Sunday, January 18, 2015

Alan Lasser Game of the Week

 After I hung a pawn, I managed to live to the ending, but I was down some minutes on the clock, so playing to hold the rook and pawn endgame was exciting.  I was moving too fast to see that I could have gone a pawn up, albeit the notorious bishop pawn, the one that could be a draw except that the defender usually messes it up.  So it was a good thing I didn’t notice, I probably would have lost on time.

[Event "game/15"]

[Site "New Paltz Chess Club"]

[Date "2014.12.28"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Eric Horsboll "]

[Black "Alan Lasser"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "A16"]

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c6 3.e3 d5 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Nge2 e5 6.d4 e4 7.Ng3 h5 8.h4 Bd6

9.Be2 Bxg3 10.fxg3 Qd6 11.Kf2 $6 { -0.71/23 } ( 11.O-O { -0.16/23 } 11...Nc6

12.Bd2 Bg4 13.Qb3 O-O-O 14.Rac1 Bxe2 15.Nxe2 Kb8 16.a4 Rc8 17.Qb5 Qd7 18.a5

Ne5 19.Qxd7 Nexd7 20.Bb4 ) 11...Ng4+ $6 { +0.28/26 } ( 11...Nc6 { -0.71/23 }

12.Bd2 Ng4+ 13.Bxg4 Bxg4 14.Qb3 Rd8 15.Rhc1 O-O 16.Be1 Rd7 17.Kg1 Rfd8 18.Na4

b6 19.Rc2 ) 12.Bxg4 Bxg4 13.Qa4+ $2 { -1.03/25 } ( 13.Qb3 { 0.00/26 }

13...Be6 14.Qxb7 Qc6 15.Qxc6+ Nxc6 16.a3 Rc8 17.Na4 Ne7 18.Nc5 Rh6 19.Rf1 Rg6

20.Bd2 Nf5 21.Rfc1 Rxg3 22.Nxe6 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 fxe6 24.Rc8+ Kf7 25.Rh8 Kg6

26.Re8 Kf7 27.Rh8 ) 13...Nc6 14.Nb5 Qf6+ 15.Kg1 O-O 16.Kh2 Be2 $2

{ +0.35/25 } ( 16...Ne7 { -1.19/24 } 17.Qc2 Rfd8 18.Qd2 a6 19.Nc3 Ng6 20.Na4

Qd6 21.Qf2 Nxh4 22.Bd2 Rdc8 23.Rac1 Rxc1 24.Rxc1 Ng6 25.Ba5 Rc8 ) 17.Bd2 $2

{ -1.78/24 } ( 17.Nc3 { +0.35/25 } 17...Bg4 18.Nxd5 Qf2 19.Qc4 Be6 20.b3 Rfc8

21.Rf1 Bxd5 22.Rxf2

{ Stockfish thinks 17.Nc3 b5 18.Qa6 Bc4 19.b3 b4 20.bc bc 21.Ba3 Ne5 22.Qf6 Ng4 23.Kh3 gf 24.Bf8 Nf2  is equal. }

) 17...a6 $2 { -0.48/27 } ( 17...Qf2 { -1.78/24 } 18.Bb4 Rfd8 19.Nd6 Rab8

20.Bc5 Qf6 21.Nb5 b6 22.Bb4 Bc4 23.Rhc1 a6 24.Nc7 b5 25.Qa3 Rbc8 26.Ba5 b4

27.Qa4 Nxa5 28.Qxa5 ) 18.Nc3 Bd3 $2 { +1.39/24 } ( 18...Qf2 { -0.46/26 }

19.Nxe2 Qxe2 20.Qd1 Qxd1 21.Rhxd1 Rac8 22.Rdc1 b6 23.a4 f5 24.a5 b5 25.Rc5

Ne7 26.Bb4 Kf7 ) 19.Nxd5 Qd6 20.Nf4 b5 21.Qd1 g6 22.Nxd3 exd3 23.Qf3 Rae8

24.Rac1 Nb4  25.Bxb4 $2 { +0.79/26 } ( 25.Rc5 { +2.22/24 } 25...Nc2 26.Rc3 Re6 27.Rxd3

Nb4 28.Bxb4 Qxb4 29.d5 Re4 30.b3 ) 25...Qxb4 26.b3 d2 $6 { +1.36/26 } ( 

26...Qe7 { +0.75/27 } 27.Rce1 f5 28.Qc6 Kh7 29.Qc3 Qd6 30.Rhf1 Re4 31.Rf4 Qe7

32.Rd1 Rxe3 33.Rxd3 Rxd3 34.Qxd3 Rd8 35.Qc3 Rd6 36.a3 Qd7 37.Qd2 Kg8 38.b4

Rd5 ) 27.Rcd1 $2 { 0.00/28 } ( 27.Rc6 { +1.36/26 } 27...Re6 28.Rxe6 fxe6

29.Qc6 Kg7 30.Rd1 Rf2 31.Qc7+

{ Stockfish thinks Black can hold White's advantage to 1.08/37 after 27.Rc6 Rc8 28.Rd1 Qa5 29.Qd5 Rc6 30.Qc6 Qa2 31.Qc3 b4 32.Qb4 a5 }

) 27...Qc3 28.Qe2 Rxe3 29.Qxd2 Rxg3 30.Qxc3 Rxc3 31.d5 Rd8 32.Rhe1 Rd6 33.Rd4

Rc2 34.a4 Rc3 35.axb5 Rxb3 36.bxa6 Ra3 37.Re8+ Kg7 38.Ra8 Raxa6 39.Rxa6 Rxa6

40.d6 Ra8 41.Kg3 Kf6 42.Kf4 Rd8 43.g4 hxg4 44.Kxg4 Ke5 45.Rf4 f5+ 46.Kg5 Rxd6

47.h5 $2 { -1.50/38 } ( 47.Ra4 { 0.00/35 } 47...Rd1 48.Ra5+ Ke4 49.Ra4+ Ke5

{ Looking out 53 ply, Stockfish draws by 47.Rb4 Rd3 48.Rb5 Ke4 49.Kg6 f4 50.h5 Rg3 51.Kf6 f3 52.h6 f2 53.Re5 Kd3 54.Rf5 Ke2 55.h7 Rh3 56.Kg7 f1(R) 57.Rf1 Kf1 58.h8(Q) Rh8 59.Kh8 }

) 47...gxh5 $2 { 0.00/55 } ( 47...Rd1 { -1.50/38 } 48.Rf2 Rg1+ 49.Kh6 Kf6

50.Ra2 gxh5 51.Ra6+ Ke5 52.Ra5+ Ke4 53.Ra4+ Ke3 54.Kxh5 f4 55.Ra3+ Ke4

56.Ra4+ Ke5

{ Stockfish won't say that Black is up a pawn and a half;  unlike HIARCS, the Stockfish endgame database recognizes that the rook and bishop pawn ending should be a draw, especially if computers are playing it. }

) 48.Rxf5+ 1/2-1/2

Saturday, December 6, 2014

GM Daniel Naroditsky - Game of the Week

GM Daniel Naroditsky Fair or unfair? The young GM writes an endgame book and take over Benko’s place in Chess Life, but sometimes he plays the rook and pawns just as badly as the rest of us. Both players have reached time control and the first move below is actually move 41 of the game. White has his king on f3, rook on g4, and pawns on a2, b3, c6, g6, and h3. Black has his king on e7, rook on a1, and pawns on a6, e6, g7, and h4. || Click here for GM Daniel Naroditsky vs GM Pavel Eljanov

Monday, December 1, 2014


Chess Coffee Table for sale | Chess pieces not included. Glass is 42" x 42", base is 36 1/2" x 36 1/2" and height is 19 5/8". Corner chess heads are marble, iron roped bars connect chess heads. Asking $200. ||| A non-profit group of teachers in the New Haven area needs a chess teacher. Please contact Sharon Redmann at 203 383-0813 || Game of the Week Ryan Young, formerly of the Orange Bughouse Club, won the top section of last Saturday’s Quads at the Fairfield County Chess Club. First he defeated two masters; and then, in the last round, when his opponent took a poisoned pawn, Ryan played his best move of the day.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Alan Lasser's Game of the Week

Advice to young players: Read the endgame books, it's important. It’s nice to know some endgame theory when considering whether to exchange pieces. A common situation arises here on move 21. White is a solid pawn ahead and offers to create an isolated pawn in order to exchange pieces and move the endgame further down the road to conclusion. The alternative plan, 21.Bc2, is the solid grind-down, it doesn’t create any weaknesses. If he plays the correct move order, my choice is positionally weaker. I’m hoping that in the worst case scenario, that there will be tactics to pitch the pawn enabling either the advance of my king or activation of my rook. Instead, my opponent weakened his own pawns to avoid my plan. Alan Lasser-Keith Delia 11/5/14 Rosendale Chess Club game/10 1-0 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Bd3 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.dxc5 Bxc5 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.O-O O-O 8.Bg5 Nc6 9.Nc3 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nxd5 Bg4?! +0.82/22 11...Bxb2 +0.36/21 12.Rb1 Ba3 13.Re1 Bc5 14.c4 Kh8 15.Qd2 b6 16.Bc2 Ba6 17.Qc3 Stockfish-11...Bb2 12.Rb1 Bf6 13.Qd2 Rb8 14.Rfd1 Bg4 15.Be4 Bf3 16.Bf3 +.29/33 12.h3 Be6?! +1.21/24 12...Bh5 +0.65/21 13.Nf4 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Bxb2 15.Rab1 Ne5 16.Bxh7+ Kxh7 Stockfish-12...Bh5 13.g4 Bg6 14.c4 Kh8 15.Rb1 Qd6 16.Re1 +.92/34 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.c3 Ne5 15.Nxe5 Qxe5 16.Qf3 Bd5 17.Qf5 Qxf5 18.Bxf5 Rfe8 19.Rfe1 Bc6 20.f3 g6 21.Be4?! +0.67/26 21.Bc2 +1.27/23 21...Kg7 22.Kf2 Stockfish-21.Bc2 f5 22.f4 Bd5 23.a3 Kf7 24.Red1 Be6 25.Kf2 Red8 26.g3 Ke7 17.Rd8 Rd8 28.Re1 +1.18/39 21...Rad8?! +1.57/26 21...Bxe4 +0.67/26 22.fxe4 Rad8 23.Re2 Re5 24.Kf2 f6 25.Rae1 h5 26.c4 h4 27.b3 b6 28.a4 Kg7 29.Ke3 Re6 30.Kf3 Re5 31.Re3 Rd4 32.R1e2 Rd8 33.Rf2 Rd4 34.Rfe2 Stockfish 21...Be4 22.fe Rad8 23.Rad1 Rd1 24.Rd1 Re4 25.Rd7 +.50/38 22.Bxc6 Rxe1+ 23.Rxe1 bxc6 24.Kf2 Rd2+ 25.Re2 Rd7 26.Ke3 Kf8 27.Rd2 Re7+ 28.Kd3 Rd7+ 29.Kc2 Re7 30.Kb3?! +1.91/27 30.b4 +2.25/26 30...Re1 31.Kd3 Rc1 32.Kc4 Ke7 33.a4 Ra1 34.Kc5 Rxa4 35.Kxc6 a5 36.Kb5 Ra3 37.bxa5 Stockfish likes 30.Rd8 Kg7 31.b4 h5 32.a4 h4 33.Kd3 Re5 34.Ra8 Rg5 35.Ra7 Rg2 +2.83/36 30...Rb7+?! +2.46/29 30...Re5 +1.91/27 31.Kc4 Ke7 32.b4 h5 33.a4 f6 34.Kd3 Kd6 35.Re2 Rd5+ 36.Kc2 Rg5 37.c4 h4 38.Kc3 Kc7 39.Kd4 Kd7 40.f4 Rf5 41.Re4 Kc7 42.Re7+ 31.Kc4 Ke8?! +3.44/28 31...Rb5 +2.41/27 32.b4 Ke7 33.Re2+ Kd7 34.g4 f5 35.a4 Rd5 36.g5 f4 37.h4 Rf5 38.Re4 a6 39.Rd4+ Kc7 40.Kd3 Rf8 41.Ke4 Rf5 42.Rd3 Rf8 43.Rd2 Rf5 44.Rd1 Rf7 45.Rd2 Rf5 32.Kc5 Rc7?! +4.52/26 32...Rb6 +3.67/30 33.a4 Ra6 34.b3 Ke7 35.Rd4 h5 36.Rb4 Ke6 37.Rb7 f6 38.c4 h4 39.Rc7 Ra5+ 40.Kxc6 33.b4 Ke7 34.a4 h5?! +5.77/25 34...Ke6 +5.00/26 35.Rd6 Ke8 36.Rxc6 Re7?! +7.13/27 36...Rb7 +5.86/26 37.b5 h4 38.c4 37.Rc8+ Kd7 38.Ra8 Re5+?! +9.07/27 38...Ke6 +7.12/27 39.Kb5 f6 40.Ka6 Kd6 41.Rxa7 Re8 42.b5 39.Kd4 Re2 40.Rxa7+ Ke6 1-0

Saturday, October 25, 2014

$20,000 endgame

A clearer explanation of "the $20,000 endgame” by my favorite endgame authority, Mark Weeks, can be found on his site || On the internet, there are supposed to be two rounds of the Spice Open today at 11am and 6 pm and the final round tomorrow at 11 am on If you encounter transmission problems, try || I gave the Stockfish chess program a try. It is a FREE download from the Apple app store. It is much faster than the HIARCS 14 program that I had been using. It takes about thirty seconds for Stockfish to see as many ply deep as HIARCS sees in ten minutes. Some of that increase in solution power is probably achieved because no energy is wasted on bells and whistles. Stockfish can turn a game score into pgn but it can’t put the analysis into the pgn. It’s primitive, the move arrows aren’t located on the interface and you can’t click straight to the interesting position, instead you have to mouse there one move at a time. You’ll still need to buy some other software to get a built-in filing system or a built-in opening book, nor does Stockfish contain a collection of grandmaster games, and I haven’t seen any endgame database yet. Stockfish is on a very simple mission, analyze the next move quickly and deeply. || I’ll still be using the comprehensive HIARCS 14 software to turn out GOTW and get some analysis into an easily readable pgn, but then I’ll use Stockfish to double-check some of the analysis. I’ll clearly label the Stockfish opinions separately in the HIARCS notes to the game and still give the evaluation from the White point of view to be consistent with the treatment of the HIARCS program(otherwise you’d really be confused). || The computer thinks a visitor to the Rosendale Chess Club this week played very well when he beat me two out of three. So how am I supposed to win if he doesn’t cooperate? [Event "game/10"] [Site "Rosendale Chess Club"] [Date "2014.10.22"] [White "Alan Lasser"] [Black "Chris Thornell"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A43"] 1.d4 c5 2.c3 b6 $6 { +0.54/21 } ( 2...Nf6 { +0.10/20 } 3.Nf3 e6 4.Bg5 Qb6 5.Qc2 cxd4 6.cxd4 Nc6 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.e3 Rg8 9.Nbd2 f5 10.a3 d5 11.b4 Bd6 12.Rc1 h6 ) 3.dxc5 bxc5 4.Qd5 $6 { +0.23/23 } ( 4.e4 { +0.50/21 } 4...Bb7 5.Nd2 e6 6.e5 d5 7.exd6 Qxd6 8.Bb5+ Bc6 9.Bxc6+ Qxc6 10.Ngf3 Nf6 11.O-O Nbd7 12.Nc4 Be7 13.Nfe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Qa6 15.Bg5 O-O 16.Nd7 Rad8 17.Bxf6 Bxf6 18.Nxf6+ gxf6 19.Qg4+ Kh8 20.Rfe1 ) 4...Nc6 5.Qxc5 e5 6.Qe3 $6 { -0.21/22 } ( 6.Qc4 { +0.24/23 } 6...Nf6 7.Nd2 Be7 8.Ngf3 O-O 9.e4 Bb7 10.Be2 a5 11.Qa4 d5 12.exd5 Nxd5 13.Ne4 f5 14.Neg5 e4 15.Ne6 Qd6 16.Nfg5 ) 6...Nf6 7.Nf3 Qc7 8.h3 $6 { -0.53/23 } ( 8.Nbd2 { -0.27/21 } 8...d5 9.Qg5 e4 10.Nd4 h6 11.Qg3 Qxg3 12.fxg3 Nxd4 13.cxd4 e3 14.Nb1 Bb4+ 15.Nc3 ) 8...Be7 9.g4 Bb7 10.Bg2 Nd4 11.cxd4 exd4 12.Qf4 Bd6 13.Qd2 Bb4 14.Nc3 dxc3 15.Qe3+ Ne4 16.O-O O-O 17.Rd1 $2 { -2.68/22 } ( 17.Qd3 { -0.58/20 } 17...Rfe8 18.bxc3 Nxc3 19.Nd4 Bxg2 20.Kxg2 Qd6 21.e3 Qd5+ 22.f3 Stockfish likes another line, 17.Qd3 Rab8 18.bc Bc3 19.Nd4 Qb6 20.Bb7 Qd4 21.Bf3 Ne2 22.Qe2 Qa1 (-.37/34 ) 17...Rfe8 18.Qd4 $2 { -9.36/21 } ( 18.a3 { -2.76/21 } 18...Bc5 19.Nd4 c2 20.Rd3 Rac8 21.Rb3 Nd6 22.Qd3 Bxg2 23.Kxg2 Bxd4 24.Qxd4 Rxe2 25.Re3 Rxe3 26.Qxe3 Qb7+ Stockfish prefers resistance by 18.Nd4 c2 19.Nc2 Qc2 20.Qd3 Qc7 21.Qd7 (-2.46/35 ) 18...Bc5 19.Qxd7 $2 { -32.54/20 } ( 19.bxc3 { -9.38/22 } 19...Bxd4 20.Nxd4 Nxc3 21.Re1 Bxg2 22.Kxg2 Qc4 23.e3 Nxa2 24.Bb2 Nb4 25.Rec1 Qd5+ 26.Nf3 Nd3 27.Rd1 Qe4 28.Bd4 ) 19...Qb6 $6 { -6.17/20 } ( 19...Bxf2+ { -32.54/20 } ) 20.bxc3 $6 { -9.00/21 } ( 20.Ng5 { -6.17/20 } 20...Nxf2 21.Qxf7+ Kh8 22.Rd7 Nxg4+ 23.Kh1 Bxg2+ 24.Kxg2 Rxe2+ 25.Kg3 Bf8 26.Qf1 cxb2 27.Bxb2 Qxb2 28.Rb1 Qa3+ 29.Kh4 Nf6 30.Qxe2 Qa4+ 31.Kg3 Qxd7 32.Qc4 g6 33.Rf1 Rc8 34.Qh4 ) 20...Rad8 $6 { -7.76/24 } ( 20...Bxf2+ { -9.00/21 } 21.Kh1 Rad8 22.Qxd8 Rxd8 23.Rxd8+ Qxd8 24.Bf4 Nxc3 25.e4 Bxe4 26.Rf1 Bc5 27.a4 Qd3 28.a5 Nd5 29.Bc1 Bb4 ) 0-1

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Psychedelic Opening Laboratory by Alan Lasser

The French Championship is being broadcast at or you can watch the action at other sites such as Rounds start about 10:00 am. || || Below is the debut of a new variation, courtesy of the psychedelic opening laboratory. You’ve seen me reach this anti-Dragon position before, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cd 4.Qd4 Nf6 where the usual attempt to seize space by 5.e5 is met by Nc6 and the queen goes for a walk. My new idea is 5.Bb5 to capture the knight on c6. The computer agrees that after the obvious 5.Bb5 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bb3 White has an advantage, because the bishop is better placed on b3 than it would be on c4 or e2, and the queen can take up residence on d3 without getting in the way. More testing is required. || Al Lasser-Chris Lamerson, 8/13/14, Rosendale Chess Club, game/10, 1-0 || 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nf6 5.Bb5 Bg7?! +1.07/21 || 5...a6 +0.52/19 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bb3 Nc6 8.Qd3 Bg7 9.Nc3 O-O 10.O-O b4 11.Nd5 a5 12.Bg5 Ba6 13.Bc4 Bxc4 14.Qxc4 Nxd5 15.exd5 Ne5 16.Nxe5 Bxe5 17.Rfe1 f6 || 6.e5 Ng8 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Qe4 e6?! +1.17/18 || 8...a6 +0.89/19 9.Ba4 f6 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Bf4 Qb6 12.O-O Qxb2 13.Na4 f5 14.Qxc6 dxc6 15.Nxb2 Nh6 16.Rfb1 Nf7 17.Nd3 Be6 18.Nc5 Bd5 19.a4 || 9.Bf4 Nge7 10.O-O-O O-O 11.h4 a6 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.h5 Nf5? +3.40/20 || 13...Nd5 +0.95/18 14.Bd2 Rb8 15.Na4 d6 16.c4 dxe5 17.hxg6 fxg6 18.Ng5 Nb4 19.Rxh7 Rf5 20.Bxb4 Qxg5+ 21.Bd2 Qf6 22.Rhh1 Rxf2 23.Nc5 Qf5 24.Qxc6 e4 || 14.g4?! +2.84/20 || 14.hxg6 +3.40/20 14...fxg6 15.g4 Qe7 16.gxf5 Rxf5 17.Nd4 Rf7 18.Bh6 Bxh6+ 19.Rxh6 || 14...Qb6? +4.93/20 || 14...Ne7 +2.84/20 15.Bg5 h6 16.Be3 Rb8 17.g5 d5 18.exd6 Nd5 19.gxh6 Bxc3 20.h7+ Kh8 21.bxc3 g5 22.Bxg5 Qxd6 23.Qd4+ e5 24.Nxe5 Kxh7 25.Qd3+ f5 26.Nxc6 Qxc6 || 15.hxg6 fxg6 16.gxf5 Rxf5 17.Ng5? +2.90/20 || 17.Nh4 +5.51/19 17...Rxf4 18.Qxf4 Rb8 19.b3 Qc5 20.Nf3 Qa3+ 21.Kb1 Qf8 22.Qxf8+ Bxf8 23.Ne4 Be7 24.Nf6+ Bxf6 25.exf6 Rb5 26.f7+ || 17...h6? +6.90/22 || 17...Rb8 +2.90/20 18.Na4 Qxf2 19.Nf3 a5 20.a3 Ba6 21.Rxd7 Qg2 22.Re1 Rxf4 || 18.Nxe6 dxe6 19.Bxh6 Bxe5?! || +8.64/21 || 19...Rb8 || +7.17/22 20.Bxg7 Qxb2+ 21.Kd2 Rb7 22.Bf6 Rd7+ 23.Ke2 Qxc3 24.Rh8+ Kf7 25.Rxc8 Rd5 26.Rc7+ || 20.Qg4 Kf7? +19.60/20 || 20...Rf6 +8.64/22 21.Qh4 Rb8 22.Rd8+ Qxd8 23.Bg5 Rf5 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Bxd8 Rb7 26.Qxg6 Bf4+ 27.Kb1 Be5 28.Na4 Rbf7 29.Bb6 || 21.Be3 Qb8 22.Rh7+ Bg7 23.Bh6 Qe5 24.Bxg7 Qxg7 25.Rxg7+ Kxg7 26.Qd4+ e5 27.Qd8 Bb7 28.Qc7+ Rf7 29.Rd7 1-0 || Subscribe to weekly e-zine (Saturday Mornings EST) GAME OF THE WEEK by Alan Lasser send email to web site: Currently at 89 Subscribers, Free.

The Future of Chess, Not FIDE

Garry Kasparov | The Future of Chess, Not FIDE | When I announced my campaign for FIDE president on October 8 in Tallinn, I stated that my goal was to elevate our game to the very high level in the public mind where I believe it belongs. On August 11 here in Tromsø, I lost the election for FIDE president, but my campaign did a tremendous amount of work around the world to elevate chess. In those 307 days, an incredible team came together, from my FIDE ticket to federation officials to staffers and volunteers around the world. I could not be prouder of their hard work and true passion for chess and for helping others. | If the result of this election threatens to make me lose my optimism for the future of the chess world, thoughts of all these capable and compassionate people will bring it back. I also want to express my appreciation to all the fans who did what they could, from writing to their federations to being active on social media. We may not have changed FIDE but we have changed the world of chess for the better and will continue to do so. My thanks also to my generous sponsors and donors who made this ambitious global campaign possible. | My campaign was about expanding the horizons of the chess and securing its future, our future, in a world with ever-increasing competition for our attention. My themes were bringing sponsorship, education initiatives, and new technology into the game and empowering the national federations. I do not for one moment believe that this election result indicates a problem with this platform, or with the exemplary individuals on my ticket, or with our many successful activities. The sad conclusion is that working hard and having big ideas and investing millions of dollars for the global development of chess all has very little to do with winning a FIDE election today. It was this disastrous situation that my team and I set out to change. | I was never naïve, of course. I knew from the beginning that chess politics, especially in FIDE, had been steadily taken over by people who have little interest in the success of chess and chess players, but only in expanding their own power. I hoped that there was still a chance for a coalition of reform-minded federation leaders and others tired of broken promises and stagnation to reach a winning number of votes. The fact is that we fell far short and the result demonstrates that the rot is even deeper and more widespread than I believed back in October, or even on the morning of the election. | I used my candidate’s speech to the General Assembly to present my vision of a FIDE that supports the federations so that they may grow strong. No one could doubt the sponsorship plans I spoke of were real because they had seen them in action during my campaign. Ilyumzhinov then used his speech to mock me and to mock everyone who cares for chess with outlandish promises everyone in the room knew were lies before his words stopped echoing in the auditorium. I knew at that moment that speeches didn’t matter in this election, just like the promotion of chess doesn’t matter to this FIDE administration. Ilyumzhinov could say anything at all and his supporters would cheer. Their votes had been decided long ago and the well-being of chess was never a significant part of this decision. | I immediately regretted my peaceable and reassuring speech – and that I had spoken before Ilyumzhinov. How I would like those 15 minutes back to instead condemn the corruption that has poisoned our sport for nearly two decades and to heap shame on the delegates who are so eager to vote for their own interests instead of the interests of the chess players in their nations. Such a speech would likely not have earned me any more votes, but it would have been more honest and I would have felt better then and now. | I faced three main challenges in this campaign. First was the FIDE machinery, the abuse of power that made votes disappear and turned commissions into puppets. This was not a surprise, but I believed at the start that I had enough resources to overcome it and I probably did. There were two other factors I badly underestimated. I anticipated the Kremlin’s involvement but couldn’t imagine its extent or how susceptible Europe would be to it. Nor did I anticipate how resistant even many of the biggest federations are to change. They saw it as a threat and looked for excuses to maintain the status quo. | These last two factors in particular eroded the base I thought I had at the start, a base of anti-Kirsan, anti-corruption, pro-growth federations with democratic traditions and substantial numbers of chess players with interests to protect. Perhaps that base still exists, but it is very small now and nearly every federation is eager to do a little business with Ilyumzhinov’s emissaries come election year. I guaranteed money in exchange for effort and sponsorship in exchange for activity and events. It’s clear that many prefer money with no responsibilities and no activities, regardless of what this means for chess. | While Europe is becoming a lost continent, during this campaign I truly discovered Africa. I was so impressed by the players and teachers and leaders I have met from Abuja to Zanzibar! They aren’t afraid of change; they seek it out and fight hard for it at every step. Hard work is never wasted and while we did not win the day here in Tromsø, their passion is already transforming chess in Africa and soon it will transform the world and I will be proud to play a part. Our fight is not over. As Nelson Mandela wrote, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Africa Rising! | It is fitting that the slogan on my posters here in Tromsø was “Kasparov: the future of chess” and not “the future of FIDE.” Eventually, growth and change in the chess world will change FIDE; it is clear that FIDE cannot change itself. More numbers and more effort will be needed at the grassroots level. Lovers of chess must become administrators of chess. I spoke often of building up the base of players to raise up the entire chess world and this is just as true in chess politics. More good people coming in will eventually push more bad people out. You can go and do it! Find a way to fight for chess! People must work in their chess communities and change their federations so that our great game has the representation it deserves. | My thanks again to all my team and supporters, and to our excellent hosts of the last two weeks here in Norway. The summer sun never sets in Tromsø and the sun will never set on the game of chess. | Garry Kasparov | 14 Aug 2014 | Tromsø, Norway |