(1) Stoyko, Kernighan, et al - Norowitz, Chieu, et al [B33]
Kenilworth Consultation Game #6 Kenilworth, NJ, 12.2010
[Moldovan & Fire 1.31]
Start date: 12/09/2010
End date: 12/16/2010
Time controls in week one: 5 moves with no time limit then 25 moves in 60 minutes, + 5 second delay.
WHITE - Steve Stoyko 2204, Mark Kernighan 2248, Ari Minkov 1970, Max Sherer 1820, John Moldovan 1814, Geoff McAuliffe 1653, Ted Mann 1652, Leon Hrebinka 1322, Jonathan Sherer + (after adjournment) Glen Hart 1716 & Pat Mazzillo 1287
BLACK - Yaacov Norowitz 2543, Ken Chieu 2195, Ian Mangion 1966, Don Carrelli 1888, Richard Lewis 1806, Greg Tomkovich 1659, Dan Komunicky 1555, Bert Shiffman 1336, Luis Ruales + (after adjournment) Bob Sherry 1812 & Lou Sturniolo 1490
Apologies to any players I may have missed.
Diagram B33 Sicilian Defense
The Sicilian again, for the 3rd time in the series. Why not something different? I would have rather seen a French, Caro-Kann, Modern or 1...e5.
[I suggested 2.Na3!?
Somebody had to.]
[An O'Kelly ( 2...a6
; or a Hyper-Accelerated Dragon ( 2...g6
) would have been interesting.]
[Steve wanted 3.Bb5
but it lost by a one vote.]
I don't understand the paused-clock concept. Unless you are improvising or your opponent does something out of the ordinary, the first 5 moves should take but a minute or two.
A 10 or 15 minute time-out at the novelty-point would have been more helpful as the middlegame onset is often a critical point.
was an option but, as usual, my 2 cents were deemed worthless.
I was an early consultation game booster but the lack of creativity in the recent ones has made me lose interest. Exploring one of the aforementioned variants would have been far more instructive and entertaining than robotically following main line theory for 12-15 moves.]
Balakrishnan - Stoyko : DOCA League, Branchburg 11/19/2010]
The plan with c3 + Nc2 & a4 is thematic. White needs to re-deploy the Na3 and the b5 P is an obvious target. So far, the Sveshnikov has lived-up to its billing, "The Easiest Sicilian".
This is a rare and inferior continuation. [>=11...Bg5
Or 11...0-0 since 12.Nxf6?! Qxf6 is =/+ 12.Nc2
Mangion - Patrucker : Garden State Chess League, Kenilworth, NJ 04/10/2009]
was played in Tomov - Minev : Sofia 1971]
Diagram [They want to play ...f5 without fear of discovered checks but the K move seems unnecessary. 15...a5
This lets Black into the game. [16.0-0
Gara - Boronyak : Hungary 1999 18.Qh5
would have kept a clear advantage.]
I can't recall why we turned the P down but it involved ...Rb8-xb2.]
/\ b4 or Qb5]
Adjourned. The game was resumed on December 16th with a time control of G/45 + 30 second increment. The clocks were set as follows : White 52:46, Black 31:57.
The sealed move, which we toiled over for some 14 minutes on. [31.Rdxa4
was correct and considered but 33...Qb5
was examined.) 34...Kh6
/\ Rad1 was right.]
which we had looked at several times since move 19.]
This loses but, having mismanaged our time since the opening ended, there was no way to find a proper defense.
Zeitnot has been a major factor in these games and, IMO, it ruined #'s 3, 5, 6.
For the future, I propose using clock wardens to avoid time-pressure or designated blitzers to deal with it. [36.b4-/+
was still the best try.]
... with 30 seconds remaining, White threw in the towel.