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!
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
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
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Busch Commercial Plaza, 5035 E. Busch Blvd., Suite 10, Tampa, 33617
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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

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My YouTube Chess Video Channel

I have had a YouTube channel for several years and never did anything with it until now. I have uploaded my first video on chess and made my first play list. You can check out my chess video channel at Mike Serovey on Chess - YouTube Video Channel. I will be adding new chess related videos and play lists as I have the time for this.

Mike Serovey, MA, MISM

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mike Serovey Loses to Spanish Chess Expert Valentin Costa Trillo

This is one of my games that was played on the ICCF server last year. I played what I beleive to be a main line in the French Defense, Advanced Variation and I got outplayed by my opponent. The PGN file that I copied below has some notes and analysis in it, but this game is not yet posted to my chess site because I am still analyzing it. I want to get this posted here for the benefit of those players who want to know what was played in this game.

[Event "FINJUB50pr47"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.10.20"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Serovey, Michael"]
[Black "Costa Trillo, Valentín"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C11"]
[WhiteElo "1866"]
[BlackElo "2084"]
[Annotator "Michael Serovey"]
[PlyCount "94"]
[EventDate "2012.11.01"]
[EventType "corr"]
[WhiteTeam "USA"]
[BlackTeam "Spain"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. e4 e6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 Qb6 8. Na4
Qa5+ 9. c3 cxd4 10. b4 Nxb4 11. cxb4 Bxb4+ 12. Bd2 Bxd2+ 13. Nxd2 O-O 14. Bd3 b5
15. Nb2 Nb6 16. Ke2 Nc4 17. Qc2 Qa3 18. Rhb1 f6 19. Bxh7+ Kh8 20. Qd3 fxe5 21.
Bg6 e4 22. Nxe4 Qxd3+ 23. Nxd3 dxe4 24. Bxe4 Rb8 25. g3 g5 26. Rf1 Nd6 27. Bc6
b4 28. fxg5 Rxf1 29. Rxf1 Ba6 30. Rf4 Rc8 31. Bd7 Rc3 32. Rxd4 Nf5 33. Rxb4 Rxd3
34. Ra4 Rd6+ 35. Ke1 Ne3 36. Be8 Ng2+ 37. Kf2 Rd2+ 38. Kf3 Bb7+ 39. Kg4
a6 40. h4 e5 41. g6 Kg7 42. Rb4 Bc8+ 43. Kf3 Rxa2 44. Bf7 Ne1+ 45. Ke4 Re2+ 46.
Kd5 Rd2+ 47. Ke4 Bd7 0-1

Mike Serovey, MA, MISM