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HB Global Chess Challenge Tournament

Alexander G Beliavsky7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Daniel Fridman7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Alexander Motylev7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Ildar Ibragimov7/9(+6 -1 =2)[games]
Artur Yusupov7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Joel Benjamin6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Utut Adianto6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Loek van Wely6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Darmen Sadvakasov6/8(+4 -0 =4)[games]
Vladimir Epishin6/8(+4 -0 =4)[games]
Zviad Izoria6/7(+5 -0 =2)[games]
Sergey Kudrin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Vadim Milov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Alexander Goldin6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Giorgi Kacheishvili5.5/8(+5 -2 =1)[games]
Alexander Shabalov5.5/8(+3 -0 =5)[games]
Dmitry Gurevich5/8(+3 -1 =4)[games]
Evgeny Najer5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Julio Becerra Rivero5/8(+4 -2 =2)[games]
Valerij Filippov5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Melikset Khachiyan5/8(+4 -2 =2)[games]
Varuzhan Akobian5/8(+3 -1 =4)[games]
Igor Novikov5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Alexander Stripunsky4.5/6(+4 -1 =1)[games]
Eugene Perelshteyn4.5/8(+4 -3 =1)[games]
Alexander Onischuk4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
David Howell4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Jesse Kraai4.5/8(+4 -3 =1)[games]
Joshua E Friedel4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Rogelio Antonio Jr4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
(185 players total; 153 players not shown. Click here for longer list.)

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 338  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Milov vs T Abrahamyan  1-0462005HB Global Chess ChallengeA57 Benko Gambit
2. R Del Pilar vs Nakamura 0-1232005HB Global Chess ChallengeB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. S Shivaji vs Motylev  0-1272005HB Global Chess ChallengeB56 Sicilian
4. P Atoofi vs A Moiseenko  ½-½302005HB Global Chess ChallengeB32 Sicilian
5. Filippov vs L L Davis  1-0212005HB Global Chess ChallengeA14 English
6. Glek vs M Ginat 1-0122005HB Global Chess ChallengeB40 Sicilian
7. R Hermansen vs Epishin  0-1512005HB Global Chess ChallengeA07 King's Indian Attack
8. V Plotkin vs Fridman  1-0432005HB Global Chess ChallengeB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
9. Sadvakasov vs A Betaneli  1-0402005HB Global Chess ChallengeC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. Wojtkiewicz vs A Steinfl 1-0212005HB Global Chess ChallengeA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
11. B Bournival vs Goldin 0-1212005HB Global Chess ChallengeB23 Sicilian, Closed
12. W Silva vs Z Izoria 0-1322005HB Global Chess ChallengeE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
13. Yusupov vs C Jones  1-0332005HB Global Chess ChallengeA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. M Movsisyan vs I Ibragimov 0-1442005HB Global Chess ChallengeC17 French, Winawer, Advance
15. J Times vs V Georgiev 0-1362005HB Global Chess ChallengeA15 English
16. Fedorowicz vs K Gulamali  ½-½302005HB Global Chess ChallengeA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
17. I Novikov vs R Harper  1-0392005HB Global Chess ChallengeD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Adianto vs P van Hoolandt 1-0292005HB Global Chess ChallengeC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
19. K F Kiewra vs E Najer  0-1292005HB Global Chess ChallengeB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Van Wely vs T Q Miller 1-0132005HB Global Chess ChallengeA40 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J Friedman vs P Kiriakov  0-1612005HB Global Chess ChallengeA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. V Akobian vs C Haessler 1-0332005HB Global Chess ChallengeE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. A C Chow vs Stripunsky  0-1432005HB Global Chess ChallengeD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Beliavsky vs L B Kis  1-0402005HB Global Chess ChallengeE97 King's Indian
25. Benjamin vs Xiao Cheng  1-0352005HB Global Chess ChallengeB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 338  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jun-10-05  aw1988: <Fulkrum> Can I bring the booze? :)
Jun-10-05  AgentRgent: <aw1988: Can I bring the booze? :)> Who would say no?! ;-)
Jun-10-05  aw1988: The teatotlers?
Jun-10-05  stijn: isn't the correct word teetotaller?
Jun-10-05  aw1988: Indeed.
Jun-12-05  AgentRgent: Well what do you expect from people who can't even spell Tea correctly?! ;-)
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  Eric Schiller: Coverage of the HB event is available in the latest California Chess Journal, available (free) online at It is the main focus of the Summer issue.
Aug-02-05  Phoenix: I just received my copy of Chess Life and glanced through it, and there are no pictures of anyone except GMs and a small one of the married couple. No pictures of the huge tournament hall, no pictures of the convention center, and no pictures of the little guys, the non-masters who made it happen! I thought the tournament was about spreading chess to everyone? My family and I were standing next to an official photographer at the closing ceremony, and he said he took at least 2000 pictures of the entire event. I remember seeing him in all sections, clicking away. He also said that after he had a chance to go over all the photos, they'd be on the official site. Now, guess what? If you go the official site, months after the tournament has ended, there have been no updates! They haven't even updated the winners section. It's like once the tournament was completed, everyone forgot about it. What's going on here?
Aug-02-05  Bent Bexley: <Phoenix> It is Chess Life, nuff said.

And the official HB site has a ton of pictures from the tournament.

Aug-02-05  Bent Bexley:

Just click on the photos link. I have a pop-up blocker so I had to hold down the Ctrl button.

Aug-02-05  Phoenix: Oh duh, how could I have missed that?

But there's no excusing the article in Chess Life. Someone messed up bad, and I'm a little surprised to find myself the only one who feels strongly enough about it to say something.

Aug-02-05  Bent Bexley: Well, I agreed with you, <Phoenix>. Chess Life leaves a lot to be desired. It was once a good magazine. I don't know if it ever will be again.
Mar-26-06  southpawjinx: HB Global Chess Challenge
Minneapolis, May 2005
Four Clark County Chess Club members participated in they HB Global Chess Challenge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which has reportedly become the largest chess event ever in the US and maybe even the world!

Of the four members, two of them won decent cash prizes for their efforts with Chad Gauvin scoring 7½/9, finishing tied for 2nd in the Under 2000 section (winning $4,700) and Rockford Watson winning a class prize in the Under 1400 section ($1,000) after finishing with 3½/9.

The other two members were Walter Churchill (Under 1800) who finished with 2/9 and Alex Rubio (Under 1400) who finished with 4/9.

The whole event attracted over 1500 players, and the strong Open had 57 Grandmasters participating, which was won by GM Zviad Izoria from Georgia on 7½/9. He walked away with $50,000 and a Polanti watch valued at $7,000!

Rockford Watson has being kind enough to provide the following report on his venture to Minneapolis.

The experience at the HB Global Chess Challenge was just perfect. The first three games I lost, but I came to Minneapolis with a plan, which was to take pictures of the tournament and to go and see Star Wars. After the movie I would focus harder on the rest of the chess playing. Things just got better and better as time went along, especially rounds 8 and 9 that I won. I met and got some pictures with some of the masters in attendance. I would seriously play again in this tournament if they hold it next year.

Here are my last two round games that secured me 5th place in the Under 1000 group and $1,000!

Knudson,D (1130) - Watson,R (886) [B21]
HB Global Chess Challenge U1400 (8), 22.05.2005
1.e4 c5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Bc4 g6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.e5 d5 8.Bb5 Bd7 9.0-0 Nge7 10.Nc3 a6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd3 Nf5 13.Bxf5 exf5 14.Be3 0-0 15.Na4 Rb8 16.b3 Qh4 17.Nc5 Rfd8 18.Nxa6 Ra8 19.Nc5 Qh5 20.Rf3 Qh4 21.Nb7 Rdc8 22.Rh3 Qe7 23.a4 Qb4 24.Nc5 Be6 25.Qe2 Bf8 26.Qf2 Ra5 27.Nxe6 fxe6 28.Bd2 Qc5 29.Be3 Qe7 30.c3 c5 31.Qb2 Rb8 32.Bf2 Qb7 33.Be1 Qxb3 34.Qxb3 Rxb3 35.c4 Rxh3 36.Bxa5 Rd3 37.cxd5 Rxd5 38.Bb6 c4 39.a5 c3 40.Be3 c2 41.Rc1 Rd1+ 42.Kf2 Rxc1 43.Bxc1 Bc5+ 44.Ke2 Kf7 45.Kd3 Ke7 46.Kxc2 Kd7 47.Kb3 Kc6 48.Kc4 Ba7 49.Bb2 h6 50.Bd4 Bxd4 51.Kxd4 Kb5 52.a6 Kxa6 53.Kc5 g5 54.fxg5 hxg5 55.Kd6 f4 56.Kxe6 g4 57.Kf5 f3 58.gxf3 gxf3 59.e6 f2 60.e7 f1Q+ 61.Ke6 Qh3+ 62.Kd6 Qd3+ 63.Ke6 Qe4+ 64.Kd7 Qf5+ 65.Kd8 Qd5+ 66.Ke8 Kb7 67.Kf8 Qf5+ 68.Ke8 Kc7 69.h4 Qe6 70.h5 Qg8# 0-1

Watson,R (886) - Mullikin,T (1129) [D04]
HB Global Chess Challenge U1400 (9), 22.05.2005
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Nbd7 4.Nbd2 e6 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 c4 7.Be2 Qe7 8.b3 Ne4 9.bxc4 Nxc3 10.Qc2 Nxe2 11.Kxe2 e5 12.cxd5 exd4 13.Qe4 Nf6 14.Qxe7+ Bxe7 15.Nxd4 Nxd5 16.Bb2 Bf6 17.N2f3 0-0 18.Rhc1 Bg4 19.Rc2 Rfe8 20.h3 Nf4+ 21.Kf1 Bxf3 22.Nxf3 Bxb2 23.Rxb2 Nd3 24.Rxb7 Reb8 25.Rab1 a6 26.Rxb8+ 1-0

Too bad that this tournament will no longer be running. I had fun.

Mar-26-06  southpawjinx: , someone asked for pics of the little guys in the tournament. Well here they are.
Mar-26-06  midknightblue: thx for the pictures and stories Lefty. I was there too. I also had a great time. Finished with 6/9 points in the unrated, but lost a ton of points on my provisional rating (which was 1672 before the tourney). Mostly because I had a loss to someone rated well below 1000 in round 1. Are you going to vegas in june?
Mar-27-06  southpawjinx: I will be in Vegas in June. I cant help it, I live here.
Mar-27-06  Chess Classics: Are they running this next year? Because if so, I might try to make it.

One large tournament that I DEFINITELY will make is The MidAmerican Open in Des Moines, probably in the U1400 section. Anyone else going to be there or was there last year?


Mar-28-06  southpawjinx: No they are not running this tournament because the HB Foundation lost $500,000 in running this tournament and became officially broke in November 2005.
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  monopole2313: <southpawjinx> Well, let's start a collection of your games. I suppose it would be called the Rockford File (ahem). Thx for sharing the games!
Mar-29-06  southpawjinx: Ha Ha that was very funny, like I have not heard that 1 b4.
Nov-07-06  James Bowman: <southpawjinx> I am not sure but I think I played you in that tournament or at least we spoke at some time because I distinctly remember your face as you reminded me of a friend of mine, I also played a guy who I used to play online and beat, but unfortunatly for me he was taking lessons with an IM and did better against me in the tournement ;o]
Nov-07-06  southpawjinx: <James Bowman> Yes, and you won, i would have done better but i didn't count the pieces right as you hid my captured bishop behind your drinking cup and i thought i could trade down to a better position. GG, but i managed to better after playing you.

After the tournament I got lessons from GM Sam Palantik @ his place, and got an autographed book. Then i went to play in the National Open Blitz Championship, and came in 1st U1200.

My next tournament quite possibly will be the National Open in 07. Good Luck to you and may our paths cross again Over The Board.

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  WannaBe: Ah, the Ol' Hide the Capture Piece trick. =)
Nov-20-06  James Bowman: <sothpawjinx> I spent many months training for just such a thing, hoping to find an opponent who would count peices off the board and ignore the board itself, and alas to my surprise you fell straight into it. Roman Dzindzshshvili video number 4, of course I combined that with Obi Wan Kenobi's method. Sorry you miscounted we can play online some time and it will be harder for me to cheat that way, but I do want full rigths to the bathroom without camera's if your manager agrees.

Just kiding in all this I didn't or woud not hide a piece, and if you have it post our game here so they could see some of us patzers playing, I do hope we play again I do play online at ICC under my own name as you might guess. Also congratulations on the 1st place finish training with a GM must have helped a lot.

Nov-20-06  southpawjinx: Yes James I have the game. James Bowan (w) 1260- Rockford Watson (b) 886 05-19-2005

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 e6
5. Be3 g6
6. Be2 Bg7
7. Nc3 Nf6
8. f3 0-0
9. Qd2 d5
10. 0-0-0 a6
11. Bh6 dxe4
12. Bxg7 Kxg7
13. fxe4 e5
14. Nxc6 Qxd2+
15. Rxd2 bxc6
16. Rf1 Bg4
17. Bc4 Ra7
18. Rd6 Be6
19. Bxe6 fxe6
20. Rxc6 Nh5
21. Rxf8 Kxf8
22. Rxe6 Nf4
23. Rxe5 Nxg2
24. Ra5 Ne3
25. Nd5 Nc4
26. Ra4 Ne5
27. Nb4 h5
28. Nd3 Nc6
29. e5 Ke7
30. Kd2 Ke6
31. Rxa6 Rxa6
32. Nc5+ Kxe5
33. Nxa6 g5
34. Nc5 Kf4
35. Nd3+ Kf3
36. Ne1+ Kf2
37. c3 Ne5
38. Nd3+ Nxd3
39. Kxd3 Kg2
40. b4 Kxh2 1-0

GG, but as far as online, nah I will wait for us to play OTB.

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