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12/22/09 - Bovopolous-Bereolos - 2009 Knoxville City Championship

In round 3, I had Black versus Demetrios Bovopolous. This was his first time in the championship and his 2 points was good enough for a small rating gain. 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. Bd5 Bxf3 Alekhine's solution against the namesake of this variation was 10... Nxd5 11. exd5 Na5 12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Rxe5 Nc4 14. Re1 Nb6 with equality in Yates - Alekhine Sheveningen 1913; 10... Qd7!? is an interesting sacrifice 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Bxc6 Qxc6 13. Nxe5 Qe6 14. Nxg4 Nxg4 and it appears Black has compensation because of the undeveloped White queenside. 11. Qxf3 Qd7 12. Be3 Nxd5 13. exd5 Na5 14. dxe5 dxe5 15. Nd2 f5 16. Nb3 Nxb3 17. axb3 Bd618. c4 e4 19. Qd1 f4 20. Bd4 Rae8 21. Rxa6?! White should try to hold up the black attack with 21. f3 instead of grabbing this meaningless pawn. 21... f3 22. Re3 Bf4 23. Rc3

23...b4 I was too focused on the g2 square when it is really f2 which should be the focal point of the attack 23... e3 should win fairly quickly. For example, 24. Bxe3 Bxe3 25. Rxe3 Rxe3 26. fxe3 Qg4 27. Qf1 f2+ 28. Kh1 Qd1 24. Rc2 fxg2 24... Qg4 25. g3 e3 should still be a fairly quick win 25. Qh5 Rf5 26. Qg4 Qf7 still playing for the attack, but 26... Rxd5 grabbing a pawn is better 27. h4 avoiding the trap 27. Bxg7? Qxg7 28. Qxf5 Bxh2+ 27... e3?! Finally, this move, but now it probably squanders Black's advantage. 27...Bd6 with the idea of 28...Rf4 would keep the initiative 28. Re2 dodging both 28. Bxe3 Bxe3 29. fxe3 Rg5! and 28. fxe3 Bd6, but challenging the e-file with 28. Re6 was likely best. 28... exf2+?! Again too impatient. 28...Bd6 would keep Black on top 29. Rxf2 Bh2+ 30. Kxg2 30. Kxh2 loses to 30...Rxf2 31. Bxf2 Qxf2 32. Qxg2 Qxh4+ 30... Rxf2+ 31. Bxf2 Bd6 32. Ra1?! This may even deserve a full question mark. White must maintain his queen's dominating position with 32. h5 with a slight advantage to White. Now the White king is just too exposed with heavy pieces on the board. 32... h5 33. Qf3 Qg6+ 34. Kh1 Rf8 35. Qg2 Qd3 36. Rg1 Be5 37. Rf1? The final blunder, 37. Bg3 puts up more resistence, but Black should win after 37...Bd4 38. Re1 Rf3 39. Kh2 Qf5 37... Rf4 38. Kg1? I had to scold my young opponent for offering a draw here, especially since he tried the old stick your hand out across the board trick 38...Rg4 [0:1]

12/21/09 - Bereolos-Wadhawan - 2009 Knoxville City Championship

In round 2 I had White against Sanchit Wadhawan. After getting shut out in his debut last year, he finished with a respectable even score to take clear third. He also had a big impact on the race for first with his 12 move win over Bob Hydzik in the final round, which allowed me to catch up.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 c5 9. Nf3 Nc6 10. d5 Qa5 11. Rc1 Rd8 12. c4 The previous time I reached this position, I was successful with 12. Bd3 which is probably the best move 12... Qxd2+ 13. Kxd2 13. Bxd2 Nd4 is immediately equal 13... b6 14. Bd3 14. Rb1 Nb4 15. Bb1 Bg4 Black can't go pawn hunting as 15... Bb2 16. Rcd1 Ba6 17. a3 Bxa3 18. Kc3 is quite good for White 16. Ke2 Rd6 He should probably try recycling the knight with 16... Na6, but it is understandable that he would like to keep it in place as it is dominating the White Bb1. White doesn't want to force the issue with a3 as then ...Bb2 is an annoying threat 17. h3 Bxf3+ 18. Kxf3 Rad8 19. Ke2 R6d7 20. f4 f6? A horrible positional move that essentially decides the game. If he is going to play ...f6 it must be preceded by 20... Bb2, but I thought it was better to fight back against the center after 21. Rcd1 e6 and perhaps ...f5 at some point. 21. g4 I briefly considered 21. f5 but realized there was no need for such extravagence, Bg7 is destined to be a pawn for the rest of the game 21... h6 22. f5 g5

Ending any dream of the bishop ever escaping. Black is just a piece down and can only await the White breakthrough. 23. a3 Na6 24. Bc2 Nb8 25. Ba4 Rc7 26. Bf2 Nd7 27. Bxd7 Rcxd7 28. Rb1 Kf7 29. a4 Rb7 30. Kd3 Rh8 31. Bxc5 Rd7 32. Bf2 h5 33. a5 hxg4 34. hxg4 Rxh1 35. Rxh1 bxa5 36. Rb1 [1:0]

12/20/09 - Bereolos-Bynum - 2009 Knoxville City Championship

In the opening round, I had White versus Kipp Bynum, who gained the most game points throughout the year without winning a tournament to qualify for the Championship for the third time.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Bb4+ 4. Nc3 c5 5. Nf3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qa5 7. Qd3 Nc6 8. Bd2 8. Bg2!? cxd4 9. Bd2 is an interesting sacrifice 8... O-O 9. Bg2 d6 10. O-O Qc7 I didn't really like this voluntary retreat. I think it is better to preserve the option of a later Qa4 with 10... e5 or 10...h6. 11. d5 Na5 12. Bg5 Ng4?! After this, White develops a strong initiative, better was 12... Ne8 intending to close the position with ...e5 giving him some time to complete his development 13. h3 Ne5 14. Nxe5 dxe5 15. d6 Qd7 16. Be7 Going for the attack is better than winning a meaningless pawn with 16. Be3 16... Re8 17. f4 exf4 18. Rxf4 Nc6 This meets with a powerful refutation, but White still has a strong initative after the alternatives 18... e5 19. Rxf7; 18... f5 19. g4 Nc6 20. Bxc6 Qxc6 21. Qe3 b6 22. gxf5 exf5 23. Qe5 Bb7 24. e4; 18... f6 19. Rh4 f5 20. e4 19. Bxc6 Qxc6 20. Rxf7!

20...Bd7? this loses without a fight, the White pieces swarm the undefended Black king. The main line was 20... Kxf7 21. Qxh7 Rxe7 22. Rf1+ Ke8 23. Qg8+ Kd7 24. dxe7 Kxe7 25. Qf8+ Kd7 26. Rf7#; Afterwards, we mainly focused on 20... e5 since it looked like Whte may have to waste a move with 21. g4 or 21. Kh2 to defend h3 (although White's attack is probably still too strong), but the cleanest solution is 21. Raf1 Bxh3 and the White rooks go on a rampage. 22. Rxg7+! Kxg7 23. Rf7+! Kxf7 24. Qxh7+ Ke6 25. Qxh3+ Kf7 26. Qh7+ Ke6 27. Qg6+ Kd7 28. Qf5# a diagonal mate with epaulets 21. Raf1 b6 22. Qe3 h6 [22... Kh8 intending ...Rg8 is no help 23. Rxg7 Kxg7 24. Qg5+ Kh8 25. Bf6#] 23. Qe5 [1:0]

12/19/09 - 2009 Knoxville City Championship

When the clocks were finally stopped in the Knoxville City Championship earlier this month, I emerged at the top of the crosstable for the 13th time. However, for the first time, I had to share first place. As I mentioned in an earlier post, a dreadful blunder resulted in a loss to Robert Hydzik who ended up matching my 4-1 score to become co-Champion. He also picked up his 4th Knoxville Amateur Championship this year. I'll be giving full annotations of my games over the next few posts.