Round 5 Report

Round 5 pit the MN Blizzard against the Las Vegas Desert Rats.  Las Vegas is also a new team for 2015 and has the same record as the Blizzard.

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Board 1:  GM Mauricio Flores is back for the Blizzard after scoring 1.5 points in his first two games!

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[Event "USCL Week 5"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.09.22"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Flores, Mauricio"]
[Black "Sevillano, Enrico"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E04"]
[WhiteElo "2565"]
[BlackElo "2526"]
[Annotator "Jensen,Matthew"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Qa4 Bd6 {A rare line
against the Catalan defense played frequently by Vadim Milov.} 7. O-O O-O 8.
Qxc4 e5 9. d5 Ne7 10. Nc3 h6 11. Rd1 a6 {Mauricio has a slight edge with a
solid pawn on d5.} 12. Nd2 b5 13. Qd3 Nd7 14. e4 f5 15. exf5 Nc5 16. Qe2 Nxf5
17. Nf3 b4 (17... Qf6 18. Ne4 Nxe4 19. Qxe4 Bd7 {gives Black the advantage
with the strong bishops and f-file pressure.}) 18. Ne4 Nxe4 19. Qxe4 Qf6 20.
Be3 Nxe3 21. fxe3 Bd7 22. Rac1 Rf7 23. Rf1 Raf8 24. Nd4 Qe7 25. Ne6 Bxe6 26.
dxe6 Qxe6 27. Rxf7 Qxf7 28. Qd5 g5 29. Rf1 Qxd5 30. Bxd5+ {Now in an opposite
colored bishop ending it will be near impossible for either side to play for a
win.} Kg7 31. Rxf8 Bxf8 32. g4 Bc5 33. Kf2 Kf6 34. Kf3 a5 35. b3 Ba7 36. Ke4
Bb6 37. h3 Ba7 38. Bc4 Bb6 39. Bd5 Ba7 40. Bc4 Bb6 41. Bd5 Ba7 1/2-1/2

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Board 2:  IM Sean Nagle, multiple time state champion, is back for another game this round!

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[Event "USCL Week 5"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.09.22"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kamberi, Sonny"]
[Black "Nagle, Sean"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A37"]
[WhiteElo "2366"]
[BlackElo "2542"]
[PlyCount "147"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 Bg7 3. g3 c5 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3 e5 6. O-O Nge7 7. d3 (7. a3 O-O
8. Rb1 a5 {is a more popular move order. These positions tend to lead to
drawish positions unless White is able to get in a successful pawn break.})
7... d6 8. Ne1 Be6 9. Nd5 O-O 10. Rb1 Rb8 11. Nc2 {A symmetrical English
variation.} b5 12. a3 bxc4 13. dxc4 Na5 14. Nce3 Nb3 15. Bd2 Nc6 16. Bc3 Qd7
17. Qd3 f5 18. Nc2 e4 {A very nice move by Sean! Now Black has the initiative.
} 19. Qd1 Ncd4 (19... Ne5 {is the Stockfish recommendation, threatening c4.}
20. Nce3 Nd4 {Now the threat is renewed since Black can take on c4 and then d5.
}) 20. e3 Nxc2 21. Qxc2 Bxd5 22. cxd5 Bxc3 23. Qxc3 Qg7 24. Rfd1 Qxc3 25. bxc3
c4 26. Bf1 {The knight is stronger than the bishop. Will it be enough?} Rfc8
27. Rb2 a5 28. a4 Kg7 29. Rdb1 Kf6 30. Bxc4 Rxc4 31. Rxb3 Rxb3 32. Rxb3 Rxa4
33. Rb7 Ra1+ 34. Kg2 h5 35. h4 Rc1 36. Ra7 Rxc3 37. Rxa5 Rc5 38. Ra7 Rxd5 39.
Kf1 g5 40. hxg5+ Kxg5 41. Rg7+ Kf6 42. Rh7 Rd1+ 43. Kg2 Kg6 44. Rd7 d5 45. Kh2
Rd2 46. Kg1 h4 47. gxh4 Kh5 48. Rf7 Kg4 49. h5 d4 50. exd4 Rxd4 51. h6 Rd6 52.
h7 Rh6 53. Kg2 f4 54. f3+ exf3+ 55. Kf2 Rh2+ 56. Kg1 Rh6 57. Rg7+ Kf5 58. Kf2
Rh3 59. Rf7+ Kg5 60. Rg7+ Kf6 61. Rg4 Ke5 62. Rg5+ Ke4 63. Rg7 Rh2+ 64. Kg1 Rh4
65. Kf2 Rh2+ 66. Kg1 Rh3 67. Kf2 Ke5 68. Re7+ Kf6 69. Re4 Kg5 70. Re7 Kg6 71.
Re4 Kxh7 72. Rxf4 Kh8 73. Rxf3 Rxf3+ 74. Kxf3 1/2-1/2

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Board 3:  IM Andrew Tang is back after playing some very impressive matches so far!

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[Event "USCL Week 5"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.09.22"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tang, Andrew"]
[Black "Liu, Elliott"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E81"]
[WhiteElo "2475"]
[BlackElo "2329"]
[PlyCount "108"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Nge2 c5 7. d5 e6 8. Ng3
exd5 9. cxd5 a6 10. a4 Nh5 11. Nxh5 gxh5 12. Bd3 f5 13. exf5 Qe8+ 14. Ne4 Bxf5
15. O-O Bd4+ 16. Kh1 Qg6 17. Bf4 Nd7 18. Qc2 h4 19. Rae1 Ne5 20. Bxe5 Bxe5 21.
b3 Kh8 22. Nf2 Rg8 23. Rg1 Bxd3 24. Nxd3 Raf8 25. Qd2 Bd4 26. Rgf1 Qf5 27. Nb4
Rg5 28. Nc2 Be5 29. Re2 b5 30. axb5 axb5 31. b4 Qf4 32. Qxf4 Bxf4 33. Rb1 c4
34. Rd1 Re5 35. Rxe5 Bxe5 36. Na3 Ra8 37. Nxb5 c3 38. Nxc3 Bxc3 39. b5 Ra5 40.
Rb1 Bb4 41. h3 Rxb5 42. g3 hxg3 43. Kg2 Kg7 44. Kxg3 Kf6 45. f4 Kf5 46. Kf3 Rb6
47. Rg1 h6 48. Rg7 Bd2 49. Rf7+ Kg6 50. Re7 Rb3+ 51. Kg4 h5+ 52. Kh4 Bc3 53.
f5+ Kxf5 54. Kxh5 Bf6 0-1

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Board 4:  This is a great game by Eric Bell.  See if you can find his opponent's blunder.

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[Event "USCL Week 5"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.09.22"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mateer, Amanda"]
[Black "Bell, Eric"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E15"]
[WhiteElo "2127"]
[BlackElo "2050"]
[PlyCount "36"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qc2 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Bg2 O-O 8. O-O
d5 9. Ne5 Bb7 10. Nc3 Nbd7 11. Rac1 c5 12. e3 Qc8 13. Qa4 dxc4 14. Nc6 Bd6 15.
d5 exd5 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. Bxd5 a6 18. Nb4 b5 0-1

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

Starts at 8:45 PM EST

Time Control: Game in 75 with 30 second increment

Minnesota Blizzard Las Vegas Desert Rats
GM Mauricio Flores: 2565 0.5 0.5 GM Enrico Sevillano: 2526
IM Sean Nagle: 2542 0.5 0.5 FM Sonny Kamberi: 2366
IM Andrew Tang: 2475 0.0 1.0 FM Elliott Liu: 2329
Eric Bell: 2050 1.0 0.0 WFM Amanda Mateer: 2127
Average Rating: 2408 Average Rating: 2337
Minnesota Total 2.0 2.0 Las Vegas Total

The Blizzard are now tied for 2nd place in the West.  We can do this!!

Western Division

Team W L Game Points Opps Avg Rating
Dallas 3.5 1.5 12.0/20 (60%) 2396
Las Vegas 3.0 2.0 11.0/20 (55%) 2412
St. Louis 3.0 2.0 10.5/20 (52%) 2394
Minnesota 3.0 2.0 10.0/20 (50%) 2384
Seattle 2.5 2.5 10.5/20 (52%) 2399
San Francisco 2.5 2.5 8.5/20 (42%) 2393
Arizona 2.0 3.0 9.5/20 (47%) 2408
Rio Grande 2.0 3.0 9.5/20 (47%) 2401
Lubbock 2.0 3.0 9.5/20 (47%) 2394
San Diego 1.5 3.5 9.0/20 (45%) 2405

 

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