Jimmy Quon Memorial: Details and Pre-Tourney Analysis
By Ankit Gupta   
January 17, 2011
Jimmy Quon. Photo Credit: Anonymous
Jimmy Quon was a beloved chess player from the Southern California Community who taught chess at La Jolla Country Day School for 14 years.  At one time he taught 15% of the student body. In the end, he had coached over 1000 players. Our deepest respect and appreciation goes out to the Jimmy Quon for promoting and cultivating chess talents in the greater Southern California area.

In his honor, Metropolitan Chess (www.metrochessla.com) will host a Grandmaster norm tournament on January 19th to 23rd of 2011. The tournament is sponsored by California Market Center (www.californiamarketcenter.com), Fashion Business, Inc (www.fashionbizinc.org), Chess.com (www.chess.com), Rock and Roll Gourmet (www.rocknrollgourmet.com), LawyerFy (www.lawyerfy.com), and Betty Bottom Showroom (www.bettybottom.com).

This tournament is dedicated to Jimmy Quon, titled the Jimmy Quon Memorial, and will be held in Suite C998 of the California Market Center on 110 East 9th Street, Los Angeles 90079. The tournament is organized by Ankit Gupta, the chief arbiter is Randy Hough, and the deputy arbiter is Michael Belcher. The participants include: GM Dejan Bojkov (BUL), GM Melikset Khachiyan (USA), GM Mark Paragua (PHI), IM Zhanibek Amanov (KAZ), IM Timothy Taylor (USA), IM Mackenzie Molner (USA), IM Jacek Stopa (POL), IM-Elect Robby Adamson (USA), IM-Elect Daniel Naroditsky (USA), and NM Alessandro Steinfl (ITL). The FIDE average of the field is 2421, for a respectable Category 7. Photos of the participants are shown below:


The tournament will be a 10 player round-robin (all play all), with rounds scheduled as follows - 19th: 7:00 PM, 20th: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 21st: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM, 22nd: 10:00 AM & 4:00 PM, 23rd: 9:00 AM & 3:00 PM. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to come to watch the games in person at the tournament site. There will be two master commentary days live on-site. Read Full details about the commentary on www.chess.com/tv.

As a lead into this tournament we have included a previous encounter of two of the participants, FM Robby Adamson, and GM Melikset Khachiyan. The game has been annotated by Grandmaster-Elect Sam Shankland for your viewing. More games from this specific tournament will be viewable here with annotations from GM-Elect Shankland. Later in the year in future norm tournaments from the Metropolitan series, with their tournament schedule permitting, we will bring you annotations from Grandmasters Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana. We will also continue to bring you annotations from GM-Elect Shankland for this current tournament and in future tournaments in this series.

Adamson (2337) - Khachiyan (2529) [C67]
American Open (5), 25.11.2006
[Sam Shankland]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4
A sideline which is not dangerous at all to the prepared opponent. 5.d4 is more challenging, leading to the mainline Berlin Wall.
5...Nd6 6.Nxe5 Be7 7.Bd3
Something of an odd situation with both sides having a minor piece blocking their d-pawn. 7.Bf1 Nxe5 8.Rxe5 0-0 9.d4 Bf6 10.Re1 Nf5 11.c3 d5=
7...0-0 8.Nc3
8.Nxc6?! doubling black's pawns is not worth letting him develop his light squared bishop 8...dxc6 9.Nc3 Re8 Black is slightly better.
8...Nxe5 9.Rxe5 Bf6 10.Re3
10.Re1 This looks more logical, not giving black free tempos 10...Re8 But black should still comfortably equalize.
10...Bd4?! Inviting a speculative sacrifice 11.Bxh7+ Kxh7 12.Qh5+ Kg8 13.Rh3‚ White has a strong initiative 13...f5 (13...f6 14.Qd5+±) 14.d3 Black has a hard time untangling his pieces, and white always has a perpetual at his disposal (which he may have to take)

After this move white seemed to find himself slightly worse. 11.Nd5 is more ambitions 11...Re8 12.Nxf6+ Qxf6 13.Rxe8+ Nxe8 White has the bishop pair but the position remains pretty dull.
11...Bd4 12.Re2 b6 13.Ba3 c5!
The difference in bishop activity is abundantly clear
14.Qf1 Bb7 15.Rae1
15... f5?
This seems too committal.
16.Nb5 Nxb5 17.Bxb5 a6 18.Bd3
18.Bc4+! It makes a lot of sense to provoke d5 and neutralize the powerful b7 bishop 18...d5 19.Bd3=. 18...f4 19.Re7
White has some counterplay.
19...Bf6 20.Bc4+ Kh8
21.Qe2! White's rook cannot be taken and he retains good play 21...Qxe7 22.Qxe7 Bxe7 23.Rxe7 Bb2 is on the agenda.
21...Rxf7 22.Bxf7 Qf8 23.Bc4 Qd6
23...b5 24.Bd3 b4 25.Bc1 f3 Black retains some pressure. 24.Qd3 Qc6 25.Qh3 Kg7 26.Bc1 d5 27.Bf1 Re8 28.Rxe8 Qxe8 29.d4!
White withstood the pressure and has now equalized.
29...Bxd4 30.Bxf4 Qe7= (30...Qe1?? 31.Qd7+ Kg8 32.Bg3+- Just goes to show that black has to be careful, he is not the only one who can attack!)
30.Qf3 Bxd4 31.Bxf4 Qe1 32.Be3
32.Bd6 Bf5 33.c3 (33.g4 Qe4) 33...Bxc3 (33...Qe6 34.cxd4 Qxd6) 34.g4
32...Bxe3 33.fxe3 Bf5 34.Qf4 Bxc2 35.Qe5+=
35...Kh6 36.Qf4+ g5
36...Kh5 37.h4 h6 38.Qf3+ Kxh4 39.Kh2 Bf5 40.Qf4+ Kh5 41.g3+-
37.Qf6+ Kh5 38.Qf7+ Bg6 39.Qf3+ Kh6 ½-½

Will these two players have the same result in their rematch, will anyone score the coveted Grandmaster norm, and who will win the tournament? Stay tuned for more updates and watch the games relayed live on www.chess.com to find out.