Sunday, December 20, 2009

Alex Betaneli on the International Stage

Alex Betaneli is playing in a FIDE tournament in Europe. See the comments section for some of his games.

41 comments:

Southwest Chess Club said...

Alex wrote:

Three games, three draws. Alas, rounds 2 and 3 were slips in great positions. All games are in pgn format in my ICC library (diablomaster), but he is the text for those interested.
Will keep you updated!
Alex

[White "Betaneli"]
[Black "Erdelyi"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by mutual agreement"]
[WhiteElo "2299"]
[BlackElo "2156"]
[Opening "Sicilian defense"]
[ECO "B40"]
[NIC "SI.43"]
[Time "14:43:12"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. d4 Nc6 6. Be2 Nf6 7. O-O Be7 8.
c4 Qf5 9. Nc3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 O-O 12. Rd1 e5 13. Qe3 Be6 14. Nd5
Bxd5 15. cxd5 Rfd8 16. Qb3 Bc5 17. Be3 Bxe3 18. fxe3 Rd7 19. Rf1 Qg5 20.
Rad1 Rad8 21. Bc4 e4 22. Rd4 Qe5 23. h3 h5 24. Rfd1 h4 25. Qc2 Rd6 26. Qf2
g5 27. Rf1 Kg7 28. Qf5 Re8 29. a4 Qxf5 30. Rxf5 Kg6 31. Rf2 Re5
{Game drawn by mutual agreement}
1/2-1/2

[White "*Abel2301"]
[Black "*Betaneli2299"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by mutual agreement"]
[Opening "Queen's bishop game"]
[ECO "D02"]
[NIC "QP.08"]
[Time "15:01:48"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 c5 4. c3 Qb6 5. Qb3 c4 6. Qc2 Nc6 7. Nbd2 g6 8.
e3 Bg7 9. b3 Bf5 10. Qc1 cxb3 11. axb3 Rc8 12. Qa3 O-O 13. Be2 Ne4 14. Nxe4
Bxe4 15. O-O a6 16. Rfc1 Rfe8 17. Nd2 Bf5 18. Bf3 e5 19. Bg3 Red8 20. Be2
exd4 21. cxd4 Bf8 22. Qb2 Bb4 23. Nf3 f6 24. Nh4 Be6 25. Bd3 Na5 26. Nf3 Bf8
27. Nd2 Bb4 28. Nf3 Bg4 29. h3 Bd7 30. Rab1 Bf8 31. Nd2 Nc6 32. f3 Nb4 33.
Bf1 Bb5 34. Rxc8 Rxc8 35. Rc1 Re8 36. Bf2 Bxf1 37. Rxf1 Rc8 38. Qb1 Qc6 39.
Rd1 Qc2 40. e4 Nd3 41. Be3 Nb4 42. Nf1 Rc3 43. exd5 Qxb1 44. Rxb1 Nxd5 45.
Bf2 Bh6 46. b4 Rc4 47. b5 Nc3 48. Re1 Nxb5 49. d5 Kf7 50. Re6 Nd4 51. Rb6
Ne2+ 52. Kh2 Rc7 53. Ne3 Rd7 54. Ng4 Bf4+ 55. g3 Bd6 56. f4 h5 57. Ne3 h4
58. Ng4 hxg3+ 59. Bxg3 Nxg3 60. Kxg3 g5 61. Kf3 Bxf4 62. Rxf6+ Kg7 63. Rb6
Bd6 64. Ke4 Re7+ 65. Kf5 Rf7+ 66. Ke6 Bc5 67. Rb3 Re7+ 68. Kf5 Rf7+ 69. Ke6
Re7+ 70. Kf5 b5 71. Rc3 Rf7+ 72. Ke6 Re7+ 73. Kf5 Rc7 74. Ke6 Bb6 75. Rf3
Bc5 76. d6 Bxd6 77. Kxd6 Rc4 78. Ne5 Rf4 79. Rg3 Kf6 80. Ng4+ Kf5 81. Ne3+
Ke4 82. Nd5 Rf3 83. Rxg5 Rxh3 84. Rg4+ Kf3 85. Rb4 Rh1
{Game drawn by mutual agreement}
1/2-1/2


[White "*Betaneli2299"]
[Black "*Mihok2402"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by mutual agreement"]
[Opening "Sicilian defense"]
[ECO "B20"]
[NIC "SI.48"]
[Time "15:11:56"]

1. e4 c5 2. b3 b6 3. Bb2 Bb7 4. Nc3 e6 5. Qf3 Nf6 6. O-O-O a6 7. Re1 d6 8.
Qg3 Nbd7 9. f4 Qc7 10. e5 dxe5 11. fxe5 Nh5 12. Qe3 g6 13. Nf3 O-O-O 14. Ne4
Rg8 15. g4 Ng7 16. Neg5 h5 17. h3 Be7 18. Nxf7 Rdf8 19. Nd6+ Bxd6 20. exd6
Rxf3 21. Qxf3 Bxf3 22. Bxa6+ Bb7 23. dxc7 Bxa6 24. d3 Kxc7 25. Bxg7 Rxg7 26.
Rxe6 Bb7 27. Rg1 Bd5 28. Re3 hxg4 29. Rxg4 Kd6 30. d4 Be6 31. dxc5+ bxc5 32.
Ra4 Bf5 33. Ra6+ Kc7 34. h4 Rh7 35. Ra4 Kc6 36. Rf4 Nb6 37. c4 Nd7 38. a3
Kd6 39. b4 Nf6 40. bxc5+ Kxc5 41. Re5+ Kd6 42. Ra5 Ne4 43. Kb2 Kc6 44. a4
Nc5 45. Rd4 Rb7+ 46. Rb5 Nxa4+ 47. Kc1 Rxb5 48. cxb5+
{Game drawn by mutual agreement}
1/2-1/2

Southwest Chess Club said...

Dear All,

The first tournament is under way. We have 3 International masters and 3 FIDE masters playing a double round robin for a total of 10 games. I need to get 7.5/10 to secure a norm. All three IMs are past their prime, with ratings no higher than mine; the other FMs are 16 year olds from Hungary (2400+) and Singapore (about 2300). It certainly is doable, but would require better result than what I have done so far. :-)

Last night I played the first game against IM Erdelyi. By transposition, we arrived at the c3 siclian and I was out of book on move nine. An interesting stuggle took place that ended in a draw (well, I pressed too hard and overstepped the line, but the IM "pardoned" me in mutual time trouble... he is the organizer and wants to keep his guests happy!). Today I had black vs IM Abel, who is a famous Hungarian coach (raised GM Zoltan Guimezy among others). I easily equalized against the timid London system and proceeded to outplay the opponent with some nice moves. It was going great and I transposed into an endgame where I quickly won a pawn. And then.... well, in mutual time trouble, I failed to win and perhaps even allowed losing chances. In the end we agreed to a draw with R+N vs R+2p on the board.

Why time trouble, you might wonder? Simple enough: we are playing with FIDE time control (90 minutes plus 30sec/move increment for the whole game). I like this time control, especially when there is more than one game per day, but time trouble cannot be avoided. On the other hand, "obviously winning positions" should be won without worrying about flagging. My position from round two looked like an "obvious win", but it turned out to be "not so much." :-)

Playing conditions are great! There is an arbiter and assistant arbiter for 3 games!!! FIDE rules differ a bit from American rules, for instance: if a person with K+R flaggs against K+N, the game is LOST (no such thing as "mating material" but instead "if mate is THEORETICALLY possible, then it's a loss") GM Friedel lost a game like this recently, so I better watch out! Not sure if a website is available for the tournament, but I will keep my eyes open.

Living conditions are excellent. I have a room with two beds (well, they are typical European small beds, so not much to brag about) and a common living rooms with refrigerator and such. There are many places to eat at and food is rather cheap here. Hungarians are nice and some even speak English. :-)

If you are interested in the games, they are in my ICC library: Robin, please feel free to post them along with this text on your website.

Time to eat dinner now. Tomorrow I got white vs Oliver Mihok, the 2400 16 year old... need to figure out how to pick a fight in the Sicilian.

Cheers,
Alex

Anonymous said...

Alex, try my setup, e4 Nd4 Nc3 Be3 Qd2 f3 and usually castle. Works in all positions.


-Anonymous
(Not really I had a chat with you on ICC recently)

John R. Becker said...

Play well Alex!

peter said...

Thanks for posting this update! Best of luck in the tournament and your pursuit of the IM title.

Alex said...

Two more draws! Round four was rather embarrassing: I completely outplayed an IM and he blundered a pieces in a worse position. And I created technical difficulties for myself that I was unable to overcome. Just got done playing a talented 14 year old FM from Singapore (number one for his age in the country and almost top 10 overall). A very very sharp, imbalanced game.
Alex

[White "*Farkas2300"]
[Black "*Betaneli2299"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by mutual agreement"]
[Opening "QGD: Charousek (Petrosian) variation"]
[ECO "D31"]
[NIC "EO.64"]
[Time "09:31:40"]

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 Nf6 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 c5 8.
Nge2 Nc6 9. dxc5 Bxc5 10. a3 d4 11. exd4 Nxd4 12. O-O Be6 13. b4 Nxe2+ 14.
Nxe2 Be7 15. Nd4 Bg4 16. Be2 Bxe2 17. Nxe2 a5 18. bxa5 Qxa5 19. Qb3 Qa6 20.
Nd4 Qa4 21. Qxa4 Rxa4 22. Be3 Nd5 23. Rfb1 Bf6 24. Rxb7 Bxd4 25. Bxd4 Rxd4
26. a4 Nf6 27. a5 Rd7 28. Rab1 Rxb7 29. Rxb7 Ra8 30. a6 g6 31. a7 Kg7 32. f3
Nd5 33. Rb5 Ne7 34. Rb7 Nc6 35. Rb6 Nxa7 36. Ra6 Kf8 37. Kf2 Ke7 38. Kg3 Kd7
39. Kg4 h6 40. h4 Kc7 41. h5 f5+ 42. Kf4 gxh5 43. Rxh6 Nc6 44. Rh7+ Kd6 45.
Kxf5 Ne7+ 46. Ke4 Ra4+ 47. Kd3 h4 48. Rg7 Nf5 49. Rg4 Ra5 50. Ke4 Ng3+ 51.
Kf4 Rf5+ 52. Ke3 Re5+ 53. Kd4 Nf5+ 54. Kd3 Re1 55. Kd2 Ra1 56. Kd3 Ke5 57.
Re4+ Kf6 58. Rg4 Rd1+ 59. Ke2 Rd5 60. Kf2 Rd2+ 61. Kg1 Rd4 62. Rg8 Ng3 63.
Kh2 Kf5 64. Kh3 Nh1 65. Rf8+ Ke6 66. Re8+ Kf7 67. Re2 Ng3 68. Re1 Kf6 69.
Re8 Kf7 70. Re1 Ra4 71. Re5 Rb4 72. Rg5 Kf6 73. Rg4 Rb1 74. Rg8 Nf5 75. Kh2
Ke5 76. Rg4 Rd1 77. Re4+ Kf6 78. Rg4 Re1 79. Rg8 Re7 80. Rg4 Rd7 81. Kh3 Rd1
82. Kh2 Rc1 83. Rg8 Ke5 84. Rg4 Kf6 85. Rg8 Rc4 86. Kh3 Ke5 87. Rg4 Rf4 88.
Rg8 Kd4 89. Re8 Kd3 90. Re5 Ng3 91. Re8 Rb4 92. Rh8 Nf5 93. Rf8 Ne3 94. f4
Rb2 95. g3 Ke4 96. Kxh4 Kf3 97. f5 Ng2+ 98. Kg5 Kxg3 99. Rc8 Ne3 100. Rc3
Kf3 101. f6 Rg2+ 102. Kh6 Kf4 103. Rxe3 Kxe3 {Game drawn by mutual
agreement} 1/2-1/2


[White "*Betaneli2299"]
[Black "*Daniel Howard Feranndez 2270"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by mutual agreement"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez: Wormald (Alapin) attack"]
[ECO "C77"]
[NIC "RL.12"]
[Time "14:40:31"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Qe2 b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. d3 O-O 8.
c3 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Qe4 Nde7 11. Bg5 Bb7 12. Nbd2 Nb4 13. Qxb7 Nxd3+ 14.
Ke2 Nxf2 15. Bc2 Rb8 16. Qxb8 Qxb8 17. Bxe7 Bxe7 18. Kxf2 Bc5+ 19. Kf1 b4
20. c4 Bd4 21. Nxd4 exd4 22. Re1 Qb6 23. Bd3 Qa5 24. Kf2 Qxa2 25. Rb1 Re8
26. Rhe1 Rxe1 27. Kxe1 g6 28. Kd1 Qa4+ 29. b3 Qc6 30. g3 Qg2 31. Nf1 c5 32.
Ra1 Qb2 33. Rb1 Qg2 34. Ra1 Qc6 35. Kc2 f5 36. Re1 a5 37. Ra1 Qg2+ 38. Kc1
Qf2 39. Kd1 Qb2 40. Rb1 Qg2 41. Ra1 Qa8 42. Ra2 Kf7 43. Kc1 Kf6 44. Kb1 Qf3
45. Rd2 h6 46. Kc1 g5 47. Kb1 h5 48. Kc1 f4 49. gxf4 gxf4 50. Kb1 h4 51. Kc1
h3 52. Kb1 Qg2 53. Kc1 Kg5 54. Kb1 Qa8 55. Ra2 f3 56. Kc1 Qe8 57. Kd1 a4 58.
Rxa4 f2 59. Nd2 Qe3 60. Kc2 Qf4 61. Ra6 Kh5 62. Nf1 Qe5 63. Rg6 Qe1 64. Ng3+
{Game drawn by mutual agreement}
1/2-1/2

Alex said...

Victory, at last! I almost forgot the feeling. :-) Not a clean game, but definitely not bad. As I need to win 4 in a row for a norm at this point, there is no reason to be stressed out. Besides, I am on vacation from teaching!
Alex

[White "*Betaneli2299"]
[Black "*Abel2300"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[Opening "French: Fort Knox variation"]
[ECO "C03"]
[NIC "FR.07"]
[Time "14:00:02"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bd7 5. Nf3 Bc6 6. Bd3 Nd7 7. Qe2 Be7
8. Neg5 Bxf3 9. Nxf3 Ngf6 10. O-O O-O 11. Rd1 Re8 12. Ne5 c6 13. Bc4 Nf8 14.
Rd3 Qc7 15. Bf4 Bd6 16. Bg3 Rad8 17. Bh4 Be7 18. Re1 Nd5 19. Bg3 Bd6 20. Rf3
f6 21. Nd3 Bxg3 22. Rxg3 Nb6 23. Bb3 Rxd4 24. Nc5 Nd5 25. Ne4 Kh8 26. c3 Nf4
27. Qc2 Rdd8 28. Rge3 Qa5 29. g3 N4g6 30. f4 Ne7 31. Qf2 Qb6 32. R3e2 Neg6
33. Nc5 e5 34. f5 Ne7 35. Bf7 Nxf5 36. Bxe8 Rxe8 37. b4 Ne7 38. a3 Qc7 39.
Rd2 f5 40. Red1 b6 41. Nd7 Nfg6 42. c4 f4 43. g4 e4 44. Rd6 Nc8 45. R6d4 c5
46. bxc5 bxc5 47. Rd5 e3 48. Qf3 Nh4 49. Qh3 e2 50. Re1 Ng6 51. Qd3 Nb6 52.
Nxb6 axb6 53. Rxe2 Rf8 54. Rd7 Qc8 55. Qd6 f3 56. Rd2 Qe8 57. Kf2 Ne5 58.
Qxf8+ Qxf8 59. Rd8 Kg8 60. h3 Nxc4 61. Rxf8+ Kxf8 62. Rd3 Kf7 63. Rxf3+ Ke6
64. Rd3 b5 65. Ke2 Ke5 66. Rd7 Nxa3 67. Rxg7 c4 68. Ke3 b4 69. Rg5+ Kd6 70.
Kd4 c3 71. Kd3 Kc6 72. Rg8 b3 73. Kxc3 b2 74. Kxb2 {Black resigns} 1-0

Robin said...

Congratulations on your first win. One down, four to go!!

Alex said...

Just got done with a long day that had two rounds.
Alex

[White "*FM.Mihok2400"]
[Black "*Betaneli2299"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by mutual agreement"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez: closed, Averbach variation"]
[ECO "C87"]
[NIC "RL.16"]
[Time "08:04:38"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 d6 7. c3 Bg4 8.
h3 Bh5 9. d3 Nd7 10. Nbd2 Nc5 11. Bxc6+ bxc6 12. Nf1 Ne6 13. Ng3 Bxf3 14.
Qxf3 g6 15. d4 exd4 16. Nf5 O-O 17. Nxd4 Nxd4 18. cxd4 Rb8 19. b3 d5 20.
exd5 cxd5 21. Bh6 Re8 22. Re5 f6 23. Rxd5 Bd6 24. Bf4 Rb6 25. Rc1 Qe7 26.
Bxd6 cxd6 27. Ra5 Qe4 28. Qxe4 Rxe4 29. d5 Re5 30. Rc7 h5 31. g3 Kf8 32. Kg2
g5 33. f4 gxf4 34. gxf4 Re4 35. Rc6 Rb5 36. Raxa6 Rxd5 37. Rxd6 Re2+ 38. Kf3
Rxd6 39. Rxd6 Rxa2 40. Rxf6+ Kg7 41. Re6 Rb2 42. Re3 Kf6 43. Ke4 Rb1 44. f5
Rf1 45. Rf3 Re1+ 46. Kd4 Rd1+ 47. Ke3 h4 48. Rf4 Rb1 49. Kf3 Rxb3+ 50. Kg4
Rg3+ 51. Kxh4 Rg5 {Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2

[White "*Betaneli2299"]
[Black "*Farkas2300"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by mutual agreement"]
[Opening "Sicilian defense"]
[ECO "B20"]
[NIC "SI.48"]
[Time "12:58:41"]

1. e4 c5 2. b3 e6 3. Bb2 a6 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. g3 d6 6. Bg2 Nf6 7. e5 dxe5 8.
Nxe5 Nxe5 9. Bxe5 Bd6 10. Bb2 Rb8 11. Nc3 e5 12. O-O O-O 13. a4 b6 14. Qe2
Qc7 15. Rae1 Bb7 16. Bxb7 Qxb7 17. Ne4 Qxe4 18. Qxe4 Nxe4 19. Rxe4 f6 20.
Kg2 Rfe8 21. Rfe1 Kf7 22. d3 Re7 23. g4 Rbe8 24. Ba3 Re6 25. f3 g6 26. Bb2
R6e7 27. Bc1 Ke6 28. Bb2 Kd5 29. R4e2 Kc6 30. h3 h5 31. g5 f5 32. h4 Kd5 33.
Kf2 Kc6 34. Kg2 {Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2

Alex said...

+2-0=7 TPR=2360, one more round.
Alex

[White "*Erdelyi2160"]
[Black "*Betaneli2299"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[Opening "QGD: 4.Nf3"]
[ECO "D37"]
[NIC "QP.09"]
[Time "11:56:55"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. cxd5 exd5
8. e3 O-O 9. Bd3 c6 10. Rc1 Be6 11. O-O Nd7 12. Bb1 g6 13. Na4 Bg7 14. Nd2
f5 15. Nb3 Bf7 16. Nac5 b6 17. Nxd7 Qxd7 18. Bd3 a5 19. Be2 Rfc8 20. Rc2 a4
21. Nc1 c5 22. dxc5 bxc5 23. Bf3 g5 24. g3 Rab8 25. Qd2 Qd6 26. Rd1 Rd8 27.
Nd3 c4 28. Ne1 Rxb2 29. Qa5 a3 30. Rxc4 dxc4 31. Rxd6 Rxd6 32. Qxa3 Rdb6 33.
Qc5 R6b5 34. Qc8+ Bf8 35. a4 Rc5 {White resigns} 0-1

Anonymous said...

Alex, nice win!

Alex said...

Nice last round vitory. TPR=2400, but no norms for anyone.
1-2. Oliver Mihok 6.5/10
1-2. Alex Betaneli 6.5
3. Daniel H.Fernandez 5.5
4. L.Abel 4.5
5. T.Farkas 4.0
6. T.Erdelyi 3.0

Merry Christmas!
Alex

[White "*Ferndandez2270"]
[Black "*Betaneli2299"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[Opening "KGA: bishop's gambit, Bledow variation"]
[ECO "C33"]
[NIC "KG.03"]
[Time "13:49:29"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 d5 4. exd5 Qh4+ 5. Kf1 Bd6 6. Nf3 Qh6 7. Nc3 Ne7
8. Ne4 O-O 9. Kf2 Bg4 10. d3 Nd7 11. Nxd6 Qxd6 12. Re1 Ng6 13. d4 Rae8 14.
Rxe8 Rxe8 15. Qd3 Nf6 16. Bd2 Ne4+ 17. Kg1 Bxf3 18. gxf3 Nh4 19. fxe4 Qg6+
20. Kf2 Qg2+ 21. Ke1 Nf3+ 22. Kd1 Rxe4 23. Bc3 Nxh2 24. b3 {White resigns}
0-1

Anonymous said...

Great job Alex!


Troy

Alex said...

Thanks Troy, you are a loyal fan. :-)
I discovered a great sauna nearby.... my opponents in the next tournament would have to deal with me both rested and not jetlagged. Let's hope it's enough to make their hands full. :-)
Alex

Tom said...

Alex, Thanks for posting your games in this event and for the commentary. Maybe you can do this in the future too. It is fun following the exploits of someone I know.

Alex said...

The second tournament began for me today. It's a little bit stronger, but the norm is still a rather frightening +5 (7.5 out of 10). Good start though: a win with black!
Alex

[White "*Erdelyi2170"]
[Black "*Betaneli2299"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[Opening "English: Neo-Catalan"]
[ECO "A13"]
[NIC "RE.12"]
[Time "12:58:25"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Nf6 4. b3 c5 5. Bb2 d4 6. b4 Nbd7 7. Bg2 e5 8. bxc5
Qc7 9. Qa4 Bxc5 10. O-O O-O 11. d3 Nb6 12. Qc2 Bd7 13. Nbd2 Na4 14. Rae1 Bc6
15. Rb1 Nd7 16. Qb3 Bd6 17. Ne4 Nac5 18. Nxc5 Nxc5 19. Qc2 Rae8 20. Ba1 f5
21. Bb2 b6 22. Ba1 Qb7 23. Qd1 Ne6 24. Qb3 Bc5 25. Qd1 g5 26. Ne1 g4 27.
Bxc6 Qxc6 28. f3 Ng5 29. Bb2 f4 30. Bc1 Qh6 31. gxf4 exf4 32. fxg4 Qe6 33.
Rb2 Nh3+ 34. Kh1 Qxg4 35. Ng2 Kh8 36. Rf3 Rg8 37. Qf1 Re3 38. Bxe3 dxe3 39.
Rxh3 Qxh3 40. Qf3 Qxf3 41. exf3 Bd4 42. Re2 Rf8 43. Kg1 Be5 44. Re1 Kg7 45.
Kf1 Kf6 46. Rc1 Rd8 47. Ne1 Bd4 48. Rc2 Kf5 49. Ng2 Bc5 50. Ke2 Rg8 51. Kf1
Rd8 52. Ke2 Rd6 53. Rb2 Rh6 {White resigns} 0-1

Robin said...

Alex: Nice win -- the first of ten!!

Anonymous said...

Alex-

Good luck in the rest of your games. Enjoying following you from WI.

Matt Waller

Anonymous said...

I forgot to mention this in my last post.. Does anyone know how many ELO points towards his FIDE rating Alex gained in the first tournament? Hopefully it moves him towards 2400

Matt Waller

Alex said...

Matt, I am not sure of the exact formula for FIDE rating, but I imagine something like 10-20 point game is about right.

First defeat on the Hungarian soil. I played a rather strong IM who was in high 2400's at his peak, but maintains 2400+ nowadays. His strongest student GM Berkes is on the National team.
Need to figure where I misstepped in the opening.... it's h6 according to our brief analysis,but will see. Ne5 instead of Nc5 would have led to some real comp for the pawn. Today I play the same guy with white.

[White "*Meszaros2412"]
[Black "*Betaneli2299"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[Opening "English: Neo-Catalan accepted"]
[ECO "A13"]
[NIC "RE.10"]
[Time "23:47:45"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Qa4+ Nbd7 6. O-O c5 7. Qxc4 b6
8. Ng5 Rb8 9. Nc3 Bb7 10. d4 Bxg2 11. Kxg2 h6 12. Nf3 Be7 13. Rd1 O-O 14. e4
cxd4 15. Nxd4 Rc8 16. Nc6 Qe8 17. Qb5 a6 18. Nxe7+ Qxe7 19. Qxa6 Qb4 20. Qe2
Nc5 21. f3 Ra8 22. Be3 Qa5 23. Qb5 Qxb5 24. Nxb5 Rfd8 25. Rxd8+ Rxd8 26. Kf1
g5 27. h3 Ra8 28. Nc3 Nfd7 29. Ke2 Ne5 30. Rd1 Nc4 31. b3 Nxe3 32. Kxe3 b5
33. Rd4 e5 34. Rd5 b4 35. Rxc5 bxc3 36. a4 {Black resigns} 1-0

Alex said...

The most important thing after a loss is not to lose again.... He offered a draw and I thought, why not? Tomorrow I expect a full blown battle in the Benko gambit.

[White "*Betaneli2299"]
[Black "*Meszaros2412"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by mutual agreement"]
[Opening "French defense, Steiner variation"]
[ECO "C00"]
[NIC "FR.01"]
[Time "10:34:58"]

1. e4 e6 2. c4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. cxd5 Nf6 5. Bb5+ Nbd7 6. Nc3 Be7 7. d4 O-O
8. Nf3 Nb6 9. O-O Nbxd5 10. h3 c5 {Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2

Anonymous said...

No more tournaments?
I miss the old days

Alex said...

[White "*Betaneli2299"]
[Black "*Erdelyi2170"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[Opening "Benkö gambit"]
[ECO "A57"]
[NIC "BI.46"]
[Time "11:24:58"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Nd2 bxc4 5. e4 c3 6. bxc3 d6 7. c4 g6 8. Bb2
Bg7 9. Bd3 O-O 10. Ngf3 Bg4 11. O-O Nbd7 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Nxf3 Qc7 14. Qd2
Ne5 15. Nxe5 dxe5 16. Rae1 Ne8 17. f4 exf4 18. e5 Rb8 19. Bc3 f6 20. Qxf4 f5
21. h4 Qc8 22. h5 Rb6 23. hxg6 hxg6 24. Rf3 Qa6 25. Qg5 Qb7 26. Rh3
{Black resigns}
1-0

Robin said...

Alex: Nice game -- almost a miniature!

I did not like black’s 10…Bg4. It seems like 10…e5 would have been a better move.

Anonymous said...

e5 is rather a closed game shutting out the Bishop on g7.

Alex said...

Robin,
Indeed e5 instead of Bg4 is normal in that position. However it's not so simple: I probably should have played on the Q-side rather than going for a kill with f4.... His cruical error was f6-f5: then it's all curtains. After f6xe5, however, it's a game (in particular I missed that after Qg3 he has a nice co-linear Rf4!).
Chess is difficult if opponents resist! :-)
Alex

Alex said...

Ouch. A nice game was butchered.

White "*Betaneli2299"]
[Black "*Kislik2356"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez: Taimanov (chase/wing/accelerated counterthrust) variation"]
[ECO "C70"]
[NIC "RL.09"]
[Time "13:12:24"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Na5 6. O-O d6 7. d4 exd4 8.
Nxd4 Bb7 9. c3 c5 10. Nf5 g6 11. Ng3 Nxb3 12. axb3 h5 13. Re1 h4 14. Nf1 h3
15. g3 Be7 16. Ne3 Bxe4 17. Nd5 Bxd5 18. Qxd5 Qc8 19. Bf4 Rh5 20. Qe4 Kf8
21. Na3 d5 22. Qe2 Qb7 23. g4 Rh7 24. Qf3 Rd8 25. Rad1 Nf6 26. Qe2 c4 27.
Bg5 Rd6 28. Rd4 Re6 29. Qd1 Rxe1+ 30. Qxe1 Ne4 31. Bxe7+ Qxe7 32. Rxd5 Nf6
33. Re5 Qb7 34. f3 Qxf3 35. Qe2 Qxe2 36. Rxe2 cxb3 37. g5 Nd7 38. Re3 Rh4
39. Rg3 Ra4 40. Kf2 Ne5 41. Ke2 Rg4 42. Rxh3 Rg2+ 43. Kd1 Rxb2 44. Re3 Nc4
45. Nxc4 Rb1+ 46. Kd2 bxc4 47. Re4 Rh1 48. Rxc4 b2 {White resigns} 0-1

Alex said...

[White "*Farkas2300"]
[Black "*Betaneli2200"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[Opening "QGD: Charousek (Petrosian) variation"]
[ECO "D31"]
[NIC "EO.64"]
[Time "07:47:13"]

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. e3 c6 8.
Qc2 Nd7 9. O-O-O a5 10. e4 dxc4 11. Bxc4 b5 12. Bd3 O-O 13. e5 Be7 14. Qe2
b4 15. Na4 Re8 16. Kb1 Bb7 17. Rc1 Qc8 18. Qe4 g6 19. h4 c5 20. Qe3 Bc6 21.
Nxc5 Nxc5 22. dxc5 h5 23. Nd2 Qd8 24. Ne4 Bxh4 25. g4 Bxe4 26. Bxe4 hxg4 27.
Qh6 Qd4 28. Bxa8 g5 29. Rhd1 Qxe5 30. Re1 Qf4 31. Be4 Rd8 32. c6 Rd2 33.
Bh7+ Kh8 34. c7 {Black resigns} 1-0

Alex said...

[White "*Farkas2300"]
[Black "*Betaneli2200"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[Opening "QGD: Charousek (Petrosian) variation"]
[ECO "D31"]
[NIC "EO.64"]
[Time "07:47:13"]

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 Be7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. e3 c6 8.
Qc2 Nd7 9. O-O-O a5 10. e4 dxc4 11. Bxc4 b5 12. Bd3 O-O 13. e5 Be7 14. Qe2
b4 15. Na4 Re8 16. Kb1 Bb7 17. Rc1 Qc8 18. Qe4 g6 19. h4 c5 20. Qe3 Bc6 21.
Nxc5 Nxc5 22. dxc5 h5 23. Nd2 Qd8 24. Ne4 Bxh4 25. g4 Bxe4 26. Bxe4 hxg4 27.
Qh6 Qd4 28. Bxa8 g5 29. Rhd1 Qxe5 30. Re1 Qf4 31. Be4 Rd8 32. c6 Rd2 33.
Bh7+ Kh8 34. c7 {Black resigns} 1-0

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Everyone!

Alex said...

What a way to start New year. :-)

White "*Betaneli2299"]
[Black "*Farkas2300"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by mutual agreement"]
[Opening "Grünfeld: modern exchange variation"]
[ECO "D85"]
[NIC "GI.04"]
[Time "14:15:16"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5
8. Rb1 O-O 9. Be2 Nc6 10. d5 Ne5 11. Nxe5 Bxe5 12. Qd2 e6 13. f4 Bc7 14. O-O
exd5 15. exd5 Ba5 16. Rb3 b6 17. f5 Bxf5 18. Rxf5 gxf5 19. Qh6 c4 20. Bxc4
f6 21. Ba3 Rc8 22. Qh4 Kh8 23. Bxf8 Qxf8 24. Kf1 Qe7 25. Bd3 Rxc3 26. Rxc3
Bxc3 27. Bxf5 Be5 28. Qh5 b5 29. Bd3 b4 30. h4 Bc3 31. g3 Be5 32. Kg2 a5 33.
Qf5 Qc7 34. h5 Qf7 35. Be4 Bd6 36. g4 Qe7 37. Kf3 Bc5 38. Qc8+ Kg7 39. Qf5
Kh8 40. Kg2 a4 41. h6 a3 42. Qc8+ Qf8 43. Qc7 Qe7 44. Qxe7 Bxe7 45. Bc2 Bf8
46. Kf3 Bxh6 47. Ke4 Kg8 48. d6 Kf7 49. Kd5 Ke8 50. Ke6 Bg5 51. Ba4+ Kd8
{Game drawn by mutual agreement}
1/2-1/2

Alex said...

[White "*Kislik2356"]
[Black "*Betaneli2299"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ICCResult "Game drawn by mutual agreement"]
[Opening "QGD: Charousek (Petrosian) variation"]
[ECO "D31"]
[NIC "QP.08"]
[Time "16:36:13"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Be7 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bf4 Nf6 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 c5 8.
Nf3 Nc6 9. O-O cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. exd4 Be6 12. h3 Rc8 13. Re1 a6 14. Rc1
b5 15. Be5 Qd7 16. Qf3 Rc6 17. Ne2 Rfc8 18. Rcd1 Ne4 19. Qe3 Bf5 20. g4 Bh4
21. Bxe4 Bxe4 22. Nc3 f5 23. Bg3 Bxg3 24. Qxg3 b4 25. Nxe4 fxe4 26. f3 exf3
27. Qxf3 Rc2 28. Qb3 R8c4 29. Re5 Qf7 30. Rf1 Rc1 31. Qxc4 Rxc4 32. Rxf7
Kxf7 33. Rxd5 Rc2 34. Rf5+ Ke6 35. Rf2 Rc4 36. Rd2 Kd5 37. Kf2 Rxd4 38. Rc2
Rc4 39. Rd2+ Rd4 40. Rc2 Rc4 41. Re2 Re4 42. Re3 Rxe3 43. Kxe3 Kc4 44. h4 a5
45. Ke4 a4 46. Ke3 g6 47. g5 a3 48. bxa3 bxa3 49. Kd2 Kd4 50. Kc2 Kc4 51.
Kd2 Kd4 52. Kc2 {Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2

Anonymous said...

It's a bit off topic, but as i was checking results, i would like to say congratulations to Anthony Parker for winning clear
1st in the U2200 section of the Eastern Open!

JB said...

Way to go Anthony!!

By the way, does anyone know if there will be a Northeastern Open this year?

Alex said...

Congrats to Anthony!

The u2200 section of DC might as well be called: "$1,000 for WI players"!!! In the past four years, three WI players won it (Erik Santarius, Hongkai Pan and now Anthony Parker). It's one of my favorite events.

No Northeastern this January, but perhaps later in the year. It appears that the next adult tournament is the US Amateur Team Championships: see uschess.org, www.wischess.org or www.wichessacademy.com for information.

Please let Ashish and me know if you need teammates! We are really trying to keep this event in Wisconsin and this year's attendance will determine if we continue to hold the event.

Thanks,
Alex

Anonymous said...

Why is it called the US. AMATEUR Team Tournament? I don't think its a weak tournament.

Alex said...

Average rating of the team has to be under 2200.... thus the name. But yeah, it's one of the strongest events of the year throughout the country!
Alex

Alex said...

Back home, resting. Look for my article on uschess.org in the near future. Thanks to all for your interest and support.
Alex


Let's start making teams!

Feb. 12-14 or 13-14 2010 U.S. Amateur Team Championship - North
Wisconsin
Two sections: Open and Scholastic (Saturday only). Open: 5SS, G/90+30/move/increment (G/120 if digital clocks not available; 2-day: rd.1-2 G/60). Crowne Plaza Hotel Milwaukee Airport, 6401 South 13th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53221. 1-414-764-5300. $79.99 chess rate, please reserve early. Open to 4 player teams with one optional alternate. Team average (4 highest ratings-2009 Annual Rating List) must be under 2200. EF: 3-day $140, 2-day $141 per team if received by February 9th, $180 thereafter. Individuals wishing to play, send $35 and request to be put on a team. Team changes on site $20. Check out official website www.wichessacademy.com All advance entries will be posted on February 10th. Prizes: Awards to top two teams, top teams with average rating u1900, u1600, and u1300. Winning team qualifies for national play-offs. Prizes to best team composed of juniors (high school and younger). Prizes to top score on each board. Rounds: 3-day: on-site registration/check-in 5:30-6:30pm, rds.: 7pm, 11:00am & 5:00pm, 10:00am & 3:30pm. 2-day: on-site registration/check-in 9:00-10:30am, rds. 11:00am & 2:00pm then merge with 3-day. **Saturday Only** Scholastic section. 4SS, G/60. Open to 4 player teams with one optional alternate. Team average (4 highest-2009 Annual Rating List) must be under 1600. EF: $120 per team if received by February 9th, $150 thereafter. Individuals wishing to play, send $30 and request to be put on a team. Team changes on site $20. All advance entries will be posted on www.wichessacademy.com on February 10th. Prizes: awards to top team overall, top three High School Teams, top three Middle School Teams, top three Elementary School Teams. Prizes to top score on each board. Rounds: on-site registration/check-in: 9:00am-10:30am; rds.: 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:45pm, 6:00pm. Checks made payable to and send to: VICA, 6822 North Crestwood Dr., Glendale, WI 53209. Please include Team's name and roster, captain's email and phone number, and desired schedule. Info: abetaneli@hotmail.com, ashish@vajachess.com, 608-334-2574, 414-234-1005. WCL JGP (in Open Section).

Alex said...

Back home, resting. Look for my article on uschess.org in the near future. Thanks to all for your interest and support.
Alex


Let's start making teams!

Feb. 12-14 or 13-14 2010 U.S. Amateur Team Championship - North
Wisconsin
Two sections: Open and Scholastic (Saturday only). Open: 5SS, G/90+30/move/increment (G/120 if digital clocks not available; 2-day: rd.1-2 G/60). Crowne Plaza Hotel Milwaukee Airport, 6401 South 13th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53221. 1-414-764-5300. $79.99 chess rate, please reserve early. Open to 4 player teams with one optional alternate. Team average (4 highest ratings-2009 Annual Rating List) must be under 2200. EF: 3-day $140, 2-day $141 per team if received by February 9th, $180 thereafter. Individuals wishing to play, send $35 and request to be put on a team. Team changes on site $20. Check out official website www.wichessacademy.com All advance entries will be posted on February 10th. Prizes: Awards to top two teams, top teams with average rating u1900, u1600, and u1300. Winning team qualifies for national play-offs. Prizes to best team composed of juniors (high school and younger). Prizes to top score on each board. Rounds: 3-day: on-site registration/check-in 5:30-6:30pm, rds.: 7pm, 11:00am & 5:00pm, 10:00am & 3:30pm. 2-day: on-site registration/check-in 9:00-10:30am, rds. 11:00am & 2:00pm then merge with 3-day. **Saturday Only** Scholastic section. 4SS, G/60. Open to 4 player teams with one optional alternate. Team average (4 highest-2009 Annual Rating List) must be under 1600. EF: $120 per team if received by February 9th, $150 thereafter. Individuals wishing to play, send $30 and request to be put on a team. Team changes on site $20. All advance entries will be posted on www.wichessacademy.com on February 10th. Prizes: awards to top team overall, top three High School Teams, top three Middle School Teams, top three Elementary School Teams. Prizes to top score on each board. Rounds: on-site registration/check-in: 9:00am-10:30am; rds.: 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:45pm, 6:00pm. Checks made payable to and send to: VICA, 6822 North Crestwood Dr., Glendale, WI 53209. Please include Team's name and roster, captain's email and phone number, and desired schedule. Info: abetaneli@hotmail.com, ashish@vajachess.com, 608-334-2574, 414-234-1005. WCL JGP (in Open Section).

Anonymous said...

Will there be a posting of pre-registries for the team tournament?

-Matt Waller

Nyte said...

e5 is rather a closed game shutting out the Bishop on g7.