The event returns to the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling next weekend, October 14-16! Play on Friday night, or begin play Saturday morning: your choice! Details here!
While I don't like to play for money, I do tend to cash my prize checks. So I should note that there are $16,000 in guaranteed prizes next weekend, and that the projected prize fund is $20,000....
Save money and preregister by Tuesday, October 11th!
Saturday, October 8, 2011
A really impressive squeeze by Nakamura! The minority attack is thematic in the Queen's Gambit Declined, but White usually pushes b2-b4 in the opening. But Hikaru defers the undermining operation until the endgame.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
GM Giorgi Margvelashvili deserves half a point for courage: he played the Modern Benoni against GM Mesgen Amanov and lived to tell the tale! Black even had a pull in the ending, but Mesgen defended easily enough to clinch the match.
Speaking very very selfishly, I'm glad that if Dmitry Gurevich had to lose, he lost in a variation that has been giving me trouble with the White pieces. IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat is not tempted by the long diagonal, but simply plays to recover the gambit pawn.
CICL veteran David Franklin made his debut for the Rogue Squadron last night. Northwestern's new Board 1, Karsten McVay, studied with FM Aviv Friedman for many years and has represented the U.S. in international play. Dave was kind enough to share his annotations:
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Coverage at ChessBase, ChessVibes., and The Week in Chess.
The venue now shifts from Brazil to Spain. When play resumes Thursday, Nakamura plays tournament leader Vassily Ivanchuk: a win would bring Nakamura into joint first place!