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Metropolitan IM Round Robin

Howdy folks,

I am currently in downtown L.A. watching my host, Kostya Kavutskiy play out a long endgame against Roman Yankovsky. It's a really intense endgame with two minors (for Roman) against rook and several pawns.

 

 

While they're making me wait to go home, I thought I'd make some observations about the tournament.

The set-up is really beautiful:

 

 

You may also have noticed in the previous shot that there are a plethora of drinks for the players (and any potential spectators) to enjoy. Ankit Gupta and Michael Belcher set up and ran the first round without any difficulties, except that apparently once again the MonRoi devices failed to broadcast the games, so nobody could watch them live.

I played the lowest rated player in the field I believe, and won the following game:

And here's me writing this blog with my recently-shaved head, and a smile cause I'm at a chess tournament:

 

with 2 minutes on his clock, Roman has just run at full speed out of the room (presumably to use the restroom)! wow!! The position is also really intense, I'm sure this will be a great endgame to play over later.

Kayden Troff scored a huge upset, winning with black against Joel Banawa who made a norm at the last event. I'll be playing him tomorrow morning-- will try to make him work hard for his first IM norm.

till next round!

update: Kostya has just won the endgame! I think he played really well, remained confident, and kept a small lead on the clock, then used that time to play the last few moves well. But I'll see when I play over the game later. Rook and two pawns are often better than Bishop and Knight in the endgame.

[next round]

Comments


  • 4 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    David has little hair and even less beard. Has he lost his chess strength a la Samson or what? 

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i am!!

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Good luck, Dave!!! I am home resting from our crazy trip to Texas, but you better work hard!

  • 4 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Oh yeah, the National Elementary School Championships or something like that. Smile 

  • 4 years ago

    RookedOnChess

    Lawdog, I think David, Danny and David were also recently in Texas, for Chesskid.com :)

  • 4 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Texas?  I thought it was L.A. 

  • 4 years ago

    qixel

    I don't want to started unwarranted rumors, but I'm beginning to think that there is something terribly wrong with MonRoi.

    My Norton Site Safety Report for the MonRoi website lists it as "unsafe", due, apparently, to a JavaScript Trojan.  Worse, this problem has been known for many weeks without being corrected.

    It makes me wonder if MonRoi is still a viable company.

    More to the point, however, I'm very glad to see that Kayden has a chance for his first IM norm !!

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    yeah! thanks :)

  • 4 years ago

    Salander

    Maybe you could consider this, David, for next time?

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    the pics are all mirror-imaged. i took them with my laptop's webcam while i was sitting there.

  • 4 years ago

    WanderingWinder

    Nice game, I look forward to more coverage of the tournament, and... why did you mirror image (if I may use that two word phrase as a verb) the picture of yourself?

  • 4 years ago

    UVF02368

    Kick some butt, Pruess.

  • 4 years ago

    Knightsight

    Loved your game.  I often get in to winning positions but then my ideas seem to fade away and I end up going downhill.  You never let your opponent back in the game.  Have a great tournament!

  • 4 years ago

    SuperCourgette

    I have seen happier convicts than you <;O)

    Get some rest!

  • 4 years ago

    vowles_23

    Loving the new look! :D

  • 4 years ago

    RookedOnChess

    David, you look quite content and VERY different with barely any hair on  your head. I'm glad it's not REALLY shaved! I'm assuming you want it short for summer? Anyway, I'm glad you've enjoyed the tournament :) I hope Texas was good, too!

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