Draw?

There have been a plethora of Chess games currently available for viewing and I have recently spent an inordinate amount of time following the action on different websites. One of the players being followrd is British GM Daniel Gormally;

the reason being having recently finished his incredibly open and honest book, A Year Inside the Chess World: Insanity, passion and addiction.

GM Daniel W Gormally (2478) – IM Richard J D Palliser (2418)

British Chess Championship 2018 round 05

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7 6. O-O Bg6 7. Nc3 Ne7 8. Rb1 Nc8 9. b4 Be7 10. h3 O-O 11. Bd3 Ncb6 12. Ne2 Bxd3 13. cxd3 a5 14. b5 c5 15. dxc5 Nxc5 16. Be3 Qd7 17. Qd2 Nca4 18. Rfc1 Ba3 19. Rc2 Rfc8 20. Rxc8+ Qxc8 21. Qd1 Qf8 22. Bd2 Nc5 23. Nf4 Ncd7 24. Bc3 Bb4 25. Bxb4 axb4 26. Qd2 Qc5 27. Ne2 Qxb5 28. Rxb4 Qa5 29. Nc1 Rc8 30. Nb3 Qa3 31. Rg4 Qe7 32. a4 Nf8 33. h4 Nbd7 34. Rb4 Rc2 35. Qxc2 Qxb4 36. a5 ½-½

Is does not take a clanking digital monster, or even a GM, to see 36… Nxe5 37. Nxe5 Qe1+ 38. Kh2 Qxe5+ wins a pawn. The ChessBomb shows IM Palliser having three minutes, twenty two seconds remaining. I do not know, but assume the time control has something added, but even without the added time, one could comfortably fire out the above moves and still have three minutes to decide what two moves to play before running out of time. Inquiring minds want to know, so I went to ChesBomb and, sure enough, the above is given as best, continuing with 39. g3 Qe1 40. Kg2 Qb4 41. Nc5 Qxa5 42. Nxb7 Qb6 43. Nc5 Qc6 44. d4 Nd7 45. Qb1 g6 46. Nxd7 Qxd7 47. Qb8+ Kg7 48. g4 Qe7 49. Qg3 f6 50. g5 Kf7.
Why was this game drawn?

Arthur Guo

is a young player from the Atlanta area of Georgia. Aurthur was highly touted by older players a few years ago and his FM title attests to his Chess strength. I seem to recall Arthur being a student of LM David Vest. In the fifth round of the recent concluded BARBER TOURNAMENT OF K-8 CHAMPIONS Arthur faced NM Andy Huang. Andy had won his first four games and was leading the tournament, while Arthur had drawn a game.

NM Andy Huang (2276) vs FM Arthur Guo (2315)

penultimate round five

2018 Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 d6 3 Bb5+ Nd7 4 O-O Ngf6 5 Re1 a6 6 Bf1 b6 7 d4 cxd4 8 Nxd4 Bb7 9 f3 e6 10 c4 Be7 11 Nc3 O-O 12 b3 Rc8 13 Bb2 Qc7 14 Rc1 Qb8 15 Kh1 Bd8 16 Qd2 Bc7 17 g3 Rcd8 18 Rcd1 Qa8 19 Bg2 Rfe8 20 Qf2 Ne5 21 Qf1 Qb8 22 Re2 Qa8 23 Ree1 Ned7 25 Red2 Ncd7 1/2-1/2

Draw? “What the fork is this?” I thought. They have reached an interesting middle game position. The white Queen’s position could possibly be improved, and the black Bishop on c7 looks somewhat out of place, but other than that it is a normal type position for this opening. White has more space, which can be increased with moves such as f4, h4, and g4. After all, the dark-squared Bishop has moved from the Kingside to the Queenside, meaning white has a preponderance of force on the Kingside. White can even increase territory on the Queenside with moves like a3 and b4. This would force black to “crack back” in order not to be smothered. And then we would have a GAME!
But no…
How are these young players ever to become better if they shuffle their pieces around behind the lines without taking up the challenge? How will they ever become proficient in playing the endgame if they agree to short draws? One would think that with the current human World Champion Magnus Carlsen’s grinder style of playing as long as there is play would filter down, with the young players attempting to emulate Magnus. But no!

Andy Huang won his last round game vs NM Alexander Costello, while Arthur Guo drew his final game with FM Anthony Bi He, who took clear second place. Arthur tied for third Costello and FM Vincent T. Say.

GM Ben Finegold Wins 2014 Southeastern FIDE Championship

The situation could not have been better going into the last round of the 2014 Southeastern FIDE Championship at the Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy (http://www.charlottechesscenter.org/) Sunday afternoon. The grizzled veteran GM Ben Finegold was a perfect 4-0 and his opponent, the young IM Kassa Korley, was a half-point behind. IM Korley had White and needed a win; there would be no early draw for the GM, who would have to stand and fight the young upstart in the way an old lion must face his much younger rival on the plains of Africa. Earlier this year in the Great State of North Carolina, at the Ron Simpson Memorial, GM Maurice Ashley lost a dramatic last round game against upstart Expert Sanjay Ghatti of Georgia.

Expert William Coe tested IM Korley in the second round by playing what 365chess.com (http://www.365chess.com/) has named the “Tennison (Lemberg, Zukertort) gambit.” The variation has been tested previously, but 5…Nbd7 is not shown on 365chess. After this move it is obvious that since Black has blocked the c8 Bishop, a piece sacrifice on e6 should be considered. The CBDB (http://database.chessbase.com/js/apps/database/) shows a few games with 5…Nbd7, but only one with 6 Bxe6.

William Coe (2166) – IM Kassa Korley (2474)
Rd 2 A06 Tennison (Lemberg, Zukertort) gambit

1. e4 d5 2. Nf3 dxe4 3. Ng5 Nf6 4. Bc4 e6 5. Nc3 Nbd7 6. Ngxe4 Nb6 7. Bb3 Bd7 8. O-O Bc6 9. Re1 Nxe4 10. Nxe4 Qh4 11. Qe2 Be7 12. d4 O-O-O 13. c3 Qxe4 14. Qxe4 Bxe4 15. Rxe4 Bf6 16. a4 Nd5 17. Bf4 Nxf4 18. Rxf4 Rd6 19. Bc2 h5 20. h4 c5 21. dxc5 Rd2 22. Rc1 Rhd8 23. Kf1 R8d7 24. g3 Rc7 25. Rc4 g5 26. b4 gxh4 27. gxh4 Rcd7 28. Ke1 Kc7 29. b5 Bg7 30. a5 Bh6 31. c6 bxc6 32. Rxc6 Kd8 33. b6 axb6 34. axb6 Rxf2 35. b7 Rxb7 36. Rd1 Ke7 37. Kxf2 Rb2 38. Rc7 Kf6 39. Kg3 Rxc2 40. Rf1 Kg6 41. Rfxf7 Rxc3 42. Rxc3 Kxf7 43. Kf3 Bg7 44. Rc5 1/2-1/2

In the penultimate round IM Korley dispatched NM Sam Copeland after 1 e4 g6 2 h4!? d5 3. exd5 Nf6 4. Nc3 when he decided to make it a gambit by playing 4…c6, a TN.

NM Sam Copeland – IM Kassa Korley
Rd 4 B06 Robatsch (modern) defence

1. e4 g6 2. h4 d5 3. exd5 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. dxc6 Nxc6 6. Be2 Nd4 7. Nf3 Nxe2 8. Qxe2 Bg7 9. Qb5 Qd7 10. Qxd7 Bxd7 11. d3 Rc8 12. Be3 b5 13. Kd2 b4 14. Ne2 a5 15. a3 Ng4 16. axb4 axb4 17. c3 Bc6 18. cxb4 Bxb2 19. Rab1 Bg7 20. b5 Bb7 21. Rhc1 Kd7 22. Ne1 f5 23. Rc4 Bd5 24. Ra4 Ra8 25. Rxa8 Rxa8 26. Nc3 Bb7 27. Bc5 Ke6 28. f3 Ne5 29. Nc2 Rd8 30. Nb4 Nc4 31. Kc2 Na3 32. Kb3 Nxb1 33. Nxb1 Bf6 34. Na3 Bxh4 35. Nc4 Be1 36. d4 Bxb4 37. Kxb4 h5 38. Na5 Bd5 39. Nc6 Bxc6 40. bxc6 Kd5 41. Kb5 Rc8 0-1

Meanwhile, GM Finegold beat FM William Fisher in a QGA. Black varied from the game Milton Kasuo Okamura (2191) vs Ronny Knoch Gieseler, Brazil Championship, 2009, with 11…Nde7 in lieu of 11…Ncxe7.
Rd 4 D20 Queen’s gambit accepted

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bxc4 e6 5. Nf3 c5 6. O-O a6 7. Bd3 cxd4 8. exd4 Be7 9. Nc3 Nc6 10. Bg5 Nd5 11. Bxe7 Ndxe7 12. Re1 h6 13. Be4 O-O 14. Rc1 Bd7 15. Na4 Ra7 16. Nc5 b6 17. Nxd7 Qxd7 18. Ne5 Nxe5 19. dxe5 Rd8 20. Qb3 Qb5 21. Qxb5 axb5 22. Red1 Rad7 23. Rxd7 Rxd7 24. Kf1 Rd2 25. Rc2 Rd4 26. f3 g5 27. Ke2 Nd5 28. g3 Kg7 29. Rd2 Ra4 30. Bxd5 exd5 31. Rxd5 b4 32. Rb5 Rxa2 33. Rxb4 Ra6 34. Ke3 Kg6 35. Ke4 Kg7 36. Kf5 Kf8 37. f4 gxf4 38. gxf4 Kg7 39. Rb5 Kf8 40. Kf6 Kg8 41. f5 1-0

This brings us to the decisive last round battle, which followed the recent game Akshat Chandra (2472) vs Illya Nyzhnyk (2639) from the 3rd Washington Int 2014, played 08/13/2014, when Chandra played 14. a3.

IM Kassa Korley (2474) vs GM Benjamin Finegold (2581)
Rd 5

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. Re1 a6 6. Bf1 d5 7. exd5 Nxd5 8. d4 Nf6 9. Be3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Be7 12. c4 Bd7 13. Nc3 Bc6 14. Qd3 O-O 15. Rad1 Qa5 16. Re5 Qc7 17. Qh3 Rfd8 18. Rg5 Kf8 19. Qe3 Rd7 20. Be5 Qd8 21. Rxd7 Bxd7 22. Qg3 g6 23. Bc7 Qe8 24. Bd6 Bxd6 25. Qxd6 Qe7 26. Qe5 Bc6 27. Rg4 Kg8 28. Rd4 Nd7 29. Qc7 Kf8 30. a3 a5 31. Nb5 a4 32. Qf4 Kg7 33. Qd2 e5 34. Rd6 Nc5 35. Qb4 Ne6 36. Nc3 Qg5 37. Nd5 Nd4 38. Qc3 Re8 39. f4 Qg4 40. h3 Qd1 41. Qd3 Qxd3 42. Bxd3 exf4 43. Nb4 Ne2 44. Kf2 Nc1 45. Bf1 Be4 46. Nd5 Bxd5 47. Rxd5 Nb3 48. Be2 Re3 49. Bd1 b6 50. Rb5 Nc5 51. Bc2 Re6 52. Kf3 g5 53. Rb4 h5 54. Kf2 g4 55. hxg4 hxg4 56. Kf1 g3 0-1

I watched this game with interest. It appeared the younger man had a small advantage, but was uncertain how to proceed. 39 f4 looked suspect, but the real culprit was the next move, 40 h3, when 40 fxe5 was expected. The IM vacillated and although there were many vicissitudes, from this point on Ben Finegold outplayed his opponent, showing why he is a GM. He took clear first and the $1000 prize.

Akshat Chandra (2472) vs Illya Nyzhnyk (2639)
3rd Washington Int 2014 Rd 8

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 e6 4. O-O Nge7 5. Re1 a6 6. Bf1 d5 7. exd5 Nxd5 8. d4 Nf6 9. Be3 Be7 10. c4 cxd4 11. Nxd4 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 Bd7 13. Nc3 Bc6 14. a3 a5 15. Qd3 Qc7 16. Be5 Qb6 17. Qg3 O-O 18. Rad1 Rfd8 19. Rxd8+ Qxd8 20. Rd1 Qb6 21. Bd4 Qb3 22. Rd3 Qc2 23. b4 axb4 24. axb4 Nh5 25. Qe5 Bf6 26. Qxh5 Bxd4 27. Rxd4 Qxc3 28. Qa5 Re8 29. Qb6 e5 30. Rd6 Be4 31. b5 h6 32. h3 Ra8 33. Rd8+ Rxd8 34. Qxd8+ Kh7 35. Qd7 f5 36. Qd6 f4 37. c5 f3 38. g3 Qc1 39. h4 Qc3 40. h5 Qc1 41. c6 bxc6 42. bxc6 Qxc6 1/2-1/2

Reese Thompson, who represented Georgia in the Denker at the US Open, lost to FM William Fisher in the first round and drew with the volatile Expert Patrick McCartney (2185) in the third round, to go with his win over Saithanu Avirneni (1865) in the second round and Kevin Wang (1906) in the penultimate round. As things turned out a win in his last round game would tie for second place.

Reece Thompson (2116) vs Jonathan McNeill (2154)
Rd 5 C77 Ruy Lopez, Morphy defence

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d4 ( (365chess shows this position has been reached most often by GM Alonso Zapata, with 22 games) Nxe4 6.Qe2 (! Regular readers know I applaud this move! Reese, my MAN!) f5 7. d5 Ne7 (The engines prefer 7…Na5) 8. Nxe5 g6 (And here the Houdini plays 8…Nxd5) 9. g4 (?! Reese decides to play fast and loose in this last round game. 9 f3 is more circumspect. For example, 9. f3 Nf6 10. d6 cxd6 11. Nc4 Kf7 12. Nxd6+ Kg7 13. Bh6+ Kg8 14. Bb3+ Ned5 15. Ne8 Bxh6 16. Nxf6+ Qxf6 17. Bxd5+ Kg7 18. Nc3 Rb8 19. O-O b5 20. Bb3 Qd4+ 21. Kh1 Qe3 22. Rae1 Qxe2 23. Rxe2 Bg5 Blaich,G-Strugies, S/Waldshut 1991/GER/1-0 (41) 9…Nc5? (9…c6!) 10. gxf5 Nxa4? (With this move he lets go of the rope. 10…Bg7 is much better. Now it is all over but the shouting.) 11. f6 Bg7 12. fxg7 Rg8 13. d6 cxd6 14. Nc4 Qc7 15. Bf4 Qc6 16. Nxd6+ Kd8 17. Rg1 Rxg7 18. Qe5 Qc5 19. Qxg7 Qb4+ 20. Bd2 Qxd6 21. Qf8+ 1-0

With this win Mr. Thompson tied for second place, along with five others, Kassa Korley; Edward J Lu; Peter Bereolos; Samuel S Copeland; and Aaron S Balleisen. They all took home $275 for their efforts.
Grant Oen, the owner of the Atlanta Kings, lost to Peter Bereolos in the first round, then lost to Atlantan Carter Peatman in the second round. That was followed by a win and a draw with another Atlanta area player, Arthur Guo, in the penultimate round. Mr. Oen took out veteran Keith Eubanks in the last round, winning more money than the players who finished a half-point ahead of him, tied for second place! Grant tied for eleventh place, along with three others, who also went home empty-handed.

The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Southeastern FIDE Championship on Livestream

Chacha Nugroho sends this report on the Southeastern FIDE Championship, which will be held at the Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy (http://www.charlottechesscenter.org/). The first round is Friday, October 31, 2014; 7:30PM. The website (http://www.charlottechesscenter.org/#!southeast-fide-championship/cxan) shows 31 players on the Pre-Registered List, heading by GM Ben Finegold. IM’s Ronald Burnett and Kassa Korley have entered, along with FM’s William Fisher, the number two seed, and Peter Bereolos. Georgia players include Benjamin Moon; Reece Thompson; Grant Oen; Kapish Potula; Arthur Guo; & Carter Peatman.

Hi Michael,

Just want to give you information that Peter Giannatos will broadcast games from Southeastern FIDE Championship.

http://www.charlottechesscenter.org/#!southeast-fide-championship/cxan

And in ChessStream.com as well. He as at least 1 DGT board, but we trying to provide 3 DGT boards for 3 live games. I probably will ask Peter to have scan of scoresheets during the tournament, so crowd may help to convert to PGN as well, like in US Masters.

regards

Chacha

Joe Cocker – Watching The River Flow (LIVE in Berlin) HD

And Down the Stretch They Come!

The turn has been made at the US Masters and the players have hit the long stretch and are heading for the finish line. Heading into the penultimate round NM Michael Corallo, even with his loss to GM Sergei Azarov on board two in the antepenultimate round, is leading the contingent from the Great State of Georgia. Michael lost in the first round, then scored four wins and one draw, including three wins in a row, including a victory over GM Alex Shabalov. His 4 1/2 points is a half point more than GM Alsonso Zapata, who lost to IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat in round seven. IM Carlos Perdomo has shown his class by coming back after losing his first two games to score four points in the next five rounds with three wins and two draws. Carlos drew with fellow Atlanta Kings member Sanjay Ghatti, who also has four points, last night in the seventh round. Shabba bested another Kings player last night, leaving FM Kazim Gulamali with 3 1/2. The Frisco Kid, NM Richard Francisco and the Denker representative from Georgia, Expert Reese Thompson each have scored 3 points.
As I write this the penultimate round is under way, and four of the games being shown include players from Georgia. Damir, Reese, Kazim and Sanjay are the players being shown. If you are wondering why the top Georgia players are not being shown, I wondered the same thing earlier in the tournament. Most tournaments broadcast the top boards, but they do things differently in NC. Since they did the same thing last year, this year I sent an email to the man in charge, Chacha Nugroho. He replied:
Hi Michael,
Thanks! The lower board we put camera, and I have to find good lighting tables, and those lower live boards are because under the main light of the room. I will post Neal Haris game soon.
regards
Chacha

Yasser Seirawan was taking about the first time he saw the pieces being used at the STLCC&SC when at Rex Sinquefield’s home. Yaz said they are beautiful and were made specially for Rex by Frank Camaratta, who owns the House of Staunton. I have had the pleasure of being in the home of Mr. Camaratta, which looks like a museum with all the wonderful chess sets on display. Yaz said these particular pieces are to be used with the board for broadcast and there only twenty-five such sets. One can do things like that when one has a billion dollars at one’s disposal. Our poor chess cousins in the Great State of North Carolina, my adopted “second state,” are doing the very best they can with their much more limited budget.
Now for some games from our illustrious luminaries carrying the colors:

Michael Corallo (2203) vs Eric Santarius (2329)
USM Rd 4
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 d6 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8. d4 exd4 9. Nxd4 Bd7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. h3 c5 12. Nf3 Bc6 13. Bf4 Rb8 14. e5 Nh5 15. Bh2 Rxb2 16. g4 Qa8 17. Nd2 dxe5 18. gxh5 Rd8 19. Bxe5 Bf8 20. Nce4 Rb4 21. Qg4 Bd7 22. Qg3 Bc6 23. Bxg7 Bxe4 1-0

Michael Corallo (2203) vs Michael Bodek (2400)
USM Rd 5
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Bxd4 13. Qxd4 Qb6 14. Na4 Qa5 15. b3 Qc7 16. Bc4 Rd8 17. Rhe1 Bf5 18. Qe5 Qxe5 19. Rxe5 Bxc2 20. Rd2 Bf5 21. Bxd5 cxd5 22. Rxe7 h5 23. Kb2 Kg7 24. Nc3 Kf6 25. Re1 Be6 26. Red1 Ke5 27. Rd4 g5 28. g3 h4 29. gxh4 gxh4 30. Rxh4 Rh8 31. f4 Kf5 32. Rxh8 Rxh8 33. Nxd5 Rxh2 34. Ka3 Ke4 35. Nc7 Kxf4 36. Rd6 Bf5 37. Nb5 Ke3 38. Rf6 Bb1 39. Nc3 Bg6 40. Ra6 Kd2 41. Nd5 Be4 42. Nf6 Bb1 43. Kb2 Bg6 44. Rxa7 Kd1 45. Kc3 Bb1 46. a4 Ba2 47. Nd5 Kc1 48. Nb4 Rh3 49. Nd3 Kb1 50. Rxf7 Ka1 51. Rd7 Rh1 52. Re7 Rh8 53. Rc7 Bb1 54. Rc4 Rg8 55. Nc5 Ka2 56. Rd4 Ka3 57. b4 Rh8 58. a5 Rh3 59. Kc4 Bg6 60. a6 Bf7 61. Kb5 Be8 62. Ka5 Rh7 63. Rd3 Kb2 64. Rd6 Rh1 65. b5 Kc3 66. a7 Ra1 67. Na4 Kb3 68. Rd3 1-0

Alexander Shabalov (2500) vs Michael Corallo (2203)
USM Rd 6
1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 c5 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. a3 d6 6. Rb1 Bf5 7. d3 h5 8. Nf3 b6 9. Bg5 Qd7 10. Nd5 Rc8 11. h3 e5 12. b4 Be6 13. Nd2 f6 14. Be3 Nge7 15. Qa4 Nxd5 16. cxd5 Nd4 17. Qd1 Bf7 18. Nc4 O-O 19. Bd2 Rfd8 20. e3 Nb5 21. O-O Nc7 22. e4 Nb5 23. f4 Nd4 24. Be3 Rf8 25. Rb2 f5 26. Rbf2 fxe4 27. Bxe4 b5 28. Na5 Qxh3 29. Bxd4 cxd4 30. f5 Qxg3 31. Rg2 Qe3 32. Kh1 gxf5 33. Re1 Qh6 34. Reg1 fxe4 35. Rxg7 Qxg7 36. Rxg7 Kxg7 37. Nc6 Bxd5 38. Ne7 Bb7 39. Nxc8 Rxc8 40. dxe4 Bxe4 0-1

Michael Corallo (2203) vs Sergei Azerov (2635)
USM Rd 7
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 Bxd4 13. Qxd4 Qb6 14. Na4 Qc7 15. Bc4 Rd8 16. Bb3 Bf5 17. g4 Nf4 18. Qe3 Be6 19. Bxe6 Nxe6 20. Rde1 Rab8 21. h4 Qa5 22. b3 Rd4 23. Nc3 Rbd8 24. Kb2 Rd2 25. h5 R8d3 26. Qxd3 Rxd3 27. cxd3 Nf4 28. Rxe7 Qd8 29. Re4 Nxd3 30. Kc2 Nf2 31. Rd1 Nxd1 32. Nxd1 gxh5 33. gxh5 Qf6 34. f4 Qf5 35. Kd3 Qd5 36. Rd4 Qf5 37. Re4 Qb5 38. Kc3 Qa5 39. Kc2 Qxh5 0-1

Richard Francisco (2281) vs Peter Giannatos (2140)
USM Rd 3
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. a3 Nge7 7. b4 cxd4 8. cxd4 Nf5 9. Bb2 Be7 10. Bd3 a5 11. Bxf5 exf5 12. Nc3 Be6 13. b5 a4 14. O-O O-O 15. bxc6 Qxb2 16. Nxa4 Qb5 17. cxb7 Qxb7 18. Nc5 Bxc5 19. dxc5 Rfc8 20. Qc2 Qc6 21. Rfc1 Ra4 22. Nd2 d4 23. Nf3 Rc4 24. Qd3 Rxc5 25. Rxc5 Qxc5 26. Qxd4 Qxa3 27. h4 Rc1 28. Rxc1 Qxc1 29. Kh2 h6 30. Kg3 Qc6 31. Qf4 Qc3 32. Qd2 Qc5 33. Qe3 Qxe3 34. fxe3 Kf8 35. Kf4 Ke7 36. Nd4 g6 1/2-1/2

Kazim Gulamali (2283) vs Arthur Guo (1950)
USM Rd 4
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O Be7 8. Qe2 Nf6 9. Rd1 e5 10. Be3 O-O 11. Rac1 Bg4 12. h3 Be6 13. Bxe6 fxe6 14. Qc4 Qd7 15. b4 Rac8 16. Qb3 a6 17. Na4 Nd4 18. Nxd4 Rxc1 19. Rxc1 exd4 20. Nb6 Qe8 21. Qxe6 Qf7 22. Qxf7 Rxf7 23. Bxd4 Nxe4 24. Nd5 Bg5 25. f4 Bh4 26. g4 h6 27. Kg2 Rd7 28. g5 hxg5 29. Kf3 Ng3 30. fxg5 Nf5 31. Bf6 Rf7 32. Kg4 g6 33. Rc8 Rf8 34. Rc7 Rf7 35. Ne7 Nxe7 36. Bxe7 Be1 37. Rc8 Kg7 38. Bf6 Rxf6 39. gxf6 Kxf6 40. a3 a5 41. b5 b6 42. Rc6 Bf2 43. Rxd6 Kg7 44. a4 Bg1 45. Re6 Kf7 46. Rc6 Kg7 47. h4 Kf7 48. Kf4 Kg7 49. Ke5 Kh6 50. Kf6 Kh5 51. Kf7 Kxh4 52. Rxg6 Bd4 53. Ke6 Kh5 54. Rg2 Kh4 55. Kd7 Kh3 56. Rg8 Kh4 57. Kc6 Kh5 58. Rb8 Kg6 59. Rxb6 1-0

Sean Vibbert (2301) vs Alonso Zapata (2481)
USM Rd 4
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. d3 d4 7. Ne4 Nxe4 8. Bxe4 Be7 9. Qf3 Nc6 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. Qxc6 Bd7 12. Qd5 Qc8 13. f3 O-O 14. b3 Re8 15. Kf2 a5 16. Bd2 a4 17. Ne2 Bf6 18. Nf4 Re5 19. Qc4 Qb7 20. bxa4 Rxa4 21. Qb3 Qa8 22. Rae1 c4 23. Qb1 Rb5 24. Qd1 c3 25. Bc1 Rxa2 26. Rhf1 g6 27. Kg1 Rb1 28. Qe2 Ba4 29. Qe4 Bc6 30. Qe2 h5 31. Ne6 Ba4 32. Nc7 Qc6 33. Ne8 Rxc2 34. Nxf6 Qxf6 35. Qe4 Bc6 36. Bg5 Qxg5 37. Qxc6 Rxe1 38. Rxe1 Qd2 39. Qe8 Kg7 40. Qe5 Kh7 0-1

Bartlomiej Macieja (2622) vs Alonso Zapata (2481)
USM Rd 5
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6 6. h3 g6 7. Nf3 Bf5 8. O-O Qc7 9. Na3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 a6 11. Nc2 Bg7 12. Re1 O-O 13. Ne3 h5 14. g3 b5 15. Bd2 Rfc8 16. h4 e6 17. Nf1 Qb6 18. Ng5 b4 19. Nh2 bxc3 20. bxc3 Ne7 21. Nhf3 Qb5 22. Qc2 Nh7 23. Nxh7 Kxh7 24. g4 hxg4 25. Ng5 Kg8 26. h5 Qd7 27. hxg6 Nxg6 28. Nxe6 Nh4 29. Ng5 Qf5 30. Qxf5 Nxf5 31. f3 Nxd4 32. Rac1 Nxf3 33. Nxf3 gxf3 34. Kf2 Rc6 35. Kxf3 Rac8 36. Rg1 Kf8 37. Rg5 Bxc3 38. Rxd5 Bxd2 39. Rxc6 Rxc6 40. Rxd2 Rc4 41. Re2 Ra4 42. Ke3 Ke7 43. Kd3 Kd6 44. Rf2 Ke6 45. Kc3 f5 46. Kb3 Re4 47. Rh2 f4 48. Rh6 Kf5 49. Rxa6 f3 50. Ra8 Rf4 51. Rf8 Kg4 52. Rg8 Kh3 0-1

David Hua (2304) vs Alonso Zapata (2481)
USM Rd 6
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. c4 Qc7 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Be2 Bb4 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 Nxe4 10. Bf3 Nc5 11. Nb3 d6 12. Bf4 e5 13. Nxc5 Qxc5 14. Be3 Qc7 15. Qd2 Nd7 16. Rfd1 Ke7 17. Rab1 Rb8 18. Ba7 Ra8 19. Be3 Rb8 20. Ba7 Ra8 21. Be3 1/2-1/2

Brian Tarhon (1963) vs Damir Studen (2264)
USM Rd 7
1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 c6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2 Nf6 7. h3 Bxf3 8. Bxf3 e6 9. O-O Be7 10. Ne2 O-O 11. Bf4 Qd8 12. c4 Bd6 13. Bxd6 Qxd6 14. Qb3 b6 15. Rad1 Nbd7 16. Nc3 Rac8 17. Qc2 Qc7 18. b3 Rfd8 19. Rd2 Nf8 20. Rfd1 h6 21. g3 Rd7 22. Bg2 Rcd8 23. Kh2 Ng6 24. Ne4 Nxe4 25. Qxe4 Ne7 26. Rd3 Rd6 27. h4 Qd7 28. Qe2 Nf5 29. d5 exd5 30. cxd5 c5 31. Bh3 Qe7 32. Qd2 Nd4 33. Re1 Qf6 34. Bg2 R6d7 35. Rde3 g6 36. b4 Kg7 37. bxc5 bxc5 38. Rc1 Qb6 39. Rec3 Qa5 40. Qb2 Qb4 41. Qa1 Kh7 42. Rxc5 Qd2 43. R1c4 Nf5 44. Rc2 Qb4 45. Qf6 Qd4 46. Qxd4 Nxd4 47. R2c4 Nf5 48. Rc8 Rxc8 49. Rxc8 Ne7 50. Rc5 Kg7 51. a4 Kf6 52. f4 Rd6 53. Ra5 a6 54. Bf1 Kg7 55. Bc4 Rd7 56. Kg2 Kf8 57. Kf3 Rc7 58. Bd3 Rd7 59. Bc4 Rc7 60. Ba2 Rc3 61. Ke4 Nf5 62. Rxa6 Re3 0-1

This song contains the Legendary Georgia Ironman’s all-time favorite lyric. Just thinking about it brings a smile to the Ironman’s face. I will let you figure it out…
The first two are live and I could not decide which to post, so I posted both! The third version is from the album, not disc, and it is the one to which we listened “back in the day.”

Jackson Browne 1977 The Load Out Stay

Jackson Browne – The Load Out and Stay – Live BBC 1978

Jackson Browne – The Load Out / Stay

Georgians at the DC International

The Georgia contingent at the DC International was led by FM Kazim Gulamali, who scored 5 out of 9, winning 4, drawing 2, with 3 losses. Sanjay Ghatti scored 4 points, with 3 wins, 2 draws, and 4 losses. Arthur Guo and Shanmukha Meruga each scored 3 1/2. Arthur won 2, drew 3, and lost 4, while Meruga won 1, drew 3, while losing 4. Mr. Meruga also received a full point bye in the first round. Saithanusri Avirneni arrived at his 3 points by drawing 6, while losing 3. Samhitha Dasari won 1, drew 1, and lost 5. Ingrid Guo won 1, drew 1 and lost 7. “That’s what chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one.”-Bobby Fischer (http://www.chessquotes.com/player-fischer)
Games taken from the CCA website (http://www.chesstournamentservices.com/cca/2014/06/dc-international-2014-games-viewer/)

Helfst, Matt (1951) – Gulamali, Kazim (2300)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (1), 2014.06.26
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.b4 e6 4.b5 a6 5.g3 d5 6.bxa6 Rxa6 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Bg2 Bg7 9.Bb2 O-O 10.O-O Re8 11.d3 c5 12.a4 Nc6 13.Re1 Bf5 14.Nbd2 d4 15.Qc2 b6 16.Qb3 Na5 17.Qb5 Qc8 18.Bc1 Nd5 19.Nc4 Bd7 20.Qb2 Nxc4 21.dxc4 d3 0-1

Gulamali, Kazim (2300) – Suarez, Isan (2588)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (2.4), 2014.06.26
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Bc4 e6 8.Qe2 h6 9.Bxf6 Nxf6 10.O-O-O Qc7 11.f4 Be7 12.e5 dxe5 13.fxe5 Nh7 14.h4 O-O 15.Bd3 Rd8 16.Nf3 Nf8 17.g4 b5 18.Ne4 Ng6 19.g5 Nxe5 20.Nxe5 Qxe5 21.Rdf1 Bb7 22.Rhg1 hxg5 23.Rxf7 Kxf7 24.Qh5+ Kg8 25.Qg6 Rxd3 0-1

Ghatti, Sanjay (2038) – Gulamali, Kazim (2300)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (3), 2014.06.27
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 c6 5.Bc4 b5 6.Bb3 b4 7.Nb1 Nf6 8.f3 Nbd7 9.a3 bxa3 10.Nxa3 O-O 11.Ne2 a5 12.Qd2 Ba6 13.Nc3 Rb8 14.O-O-O Qc7 15.h4 c5 16.h5 c4 17.Ba4 Qb7 18.Bb5 Rfc8 19.Bh6 Bh8 20.Qg5 e5 21.dxe5 Bxb5 22.Naxb5 dxe5 23.Rd6 Rc5 24.hxg6 fxg6 25.Qh4 Rxb5 26.Qh3 Nf8 27.Bxf8 Kxf8 28.Nxb5 Qxb5 29.Qe6 Qxb2+ 30.Kd2 Qb4+ 31.Ke2 Re8 32.Qh3 Qxd6 0-1

Gulamali, Kazim (2300) – Wang, Qibiao (2164)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (4), 2014.06.27
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 c4 7.Nbd2 f6 8.Be2 fxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Bc5 11.O-O Ne7 12.b4 cxb3 13.Nxb3 O-O 14.Nxc5 Qxc5 15.Qd3 Bd7 16.a4 Rf7 17.Be3 Qc7 18.f4 Rc8 19.Rfc1 Nf5 20.Bd2 Qc5+ 21.Kh1 Bc6 22.Bg4 g6 23.Rf1 a5 24.Be2 Rd7 25.Bg4 d4 26.c4 Kh8 27.Rf2 b6 28.Be1 Bb7 29.Rc2 Re8 30.Bf2 Bc6 31.Bh3 Qb4 32.Rcc1 Qb2 33.Qf1 d3 34.Bg4 d2 35.Rcb1 Qc3 36.Rxb6 Be4 37.c5 h5 38.Be2 Red8 39.Rd1 Rc7 40.Rxe6 Kh7 41.Bxh5 gxh5 42.Qe2 Qc2 43.Qxh5+ Kg8 44.Qg5+ Kh7 45.Qh5+ ½-½

Gorovets, Andrey (2446) – Gulamali, Kazim (2300)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (5), 2014.06.28
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Bb4 5.Nd5 Bc5 6.d3 h6 7.Bg2 O-O 8.e3 d6 9.O-O a6 10.a3 Ba7 11.Nc3 Be6 12.b4 Qd7 13.Bb2 Rfe8 14.Re1 Rad8 15.Qc2 Ne7 16.Rad1 Bg4 17.Ne2 Ng6 18.d4 Bf5 19.Qb3 e4 20.Ne5 Qe7 21.Nxg6 fxg6 22.d5 Rf8 23.h3 h5 24.Qc2 Rde8 25.Nf4 Nh7 26.Bd4 Bxd4 27.Rxd4 Nf6 28.h4 Ng4 29.Nh3 c5 30.dxc6 bxc6 31.Red1 Nxe3 32.fxe3 Bxh3 33.Bxh3 Rf3 34.Bg2 Rxg3 35.Qf2 Qxh4 36.Rf1 Re5 37.Qf8+ Kh7 38.Rd2 Rxe3 39.Qxd6 Rg5 40.Qf4 Qg3 41.Qxg3 Rgxg3 42.Kh2 Rg4 43.Ra2 g5 44.a4 Rb3 45.b5 cxb5 46.cxb5 a5 1-0

Gulamali, Kazim (2300) – Malhotra, Akshay (2001)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (6), 2014.06.28
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.g4 Be6 10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.O-O-O Ne5 12.Be2 Rc8 13.h4 Qa5 14.Kb1 Nc4 15.Bxc4 Rxc4 16.Ne2 Qxd2 17.Bxd2 Nd7 18.b3 Rcc8 19.Rh3 Ne5 20.Ng1 Rf7 21.g5 Rcf8 22.Rf1 a6 23.Kc1 ½-½

Zheng, Andrew (2031) – Gulamali, Kazim (2300)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (7), 2014.06.29
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 d5 7.O-O Nc6 8.a3 Bxc3 9.bxc3 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Qc7 11.Qc2 e5 12.d5 Na5 13.Ba2 c4 14.e4 Bg4 15.Ne1 Nd7 16.f3 Bh5 17.g4 Bg6 18.Be3 b5 19.Ng2 Nc5 20.Kh1 Nab7 21.Nh4 Nd3 22.Nf5 f6 23.Qd1 Kh8 24.Bb1 Nbc5 25.Bc2 Be8 26.Qd2 Bd7 27.Bxc5 Nxc5 28.Rg1 g6 29.Ne3 Nb7 30.a4 a6 31.axb5 axb5 32.Rxa8 Rxa8 33.g5 Qd6 34.Ng4 Bxg4 35.fxg4 Rf8 36.Kg2 fxg5 37.Qxg5 Kg7 38.Rb1 h6 39.Qe3 Qd7 40.Qg3 Rf4 41.h3 Nd6 42.Qe3 Qe7 43.Ra1 Rf7 44.Bd1 Qb7 45.Rb1 Qa7 46.Qxa7 Rxa7 47.Bf3 Ra2+ 48.Kf1 Rc2 0-1

Gulamali, Kazim (2300) – Dixon, Dakota (2055)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (8), 2014.06.29
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 d3 4.c4 Nc6 5.Bxd3 g6 6.Nf3 Bg7 7.O-O d6 8.h3 Nf6 9.Nc3 O-O 10.Qe2 Bd7 11.Be3 Ne8 12.Rfd1 b6 13.Rac1 Nc7 14.Nd5 Rc8 15.a3 Ne6 16.Bb1 f5 17.exf5 gxf5 18.Ng5 Ne5 19.Nxe6 Bxe6 20.f4 Bxd5 21.cxd5 Ng6 22.Ba2 Qd7 23.Rc6 Kh8 24.Rdc1 Rxc6 25.dxc6 Qc7 26.Qa6 Rb8 27.Bd5 Nf8 28.Qb7 Rc8 29.b4 e6 30.Bf3 Qxb7 31.cxb7 Rxc1+ 32.Bxc1 Bd4+ 33.Kf1 Nd7 34.Ke2 Kg7 35.Kd3 Bg1 36.Bb2+ Kf7 37.g4 fxg4 38.hxg4 h6 39.g5 hxg5 40.Bh5+ Ke7 41.fxg5 e5 42.Ke4 b5 43.Bg4 Nb8 44.Kd5 Bb6 45.Bf5 Be3 46.g6 Bh6 47.Bc3 Bf8 48.Be1 Kf6 49.Be4 Ke7 50.Bf2 Kd7 51.Bxa7 Kc7 52.Bxb8+ Kxb8 53.Ke6 Kc7 54.Kf7 Bh6 55.g7 Bxg7 56.Kxg7 Kb8 57.Kf7 Kc7 58.Ke7 d5 59.Bxd5 e4 60.Bxe4 Kb8 61.Kd6 Ka7 62.Kc5 Ka6 1-0

Kazim’s opponent, GM Suarez won the tournament by 1/2 point, scoring 7 1/2.

Batista, Lazaro Reynaldo Ortiz GM (2694) – Gulamali, Kazim (2300)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (9), 2014.06.30
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 h6 7.h3 a6 8.Bg2 Qc7 9.Qe2 Nc6 10.Be3 g5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.e5 dxe5 13.Qc4 Bb7 14.O-O-O Rc8 15.h4 Rg8 16.hxg5 hxg5 17.Ne4 Nxe4 18.Qxe4 Be7 19.Qh7 Kf8 20.Qe4 Rb8 21.Ba7 Rc8 22.Rh7 Ba8 23.Qf3 Rg7 24.Qh3 Rxh7 25.Qxh7 Bb4 1-0

Cheng, Bindi (2410) – Ghatti, Sanjay (2038)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (6), 2014.06.28
1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.O-O Be7 5.d4 O-O 6.c4 dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.Qxc4 b5 9.Qc2 Bb7 10.Bd2 Ra7 11.a3 Be4 12.Qc1 Qc8 13.Be3 Nd5 14.Nc3 Nxc3 15.Qxc3 Bd5 16.Ne5 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 Rb7 18.Rfc1 Nd7 19.Nc6 Bd6 20.Bf4 Nb6 21.Qf3 Qa8 22.Na5 Rbb8 23.Qxa8 Rxa8 24.Bxd6 cxd6 25.Rc6 Nc8 26.Rac1 d5 27.b3 g6 28.R1c5 Ne7 29.Rc7 Nf5 30.e3 Nd6 31.Nc6 Kg7 32.Ne5 Ne4 33.Rc2 Nd6 34.R2c6 Rfd8 35.Rb6 a5 36.Rcc6 Nc8 37.Ra6 Ne7 38.Rcb6 a4 39.Rxa8 Rxa8 40.b4 Rc8 41.Rb7 Nf5 42.Nxf7 Kg8 43.g4 Rc3 44.gxf5 Rxa3 45.Nh6+ Kf8 46.f6 1-0

Nguyen, Tan (1870) – Ghatti, Sanjay (2038)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (8), 2014.06.29
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Nc3 O-O 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b6 8.O-O Bb7 9.b3 c5 10.Bb2 Nc6 11.Qe2 cxd4 12.exd4 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Qxd4 14.Nd5 Qc5 15.b4 Qd6 16.Be5 Qd7 17.Bxf6 Bxd5 18.Bxd5 Bxf6 19.Bxa8 Bxa1 20.Rd1 Qe7 21.Bc6 Bf6 22.b5 Rd8 23.g3 g6 24.Kg2 Rd4 25.Rxd4 Bxd4 26.Qf3 Kg7 27.h3 e5 28.Qd5 Kf8 29.h4 h5 30.Kg1 Qa3 31.Kg2 Qb2 32.Qf3 f5 33.Bd7 Qxa2 34.Bc6 Qb2 35.Kf1 Kg7 36.Kg2 e4 37.Qf4 e3 38.Qc7+ Kh6 39.Qf4+ Kh7 40.Qc7+ Bg7 41.Qf4 e2 42.Qe3 Qe5 0-1

Ghatti, Sanjay (2038) – Sapozhnikov, Roman (2298)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (9), 2014.06.30
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.f4 Qc7 10.Bf3 Nc6 11.Qe2 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 e5 13.fxe5 dxe5 14.Bf2 Be6 15.Rfd1 Bc5 16.Bxc5 Qxc5+ 17.Qf2 Rac8 18.Rd2 Qb4 19.Nd5 Bxd5 20.c3 Qc5 21.exd5 e4 22.Qxc5 Rxc5 23.Bd1 Rxd5 24.Rxd5 Nxd5 25.Bc2 Nf6 26.Rd1 h5 27.h3 Re8 28.Kf2 h4 29.Ke3 Nh5 30.Rd7 Re6 31.Rxb7 g5 32.Bb3 Rf6 33.Kxe4 Nf4 34.Kf3 Kg7 35.Kg4 Kg6 36.Bc2+ Kh6 37.Kf3 Nxh3+ 38.Ke3 Nf2 39.Rb4 Kh5 40.Kd2 g4 41.Rd4 h3 42.gxh3 g3 43.Rd5+ Kh4 0-1

Ivanov, Mike (2137) – Guo, Arthur
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (5), 2014.06.28
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 e6 5.Nge2 g6 6.d3 Bg7 7.Be3 e5 8.O-O Nge7 9.f4 O-O 10.Qd2 Nd4 11.fxe5 dxe5 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Bg4 14.Nc3 Rc8 15.h3 Bd7 16.Ne4 Bf5 17.g4 Bxe4 18.dxe4 b6 19.a4 c4 20.Qf2 f5 21.gxf5 gxf5 22.Bxd4 fxe4 23.Qg3 exd4 24.Bxe4 Kh8 25.Rxf8+ Qxf8 26.Qh4 h6 27.Rf1 Qg8 28.Kh1 Rf8 29.Rxf8 Qxf8 30.Kg2 Qf6 31.Qg4 Qg5 32.Qxg5 hxg5 33.Kf3 d3 34.cxd3 cxd3 35.Bxd3 Bxb2 36.Kg4 Bf6 37.Kf5 Kg7 38.Ke6 Bd4 39.d6 b5 40.axb5 Bb6 41.Ke7 Bc5 42.Bc4 Bb4 43.Bf7 Bc5 44.Bh5 Bb4 45.Be2 Bc5 46.Bg4 Bb4 47.Bf3 Bc5 48.Be2 Bb4 49.b6 axb6 50.Bb5 Bc5 51.Kd7 Kf6 52.Kc7 Ke5 53.d7 Be7 54.Be2 Bf6 55.Bc4 Be7 56.d8=Q Bxd8+ 57.Kxd8 Kf4 58.Be6 b5 59.Ke7 b4 60.Kf6 b3 61.Bxb3 g4 62.h4 g3 63.Bd5 Kg4 ½-½

Lopez, Jorge (2042) – Guo, Arthur
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (8), 2014.06.29
1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 d5 5.Bb5+ Nc6 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.Nc3 a6 8.Bd3 Nge7 9.O-O Bc7 10.Re1 dxe4 11.Bxe4 Qd6 12.g3 f5 13.Bc2 O-O 14.Bb3 Ng6 15.Ng5 Rf6 16.d5 Nce7 17.Qh5 h6 18.Nxe6 Bxe6 19.Rxe6 Rxe6 20.dxe6 f4 21.Nd5 fxg3 22.Nxe7+ Nxe7 23.Qf7+ Kh8 24.hxg3 Bb6 25.Bf4 Qb4 26.Rd1 Bc5 27.Be5 Rg8 28.Qh5 Kh7 29.Bc2+ g6 30.Bf4 Nf5 31.Bxf5 gxf5 32.Qxh6# 1-0

Guo, Arthur – Nieto, Manuel (2057)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (9), 2014.06.30
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.O-O Bg7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 O-O 7.d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Nc3 Bg4 12.Be3 Rb8 13.Nxd5 Qxd5 14.b3 Rfd8 15.Rc1 Rb5 16.h3 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 Qxf3 18.gxf3 Bxd4 19.Bxd4 Rxd4 20.Rxe7 Ra5 21.Rxc6 Rd1+ 22.Kg2 Rg5+ 23.Kh2 Rd2 24.h4 Rxf2+ 25.Kh1 Ra5 26.Rc8+ Kg7 27.Rcc7 Raxa2 28.Rxf7+ Kg8 29.Rg7+ Kf8 30.Rgf7+ Ke8 31.Rfe7+ Kf8 32.Rf7+ ½-½

Meruga, Shanmukha – Kaufman, Lawrence GM (2329)
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (2), 2014.06.26
1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.exd5 exd5 5.d4 c6 6.Bd3 Be7 7.h3 O-O 8.O-O Re8 9.Re1 Nbd7 10.Bf4 Nf8 11.Qd2 Ne6 12.Be5 Nd7 13.Bg3 Ndf8 14.Nd1 Bd6 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.c3 Bd7 17.Ne3 Nf4 18.Bc2 Qf6 19.Ng4 Nxh3+ 20.gxh3 Qxf3 21.Qg5 Bxg4 22.Qxg4 Qf6 23.h4 Re7 24.f4 h6 25.Kf2 Rae8 26.Rxe7 Qxe7 27.Kf1 Qe3 28.Rd1 h5 29.Qxh5 Qxf4+ 30.Kg2 g6 31.Qf3 Qxh4 32.Rf1 Qg5+ 33.Kh2 f5 34.Rg1 Qh6+ 35.Kg2 Re3 0-1

Nieto, Guillermo (1982) – Meruga, Shanmukha
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (4), 2014.06.27
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 d6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Bg4 8.O-O Nf6 9.d5 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 Ne5 11.Qe2 Qd7 12.Bb3 O-O 13.Bg5 Kh8 14.a3 Bc5 15.Na4 Qg4 16.Qxg4 Nexg4 17.Nxc5 dxc5 18.f3 Ne5 19.Bxf6 gxf6 20.Rac1 b6 21.Rfd1 Rg8 22.Kf2 Rg6 23.g3 Rd8 24.Ba2 a5 25.Kg2 h5 26.f4 Ng4 27.Rd3 Nh6 28.b4 axb4 29.axb4 Ra8 30.Bb3 cxb4 31.Rxc7 Rgg8 32.d6 Rgc8 33.Rd4 Rd8 34.d7 1-0

Meruga, Shanmukha – Barot, Siddharth
DC International 2014 Arlington, VA (9), 2014.06.30
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Bg5 e5 9.Qd3 Be7 10.Rd1 O-O 11.O-O Qb6 12.b3 Rfd8 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.Qxd5 Rac8 16.c4 a5 17.Qd3 a4 18.Qe3 Qxe3 19.fxe3 Be7 20.g4 h6 21.Ra1 Rc6 22.Rfd1 Rdc8 23.Rd5 Rb6 24.Nd2 Ra8 25.Rb1 Kh7 26.b4 Rc6 27.Ra5 Rxa5 28.bxa5 Bd8 29.a6 bxa6 30.Rc1 Rb6 31.Rb1 Kg6 32.Rxb6 Bxb6 33.Kf2 Kg5 34.Kf3 Kh4 35.Nf1 Kh3 36.Ng3 g6 37.Ne2 Ba5 38.Nc1 Bb4 39.Nd3 Ba3 40.Nf2+ Kxh2 41.Nd1 Bb4 42.Nb2 a3 43.Nd3 a5 44.Nc1 h5 45.gxh5 gxh5 46.Kf2 h4 47.Nd3 h3 48.Nc1 Bd2 49.Nd3 Bxe3+ 50.Kxe3 Kg1 51.Nf2 h2 52.Nh1 Kf1 53.Kd2 f6 ½-½