Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sunny for "Open-Air" USCF Chess this Sunday Aug 28

Sunny this Sunday for this "open-air" event. || USCF Chess at Wickham Park this Sunday, Aug 28. || The 51st NBCC Summer Chess Open. || For many years this event served as the annual summer picnic tournament for all chess players in Connecticut. || Don't miss it. Entry fee is only $25 if paid in advance. || Today is last day for advance registration online. Click below for details. || You can register at the door for $35 cash ||

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sunday, August 28 - 51st New Britain Chess Club Summer Open

New Britain Chess Club News: On Sunday, August 28, the NBCC will be hosting its 51st New Britain Chess Club Summer Open, a heritage tournament, at the beautiful Wickham Park in Manchester, Connecticut. || The entry fee has been been reduced to a much more reasonable price of $25 per person, which includes lunch. There is a $7 fee to enter the park, however, so it might be wise to car pool if you can. The event will be held in three sections: an Open, and Under 1616, and an Under 919. For the first time in its history, the club will be accepting on-line registrations. This was an idea created by our president, Norman Burtness, to help facilitate this process. || Please visit to find the link for registration. For the first time in well over a decade, I am not involved with any administrative aspect of this tournament. Instead, the club has contacted prominent IM Jan Van de Mortel to direct this tournament. || Here are a few historic facts about the Summer Open that I wanted to share with you fine people. Let's us take our journey BACK IN TIME. || 1) The inaugural New Britain Summer Open Chess Championship was held in 1966 at the General Haller Post in New Britain. The first winner was the legendary Arkadijs Strazdins ("Straz"). || 2) Starting in 1975, when our club relocated to the Quartette Club in New Britain, the event was held as a one-day outdoor event, usually in July and on Sundays, rather than over weeks during the summer in July and August. || 3) Between 1993 and 2004, management decided to hold this event over four Tuesdays at the club rather than as a one-day tournament in order to save some expenses. || 4) It was not until 2005 when management decided to reestablish tradition by making the tournament a weekend event. The 2005 tournament was actually held on Saturday and Sunday, but ever since then, this event has been held on a Sunday in July or August. One day tournaments tend to attract more players. || 5) In 2006, the club decided to include lunch as part of the tournament, which has been a significant attraction to this event. || 6) In 2008, my cousin Keith Little and his rock band made their electrifying performance after the tournament, the first time a band played at any NBCC event. || 7) In 2009, thanks to great efforts of promotion by the administration (I remember calling and e-mailing over one-hundred people that year), a club record seventy-eight players from across the region came to this historic event. We had many volunteers that year to assist with all aspects of the event. || 8) In 2010 and 2011, the club hosted this event at two different golf clubs because we relocated from the Quartette Club to a new site on South Street in New Britain. || 9) Starting in 2012, and ever since then, the NBCC has been proud to have hosted this major event at Wickham Park in Manchester. In 2012, the club set a record for the most players under sixteen to participate in a NBCC-sponsored event. My friend Kevin Zimmerman and his fiancee Marie Juergens (and we can't forget my buddy, Mitch Daniels.) catered lunch for the players in 2012, 2013, and 2014. || 10) In 2015, the NBCC organized its Golden anniversary Summer Open outing. My dear friend, FM Richard Bauer, won this historic event, and he ranks behind Arkadijs Strazdins as the most decorative winner of this heritage event. || The date and time is August 28, 2016 at 9:30 at Wickham Park, Manchester, CT, USA. Plan for it, and set the date on your calendar and in your Delorean. || Bob Robert Cyr, NBCC Historian and Lifetime Member

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sunday August 28 - New Britain Chess Club Summer Open

Under the Big Wickham Pavilion - Rain or Shine || 51st New Britain Chess Club Summer Chess OpenAn Open-Air Event || Sunday August 28, 2016 || USCF rated Swiss. Starts 10:00 am || At Wickham Park Manchester Connecticut || ENTRY FEE: $25 in advance, or $35 (cash) on site || Free lunch for players only (non-players pay $15 that day, or $10 in advance) || OPEN SECTION: 4 rounds G/45 d5, Trophies to Top 3, Top Under-1916 || UNDER 1616 SECTION: 5 rounds G/25 d5, Trophies to Top 2, Top Under-1316 || UNDER 916 SECTION: 5 rounds G/25 d5, Trophies to Top 2, Top Under-516 || A separate Trophy for the “Biggest Upset” win of the three sections will also be awarded || Please bring Digital clocks (and sets). One half-point bye permitted || See website for details

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Upcoming Chess Tournaments in Connecticut

Aug 28 NBCC Summer Open Manchester CT || Sept 11, 10am Chess Lecture by International Master Coventry CT || Sept 11, 11am Jim Bolton Memorial Open Coventry CT || Sept 11, 5pm Rapid-Chess 5 pm, Coventry CT | Sept 23-25 Hartford Open Windsor Locks CT || Oct 8 West Hartford Scholastic National Chess Day || Oct 8, 10am Chess Lecture by International Master Coventry CT || Oct 8, 11am2016 National Chess Day Open Coventry CT || Oct 8, 5pm Rapid-Chess 5 pm, Coventry CT || Oct 15 New Britain Saturday Swiss 3-SS G/55; d5 $20 ef || Nov 4-6 Stamford Open Stamford CT || Nov 12 Greater New Haven Open || Nov 19, 10am Chess Lecture by International Master Coventry CT || Nov 19, 11am 2016 Eastern Connecticut Open Coventry CT || Nov 19, 5pm Rapid-Chess 5 pm, Coventry CT || Dec 10 New Britain Saturday Swiss 3-SS G/55; d5 $20 ef || Mar 4 New Britain Saturday Swiss 3-SS G/55; d5 $20 ef ||

Monday, July 11, 2016

International Master lectures and wins our July 10 tournament

Report and photos from Connecticut Chess Magazine's 40th Anniversary Celebration Lecture, Tournament, and Picnic || Held July 10, 2016 at the new Chess Center 3111 South St., Coventry Connecticut || CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT WITH FEW PHOTOS TO DOWNLOAD Clicking this option will minimize bandwidth used || CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT WITH MANY PHOTOS TO DOWNLOAD CAUTION: clicking this option will download many large files || Twelve chess players attended the chess lecture by International Master Jan Van de Mortel || Two players tied for first place when two players went undefeated after three rounds of play in the USCF chess tournament. IM Jan Van de Mortel and Immaq Sadiq each won $240 for their 3-0 scores || Jan Van de Mortel competed in the tournament and won against Bob Cyr, expert Suhas Kodali, and Andrew Colwell, a budding master from the New Britain Chess Club || Immad Sadiq won against Juan Sanchez, expert Joe Bihlmeyer and expert Suhas Kodoli || Click here for USCF crosstable from the event || New Britain Chess Club helped make this a successful event. The average rating for the seven NBCC members was 1905. The 5 players not from the NBCC had an 1662 average rating || The New Britain Chess Club has a chess tournament this Saturday, July 16 || We are happy to announce that IM Jan Van de Mortel will return with another chess lecture at our Jim Bolton Memorial Tournament on Sunday September 11 || Anyone can subscribe to Connecticut Chess Magazine; you need not be from Connecticut || Subscribe to Connecticut Chess Magazine by Email Your address is kept confidential. Unsubscribe any time || CLICK HERE FOR FULL REPORT WITH MANY PHOTOS TO DOWNLOAD CAUTION: clicking this option will download many large files ||

Saturday, December 12, 2015

What’s The Best Move ?

Grandmaster Larry Evans (photo) made a career out of asking, “what’s the best move?” Here, in the relatively simple position after White plays 17.Qe4, Black has many reasonable candidates vying for that distinction. Where might the rooks be best placed and which rook should be moved first? The queen might invade on a3, which will keep the White a pawn from attacking the Black b pawn when it advances to b5; or the queen could go 17…Qd5, because an exchange of queens on d5 will leave the White c pawn backward. If the Black knight moves away from c6, the White knight can take a powerful post on e5, but Stockfish lets that happen in several variations. Since it was game/15, I really couldn’t spend as too much time looking for the solution, and I chose 17…Rfd8 to keep the White c pawn from moving immediately. HIARCS doesn’t comment on this move or my next move, which only means that both are within the computer’s parameter of .25 pawns, but not necessarily the right move. I let the Stockfish software to examine all the candidates at 40 ply to reveal the positional truth. Instead of playing against the backward White c pawn, the best strategy is to exchange the White c pawn for the Black b pawn, leaving White with two isolated pawns to Black’s one. [Event "game/15"] [Site "New Paltz Chess Club"] [Date "2015.12.06"] [White "Rayfield Rosner"] [Black "Alan Lasser"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A11"] 1.c4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.d4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.h3 Ne4 7.Bf4 Bf5 8.e3 a6 9.Bd3 e6 10.O-O Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Bd6 13.Bxd6 Qxd6 14.Ng5 $6 { -0.17/27 } ( 14.c4 { +0.25/25 } 14...dxc4 15.Qxc4 b5 16.Qd3 h6 17.Rfc1 O-O 18.Rc5 Rfc8 19.Rac1 Ne7 20.Ne5 Rxc5 21.Rxc5 Rc8 22.Rxc8+ Nxc8 23.Qe4 Qd5 24.Qc2 Ne7 25.Qc7 f6 26.Nd3 Kf7 ) 14...h6 15.Nf3 O-O 16.e4 $6 { -0.27/27 } ( 16.c4 { 0.00/28 } 16...Nb4 17.Qc3 dxc4 18.Qxc4 b5 19.Qb3 Nd5 20.Rfc1 Rfc8 21.Nd2 Nf6 22.Nf3 Qd5 23.Ne5 Rxc1+ 24.Rxc1 ) 16...dxe4 17.Qxe4 Rfd8 ( 17...Na5 18.c4 Nxc4 19.Qxb7 Rab8 20.Qe4 Qa3 21.Rfd1 Rb4 22.Qe2 Nb6 23.Rd3 Qa4 24.Rc3 Nd5 { -0.27 Stockfish } ) ( 17...Rfe8 18.c4 b5 19.Rfc1 Rac8 20.cxb5 axb5 21.Qd3 Ra8 22.Qxb5 Nxd4 23.Nxd4 Qxd4 24.a4 Reb8 25.Qc4 Qxc4 26.Rxc4 Ra5 { -0.14 Stockfish } ) ( 17...Rfc8 18.c4 b5 19.Rac1 bxc4 20.Rxc4 Nb4 21.Rfc1 Qf8 22.Ne5 Rxc4 23.Rxc4 Nd5 24.Rc5 Qb8 25.Nc6 Nf6 26.Qc2 Qb6 27.Ne5 Rd8 28.Nc6 Re8 29.Ne5 Rd8 { = Stockfish } ) ( 17...Rfb8 18.Rfd1 Rd8 19.c4 Rd7 20.Rab1 Rad8 21.Rd3 Rc7 22.Rb6 Qe7 23.g3 Nb4 24.Rb3 Nc6 25.Rd3 { = Stockfish } ) ( 17...Rab8 18.Rfd1 Rfd8 19.c4 Qb4 20.Rac1 Rbc8 21.Qe2 Qa4 22.Rb1 Na5 23.c5 Rc7 24.Rd2 Nc6 25.Qe3 Rdd7 { = Stockfish } ) ( 17...Rac8 18.c4 b5 19.Rac1 Rfd8 20.Rfd1 bxc4 21.Rxc4 Ne7 22.Rdc1 Rxc4 23.Rxc4 Qb6 24.a4 Qb2 { -0.12 Stockfish } ) ( 17...Rad8 18.Rab1 b5 19.a4 Rb8 20.axb5 axb5 21.Rfc1 Rfc8 22.Qe1 Qd5 23.Qe2 Na5 24.Qe5 Qd8 25.Qh5 Nc4 26.Ne5 Nxe5 27.Qxe5 b4 28.Rb3 bxc3 29.Rcxc3 Rxb3 30.Rxb3 Qc7 { -0.13 Stockfish } ) ( 17...Rae8 18.Rfd1 b5 19.d5 exd5 20.Qxd5 Qf6 21.a4 bxa4 22.Rxa4 Re6 23.Qc5 Ne5 24.Nd4 Rd8 25.Ra5 Nc6 26.Raa1 Nxd4 27.cxd4 Red6 28.Ra4 Rd5 29.Qa3 a5 { -0.03 Stockfish } ) ( 17...Qa3 18.c4 Rad8 19.Rfd1 Rd7 20.Rab1 Rfd8 21.Rd2 Qa4 22.Rc1 Na5 23.Qe2 Rc7 24.Ne5 Nc6 25.Nf3 Ne7 26.Qd3 Rdc8 27.Rdc2 Nc6 { -0.16 Stockfish } ) ( 17...Qd5 18.Qxd5 exd5 19.Rfb1 Na5 20.Rb6 Rfd8 21.Ne5 Rac8 22.Rc1 Rc7 23.Nd3 Nc4 24.Rb4 Re8 25.Nf4 Rd8 26.Nd3 { = Stockfish } ) ( 17...b5 18.a4 Rac8 19.axb5 axb5 20.Rfb1 Ne7 21.Rxb5 Rxc3 22.Rb7 Nc6 23.Rab1 Rc8 24.Ne5 Nxe5 25.dxe5 Qc6 26.Qxc6 R8xc6 27.Rd1 Rc1 { -0.10 Stockfish } ) 18.Rfd1 ( 18.Rab1 Na5 19.Rfc1 Rac8 20.c4 Nxc4 21.Qxb7 Rc7 22.Qe4 Qd7 { -0.10 Stockfish } ) 18...b5 19.Ne5 $6 { -1.10/30 } ( 19.a4 { -0.34/24 } 19...Ne7 20.Qe1 Nd5 21.Ne5 Rac8 22.axb5 axb5 23.Rdc1 Qc7 24.c4 bxc4 25.Rxc4 ) 19...Nxe5 20.dxe5 $6 { -1.46/28 } ( 20.Qxe5 { -1.17/28 } 20...Rac8 21.Qxd6 Rxd6 22.Rd3 Rdc6 23.a4 Rxc3 24.Rxc3 Rxc3 25.axb5 axb5 26.Rb1 Rc4 27.Rxb5 { Here Stockfish plays 27.d5 Rc5 fe 29.Kf1 Kf7 -0.94 } 27...Rxd4 28.Rb8+ Kh7 29.Re8 g5 30.g4 Kg6 31.Kg2 Kf6 32.Rh8 Kg7 33.Re8 Rd2 34.Kg3 Rb2 35.Kf3 Rb3+ 36.Kg2 Rb1 37.Re7 Rb2 38.Rc7 e5 { 20.Qe5 Qe5 Rd1 22.Rd1 Rc8 23.Rd6 a5 24.Rd3 Rc5 25.Re3 Kf8 26.f3 Rc4 -0.89 Stockfish } ) 20...Qc5 $6 { -0.54/25 } ( 20...Qxd1+ { -1.46/28 } 21.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 22.Kh2 Rad8 23.c4 R1d2 24.c5 Rc8 25.c6 Rd5 26.Qc2 Rd4 27.f3 Rc4 28.Qd2 R8xc6 29.Qd8+ Kh7 30.Qd3+ g6 31.Qd8 Rc2 32.Qf8 Rc7 33.Qd6 R2c6 34.Qf8 Rc4 35.Qa8 R7c5 36.Qxa6 { I didn't take the two rooks for the queen because I thought that the queen would gobble up my a pawn right away and perhaps the b pawn as well. } ) 21.Rxd8+ $6 { -1.34/28 } ( 21.Rd3 { -0.54/25 } 21...Rac8 22.Rg3 Qf8 23.Qf4 Rc4 24.Qxh6 Rxc3 25.Rg4 Rc4 26.Rg3 Rc2 27.a4 Rd3 ) 21...Rxd8 22.Qb7 $6 { -2.03/29 } ( 22.Rc1 { -1.42/26 } 22...Rd5 23.a4 Rxe5 24.Qa8+ Kh7 25.axb5 axb5 26.Qf3 Rf5 27.Qe2 Kg8 28.Qf1 Qc7 29.Qe2 Qc6 30.Qe1 Rc5 31.Qd2 Qe4 32.Ra1 ) 22...Qxc3 23.Qxa6 $4 { #-10/36 } ( 23.Rf1 { -2.00/29 } 23...Qa3 24.Qc7 Rd4 25.Qc8+ Kh7 26.Qc2+ Qd3 27.Rc1 Qxc2 28.Rxc2 Rc4 29.Re2 b4 30.g3 a5 31.Kg2 h5 32.h4 Kg6 33.Rd2 a4 34.Kh3 a3 ) 23...Qxa1+ 0-1 || Alan Lasser, Subscribe to Connecticut Chess Magazine || || Connecticut Chess Magazine (CCM) now has 4,000 members in its Facebook Group, and 3,270 like its Facebook Page. || So far the has accrued 66,300+ visits. || 94 chess players automatically get CCM via email: Subscribe to Connecticut Chess Magazine by Email || 154 chess players follow Rob Roy on Twitter. On Google+ we have 102 chess players who have CCM in their circles. || We promote all chess activity in the state of Connecticut. send publicity and reports to Rob Roy at Connecticut Chess Magazine also has a web page || We forward Alan Lasser's Game Of The Week chess column, and thank Alan for all his work.

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 || || Connecticut Chess Magazine (CCM) now has 4,000 members in its Facebook Group, and 3,270 like its Facebook Page. || So far the has accrued 66,300+ visits. || 94 chess players automatically get CCM via email: Subscribe to Connecticut Chess Magazine by Email || 154 chess players follow Rob Roy on Twitter. On Google+ we have 102 chess players who have CCM in their circles. || We promote all chess activity in the state of Connecticut. send publicity and reports to Rob Roy at Connecticut Chess Magazine also has a web page || We forward Alan Lasser's Game Of The Week chess column, and thank Alan for all his work.