The 2014-2015 Winter season of the DC Chess league has completed and the results are IN! In the Reserve section the Silver Knights won the title with Ali Thompson of the Silver Knights winning top board prize with 4 points.
In the DCCL Amateur section the GM’s repeated with an impressive overall match record of 7.5-.05 and a historic board winning record of 24.5-7.5. A 76% winning clip that is the best in the last decade and probably a lot longer for that section. Jonathan Bode and Ako Heidari both finished with an impressive 6.5 points.
The Open section was not resolved until the final 9th round. Ashburn Open was 1/2 point ahead of Coral Reef going into the round and a point ahead of the Argyles. While the Argyles and Coral Reef were playing, Ashburn faced the Mojo’s. On paper it may have looked favorable for Ashburn Open. Ashburn has the personnel on the roster to field 6 players with either the FIDE Master or National Master title while the Mojo’s many times don’t have a player rated over 2000. Ashburn Open hadn’t lost a match all season while the Mojo’s had a board record of 9.5-29.5 after 8 rounds. But the Mojo’s have played big spoilers before most recently in the Winter 2012-2013 season when they drew the league leading Past Pawns just prior to the last round to knock them out of clear first. Could they do it again?
When the smoke cleared at the end of the night in a very intense match the Mojo’s indeed drew the Ashburn Open (Great job Mojos! and as a player on the Ashburn team I can tell you we were losing most of the night) while the Argyles in an equally intense battle beat Coral Reef.
So Ashburn Open takes the coveted and historic Gold DCCL trophy for winning the Winter Open section passed down since 1954 and along with the other division champions, the Silver Knights Reserve and GM’s will be featured in the annual 4th of July parade on the “Champions of Chess float” in DC.
If you are participating on the float this year make sure to get your costume early and specify what piece you prefer to be ( Pawn, Rook, Queen, Knight etc) but keep in mind you may be assigned a pawn costume anyway . Please note we prefer to have more pawns than other pieces.
Actually I’m just kidding about the gold trophy and the float and parade and costume stuff but congrats to all.
Wanted to add as well my heart goes out to the Coral Reef team. The last 3 seasons they have been in the position to either win or at least tie for the regular season top score going into the final match in the Open Section and have not won the title. Wishing them the best of luck this summer and the 2015-16 Winter season.
Some pictures from the final 9th round will follow, along with a game by the top board prize winner for The Open section this 2014-2015 season Fide Master Paolo Del Mundo from Ashburn Open who scored 6.5 out of 7 rounds played.
Paolo is Ashburn’s top board and I asked him to share the game below because I thought it was his best of the season. At the time it was also a battle of undefeated players.
Mojo’s on the left Vs Ashburn Open: Mojo’s pulled off the huge upset, the match was a tense hard fought draw. Mojo players on right from left to right: James Guill, Andrew Schechter,Adam Chrisney, Karl Peterson, David Siamon and Peter Snow. The lone Ashburn player in the picture is Scott Webster.
Victor Guzman of Ashburn Open in the Green facing David Siamon of the Mojo’s. David won the game.
Coral Reef facing the Argyles. The Argyles won the match 4-2. Coral Reef players on right from Left to Right: NM Leif Karell, NM Stan Fink, NM Greg Acholonu, FM John Meyer, NM Sal Rosario, IM Eugene Meyer. The lone Argyle is NM Alan Savage.
Argyle Captain and NM Andy Rea and Expert Tamara Balkhamishvili
Black Knights Vs The Fury: Blacks Knights won the match 3.5-2.5. The Fury finished their very first season a respectable 3-5 overall. Fury players on right from left to right: Experts Arthur Tang, Sean Senft and Chris Erikson. Black Knights player shown is NM Dan Maxwell.
As previously mentioned below is top board prize winner in the Open, FM Paolo Del Mundo’s game vs NM Andy Samuelson in a key 8th round match of the Argyles Vs Ashburn Open. Annotation by FM Paolo Del Mundo. I personally really liked this game and was impressed with how good blacks position got when the center opened up for his 2 bishops.
Fide Master Paolo Del Mundo
Samuelson,Andy 2337 del Mundo,Paolo 2378 DCCL 201518.04.2015 [Paolo]
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3
The only move that provided any chance of any action. I considered 3. … c6, but all the games from Chessbase looked pretty tame. 4.Nc3 Na5 5.Nge2 c6 6.a4 Nxc4 7.dxc4 Be7 [ 7…Bb4 Probably a better option. 8.0-0 0-0 9.Qd3 d6 10.Rd1 Be6 11.b3=] 8.0-0 d6 9.Qd3 0-0 10.b3 [ 10.h3 Be6 11.f4] 10…Qc7 11.Bb2 [ 11.h3 Rd8 12.Rd1 Be6 13.f4 d5 14.cxd5 cxd5] 11…Rd8 12.h3 Be6
The moment I’ve been waiting for! I had seen one of Andy’s games; he had a similar position against Larry Kaufman and opened on the kingside. So I knew he was gunning to play this. This seemed to be super dubious to me. Black has the two bishops and white just opened up his King. The next move was an easy one to make. d5! 14.cxd5 cxd5 15.exd5 Nxd5 16.Qg3 [ 16.Nxd5 Rxd5 17.Bxe5 Rxd3 18.Bxc7 Rd2I had seen up to this point, and I thought Black was doing great. However, white could try this: 19.f5 Bd7 20.Rad1 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Bxf5 22.Nd4 Still probably better for Black. Bc5] [ 16.fxe5 Nxc3 17.Qxc3 Qb6+ 18.Kh1 Rac8]
17.Rf3 Nf5! [ 17…Nxc2] 18.Qe1 e4 19.Rf1 [ 19.Nxe4] 19…Ne3 20.Qg3 Nxf1 21.Rxf1 Now I just need to not lose. Bf6 22.Kh1 Kh8 23.Qe3 Qd7 24.Bc1 [ 24.Rd1 Qc6] 24…Bd4 25.Qxe4 Bf5 26.Qf3 Bxc2 27.Ba3 Bf6 28.Nb5 Qd3 29.Qg4 Bxb3 30.Bc5 Bxa4 31.Nxa7 Bd1 32.Rf2 Re8 33.Nc1
- Qd5 0-1