Waukesha Memorial

This past Saturday I played in the Waukesha Memorial, which is a one day four round G/60 local tournament that I have played in each of the past three years since I returned to playing chess.


My results were as you would expect for my rating, which is to say that I won against players rated 1315 and 1467 and lost to players rated 1953 and 2200.


However, the thing that I take away as both blessing and curse is that I missed a win against the 1953 under inexcusable conditions (I had plenty of time to calculate and miscalculated what was an unsound sacrifice rather than determining that I could accept my opponents unsound sacrifice (i.e. in my second round game I could have played Bxa2 rather than Bxf7+).


In the game against the master I was better after 20-25 moves and I blew it. I lost a pawn, but could have drawn in the rook ending. At that point, however, I had no time left to calculate.


So I leave that tournament knowing that I am improving but still have some room to improve.


On the plus side, I think this is the first time I've gained rating points in this tournament!


On to the games...





To read more about my chess (mis)adventures, go here:



  • 3 years ago


    I played Mhaskar in the exact same line and won in a complicated ending of 2Rs + P v Q.  Our game continued: 12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.Qxd5 Qc7 14.Qc5 (this is all theory) Qb8 15.Bd4 (which I hadn't prepared, but analyzed afterward with Rybka to a drawn ending, message me if interested) where Rohan made the mistake of 15...Bxd4 Qxd4 where without the dsb black had insufficient compensation even with the open lines on the QS for the pawn and with a few more inaccuracies black landed in a much worse ending that white went on to convert.

  • 4 years ago


    Avi, it does, but after ...Qc7 Rohan gets a lot of comp for the pawn in the way of open files and a lot of scope for his Bishops.

  • 4 years ago


    Against Mhaskar, how about 12. Nxd5 cxd5 13. Qxd5? Does it win a pawn?

  • 4 years ago


    Yes, and that is one of the spots where I missed the draw.

  • 4 years ago


    In the game against the master, why not 48.Rxc6 ? In those rook endgames a pawn down, you want to trade as many pawns as possible and play active, don't you ?

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