Monday, August 10, 2009

SWCC 2009 Club Championship

July 9, 16, 23, 30 & August 6 & 13 6-Round Swiss in One Section. Game/100. USCF Rated. EF: $7 (must be a member to participate). SWCC Membership $10 (can join prior to first round). (Two ½ point byes available in rounds 1 through 5 if requested at least 2-days in advance; no byes available for round 6.) TD is Allen Becker; ATD is Robin Grochowski. (For PRIZES, scroll down to bottom of pairings and standings).

LECTURE THIS THURSDAY, August 20, 6:00 pm:

Allen Becker - review of recent game:
Allen Becker vs. John Becker (Rd 5 of Club Championship)




FINAL STANDINGS and prizewinners

Club Championship:
1st: John Becker
2nd: John Veech
3rd: Jerry Zhou
4th: Allen Becker

Class A/B (combined):
1st: Johnathan Ireland
2nd: Andrew Grochowski
3rd: Corrado Cirrilo
4th: Robin Grochowski
5th: Jeff Pokorski
6th: Tom Fogec
Class C
1st: Robert Penkwitz
2nd: Steve Richardson
3rd: Jonathan Hildeman

Class D:
1st: Vilas Gaddameedi
2nd: Peter Joachim
3rd: Alena Huang

Class E:
1st: Reid Seghers
2nd: Justin Luebbe
3rd: Curt Neumann

Under 1000/unrated:
1st: Sabrina Huang
2nd: Jacob Glumm
3rd: Nathan Brower
4th: James Jester
5th: Ravina Sachdev
6th: Charles Lippert


Southwest Chess Club Championship -- Cross Table
No. Name St Rate 1 2 3 4 5 6 Score
1. Becker, John R (2)............ WI 2050 W35 D14 W9 W21 D5 W7 5.0
2. Veech, John (3)............... WI 2038 W23 W12 W6 D5 -H- W9 5.0
3. Zhou, Jerry Zhexua (18)....... WI 1566 W41 -H- W34 D7 W6 W5 5.0
4. Ireland, Johnathan (11)....... WI 1778 -H- W31 L22 W30 W29 W14 4.5
5. Becker, Allen J (4)........... WI 2010 W16 W17 W20 D2 D1 L3 4.0
6. Cirillo, Corrado (8).......... WI 1826 W36 W28 L2 W17 L3 W22 4.0
7. Grochowski, Andrew (9)........ WI 1788 W38 D21 W15 D3 W18 L1 4.0
8. Pokorski, Jeffrey (12)........ WI 1733 W46 L20 L18 W24 W23 W27 4.0
9. Grochowski, Robin (13)........ WI 1680 W39 W30 L1 W28 W20 L2 4.0
10. Coons, James J (6)............ WI 1843 D19 W29 D14 D16 D21 D13 3.5
11. Munoz, Daniel A (7)........... WI 1840 -H- -H- W43 D14 D22 D18 3.5
12. Sagunsky, David L (14)........ WI 1654 W40 L2 W23 L18 W38 D17 3.5
13. Mhaskar, Rohan (15)........... WI 1653 -H- W19 L21 W32 -H- D10 3.5
14. Fogec, Thomas G (16).......... WI 1623 W25 D1 D10 D11 W31 L4 3.5
15. Richardson, Steven (17)....... WI 1579 -H- W32 L7 L19 W30 W28 3.5
16. Penkwitz, Robert (19)......... WI 1486 L5 W45 W25 D10 L19 W29 3.5
17. Hildeman, Jonathan (20)....... WI 1485 W33 L5 W47 L6 W41 D12 3.5
18. Gaddameedi, Vilas (25)....... WI 1377 L20 W40 W8 W12 L7 D11 3.5
19. Seghers, Reid Nath (30)....... WI 1099 D10 L13 W44 W15 W16 -U- 3.5
20. Hayes, Raymond C (1).......... WI 2100 W18 W8 L5 W22 L9 -U- 3.0
21. Seghers, Evan Char (22)....... WI 1404 W44 D7 W13 L1 D10 -U- 3.0
22. Joachim, Peter Jam (24)....... WI 1398 D29 W24 W4 L20 D11 L6 3.0
23. Huang, Alena (27)............. WI 1271 L2 W26 L12 W46 L8 W31 3.0
24. Glumm, Jacob Willi (37)....... WI 724 -H- L22 D35 L8 W45 W41 3.0
25. Huang, Sabrina (41)........... WI 670 L14 W38 L16 L35 W46 W42 3.0
26. Jester, James W (46).......... WI nnnn L28 L23 L45 W33 -X- -X- 3.0
27. Brower, Nathan Jos (45)....... WI nnnn -H- -H- L28 W45 W35 L8 3.0
28. Demler, John A (21)........... WI 1483 W26 L6 W27 L9 -H- L15 2.5
29. Huang, Joanna (23)............ WI 1398 D22 L10 W42 W43 L4 L16 2.5
30. Neumann, Curt E (28).......... WI 1188 W48 L9 -H- L4 L15 W43 2.5
31. Luebbe, Justin Jos (29)....... WI 1140 -H- L4 W39 W34 L14 L23 2.5
32. Seghers, Mark Staf (31)....... WI 1000 -H- L15 W33 L13 W43 -U- 2.5
33. Sachdev, Ravina (44).......... WI 101 L17 -H- L32 L26 -B- W47 2.5
34. Schneider, Thomas (10)........ WI 1782 W45 -H- L3 L31 -H- -U- 2.0
35. Mohammed, Sarfaraz (26)....... WI 1319 L1 -H- D24 W25 L27 -N- 2.0
36. Sachdev, Rishi (32)........... WI 918 L6 -H- D46 L41 -F- -X- 2.0
37. Kizaric, Matthew J (33)....... WI 881 -H- -H- -N- W42 -U- -U- 2.0
38. Adavi, Pranav (34)............ WI 765 L7 L25 W40 W47 L12 -U- 2.0
39. Schneider, Claudia (39)...... WI 699 L9 -H- L31 W44 -H- -U- 2.0
40. Khunger, Simran (40).......... WI 696 L12 L18 L38 -B- W47 -F- 2.0
41. Lippert, Charles D (42)....... WI 569 L3 L43 -B- W36 L17 L24 2.0
42. Vootkur, Manisha (43)......... WI 405 -H- -H- L29 L37 -X- L25 2.0
43. Vootkur, Srikar (36).......... WI 727 -H- W41 L11 L29 L32 L30 1.5
44. Sachdev, Raman (47)........... WI nnnn L21 -H- L19 L39 -F- -B- 1.5
45. Khunger, Shagun (35).......... WI 740 L34 L16 W26 L27 L24 -F- 1.0
46. Bepar, Naisha (38)............ WI 718 L8 -H- D36 L23 L25 -N- 1.0
47. Sajja, Nihar (48)............. WI nnnn -H- -H- L17 L38 L40 L33 1.0
48. Cardenas, David R (5)......... WI 1914 L30 -U- -U- -U- -U- -U- 0.0

Southwest Chess Club Championship -- Extra Game
No. Name St Rate 1 Score
1. Jester, James W (2)........... WI nnnn W2 1.0
2. Sachdev, Rishi (1)............ WI 918 L1 0.0



2009 Southwest Club Championship Prizes:

Club Championship:
1st: Trophy
2nd: Trophy
3rd: ChessBook (Kasparov’s Fighting Chess (1993-1998)
4th: T-Shirt

Class A/B (combined):
1st: Trophy
2nd: ChessBook (A Guide to Attacking Chess)
3rd: ChessBook (Learn from the Grand Masters)
4th: ChessBook (107 Great Chess Battles 1939-1945)
5th: T-shirt
6th: T-shirt

Class C:
1st: Trophy
2nd: ChessBook (St. Petersburg 1909)
3rd: T-shirt

Class D:
1st: Trophy
2nd: ChessBook (Rudolf Speilmann Master of Invention)
3rd: T-shirt

Class E:
1st: Trophy
2nd: ChessBook (Multiple Choice Chess II)
3rd: T-shirt

Under 1000/Unrated:
1st: Trophy
2nd: ChessBook (Can You be a Positional Chess Genius)
3rd: ChessBook (Can You be a Tactical Chess Genius)
4th: T-shirt
5th: T-shirt
6th: T-shirt


Tie breaks:
(1) Modified Median
(2) Solkoff
(3) Cumulative
(4) Cumulative of Opposition

61 comments:

Robin said...

The Club was overflowing with magic last night for the start of the Southwest Chess Club Championship. I even noticed Dave Sagunsky polishing up his “Sagunsky” knights with some Turtle Wax prior to Round One. It is not too late to join the excitement!!! Come on out next week and get in on all the stimulation!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Where is A. Parker?

Anonymous said...

Anthony played a simul at the club recently. Someone said he's been pretty busy.

Robin said...

Parker is working second shift so he cannot defend his title this year. So there will be a new Club Champion this year.

Robin said...

Here are the leaders playing next week after Round 1 and their tentative pairings for Round 2:

Pokorski (1733) v. Hayes (2100)
Becker, J (2050) v. Fogec (1623)
Sagunsky (1654) v. Veech (2038)
Becker, A (2010) v. Hildeman (1485)
Demler (1483) v. Cirillo (1826)
Grochowski, A (1788) v. Seghers, E (1404)
Neumann (1188) v. Grochowski, R (1680)

Anonymous said...

This weeks pairings should be interesting.

Anonymous said...

Is it too late for someone to enter the tournament with 2 half point byes?

Mark Seghers said...

Evan and Andrew's game from last week is posted on our LDMS school chess blog: http://ldmschess.blogspot.com
Evan is interested in any comments.

Southwest Chess Club said...

You can still enter the tournament, for ROUND 3, with 2 Half-Pt Byes. Contact
Allen Becker immediately.

allenbecker@wi.rr.com

Anonymous said...

Hey, who won the Green bay tournament? Results from last round/crosstable?

Anonymous said...

The GBO results are now posted. By virtue of Parker's draw with Ashish, he was the clear winner with 4.5 / 5.0

Congrats Anthony!!!

Scott V

Southwest Chess Club said...

http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?200907266051

Scott, thanks for all your on-site reporting over the weekend!

Robin said...

Important round tonight at the Club as the players start jockeying for position to make that final run at the Championship! I, myself, have to face off against Mr. Demler tonight, against who it is difficult to prepare, as Mr. Demler is know to use various opening moves with the white pieces.

Anonymous said...

Allen Becker takes control of his destiny last night the tournament with his draw last night.

If he wins his last two games, Allen will likely win yet another Club Championship.

Robin said...

There are three players tied with 3.5 for the lead with 2 rounds to go: Becker, Becker and Veech. There are also a handful of players with 3.0. So it is still too early to say who will win. Round 5 should bring some great games. Pairings should be posted soon.

Robin said...

Obviously, Allen Becker (3 time previous winner) has a good chance at clinching his fourth title. I believe the Las Vegas odds makers are listing the odds for the fourth time win as a 3 to 1 shot!

Mark Seghers said...

Great battles on the top 2 boards last night! On board 2, JB had 4 mins left when he trapped Evan's knight in a drawish endgame. Evan was very upset but I was very proud of his showing.
Great tournament so far guys, thanks for doing such a great job with things.

Anonymous said...

Hey Robin

Not that I would ever make such a bet, but what Vegas bookmaker can I call to get those odds?

JB said...

Actually, endgame on Bd. 2 was not "drawish". White had distinct advantage of 2 bishops, mobile pawns and better King position as Black's King was tied to defense of Q-side pawns. Fairly clear plan to enforce win, just takes awhile to execute due to limted material. All credit to Evan, he played a fine game, no reason for him to be upset. A loss should be looked on as an opportunity to learn and nothing else. Evan will improve his game more and faster by understanding the reasons why this game did not result in a draw as opposed to achieving a draw and not knowing why it wasn't a drawn position. He will soon be employing the same concepts to routinely win many games that he may have previously thought difficult to win.

Robin said...

I believe that the Golden Nugget is the place for chess/sports betting!:)

I was observing the game on board 2, and I agreed with JB that white had a nice advantage with the two bishops. If we could get the position we could possibly analyze it some and see if can find a possible save for black.

JB said...

Yes, that would be fun and instructive. Maybe there is something I overlooked.

Lupara (CC) said...

Robin, I'm laying twenty bucks that Becker wins on 8/6, I'm also laying another twenty that Becker draws. Either way, at worst I'm certain to break even, or I collect twice for the draw. : )

JB said...

Yeah, but you lose 10% on the vigorish!

Anonymous said...

It looks like the battle of the Beckers could decide the club champion.

JB said...

Still 2 games to go.....any of 8 or so players have a chance.

Anonymous said...

The Battle of the Beckers.... I like it! Sorry we are going to miss it.

John is playing at the US Open in Indianapolis (along with his good friends Tommy Schnieder and Troy Zimmermann).

Good luck to all!

See you for the last round.

Scott V

Robin said...

We are doing our summer lecture series and it is very informative. We would like more players to show up, especially the younger players. This is basically an hour of chess instruction from a higher rated player for free. I encourage more attendance at our summer lectures. This week Allen Becker will be presenting the lecture. Hope to see more players this Thursday.

Robin said...

Big Round 5 match ups between the two Beckers this week. I, myself, have to go up against Hayes. Should be some good chess this coming Thursday!

Robin said...

The games on Boards 3, 4 and 5 should also be good. If one looks at the ratings, the games look one-sided, however, Zhou, Gaddameedi, and Seghers are all unrated and play very good.

Anonymous said...

I think Robin meant to say underrated.

Good luck to all. We'll be getting the blog for the results!

Scott V

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the Becker-Evans game was not equal but the advantage that White had was slight.If anyone noticed, Evan is pretty bad at manoeuvring his knight.

No offense Evan just a comment.

Robin said...

As Scott pointed out, I did mean to say “underrated.”

This week’s lecture is on endgames! Whoever does not need endgame instruction raise your hand. Just what I thought -- see everybody on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. for some much needed instruction.

I have heard some of the younger players saying they do not come to the lectures because they are too boring; however, from what I have seen in practice over the board, that is the weakest part of a younger players’ game.

We have an Expert giving a free one-hour class on endgames, please come and take advantage of this free valuable chess instruction. Thanks.

JB said...

Wow....That was a blast. I'm fried!

Tom said...

Becker vs Becker, what a fantastic game !! I really enjoyed it !!

JB said...

Thanks, Allen and I worked it out beforehand. ;)

Mark Seghers said...

I think a general rule for blog posts is to avoid generalizing and using words like "bad" if you choose to be anonymous. If you believe Evan's knight play to be bad, it would be fair to #1 identify yourself, and #2 explain your stance. I'm sure Evan would appreciate that, and I think it's just good manners.

Last night, Evan found a 3fold repetition against Coons, and Reid won against Penkwitz. I'm very proud of them both as a Dad, and would like to thank their gracious and sportsmanlike opponents throughout. The SWCC rocks!

Hey guys, sorry to say, the Seghers (Evan, Reid and Dad/Mark) will be on vacation next week in Eagle River and will miss round 6. Thanks again for such a great tournament!

JB said...

Hear! Hear! Mark,

I agree with your comment. Anything posted anonymously must be taken with a grain of salt since we have no idea whether they know what they're talking about or not. Especially when a critical comment is made. And even more so when it is directed to a young promising player. Just bad manners I guess. Anyways have fun and congrats to the boys on a strong showing!!

Anonymous said...

Wow - six way tie for 1st going into the last round. It looks like we missed a really exciting round 5.

Round 6 should bring some real interesting battles.

Scott

Lupara (CC) said...

It figures, I make my wager on the Becker/Becker draw and double my money and now one of the participants puts that in jeopardy by hinting it was all prearranged. The gaming authorities are investigating and have indicated that this has shades of Fischer's accusation against Kasparov and Karpov.

Yeah. Right. Sure. Whatever. : )

On a more serious note, JB played much like he used to play in the mid 1980s. "Material be damned, full speed ahead." And kudos to Allen for his cool defense.

Good stuff.

Tom said...

Mark, You are rightly proud of your two sons. They had excellent results against strong competition. Their ratings have yet to catch up with their true strength. My congratulations to both on a good tournament. Tom

Southwest Chess Club said...

Here are Tiebreaks going into the last round, for the top boards that have a chance at 1st Place. We will be posting final tiebreaks after Round 6, as that will determine the prize distribution.

Southwest Chess Club Championship -- SWCC Club Championship Standings, Page 1

Place Name/Team Rate Score MMed Solk Cum CumOp

1 Becker, John R (2) 2050 4.0 14.5 16.5 12.5 51.5
2 Becker, Allen J (4) 2010 4.0 14.0 16.5 13.5 53.5
3 Grochowski, Andrew (9) 1788 4.0 12.5 14.5 12.0 43.0
4 Veech, John (3) 2038 4.0 12.0 12.0 13.0 39.5
5 Grochowski, Robin (13) 1680 4.0 11.5 13.0 12.0 41.0
6 Zhou, Jerry Zhexua (18) 1566 4.0 10.5 10.5 11.5 33.5

7 Fogec, Thomas G (16) 1623 3.5 12.5 14.5 10.5 42.0
8 Seghers, Reid Nath (30) 1099 3.5 11.0 12.0 8.5 34.0
9 Ireland, Johnathan (11) 1778 3.5 9.5 9.5 9.0 30.5

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I didn't stick around to see how the Becker game turned out. I thought Allen had the defense covered. It's always fun to see someone play with such panache.

-Peter

JH said...

I for one would like to see the Becker vs Becker game posted somewhere as I was unable to stick around to see how it finished. Is this at all possible?

Anonymous said...

I would like to suggest that the best way to resolve a tie ,if it happens (only for the overall champion), would be a playoff with a bidding procedure to determine who gets white. It's probably not going to be something to use for this years championship, but I think it would be a lot of fun to watch. Although it might involve a bit of logistics, scheduling it right before the next weeks action tournament, or prior to 2nd round of a swiss could be workable and would allow for a lot of the club members to be able to watch. I believe that tie breakers were going to be used at the Junior Open, but the players decided (with the organizers consent)that it would be more fun/better to have a playoff.

I personally have never been a big fan of tie breakers, as they are source of lot of confusion and are anticlimatic.

I'm sure that many of you will agree and disagree, so let's hear from you to see if I'm just wrong again.

Scott V

P.S. For those of you that will say that I'm only proposing it because John's not likely to win a tiebreaker, that's not the case as my crystal ball is just not that good (too many variables, still a round to go, so many things can change).

Anonymous said...

Scott how are john and co. doing at u.s. open?

Anonymous said...

It has been a odd tournament.

Tommy and Troy started out with a full point byes because Tommy wasn't paired and Troy 's opponent was signed up to play in the 4 day, not the 6 day. They both had tough (much higher rated opponents) pairings. Yesterday was a good day, Tommy now has 3/7, and Troy has 3.5 /7


John has a "soft" 5/7. He started out losing 2 of his 1st 3. He has only played one player higher rated than him the whole tournament (which was a floored master last round).

Many WI players are playing. From memory, Guy Hoffman is playing well with a number of draws. We have seen Rohan who I believe has 3/7. The Liangs have had some big wins/upsets, but also lots of talk about their overall talent.

Hongkai Pan (from Madison West) has 4.5 /7. Steffan Thime (formerly of Madison, now living in IN) has 3/7. Aaron Jing has a 2.5/7.


I'm happy to report that their have been no broken bones!

Scott V

Robin said...

There will be another great lecture this week by Arlen Walker. Arlen knows his chess history and is a interesting speaker who you do not want to miss.

Round 6 should be exciting as the Club Championship is still up for grabs!!

Anonymous said...

Cardenas last place? Impossible.

Robin said...

It is true! Cardenas lost the first round and withdrew, thus leaving him with 0 points, which is now good for last place.

Robin said...

Since Spielmann is the subject of our lecture on Thursday, please find a game by Spielmann against Cohn played in 1905. Enjoy!

[Event "Barmen Masters B, GER"]
[Site "Barmen Masters B, GER"]
[Date "1905.??.??"] [Round "16"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Rudolf Spielmann"]
[Black "Wilhelm Cohn"]
[ECO "C32"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 e4 4. d3 Nf6 5. dxe4 Nxe4 6. Qe2
Qxd5 7. Nd2 f5 8. g4 Bc5 9. Bg2 Kf7 10. gxf5 Bf2+ 11. Qxf2
Bxf5 12. Qe2 Re8 13. Ngf3 Qd8 14. Nxe4 Bxe4 15. Ne5+ Rxe5
16. fxe5 Bxg2 17. Qxg2 Kg8 18. O-O Nc6 19. Bg5 Qd4+ 20. Kh1
Re8 21. Rad1 Qxe5 22. Qd5+ 1-0

Anonymous said...

What is Turtle Wax???

Robin said...

Turtle Wax is an automotive appearance product (wax), which leaves things very shiny and cleans up small scuff marks and dirt to make automobiles and chess pieces look like they are brand new. It also makes them water resistant (to a certain decree).

Jonathan said...

I annotated and published my round 6 game if anyone wants to look at it. I was acually quite upset with myself so I had to get it out of my head, and now that I went through all the work, I might as well share it.

http://jonathanschesslog.blogspot.com/

peter said...

The clock can do terrible things to a chess player. Thanks for posting the game. I'll definitely take a look. After all, you did play 1. e4! Anyone else have a notable game from the tourney that they feel like posting?

Anonymous said...

When will prizes be announced?

Anonymous said...

Are you going to post the Battle of the WI clubs - SWCC v Waukesha on the blog?

Scott

Robin said...

Congratulations to John Becker for winning the 2009 Southwest Chess Club Championship.

JB said...

Thank you kindly. Thanks to Robin, Allen and Andrew for running a well-organized and fun tournament and club.

Robin said...

And let us not forget Tom Fogec, our Club Vice President, Senior Director, and all around good guy!!!

JB said...

Yes, of course. My apologies, by the way who are the current officers of club? My thanks to all.

Southwest Chess Club said...

John, thanks for asking about who the Board Members are. I'll update our web site with this info, but meanwhile:

President and CEO Joe Crothers

Vice President and COO Tom Fogec

Treasurer and CFO Robin Grochowski

Assistant treasurer John Demler

Secretary James Coons

Chief Information Officer Allen Becker

Librarian/Equipment Officer Andrew Grochowski



Directors: Sheldon Gelbart

Bob Fons

Mark Sokolowski

Ron Katka

Ray Kress