Round 8 Report

Round 8 is another important round for the Blizzard.  Many teams are tied for the last playoff spot and it's important to play for a win.  Arizona has an interesting lineup this week and isn't fielding a team close to the max 2400 average rating.

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Board 1

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[Event "USCL Week 8"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.10.14"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Guadalupe II, Francisco"]
[Black "So, Wesley"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B84"]
[WhiteElo "2365"]
[BlackElo "2847"]
[PlyCount "112"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. Be3
Qc7 9. f4 Nc6 10. Qe1 O-O 11. Qg3 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 b5 13. a3 Bb7 {We have reached
a popular line in the Sicilian Scheveningen variation.} 14. Rad1 Rad8 15. Kh1
Bc6 16. Bf3 a5 {Black's idea is to play for queenside counterplay since
White's forces are focused on the kingside and center. It also makes sense
because Black has a pawn minority on the queenside so perhaps he can provoke a
weakness in White's pawn structure.} 17. e5 dxe5 18. fxe5 Nd7 19. Ne4 Bxe4 20.
Bxe4 Nc5 21. Bf3 b4 22. axb4 axb4 23. Qf2 Rd7 24. b3 g6 25. Bb2 Rxd1 26. Rxd1
Nd7 27. Qd4 Rd8 {Wesley is playing a nice positional game up to this point.
The e5-pawn and c2-pawns are both targets. The knight on d7 will prove
stronger than it's counterpart bishop on b2.} 28. c4 {A small mistake that
allows the knight important targets from the c5 square.} Nc5 29. Qe3 Rxd1+ 30.
Bxd1 Bf8 31. Qd2 Qa5 32. Bd4 Nd7 33. Qe3 Qc7 34. Qe1 Bc5 35. Bb2 Qa7 36. Qd2
Qa2 37. h3 Bf8 38. Qc2 Bg7 39. Bd4 Qxc2 40. Bxc2 Bxe5 41. Be3 Bd6 {Wesley won
the weak pawn and now begins to convert the advantage to a win.} 42. Be4 f5 43.
Bc6 Nc5 44. Bxc5 Bxc5 45. Kh2 Bd6+ 46. Kg1 Kf7 47. Kf2 Kf6 48. Ke3 Bc5+ 49. Kd3
e5 50. Bd5 e4+ 51. Ke2 Ke5 52. Bb7 Kd4 53. Bd5 Kc3 54. Bg8 h6 55. Bh7 g5 56.
Bxf5 e3 0-1

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Board 2

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[Event "USCL Week 8"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.10.14"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Bartholomew, John"]
[Black "Adamson, Robby"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D30"]
[WhiteElo "2555"]
[BlackElo "2360"]
[Annotator "Jensen,Matthew"]
[PlyCount "99"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 d5 4. Qc2 {John plays a rare line. I believe this
is his attempt to reach a quiet position. 4.Nc3 allows for the Ragozin
Defense which can lead to sharp positions.} dxc4 5. Qxc4 a6 6. Bg5 b5 7. Qc2
Bb7 8. Nbd2 Nbd7 9. Nb3 Rc8 10. Nc5 Nxc5 11. dxc5 Be4 12. Qc3 Qd5 13. Bxf6 gxf6
14. Nd2 Bxg2 (14... Bg6 {Stockfish really likes Black's position here with the
bishop pair and open d-file.}) 15. Rg1 Bxf1 16. Qxf6 Bh3 (16... Rd8 17. Kxf1
Qd4 {is a clever way to hold onto h8. Black retains the advantage here.}) 17.
Qxh8 Qxc5 18. Qc3 Qxc3 19. bxc3 Bf5 20. a4 b4 21. cxb4 Bxb4 22. Rg8+ Bf8 23.
Rc1 Bg6 24. Rc6 a5 {Now John has an endgame advantage. He's able to route his
knight to attacking positions.} 25. Nc4 f6 26. Rxe6+ Kd7 27. Rxf8 Rxf8 28. Ra6
Be4 29. Rxa5 Kc6 30. f3 Bd5 31. Ne3 Be6 32. Nc2 Bd7 33. Rh5 Rf7 34. a5 Be8 35.
Nd4+ Kd6 36. Nf5+ Kc6 37. e4 Rd7 38. Rh6 Bg6 39. Nh4 Rg7 40. Kf2 Kb5 41. Ke3
Kxa5 42. f4 c5 43. f5 Be8 44. Rxf6 Bb5 45. Rf8 Rg4 46. Nf3 Bc6 47. Nd2 Kb4 48.
Rc8 Bd7 49. Rc7 Rg7 50. Nf3 1-0

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Board 3

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[Event "USCL Week 8"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.10.14"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Atoufi, Pedram"]
[Black "Tang, Andrew"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C91"]
[WhiteElo "2368"]
[BlackElo "2475"]
[Annotator "Jensen,Matthew"]
[PlyCount "99"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3
O-O 9. d4 Bg4 10. Be3 exd4 11. cxd4 d5 12. e5 Ne4 13. Nbd2 Qd7 14. h3 Bh5 15.
g4 Bg6 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. e6 fxe6 18. Ne5 Nxe5 19. dxe5 Qc8 20. a4 c5 21. axb5
c4 22. Ba4 Bb4 23. Re2 Rd8 24. Qc1 Qc7 $2 (24... Bc5 {leads to an equal
endgame.} 25. bxa6 Bxe3 26. Rxe3 Qxa6) 25. b6 {White finds the best move} Qxe5
26. b7 Rab8 27. Bf4 Qd5 28. Bxb8 Rxb8 {Sometimes a bishop pair can be as
strong as a rook, but Black's pawns are very weak.} 29. Bb3 Qxb7 30. Bxc4 Kh8
31. Rxa6 Rc8 32. Qg5 Be7 33. Qb5 Qc7 34. Bxe6 Rf8 35. Qc6 Qb8 36. Bd5 Be8 37.
Qe6 Bc5 38. Kg2 Qb5 39. Bc4 Qb7 40. Bd5 Qb5 41. Rc2 Bd7 42. Bc4 Qb7 43. Qd5 Qc7
44. Ra8 Bc8 45. b4 e3 46. f3 Bxb4 47. Bb3 Bc3 48. Qe4 Qc5 49. Be6 e2 50. Qxe2
1-0

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Board 4

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[Event "USCL Week 8"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2015.10.14"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Bell, Eric"]
[Black "Yim, Sung Ho"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E11"]
[WhiteElo "2050"]
[BlackElo "2251"]
[Annotator "Jensen,Matthew"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Qe7 5. a3 Bxd2+ 6. Nbxd2 d6 7. e3 e5 8.
Qc2 O-O 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Be2 a5 11. O-O Nc6 12. Rad1 e4 13. Ne1 Bf5 14. Nb3 Ne5
15. Nd4 Bg6 16. c5 c6 17. b4 axb4 18. axb4 Nfd7 19. Qb3 Nf6 20. Nec2 Nd5 21.
Ra1 Rad8 22. Ra7 Rd7 23. Na3 Nd3 24. Bxd3 exd3 25. Nc4 Qg5 26. Nf3 Qe7 27. Nfe5
Rc7 28. Nxg6 hxg6 29. Nd6 b6 {Eric has built up a nice advantage. The knight
outpost on d6, Black's weak d3-pawn, and the more active major pieces all give
White an edge.} 30. Rxc7 Qxc7 31. e4 Nf4 32. g3 Ne6 33. Rc1 $2 {Eric misses a
tactic unfortunately.} bxc5 34. bxc5 Nxc5 35. Rxc5 Qxd6 36. Rc3 Rd8 37. Kf1 Qd4
0-1

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Arizona Scorpions Minnesota Blizzard
NM Francisco Guadalupe II: 2365 0.0 1.0 GM Wesley So: 2847
FM Robby Adamson: 2360 0.0 1.0 IM John Bartholomew: 2555
FM Pedram Atoufi: 2368 1.0 0.0 IM Andrew Tang: 2475
NM Sung Ho Yim: 2251 1.0 0.0 Eric Bell: 2050
Average Rating: 2336 Average Rating: 2482
Arizona Total 2.0 2.0 Minnesota Total

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