The DCC Premier section has been taken over by kids playing Master level chess.
Before getting to the DCC August - September report, I'd like to relate what the Denver Chess Club has planned for the 2020 Denver Open to be held April 30th thru May 3rd. Yes, that's right, we are planning a 4-day chess extravaganza. The DCC 2019 Denver Open was one of the best tournaments ever held in Colorado and is still being talked about by IM Danny Rensch on one of his YouTube videos. In addition, we have received many favorable comments from the GM/IM's and other players who participated in the 2019 event. Our plans for the 2020 version will eclipse what we did in 2019. Here is a preview of what we are planning. Details are not final till the actual TLA is posted, but essentially this is what we intend to accomplish.
IM Danny Rensch in action at the 2019 Denver Open
Thursday Night: Simultaneous Grandmaster Blitz. Of the 10 -12 GM or IM's we plan to have in the main tournament, we will have 4 or 5 GM's participate in this event. The idea is for each GM to play 8-10 local players simultaneously with a blitz time control. Entries would be divided into 8-10 player groups to face a Grandmaster. The time control is yet to be determined but for example: Each player would have a G/5; d2 time control. The GM would have 20 minutes plus the delay to play all 8 or 10 boards. Players would move at will, even when the GM is at another board and hit their clock. When the GM comes up to their board the player indicates his last move, or with his clock running could wave the GM on to the next board. When all the GM's have finished their 1st round of games they would then rotate to the next group of local players. Thus all 40-50 players in this event would play each of the 4-5 GM's participating. This will be a unique event for Colorado chess players.
The more I think about Kevin McConnell's idea of a GM Blitz Simul the more I like the idea.
Friday Afternoon: Open to all Blitz Tournament. This event will be double round Swiss System pairings with GM/IM participation. The GM/IM's would play with a G/3 + 2 second increment time control. Other players G/5 plus the increment. GM/IM's would not play each other, thus giving more players a chance to play one on one across the board from a fire breathing dragon :-) Best GM/IM score wins a single prize, with the remainder of the prize money paid out as prizes to each rating class.
Friday Night will be the 1st round of the Championship section. We will definitely correct the mistake we made at this years Denver Open and have much better spectator access to view the 2020 Championship section games. Rounds 2 thru 5, along with the 5 round open to all main tournament, will be played Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday Night: Prize checks will be paid out immediately following the last game in each section. Then we will have what is sure to be the highlight of the 2020 Denver Open - A free for all Pizza Party :-) Feedback on these ideas is welcome and encouraged.
...and a good time will be had by all :-)
On to the DCC August - September report. [note: Prize amounts previously listed have been corrected.] Due to construction at the church, we knew we would not be able to meet the last Tuesday of August or the 1st Tuesday of September, so we combined both months to make a 6 round tournament. And what a great tournament it turned out to be, with upset wins galore in all three sections. Plus having 92 individual players play at least one game over the course of the tournament. The heading photo is a typical Tuesday night at the DCC.
The Kevin Seidler vs. Neil Bhavikatti game being live streamed.
The DCC Premier section has been taken over by kids playing Master level chess. Incredibly Life Master Brian Wall lost to Neil Bhavikatti and Vedanth Sampath, and only managed to draw Sullivan McConnell. (see diagrams # 4 and #5 below)These kids are all like 12 years old and their combined weight might add up to half of what NM Wall weighs :-) Neil took clear 1st place with a 5 point score and won 150 dollars. He only gave up draws to Sullivan and Kevin Seidler. Thanks to Dean Clow's tech wizardly, Neil's last round game with Mr. Seidler was live-streamed to the DCC facebook page. [note: the link may not work, I think Dean said it would only be up for 4 days] But I think we are going to be able to this weekly, so if you can't be at the club, check out the DCC Facebook page on Tuesday evenings. Has to be better than watching TV :-)
Vedanth Sampath with the Black pieces against NM Brian Wall
Mr. Seidler, along with Vedanth and Jesse Hester, tied for the combined 2nd and 3rd place prize of 128 dollars. Mr. Hester played very well to upset Dean Clow in the last round. Vedanth played even better. In addition to upsetting the DCC President, he also beat Mark Krowczyk and Cory Klauss, both strong players and much higher rated than the young Vedanth. (diagrams 1 thru 3) Dylan Goertz reappeared at the DCC and laid a 433 point upset win on near Expert, Jack Woehr, to win the 20 dollar Premier section Upset prize.
Taylor Andrews playing White in his last round game against Roger Redmond.
In the U1900 section, Taylor Andrews started out by upsetting Jason McEwen for his first point. Then he kept right on upsetting much higher rated players till he finished in clear 1st place with 5.5 points. Only giving up a draw to Roger Redmond in the last round. Proof that it is always dangerous to look at a players rating, and assume you are going to have an easy game. Mr. Andrews earned 137 dollars for his excellent performance.
Ken Doykos - maybe wondering about his last move :-) - against Bill Hall.
Ken Doykos, Bill O'Neil, Mr. Redmond, Rathik Ijju, and yours truly (diagram # 10), all ended up with 4 points and we share the combined 2nd and 3rd place prize of 139 dollars.I am lucky to be in this group. In my last round game with Mr. O'Neil, after he thwarted all my cheap tricks and traps, he was up a pawn in a Queen and minor piece ending but forgot about his clock and lost on time. Abhinav Krishna won the 20 dollar U1900 Upset prize for his draw against Lawrence Reifurth, who is new to the DCC, and maybe the youngster took him by surprise.
Mark Zeringue with the white pieces is playing Mark Fischer.
In the U1500 section, Mark Zeringue also took clear first place with a 5.5 point score. Winning all his games other than a 5th round bye. His excellent play won 137 dollars. Owen Vonne is yet another youngster who is improving his game at the DCC. He finished in clear 2nd place with a 5 point score that includes a big upset win against Paul Kullback (diagram # 9) in round 5 and he wins 83 dollars. The youngster only lost to Mr. Zeringue in round 2. Owen's fine score is also why his DCC Team is in 1st place in the Team competition running concurrently with the main tournament.
Owen Vonne thinking about his move in his game with Vyacheslav Pupko. Jeff Manuel is playing Paul Kullback.
Mr. Kullback, Michael McNamara, Jeff Manuel, Mark Fischer, Vyacheslav Pupko, and Kumaran Lenin all finished with 3.5 points and they share the 3rd pace prize of 56 dollars. It is good that at the DCC there are several young girls playing regularly. Two of them were paired in the last round, and Saavi Annaji won the 20 dollar U1500 Upset prize for her win against Kaavya Sakthisaravannan. Kaavya and her family were in India over the summer and we are glad to have them back at the DCC.
Kaavya Sakthisaravannan with the White pieces against Saavi Annaji.
Congratulations to all the prize winners and thanks to all the players that are making the DCC Tuesday night tournament games competitive. It is especially heartening for me to see kids competing on an equal basis with adults. The fact that this is possible is what makes the sport of chess so great. If you don't think chess is a sport, read this article.
We'll start the Games Section with Vedanth Sampath's big win against Brian Wall, and his other big upset wins.
1) Brian Wall vs. Vedanth Sampath. Round 6. Vedanth's astute comments on this game are given below after the last diagram. In this position Black played 17...Nf4. Before reading his comments; What would have been a better move? When playing over the game, what would you play as Black at move 20? As for Mr. Wall's opening move - 1. a3 - don't miss Vedanth's last comment given below. Schooling the Master :-)
2) Vedanth Sampath vs. Cory Klauss. Round 3. After 22. Ne2-f4 Black played ...Kg7-h8. Can you find the forced mate?
3) Mark Krowczyk vs, Vedanth Sampath. Round 2. In this position, Mr. Krowczyk played 20. Nc4xe5. I'm guessing he meant to follow after ...dxe5 with 22, d6+. But instead he played 22. Bxe7 and shortly thereafter Black was just up a piece. Vedanth commented, "my game with Mark was pure luck"
4) Jesse Hester vs. Sullivan McConnell. Round 4. Sullivan exhibits nerves of steel in this game. Here after 38. Rf2xf3, capturing a Knight, the Queen is attacked, mate is threatened and White is a piece up. How does Black defend everything?
5) Sullivan McConnell vs. Brian Wall. Round 2. Final Position. NM Wall manages to hold a a pawn down opposite color Bishop ending. Sullivan sure made him sweat though :-)
6) Brian Wall vs. Dean Clow. Round 5. This diagram is after 24. dxe5. As soon as I saw his position I thought, uh-oh Pawn Wave Guy is going to strike again, and sure enough the "e" pawn could not be stopped.
7) Brian Wall vs. Ben Gurka. Round 3. Final position. Black resigns. This was a wild game but here the "Super GM" just has too many pawns. Give Pawn Wave Guy just one extra pawn and you might as well resign :-)
8) Andrew Eskenazi vs. Jesse Hester. Round 1. White has just played 25. Nh6-g4. What did Mr. Eskenazi he overlook?
9) Paul Kullback vs. Owen Vonne. Round 5. A pair of Rooks has just been traded off with 34...Kc7xb8. From here the youngster shows excellent technique to win this pawn up endgame.
10) J.C. MacNeil vs. Rob Cernish. Round 5. After 22. Nh4-f5, Black played the hasty move ...Rf7. What was White's next move?
Vedanth Sampath comments on Diagram #1:
"On move 17 I'm pretty sure that the computer says that Bh3 is the best move! Also when he played Re1, that was his best move but I thought that was a bad move. So for Bh3, I think after gh3 the computer suggests Qd7! A very subtle move but very effective targeting whites king and probably I am winning."
"And for me on move 20...Nxe2 is a very bad move, I still have an advantage but I lose a very active and good piece for a bad piece the Bishop . I thought this was good because I thought the bishop and his other pieces would coordinate very well and win so I thought that trading down would be good. But I guess I was wrong"
"Also I think that one reason that he got a bad position from the opening is because of his first move a3 and how he follows up with it. Because of the moves he played his Bishop was kind of trapped in his own side and was an easy target for me. Most of that happened because of his pawn on d3 he also had a very weak a3 pawn which I could have targeted if I needed too."