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7/20/05 - July FIDE Rating List

The July FIDE rating list saw the retired Garry Kasparov(2812) still maintaining the top spot. The big question was if Veselin Topalov's resounding victory at the M-Tel Masters would be enough to vault him past Vishy Anand into the #2 spot. Anand actually lost a point in the M-Tel Masters, but gained 4 back by going 6/8 in the German Bundesliga resulting in a tie with Topalov at 2788. The rest of the top 10 is relatively unchanged. #6 Vladimir Kramnik(2744) continues to slide slowly down the list, dropping another place. Former World Junior Champion, Lev Aronian (2724, #10) makes his first appearance in both Club 2700 and the Top 10. Mikey Adams (2719) was the biggest drop, going from 7th to 13th. Club 2700 stayed at 19 members. In addition to Aronian, Ponomariov(2704, #17) reentered, while Dreev(2698, #20) and Bareev(2688, #22) dropped out.

The US top 10 was almost unchanged with little activity. Only Seirawan(2635) and Onischuk(2628) swapped the third and fourth spots with their results from the Dutch and Russian leagues, respectively.

I didn't have any games during this period, so my rating stayed unchanged at 2323. I gained back the place I had dropped on the previous list, putting me #147 in the US, but standing still cost me around 50 places on the world list to #4716.

7/4/05 - Emory/Castle Grand Prix

In round 1, I had the Black pieces against Benjamin Francis. It was a strange Italian Game where White castled queenside. With attacks on opposite wings, my pawn storm got there first and after 26. Bb1

I crashed in 26... a3 27. bxa3 Rxa3 27... b2+ 28. Kxb2 Qa5 was a bit faster way to win. 28. gxh6 b2+ 29. Kxb2 Qa5 I calculated the text out to mate, but the computer points out the pretty and forcing 29... Qb6+ 30. Ka1 Qxb1+ 31. Kxb1 Rb8+ 32. Kc2 Rxa2#. However, I was happy just to have finally won a game again. 30. Qe1 Rxa2+ [0:1]

In round 2, I had the White pieces versus Brian Kostrinsky. I got a nice position out of the opening and he shed a couple of pawns for activity, but I reached a winning ending with an extra pawn and after 42...Nd3

I could have won simply with 43. f6+. Instead, I was too focused on swapping the dark squared bishops to notice that simple tactic. 43. Kd4 Nf4 44. Bc5 Ne2+ if 44... Nxh3 then the a-pawn runs to glory 45. a4 Nf2 46. a5 Nxg4 47. a6 Ne5 48. Bb7 Bxc5+ 49. Kxc5 Nd7+ 50. Kb5 45. Kc4 Bxc5 46. Kxc5 Nc1 47. a4 Kf6 48. a5 Nb3+ 49. Kb4 Nxa5 50. Kxa5 Ke5 I thought he might aim for the bishop + wrong colored rook-pawn ending with 50... h5 51. gxh5 Kxf5 but I have the trick 52. Be4+! Kf6 53. h6 and the f7-pawn stops him from getting to the corner. 51. Be8 f6 52. Kb5 Kf4 53. Kc5 Kg3 54. Kd5 Kxh3 55. Bh5 [1:0]

In the evening round, I was on the demo boards and broadcast on ICC with the Black pieces against GM Gregory Serper. I got a reasonable position out of the opening but made several subtle mistakes in the middle game and was in a wretched position after 23...Nb6

24. Rd1 I don't know why he didn't press forward with 24. e6 Nxd5 (24... Qxd5 25. e7+ Rxe7 26. Rxe7 Qxd2 27. Rxf7#) 25. exf7 and White is much better. His move didn't spoil anything, but I was able to try and sow some confusion with 24... Rad8 25. Ne4 c3!? but his accurate play gave me no opportunities 26. bxc3 Nc4 27. Qd4 Qb6 28. Qxb6 Nxb6 29. Ng5 dxe5 30. d6 Ne6 31. Nhxf7 Nxf4 32. Re4 Nbd5 33. Nxd8 Nxc3 34. Rxf4+ [1:0]

The next morning I played an interesting game with White against Klaus Pohl. He sacrificed a pawn for activity in the middle game, but I managed to hang onto it into a rook ending after 37. Rxe3

37...a4 38. bxa4 Rxc4 39. a5 I think this is best, so the rook gets behind the pawn instead of 39. Re8+ Kh7 40. Re7 Rxa4 41. Rxf7 Rxd4 42. Rxb7 Rb4 with the rook in front of the pawn or 39. Ra3 b6 40. d5 Rd4 41. Rc3 Rxd5 42. Rc6 Rd4 43. Rxb6 Rxa4 44. Rc6 with the rook on the side of the pawn. In both cases, Black has good drawing chances. 39... Rxd4 40. Ra3 Rd7 41. a6 bxa6 42. bxa6 Ra7 43. Kf2 Kf8 44. Ke3 Ke7 45. Kd4 Kd6 46. Ke4 More direct is 46. Kc4 Kc6 (46... Kc7!? with the idea of freeing the rook is analogous to the way Kasparov in a similar position against Karpov in their first world championship match although Karpov still won the game.) 47. Kb4 Kb6 48. Ra2, but I decided to probe the kingside first. 46... Ke6 47. h4 g6 He doesn't want his kingside to get fixed by h5, but this move presents White with a fresh target. I think he had to try not touching the kingside pawns with 47...Kd6. Once the White king has a path into the Black kingside it is over since White has unlimited tempo moves with his rook up and down the a-file. 48. g4 f6 Another weakness, but on 48... Kd6 he had to reckon with 49. h5 with the idea of a g5 breakthrough 49. h5 gxh5 49... Kf7 50. Kf4 f5 51. hxg6+ Kxg6 52. gxf5+ Kf6 53. Rg3 50. gxh5 Ke7 51. Kf5 Kf7 52. Ra5 Ke7 53. Kg6 f5 53... Ke6 54. Kxh6 Kf7 55. Kh7 54. Kxf5 Kf7 55. Ra1 Kg7 56. Ke6 Kg8 57. Kd6 Kf7 58. Kc6 Kf6 59. Ra5 Ke6 60. Kb6 Ra8 61. a7 Kf6 62. Kb7 [1:0]

In the final round the top two boards quickly drew, so that gave me an opportunity to tie for first if I could beat Anna Zatonskih with the Black pieces. However, I got a very difficult position out of the opening and gave up a pawn to get my king out of the center. I was hoping the two bishops would provide me with sufficient compensation and they should have after 18. Qa4

18... Nxd5 19. Nxd5 Qxd5 20. Ne7+ Kh8 21. Nxd5 Bxa4 22. Nxc7 Ra7 23. Nd5 Rb7 24. Nc3 Bxc3? This was the only move during the tournament I was really angry with myself afterwards. Even at the time, I knew better than to surrender the bishop pair, but I didn't look seriously enough at the alternatives. As IM Shroer suggested, even if I can draw this ending, it is a miserable defense to have to go through. My opponent pointed out the very strong. 24... Bc2 and White's queenside is tied down and Black should have full compensation for the pawn. Instead, I got ground down in a long ending.