Round 4 Report

Update!  IM John Bartholomew's game analysis on his YouTube channel!

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Round 4 was another big match for the MN Blizzard.  We were paired up with the Rio Grande Ospreys.  The Ospreys were 6.5-3.5 last year making it to the Quarterfinals before losing to New York.   The rating distribution of our lineup was similar to other successful rounds, and Rio Grande appeared to have a similar strategy.

Board 1 was IM John Bartholomew with the white pieces against IM Vazquez.  John played energetically and there were lots of tactics to calculate early.

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[Event "ICC 75 30 u"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.09.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Bartholomew-MIN"]
[Black "Vazquez-RIO"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A17"]
[WhiteElo "2555"]
[BlackElo "2546"]
[Annotator "Jensen,Matthew"]
[PlyCount "119"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. g4 {I love this idea from John! Not the
most popular move, but he's playing to mix things up and as White he has some
flexibility.} O-O 5. g5 Ne8 6. Qc2 d5 7. b3 (7. e3 {was played in
Maksimenko-Zorko 2013. Black went on to win that game.}) 7... c5 8. Bb2 Bxc3
9. dxc3 dxc4 10. e3 {A pawn sacrifice offer to open up the two bishops.} cxb3
11. axb3 f5 12. gxf6 {An interesting choice. At first it appears the trade
will strengthen John's bishops. After going forward 6-7 moves though it seems
an improvement could be made on move 12.} Qxf6 13. Be2 e5 14. Qe4 Nc6 15. c4
Bf5 16. Qh4 Rd8 17. Qxf6 {Black's king seems fairly safe and it will be
difficult for John to prove he has adequate compensation for the pawn.} gxf6
18. Rg1+ Kh8 19. Bc3 b6 20. Nh4 Be4 21. f4 exf4 22. exf4 a5 23. Rd1 Rxd1+ 24.
Bxd1 Ng7 25. Kf2 Nf5 26. Bf3 Nxh4 27. Bxe4 Nd4 28. Bxd4 cxd4 29. b4 axb4 30.
Rb1 f5 31. Bd5 Ng6 32. Rxb4 Rf6 33. Kg3 Rd6 34. Bf3 Kg7 35. Rb5 Kf6 36. c5 bxc5
37. Rxc5 d3 38. Rc4 d2 39. Bd1 Re6 40. Rd4 Re4 41. Rxd2 Nxf4 42. Bf3 Rb4 43.
Rd6+ Kg7 44. Rd7+ Kh6 45. Rf7 Kg6 46. Rd7 Kh6 47. Rf7 Kg6 48. Rd7 Kg5 49. Rxh7
Ng6 50. Rc7 Rb3 51. Kf2 Ne5 52. Be2 f4 53. Rc5 Kf5 54. Ra5 Rb2 55. h4 f3 56.
Rxe5+ Kxe5 57. Kxf3 Rb3+ 58. Kg4 Rb4+ 59. Kg5 Rxh4 60. Kxh4 1/2-1/2

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Board 2 was Sean Nagle against IM Ynojosa.

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[Event "ICC 75 30 u"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.09.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Ynojosa-RIO"]
[Black "Nagle-MIN"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E61"]
[WhiteElo "2471"]
[BlackElo "2542"]
[Annotator "Jensen,Matthew"]
[PlyCount "62"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 c5 3. e3 Bg7 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. d5 d6 7. Be2 Na6 {We've
reached a King's Indian position. Sean has lots of experience in these setups.
} 8. O-O Nc7 9. e4 Bg4 10. Ng5 Bxe2 11. Qxe2 a6 {Playing for the thematic pawn
break ...b5.} 12. f4 b5 13. e5 Nd7 14. e6 fxe6 15. Nxe6 Nxe6 16. Qxe6+ Kh8 17.
Ne4 Nf6 18. Ng5 Qd7 19. f5 Qxe6 20. Nxe6 {Less experienced players should
study this position closely. Sean sacrifices the exchange for a pawn and
obtains an advantage.} bxc4 21. Nxf8 Rxf8 22. fxg6 hxg6 23. Bd2 Rb8 24. Bc3
Nxd5 25. Bxg7+ Kxg7 26. Rf2 Nb4 27. Raf1 Nd3 {White obtains a position with
perpetual check possibilities and the game headed towards a draw.} 28. Rf7+ Kh6
29. R1f3 Rxb2 30. Rh3+ Kg5 31. Rg3+ Kh6 1/2-1/2

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Board 3 was IM Andrew Tang against IM Joshua Ruiz in his USCL debut.

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[Event "ICC 75 30 u"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.09.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tang-MIN"]
[Black "Ruiz-RIO"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E32"]
[WhiteElo "2475"]
[BlackElo "2491"]
[Annotator "Jensen,Matthew"]
[PlyCount "156"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b6 7. Bg5 Bb7 8.
e3 d6 9. Ne2 Nbd7 10. Qc2 h6 11. Bh4 Qe8 12. Rd1 Ne4 13. f3 Ng5 14. Bg3 f5 15.
h4 Nh7 16. Bf2 e5 17. d5 Nhf6 18. Nc3 Bc8 19. Nb5 Qd8 20. Qxf5 e4 21. Nd4 Ne5
22. Ne6 Qe8 23. f4 Neg4 24. h5 c6 $2 (24... Rf7 {Threatening ...Nxd5.} 25. Be2
Nxd5 26. Qxd5 Bxe6 27. Qxe4 {is close to equal.}) 25. Be2 Nxf2 26. Kxf2 {Now
Andrew has the chance to push the g-pawn up the board for a dangerous attack.}
Rf7 27. Qg6 Bxe6 28. dxe6 Qxe6 29. Rd2 Rd8 30. Rhd1 Rc7 31. g4 d5 32. Kg2 Re7
33. g5 hxg5 34. fxg5 Nh7 35. Qxe6+ Rxe6 36. cxd5 Red6 37. Rd4 cxd5 38. Bc4 Nxg5
39. Rxd5 Rxd5 40. Rxd5 Rxd5 41. Bxd5+ Kh7 42. Kg3 Kh6 {The game is close to
equal but Andrew finds a way to get a won endgame.} 43. Kh4 Nf3+ 44. Kg4 Ne5+
45. Kf5 Nd3 46. Kxe4 Nxb2 47. Bf7 Kg5 48. Kd4 Nd1 49. e4 Kf6 50. Bg6 Nf2 51.
Bf5 Nh1 52. Kd5 Ng3 53. Bg4 Nf1 54. Kd6 Ne3 55. e5+ Kf7 56. Be2 Nf5+ 57. Kd7
Ne7 58. Bc4+ Kf8 59. Kc7 Ke8 60. Bb5+ Kf7 61. Kd7 Kf8 62. Bc4 Nf5 63. a4 Nh6
64. e6 Nf5 65. Bd3 Ne7 66. Be4 Ng8 67. Bf3 Nf6+ 68. Kd8 Ng8 69. Bg2 Ne7 70. Be4
Ng8 71. Bf3 Ne7 72. Be2 Nd5 73. Bc4 Ne7 74. Kc7 Nf5 75. Bd3 Ne7 76. Bc4 Nf5 77.
Kd8 Ne7 78. Kc7 Nf5 {Unfortunately while trying to gain time with the 30
second increment a three-fold repetition was reached.} (78... Nf5 {The endgame
is complicated. It looks like White's king can attempt to capture the
queenside pawns.} 79. Kb8 Nd6 80. Bd5 a6 81. Ka7 Ke7 82. Kxa6 Nc8 83. Kb7 Kd8
84. Bb3 {and Black is in zugswang.}) 1/2-1/2

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Assistant Manager and USCF Expert Eric Bell played board 4 for the Blizzard.  Most of the notes are from Eric (Thanks Eric!).

 

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[Event "USCL Week 4"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.09.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Serna, Jeffrey"]
[Black "Bell, Eric"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B22"]
[WhiteElo "2108"]
[BlackElo "2050"]
[Annotator "Jensen,Matthew"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 {Eric was prepared for a Be3 Najdorf and the Alapin took him by
surprise. He didn't mind though due to his experience in the opening.} d5 3.
exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bxe2 9. Qxe2 a6 ({
Eric wanted to play} 9... Nc6 {but he didn't like} 10. Nb5 {To avoid
complications Eric decided to try to castle kingside quickly.}) 10. Be3 Be7 11.
Nd2 O-O {Eric thought now any advantage White had is probably dulled by the
c3-pawn being misplaced.} 12. Rfd1 Nbd7 13. h3 {"He spent a lot of time to
come up with h3.. maybe didn't like the idea of allowing Qh5 after Nf3 but I
felt I needed to keep an eye on the b6 from the bishop messing with my d-file
control" - Eric} Rfd8 14. N2f3 Ne5 15. Nxe5 Qxe5 16. Nf3 Qa5 17. Bd4 Nd5 18.
Ne5 Bf6 19. Re1 ({"luckily he overlooked Nf7 after Bf6.. but the continuation
isn't easy" - Eric} 19. Nxf7 Kxf7 20. Qh5+ Kg8 21. Bxf6 gxf6 22. c4 {Gives
White an advantage.}) 19... Nf4 {"after he moved his rook off the d-file,
seemed like an opportunity to offer a pawn to grab control of that file seemed
to pay off" - Eric} 20. Qf3 Ng6 21. Nxg6 hxg6 22. Bxf6 gxf6 23. Qxf6 Rd5 24.
Red1 Rad8 25. Rxd5 Rxd5 26. Qf3 Qb6 27. Qe2 Qd6 28. Rb1 Rd2 29. Qe3 Kg7 30. c4
Rd3 31. Qe1 Rd2 32. a3 Qd4 33. a4 Rxb2 {"finally he resigned a pawn to relieve
the pressure, I unfortunately missed Qc3 after Rd2.. which would have lead to
an advantage in a rook pawn ending, much easier to convert than an advantage
in a queen pawn, but time pressure was definitely an issue" - Eric} 34. Rd1 Qf6
35. Rd2 Rxd2 36. Qxd2 Qa1+ 37. Kh2 Qxa4 38. Qd4+ Kf8 39. Qd6+ Kg7 40. Qd4+ Kg8
41. Qd8+ 1/2-1/2

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Minnesota Blizzard (2.0 - 1.0)

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Rio Grande Ospreys (1.5 - 1.5)

All Time Series Record: (This is their first meeting)

 

Minnesota Blizzard Rio Grande Ospreys
IM John Bartholomew: 2555 0.5 0.5 IM Guillermo Vazquez: 2546
IM Sean Nagle: 2542 0.5 0.5 IM Felix Ynojosa: 2471
IM Andrew Tang: 2475 0.5 0.5 IM Joshua Ruiz: 2491
Eric Bell: 2050 0.5 0.5 Jeffrey Serna: 2108
Average Rating: 2406 Average Rating: 2404
Minnesota Total 2.0 2.0 Rio Grande Total

Until next week!

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