Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Free Chess Lecture by Grandmasters - Thursday April 16 UConn Storrs CT

Photo: Chess Grandmaster Larry Christiansen Chess Grandmaster Larry Christiansen & Grandmaster Robert Hungaski (UConn 2012) will conduct a chess lecture Thursday April 16 at the UConn main campus in Storrs Connecticut. Starts at 7:30 p.m. in Room 212 of the Castleman Building. Free Admission. Please bring your games & questions. || || The UConn Club Championship will resume on April 23rd with round 3. || || The UConn CC will host the UCONN School of Engineering High School Scholarship tournament on Sunday May 17, 2015 as well as a UConn K-8 Scholastic on the same day. || || The UConn CC will also run a K-8 scholastic Blitz tournament at the Plainville Library on Saturday June 6, 2015. || || Click here for UConn Chess on Facebook || || Photo: Grandmaster Robert Hungaski

Monday, April 13, 2015


SHUT DOWN YOUR CHESS ENGINE AND THINK FOR YOURSELF || Viswanathan Anand believes that serious followers of chess will be better served by switching off their computers once in a while in order to understand the flavorful ‘human elements’ of the match

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Computers have shortened the learning cycle

Computers have shortened the learning cycle - Interview with Grandmaster Anish Giri. He became the youngest Grandmaster at the age of 14 years and seven months in 2009. And earlier this year, he finished joint second at the prestigious Tata Steel Chess Tournament in the Netherlands. He has also been the Dutch national champion three times. His father hails from Nepal and his mother from Russia, the country where Giri was born and where he took his first lessons in chess. His father’s work brought the family to the Netherlands, a country which is proud of him now and celebrates him as a sports icon. Giri is a contributing editor to the leading ‘New in Chess’ magazine and his first book ‘My Junior Years in 20 Games’ was recently published. He is refreshingly humble in acknowledging that he was lucky at important turns, which helped in his rapid rise. CLICK HERE FOR ENTIRE INTERVIEW

My HIARCS chess software has never seen a game like this

The Gashimov Memorial Tournament from Azerbaijan will be on early in the mornings starting Thursday. Try the usual sites. || || My HIARCS chess software has never seen a game like it, at the conclusion of the analysis, a pop-up window informed me, “HIARCS makes no improvements”. That’s right, none of the moves by EITHER player exceeded the parameters( HIARCS is set at a quarter of a pawn) that required the software to comment. If there were no pop-up window, I would have thought the software had malfunctioned and I would have run it again to try to get it to work. This error-free game logically ended in a draw, so were the players who fought it grandmasters of the highest caliber? No. Were they the actively proficient masters you might expect to encounter in a state championship event? No. These guys were just the sort of competitors you’d expect to find in the $5,000 first prize class A section of the Philadelphia Open. If you always suspected that one had to be about master-strength to win a big A prize, the HIARCS chess software certainly agrees with you. I had to use the Stockfish program to find any different moves at all, and you can see from the evaluations that they weren’t particularly significant. So my congratulations to the players of this game, and let it serve to remind the rest of us to never underestimate our opponents. || [Event "2015 Philadelphia Open"] [Date "2015.04.04"] [Round "3"] [White "Likhit Ganedi"] [Black "Jarett Dewelde"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B00"] 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.dxe5 Nxe5 4.Nf3 Nxf3+ 5.Qxf3 Qf6 6.Be2 Bc5 7.Nc3 d6 8.Nd5 Qxf3 9.Bxf3 Kd8 10.b4 { Stockfish: 10.0-0 Ne7 11.Nf4 Ng6 12.Rd1 f6 13.Nd5 +.24 and 10.Bf4 Ne7 11.0-0-0 Nd5 12.Rd5 Be6 13.Rd2 is +.19 and 10.Bd2 Ne7 11.Nf4 f6 12.Bh5 c6 13.0-0 is +.20 } 10...Bd4 11.c3 Be5 12.Bf4 { Stockfish 12.Bg5 f6 13.Bd2 c6 14.Ne3 Ne7 15.Be2 +.25 } 12...Bxf4 13.Nxf4 Nf6 { 13...g5 14.Nh5 Ke7 15.Be2 Nf6 16.Nf6 Kf6 17.f3 Rg8 18.Kd2 a5 and Black is only losing by .05 } 14.O-O-O Re8 15.Rhe1 Ke7 { Here Stockfish plays 15...Ng4 16.Bg4 Bg4 17.f3 Be6 18.Kb2 Kd7 19.a4 a5 and White is winning by .05 } 16.e5 dxe5 17.Rxe5+ Kf8 18.Rxe8+ Kxe8 19.Nd3 a5 { Stockfish plays 19...Rb8 20.a4 Ke7 21.a5 Bf5 22.Re1 Kf8 23.Ne5 Kd7 24.Kb2 and White is winning by .32 at 34 ply. } 20.b5 Rb8 21.a4 { Stockfish prefers 21.Kb2 Ke7 22.c4 Be6 23.Re1 Kd6 24.Kc3 Nd7 25.Kd4 b6 +.28 } 21...b6 22.Ne5 Be6 23.Nc6 Rc8 24.Kb2 { Stockfish says 24.Nd4 Bd5 25.Bd5 Nd5 26.Kc2 Nf6 27.Nc6 Nd7 28.Re1 Kf8 29.Ne5 Nc5 30.Nd3 Nd3 31.Kd3 Rd8 32.Kc2 Re8 33.Re8 Ke8 is 0.00 equal at 36 ply. } 24...Kf8 25.Ne5 Ke7 26.Nc6+ Kf8 27.Ne5 { Stockfish says it's 0.00 here, the ending 27...Ke7 28.c4 Nd7 29.Nd7 Bd7 30.Rd7 Kd7 31.Bg4 Kd8 32.Bc8 Kc8 33.g4 c6 34.Kc3 Kd7 35.f4 Kd6 36.Kd4 g6 37.bc Kc6 38.g5 Kd6 39.h3 Kc6 40.Kd3 Kc5 41.Kc3 Kd6 42.Kd4 is a draw. } 1/2-1/2 || Alan Lasser, web site: http://www.blacklightmazes.com || email: blacklightmazes@icloud.com

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Willimantic Connecticut Chess Club

My name is Rob Roy. I have run many clubs and tournaments across Connecticut since 1976. This is my current project: a chess club near or in Willimantic Connecticut. We need: 1) a meeting place, (preferably free); 2) players, (From Willimantic and surrounding towns); 3) players who can also help, such as; Tournament Directors, Tournament Clerks, Scorekeepers, Welcome Greeters, Recruiters, Teachers, Coaches, chair and table setup, Donuts and Coffee custodian, Ice Water helper, Cleanup Crew. Club Equipment Custodian. If you can help please contact RobRoy810@gmail.com 860 887-5052 I have a list of all the registered chess players in Connecticut, and I will be engaged in an email campaign to put something together in Willimantic, so far a neglected city for chess and for backgammon.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

2015 Conn State Chess Champioships

The CT State Chess Championships, hosted by The New Britain Chess Club was held 3/7/2015 at The Chess Club of Fairfield County with 35 players in attendance, including 10 masters and 3 previous winners.  NM IAN HARRIS was the clear winner.  Derek Meredith (2nd place) edged outJames "Kram"Nitz (3rd place) on tie-breaks.   In the Candidates Section, Thomas Ewald was the top Connecticut finisher, obtaining an automatic bid to the Upper section next year.  A complete list of prizes and standings is given below.    Many thanks to CCFC for allowing the NBCC to host this event at their beautiful location in Norwalk, and to Tom Hartmayer for helping to direct the tournament. Prizes. 2015 CT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: CHAMPIONSHIP Name Cash Non-cash prize Prize credited to pool NM Ian Harris    300 1st Trophy Place: 1 - $300 NM Derek Meredith                  2nd Trophy NM James Nitz 3rd Trophy Prizes. 2015 CT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: CANDIDATES # Name Cash Non-cash prize Prize credited to pool 10 THOMAS EWALD (3.0/1475)    50.00 1st Trophy Place: 1 - $50 6 BRYAN A WEISZ (3.0/1662) 50.00 2nd Trophy Place: 2 - $50 17 MATT BIANCUZZO (2.5/890) 50.00 D Trophy/Upset1 Class D/un/1 - $50 5 ALEXANDER RUTH (2.0/1679) 50.00 B Trophy Class B/1 - $50 11 RUTHVIK AYYAGARI (2.0/1433) 16.66 C Trophy Class C/1 - $50 12 BRUNO BAUER (2.0/1433) 16.66 13 DICHENG WU (2.0/1432) 16.66 2015 CT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: CHAMPIONSHIP #NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4TotTBrk[M]TBrk[S]TBrk[C]TBrk[O]Prize 1NM IAN HARRIS2307W2W4D6W53.5810926300.00/1st 2NM DEREK MEREDITH2172L1W13W14W63.078619.52nd 3NM JAMES NITZ2233W16D6W8D43.06.578203rd 4FM RICHARD BAUER2225W13L1W7D32. 5NM HANS MOKE NIEMANN150414662266D11W10W9L12.57.59.5723.5 6SM ARSLAN OTCHIYEV2384W14D3D1L22.06116.526 7DENNIS LI2073D10W11L4D92.048.55.521 8FM JASON SHI2271W12D9L3D102.048621.5 9NM YOON-YOUNG KIM146715182208W15D8L5D72.048620.5 10NM OLIVER CHERNIN2236D7L5W12D82.047.54.521.5 11JOSEPH BIHLMEYER2074D5L7D16W122.036416.5 12HANON RUSSELL2102L8W15L10L111.05.57.5316.5 13ANDREW R DEXTER124055451827L4L2L15W161.04.57.5115.5 14NM GARY SHURE2206L6W16L2U--- 15NORMAN BURTNESS1810L9L12W13U---1.024210 16JONATHAN AIYATHURAI1889L3L14D11L130.54.57.5116 2015 CT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP DEREK CHEN B 9W 16B 3W 21843 14883880 (1679) ETHAN ZORNOW B 6W 4B 8B 115071. THOMAS EWALD B 19B 14W 1W 91475 14813918 (1417) LEO BYKHOVSKY W 10B 2W 16B 81822 14090251 (1730) BRYAN A WEISZ B 17W 8B 10W 71662 14390720 (1468) MATT BIANCUZZO W 2byeB 15W 128900. THOMAS HARTMAYER byeB 18W 14B 518540. JACK KLEIN B 11B 5W 2W 411841. RUTHVIK AYYAGARI W 1B 17W 11B 314330. BRUNO BAUER B 4W 19W 5B 1814330. ALEXANDER RUTH W 8W 15B 9B 1616790. DICHENG WUW 14B 13W 18B 61432 14508241 (1388) DARYL LAVIN B 16W 12- 19B 1411310.00.5X1.52.014 JOSEPH MANSIGIAN B 12W 3B 7W 1317781. WILLIAM EWALD W 18B 11W 6bye1476 14813903 (1390) ETHAN CUSHMAN W 13B 1B 4W 111526 14916518 (1460) ISABELLA HALL W 5W 9bye----11770.00.01.0U1.018 CRAIG HAIR B 15W 7B 12W 10unr. BILL D'ANDREA W 3B 10- 13----unr.0.00.0F0.0U0.0 Norman Burtness Vice President   New Britain Chess Club newbritainchessclub@gmail.com www.newbritainchessclub.com

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Julius Fuster, 1931-2015

Julius Fuster, chess and bridge master in Waterbury Connecticut. Julius was a great ambassador for chess. He gave many lessons and lectures, and supervised many club meetings. Julius was a very strong Contract Bridge player in Stamford Connecticut. Julius ran the Waterbury Chess Club held every week at the Silas Bronson Library for many years. Julius ran USCF tournaments at the Waterbury Girls Club. Julius was elected president of the Connecticut State Chess Association. Julius wrote a chess column for the Waterbury Sunday Republican newspaper. He was cousin to Geza Fuster, a chess grandmaster from Hungary.