Mike Splane - USCF Life Master

Revised July 18, 2014

About Mike

Contact: Mike.Splane@sjsu.edu

 

Career Statistics    

My Articles

Date

Dana’s Blog

Streaks

Why I often delay castling  

2005

Doing Nothing

Tournament Results

Space advantage in the opening 

2005

San Jose Defense

Against the Best

How to analyze

2008

Fun French

Results by Year

How to stop losing at chess   

2009

Master Class

Results by Rating

How to form a plan

2010

Mike vs an IM

Results by Color

Improving chess form

2011

Stealing a Win

 

The San Jose Defense  - games

2012

Human Reasoning

 

Evaluating your position

2012

Decision Making

 

 

 

Igor Ivanov

 

 

 

Incurable Optimism

 

 

2014 Games with Notes

I lost if the result is listed in red. If I played like an idiot the game is not included.

Opponent

Rating

Date

Opening

Result

Moves

Steve Svoboda

1973

7-17

Bidwell Defense

0-1

55

Eric Steger

1904

7/10

Ruy Lopez

1-0

72

Austen Green

2250

6-19

Scandinavian

0-1

62

Vishtasb Golshan

1891

6-12

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

28

Alok Singh

2022

6-5

1. b3

Draw

64

Ray Fergerson

1883

5-29

Ruy Lopez

1-0

31

George Jeffers

1886

5-22

Scandinavian

0-1

44

Arhant Katare

2040

2/16

Ruy Lopez

1-0

57

Milind Maiti

1815

2/16

Sicilian - Alapin

0-1

44

Siddharth Banik

2212

2/15

Sicilian - Kan

1-0

27

Stephen Ho

1849

2/15

Sicilian - Closed

0-1

32

Eric Steger

1916

2/13

Ruy Lopez

1-0

66

Ricardo DeGuzman

2400

2/7

Sicilian - Closed

1-0

48

Austen Green

2241

2/6

Sicilian - Alapin

Draw

18

Oshik Usman

2000

1/31

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

28

J L DeJong

1999

1/23

Queens Gambit

0-1

37

Prashant Periwal

1928

1/9

Sicilian – Alapin

1-0

30

 

2013 Games with Notes

Opponent

Rating

Date

Opening

Result

Moves

Eric Steger

1936

12/19

Ruy Lopez

1-0

85

J L DeJong

2011

12/5

Queens Gambit

0-1

63

Gaudenci Delacruz

2009

11/21

Sicilian-Alapin

1-0

36

Steve Svoboda

1900

11/14

Reti

0-1

35

Joji Escoto

1995

8/8

Bird Opening

0-1

42

Paulo Santanna

2166

8/1

Sicilian - Alapin

Draw

18

Vishtasb Golshan

1895

7/25

Sicilian - Closed

0-1

34

Mihir Kumar

1851

7/18

Sicilian - Closed

0-1

30

Eric Steger

1868

7/11

Ruy Lopez

Draw

39

Michael O'Brien

1833

6/27

Reti

0-1

40

George Jeffers

1833

6/20

Sicilian - Alapin

Draw

29

Steve Svoboda

1937

5/23

Reti

0-1

56

Alex Levitan

2091

5/16

Queens Gambit

1-0

50+

Alok Singh

1875

5/9

Owens Defence

1-0

37

Ray Fergerson

1937

5/2

Sicilian - Rossilimo

Draw

28

Chris Waroff

1887

4/25

Petroff

1-0

21

George Jeffers

1809

1/31

Sicilian - Kupreichik

0-1

25

Ray Fergerson

1955

1/17

Ruy Lopez

1-0

58

Felix Hernandez-Campos

1956

1/10

Sicilian - Alapin

Draw

26

James Bennett

1818

1/3

Semi Tarrasch

0-1

43

 

 

2012 Games with Notes

Opponent

Rating

Date

Opening

Result

Moves

Gaudenci Delacruz

2000

12/22

French

1-0

26

Rayan Taghizadeh

1986

12/22

San Jose Defense

0-1

42

Alex Kourotttchenko

1872

12/13

Queens Gambit Dec.

0-1

30

Ray Fergerson

1943

12/6

Ruy Lopez

1-0

44

Joji Escoto

2023

8/9

San Jose Defense

0-1

27

Praveen Narayanan

2039

8/2

French

1-0

29

Alex Levitan

2105

7/26

Modern

Draw

44

Milosz Zielinski

UNR

7/19

San Jose Defense

0-1

40

Paul Savage

1760

7/12

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

18

Raphael Yelluas

1767

6/28

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

26

Richard Hatarik

2164

6/24

Ruy Lopez

1-0

11

Michael Wang

1977

6/24

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

23

Dharim Bacus

2307

6/23

San Jose Defense

0-1

22

Pranav Nagarajan

1941

6/23

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

80

Charles Tang

1850

6/21

San Jose Defense

Draw

30

George Mandrusov

2033

6/14

Pirc

1-0

36

George Mandrusov

2033

6/14

English

1-0

42

Lev Feldman

2040

6/7

Caro Kann

0-1

21

Lev Feldman

2040

6/7

French

Draw

51

Praveen Narayanan

2017

5/31

Dutch

0-1

42

Praveen Narayanan

2017

5/31

Caro Kann

1-0

100+

Steve Svoboda

1983

5/24

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

59

Praveen Narayanan

2010

5/12

Caro Kann

0-1

50+

Kesav Viswanadha

2148

5/12

San Jose Defense

0-1

39

Michael Da Cruz

2035

5/12

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

25

Paulo Santanna

2141

5/10

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

34

J L DeJong

2014

5/3

Pirc

0-1

64

Alex Kourotttchenko

1900

4/26

Ruy Lopez

1-0

28

Colin Chow

2077

2/19

French

Draw

42

Praveen Narayanan

1984

2/19

Caro Kann

1-0

29

Ken Arnold

2348

2/18

Irregular QP

Draw

22

Nathan Porter

1662

2/18

French

1-0

42

Felix Hernandez-Campos

1982

2/2

Irregular QP

0-1

63

Steve Svoboda

1988

1/26

Kings Indian Attack

0-1

28

Cihan Baran

1905

1/12

San Jose Defense

0-1

27

Alex Kourotttchenko

1937

1/5

Ruy Lopez

1-0

30

Milos Pavlovic

2593

1/2

Benko Gambit

1-0

51

Richard Yi

1914

1/2

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

44

Michael Da Cruz

2000

1/1

San Jose Defense

0-1

33

Nicholas Karas

2108

1/1

O’Kelly Sicilian

1-0

14

Michael Yang

1943

1/1

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

50

 

2011 Games with Notes

Opponent

Rating

Date

Opening

Result

Moves

Lev Feldman

2007

12/15

French

1-0

47

Lev Feldman

2007

12/15

Benko Gambit

0-1

23

Steve Svoboda

1996

12/8

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

40

Steve Svoboda

1996

12/8

Reti

0-1

32

J L DeJong

2022

12/1

Irregular Q-Pawn

0-1

56

J L DeJong

2022

12/1

French

1-0

50

Steve Svoboda

1901

9/22

Sicilian - Alapin

Draw

22

Frisco Del Rosario

2071

9/15

Irregular Q-Pawn

Draw

29

Cihan Baran

1921

9/8

San Jose Defense

0-1

27

James Bennett

1855

8/25

Benko Gambit

0-1

38

ANONYMOUS

1958

8/18

French – Fort Knox

1-0

13

Hunter Klotz-Burwell

1858

8/6

San Jose Defense

0-1

40

Rahul Swaminathan

1374

8/6

San Jose Defense

0-1

31

Jeffrey Tao

1788

7/24

San Jose Defense

0-1

30

Colin Chow

1935

7/24

San Jose Defense

0-1

46

Aditya Kumar

1924

7/23

French

1-0

36

Prashant Periwal

1855

7/21

Sicilian - Alapin

0-1

22

James Bennett

1871

7/14

Ruy Lopez

1-0

60

Salman Azhar

1500

6/30

San Jose Defense

0-1

24

Cihan Baran

1944

6/9

French

1-0

39

Ray Fergerson

1872

6/2

San Jose Defense

0-1

67

Alex Levitan

2051

5/19

Pirc

Draw

52

James Bennett

1871

5/12

San Jose Defense

0-1

24

Andre Paradela

1827

5/5

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

30

Frisco Del Rosario

2084

2/15

Ruy Neo-Steinitz

Draw

19

Eric Steger

1968

2/10

San Jose Defense

0-1

31

Frisco Del Rosario

2084

2/3

San Jose Defense

1-0

44

George Mandrusov

2046

2/1

Petroff

1-0

44

Joji Escoto

1958

1/25

Delayed Dutch

0-1

22

Joji Escoto

1958

1/25

Delayed Dutch

Draw

16

Alex Levitan

2063

1/20

Ruy Lopez Classical

1-0

40

George Jeffers

1958

1/18

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

36

Eric Steger

1968

1/13

San Jose Defense

0-1

45

Udit Iyengar

1912

1/11

San Jose Defense

0-1

45

Ray Fergerson

1858

1/6

Ruy Lopez  Berlin

1-0

31

Vignesh Panchanathan

1950

1/4

French

1-0

52

 

2010 Games with Notes

Opponent

Rating

Date

Opening

Result

Moves

Kesav Viswanadha

1970

12/21

San Jose Defense

0-1

46

Alex Levitan

2061

12/16

Benko Gambit

0-1

49

Hemang Jangle

1858

12/14

Elephant Gambit

1-0

23

J L DeJong

2011

12/9

Benoni

Draw

58

Cameron Wheeler

2021

12/7

San Jose Defense

0-1

29

Frisco Del Rosario

2093

12/2

Petroff

Draw

12

Allan Beilin

1876

11/30

French

1-0

49

Wolfgang Behm

1661

11/18

Center Game

0-1

27

Ray Fergerson

1871

11/11

Ruy Lopez Berlin

Draw

28

George Mandrusov

2065

9/2

Petroff

1-0

66

Alok Singh

1866

8/26

Reversed Slav

0-1

37

Lev Feldman

2089

7/29

French

1-0

25

Frisco Del Rosario

2093

7/22

Elephant Gambit

Draw

39

Eric Steger

1993

7/15

Four Knights

Draw

53

J L DeJong

2000

7/8

French

1-0

34

George Mandrusov

2065

6/24

English

0-1

38

Daniel Liu

2037

6/19

Elephant Gambit

Draw

15

Arjoe Loanzon

2232

6/19

Scandinavian

1-0

47

Rayan Taghizadeh

1680

6/19

Elephant Gambit

Draw

19

Daniel Steiner

1772

6/19

Ruy Lopez

1-0

54

Bruce Matzner

1801

6/17

Scandinavian

1-0

22

Arvind Sankar

1650

6/10

Elephant Gambit

0-1

40

Alex Levitan

2014

5/20

Tarrasch Defense

0-1

71

Fred Leffingwell

1754

5/13

Caro Kann

1-0

26

Felix Hernandez-Campos

1920

5/6

English

Draw

10

Romulo Fuentes

2186

5/2

Elephant Gambit

1-0

~ 20

James Kwok

1919

5/2

Elephant Gambit

0-1

25

Micah Cohan

2069

5/1

French

Draw

37

Gaudenci Delacruz

2007

5/1

Elephant Gambit

0-1

49

Aditya Kumar

1885

5/1

French

1-0

50

Ray Fergerson

1856

4/29

Ruy Lopez

Draw

33

Alex Levitan

1999

4/22

Ruy Lopez

1-0

39

Frisco Del Rosario

2105

4/15

Bird’s

Draw

15

Hunter KlotzBurwell

1704

4/10

Elephant Gambit

0-1

40

Rayan Taghizadeh

1648

4/10

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

38

Arun Giridharan

1645

4/10

Elephant Gambit

0-1

15

Charles Lin

1348

4/10

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

24

Arun Giridharan

1645

4/8

Ruy Lopez

1-0

11

Andre Paradela

1804

3/25

Elephant Gambit

0-1

60

Joji Escoto

1896

3/18

French

Draw

24

Colin Chow

1788

3/7

Pirc

Draw

53

Max Chen

1783

3/7

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

60

Samuel Sevian

2160

3/6

Pirc

1-0

35

Tanuj Vasudera

1881

3/6

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

27

George Mandrusov

2050

2/4

Ruy Lopez

1-0

43

Lev Feldman

2054

1/28

Benoni

1-0

34

David Bischel

1687

1/21

French

1-0

27

J L DeJong

1997

1/14

French

Draw

29

Alex Levitan

2019

1/7

Benoni

0-1

57

Philip Seitzer

2073

   1/3

Sicilian - Alapin

0-1

40

Yian Liou

2197

1/2

Pirc 150 Attack

1-0

~ 30

Andy Lee

2317

1/1

Ruy Lopez

0-1

30

Steven Zierck

2402

1/1

Pirc

Draw

40

 

 

2009 Games with Notes    

Opponent

Rating

Date

Opening

Result

Moves

Antonio Rabadan

1615

12/9

French

1-0

32

Bruce Matzner

1906

11/19

Scandinavian

1-0

34

Antonio Rabadan

1615

9/3

Pirc

0-1

39

Alex Kourotttchenko

1834

8/27

Double Fianchetto

1-0

39

Vishtasb Golshan

1813

8/20

Ruy Lopez

1-0

60

Alex Levitan

2028

8/6

Ruy Lopez

1-0

54

Frisco Del Rosario

2054

7/30

Modern

Draw

23

Alok Singh

1917

7/16

Queen Pawn

0-1

22

Emory Tate

2360

6/27

Pirc

1-0

21

Paul Richter

1776

6/27

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

40

Kyle Shin

1956

6/27

French

Draw

60+

Tanuj Vasudera

1821

6/27

Pirc

0-1

41

Wasim Azhar

1654

6/25

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

23

Christopher Tsai

1772

6/18

Pirc

1-0

15

Michael Lico

1667

6/11

Caro Kann

1-0

25

Gaudenci Delacruz

2000

5/28

French 

1-0

27

Bruce Matzner

1827

5/21

Scandinavian

1-0

36

Dan Burkhard

2005

5/14

Pirc

Draw

16

Steve Svoboda

1900

5/7

Sicilian - Alapin 

1-0

42

James Bennett

1713

4/30

Pirc w/o d4

0-1

53

Lev Feldman

1980

2/5

Benoni

Draw

21

George Mandrusov

1959

1/29

Ruy Lopez

1-0

23

J L DeJong

1969

1/22

Benoni   

0-1

37

Vishtasb Golshan

1830

1/15

Birmingham Defense

1-0

35

 

2008 Games with Notes                                     

Opponent

Rating

Date

Opening

Result

Moves

Bah Shimohammadi

1661

12/18

Pirc

0-1

22

Eric Steger

1861

12/4

Pirc/Benoni

1-0

55

Ricardo DeGuzman

2430

11/30

French

0-1

28

Evan Sandberg

2030

11/29

Modern

0-1

47

Michael Aigner

2276

11/29

Modern

Draw

26

Ojas Chinchwadkar

1790

11/28

French

1-0

82

Arun Giridharan

1531

11/13

French

1-0

19

Frisco Del Rosario

2022

9/25

Sicilian

1-0

25

William Johns

1780

9/18

English   ***

0-1

28

J L DeJong

2006

9/11

French

1-0

27

Richard Roubel

1884

9/4

Ruy Lopez

1-0

27

Bruce Matzner

1800

8/28

Irregular Q Pawn

0-1

29

Alex Levitan

2045

8/14

QGD Tarrasch

0-1

56

Lev Feldman

1937

7/31

Modern

1-0

42

Rohan Satha

1939

7/24

Ruy Lopez

Draw

20

Eric Steger

1879

7/17

Sicilian - Alapin

0-1

40

Serge Bierhuizen

1839

7/10

French

1-0

27

William Johns

1763

6/26

Irregular Q Pawn

0-1

39

Alok Singh

1804

6/5

Scandinavian

1-0

16

Serge Bierhuizen

1839

5/29

Sicilian - Alapin ***

0-1

24

Abdalla Kinyariro

1761

5/15

Ruy Lopez

1-0

22

Christopher Wu

1718

5/8

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

33

Alex Levitan

2011

5/1

QGD Tarrasch

1-0

51

William Johns

1740

4/24

Sicilian Dragon

0-1

52

Randolph Moore

1640

4/17

Gauss Gambit

1-0

16

Ray Fergerson

1881

2/28

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

24

Alex Levitan  

2021

2/21

Caro Kann

1-0

30

Louie Arquie

1847

2/14

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

34

Jose Chau-Lee

1741

2/7

Maroczy Bind   ***

0-1

29

Alex Levitan  

2021

1/31

Caro Kann

1-0

51

Eric De Mund

1588

1/17

Pirc Defense

0-1

20

Vishtasb Golshan

1790

1/3

Birmingham Defense

1-0

27

 

2007 Games with Notes                                                                            

Opponent

Rating

Date

Opening

Result

Moves

George Mandrusov

1889

12/13

Q G D

0-1

53

Louie Arquie

1875

12/6

Pirc    ***

0-1

13

Jose Chau-Lee

1669

11/29

Caro Kann

1-0

30

Simul Games

 

11/15

1. e4 games

 

 

Steven Zierck

1997

8/9

Sicilian

Draw

30

Alex Levitan  

2020

8/2

Caro Kann

1-0

62

Alok Singh

1840

7/26

Reti

0-1

13

Antonio Rabadan

1590

7/19

Caro Kann

1-0

30

Andrew Yeh

1627

7/12

Sicilian

0-1

30

George Mandrusov

1824

6/28

Belgrade Gambit

0-1

39

Steve Pait

1627

6/21

Semi-Slav

0-1

36

Louie Arquie  

1842

6/14

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

33

David Childress   

1753

6/7

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

17

Jose Chau-Lee

1658

5/31

Semi-Slav

0-1

36

Andre Paradela

1757

5/24

Pirc

1-0

45

Wolfgang Pieb

1707

5/17

Sicilian - Alapin

Draw

55

J L DeJong     

1900

2/1

French

1-0

31

George Mandrusov 

1665

1/25

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

24

Alok Singh

1840

1/18

English

0-1

56

Louie Arquie

1777

1/11

Modern

0-1

47

David Childress

1788

1/4

Sicilian - Alapin

Draw

44

 

2006 Games with Notes                                                                           

Opponent

Rating

Date

Opening

Result

Moves

Alex Levitan  

2045

9/14

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

66

Vishtasb Golshan

1846

8/31

Sicilian

0-1

29

Louie Arquie

1726

8/24

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

30

Bruce Matzner

1800

8/10

Alekhine

1-0

21

Frisco Del Rosario

2074

8/3

Four Knights

0-1

41

Albert Rich    

2269

7/27

Caro Kann    ***

0-1

32

J L DeJong

1900

7/20

French   ***

1-0

32

Richard Roubel

1800

7/13

Pirc

0-1

36

Alex Prazma

1735

6/29

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

18

Edward Bee

1592

6/22

Blackmar Diemer  ***

0-1

25

J L DeJong

1909

2/2

French

1-0

28

Lev Feldman

2021

1/26

1. d4 d6 2. c4 e5

Draw

54

Visbtash Golshan

1834

1/19

Sicilian - Alapin

1-0

38

Mark Kokish

1771

1/12

English

0-1

31

Alok Singh

1689

1/5

Caro Kann

1-0

50

 

2005 Games with Notes                                                                            

Opponent

Rating

Date

Opening

Result

Moves

Lev Feldman

2026

3/31

Belgrade Gambit

1-0

45

Fred Leffingwell

1724

3/24

French

1-0

26

Antonio Rabadan

1635

3/3

Dragon

0-1

41

Steve Pait

1568

2/24

Vienna Gambit

1-0

28

Visbtash Golshan

1727

2/17

4 Pawns Attack

1-0

38

J L DeJong

1905

2/10

Semi-Benoni

0-1

10

Frisco Del Rosario

2104

1/27

Pirc

0-1

34

Alex Levitan

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