Hart House Winter Open 2013 – Toronto

Happy New Year to everyone! I started 2013 with a chess tournament here in my home, Toronto Canada!

From January 4-6, I played in this tournament, section: U2200!

At the beginning of the tournament I was ranked as 14, but ended in 7th with 3.5/5. Here are my games from round 1-5! To view, just copy the notation and paste it in a new board in Chessbase!

[Event “Hart House Winter Open 2013”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2013.01.04”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Orlova, Yelizaveta”]
[Black “Zhang, John”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “E60”]
[WhiteElo “2071”]
[BlackElo “1840”]
[PlyCount “93”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. c4 Nc6 7. d5 Nb4 8. a3
Na6 9. Nc3 Nc5 10. Nd4 a5 11. b3 Nfd7 12. Rb1 e5 13. dxe6 Nxe6 14. Nxe6 fxe6
15. Nb5 Nf6 16. Bb2 Rb8 17. Qd2 b6 18. Na7 Bb7 19. Nc6 Bxc6 20. Bxc6 Qe7 21.
Rbd1 e5 22. Qc2 Ng4 23. c5 Kh8 24. Qc4 Qg5 25. h4 Qh5 26. Bf3 Rf4 27. Qe6 Rf5
28. cxd6 cxd6 29. Rxd6 Bf6 30. Kg2 Rf8 31. Bxg4 Qxg4 32. f3 Qh5 33. g4 Qxh4 34.
Rh1 Qg5 35. Bc1 Rf4 36. Bxf4 Qxf4 37. Qc4 e4 38. Rd7 exf3+ 39. exf3 Qxc4 40.
Rhxh7+ Kg8 41. bxc4 Rc8 42. Rh6 Bb2 43. Rxg6+ Kf8 44. a4 Ke8 45. Rh7 Rxc4 46.
Rxb6 Be5 47. Rbb7 1-0

[Event “Hart House Winter Open 2013”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2013.01.05”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Orlova, Yelizaveta”]
[Black “Inigo`, Aquino”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “A06”]
[WhiteElo “2071”]
[BlackElo “2193”]
[PlyCount “39”]

1. b3 d5 2. Bb2 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Be7 5. Ne5 Nbd7 6. f4 O-O 7. Be2 Nxe5 8.
Bxe5 c5 9. O-O d4 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c3 dxe3 12. dxe3 Qb6 13. Qc1 Bd7 14. Nd2
Bc6 15. Nc4 Qc7 16. a4 Rfd8 17. Qc2 Rd7 18. e4 Rad8 19. e5 Be7 20. Rad1 1/2-1/2

[Event “Hart House Winter Open 2013”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2013.01.05”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Shebetah, Wajdy”]
[Black “Orlova, Yelizaveta”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “B21”]
[WhiteElo “2144”]
[BlackElo “2071”]
[Annotator “,Liza”]
[PlyCount “89”]

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Taken during round 3.

This game was very upsetting for me. The arbiters gave me the wrong clock which had a different time control. The time control should have been 120 mins + 30 secs, but the time control on the clock was 120h/40 moves + 1 hour. On move 30, I had less than 5 minutes on the clock, and missed a tactical variation couple of moves. Not only that, when I had less than 5 seconds on the clock, I decided to make a sacrifice of exchange. After that move, my opponent and I realized that we were put a wrong time, and that we both should be having 20 more minutes (because during that moment we had already played 40 moves.) The arbiters added 20 mins to my clock and my opponents but I slowly lost anyway because I still tried to play for win with 41…d4, instead of just going for a draw line (41…Rxe5). Anyways, the next two games I won, which secured me with being the only one with 3.5 in the tournament. Here’s my third round game, followed by the rest!

1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. f4 Bg7 4. Nf3 d6 5. Be2 Nf6 6. O-O O-O 7. d3 Nc6 8. Na3 a6
9. Kh1 b5 10. Qe1 b4 11. Nc2 bxc3 12. bxc3 c4 13. d4 Nxe4 14. Bxc4 d5 15. Bd3
Bf5 16. Ne3 Nf2+ 17. Rxf2 Bxd3 18. Ne5 Nxe5 19. fxe5 f5 20. exf6 exf6 21. Ng4
Qd7 22. h3 Rae8 23. Qd2 Bf5 24. Ba3 Rf7 25. Nh6+ Bxh6 26. Qxh6 Be4 27. Raf1 f5
28. Rb2 Qc7 29. Bc5 Qg3 30. Rc1 f4 31. Bd6 Qe3 32. Rf1 Qxc3 (32… f3 33. Qxe3
fxg2+ 34. Rxg2 Bxg2+ 35. Kxg2 Rxe3 36. Rb1) 33. Rbf2 f3 34. gxf3 Rxf3 (34…
Bxf3+ 35. Kh2 Rf5 (35… Qe3 36. Qxe3 Rxe3 37. Rb1 Re2 38. Rxe2 Bxe2 39. Be5
Re7)) 35. Kh2 Qe3 (35… Qe3) (35… Rxf2+ 36. Rxf2 Bf5 37. Be5 Re7 38. Re2)
36. Qxe3 Rxe3 37. Rc1 Bf5 38. Be5 Rxh3+ 39. Kg2 Re3 40. Rc7 R3xe5 41. dxe5 d4
42. Rb2 d3 43. Kf2 g5 44. Rb6 h5 (44… a5) 45. Rxa6 1-0

[Event “Hart House Winter Open 2013”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2013.01.06”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Bellissimo, Joseph”]
[Black “Orlova, Yelizaveta”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B22”]
[WhiteElo “2064”]
[BlackElo “2071”]
[PlyCount “104”]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d5 5. e5 Nc6 6. Nc3 Bg7 7. Be3 a6 8. Rc1
Nh6 9. Bd3 Ng4 10. Qf3 Nxe3 11. Qxe3 Nxe5 12. dxe5 d4 13. Qf4 dxc3 14. Rxc3 O-O
15. Nf3 Qb6 16. Rc2 Be6 17. b3 Bd5 18. O-O Bxf3 19. gxf3 Rad8 20. Bc4 e6 21.
Re1 Qa5 22. Re4 Rd1+ 23. Kg2 b5 24. b4 Qb6 25. Bb3 Rfd8 26. Rc5 R1d2 27. Qh4 a5
28. a3 Bf8 29. Rc2 a4 30. Bxa4 bxa4 31. Rcc4 Be7 32. Qg3 R2d3 33. Qf4 Rxa3 34.
Red4 Rd3 35. Rxd3 Rxd3 36. b5 a3 37. Ra4 Qxb5 38. Ra7 Rd7 39. Ra8+ Rd8 40. Ra7
Qc5 41. Ra4 Qb6 42. h4 h5 43. Kg3 Bc5 44. Kg2 Qb2 45. Qf6 Qxf2+ 46. Kh3 Qf1+
47. Kg3 Qg1+ 48. Kh3 Qd1 49. Rf4 Qf1+ 50. Kg3 Bf2+ 51. Kh2 Qg1+ 52. Kh3 Qg3#
0-1

[Event “Hart House Winter Open 2013”]
[Site “?”]
[Date “2013.01.06”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Orlova, Yelizaveta”]
[Black “Ye, Stephen”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A01”]
[WhiteElo “2071”]
[BlackElo “2012”]
[Annotator “,Liza”]
[PlyCount “89”]

1. b3 Nf6 2. Bb2 g6 3. Bxf6 exf6 4. c4 Bg7 5. Nc3 O-O 6. g3 Nc6 7. Bg2 f5 8.
Rc1 d6 9. e3 Re8 10. Nge2 Rb8 11. O-O Bd7 12. d4 Kh8 13. h4 Ne7 14. b4 a5 15.
a3 Ng8 16. Qc2 Nf6 17. Nf4 axb4 18. axb4 c6 19. Rfd1 Qe7 20. d5 Ne4 21. Nxe4
fxe4 22. c5 Bg4 23. Rd2 Rbc8 24. Bf1 Red8 25. dxc6 Rxc6 26. Bb5 Rcc8 27. Nd5
Qe6 28. Nb6 Bf3 29. Bf1 Rc6 30. Nc4 Bf8 31. Na5 Rc7 32. Qb2+ Bg7 33. Qb1 Qc8
34. Nc4 dxc5 35. Nd6 Rxd6 (35… Qb8 36. bxc5 f5 (36… Re7 37. Qb3) 37. Qb3)
36. Rxd6 cxb4 37. Rxc7 Qxc7 38. Qxb4 Bf8 39. Qb2+ Kg8 40. Rb6 Bg7 41. Qb1 Be5
42. Rxb7 Qd6 43. Qb3 Qf6 44. Rxf7 Qxf7 45. Bc4 1-0

This last game had so many variations, but I decided to stay safe, especially since this was the last game, and I wanted quickly to go home!

And here is the final standings:

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot Prize
1 James Fu 147873 2127 W17 W11 W6 W8 D2 4.5 500.00
2 Aquino Inigo 136995 2193 W28 D7 W19 W5 D1 4.0 120.00
3 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2144 W23 H— W7 D4 W11 4.0 120.00
4 Leon Perelman 146258 2112 W18 D19 W14 D3 W12 4.0 120.00
5 Derick Joshua Twesigye 150779 2095 W30 W16 W20 L2 W8 4.0 120.00
6 Jonathan Yu 126131 2046 W32 W14 L1 W10 W15 4.0 120.00
7 Yelizaveta Orlova 138247 2071 W27 D2 L3 W22 W16 3.5
8 Mark Plotkin 141086 2161 W29 W12 W13 L1 L5 3.0
9 Alexandru Florea 138594 2133 W24 L13 W28 L12 W19 3.0
10 Stephan Tonakanian 150629 2107 L13 W18 W29 L6 W26 3.0

Photos!

Nikita Gusev

Jura Ochkoos

Victor Plotkin

Aris Marghetis

Playing Hall

Jackie Peng

Michael Song

Thank you, Egidijus Zeromskis for the photos!

Going to Iceland in February for Reykjavik Open 2013!

It is official! I finally bought my flight ticket to Iceland for next years tournament in February!

I am once again thrilled to be playing in an international tournament, especially since it is very soon!

Iceland will be the 21st country I have traveled so far! I am awfully excited!

To anyone who is interested, I recommend you play in this strong tournament, check out the link below! 🙂

http://reykjavikopen.com/

Questions

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Here are just some basic questions that people ask me in the chess world.

Where are you from?

I was born in Odessa, Ukraine. When I just turned three years old, my parents decided to move to Canada to start a new life. I am currently eighteen years old, I have lived in Canada fifteen years now.

What age did you start playing chess?

At the age of four, I already knew how to move the pieces and even played many games with my father. That same year, I lost interest. Age nine, I started up again.

How did you start playing chess?

I started playing chess because of my father (Sergiy Orlov), he was once a chess player and coach himself back when he lived in Odessa, Ukraine. The reason why I got back into chess at the age of nine was thanks to my father, who offered me to play against an IM at a Simultaneous exhibition. The simul was a success, I ended up drawing my first real game against this player! I was excited to carry on playing.

What attracted you to the game?

I would say I have chess in my blood, My father and Grandfather played chess very competitively. My grandfather was even an IM when he was living in San Francisco, USA. Sadly he passed away in 2009.

Who taught you chess?

My father taught me chess for most of my chess career, this was during the years of 2004-2008. Sadly, after 2008 I decided to quit chess all together for about one and a half years. I ended up coming back into the chess world during the early 2010 year, but did not study nor improve because I was a high school student.

When did you begin playing tournaments and how did you do?

When I was nine years old, I went to my first national tournament – Canadian Youth Chess Championship 2004. I played in the Under 10 Category and got second place! My old friend WCM Alexandra Botez was the one who was undefeated and got first!

Who was your coach?

My father was mostly my coach. IM Yuri Ochkoos as well, for a short period of time.

What is your study routine now?

I have to admit, I have not studied for almost four and a half years. I had high school, and now currently college on my mind. I am trying to change my ways for next year though (2013). I would like to play a chess tournament in Iceland this upcoming February so I will most definitely start studying before that!

What is your greatest achievement?

Other than representing the Canadian Women’s Team at the World Chess Olympiad in 2010 (Board 4) and 2012 (Board 3).

World Youth Chess Championship 2008 in Vietnam. My result was 7/11 – 5 wins, 4 draws, 2 losses. I was tied for 9th place!

If anyone has any questions feel free to contact me or write a comment below! Check the ‘contact’ page to send me an email!  I will reply as soon as possible!

GM Eric Hansen wins Panama Chess Open 2!

Congratulations to my old friend Eric Hansen for playing an outstanding tournament with a performance rating of almost 2900!

Top 10 Ranking

Rk. Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 IM Hansen Eric CAN 2539 8.5 43.5 52.0 48.75
2 IM Prasca Sosa Rafael VEN 2415 7.0 35.0 51.0 38.50
3 GM Cordova Emilio PER 2568 7.0 34.5 51.5 37.75
4 IM Hevia Alejano Carlos Antonio CUB 2508 6.5 36.5 49.0 32.25
5 GM Almeida Quintana Omar CUB 2519 6.5 34.5 49.5 33.75
6 GM Marin Mihail ROU 2547 6.5 34.0 52.0 35.00
7 GM Bacallao Alonso Yusnel CUB 2580 6.5 33.0 50.5 33.75
8 FM Hambleton Aman CAN 2404 6.0 33.5 47.5 30.25
9 FM Obregon Rivero Juan Carlos CUB 2480 6.0 33.0 49.5 28.50
10 FM Delgado Ramos Hector CUB 2478 6.0 31.5 49.0 31.00

Personal Results

Player info
Name Hansen Eric
Title IM
Starting rank 6
Rating 2539
Rating national 0
Rating international 2539
Ratingperformance 2898
FIDE rtg +/- 30.9
Points 8.5
Rank 1
Federation CAN
Ident-Number 0
Fide-ID 2606771

Rd. Bo. SNo Name Rtg FED Pts. Res.
1 6 43 CM Aizpurua Patrick 2118 PAN 4.0 w 1
2 5 26 IM Ruiz C Joshua D 2332 COL 5.0 s 1
3 3 15 FM Fernandez Cardoso Alexey 2447 CUB 6.0 w 1
4 1 11 IM Alarcon Casellas Rolando 2484 CUB 4.5 s 1
5 1 3 GM Cordova Emilio 2568 PER 7.0 w 1
6 1 5 GM Marin Mihail 2547 ROU 6.5 w 1
7 1 10 IM Hevia Alejano Carlos Antonio 2508 CUB 6.5 s ½
8 1 2 GM Bacallao Alonso Yusnel 2580 CUB 6.5 w 1
9 1 12 FM Obregon Rivero Juan Carlos 2480 CUB 6.0 s 1

Good luck to Eric in the near future!