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🏆 US Chess Championship (2013)

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Player: Benjamin Finegold

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Hess vs B Finegold ½-½362013US Chess ChampionshipB07 Pirc
2. B Finegold vs V Akobian ½-½792013US Chess ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Onischuk vs B Finegold 1-0402013US Chess ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. B Finegold vs Y Norowitz  0-1472013US Chess ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. A Ivanov vs B Finegold ½-½822013US Chess ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. B Finegold vs Khachiyan 1-0362013US Chess ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
7. Shulman vs B Finegold 0-1342013US Chess ChampionshipE70 King's Indian
8. Kaidanov vs B Finegold  ½-½402013US Chess ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. B Finegold vs Shabalov 0-1222013US Chess ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
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May-11-13  Everett: <pawn to QB4: <have the mighty Botvinnik, Tal or Kasparov ever come close to going 11-0> believe it or not, they haven't. But here's a decent score by Botvinnik in the USSR Championship: 15 - 2, the field a mite stronger than RJF had to face. http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp>...

+13 =4
15/17

May-11-13  parmetd: Look other problem with swiss bears its head again Kamsky who is 6/8 will have to play Ray Robson 4.5/8 so a +4 vs +1
May-11-13  Everett: Christiansen has eight decisive games, no draws.
May-11-13
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  WannaBe: I see, that Finegold isn't doing that well...
May-11-13  dx9293: <parmetd> Kamsky has played everyone else with 4.5 points or more, except Robson! Plus Shabalov (one of the players with 4/8) in Round 1. There's no one else for Kamsky to play, and this highlights the reason I don't mind the small swiss, because the top finishers will basically be playing a RR against each other anyway.
May-11-13  parmetd: No dx9293 you are wrong. The leader of the field sets the pairings and thus the leader of the field will play all the best while the other players will consistently get easier pairings as a result. This tournament is a ddisastrous abuse of swiss pairings. It is a major problem.c
May-12-13
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  perfidious: <parmetd:....the leader of the field will play all the best while the other players will consistently get easier pairings as a result...>

Jack Peters mentioned this inequity in a CL&R interview long ago, noting moreover that the higher-rated players will (other things being equal) play stronger opposition than those lower rated.

May-12-13  dx9293: <parmetd> It's true that Kamsky has had the toughest pairings (well, he hasn't had to face himself), but that is the price of leading the tournament.

Looking at the other players' pairings over the course of the event, I don't see anything egregiously bad (and I've directed hundreds of tournaments). I don't think any of the players can really complain about bad pairings.

An RR is the "purest" type of tournament one could have, but I maintain that a small swiss is a good compromise in order to get more players into the tournament. HOW the players qualify, that's another question (I don't like wildcards).

May-12-13  Shams: "So Kayden made 'luft', a German word that means 'air'..." -- Yasser Seirawan, a couple minutes ago. I sure wish he would stop talking to the .01% of his audience that is rated <1000.
May-12-13  Shams: Kamsky has just allowed a huge exchange sacrifice.
May-12-13  waustad: They are going to rapid tiebreak tomorrow!
May-12-13  Petrosianic: Rapid Tiebreak? No Most Losses, Sonnenborn, or One Potato Two Potato like in a Candidates Tournament?
May-12-13  schweigzwang: Imagine.
May-12-13  dx9293: <Petrosianic> :-))
May-12-13  Everett: < Petrosianic: Rapid Tiebreak? No Most Losses, Sonnenborn, or One Potato Two Potato like in a Candidates Tournament?>

Perhaps they should choose by deciding who makes the most bitter and sarcastic posts.

May-12-13  Marmot PFL: With a national title at stake there has to be a playoff.
May-12-13  parmetd: Well and look at Ramirez's easy schedule... he didn't even have to play Gareev.
May-12-13  RookFile: Whatever. Kamsky wins the tiebreak. No worries.
May-12-13  dx9293: 2614 TPR for Troff in the US Championship. That should equal a GM norm (no federation requirements for National Championships or National Team Championships).
May-13-13  Ezzy: Top 6 get a World Cup place.
May-13-13  schweigzwang: Whoa, look at that huge tie for 6th place!
May-13-13  Strongest Force: Looks like 1 blitz game will decide after both rapid games were drawn.
May-13-13  Edeltalent: <StrongestForce> From what I understood, it won't be a Blitz game. White gets 45min and has to win, so both players will (secretly) bid how few time they are willing to accept to get Black and draw odds.
May-13-13  Edeltalent: In fact Ramirez "won" the bid and got Black, offering 19:40min (Kamsky bid 20min). There's an increment of 5sec per move.
May-13-13  Strongest Force: That's better than blitz. Thx Edeltalent.
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