NEW BRITAIN CHESS CLUB WEEKLY NEWS
Gaetano Bompastore Update - Get Well Quick Tournament
As many of you know, Gaetano Bompastore was involved in a serious accident while coming home from the NBCC Summer Open. He is still in rehab, but is improving and in good spirits. There will be a private tournament at his rehab center in Agawam Mass. on May 11. Those who know Gaetano and want to wish him well are welcome to participate in the event He is eager to see his chess friends. Since Gaetano plays chess in both CT and Mass, we will try to maintain cross-state pairings. Click on the the link for full details: Gaetano Bompastore Get Well Quick Tournament. Advance registration is preferred; email the NBCC.
Gaetano Bompastore Get Well Quick TournamentOn May 11, at 1pm, there will be a quick-rated chess tournament at Agawam Health Care, 1200 Suffield St. Agawam, MA, the rehabilitation facility where Gaetano is recovering from the accident. His chess skills are still sharp, so bring your best game. Since this tournament is being held at a medical facility, it is not open to the general public, but it is open to Gaetano’s chess friends and those who would like to see him, wish him well and play some chess. Feel free to pass along this invite to those who know Gaetano and might be interested in playing. Gaetano’s fiancee Laura will prepare a light lunch and snacks for the event. Gaetano is eager to see his chess friends and play some rated games.
Blitz XXI Results
Congratulations to Nelson Castaneda, winner of Blitz XXI. Finishing in 2nd was Mario Guevara-Rodriguez; 3rd, Joe Hricko; U1600, Art Nagel;U1100, Norman Aldrich. Thank to Suhas Kodali for directing. Suhas is one of 5 players who recently complete a training class to become USCF club tournament directors. We look forward to having these new directors shoulder the load of directing tournaments each week. Once the tournament has been rated the crosstable will be posted.
Bill Campbell Honorary Quick Tournament, Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Continuing our tradition to honor members based on longevity with the club, next in line is Bill Campbell. We will hold this event on April 30. Bill favors the shorter time controls, so the minimum time control for a quick-rated tournament is G/10;d0.
Biography by Bob Cyr: Bill learned the game from his father, played it until his teenage years, and then rediscovered the game as an adult in his 30s, when he thought that he was good at the game. But he was totally wrong! What ended up happening was that his friend Tom Pasim introduced Bill to one of his friends, Charles "Carol" Wojtywaik, who came over Tom’s house and beat both Tom and Bill really bad. Charles showed Bill how much he needed to improve his game, enough to the point where Bill became very serious about playing chess competitively. Carol introduced Bill to the club. So, in 2008, Bill joined our family. It was then, after seeing so many strong players, that Bill realized that the NBCC was the place to improve his game. Bill is one of our more active and competitive members. Two of his most memorable moments were when he defeated FM Nelson Castaneda in his simultaneous chess exhibition in 2017 and last month in FM Richard Bauer’s simul, but mostly he is thrilled to meet and make new friends at the NBCC. He also experienced chess action on the grand scene at USATE this past year for the first time, and he was overjoyed with the event, seeing players from around the globe compete in this three-day chess vacation. Bill is a class C chess player, who aspires to continue to climb the rankings, attaining class B or higher in his 40s and 50s. He is also a frequent patron of the Friday night informal chess club in Farmington, and he is always up for a friendly game. Bill is a nice person, who is warm and welcoming to all players.
Training Class -Tuesday 6:15-7:00 Joe Bihlmeyer “Topic: TBA”
Expert Joe Bihlmeyer will be teaching on “7th rank with tactics”.
Norman Burtness, President
GAME OF THE WEEK, by Alan Lasser
So you want to be a grandmaster? If you’re up a pawn on move twenty-five, with two of them being connected and passed, wouldn't you think you had a chance against the world champion? It’s all an illusion of course, the two connected passed pawns are actually targets.
GM Georg Meier(2628)-GM Magnus Carlsen(2845)
Grenke Chess Classic
14.Re1 +0.17/20 14...Qb8 15.Bc3 a4 16.b4 Bh6 17.e3 Rc8 18.Na5 Be4 19.Bxf6 Nxf6 20.Rxc8+
14.Qd2 Ra6 15.Rfd1 Re8 16.Nfe5 Bxg2 17.Nxd7 Qxd7 18.Kxg2 Qb7+ 19.Kg1 Ne4 20.Qd3 d5 21.Ne3 Bh6 +0.09 Stockfish
26.Qb2 -0.35/22 26...Bf8 26...Nxd2 27. Qxd2 Nf6 28. f3 Bf8 29. Rb1 Qa7+ 30. Kh1 Qb6 31. b4 d4 32. b5 Nd5 -1.16 27.Be1 d4 28.Nc4 Nec5 29.a5 Rb8 30.b4 Qd5 31.Na3 Na6 32.Nc2 Qe4 33.f4 Bc5 34.Rf2 d3 35.exd3 Bxf2+ 36.Bxf2
29.b4 Bf8?! -0.03/26
29...d4 -0.68/22 30.Rb1 30. Nb3 Nd5 31. Nc5 Nxb4 32. Qb1 Rxc5 33. Qxb4 Bf8 34. Qb3 Qa6 -1.42 Stockfish 30...Nd5 30... Ne4 31. Nb3 Rc6 32. Re1 Nc3 33. Qa3 Bf8 34. h4 Rc4 35. Nc5 Bxc5 36. bxc5 Qc6 -2.18 Stockfish 31.Ne1 Rc8 32.Qb3 Nc3 33.Rb2 e4 34.Rc2 Bf8 35.Rb2
31.Ne3 -0.11/24 31...Qc8 32.Nec4 32. Nac4 Qe6 33. Nd2 Qh3 34. Nf3 dxe3 35. Qxc3 Ng4 -1.20 Stockfish 32...Rxc4 32... Qh3 33. Nxe5 Bd6 34. Nf3 Ng4 35. e3 Be5 36. Qd2 dxe3 37. fxe3 Nxe3 38. Rf2 Bxg3 39. hxg3 Qxg3+ 40. Kh1 Ng4 -3.10 Stockfish 33.Nxc4 Qxc4 34.b5 Qxa4 35.Ra1 Qc4 36.b6 Bd6 37.Ra8+ Kg7
34.Nc5 -2.39/22 34...Bxc5 35.bxc5 d2 36.h4 36.Rd1 Qa4 37.Rd2 Nd2 38.Qd2 -3.50 Stockfish 36...Qd5 37.Rd1 Qxc5 38. Rxd2 Nxd2 39. Qxd2 Rxg3 40. Kh2 Rf3 -6.47 Stockfish
34...Bxb4 -4.14/23 35.Rxc3 Bxc3 36.Qb1 d2 37.Qd3 Ng5 37...Qxa4 38. Ne3 Qxb3 39. Qxe4 d1=Q+ 40. Nxd1 Qxd1+ 41. Kg2 Qd2 -5.57 Stockfish 38.Nxd2 Bxd2 39.Kf1 Ba5 40.h4 Ne4 41.Nf4 Nc5 42.Qd5 Qxd5 43.Nxd5 Kg7 44.g4 Nxa4 45.f4 Nc5 46.f5 gxf5 47.gxf5 Bd8
35.Qxc1 Qxa4?! -2.28/28
35...Bxb4 -3.05/26 36.Qc4 d2 37.Ne3 Ng5 38.Nxd2 Bxd2 39.Nd5 Qa7 Qd8 40. h4 Ne6 41. Kf1 Ba5 42. Qb5 h5 43. Kg1 Bd2 44. Kf1 Bh6 45. Qd7 Qxd7 46. Nf6+ Kf8 47. Nxd7+ Ke7 -3.92 Stockfish 40.Nf6+ Kg7 41.Ne4 Nxe4 42.Qxe4 Bc3 43.Kg2 Bd4 44.Qc2 Qa5 45.f3 Qe1 46.Qd3 Bb6 47.Qb5 Qe3 48.Kh3
48.Qb3 -2.12/27 48...Kg7 49.Nd1 Ba1 50.Nfe3 Bf6 50...Bd4 51. Nd5 Nc5 52. Qb4 Be5 53. N5e3 Ne6 54. Kf1 Bd4 55. Ke2 Bf6 -2.38 Stockfish 51.Kf1 Qc6 52.Qd5 Qxd5 53.Nxd5 Nd4 54.Kg2 Bd8 55.N5e3 Ba5 56.f3 f5
48...Nd4 -2.47/24 49.Qc7 49. g4 d1=B 50. Nxd1 Qxd1 51. Qxc3 Qxg4+ 52. Qg3 Qe4+ 53. f3 Qe2+ 54. Qf2 Qxf2+ 55. Kxf2 Nf5 -3.82 Stockfish 49...Qa1 49... Nc2 50. Qc8+ Kh7 51. Qf8 Ne1+ 52. Kh1 Bg7 53. Qd6 Nf3 54. Qd7 Nd4 55. Kg2 f5 56. Nxd2 Qxd2 -4.92 Stockfish 50.Qb8+
56.Nfe3 -2.17/26 56...Nd4+ 56...Nc5 57. Qc4 Kg8 58. Qd5 Ne6 59. Ke2 Kg7 60. Kf1 Nd4 61. Kg2 Qa1 62. Qe4 Ne6 -2.29 Stockfish 57.Kg2 Qb1 58.Qa8 Qb3 59.Qc8 Qb5 60.Qc4 Qb7+ 61.Qd5 Qxd5+ 62.Nxd5 Bd8 63.f3 Nf5 64.N1c3 Ba5 65.Nd1
58.Ke3 -2.89/26 58...Qf5 58...Be5 59. Nxd2 Qf5 60. Qc4 Qg4 61. Nc3 Nc2+ 62. Kd3 Nb4+ 63. Ke3 Qxc4 64. Nxc4 Bxc3 -5.52 59.Nxd2 Kh6 60.f3 Bg7 61.Qc4 Qh3 62.Kd3 Qxg3 63.Qxf7 Qxh4 64.Nc3 Nc6 65.Kc2 Nb4+ 66.Kb3 Qd4 67.Nde4 Nd3 68.Qc7 Qb4+ 69.Kc2 Ne1+ 70.Kd1 Bxc3 71.Qxc3 Qxc3 72.Nxc3 Nxf3 73.Ke2 Ne5 74.Nd5 g5 75.Kf2 Nd3+ 76.Kg3 Kg6 77.Ne7+ Kh6
58...Qe4 The White queen covers the c2 square stopping 59...Qc2, 60.Ke3 Qe2, 61.Kf4 Ne6 mate, but Black is threatening to move the knight with check, winning the queen; and if the queen moves too far away 59.Qa6 Nb3 mate. Something has to give. 0-1