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There is a World Chess Championship going on in New York City, but you would not know it due to the lack of coverage by a media that would rather cover immature college students trying to look and feel important.
But, no fear. Search and you shall find.
Meanwhile, back at LCCC, we had six players for some casual chess on the Monday of Thanksgiving week. But we swing back into tournament action next week!
2016-2017 LCCC Action (30 minute per player / 5 sec delay optional) Tournament!
1st round on November 28 at around 6:30pm. Registration by email or at club 6 - 6.30 pm.
The other rounds are scheduled for: December 12, January 9 and January 23.
So you see, this is not an every week commitment. It is - as always - an excellent opportunity to experience 'tournament style' chess, without a ton of pressure.
LCCC welcomes players of all strengths and will help you get better - before, during and after the games!
Stop on by and check it out
Now for a look at some sharp tactical chess.
Here is a game by the Russian grandmaster chess tactics giant - Mikhail Tal - before he was a grandmaster! Here he was simply a student playing in a simultaneous exhibition against Grandmaster Ratmir Kholmov in 1949, and GM Kholmov - with White - obviously underestimated his opponent.
Notes by GM Lev Alburt with help from the computer [Igor3000].
1. c4 e6
2. Nc3 d5
3. d4 c6
4. Nf3 Nf6
5. Bg5 dxc4
6. e4 b5
7. e5 h6
8. Bxf6 .........
The one good move here is 8. Bh4 [+.5]. Perhaps Kholmov, playing in a simil, did not want to get into the long, sharp line of the Botvinnik Variation. But now Black is a pawn up and White only has partial compensation [-.2].
8. ........ gxf6
9. exf6 Bb4?!
[Black needed 9. .....Qxf6 - here and not later - to keep the small advantage. Instead +.2]
10. Be2 Qxf6
11. O-O Bxc3
12. bxc3 Nd7
13. a4 Bb7
14. Ne5? ........
[GM Alburt, without the help of a computer called White's next move the error, but it was actually this move - #14 for White - that was the blunder. White needed 14. Rb1 to keep the game close to even. Now the tactics master, Tal can get to work. (-1)].
14. ........ Nxe5
15. dxe5 ..........
[ Lets see.....I am facing one of the strongest tactical chess players that has ever played the game of chess.
He has an open file (g-file) to place a rook on to stare at my king, a bishop and queen aimed right at my king, and another rook poised to take over the d-file and harass my queen.
15. ........ Qxe5
16. Bf3 Rd8
17. Qc2 Rd3
18. axb5 Rxf3!
19. Rxa7 Qxb5
20. gxf3 Qg5+
21. Kh1 Rg8