Monthly Archives: November 2012

Panama Open II Rd5 Results-Properly Aligned!

Panama Open II Rd5 Results-Properly Aligned!

I found a tool to align excel tables for Blogger.
Tableizer Tool

There’s some other tools here Cometdocs- How-to-convert-excel-spreadsheets-into-html-tables

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Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 IM Hansen Eric CAN 2539 5
2 GM Marin Mihail ROU 2547 4.5
3 IM Hevia Alejano Carlos Antonio CUB 2508 4
4 FM Vera Siguenas Deivy PER 2396 4
5 GM Almeida Quintana Omar CUB 2519 4
6 IM Prasca Sosa Rafael VEN 2415 4
7 FM Hambleton Aman CAN 2404 4
8 IM Gomez Garrido Camilo Ernesto CUB 2510 4
9 GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky CUB 2604 3.5
10 IM Alarcon Casellas Rolando CUB 2484 3.5
11 GM Cordova Emilio PER 2568 3.5
12 FM Delgado Ramos Hector CUB 2478 3.5
13 GM Borges Matos Juan CUB 2453 3.5
14 Fernandez Fernando PER 2311 3.5
15 FM Obregon Rivero Juan Carlos CUB 2480 3.5
16 FM Fernandez Cardoso Alexey CUB 2447 3.5
17 GM Bacallao Alonso Yusnel CUB 2580 3.5
18 Ochoa De La Rosa Manuel Dario CUB 2234 3.5
19 IM Baules Jorge PAN 2303 3.5
20 IM Bassan Remo VEN 2272 3.5
21 FM Ruiz Sanchez Orlen CUB 2408 3.5
22 GM Arencibia Rodriguez Walter CUB 2526 3
23 WGM L’ami Alina ROU 2381 3
24 IM Ruiz C Joshua D COL 2332 3
25 WGM Vigoa Apecheche Yanira CUB 2352 3
26 IM Kjartansonn Gudmundur ISL 2394 3
27 FM Gomez Segura Adalberto CUB 2325 3
28 IM Estrada Nieto Julian MEX 2295 3
29 WIM Llaudy Pupo Lisandra CUB 2258 3
30 Ramos Efren Andres NCA 2166 3
31 FM Esquivel Luis PAN 2104 3
32 FM Sanchez Jorge PAN 2152 3
33 GM Hernandez Carmenate Holden CUB 2562 2.5
34 WGM Ordaz Valdes Lisandra Teresa CUB 2350 2.5
35 WFM Castillo Coca Mairebys CUB 2136 2.5
36 WGM Arribas Robaina Maritza CUB 2273 2.5
CM Sosa Nestor PAN 2198 2.5
38 CM Mathews Bryan PAN 2056 2.5
39 FM Pacheco Marco PER 2377 2.5
40 Fuentes Adrian PAN 1938 2.5
41 FM Arosemena Jorge Luis PAN 2070 2.5
42 CM Aizpurua Patrick PAN 2118 2.5
43 Fabrega Enrique PAN 2172 2.5
44 CM Mathews Cesar PAN 1981 2.5
45 Gomez Samael COL 1984 2.5
46 WIM Fleites Marti Yuleikys CUB 2153 2.5
47 WFM Madrigal Ana Daniela NCA 2011 2.5
48 Bonilla Felix PAN 2099 2.5
49 IM Madrigal Mariano NCA 2152 2.5
50 Flores Ruben PAN 1791 2
51 WIM Miranda Llanes Yerisbel CUB 2319 2
52 Pena Morales Hugo PER 2113 2
53 IM Arias Lemmys A ESA 2346 2
54 WIM Fandino Reyes Roquelina CUB 2095 2
55 Alvarez Walter Danilo PAN 2029 2
56 Battihk Jose Miguel PAN 1945 2
57 Quiroga Walter VEN 0 2
58 Quiroz Michael PAN 1938 2
59 Padilla Alvaro PAN 1979 2
60 Riera Jose PAN 0 2
61 Carrasco Brandon PAN 1675 2
62 Quintero Gabriel PAN 0 1.5
63 Sun Chin Robert Patrick PAN 0 1.5
64 Valdes Bernardo PAN 0 1.5
65 Espinoza Efrain PAN 0 1.5
66 Munoz Nelson PAN 0 1.5
67 Tapia Alexei PAN 1849 1.5
68 Samaniego Milciades PAN 0 1.5
69 McNally Bernardo PAN 0 1.5
70 Chaluja Jose Antonio PAN 0 1.5
71 Cantilo-Paz Anibal Jesus PAN 0 1
72 Lombardo Elias PAN 0 1
73 Virzi John Charles PAN 0 1
74 Carrasco Leonardo PAN 0 1
75 Sanjur Crescencio PAN 0 1
76 Rosas Ramiro PAN 0 0.5
77 Munoz M Alberto Noel PAN 1906 0.5
78 Corrales Mario PAN 0 0.5
79 CM Vargas Rogelio PAN 1712 0
Castillo Elizabeth PAN 0 0
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Hungarian TCh 2012-13 GM Ruck,R Ending

Here is a game featuring strong endgame technique from a harmless Caro-Kann queenless game.

Bio-Chessnc
Hungarian Grandmaster (2001).
Hungarian Champion in 2002.

World vice champion U18 in 1994.
Best results:
  • Zagreb 1997, 1st;
  • European U16 1992 and U18 1994, 2nd-4th;
  • Oberwart Open 2000, 2nd
  • Hotel Irotkko GM 2000, 1st;
  • Kladovo 2001, 1st;
  • Hungarian Championship 2003, 2nd-3rd;
  • Bad Wörishofen 2004, 3rd;
  • Los Angeles Metropolitan Open 2011, 2nd-7th.

A participant in the 2004 and 2006 Olympiads.’

 

GM Ruck,R

Kovacevic,A (2549) – Ruck,R (2567)
Caro-Kann 6.Nh3[B18]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Mako HUN (4), 18.11.
The game went to queenless play quite early and then black managed to get BN for R with a small combination.

Critical Position
Black must continue the technical phase with purposeful play. White is saddled with an isolated e-pawn but for the moment Ke2 keeps it secure. What should black do?

Black to Play

Panama Open II Standings 2012-11 Rd5-GM Hansen,E 5-0

Nov 30th-2012
GM Hansen,E(CAN) is in clear first with 5-0. IM Hambleton is in a group with 4/5. WGM L’ami Alina(ROU) is also at 3.

There’s a fresh video I found today too(scroll down the bottom of post). I’ll do up some games as soon as they become available.

WGM L’ami Alina having lunch in Hong Kong
Photo-Her website Alina L’ami

Rank after Round 5
Rk. Name                                          FED Rtg  Pts.
Leading group
1 IM Hansen Eric                                CAN 2539 5
2 GM Marin Mihail                              ROU 2547 4.5
3 IM Hevia Alejano Carlos Antonio     CUB 2508 4
4 FM Vera Siguenas Deivy                   PER 2396 4
5 GM Almeida Quintana Omar            CUB 2519 4
6 IM Prasca Sosa Rafael                    VEN 2415 4
7 FM Hambleton Aman                     CAN 2404 4
8 IM Gomez Garrido Camilo Ernesto CUB 2510 4

3.5/5
9 GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky          CUB 2604 3.5
10 IM Alarcon Casellas Rolando     CUB 2484 3.5
11 GM Cordova Emilio                   PER 2568 3.5
12 FM Delgado Ramos Hector          CUB 2478 3.5
13 GM Borges Matos Juan                 CUB 2453 3.5
14 Fernandez Fernando                    PER 2311 3.5
15 FM Obregon Rivero Juan Carlos CUB 2480 3.5
16 FM Fernandez Cardoso Alexey   CUB 2447 3.5
17 GM Bacallao Alonso Yusnel          CUB 2580 3.5
18 Ochoa De La Rosa Manuel Dario CUB 2234 3.5
19 IM Baules Jorge                            PAN 2303 3.5
20 IM Bassan Remo                            VEN 2272 3.5
21 FM Ruiz Sanchez Orlen                   CUB 2408 3.5

3/5
22 GM Arencibia Rodriguez Walter CUB 2526 3
23 WGM L’ami Alina                   ROU 2381 3
24 IM Ruiz C Joshua D                   COL 2332 3
25 WGM Vigoa Apecheche Yanira CUB 2352 3
26 IM Kjartansonn Gudmundur          ISL 2394 3

IM Kjartansonn Gudmundur

27 FM Gomez Segura Adalberto          CUB 2325 3
28 IM Estrada Nieto Julian                   MEX 2295 3
29 WIM Llaudy Pupo Lisandra           CUB 2258 3
30 Ramos Efren Andres                        NCA 2166 3
31 FM Esquivel Luis                            PAN 2104 3
32 FM Sanchez Jorge                           PAN 2152 3

2.5/5
33 GM Hernandez Carmenate Holden CUB 2562 2.5
34 WGM Ordaz Valdes Lisandra Teresa CUB 2350 2.5
35 WFM Castillo Coca Mairebys          CUB 2136 2.5
36 WGM Arribas Robaina Maritza          CUB 2273 2.5
37CM Sosa Nestor                            PAN 2198 2.5
38 CM Mathews Bryan                          PAN 2056 2.5
39 FM Pacheco Marco                          PER 2377 2.5
40 Fuentes Adrian                                   PAN 1938 2.5
41 FM Arosemena Jorge Luis                 PAN 2070 2.5
42 CM Aizpurua Patrick                          PAN 2118 2.5
43 Fabrega Enrique                              PAN 2172 2.5
44 CM Mathews Cesar                         PAN 1981 2.5
45 Gomez Samael                                  COL 1984 2.5
46 WIM Fleites Marti Yuleikys                CUB 2153 2.5
47 WFM Madrigal Ana Daniela          NCA 2011 2.5
48 Bonilla Felix                                     PAN 2099 2.5
49 IM Madrigal Mariano                     NCA 2152 2.5

2/5
50 Flores Ruben                                     PAN 1791 2
51 WIM Miranda Llanes Yerisbel          CUB 2319 2
52 Pena Morales Hugo                            PER 2113 2
53 IM Arias Lemmys A                            ESA 2346 2
54 WIM Fandino Reyes Roquelina          CUB 2095 2
55 Alvarez Walter Danilo                          PAN 2029 2
56 Battihk Jose Miguel                            PAN 1945 2
57 Quiroga Walter                                   VEN 0 2
58 Quiroz Michael                                   PAN 1938 2
59 Padilla Alvaro                                     PAN 1979 2
60 Riera Jose                                           PAN 0 2
61 Carrasco Brandon                            PAN 1675 2

1.5/5
62 Quintero Gabriel                            PAN 0 1.5
63 Sun Chin Robert Patrick                   PAN 0 1.5
64 Valdes Bernardo                            PAN 0 1.5
65 Espinoza Efrain                            PAN 0 1.5
66 Munoz Nelson                            PAN 0 1.5
67 Tapia Alexei                                  PAN 1849 1.5
68 Samaniego Milciades                   PAN 0 1.5
69 McNally Bernardo                          PAN 0 1.5
70 Chaluja Jose Antonio                       PAN 0 1.5

0-1pts/5
71 Cantilo-Paz Anibal Jesus              PAN 0 1
72 Lombardo Elias                            PAN 0 1
73 Virzi John Charles                     PAN 0 1
74 Carrasco Leonardo                   PAN 0 1
75 Sanjur Crescencio                        PAN 0 1
76 Rosas Ramiro                            PAN 0 0.5
77 Munoz M Alberto Noel                PAN 1906 0.5
78 Corrales Mario                            PAN 0 0.5
79 CM Vargas Rogelio                     PAN 1712 0
80 Castillo Elizabeth                            PAN 0 0

Rank after Round 4
Rk. Name                                        FED Rtg    Pts.
1 IM Hansen Eric                               CAN 2539 4
2 GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky           CUB 2604 3.5
3 GM Cordova Emilio                        PER 2568 3.5
4 FM Vera Siguenas Deivy                 PER 2396 3.5
5 GM Marin Mihail                               ROU 2547 3.5
6 IM Hevia Alejano Carlos Antonio    CUB 2508 3
7 IM Alarcon Casellas Rolando           CUB 2484 3
8 IM Prasca Sosa Rafael                     VEN 2415 3
9 GM Almeida Quintana Omar           CUB 2519 3
10 GM Arencibia Rodriguez Walter CUB 2526 3
11 FM Delgado Ramos Hector           CUB 2478 3
12 Fernandez Fernando                     PER 2311 3
13 FM Hambleton Aman                     CAN 2404 3
14 GM Bacallao Alonso Yusnel           CUB 2580 3
15 WGM L’ami Alina                       ROU 2381 3   Alinalami
16 IM Ruiz C Joshua D                     COL 2332 3
17 Ochoa De La Rosa Manuel Dario CUB 2234 3
18 IM Gomez Garrido Camilo Ernesto CUB 2510 3
19 WGM Vigoa Apecheche Yanira CUB 2352 3
20 IM Kjartansonn Gudmundur           ISL 2394 3

21 FM Obregon Rivero Juan Carlos CUB 2480 2.5
22 GM Borges Matos Juan              CUB 2453 2.5
23 FM Fernandez Cardoso Alexey CUB 2447 2.5
24 GM Hernandez Carmenate Holden CUB 2562 2.5
25 IM Bassan Remo                             VEN 2272 2.5
26 IM Baules Jorge                               PAN 2303 2.5
27 CM Sosa Nestor                              PAN 2198 2.5
28 WFM Castillo Coca Mairebys           CUB 2136 2.5
29 CM Mathews Bryan                     PAN 2056 2.5
30 FM Ruiz Sanchez Orlen                    CUB 2408 2.5
31 FM Arosemena Jorge Luis           PAN 2070 2.5
32 CM Aizpurua Patrick                   PAN 2118 2.5

33 Flores Ruben                               PAN 1791 2
34 WGM Ordaz Valdes L Teresa CUB 2350 2
35 IM Estrada Nieto Julian                     MEX 2295 2
36 WIM Miranda Llanes Yerisbel CUB 2319 2
37 FM Gomez Segura Adalberto CUB 2325 2
38 WGM Arribas Robaina Maritza CUB 2273 2
39 WIM Llaudy Pupo Lisandra    CUB 2258 2

WIM Llaudy Pupo Lisandra
Photo Fide.com

40 IM Arias Lemmys A                   ESA 2346 2
41 Pena Morales Hugo                   PER 2113 2
42 FM Esquivel Luis                       PAN 2104 2
43 CM Mathews Cesar                   PAN 1981 2
44 Ramos Efren Andres                   NCA 2166 2
45 WIM Fandino Reyes Roquelina CUB 2095 2
46 WIM Fleites Marti Yuleikys CUB 2153 2

Yuleikys Fleites Marti
47 FM Sanchez Jorge                   PAN 2152 2

48 Quiroga Walter                        VEN 0 2
49 FM Pacheco Marco                 PER 2377 1.5

50 Fuentes Adrian                         PAN 1938 1.5
51 Quintero Gabriel                         PAN 0 1.5
52 Fabrega Enrique                         PAN 2172 1.5
53 Gomez Samael                         COL 1984 1.5
54 WFM Madrigal Ana Daniela NCA 2011 1.5

IMG_6227 WFM Madrigal Ana Daniela 1922 NICARAGUA

Madrigal Ana Daniela

Video from Youtube

e2e4 Brighton Open 2012-11 Results

Brighton Open e2e4 Brighton Nov 2012 Open

GMs Wells and Arkell shared first with 4.5/5 in the increasingly popular e2e4 weekend tournament series. FM Lyell got 3/5.

Rank Name                   Score Fed. Rating
1 GM Wells, Peter K      4.5     ENG 2488
2 GM Arkell, Keith C     4.5     ENG 2462
3 Jones, Steven A           4         ENG 1987
4 FM Sowray, Peter J     3.5     ENG 2362
5 FM Ledger, Dave J      3.5     ENG 2268
6 Player, Edmund C         3.5     ENG 2215
7 Seymour, Timothy P     3.5     ENG 2057

8 Kirk, Ezra                     3 ENG 2258
9 FM Lyell, Mark             3 ENG 2194
10 Murphy, Hugh W         3 ENG 2152
11 Myall, Ivan J                3 ENG 2092
12 De Coverly, Roger D 3 ENG 2038
13 Prior, Stephen C V     3 ENG 1993
14 Boardman, Jeffrey      3 NZL 1990

15 Lim, Zhuo Ren 2.5 MAS 2183
16 Tozer, Philip A A 2.5 ENG 2179
17 Maullin, Robert E 2.5 ENG 2138
18 Skulte, Christopher 2.5 AUS 1969
19 McCarthy, Damian 2.5 ENG 1879
20 Anderson, John 2 ENG 2179
21 Coates, David H 2 ENG 2085
22 WIM Maroroa, Sue 2 ENG 2055
23 Harnett, Robert J 2 ENG 2018
24 WFM Norinkeviciute, Rasa 2 LTU 2010
25 Craft, Isaac 2 ENG 2005
26 Briggs, John Nicholas 2 ENG 1979
27 Kirk, Jason 2 FRA 1954
28 Payne, Matthew J 2 ENG 1952
29 Oyama, Akito 2 ENG 1866
30 Gupta, Arul 2 ENG 1730
31 Kouis, Marios 1.5 GRE 1851
32 Wood, Peter R 1 ENG 1947
33 Waters, Andrew 1 ENG 1918 *
34 Charpidou, Anna 1 GRE 1754
35 Lee, Shane 0.5 IRL 1842
36 Stone, Mark R 0 ENG 1615

Here is a key game between one of the winners GM Wells and Budapest resident FM Mark Lyell.

Wells,Peter K (2488) – Lyell,Mark (2194)
Queen’s Gambit Accepted(D26)
e2e4 Brighton Open Old Ship Hotel, Brighton, Eng (4), 11.11.2012
White played for queenside pressure with the IQP and black sacrificed an exchange rather than endure a passive defence.

Critical Position
White has big pressure going on the queenside but what’s next?

White to Play

The Zukertort System-An Anti-Sambuev Defence

Here is an important game from Hungarian Team Ch 2012-13. The opening is the Zukertort System, one of the pet lines of Canadian Champion GM Bator Sambuev.

GM Bator Sambuev at the 2009 PWC Toronto Open Chess Championship

The Opening Sequence
The following white formation should look quite familiar to anyone to has had black against Sambuev.
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 d5 4.Bd3 c5 5.b3 Nc6 6.0–0 Bd6 7.Bb2 0–0 8.Nbd2 b6 9.Ne5 Bb7

White has the simple plan of f4 and then the kinside attack begins with Qf3-h3 for example. So how should black defend? The Balogh game shows a nice defensive method and the key ideas.

Kosic,D (2517) – Balogh,C (2668) [D05]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Nagykanizsa HUN (1), 16.09.2012

Critical Position 1
Black has initiated a nice defensive method against the Zukertort with ..Ne7 intending …Ng6. What should black play now though?

Black to Play

Critical Position 2
Black has played 13..Nxc5 challenging the key Bd3 attacking piece. But there is a catch-White has 14.Bxh7+. What do you make of the sacrifice? Is it sound or just a big bluff? The evaluation here is critical to black’s defensive method.

White to Play

Critical Position 3
White is really going after the king. Evaluate 20.g4. Does it work or not?

White to Play

Botez(CAN) in UNAM Rapid MEX 2012

The Gara,T(HUN)-Botez,A(CAN) rapid mini-match was tied 2-2. Here is another game from the rapid preliminary.

WGM Gara,Ticia

Gara,T (2377) – Botez,Alexandra (2015)
French Tarrasch[C06]
UNAM w Prelim C Mexico City MEX (2.4), 17.11.2012
Black played an early …c4 but lost control of the dark squares on the kingside. White won a pawn and had an almost crushing position but let the advantage slip away.

Critical Position
White has an extra pawn and an obvious advantage but the b2 pawn is under attack. How should white react?

White to Play

Critical Position
White is still up a pawn but black has some counterplay on the b-file. How should black continue?

Black to Play

Hungarian TCH 2012-13

Here is a strong game from GM Berkes against veteran GM Farago,Ivan from the Hungarian TCh. The game features the strong technical endgame play of Berkes an his slow positional building style.

GM Farago,Ivan at the Arco World Senior Ch
Photo Chessbase

Berkes,F (2685) – Farago,I (2486)
King’s Indian Attack vs Slav Triangle with …Bg4[A07]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Dunaharaszti HUN (4), 18.11.2012
This is an unspectacular game which on the surface contains nothing really remarkable. The game can be broken down into the following stages.

–12.Nxg6 fg creates a structural imbalance and gains the bishop pair for long-term chances

After 12…fg

-A general advance on the queenside
-The ending with 30..Qxb2? gave white all the chances
-Gaining the a-file,  the 7th rank and maintaining a rook on a7(32.Rba2)

After 32.Rba2

-33.Rxa8 eventually won a pawn and began the technical P+ phase conversion phase

The key endgame plan
-The play only on the kingside stage is of key importance. The key to breaking black’s position is to play 74.e5! to cut off the dark bishop from the g7 pawn and then play on the light square to infiltrate the kingside.

White to Play
Black has just played 73..Bb2

-76…gh? 77.Nxh4 is the straw that breaks black’s position. From here on white has the simple plan of pushing pawns and infiltrating on the light squares on which black is effectively fighting a piece down as the bishop lives in the wrong color universe

After 77.Nxh4

Panama Open II Rd1 Standings

GM Hansen,E and IM Hambleton both won as expected.

Here’s a video of the Panama hotel room by Hambleton.


Here are a couple of the players in the Panama Open II. See AjedrezPanama official site.

IMG_5543 WGM Vigoa Apecheche Yanira CUB
WGM Vigoa Apecheche Yanira CUB
IMG_6291 WGM Ordaz Valdes Lisandra Teresa CUB
WGM Ordaz Valdes Lisandra Teresa CUB

Round 1 Standings(Partial)-All Players with 1pt Chess-results
Name                                                                    FED Rtg Pts.
GM Quesada Perez Yuniesky                                 CUB 2604 1
GM Bacallao Alonso Yusnel                                    CUB 2580 1
GM Cordova Emilio                                               PER 2568 1
GM Hernandez Carmenate Holden                         CUB 2562 1
IM Hansen Eric                                                      CAN 2539 1
GM Arencibia Rodriguez Walter                             CUB 2526 1
GM Almeida Quintana Omar                                  CUB 2519 1
IM Gomez Garrido Camilo Ernesto                       CUB 2510 1
FM Hevia Alejano Carlos Antonio                        CUB 2508 1
FM Alarcon Casellas Rolando                                CUB 2484 1
FM Obregon Rivero Juan Carlos                            CUB 2480 1
FM Delgado Ramos Hector                                  CUB 2478 1
GM Borges Matos Juan                                         CUB 2453 1
FM Fernandez Cardoso Alexey                              CUB 2447 1
IM Prasca Sosa Rafael                                             VEN 2415 1
FM Hambleton Aman                                             CAN 2404 1
FM Vera Siguenas Deivy                                         PER 2396 1
IM Kjartansonn Gudmundur                                  ISL 2394 1
FM Pacheco Marco                                             PER 2377 1
WGM Vigoa Apecheche Yanira                       CUB 2352 1(See Pic)
WGM Ordaz Valdes Lisandra Teresa            CUB 2350 1(See Pic)
IM Arias Lemmys A                                             ESA 2346 1
IM Ruiz C Joshua D                                             COL 2332 1
FM Gomez Segura Adalberto                                CUB 2325 1
WIM Miranda Llanes Yerisbel                               CUB 2319 1
Fernandez Fernando                                             PER 2311 1
IM Baules Jorge                                                     PAN 2303 1
IM Estrada Nieto Julian                                           MEX 2295 1
WGM Arribas Robaina Maritza                               CUB 2273 1
IM Bassan Remo                                                     VEN 2272 1
WIM Llaudy Pupo Lisandra                                  CUB 2258 1
Ochoa De La Rosa Manuel Dario                        CUB 2234 1
CM Sosa Nestor                                                  PAN 2198 1
Fabrega Enrique                                                    PAN 2172 1
CM Mathews Bryan                                             PAN 2056 1
Fuentes Adrian                                                      PAN 1938 1
Flores Ruben                                                        PAN 1791 1

Blog Stats and Things Nov 28-2012

I get ideas for posts from Chesstalk, the main Canadian message/discussion board. Chess games are from TWIC(Mark Crowther’s massive effort). I try to be as quick as humanly possible when an idea suggests itself. The only time delay is when I wait for the weekly TWIC games.

Posts usually have annotated games, pictures and if I’m really lucky there is a related Youtube video. Usually there is at least one daily post, even if I happen to be playing in a tournament. Usually, on non-tournament days I can manage 2-3 blog entries.

Pageviews
Pageviews yesterday           201
Pageviews last month       4,737
Pageviews all time history 6,141

On average there are 125-150 pageviews per day. Anything close to 200 has me very happy. The most I remember for a single day was 283, which happened during the recent WYCC during the closing rounds.

Pageviews/day almost doubled when GM Spraggett did a nice write up for BCN in his blog Spraggett On Chess, so thanks Kevin!

Top Posts(for the month)
Entry                                                                                                     Pageviews
Botez,Alexandra WYCC 2012 Profile Nov 10, 2012                                111
Canada’s WYCC 2012 Team and Ms Ashley Tapp Nov 6, 2012                75
WYCC 2012 Player Standings HUN after Rd4 Nov 12, 2012                       31
IM Panjwani(CAN 2402) at 4NCL Nov 4, 2012                                          31
BTCh Division I: RAC I 4- BEAC III 8-Rd3 2012-11-1 Nov 11, 2012         28
Hambleton(CAN) gets IM title at UNAM Open Mexico Nov 25, 2012         28
Lila Futo Open Nov 1-3 2012 Entry List Nov 1, 2012                                   25
Amator Cup 2012-11 Rd7 Nov 22, 2012                                                      24
Budapest TCh Rd4 Nov 25, 2012                                                                 24
First Saturday 2012-11 Nov 15, 2012                                                           24

One noticeable conclusion is that the popularity of the individual post is not at all related to the strength of the player or the result of the game. Alexandra Botez destroys the other posts and Ashley Tapp is a distant second.

Top Posts (for the week)
Entry                                                                                                      Pageviews
Botez,Alexandra(CAN 2015) WYCC 2012 Profile Nov 10, 2012                56
Hambleton(CAN) gets IM title at UNAM Open Mexico Nov 25, 2012           28
Amator Cup 2012-11 Rd7 Nov 22, 2012                                                       24
Budapest TCh Rd4 Nov 25, 2012                                                                  24
Amator Cup Rd5(More) Nov 22, 2012                                                          22
UNAM Rapid Orlova(CAN) 2012-11 Nov 26, 2012                                     20
Hamilton City Chess Club News Article Nov 23, 2012                                   17
2nd UNAM Open 2012 MEX Nov 24, 2012                                                 17
Tomalty,A(CAN) on Nunn Study Nov 23, 2012                                            17
World Seniors Ch 2012 Nov 25, 2012, 1 comment                                        16

Audience Breakdown(for the month)
Entry                   Pageviews
Canada                 1418
Hungary                1234
United States          942
Germany                 126
Slovenia                  114
United Kingdom        61
Portugal                     58
Mexico                      56
Poland                       56
Ireland                       54

Readership is mostly North American. Hungary is a large secondary audience. Now there is a small but growing audience from across Europe.

Audience Breakdown(for the week)
Entry                    Pageviews
Hungary                      307
Canada                       289
United States                232
Mexico                        45
Germany                       36        
Austria                         22
Poland                         13
Portugal                        13
United Kingdom          12
Serbia                         12

Blog Tools The startup period caused me some pain as I learned what tools there were and how to do even the most basic tasks. There are still many new blog tools and ideas waiting to be discovered if I only knew where to look. For now, I am happy with the basic things covered on the blog.  

PGN viewer-Chessflash Simple and reliable
Diagram Maker-Apronus.com-chess webeditor This tool doesn’t seem to have a name but it’s easy to use. I was using another one before but it has since vanished from the host site.

December 2012 Tournaments in Budapest

The end of the year is almost here. Next month has a couple of tournaments offered. For tournament notices see Hungarian Chess Federation Chess.hu (usually ads are in Hungarian). A bit of effort is needed to decipher to ads but the cheap entry fees are worth the effort.

Coming tournaments for December are as follows

Kőbánya Open 2012. december 14-16
Fordulók rendje:(schedule)
2012. december
14.-én. pénteken 17-20 óra között,
15.-én szombat 9-12, 13-16, 16,30 – 19,30 között,
16.-án vasárnap pedig 9 – 12, valamint 13-16 között.


Versenyforma:(Format)
6 fordulós svájci rendszer.

Versenybíró:(Organizers-TDs)
Krizsány László és Gyömbér Tamás

Időbeosztás:(Time control)
Összesen 3 óra, 2×90 perc a FIDE Quickplay Finish szabályai szerint.

Nevezési díj:(Enrty Fees) 
                                               HUF      EUR        USD/CAN
2000 Fide-élő felettieknek       3.000      10.7        17.8
1600 Fide-élő felettieknek       4.000      14.2        18.3
mindenki másnak(Unrated)       5.000     17.8        22.9

Ifjúsági, női és szenior kedvezmény:(Women and Seniors) 
a nevezési díjból 1.000 Ft. A Kőbánya SC és a REAC játékosai 2.500 Ft nevezési díjat fizetnek

Karacsconyi Open Dec 27-30
7-round Open 90-90 FIDE quickplay

Entry Fee
                     HUF        EUR        USD/CAD
FIDE 2000:    4500         16               20.60

The entry fees in Budapest are a bargain!! There is also a Budapest Tournament discount card for 1,000HUF which wiil get you a 10% off the EF for participating tournaments.

During the year there are many 1 game/day tournaments(Opens and RRs) which are not well advertised but also good value and reasonably priced. I make an effort play in as many tournaments as possible while I live in Budapest.

I plan to play both these tournaments and blog about them.

First Saturday also has a monthly series of RR tournaments- See Firstsaturday Pogramme 2012-2013