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Becky
04-02-2019, 03:15 PM
I'm playing in an u2000 tournament in Iran: chess-results (http://chess-results.com/tnr406397.aspx). I'd rather play in the masters group, but it seems I need to get my rating back over 2000 first. Hopefully I can get some rating points here.

The first game is tomorrow. I might not get time to go through every game on here: most days have two games.

Wish me luck please: it means a lot to me to see the cheers from Australia!

Becky
04-02-2019, 03:26 PM
Here’s the banner they have advertising the tournament. Note the Australian flag. (:

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Leonkempen
04-02-2019, 04:26 PM
Good luck Becky! What a huge tournament - 128 in the Masters, 413 in the Open and 263 in the Youth - totalling 804 players. Somewhat dominated by Iran with 762 players. Only one other federation has double digits - Armenia with 11. You are getting in some good practice prior to the zonal!

Frank
04-02-2019, 05:29 PM
I'm playing in an u2000 tournament in Iran:
Wish me luck

Cheers Becky, we'll be watching!

MichaelBaron
05-02-2019, 12:53 AM
Good luck!
Not that Iran, China and India are kind of places where hunting for rating points is easy.

Becky
05-02-2019, 04:49 AM
Thanks everyone! Yeah... you're not the only one saying Iran is not an easy place to get rating points.

Becky
06-02-2019, 05:14 AM
Round 1, I was white vs. Poudineh Amirhosein (rating 1406).

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 b6 4. Bg2 Bb7 5. O-O d5 6. c4 Bd6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nc3 O-O 9. Nb5 Be7 10. Bf4 Nh5 11. Bxc7 Qd7 12. a4 a6 13. Ne5 Qc8 14. Bxb8 axb5 15. Rc1 Qxb8 16. Nd7 Qd6 17. Nxf8 Bxf8 18. e4 g6 19. e5 Qd7 20. axb5 Ng7 21. Qd3 Ra5 22. Ra1 Rxb5 23. b3 Ra5 24. Qc3 Ne6 25. b4 Ra4 26. Rfb1 Qb5 27. Bf1 Qc6 28. Qxc6 Bxc6 29. b5 Rxa1 30. Rxa1 Bb7 31. Ra7 Nd8 32. f4 Bb4 33. Kf2 Kf8 34. Bg2 Ba5 35. Ke3 Ke8 36. h3 Bc3 37. g4 Bb4 38. f5 g5 39. Ra1 Kd7 40. h4 gxh4 41. Rh1 Ba3 42. g5 Ke8 43. Kd3 Be7 44. f6 Ne6 45. Rxh4 Ba3 46. Bh3 Nxg5 47. Bf5 Bb4 48. Rh5 Nf3 49. Rxh7 Ng5 50. Rg7 Nf3 51. Rg3 Nh4 52. Rg8+ Bf8 53. e6 Nxf5 54. e7 Nxe7 55. fxe7 Kxe7 1/2-1/2

I don't really have time to discuss this; there's another game 9.30am tomorrow. I thought I played positionally well, but blundred at the end (time trouble, and tiredness). He offered a draw while having a winning position, so I accepted.

There were many upsets in round 1... it's not an easy tournament.

It seems there's a new chess-results page (http://chess-results.com/tnr412553.aspx) for the under 2000s.

The games started very late, and there were many announcements before we started.

Becky
06-02-2019, 06:59 PM
I won as black vs. Kazam Atabaksh (unrated). He was kind enough to let me play out the checkmate. I felt like I didn't do anything wrong throughout the game. The computer says I blundered by not making computer moves at various points, but they would have been practically difficult to play over the board.

1. e4 c6 2. Bc4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bb3 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. a3 Bc5 7. h3 O-O 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Ng5 Bf5 10. g4 Be6 11. Na4 Bd6 12. d3 Qe7 13. Bd2 Rac8 14. Nxe6 fxe6 15. g5 Nd7 16. Qg4 Nd4 17. Be3 Nxb3 18. cxb3 d4 19. Bd2 b5 20. h4 bxa4 21. bxa4 Qf7 22. f4 exf4 23. h5 Qf5 24. Qxf5 Rxf5 25. g6 Ne5 26. Rh3 f3 27. b4 Nxd3+ 28. Kf1 Rc2 29. Rd1 Nb2 30. Rc1 Rxd2 31. Rc8+ Bf8 32. gxh7+ Kxh7 33. h6 Rd1+ 34. Kf2 Nd3+ 35. Kg3 Rg1+ 36. Kh2 Rg2+ 37. Kh1 Nf2# 0-1

Becky
06-02-2019, 08:44 PM
There's live games from the master's group here: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/27th-international-fajr-cup-2019/2/1/1

Becky
07-02-2019, 04:25 AM
I won as white against Hadi Molavian (rating 1553).

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O Nbd7 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Nc3 c6 10. Qc2 Re8 11. a3 a5 12. Rab1 Bd6 13. b4 axb4 14. axb4 b5 15. Rfe1 Qe7 16. e4 Nxe4 17. Nxe4 dxe4 18. Ng5 Nf6 19. Nxe4 Bd7 20. Bg5 Be6 21. Bxf6 gxf6 22. Nxd6 Qxd6 23. Qxc6 Qxd4 24. Qxb5 Rab8 25. Qc5 Red8 26. Qxd4 Rxd4 27. b5 Bd5 28. Rec1 Rb6 29. Rc5 Bxg2 30. Kxg2 Rdd6 31. Rb2 Re6 32. Kf3 Kg7 33. Kf4 Kg6 34. h4 h5 35. Rb4 Red6 36. f3 Rd1 37. g4 hxg4 38. h5+ Kh6 39. fxg4 Rf1+ 40. Kg3 Re1 41. Rf5 Re5 42. Kf4 Re1 43. Rc5 Rf1+ 44. Ke4 Re1+ 45. Kd3 Rd1+ 46. Kc2 Rdd6 47. Kb3 Re6 48. Ka4 Re5 49. Rxe5 fxe5 50. Ka5 Rb8 51. b6 Kg5 52. Ka6 f5 53. gxf5 Kxh5 54. Ka7 Re8 55. b7 Kg5 56. b8=Q Rxb8 57. Rxb8 Kxf5 58. Re8 e4 59. Kb6 Kf4 60. Kc5 e3 61. Kd4 1-0

I thought I did well... until I put it into the computer... it seems 58.Re8 blunders the win, but 58...e4 counter-blunders, and it's a win again. (Edit: actually that's not correct... it's just harder to win.)

These Iranian players just keep on fighting.

MichaelBaron
07-02-2019, 03:15 PM
I won as white against Hadi Molavian (rating 1553).

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O Nbd7 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Nc3 c6 10. Qc2 Re8 11. a3 a5 12. Rab1 Bd6 13. b4 axb4 14. axb4 b5 15. Rfe1 Qe7 16. e4 Nxe4 17. Nxe4 dxe4 18. Ng5 Nf6 19. Nxe4 Bd7 20. Bg5 Be6 21. Bxf6 gxf6 22. Nxd6 Qxd6 23. Qxc6 Qxd4 24. Qxb5 Rab8 25. Qc5 Red8 26. Qxd4 Rxd4 27. b5 Bd5 28. Rec1 Rb6 29. Rc5 Bxg2 30. Kxg2 Rdd6 31. Rb2 Re6 32. Kf3 Kg7 33. Kf4 Kg6 34. h4 h5 35. Rb4 Red6 36. f3 Rd1 37. g4 hxg4 38. h5+ Kh6 39. fxg4 Rf1+ 40. Kg3 Re1 41. Rf5 Re5 42. Kf4 Re1 43. Rc5 Rf1+ 44. Ke4 Re1+ 45. Kd3 Rd1+ 46. Kc2 Rdd6 47. Kb3 Re6 48. Ka4 Re5 49. Rxe5 fxe5 50. Ka5 Rb8 51. b6 Kg5 52. Ka6 f5 53. gxf5 Kxh5 54. Ka7 Re8 55. b7 Kg5 56. b8=Q Rxb8 57. Rxb8 Kxf5 58. Re8 e4 59. Kb6 Kf4 60. Kc5 e3 61. Kd4 1-0

I thought I did well... until I put it into the computer... it seems 58.Re8 blunders the win, but 58...e4 counter-blunders, and it's a win again. (Edit: actually that's not correct... it's just harder to win.)

These Iranian players just keep on fighting.

Putting games through computer analysis is always a painful experience. One's hard work never goes unruined :)

Kevin Bonham
07-02-2019, 04:29 PM
I thought I did well... until I put it into the computer... it seems 58.Re8 blunders the win, but 58...e4 counter-blunders, and it's a win again. (Edit: actually that's not correct... it's just harder to win.)

I tend to ignore a computer calling things "blunders" when all it means is you pick a move that gives a slightly longer mate in a position that was mating anyway, or only find a move good for +7 in a position that is good for +11. I find it is often hardest to find the computer's best move in positions that are completely winning. The more significant errors are those that change (or would have changed if played) the basic assessment of the position (including, eg, from really easy win to still winning but genuinely difficult.)

Becky
07-02-2019, 08:21 PM
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nf3 Nd7 7. h4 h6 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Ngf6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Qxe4 Nf6 15. Qe2 Qd5 16. c4 Qe4 17. Be3 c5 18. d5 exd5 19. Rh4 Qe6 20. cxd5 Nxd5 21. Qb5+ Qc6 22. Qxc6+ bxc6 23. Re4 Nxe3 24. Rxe3 Kf8 25. Rd7 Bf6 26. Rb3 Re8 27. Rxa7 Kg8 28. Rbb7 Re2 29. Ra8+ Kh7 30. Rxh8+ Kxh8 31. a4 Rxf2 32. Kb1 Rxg2 33. a5 Rg4 34. b3 Rg3 35. Nd2 Rg1+ 36. Kc2 Ra1 37. Nc4 g5 38. Rxf7 Bd4 39. Rc7 Bf2 40. Rxc6 Kh7 41. Rg6 Bd4 42. Kd3 Rd1+ 43. Ke4 Ra1 44. a6 Re1+ 45. Kd5 Ra1 46. b4 Bf2 47. b5 Bg3 48. Nb6 Bf2 49. Nd7 c4 50. Nf6+ Kh8 51. Rg8# 1-0

This morning I lost vs. Rezvani A H (rating 1975, but he used to be 2150ish). I thought it was going well, but my position just crumbled towards the end. I find it hard to pinpoint where I went wrong... but wrong it went move by move.

Becky
08-02-2019, 04:49 AM
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O c6 7. Qc2 b6 8. Bf4 Nh5 9. Bd2 Nf6 10. Bf4 Nh5 11. Bc1 Nf6 12. b3 Bb7 13. Bb2 Na6 14. a3 c5 15. e3 Rc8 16. Qe2 dxc4 17. bxc4 Qc7 18. Nbd2 Rfd8 19. Rac1 Qb8 20. Rfd1 Qa8 21. Qf1 Ne4 22. Ne5 Nxd2 23. Bxb7 Qxb7 24. Rxd2 Bf6 25. f4 Rd6 26. Qg2 Qxg2+ 27. Kxg2 Rcd8 28. Kf3 Nc7 29. Rg2 Bxe5 30. fxe5 Rc6 31. Rf2 h6 32. Ke4 cxd4 33. Rd2 d3 34. Rxd3 Rxd3 35. Kxd3 Na6 36. Bd4 Kf8 37. Rb1 Nc5+ 38. Kc3 Ne4+ 39. Kb4 a6 40. Rb2 Ke8 41. a4 Nc5 42. Rd2 Nb7 43. Rd1 Ke7 44. Rd2 Ke8 45. g4 Ke7 46. h4 Ke8 47. Rg2 Ke7 48. g5 hxg5 49. Rxg5 g6 50. h5 gxh5 51. Rxh5 Nc5 52. Rh8 Nd3+ 53. Kb3 Nc5+ 54. Ka3 a5 55. Rb8 Nd7 56. Rb7 Kd8 57. Kb3 Ke8 58. Kc3 Kd8 59. Kd3 Ke8 60. Ra7 Kd8 61. Kc3 Ke8 62. Ra8+ Ke7 63. Rh8 Rc7 64. e4 Nc5 65. Bxc5+ Rxc5 66. Kd4 Rc6 67. Rh3 Rc8 68. Rb3 Rc6 69. Rb5 f6 70. exf6+ Kxf6 71. Rh5 Rd6+ 72. Kc3 Rc6 73. e5+ Ke7 74. Rh7+ Ke8 75. Kd4 Kd8 76. Rh3 Ke7 77. Rb3 Kd7 78. Rb5 Ke7 79. c5 bxc5+ 80. Rxc5 Rb6 81. Rxa5 Rb1 82. Ra7+ Ke8 83. a5 Rd1+ 84. Kc5 Rd5+ 85. Kc6 Rxe5 86. Kd6 Re1 87. Re7+ Kd8 88. Rh7 Kc8 89. a6 Kb8 90. a7+ Ka8 91. Re7 Rd1+ 92. Ke5 Ra1 1/2-1/2

Round 5 I drew with Habil Javadov, a junior from Azerbaijan (rating 1628). I refused three draw offers during this game... I really tried to win, and I eventually got a winning position, but didn't win with only incremental time left. It's my opponent's fourth draw in a row---it seems that's his thing.

Becky
08-02-2019, 08:33 PM
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 6. Bc4 Qe7+ 7. Qe2 Be6 8. Bxe6 fxe6 9. Nf3 Nd7 10. O-O O-O-O 11. Bf4 g5 12. Bg3 h5 13. h4 Bg7 14. c3 g4 15. Nd2 f5 16. Nc4 Nf6 17. Qe5 Kd7 18. Qc7+ Ke8 19. Nd6+ Kf8 20. Qxe7+ Kxe7 21. Nxb7 Rd5 22. Nc5 Nd7 23. Nxd7 Kxd7 24. Rfe1 c5 25. dxc5 Rxc5 26. Rad1+ Rd5 27. Rxd5+ exd5 28. Bf4 Bf6 29. g3 Rc8 30. Be3 Re8 31. Rd1 Ke6 32. Kf1 Rb8 33. Rd2 a6 34. Ke2 Bg7 35. Bg5 Rc8 36. Be3 Rc4 37. Bd4 Bh6 38. Rc2 f4 39. gxf4 Bxf4 40. Kd3 Rc8 41. Re2+ Kd6 42. b4 Rc4 43. Bc5+ Kc6 44. Re6+ Kb7 45. Rb6+ Ka7 46. Rf6+ Kb7 47. Bd4 Bc7 48. Rf5 Kc6 49. Rxh5 g3 50. Rh6+ Kb5 51. fxg3 Bxg3 52. Rb6+ Ka4 53. Rxa6+ Kb5 54. Rb6+ Ka4 55. h5 Rc7 56. Ra6+ Kb5 57. Ra5+ Kc6 58. Rc5+ 1-0

I feel quite embarrassed by this game... I lost as black vs. Hashemi Farhad (rating 1621). I thought I'd try a new opening variation.

Becky
09-02-2019, 04:36 AM
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 Ne4 7. Nc3 Nxd2 8. Nxd2 c6 9. O-O Qb6 10. cxd5 Qxb2 11. dxc6 bxc6 12. Rc1 O-O 13. Nb3 a5 14. Na4 Qa3 15. Nb6 Ra6 16. Nc4 Qb4 17. Ne5 Qb7 18. Nc5 Bxc5 19. dxc5 Nd7 20. Nd3 Nf6 21. Ne5 Nd5 22. Nc4 Qc7 23. e4 Nf6 24. Qd2 Rd8 25. Qc3 Ra8 26. Rfd1 Rxd1+ 27. Rxd1 h6 28. Nb6 Ra7 29. Qd2 Ba6 30. Qd6 Be2 31. Rd4 Bb5 32. a4 Be2 33. f3 Kh7 34. Kf2 Ba6 35. Qxc7 Rxc7 36. Rd8 Ra7 37. Ke3 g5 38. Kd4 h5 39. Ke5 Kg7 40. Kd6 Bb7 41. Kc7 Ba6+ 42. Kxc6 g4 43. Kd6 gxf3 44. Bxf3 Bd3 45. e5 Ne4+ 46. Bxe4 Bxe4 47. c6 Ra6 48. Kc5 Ra7 49. Rd7 Ra6 50. Kb5 Rxb6+ 51. Kxb6 Bc2 52. c7 1-0

I wss white vs. Jahani Mohammadreza (rating 1562). I think I played basically without error, which has cheered me up since last game.

I hear it's good to march your king up in the endgame. Haha!

MichaelBaron
09-02-2019, 10:23 PM
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 6. Bc4 Qe7+ 7. Qe2 Be6 8. Bxe6 fxe6 9. Nf3 Nd7 10. O-O O-O-O 11. Bf4 g5 12. Bg3 h5 13. h4 Bg7 14. c3 g4 15. Nd2 f5 16. Nc4 Nf6 17. Qe5 Kd7 18. Qc7+ Ke8 19. Nd6+ Kf8 20. Qxe7+ Kxe7 21. Nxb7 Rd5 22. Nc5 Nd7 23. Nxd7 Kxd7 24. Rfe1 c5 25. dxc5 Rxc5 26. Rad1+ Rd5 27. Rxd5+ exd5 28. Bf4 Bf6 29. g3 Rc8 30. Be3 Re8 31. Rd1 Ke6 32. Kf1 Rb8 33. Rd2 a6 34. Ke2 Bg7 35. Bg5 Rc8 36. Be3 Rc4 37. Bd4 Bh6 38. Rc2 f4 39. gxf4 Bxf4 40. Kd3 Rc8 41. Re2+ Kd6 42. b4 Rc4 43. Bc5+ Kc6 44. Re6+ Kb7 45. Rb6+ Ka7 46. Rf6+ Kb7 47. Bd4 Bc7 48. Rf5 Kc6 49. Rxh5 g3 50. Rh6+ Kb5 51. fxg3 Bxg3 52. Rb6+ Ka4 53. Rxa6+ Kb5 54. Rb6+ Ka4 55. h5 Rc7 56. Ra6+ Kb5 57. Ra5+ Kc6 58. Rc5+ 1-0

I feel quite embarrassed by this game... I lost as black vs. Hashemi Farhad (rating 1621). I thought I'd try a new opening variation.

was not a happy opening indeed.

Becky
14-02-2019, 05:00 PM
I found myself demotivated after some poor results and not so motivated to keep this up to date. Here's the cross table with the final results: http://chess-results.com/tnr412553.aspx?lan=1&art=4&fed=IRI&turdet=YES&flag=30&zeilen=99999

The Iranian players really are tough! Even my weakest opponents weren't making major tactical blunders. I hear they have been training for months for this tournament. So much for my plan of getting some rating points--I did the complete opposite! Hopefully it has been useful practice for the zonal.

Iran is different since last time I was here. Trump's sanctions have resulted in high inflation, and people's life savings have dropped majorly in value (maybe 1/4 of it's value now). People here are desparate, and shopkeepers will ordinarily rip you off. In the past, they would be honorable and not do this (even if they could). I asked my Iranian friend, and she says they also do this to Iranians. It's not a great place to visit, right now. In the past, I would have described Iran as an underrated destination, but I think I won't come back until things are more stable.