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First Saturday 2012-12 IM

Here is a game by Erik Kislik from the recent First Saturday IM RR. Kislik has been living in Budapest for a few years now and plans to return to the U.S. soon.

IM Kislik,E(r) analyzing with GM Hou Yi Fan(left) at the Hungarian Federation in Budapest

The monthly IM norm tournaments usually have about 30% of the participants above 2300 with the occaisional 2400 and are popular in the summer peak months.

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UNR U2200 2201-2300 2301-2400 2400+ Total
Feb 1 1 5 3 1 11
Mar 0 1 7 2 1 11
Apr 0 2 5 1 2 10
May 0 2 5 3 1 11
Jun 0 2 2 1 1 6
Jun 0 4 5 1 0 10
Jul 0 3 5 3 0 11
Aug 0 4 4 2 1 11
Aug 0 3 6 1 1 11
Sept 0 0 8 2 2 12
Oct 0 0 2 3 1 6
Nov 0 2 5 4 1 12
Dec 0 1 5 4 0 10
Total 1 25 64 30 12 132
% 0.8% 18.9% 48.5% 22.7% 9.1% 100%

The net-of-IM participation breakdown shows more clearly that peak participation is in the June-July-August period and that overall about slighlty over half the participants are candidate IMs.

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IM Non-IM Total
Feb 6 5 11
Mar 5 6 11
Apr 7 3 10
May 4 7 11
Jun 3 3 6
Jun 5 5 10
Jul 4 7 11
Aug 4 7 11
Aug 4 7 11
Sept 7 5 12
Oct 3 3 6
Nov 4 8 12
Dec 5 5 10
Total 61 71 132
% 46.2% 53.8% 100%

Kislik,E (2361) – Szalanczy,E (2259)
Sicilian Dragon 9.0-0-0 a5[B76]
FSIM December 2012 Budapest HUN (5.5), 06.12.2012

Position 1
Black has declined the normal central break(…d5) in favor of the rare flank advance …a5-a4. How should white play now?

White to Play

13…Ne5

Position 2
The position is a bit more defined now after 19…ed. How should white play now? What about taking the d-pawn?

White to Play

19…ed

Position 3
Black is fully active after 24…Re8 but so is white. Material favors white with a knight for two pawns but the queenside is shattered. Black has activity on the e-file and the dark squares and is well placed to resist. How should white continue?

White to Play

24…Re8
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