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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Summer 960 Tournament Starts With 14 Players and a Bang!
Everyone wants to see how a 960 game plays out!
Just because the tournament started, doesn’t mean you can’t
play the first round. This tournament is running each round for two weeks! We
know it is summer and people have other activities to get in. So you only have
to show up every other week to play your round – if you want or need to.
On the weeks you don’t have a round, the Club will still
have the Ladder Tournament, casual games and lessons going on. So stop on by
any Monday night for a fun night of chess.
Now for the bang! There was one big upset in the
tournament’s first round. The winners in the first round were Ken T, Gene M,
Mike N, Luke S, Luigi and Paul M. Nice job guys.
But the slight shocker was the win by Zach Romeos over his
much higher rated opponent!
Fischer Random or Chess 960 is a variation of chess where
the back rank pieces are randomly placed on the board. A couple things are
certain in this type of chess; One is that the regular chess openings theory
does you no good, and Two - White hass an even bigger advantage at the start in most
of the position, than in regular chess. Black is usually on his heels right away.
Zach did have the White pieces in this game. That being
said, lets watch how this upset unfolded.
The position started as Position 501 (yes, someone actually numbered all 960 of them) – which starting from
left to right has the pieces NBRNKRBQ. And the game when as follows:
Black is building a strong center. Always a good idea in
standard chess. Black is a very strong opening player in regular chess and wants to get
to familiar territory.
White to make move No. 11
The first ten moves are over and the game is essentially
even. Black cannot castle and his king is exposed, but for compensation, he
does have the stronger center and more active bishops. According to Fritz,
Black stands slightly better at (-.11). This is big for Black as in 960 chess, White has an even bigger starting advantage with the first move since he can sometimes attack an unprotected pawn right away.
White instinctively realizes he needs to trade the piece for two
of the center pawns or get smothered by them. There were other move options - but this option gives White some play, rather than being on the defensive against a strong opponent.
Black has improved his lead to (-.77) as his more active
pieces are stronger than White’s two center pawns. But he has to get active
with them and his Queen out of the corner and into the game….with g6.
Looks natural and right, but not so. It leaves his pieces outgunned with
the White Lady dominating the board. The lead evaporates and the game is dead
even - after White’s best next move.
Blocks the rook from helping defend the King. Re7 was
preferred by Fritz.
White has a (+2.5) advantage with that best move. Other options of decent moves lessens the lead to less than half that - around (+.9).
White continues to make the strongest move and Black…..not
so much. Ra8 to hide the rook from attack was needed. It’s looking bleak for
Black is essentially a Queen down because His Lady is entombed in the corner.
Black did not like the looks of 21. ….Ne6, 22. Bxe6, Re8 23.
Bxf7+, Kxf7 24. Rf1, h5 25. Ne5+, Kg8 26. Qd7, Re7 27. Qc8+, Kh7 28. Qf5+, Kg8
Great game Zach R!
If you have never played Fischer Random / Chess 960, you are
missing a fun time at the chess board. Come on out on Monday and check it out.