DCC April 2019 Championship Report

10:04pm Saturday, May 4th, 2019

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The DCC is proud to have an eclectic mix of people every Tuesday playing an ancient game in the modern high tech world.

We have set another attendance record for the DCC Tuesday night games. Over the course of a month, our attendance has been in the high eighties several times. This month 94 players played at least one game. That is all well and good, but I am more inclined to go by the weekly attendance as an indication of the growth of the DCC. For this month's 3rd round we paired 72 players. Nearly didn't have enough tables :-) Having over 60 players each week is becoming commonplace. In light of the latest attendance record, I'll just use John Brezina room shots for this report, See all of Mr. Brezina's photos from the April tournament.


Mark Krowczyk making a move. 

Our playing room at the church is great and the church leadership very much likes having us there on Tuesdays. But I think the Denver Chess Club is ready to be open 7 days a week. For that, we need our own building. If anyone reading this report knows how to make that happen, we would sure like to hear from you. Basically we would like someone to buy us a building, build in a coffee shop and cafe, furnish the playing rooms with high-grade chess tables and chairs, put some chess art on the walls, and pay all our expenses each month. That's not asking too much, is it? :-)


We would like a future benefactor to model our playing rooms like this. 

With Gunnar Andersen unable to play the last 3 rounds, and Brian Wall missing the last 2 rounds, Richard Shtivelband cruised to another 1st place finish in the Premier section. Winning 145 dollars with 4.5 points. Which Includes another win against the DCC President, and Neil Bhavikatti holding him to a hard-fought draw in round 4. His last round game against Kevin Seidler was a back and forth battle. Mr. Shtivelband said he messed up a winning position and as they say, had to win the game all over again. (see diagrams #1 thru #4)


Richard Shtivelband with the White pieces. 

Neil, a rising young star, finished with 4 points. Besides his draw with Mr. Shtivelband, the youngster also had a nice upset draw against the strong Expert, Kevin Seidler. New to the DCC, Cory Klauss also played very well to end up with 4 points and share the combined 2nd and 3rd place prize with Neil. They each win 70 dollars and 50 cents. Vedanth Sampath's big win over Eamon Montgomery in round 1 wins the 20 dollar Upset prize. Look out Neil, you got competition coming right behind you :-)


Kelsey Hoffman writing down her move.

Frankly, I am surprised to find my name at the top of the U1900 standings, considering my really bad play in round 3. Still, here  I am sharing 1st place with 3 other players. John Brezina, Jason McEwen, and Andrew Eskenazi, who all also finished with 4 points. Combining the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, we all win 66 dollars and 50 cents. (diagrams #6 thru #9)

Of the 4 of us, it must be said that Mr. Eskenazi played the best. All of his points were Upset wins and draws. Mr. Brezina had a big upset win against Haroun Mueller-Omar in round 3. (diagram #14) I know that had to have been a great game. Mr. McEwen jumped all over my really bad moves in our round 3 game. I also must confess I got lucky to win my last round game against Dwight Sehler. When, in time pressure, he overlooked a pawn slipping down the board.


Every person in this picture is playing chess. 

The young Rithvik Ijju wins the 20 dollar U1900 Upset prize for his huge 346 point rating difference win over Micheal Crill in round 4. In addition, he also had nearly as big of upsets in round 2 and 3 against Walter Lowe and Cory Foster. All strong experienced adult players. Look out Vedanth, competition is right behind you. :-)

The story of the U1500 section has to be of the 2 kids, Grayson Manuel, and Kaavya Sakthisaravanan. They just keep winning their games against higher rated opponents. They were paired for I think the first time in the last round with 1st place on the line, and the game was one of the last to finish. Grayson won this time, but I'm sure Kaavya will be looking to even the score when she and her family come back from India later this summer. The youngster wins 132 dollars for his 5-0 1st place score. That's a boatload of money for a kid :-)


More women and kids in this picture than men. 

At least longtime DCC veteran, Paul Kullback, who hasn't been a kid for oh, 50 - 60 years now :-) was able to take clear 2nd place with a fine 4 point score and win 80 dollars. Paul only lost to guess who... Yep, Grayson Manuel. There was a 4-way tie for 3rd place. Mohan Oopal, Elijah Warwick, Aditi Iyer, and Kaavya all ended up with 3,5 points and they each win 13 dollars and 50 cents. Elijah is a teenager, Kaavya may not even be in grade school, and I'm embarrassed to admit I don't know either Mohan or Aditi. The 30 dollar U1500 Upset prize was won by Arjun Iyer, who I'm guessing is Aditi's brother, for his nice 360 point rating difference win against Mark Fischer.


A youngster with a determined look is making a move. 

We are glad to have such a diverse group of players at the DCC. Chess is truly an International game that is enjoyed by people all over the world. Young and old. Men and Women. Every nationality, and from every culture. What other sport can claim that? The DCC is proud to have an eclectic mix of people every Tuesday playing an ancient game in the modern high tech world.

Championship trophies will be awarded to the section winners before the 1st round of the DCC May tournament. The heading photo is Richard Shivelband's brain while he was loading all the Championship games from the 2019 Denver Open to the DCC site :-) Richard and Gunnar Andersen then created a ChessBase link  for easier round by round access to the games. 

Let's begin the Games section with Richard Shtivelband, games, as he is the 2019 DCC Champion,

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1) Ben Gurka vs. Richard Shtivelband, Rd. 1. The DCC Tournament Director is a strong player who has increased his rating and is now running with the big dogs on Tuesday nights. Straight away he is growled at by the new DCC Champion. After 19... Bg4 Mr. Gurka tried 20. Rf2. How did NM Shtivelband reply to that? https://denverchess.com/games/view/18565

1nR5/KP2k3/3b4/4pBp1/6P1/8/8/8 b - - 51 101

2) Richard Shtivelband vs. Jesse Hester. Rd. 2. Final Position. Black resigns. Mr. Hester put up a fight in this game, but could not overcome Mr. Shtivelband's excellent technique. https://denverchess.com/games/view/18564 

8/p4rk1/8/8/1pp3P1/7P/PPKR4/8 w - - 38 76

3) Brian Wall vs. Richard Shtivelband. Rd. 3. At move 37... Rd7-f7,  Pawn Wave Guy is a pawn up and has two connected passed pawns on the Kingside. How does Black not just save the game but win? https://denverchess.com/games/view/18567 

k1rb4/p5p1/qp3p1p/3p1P2/3B4/3P2PK/1Q5P/4R3 w - - 39 78

4) Richard Shtivelband vs. Kevin Seidler. Rd. 5. After 39... Qa4xa6, White is down 2 pawns and in dire straights.  Richard said he had messed up a winning position and had to win the game all over again. Around here must be the "messed up" part :-) See the "win the game all over" part here: https://denverchess.com/games/view/18563

8/2k3p1/2P4p/RK6/1p1b4/1P3B2/2r3P1/8 b - - 42 83

5) Brian Wall vs. Evan Helman. Round 1. After 42. c5-c6. Look Out. Pawn Wave Guy has an advanced passed pawn. In this position NM Wall's comment is, "When I stopped keeping score with less than 5 minutes left Evan had 42. c6 Rc5+ 43. Kxb4 Rxa5 44. Kxa5 which is a position any 3 digit player worth his salt could draw, but Experts value material and Masters value squares." Instead Mr.helman played... https://denverchess.com/games/view/18395 With Computer notes 

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6) Randolph Schine vs. Andrew Eskenazi. Rd. 5. This game assured Mr. Eskenazi a share of the U1900 1st place prize. Black has just took a pawn on f2 with 26... Qxf2+. White can block the check with B or N to e2, or play 27. Kd1. What would you play? https://denverchess.com/games/view/18539 See Mr. Eskenazi's games against Michael Krill against Bill O'Neil against Alex Barazza and against Dan Cole All win and draw upset points. 

r3k2r/1b2qpp1/p3P3/1p3p1p/4p2P/PQ4B1/1PP1B1P1/3R3K w kq - 22 44

7) Jason McEwen vs. Rithvik Ijju. Rd.1. In this position, White played the not bad move 23. exf7. Do you see a better move? https://denverchess.com/games/view/18394 

r4rk1/ppq1bp1p/2b1pnp1/6B1/1PPN4/P2B4/2Q2PPP/R4RK1 b - - 19 37

8) J.C. MacNeil vs. Jason McEwen. Rd 3. I have just played the really bad move 19. Nf3-d4. How does Mr. McEwen now win a piece? https://denverchess.com/games/view/18417 See Jason's comments on this same game His "2 for 1 sale" comment made me smile. 

8/p4pp1/3n1k2/3B3p/2p5/2P1K1P1/PP3P2/8 w - h6 34 68

9) Dwight Sehler vs. j.C. MacNeil. Rd5. After 34.Ke3 I see Mr. Sehler might be going for the weak Black c4 pawn. I play 34... h5 and indeed Mr. Schler plays 35. Kd4. I tried to project "I'm just losing" and played ...g5. Can White take the c4 pawn? i should mention that Dwight is in severe time pressure here. https://denverchess.com/games/view/18562 

2r3k1/5pbp/4p1p1/3pP2P/2pP1PP1/p7/NqRQ1K2/8 b - - 45 89

10) Kaavya Sakthisaravanan vs. Grayson Manuel. Rd, 5. Both these kids have been winning their games against higher rated experienced adult players. in this position, Grayson is winning with his passed pawns, but here after 45. Rc1-c2 the score is given as 45... Qb4. Clearly a typo because i'm sure Saavya would have played ...Nxb4 or ...Qxb4 and not 46.Nc3. Anyway, somehow Grayson won and by doing so took clear 1st place in the U1500 section with a perfect 5-0 score. https://denverchess.com/games/view/18526 

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11) Aravind Gurumurthi vs.  Kaavya Sakthisaravanan. April extra rated game. Kaavya on the attack. Mr. Gurumurthi had blundered his Queen earlier, and the youngster did not let up. After 28...h5-h4 the Knight can't move and Kaavya mates a few moves later.  https://denverchess.com/games/view/18407

5rk1/pp1bq1p1/2p2r2/3p1p2/3P3Q/3BP1RP/PP4P1/5RK1 w - - 23 46

12) Rob Cernich vs. Aditya Krishna. Rd. 1. After 23... Raf8, Mr. Cernich unleashes a sweet attack. What would you play now as White? https://denverchess.com/games/view/18391 See Rob's comments after the last diagram. 

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13) Karthik Selva vs, Haroun Muellar-Omar. Rd. 2. In this position is 23... Nh3+ a good move or a crazy move? How is the Knight going to get back out? https://denverchess.com/games/view/18400 Read Haroun's excellent as always annotations for the answer. Haroun's analysis on his Twitch Channel  See live analysis of his last round game against Nikolas Theiss at the 2019 Denver Open.

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14) Haroun Muellar-Omar vs. John Brezina. Rd. 3 Black has just played the excellent move 26... Ng5-f3+. Why can't White just move the King instead 0f 27, Rxf3? Provide an answer for both Kd1 and Ke2. https://denverchess.com/games/view/18420 See also highly instructive annotated games Mr. Muellar-Omar played at the 2019 Denver Open.  vs. Christopher Motley and vs. Carlos Santillan

Rob Cernich comments on Diagram #12

"Strong attack, with pins being the main tactical theme throughout (17. Rg3 and 23. Qh4).  I think he was surprised by the exchange sacrifice, 24. Rxf5, and shocked by 26. Rxg7+, with a mate to follow."

"My biggest mistake was 12. h3 (drops a pawn), which should have been 12. Nf4.  The computer thought 16. Ne2 was dubious, but I wanted to put pressure on his king with Rg3, hoping to exchange knights on h5, which he allowed."


Thanks to all,

J.C. MacNeil


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