Games From The US Open Part Two

When asked how to begin studying an opening, any opening, I have invariably recommended students study the sidelines before studying the main lines because one will face an onslaught of sidelines before ever facing a main line, especially in the lower sections. ( In the following game Mr. Oen,

whom I met when he was the guy at the Georgia Tech Chess Club, is currently the Assistant Director/Events Manager at the Charlotte Chess Center.

Position after 7…a6

The SF program at has determined the best eighth move for white is Qe2! After 8 Qg4

Position after 8 Qg4

I expected Grant to play 8…Nf6, but Stockfish has other ideas, preferring 8…h5. Grant played 8…Bf6, which Stockfish gives a ?!, which is for a dubious move. The move is so bad it put him down by -1.4, when -1.5 is considered a theoretical loss. Unfortunately, after 9 0-0-0,

Position after 9 0-0-0

Grant followed the lemon with a real howler, 9…Ne7? That move put him into “dead meat” territory at -2.8. Grant drug it out until move 39, but it was all downhill… It has gotta be tough to have a lost position on the board before making the tenth move. Once again we see the king side bishop and knight on the wrong squares. As in other games from this tournament some players would have been in much better shape if able to use a move to swap the squares on which certain pieces have been placed. Since castling requires a player to move two pieces, how about a NEW RULE allowing players to switch the position of two pieces. That would certainly liven up the the game, and maybe even cut down on the number of draws…

IM Alexander J Costello 2379 vs Grant Oen 2104
2022 US Open Round 7

  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. b3 b6 4. Bb2 Bb7 5. Nc3 Be7 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 a6 8. Qg4 Bf6 9. O-O-O Ne7 10. f4 Ng6 11. e5 h5 12. Qg3 Bh4 13. Qe3 Nxf4 14. Ne4 Bxe4 15. Qxe4 Nd5 16. c4 Nc7 17. Bd3 g6 18. Qb7 O-O 19. Ba3 Qc8 20. Qf3 Nc6 21. Nxc6 dxc6 22. Qxc6 Rd8 23. Be4 Ra7 24. Qxb6 Rxd1+ 25. Rxd1 Nb5 26. Bd6 Rd7 27. Bc6 Nxd6 28. Bxd7 Qxd7 29. exd6 e5 30. Qe3 f6 31. Qe4 Bg5+ 32. Kb1 Kg7 33. c5 f5 34. Qd5 f4 35. Qe4 Qg4 36. Kc2 Qh4 37. Rd2 Qxh2 38. d7 Qg1 39. Qxe5+ Kh7 1-0

Aljosa Grosar (2370) vs Ivan Sokolov (2425)
Event: Portoroz
Site: Portoroz Date: ??/??/1987
Round: ?
ECO: B40 Sicilian defence
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.b3 b6 4.Bb2 Bb7 5.Nc3 Be7 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 a6 8.Bd3 d6 9.Nce2 Nf6 10.f3 Nbd7 11.O-O b5 12.Qd2 O-O 13.c4 Qb6 14.Kh1 bxc4 15.Bxc4 Ne5 16.Rac1 h6 17.Bxe6 fxe6 18.Nxe6 Rfc8 19.Bd4 Rxc1 20.Rxc1 Qb5 21.Nc7 Qd3 22.Qb4 Rb8 23.Bxe5 Qxe2 24.Bxf6 Bxf6 25.Nd5 Be5 26.Ne7+ Kh7 27.Nc6 Bxc6 28.Qxb8 Qd2 29.Rb1 Qf4 30.Kg1 Qxh2+ 31.Kf2 Bd4+ 0-1

Matthew M Coy 1983 vs Daniel A Vanheirzelle 2151
2022 US Open Round 5
B50 Sicilian

  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 dxe5 5. Nxe5 e6 6. Bb5+ Nbd7 7. d4 Be7 8. d5 exd5 9. Nxd5 O-O 10. Bxd7 Nxd7 11. Bf4 Nb6 12. Nxe7+ Qxe7 13. O-O Be6 1/2-1/2

The Stockfish program at plays 9…a6, as GM Jan Timman did what seems a lifetime ago… I turned 23 in 1973 and although a year away from winning the Atlanta Chess Championship for the first time, I was still a chumpy lumpy…

GM Jan H Timman

vs GM Gennadi Sosonko

Event: Amsterdam SB
Site: Amsterdam Date: ??/??/1973
Round: 3
ECO: B50 Sicilian
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 dxe5 5.Nxe5 e6 6.Bb5+ Nbd7 7.d4 Be7 8.d5 exd5 9.Nxd5 a6 10.Bxd7+ Bxd7 11.O-O Be6 12.Nxe7 Qxd1 13.Rxd1 Kxe7 14.Be3 Rac8 15.Nd3 b6 16.Nf4 Rhd8 17.Nxe6 Kxe6 18.Rxd8 Rxd8 19.Re1 Kf5 20.f3 h5 21.a4 Re8 22.a5 bxa5 23.Kf2 Nd5 24.Bxc5 Rc8 25.Bd4 Rxc2+ 26.Re2 Rxe2+ 27.Kxe2 g5 28.h3 Nf4+ 29.Kf2 h4 30.Bc3 a4 31.Bd4 Ne6 32.Bc3 Nf4 33.Bd4 Nd5 34.Ke2 Nf4+ 35.Kf2 Ng6 36.g3 hxg3+ 37.Kxg3 Nf4 38.Be3 Nd3 39.Bd4 Nf4 40.Be3 Ng6 41.Bd2 f6 42.Be3 Ne5 43.Bd2 Nd3 44.Bc3 Nf4 45.Bd2 Nh5+ 46.Kg2 Ke5 47.h4 gxh4 48.Kh3 Nf4+ 49.Kxh4 Nd3 50.Bc3+ Kf4 51.Bxf6 Kxf3 52.Kg5 Ke2 53.Kf5 Kd2 54.Ke4 Kc2 55.Kd5 Nxb2 56.Be7 Kb3 0-1

Kyle C Rieb 2089 vs Eduard Hakobyan 2393
2022 US Open Round 3
B12 Caro-Kann, Tartakower (fantasy) variation

  1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 e6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Be3 Bb4 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 dxe4 8. fxe4 Nxe4 (SF plays 8…Nbd7) 9. Qg4 Nf6 10. Qxg7 Rg8 11. Qh6 Nbd7 12. Qh3 Qa5 13. Bd2 b6 14. c4 Qa4 15. Qb3 Qxb3 16. cxb3 c5 17. Nf3 Bb7 18. O-O-O Ng4 19. Be1 Ne3 20. Rd2 O-O-O 21. Bh4 f6 22. Re2 Nxg2 23. d5 Nxh4 24. Nxh4 exd5 25. Bh3 Kb8 26. Re7 dxc4 27. Rd1 Ne5 28. Rxd8+ Rxd8 29. bxc4 Nxc4 30. Rxh7 Nxa3 31. Bf1 b5 32. Kb2 b4 0-1

Eduardo Vasta (2367) vs David Bland (2150)
Event: Internet Section 06A g/8’+2
Site: Dos Hermanas Date: 03/06/2004
Round: 3
ECO: B12 Caro-Kann, Tartakower (fantasy) variation
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 e6 4.Be3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 dxe4 8.fxe4 Nxe4 (SF plays 8…Nbd7) 9.Qg4 Nf6 10.Qxg7 Rg8 11.Qh6 Rg6 12.Qh4 Rg4 (12…Nbd7 SF) 13.Qh3 Qa5 14.Ne2 Nbd7 15.Bd2 Qa4 16.Nf4 e5 17.Nh5 exd4 18.Be2 Re4 19.O-O Rxe2 20.Rxf6 Nxf6 21.Nxf6+ Ke7 22.Ng8+ Kf8 23.Bh6+ Ke8 24.Nf6+ Kd8 25.Qg3 c5 26.Qd6+ Bd7 27.Bg5 Kc8 28.Nd5 Qc6 29.Qf8+ Re8 30.Qxf7 Qe6 31.Ne7+ Kc7 32.Qf4+ Qd6 33.Nd5+ Kc6 34.Qxd6+ Kxd6 35.Nf6 Re2 36.cxd4 cxd4 37.Rd1 Bc6 38.Rxd4+ Ke5 39.c3 Rxg2+ 40.Kf1 Rxg5 0-1

Evgeni Egorov (2327) vs Adriana Sakorenko (2159)
Event: V.E. Raev Memorial 2020
Site: Voronezh RUS Date: 01/08/2020
Round: 9.4
ECO: B12 Caro-Kann, Tartakower (fantasy) variation
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Be3 Bb4 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 dxe4 8.fxe4 Qa5 9.e5 Ne4 10.Ne2 Nd7 11.Qd3 f5 12.g4 b6 13.Qc4 Qd5 14.Qxd5 cxd5 15.Nf4 Nf8 16.gxf5 Nxc3 17.Rg1 Kf7 18.a4 Bd7 19.Ra3 Rc8 20.Bd2 Ne4 21.fxe6+ Nxe6 22.Nxe6 Bxe6 23.Rf3+ Ke8 24.Rxg7 Rxc2 25.Bb5+ Kd8 26.Bb4 Rc7 27.Rxc7 Kxc7 28.Bd3 a5 29.Rf8 Rxf8 30.Bxf8 Bd7 31.Bc2 h5 32.h4 Be8 33.Bb3 Bc6 34.Ba3 Nc3 35.Kf2 Bxa4 36.Bxa4 Nxa4 37.Kf3 b5 38.Kf4 b4 39.Bc1 b3 40.Kg5 b2 41.Bxb2 Nxb2 42.Kxh5 a4 43.Kg6 a3 44.h5 a2 45.h6 a1=Q 46.h7 Qg1+ 47.Kf7 Qf2+ 48.Kg8 Qg3+ 49.Kf7 Qf4+ 50.Kg8 Qg5+ 51.Kh8 Nc4 52.e6 Nd6 53.e7 Nf7# 0-1

Carl A Haessler 2200 vs Luke Widjaja 2030
2022 US Open Round 9
Bishop’s Opening

  1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 (C23 Bishop’s opening) Nc6 3. Nf3 (C50 King’s pawn game) Bc5 (C50 Giuoco Piano) 4. O-O Nf6 5. d4 Bxd4 6. Nxd4 Nxd4 7. f4 d6 8. c3 Nc6 9. f5 h6 10. Qf3 (For the record Stockfish prefers 10 Qe2!) Qe7 11. Be3 Bd7 12. Nd2 a5 13. a4 Nb8 14. Rfd1 Bc6 15. Bb5 Nbd7 16. Bxc6 bxc6 17. Qg3 Kf8 18. b4 d5 19. b5 Nc5 20. exd5 cxd5 21. Nf3 Re8 22. Nxe5 Nce4 23. Nc6 Nxg3 24. Nxe7 Rxe7 25. Bc5 Nxf5 26. Bxe7+ Kxe7 27. Rac1 Nd6 28. g4 Nc4 29. Rd4 Ne5 30. Rf1 Kd6 31. h3 Re8 32. Kg2 Nc4 33. Rf3 Re2+ 34. Kg1 Ne5 35. Rf1 Re3 0-1

Joaquin Bustillo (2067) vs B. Denton (2365)
Event: Internet Section 15-B
Site: Dos Hermanas Date: 03/15/2003
Round: 4
ECO: C50 Giuoco Piano
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.O-O Nf6 5.d4 Bxd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.f4 d6 8.c3 Nc6 9.f5 h6 10.Qf3 Bd7 11.Nd2 Qe7 12.b4 a6 13.a4 Na7 14.Qd3 O-O 15.g4 Rad8 16.Qg3 Nh7 17.Nf3 b5 18.axb5 Nxb5 19.g5 hxg5 20.Nxg5 Nf6 21.Rf3 Bc6 22.Qh4 Rfe8 23.Rh3 Kf8 24.Bxf7 Qxf7 25.Nxf7 Kxf7 26.Qg5 Rg8 27.Qg6+ Ke7 28.Bg5 Rdf8 29.Rh7 Rf7 30.Bxf6+ Rxf6 31.Rxg7+ Rxg7 32.Qxg7+ Rf7 33.Qg5+ Kf8 34.c4 Nc3 35.Rxa6 Bxe4 36.Qd8+ Kg7 37.Ra3 Ne2+ 38.Kf2 Nd4 39.Rg3+ Kh6 40.Qh8+ Rh7 41.Qf6+ Kh5 42.Qg5# 1-0

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