January 27, 2011

Scholastic Championship - 2 weeks away!

The biggest TCA event of the year takes place Feb 12-13 in Houston. Everything you need to know is on the event website.

January 13, 2011

Huge turnout for Austin Club Championship

The Austin Chess Club held its first annual Club Championship Jan 7-9th. 135 players competed, including 16 titled players (1 GM, 1 IM, 3 FMs, 11 NMs). That's a fantastic turnout for a club event, on par with recent State Championships and Southwest Opens.

IM Goran Vojinovic scored 4.5/5 to win clear first and $600. GM Valentin Yotov and FM Alex Chua tied for 2nd place ($250 each). Duy Nguyen won the Reserve section ($300) with 4.5/5 and Mike Webb won the Booster section with 5/5. The Austin Chess Club website has more details including crosstables.

Here's the round 4 game between the top two seeds:

[Event "Austin Chess Club Championship"]
[Date "2011.01.09"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Goran Voljinovic"]
[Black "Valentin Yotov"]
[WhiteElo "2591"]
[BlackElo "2625"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D11"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. e3 Bg4 5. h3 Bh5 6. Qb3 Qb6 7. Ne5 e6 8. g4 Bg6 9. Nxg6 hxg6 10. Bg2 Nbd7 11. Nc3 g5 12. Bd2 Be7 13. O-O-O Qc7 14. e4 e5 15. exd5 exd4 16. dxc6 bxc6 17. Ne2 Rb8 18. Qa4 Qb6 19. b3 O-O 20. Qa5 Qxa5 21. Bxa5 c5 22. Bc7 Rbc8 23. Bh2 Ne8 24. Rhe1 Bf6 25. Nc3 Nb6 26. Nb5 a6 27. Na7 Rd8 28. Nc6 Rd7 29. Ne5 Rd8 30. Nd3 Nd7 31. Bc6 Nb8 32. Bxe8 Rfxe8 33. Rxe8+ Rxe8 34. Bxb8 Rxb8 35. Nxc5 1-0


Round 5: FM Alex Chua - IM Goran Vojinovic



GM Valentin Yotov


Emily Nguyen (1642), 2010 US Junior Under-8 Champion