Saturday, March 8, 2014

Battle of the Americas

I am in St. Louis, Missouri, this weekend to serve as Chief Arbiter in the FIDE Sanctioned "Battle of the Americas", a 10-game match between Grandmasters Ray Robson (rated 2628, #7 in the USA, #14 in the Americas) and Leinier Dominguez Perez of Cuba (rated 2757, #12 in the World, #1 in Cuba, and #2 in the Americas behind Hikaru Nakamura). The match will consist of 4 rapid games played at the rate of game in 25 minutes plus 10 second increments and 6 blitz games (3 mins plus 2 second increments).

Dominguez,L (2757) - Robson,R (2628) [A33]
Battle of the Americas (Rapid Game 1), 08.03.2014
1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bf4 d5 7.e3 Bd6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Bxd6 Qxd6 10.Be2 0-0 11.0-0 Ne5 12.Rc1 a6 13.h3 Bd7 14.Nf3 Rac8 15.Qd2 Be6 16.Rfd1 Rfd8 17.a3 h6 18.Qd4 Nc6 19.Qd2 Ne5 20.Nd4 Bd7 21.f4 Nc6 22.Nxc6 Bxc6 23.Qd4 Qe7 24.Bf3 Re8 25.Re1 Rcd8 26.Rcd1 h5 27.b4 Ne4 28.Bxe4 dxe4 29.Qc4 Rc8 30.Qb3 Red8 31.Rxd8+ Rxd8 32.Qc4 Rd3 33.a4 Qh4 34.Re2 Qg3 35.b5 axb5 36.axb5 Bd5 37.Qc8+ Kh7 38.Qf5+ g6 39.Qe5 Bc4 40.Rf2 Rxe3 0-1

Robson,R (2628) - Dominguez,L (2757) [C65]
Battle of the Americas (2), 08.03.2014
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nbd2 Ne7 8.h3 c6 9.Ba4 Ng6 10.d4 Bb6 11.Re1 Re8 12.Bc2 Bc7 13.Nf1 d5 14.exd5 e4 15.d6 Qxd6 16.N3d2 Bf5 17.Nc4 Qd7 18.Bg5 Nd5 19.Ng3 Be6 20.Bxe4 Nxc3 21.bxc3 Bxc4 22.Qf3 Qd6 23.a4 Bd5 24.Bd2 Nf8 25.Rab1 b6 26.Qg4 Nd7 27.Bd3 g6 28.Qh4 f5 29.c4 Bf7 30.Bc3 Qf6 31.Qxf6 Nxf6 32.d5 Nd7 33.dxc6 Nc5 34.Bc2 Bxc4 35.Rbd1 Rxe1+ 36.Rxe1 Kf7 37.Nf1 Bd5 38.Ne3 Bxc6 39.a5 Be4 40.g4 Bxc2 41.Nxc2 fxg4 42.hxg4 bxa5 43.Ne3 Ne4 44.Bd4 Bb6 45.Nd5 Bxd4 46.Rxe4 Bc5 47.Rf4+ Kg8 48.Rc4 Bb6 49.Kg2 Rd8 50.Nf6+ Kg7 51.g5 Rd2 52.Re4 Rxf2+ 53.Kg3 Kf7 54.Nxh7 Rb2 55.Rf4+ Ke7 56.Re4+ Kf7 57.Rf4+ Kg7 58.Nf6 Rb3+ 59.Kg2 Rb5 60.Ne8+ Kg8 61.Nf6+ Kf7 62.Ne4+ Kg7 63.Kh3 Rb4 64.Rg4 a4 65.Kg2 a3 0-1

Please come back for progress reports including all game scores. Round 3 is scheduled for 2 PM central time tomorrow.