Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Milwaukee Summer Challenge June 11 - 12, 2016

Hola everyone!

Milwaukee Summer Challenge V     
June 11-12, 2016, Pewaukee, WI
USCF Junior Grand Prix

5SS, G/120; d5 in top 3 sections: Master/Expert (closed section), U2000, U1500.
4SS, G/60; d6 in U1000 section.

Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, WI; 1-800-247-6640;
(Mention Southwest Chess Club for $139 room rate, including Waterpark access).

EF: $40 in top 3 sections, $25 in U1000. All $5 more after 6/10.

$$GTD: Master/Expert = 1st-$300, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$100.  U2000=1st-$150, U1500=1st-$80, U1000=1st-$50.
Plus Goddesschess Prizes for females in all sections*.

Schedule:  Reg: 8:30-9:30.
Top 3 sections-Saturday June 11: 10:00 am, 2:30 pm, 7:00 pm, Sunday June 12: 10:00 am-3:00 pm.  U1000 Saturday June 11 (only): 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 6:00 pm.

Entries to: Robin Grochowski, 3835 E Morris Avenue, Cudahy, WI 53110 or
Questions: TD Tom Fogec 414-405-4207.

*Goddess Chess Prizes for this event:
(1) in Master/Expert, $150 to top scoring female finisher provided at least 2 females play;
(2) in U2000, $100, to top scoring female finisher provided at least 2 females play;
(3) in U1500, $50, to top scoring female finisher provided at least 3 females play;
(4) in U1000, $25, to top scoring female finisher provided at least 3 females play;
There are no tie-breaks; if tie score the prize money is split; and
Must score a draw or win in any section to qualify for prize.

Jan Is Alive And Well And - Working Her Butt Off

Hola darlings!

Just a quick note to let you know that I'm still here.  Primarily one of my brothers and I have been working to get our mother's house ready for sale.  Our other four siblings have vanished into the ether, or so it seems.  I've been putting in 3 or 4 days a week of between 4 to 6 hours a day, not including a 2 hour bus round-trip when my brother isn't available to give me a ride (he is still working a full-time job).  This entire thing has been - overwhelming.

Today I started painting the plaster acanthus pattern crown molding in the living room and hallway from the living room leading to the bedrooms, bath, and kitchen.  I spent a couple hours yesterday going up and down a ladder taping off and I'm glad I did, because let me tell you, painting acanthus pattern crown molding is no easy task and I slopped paint all over the tape for the first 10 minutes or so of painting.  I worked on it off and on from 8:15 until 1 p.m. when I dashed out to catch a bus to start my journey home.  I was tired and my arms hurt from working "up" and "over" despite balancing precariously on the third rung of the step ladder to get me to eye level.  And, my left hand kept cramping from holding the brush for so long.  I do not believe I have dibbed and dabbed so much in my entire life.  So many nooks and crannies to get paint into!  And this is just the first coat (and may be the only coat, for I'll be damned if I get up on that ladder again to add a second coat of paint to molding in a house we're selling).  I managed to get two "lengths" of molding painted (one length and one width of the living room); one more each of length and width to go in the living room, and then the hallway area which, by the time I get there, I should be able to do with my eyes closed and paint with the brush between my toes.

I haven't forgotten chess, darlings.  I am sponsoring prizes for female participants in the Milwaukee Summer Chess Challenge hosted by the Southwest Chess Club.  I'll post more about that later - if I stay awake long enough and remember to do it; these days I'm running rather exhausted and decidedly distracted.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Well La Dee Da - Chess Makes the "Regular" News

Knock me off my bar stool with a feather, darlings.  Hola!  Got my coffee at 6 a.m. and sat down with my croissant to read the news and lo and behold - at Yahoo is a story about - gasp - chess!

Inside the Ultra-Competitive World of Professional Chess
Daniel Roberts, Yahoo Finance
Apr 29, 2016

I think you'll enjoy this video - it was included in the article.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Holy Hathor! Abrahamyan Blew It!

Final standings 2016 U.S. Women's Chess Championship:

Tatev Abrahamyan had the championship in her hand and she blew it.  All she had to do was control her nerves and win a game over a lower rated player.  But she lost.

Final standings:

1.  Paikidze, Nazi  8.5/11
2.  Abrahamyan, Tatev  8.0/11
3.  Zatonskih, Anna 7.0/11
4.  Mencova, Katerina  6.5/11
5.  Foisor, Sabina-Francesca  6.5/11
6.  Krush, Irina  6.0/11
7.  Eswaran, Ashritha  5.5/11
8.  Yu, Jennifer R.  5.0/11
9.  Yip, Carissa  4.5/11
10.  Gorti, Akshita  4.0/11
11.  Bykovtsev, Agata  3.0/11

Coverage a Chess Champs.

This is what I wrote today at Facebook to one of my chess buddies, Ellen Wanek, who does a lot for chess in the Sheboygan area:

The U.S. Women's Chess Championship is taking place in St. Louis right now, today is the final round and it will be an exciting one. Tatev Abrahamyan is poised to win her first ever U.S. title but Nazi Paikidze is within striking distance at 7.5; she will have the black pieces against Irina Krush, who is in the uncomfortable position of third place with 6.0, and right behind her is Anna Zatonskih also with 6.0, but she will have a much easier match against a lower rated player. It's possible Paikidze could win her game and in the unlikely event Abrahamyan loses her game, could take the title! Or, if Abrahamyan draws, she and Paikidze would go to a play-off. So - lots of drama in store. I will be glued to my computer listening to the live coverage on U.S. Chess Champs.

What a blow to Krush, wow, dropping all the way to 6th place. And Zatonskih proved yet again how tough she is, a remarkable performance when she needed to pull it through. And so, we have a brand new U.S. Women's Chess Champion.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016 U.S. Women's Chess Championship

And now, dear fans, please give a moment to listen to one of my favorite songs ever, by the one, the only, the incredible vocalist Miss Etta James, AT LAST:

Oh my goodness, Tatev, have you ever listened to this song?  You're way too young, you probably have no idea who the hell Eta James is, let alone ever heard her sing.  But the words, oh yes, those words in this song - so apt, so apropos to your situation these many years in the U.S. Women's Chess Championship!

WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, who for the past several years has come so close - and yet been so far - from winning the title for herself, is now within reach of the PRIZE!  There is one more round to go - tomorrow, and it looks like Abrahamyan is on a MISSION FROM THE CHESS GODDESS to finally take that title for her own. At last - well, we'll see.  Can she do it?  Here are the standings after Round 10.


1WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev8.0M23422524+2.230.0135.7511½½½11½11
2IM Paikidze, Nazi7.5M23462452+½11½1½1½½1
3GM Krush, Irina6.0M24652331-1.54.-127.0½1½1½1½½½0
4IM Zatonskih, Anna6.0M24702349-1.39.-124.75½½½1½11100
5WGM Nemcova, Katerina5.5M23672319-½½0½½11½½½
6WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca5.5M22582329+½0½1½011½½
7WIM Eswaran, Ashritha4.5M22252248+0.23.-117.0½00½½1½0½1
8Yip, Carissa4.5M21642241+½00½00½1
9WFM Yu, Jennifer R4.5M21572270+½0½10001½1
10FM Gorti, Akshita3.5M21842196+0.05.-112.2500101001½0
11WIM Bykovtsev, Agata3.0M22192144-1.07.-111.001½01000½0
12FM Melekhina, Alisa1.5M22051987-2.53.-18.0½0½00000½0
Generated by Swiss Master for Windows on 24-04-2016 at 18:01

She's got a slim 0.5 lead over the next highest-point player, native Georgian player Nazi Paikidze, who moved to Baltimore to attend college at the University of Maryland-Baltimore and changed her chess federation from Georgia to the United States.  Paikidze finished second in the 2015 U.S. Women's Chess Championship.   

And the match-ups for tomorrow:

Pairings round 11 

1WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca5.52258WIM Bykovtsev, Agata3.02219
2FM Melekhina, Alisa1.52205WGM Nemcova, Katerina5.52367
3GM Krush, Irina6.02465IM Paikidze, Nazi7.52346
4IM Zatonskih, Anna6.02470Yip, Carissa4.52164
5FM Gorti, Akshita3.52184WFM Yu, Jennifer R4.52157
6WIM Eswaran, Ashritha4.52225WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev8.02342

Generated by Swiss Master for Windows on 24-04-2016 at 18:01

So, will we see something absolutely nutso happen like Abrahamyan losing to Eswaran Ashritha while Paikidze wins over Krush, thereby taking the title outright with 8.5/11 to Abrahamyan's 8.0/11?  I can't imagine Abrahamyan losing tomorrow's game but in this position, with that kind of pressure on, who the heck knows?  One might assume that Anna Zatonskih, currently in 4th place overall, will make it her business to defeat Carissa Yip, with the hope that Paikidze will either outright defeat Irina Krush (currently in 3rd place) or draw with her, thereby giving Zatonskih 3rd place, and it's money.  Both Krush and Zatonskih have something more than pride to play for in tomorrow's game.

Should be interesting.  You can watch the matches live at US Chess Champs online.  
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