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Playing in US Chess League

This year is my second year playing for the Dallas Destiny team in the US Chess League. It is an online league where the games are played at chess.com this year, or at least the ones I've been involved in so far are. Currently we are first place in the 16-team league, having 4.5 out of 5 match points. Personally I have played 3 games and scored 1.5/3. I have already dropped more points than the entire first year that I played, when I scored 9/10, but it is OK because a lot of teammates are having good performances. Also, in Week 4, the game I played with black against Denys Shmelov won the Game of the Week contest.

Below, I annotated the game that I played in the most recent match, in Week 5. I was black in this game as well. In the Game of the Week vote (which takes place among 3 games selected out of the 32 played each week) it missed out on 1st place by just one point. The annoying thing was that neither of the judges who ranked it last presented any comments explaining his decision, unlike the other judges. Not that there was anything super-special about my game this week.


  • 21 months ago


    In the 3rd 4th and 5th game it shows only partial game what about complete steps ? Any reason why not posted? 

  • 2 years ago


    Now -Your gameWink

    13.!!! ...Kh8 was NO GOODCool

  • 2 years ago


    Just two famous games: first Kotov vs Keres ,second Polugaevsky vs Karpov

  • 2 years ago


    I agree that the judges for GOTW should have to put some rationale for their decision.  Great game by the way!  You've got to be doing something right to have back to back GOTW candidate games.  Congratulations!

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