From: Brian Wall <>
Subject: [BrianWall-ChessList] Life Master Brian Wall loses to 10 year old expert in
Reno, Nevada
"Brian Wall Chesslist" <>
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 10:42 AM
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1 - a 10 year old boy from Boise, ID
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------In Reno I managed to by lose a slow game to a 10 year old expert
named Luke Harmon-Vellotti
I have already reaped many rewards from my embarrassing debacle,
winning 3 consecutive games with lessons learned from losing to Luke.
That positioned me to play a GM on Board 8 in the final round for some decent
money but there my luck ran out. So I lost to 2 GMs and a 10 year
old in Reno.
My big lesson from Luke is what I call the Velloti moment in every Chessgame you reach a position you don't like something doesn't appeal to you - it will take you half
an hour to reclimate yourself to the position. Against
Harmon-Vellotti I failed in my task - I told Danielle Rice
I actually hated Chess after pouring so much energy into
my Round 1 loss to GM Eugene Perelshteyn Danielle " C'mon Brian "
That night I couldn't speak so I poured my energy into
an email about the Perelshteyn game, very instructive.
Another mistake I made is you should always add 200-300 points to any kid.
I wasn't prepared for a Lemmiwinks game. I realized later Luke's approach
was just to play safely, he wrote his move down before playing it.
He didn't try to kill me, I killed myself. I do that countless times
on ICC against Lemmiwinks, I just publish my wins but I lose thousands
of games when I face boring systems.
In my games after Luke I handled Vellotti moments much better,
I spent the necessary time when I didn't know what was going on.
I also rushed my central pawns down my Round 3 opponent's throat
just the way that Luke did in Round 2.
I was numb that night from the shock and horror and trauma after my painful
defeat and could barely talk to my roommate but the next morning I decided the
best way to achieve 4 wins is to lose the first two games. I tried my damndest
to win the rest of my games and almost succeeded.
There was something very strange in the defeat in that I saw his winning
move many times in many variations for 6 minutes yet ignored it anyway.
Round 1 a painful blunder loss to GM Eugene Perelshteyn after
playing my heart out and reaching an equal ending.
Round 2 after barely surviving Ryan Swerdlin the week before,
I lose to Luke Harmon-Vellotti,
failing miserably in my Vellotti moment
Round 3 After encountering a Vellotti moment I found a good move and rolled my opponent.
I even rolled my pawns forward in the center like the brat did to me.
Round 4 Severe Velloti moment which is when you don't like or understand your position
and it takes you half an hour to reorient yourself. Often a Vellotti moment
occurs in an even position where you have no winning plan. In this case I went
from winning to even, I learned from the Luke Harmon-Vellotti game to calm down
and just do what is necessary before it gets worse. So I accepted my fate, made
my move and my opponent immediately blundered.
Round 5 My Vellotti moment - I hated my posiiton for 20 minutes. I went to the other
side of the board, immediately recognized the problem and knew what I had to
do. I won.
Round 6 I played an opening I always do poorly with against a Grandmaster and lost.
I felt uncomfortable all game. The GM played well. I was proud just to be
on stage for a shot at the money after losing my first two games, one to a
I have not replayed or analyzed this game before this email except in my
nightmares. I have thought about the game a lot and tried to use it
constructively. I have succeeded in that.
Sometimes when I am losing I create new goals here I decided to try to last 40 moves, not an easy task.
I tried to give this game to Super TD Randall Hough for the USChess.Org
Chess Life online Reno report but he wasn't interested. I
guess 10 year olds beating Chessmasters is commonplace nowadays.
I gave Randall copies of my 3 victories and told him they were all
masterpieces. Let's see if he prints any.
Nikita Zanichkowsky told me she doesn't like playing kids. Danielle Rice told me
the same thing. I prefer playing kids to old people because I like to see how
good the kids get and I don't have to watch them die. The nice thing about old
people is they know what I'm talking about most of the time. I remember Les
Haynes didn't like giving rating points to young Wyoming Champion Andrew Smith,
now replaced by Dan Tanner.
I teased IM Joe Fang merilessly when he lost to 12 year old Jorge Sammour Hasbun 20 years ago. I always called him Hor-hay Zamorrah. I told Joe he should
have bribed him with a milk carton. My turn for the comedy rack.
Rising Stars will get rating points somewhere, why not from me?
I pride myself as the final examiner in Colorado, blocking
everyone from their next underserved rating class.
As far as personality goes I talked to both father and son
before the game and they were very pleasant and cheerful.
[Event "2009 Reno Western States Open"]
[Site "Sands Regency, Reno, Nevada"]
[Date "2009.10.25"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Luke Harmon-Vellotti, age 10"]
[Black "B-Wall"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[WhiteElo "2059"]
[BlackElo "2204 both FIDE and USCF"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez: Berlin defense"]
[ECO "C65"]
[NIC "RL.07"]
[Time "01:30:50"]
[TimeControl "300+0"]
Chessmaster loses to 10 year old
October 22, 2009
Round 2
2009 Western States Open
40/2, 20/1, Game/30, 5 second delay.
Some people put the delay on the final time control,
some had it going all game.
Friday evening
Open section
Board 24
This game put me next to last board next round, Froggy Hollow
White Luke Harmon-Vellotti, just learned to skateboard
I had the Black pieces, Thank God, one more excuse.
I chatted with Father and son and we began.
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Qe2
It's funny how openings are linked with emotions,
The Fishing Pole or Beefeater make me ecstatic,
The Nimzo-Indian or Closed Lopez fill me with horror.
I don't know what demon book recommends this approach
but it is very common on ICC. It seems better than
facing a Berlin endgame. Yucchh from the White side.
I publish blitz victories over joy-sucking soul-destroying Death-Eater
Lemmiwinks openings like the d3 English, the d3-Guicco Piano,
the d3 Ruy Lopez, the Colle, the London System but I don't publish
the thousands of losses I suffer from sheer boredom and frustration.
I had a nice game as Black against this against Richard Wagner
in the 2008 North American Open, December, Las Vegas, Bally's Casino.
I played a wild attack, reached a +5 posiiton, messed it up, tried
to grind out an endgame win and ended up creating a beautiful mating
net with virtually no material. Against Richard I had worried about
my hanging e-pawn for 10 minutes per opening move and I finally
decided to just ignore that issue and develop my pieces. I copied
that approach this game and played my first 7 moves almost instantly.
4 ... Bc5! 5. O-O! O-O! 6. c3
To promote d4 and to stop ... Nd4 I presume
6 ... d6
Fritz 11 recommends 6 ... d5 or 6 ... Re8 7 d3 d5
I kind of knew that but never handle the Closed
Ruy that way for some prejudiced reason.
The next worse move after mine is 6 ... h5!?
which is too Fishing pole even for me.
7. d3 h6 8. Be3 Bxe3!
Fritz approved but dreaded by humans.
My Knights have no central outposts now
and the f-file is opened for attack.
I was just tired of being further hassled
after 8 ... Bb6 with moves like
Nd2-c4 or b4, a4
9. fxe3
Fritz likes 9 Q:e3
but I dreaded those doubled pawns.
9 ... Nh7
Steinitz once said those doubled central pawns are unexploitable
and the best strategy is to undouble them so I aim for that.
10. Nbd2 Kh8 11. Rad1
Luke wastes a lot of time with his Rooks before doubling on the f-file.
11 ... f5?
Fritz 11 hates this move.
I thought 11 .. Ng5!! was pointless because of 12 Nh4-f5 but now I see
11 ... Ng5!! 12 Nh4?? Nh3+!! or ... N:e4! easily.
My brain just wasn't working that day.
12. exf5?
I just don't understand these positions.
Fritz thinks Luke is already winning after
12 d4 ed 13 ed a6 14 Bd3
World Champions Capablanca, Bobby Fischer and Vishy Anand
were deadly on the White side of the Ruy Lopez. GM Julio
Becerra seems to win every game with it.
12 ... Bxf5! 13. e4 Bg4! 14. Qe3!!
My very first email 10 years ago talked about complementation,
Queen on dark squares, Bishop on light squares.
Good instincts for a 10 year old. 5 minutes spent on the move.
14 ... Qe7
Humans hate pins, computer seems to embrace them.
Fritz 11 prefers 14 ... Qe8 to my move.
15. Rde1!
Fritz approved.
This is kind of embarrassing.
I feared doubled Rooks on the f-file BEFORE
8 ... B:e3 which took me 13 minutes.
The embarrassing part is that even with two
extra tempi I came nowhere close to handling it.
15 ... Nd8
Fritz offers many suggestions but nothing
to assuage my permanent disadvantage.
16. d4!!
Winning - Fritz 11
Do not discconnect your Rooks without a very good reason Alekhine
16 ... Nf7 17. Bc4!!
I have a rotten position against a 10 year old.
Swell Clint Eastwood
17 ... a6
So I can move my QR without de and Q:a7
18. Rf2
The moment I've been dreading all game,
Luke thought 13 minutes on this, scary in itself.
That's an eternity at 10.
Most of them fall to the ground at bank lines.
Fritz likes 18 Qf2! for some reason
18 ... Rae8 19. Ref1!!
This is what I now call the Vellotti moment.
Without doing very much Luke has a winning position.
All moves lose and I hate my position but still I
should think for half an hour and try to hang on.
That's what we do. I wanted to play 19 ... g5?
to lock out his knight but I saw that lost to B:f7 and N:e5.
My position sucks but 19 ... Bh5, ... Nf6, ... Be6, ... Nhg5,
... Nd8, ... B:f3 or ed at least all deal with the immediate threat.
After I made my move I asked myself what was wrong, I allowed
Luke to execute a threat I had already clearly seen and analyzed
many times in my head. It was like I was too tired to think.
It already seemed too late to grovel for
a draw so I just quietly took my lumps.
19 ... c6??
Time to investigate nursing home facilities.
20. Bxf7! Qxf7! 21. Nxe5! Qh5?
The sickest part is I told myself I should at least
decide which is better, 21 ... Qe6! or ... Qh5?
and I couldn't even manage that.
22. Nf7+!!
I just stared at the knight like his move was illegal.
How is it possible not to see that?
Had Eugene Perelshteyn sucked every brain cell
out of my cerebellum with a Car Vac in Round 1?
It was an out of body, out of brain experience.
The rest was hell on earth. I couldn't look at anybody,
it felt like a public hanging or at least a flogging.
I don't remember anything outside of my 64 square death chamber.
22 ... Kg8! 23. Nxd6!!
Kasparov says he was told as a child that a Knight on e6 or d6 is worth a rook.
Am I then down a Rook? I did have one funny ICC blitz game where my opponent
had Knights on e6 and d6 both protected by pawns. It still gives me chills.
23 ... Rxf2! 24. Rxf2! Re7 25. e5! Be6 26. b3 a5
Shameless desperation.
There is a certain freedom to lost positions,
things can't get worse.
27. Rf1 a4 28. c4 axb3 29. axb3! b5
Trying to abort future Queens from
appearing on stage like Chinese couples
mandated by the governement to have one child.
30. N2e4 bxc4 31. bxc4! Ng5! 32. Nxg5 hxg5 33. Qe4!! Ra7 34. d5
As I played the game I wondered when the computer
would give Luke the High +5 and that moment is now.
34 ... cxd5! 35. cxd5!
The Pawn Wave Kid killing the Pawn Wave Guy
35 ... Bg4 36. e6!!
Can this be happening?
36 ... Re7 37. Rc1
37 ... Bxe6 38. dxe6!
38 ... g6 39. Rc8+! Kh7!
40 Qd4, Qd3, Qa4, Qe1 or Qc2
all checkmate
40. Qe5 Rg7
40 ... Qd1+ lasts longer but I just wanted to complete the first time control.
40 Qe5 Rg7 41 Ne4 or Qa1 checkmates
1-0 I resign to the 10 year old
I wish Luke well. The higher his rating climbs, the less foolish I look.
Examples: latest ratings for GM Robert Hess, GM Ray Robson, Tyler Hughes,
FM Darwin Yang, Ryan Moon and Alexander Velikanov.
Everyone here is 11-18 years old.
Robert Hess
2655 beat me 2008 North American Open
Ray Robson
2616 beat me 2008 Florida Open
Tyler Hughes
2354 beat me several times
Darwin Yang
2316 beat me 2008 North American Open
Ryan Moon
2188 beat me 2008 North American Open
Alexander Velikanov 2092 drew me by puking, 2008 North American Open
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[Event "2009 Reno Western States Open"]
[Site "Sands Regency, Reno, Nevada"]
[Date "2009.10.25"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Luke Harmon-Vellotti, age 10"]
[Black "B-Wall"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[WhiteElo "2059"]
[BlackElo "2204 both FIDE and USCF"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez: Berlin defense"]
[ECO "C65"]
[NIC "RL.07"]
[Time "01:30:50"]
[TimeControl "300+0"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Qe2 Bc5 5. O-O O-O 6. c3 d6 7. d3 h6
8. Be3 Bxe3 9. fxe3 Nh7 10. Nbd2 Kh8 11. Rad1 f5 12. exf5 Bxf5 13. e4 Bg4
14. Qe3 Qe7 15. Rde1 Nd8 16. d4 Nf7 17. Bc4 a6 18. Rf2 Rae8 19. Ref1 c6
20. Bxf7 Qxf7 21. Nxe5 Qh5 22. Nf7+ Kg8 23. Nxd6 Rxf2 24. Rxf2 Re7
25. e5 Be6 26. b3 a5 27. Rf1 a4 28. c4 axb3 29. axb3 b5 30. N2e4 bxc4
31. bxc4 Ng5 32. Nxg5 hxg5 33. Qe4 Ra7 34. d5 cxd5 35. cxd5 Bg4
36. e6 Re7 37. Rc1 Bxe6 38. dxe6 g6 39. Rc8+ Kh7 40. Qe5 Rg7
1-0 I resign to the 10 year old
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