Friday, January 22, 2010

Game of the Year -- 7th Place

This is the fourteenth part in a series of articles which will count down to revealing what game was voted as the 2009 USCL Game of the Year. For more information on exactly how this process works and the prize information, please refer to: Game of the Year Contest.


7th Place: IM Daniel Fernandez (DAL) vs FM Oleg Zaikov (CAR) 0-1

FM Zaikov further extended his material advantage with 28... Bf3!, soon forcing his opponent's resignation.

Below are the comments from the judges on why they ranked the game where they did and in parentheses is the ranking given by that judge and the number of points awarded for that ranking.

GM Gregory Kaidanov (4th Place, 17 points):
Very impressive exchange of tactical blows though Black's win was never in doubt.

FM Ron Young (4th Place, 17 points):
In explaining his placing of this game behind several others played that week, one of the weekly judges opined that Black had to come up with only three difficult moves in the "game" phase of the game; the part between the opening and the technical portion. My only disagreement is with the "only". In this age of theory and technique, very often the first original move one is called on to make turns out to be the critical error. For me, to see a game with three good moves is like walking through the Gardens of Versailles.

GM Robert Hess (11th Place, 10 points):
I agree with Michael Aigner's comment when deciding Week 7 GOTW. The game did not have any real shocking moves. However, I must also agree with Jim Dean when he asserts that these two players most likely did not know theory from a game played in 1987. 18… Kc8 was a nice move to sidestep the assault. But really, not many moves were surprising. Great fight from both sides, but quite one-sided after the sacrifice.

GM Alex Yermolinsky (11th Place, 10 points):
Yermolinsky only provides commentary for his top ten games.

WFM Tatev Abrahamyan (17th Place, 4 points):
I am no expert, but these sacrifices don't seem to work if Black plays precisely. White's attack never really took off, and with a few accurate moves Black ended up with an extra piece and soon enough was able to launch his own attack. 28... Bf3 was a nice finish followed by 29... Ra7!, but at that point it really didn't matter anymore.

Total Score of Fernandez vs Zaikov: (7th Place, 58 Points)


Stay tuned for five more such articles as the field shrinks by one game every day to see which of the following games will be the 2009 Game of the Year!

Week 5: GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (NY) vs GM Josh Friedel (SF) 1-0 Article

Week 6: GM Alejandro Ramirez (ARZ) vs GM Joel Benjamin (NJ) 1-0 Article

Week 8: IM John Bartholomew (DAL) vs GM Julio Becerra (MIA) 1-0 Article

Semifinals: GM Pascal Charbonneau (NY) vs IM Dean Ippolito (NJ) 1/2-1/2 Article

Wildcard #4: NM Matt Herman (NY) vs FM Daniel Naroditsky (SF) 1-0 Article

Wildcard #5: SM Marc Esserman (BOS) vs FM Ron Simpson (CAR) 1-0 Article


7th Place (58 Points): IM Daniel Fernandez (DAL) vs FM Oleg Zaikov (CAR) 0-1 Article Elimination Article

8th Place (57 Points): IM Dean Ippolito (NJ) vs GM Pascal Charbonneau (NY) 1-0 Article Elimination Article

9th Place (56 Points): IM John Bartholomew (DAL) vs IM Jan van de Mortel (CHC) 0-1 Article Elimination Article

10th Place (55 Points): GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (NY) vs GM Larry Christiansen (BOS) 1-0 Article Elimination Article

11th Place (52 Points): GM Julio Becerra (MIA) vs GM Josh Friedel (SF) 1-0 Article Elimination Article

12th Place (48 Points): GM Boris Gulko (NJ) vs FM Oleg Zaikov (CAR) 1-0 Article Elimination Article

13th Place (45 Points): GM Julio Becerra (MIA) vs GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (NY) 0-1 Article Elimination Article

14th Place (43 Points): GM Jaan Ehlvest (TEN) vs GM Alejandro Ramirez (ARZ) 1-0 Article Elimination Article

15th Place (39 Points): FM Victor Shen (NJ) vs IM Marc Esserman (BOS) 1-0 Article Elimination Article

16th Place (36 Points): IM Jan van de Mortel (CHC) vs GM Jaan Ehlvest (TEN) 1-0 Article Elimination Article

17th Place (35 Points): GM Gregory Serper (SEA) vs IM Jan van de Mortel (CHC) 1-0 Article Elimination Article

18th Place (35 Points): FM Andrei Zaremba (QNS) vs SM Marc Esserman (BOS) 1-0 Article Elimination Article

19th Place (30 Points): SM Marc Esserman (BOS) vs FM Tom Bartell (PHI) 1-0 Article Elimination Article

20th Place (24 Points): GM Josh Friedel (SF) vs IM Marko Zivanic (DAL) 1-0 Article Elimination Article


Anonymous said...

Can someone explain the comments of the judges? without mentioning names, I will say that one is a babbling bozo, One never says anything other than "nice game" and his ranking, one seems to have 0 understanding of what a hard move to find is, one makes outrageous general statements about chess in general which are by no means justified, and one only talks about half the games. All of us fans here desperately miss the previous judges, like Jeff Ashton and Jonathan Hilton. My suggestion to IM Shahade is to have them run the show, none of these Game of the Year judges, no Arun Sharma, no Michael Aigner, and noone else (yourself included)

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Ilya said...

I dont miss Ashton nor Hilton...I dont think the judges need to say very much, their rankings do the talking quite well.