GM Kacheishvili Lands First at Bradley Airport
By Al Lawrence   
July 26, 2011
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GM Georgi Kachieshvili
The oppressive heat wave scorching the Northeast this past weekend saw 126 chessplayers take shelter in the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley International Airport. When it was over, GM Giorgi Kacheishvili left with a cool $1,300.

On Sunday, Kacheishvili (N.Y.) made a quick draw with GM Tamaz Gelashvili (N.Y.) in the final round, adding a $100 bonus to the top prize of $1,200 by finishing in clear first place. Gelashvili, the top seed, drew GM Mikheil Kekelidze (N.Y.) in round three and so had to settle for the second-place money of $600 and a tie at four points with IM Ilye Figler (N.Y.), who last year earned his title at the age of 63. Figler took home the $700 under-2300 prize. Kekelidze, IM Jonathan Yedidia (Mass.), and FM Nelson Castaneda (Conn.) finished with 3.5 points, tying for 4th-6th.
 



IM Jonathan Yedidia-GM Tamaz Gelashvili [A30]

Bradley Open, Round 4

1.c4 e6 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c5 4.Nf3 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.0-0 Be7 7.b3 0-0 8.Bb2 b6 9.Rc1 Bb7 10.e3 d5 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 Bxd5 13.Ne5 Bxg2 14.Kxg2 Bf6 15.Qf3 Nc6 16.Nc4
Black starts to get the better game after the text move. Instead, White may even keep a small edge with 16.Nxc6 Bxb2 17.Rc2 Bf6 18.d4 Rac8 19.d5 h5 (19...exd5 20.Nb4)
16...Bxb2 17.Nxb2 e5 18.Rfd1 Rad8 19.Qe4 a5 20.Kg1 Rfe8 21.a3 Re7 22.d3 g6 23.Na4 Kg7 24.g4 h6 25.Nc3 Qd6 26.Na4 Nb8 27.f3 Nd7 28.Nc3 Nf6 29.Qc4 Red7 30.Kf2
30.Rc2 or 30.Rd2 keeps the game going.
30...e4!
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31.Nxe4 Qxh2+ 32.Kf1 Nd5 33.Re1 f5 34.Nc3 Nxe3+ 35.Rxe3 Qh1+ 36.Kf2 Qxc1 37.gxf5 gxf5 38.Re1 Qc2+ 39.Kg1 Kh7 40.Re2 Rg8+ 41.Kf2 0-1

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GM Alexander Ivanov
FMs Daniel Rozovsky (Conn.) and Josef Friedman (N.J.) tied with national masters Andrew Wang (Mass.) and Alex Fikiet (Conn.) for 2nd-5th under-2300.  Fikiet, the reigning New England High School Champion, celebrated his 17th birthday weekend with a win against GM Alexander Ivanov.  



Alex Fiket (2277) - GM Alex Ivanov (2636) [A42]

2011 Bradley Open, Open Section, Round 3
1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.g3 Nd7 5.Bg2 e5 6.Nc3 Ne7 7.0-0 0-0 8.e4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Nc6 10.Nc2 Nde5 11.Qe2 Bg4
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12.f3 Be6 13.Nd5 f5 14.f4 Nd7 15.Be3 Re8 16.exf5 Bxf5 17.Qd2 Nf6 18.Nd4 Ne4 19.Qd1 Qd7
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What was an essentially even game gets tough for Black after this move. Exchanging knights looks better:  19...Nxd4 20.Bxd4 Bg4 21.Bf3 Bxf3 22.Rxf3 Qd7=.
20.Nxf5 gxf5 21.Qd3 Nd8 22.Bd4 Ne6 23.Bxg7 Qxg7 24.Ne3
24.Bxe4 is also strong.
24...N6c5
Although it looks risky, perhaps taking on b2 was the best chance, for example-25.Nxf5 N4c5. After the game move, things go downhill for Black quickly, and it's hard to see what he could have done to save his position.
25.Qd5+ Kh8 26.Nxf5 Qf6 27.Qd4 Qxd4+ 28.Nxd4 a5 29.Rfe1 c6 30.Rad1 Nf6 31.Nf5 Rad8 32.Rxe8+ Nxe8 33.Kf2 Na4 34.Rd2 Kg8 35.g4 Kf8 36.h4 Nf6 37.g5 Ne8 38.Kg3 Ng7 39.Nxg7 Kxg7 40.f5 Kf7 41.f6 1-0

 World Cup contender GM Ivanov, upset also by Figler in round five, finished out of the money. Besides the 30-player open section, the 16th Annual Bradley Open, held in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, offered separate under-2100, under-1700, and under-1300 sections. Avery Chen of Connecticut drew Robert Campbell (Mass.) in the last round to win the 40-player under-2100 prize with 4.5 points.

The view of the Bradley Airport runways must be inspiring to Chen, who at the same site went 5-0 to win the under-2010 section of the Second Annual Hartford Open in April of this year. His rating is taking off like one of the daily flights to Chicago. Chen's latest victory landed him $800 and an Expert's title. Jessica Regam (Penn.), Jack Edelson (N.Y.), Robert Feldstein (a New Yorker who has played rated games in every state of the Union) and Campbell, all with four points, tied for 2nd-5th. Thomas Hartmayer (Conn.) won the $500 under-1900 prize with 3.5 points. Daniel Kostovetsky (N.Y.), James Aspinall (Mass.) Robert Denunzio (Conn.), Ross Eldridge (Mass.), Nicholas Cravotta (N.Y.), and Max Krall (Conn.) tied for 2nd-7th under 1900.
 Leonid Stolov (Conn.) won the under-1700 section, the tournament's largest, scoring 4.5 points to top a field of 43. William Torres (Conn.) tied with Daniel Zack (N.J.) for 2nd-3rd with four points.Six players tied for 4th-9th: Guy Colas (N.Y.), Colin Denniston (N.Y.), Ian Lomeli (Conn.), Richard Chang (Conn.), Dzevdet Rasidi (Conn.), and Rohan Shankar (Mass.). Chris Lomeli (Conn.), entering rated 1332, won the under-1500 prize with 3.5 points.  

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Gabi Lomeli and his son Chris


Chris Lomeli (1328)-Yasavi Hari (1504) [C01]

Bradley Open 2011, Under 1700 Section, Round 4

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5
The French Exchange Variation has an extremely drawish reputation. But openings are, after all, just openings. Chris finds ways to turn this game into an all-out melee.
4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Bd3 h6 8.Bh4 Bg4 9.h3 Be6 10.0-0 Nc6 11.Re1 Qd7 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Ne8 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Ne2
White has succeeded in getting a cramping beachhead on e5, so Black must play carefully.
15...c6 16.Ng3 Nc7 17.Qd2 Rad8 18.Re3 d4 19.Rf3 Bd5
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20.Nf5
A strong in-between move.
20...Qe6?
After this move, white has an overwhelming attack. With his knight, rook, bishop and queen locked and loaded against the black kingside, white has serious threats. So it's time for 20...Qg5, when White would enjoy only a "+/=" advantage.
21.Rg3
Chris' move wins handily. But capturing on g7 right away is also possible: 21.Nxg7! Kxg7 22.Rg3+ Kh8 23.Bf5!.
21...Ne8 22.Nxd4
22. Nxh6+ wins quickly, for example-22.Nxh6+ Kh8 23.Nf5 Rd7 (23...Rg8 24.Rg5 g6 25.Nxd4 Qe7 26.Rh5+) 24.Qf4 Kg8 25.Nxg7 Nxg7 26.Bf5.
22...Qxe5 23.Qxh6 g6 24.Nf5 Rd7 25.Re3 Qf6 26.Rae1 Be6
Black, in a losing position, deserves a lot of credit for putting up the best resistance he can muster. Sometimes when you do that, you are rewarded with an impatient move from your attacker. It happens here.
27.Bc4
An aggressive try with a very nice idea: clearing the e-file: 27...Bxc4 28.Qxf8+ Kh7 29.Qh6+ Kg8 30.Rxe8#. But Black should play 27. ... Nc7!, when White would maintain a diminished advantage, with no quick kills in the offing. Instead of the game move, White has 27. Nh4, piling on g6, for example-27.Nh4 Nc7 28.Bxg6 fxg6 29.Nxg6 Qg7 30.Qxg7+ Kxg7 31.Nxf8 Kxf8 32.Rd3. Alternatively, 27. Re4 is also strong.
27...gxf5?
This capture only opens up the g-file highway of hurt.
28.Rg3+! Qg7 29.Rxg7+
29.Rxe6! seems the quickest.
29...Nxg7 30.Bxe6 Nxe6 31.Re3 Ng7 32.Rg3 f6 33.Qf4 Kf7 34.Qc4+ Ne6 35.Rf3 Rd5 36.Rd3 Rfd8 37.Rxd5 Rxd5 38.Qh4 Kg6 39.Qg3+ Kh6? 40.Qe3+! Ng5 41.h4
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Chris finished the game confidently and accurately to put away this key victory on his way to the Under-1500 prize.

 Four tied for 2nd-5th under-1500 at three points: Jared Goldfarb (N.Y.), Matthew Faille (Conn.), Jeremy Glassman (N.J.), and David Brodsky (N.Y.). D.J. Cremisi (N.C.), starting the tournament with a rating of 1144, won the 18-player under-1300 section with 4.5 points, followed a half-point back by Collins Apiri (Mass.) and Courtney Denniston (N.Y.). Sharing 4th-7th were Brendan Gregory (Conn.), Arthur Bertini (N.Y.), Erik Brodsky (N.Y.), and Robert Walton, Jr. (N.H.). Andrew Turner (Maine) won the under-1100 prize with three points and Philip Thibault (N.Y.) took second under-1100 with 2.5.  

"This year the tournament's prize fund was increased from $8,000 to $10,000," director Steve Immitt said. "Still, we drew a few less than last year." Immitt and his assistant Robert Messenger are friendly and professional from start to finish and run their many events on time, smoothing out any bumps quickly.

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Steve Immitt

When a casual kibitzer, perhaps dodging the outdoor heat to watch a few moves, interrupted one of my games to scold me for not announcing check (I've always felt it was unnecessary and distracting), Messenger appeared within seconds, seemingly out of nowhere, to politely but firmly take the visitor outside the tournament hall for an explanation of etiquette. The Sheraton staff gets high marks as well for catering to the chess crowd, keeping a restaurant open late into the evening and even manning a Starbucks station only a few paces from the main door to the playing room.

The tournament site is an easy drive from nearby states, just a few minutes off I-91. And if you're flying in, Immitt, who regularly directs tournaments all over the country, touts the venue's accessibility: "The Sheraton Hotel is located a few yards outside the TSA security checkpoint in Bradley Airport, making it quite probably the easiest chess tournament to fly to and from in the whole country."

On top of that, it's air conditioned.

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