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Match 2015.

Schedule 2015

Schedule 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Chess match 2015, game 4

    Last night we played the fourth game of our Match and after sacrificing the b2 pawn, white attacked the black king with everything but the kitchen sink. 
   Actually, at one point Jose had a draw by repetition by sacrificing a whole rook. I saw it and thought he would go for it, but under great time pressure he missed it, and after wrongly sacrificing his knight, black only had to find place for his king and then advance the a pawn, until white really had nothing else to do, but give up.
   The score is 3 to 1 in my favor, but with 8 more games to go, it's a nice advantage, but nothing decisive yet.
   I have white in the next one, game 5, but after that Jose will have 2 whites in a row, interesting...

The fight never ends.
    Another great evening of Friendship, fighting chess, my favorite food and delicious whiskey. Oh yeah, and victory made all that sweeter. Thanks to my friends, Rosa and Jose, I love you guys, you're the best.

    OK, here is the game with some light comments:

Match 2015, Game 3

I finally updated the information about the third game, which I won with white:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Chess Match 2015, Game 2

      In a very interesting French defense, advance variation, I was able to play well and win the game, and now the score stands equal at 1-1.

This is the game:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chess Match 2015, game 1

     The first game of our 2015 chess match was won by my friend Jose. He played strongly and correctly picked out his opening, a Benko gambit.
     I couldn't get used to the time control this time, (40/90; SD/30 plus 30 seconds increment for all moves) Anyways, no excuses. Ramirez won and deservedly starts the match as the leader after one game.

     That's the good news for me, we have just started and have 11 more games to go, unless one of us gets 6.5 points. I am getting ready for our next encounter, meanwhile, Jose goes to sleep like a baby. Congratulations!

The Match 2015 has started and both, friendship and rivalry, continue.
Here is the game:

Friday, February 6, 2015

Chess Match 2015...Ready? Set...Go!

   Our chess Match 2015 will start on February 23rd, Monday. This will be the 17th match in a row played between me and my friend Jose.

    I will have the white pieces in game one.
   The time control we'll use it's the same as in the National Open: 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by Sudden Death in 30 minutes, with 30 seconds added for every move.
   This time we have decided to play a 12 games Match, which means that the first one to reach 6.5 points will be declared the Champion this year.

   Since 2008 Jose has not been able to win a match between us. In 2010 we drew the match, and in 2011 we played a quadruple round robin chess match with Juan Pablo Jauregui included, which I also won by just 1/2 a point, but Jose did win our personal encounter by one point, although at the end I beat him in the last game to win the whole Round Robin Match.

   I'm sure he's ready to fight and change the trend, but I'm also ready to keep the status quo and add another championship belt, so let's see what happens. The only sure thing is that it will be a great fight!!


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:

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