Interesting Article/ A few other things going on

I thankfully received the constructive criticism that I have been writing too much about chess to keep non-chess players interested in my blog. That brings me to a point:Please do comment criticism as I am new to the “blogsphere” and do want to cater to my readers.

With- that said, I came across an interesting article: It discussed how Las Vegas had more foreclosures than other city in 2009. Admittedly, I did not know what exactly a foreclosure meant so I looked it up:
The legal process by which an owner’s right to a property is terminated, usually due to default. Typically involves a forced sale of the property at public auction, with the proceeds being applied to the mortgage debt. according to ( by the way a very useful site for looking up financial and economic terms)

This article particularly struck me as when I was in Las Vegas for a weeks ago, I discussed with my room-ates Kola and Jon how families could live in Vegas,as a significant percentage of its economy is made up of the Casinos and strip. Therefore, when was saw this article on, I wasn’t particularly surprised. Any thoughts?

So it turns out,I am New York bound tomorrow for the weekend to coach kids at the NYC Scholastics. I am looking forward to a long weekend of waking up early, listening to a bunch of little kids, on top of a lot of reading to do… Wish me luck:)

Boylston Last Weekend/ Pairings Incident

After I won my first game, I had a large dispute with the tournament director regarding the pairings. There were 9 players with 1 point going into the 2nd round. It was clear the lowest should drop down to Shmelov, the highest rated player with 1/2 who took a bye in the first round which he did. However, due to colors, it was unclear how to pair the other ones. As it turns out, if the pairing was done normally, 1 plays 5, 2 plays 6 etc.., two out of the 4 pairings would force players to play without their due color. For this reason, the director did an interchange, in which Instead of pairing me on the top half playing #8, he paired me with Riordan on boad 1. Having not remembered all the rules clearly, I insisted that this was the wrong pairing… Afterwards, I emailed a select group of experienced tds ( senior and national level) for their opinions.. It turns out, I think both the TD and I were at fault. Admittedly, it was a legal pairing, if not better than without the interchange, as my friend and Senior TD Andre Harding said, ” It seems like the correct pairing to me; in even-numbered rounds it is very desirable to equalize colors so that there isn’t a +2 color balance of one color over the other. By interchanging Rabin and Meredith, everyone in the scoregroup was assigned their due color. And, the rating difference was 43 points, well within the 200-point boundary to interchange for color equalization.” Another Senior TD Polly Wright did agree with Andre. However, they also agreed, by the way in mutually exclusive emails, that the director should look into Swiss Sys’s pairings more closely and be able to point out exactly why the pairing is correct in the rulle book, which the Boylston TD was not able to do: “My only gripe is that the TD could not explain what an interchange was, and why it occurred. Had he been able to do that then you would have been able to play the game knowing it was correct pairing.”( Polly Wright). Anyhow, as I did not think the pairing was right, and rather frustrated, I did have a hard time concentrating and spent much of my time analyzing the wall charts and debating with the director the right pairing as I thought the pairings were unfair. Fortunately enough though, during the amount of time I did spend at the board, I defended rather well to a draw and as it turns out I was actually slightly better at one point. Heres the game:

So, I was happy I ultimately did not let my frustrations interfere with my play, which is often one of my biggest weaknesses, as my and on and off coach GM Yudasin always tells me, ” No Evan! You must not play Emotional”:) So looking back at the incident, I do regret arguing as much as I did and due owe the director an apology, which I will give, but at the same time think I wasnt the only one wrong as he should have been able to pin-point in the rule book where his pairing was legal rather than just saying Swiss-Sys is always right and defining what an interchange is. Anyhow life moves on… I shall pay one warm up either at the Waltham club or Boylston the first weekend of February, then play at the USATE with a killer catdog team!

Bolylston Today/ Last Conan O’Brien show

So, I hung out around Northeastern last night. Congrats to my friend Michael Raphael for being published! He wrote the epilogue for Peter Manning’s new book Democratic Policing in a Changing: World:

After his book signing party, Michael, his friends and I left his book signing party and ate, we went to his friend’s house were we watched the last episode of the Conan-O-Brien’s show. By the way, Teryiyaki House on 1110 Boylston Street is actually a pretty good restaurant with reasonable prices… Boston does have some good things:)

I didn’t particularly enjoy the comedy of the show, but there was some fantastic music. It was great to see Neil Young sing “Long may you run”, even though his voice has unfortunately depreciated like most of the singers of his generation. This summer, I got to see Crosby, Stills and Nash at Jones beach but unfortunately no Young… Also, I was excited to see Billy Gibbons help out in the finale jamming to “Freebird”.

I didn’t follow my plan of taking a break of chess until a week before the Ameaturs…. When Mike told me I could crash at NEU, it was too tempting to play at the Boylston today.. Fortunately I played decently. I beat my normal first round nemesis Natasha, drew Charles Riordan, beat Paul Mishkin after almost blowing an easily winning position, and lost to Denys Shmelov… Games to come soon.

First week of classes done!

So, I have finished my first week of classes. For the most part I am happy, but I already have a ton of work: Its going to be much harder than last semester as not only I am taking one more class in addition to a PE class, but the work load seems to be pretty heavy. Hebrew classes this week were ok considering half of the people in it including the professor are the same as my last semester hebrew class. The first financial accounting lecture was interesting but I already have a ton of homework to do for Monday. Introduction to International Global Studies and Introduction to The Comparartive Human Societies are both pretty interesting but it feels kind of weird being back in a big lecture setting as all of my classes last semester were under 25 people. The International Political Economy class is interesting but lots of work… 100+ pages of reading per week. Well, It is my first 100 level class, so I guess that makes sense:).

Chess Update: So as I mentioned in my last post, I am going to take a break from tournament chess until a week before the USATE.. I find it will be helpful as over winter-break I played an overwhelming amount. I will take some time to go over those games as I didn’t get much of a chance. I shall post some of the interesting games up soon as I just learned how to put up diagrams on here without owning chess-base. I am looking forward to USATE for sure: Team is set: FM Paul Mac Iyntyre on Bd 1, myself on Bd 2, David Plotkin on Bd 3, and Nick Panico on Bd 4… Average Rating 2156. Yankees and Redsox merge forces:)

Music Update: So influenced by the upcoming Beck/Clapton show, Ive been listening to a lot of both of their music lately. Also, Ive been listening to a lot of Isreali music that i recently become aware of. If you know of some good Isreali music ( any genre) please let me know..

Liberty Bell Open/Back to Brandeis

So, I got back to Brandeis at 4 am after a long…. 7 hr ride from Philly. However, we did keep each other busy with convseration. One argument we had was whether or not headphones should be permitted during tournament games. I know they help me focus as I rather hear light jazz or other lower-beat types of music such as Bob Dylan than to hear the other distractions.. What do you all think? Should headphones be permitted?

That leads me to another thing… In the first round, as I arrived just a few minutes late, my opponent was using an Insa clock.. For those of you unfamiliar, they tick quite loudly and it was rather distracting… I was going to ask him if we can use my chronos but I decided just to listen to my Ipod instead. If it was up to me, I would not use the Insa clock anymore as it has unnecessary noise.

So the tournament Round by Round:

1) uninteresting game, beat an 1800 who blundered a pawn early in the opening( Alekhine)

2) White Against IM Dean Ippolito:

1.e4 c6
As Ippolito almost exclusively plays the Petrov these days, I was certainly surprised he played the Caro. In fact, in our post mortem he told me he only began studying it a few weeks ago.
2. d4 d5
3. e5 Bf5
4. Nf3 e6
5.Be2 c5
The most played move her is Be3 as Paul Mac Intyre actually suggested i play instead.. however, Im not entirely convinced 0-0 isnt as good or better as several gms have had success with it including Short who developed most of the line’s theory.
6.. Nc6
7. c3 Bg6
On there are only 3 games with Bg6. The most popular move here is cxd4.
8. Be3 cxd4
This move has been played before but also interesting is nxd4 as seen in Karjakin-Bareev ( World Blitz Championship 2009)
9.. Nge7
10. Nc3 Nf5
11. Bg5
This is where at least according to, we went out of book.. Anand- Karpov in Roque-brune 1992 continued… Rc1 Be7 Na4 0-0 Nc5 Bxc5 Rxc5 Qb6 Qd2 a6 Rfc1 and Anand went out to win in 52 moves
11… f6 possibly too aggressive, safer would be Be7 although white should have a slight edge
12.Bf4 a6
13. Re1 fxe5
14. Nxe5?
Ippolito and I agreed that Bxe5 would give white more chances for an advantage
14.. Nxe5
15 Bxe5 Bd6
16. Bg4 0-0
17. Qe2 Bxe5
18. Qxe5 Rf6
19. Bxf5 Bxf5
20. Re3 Qb6
21. b3 Rc8
22. Na4?
This move turned the tables quickly and white is almost losing. White retains some advantage with 22. Ne2 in order to transfer the knight to the queenside.
22… Qb4
23. Nc5 b6
24. a3 Qd2
25. Nd7 Rf7
26. Nxb6 Be4!
27. Rf1 Qxf2+
It wasn’t a terrible game overall… I played well in the opening, obtained some advantage and blew it with 22. Na4. Possibly I could of held after that but it was already close to hopeless.
3) I outplayed an Phillip Sells with another Alekhine and won relatively quickly.. On a side note, when I was just checking the MSA I noticed he recently made expert.. Congrats to him!
4) I lost to Habiki Sakai… I got a slight advantage out of the opening in a Moscow Sicillian but miscalculated a line sacking a pawn, thinking I would trap his queen. However, it turns out I just had to go into a pawn-down endgame and hope for a draw that I did not get. .. He did deservingly out-calculate and sucessffuly obtain revenge against me for beating him in the 2008 Liberty Bell Open.. In addition, he gained 30 points to be just 6 points shy of expert. Good luck to Sabiki to obtain those few extra points soon!
5) I lost another game to Robert Guevera, a friend of mine from New York. I played relatively well, equalizing in the Trompowksy, perhaps to satisfied with a draw and I hung the exchange… So yes, Sunday was a not a good chess day..

That night, a friend of mine Kola Adayemi told me the last day I would need to get to work and kill two kings for him considering I did not part well that day… I did partially satisfy his requirement by winning a nice game against Alan Soble in Round 6 :

Rabin- Soble

1.e4 e6
2.d4 d5
3.Nd2 Nc6
I was rather excited to see Soble play this line as I have actually been studying it quite a bit recently as I drew two winning positions last month gainst Henry Sobo in the Marshall Championship and Luke Velloti in Las Vegas
4. Ngf3 Nf6
5. e5 Ne4
This move, however came as a slight disappointment:( I knew it wasn’t all too great but I admittedly only studied the theory after Nd7.
6. c3 f5
7. exf6 Nxf6
8. Bd3 Bd6
9. Qe2?
I played this move is a precautionary measure against e5; however I should just castle as, 9. 0-0 e5 would be very risky with the black king still in the center
9.. 0-0
10. Ne5 Bd7
11.f4 White has a considerable advantage as it is like a an improved stonewall with black lacking the ability to kick the knight on e5 with an f-pawn. At this moment, I really was thinking of Yaacov Norowitz and his dasha principles:)… At this time I built a nice summer home:)
11.. Be8
12. 0-0 Nh5
13. g3 Bxe5
14. fxe5 Rxf1+
Now, I faced a hard decision, in whether to capture back with my knight or queen.
15. Qxf1 Qg5?
16. Ne4 Qe7
17. Ng5 h6
18. Ng3 g5 ( forced!)
19. Nf2 Qg7
20. Qh3 Bf7
21. Be2 Qg6
22. Bd3 Qg7
23. Bd2 Rf8
24. Rf1 Nd8
finally allowing him to move his Bishop on f7
25. Be2 Qg6
26. Ng4 after admittedly not knowing exactly how to make progress, I found a winning plan to force an exchange of rooks and open up the kingside with h4
26.. Be8 Otherwise. Qxh5, Qxh5, Nf6+ wins
27. Rxf8+ Kxf8
28. Qf1+ Kg7
29. Bd3 Qf7
30. Qe2 c6
31. Kg2 b6
32. h4! Qe7
33. Nxh6!gxh4
34. Qg4+ resigns
7) I drew Sylvester Smarty in a marathon….. more like 10 moves… I more or less equalized in the opening and it seemed as neither of us typically felt like playing… Then we went on to to play blitz..

So Overall, not a great tournament, but it went decent… finished with an even score and lost 8 USCF rating pts… Although, I likely gained some fide:) I now plan on taking a few weeks of a break from tournaments to focus on starting off the semester well. I will play at the Bolyston a week or so before the Ameatur Team as a warm up.. Today I had my first class of the International Political Economy. Although admittedly I was rather exhausted as I got back to Brandeis rather late this night. more likely mid morning today, it seems as it will be an interesting class. It is taught by the same professor that I had for Intro To International Relations ( Professor Chase) and it seems as it will combine many of the lessons I learned in that class and Global Econ… Before I say bye for now, I shall share with you a funny picture I promised Polly ( castlingqueenside) I would put up on my blog :):

Polly did scare several people from joining the large elevator crowd with her crutches:)