Friday, May 01, 2015

Win and Draw

I went through the chess games that I could find in my score books and elsewhere and then I made a spreadsheet of the highest rated players that I have beaten and drawn in various formats and places. I have posted that below.

Organization Event Type Rating Result Opponent
USCF Correspondence Chess 2399 Draw Daniel Woddard
USCF Correspondence Chess 2317 Win Harold Boege
USCF Over the Board Tournament 1991 Win Dante Benez
USCF Over the Board Tournament 2237 Draw Mikel Peterson
Stan's NetChess Turn Based Chess 2601 Win Chachi
ICC Internet Server Correspondence Chess 2603 Win Colossus
ICCF Internet Server Correspondence Chess 2151 Win Victor Popov
ICCF Internet Server Correspondence Chess 2389 Draw Mark Eldridge


Michael R. Serovey, MA, MISM

My New Chess Trophy

Back in 2013 I entered a trophy quad to be played by correspondence chess. We mailed moves to each other. I moved during the course of this event and so did a couple of my opponents. One of them is now in jail.

I managed to finish this section with 3 wins, one loss and two draws. That gave me clear first place.

The trophy below is the first one that I have won since I left Florida in 2013.


 
 
 
Michael R. Serovey, MA, MISM

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cheating in Chess

The chess game below is from the final round of the 2011 Golden Knights Postal Chess Championship. This game concluded not only my last game in this section but also my last game in correspondence chess that I played by snail mail.

The rules of the US Chess Federation (USCF) prohibit using chess engines to help analyze a  correspondence chess game that is still in progress. My opponent used Stockfish 6 to help him decide whether or not to trade rooks and to accept my draw offer. I did not discover this illegal use of a chess engine until after the game was over and I started to look at it with my own engines. I did not file a complaint about this because the use of this engine did not affect the outcome of the game. I got the draw that I wanted.

It is impossible to go into the engine room at playchess.com without using your own engine. Checking to see if someone else has analyzed a given position in the engine room could be considered cheating by a strict interpretation of the rules, but I will allow it because I do that too. What I object to is someone staying there more than a minute. If they are there long enough to get credit for discovering a position, then they are definitely cheating!

Posted below are screenshots of the engine use.



Michael R. Serovey, MA, MISM

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

New Chess Application is Available

I have developed an application for mobile devices that you can use on a smart phone or tablet. This application will keep you up to date on my chess activities and also allow you to view The Chess Improver blog that I contribute to. You can also get chess supplies from Amazon using this application. It is $0.99 on Google Play, but it is still free if you click on the Amazon link. This will not be true much longer.

You can get it here:

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mike Serovey Publishes a New Chess Book

I just published a new book on Amazon. It is what is called a "zero content" book. It contains a few introductory pages and then there is an outline for you to put the notation of your chess games and some notes about your opponents and the tournaments that those games were played in. There is also room at the bottoms of the pages for your pictures from these events.

You can get the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Chess-Players-Journal-Scrapbook-Make/dp/1492398004









Tuesday, March 26, 2013

March Open Chess Tournament in Tampa, Florida

Mike Hoffer has announced the following:

Tampa Open Chess Tournament – Saturday, March 30 @ 10:15-7 pm
FUTURE DATES: March 30, April 20, May 25
Sorry, we have to limit entries this month to 40. Thanks to your support, we already have 20 tentative entries. Secure your entry NOW and SAVE $5 by registering via PayPal on our website.
(WE MAY CLOSE PAYPAL OPTION EARLY as it takes a few days for PayPal to transfer to our bank):
The adults are on the run! These events are rating BONANZAS for younger players & great lessons if they lose!
WE ARE PAIRING THE ADVANCED ENTRIES WHO MAY ARRIVE @10:40. CALL IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT ON TIME!
Tentative entries include: Jason Abellada, Corey Acor, Luther Barnum, Gary Barrick, Stephem Barrick, Beard Bruce, Peter Calhoun, Preston Copeland, Chad Davis, Wyndell East, Mark Feldman, Terry Feeney, Raul Gutierrez, Joshua Harrison, Jordan Hart, Andres Hernandez, TrongAn Hoang, Truman Hoang, Michael Hoffer, Jason Hofferle, Roshan Jayaraman, Allyn Kahn, Nathan Kelly, Andrew Larson, Kelvin Ng, Vinod Panicker, Robert Prince, Scott Raymond, Geoff Roberts, Mike Serovey, Alex Shah, Rick Sloan, Kevin Stevens, Marc Taylor, Herbert Valdsaar, Charles Wright, Jay Wu, Jeff York
Rated USCF Chess Tournament - Open to all ages PLEASE RSVP EMAIL WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND
Tampa Chess Centre at Busch Commercial Plaza, 5035 E. Busch Blvd, Suite 10, Tampa, FL 33617 Entry fee is only $25 if registered 2 days in advance; Credit cards accepted via PayPal. $30 on-site. USCF membership required. You may join on-site. Please bring your own clocks and sets if you have them.
Time control: NEW! GAME 60 minutes for each player, 5 second delay, four round Swiss System - no elimination
Registration starts 10:15 AM; First round begins (times approximate): 10:40; R2 1 PM; R3 3:00; R4 5:00
Prize money: $335 based on 20 entries. Prize distribution subject to category of entries (including a split between adults and kids) divided equitably. Example of prizes: $125-60-45. U1700: $60; U1300: $45
Prize money: $500 based on 30 entries. Prize distribution subject to category of entries (including a split between adults and kids) divided equitably. Example of prizes: $150-90-60. U1700: $90; U1600: $60; U1300: $50
Prize money: $670 based on 40 entries. Prize distribution subject to category of entries (including a split between adults and kids) divided equitably. Example of prizes: $250-120-80. U1700: $100; U1600: $70; U1300: $50
Tampa Chess Centre Club & Classes by Hoffer’s Chess Academy
Official Affiliate of the United States Chess Federation
Push Pawns Not Drugs! Say Yes 2 Chess!
Tampa Chess Centre
Busch Commercial Plaza, 5035 E. Busch Blvd., Suite 10, Tampa, 33617
www.Yes2Chess.com
(813) 526-2257

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February Chess Tournament in Tampa

This is from my friend, Mike Hoffer.

Tampa Open Chess Tournament – Saturday, February 23 @ 10:15-7 pm
FUTURE DATES: March 30, April 20, May 25
Sorry, we have to limit entries this month to 40. Thanks to your support, we already have 20 tentative entries. Secure your entry NOW and SAVE $5 by registering via PayPal on our website.
(WE MAY CLOSE PAYPAL OPTION EARLY as it takes a few days for PayPal to transfer to our bank):
The adults are on the run! These events are rating BONANZAS for younger players & great lessons if they lose!
WE ARE PAIRING THE ADVANCED ENTRIES WHO MAY ARRIVE @10:40. CALL IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT ON TIME!
Tentative entries include: Jason Abellada, Corey Acor, Luther Barnum, Gary Barrick, Stephem Barrick, Beard Bruce, Peter Calhoun, Preston Copeland, Chad Davis, Wyndell East, Mark Feldman, Terry Feeney, Raul Gutierrez, Joshua Harrison, Jordan Hart, Andres Hernandez, TrongAn Hoang, Truman Hoang, Michael Hoffer, Roshan Jayaraman, Allyn Kahn, Nathan Kelly, Andrew Larson, Kelvin Ng, Vinod Panicker, Robert Prince, Scott Raymond, Geoff Roberts, Mike Serovey, Alex Shah, Rick Sloan, Kevin Stevens, Herbert Valdsaar, Charles Wright, Jay Wu, Jeff York
Rated USCF Chess Tournament - Open to all ages PLEASE RSVP EMAIL WHETHER OR NOT YOU PLAN TO ATTEND
Tampa Chess Centre at Busch Commercial Plaza, 5035 E. Busch Blvd, Suite 10, Tampa, FL 33617 Entry fee is only $25 if registered 2 days in advance; Credit cards accepted via PayPal. $30 on-site. USCF membership required. You may join on-site. Please bring your own clocks and sets if you have them.
Time control: NEW! GAME 60 minutes for each player, 5 second delay, four round Swiss System - no elimination
Registration starts 10:15 AM; First round begins (times approximate): 10:40; R2 1 PM; R3 3:00; R4 5:00
Prize money: $335 based on 20 entries. Prize distribution subject to category of entries (including a split between adults and kids) divided equitably. Example of prizes: $125-60-45. U1700: $60; U1300: $45
Prize money: $500 based on 30 entries. Prize distribution subject to category of entries (including a split between adults and kids) divided equitably. Example of prizes: $150-90-60. U1700: $90; U1600: $60; U1300: $50
Prize money: $670 based on 40 entries. Prize distribution subject to category of entries (including a split between adults and kids) divided equitably. Example of prizes: $250-120-80. U1700: $100; U1600: $70; U1300: $50
Tampa Chess Centre Club & Classes by Hoffer’s Chess Academy
Official Affiliate of the United States Chess Federation
Push Pawns Not Drugs! Say Yes 2 Chess!
Tampa Chess Centre
Busch Commercial Plaza, 5035 E. Busch Blvd., Suite 10, Tampa, 33617
www.Yes2Chess.com
(813) 526-2257

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mike Serovey Wins Two More CC Sections


I received another certificate from Alex Dunne stating that I won a Walter Muir e-quad and I had an opponent resign in a John Collins Memorial section. In Walter Muir Section 12W42 I earned a score of 5 - 1. In the John Collins section 12C01 I earned a score of 5.5 - 05. My only draw was with the highest rated player in that section. That score did win the John Collins section and should give me my first chess trophy in over ten years. That win should also put my USCF CC rating over 2100 points for the very first time. I believe that getting my CC rating over 2110 will get me into a top 100 list for Correspondence Chess players in Florida.




Mike Serovey, MA, MISM