Standings 2014

Standings 2014
Standings table, Match 2014.

Schedule 2014

Schedule 2014

National Open 2015

Monday, September 8, 2014

Las Vegas Open, rd 1: Vela (1968) vs Imada (1885) 1-0

    This was my easiest game in this tournament. Imada made a simple mistake and lost a piece out in the opening, resigning right away...

    He was my strongest opponent (rating-wise) and this easy win gave me confidence in doing very well for the next 4 games.
    Here is the game:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Game 8: Vela vs. Ramirez (1/2-1/2)

Once again, what a game.
I squeezed Jose's position to the maximum, and then it took just one one wrong rook move and the game became equal, to finish in a well earned draw.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Game 7: Ramirez vs. Vela (1-0)

Chess is a cruel game.
Jose surprised me by playing 1.e4 again in this Match (usually he'd do it only once in a match, just like I do it to play against his Sicilian)
After a tough battle in the middle game and some mistakes on his part I acquired a winning advantage with 2 extra pawns, but in just one move I messed it up really bad.

Another fighting French against my friend Jose.

On move 38 I only had 1 minute to reach move 40, no excuses, but I should had seen such an easy threat in 1 second and lost my concentration, blundering a whole piece.
I tried to survive but to no avail. Jose wrapped up the ending nicely and deservedly won the game.
What can I say?

Ni modo.

Friday, July 11, 2014

"It's freaking hot!" Round 1: Teves vs. Vela (0-1)

Well Mister, we're going to have a serious problem here if you fail the test. Let's go! Walk a straight line now!
-"Shit! I'm fucked!"
             A strange French,exchange variation arises and white gets aggressive with his queen. After a few exchanges that leave black ahead in development, the game is decided when a knight gets trapped, handcuffed and put into jail with a life sentence.

           Here is the game:


Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer of Caissa, round 4: Vela vs. Ynigo (1-0)

Faster is not always better than slower...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Game 6: Vela vs. Ramirez (1-0)

A tense struggle. White develops quickly and gets a very active position, sacrifices a pawn for a big attack on black's king which end in a good material advantage. There's some sort of counterattack for black with bishop and queen, plus the usual time trouble on both sides, but when I manage to exchange the queens the game is over, black loses his bishop also.
A nice chess game to remember for me.

Here it is:

Bird's eye from the Black side.