Thursday, November 26, 2015

2015 Greater Hartford Regional K-12 Scholastic Chess Championships

44 players competed in the 2015 Greater Hartford Regional K-12 Scholastic held at the Whiting Lane School in West Hartford, CT on Sunday November 15th. After introductory remarks and greeting by West Hartford mayor Scott Slifka, the players competed for five rounds in three sections. Kailash Kalyanasundaram of Farmington HS took clear 1st in the Grades 9-12 Open section with 4.5 – 0.5, while fellow Farmington HS student, Dmitri Efimov, took 2nd with 4.0 – 1.0. In the 9-12 U-1100 section Evan Wood of West Hartford, CT took 1st with 3.0 – 2.0, while Sean Henderson of Simsbury, CT copped 2nd on tiebreaks over Sanjeev Ashokkumar, 3rd, both with 2.0 – 3.0. Farmington High School took home the team trophy for the combined grades 9 – 12 and U-1100 sections. || Ruthvik Ayyagari of Rocky Hill, CT scored 4.0 – 1.0 to seize clear 1st in the Grades 6 – 8 Open section. Manav Ramprasad of Tolland, CT and the UCONN Chess Club, took clear second with 3.5 - 1.5, while Aaron Corcino managed 3rd on tie breaks with 3.0 – 2.0. Wesley Legere of Burlington, CT won 1st place in the Grades 6 – 8 U-800 section with 1.0 – 4.0. The Rocky Hill Magnet Middle School took the team trophy in the combined Grades 6 – 8 and U-800 sections. || Adeethia Shankar of Newtown, CT scored 4.0 – 1.0 to take clear 1st in the K-5 Open section. He was followed by Sam Lumelsky of West Hartford and Bugbee, 2nd, with 3.0 – 2.0 and Ethan Striff-Cave, of West Hartford and Bugbee 3rd, at 2.5 – 2.5. In the K – 5 U-500 Bahjan Deshpande of West Hartford and Bugbee took clear 1st with a perfect 5.0 – 0.0 ! Lucas Kollen of West Hartford and Bugbee took 2nd on tie break with a fine 4.0 – 1.0 score over Jonah Levithan of West Hartford and Norfeldt also with 4.0 – 1.0. Bugbee Elementary of West Hartford took home the team trophy for the combined Grades K – 5 Open and U-500 sections. || The UCONN Chess Club will host the the UCONN Hockey Blitz 2015 Saturday December 5th, 2015 in the Hartford XL Center. The entry fee includes a ticket to attend the UMASS – Lowell vs. UCONN hockey game after the tournament. Parents and family may also purchase discounted tickets with advance entry. Kindly note that there will be very limited availability of discounted tickets on the day of the event, so advance entry is strongly recommended ! Please see the attached flyer and if interested please fill out the attached entry form ! More info is also available at || Tom Hartmayer 860-989-5394

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Brandon Wang, 11, earns expert rating

I apologize for last week’s GOTW, alert readers pointed out that I had violated my own editorial policy of “real games by real people”. Cut me some slack because this engine championship could be the highest form of competitive chess? No. What I like best about this event is the relentless pace, it keeps going and going like a screensaver or a lava lamp. Eleven year old Brandon Wang got his expert rating last weekend with a solid performance at the FCCC quads. Here is his best game from that event. [Event "CCFC Friday Action Quads"] [Site "CCFC"] [Date "2015.11.13"] [Round "2"] [White "Wang, Brandon"] [Black "Wang, Grant"] [Result "1-0"] [Annotator "ADMINIBM"] [BlackElo "1968"] [ECO "C68"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] [TimeControl "1800+5"] [WhiteElo "1994"] SUBSCRIBE CLICK HERE 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.O-O Bg4 6.h3 Bh5 7.g4 Bg6 8.Nxe5 Qh4 9.Qf3 O-O-O 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.Kg2 Nh6 12.Qg3 Qe7 13.d3 f5 $6 { +1.17/21 } ( 13...f6 { +0.61/21 } 14.Na3 Qd7 15.Nc4 Nf7 16.f4 Bc5 17.Be3 Bxe3 18.Qxe3 Kb8 19.Rad1 Rhe8 20.Qf2 g5 21.f5 Nd6 22.c3 Nb5 { 13...f6 14.f4 Nf7 15.Nd2 Qe6 16.Nc4 Nd6 17.b3 Nc4 18.bc Bd6 +0.70 Stockfish } ) ( 13...g5 14.Nd2 f6 15.Nc4 Nf7 16.f4 gxf4 17.Bxf4 Qd7 18.Qf3 Qe6 19.Be3 Kb8 { +0.63 Stockfish } ) 14.g5 $6 { +0.32/22 } ( 14.gxf5 { +1.17/21 } 14...gxf5 15.Bg5 Qe6 16.Bxd8 Bd6 17.f4 fxe4 18.Bg5 Nf5 19.Qf2 exd3 20.Re1 Qd5+ 21.Qf3 Qxf3+ 22.Kxf3 Nd4+ 23.Kg4 Nxc2 24.Nd2 c5 25.Rad1 Nxe1 26.Rxe1 ) 14...Ng8 $6 { +0.75/21 } ( 14...Nf7 { +0.32/22 } 15.Nc3 Qe6 16.Bf4 Bd6 17.Bxd6 Nxd6 18.f3 Kb8 19.Rae1 fxe4 ) 15.e5 Qe6 16.Nc3 Bc5 17.Ne2 Re8 18.d4 Qd5+ $6 { +1.38/26 } ( 18...Qc4 { +0.86/24 } 19.Qd3 Qxd3 20.cxd3 Bb6 21.Be3 Ne7 22.Nf4 Rd8 23.Rae1 Bxd4 24.Ne6 Bxb2 25.Nxd8 Rxd8 26.Re2 Ba3 27.Rb1 Nd5 28.Bd2 Kb8 29.Ree1 Bc5 ) 19.Qf3 Qxf3+ 20.Kxf3 Bb6 21.Kg3 c5 22.c3 $6 { +1.13/25 } ( 22.dxc5 { +1.78/25 } 22...Bxc5 23.Nf4 Ne7 24.Re1 Rd8 25.Be3 Bxe3 26.Rxe3 Rd2 27.Rc1 Rhd8 28.Rd3 R8xd3+ 29.Nxd3 Nc6 30.Kf3 Rxc2 31.Rxc2 Nd4+ 32.Kg3 Nxc2 33.Nf4 Kd7 34.a3 Ne1 35.f3 c5 36.Kf2 Nc2 37.Nxg6 Nd4 38.Ke3 Nc2+ ) 22...Ne7 $6 { +1.58/24 } ( 22...cxd4 { +1.13/25 } 23.cxd4 Ne7 24.Be3 Nd5 25.Rad1 Rd8 26.h4 c6 27.Rd2 Kb8 28.Rfd1 Rhe8 29.Nf4 Nxf4 30.Kxf4 Rd5 31.Kg3 Ba5 32.Rd3 Bc7 33.f3 Ka8 34.f4 Ra5 ) 23.Be3 $6 { +1.14/24 } ( 23.dxc5 { +1.58/24 } 23...Bxc5 24.Nf4 Rd8 25.Re1 Rhe8 26.Be3 Bxe3 27.Rxe3 Nd5 28.Nxd5 Rxd5 29.Rae1 Re6 30.f4 c5 31.b3 Kc7 32.a4 b6 33.R1e2 Rd8 34.Kg2 Rd5 35.Kf3 Rd1 36.Re1 Rd2 ) 23...Nd5 24.Rad1 cxd4 25.cxd4 Kb8 $6 { +1.98/28 } ( 25...Rd8 { +1.17/22 } 26.h4 c6 27.Rd2 ) 26.Nf4 Nxf4 27.Bxf4 Rd8 28.d5 Rhe8 29.b4 a5 30.a3 axb4 31.axb4 Kc8 $2 { +7.83/26 } ( 31...Ba7 { +3.04/28 } 32.Rd2 b5 33.Rc1 Kb7 34.Kg2 Rh8 35.f3 Rhe8 36.Kg3 Re7 37.Rdd1 Rdd7 38.h4 Rd8 39.Rd2 Ree8 40.Rd3 Rd7 41.Rdd1 Ree7 42.Rc2 Rd8 43.Rc3 Ree8 44.Rc2 Re7 { 31...Ba7 32.e6 b5 33.Be5 Kc8 +4.29 Stockfish } ) 32.e6 c6 $2 { +14.82/27 } ( 32...Ba7 { +7.83/27 } 33.Ra1 Bb8 34.Rfc1 b6 35.d6 Rxd6 36.Bxd6 Rxe6 37.Bf4 Kb7 38.Re1 Rc6 39.Rac1 Rxc1 40.Rxc1 ) 33.Ra1 Bxf2+ 34.Rxf2 b6 35.dxc6 Rd3+ 36.Kg2 1-0

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Capuana vs Nakamura

The Capuana-Nakamura match has started at the Saint Louis Chess Club, games are at 2 pm at but it is a non-traditional format comprised of various time limits and Fischer-random. || The finals of the Top Chess Engine Competition are underway at It’s all come down to Komodo versus Stockfish, with the games being played continually until the 100 game match is concluded. Note that these are more advanced versions of the Stockfish and Komodo programs than are currently available to the public (like the VW chips that only run for the test?). It seems useless to have my lesser programs analyze their games. || There have been two decisive games in the computer championship so far. The second, the thirteenth game of the match, is below. There is a horizon effect at work here, Stockfish goes into the ending without being able to see a clear result, trusting its programmers, who have written into the engine’s code that if you can get three connected pawns for a piece in the endgame, the pawns probably will win. However, when your silicon foe has a 3200 rating, the ending must be played in mistake-free fashion to bring home the point, just like a human has to do against a very good defender. || CONN CHESS GOOGLE+ PAGE [Event "TCEC"] [Site ""] [Date "2015.11.09"] [Round "13"] [White "Komodo 9.3"] [Black "Stockfish 021115"] [Result "1-0"] [BlackElo "3224"] [ECO "B47"] [WhiteElo "3223"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.g3 a6 7.Bg2 d6 8.O-O Bd7 9.Nxc6 Bxc6 10.a4 Nf6 11.Be3 Be7 12.a5 O-O 13.Bb6 Qd7 14.Qe2 Bd8 15.Rfd1 Bxb6 16.axb6 e5 17.b3 Rac8 18.Qe3 Qe7 19.Rd2 Bd7 20.Rad1 Rc6 21.Na4 Be6 22.f4 Bg4 23.Rc1 Bd7 24.c4 Ng4 25.Qd3 Nf6 26.Rcd1 Bg4 27.Rf1 Bd7 28.c5 dxc5 29.fxe5 Qxe5 30.Qc3 Qxc3 $6 { +0.89/26 } ( 30...Qe7 { +0.16/23 } 31.e5 Ng4 32.Nxc5 Rxc5 33.Rxd7 Qxd7 34.Qxc5 Re8 35.Qd6 Nxe5 36.Qxd7 Nxd7 37.Bd5 Re7 38.Bxb7 Nxb6 39.Bxa6 Re4 40.Rf5 g6 { When I search 42 ply, Stockfish thinks Black is losing by 1.10 after 30...Qe7 31.e5 Ng4 32.Re1 Re6 33.Nc5 Re5 34.Re5 Ne5 35.Rd6 f5 36.Nb7 Rc8 37.Rc5 Bc6 38.Bc6 Rc6 39 Rc6 Nc6 } ) 31.Nxc3 Rxb6 32.e5 Rxb3 33.exf6 Be6 34.fxg7 Kxg7 35.Ne2 a5 36.Bd5 Rb6 37.Bxe6 Rxe6 38.Nc3 Rfe8 39.Rdf2 Rf8 40.Rb2 b6 41.Rfb1 Rb8 42.Rb5 c4 43.Rg5+ Kh6 44.Rg4 Re5 45.Nb5 c3 46.Rc4 Kg7 47.Rxc3 Rd8 48.Rb2 h5 49.Rc6 h4 50.gxh4 Re1+ 51.Kg2 Red1 52.Rcc2 R1d3 53.Nc7 R3d6 54.Kh3 Rd3+ 55.Kg4 R3d4+ 56.Kg5 R4d6 57.h5 $6 { +1.60/22 } ( 57.Rc4 { +2.00/21 } 57...Kh8 58.Rf4 Rg8+ 59.Kf5 Rc8 60.Nb5 Rc5+ 61.Kg4 Rg6+ 62.Kh3 Kg8 63.Nd4 Rc3+ 64.Rf3 ) 57...Kh8 $6 { +1.92/22 } ( 57...Kh7 { +1.60/22 } 58.Kf5 Rh6 59.Ke4 Rxh5 60.Rxb6 a4 ) 58.Rc4 Rg8+ 59.Kh4 Rc8 60.Rbc2 Kh7 61.R2c3 Rd7 62.Rc6 Rd2 63.h3 Rd4+ 64.Kg5 Rd7 65.Rh6+ Kg8 66.Nb5 Rd5+ 67.Kf4 Rxc3 $6 { +2.33/30 } ( 67...Rcc5 { +1.97/25 } 68.Rxc5 bxc5 69.Nc3 Kg7 70.Ra6 Rxh5 71.Kg4 Rh6 72.Rxa5 Rg6+ 73.Kf4 Rh6 74.Kg3 Rg6+ 75.Kh2 Rc6 76.h4 c4 77.Rd5 Kh6 78.Kg3 Rg6+ 79.Kf3 Rf6+ 80.Kg4 Rg6+ 81.Kf4 Rf6+ 82.Ke3 Rg6 83.Ne4 Rg4 84.h5 Rh4 ) 68.Nxc3 Kg7 69.Rxb6 Rxh5 70.Kg3 Rh6 71.Rb5 Rg6+ 72.Kh2 Ra6 73.Nd5 Kg6 74.Rb2 Rd6 75.Rg2+ Kh5 76.Nf4+ Kh6 77.Ra2 Rd4 78.Ne2 Rd5 79.Ng1 Rf5 80.Ra3 Kh5 81.Kg3 Rg5+ 82.Kf2 Rc5 83.Nf3 Kh6 84.Kg2 Rc2+ 85.Kg1 Rc5 86.Ra2 Rd5 87.Kh2 Rc5 88.Nd2 Kh7 $6 { +3.37/30 } ( 88...f5 { +2.69/30 } 89.Nb3 Rc3 90.Nxa5 Kg5 91.Nb7 Kh4 92.Ra4+ Kh5 93.Ra8 Kg5 94.Rg8+ Kh4 95.Rh8+ Kg5 96.Nd6 Rc2+ 97.Kg3 Rc3+ 98.Kg2 ) 89.Nb3 Rc3 90.Nxa5 Kg6 91.Nb7 Rd3 92.Nc5 Rd5 93.Rg2+ Kf5 94.Rf2+ Ke5 95.Nb3 Ke6 96.Nd2 Ke7 $6 { +4.86/26 } ( 96...f6 { +4.07/26 } 97.h4 Rd4 98.Kg3 Rd3+ 99.Nf3 Kf7 100.h5 Rc3 101.Rh2 Rc4 102.h6 ) 97.Kg3 Rd3+ 98.Nf3 Ra3 99.Kg4 f6 $6 { +5.65/29 } ( 99...Ra4+ { +4.70/27 } 100.Kh5 Ra3 101.h4 Ra5+ 102.Kh6 Ra4 103.h5 ) 1-0 Alan Lasser website:

Tuesday, October 20, 2015


For over three quarters of a century, the New Britain Chess Club of Connecticut, our state’s largest and most historic chess organization, has had a strong reputation for its vital role in the development, promotion, and enrichment of this game to people of all ages and levels across the Northeastern United States. The NBCC has been built on many traditions and yet has become quite adaptable with the changing times. Our members and network of chess friends have also established numerous ties with other local chess institutions, which has been essential for our club’s growth. These solid foundations and key alliances have enabled our club to maintain its solid presence for chess in our community through the ages. Regardless of the challenges that our club has dealt with in the last seventy-five years, our unwavering determination has always led us - “The Heart of Connecticut Chess” - to brighter days for our club and chess in Connecticut. || The NBCC story began around 1930. During the early part of the decade, our club only organized a few yearly tournaments and inter-club matches, and it was not until the late 1930s when our club became more structured. Two of our club’s founding fathers, Boleslaw Grybowski and Edmund Roman, were instrumental in establishing a membership base and creating an annual schedule of activities. Unfortunately, our club was unable to remain active and sustain a large membership in the early 1940s due to the draft. Membership did slowly increase after WWII, and new administrations were charged with the task of rebuilding the NBCC in the second half of the twentieth century. In 1951, Arkadijs Strazdins, who would eventually become the NBCC’s greatest advocate and contributor and most influential member in our club’s history, joined our organization. Our club saw many changes in leadership in the mid-to-late 1950s, and membership was still low. However, by 1960, our club started exploring ways to get more involved on the state-wide scene in hopes of sparking more interest in our chess community. Mr. Strazdins, who began his life-long service to the NBCC, often worked with its officers throughout the 1950s and 1960s to arrange and host a variety of matches, simultaneous chess exhibitions, and tournaments, including the annual New Britain Summer Open Chess Championship, which started in 1966 and which would eventually become Connecticut’s grandest summer chess event. || CONNECTICUT CHESS ON GOOGLE+ As our club continued to fulfill its most important mission of providing a facility and a social environment for chess, the level of membership rebounded. When the Bobby Fischer boom occurred in the early 1970s, membership soared to unprecedented levels. By 1972, the NBCC had 119 members – a record that would not be challenged until 2010, when membership reached 101. Mr. Strazdins, who took the helm as president in 1970, led our club during one of its most prosperous periods. || Up until 1975, the NBCC was very fortunate to have had to relocate only once, the first move occurring in 1956. Sadly, due to extenuating circumstances, our club was forced to move in 1975 after holding meetings at its home for nearly two decades. The move came at a time when our club was at peak membership. Thankfully, Mr. Strazdins was able to find and secure a nice facility in the same city within six months. By the mid-1970s, our organization started a new chapter in its history at its new venue, where we would stay for the next thirty-five years. || With the relocation behind us, our club focused on playing a more pivotal role in the development of Connecticut chess. By 1980, the NBCC was the third-largest chess club in Connecticut behind Hartford and New Haven. Mr. Strazdins, who won over fifty major club tournaments by then, worked tirelessly to promote our organization in his many capacities as officer, tournament director, and team captain. He worked countless of hours to ensure that our club would remain vibrant in the coming decades. Due to Mr. Strazdins’ steadfast efforts, our club emerged as Connecticut’s largest chess organization by the late 1980s. || Mr. Strazdins continued pursuing his passion for and devotion to our club well into the 1990s by keeping its image alive and well. Around the turn of the century, Mr. Strazdins regrettably had to take a step back from club operations because of declining health. His son, Andris, who was our club treasurer since 1973, zealously worked with the other officers and tournaments directors to ensure that his father’s vision for our club was fulfilled. The early years of the twenty-first century saw significant changes in leadership in our club, with the stepping down of Mr. Strazdins as president after serving thirty-one years. The new officers then and today were and have been inspired by Mr. Strazdins’ work for our club, and they have kept alive the traditions that he established during his five decades of service to our organization. Moreover, our club administrators from 2001 to the present have created their own interesting and unique ideas to benefit our club’s growth, many of which have resulted in the biggest expansion of our club’s social network. Today, our club has about eighty members but has over 250 people on its e-mail distribution list. || In the last five years, our club was faced with two more relocations, the most recent in 2014. Each time, we were lucky to find new venues, but we lost some members consequently. Nevertheless, after each transition, our club remained a leading voice for chess in Connecticut. || The NBCC is extremely proud of its heritage and its positive impact on our chess community. In spite of the challenges that our club has faced (membership decline, relocation, and the stepping down of a leader of thirty years), we endured every time. Because of this and because of our rich and diverse history, “The Heart of Connecticut Chess” will no doubt continue to thrive and flourish in the coming decades. The NBCC is very excited about its future, and we anticipate that future generations of chess players will continue to play an integral role in the advancement of our wonderful institution and Connecticut chess. If your travels ever bring you Connecticut, please pay a visit to the NBCC. We meet every Tuesday at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection. Please visit for directions to our club. Yours in chess, Bob Cyr NBCC and CT Chess Historian October 19, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dan Schmidt R.I.P.

(L-R:) Dan Schmidt and Jack Gordon. Read more: Hudson Valley Times - Move by move Dan Schmidt and Jack Gordon replay the great games of chess In New Paltz, the traffic is bad on Main Street. Last week, Dan Schmidt, one of the founders of the New Paltz Chess Club, was crossing the street when he had a heart attack and died. Even in a college town, he had a reputation as a prodigiously well-read know-it-all; for example, he was last person to speak to me about astral projection. Dan was frequently mistaken for a professor, and the professors gladly kept his company. Just days before he died he sent me the following note: Dan Schmidt October 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm To: Alan Lasser Re: game of the week Dear Alan I always look forward to your Game Of The Week missive. I am doubly gratified because this game sent is one by one of my all-time favorite contemporary players GM Shirov. I've played through a number of his games hoping to understand a fraction of his insight into the game and trying not to despair in the attempt. It's a labor of love and always entertaining! But to have someone apply computer annotations to the game is a real treat, and I wanted to convey my sincerest gratitude. Best wishes Dan Schmidt Best wishes to you, too, Dan. Here is his last recorded game, played in the club he founded, against a college student. Ever gracious, after the game he conducted a tutorial post-mortem on the basic endgame strategy of gaining the opposition. Nick Piaquadio-Dan Schmidt skittles New Paltz Chess Club August, 2015 0-1 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bd2 Bxc3 6.Bxc3 Ne4 7.Nf3 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Nd7 9.cxd5 ed 10.Bd3 Nf6 11.O-O Bg4 12.h3 Bh5 13.Be2?! +0.24/21 13.Rb1 +0.53/22 13...Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Rb8 15.Rfc1 c6 16.c4 dxc4 17.Rxc4 O-O 18.Ra4 a6 19.Rab4 Qc7 20.e4 Rfd8 21.e5 Nd5 22.R4b3 b5 23.Rc1 a5 24.e6 13...Bxf3?! +0.57/24 13...O-O +0.24/21 14.Qb3 Rb8 15.c4 dxc4 16.Qxc4 Ne4 17.Rfc1 c6 18.Qa4 a6 19.Qc2 Re8 20.Rab1 Qa5 21.Rb2 14.Bxf3 Ne4?! +1.30/22 14...O-O +0.59/23 15.c4 c6 16.cxd5 Nxd5 17.Qb3 Rb8 18.Rab1 Qd6 19.Rfc1 Rfd8 20.Qa4 a6 21.Qb3 Qe6 22.a4 Qe8 15.Qb3?! +0.70/25 15.c4 +1.30/22 15...O-O 16.cxd5 Ng5 17.Rc1 f5 18.Be2 Ne4 19.Bd3 Nd6 20.Rc3 Qd7 21.Qc2 Rac8 22.Rc1 Rf7 23.Ra3 a6 24.Rc3 15.Bxe4 dxe4 16.Qb1 Qd5 17.c4 Qc6 18.d5 Qxc4 19.Qxb7 Rd8 +1.55 Stockfish 15…Nd2 16.Qb5+ Qd7 17.Qxd7+ Kxd7 18.Rfd1?! -0.17/24 18.Bg4+ +0.12/22 18...Kc6 19.Rfc1 Rhe8 20.Be2 Rab8 21.Rc2 Nc4 22.Bxc4 18...Nxf3+ 19.gxf3 f5 20.e4?! -1.11/24 20.a4 -0.21/23 20...c6 21.Rdc1 g5 22.c4 dxc4 23.Rxc4 20.f4 Rag8 21.Kg2 g5 22.fxg5 Rxg5+ 23.Kf3 Rhg8 24.Rh1 Rh5 25.a4 Rh4 26.Rab1 b6 27.c4 dxc4 28.Rbc1 c5 29.Rxc4 cxd4 30.Rxd4+ Rxd4 31.exd4 Kd6 = Stockfish 20...f4? +0.59/23 20...dxe4 -1.11/24 21.fxe4 fxe4 22.Rab1 b6 23.c4 Rhf8 21.exd5 b5?! +0.94/23 21...Rac8 +0.60/22 22.Re1 c5 23.Rad1 cxd4 24.Rxd4 Rxc3 25.Rxf4 Kd6 26.Rf7 Rhc8 27.Rxb7 R8c7 28.Rb5 21...Rhe8 22.Kf1 Kd6 23.Rdb1 Rab8 24.c4 c6 25.dxc6 bxc6 26.Rb3 a5 27.Rab1 Rxb3 28.Rxb3 Kc7 +0.43 Stockfish at 39 ply 22.a4 a6 23.axb5?! +0.09/21 23.Re1 +0.69/23 23...Rab8 24.axb5 axb5 25.Re4 Kd6 26.Rae1 Kxd5 23.Rdb1 Rab8 24.axb5 axb5 25.Ra5 b4 26.cxb4 Rb6 27.b5 Rhb8 28.Kf1 Kd6 29.Ke2 Kxd5 30.Kd3 g6 31.h4 +0.67 Stockfish at 44 ply 23…axb5 24.Rxa8 Rxa8 25.Rb1 Ra3 26.Kg2 Rxc3 27.Rxb5 Rc4 28.d6? -1.54/30 28.Rb8 -0.42/29 28...Rxd4 29.Rh8 Rxd5 30.Rxh7 Rg5+ 31.Kf1 Kd6 32.h4 Rg6 33.h5 Rg5 34.Ke2 Kd5 35.Kd3 Rg1 36.Rh8 Rd1+ 37.Kc3 Rf1 38.Rf8 Ke5 39.Re8+ Kf6 40.Re4 Kg5 41.Re5+ Kh6 42.Rf5 Rxf2 43.Rxf4 Kxh5 44.Kd4 g5 45.Rf6 Rf1 46.Kd5 Rd1+ 47.Kc6 Rc1+ 48.Kd5 c5 49.Rc6 Rc3 50.Ke4 c4 Stockfish, looking out 52 ply, thinks it's equal after 28.Rb8 Rd4 29.Rg8 g6 30.Rg7 Kd6 31.Rh7 Rd5 32.Rh6 Kc6 33.Rg6 Kb5 34.h4 c5 35.Rg5 Rd8 36.h5 Kb4 37.h6 Rh8 38.Rg6 c4 39.Kh3 c3 40.Rc6 Kb3 28…Kxd6 29.d5 Rc5 30.Rb4 g5 31.h4 h6 32.hxg5? -3.21/31 32.Rb8 -1.46/28 32...Rxd5 33.Rh8 Ke5 34.Rxh6 gxh4 35.Rc6 Rd7 36.Rc1 Rh7 37.Rc4 Rf7 38.Kh3 Kd5 39.Rc3 Rh7 40.Rd3+ Kc4 41.Rd1 c5 42.Rc1+ Kb5 43.Rb1+ Kc6 44.Rc1 Kd5 45.Rd1+ Kc4 32…hxg5 33.Rd4 Ke5 34.Rd3 Rxd5 35.Rxd5+?? #-21/28 35.Rc3 -3.00/32 35...c5 36.Rc4 Kd6 37.Rc1 Kc6 38.Kh3 Kb5 39.Rb1+ Ka4 40.Rc1 Kb4 41.Rb1+ Kc3 42.Rb5 Kd4 43.Rb1 c4 The exchange of rooks is suicidal, but the endgame books always seeem to be the last ones that the students read. 35…Kxd5 36.Kf1 Kd4 37.Ke2 Kc3 38.Kd1 c5 39.Kc1 c4 40.Kd1 Kb2 41.Ke1 c3 42.Kf1 c2 43.Kg2 c1=Q 44.Kh2 Qe1 45.Kg2 Qe2 46.Kg1 Qxf3 47.Kf1 g4 48.Kg1 g3 Resigned a move too early, if you ask me. This is the moment when a quick blunder could mean a draw by stalemate, 49.fg fg or 49.fg Qg3 50.Kh1 f3 0-1

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Tripled Pawns Win in game between GM's

Stop the presses! Incredible news from a recent French League game between grandmasters ! The tripled pawns won ! The tripled pawns won ! Really, this is the longest I have ever seen them play on the board, lining up on move eleven and going nowhere until the victory dance on move 69. Long live the tripled pawns ! || || || [Event "2015 French League"] [Site "France"] [Date "2015.06.05"] [Round "?"] [White "GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda"] [Black "GM Anthony Wirig"] [Result "1-0"] [BlackElo "2506"] [ECO "C18"] [WhiteElo "2610"] CONNECTICUT CHESS ON GOOGLE+ 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qa5 7.Bd2 Qa4 8.Qb1 Nc6 9.Bb5 Qa5 10.Nf3 Ne7 11.dxc5 O-O 12.O-O Qc7 13.Re1 f6 $6 { +0.69/21 } ( 13...Ng6 { +0.43/22 } 14.Bxc6 Qxc6 15.Qb4 Bd7 16.Rab1 Rab8 { Stockfish thinks Black is losing by.38 after 13...Bd7 14.c4 a6 15.cb ab 16.d6 Qd8 Ne7 } ) 14.exf6 Rxf6 15.Qd1 h6 16.c4 d4 17.Qe2 Bd7 18.Ne5 a6 19.Nxd7 Qxd7 20.Ba4 Raf8 21.f3 Rg6 $6 { +1.33/22 } ( 21...Ng6 { +0.96/20 } 22.Rab1 Qe7 23.Qe4 Nge5 24.Bxc6 Nxc6 25.c3 Rd8 26.cxd4 Rxd4 ) 22.Rad1 e5 23.Kh1 Qf5 24.c3 $6 { +1.36/22 } ( 24.Rb1 { +1.64/21 } 24...Qc8 25.c3 Rd8 26.Qe4 Rf6 27.cxd4 Rxd4 28.Qe2 Ng6 29.Bc2 Nf4 30.Bxf4 ) 24...d3 25.Qe4 Qh5 $2 { +2.52/23 } ( 25...Qxe4 { +1.47/23 } 26.Rxe4 Rd8 27.Be1 Re6 28.Bf2 Kf7 29.Re3 e4 30.fxe4 Ne5 31.Rb1 Rf6 32.Kg1 Kg8 33.Rxb7 Rdf8 34.Rxe7 Rxf2 35.Rf3 R2xf3 36.gxf3 Nxf3+ 37.Kg2 d2 38.c6 Ne1+ 39.Kg1 Nd3 40.Bc2 Nb2 ) 26.Be3 d2 27.Rg1 Rd8 28.Bc2 Rf6 29.Rxd2 Rxd2 30.Bxd2 Kf8 31.Be3 Qf7 32.Rd1 Nf5 33.Bf2 h5 34.Ba4 Qc7 35.Bxc6 bxc6 $6 { +5.82/24 } ( 35...Qxc6 { +4.28/19 } 36.Qxe5 Qe8 37.Qd5 Ne3 38.Bxe3 Qxe3 39.Qxb7 Qe8 40.h3 Kg8 41.Rd4 Rf5 ) 36.Re1 $2 { +3.32/24 } ( 36.g4 { +5.82/24 } 36...hxg4 37.fxg4 Nd4 38.Bh4 Rf4 39.Qh7 Qd7 40.h3 Qf7 41.Qh8+ Qg8 42.Qxg8+ Kxg8 43.cxd4 Rxd4 44.Rxd4 exd4 45.Bg5 d3 46.h4 Kf7 47.Kg2 Ke6 48.Kf3 Ke5 49.Ke3 d2 50.Bf4+ Kf6 51.Kxd2 Ke6 52.Kc3 a5 53.Bc7 a4 ) 36...Kf7 $6 { +5.05/25 } ( 36...Nh6 { +3.32/24 } 37.Qh7 Re6 38.Rb1 Qd7 39.Rb6 a5 40.Be3 h4 41.h3 Qe7 42.Ra6 Kf7 43.Qe4 Qf6 44.Rxa5 Nf5 45.Ra7+ Kg8 { Stockfish plays 36...g6 37.Qe5 and Black is losing by 2.75 } ) 37.Kg1 $6 { +3.39/24 } ( 37.g4 { +5.05/25 } 37...Ne7 38.Bg3 Qd7 39.Bxe5 Re6 40.Qh7 Rg6 41.Bd6 Rh6 42.Qxh6 gxh6 43.Rxe7+ Qxe7 44.Bxe7 hxg4 45.Bd6 gxf3 46.Kg1 Kg8 47.Kf2 Kh7 48.Kxf3 Kg7 49.Be5+ ) 37...g6 $6 { +3.88/28 } ( 37...Ne7 { +3.39/24 } 38.Qxe5 Qxe5 39.Rxe5 Rf4 40.Bd4 Nf5 41.Re4 Rxe4 42.fxe4 Nh4 43.Kf2 g5 44.g4 hxg4 45.Kg3 Nf3 46.Kxg4 Nxh2+ 47.Kxg5 Nf3+ 48.Kf5 Nd2 49.Be3 { Stockfish defends with 37...Nh6 38.Qe3 a5, still losing by 2.94 } ) 38.Qxe5 Qxe5 39.Rxe5 Re6 $6 { +4.59/34 } ( 39...Ng7 { +3.94/27 } 40.Bd4 Ne6 41.Kf2 a5 42.Re2 Rf4 43.Ke3 Rh4 44.g3 Rh3 45.f4 h4 46.Kf3 hxg3 47.hxg3 ) 40.Rxe6 Kxe6 41.Kf1 Nh6 42.Ke2 Nf7 43.Bg3 Kf5 44.Kd3 g5 $6 { +4.62/30 } ( 44...Nd8 { +4.01/28 } 45.Bc7 Ne6 46.Bd6 Nd8 47.h3 h4 48.Be7 Ne6 49.Bxh4 Nf4+ 50.Kd2 Nxg2 51.Bg3 g5 52.Kd3 Nf4+ 53.Bxf4 Kxf4 54.Kd4 Kg3 55.Ke5 ) 45.Kc2 g4 46.fxg4+ Kxg4 47.Bc7 Kf5 48.Kd3 Nh8 49.Ke3 Ng6 50.Bd6 Nh4 $6 { +6.14/33 } ( 50...Nh8 { +4.67/35 } 51.Kd3 Nf7 52.Kc2 Nd8 53.Kb3 Nb7 54.h3 a5 55.Ka4 Kg5 56.Bc7 ) 51.g3 Ng6 52.Kf3 Nh8 53.Bf4 $6 { +4.92/39 } ( 53.h3 { +6.14/35 } 53...Nf7 54.g4+ hxg4+ 55.hxg4+ Kf6 56.Kf4 Nd8 57.Be5+ Kg6 58.Bc7 Nf7 59.Bd6 ) 53...Ng6 $6 { +6.28/28 } ( 53...Nf7 { +4.92/39 } 54.h3 Nd8 55.g4+ hxg4+ 56.hxg4+ Kf6 57.Bc7 Ne6 58.Bb6 Ng5+ 59.Ke3 Ne6 60.Ke4 Ng5+ 61.Kf4 Ne6+ 62.Ke3 Nf8 63.Bc7 Kg5 64.Kf3 Ne6 65.Bd6 Kf6 66.Ke4 Ng5+ 67.Kf4 Ne6+ 68.Ke3 Kg5 69.Ke4 Kf6 70.Be5+ Kg5 71.Bd4 Nd8 72.Kf3 Nb7 73.Be3+ Kf6 74.Ke2 Na5 75.g5+ Kg6 76.Kd3 Nb3 77.Ke4 Na5 78.Kd4 Nb7 79.a4 Kf7 80.Kd3 Na5 ) 54.h3 Nh8 55.Be3 Ng6 56.Bd4 Nf8 57.g4+ hxg4+ 58.hxg4+ Kg5 59.Be3+ Kf6 60.Bd4+ Kg5 61.Ke4 Nd7 $2 { +10.88/41 } ( 61...Ng6 { +6.28/38 } 62.Bg1 Kf6 63.Be3 Ke6 64.Bd4 Nh4 65.g5 Ng6 66.Bg7 Nh4 67.Be5 Ng6 68.Bd6 Nh4 69.Bg3 Nf5 70.Bf4 Ne7 71.Bd6 Ng6 72.Bg3 Ne7 73.Bf4 Ng6 74.Bh2 Nh4 75.Bc7 Ng6 ) 62.Bg1 Kg6 63.Kf4 Kf6 64.Be3 Nf8 65.Bd4+ Ke6 66.Kg5 Kf7 67.Kf5 Nd7 68.Bf2 Ke7 69.g5 1-0 Alan Lasser web site: email: ConnecticutChess.Blogspot.Com Rob Roy looking to establish a chess club in Hartford, Manchester, or Willimantic. Contact

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