Category Archives: Amator Cup 2012-11

Amator Cup 2012-11 Group D

Here is another game by Zilahi,G from Group D action.

Zilahi,G (1940) – Molnar,L (1993)
King’s Indian g3[E64]
Amator Cup Group D (5), 21.11.2012

Critical Position
There seems to be no direct threats. Can the …Nxg3 idea be for real or is it a bluff? What should white do now?

White to Play

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Amator Cup 2012-11 Final Standings

Group D
Czibulka,Zoltan and Bodrogi,Laszlo shared first place with 6.5/9. I was equal third with a modest 5/9 after suffering a quick last round loss.

Final Ranking crosstable after 9 Rounds
Rk. Name Rtg FED                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10       Pts.       TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Czibulka Zoltan Dr. 2053 HUN * 0 1 ½ 1 ½ + ½ 1 1          6.5       27.50 5 2136
2 Bodrogi Laszlo      2038 HUN 1 * 1 1 ½ 0 0 1 1 1              6.5       26.50 6 2154
3 Molnar Laszlo       1993 HUN 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 1              5.5       20.75 5 2073
4 Zilahi Gabor         1940 HUN ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1             5.0       19.75 3 2042
5 Yip Michael            2085 CAN 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ 1          5.0       19.25 3 2026
6 Bodrogi Mihaly       2076 HUN ½ 1 0 1 ½ * 0 1 ½ 0           4.5       20.75 3 1984
7 Katona Jozsef       1922 HUN – 1 0 ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ 1             4.5       18.50 3 2038
8 Szili Andras             1935 HUN ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * 0 ½       2.5       12.00 0 1834
9 Nagy Laszlo             1958 HUN 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 * 0        2.5       9.75 1 1831
10 Szlabey Geza       1932 HUN 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 1 *             2.5       8.25 2 1834

Results of the other groups were as follows.

Group C
Polyanszky-Tamasi, Zoltan and promising junior Furedi, Erik shared first place with 5.5/7.

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
Rk. Name FED Rtg                                    Pts.       TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Polyanszky-Tamasi Zoltan HUN  1793        5.5        20.00 5 1938
2 Furedi Erik HUN                         1794        5.5       19.00 5 1932
3 Lakat Gyula HUN                         1880       5.0       17.00 4 1917
4 Krizsany Laszlo Sr. HUN             1851       4.5       17.00 2 1932
5 Rajcsanyi Peter HUN                   1873       4.5       16.25 3 1866
6 Abraham Lajos HUN                   1816       4.0       15.75 3 1886
7 Szurkos Andras HUN                   1792       3.0       10.75 2 1746
8 Gruz Janos HUN                         1868       2.5         8.50 1 1683
9 Czimer Jozsef HUN                     1791       1.5         6.00 0 1582

Group B
Felmery Tamas dominated the field with 8/9.
Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
Rk. Name FED Rtg                       Pts.      TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Felmery Tamas HUN 1768           8.0      28.00 8 2492
2 Bakacs Janos HUN 1688             7.0      21.00 7 2038
3 Szlenka Attila HUN 1752             5.0      11.75 4 1789
4 Zsatkovics Endre HUN 1724        4.5      10.50 3 1740
5 Szonyi Bence HUN 1635             4.0       10.00 2 1708
6 Hegedus Peter Dr HUN 1760      3.0        6.75 2 1606
7 Csermely Zoltan HUN 1666         2.0        4.00 2 1511
8 Barla Janos HUN 1706                1.5        4.00 1 1448
9 Toth Antal HUN 1601                 1.0         1.50 1 1390

Group A
Szucs Zoltan won by 2 pts with 5.5/7.

Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
Rk. Name FED Rtg                   Pts.      TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Szucs Zoltan HUN 1608           5.5      13.75 5 1872
2 Miklosi Domonkos HUN 1570 3.5      9.50 2 1534
3 Papp Andras HUN 1455          3.0      7.50 2 1496
4 Palocz Katalin HUN 1359        3.0      7.00 1 1512
5 Horvath Zoltan HUN 1541       2.5      6.50 2 1425
6 Deak Tamas HUN 1476          2.0      4.50 1 1368
7 Kidd Balint HUN 1424            1.5      4.25 1 1309

Amator Cup Rd9 2012-11

Here’s my Rd9 game from this 10:00 am this morning. The other games will be played at 2:00pm.

Warning!!
It’s a rather horrible quick disaster as I end the tournament on a wimper with 5/9.

The idea for the 6.Re1 line I chose came from a NIC YB.

Yip,M (2085) – Molnar,L (1993)
6.Re1 Anti-Kings Indian[A49]
Amator Cup (9), 24.11.2012
I chose a quiet queenless game for the least exitement possible but was soon adrift in an equal position.

Critical Position 1
The position looks harmleas enough. But what do you suggest for white?
-13.Be3 increasing the pressure
-13.Nxc6 simpligying and accepting equality
Somthing else

White to Play

Critcal Position 2
The position has simplified somewhat and now black holds the d-file. What do you propose for white?
-16.Red1 challenging  the d-file
-16.Nf3 retreat in passive fashion
-Something else

White to Play

Amator Cup Rd8 2012-11

I made another draw from a sharp and dubious looking position.

At the end of Rd7 there was a 5-way tie for first with the following all at 4.5/7

  • Zilhani,G
  • Bodrogi.L
  • Czibulka,Z
  • Molnar,L
  • Yip,M 

Bodrogi resumed his winning ways and beat Zilhani and sits in first with 5.5/8. The others were still playng when I left.

Round 9 on 2012/11/24 at 14:00
Czibulka and Bodrogi,L are showing great strength in the late going while I am limping along to the finish.

Bo. No. Rtg Name             Result          Name                     Rtg No.
1 5 2085 Yip Michael                           Molnar Laszlo         1993 10 (10:00am!!)
2 6 2038 Bodrogi Laszlo                       Nagy Laszlo           1958 4
3 7 1935 Szili Andras                            Zilahi Gabor            1940 3
4 8 1932 Szlabey Geza                         Bodrogi Mihaly       2076 2
5 9 2053 Czibulka Zoltan                      Dr. Katona Jozsef   1922 1

Round 8 on 2012/11/23 at 16:30 Chess-results
Bo. No. Rtg Name               Result Name Rtg No.
1 10 1993 Molnar Laszlo      0 – 1 Czibulka Zoltan Dr. 2053 9
2 1 1922 Katona Jozsef        1 – 0 Szlabey Geza 1932 8
3 2 2076 Bodrogi Mihaly      1 – 0 Szili Andras 1935 7
4 3 1940 Zilahi Gabor           0 – 1 Bodrogi Laszlo 2038 6
5 4 1958 Nagy Laszlo           ½ – ½ Yip Michael 2085 5

Rank after Round 8 Chess-results Standings
Bodrogi and Czibulka take the lead with 5.5/8 and I am in second with 5/8.

Rk. Name FED Rtg                          Pts.      TB1 TB2 TB3
1 Bodrogi Laszlo HUN 2038           5.5        20.50 5 2133
2 Czibulka Zoltan Dr. HUN 2053    5.5        19.00 4 2136
3 Yip Michael CAN 2085                5.0       16.50 3 2077
4 Bodrogi Mihaly HUN 2076           4.5       18.50 3 2034
5 Zilahi Gabor HUN 1940                4.5        16.00 3 2050
6 Katona Jozsef HUN 1922             4.5        16.00 3 2038
7 Molnar Laszlo HUN 1993             4.5        14.00 4 2025
8 Nagy Laszlo HUN 1958                2.5        9.00 1 1851
9 Szili Andras HUN 1935                2.0        8.00 0 1814
10 Szlabey Geza HUN 1932            1.5        3.50 1 1740

Here is my Rd8 game.

Nagy,L (1958) – Yip,M (2085)
Old Indian[A53]

Amator Cup (8), 23.11.2012

White has parted with a pawn for an attack and black accidentally dared white to come the the 7th rank. Assess this sharp position. The long diagonal is blocked, h7 and g7 are covered and black is threatening to consolidate with …Rad8. The ..Bxg3+ threat lingers but is very dangerous. I was not worried at this point.
What do you think?
  • The position is complex and unclear
  • Black is better
  • The position is even. White has nothing and black holds on with precision defence
  • White has compensation for the pawn but nothing concrete
  • White can force a stable advantage
  • White has a combination
  • Something else

White to Play

Amator Cup 2012-11 Rd7

I played an uneventful looking quick draw today and now stand at 4.5/7. However, the analysis shows many subtle points that I was blissfully unaware of during the game.

The other four games had plenty of life in them.
Nagy,L-Molnar 0-1
all other games were still in progress when I left.

Here’s the game.

Yip,M (2085) – Zilahi,G (1940)
Slav …a6 5.a4[D15]

Amator Cup (7), 22.11.2012
Black chose the fashionable solid …a6 Slav and white showed no real understanding and insufficient preparation and understanding to make any headway. In the even ending that followed there was a moment for white to show some level of competance. Here it is.
Critical Position
The b- pawn is under attack. How should white react?
White to Play

Amator Cup Rd5(More)

Here is another game from Rd5.  The winner was the dangerous veteran Zilahi,Gabor who I will face in Rd7. Zilahi is tied for 2nd with me now with 4/6.

Zilahi,G(r)
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Here is an example of his aggressive positional style.

Zilahi,G (1999) – Nagy,L (1958)
Grunfeld g3[D78]
Amator Cup (5), 20.11.2012
Black tried for active kingside play but white forced the queens off leaving black with nothing to show for the loosening kingside advances.

Critical Position
Black is suffering in the ending. What is the most precise path for white?

White to Play

Amator Cup Rd6 2012-11

I made a hard fought draw with the #2 player but did not make the most of my chances.

In other games,

  • Katona,J-Bodrogi,L 1-0 in a Nge2 Nimzo-Indian(E46); This was a surprising upset as black looked to be outplayed. White repeated the line I used in round 1 and made an improvement on move 9.
  • Zilahi,G-Nagy,L 1-0 White won a nice ending.
  • Czibulka,Z-Szili,A draw in Catalan. White saved a lost ending.

Now I have 4/6 for =2nd with Zilahi,G. Bodrogi,L remains in first with 4.5/6 despite today’s loss.

 Here is my game. 

Bodrogi,M (2076) – Yip,M (2085)
English Reverse Sicilain [A26]
Amator Cup (6), 21.11.2012
This was a sharp game with black calling the shots in a kingside attack.

Position 1
The ..f4 attack wedge has been formed. How should black continue the attack? The initial thought I had was …Qe8-h5, ..Ng4,…fg and then …Rxf3 destroying the h2 defender and then …Qh2#.

Is the an immediate combination?
Is there a favorable forced line?
Is there an optimal attacking plan?

Black to Play

Position 2
The position still has some promise or so I initially thought. What is right way to continue?
-Guard b7 to prevent counterplay first
-…Qh5+ and win the e-pawn for a sharp game
-Something else

Black to Play

Amator Cup Rd5 2012-11

I got my game going and won a nice one today.

Czibulka lost Bodrogi,L who seems to be unstoppable.
Molnar lost to Zilahi
Nagy and Bodrogi,M was unfinished but looks like a perpetual should be the result
Szili was losing to Szlabey.

Here’s my game.

Yip,M (2085) – Katona,J (1922) [A42]
Amator Cup (5), 20.11.2012
The position is sharp. How should white continue? There seem to be many options.
-Try to push the d-pawn
-Win the e-pawn
-Something else?

White to play

Amator Cup Rd4 2012-11

I lost embarassingly quickly within a few minutes of the start of the round to a simple tactical oversight. Now I am at a modest 2.5/4.

At the end of Rd3 the standings were

  • Katona,J       1.5
  • Bodgrogi,M  0.5
  • Zilahi,G           2
  • Nagy,L          1
  • Yip,M           2.5
  • Bodgrogi,L    2.5
  • Szili,A             0
  • Szkabey,G      1
  • Czibulka,Z      2
  • Molnar,L        2
 

When I left

  • Bodrogi,L had a very good position against Szlabey,G
  • Katona had Q+N vs Nagy,L’s Q+B in a good N vs bad B almost ending.
  • Szili,A had R vs the B+N of Molnar in a compex ending.

Here’s my game.
Warning!! It’s painful to go through.

Czibulka,Z (2053) – Yip,M (2085)
1.d4 d6 2.g3 e5[A41]

Amator Cup (4), 19.11.2012
An early queenless game has arisen where white has given up the bishop pair to compromise black’s kingside pawns. How do you assess the position. White should black do? This is more a question of understanding than anything else. I was not sharp in this game. Can you do better?

Black to Play

 
 
 

Critical Position 2
Black has fallen asleep. What about you? White is on the move-what should white do?

 

White to Play

 
 
 

 

CONCLUSIONS
I first felt a bit disgusted but the routine after losing a game must be to take an objective look at the game to see what really happened.

  • The Bxh6 plan took me by surprise but should not have caused any problems.
  • 13…a5 was a bit casual and caused by my superficial knowledge of the 2.g3 queenless game. Now I am more familiar with the specific ideas, and the necessity of black to find and active defence before white can settle in with Be4/Nf5 or Bf5 etc. Play changed from quiet building to concrete considerations without my noticing. This was the real cause of the loss.
  • 16…Be7?? Here the inexplicable needs explaining as this is just not an acceptable blunder. I just did not use any kind of hard thought to figure out what my opponent was up to. This is a breakdown of self-discipline rather than lack of tactical ability.

So the real causes of the loss have been dug out and improvements found and documented. The knowledge gap is filled. Now it is time to reapply myself for the remainder of the tournament.

Amator Cup Rd2 2012-11

This was my rescheduled Rd2 game which I won. Now I have 2.5/3. The game was played at 11am but came after yesterday’s 70-move marathon so I was not feeling so energetic.

 

Szili,A (1935) – Yip,M (2085)
Philidor Defence Ending[C41]
Amator Cup (2), 18.11.2012
The queenless game came early for black but now deep into the maneuvering phase black needs to make progress to exploit the better structure. What do you suggest?

  1. Take the a-file
  2. Advance on the kingside with …f6 and g5 say to aim for …g4 later
  3. Activate the king with …Kf6 with the …Ke5 plan
  4. Something else? Is there a hidden tactic perhaps?

Black to Play