Man de la Maza

Saturday, January 22, 2005



I shouldn't make too much of it. I only played three rounds today, and my opponents were expecting to play Mr. 1573;


Today, I faced a 1910, 1810, and 1641. My score ------ 3.0, baby. The final round had been delayed tonight because of snow, but if I win in round 4, I will will my local club's champion. Even if I were to lose to fool's mate in round 4, I would be well pleased with the result. I will be squarely in class B.

No doubt. There's a big difference. Again, totally specious to put so much on one good day, but a few more stats. If the tournament were to end today, I would be rated over 1700. My performance rating for the day is 2310.

Rock and FREAKIN roll, baby.........................


  • Wooooooooohoooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Man de la maza wow.Good (actually great) performance!
    Stewart aka james366

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:23 PM  

  • Hey Don. Thanks for swinging by my place ( and inviting me.

    I think i might be willing to give DLDM's circles a try, though I doubt seriously I'll do 7 of them. Doing a thousand problems in one day seems to me to be .. well.. silly :)

    But in any case, thanks for the invite!

    By Blogger Rakshasas, at 11:00 PM  

  • OMG! Are you serious? Jeez man you made a leap in points. I guess DLM wasn't joking when he said 400 points in 400 days. What is your target for the year? 2000? 2200? I'm curious because I want to set a goal for myself as well. Congrats again, that is really going to give the Knights a boost in confidence.

    By Blogger Pawn Sensei, at 1:52 AM  

  • Congrats. Would be good if you could post the games.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:48 AM  

  • Don,
    Fan-friggin-tastic my man. Way to go!!!! Congratulations on your victories. I was expecting you to do better than expected and three victories is an awesome achievement. Good luck in round 4. Kick ass!!!

    By Blogger Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza, at 5:07 PM  

  • Outstanding!Glad to hear the training is working. Time to redouble my own efforts.

    By Blogger Jim, at 8:25 AM  

  • Hey
    Way to go! Very nice. I think that hearing of other's improvement is what makes these blogs worthwhile. I would love for you to post the games, I would definitely take a look at them. Good luck.


    By Blogger generalkaia, at 5:50 PM  

  • As requested:

    White (1910) - Man de la Maza (1573) [C34]
    Club Championship G/75 (1)
    1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.d3 Nc6 6.Bxf4 Bg4 7.Nbd2 Qd7 8.Bb5 a6 9.Ba4 Be7 10.c3 0-0 11.d4 Bxf3 12.Qxf3? [12.gxf3=] 12...Nxd4 13.Bxd7 Nxf3+ 14.gxf3 Nxd7 15.0-0-0 Ne5 16.Be3 Rad8 17.f4 Ng4 18.Rde1 Nxe3 I'm happy to trade a knight for a bishop 19.Rxe3 Rfe8 20.Rg3 Bf8 21.Re1 f5 22.e5 dxe5 23.fxe5 g6 24.Nf3 Bg7 25.h4 Rd3 26.Kc2 f4? 27.Rh3? [27.Kxd3 fxg3 28.Ke4=] 27...Re3 28.Rg1? R8xe5 29.Rg4 [29.Nxe5 Rxh3 30.Nd7 Rxh4] 29...Re2+ 30.Kd1 R5e3 31.Rxf4 Rxb2 32.h5 Rd3+ 33.Kc1 [33.Ke1 Bxc3+] 33...Rxc3+ 34.Kd1 [34.Kxb2 Rxf3+ 35.Kc2 Rxh3] 34...g5 [Quicker is 34...Rd3+ 35.Kc1 Rg2 36.Rh1 Bh6] 35.Re4 h6 36.Rg3 Rf2 Resigns 0-1

    I have overwritten round 2 twice in Chessbase. Don't know what my problem is, but I ain't entering it again tonight.

    White (1641) - Man de la Maza (1573)
    Club Championship G/75 (3)

    1.c4 c5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Nf3 d6 6.a3 d5 Shoulda just played it last move 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qb3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 0-0 10.0-0 Nc6 11.Bb2 Bg4 12.d3 [12.Qxb7 is better] 12...Rb8 13.c4 Bxf3 14.Bxf3 I wanted to hang on to my bishop to support a queenside pawn advance 14...Nd4 15.Bxd4 Bxd4 16.Rab1 b6 17.Qa4 Qc7 18.Rfd1 Rbd8 19.Qc6 Qxc6 20.Bxc6 e6 21.Rb3 Rc8 22.Bf3 f5 23.h4 f4 hoping for some action on the f file 24.Kg2 fxg3 25.fxg3 Be3 26.a4 Rcd8 27.Rb5 Rd6 28.Rdb1 Bd2 29.R5b3 Kg7 30.Rd1 Be3 31.a5 bxa5 32.Rb5 Ra6 33.Bb7 Rf2+ 34.Kh3 Rb6 35.Rdb1 a4? [35...Rxe2 that was the point of Rf2 36.Rxb6 axb6 37.Rxb6 Kf6 38.Ra6 Bd2-+] 36.Rxb6 axb6 37.Bf3! Oops 37...Bd4 38.Rxb6 Rf1 39.Rxe6 a3 40.Ra6 Bb2 41.Kg2 Ra1 42.g4 Bd4 43.Kh3 a2 44.g5 Be3 45.Bg2 h5? 46.gxh6+ Kxh6 47.Kg3 Kh5 48.Bf3+ Kh6 49.Bg2 Bd4 Here I offerred a draw which was refused. we are both very short on time. 50.Kf3 Kh5 51.Kg3 Be5+ 52.Kh3 Bd4? [52...Bc7 53.Be4 Rg1 54.Rxa2 Rg3+ 55.Kh2 Rxd3+=] 53.Kg3 [53.Be4 Bf6 54.Rxf6 Rh1+ 55.Bxh1 a1Q 56.Bf3+ Kh6 57.Rc6±] 53...Be5+ 54.Kf3 Bd4 55.e3? Bxe3 56.Kg3 [56.Kxe3 Re1+ 57.Kd2 a1Q 58.Rxa1 Rxa1-+] 56...Bd4 57.Kh3 Kh6 58.Bf3? Rf1 And white lost on time. 59.Be4 a1Q 60.Rxg6+ Kh7 61.Ra6+ Kg7 62.Rxa1 Rxa1-+ 0-1

    By Blogger Don Q., at 8:24 PM  

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