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  • American Continental Championship 2019

    American Continental Championship 2019

    July 5, 2019

    This caught my eye because Henrique Mecking is playing and it is not out of the realm of possibility that Aman Hambleton might be paired with him in the tournament!

    July 5 – July 13
    90 min/40 moves + 30 min/end + 30 sec increment starting from move 1
    Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Top Twenty Participants by Rating

    No. Name RtgI

    1 GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo 2625
    2 GM Leitao Rafael 2616
    3 GM Delgado Ramirez Neuris 2605
    4 GM Gareyev Timur 2588
    5 GM Pichot Alan 2579
    6 GM Mecking Henrique 2576
    7 GM Supi Luis Paulo 2562
    8 GM Perez Ponsa Federico 2560
    9 GM Fier Alexandr 2547
    10 GM Gonzalez Vidal Yuri 2547
    11 GM Mekhitarian Krikor Sevag 2545
    12 GM Lima Darcy 2543
    13 IM Garcia Pantoja Roberto 2529
    14 GM Krysa Leandro 2517
    15 GM Barbosa Evandro Amorim 2506
    16 IM Di Berardino Diego Rafael 2506
    17 IM Salinas Herrera Pablo 2498
    18 GM Cubas Jose Fernando 2493
    19 GM Hungaski Robert 2488
    20 GM Hambleton Aman 2487

    Friday, July 5 R1 8:00 PM
    Saturday, July 6 R2 4:00 PM
    Sunday, July 7 R3 2:00 PM
    Sunday, July 7 R4 8:00 PM
    Monday, July 8 R5 8:00 PM
    Tuesday, 9 July (*) R6 2:00 PM
    Tuesday, 9 July (*) R7 8:00 PM
    Wednesday, July 10 R8 8:00 PM
    Thursday, July 11 R9 8:00 PM
    Friday, July 12 R10 8:00 PM
    Saturday, July 13 R11 10:00

  • #2
    American Continental Championship 2019

    July 6, 2019

    Round One

    Round 1, July 5
    Gareyev, Timur (2588) – Caceres, Diego (2087)
    E95 King’s Indian, Orthodox
    1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.d4 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nbd7 8.Re1 Re8 9.Bf1 exd4 10.Nxd4 Nc5 11.f3 Nfd7 12.Be3 Ne5 13.Qd2 Bd7 14.Rad1 Na4 15.Nxa4 Bxa4 16.b3 Bd7 17.Bg5 Bf6 18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.f4 Nc6 20.Nb5 Qd8 21.h3 Ne7 22.Nc3 Be6 23.e5 Nf5 24.Ne4 dxe5 25.Qf2 Qe7 26.fxe5 Red8 27.g4 Ng7 28.Nf6+ Kh8 29.Qh4 h5 30.Qg5 Qc5+ 31.Kh1 1-0

    Round 1, July 5
    Mecking, Henrique (2576) – Araujo, Jose Roberto (2079)
    E88 King’s Indian, Samisch, Orthodox

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 c6 8.Qd2 cxd5 9.cxd5 a6 10.Bd3 Nbd7 11.Nge2 b5 12.O-O Bb7 13.b4 Ne8 14.g4 Nb6 15.a4 Nc4 16.Bxc4 bxc4 17.Ng3 Nf6 18.Kh1 h5 19.gxh5 Nxh5 20.Nxh5 gxh5 21.Rg1 f6 22.Bh6 Rf7 23.Bxg7 Rxg7 24.Qh6 1-0

    Round 1, July 5
    Hambleton, Aman (2487) – De Arruda Filho, Nivaldo (2045)
    D85 Grunfeld, Exchange variation

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2 Bg7 6.e4 Nb6 7.Be3 O-O 8.h3 Na6 9.Nf3 c6 10.Bxa6 bxa6 11.O-O Nc4 12.Qe2 Nd6 13.Rfe1 Qa5 14.Rac1 Rb8 15.b3 Bb7 16.Na4 Nxe4 17.Bf4 Nd6 18.Qxe7 Nf5 19.Qc5 Qxc5 20.Nxc5 Nxd4 21.Nxd4 Bxd4 22.Bxb8 Rxb8 23.Re7 1-0

    Second Round Pairings

    Bouwman, Marcelo Wanderley (2234) – Gareyev, Timur (2588)
    Cherniack, Alex (2231) – Mecking, Henrique (2576)
    Alboredo, Julia (2175) – Hambleton, Aman (2487)


    • #3
      American Continental Championship 2019

      July 6, 2019

      Round Two

      Round 2, July 6
      Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo (2625) – Abdalla, Luiz (2245)
      A16 English

      1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 Ne4 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.d4 e6 7.Bd3 Bb4 8.O-O Nxc3 9.bxc3 dxc4 10.Rb1 cxd3 11.Rxb4 Qc7 12.Ba3 b6 13.Rb1 c5 14.dxc5 bxc5 15.Qxd3 Nd7 16.Rfd1 h6 17.Qd6 Qxd6 18.Rxd6 O-O 19.Rc6 Rd8 20.h4 a5 21.Bxc5 Nxc5 22.Rxc5 a4 23.Kf1 Ba6+ 24.Ke1 Bd3 25.Rb4 a3 26.Nd4 Rd5 27.Nb3 Rad8 28.Rxd5 Rxd5 29.f4 Bb1 30.Nd4 Bxa2 31.Ra4 h5 32.Rxa3 Bc4 33.g3 Rd7 34.Kd2 Rb7 35.Ra8+ Kh7 36.Rc8 Bf1 37.c4 Rb2+ 38.Ke3 Rg2 39.c5 Rxg3+ 40.Kf2 Rd3 41.Rd8 Rd1 42.Nxe6 Rc1 43.Nf8+ Kg8 44.f5 g6 45.Ne6+ 1-0

      Round 2, July 6
      Bouwman, Marcelo (2234) – Gareyev, Timur (2599)
      B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Rauzer Attack Defence

      1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.O-O-O Bd7 9.f4 b5 10.a3 Qb6 11.Be2 Rb8 12.Nb3 Qc7 13.Rhe1 Be7 14.Bf3 h6 15.Bh4 Rd8 16.g4 g5 17.Bg3 gxf4 18.Bxf4 Ne5 19.Be2 Bc6 20.h3 h5 21.g5 Nfd7 22.Kb1 Rb8 23.Nd4 Ba8 24.Nf3 Nf8 25.Rf1 Nfg6 26.Be3 Nc4 27.Bxc4 Qxc4 28.Qd4 O-O 29.b3 Qxd4 30.Nxd4 Rfc8 31.Nde2 Rc7 32.Bd2 a5 33.a4 bxa4 34.Nxa4 Bxe4 35.Nd4 Rc4 36.Ka2 Rxd4 37.c3 Rd3 38.Rf2 Rxh3 0-1

      Round 2, July 6
      Cherniack, Alex (2231) – Mecking, Henrique (2576)
      D97 Grunfeld, Russian, Alekhine variation

      1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 O-O 7.e4 a6 8.Be2 b5 9.Qb3 Nc6 10.d5 Na5 11.Qc2 c6 12.dxc6 Nxc6 13.Nxb5 Nb4 14.Qb3 Nxa2 15.Qxa2 Be6 16.Qa5 axb5 17.Qxd8 Rfxd8 18.Rxa8 Rxa8 19.e5 Nd7 20.Nd4 Bd5 21.Nxb5 Bxg2 22.Rg1 Ra1 23.Rxg2 Rxc1+ 24.Kd2 Bh6+ 25.Kd3 Nc5+ 26.Kd4 Ne6+ 27.Ke4 Nf4 28.Bf3 Re1+ 29.Kd4 Nxg2 30.Bxg2 Bf4 31.b4 Bxe5+ 32.Kd5 Bxh2 33.Nd4 Bg1 0-1

      Round 2, July 6
      Fier, Alexandr (2547) – Fernandez, Maria (2220)
      A16 English Opening

      1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 e5 7.d3 Be6 8.O-O Qd7 9.f4 Bh3 10.f5 Bxg2 11.Kxg2 c6 12.h3 d5 13.cxd5 cxd5 14.Bg5 dxe4 15.dxe4 Qxd1 16.Raxd1 Nbd7 17.Rd6 h6 18.Be3 Rfc8 19.Rfd1 Rc7 20.g4 Bf8 21.R6d2 a6 22.Kf3 g5 23.h4 Bc5 24.Bxc5 Nxc5 25.Rd6 Rc6 26.Rxf6 Rxf6 27.b4 Nxe4 28.Nxe4 Rb6 29.hxg5 hxg5 30.Nxg5 Rxb4 31.Rd7 Rc8 32.Nxf7 Rc2 33.Nxe5 Rxa2 34.f6 Rb3+ 35.Kf2 Rbb2 36.Rg7+ 1-0

      Round 2, July 6
      Alboredo, Julia (2175) – Hambleton, Aman (2487)
      C16 French, Winawer, Advance variation

      1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.Qg4 Ng6 8.h4 h5 9.Qg3 Ba6 10.Bxa6 Nxa6 11.Qd3 Nb8 12.Nf3 Nc6 13.Bg5 Qd7 14.O-O Na5 15.Nd2 Ne7 16.a4 Nf5 17.Rfd1 O-O 18.g3 f6 19.Bf4 Rad8 20.Re1 Qf7 21.Re2 fxe5 22.Bxe5 Nc6 23.Rf1 Rde8 24.Nf3 Nd8 25.Ng5 Qd7 26.c4 Nf7 27.Nxf7 Rxf7 28.a5 dxc4 29.Qxc4 Qd5 30.Qxd5 exd5 31.Ree1 Re6 32.Ra1 Rc6 33.Ra2 Rc4 34.Rd1 Ne7 35.axb6 axb6 36.Rd2 Rf3 37.Ra7 Rfc3 38.Re2 Nc6 39.Ra8+ Kf7 40.Rc8 Nxd4 41.Bxd4 Rxd4 42.Rce8 Re4 43.R8xe4 dxe4 44.Kf1 Kf6 45.Ke1 Ke5 46.Rd2 e3 47.fxe3 Rxe3+ 48.Kf2 Rc3 49.Re2+ Kf5 50.Rd2 Kg4 51.Rd4+ Kh3 52.Rd7 Rxc2+ 53.Kf3 Rc3+ 54.Kf4 Rxg3 55.Rxc7 Kxh4 0-1

      Just a note about Mecking. He was born in Brazil in 1952 and reached the zenith of his chess career in the 1970s. He got his grandmaster title in 1972 and won the Interzonals in Petropolis 1972 and Manilla 1976. The highest ELO he achieved was 2635, in 1977 when he was ranked number four in the world. His chess career was interrupted by a serious illness, later said to be myasthenia gravis.

      A letter in from 2018:

      When I was in vacation some years ago in Brazil I saw a guy reading a chess book at the beach and we began to talk. He was from Chile and told me that when he was young he was a huge fan from Mequinho.I think you will find a lot of people admiring Mequinho in South America.

      Bobby Fisher said once I think in the 1970s something about Mequinho being the most dangerous opponent for him - a huge compliment in a time with so many good players around, most of them from Russia.

      I would not be very surprise to hear that Bobby said this because his legendary antipathy towards Russian players.

      Nobody knows how far Mequinho would get if he would stay healthy. He could certainly become world champion, as a lot of people saw him as talented as Bobby.

      There is a book with Mequinho games. From time to time I go through one of the games, which are very interesting.


      Books about Mecking:

      Henrique Mecking: Latin chess genius
      Stephen Gordon, Thinkers’ Press 1993

      Mequinho: o perfil de um genio
      Rubens Filguth, Promochess, 1983


      • #4
        American Continental Championship 2019

        July 7, 2019

        Round Three

        Round 3, July 7
        Sanchez Alvarez, Roberto (2434) – Iturrizaga, Eduardo (2625)
        E12 Queen’s Indian, Petrosian System

        1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.a3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb7 6.Nc3 c5 7.e4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bc5 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.b4 Nd4 11.Qd2 Nxf3+ 12.gxf3 Be7 13.Bb2 O-O 14.Rg1 a5 15.b5 a4 16.O-O-O g6 17.e5 Nh5 18.Be2 Bc5 19.Ne4 Bxe4 20.fxe4 Qh4 21.Bf3 Rfd8 22.Kb1 Ng7 23.Rg3 Rac8 24.h3 Rc7 25.Qc2 Rdc8 26.Rd2 Be3 27.Rd1 Rxc4 28.Qe2 Bf4 29.Rg4 Qh6 30.Rxd7 Bc1 31.Rg1 Bxb2 32.Qxb2 Qxh3 33.Rd3 Qh4 34.Qd2 Rc2 35.Qe3 Qxf2 36.Qxf2 Rxf2 37.Rgd1 h5 0-1

        Round 3, July 7
        Gareyev, Timur (2588) – Almiron, Antonio (2402)
        A09 Reti Opening

        1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.g3 g6 4.Qa4 Nd7 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Bg2 Bg7 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.d4 O-O 9.Bf4 Nb6 10.Qb3 Nh5 11.Bc1 Nc4 12.O-O Nf6 13.Ne5 Na5 14.Qa3 Re8 15.Bg5 h6 16.Bxf6 exf6 17.Nd3 Be6 18.Rfc1 Bf8 19.Qa4 Rc8 20.Nf4 Rc4 21.Qd1 Nc6 22.e3 Ne7 23.Bf1 Rc8 24.Qb3 Qd7 25.Bb5 Nc6 26.Ncxd5 Kg7 27.Nxf6 Kxf6 28.d5 Na5 29.Qa4 1-0

        Round 3, July 7
        Mecking, Henrique (2576) – Hernandez, Jairo (2387)
        B38 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Maroczy bind

        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 c5 7.Nge2 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nc6 9.Be2 Bd7 10.Qd2 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 a5 12.O-O Bc6 13.Nd5 Nd7 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Kh1 Nc5 16.Rad1 Re8 17.Rfe1 Bxd5 18.exd5 e5 19.dxe6 Rxe6 20.Qd4+ Qf6 21.Qxf6+ Kxf6 22.Kg1 Ra6 23.Rd2 Rb6 24.Rb1 Na4 25.Bd3 Ke7 26.Kf2 Nc5 27.Bc2 a4 28.b4 axb3 29.axb3 Rb4 30.Rdd1 Kd7 31.Ra1 Re8 32.Ra3 Kc7 33.Re1 Rxe1 34.Kxe1 d5 35.cxd5 Rd4 36.Ra8 Rxd5 37.Rh8 h5 38.Rh7 Rd7 39.g4 hxg4 40.fxg4 Ne6 41.h4 Nd4 42.Bd1 f5 43.Rxd7+ Kxd7 44.gxf5 gxf5 45.Kd2 Ke6 1/2-1/2

        Round 3, July 7
        Hambleton, Aman (2487) – Uribe, Daniel (2304)
        A21 English Closed

        1.c4 d6 2.Nc3 e5 3.g3 f5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d3 Be7 6.e4 fxe4 7.dxe4 O-O 8.Nge2 Be6 9.b3 Qd7 10.h3 Nc6 11.Be3 Bd8 12.Qd2 Ne7 13.Rd1 Ng6 14.Nd5 Nh5 15.c5 Rf7 16.cxd6 cxd6 17.Nec3 Bh4 18.Qe2 Nhf4 19.gxf4 exf4 20.Bd4 f3 21.Bxf3 Bxh3 22.Rxh3 Qxh3 23.Bg4 Qg2 24.Be6 Rf8 25.Kd2 Bg5+ 26.Kc2 Qh2 27.f4 Bxf4 28.Nxf4 Qxf4 29.Rf1 Qg5 30.Rxf7 Rxf7 31.Bxf7+ Kxf7 32.Qc4+ Kf8 33.Qc8+ Kf7 34.Qxb7+ Qe7 35.Qxa7 Qxa7 36.Bxa7 h5 37.Bf2 h4 38.a4 h3 39.Bg3 Ke6 40.Ne2 d5 41.exd5+ Kxd5 42.Nf4+ Nxf4 43.Bxf4 g5 44.Bb8 g4 45.Kd2 1-0

        Round Four is also being played today. The pairings of interest:

        Iturrizaga, Eduardo (2625) – Gonzalez, Vidal (2547)
        Krysa, Leandro (2517) – Gareyev, Timur (2588)
        Supi, Luis (2562) – Hambleton, Aman (2487)
        Languidey, Simon (2427) – Mecking, Henrique (2576)

        Rounds 6 and 7 (July 9) are also played on the same day.


        • #5
          American Continental Championship 2019

          July 8, 2019

          Round Four

          The guys run into tougher opposition and a second round on the same day

          Round 4, July 7
          Krysa, Leandro (2517) – Gareyev, Timur (2588)
          E60 King’s Indian

          1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 c6 5.Bg2 d5 6.Ne5 dxc4 7.Na3 Ng4 8.Naxc4 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 Bxe5 10.dxe5 Qxd1+ 11.Kxd1 Be6 12.Kc2 a5 13.b3 a4 14.Ba3 Ra5 15.f4 axb3+ 16.axb3 Na6 17.e4 h5 18.h3 c5 19.Rhf1 O-O 20.f5 Bd7 21.g4 Ra8 22.Bb2 Nb4+ 23.Kd2 Ra2 24.Kc3 Bb5 25.Rg1 Rxa1 26.Rxa1 Rd8 27.Bf1 Bxf1 28.Rxf1 Rd3+ 29.Kc4 b5+ 30.Kxc5 Rxb3 31.Bd4 Nc2 32.gxh5 gxh5 33.Rg1+ Kf8 34.f6 exf6 35.exf6 Ke8 36.Kd6 Kf8 37.Bc5 Rc3 38.Kc6+ 1-0

          Round 4, July 7
          Supi, Luis (2562) – Hambleton, Aman (2487)
          A20 English, Kingside Fianchetto

          1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.e4 d5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.O-O Be7 9.d4 exd4 10.Nxd4 O-O 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Nc3 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Ba6 14.Re1 Bf6 15.Ba3 Bxc3 16.Bxf8 Qxd1 17.Rexd1 Bxa1 18.Be7 Bf6 19.Bxc6 Rc8 20.Bxf6 gxf6 21.Rd6 Bc4 22.Bd5 a5 23.Bxc4 Rxc4 24.Rxf6 Ra4 25.Rf5 Rxa2 26.g4 h6 27.Kg2 Ra3 28.h4 Kg7 29.f3 Ra2+ 30.Kg3 Ra1 31.h5 a4 32.Ra5 1/2-1/2

          Final position


          Round 4, July 7
          Fier, Alexander (2547) – Santiago, Yago
          A34 English, symmetrical, Three Knights System

          1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.Nf3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e3 Nc6 6.d4 cxd4 7.exd4 e6 8.Bd3 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Qe2 Nf6 11.Rd1 Nb4 12.Ne5 Bd7 13.Bc4 Bc6 14.Bb3 Rc8 15.Bg5 Nfd5 16.Nxc6 Nxc6 17.Be3 Nxe3 18.fxe3 Bd6 19.Rf1 Na5 20.Bc2 Nc4 21.Rf3 g6 22.Bd3 Nb6 23.Raf1 f5 24.e4 f4 25.e5 Bb4 26.Rxf4 Rxf4 27.Rxf4 Bxc3 28.bxc3 Rxc3 29.h4 Nd5 30.Rg4 Kh8 31.Qd2 Qf8 32.Be4 Ne3 33.Qxc3 Qf1+ 34.Kh2 Nxg4+ 35.Kg3 h5 36.Qd2 Qh1 37.Bxg6 Qh2+ 38.Kf3 Qxh4 39.g3 Qh1+ 40.Kf4 Kg7 41.Kg5 Nh2 42.Bxh5 Nf3+ 43.Bxf3 Qxf3 44.Qf4 Qd5 45.Qf6+ Kg8 46.Qe7 Qc6 47.Kf6 Qf3+ 48.Kxe6 Qg4+ 49.Kf6 Qf3+ 50.Kg6 Qe4+ 51.Kh6 Qh1+ 52.Qh4 Qc6+ 53.Qf6 Qh1+ 54.Kg6 1-0

          Round 4, July 7
          Languidey, Simon (2427) – Mecking, Henrique (2576)
          B26 Sicilian, Closed

          1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.Be3 e6 7.Qd2 Nd4 8.Nce2 Nxe2 9.Nxe2 Bxb2 10.Rd1 Bg7 11.d4 cxd4 12.Bxd4 Bxd4 13.Nxd4 a6 14.O-O Nf6 15.Nb3 e5 16.Qxd6 Qxd6 17.Rxd6 Ke7 18.Rfd1 Be6 19.Rb6 Rhc8 20.Rxb7+ Kf8 21.Rd2 a5 22.a4 Rc3 23.f3 Rac8 24.Nxa5 Rxc2 1/2-1/2


          • #6
            American Continental Championship 2019

            July 9, 2019

            Round Five

            Round 5, July 8
            Fier, Alexandr (2547) – Pichot, Alan (2579)
            E62 King’s Indian, Fianchetto, Uhlmann variation

            1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.O-O e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Bg5 Be6 10.Nd2 Qc8 11.Nd5 Nd7 12.b4 h6 13.Be3 Re8 14.Rc1 f5 15.b5 Nd8 16.Nb3 c6 17.a4 Bf7 18.Nc3 e4 19.bxc6 bxc6 20.Bd4 Ne5 21.Nc5 Ne6 22.Nxe6 Qxe6 23.Qb3 Rab8 24.Qa2 Qxc4 25.Qxc4 Nxc4 26.Bxg7 Kxg7 27.Rfd1 Red8 28.Rxd8 Rxd8 29.f3 exf3 30.Bxf3 Ne5 31.Bg2 Rd2 32.e4 fxe4 33.Bxe4 g5 34.h4 gxh4 35.gxh4 Bg6 36.Rb1 Bxe4 37.Nxe4 Rd4 38.Rb7+ Kg6 39.Nc5 Rc4 40.Nd7 Nxd7 41.Rxd7 a5 42.Rd6+ Kh5 43.Kg2 Rxh4 44.Rxc6 Rxa4 45.Ra6 Ra3 46.Ra8 Kg4 47.Rg8+ Kh4 48.Rc8 Rg3+ 49.Kf2 h5 50.Rc4+ Rg4 51.Rc5 a4 52.Ra5 Rb4 53.Kf3 Rb3+ 54.Kg2 a3 55.Ra4+ Kg5 56.Ra5+ Kf4 57.Rxh5 Rb2+ 58.Kh3 a2 59.Ra5 Ke3 0-1

            Round 5, July 8
            Iturrizaga, Eduardo (2625) – Krysa, Leandro (2517)
            E60 King’s Indian

            1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 c6 4.Bg2 d5 5.Nd2 Bg7 6.Ngf3 O-O 7.O-O Bf5 8.b3 a5 9.a3 Ne4 10.Bb2 a4 11.b4 Nd6 12.c5 Nb5 13.Re1 Nd7 14.h3 b6 15.cxb6 c5 16.g4 Be4 17.Nxe4 dxe4 18.Ne5 Nxe5 19.dxe5 Qxb6 20.bxc5 Qxc5 21.Rc1 Qa7 22.Bxe4 Rad8 23.Qc2 Nd4 24.Qc5 Qxc5 25.Rxc5 Nb3 26.Rc4 Rd2 27.Bc3 Ra2 28.f4 Rxa3 29.Rd1 Ra2 30.Kf2 Rb8 31.Rc7 a3 32.Bb1 Rb2 33.Bxb2 axb2 34.Rdd7 Rb4 35.Rc8+ Bf8 36.Rdd8 Rxf4+ 37.Ke3 1-0

            Round 5, July 8
            Hambleton, Aman (2487) – Leitao, Rafael (2616)
            A45 Queen’s Pawn game

            1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.exd4 b6 6.Nbd2 Be7 7.Bd3 Ba6 8.Nc4 O-O 9.c3 d5 10.Nce5 Bxd3 11.Nxd3 Nc6 12.a4 Rc8 13.O-O Ne4 14.Re1 Bd6 15.Bxd6 Nxd6 16.Qe2 Na5 17.Nfe5 Nac4 18.Nxc4 Nxc4 19.g3 Re8 1/2-1/2

            Final position


            White is at a slight disadvantage here. Should Aman have played on against a 2616 opponent?

            Round 5, July 8
            Gareyev, Timur (2588) – Quintiliano, Renato (2443)
            A01 Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack, Modern variation

            1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bd6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 O-O 7.g4 Be7 8.Bf3 d6 9.g5 Nd7 10.h4 Nb6 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Nge2 d5 13.d4 e4 14.Nf4 Bf5 15.Rg1 Bd6 16.a4 Qe7 17.Nce2 f6 18.a5 Nd7 19.Qd2 fxg5 20.hxg5 Rab8 21.Bc3 Rf7 22.O-O-O Nf8 23.Kb2 Re8 24.Rg3 g6 25.Rg2 Ne6 26.Nxe6 Bxe6 27.Nf4 Bc8 28.Ra1 Rf5 29.Rag1 Rf7 30.Rh1 Ref8 31.Qe1 Rg7 32.Rh4 Rf5 33.Qg1 Qf8 34.Qh2 Qe7 35.Qg3 Rgf7 36.Qh3 Rxf4 37.Qxc8+ Rf8 38.Qh3 Rxf2 39.Rxf2 Rxf2 40.Qc8+ Kg7 41.Qh3 Kg8 42.Qc8+ Kg7 43.Qh3 1/2-1/2

            Round 5, July 8
            Mecking, Henrique (2576) – Duran, Sergio (2364)
            D59 QGD, Tartakower variation

            1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 O-O 7.e3 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Rc1 Be6 12.Be2 c5 13.b3 Nd7 14.O-O Rfc8 15.Ba6 Rc7 16.h3 Nb8 17.Bd3 Nc6 18.Bb1 cxd4 19.Qc2 g6 20.Nxd4 Rac8 21.Nxe6 Qxe6 22.Qd2 Ne7 23.Rxc7 Rxc7 24.Rd1 Qe5 25.Bd3 Kg7 26.Rc1 Rxc1+ 27.Qxc1 d4 28.exd4 1/2-1/2

            Two rounds today

            Standings after Round Five

            1 Pichot 5
            2-5 Iturrizaga, Supi, Perez, Garcia 4.5
            6-23 Hambleton, Fier and 15 others 4.0
            24-50 Gareyev, Mecking etc 3.5


            • #7
              American Continental Championship 2019

              July 9, 2019

              Rounds Six and Seven

              Round 6, July 9
              Mieles, Daniel (2359) – Hambleton, Aman (2487)
              A21 English, Kramnik-Shirov Counter-Attack

              1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.Nd5 Bc5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ Qxf6 6.Ne2 Qe7 7.a3 Bb6 8.d4 d6 9.b4 c6 10.Bb2 O-O 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.c5 Bc7 13.Qc2 f5 14.Ng3 f4 15.Bd3 h6 16.exf4 exf4+ 17.Kf1 fxg3 18.Re1 Qg5 19.hxg3 Nd7 20.Bc4+ Kh8 21.Bc1 Qf5 22.Qxf5 Rxf5 23.Re7 Rf6 24.Bg5 Bd8 25.Re8+ Rf8 26.Rxd8 Rxd8 27.Bxd8 Ne5 28.Be2 Bg4 29.Bxg4 Rxd8 30.Be2 Rd2 31.Rh5 Nd7 32.Rf5 Ra2 33.Bf3 Rxa3 34.Rf7 Ne5 35.Rf8+ Kh7 36.Be4+ g6 37.Rb8 Kg7 38.Rxb7+ Kf6 39.f4 Nc4 40.Bxc6 Ra2 41.Bf3 Ne3+ 42.Ke1 g5 43.c6 g4 44.Be4 Ra1+ 45.Ke2 Nf1 46.Bd5 Nxg3+ 47.Kd2 Nf1+ 48.Kc2 Ne3+ 49.Kb2 Rd1 50.c7 Rd2+ 51.Kb3 Rd3+ 52.Ka4 Rc3 53.Be4 Nc4 54.b5 Nd6 55.Rxa7 Nxe4 56.b6 Nd6 57.Ra8 Rc4+ 58.Ka5 Ke7 59.Rh8 Nb7+ 60.Ka6 Nd6 61.Rh7+ Ke8 62.b7 Rc6+ 63.Ka7 Nb5+ 64.Kb8 Nxc7 65.Rxc7 Rd6 66.Ka7 1-0

              Round 6, July 9
              Gemy, Jose (2371) – Gareyev, Timur (2588)
              B00 King’s Pawn Opening

              1.e4 g6 2.d3 Bg7 3.g3 d5 4.Nd2 e5 5.Bg2 Ne7 6.h4 h5 7.c3 c5 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.Ne4 Na6 10.Qa4+ Ke7 11.Qa3 Qb6 12.Nf3 Rd8 13.O-O Kf8 14.d4 exd4 15.cxd4 Qb4 16.Qxb4 cxb4 17.Bg5 f6 18.Bd2 b6 19.Rac1 Bf5 20.Rfe1 Rd7 21.Rc6 Rad8 22.a3 bxa3 23.bxa3 Nac7 24.a4 Re7 25.Nc3 Bd7 26.Rd6 Rxe1+ 27.Nxe1 Nxc3 28.Bxc3 Ke8 29.Be4 f5 30.Bc6 Bxc6 31.Rxc6 Nd5 32.Rxg6 Kf7 33.Rc6 Nxc3 34.Rxc3 Rxd4 35.Rc7+ Kg8 36.Nf3 Rxa4 37.Rc8+ Kf7 38.Rc7+ Kg6 39.Rc6+ Bf6 40.Ne5+ Kg7 41.Rc7+ Kg8 42.Rc8+ Kh7 43.Rc7+ Bg7 44.Rb7 f4 45.Kg2 fxg3 46.fxg3 a5 47.Nd7 Rb4 48.Nxb6 Rb2+ 49.Kf3 Rb3+ 50.Ke4 Kg6 51.Ra7 Rxb6 52.Rxa5 Bh6 53.Kf3 Rb3+ 54.Kg2 Be3 55.Kh2 Rc3 56.Rd5 Bc5 57.Rg5+ Kh6 58.Rd5 Bf2 59.Rg5 Rc2 60.Rd5 Bc5+ 61.Kh3 Bg1 62.Rd6+ Kg7 63.g4 hxg4+ 64.Kxg4 Rc4+ 65.Kg3 Bd4 66.Rd5 Kf6 67.Rh5 Be5+ 68.Kf3 Bc3 69.Kg3 Be1+ 70.Kh3 Re4 71.Rh8 Re3+ 72.Kg4 Rg3+ 73.Kf4 Ra3 74.Kg4 Ra4+ 75.Kh3 Bd2 76.Rg8 Bf4 77.Rh8 Kg6 78.Rc8 Re4 79.Rh8 Be5 80.Rg8+ Bg7 81.Kg3 Rd4 82.Kh3 Rc4 83.Kg3 Re4 84.Kh3 Ra4 85.Kg3 Rb4 86.Kh3 Ra4 87.Kg3 Rc4 88.Kh3 Kf7 89.Ra8 Bf6 90.h5 Rh4+ 91.Kg3 Rxh5 92.Kg4 Rb5 93.Kf4 Bd4 94.Ke4 Bb6 95.Rh8 Bc5 96.Rh7+ Ke6 97.Rh6+ Kd7 98.Rh5 Kc6 99.Rh1 Rb4+ 100.Ke5 Bd6+ 101.Kf5 Rc4 102.Ke6 Bc5 103.Ke5 Be3 104.Rh3 Bd4+ 105.Ke4 Bg7+ 106.Kf5 Kd5 107.Re3 Rc8 108.Re1 Bd4 109.Re2 Rf8+ 110.Kg4 Be5 111.Re1 Rf4+ 112.Kh3 Rf2 113.Kg4 Ke6 114.Rh1 Rf4+ 115.Kg5 Rf3 116.Rh6+ Kd5 117.Kg4 Ke4 118.Rh4 Rg3+ 119.Kh5+ Kf5 120.Ra4 Rg8 121.Ra6 Rg5+ 122.Kh4 Rg4+ 123.Kh3 Rg3+ 124.Kh4 Rb3 125.Ra5 Rb4+ 126.Kh5 Rb7 127.Ra6 Rb8 128.Rg6 Rh8+ 129.Rh6 Rg8 130.Ra6 Bc7 131.Rc6 Rg7 132.Rc5+ Be5 133.Rc6 Rg5+ 134.Kh4 Rg2 0-1

              Final Position


              Black wins in 5 moves

              Round 6, July 9
              Della Morte, German (2359) – Mecking, Henrique (2576)
              B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack

              1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g4 h6 7.g5 hxg5 8.Bxg5 Nc6 9.Nb3 a6 10.h4 b5 11.a3 Bb7 12.f4 Be7 13.Rh3 Qc7 14.Qd2 O-O-O 15.Qf2 d5 16.e5 d4 17.exf6 gxf6 18.Bxf6 Bxf6 19.Ne4 Be7 20.O-O-O Rd5 21.Be2 Kb8 22.Rf1 f5 23.Ned2 a5 24.Bf3 Rd6 25.Bxc6 Bxc6 26.Nxd4 Bf6 27.N4f3 Rc8 28.Ne5 Bxe5 29.fxe5 Rd5 30.Nf3 b4 31.axb4 axb4 32.Nd4 Ba4 33.Rd1 Qxe5 34.Re3 Qc7 35.Rxe6 Rcd8 36.Re2 Qc4 37.Qg3+ f4 38.Qxf4+ Ka8 39.Qf3 Bc6 40.Red2 Qa6 41.Kb1 Rxd4 42.Rxd4 Bxf3 43.Rxd8+ Ka7 44.R8d7+ Kb6 45.R1d6+ Bc6 46.Rf6 b3 47.Rdd6 bxc2+ 48.Kxc2 Qc4+ 49.Kd2 Qb4+ 50.Kc2 Qc4+ 51.Kd2 1/2-1/2

              Final Position


              Round 7, July 9
              Gareyev, Timur (2588) – Molina, Roberto (2464)
              D58 QGD, Tartakower System

              1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 O-O 7.e3 b6 8.Rb1 Bb7 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.cxd5 Bxd5 11.Be2 Bb7 12.b4 Nd7 13.O-O a5 14.a3 axb4 15.axb4 Qe7 16.Qc2 e5 17.Rfd1 exd4 18.Nxd4 Bxd4 19.Rxd4 Nf6 20.h3 Rfd8 21.Rf4 Nd5 22.Nxd5 Bxd5 23.Bc4 c5 24.bxc5 bxc5 25.Rc1 Rac8 26.Rf5 Qb7 27.Qa2 Bxc4 28.Qxc4 Qe7 29.Rxc5 Rxc5 30.Qxc5 Qxc5 31.Rxc5 g6 32.g4 Kg7 33.h4 Rd7 34.Kg2 Ra7 35.f4 Rb7 36.h5 gxh5 37.Rxh5 Ra7 38.Kf3 Rb7 39.Rd5 Ra7 40.Rd6 Rb7 41.Ke4 Ra7 42.Rd3 Ra5 43.Rd5 Ra6 44.Kf3 Ra7 45.Rd3 Rb7 46.e4 Ra7 47.e5 Rb7 48.Ke4 Ra7 49.Rd4 Rb7 50.f5 Ra7 51.Rd8 Ra1 52.f6+ Kh7 53.Rf8 Ra7 54.Kf5 Rb7 55.Rxf7+ Rxf7 56.e6 1-0

              Round 7, July 9
              Hambleton, Aman (2487) – Donoso, Sebastian (2239)
              A33 English, symmetrical variation

              1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 e6 6.g3 Bc5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Bg2 O-O 9.O-O d6 10.Bf4 h6 11.Rc1 g5 12.Bd2 Ne5 13.Nb5 Ng6 14.Bb4 Ne8 15.c5 d5 16.e4 a5 17.Ba3 Bd7 18.Nd6 Bxd6 19.cxd6 b5 20.Bc5 Ra6 21.exd5 e5 22.Be3 Nxd6 23.Nc5 Ra8 24.Nxd7 Qxd7 25.Rc6 Rfc8 26.Qh5 Kg7 27.Bh3 f5 28.Bxf5 Qxf5 29.Rxd6 Rd8 30.Rb6 Rxd5 31.Rc1 Rad8 32.Rcc6 Rd1+ 33.Kg2 Qe4+ 34.Kh3 Qf5+ 35.Qg4 Ne7 36.Rxh6 Qxg4+ 37.Kxg4 Nd5 38.Rbg6+ Kf7 39.Kxg5 Ne7 40.Rh7+ 1-0

              Round 7, July 9
              Mecking, Henrique (2576) – De Borba, Guilherme (2330)
              E15 Queen’s Indian, Nimzowitsch variation

              1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Nbxd2 c5 8.e4 cxd4 9.e5 Ng4 10.h3 Nh6 11.Nxd4 Bb7 12.N2f3 f6 13.exf6 Qxf6 14.Bg2 O-O 15.O-O Na6 16.Qe2 Nc5 17.Rad1 a5 18.Ne5 Bxg2 19.Kxg2 Nf7 20.Nxf7 Rxf7 21.Qf3 Raf8 22.Qxf6 Rxf6 23.f4 g5 24.fxg5 Rxf1 25.Rxf1 Rxf1 26.Kxf1 Ne4 27.h4 Nxg3+ 28.Kf2 Ne4+ 29.Ke3 Nc5 30.Nb5 Kg7 31.h5 e5 32.Nc7 d6 33.Ne8+ Kf8 34.Nxd6 a4 35.bxa4 Nxa4 36.Ke4 Nc3+ 37.Kxe5 Nxa2 38.Nc8 Nb4 39.Nxb6 Nd3+ 40.Kf5 Nc5 41.Nd5 Kf7 42.Nf4 Ke7 43.g6 hxg6+ 44.Kxg6 Kd6 45.h6 Nd7 46.Kg7 1-0

              Final Position


              White wins in 14 moves

              Standings after Round Seven

              1-2 Pichot, Iturrizaga 6
              3-11 Krysa, Fier, Gareyev, Garcia, Mekhitarian, Delgado, Hernandez, Perez, Gonzalez 5.5
              12-25 Hambleton, Mecking etc 5


              • #8
                American Continental Championship 2019

                July 11, 2019

                Round Eight

                Three draws today

                Round 8, July 10
                Mekhitarian, Krikor (2545) – Gareyev, Timur (2588)
                A52 Budapest Defence
                1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.e3 Nxe5 5.Nh3 d6 6.Nf4 g6 7.Nc3 Bg7 8.Be2 O-O 9.O-O a5 10.e4 Na6 11.Be3 Nc5 12.Qd2 Re8 13.Rad1 b6 14.Nfd5 c6 15.Nf4 Ra7 16.f3 Bf8 17.Rfe1 f5 18.exf5 Bxf5 19.Bf1 Rf7 20.Kh1 Qh4 21.Qf2 Qxf2 22.Bxf2 Bd7 23.Nd3 Nexd3 24.Bxd3 Rxe1+ 25.Bxe1 Nxd3 26.Rxd3 Bf5 27.Rd2 g5 28.Bg3 Rf6 29.Kg1 Re6 30.b3 g4 31.Ne4 gxf3 32.gxf3 Bxe4 33.fxe4 Kf7 34.Kf2 Rf6+ 35.Ke2 Ke6 36.Rd3 Be7 1/2-1/2

                Round 8, July 10
                Mieles, Daniel (2359) – Mecking, Henrique (2576)
                A15 English Opening

                1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 c5 5.g3 b6 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.O-O O-O 8.d4 cxd4 9.Qxd4 d6 10.Nc3 Ne4 11.Qe3 Nxc3 12.Bxc3 Bxc3 13.Qxc3 Nd7 14.Nh4 Qc7 15.Rfd1 Nf6 16.Rac1 Rac8 17.Qe3 Rfe8 18.b4 Bxg2 19.Nxg2 Qb7 20.Rd4 d5 21.cxd5 Nxd5 22.Rxc8 Rxc8 23.Qd2 Nf6 24.Ne3 h5 25.f3 Qc7 26.Rc4 Qb7 27.Rd4 Qc7 28.Rc4 Qb7 29.Rd4 1/2-1/2

                Round 8, July 10
                Acosta, Pablo (1992) – Hambleton, Aman (2487)
                B42 Sicilian, Kan

                1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Qb6 6.Nb3 Qc7 7.O-O d6 8.f4 Nd7 9.Qe2 Ngf6 10.c4 b6 11.Nc3 Bb7 12.f5 Ne5 13.fxe6 fxe6 14.Bf4 Be7 15.Kh1 O-O 16.Rac1 Rac8 17.Bxe5 dxe5 18.c5 b5 19.a4 b4 20.Nb1 a5 21.N1d2 Bc6 22.Bb5 1/2-1/2

                Rankings after Round Eight

                1-5 Pichot, Fier, Gonzalez, Delgado, Iturrizaga 6.5
                6-18 includes Gareyev 6.0
                19-34 includes Mecking, Hambleton 5.5

                Round Nine Pairings

                Fier (6.5) – Iturrizaga (6.5)
                PIchot (6.5) – Delgado (6.5)
                Gareyev (6) – Salinas (6)
                Mecking (5.5) – Cadilhac (5.5)
                Hambleton (5.5) – Abdalla (5.5)


                • #9
                  Enjoying the games. Thanks Wayne.


                  • #10
                    American Continental Championship 2019

                    July 12, 2019

                    Round Nine

                    Round 9, July 11
                    Fier, Alexandr (2547) – Iturrizaga, Eduardo (2625)
                    E25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch variation

                    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5 exd5 8.e3 c4 9.Ne2 Nc6 10.g4 Na5 11.Bg2 Nd7 12.O-O Nb6 13.Nf4 O-O 14.e4 Nb3 15.Rb1 Bd7 16.e5 f6 17.Re1 Re8 18.Nh5 Na4 19.Qc2 fxe5 20.dxe5 Qb6+ 21.Kh1 Qg6 22.Rb2 Nxb2 23.Qxb2 Rad8 24.Bf4 Bc6 25.Rd1 Nc5 26.Qe2 Nd3 27.Qe3 Rd7 28.Bg3 Rde7 29.Qxa7 Nxe5 30.Qd4 Nd3 31.h3 Qe6 32.Nf4 Nxf4 33.Bxf4 Qf6 34.Kh2 Re2 35.Qxf6 gxf6 36.Rc1 d4 0-1

                    Round 9, July 11
                    Gareyev, Timur (2588) – Salina, Pablo (2498)
                    D11 QGD Slav

                    1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.b3 Bg7 6.Bb2 O-O 7.Nbd2 b6 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.O-O Nbd7 10.Qe2 c5 11.Rfd1 cxd4 12.Bxd4 Qb8 13.cxd5 Nxd5 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Ne4 N5f6 16.Qb2 Rd8 17.h3 Kg8 18.Nxf6+ Nxf6 19.Bc4 Bxf3 20.gxf3 Qc7 21.Rac1 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Rd8 23.Rxd8+ Qxd8 24.Qe5 Kg7 25.b4 a5 26.bxa5 bxa5 27.Kg2 e6 28.Qc5 Ne8 29.Bb3 Kg8 30.Kf1 Qd3+ 31.Ke1 Qb1+ 32.Ke2 Qb2+ 33.Ke1 Qb1+ 34.Ke2 Qb2+ 1/2-1/2

                    Round 9, July 11
                    Mecking, Henrique (2576) – Cadilhac, Igor (2291)
                    E05 Catalan, open, Classical line

                    1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.c4 O-O 6.O-O dxc4 7.Ne5 Nc6 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.Nxc6 Qe8 10.Nxe7+ Qxe7 11.Qa4 e5 12.dxe5 Qxe5 13.Nc3 Ne4 14.Qxc4 Nxc3 15.bxc3 Be6 16.Bf4 Bxc4 17.Bxe5 c6 18.Rfe1 Rfe8 19.Bd4 Bxe2 20.Kg2 a6 21.a4 Re6 22.f3 Rae8 23.Kf2 Bd3 24.Rxe6 Rxe6 25.Ra2 f6 26.g4 g5 27.Rb2 Kf7 28.Kg3 Kg6 29.h4 h5 30.hxg5 fxg5 31.gxh5+ Kxh5 32.Rb8 Be2 33.Rh8+ Kg6 34.Rg8+ Kf5 35.a5 Bd1 36.Rd8 Be2 37.Kf2 Bc4 38.Kg3 Be2 39.Rf8+ Kg6 40.Rg8+ Kf5 41.Rf8+ Kg6 42.f4 gxf4+ 43.Kxf4 Bb5 1/2-1/2

                    Round 9, July 11
                    Hambleton, Aman (2487) – Abdalla, Luiz (2245)
                    A30 English, symmetrical

                    1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Nc2 Nf6 7.e4 d6 8.Be2 O-O 9.O-O Nd7 10.Re1 Nc5 11.Bf1 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Qa5 13.Bd2 Qa4 14.Bh6 Re8 15.Qd2 Be6 16.Nb4 Rac8 17.f4 f6 18.Re3 Na5 19.Qe1 Nxc4 20.Rg3 Bf7 21.h4 Nd7 22.h5 Qa5 23.hxg6 hxg6 24.Rd1 Rc5 25.e5 Ncxe5 26.fxe5 Rxe5 27.Be3 Kg7 28.Nd3 Re4 29.Bh6+ Kxh6 30.Qxe4 Kg7 31.Nf4 Ne5 32.Bd3 Rh8 33.Bb1 Qb6+ 34.Qe3 Qb5 35.Bxg6 Bxg6 36.Nxg6 1-0

                    Some Chat Room Comments

                    - Go Timur Go!!!
                    - Timur will not take this event, for sure.
                    - No, but he has cool hair and wears awesome shirts.
                    - lol
                    - He needs to be a strong player and not a popstar. For instance, Neymar is more a popstar than a football player, even though he thinks that he is a football player.
                    - Timur is king of chess as blindfold
                    - Timur is hilarious when he loses, he looks like a kid who got caught trying to swipe a cookie...he almost laughs. Best loser/sportsman out there

                    Standings after Round Nine

                    1 Iturrizaga 7.5
                    2-7 Duran, Garcia, Delgado, Pichot, Perez, Gonzalez 7
                    8-20 including Gareyev and Hambleton 6.5
                    21-36 including Mecking 6


                    • #11
                      The Fier - Iturrizaga game very impressive. Look at Black's knight play and Qb6+ and Qg6 remove the defender. Impressive tactics and strategy combined.


                      • #12
                        American Continental Championship 2019

                        July 13, 2019

                        Round Ten

                        Round 10, July 12
                        Perdomo, Leandro (2468) – Gareyev, Timur (2588)
                        A41 Old Indian Defence

                        1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5 3.Nf3 e4 4.Ng5 f5 5.Nc3 Be7 6.Nh3 Nf6 7.g3 c6 8.Bg2 d5 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.O-O O-O 11.Bg5 Be6 12.Nf4 Bf7 13.Bh3 g6 14.Qb3 Qd7 15.Rfc1 Nc6 16.e3 Nh5 17.Bh6 Nxf4 18.gxf4 Rfc8 19.Bf1 Na5 20.Qb5 Qd8 21.b4 Nc4 22.Bxc4 Rxc4 23.a3 b6 24.Qa4 a5 25.Qb3 axb4 26.axb4 Rxb4 27.Qd1 Bf8 28.Rxa8 Qxa8 29.Ra1 Qc6 30.Bxf8 Kxf8 31.Qd2 Qc4 32.Rc1 Qb3 33.Rb1 Qa3 34.Rxb4 Qxb4 35.Qc2 h6 36.Na2 Qd6 37.Qc8+ Kg7 38.Nc3 Qe7 39.Qb8 g5 40.Qxb6 gxf4 41.exf4 Qh4 42.Qc7 Qg4+ 43.Kf1 Qh3+ 44.Kg1 Qg4+ 45.Kf1 Qh3+ 46.Kg1 Qg4+ 1/2-1/2

                        Round 10, July 12
                        Barbosa, Evandro (2506) – Hambleton, Aman (2487)
                        B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) variation

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.O-O Nf6 8.Be3 Bb4 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Qd4 c5 11.Qc4 Bb7 12.a3 Bxc3 13.Qxc3 Bxe4 14.f3 Bg6 15.Qxc5 Qxc5 16.Bxc5 Bxc2 17.Rfc1 Ba4 18.Bd6 Kd8 19.Rc3 Ne8 20.Bb4 a5 21.Bc5 Bc6 22.Rd1 Nf6 23.b4 Nd5 24.Rcc1 axb4 25.axb4 f6 26.b5 Bb7 27.b6 Ke8 28.Bd4 Ke7 29.Ra1 e5 30.Bf2 Rxa1 31.Rxa1 Bc6 32.Bc5+ Ke6 33.Bc4 Rb8 34.Ra5 f5 35.h4 h5 36.g3 g6 37.Kf1 Kf6 38.Bxd5 Bxd5 39.Kf2 Ke6 40.f4 d6 41.Be3 Rc8 42.Rb5 Rc2+ 43.Ke1 Bb7 44.fxe5 dxe5 45.Bd2 Rc4 46.Bh6 Rg4 47.Kf2 f4 48.gxf4 exf4 49.Rg5 Rxh4 50.Rxg6+ Kf5 51.Rg7 Bd5 52.Rd7 Rh2+ 53.Kg1 Rh1+ 54.Kf2 Ke6 55.b7 Rh2+ 56.Kg1 Rh1+ 57.Kf2 Rb1 58.Rd6+ Kxd6 59.Bxf4+ Ke6 60.b8=Q Rxb8 61.Bxb8 h4 62.Bh2 h3 1/2-1/2

                        Final Position


                        Round 10, July 12
                        Rodi, Luis (2343) – Mecking, Henrique (2576)
                        B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack

                        1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g4 h6 7.Rg1 Nc6 8.Be3 Bd7 9.h4 h5 10.gxh5 Nxh5 11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.Qd2 Nf6 13.Bg5 a6 14.O-O-O Qc7 15.Qd4 Be7 16.a4 Rc8 17.Be2 Qa5 18.Bd2 Qe5 19.Qxe5 dxe5 20.Rxg7 Nxe4 21.Nxe4 Bxe4 22.Bc3 Bxh4 23.Rg4 Bf5 24.Rb4 Bxf2 25.Rxb7 Bd4 26.Bxa6 Rh2 27.Bd3 Bxc3 28.bxc3 Rxc3 29.Rd2 Rxd2 30.Kxd2 Ra3 31.Bc4 Be4 32.Rb8+ Ke7 33.Bb3 Ra1 34.Rb5 Kd6 35.Rb8 Bc6 36.Rf8 f5 37.Rd8+ Bd7 38.Kc3 e4 39.Kd4 e5+ 40.Ke3 Kc7 41.Rf8 Rg1 42.Rf6 Rg3+ 43.Kf2 f4 44.Be6 e3+ 45.Ke2 Bxa4 46.Bd5 Bd7 47.Be6 Bc6 48.Bc4 Bf3+ 49.Kf1 Rh3 0-1

                        Round 11 Pairings

                        Gareyev (2588) – Garcia (2529)
                        Mecking (2576) – Perdomo (2468)
                        Hambleton (2487) – Quintilian (2443)

                        Standings after Round Ten

                        1-3 Iturrizaga, Gonzalez, Duran 8
                        4-9 Perez, Garcia, Supi, Delgado, Mekhitarian, Vazquez 7.5
                        10-22 Gareyev, Hambleton, Mecking etc 7


                        • #13
                          American Continental Championship 2019

                          July 13, 2019

                          Round Eleven

                          Round 11, July 13
                          Gareyev, Timur (2588) – Garcia, Roberto (2529)
                          D35 QGD, Exchange (Tartakower System)

                          1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 c6 7.Bd3 O-O 8.Qc2 Nbd7 9.Nf3 Re8 10.h4 Nf8 11.O-O-O a5 12.Kb1 a4 13.a3 Qa5 14.Ne5 Ng4 15.Nf3 Nf6 16.Rc1 Be6 17.Ne5 N6d7 18.f4 f6 19.f5 Nxe5 20.dxe5 Bxf5 21.Bxf5 fxg5 22.hxg5 g6 23.Bxg6 Nxg6 24.Rh6 Bf8 25.Rxg6+ hxg6 26.Qxg6+ Bg7 27.Rh1 Re7 28.e6 Qa6 29.Rh4 Qf1+ 30.Ka2 Rxe6 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.Rf4+ Qxf4 33.exf4 Bxc3 34.bxc3 Rae8 35.g6 Re2+ 36.Kb1 Rxg2 37.Qf7# 1-0

                          Final Position


                          Round 11, July 13
                          Mecking, Henrique (2576) – Perdomo, Leandro (2468)
                          D81 King’s Indian, Samisch

                          1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 Nbd7 7.Qd2 c5 8.d5 Ne5 9.Bg5 a6 10.f4 Ned7 11.Nf3 b5 12.cxb5 Qa5 13.e5 Re8 14.Be2 axb5 15.Nxb5 Nxd5 16.Rd1 N7b6 17.exd6 exd6 18.Nxd6 Ba6 19.Nxe8 Rxe8 20.Ne5 Qxd2+ 21.Rxd2 Bxe2 22.Rxe2 f6 23.Nd3 Rxe2+ 24.Kxe2 fxg5 25.Nxc5 Nxf4+ 26.Kf3 Bxb2 27.a4 Nc4 28.Rd1 Ba3 29.g3 Bxc5 30.gxf4 gxf4 31.Rc1 Ne5+ 32.Ke4 Nd7 33.Rd1 Nf6+ 34.Kxf4 Bb4 35.h3 Kf7 36.Ra1 Bd2+ 37.Kf3 Ba5 38.Rb1 Ke6 39.Rb5 Bc7 40.a5 Nd7 41.a6 Bb6 42.Rb2 Kd6 43.Kf4 Kc6 44.Ra2 Ba7 45.Re2 Nc5 46.Re7 Kb6 47.Rxh7 Kxa6 48.Kg5 Ne6+ 1/2-1/2

                          Final Position


                          Round 11, July 13
                          Hambleton, Aman (2487) – Quintiliano, Renato (2443)
                          E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc variation

                          1.c4 e6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 O-O 6.a3 Bxc5 7.Nf3 Qb6 8.e4 Ng4 9.Na4 Qa5+ 10.b4 Bxf2+ 11.Qxf2 Qxa4 12.Qg3 f5 13.exf5 exf5 14.Bd3 d5 15.O-O Qb3 16.Bb1 Qc3 17.Ra2 dxc4 18.h3 Nf6 19.Re2 Nc6 20.Bb2 Nd4 21.Re7 Nxf3+ 22.Rxf3 1-0

                          Final Standings

                          1-4 Iturrizaga, Deigado, Gonzalez, Duran 8.5
                          5-12 Pichot, Supi, Mekhitarian, Gareyev, Fier, Vazquez, Hambleton, Santiago 8.0
                          13-24 Mecking etc 7.5


                          • #14
                            GM Aman finished tied for fifth. Does he qualify for the World Cup or something?


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Hans Jung View Post
                              GM Aman finished tied for fifth. Does he qualify for the World Cup or something?
                              The Top 4 qualify for the World Cup - so half a point short.