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Monday, April 27, 2015
Monday 042715 Had 13 Players and a Beginner's Corner
There is nothing better than chess with friends.
We had an 'average' crowd at the club tonight. We had some casual games, a small speed Ladder tournament, a 960 match and some chess lessons. We do it all at LCCC.
We had three new players and a past player return tonight. Welcome Ted H, Gavin S and Dawson S and hello to the returning Swen S.
Here is a game submitted by a chess student
of LCCC - and a fellow classmate of Ted H. It’s not important which side Trevor played. What is important are the
lessons within. Enjoy.
Not the best
opening move for White unless White knows what he is doing. Although three of
White’s next four moves are correct for following up this first move by
correctly fighting for the center of the board.
3.Na3 ? c5
“A knight on
the rim if grim”. Knights belong in the center where they control more squares.
up his King side for no reason. Developing a knight to either c6 or f6 keeps
Black in the lead positionally.
normally a good idea, but not here for three reasons. 1) White is castling
where he has advanced his pawns so the king is not as protected. Those big
pieces around him will be leaving to do battle and he will be all alone. 2)
Black just took a pawn and White needed to recover it with Nxc4. (3) Now Black
can capture another pawn and really strip away the cover from in front of
White’s king with 6. …..cxb3, but Black missed that move.
making the mistake of making silly pawn moves instead of developing his pieces
or winning material.
More weakening Black
pawn moves. White is way ahead positionally! His king is safer, his pieces are
better developed and Black’s pawns are easy targets if White concentrates on
9. Nfxe5! Bg7
10. d4! Where Black’s queen is indirectly under attack from White’s nicely
developed rook on d1.
move was to prevent that strong pawn move, but he left himself open to a loss
of material after 11. Nxc6, bxc6 12. Bxg7!
But White missed this.
White wins a
free bishop with 14. Bxg7!
winning the position battle until that move that lost material. White has
wasted moves and allowed Black to develop his pieces by capturing White’s
better developed pieces. Now Black is ahead material (a bishop for a rook) and
has the better position.
White to make move #19.
White has a
great pin with 19. Ba3! Then White might get to play 20. Nb7+!! Winning Black’s
queen because the king is in check by the bishop. If Black moves his king, the
knight takes the queen. If Black blocks with his queen, the bishop simply takes
his bishop to a square where it is unprotected and Black sweeps it up two moves
later. White is down the equivalent of a queen right now between material and
22.Ba6 ? Rh7
another piece in danger to protect his knight that was in danger.
24.Re1 ? Qb6!
Black wins the material. White needed to let the knight escape with Nc5 in any
of his last three moves.
gives up his bishop.
correctly counters aggression with aggression!
33.Qe2 ?? g4?
allowing White counter attacks that luckily for him White keeps missing. 34.
Qxg4+ gives White some fighting possibilities to win material or check Black’s
king all over the board.
missed the crushing 33. ….Rxh2!! If 34. Qxh2 then Rd1++!