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    Somehow Mark have crossed 2300 after gaining about 48 FIDE rating points in Philadelphia International. 2255 + 48 = 2303. Also it was his first IM norm.

    In the last day he needed to score 2/2 against 2400 players.

  • #2
    Congratulations Mark. Big result for you! (and Victor - werent you close to an IM norm yourself?)


    • #3
      Hey Mark - keep on trucking - you are doing great - congrads!

      Bob A


      • #4
        Congrats to Mark, but Victor you had even a better start. I could not find the results of the last round, but looks like you are in good shape for the World Team over 50 this week!


        • #5
          Yes, after 4.5/6 I needed just 1/3 in the last 3 round. Loss in round 7 to a very strong young 2500+ Ukrainian IM was acceptable, but I played really bad in round 8 with white against not-so-strong opponent. To gain 38 or 39 points was not enough for the norm.

          I got lucky in round 2, my opponent lost on time on move 40 (it was extra 30 minutes after move 40) in dead draw position.


          • #6
            Congrats to Mark! Good job!


            • #7

              July 3, 2018

              Some Plotkin games from Philadelphia

              Philadelphia International
              Philadelphia, PA
              Round 2, June 29, 2018
              Panchanatham, Vignesh (2431) – Plotkin, Mark (2250)
              E80 King’s Indian, Samisch variation

              1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.f3 c6 6.Be3 a6 7.c5 b5 8.cxd6 exd6 9.Qd2 O-O 10.h4 Re8 11.Bh6 Bh8 12.h5 d5 13.hxg6 fxg6 14.e5 c5 15.Nge2 cxd4 16.Qxd4 Nc6 17.Qh4 Nxe5 18.O-O-O Nf7 19.Bf4 Bb7 20.Kb1 b4 21.Ne4 dxe4 22.Rxd8 Raxd8 23.Nc1 exf3 24.gxf3 Bxf3 25.Rh3 Bg4 26.Re3 Bf5+ 27.Ka1 Ne4 28.Qe1 g5 29.Bc7 Rc8 30.Ba5 Rc2 31.Nd3 Nfd6 32.Kb1 Rec8 33.Bxb4 Bxb2 34.Bh3 Bxh3 35.Rxh3 Bc3 36.Bxc3 Re2 37.Bd4 Nd2+ 38.Kb2 N2c4+ 39.Kb3 Nd2+ 40.Kb2 N6c4+ 41.Kc2 Ne3+ 42.Kb2 Rb8+ 43.Ka3 Ndc4+ 0-1

              Round 4, June 30
              Hong, Andrew (2399) – Plotkin, Mark (2250)
              B07 Pirc-Robatsch

              1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 c6 5.f4 Qb6 6.Qd2 Qxb2 7.Rb1 Qa3 8.Nf3 Nd7 9.Bc4 Ngf6 10.Bb3 Qa5 11.Ng5 O-O 12.e5 Ng4 13.Nxf7 Rxf7 14.e6 d5 15.exf7+ Kxf7 16.O-O Nxe3 17.Qxe3 Nf6 18.Rbe1 e6 19.Nd1 Ng4 20.Qd3 c5 21.dxc5 Qxc5+ 22.Kh1 Bd7 23.c4 Bd4 24.cxd5 exd5 25.f5 Bxf5 26.Rf4 Bg7 27.Bxd5+ Kf8 28.Be4 Qc7 29.Ref1 Kg8 30.Bxf5 gxf5 31.Qxf5 Ne5 32.Ne3 Rd8 33.Rh4 Ng6 34.Qe6+ Kh8 35.Qxg6 Bd4 36.Qh6 Bb2 37.Rf8+ 0-1

              Round 5, June 30
              Plotkin, Mark (2250) – Mathur, Rithwik (2095)
              A07 Reti, King’s Indian Attack

              1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 e6 4.O-O c5 5.d3 Nc6 6.Nbd2 g6 7.e4 Bg7 8.Qe2 O-O 9.Re1 a5 10.Nf1 b5 11.e5 Ng4 12.Bf4 f6 13.exf6 Qxf6 14.Bd6 Re8 15.Bxc5 Qxb2 16.d4 Nxd4 17.Nxd4 Bxd4 18.Rab1 Qc3 19.Qxb5 Rf8 20.Bxf8 Bxf2+ 21.Kh1 Kxf8 22.Qe2 Bxe1 23.Qxg4 Qe5 24.Qf3+ Kg7 25.Ne3 Bb4 26.a3 Bc5 27.Ng4 Qf5 28.Qc3+ d4 29.Qd2 Ra7 30.h3 g5 31.Rf1 Qg6 32.Ne5 Qh6 33.Qd3 Ba6 34.c4 dxc3 35.Qxc3 Bxf1 36.Ng4+ 1-0

              Round 6, July 1
              Pedersen, Christian Kyndel (2426) – Plotkin, Mark (2250)
              E69 King’s Indian, Fianchetto, Classical main line

              1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.O-O c6 7.Nc3 Nbd7 8.e4 e5 9.h3 Qc7 10.Re1 Re8 11.Be3 b6 12.d5 cxd5 13.cxd5 Nc5 14.Qb1 Ba6 15.Rd1 Qd7 16.a4 Nb3 17.Ra3 Na5 18.Bc1 Nc4 19.Ra1 Rac8 20.Kh2 Na5 21.Ra3 Rc7 22.b4 Nc4 23.Rb3 Rec8 24.b5 Na5 25.Rb4 Bb7 26.Na2 Rc2 27.Bd2 Nxe4 28.Nxe5 Nxd2 29.Rxd2 Rxd2 30.Nxd7 Rxf2 31.Rf4 Rb2 32.Qe1 Rxa2 33.Rf2 Rxf2 34.Qxf2 Nc4 35.Nf6+ Kh8 36.g4 Ne5 37.g5 Bf8 38.Ne4 Bxd5 39.Nxd6 Ng4+ 40.hxg4 Bxd6+ 41.Kh3 Rc3+ 42.Kh4 Bg3+ 43.Qxg3 Rxg3 44.Kxg3 Bxg2 45.Kxg2 Kg7 46.Kf3 f6 47.Ke4 fxg5 48.Kd5 h5 49.Kc6 hxg4 50.Kb7 g3 51.Kxa7 g2 52.Kxb6 g1=Q+ 53.Ka6 Qf1 0-1

              Round 7, July 1
              Lokander, Martin (2386) – Plotkin, Mark (2250)
              E91 King’s Indian, Kazakh variation

              1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 Na6 7.Bf4 Bg4 8.Qd2 Nd7 9.Ng1 Bxe2 10.Ngxe2 e5 11.Bg5 Qe8 12.d5 f5 13.f3 f4 14.Bh4 Ndc5 15.Nc1 Na4 16.Nd3 Nxc3 17.Qxc3 c5 18.dxc6 Qxc6 19.Rc1 Rac8 20.Bf2 b5 21.cxb5 Qxb5 22.Qxc8 Rxc8 23.Rxc8+ Kf7 24.Rc3 Nb4 25.Nxb4 Qxb4 26.O-O Qxb2 27.Rc7+ Kf6 28.Rxa7 g5 29.a4 g4 30.a5 gxf3 31.gxf3 Qe2 32.a6 Kg6 33.Rxg7+ Kxg7 34.a7 Qa2 35.Rc1 Qa6 36.Rb1 d5 37.Rb8 Qg6+ 38.Kf1 Qa6+ 39.Kg2 Qg6+ 40.Bg3 fxg3 41.hxg3 Qg5 42.Rb7+ Kh6 1-0

              Round 9, July 2
              Raja Harshit (2442) – Plotkin, Mark (2250)
              B08 Pirc, Classical System

              1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Be2 O-O 6.O-O Nc6 7.d5 Nb4 8.a3 Na6 9.Bxa6 bxa6 10.Nd4 e5 11.dxe6 fxe6 12.Qe2 Nh5 13.Qc4 Qd7 14.Be3 Kh8 15.Nde2 Bb7 16.Rad1 Qe7 17.b4 Nf6 18.h3 Rae8 19.Bd4 e5 20.Be3 c6 21.Qd3 Rd8 22.Bxa7 Nh5 23.Bb6 Rd7 24.Na4 Bc8 25.Qc4 Qg5 26.Rd3 Rdf7 27.Rg3 Nxg3 28.Nxg3 Bh6 29.Nc3 c5 30.Nce2 Qd2 31.bxc5 Rxf2 32.cxd6 Be3 33.Bxe3 Qxe3 34.Rxf2 Qxf2+ 35.Kh2 Qf6 36.Qb4 Rd8 37.Nc3 Qxd6 38.Nd5 Be6 39.c4 Qxb4 40.axb4 Kg7 41.Ne2 Bxd5 42.exd5 Rb8 43.b5 axb5 44.c5 Kf7 45.Nc3 b4 0-1

              Mark Plotkin 6.0 1st-2nd U2300 $600
              Victor Plotkin 5.0


              • #8
                congrats to mark on the norms!! keep up the good work! also very nice games


                • #9
                  Congratulations to Mark on his norm and also his FM title.