Boardwalk Open 2013


After a brief hiatus from tournaments I played in the Boardwalk open with some good results, and I'd like to share the games and analysis with you.

Round 1 (Game/90)

Defibaugh(2289) - GM Kacheishvili(2662)

In round 1 I was paired with top seeded monster Kacheishvili. After an equal opening I managed to put some pressure on the veteran, and after a couple innacuracies by black was able to score the point.

In round 2 I faced another tough opponent with the black pieces, but I was determined to continue my wins! I played the opening smoothly and obtained a fair edge, but squandered all advantage with a series of 2nd rate moves and was even worse at one point. But with time trouble imminent, white made a couple innacuracies in a tactical ghost fight and allowed me to start 2-0.
Round 2 (Game/90)
FM Rubenchik(2363) - Defibaugh(2289)

In round 3 I faced the eventual tournament winner IM Justin Sarkar. I made a mistake early in an unusual opening, and although obtaining some counterplay was never able to fully equalize again.

Round 3 (Game/110 SD/30)

Defibaugh(2289) - IM Sarkar(2507)

Round 4 turned into another interesting game. After getting the better of the opening battle after white's move 13...b4?!, I missed a clever defense and had to scramble to remain equal. A dangerous king walk in the middlegame eventually ended in a 3-fold.

Round 4 (Game/110 SD/30)

Katz, A (2374) - Defibaugh(2289)

In the 5th and final round I was paired with an on-fire Goldenberg. On top of being in the USCL MVP race (finishing 3rd), his recent play has put him near the 2400 USCF mark. The winner of this game would go on to tie for 2nd place...well, if there was a winner.

Round 5 (Game/110 SD/30)

Defibaugh(2289) - Goldenberg(2380)


  • 3 years ago

    NM JonMunnell

    Nice games.  Glad you posted them up.  You playing in Congress?

  • 3 years ago


    A good tournament for you I think!  Collected some nice wins against some stronger opponents; always a good thing.  :)

    Thanks for sharing the games and analysis.  

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  • 3 years ago


    Great games, great analysis, great article. Thanks for an excellent read!

  • 3 years ago


    Great results vs a  tough schedule.  Your game vs Rubencik was interesting, as he ended up in the same line of the English as we did a couple years ago.  He chose 8.d3 and 9.Bg5 whereas I opted for and earlier b3 and Bb2 with White. 

    After looking at several games in this line, I'm convinced that Black equalizes without a lot of trouble, but both sides have chances.

    In your game vs Katz, he pulls up a line analyzed by Koltanowski and Larry M Evans in the 70's.   If I'm not mistaken, Koltanowski dubbed 11.c3 the "Kolty" variation.   I doubt white's pawn deficit is justified.

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  • 3 years ago


    Wow, I'm Impressed! Great job! 

  • 3 years ago


    you took that GM to school, yeeehaww!! Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    interesting games, congrats!

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