Volume XIX Number 1

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Dean and Kistler on Winning Team at U.S. Amateur Team Midwest, page 4; Smith wins Circle City Feb Tornado, page 4; Herron takes 1st Wood Memorial, page 9; Miller takes Circle City Dec Tornado, page 16; Elkhart Amorphous Open, page 16; Interview with Sean Hollick, page 17; The Exchange Sacrifice, page 19; Tournament Announcements, back cover.

Sean Hollick shakes hands with 5-year old future chess star Croix Gyurek at the Circle City February Tornado

CHESS in Indiana
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Editor: Bob Banta Contributors: Gary Fox, Ken Hamilton, Mike Herron, Les Kistler, Roger Blaine, Sean Hollick Photographs: Bob Banta, Sean Hollick, John Langreck Bill Corbin - UN Communications, Inc.


Indiana Challenge Champion:

State Champions
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Dennis Monokroussos

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CHESS in Indiana
President's Message
March 1,2006 I am pleased to announce that final plans were made and the date is set for June 3rd for the 2006 Indiana State Class Championships. Please check the back page of the magazine for details. The prize fund was kept the same as last year's successful Class Championships held in Lafayette. Special thanks to Circle City Chess Club and Sean Hollick for hosting the event. The event will be held at Glendale Mall (located at 62nd Street and Keystone Blvd in Northeast Indianapolis) and will be directed by ace TD Sean Hollick. I anticipate there being elbow-to-elbow competition and I would not be surprised if we would have to set up tables in the halls. Make sure you register in advance! SCI and ISCA agreed to another 5 year term for the Indiana State Scholastic Championships. Thanks to Steve Steppe and the SCI board for their approach to making Scholastic Chess a very important part of Indiana Chess. The last 5 years were great and I look forward to the next 5 years of Championship Chess. The President's Advisory Cabinet consists of six people all with special contributions to Chess. • First is our Chief Tournament Advisor/Clearing House: Roger Blaine. Roger is a.USCF Certified Senior TD and also holds the !SCA Clearing House position with the USCF. With his superior experience at directing and organizing chess tournaments, Roger is a natural for holding this position. If anyone has any questions on running an ISCA chess tournament or technical questions of something that occurred during a chess tournament, please do not hesitate to contact TD Blaine. Our Games Administrator is John Cole. John organizes game scores from tournaments throughout Indiana. He also evaluates games and submits annotated games to both our Editor and our Web Director. Our Student Advisor is Krisiopher Williams; he represents the students of Indiana on behalf of ISCA. Kris communicates student concerns to the ISCA Board of Directors and has direct communication with me regarding chess and scholastic issues. Our Media Administrator is Adam Heater. The Media Admin has the tough job of getting "the word out" to the general media about Indiana Chess. Our Master Advisor is Jim Dean. This position is similar to the Student Ad visor but gives us the point of view from a top ranked Chess Player in Indiana. • Our Prison Visits Coordinator is Bill Parrish. This is a new Cabinet position. BilI works for the Indiana Correctional Department and has several programs that involve Chess. Piazza del Nettuno - Statue of Neptune in Bologna, Italy Photo: Editor
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Editor's Comments
Sean Hollick made the cover this time for all of his efforts on behalf of the Circle City Chess Club (CCCC). Sean and Dave Frey direct regular tournaments at Glendale Mall in Indianapolis. Once a tournament is concluded, Sean usually posts tournament results to the CCCC website http://www.circlecitychess.org/ and uploads pictures to the website by the next day after the tournament. The CCCC tournaments are friendly events and crowd pleasers. The CCCC kick-off tournament last December was so well attended that the prize funds were increased. Sean is a friendly and energetic guy who manages, in his spare time, to run tournaments, to host a website, and to coach his son Maxx at chess as well. Sean's father, a WWlI veteran and a pilot in the Army Air Corps Flying Tigers, passed away late last year; in January, Sean hosted the First Annual Max P. Wood Memorial Tournament in his father's honor. This issue features former ClI Editor, Ken Hamilton's excellent article on sacrificing the exchange. Players will benefit from Ken's guidance as understanding the underlying tenets of exchange sacs is a cornerstone for tactical improvement by all players. Maybe you watched some of the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics? If you did, you probably noticed how seriously the Italians take sport and this includes chess. I have recently been traveling to Bologna, Italy on business. Bologna (located in northeastern Italy) is the culinary capital of Italy (birthplace of tortellini). Ken Hamilton and I had wondered if there was a chess club in Bologna; he found a Bolgona-based Chess Club (Circolo Scacchistico Bolognese) on the web at: http:Uwww2.comune.bologna.itlbologna/circcsb/CSBHOME.HTM When I return to Bologna this summer, I hope to get a chance to visit Circolo Scacchistico Bolognese and see how club chess is played in Italy. Who knows, maybe if I am lucky, I will get to take some digital pictures to include in the next issue. Bob Banta, Editor

Who's Who in ISCA President's Message Editor's Comments Dean and Kistler on Winning Team at U.S. Amateur Team Midwest....4 Smith Wins Circle City Feb Tornado Herron Wins 1st George P. Wood Memorial Miller Sweeps Circle City Dec Tornado Elkhart "Amorphous Open" & "Mishawaka Interview with Sean Hollick The Exchange Sacrifice Upcoming Scholastic Tournaments Tournament Announcements

Thanks to all for your efforts to support and improve Chess in Indiana. Gary Fox, ISeA President president@indianachess.org

March, 2006


CHESS in Indiana

Dean and Kistler on Winning Team at the U.S. Amateur Team Midwest
by Les Kistler


Jim Dean may say he had a "bad" tournament,


scored an undefeated 3.5-1.5 on board 3. Unfortunately, he had clear winning chances in two of those drawn games, while an improved move-order in the opening would have given him better chances in his other drawn 4 USATM championship teams. game. Jim, too, has been on 3 or

On board 4, I went 3-0 on Saturday,

and then I got two draws


Sunday, finishing with 4-1. I nearly won the board prize, but lost it on tiebreak. Still, I defeated one" A" player (rated 1993) and drew with two other 1900's. I defeated two 1600s to round it out. It was also nice seeing a bunch of fellow Hoosiers there, including [ohn Cole's team (Cole; Drew Hollinberger; Diego Betita of Michigan, a South Bend Chess Club player; Mike Vidulich, and Eric Miller), a strong youth team (Steven Cates, Ben Inskeep, Garrett Smith, and E. Labin) and a Goshen team (Mark Bauman, Jeff Bauman, At USATM, Les Kistler (left) and Jim Dean (right) The Ll.S. Amateur 19 weekend Team Midwest was played Photo: John Langreck over the Feb 18 and ago, former Indiana Jacob ZumFelde, and Matt Nesbitt).

Since this is the first time I've been on a USATM team that has won this tournament, I am uncertain as to how the playoff is handled. According to Jim Dean, after the winning teams from the four zones (West, South, Midwest the playoffs and East) are announced,

at Oak Brook, It. About a month

State Champion Jim Dean phoned and asked me to join a team with him, along with Shivkumar Shivaji (a 2300 rated player from California who goes by the nickname "Shiv"), and John Langreck (an Ohio native also from California). With Jim holding down Board 3, I felt honored that Jim would have faith in my skills to join this stellar team on Board 4. It turns out that our "chess mojo" was very strong this weekend-we won the tournament on tiebreak! Our prizes were Chronos chess clocks. I guess now I'll finally have to learn how to set one of those things. On Saturday we went 3-0 in matches. Then we had two excruciatingly dramatic drawn matches on Sunday with our main rivals to finish at 4-1. Since we played opposition outstripped half-Hoosier, throughout the tournament, stronger easily our tiebreaks

will be done over the Internet.

Smith Wins Ci/e/II CilY Illb To/nado
Garrett Smith won the Circle City February Tornado with a score of 4.5-0.5. Mike Sharp was the only player who managed a draw against Garrett. William "Bill" Corbin, our esteemed


Indiana Publisher,

racked up 3.5 points in the first four rounds

(including a win against Bernard Parham Sr.) before being stopped by Garrett in the last round. For cross-tables and photos of tournaments visit the Circle City Chess Club (CCCC) at http://www.circlecitychess.orgl. For any USCF-rated tournament,


everybody else's. Even though my team was only I think we proved once again that Indiana players

visit the USCF website's


Services Area at


are not to be underestimated! Despite his great talent, Shiv had a rough tournament, losing to GM Gurevich (he said it was drawn, and I believe him) and later to 1M Angelo Young and 1M Stanislav Smetankin. In all of those games, Shiv had good chances. Against Smetankin, his game was definitely an ending won (but it was by no means simple), an exchange as he went into up for a pawn. Here again, the clock

proved to be his undoing. Against Young, he lost the opposition in a seemingly simple and drawish king and pawn ending, and lost on time just as it became clear that Angelo was winning. Our main pillar of strength was John Langreck, who scored a perfect 5-0 on board 2. He beat one master and one ex-master while pounding lumps into his lower-rated opponents. John brings a lot of experience from previous team tournaments, and if I'm not mistaken, this will be the third time he has been on a USATM championship team.

Round 5: Garrett Smith (left)


Bill Corbin (right)



MarchI 2006


CHESS in Indiana Dave Frey (1700) - Garrett Smith (2013)
February Circle City Tornado 04 Feb 2006 King's Indian Defense [E61]
[Ken Hamilton and Fritz)

l.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e3 A quiet line of development for White (in place of 4.e4) not often seen. However, Garrett had told Dave that he had trouble with this line, so here it is....4...0-0 White's restrained approach allows Black develop without being under immediate pressure, choosing between usual structures arising from ...e5 or ...c5, and also without any early concern about moves by White's dark square bishop. S.Bd3 d66.Nge2 Or 6.Nf3, which controls e5. 6... c6 7.0-0 eS s.n a6 9.e4 exd4 10.Nxd4 Ng4 An annoying move. 1l.Nxc6 Probably the best response. Although Black is not gaining any advantage from his tactics, White's S.f3 has exposed his king to a check on the gl-a7 diagonal- from both Black's queen and his bishop. 1l ...Qb6+ 12.Khi Nf2+ 13.Rxf2 Qxfl I4.Ne7+ KhS IS.NcdS Nc6 An interesting, unbalanced position has developed. Black has won the exchange at the expense of a pawn and a busted pawn position, but both sides have chances. Now White should take the cS bishop and then protect his b2 pawn. Instead, he attacks Black's queen but overlooks it can pick off the b pawn- which naturally, it does. I6.Be3? Qxb2 17.Rbl Qxa2 IS.Nb6 Interestingly Nxc6 followed by Nc7 would also have won back the exchange though Black would still have regained the lead in the pawn count - an absorbing position. [lS.Nxc6 bxc6 19.Nc7 Be6 20.NxaS RxaS 2 1.Rb63] IS ...Nxe7 19.NxaS Now the surprising 19...f5 would have retained an advantage for Black, who opts instead for the tempting, immediate Be6 I9 ...Be6 Diagram

suspect that's where it's heading?). 26.cS? A further weakening of his position. 26.Bc2 would have been better. 26 ...Bc3 What is White to do? 27.cxd6 Nxd6 and the d-pawn will soon fall (as Be4 is met by f5 and Black threatens Qa2).So Dave pushes the c-pawn, perhaps not noticing Black's response. 27.c6 Diagram

27 ...Qa2! 28.Bc2 Whatever White plays it is met by 2S ...Qxd5. But Black has the option of taking the d-pawn now or checking on c4 (remember the unlucky move KfI?) 2S Qc4+ 29.Kfl If 29.Kgl then ... Rxe3 30.Qxe3 Bd4 curtains. 29 Qh4+ 29 ...Qxd5 was also winning, of course - but Garrett is in a rambunctious mood. His tactics with the queen over the past several moves have been first class. 30.Kfl Of course, not KgI because of Rxe3 etc. 30 ...Qxh2 White, to use Fischer's favorite phrase, is completely busted. 3I.Rxb4 Fritz supplies the following, losing alternatives. [31.Be4 f5 32.Bd3 Qhl+ 33.Kf2 Qh4+ 34.Kfl a5; 31.Bgl Qh4 32.Bb3 a5 33.Be3 Ne7 34.Qdl Nf5; 31.Bb3 Qhl+ 32.Kf2 Qh4+ 33.Kfl Ne7 34.Ba7 Nf5 35.Qdl Ng3+] 31...Qhl+ 32.Bgl ReI + 33.Qxel Bxel 34.KxeI?? or 34.RbS. Losing - but much better. 34 ...Qxgl+ 3S.Kd2 Qxg2+ I think this was a great game, well played by both sides. I'm quite sure, particularly at the (to me) murderous G/60 time limit, I would not have been able to match the performance of either player. 0-1

20.Nb6? Instead 20.Rxb7 would have swung the game in White's favor. [20.Rxb7 Rxa8 21.Rxe7 a5 22.Rb7 a4 23.Rb6 Bxc4 24.Bxc4 Qxc4 25.Rxd6 KgS 26.Bd4 Bxd4 27.Rxd4 Qb3 2S.RdS+=J 20 ...NcS 20 ...f5! 21.NdS BxdS 22.exdS There's not much to chose between the move played and its alternative, cxdS. However, White now allows the Black rook to seize the e-file with initiative. 22 ... ReS 23.Qc1 Qa4 so that if24.Rxb7 Rxe3 25.Qxe3 Qdl + 26.Qgl Qxd3 with advantage. 24.KgI bS This is not an easy position to evaluate; White's queen has some potential overload problems - the pawn on c4 and the bishop on e3. 25.Bf2 would have gotten rid of one of them; 25.KfI does not. 2S.Kfl b4 Now Black is threatening to push his passed pawns as far as they will go. The problem with 25.Kfl is hard to foresee - it allows the Black queen to check on c4 (but who's to

Round 5: Ben Inskeep (left) and Chris Li (right)



March, 2006


CHESS in Indiana
Ben Inskeep (2032) - Chris Li (1430)
February Circle City Tornado 04 Feb 2006 Closed Ruy Lopez; Anti-Marshall System [CSS] 1.e4 e5 2.NO Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 b5 S.Bb3 Be7 6.0~ Nf6 7.Re1 0-0 8.a4 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.Ne3 b411.Ne2 a512.Ng3 Nd7 13.e3 Nc514.Bd5 Qe8 15.Nf5 Bf616.d4 Diagram NeS 12.M Qa5 13.Nb3 Qc7 14.exd5 Nb4 Diagram

1S.h5 Nxd5 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.Bd3 Be6 1S.Rdg1 g619.hxg6 fxg6 20.Nd4 Be8 21.Rh4 Bd6 22.Rghl Qg7 23.f4 Ne7 24.Rxh7 Diagram




g6 Diagram

Qxh7 25.Rxh7 Kxh7 26.Qh2+ Kg7 27.Qh6+ Kf7 2S.Qxg6+ Ke7 29.f5 Diagram 20.Bxe6 Qb8 21.Ne7+ Kg7 22.Qh6+ Kh8 23.Bg5 1-0

Garrett Smith (2013) - Jerry Christner


February Circle City Tornado 04 Feb 2006 Sicilian Scheveningen [BSO] l.e4 e5 2.NO d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Qd2 Be7 s.rs 0-0 Ne6 10.0-~ d5 1

NeS 30.f6+ Kd7 31.f7 RhS 32.Qe6+ Ke7 33.fxeSN+ Kd8 Bd735.Nf61-O

Ind ia'na

Championsh ips June 3rd 2006


.. - Gl€Ildale Niall. . .

March, 2006


CHESS in Indiana Dave Frey (1700) - Danny Presicci (1674)
February Circle City Tornado 04 Feb 2006 Caro-Kann [BI9] l.e4 c6 2.d4 dS 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 BfS S.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Nf3 Nf6 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 e6 10.Bd2 Qb611.0-0 Bd6 12.Ne4 Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Nd7 14.c4 Nf6 15.Qd3 Bb4 16.BxM Qxb4 17.a3 Qb6 18.Ne5 Rd8 19.c5 Qc7 20.Nc4 0-0 21.Nd6 Ne8 22.Nxe8 Rfxe8 23.Qe3 RdS 24.Rfdl Red8 25.Rd2 Qe7 26.g3 Qf6 27.Radl QfS 28.Kg2 Qf6 29.1:4Qe7 30.Kf2 Qc7 31.Ke2 QaS 32.M Qb5+ 33.Qd3 Rxd4 Diagram Ne7 8.BgS Nd7 9.Nd2 Ne5 10.Be2 Qd7 11.b4 f6 Diagram

12.Bh6 Bxh6 13.Qxh6 Ng8 14.Qh4 Na6 15.a4 Qg4 16.Ngf3 Qxh417.Nxh4 e518.b5 Nc719.Nc4 Kd7 20.a5 Ne8 21.Ba4 Ke7 22.b6 Bd7 23.0-0 a6 24.f4 Nh6 25.fxeS fxe5 26.h3 Bxa4 27.Rxa4 Ng7 Diagram

34.Qxb5 Rxd2+ 3S.Rxd2 Rxd2+ 36.Kxd2 cxb5 Diagram

28.g4 RafS 29.Nf3 Rf4 30.Ned2 RhfS 31.Kg2 Nf7 32.Nh4 Ng5 33.Rxf4 Rxf4 34.Kg3 Ne8 35.Ng2 RfS 36.h4 Nf7 37.Ral Nf6 3B.Rfl h5 39.g5 Ng4 40.Rf3 Nd8 41.Nfl Rxf3+ 42.KxG Kd7 43.Nfe3 Nxe3 44.Kxe3 Nf7 45.Kd3 Ke7 46.Ke4 Diagram
37.Ke3 Kf8 38.Kd4 Ke7 39.g4 f6 40.fS eS+ 41.KdS Kd7 42.hS a6 43.Ke4 Kc6 44.Ke3 KdS 4S.Kd3 e4+ 46.Ke3 Ke5 0-1 Dave Frey recently wrote an e-mail to the Editor about Bernie Parham:

"I was watching ESPN Classic last night, where they had "Searching for Bobby Fischer", and a Pop-Up video type of narration. Towards the end of the movie where Josh wasplaying for the National Tournament, dropping his queen, itpopped up about Hikaru Nakamura recently playing the "Parham Attack" against a GM. Another Pop-up said what the "Parham Attack" was, and that a GM said it was something like a surprising and interesting opening. I called Bernie this afternoon and told him about it, hopefully it brightened up his day, but it was nice to see that on National TV. "
-- Dave


Parham (2064) - Shawn Marcum (1345)
February Circle City Tornado 04 Feb 2006

"Parham Attack"
l.e4 d6 2.Qh5 Nf6 3.Qh4 Ne6 4.c3 g6 5.d4 Bg7 6.Bd3 e5 7.d5

46 ... Kd7 47.Nel Kd8 4B.Nd3 Kd7 49.Kb3 Ke7 50.Ke2 Kd7 51.Kd2 Ke7 52.Nel Kd7 53.Ne2 Ke7 54.Ng3 Kf8 55.Ke2 Kg8 S6.Nfl KfS 57.KG Kg7 5B.Nd2 KfS 59.Nb3 Ke7 60.Ke3 Kd8 Yz-'li

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CHESS in Indiana

Drew Hollinberger (left) and Bill Corbin (right)



39.Rxb4 cxb4 40.cS Re7 41.Kc4 Re2 42.e6 Rxh2 43.Kxb4 h4 44.c7 Diagram


Parham Sr. (2032) - Dave Frey (1700) "Parham Attack"

February Circle City Tornado 04 Feb 2006 1.e4 c6 2.QhS g6 3.QeS Nf6 4.d4 d6 S.Qf4 Bg7 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 Qc7 8.e5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 NxeSl0.Qxe5 QxeS+ 11.dxe5 Nd712.f4 Nc5 l3.Be2 BfS14.Be3 Na4 lS.b3 Nb6 16.c4 f6 17.g4 Be41S.0-O Diagram


Jerry Christner

(1677) - Brad La Cue (1732)

February Circle City Tornado 04 Feb 2006 Scandinavian Defense [BOI] l.e4 d5 2.exd5 QxdS 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 eS S.dS Nf6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Bd2 Bb4 S.a3 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 QcS 10.Qe2 Nbd7 11.0-0-00-0o 12.Bb4 Qb6 13.B RheS 14.d6 Diagram

Bxbl 19.exf6 exf6 20.Raxbl 0-0 21.Rbdl fS 22.gS RfeS 23.Kf2 Re7 24.BcS Rd7 2S.Bxb6 Rxdl 26.Rxdl axb6 27.a4 cS 2S.Rd6 Ra6 29.BB Be3 30.Bxb7 Ra7 31.Rxb6 Bb4 32.Bd5+ Kg7 33.RbS h5 34.Ke3 Re7+ 3S.Kd3 Ra7 36.RgS+ Kh7 37.RbS BaS 3S.Rb5 Bb4 Diagram

Indiana State. Class Championships
March, 2006
$1750 b/6S 4SS Gante/75 ~Glendale Mall.lnd.ianapolis

3rd 2006

Be61S.dxc7 Qxc7 16.Bxe6 Rxe6 17.Nh3 h618.Nf2 Rc6 19.Rd3 Re8 20.Rhdl Nc5 21.Bxc5 RxcS 22.Ne4 Nxe4 23.fxe4 Diagram


CHESS in Indiana

Herron Wins 1st George P. Wood Memorial
Mike Herron took clear first in the Circle City Chess Club's l,t George P. Wood Memorial (26 players in Open) on Jan 7, 2006 with a score of 4.5-0.5. (Cross-tables for all CCCC tournaments available via http://www.circlecitvchess.orgldocs/clubnews.html.)

A fundamental mistake on my part. There is no breakthrough on the Queen-side, but I now have both Rooks and a Bishop clustered uselessly on that wing. Much better would have been 20 ...Raa8. Dave punishes my error nicely 21.BxdS exdS 22.Nd4 g6 23.e4! Diagram

Very good--opening the center where his pieces will dominate. 23 ... Rd8 24.exd5 Rxd5 2S.NO Ra8 26.Rxd5 QxdS 27.Rdl Qe6 28.Rd6 Qe7 29.Qd2 His twin threats of 30.Rd7 and 30.Qxh6 win a pawn. 29 ...Rd8 30.Qxh6 Be8 Diagram

Mike Herron strikes a familiar pose

Photo: Editor

Dave Frey was the only player able to score against Herron with an interesting and informative draw.

Dave Frey (1650) - Mike Herron (2081)
1st George P. Wood Memorial, 07 Jan 2006 Queen's Gambit Declined [D35]
[Mike Herron]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.e3 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 c6 8.0-0 Nbd7 9.Qe2 b5 10.Bd3 Bb7 1l.Ne4 h6 12.Ne5 NxcS 13.dxeS QdS 14.b4 as lS.Rdl QhS 16.Bd2 axb4 17.Bxb4 Ra4 18.a3 NdS 19.Be4 Bf6 20.Rabl Rfa8? Diagram

This at least is good, activating my Bishop. The c6 pawn is immune because of back-rank mate possibilities. 31.Rxd8+ Qxd8 32.Qd2 Qe8 33.h3 Qe4 34.Qe3 Qbl+ 35.Qel Qxe1+ 36.Nxel Be6

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CHESS in Indiana
1 figured that my Bishop pair would enable me to draw comfortably despite my pawn minus, but the Bishops prove to have even more ambitious aims. 37.Nf3 Bd5 38.Nd2 Kf8 39.13 Bd4+ 40.Kfl Ke7 41.Ke2 Ke6 42.Kd3 Bg143.Ne4 f5 44.Ng5+ Ke5 4S.g3 Bc4+ 46.Kdl Kd5 47.g4 Bf2! Restraining the dangerous h-pawn. By this time, I was sure that I would win. 48.gxfS gxf5 49.f4 nrr 50.Kc3 Be3 51.Kc2 Bxf4 S2.h4 Be2 53.Nh3 Be3?? Diagram

Sean Hollick (left) and Nate Criss (right)



The following last round game decided the tournament's winner. Aaauuuggghhh. 1 still had 5 minutes left. If only I had spent one or two minutes here. My move looks impressive, but it blows the win. 53 ...Bg3 54.Kd2 Bg4 would have won for me. Chess is frustrating sometimes. 54.Bd2! Diagram

Nate Criss (1908) - Mike Herron (2081)
1st George P. Wood Memorial, 07 Jan 2006 Caro-Kann [BlO]
[Mike Herron}

l.e4 c6 So it's a Caro-Kann, right? 2.c4 e6 3.d4 d5 4.Nc3 no, wait, maybe a French or Slav? 4 ...dxe4 5.f3 OK, BlackmarDiemer Gambit S... e3 Declined 6.Bxe3 Nf6 7.Bd3 Be7 8.Nge2 Nbd7 9.Qc2 b6 Not wanting to commit my King to either side until I see where he's going 10.0-0 Bb7 11.Rfd1 0-012.Racl Re8 13.Ng3 h6 worrying about tactics involving getting the Knight to move and Bxh7+, but he zooms in on this weakness almost immediately 14.Nge4 Qc7 Diagram

Great move! Now it's a draw. On 54 ...Bxc5(?), 55.Nf4+ wins a piece. On 54 ...f4 55.Nxf4+. On the move I planned 54 ...Bxd2 55.Kxd2 Bg4 56.Nf4 followed by h5 and it suddenly dawned on me that my Bishop can't stop the h-pawn, i.e. 56 ...Ke4 57.h5 Kxf4 58.h6 and Queens. 54 ...Ke4 55.Ng5+ Kf4 S6.Ne6+ Kf3 S7.hS Bc4 S8.Ng7 Bxd2 59.Kxd2 Bfl 60.NxfS BxhS 61.Nd4+ Ke4 62.Nxc6 Kd5 63.Nb4+ KxcS ~-~


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The weird opening has become almost like a Hedgehog position where black is very cramped but solid, and any pawn break by either side must be carefully calculated lS.Qd2 threatening the piece sacrifice on h6 lS ...Bf8 16.Bf4 Nxe4! Diagram

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2I...exdS 22.cxdS Nf6 23.Qh8+ Ke7 24.Qh4 Rh8 This has to be frustrating for him, since he is always one tempo away from bringing the attack Home. He would like to play 25.d6+ here, and on 25 ...Bxd6? He would win beautifully with the 26.Nd5+!! thunderbolt. But I would have gone 25 ...Qxd6! where I win after either 26.Qxh8 Qxdl + 27.Rxdl Rxh8 or 26.Rxd6 Rxh4. 2S.Bh7 Rxh7 26.Re1+ Kf8 Diagram

Only move. On 17.Nxe4 I had planned on 17...e5 with interesting play 17.Bxe4 Bd6! the worst should be over now. After the sober and sane 18.Bxd6 most of his pressure will be gone, and I'll have equality 18.Bxh6?! Diagram

The King is oddly safe back on the kingside with the sillylooking h7 rook playing great defense. He mentioned after the game that he had thought the King would have to stay in the center when he would have had better attacking chances on it. 27.Qxf6 Bxh2+ I'm winning now. My move looks better than 27 ...Bxcl when he can. still cause problems with 28.d6 and 29.Re7 28.Kfl Ba6+ 29.Kf2 Bg3+ 30.Ke3 Bxel 31.Rxel Re8+ 32.Kf2 Rxel 33.d6 Qd7 Diagram

Wow. I guess he's playing for a win. This piece sacrifice doesn't prove to be quite sound, but it's dangerous and leads to very exciting play IS ..•gxh6 19.Qxh6 Bf4 20.Qh7+ at first glance, 20.Bh7+ looks great, but after 20 ...Kh8 he has to retreat his attacked queen, after which I can go 21...Kg7 threatening Bxc l and Rh8 20 ... Kf8 21.dS Diagram

This wins of course, but several spectators didn't miss 33 ...Rfl + like I did. 34.Kxel Qe6+ 35.Ne4 Qxf6 36.Nxf6 Rh1+ 37.Kf2 Rdl 38.Nd7+ KeS 39.Nb8 BbS 40.b3 Rxd6 Pretty exciting for awhile! 0-1

Les Imel (995) - Ken Hamilton (1696)
1,1 George P. Wood Memorial, 07 Jan 2006 Torre Attack [D03] A wild position where I took quite a bit of time. He has a lot of scary possibilities involving d6, pawn captures, and opening lines for his rooks and knight to my king. just as an example, 21 ..Bxc 1? loses to 22.d6 menacing the Queen and threatening mate.
[Ken Hamilton]

l.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 dS 3.BgS e6 4.e3 Be7 S.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.Bd3 h6 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 S.c3 0-09.0-0 c610.Rel eSl1.dxeS NxeS 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 B.NO Bg4 14.Be2 Bf615.b3 Bf5 16.Bd3 Qd7 17.Bxf5 Qxf5 18.Nd4 Qd7 19.Qc2 g6 Diagram



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My opponent was obviously bent on exchanging pieces and reaching a quiet draw, so I prevented a possible 20.Qf5 20.Radl Rfe8 21.Nf3 Re6 22.e4 RaeS 23.exd5 Rxel + 24.Nxel cxd5 Diagram

The illustrious Mr. Hamilton searching for his next move

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Ken Hamilton (1696) - Taylor Barber (1194)
15t George P. Wood Memorial, 07 Jan 2006 King Indian Attack [A04]
[Ken Hamilton]

Taylor is a very smart, personable young man and is fortunate to have a father who takes a keen interest in his chess.
I.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 d6 4.d3 Nf6 5.0---0g6 6.e4 Bg7 7.Rel Completing the standard set-up of the King's Indian Attack (KIA), an ideal opening for G/60 time controls as the first several moves are virtually automatic. 7... 0-0 8.Nc3 Be6 9.Ng5 9.e5 was more in the spirit if the position. I expected Bg4 now, after which f3 and then f4 would have gained some space but no overwhelming advantage 9 ...Qd7 10.Nxe6 Qxe6 1l.NdS Rac8 12.c3 c4? A dubious move that offers White either a pawn for little compensation that I could see, or more space and control of the center. I chose the latter. 13.d4 bS 14.Bg5 Rfe8 15.Qd2 Qd7 16.a4? Better was Bxf6 17.Nxf6 exf6 Qf4 as now Black could play 16...Nxd5 17.exd5 Na5 with reasonable prospects. 16...bxa4 17.Qc2 Again, it was better here to take on f6 rather than let Black take on dS. 17 ...h618.Nxf6+ exf619.Bf4 NaS? Diagram

At last, a significant imbalance! Theisolani is not weak, as after 25.Qb3 it can be defended - after the necessary Nf3 or Nc2 - via Re6>d6 or >b6 25.Nf3 Qb5 eyeing b2, b3 and e2 26.a4 Qc4 The game threatens to end in a flat, dull draw 27.Nd2 ...but maybe not now. White finds Black's next move awkward to deal with 27 ..•Qe2 2S.Rfl White could have relieved the pin by Qbl or Qb3 2S.•.d4 Diagram .

29 ...Bg4 was best, for if29.f4 Qe3+ and the fpawn falls. But this move gives White more opportunity to go very wrong indeed, and he takes it 29.Qdl dxc3 30.Qxe2 Rxe2 31.Nf3 cxb2 32.Rbl Re2 White resigns 0-1



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Black has difficulty in fmding a satisfactory continuation. With scattered pawns, be seeks desperate countermeasures, and with this move eyes b3. But White could have obtained a winning advantage with 20.Qxa4, instead, after some thought (1) I played 20.Rxa4 Nb3 21.Rb4 I played this Rxa4>Rb4line with the idea of threatening an early Rb7 upon clearing the g2-b7 diagonalbut that is not an easy task. In fact, Black could eradicate White's advantage now with 21 ...dS, taking advantage of the unprotected state of the rook on el. 21...Qc7 22.Be3 Qd7 23.Bfl Na524.Ra4 Qc7 The vacillation of the Black queen between d7 and c7 has resulted in a loss oftime and a breakdown of the Black position. 25.Real Nb3 26.Rla3 Bf8 Black's game is already hopeless 27.Rxe4 Qd7 28.Rxe8 Rxe8 29.Rxb3 Qa4 30.Bd3 Diagram

22.Re8 was better, this begins to fritter away mack's advantage which consists mainly of a pawn 22 ...b6 23.Qg5 h6 24.Qd5+ Kh7 25.h3 Re8 26.Rxe8 Qxe8 27.cxb6cxh6 28.Qb7 Qg6 Diagram

Relieving the pin and extinguishing Black's last hope 30 ...d5 31.exd5 Qa1+ 32.Kg2 a5 33.Bxg6 The quickest way to win 33 ...a4 34.Rb7 Qa2 35.Bxf7+ Kh8 36.Qg6 Bg7 37.Be6 Black resigns 1-0

Nate Criss (1908) - Ken Hamilton (1696)
1st George P. Wood Memorial, 07 Jan 2006
Alekhinc's Defense: Four Pawns Attack [B03] [Ken Hamilton]

With balanced material and opposite colored bishops the game is moving swiftly to a draw 29.Qxa7 Be4 30.g4 b5 31.Qc5 Qg5 32.QxgS hxgS 33.Kf2 Kg6 Draw agreed 'I.-Y2

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.f4 The four pawns variation, one of the earliest efforts to defeat Black's defensive set-up, but no longer the best. S...BfS 6.Nc3 dxe5 7.fxeS Nc6 8.Be3 e6 9.Nf3 Be7 IO.Be2 0-0 11.0-0 f6 12.a3 With plans for expansion on the queenside, certainly not to avert 12...Nb4, to which 13. Rcl is the time-honored reply. 12... fxeS l3.dS Leads to an even game, as does either B.d or N xe5 13...Nd4 14.Nxd4 exd4 lS.Qxd4 Bf6 16.Qd2 Bxc3 17.bxc3 exdS IS.cS? 18.Bxb6 followed by cxd5 would at least have kept the pawn. 18...Nc4 19.Bxc4 dxc4 20.Bd4 Bd3 21.Rxf8+ Qxf8 22.Rel Diagram

Ken Hamilton (1696) - Bernard

Parham (2070)

1st George P. Wood Memorial, 07 Jan 2006
Queen's Gambit Accepted [D2l ] [Ken Hamilton]

Indiana .. .. e Class June 3rd 2006


l.d4 This was the fourth game in a five-round g/60 tournament; hardly my favorite time control or number of games in a day. After 3 games, or 6 hours play, if I have managed to avoid the blunder zone before, I enter it now. My games with Bernie are invariably exciting, as both of us favor tactical play. 1...d52.c4 dxc4 A surprise rarely seen nowadays, perhaps because of its drawish reputation 3.Nf3 the main line 3 ...b5 Not the main line, but playable 4.a4 b4 I expected tbe normal 4...c6. S.e3 Ba6 6.Ne5 QdS 7.Qf3 c6 8.Bd2? Diagram

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The start of all my troubles. I eschewed 8.Nd2 after some lengthy thought, not liking 8...c3 9.bc be 1O.Nbl Bxfl 11.Rxfl, trying mistakenly to hang on to my ability to castle - which I soon lost anyway, and with the inevitable upcoming queen exchange was not really anything to worry about. 8...f6 9.Qxd5 cxd5 10.Nt3 Nc6 Diagram

Running out of plausible continuations - and time 22 ...dxc4 23.h4 you never know, maybe I can get the rook out via h5 and Rh4, 23 ...Be7 That scotches that idea, so again I try to hit on the a6 bishop, but this time it is not so clear 24.Nb3 0-0 [24 ...0-0 Much better was 24 ....cxb3 25.Rxc6 Bxfl! 26.Rxfl Nxc6; actually I had planned to play 26.Rc8+ in this variation, ostensibly picking up the rook on hS, Bernie saw this, obviously, but I doubt saw 26 ...Kd7 27.RxhS Be2+ 2S.Kc1 Nd3+ Kd2 b2] 25.Nd4 Rd8 26.Kc2 Rf6 again, one of several viable moves maintaining the pressure 27.Rbl Bb7? Diagram

I have spent a lot of time digging a deepening hole; my position is already virtually lost! 11.g3 Floundering 11. ..e5 12.dxeS fxeS 13.Bh3 Nf6 14.Kd1 With the objective of providing space for the d2 bishop to occupy allowing the b l knight to develop to d2. What an unholy mess! I resisted the temptation to resign here, but reminded myself that many a lost game is won in the end. 14•••e41S.Nd4 Ne516.Bfi Nfg417.Be1 Nf3 One of several continuations that maintain a winning game. 18.Nxt3 ext3 19.Nd2 Ne5 20.b3 Trying to take advantage of the unprotected a6 bishop 20 ...Rc8 21.Rcl Rc6 22.bxc4 Diagram

Finally Bernie blunders, and I grab the first chance I have had for aggressive counter-tactics, 27 ...c3, among other moves, would have been fine. 28.Bxb4! Be4+ 29.Kc3! Rb8? Diagram

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29 ...Ri7, or even ... BfS would have left Bernie with a roughly equal game. 30.Bxe7! Now I have close to a won game, particularly after Bernie's next move 30 ...Rxbl a little better was 30 ...Bxb I 31.Bxc4+? Joyfully played, after the long incarceration of the White pieces, but should have led only to equality; winning was 31.Bxf6 31. ..Nxe4 32.Rxbl Bxbl 33.Bxf6 Nb6 I expected 33 ...Nxe3 34.Be5 Be4 Maybe not as good as Nxa4+, which I expected, but in both cases White retains the better game 35.a5 Nd5+ 36.Kc4? 36.Kd2 retained good winning chances. I should have realized that with Bernie, tactics never cease, and I overlooked a hoary combination seen many times before but, alas, not this time 36 ...Nxe3+ Diagram (KID). Now Black can proceed quite comfortably with moves such as Re8, e6 or Qd6; instead I virtually fell asleep at the board and played 9 ...Nd7, losing a central pawn and with it, the game 9...Nbd7?? lO.exdS cxd5 11.Nxd5 e5? 11...Nxd5 first would have had a better chance of holding the game I2.Nxf6+ Bxf6 13.d5 Ne514.e4 Bg715.b3 Nxd3I6.Qxd3 f5I7.f3 f418.Ba3 Rf7 19.Rac1 BfS Poor, but there was little I could do in face of the upcoming eventual advance of the d pawn; White controls the center and the only open file 20.BxfS QxfS 21.Rc2 Qd6 22.Rfel g5 a last, desperate attempt but too many tempi short of success 23.Rc8+ Rxc8 24.Rxc8+ Kg7 25.Qc3 h5 26.Re8 Re7 27.Rxe7+ Qxe7 28.b4 b6 2.9.a3 Calmly protecting the b pawn before occupying c6 with the threat of d6 29 ...g4 30.hxg4 hxg4 31.Qe8 Qh4 better but still utterly hopeless was g3 or gf -either way White's queen gets back to g4 with check 32.Qd7+ 32.Qxg4+ wins outright but Dave prefers to do a little torturing first 32 ...KfS and White picked up another pawn or two before forcing resignation. 1-0

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Mike Herron (2081) - Brad LaGue (1712)
Now 37 .fxe3? f2 and queens next move. My best chance now was 37.Kb5, allowing 37 ..Ng4 38.Bb8 Nxf2 Bxa7 Nhl which favors Black but looks to end in a draw 37.Ke3? But this loses. I was burning up my last few minutes, unnerved by the sudden reversal in fortunes. 37 ...Ng4 I told Bernie, with. a smile, that I would play on for a few moves to allow him the pleasure of making the final winning moves 38.Bf4? But here, too, I had better - 38.Nb5, going after the h7 pawn while gaining time to play Bd4. I would have had to give up a piece on f2 but at least had a fighting chance for a draw 38 •.•Nxf2 39.Ne2 Ndl+ 40.Kd2 [40.Kd4] 40 ... f2 White resigns, for Ke2 is met by Bd3+ or even more brutally, 42..Bxc2 43.Be3 Bd3+ 0-1 1st George P. Wood Memorial, 07 Jan 2006 Torre Attack [A46]
{Mike Herron}

My opponent was leading the tournament by himself at this point with 3-0, having upset Bernard Parham Sr. in the previous round 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e5 3.e3 e6 4.Bg5 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nc6 6.Qa4 Be7 7.Nbd2 d5 8.e3 Bd7 9.Qb3 NaS 10.Qe2 0-0 1l.Bd3 h6 12.BM ReS 13.NeS Ne6 14.Nxe6 Bxe61S.Nf3 Nd716.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.Nd4 Nc5 IS.Be2 Ba4 19.Qbl Bd7 20.0~O Rfd8 21.Nb3 a6 22.Nxe5 Qxc5 23.Rdl Bb5 24.Bf3 Diagram

Dave Frey (1648) - Ken Hamilton (1696)
1sr George P. Wood Memorial, 07 Jan 2006 Grunfeld [D94]
[Ken Hamilton}

Ironically perhaps, I had planned to leave the tournament after 6 tiring hours of play, but seeing that I would be up against Bernie Parham (with whom I have a favorable record in some eventful games) in the fourth round I decided to play on. After a game replete with blunders and some excitement, I announced I was leaving without playing the fifth round. However ....Dave Frey cajoled me into playing him, with the following result. I told him he would have the dubious distinction of being the last to play me while I was still 75, as I would hit 76 on January 19. l.d4 Nf6 2.e4 g6 3.Ne3 Bg7 4.e3 d5 S.NG 0-0 6.Bd3 c6 7.0-0 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 All so far pretty much a la book, though Dave's 4. e3 (instead of the usuaI4.e4) surprised me into playing a version of the Grunfeld in place of the King Indian Defense

I have the slightest of edges here with my good Bishop versus his bad Bishop, but it really shouldn't be enough to win 24 ... Bc6 25.Rd2 Re7 26.Qe2 Rdc8 27.Radl Qe7 28.Qd3 Rd729.Qd4 b5 30.Qb6 Bb7 31.e4 Rc6 32.Qe3 Red6 33.Qc5 Qd8 34.g3 Qa5 35.a3 Qb6 36.Qxb6 Rxb6 37.exd5 Bxd5 38.Bxd5 Rbd6 39.Kg2 Rxd5 40.Rxd5 Rxd5 41.Rxd5 exd5 42·.Kf3 f6?? Diagram



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Bernard Parham Sr. (2075) - Randy Miller (1956)
December Circle City Tornado, 03 Dec 2005

"Parham Attack"
1.e4 e6 2.Qh5 Nf6 3.Qh4 Ne6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.d4 d5 6.e5 Ne4 7.Qg4 g5 8.Qh5 Nb4 9.Bd3 e5 10.a3 Qa5 11.0-0 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Nxd3 13.exd3 Qb6 14.Nf3 Ne5 15.Bxg5 Qd8 16.Bh6 Rg8 17.Be3 Rg718.Rdl Nb319.Ra2 d4 20.Bh6 Rg6 21.Nbd2 Nxd2 22.Bxd2 Qd5 23.Raal b6 24.Ne1 Bb7 25.13 Kd7 26.Bb4 Bf6 27.Qxh7 Rg7 28.Qe4 Bxe5 29.g3 Rag8 30.Qxd5+ Bxd5 31.Bd2 Bd6 32.Rdcl f5 33.f4 Rh7 34.Ng2 Rgh8 0-1

Alex Gorbounov

(1983) - N ate Bush (1758)

A heartbreak for him, since if he'd gotten the draw he deserved it would have been him playing Nate for the title instead of me. He had seen that ifhe went 42 ...Ki8 43.Kf4 Ke7 I would win the d-pawn and the game with 44.Ke5. So he figured that he would just take e5 away from my king. The problem is that he's holding the ending by one tempo, so he needed to make me use the tempo to play Kf4 and only then use his tempo for f6. Thus the draw is 42 ...Kf8 43.Kf4 and only then 43 ...f6. The idea is that 44.Ke3 Ke7 45.Kd4 Kd6 keeps my king out, whereas in the game ... 43.Ke3 Kf7 44.Kd4 Ke6 45.Ke5 Ke5 46.Kb6 Ke4 47.Kxa6 Kd3 48.Kxb5 Kc2 49.Kb4 Diagram

December Circle City Tornado, 03 Dec 2005 [B07] Pirc Defense 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Ne3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 Ng4 6.Bf4 e5 7.dxe5 Nxe5 8.0-0-0 Nbc6 9.Kb1 Be6 10.Nf3 h6 ll.Be2 Qd7 12.Bb5 a613.Bxe5 dxe5 14.Qe3 Qc8 15.Bxc6+ bxc6 16.Qc5 Qb7 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.Qxe5 0-0 19.f4 Rab8 20.b3 Bg4 21.Rd3 Rfe8 22.Qf6 Re6 23.Qh4 1-0

Jahaan Ansari (1110) - Ken Hamilton (1694)
December Circle City Tornado, 03 Dec 2005 [D53] Queen's Gambit Declined 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.BgS Be7 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Be2 dxc4 8.Bxc4 b5 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.0-0 a6 I1.Ne5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 NdS 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.a4 Nxc3 lS.bxc3 Qc5 16.Qc2 Qxe5 17.Bxh7 g618.f4 Qxe3+ 19.Rf2 Rxh7 20.a5 c5 21.Kfl Rxh2 22.Kg1 Rxg2+ 23.Kf1 Rxf2+ 24.Qxf2 Qxf2+ 25.Kxf2 Rd8 26.Rel Rd3 27.Rc1 Rf3+ 28.Ke2 Rxf4 29.Ke3 Rf3+ 30.Ke2 g5 31.c4 b4 32.Rgl f6 33.Kd2 Ra3 34.Rel Ke7 35.Ke2 Rxa5 36.Kb3 Ra3+ 37.Kb2 Rc3 38.Rhl Bxhl 39.Ka2 g4 40.Kb2 g3 41.Ka2 g2 42.Kb2 glQ 43.Ka2 Qf2+ 44.Ka1 Rc1# 0-1

Brad LaGue (1712) - B. Parham, Sr. (2075)
December Circle City Tornado, 03 Dec 2005 [C61] Ruy Lopez: Bird's Defence l.e4 e5 2.NG Ne6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.0-0 Qh4 6.d3 Nf6 7.Nd2 Be5 8.Nf3 Qh5 9.Bf4 0-0 10.Bxc7 d611.e5 Nd5 12.Bxd6 Bxd6 13.exd6 Bg4 14.Rel Nf4 IS.Be4 Nxg2 16.Bd5 Qxd517.Kxg2 Qh518.h4 Rfe8 19.Rhl Re6 20.Rh3 Rxd6 21.Rg3 Rf6 22.Qe2 Bxf3+ 23.Rxf3 Qg4+ 0-1 on 49 ...Kxb2 50.a4 the a-pawn rolls. I find I usually need a bit of luck somewhere to win a tournament, so maybe this was it for me in this one 1-0

Elkhart "Amorphous Open" and "Mishawaka SO in 2" Games
Mike Vidulich (1638) - Roger Blaine (1741)
Amorphous Open 01 Nov 2005 French-Tarrasch [BOl]
[Roger Blaine}

Miller Sweeps Circle City Dec Tornado
On 03 Dec 2005, 66 players participated in the Circle City December Tornado. Randy Miller took clear first with a perfect 5-0. For cross-tables and additional tournament photos, visit the Circle City Chess Club (CCCC) at http://www.circlecitychess.org/ The following is a Round 4 encounter between Bernard Parham Sr. and Randy Miller. Bernie opens with his trademark 2. Qh5 "Parham Attack" variation. Miller harmonizes the attacking potential of his Bishops and Rooks for a strong conclusion.

Blaine was a piece up, and probably should have won, but Vidulich got very aggressive with his King and Queenside pawn majority, and Black was tied down on the defensive. The sudden death time control caused some discomfort. l.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Ne4 (4 ... Ne4?!, Lester Van Meter used to promote this variation as an "antidote to the Tarrasch.") 5.Nxe4 dxe4 6.Be3 c5 7.e3 exd4 8.Bxd4 Nc6 9.Bb5 Bd7 10.Be3 Qc7 1l.f4 exG 12.Nxf3 Nxe5 13.Bxd7+ Nxd7 14.Qa4 b6 15.0-0-0



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Rd816.Bf4 Qb7 17.Nd4 Be7 IS.Qc6 Qxc6 19.Nxc6 RaS 20.Rd3 Nc5 2I.Rd2 f6 22.Bd6 Ne4 23.Rel Nxd6 24.Rxe6 Kd7 25.Nd4 RheS 26.Ree2 B1'827.RxeS Rxe8 28.Kc2 g6 29.b4 Ne4 30.Rd3 Ne5 31.Rd2 Ke7 32.Nb5 Kf7 33.Kb3 Nc6 34.a3 a6 35.Ne7 Rd8 36.Rxd8 NxdS 37.Nxa6 Bd6 38.h3 Ne6 39.Kc4 Na7 40.Kd5 Ke7 41.e4 Kd7 42.a4 Nc6 43.eS bxcS 44.Nxc5+ BxeS 4S.KxcS NeS 46.bS hS 47.b6 Nc6 4S.KbS Nd4+ 49.KcS Nb3+ SO.Kb5 Nd4+ 51.KeS Nb3+ S2.Ke4 NaS+ 53.KbS Nb7 54.a5 Nd6+ SS.Ke5 Nb7+ 56.Kb5 Nd6+ 'ii-liz 16.Bxf6 Bxf617.NdS Rb8lS.Nb6 Qc7l9.b4 BfS 20.Qe2 Bxd4 21.Rxd4 Ne4 22.Rel Kg7 23.13 Nf6 24.e4 Qe5 25.Rcdl Be6 26.Bxe6 fxe6 27.Nd7 Nxd7 2S.Rxd7 Kf7 29.Rld4 RbeS 30.Qe3 g5 31.g3 Rc2 32.f4 gxf4 33.Qxf4+ Qxf4 34.gxf4 Rg8+ 3S.Khl Rgg2 36.Rdl Rxh2+ 37.Kgl Rcg2+ 38.Kf1 Rb2 39.Kgl hS 40.Rxb7 Rhc2 41.b5 h4 42.bxa6 Rg2+ 43.Kf1 Rbf2+ 44.Kel Ra2 45.a7 Rgl# 0-1

John Cole (2336) - Dick Arnold (1745)
Mishawaka 50 in 2 10 Dec 2005 Scandinavian [BOI] l.e4 d5 2.exd5 QxdS 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Bc4 c6 6.Bd2 BfS 7.N13 e6 S.Nd5 Qd8 9.Nxf6+ Qxf6 10.Qe2 Bg4 1l.O-O---{) Nd7 12.d5 as 13.c3 Bx13 l4.gxf3 cxd5 l5.BxdS Be7 l6.Bxb7 RdS 17.M h618.Be4 0-0 19.Rdgl Nc5 20.Be2 Bd6 21.Rg4 RfeS 22.Rhgl BfS 23.Bg5 hxg5 24.hxg5 Qe7 2S.g6 f5 26.RgS Qe7 27.RhS Qf4+ 28.Kbl Bd6 29.Rghl Kf8 30.Rxf5+ QxfS 31.BxfS KgS 32.Qc4l-0

Dan Bryant (1658) - Eric Miller (1438)
Mishawaka 50 in 2 10 Dec 2005 Torre System [A47]
[Roger Blaine]

Bryant versus Miller was a slugfest in which Eric missed a chance to win a piece. Look at the complications following Eric's amazing 15.... Ne2! The usually prompt Mr. Bryant took 40 minutes on one move in reply. Miller's Knight could have escaped with 18.... Nd3!, but he overlooked that after 19. Bxd3 Bxd3, 20. Nb7 White's Knight has no escape and will be trapped next move. White perhaps should not have taken the offer of a Bishop (35 ... .Bel l? 36. Kxel) as Black gains passed pawns and his trapped Bishop on hl gets out. In the endgame, neither King dared venture too far from the comer. 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 eS 4.Nf3 Ne6 5.e3 b6 6.Nbd2 Bb7 7.Bd3 Be7 8.Rel O---{) 9.Bbl NhS 10.Qe2 fS I1.Bg3 exd4 12.exd4 Re8 13.Qdl Ba6 14.NeS Nxg3 IS.Nxe6 Ne2! 16.Nxd8 Rxel 17.Qxel Nxcl18.Kdl Rxd819.Kxel Re8+ 20.Kdl Bf6 21.Nf3 gS 22.NeS d6 23.Nd3 e5 24.Nb4 Bb7 25.BxfS Bxg2 26.Bxe8 Bxhl27.dxe5 Bxe5 2S.Ke2 Bxh2 29.13 Be5 30.b3 h5 31.Bh3 as 32.Nd3 Bg3 33.Nb2 bS 34.a4 bxa4 35.bxa4 Bel 36.Kxel Bxf3 37.Bfl g4 3S.Kf2 h4 39.Ne4 Be6 40.Nb2 g3+ 41.Kgl Kf7 42.Bg2 Bd7 43.Bfl Ke7 44.Kg2 dS 4S.BbS Bxb5 46.axbS Kd6 47.Na4 Ke74S.Kf3 Kd6 49.b6 Ke6 SO.Kg2 Kb7 51.Kf3 KbS S2.NcS Ke8 S3.Kg2 KbS S4.Kh3 KeS 55.Kg2 Kb8 S6.Kf3 y;'-lIz


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Interview with Sean Hollick, Circle Chess Club Director

Cody Niles (1155) - Roger Blaine (1741)
Mishawaka 5Q in 2 11 Dec 2005 Dutch Defense [A84] l.d4 e6 2.e4 fS 3.Nf3 b6 4.Bf4 Bb7 S.e3 Nf6 6.Bd3 Bb4+ 7.Nbd2 0-0 S.O-O Bxd2 9.Nxd2 d6 10.Qc2 QeS 1l.Rfel e5 12.dxeS dxeS B.Bg3 e4 l4.Bfl eS 15.13 Nbd7 l6.f4 Be6 l7.Radl Rd8 lS.Nbl Qe7 19.Nc3 Nb8 20.Bh4 Rxdl 21.R:xdl RdS 22.Nd5 Bxd5 23.Rxd5 Rxd5 24.cxd5 Qd6 25.Bxf6 gxf6 26.Qa4 Qd7 27.Bb5 Qc7 2S.Bc6 K1'8 29.b4 a6 30.b5 a5 31.Qdl Qd6 32.Qh5 Nxc6 33.dxc6 Kg7 34.Qxf5 Qdl + 3S.Kf2 Qd2+ 36.Kg3 Qxe3+ 37.Kg4 Qe2+ 38.Kh3 Qd3+ 39.g3 Qfl+ 40.Kg4 e3 41.e7 e2 42.c8Q elQ 43.Qed7+ l---{)

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Zijo Obradovic

(1737) - John Cole (2336)
[Roger Blaine]

Mishawaka 50 in 2 10 Dec 2005 Grunfeld [D93] A 4-bour struggle. Bosnian immigrant Obradovic put up the best fight against Cole. l.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Ne3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 S.e3 0o 6.Nf3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 eS S.O-O exd4 9.Nxd4 a6 10.a4 Nbd7 n.Bg3 Nc512.Be5 Qb613.Qc2 Bd714.aS QdSlS.Rfdl QeS

Sean Hollick recently responded to questions from CHESS in Indiana about the Circle City Chess Club and being a Chess Dad. What is the mission or purpose of the Circle City Chess Club (CCCC)? ccce was founded as a place for people in Indy to play chess, both in a casual as well as tournament environment.

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How was CCCC founded? Originally I was looking for a place for my son and I to play, but we couldn't find any organized club. I decided there must be other people like myself who would like to play if only there was an active club in the Indy area. I spoke with Dave Frey and told him of my plans to start a local club to have club meetings during the week and tournaments on Saturday's; he helped me get it started and came on board as the Assistant Club Director. Describe the types of toumaments offered by CCCC? Currently CCCC offers four tournaments a month. The first Thursday of the month we have a free entry; USCF rated Blitz Tournament (5SS-7SS G5) at the Glendale Mall Library in the Library Auditorium. On the 3rd Thursday of the month we have a free entry; USCF rated Quick Tournament (3S5 GIS) at the Noblesville Library. The first Saturday of the month is the Circle City Tornado this is our main Tournament (45s-5ss G60 to G75) held in the Community Room East at the Glendale Mall, We'd like to have some G90 but are limited on time in the location. This event runs $20 Open or $10 Beginners in advance, $5 more the day of the event. The 3rd Saturday of the month is our Club Championship Series where players accumulate points each month for an end of the year showdown for Club Champion. Time. controls vary between G30 GIS GS. This is also a USCF rated Free to enter event! How has the attendance/response to the CCCC tournaments gone over the first few months? The response has been very good. We are seeing new faces with each event! We are also seeing people who have not played in tournaments in a long time coming back to it. What are the advantages/disadvantages of using the Glendale Mall for CCCC tournaments? The greatest advantage is the central location. The biggest disadvantage is that we have to be packed up and out the doorby9pm. What is your view on the near future outlook of chess in Central Indiana? I think Chess in Central Indiana is growing strong with young as well as adult players becoming more involved all the time. I believe that given a stable venue and a dedicated organizer chess would prosper in Central Indiana. How does the CCCC website figure into the CCCC mission/strategy? The website is a great tool to keep people updated on meetings, events as well as tournament results, news and photos and general goings on of the club. Describe the relationship between CCCC and ISCA? ISCA, as well as its members, has been very encouraging and supportive in helping CCCCgrow and discover what chess players new and old are looking for in a club. Describe CCCe's focus on helping scholastic and young chess players? We welcome chess players or those who just want to learn to play chess, of any age. We like to encourage scholastic players as they will be the adult players of tomorrow, and the future of chess! We help run several local scholastic tournaments, including Pleasant View and Stonegate Scholastic as well as most recently helped TD at the SCI 2006 Individual Championships. What lessons have you learned as a chess dad? Parents need to relax and let their kids play without breathing down their necks or screaming at them, (this isn't soccer), chess is a game and it should be enjoyed. I would like to see parents encourage their kids and teach them good sportsmanship, win or lose. The number one lesson is to let your kids have fun!
If funding were no object, describe your personal view of what a perfect chess club would be? First I would secure a dedicated site. We would have something going on everyday, instruction, casual play, lectures, a chess library/reading room, etc., and tournaments a couple nights a week, bigger ones on weekends. It would be great to have a site where we didn't have to worry when we could get in or when we had to be out. I would also like to see scholarships for kids who wanted to play but couldn't afford USCF memberships or travel to tournaments.

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The Exchange Sacrifice
by Ken Hamilton

The FIDE World Championship tournament in September, and Corns 2006 in January, produced many examples of brilliant play, particularly by Veselin Topalov who won the FIDE tournament outright and shared first place at Wijk aan Zee with Vishwanathan Anand. I and other kibitzers on ICC were intrigued by the non-stop efforts Topalov made to obtain and keep the initiative; we expected him to sac the exchange in almost every game, it seeming a favorite method of his to create a promising imbalance. This spurred me to examine his games from these tournaments to see if I could identify a common motif in exchanging a rook for a minor piece. First, let me say I don't consider a sacrifice of a rook as part of a combination leading to mate, or an overwhelming advantage, a true exchange sacrifice; and indeed, in the examples given below there is none of the "sac-sac-sac-mate" type described by Bobby Fischer in the attack on the open h-file. A good example would be 22.Rxh5 in the following position from Fischer-Larsen, Portoroz 1958.

17.Ne4 Bd718.e4 a5 19.e5 a4 20.Rcl f5 21.exf6 Bxf6 22.fS Ne7 23.Nxf6+ gxf6 24.Bf4 KJ7 25.Bxe7 Nxf5 26.Re4 Nxd4 27.Rxd4 Be6 28.Bd6 Ra5 29.Rde4 Bd5 30.Re7+ Kg6 31.Rxb7 RbS 32.Rb6 33.Re2 Rb3 34.Kh2 Re3 35.Rd2 Diagram

3S...Reg3! A pawn down and having been somewhat on the receiving end all game, Topalov sacs the exchange to provide sufficient threats to the well-being of the White king to bring about a draw. 36.Bxg3 hxg3+ 37.Kh1 Rf5 38.Rdl Rf2 39.Rb8 fS 40.RdS Bxg2+ 41.KgI Bd5 42.Rlxd5 Draw agreed Yz-Yl

Topalov - Morozevich


FIDE World Championship 2005 l.d4 Nf6 2.e4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Ne3 Be7 S.Bf4 O~O 6.e3 e5 7.dxe5 Bxe5 S.a3 Ne6 9.exd5 Nxd5 IO.NxdS exdS U.Bd3 Bb6 12.0--0 d4 13.e4 Be7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 IS.h3 Qb6 16.b4 Be6 17.Re1 h6 18.Qd2 Rfd8 19.Qf4 Ne7 20.ReS Ng6 21.Qg3 as 22.Rb5 Qe6 23.e5 b6 24.bxa5 bxaS 2S.Rfbl NfS 26.Nd2 Bd5 27.f4 Qe3 28.R1b2 Qel+ 29.Kh2 Rae8 30.fS Re3 31.Nbl Re5 32.Rxe5 Qxe5 33.Re2 Qb6 34.Nd2 Re8 35.e6 Nh7 36.Re7 RfS 37.Ne4 Bxe4 38.Bxe4 Nf6 39.Qe5 d3 40.ext7+ Kh7 41.Bxd3 Qb3 42.Qd6 Qb8 43.Be4 Ne4 44.QeS Nd2 45.Ba2 Qb6 46.Re2 Qf2 Diagram 22.RxhS gxhS 23.g6 e5 24.gxt7+ KfS 25.Be3 d5 26.exd5 Rxt7 27.d6 Rf6 28.BgS Qb7 29.Bxf6 Bxf6 30.d7 Rd8 31.Qd6+ 1~0 Such an exchange sacrifice Reuben Fine called "as natural as a baby's smile." Instead, I plan to explore those exchange sacs made for positional purposes, with or without compensating material such as one or two pawns. Further, I will ignore those made for defensive purposes ~ and there are many in chess literature, perhaps nowhere better exampled than in the games of Tigran Petros ian ~ and dwell only on those made for the sake of the initiative or, at least, a promising imbalance. There are many examples of these, also, that are to be found in grandmaster play over the past half century. Let's look at the latest ones, from the FIDE and Corns tournaments, as played by our FIDE world Champion, Topalov.


- Topalov IC67]

FIDE World Championship 2005 l.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Ne6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0~0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxe6 dxe6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Ne3 Ne7 lO.h3 Ng6 n.Be3 Be7 12.Rad1+ Ke8 13.a3 h5 14.Rfe1 h415.Nd4 a616.f4 Rh5

White has a choice: accept perpetual check after either Qc3 or Kh 1, or sac the exchange and rely on his powerful bishop and advanced pawns to play for a win- but with little likelihood of losing. Topalov doesn't hesitate. 47.Rxd2! Qxd2 48.Bd5 Qg5 49.Qd6 QdS 50.Qxd8 Rxd8 Sl.Be6 g6 52.BeS Kg7 53.fxg6 h5 54.a4 h4 55.KgI Rd2 56.g3 hxg3 S7.h4 Rh2 58.h5! KfS 59.Kfl Kg7 60.Kg1 Kf8 61.Kfl Drawn by repetition of moves. Yz~Yz

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Topalov - Anand
FIDE World Championship 2005

Van Wely ~Topalov [DI5]
Corus 2006

l.d4 Nf6 2.e4 e6 3.N8 b6 4.g3 Ba6 S.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Be3 dS 9.NeS Nfd7 10.Nxd7 Nxd7 1l.Nd2 0-0 12.0-0 Re813.e4 c514.exdS exdS lS.dxc5 dxc4 16.c6 exb3 17.Rel b2 lS.Bxb2 Ne5 19.Nc4 Bxc4 20.Qg4 BgS 21.Qxc4 Nd3 22.Ba3 Nxel 23.Rxel ReS

l.d4 dS 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 S.a4 e6 6.Bg5 h67.Bh4 dxe4 8.e3 b5 9.axb5 exbS 10.Bxf6 gxf6 1l.Nxb5 axbS Diagram

So White has given up the exchange, and the whole sequence originating with 19.Nc4 (Fritz preferred 19.Qg4) which won White the minor exchange (bishop for a knight) has sacrificed a rook for the bishop pair and a passed pawn. Fair exchange? Who knows - but it has created the sort of imbalance Topalov seems to like.24.RxeS+ Qxe8 25.Bd5 h5 26.Kg2 Be7 27.Bb2 Bf6 2S.Bcl Qe7 29.Be3 Rc7 30.h4 Despite being the exchange down White has the better position, although, typically, Fritz gives more weight to the material imbalance by a little over half a point (half a pawn). White controls more squares in the center. 30 ...Be5 31.Qd3 Bd6 32.Bg5 Qe8 33.Qf3 b5 Because g6? would allow 34.Qf6 threatening Qxg6 as well as the bishop on d6. So Black starts a minor demonstration on the queenside, and Fritz now considers the position even. 34.Be3 Qe5 35.Qdl Sooner or later the h5 pawn will fall. 35 ...Qe8 36.Qxh5 Rxc6 37.Bxa7 Topalov prefers to keep his bishop pair rather than winning back the exchange and finding Black with a queenside pawn majority of one. 37 ...Ra6 38.Bd4 Bf8 39.Be3 b4 40.Qf5 g6 41.Qf4 Qe7 42.Bd4 Ra5 43.Qf3 Bg7 44.Bb6 Rb5 4S.Be3 And the game ended in a draw after 97 moves. It illustrates Topalov's willingness to sac the exchange for the sake of the initiative and control of the center. %-%

12.RxaS Topalov has sacrificed the exchange for the sake of getting a bishop pair in a position where White will have difficulties in developing his pieces. Unsurprisingly, Fritz gives White the advantage here - after all, a rook is worth 5 points and a bishop only 3, right? 12... Bb4+ 13.Ke2 13.Nd21ooks more natural, but after 13...Bg7 14.Ral White will find it hard to develop his bishop while defending g2. 13...Bb7 14.Ral f5 Fritz prefers 0-0 or Rg8 right away here. 15.Ne5 Rg8 16.f4 Nc6 17.Nf3 Na5 lS.Kf2 Nb3 19.Ra7 Be4 20.Ra2 e5 2Uxe5 f4 22.Be2 fxe3+ Finally Fritz considers the position even. 23.Kxe3 Qd5 24.g3 Nxd4 25.Nxd4 Now Fritz gives Black the edge - by about the value of a pawn 25 ... Bxhl 26.Bf3 Qxe5+ 27.Kf2 Be5 2S.Bxhl Bxd4+ 29.Kf1 Rg5 30.Bf3 Kf8 31.Kg2 Qe3 32.Kh3 Kg7 And Fritz now thinks Black is winning .... 33.b3 exb3 34.Ra3 b4 3S.Rxb3 Be3 36.Qe2 Qc5 37.Qd3 QeS+ 3S.Kg2 RaS 39.Qe2 Qe6 40.Qbl Ral ...and now Black is winning, bigtime. 41.Qe2 Bd4 42.Bdl Qel 43.B8 Qfi#O-l Topalov's exchange sac was based on purely positional considerations; they were the bishop pair and greater control of the center. It was not the first time it had been played: MarovicPomar, Olot 1969 ended in a win for White, who diverged from the above game with 13.Nd2, perhaps emphasizing Topalov's willingness to embark on speculative lines. While positional exchange sacs are quite commonplace in top level play today, Topalov gave up a rook for a bishop five times in the 27 games he played at the FIDE and Corns tournaments, a frequency far greater than the norm. In fact, the count is six times since he did it twice in the following brilliant game.

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Topalov - Aronian lEtS]
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l.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nfl b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 e6 8.Be3 d5 9.Ne5 Nfd710.Nxd7 Nxd7 11.Nd2 0---0 12.0-0 Nf6 13.e4 b5 I4.exd5 exd5 IS.ReI Rb8 I6.e5 BeS The bishop has more to do on the other side of the board I7.Nfl Ne4 Diagram

IS.Rxa4 Bxa4 I9.Qxa4 QeS 20.QxeS RfxeS 21.b5 f522.b6 fxe4 23.h4 Bd2 24.b7 K17 25.Rdl Bh6 26.Nb4 Ke7 27.Nd5+ Kf7 2S.g4 Bf4 29.Rel g5 30.Re2 Red8 31.Nb4 d5 32.Ne6 RgS 33.Nxb8 RxbS 34.h5 Ke7 35.Kfl d4 36.Rc2 e3 37.fxe3 dxe3 38.Re7+ Kf6 39.Rxh7 e4 40.Be4 Rd8 41.Rf7+ Ke5 42.Rd71-0

Anand - Gelfand [B90]
Corns 2006 16... Qc7 Diagram After 17 moves the position is even, and Topalov - who always plays for a win - seeks an imbalance ...I8.Rxe4!? Naturally! White sacs the exchange and lays siege to the e-pawn. I8 .•.dxe4 19.Ne5 Simultaneously attacking the c and e pawns, so .... 19 ...Qd5 20.Qel BfS 21.g4 Bg6 22.13 b4 [22 ...Bxc5 23.dxc5 Qxc5+ 24.Khl exf3 25.Bxf3 b4 26.Bb2 Rfe8 27.Qg3=] 23.fxe4 Qe6 24.Bb2 Fritz considers tills position equal; White has gained a pawn for the exchange, but has a dynamic center which looks a little fragile 24 ... Bf6 2S.Nxe6 Qxc6 26.e5 Qa6 27.exf6 RfeS 28.Qfl Qe2 29.Qf2 Topalov is happy to exchange queens; he has obtained a promising position - 2 bishops on the long diagonals, and 2 connected passed pawns soon to be set in motion 29 ... Qxg4 30.h3 Qg5 31.Bcl Qh5 32.Bf4 RbdS 33.e6 Be4 34.c7 ReS 35.ReI Qg6 Black's game is banging together it seems - but now comes rook sac number two! 36.Rxe4 Rxe4 37.d5 ReeS 3S.d6 ReI+ 39.Kh2 Qf5 40.Qg3 g6 41.Qg5 Qxg5 42.Bxg5 Rdl 43.Be6 Re2+ 44.Kg3 Black resigns. 1-0 Anand played the exchange sac twice in these same two tournaments, the first versus Van Wely who, although he found himself again on the losing end, was holding his own until erring with 35 ... d4 instead of (per Fritz) Kd7. The motif for the exchange sac here was the good possibility that White could force the b pawn through. At the end Black was powerless against the threat ofh6 followed by Bg7 etc.

Desperate to win his last round game in order to tie Topalov for first place, Anand offers the exchange - twice! i7.Rxd6 Qxa5 Diagram

Anand - Van Wely (B33]
Corus 2006

l.e4 c5 2.NB Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Ne3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 IO.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 Bg5 12.Nc2 Rb8 13.a4 bxa4 14.Ncb4 Bd715.Bxa6 Nxb4 I6.exb4 0-017.0--o Be6 Diagram

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[17 ...Bxd6 18.Bxd6 Qxa5 19.Qa7 Nd7 20.Bxb8 Qd8 21.Bxe5+-] 18.Rxe6 fxe6 19.Bxe7 Rb7 20.Bd6 Nd7 21.Qh4 Qd8 22.Qh5+ g6 23.Qh6 Qf6 24.Ne2 Kf7 25.h4 g5 26.hxg5 Qxb6 27.gxb6 Rg8 At this stage of the game Gelfand, as are most of Anand's opponents, was badly behind in time 28.g4 Rg6 29.Rh1 Rb6 30.Ba3 Rf6 31.Rh3 Kg6 32.Kd2 Rfl To make room for the knight. Both players are choosing the best moves, according to Fritz. 33.Ke3 Nf6 34.Nc3 Rd7 35.Rh1 Rc6 36.Na4 Rb7 37.Nc3 Fritz opts for Kd2, and goes from +0.72 evaluation to = 37 ...Rb8 But now Fritz thinks Rd7 is needed to maintain equality. 38.Ndl Ng8 39.Rh5 Nxh6 40.Rxe5 Nfl 41.Rh5 Rb5 42.Rhl e543.Nc3 Rb7 44.Nd5 Re6 45.Bb4 Kg7 46.Rh2 Ng5 47.Bc3 Kg8 48.Rf2 Rf7 49.Rf1 Re8 50.Ke2 RefS 51.Bxe5 Nxe4 52.Ke3 Nc5 53.f4 Re8 54.Kd4 Nd7 55.Rel Re6? [55 ...Rg7] 56.Re2 Kxc4100ks better 56 ...Nxe5 57.fxe5 Rg7 5S.Nf6+ Kfl 59.Kxc4 Rg5 60.Kd4 Rb6 ...Rxf6 61.exf6 Rxg4+ looked better, though still losing 61.c4 Ke6 62.b3 RbS 63.Re4 h6 64.Nd5 Rbg8 65.Nf4+ Ke7 66.e6 And that was enough. Black resigns 1-0 The compensation for the exchange was a pawn and Black's busted pawn position. My final example is a glorious, last-round game played by Aronian: worthwhile to look at other examples from these two great tournaments. And I think I did indeed learn something. First, there is nothing magical about Topalov's exchange sacs; he does more of them, it seems, because he is more willing than others to make them provided he can obtain an unbalanced position even with little, if any, additional material compensation. Second, there are features in a position to look for in order to spot when a positional exchange sac should be considered. They include: • bishop pair with compensation of a pawn and more advanced development • control of center, with either a pawn or more compensation • advancing a passed pawn or producing a pair of passers It's worthwhile reflecting upon the value of the pieces dependant upon their positions on the board. Subject to the obstruction of its own side's pieces or those of its opponent, a rook will always "observe" 16 squares. A bishop or knight placed centrally may increase its value the closer to the center it becomes, where it observes more squares. An opponent's rook, out of play on its a- or h- square and a couple of moves away from being able to centralize is temporarily oflittle value. In other words, instead of automatically valuing a rook at 5 points and a minor piece at 3, look at their current values and what those values may be after a possible exchange sac, measuring their values in terms of the squares they control. Finally, positional exchange sacs seeking a chance to create an eventual winning imbalance are best made in dynamic positions, preferably where you can obtain the initiative. Generally speaking, exchange sacs made in order to obtain a draw are more commonly found in static positions, where you opponent will find it hard to make progress. They are more difficult to spot, for you will likely not have the initiative but must trust instead to a very thorough understanding of the position. The above is a somewhat cursory exploration of the positional exchange sacrifice, but at least I hope it will make you think and develop your own ideas, even if at the expense of mine!

Aronian - Sokolov [D17]
Corns 2006 l.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 BfS 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe510.Bf4 Nfd711.Bg2 f612.0-0 Nc5 13.Ne3 Bg6 14.b4 Ne6 lS.Qb3 Bfl16.Qb1 Nxf4 17.gxf4 Ng618.bS Qxf419.Rdl Bd6 Diagram

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20.Rxd6 Qxd6 21.bxc6 0-0 22.NbS QcS 23.cxb7 Rab8 24.QfS Ne5 25.Qc2 Qb6 26.Qc7 Rfd8 27.Rc1 Qa6 28.NfS Qb6 29.Qxb8 Rxb8 30.Rc8+ Qd8 31.Nxa7 Be8 32.Rxd8 Rxd8 33.BdS+ Bfl 34.Ne7+ KfS 35.Nec6 1-0 Frederic Friedel writes in ChessBase that the entire game was home preparation .... certainly Aronian was compensated for his earlier loss to Topalov via the exchange sac. And in the game itself, his compensation for the exchange was a tyrarmical pawn on b7 and the better position of his pieces. I had hoped I would learn something from examining Topalov's aggressive inclination to consider sacrificing the exchange whenever the opportunity presented itself; then I found it

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IOrange Crush Chess Club (OCCC) Monthly Chess Tournament IEvent Date: Friday, March 17,2006
4-Round, G/90, Swiss System, U.S.C.F. rated. 2302 West Morris St., at the West Morris St. Free Methodist Church in the Ellis Hall Room. Entrance in back, down stairs, by office. One game per week format for 4 weeks. Entry Fee: $12.00 if received one week before tournament starting date, $15.00 at the door. Prizes: Based on 16 paid entries. First: $80.00, second: $45.00, Third: $35.00, Forth: Free entry to next Month's tournament. Adv. ENT: Donald Urquhart, 1236 So. Richland St. #5, Indianapolis, IN 46221-1605. Info: call Don at 317-634-6259 or e-mail ..akakarpov1@mw.net


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5-Round, G/15, Swiss System, U.5.C.F. rated. 2302 West Morris St. at the West Morris St. Free Methodist Church in the Ellis Hall Room. Entrance in back, down stairs, by office. Late Ent. 6-6:25pm. Rd 1, 6:30pm. Prizes: blo 16 pd. Ent. 1st $70; 2nd $40; 3,d $20; 4th chess merchandise. Prizes increased if entries allows. EF: $10 if rec'd one week before tournament date, $13 at door. Adv. ENT: Donald Urquhart, 1236 So. Richland st. #5, Indianapolis, IN 46221-1605. Info: call Don at 317-634-6259 or e-mail akakaroov1@mw.net (This OCCC Tournament held every Friday before the second Saturday of the Month such as Feb.10, March10, April 7 etc.)

IOrange Crush Chess Club (OCCC) Open April Chess Tournament IEvent Date: Saturday, April 8, 2006
5-Round, G/61, U.5.C.F. rated. 2302 West Morris St. at the West Morris St. Free Methodist Church in the Ellis Hall Room. Entrance in back, down stairs, by office. Late Ent. a-9am, Rd 1, 9:30am. Prizes: b/o 20 pd. Ent. 1st $150; 2nd $75; Class A, B, C, CD, E, Unr) $60 each. Prizes increased if entries allows. EF: $25 if rec'd one week before tournament date, $30 at door. Adv. ENT: Donald Urquhart, 1236 So. Richland St. #5, Indianapolis, IN 462211605. Info: call Don at 317-634-6259 or e-mail n akakarpov1@mw.net tr (Note: at least 3 entries in a section for a class prize) (This OCCC Tournament held every second Saturday of the Month.)




lAp ril Circle City Tornado IEvent Date: Saturday, April 01,2006
2 Sections: Open, Beginners U1200. Both: 455, G/75,Glendale Mall (Entrance #2), 6101 N Keystone, Indianapolis, IN. EF: Open $20 Adv, $25 at Site, Begi nners $10 Adv/ $15 at site, Adv by 3/28. Both: Reg 8:00 to 8:45am, Rdl: 9am, Open Prizes: $350 b/26, $100-50, U2000-U1800-U1600-U1400 $50/ each. Beginners: Trophies 1st-2nd, UI000, U800, UNR eligible for top prizes only. Ent: Circle City Chess Club, PO Box 891, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Info: 317-679-3514 or www.circiecitychess.org. Ema il: events@circiecitychess.org,

IClub Championship i

Series IV
6101 N Keystone, Indianapolis, IN. EF: FREE. Reg: 10-10:30am, Info: 317-679-3514 or www.circlecitvchess.org. Rds: 1O:45am-12pm-l:15pm, Prizes:

IEvent Date: Saturday, April 15, 2006
355, G/30, Glendale Mall (Library Auditorium), Trap hy 1st. Email: events@circiecitvchess.org,

ward County Beginners Tourney IHO nt IEve Date: Saturday, April 15, 2006
5SS, SD/30. Hampton Inn & Suites, 2920 S. Reed Rd. (US 31), Kokomo. Open to U1200, Awards for 1st-2nd-3rd, Top UI000, Top U700, Top Unrated. Ent: Terry Perkins, 4761 S. 400 E., Cutler, IN 46920.765-566-2371, EF: $10 if rec'd by 4/11, $15 site. Reg: 10-10:45am, Rds: 11-12-1:30-2:30-3:30.

ward County Open IHO

IEvent Date: Saturday, April 15, 2006
4SS, SDj75. Hampton Inn & Suites, 2920 S. Reed Rd. (US 31), Kokomo. $$499 b/40. EF: $25 if rec'd by 4/11, $30 at site $160-80, U2000 $65, U1800 Ent: Terry Perkins, 4761 S. 400 E., Cutler, IN 46920. 765$60, Class C $55, Class D & Under $50, Upset $29. Reg: 8-8:45am, Rds: 9-12:30-3:30-6:30. 566- 2371.


Ma y Circle City Tornado Event Date: Saturday, May 06, 2006
2Se ctions: Open, Beginners U1200. Both: 455, G/75,Glendale Mall (Entrance #2), 6101 N Keystone, Indianapolis, IN. EF: Open $20 Adv, $25 at Site, Begi nners $10 Adv/ $15 at site, Adv by 5/2. Both: Reg 8:00 to 8:45am, Rd1: 9am, Open Prizes: $350 b/26, $100-50, U2000-U1800-U1600-U14DO $50/ each. Beginners: Trophies 1st-2nd, U10aO, U8DO. UNR eligible for top prizes only. Ent: Circle City Chess Club, PO Box 891, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Info: 317-679-3514 or www.circiecitychess.org. Emai I: events@circlecitychess.org,


lInd iana State Class Championships nt IEve Date: Saturday, June 3,2006
4SS, G/7SGlendale Mall, 6101 N. Keystone CEnt #2), Indianapolis.$1750 b/68.5 sections:M/X: $250-90-40-P* 20. Cis A: $225-85-40-P* 20. Cis B: $20080-4 20. Cis C: $185-80-40-P* 20. Cis D & Under: $175-80-40-P* 2D - U1200 Ist-2nd-3rd medals. All: Reg. 8-8:45am. Rds. 9-11:45-3:30-5:15. Meda Is for 1st, 2nd, & top Scholastic in each class. P*=Top performance rating that has not won a prize. If 6 or less per sec then 3 rds G/90. Sees comb ined if 3 or less. EF: $42, $35 rcvd by 5/30. $20 for current Indiana Masters-$20 Master rebate if blo reach 68. Special scholastic ent: In HS or belo w, enter at 1/2 price-cannot win monetary prizes; every SSE counts as 1/2 on blo ent. Special Ul200 EF: $15, $10 rcvd by 5/30, Ul200 entry not eligib Ie for monetary prizes, play with Class D & count 1/3 on b/o ent. Ent: CCCC, c/o Sean Hollick, PO Box 891, Indianapolis, IN 46206, sean @circlecitychess.org, 317-679-3514.



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