Category Archives: Kislik E

Czech Open A 2013 Rd7-IM Kislik E(USA)

TWIC 977 Pardubice Gallery
IM Kislik(USA) has been based in Hungary for several years now. This is his instructive round 7 victory. IMs Kislik and Battey(USA) are two of a handful of foreign players based in Hungary.

Hard thinking


US results
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SNo Name FIDE FED Pts.
57 IM Smith Bryan 2456 USA 5
91 WGM Nemcova Katerina 2382 USA 4
109 IM Kislik Erik Andrew 2345 USA 5
125 IM Battey Alexander 2304 USA 4.5



Kislik,E (2345) – Sochacki,C (2459)
English Defence 4…f5[A40]
Czech Open A 2013
Pardubice CZE (7.40), 25.07.2013

Position 1
The technical phase has began as white has a clear extra pawn. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play

30…Rc8
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Reykjavik Open 2013 Rd7 Standings

Rd7 Chess-results
IM Kislik lost to IM Schreiner, Peter(AUT 2439)

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Title Name FIDE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pts.
GM Shulman Yury 2563 1 1 1 0 1 ½ 0 4.5
IM Krush Irina 2460 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 0 3.5
IM Bartholomew John 2435 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 5
NM Norowitz Yaacov 2432 1 0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 5
IM Kislik Erik Andrew 2359 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 0 4
IM Prosviriakov Vladimir 2297 1 0 1 0 1 ½ ½ 4
FM Jayakumar Adarsh 2271 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 4.5
Jablon Stephen 1896 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 3
Hisnay Gregory 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 1 3
Evenson Kent 0 0 0 1 0 1 ½ 0 2.5
Kruglyak Mikhail 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 2

Reykjavik Open 2013 Rd5-Kislik(USA)

IM Kislik,E drew a tricky ending against Huang(2478) but it’s not clear that white maximized his chances in the K+P ending.

Huang,Qian (2478) – Kislik,Erik Andrew (2359)
QGD Anti-Tartakower[D55]
Reykjavik Open 2013 (5.15), 22.02.2013

Position 1
Only white is playing for more than the draw after 45.Kd2. How should black defend?

Black to Play

45.Kd2

Reykjavik Open 2013 Rd5 Standings(USA)

Rd5 chess-results
Budapest resident IM Kislik,E drew WGM Huang Qian(2478) and has 3.5/5.

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Name RtgI 1 2 3 4 5 Pts.
GM Shulman Yury 2563 1 1 1 0 1 4
IM Krush Irina 2460 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 3.5
IM Bartholomew John 2435 1 1 0 1 0 3
NM Norowitz Yaacov 2432 1 0 1 1 1 4
IM Kislik Erik Andrew 2359 1 0 1 1 ½ 3.5
IM Prosviriakov Vladimir 2297 1 0 1 0 1 3
FM Jayakumar Adarsh 2271 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 4
Jablon Stephen 1896 0 1 0 1 0 2
Hisnay Gregory 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 2
Evenson Kent 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
Kruglyak Mikhail 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 2

Reykjavik Open 2013 Rd3-Kislik(USA)

The bishop pair and weak pawn structure worked in black’s favor as IM Kislik won in rd3. White gave an exchange in a desperate bid for counterplay black defended accurately and the RR-RN conversion was no problem.

Johannesson,Oliver (1988) – Kislik,Erik Andrew (2359) 
Benoni via King’s Indian[A65]
Reykjavik Open 2013 Reykjavik, Iceland (3.46), 20.02.2013


Position 1

Black dominates the position and the d-pawn is weak. What do you recommend for black now?

Black to Play

24.Re1

Reykjavik Open 2013 Rd4-Kislik(USA)

Black’s kingside defenders were stripped away as white mounted a kingside attack to decide quickly as Kislik won in rd4.

Kislik,Erik Andrew (2359) – Frick,Renato (2075) 
Grunfeld Exchange[D85] 
Reykjavik Open 2013 Reykjavik, Iceland (4.44), 21.02.2013


Position 1
The offside Na5 and bare kingside are the strategic hints for white to begin the attack. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play


19..Kh7

Reykjavik Open 2013 Rd2(USA) Results and Standings

Rd2 Chess-results
IM Kislik lost to GM Wesley So today. Kislik has been living in Budapest for several years now.

IM Kislik,Erik

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SNo Name RtgI RtgN FED 1 2 3 Pts.
25 GM Shulman Yury 2563 0 USA 1 1 2
43 IM Krush Irina 2460 0 USA 1 ½ 1.5
46 IM Bartholomew John 2435 0 USA 1 1 2
47 NM Norowitz Yaacov 2432 0 USA 1 0 1
66 IM Kislik Erik Andrew 2359 0 USA 1 0 1
75 IM Prosviriakov Vladimir 2297 0 USA 1 0 1 2
81 FM Jayakumar Adarsh 2271 2349 USA ½ 1 1.5
158 Jablon Stephen 1896 1880 USA 0 1 1
178 Hisnay Gregory 0 1778 USA 0 0 ½ 0.5
190 Evenson Kent 0 1709 USA 0 0 1 1
199 Kruglyak Mikhail 0 1638 USA 0 0 1 1

Here is Kislik’s rd 2 game.

Kislik,Erik Andrew (2359) – So,Wesley (2684)
Grunfeld 3.f3 d5 [D70]
Reykjavik Open 2013 (2.2), 20.02.2013

Position 1
Black is making a big effort to press the pawn center with 13…Qe6. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play

13..Qe6

Reykjavik Open 2013 Rd1(USA) Standings

Rd1 chess-results
IM Kislik, currently living in Budapest, won his first game and will play Wesley So in rd2.

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SNo Name RtgI RtgN FED 1 Pts.
25 GM Shulman Yury 2563 0 USA 1 1
43 IM Krush Irina 2460 0 USA 1 1
46 IM Bartholomew John 2435 0 USA 1 1
47 NM Norowitz Yaacov 2432 0 USA 1 1
66 IM Kislik Erik Andrew 2359 0 USA 1 1
75 IM Prosviriakov Vladimir 2297 0 USA 1 1
81 FM Jayakumar Adarsh 2271 2349 USA ½ 0.5
158 Jablon Stephen 1896 1880 USA 0 0
178 Hisnay Gregory 0 1778 USA 0 0
190 Evenson Kent 0 1709 USA 0 0
199 Kruglyak Mikhail 0 1638 USA 0 0

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