Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Kids Night 011117 - Eight Players, and Casual Chess 091817, the Same

Nice numbers for two nice late summer nights. But the REAL chess season will be here soon. Hopefully we will see bigger crowds when it is more fun to be indoors than out.

The next Kid's Night will be Monday October 9th, 2017 - but everyone is welcome any Monday night for casual chess.

Now, for your enjoyment is a splendid game played in the 13th Chess Olympiad (2003) qualifying round.

John Edwards (2550) - playing White - needed a victory to move the United States on to the next round.

We pick the game up after John played 11. Bb3.

So far the game has gone along the 'book' lines of the French Defense - Classical System - Alekhine-Chatard Attack.
In a game played earlier that year, Anand-Bareev, Wijk aan Zee Tournament, saw a premature draw after 11. ...15, 12. Bc4, c6 13. Kb1, Qc7 14. h4 and 1/2-1/2.

If - like most people - you skipped past the last note, don't worry. This game is more exciting than that note.

11. ......         c6
12. Qf4        b5
13. h4          Ra7
14. Neg5     Nf6
15. c3          Qc7
16. Ne5         c5
17. Bc2         cxd4
18. Qxd4       Bc5
19. Qf4         Bd6
20. Rxd6       Qxd6
A remarkable decision. John Edwards knows the USA needs a win and decides to open the game up. He sacrifices the exchange to get agile minor piece play against clumsy and cramped rooks. John hopes to out-play his opponent from here on out. Igor3000 has White behind by only  (-.6) instead of a full 2 pawns.

21. Rd1         Qc7
22. Qe3         Rb7
23. f4            b4
24. c4           Qa5
25. Nc6        Qc7
Black cannot pocket the a-pawn because after 25. .....Qxa2 26. Bb3, Qa1+ 27. Kc2, Qxd1 28. Kxd1  and White is winning (+4.5)!

26. Ne5        Qa5
27. Kb1       .........

Position after White played 27. Kb1

John Edwards has ice water in his veins. He rejects any move repetition silent draw offer from Black and presses on for a win in an even position - while down material! Black's position is cramped

27. ........       Rd8
28. Bd3        Re8
29. g4           g6?
Black finally begins to crack and John doesn't waste the opportunity. Black needed to play 29. ....Rf8, but moving out of the center doesn't feel or look right. (+1.4).

30. h5           b3
31. a3           Rc7
32. Ngxf7     Rxf7?!
33. hxg6       Rg7?
Black delivers two stinkers in a row and now it is all downhill. 33. ....hxg6 34. Bxg6, Rg7 35. Bxe8, Nxe8 36. Qxb3 was needed for (+2.4) instead of (+3.4) pawn lead for White. John presses on to victory for the USA.

34. g5           Nd7
35. gxh7+     Kh8
36. Ng6+      Rxg6
37. Bxg6       Re7
38. Ka1!     ........

Position after 38. Ka1!

In the BC (before computers) days of chess analysis, this move was given an (!) as a neat defensive play and the correct road to victory (+4.4 pawns up).

But, Igor3000 found a (+4.7) starting with 38. Qxb3, Nf8 39. Be4, Rxh7 40. Bxh7, Kxh7.

38. ......          e5
39. Bb1         Qd8
40. f5            Qf8
41. Rg1         Rg7
42. f6            Nxf6
43. Rf1         Re7
44. gxf6       Black resigns

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kids Night - Monday Sept. 11 2017, and more of the Prince of Bizarre

We have our regular Kids Night this coming Monday!

We had casual chess the last two Mondays also, and some of the kids attended those nights also. Everyone is welcome every Monday, but Monday #2 of each month is Kid's Night.

See you this Monday at 6pm!

Let's give you a puzzle to solve to prepare you for Monday:

And as a bonus, we will give you a 'Correct' for either winning move.

One is much stronger than the other, but either will work.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Great Kids Night on 8/14 and fun Casual Night on 082117 - And Chess Composers

LCCC had a night ten kid turnout on their night, with 6 other 'older' kids in attendance.

Then casual night had five members arrive to greet our newest member; Richard. Great to have you here.

Stay tuned for live reports from the Indianapolis Open as LCCC has some players making the trip. Live tournament feeds are always fun to see.

Now some chess history from GM Andrew Soltis:

The great chess (problem) composers led some interesting lives.
Wolfgang Pauly discovered a comet.
Alexei Troitsky was a Chief Forester in a remote Russian region.
Milan Vukcevic was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in chemistry.
Henri Rinck refined olive oil.
William Shipman was city clerk of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
And Otto Titusz Blathy of Hungary is considered the father of the electrical transformer and the alternating current electric motor.

Otto Blathy is also the "Crown Prince of Bizarre Chess Problems."
If you never heard of Blathy or if you hate chess problems - keep reading. He composed problems and studies for people who didn't care for either.

Take a look at this one.

Remember White is playing from the bottom of the diagram.

In other words it is White's move and he can promote on the next move.

White to checkmate in five moves!

 Find it.

If you don't - think about this:
My chess computer - Igor3000 - has been crunching away for 5 minutes and is 30-ply deep (60 half moves) and has not found the solution.

Elementary my dear Dr. Blathy for us humans. Elementary.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5,575 Kids Play at the Chess K-12 Super Nationals - Our Kid's Night is This Monday!

The Scholastic K-12 Super Nationals held their 20th tournament at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

The record setting number of children (5,575) playing in this event shows that chess is alive and well with the newest generation in our nation.

Any why not! Its fun, inexpensive, every game is different and the benefits to minds - both young and old - are well documented.

There are local kids tournaments fairly often.

As a matter of fact, there is a K-12 tournament on

Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at
  All The King’s Men Chess Supplies
  26640 Gratiot Avenue
  Roseville, MI 48066

The entry fee is $25 or $30 at the door. Current MCA (Michigan Chess Association and USCF membership is also required. 
Give them a call at 586-558-4790 or 248-890-9039 or 248-761-7123 
or email to  allthekingsmench @ aol .com

But there is a way to play chess with other kids for free.

There is a way to practice for the tournament listed above or any tournament - for free.
There is a way to learn tournament chess etiquette, learn to record your game, learn to use a chess clock and learn to handle it all and play great chess - for free.

Or kids can come in and get lessons on any aspect of the game - for free.

Stop on by with your younger chess players in tow to the Club this Monday at 6pm to 8pm. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Remember - Next Kid's Night August 14th!

Telephone chess. Thank God for the internet!
Our club is open every Monday night except on holidays or when schools are closed for weather during the school year.

We don't have that issue in the summer.

Stop by any Monday for a fun evening of casual chess.

 Or have a lesson or game review if you want one. There is always someone willing to help you.

Here is an interesting finish to a game played by members at the club:

We pick up the action after a misstep by Black with 15. .....d4?

White is in control with the extra pawn, the bishop pair and better rook play available. Black has only a semi-passed pawn and a better pawn structure.

Holding for a draw seems to be in order. Trading off one of your assets is not a good plan.

White is up by +2.5 pawns at this juncture, by factoring in his positional clout also.

White's best play now is to attack with 16. f5 or b4.

16. exd4       Qxd4
17. Qxd4      Bxd4
18. c3           Bc5
19. b4           Bb6
20. f5?          ...........

Too aggressive now by White without his queen, Bringing in more troops with 20. Rad1 was stronger. (White up +1.5).

20. .....        Ne7
21. c4         h5
22. Bh3      Rfe8
23. Bh4?     .......

White continues to attack without all of his army. 23. Rad1 is screaming to be played. White's lead is shrinking (+1) as we are positionally even.

23. ......      Rac8??

This looks best for Black's position, but it gives White a tactical shot.
Black was looking at what move best helped his position and not at what his opponent might have in response to it.
This 'dropping of our guard' happens many times after just getting out of trouble. Sometimes after just getting out of a little fix, we step into a big one.
Needed was 23. ......Rad8 24. Rad1, c5 25. Rxd8, Bxd8 (+1.1 instead of +4.5 as it stands now.)

24. Bxe7!      Rxe7
25. f6            Re6
26. Bxe6       fxe6
27. Rad1       Resigns

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday 072417 - Casual Chess

Again readers, sorry for the delay in posting.

The Club is still rolling along. Summer is a little slower with outdoor activities and vacations. But we still have some players showing up to enjoy the air conditioning during the hot chess action.

Here are a couple puzzles to keep your brain moving in the summer heat!

The first one is easier than the second one!

Black to move. What is the best move?

White to move. What is the best move?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

062617 Monday - Evening of Casual Chess - We are Closed July 3!

A fun night at the chess club this Monday.
And unfortunately, we will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday on Monday July 3rd.

We will return on Monday July 10 at 6pm for our always popular Kid's Night!
If you have a young one - or are young at heart - bring them or yourself by the club for a fun night of chess. Many opponents of all skill levels and ages will be there, and free lessons are available for all those interested.
See you Monday!

Now here is a great win by our own Paul Mills in the Michigan Amateur Championship. He wins against a player rated 600 points higher than him - and with Black!
White makes a standard looking - and very wrong - reply against the French Defense and pays the price. Paul is able to hang on against the higher rated player's onslaught to claim the victory.

[C07: French Tarrasch: 3...c5, 4 Ngf3 and 4 exd5 Qxd5]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.e5 Ne4 [last book move]

7.Nxe4 [7.Be2!?= should not be overlooked]

7...dxe4³ 8.Ng5 cxd4 9.cxd4?? [¹9.Bb5 saving the game 9...Bd7 10.Nxe4 Nxe5 11.Qb3³] But now Paul takes a four pawn lead in the game! (-4.1)

9...Bb4+–+ 10.Bd2 Qxg5 11.Bxb4 Nxb4 12.Qa4+? [12.Bb5+ Nc6 13.Bxc6+ bxc6–+] White continues to sink (-5).

12...Nc6 13.h4 Qd8 14.Bb5 0–0 15.Bxc6 bxc6 16.Qxc6 Bd7 [16...Qxd4!? makes it even easier for Black 17.0–0 Rb8 18.b3–+] (-4.4)

17.Qxe4 Qa5+ 18.Kf1 Bb5+ 19.Kg1 Qa6 [19...Rfd8!? makes it easier for Black 20.Kh2–+] Paul is slowly eroding his advantage (-2.5).

20.h5 h6 21.Rh3 f5? [21...Rac8!? 22.Ra3 Qb6 23.Rg3–+] Now the game is close to even (-.5). Paul is only up a half-pawn.
White to make move 22

22.exf6µ Qc6 23.Qxc6 Bxc6 24.fxg7 Rf6 25.Rc1 Bd5 26.Rg3 Rf5 27.Rh3?[27.b3!?µ] White starts to break down again as he is already in time trouble (-1.8).

27...Rg5 28.f3 Rxg7? [28...Bxa2 29.b4–+] That move seemed better but it was not (-1). But White also blunders by not saving the a-pawn (-2).

29.Kf2 Bxa2–+ 30.g4? [¹30.Rg3–+ was needed.] (-3)

30...Bd5 31.Rg3 [31.Kg3 Rf7–+]

31...Rb8 32.Rc2 a5 33.f4 Rb4 [33...Rgb7 might be the shorter path 34.b4 axb4 35.Re3–+]

34.g5 Rf7 35.Rc8+? [35.Rg4 Rfb7 36.gxh6+ Kh7 37.Rg7+ Kxh6 38.Rxb7 Bxb7–+] (-3.4)

35...Kg7 36.gxh6+ Kh7 37.Ke3 Rxb2 38.Rg7+ Rxg7 39.hxg7 Kxg7 40.Rc5 [40.Rc7+ does not help much 40...Kf6 41.h6 Rh2–+] (-5)

40...Rb3+ [¹40...a4 and Black can already relax 41.h6+ Kxh6 42.Ra5 Rb3+ 43.Kd2–+]

41.Kd2 Rf3 [41...a4!? keeps an even firmer grip 42.h6+ Kxh6 43.f5–+]

42.Rxa5 Rxf4 43.Ke3 [43.Kc3 doesn't change the outcome of the game 43...Kh6–+]

43...Rh4 44.Ra7+ Kh6 45.Rd7 Rxh5     0–1
and White runs out of time.