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Chess Room Newsletter #954

Gens Una Sumus!

Newsletter #954

 

February 6, 2021

By Abel Talamantez

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2021 US Amateur Team West Championship 

The 2021 US Amateur Team West Championship brought 75 teams and 300 players together for the ultimate team competition. The 4-player teams needed to have an average rating of under 2200, but the combination of players can vary greatly, and can include grandmasters as well as novices on the same team. The stronger teams would field a balanced lineup, with competitive players on each board, mathematically calculated to give the best opportunity for success. And strong they came! Eleven teams in the field had average team ratings over 2100. Strong players came from near and far, but in the end, it was the local teams that dominated the West. The University of California at Berkeley fielded six teams, and in a talent-rich field, their A and B teams faced each other in the penultimate round as the only two remaining undefeated teams. Rather than opt for a friendly draw between teammates, the 5th round match between them was one of the most fiercely contested team matches we have seen, with FM Paul Whitehead covering two of the game in his columnn below. The UC Berkeley B team came out on top, and then won their final round match where an unfortunate mouse slip put their opponents in the hole early, and the gritty UC Berkeley B team went on to a perfect 6/6, taking the title of US Amateur Team West Champions. The winning team consisted of FM Rayan Taghizadeh, NM Arjun Bharat, NM Christopher Pan, and Nathan Fong. Congratulations to the champions, who will await the winners of the East, North, and South to play for the title of national champions.

The championship winning Cal B Team

Finishing in 2nd place were the Berkeley A team made up of IM Kesav Viswanadah, FM Teemu Virtanen, WIM Ashritha Eswaran, and Junior Mejia. Taking 3rd place was Stanford University's A team, with IM Bryce Tiglon, WIM Emily Nguyen, NM Seth Talyansky, and Robbie Selwyn.

Lauren Goodkind, along with sister Barbara from 100% Lady Chess Moves Won the u/1800 Section

We also had an u/1800 team section, where there was a tie for 1st. Coming out on top on tiebreaks was the all female team 100% Lady Chess Moves, with Lauren Goodkind, Barbara Goodkind, Daniela Keller, and Cheryl Lins. Taking 2nd on tiebreaks was the team We Ran Out of Tranquilizer Pills, Where Can We Buy More? with Vijay Surla, Adam Muhs, Rama Chitta, and Ed Pernicka. Taking 3rd place was high school team The Cheerios, with Derek Clasby, Hemtej Gundra, Siddhanth Balaji, and Aditya Joshi. 

Special shout out to our Mechanics' teams and players that played valiently throughout the weekend. Our team of top juniors, Junior Mechanics' 2021 led by FM Jason Liang, NM Ruiyang Yan, Nicholas Weng, and Kevin Su finished 4th overall. The Mechanics' Institute with FM Kyron Griffith, GM Jim Tarjan, Jonah Busch, and Chelsea Zhou finished 10th. GM Patrick Wolff participated with a group of friends, with Patrick having impressive wins over WGM Jennifer Yu and FM Andy Lee. IM John Donaldson played on a team with Mechanics' Trustee FM Mark Pinto. Many of our TNM regulars participated in the event, and we happy to see so many familiar faces in Zoom and playing the event. 

Special thanks goes to all of the hard work by the organizing and tournament directing staff to ensure such a smooth-running event. Judit Sztaray was Chief Organizer and kept the whole event on track and lively, with NTD John McCumiskey working the computer. Thank you also to Brian Yang, Jiten Patel, Juan Cendejas, Aaron Thompson, Arthur Liou, Sam Shoykhet, and Tom Brownscombe who also assisted. Thanks also to the commentary team of GM Nick de Firmian and FM Paul Whitehead, who helped me try to bring the event to life for viewers, and helped capture many key moments throughout the tournament. 

Chess Club at UC Berkeley. Photo: Devanshi Rathi

It was great to see the success of the Cal teams, helped no doubt by the vibrant chess club they have on campus with a deep lineup of talented masters and strong club players. They certainly show how an engaged and active chess community can do great things!

To watch the broadcasts of each round, you can view the videos on our YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw3dh9SwMBEg2zBb6AHMT9A/videos

Full results, including special prize awards are found below after the game annotations by GM Nick de Firmian. The games from this tournament were especially exciting and were a pleasure to watch. Here are some of the games, though there are far more games that deserved mention. Enjoy!

(14) NM Arjun Bharat (RapidDefeat) (2198) - FM Teemu Virtanen (nurmiTV) (2293) [B06]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com (5.2), 31.01.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.g3 Benko's "other" opening (the most famous being the Benko Gambit of course!), with which he stunningly beat Fischer in Round 1, and then Tal in Round 17 (!) of the 1962 Candidates tournament. 1...g6 2.Bg2 Bg7 3.d4 c5 [3...Nf6 4.e4 d6 5.Ne2 0-0 6.Nbc3 is a Pirc Defense, where Black systems have been comfortably worked out (although the "comfort" is somewhat nervous!).] 4.d5 d6 5.e4 Nf6 6.Ne2 White keeps open the c-pawn options, and sure enough, it's a sort of King's Indian in a few moments (that is, the pawn goes to c4 before Nc3). 6...0-0 7.0-0 Na6 8.c4 Nc7 9.Nbc3 a6 10.a4 b6+/= 11.f4?! This doesn't really fit in with the fianchetto and the knight on e2. [11.Rb1 looking for a well-prepared b2-b4 is a more harmonious plan.] 11...Rb8 12.h3 b5 Black has set up the basic queenside break, while White's expansions on the kingside are ineffective (for now!) 13.Kh1 e6?! There was further to go on the b-file, either: [13...b4 14.Nb1 e6; or 13...bxc4] 14.axb5 axb5 15.dxe6?! [15.e5!? is the best continuation, although it doesn't quite lead to any advantage.] 15...Bxe6 16.cxb5 [Now Black can tuck his knight nicely after 16.e5 dxe5 17.fxe5 Nd7] 16...Nxb5 17.Nxb5 Rxb5 18.Nc3 Rb4-/+

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19.g4?! White might have been worried about ...Nh5 but overlooks (or not!?) worse: 19...Nxg4! 20.f5! gxf5 (forced) [20...Bc4 21.Qxg4 Bxf1 22.Bxf1 gxf5 Here White can take with the queen, keeping control of d5.] 21.exf5 Now the rook stops Qxg4 21...Bb3 [Complicated but best was 21...Bc4! 22.Rf4 Nf6!-/+ with a pretty solid extra pawn.] 22.Qe1 Nf6 23.Bf3!? with some attacking intentions! [Still, 23.Ra8=/+ keeps it (Black's advantage) to a minimum] 23...Qd7?= [Black needed to anticipate the danger with 23...Kh8-/+ 24.Qg3 Rg8 25.Rg1 when various further defensive moves turn out well.] 24.Rg1 Kh8? Black still had two ways to scrape up a defence: [24...Ne8; or 24...Qxf5] 25.Qg3 This in fact is good enough. [But White missed 25.Rxg7! Qxf5 (25...Kxg7 26.Bh6+! leads to mate if taken, else White mops up material.) 26.Rg3 White steals the bishop and back, winning.] 25...Ne8 26.Ra8 Looking to remove the defender (Rxe8) 26...Be5 [Chess.com's "analysis" computer thought this was a mistake, but White is still in the win zone: 26...f6 but White is still winning, with most moves. 27.Kh2 is a nice preparatory move, (or even 27.Qg2) ] 27.Qg2! Qxf5 28.Bh6 Rh4 Black might have been counting on this move, with its own threats, to save him, but White's next beats him to the punch, with checks:

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29.Qg8+! RapidDefeat won by resignation. Edge of the seat chess is Arjun's game! 1-0

(7) Alan Finkelstein (stratus_junior) (1970) - Nathan Fong (nathanf314) (2304) [E05]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com (6), 01.02.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 The Open Catalan makes for fluid, dynamic play early in the opening. 7.Ne5 Nc6 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.Nxc6 Qe8 10.Nxe7+ Qxe7 11.Qa4 e5 12.dxe5 Qxe5 13.Qxc4

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So White has won a pawn at the cost of giving up the fianchettoed bishop and a slight lag in development. 13...Be6 14.Qc2 Bf5 15.Qc4 Be6 16.Qa6?! This way of avoiding the repetition is dangerous as the white queen is far from the kingside. [(+0.26) The best move was 16.Qd3 Nd5 17.Qf3 h6 18.a3 Rae8 19.Rd1 c5 20.Re1 Qd4 21.Nc3 Qc4 22.Bf4 Nxc3 23.Qxc3 Qxc3 24.bxc3] 16...Bh3 17.Re1 Qd5 18.f3 Critical move. 18...Qc5+ [18...Ng4 19.Nc3 Qc5+ 20.e3 Ne5 21.Qe2 Rad8 would be excellent compensation for the pawn] 19.e3 Nd5?! [19...Nd7 20.Qe2 Ne5 21.Rd1 Be6 22.Nc3 Rad8 would transpose to the previous note] 20.a3 Rad8 21.Qe2 Rd6 22.b4 Qb6 23.Bb2?

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[White would hold the edge after the precise 23.Nd2! He didn't see Black's continuation.] 23...Nxe3! 24.Qxe3 Rd1!

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There is no way out. Black threatens 25. Qe3+ as the rook is pinned. On 25. Kf2 Rxe1 26. Qxf6 Rf1+ is the same as the game. 25.Qxb6 Rxe1+ 26.Kf2 26...Rf1+ 27.Ke2 cxb6 With the exchange ahead and active pieces Black has an easy time converting the advantage. 28.Nd2 Re8+ 29.Kd3 Rxa1 30.Bxa1 Bf5+ 31.Ne4 Rd8+ 32.Bd4 b5 33.Kc3 Bxe4 34.fxe4 a6 35.Kd3 f6 36.h4 Kf7 37.g4 Ke6 38.Ke3 Rc8 39.Bc5 a5 40.Kd4 axb4 41.Bxb4 Rc4+ 42.Kd3 Ke5 43.Bc3+ Kf4 44.g5 fxg5 45.hxg5 Kxg5 46.Bxg7 h5 47.Be5 h4 48.Ke3 Kg4 49.Bd6 h3 50.Kd3 Kf3 nathanf314 won by resignation 0-1

(8) NM Christopher Pan (hoodc) (2243) - IM Alex Costello (Larax) (2388) [A01]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com, 31.01.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.Nf3 e4 4.Nd4 Qf6 5.e3 d5 6.Be2?! [6.c4 trying to undermine the black center would be better. e.g. 6...Bc5 7.Nc3 Bxd4 8.exd4 with central play for both sides] 6...Bc5 7.c3 [7.Nb5 Qxb2 8.Nxc7+ Kd8 works out well for Black] 7...Qg6 8.g3 Nxd4 [8...Nge7] 9.cxd4 Bd6 10.Nc3 c6 11.d3 Nf6 12.dxe4 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 Qxe4 14.0-0 Bh3 15.Bf3 Qe6 16.Re1 Bb4 17.Re2 So far Black has done well and would have the advantage after 17...f5, clamping down on the center. Instead Larax plays a natural move that meetw with a fanstastic rejoiner. 17...Qf5?

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18.e4!! Amazing! The best move of the tournament. White invites Black to take the bishop on f3 with mate threatened on g2. Yet White would win the queen - 18...Qg6 Black declines the bishop which ends up losing two pawns. Worse was to take the bishop - [18...Qxf3 19.exd5+ Kd7 20.Re7+ Kxe7 21.Qxf3 when White's queen and pawn for bishop and rook is an easy win.] 19.exd5+ Kf8 20.dxc6 bxc6 21.Qc2 Rc8 22.Qxg6 The middle game may be even better, but it makes sense just to head for the ending two pawns up. 22...hxg6 23.Rc1 Bd7 24.Rec2 Ke7 25.Bxc6 Rxc6 [25...Bf5 26.Re2+ Kf8 27.d5 is equally miserable but more complex and so could offer some slim practical chances] 26.Rxc6 Bxc6 27.Rxc6 Ba5 28.d5 Bb6 29.Ba3+ Kd7 30.Bc5! Christopher simplifies even more. He gets a rook ending that is hard to go wrong with. 30...Rb8 31.Bxb6 axb6 32.a4

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Black is tied to the defense of the b-pawn as he can't allow White two connected passes pawns. If ...b5 at any point then a5 marches forward. Even Carlsen or Kyron couldn't hold this ending. 32...f6 33.Kf1 g5 34.Ke2 b5 35.a5 Re8+ 36.Kf3 Re5 37.Rc5 b4 38.Rb5 Kd6 39.a6 Re8 40.a7 Ra8 41.Ra5 Kc7 42.Ke4 Kb6 43.Ra4 Kc5 [43...Rxa7 44.Rxa7 Kxa7 45.d6 Kb6 46.Kd5 is trivial] 44.f4 gxf4 45.gxf4 g6 46.f5 g5 47.h3 Re8+ 48.Kf3 Ra8 49.Kg4 The final touch. The white king invades on the kingside. 49...Kxd5 50.Kh5 Ke5 51.Kg6 Rg8+ 52.Kf7 Ra8 53.Ra5+ Kd4 54.Kxf6 Kc3 55.Ke7 Kxb3 56.f6 Kc2 57.f7 b3 58.f8Q Re8+ 59.Qxe8 g4 60.hxg4 b2 61.Rb5 b1Q 62.Rxb1 Kd3 63.Qd7+ Ke3 64.Re1+ Kf4 65.Qf5+ Kg3 66.Re3+ Kh2 67.Qf2+ Kh1 68.Re1# 1-0

(9) NM Seth Talyansky (stalyansky) (2304) - WIM Ashritha Eswaran (goldenpuppy) (2374) [D27]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com, 31.01.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 The O'Kelly Variation. 3.c3 A good move, getting a nice variation of the 2. c3 Sicilian. Black does well after the natural [3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5!] 3...d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Nc6 6.Be2 This is a little passive. [6.dxc5! Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Nf6 8.Nbd2 is a good ending for White. Black is in a normal line with the waste of time from ...a6] 6...cxd4 7.cxd4 e6 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Nc3 Qd8 10.Bg5 Be7 11.Rc1 0-0 Now White has only a minor edge as Black is pretty solid. 12.Bd3 Bd7!? [12...b5] 13.Bb1 Nd5 14.Bxe7 [14.h4!] 14...Ncxe7 15.Ne5 Bc6 16.Ne4 Rc8 17.Qf3 Nf5 18.Rfd1 Nde7 19.Qh3 Bxe4 20.Rxc8 Qxc8 21.Bxe4 f6!? leading to some complications [21...h6 is more solid] 22.Nf3 [22.Nd3 Rd8 23.Rc1 Qd7 24.Nc5 Qxd4 25.Qb3!] 22...Qc4! 23.b3 Qe2 24.Re1 Qxa2 25.d5?! [25.g4 Nh6 26.Bxb7 Qxb3 27.Bxa6 Nc6 28.Bf1 is equal] 25...Qxb3?! [25...g6!] 26.g4 Nh6

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27.Bxh7+! Kh8! [27...Kxh7 28.Ng5+ fxg5 29.Qxb3] 28.dxe6 a5 Black calmly advances the queenside pawns with the kingside under assualt. 29.Bf5 a4 30.Re3 Qb4 31.Nh4 Rd8?! [31...Kg8 32.Ng6?! Nexf5 33.gxf5 Ra8! gets the a-pawn running] 32.Ng6+ Nxg6 33.Bxg6 Qe7

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34.f4? [34.Qh5! a3 35.g5 is hard to see with little time but it would give White a terrific attack - 35...a2 (35...fxg5 36.Bb1!) 36.gxh6! a1Q+ 37.Kg2 would be a winning attack for White despite Black's two queens.] 34...b5 35.Bf7? this is too slow 35...Rd2?! [35...b4!] 36.Rc3?! [36.Qf3!] 36...b4?! [36...Rd8!] 37.Rc8+ Rd8 38.Rxd8+ Qxd8 39.Qe3? [39.g5! Qd4+ 40.Kh1 Qd1+ 41.Kg2 Qd2+ 42.Kh1 fxg5 43.e7 Qe1+ 44.Kg2 Qxe7 45.Qc8+ Kh7 46.Qc2+ is a draw] 39...Nxg4? [39...Qd1+ 40.Kg2 Nxf7 41.exf7 Qd5+ 42.Kg3 Qxf7] 40.Qh3+? [40.Qe2 keeps the threat of e6-e7 and would hold the draw after 40...Qd4+ 41.Kg2 Ne3+ 42.Kh3 Nf5 43.e7 Qc3+ 44.Kg4 Nh6+ 45.Kh4 Nf5+] 40...Nh6 41.Qe3 Qe7 now Black stops all the threats and the passed pawns win for him 42.Bg6 b3 43.Qb6 Ng8 44.Bf7 Qf8 45.Qb7 Ne7 46.Qb4 Qd8 47.Qxa4 b2 48.Qc2 Qb6+ 0-1

(10) FM Rayan Taghizadeh (Fibrinogen) (2384) - WGM Jennifer Yu (ahappypawn) (2106) [A01]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com, 30.01.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bb5 This Larsen/Nimzovich opening puts pressure on the center with the bishops. It does let Black occupy the center space. 4...d6 5.d4 Bd7 6.Nf3?! [6.Ne2 would avoid having to move this knight next move] 6...e4 7.Nfd2 d5 8.Bxc6 bxc6 This is like a French Defense reversed, and here Black has an edge. 9.c4 a5 10.Ba3 Bb4! 11.Bxb4 axb4 12.a4 0-0 [12...h5 taking the strategy from White's side of the French, would get excellent play.] 13.Qc2 13...Ra7 [13...c5! breaks up the center while White is not well placed for it, e.g. 14.Qb2 Be6 15.0-0 cxd4 16.Qxd4 dxc4 17.Nxc4 Qxd4 18.exd4 Bxc4 19.bxc4 Ra5 20.Re1 Rfa8 wins a pawn] 14.Nf1 Qe7 15.Nbd2 c5 16.Rc1?! [16.dxc5 Ra5 17.Ng3 Rxc5 18.0-0 is only slightly better for Black] 16...cxd4 17.exd4 c5! Black is winning the battle in the center 18.Qb2 Ng4 19.Ne3

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19...Qh4?! [Black would have a decisive advantage after 19...Nxe3! 20.fxe3 Qh4+ 21.g3 Qh6 22.Nf1 Bh3 and the white king is caught in the center] 20.Ndf1?! [20.Nxg4 Bxg4 21.cxd5 e3 22.Nc4! is equal] 20...dxc4 21.Rxc4 cxd4 22.Nxg4 Bxg4 23.Rxd4?! [23.Ng3] 23...Qf6 24.Qd2

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[24.Ne3 Rd7 25.Rd2 Rxd2 26.Qxd2 Rd8 27.Qc1 Rc8 is also winning for Black] 24...Rd7! 25.Rxd7 Qa1+ Jennifer wins the queen and has a winning ending 26.Qd1 Bxd1 27.Rxd1 Qc3+ 28.Rd2 Rd8 29.Ke2 Rd3 30.h4 Qxb3 31.Rh3 Qxa4 32.Rhxd3 exd3+ 33.Rxd3 h6 34.Nd2 Qb5 35.g3 g5 Black is winning but this makes things little easier for White. [35...Kh7 36.Nb3 f5 37.h5 Qa6 38.Nd2 Kh8 39.Nb3 f4 40.Nc1 fxg3 41.fxg3 Qf6 42.Kd1 Qf1+ 43.Kc2 Qf5 would be a better plan] 36.hxg5 hxg5 37.Nb3 Kg7 38.Nd4 Qe5+ 39.Kd2 g4?! again, a little imprecise [39...Kg6 40.Nb3 f5 keeps more options for Black] 40.Nb3 Qb2+ 41.Ke1 Qc2 42.Re3 Kg6 43.Nd2 f5 44.Nb3 Kg5 45.Kf1?

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[45.Nd2 Qc1+ 46.Ke2 keeps the blockade] 45...f4? [45...Qd1+ 46.Kg2 Kh5! is zugzwang. White must move something (such as 47. f3) and Black can break through] 46.gxf4+ Critical move. 46...Kxf4 47.Kg1? [(-0.24) The best move was 47.Ke1 Qb1+ 48.Ke2 holds the blockade] 47...Qd1+? [47...Qb1+ 48.Kg2 Qd1 49.Rg3 Ke4 50.Re3+ Kd5 gets the black king over to help on the queenside 51.Na5 Kc5 52.Nb3+ Kb5 53.f3 gxf3+ 54.Rxf3 Qd5 55.Kf2 Ka4 56.Nc5+ Qxc5+ 57.Ke1 Qg1+ 58.Rf1 Qe3+ 59.Kd1 b3] 48.Kg2 Qd5+? MISTAKE (-2.75) [48...Kf5 49.Rg3 Ke5 50.Re3+ Kd5 51.Na5 Kc5 52.Re5+ Kd6 53.Nc4+ Kc6 54.Na5+ Kc7 55.Re3 Qd5+ 56.Kf1 Qxa5 57.Re7+ Kd6 58.Rh7 Qd5 59.Rh6+ Kc5 60.Rh8 b3] 49.Kg1 Qd1+ 50.Kg2 Qd8 51.Kg1?! [51.Kf1] 51...Qd1+? Drawn by repetition! [after 51...Kg5 52.Kf1 Qd1+ Jennifer could still win with best play] 1/2-1/2

(12) Barbara Goodkind (eatdinner) (1673) - Tayseer Khalil (tayseer4ch) (2061) [A80]
US Amateur Team West u1800 Chess.com, 31.01.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.d4 f5 2.Bf4 The London System against the Dutch Defense! That's a bit unusual. 2...d6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.h3 Bg7 6.c3 Nbd7!? This is certainly provocative - asking White to attack the e6 square. 7.Ng5 Nf8 8.Qb3 e6 9.Bc4 Qe7 10.Nd2 h6 So Black has parried the attack without harm. 11.Ngf3 g5 12.Bh2 Ng6 13.Qc2 Bd7 14.0-0-0 Castling queenside is very unusual for the London System but the move makes sense here as Black has grabbed a lot of kingside territory. 14...b5 15.Bd3 Nf8?! retreating is passive 16.e4 fxe4 17.Nxe4 Nd5 18.Ng3 [18.Rhe1! puts Black under pressure] 18...Nf4 19.Rhg1 Kf7 [19...Nxd3+ 20.Qxd3 Qf7] 20.Ne4 a5? Black's attack is slower. It was time to take the bishop on d3 with the knight. 21.Bxf4 gxf4 22.g3! b4 23.Nh4?! [White has an extra pawn and clearly the better attack after the straightforward 23.gxf4 Rg8 24.Kb1 bxc3 25.Qxc3] 23...Bf6?! [Black is only slightly worse after 23...fxg3 24.fxg3 Ke8] 24.Nxf6 Qxf6 25.c4?! [25.Kb1 Rc8 26.Rge1 Ke7 27.Re4 Brings the white forces to the center and near the black king, who will sooon be in trouble.] 25...a4 26.Qe2 h5?! [26...a3 loosens up the white queenside] 27.Qf3 Ra7 28.Qxf4 Qxf4+ 29.gxf4 Rh6 30.Rg5 Nh7 31.Rg3 Nf6 32.Rdg1 White's extra pawn and active pieces make for a decisive advantage. 32...Ke7 33.Rg7+ Kd8 34.R1g6 Rxg6 35.Rxg6 [35.Nxg6!] 35...Ke7 36.Rg5 Be8 37.f3?! [Active play would be good - 37.f5 e5 38.Ng6+ Bxg6 39.fxg6 exd4 40.g7 Kf7 41.Bh7 Ra8 42.g8Q+ Nxg8 43.Be4 Re8 44.Bd5+] 37...d5?! It's not good to place pawns on white squares with a white-squared bishop 38.c5 Ra8 39.Ng6+?! [39.Rg7+ is much stronger] 39...Bxg6 40.Bxg6 Rg8 [40...h4!] 41.h4 c6 42.Bc2 Kf7 43.Rxg8 Nxg8 44.Bxa4 Nh6

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45.Bxc6? [45.Bc2! to keep the black knight out would be a trivial win. Now Black gets some counterplay. 45...Kf8 46.Kd2 Nf7 47.a4 bxa3 48.bxa3 Nd8 49.f5 e5 50.a4 Nb7 51.dxe5 Na5 52.Ke3 Nc4+ 53.Kd4 Ke8 54.Bd3] 45...Nf5 46.Kd2 Nxd4 47.Ba4 Nxf3+? [47...Ke7! getting the black king towards the queenside would have good drawing chances] 48.Ke3? [48.Ke2! Nxh4 49.c6 Nf5 50.c7 Nd6 51.Bd7 would win] 48...Nxh4 49.Bc2 Nf5+ now this is with check, and White cannot take the knight 50.Kf2 Ke7 51.a3 bxa3 52.bxa3 Kd7 53.Ba4+ Kc7 54.Be8 h4 55.a4 Nd4 56.a5 Nb3 57.a6 Nxc5 58.Bb5 Kb6 59.a7? [59.Kf3 Nxa6 60.Be2 Nc5 61.Kg4 d4 62.Kxh4 d3 63.Bf3 would be a draw] 59...Kxa7 60.Kg2 Kb6 61.Be2 Nb3? [61...d4 should win] 62.Bg4? [62.Kh3] 62...Nd4 63.Kh3 Kc5? [63...Nf5 simply wins] 64.Kxh4 Nf5+ 65.Kg5 d4 66.Kf6 Kd6 67.Be2 Ng3 68.Bd3 Kd5 69.Bb1 Ne2 70.f5 e5 playing for the win 71.Ke7 e4 72.f6 Nf4 73.f7 d3?

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[73...Ng6+ is a draw] 74.Kf6! now the white pawn queens and it's all over 74...Kd4 75.f8Q d2 76.Qb4+ Ke3 77.Qxe4+ Kf2 78.Qxf4+ Ke1 79.Bc2 Ke2 80.Qe4+ Kf2 81.Qd3 Ke1 82.Qe3+ Kf1 83.Qxd2 eatdinner won by resignation 1-0

(13) NM Sriram Krishnakumar (2008king) (2225) - GM Patrick Wolff (AmateurT2021) (2343) [B53]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com (1), 30.01.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

Another game where the "retired" lion shows it best left asleep! 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 White dodges the Najdorf -- or would it be a Dragon? 4...Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Qd3 This line, championed by Carlsen a few years ago, seems momentarily antithetical but expects Black will want to kick the bishop anyway, when the tempo is back. But Wolff doesn't participate. 6...g6 7.c4 Bg7 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Nc3 0-0 10.h3 Rc8 [Here is a game where Black acquiesced: 10...a6 11.Bxc6 Bxc6 12.Nd4 Bd7 13.a4 Rc8 14.b3 Qc7 15.Be3 e6 16.Rfc1 h6 17.a5 Qb8 18.Nde2 Bc6 19.Bd4 Rfe8 20.Re1 Rcd8 21.Bb6 Rc8 22.Rad1 Nd7 ½-½ (72), Anton Guijarro,D (2688) -Donchenko,A (2654) Karlsruhe 2020] 11.Bxc6 Bxc6 12.Rd1

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12...Nd7N [The predecessor here is a bit silly but short and fun: 12...Qc7 13.Be3 b6 14.Rac1 Qb7 15.Nd5 e6 16.Nxf6+ Bxf6 17.Qxd6 Bxe4 18.Nd4 Bxg2 19.Qg3 Be4 20.b3 Qe7 21.Nb5 Bb2 22.Nd6 Bxc1 23.Nxc8 Rxc8 24.Rxc1 Rd8 25.Qe5 Ba8 26.Bd4 Rxd4 27.Qxd4 Qg5+ 0-1 (27) Vorenkamp,J-Bontjer,B Groningen 2004] 13.Nd4 Nc5 14.Qe3 Bd7 Black intends to put his hedgehouse in order, seeing as how White hasn't stopped him. 15.b3 a6 16.Rb1 e6 17.Bb2 Qe7 18.Ba1

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18...f5!? White might have thought he'd stopped this! 19.exf5 gxf5 20.b4

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20...Ne4!? Wolff plays for activity (at a small price of a pawn). [20...Na4 runs into the wrong kind of excitement: 21.Nd5!] 21.Nxe4 fxe4 22.Qxe4 e5 23.Qd5+ Kh8

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24.Ne2? White falters. [24.Nf3! comes out ahead after a flurry of exchanges: 24...Bc6 25.Qxd6 Qxd6 26.Rxd6 Bxf3 27.gxf3 Rxc4+/- when White has a number of promising continuations.] 24...Bc6 [24...Qf6 is an interesting alternative] 25.Qxd6 Qf7 26.f3!

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26...Bxf3! Suddenly White's king is in trouble! 27.Rf1? Computer defence makes this the losing move! [It's hard to believe, but White holds after just 27.gxf3! Qxf3 28.Qd3 (28.Qd2 is even good enough -- 28...Rg8 29.Kh2 Qf2+ is just a perpetual. (29...Bf6?? 30.Ng1!+-) ) 28...Qf2+ 29.Kh1 Rf3 30.Qd7 Rg8 31.Ng1 Bf6 (31...Rg3 32.Qd5!+-) 32.Rb2 Qe3 33.Rb3 Qf2 34.Rb2= is another inhuman repetition.] 27...Rc6! 28.Qd2 [28.Qxf8+ Qxf8 29.Rxf3 Qd8-+ is okay materially for the moment, but Black has targets (and ...Kg8 will effortlessly sidestep any danger).] 28...Rg6 [28...Qg6!? is an alternative, with c4 also hanging.] 29.Rf2

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[29.g3 is that damn computer trying to defend again, but not this time: 29...Qxc4 works now.] 29...Qxc4?? But here it's a blunder! [Patrick missed 29...Rxg2+! 30.Rxg2 Bxg2 since 31.Kxg2 Qg6+! just picks off the rook at b1 for a boring win.] 30.Rbf1+/- e4 [30...Bh6 31.Rxf3! (31.Qe1 Be3 32.Kh2 Bxf2 33.Rxf2+-) 31...Bxd2 32.Rxf8+ Kg7 33.Bxe5+ Kh6 34.Ng3 Qxb4 35.Kh2+- when it turns out it's Black's king that ultimately is in trouble.] 31.Bxg7+?! [31.Nf4!+- gains a very useful tempo for the attack.] 31...Rxg7

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32.Qc3?? [32.Qb2! is still an advantage -- here the pin remains annoying.] 32...Qxc3! 33.Nxc3 Rfg8 too easy -- and out of nowhere Black has a smooth win. 34.g4 h5 35.Re1 [On 35.Rh2 Black just moves a rook over, h7/d7/d8, and it's over.] 35...hxg4 36.Nxe4 Re7 A flash finish that showed Wolff in fine attacking form, if a bit flawed. Still, Krishnakumar's defences were difficult, and the practical result was Black's. 0-1

(1) IM Bryce Tiglon (ThunderrPanda) (2314) - FM Kyron Griffith (KyronGriffith) (2326) [B12]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com (6), 31.01.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 The Modern Advanced Caro Kann. It starts out looking like it's going to be a quiet game, but preparatory moves lead to extremely tense positions when the grappling stage is over. Caruana has been the great protagonist, but of course everybody at the top has a computer. 5...Ne7 The move mostly likely to be the right square with the right piece. And, the current top scorer of the main moves [(if you don't count 5...Bg6 ); 5...c5 certainly makes sense, but Black also might want to prepare a bit before opening things up, what with White so close to castling while Black isn't.] 6.c3 [6.0-0 most played by far, but at 61% vs. 54%, one must wonder. Still, White loses a lot of pawn options, like b3/c4, or just c4 by itself. In any case, it all probably transposes.] 6...Nd7 7.0-0 h6 Now that White has definitely commited his king? 8.a4 g5 But Black might still castle long... 9.a5 Go ahead! 9...Bg7 10.Ne1 [Looks like the only game to make it this far previously went 10.b4 Qc7 11.Nbd2 f6 12.exf6 Bxf6 13.Nb3 0-0 14.Re1 Rae8 15.Nc5 Nxc5 16.bxc5 Ng6 17.h3 e5 18.dxe5 Nxe5 19.Nd4 Be4 20.a6! 1-0 (35) Huschenbeth,N (2585)-Ducarmon,Q (2479) chess. com 27.02/0 ] 10...c5 11.a6?! [11.f4 is the computer (Stockfish 12), with the advantage growing over time.] 11...bxa6 12.Bxa6 cxd4 13.cxd4 0-0 Still the safest place to go. 14.Nc3 Qb6 [14...f6] 15.Be3 [15.Bb5!? when Black has a bit of trouble dislodging this bishop.] 15...Rfd8 [15...f6!] 16.Be2!?

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[16.Qe2] 16...Qxb2!? With the bishop on f5 it's safer than usual to go for the poison. 17.Na4 Qb8 18.Nd3 White certainly has compensation, what with Black's queen looking a bit ridiculous on the open files, but it's nothing special. 18...Nb6 19.Nxb6 axb6 20.Qb3 [20.g4 and busting up the kingside keeps a balance, maybe.] 20...Rxa1 21.Rxa1 Qc7 [21...Nc6! sending the knight to the natural outpost on c4 with tempo generates some initiative.] 22.Rc1?! Qa7 Black claims a file. 23.Qb2 Ra8-/+ 24.Nb4 Qa3 25.Qd2 Bg6 26.g4 Be4 [Chess.com's own analysis computer likes 26...Ra4 27.Nd3 Rc4] 27.f3 Bh7 28.Rc3 Qa5 29.Kf2 Bf8 30.Rb3 Rc8 31.h4?

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White should just sit tight. [31.Rb2 for instance. But patient defense is tough.] 31...gxh4 Free pawn! 32.Qb2 [32.Bxh6? Bxh6 33.Qxh6 Qa1 picks on d4 and h1 for a crushing invasion.] 32...Ra8 33.Nd3 Bxd3 [33...h5!] 34.Bxd3 Qa1 35.Qxa1 Rxa1 36.Rxb6 [36.f4] 36...h3 [36...Ra2+!] 37.Bb1 h2 38.Kg2 Ra3 39.Bc1 Rxf3 [39...Rc3! is disruption.] 40.Kxh2 Rf1 41.Be3 Re1 42.Bf4 Nc6 43.g5?! [Unsavory was 43.Rxc6 Rxb1 44.Rc8 Kg7 45.Bg3 but maybe White is holding. Stockfish isn't finding any progress.] 43...hxg5 44.Bxg5 Nxd4 [44...Nb4 traps the bishop! And it's a lot less of a headache than the game continuation.] 45.Kg2 Re2+?! [45...Rxe5!? Third pawn!?] 46.Kf1 Rh2 47.Bf6 Nf3 48.Rb8 Nd2+ 49.Kg1 Nf3+ 50.Kf1 Nd2+? [Black is doing okay after 50...Nd4 but it's tricky. 51.Bd3 Rh3 52.Ba6 Ra3 53.Bb7 Nf5] 51.Kg1 Rh5? The clocks read White: 1:16, Black: 0:21. [51...Rh3! sets up a safe knight retreat on c3.] 52.Bc2? [(-0.23) The best move was 52.Be7 Nxb1 53.Bxf8 Kh7 54.Rxb1 Rxe5 could actually in practice go either way (!).] 52...Nf3+

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53.Kg2?? [(-1.11) The best move was 53.Kf1 still gets the bishop harassed, but isn't lost. 53...Nd4 54.Ba4 Rh1+ 55.Kg2 Ra1 56.Bd7 Nf5 when it looks like that pin is permanent.] 53...Nxe5?? [53...Ne1+] 54.Be7 Critical move. 54...Nd7 55.Rd8 Critical move. 55...Kg7 56.Rxd7 Bxe7 57.Rxe7 Kf6

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So here we are after all. If White could pick off a couple of those pawns it could turn into a R+B v R ending, a difficult one in practice (but drawn in theory). 58.Rb7 Re5 59.Kf3 Re1 60.Ba4 Ke5 61.Bd7 d4 62.Kf2 Ra1 63.Rb6 Ra7 64.Bc6 Rc7 65.Ke2 Kd6 66.Bf3+ Kc5 67.Rb2 Ra7 68.Rc2+ Kd6 69.Rb2 Ra3 70.Rb6+ Ke5 71.Bh5 Ra7 72.Kd3 Ra3+ 73.Kd2 Ra7 74.Kd3 Rd7 75.Rb5+ Kf4 76.Rb1 f5 77.Rf1+ Ke5 78.Bf3 Kf6 79.Rf2 Ke5 80.Rf1 Ra7 81.Re1+ Kf4 82.Bc6 e5 83.Rf1+ Kg5 84.Bd5? [It was a good moment to bring his king in with 84.Kc4 Ra3 85.Kd5] 84...Ra3+ 85.Kd2 [85.Kc4 Rc3+ 86.Kb4 f4 The pawns are getting out of hand!] 85...e4 86.Be6 f4 87.Re1 Black has almost two minutes (increment collection!) vs. 16.4 seconds for White. 87...Rd3+ [Right away: 87...e3+! 88.Ke2 d3+! 89.Kf3 e2 and the rook goes.] 88.Kc2 Rc3+ 89.Kd2 e3+ 90.Ke2 Kf6 [90...d3+!] 91.Bg8

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91...Ke5?? [Last chance to get in 91...d3+! which wins. 92.Kf3 e2 93.Ra1 e1Q 94.Rxe1 d2+ 95.Ke2 dxe1Q+ 96.Kxe1 Ke5! White can't even get his bishop to the long diagonal] 92.Bh7! The only move, and good enough! 92...Rb3 93.Rc1 Rb2+ 94.Rc2 Rb7 95.Bg6 Rg7 96.Rc6 Rg8 97.Kf3 Rh8 98.Rc5+ Kd6 99.Rc1 Rh4 100.Bd3 Kd5 101.Be4+ Kd6 102.Bd3 Ke5 103.Rc5+ Ke6 104.Rc1 Ke5 105.Rc5+ Ke6 106.Rc1 Ke5 Game drawn by repetition. What an intense struggle, from start to finish! 1/2-1/2

(2) FM Kyron Griffith (KyronGriffith) (2315) - IM John Donaldson (imjohndonaldson )(2435) [B34]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com (2), 30.01.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 Black doesn't fear the Rossolimo, 3.Bb5, or at least he fears it less [than the other main line evasion: 2...g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 (4.Nxd4) ] 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 John has written about and played the Accelerated Dragon for a long time, and counts on it for stability. 5.Nc3 [5.c4 (The Maroczy Bind) is no longer the popular move when you look at all levels, but scores solidly better. That could have something to do with its preferred status by Carlsen, Caruana, So, etc.] 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nxc6 Kyron has headed for this old line recently, even against GM Guseinov in a Mechanics' online tournament. [It would have been interesting to see what John prefers in the main line: 7.Bc4 Black has had all sorts of new ideas since the last Silman/Donaldson book.] 7...bxc6 8.e5 Ng8 The quieter and sounder move, although in practice it doesn't score any better (or worse). [Guseinov often (but not always!) plays the old, possibly doubtful gambit 8...Nd5 9.Nxd5 cxd5 10.Qxd5 Rb8 with excellent results. 11.0-0-0 (11.Bxa7 Rxb2 12.Bd4 Rb8 13.Bc4 (13.Ba7 Rb2 14.Bd4 Rb8 15.Ba7 Rb2 ½-½, Kotsur,P (2558) - Guseinov,G (2625), Khanty-Mansiysk Governor Cup 7th 2011.) 13...0-0 14.0-0 d6 (14...Bb7 15.Qc5 d6 16.exd6 exd6 17.Qa7 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Ra8 19.Qb6 Qd7 20.Bxg7 Qg4+ 21.Kh1 Qf3+ 22.Kg1 Qg4+ 23.Kh1 Qf3+ 24.Kg1 1/2-1/2 (24) Kovchan,A (2483)-Guseinov,G (2456) Alushta 2001) 15.Bb3 Bb7 16.Qc4 dxe5 17.Be3 Qa5 18.Rfd1 e6 19.Qc5 Qa8 20.f3 e4 21.f4 Bxa1 22.Rxa1 Bd5 23.Qd4 Bxb3 24.axb3 Qd5 25.Qf6 Qf5 26.Qxf5 gxf5 27.Kf2 Rfc8 28.Ra2 Ra8 29.Rb2 Ra1 30.b4 Rca8 31.Ke2 R1a2 32.Rxa2 Rxa2 33.Kd2 Kf8 34.Kc3 Ke7 35.Kb3 Ra1 36.c4 Kd7 37.c5 Re1 38.Bd4 e3 39.b5 e2 40.c6+ Kc8 41.b6 Rb1+ 42.Bb2 Rxb2+ 43.Kxb2 e1Q 0-1 (43) Radulski,J (2475)-Guseinov,G (2571) Dos Hermanas 2004) 11...Bb7 (Less than a month earlier an online game of Kyron's went 11...Qc7 12.f4 0-0 13.Qc5 Qb7 14.b3 d6 15.Qxa7 Qxa7 16.Bxa7 Ra8 17.Bd4 Bg4 18.Re1 Rxa2 19.Bd3 dxe5 20.Bxe5 Bxe5 21.fxe5 and White took it down: 1-0 (64) Griffith,K (2226)-Limelight2727 (2028) Chess.com 18.11/0 ; 11...0-0 12.Bxa7 Rb7 13.Bd4 Rc7 14.Qb3 Bb7 15.f4 Qa8 16.Bb6 Rcc8 17.Rxd7 e6 18.Qa3 Be4 19.Qxa8 Rxc2+ 20.Kb1 Rxa8 21.Bd3 Bxd3 22.Rxd3 Rxg2 23.Rhd1 h5 24.R3d2 Rxd2 25.Rxd2 g5 26.Be3 gxf4 27.Bxf4 Ra4 28.Rf2 h4 29.b3 Ra5 30.Re2 Kh7 31.Kb2 Kg6 32.Rg2+ Kf5 33.Rxg7 Kxf4 34.Rxf7+ Kxe5 35.Rh7 Kd4 36.Rxh4+ Kd3 37.b4 Rf5 38.Rh7 e5 39.Kb3 e4 40.Rd7+ Ke2 41.a4 e3 42.b5 Rf1 43.Kb2 Rf4 44.Ka3 Kf3 45.Rd1 Rd4 46.Rxd4 e2 47.Rd3+ Kf4 48.Rd4+ Kf5 49.Rd5+ Kf6 50.b6 0-1 (50) Mu,J (2203)-Guseinov,G (2643) chess.com INT 2017) 12.Qd2 (12.Qd4 0-0 13.f4 d6 14.Qxa7 Qc8 15.Qd4 dxe5 16.fxe5 Qc7 17.Bf4 Rfd8 18.Qc4 Rxd1+ 19.Kxd1 Qb6 20.b3 Rc8 21.Qb5 Qd4+ 22.Bd2 Be4 23.c3 Rxc3 24.Qe8+ Bf8 25.Bc4 Bc2+ 26.Ke2 Bd3+ 27.Bxd3 Qxd3+ 28.Ke1 Rc2 29.Ba5 Qe2# 0-1 (29) Pruess,D (2383)-Guseinov,G (2571) Dos Hermanas 2004) 12...Bxe5 13.Bxa7 Ra8 14.Qe3 0-0 15.Qxe5 Rxa7 16.Kb1 d6 17.Qe3 Qa8 18.Bc4 Bxg2 19.Rhg1 Be4 20.Bb3 Rb8 0-1 (53) Griffith,K (2286)-GGuseinov (2650) Chess.com 16.12/0 ] 9.Bd4 Qa5 [9...Nh6 10.e6 0-0 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.Qd4+ f6 13.exd7 Qxd7 14.Qxd7 Bxd7 15.0-0-0 Rfd8 16.Be2 Bg4 17.f3 Be6 0-1 (44) Njili,K (2413)-Guseinov,G (2623) Sharjah 2016] 10.Bc4 Bxe5 11.0-0 Nf6 [11...f6 12.Re1 Nh6 13.Ne4 d5 14.Nxf6+ exf6 15.Bxe5 fxe5 16.Rxe5+ Kf8 17.Qd4 Nf7 18.Rae1 Bf5 19.Re7 dxc4 20.Qf6 Qd5 21.h4 Rg8 22.R1e5 Qd1+ 23.Kh2 Rg7 24.Rxf7+ 1-0 (24) Sindarov,J (2443)-Guseinov,G (2632) Dubai 2019] 12.Re1 d6 13.Bxe5 dxe5 14.Qf3 0-0 15.Qg3

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15...Qb4 16.Bb3 e4 17.a3 Qd6 18.Nxe4 Nxe4 19.Rxe4 Bf5 20.Re5 Rad8?! [20...a5! generates play on the queeenside and would give equal chances.] 21.Rae1 e6 Now pawn structure is set and White has the better of it. Instead [21...Qd2 could try to confuse things but White would remain better with the calm 22.h3] 22.Qe3 Qd4 23.Qxd4 Rxd4 24.Rc5 White has the better pawns structure and all the winning chances in this endgame.It's not so easy to convert against such an experienced player as John Donaldson though. 24...Rc8 25.f3 h5 26.Kf2 Kf8 27.Ke3 Rd6 28.Rg1 h4 29.g4 hxg3 30.hxg3 g5 31.g4 Bg6

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32.Rxg5?! At long last some dividend -- but there is a price to pay. Black's c-pawn advances,. [32.Rg2 f6 33.Rd2 Ke7 34.Ba4 Rxd2 35.Kxd2 Kd6 36.b4 would keep the positional advantage and more winning chances] 32...c5! 33.Bc4 [33.f4 Ke7 34.Rh1 Kf6 35.Re5 Rb6 should hold easily] 33...Bxc2 34.Rc1 Bg6 35.f4 Ke7! 36.Be2 [36.f5? Kf6] 36...Rb8 37.Rgxc5 Rxb2 Now the game simplifies to a clear draw 38.f5 exf5 39.gxf5 Bxf5 40.Rxf5 Re6+ 41.Kd3 Rbxe2 42.Rc7+ Kd6 43.Rxa7 f6 44.Ra6+ Kc7 45.Rxf6 Rxf6 46.Rxf6 Ra2 47.Ra6 Kb7 48.Ra4 Rh2 49.Rb4+ Ka7 50.Kc3 Rh3+ 51.Kb2 Rg3 52.Rc4 Rh3 53.a4 Rg3 54.Rc3 Rxc3 55.Kxc3 Ka8 56.a5 Ka7 57.Kb4 Ka8 58.Kb5 Ka7 59.a6 Ka8 60.Kb6 Kb8 61.a7+ Ka8 62.Ka6 1/2-1/2

(3) FM Mark Pinto (bondtrader) (2253) - GM Jim Tarjan (Tirantes) (2409) [A80]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com (2), 30.01.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 No longer a surprise. 2...Nf6 3.Bg5 d5 Not surprisingly Tarjan responds classically. 4.e3 Be6 Sort of. 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Be2 [Svidler prefered 6.h3 h6 7.Bf4 g5 8.Bh2 c6 9.Bd3 Bg7 and only now 10.h4 g4 11.Ne5 0-0 12.Ng6 1-0 (35), Svidler,P (2723)-Lagarde,M (2657) chess24.com INT 2020] 6...g6 7.h4 Bg7 8.Bf4 c6

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9.a3N White is imagining opening the b-file on the queenside when his bishop on f4 permits him to dominate it? Otherwise not much of a plan. [9.Ne5 Ne4 10.Nxe4 fxe4 11.Nxd7 Qxd7 12.Qd2 h6 13.0-0-0 0-0 14.Kb1 c5?! 15.f3 led to a quick win: 1-0 (23) Hoellmann,L (2161)-Koch,F (1941) Goch 2015] 9...h6 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.Bxe5 0-0 12.f4 h5

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Tarjan is willing to risk a total blocked position, confident that there will be a way to pry things open on the other side. 13.Qd2 b5 14.0-0 a5 15.b4 Ra7 16.Rfb1 Qd7 17.Qc1 Rfa8 18.Qb2 Bf8 19.Bf3 Ra6 20.Ra2 Qa7 21.Rba1 Massive buildup! But it still needs a bit more. 21...Nd7

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22.Be2? [There was a flaw lurking in White's position that needed addressing. 22.g3] 22...Nxe5 23.fxe5 Bh6 24.Nd1?! [The computer wants White to completely scramble the position with 24.Qc1 f4 25.a4!? but it probably doesn't work.] 24...axb4 25.Qxb4 Ra4 Such a nice move, still... [Seems like a perfect moment for 25...f4!] 26.Qc3 Bd7 Black has to stop for something to guard c6, so White gets to patch up the f4 square. But on the other side... 27.g3 b4 28.Qb3 e6 INACCURACY (-2.08) [(-2.93) The best move was 28...Kh7 29.Kf2 bxa3 30.Bf3 Be6 31.Kg2 Ra5 32.Qd3 Qa6 33.Qxa6 R5xa6 34.Be2 Ra5 35.Kf3 c5 36.Nc3 cxd4 37.exd4 R5a7] 29.c4 Rxa3 30.Rxa3 bxa3 31.c5 Black has this nice optic, a passed pawn on the 6th. 31...a2?

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[Too far too soon. 31...Be8! Second front! 32.Kg2 g5 33.hxg5 Bxg5 34.Nf2 Qa4 Black is likely to break through (and let's not forget the two bishops).] 32.Kf2! Qa3 33.Qb7? [The computers are thrilled with 33.Qc2 Qa4 34.Qb2 Qa3=] 33...Ra7 34.Qb8+ Kf7 35.Qd8 Bg7 36.Qb8 Bf8 [36...Be8!] 37.Qd8 Bg7 38.Qb8 Ra8! This should be good, too. 39.Qb7 Qa7? Now White has the moment he needs to deal with that a-pawn. [39...Ke7 40.Bd3 Ra4 is still good winning chances.] 40.Qb2 Trading was even as well. 40...Bf8? [Maybe it's time for Black to make the draw happen: 40...Qa3 41.Qc2 Qa4] 41.Nc3 Game drawn by agreement White: 3:35 Black: [Just as White was getting going! (and a touch of time pressure on Black) 41.Nc3 Qa3 42.Rxa2 Qxb2 43.Rxb2 Ke7 44.Na2 Kd8 45.Nb4 Kc8 46.Na6 and White can get back to thinking "win".] 1/2-1/2

(4) GM Jim Tarjan (Tirantes) (2451) - WIM Emily Nguyen (enguyen2002) (2274) [D41]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com (6), 01.02.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 c5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.0-0 Be7 7.Nc3 0-0 8.d4 Nc6 9.Nxd5 Qxd5?! The queen is more target than beacon. [An easy version of the Tarrasch Defense comes about after 9...exd5 ; the absence of a pair of knight means a lot less pressure on d5, both directly from a knight on c3, and indirectly via a bishop to g5.] 10.Be3 c4?! [10...cxd4 11.Nxd4 and the kicking commences, with a weak pawn appearing on c6 as well.; 10...Qh5!? 11.dxc5! has a fantastic plus score. 11...e5 (11...Bxc5?? 12.g4) 12.Nd2?! (12.Qb3!) 12...f5?! (12...Bg4) 13.f4?! (13.Nc4!+/-) 13...e4?! (13...Be6!=/+) 14.Qb3+ Kh8 15.Rfe1 when the world champion narrowly avoided upgrading his membership in the Vera Menchik Fan Club: 1-0 (64) Capablanca,J-Menchik,V Hastings 1929; 10...Qc4!? 11.dxc5 e5 12.Nd2+/-] 11.Nd2 [11.Qc2! is like some wonderful variation of the Catalan -- White gets his pawn back eventually, meanwhile Black remains in disarray.] 11...Qb5 12.Qc2 Rd8 13.Qxc4 [13.a4 is "for free" and turns out more useful than not.] 13...Qxc4 [13...Nxd4 White can just ignore: 14.Rfd1; 13...Qxb2 14.Rab1 Qa3 15.Ne4 again: good Catalan, Black isn't getting into the game.] 14.Nxc4 Nxd4 15.Rfd1 Nf5? [It was worth keeping the knight on that nice square, although White still gets typical play: 15...Bf6 16.Bxd4 Rxd4 17.Rxd4 Bxd4 18.Rc1 Kf8 19.b4 Bb6 20.Nxb6 axb6 21.Rc7 Ke8 22.Bxb7 leads to some thankless pawn-down rook ending, hoping to not lose.] 16.Rxd8+ Bxd8 17.Rd1 [17.Bc5!] 17...Bf6 [17...Be7 was a touch better.] 18.Bf4

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The quintessential Catalan won position. symmetrical pawns, even material, crippling advantage. A good advertisement for the King's Indian. 18...Kf8 [On 18...g5 White achieves his winning takedown with the usual mini-tactics: 19.Be5 Bxe5 20.Rd8+ Kg7 21.Nxe5] 19.e4 Nh6 20.Bd6+?! [20.Bc7!] 20...Be7 21.e5 f6 [21...Bxd6 22.Nxd6 Rb8 23.b3 with Rc1-c7 coming] 22.f4?! [22.Bc7! followed by sending the a-pawn down the board.] 22...Ke8?! [22...Bxd6 23.Nxd6 fxe5 24.fxe5 Ke7 struggles on] 23.Bc7+- Nf7 24.Be4 f5 25.Bf3 Bd8?!

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[25...Nd8 26.Na5 a6 27.Rc1] 26.Bxd8 Nxd8 27.Nd6+ Ke7 28.Rc1! Kd7 29.b4! Even with the exchanges, the bare essentials remain: broken development, one-sided long diagonal control, almost Zugzwang. 29...Rb8 30.b5 b6 31.Bc6+ Ke7 32.Rd1 Nxc6 33.bxc6 Ba6 34.Rc1 Ra8 35.Rc3 Kd8 36.Ra3 Bc8 37.Nb5 a6 38.Rd3+ Ke7 39.Nd6 a5 40.Nb5 a4 A false entrance. 41.Rc3 Ra5 42.Nd6 Ra8 43.Kf2 Kd8 44.Nb5?! [Just 44.Ke3 was moving in the right direction. 44...Ba6 45.c7+ Kd7 46.h3 and the standard opening a second front on the kingside.] 44...Ke7 45.Ke3 Ra5?! 46.Nd6 Kd8 47.Nb7+ Tirantes won by resignation. Confidence, knowledge and hard work in all phases of the game, Tarjan's imprint. 1-0

(5) GM Patrick Wolff (AmateurT2021), (2298) - WGM Jennifer Yu (ahappypawn) (2045) [C01]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com (4), 31.01.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d3 Former U.S. Champion Patrick Wolff had the Petroff Defense in his own repertoire, where he knew it could be capable of some sharp lines. That he chooses one of the most congenial systems is probably to avoid anything dangerous and current. [In the classical main line, 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 , you could think Black had a free move ...Ne4, but it really means White can use that premature situation to undermine the center a bit with 8.c4] 5...Nf6 6.d4 d5 7.Bd3 Bd6 8.Qe2+ Maybe there's more to this than anyone wants to admit. 8...Qe7 [8...Be6! 9.Ng5 at the very least grabs the two bishops and a better pawn structure; 9...Qe7 but it's nothing significant for White.; 8...Be7 costs time.] 9.Qxe7+ Kxe7

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White comes out of this with some advantage. 10.0-0 Re8 11.Re1+ Kf8 12.Rxe8+ Kxe8 13.Nc3 c6 14.Bg5

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14...Be7?! [14...Nbd7 15.Re1+ Kf8 and ...h6, when Black will put things in order shortly.] 15.Re1 Be6 16.Bxf6 gxf6?! The cure is worse than the illness. [16...Bxf6 17.Bxh7 Kf8 (17...g6? 18.Bxg6) 18.Bd3 Nd7 White is squarely better, but there's still a lot of work to do to claim a win.] 17.Nh4! [or 17.Bxh7 f5 18.Ne2!] 17...h6 18.Nf5 Bxf5 [18...Bf8 19.Ne2] 19.Bxf5 Bishops of opposite colors are no salvation when there are rooks and knights around as well; meanwhile Black's weak pawns only go away one way (when they're taken). 19...Na6 20.Ne2 [Similar is 20.Nd1 Kf8 21.Ne3 Nc7 22.Bg4 when f5 might well like a knight on it.] 20...Nc7 21.Ng3 Nb5 22.c3 Kf8 23.Bd3 Nd6 24.Re3 Re8 25.Kf1

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25...f5 To Jennifer's credit she is willing to sacrifice a pawn for some freedom; but it won't come close to equalizing, and Wolff's technique is quite up to the task. 26.Bxf5 Bh4 27.Rxe8+ Kxe8 28.Bd3 Bxg3?! Now even the hope of some BOC salvation is gone. 29.hxg3 Ke7 30.g4 Stockfish is wary of putting pawns on the same color as the bishop, brings the king up first [or 30.b4 b5 31.Ke2] 30...Kf6 31.f4 Ne8 32.Kf2 a5 33.a4 Nd6 34.Ke3 [34.b4!?] 34...b6 [34...b5!?] 35.b3 Ke6 36.g5 hxg5 37.fxg5 Nf5+ 38.Kf4 Ne7 [38...Nh4 sends the knight on a suicide mission: 39.Kg3 Nf5+ 40.Kg4 Ne3+ 41.Kf3 Nd1 42.c4] 39.g3 White's extra pawn might not seem like much but it's enough. The plan is the end-run with the king on the h-file. First he shuts off f4 for the knight. 39...Ng6+ 40.Kg4 Ne7 White has over 20 minutes -- Black, under a minute. 41.b4! Kd6

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Yu steps to the d-file, preparing a surprise counter -- which Wolff overlooks or underestimates: 42.Kh5?!

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Trading, pausing, returning all were easier on the nerves. [42.bxa5; 42.Bc2; 42.Kf4] 42...b5! 43.bxa5! [43.axb5 a4 44.b6 a3 45.Bb1 Nf5 isn't so clear] 43...bxa4 44.Kg4? Here returning is just too far to go for the win. [44.g4 a3 45.Bb1 Kc7 46.a6! Somehow this has to be tossed in 46...Kb6 47.Kh6 Nc8 48.g6 fxg6 49.Kxg6 Kxa6 50.g5 and here, White is winning. Best to fire up your own computer and see if you can verify that.] 44...a3? Too soon! She used forty seconds here leaving herself under twenty. White wants to get his bishop to a2 and play c4, so this just encourages him. [44...Kc7 45.Bc2 a3 46.Bb3 Nc8 47.c4 c5! An echo of the earlier break on move 42! This works out to 0.00 in all lines.; 44...Nc8 45.Bc2 a3 46.Bb3 Kc7 (so that dxc5 won't be check!) 47.c4 c5!=] 45.Bb1 Nc8

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46.Kf5? [46.Ba2! sets up c4, winning.] 46...Na7? [46...Kc7! 47.Ba2 Nd6+ 48.Ke5 Nc4+ 49.Kf6 Nd6 50.Ke7 Ne4 51.Kxf7 Nxg5+!= Not the sort of precarious ending to play on increment!] 47.Kf6

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Now Black wins the bishop *and* also queens while White takes f7 and runs one of those g-pawns -- and at the end of it all, White is winning. 47...Nb5 48.a6?= or not! This is no time to smell the flowers! Get that g-pawn going! [48.Kxf7! c5 49.g6 (Okay, here 49.a6 is good, Stockfish does the computer thing and makes it 3 or 4 "better" (in the +14 vs. +10 range)) ] 48...Kc7! 49.Kxf7 Nxc3 50.g6 Nxb1 51.g7 a2 52.g8Q a1Q Now there's no CHECK at b8! 53.Qa8

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53...Qxd4?? How easy it is to spot the blunders with time and a computer! [53...Qb2! just doesn't let White queen the a-pawn, while the knight is still able to stop the g-pawn if White trades queens on b7.] 54.Qb7+ Kd8 55.Qb8+ [55.Qe7+ Kc8 56.a7 is the fastest and smoothest mate (queening with check helps).] 55...Kd7 56.a7 Qf2+ [56...Qe4 57.Qb7+ Kd6 58.a8Q and there is no perpetual.] 57.Kg8 Qf5 58.Qb7+ Kd6 59.a8Q Qg6+ 60.Qg7 Qe6+ 61.Kh7 [61.Qf7 gets the White king a couple steps closer but all is good enough.] 61...Qh3+ 62.Qh6+ What a difficult, wonderful ending! Jennifer Yu really tested Wolff, and came back over and over, but in the end it was the not quite retired grandmaster who prevailed. 1-0

(6) IM Keaton Kiewra (Keaton87) (2509) - NM Arjun Bharat (RapidDefeat) (2135) [C41]
US Amateur Team West Chess.com (4), 31.01.2021
[de Firmian, Nick]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.a4 c6 8.Ba2 Qc7 9.h3 b6 10.Be3 Bb7 11.Re1 a6 12.d5?! This advance gives up the advantage [12.Nh4 was a better way to move forward] 12...c5?! [12...cxd5 13.exd5 Rac8 is very comforatble for Black] 13.Nd2 Ne8 14.Bc4 g6 15.Bf1 Ng7 16.g3 Rae8 17.Bg2 Bc8 18.Bh6 f5

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19.exf5 exchanging pawns lets Black get mobile on the kingside. A good idea would be to play like Petrosian used to in these positions with [19.Ra3! so that this rook might also help on the kingside] 19...gxf5 20.f4?! Rf6! 21.Bg5 Rg6 22.Bxe7 Rxe7 23.Kh2 Qd8 Black is getting a better grip on the kingside squares 24.Nc4 exf4 25.gxf4 Bb7? this is a poor place for the bishop here [25...Rf7! with ideas of ...Qh4 and ...Nf6 gives Black the attack, e.g. 26.Re6 Nxe6 27.dxe6 Rxg2+ 28.Kxg2 Rg7+ 29.Kf1 Qh4 and Black should win] 26.Bf3 Kf8 27.Qd2 Rxe1 28.Qxe1 Nf6 29.Qf2 Ng4+ 30.Bxg4 fxg4 31.Rg1 gxh3 32.Rg5 Kg8 [32...Bc8!] 33.Qg3 Qf6?! 34.Ne4 Qd4? [34...Qe7 35.Rxg6 hxg6 36.Qxg6 Bxd5 37.Nf6+ Kf8 38.Nxd5 Qe2+ gets a knight back with good drawing chances] 35.Ncxd6 Bxd5

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36.Rxd5! This cashes in and wins material 36...Qxb2 [36...Rxg3 37.Rxd4 Rg2+ 38.Kxh3 is a clear knight ahead] 37.Qb3 Rg2+ 38.Kxh3 Qxc2 39.Rd3+ Qxb3 40.Rxb3 Black has no chance to survive this endgame. 40...Ra2 41.Rxb6 Ne6 42.Kg4 Rxa4 43.Kf5 Nxf4 44.Nf6+ Kf8 45.Rb7 46. Rf7 is mate next move no matter what. 1-0

 

Team Standings 

SwissSys Standings. 2021 US Amateur Team West Championship: Championship (1800+) 

# Name Rating Team Fed Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total T-US Amat.) T-Game pnts Prize
1 UC BERKELEY TEAM B 2196 CALB UCB W26 [4.0] W11 [3.0] W16 [2.5] W8 [2.5] W2 [2.5] W5 [3.0] 6.0 62.75 17.5 1st Place
Top College Team
2 UC BERKELEY TEAM A 2198 CALA UCB W25 [4.0] W17 [3.0] W13 [3.5] W3 [3.5] L1 [1.5] W8 [3.0] 5.0 66.5 18.5 2nd Place
3 STANFORD UNIVERSITY TEAM A 2192 STAN1 STAN W19 [4.0] W14 [3.5] W6 [3.0] L2 [0.5] D8 [2.0] W10 [2.5] 4.5 54.5 15.5 3rd Place
4 JUNIOR MECHANICS' 2021 2172 JMECH MECH L12 [1.5] W15 [4.0] D18 [2.0] W35 [3.5] W23 [3.5] W9 [3.5] 4.5 51.5 18 Top Club Team
5 SAN JOSE CHESS CLUB WARRIORS 2195 SJCW SJCC W24 [3.0] H--- [2.0] W9 [2.5] W6 [2.5] W16 [2.5] L1 [1.0] 4.5 39.75 13.5  
6 UC BERKELEY TEAM C 2190 CALC UCB W27 [3.0] W23 [3.0] L3 [1.0] L5 [1.5] W12 [4.0] W15 [3.5] 4.0 52.5 16  
7 THE FLOHR BOARDS 1878 FLOHR   L8 [1.5] W25 [2.5] W17 [2.5] L9 [1.0] W20 [3.0] W16 [3.0] 4.0 40.5 13.5  
8 ALPHA ZERO TECH SUPPORT 2173 AZTS   W7 [2.5] W35 [2.5] W10 [3.0] L1 [1.5] D3 [2.0] L2 [1.0] 3.5 47.25 12.5  
9 THE FACTORY 2133 FACT   W29 [3.5] D10 [2.0] L5 [1.5] W7 [3.0] W11 [2.5] L4 [0.5] 3.5 43.75 13  
10 MECHANICS' INSTITUTE 2199 MECH MECH W18 [2.5] D9 [2.0] L8 [1.0] W24 [3.0] W14 [3.0] L3 [1.5] 3.5 42.75 13  
11 A HAPPY PAWN 2083 HAPY   W32 [3.0] L1 [1.0] W19 [3.0] D13 [2.0] L9 [1.5] W24 [3.5] 3.5 40.5 14  
12 STANFORD UNIVERSITY TEAM B 1870 STAN2 STAN W4 [2.5] L16 [0.5] D14 [2.0] W18 [3.0] L6 [0.0] W22 [4.0] 3.5 38.75 12  
13 TONIGHT WE'RE GONNA CHECKMATE LI 2190 1989   W34 [3.5] W22 [3.5] L2 [0.5] D11 [2.0] L15 [1.5] W23 [3.0] 3.5 36.25 14  
14 WE SNEEZED ON THE BEAT AND THE B 2044 BEAT   W30 [4.0] L3 [0.5] D12 [2.0] W26 [3.0] L10 [1.0] W21 [2.5] 3.5 34.5 13  
15 MISSION WARRIORS 2044 WARR MSJHS D21 [2.0] L4 [0.0] W32 [2.5] W33 [2.5] W13 [2.5] L6 [0.5] 3.5 23.25 10  
16 CALTECH TEAM A 2184 TECH1 CALT W33 [4.0] W12 [3.5] L1 [1.5] W22 [2.5] L5 [1.5] L7 [1.0] 3.0 44.25 14  
17 MISSION SAN JOSE HIGH SCHOOL 2056 MSJH MSJHS W20 [3.0] L2 [1.0] L7 [1.5] W19 [2.5] D22 [2.0] D18 [2.0] 3.0 38.5 12  
18 UC BERKELEY TEAM D 2001 CALD UCB L10 [1.5] W21 [3.0] D4 [2.0] L12 [1.0] W33 [2.5] D17 [2.0] 3.0 35 12  
19 SPEEDY CHECKMATERS 1949 SPEEDY   L3 [0.0] W20 [3.5] L11 [1.0] L17 [1.5] W35 [3.0] W28 [3.5] 3.0 31.75 12.5  
20 THE HARKER EAGLES 1803 HARKER   L17 [1.0] L19 [0.5] B--- [4.0] W30 [4.0] L7 [1.0] W29 [2.5] 3.0 21.5 13  
21 PAWN-Z-SCHEME 1766 PAWNZ   D15 [2.0] L18 [1.0] L26 [1.5] W27 [3.0] W34 [3.0] L14 [1.5] 2.5 31 12  
22 FOUR ISOLATED PAWNS 2026 4ISO   W31 [4.0] L13 [0.5] W30 [4.0] L16 [1.5] D17 [2.0] L12 [0.0] 2.5 28.25 12  
23 QUEEN RULES 2018 QRULE   W28 [3.0] L6 [1.0] D35 [2.0] W34 [4.0] L4 [0.5] L13 [1.0] 2.5 26.25 11.5  
24 UC BERKELEY TEAM E 1996 CALE UCB L5 [1.0] D29 [2.0] W28 [3.0] L10 [1.0] W32 [3.0] L11 [0.5] 2.5 25.75 10.5  
25 RIVETING ROOKS 2000 RIVRKS   L2 [0.0] L7 [1.5] D27 [2.0] L32 [1.5] W31 [4.0] W34 [2.5] 2.5 25 11.5  
26 NO TRADING ROOKS TONIGHT 1971 NTRT   L1 [0.0] D32 [2.0] W21 [2.5] L14 [1.0] L28 [1.5] W33 [3.0] 2.5 21 10  
27 BASIS TUSCON NORTH 1929 BASIS   L6 [1.0] L30 [1.0] D25 [2.0] L21 [1.0] B--- [4.0] W32 [4.0] 2.5 19.5 13  
28 KINGS GAMBIT 1702 KGAMB   L23 [1.0] D33 [2.0] L24 [1.0] B--- [4.0] W26 [2.5] L19 [0.5] 2.5 15.75 11  
29 CHECKMATE ASAP - XCELL CHESS CLU 1869 XCELL   L9 [0.5] D24 [2.0] L34 [1.0] D31 [2.0] W30 [2.5] L20 [1.5] 2.0 21.75 9.5  
30 PHOENIX FLAME 1710 PHOFLA   L14 [0.0] W27 [3.0] L22 [0.0] L20 [0.0] L29 [1.5] W35 [3.0] 2.0 15 7.5  
31 CHESS COOKIES 1708 COOKIES   L22 [0.0] D34 [2.0] L33 [1.5] D29 [2.0] L25 [0.0] B--- [4.0] 2.0 9.25 9.5  
32 SAN JOSE CHESS CLUB CHIVARLY 1826 SJCCC SJCC L11 [1.0] D26 [2.0] L15 [1.5] W25 [2.5] L24 [1.0] L27 [0.0] 1.5 22.5 8  
33 MAGNANIMOUS MAGNUSES 1892 MAGN   L16 [0.0] D28 [2.0] W31 [2.5] L15 [1.5] L18 [1.5] L26 [1.0] 1.5 22.25 8.5  
34 WINNERS 2021 1900 WINN   L13 [0.5] D31 [2.0] W29 [3.0] L23 [0.0] L21 [1.0] L25 [1.5] 1.5 18 8  
35 CHECK ME IF YOU CAN! 1587 CKIFCAN   B--- [4.0] L8 [1.5] D23 [2.0] L4 [0.5] L19 [1.0] L30 [1.0] 1.5 17.5 10  2nd Place Best Team Name

SwissSys Standings. 2021 US Amateur Team West Championship: Team u/1800 

# Name Rating Team Fed Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total T-US Amat.) T-Game pnts Prize
1 100% LADY CHESS MOVES 1786 LADY   D17 [2.0] W22 [3.5] W20 [4.0] W12 [3.5] W10 [2.5] D2 [2.0] 5.0 59.5 17.5 1st Place
Top Female Team
2 WE RAN OUT OF TRANQUILIZER PILLS 1570 TRANQ   W32 [3.5] W19 [2.5] W4 [2.5] D10 [2.0] W7 [2.5] D1 [2.0] 5.0 52.75 15 2nd Place
3 THE CHEERIOS 1655 CHEERIOS   W26 [4.0] L4 [1.5] W17 [2.5] W23 [3.0] W13 [4.0] D5 [2.0] 4.5 58.25 17 3rd Place
Top High School Team
4 SAN JOSE CHESS CLUB CHESS HUNTER 1480 SJHUNT SJCC W28 [4.0] W3 [2.5] L2 [1.5] W16 [2.5] W8 [2.5] D6 [2.0] 4.5 54.25 15  
5 FOREST WHERE 2+2=5 1528 2+2=5   W31 [2.5] W24 [3.0] D12 [2.0] D6 [2.0] W11 [2.5] D3 [2.0] 4.5 46.75 14  
6 CALTECH TEAM B 1708 TECHB CALT W9 [3.0] W13 [3.0] L10 [1.5] D5 [2.0] W12 [4.0] D4 [2.0] 4.0 59.75 15.5  
7 WHITNEY HS CHESS CLUB 1663 WHITNEY   W21 [3.0] D20 [2.0] D16 [2.0] W18 [3.0] L2 [1.5] W10 [3.0] 4.0 48 14.5  
8 PLEASE DON'T CHEAT - WE'RE BAD E 1546 NOCHEAT   D16 [2.0] W35 [4.0] D11 [2.0] W25 [3.0] L4 [1.5] W18 [3.0] 4.0 45.75 15.5 1st Place Best Team Name
9 TBOLT FIRESTORM 1296 TBOLT   L6 [1.0] W30 [2.5] W27 [2.5] L13 [1.5] W25 [3.0] W20 [2.5] 4.0 37 13  
10 CARMEL A 1545 CARMELA   W25 [3.0] W23 [2.5] W6 [2.5] D2 [2.0] L1 [1.5] L7 [1.0] 3.5 48 12.5  
11 SQUARES 1422 SQUARES   D30 [2.0] W29 [3.0] D8 [2.0] W15 [4.0] L5 [1.5] D14 [2.0] 3.5 45.75 14.5  
12 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANG 1588 UCLA   W14 [3.0] W18 [2.5] D5 [2.0] L1 [0.5] L6 [0.0] W21 [3.0] 3.5 38.5 11  
13 SWAMINATHAN FAMILY 1504 SWAM   W39 [4.0] L6 [1.0] W26 [3.0] W9 [2.5] L3 [0.0] D15 [2.0] 3.5 36 12.5 Top Family Team
14 BRIGHT CHESS BEYOND ALPHA4 1146 BRIGHT BRIGHT L12 [1.0] W38 [3.0] L23 [1.5] W33 [3.0] W24 [3.0] D11 [2.0] 3.5 34.5 13.5  
15 CALTECH TEAM C unr. TECHC CALT L22 [1.0] W39 [3.0] W24 [2.5] L11 [0.0] W29 [2.5] D13 [2.0] 3.5 27 11  
16 UC BERKELEY TEAM F 1062 CALF UCB D8 [2.0] W33 [4.0] D7 [2.0] L4 [1.5] D17 [2.0] D27 [2.0] 3.0 41.75 13.5  
17 SAN JOSE CHESS CLUB SUNRISERS 1310 SUNRISERS SJCC D1 [2.0] D27 [2.0] L3 [1.5] W34 [2.5] D16 [2.0] D19 [2.0] 3.0 38.75 12 Top Elementary School Team
18 BLUNDER MASTERS 1395 BLUNDER   W37 [4.0] L12 [1.5] W32 [3.0] L7 [1.0] W26 [3.0] L8 [1.0] 3.0 36.25 13.5 3rd Place Best Team Name
19 NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY 1454 NORTHW   W36 [3.0] L2 [1.5] D21 [2.0] W31 [3.5] L20 [1.0] D17 [2.0] 3.0 35.5 13  
20 TCW 1427 TCW   W38 [4.0] D7 [2.0] L1 [0.0] D21 [2.0] W19 [3.0] L9 [1.5] 3.0 35 12.5  
21 SARATOGA HIGH SCHOOL - TEAM B 1224 SARATOGA2 SARA L7 [1.0] W34 [4.0] D19 [2.0] D20 [2.0] W23 [2.5] L12 [1.0] 3.0 35 12.5  
22 PANDEMIC TOILET PAPER HOARDERS 1319 PTPH   W15 [3.0] L1 [0.5] L25 [1.0] D28 [2.0] D32 [2.0] W35 [4.0] 3.0 33 12.5  
23 QUEENS GAMBIT 1412 QGAMBIT   W40 [4.0] L10 [1.5] W14 [2.5] L3 [1.0] L21 [1.5] W32 [3.5] 3.0 32 14  
24 BURNSVILLE HS ALUMNI + BARTLETT  1386 BURNS   W34 [3.0] L5 [1.0] L15 [1.5] W30 [2.5] L14 [1.0] W31 [3.0] 3.0 30.25 12  
25 CRYOGENIC CORROSIVE KINGDOM 1060 CRYO   L10 [1.0] W40 [3.0] W22 [3.0] L8 [1.0] L9 [1.0] W29 [3.0] 3.0 28 12  
26 FOLSOM HIGH SCHOOL 1194 FOLSOM2 FOLSOM L3 [0.0] W28 [3.0] L13 [1.0] W35 [3.0] L18 [1.0] W37 [3.0] 3.0 26 11  
27 FOLSOM CHESS CLUB 1686 FOLSOM FOLSOM D29 [2.0] D17 [2.0] L9 [1.5] D32 [2.0] D31 [2.0] D16 [2.0] 2.5 30 11.5  
28 MATCHMAKER'S U1800 TEAM 975 MMTEAM_2   L4 [0.0] L26 [1.0] W38 [3.0] D22 [2.0] D33 [2.0] D34 [2.0] 2.5 21.5 10  
29 DON'T THROW IN THE TAL 1271 THROWTAL   D27 [2.0] L11 [1.0] D35 [2.0] W37 [4.0] L15 [1.5] L25 [1.0] 2.0 28.75 11.5  
30 MAVS IN THE WEST 694 MAVS   D11 [2.0] L9 [1.5] D39 [2.0] L24 [1.5] D34 [2.0] D38 [2.0] 2.0 27.5 11  
31 ABNB-UP 982 ABNB   L5 [1.5] W37 [3.0] D33 [2.0] L19 [0.5] D27 [2.0] L24 [1.0] 2.0 26.25 10  
32 BRIGHT CHESS CHECKM8 1082 CHECKM8 BRIGHT L2 [0.5] W36 [3.0] L18 [1.0] D27 [2.0] D22 [2.0] L23 [0.5] 2.0 24 9  
33 SARATOGA HIGH SCHOOL - TEAM A 1426 SARATOGA SARA D35 [2.0] L16 [0.0] D31 [2.0] L14 [1.0] D28 [2.0] D36 [2.0] 2.0 20.5 9  
34 JASS 962 JASS   L24 [1.0] L21 [0.0] W40 [3.5] L17 [1.5] D30 [2.0] D28 [2.0] 2.0 18.25 10  
35 CARMEL B 699 CARMELB   D33 [2.0] L8 [0.0] D29 [2.0] L26 [1.0] W39 [4.0] L22 [0.0] 2.0 17 9  
36 CHESS WIZARDS 885 WIZARDS   L19 [1.0] L32 [1.0] L37 [1.0] D39 [2.0] W40 [4.0] D33 [2.0] 2.0 16 11  
37 LIGHTNING SQUAD 554 LSQUAD   L18 [0.0] L31 [1.0] W36 [3.0] L29 [0.0] W38 [2.5] L26 [1.0] 2.0 14.75 7.5  
38 WARSAW KINGS 714 WARSAW   L20 [0.0] L14 [1.0] L28 [1.0] W40 [3.0] L37 [1.5] D30 [2.0] 1.5 14.5 8.5  
39 MECHANICS' JUNIOR MAVERICKS 977 MJM MECH L13 [0.0] L15 [1.0] D30 [2.0] D36 [2.0] L35 [0.0] D40 [2.0] 1.5 12.5 7  
40 TWO FAMILIES 666 2FAM   L23 [0.0] L25 [1.0] L34 [0.5] L38 [1.0] L36 [0.0] D39 [2.0] 0.5 8.5 4.5  

 

Team Roster 

Team Roster and Standings. 2021 US Amateur Team West Championship: Championship (1800+)

  Code Name Score TBrk[U] TBrk[G]
1 CALB UC Berkeley Team B (2196.0) W26 W11 W16 W8 W2 W5 6.0 62.75 17.5
    FM Rayan Taghizadeh (2413) 4.0 Bd: 1      
    NM Arjun Bharat (2261) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    NM Christopher Pan (2156) 4.5 Bd: 3      
    Nathan Fong (1954) 6.0 Bd: 4      
2 CALA UC Berkeley Team A (2198.3) W25 W17 W13 W3 L1 W8 5.0 66.5 18.5
    IM Kesav Viswanadha (2457) 4.0 Bd: 1      
    FM Teemu Virtanen (2368) 4.5 Bd: 2      
    WIM Ashritha Eswaran (2366) 5.5 Bd: 3      
    Junior Mejia (1602) 4.5 Bd: 4      
3 STAN1 Stanford University Team A (2191.5) W19 W14 W6 L2 D8 W10 4.5 54.5 15.5
    IM Bryce Tiglon (2498) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    WIM Emily Nguyen (2348) 2.5 Bd: 2      
    NM Seth Talyansky (2279) 4.5 Bd: 3      
    Robbie Selwyn (1641) 5.0 Bd: 4      
4 JMECH Junior Mechanics' 2021 (2172.0) L12 W15 D18 W35 W23 W9 4.5 51.5 18
    FM Jason Liang (2406) 5.5 Bd: 1      
    NM Ruiyang Yan (2242) 4.0 Bd: 2      
    Nicholas Weng (2025) 4.0 Bd: 3      
    Kevin Su (2015) 4.5 Bd: 4      
5 SJCW San Jose Chess Club Warriors (2194.8) W24 H-- W9 W6 W16 L1 4.5 39.75 13.5
    GM Andrey Gorovets (2559) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Pranav Sairam (2084) 2.5 Bd: 2      
    Abhinav Penagalapati (2078) 3.5 Bd: 3      
    Alan Finkelstein (2058) 4.0 Bd: 4      
6 CALC UC Berkeley Team C (2190.5) W27 W23 L3 L5 W12 W15 4.0 52.5 16
    IM Joshua Sheng (2536) 4.5 Bd: 1      
    IM Josiah Stearman (2467) 6.0 Bd: 2      
    NM Michael Wang (2324) 3.5 Bd: 3      
    Trevor Stearman (1435) 2.0 Bd: 4      
7 FLOHR The Flohr Boards (1878.0) L8 W25 W17 L9 W20 W16 4.0 40.5 13.5
    Ashley Pang (1954) 2.5 Bd: 1      
    Jaden Fang (1941) 3.5 Bd: 2      
    Nathan Yan (1831) 2.0 Bd: 3      
    Vincent Qin (1786) 5.5 Bd: 4      
8 AZTS Alpha Zero Tech Support (2173.0) W7 W35 W10 L1 D3 L2 3.5 47.25 12.5
    FM Robert Shlyakhtenko (2485) 4.5 Bd: 1      
    IM Keaton Kiewra (2459) 3.5 Bd: 2      
    IM Alex Costello (2358) 3.5 Bd: 3      
    Kylan Jin (1390) 1.0 Bd: 4      
9 FACT The Factory (2132.8) W29 D10 L5 W7 W11 L4 3.5 43.75 13
    IM John Donaldson (2420) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    FM Mark Pinto (2200) 2.0 Bd: 2      
    Joshua Lawson (2101) 5.5 Bd: 3      
    Joseph Graves (1810) 2.0 Bd: 4      
10 MECH Mechanics' Institute (2199.3) W18 D9 L8 W24 W14 L3 3.5 42.75 13
    FM Kyron Griffith (2502) 4.0 Bd: 1      
    GM Jim Tarjan (2469) 4.5 Bd: 2      
    Jonah Busch (1934) 0.5 Bd: 3      
    Chelsea Zhou (1892) 4.0 Bd: 4      
11 HAPY A Happy Pawn (2083.0) W32 L1 W19 D13 L9 W24 3.5 40.5 14
    WGM Jennifer Yu (2411) 2.5 Bd: 1      
    FM Dachey Lin (2339) 5.5 Bd: 2      
    FM Guannan Song (2274) 4.0 Bd: 3      
    Harrison Barclay (1308) 2.0 Bd: 4      
12 STAN2 Stanford University Team B (1869.8) W4 L16 D14 W18 L6 W22 3.5 38.75 12
    Sina Mohammadi (2163) 2.5 Bd: 1      
    Christopher Wolff (1889) 4.5 Bd: 2      
    Mikhail Molodyk (1862) 2.5 Bd: 3      
    Samuel Ogunsanya (1565) 2.5 Bd: 4      
13 1989 Tonight We're Gonna Checkmate Like It's 1989 (2190.0) W34 W22 L2 D11 L15 W23 3.5 36.25 14
    GM Patrick Wolff (2605) 4.5 Bd: 1      
    NM Andrew Metrick (2288) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    NM Christopher Chabris (2226) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Caleb Meyer-Chabris (1641) 3.5 Bd: 4      
14 BEAT We Sneezed On The Beat and the Beat Got Sicker (2043.5) W30 L3 D12 W26 L10 W21 3.5 34.5 13
    Shreya Mangalam (2132) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Aria Hoesley (2091) 2.5 Bd: 2      
    WFM Kimberly Liu (2045) 4.0 Bd: 3      
    Simona Nayberg (1906) 3.0 Bd: 4      
15 WARR Mission Warriors (2043.8) D21 L4 W32 W33 W13 L6 3.5 23.25 10
    Nathan Zhang (2152) 2.5 Bd: 1      
    Maurya Palusa (2089) 2.5 Bd: 2      
    William Sartorio (2063) 2.0 Bd: 3      
    Leo Jiang (1871) 3.0 Bd: 4      
16 TECH1 CalTech Team A (2184.3) W33 W12 L1 W22 L5 L7 3.0 44.25 14
    FM Jason Shi (2278) 4.0 Bd: 1      
    FM Eugene Yanayt (2265) 4.0 Bd: 2      
    NM Tony Kukavica (2261) 3.5 Bd: 3      
    Konstantin Zuev (1933) 2.5 Bd: 4      
17 MSJH Mission San Jose High School (2056.0) W20 L2 L7 W19 D22 D18 3.0 38.5 12
    NM Kevin Pan (2278) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Stephen He (2066) 1.5 Bd: 2      
    Nicholas Jiang (2015) 3.5 Bd: 3      
    Aidan Chen (1865) 3.5 Bd: 4      
18 CALD UC Berkeley Team D (2001.0) L10 W21 D4 L12 W33 D17 3.0 35 12
    NM Jeffrey Wei (2208) 2.0 Bd: 1      
    NM Arman Baradaran (2162) 4.5 Bd: 2      
    Justin Brereton (2042) 5.0 Bd: 3      
    Raymond Ji (1592) 0.5 Bd: 4      
19 SPEEDY Speedy Checkmaters (1949.0) L3 W20 L11 L17 W35 W28 3.0 31.75 12.5
    Shawnak Shivakumar (2153) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Nitish Nathan (1941) 3.5 Bd: 2      
    Kapilan Karunakaran (1907) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Vishva Nanugonda (1795) 2.5 Bd: 4      
20 HARKER The Harker Eagles (1802.8) L17 L19 B-- W30 L7 W29 3.0 21.5 13
    Rohan Rajaram (1905) 4.0 Bd: 1      
    Anika Rajaram (1858) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Jeffery Wang (1785) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Kyle Chang (1663) 3.0 Bd: 4      
21 PAWNZ Pawn-Z-Scheme (1765.5) D15 L18 L26 W27 W34 L14 2.5 31 12
    Theo Biyiasas (2175) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Alejandro Canales (1738) 3.5 Bd: 2      
    Mateo Hansen (1687) 0.0 Bd: 3      
    Daniel Perlov (1462) 5.0 Bd: 4      
22 4ISO Four Isolated Pawns (2026.0) W31 L13 W30 L16 D17 L12 2.5 28.25 12
    FM Andy Lee (2337) 2.5 Bd: 1      
    Taylor Curtis (2011) 3.5 Bd: 2      
    Damon Mosk-Aoyama (1902) 2.0 Bd: 3      
    David Taylor (1854) 4.0 Bd: 4      
23 QRULE Queen Rules (2017.8) W28 L6 D35 W34 L4 L13 2.5 26.25 11.5
    NM Alice Lee (2200) 3.0 Bd: 1      
    Evan Ai (2058) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Felix Liu (1922) 3.5 Bd: 3      
    Alexander Nishio (1891) 2.0 Bd: 4      
24 CALE UC Berkeley Team E (1995.5) L5 D29 W28 L10 W32 L11 2.5 25.75 10.5
    Theodore Coyne (2072) 4.0 Bd: 1      
    Rahul Malayappan (2047) 4.0 Bd: 2      
    Ben Keltner (2012) 1.5 Bd: 3      
    Sharvil Trifale (1851) 1.0 Bd: 4      
25 RIVRKS Riveting Rooks (1999.8) L2 L7 D27 L32 W31 W34 2.5 25 11.5
    Ethan Boldi (2120) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Daniel Lin (1999) 2.5 Bd: 2      
    Kristian Clemens (1997) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Nicholas Boldi (1883) 2.5 Bd: 4      
26 NTRT No Trading Rooks Tonight (1971.0) L1 D32 W21 L14 L28 W33 2.5 21 10
    NM Craig Clawitter (2214) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    NM Brian Desousa (2117) 4.0 Bd: 2      
    Cody Oldham (1950) 2.5 Bd: 3      
    Peter Holzer (1603) 0.0 Bd: 4      
27 BASIS Basis Tuscon North (1928.8) L6 L30 D25 L21 B-- W32 2.5 19.5 13
    Jacob Song (2071) 2.0 Bd: 1      
    William Allen (1971) 4.0 Bd: 2      
    Scotty Song (1853) 3.5 Bd: 3      
    David Li (1820) 3.5 Bd: 4      
28 KGAMB Kings Gambit (1702.0) L23 D33 L24 B-- W26 L19 2.5 15.75 11
    Li Li (1826) 3.0 Bd: 1      
    Ethan Guo (1707) 1.0 Bd: 2      
    Andrew Wong (1679) 1.5 Bd: 3      
    Jayden Wu (1596) 5.5 Bd: 4      
29 XCELL Checkmate ASAP - Xcell Chess Club (1869.3) L9 D24 L34 D31 W30 L20 2.0 21.75 9.5
    Advay Bansal (1979) 0.5 Bd: 1      
    Prarthan Ghosh (1916) 0.5 Bd: 2      
    Sricharan Pullela (1889) 4.0 Bd: 3      
    Adway Sane (1693) 4.5 Bd: 4      
30 PHOFLA Phoenix Flame (1709.8) L14 W27 L22 L20 L29 W35 2.0 15 7.5
    Avery Yu (1768) 3.0 Bd: 1      
    Ellie Zhang (1737) 1.5 Bd: 2      
    Maxwell Yang (1682) 2.0 Bd: 3      
    Alex Linu (1652) 1.0 Bd: 4      
31 COOKIES Chess Cookies (1708.5) L22 D34 L33 D29 L25 B-- 2.0 9.25 9.5
    Kyle Moon (2138) 3.0 Bd: 1      
    Musa Jamshed (1904) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Lisa Sun (1421) 1.0 Bd: 3      
    Jordan Geiger (unr.) 2.5 Bd: 4      
32 SJCCC San Jose Chess Club Chivarly (1826.0) L11 D26 L15 W25 L24 L27 1.5 22.5 8
    Saatvik Krishnan (1866) 0.0 Bd: 1      
    Krish Matai (1861) 1.0 Bd: 2      
    Eric Zhang (1809) 3.5 Bd: 3      
    Pranav Sathish (1768) 3.5 Bd: 4      
33 MAGN Magnanimous Magnuses (1892.0) L16 D28 W31 L15 L18 L26 1.5 22.25 8.5
    Shannon Miles (1992) 0.5 Bd: 1      
    Mat Martello (1938) 2.0 Bd: 2      
    Stan Hwang (1844) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Karthik Tadepalli (unr.) 3.0 Bd: 4      
34 WINN Winners 2021 (1899.5) L13 D31 W29 L23 L21 L25 1.5 18 8
    NM Sriram Krishnakumar (2192) 2.5 Bd: 1      
    Jaisuraj Kaleeswaran (2086) 1.0 Bd: 2      
    Ashik Uzzaman (1940) 4.5 Bd: 3      
    Jaidev Kaleeswaran (1380) 0.0 Bd: 4      
35 CKIFCAN Check Me If You Can! (1586.8) B-- L8 D23 L4 L19 L30 1.5 17.5 10
    Aiden Liu (1682) 1.0 Bd: 1      
    Leo* Jiang (1612) 2.5 Bd: 2      
    Andrew Gong (1531) 1.5 Bd: 3      
    Leo Yang (1522) 5.0 Bd: 4      

Team Roster and Standings. 2021 US Amateur Team West Championship: Team u/1800

  Code Name Score TBrk[U] TBrk[G]
1 LADY 100% Lady Chess Moves (1785.5) D17 W22 W20 W12 W10 D2 5.0 59.5 17.5
    Lauren Goodkind (1856) 4.0 Bd: 1      
    Barbara Goodkind (1791) 4.0 Bd: 2      
    Daniela Keller (1758) 4.5 Bd: 3      
    Cheryl Lins (1737) 5.0 Bd: 4      
2 TRANQ We ran out of tranquilizer Pills - Where can we buy more? (1570.5) W32 W19 W4 D10 W7 D1 5.0 52.75 15
    Vijay Surla (1857) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Adam Muhs (1525) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Rama Chitta (1475) 4.0 Bd: 3      
    Ed Pernicka (unr.) 4.5 Bd: 4      
3 CHEERIOS The Cheerios (1654.8) W26 L4 W17 W23 W13 D5 4.5 58.25 17
    Derek Clasby (2327) 6.0 Bd: 1      
    Hemtej Gundra (1594) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Siddhanth Balaji (1444) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Aditya Joshi (1254) 5.0 Bd: 4      
4 SJHUNT San Jose Chess Club Chess Hunter (1479.8) W28 W3 L2 W16 W8 D6 4.5 54.25 15
    Aryan Achuthan (1551) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Vishnusankar Jonnalagadda (1483) 4.5 Bd: 2      
    Mohnishkirupaa Palani (1473) 2.5 Bd: 3      
    Rohan Dash (1412) 4.5 Bd: 4      
5 2+2=5 Forest where 2+2=5 (1528.5) W31 W24 D12 D6 W11 D3 4.5 46.75 14
    Max Hao (1761) 4.5 Bd: 1      
    Sritan Devineni (1633) 3.5 Bd: 2      
    Adrien Cheng (1385) 5.0 Bd: 3      
    Vinesh Jethva (unr.) 1.0 Bd: 4      
6 TECHB CalTech Team B (1708.5) W9 W13 L10 D5 W12 D4 4.0 59.75 15.5
    Dillon Holder (1795) 2.0 Bd: 1      
    Vignesh Varadarajan (1713) 4.0 Bd: 2      
    Raffey, Iqbal Ahamed (unr.) 4.0 Bd: 3      
    Angus Gruen (unr.) 5.5 Bd: 4      
7 WHITNEY Whitney HS Chess Club (1662.8) W21 D20 D16 W18 L2 W10 4.0 48 14.5
    Brian Sui (1835) 3.0 Bd: 1      
    Ryan Nurwono (unr.) 6.0 Bd: 2      
    Reema Dawar (1559) 2.5 Bd: 3      
    Neil Tendolkar (1472) 3.0 Bd: 4      
8 NOCHEAT Please Don't Cheat - We're Bad Enough As It Is (1546.0) D16 W35 D11 W25 L4 W18 4.0 45.75 15.5
    Carey Fan (1621) 4.5 Bd: 1      
    Aezed Raza (1554) 4.5 Bd: 2      
    Dan Gertmenian (1507) 4.0 Bd: 3      
    Stan Chao (1502) 2.5 Bd: 4      
9 TBOLT Tbolt Firestorm (1296.0) L6 W30 W27 L13 W25 W20 4.0 37 13
    Patrick Kut (1843) 3.0 Bd: 1      
    Joshua Morris (1555) 4.5 Bd: 2      
    Austin Hepp ( 922) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Tyson Dang ( 864) 2.5 Bd: 4      
10 CARMELA CARMEL A (1545.0) W25 W23 W6 D2 L1 L7 3.5 48 12.5
    Bill Qian (1848) 4.0 Bd: 1      
    Yash Bhargava (1772) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Akash Bhowmik (1743) 4.5 Bd: 3      
    Oren Jensen ( 817) 1.0 Bd: 4      
11 SQUARES SQUARES (1422.0) D30 W29 D8 W15 L5 D14 3.5 45.75 14.5
    Umesh Gopi (1729) 3.0 Bd: 1      
    Dharshan Vetrivelan (1683) 4.5 Bd: 2      
    Savir Khanna (1163) 2.0 Bd: 3      
    Maxwell Medley (unr.) 5.0 Bd: 4      
12 UCLA University of California Los Angeles (1587.8) W14 W18 D5 L1 L6 W21 3.5 38.5 11
    Roland Gadbois (1884) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Daniel Zahzouhi (1573) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Abhishek Kylasa (1472) 3.5 Bd: 3      
    Brandon Zhao (unr.) 1.0 Bd: 4      
13 SWAM Swaminathan Family (1503.5) W39 L6 W26 W9 L3 D15 3.5 36 12.5
    Arul Viswanathan (2071) 5.0 Bd: 1      
    Arjun Sankar (1585) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Viswanathan Swaminathan (1185) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Sankar Swaminathan (1173) 1.5 Bd: 4      
14 BRIGHT Bright Chess Beyond Alpha4 (1146.5) L12 W38 L23 W33 W24 D11 3.5 34.5 13.5
    Aiden Leong (1470) 1.0 Bd: 1      
    Elwen Zhao (unr.) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Suyuan Gui ( 873) 4.5 Bd: 3      
    Andrew Zou (unr.) 5.0 Bd: 4      
15 TECHC CalTech Team C (0.0) L22 W39 W24 L11 W29 D13 3.5 27 11
    Yannis Angelopoulos (unr.) 1.0 Bd: 1      
    Hannah Chen (unr.) 2.5 Bd: 2      
    Limbert Palomino (unr.) 2.5 Bd: 3      
    Jeff Zeidel (unr.) 5.0 Bd: 4      
16 CALF UC Berkeley Team F (1062.5) D8 W33 D7 L4 D17 D27 3.0 41.75 13.5
    Lawrence Wong (1685) 4.0 Bd: 1      
    Neil Gupta (1013) 1.0 Bd: 2      
    Adam Stafford ( 831) 4.5 Bd: 3      
    Anish Doshi ( 721) 4.0 Bd: 4      
17 SUNRISERS San Jose Chess Club Sunrisers (1309.8) D1 D27 L3 W34 D16 D19 3.0 38.75 12
    Devesh Mamidi (1376) 0.0 Bd: 1      
    Anvitha Penagalapti (1353) 4.0 Bd: 2      
    Darsh Shetty (1264) 4.5 Bd: 3      
    Advik Garg (1246) 3.5 Bd: 4      
18 BLUNDER Blunder Masters (1395.3) W37 L12 W32 L7 W26 L8 3.0 36.25 13.5
    Andy Xu (1432) 1.5 Bd: 1      
    Yichi Zhang (1412) 3.5 Bd: 2      
    Brian Yu (1374) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Michael Xiao (1363) 5.5 Bd: 4      
19 NORTHW Northwest University (1454.5) W36 L2 D21 W31 L20 D17 3.0 35.5 13
    Benjamin Mukumbya (2008) 6.0 Bd: 1      
    Guy Argo (1928) 4.5 Bd: 2      
    Walter Borbridge ( 966) 2.0 Bd: 3      
    James Brennan (unr.) 0.5 Bd: 4      
20 TCW TCW (1427.0) W38 D7 L1 D21 W19 L9 3.0 35 12.5
    Lily Deng (1844) 1.0 Bd: 1      
    Tayseer Khalil (1390) 3.5 Bd: 2      
    Ethan Chung (1373) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Jason Hunter (1101) 5.0 Bd: 4      
21 SARATOGA2 Saratoga High School - Team B (1223.5) L7 W34 D19 D20 W23 L12 3.0 35 12.5
    Anthony Liu (1815) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Yashom Kapoor (1532) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Dhilon Prasad ( 873) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Omkar Kulkarni ( 674) 3.0 Bd: 4      
22 PTPH Pandemic Toilet Paper Hoarders (1319.0) W15 L1 L25 D28 D32 W35 3.0 33 12.5
    NM Joshua Grabinsky (2331) 5.5 Bd: 1      
    Dustin Herker (1276) 2.0 Bd: 2      
    Riley Jones ( 940) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Sawyer Bergstedt ( 729) 2.0 Bd: 4      
23 QGAMBIT Queens Gambit (1412.0) W40 L10 W14 L3 L21 W32 3.0 32 14
    Marina Xiao (1511) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Jessica Wang (1445) 4.0 Bd: 2      
    Katherine Zhuge (1356) 3.5 Bd: 3      
    Ella Guo (1336) 3.0 Bd: 4      
24 BURNS Burnsville HS Alumni + Bartlett HS (1386.5) W34 L5 L15 W30 L14 W31 3.0 30.25 12
    John Eid (1676) 5.0 Bd: 1      
    Eric Lai (1464) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Cassius Lai (1363) 1.5 Bd: 3      
    Carter Eid (1043) 2.5 Bd: 4      
25 CRYO Cryogenic Corrosive Kingdom (1059.5) L10 W40 W22 L8 L9 W29 3.0 28 12
    Jonathan Gong (1468) 1.5 Bd: 1      
    Nathan Zhao (1132) 2.5 Bd: 2      
    Katherine Sunny Lu ( 938) 4.0 Bd: 3      
    Zayden Wang ( 700) 4.0 Bd: 4      
26 FOLSOM2 Folsom High School (1194.0) L3 W28 L13 W35 L18 W37 3.0 26 11
    Hari Rakul Ambethkar (1906) 4.0 Bd: 1      
    Medhansh Koka (1044) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Nishaad Sovani ( 938) 2.0 Bd: 3      
    Daniel Chang (unr.) 2.0 Bd: 4      
27 FOLSOM Folsom Chess Club (1686.3) D29 D17 L9 D32 D31 D16 2.5 30 11.5
    NM Arun Dixit (2201) 6.0 Bd: 1      
    Supunay Nagpal (1769) 0.0 Bd: 2      
    Kritin Gopalakrishnan (1619) 4.5 Bd: 3      
    Jeremy Koo (1156) 1.0 Bd: 4      
28 MMTEAM_2 Matchmaker's u1800 Team (974.8) L4 L26 W38 D22 D33 D34 2.5 21.5 10
    Shreyank Krishnan (1146) 1.0 Bd: 1      
    Aizvereah Somakandan ( 951) 4.0 Bd: 2      
    Alec Johnson (unr.) 0.0 Bd: 3      
    Axton Boonswang (unr.) 5.0 Bd: 4      
29 THROWTAL Don't Throw in the Tal (1271.0) D27 L11 D35 W37 L15 L25 2.0 28.75 11.5
    Jose Smokowski (1644) 4.0 Bd: 1      
    Samuel Harris (1466) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Erik Napiwocki (1012) 3.5 Bd: 3      
    Grace Lewandowski (unr.) 1.0 Bd: 4      
30 MAVS Mavs in the West (693.5) D11 L9 D39 L24 D34 D38 2.0 27.5 11
    Vishwath Srinivasan ( 731) 1.0 Bd: 1      
    Matthew Frame (unr.) 1.0 Bd: 2      
    Aaron Henry (unr.) 5.0 Bd: 3      
    Sid Nanjangud (unr.) 4.0 Bd: 4      
31 ABNB ABNB-UP (982.0) L5 W37 D33 L19 D27 L24 2.0 26.25 10
    Kevin Sun (1213) 0.5 Bd: 1      
    Titus Mei ( 984) 1.5 Bd: 2      
    Jake Li ( 873) 2.5 Bd: 3      
    Sean Wu ( 858) 5.5 Bd: 4      
32 CHECKM8 Bright Chess CheckM8 (1082.3) L2 W36 L18 D27 D22 L23 2.0 24 9
    David Jin (1277) 1.5 Bd: 1      
    Junren Li (1079) 2.0 Bd: 2      
    Elizabeth Ying (1078) 4.5 Bd: 3      
    Katherine Ying ( 895) 1.0 Bd: 4      
33 SARATOGA Saratoga High School - Team A (1425.5) D35 L16 D31 L14 D28 D36 2.0 20.5 9
    Samik Pattanayak (1463) 5.0 Bd: 1      
    Grant Chen (unr.) 1.5 Bd: 2      
    Jonathan Li (unr.) 2.5 Bd: 3      
    Dhruv Singh (unr.) 0.0 Bd: 4      
34 JASS JASS (961.8) L24 L21 W40 L17 D30 D28 2.0 18.25 10
    Zixi Ni (1208) 3.5 Bd: 1      
    Austin Jin (1153) 2.0 Bd: 2      
    Serena Liu ( 762) 2.0 Bd: 3      
    Sean Yin ( 724) 2.5 Bd: 4      
35 CARMELB CARMEL B (699.3) D33 L8 D29 L26 W39 L22 2.0 17 9
    Anukul More ( 956) 1.0 Bd: 1      
    Nolan Jones ( 701) 1.0 Bd: 2      
    Jimmy Garnes ( 595) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Tommy Klein (unr.) 4.0 Bd: 4      
36 WIZARDS Chess Wizards (885.3) L19 L32 L37 D39 W40 D33 2.0 16 11
    Charvi Atreya ( 944) 2.0 Bd: 1      
    Nandan Jayaprakash ( 899) 3.0 Bd: 2      
    Kyler Shamoun (unr.) 1.0 Bd: 3      
    Stuart Heitschmidt (unr.) 5.0 Bd: 4      
37 LSQUAD Lightning Squad (554.5) L18 L31 W36 L29 W38 L26 2.0 14.75 7.5
    Ayush Pathy ( 592) 2.0 Bd: 1      
    Aditya Panikkath (unr.) 0.5 Bd: 2      
    Carlos Rodriguez (unr.) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Raven Davis-Bailey (unr.) 2.0 Bd: 4      
38 WARSAW Warsaw kings (713.5) L20 L14 L28 W40 L37 D30 1.5 14.5 8.5
    Aiden Carr ( 920) 0.0 Bd: 1      
    Kaitlyn Evens ( 752) 2.5 Bd: 2      
    Nate Andersen ( 616) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Colin Sekora (unr.) 3.0 Bd: 4      
39 MJM Mechanics' Junior Mavericks (977.3) L13 L15 D30 D36 L35 D40 1.5 12.5 7
    Colin Yi (1303) 1.0 Bd: 1      
    Andrew Ballantyne ( 948) 2.0 Bd: 2      
    Adithya Chitta ( 912) 3.0 Bd: 3      
    Shelton Cai ( 746) 1.0 Bd: 4      
40 2FAM Two Families (666.3) L23 L25 L34 L38 L36 D39 0.5 8.5 4.5
    Anmol Warman (1187) 1.5 Bd: 1      
    Anjani Chakka ( 530) 2.0 Bd: 2      
    Parthiv Chakka ( 499) 1.0 Bd: 3      
    Roshan Warman (unr.) 0.0 Bd: 4      

 

 

Individual Standings

SwissSys Standings. 2021 US Amateur Team West Championship: Championship (1800+) (Board order)

#/Bd Name Rating Team Fed Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total T-Med T-Solkoff T-Cumul. T-Op. cumul. Prize
1/1 FM Jason Liang 2406 JMECH marty435 D25 W28 W30 W32 W20 W13 5.5 13.5 14 18 54 1st Place Board 1
2/1 FM Robert Shlyakhtenko 2485 AZTS 1e41-0 W24 W32 D7 D6 W11 D5 4.5 18 18.5 17 74.5  
3/1 IM Joshua Sheng 2536 CALC jjosu W31 W20 L11 D12 W25 W28 4.5 15 16.5 15.5 57.5  
4/1 GM Patrick Wolff 2605 1989 amateurt2021 W29 W26 L5 W27 D28 W20 4.5 14.5 17 16 67  
5/1 IM Kesav Viswanadha 2457 CALA kesav W19 D15 W4 D11 D6 D2 4.0 20 23.5 15.5 85.5  
6/1 FM Rayan Taghizadeh 2413 CALB fibrinogen W18 D27 W8 D2 D5 D12 4.0 19.5 22 15.5 82.5  
7/1 FM Kyron Griffith 2502 MECH kyrongriffith W30 D13 D2 D9 W14 D11 4.0 19 21 14.5 80  
8/1 FM Jason Shi 2278 TECH1 mathapples W34 W25 L6 W26 D12 D24 4.0 15 15.5 15.5 57  
9/1 Theodore Coyne 2072 CALE theknightbefore L12 W33 W21 D7 W35 D27 4.0 13 13 13 47  
10/1 Rohan Rajaram 1905 HARKER ninjatrick L15 D16 B--- W22 W24 D33 4.0 13 13 11 40.5  
11/1 IM Bryce Tiglon 2498 STAN1 thunderrpanda W16 D14 W3 D5 L2 D7 3.5 20.5 24 14.5 86.5  
12/1 GM Andrey Gorovets 2559 SJCW gmg W9 H--- D13 D3 D8 D6 3.5 20 20 13 74  
13/1 IM John Donaldson 2420 FACT imjohndonaldson W33 D7 D12 W24 D27 L1 3.5 18 18.5 14.5 65.5  
14/1 Shreya Mangalam 2132 BEAT confused_3 W22 D11 W25 D18 L7 D17 3.5 17.5 20 14.5 67  
15/1 NM Kevin Pan 2278 MSJH petearrpan W10 D5 L24 W16 D26 D30 3.5 16 18 13 63  
16/1 Shawnak Shivakumar 2153 SPEEDY alphaunlimited L11 D10 W27 L15 W32 W21 3.5 15.5 16 9.5 62.5  
17/1 Theo Biyiasas 2175 PAWNZ tabiyiasas W28 L30 L18 W31 W29 D14 3.5 14 15.5 11.5 52  
18/1 NM Craig Clawitter 2214 NTRT craiggoryc L6 W35 W17 D14 L21 W34 3.5 14 14 11.5 51.5  
19/1 Ethan Boldi 2120 RIVRKS etvat L5 L24 W31 W35 W23 D29 3.5 13 13 9.5 43.5  
20/1 NM Alice Lee 2200 QRULE powerofapoint W21 L3 W32 W29 L1 L4 3.0 14 20 13 73  
21/1 Li Li 1826 KGAMB eggonlea L20 W34 L9 B--- W18 L16 3.0 10.5 14.5 9 48  
22/1 Avery Yu 1768 PHOFLA averyyu321 L14 W31 L26 L10 W33 W32 3.0 8 12 8 44  
23/1 Kyle Moon 2138 COOKIES moonfawker L26 L29 W34 W33 L19 B--- 3.0 6 9.5 7 31.5  
24/1 Ashley Pang 1954 FLOHR blobbytheblobfish L2 W19 W15 L13 L10 D8 2.5 18 22.5 9.5 80.5  
25/1 Sina Mohammadi 2163 STAN2 sina101 D1 L8 L14 W30 L3 W26 2.5 16.5 22 7 81  
26/1 FM Andy Lee 2337 4ISO falsenarwhal W23 L4 W22 L8 D15 L25 2.5 15.5 20 11 66.5  
27/1 WGM Jennifer Yu 2411 HAPY ahappypawn W35 D6 L16 L4 D13 D9 2.5 15 19.5 10 68.5  
28/1 Nathan Zhang 2152 WARR knightgazer05 L17 L1 W35 W34 D4 L3 2.5 13 18.5 8 62  
29/1 NM Sriram Krishnakumar 2192 WINN 2008king L4 W23 W33 L20 L17 D19 2.5 13 17.5 9.5 57.5  
30/1 NM Jeffrey Wei 2208 CALD overfrost L7 W17 L1 L25 D34 D15 2.0 14 19.5 6.5 65  
31/1 Jacob Song 2071 BASIS jacobsong1 L3 L22 L19 L17 B--- W35 2.0 10 14.5 2 44.5  
32/1 Aiden Liu 1682 CKIFCAN harrypotterdh2 B--- L2 L20 L1 L16 L22 1.0 14 19.5 5 65.5  
33/1 Advay Bansal 1979 XCELL chessforme17 L13 L9 L29 L23 L22 D10 0.5 15 19 0.5 63  
34/1 Shannon Miles 1992 MAGN dlec L8 L21 L23 L28 D30 L18 0.5 13 17 1 57.5  
35/1 Saatvik Krishnan 1866 SJCCC saatvik1 L27 L18 L28 L19 L9 L31 0.0 13.5 17.5 0 54  
36/2 IM Josiah Stearman 2467 CALC josiwales W44 W54 W57 W60 W38 W59 6.0 16 18.5 21 65 1st Place Board 2
37/2 FM Dachey Lin 2339 HAPY 1800_strength W67 D52 W51 W53 W63 W45 5.5 15.5 16.5 18.5 65  
38/2 Christopher Wolff 1889 STAN2 ffl0 W43 D42 W58 W39 L36 W49 4.5 22 24.5 16.5 84.5  
39/2 NM Arman Baradaran 2162 CALD chessyinstinct D40 W48 W43 L38 W64 W65 4.5 18.5 20 15 71  
40/2 GM Jim Tarjan 2469 MECH tirantes D39 D63 D47 W45 W58 W57 4.5 17 19 13.5 76.5  
41/2 FM Teemu Virtanen 2368 CALA nurmitv W61 W65 D53 W57 L52 W47 4.5 14.5 16 17 64.5  
42/2 FM Eugene Yanayt 2265 TECH1 oogee W64 D38 W52 D49 D60 D50 4.0 17 19 15.5 69  
43/2 NM Ruiyang Yan 2242 JMECH jij2018 L38 W59 L39 W62 W54 W63 4.0 16.5 18.5 11 69.5  
44/2 William Allen 1971 BASIS mrmoney1 L36 W66 W61 L48 B--- W67 4.0 14.5 14.5 11 44.5  
45/2 Rahul Malayappan 2047 CALE wingey W60 W70 W68 L40 W67 L37 4.0 14 14.5 17 45.5  
46/2 NM Brian Desousa 2117 NTRT briandesousa L52 W67 D48 D58 W68 W64 4.0 12 12.5 11.5 46.5  
47/2 IM Keaton Kiewra 2459 AZTS keaton87 D50 W62 D40 W52 D57 L41 3.5 18 20 14 75  
48/2 Alejandro Canales 1738 PAWNZ lilpix2 W59 L39 D46 W44 W69 L58 3.5 17 18 13 58  
49/2 Taylor Curtis 2011 4ISO oyster2000 W56 L53 W66 D42 W65 L38 3.5 15.5 17 13.5 64  
50/2 Jaden Fang 1941 FLOHR crazykid777 D47 D61 D65 D63 W55 D42 3.5 14.5 16 11.5 60  
51/2 Nitish Nathan 1941 SPEEDY breathechessalways L57 W55 L37 W65 D62 W68 3.5 14 14.5 10 57.5  
52/2 NM Arjun Bharat 2261 CALB rapiddefeat W46 D37 L42 L47 W41 D60 3.0 16 24 11 84  
53/2 NM Andrew Metrick 2288 1989 finec2 W69 W49 D41 L37 D59 L54 3.0 13.5 20 14 71  
54/2 Evan Ai 2058 QRULE cfalcons8 W68 L36 L62 W69 L43 W53 3.0 10 16.5 10 62  
55/2 Anika Rajaram 1858 HARKER kirotori L65 L51 B--- W66 L50 W70 3.0 7 10.5 7 32.5  
56/2 Musa Jamshed 1904 COOKIES mjammy L49 W69 L64 W70 L61 B--- 3.0 6 9.5 8 33  
57/2 WIM Emily Nguyen 2348 STAN1 enguyen2002 W51 W58 L36 L41 D47 L40 2.5 18.5 24.5 12 84  
58/2 Aria Hoesley 2091 BEAT pumagirl W66 L57 L38 D46 L40 W48 2.5 16 20.5 8.5 68.5  
59/2 Maurya Palusa 2089 WARR thechosenprince L48 L43 W67 W64 D53 L36 2.5 13.5 19.5 8 71  
60/2 Pranav Sairam 2084 SJCW chesspilot01 L45 H--- W63 L36 D42 D52 2.5 13 19 7.5 74.5  
61/2 Daniel Lin 1999 RIVRKS smilyface4 L41 D50 L44 L67 W56 W69 2.5 11.5 16 5.5 54.5  
62/2 Leo* Jiang 1612 CKIFCAN hi987 B--- L47 W54 L43 D51 L66 2.5 11.5 15.5 10 47  
63/2 FM Mark Pinto 2200 FACT bondtrader W70 D40 L60 D50 L37 L43 2.0 15 20.5 10 63  
64/2 Mat Martello 1938 MAGN martellochesscoach L42 W68 W56 L59 L39 L46 2.0 13.5 18 9 60  
65/2 Stephen He 2066 MSJH knight459 W55 L41 D50 L51 L49 L39 1.5 17.5 22 8 74  
66/2 Ellie Zhang 1737 PHOFLA tamsong L58 L44 L49 L55 D70 W62 1.5 11 14.5 2 51  
67/2 Krish Matai 1861 SJCCC pawnonfires L37 L46 L59 W61 L45 L44 1.0 16.5 22 3 71.5  
68/2 Ethan Guo 1707 KGAMB lightningdragon8 L54 L64 L45 B--- L46 L51 1.0 12.5 16.5 2 57.5  
69/2 Jaisuraj Kaleeswaran 2086 WINN jaisuraj L53 L56 W70 L54 L48 L61 1.0 11.5 15 4 51.5  
70/2 Prarthan Ghosh 1916 XCELL player2006lucky L63 L45 L69 L56 D66 L55 0.5 9.5 13.5 1 48  
71/3 WIM Ashritha Eswaran 2366 CALA goldenpuppy W90 W82 W89 W75 W74 D83 5.5 19 22 20.5 78 1st Place Board 3
72/3 Joshua Lawson 2101 FACT ncblunder W79 W104 W81 W96 W77 D78 5.5 17.5 18 20.5 58  
73/3 Justin Brereton 2042 CALD jbrere W104 W105 W78 D94 W93 D82 5.0 13.5 13.5 19 45  
74/3 NM Christopher Pan 2156 CALB hoodc W95 W77 D86 W83 L71 W81 4.5 20 22.5 17 83.5  
75/3 NM Seth Talyansky 2279 STAN1 stalyansky W91 W80 W84 L71 D83 W104 4.5 19.5 20 17 69.5  
76/3 Ashik Uzzaman 1940 WINN ashikuzzaman D89 W103 W79 L85 W105 W90 4.5 14 14 15 45.5  
77/3 FM Guannan Song 2274 HAPY smurfblayd W87 L74 W91 W89 L72 W100 4.0 19.5 21 14 73.5  
78/3 Nicholas Weng 2025 JMECH ninjaforce W94 W97 L73 W101 D85 D72 4.0 18.5 19.5 15.5 75  
79/3 Sricharan Pullela 1889 XCELL sricharan_the_king L72 W100 L76 W103 W98 W92 4.0 16 16.5 11 59  
80/3 WFM Kimberly Liu 2045 BEAT nicecream18 W98 L75 L94 W95 W104 W105 4.0 12 12 12 37  
81/3 Abhinav Penagalapati 2078 SJCW qing29 W100 H--- L72 W84 W86 L74 3.5 18.5 18.5 13 72.5  
82/3 Nicholas Jiang 2015 MSJH nic59832 L92 L71 W96 W91 W99 D73 3.5 18 20 9.5 72.5  
83/3 IM Alex Costello 2358 AZTS larax W96 D101 W104 L74 D75 D71 3.5 17.5 18 14 66.5  
84/3 NM Michael Wang 2324 CALC svmind W88 W85 L75 L81 W94 D97 3.5 17 19 13.5 65  
85/3 Felix Liu 1922 QRULE closedforce W102 L84 W101 W76 D78 L89 3.5 16 17 14 64.5  
86/3 NM Tony Kukavica 2261 TECH1 tonyq11 W93 W94 D74 W99 L81 L96 3.5 15.5 17.5 16 61.5  
87/3 Eric Zhang 1809 SJCCC ihavethechessskill L77 W95 W97 D90 W100 L88 3.5 14.5 16 12.5 50.5  
88/3 Scotty Song 1853 BASIS darkrai33 L84 L98 D90 W105 B--- W87 3.5 12 12 7 42.5  
89/3 NM Christopher Chabris 2226 1989 christopherchabris D76 W99 L71 L77 D97 W85 3.0 14 21.5 10 81  
90/3 Kristian Clemens 1997 RIVRKS kclemens L71 W96 D88 D87 W103 L76 3.0 13 19 10.5 58  
91/3 Kapilan Karunakaran 1907 SPEEDY kapilank L75 W92 L77 L82 W101 W102 3.0 11 16.5 8 63  
92/3 Jeffery Wang 1785 HARKER twangbio W82 L91 B--- W98 L96 L79 3.0 10.5 14.5 12 37.5  
93/3 Stan Hwang 1844 MAGN chessimprov2 L86 W102 W103 W97 L73 L95 3.0 9 14.5 12 51.5  
94/3 Mikhail Molodyk 1862 STAN2 mmolodyk L78 L86 W80 D73 L84 W99 2.5 17 22 6.5 86  
95/3 Cody Oldham 1950 NTRT theripevessel L74 L87 W105 L80 D102 W93 2.5 11.5 16 6 56.5  
96/3 Nathan Yan 1831 FLOHR natey9 L83 L90 L82 L72 W92 W86 2.0 16 21.5 3 82.5  
97/3 William Sartorio 2063 WARR unusualkid W105 L78 L87 L93 D89 D84 2.0 13 17 7.5 63.5  
98/3 Maxwell Yang 1682 PHOFLA bearpanda2019 L80 W88 L99 L92 L79 W101 2.0 12.5 16.5 6 59.5  
99/3 Damon Mosk-Aoyama 1902 4ISO tgregson W103 L89 W98 L86 L82 L94 2.0 11.5 15 10 48  
100/3 Ben Keltner 2012 CALE radomado42 L81 L79 W102 D104 L87 L77 1.5 12.5 16.5 5.5 55  
101/3 Andrew Gong 1531 CKIFCAN thedude865 B--- D83 L85 L78 L91 L98 1.5 12 16 7.5 57.5  
102/3 Andrew Wong 1679 KGAMB chessdad2019 L85 L93 L100 B--- D95 L91 1.5 10 13.5 3 45.5  
103/3 Lisa Sun 1421 COOKIES goldfish235 L99 L76 L93 L79 L90 B--- 1.0 12 16.5 0 58.5  
104/3 Jonah Busch 1934 MECH kondsaga L73 L72 L83 D100 L80 L75 0.5 18.5 24 1.5 88  
105/3 Mateo Hansen 1687 PAWNZ mateosh L97 L73 L95 L88 L76 L80 0.0 16 21 0 66.5  
106/4 Nathan Fong 1954 CALB nathanf314 W139 W132 W126 W135 W112 W116 6.0 13.5 14 21 52.5 1st Place Board 4
107/4 Vincent Qin 1786 FLOHR chessner666 W135 W128 W118 D131 W124 W126 5.5 13 14 19.5 46.5  
108/4 Jayden Wu 1596 KGAMB sparkychesstiger W133 W125 X137 B--- W139 D127 5.5 7.5 7.5 18.5 21.5  
109/4 Robbie Selwyn 1641 STAN1 rs-tprep W127 W123 W134 L112 W135 W117 5.0 15.5 16.5 18 59.5  
110/4 Leo Yang 1522 CKIFCAN leomaster2012 B--- W135 W133 D113 D127 W136 5.0 11 11 17.5 38.5  
111/4 Daniel Perlov 1462 PAWNZ daniel_perlov L122 W138 W139 W120 W140 W123 5.0 10 10 15 36  
112/4 Junior Mejia 1602 CALA junior34601 W128 D118 W119 W109 L106 W135 4.5 20.5 21.5 16.5 72.5  
113/4 Kevin Su 2015 JMECH bingbongwhoopy L129 W122 W138 D110 W133 W131 4.5 14 14.5 13.5 53.5  
114/4 Adway Sane 1693 XCELL strikerx235 D131 X137 W140 W130 W136 L124 4.5 7.5 7.5 16 25.5  
115/4 David Taylor 1854 4ISO logicalpha W130 D119 W136 W126 D118 L129 4.0 14 15 16.5 57  
116/4 Alan Finkelstein 2058 SJCW stratus_junior X137 H--- W131 W134 D126 L106 4.0 12.5 12.5 15 42.5  
117/4 Chelsea Zhou 1892 MECH mwncklmann W138 W131 L135 X137 W123 L109 4.0 11.5 11.5 15 43  
118/4 Aidan Chen 1865 MSJH minimini5 W124 D112 L107 D127 D115 W138 3.5 19 19.5 12 69  
119/4 Caleb Meyer-Chabris 1641 1989 soggywater W140 D115 L112 W132 L122 W133 3.5 15.5 15.5 12.5 57.5  
120/4 David Li 1820 BASIS davidbtn W134 L136 D128 L111 B--- W121 3.5 14 14 10 44  
121/4 Pranav Sathish 1768 SJCCC championps W132 W139 D122 W128 L137 L120 3.5 13.5 14 16 33.5  
122/4 Leo Jiang 1871 WARR lionking-ca W111 L113 D121 D125 W119 L134 3.0 14 21 11.5 65.5  
123/4 Simona Nayberg 1906 BEAT roboro13 W136 L109 W129 W139 L117 L111 3.0 12 17.5 13 61.5  
124/4 Kyle Chang 1663 HARKER sophisticatedfork L118 L127 B--- W136 L107 W114 3.0 11 16.5 7 60.5  
125/4 Karthik Tadepalli unr. MAGN therealslim_kt L126 L108 D130 D122 W138 B--- 3.0 8 12.5 5.5 50.5  
126/4 Konstantin Zuev 1933 TECH1 barrellrider W125 W129 L106 L115 D116 L107 2.5 18 24 12 86  
127/4 Vishva Nanugonda 1795 SPEEDY 3ke31-0 L109 W124 L132 D118 D110 D108 2.5 17 22 8 78  
128/4 Nicholas Boldi 1883 RIVRKS nicarmt L112 L107 D120 L121 W130 W140 2.5 13 18.5 5 69  
129/4 Samuel Ogunsanya 1565 STAN2 sacrificethegift W113 L126 L123 D138 L134 W115 2.5 12 16.5 8.5 59.5  
130/4 Jordan Geiger unr. COOKIES jordanmainz L115 W140 D125 L114 L128 B--- 2.5 9 13 7 43  
131/4 Joseph Graves 1810 FACT gravesjl45 D114 L117 L116 D107 W132 L113 2.0 17.5 23 6.5 84  
132/4 Harrison Barclay 1308 HAPY babyjohnny L121 L106 W127 L119 L131 W137 2.0 14.5 20.5 5 66  
133/4 Alexander Nishio 1891 QRULE noobfectedxd L108 W134 L110 W140 L113 L119 2.0 14.5 19 8 65  
134/4 Trevor Stearman 1435 CALC sterman L120 L133 L109 L116 W129 W122 2.0 14 19 3 71  
135/4 Kylan Jin 1390 AZTS asianboy2002 L107 L110 W117 L106 L109 L112 1.0 23 29 4 107.5  
136/4 Alex Linu 1652 PHOFLA ibalek L123 W120 L115 L124 L114 L110 1.0 16.5 21 5 80  
137/4 Sharvil Trifale 1851 CALE strifale F116 F114 F108 F117 W121 L132 1.0 2 5.5 2 21  
138/4 Raymond Ji 1592 CALD zerozx99 L117 L111 L113 D129 L125 L118 0.5 16.5 21.5 1.5 69.5  
139/4 Peter Holzer 1603 NTRT pedropatzer L106 L121 L111 L123 L108 U--- 0.0 16 22 0 83.5  
140/4 Jaidev Kaleeswaran 1380 WINN jaidevk L119 L130 L114 L133 L111 L128 0.0 14 19 0 63.5  

 

SwissSys Standings. 2021 US Amateur Team West Championship: Team u/1800 (Board order)

#/Bd Name Rating Team Fed Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total T-Med T-Solkoff T-Cumul. T-Op. cumul. Prize
1/1 Derek Clasby 2327 CHEERIOS knightmare7724 W13 W16 W39 W18 W5 W8 6.0 20.5 20.5 21 70.5 1st Board 1
2/1 NM Arun Dixit 2201 FOLSOM limelight2727 W14 W39 W23 W28 W38 W10 6.0 14 14 21 47.5  
3/1 Benjamin Mukumbya 2008 NORTHW Mukumbya W25 W15 W17 W38 W34 W39 6.0 11 11 21 41  
4/1 NM Joshua Grabinsky 2331 PTPH mateschmate W31 D11 W27 W32 W28 W77 5.5 9 10 18.5 35.5  
5/1 Arul Viswanathan 2071 SWAM hilariouspanda W37 W24 W13 W23 L1 W31 5.0 17 18 19 57  
6/1 John Eid 1676 BURNS tangomanwest W20 L8 W31 W36 W33 W74 5.0 11.5 12.5 16 43  
7/1 Samik Pattanayak 1463 SARATOGA opening1 W35 L10 W38 W33 W32 W25 5.0 9 10 16 32.5  
8/1 Max Hao 1761 2+2=5 Joseph_Truelsons_Fan D38 W6 W19 W24 W22 L1 4.5 19.5 21 17 71.5  
9/1 Carey Fan 1621 NOCHEAT careyfan D10 W35 W22 D27 D16 W29 4.5 13.5 14.5 15.5 48.5  
10/1 Lawrence Wong 1685 CALF i936490137 D9 W7 W21 D16 W39 L2 4.0 22 22 15.5 73  
11/1 Lauren Goodkind 1856 LADY laurengoodkindchess W39 D4 W34 D19 L12 W15 4.0 17.5 17.5 15 68  
12/1 Bill Qian 1848 CARMELA lilbillybiscuit W27 W18 W24 L15 W11 L21 4.0 16 17.5 17 59.5  
13/1 Hari Rakul Ambethkar 1906 FOLSOM2 harirakul24 L1 W32 L5 W35 W29 W26 4.0 15.5 16.5 11 59  
14/1 Jose Smokowski 1644 THROWTAL jsmokowksi L2 W22 W35 W26 W31 L27 4.0 13.5 14.5 14 45.5  
15/1 Vijay Surla 1857 TRANQ v4vnkt W28 L3 D16 W12 W21 L11 3.5 20.5 22 13 80.5  
16/1 Aryan Achuthan 1551 SJHUNT chess_star1234 W32 L1 D15 D10 D9 W24 3.5 20 21 11.5 77  
17/1 Anthony Liu 1815 SARATOGA2 antwon_antony W21 W20 L3 W34 D18 L19 3.5 19.5 20.5 15 69.5  
18/1 Marina Xiao 1511 QGAMBIT programmingmax W30 L12 W33 L1 D17 W28 3.5 18 19 12 72  
19/1 Roland Gadbois 1884 UCLA epicness77 W33 W29 L8 D11 L24 W17 3.5 15.5 16.5 13.5 68  
20/1 Zixi Ni 1208 JASS zixini L6 L17 D30 W39 W36 W32 3.5 13.5 13.5 8 43  
21/1 Brian Sui 1835 WHITNEY happykind L17 W34 L10 W29 L15 W12 3.0 12.5 17.5 9 74.5  
22/1 Umesh Gopi 1729 SQUARES umgop W36 L14 L9 W31 L8 W33 3.0 10.5 16 10 57.5  
23/1 Patrick Kut 1843 TBOLT pkutchess L24 W36 L2 L5 W27 W34 3.0 9.5 16.5 8 57.5  
24/1 Dillon Holder 1795 TECHB dillonh21 W23 L5 L12 L8 W19 L16 2.0 18.5 23.5 8 86  
25/1 Charvi Atreya 944 WIZARDS charvii L3 L28 L26 W37 X30 L7 2.0 10.5 16.5 4 54  
26/1 Ayush Pathy 592 LSQUAD ayushpathy L29 L74 W25 L14 W40 L13 2.0 8.5 12.5 6 44  
27/1 Jonathan Gong 1468 CRYO theutltl L12 L30 L4 D9 L23 W14 1.5 18.5 24 2.5 80  
28/1 David Jin 1277 CHECKM8 smartgoldfish L15 W25 D29 L2 L4 L18 1.5 15.5 21.5 7 76.5  
29/1 Andy Xu 1432 BLUNDER vivianandy W26 L19 D28 L21 L13 L9 1.5 14 18.5 8 62  
30/1 Anmol Warman 1187 2FAM awarman1 L18 W27 D20 U--- F25 --- 1.5 5 8.5 7 22.5  
31/1 Yannis Angelopoulos unr. TECHC yannisang L4 W37 L6 L22 L14 L5 1.0 19 24.5 5 81.5  
32/1 Shreyank Krishnan 1146 MMTEAM_2 gambit02 L16 L13 W40 L4 L7 L20 1.0 16 21.5 4 65  
33/1 Aiden Leong 1470 BRIGHT dragonite700 L19 W40 L18 L7 L6 L22 1.0 15 20 5 67.5  
34/1 Lily Deng 1844 TCW deng18 W40 L21 L11 L17 L3 L23 1.0 13.5 19.5 6 68  
35/1 Anukul More 956 CARMELB geekykiller L7 L9 L14 L13 X37 U--- 1.0 12.5 17.5 1 56.5  
36/1 Vishwath Srinivasan 731 MAVS vsroblox L22 L23 L37 L6 L20 W40 1.0 11.5 16.5 1 46  
37/1 Colin Yi 1303 MJM handsomematch L5 L31 W36 L25 F35 F72 1.0 3.5 8.5 4 29  
38/1 Kevin Sun 1213 ABNB kevin_mx_sun D8 U--- L7 L3 L2 U--- 0.5 15.5 21.5 3 75  
39/1 Devesh Mamidi 1376 SUNRISERS son_of_the_bongcloud L11 L2 L1 L20 L10 L3 0.0 23.5 29.5 0 101.5  
40/1 Aiden Carr 920 WARSAW chessninjacat L34 L33 L32 L72 L26 L36 0.0 5.5 7.5 0 25  
41/2 Ryan Nurwono unr. WHITNEY mekaw W57 W52 W76 W53 W55 W56 6.0 16 17 21 60 1st Place Board 2
42/2 Vishnusankar Jonnalagadda 1483 SJHUNT sankymaru W50 W58 D55 W76 L46 W47 4.5 18.5 19.5 17 69.5  
43/2 Joshua Morris 1555 TBOLT josh2325 D47 W78 D87 W60 W66 D52 4.5 17.5 19 15.5 68.5  
44/2 Dharshan Vetrivelan 1683 SQUARES applepen0914 L78 W65 W46 W67 D54 W61 4.5 17 18.5 14 67.5  
45/2 Guy Argo 1928 NORTHW GuyArgo W64 D55 W57 W74 L52 W49 4.5 16.5 18 16.5 60  
46/2 Aezed Raza 1554 NOCHEAT aezed W76 W77 L44 W66 W42 D53 4.5 16 17 16.5 62.5  
47/2 Vignesh Varadarajan 1713 TECHB discovery123 D43 W60 D56 W54 W59 L42 4.0 18.5 21.5 15 83  
48/2 Barbara Goodkind 1791 LADY eatdinner D49 W71 W52 W59 D56 L55 4.0 16.5 18.5 16 71.5  
49/2 Anvitha Penagalapti 1353 SUNRISERS kween26 D48 W80 D58 W70 W76 L45 4.0 15.5 16.5 15 55  
50/2 Aizvereah Somakandan 951 MMTEAM_2 0824asomakandan L42 L62 W68 W71 W75 W70 4.0 14 16 10 52  
51/2 Jessica Wang 1445 QGAMBIT crazyhorse9 W72 D56 W61 D58 L57 W69 4.0 13.5 15 15 50  
52/2 Tayseer Khalil 1390 TCW tayseer4ch W68 L41 L48 W57 W45 D43 3.5 22 24.5 11.5 82  
53/2 Yichi Zhang 1412 BLUNDER bored_2_death W79 L59 W69 L41 W62 D46 3.5 18.5 19 12.5 69.5  
54/2 Sritan Devineni 1633 2+2=5 the_nail W74 W63 L59 L47 D44 W58 3.5 17.5 19 13 72.5  
55/2 Adam Muhs 1525 TRANQ ledatic W69 D45 D42 L56 L41 W48 3.0 16 24 11.5 89  
56/2 Yash Bhargava 1772 CARMELA hondavtecyo D66 D51 D47 W55 D48 L41 3.0 15 23.5 11.5 90.5  
57/2 Yashom Kapoor 1532 SARATOGA2 yashom L41 W70 L45 L52 W51 W59 3.0 15 23 8 85  
58/2 Hemtej Gundra 1594 CHEERIOS chessplayer-112 W62 L42 D49 D51 W60 L54 3.0 14.5 22 11.5 80  
59/2 Daniel Zahzouhi 1573 UCLA danielzahzouhi W61 W53 W54 L48 L47 L57 3.0 14 20.5 15 73.5  
60/2 Arjun Sankar 1585 SWAM knightcanjump W73 L47 W62 L43 L58 W67 3.0 12.5 19 11 67  
61/2 Elwen Zhao unr. BRIGHT elwen200 L59 W68 L51 X75 W63 L44 3.0 12.5 17 9 59  
62/2 Medhansh Koka 1044 FOLSOM2 medhanshkoka L58 W50 L60 W77 L53 W79 3.0 10.5 15 9 48  
63/2 Eric Lai 1464 BURNS ericylai W70 L54 L67 W78 L61 W110 3.0 9.5 14.5 10 53  
64/2 Nandan Jayaprakash 899 WIZARDS nandanj644 L45 L69 W79 L73 W72 W75 3.0 7.5 12.5 7 41.5  
65/2 Samuel Harris 1466 THROWTAL stegabob W80 L44 W77 W79 --- --- 3.0 3.5 8 13 17  
66/2 Nathan Zhao 1132 CRYO cryogenicrime D56 W72 W71 L46 L43 L96 2.5 14.5 19 12 63.5  
67/2 Hannah Chen unr. TECHC chessdog0809 L71 W73 W63 L44 D96 L60 2.5 13.5 18 10 58  
68/2 Kaitlyn Evens 752 WARSAW kaitlyn2024 L52 L61 L50 W118 D79 W78 2.5 8.5 12.5 5 37.5  
69/2 Junren Li 1079 CHECKM8 junren_l L55 W64 L53 L87 W71 L51 2.0 15.5 20 7 66  
70/2 Austin Jin 1153 JASS austinjin666xd L63 L57 W72 L49 W78 L50 2.0 13 17 6 52  
71/2 Dustin Herker 1276 PTPH darkabyss144 W67 L48 L66 L50 L69 W107 2.0 12.5 16.5 7 64  
72/2 Anjani Chakka 530 2FAM hestia345 L51 L66 L70 W40 L64 X37 2.0 7.5 11.5 3 40  
73/2 Andrew Ballantyne 948 MJM andrewaballantyne L60 L67 X78 W64 L77 F118 2.0 6.5 9.5 6 30  
74/2 Titus Mei 984 ABNB thankfuifortune L54 W26 D75 L45 L87 L6 1.5 16.5 21.5 7 72.5  
75/2 Grant Chen unr. SARATOGA pattothecatto W77 L76 D74 F61 L50 L64 1.5 6.5 10.5 8 31  
76/2 Neil Gupta 1013 CALF zmunish L46 W75 L41 L42 L49 L87 1.0 19.5 25.5 5 90.5  
77/2 Nolan Jones 701 CARMELB nolanjanes L75 L46 L65 L62 W73 L4 1.0 15.5 21 2 71  
78/2 Matthew Frame unr. MAVS maffywaffy W44 L43 F73 L63 L70 L68 1.0 12 16.5 6 50.5  
79/2 Aditya Panikkath unr. LSQUAD adityapanikkath2 L53 L110 L64 L65 D68 L62 0.5 14.5 18.5 1 55.5  
80/2 Supunay Nagpal 1769 FOLSOM 50up L65 L49 U--- U--- --- --- 0.0 4 8 0 28  
81/3 Adrien Cheng 1385 2+2=5 ricechessmaster1 W110 W117 L94 W90 W113 W98 5.0 14.5 16 17 63.5 1st Place Board 3
82/3 Aaron Henry unr. MAVS pizzaboy1696 W113 W99 W105 W117 W116 L106 5.0 12.5 14 20 42  
83/3 Akash Bhowmik 1743 CARMELA thewarriorstrikes D93 W95 W90 W91 L84 W108 4.5 20 22.5 16 81.5  
84/3 Daniela Keller 1758 LADY danib85 D85 W97 W103 W94 W83 L91 4.5 19.5 22 17 78.5  
85/3 Darsh Shetty 1264 SUNRISERS nullmallard D84 L87 W98 W116 W86 W114 4.5 18.5 20.5 13 72  
86/3 Adam Stafford 831 CALF aanval22 D92 W112 W108 W109 L85 W154 4.5 17 18 16 59  
87/3 Kritin Gopalakrishnan 1619 FOLSOM krgchess2010 L96 W85 D43 W69 W74 W76 4.5 16 17 13 57.5  
88/3 Elizabeth Ying 1078 CHECKM8 wawama D91 W119 D100 W154 W97 D95 4.5 15 16 15.5 56.5  
89/3 Suyuan Gui 873 BRIGHT suyuang L94 W106 D95 X112 W117 W113 4.5 13 13 12 47.5  
90/3 Raffey, Iqbal Ahamed unr. TECHB raffeyc W99 W101 L83 L81 W94 W109 4.0 19 21.5 14 77  
91/3 Rama Chitta 1475 TRANQ draidus D88 W114 W109 L83 D108 W84 4.0 18.5 20.5 14 78  
92/3 Dan Gertmenian 1507 NOCHEAT bruinsuperfan D86 W107 W113 D93 L109 W100 4.0 15.5 17 14.5 69.5  
93/3 Katherine Sunny Lu 938 CRYO 2nf31-0 D83 W118 W97 D92 L99 W156 4.0 15 15.5 14.5 49.5  
94/3 Abhishek Kylasa 1472 UCLA aenews W89 D100 W81 L84 L90 W102 3.5 20.5 23.5 13.5 84.5  
95/3 Katherine Zhuge 1356 QGAMBIT zu92710 W118 L83 D89 D98 W102 D88 3.5 19 19.5 12 67.5  
96/3 Erik Napiwocki 1012 THROWTAL wightunderscore W87 L113 F107 X104 D67 W66 3.5 11 11 10 42  
97/3 Riley Jones 940 PTPH ryejones W111 L84 L93 W120 L88 W137 3.0 14 18.5 10 64  
98/3 Siddhanth Balaji 1444 CHEERIOS enadapoiuytrewq W115 D109 L85 D95 W101 L81 3.0 13.5 20.5 12 73.5  
99/3 Austin Hepp 922 TBOLT austinhepp L90 L82 W154 L101 W93 W103 3.0 13.5 19.5 7 79.5  
100/3 Brian Yu 1374 BLUNDER brianesdabest W104 D94 D88 L108 W115 L92 3.0 13 19.5 12.5 67.5  
101/3 Viswanathan Swaminathan 1185 SWAM Gratefulbarnacle W105 L90 W115 W99 L98 L111 3.0 12 18 13 54  
102/3 Dhilon Prasad 873 SARATOGA2 pr20dhil L108 W116 W114 W103 L95 L94 3.0 10.5 16 12 61.5  
103/3 Ethan Chung 1373 TCW ethanc509 X106 W108 L84 L102 W114 L99 3.0 10.5 15 12 55  
104/3 Carlos Rodriguez unr. LSQUAD twincarloss L100 L123 X119 F96 W106 W115 3.0 8 13 6 46  
105/3 Adithya Chitta 912 MJM adichi L101 W111 L82 W119 F107 B--- 3.0 7.5 12.5 8 40  
106/3 Nate Andersen 616 WARSAW bose7777365 F103 L89 W120 X160 L104 W82 3.0 7 12 7 38  
107/3 Jimmy Garnes 595 CARMELB slimjim8511 X112 L92 X96 L115 X105 L71 3.0 4 8 9 29.5  
108/3 Reema Dawar 1559 WHITNEY glowtoad W102 L103 L86 W100 D91 L83 2.5 17 21.5 10 82.5  
109/3 Mohnishkirupaa Palani 1473 SJHUNT chesswarriorsthepro W120 D98 L91 L86 W92 L90 2.5 15 19.5 10.5 70.5  
110/3 Jake Li 873 ABNB tanflatpupet L81 W79 D112 L114 W154 L63 2.5 10 15 9 48  
111/3 Limbert Palomino unr. TECHC limpal L97 L105 D117 F113 W156 W101 2.5 8 11 5 41  
112/3 Jonathan Li unr. SARATOGA jonathanjelli F107 L86 D110 F89 W120 W119 2.5 4 8.5 5 27  
113/3 Savir Khanna 1163 SQUARES firesoc L82 W96 L92 X111 L81 L89 2.0 16.5 21.5 7 73.5  
114/3 Walter Borbridge 966 NORTHW walter2991 W119 L91 L102 W110 L103 L85 2.0 13.5 18 9 62  
115/3 Nishaad Sovani 938 FOLSOM2 chessgenius369 L98 W120 L101 W107 L100 L104 2.0 10.5 13.5 8 52.5  
116/3 Serena Liu 762 JASS shiningcrystal L117 L102 W118 L85 L82 W120 2.0 9.5 14.5 5 53  
117/3 Cassius Lai 1363 BURNS CassiusL W116 L81 D111 L82 L89 L123 1.5 19 24 8 77.5  
118/3 Parthiv Chakka 499 2FAM carcrazy1 L95 L93 L116 L68 L119 X73 1.0 9.5 13.5 0 38.5  
119/3 Kyler Shamoun unr. WIZARDS spongebob690 L114 L88 F104 L105 W118 L112 1.0 9 13.5 2 37.5  
120/3 Alec Johnson unr. MMTEAM_2 reddragon1952 L109 L115 L106 L97 L112 L116 0.0 12.5 16 0 45.5  
121/4 Angus Gruen unr. TECHB syxton D144 W150 W152 W155 W151 W132 5.5 10.5 11.5 18 46.5 1st Place Board 4
122/4 Michael Xiao 1363 BLUNDER swimgrass W149 W151 W153 W139 W147 D143 5.5 10.5 11 20.5 34.5  
123/4 Sean Wu 858 ABNB dum2020areeews W155 W104 W159 D158 B--- W117 5.5 8 8 18.5 19.5  
124/4 Cheryl Lins 1737 LADY pema_yeshe L138 W148 W126 W151 W152 W133 5.0 16 17 15 57.5  
125/4 Maxwell Medley unr. SQUARES medleymax1500 W135 W156 W143 W130 B--- L129 5.0 16 16 19 53.5  
126/4 Jason Hunter 1101 TCW thechessfalcon1 W140 W139 L124 W142 W158 W144 5.0 15.5 16 17 57.5  
127/4 Aditya Joshi 1254 CHEERIOS SpeedyCheesse123 W147 L132 W138 W141 W150 W155 5.0 15 16.5 16 60  
128/4 Axton Boonswang unr. MMTEAM_2 superlegos L132 W147 W140 W148 X159 W145 5.0 14 14 14 45.5  
129/4 Andrew Zou unr. BRIGHT anicestep W151 L140 W141 W159 W146 W125 5.0 13.5 14.5 16 47.5  
130/4 Jeff Zeidel unr. TECHC ledize1 X148 W157 W146 L125 B--- W150 5.0 9 9 16 33  
131/4 Stuart Heitschmidt unr. WIZARDS stuepat W158 W153 F149 W157 X160 X159 5.0 2 2 15 3.5  
132/4 Rohan Dash 1412 SJHUNT chessrohan2 W128 W127 D133 W134 W143 L121 4.5 23 25.5 18 87.5  
133/4 Ed Pernicka unr. TRANQ copernickas W153 W158 D132 W152 W139 L124 4.5 14 14.5 18 53.5  
134/4 Anish Doshi 721 CALF filmic W143 W159 L139 L132 W138 B--- 4.0 15 15 13 51  
135/4 Sid Nanjangud unr. MAVS mikhaillesnichy L125 D144 W157 D146 W145 W140 4.0 13.5 14.5 11 56  
136/4 Zayden Wang 700 CRYO zayden1 L152 W160 W148 L143 W144 B--- 4.0 9 9 11 26.5  
137/4 Tommy Klein unr. CARMELB tommyklein1 X159 L143 W156 X147 X157 L97 4.0 6 6 12 20.5  
138/4 Advik Garg 1246 SUNRISERS vgarg_chess W124 W154 L127 D145 L134 W158 3.5 17 17.5 13.5 63  
139/4 Neil Tendolkar 1472 WHITNEY ben10dollar W142 L126 W134 L122 L133 W152 3.0 16 22.5 11 85.5  
140/4 Colin Sekora unr. WARSAW colinsekora123 L126 W129 L128 B--- W149 L135 3.0 15 20 9 65  
141/4 Ella Guo 1336 QGAMBIT sunnycountry W160 W152 L129 L127 L142 W153 3.0 10.5 16 12 51  
142/4 Omkar Kulkarni 674 SARATOGA2 rakmok L139 W145 W158 L126 W141 L151 3.0 9.5 15 11 54  
143/4 Stan Chao 1502 NOCHEAT stanchao L134 W137 L125 W136 L132 D122 2.5 18.5 24 8.5 93.5  
144/4 Tyson Dang 864 TBOLT tdang2003 D121 D135 B--- D150 L136 L126 2.5 14 19.5 10 64.5  
145/4 Sean Yin 724 JASS seanyin W146 L142 W160 D138 L135 L128 2.5 14 18.5 11.5 56  
146/4 Carter Eid 1043 BURNS masterofdeceit1 L145 W155 L130 D135 L129 B--- 2.5 12 17 6.5 58.5  
147/4 Daniel Chang unr. FOLSOM2 dcha2127 L127 L128 W150 F137 L122 W149 2.0 12.5 18 5 65  
148/4 Sawyer Bergstedt 729 PTPH sawyer945 F130 L124 L136 L128 W153 B--- 2.0 8.5 13.5 2 42  
149/4 Raven Davis-Bailey unr. LSQUAD ravenstreetchess L122 B--- X131 F156 L140 L147 2.0 5 10.5 7 34.5  
150/4 Sankar Swaminathan 1173 SWAM sankarswa W157 L121 L147 D144 L127 L130 1.5 14.5 20 7.5 65  
151/4 Brandon Zhao unr. UCLA brndnzh L129 L122 L155 L124 L121 W142 1.0 20 25.5 1 84.5  
152/4 Oren Jensen 817 CARMELA orenjensen W136 L141 L121 L133 L124 L139 1.0 19 24.5 6 85  
153/4 Katherine Ying 895 CHECKM8 wawaba L133 L131 L122 B--- L148 L141 1.0 14 19.5 2 67.5  
154/4 Jeremy Koo 1156 FOLSOM koojeremy W156 L138 L99 L88 L110 L86 1.0 14 18.5 6 63  
155/4 Vinesh Jethva unr. 2+2=5 reachvincj L123 L146 W151 L121 U--- L127 1.0 13 18.5 4 60  
156/4 Grace Lewandowski unr. THROWTAL gracelewandowski L154 L125 L137 X149 L111 L93 1.0 10.5 15 2 56.5  
157/4 Shelton Cai 746 MJM nerdyspacey L150 L130 L135 L131 F137 B--- 1.0 9.5 14 0 49.5  
158/4 James Brennan unr. NORTHW TheTsarevich L131 L133 L142 D123 L126 L138 0.5 20.5 25.5 1.5 93  
159/4 Dhruv Singh unr. SARATOGA dhruv995 F137 L134 L123 L129 F128 F131 0.0 8.5 13.5 0 47.5  
160/4 Roshan Warman unr. 2FAM roshanwarman L141 L136 L145 F106 F131 --- 0.0 5.5 9 0 34.5  
 

 


February 2021 TNM Starts Tuesday February 9th

The Tuesday Night Marathon will begin this Tuesday February 9th. The tournamemt will be six rounds, G/35+2, and games will be manually paired on Chess.com. The tournament will be USCF online rated, and we will play two rounds per evening, the first starting at 6:30pm pacific time and the next at 8pm. 

Full details can be found in the tournament announcement here: https://www.milibrary.org/chess-tournaments/february-2021-tuesday-night-marathon-online

We look forward to continuing the tradition that is the Mechanics' Institute Tuesday Night Marathon, where we bring our community together through chess, and invite others to join us as we strive to keep our chess community active and vibrant. We care about fair play, and we care about our players. Join us this Tuesday evening!

To register, please follow this link: https://mechanics-institute.jumbula.com/2021OnlineTournaments/Feb2021TNMOnline


 Thursday Night Marathon Report

GM Gadir Guseinov won a rather quick game against IM Elliott Winslow, where the game quickly went to an endgame that was favorable for Gadir as black. Gadir now leads with 4/4. Mike Walder and Jonah Busch also picked up big wins to move up in the standings to 3.5/4. Standings are below, final round will be next week!