Twin City Chess Club - TCCC Championship 2013 – Complete!

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:

TCCC Championship 2013 Photos

Photos from the TCCC Championship 2013


Photo galleries are below the cut:


July 27 / August 3, 2013 – TCCC Championship 2013

The championship tournament is finished!  Update:  August 3rd, 10:00  PM.  Tournament is complete and has been rated by USCF – link; photos posted (link); unannotated games (link); annotated games to come.

Congratulations to our champions!  Jason Chien is 2013 TCCC Champion with a perfect 4.0 score.  Ishaar Ganesan is 2o13 TCCC Under Age 18 champion with 2.5 points.


Tournament summary:

Things got off to a bang in Round 1 at iExcell, twelve players began to fight for the crown.  Most surprising was the Round 1 victory of Prithiv Kumar over Dennis Bourgerie, the only significant upset of the tournament.  Unfortunately Dennis would continue to lose rating points in Round 2, with a draw to Karthik Karra.  As the first half of the tournament ended, three players would carry perfect 2.0 scores:  Reigning champion Joseph Alford, past champion Jason Chien, and Ishaar Ganesan.

The second Saturday began with Ishaar, the lowest rated of the 2.0 group dropping down to face Advaith Prabu for a draw.  It was a battle of the Champions on top board, with 1900 rated Joseph Alford succumbing to 1939 rated Jason Chien.  Two more games would end in draws.  (We saw a total of 8 draws during the tournament of 24 games – possibly the most draws in any Championship in recent memory.)

The final round saw 3.0 Jason Chien face 2.5 point Ishaar Ganesan.  The battle would clinch the championship for Jason and put Ishaar into position where he could be caught, but not surpassed, for an Under Age 18 trophy.  Dennis Bourgerie would score his first win (after two draws) against Advaith Prabu, knocking Advaith out of the running for the Under-18 trophy.

The battle of the tournament may well have been the other two 1.5 players, Mihir Bafna and Karthik Karra who were playing each other.  An excellent distraction of the Queen guard on move 28 allowed Mihir to go from one pawn up to two pawns and a Bishop and a nearly crushing advantage.  But a subtle misstep on move 34 saw Karthik able to take a perpetual check.

We heard Ishaar’s shout of joy from two hallways away in the playing room, as he advanced to sole Under-18 Champion.

Many thanks to iExcell for providing us with a wonderful location to hold the Championship, thanks to house players Akshat Shah and Anusha Nadkarni (who never did get a game,) thanks to all players who came to the Qualifier and the championship, and congratulations to our champions!

Final crosstable (by standings/by rating):

  No.            Name             Rate Pts  Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4
1 Chien,Jason                     1939  4.0  W5   W9   W2   W3
2 Alford,Joseph O                 1900  3.0  W6   W8   L1   W7
3 Ganesan, Ishaar Pe              1503  2.5 W10   W7   D8   L1
4 Bourgerie, Dennis               1737  2.0  L9   D5   D6   W8
5 Karra, Narayan Karthik          1390  2.0  L1   D4  W11   D6
6 Bafna, Mihir                    1332  2.0  L2  W12   D4   D5
7 Berrocales, Seann                     2.0 W11   L3   W9   L2
8 Prabu, Advaith                  1479  1.5 W12   L2   D3   L4
9 Kumar, Prithiv Sen              1311  1.5  W4   L1   L7  D10
10 Mahajan,Jai                    1200  1.5  L3  D11  D12   D9
11 Chandramouli, Adithya          1403  1.0  L7  D10   L5  D12
12 Mcdade, Pierce                  880  1.0  L8   L6  D10  D11
13 Shah, Akshat                    736  0.0 -N-  -N-  -N-  -N-
14 Nadkarni, Anusha                642  0.0 -N-  -N-  -N-  -N-



July 20, 2013 – Qualifier for TCCC Championship 2013

In our qualifying event for the Championship, eight players fought over four rounds.  Our first place winner, with a perfect 4.0 score was Sahil Chindal fromPeoria.

Our second place winner, and first qualifier into the Championship, was Seann Berrocales, with a 3.0 score.

Third through sixth places tied with two points each.  The next two qualifers were Pierce McDade and Ryan Wilke.

Rounding out the two point field were Anusha Nadkarni and Akshat Shah.  Photos are available at this link.

Thank you to all who participated, and we look forward to seeing the winners at the Championship!

Selected games with commentary by 2012 TCCC Champion Joseph Alford (pgn file at this link):

TCCC 2013 Championship Qualifier -- Qualifier                 Wall Chart, Page 1

      Name/ID                Group/Team  Rate  Rnd 1   Rnd 2   Rnd 3   Rnd 4
   1. Chindal, Sahil                  0 |1192 | B 5   | W 4   | B 2   | W 3   |
         15102770                       |     |  1.0  |  2.0  |  3.0  |  4.0  |
   2. Berrocales, Seann               1 |nnnn | B 6   | W 3   | W 1   | B 7   |
         12641991                       |     |  1.0  |  2.0  |  2.0  |  3.0  |
   3. Mcdade, Pierce                  1 | 880 | W 8   | B 2   | W 4   | B 1   |
         14359001                       |     |  1.0  |  1.0  |  2.0  |  2.0  |
   4. Wilke,Ryan Scott                1 | 543 | W 7   | B 1   | B 3   | ---   |
         15151565                       |     |  1.0  |  1.0  |  1.0  | X2.0  |
   5. Nadkarni, Anusha                1 | 642 | W 1   | B 7   | BYE   | W 6   |
         14789160                       |     |  0.0  |  0.0  |  1.0  |  2.0  |
   6. Shah, Akshat                    1 | 736 | W 2   | B 8   | W 7   | B 5   |
         15065154                       |     |  0.0  |  1.0  |  2.0  |  2.0  |
   7. Saravanan, Pugazhe              1 | 875 | B 4   | W 5   | B 6   | W 2   |
         15055891                 SARAV |     |  0.0  |  1.0  |  1.0  |  1.0  |
   8. Saravanan, Kavin                1 | 620 | B 3   | W 6   | HALF  | ---   |
         14833981                 SARAV |     |  0.0  |  0.0  |  0.5  | F0.5  |


On Saturday, July 20, 2013, we will hold an unrated tournament for qualifying for the Club Chapmionship.

This tournament is for players who have either never been rated, or have a United States Chess Federation rating Under 1200.  The Championship itself is only open to those over 1200 USCF and those who qualify at this tournament.

The top three players in this four round tournament will be qualified to play in the Championship (at no further entry fee cost.)  The next highest scoring player will be offered the opportunity to be a “house player,” a player who will play in championship rounds only if there are an odd number of players for that round (the player will also be an alternate if the next higher players do not play.)  The house player will have to be present for the start of all rounds of the tournament.

Playing in the championship does require USCF Membership, and qualifiers must be residents of McLean County.  If qualifiers are not current USCF Members we will cover membership for the tournament (please be prepared to stay long enough after the tournament to fill out the club’s  USCF registration form.)

The games will be held at iExcell, 2416. E. Washington St., in Bloomington.  You must check in with the Tournament Director before 9 AM to play.  [See for a Google Map to the venue.]   We request all players preregister if at all possible.

Other details:  The tournament is Game 45/d5 (each player has forty-five minutes per side.)  Bringing your own chess clock is strongly encouraged.  Entry fee is $10.00.  Players / parents should plan to be at the tournament as late as 5:00 PM.  We will start as soon as possible after 9 A.M. (we intend to give any players arriving after 9:00 AM a half point round one bye,) and all rounds will follow as soon as possible but including a lunch break.  Round times are predicted to be 9:15, 10:45, 1:00, and 3:00; on this schedule the tournament will end about 4:30.

The location is iExcell, Suites B2 & B3, 2416 E. Washington St., Bloomington, Illinois 61704.

TO REGISTER: Return the following form to Dennis Bourgerie, Box 157, Normal, Illinois 61761-0157, OR call 454-3842 OR e-mail to

E-mail registrations must receive an affirmative reply of receipt to be considered valid.

 Last Name____________________________First Name____________________________
 USCF Number (if applicable)______________ Phone__________________
 Rating_____________ OR Never had a USCF Rating- Put an “x” here_________________