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Latvia vs USA Chess Match 2015

April 1, 2016

  

 Team USA will be winning the Latvia – USA Correspondence Chess Match of 2015 and I helped lead the way as our highest board with a perfect result. My advice is simple, “Keep Calm and Take Your Time.”

LAT-USA 2015

TD Kracht, Jörg (IA)
Latvia White Black White Black USA
Board 1  SIM Roze, Andris  2513 ½ ½ ½ ½  SIM Holroyd, Kenneth  2510
Board 2  SIM Avotinš, Maigonis  2458 ½ ½ ½ ½  IM Morrow, Wolff  2454
Board 3  Klimakovs, Sergejs  2435 1 . . 0  SIM Knudsen, John C.  2435
Board 4  Klimakovs, Sergejs  2435 ½ ½ ½ ½  SIM Biedermann, Thomas  2433
Board 5  IM Auzinš, Maris  2402 1 ½ ½ 0  O’Connell, C.  2400
Board 6  IM Auzinš, Maris  2402 ½ 0 1 ½  Ingersol, Harry  2398
Board 7  IM Graudinš, Ilmars  2369 0E 0 1 1E  Torres, Chris  2352
Board 8  SIM Kažoks, Aivars  2345 ½ 0 1 ½  Brooks, Michael  2346
Board 9  SIM Kažoks, Aivars  2345 ½ 0 1 ½  Gleyzer, Leonid  2321
Board 10  Mihailovs, Arturs  2292 ½ ½ ½ ½  IM Schakel, Corky  2305
Board 11  Mihailovs, Arturs  2292 . . . .  Horwitz, Daniel M.  2297
Board 12  Bondars, Rolands  2280 ½ 0 1 ½  Landes, Eric  2283
Board 13  Bondars, Rolands  2280 ½ ½ ½ ½  Biedermann, Kyle  2271
Board 14  GM Gaujens, Artis  2225 ½ . . ½  White, David V.  2260
Board 15  GM Gaujens, Artis  2225 ½ ½ ½ ½  Fortune, Dr. Jonathan Ray  2233
Board 16  Korzans, Vilmars  2214 ½ 0E 1E ½  Palmateer, Carl  2227
Board 17  Korzans, Vilmars  2214 0E 0E 1E 1E  Cousins, Robert  2207
Board 18  Gerhards, Guntis  2212 ½ ½ ½ ½  Ledford, Steven O.  2185
Board 19  Gerhards, Guntis  2212 ½ ½ ½ ½  Jenkins, Richard  2180
Board 20  Kurpnieks, Vairis  2143 ½ ½ ½ ½  Leisner, Jon S.  2161
Board 21  Kurpnieks, Vairis  2143 . ½ ½ .  Beres, Juraj  2159
Board 22  Plume, Gunars  2091 ½ ½ ½ ½  Chipkin, Leonard B.  2117
Board 23  Plume, Gunars  2091 0 0 1 1  Relyea, Alexander  2108
Board 24  Mačs, Osvalds  2073 ½ ½ ½ ½  Weiss, Lester P.  2101
Board 25  Mačs, Osvalds  2073 1 ½ ½ 0  Cofer, David  2096
Board 26  Koops, Maris  2061 0 ½ ½ 1  Deskin, Gary  2067
Board 27  Koops, Maris  2061 ½ 0 1 ½  Ellis, James R.  2055
Board 28  Dzenis, Janis (Tukmus)  2048 ½ ½ ½ ½  Forney, Robert  2034
Board 29  Dzenis, Janis (Tukmus)  2048 1 ½ ½ 0  Underwood, Wesley K.  2031
Board 30  Boreisis, Vitauts  1991 0 ½ ½ 1  Tedesco, Matthew  2003
Board 31  Boreisis, Vitauts  1991 1 1 0 0  Haag, Russell A.  1982
Board 32  Beltins, Gunars  1953 0 0 1 1  Cross, Gregory W.  1976
Board 33  Beltins, Gunars  1953 0 ½ ½ 1  Sylvander, D.  1955
Board 34  Gulbis, Harijs  1897 1 ½ ½ 0  DiJoseph, John  1928
Board 35  Gulbis, Harijs  1897 0 0 1 1  Stroup, Jim  1907
Board 36  Gulbis, Harijs  1897
Bitmanis, Valdemars  1887
½ 1 0 ½  Cakars, John  1906
Board 37  Bitmanis, Valdemars  1887
Gulbis, Harijs  1897
0 0 1 1  Carter, Maurice H.  1901
Board 38  Ulmanis, Ainis  1799 0 0 1 1  Neale, Mark  1820
Board 39  Plums, Uldis  1682 0 0 1 1  Howard, James  1682
Board 40  Plums, Uldis  1682 ½ 1 0 ½  McLaughlin, Ed  1681
Total: 29.5 45.5

 

 

[Event “LAT-USA 2015”]

[Site “ICCF”]

[Date “2015.02.13”]

[Round “?.7”]

[White “Torres, Chris”]

[Black “Graudins, Ilmars”]

[Result “1-0”]

[WhiteElo “2352”]

[BlackElo “2369”]

[PlyCount “61”]

[EventDate “2015.??.??”]

[WhiteTeam “USA”]

[BlackTeam “Latvia”]

[WhiteTeamCountry “USA”]

[BlackTeamCountry “LAT”]

 

  1. a3 g6 2. f4 Bg7 3. e4 d5 4. e5 f6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. d4 Nh6 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. h3 Nf5
  2. hxg4 Ne3 10. Qe2 Nxc2+ 11. Kd1 Nxa1 12. g3 Qe8 13. b3 Qc6 14. Qd3 Nd7 15.

Qb1 Nxb3 16. Qxb3 a6 17. Bd3 fxe5 18. fxe5 Rfc8 19. Be4 Nb6 20. Ng5 h6 21. Ngf3

g5 22. Nxg5 hxg5 23. Bh7+ Kf8 24. Qe3 Nd7 25. Qxg5 Nf6 26. Rf1 Qa4+ 27. Bc2

Qxd4 28. Qh5 Qe3 29. exf6 exf6 30. g5 Qe5 31. Rf5 1-0

 

 

[Event “LAT-USA 2015”]

[Site “ICCF”]

[Date “2015.02.13”]

[Round “?.7”]

[White “Graudins, Ilmars”]

[Black “Torres, Chris”]

[Result “0-1”]

[WhiteElo “2369”]

[BlackElo “2352”]

[PlyCount “68”]

[EventDate “2015.??.??”]

[WhiteTeam “Latvia”]

[BlackTeam “USA”]

[WhiteTeamCountry “LAT”]

[BlackTeamCountry “USA”]

 

  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. c4

c6 9. Qc2 Na6 10. a3 Bg4 11. Ne5 Bxe5 12. dxe5 Nac5 13. f3 Nxd3 14. Qxd3 Nc5

  1. Qd4 Nb3 16. Qxg4 Nxa1 17. Bh6 g6 18. Nc3 Qb6+ 19. Kh1 Qxb2 20. Qf4 f5 21.

Na4 Qe2 22. Rxa1 Rfe8 23. cxd5 cxd5 24. Qb4 Qxe5 25. Rg1 b6 26. Bf4 Qe7 27. Qd2

d4 28. Qxd4 Rac8 29. h3 b5 30. Nc3 Qc5 31. Qd5+ Kh8 32. Qxc5 Rxc5 33. Na2 a5

  1. Rd1 Rc4 {time forfeit} 0-1

 

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Russia vs USA Chess Match

January 3, 2013
Let the Games Begin

Let the Games Begin

Forty years after the greatest American chess player, Bobby Fischer, slayed Boris Spassky and the Russians to win the World Chess Championship, another classic chess battle between East and West will taking place. Officially starting on February first, 2013, Russia and the United States will do battle in a correspondence chess match for honor and pride. The last time a match such as this occurred was in 1982 when the Soviets crushed the Americans. This time round, the players representing the United States aspire to even the score.

I am honored to be representing team USA on board 16 versus the infamous Russian chess master, Andrey Terekhov. Mr Terekhov has already earned the title of FIDE Master and appears to be on his way toward earning an International Master title in correspondence chess. Andrey’s successes on the chess board are only matched by his achievements in computer science. On occasion, Andrey Terekhov is able to combine his hobbies as can be seen in a recent article about his simul versus the Caltech Chess Club.

For the next month, leading up to my first move, I will be busy preparing inventions and traps and placing them in a folder marked “Andrey Terekhov.” Should he attempt to alter his play to avoid my mischief, I look forward to unleashing some unexploded opening bombs that I have been waiting for an opponent of his caliber to victimize with. Serious correspondence chess players understand the need for preparation and I take my correspondence chess games very seriously.

Below are the top 20 boards for the upcoming Russia vs. United States of America correspondence chess match:

Russia                                                                          United States

Board 1   SIM Yamaliev, Vil Usbekovich  2462 . . . .   IM Belka, Wieland  2460
Board 2   IM Gerbich, Vladimir Fedorovich  2452 . . . .   SIM Knudsen, John C.  2443
Board 3  IM Balabanov, Viktor Viktorovich  2437 . . . .   SIM Millstone, Dr. Michael  2442
Board 4   Dolin, Boris Lukianovich  2426 . . . .   SIM Biedermann, Thomas  2430
Board 5   Pavlov, Viktor Aleksandrovich  2419 . . . .   Ingersol, Harry  2401
Board 6   Gudzovaty, Yury Vasilievich  2407 . . . .   Holroyd, Kenneth  2397
Board 7   SIM Baklanov, Valentin Petrovich  2393 . . . .   O’Connell, C.  2392
Board 8   Budkin, Gennady Aleksandrovich   2393 . . . .   Fass, Robert N.  2386
Board 9   IM Ivanov, Boris Vladimirovich  2384 . . . .   IM Ballow, John  2383
Board 10   Kazantsev, Renal Aleksandrovich  2367 . . . .   Horwitz, Daniel M.  2358
Board 11   Ananskikh, Evgeny Nikolaevich  2360 . . . .   IM Musitani, Cesar  2348
Board 12   Volodarsky, Yury Aleksandrovich  2357 . . . .   Meiners, Edwin  2336
Board 13   Chukanov, Igor Anatolievich   2352 . . . .   IM Schakel, Corky  2337
Board 14   Butov, Yury Alekseevich  2349 . . . .   Woodard, Daniel S.  2327
Board 15   Gus’kov, Viktor Vladimirovich  2346 . . . .   Parsons, Larry  2316
Board 16   Terekhov, Andrey Andreevich  2346 . . . .   Torres, Chris  2300
Board 17   Mishin, Anatoly Valentinovich  2343 . . . .   Brooks, Michael  2290
Board 18   Volkov, Aleksandr Valentinovich  2319 . . . .   Gleyzer, Leonid  2284
Board 19   Borisenkov, Dmitry Vasilievich  2318 . . . .   White, David V.  2270
Board 20   Selin, Sergey Gennadievich  2292 . . . .   Merrell, William S.  2232

Corus Chess 2010: Americans Shine Brightly and Fade

January 27, 2010

For the first time in recent history, American chess players were commanding respect and attention in Wijk aan Zee.  Hats off to Hikaru Nakamura and Ray Robson for shining bright enough that the chess world took notice. Unfortunately for the American chess fans, it appears that our two rising stars have been swallowed by the black hole residing in round nine. Nakamura was issued his second loss in two games and is now tied for fifth. Meanwhile in the “C” section, Robson took a loss to top rated Li Chao and fell down to second place a half game back of Chao.  GM Robson appears to be running out of steam but remains in striking distance. Below are the dissappointing round nine performances from our American contingent in Wijk aan Zee. Also included is Vladimir Kramnik’s stunner over top rated Magnus Carlsen.  Kramnik has back to back wins over the very dangerous Nakamura and Carlsen. He is now tied for first with Alexei Shirov.

[Event "Corus"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2010.01.26"]
[EventDate "2010.01.16"]
[Round "9"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Hi Nakamura"]
[Black "Sergey Karjakin"]
[ECO "E21"]
[WhiteElo "2708"]
[BlackElo "2720"]
[PlyCount "96"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 c5 5. g3 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Ne4 7. Qd3 Nxc3
8. bxc3 Be7 9. Bg2 O-O 10. O-O d6 11. Rd1 a6 12. Nb3 Qc7 13. Bf4 e5 14. Be3
Nd7 15. Nd2 f5 16. Rab1 Rb8 17. Ba7 Ra8 18. Be3 Rb8 19. Ba7 Ra8 20. Bd5+
Kh8 21. Qe3 Nf6 22. Bb6 Qd7 23. f4 Qe8 24. Nf3 Qh5 25. Kh1 Re8 26. Qg1 Nxd5
27. cxd5 Bf6 28. Qf2 Bd7 29. c4 Rac8 30. Rdc1 h6 31. e3 Re7 32. c5 exf4 33.
gxf4 dxc5 34. Bxc5 Re4 35. Rxb7 Bb5 36. Qg2 Rc4 37. Rg1 Rc2 38. Qg3 Be2 39.
Ne1 R2xc5 40. e4 fxe4 41. Rxg7 Bf3+ 42. Nxf3 Qxf3+ 43. Qxf3 exf3 44. R7g6
Bg7 45. Rxa6 Rc1 46. Rc6 Rxg1+ 47. Kxg1 Bd4+ 48. Kh1 Rb8 0-1

[Event "Corus (C Group)"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "2010.01.26"]
[EventDate "2010.01.16"]
[Round "9"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Li Chao2"]
[Black "R Robson"]
[ECO "B77"]
[WhiteElo "2604"]
[BlackElo "2570"]
[PlyCount "68"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8.
Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. h4 Ne5 11. Bb3 h5 12. O-O-O Rc8 13. Bg5 Rc5 14. Kb1
b5 15. g4 hxg4 16. h5 Nxh5 17. Nd5 Nf6 18. Bh6 Nxd5 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 20. Qh6+
Kf6 21. exd5 Nxf3 22. Ne2 e5 23. dxe6 Bxe6 24. Qf4+ Rf5 25. Qxg4 Kg7 26.
Bxe6 fxe6 27. Nd4 Nxd4 28. Qxd4+ e5 29. Qxa7+ R8f7 30. Qe3 Qg5 31. Qd3 Qf6
32. a3 Rf2 33. Qh3 Qf5 34. Qh8+ 1-0

[Event "Corus"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee, Ned"]
[Date "2010.01.26"]
[EventDate "2010.01.16"]
[Round "9"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Carlsen"]
[Black "Kramnik"]
[ECO "E04"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "2"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 a5 7.Nc3 O-O 8.a3 Be7
 9.Qa4 c6 10.Qxc4 b5 11.Qb3 Ba6 12.Bg5 Nbd7 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.Qc2 b4 15.Na4 Rc8
 16.O-O c5 17.d5 exd5 18.Bh3 Bb5 19.axb4 axb4 20.Rfd1 d4 21.Bf5 Ne5 22.Bxh7+ Kg7
 23.Nxe5 fxe5 24.Bf5 Rc6 25.Qe4 Rh8 26.Qxe5+ Bf6 27.Qe4 Re8 28.Qg4+ Kf8 29.Be4 c4
 30.Bxc6 Bxc6 31.Qh5 Re5 32.Qh6+ Ke7 33.e4 d3 34.Qe3 Bxe4 35.Nb6 Bb7 36.Qf4 Qxb6
 37.Qxc4 Re2 38.Rf1  0-1

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