Thursday, July 9, 2009

Jerry Soelberg Open Rd 3

Round 3 of 6    07/15/09  7 PM

68 players total so far, George Zeigler, Ignacio Sainz and Anthony Harbone have joined us in this round (but Todd Smith has dropped out) .  

This is a McMahon pairing event, everyone plays in one big section but we separate the players by assigning initial bye points so that Masters and Experts start with 4 points, Class A players with 3, B=2, C=1, D/E=0. Currently we have 19 M/E, 17 A, 12 B, 10 C and 10 D/E = 68 total, not including a few house players.  

Board 1  Bruce Baker (6) - Carl Wagner (6)  1-0

Bd 2  David Hart (5 1/2) - Jorge Balares (5 1/2)  1-0

Bd 3  John Funderburg (5) - Dimitry Kishinevsky (5 1/2)  1-0

This was the Longest Game of the Night (by far), a classic battle that went right down to the last few seconds. There was a group of spectators who stayed past midnight to watch the endgame unfold. as I recall, Dimitry had a well posted Knight in the center and two pawns for the exchange, but his King was exposed to relentless attacks from John's Queen and Rook. It seemed Dimitry had good drawing chances, but he couldn't quite pull it off as John kept going for the most testing lines.

Bd 4  Ignacio Sainz (5) - Raoul Crisologo (5)  1-0

Bd 5  Manuel Herrera (5) - Ron Soto (5)  1-0  

Bd 6  George Zeigler (5) - Jason Qu (5)  1-0

Bd 7  Jamieson Pryor (4 1/2) - Jeff Turner (5)  0-1 

Bd 8  Marty Lower (4 1/2) - Lennart Mathe (4 1/2)  0-1

Bd 10  Aaron Wooten (4 1/2) - Robert Defore (4 1/2)  1-0

Bd 11  Ramin Sinaee (4 1/2) - Alejandrino Baluran (4 1/2)  0-1

Bd 12  Mariano Lozano (4 1/2) - Chris Wonnell (4 1/2)  1-0

Bd 13  Alfredo Deleon (4 1/2) - Fausto Robles (4 1/2)  1-0  

Bd 14  Bill Whitney (4) - Chuck Ensey (4)  1-0

Bad tactical vision on my part, I thought I was winning a pawn, but that was a piece I lost..

Bd 15  Saedi Abdoli (4) - Roger Dooc (4)  1-0

Roger is having a lot of tough luck so far in this event, we are so glad to see him playing as a regular instead of just a house player.  

Bd 16  Fawsi Jose Murra (4) - Joel Batchelor (4)  0-1 

Joel seems to be on a roll lately... 

Bd 17  Damani Fair (3 1/2) - Thomas Fries (3 1/2)  1/2-1/2

A nice draw for Damani, Tom is exceptionally hard to beat or even draw, he cheated me out of a win a few weeks ago. Well, not cheated, but you know what I mean, I thought I had the game in hand and then boom!, I was suddenly losing big time after taking a poisoned pawn. Maybe swindled is the word. Or maybe he just outplayed me in the endgame!

Bd 18  Buddy Morris (3 1/2) - Jerry Soelberg (3 1/2)  1-0

Jerry had 2 passed pawns, but Buddy queened first. 

Bd 19  Mike Friedel (3 1/2) - Vincent Broman (3 1/2)  0-1

Mike is training to be a TD and also is working on a deal to get some Mon Roi-like handheld computers for recording your moves (but much cheaper than Mon Roi), ask Mike if you are interested.

Bd 20  Anthony Harbone (3) - Brian Kelly (3)  1-0

Two old friends and long time club members duke it out, a minor upset for Anthony.

Bd 21  Matt Souza (3) - Robert Samuel (3)  1/2-1/2

Bob is doing well in this event, Matt is quite dangerous I can assure you...

Bd 22  Steve Perry (3) - Mark Lawless (3)  1-0

A nice Rook sac led to winning a game for Steve. 

Bd 23  Erik Marquis (3) - Phil Skiba (3)  0-1

Phil was filling in as a house player     

Bd 24  Larry Vikander (2 1/2) - Tom Kuhn (2 1/2)  1/2-1/2

A good result for Tom, Larry is a few hundred points higher rated.

Bd 25  Steve Gordon (2 1/2) - James Coulston (2 1/2)  1-0

A close endgame. Jmaes says he pushed the wrong pawn. I've done that before... 

Bd 26  Michael Ryan (2) - Shaun Sweitzer (2 1/2)  0-1

Shaun was happy to notch a win after a string of unsuccessful games.

Bd 27  Fred Borges (2) - Bill Murray (2)  1-0

A battle of 80+ year olds, the higher rated one won. 

Bd 28  Julian Rodriguez (2) - Libano Rodriguez (2)  1-0

Bd 29  Jim Krooskos (1 1/2) - Roger Wathen (2)  1-0

Bd 30  Patrick Edwards (1) - Helmut Keil (1)  1-0

A nice upset for Patrick. Helmut can't seem to close the deal in this event, but he has been right there in all 3 games.

Bd 31  Cristhian Garcia (1) - David Peabody (1)  0-1

Bd 32  Samuel Odedina (1/2) - Maria Murra (1)  1-0

New players Sam is learning how to win. I think it is his second win at the club after a string of tough losses. 

Bd 9  Monica Ness (1/2) - Darryl Woodson (1/2)  1/2-1/2

Monica struggled back from a dfficult position to earn a hard fought draw 

Bye: Paul Agron (5), Roberto Aiello (4), Santiago Rubio-Fernaz (3), Glenn Rose (1/2)

Withdraw: Chris Calbat (2), Todd Smith (5)

Tentative Pairings for Round 4 will be posted Thursday night.



  1. I play samuel in the solberg
    & solberg in the samuel

    1st post

  2. Nice...good luck Steverino, Jerry is pretty tough.
    I notice we have an especially good turnout for this event, 66 players so far. It warms my heart and makes me proud of our club to see a such a full playing hall. Do we have the best chess club or what?

  3. no. 1 in san diego so far!!

  4. hello all
    got some help signing up to add comments ... & have photo come up.
    any help with getting name change from sherrita77 to steve77
    won last game with Jerry & know what to expect
    as I'm less than 50% of "several" games "several" years.

  5. Yes, we have the best club. Both large and deep.

  6. i hope i can visit the club when i go there...

  7. I'm to hyper to sit still for a long game of chess, so I watch other games going on.
    As a B player ...
    (someone that knows the 1st 5 moves ok,
    but moves 10 -15 don't go with moves 5-10 so good)
    There are A players, and players above that,which are players that I shouldn't play.
    ... I like watching bob d4's games. Good A+ player,
    somehow better for me than Board 1 stuff. I enjoy his ability to play out his sac's.
    He has shown me his games & looked at mine on several occasions.
    Stuff like that makes it a good club for me.
    I get preferred parking,
    Never HEAR argument's about pair ings that the rest of us... suffer/listen/wait thru.
    Master Baker says he will look at any anything chess, I bring him.
    ... think i'll leave out the a'ho's I don't like personally, and end here.

  8. what is great about chess is that so many different personalities can come together and have a lot of fun searching for the truth and beauty inherent in the royal game. Every game is truly different and has it's own lessons to teach. It is never easy to lose, but the overall good manners and sportsmanship at our club are outstanding. I always learn more from my losses, even to lower rated players I "should" have beat...lessons not only about the game, but also the way my brain works and why I do some things wrong. The mistakes are all out there just waiting to be made! We are all on the road to perfection and getting help from other players is always a blessing. Bob Defore and Bruce Baker are great players who are so willing to share their knowledge and I think they are great human beings too. OK I am gushing now, but I mean it when I say I love our club and all the players in it...

  9. Just the saying goes: Chess is like life, (USCF magazine is titled Chess Life), you'll never find the real mistake or good result until you experience them.. In chess, when you touch your piece or make a move, that's the time you see or realize that what you decide was not really what you want. Both of them, needs a good foundation before you can reach your faith and destiny. In other words, a chess player must have a good preparation in the opening to achieve towards the middle game and to survive himself or herself to reach the end game. In life, while young, breath yourself to work and then wait towards retirement. However, this concept does not apply to everybody. Others, are really blessed.......

  10. so i fiqured out how to fill out the form
    post a comment
    add a photo
    edit a comment
    ... you can do it too

    good luck to all


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