Monday, February 9, 2009

Nothing new…

I haven’t posted in a few days due to my illness, ha-ha. I caught the flue, or so I think, and I was incapacitated for a few days, but I’m hoping to draw new topic ideas.

I played more chess over the weekend, and I came home with a |
1-2-1 record, which I’m blaming on Nyquil and Tylenol. Absolutely dreadful. I will post the games later in the day. Thursday I’m leaving for the 2009 IHSA Chess Championship, where I will get pummeled by much better first boards; however, I’m hoping to win few games to support the team.



Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


  I haven’t done a Picture of the Day in a few days so I decided to scrap a couple pictures together.

White (12)

Week of the burger…

Twice this week I’ve eaten burgers for dinner, once pork burgers and then all beef burgers. I made the pork burgers from scratch and they were better than beef burgers; I was very surprised.

I sautéed  some onions, cut up some dill and threw it all into the meat. Salt and pepper to taste; heat up some olive oil and grill. They taste amazing.

DSCN2114 DSCN2113

Below are the pictures of beef burgers, which we bought from Jewel.  DSCN2115 


In the tin-foil are the best tasting onions in the world. I sautéed them for a couple minutes on the pan with olive oil/salt/pepper; then, I made a foil sleeve, and cooked them for about thirty minutes. These were the softest, sweetest, most delicious onions I have ever have.

Monday, February 2, 2009

TMCC February 1st

This is my first USCF tournament of the year, I went
3-1. Three wins and a loss. Not too bad. Here are my games from the tournament.

Round 1 (1-0)



Position after 20…. Rxd4

I lost this game…

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.f4 dxe5 5.fxe5 Nc6 6.c3 Bf5 7.Nf3 e6 8.Bd3
Bxd3 9.Qxd3 Be7 10.O-O Qd7 11.b4 Nb6 12.a4 Qd5 13.Nbd2 Rd8 14.a5 Nc8 15.
Qe3 Bxb4 16.cxb4 Nxb4 17.Rb1 Nc2 18.Qd3 Nxd4 19.Qxd4 Qxd4+ 20.Nxd4 Rxd4 *

Round 2 (1-0)


Position after 18. Qf5; black resigns here.

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.c3 dxc3 5.Nxc3 Bb4 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.O-O O-O 8.Bg5
h6 9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.Nd5 Qxb2 11.Rb1 Qa3 12.Nxc7 Rb8 13.Nh4 d6 14.Ng6 Rd8 15.
Qh5 Be6 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Bxe6+ Kh7 18.Qf5

Round 3 (0-1)


Position after 19…. Qh2+

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bc4 e6 6.O-O Be7 7.Re1 O-O 8.c3 Nb6
9.Bd3 f5 10.Nbd2 dxe5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.Rxe5 Bd6 13.Re1 Nd5 14.Nf3 Nf6 15.
Ne5 c5 16.dxc5 Bxe5 17.Rxe5 Ng4 18.Re2 Qc7 19.h3????? Qh2+


Round 4



Position after 15…b5

An interesting idea and very strong attack comes from Nxd6; white wins three pawns for the piece and can easily gain a mating opportunity. I did not see this, and neither did my opponent (great for me). I end up winning the game a little later after this, but I stopped notation here due to the time.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009