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Fast, Faster, Fastest!

This week's Best of the Web features three of the fastest versions of 21st century chess: a Rapid and Blitz round-robin featuring several of the world's best, and the online competition to be the world's fastest Puzzle Rusher... 

 


 Côte d’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz

May 8-12, 2019
Abidjan, Ivory Coast

The 2019 Grand Chess Tour starts with a pair of rapid and blitz round robins featuring many of the world's top players:

  1. Magnus Carlsen (NOR)
  2. Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
  3. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
  4. Sergey Karjakin (RUS)
  5. Wesley So (USA)
  6. Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)
  7. Ding Liren (CHN)
  8. Veselin Topalov (BUL)
  9. Wei Yi (CHN)
  10. Bassem Amin (EGY)

Perhaps the only name on that list that may be unfamiliar to chess fans is that of Egyptian GM Amin Bassem. He's the event's wild-card, chosen both for his success at an event in the Ivory Coast last year, as well as being one of Africa's few 2650+ GMs.

They play three rapid games per day (25m + 10s delay) for three days, then nine rounds of blitz (5 + 3 delay) for two days. Previous Grand Chess Tour events have used of the Bronstein delay time controls (rather than Fischer increment); the players found it unusual and politely complained, but the GCT is clearly trying to distance itself from FIDE in all things, including using their own rating system rather than FIDE's.

Games start at 1pm EST. 

English commentary includes GMs Yannick Pelletier, Alejandro Ramirez and Maurice Ashley, and IM Tania Sachdev. 

French commentary has GM Laurent Fressinet & Romain Edouard.

Links


 Puzzle Rush

Last year, Chess.com introduced a tactics game where the goal is to solve as many puzzles as possible in 5 minutes, with the puzzles escalating in difficulty and three mistakes ends the game. Puzzle Rush was immediately tremendously popular -- inducing significant delays on the chess.com server during the first few months it was online -- and has remained so. One of the addictive attractions of Puzzle Rush are the leaders lists: both the best-of-this-hour list, as well as the all-time best list. Another is watching some of the top players streaming: it is mind-boggling how fast they "see" the positions, let alone how quickly they solve them.  For a long time, the top score was held by GM Hikaru Nakamura: 55 in 5 minutes. Naka would regularly play Puzzle Rush as part of his twitch streams, and had said that he thought 60 was the best anyone could ever score. Every now and then, a virtual unknown would score 58 or more.... only to have their score removed by chess.com for suspicion of cheating.

But recently, Naka's top score has been totally eclipsed by several players, at least two of whom have beaten his score while streaming --- which makes it possible to observe both their mouse movements and their eyes (more below). First, user "spicycaterpillar" scored 58. This was accepted by chess.com as a legit result and spicycaterpillar --- since revealed to be US GM Ray Robson -- has streamed a Puzzle Rush 57 score. 

But on May 8, 2019, IM Casper Schoppen put up an insane score: 93.

The obvious reaction is that anyone beating Nakamura by this much must have been cheating. The only cheating aid that would be fast enough to solve 93 puzzles in under 5 minutes (actually, in 4:36 -- he had 24 seconds remaining when he made his third mistake) would be a chess analysis browser plug-in to show the solutions onscreen almost instantaneously. One way chess.com looks for such methods is by requiring suspected players to stream with their webcams on, which allows their eyes to be seen -- any regular eye motions away from the puzzle area (presumably to the plug-in interface) would then show up. There are still other ways to cheat -- e.g. a plug-in with a display overlay on top of the board would avoid giving tells from eye movement – and catching cheaters is a significant part of the chess.com research budget. 

But then Caspar streamed himself scoring 70, and IMHO, everything looks OK. 

Of course, 70 is a long way from 93, but two months ago no one would have believed 70.

One thing that's remarkable about Caspar's play compared to Nakamura, is that he seems to be much slower -- both at finding the solutions to simpler puzzles and at simply moving the mouse. Nakamura is freakishly fast, while Caspar (and Ray) move like fast but recognizably normal human beings. But both Caspar and Ray are clearly much faster than Naka at the hardest puzzles. While this could be because either or both are cheating, it seems to be because they both review all their wrong results and remember them for next time. Naka rarely does this (on stream) and so doesn't solve nearly as many of the hardest puzzles directly from memory. Naka also typically does a play-by-play, telling the viewers what he sees, and this must cost some concentration and slow him down. He also often multi-tasks, reading comments and thanking subscribers while streaming. There’s no telling how fast Nakamura might be if he stopped handicapping himself with these distractions.

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Author: John Upper
Posted: May 9, 2019, 7:16 pm

The Canadian Chess Hall of Fame has inducted Charles Frederick Stubbs:

  • chess columinist at the Saint John Globe
  • chess problem composer
  • compiler of what may be the first Canadian chess book: Canadian Chess Problems, a collection of 206 mostly composed tactics problems published in 1890.

 Present at the awards ceremony were:

  • Fred McKim, organizer and Hall of Fame Committee member;
  • Bill Bogle, Saint John Chess Club President;
  • John Torrie, Saint John Chess Historian and Newsletter Editor;
  • and Charles Stubbs' great-granddaughter Dee Stubbs and her daughter Jade Lee, who recieved the award (see photos below).

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The following 14 positions are from the book Canadian Chess Problems.

Unfortunately, the PGN parser supported by drupal on this site is very limited, and will not allow the positions to be shown without moves, which makes it an extra challenge to look at the diagrams without seeing the solutions....

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 Round:  Result:
[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "St.Maurice, E."]
[Black "#2"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "B6N/3p3Q/2n1kp2/1N6/3P4/1P6/8/7K w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "3"]

{[%mdl 1] [#] #2 E.St.Maurice, Montreal} 1. Bb7 $1 d6 (1... f5 2. Qf7#) (1...
d5 2. Bc8#) (1... Ne7 2. Qe4#) 2. Nc7# *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1885.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Greenshields, E.B.."]
[Black "#2"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/6K1/3k4/3N1P2/Q2R4/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "1"]

{[%mdl 1] [#] #2 E.B.Greenshields, Montreal Prize Few Piece Problem, Ottawa
Citizen Tourny, 1885} 1. Ne7+ $1 *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Perry, W.E.."]
[Black "#2"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "7K/Q7/4B3/4k3/5N2/4Bn2/8/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "1"]

{[%mdl 1] [#] #2 W.E.Perry, Yarmouth, NS} 1. Bf2 $1 *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Phillips, C.W."]
[Black "#2"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "5R2/4p1rB/2qP1bb1/Q5Np/3pP2P/1Ppk4/7R/5KB1 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "1"]
[EventDate "1880.??.??"]

{[%mdl 1] [#] #2 C.W.Phillips, Toronto} 1. Qe5 $1 (1. Qa1 $2 Bxg5) (1. Qa2 $2
c2) *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1885.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Atkinson, W."]
[Black "#2"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "1bNn1B2/nr6/Kp4R1/1p1k1r2/p2p1P2/1p4N1/B3Q3/2R4b w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "1"]

{[%mdl 64] [#] #2 W.Atkinson, Montreal 1st Prize, Ottawa Citizen Tourny, 1885} 
1. Bd6 $1 *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Stubbs, C.F.."]
[Black "#3"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/7n/8/5R2/k7/2K5/8/2B5 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "3"]
[EventDate "1880.??.??"]

{[%mdl 1] [#] Mate in 3 C.F.Stubbs, St.John N.B.} 1. Bg5 $1 (1. Ba3 $2 Nf6 2.
Bb4 $2 Nd5+ $11) 1... Nf8 (1... Nxg5 2. Rxg5 Ka3 3. Ra5#) 2. Bd8 {and Ra4#} *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Lee, H.F.."]
[Black "#3"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "1k6/3pN3/1P6/3B4/3K4/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "5"]

{[%mdl 4096] [#] #3 H.F.Lee, Brantford} 1. Kc5 d6+ 2. Kc6 Ka8 3. Kc7# *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Murphy, M.J.."]
[Black "#3"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "8/6k1/5pPp/2R4K/8/8/1B6/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "1"]

{[%mdl 4096] [#] #3 M.J.Murphy, Quebec} 1. Rd5 $1 {followed by Bxf6 and Rd8#} *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1879.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Halkett, JB."]
[Black "#3"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "4K1k1/3R4/2P3P1/4N1p1/6P1/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "5"]

{[%mdl 4096] [#] #3 J.B.Halkett, Ottawa} 1. g7 $1 Kh7 2. Kf8 Kh6 3. g8=N# *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Robinson, G.A.."]
[Black "#3"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "6N1/5B2/2P5/1pR4p/pP1k3P/p2p2P1/P2P2K1/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "5"]

{[%mdl 32832] [#]#3 G.A.Robinson, Ottawa} 1. Bc4 $1 bxc4 (1... Ke4 2. Rd5 bxc4
3. Nf6#) 2. Kf3 c3 3. dxc3# *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Stubbs, C.F.."]
[Black "#3"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "5n1k/2pP1K2/2P5/8/8/7P/1p4PR/1B6 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "3"]
[EventDate "1880.??.??"]

{[%mdl 1] [#] #3 C.F.Stubbs, St.John N.B.} 1. d8=B $1 Nh7 (1... Nd7 2. cxd7) 2.
h4 $1 *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1871.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Northcote, H."]
[Black "#3"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "2r4r/4pp2/1Q3N2/2N1P1pP/p2k4/1n3K1R/BPppP3/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "5"]
[EventDate "1880.??.??"]

{[#] White to play and mate in 3. H.Northcote, Toronto 1st Prize, Toronto
Globe, 1871} 1. Qb5 $1 exf6 2. Ne6+ (2. Nxb3+ axb3 3. e3#) 2... fxe6 3. e3# {
[%mdl 1]} *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1879.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Fitzgerald, J."]
[Black "#3"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "2BRb2r/2Qp4/1B4np/1P1Ppp1R/3pkN1p/2p3pN/2P3P1/4K3 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "1"]

{[%mdl 1] [#]#3 J.Fitzgerald, St.Catharines Prize Problem, Toronto Globe, 1879
} 1. Ne2 $1 *

[Event "Canadian Chess Problems"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1872.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Henderson, J."]
[Black "#4"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "2B4Q/8/2n4N/6p1/b7/3N2k1/1P1b4/7K w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "1"]

{[#] #4 J.Henderson, Montreal 1st Prize Set, Toronto Mail, 1872} 1. Bg4 $1 {
[%mdl 1]} *
merida
46

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  • 2019 NB Blitz Champ Sam Song & F.McKim
Author: John Upper
Posted: May 8, 2019, 5:07 am

30 events across Canada in May and June...

 

May 2019 Event Location Info Links
May 4 NB Blitz Championship St.John, NB 8 rd double swiss; TC: 3 + 2 http://mcc.cdevastation.com/nbbl19.html
May 4 McGill Rapid Montreal 5 round swiss; TC: 25 + 5 http://www.fqechecs.qc.ca/regions/clubs/tournoi.php?club=41&id=13837
May 4 Milton Spring Active Milton, ON 5 round swiss; TC: 25 + 5 http://www.miltonchess.ca/images/gord/milton2019.pdf
May 4-5 Arnprior Open Arnprior, ON 5 round swiss; TC: 90+30 https://s3.amazonaws.com/eoca/data/38th%20Annual%20Arnprior%20Open.pdf
May 4-5 Edmonton International Qualifier Edmonton CC 5 round swiss; TC: 90+30 http://www.albertachess.org/2019EIQF.php
         
May 10-12 Nova Scotia Open St. Mary's U; Halifax 5 round swiss; TC: 30/90 + G/1 + 10s http://www.nschess.ca/?p=1532
May 11-12 Alberta Seniors Ch. Edmonton CC 5 round swiss; TC: 90+30 http://www.albertachess.org/2019ASC.php
May 11-12 Alberta Women's Ch. Edmonton CC 5 round swiss; TC: 90+30 http://www.albertachess.org/2019AWC.php
         
May 18-20 Ontario Open Oakville, ON 6 round swiss; TC: 90 + 30 http://www.miltonchess.ca/images/cfc/2019_ontario_open.pdf
May 18-20 Bridge City Championship Saskatoon TC: 90 + 10 https://www.facebook.com/BridgeCityChessClub/
May 18-20 44th Keres Memorial Richmond, BC 6 round swiss; TC: 90 + 30 http://keresmemorial.pbworks.com/w/page/1785469/FrontPage
May 18-20 Canadian Chess Challenge Vancouver, BC Invitational Team RR https://chess-math.org/schedule-pairings
         
May 25-26 Charlottetown Open Charlottetown 5 round swiss; TC: G/120 + 30s delay http://mcc.cdevastation.com/charop19.html
May 25 Championnat jeunesse rapide du Québec Centre Père Marquette, Montréal moins de 18; TC: 25 + 5 http://www.echiquierstrategique.com/index.php/championnat-jeunesse
May 25 Championnat des jeux FADOQ Chambly, QC FADOQ members; Semi rapides http://www.fqechecs.qc.ca/regions/clubs/tournoi.php?club=74&id=13717

June 2019

Event Location Info Links
June 1 New Brunswick Tornado St. John, NB 4 round Swiss; TC: G/60 http://mcc.cdevastation.com/nbt19.html
June 1-2 Etobicoke Open Etobicoke, ON 5 round Swiss: TC: 70 + 10 https://etobicokechessclub.wordpress.com/chesstournament/
June 1-2 Trumpeter Classic Grande Prairie, AB TBA http://www.albertachess.org/Tournaments.html
June 2 Toronto Blitz Championship Harbourfront TBA; typically: double swiss, 3+2 http://annexchessclub.com/harbourfront-chessfest/
         
Jue 8-9 Golden Horseshoe Mississauga, ON 5 round swiss; TC: 90+30 https://elevatemychess.com/golden-horseshoe-championship/
June 8-9 Calgary International Qualifier Calgary CC TBA http://www.albertachess.org/Tournaments.html
         
June 14-16 Eastern Ontario Open RA Centre, Ottawa 5 round Swiss; TC: 90+30 https://s3.amazonaws.com/eoca/data/2019+Eastern+Ontario+Open+Chess+Championship.pdf
June 15 Championnat Semi-Rapide de Québec Sainte-Foy, QC 5 rondes; cad: 20m + 5s  
June 15-16 Mock CYCC North York, ON U8-U18; TC: 60+30 https://senecahillchess.com/2019/03/15/2019-mock-cycc-gp6/
         
June 18-23 Edmonton International Edmonton CC TBA http://www.albertachess.org/Tournaments.html
         
June 21-23 NB Open Fredericton 5 round Swiss; TC: 30/90 + G/30m + 30s http://mcc.cdevastation.com/nbop19.html
June 21-23 Championnat de Laval Laval, QC 5 rondes suisse; Détails à venir http://www.fqechecs.qc.ca/regions/clubs/tournoi.php?club=59&id=13770
         
June 28-30 (?) George Beals/Halifax Open Mt.St.Vincent, Halifax 5 round Swiss http://www.nschess.ca/?p=1546
         
June 29-July 1 BC Senior Surrey 50+ years; 5 rounds;  TC: 90+30 http://victoriachessclub.pbworks.com/w/page/112397404/BC%20Senior
June 29-July 1 Ft. McMurray Open Ft.McMurray, AB TBA http://www.albertachess.org/Tournaments.html
Author: John Upper
Posted: May 1, 2019, 6:21 pm

The 2019 Canadian Zonal & Sectionals ran April 18-22, 2019 at the Four Points Sheraton in Kingston, Ontario.

It was a 9 round Swiss in four sections: Zonal, U2200, U1900, and U1600. The top section attracted three GMs, three IMs, and six FMs. First place was won by GM Evgeny Bareev, who was playing his first Canadian Championship since moving to here in 2010. Bareev lost his first round game to Joshua Doknjas, then won his next seven before holding GM Aman Hambleton to a draw in the final round. Hambleton took second on tie-break (individual encounter) over IM Nikolay Noritsyn.

This was the first of a planned four-year series which will see Canadian Zonals (Open and Women's) played in Kingston during the Easter long weekend.

 


Prizes

Zonal

  1. GM Evgeny Bareev $2000 + entry to 2019 World Cup in Russia + $1000 travel subsidy
  2. GM Aman Hambleton $1000 + entry to 2019 American Continental in Brazil + $500 travel subsidy
  3. IM Nikolay Noritsyn $500
  4. IM Artiom Samsonkin $84
  5. FM Mark Plotkin $84
  6. IM Shiyam Thavandiran $84

Also, FM Mark Plotkin scored an IM norm!


U2200

  1. Ruoying Xu$1000 
  2. Bill Doubleday, $500 
  3. Daniel Xu, $125 
  4. Max England, $125 

U1900

  1. Sanjay Ramesh$1000 
  2. Michelle Hua, $188 
  3. Hal Bond, $188 
  4. Yiwei Dong, $188 
  5. Edward Xiao, $188 

U1600

  1. Gary Hua$1000 
  2. Arman Azroy, $500 
  3. Carl-William Bilodeau-Savaria, $250 

Eagle-eyed readers might notice that two fo the prize winners -- Gary Hua and Hal Bond -- are among the busiest of tournament organizers in Ontario. Was that the secret to their success? Try orgainizing some tournaments yourself and find out!

 

Thanks to:

  • The players: the players.
  • Organizer: Aris Marghetis (IA, IO, FL)
  • TD: Danny Goldenberg (IA, IO, FL)
  • Appeals Committe Head: Hal Bond  (IA, IO, FL)
  • Indispensable Assistance: Omar Shah
  • Anti-cheating monitor: Frank Dixon
  • Photographs: Victoria Jung-Doknjas
  • Data Wrangler: John Upper


Links

Pairings and Results: chess-results.com

Live Games: DGT LiveChessCloud and chess24 showed the top 4 boards live

photos: 

PGNs thanks to Hugh Brodie and team


Our Canadian Game of the Week is penultimate round board two pairing at the 2019 Canadian Zonal between IM Nikolay Noritsyn and GM Aman Hambleton, annotated by Aman...

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 Round:  Result:
[Event "Canadian Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.22"]
[Round "8.2"]
[White "Noritsyn, Nikolay"]
[Black "Hambleton, Aman"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A22"]
[Annotator "Aman Hambleton"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "2019.04.22"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]

{In round 8 I was paired against IM Nikolay Noritsyn with the Black pieces.
Strangely, Nikolay is one of the few players I would rather play with Black
because he actually scores worse with White. In fact, because of how good
Nikolay is with the Black pieces it enables a lot of favourable lineups for
our Olympiad team! This was an important match for the tournament standings,
and if I wanted any shot at 1st place, I needed to beat Nikolay and then try
to beat Bareev in round 9.} 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. e4 (3. Nd5 Bc5 4. e3 Nf6 5.
d4 Nxd5 6. dxc5 Nf6 {is another variation entirely, with some clear imbalances
already.}) 3... Nf6 4. g3 {[#]} O-O $5 {I classify my own move as a small
inaccuracy. I don't think I should ever allow White to play Nge2 the way that
he did in this game. Black usually takes the chance to double the c-pawns when
possible and then launches a counter-attack in the center.} (4... Bxc3 5. bxc3
O-O 6. Bg2 Re8 7. Ne2 c6 (7... d6 $6 {is a solid move, but its known to be
quite bad for Black since there are no easy pawn breaks in the position.} 8.
O-O Nc6 9. d3 $14) 8. O-O d5 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. exd5 Nxd5 $13 {and this
theoretical position has been reached many times. White has the Bishop pair
and a completely open position but Black has very easy development and a long
term goal of trading light squared Bishops.}) 5. Nge2 d6 6. Bg2 Bg4 {I decided
to give away my Bishop pair in order to try to create a position where I could
play on the dark squares. I felt that I had already kind of messed up by
allowing Nge2 and so I was trying to come up with a plan.} (6... Nc6 7. h3 Bc5
8. O-O Nd4 9. d3 h6 10. Kh2 {is such an easy position to play with White.
Despite the computer's evaluation of equal or even slightly better for Black,
I disagree completely. In practice, White usually rolls over Black on the
Kingside with f4-f5.}) 7. h3 Bxe2 8. Nxe2 (8. Qxe2 Nc6 9. O-O a5 {is easy to
play for Black.}) 8... Bc5 9. d4 $1 {I had underestimated this move in my
calculations, mostly because it looks so crazy to think that White can open up
the middle of the board without being castled; but the variations seem to
suggest that White is tactically justified in doing so.} (9. O-O {is the
alternative, but it looks like easy play for Black.} Nc6 10. d3 Nd4 11. Kh2 a5
12. f4 Nxe2 13. Qxe2 Nd7 $11) 9... Bb6 (9... exd4 10. Nxd4 Re8 11. O-O Nxe4 12.
Re1 Bxd4 13. Rxe4 $18) 10. O-O Nc6 {[#]} 11. d5 {A strong move, but at least
it allows me to execute my plan of playing on the dark squares. White is
definitely better, there's no question about that, but Black's counterplay is
easy to locate.} (11. Be3 {was the move I expected, mostly because I don't see
any position where White doesn't emerge comfortably in a Maroczy Bind position.
} exd4 (11... Qe7 12. Re1 Rfe8 13. a3 $14) 12. Nxd4 Nxd4 13. Bxd4 Bxd4 14. Qxd4
Re8 15. Rfe1 $14) 11... Nd4 12. Nc3 c6 13. Kh2 cxd5 14. exd5 (14. cxd5 {
also looked like a very good move to me, since it does not allow any threats
whatsoever on the Queenside or the c-file, and still prepares f4 and a
Kingside attack.}) 14... Rc8 15. f4 Nd7 (15... Rxc4 16. fxe5 dxe5 17. Bg5 $14 {
and my Kingside will fall apart here.}) 16. b3 a6 {Mostly because Na4 is a
threat, but also to prepare to play ...b5 once the Bishop moves.} 17. fxe5 dxe5
18. Ba3 {During the game I had actually underestimated this move, and totally
missed that after ...Bc5 my opponent could just play b4 and c5. Luckily, the
tactics are just working for me!} Bc5 19. Bb2 (19. b4 $6 Be7 20. c5 a5 21. d6
Bxd6 $15 {and Black survives.}) 19... f5 {[#]} 20. a3 $2 {This move might
deserve more than a question mark. It's unfortunate for my opponent, who
played a nice game and was better in every moment up until now, but a3 is just
way too slow. After my quick reaction here, the position turned from great for
White to dead lost in a matter of 3 moves.} (20. d6 {I was convinced that
Nikolay would play this move, which is why I spent about 15 minutes on the
move ...f5. I wasn't sure how to deal with my pawn on b7 in a nice way.} Nf6
21. Bxb7 Rb8 22. Bg2 Qxd6 23. Na4 $13) 20... Bd6 $1 $17 21. Na2 (21. Ne2 {
absolutely had to be played, but I think Nikolay saw this was really
straightforward for me to play and in lieu of my time pressure, wanted to keep
more pieces on the board. This was the wrong idea, however!} Nxe2 22. Qxe2 e4
$17 {and White has no play; e.g.} 23. Qh5 g6 24. Qh6 Qe7 $19) 21... Qg5 {
Now ...e4 is a huge threat.} 22. Bc1 f4 {[#]} 23. g4 (23. Qg4 fxg3+ 24. Kh1
Rxf1+ 25. Bxf1 Qxg4 26. hxg4 Rf8 27. Bg2 Nxb3 28. Rb1 Nxc1 29. Nxc1 Nc5 $19)
23... Qh4 24. Qe1 Qxe1 25. Rxe1 Nc2 26. Bb2 {[#]} Nxa1 $2 {This move is
completely absurd.} ({There's no rush to take the material when two rooks are
still hanging, and as it turns out the Nc2 would have been extremely useful to
help push ...e3 later on in the variation:} 26... f3 27. Bf1 e4+ 28. Kh1 e3 $1
{is resignable.}) 27. Bxa1 f3 28. Bf1 e4+ 29. Kh1 Rce8 30. Bd4 Bg3 (30... Bc5
31. Be3 f2 32. Re2 Rf3 33. Bxc5 Nxc5 {was another much simpler way to win. My
technique in this game left a lot to be desired.}) 31. Re3 Bf2 32. Rxe4 {[#]}
Bxd4 (32... Rxe4 33. Bxf2 Re2 34. Bxe2 fxe2 35. Kg2 Ne5 36. Nc1 $1 {was a
variation that shocked me as I was calculating on increment. White's Nc1 hits
my pawn as well as stops ...Nd3, which I did not realize until the last second.
}) 33. Rxd4 Re3 34. b4 Ne5 35. d6 f2 36. Kg2 Nf3 37. Rd1 Nh4+ 38. Kh2 Nf3+ {[#]
} 39. Kh1 {I cannot explain this move really, since it seemed to me that the
obvious move was just repeating with Kg2. There are forced wins in all
variations here, but I think the most difficult one to spot is after Kg2. Kh1
as played in the game was a big relief as I approached move 40.} (39. Kg2 Ne1+
40. Kh2 Rff3 $1 {this move wins on the spot, but honestly I did not see it in
my preliminary calculations during the game. Maybe I would have noticed it had
Nikolay repeated moves with Kg2, but I can't say so for sure! Nevertheless, ...
Rff3 seemed like a much more difficult tactic than the one I had to find in
the game:} 41. d7 Rxh3+ 42. Bxh3 Rxh3+ 43. Kxh3 f1=Q+ {and White gets mated
before he can promote.}) 39... Re1 40. Nc3 Nd2 {This was my 40th move, but I
was also quite certain that it would be the final move of the game since it
appears to win on the spot. If the King were on g2, then the Bishop would be
protected in all the ensuing variations. This was a cruicial win for my
tournament, as it gave me a chance to fight for first place in the last round
against Evgeny Bareev.} 0-1
merida
46

..

Author: John Upper
Posted: April 29, 2019, 6:48 pm

Round 2 of the 2019 Canadian Championship started at 10am, Friday April 19.
All games from the Zonal are replayable in the game viewer below.

One noteworthy round 2 pairing was between the #1 and #3 CFC-rated Canadian women: WFM Svitlana Demchenko vs WGM Qiyu Zhou. The two were Olympiad teammates in 2018, and members of the RA Chess Club until university intervened this past September. Svitlana's play has become noticably more attack-oriented since studying Judit Polgar's books; and here she commits to an objectively dubious attack... but one that requires cool and accurate defence...


2019 Canadian Zonal

April 18-22, 2019
Kingston, Ontario
Four Points Sheraton

Event: 9 round Swiss
TC: 40/90 + G/30 + 30s
Sections: Zonal; U2200; U1900; U1600


Links

Pairings and Results:

http://chess-results.com/tnr433422.aspx?lan=1

 

Live games


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 Round:  Result:
[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Chen, Richard"]
[Black "Yang, Kaiqi"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C54"]
[PlyCount "58"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

{[%evp 0,58,58,25,31,22,10,4,14,55,4,-13,3,2,27,24,24,16,20,16,16,13,16,12,28,
14,9,-9,-2,-2,16,13,9,-4,-3,-2,14,-27,3,-5,-18,-20,-47,-153,-167,-148,-154,
-165,-124,-141,-139,-133,-154,-285,-301,-320,-321,-413,-329,-1122,-1145]} 1. e4
{[%emt 0:00:01]} e5 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 2. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:11]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:00:
03]} 3. Bc4 {[%emt 0:00:11]} Bc5 {[%emt 0:00:06]} 4. c3 {[%emt 0:00:41]} Nf6 {
[%emt 0:00:04]} 5. d3 {[%emt 0:00:07]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:46]} 6. O-O {[%emt 0:01:
43]} d6 {[%emt 0:00:25]} 7. b4 {[%emt 0:01:38]} Bb6 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 8. a4 {
[%emt 0:00:07]} a5 {[%emt 0:01:15]} 9. b5 {[%emt 0:02:08]} Ne7 {[%emt 0:00:05]}
10. h3 {[%emt 0:01:27]} Ng6 {[%emt 0:01:24]} 11. Re1 {[%emt 0:01:31]} h6 {
[%emt 0:04:26]} 12. Be3 {[%emt 0:16:58]} Bxe3 {[%emt 0:07:37]} 13. Rxe3 {
[%emt 0:00:08]} Re8 {[%emt 0:09:20]} 14. Nbd2 {[%emt 0:09:49]} c6 {[%emt 0:14:
27]} 15. bxc6 {[%emt 0:07:06]} bxc6 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 16. Bb3 {[%emt 0:03:38]}
d5 {[%emt 0:04:37]} 17. Qc2 {[%emt 0:24:04]} Ra7 {[%emt 0:11:11]} 18. Nf1 {
[%emt 0:02:19]} c5 {[%emt 0:10:47]} 19. exd5 {[%emt 0:06:36]} Nxd5 {[%emt 0:00:
07]} 20. Ree1 {[%emt 0:01:41]} Ndf4 {[%emt 0:06:19]} 21. d4 {[%emt 0:03:27]}
cxd4 {[%emt 0:04:02]} 22. cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:10]} Rc7 {[%emt 0:02:03]} 23. Qb1 {
[%emt 0:14:18]} Bb7 {[%emt 0:05:26]} 24. d5 {[%emt 0:01:36]} Bxd5 {[%emt 0:02:
55]} 25. Bxd5 {[%emt 0:00:06]} Qxd5 {[%emt 0:00:07]} 26. Qf5 {[%emt 0:00:53]}
Nxg2 {[%emt 0:02:33]} 27. Red1 {[%emt 0:00:43]} Qa8 {[%emt 0:00:36]} 28. Qg4 {
[%emt 0:00:29]} N2f4 {[%emt 0:00:31]} 29. Ne3 {[%emt 0:00:07]} h5 {[%emt 0:00:
34]} 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.2"]
[White "Noritsyn, Nikolay"]
[Black "Findlay, Ian"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D05"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

{[%evp 0,73,31,19,27,27,29,9,34,18,21,12,16,4,46,40,41,45,58,66,63,75,55,43,46,
44,60,59,54,32,54,58,91,50,45,47,37,42,42,42,44,44,53,53,41,35,35,32,47,46,39,
45,36,45,45,45,45,32,69,37,146,148,147,129,121,121,121,136,168,168,337,347,329,
343,343,346]} 1. d4 {[%emt 0:00:05]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:45]} 2. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:
16]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:19]} 3. e3 {[%emt 0:03:33]} c5 {[%emt 0:01:04]} 4. Bd3 {
[%emt 0:00:56]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:00:22]} 5. O-O {[%emt 0:00:24]} d5 {[%emt 0:03:39]
} 6. b3 {[%emt 0:01:59]} Qc7 {[%emt 0:05:43]} 7. c4 {[%emt 0:03:25]} Be7 {
[%emt 0:02:53]} 8. cxd5 {[%emt 0:06:49]} exd5 {[%emt 0:05:54]} 9. dxc5 {
[%emt 0:00:58]} Bxc5 {[%emt 0:06:18]} 10. Bb2 {[%emt 0:00:31]} Qe7 {[%emt 0:08:
22]} 11. Nbd2 {[%emt 0:04:58]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:26]} 12. Bxf6 {[%emt 0:03:20]}
Qxf6 {[%emt 0:02:42]} 13. Bxh7+ {[%emt 0:00:58]} Kh8 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 14. Bd3 {
[%emt 0:00:22]} g6 {[%emt 0:00:12]} 15. e4 {[%emt 0:04:55]} Nb4 {[%emt 0:06:11]
} 16. Be2 {[%emt 0:08:36]} Be6 {[%emt 0:04:42]} 17. a3 {[%emt 0:06:13]} Nc6 {
[%emt 0:00:50]} 18. b4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Bb6 {[%emt 0:06:19]} 19. exd5 {[%emt 0:
09:05]} Bxd5 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 20. Bc4 {[%emt 0:00:21]} Rad8 {[%emt 0:02:11]}
21. Bxd5 {[%emt 0:03:26]} Rxd5 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 22. Qb3 {[%emt 0:05:38]} Rfd8 {
[%emt 0:00:58]} 23. Ne4 {[%emt 0:00:24]} Qf4 {[%emt 0:05:32]} 24. Rae1 {
[%emt 0:01:35]} Nd4 {[%emt 0:04:51]} 25. Nxd4 {[%emt 0:01:50]} Bxd4 {[%emt 0:
03:02]} 26. Ng3 {[%emt 0:09:49]} Bf6 {[%emt 0:09:31]} 27. Re4 {[%emt 0:02:08]}
Qd6 {[%emt 0:04:07]} 28. h4 {[%emt 0:04:23]} Kg8 {[%emt 0:00:59]} 29. h5 {
[%emt 0:08:25]} gxh5 {[%emt 0:01:24]} 30. Qf3 {[%emt 0:00:27]} Rd1 {[%emt 0:04:
18]} 31. Qxh5 {[%emt 0:01:40]} Rxf1+ {[%emt 0:00:11]} 32. Nxf1 {[%emt 0:00:04]}
Bg7 {[%emt 0:02:29]} 33. Rg4 {[%emt 0:01:18]} Qf6 {[%emt 0:05:40]} 34. Ne3 {
[%emt 0:01:08]} Kf8 {[%emt 0:01:11]} 35. Qc5+ {[%emt 0:00:46]} Qd6 {[%emt 0:00:
47]} 36. Qxd6+ {[%emt 0:00:27]} Rxd6 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 37. Rxg7 {[%emt 0:00:19]}
1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.3"]
[White "Rodrigue-Lemieux, Shawn"]
[Black "Hambleton, Aman"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B30"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

{[%evp 0,74,31,11,52,41,41,8,14,1,12,16,30,17,20,19,21,28,25,16,34,19,50,32,49,
62,68,27,32,22,30,11,8,21,21,8,8,31,115,11,15,15,2,2,2,11,-1,18,9,20,-7,2,10,0,
0,4,11,16,9,15,14,19,14,19,15,5,5,0,9,7,7,9,0,0,0,0,0]} 1. e4 {[%emt 0:00:04]}
c5 {[%emt 0:00:38]} 2. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:13]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:15]} 3. g3 {[%emt 0:
01:41]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:01:44]} 4. Bg2 {[%emt 0:00:17]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:38]} 5. d3
{[%emt 0:00:33]} d6 {[%emt 0:06:11]} 6. O-O {[%emt 0:00:19]} Be7 {[%emt 0:00:
06]} 7. b3 {[%emt 0:01:55]} O-O {[%emt 0:01:49]} 8. Bb2 {[%emt 0:04:04]} e5 {
[%emt 0:06:05]} 9. Re1 {[%emt 0:01:15]} Re8 {[%emt 0:04:50]} 10. Nbd2 {[%emt 0:
04:24]} Bf8 {[%emt 0:03:51]} 11. a4 {[%emt 0:01:56]} h6 {[%emt 0:02:14]} 12.
Nc4 {[%emt 0:03:27]} Be6 {[%emt 0:01:33]} 13. c3 {[%emt 0:10:57]} Rc8 {[%emt 0:
15:01]} 14. Rc1 {[%emt 0:18:17]} a6 {[%emt 0:06:06]} 15. Ncd2 {[%emt 0:05:35]}
b5 {[%emt 0:03:49]} 16. d4 {[%emt 0:04:18]} exd4 {[%emt 0:02:29]} 17. cxd4 {
[%emt 0:09:06]} Nb4 {[%emt 0:05:21]} 18. Bf1 {[%emt 0:07:53]} Rb8 {[%emt 0:09:
10]} 19. e5 {[%emt 0:03:50]} dxe5 {[%emt 0:03:39]} 20. dxc5 {[%emt 0:00:19]}
bxa4 {[%emt 0:05:08]} 21. Bxe5 {[%emt 0:03:18]} Rc8 {[%emt 0:07:08]} 22. bxa4 {
[%emt 0:01:45]} Rxc5 {[%emt 0:04:52]} 23. Rxc5 {[%emt 0:04:44]} Bxc5 {[%emt 0:
00:07]} 24. Bxf6 {[%emt 0:00:21]} Qxf6 {[%emt 0:02:23]} 25. Ne4 {[%emt 0:00:08]
} Qe7 {[%emt 0:00:06]} 26. Nxc5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Qxc5 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 27. Bh3
{[%emt 0:03:17]} Qc8 {[%emt 0:02:23]} 28. Bxe6 {[%emt 0:00:40]} Rxe6 {[%emt 0:
00:09]} 29. Rxe6 {[%emt 0:01:20]} Qxe6 {[%emt 0:01:45]} 30. Qd8+ {[%emt 0:00:
39]} Kh7 {[%emt 0:00:07]} 31. Qh4 {[%emt 0:00:53]} Qd5 {[%emt 0:04:57]} 32.
Qxb4 {[%emt 0:00:17]} Qxf3 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 33. Qd4 {[%emt 0:00:34]} Qf5 {
[%emt 0:01:22]} 34. h4 {[%emt 0:00:29]} h5 {[%emt 0:00:33]} 35. Kg2 {[%emt 0:
01:00]} f6 {[%emt 0:00:28]} 36. Qc4 {[%emt 0:00:43]} a5 {[%emt 0:00:27]} 37.
Qd4 {[%emt 0:00:12]} Kg6 {[%emt 0:00:33]} 1/2-1/2

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.4"]
[White "Samsonkin, Artiom"]
[Black "Doknjas, Joshua"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B53"]
[PlyCount "42"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

{[%evp 0,42,17,11,51,65,78,68,59,67,48,40,26,28,27,4,41,46,32,12,19,3,14,12,-3,
-5,53,8,-2,-18,-3,6,9,3,-2,-16,-16,-17,-17,-21,-17,-12,-28,-30,-40]} 1. e4 {
[%emt 0:00:01]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:08]} 2. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:13]} d6 {[%emt 0:00:09]}
3. d4 {[%emt 0:00:09]} cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:07]} 4. Qxd4 {[%emt 0:00:03]} Nf6 {
[%emt 0:00:09]} 5. Bg5 {[%emt 0:00:09]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:00:09]} 6. Bb5 {[%emt 0:
00:12]} Bd7 {[%emt 0:00:26]} 7. Bxc6 {[%emt 0:00:41]} Bxc6 {[%emt 0:00:15]} 8.
Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:06]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:18]} 9. O-O-O {[%emt 0:00:08]} Be7 {
[%emt 0:00:14]} 10. Rhe1 {[%emt 0:00:06]} h6 {[%emt 0:08:40]} 11. Bh4 {[%emt 0:
00:34]} O-O {[%emt 0:05:07]} 12. Kb1 {[%emt 0:00:18]} b5 {[%emt 0:03:39]} 13.
Bxf6 {[%emt 0:01:46]} Bxf6 {[%emt 0:03:38]} 14. Qxd6 {[%emt 0:00:06]} Qb6 {
[%emt 0:06:00] [#]} 15. Ne5 $146 {[%emt 0:01:41]} (15. e5 Rfd8 16. Qb4 a5 17.
Qf4 Be7 {½-½ (60) Zhigalko,S (2641)-Saric,I (2669) Riadh 2017}) 15... Bxe5 {
[%emt 0:06:21]} 16. Qxe5 {[%emt 0:00:11]} b4 {[%emt 0:00:39]} 17. Ne2 {[%emt 0:
00:49]} Qxf2 {[%emt 0:00:13]} 18. Nd4 {[%emt 0:00:09]} Bb7 {[%emt 0:06:06]} 19.
Re2 {[%emt 0:17:32]} Qh4 {[%emt 0:00:29]} 20. Nf3 {[%emt 0:19:57]} Qe7 {
[%emt 0:00:23]} 21. Rd4 {[%emt 0:18:32]} Rfd8 {[%emt 0:02:15]} 1/2-1/2

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.5"]
[White "Saha, Ananda"]
[Black "Thavandiran, Shiyam"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A49"]
[PlyCount "84"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. b3 Bg7 4. Bb2 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. d4 Nbd7 7. Nbd2 e5 8.
dxe5 Ng4 9. Nc4 Ndxe5 10. Nfxe5 Nxe5 11. Nxe5 Bxe5 12. Bxe5 dxe5 13. Qxd8 Rxd8
{9 exchanges in a row!} 14. Rd1 Rxd1+ 15. Kxd1 Kf8 16. Kc1 Ke7 17. Rd1 c6 18.
a4 a5 19. Kb2 Be6 20. Rd2 g5 21. Ka3 f5 22. b4 (22. c3 b5 23. axb5 cxb5 24. g4
fxg4) 22... e4 23. c3 b5 24. axb5 cxb5 25. g4 fxg4 26. bxa5 Rxa5+ 27. Kb4 Ra4+
(27... e3 28. fxe3) 28. Kxb5 e3 29. fxe3 Rc4 30. Bd5 Rxc3 31. Rd4 Bd7+ 32. Kb4
Rc1 33. Be4 h5 34. Rd5 Bc6 35. Rxg5 Bxe4 36. Rxh5 (36. Re5+) 36... Kf6 37. Rh4
Bf5 38. e4 Be6 39. Kb5 Rc2 40. e3 Ke5 41. Rh6 Rc3 42. Kb4 Rxe3 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.6"]
[White "Chiku-Ratte, Olivier Kenta"]
[Black "Javidfard, Amirsalar"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D38"]
[PlyCount "83"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. e3 c5 8.
Bd3 Qa5 9. Qc2 c4 10. Bf5 O-O 11. O-O g6 12. Bh3 Re8 13. Rac1 Bxc3 14. bxc3 Ne4
15. Bf4 Nb6 16. Bxc8 Raxc8 17. Nd2 Na4 18. Nxe4 dxe4 19. f3 f5 20. g4 Nb6 21.
Be5 Nd5 22. Qd2 Qd8 23. Rb1 b6 24. gxf5 Qg5+ 25. Kh1 Qxf5 26. f4 Qh3 27. Rbe1
Rf8 28. Rg1 Qf3+ 29. Rg2 b5 30. a3 a5 31. Kg1 b4 32. axb4 axb4 33. Rg3 Qh5 34.
cxb4 Qf5 35. Rg5 c3 36. Qc2 Qe6 37. Qxe4 c2 38. Rc1 Nc3 39. Qg2 Nd1 40. Rxc2
Nxe3 41. Qb7 Qf7 42. Qxc8 1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.7"]
[White "Kang, Dorian"]
[Black "Hua, Eugene"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B44"]
[PlyCount "90"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nb5 d6 6. N1c3 a6 7. Nd4 Nf6 8.
Be3 Be7 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O Bd7 11. f4 b5 12. a3 Rc8 13. Nb3 Qc7 14. g4 d5 15.
exd5 Nxd5 16. Nxd5 exd5 17. Qxd5 Bf6 18. Rab1 Rfe8 19. Qc5 Qb8 20. Rf2 Nd4 21.
Bxd4 Rxc5 22. Bxc5 Bh4 23. Rbf1 Bxf2+ 24. Rxf2 Be6 25. Nd4 Qc8 26. Nxe6 Rxe6
27. b4 Rxe2 28. Rxe2 Qxg4+ 29. Kf2 Qxf4+ 30. Ke1 h5 31. Kd1 Qf3 32. Be3 Qd5+
33. Ke1 g5 34. Rf2 Kg7 35. c3 Kg6 36. Bd4 f5 37. Re2 h4 38. Kf2 Qh1 39. Ke3 f4+
40. Kd3 Qd1+ 41. Rd2 Qf3+ 42. Kc2 g4 43. Rf2 Qe4+ 44. Kd2 f3 45. Rf1 Qe2+ 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.8"]
[White "Plotkin, Mark"]
[Black "Rusonik, Max"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A46"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. c3 e6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nbd2 cxd4 6. cxd4 d5 7. e3 Nc6 8. a3
O-O 9. Bd3 h6 10. Bh4 b6 11. Rc1 Bb7 12. O-O Nb8 13. Ne5 Ba6 14. Nc6 Qe8 15.
Bxa6 Nxa6 16. Bg3 Nd7 17. e4 Nab8 18. exd5 exd5 19. Nxe7+ Qxe7 20. Re1 Qf6 21.
Qg4 h5 22. Qxh5 Qxd4 23. Nf3 Nf6 24. Qxf7+ Rxf7 25. Nxd4 Nbd7 26. b4 Ne4 27. f3
Nxg3 28. hxg3 Rff8 29. Rc7 Rad8 30. Re7 Rf7 31. Rxf7 Kxf7 32. Nc6 1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.9"]
[White "Gentes, Kevin"]
[Black "Plotkin, Victor"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C43"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. dxe5 d5 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Qe2 Nc5 7. Bg5 Be7 8.
Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Bb5 Bg4 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. Bxc6 bxc6 12. O-O Rfe8 13. Qe3 Ne6 14.
Rfe1 c5 15. c4 c6 16. Rac1 Rab8 17. Nb3 h6 18. h3 Bh5 19. Nh2 (19. Kh2 g5)
19... g5 20. Ng4 Bxg4 21. hxg4 d4 22. Qe4 Qd7 23. g3 a5 24. Rc2 a4 25. Nc1 Re7
26. Nd3 Rbe8 27. f4 Nf8 28. f5 f6 29. Rf2 Rxe5 30. Nxe5 Rxe5 31. Qb1 Qe7 32.
Rxe5 Qxe5 33. Qd3 Nd7 34. Re2 Qb8 {Flag} 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.10"]
[White "Tanaka, Tyler"]
[Black "Zhang, Kevin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B67"]
[PlyCount "98"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8.
O-O-O Bd7 9. f4 h6 10. Bh4 Be7 11. Nf3 b5 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Kb1 b4 14. Ne2 a5
15. Ned4 Qb6 16. Bb5 Nb8 17. Qd3 Ra7 18. f5 e5 19. Bxd7+ Rxd7 20. Ne2 Na6 21.
Nd2 Nc5 22. Qd5 Qb7 23. Qxb7 Rxb7 24. Ng3 Kd7 25. Nb3 Nxb3 26. axb3 Ra8 27. Ne2
Bd8 28. Rd5 Bc7 29. Nc1 Kc6 30. c3 Rg8 31. g3 Rg4 32. Re1 Rxe4 33. Rxd6+ Bxd6
34. Rxe4 Kd5 35. Rh4 e4 36. Kc2 bxc3 37. bxc3 Bf8 38. Ne2 Ke5 39. c4 a4 40. Nc3
axb3+ 41. Kb2 Kxf5 42. Rf4+ Kg6 43. Rg4+ Kh7 44. Nxe4 Bg7 45. Nd6 Rb8 46. c5
Bf8 47. Rc4 Kg6 48. Rg4+ Kh7 49. Rc4 Kg6 1/2-1/2

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.11"]
[White "Bareev, Evgeny"]
[Black "Huang, Qiuyu"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A87"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. c4 f5 2. d4 Nf6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. b4 a5 7. b5 d6 8. Bb2 h6
9. Qc2 Qe8 10. Nbd2 g5 11. d5 Nbd7 12. Qxf5 Nxd5 13. Qc2 Bxb2 14. Qxb2 N5f6 15.
O-O e5 16. Ne1 Qh5 17. f3 Nc5 18. Nd3 Nfd7 19. Nxc5 Nxc5 20. b6 c6 21. Nb3 Nd7
22. Rfd1 a4 23. Nc1 Qg6 24. Nd3 Qe6 25. Rac1 Ra6 26. c5 d5 27. a3 d4 28. f4
exf4 29. Qxd4 fxg3 30. hxg3 Nf6 31. Ne5 Ng4 32. Nc4 Ra8 33. Rf1 Bd7 34. Bf3 Nf6
35. Nd6 Qh3 36. Bg2 Qe6 37. Nxb7 Rae8 38. Nd6 Qe3+ 39. Qxe3 Rxe3 40. b7 Rb3 41.
Rf3 Rxf3 42. Bxf3 Rb8 43. Rb1 Ne8 44. Nc4 Nc7 45. Ne5 1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.12"]
[White "Tremblay, Rejean"]
[Black "Vettese, Nicholas"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B94"]
[PlyCount "99"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Qe2 Qa5 8.
f4 e5 9. Nb3 Qc7 10. Nd5 Nxd5 11. exd5 b5 12. O-O-O h6 13. Bh4 g5 14. fxg5 Be7
15. Be1 hxg5 16. Ba5 Qa7 17. g3 f5 18. Bg2 Nf6 19. Bd2 Rg8 20. Na5 Qc5 21. Nc6
Qc4 22. Qxc4 bxc4 23. Na5 f4 24. Rde1 Bg4 25. Nxc4 f3 26. Bf1 Nxd5 27. Nxe5
dxe5 28. Bc4 Nf6 29. Bxg8 Nxg8 30. Rxe5 Bh3 31. Be3 O-O-O 32. Rd1 Rf8 33. Bf2
Rf7 34. Rd3 Nh6 35. Ree3 Bg2 36. Re6 Bf8 37. Re8+ Kb7 38. Rdd8 Ng4 39. Bd4 Bg7
40. Rb8+ Kc6 41. Rbc8+ Kd6 42. Bc5+ Kd5 43. c4+ Kxc4 44. Re4+ Kd3 45. Rxg4 f2
46. Rd8+ Ke2 47. Rd2+ Ke1 {[#]} 48. Rc4 Bxb2+ 49. Rxb2 a5 50. Kb1 1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.13"]
[White "Demchenko, Svitlana"]
[Black "Zhou, Qiyu"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C54"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[PlyCount "78"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

{[%evp 0,78,28,36,10,29,38,21,21,17,-2,11,19,10,25,-31,-7,-20,-3,4,38,-3,41,
-32,16,11,7,19,91,18,20,-4,-9,-43,-65,-233,-210,-210,-191,-230,-66,-276,-269,
-204,-209,-225,-233,-230,-222,-246,-192,-200,-220,-449,-463,-519,-1025,-1412,
-776,-575,-561,-692,-692,-906,-933,-950,-950,-1038,-1041,-1041,-996,-1041,-985,
-1002,-950,-1224,-1030,-1122,-1117,-1144,-1132]} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5
4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 a6 6. O-O O-O 7. Re1 Ba7 8. a4 d6 9. h3 b5 10. Bb3 h6 11. Nbd2
Ne7 12. d4 Ng6 13. Nf1 Re8 14. Ng3 Bb7 15. d5 (15. Bc2 Bb6 16. Bd3 d5 $11 {
0-1 (45) Petrosian,T (2615)-Naroditsky,D (2626) Saint Louis 2017}) 15... c6 16.
Nf5 cxd5 17. Bxh6 $6 {The computer rates this as losing, but it does require
good defence from Black, and Black plays the next moves with engine-like
accuracy.} gxh6 18. Nxh6+ Kf8 19. Ng5 Nxe4 $1 20. Nh7+ Kg7 $8 21. Nf5+ Kxh7 22.
Qh5+ Kg8 23. Rxe4 $1 Qf6 $1 (23... dxe4 $4 24. Qxg6+ Kh8 25. Qg7#) 24. Rg4 e4
$1 25. Rg5 Re5 $1 26. g4 e3 $1 27. Bc2 exf2+ 28. Kh2 Re2 (28... f1=N+ $3 29.
Rxf1 Re2+ 30. Kh1 d4+ {forces mate.}) 29. Rf1 Rxc2 30. Nh6+ Kg7 31. Nf5+ Kf8
32. Qh6+ Ke8 33. Ng7+ Kd7 34. Rf5 Qe7 35. Nh5 Be3 36. Qg7 Rf8 37. Nf6+ Kc8 38.
Nh5 d4 39. cxd4 Qe4 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.14"]
[White "Desforges, Jean"]
[Black "Li, William"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E15"]
[PlyCount "110"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb7 6. Bg2 Bb4+ 7. Bd2 c5 8. O-O
O-O 9. Nc3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Bxg2 11. Kxg2 a6 12. Qc2 Be7 13. Rad1 Qc8 14. e4 Qb7
15. f3 d6 16. Be3 Nbd7 17. Rc1 Rfe8 18. Rfd1 d5 19. exd5 exd5 20. Nf5 dxc4 21.
bxc4 Ba3 22. Rb1 g6 23. Bc1 Bc5 24. Nd6 Bxd6 25. Rxd6 Qc7 26. Rd4 Qc5 27. Qd1
Re1 28. Qxe1 Qxd4 29. Ne4 Nxe4 30. Qxe4 Qxe4 31. fxe4 Rc8 32. Be3 Rxc4 33. Bxb6
Nxb6 34. Rxb6 Rc2+ 35. Kf3 Rxa2 36. Kf4 Kg7 37. g4 Rf2+ 38. Ke3 Rf6 39. Rb7 g5
40. Ra7 Rb6 41. e5 Kg6 42. Ra8 f6 43. exf6 Kxf6 44. Ke4 Rb4+ 45. Kd5 Rxg4 46.
Rxa6+ Kg7 47. Ke5 Rf4 48. Rb6 h5 49. Rb7+ Kf8 50. Rb8+ Kf7 51. Rb7+ Kg6 52.
Rb6+ Kg7 53. Rb7+ Rf7 54. Rxf7+ Kxf7 55. Kf5 h4 1/2-1/2

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.15"]
[White "Gordon, David"]
[Black "Chen, Max"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A45"]
[PlyCount "147"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. e4 Be7 4. Nd2 d5 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. c3 c5 8. a3
Nc6 9. Ngf3 O-O 10. Bd3 f6 11. O-O fxe5 12. Nxe5 Ndxe5 13. dxe5 Nxe5 14. Bxh7+
Kxh7 15. Qh5+ Kg8 16. Qxe5 Qf6 17. Rae1 b6 18. f4 Ba6 19. Rf3 Rae8 20. g3 Qg6
21. Rfe3 Qc2 22. Nf3 Qxb2 23. Qh5 Qc2 24. Ng5 Bd3 {[#]} 25. Rxd3 Qxd3 26. Re5
Re7 27. f5 Qb1+ 28. Kg2 Qc2+ 29. Kh3 g6 30. Qxg6+ Rg7 31. Qxe6+ Kh8 32. Qh6+
Kg8 33. f6 Rh7 34. Nxh7 Qxh7 35. Qxh7+ Kxh7 36. Rxd5 Kg6 37. Rd7 a5 38. f7 Rb8
39. Rc7 Kg7 40. a4 Rh8+ 41. Kg2 Rd8 42. Rb7 Rd2+ 43. Kh3 Rb2 44. g4 Rb3 45. Kh4
Rxc3 46. Rxb6 Kxf7 47. Ra6 c4 48. Rxa5 Ra3 49. Ra6 c3 50. Rc6 Ra2 51. h3 c2 52.
a5 Kg7 53. a6 Kg8 54. a7 Rxa7 55. Rxc2 Rh7+ 56. Kg3 Rf7 57. Rc6 Kg7 58. Ra6 Rb7
59. Kh4 Rc7 60. Kh5 Rc5+ 61. g5 Rc7 62. h4 Rb7 63. Rd6 Ra7 64. Rd4 Ra6 65. Rd7+
Kg8 66. g6 Ra4 67. Kg5 Rb4 68. h5 Rb8 69. h6 Rb5+ 70. Kf6 Rb6+ 71. Kf5 Rb5+ 72.
Ke6 Rb6+ 73. Rd6 Rb8 74. Ke7 1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.16"]
[White "Munro, Allan"]
[Black "Dukic, Zachary"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C84"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. O-O Be7 7. Re1 b5 8. Bb3
d6 9. Bd5 Nxd5 10. exd5 Ne5 11. Nxd4 Bd7 12. Nc3 b4 13. Nce2 O-O 14. Ng3 Re8
15. b3 Qb8 16. Bb2 Qb7 17. f4 Ng6 18. Ndf5 Bf8 19. Qd2 Bxf5 20. Nxf5 Ne7 21.
Rxe7 Rxe7 22. Nxe7+ Bxe7 23. Re1 Bf8 24. Re4 Qb6+ 25. Qd4 c5 26. dxc6 Qxc6 27.
Qc4 Qb6+ 28. Bd4 Qa5 29. Re1 Qf5 30. Qxb4 Qxc2 31. Qa5 Rc8 32. h3 Qd3 33. Bf2
d5 34. Qb6 Qd2 35. Qd4 Qxa2 36. Qxd5 a5 37. Bb6 Bb4 38. Qd7 Rf8 39. Re3 Qa1+
40. Kh2 Qf6 41. Bc7 1/2-1/2

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.17"]
[White "Masse, Hugues"]
[Black "Wiebe, Isaac"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C18"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qa5 7. Bd2 Qa4 8. Nf3
Nc6 9. Qb1 c4 10. Be2 Nge7 11. O-O b6 12. Qc1 Bd7 13. g3 h6 14. Nh4 O-O-O 15.
Ng2 Kb7 16. Nf4 Nc8 17. Nh5 Rhg8 18. Kh1 b5 19. f4 Nb6 20. g4 Ne7 21. Qb1 Rdf8
22. Bf3 Qa5 23. Qb4 Qxb4 24. axb4 Be8 25. Rae1 Bd7 26. Bg2 Ra8 27. Bh3 a5 28.
bxa5 Rxa5 29. f5 Ra2 30. Rc1 Nc6 31. fxe6 Bxe6 32. Nf4 Re8 33. Nxe6 fxe6 34. g5
hxg5 35. Rf7+ Ka6 36. Rxg7 b4 37. cxb4 Nxd4 38. b5+ Nxb5 39. Bxg5 Nd4 40. Be3
Nxc2 41. Bxb6 Kxb6 42. Rg2 Nb4 43. Rg6 Kc5 44. Rxe6 Rh8 45. Bg2 Nd3 46. Kg1 Rg8
0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston, ON"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "2.18"]
[White "Yao, Houji"]
[Black "Noritsyn, Sergey"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B92"]
[PlyCount "120"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.19"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Be3
Be6 9. Nd5 Nbd7 10. Qd3 Bxd5 11. exd5 O-O 12. c4 Nc5 13. Qd2 Nfe4 14. Qb4 f5
15. O-O Qd7 16. f3 Nxb3 17. Qxb3 Nf6 18. a4 f4 19. Bb6 Kh8 20. a5 Nh5 21. Bd3
g5 22. Qa4 Qc8 23. b4 g4 24. Qc2 Nf6 25. Bf5 Qe8 26. fxg4 Qf7 27. Ra3 Rg8 28.
Qe2 Rg7 29. Bf2 Rf8 30. Rh3 h5 31. gxh5 Nxd5 32. Bg6 f3 33. Rxf3 Nf4 34. Qe4
Qe6 35. Bg3 Nxg6 36. hxg6 Rxf3 37. Rxf3 Qxg6 38. Qxg6 Rxg6 39. Rf5 Kg8 40. Kf2
Rg4 41. c5 Rxb4 42. cxd6 Bxd6 43. Ke3 Rb5 44. Ke4 Rxa5 45. Bxe5 Bxe5 46. Rxe5
Ra2 47. Rg5+ Kf7 48. Kd3 Kf6 49. h4 Ra3+ 50. Kc2 b5 51. Rg8 Kf7 52. Rg5 Kf6 53.
Rg8 b4 54. h5 Kf7 55. Rg4 Rc3+ 56. Kb2 a5 57. h6 Rc6 58. Rg7+ Kf8 59. Ra7 Rxh6
60. Rxa5 Rg6 1/2-1/2
merida
46

..

 

Author: John Upper
Posted: April 20, 2019, 3:39 am

The 2019 Canadian Championship (Zonal 2.2) kicked off in Kingston with 3 GMs, 3 IMs, 12 FMs, and one big upset....

CM Joshua Doknjas defeated top seed GM Evgeny Bareev on board 1.

 

All games from round 1 of the Zonal section are viewable in the game player below. Be sure to check out Josh's win on board 1 -- especially if your first reaction is to suspect it was luck win due to a blunder (it was not) -- and the crazy game between William Li and Mark Plotkin, which ended in a N+B v K mate.

Links

 

Photos and more coming soon...


..

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 Round:  Result:
[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Doknjas, Joshua"]
[Black "Bareev, Evgeny"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B06"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. e4 {[%emt 0:00:04]} d6 {[%emt 0:00:17]} 2. d4 {[%emt 0:00:11]} g6 {[%emt 0:00:06]}
3. Nc3 {[%emt 0:01:29]} Bg7 {[%emt 0:00:51]} 4. Be3 {[%emt 0:02:13]} a6 {
[%emt 0:00:07]} 5. h4 {[%emt 0:00:09]} h5 {[%emt 0:01:47]} 6. Nh3 {[%emt 0:00:
30]} Nd7 {[%emt 0:06:21]} 7. Ng5 e6 {[%emt 0:03:19]} 8. Bc4 {[%emt 0:15:56]}
Qe7 {[%emt 0:00:21]} 9. a4 {[%emt 0:04:21]} Ngf6 {[%emt 0:09:39]} 10. Qd2 {
[%emt 0:06:30]} b6 {[%emt 0:05:56]} 11. d5 {[%emt 0:10:49]} e5 {[%emt 0:15:14]}
12. f3 {[%emt 0:00:23]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:43]} 13. Qe2 {[%emt 0:15:25]} Bb7 {
[%emt 0:13:48]} 14. Rd1 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nc5 {[%emt 0:02:41]} 15. b3 {[%emt 0:
06:39]} Bc8 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 16. b4 {[%emt 0:05:20]} Ncd7 {[%emt 0:01:21]} 17.
a5 {[%emt 0:02:23]} Bb7 {[%emt 0:08:53]} 18. Qf2 {[%emt 0:02:53]} Rac8 {
[%emt 0:03:08]} 19. Bb3 {[%emt 0:00:22]} b5 {[%emt 0:06:25]} 20. Qd2 {[%emt 0:
00:05]} Nh7 {[%emt 0:01:05]} 21. Ne2 {[%emt 0:04:40]} f5 {[%emt 0:06:55]} 22.
Ne6 {[%emt 0:00:55]} fxe4 {[%emt 0:00:32]} 23. Nxf8 {[%emt 0:04:00]} Rxf8 {
[%emt 0:00:34]} 24. fxe4 {[%emt 0:01:37]} Ndf6 {[%emt 0:00:11]} 25. O-O {
[%emt 0:04:08]} Nxe4 {[%emt 0:00:47]} 26. Rxf8+ {[%emt 0:00:07]} Bxf8 {[%emt 0:
02:22]} 27. Qe1 {[%emt 0:00:43]} Bc8 {[%emt 0:03:47]} 28. c4 {[%emt 0:00:36]}
Bd7 {[%emt 0:02:19]} 29. Bc2 {[%emt 0:00:46]} Nef6 {[%emt 0:00:41]} 30. cxb5 {
[%emt 0:02:51]} Ng4 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 31. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:31]} axb5 {[%emt 0:03:
12]} 32. Bxg6 {[%emt 0:00:58]} Nhf6 {[%emt 0:02:11]} 33. a6 {[%emt 0:00:31]}
1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "1.2"]
[White "Yang, Kaiqi"]
[Black "Gordon, David"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E06"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "91"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. c4 {[%emt 0:00:03]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:14]} 2. g3 {
[%emt 0:00:16]} d5 {[%emt 0:00:09]} 3. Bg2 {[%emt 0:00:18]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:15]
} 4. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:09]} Be7 {[%emt 0:00:29]} 5. d4 {[%emt 0:00:40]} O-O {
[%emt 0:00:15]} 6. Nc3 {[%emt 0:01:27]} dxc4 {[%emt 0:02:22]} 7. Ne5 {[%emt 0:
00:24]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:46]} 8. dxc5 {[%emt 0:01:06]} Qxd1+ {[%emt 0:00:54]} 9.
Nxd1 {[%emt 0:00:38]} Bxc5 {[%emt 0:00:59]} 10. Nc3 {[%emt 0:03:29]} Nc6 {
[%emt 0:10:48]} 11. Nxc4 {[%emt 0:10:21]} Bd7 {[%emt 0:06:34]} 12. Bf4 {
[%emt 0:03:02]} Nd4 {[%emt 0:18:14]} 13. Bxb7 {[%emt 0:13:34]} Nc2+ {[%emt 0:
01:21]} 14. Kd2 {[%emt 0:00:13]} Nxa1 {[%emt 0:00:14]} 15. Bxa8 {[%emt 0:02:42]
} Rxa8 {[%emt 0:08:13]} 16. Rxa1 {[%emt 0:00:20]} Bb4 {[%emt 0:08:47]} 17. f3 {
[%emt 0:10:56]} Bb5 {[%emt 0:05:37]} 18. Ne5 {[%emt 0:05:10]} Rd8+ {[%emt 0:09:
14]} 19. Ke1 {[%emt 0:06:26]} Nd5 {[%emt 0:04:21]} 20. Bd2 {[%emt 0:02:00]}
Nxc3 {[%emt 0:05:58]} 21. Bxc3 {[%emt 0:01:12]} Be7 {[%emt 0:02:22]} 22. a4 {
[%emt 0:04:47]} Be8 {[%emt 0:00:18]} 23. Nd3 {[%emt 0:02:23]} f6 {[%emt 0:00:
57]} 24. b4 {[%emt 0:01:41]} Rc8 {[%emt 0:02:59]} 25. Kd2 {[%emt 0:03:45]} Kf7
{[%emt 0:01:09]} 26. b5 {[%emt 0:02:58]} Rc4 {[%emt 0:00:18]} 27. Kc2 {[%emt 0:
04:57]} Bd6 {[%emt 0:00:13]} 28. Kb3 {[%emt 0:00:18]} Rc7 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 29.
Bb4 {[%emt 0:01:32]} Ke7 {[%emt 0:00:12]} 30. Rc1 {[%emt 0:03:54]} Rxc1 {
[%emt 0:02:41]} 31. Nxc1 {[%emt 0:00:03]} e5 {[%emt 0:00:14]} 32. Nd3 {[%emt 0:
01:29]} Bf7+ {[%emt 0:00:16]} 33. Kc3 {[%emt 0:00:04]} Kd7 {[%emt 0:03:08]} 34.
Bxd6 {[%emt 0:01:06]} Kxd6 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 35. Kb4 {[%emt 0:01:29]} g5 {
[%emt 0:03:47]} 36. e3 {[%emt 0:08:15]} Kd5 {[%emt 0:02:06]} 37. Nc5 {[%emt 0:
01:14]} h5 {[%emt 0:01:38]} 38. Ne4 {[%emt 0:02:00]} Ke6 {[%emt 0:00:41]} 39.
Kc5 {[%emt 0:00:15]} Bg6 {[%emt 0:00:25]} 40. Nc3 {[%emt 0:01:44]} f5 {[%emt 0:
00:35]} 41. a5 {[%emt 0:00:57]} f4 {[%emt 0:01:19]} 42. exf4 {[%emt 0:00:27]}
exf4 {[%emt 0:00:23]} 43. gxf4 {[%emt 0:00:11]} gxf4 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 44. Nd5 {
[%emt 0:00:50]} Ke5 {[%emt 0:00:20]} 45. b6 {[%emt 0:00:19]} axb6+ {[%emt 0:00:
18]} 46. axb6 {[%emt 0:01:05]} 1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "1.3"]
[White "Dukic, Zachary"]
[Black "Noritsyn, Nikolay"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B05"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. e4 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:54]} 2. e5 {[%emt 0:00:07]} Nd5 {
[%emt 0:00:05]} 3. d4 {[%emt 0:00:06]} d6 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 4. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:
04]} Bg4 {[%emt 0:00:15]} 5. Be2 {[%emt 0:00:11]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:15]} 6. O-O {
[%emt 0:02:03]} Be7 {[%emt 0:00:17]} 7. c4 {[%emt 0:08:02]} Nb6 {[%emt 0:00:19]
} 8. Be3 {[%emt 0:00:16]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:09:43]} 9. Nbd2 {[%emt 0:05:54]} O-O {
[%emt 0:01:29]} 10. a3 {[%emt 0:03:26]} dxe5 {[%emt 0:08:59]} 11. dxe5 {
[%emt 0:01:14]} Nd7 {[%emt 0:01:11]} 12. Bf4 {[%emt 0:02:10]} f6 {[%emt 0:01:
17]} 13. exf6 {[%emt 0:15:46]} Bxf6 {[%emt 0:00:41]} 14. Bg3 {[%emt 0:01:31]}
Bf5 {[%emt 0:11:53]} 15. Ra2 {[%emt 0:09:45]} e5 {[%emt 0:03:32]} 16. b4 {
[%emt 0:04:29]} e4 {[%emt 0:01:01]} 17. Ne1 {[%emt 0:00:05]} a5 {[%emt 0:00:56]
} 18. b5 {[%emt 0:01:08]} Nd4 {[%emt 0:00:38]} 19. Bg4 {[%emt 0:00:08]} Nc5 {
[%emt 0:06:38]} 20. Bxf5 {[%emt 0:11:57]} Nxf5 {[%emt 0:00:29]} 21. Qg4 {
[%emt 0:02:15]} Nxg3 {[%emt 0:05:41]} 22. Qxg3 {[%emt 0:02:57]} a4 {[%emt 0:18:
09]} 23. Qe3 {[%emt 0:02:04]} Bd4 {[%emt 0:00:42]} 24. Qe2 {[%emt 0:05:37]}
Rxf2 {[%emt 0:00:40]} 25. Rxf2 {[%emt 0:00:07]} e3 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 26. Nef3 {
[%emt 0:02:00]} exf2+ {[%emt 0:00:12]} 27. Kf1 {[%emt 0:03:26]} Bf6 {[%emt 0:
04:53]} 28. Ne4 {[%emt 0:04:41]} Nb3 {[%emt 0:05:32]} 29. Nxf2 {[%emt 0:06:12]}
Qd7 {[%emt 0:02:52]} 30. Rc2 {[%emt 0:00:53]} Re8 {[%emt 0:01:55]} 31. Qd3 {
[%emt 0:00:51]} Qxd3+ {[%emt 0:03:57]} 32. Nxd3 Re3 {[%emt 0:00:15]} 33. Nfe1 {
[%emt 0:00:33]} Re4 {[%emt 0:05:45]} 34. c5 {[%emt 0:01:40]} Be7 {[%emt 0:00:
30]} 35. Kf2 {[%emt 0:01:19]} Rd4 {[%emt 0:01:49]} 36. Ke2 {[%emt 0:02:55]} Rd5
{[%emt 0:00:55]} 37. Rc4 {[%emt 0:01:51]} Nxc5 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.19"]
[Round "1.4"]
[White "Hambleton, Aman"]
[Black "Masse, Hugues"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D02"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "133"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. d4 {[%emt 0:00:02]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:12]} 2. Bf4 {
[%emt 0:00:07]} e6 {[%emt 0:01:20]} 3. e3 {[%emt 0:00:07]} d5 {[%emt 0:01:40]}
4. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:19]} Bd6 {[%emt 0:01:55]} 5. Nbd2 {[%emt 0:00:21]} b6 {
[%emt 0:07:18]} 6. Bd3 {[%emt 0:01:12]} Bb7 {[%emt 0:05:26]} 7. O-O {[%emt 0:
03:55]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:16]} 8. c3 {[%emt 0:00:19]} c5 {[%emt 0:04:10]} 9. Bxd6
{[%emt 0:03:16]} Qxd6 {[%emt 0:00:39]} 10. Ne5 {[%emt 0:00:10]} Ba6 {[%emt 0:
12:45]} 11. Bxa6 {[%emt 0:06:07]} Nxa6 {[%emt 0:00:49]} 12. f4 {[%emt 0:00:08]}
Nb8 {[%emt 0:03:20]} 13. Rf3 {[%emt 0:00:40]} Nbd7 {[%emt 0:16:28]} 14. Rh3 {
[%emt 0:02:58]} Qe7 {[%emt 0:03:47]} 15. Qf3 {[%emt 0:10:28]} g6 {[%emt 0:03:
21]} 16. g4 {[%emt 0:06:51]} cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:31]} 17. exd4 {[%emt 0:03:36]}
Ne8 {[%emt 0:05:26]} 18. Re1 {[%emt 0:04:42]} Nxe5 {[%emt 0:11:26]} 19. fxe5 {
[%emt 0:01:35]} f6 {[%emt 0:03:00]} 20. exf6 {[%emt 0:00:11]} Qxf6 {[%emt 0:02:
49]} 21. Qe3 {[%emt 0:02:53]} Nc7 {[%emt 0:00:25]} 22. Nf3 {[%emt 0:03:13]} Qf4
{[%emt 0:01:30]} 23. Ne5 {[%emt 0:01:53]} Qxe3+ {[%emt 0:03:09]} 24. Rhxe3 {
[%emt 0:00:20]} g5 {[%emt 0:00:42]} 25. Kg2 {[%emt 0:00:33]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:01:
29]} 26. Kg3 {[%emt 0:00:22]} h6 {[%emt 0:02:28]} 27. a4 {[%emt 0:02:25]} Rad8
{[%emt 0:03:27]} 28. a5 {[%emt 0:02:49]} bxa5 {[%emt 0:01:08]} 29. Ra1 {
[%emt 0:00:30]} a6 {[%emt 0:01:42]} 30. Rxa5 {[%emt 0:06:29]} Rd6 {[%emt 0:00:
49]} 31. Nd3 {[%emt 0:04:24]} Rc6 {[%emt 0:02:02]} 32. Ra1 {[%emt 0:04:53]} Rb6
{[%emt 0:00:12]} 33. h4 {[%emt 0:01:44]} gxh4+ {[%emt 0:00:51]} 34. Kxh4 {
[%emt 0:00:02]} Rf6 {[%emt 0:00:29]} 35. Kg3 {[%emt 0:02:48]} Rf8 {[%emt 0:00:
37]} 36. Re2 {[%emt 0:00:37]} Rd6 {[%emt 0:00:29]} 37. Rh1 {[%emt 0:01:53]} Rf6
{[%emt 0:00:32]} 38. Nf4 {[%emt 0:00:37]} Kg8 {[%emt 0:00:17]} 39. Reh2 {
[%emt 0:00:16]} Rb6 {[%emt 0:00:29]} 40. g5 {[%emt 0:00:16]} Rf5 {[%emt 0:00:
43]} 41. Rxh6 {[%emt 0:10:55]} Rxg5+ {[%emt 0:02:56]} 42. Kf3 {[%emt 0:03:15]}
Rxb2 {[%emt 0:09:02]} 43. Rh8+ {[%emt 0:22:20]} Kf7 {[%emt 0:00:10]} 44. Rd8 {
[%emt 0:01:24]} Ke7 {[%emt 0:09:34]} 45. Rc8 {[%emt 0:01:07]} Ne8 {[%emt 0:04:
23]} 46. Rh7+ {[%emt 0:00:42]} Ng7 {[%emt 0:00:16]} 47. Rc7+ {[%emt 0:00:14]}
Kd6 {[%emt 0:02:42]} 48. Rhxg7 {[%emt 0:00:47]} Rxg7 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 49. Rxg7
{[%emt 0:00:08]} Rc2 {[%emt 0:00:39]} 50. Ne2 {[%emt 0:01:49]} a5 {[%emt 0:00:
03]} 51. Ra7 {[%emt 0:00:16]} Ra2 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 52. Ke3 {[%emt 0:01:15]} a4
{[%emt 0:00:08]} 53. Kd3 {[%emt 0:04:29]} Ra1 {[%emt 0:02:56]} 54. Nf4 {
[%emt 0:01:00]} a3 {[%emt 0:00:34]} 55. Ra6+ {[%emt 0:00:30]} Ke7 {[%emt 0:01:
15]} 56. Kc2 {[%emt 0:01:25]} a2 {[%emt 0:01:46]} 57. Nd3 {[%emt 0:01:58]} Kf6
{[%emt 0:01:21]} 58. Kb2 {[%emt 0:01:18]} Rd1 {[%emt 0:00:23]} 59. Nc5 {
[%emt 0:00:19]} Rd2+ {[%emt 0:01:15]} 60. Kb3 {[%emt 0:00:23]} Kf5 {[%emt 0:00:
15]} 61. Rxa2 {[%emt 0:01:07]} Rxa2 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 62. Kxa2 {[%emt 0:00:31]}
e5 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 63. dxe5 {[%emt 0:02:00]} Kxe5 {[%emt 0:00:07]} 64. Nd3+ {
[%emt 0:01:08]} Ke4 {[%emt 0:00:25]} 65. Nb4 {[%emt 0:00:09]} Ke5 {[%emt 0:00:
41]} 66. Kb3 {[%emt 0:00:08]} d4 {[%emt 0:00:37]} 67. Nc6+ {[%emt 0:00:10]} 1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.5"]
[White "Noritsyn, Sergey"]
[Black "Samsonkin, Artiom"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B51"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. O-O a6 5. Bd3 Ngf6 6. Re1 g6 7. c3 Bg7 8. Bc2
O-O 9. d4 cxd4 10. cxd4 b5 11. a4 Bb7 12. Qe2 Qc7 13. Bd3 b4 14. Bd2 a5 15. Rc1
Qb8 16. Be1 e5 17. dxe5 dxe5 18. Nbd2 Qa7 19. Nb3 Rac8 20. Bd2 Qa8 21. Re1 Rfd8
22. Rac1 Rxc1 23. Bxc1 Bc6 24. Bb5 Bxe4 25. Bg5 Bd5 26. Bxd7 Rxd7 27. Nxe5 Re7
28. Nd4 Rxe5 29. Qxe5 Ne4 30. Rxe4 Bxe5 31. Rxe5 Kg7 32. h4 Bxg2 33. h5 h6 34.
Be3 Bh1 35. Kf1 Be4 36. Nb3 Bd3+ 37. Ke1 gxh5 38. Bd4 Kg6 39. Nc5 Bf5 40. Re3
h4 41. Nb3 Qd5 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.6"]
[White "Thavandiran, Shiyam"]
[Black "Tremblay, Rejean"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B70"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "105"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. a4 Nc6 7. Be2 Bd7 8. O-O
g6 9. Be3 Bg7 10. Qd2 O-O 11. Rfd1 b5 12. axb5 Nxd4 13. Bxd4 axb5 14. Rxa8 Qxa8
15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. Nd5 Bc6 17. Nxf6+ exf6 18. f3 Rd8 19. Qd4 Kg7 20. c4 bxc4 21.
Bxc4 Qa5 22. b3 Rd7 23. Ra1 Qb4 24. Rd1 h6 25. Kf2 h5 26. h4 Qc5 27. Kg3 Qb4
28. Kh2 Qb8 29. Kg1 Qb4 30. Kf2 Qc5 31. Qxc5 dxc5 32. Ra1 Rc7 33. Ke3 Kf8 34.
Ra5 Bb7 35. Ra7 Re7 36. Kd2 g5 37. g3 gxh4 38. gxh4 f5 39. exf5 Bxf3 40. Ra6
Rc7 41. f6 Kg8 42. Ke3 Bg2 43. Kf4 Kh7 44. Rd6 Kh6 45. Rd8 Bh3 46. Ke5 Rd7 47.
Rxd7 Bxd7 48. Bxf7 Bg4 49. Kd6 Bd1 50. Ke7 Bc2 51. Bc4 Bg6 52. f7 Bxf7 53. Bxf7
1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.7"]
[White "Huang, Qiuyu"]
[Black "Chiku-Ratte, Olivier Kenta"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B07"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "64"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Bg5 Nf6 5. Qd2 c6 6. Nge2 b5 7. f3 Nbd7 8. a4
b4 9. Na2 a5 10. Bh6 Bxh6 11. Qxh6 Qb6 12. Nac1 Ba6 13. Nb3 c5 14. dxc5 dxc5
15. Qe3 Qc7 16. Ng3 Bxf1 17. Nxf1 c4 18. Nd4 O-O 19. Nd2 Qc5 20. Ke2 Rfc8 21.
b3 Nb6 22. Nb5 Qc6 23. Rhd1 Nfd7 24. Nf1 Nc5 25. Rd4 Qe6 26. Nd2 c3 27. Nc4
Ncxa4 28. Nxa5 Qe5 29. Rxb4 Qxh2 30. Raxa4 Nxa4 31. Rxa4 Qxg2+ 32. Qf2 Qg5 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.8"]
[White "Hua, Eugene"]
[Black "Demchenko, Svitlana"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B41"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Qc7 7. a3 Be7 8. Be3
d6 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O Nbd7 11. Rc1 b6 12. f3 Bb7 13. Qd2 Rac8 14. Rfd1 Rfd8 15.
Bf1 h6 16. Qf2 Ne5 17. h3 Nfd7 18. f4 Ng6 19. f5 Ngf8 20. fxe6 fxe6 21. Be2 Bf6
22. Rf1 Nc5 23. b4 Nxe4 24. Nxe4 Bxe4 25. Bxh6 Qb7 26. Be3 d5 27. Bg4 Re8 28.
c5 bxc5 29. bxc5 Rc7 30. c6 Qa8 31. Qg3 Bxd4 32. Bxd4 Rxc6 33. Rxf8+ Kxf8 34.
Rf1+ Ke7 35. Bxe6 Kxe6 36. Qe5+ Kd7 37. Rf7+ 1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.9"]
[White "Li, William"]
[Black "Plotkin, Mark"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E80"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "170"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. f3 Nc6 6. Nge2 a6 7. Be3 Rb8 8. Ng3
h5 9. Be2 h4 10. Nf1 e5 11. d5 Nd4 12. Bxd4 exd4 13. Qxd4 O-O 14. Qf2 b5 15.
Nd2 bxc4 16. Nxc4 Nh5 17. O-O Nf4 18. Rfd1 Rxb2 19. Nxb2 Bxc3 20. Bf1 Qg5 21.
Kh1 Nh5 22. Rac1 Qf6 23. Nc4 Bb4 24. Qb2 Bc5 25. Qxf6 Nxf6 26. e5 Nh5 27. Nd2
Bf5 28. Ne4 Bxe4 29. fxe4 Kg7 30. Be2 Nf4 31. Bf3 Rb8 32. exd6 cxd6 33. Rb1 (
33. Rxc5) 33... Rxb1 34. Rxb1 Nd3 35. h3 Kf6 36. Rb7 a5 37. a4 Bb4 38. Be2 Nc5
39. e5+ Kxe5 40. Rxf7 Nxa4 41. Bf3 Nc3 42. Rb7 Bc5 43. Kh2 a4 44. g3 a3 45.
Re7+ Kf6 46. Re6+ Kf7 47. Re1 a2 48. Ra1 hxg3+ 49. Kxg3 Ba3 50. h4 Bb2 51. Rxa2
Nxa2 52. h5 Bc1 53. hxg6+ Kxg6 54. Kf2 Nc3 55. Ke1 Kf5 56. Bh1 Ke5 57. Bg2 Nxd5
58. Bf3 Nc3 59. Bh1 d5 60. Bxd5 Kxd5 61. Kf2 Ke4 62. Kg3 Bf4+ 63. Kf2 Be5 64.
Kg2 Kf4 65. Kf2 Bd4+ 66. Kg2 Kg4 67. Kh2 Be5+ 68. Kg2 Bg3 69. Kg1 Kf3 70. Kh1
Ne4 71. Kg1 Nf2 72. Kf1 Bh2 73. Ke1 Ne4 74. Kf1 Nd2+ 75. Ke1 Ke3 76. Kd1 Kd3
77. Ke1 Bg3+ 78. Kd1 Nc4 79. Kc1 Bf2 80. Kd1 Nb2+ 81. Kc1 Kc3 82. Kb1 Kb3 83.
Ka1 Be3 84. Kb1 Nc4 85. Ka1 Bh6 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.10"]
[White "Vettese, Nicholas"]
[Black "Saha, Ananda"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B90"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "168"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Nb3 g6 7. Be2 Bg7 8. Be3
Nc6 9. g4 h6 10. f3 b5 11. Qd2 Bb7 12. O-O-O Rc8 13. h4 Ne5 14. g5 hxg5 15.
hxg5 Rxh1 16. Rxh1 Nh5 17. Bd4 Kf8 18. Nd5 Bxd5 19. exd5 Qc7 20. c3 Ng3 21. Rh7
f6 22. f4 Nxe2+ 23. Qxe2 Qc4 24. Qe4 Qf1+ 25. Kc2 f5 26. Qe3 Qg2+ 27. Nd2 Nc4
28. Bxg7+ Kg8 29. Rh8+ Kf7 30. Qd4 Qe2 31. b3 Ne3+ 32. Kb2 Nd1+ 33. Kc1 Ne3 34.
Rxc8 Qd1+ 35. Kb2 Qc2+ 36. Ka3 Qc1+ 37. Kb4 Nc2+ 38. Ka5 Nxd4 39. Bxd4 Qxd2 40.
a3 Qa2 41. b4 Qxa3+ 42. Kb6 Qa2 43. Rc7 Ke8 44. Rc8+ Kd7 45. Rc7+ Kd8 46. Rb7
Qxd5 47. Rb8+ Kd7 48. Rb7+ Ke6 49. Kxa6 Qe4 50. Rxb5 Qxf4 51. Ra5 Qe4 52. b5
Qa8+ 53. Kb6 Qb8+ 54. Kc6 Qc8+ 55. Kb6 Kd5 56. Ka7 Qc7+ 57. Ka6 Qb8 58. Ra4 e5
59. Ba7 Qc8+ 60. Ka5 Qxc3+ 61. Rb4 Qa1+ 62. Ra4 Qc1 63. Rb4 Qc8 64. b6 Qb7 65.
Kb5 Ke6 66. Rc4 Qd5+ 67. Kb4 f4 68. Rc7 Qd4+ 69. Rc4 Qb2+ 70. Ka5 Qa2+ 71. Ra4
Qd5+ 72. Ka6 Qb3 73. Ra5 Qc4+ 74. Rb5 Qc6 75. Rb1 Qa4+ 76. Kb7 Qe4+ 77. Ka6
Qxb1 78. b7 Qa2+ 79. Kb6 Qb3+ 80. Kc7 Qc3+ 81. Kb6 Qd4+ 82. Ka6 Qa4+ 83. Kb6
Qe8 84. Kc7 d5 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.11"]
[White "Chen, Max"]
[Black "Chen, Richard"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B40"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "66"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 Nf6 4. Bd3 d5 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bc2 c4 7. O-O Nc6 8. Re1
g5 9. d4 cxd3 10. Qxd3 Be7 11. b4 a6 12. a4 g4 13. Nd4 Ndxe5 14. Qg3 Nxd4 15.
cxd4 Ng6 16. Bd2 f5 17. a5 O-O 18. Bc3 Bd6 19. Qd3 Nf4 20. Qe3 Qh4 21. g3 Nh3+
22. Kg2 Qh5 23. Qd3 Ng5 24. Nd2 f4 25. Re5 Bxe5 26. dxe5 Qh3+ 27. Kg1 fxg3 28.
hxg3 Bd7 29. Bd1 d4 30. Qxd4 Bc6 31. f3 Qxg3+ 32. Kf1 Bb5+ 33. Be2 Nxf3 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.12"]
[White "Plotkin, Victor"]
[Black "Tanaka, Tyler"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E91"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "102"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 c5 7. d5 e6 8. O-O
exd5 9. exd5 Re8 10. Bf4 a6 11. Bd3 Bg4 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Qc7 14. g4 Nbd7
15. Qg3 Ne5 16. Be2 Re7 17. Bd2 Ned7 18. Bf4 Ne5 19. Rfe1 Rae8 20. Bd2 Ned7 21.
Bd3 Rxe1+ 22. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 23. Bxe1 Ne5 24. Be2 Qe7 25. Qe3 Kf8 26. Bd2 Ned7 27.
Kg2 Ne8 28. Qxe7+ Kxe7 29. f4 Nc7 30. b3 b5 31. Ne4 b4 32. Be3 Nf6 33. Nd2 Nd7
34. Nf3 Ne8 35. Bd3 Bc3 36. h4 Nef6 37. Kh3 h5 38. gxh5 Nxh5 39. f5 Kf6 40.
Bg5+ Kg7 41. Bc2 Ne5 42. Ng1 Nf6 43. Ne2 Nf3 44. fxg6 fxg6 45. Nf4 Nxg5+ 46.
hxg5 Nh7 47. Ne6+ Kf7 48. Kg4 Bd2 49. Nd8+ Ke7 50. Ne6 Kf7 51. Bd3 Bc1 1/2-1/2

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.13"]
[White "Wiebe, Isaac"]
[Black "Rodrigue-Lemieux, Shawn"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D00"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "84"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d5 3. e3 c5 4. dxc5 Nc6 5. Bb5 Ne4 6. b4 a5 7. c3 axb4 8. cxb4
e6 9. f3 Qf6 10. Qd4 Qg6 11. g3 Nf6 12. Nc3 Nd7 13. Bxc6 bxc6 14. e4 Be7 15.
Nge2 O-O 16. exd5 e5 17. Bxe5 Nxe5 18. Qxe5 Bf6 19. Qe3 Ba6 20. O-O Rfe8 21.
Qd2 Bxe2 22. Nxe2 Bxa1 23. Rxa1 Qf6 24. Rf1 Qe5 25. Nf4 cxd5 26. Rd1 Ra3 27.
Qxd5 Qe3+ 28. Kg2 Qc3 29. Qe4 Rxa2+ 30. Kh3 Raa8 31. Qd4 Qxf3 32. b5 g5 33. Qd5
g4+ 34. Kh4 Qc3 35. Qd4 Qc2 36. Nh5 Qxh2+ 37. Kg5 h6+ 38. Kxg4 Qe2+ 39. Kh4
Re4+ 40. Qxe4 Qxe4+ 41. g4 Qe2 42. Nf6+ Kh8 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.14"]
[White "Zhou, Qiyu"]
[Black "Kang, Dorian"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B76"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "104"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

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 Qc8 13. h4 Nfd7 14. f4 Nc4
15. Bxc4 Qxc4 16. Qd3 Rac8 17. e5 Qxd3 18. Rxd3 Nc5 19. Bxc5 Rxc5 20. exd6 exd6
21. Ne4 Rd5 22. Rxd5 exd5 23. Nxd6 Rxf4 24. Rg1 Bd4 25. Rg2 Rf1+ 26. Kd2 Bxb2
27. Nxb7 Ba3 28. Kc3 Be7 29. h5 Rb1 30. Na5 Bb4+ 31. Kd4 Bxa5 32. Kxd5 Rd1+ 33.
Kc6 Rd2 34. Rxd2 Bxd2 35. c4 gxh5 36. gxh5 Kg7 37. c5 Be3 38. Kd6 Kh6 39. c6
Bf4+ 40. Kd7 Kxh5 41. c7 Bxc7 42. Kxc7 Kg5 43. a4 h5 44. a5 h4 45. a6 h3 46.
Kb7 h2 47. Kxa7 h1=Q 48. Kb8 Qb1+ 49. Ka8 Qe4+ 50. Kb8 Qe8+ 51. Kb7 Qb5+ 52.
Ka7 Qc6 0-1

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.15"]
[White "Javidfard, Amirsalar"]
[Black "Deforges, Jean"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E12"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. a3 Bb7 5. Nc3 d5 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Qb3 O-O 8. Rd1
dxc4 9. Qxc4 Nd5 10. h4 h6 11. Bc1 Nxc3 12. bxc3 Ba6 13. Qa4 Qd7 14. Qc2 Bb5
15. Ne5 Qe8 16. Rh3 Ba4 17. Qe4 Nd7 18. Bxh6 gxh6 19. Rg3+ Kh8 20. Qf4 Bg5 21.
hxg5 f6 22. Nxd7 Bxd7 23. gxf6 Rf7 24. e4 e5 25. Qxh6+ Rh7 26. Qg6 exd4 27.
cxd4 Qxg6 28. Rxg6 Rh1 29. Rd3 Re8 30. Re3 Bb5 31. e5 Rxf1+ 32. Kd2 Rxf2+ 33.
Kc3 Bd7 34. d5 Bf5 35. Rg5 Rc2+ 36. Kb3 Rf2 37. e6 Rf4 38. Rh5+ Bh7 39. Reh3
Rxf6 40. Rxh7+ Kg8 41. Rh8+ 1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.16"]
[White "Findlay, Ian"]
[Black "Yao, Houji"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B83"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be2 Nf6 7. O-O Be7 8.
Be3 O-O 9. f4 d6 10. Kh1 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 b6 12. Bf3 Bb7 13. Qd2 Rfd8 14. Rad1
Rac8 15. Qf2 Bc6 16. Qg3 Nd7 17. f5 e5 18. Be2 Kh8 19. Bc4 Rf8 20. Bd5 Nf6 21.
Bxc6 Qxc6 22. Bg5 Nh5 23. Qh4 Bxg5 24. Qxh5 f6 25. Nd5 Qb7 26. c3 Rc4 27. Qe2
b5 28. Rd3 a5 29. a3 Rfc8 30. Re1 Kg8 31. g3 Rf8 32. h4 Bh6 33. Kh2 g6 34. Rf1
Kg7 35. Rdf3 g5 36. Rd3 Rfc8 37. Rfd1 gxh4 38. gxh4 b4 39. axb4 axb4 40. Rg1+
Kh8 41. Rdg3 Bf4 42. Nxf4 exf4 43. Rg8+ 1-0

[Event "2019 Canada Zonal"]
[Site "Kingston"]
[Date "2019.04.18"]
[Round "1.17"]
[White "Zhong, Kevin"]
[Black "Gentes, Kevin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B02"]
[Annotator ""]
[PlyCount "76"]
[EventDate "2019.04.18"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "CAN"]
[SourceVersionDate "2019.04.18"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. Nc3 e6 4. d4 d6 5. f4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 dxe5 7. dxe5 Qxd1+ 8.
Kxd1 Bc5 9. Nf3 Nc6 10. Bd3 Bd7 11. Ke2 Ne7 12. c4 Bc6 13. Be3 Bxe3 14. Kxe3
Bxf3 15. Kxf3 h5 16. Be4 O-O-O 17. Rhd1 c6 18. Ke2 Kc7 19. Kf3 g6 20. Rab1 Nc8
21. c5 b6 22. Rd3 Rxd3+ 23. cxd3 Ne7 24. Rc1 Rd8 25. Ke3 Nd5+ 26. Bxd5 Rxd5 27.
d4 bxc5 28. dxc5 Kb7 29. Rc3 Ka6 30. Ra3+ Kb7 31. Rb3+ Kc7 32. Ra3 Kb7 33. Rb3+
Kc8 34. Ra3 Kb7 35. Rb3+ Kc8 36. Ra3 Kb7 37. Rb3+ Ka6 38. Ra3+ Kb7 1/2-1/2
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Author: John Upper
Posted: April 19, 2019, 6:43 am

Our Canadian Game of the Week is Daniel Abrahams - GM Marcel Kanarek, from round 1 of the 2019 Reykjavik Open. 
In 2014 Daniel shocked the Reykjavik field by drawing with 2700 GM Li Chao in round 1. Could he do bettter this time?

White to play...


2019 Reykjavik Open
April 8-16, 2019

One of the world's top Open Swiss events returns, but with no 2700 players it is not quite the powerhouse it used to be. English GM Gawain Jones (2698) tops a field of 250 players, including 13 2600+ GMs.

Canadians

  • GM Aman Hambleton 
  • IM David Cummings
  • FM Tanraj Sohal
  • IM Leon Piasetski
  • FM Michael Dougherty
  • Daniel Abrahams
  • WFM Alexandra Botez
  • Michael McDonald

Links

Live Games (commentary by WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni and guests)


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 Round:  Result:
[Event "GAMMA Reykjavik Open"]
[Site "chess24.com"]
[Date "2019.04.08"]
[Round "1.26"]
[White "Abrahams, Daniel"]
[Black "Kanarek, Marcel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A38"]
[WhiteElo "2143"]
[BlackElo "2505"]
[Annotator "John Upper"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2019.??.??"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "CAN"]
[BlackTeamCountry "POL"]

1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 Bg7 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nf3 d6 6. O-O c5 7. a3 Nc6 8. Rb1 {
[#]} a5 (8... d5 $1 {Spending the tempo to break in the center now that White
has spent two on the flank seems to equalize, and has been played by Anand and
Ivanchuk. The downside for the higher-rated player as Black is that the game
can simplify much more quickly.} 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Nxd5 Qxd5 11. d3 b6 12. Nd2
Qd7 13. b4 cxb4 14. axb4 Bb7 15. b5 Nd4 16. Bxb7 Qxb7 $11 {Donchenko,A (2572)
-Ragger,M (2694) Karlsruhe 2016}) 9. d3 Bd7 10. Bg5 (10. Ne1 Ne8 11. Nc2 Nc7
12. Bd2 Rb8 13. b4 axb4 14. axb4 Nxb4 15. Nxb4 cxb4 16. Rxb4 b5 17. cxb5 Nxb5
18. Nxb5 Rxb5 19. Rxb5 Bxb5 20. Qb3 Bd7 {and White has an itty-bitty
development advantage in a position that is nearly always drawn between strong
players.}) 10... h6 11. Bd2 Ne8 12. Ne1 Nc7 13. Nc2 a4 14. Ne3 Na5 15. Nxa4
Nxc4 {[#]} 16. dxc4 (16. Nxc4 Bxa4 17. Qc1 Rb8 (17... Kh7 $5 18. Nb6 Ra7 19.
Bxb7 $6 Rxb7 20. Nxa4 Qa8 21. Nc3 {Black's queenside pressure is worth at
least a pawn.}) 18. Bxh6 Ne6 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. b4 cxb4 21. Rxb4 Bc6 22. Qb2+
Kg8 23. Rb1 $16 {1/2-1/2 (37) Ristic,N (2379)-Mijailovic,Z (2414) Kraljevo 2011
}) 16... Bxa4 17. Qc1 Bc6 18. Nd5 Bxd5 {I think this makes White's game easier.
Defending h6 might have been more challenging.} 19. cxd5 {I don't see any
future for Black's N, but Black has no weaknesses either.} h5 20. f4 Nb5 (20...
b5 {Doesn't actually help Black, since (unlike Benonis) ...b5-b4 won't kick a
Nc3, and Black doesn't have the half-open e-file to pressure e4 anyway.}) 21.
e3 Qd7 22. Qc2 Rfc8 $6 (22... f5 {stops what happens next, but gives White a
comfortable choice of continuations involving e3-e4, perhaps preceeded by a4
to prevent ...Nd4.}) 23. f5 $1 $16 {[#]Black's kingside is suddenly a problem.}
g5 (23... Kh7 $2 24. Be4 $1 $18 Qe8 {temporarily saves g6, but White has a
choice of fast or slow wins} 25. fxg6+ fxg6 26. Rf2 $1 (26. g4 $1 {is the
computer's flashier first choice.})) 24. Qd1 {White goes after Black's exposed
pawns.} (24. f6 $1 {is a nice positional pawn sac, which Black has to accept}
Bxf6 (24... exf6 25. Be4 $16) 25. Be4 Bg7 26. Bh7+ (26. Bf5 e6 27. dxe6 fxe6
28. Bh7+ Kh8 29. Qg6 Qe8 30. Rf7 $18) 26... Kf8 27. Rxf7+ $18 (27. Qg6 $18))
24... g4 25. h3 $1 c4 $1 {Black has to get counterplay before his kingside
collapses.} 26. hxg4 hxg4 $2 (26... c3 {Only move.} 27. bxc3 Nxc3 28. Bxc3 Rxc3 {Only move.} {
with counterplay along the third rank.}) 27. Qxg4 c3 $1 28. bxc3 Nxc3 29. Rb3 {
26.... hxg4 was worse than 26...c3! for two reasons: bringing the Q to g4
means the Nc3 doesn't fork the Q and R, so White doesn't have to take it;
second, it means the Bg7 is already pinned, which it wouldn't be with White's
Q on h5.} Ra4 30. Qh5 $2 (30. e4 $1 {threatens Bh6;} Kf8 31. Qh4 $18 {
threatening both f6 (double attack on Nc3 and Bg7) and Qh6 followed by Bh6.})
30... Ne4 $1 31. Bxe4 Rxe4 32. Rfb1 $16 Qa4 33. Rxb7 Qxa3 34. Rb8 $1 {or f6!,
transposing.} Rec4 {[#] Critical Position} 35. f6 {Only move.} exf6 (35... Bxf6 36. Rxc8+
Rxc8 37. Qg4+ $18 {forks the K and R.}) 36. R1b7 {Only move.} Qa1+ (36... R4c7 {defends
f7, but because of the pins, White can take either R and then take on f7.}) 37.
Kf2 f5 38. Qxf7+ Kh8 39. Rb1 $1 {Nice use of the whole board. White threatens
both the Q and Rh1 mating.} Rxb8 40. Rxb8+ Kh7 41. Qxf5+ {With a discovered
mate next. This is Daniel's second excellent start in Reykjavik: in 2014 he
drew in round 1 with 2700 rated Li Chao.} 1-0
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Author: John Upper
Posted: April 9, 2019, 4:09 pm

Thinker's Publishing has announced a forthcoming book: Say No to Chess Principles!  by Russian-born but now Canadian resident GM Evgeny Bareev.

Evgeny Bareev has won major tournaments in Budapest, Moscow, Dortmund, Hastings, and Wijk aan Zee, as well as the World U16 championship. He earned four Olympiad gold medals played on the winning Soviet and Russian teams in 1990, 1994, 1996, and 1998. His rating peaked October 2003 at world #4 -- behind three former, current, and future World Champions: Kasparov, Kramnik and Anand. His previous book, co-written with Ilya Levitov, is From London to Elista (NiC, 2007), a fascinating and funny behind-the-scenes look at his work with Kramnik during his successful and scandalous World Championship matches. He currently lives and teaches chess in Toronto.

Bareev's Say No to Chess Principles! will be the eighth chess book written by a Canadian player published in the past three years:

  • David Cummings, The English (Everyman, 2016)
  • Jean Hebert, The Sicilian: Thematic Sacrifices and Attacks (le pion passe, 2017)
  • Michael Song and Razvan Preotu, The Chess Attacker's Handbook (Gambit, 2017)
  • George Huczek, A to Z Chess Tactics (Batsford, 2017)
  • Raja Panjwani, The Hyper Accelerated Dragon (Thinkers, 2017)
  • Yelizaveta Orlova, Chess for Beginners: Know the Rules, Choose Your Strategy, and Start Winning (Zephyros, 2018)
  • John and Joshua Doknjas, The Sicilian Najdorf  (Gambit, 2018)
  • Evgeny Bareev, Say No to Chess Principles!  (Thinkers, 2019)

 


All excerpts below are from the "teaser" available on the Thinker's Publishing website

Readers familiar with Bareev's From London to Elista will look forward to his sense of humour, which is on display even in the chapter titles -- Chapter 3: When a Piece in the Center is Grim; Chapter 4: A Piece Down in a Worse Position -- and in his confessional intro "WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK":

I feel it my duty to explain myself to the reader.

Nowadays, if you walk into any chess shop, you’ll see thousands of books with the same tried and true ‘updated and overanalyzed examples’ gathering dust on the shelf. Even though I understand that my book will likely take its rightful place in the depths of those same bookcases, I wrote it anyway. What is it that lurks behind this decision? Is it avidity? Vanity? Stupidity? Or perhaps maybe greed compounded by stupid vanity? What really was it that pushed me to make this childish mistake? 

 You can read the rest of his apology to find his explanation.

From: "What this book is about":

Chess has very strict, but also fairly simple, rules: rapid development, control of the center with pawns or pieces, timely castling and defense of the king, the creation of various weaknesses in the opponent’s position, attacking those weaknesses, and control of open lines. At the same time a player shouldn’t get his queen stuck in the enemy camp, or ruin his own pawn structure. Those who know these rules will succeed. 

...However it also happens that chess players often discover significant resources which formally exist outside the typical rules of chess. Those who know how to break all the rules and work around those specific guidelines reach the very top. Currently, when thousands of chess books dissect the same standard ideas in great detail, let us remember that first there were those who originally discovered them, implemented them, and made them standard, as well as those who broke the rules and created completely new ones. 

And this is immediately followed by the game and notes below....
..
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 Round:  Result:
[Event "The Hague"]
[Site "The Hague"]
[Date "1921.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Alekhine, Alexander"]
[Black "Rubinstein, Akiba"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "Evgeny Bareev"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "r1bqkb1r/1pp2ppp/p1n1p1n1/2Pp4/3P1B2/2N2N2/PP2PPPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 0 7"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[EventDate "1921.10.26"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[SourceTitle "Say No to chess principle"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1999.07.01"]
[SourceVersion "2"]
[SourceVersionDate "1999.07.01"]
[SourceQuality "1"]

{[#]} {The game has only begun and is still in the opening stage. 7.Bg3 looks
normal with the follow-up moves e3, and Bd3 which lead to an equal game.
Instead, this happened:} 7. Be3 {This is already a  significant moment, and
you might think that it comes with the idea of g3 and Bg2. But because the
bishop has nothing to do on g2, Rubinstein reacted without any particular
concern.} b6 8. cxb6 cxb6 9. h4 $1 {Today we all know that a knight on g6 is
like a magnet for the h-pawn, and sure enough this was also clear to Alekhine.
} Bd6 ({Of course, it was necessary to play} 9... h5 $1) 10. h5 Nge7 11. h6 g6
12. Bg5 O-O 13. Bf6 {[#]It’s not just that Alekhine has not castled but that
he isn’t developing either! Instead, he seems to be playing with only bishop
and pawn.   On the other hand, Rubinstein, a classical positional player, did
everything by the rules and still wound up in a worse position. But as we
shall see, that’s not all.} b5 14. e3 Bd7 15. Bd3 Rc8 16. a4 $1 {Other
players would have castled here, but Alekhine was simply ahead of his time.} b4
17. Ne2 Qb6 18. Nc1 Rc7 19. Nb3 Na5 20. Nc5 $1 {Now it’s time to play with
just one knight.} Nc4 ({No comment from Bareev about White's pawn sac. 
Alekhine explained: "By this manoeuvre White transforms his positional
advantage into a gain of material, Black being unable to capture the knight,
for example} 20... Bxc5 21. dxc5 Qxc5 22. Bd4 Qc6 23. Ne5 Qb7 24. Ng4 {winning
the exchange." - Alekhine}) 21. Bxc4 dxc4 22. Ne5 Bxe5 23. Bxe7 Bd6 24. Bxf8
Bxf8 25. Nxd7 {Not realizing that 25.Rc1! is stronger still.} Rxd7 26. a5 Qc6
27. Qf3 Rd5 28. Rc1 Qc7 29. Qe2 c3 30. bxc3 bxc3 31. Qxa6 Rxa5 32. Qd3 Ba3 33.
Rc2 Bb2 34. Ke2 $18 {...and as soon as the rook enters the game, Black can
resign. Alekhine implemented a truly original idea in this game. (1-0, 50)} *
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Author: John Upper
Posted: April 6, 2019, 6:32 pm

A classical Round Robin featuring five of the world's top 6, an online bullet championship, and a classical Open Swiss with dozens of GMs are this week's Best of the Web....

 


Shamkir - Gashimov Memorial
March 31 - April 9, 2019

10-player RR featuring five of the world's top six players, topped by World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

World Rank / Name / FIDE

1 Magnus Carlsen, 2845
3 Ding Liren, 2812
4 Anish Giri, 2797
5 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 2793
6 Viswanathan Anand, 2779
9 Alex Grischuk, 2771
12 Teimour Radjabov, 2756
17 Sergey Karjakin, 2753
18 Veselin Topalov, 2740
21 David Navara, 2739

After 4 rounds, Carlsen leads with 3/4, ahead of Ding and Karjakin with 2.5/4.

Links Live video and commentary by GM Arkadij Naiditsch


Chess.com Bullet Championship
April 3-7, 2019

Bullet chess -- 1 min per player, per game, no increment -- is one form of chess where online play clearly trumps the OTB experience: illegal moves are impossible, the clocks stop and start automatically, the pieces never get knocked over and always land on the middle of the square.

The Chess.com 2019 Bullet Championship has two 25-round open Swiss qualifiers and one 8-player 4xRR qualifier to join the five seeded players: Nakamura, MVL, Grischuk, Karjakin, and Aronian. Knock-out matches are 1 hour of bullet.

Note: the obvious missing player is Magnus Carlsen. He is playing in Shamkir that week, but, possibily more importantly:

  1. Carlsen seems to have chosen to boycott chess.com events after a server glitch cost him a game against Nakamura last year.
  2. Carlsen's "Play Magnus" company has merged with chess24, putting the World Champion in direct competition with chess.com.
  3. Magnus is hyper-competitive, and 2 may be related to 1 !?

Live Games


2019 Reykjavik Open
April 8-16, 2019

One of the world's top Open Swiss events returns, but with no 2700 players it is not quite the powerhouse it used to be. English GM Gawain Jones (2698) tops a field of 250 players, including 13 2600+ GMs.

Canadians

  1. GM Aman Hambleton
  2. IM David Cummings
  3. FM Tanraj Sohal
  4. IM Leon Piasetski
  5. FM Michael Dougherty
  6. Daniel Abrahams
  7. WFM Alexandra Botez
  8. Michael McDonald

Links

Author: John Upper
Posted: April 3, 2019, 9:11 pm

Who needs Spring when there are 31 chess events across Canada in April and May... ?


April 2019 Event Location Info Links
April 5-6 Ontario High School Ch. Toronto Championship: 2 days 5 rds; Sections: Friday, 4 rds https://www.ohscc.on.ca/
April 6  6th Stan Rogers Memorial Chilliwack, BC 6 round Swiss; TC: 25 + 5 https://www.facebook.com/ChilliwackChessClub
April 6-7 Lethbridge Open Lethbridge, AB 5 round Swiss; TC: 90+30 http://www.albertachess.org/2019LO.php
April 6-7 11th Canadian Military Ch. Saint-Jean, QC active or retired CAF members PDF
         
April 12-14 Halifax Open Halifax, MSVU 5 round Swiss: TC: 120 + 30 http://www.nschess.ca/?p=1542
April 13 Canadian Youth CC Qualifier 1 Seneca Hill, ON TBA https://senecahillchess.com/tournaments/cfc-junior-grand-prix/
April 13 Alberta Active Championship Red Deer, AB 5 round swiss; TC: G/25 + 5 http://www.albertachess.org/2019AAC.php
April 13-14 Guelph Spring Pro-Am Guelph University 5 round swiss; TC: 90+30 https://forum.chesstalk.com/forum/chesstalk-canada-s-chess-discussion-board-go-to-www-strategygames-ca-for-your-chess-needs/197693-guelph-spring-pro-am-april-13-14
         
April 18-21 Canadian Zonal (and sectionals) Kingston, ON 9 round swiss; TC: 40/90 + G/30 + 30s http://chess.ca/newsfeed/node/1113
         
April 19-21 Alberta Closed Calgary CC 6-player RR; 40/90 + G/30 + 30s http://www.albertachess.org/2019AC.html
April 19-22 13th Grand Pacific Open Victoria, Grand Pacific Hotel 6 round swiss; TC: 90+30 http://grandpacificopen.pbworks.com/w/page/15387541/FrontPage
April 20-21 Alberta Reserves Calgary CC 5 round swiss; TC: 90+30 http://www.albertachess.org/2019AR.php
April 20-21 Alberta Youth Ch. Fort McMurray U8 to U18; 5 round swiss http://www.albertachess.org/2019AYCC.php
         
April 26-28 15th Niagara Falls Open Niagara Falls; Niagara Shrine Club Over 19yo; 6 round Swiss; TC: 90+30 http://www.miltonchess.ca/images/cfc/2019_niagara_falls_open.pdf
April 26-28 Championnats junior et senior du Québec Stade Olympique, Montreal Moins de 20 ans; 50 ans et plus http://www.fqechecs.qc.ca/editeur/tournois/index.php?id=13846
April 27-June 22 Toronto Closed Annex CC two 8-player RRs by rating ChessTalk thread
April 28 Championnat junior féminin du Québec Échecs et Maths, Montreal SPFGI qualifier; 5 rounds; 30m + 30s delay https://echecs.org/evenement/championnat-junior-feminin-du-quebec-2019?field_succursale=48
         
May 2019 Event Location Info Links
May 4 NB Blitz Championship St.John, NB 8 rd double swiss; TC: 3 + 2 http://mcc.cdevastation.com/nbbl19.html
May 4 McGill Rapid Montreal 5 rounds; TC: 25 + 5 http://www.fqechecs.qc.ca/regions/clubs/tournoi.php?club=41&id=13837
May 4 Milton Spring Active Milton, ON 5 round swiss; TC: 25 + 5 http://www.miltonchess.ca/images/gord/milton2019.pdf
May 4-5 Arnprior Open Arnprior, ON 5 round swiss; TC: 90+30 PDF
May 4-5 Edmonton International Qualifier Edmonton CC 5 round swiss; TC: 90+30 http://www.albertachess.org/2019EIQF.php
         
May 10-12 Nova Scotia Open St. Mary's U; Halifax 5 round swiss; TC: 30/90 + G/1 + 10s http://www.nschess.ca/?p=1532
May 11-12 Alberta Seniors Ch. Edmonton CC 5 round swiss; TC: 90+30 http://www.albertachess.org/2019ASC.php
May 11-12 Alberta Women's Ch. Edmonton CC 5 round swiss; TC: 90+30 http://www.albertachess.org/2019AWC.php
         
May 18-20 Ontario Open Oakville, ON 6 round swiss; TC: 90 + 30 http://www.miltonchess.ca/images/cfc/2019_ontario_open.pdf
May 18-20 Bridge City Championship Saskatoon TC: 90 + 10 https://www.facebook.com/BridgeCityChessClub/
May 18-20 44th Keres Memorial Richmond, BC 6 round swiss; TC: 90 + 30 http://keresmemorial.pbworks.com/w/page/1785469/FrontPage
         
May 25-26 Charlottetown Open Charlottetown 5 round swiss; TC: G/120 + 30s delay http://mcc.cdevastation.com/charop19.html
May 25 Championnat jeunesse rapide du Québec Centre Père Marquette, Montréal moins de 18; TC: 25 + 5 http://www.echiquierstrategique.com/index.php/championnat-jeunesse
Author: John Upper
Posted: April 1, 2019, 6:16 pm