Category Archives: Bahamas 2012

IM Norm for Norowitz at Bahamas Int 2012

IM Norm for Norowitz in a tough field at the Bahamas International.

‘Yaacov Norowitz and Erik Santarius both earned IM norms. Norowitz secured his norm before his round 9 game began.’- USchess.org

From YaacovN.com

Norowitz,Yaacov (2420) – Friedel,Joshua E (2495) [A48]
Bahamas International Nassau (8), 28.10.2012
Deep into the ennding, white must find a way to convert the two extra pawns. But how?


White to Play

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GM Goldin,A(USA 2549) 2nd at Bahamas Int with 6/9

Bahamas International 2012 Standings – International Section Final Standings

# Name                                  Ratng St     Total     Prize
1 GM Alexander Shabalov     2570             6.5      $2000.00
2 GM Alexander Goldin         2549 USA     6.0     $1200.00
3 IM Leonid Gerzhoy             2469 CAN     5.5     $700.00
4 Yaacov Norowitz                2420 USA     5.5     $700.00

GM Goldin-Photo Chessbase Article

‘Alexander Goldin (born February 27, 1964) is a chess grandmaster from the USSR, who is now resident in the United States. He was a joint winner of the Soviet Championship semifinal at Sevastopol in 1986 (a qualifier for the 1987 First League Final). Other tournament successes include winning the Philadelphia World Open in 1998 and 2001. In team chess, he played board three for the US team at the 2004 Chess Olympiad in Calvià and registered a 65% score.’-Wikipedia-Alexander Goldin

Here is a nice attacking game from GM Goldin,A from the modest London System.

Goldin,Alexander (2549) – Sarkar,Justin (2408) [A48]
Bahamas International Nassau (2), 25.10.2012
The attack is well underway but how to break down the black king’s position?

White to play

IM Gerzhoy(CAN 2469) =3rd at Bahamas Int 2012-10

Canadian IM Gerzhoy placed equal third at the recent Bahamas International.

Bahamas International 2012 Standings – International Section Final Standings
# Name                                       Ratng St Total     Prize
1 GM Alexander Shabalov         2570 USA 6.5     $2000.00
2 GM Alexander Goldin             2549 USA 6.0     $1200.00
3 IM Leonid Gerzhoy                2469 CAN 5.5     $700.00
4 Yaacov Norowitz                   2420 USA 5.5      $700.00

Here is a game from the Canadian GM hopeful Gerzhoy,Leonid (2469)

Gerzhoy played on the Canadian Olympiad team in Istanbul 2012 previously.
52. Canada (CAN / RtgAvg:2479, Captain: Plotkin, Victor / TB1: 12 / TB2: 261)

Bo. Name Rtg FED                                                                   Pts. Games   Rp
1 GM Sambuev Bator           2523 CAN 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0        3.0     9       2386
2 IM Gerzhoy Leonid            2448 CAN 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 0    5.0     9       2474 
3 IM Noritsyn Nikolay          2472 CAN 1 ½ 1 0 0 1 1 ½ 1      6.0     9       2503
4 IM Hansen Eric                  2472 CAN 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1  7.5    10      2646 
5 IM Porper Edward            2418 CAN 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 0            3.5      7      2251 

His previous accomplishments include (From CanadianChessBiographies)

  • 2011 First place, 8th Philadelphia International, Philadelphia, USA (8/9)
  • 2010 Represented Canada at Olympiad
  • 2009 Represented Canada at Pan-American Championship
  • 2009 Grandmaster Norm, World Open, Philadelphia, USA  
  • 2008 2nd place, Jessie Gilbert Celebration International, Coulsdon, England  
  • 2007 Canadian Junior Champion  
  • 2006 2nd place Canadian Championship
  • 2002 International Master  

Gerzhoy,Leonid (2469) – Betaneli,Aleksandr (2223) [D05]
Bahamas International Nassau (7), 27.10.2012

Critical Position 1
Black has sacrificed a pawn and now has strong light square compensation. How should black continue?

Black to Play

Critical Position 2
The complex middlegame has passed and now white has an excellent N vs. B ending with an extra pawn. How should white continue?

White to Play