Chess24 Banter Blitz Cup: Carlsen’s road to the finals

first_imgAswe reported earlier, the Chess24 Banter Blitz Cup started September 25 lastyear with 128 players (the site says 133, but no evidence showed the number wasmore than 128) from all over the planet playing a 7-round individual knockouttournament. Carlsen made his debut in the round of 64, where he progressed byfirst beating a gallant Argentine GM Alan Pichot, 9-3, and then demolishingSpanish GM Jose Fernando Cuenca Jimenez, 8½-½, to advance to the Round of 16. There,he crushed Georgian GM Ivan Cheparinov, 8½-1½. Incidentally, Cheparinov – theformer second to erstwhile world champion Veselin Topalov, was a nativeBulgarian who switched federations in 2018. Also, among the elite players whofailed to make it during the early knockout stages are GMs Leinier DominguezPerez, David Navara, Peter Svidler, Romain Edouard, Etienne Bacrot, and GataKamsky. Carlsen, M (2876)-Mamedov, R(2645) [B52] ******* Aswe also reported earlier, Carlsen went on to beat GM Nils Grandelius in thequarterfinals and then GM Sanan Sjugirov in the semifinals. Here are some ofhis wins in the previous rounds: Carlsen, M (2876)-Pichot, A(2590) [B20] The key to our last problem is 1.Nb3!.Black’s futile options are: 1…f6 2.Qe7#; 1…Bf62.Qh7#; 1…e2 2.Bc2#; 1…Qd2 2.Rxf4#./PN (1.2) 2019 Carlsen, M (2876)-Cuenca Jimenez,Jose Fernando (2523) [A45] (4.2) 2020 1.d4 Nf62.Bf4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.c4 b4 5.Nd2 g6 6.e4 Bg7 7.Ngf3 d6 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Bd3 e5 10.Bg5h6 11.Bh4 a5 12.h3 a4 13.g4 b3 14.axb3 axb3 15.Qd1 Rxa1 16.Qxa1 Na6 17.Ke2 Nb418.Qa3 Qb6 19.Ra1 h5 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.gxh5 Bxh3 22.Rg1 Kg7 23.Qxb3 Ra8 24.Bb1Qc7 25.hxg6 fxg6 26.Nxe5 Bxe5 27.Qxh3 Rh8 28.Qf5 Qf7 29.Nf3 Bxb2 30.e5 Qxf531.Bxf5 1-0 PUZZLERS (3.13) 2020 Carlsen, M (2876)-Cheparinov, I(2670) [A45] 1.e4 c5 2.Na3 g6 3.h4 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.h5Bg7 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bc4 Qd8 8.d3 Nh6 9.c3 Nf5 10.Nc2 Nd6 11.Bb3 Na5 12.Bf4 Nxb313.axb3 b6 14.d4 cxd4 15.Ncxd4 Bb7 16.Qe2 0-0 17.hxg6 hxg6 18.Be5 Ne4 19.Qe3 f620.Ne6 Qd5 21.Nxg7 fxe5 22.Qh6 Rxf3 23.gxf3 Kf7 24.Rg1 Qc6 25.fxe4 Qxe4+ 26.Kd2Rd8+ 27.Kc1 Qd3 28.Ne6 Kxe6 29.Qxg6+ Qxg6 30.Rxg6+ Kf5 31.Rg7 Bf3 32.Rxa7 Rd1+33.Kc2 Rf1 34.c4 Rxf2+ 35.Kc3 e4 36.Raxe7 Kf4 37.Rgf7+ Ke3 38.Rf6 Rf1 39.Rxb6Rc1+ 40.Kb4 Rh1 41.Rbe6 Rh2 42.c5 Rxb2 43.c6 Rc2 44.c7 Ke2 45.Rxe4+ Bxe446.Rxe4+ 1-0 By A.E. Boy Espejo Jr. (2.1) 2019 MATEIN TWO. Theremaining semifinals bout of the Chess24 Banter Blitz Cup between GMs AliresaFirouzja and S.L. Narayanan is still to be played as we write this, so let’sdiscuss right now how the first finalist – world chess champion Magnus Carlsen– got to the finals. WHITETO MOVE, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.c4 Nc6 5.Nc3g6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Bg7 8.Be3 Nf6 9.h3 0-0 10.0-0 a6 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Rc1 c513.Nde2 Bc6 14.f3 Nd7 15.b3 Re8 16.Qd2 Rb8 17.Bh6 Bh8 18.Rb1 Nf6 19.Nf4 Qa520.Rfc1 Qa3 21.Nfd5 Bxd5 22.exd5 Qa5 23.Re1 Ng4 24.Na4 Bd4+ 25.Kf1 Qxd2 26.Bxd2Ne5 27.Ba5 Rb7 28.Rbd1 Nd7 29.g4 f6 30.Kg2 Kf7 31.Re4 h5 32.Bc3 Be5 33.f4 f5 34.fxe5Nxe5 35.Rxe5 dxe5 36.Nxc5 Rc7 37.Ne6 Rcc8 38.Bxe5 hxg4 39.hxg4 a5 40.Rh1 1-0 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Nd2 e6 4.e3 Be7 5.c3 0-06.Bd3 b6 7.f4 Bb7 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.Ngf3 c5 10.h4 h6 11.g4 Be7 12.g5 h5 13.g6 fxg614.Bxg6 Nd7 15.Ng5 Nf6 16.Bxh5 Qd6 17.Bg6 Bc6 18.h5 Be8 19.Qb1 cxd4 20.cxd4 Rc821.h6 Rc1+ 22.Qxc1 Bxg6 23.hxg7 Kxg7 24.Ndf3 Qb4+ 25.Kf2 Ng4+ 26.Kg3 Nh627.Nxe6+ 1-0last_img read more

Mona Shores softball team splits a pair of games in Hudsonville tournament

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James, Kuzma lead Lakers over frustrated Mavericks

first_img‘People evacuated on their own’ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas View comments Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis has already been ruled out for the final two games of a six-game homestand because of a sore right knee. It’s not the knee the 7-foot-3 Latvian injured in his final game for the Knicks almost two years ago.The Mavericks got within 91-81 late in the third quarter when Doncic found Tim Hardaway, who scored 22 points, for a 3-pointer. It was the closest Dallas had been since 19-9 midway through the first, when James hit a 3 to cap a stretch of scoring or assisting on seven of LA’s first nine baskets.Dallas never did get the deficit back to single digits, and James hit a 3 to open the fourth quarter to push the lead back to 16.FLAGRANT AND TECHSDwight Howard was called for a flagrant foul for shoving Maxi Kleber 33 seconds after entering the game in the first quarter, prompting a five-point possession for Dallas that ended with a goal-tending call against Howard.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption The foul was called as Hardaway hit a jumper. Hardaway missed one of the two free throws awarded for the foul, then Howard grabbed Seth Curry’s runner on its way down. Howard got his fifth foul midway through the third quarter, but had already scored all 10 of his points by then.Lakers coach Frank Vogel matched Carlisle in the first half with a technical foul. Kuzma was called for one in the third quarter.TIP-INSLakers: The previous high in a quarter was 43 in the first quarter in a 117-017 win over Phoenix on New Year’s Day. The previous high for a half was 77 in a 136-113 win over Portland on Dec. 6. … Rajon Rondo scored 10 pointsMavericks: Dropped to 2-3 on a season-long six-game homestand, putting them at 11-10 at home compared to 12-5 on the road. … Assistant coach Stephen Silas filled in for Carlisle after the ejection. … Boban Marjanovic had 14 points and 10 rebounds.UP NEXTThe second night of a back-to-back for both teams Saturday, the Lakers in Oklahoma City and the Mavericks at home against Philadelphia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mighty rebound More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption MOST READcenter_img Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall LATEST STORIES Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was equally flummoxed, getting ejected after his second technical early in the fourth quarter when he exploded over the Lakers getting to challenge an out-of-bounds call after he thought the Mavericks had thrown the ball in.Doncic, who had played James just about even while the Lakers took two of first three in the season series, had 25 points and 10 rebounds but ripped his jersey late in the first half after one of his 11 misses (8 of 19). The 2019 Rookie of the Year was a game-worst minus-24 in the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Davis missed the first game of a road back-to-back after taking a nasty fall in a 117-87 win over the Knicks in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. An MRI exam showed no major concerns, although Davis was extremely sore.Both leading men — James and Doncic — were without their star sidekicks for the final regular-season meeting as both fell short of a triple-double after both had one in the previous meeting in Dallas. They had seven assists apiece. Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) gets the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)DALLAS — LeBron James had 35 points and 16 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma scored a season-high 24 points starting in place of injured star Anthony Davis, and the Los Angeles Lakers went up big early in a 129-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.James was dominant from the start to help the Lakers build a 22-point lead in the first half, which ended with Luka Doncic in a ripped jersey on a frustrating night for the 20-year-old Dallas phenom against the player he grew up admiring.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more