd4?! This looks threatening but blocks the path of the rook on c4. White could get a tremendous attack with [21.a4 Qa6 22.Nh5 g6 23.Ne5! and all the white pieces are headed toward the black king] 21...Qb7 22.Nh5 g6?
(2) WIM Ashritha Eswaran (goldenpuppy) (2270) - IM Felix Jose Ynojosa Aponte (FelixJoseYnojosa) (2441) [B32]
2021 Pan Am Intercollegiate ch Chess.com, 06.01.2021
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Be7 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3 Nf6 9.Be2 Nd7 10.0-0 Nc5 11.Nc2 0-0 12.Be3 White has gotten an edge in this opening as the backward pawn on d6 leaves the d5 square weak, Black decides to sacrifice a pawn for activity. 12...Bg5 13.Bxg5 Qxg5 14.Qxd6 Bh3 15.Ne3 Ne6 16.Kh1!
(3) Koosha Jaferian (Mrkooshaj) (2225) - Samuel Campbell (SamCamIAm) (1435) [A06]
2021 Pan Am Intercollegiate ch Chess.com, 05.01.2021
1.Nf3 d5 2.b3 Bg4 3.Bb2 Nc6 4.d4 e6 5.e3 Nf6 6.Be2 Bb4+ 7.c3 Bd6 8.c4 0-0 9.0-0 Re8 10.h3 Bh5 11.Nc3 Mrkooshaj has an slight edge in this Larsen's Opening with all the central pawns and pieces in play. 11...Ne4 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Nd2 Bg6 [13...Bxe2 14.Qxe2 f5 15.f3 exf3 16.Nxf3] 14.Bh5?! It would be better to aim for queenside play with 14. a3 and 15. b4 14...f5 15.Bxg6 hxg6 16.f4?! This gets into trouble [16.Qe2 e5 17.c5 Bf8 18.dxe5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5 Rxe5 20.b4 keeps even chances] 16...Nb4 [16...g5! uses the doubled pawn to leverage the pawn chain] 17.Bc3 Nd3 18.Nf3 c5 19.Ne1?
(4) Gaspar Garcia Morales (Kaspesky98) (2137) - NM Kireet Panuganti (kkpanu9) (2123) [E00]
2021 Pan Am Intercollegiate ch Chess.com, 06.01.2021
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.d4 Bb4 4.Qc2 Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Qxc3 0-0 8.e3 Qe7 9.b4 e5 10.d5 [White should consider 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 dxe5 12.Bb2 which keeps the game open for the bishops] 10...Nb8 11.Bb2 c6 12.dxc6 bxc6?! The black center is somewhat soft here. Recapturing with the knight on c6 is more solid. 13.Be2 [13.c5! dxc5 14.Nxe5] 13...Ne4 14.Qb3 Nd7 15.0-0 Bb7 16.Rad1 Rad8 17.Nd2 f5?
(5) GM Evgeny Shtembuliak (Shtembuliak) (1819) - GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista (GMLazaroBruzon) (2627) [A22]
2021 Pan Am Intercollegiate ch Chess.com, 05.01.2021
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 Bxc3 6.bxc3 Shtembuliak takes doubled pawns to discourage Black's 6...e4. 6...d6 7.d3 0-0 8.Be2 h6 9.0-0 Ne7!? 10.e4 Ng6 Black is fully equal, having proceeded with a very logical plan of development with knights on the kingside and the c-pawn now ready to join the battle for central squares. 11.Ne1 c6 12.f4?! This allows Black to trade away the one plus White has in the position - the bishop pair. 12...exf4 13.Bxf4 Nxf4 14.Rxf4 Re8 15.Qd2 d5! opening the game right away keeps White a little off-balance. 16.exd5 cxd5 17.Nc2 dxc4 18.Rxc4
(6) GM Aram Hakobyan (Njal28) (2496) - GM Benjamin Bok (GMBenjaminBok) (2532) [A07]
2021 Pan Am Intercollegiate ch Chess.com, 05.01.2021
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 e5 5.d3 Nc6 6.e4 dxe4 7.dxe4 Qxd1 8.Rxd1 Bg4 9.c3
(7) Dexter Webster (chessweb101) (1805) - IM Josiah Stearman (josiwales) (2650) [C65]
2021 Pan Am Intercollegiate ch Chess.com (6), 05.01.2021
1.e4 e5 Josiah, a prominent product of the Bay Area, seems to have hung up the Sicilian for a more stable opening? No, not at all... 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 d6 The Steinitz makes more sense if White isn't playing d2-d4. [4...Bc5 is almost twice as common, but scores about the same. 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.Nbd2 is emerging as the most common] 5.c3 g6 6.Nbd2 Bg7 7.Nf1 The standard "coming around" maneuver in so many lines of the Ruy. 7...0-0 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4
(8) GM Mateusz Bartel (Matibar) (2630) - GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista (GMLazaroBruzon) (2589) [C42]
2021 Pan Am Intercollegiate ch Chess.com (7), 06.01.2021
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 In the past Bruzon only played the Petroff for quick draws; if he hoped for a peaceful early game he will be disappointed. 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 For many decades what you played to avoid Theory and imbalance the game, until the 1990s and hundreds of games when it became New Theory. 5...Nf6 A Bruzon specialty; not as principled as the more common move (giving White doubled pawns and saving time), but still solid. [5...Nxc3 6.dxc3 First seen in Showalter,J-Halprin,A Vienna 1898 (1-0, 40)] 6.d4 Be7 7.h3 [7.Bd3 0-0 8.h3 Nbd7 9.0-0 Re8 10.Bg5 1/2-1/2 (10) Quesada Perez,Y (2541)-Bruzon Batista,L (2620) Havana 2007(10.Re1 a6 11.a4 b6 12.Bf4 Bb7 13.d5 Bf8 (13...g6 14.Bc4 Bf8 15.Qd2 Rxe1+ 16.Rxe1 Bg7 17.Nd4 Kh8 18.Bh6 Qf8 19.Bxg7+ Kxg7 1/2-1/2 (70) Supi,L (2572)-Bruzon Batista,L (2644) chess24.com INT 2020) 14.Rxe8 Qxe8 15.Qd2 Nc5 16.Re1 Qd7 17.Bg5 Nxd5 18.Nxd5 Bxd5 19.Bxh7+ Kxh7 20.Qxd5 Re8 21.Rxe8 Qxe8 and Black even went on to win: 0-1 (51) Supi,L (2572)-Bruzon Batista,L (2644) chess24.com INT 2020) ; 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bf4 a6 9.Qd2 Bf5 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Nb6 13.d5 Qd7 14.b3 0-0-0 1/2-1/2 (101) Sethuraman,S (2673)-Bruzon Batista,L (2653) Saint Louis 2018] 7...0-0 8.Be3 a6N
(9) GM Angel Arribas Lopez (FatUpss) (2306) - GM Aram Hakobyan (Njal28) (2489) [B23]
2021 Pan Am Intercollegiate ch Chess.com (6), 05.01.2021
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Tiviakov's line, creating some unusual balance problems for both sides. Unlike the Rossolimo Variation, White has the option to play f2-f4 before developing the king knight still. [3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.Nxd4 cxd4 7.Ne2 a6 8.Bd3 d5 1-0 (38) McDonald,N (2395)-Gavriel,T (2190) London 1993] 3...Nd4! The only serious challenge. 4.Nf3 a6 [4...Nxb5?! 5.Nxb5 leaves White with a development advantage.] 5.Bd3 A strange looking but popular retreat. It avoids losing time and keeps e2 open for a knight. [5.Bc4 b5 6.Bd5 Rb8 7.Nxd4 cxd4 8.Ne2 Nf6! is fine.] 5...g6 6.Nxd4 [6.Rb1!? was a confounding move in Firouzja-Cornette (draw) and then two Safarli games (1½-½) in 2019.] 6...cxd4 7.Ne2 d5!? 8.e5 Bg7 [8...f6!? 9.exf6?! (9.f4 fxe5 10.fxe5 Bg7 11.Nxd4 Bxe5 is our game) 9...e5! is quite a nasty business.] 9.f4 f6 10.Nxd4?! [10.exf6 is a better version (and the only move played so far), when White has done pretty well, admittedly in lesser games. 10...Bxf6 saving the knight for a better square 11.c3 was the game between the strongest players: 11...Bf5 12.Bxf5 gxf5 13.Nxd4 Qd7 14.Qh5+ Kd8 15.Nxf5 1-0 (38) McDonald,N (2395)-Gavriel,T (2190) London 1993] 10...fxe5 11.fxe5 Bxe5 12.Nf3 Bg4!?
(10) IM Ladia Jirasek (lrjchess) (2487) - GM Aleksandr Lederman (AlexanderL) (2740) [B13]
2021 Pan Am Intercollegiate ch Chess.com (9), 06.01.2021
1.e4 c6 [Note this surprising transposition: 1...c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.c3 Bg7 5.cxd4 d5 6.exd5 Nf6 7.Nc3 Nxd5 8.Qb3 Nb6 9.Bb5+ 0-1 (36) Lenart,E (2170)-Feher,G (2427) Harkany 2002] 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 A sharp line against the Panov-Botvinnik Attack, but still considered slightly dodgy. [5...e6 is often a transposition into a Queen Pawn structure, even directly into the Nimzoindian, but there are wrinkles where White tries to get c4-c5 in.; 5...Nc6 is the "theoretical" line, with an ending after 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qb3 Bxf3 9.gxf3 e6 10.Qxb7 Nxd4 11.Bb5+ Nxb5 12.Qc6+! Ke7 13.Qxb5 Qd7! 14.Nxd5+ Qxd5 15.Qxd5 exd5 that has pretty much been put to rest as a winning try for White.] 6.cxd5 [6.Qb3 was the old main line.] 6...Nxd5 7.Qb3 Nb6 8.Bb5+ Bd7 It is looking like a Rubinstein's line against the Tarrasch Queen's Gambit but reversed. The extra tempo has White fine, but with no initiative. 9.Nf3 Bg7 10.Ne5 Postny gave this in notes to his own game as at least getting the two bishops, but not really an advantage. [10.0-0 0-0 11.Re1 Bxb5 12.Nxb5 Nc6 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bh4 g5 15.Bg3 Qd5 0-1 (36) Pruijssers,R (2543)-Postny,E (2581) Groningen 2017 CBM 182 [Postny,E]] 10...0-0 11.Nxd7 N8xd7 12.Be3 Nf6 13.0-0 [13.Rd1 (with that 1...c5 move order) 13...Nbd5 (13...Nfd5 14.Bg5 Nxc3 15.bxc3 Qd5 16.Qxd5 Nxd5 was fine for Black until he blundered a piece: 1-0 (26) Shirazi,K (2326)-Boitel,L (2046) Sautron 2016.) 14.0-0 Rc8 15.Be2 Qd7 16.Bg5 Nxc3 17.bxc3 Ne4 18.Bd2 Qc7 19.Bf3 Nxc3 20.Bxc3 Qxc3 21.Qxb7 Rc7 0-1 (36) Lenart,E (2170)-Feher,G (2427) Harkany 2002] 13...Rc8 14.Rac1 Nfd5 15.Nxd5 Qxd5 16.Qxd5 Nxd5
(11) GM Alexander Ipatov (TheGadfly1897) (2561) - FM Teemu Virtanen (nurmiTV) (2276) [E12]
2021 Pan Am Intercollegiate ch Chess.com (9), 06.01.2021
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 No Nimzo! 3...b6 No Bogo! 4.a3 The Petrosian System, a lot sharper than it might look at first glance. 4...Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 The classic approach. 6.Bg5 Not so analyzed. [6.cxd5 Nxd5 has been worked into the ground already. (and 6...exd5) ; 6.Qa4+!? right away as well] 6...Be7 7.Qa4+!? A disruptive check before Black can castle. 7...c6 The point is [on 7...Bc6 to just retreat, when the bishop will have to lose a move going back where it was.; Similar is 7...Qd7 although White could just trade, 8.Qxd7+] 8.Bxf6!? Similar to the Bondarevsky Queen's Gambit, we're swimming in Karpov's home waters. 8...Bxf6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.g3 The move of the best. White hopes to restrain Black's c-pawn via the pressure on d5. [10.e3 hasn't been as popular, but at lower levels it scores better; White secures the e-pawn right away (and keeps an eye on a6).] 10...0-0 11.Bg2
[21...Nc5! 22.Nxc5 Rxe1+ 23.Rxe1 Rxc5= gets into a BOC (Bishops of Opposite Color) situation where neither player can make much of it, the extra pawn notwithstanding.] 22.Qa4! Rxb2 [22...Rc8 would at least continue, suffering a pawn down with tactical problems looming. But after the text they don't loom, they crash through.] 23.Rxd4! Nxd4 24.Qxe8+! White wins a piece. 1-0
Organizing an online event is, in some ways, very similar to organizing a live event, yet in many ways it's completely different. Organizers need to keep several points in mind when selecting their staff, as well as plan for multiple scenarios and variables. This little write-up gives you an insight into what went into our process when planning the event, and hopefully it gives you the confidence and eagerness to try this format out yourself in the 2021 US Amateur Team West National Championship at the end of this month!
Staffing of the event
First things first, even before bidding for the event, organizers need to decide who will be their core staff. National tournaments must have a National TD as its Chief Tournament Director, also they must be selected carefully, especially for the Pan Am, for which having an understanding of the event is paramount. Chief TD Glenn Panner was our obvious choice for this year's Pan Am since he is not only an NTD, but has worked on many Pan Am tournaments previously and has direct relationships with many of the players and coaches in the college chess community. He also has been integral part of several main online events, such as the USCF Scholastic Online even in August and the USCF Online Championship organized by SLCC. Glenn is not only knowlegable, he is calm and not afraid of a friendly confrontation with players/coaches when needed and has experience in both the OTB and Online events. Glenn played a crucial role in drafting and reviewing the new appendix for the Online Championship, and was always available pre-event to weight in and make decisions leading up to the event. The event benefitted Glenn's experience in so many ways and times one would never imagine. One of the times for example was at Round 5 pairings review session: Glenn always reviewed the tentative pairings prior to publishing, but Round 6 pairing review was a great learning experience for me to see how a professional does things. Glenn not only reviewed the pairings, but predicted possible scenarios and problems two rounds ahead, and decided accordingly, and at times actively informing the College Chess Committee about the possibilities.
The Chief TD always needs a strong and reliable Assistant Chief TD, and selecting one needs consideration regarding the event itself. The Pan Am championship is a special complicated one because it not only has to apply the standard set of US Chess rules, but also it has its own set of rules. National TD Brian Yang is an expert in chess rules, and has extensive experience applying them into TD decisions. Since he lives in the Midwest, it's not often we can have him "over" at the West Coast, so having him on staff on this online championship was the perfect opportunity to work with him.
Computer Chief TD spot went to our long time mentor, and chess software expertise National TD John McCumiskey. It has always been a pleasure working with him, and we also worked together at the 2020 US Junior Cadet Online championship, giving him valuable experience in the online tournament platform. Team events need a special set of skills, specially knowing that your software has many bugs when it comes to team settings, and John's fast and on the spot skills helped "save" the event from inaccuracies that woud have lead to disasters. Such a thing happened on more than one occasion, but the most visible one was at the start of the tournament, when pairings showed an inaccurate average rating of the teams. Thankfully, it was not the case, pairings stood, and the tournament software was forced to update the average rating to the correct one.
Zoom TD is a new phrase that is becoming the new trend in the online tournament world. These TDs are not only experienced TDs with years of OTB tournaments, but also developped a skillset of directing and monitoring players online through Zoom meeting. Mechanics' had some of the best TDs across the country who often had hundreds of hours of online TD experience: NTD David Hater, NTD Alan Losoff, NTD Martha Underwood, FA Hugo Arroyo, and SrTD Reka Sztaray were among the experienced tournament directors who directed many online tournaments before. They were helped by a set of amazing TD's and volunteers: Jiten Patel, Mike Walder, Elliott Winslow, Aaron Thompson, and Jerniel Diaz to help make sure that our Zoom TD's had backup and second set of eyes on the players. All the TD's were doing an important and amazing job directing the players setting up the correct webcamera angles, as well as monitor and take notes on the attendance, settings and addhearance to rules, and occasionally the trangseggions. They were in close communication with each other through a secure and private channel that included Chief TD Glenn, who made the final decisions on possible and applicable penalties. One of the instances was a cell phone violation: one of the player's cellphone rang and according to the rules, this has a standard penalty of 10 minutes or half the time. Zoom TDs communicated this to Chief TD, who made the ruling that the penalty should be applied, and the backroom TD applied it with a special command on the chesscom platform. This was a prime example of the smooth team work that was the norm throughout the whole event.
With more than half of the staff being an NTD, we always knew we are in good hands, but this event showed how professionals and how a perfect team works together.
If you want to be a part of this team, and would like to volunteer at our upcoming event, please email us to [email protected]
Stay tuned for Part 2 next week, where we explain the webcamera settings, and Zoom TD training and get a peak into the Zoom TD life.
Tuesday Night Marathon
The Mechanics' Institute's flagship chess event, the Tuesday Night Marathon, resumes on Tuesday January 12, with a 2-section 6-round event. Time control is G/35+2, is USCF rated, and games are manually paired on Chesscom. We have 2 games per evening, with round times at 6:30pm Pacific time and 8:00pm. Prize pool is $1000 b/50. For all the details, visit the event page here: https://www.milibrary.org/chess-tournaments/january-2021-tuesday-night-marathon-online
Register now by following this link: https://mechanics-institute.jumbula.com/2021OnlineTournaments/Jan2021TNMOnline
We will broadcast all the action of the TNM on our Twitch stream, follow us here: https://www.twitch.tv/mechanicschess
Thursday Night Marathon
We also now offer players our Thursday Night Marathon, which is one game per evening with a time control of G/60+5, 5-rounds, USCF rated in one open section with the round starting at 6:30pm Pacific. For more information, visit our event pager here: https://www.milibrary.org/chess-tournaments/thursday-night-marathon-g605-jan-feb-2021
We look forward to seeing everyone to kick off 2021 at the Mechanics' Institute!
The chess room staff at the Mechanics' Institute are taking on all comers now weekly, as each of us will live stream an arena tournament where we will commentate our own games! You might be playing 3-time US Champion GM Nick de Firmian, or perhaps our commentator and instructor extraoridinaire FM Paul Whitehead.
Arenas are an hour long, and the chess staff will be paired against the first available player to play at the conclusion of their games. All other players will be paired with the next available opponent. This will continue for the whole hour. While there is no guarantee you will be paired against a chess staff member, you will have a very good chance at it, depending on the number of players playing. All games will be streamed live on our Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/mechanicschess
Check out the times here:
FM Paul Whitehead Arena: Tuesdays 5pm-6pm, 1/12: https://www.chess.com/live#r=846526
GM Nick de Firmian Arena Thursdays 5pm-6pm, 1/14: https://www.chess.com/live#r=846639
See you in the arena!
The great Hungarian player Geza Maroczy was supposed to visit the MI in 1906 but the earthquake forced him to cancel his plans. He did make the trip 19 years later and visited from April 11-13, giving a lecture and played a few games against players at the club one day and the following day giving a 40-board simul.