Home Page Chess Life Online 2008 December Gems and GMs at the Berkeley International
|Gems and GMs at the Berkeley International|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|December 18, 2008|
Berkeley International (December 14-23), GMs Zviad Izoria, Giorgi
Kacheishvili and FM Daniel Rensch lead with 3/4. You can watch the games live on the Internet Chess Club at 5 PM EST (Finger EastBay08) until the final, tenth round on December 23. There have been a number of hard-fought and interesting games, including the following two sacrificial gems by tournament organizer IM David Pruess over GM Jesse Kraai and FM Dale Haessel of Canada. Pruess is tied for 4th-8th; Scroll down for complete standings. Clearly all the extra
duties that come with organizing an event including cleaning toilets
(CLO spared you the photos) is not impacting Pruess's form so far.
Four rounds into the|
Try to guess what opening this all came from before playing through the full game:
After a classic Bh7+ sacrifice in the Classical line of the French Defense, Pruess found himself in the following position against GM Kraai. How did he proceed?
Here is the full game:
The following draw between Iryna Zenyuk and Jesse Kraai took over six hours (from 2 PM PST to 8 PM PST), which was unfortunate for Jesse, as he had a date at 7 PM!
In Josh Friedel's game against IM Lev Milman, his pre-game prayer led him to victory:
Standings after 10 rounds
1-3. GM Zviad Izoria, GM Giorgi Kacheishivili and FM Daniel Rensch- 3/4
4-8. GM Josh Friedel, IM Irina Krush, IM David Pruess, GM Dashzegve Sharavdorj and FM Marc Esserman- 2.5/4
9-11. GM Vinay Bhat, IM Justin Sarkar, FM Daniel Naroditsky- 2/4
12-16. GM Jesse Kraai, IM Lev Milman, FM Bela Evans, WIM Iryna Zenyuk, FM Dale Haessel- 1.5/4
17-19. IM Sandor Kustar, Shivkumar Shivaji, Salar Jahedi- 0.5/4