Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bob Peretz CC vs CC of Fairfield County - Rd. 2

The first round was closer then I thought it would be considering the rating differences from board five on down.  Maybe having White in the first round helped us out.  Instead of simply changing colors and playing the same player over again, we had a little different format.   Our board one would play their board two. Their board one would play our board two. Board three played board four, etc.  This switching would go all the way down to board eight. Since there were an odd number of boards in the match we had to change things a little more, otherwise board 11 would have played the same person again.  For boards nine through eleven CCFC tournament director, Melvin Patrick and I set it up so nine played eleven, ten played the other eleven, and the other nine played the other ten.

Melvin Patrick
Fellow TD, and Team Captain for CCFC

Despite the fact that a mere two rating points separate Melvin and me, we did not end out playing each other.  Instead I played their board six, Hanon Russell the man behind the excellent website Chess Cafe. Perhaps I'd be better served spending time on his website reading Bruce Pandolfini's most recent column. Pandolfini gives some excellent advice to the father of a kid who loses on time a lot.  Dan Heisman also has a timely article in his Novice Nook column.

Hanon Russell
Chess Cafe

Hanon and I had a very closely contested game that probably would have been a draw had I not run out of time.  It was knight versus bishop ending.  I had the bishop which was not quite as active as his knight.  Unfortunately in games where there are clock issues the knight can be a real thorn in the opponent's side since there is always the possibility of forks.  I managed to dodge any potential fork threats or any other time pressure implosions in this game.   Flagging leads to the same result as imploding, but it doesn't necessarily make for such an exciting finish. Here's the game.  I was satisfied with my overall play.


 I still can manage a smile despite my 0-2 day.

I wish I could report that the second round was as close as my game.  Playing Black didn't reap such good results and we lost the round 8-3. 

Bd     Res  White (CCFC)                Res  Black (BPCC)

1         1    Harrison Wheeler (2254)   0    Michael H Bodek (2277)

2         0    Daniel L Lowinger (2265)  1    Oliver Chernin (2243)

3         1    Benjamin Katz (2122)        0    Michael Amori (2027)

4        ½    Ian Harris (2231)               ½    Jason Shi (1969)

5        1    Hanon W Russell (2057)      0    Polly P Wright (1700)

6        1    Alex Eydelman (2060)          0    Hubert Herring (1665)

7        1    Melvin B Patrick (1698)       0    Anthony Lawrence (1632)

8        0    Alanna Katz (1958)              1    Noah Rutkovsky (1465)

9        1    Aman Karunakaran (1509)  0    Michael Morin (1336)

10      1    Druha Karunakaran (1577)  0    Jose Leon (1322)

11     ½    Joshua Blanchfield (1529)    ½ garrett washington (unr.)

The final score of the overall match was:  CCFC - 14.5 BPCC - 7.5. The stake of the match was losing club submitted the results and paid the rating fee.  $5.00 was a reasonable cost for a day of good chess.  Hopefully a rematch with a longer time control can be set up in the near future.


LinuxGuy said...

Nice game! I think you win that with another 5 minutes on your clock.

I have a question for you as a TD. In one of my latest 40/2 G/1 tournament games, I had made 40 moves but had not pressed Black's clock before White's move. My clock would have zeroed out, so I made my 41st move (I don't think I can disable the move-counter).

My question is 'What would happen if I had made 40 moves, with 40 moves on both our scoresheets (his MonRoi, actually), but the clock mistakenly zeroes out? Do I get penalized, simply reset the clocks and add his proper extra time, or do I get forfeited?

In the game, I had no trouble making a 41st move, but it made me wonder for next time, should I make that mistake again.

Polly said...

I'm not sure I can win that position with more time, but it's certainly a draw with good play on both sides.

I don't know which clock you have, but if you can disable the move counter and just have the clock add the additional when the first two hours are done that is better.

I'm little confused about your scenario as to whether you're White or Black. Did the opponent make his move before you got a chance to press the clock after making your move?

If that's the case, you can press the clock back and make him press again. If he's made his 40th move and then you run out then it's no problem.

Where it becomes a problem is if you make your 40th move and the clock hits zero before you press it, you lose on time unless the move is mate.

LinuxGuy said...

I was White and it beeped to signal he had made his 40th move as Black, so of course White had to also have made 40 moves. IOW, the clock thought he was White.

You know, I never even thought of just hitting the clock twice to advance it a move. Thanks for the suggestion!

We had agreed 40 moves had been played, but then after I left the table I remembered that his clocked beeped for 40 moves done and not mine, so I hurried back and moved so that the clock would change over.