The Dirty Laundry of Atlanta Chess

While living in Greenville, SC, the octogenarian, LM Klaus Pohl, said something that stuck with me. When asked what he thought of the new Chess Center in Charlotte Klaus said he did not like to play there because the young players offer too many draws. Upon further questioning Klaus said that with scholarships so important the young players were “afraid to lose,” so therefore made far too many draw offers. From the time I began playing in USCF tournaments rating has been King. This was, though, the first time I had heard anything concerning what the rating points could possibly mean toward earning a scholarship. Another player listening to the conversation said, “Everyone knows rating points are being bought and sold like it’s an open market.” My reply, “I did not know that,” elicited this response, “Ah, come on man. You worked at the Atlanta Chess Center. Surely you were aware of that kind of thing taking place.” With a blank look on my face I replied, “Not really.” I am not saying it did not happen, just that I was completely unaware of it if it did, in fact, happen while I was employed at the House of Pain.

There were rumors going around before I returned to Atlanta. I will not print rumors. I did, though, reach out to several people involved with Chess in Georgia, writing, “If you would like to comment on any of this, let me inform you that I may use anything you say, or write, UNLESS YOU WANT IT KEPT PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL!”

No one responded. They ain’t talking.

In an article appearing at the Georgia Chess News website, Meet the 2019 GCA Candidates (, David Hater,

candidate for the position of OFFICE OF 1ST VICE PRESIDENT writes: “I am running for 1st Vice President of GCA. I previously served on the GCA Board in this position, but I resigned from the board because, in my opinion, the board had become dysfunctional. Several months ago several GCA Board members encouraged me to run for the position again. I agreed to do so only after Scott Parker also agreed to run for President of GCA. My hope is that the next board will place personal feelings and animosity aside and work for chess instead of for their own interests/pet projects or a narrow constituency.”

The fact that Colonel David Hater felt he had to resign from the GCA Board speaks loudly. The fact that David, a man I admire and respect, felt compelled to write, “…the board had become dysfunctional,” screams out in pain. Nevertheless, David did not respond to my entreaty.

One of the board members did say, in an off hand comment at the Ironman Chess Club, they were “fed up” with all the “screaming and shouting” at the meeting of the GCA board. Although no names were mentioned the fact is that it is now, and has been for some time, an open secret that Thad Rogers was not happy when Parnell Watkins used his affiliate, American Chess Promotions to rate some of the events listed below. The thing is that Thad Rogers

and Parnell Watkins

were earlier listed as running for the same office, that of 1st member at large. The only one leaving a statement at a page mentioned earlier was L. Thad Rogers, the man who became POTGCA again after the previous president, Fun E. Fong, abdicated, leaving Chess behind like it was the plague. From reports it is obvious Chess in my home state of Georgia has quickly devolved under the caretaker leadership of Thad Rogers.

The Georgia State Chess Championship begins tonight and there will be an election Sunday. Chess players, and members of the GCA, can only hope responsible leaders, such as Scott Parker

and David Hater, gain a seat on the board.

Alan Piper was known as “The Pipe” at the House of Pain. As one of Alan’s victims eased down the stairs those below watched as someone said, “It looks like he got hit by the Pipe,” while others nodded in agreement. One wag said, “Sometimes you hit the Pipe. Sometimes the Pipe hits you.” Alan once won a state championship (I want to say Missouri, but could be wrong) when younger and was a NM. Although uncertain about Alan’s age, the fact is he has been eligible for the Senior tournaments for many years and must be seventy, or older.

The following results for the past 12 months was taken from the USCF website:

10487030: ALAN G PIPER
Current Published
Rating ( Supplement)
Regular Rating 2000 2019-03
(Current floor is 1600)
Quick Rating 1905 2019-03
Blitz Rating 1808 2019-03

Rank USCF ID Name Games Wins Draws Losses
1 14916346 SHANMUKHA MERUGA 50 1 0 49
2 14114923 KAPISH POTULA 19 1 1 17
3 14299428 SAITHANUSRI AVIRNENI 14 7 0 7
4 14577814 DAVIDE NASTASIO 3 1 1 1
5 15909472 TAIYE HILARY ESTWICK 1 1 0 0
6 16045110 TYLER JAMES BREDOW 1 1 0 0
7 16045235 CASEY WASSERMAN 1 1 0 0
8 14822494 TYLER SCHMUGGEROW 1 1 0 0
9 14684432 JOSHUA MORGAN KAROL 1 1 0 0
10 12365700 J PARNELL WATKINS JR 1 1 0 0

The Pipe has obviously played an inordinate amount of games with two players. The number of losses to the two much younger players is simply staggering. Usually when one is drubbed in a match there are no further matches. One of the members of the GCA board, a very nice woman, Anna Baumstark, told me it was all “public record on the USCF website.” I decided to take the time to check it out…You, too, can check it out here:

On September 12, 2015. Alan Piper played in the INVITATIONAL QUAD #10 (GA), directed by Grant Oen. The Sponsoring Affiliate was SOUTHEAST CHESS.

Pair | Player Name |Total|Round|Round|Round|Round|
Num | USCF ID / Rtg (Pre->Post) | Pts | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
1 | KAPISH POTULA |2.5 |W 2|D 3|W 4|* |
GA | 14114923 / R: 2014 ->2053 | |B |W |B | |
2 | CARTER F PEATMAN |2.0 |* |W 3|W 4|L 1|
GA | 12945576 / R: 2101 ->2108 | | |W |B |W |
3 | ALAN G PIPER |1.5 |L 2|* |W 4|D 1|
GA | 10487030 / R: 2070 ->2071 | |B | |W |B |
4 | SHANMUKHA MERUGA |0.0 |L 2|L 3|* |L 1|
GA | 14916346 / R: 2088 ->2053 | |W |B | |W |

Alan would not play again until August 13, 2016 when he participated in the CHESS BUG ATLANTA TOURNAMENT, directed by JOSEPH COUVILLION, with CHESS BUG ATLANTA, being the affiliate. SHANMUKHA MERUGA was clear first with 3-0. KAPISH POTULA finished clear second with a 2-1 score, the loss was to Meruga. Alan Piper won a game from a class C player, and lost two other games, one with a class B player, the other to Kapish Potula.

Let us go back to the tournament prior to the Quad, August 8, 2015, the LOGANVILLE SUMMER QUAD, directed by Grant Oen, with the affilate being Southeast Chess. The Pipe won all three games; gained 29 rating points which raised his rating to 2079. He beat Shanmukha Meruga, rated 2054, in the first round, then two class A players, Vedic Panda and Davide Nastasio.

After playing in the aforementioned CHESS BUG ATLANTA TOURNAMENT Alan did not play again until January 22, 2018 when he played a match with Shanmukha Meruga. The TD was J PARNELL WATKINS JR, and the affiliate was Gwinnett Chess. The time control was G/30;d5. Meruga won all four games, gaining fourteen points to end with a rating of 2056. The Pipe lost twenty points dropping to 2019.

After a couple of blitz quads on July 13 the next match with Meruga took place the next day, July 14. The TD was J PARNELL WATKINS JR, using the affiliate of the acting President of the GCA, L. Thad Rogers, AMERICAN CHESS PROMOTIONS. It was a real old fashioned, “speed,” time control of five minutes only for the games. Meruga won all ten games.

Three days later another match was contested between the same two players, named, PIPER MERUGA MATCH 2. The time control was, G/25;d5. The TD was J PARNELL WATKINS JR, and it was rated using the affiliate of GWINNETT CHESS. Meruga won all five games.

Two days later, July 19, 2018 there was yet another tournament contested once again by the young whippersnapper and the old leaky Pipe. Once again it was directed by J PARNELL WATKINS JR and the sponsoring affiliate was again GWINNETT CHESS, and once again Meruga won all ten games played at a “speed” TC of five minutes for the entire game.

Three days later there was the NASTASIO-PIPER MATCH, which was held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta in Roswell, Georgia, the seventh largest city in the great state of Georgia. The chief TD was BENJAMIN P FINEGOLD,

Meruga/Finegold in front of the Atlanta Chess and Scholastic Club of Atlanta located in Roswell, Ga.

assisted by KAREN BOYD.

Karen Boyd and Ben Finegold

The time control was G/60;+10. The three game match was drawn. In addition there was another match played that day between the same two players. The TC was G/4;+2, and Piper won 8-2.

A few weeks later, 9/8/18, Piper and Meruga were back at it, contesting not one, but two, more matches. J PARNELL WATKINS JR was again the TD and AMERICAN CHESS PROMOTIONS was the affiliate used to rate the matches. No one will be surprised to learn Meruga won the G/5 “speed” match 9-1. What is surprising is that Piper actually won a game…Three games were also contested at a TC of G/30;d10. Guess who won all three games? Yeah, Meruga.

The very next day, 9/9/2018, the two intrepid players were back at it. Once again J PARNELL WATKINS JR was the TD, but the affiliate used was now GWINNETT CHESS. The speed match, with only five minutes per game, was convincingly won by Meruga by a score of 20-0. That is ZERO, ZIP, NADA!

It will come as little surprise by now that Meruga also won the G/30;d10 match by a score of 4-0.

The very next day yet another match was contested between the same two players, again with the same TD and affiliate. The time control was G/30;d10 and Meruga won all six games.

Have you gotten a whiff of some sort of fishy smell yet?

A few days later the Pipe was back at it, but with a different opponent, Kapish Potula. The TD and affiliate was the same, J PARNELL WATKINS JR and GWINNETT CHESS. The time control was G/25;d5. Kapish Potula won all four games and increased his rating from 2136 to 2159.

One week later, on 9/28/18 the two players with the same TD and affiliate did it again. And again Potula won all four G/25;d5 to raise his rating from 2159 to 2179.

On October 6, 2018 the Pipe had a new opponent, SAITHANUSRI AVIRNENI, rated 1964. A six game match at a time control of G/35;d5 was contested and…the match was drawn! J PARNELL WATKINS JR and GWINNETT CHESS was at it again.

On October 13, 2018 there was another six game, G/25;d5 match with Kapish Potula, and again it was J PARNELL WATKINS JR and GWINNETT CHESS. Hold on to something as I inform you that Alan G Piper actually won, and drew, two of the games played, while losing the other four.

The thing is that on that very same day, October 13, 2018, the Pipe also played another match with someone else, SAITHANUSRI AVIRNENI. It was another G/25;d5 with all the usual suspects present, meaning Parnell and Gwinnett Chess. The match was drawn, 2-2.

Then we come to November 19, 2018, the 2018 MERUGA PIPER “dual.” It appears as though that between 2018-11-17 thru 2018-11-19 a NINETEEN GAME MATCH at a TC of G/25;d5 was contested by the usual suspects, Meruga and Piper. The aforementioned player, Meruga won all nineteen games…J PARNELL WATKINS JR and GWINNETT CHESS were again the usual suspects.

But wait, there’s MORE! On November 27 the same two players contested yet another G/25;d5 “dual,” which Meruga won 12-0. Again, J PARNELL WATKINS JR and GWINNETT CHESS were the responsible parties.

On December 7, a day which will live in infamy, 2018, another G/25;d5 match took place between Alan G. Piper and Kapish Potula. It was won by Potula, 5-0. J PARNELL WATKINS JR directed and GWINNETT CHESS sent it in to be rated.

After a couple more tournaments in December and a last one on January 26, the CCSCATL WINTER BLITZ CHAMPIONS, the record shows no more games, or matches, for the Pipe.

As a result of all these games, and others, Meruga became a 2300 rated player. Kapish Potula is currently rated 2187, knocking on the National Master door.

The Future of Chess

“The phrase, “All politics is local” is a common phrase in U.S. politics. The former Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O’Neill is most closely associated with this phrase, which encapsulates the principle that a politician’s success is directly tied to the person’s ability to understand and influence the issues of their constituents.” (

The world of chess is beset with myriad problems. For example, consider something recently written by GM Kevin Spraggett on his blog, Spraggett on Chess:

RIP: Canadian Open Championship (1956-2014)

“For my readers (Canadian and international) who were wondering about the 2015 edition of Canada’s most PRESTIGIOUS tournament, I have sad news. Not only has the 2015 Canadian Open been cancelled, but it is unlikely to be resurrected in coming years. The present mind-set of the CFC executive is to concentrate on junior chess and slowly (quickly!) phase out adult chess.

The writing was on the wall for some time now, but few wanted to believe it. Despite a well documented decline in adult membership in the CFC since 2007, and calls to organize a membership drive to remedy the situation, the CFC refused to act. Adult membership levels are now 50% of normal levels. All funding of adult-programs have been eliminated.”

Grant Oen is a junior at Emory University, Grant is a 2-time GA Collegiate Chess Champion, 2-time NJ Grade Level Chess Champion, manager of the 2014 Atlanta Kings Team, and current Emory Chess Club President. He is one of the people who are the future of chess, and the future is NOW! I have come to admire and respect Grant because he is GREAT for chess in my home state.

I received an email from Mr. Oen a short time ago, and after reading it, sent an email asking for permission to post it on the blog, which was granted. Although it may be true that “all politics is local,” what happens in my home state of Georgia, just as what happens in our wonderful neighbor to the north, Canada, affects the Royal game in the WORLD. It is not just the worldwide governing body of chess, FIDE, that impacts chess, fortunately. Chess stays viable because of the efforts of those in, for example, New Zealand, even though you may not here of what is going on with chess there, unless you make an effort do so. When the chess lights go out, for whatever reason, in any town, city, state, or nation, it has a negative impact on the game of chess. I urge you to read what Grant has to say, and to forward it to anyone and everyone, and ask them to do the same. “In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.”
I believe there is a “butterfly effect.” I also believe that “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” What has happened to chess in my home state of Georgia is tragic. I can only hope that you who read this learn from the recent mistakes made here and do not let it happen in your part of the chess world.

“Good evening,

First, I’d like to thank many of you for supporting Southeast Chess in its first year of tournaments. Since our first event in March 2014, we have run over 25 events, attracting 250+ unique players from 15 states. Despite being a small operation, we have offered large open tournaments, scholastics, invitationals, Grand Prix, blitz, and action tournaments which have become a staple in the chess landscape in Georgia, and will continue to do so going forward.

Southeast Chess recognizes the following players for participating in 6 or more of our events in our first year:

Shanmukha Meruga – 22 tournaments
Grant Oen – 21
Frank Johnson – 16
Kapish Potula – 10
Amaan Pirani – 8
Sijing Wu – 8
Saithanusri Avirneni – 7
William Remick – 6
Phillip Taylor – 6
Rochelle Wu – 6

I would also like to express my personal opinions on the upcoming GCA election. The following positions are up for election at this year’s State Championship:

President: Fun Fong (incumbent), Frank Johnson
Secretary: Herky del Mundo, Greg Maness
2nd Member at Large: Steve Schneider, Ashley Thomas

The remaining board positions, not up for election this year, are filled by Vice Presidents Ben Johnson and Katie Hartley, Treasurer Amrita Kumar, and 1st Member at Large Laura Doman.

I will be voting the following ticket – President: Frank Johnson, Secretary: Herky del Mundo, 2nd Member at Large: Ashley Thomas. To have a positive say in the future of the GCA landscape, I strongly encourage you to do the same.

The GCA is in a long period of deterioration under the current administration. While scholastics have shown relative success in recent years, the GCA’s organization of open tournaments has proven to be a terrible insult to our royal game. The lethargic, unorganized, and indecisive “organization” under President Fong has devastated the hundreds of chess players in Georgia. Developing youngsters and seasoned masters alike have not been shown any respect as players by the GCA.

Fun Fong, additionally, has not fulfilled his designated role as GCA President. Supposedly, the responsibilities undertaken by his office are to support chess in Georgia through and through. However, Fun has shown a clear conflict of interest in only supporting the GCA’s events, and not providing any measure of support to the rest of the community.

For example, when former Emory Chess Club President Jeff Domozick and I were developing the idea for Southeast Chess to fill a meaningful gap in Georgia, we approached Fun to hear his thoughts and potential improvements on our business plans. His response could not have been more negative – he was critical of our idea, and warned us of the dangers and difficulties of running tournaments, strongly suggesting us to abandon the venture.

Of course, we were persistent, and although Jeff graduated Emory in Spring 2014, I have continued the Southeast Chess enterprise and hope that many of you would agree that it is a professionally-run and successful tournament business. Similar stories regarding Fun have been echoed by American Chess Promotions owner Thad Rogers and North Georgia Chess owner Kevin Schmuggerow, both of whom I greatly respect for their pursuits as chess organizers.

Throughout his tenure as GCA President, Fun has shown a clear preference for having all chess activities remain under the flailing umbrella of the GCA, and shuns all other ventures. Throughout Southeast Chess’ infancy, Fun was loathe to extend us help of any kind, threatening us not to use any TDs under the GCA’s umbrella. The President of the GCA should simply support all chess events in Georgia. Fun’s unprofessional behavior overall has led to many resignations on the GCA board and its subcommittees. Support for Fong among the rank and file in Georgia chess has been all but diminished.

Of course, there are many other reasons for which I could criticize the incumbent candidate (print magazine extinct, abuse of power, no support for players, school programs, or organizers), but I am of course also obligated to mention why I am voting for Frank Johnson.

Frank has significant chess experience in all capacities. He is an avid player, organizer, director, project manager, coach, parent, former GCA secretary, and overall chess supporter. He supports tournaments all across the state and country, and organizes and directs his own events under the popular label. He has years of experience and knowledge in working with developing chess communities, and has sponsored hundreds of local formal and informal chess meetups in the greater Atlanta area, including Atlanta Chess Mess.

As a personal aside, Frank proved essential in helping Southeast Chess get off the ground by providing critical organizational advice, helping to market the events, and playing in them himself. He served in an important management position in the Atlanta Kings chess team, a co-venture between my friend Thad Rogers and I.

Frank has shown significant expertise in all arenas of Georgia chess. Most importantly, he in unbiased in his vision to move the chess community forward. Right now there is a disconnect between players, organizers, and the GCA. Frank has essential plans in place for removing this disconnect for the benefit of all parties. He is a true chess professional who, as President, will develop the GCA into the association it should be. If you have questions or comments for Frank, he is always available at

For the office of secretary, I support Herky del Mundo, organizer of the Atlanta Chess Club, active tournament player, director, and supporter. Herky has been influential in the outreach to GM Mark Paragua for the annual state championship. For the 2nd Member at Large position, I support Ashley Thomas, a long-time chess parent and player.

The election is open to current GCA members 18 years or older who have paid the $15 annual dues in the last year. A current membership is also required for Georgia players in play in the State Championship. The election will be held on Sunday, April 26 at 2:30pm, between rounds 4 and 5 of the Georgia State Championship in the Hotel Wyndham Hotel Galleria. If you are interested in voting but will not attend the state championship, email to request an absentee ballot by 4/12, and have it returned to the secretary by the beginning of the tournament on 4/24.

Please remember to vote, as each eligible member can have a meaningful say towards change in the future of Georgia Chess.

Thank you.”


Ga Open Final Round, Board Two: Meruga vs Studen

After Reece Thompson dispatched Maxwell Feng in the last round all eyes turned to the battles taking place on the first two boards. Reece was the leader in the clubhouse with six points. On board two both Shanmukha Meruga and Damir Studen had five points. On the first board Alan Piper had five points, with IM Ron Burnett the lone player with five and a half points.

I have known Damir since he first came to the House of Pain. He had that “look.” Most chess players will know what I mean by the “look.” Call it “desire” or “will to win,” or whatever you would like to call it. Damir’s eyes burned with a fierce intensity; likewise Shanmukha Meruga. His will to win was so intense that the boy had a problem accepting defeat. It was no surprise for me to see Mr. Meruga playing on second board in the last round of the Georgia Open.

Damir had drawn with Grant Oen in round four and IM Burnett in round six.

Damir Studen (2373) vs Grant Oen (2072)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4 4. Bd2 Qe7 5. a3 Bxd2 6. Qxd2 d6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. e4 e5 9. d5 a5 10. Rb1 a4 11. Qc2 Nbd7 12. Bd3 Nc5 13. O-O Nh5 14. Ne2 f5 15. Nd2 f4 16. f3 Rf6 17. Rf2 Rh6 18. Nf1 g5 19. h3 Ng7 20. Nc1 Bd7 21. Be2 Rg6 1/2-1/2

Damir Studen (2373) vs IM Ron Burnett (2467)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 d5 4. e3 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. h3 O-O 7. Be2 a6 8. c5 Nfd7 9. Na4 e5 10. dxe5 Nxe5 11. Nd4 Ned7 12. O-O b5 13. cxb6 Nxb6 14. Nc5 N6d7 15. Qc2 Nxc5 16. Qxc5 Bb7 17. Nb3 Nd7 18. Qb4 Rb8 19. Nc5 Qe7 20. Nxa6 c5 21. Qb5 Bxa6 22. Qxa6 Bxb2 23. Bxb2 Rxb2 1/2-1/2

Meruga had earlier beaten lower rated opposition and drawn with class “A” player Jhonel Baniel in round three, and Expert Kevis Tsao in round five.

Kevis Tsao (2082) vs Shanmukha Meruga (1888)
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be6 7. Nd4 Qd7 8. Nxe6 fxe6 9. Bd3 Nc6 10. Qh5 Qf7 11. Qxf7 Kxf7 12. Bf4 Be7 13. O-O-O Bf6 14. Rhe1 Rae8 15. Bg3 Re7 16. f4 Rhe8 17. Re2 h6 18. Rde1 e5 19. Bc4 Kg6 20. Bd3 Kf7 21. Bc4 Kg6 22. Bd3 Kf7 23. Bc4 1/2-1/2

The time control for the final two rounds was an almost classical, G/2. The difference between today and “back in the day” is that, if one is fortunate enough to make it to an endgame, one has little or no time to THINK. This is ironic in that high class games between good players are usually decided in the endgame. Because the games were almost real chess, and because my Sunday afternoon was spent riveted to the ‘puter screen, with a wooden board and pieces on which to cogitate, I have decided to share my notes and thoughts by annotating the games on the top two boards. And yes, I did utilize program assistance in order to spare you some of what GM Yasser Seirawan would no doubt call “howlers.”

Shanmukha Meruga (1888) vs Damir Studen (2373)
Final round Ga Open

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. h3 (This move was played by Jacob Murey (2485) against Heikki Westerinen (2385) at Brighton, 1983: 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. h3 Bf5 6. b4 Qb6 7. a3 e6 8. Bc4 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. d3 c6 11. Qe2 Nbd7 12. Nh4 Bg6 13. Nxg6 hxg6 14. Bd2 Bd6 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16. dxe4 Be5 17. Rad1 Rfd8 18. Be3 Qc7 19. f4 Bf6 20. Bb3 a5 21. Qg4 Bb2 22. f5 Nf6 23. Rxd8+ Rxd8 24. Qf3 gxf5 25. exf5 exf5 26. Qxf5 axb4 27. axb4 Qe5 28. Qxe5 Bxe5 29. g4 Bd4 30. Bxd4 Rxd4 31. b5 Nd5 32. Ra1 Nf4 33. Kh2 Rd2+ 34. Kg3 g5 35. Ra7 Ne2+ 36. Kf3 Nd4+ 37. Ke4 Nxb3 38. cxb3 cxb5 39. Rxb7 Rh2
40. Rxb5 f6 41. Kf5 Kg7 42. Rb7+ Kh6 43. Rf7 Rf2+ 44. Ke4 Rf4+ 45. Kd5 Kg6 46. Rc7 Rf3 47. b4 Rxh3 48. b5 Rg3 49. b6 Rxg4 50. Rc5 Rb4 51. Kc6 g4 52. b7 Rxb7 53. Kxb7 f5 54. Kc6 Kg5 55. Kd5 g3 56. Ke5 g2 57. Rc8 Kg4 58. Rg8+ Kf3 1/2-1/2. Although little played, it has scored as well as the most often played move, 5 d4, according to the CBDB, 57%.) c6 (SF & Hou play e6) 6. Bc4 (The programs prefer d4) Bf5 7. d3 (Missing the first opportunity to play Qe2! It has become popular lately to play this, d3, move in lieu of d4, but it has not scored as well as the older move.) 7…e6 8. O-O (Missing the second opportunity to play Qe2! ) 8…Nd5 (It cannot be correct to move a piece twice in the opening, thereby delaying the development of other as yet undeveloped pieces) 9. Ne2 (The simple Bd2 is best. Even taking with Bxd5 is better) Be7 10. Ng3 Bg6 11. Ne5 O-O 12. Nxg6 hxg6 13. a3 Nd7 14. Re1 Qb6 15. c3 Rad8 16. Qc2 N7f6 17. Bg5 Rfe8 18. Rad1 Qc7 19. Ba2 Rd7 20. Re2 (d4) Bd6 21. Ne4 Bf4 (Nxe4 and Be7 should be considered) 22. Nxf6+ (22. Bxf6 Nxf6 23. Nc5 Rdd8 24. d4 and White has a slight advantage) Nxf6 (22… gxf6!?) 23. Bxf4 Qxf4 24. Red2 g5 25. Bb1 (25. d4 !?) g4 26. g3 Qh6 27. h4 g5 28. hxg5 Qxg5 29. d4 Kg7 30. Kf1 (30. Qd3 !) Rh8 (30… Qd5 !) 31. Ke2 (31. Qd3!) Rh2 32. Rf1 Rd8 (32… Qd5 !) 33. Qd3 Nd5 34. Ba2 Ne7 35. Qe3 Qb5+ 36. Ke1 Qf5 37. Re2 Ng6 38. Qe4 Qg5 (38… Qh5!) 39. Qe3 (Missing his chance to get back in the game with 39 f4!) Qh5 40. Bb1 f5 (Possibly 40… Ne7 improves) 41. Kd1 (Trying to get outta Dodge. Taking the pawn with 41 Qxe6 is obviously fraught with danger. Back in the day the time control would have been reached with additional time being added, so the players would have had time to THINK. These daze the fatigued players have no time to do anything other than continue to push themselves, racking their exhausted brains for a move…any move. 41 Qd3 may be best) e5 42. Rd2 e4 43. d5 Rh1 (43… Rxd5 ! Now White has an advantage) 44. Rxh1 Qxh1+ 45. Kc2 Rxd5 46. Rxd5 cxd5 47. Qxa7 (The more circumspect 47 Qd4+ Kh6 48 Ba2 keeps the advantage) Qf3 48. Qxb7+ (48 Kb3, getting outta Dodge) Kh6 49. Qxd5 (It was imperative to play either 49 Qa7 or Qb6 to guard the pawn on f2) Qxf2+ (49…e3!) 50. Kd1 (With this move the young man let go of the rope. He should have played 50 Kb3!) e3 51. Qd3 Ne5 52. Qe2 Qxg3 53. Bxf5 Qf4 54. Be6 Kg5 55. b4 Qe4 56. Qc2 Qh1+ 57. Ke2 Qg2+ 0-1

A fine last round battle between one who has already made a name for himself and one who is coming on strong. Mr. Meruga has shown he is a force with which to be reckoned with in Georgia.

Signum- Coming On Strong

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 (
Games taken from the CCA website (

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