|Club Secretary Don (L) and TD Ken paly a casual game at the Club.|
We had six players tonight for casual chess. And even a friendly Bughouse game broke out.
And THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the Club to become Full Members. All funds will be used for the main purpose of growing the number of chess players and the Club in general.
To work on that goal, we will have four officers for next year. Elections are a mere formality as all four ran unopposed, and your humble scribe is voting for all of them – so that ends the election excitement.
Next year hopefully we get more nominees and we can at least separate the VP and Treasurer into two positions again.
Now back to chess!
12. Bg3 Nh5?
|Position after White move 13. Qc2. Black to move.|
There is a more forcing move [although it may be hard to see for beginners] that wins material! 13. Nxd5! Now if 13. ….cxd5?? then 14. Bc7! wins the queen. And if 13. Nxg3 then 14. Nxe7+, Qxe7 15. hxg3. The moral of the story is to always your captures and checks carefully, even if they look weird at first glance.
It is difficult for the beginning player to tell which chess rule of thumb applies when. Here, the “open the file for the rook” rule is over-shadowed by the other rule of “usually capture with pawns towards the center” – and also the weakening of White’s e-pawn – which is now called a ‘backward pawn.” Notice it cannot move without capture and can’t be protected by a pawn. And it is a critical center pawn also!
15. Rce1 Bd6
17. Nxe4 Be6
20. Nf6+ Kg7
That move is ok but 21. d5! would set up a crushing discovered check with 21. ….cxd5 22. Nxe8+, Kg8 23. Qg7++. But White gets it done anyway.
22. Nf6+ Kg7