Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Great Kids Night on 8/14 and fun Casual Night on 082117 - And Chess Composers

LCCC had a night ten kid turnout on their night, with 6 other 'older' kids in attendance.

Then casual night had five members arrive to greet our newest member; Richard. Great to have you here.

Stay tuned for live reports from the Indianapolis Open as LCCC has some players making the trip. Live tournament feeds are always fun to see.

Now some chess history from GM Andrew Soltis:

The great chess (problem) composers led some interesting lives.
Wolfgang Pauly discovered a comet.
Alexei Troitsky was a Chief Forester in a remote Russian region.
Milan Vukcevic was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in chemistry.
Henri Rinck refined olive oil.
William Shipman was city clerk of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
And Otto Titusz Blathy of Hungary is considered the father of the electrical transformer and the alternating current electric motor.

Otto Blathy is also the "Crown Prince of Bizarre Chess Problems."
If you never heard of Blathy or if you hate chess problems - keep reading. He composed problems and studies for people who didn't care for either.

Take a look at this one.

Remember White is playing from the bottom of the diagram.

In other words it is White's move and he can promote on the next move.

White to checkmate in five moves!

 Find it.

If you don't - think about this:
My chess computer - Igor3000 - has been crunching away for 5 minutes and is 30-ply deep (60 half moves) and has not found the solution.

Elementary my dear Dr. Blathy for us humans. Elementary.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5,575 Kids Play at the Chess K-12 Super Nationals - Our Kid's Night is This Monday!

The Scholastic K-12 Super Nationals held their 20th tournament at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

The record setting number of children (5,575) playing in this event shows that chess is alive and well with the newest generation in our nation.

Any why not! Its fun, inexpensive, every game is different and the benefits to minds - both young and old - are well documented.

There are local kids tournaments fairly often.

As a matter of fact, there is a K-12 tournament on

Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at
  All The King’s Men Chess Supplies
  26640 Gratiot Avenue
  Roseville, MI 48066

The entry fee is $25 or $30 at the door. Current MCA (Michigan Chess Association and USCF membership is also required. 
Give them a call at 586-558-4790 or 248-890-9039 or 248-761-7123 
or email to  allthekingsmench @ aol .com

But there is a way to play chess with other kids for free.

There is a way to practice for the tournament listed above or any tournament - for free.
There is a way to learn tournament chess etiquette, learn to record your game, learn to use a chess clock and learn to handle it all and play great chess - for free.

Or kids can come in and get lessons on any aspect of the game - for free.

Stop on by with your younger chess players in tow to the Club this Monday at 6pm to 8pm. 





Sunday, August 6, 2017

Remember - Next Kid's Night August 14th!

Telephone chess. Thank God for the internet!
Our club is open every Monday night except on holidays or when schools are closed for weather during the school year.

We don't have that issue in the summer.

Stop by any Monday for a fun evening of casual chess.

 Or have a lesson or game review if you want one. There is always someone willing to help you.

Here is an interesting finish to a game played by members at the club:

We pick up the action after a misstep by Black with 15. .....d4?

White is in control with the extra pawn, the bishop pair and better rook play available. Black has only a semi-passed pawn and a better pawn structure.

Holding for a draw seems to be in order. Trading off one of your assets is not a good plan.

White is up by +2.5 pawns at this juncture, by factoring in his positional clout also.

White's best play now is to attack with 16. f5 or b4.

16. exd4       Qxd4
17. Qxd4      Bxd4
18. c3           Bc5
19. b4           Bb6
20. f5?          ...........

Too aggressive now by White without his queen, Bringing in more troops with 20. Rad1 was stronger. (White up +1.5).

20. .....        Ne7
21. c4         h5
22. Bh3      Rfe8
23. Bh4?     .......

White continues to attack without all of his army. 23. Rad1 is screaming to be played. White's lead is shrinking (+1) as we are positionally even.

23. ......      Rac8??

This looks best for Black's position, but it gives White a tactical shot.
Black was looking at what move best helped his position and not at what his opponent might have in response to it.
This 'dropping of our guard' happens many times after just getting out of trouble. Sometimes after just getting out of a little fix, we step into a big one.
Needed was 23. ......Rad8 24. Rad1, c5 25. Rxd8, Bxd8 (+1.1 instead of +4.5 as it stands now.)

24. Bxe7!      Rxe7
25. f6            Re6
26. Bxe6       fxe6
27. Rad1       Resigns





Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday 072417 - Casual Chess

Again readers, sorry for the delay in posting.

The Club is still rolling along. Summer is a little slower with outdoor activities and vacations. But we still have some players showing up to enjoy the air conditioning during the hot chess action.

Here are a couple puzzles to keep your brain moving in the summer heat!

The first one is easier than the second one!

Black to move. What is the best move?





White to move. What is the best move?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

062617 Monday - Evening of Casual Chess - We are Closed July 3!

A fun night at the chess club this Monday.
And unfortunately, we will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday on Monday July 3rd.

We will return on Monday July 10 at 6pm for our always popular Kid's Night!
If you have a young one - or are young at heart - bring them or yourself by the club for a fun night of chess. Many opponents of all skill levels and ages will be there, and free lessons are available for all those interested.
See you Monday!

Now here is a great win by our own Paul Mills in the Michigan Amateur Championship. He wins against a player rated 600 points higher than him - and with Black!
White makes a standard looking - and very wrong - reply against the French Defense and pays the price. Paul is able to hang on against the higher rated player's onslaught to claim the victory.


[C07: French Tarrasch: 3...c5, 4 Ngf3 and 4 exd5 Qxd5]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.e5 Ne4 [last book move]

7.Nxe4 [7.Be2!?= should not be overlooked]

7...dxe4³ 8.Ng5 cxd4 9.cxd4?? [¹9.Bb5 saving the game 9...Bd7 10.Nxe4 Nxe5 11.Qb3³] But now Paul takes a four pawn lead in the game! (-4.1)

9...Bb4+–+ 10.Bd2 Qxg5 11.Bxb4 Nxb4 12.Qa4+? [12.Bb5+ Nc6 13.Bxc6+ bxc6–+] White continues to sink (-5).

12...Nc6 13.h4 Qd8 14.Bb5 0–0 15.Bxc6 bxc6 16.Qxc6 Bd7 [16...Qxd4!? makes it even easier for Black 17.0–0 Rb8 18.b3–+] (-4.4)

17.Qxe4 Qa5+ 18.Kf1 Bb5+ 19.Kg1 Qa6 [19...Rfd8!? makes it easier for Black 20.Kh2–+] Paul is slowly eroding his advantage (-2.5).

20.h5 h6 21.Rh3 f5? [21...Rac8!? 22.Ra3 Qb6 23.Rg3–+] Now the game is close to even (-.5). Paul is only up a half-pawn.
White to make move 22

22.exf6µ Qc6 23.Qxc6 Bxc6 24.fxg7 Rf6 25.Rc1 Bd5 26.Rg3 Rf5 27.Rh3?[27.b3!?µ] White starts to break down again as he is already in time trouble (-1.8).

27...Rg5 28.f3 Rxg7? [28...Bxa2 29.b4–+] That move seemed better but it was not (-1). But White also blunders by not saving the a-pawn (-2).

29.Kf2 Bxa2–+ 30.g4? [¹30.Rg3–+ was needed.] (-3)

30...Bd5 31.Rg3 [31.Kg3 Rf7–+]

31...Rb8 32.Rc2 a5 33.f4 Rb4 [33...Rgb7 might be the shorter path 34.b4 axb4 35.Re3–+]

34.g5 Rf7 35.Rc8+? [35.Rg4 Rfb7 36.gxh6+ Kh7 37.Rg7+ Kxh6 38.Rxb7 Bxb7–+] (-3.4)

35...Kg7 36.gxh6+ Kh7 37.Ke3 Rxb2 38.Rg7+ Rxg7 39.hxg7 Kxg7 40.Rc5 [40.Rc7+ does not help much 40...Kf6 41.h6 Rh2–+] (-5)

40...Rb3+ [¹40...a4 and Black can already relax 41.h6+ Kxh6 42.Ra5 Rb3+ 43.Kd2–+]

41.Kd2 Rf3 [41...a4!? keeps an even firmer grip 42.h6+ Kxh6 43.f5–+]

42.Rxa5 Rxf4 43.Ke3 [43.Kc3 doesn't change the outcome of the game 43...Kh6–+]

43...Rh4 44.Ra7+ Kh6 45.Rd7 Rxh5     0–1
and White runs out of time.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sorry - Life Got in the Way of Chess Posting - 061917

Tom considers his next move in tournament action.
Readers, your humble scribe needs to apologize for the lack of articles lately. Life, work vacation, and a cold all got in the way of chess writing.

But......the Club has been moving right along. We had another Kid's night which brought us another five new members! That brought the total number of players to 17!

Our next Kid's Night is July 10. It is a great opportunity for kids to meet and play other kids! If we can get some commitment for regular attendance, LCCC would like to offer a free chess tournament with prizes for all. See club officers for details.

We will let the public know if we can be open on July 3 for a regular club night. Everyone is welcome on those nights also!

1. d4           d5
2. e3           c6
3. Bd3        Nf6
4. Ne2        Bg4
5. f3           Bh5
6. Ng3        Bg6
7. O-O       Bxd3
8. Qxd3      e6
9. Nd2        Qc7
10. c4         Bd6
11. f4          Nbd7
12. Nf3       c5
13. cxd5      c4
Black threatens to win material with 14. ....c4xd3.

14. Qc2       exd5
15. Ne5       O-O
White to make move 16.

The game is even at this point. White might have considered 15. e4, dxe4 16. Nxe4.

16. Nf5        Ne4
Black's position is more active. White should have tried 16. Bd2. For Black, 16. ....Nxe5? is seductive, however 17. fxe5, Bxe5 18. dxe5 and White would be up (+2.3).

17. Nxd6     Qxd6
For Black, maybe the natural is better 17. ....Nxd6  18. b3, f6 19. Nxd7, Qxd7 20. Ba3 (-.6). Instead Black is up a half-pawn (-.5).

18. Nxc4     Qc7
19. Na3       Qxc2
20. Nxc2     Nb4
21. Nb4       Ndf6
According to Igor3000, the game is even - with perfect play. But for us mortals it looks like Black's king is safer and White's position is cramped. Cramped positions usually lead to mistakes as the player tries to get some room and counterplay.

22. Nd3        Rc2
23. Ne5?      Rfc8
White ignores the peril of the invasion of his second rank (-1).

24. g4??       Re2
Black's lead now is a killer (-4). White goes after counter play when his king screams for defense with 24. Nd3.

25. g5            Rcc2
26. Nf3          Ng4
27. Bd2?        Nxd2
It doesn't matter at this point but 27. Ne1 was much better (-10).

28. Rac1        Nxf3+
29. White resigns

Friday, May 26, 2017

Bobby Fischer – Genius and Mental Illness Explained

Regina and Hans-Gerhardt Fischer in Russia
By the way, another great night of casual chess at LCCC on 052217. We welcome another new member to LCCC. Great to have you here, Tony.

Bobby Fischer's mental instability was due to both genetic traits and family dynamics.



Bobby Fischer’s Jewish mother, Regina Fischer spoke at least six languages (English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese) fluently and was brilliant……but a paranoid schizophrenic. She had studied medicine in Moscow during the Stalin era, and was very outspoken on political/social issues in the United States. She was always under the watch of the FBI, so some of her paranoia was warranted. The FBI was concerned that she could be a Russian spy.

Her German and Jewish husband, Hans-Gerhardt Fischer, was a devout communist and was denied entry into the US, eventually settled in  Santiago, Chile. That is when her relationship with a Jewish Hungarian scientist, mathematician and suspected communist, Paul F. Nemenyi, began, and that probably did not help her situation either. Nemenyi was Bobby Fischer's real father, and who was not listed on the birth certificate. Hans-Gerhardt Fischer was.

1942 found Regina Fischer in Denver, Colorado which was only just a stopping place for a restless woman who couldn't settle on a permanent home. She was taking classes at the University of Denver and working at a company that made chicken incubators. At 29, Regina had already lived in eight other cities and four other countries. This was her ninth job and her sixth university.  She was the mother of 5-year-old girl Joan and she was alone.

Bobby Fischer (left) and Paul Nemenyi
This is when Paul Nemenyi appeared.  Nemenyi was 47, a Hungarian refugee and a theoretical engineer teaching at a nearby college. He made $165 a month, was an animal-rights supporter and refused to wear wool.  He walked around in winter with his pajamas sticking out from underneath his clothes.

Still, he had a compelling mind. "He was smart, very, very smart," recalls Charlotte Truesdell, who worked at a research laboratory with Nemenyi in the '40s. "He had a strange kind of memory. He remembered things by their shapes."

Regina was the daughter of a Polish dress cutter who had moved to the United States with his family while she was a baby and she returned to Europe as a young adult and studied medicine.  She lived in Berlin in the early '30s when Hitler was coming to power. It was there that she met Fischer, with whom she moved to Moscow, where they lived for several years under Stalin.

In Colorado in 1942, Regina and Nemenyi were drawn together by their political beliefs. Nemenyi had told colleagues he preferred communism to capitalism and the FBI suspected Regina of communist sympathies.  Regina never revealed what happened between them but it seems clear that in the summer of '42 a romance took place because the next year, Bobby was born.

There is an account of the affair in the FBI file.   Their investigation began in 1942 when a baby-sitter found what she believed to be pro-communist letters belonging to Regina and turned them over to the FBI. Nemenyi told one FBI informant, a social worker, that he met Regina at the University of Denver. But whatever follows his account in the FBI file is censored by the FBI.  In the narrative after that point Bobby is in the picture. The file says, "He (Nemenyi) advised he helped support the boy."

By the time of Bobby's birth Regina had moved to Chicago and Nemenyi was teaching in Rhode Island. She gave birth to Bobby in a clinic for poor single mothers. And on the birth certificate she listed Fischer as the father. She briefly considered putting Bobby up for adoption but after talking to a social worker (who later described the conversation to the FBI) she broke down and cried and was unable to go through with it.

She then moved into a Chicago home for fatherless families where she ended up leading a rebellion among the other mothers, encouraging them to question the institution's rules. The home called the police who arrested Regina and charged her with disturbing the peace. She was acquitted. 
Regina divorced Fischer in 1948 and moved to Brooklyn, New York where she worked as an elementary school teacher and nurse at Prospect Heights Hospital in Brooklyn.

Paul Nemenyi took a special interest in Bobby. Many times he visited, paid their rent and sent money to Regina when he could. He even paid for the tuition for Bobby to attend Brooklyn Community College. Paul visited often enough for Bobby to become attached to him.

When Nemenyi died, another son of Nemenyi - Peter, was contacted by Regina to see if any money had been left to Bobby. When the answer was no, she would contact Peter from time to time claiming to have no money to take the sick Bobby to the doctor, or that she had no money for shoes for the boy. She also mentioned that she had not told Bobby about Paul’s death and that the boy was wondering why he was not visiting any longer.

Bobby’s only public statement about his father appeared in Start, a Zagreb newspaper where he said, “My father left my mother when I was two.  I have never seen him.  My mother has only told me that his name is Gerhardt and that he was of German descent.”  However, later Bobby told a friend that he and his sister, Joan, did not have the same father.  Joan Fischer Targ always insisted that her father’s name was Hans-Gerhardt Fischer.  Hans Fischer died on February 25, 1993 in Berlin.

Regina (Wender) Fisher was born on march 31, 1913 in Zurich, Switzerland and died of cancer on July 27, 1997 at the age of 84 in the Stanford University Hospital.

Source: Tartajubow blog and Chess Life, March 2004

Sunday, May 21, 2017

LCCC 051517 Casual Chess - and a GM Pavel Blatney Game

GM Pavel Blatny (left) in tournament action.
Here is a nice win with Black by Czech GM Pavel Blatny.
B00: Queen's Fianchetto Defense or Nimzowitsch Defense

1. e4             b6
2. d4             Bb7
3. Bd3          g6
4. f4?!          f5
White is a litte too aggressive here. White's positional advantage dropped from (+1) to (+.3).

5. Qe2          fxe4
6. Bxe4        Bxe4
7. Qxe4        Nc6
8. Nf3          Nf6
9. Qd3         Bg7
10. Ne5       O-O
11. Nxc6     dxc6
White is starting lose the thread of the game. The old chess mantra "to take is a mistake" is in play here. 11. Nc3 kept the game even. (-.3)

12. O-O       Qd7
13. c3           c5
14. Qc4+      Nd5
15. dxc5       e5
16. fxe5?      Rxf1+
These trades are hurting White. Playing a higher rated player, as White is, sometimes makes you think that 'simplifying by trading' is a good strategy. It rarely is as opening lines or plunging into an endgame without a good plan against a better player is the road to a quick loss (-.7).
 
17. Qxf1       Rf8
18. Qe2         Qe7
19. Nd2        .........
Tempting is 19. cxb6, Bxe5 20. bxa7?? but this contains a lethal dose of poison with, 20. .....Bd4+ 21. cxd4, Qxe2 and White is toast.
 
19. .........      Bxe5?
Even grandmasters mess up as this turns the game back to EVEN!. To hold the (-.7) advantage what was required was 19. .....Qxc5 20. Kh1, Rf2.

20. Qc4??     Bd4+!!
White makes a fatal error just when he was given a draw chance. King safety was needed with the hard to see, but subtle 20. Kh1, bxc5 21. Nf3, Bf6 22. Qxc7, Nxe7 =

21. cxd4        Qe3
22. Kh1        Qe1+
23. Qf1         Rxf1+
24. Nxf1       Qxf1#