Thursday, October 21, 2021

14th annual Open at Foxwoods

14th annual Open at Foxwoods

American Classic, Grand Prix, Enhanced Grand Prix, Junior Grand Prix
Foxwoods Resort Casino


An American Classic!

US Chess Junior Grand Prix!

APR. 13-17, 14-17 OR 15-17, CONNECTICUT


Open Section, Apr 13-17:  9SS, 40/90, SD/30, +30. FIDE rated, GM & IM norms possible.   Other Sections, Apr 14-17 or 15-17: 7SS, 40/90, SD/30, +30 (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60, d10); U2200 & U2200 are FIDE rated. Foxwoods Resort Casino & Hotel, Rt 2, Mashantucket CT 06339 (I-95 to Exit 92 to Rt 2 West, or I-395 to Exit 85 to Rt 164 to Rt 2 East). Free parking. 45 miles from T.F. Green Airport (Providence), 100 miles from Logan Airport (Boston), 60 miles from Bradley Airport (Hartford),  14 miles from Groton/New London Airport; for shuttle from New London Amtrak station call 1-800-USA-RAIL. Bus transportation: 1-888-BUS2FOX.  Free shuttle to Mashantucket Pequot Museum, largest Native American museum in USA. Prizes $75,000 based on 500 entries (re-entries, GMs/IMs/WGMs, foreign FIDE in Open count as half entries), else proportional, minimum $50,000 (2/3 each prize) guaranteed. Open Section: $7000-4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-400-300-300, clear/tiebreak winner $200 bonus. FIDE 2250-2399 $2000-1000, FIDE Under 2250/Unr $2000-1000.  Under 2200/Unr, Under 2000/Unr, Under 1800: each $4000-2000-1000-700-500-400-400-300-300-300. Under 1600, Under 1400: each $3000-1500-1000-600-500-400-300-300-200-200. Under 1100/Unr: $1000-600-500-400-300-300-300-200-200-200. Mixed Doubles: male/female combined 2-player team scores among all sections: $1000-600-400-200. Must average under 2200; may play different sections; register (no extra fee) before both begin round 2. Rounds 8-9 in Open not counted towards doubles. Teams including an unr limited to $400 prize. Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as of April 2022 official limited to $600 in U1100, $1500 U1400, $2500 U1600 or U1800.  Games rated too late for April 2022 list not counted. 2) Unr limits: U1100 $300, U2000 $1000. 3) If any post-event Regular OTB or Regular Online rating posted 4/11/21-4/11/22 was above 50 points over section maximum, prize limit $800. 3) Balance of limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. EF: $208 online at by 2/7, $228 by 4/12, all $250 at site. Mailed EF $215 by 2/7, $225 by 4/2, do not mail after 4/2. Open Section EF $100 more to US players not USCF or FIDE rated 2200/over. GMs, foreign IMs/WGMs in Open: $180 less ($180 deducted from prize), US IMs/WGMs & FIDE rated foreign players $100 less ($100 deducted from prize). EF deduction cannot lower prize to below minimum. Open minimum prize guarantee if enter online by 3/30 & play all 9 games (no byes): Foreign GM $700, US GM $300, foreign IM/WGM $300. Under 1100 Section: EF $100 less. Seniors 65/over in U1400/above: EF $100 less. CSCA members: Online EF $4 less. Re-entry: $100 (no Open to ineOpen).. No checks at site; credit cards OK. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine, paid online with entry: see, 5-day schedule (Open only): Reg. ends Wed 6 pm, rds. Wed. 7, Thu 12 & 7, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30..  4-day schedule (no Open): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds Thu 7,  Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30.. 3-day schedule (no Open): Reg. ends Fri 10 am, rds. Fri 11, 2:30 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. U2200 to U1100 schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Byes: all; limit 3 (limit 2 last 4 rds), must commit before rd 3. Ratings: FIDE used in Open, April USCF official in others. Foreign player ratings: see Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied. HR: Grand Pequot Tower (tournament site, very luxurious): Fri & Sat $209, other days $153. Fox Tower (5-7 minute walk, connected building): Fri & Sat $179, others $123. Great Cedar Hotel (4-6 minute walk, connected building), Fri & Sat $149, others $103.  For all, $4.95 resort fee, includes high speed wired internet, fitness center, pool, spa, in room ftlinecoffee, etc. Use link at or 1-800-FOXWOOD,  reserve by 3/31 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve at Electronic devices rules: See Please leave  phone in hotel room, car, home, or a bag near your table.  Ent: or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803. Questions:,,, Refunds, $15 service charge.  Entries posted at (click “entry list” after entry). Blitz tmt Sat. 10:30 pm, reg. by 10 pm.








Rt 2
Mashantucket, CT 06339
United States

Sections: 7
Grand Prix Points: 200
Prize Fund: $75000
FIDE Rated: Yes
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No


Continental Chess Association

Sunday, October 3, 2021

NBCC Weekly News October 3, 2021


NBCC Weekly News October 3, 2021

This Week’s News Items:

  • Club Opens at 6 PM, Round starts at 7 sharp.

  • Oktoberfest 2021 - Round 3 Open, U1800

  • Masks Mandatory

  • Time to renew your membership

  • Training - Joe

  • Saturday Study Group - 5pm (Different Link)


Club Opens at 6 PM, Round starts at 7 sharp

We will be opening the club by 6. The lecture starts at 6:15 and will end by 7 PM. We want to start earlier, so games can start earlier and end earlier. 

Round 3 of Oktoberfest will start at 7 PM. Please arrive on time. If players are not there at 7, their opponents will start their clocks. At 7:30 PM, the game will be considered a forfeit win and the remaining players will be repaired. For no shows, we will not pair them for the next round. 

Please communicate to the tournament director if there will be any delays or cancellations. For any byes let us know a week in advance. If anything urgent comes up please email the club. Thank you for your cooperation.


Oktoberfest 2021 - Round 3 Open, U1800

The pairings are posted on the calendar on the club website. We will have the standings posted starting next round. There are a lot of prizes. Three in the top section, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd; and six in the U1800 section, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Top U1800, Top U1000, and Top Unrated. 



Masks Mandatory

Hartford county is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases these past few days. The CDC tracker identified Hartford as having a “HIGH” level of community transmission. As such we ask all members to wear masks at the club. 


New Membership Year Starts in September!  Please Renew your membership:

The success of the NBCC depends on the contributions and support of our chess community.  Membership dues are needed to pay for the use of the facilities, to purchase equipment and to run the club.  

Benefits of a NBCC Membership include:

Casual play every week

Reduced tournament entry fee

Support of chess in CT

Participation in member only events, such as our Club Championship 

         and Christmas Party

Membership dues for the 9/1 - 8/31 club year are:

  • Regular $65 

  • Children and full time students: $50

  • 2nd family member: $35

  • 65+ yrs old or out of state college student: $35

  • Special $35 in case of a Financial Hardship

You can pay with check or cash at the club or renew by PayPal on our website.

Please send the check to: Dave Herscovici - 231 Argyle Road, Cheshire CT, 06410-2625

NBCC membership page and PayPal link



In-person Lecture - Joe Bihlmeyer - Tuesday 10/5 - 6:15pm 

At 6:15pm (note the earlier start time), Joe will be back to explore endgames. The lecture will run until 7pm, when we will start the Oktoberfest.


Saturday Study Group at 5pm

The Saturday Study group will be experimenting with their schedule. It will start at 5pm and run for three hours. The first hour will be general, where one of the regulars will give a club-like demo.  The second hour will be "practice games" or a "practice game."  These are very informal and geared towards learning.  We are experimenting with group games involving input from everyone for BOTH sides. The third hour will review games from participants, from the club, if and when we get them, the internet, or from history and their analysis.  

Link to Zoom -

Meeting ID: 856 9749 6782

Passcode: NBCC


Suhas Kodali


New Britain Chess Club



Thursday, September 23, 2021

By Rick Bauer: Bihlmeyer - Castaneda

The 2021 New Britain Chess Club Championship resulted in a tie between FM Nelson Castaneda and Joe Bihlmeyer. Joe lost to Nelson early but won all of his other games to catch up after two other players (Mark Bourque and Gert Hillhorst) were able to hold Nelson to draws. A playoff game also went Nelson’s way.


The following game between the top two shows the spirited play that brought BOTH players to the top of the heap.


Event "NBCC Club Championship 2021: Round 2 

Joe Bihlmeyer - Nelson Castaneda 



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UTCDate "2021.07.21"

ECO "B21"

Opening "Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit Accepted"

Annotated by FM Rick Bauer"


1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3!? 


The Smith-Morra is a good weapon. White gets easy development with enough pressure to keep black on the defensive.


3... dxc3!? 


Accepting the challenge is the only way to gain a theoretical edge, but not the only way to play. Black can also get a good game by declining with 3... Nf6!? 4. e5 Nd5 5. Nf3 Nc6 = 


4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 e6 


Old School! Playing both e6 and d6 gives black a solid, but constrained game. 6... a6 


7. O-O Be7


This and ...Nf6 can be played in either order.  


8. Qe2 Nf6 9. Rd1 e5!? = 


9... Bd7 10. Nb5 Qb8 11. Bf4 Ne5 12. Nxd6+! Bxd6 13. Rxd6 Qxd6 14. Nxe5 Qe7 15. Rd1 O-O 16. Nxd7 Nxd7 17. Bd6 Qg5 18. Bxf8 Nxf8 is also equal but most of the play is gone. 


10. h3 


10. Be3!?, 10. Bg5 O-O


10... O-O 


10... Be6 


11. Be3 a6 


11... Be6 12. Rac1 Rc8 


12. a4 


12. Nd5 


12... Be6 =+ 13. a5?! 


13. Bxe6 fxe6 14. Qc4 Qd7 15. Ng5 Nd8 -/+ Hardarson, Robert - Hjartarson, Johann, 0-1, ISL-ch, 1991,  


13... Rc8? 


 Clearly, the b6 square is now sensitive, but how can white take advantage? The answer is to start on the other side and create a second weakness! 13... Bxc4 14. Qxc4 Nxa5 15. Qb4 Nc6 16. Qxb7 Qc8 


14. Bb6? =+ 


 Putting the B on this square blocks it from the N! 14. Bxe6 fxe6 15. Ng5! Qd7 16. Na4! The beautifully coordinated attack of the two knights on either side of the board wins back the material, and then some.   


14... Bxc4 15. Qxc4 Qd7 16. Qd3 =+ h6 


16... Bd8!? returns the backward pawn in exchange for a target on b6. 17. Qxd6 Qxd6 18. Rxd6 Bxb6 19. axb6 Rfd8 


17. Rd2 17. Ra4 Rfe8 17... Nb4! 18. Qe2 Qe6 18. Rad1 Bf8 19. Qe2 Nb4! 


Black has found a remarkable way to contest d5 with a “floating outpost.” The Nb4 is not protected at all, but cannot be attacked!


20. Nh4 g6 21. Qf3 Kg7 22. Qg3 Nh5 23. Qf3 Nf6 24. Qg3 


 Based both on position and rating, white would be happy with a draw by repetition, but black is not.  


24... Kh7 -/+ 25. Qf3 Qe6 


25... Be7 looks risky but the B is not overloaded. Only major pieces can target d6 and f6.  


26. g4! 


 In a difficult position to play, white finds the strongest plan. The idea is not to advance the kingside but to centralize the Nh4 via g2, e3, and d5.  


26... Rc4?! 


 Black misses the deep point of white's last move and aids the plan with a tempo.  


27. Ng2! Nd7 28. Ne3 Nxb6 29. axb6 Rc5 30. Ned5 Nxd5 31. Nxd5 = 


 White's unshakable grip on the light squares gives him full compensation for the backward d6 pawn. 31. exd5 = 


31... Rec8 32. Kg2 


32. Nc7! and it is hard for black to avoid repetition. 32... Qd7 33. Nd5 Qe6 34. Nc7 


32... Kg7 33. b4?! 


33. Nc7 Qf6 34. Qxf6+ Kxf6 35. Nd5+ Ke6 


33... Rc4 =+ 34. Qe2 34. Rd3 34... R8c6 -/+ 35. Ra1 


35. h4 


35... Be7? 


 Black has the right idea, to target the b6 pawn, but misses white's next shot. 35... Qd7 is the only way to prevent it.  


36. Rxa6! Bg5 


36... bxa6 37. b7 Rxb4 38. Nxb4 Rb6 39. Nc6 Rxb7 40. Qxa6 Rb1 41. Nxe7 Qxe7 42. Qxd6 is completely equal.  


37. Raa2?? 


 After all the beautiful maneuvers and counter maneuvers, white simply hangs the exchange. 37. b5 37. Nc7 37. Rda2 


37... Bxd2 38. Rxd2 f5? 


Black wants to open lines for his rooks but runs into a tactic. Surer would be 38... Rd4 $19 39. Rxd4 exd4 40. Qd3 f5! or 38... Rc1 


39. exf5 gxf5 


On move 40 white is down an exchange and pawn structure, but the dominant knight on d5 gives complete compensation if it is used to the fullest.


40. Nc7?!


40. b5! R6c5 41.Ne3! maintains dynamic equality.


40... Qg6 41. b5 Rxc7! 


Black’s best chance is to return the exchange for one of the b pawns! Not 41... R6c5 42.Rxd6! Qxd6 43.Ne8+ +- 


42. bxc7 Rxc7 43. Qd3?!    43. Qd1! Is almost equal.


43... Rd7 =+ 44. f4 e4 45. Qd4+ Kh7 46. Kg3 


This natural move is a mistake! 46. Kh2! fxg4 47. hxg4 is better since the g pawn cannot be taken without dropping the e pawn.


46... fxg4 47. h4? 


White probably didn’t like the looks of 47. hxg4 h5 48. g5 Qf5 -/+ but the cure is worse than the disease: 2 pawns down vs one 


47... d5 47... Qe6! 48. b6? 48. Qe5! 48... Qg7 48... Qd6 49. Qc5 49. Qe3 49... Qf7 50. Rc2!? d4! 51. Rc4? d3 52. Qe5 Qd5!


The human way to win. Stockfish can find the more forcing 52... d2! 53. Qxe4+ Qg6 54. f5 Qd6+ 55. Kg2 Qd5!


53. Rc7 Qxe5 54. fxe5 Rg7 55. e6 d2 56. e7 d1=Q 57. e8=Q Qf3+ 58. Kh2 g3+ 59. Kh3 g2+ 


 0 - 1  


59... Qh1# is faster but less aesthetic. 60. Kh2 g1=Q# The two queen mate is much prettier.