TCCC Championship 2013 Games

On this page are links and web viewer to all 24 games played in the Twin Cities Chess Club Championship 2013.  Our thanks to Joseph Alford, Champion 2011-2012, for his annotations.

Select games from the Championship Qualifier tournament are available at this link.

Joseph Alford’s Introduction:


2013 Twin City Chess Club Championship

Jason Chien is our new champion. I have been the champion for the last two years. Jason was the champion before that. For the last two years he was busy with school and we had the championship during the first few months of the year when he was unable to play. This year we kept having to post-pone the tournament for various reasons. By the time we finally held the championship, it was summer and Jason was able to play.

In the past two years the tournament has resulted in a tie and play-offs. Suriya Kopula tied two years ago. Suriya and John Bonwell tied last year. I won the play-offs both years. This year there was no tie. Jason took four straight games, including a third-round win over me.

I expected to have serious problems with the format. Two tough games in one day is rough on us old guys. I actually did have problems on the second day. After losing a tough game to Jason, I should also have lost the next game. I managed to win, thanks to my old motto, “If you can’t be good, be lucky.” My rating did not change because I am on my rating floor.

Third-rated Dennis Bourgerie has always been tough to beat. This was a bad tournament for him.

Sean Berrocales lost points on his provisional rating because he won from much lower-rated opponents and lost to Ishaar Ganesan and then lost a won game against me.

Ishaar was on the first board in the last round. This is not the first time he has appeared at the top of a tournament. He is improving rapidly and will doubtless appear there again.

Most of the games are worth going through. There is at least one serious error in the annotations. Hint: I suggest a move to win a piece that actually loses a piece. Not sure how that got past Fritz.

We keep trying different formats for the club championship. The purpose of the tournament is to provide a chance for club players to compete in a serious tournament with a long time-limit. I think we provided the chance this time. What we did not provide was the club players. Most of the players in this tournament do not come to the club. Most of the club players did not compete in the tournament. We will probably try a different format next year. If you have ideas, we will be glad to listen.

Meanwhile, we thank Rahul Bafna for providing the space for the tournament. His continued support of Bloomington-Normal chess is much appreciated.

— Joseph Alford

August, 2013

All games from the TCCC Championship 2013:


Games in PGN format:  Link

Games in CBV (ChessBase Archived) format:  Link


Games in PGN format:  Link

Games in CBV (ChessBase Archived) format:  Link

Web Browser, Annotated Games:

Web Browser, Unannotated Games:

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