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Volume XVII Number 1
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VanolBrooks Challenge Preliminary and Companion #5- JoePye 's Winter Premium Tournament in Middlebury- Roger Blaine's Michiana Invitational- Scholastic Chess-US.Amateur Midwest Team Tournament games- Pendleton Simul- Play it Forward- Announcements - see Contents, page 3..
Jason Doss, current VanolBrooks Champion (seen holding his 2003 Indiana State Championship Runner-Up plaque), willface Dennis Monokroussos, here displaying the medallion awarded to the winner of the Challenge Preliminary, in the VanolBrooks Challenge match this month. It's going to be a great battle between two evenly matched, highly rated opponents. You 'U see all the games in the June edition of Chess In Indiana.
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PRESIDENT.S MESSAGE President's Message: (3/1/04)
EDITOR' S COMMENTS Editor's Comments, letters and errata ...
Following up on my remarks in the December issue, we are continuing to review the ways and means of conducting a campaign to grow ISCA's membership. Any such campaign will require an up-front investment in advertising the advantages of membership, so we want to make sure we use our limited financial resources wisely. Meanwhile, your ideas are welcome! The ISCA tour got under way in January. We are in the testing stagesthings looke promising but we still have some challenges ahead. Big thanks to Dave Frey for all his work -and don't forget to visit the ISCA website, it has a completely new look, with more functionality. Dave is . hard to ahead of the curve. ISCA's finance committee met at the Anderson East Side Middle School on January 31, the main item on the agenda being to confirm that the treasury function had been successfully transferred to Scott Reisinger and a new bank account opened in Anderson. Formalized dues handling procedures were also discussed. The Logansport Holiday Tournament held on December 27 embodied a game/60 tournament combined with a quick tourney, as well as a separate Blitz tournament! We had a good turnout and crowned several new state champions, including Josh Bousum (Blitz) and Jim Mills (Quick). Jim Mills won the main tournament with a 4/4 score, Alexei Gorbounov placing second. in both this and the Quick tourney. We are in the planning stages for this year's State Championship; if you have any related ideas or concerns please let me know. The event will almost certainly be held again at the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome, and we are going to try to beefup the prize package. Look out for other changes - you may find a few surprises! Last but not least, Roger Blaine is starting up some tourneys in the Indianapolis area. The first, called "Blaine's Fifty in Two" features slower time controls and is limited to 24 players. (See the announcement on the back cover). Let's give Roger a lot of support for this new attraction. Gary J. Fox President, ISCA email@example.com CONTENTS: Page 4 VanolBrooks Preliminary Page 9 Challenge Companion #5 Page 10 Play it Forward! Page 11 Michiana-Middlebury Page 14 Pendleton Chess Club Page 15 USAT Midwest Page 18 Dennis dissects, Roger rants and SCI's Steve Steppe speaks Page 19 Solutions and Results Back page Announcements
First, let's deal with the errata by correcting them ... In the December issue I quoted at some length from a pleasing letter I received from Richard Arnold, but somehow said it was from Richard Thomas. Mr. Arnold, my apologies, and keep those letters coming! Also in December: I relocated Dennis Monokroussos to Fort Wayne; he tells me he would prefer to remain in South Bend, where he actually resides. And in "Coaches' Comer" I showed A.I. Jansen winning a game over higher-rated Matt Leach - who informs me that his name is Mat, not Matt, and it wasn't such a big upset as his rating at the time was about 1250, not 1422. Oops, sorry. And on page 2 we should have listed Craig Hines as a gold patron member - you're on page 2 this time, Craig, and many thanks for your generosity. Other inside front cover corrections include some updated addresses of directors Dave Frey and Scott Reisinger. O.K., so much for humble pie ... Letters: A nice one from Jim Blackwood, -Blackwood on ICC- who's worked on a number of chess publications, saying how much he enjoyed ClI (I had sent him a copy) and adds "The Play it Forward is very effective, and I can imagine it's one of the first things a lot of players turn to. I noticed in ChessBase Magazine a few years back some early middlegame positions where we were asked to find the opening moves. A sort of "Play it Back" in a way. It's fun, and I notice it helps zero a player in on the nuances of the early move orders. Here's an example: W: Kel, Qf3,Nc3,Bf4,Ral,Rhl,Pawns a2, b2,c5,d4,j2,g2,h3. B: Kg8,Qd8,Nf6,Bg7,Ra8,Rj8,Pawns a7,c6,d5,e7,f7,g6,h7. Black to move. In recreating the opening, you also need to take into account what happens in the given position. Here, Black to move can play 1 ...Nd7! With ..e5 to follow and a very strong game. So in recreating opening move order it's necessary to notice where White goes wrong. Anyway, thank you for the sample of Chess In Indiana It's fun for me to look through regional magazines and yours is obviously one of the better ones out there. " Jim didn't provide a solution .... sorry .... but, Joseph Peterson provided this among some photos of Companion #5 tourney winners I received from Gary. Perhaps this is what Gary means when he says we may find a few surprises at the RCA Dome ... Anyway, the picture is a dam sight better to look at than one of your editor ... Finally, some Comments: This issue is fairly well stocked with games, but I had to do a lot of calling and emailing to get them. TDs- please see games are collected for the magazine and eventually, the website. Incidentally, please keep Dave posted on your e-mail address and ICC handle- it really helps our ability to communicate with you. For those who have an internet connection, keep abreast of things by regularly visiting our website http://www.isca.org That's the best way to get up-to-date tournament announcements and results. And if you are ICC members, check your messages frequently and chat with your fellow ISCA members on Channel 319, the Hoosier channel. And, of course, you can play Hoosier Tour games on ICC, thanks to Dave Frey. Diagrams _estill not as good as I want them but I'm working on it ... To stay within our budget, this issue is 20 pages - last issue was 28. I'm trying to average 24 over the four quarterly issues. I hope you enjoy this one. Send me your comments - they're always welcome.
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The Vano/Brooks Challenge Championship match and its preliminary tournaments have been held at the Donley Chess Center in the Four County Counseling Center, Logansport since its inception in 2001, when FM Emory Tate won the title. Held in honor of Donald Brooks (South bend) and Edward Vano (Highland), both many times State Champions,the Championship matches the current holder against the "Champion of champions" determined by the winner of a Preliminary Tournament. This is where it gets complicated, so bear with me. In order to be eligible to play in the Preliminary, a player must have won an ISCA title over the course of the preceding year -or have won a "Challenge Companion" tournament in that period. Each year 2 Companion Tournaments are held - one at the time of the preliminary, and the other concurrently with the Challenge match itself So the winner of the Challenge Companion "#5" held on the same day as the Preliminary on February 7, 2004 together with the winner of the Challenger Companion #6 due to be held in March alongside the Challenge match will be eligible to play in the Preliminary competition held to obtain a challenger in 2005 ... Got it? Good. This year I attended the Preliminary Competition in the dual role of "houseman" and chauffeur .... ineligible to play I was offered the chance to make up an even number of players as houseman which sounded like a Donley C.c. maintenance man - where my games would not count for or against my opponents. I was grateful for the opportunity to play against uniformly strong opposition but having suffered a sleepless night I found my aging brain unequal to the task so remained on the sidelines. I volunteered to drive Tom Harris and Walt Thompson from Indianapolis to Logansport despite the bleak weather conditions and continuing painful recovery from shoulder surgery (do I get a Donley C.C. special services award for this?). But the upside of all this is that I was able to take a few photos and gather material for this article, so it was all worth it. The first round of the Preliminary was played in a private room that accommodated the l3 participants; by the second round play was moved to the It seems Larsen's Opening l.b3 is getting quite popular among Indiana players. Among its regular practitioners are Mike Herron and Josh Bousum.
Josh Bousum (2022) - Kristopher Williams (1738) (A01) Larsen's Opening
1.b3 dS 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 eS 4.BbS Bd6 S.f4 Qe7 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.fxeS BxeS 8.BxeS Bxf3 9.Qxf3 QxeS 10.Nc3 Nf6 1l.Bxc6+ bxc6 12.0--0 0--0 13.Qf4 Qe7 14.Rf2 Rab8 lS.a3 cS 16.Rafl Rbd8 17.QgS Kh8 18.Qh4 d4 19.exd4 cxd4 20.NbS QcS 21.Rxf6!
(Amusingly, this is the position shown in the picture at left). d3+ 22.Qf2 QxbS 23.RfS Qc6 24.cxd3 Rxd3 2S.Rxf7 Rxf7 26.Qxf7 QcS+ 27.Kh1 h6? 27 ...Rd8 needed 28.Qe8+ Kh7 29.Qe4+ 1--0 Another Round 1 game matched newly crowned 9th. Grade and under champ Cameron Donis against Ben Inskeep, always a tough opponent. Cam presses the attack, but presses a little too hard and Ben calmly collects the full point.
Cameron Donis (1892) - Ben Inskeep (2032) [B70] Sicilian Dragon
Ken Hamilton 1.e4 cS 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 S.Nc3 g6 6.BgS Bg7 7.BbS+ Nbd7 8.Qd2 0-0 9.h4 a6 10.Be2 bS 1l.Nc6 Qe8 12.Bf3 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.Qxd5 Bxb2 14.Nxe7+ Kh8 15.Rdl looks more promising 12...NeS A surprising decision in a complicated position- Bb7 looked more obvious. 13.NxeS dxeS 14.NdS Qd7 lS.hS NxdS 16.exdS f6 Fritz gives a full point advantage to 17.Be3 17.Bh6 gS 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 The g7 bishop was cramped by its own pawns and Ben was probably happy to exchange it 19.Be4 h6 20.Bg6 Unfortunately for Cam a good example of posting a piece on an advanced square where it has no future. 20 ...Qd6 21.0-0-0 Ra7 22.Qd3 Rc7 23.BfS Rc4 24.Bxc8 e4! Not 24 ...Rfxc8 25.Qg6+ 2S.Qh3 Rfxc8 26.Qf5? Throwing caution, and the game, to the winds ...Rd2 would have held, at least for a while 26 ...Rxc2+ 27.Kh1 Qb4 Maybe 27 ...Rxb2+ was faster 28.Qg6+ Kf8 29.Qxh6+ Ke8 30.Qg6+ Kd7 31.QfS+ Kd8 The checks are done, and so is the game 32.Qxc8+ Rxc8 33.h6 Kd7 34.h7 Rh8 3S.Rh6 e3 White resigns 0-1
Josh Bousum faces off against Kris Williams, near the window Cam Donis battles Ben Inskeep while Garrett Smith prowls in the background.
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Also in the first round, Indiana - and national - high school champion Patrick Mihelich took on veteran Tom Harris. The Dragon variation seems to be popular among Indiana players, young and old .... but a second look reveals the Black king can hide on h8, forcing White to watch while his own king is mated 29.Qxg6+ KhS 30.e3 BbS+ White resigns. 0-1
Patrick Mihelich (2075) - Tom Harris (1900) (B35) Sicilian Dragon
1.e4 eS 2.N13 Ne6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 g6 S.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be4 0-0 S.Bb3 Ng4 9.Qxg4 Nxd4 10.Qh4 d6 11.0-0 Nxb3 12.axb3 a6 13.Bh6 Be6 14.f4 Qb6+ IS.Khl Bf6? 16.Qg3 Bg7 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 IS.fS Bd7 19.NdS White's attack is on cruise control... 19...Qd4 20.Nxe7 Qxe4 21.f6+ KhS 22.Rf4 QeS 23.Rel Qxb2 24.Qh4 hS 2S.QgS Kh7 26.Nxg6! A pretty fmish; 26 ...fxg6 27.Re7+ is curtains. 1-0
Alexei Gorbounov (1677) - Josh Bousum (2022) [B40] French Defense - Irregular line
Brief commentary by Editor and Fritz 8 ... 1.e4 e6 2.d3 es 3.N13 Ne6 4.Be2 dS S.Nbd2 Nf6 6.a4 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 S.e3 eS 9.Rel Bg4 10.exdS NxdS 1l.NxeS Bxe2 12.Nxe6 [12.Qxe2 Nxe5 13.Qxe5 Qd7 14.c4 Nf6 15.Ne4 Nxe4 16.dxe4 Rad8 with a slight plus (Fritz).] 12...Bxdl 13.NxdS RaxdS 14.Rxdl Nf4 IS.Ne4 Nxd3 16.aS NeS 17.BgS Nxe4 IS.Bxe7 Rxdl + 19.Rxdl ReS 20.h4 NxaS 21.BxeS b6 22.Be7 h6 23.Rd7 Ne6 24.Bd6 Rel+ 2S.Kh2 Rdl 26.b4 Kh7 27.bS NeS [27 ...Na51l (Fritz)] 2S.RdS Ne4 29.Be7 RxdS 30.BxdS Na3 31.e4 Nxe4 32.Be7 Kg6 33.Kg3 rs 34.Kf4 Kf7 3S.Bb4 Ke6 36.hS Nd6
George Kamber (1733) - Steve Cates (2012) [E86] Pirc Defense
1.d4 Nf6 2.e4 g6 3.Ne3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 S.13 0-0 6.Be3 eS 7.Nge2 e6 S.Qd2 a6 9.dxeS dxeSl0.QxdS RxdSll.Rdl Rxdl+ 12.Nxdl Be6 13.Nee3 Nbd7 14.Be2 bS IS.b3 BfS 16.Kf2 Ba3 17.Nbl BeSlS.Nde3 Bxe3+ 19.Kxe3 NeS 20.Rdl b4 21.Na4? Nxa4 22.bxa4 Kf8 23.Rd6 ReS 24.Nd2 Ke7 2S.Rd3 Nd7 26.Rb3 as 27.Rb2 NeS 2S.Bdl RdS 29.Bb3 White's position has been steadily getting worse 29 ...Nd3 30.Rbl Nf4 31.Rb2 Nxg2+ 32.Ktl Nf4 33.Re2 Nd3+ 34.Ke2 NeS 3S.Nfl rs 36.Ng3 f4 37.Nhl Rd3 3S.Rb2 Re3+ 39.Kd2 Rxf3 40.Bdl Rd3+ 41.Ke2 Re3+ 42.Kbl Nxe4 White resigns 0-1
37.Bxd6? Speeding ending; Bc3 offered 39.Kg6 KxbS 40.f4 alQ+ 4S.Kxh6 White
the end by transposing into a lost pawn better chances 37 ...Kxd6 3S.KxfS KeS as 41.Kxg7 a4 42.fS a3 43.f6 a2 44.f7 resigns, without waiting for 45 ...Qf6+ 0-1
Smith (1960) - Walt Thompson (1920) [B90] Sicilian Najdorf
Foreground Mihelich (on left) - Cates; Bousum - Gorbounov on adjacent board
Stephen Cates (2012) - Patrick Mihelich (2075) [B78] Sicilian Defense, Yugoslav Attack
., ..with editorial commentary .... 1.e4 eS 2.N13 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 S.Ne3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.13 Ne6 S.Qd2 0-0 9.Be4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 RbS 1l.Bb3 NaS 12.g4 bS 13.h4 Ne4 14.Bxe4 bxe4 IS.hS Qb6 16.b3 exb3 17.Nxb3 Qb4 IS.Nbl Qa4 The weakness of White's a and c pawns is exposed 19.Bh6 Bxh6 20.Qxh6 Qxa2 21.Ne3 Qa3+ 22.Kd2 Qb4 23.hxg6 fxg6 24.gS RbeS 2S.gxf6 Qxe3+ 26.Ke2 Rf7 So far Steve has used only 27 minutes, Patrick has spent 73 ...but while Black is beginning to runs short of time, White is running out of moves 27.Nd4 eS Here cometh the kitchen sink, but... 2S.Rdgl Qxd4 29 Rxg6 looks like a winner at first glance,
..with your editor's colorful (?) commentary l.e4 es 2.N13 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 S.Ne3 a6 6.Be3 eS 7.Nb3 Be7 S.13 Be6 9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.g4 0-0 11.h4 bS 12.0-0-0 ReS 13.hS b4 14.NdS BxdS IS.exdS as 15...Nb6 was much better, indirectly defending the b pawn 16.gS NeS 17.Bh3 a4 IS.Nal RbS? Fritz prefers 18...a3 with roughly equal chances 19.96 fS 20.Rdgl f4? inadvertently raising the portcullis ... 21.Be6+ ..and the White bishop charges across the drawbridge 21...KhS 22.h6 ..the footsoldiers grapple hand to hand 22 ...Ndf6 the knight rushes to save his king 23.hxg7+ ..but the castle falls (23 ...Nxg7 24.Qg2) 23 ...Kxg7 24.gxh7+ and the monarch is doomed. 1-0
Alexei Gorbounov (1677) - Tom Harris (1900) [B20] Sicilian Defense
Ken Hamilton 1.e4 es 2.Bd3 Ne6 3.e3 g6 4.Be2 Bg7 S.Ne2 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.f4 d6 S.d3 RbS 9.a4 a6 10.Nd2 bS 1l.h3 b4 12.Ne4 bxe3 13.bxe3 Bd7 14.Be3 Qe7 IS.Btl us 16.Ne3 dxe4 17.dxe4 RfdS IS.Qc1 NaS Black is in difficulties due to weaknesses at c5 and d5 19.eS
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Nb5 A curious position -both White's bishops are on bishops' files and both Black's knights occupy similar squares on the rooks' files. But now White takes advantage of the hole on dS 20.Nd5 Qb7 21.Nxe7+ Kb8 22.Bxc5 Be6 23.Qe3 allowing Black a smidgeon of counterplay. 23. fS looks more appealing 23...Nc4 24.Qf2 Nd2 25.Rfdl Bf8 under control. 1l ...b6 12.Bh4 [12.Bxf6 would have been a more consistent move, and the computer gets all thrilled to death about it at first, too. One should not accept the pronouncements of the silicon oracle immediately, however: after 12...Bxf6 l3.d4 (J3.Qd2 yet another temporary source of delight for the computer, before "realizing" that Black can equalize at least two different ways. The most forceful method is this: 13...dxe4 14.Rxe4 Bf5 15.Re2 Kh7 and White's central jumble looks ridiculous.) Shredder 8 first thought this was the greatest thing since sliced bread, but after l3 ...exd4 l4.cxd4 (J4.exd5 another move that made its processor beat faster, but once again White's aspirations for an edge fizzle: 14...Qxd5 15.Be4 Qd6 16.Nxd4 Bxd4 17.cxd4 Bb7 18.Nc3 Rfe8 with equality. Black's kingside dark squares aren't really weak, because White isn't able to do anything with them, while White's slightly more active minors are counterbalanced by the isolated pawn) it discovered that l4 ...Nxd4 lS.Nxd4 dxe4 leaves Black with an edge, as the tactics after 16.Bxe4 Bxd4 l7.Bxa8 Bxb2 l8.Na3 Qxdl 19.Raxdl Bxa3 are slightly in Black's favor. The moral of the story? Don't be a computer zombie! Think for yourself, play out the computer's suggestions, and don't be afraid to disagree with it! (The computer is a great tool, of course. It's just not infallible.)] Here I made a crucial decision, opting on a somewhat risky strategy roughly inspired by the game Winter-Capablanca, Hastings 1919, which went as follows: l.e4 eS 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.BbS Bb4 S.O-o 0-0 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.d3 Bd6 8.BgS?! h6 9.Bh4 cS 10.NdS? gS! l1.Nxf6+ Qxf6 l2.Bg3 Bg4 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 Qxf3 IS.gxf3 f6 I6.Kg2 as I7.a4 Kf7 I8.RhI Ke6 19.h4 Rib8 20.hxgS hxgS 21.b3 c6 22.Ra2 bS 23.Rhal c4 24.axbS cxb3 2S.cxb3 RxbS 26.Ra4 Rxb3 27.d4 RbS 28.Rc4 Rb4 29.Rxc6 Rxd4 0-1. The point is to saddle White with a bad dark-squared bishop and win the game with what is in effect an extra piece. My position isn't as favorable as Capa's was at the point the plan commenced, but it's still a reasonable idea. 12...dxe4 13.dxe4 Qxdl 14.Rxdl gS IS.Bg3 Re8 [lS ...NhS probably improves, as White will not be able to meet ...Nxg3 with Nxg3.] 16.Nbd2 NbS 17.Nfl
allowing White to grab another pawn, if he wants it! (26.Nxg6+ etc.) 26.f5! Bxe7 27.Bxe7 Qxe7 28.fxe6 fxe6 29.Nd4! Crushing 29...Ne4 30.Ne6 Rxd1+ 31.Bxdl Qe7 32.Nxb8 Qxb8 33.Bxb5 ...with an easy win. 33.Rbl! was a saucy alternative - 33....Qc8 34.Qa7>Rb8 etc. 33...gxb5 34.Qf6+ Kg8 35.Rdl Qb6+ 36.Khl Nd2 37.Rxd2 Black, fmding no more checks, resigns. 1-0
[Monokroussos, Dennis J l.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Ne6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Hardly the biggest test of the Berlin (or the Classical, should Black opt for BcS after 4.0-0), but a reasonable choice if one prefers a more "normal" Ruy. 4...d6 5.b3 [S.c3, as played by X3D Fritz in game two of its 2003 match with Kasparov, is more common. That game was won by White after a Kasparov blunder, but the result of that game had nothing to do with the opening. In any event, S.c3 is a more sensible choice, because it's always useful for White, whereas S.h3 is primarily useful in the context of preparing d4 without worrying about a Bg4 pin. White can make many useful moves in the meantime, however, so h3 is premature.] 5...g6 6.0-0 Bg7 7.Rel 0-0 8.e3 a6 [8...Bd7 9.Ba4 Re8 10.Nbd2 NhS I1.Nfl Nf4 12.Bxf4 exf4 13.d4 h6 14.Bb3 NaS IS.Bc2 cS 16.b4 cxb4 17.cxb4 Nc6 18.Rbl Qb6 19.Ba4 112-112,Fogarasi-Benko, HUN ch-T 1997/8 is another interpretation of this opening.] 9.Ba4 b5 10.Be2 d5 Not a particularly restrained choice, but an attempt to "punish" my opponent for not having played d4 and having played h3. (If he's not interested in having the White pieces, I am!) [1O ...Bb7 was the choice of the late great Tony Miles in a game with the talented young 1M Harriet Hunt, from the 2000 British Championship. That game continued in a very Breyer-ish way: l1.a4 Nb8 l2.d4 Nbd7 13.Nbd2 Re8 l4.Bd3 c6 lS.Nfl Qb6 l6.Ng3 cS l7.axbS axbS l8.Rxa8 Bxa8 19.dS c4 20.Bc2 NcS 21.Be3 Qc7 22.Qd2 Bb7 23.Ral Ra8 24.Qcl Rxal 2S.Qxal Nfd7 26.Nd2 hS with a fairly balanced position, drawn in 46 moves.] 1l.Bg5 Perhaps this is another reason for me to have played 10...Bb7, as if White had played the plausible 11.Nbd2, this move would not be available. White's move is logical, using the bishop to fight for the dS square, but Black still has matters
Inskeep,B (2032) - Monokroussos,D (2331) [C65] Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
Now I had to think for a while, as White has a clear plan of counterplay here revolving around Black's light-squared weaknesses. White's knights may head for fS and dS, and the a4 pawn push may happen, exploiting the disconnectedness of my rooks, when Bb7 will leave his bishop unopposed when it moves to b3 and allows Rd7, while moving it to e6 will often be met by Bb3. If Black trades the bishops, White is very happy, and even if Black sits and waits, Bxe6 fxe6 may not be wonderful, and there's also the possibility of White's playing BdS. Ok, first
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things first: I want to be ready for Nfl-e3-dS/fS, and that's what inspires my next move, which not only serves as prophylaxis against his plan but activates a previously badly placed piece. 17...Bffl 18.N3h2 White avoids committing the Nfl right away, and starts to remaneuver the second knight to the dS and/or fS square. Again, lS ...Nxg3 would be ridiculous, getting rid of his awful bishop and helping his knights get where they are going. So I complete my remaneuver, wait, and impede Ne3. [lS.Ne3 Nxg3 19.fxg3 BcS is the point, when Black is clearly better.] 18...Bc5 19.b4 Bb6 20.Bb3 Here too I had to think for a while, trying to devise a response to the threatened 2l.BdS that didn't create new weaknesses, drop the e-pawn, allow a favorable trade of the light squared bishops, or a dangerous version of the a4 pawn break. Happily, such a response exists! [20.a4 is another natural idea, forcing me to commit one way or another in response to the threat ofaxbS. It looks to me like White has a very slight edge after 20...Be6 21.axb5 axbS 22.Bd3] 20...Nf6 21.Bd5 Nxd5 22.exd5 Nb8
First the bishop goes back to f8, now the knight goes back to bS - and meanwhile, the BcS and RaS have never moved! Still, the move is logical, and my plan of keeping his bishop out of play and his knights from hopping in to good squares is working, as dS is now occupied by a White pawn Gust think of how happy Black is in the Sveshnikov Sicilian when White has a pawn rather than a knight on dS) while the fS and g4 squares are under control as well. [22...Ne7 was a move I considered while mulling over my 20th move, with the idea that 23.BxeS could be met by 23 ... NfS (23...Nxd5! is possible: 24.RxdS Bb7 2S.Radl!? (25.Ng4 Bxd5 26.Nf6+ Kj8-I+; 25.Bxc7 Bxc7 26.Rd7 Rac8oo) 2S BxdS 26.RxdS c6 27.Ng4! (27.Bd4 cxd5 28.Bxb6 f5=+) 27 cxdS 2S.Nf6+ Kf8 29.Nd7+ Ke7 30.Nxb6 RadS 31.Bc7 Ke6 32.BxdS RxdS 33.a4 (forced) d4 34.c4 bxc4 3S.Nxc4 RbS 36.bS axbS 37.axbS RxbS 3S.Nfd2=) 24.Bg3 (24.Bd4 Nxd4 25.cxd4 gives Black much more than suffIcient compensation for the pawn.; 24.Ng4 This move, which I also saw on move 20, is, alas, the refutation.) 24...Re2 (with compensation for the material) 2S.Rd2?? Nxg3-+] 23.Rel f6 24.Radl [24.a4 now or on the previous move is also possible, but Black seems to have things under control after 24...Bb7 2S.axbS axbS 26.RxaS BxaS 27.Ng4 Kg7 2S.Nge3 Kg6 with a powerful ...fS forthcoming. Note that if White could play g4 here, he'd have real grounds for optimism! As the saying goes, chess is (often) the tragedy of one tempo.] 24...Rd8 25.Ne3 as
Finally, the promise of some activity! In this game, not a single piece of mine has crossed the line of demarcation, except as part of an immediate exchange, but Black is nevertheless for choice here, as it has turned out that White is the one who is overextended here. 26.a3 axb4 27.axb4 Ra3 28.d6 Rightly fighting for activity; passive play would guarantee a quick loss as the weakness of the c3 pawn and the Bg3 leave White hopeless once Black mobilizes his sleeping pieces. 28...c6 Continuing the policy of restraint, not allowing White the chance to plunk the knight on dS. But it's lazy and bad! First, 2S...Rxd6 was completely safe; second, it turns out that White has some interesting tactical possibilities based on a well-timed sac on eS or f6. Black is still better here, of course, but some of the advantage has been thrown away. [2S...Rxd6! 29.Rxd6 cxd6 30.Rdl (30.Nd5 Bd8 leaves the knight looking pretty but doing nothing; meanwhile, his bishop remains bad, his c3 pawn is weak, and the knight will be evicted at my leisure.) 30...Bxe3 31.fxe3 (31.Rxd6 Kj7 32fte3 Rxc3 is just a transposition to the main line.) 3l...Rxc3 32.Rxd6 Kf7-+; 2S...cxd6 29.NdS Nd7 30.Ne7+ Kf7 31.NxcS RxcS 32.Rxd6 is fme for White] 29.Nhg4 Bxe3 [29...Bxg4 is a bit better, but I was hoping to get away with the idea used in the game. 30.Nxg4 Kg7 31.h4 hS 32.Ne3 g4 33.Rd3 Kg6-/+] 30.Rxe3
[30.Nxf6+! gives White good drawing chances, remarkably enough. I saw the possibility of this move or 30.d7 (which are somewhat interchangeable), but believed I'd have some edge nevertheless and, if White made the psychologically automatic recapture in the game, that my advantage would be greater than after 29...Bxg4. 30...Kg7 31.d7 Nxd7 32.BxeS Bf4 33.Nxd7+ BxeS 34.NxeS Rxdl 3S.Rxdl Rxc3=+; 30.d7! Nxd7 31.Nxf6+ Kg7 32.BxeS (32.Nxd7 Bf4 33.Nxe5 Rxdl 34.Rxdl Bxg3 35ftg3 Rxc3=+) 32...Bf4 33.Nxd7+ BxeS 34.NxeS Rxdl 3S.Rxdl
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PRELIMINARY TOURNAMENT TO FIND A VANOIBROOKS CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGER
Rxc3=+ is the same as the 30.Nxf6+ line.] 30 ...Bxg4 31.hxg4 Nd7 and now, suddenly, the game is over. His passer is blockaded, his bishop is dead, my rooks are more active and he has several weak pawns. The rest is just mopping up. Cameron Donis' games are always lively and adventurous. In round 4 he tripped up State and High School Champ Patrick Mihelich in a spirited game. Another feather in the cap of the 9th• Grade & Under Scholastic Champion!
Patrick Mihelich (2039)-Cam Donis (1892)  Sicilian, Sveshnikov Variation
Ken Hamilton 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Ne6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Ne3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Nd5 Nxd5 8.exdS Nb8 9.Qf3 I think 9.c4 is more usual, but Patrick knows far more about this opening than I do a6 10.Qa3 b6 11.e4 Bb7 12.Ne3 fS 13.f4 Be7 14.Be2 0-0 1S.0-0 Nd7 16.Qb3 gS 17.fxeS dxeS 18.d6 NeS the fireworks begin
32.e4 A reasonable move, trying to get rid of a weakness and my active rook, leaving me with a weakness instead. Unfortunately for White, the d6 pawn is also a goner and his kings ide pawns are now vulnerable as well. 32 ...Rxe3 33.fxe3 bxe4 34.e4 Rb8 A good move, not letting White play Bt2-c5 straight away. 3S.Bel Kf7 36.Rel Nb6 37.Bf2 Ke6 38.BeS Ne8 39.Rdl Rb7 40.Kf2 Rd7 41.Rc1 Nxd6 42.Bxd6 [42.Ke3 RdS with the idea of ...RaS 43.Ral Nb5 is no better for White, as ...Rd3+ is coming, followed by c3 or Nc3, depending on the response.] 42 ...Kxd6 43.Rxe4 Ra7 seizing the (outside) open file 44.Re2 Ra4 4S.Rb2 Ke7 46.Kf3 Kb6 47.Rd2 Ke7 Okay, no sense in giving him any counterplay. Little feints like my 46th move can be useful, however - if the opponent stays passive, then you gain; if not, nothing's lost in the process. 48.Rb2 Ra3+ 49.Kf2 Rd3 now White's rook can't bother the f6 pawn, so the technical problems are over. SO.bS eS S1.Ke2 Rd4 S2.Ke3 Kb6 S3.g3 e4 [53 ...Rb4 54.Rd2 c4 55.Rd6+ Kxb5 56.Rxf6 Kc5 57.Rxh6 Rb3+ 5S.Kd2 (58.Kj2 c3) 5S...Rxg3 is easy for Black too, but why give White even a semblance of counterplay?] S4.Rbl Rd3+ SS.Kf2 e3 0-1
19.dxe7 Qd4+ 20.Kh1 Nxb3 21.exf8Q+ Rxf8 22.axb3 f4 23.NdS e4 24.h3 h6 2S.BhS f3 26.gxf3 BxdS 27.exdS e3 28.Bxe3 Qxe3 29.d6? Qe6 Patrick was running Iowan time and Cam has too many threats 0-1
Josh Bousum (2022) - Nick Adams (2239) [A06] Larsen's Opening
[Ken Hamilton) l.b3 Another Larsen Opening! It's getting pretty popular among ISCA players 1...dS 2.Bb2 eS 3.e3 Ne6 4.Nf3 e6 S.BbS Bd7 6.0o Nge7 7.e4 a6 8.exdS exdS 9.Be2 Ng6 The N looks awkward here, and not much better on f5. Maybe it would have been more . natural to have developed it on f6 rather than e7. 10.d4 A natural response 10... exd4 1l.Nxd4 Re8 12.Nd2 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 f6 A move seen frequently, sooner or later, in the Larsen. Now the question - to me, at least!- is can White swap the w-square bishops and take advantage of the holes in Black's kingside? 14.Nf3 Bd6 IS.Bb2 Be6 16.Nd4 Bf7 17.Bg4 Rb8 18.Ne6 Looks natural, but Black has a tactical response. The more sedate Rcl was probably better 18...Bxe6 19.Bxe6 Bxh2+ 20.Khl Qd6 21.BxdS BeS 22.BxeS QxeS 23.Qf3 Nh4 24.Qe4 Qxe4 2S.Bxe4 fS 26.BdS Ke7 27.Rac1 Rhd8 28.e4 f4 A little surprising; maybe Nick was less concerned about handing Josh a passed epawn than giving his bishop more manoeuvering room after fxe4 29.Re7+ Rd7 30.Rxd7+ Kxd7 31.Rdl Ke7 32.Rcl Kd6 33.Rdl Ke7 34.Rc1 Kd6 3S.Rdl KeS 36.Rc1 An interesting, very well played game lh-lh
Dennis Monokroussos concentrates, Ben Inskeep looks almost relaxed ... .Note the name cards ala bigtime tournaments Gary's latest classic touch @
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CHALLENGE COMPANION #5
Companion #5 was held alongside the Challenge Preliminary tournament; Logan Stalions fmished second, tied with Labin, Lyrintzis and Frey, and was declared the ISCA winner on tiebreak points (A. Stamnov, a Chicago area master, fmished in first place but as a non-resident ofIndiana cannot be invited to play in next year's Preliminary tournament). Stalions, together with the winner of Companion #1\ in March, will be eligible for the 2005 Preliminary tournament. In the following game Logan takes advantage of an ancient trap that most of us have fallen into at one time or another. sample Fritz S on my notebook and resolved to buy the silicon beast - so watch out for him in the next tournament. .....
David Frey (1666) - Guy Kittilson (1803)
Companion #5 [Ken Hamilton] l.d4 dS 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.BgS e6 4.e3 Nbd7 S.Nbd2 Be7 6.c4 cS 7.cxdS QaS? 8.dxcS (S.dxe6) 8... exdS 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 NxcS 11.Nb3 Nxb3 12.Qxb3 h6 13.Bh4 Rd8 14.Rac1 Kf8? 1S.Nd4 Be6 16.Bg3 Rac8 17.Bd3 White doesn't fancy Qxb7 ...yet 17...a6 18.Qxb7 Dave fmally grabs it 18...Rxc1 19.Rxcl Qxa2 20.h3 Bd7 21.NfS BxfS 22.BxfS Ne4 23.Bc7 The winning move 23 ...Nd6 24.Bxd6 Dave doesn't see 24.Qb6 Nc4 25.Rxc4 Qxc4 26.BxdS - but Fritz does 24 ...Bxd6 2S.g3 White has to fmd another winning move after missing 24.Qb6 2S... QaS 26.Rc8 Be7 27.Rc7 Qe1 + 28.Kg2 Bf6 2S....Qb4 was needed - badly 29.Rxf7+ OK, here's the winning move... 29 ...Kg8 30.Rxf6! Nicely done 30 ...gxf6 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.Be6 Black resigns 1-0
Logan Stalions (1713) - Terry· Perkins (1380) [B34] Sicilian Defense
Companion #5 [Ken Hamilton] l.e4 cS 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 S.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 a6 7.Bc4 bS 8.Nxc6 Oh-oh 8... dxc6 Here it comes ... 9.Bxf7+ And Terry, no doubt shaking his head, resigned 1-0
E. Miller (954) - A. Lyrintzis (1664) [C10] French Defense
Companion #5 [Ken Hamilton] l.e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 S.Nf3 Ndf6 6.BgS Be7 7.Nxf6+ Nxf6 8.BbS+ Bd7 9.Qd3 0-0 10.Bxd7 Qxd7 11.NeS QdS 12.f3 cS 13.c4 Qxd4 14.Qxd4 cxd4 IS.0-0 Rfd8 16.Ng4 Rac8 17.b3 h6 18.Bd2 Nxg4 19.fxg4 Black, already up a pawn, now has two passed center pawns 19...Bf6 20.Radl eS 21.RfS Rc6 22.gS hxgS 23.BxgS BxgS 24.RxgS f6 2S.RfS g6 26.Rf2 fS White has obligingly helped Black in the removal of all the minor pieces. Now Black's game practically plays itself 27.h4 Rf6 28.g4 Kg7 29.gS Re6 30.cS e4 31.Rf4 e3 32.Rfxd4 Rxd4 33.Rxd4 e2 34.Rd7+ All is fruitless 34...Kf8 3S.Rd8+ Ke7 36.Rd6 e1Q+ 37.Kg2 Re2+ 38.Kh3 Qfl+ Qc3 was a little quicker, but White resigns anyway 0-1
Logan Byers (class G prize), Kochise Bennett, Tracy Byers, (joint winners), Chris O'Brien (U 600 prize).
Emory Brown - Tracy Byers [BOO] French Defense
l.e4 d6 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 e6 4.Bd3 dS S.eS g6 6.Be3 Nh6 7.h3 NfS 8.BxfS exfS 9.BgS Be7 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.0-0 Be6 12.Nc3 a6 13.a3 Rg8 14.Qd2 gS Tracy's aggressive play eventually pays off-Ed. IS.Nh2 g4 16.hxg4 fxg4 17.g3 hS 18.Ne2 0-0-0 19.Qc3 Rh8 20.QcS QgS 21.Nf4 h4 22.Ng2 hxg3 23.fxg3 QhS 24.Nh4 Qh6 2S.Rf4 QgS 26.Kg2 Rxh4 27.gxh4 Qxf4 28.Rfl Qe4+ 29.Kg1 Nxd4 30.Rf2 Ne2+ 31.Rxe2 Qxe2 White resigns 0-1
Tracy Byers - Kochise Bennett [C68] Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation
l.e4 eS 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.BbS a6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 S.NxeS Qe7 6.d4 d6 7.Nxc6 Qxe4+ 8.Qe2 Qxe2+ 9.Kxe2 Bb7 10.dS Nf6 11.c4 Kd7 12.Nd4 c6 13.dxc6+ Bxc6 14.Nxc6 Kxc6 1S.Nc3 KcS 16.b3 dS 17.cxdS NxdS 18.NxdS KxdS 19.Rd1 + Ke4 20.f3+ KfS White has all the winning chances-Ed. 21.g4+ Kg6 22.Bb2 Bb4 23.Rac1 Rhe8+ 24.Kf2 KgS 2S.Kg3 g6 26.h4+ Kh6 27.Rc6 Re2 28.hS? Bel+ and then a3 would have held -Ed, 28 ...Rxb2 29.hxg6 hxg6 30.a4 Rxb3 and Black went on to win, a piece up 0-1
Jim Longuski,(Class D prize) Anastasios Lyrintzis (U 1700 prize and 2nd• Place tie) Dave Frey (Class C prize and 2nd• Place tie). Dave Frey, our hardworking Webmaster and Membership Director, played well in the Companion between periods of tinkering with the website on his notebook. He also found time to
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PLAY IT FORWARD - ANCIENT AND MODERN
Your powers of visualization will (I hope) be severely tested by this issue's selection from games played over the course of the last 112 years ..... Korchnoi amazed the ICC kibitzers in the following position - having engaged in queen maneuvering for nearly 50 moves .... 7.
From a position in Fox-Bauer 1901
After After 31. 32.cxd 33. Bfl 34. Qel d3 Qxgl+ Bxg4 ?
1. Ndc4 2. Qxg6 3. ?
dxc4? bxg6 Korchnoi played 82. ?
From Najdorf-Bolbochan Mar del 1948
1. Rxd8 2. Qb6 3. ?
22. Qd2 23. Ng4 24. Ne3 25. ?
h6 Kh7 Qe4
After 21. Qe3 22. Qxd4 23. Bxf6 24. Qxf6 25. ?
Rxd4 Qd8 Qxf6 gxf6
Capablanca- Blackburne St. Prelim. 1914
19.0-0-0 20. Bxe6+ 21. ?
Qe8 Nxe6 After 23.Ne4 24. Rdel 25. c4 26. ? Qxe5 Be7 Bb4
26.Nxg6 27.Rxg6 28. Rxg7+ 29. Rgl+ 30. ?
bxg6 Qb8 Kxg7 Kf8
(I'll make it really easy for youhere's a clue: look for loose pieces).
For solutions, see page 19.
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MICHIANA AND MIDDLEBURY
On December 12 and 13, 2003 Roger Blaine, recently-inducted member of ISCA's Hall of Fame,organized the Michiana Invitational at the AmeriHost Inn at Dowagiac, just across the border in Michigan. Limited to 20 players by the size of the meeting room, some 15 contestants braved the wintry weather to enjoy a tournament where bringing a wooden board earned bonus points and time controls were a more leisurely 50/2 with 25 additional if needed. This pleasant weekend event was made possible by the sponsorship of Jim Bussler, who guaranteed the prize money. 19.Nd4 Na6 20.h3 Be8 21.Nd2 b4 22.Ne4 bxe3 23.bxe3 eS 24.NbS Bd8 2S.Nf6+ Bxf6 26.exf6 Be6 27.Nd6 Reb8 Black's position is getting ugly 28.Rfel Ne7 29.f7+ Bxf7 30.Re7 Bxa2 31.Rg7+ Kf8 or Kh8 32.Rxa2 Rxa2 33.Nn# 32.Rxe7+ Kg8 33.Rg7+ Kf8 34.Rxa2 As Rxa2 is met by 35.Rxb7+ and 36.Rxb8+, Black resigned. Bernard displays considerable tactical ability - wonder where he got it from? :) 1-0
Mike Vidulich (1684) - Peter Hess (2075) [B60] Sicilian Defense
Michiana Round 4, 12114/03 l.e4 eS 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 S.Nc3 Nc6 6.BgS QaS 6....e6 is generally seen here, avoiding the break-up of the pawn position 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.Nb3 Qd8 Peter had a choice of moves here, none of them particularly promising. 8 Qe5 looks commanding, but is met by 9.g3 followed by f4; 8 Qg5 allows 9.Nd5 Rb8 1O.f4. Upon 8...Qb6 or c7, 9.Nd5 kicks the hapless queen again. So retreating the queen to its original square offered it protection at the cost of a waste of time 9.f4? An almost kneejerk move in so many Sicilian variations, f4 looks out of place here. Given the weakness of Yl, Mike should have leapt at the opportunity to play 9.Qh5 threatening Bc4 to follow. 9...Be6 Black protects Yl, and invites f5 which would yield his N a strong outpost on e5. 10.NdS fSll.BbS Bg712.Nd4 0-0
Photo: Roger Blaine
Jim, pictured here pondering a recapture at f3 on a beautiful wooden board, is a keen chessplayer who lives in Dowagiac, works in Chicago and plays whenever he can fmd the time in SouthBend and Elkhart. The tournament winner was Bernard Parham II, with Peter Hess taking second place and Roger Blaine finishing third. Here are some of the games, with my gratuitous commentary -Ed.
B. Parham II (1962) - R. Blaine (1753) [COO] French Defense
Michiana Round 4, 12114/03 l.e4 e6 2.QhS Nf6 3.Qh4 Be7 4.eS NdS S.Qg3 g6 6.d4 Bh4 A dubious decision; kicking the White queen doesn't achieve much and the bishop will surely be needed back home to cover all those weak black squares. 7.Qg4 f5 8.exf6 Bxf6 9.e3 d6 10.Nf3 eS nudging the queen onto a better square .... 1l.Qe4 e6 12.BbS?! a6 13.dxeS Qe7? Maybe Roger should have tried 13...0-0 or dxe5, remaining only one pawn down in either case. Still trying to take advantage of the exposed position of Bernard's queen, he overlooks a tactical trick that gains White another pawn 14.QxdS axbS ....this gives up the second pawn; 14...dxe5 or Bxe5 was somewhat better IS.Qxd6 0-0 Much better was 15...Qxd6 16.exd6 Kd7 16.Qxe7 Bxe7 17.Bh6 Re8 18.0-0 Bg4
13.NxfS?? With so much minor piece activity in the center things were getting tricky. 13. Bxc6 might have held 13...BxfS 14.exfS QaS+ IS.Qd2 Alas for White, Nc3 is met by 15...Bxc3+ IS ...QxbS The rest is simple 16.f6 exf6 17.0-0-0 fS 18.c3 QaS 19.a3 Rae8 20.h3 Re6 21.g4 Rfe8 22.Rh2 Nd4 23.cxd4 QxdS 24.gxfS QxfS 2S.b4 Re3 26.Rgl Qxf4 27.Re2 Kf8 28.Rg4 Qfl+ White resigns 0-1
Anastasios Lyrintzis (1673) - Roger Blaine (1753) [A40] Dutch Defense
Michiana Round 3, 12113/04 l.d4 e6 2.e3 fS 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bd3 b6 5.0-0 Bb7 6.b3 Be7 7.Bb2 0-0 8.e4 Ne4 9.Nbd2 d6 10.Qc2 Nxd2 1l.Nxd2 Ne6 12.a3 Bf6 13.Nf3 as 14.e4 fxe4 IS.Bxe4 g6 16.Rfel Qd7 17.dS exdS 18.BxdS+ Kg7 19.NgS Nd4 20.Bxd4 BxdS 21.Bxf6+ Kxf6 In view of 22.Nxh7+ Black could well resign. Instead ... 22.exdS KxgS 23.Qd2+ Kf6 24.Re6+ Kg7 2S.Qd4+ Kg8 26.Rael To White's horror, there is no mating attack 26 ...Rae8 27.Qe3 Rxe6 28.Qxe6+ Qxe6 29.Rxe6 RfS Black now has the advantage! 30.Re7 RxdS 31.Kfl ReS 32.f4 Rc3 33.Ke2 Rxb3 34.Rxc7
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MICHIANA AND MIDDLEBURY
Rxa3 35.Re6 b5 36.Rxd6 b4 37.Rb6 b3 3S.Kd3 a4 39.Rb4 Ra2 40.Ke3 Rxg2 41.h4 b2 42.Rxb2 Rxb2 43.Kxb2 Kf7 White resigns. Roger notes: "Tases" had the attack but traded into a lost pawn endgame. 0-1
E. Miller (1037) - J. Bussler (721) [A13] Irregular Queen's Pawn
Michiana Round 4, 12114/03 l.e4 e6 2.g3 h5 3.Nf3 Be7 4.d4 h4 5.g4 Nf6 6.h3 d5 7.Ne3 Bb4 S.Bd2 Bxe3 9.Bxe3 Ne4 10.Qa4+ Bd7 1l.Qb3 b6 12.Rh2 Qf6 13.0-0-0 Ne6 14.e3?? Qxf3 15.Be2? Qxe2 16.exd5 Nxe3 17.Qxe3 exd5 IS.Rd2 Qa6 19.Kbl Qe4 and Black, having gratefully accepted the gift of two minor pieces, went on to win. 0-1 Happy ending - Jim won the under-1600 prize for a share of the prize money. Former ISCA membership director but still tournament organizer, chess activist and all around good guy Joe Riegsecker is always looking for a reason to hold a chess tournament. The completion of renovations at the Middlebury Public Library was reason enough for a Joepye winter tournament in January. This enticed the return of the prodigal, or rather the prodigious, John Cole during a break from his studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Guess who won the tournament? Here are a few games, again with what Dennis Monokroussos has termed my "editorial voice-overs" ....
(1610) - Anastasios Lyrintzis (1673) [A25] Dutch Defense
Michiana Round 4 12114/03 l.e4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.d3 e5 4.Bg2 g6 5.Ne3 Bg7 6.e3 d6 7.Nge2 0o S.O-ONe6 9.Rbl RbS 10.d4 Ne7 11.b4 e6 12.e5 e4 13.Nf4 d5 14.a4 Bd7 15.Ba3 g5 16.Nfe2 Ng6 17.Bh3? f4 IS.Bxd7 Qxd7 19.exf4
John Cole (2330) - Dennis Miller (2039) [B08] Pirc Defense
gxf4 [19...Qh3 20.1'3 ex1'3 21.Rx1'3 Ng4 wins faster] 20.Nxf4 Nxf4 21.gxf4 Qh3 22.. 3 Nh5 23.Bel Nxf4 24.Bxf4 Rxf4 f 25.Nxd5? desperation in a hopeless position 25...exd5 26.Rb3 RbfS 27.b5 RSf6 2S.Qe2 Rg6+ 29.Khl Bxd4 30.e6 bxe6 31.bxe6 Bb6 0-1 A nicely played game by Anastasios. Middlebury, Round 4 1117/04 l.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Ne3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Be3 a6 6.Bd3 b5 7.a4 b4 S.Ne2 a5 9.Ng3 Nbd7 10.h3 e5 11.Qd2 0-0 12.Bh6 Ba6 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.0-0 ReS 15.Bxa6 Rxa6 16.e3 e5 17.Radl Qb6?
(taken by?) Roger Blaine
Above, in racetrack terminology, show, win and place. Good news! - Roger is planning another classic time control tournament, scheduled for April in Plainfield. And now for a word from our sponsor - or rather, a game. Jim Bussler defeats the higher-rated Eric Miller in a spirited contest full of original ideas.
17...exd4 was surely better; this removes the queen from the main theater of play and leads to Black's eventual downfal11S.Rfel h6 19.d5 attempting to split the board and shut off Black's queen from the kingside - which succeeds mainly because of Black's failure to play 19...c4, preventing White from occupying that square and freeing c5 for the d7 N 19...RhS the scoresheet is unclear - this move was either Rh8 or Rb8; as this same rook travels to g8 in a couple of moves time it doesn't matter that much. 20.Nh4 Kh7 21.e4 jamming up the queenside and leaving the Black rook and queen temporarily on the shelf 21...RgS 22.f4 NeS a passive move; better was 22...b3, with a view to ...Qb4 when at least Black would have some threats on the queenside 23.Nf3 f6 24.h4 RaS ...b3 still better... 25.f5
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White's kingside space and preponderance of pieces on the kingside look increasingly ominous 2S...gS 26.hxgS hxgS 27.Kf2 Kg7 2S.Rhl Ne7 29.RhS Kf7 30.Rdhl Rg7 30...RafS would have been safer, allowing the king to escape via eS with both Black rooks now in the trenches on the kingside 31.Rh6 [31.Nxg5+ fxg5 32.Rh7 Rag8 33.Qxg5 Ne8 34.Rlh6 Rxh7 35.Rxh7+ Rg7 36.Qg6+ would have been overpowering -per Fritz] 31...RagS 32.NhS NeS 33.Nxg7 Rxg7 34.Rh7 QdS 3S.Qe2 Nf8 36.Rxg7+ Nxg7 37.Nh2 Qe8 3S.b3 protecting the apawn before pursuing the onslaught on the kingside while Black's pieces are tied to passive defense 3S...Nh7 39.Ng4 Nf8 40.Qt3 Nd7 41.Qh3 Good enough, though Rh7 was quicker: [41.Rh7 KfS 42.RhS+] 41...Ke7 42.Qh7 Qf7 43.Nh6 Qf8 44.Qg6 steadily tightening the noose 44...Ne8 4S.NgS+ KdS 46.Rh7 Ne7 47.Rf7 QeS 4S.Nxf6 Nf8 49.Qg7 Black resigns. 1-0 eS 13.Nd2 Ne7 14.Qb3 Qb6 IS.Qxb6 axb6 16.Be7 bS 17.exbS dS 18.Rac1 e4 19.Rbl Bd7 20.b6 BbS 21.Rfel d3 22.Bfl Bh6 23.e3 Ba4 24.b3 Bd7 2S.a4 Ne6 26.Reel Nb4 27.Rb2 Bg7 2S.Rbbl Re6 29.Bh3 f5 30.g4 Re6 31.gxfS gxfS 32.Rxe6 Nxe6 33.Bd6 Be3 34.Nfl Ra6 3S.BeS NeS 36.Ng3 Nt3+ 37.Kg2 Nh4+ 3S.Kf1 Kf7 39.NhS Nt3 40.Kg2 RaS 41.Bd6 RgS+ 42.Bg3 Ne1+ 43.Kf1 Nt3 44.Nf4?? White is lost anyway...but this brought the game to a sudden conclusion. 44...Nd2+ White resigns. 0-1 Roger Blaine tells us Larry Hodge, a Michigander unknown to him, though rated about 1247 had a good tournament and wound up facing Les Kistler on board 2 in the last round.
Larry Hodge (1247) - Les Kistler (1969) A26] English Opening, Closed Variation
Middlebury Round 4, 1117/04 l.e4 eS 2.Ne3 Ne6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 S.d3 Nge7 6.e3 0-0 7.Nge2 NfS S.O-Od6 9.Rbl as 10.a3 Be6 1l.b3 hS 12.h3 Qd7 13.Kh2 h4 14.g4 Nfe7 IS.e4 fS 16.exfS gxfS 17.gxfS NxfS IS.Ngl Qf7 19.Ne4 Qg6 20.BgS Ned4 21.Nt3 Qf7 22.Nxh4 Nxh4 23.Bxh4 Nt3+ 24.Bxt3 Qxt3 2S.Bg3 QfS 26.h4 Qh3+ 27.Kgl Bh6
John Cole (2330) - Kevin Fyr (1950) [B81] Sicilian Defense (Najdorf)
Middlebury Round 2, 1117/04 l.e4 eS 2.Nt3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 S.Ne3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.g4 Qe7? Inviting S.g5: 7...h6 is a more usual response S.gS Nfd7 9.Qd2 bS 10.a3 Bb7 11.0-0-0 NeS 12.t3 Nbd7 13.h4 Be714.hS 0-0-0 IS.Kbl Nb6 16.NdxbS axbS 17.NxbS QbS IS.QaS Be6 rs ...Ncd7 19.Na7+ Kc7 20.Bxb6+ Nxb6 21.Qc3+ Kd7 22.Bb5+ Bc6 23.Qxc6# - Fritz. 19.Na7+ Ke7 20.b4 Nea4 21.Nxe6 Ne3+ 22.Kal Kxe6 23.b5+ Kd7 24.Qxe3 ReS 2S.Qb3 Re7 26.Bd4 RheS 27.Rh2 Ne4 2S.b6 Re6 29.b7 RSe7 30.Bxe4 Rxe4 31.QbS+ R4e6 32.Rbl
Black has compensation for the pawn in the more aggressive posting of his pieces, but the position is roughly equal. 28...Kg7 29.NgS Bg4 30.Nxh3 BxhS 31.Rb2 Rt3 32.NgS BxgS 33.hxgS Rxd3 Black has gained the upper hand 34.Rbbl Bt3 3S.Rfel RhS36.Bh2 Black resigns 1-0
Kevin Fyr - Jeff Bauman [C45] Scotch Game
Middlebury Round 1, 1117/04 l.e4 eS 2.Nt3 Ne6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 BeS S.Be3 Qf6 6.e3 Nge7 7.Be4 d6 S.O-OBd7 9.f4 a6 10.a4 0-0 1l.Qd2 Nxd4 12.exd4 Ba7 13.Ne3 Ne6 14.NdS QdS IS.fS KhS 16.f6 g6 17.Khl ReS IS.Ne7 Nxe7 19.fxe7 Qxe7 20.BgS Qf8 21.Rxf7 Black resigns 1-0 Expert Dennis Miller, gradually losing the rust from a long layoff from chess, accumulates one too many weak squares...
Dennis Miller - Stanley Franklin [A37] Symmetrical English
Middlebury Round 1, 1/17/04 l.e4 eS 2.g3 Ne6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Ne3 e6 S.Nt3 Bg7 6.a3 Nf6 7.d4 exd4 S.NbS 0-0 9.Bf4 NeS 10.Nd6 Nxd6 1l.Bxd6 ReS 12.0-0
RhS [36...Rd4 37.Re3 Rg4+ 3S.Kfl Rxh2 39.Rxf3 Rhl+ 40.Ke2 Rxbl winning easily - Fritz.] 37.Re3 RxgS+ 3S.Kf1 Rxe3 39.fxe3 Rg2 40.Bgl Ra2 41.a4 Be4 42.Rdl Rb2 43.Bf2 Rxb3 White resigns in a hopeless position. 0-1
CHESS IN INDIANA
PENDLETON CHESS CLUB
For the past few years ISCA members have made sporadic visits to the Pendleton Correctional Institution, where some 15 or so residents have formed a chess club and meet on a weekly basis. Two years ago ISCA, with support from the USCF, provided the club with 15 tournament size chess sets and boards, but only a few remain. Fortunately, the Institution purchased more sets last year and chess club activity was able to continue. Tom Harris, who coordinates prison visits on ISCA's behalf, notes that the club also has a few working chess clocks.
Jason Doss (2330) - Bradley Drake (2230) [B31] Sicilian Defense
l.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Ne6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxe6 dxe6 5.0-0 Bg7 6.h3 Nf6 7.d3 0-0 8.Nbd2 b6 9.Rel Ba6 10.Qe2 Nd7 1l.Rbl e5 12.b3 b5 13.e4 Re8 14.Nfl NfS 15.Ba3 Ne6 16.Rbdl Qd6 17.Bb2 Nf4 18.Qe2 Rad8 19.Re3 Bh6 20.Nlh2 Nxh3+ Too ambitious? Better was 20 ...Bc8 building up the kingside attack, or perhaps 20 ...f6 securing e5. But the bust-up of his king's defenses must have given Jason pause. 21.gxh3 Bxe3 22.fxe3 h5 23.Rd2 Be8 24.d4 exd4 25.exd4 exd4 26.Bxd4 Qg3+ The position is quite unclear. Jason was probably now aware he had a tiger by the tail 27.Rg2 Qf4 28.Bal Jason decides to line up a battery on the long diagonal, but at this point Fritz considers Black has the advantage. Rd1+ 30.Kf2 31.Kg3 h4+
Doug Todd, seen spectating at left, drove Tom and Jason to the facility; Jason is shown above working his way around the tables. Donald Grenier, a -club member - and also an ISCA member wrote me in December, providing the score of the game given below and saying "The men who belong to the Pendleton Correctional Facility's chess club were all excited to hear that Mr. Doss was willing to come and do a simultaneous exhibition for us ..... I know there are many people who believe prisoners should be locked up and the keys thrown away, but the majority of prison residents are indeed going to return to society someday. We really do appreciate the ISCA and its members for their time and care shown towards the incarcerated men who love the game of chess." Tom's report: "Jason Doss gave a simul, an event organized by Nagy Salib Pendleton Community Development Officer and myself, with the help of Doug Todd, Eshak Yousak and Pendleton chess supervisor Kamel Seroor. I requested to take pictures and Nagy allowed us to furnish the camera and tell Seroor what picture we wanted and he would take it for us. We got the simul started about 7.1S.p.m. and were allowed to play until 9 o'clock. The games were conducted in an orderly manner and several were extremely interesting. Brad Drake, a strong player with a (correspondence?) 2230 rating, drew against Jason; in the thirteen games played against prison residents Jason won 8, drew 1 and 4 were unfinished; he also beat Kamel and Eshak, bringing his record to 10 wins. All the feedback I have received has been positive with the participants expressing their enjoyment of the event."
A king chase - but its Jason's king that's being chased! 32.Kxh4 Qh6+ 33.Kg3 Qxh3+ 34.Kf2 Qh6 35.Qf6 Qe3+ 36.Kg3 Rxal 37.Qxal bxe4 38.bxe4 Be6 39.Nfl Qh6 40.Rh2 Qg7 41.Qxg7+ Kxg7 42.Nld2 Rb8 At the end, Jason has the advantage but by Draw Y2""YZ
Brad Drake - one tough opponent! Chess means a great deal to Brad, as it does to all the other enthusiastic members of the Pendleton facility's chess club. ISCA's contributions of equipment and visits to the club, though limited, represent a worthwhile community service. If you would like to take part in future visits to the club, or if you have any suggestions that might be appropriate for ISCA's involvement with the Pendleton facility's chess club, get in touch with Tom- you'll fmd his address on the inside front cover.
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19.dxe4 Rxe4 20.Rf2 Qe6 21.Ne2 Rd3 22.Rel Qb3 23.Qe2 Rd8 24.Na3 Rde8 2S.Rf3 Qxa4 26.Rgl QaS Hoping for the imediate g4, where ...Qd5! is a good reply. 26...Bxc3 is a possibility I overlooked. 27.h3 QdS 28.Kh2 Still preparing g4 that he didn't rush it evidenced his game was perhaps a little more mature than his age 28...Be7 29.g4 Bd6 More pins, as Black now threatens Rxe3 30.Qf2 Kf7 I can't recall exactly why I made this move, but at least it doesn't spoil anything 31.Ne2 BeS Clearly not the best move, as Black's bind winds down. But we were both short of time by this point and, a pawn up, I didn't want to blow it by overlooking something tactical 32.Rel Bxe3 33.Rfxe3 fxg4 34.hxg4 R8e6 3S.Nd4 Rxe3 36.Rxe3 Due to lack of time I stopped recording moves - but I think I have remembered the rest of the game accurately. This was also the point where a clear winning sequence was in sight - always a golden moment during a game! 36...Nxd4 37.Rd3 Rh6+ 38.Kg3 NfS+ 39.gxfS Qxd3+ White resigns 0-1 In the next round we faced "Broadway Chess Club" - the team of (we think) "Yugoslavs" who had behaved poorly in round 1 against Angelo Young's team; banging clocks, openly cursing and throwing little tantrums when they lost. My opponent's only transgression was bringing a couple beers back to the board from the hotel bar after his smoke breaks. He was better behaved than the rest (I-Ed.) and several times tried to calm their third board but to no avail. What an unpleasant experience. I'm glad we whomped them 3.5-0.5.
SeverallSCA members played on teams at the US.Amateur Team Midwest tournament in Chicago in February. Among the teams was the current ISCA team champion, Nd4 .... Jay Carr writes: Our team had opted for the 2-day schedule, so
we had a good night's sleep before playing. But we were a bit dismayed to play on board 1 in the first round - particularly against the eventual winners of the event and another Indiana team, "Airshow" with Jason Doss, Nick Adams, FM Jim Dean and Garrett Smith. That's 3 former state champions and possibly a future one on board 4. A strong team indeed.
Jay Carr (2000) - Nick Adams (2249) [EOl] Tarrasch Defense (?)
USAT Midwest, Round 1 l.e4 e6 2.g3 as 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.d4 eS Yikes! I know virtually nothing about the Tarrasch... S.e3 Ne6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.b3 b6 9.Bb2 Ba6 10.Nbd2 Re8 ll.NeS exd4 12.Nxe6 Rxe6 13.exd4 I felt myself heading toward a well-known hangingpawns position where my master-rated opponent would certainly know how to exploit his advantage. 13...Re8 14.Rel Bb4 lS.exdS NxdS 16.ReS An unusual move-hoping to mix things up a bit and and get a little counterplay. I almost do. In a fast G/60 time control it was worth a try, as opposed to suffering for the rest of the game. 16...Bd3 17.BxdS A difficult decision to part with my light-squared bishop but I thought my position was desperate enough to warrant it 17...exdS 18.Qf3 Ba6 19.Nfl Re2 20.Rbl Qe7 21.Qdl f6 22.Rel?? Less than 4 minutes left, I succumbed to chess blindness...Geesh! 22...Bxel 23.Qxel Re2 24.Qdl Rfe8 25.Ne3 R8xe3 The e2 rook's unassailable outpost make this exchange sac natural and strong 26.fxe3 Qd7 I thought for a moment here, desperate to fmd a miracle defense, and almost let my clock run out before resigning. 0-1
So Nd4 limped into the next round - Jay continues: [Jay Carr}
Jay Carr (2000) - Mehmed Covic (1819) [E01] English - Keres system (?)
USAT Midwest, Round 3
An interesting matchup for us. We faced a team of GM Dmitry Gurevich and three of his young students. We ended up winning 3-1 (yes, you can guess where they scored the "1," but only after the GM was taken down to the final seconds by Mike Herron).
Zach Kasiurak (1793) - Jay Carr (2000) [B01] Scandinavian Defense
USAT Midwest, Round 2
l.e4 d5 2.exdS QxdS 3.Ne3 Qd6 I thought this was a good choice against a young opponent, who may have not seen this move before. 4.Nf3 Nf6 S.Be4 another opponent reluctant to play 5.d4 S...a6 6.a4 Zach's only my second opponent to play a4 here, the other being Wick Deer - where I won easily in an Eastgate event). 6...Ne6 7.0-0 Bg4 8.Be2 A retreat confirming the opening has been a success for Black. 8...eS I continue to play aggressively, as White has staked no claim to the center. I was not without anxiety, however, as my king was still in the center. 9.d3 Be7 10.Be3 Rd8 I felt I had a slight edge and didn't want to get into a castled-on-opposite sides game where both sides might have attacking chances ll.Qd2 Nd5 12.NxdS QxdS 13.Nel Bxe2 14.Qxe2 0-0 lS.KhI rs 16.f4 Bf6 17.e3 Rfe8 18.Qf3 e4
l.e4 e6 Here we go again- repertoire problems 2.g3 dS 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.d4 Showing a willingness to learn from my mistakes in round 1 4...Bd6 S.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 e6 7.b3 Ne4 I was already beginning to feel unhappy with the opening 8.Qe2 Nd7 9.Nbd2 rs 10.Bb2 Ndf6 ll.Ne5 Nxd2 12.Qxd2 Ne4 13.Qe2 Bd7 14.f3 BxeS I thought this was a careless move 15.fxe4 Bd6 16.exfS Qg5 A nice move; he mixes things up 17.Qd3 exfS 18.Bel Qf6 I was a little worried he might pushlS ...f4 anyway but it doesn't work 19.exdS Rae8 20.Bf4 Bxf4 21.gxf4 Re7 22.Rael Rfe8 23.e3 a6 no doubt hoping for a later skewer with Bb5 24.dxe6 Bxe6 2S.Bxe6 My opponent thought for a long time here: at first, I had hoped for ...Qxc6 thinking I could liquidate further with Qc4+, but then noticed the e3 pawn would be left hanging 2S...bxe6 26.Rf3 a5 27.Rg3 Re4 Despite being a bit bottled up here, I felt I had good winning chances. About this time Mike, too, had begun to grind down his opponent and Tom seemed no worse, while Glenn was only awaiting his childish opponent to return to the board and play out his multi-piece-down ending to mate. So the match was virtually in hand, but I was looking forward to hanging another loss on these guys nonetheless. 28.Re2 Qd6 29.Reg2 g6 Certainly RSe7 was a more prudent way to defend the pawn. I was happy to see this weakening of his kingside 30.Qe4+ Kg7 31.Qe3 QdS 32.Re2 R8e6 33.Kf2 hS 34.Qd3 Kh6 I'm not sure what he had in mind; h6 proves to be an unfortunate square in what follows 35.Re5 Qd6 36.Qe3 a4 The frightening shot...Rxf4+ is insuffficient - although I didn't realize it at the board, thinking my 36.Qc3 was a foolish mistake-
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37.exf4Qxf4+ 3S.Kgl (QD Qd2+) Re2 39.Qcl pinning the Black queen on the king-the move I missed in my analysis. I was also worried because my opponent's teammates became agitated at this point and I was afraid they might somehow alert him that this attack was possible. One tapped the other on the shoulder to step away for a tete-a-tete and the other made a gesture as if to say "I know, I see it." 37.dS Rxf4+ It still doesn't work here, as a simple king move leaves both rooks attacked - not to mention the threat of mate on hS 3S.Kg2 Rf6 39.exf4 exdS 40.Qd4 Qe6 41.Re3 Qb6 42.RxdS Qa6 Glenn's opponent had played out a hopeless situation to mate and I expected nothing less from my opponent, but he resigned after another S moves. One of the last games of the round to fmish, but a satisfying victory. 1-0
Jay drew his remaining two games, for a personal result of +2 =2 and one loss .Hopefully this portends a continued return to competitive chess by the former editor ofC.II On Board 4 for Nd4 was Tom Harris, beneath whose benign countenance lurks a vicious killer instinct ....
RESULTS FOR ISCA TEAMS!
20.QeS Be6 21.BeS QeS 22.Bd6 b6 23.Rd4 Bb7 24.Red1 Qe6 2S.13 Rd7 26.b4 RadS 27.bS QeS 2S.a4 NeS 29.Bb4 Rxd4 30.Rxd4 Rxd4 31.Qxd4 Nf6 32.aS Qd7 33.Qxd7 Nxd7 34.Kf2 NeS?! Probably better to maintain the blockade on c5, but I was under 5 minutes left for the game - g/60 time control - and I'm not sure it's possible to hold anyway 3S.eS bxeS 36.BxeS a6 37.bxa6 Bxa6 Still doesn't look hopeless, but he used the passed pawn and two bishops to win in the fmal time scramble, so eventually... 1-0
Mike Herron (2103)- GM Dmitry Gurevich (2555) [A05] Larsen's Opening
Parnaby (1615) - Harris.T (1900) [B21] Sicilian: 2.f4 and Morra Gambit
l.N13 Nf6 2.b3 g6 3.Bb2 Bg7 4.e3 eS S.d4 0-0 6.Be2 exd4 7.exd4 dS 8.0-0 Ne6 9.Nbd2 b6 10.a3 Bb7 1l.Bd3 ReS 12.Re1 Qe713.Nfl NhS14.Ne3 e61S.g3 Nf616.Rc1 RfdS17.Qe2 NeS lS.Ng4 Nd6 19.NgeS Nf3 20.Nxe6 Bxe6 21.e3 ReS 22.NeS Bb7 23.BbS Re7 Things look fme here. Maybe 24.f4 could be an option. 24.a4 f6 2S.Ng4 eS 26.dxeS fxeS 27.Ba6 ReeS 2S.Bxb7 Qxb7 29.Red1 d4 Gurevich strongly criticized this choice in a brief postgame discussion 30.h4 QdS 31.Ba3 Re6 32.e4 Qd7 33.Qe4 Qf7 34.Re2 h6 3S.Rde1 d3 36.Rd2 I was down to 4 minutes, he to 6 here - I reconstructed the next 15 moves or so of the time scramble afterwards.(36.Qxd3 Nd4!) 36...Nd4 37.Rxd3 QfS 3S.Bb2 Qf7 39.QdS Ne2 40.Rf3 Qxf3? 41.Qx13 Nxe1
l.e4 eS 2.d4 exd4 3.e3 dxe3 4.Nxe3 Ne6 S.Be4 d6 6.N13e6 7.0o Be7 S.Qe2 Nf6 9.Rd1 eS last book move 10.BgS 0-0 1l.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.NdS A classical outpost 12...Bg4 13.h3 13 Nd4 14.Qd3 Nx13+ lS.gx13 [15.Khl Bh5 16.gxD Bg5] lS Bxh3 16.f4 Be6 17.f3 BxdS lS.BxdS Bh4 19.Qh3 [19.Qe2 Qg5+ 20.Khl Qf4] 19...QgS+ 20.Qg2 Qf4 21.Bb3 [21.Qh2 Qxh2+ 22.Kxh2 Bxf2] 21...RaeS 22.Kf1 [22.Rxd6 RfdS 23.RxdS+ BxdS] 22...Re6 23.Ke2 RfeS 24.Rg1?
White has lost his nerve... understandable when you consider his position [but 24.Rd2 was losing anyway] 24...Re2+! a convincing end 2S.Bxe2 Rxe2+ The nicest combos are those leading to mate 26.Ke1 Qe3+ [26...Qe3+ 27.Kfl Qe2#] 0-1
Mike Herron had an eventful tournament on top boardfor Nd4:
42.Qe2? Qe4 or Qc3 wins, as I discovered afterwards...Black's Knight is lost, as the saving tactic e4 no longer works 42...e4! 43.Bxg7 N13+ 44.Kg2 Kxg7 4S.Qe3 as 46.Qxh6+ KgS 47.Ne3 Ne1+ 4S.Kf1 Nd3 49.NdS RfS SO.Nf4Nxf4 S1.gxf4 Rff6 The . game then entered a mutual clock-banging stage where he showed impressive technique with the two rooks, always guarding each other and the base pawns , keeping his king safe and making progress in getting into my position. So eventually... 0-1 My third good game in three tries vS.GMs!
Mike, under time pressure, not only missed a win but for most of the game held the advantage.
Jason Doss (2332) - Mike Herron (2103) [D46] Queen's Gambit declined
Hazim Malkoc (2050) - Mike Herron (2103) [Bll] Caro-Kann Defense
l.d4 Nf6 2.e4 e6 3.Ne3 dS 4.N13e6 S.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 S.e4 dxe4 9.Nxe4 Nxe4 10.Bxe4 Nf6 n.Be2 eS 12.Qd3 h6 13.b3 exd4 14.Bb2 BeS lS.Radl Qd6 16.Qe2 RdS 17.Nxd4 Qe7 lS.Rfel Bxd4 19.Bxd4 Jason now has the two bishops and a 3-2 queenside majority, which is enough for him. 19...Bd7
l.e4 e6 2.N13 dS 3.Nc3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 S.Qx13 e6 6.Be2 Nd7 7.d4 Qb6 S.Qe3 Ne7 9.exdS exdS 10.BbS 0-0-0 n.Qd3 a6 12.Bxd7+ Rxd7 13.0-0 NfS 14.Rdl Be7 lS.g4 Nh4 16.Na4 Qe7 17.Qg3 Ng6 lS.Rd3 Qxg3+ 19.fxg3 Re7 20.Re3 Rxe3 21.Nxe3 Bd6 22.Ne2 Kd7 23.Kg2 ReS 24.Nf4 Nxf4+ 2S.Bxf4? I'm sure it should still be drawn after this, but recapturing this way gives
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draws) in the filthiest ways imaginable. I was completely lost in at least two games, including my draw against fellow hoosier Glenn Snow. On Board 4 Garrett will be the first to tell you that he didn't play his very best chess, however I thought he made some excellent decisions. One that comes to mind was in Round 1 where he was playing Tom Harris. The position looked unclear and Tom offered a draw. Garrett then looked at the ridiculous position I had constructed against Glenn and unselfishly decided to decline the offer! My kind of teammate! Later on Garrett secured the draw after I had gotten lucky with a draw and it was more od less clear we had the match in the bag. All in all the tournament was great fun and I recommend it highly to all ISCA members. We look forward to putting on an Airshow if there is in fact a playoff with the other regional champs ... ! Jim provided me the following two games, the scoresheets, however, lacking full names and ratings of the players.
me a chance to win because I can force a passed e-pawn that will tie up his pieces and give me wins in a lot of ending configurations. I play well the rest of the way to gradually worm my way into his position and win. 2S...f6 26.Kf3 eS 27.Be3 Re8 28.e3 bS 29.a3 Ke6 30.Re1 g6 31.gS? e4+ 32.Kg2 fxgS 33.BxgS Rf8 34.g4 Rf3 3S.Re3 Rf7 36.Re2 I turned down a draw offer here 36 ...Bf4 37.Bh4 Bel 38.Re2 Be3 39.Re2 Rf3 40.Be1 Kf6 41.Bh4+ BgS 42.Bg3 Rd3 43.h4 Bel 44.BeS+ Ke7 4S.hS Rd2 46.Rxd2 Bxd2 47.Kf2 Bel 48.b3 Bxa3 49.e4 bxe4 SO.bxe4 dxe4 S1.dS Bel S2.Ke2 BgS S3.Kd1 Bf6 S4.Be7 Kd7 SS.Bf4 as S6.Bd2 a4 S7.Bb4 Be7 S8.Be3 a3 S9.Kd2 BeS 60.BeS Bb4+ White resigns - the pawns will march through. 0-1
John Cole (2308) - Mike Herron (2103) [BI2] Caro Kann, Advance Variation
[MIke Herron} 1.e4 c6 2.d4 dS 3.eS BfS 4.Nf3 e6 S.Be2 Nd7 6.0-0 eS 7.e3 Ne7 8.a3 I'm not sure that this gives White an advantage or not.In this game I just close the queenside, and since I can play b5 and a6 with my a8 rook defended, I can maintain my queenside wedge with easy equality. 8... e4 9.Nbd2 bS lO.Rel Nc6 1l.Nfl Be7 12.Ne3 Bg6 13.b3 Nb6 14.a4 a6 lS.aS Nd7 16.b4 Qe7 17.g3 00-0 18.Ng2 h6 19.Bd2 Be4 20.h4 Rdg8 21.hS Drawn. Hard to see either side making progress with one whole side of the board blocked. I'm certainly not worse. Yz-Yz
Nick Adams - Betaneli [B07] Old Indian Defense
[ Ken Hamilton} 1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Ne3 eS 4.dxeS dxeS S.Qxd8+ Kxd8 6.f4 seems a strange choice of moves to me - but why argue with success? 6...Ne6 7.Nf3 Bd6 8.fS Nd4 9.Bd3 Re8 10.BgS e6 11.0-0-0 Ke7 12.Be4 Nxf3 13.gxf3 Rf8 14.Bxf6 gxf6 lS.Rhgl Gaing the file and the upper hand lS ...bS 16.Bb3 Ba6 17.Rg7 Rae8 18.Rxh7 BeS 19.h4 Re7 20.a3 Be3+ 21.Kb1 Rg8 White already has an easily won game, exemplifying Jim's comment about Nick not needing to break a sweat! 22.hS Rg3 23.Rh1 Rxf3 24.h6 b4 2S.axb4 Rfl + 26.Rxfl Bxfl 27.Rh8 Rd7 28.h7 1-0 Jim pulls off a really pretty finish ....
FM Jim Dean - Nordahl [E64] Benoni Defense
Mike certainly is not worse - 21....g6 offers some chances of attack, though Black's queen and knights would need to find a way to get into the action. Jim Dean writes"Airshow " consisted of former State Champions Jason Doss, Nick Adams and me, and perhaps a future champion in the young up-and-comer Garrett Smith. The USATM tournament has been one of my favorite tournaments for years now and I've been fortunate to play on three championship teams (in '96 Doss was on that team as well). I have to admit that picking a formidable cast of teammates is the secret to my success in this tournament, as was proven this time around. Jason Doss led us on Board 1 and played fantastic chess throughout the tournament. Only one of Jason's opponents was rated below 2300, yet he managed to make a positive score and beat an 1M in such a way that would have made me think it was a GM beating a mere Master had I not known the participants. On Board 2, Nick Adams was handing out beatings like they were going out of style; Nick scored 4.5/5, earning the top score for Second Board and in three of his wins you could say he didn't have to break a sweat. I wish I could say the same for myself, but I scavenged my way to a 4-1 score (two [Ken Hamilton] 1.d4 Nf6 2.e4 eS 3.dS g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 S.Nf3 0-0 6.g3 d6 7.Bg2 e6 8.0-0 Na6 9.Nd2 Nc7 10.a4 Rb8 1l.h3 b6 12.Rb1 a6 13.b4 exb4 14.Rxb4 Nd7 lS.Qe2 eS 16.Ba3 f5 17.aS bS 18.Rfb1 NeS 19.cxbS axbS 20.NxbS N7a6 21.R4b2 e4 22.Ra2 Bb7 23.Nc4 BxdS 24.Rd1 RxbS 2S.RxdS Rf6 26.Qd1 Qb8 27.Rb2 Bf8 . 28.e3 Nb4 29.Rxb4 Rxb4 30.Bxb4 Qxb4 31.Bfl Na4 32.a6 Rf7 33.RaS Nc3 34.Qd4 NbS 3S.RxbS 1-0
35 ... Qxb5 36.Nxd6 Bg7 (other alternatives lose equally quickly) 37.Qc4 Qxc4 38.Bxc4 and the a-pawn wins the day.
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DENNIS DISSECTS ROGER RANTS SCHOLASTICS WITH STEVE
~lore in-depth analysis from Dennis Monokroussos
his game with Ben Inskeep in the VanolBrooks Preliminary Tournament (see page 6) Dennis noted additionally that after l.e4 e5 2.Nj3 Nc6 3.Bb5Lf5 was my choice in the game Mihelich-Monokroussos from the _003 Indiana State Championships. As the game was published in the subsequent edition of the Chess in Indiana, it seemed like a good idea to ~my my repertoire for this event. Nevertheless, I would like to offer a comment on the cn annotations on that game. After 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 ~ 6.Nxf6+ Qxf6 7.Qe2 Be7 8.Bxc6 dxc6 9.Nxe5 Bf5 10.0-0 O-O-O?! fThis is a poor move. Correct is instead 10...0-0 Il.d4 Bd6 12.c3 BxeS 13.Qxe.5 Qxe5 (J 3... Qf7 is another reasonable approach, again utilizing ille opposite-colored bishops, but in a middlegame. 14.Qg3 Rae8 15.Bf4 &6 16.Be5 Rg6 17.Qe3 Be6 18.b3 b5 19.13 a5 20.Rj2 a4 21.bxa4 bxa4 Galkin-Bezgodov, St. Petersburg 1995 (1/2-1/2, SO») 14.dxeS RfeS 15.f4 RadS, resulting in a typical Schliemann ending which is very hard for White to win or even threaten to win. Black blockades the light squares, monitors the d-file (and welcomes rook trades along it), and sits. I've drawn this type of endgame against IMs and GMs with relative ease, even in tournament games - with no losses, as far as I can recall. Unfortunately, the move in the game prevents Black from achieving this endgame, as we shall see.) 1l.d3 Rhe8 we reach a critical position.
Steve Steppe: Scholastic Individual Championships.
Steve Reports: 300 finalists competed at East Side Midle School in Anderson in January in the lSth. annual Scholastic Individual State Chess Championships. Patrick Mihelich, a 12th. grader from Carmel.repeated as High School Champion and was awarded the Teddy Jacobi $2,000 Scholarship by Mark and Judy Jacobi. Patrick will again represent Indiana in the Arnold Denker nationwide tournament of high school champions. Cameron Donis, an 8th. grader from Elkhart, won the 9th. Grade and Under division and was awarded the $1,000 Billy Colias Scholarship. David Witwer, a 6th. grader from Blufton, was another repeat winner, receiving the Brian Yamin Scholarship for the second successive year, placing first in the 6th. Grade and Under division .. Aravind Subramanian, a 3rd. grader form Evansville, won the 3rd. grade and Under division. The 9th. Grade and Under Junior Varsity division, open to unrated players and players rated under 1000, was won by Corey Roell, a 7th. grader from Batesville. Ryan Roby, a 6th. grader from Indianapolis, became the Champion in the 6th. Grade and Under J.V. division, open to all players rated under 750 (or unrated). Steve is the Executive Director of Scholastic Chess of Indiana, and can be reached at Ssteppe@aol.com.
Here Mihelich played 12.Nc4 instead of the theoretical 12.f4, which, he wrote, didn't hurt anything. Not true: after 12.f4, Black has inadequate compensation for the pawn, as Black cannot achieve the equalizing opposite-colored bishops ending described above, as after 12.f4 Bd6 I3.Qf2 b6 (l3 ...Bxe5 14.fxeS RxeS lS.Bd2 Qg6 16.Rae1 Rxel 17.Bxe1 Be6 lS.Qxa7 Qg4 (18. ..b6 19.Bg3+-) 19.Qa8+ Kd7 20.Qxb7 Bd5 21.Bg3 Qd4+ 22.Rf2 Qb6 23.Qxb6 cxb6 isn't really what the doctor ordered, from Black's point of view.) 14.Bd2 Black can't play 14...BxeS?? lS.fxeS RxeS (15 ... Qxe5? 16.Qxf5++-) 16.Bc3+-. Black isn't doing too badly after White's 14th move, but this is inferior to what is available after 10 ... 0-0. In the game, however, the inaccurate 12.Nc4 lets Black equalize with 12...KbS. (12 ...Bc5? was my ridiculous choice in the game, an indication of bad form. I saw that 12...Kb8 was correct, but somehow managed to persuade myself to play 12...BcS anyway, after which I have no compensation for the pawn. Mihelich did a nice job of gradually dragging in the point.) The strengths of this move (l2 ... Kb8) are manifold: the king avoids both diagonal and Nxd6 (after Bd6) checks, it protects the a7 pawn, and it waits for White to commit before deciding what to do with his pieces. If the White knight goes to e3 here, the Black bishop will go to d6 (and in some cases, perhaps even if it doesn't, as Nxd6 won't be check), in other cases it may yet go to c5. White's best seems to be 13.Qf3 but now we'll see another advantage to 12...Kb8: after l3 Be6 14.Qxf6 Black can recapture with the bishop, not the pawn 14 Bxf6 Black's two bishops give Black sufficient compensation.
Clockwise from top left, Brandon Lynch v. Patrick Mihelich,Ben Inskeep v. Brandon Heuer in the Eastside Middle School library. I hope to be able to publish some games from this wonderful tournament as well as from upcoming important SCI tournaments in the June issue of Chess In Indiana. -Ed.
Roger's Rant ... (somewhat abridged!)
Roger Blaine, for years one of the kingpins in Indiana chess, writes ... I am dissatisfied with the time controls in most tournaments these days ... they are too fast, and people like me who like more time to think about their moves ... are left out. Six years ago, playing in a G/60 club championship I realized "This isn't fun! It's not serious chess, it's a nonsense activity, in fact a downright unpleasant one!" I decided I would only play in sudden-death games if each player had at least 2 hours. I've made a few exceptions since and played G/90, for example in the State Team Championship. (If you agree) let organizers know your opinions ... To put my money where my mouth is and bring some of these old-style events closer to home, I've embarked on a series of two-day tournaments, mostly with a 50 in 2 time control. The first was "Michiana;" (see p.ll) next will be "Blaine's Fifty in Two" in Plainfield in April. Watch for my ads!
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SOLUTIONS AND RESULTS Play It Forward Solutions
1.Mieses-Blackburne: 2.Blackburne-Chigorin: 31...Qd4 and White is ruined.
25. Rg4 and the Black queen is trapped.
3. Capablanca-Blackburne: 30. Qg6. - there followed 30 .... Rxh3+ 31.Kxh3 and the notorious "Black Death" resigned, since nothing can be done to avoid mate in a few moves after 31 ... Qc8+ (or 31 ... Nf7) 32.f5 4. Fox-Bauer: Black paid for his greed in accepting the knight sacrifice on c4. 3.Nxg6 spells curtains after 3 ... fxg6 4.Bxc4+ KfS 5.Rh8#. Had Black captured the queen with fxg6 then 3.Bxc4+ KfS 4.Nxg6+ followed by Rh8# - same deal. 5. Najdorf-Bolbochan: Black could have lasted a few moves longer with 2 ... Qc8, when 3.d7 wins, which is played anyway- 3.d7. 3 ... RfS+ 4. Qgl! - since after .... Rxgl + 5.Kxgl he has no way to stop 6.d8=Q. 6. Fischer-Bednarsky: 21.Qe4! Fischer: "Centralization with a vengeance!" Black continued 21 ... g6 22. Nxe6 and Black resigned, for "On 22 ... Qxe6 23.Qxb7+ Ke8 24. Rfel! wins everything." 7. Korchnoi-Lukin: 82.Qf6+! Over the previous 47 moves both sides took turns in offering and avoiding the exchange of queens. Virtually every kibitzer on ICC with anything to say proclaimed the game drawn and continued to do so after Korchnoi forced the exchange with Qf6, giving back his extra pawn in the process. However, after 82 ... Qxf6 83.exf6+ Kxf6 84.Kf4 Ke6 (no better was 84 ...Kg7 85.Ke5 Kh7 86.Kf6 Kg8 87.f4 Kj8 88p gxf5 89.Kxf5) 85. Kg5 Ke5 86.0 Ke6 87.f4 Black resigned., for 87 ... Ke7 would be met by 88.f5 winning. 8. Adams-Bareev: 25. Rxe6 and Bareev resigned, considering the ending hopeless after 25 ... fxe6 26.Bxe6+ and 27.Bxc8. 9. Shirov-Sokolov 26. Nc3 goodbye Black queen . ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• 10/18 Hoosier Prairie Scholastic: 12th. and under -Anir Subramanian. 6th. and under- Andrew Sutphin/Dylan Dale/Sarah Selby. 3rd• and under - Yushi Homma. 10/30 Goshen Club Open -Benjamin Goldy. 1111 Anderson Fall Scholastic: Sec 1, HS: Nathaniel Boggs Sec. 2, MS: EvanHanleylMilt Constantine Sec.3, ES: Daniel RykerlMcClain Bishop SecA P: Yushi HommalNicholas Jansen. 1111 THCC After Halloween Action: Krista Selby/Sangeeter Jeevan. 11/4 SB_Elkhart Quickies: Sec.1 Diego BetitalMike Vidulich. Sec.2 Orville HoldrenIRoger Blaine Sec.3 , Ronnie Yoder/Tom Smith. IllS DCC Quads: Sec. 1, Alexei Gorbounov Sec.2, Terry Perkins. 11/8 Fall Orchard Scholastic: Sec.l 3rd• and under Yushi HommaiTrevor Jacobs. Sec.2 6th.and under Matthew WilberlDaniel Ryker/Sam Dragan. Sec. 3, 8th.And under Evan HanleylMilt Constantine. Sec. 4, 12th.And under Ben Inskeep. 11/8 Terre Haute City Championship: Christopher Johnson. 11/82003 Fall Finale Evansville: Benjamin Wyatt. 11/8 Monday Night Hammond Wuick: Gary Hilburn. 11/15 Elkhart Scholastic: Sec.l Reserve, Adam Greene. Sec. 2, Championship, Gabriel Griggs. 11/22 Midwest Scholastic Championships: Sec 1 12th. and under Matthew Fouts. Sec. 2 8th .and under Jonathan Chao. Sec.3, 6th. and under Benjamin Klimek.Sec. 4, 3rd• and under Yushi Homma. 12/2 Elkhart Ladder -Samuel Elzerman. 12/3 DCC Quick-Gary Fox. 12/6 Evansville Swiss-Chris JohnsonlRichard Weaver. 12/6 City Knights Chess-Fengyee Zhou. 12/6 THCC December ScholasticSec 1. Jonathan ChaolKrista Selby/Andrew Huh. 12/6 Goshen Scholastic: K_3rd• Michael Phillips/Nic Jansen. 4th_6th.Devin Duffy. 7th._12th.(and adult) Mark Bauman. 12/13 Monday Chess, Hammond: Richard Lawrence. 12/14 Michiana Invitational- Bernard Parham II 12/16 Elkhart Ladder: Sec.1, Ronnie Yoder. Sec.2, Mike Vidulich. 12/17 Double Team, Logansport. Sec.1 Gary Fox.12/19 Christmas Blast, Michigan City: Lineas Baze. 12/18 Goshen Club Decmber: Joshua Weaver 12/27 Holiday Tournament: Jim Mills; State Quick: Jim Mills. State Blitz: Josh Bousum. State Junior Blitz: Jimmy Hildebrand. 116 E.C.C.C 10-min. tourney Larry Holdren. 116 DCC Quads- Gary Fox. 1110 New Year Open, Evansville-Logan Stalions. 1110 Goshen Regional Scholastic: Ith. and under Mark Bauman 9th. and under Cameron Donis 6th. and under Emily Grimes/Devin Duffy. 3rd• and under Alek Jansen. 9th and under Junior Varsity: Jim Schoeffler. 6th. and under Junior Varsity: Cassandra Stull/Peter Schrock.1I16 Marsh quads Sec 1, Gregory Fischer Sec. 2, Donnie Ross/Michelle Ross. Sec. 3 Nicole Ross. 1117 Joepye Winter Premier, Middlebury: John Cole. 1120 January Dble. Team DCC: Nate Johnston. 1127 Elkhart Year End Quickie: Sec. I Joshuwa Lewis Sec. 2, Orville Holdren. 1131 Scholastic Chess of Indiana Individual State Finals: HS-Patrick Mihelich. 9th.grade and under: Cameron Donis. 6th. grade and under: David Witwer. 3rd• grade and under: Aravind Subramanian. 9th. Grade and under N: Corey Roell. 6th. Grade and under N: Ryan Roby. 217 VanolBrooks Challenge Preliminary; Dennis Monokroussos. 2/7 Challenge Companion #5 Logan Stalions (first ISCA member, on tiebreak). Beginners' Challenge: Tracy ByerslKochise Bennett.
Recent tournament winners (reported from Mid-October to Mid-February):
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March 12-14 or 13/14 Challenge Companion #6. 5-SS, 40/90,20/30, 1st. Rd. Sat.GI75. Four County Counseling Center, 1015 Michigan Avenue, Logansport, IN 46947. 1st. Place $200, U1700 $150, Expert $120$40, Class A $100-$40. Class B $90-$40. Class C $$80-30. Class D & under $80-$30. (Based on 40 entries). Registration: Friday: 6-7 p.m. Sat: 8.30-9.30 a.m. Rounds: Friday: 7.30 pm. Sat: 10, 1,5 Sun: 10,2.30. Entry fee $30 recv'd by 3/10, $37 at site. Info/entry: Donley Chess Center, c/o Gary Fox, 134 Wheatleand Ave., Logansport, In 46947.574-722-4965 March 13 Beginners' Challenge #2. Open to players rated below 1200. 4-SS, Game/30. Trophies for 1st. Place, 2nd• Place, Class F, Class G and under 600. EF $10 ifrecv'd by 3/10, $15 at site. Reg: 10.30-11.30. Rounds: 12, 1.30, 3, 4.30. Accelerated pairings used if 30 or more entries. Entry/info; Gary Fox (see above). April 17118 Blaine's Fifty In Two. 5-SS, 5012. Arnerihost Inn, 6105 Cambridge Way, Plainfield IN (1-70 exit 66, SR 267, W ofIndianapolis). Limited to first 24 paid entries. EF: $40 if received by 4113, $50 at site. 100 percent ofEF's to prize fund, prizes awarded to 1st• through 5th. place, top under 1600. Reg. : 9.00-9.45. Rounds: 10-2-7, 10-3. Information and entry: Fair Play Chess, P.O. Box 353, Osceola IN 46561.. Telephone: (574)-257-9033. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. TDs please note: Announcements for tournaments run by ISCA members are presently publishedfree of charge. Chess In Indiana is published quarterly in March, June, September and December. The deadline for input is the zs". of the preceding month - however, most members will not receive CII before the u/: of the month of publication. -Editor. Notice: Most tournaments - with the noted exception of the State Championship - are not run by ISCA; tournament directors (TDs) are affiliated with the USCF and are not under ISCA's control. Please be on notice that it is the sole responsibility of the TDs to remit to the USCF any USCF dues they may collect and to file tournament results with the USCF for rating purposes. Tournament results posted in Chess In Indiana are obtained from USCF crosstables published as a courtesy by Joe Riegsecker on his website http://www.joepye.cnc.net/isca/. They may also be gleaned from the USCF website http://www.uschess.org.msa/. These po stings are generally available from 3 to 7 weeks after the date of the tournament, depending largely on how quickly they are filed by the TD. If you have played in a tournament in the past year, but do not see it listed under "Tournament Winners" in this or previous issues, it may mean (though this is unlikely) that your TD did not file the results with the USCF, with the result that your rating may be incorrect. In that case, we suggest you contact your TD and notify the Editor of Chess In Indiana.
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