Sunday, January 6, 2008

'07 Markowski Rd 4

Results for Round 4 of  The Markowski Open  1/24/07

Board 1  Richard Russell - Adam Corper 1-0

Top seed, Richard Russell took the sole lead with a perfect 4-0 by defeating former club champion, Adam Corper with a strategic Reti Opening. Adam Corper, the swain, may have his mind on other things, much finer things, in the near future.

Bd 2  Robert Richard - Ronald Bruno 1/2-1/2


Black to move and ? (See Basic Chess Endings)  Both players were laughing about this one... Ron didn't want to give up the fight, even though it is a dead draw. However Class C or even B players have been known to blow this one. You have to maintain the "opposition". If Black can advance the pawn to the 7th rank without giving check, then it is a win for Black. But with a check, that is when the White King is on h1 or f1, White simply moves to g1 to block it and then White either gets stalemated or wins the pawn. But if he is already on g1 when the pawn arrives at g2, that is bad news, then he must step aside and the pawn Queens and wins. At least I think that's how it works, but I defer to Reuben Fine's BCE. Actually it is amazing that something this BASIC can be so confusing to many beginning and even not so new players. Of course if you have any Russian blood in you, then it is second nature and you don't even have to think!    

Bob Richard looked slightly better coming out of the opening but then slipped but was able to hold off Ron Bruno in a King and pawn versus lone King ending.

Bd 3  David Hart - Marc Duesterwald  1/2-1/2

Bd 4  Todd Smith - Ignacio Sainz  0-1   See this game at Cyrus Annotates


Ignacio announced his "candidacy" to the finals by beating one of the pre-tournament favorites, Todd Smith.

Bd 5  Chris Borgan - George Zeigler  1-0

There were quite a few upsets tonight, this was a big one on one of the highest boards.

Bd 6  John Funderburg - Jerry Soelberg  1-0

This one was over really soon, a lightning Thunderbird strike or did Jerry Soelberg just blunder a piece early?

Bd 7  Rick Aeria - Richard Jensen  1-0

Jensen played his eccentric 1. ... Nc6 Nimzowitsch Defence versus the King Pawn and actually unravelled to an even game before beating himself in the endgame.

Bd 8  Lennart Mathe - Bruce Baker 0-1   

The longest game of the night, partly because it started slightly late. Remember to bring equipment (clock, board and pieces, guys!) It's like coming to a gunfight without a gun...a knife just won't do.

Bd 9  Santiago Rubio-Fernaz - Leonard Sussman  0-1

Bd 10  Esteban Escobedo - Dimitry Kishinevsky  0-1

Bd 11  Alex Garcia-Betancourt - Pejman Sagart  1-0

Bd 12  Joel Batchelor - Jim Humphrey  0-1

The result here was NOT posted on the pairing chart, but rumor has it Jim won. Remember to mark your score, whether you won or lost!

Bd 13  Carey Milton - Jaimeson Pryor  1-0

Bd 14  Theron Pummer - Brad Salz  1-0

This was another BIG upset. Theron has been on fire lately, though.  

Bd 15  Robert Henderson - Fawsi Murra Jr  0-1

Bd 16  Shaun Sweitzer - Ben Barquin  1-0

One more upset, Ben was in a slump in this event, and now he has to withdraw for other reasons.

Bd 17  Nikolay Arutyunov - Luis Castaneda  1-0 

Bd 18  Buddy Morris - William Wijaya  1/2-1/2


You have to be willing to put up with spectators if you are playing an important and exciting game...  

One of those tricky Queen endings, William was up 2 pawns at one point, but the win slipped away. 

Bd 19  Hector Gonzalez - Alfredo DeLeon  0-1

Bd 20  Ed Baluran - Erik Marquis  1-0

Bd 21 Manuel Herrera - Roberto Aiello  1/2-1/2 


A tricky Knight ending, it looked like Manuel was going to win, but Roberto salvaged a draw.

Bd 22  Ron Rezendes - Thomas Fries  0-1

Bd 23  Arash Nahavandi - Ramin Sinaee  1-0


Gary Tuttle had car trouble and was unable to call in. PLEASE try notify us if you can't make a round. Arash Nahavandi filled in, but it isn't always easy to find suitable replacements, especially when almost everyone is playing!

Bd 24  Pouyan Azarshahri  - Ron Soto  1/2-1/2

Bd 25  David Delgadillo - Chuck Ensey  1-0

Bd 26  Dayne Freitag - Julian Rodriguez  1-0 

Bd 27  James Malowney - Kevin Oakes  1-0

Bd 28  Steven Perry - Bob Defore  0-1

Steve joked that "General Custer at Little Big Horn fared better than I did in this battle!" 

Bd 29  Bob Samuel - Mario Amodeo  0-1


Mario Amodeo and Bob Samuel. Bob said after the game, "Please don't give me another Class A player next week, I've had two in a row and that's enough!"  

Bd 30  Damani Fair - Rocio Murra  0-1 

Bd 31  Michael Ross - Fawsi Jose Murra  0-1

Bd 32  Jason Qu - Eric Castro  0-1

Bd 33  Fred Borges - William Murray  0-1

Here's another upset, I think this is the second one by Mr. Murray!

Bd 34  Mayra Murra - Fausto Robles  0-1


Mayra Murra and Fausto Robles in Round 4 of the Markowski Open

Bd 35  Marc Adlam - Karen Kaufman  1-0

Bd 36  Marcus Hilgers - Anthony Harbone  0-1

Bd 37  Mark Lawless - John Falchi  1-0

Bd 38  James Aranda - Genaro Lara  0F-1F

James was a no show. He usually is very good about calling when he can't make it.

Bd 39  Monica Ness - Christian Garcia  0-1

Bd 40  Morgan Fox - Daniel Bagliazo  0-1

Bd 41  Caley Anderson - Vincent Broman  0-1 

Bd 42  Tom Kuhn - Keith Wetterer  1-0

Bd 43  Hai Qu - Jachin Tyrell  0-1

Bd 44  Patrick Edwards - Maria Murra  1-0

88 players packed into the club, just about filling it. Seems to me our club is growing nicely, thank you very much!

Byes: Fidel Gonzalez, David Hall, Marty Lower, Amando Malvar  (1/2 point byes for players who let us know in a timely fashion that they couldn't make it to the club for this round)

No Shows: Gary Tuttle and James Aranda. Gary had car trouble, I haven't heard yet what happend to James.  It is frustrating to come all the way to the club and then your opponent doesn't show up. Some people come from a very long distance and I feel really bad when I can't find an opponent for them to play. Please call us (as early as possible) if you can't make it to the round so we can redo the pairings. James is usually very good about this, so hope everything is okay with him.

See Pairings Page for next weeks anticipated games...

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