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Match 2015.

Schedule 2015

Schedule 2015

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:

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:

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)

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