City Championship Fourth Round November 22nd
The fourth round of the city championship will be held November 22nd. We will be taking a week off on November 15th for the Kings Island Open. Games will start promptly at 6:30pm. For a summary of rounds 1 to 3, click here. For a complete schedule of all six rounds, see our club calendar.
The entry fee for the tournament is $40 and prizes will be given to 1st and 2nd place finishers along with some class prizes. Also, every player may use up to two half-point byes so it's not too late to join. Players joining during round 3 will be awarded a half point bye for rounds 1 and 2.
Hans Multhopp Wins Blindfold Championship
This year's blindfold championship featured six strong games between our three entrants. The tournament was a double round robin and, after the first round, was all tied up with one win for each player. The second round, held September 20th, would determine the winner with each player needing two solid games to claim the title.
Hans and Andy played first. In their first game of the tournament on September 13th, Andy resigned a position which he had underestimated and was looking to turn things around with a win in their second meeting. Hans was able to get a strong kind-side initiative though and it soon became clear he would break through so Andy resigned.
In the second game of the evening, Andy had the white pieces against Jeremy. Knowing Hans now had two points and this his last game, Andy needed to fight for the win if he was to keep up with Hans. He and Jeremy played an exciting game and on move 32 when neither player had a clear advantage, Jeremy offered a draw. Andy still needed the win and pressed on but three moves later a draw was agreed upon.
Going into the final game of the night, Hans had two points and Jeremy a point and a half. Jeremy had the white pieces and was looking for a strong attack but Hans, with the black pieces, just needed a draw to capture the title. Jeremy got a strong king-side initiative going, reminiscent of Hans' attack against Andy at the start of the night. However, Hans held strong on defense, always finding just enough to cover the threat until he was able to turn the game around and go on the attack himself. Hans soon had the better position and a material advantage.
When Jeremy resigned, Hans came away with his second win of the night and became the winner of the 2013 Blindfold Championship. Congratulations to Hans for his victory and to Andy and Jeremy for six excellent, hard-fought games. The game board below contains all six games from this year's event.
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Hans Multhopp Wins Club Championship
By Jeff Davis (TD)
Club Champion Hans (right) and Runner-Up Jeremy (left)
Congratulations to FM Hans Multhopp for winning the 2013 Cincinnati Chess Club Championship, held in four rounds from Aug. 16 to Sept 6. Jeremy Scheidt took second place by drawing with Hans in the final round. Jeremy also had the biggest ratings increase of the tournament – 50 points – with a win and a draw against two players rated more than 200 points above him! Daniel Cunningham and Luis Aragon tied for the under 1600 prize, with a total of two points each
Eleven chess enthusiasts played in this year’s event – a small turnout, but a well-fought contest nonetheless. Welcome to the three new members from New York and Pennsylvania who joined the club during this tournament – Jack Phelps, Matt Phelps and Matt O’Brien. May they have many exciting chess games in Cincinnati going forward!
Both Hans and Jeremy were undefeated going into their final game with each other (Hans with three wins, and Jeremy with two wins and a half-point bye). This game would decide the championship. They began with an unusual variation of the Reti Opening (1.Nf6). Hans sacrificed a Bishop for a couple of pawns and the attack, which Jeremy survived. Hans Queened a pawn first, but with Jeremy’s pawn one square from Queening, and less than a minute on his clock, Hans went for the draw by perpetual check. An excellent and worthy nail biter to decide the 2013 Cincinnati Chess Club Champion!
This game and others from the tournament can be viewed here.
Alex Markovits Wins Quick Championship
By Duane Larkin
The 2013 Cincinnati Quick Chess Championship was held on July 19th and 26th. The event brought out 12 players, including Sergey Berchenko who has been the City Champion previously, and several new Russian-speaking players. Hans Multhopp and Mike Giglio joined in on the second day to bring the total number of players to 14.
Hans Multhopp drew with overall winner Alex Markovits in the final round, the only blemish on Alex's otherwise dominating performance of 5.5/6.
Oleg Fabrikank's only loss was to Alex, which allowed him to have the second best point total and win the top prize in the lower section.
The tournament provided us with a lot of fun games between the competitors. With only 24 minutes for a player to make their moves each game, there is a lot of opportunity for blunders or clock wins. But the games seemed to play out to normal chess positions that often occur over the board, a testament to the high skill level of all players involved in this event.
Most victories seemed to go to those players who showed more aggressiveness in their games. The exception to the aggressive and open position type games was Alex's game with Hans in the final round. His unbeaten streak through the first five games gave him a dominating lead. Hans was able to break him down into a strictly positional game. This game, which was a shock to me, would normally be found only in the slowest time controlled events.
An end game of rook and pawns vs. rook and pawns was played out in pain(pawn)-staking detail. Every move someone either pushed a pawn, attacked a pawn, or defended a pawn. The back and forth left each player on the verge of victory or defeat.
Finally, with each player unable to force their pawns through, a draw was conceded as a worthy result in this hard fought battle. Congratulations to Alex Marcovits for his victory in this excellent tournament.