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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Monday 083115 – Different Room, Same Good Time
Seven players met tonight on the meeting before the Michigan
Open. Some of us were getting a little practice before the BIG GAMES.
There is a TEAM competition at the Michigan Open and LCCC
will have a presence. Currently it’s been confirmed we have 4 players signed up
– which is what is needed as a minimum. We might have more enter as many
players are making up their minds at the last minute. I’ve been there myself.
The Team Competition is for the top 4 scores for each club
are added up to see which team played the best in the event. It’s a little
tournament within the tournament – always a nice side event to follow.
Well even if you don’t enter the Michigan Open, you should
stop by and check out the chess action. The tournament will be at the Causeway
Bay Hotel, 6820 South Cedar St., Lansing, MI 48911. It will run from Friday
evening September 4 thru Monday afternoon September 7. Stop on by.
Now Scott M - playing Black - gives us a lesson on how to punish an opponent
with a ‘bad’ bishop.
White to move.
We pick it up here after a pretty even opening:
13. N4f3 b5
White's first misstep. (-1.2) Not aggressive enough. Better was 14. c4, bxc4 15. bxc4, Qb6 16. Bd4, Qa6 17. cxd5, Nxd5 18. e4, Rxe1 19. Qxc1, Rc8 (-.2).
White makes a comeback by getting rid of Black's well placed knight (-.4).
White is back down a pawn positionally (-1). Correct was 19. Nb3 and heading for c5!
19. ...... Bxf1
White is trying to mix it up when he is the equivalent of a piece down with his buried bishop (-1.7). And if Black would have played 23. .....Bf6, White is stuck with doubled pawns or the loss of the c-pawn. But Black attacks the e-pawn instead (-1.3).
White to move after 32. ....h5
This game is a perfect example of a "bad bishop" versus a good knight. Scott brings this slight advantage into the WIN column beautifully (-1.4).
35. Kg2?! Kf7
36. Kh3?! Kg6
37. Kg2? g4
( -3.2) White is trying to keep the position closed for a draw. That is the wrong plan. His biggest problem is that he has no space. 37. fxg5 was needed.
Beautiful execution of an endgame advantage by Scott M.