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Chess in Indiana Vol XVII No. 2 June 2004

Chess in Indiana Vol XVII No. 2 June 2004

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Volume XVII Number 2

VanolBrooks Challenge Match ... Challenge Companion #6... Play it Forward ... Blaine's 5012.. Collection ofThought ... Bloomington Tornado .... Scholastic Chess ... ZCC Open ... Bughouse ... Coach Zabawa retires ..... and lots more, see Contents, page 3

Photo: Joe Peterson

No, that's not young GM Magnus Carlsen collecting a medallion from ISCA president Gary Fox; it's look-alike Alek Jansen who shared the Under 1700/Class D prize with Keith Schuman in the Challenge Companion #6 tournament. USCF rated 1328 and Indiana grade 3 champion, Alek is also a rising star in scholastic chess.


ISCA Directors
PRESIDEl'fT: Gary Fox
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Editor: Ken Hamilton Printer/Publisher: Bill Corbin - UN Printing Contributors: Jay Carr, Aaron Dean, David Frey, Randy Miller, Dennis Monokroussos, Scott Reisinger, Steve Steppe Proofreading: R.D. Crazee Contributing Photographers: Miltiadis Constantine, Aaron Dean, Ken Hamilton, Joe Peterson IfI've for otten an bod - which is likel - tell me. Ed.


Indiana State Champion: Patrick Mihelich State Reserve Champion: John K. Wortinger Challenge Champion: Dennis Monokroussos Masters/Generations: Masters, Jason Doss. Seniors: Walt Thompson, Sr. Reserve: Jim Longuski. Amateur: Leslie Kistler & Kevin Fyr. Junior: Jeffrey Bauman Class Champions: Masters:Vacant Expert: Ben Inskeep, AWalt Thompson, B-Kristopher Williams and Joe Swindler, C-Andrew Pheasant D-Michael Frydell and Rogerio Ferreira Beginners' Class Champions: E- Jonathon Harrison, FBrandon Van Note, G- Christopher Patterson, H- Nick Wilkey, 1- Hillary Williams & Alex Catron, Unrated-Michael Phillips State Team Champions: "Nd4" (consisting of: Mike Herron, Glenn Snow, Jay Carr, Tom Harris) State Quick Chess Champion: Jim Mills State Blitz Champion: Josh Bousum State Junior Blitz Champion: Jimmy Hildebrand

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HISTORIAN: Roger Blaine

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State Scholastic Champions:
HS Champion: Patrick Mihelich 9th & Under Champion: Cameron Donis 6th & Under Champion: David Witwer rd 3 & Under Champion: Aravind Subramanian 9th & Under Junior Varsity Champion: Corey Roell 6th & Under Junior Varsity Champions: Ryan Roby Grade Champions: Grade 12: Vacant Grade l1:Antonio Delgado/James Young Grade 10: Matthew Fouts Grade 9: Will Weber Grade 8: Miltiadis Constantine Grade 7: Kyle Kasper Grade 6: Gabriel Griggs Grade 5: Fengyee Zhou Grade 4: Youkow Homma Grade 3: Alek Jansen Grade 2: Yushi Homma Grade 1: Nicholas Jansen Kindergarten: Samuel Sutton Team Champions: High School: South Vigo HS (Terre Haute) 8th & Under: Tecumseh MS (Lafayette) 6th & Under: Canterbury School (Fort Wayne) 3rd & Under: Sycamore School (Indianapolis) ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• If you joined ISCA or renewed your membership in the summer months - including at last year's Championship in September - remember you will need to renew on or before this year's State Championships in order to play in our most prestigious tournament!

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June, 2004

President.s Message
President's Message, 611104
Logansport was again the site of the VanoBrooks ChaIlenge Match, with Dennis Monokroussos prevailing over title holder seen here accepting the plaque and -needless to say, the winner's check! It was a pleasure to witness this exciting, 5-game battle between the two top players in Indiana. Dennis has generously contributed a fuIl report, with a detailed analysis of the second match game (see page 5 in this issue). The 2004 State Championship is in the final stages of planning and board approval. We are making several improvements, increasing prize funds and grand prix points; . The tournament will be held in the same room locations at the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome we occupied last year. If you haven't played in the state championship in the past couple of years you don't know what you have missed!. The downtown location in the heart in Indiana is ideal for this historical, premier Indiana chess event of the year, with ample parking across the street and a plethora of fast food places in the nearby Circle Center Mall.. The annual meeting of members is held between rounds on the second day. It is important that you attend; last year, beside the election of officers, we debated and approved a revised membership dues structure and agreed to launch the ISCA tour; you can find the details on our website, http://indianachess.org.. Dave Frey has devoted many hours to getting the tour up and running, even including games played on the Internet Chess Club.. The project is now in the final testing stages, while Dave works out the bugs and developing reports that wiIl be viewable on the web site. We are going to set the official start date for the 2005 ISCA tour at July 1st, 2004 and it will continue tiIl the end of June 2005 with awards being given at the 2005 state championship to the winners. More tour news will be provided in the September issue of Chess In Indiana, which wiIl be before the annual meeting. Let's give Dave a big thank you for his work on the web site -and for holding his first tourney in Lebanon, as a newly-fledged Tournament Director!. Gary J Fox, ISCA President president@indianachess.org

Contents 2 3 5 13 14 18 19 21 22 25 26 27 28 Who's who in ISCA This page ... Games from Logansport Play it Forward Blaine's 50/2 Collecting your thoughts ... Bloomington Tornado Scholastic Chess ZCC Open Mind Games! Goodbye Mr. Chips (7) Solutions, and winners Tournament Announcements

Editor's Comments
somewhere but it would take time to dig them up. Lester VanMeter said he recaIled the event, but was in Niles at the time "playing in a barber shop against all comers" but thought Andy Soforic took Bobby out to dinner, and maybe Ed Sweetman might remember something about the event. I pursued these leads but didn't hit gold until I caIled the Indianapolis Star and asked them to look through their archives - which they did, very quickly, and produced the result of an exhibition given by Bobby at the IBEW Union HaIl on Massachusetts Ave. Bobby, 21 at the time, played 50 games, winning 48 during a lecture and exhibition; "He lost to Stasy Makutenas and drew with Joe Coperus of the Indianapolis Chess Club. The games took about 3 hours." John was delighted to receive this information (maybe he was writing a book or an article - he didn't say). We were glad to provide it, another example of friends in the chess community wiIling to help each other out! Perhaps we stimulated some interest at the Star in this event, as 4 weeks later on April 24 a photo and article on the simul was under the . "Flashback."

Editor's Comments ....
March issue errata - or as I only know of one egregious error, should I say erratum? In March, this very column suggested members visit ISCA's website at www.isca.org. Sorry, it's indianachess.org..... as Dave Frey gently pointed out to me after spotting my mistake. Diagrams - FinaIly I've found a way to generate better diagrams - similar to those found in just about every book or major magazine (rather than the bitmap images that previous issues of ClI include) - that can be transmitted electronically to our publisher's digital printing machinery. I got help from Mig (chess journalist Michael Greengard) who was interested in my "Play-it-Forward" pages and did his best to show me how easy it was to generate diagrams in HTML via a web page. Hmmm. Then US ChessLife editor Kalev Pehme told me that Chess Life doesn't use MS Word (which I use to produce ClI) but more sophisticated, expensive, software caIled "Quark Express 6." Their software helps them move diagrams around in a way I can't (unless I revert to bitmap images). But Kalev did suggest a couple of tricks I am stiIl working on.... FinaIly, I had an enjoyable exchange of emails with Frederic Friedel of ChessBase. Long and the short of it, Frederic noted that Fritz 4 diagrams can be copied to Word and are the type you see in this issue. I am very appreciative for the quick, friendly and helpful responses I received from these leaders in the chess community.
1M John Donaldson emailed Joe Riegsecker asking for help in obtaining data on a Bobby Fischer simul held in Indianapolis on May 21, 1964. John found the J.G.White CoIlection in Cleveland for Indiana chess magazines in that period to no avail. Joe passed word around and Roger Blaine said he might have old copies buried in boxes

Recognize any of Bobby's opponents? Relics of the event still exist. Jay Carr writes: " .... A few years ago I was driving back from a tournament with NM Mike Wiseman and I mentioned recaIling that when we first played in Junior HS (1975 or 76), his Shelbyville team had this one board that was so worn the dark squares all had light patches in their center from years of use. Mike said THAT was the board and pieces Bobby Fischer had played some games on when he visited Indy for a simul and stayed at the home of Mike's coach, Paul Fisher (last I heard Paul is living in Texas) along with another visitor, Robert Byrne." End of story? Tales of Bobby Fischer keep cropping up...

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June, 2004

President's Message
More places to play chess in the Indy area! Don Urquhart, well-known ISCA member with years of play at the expert level in California and Indianapolis, runs OCCC - the Orange Crush Chess Club. Maybe Don is a Denver Broncos fan - I don't know; I do know that besides the CiCi's Road Runner Monthly tournament on the first Sunday of each month Don has started a new club at the Free Methodist Church, 2302 W. Morris. St.(Go South on Harding off Rte.70, hang a right on Morris (you'll see a Village pantry on the SW corner) go thru the second light that'll be Belmont - go a couple more blocks and there you are). The club meets on Friday nights from 6 - 9 p.m. Don also plans monthly tournaments there on Saturdays. T 0 learn more, call Don at 317-634-6259. BTW, Don says he is considering running an Insanity Tournament in August, something that hasn't been done in the Midwest for 30 years! It's crazy alright- 10-12 games at standard times over 48 hours.. .if you're interested in this kind of marathon event, call Don, he needs to know well in advance if there's enough interest in it. And now there's Web Director Dave Frey who is starting a monthly series of tournaments at the Ramada Inn in Lebanon (exit 139 off Rte.65, visible from the highway). His first, on May 22, was a big success, and we have a report on it in this issue. He is also hoping to hold weekly meeting of the Zionsville Chess Club there. This is another great playing site - you can call or email Dave for more information (see page 2 for contact info). Letters: I love .letters like this - from Jay Carr. 3/14/04: "Wanted to let you know I got my latest issue on Saturday. As usual, it was completely devoured before I did anything else yesterday. Good job! I was pleased to see some 'meaty' annotations by Mr. Monokroussos in there too. He is clearly a serious player. 0) I take exception to Roger's (Blaine - see March issue) comments that G/60 is a 'nonsense' activity and 'unpleasant.' I have enjoyed several 5-round G/60's at Glendale. There is a certain freedom when you play a game knowing it will only last 2 hours at most - you focus more, you get up and watch other games less, adrenaline flows freely, etc. To each his own, I guess. No one would argue that the quality of the chess played at Q/60 will be equal to that played under the slower time controls (which I prefer as well, just not his impractical open-ended time controls that can go on 'forever' - my 'favorite' is probably 40/2, SD/60) but to call it nonsense goes too far."
In March, Allan Casada wrote me about a game he had seen in Chess Informant #81; it

impressed him so much he wondered if one of our master-level members would like to annotate it (Kupreichik analyzed it in Chess Informant, but apparently Allan would like even more commentary). Well, it is certainly an unusual game, however, while I welcome hearing from members about their favorite games, I doubt I'll get many offers to provide us with an in-depth understanding of it! V. Kupreichik (2453) - A. Sokolov (2509) Bad Worishofen, 2001 l.e4 c5 2.Ne2 d6 3.g3 h5 4.d4 h4 5.dxc5 Bg4 6.gxh4 Nc6 7.cxd6 exd6 S.Bf4 Qxh4 9.Nbc3 Bxe2 10.Nxe2 g5 1l.Be3 Qxe4 12.Rg1 Qb4+ 13.c3 Qxb2 14.Rb1 Qxa2 15.Rxb7 Nf6 16.Nc1 Qa5 17.Rxg5 d5 lS.Nb3 Qxc3+ 19.Bd2 Qb2 20.Bb5 RcS 21.Qe2+ Ne4 22.Rxd5 Qb1+ 23.Nc1 Bb4 24.Bxc6+ Rxc6 25.RbS+ Ke7 26.Bxb4+ Ke6 27.Re5+! Kxe5 2S.Bc3+ Kd6 29.Rxb1 Nxc3 30.Qd3+ Kc7 31.Qg3+ 1-0 Stop Press News Steve Steppe, SCI's Executive Director, reports that Sarah Selby won the 1st. annual Girl's State Championship tournament held in Indiana. Thirteen girls competed in the event, which was completed on May 22 at the Brebeuf School in Indianapolis. Sarah, a fifth grader from Terre Haute with a USCF rating of 1029, won all four of her games, beating runner-up Chelsie Biby, a 9th. grader from Anderson and Emily Pressler, a 10th• grader from Goshen. Krista Selby, with a rating of 1364 was the #1 seed, but lost a crucial second-round game to Chelsie Biby.and thereby the championship to her sister. As a result of her fine performance, Sarah will represent our state in the Annual Susan Polgar National Invitational Tournament for Girls, which will be held during the U.S. Open Championship in Fort Lauderdale, set for August 8 -13, 2004. She will face stiff opposition from older, and more experienced players, but we are sure she will give a good account of herself. I tried to obtain a photo and an interview with Sarah, but I was unable to reach her parents probably the family is off on vacation! I hope to be able to provide a follow-up report in the September issue. Everybody went to the Chicago Open? There's always a good contingent of ISCA members to be found at the Memorial Day weekend tournament- but our two top players had other plans. Dennis Monokroussos is taking a break from tournament competition and Jason Doss headed off to Dallas to act as Tournament Director at the Texas State Championships. But John Easter tells me Dan Hronchek, a Bloomington player, went 6 and I and tied for first place in the U 1400 section in Chicago, winning a handsome cash prize!

Editor's Comments
Finally, an unabashed space-filler- the top 100 players living in Indiana (we think) currently members of the USCF. Most are .~ members ofISCA ... Here it is! The top 100! 2368 1.. Emory Tate 2352 2. Dennis Monokroussos 2341 3 Jason Doss 2263 4 Dennis Gogel 2245 5 Nicholas Adams 2243 6 John FitzPatrick 2232 7 James H. Dean 2205 8 James Mills 2217 9 Peter Thompson 2202 10 Craig Stauffer 2200 11 Lester Van Meter 2157 12 Thomas Charles 2151 13 Anatoly Goldman 2118 14 Todd Thomas 2106 15 Mike Herron 2095 16 Donald Reents 2083 17 William Weakley 2080 18 Aric Kumaran 2079 19. Joshua Riddell 2073 20.Peter Hess 2072 21 Patrick Mihelich 2062 22 Dennis Geisleman 2047 23 Joshua Bousum 2045 24 Donald Urquhart 2036 25 Bernard Parham 2033 26 Ben Inskeep 2024 27 Vernon Vix 2018 28 Scott Bent 2012 29 Ronald Powell 2015 30 Jay Carr 2009 31 Glenn Snow 2003 32 Gary Deuser 2000 33 Kevin Fyr 1993 34Douglas Middleton 1991 35 James Stephen Cates 1982 36 Bernard L. Parham 1978 37 Garrett Smith 1973 38 Leslie Kistler 1969 39 Robert Gandy 1960 40 Rev. Michael Gant 1948 41 Eric Isaacson 1942 42 John L. Easter 1940 43 A. Smith Ogunmefun 1938 44 Cameron Donis 1937 45 Bruce Delaney 1934 46 Edward Buffie 1922 47 Judith Rippeth 1911 48 Wayne Friedman 1911 49 Matthew Fouts 1903 50 David Rockhill 1901 51 Joseph Alford 1900 52 Thomas Harris 1900 53 Paul Zelinski 1896 54 Edward Ross 1892 55 Ronald Werhnyak 1883 56 George Fowler 1883 57 Walt Thompson 1878 58 Donald Gunther 1877 59 Carl Corvin Continued, page 26

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Games from Logansport Dennis Monokroussos and Jason Doss faced off in a five-game match for the Vano/Brooks Challenge Championship March 12142004 at the Four Counties Chess Center rt.
Dennis Monokroussos (2331) - Jason Doss (2357) [B77] Sicilian Defense-Dragon
VanolBrooks Challenge Match (2)
[Dennis Monokroussos]

Inaugurated in 2001, the Challenge Championship named in honor of ISCA Hall of Fame members Ed Vano and Donald Brooks was first won by FM Emory Tate; in Emory's absence Jason Doss defeated John Cole for the title in 2002. No match was held in 2003, but in 2004 Dennis Monokroussos won the Preliminary Tournament for the right to challenge the champion. Jason and Dennis, both highly-ranked national masters, fought a hard battle with Dennis emerging the winner. Here is Dennis' commentary on the match, together with his deep analysis of the second game.

Jason Doss (2357) - Dennis Monokroussos (2331) [A53] Old Indian Defense
VanolBrooks Challenge Match(1)
[Ken Hamilton]

l.d4 Nf6 2.e4 d6 3.Ne3 eS 4.dS BfS S.f3 e4 6.e3 exf3 7.gxf3 g6 S.e4 BeS 9.Be3 Bg7 10.Qd20-0 I1.Nge2 eS 12.Ng3 ReS 13.Be2 a6 14.0-0 Nbd7 IS.Khl bS 16.exbS axbS 17.BxbS Ba6 IS.Bxa6 Rxa6 19.Rf2 NeS 20.Rgl QaS 21.Qe2 RaaS 22.NbS RedS 23.b3 RabS 24.a4 e4 2S.h3

Game 1: In the first game, I tried something different: the Old Indian. I'd never played it before, but it seemed interesting and I prepared it a little before the match. (Very little - I don't think I played so much as a bullet game with it.) As it turned out, Doss played into a line that is quite good for Black, but his poor reaction was followed by two poor decisions in turn by me. Proper decisions at either moment (moves 6 and 7, I think) would have given me an edge, but instead I went for a Benoni-type structure, one which, because of the seemingly slight but in fact significantly different White pawn structure, gave him an enduring advantage. Nevertheless, the position wasn't hopeless, and fairly late in the game I could have equalized after his 25.h3 with cxb3. I was afraid of 26.f4, and Jason was of the same opinion, but we were both wrong: 26... Ned7 27.Qc4 (27.Nxd6? Qb4 is clearly better for Black) b2 28.Rxb2 Nxe4 29.Rc2 Nxg3+ 30.Rxg3 Nf6 and Black is doing fine. Failing to take my chance, Doss closed out the game strongly, and I was in a deep hole: down 1-0 and with him getting draw odds for the match!

Down 0-1, spotting draw odds in a short match, the decision to playa sharp line with White was easy: good chances of achieving a 1-1 score at the risk of an 0-2 score outweighed small chances of a 1-1 score with strong chances of being down .5-1.5. l.e4 eS 2.Nf3 Ne6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 g6 S.Ne3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be4 0-0 S.Bb3 d6 9.f3 Bd7 10.Qd2 Nxd4 I1.Bxd4 bS 12.h4 as 13.hS up to this point we had blitzed out all our moves, but at this point Jason said "Okay, I'm out of book" and proceeded to think for about 13 minutes. Oddly, after the game he informed me that the next few moves were all given by Peter Heine Nielsen in his book on the Accelerated Dragon and that his plan of ...e6, ...Bc6 and ...d5 busted my line? Could Nielsen have really analyzed the position that badly? I don't have Nielsen's book and don't intend to get it just to answer this question, but I'll at least offer some conjectures here. I suppose that Doss knew exactly what to play up to here, and was "out of book" in the sense that he had to try to remember, more generally, a plan. Or perhaps Doss confused our game with another position in which the ...e6, ...Bc6 and ...d5 plan is appropriate; it really doesn't seem to work in the game - a theory that would let a very strong GM like Nielsen off the hook as well. Whatever the true explanation, the plan Black chose in the game leaves White with a large advantage. [13.a4 is more common, but I had prepared the move in the game.] 13...e6 14.a4 14...b4

2S...Qb4 [25...cxb3 26.f4 Ned7 27.Qc4 b2 28.Rxb2 Nxe4 29.Rc2 Nxg3+ 30.Rxg3 Nf6= per Dennis, Jason and Fritz 8] 26.bxe4 Nxe4? 27.Bd4 Na3? 2S.NfS NxbS 29.axbS KfS 30.Bal QxbS 31.Qd2 Qd7 32.Qf4 BhS 33.Qh4 gxfS 34.Bxf6 Bxf6 3S.Qxf6 fxe4 36.Rg4 ReS 37.Rfg2 1-0
All the photos in Logansport were taken by Joe Peterson - many, many thanks Joe- Ed.

[This is a relatively rare position, but much more common than the text is 14...bxa4 15.Nxa4 Rb8 (15 ...Bxa4; 15...Bc6 16.hxg6 hxg6 17.0-0-0 Rb8 18.Bc3 d5 has occurred in a couple of games - is that what Doss was thinking of?) 16. bxg6 hxg6 17.Be3 was clearly better for White in the game A. Ivanov-Taleb, Moscow 2003. (17.Bc3! may be even betterJ ] IS.Ne2 [I considered 15.Nb5 but ultimately rejected it: I'm not trying to play on the queenside, I'm not going to win the d6 pawn, and if he plays Bxb5, I

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Games from Logansport
have to worry about Black's a-pawn if! castle queenside.] 15 ...Bc6 16.hxg6 hxg6 17.0-0-0 d5 Reaching the position he (mis)remembered. But how can this be good for Black? Black has no counterplay against the White king while White has a variety of standard hacking approaches at Black's king; most obviously an h-file pile-up. [17 ...Qe7 was a more defensive-minded approach in the only other game I've found with this position through my 17th move, but it didn't work either. IS.Be3 RfdS 19.Bh6 Qf8 20.Nd4 Bd7 21.g4 RacS 22.Kbl RcS 23.Rh4 ReS 24.Rdhl Bxh6 2S.Rxh6 Qg7 26.Ne2 NeS 27.Nf4.RcS 2S.Qh2 Kf8 29.Nxg6+ fxg6 30.RhS+ Kf7 31.Rh7 BcS 32.Qf4+ Ke7 33.gS 1-0, Seeman Tarvo (244S) - Pirttimaki Timo (2246), Finland 2001] 18.Qg5 Diagram correct, my assessment of what was going on in this game was the more accurate one. [19.BcS NdS 20.Qg3 exf3 21.gxf3 Qf6 (21 ...Re8 22.Bxd5 Bxd5 23. Qh2 j5 24.Nf4+-) 22.Nd4 RfcS] 19...Nh7 Best and the move I expected. Unfortunately, I also saw the best reply ...but didn't play it! [19 ...NdS 20.Nxe6 QxgS+ (20 ..jxe6 21.Qxg6 Rf6 22.Qh7+ Kj7 23.Bxd5 Bxd5 24jxe4 Bc4 25.Bxf6 Qxf6 26.Rd7+ Kj8 27.Rxg7 Qxg7 28.Qh8++-) 21.NxgS Bxd4 22.Rxd4+-; 19...BdS trying to shore up e6 and to neutralize the Bb3 isn't a bad choice, though 20.Qh4 NhS (20...ReB 21.Bxd5 exd5 22.g4 wins) 21.Bxg7 Qxh4 22.Rxh4 Kxg7 23.NxdS exdS 24.BxdS RadS 25.Rxe4 Nf6 26.Red4 gives White a winning endgame.] 20.Qg4 [20.Qxg6!! fxg6 21.Bxe6+ Rf7 and I stopped looking, not realizing just how much material I could gobble up here! Indeed, after (21...KhB 22.Nxg6#) 22.Bxf7+ Kxf7 23.Rxh7 White is at least clearly better. Black has lots of choices, but White is on top in every case: 23 ...Qxd4 (23... Q/8 24.Rxg7+ Qxg7 25.Bxg7 Kxg7 26.Ne6+ KgB 27.Nd4 Bxa4 2Bjxe4 Re8 29.Rel+-; 23 ... Qg5 24.Rxg7+ Kj8 25.g3+-) 24.Rxd4 exf3 2S.gxf3 KgS 26.Rxg7+ Kxg7 27.Nxg6 and White is a healthy pawn up after either capture, though I'm not 100% sure that it's a win.; 20.Rxh7 was a jokey move I looked at a little, but I recognized that 20 Kxh7 refuted it simply enough. a) 20 QxgS 21.Rxg7+ KhS 22.Rhl+ QhS 23.Rxg6+ Kh7 24.RxhS#; b) 20 ...Bxd4 21.RhS+!!+2l...KxhS bl) 2l...Kg7 22.Qh6+ Kf6 23.Qh4+ KeS 24.Nxg6+ fxg6 2S.Qg3+ Kf6 26.Rxf8+ Qxf8 27.Rxd4 eS 2S.Rd1±; b2) 2l...KxhS 22.Nxg6+ fxg6 (22 ...Kg7 23.Ne7+ Kh7 24.Rhl#) 23.Qh6+ KgS 24.Qxg6+ Bg7 2S.Bxe6+ Rf7 26.Qxf7+ KhS 27.Rhl++-; 22.Nxg6+ fxg6 (22...Kg7 23.Ne7+ Kh7 24.Rhl#) 23.Qh6+ KgS 24.Qxg6+ Bg7 2S.Bxe6+ Rf7 26.Qxf7+ KhS 27.RhI++-; 21.Nxe6 QxgS+ 22.NxgS+ KgS] 20 ...Bxd4 21.Nxe6 [21.Nxg6 is tempting but no good: 2l...Be3+ 22.Kbl QgS 23.Ne7+ Kg7 24.Nxc6 Qxg4 2S.fxg4 Nf6] 21. ..Be3+ ? Diagram . I saw (though I don't remember how far in advance I saw it - not that far!) but just assumed I'd have to have- something- against it! That sort of feeling comes with experience and deserves some degree of trust; nevertheless, Ronald Reagan's old line seems apropos: "Trust, but verify." White has a host of attractive-looking possibilities here, but Black is at least slightly better in every case. 22.Rxd4 (22.Nxd8 Bxg4 23.Nxj7 Be3+ 24.Kbl Rxj7 25.Bxj7+ Kxj7 26.Rxh7+ KgB 27.Re7 Bg5; 22.Qxe4 Bxe6 23.Bxe6 Bxb2++; 22.Qxg6+ jig6 23.Ng5+ Kg7 24.Rxh7+ Kf6 25.Rxd4 Kxg5 26.Rhxd7 Qb6-+; 22.Qh3 looks like a winner at first sight, but again, Black has a stunning rejoinder: 22 ...Ng5 Every Black piece is under attack but the RaS, but nevertheless, all the key squares are covered and Black has enough time to cancel White's threats while White is preserving his own attacked pieces. 23.Rxd4 Nxh3 24.NxdB Raxd8 25.gxh3 exj3) 22 ...Bxe6 23.RxdS Bxg4 24.RxaS RxaS 2S.fxg4; 2l...Bxb2+ is a very interesting move I didn't consider at all. At first, the computer (Shredder S in my case) is impressed, but work it through and it finds a refutation: 22.Kxb2 Qf6+ 23.Kbl fxe6 24.Rd6 NgS 2S.f4 QfS (25 ... Qxf4 26.Rxe6+-) 26.Rxe6! !+- Qxg4 27.Rxg6#] 22.Kbl Qf6 [22 ...Qe7 also loses: 23.Nd4 was what I intended, but (23.Rd6 is even stronger, though both win: 23 ...Bxa4 24.Qh3 fxeti 25.Rxe6 Qf7 26.Rxg6+ KhB 27.Bxj7+-) 23 ...QgS 24.Qh3 QhS 2S.QxhS gxhS 26.Nxc6+-] 23.Qh3 Diagram

Here comes the kingside attack! It's not bad, but even stronger is IS.eS. I considered this, but it reminded me of a position in the more sedate Classical French. Too bad! The resemblance is only superficial, and White will gain a huge advantage here. For example: IS ..:Nd7 19.f4 Qe7 (19 ...Nb6 is a desperate bid for counterplay, but it loses by force: 20.Qe3 Nxa4 21.Qh3 Re8 22.Qh7+ Kj8 23.Bxa4 Bxa4 24.Bc5+ Re7 25.Qh8+ Bxh8 26.Rxh8+ Kg7 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.Bxe7+-) 20.g4 and the ideas of an h-file build-up and the fS break leave Black with a lost or nearly lost position. 18...dxe4 A surprising move, but a good one: Black isn't afraid of ghosts along the d-file. On the other hand, this brings my Bb3 back to life, and that's what makes the difference now. 19.Nf4! White's threatening all sorts of fun things now: Nxg6, Nxe6, maybe Bxe6, Qh4 sometimes - even Qxg6 in some lines! I think from the postgame chit-chat that we both liked our positions at this point, and I think this reflects something of our distinctive attitudes: I'm generally happiest with the initiative, especially a king-hunting initiative, while Doss professes a relative lack of concern with king safety, presumably having a strong faith in the resources of a generally sound position. It seems to me that games 2-S of our match exemplified these attitudinal differences, and while I wouldn't draw any conclusions about which view is (more)

Tempting, expected ...and losing. [2l...Bd7! was an amazing resource, after which White has to prove equality. Again, that was a move

and now, because of the tactical point on move 2S, it's all over. [23.Rxh7+was suggested by Kevin Fyr after the game, and it also wins, though not as clearly.; 23.Rd6 was another move I considered a little, and it's also good for White, though inferior to the other two options. 23 ...fxe6 24.Rxc6 NgS (24 ...RaeB 25.Bxe6++-) 2S.Bxe6+ Kg7 26.Rc7+ Nf7 27.Qxe4 and White is better, but nothing decisive is in sight.] 23 ...Qh8 [23 ...NgS 24.NxgS Qg7 (24 ...RfdS 2S.Bxf7+ Kf8 (25...Kg7 26. Qh6#) 26.Nh7+ is hopeless.) 2S.Ne6 fxe6 (25 ... Qh6 26.Qg4 is crushing.) 26.Qxe6+ Rf7 27.Qxc6 Raf8 2S.Rd6 is catastrophic.] 24.NxfS RxfS 25.Rd6 And the dual threats of Rxc6 and

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Games from Logansport
Rxg6+ mean that Black is dead lost. 2S.•.Qg7 26.Rxc6 exf3 27.gxf3 Bd4 Diagram lack of space, poor king and undeveloped kingside eventually cost him the game. 2-l! Probably one of the inaccuracies Dennis mentions in his commentary; fxe4 was somewhat better, with the threat of Nd3 followed by Qxd5 33.Nxe4 fxe4 34.RxcS BxcS 3S.Qxe4? Fritz gives Qb2 as best, but a poor best as White would eventually perish after 35...b4. 3S...BfS 36.QxfS White had only 2 safe squares for his queen - g2 and h l , with the same ending as in the game 36...Qb4+ 37.Kdl Ra1+ 0-1 Game 4: Eager to face more bad Nielsen ideas (see the note to game 2, move 13), I repeated my play from game 2, but Doss preferred a Taimanov that turned into a Scheveningen, with my queen slightly unusually placed on d2 instead of, e.g., el (heading to f2 or g3). Nevertheless, when he continued to play for tactical tricks instead of seizing what activity he could, he rapidly found himself in a completely lost position. I might have had even more accurate options through the first 25 moves (20.f5 followed by Khl and Rgl(+) is one effective idea suggested by Jason after the game) but had I played 26.Qg6 instead of the ridiculous 26.Qc4??, the match would have ended in four games. Even after that, I had some winning chances, as we took turns making good moves and hideous blunders through the time control at move 40. At that point, I had only a minimal edge, which he was able to neutralize without too much difficulty. I had thus clinched a tie in the match, but had given away an easy win. The news got worse, as I lost the coin flip for the second time, and would have Black in the deciding game.

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Dennis has a rueful smile, Jason a happy one over the ending position of Game 1

The remammg moves aren't particularly interesting. White could have won more quickly, but my primary focus wasn't on winning quickly but on winning easily. Accordingly, my motivation was to trade off Black's heavy pieces, only making sure not to lose the f-pawn or generally giving him too kingside counterplay. I coped with those tasks well enough, and, happily, leveled the match.2S.Qh6 Off go the queens. [28.Qg4 was just such an attempt to win more quickly, but seeing 28...Kh8 I more or less stopped looking, perhaps seeking to justify the lazy move played in the game. However, (28 ...Bf6 lets Black continue to resist for a while, albeit at the cost of nearly total passivity.) 29.Bxt71 is a nice tactical blow that wins on the spot!] 2S..•Qxh6 29.Rxh6 Kg7 30.Rh4 BeS 31.RcS Bf6 32.Rhc4 BdS 33.RcS NgS 34.f4 Nh3 3S.Rd4 Off go the rooks. 3S...Bb6 36.RxfS KxfS 37.Rd7 fS 3S.Rd6 And with Black's kingside pawns leaving the board, the curtain was drawn. [38.Rd6 Bc7 39.Rxg6 Ke7 40.Re6+ Kd7 41.Rf6 Nxf4 42.Rxf5 and while the game could continue for many moves, the actual execution of the winning plan would present no difficulties at all.] 1-0 Game 3: With White, my opponent played an unusual line. He played an Exchange Slav of sorts, but with his queen's bishop locked on the inside of the pawn structure instead of to its usual square, f4. Early on I was surprised by his 10.Be2 instead of the more natural 10.Bd3, when I intended to pursue the typical isolated queen pawn position after 10... e5 11.dxe5 Nxe5 l2.Nxe5 Bxe5. If White now castles, Bxh2+ fails (13.0-0 Bxh2+ l4.Kxh2 Ng4+ l5.Kg3! and Black doesn't have enough for the piece and won't be able to prevent White from consolidating) but 13... d4 leaves Black with a small edge. Nevertheless, I think this would have been better than the passive text, after which I was able to take over the initiative. There were some minor inaccuracies from both sides afterwards, but the trend was always favorable for Black, and eventually White's

Jason Doss, (2357)Dennis Monokroussos (2331) [Dll] Slav Defense
Vane/Brooks Challenge Match (3)
(Ken Hamilton)

l.d4 dS 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 S.cxdS cxdS 6.Qb3 Nc6 7.Nc3 e6 S.Bd2 Bd6 9.Rc1 0-0 10.Be2 Ne4 1l.Na4 fS 12.g3 gS 13.Rfl Diagram

Dennis Monokroussos (2331)Jason Doss (2357) [B85] Sicilian Defense
l3.h3 is the natural rejoinder. Perhaps Jason was worried about l3 ...f4 but I think 0-0 would have held. 13...g4 14.Ngl Bd7 IS.Nc3 NaS 16.Qdl bS 17.Nxe4 dxe4 IS.dS eS 19.b4 Nb7 20.Qb3 as 21.a3 Kg7 22.Bdl Ra6 23.Ne2 Qe7 24.Nc3'axb4 2S.axb4 Bxb4 26.Nxe4 Bxd2+ 27.Nxd2 NcS 2S.Qbl Ra3 29.Be2 RfaS 30.Qc2 RcS 31.Qbl Qd632.e4 Nxe4 Diagram Vano/Brooks Challenge Match (4)
[Ed. + Dennis Monokroussos (DM)]

l.e4 cS 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 S.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Be2 Nf6 S.Qd2 Be7 9.f4 d6 10.0-0 0-0 1l.a4 Bd7 12.Nb3 RacS 13.aS RfeS 14.Bb6 QbS IS.Radl BfS 16.Bf3 h6 17.g4 eS IS.gS Nh719.gxh6 gxh6 20.BhS Be6 21.NdS Bg7 22.fS BxdS 23.QxdS Nf6 24.Qxf7+ Diagram

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Games from Logansport
It's hard to believe that White does not win this game 24.•.KhS 2S.B13 Re7 26.Qc4? Diagram 4S ... Kh7 46.h3 Rg3 47.Rxe2 Rxh3+ 4S.Kg2 Re3 49.Rxe3 Bxe3 SO.Kf3 BgS S1.f7 Be7 it's Black who is clearly better) Rgl + 46.Kh2 elQ 47.Rxel Rxel 4S.Bxel Bd4 49.b3 cxb3 SO.cxb3 Bxf6 -DM] 41...Kh7 42.Qe3 QdS 43.Rel Rg4 44.h3 Rh4 4S.Bf6 RhS 46.Qxe4+ Qxe4+ 47.Rxe4 Rxh3+ 4S.Kg2 RhS 49.Rxc4 Kg6 SO.Rc6 as S1.Bc3+ Kxf7 S2.Ra6 Bb4 S3.Bxb4 axb4 S4.Rb6 RcS And here they shook hands on a draw. Yo-Yo Game S: I was very happy to see Doss play the Pseudo-Tromp, as it, unlike, say, the real Trompowsky, isn't even the least bit dangerous - Black has almost no problems equalizing against it. Still, we did at least reach a very interesting position, in which I gave him a passed pawn and some chances to nibble at my queenside in return for headhunting opportunities at the White king. The position remained sharp and relatively balanced through the first 31 moves, at which point I believed (and analysis has borne out) that he needed to play 32.g3 Qh3 33.Qf1, when the game will probably end in a draw though play remains. Needing a win to keep his title, he chose instead a move that was much less drawish, but only by virtue of allowing me an immediate forced win. Happily, then, I had won the match 3.S-1.S. None of the games was perfect, by any means, but that's how it goes for human opponents who are more or less evenly matched and playing dynamic chess. Winning this match is hardly a guarantee of a permanent, top spot in Indiana chess. Next year, between Jason Doss, John Cole and any of the young up-and-comers the Vano/Brooks Challenge Championship title will be wide open ... dam it! 9.Be2 Bd6 10.0-0 0-0 l1.c4 cS 12.a3 as 13.Qc3 Ne4 14.Nxe4 dxe4 lS.Nd2 Qc7 16.Bg3 Bxg3 17.hxg3 a4 lS.Bdl eS 19.dS Bh7 20.Bc2 fS 21.Radl In order to retain his title Jason must win this game. Here he sets his sights on pushing his d-pawn through to victory, but it's a long-range shot. This is still anyone's game to win. 21...Ra6 22.Rfel hS 23.Nbl QdS 24.Qd2 h4 2S.d6 KhS 26.Nc3 Nb6 27.Qe2 QgS 2S.NbS BgS 29.b3 axb3 30.Bxb3 Nd7 31.gxh4 Qxh4 32.Qb2? 32.f3 would have provided a better flight square for White's king 32 ...Rf6 Suddenly Black is threatening a mating attack. Now Fritz suggests 33 f4 as the best defense. 33.Kfl 33 ...Bf7 34.Rd2? Diagram

Throwing away a pawn and most of his advantage. Fritz gives 26.Qg6, followed by Khl, Qg2 and Qe2 (clearing the king and queen off the g file in anticipation of Black's RgS) maintaining a stranglehold on the position .26 ...NxaS 27.Qb4 Nc4 2S.NaS NxaS 29.Bxa5 Rd7 Jason took only a minute on this move, apparently considering 29 ...Rxc2 too risky. 30.Rd2 bS 31.Qa3 At this point Dennis had 11 minutes left before time control at move 40, and Jason well over an hour. 31...dS 32.exdS Rc4 [32 ... e4 would have equalized - DM] 33.Qe3 e4 34.Be2 NxdS 3S.RxdS RxdS [Now 36.Bxc4 is crushing. Unfortunately, I missed that after 36 ... Bd4 (36 ... bxc4 is better but Black's game is positionally hopeless after 37.Bc3) I had the nice but not particularly hard to find crosspin 37.Bc3, when it's all over. -DM] 36.f6 BfS 37.Bxc4 RhS 3S.Qe2 RgS+ 39.Khl bxc4 40.Bc3 A nice move to have available with less than a minute left before time control;· Black responds with an ominous-looking move of his own on the other long diagonal. 40 ...Qb7 41.f7+ Diagram

Now White is truly doomed, but Black is winning even after the better 34.Ke2 BhS+ 3S.Kd2 Qxf2+ 36.Kc3 Qxb2+ 37.Kxb2 Bxd1. 34 ...Qh1+ 3S.Ke2 BhS+ 36.13 Bx13+ and mate next move. 0-1 So the final result was 3.S -1.S in favor of Dennis Monokroussos. In September 2003 Jason lost -by the narrowest of margins - his title of State Champion on tiebreaks to Patrick Mihelich. I have no doubt that Jason, who had the misfortune to come down with a bad cold during his match with Dennis, is not feeling too happy about dropping two titles within a six month period. So depend upon it, Jason will be out for blood in the State


takes a breather ...

Jason Doss (2357)Dennis Monokroussos (2331) [DOO] Pseudo- Trompowsky
It would seem that White could have won the e-pawn after 41.Rf4 e3+ 42.Qf3 [41.Rf4 looks promising initially, but it's a deadend: Black equalizes after 41...e3+ 42.Qf3 Qxf3+ 43.Rxf3 e2 44.Re3 BcS 4S.h3 (the computer initially says 4S.ReS+ is winning. Keep going, however, and you'll see that after Vano/Brooks Challenge Match (S) [Ken Hamilton] l.d4 dS 2.BgS h6 3.Bh4 c6 4.c3 Qb6 S.Qcl BfS 6.Nd2 Nd7 7.Ng13 e6 S.e3 Ngf6 The Pseudo-Tromp has its merits, but in this case White has gotten zilch out of the opening.

Joe Peterson To Gary Fox- thanks for reviving the Challenge Match-and manning the display board .... Ed.

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Games from Logansport While the Challenge Match was being played Kokomo Expert Josh Bousum was busy winning the Challenge Companion #6, qualifying the winner to play in the next Preliminary Tourney to decide the challenger for the Vano/Brooks title in 2005.
underdeveloped. was incredibly uncomfortable in this POSItIon and started using up a lot of time. 11. ..a6 12.NeS Bxe3? 13.Bxc3 as A futile attempt to keep White's bishop off the a3-fS diagonal. 14.b3 Ne4 IS.Bb2 f6 16.N13 Nb6 17.Ba3 Rf7 This move loses material by force; but Re8 isn't much better as after that the rook has no useful squares. I chose Rf7 as it seemed the more active of the two. 18.Qe2 a4 19.Bb4 fS 20.NeS Rf6 Diagram the two open a and b files. Black does have a few clear plans though, such as trying to provoke a3 by playing a5-Na6-Nb4 with play against the backward b-pawn. Or, if White plays b3 to protect the b-pawn, use a5-a4 as a lever. Of course, he has to do all this while hoping he isn't about to be mated on the kingside ... 6.•.Bb7 7.Ne3 d6 8.a4 Qxb6 I would prefer ....a5 here to ensure some counterplay on the queenside. His game becomes very cramped after this 9.e4 Nbd7 10.Nd2 Bg7 I1.Ne4 Qe7 12.aS 0-0 13.f4 Ne8Diagram

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Josh Bousum receiving his prize from ISCA president Gary J. Fox.

Josh Bousum - Nathaniel Criss [DIS] Slav Defense
Challenger Companion #6,3.14.2004 [Nathaniel Criss] 1.e4 Nf6 2.Ne3 e6 3.d4 dS 4.N13 Nbd7?! Josh comes out on top in the move order battle. I'm used to playing Slav/Semi Slav positions where White plays e3 with the dark squared bishop behind the pawn chain. After Josh's next move I realize that I'm getting into unfamiliar territory. NCO gives Bbd7 the ?! mark. I agree; if Black wants to get play e6 and a6 are better alternatives. S.exdS exdS 6.Bf4 QaS My idea here was to lure the bishop back behind the pawn chain to get a position with which I was more familiar. This costs way too much time later on when the queen is forced to retreat. 6....e6 is a far superior move. 7.Bd2 e6 8.e3 Bb4 9.Bd3 0-0 10.0-0 Qd8 I knew I had to move the queen eventually, and rejected Qb6 as I thought the b-pawn would need to move to free the c8 bishop. 1l.Rc1 Diagram

Take note of Josh's technique from this point forward. It's impressive - invade on the c-file and make it impossible for Black to develop the c8 bishop without losing material.21.Qe7 Qxe7 22.Rxe7 axb3 23.axb3 f4 24.13 fxe3 If 24 ...Ng5 then White can play Be7. 2S.fxe4 dxe4 26.Bxe4 NdS 27.BxdS exdS 28.Ree1 BfS 29.Be7 Re6 30.RxfS Rxe7 31.Re1 Josh didn't make a bad move the whole game, outplaying me from start to finish. A very 11UJ11Ullll)S I;;,'l.I1<;lJ·,I;;l1\; for me .... 1-0

14.fS I thought the f5 square might be harbouring weapons of mass destruction, so I took a preemptive measure. 14...Rb8 1S.Bf4 Bd4 16.Ne2 Bg717.g4 I felt I could afford to weaken my kingside since it would take several moves for Black to redeploy his pieces to take advantage of it. 17 ...gxfS 18.gxfS Nef6 19.Ng3 Rfe8 20.Bg2 Be8 21.0o Rb4 22.Rc1 h6? 23.Qd2 Kh7? 24.Nxd6! QxaS 2S.Nxe8 Nxe8 26.Re2 Qb6 27.NhS Bd4+ 28.Kh1 Nef6 29.B13 NeS 30.BxeS BxeS 31.Qg2 NxhS 32.BxhS Qf6 33.Rg1 Qg7 34.Qxg7+ Bxg7 3S.Bxf7 Rxe4 36.Bg6+ Kh8 37.f6 1-0 And here's another effort by [SCA 's Director-at-large, this time versus [SCA's famed Historian, Roger "50/2" Blaine.

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Josh about to lead Nate into unfamiliar territory .... After that large helping of humble pie, how about showing Nate in a more dominant role:

Roger Blaine - Nathaniel Criss [A02] Bird's Opening
Challenge Companion #6,3.14.2004 [Nathaniel Criss] 404MB, Fritz8.ctg, D6794241l.f4 Nf6 2.N13 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 0-0 S.d3 dS 6.Nbd2 eS I thought about playing d4 here, like White does in the Leningrad Dutch, to prevent the pawn advance. Then I considered that White had committed his dark square bishop and the e3 square is very weak - and decided e4 wasn't anything to be feared. 7.e4 I think 7.e3 followed by Qe2,g3,Bg2 and 0-0 is more prudent. It covers a lot of White's weaknesses and allows for some interesting play with an eventual c4 ala Nimzovich 7...d4 8.Be2 Qe7 9.g3 Ne6 10.Nfl White evidently was worried about the weakness on e3; I think a4 followed by Nc4 was better 10...eS 1l.fxeS

Nathaniel Criss - Dan Bryant [AS7] Benko Gambit
Challenger Companion #6,3.14.2004 [Nathaniel Criss] 1.N13 Nf6 2.d4 g6 3.e4 eS 4.dS bS Being a Benko Gambit player myself I was relieved to see this move as opposed to the Modem Benoni. One of the down sides of White's move order is that playing an early f4 against the Benoni isn't possible. S.exbS a6 6.b6 This move annoys a lot of Benko Gambit players. It prevents the normal Benko counterplay on

Now Josh has developed good squares while

all his pieces to I am totally

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Games from Logansport
Ng4 12.Bcl Bxe515.Bxe5 Ngxe5 13.Bf4 Bh3 14.Nxe5 Nxe516.Nd2 Qa5 Diagram

This game is a humdinger: Garrett Smith - Kevin Fyr [B90] Sicilian Najdorf
Challenge Companion #6,3.14.2004 [Ken Hamilton + Ftitz 8J l.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 Kevin opts for the Najdorfvariation - his favorite line. 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 S.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 b5 1l.g4 b4 12.Nd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 as 14.Kbl Qc7 15.h4 Nfd7 16.h5 Nb6 17.g5 Nc4 IS.Bxc4 Qxc4 19.96 Nd7 20.h6 fxg6 Not hxg6? 21.Qh2 21.hxg7 Rf7 22.Qh2 Rxg7 23.Qh3 Nf6 24.Qe6+ Rf7 Now the game is entering a complicated tactical phase (at least, to me ...) so - time to look at Fritz. 25.Bg5 Fritz opts for 2S.Rd3, protecting the 3rd. rank against an advance of Black's pawns to a4 and b3. Garrett's move threatens Bxf6, followed by Rxh7 or Qxd6. 25 ... QcS? I don't know whose scoresheet I'm looking at, but it shows a ? after this move, and rightly so, as it overlooks the vulnerability of the as pawn. [2S ...NxdS 26.RxdS BxgS 27.NcS Be7 -not dxcS? RdS+ - 2S.Ne4 RcS with a winning advantage Fritz] 26.Nxa5! Nxd5 Fritz gives 26 ...NeS as well as 26 ...NhS as yielding rough equality, but considers 26 ...NxdS a blunder, particularly after 27.QxdS BxgS.2S.Rxh7 Ra7 (played) or 27 ....RxaS 2S.QxaS BxgS 29.Rxd6 QfS But what do you think? White certainly looks winning to me. 27.Qxd5 Bxg5 2S.Rxh7 Raa7 29.Rdhl Qc5?? Diagram

I was proud of this move and thought it won by force during the game because White is virtually in zugzwang. The f-file is going to open up and a heavy piece is going to land on f2 if White doesn't take drastic measures. If I were made of silicon (no, not the type Pamela Anderson is made of) I'd have known that the simple, immediate fS probably leads to a quicker win. 17.Bfl Bxfl 1S.Kxfl f5 19.exf5 Rxf5+ 20.Kg2 Ng4 Diagram

White resigned. If 21.Qxg4 then ...Qxd2+ isn't pretty. However, the threat of Ne3 is hard to deal with; 21.Nc4 Qc3 22.Rel Rf2+ 23.Kgl Qxc2 is one of several possible but ugly lines, but there are enough tactics in this position to keep Fritz busy for almost a whole minute that win more material. 0--1 Kevin's idea was threefold - threaten exchange of queens, protect pawns on d6 and b4, and avoid loss of queen after 30.RhS+. What he didn't see was a move, obvious to Fritz though not necessarily to a mere mortal like me, 30.Qe6! which wins outright. Necessary was 29 ...Bf6, though White would retain a clear advantage after 30. Nc6, picking up the b4 pawn.30.RhS+ "I think the reason I missed the obvious 30.Qe6 was psychological. I had only counted on him playing 29 ...Bf6 and me responding 30.Nc6, and so was spending all my dwindling time on that. When 29 ...QcS appeared I was so shocked I played the first two non-losing moves I saw, 30.RhS+ kg7 31.QxcS??" GS 30 ...Kg7 Now Qe6 again wins outright but

Garrett lets Kevin off the hook 31.Qxc5 dxc5 32.Nc6 Ra6 33.Nxe5 Rf5 34.Nd7 Kf7 35.Rf8+ Ke6 36.Rxf5 Kxf5 37.Nxc5 Two pawns up it looks like White has excellent winning chances 37 ...Rb6 3S.Nd3 Be3 39.Rh4 Bd2 40.Rh2 Bf4 41.Re2 g5 42.b3 Rh6 43.Nxb4 Rh1+ 44.Kb2 Rfl 45.Nc6 Bc1+ Not 4S ...Rxf3? 46.Nd4+ 46.Kc3 Rxf3+ So the Black b pawn has been traded for the White f pawn; but it's 3 passed pawns against 1, and the race is on! 47.Kb4 Be3 4S.a4 g4 49.a5 g3 50.a6 Kf4 Not SO.Bf2 Sl.a7 g2 S2.aS+Q gl=Q S3.Qf8+ Kg4 S4.Ne4+ 51.a7 Bxa7 Not Sl...g2 S2.aS=Q gl=Q S3.QbS+ KgS S4.Rg2+ ! Qxg2 SS.QgS+ winning the Black queen. (Fritz). 52.Nxa7 Rf2 53.ReS g2 54.RgS Rxc2 55.Nb5 Ke3 56.Nc3 Kf3 57.Rf8+ Kg4 5S.Nd5 Re2 Not SS...Kg3 S9.Ne3 gl=Q 60.RgS+ Kf2 61.Rxgl RcS 62.RgS Kxe3 63.RcS (Fritz) - with a probable win 59.RgS+ Kf3 And not S9 ...KfS? 60.Rxg2 Rxg2 61.Ne3+ 60.Kb5 ReI 61.Rf8+ Kg3 62.b4 glQ 63.RgS+ Kf2 64.Rxgl Rxgl "I lost my concentration after we went to the 2pawn-up endgame because I assumed he's resign soon. I know that Kevin plays bullet chess, and one thing bullet teaches you is how to create desperate chances in busted positions. Therefore I should not have relaxed once I got to the endgame .." GS 'h-'h Postscript: "Garrett played very well, he completely outplayed me in the middle-game, but I had a few drawing tricks, even 2 pawns down ... "KF "It's unfortunate to have one of my worstplayed middle-game and endgames out for public knowledge, but I guess I shouldn't complain ..! ©" GS. Well, Garrett, not many players would have constructed a game as beautifully as you did; it's a shame we often regard with horror a game where we miss a crushing win and forget about all the good work we did to create the chance. I know the -Ed.

Photo: Joe Peterson Looks like Nate has just played the move he was proud of ... and, gloating, awaits Roger's return to the board.

Photo: Joe Peterson

Garrett pondering


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Games from Logansport
In the following game Garrett finishes off his opponent in ruthless fashion:

Dan Bryant - Garrett Smith [A48] King's Indian Defense
Challenge Companion #6,3.13.2004 [Ken Hamilton] l.d4 Nf6 2.N13 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 d6 5.Nbd2 0-0 6.Rcl Nbd7 7.h3 c6 S.c3 QeS 9.Be2 e5 10.dxe5 dxe5 I1.Bh2 e4 12.Nd4 QdS 13.g4 ReS 14.Nc4 Nb6 15.Nd6 Re7 16.NxcS RxcS 17.0-0 c5 IS.Nb3 Rd7 19.Qc2 Qe7 20.Rcdl Nfd5 21.a3 f5 22.c4 Nf6 23.Rxd7 Nfxd7 24.Rdl Qf6 25.Rd2 Ne5 26.Bxe5 Qxe5 27.Nc1 BfS 2S.Qdl Rc6 29.Khl Bd6 With 30.f4! White could maintain approximate equality, but.... 30.Qgl f4 31.b3 13 32.Bfl Qc3 Diagram

Garrett played this game pretty soundly, despite taking only 37 minutes on the clock; Cam took 25 minutes - less than a minute a move. Maybe it was because it was the last round and he was out of the running for a prize. 1-0

Now, after 17...Qc7, White is positionally lost.17 ...Nxa4 Is a pawn worth this knight on the rim? I'm not sure ... IS.Ra3 Nb4 Now we have 2 knights wandering off center: Black still has a winning game but RcS was more sound. 19.Qe4 Qd5 20.f5 Qxe4+ 21.Nxe4 exf5 22.gxf5 Nb6 Againn, the c-file beckoned but James ignored it 23.Rg3 f6 24.Rf4 N4d5 25.Rfg4 Ra7 26.Nc5 KhS 27.Ne6 Rff7? Diagram

Photo: Joe Peterson White's ruined 33.Rdl Qc2 34.Rel Qd2 Amusingly Black has threatened to pick off either the knight or the rook, and now the bishop must be sacrificed. 35.Bg2 fxg2+ 36.Kxg2 Qb2 37.a4 Nd7 3S.Re2 Qf6 39.Kfl Ne5 40.Qg2 N13 41.Rc2 Be5 Dan should have given up several moves ago - he has no chance. 42.Ne2 Qd6 43.Rcl Qd2 The queen returns for more plunder on the second rank .... 44.g5 Bb2 45.Rbl Qc2 0-1 Garrett took on Cam Donis in the last roundthey didn't waste much time .... Cam has the white pieces v. Garrett - so this must have been a skittles room game @

Cameron Donis Jay (James) Gartland [C10] French Defense
Challenger Companion #6, 3.13.2004 [Ken Hamilton, with Fritz 8 voice-overs] l.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.N13 Ngf6 6.Ned2 a6 7.g3 b5 S.Bg2 Bb7 9.0-0 c5 10.c3 cxd4 I1.Nxd4 Bxg2 12.Kxg2 Bc5 13.f4 Bxd4 14.cxd4 Black has an advantage, reflecting his better pawn structure as well as a potentially unassailable blockading spot for a knight on d5 and the restricted scope of White's bishop 14 ...0-0 15.g4 b3 or Nf3 would be more effective ways to develop the White pieces. Now 15...Qc7 eyeing c2 and f4 would cause White problems 15•.•Nd5 16.Qel Qc7 now would be even stronger than on the previous move, but... 16.•.N7b6 Black finds an equally good continuation, threatening to take over the cfile with RcS and occupy c4. White decides to throw a pawn in order to get his queen's rook over to the kingside in a hurry. 17.a4? Diagram

Garrett Smith (1970) Cameron Donis (1870) [B33] Sicilian Pelikan Variation
Challenger Companion #6 (5), 3.14.2004 [ Ken Hamilton] l.e4 c5 2.N13 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 S.Na3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 I1.Bd3 Be6 12.0-0 Bxd5 13.exd5 Ne7 14.c3 Bg7 15.Qh5 e4 16.Bc2 0-0 17.Rael QcS IS.Khl So far, all following book (per Fritz). Cam and Garrett have taken a combined 9 minutes between them. IS ...Nxd5 19.Bxe4! Nf4? 20.Qxf5 Qxf5 21.Bxf5 b4 22.cxb4 Bxb2? 23.Nc4 Bc3 24.Re4 Nd5 25.Rh4 Nxb4 26.Bxh7+ Kg7 27.Nxd6 Nxa2 2S.Bbl Nb4 29.Rc4 Nd530.Rc5 Black must lose a piece, so resigns.

Black would have kept his advantage with RcS, protecting the back rank while threatening Rc2+2S.Bh6! Disaster strikes 2S...g6 29.fxg6 hxg6 30.Rxg6 Nc4 31.b3 Na5 32.RgS+ Kh7 33.b4 33.RSg4 was curtains, but both were probably short of time 33 .•.Nc6 34.NfS+ RxfS not Kxh6, Rh3# 35.BxfS Ncxb4 36.RSg4 KhS 37.Rh4+ Rh7 3S.Bg7+ KgS 39.Bxf6+ Kf7 40.Rxh7+ Kxf6 Need we go on? White won in a few more moves. 1-0 Jay is a strong player with a studied, awesome way of making his moves, slowly raising his arm like the mechanical grab in an amusement arcade, and selecting the piece, all in slow motion. He beat me in Bloomington, maybe I should try it.i) -Ed.

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Games from Logansport
Cameron Donis - Josh Bousum [C12] French Def. (McCutcheon)
Challenger Companion #6,3.14 ..2004 [Ken Hamilton] l.e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.BgS Bb4 S.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Ne4 8.Qg4 g6 9.Bd3 Nxd2 10.Kxd2 cS 11.h4 Bd7 12.Qf4 Qe7 13.Nf3 Bc6 14.Rh3 Nd7 IS.Nh2 0-0-0 16.Ng4 Diagram 12.Bb3 Bd6 13.h3 Bd7 14.Rel 0-0 IS.BgS Bh2+ 16.Khl Bf417.Bxf6 gxf618.QhS Kh8 19.93 Bc6+ 20.Kh2 Diagram

John Easter - Roger Blaine [A84] Dutch Defense
Challenge Companion #6 (3), 3.13.2004 (Ken Hamilton) l.d4 e6 2.c4 fS 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Bb4+ S.Nd2 c6 6.Ngf3 0-0 7.0-0 d6 8.Nb3 BaS 9.NxaS QxaS 10.Bd2 Qc7 I1.Bb4 Re8 12.Rcl as 13.Ba3 dS 14.NeS At this point White looks better, but his a3 bishop belongs on the other side of the board. 14...Nbd7 IS.cxdS exdS 16.Nd3 Nb6 17.BcS Nbd7 18.e3 Ne4 19.b3 NdxcS 20.NxcS Be6 21.Nd3 Nf6 22.Qc2 Qe7 23.QcS Nd7 24.Qxe7 Rxe7 2S.NcS NxcS 26.RxcS Kf7 27.a3 Ree8 28.Rbl Ra7 29.f4 Rea8 30.Kf2 Ra6 31.Bfl Rb6 32.Rb2 Kf6 33.Kf3 Bf7 34.h3 hS 3S.Bd3 Be6 36.Rcl Rg8 37.h4 g6 38.b4 axb4 39.Rxb4 Rxb4 40.axb4 Ra8 41.bS Bd7 42.Rbl Ke6 So nothing came of the protracted rook manoeuvering as each side struggled to find an effective open file. v,-v, Crosstables for this, and all other events, are available at www.joepye.cnc.netiisca and results are usually posted on ISCA's indianachess.org. The Beginners' Challenge #2 was held concurrently with the Companion tourney; Nick Donis took first prize and for once stole the limelight from son Cameron!

Surely it was better to knock the bishop off c6 and eliminate Black's bishop pair? 20 ...Rg8 21.Qh4 Bg5 22.QhS Bf4 23.Ne2 Bd6 24.Radl RgS 2S.Qh6 Rg6 26.Qh4 Bf3 27.Bc2 fS 28.Qd4+ BeS 29.Qd7 QcS 30.Kgl? Bxe2 Diagram Cameron gained a space advantage in the opening and could have put a damper on Black's plan to castle queenside by playing Rb I at any time over the past few moves; instead, he embarked on a knight manoeuver aimed at f6 that doesn't pay off.16 ...g5 17.hxg5 hxg5 18.Qf3 Rxh3 19.9xh3 cxd4 20.cxd4 Qb4+ White's omission to occupy the b file is revealed as a serious mistake 21.Ke3 f5 Diagram

good enough to win, no doubt - but 30 ....Bxg3 won outright.[30 ...Bxg3 31.Rd4 Bh2+ 32.Kxh2 Rg2+ 33.Khl Rag8 34.Ng3 R2xg3+ 35.Kh2 Rg2+ 36.KhI Rxf2#] 31.Rxe2 Rxg3+ 32.Kfl Rxh3 33.Qxb7 Rg8 or Rb8! 34.Qg2 Rh2 34.Rd7 A final fling 34 ...Bf4 3S.Rd4 Qc8 36.Be4 fxe4 37.Qxe4 fS 38.Qg2 White, in a hopeless position and doubtless in time trouble, is in pieces. 38 ...Rxg2 39.Kxg2 Rh2+ 40.Kfl Bc7 White resigns .... 0-1 Devastating! 22.exf6 eS 23.Rdl Qxd4+ stronger than the immediate ...e4 24.Ke2 e4 25.Qf5 exd3+ 26.cxd3 Re8+ 27.Kf1 Qf4 28.Qxf4 gxf4 29.Rel Rxe1+ 30.Kxel Kd8 31.Ke2 d4 Forcing the abdication of White's overly adventurous king. 0-1 Once again Josh Bousum's trusty French Defense wears down the oppositionA battle between ISCA's youngest (?) and oldest (?) tournament directors ended in a draw, a good result for Roger as Black his

Photo: Joe Peterson Nick receiving his trophy from president Gary Fox, with horns thoughtfully provided by director-at-large Tom Byers. A Beginners' Quick tournament was also won by Nick Donis. Prizewinners: CompanionI st. Josh Bousum Class A - Garrett Smith and Nate Criss Class B- Roger Blaine Class C- Joe Peterson and Jay Gartland Class D- Alek Jansen and Keith Schuman Beginners' ChallengeI st. Nick Donis 2nd• David Claus Class F -Aaron Reynolds Class G - Eric Suehoff U600- Caleb Schuman

Kevin Fyr - Josh Bousum [C07] French Defense (Tarrasch)
Challenge Companion #6 (4), 3.14.2004 [Ken Hamilton, with an eye on Fritz] l.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exdS Qxd5 S.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Nb3 Nc6 9.Nbxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 a6 1l.c3 Qc7

Photo: Joe Peterson

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Play It Forward -With World Champions
Visualize how world champs - or their opponents - finished off these games 1. Spassky-Artunian 4th. Spartakiad 1967 4. Bielicki-Smyslov Capablanca Memorial 1964
7. Bronstein- Botvinnik World Champ. match, Moscow 1951

After After After 30. Bxh6! 31. Nxg7 32. exf5 33. Nh5 34. ? Nh7 f5 29 30. Qb2 Rc4! ?

35.dxe5 36.Rf1 37. ?

Bxe5 QgS


Boris Spas sky was a fine sportsman, and a great, imaginative player. He had Bobby Fischer's number- until Reykjavik 1972.

Vasily Smyslov won the world championship by beating Mikhael Botvinnik in 1954 - only to lose it in a return match 3 years later. Smyslov's refined, positional style is the envy of most who play through his games but it was unable to withstand the onslaught of the soon-to-be new champion in the following game. 5. Tal-Smyslov Candidates Tournament, Bled 1959

In 1935 Alexander Alekhine lost the world championship to Max Euwe. Although he was reputably under the influence of alcohol for most of the match, he arrived for this first game stone sober and wearing a natty tux. S. Alekhine-Euwe Championship match, Amsterdam 1935


Spas sky-Fischer Siegen Olympiade 1970

After. After 35. Nd5+ 36. Rf2 37. Re2 3S. ReS+ 39. ? KgS Nc4 Rd6 Kt7

27. Bxe5 2S. Rd7! 29. ?

fxe5 Bf6


17 IS. Bc3 19. ?

Qxa2 Nf6


Spassky-Fischer Game 5, World Championship,

6. 1972

Botvinnik-Alatortsev Leningrad Championship

In 1937, a more-or-less teetotaler Alekhine obtained vengeance, regaining the world championship. But here's a game he lost in 1935 .... the so-called "pearl ofZandvoort." 1934 9. Euwe-Alekhine Championship Match 1935 _26th.Game


23. . . . .. . . .. 24.RxfS+ 25.RxfS+ 26.Bd1? 27.Qc2?

Nh5 RxfS KxfS Nf4 ?


IS. Qe2 19. Bxf5 20. ?

Bf5? Nxf5


Bobby's 2ih. move was simple enough - but how many of us patzers would have given it a second thought?

Spassky, Tal and of course Bronsteinbrought artistry and imagination to the chessboard; Botvinnik his renowned "Iron logic" which was barely sufficient to survive in his tied championship match with Bronstein in 1951.. ...

41. Nc6 42. e7 43. NdS 44. Nb7 45. Re6+ 46. Nd6 47. ?

ReS b5 Kg7 Kf6 Kg5


Solutions - see Page 27

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Blaine's -0 _
Blaine's S012, or How To Win a Prize by playing with a wooden board ...
Photo - and board - Ken Hamilton

Qh4 20.Bf3 f5 -+) Qh4+ Bh2 and Black has more play than in the game 18.g3 Bd4+ 19.Kg2? Sleepy ... 19.Qxd4 of course 19...Qe7 20.Bd3 Rxf4 21.Qxf4 RfS 22.Qh4 Qe7 23.Rhl and Black resigns 5 moves later. 1-0 On arriving in Plainfield I parked at the Comfort Inn, a 100 yards away from Amerihost, by mistake. When I got back into my car to head for the playing site - it refused to start. I called AAA on my cell phone then headed for my first round game; during it I got a call from AAA and went to meet the mechanic at my car; after 20 minutes of dickering about it was determined that my battery was flat and wouldn't take a charge. So I went back to finish my game with Eric Miller and then wait for AAA to return with a new battery, at lunchtime. Strangely, I was able to concentrate reasonably well despite being somewhat agitated - not to mention out of breath from trotting back and forth between parking lots. I passed Glenn in the corridor and told him we were paired for the next round; aware of my car problems he grinned and said it might add a new angle on how to prepare to play - after a disaster! But by now I felt quite calm; the crisis was resolved. Maybe I was too relaxed, for I was all but tom apart in the opening.

relieved to see this, rather than a developing move like Qe2 9...Qe7 10.Nge2 Bxb5 Playing into White's hands - I must have been in a fog 11.axb5 Nbd7 12.0--0 g6 13.Ne4 Bg7? Having almost completed my development plan I released the piece on g7 and suddenly developed a healthy concern for d6 .... 14.Nd6+ KfS 15.Nxb7 NdS 16.Bc1 N7b6 17.Na5 Nb4 Throwing Caution to the winds, not that there was much left to throw ... 18.e3 N4d5 Diagram

ISCA's historian, Roger Blaine, may not live in the past but he has a strong appreciation for it - particularly for the days of longer time-controls. His second "50/2" 2-day tournament (the first was Michiana in December) was held on April 17/18 at the Amerihost Inn, Plainfield. As a further classic touch Roger awards a prize for playing the most games with a wooden board and set. Your editor - who shares Roger's revulsion for playing on crumpled canvas with illegible autographs scribbled on the once-white squares - was gratified to win this prize with the board and set pictured above (maple and rosewood board, 2.25" squares, Staunton pattern set, 4" king. You can get good stuff like this from Chesscafe.com, which has teamed up with the USCF to cater, at a discount, to members). It would be impossible, of course, to return to the days when I played most of my chess, when we wore suits and ties and the air was thick with tobacco smoke (I'm glad to say). In an amazing tum of events Bernie Parham Sr. won the event with a 5 round score of 4.5. 1\JM Jim Mills tied for 2nd with tenacious expert Glenn Snow, while Jay Carr and Nate Criss, with 3.5 points, shared 4th_5th place. Kurt Bridgham also picked up 3.5 points to win the under-1600 prize. To begin at the beginning, round 1 action included the following game: I show it only because it as some bearing on my state of mind in sitting down to play - see "Collecting thought(s)" page 18 ...

Glenn Snow - Ken Hamilton [DOO]Blackmar-Diemer Gambit
Blaine's 5012, Plainfield (2), [Ken Hamilton/Fritz} l.e4 Nf6 2.Ne3 dS 3.d4 dxe4 4.f3 eS [4...BfS S.BgS Nbd7 6.Bc4 h6 7.Bh4 Nb6 8.Bb5+ c6 9.Bxf6 cxbS 1O.fxe4 b4] S.d5 This entire variation was completely foreign to me. Alekhine's Defense players hope - just a little - they have surprised their opponents; it's not cricket to have a surprise flung back in your face .... Glenn told me afterwards S....exf3 was normal (normal!) but I replied I wasn't willing to enter into his left-handed Danish Gambit of sorts. S...e3? The? is because I can't quite remember what I hoped to gain from this, other than refusing to open the ffile 6.Bxe3 e6 7.BbS+ Diagram

Round about now my hopes of a shot at meaningful prize money began to vanish 19.Ne6 Qe7 20.e4? Nxe4 Glenn had somehow overlooked this; I almost overlooked it myself.... 21.Qe2 Ndb6 Hanging on to the c pawn and maintaining the vestige of a threat on the long diagonal 22.Nf4? Not the best; Fritz would go Bf4 or even Ra6 with a winning advantage. 22 ... Kf7! Diagram

Ken Hamilton - Eric Miller
Blaine's 50/2, Plainfield, 4.17.2004

[E91] Benoni
l.d4 c5 2.dS d6 3.e4 Nf6 4.Ne3 g6 S.e4 Bg7 6.Nf3 0--0 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.Nd2 Re8 9.0--0 Ne5 Too aggressive, too soon 10.f4 Neg4 I1.Nf3 eS 12.h3 Now Nh6 leads to 13. fe fe 14. Be3 followed by Qd2 with a material and positional advantage, but Eric possibly feared 13.g4>g5, overlooking that 13...ef 14.g5 Bxh3 15.Rf3 Nfg4 provided somewhat more than a modicum of resistance.... 12...exf4 13.hxg4 Bxg4 14.Bxf4 14.Bd3 protecting the e-pawn was possibly more sound 14...Nxe4 15.Nxe4 Rxe4 16.Qd2 Bxf3 16...Qf6 was far more forceful 17.Rxf3 Qh4? better was 17....Bd4+ 18.Khl (not Be3 Rxe3! 19.Rxe3

Now to my horror I have been suckered into a troubling sort of Albin's counter-gambit situation7 ...Bd7 8.dxe6 fxe6 9.a4? I was

Uniting my rooks and defending the e-pawn with Laskerian aplomb 23.Ra6 White wants to nudge the Knight off c4 and be able to threaten an eventual doubling of rooks on the a-file, but Rei was a little more direct. 23 ...NeS A nice move. Black is slipping off the hook 24.Rel? Now all I had to do was play Nxc6 and all's well; but I had burned up 90 of my 120 minutes and maybe saw a ghost on e6 24 ...Rhe8? Sigh .... 25.Nd4? I think Glenn gave a lot of thought to this move, which looks cute but is a clinker. Perhaps he was beginning to run low on time, too. 2S.Qxc5 would have been quite comfortable for him. 2S...Qd6 26.Ndxe6 Rxe6 27.Nxe6 Qxe6 Not Kxe6? 28.f4 28.Qe4 At this point

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Blaine's 5012
I'm actually somewhat better 2S...Qd5 29.Be3 Qxe4 30.fxe4 Ned7 31.b3 Be5 32.Re2 To be able to double up on the a-file 32...Bd4 33.Bxd4 cxd4 Fritz thinks Black is over a full point ahead.Now if Rd2, Nc4 34.Rea2 Diagram field on the first day. He warned me David Washburn, whom I was to play next, had tied him up in knots .... 19...Bxh4 20.Nfl gxflQ+ 21.Rxfl Qh2+ 22.Ke3 Bg5+ 0-1 These two veteran experts butted heads in round 2; Tom decides to castle queenside to avoid danger on the files but meets his fate on the diagonals... rather like a boxer circling to the left to avoid a left hook and getting caught by a right cross...

David Washburn - Roger Blaine
Plainfield 50/2 (2), 4.17.2004 [C02] French Defense - Advance Var'n. 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 Bd7 7.Be2 f6 S.O-Ofxe5 9.Nxe5 Bd6 10.dxc5 Bxc5 1l.Nxd7 Kxd7 12.b4 Bd6 13.c4 Be5 14.cxd5 Bxal 15.dxc6+ Kxc6 16.Bf3+ Kc7 17.Be3 Qd6 IS.Qc2+ KbS 19.Qe4 Qd5 20.Bf4+ KcS 21.Rc1+ Qc2+ followed by Bxd5 would have won instantly 21...Kd7 22.Rdl Nf6 23.Rxd5+ Nxd5 24.Qd3 And Black was mated after a further 16 moves. 1-0

Tom Harris - Josh Bousum [A04] Closed English
Plainfield 50/2 (2), 4.17.2004 [Ken Hamilton + Fritz) l.Nf3 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.g3 e5 4.d3 d6 5.Bg2 f5 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bd2 Nc6 9.e3 0-0 10.Qe2 g5 11.0-0-0 ReS 12.h3 Ne7 13.e4 c6 14.Nh2 Ng6 15.exf5 Bxf5 16.g4 Nf4 17.Bxf4 exf4 18.Qfl Bg6 19.h4 Qa5 20.hxg5 hxg5 21.Nf3 Nd7 22.d4 Diagram

Ken Hamilton - David Washburn [B07] Pirc Defense
Now Fritz gives Ke6 winning, giving up the a-pawn to get the e-pawn. But my time is down to 8 minutes for the next 16 moves and that line simply didn't occur to me34...NcS? 35.Rc6 Back to evens again, per Fritz 35...Ke7 36.Raa6 Ncb6 37.Kfl Ne5 Comfortably ahead again. Now Glenn blunders 3S.Rcxb6?? RfS+ Glenn hadn't seen this, and I hadn't either, having forgotten about the Rxb6 threat after moving my Knight from d7. Fritz gives Black a 3 point lead here. 39.Kel axb6 40.Rxb6 RdS With 3 minutes left I begin to go astray 41.Kd2 Rd6? Diagram Plainfield 50/2 (3), 4.17.2004 1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 Qa5 5.Bd3 e5 6.Bd2 Qb6 7.Nge2 exf4 S.Na4 QdS 9.Bxf4 Nh5 10.0-0 Bg4 I1.Qd2 Bxe2 12.Bxe2 Nf6 13.Nc3 h6 14.Radl d5? fatally opening a diagonal and a file on his exposed king; Be7 was essential 15.exd5 Nxd5 16.Nxd5 cxd5 17.Bb5+ 17.Bxb8 was stronger, when Bb5+ would be instantly lethal 17...Nd7 But Black resigned here anyway, in face of 18.Rde1+ Be7 19.Bd6 1-0 The inn had a little snack area - with free coffee and orange juice. A couple of times I saw Eric Miller there disconsolately drinking a cup of juice, having lost another game through an impetuous blunder. He is a promising young player from the Fort Wayne area and maybe the long drive to Plainfield had taken its toll... anyway, in the following game he made an unsound sac on h3 but followed up in grand style after his more experienced opponent went astray.

22...Nc5! 23.dxc5 Bxc3 24.Nd2? [24.bxc3?? Qxc3#; 24.a3 Qa4 25.Rd3 Bg7 26.Nd2 dxc5 27.Rb3 Rad8 28.Rhh3 Re6 29.Qdl Red6 winning easily] 24...Qxa2 White resigns 0-1 Jay Carr met up with Kurt Bridgham in round 1, scoring an easy win- but Kurt picked up his game after that and finished tied with Jay and Nate Criss with 3.5 points.

Jim Longuski - Eric Miller
Plainfield 50/2 (3),4.17.2004 [A43] Irregular Benoni 1.d4 c5 2.e3 cxd4 3.exd4 Nf6 4.Bd3 d5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Nbd2 e6 7.c3 Bd6 S.O-O Qc7 9.Qc2 Nbd7 10.Rel 0-0-0 1l.a4 h5 12.h3 Bxh3? 13.gxh3 g5 14.Kf1 RdgS 15.Ngl g4 16.h4 g3 17.f3 g2+ IS.Ke2 Bg3 19.Qdl?

Jay Carr - Kurt Bridgham [A20] English Opening
Plainfield 50/2 (1), 4.17.2004
[Ken Hamilton}

Still winning, but not the best. Glenn's next move shocked me 42.Ra6 Rxa6?? Now it's anybody's game. 43.bxa6 Nc6 44.b4 Kd6 45.b5 I believe I got the last couple moves right - my annotation virtually stopped. Maybe Ne5 holds, but I had screwed things up royally and with under a minute left, resigned. A fun game! 1-0 So - in an unsettled state of mind I play round 1 and win quite nicely and, having regained my composure, playas though confused in the next round. Maybe, to quote Glenn, "Being a little nervous before the game isn't necessarily indicative of having the wrong mindset. .." TD Roger Blaine had not planned to play, but with an odd number of entries filled in the

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 Be7 4.Nc3 0-0 5.e4 c6 6.Nge2 d6 7.d4 Bg4 S.Be3 Nbd7 9.h3 exd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 1l.b3 Ne5? losing a piece for a couple of pawns. Connecting the rooks by Qc7 or Qa4 was the right way to go 12.f4 Nxc4 13.bxc4 Bxc4 14.0-0 c5 15.Bf2 RbS 16.g4 Qc7 17.Rel RfdS IS.Ng3 b5 19.95 b4 20.Nce2 NeS 21.Qc2 Bb5 22.Nf5 BfS 23.Ne3 as 24.Nd5 Qa7 Obviously not preparing c4... 25.f5 Bxe2 26.Qxe2 Nc7 27.Nxc7 Qxc7 2S.Qc4 a4 29.Rabl Qa5 30.Bg3 Rb6 Black has done his best to use his only asset - the queenside pawn majoritybut to no avail. 31.g6 Qa7 32.e5! RdbS? desperation 33.Bd5 b3 34.axb3 Rxb3 35.Qh4 h6 36.Bxf7+ KhS 37.Bxb3 axb3 3S.Qc4 b2 39.exd6 and Black's game, already in smoking ruins, now collapsed entirely after 39...Bxd6? 1-0

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Blaine's 5012
Glenn Snow unleashed a brilliant attack against Jesse Bender in round 1.. .. Usually Black mimics White's moves at his peril, particularly if a mirrored position has developed for as many as 10 moves... TD Roger Blaine proves it ain't necessarily so... 21.Qc3 bS 22.Rf3 b4 23.Qe3 Qg4 24.RxfS+ RxfS 2S.Bb3 NhS? 2S....Qf4 might have saved the game 26.h3 Qf4 Because 26....Qf4 now loses to g4. So Black has to give up the e pawn, and with it, the game 27.Bxe6+ Kg7 Ignoring likelihood of checks from R or queen on Black's second rank; KhS was best 2S.QcS Ng3 A last, desperate fling 29.Rel Ne4? Everything - Nhl, or NfS, loses - this goes down in flames 30.Rxe4 Qxe4 ...and resigns without waiting for 31.Qe7+ Kh8 32.Qxf8+ Kh7 33.Qg8# 1-0 I was confident I was going to beat Jesse in my last game, then he throws an oddball on move 2 and I start going wrong - I'm finally beaten because I don't find the right way to deal with his queen on - gulp - a6....

Jesse Bender - Glenn Snow
Plainfield SO/2 (I), 4.17.2004 [A4S] Colle System
[KH and Fritz 8J

David Kennert - Roger Blaine [COl] French Defense
Plainfield SO/2 (3), 4.17.2004
[Ken HamiltonJ

l.d4 Nf6 2.e3 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.c4 0-0 S.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 Nbd7 7.0-0 eS S.b4 ReS 9.Bb2 e4 10.Nd2 NfS I1.Rbl hS 12.a4 BfS 13.cS dS 14.bS White has gained a lot of space on the queenside for his pieces, while Black, typically for a King's Indian set-up, pins his hopes on a kingside attack. 14...NSh7 IS.Rel c6 16.Na2 Bh6 17.Bc3 Ng4 IS.Nfl Qh4 19.Bxg4 Bxg4 20.Qd2 NgS Diagram

l.e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3.exdS exdS 4.Nf3 Bd6 S.Bd3 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.BgS Bg4 S.Nbd2 Nbd7 9.c3 c6 10.Qc2 Qc7 I1.Rael RfeS What do they call this? The Parrot Variation? Anyway, Black has just digressed from book with RfeS as opposed to RaeS... 12.Re3 Rxe3 13.fxe3 ReS 14.e4 Black could grab a pawn here by BxtJ IS.RxtJ de 16.Nxe4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 h6 IS. BM Bf4 with an unclear position 14•..dxe4 IS.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 h6 17.Bd2 Bxf3 IS.Rxf3 The h2 pawn grab is still on lS ...Nf6 19.Bd3 Bxh2+ Roger decides this is the right time for it! 20.Khl Bg3 21.Bxh6? Diagram

Ken Hamilton - Jesse Bender [D06] Tarrasch defense
Plainfield SO/2 (S), 4 .. 18.2004
[Ken HamiltonJ

l.d4 dS 2.c4 cS 3.e3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nc6 S.cxdS NxdS 6.BbS Nxc3 7.bxc3 QaS S.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.Bd2 Qa6 10.Qc2 g6 1l.Qe4 Bg7 12.Ne2 BfS 13.Qf3 hS 14.h3 Be6 IS.Nf4 [IS.0-0 gS 16.Ng3 g4 17.hxg4 hxg4 18.Qe4 cxd4 19.cxd4=]lS ...Bc4 16.dS 0-0 17.dxc6 RacS lS.NdS BxdS 19.QxdS Rxc6 Diagram

21.Qb2 Black's attack hits like a sudden summer thunderstorm.There is no escaping the deluge. [21.Khl BtJ 22.Ng3 Bxg2+ 23.Kxg2 Qh3+ 24.Khl NtJ 2S.Nfl Qg4 26.Ng3 Nxd2] 21...Nh3+! if 22.gxh3 BD mates 22.Khl Nxf2+ 23.Kgl Nd3 24.Qd2 Re6! 24...Nxel wins easily, also, but there's no rush - the rook can't be saved 2S.Nb4 RaeS! Maybe Nxel was a trifle better, but Glenn is in a combinative mood, with all his pieces threatening havoc on the e-file 26.Nxd3 exd3 27.Qf2 Best. If 27.Qxd3 BfS 27 Qe7 2S.Bd2 Jesse hangs on gamely 2S h4 29.Khl Rf6 30.Qgl Be2 Diagram

21...Re1+ 22.Bfl Ng4 23.Bd2 Suddenly White's game has gone to the dogs. 23...Qe7! Rxfl also worked: [23...Rxfl+ 24.Rxfl Bf2 2S.g3 Qxg3] 24.Bxel Qh4+ 2S.Kgl Qh2# 0-1 Sunday was a day of dramatic surprises - for me (unfortunately) but more importantly, for the eventual winner of the Plainfield tourney. As penance for showing you a couple of my wins from Saturday's play, I will show the following two examples, first how I failed to understand the opening and second, how I failed to understand almost every position I reached. White is lost: unable to castle and get his king to safety, queen exposed to attack by Black's rooks, weak pawn on c3 and tall pawn on d2. A badly mismanaged game by White, mesmerized by a queen on, of all places, a6! 20.g4 Rd6 21.Qf3 RfdS Good enough, but I expected the killer 21....Rxd2! 22.Kxd2 Rd8+ curtains.... 22.Rdl Qxa2 23.0-0 What else? Go down in flames 23...hxg4 24.hxg4 Rxd2 2S.Ral QdS 26.e4 Qd3 27.Qf4 Qxc3 2S.Racl QeS 29.Qe3 Qd4 30.Qa3 QeS And a couple of illegible moves later, White resigned. 0-1 Brushing off the sackcloth and ashes, on to the important games in the last round..... Here's the scene. Parham, Mills and Snow, all at 3.S, Bousum at 3, Criss at 2.S. The most likely finish looked to be Mills 4.S, Bousum 4 and Parham, Snow and Criss tied for 3rd through Sth.But this is what happened.

Walt Thompson - Ken Hamilton [D9l] Gruenfeld defense
Plainfield SO/2 (4), 4.1S.2004
[Ken HamiltonJ

30...h3 looks even more unpleasant for White31.h3 Re6 32.b6 a6 33.Qh2 Bxfl 34.Rxfl Bxe3 3S.Bxe3 Rxe3 36.Qc7 d2 37.Kgl There isn't much White can do; all lines lose 37.•.Rel 3S.Qf4 Qe3+ 39.Qxe3 RSxe3 40.Kf2 R3e2+ 41.Kf3 Rxbl 42.Rxbl ReI 43.Rxel dxelQ 0-1

l.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 dS 4.Nf3 Bg7 S.BgS dxc4 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Bxc4 h6 S.Bf4 NhS? S...Nb6 would have been more helpful to Black's development 9.Qb3 0-0 10.NeS NxeS 1l.BxeS BxeS 12.dxeS Ng7 An ugly move. c6 was best, providing space for the queen. 13.Rdl QeS 14.NdS Be6 Both IS.Qxb7 and IS.Nxc7 win a (net) pawn for White lS.e4 BxdS 16.exdS RbS 17.Qc2 e6 lS.dxe6 fxe6?! 19.0-0 Qf7 20.Rd3 QfS

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Blaine's 5012
Jim Mills had been playing dour, solid chess throughout, typified by his 6-hour draw with Bernie Parham in round 4, where he could not find a way to win a rook and knight v. two bishops endgame (I doubt anyone could). He now seemed back to his master-level form after his long lay-off. overlooking White's response.25.Rxg6+ hxg6 26.Qxg6+ Bg7 27.Ng4 I'd already decided on the upcoming blunder Nf6. Better was Bxj7; I was so entranced by the combinative possibilities of a N on f6 that I overlooked the defense ... (NC) Be6 28.Bxe6 Rxe6 Now 29.QxfS loses to Bxh6 30.Nf6+ Rxf6 - and Black escapes with a piece up 29.Nf6+?? Diagram 21.Kdl Qe3 and White is powerless against the threat ofBxd3] 19.Nh4? Diagram

Glenn Snow - Jim Mills [B12] Caro-Kann, Fantasy Var.
Plainfield SO/2 (S), 4.18.2004 [Ken Hamilton] l.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 dxe4 4.fxe4 e5 5.Nf3 Be6 6.e3 exd4 7.exd4 Bb4+ S.Ne3 Nf6 9.Bd3 h6 10.0-0 Nbd7 1l.a3 BaS 12.e5 Nd5 13.Ne4 Be7 If the bishop had retreated to e7 after II.a3 it would have saved a move - as well as protecting both d6 and cS against occupation by a White knight. The other side of the coin is - which is the better square for the queen - e7, or c7 !b6? 14.Bd2 Qe7 15.Qel 0-0-0 16.b4 N5b6 16...gS looks a more natural response, answering White's queenside thrust with the threat of an assault against White's king - as well as threatening Nf4 17.Qe2 Bg4 IS.a4 f6 19.b5 c5 Leads to wholesale exchanges; the position (to me) looks even more complex after 20.a5 20.e6 Qxe6 21.dxe5 Nxc5 22.Nxc5 Qxe2 23.Bxe2 Bxf3 24.Bxf3 Rxd2 25.Bxb7+ KbS 26.Bf3 Be5 27.Na6+ KeS 28.Bg4+ KdS 29.Radl Rd6 30.Ne5 Ke7 31.Rfel Draw agreed. 'h-'h Meanwhile, prize: Nate was staking a claim for a

Nate Criss - Walt Thompson [ A04] Kings Indian Attack
Plainfield SO/2 (S), 4.18.2004 [Ken Hamilton/Nate Criss] l.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Normally I play 2.b3 here but Walt had outplayed me in that line in a quick game a few months ago (NC) Ne6 3.Bg2 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.d3 Nf6 6.e4 d6 7.e3 0-0 S.h3 RbS 9.Be3 b5 10.Qel ReS I1.Bh6 Bh8 12.Nh2 e5 13.Nd2 Bd7 14.f4 Nh5 15.Qel exf4 16.gxf4 d5 17.Bf3 Nf6 18.Qg3 dxe4 19.Nxe4 White can't play the natural dxe4 because of Bxh3 (NC) Nxe4 20.dxe4 b4 21.e5 Qb6 22.Radl Qe7 23.Rd6 Ne7 24.Bd5 Nf5 Diagram

Apparently forgetting his queen is en prise allowing 29 ...Rxf6, winning outright.29 ...Kf8?? 30.Bxg7+ Nxg7 31.Qh7 NeS?? Overlooking the fork; Qb7 or Qd8 would have held 32.QhS+ Ke7 33.Nd5+ Kd7 34.Nxe7 Kxc7 All over bar the shouting ... 35.f5 Re7 36.cxb4 Rxb4 37.e6 f6 38.Qf8 Rg7+ 39.Kf2 Rf4+ 40.Kel Re4+ 41.Kdl Black could try to hold on by 41...Kd8 42.Qxc5 but decided to resign rather than suffer. 1-0

[19.Nc4 Qe4+ 20.Kd2 Qxf3 21.Bxd3 Qf2+ 22.Be2 Qxd4+ 23.Kcl and Fritz evaluates the position as equivalent to the material (pawn) advantage. However this would have panned out it was certainly better than the move played.] 19 ...Qf2+ 20.Kxd3 Bb5+ 21.Ke2 Ne3+ 22.Qxe3 [22.Kc3 cxd4+ 23.Kb4 Bd7+ 24.KcS Rc8+ and mate in a few more moves; 22.Kb3 Bxfl + 23.Ka4 Bb5+ 24.Kb3 Qxd2 2S.QxcS Bc6+ and mate in 2] 22 ...Qxe3 So Black has a queen for two knights, in a position Josh rightly expected to win. 23.Rel Qxd4 Not 23 ...Qxel? 24.Bxb5+ 24.Nf5?? Diagram

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Nate Criss kibitzes Josh-Bernie, Glenn and Jim in near board, Jesse in Panama hat ©

Now 24 ...Bd3+! would end the game - if 25.Bxd3 Rxb2+ with a quick mate after 26.Kdl (or Kcl 26 ...Qc3+) Qed324 ...Qa4+ 25.Kbl 0-0 26.Nd6 Now ...Bc6 is crushing, but Josh decides to simplify... 26 ...Bxfl 27.Rhxfl Rfd8 28.Re4 If Black goes ..Rb4 here, White is finished (again) 2S...Qa6?? 29.Rg4+ 0-1 Josh's shattering loss is a reminder that even the best among us can have a truly bad day at the office. So, a tribute to his never-say-die play, Bernie Parham won clear first, with Glenn and Jim trailing a half-point behind, and Nate, Jay Carr and Kurt Bridgham tied for 4th_6th.with 3.S. This was a fine tournament, conducted with aplomb (of course) by Roger Blaine.

Bernard Parham - Josh Bousum [COO]French Defense
Plainfield 50/2 (S), 4.18.2004 [Ken Hamilton] l.e4 e6 2.Qh5 d5 3.e5 e5 4.f4 g6 5.Qf3 Bd7 6.c3 d4? 7.Qxb7 Nc6 8.Qb3 g5 9.d3 gxf4 10.Bxf4 Bh6 1l.Bxh6 Qh4+ 12.Kdl White could have been spared all this had he opted for 8.Nf3 instead of 8.Qb3 12...Nxh6 13.Nf3 Qf4 14.Nbd2 Rb8 15.Qa3 Ng4 16.g3 Qf5 17.Ke2? Exposing his king after the pawn snatch on eS - so Kel was the correct move 17 Ncxe5 18.exd4 to protect d3 18...Nxd3 [18 Nxf3! 19.Nxf3 Bb5 20.Bg2 Qe4+

Eschewing 24 ...Nxd5 for the more enticing fork of queen and rook - but probably

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Collecting your thoughts .....
Are you ready to play chess, to think, when you arrive at the tournament site? Or do you find yourself wondering if you feel like playing, or worse, if you have forgotten how to play the game at all? How do you galvanize your brain to perform at its best? How should you prepare to play from the moment the clocks are started?

opening study; it must include middle and end-game work as well as practical playing experience. We all realize that. But how many of us think about getting our mind into a state where it is ready for the arduous hours of planning and analysis that go into playing a good game of chess? If we play physical sports, do we not spend time stretching our muscles in readiness to play? If the brain is likened to a muscle, obviously the more time we spend over developing our capability for analysis will be fruitful, but besides that, should we not take what steps we can to enter the playing hall with a positive attitude? I think the answer is - we should. Boris Becker once said that there is little difference in the ability of the top 100 tennis players - winning is more a mental than a physical thing. John MacEnroe needed controversy to get the most, mentally, out of his game. Other players who complain about calls and fling racquets often find their behavior affects their play in a negative way. To each his own ... Just to convince you that I am an absolute nut, as a young man, and a cricketplayer in England, when faced with the prospect of batting against a fast bowler trying to bounce the ball off my noggin, I would tell myself I was such-and-such a great player and sallied forth with great confidence ... when I played chess in the London League and, after a day's work in the City, found myself lacking in confidence to play a decent game of chess, I would think of myself as Smyslov 0) to get into a frame of mind where I was ready to play calm, calculating positional chess to the best of my (poor) ability. I think it helped. Attitude is important. Mike Herron, who came within a tiebreak hair of winning the 2003 State Championship, writes: "I don't feel that putting a lot of pressure on myself before an event saying something like 'I have to get 3.5 or I'll throw myself off a bridge' is helpful in

I believe preparation has two elements first the obvious effort to know what opecings you are going to play (given reasonable cooperation from your opponents) and to have studied them sufficiently to know something about them The second element, I maintain, is psychological. I believe you must be eager to play. A game of chess is an examination of our knowledge and our ability to use it. Just as last-minute swatting rarely helps in preparing for an examination, so lastminute rippling through the pages of MCO or NCO is likely to create more confusion in your mind than the calm but determined mood needed to play good chess. So far as choice of openings is concerned, Dennis Monokroussis gives this advice: "Many players avoid playing their favorite openings against a stronger player on the grounds that higher-rated players will know those openings better than they do. This isn't a particularly bright idea. All the lower-rated player has done is handicap himself; the stronger player may quite well remain in her comfort zone. Further, the weaker player deprives himself of a learning experience by making this switch. He plays an idiotic variation, loses terribly because it's idiotic and gains nothing from the experience but a chessic black eye. Play what you know! Suppose you lose? So what! You were expected to lose anyway, but now you've received some very valuable information about your opening and your understanding of it, that will make you that much tougher the next time you meet a better player." Of course, such preparation -knowledge development - involves more than

achieving my optimum results. I think that my relaxed attitude of just playing my best, fighting all the way, and having fun is the attitude that gives me my best results." Glenn Snow comments: "I think this is a neglected area of preparation for most of us. I personally haven't given it much thought and have often been in the wrong mindset to start the game. I will note that I believe being a little nervous before the game isn't necessarily indicative of having the wrong mindset." Nervousness is like stage-fright generally a passing affliction most fine actors experience. At the highest levels of the game psychological preparation is rife. Botvinnik was among others who liked to take a stroll before play to clear his mind. His awareness of the importance of attitude was evidenced by entries in his diary; Kasparov mentions in "My Great Predecessors II" that before the eleventh match game with Bronstein the champion noted "Malice and composure! Let's go! I need a win." In "Psychology in Chess" Krogius writes: " .... auto-suggestion can help" pointing out the need to struggle "against adverse emotions by means of selforders to forget them and ... counterbalance them by thinking about something happy and pleasant ... to look forward to." Spassky was noted for his insistence on getting sufficient sleep before play or during adjournrnent analysis - and I recall seeing Jason Doss stretched out asleep between rounds in a local tournament. .. Then there's the story of David Bronstein spending 40 minutes before making his first move ... As we all know, Bobby Fischer went through agonies of argument and selfdoubt before allowing himself to be shepherded aboard a plane for Reykjavik, and once there engaged in various objections about the playing conditions until he was finally - by the third game! - in a fit state of mind to play. But then - oh boy! Mental preparation: does it make sense to you? Write and let us have your thoughts. Ken Hamilton

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Bloomington Tornado
winning ... 52 ... g5 now Fritz gives 53.RgI Bb4 54.Rfl+ Kg6 as a winning line, but Ed and Jay agreed to a draw, which was probably a fair result. Jay thought he was winning for much of the game, and indeed, he was. The draw enabled Ed to finish with 3.5 points versus my 3.0 out of 4 - and become doubly indebted to Jay, who handed me my loss! 'h-'h I came away with few game scores of note, though I'm sure future tournaments - John hopes to run one every other month - will see increased attendance and higher average ratings. Perhaps we will see Jason Doss and Drew Hollinberger, both currently at LU., as well as Jay Carr and other LU. alumni at future tournaments. And next time maybe John will be able to sit in, too! BTW, the tourney was generously sponsored by The Game Preserve on Fountain Square. Visit them!

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A clearly imperturbable TD John Easter organizes his first tournament - a 4-round tornado - in Bloomington, while James Gartland takes a at the first-round s .

Ken Hamilton-Stephen Volan [A40] Irregular Queen's Pawn
Bloomington Tornado (I), 04.03.2004 1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.c3 d6 4.Bf4 e6 5.e4 f5 6.e5 h6 7.h4 Ne7 8.Qb3 Nd5 9.Bd2 Nb6 10.Na3 Ne6 11.0-0-0 Qe7 12.exd6 exd6 13.Bd3 Bd7 14.Nb5 Re8 15.Rde1 d5 16.Bf4 Na5 17.Qdl a6? 18.Nd6+ KfS 19.NxeS NxeS 20.Ne5 Nd6?? 21.Nxg6+ 1-0 Stephen hopes to improve his 1180 rating by gaining experience in the Chicago Open; he was one of two players who joined ISCA on the spot - we'll make sure your next published game is a win, Stephen! My next opponent was rated about 1550; he will be moving up!

Planned for five g/60 rounds the tournament start was delayed in the hope that more than the dozen who showed up on time would be increased by late arrivals; when it became evident that further entries were doubtful John reduced the rounds to four, the first of many sensible decisions he will make as a tournament director! The tournament was held in Bloomington's History Society's building, an imposing edifice on E. 6th• Street off Walnut - an excellent location boasting a large, mostly empty free parking lot on weekends and within a short walk of a variety of restaurants. Ed Buffie, the top-rated player at about 1940, duly won the tournament though not without a tough struggle with James (Jay) Gartland.

Jay Gartland - Ed. Buffie [B88] Sicilian Defense, Sozin
Bloomington Tornado, 04.03.2004 [Ken Hamilton, + Fritz 8] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Ne3 d6 6.Be4 Ne6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Bb3 0-0 9.Kh1 a6 10.f4 Na5 11.f5 Nxb3 12.axb3 e5 13.Nde2 Bd7 14.Bg5 Be6 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.Qxd5 Qe7 18.Ne3 Rae8 19.Rfd1 Rfd8 20.Qd3 Qe6 21.Rd2 Bg5 22.Re2 Rd7 23.Nd5 b5 24.Qg3 Bf4 25.Qg4 26.f6 is a nasty threat to meet. Jay has the upper hand in this game so far. 25 ...KfS 26.f6 g6 27.g3 Diagram

Nxf4 now is plainly winning. I'm sure Jay didn't expect Black's next move, which allows the bishop to retreat safely 27 ... h5 28.Qf3 Bh6 29.Ne7 Rxe7 30.fxe7+ Kxe7 31.Rf1 RfS? Out of the frying pan, into the fire ...f5 was needed 32.Qf6+ Kd7 33.Rdl Ke7 [33 ...b4 34.Kgl h4 (34 ... h4 35.Qxe5 Qb6+) ] 34.Qe7+? Jay is letting Ed off the hook, again ...34.c4 was much stronger, threatening to open the file for White's rooks 34 ... Qd7 35.Qxd7+ Kxd7 36.Rd5 Ke6 37.c4 bxe4 38.bxc4 Re8 39.Re2 f5 40.e5 the straightforward exf5+ was better 40 ...Rxe5 Fritz here gives BfS with advantage to Black. 41.Rdxe5 dxe5 42.exf5+ Kxf5 43.Rxe5 Bd2 44.Kg2 Ke4? a5 was necessary - now White has Rc6, winning. But both players were short of time, as I recall, and so far as I could see, didn't have my access to Fritz .... 45.Kfl? as 46.Ke2 Bb4 47.Re8 Kf5 48.h3 Bd6 49.Ke3 Bb4 50.Re4 Bel 51.g4+ hxg4 52.Rxg4 Fritz gives hg+, followed by Kf3 as

Jay Gartland - Ken Hamilton [B03] Alekhine's Defense
Bloomington Tornado (2), 04/03/2004 [Ken Hamilton, plus Fritz analysis] l.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.e4 Nb6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Bf4? An unusual move which contributes to the bust-up of White's position or the loss of a pawn 6...dxe5 7.Bxe5 or de .... Qxdl + 8.Kxdl Bxf3+ 9.gxf3 e6 with a comfortable game for Black 7...Ne6 S.Be2 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 Bxe2 10.Kxe2 White has lost the ability to castle - but actually, by ReI and Kfl he hasn't lost a move unless he is obliged to subsequently tuck his king onto gl. 10...e6 Of course, it's tempting to play f6, dislodge the knight and take the c pawn, but in the Alekhine's the c pawn is often a worry for White and a trap for Black, who must be alert to the possibility of Qa4+ winning a piece. I1.Rel Be7 with an even game ...but Fritz says ...c5 is modestly better [1l...c5 12.dxc5 Bxc5 13.Qxd8+ Rxd8 14.Nd3 Bd4 15.Nd2] 12.Kfl 0-0 13.Qd3? worried about the c

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pawn - bur allowing Black an obvious riposte 13... c5 14.Re4 putting the rook on an uncomfortable square 14...fS IS.Rf4 Diagram ending. 41.b4 gS 42.fxgS KxgS 43.KeS A somewhat deflating ending to an interesting game with ideas from both sides, and one I enjoyed very much. Jay Gartland is a cool customer - he had a won game against tournament winner Ed Buffie before blundering in a pawn ending and conceding a draw. 43 ...Kg4 44.a4 Kf3 4S.bS axbS 46.axbS Black resigns 1-0 Another KID comes to a violent end ..... occupy c4. This is why I played 28 ....b5 27 ...Re3 28.Bd3 bS I was aiming as much for e3 as b3, which is why I demurred taking on b3- I was planning Ne4 now which I thought gave White bigger problems - but I really should have taken on b3, as the bishop is pinned on e3 29.Qb2 Qe7 30.Re1 Ne4 What I hadn't seen here was that after 31.Nxe4 dxe4 32.Bc4! Qa5 33.Ral (threat b4) 31.Bbl [3l.Nxe4 dxe4 32.Bc4 Qa5 33.Ral bxc4 34.b4 Rb3 35.Qxb3 cxb3 36.bxa5 and Black is struggling for a draw after providing luft for his king] 31. ..Nxf2 32.Kxf2 Re6 33.Qe2 Rf6+ Certainly better was 33 ...Qh2 forcing 34.Qg4 34.Kgl Qg3 3S.Rfl Rh6 36.Rf3 Qe7 37.Kf2 Re6 38.Qd3 g6 39.e4? Diagram

Ken Hamilton - Scott Alber [A56] King's Indiana Defense
Bloomington Tornado (3), 04.03.2004 l.d4 g6 2.c4 cS 3.dS Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 S.e4 Nf6 6.Be3 Nfd7 7.Qd2 NeS 8.Be2 0-0 9.Bh6 Re8 10.Bxg7 Kxg7 11.f4 Ned7 12.Nf3 Nb6 13.0-0-0 Na6 14.eS BfS IS.Nh4 Qd7 16.NxfS+ QxfS 17.g4 Qc8 18.h4 Nc7 19.hS Rg8 20.hxg6 fxg6 2l.fS Kf8 22.Rxh7 Ne8 23.Qh6+ Ng7 24.e6 1-0 Brian O'Donnell is a family physician in Bloomington; rated 1556 But I suspect he has limited tournament experience. He also joined ISCA at the tournament: thanks Brian! - see you next time.

IS BgS a strong move winning a pawn, but l5 Bf6 was actually better (of course, I didn't consider it) [15 ...Bf6 l6.Qe2 g5 17.Rf3 Qxd4 l8Re3 Bxe5 19.Rxe5 Nxc4 20.Rxe6 Qxb2 21.Qxb2 Nxb2 22.Nc3 Nd3 23.Rbl b6 24. 5 a6 and Black, two pawns up, is winning] 16.Rf3 Qxd4 17.Qxd4 cxd4 18. ra3 Bf6 19.Re1 BxeS I'm not sure this was a good decision 20.RxeS Kf7 21.Rd3 Rfd8 21.M? probably a waste of time; White is concerned that after ....Kf6 f4 is met by g5 but these concerns were not well founded 1l .•.Ra.c8 23.b3 Diagram

J. Brian O'Donnell- Ken Hamilton [D30] Queen's Indiana defense
Bloomington Tornado (4),04.03.2004 [K en Hamilton, and some Fritz] l.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 dS 3.c4 e6 4.e3 b6 S.cxdS exdS 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.0-0 Bd6 8.b3 0-0 9.Ba3 Bxa3 10.Nxa3 Qe7 I1.Qcl cS 12.NeS cxd4 13.exd4 Rc8 14.Qb2 Nbd7 IS.Rfel Qb4 16.NbS NxeS 17.RxeS I was surprised he took with the rook - dxe5 would have reunited his pawns, with a potential base for a Nat d6 17 ...a6 18.a3 ors 19.Nc3 Qd6 20.h3 preventing the irritating Ng4, but Bf5 would have been OK 20 ..•Nd7 21.Re3 Re8 22.Qe2 Rxe3 23.fxe3 I was happy to see this - Brian in one stroke creates a weakness on g3 and on e3. [23.Qxe3] 23 ...Rc8 24.Ndl Qg3 Maybe not the best, but I don't know there is anything wrong with cteating a ghost threat on el and inviting White to grab the a6 pawn ...I expected 25.Qf3 when I could have played 25 ...Qel+ 26.Qf1 and after exchanging queens spent the rest of the 14 minutes remaining on my clock (this was game/60) maintaining control over the c file, controlling e4 via Nf6 and hoping for a chance to do some damage with my bishop via a6 or c8. I would probably have sought to avoid the exchange of queens, however, as I thought I had better chances of winning by tactics. 2S.BfS [25.Bxa6 Bxa6 26.Qxa6 Rc2 27.Qf1 Nf6 and unfortunately White can probably hold on for a draw] 2S...Rc7 26.Nf2 Nf6 27.Rfl? If anywhere, the rook belongs on e l. I think Brian's plan was to attack fl via Bd3, when after a possible exchange of knights on e4 the bishop could Tired of the weakness on e3, White walks into a tactical trap-39 .•.dxe4 40.Qxe4 Re6 41.Qf4 Qe7 42.Qb8+?? An outright blunder; Brian had, I think, about 9 minutes left on his clock - I had 3 so I welcomed the quick end to the game [42.Re3 was necessary to counter the awful threat of Re2+; then, after exchanges of the heavy pieces Black would pick up the g pawn with good winning chances] 42 ...Kg7 43.Rf4 Re2+ 44.Kgl Rxg2+ This move came as a bolt out of the blue for Brian, who had overlooked that the Black bishop was now a factor. ... 0-1

Here I became obsessively concerned with the threat ofNb5, which in a sense ultimately proved my undoing. Instead Fritz gives 23... d7 as winning:23 ..•a6 [23 ...Nd7 24.Rel Nc5 25.Rddl Kf6 26.f4 Ne4 27.Rd3 e5 28.fxe5+ Kxe5] 24.f4 [24.Rel Rd7 25.Nc2 Rcd8] 24 ...Rc6 Again, Nd7 was better [24 ...Nd7] 2S.Nc2 The beginning of my undoing .... I simply didn't envisage the knight moving back - so fixated had I been on the ghostly threats of Nb5 2S...Nc8 Because R6d6 is met by c5 26.Rxd4 Rcd6 27.Rxd6 Rxd6 28.Re2 Ne7 29.Kf2 Ng8 30.Nel Nf6 31.Nf3 Ne4+ 32.Ke1 Kg6 33.NgS h6? 34.Nxe4 fxe4 3S.g4 Rd4 h5 was much better, allowing the Black king to get to f536.Rd2 Rxd2 37.Kxd2 hS 38.gxhS+ KxhS? Kf5 was far better, when White would have had to work harder for a win 39.Ke3 Kxh4 40.Kxe4 Kg4 it's really all over. I've managed to bring about a lost pawn

Dallas Loven - Rick Bradley [D05] Queen's Pawn Game
Bloomington Tornado (3),04.03.2004 [ Ken Hamilton] l.d4 dS 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 h6 S.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.0-0 Be7 7.c3 0-0 8.e4 Nxe4 9.Nxe4 dxe4 10.Bxe4 Nf6 I1.Be2 Re8 12.Bf4 Bd6 13.NeS BxeS 14.BxeS Nd7 IS.Qd3 g6 16.Bf4 Kg7 17.Rael fS 18.Qh3 gS 19.Qg3 e6 20.BeS+ h4 would have cause bigger difficulties for an already besieged Black 20 NxeS 21.QxeS+ Qf6 22.f4 Bxf5! 22 QxeS 23.RxeS White's attack has slowed down with exchanges he should have avoided 23 ...Bd7 24.fxgS hxgS 2S.Bb3 Kf6 26.Rf3 g4 27.Rfe3 Re7 28.Be2 Rg7 29.Bb3 Re8 30.e4 Ree7 31.Kf2 Be8 32.Kg3 KgS 33.dS Rg6 34.d6 Re8 3S.Rd3 Bd7 36.Bdl Kf6 37.Kf4 Rh8 38.h3 gxh3 39.Rxh3 Rxh3 40.gxh3 Rgl 41.Bf3 Now White is happy to agree to a draw! %-%

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Cam is one of the most highly recognized young chessplayers in our state and a likely future state champion. This is a remarkable game.

Cameron Donis (1940) - Miltiadis Constantine (1508) [B70] Sicilian Defense
Sth.grade State Championship Canterbury School, Fort Wayne (4), 4.24.2004 [Ken Hamilton + Fritz 8J 1.e4 eS 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 S.Ne3 g6 6.BgS Bg7 7.BbS+ Nbd7 S.Qe2 a6 9.Ba4 bS 10.Bb3 Bb7 11.0-0-0 0--0 12.f4 QaS 13.eS dxeS 14.fxeS b4 lS.Bxf6 exf6 16.e6 NeS 17.exf7+ Nxf7 lS.Ne4 KhS

This is the logo of Scholastic Chess of Indiana, an organization independent of, but affiliated with, ISCA (the only body authorized to award Indiana state. titles in the game of chess).
Thousands of school age kids, at every level, play in championship tournaments organized by SCI. The team state finals were held at Honey Creek M.S. in Terre haute on March 27. Chief TDs were Steve Steppe and Bob Fischer. In the High School Division 2nd. Seeded S. Vigo H.S. of Terre Haute won all 5 of its matches, defeating top-ranked Michigan City H.S. in the last round. Team members were Matt Fouts, Brandon Lynch, Nicholas lynch and and Arvitjit Singh. The Sth.Grade and under Division was won by Tecumseh M.S. of Lafayette - Kevin and Cob Krenk, Ed Paget and Will Drews. Canterbury School of Fort Wayne repeated as Elementary Division champs (6th• grade and under), under the tutorship ofFM Jim Dean. Sycamore School of Indianapolis was another repeat wiuner, coming first in the Primary Division (3rd. grade and under) with 5.5 out of6 points. The State K-12 grade championships were held at Canterbury H.S. on April 24; the wiuners for each grade are listed on page 2 of this issue of ClI. While this year there were no contestants in the 12th. grade section several hundred kids competed in the other section finals. Miltiadis Constantine of Three Hierarchs Academy provided perhaps the most noteworthy surprise, upsetting Cameron Donis for the Sth. grade title.

The 10th. grade title was won by Matthew Fouts, who is progressing steadily toward expert level. His opponent, Logan Stalions, qualified to play in next year's VanolBrooks Preliminary tournament based on his performance in the Challenge Companion #5 in February, 2004 and thus, like Matthew, Cameron and Miltiadis, is also making his presence felt outside scholastic tournament play.

Logan Stalions (1766) - Matthew Fouts (1911) [C02] French Defense - Advance
10th.Grade Championship (4) 4.24.2004 [ Ken[HamiltonJ 1.e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3.eS cS 4.c3 Ne7 S.Nf3 Nec6 6.Bd3 b6 7.Be3 Ba6 Swapping the whitesquare bishops is a frequent motif for Black in the French defense. S.O--OBxd3 9.Qxd3 Nd7 10.Nfd2 A puzzling move, which ties up White's pieces. 10 ...fS 11.f3? Unwilling to return the knight to f3 (which was probably best) Logan was no doubt concerned that Matthew was threateningll...f4! l2.Bxf4 cd and if l3.cd Nxd4! when retaking with the queen would expose it to Bc5! winning 11. ..Be7 12.f4 reluctantly further restricting the scope of his bishop 12.•.cxd4 13.Bxd4 0o 14.Nf3 NeS lS.Qe3 Qd7 16.Nbd2 RfeS 17.Nb3 Ne4 lS.Nfd2 BfS It's not easy to find a promising plan for either side here. White might try moving his heavy artillery to the hfile, while Black might consider a minority attack on the queenside. 19.Kh1 Nxd4 20.Nxd4 Nxd2 21.Qxd2 BcS 22.Rac1 RacS 23.b4 Bxd4 As White has no minor piece left to take advantage of the outpost on d6 Black decides to swap off his dark-square bishop and play for pressure - or a passer - on the cfile 24.cxd4 Rc4! 2S.Rxc4 dxc4 26.Rd1 bS 27.Qe3 QdS 2S.Qe3 ReS 29.Rc1 RaS! 30.Rd1 as Diagram

19.Ne6 Bxe4 This has developed into quite a brawl! 20.Qxe4 NgS 21.Qb7 Nxe6 22.Bxe6 RabS Despite all the tactics both players have weaved their way into a position with equal chances - but rather than RabS Fritz gives Black a plus on 22 ....Qg5+ followed by f5 23.QdS Qc7 24.Qb3 fS 2S.g3 as 26.Rd7

Photo: Miltiadis Constantine

Looks like a killer, doesn't it? But Black is happy to give up defense of his second rank for a powerful attack on the long diagona1.26 ...QeS 27.Ra7 QcS Fritz gives Rfd8 as winning outright: [27 ...Rfd8 2S.Kbl Qd4] 2S.Rd7 QeS Alternatively, a4! 29.Qd3 Qe5 forcing White to sacrifice the exchange on g7. 29.Ra7 RfeS 30.Bc4 Bh6+ Needless to say, Cam should have knocked out the bishop on g7 instead of playing Bc4. In saving his rook, he loses the game. 31.Kd1 RbdS+ 32.Bd3 Qe2# A beautiful game by Milt. 0-1

White's weakness on the a-file will prove his undoing. 31.Qa3 axb4 32.Qxb4 Rxa2 33.Rg1 Kf7 34.h3 Ra4 3S.Qd2 Ra3 36.Rb1 Rd3 missing Rxh3+ but both players were very short of time 37.Qe2 g6 3S.Kh2 Qxd4 0--1

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41.Bxc4 dS 42.Bd3 as 43.b4 axb4 44.axb4 d4+ 4S.Kf2 Kf4 46.Be2 fS 47.bS 0-1 minutes trying to deal with it. For the first time I was ahead on the clock! 29.gxf3 exf3 30.cxdS QhS! 31.Qe3 g4 Why not simply 31 Qh3? -my reasoning was that after 31 g4 White had no way to stop the mate. I was wrong. 32.Qe7+ KaS 33.Nf4 Rxf4 34.QxdS RfS 3S.Qxe7? Instead, 3S.RxcS NxcS 36.Qh4 prevents the mate. Neither of us saw it in the seconds we had left (36 ..Qxh4 37.gxh4 Bxd4 3S.Nc2 Bb6) 3S...Qh30-1

Walt Thompson (1897)Jay Carr (2015) [A46] Torre Attack
ZCC Open (4), S.22.2004 [Jay Carr] l.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.BgS I was totally unprepared for the Torre Attack-having not yet gotten to it in my revamped repertoire .. .I knew Walt had played it earlier in the day but wanted to keep my resolution of playing my repertoire "regardless." 3... cS 4.e3 Qb6 This seemed the thematic way to play, but later in the opening I feared I was playing too optimistically. Some research on this opening by me is pending ... S.b3 Nc6 6.c3 Be7 7.Bd3 d6 I had entertained thoughts of playing ...eS later, but the fear of an Nd2-c4 or Bh4-g3 maneuver to gang up on that pawn caused me to abandon that plan S.Nbd2 h6 9.Bh4 gS 10.Bg3 exd4 1l.exd4 NhS 12.Nc4 Qe7 13.Rc1 Nxg3 14.hxg3 Bd7 lS.Qd2 0-0-0 I wasn't keen on putting the king over here, but I was even less thrilled with the idea of castling kingside or remaining in the middle. 16.Re2 Not really sure what this move is about... 16...KbS 17.a4 fS lS.b4 Bf6

Dave Frey scores big success with his' first tournament as a TD!
Dave's ZCC (for Zionsville Chess Cl;ub) tournament on May 22 drew 33 players to the Ramada Inn at exit 139 route 6S in Lebanon. Heading the field was Jason Doss who, while not at his convincing best, nevertheless finished first, a half-point ahead of his nearest riyals, Jay Carr, Walt Thompson and Matthew Harris, who each scored 4 out of S points.

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Eshak Yousak - Jay Carr [B08] Pirc defense
ZCC Open (2), S.22.2004 [Ken Hamilton] l.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Ne3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 S.Be3 a6 6.Qd2 bS 7.Bd3 Bb7 S.dS c6 9.a3 exdS 10.exdS Nbd7 n.Be2 Nb6 12.Bh6 giving up a pawn 12...Bxh6 13.Qxh6 NbxdS 14.NxdS BxdS 15.0--0 ReS 16.Rae1 Qd7 17.NgS QfS lS.Bd3 Qg4 Threatening mate 19.Qh3 0-0 20. °xh7 Diagram

Midway through the Yousak-Carr Doss ponders in background.


Gary Fox (1544) -Jason Doss(2357) [B20] Closed Sicilian Defense
ZCC Open (4), S.22.2004 [Ken Hamilton/Fritz] l.e4 eS 2.Ne2 Ne6 3.g3 g6 4.Nbe3 RbS S.d3 bS 6.Bg2 Bg7 7.0-0 b4 S.Nbl d6 9.Nd2 Nf6 10.Rb1 QaS 1l.Ral 0-0 12.Ne4 Qe7 13.Rb1 as 14.Be3 Ba6 lS.b3 Nd7 16.Nf4 e6 17.Be1 Nd4 lS.Ne3 a4 19.Bb2 RfeS 20.Ne2 NbS 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.f4 fS 23.exfS gxfS 24.g4 Clearing the way for his knights 24 ...fxg4 2S.fS! eS 26.NdS! QdS 27.Ng3 KhS 2S.f6 Black is in trouble 2S...QgS

I was kibitzing the game and this move surprised me -Jay told me later it had temporarily surprised him too ...but it doesn't work. 20 ...Qxh3 21.Nxf6+ Kg7 preserving his pawn structure. 22.gxh3 Kxf6 White has regained the pawn, but how can he defend the h3 pawn? 23.f3 RhS 24.Kg2 Be6 2S.Kg3? Rxh3+ 26.Kg2 RhS 27.Rfe1 RehS 2S.Rh1 RgS+ 29.Kf2 RghS 30.Kg3 ReS 31.Reel BdS 32.Re2 Bb7 33.Rhel RgS+ 34.Kf2 White's king has led a miserable existence 34 ...Rxh2+ 3S.Ke3 ReS+ 36.Kd2 Rexe2+ 37.Rxe2 Rxe2+ 3S.Kxe2 KeS White could well resign here 39.Ke3 gS 40.e4 bxe4

Giving the knight a flight square should White play b5 (but as was available, thus IS ...g4 would have been more forcing, with a follow-up threat of BgS. Could that be the reason behind Walt's mysterious Rc2?-Ed) 19.Na3 Introducing the serious threat NbS 19 ...BcS Really a key move, I thought. The queen can pick a file by roaming the second rank and b7 and d6 are reinforced. 20.NbS Qf7 21.Na3 eS Black finally gets to have some fun, too 22.Bc4 dS 23.Ba2 The masked attack on the d2 queen makes 23.Nxe5 NxeS 24.dxeS dxc4 a losing proposition 23 ...e4 24.Ngl Bg7 Guarding h6 and preparing the counterattacking ...f4 thrust 2S.bS Ne7 26.Ne2 RhfS ...f4 will not be denied 27.0-0 (After waiting 26 moves before castling, Walt castles in haste ...c4 was patently betterEd) 27 ...f4 2S.e4 (Now c4 is too late, f3 looking necessary to stop Black's advance Ed) 2S...f3 My opponent, who had S minutes left when I made this move, thought over 6

How to proceed? White could go bxa, forcing 29 ...Nc3 30.Nxc3 bxc3 31.f7 Qg7 32. NhS but Black then has time for Rxb I. It's unclear29.Ne7 or a Fritz line: [29.bxa4 Nc3 30.Nxc3 bxc3 31.f7 Qg6 32.RxbS RxbS 33.Bc6 NfS and White has a clear advantage] 29 ...QgS Strange? Jason rejects 29 ...Nc3 with a roughly equal game, per Fritz. 30.Ne4 Well played. The knight protects c3, and the rook on cS can be captured next move ...

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30 ... Qh4 31.Qd2? Gar y goes astray; capturing the rook seems a no-brainer, followed by bxa4 with a clear advantage 31. ..RfS 32.Nf5 Qh5 33.Nfg3? Simply Nfxd6 33 ...Nxd6 34.Nxd6 would have regained the pawn with some prospects of holding the game 33 ...Qg6 34.Qf2 axb3 35.axb3 Nd4 36.Nxd6 Rxf6 37.NgfS [37.NdfS NxfS 38.NxfS RbfS 39.Be4 was better, though Black would retain the advantage] 37 ...RbfS 3S.Be4 Nf3+ 39.Kh1 Rxd6 40.Nxd6 Qxd6 41.Qe3 Nf6 Black's advantage is nearly overwhelming now 42.Bxf3 gxf3 43.Qxf3 Qe7 setting a trap 44.Rf2 Into which White falls. 44 ...Bb7 White resigns. This was a very laudable effort by Gary, and perhaps a narrow escape for Jason. 0-1

Jay Carr (2015) Jason Doss (2347) [A34] English Opening
ZCC Open (S), S.22.2004 [Jay Carr] l.e4 Nf6 2.g3 eS 3.Bg2 dS 4.exdS NxdS S.Nc3 Ne7 6.Nf3 Ne6 7.0-0 eS S.d3 Be7 9.b3 Jason didn't feel this move was bad, but surely White must play another way here, either with the Nd2 idea or Kosten's Nel 9...0-0 10.Bb2 Be6 l1.Rc1 f6 12.e3 QeS 13.Qe2 Jason called this move a "serious inaccuracy," recommending Qc2 instead. "Qe2 makes it harder for White to play d4, as Ne2 is no longer possible." I3 .•.RdS I4.Rfd1 QhS But isn't lS.d4 possible now?- Ed IS.Ne1 Bg4 16.f3 and here Jason favored BD 16...BeS 17.Ne4 Ne6 IS.Nf2 RfeS I9.Re4 This was all I could come up with. The alternatives seemed to have a "wait for him to crush me" quality to them. 19•..BfS 20.Qe2 bS 21.Rh4 Qf7 22.g4 (22.d4 gS 23.Rh3 [23.dS gxh4 24.dxc6 hxg3 2S.hxg3 Qg7] .. 22 ...gS 23.Rh3 This is pathetic. (I think Jay is being a little harsh on himself - Ed) 23 ...Nb4 24.Qbl NdS 2S.Qe1 a6

up and my move-order might not have been the most exact Nc6 .Kosten recommends first S.ND Nc6 6.0-0 S...Be6 6.d3 Ne6 7.Nf3 Be7 S.Bd2 0-0 9.0-0 h6 Black wants to try the plan ...Qd7, ...Bh3 but doesn't want to allow NgS as a response. 10.Rel Qd7 l1.a3 Proceeding quietly with my own plans while hoping Black would continue with his - I had the blunder ...Bh3 on my radar, and I thought it wouldn't hurt to give him the opportunity to play it. l1...RadS No luck- yet 12.Qe2

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Walt Thompson grinding out a win against Michael Marek in round 2. TD Dave Frey managed to play every round; he liked this game against Marek, which contributed to his total 3. S points.

12...Bh3? Afterwards my opponent said he realized he had blundered as soon as he let go of the bishop. Black's queen is overworked and the Knight on dS becomes unemployed 13.NxdS Of course! 13 ...Bxa3 ...to avoid being taken with check 14.Nf6+ gxf6 15.bxa3 Bxg2 I6.Kxg2 e4 17.dxe4 NeS IS.Bxh61-0

Michael Marek (1504) David Frey (1450) [E87] King's Indian Defense
ZCC Open (S), S.22.2004 [Ken Hamilton] l.d4 Nf6 2.e4 d6 3.Ne3 g6 4.e4 Bg7 S.f3 0-0 6.Be3 eS 7.dS eS S.Qd2 Bd7 9.Nge2 Na6 IO.Ng3 Ne7 Il.Be2 a6 12.a4 RbS 13.0-0 bS I4.axbS axbS lS.exbS NxbS I6.NxbS BxbS 17.Bh6 Bxe2 lS.Nxe2 Qb6 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.RfbI RfeS 21.Ne3 Nd7 22.f4 e4+ 23.Kf1 NeS 24.fxeS Nb3 2S.QgS dxeS 26.Ra3 One of White's rooks has to go: after 26 ...f6 the White queen has no place to go on the cl-h6 diagonal, leaving d2 open for the knight fork 26 ...f6 27.Rxb3 Qxb3 2S.Qe3 Qc2 29.Qa7+ Kh6 The exchange down, White should not make Black's task simpler by removing the queens 30.Qf2 Qd3+ 31.Qe2 Rb7 32.Qxd3 exd3 33.Rdl Rxb2 34.Rxd3 Rb3 3S.Rh3+ Kg7 36.Na4 Rxh3 37.gxh3 Black has an easy win, though Rc4 would have been even more forcing 37 ...fS 3S.Nb6 Rc1+ 39.Ke2 fxe4 40.Nd7 Re3 41.NxeS Kf6 42.Ng4+ Ke7 43.Ne3 Kd6 44.Kf2 Rxe3 the simplest way to win 4S.Kxe3 KxdS 46.h4 KeS 47.h3 hS 4S.Kf2 Kf4 Resigns 0-1 I didn't appreciate the subtle meaning of this move until he played his follow-up26.Ne4 Qa7 Preparing to lean on the weak gl-a7 diagonal after c4. 27.Ng3 Believe it or not - I don't - Fritz 8 rates the position as even after 27.Nc2 (Why not? Nc2. protects the e-pawn. But after Ng3 Fritz considers White to be doomed-Ed). 27 ...e4 2S.Nf5 Ndf4 29.Bfl (29. Rg3 Ne2+) 29 .•.Nxh3+ 30.Bxh3 Nf4 Adding insult to injury 31.Bfl Bxf5 32.gxfS exd3 33.Nxd3 Nxd3 34.Bxd3 BeS 3S.Kf2 KhS 36.Ke2 ReS 37.Qd2 Qg7 3S.Be4 Qh6 39.Rhl RedS 40.Qel g4 41.Qgl gxf3+ 42.Bxf3 Bxe3! 0-1

Drew Hollinberger (1833) Bernard Parham (2011) [C25] Vienna Game
ZCC Open, S.22.2004 l.e4 eS 2.Ne3 BeS 3.Be4 Qh4 4.g3 Qf6 S.f4 Ne7 6.Nf3 Nbe6 7.d3 d6 S.fS h6 9.a4 g6 10.Rfl gxfS Il.Nh4 f4 12.QhS Bh3 13.Ng6 fxg6 14.Qxh3 Nd4 15.Kdl gS 16.Na2 as 17.e3 Nde6 IS.Bd2 h5 The scoresheet shows ...gS, but as that is impossible and as g4 does not make sense I assume the move was hSEd. 19.9xf4 exf4 20.d4 Bb6 21.BbS KdS 22.Qf3 Ng6 23.Qd3 Ke7 24.Ke2 RadS 2S.Rae1 KfS 26.Ncl Nee7 27.eS Qe6 2S.exd6 Qxd6 29.Be4 Kg7 30.Re6 Qd7 31.Bb3 RhfS 32.Qf3 NdS 33.Rfel g4 34.Qe4 Rf6 3S.Rxf6 Kxf6 36.Nd3 QfS 37.BxdS The scoresheet shows Black won but not how. Did Drew lose on time? 0-1 Ryan Lauer puts up a credible performance against his higher-rated, experienced opponent.

Jay Carr (2015) Chris Prather (1739) [A20] English Opening
ZCC Open (3), S.22.2004 [Jay Carr] Chris was looking forward to playing me and said "This should be good!" l.e4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 dS 4.exdS NxdS S.Ne3 This was the first time I had faced the reverse Dragon set-

Ryan Lauer (1239) Bernard Parham (2011) [C61] Ruy Lopez- Bird's Defense
ZCC Open (1),S.22.2004 [Ken Hamilton] l.e4 eS 2.Nf3 Ne6 3.BbS Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 S.QhS Ryan plays Bernie's favorite queen

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ZCC Open
move! S...Qe7 6.Qe2 Nf6 7.eS NdS S.O-Oc6 9.Bc4 Nb6 1O.Bb3 dS 11.d3 Qh4 Bernie's happy now... 12 Nd2 Bg4 13.Nf3 QhS 14.Bd2 O--Q-..{) lS.rue1 ReS 16.c3 Re6 17.Bf4 Diagram

David Konnert (1511) Daniel Medrano (1144) [D38] Nirnzo-Indian Defense
ZCC Open (4), S.22.04 l.d4 as 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4 S.Qa4+ Nc6 6.NeS Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Bd7 S.Nxd7 Qxd7 9.e3 0-0 10.Bd3 a6 Played either to prevent BbS after cd or, with a wink, hoping for 11.0-0 de l2.Bxc4? bS. n.es Fritz gives a possible, fun line here that doesn't lead to much of an advantage for White: l1.cd NeS! l2.Qxd7 Nxd3+ 13.Kd2 Nxd7 14.Kxd3. n... 12.Rbl e4 13.Be2 eS RabS With the White queen somewhat exposed to a possible ..bS, the fS rook would have been better on bS. 14.0-0 Diagram
[Ken Hamilton]

Nathan Claus (1113)Terry Perkins (1346), [B54] Sicilian Defense
ZCC Open (3), S.22.2004
[Ken Hamilton+ Fritz]

Strangely, Ryan rejects cxd4 17...gS IS.Bg3 fS 19.h3 forced, because of the threat ...f4 19...Bxf3 20.Qxf3 Qxf3 21.gxf3 f4 22.Bh2 BcS 23.Rac1 This doesn't accomplish anything. Fritz suggests a more adventurous continuation: 23.h4 h6 24.Re4! de 24.bc RheS - with several different possibilities after 24.Re4...but ReI is passive and allows Black to pile up on the e pawn without needing to spend time thinking 23.•.RheS 24.h4 h6 2S.a4 Another doubtful move; as is hardly a threat 2S...RxeS 26.Kfl as marking time 27.Rx.eSRxeS 2S.Re1 Nd7 one way or another, bringing the knight to the powerful e5 square. 29.RxeS NxeS 30.Ke2 Kd7 31._Bd1 Ke6 32.hxgS hxgS 33.Kd2? Abandoning the f2 pawn. Ryan is finding things going from bad to worse. 33...dxc3+ 34.bxc3 Bxf2 3S.d4 Nc4+ White's bishop pair are hog-tied in this position; the Black knight has so many lovely holes to hit on 36.Ke2 Be3 37.Bc2 bS 3S.Kf1 Nb2 39.axbS cxbS 40.Bb3 a4 41.Ba2 Nd1 42.Bgl Nxc3 43.Bxe3 fxe3 0-1

l.e4 cS 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 S.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 S.Qd2 To my mind, this is an extravagant move; Black has already moved his B to g7, is he now planning Bh6 in order to exchange it and create black square weaknesses on his kingside? White could gain a quick advantage now by 9.NdS eyeing b6. S.•.hS 9.f4 Bh6? Now NdS would bring even greater rewards as White is threatening Nxc6 followed by Qc3 10.Rf1 Bg4 Again, NdS vacating d4- would be strong now because of Black's weakness on the al-h8 diagonal which White's queen could occupy I1.Bxg4 hxg4 One more chance for White to play NdS 12.fS NeS 13.Bxh6 Rxh6 14.NdS With Black threatening rxh2, this move now looks more flamboyant than forcing 14...Rxh2 lS.0-0-0 Nc4 Diagram

Photo: Ken Hamilton

David Konnert (foreground) lost to Jason Doss in the second round; he managed to do a lot better later against Daniel Medrano in a short, but quite instructive game. David finished with a respectable 3.0 points in 9th. place; both he and Daniel managed a slight improvement in their ratings.

14...Ne7 This is a mistake, and an instructive one *. White has the bishop pair and will likely profit from exchanges that allow him more freedom to operate on the b-file and diagonals. Black's pawns point toward the kingside, and it is there that Black must plan his attack. The fS rook will need to move to e8 in anticipation ofBa3; then the queen can venture to fS with the hope of constructing threats against White's king.. White retains a better position, sure, but Black can hold the b-pawn against the threat of Rb2, Rfbi by ..Re6 and NdS. IS.Qxd7 Nxd7 16.Ba3 RfeS 17.c4 c6 lS.cxdS cxdS 19.Rb2 b6 20.cxb6 Rxb6 21.Rxb6 Nxb6 22.Rh1 See how the exchanges have benefited White's pieces; he now has a dominating position 22•..Nd7 A poor choice of move, allowing White's rook to occupy the seventh rank with dire results for Black. N7cS would have held the fort a little longer, even after Bxa6 23.Rb7 RbS Black loses at least a piece whatever he plays. 24.RxbS+ Obviously good enough to win, but even more devastating was Rxd7! RbI + 2S.Bfl and Black loses the other knight or is mated. And if 24...Nc6 simply 2S.RxdS 24...NxbS 2S.Bxe7 - White won easily. 1-0

* I await a flood of letters telling me my assessment of the position is absolutely incorrect. ....
Both players throw Caution to the winds in this next game; it's an exciting finish!

Black is oblivious to the serious weaknesses in his position after 16.Qb4 ReS 17.fg when the knights are sufficiently rampant to belong on a coat of arms...16.QgS? Fortunately for Terry, Nathan is also oblivious to the weaknesses in Black's position, or rather, to the need to play Qb4 preventing Black's next, correct rejoinder which threatens mate in 2. 16...QaS Kbl looks like the obvious move but White is playing va banque 17.fxg6 Ugly though it looks, Fritz prefers l7 ...f6 now barely keeping the White wolf from the door. 17...0-0-0? [17...f6 lS.Rxf6 Nxf6 19.Nxf6+ exf6 20.Qxf6 Qc7 21.NfS Kd7 22.Qf7+ Kc8 23.QgS+ QdS 24.Qxc4+ Kb8 2S.g7] IS.gxf7 Qxa2 Now 19.Nb6+ wins, given the following Fritz line: 19.Qxg4+? [19.Nb6+ Nxb6 20.fSQ RxfS 21.RxfS+ Kc7 22.RxgS Qal+ 23.Kd2 Rxg2+ 24.Ne2 Nc4+ 2S.Kel QaS+ 26.QxaS+ NxaS] 19...KbS Now White - having missed the saving Nb6+ - is utterly lost. The brilliant-looking Nc6+ is a dud. 20.Nc3 Qxb2# 0-1 Despite this loss, Nathan finished with 3.0 points - and gained over 100 rating points.

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Mind Games!
In college, Aaron developed a passion for teaching, which he put to good use (with his expert rating) in coaching chess at the Canterbury School in Fort Wayne. After he graduated, he continued to teach chess as a way to supplement his income from his day job, but as time went by he realized that teaching, and developing innovative teaching methods, was to be his full -time career. He left Fort Wayne (where brother Jim has since introduced chess into the regular curriculum at the Canterbury School) for Indianapolis some four years ago and started his own company - you can see what it's about on http://www.1earningthroughgames.com - go there as soon as you have finished reading this article! Aaron told me he felt innovative teaching required finding the right kind of creativeminded people to work in a non-bureaucratic environment. He now has four teachers on his staff, and together they provide stimulating classes in chess and a variety of variants plus the ancient Chinese game of Go.- all geared to grow mental capacity in areas like mathematics and logic, which require the assimilation of patterns and the ability to calculate. Presently servicing about 20 private schools, including perennial chess title-holders Orchard and Sycamore, Aaron believes he will gradually branch out into the public school system - but this will not be a hard sell. Virtually all of the rapid growth of his company has resulted from word-of-mouth, unsolicited recommendations. Typically, Aaron has introduced his own terminology into bughouse. Rather than established names like "Barbeau Counterattack" or "Fortress Defense" his kids play openings named after, well, bugs! - like "Maggot" and "Fly" .... But Aaron's methods reflect only a departure from teaching techniques, and not from the way sound bughouse - and other games - are played. He still keeps in touch with his bughouse swami, Jason Doss! Joko and Yooshi Homma won the 8th. grade and under prize -they've never lost in a state bughouse tourney - and William Feng and Jason Kidd won the 3rd. and under trophy. Games like chess are well-known for their capacity to improve our mental powers - no matter what age we may be. Kids learn faster when they are having fun; learning lengthy multiplication tables, by rote, in bygone years often needed an accompanying rap on the back of the head to get your attention (OK, I'll speak for myself... ) Chess - and bughouse - can be great fun and Aaron and his employees know how to channel kids' enthusiasm for a fun activity into meaningful cognitive learning. Among his many techniques is the use of "twisters." Aaron will make flat statements containing both fact and fiction. For example, he might say "The Ruy Lopez opening is typified by 1. d4." The class responds to each statement - is it correct, or not? If they catch teacher out in a falsehood, they get to prescribe a penalty, which may leave teacher standing on one leg.... Often the teacher will give a lecture posing as "Mr.Silly" wearing a funny wig. I can't imagine Dvoretsky giving a lecture using this technique, or playing for laughs, but it works with young kids and the proof is in the enormous success of Aaron's program. I wish I'd had an elementary school teacher who taught me games like bughouse, crazyhouse (which is a form of bughouse for 2 instead of 4 players), Go - or even chess itself!

Photofrom learningthroughgames website

Mind games- with Aaron Dean!
Searching for new input for this issue I asked Aaron, ISCA's News Director, if he would like to contribute games or an article... "Well, I could send you something about bughouse - I'm running a tournament on May 15." That sounded interesting particularly as I knew virtually nothing about bughouse other than it's played - along with other chess variants - on ICC and Jason Doss is among the world's leading players. So I said "great! Let me have it." What developed is something far more interesting than just another article about a tournament. But first things first. Before Aaron emailed me to say 54 kids had played in the tournament -and for most it was their first of any kind- a record for a bughouse tournament in Indiana, I searched the web for stuff about bughouse. Needless to say, there's a lot - more than I needed to know. Perhaps the most widely used vehicle for bughouse play - according to Aaron- is FICS (Free Internet Chess Server), even more than ICC. Bughouse, I learned, is a fun chess variant that involves two boards placed side-by-side, two sets, four players and two clocks. The players sitting side by side are partners and play opposite colors. When you capture a piece, you give it to your partner. When it's your tum, you can either move one of your onboard pieces or drop one of your off-board pieces on an empty square. Your team loses if you get checkmated or run out of time. Chaotic as it might seem - and no doubt can be- bughouse requires knowledge of tactics and strategy and its ardent followers have developed terminology that rivals that found in chess. "Inject!' "Noodle/spoon!" and "Annoy" are among the battle-cries employed as the competition heats up, while a different piece-value table is used to weigh a position, such as Q=4 (rather than 9), N=2. Beside strategic principles that reflect the general strategy of White pursuing mate while Black exchanges pieces to reduce his opponent's attack and strengthening his partner's. There is a developing school of opening theory, predictably with unique nomenclature.



Picture from Aaron's website- look at the kids' rapt attention to their teacher! Incidentally. ISCA member Jason Crismore of West Highland Technologyput this website together.

I find it encouraging that Aaron has coupled his considerable chessplaying skills with an innovative approach to teaching, and his entrepreneurial instincts, to start and grow a successful business; one that will benefit the community not only by improving children's education but also in creating a new wave of chessplayers who will not depend upon the wasteland of television for their amusement.
Photo: Aaron Dean

Tournament action at the Pleasantville Elementary School in Zionsville, May IS .

Aaron is planning a scholastic state bughouse championship in October - details will be posted in the September issue of Chess In Indiana as well as on our website, Indianachess.org.

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"Goodbye Mr. Chips" - Anderson style
students; over 30 years of pictures and memories left very few dry eyes. I can't tell you how much this day meant to Z, who for many years has represented the community and earned the respect and gratitude of all who knew him. I am a coach myself because of him, and you can add Nathaniel Greene, Ryan McCleary, Randy Miller, Jim and Aaron Dean and so many others who have been taught by Z and are now coaching scholastic chess programs. Mr. Z, you will forever be remembered." I also asked Z himselffor afew words"Well - here goes. As a fledgling "C" player in 1972 I, along with Carl LaWall, a longtime veteran of Indiana chess, began a little club at South Side Middle School. Little did I know that it would burgeon into a 32-year scholastic chess career. Steeped in the excitement of the Fischer-Spassky match, the club hit the ground running and continued to grow. IN 1987 I took my state championship middle school team to California, where we placed second nationally. Every year after that we went to scholastic nationals all over the country - and, I might add, we had our share oftop five finishes every year. I can't begin to estimate how many kids I introduced to tournament chess over the years, let alone those who merely learned the game for purely recreational fun. I've also served on the SCI board for probably 15 years now - and am proud I have been able to contribute to the growth of scholastic chess in our state. All I know is that I've had a great deal of fun doing it." Z's Career Highlights: Madison Heights/Anderson H.S.: State H.S. Champions 1989,1990,1991,1994,1995,1996,1998, 2002 Placements in National competition: 1989 5th Knoxville, TN 1990 7th. Kansas City, MO. 1991 2nd. Atlanta, GA. 1992 9th. Louisville, KY -and co-champs Pan-Am HS Championships, Chicago, IL 1993 8th. Dallas, TX 1994 14th. Dearborn, MI 1995 8th. Chicago, IL 1996 loth. Somerset, NJ 1997 31st. Knoxville, TN 1998 24th. Los Angeles, CA 1999 23rd. Sioux falls, SD 2000 24th. Charlotte, NC 2001 14th. Kansas City, MO 2002 20th. Louisville, KY 2003 26th. Columbus, OH South Side Middle School State Junior High Champions: 1974, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1994. Placements in National competition: 1987 2nd.Los Angeles, CA 1988 2nd.Memphis, TN 1989 24th. Peoria, IL 1990 2nd. Salt Lake City, UT 1991 8th. Dearborn, MI 19926th. Tallahassee, FL 1993 15th. Chicago, IL 1994 6th. Rye, NY 1995 2nd.Dearborn, MI 1996 10th. Orlando, FI 1997 10th. Knoxville, TN 1998 24th. Phoenix, AZ 1999 24th. Columbus, OH 2000 Co-Champions (UlOOO) Tucson, AZ 2001 15th. Kansas City, MO 2002 22nd. Louisville, KY Z's real contribution was not just to the game but to the lives of so many kids in the Anderson area. He is moving to Bloomington, where he will inevitably find himself helping to strengthen the competitive chess scene ....

Photo: Randy Miller Mike Zabawa (on right) plays a last-round game against Eric Fischvogt at the special celebration and unrated G/IO tournament honoring Mike's retirement .... Mike Zabawa, a fixture - and what a fixture! -on the Anderson chess scene has retired after an incredible career as a scholastic chess coach. Randy Miller ran a special event honoring Mike on May 1, and writes: "Mike coached South Side Middle School, Anderson High School (Madison Heights until 1993) and St. Ambrose. The chess club he started at South Side was the first in Anderson and Madison County; since that time, former students - and in turn, their students - have started programs in several other area schools. The tournament and celebration were both exciting Mike ("Z" as we call him) finished third in the tournament, in which over fifty people who played for Z from 1974 to 2004 participated. Mike met Eric Fischvogt, now a Michigan based master, in the last round, managing to take one of the games but allowing a window for Stephen Cates, who also gained a win against Eric in an earlier round, to take first. place. For Z's continued efforts in promoting critical thinking and a competitive spirit in his students he was awarded a lifetime achievement award by SCI, and presented with a plaque recognizing the Sagamore Award from the State legislature. " Scott Reisinger adds: "This day was more than friendly - but tough - competition between the teacher and his students. Lunchtime provided an opportunity for old friends to recall poignant memories. Several of Z's former students took the stage to tell the gathering what Z meant to them and how he had impacted their lives. The afternoon had just begun. Those who know Zabawa know of his love for biking. As a gift of appreciation Z was presented with a new bike from the coaches and parents of current Anderson students. Another gift was from Jim and Aaron Dean and myself, representing Scholastic Chess of Indiana: a four-foot high trophy inscribed with a message of thanks for his positive influence on so many lives during his 33 years of coaching and teaching. The day was capped off by a slide show of Zabawa and his many

This is a good spot to squeeze in the rest of the list of the top 100 current USCF members in Indiana ... after all, Z taught a few of them! Continued from Page 4: 60 Michael S. Zabawa 1853 61 Wray McCalester 1835 62 Brandon Heuer 1833 63 Kevin Clark 1823 64 Samuel Reisinger 1821 65 Peter Korzenecki 1808 66 Jason Fried 1808 67 Drew Hollinberger 1805 68 Edward Sweetman 1803 69 John Fetkovich 1801 70 Bayanbaatar Dash 1801 71 Geoffrey Sharpless 1800 72 Vivian Schmucker 1800 73 Ronald Smith 1800 74 Rodney Howell 1800 75 Douglas Todd 1799 76 Randall Pals 1793 77 Leonard Yarsh 1789 78 Brooks Reed 1789 79 Antonio Criscimagna 1789 80 Wayne Hamilton 1788 81 Kern Templeton 1785 82 James Pollitt 1780 83 Larry Cox 1779 84 Samuel Shapiro 1776 85 Tony Passwater 1775 86 Edward Stackpole 1771 87 Kristopher Williams 1771 88 Robert Savage 1767 89 Jamie Oxley 1762 90 Logan Stalions 1756 91 Alan Avery 1754 92 Nick Zehner 1752 93 Bruce Parisi 1751 94 Vern Cloud 1749 95 Roger Blaine 1748 96 Benjamin Dillon 1747 97 Mark Lynch 1744 98 RobertBurk 1743 99 Kenneth Hamilton 1742 100 John McPherson 1742 E and DE! - Ed.

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Solutions, and Winners ....
Solutions to Play It Forward, Page 13

1. Spassky-Artunian. 34.f6! The culmination of a splendid combination. The fireworks on as removed the bishop protecting f6 and g7; capture of White's bishop by 30 ... gxh6 would have resulted in mate by 31.Qf6 and 32.Qg7. 31. .. fS was a futile attempt to defend against 32.Qg3 by 32 ... f4. After 34.f6! Black has no defense against fl or Bg7+ e.g. 34 ... RaSa8 3S.Bg7+ Rxg7 36.hxg7+ Kg8 37.Qe4 NgS 38.Qg6 and 39.Nf6++ 2. Spassky-Fischer, 1970. 39.Rf8! forces resignation, as after Kxf8 40. Qh8+ wins Black's queen.

3. Spassky-Fischer, 1972. For those of us who are old enough to have followed the battle for the championship game-by-game, the winning move 27 .... Bxa4! is engrained in memory - as it startled not only Spassky but most of us watching the game wherever we could get to a TV set. Described, nonetheless, as a "simple tactical shot" by Ivo Nei, co-author with Robert Byrne of "Both Sides of the Chessboard" (NYT Book Company.1974) it threatens 28.Qxb? Qxe4! with mate on either el or g7. Ignoring the sac with 29.Qbl leaves White minus 2 pawns after 29 ... Bxdl 30.Qxdl Qxe4 and it is hard to see how White can avoid losing a third on c4. 4. Bielicki-Smyslov. White avoided 30.Qxc4? which would have been met with 30 ..... Rd2 and mate on g2 or h l , but found no solace in 30.Qb2 Rg4! With the unstoppable threat 001.. ..Rxg3 32.hxg3 h2; if 31.BeS Rg1+ and mate on g2. S. Tal-Smyslov. Well done if you found the eye-popping 19.Qxf7! - if 19 .... Rxfl 20.Rxd8+ Ng8 21.Nxfl#. Black opted for 19... Qal+ 20.Kd2 Rxfl 21.Nxf7+ Kg8 22.Rxal 1-0. 6. Botvinnik-Alatortsev. 20. Nh4! And Black had no choice but to resign in view of the threat of QxhS+ and mate on g7; 20 ... Nf6 21.Bxf6 Bxf6 22. NxfS is good enough ... 7. Bronstein-Botvinnik. 37. Bg3! ... Bg7 38. Qxg8 1-0. (37 ... Bxg3 ran into 38.Qc3+!) Kh830.QxcS and Alekhine explains: 31...Re8 31.QdS! gxh6 32.Qfl Be7 33. Rxe7 followed by mate.

8. Alekhine-Euwe. 29.Nh6+! 9. Euwe-Alekhine.

47.Nxe4+ game over .


Recent tournament

winners, including some late reports from 2003 (Excluding Scholastic).

7/30/03 Eastgate July Swiss: Stephen Caputi. 10/9 Glendale October: Anthony Woods. 10118 Eastgate October Quads: Rodney Howell,Chris Prather,Stephen Caputi.Chadrick Doran,Paul Wick. 10/23 Eastgate October Swiss: Anthony Woods. 1111 Eastgate November Swiss: Charles Carroll. 12/24 Eastgate December Swiss:Nathaniel Criss; sec 2., Chris Prather. 12/30 Elkhart year-end Quickie: Josh Lewis, Orville Holden, Roger Blaine. 111104Glendale January Swiss; Bernard Parham. 2/11 TH Adult CC Quick Quads: Christopher Johnson. 2/15 Evansville CC Championship: Anthony Golike. 2/16 THCe's President's Day Action: Rachid Ring, Nellay Purohit 2117 Glendale February Swiss: Craig Stauffer. 2/27 Eastgate February Swiss: Anthony Woods. 2/28 S. Indiana Open, Evansville: Tony Cao, Justin Arnold, Terry Winchester. 3/2 DCC Quads: Gary Fox. 3/5 City Nights Quick Championships: Michelle Ross, Niko Lilovich. 3/6 TH Adult CC Invitational: Robert Eberwein. 3/7 OCCC Cici's Roadrunner: Anthony Woods.3/8 Montessori School Swiss: Ryan Trost, Chris Weber, Alec Veloz. 3/14 Challenge Finals, Logansport: Dennis Monokroussos. 3/13 Beginners' Challenge, Logansport:Nicholas Donis. 3113 Beginners' Quick, Logansport: Nicholas Donis. 3/13 Monday Night Chess, Hammond:Alan Avery, Pyarali Keshvani. 3114 Challenge Companion #6: Joshua Bousum. 3/14 S. Bend Futurityl Elkhart CC Quick, section winners: Nicholas Jansen, Mathew Leach, Kevin Fyr, Michael Vidulich, Leslie Kistler, John Cole, Muriel hague, Brock Weaver, Vern Cloud. 3/20 Evansville Spring Open: Terry Winchester. 3/23 Michigan City Champonship: Ivan Fuganti. 3/24 Eastgate March Swiss: Jerry Christner. 3/25 Goshen Club, March: Josh Baker, Nicholas Phillips.3/30 Elkhart County CC Championship: Dennis Monokroussos,-sec 2: Benjamin Goldy, sec.3, Joshua Lewis. 3/31 Eastgate March Quads, section winners: James Sinclair, Edward Robinson, Michael Sharp, Rodney Howell, Anthony Woods. 4/3 Bloomington Tornado: Ed. Buffie. 4/17 Miller beach CC Spring Inaugural: James Beard. 4/17 Evansville April Open: David Niles. 4117 South Bend Futurity quad section winners: Michael Vidulich, Vern Cloud, Sam Shapiro, Brock Weaver, Leslie Kistler. 4/18 Blaine's Fifty in Two: Bernard Parham. 4/24 Tom's beginners' Luck, Evansville: Shadow Robinson. 5/2 OCCC Cici's Roadrunner: David Schwartz. 5/22 ZCC Open, Lebanon: Jason Doss. If you can meet And treat those ..... yours is the And - which is with Triumph and Disaster two Impostors just the same Earth, and everything that's in it more - you'll be a Man, my son! Rudyard Kipling

Remember, you can look up crosstables detailing your own triumphs and disasters, whether adult or scholastic, on the web at: http://www.joepye.cnc.net/iscaiindex.htm#past As well as at ISCA's website: http://www.indianachess.org.

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63rd• Annual Indiana State Chess Championships
September 25-26. WGPP: 40Q . 5SS 40/105, SD 45. Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome, 100 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis. HR $109-109. 317-262-8100 or 800-Westin-l; connected by walkway. Res. By 8/25, ask for chess champ. block. Special ent:Group of 4 players ent.by 9/1 receive 10% offadv. Entry fees. $$4,000 prizes blon 150. Championship (All) EF $65 if received by 9/20, $75 at site. $$2450. Top 3 prizes guaranteed. $800-425-225. U2300 $210-100, U2050 $205-95. Ul800 $200-90. Upset $50. Reserve EF: $55 ifrec'd by 9/20, $65 at site. $$1550: $200-190, Class C $180-130-80. Class D $170-120-70. Class E & under: $160-110-60. Upset $50. Reg. 8.00 - 9.30 a.m., Rds. Sat. 10 - 3 - 8, Sun. 10-3.30. ISCA membership required, Adult $15, U18 $10. OSA. Ent. Gary Fox, 134 Wheatland Ave. Logansport, IN 46947. 574-722-4965. president@indianachess.org. September 25, Indiana State Beginners Class Chess Championship. 4SS, SD30. Indiana Convention Center & RCA Dome, 100 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis. Awards for 1st_2nd_3fd. each class: Class E (1199-1000), Class F (999-800), Class G (799-600), Class H (599-400) and for Class I and in J combined (399-1) and also for Class Unrated. EF $10 ifrec'd by 9/20, $15 at site. Reg. 11 a.m. -12.30 p.m. Rds. 1-2-3-4 p.m. ISCA membership required: Adult $15, Ul8 $10, OSA. Ent: Gary J. Fox, 134 Wheatland Ave., Logansport, IN 46947.574-722-4965, president@indianachess.org.



First Sunday of each month - e.g., July 4, August 1, etc. CiCi's Pizza, 4740 W. 38th. Street, Indianapolis (near Georgetown Rd., behind Bob Evans Restaurant). At 2 p.m. 4 round Swiss, G/I0: USCF rated. Prizes (based on 12 entries: 1't. $50.00 + trophy, 2nd. $25.00. 3fd. $15.00. 4th. Gift card for one free buffet and drink. Entry: $13.00 in advance (at least I week before tournament date), $15.00 at door. Send advance entries to Donald Urquhart, 1236 So. Richland Street #5, Indianapolis, IN 46221-1605. Information: Donald Urquhart (317) 634-6259. Note: see Editor's commentary pages 3 and 4for news about Dan's new club on W Morris Street- whicli wjll operate jn addition to Cici's

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Dave Frey's ZCC series:
- all held at Ramada Inn, 505 State Rd. 39 Lebanon IN 46052 (I65, exit 139). All have free wireless internet at site.Info and entries David Frey, 6697 Wimbledon Drive, Zionsville, IN 46077.(317) 902-8581 NC, NS, WEB. Ask Dave about pizza, he's pondering maybe for $5.00 ...

June 26 "No Cicadas Here"
5SS, G/60. Entry $20 if received by 6/19, $25 at door. Bye 1-3. $250 b/25. $125-50, Ul700 $50, Upset $25. Reg. 8-9 am, 1st round 9.15 a.m.

August 7, "See Sharp Today"
7 SS, G/30, $25 advance by 7/31, $30 at door. Bye 1-4 $350 b/25. $125-50, Ul700 $50, Upset $25. Reg. 8-9 a.m. 1"rond 9.15 a.m.

September 11 "State Championship Warm-up"
5SS, G/60. $20 ifrec'd by 9/4, $25 at door. Byel-3. $250 b/25. $125-50, Ul700 $50, Upset $25. Reg. 8-9 a.m., 1st round 9.15 a.m.

Indiana State Class Championships
Saturday, July 17. 4SS, G/90, Full-K. University of Southern Indiana, Univ. Bridge, Hwy. 62 W (Lloyd Expwy), Evansville, Indiana. Sections: MIX, A, B, C, D. Each section 75% of Advance E.F. Prizes, $100, $50, Gtd. lst.and 2nd each class. EF: $30 ifrec'd by 7116, $35 at site. Reg. 8.30 a.m. Rds. 9, 12.30, then ASAP. ISCA membership required. - $15 adult, $10 junior. OSA. Adv. Entry: Terry Winchester, 5014 Hazelbriar Place, Evansville, IN 47715. 812-476-9227., Info. Contact Winchester t@yahoo.com, or see the Chess Life ad. NS, NC, W. -8/7-8 Stewart Center, Purdue U., W. Lafayette IN 47907. 50/2then 30/1, no S.D. Reg.Sat. 9-9.30 a.m., Rds. 10-2-7, Sun. 10-2. NS. Ent.$20 ifrec'd by 8/3, $25 at site. Prize fund 85% ofEF. Ist.30% 2nd 20% 3fd 12% 4th 8% U1600 7.5% U1300 7.5%. No "wood points" this time, but we still like wooden boards! Entries to: Fair Play Games, P.O. Box 353, Osceola IN 46561. TD Roger Blaine (574)257-9033. reblaine. @hotmai1.com. Local organizer and info: Bernard Parham II, 3111 Dover Ln. Lafayete IN 47909. Parham@purdue.edu. (765)474-0314

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