Tuesday, March 09, 2010

BCF Unrated Chess Experiment

BCF Unrated Chess Experiment on 03/06/2010
Last Saturday March 6th the BCF experimented with an unrated four round G60 tournament directed by Bernado Iglesias. One would think that non USCF players might be attracted to play but 10 “regulars” that weren’t playing in Sturbridge registered. David Vigorito was nice enough to withdraw early saying “It’s all open to you Mike!”. To which I replied David you forget that I have to deal with Ben Yuan.

Ben and I had a wild Tarrash variation of the French defense; it began very similar to Yuan vs Goldberg Jan 1 at the Herb Healy. The diagram below is our position after move 16.

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Note: the last two moves were not on my score sheet and are from memory. Ben offered me a draw and I was getting short of time so I took it.

Ben Yuan 2092 vs Mike Griffin 1813 03/06/2010 (unrated)
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Qb6 8.Nf3 cxd4 9.cxd4 f6 10.exf6 Nxf6 11.0-0 Bd6 12.b3 0-0 13.Bb2 Ng4 14.Ng3 e5 15.dxe5 Ncxe5 16.Nxe5 Nxf2 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qc2+ Kg8 19.Nf3 Bxg3 20.hxg3 Ne4+ 21.Bd4 Qh6 22.Be5 Bf5 23.Bf4 Qb6+ 24.Kh2 Nxg3 25.Qd2 Nxf1+ 26.Rxf1 Be4 27.Ne5 Qa6 28.Re1 Rac8 29.Rxe4 dxe4 30.Qd5+ Kh7 31.Qxe4+ g6 32.Bg5 Rh8 33.Nf7 Kg7+ 34.Nxh8 Rxh8+ 35.Kg3 Rh5 36.Qd4+ Kh7 37.Be7 Qe6 38.Bf8 ½ ½

Later I lost to the super hot Max Lu. Max who attended the week before a 362-player New York State Scholastic Championships in Saratoga Springs and won the junior high title with four wins and two drawn games, with a superior tiebreak over five other students.

Ben and Max shared first place with 3 ½ points each. Max for one was disappointed that he was not gaining points for the day.

What is feeling about unrated tournaments as a way to introduce chess to more players?

Please Comment.

Thank You

Mike Griffin

Yuan vs Goldberg 01/01/2010

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