Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday Dec 16 - State Champ for Kids, Univ of New Haven

The Connecticut Chess Organization, allClubs Chess and the UCONN Chess Club Proudly Present the


Saturday Dec 16, 2017

CCO SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT SCHOLASTIC CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS - Leg 2 of 2017-18 Connecticut National Nominations Grand Prix

University of New Haven

300 Boston Post Road

West Haven, CT 06516

3 Sections: K-12 Open, K-12 Under 1000, K-12 Unrated

Out of State Welcome and Prize Eligible, Except NNGP points.

Open: One 1/2 point bye permitted for any round; Lower sections: 1/2 point byes permitted for rounds 1 through 4, only. All must commit by end of registration.
For More Information:
Alexander Lumelsky, 860-593-0225
Official Web Site:

Info on USCF Site:

(1) Proceeds will benefit Connecticut scholastic chess development. (2) A limited number of team rooms are available at this venue. Please contact Alexander Lumelsky at for pricing and reservations. (3) Award ceremony anticipated for 4:30 PM. (4) Participation certificates will be distributed to all players. (5) Grand Prix point recipients will receive point confirmation from the CSCA Tournaments Coordinator via letter or certificate. (6) Post-event NNGP point standings will be published on CSCA website at (NEW WEB ADDRESS!).

Connecticut State Blitz-Chess - Tuesday Dec 12


TUESDAY  Dec 12, 2017

CSCA Blitz Championship

NBCC - Armenian Church

1910 Stanley St

New Britain, CT 06053

G/5;d5 Pairings and Prizes based on Blitz Ratings.

Unrated players not eligible for class prizes.

For More Information:
Norman Burtness
Official Web Site:

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Alan Lasser's Game of the Week

  Check out the position after move twenty-nine;  talk about unbalanced material, White’s four pieces are completely different from Black’s three pieces, throw in a couple of extra pawns and try to figure it out.  The computers at the TCEC 10 are certain the position is equal at all times.
Komodo 1970-Houdini 6.03
1.e4 d6 
46.Nc4 Ke6 ½-½

[Event "TCEC 10"]

[Site "?"]

[Date "2017.11.24"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Komodo 1970"]

[Black "Houdini 6.03"]

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

[BlackElo "3185"]

[ECO "C41"]

[WhiteElo "3232"]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.h3 c6 8.a4 Re8 9.a5 Qc7 10.Ba2 h6 11.Re1 Rb8 12.Qe2 exd4 13.Nxd4 b5 14.axb6 Rxb6 15.Be3 Bf8 16.Nf5 Rxb2 17.Bb3 Nc5 18.Bxc5 dxc5 19.Ne3 Nxe4 20.Na4 ( 20.Nxe4 Rxe4 21.Qd3 Qe5 22.Rxa7 Be6 23.Bxe6 Qxe6 24.Ra8 Rb7 25.Qd8 Qe7 26.Rd1 Rd4 27.Rxd4 cxd4 28.Qxd4 Rb1+ 29.Kh2 Rb8 30.Rxb8 Qc7+ 31.g3 Qxb8

{ =   Stockfish } ) 20...Rxb3 21.cxb3 g6 $6 { +0.30/20 } ( 21...Be6

{ -0.14/19 } 22.Qc2

{ 22. Nc4 Nf6 23. Qe5 Qb8 24. Qxb8 Rxb8 25. Nd2 Rd8 26. Red1 g6 27. Nc3 Rd3

28. Rac1 Nd5 29. Ne2 Bf5 30. Ng3 Nc3 31. Re1 Na2 32. Rcd1 Nc3 33. Rc1   =  

Stockfish } 22...Qf4 23.Nc4 Ng5

{ 23...Bxh3 24. gxh3 Qg5+ 25. Kh1 Qf5 26. Kh2 Qf4+ 27. Kg1   =   Stockfish

} 24.Re3 Rb8

{ 24...Bxh3 25. gxh3 Rxe3 26. fxe3 Nxh3+ 27. Kh1 Qf3+ 28. Qg2 Qh5 29. Rf1

Nf2+ 30. Kg1 Nh3+ 31. Kh1    =   Stockfish } 25.Nab2 Bd5 26.Nd3 Qh4 27.Nde5 Ne6 28.Qa2 Nd4 29.Nd7 Rxb3 ) ( 21...Nf6 22.Qc2 Qe5 23.Qc1 Qd4 24.Nc4 Be6 25.Nc3 Qd3 26.Ra2 Nd5 27.Ne4 Bxh3 28.Rd2 Qxb3 29.Rb2 Qd3 30.Rd2 Qb3

{ =   Stockfish } ) 22.Rad1 Bg7 23.Nc2 Be5

24.f4 Bxf4 25.Qf3 Bh2+ 26.Kh1 Qf4 27.Nxc5 Nf2+ 28.Qxf2 Qxf2 29.Rxe8+ Kh7 30.Ne3 Bxh3 31.Kxh2 Bxg2 32.Nxg2 Qxc5 33.Rd7 Qf2 ( 33...Kg7 34.Ree7 Qh5+ 35.Kg3 Qg5+ 36.Kh2 Qh5+ { =    Stockfish } ) 34.Rc7 ( 34.Ree7 Kg7 35.Rxa7 g5 36.b4 h5 37.Rxf7+ Qxf7 38.Rxf7+ Kxf7 39.Ne3 h4 40.Kh3 Ke6 41.Kg4 Ke5 42.Nc4+ Ke4 43.Na5 Kd4 44.Nb7 Kc4 45.Nd8 Kb5 46.Kh3 Kxb4 47.Nxc6+ { =   Stockfish } )

34...h5 35.Rxc6 h4 36.Re3 g5 37.Rc7 a6 38.Ree7 Kg6 39.Rxf7 Qxf7 40.Rxf7 Kxf7 41.Ne3 a5 42.Nc4 Ke6 43.Kh3 Kf6 44.Kg4 Ke6 45.Nd2 Kd5 46.Nc4 Ke6 1/2-1/2

Alan Lasser


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

New Britain Chess Club News

Weekly News December 6, 2017

This Week’s News Items:

  • CSCA State Blitz Championship, Tuesday Dec 12, 2017

  • Blitz XVII Results

  • GM Aleksandr Lenderman at NBCC Feb 2 & 3, 2018

  • Training Class Tuesday - with Joe Bihlmeyer at 6:15 pm

  • CSCA Blitz Championship Dec 12, 2017

  • NBCC Christmas Party December 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm


CSCA State Blitz Championship, December 12, 2017

Tuesday Dec. 12 the NBCC will be hosting the CSCA State Blitz Championship.  

CSCA Blitz Championship Tournament Details:
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
• 9-SS G/5;d5
• sections: 1   
• Entry Fee: $10.  $2 of each entry goes to CSCA and purchases membership.
• Prizes: Trophy + $20 to top 3 and top U2000.
• USCF Blitz rated (USCF membership is required)
• Quick Ratings used for prizes.
• Registration 6:45-7:00 P.M.
• Pairings made at 7:15


Blitz XVII Results

Congratulations to Nelson Castaneda and Mark Bourque, tying for 1st place in the Blitz XVII tournament last Tuesday.  See the cross-table for complete standings.

Blitz XVII Crosstable


Grand Master Aleksandr Lenderman will come to the NBCC Feb. 2 & 3 to conduct Master level training class.

The NBCC is proud to announce that GM Aleksandr Lenderman will be coming to NBCC the weekend of February 2 and 3 (Friday/Saturday) to conduct a Master level training class.  Cost for this will be $25 and will be limited to ~10-15 expert and master level players (members only).   On Saturday Mr. Lenderman will conduct a lecture followed by a simultaneous exhibition.  Cost will be $5 for scholastic players and $10 for adult.  Non-members may participate for $10/$20.  These plans are tentative, so be watching for updates.


Training Classes - Joe Bihlmeyer  will be conducting classes for the next 2 weeks.

This week’s topic: Queening tricks in the end-game. Classes are open to members and 1st-time visitors.


 On Tuesday Dec. 19, the NBCC will be having its

Annual Christmas Party.  It will be catered by Hall’s

Market, in West Hartford.  Please bring desserts.

Following the Party will be a Bullet tournament,

Round Robin, G1/d1.  Trophy to 1st place.   

Entry is free to members plus 1 immediate family member.  Additional family

members $10. $20 for non-members. Dinner will be served starting at 6:15, P.M.


Norman Burtness, President

Monday, December 4, 2017

Alan Lasser's Game of the Week

Long-time readers have seen my version of the World Champion Lasker’s classic advice, “Four Things to Think About Before You Touch That Chess Piece” in this column many times, lastly in the issue of 7/22/17.  If I may quote myself, “the best chance for laying a successful trap is to place it as close as possible to your opponent’s intentions”.  “How do I do that?”, you might ask.  This game is a good example, 17…Nd5 is an objectively stronger move, but I chose to play 17…g5 in order to lay a trap.  My opponent’s intention is to play Rc1, combining with the bishop to attack my knight on c6, at the very least it will smash up my king’s defensive position.  17…g5 does not appear to prevent that, it looks like the bishop need not be defended because the rook’s attack on my queen will allow his plan to get underway immediately.  Then my intermezzo capture, 18…Re1, springs the trap, because the rook must be recaptured.

Unrelated:  see Magnus Carlsen in a TV commercial at

Eric Harder-Alan Lasser


Forbes Library Chess Club


1.e4 Nc6 

2.d4 d5 

27...Nc3+ 0-1

[Event "game/60"]

[Site "Forbes Library CC"]

[Date "2017.11.29"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Eric Harder"]

[Black "Alan Lasser"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B00"]

1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Be3 e5

5.c4 Bb4+ 6.Nd2 Qd6 7.a3 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 exd4 9.Bf4 Qe7+ 10.Be2 Be6 $6 { -1.05/21 } ( 

10...Bf5 { -1.31/22 } 11.O-O-O O-O-O

{ 11...Nf6 12. Bd3 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 O-O-O 14. Nf3 Ne4 15. Rhe1 Rhe8    -1.05  

Stockfish } 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Nf6 14.Nf3 Qe4

{ 14...Ne4 15. Rhe1 Rhe8 16. Qc2 f6 17. Nd2 d3 18. Qa4 Qf7 19. Nxe4 Rd4 20.

Nd6+ cxd6 21. Rxe8+ Qxe8   -1.08   Stockfish } 15.Bg5 Qxd3 16.Rxd3 Ne4

17.Bxd8 Nxf2 18.Rd2 Nxh1 19.Bh4 f6 20.Nxd4 Na5 21.Rc2 Rd8 22.Nf5 Nb3+ 23.Kb1

Nd4 24.Nxd4 Rxd4 25.Be1 Rd1+ 26.Rc1 Rxc1+ 27.Kxc1 c5 28.b3 f5 ) 11.O-O-O

O-O-O 12.Nf3 Nf6 13.Ng5 $6 { -1.50/20 } ( 13.Qc2 { -1.15/20 } 13...Kb8

14.Rhe1 Nh5 15.Bd2 Rhe8 16.Kb1 h6 17.Bd3 Qd6 18.h3 g5 19.b4 ) ( 13.Bd3 Nh5

14.Bg3 Rhe8 15.Rhe1 Nxg3 16.hxg3 Qf8 { -0.93   Stockfish } ) 13...Rhe8 $6

{ -1.15/20 } ( 13...Bf5 { -1.50/20 } 14.Rhe1 Nd7 15.Bg4

{ 15. Bd3 Qf6 16. Ne4 Bxe4 17. Bxe4 Nc5 18. Kb1 Nxe4 19. Rxe4 Qg6 20. Qd3

Qxg2   -1.43   Stockfish } 15...Qf6 16.Ne4 Bxe4 ) 14.Rhe1 h6 15.Nxe6 Qxe6

16.Bf3 $2 { -2.16/24 } ( 16.Bd3 { -1.09/22 } 16...Qd7 17.h3 Rxe1 18.Rxe1 Re8

19.Bg3 { 19.b4 Rxe1+ 20. Qxe1 Qe6 21. Qxe6+ fxe6   -0.15   Stockfish }

19...Kb8 20.b4 Re6 21.Kb2 ) 16...Qxc4+ 17.Kb1 g5 ( 17...Nd5 18.Bg3 Qb3

19.Rxe8 Rxe8 20.Re1 Rxe1+ 21.Qxe1 Kd8 { -2.22 Stockfish } ) 18.Rc1 $2

{ -6.13/22 } ( 18.Bg3

{ -1.95/21   The attempt to unhinge the trap by first exchanging rooks

doesn't work,  18.Re8 Re8 19.Rc1 Qb5 20.Bc6 bc 20.Bg3 Re2 } 18...Rxe1 19.Rxe1


{ 19...d3 20. Rc1 Qa4 21. Re1 Rd7 22. h3 Qc4 23. Rc1 Qb5 24. Qe3 d2 25. Rd1

Qf5+ 26. Ka1 Nd4 27. Rxd2 Nc2+ 28. Rxc2 Qxc2 29. Qxa7 Qc1+ -1.85 Stockfish

} 20.h4

{ 20. Qc2 Qxc2+ 21. Kxc2 f5 22. h4 d3+ 23. Kxd3 b5 24. Ke2 Nd4+ 25. Kf1

Nxf3 26. gxf3 -1.43 Stockfish } 20...Kb8 21.Be4 f6 22.Ka1 Qb5 23.Bd3 Qc5

24.Rd1 Rg8 25.hxg5 hxg5 26.Rc1 Qb6 27.Be4 Rd8 28.Qe2 Ne5 29.Qd2 Nc6 )

18...Rxe1 19.Qxe1 $6 { -7.26/22 } ( 19.Rxe1 { -6.17/21 } 19...gxf4 20.Qxf4


{ 20...Qd3+ 21. Ka1 Qg6 22. h4 d3 23. h5 Qg5 24. Qxg5 hxg5 25. Bd1 d2 26.

Re3 Nxh5 27. Bxh5 d1=Q+ 28. Bxd1 Rxd1+    -6.74   Stockfish } 21.Qf5+ Kb8

22.Qc2 Nb6 23.Bxc6 Qxc6 ) 19...Qd3+ 20.Ka1 gxf4 21.Bxc6 bxc6 22.Rxc6 Qe4 23.Qc1 Qe5 24.Qc4 Nd5 $6

{ -5.79/24 } ( 24...d3 { -13.64/24 } 25.Rc5 Qe1+ 26.Ka2 Qe6 27.Rxc7+ Kb8

{ I was afraid of 24...d3 25.Qa6 Kb8 26.Rc6 but 26...d2 wins. } ) 25.Qa6+ Kb8

26.Qb5+ Ka8 27.Ka2 $4 { #-9/28 } ( 27.Rc1 { -5.57/23 } 27...Qe4

{ 27...Rb8 28. Qd3 Rb6 29. h3 Kb7 30. h4 Kb8 31. Rd1 c5 32. Rc1 Nf6 33. f3

Kb7   -7.57   Stockfish } 28.Qc4 Qxg2 29.Qxd4 Qxh2 30.Ka2 Kb7 31.Rc5 c6

32.Qc4 Rd6 33.Qb3+ Kc7 34.Qa4 Kb6 35.Qd4 Kb7 36.Qe5 Kc7 37.Qe2 Kb6 38.Rc2 Qh3

  1. ) 27...Nc3+ 0-1

  2. Thursday, November 30, 2017

    Top stories for November - Connecticut Chess Magazine

    Connecticut Chess Magazine finishes November with 5,300 visits to its blog during the month: A total of 16 postings for November.
    The top postings were "Computers fail to understand Queen versus 3 pieces" by Alan Lasser with 966 hits. In second place was Alan Lasser's chess column for Nov 18, 859 hits.
    3rd place was Rick Bauer's "Connecticut State Chess Association engaged in a civil war" 612 hits. 4th was Conn Chess Magazine Dec 2017 with 365 hits.
    The blog has received 119,000 hits since its debut in May 2010.
    The Facebook page reached an audience of 60,000. and probably an equal amount for our Facebook public group.
    We want to thank Alan Lasser and Rick Bauer for their contributions to Connecticut Chess Magazine.


    CSCA currently engaged in civil war

    Growth of scholastic chess in Connecticut

    Computers fail to understand Queen versus 3 pieces

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    Monday, November 27, 2017

    Connecticut Chess Magazine - December 2017

    Dec 2, Saturday, 2017

    National Mutt Day Open Chess Tournament

    3-SS, G/60;d5. Rob Roy Chess Center,
    3111 South St., Coventry, Connecticut 06238
    Prizes based on 12 players. $160, $80. More per entries.
    Affects both Quick and Regular USCF Ratings.
    Entry Fees $30 onsite only 10 - 10:15 am
    Round Times: 10:30, 1:15, 3:30
    All ages and ratings in one section
    Accelerated pairings round one
    Free ice-cold beverages all day.
    Good things to know about our procedures:
    Details as listed on USCF website:
    (860) 742-5562 (cannot text)


    Chess for kids on December 2
    Connecticut Scholastic Blitz-Chess Championships
    Farmington Library


    Dear fellow chess organizers in Connecticut,

    I will continue organizing my small USCF Saturday tournaments in Coventry every month for as long as I can.  A total of 92 players have participated in my program since it was started May 2016.

    We are fortunate here in Connecticut that Bill Goichberg runs top-notch chess tournaments in Stamford, Windsor Locks, and Sturbridge Mass. on a regular basis.

    We need a big annual event in downtown Hartford, with media coverage, conducted by a team composed of all the local organizers and tournament directors.  A large one-day event for adults, with a separate section for Juniors. Maybe Spring 2018 ?

    I will coordinate all the volunteers needed to conduct such an event. I will be backup for any function when it is needed. I can use help with acquiring the site, arranging for the date, sending details and reports to the USCF.

    I am unable to do all of this myself, so volunteers are needed to jump onboard early on in the process.  I need TD's to commit to serving as floor directors, and pairing directors. I will award each volunteer with free entry.

    Do any of you have influence with the people at the new UConn facilities in downtown Hartford ?  We would all together decide on the format, time control, entry fee, and prizes etc...

    Yours In Chess,

    Rob Roy, USCF Senior TD



    Blitz XVII, December 5, 2017

    In preparation for the CSCA State Blitz Championship on Dec 12, we will be having the same time control this week as a warm-up for that event.

    Blitz XVII Tournament Details:
    Tuesday, December 5, 2017
    • 8-SS G/5;d5
    • sections: 1 
    • Entry Fee: $5 members, $15 non-members
    • Prizes: based on entries; 80% returned,
    • USCF quick rated (USCF membership is required)
    • Quick Ratings used for pairings
    • Registration 6:45-7:00 P.M.
    • Pairings made at 7:15


    Computers fail to understand Queen versus 3 pieces

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