Standings 2014

Standings 2014
Standings table, Match 2014.

Schedule 2014

Schedule 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Game 14: Vela vs. Ramirez (1-0)

And the Chess Match 2014 is over.

        Last Monday I won with the white pieces in a Sicilian, Maroczy Bind variation.

In the middle of the fight...

        I want to thank my friend for a fair and tough fight. 

       At one moment, after game 6, I was ahead 4 to 1, with just two more victories for me to end the match quickly and clearly, but in game 7 in a completely winning position I blunder a whole bishop and ended up losing that game.
        Jose started playing much better and he actually went on to win 4 more games (!) switching the score around to and incredible 5 to 4, just one more to perform his greatest come back, however, I was able to win game 13th, tying out the score 5-5, and that's how we arrived to game 14th with the knowledge that one more win to either one would decide the whole match.
       I took advantage of playing with white and went for a Maroczy Bind against Jose's Sicilian. He took a lot of time to move during the middle game, and unfortunately at one point, under severe time trouble, he blunder his bishop on f5. After that I exchanged queens and Jose "allowed" me to checkmate his king, with no time to think.

       Thanks again Jose, and thanks to your wife for all the delicious food during the whole year.  I'll see you in 2015 to start a new Match and another fascinating chess fight. Cheers,

-Paco Vela.

Here is the game:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Game 13: Ramirez vs. Vela (0-1)

The Match is officially on fire!!!

     I won game 13th of the Match 2014, which sets up an exciting finish.
Whatever the result is, the Champion will deserve this crown.

     Now, we both have 5 wins each, and that means that the next one to win just one more game, will be the  absolute Winner and Champion of our Match 2014.

The fight is on !!

     We don't know what's gonna happen, but I am as sure as my friend Jose that this next game (or games) will be the hardest fought of all Match. Everything is now on the line!!
Stay tuned.

-Paco Vela.

Here is the game:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship.

The revenge!

     Next Saturday, November 8th, at 5 am Las Vegas time, the Chess Match for the title of World Chess Champion begins.

     The live transmission will be here:


-Paco Vela.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Game 12: Vela vs. Ramirez (0-1)

What is it with this guy? Is he taking extra vitamins?

       Jose won (yet again) and now he is ahead in the Match!!!!
Not only that, but his next victory could be the last game this year.
       He's got his 5th win and is now waiting to find a way to take one more point, the sixth, which would end the Match.
       I have to win 2 games to take it, and that seems very difficult now, since I have Black in the next game, number 13, and I have lost 3 blacks in a row already, so what to do?

       Well, the only thing left to do is FIGHT!

Jose with a very suspicious red container next to him.....Mmmmm... 
(Here is the game)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Game 11: Ramirez vs. Vela (1-0)

Jose played very well, while I played very bad under my usual time pressure and he deserves the win. No excuses.
Our Match 2014 is now even in points with 4 victories each. The first one to get 6 wins, becomes the champion this year.
Two more for either one of us... what will happen??

Mr. Ramirez, concentration at 100%.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Knight is THE KNIGHT!

2 dollar Open, round 1
Vela (1971) vs Gray (1892)

Finally a game that I won and liked it.
Black had a couple of chances to get out of the grip, but after I recovered my c4 pawn and material was equal, his position was strategically lost.

The knight completely dominated the black bishop who only went from c8 to b7 to finally die, buried on a8.

National Open 2015

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