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CCSCSL Invitational: Final Recap

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/5/11, 10:13 PM.

 By GM Ben Finegold

SAINT LOUIS, December 5, 2011--The CCSCSL Invitational wrapped up Friday night with a lot of exciting games.  I was wondering two things went I went to sleep Thursday: Would GM Georgi  Kacheishvili continue his blistering pace? And would IM Angelo Young be able to tighten up and avoid a clean sweep?

The amazing run by Kacheishvili continued until the end, as he won a complicated struggle against GM Andre Diamant and finished with an amazing 8-1 to win the event easily.

Young had a fine last day, with a solid draw against IM Greg Shahade and another draw with IM Irina Krush, where Angelo was clearly pressing.

In somewhat unusual fashion, the three GMs took the top three places on the crosstable with GMs Mesgen Amanov and Diamant tied for 2nd place with 6-3.  

Kacheishvili was simply awesome.  He was not lucky at all, simply outplaying everyone to demonstrate he was the clear deserving winner.

GM Georgi Kacheishvili

CCSCSL_Invitational Day4 winner.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Amanov played solid chess and was undefeated with two wins and seven draws, very Finegoldesque.  Diamant started on fire with 3 out of 3, then went into drawing mode, as he could not keep up with the amazing Georgi! Three players scored +1.  IM Marc Arnold played solidly for the most part,but was never really in the norm hunt. Darwin Yang, 14, played well, and only lost one game in this tough field.  Certainly Darwin has a bright future on the American chess scene, and I expect he will play in many U.S. Championships, and represent the U.S. in International competition in the not-too-distant future.

Krush started well (even drawing an exciting game with the seemingly unstoppable Kacheishvili), and needed 3 out of 4 for a GM norm, but a tough loss to Greg Shahade with a time-trouble error dashed her hopes.  Shahade is back after a long hiatus from tournament chess, and he played well. He was the only player to score 50%, and he seemed reasonably happy with his effort. IM Danny Rensch started quite badly, losing his first five games, but he finished well to score 2.5.  This was not his best effort, but Rensch plays a sharp enterprising style, and his games are always exciting and fun to watch.  Young clearly was not in his best form, but he is capable of beating anyone. This was simply not his event.

Watching the games was quite exciting for me, as there were so many decisive games, time trouble was always fun to watch, and seeing some new players come to our chess club (Rensch, Shahade, Diamant) was exciting.  Hopefully we will have another similar event soon, and we can see if Americas talent can earn some norms.

 

RankNameFed.Rating12345678910Score
1 GM Kacheishvili, Giorgi GEO 2590 x ½  1  1  ½  1  1  1  1  1  8.0
2 GM Amanov, Mesgen TKM 2524 ½  x ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1  1  1  6.0
3 GM Diamant, Andre BRA 2489 0  ½  x ½  ½  ½  1  1  1  1  6.0
4 IM Arnold, Marc T USA 2504 0  ½  ½  x ½  ½  ½  1  ½  1  5.0
5 IM Krush, Irina USA 2476 ½  ½  ½  ½  x ½  0  1  1  ½  5.0
6 IM Yang, Darwin USA 2442 0  ½  ½  ½  ½  x ½  1  ½  1  5.0
7 IM Shahade, Gregory USA 2459 0  ½  0  ½  1  ½  x ½  1  ½  4.5
8 IM Rensch, Daniel USA 2416 0  0  0  0  0  0  ½  x 1  1  2.5
9 WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev USA 2264 0  0  0  ½  0  ½  0  0  x 1  2.0
10 IM Young, Angelo PHI 2350 0  0  0  0  ½  0  ½  0  0  x

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  • 3 years ago

    rupnaylak

    Thanks fo changing it.

  • 3 years ago

    pawngenius

    Abrahamyan was clearly outplayed by Kacheisvili.  I can't believe her king was sitting duck to the Black forces.  She didn't even have any counterplay. 

  • 3 years ago

    pawngenius

    IM Angelo is a great champion from Chicago.  But I guess he finally found stronger opposition in this tournament.

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ jdsimpson thanks very much! I've copied that table into the article. Cool

  • 3 years ago

    jdsimpson

    Here is the cross table I hope this helps the confusion.

    Cross table after round 9 

    RankNameFed.Rating12345678910Score
    1 GM Kacheishvili, Giorgi GEO 2590 x ½  1  1  ½  1  1  1  1  1  8.0
    2 GM Amanov, Mesgen TKM 2524 ½  x ½  ½  ½  ½  ½  1  1  1  6.0
    3 GM Diamant, Andre BRA 2489 0  ½  x ½  ½  ½  1  1  1  1  6.0
    4 IM Arnold, Marc T USA 2504 0  ½  ½  x ½  ½  ½  1  ½  1  5.0
    5 IM Krush, Irina USA 2476 ½  ½  ½  ½  x ½  0  1  1  ½  5.0
    6 IM Yang, Darwin USA 2442 0  ½  ½  ½  ½  x ½  1  ½  1  5.0
    7 IM Shahade, Gregory USA 2459 0  ½  0  ½  1  ½  x ½  1  ½  4.5
    8 IM Rensch, Daniel USA 2416 0  0  0  0  0  0  ½  x 1  1  2.5
    9 WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev USA 2264 0  0  0  ½  0  ½  0  0  x 1  2.0
    10 IM Young, Angelo PHI 2350 0  0  0  0  ½  0  ½  0  0  x

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  • 3 years ago

    LaVistaDad

    xessmaster...in the final position, simply 28. Nxb2 Qb5 and mate cannot be prevented. i.e 29. Bc1, Nc3+ followed by 30. ... Q check on the A-file. 

  • 3 years ago

    Caliphigia

    The "crosstable" gives results by the rounds and not against opponents. So, Kacheishveli made a draw in round 1, then won 7 games in a row to end the tournament with another draw in round 9.

  • 3 years ago

    xessmaster

    In the final position of Abrahamian - Kacheichvili I guess the best line for White is 1.Nxb2 Nc3+

    2.Kc1 Rxb2

    3.Bxc3 Qxc3

    4.gxh6 Ra2

    5.Qxg7+ Qxg7

    Is this resignable already?!

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    Apologies for the incomplete table.  It's taken straight from the CCSCSL website here and is incomplete.

    The coverage seemed to disappear after the last day and it took a few days for this final press release to arrive!

    I don't have time to try to reconstruct the two missing columns right now, but hopefully the placings are correct!

  • 3 years ago

    rupnaylak

    The crosstable doesn't make sense. I thought Diamant lost to Giorgi, not Rensch?

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