Video analyses from U.S. Masters

 

The U.S. Masters is over and I ended up with 6,5 points out of 9 rounds and shared for third place with a couple other guys. It was a pretty strong field and I actually only played one player without a title, in the first round! I faced two IMs and six GMs and with 6,5 points I obviously had a pretty good tournament :) I would like to share with you three video analyses I recorded during the tournament.

In the third round I played GM Sergei Azarov (Elo 2635) and suprised him with the King's Gambit! He spent a lot of time early in the game, and I achieved quite a pleasant position. However, in time scramble, things got messy...

In round four I faced GM Yaroslav Zherebukh (Elo 2625) with the Black pieces and he played the English opening (1.c4). In the middle game an interesting fight around the square f5 emerged, which I ultimately claimed for myself. With time trouble approaching, things got more concrete...

In round number seven I played against GM Alojzije Jankovic (Elo 2555) with White and the Richter Rauser variation emerged on the board. After a dubious novelty by him I was better early on and actually thought I was close to winning already when he suprised me with his move f5. Then I didn't play the most accurate moves and let him back into the game. Once again, the game was decided in a mutual time scramble...

I hope you enjoyed these video analyses and could take something from them. You can view the standings of the tournament right here. It was a well organized tournament in a great hotel and I would like to thank the organizer Walter High and his team for inviting me! I will certainly consider playing this tournament again next year :)