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 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

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.

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.