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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Round Two of the 960 Tourney - Casual Chess Next Monday
The Lady (Queen) is the most powerful chess piece on the board.
We had two tournament games played this week. Vince V and Luke S both won their games.
Next week in the make up games it is:
Board 1: Mike N (W) vs Paul M (B)
Board 2: Zack R (W) vs Ken T (B)
For everyone else it is casual chess night! Be here and have some fun!
Now, here is a beginners game for review with general strategy
notes. Igor3000’s notes are in .
Why do beginners try to play the Sicilian Defense?
Like a flashy sports car, it is a high – performance opening, with a tendency
for it to spin out of control without a good driver. [Igorsuggests
Why not Nc3? Too many people turn the Sicilian into
a memory contest. With a ‘Closed’ variation, White steers the game into
channels where better positional understanding is at least as important as
memorized tactical sequences.
Not a bad move by Black but probably better is Ne7
and the other black knight on c6. Black can then play g6 and Bg7 for better
A tactical error, though it is buried a little deep.
Black leaves his knight on c6 without the protection of the b-pawn, and exposes
the rook on a8 to attack along the h1-a8 diagonal. It is important to look thru
intervening pieces and see that White’s bishop on g2 is threat to anything
unguarded on that diagonal. [White is up positionally the equivalent of a pawn. (1.0)]
Outstanding play! White strives to use the diagonal
White to move after Black played 10. ....Bd7?
This second mistake is a fatal one. Black mis-counts
the attacks on the c6 square and loses a full rook. It was necessary to try
10….Nxe5 11. Bxa8?, Bg4! 12. Qd2, Qxa8 and White has no time for 13. Bxe5
because of 13. ….Qxh1+ and Black gets both White rooks. [(+7.4)]
Of course White should be more modest and settle for
11. Bxe5, Bd7 12. Bxa8, Qxa8and Black
has only lost the exchange. Regrettable, but Black could still play on with
more hope for a reversal of fortunes.
Good moves are hard to find for Black in such a bad
position. White will exploit this weakening of the King-side.
[Perhaps 17. ...Bd4, hoping to be able to play 18. .....f5! winning the knight because if it moves, Black's rook can take White's queen!]
White simultaneously strikes the knight on d7 and pins the g-pawn as you will see.
[Of course the bishop cannot be captured because the Black King would be in check.]