Volume XVI Number 4

A Hoosier in the Land of Keres - Epilogue .... Championship games .... The Champion, Patrick Mihelich! ..Play It Forward (Holiday Editionl) ... Tournament Results ...Fyr on Board! .. Letters to the Editor ... Upcoming tournaments ... Coaches , Corner ... Top Indiana IOO •••See Contents, Page 3.

Mike Herron, Patrick Mihelich and Jason Doss and (not pictured) Dennis Monokroussos all tie for second place at the Indiana State Championship after GM Stanislav Smetankin captures first place ....but only a resident of Indiana gets to be our champion, and Patrick Mihelich wins the title on tiebreak points. Full story and many games inside.

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


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The Championship Tournament came and went on the weekend of September 20/21, and when the last move was recorded Patrick Mihelich, a student at Park Tudor High School in Indianapolis was declared the new State Champion on tiebreak points. Overall attendance - all sections was down about 10% from last year, but in all other respects the event was highly successful. Hopefully the Indiana Convention Center will be the home for our biggest tournament for years to come. At the Annual Members' Meeting, held between rounds on September 21, changes in the make-up of our Board of Directors were made, and are reflected in the new roster of officers listed on page 2 . Membership Director Joe Riegsecker and Treasurer Roger Blaine handed over the reigns of their respective functions to Dave Frey and Scott Reisinger, respectively; it is impossible to say enough about the unstinting service Joe and Roger have givel1ISCA over the past several years. We know they are waiting in the wings to help wherever they can when need arises. By a unanimous vote, Roger and the late Bob Rice were elected to the Indiana Chess Hall of Fame. You will note that Dave now fills the dual role of website director and membership director - a tough assignment but one that seems logical in that both functions involve the maintenance of a membership data base. Also at the meeting a revised dues schedule was proposed and agreed upon, as were plans for the ISCA Tour which will -no doubt after a few teething problems - start up early in 2004. Details of the way the Tour will work have changed a little since the preliminary plan was published in the September issue of Chess In Indiana; you can bring yourself up to date on new developments by contacting secretary Ben Dillon, or other members of the Web Committee, for details. The new slate of officers and the revised dues schedule are shown on page 2. Five amendments to ISCA's By-laws were approved by the members, most of which I will write about in the March issue. One change created cabinet positions - advisors to the president. Steve Cates has been appointed Games Administrator (responsible for the collection and dissemination of game scores to the web director and the editor); Roger Blaine is Chief Tournament Advisor, in which role his extensive experience as a tournament director will be called upon to help develop new tournaments and act as a resource to TDs throughout the State.. Meanwhile I am searching for volunteers to fill the Student Advisor and Media Administrator spots. The former will be filled by a student member, giving the youth of Indiana a voice on issues being considered by the board. The Media Director would work on giving ISCA a continuing connection with local and state-wide media outlets. Now a word about the future of ISCSA. As President, I am responsible not only for the effective administration of our Association, but also for implementing measures aimed at increasing its growth throughout our State. Indeed, the purpose of ISCA, as defined in its documents of incorporation, is to grow the game of chess in Indiana. Presently, ISCA membership numbers a little over 300 chessplayers out of some 2,000 Indiana resident members of the

USCF.In part, this is is due to the proximity of Illinois, with its large tournaments in the Chicago area that are available to Indiana chessplayers living in Gary and other Chicago suburbs in Indiana, and also to students who, while belonging to the USCF for rating purposes, see no need to belong to their State organization. With more members, we should see an increase in the number of tournaments, presently all too few, we can make available to Indiana based players. Accordingly, I am planning a membership campaign to redress the problem and meet our commitment to grow the game in our State. Last but not least, Dave Frey will post any club or tournament news you want on the website; please send information fo news director Aaron Dean who will see that it is forwarded to Dave and also to Ken Hamilton for possible inclusion in the magazine. May you have a happy holiday season and great New Year!
Gary Fox, President

CONTENTS Cover: Three (of the four!) Indiana players who tied for second place behind Minnesotan GM Smetankin in the Championship ... Page 2: Who's who in ISCA Page 3: You are here Page 5: State Champ - Patrick Mihelich! Page 8: Championship Crosstables Page 10: More Championship Games Page 20: Play It Forward Page 22: Hoosier in the Land of Keres - Epilogue Page 23: Fyr on Board! Page 25: Play it Forward Solutions/Indiana Top 100 Page 26: Coaches' Comer Page 27: Holiday Tournament Announcement! Back cover: Tournament Announcements/Winners

Editor's Comments Let's start off with letters - a pleasant one from Richard Thomas, who tells us he drive 750 miles one-way to play in the N.Y. State Championship over Labor Day: "I will drive anywhere to play at a decent time control.(!)" Here's some more, abridged due to lack of space: "Played in the Under 1800 - won my first game against a 13
year-old hotshot ...alas, it went downhill from there ...But - I had a hell of a good time! It is the oldest running US tournament extant - 1873 or 1883, I can't remember which. So the big ]'1. place trophy is engraved with all the past winners' names. I am checking it out now and note the winner in 1902 was B.Lasker. Well, the only B.Lasker I know of was, of course, Emanuael's older brother Bertholdwho was also a very strongplayer .... So I did some asking around and it was Berthold - he was in NYC on vacation and decided to play ....Anyway, I enjoyed it in spite of my dismal result and would recommend such a trip ...hope to see you all next week!"

Whether it be Chicago, New York, Las Vegas or any tournament our members enjoy, it's good to hear about it. Now for a not-so-pleasant letter.
"Dear Ken Hamilton, . in the latest CHESS IN INDIANA you speak so highly of the chess clubs in Indianapolis (Eastgate, Glendale and Chess Academy Parham} .... The Eastgate tournament takes place in a dying shopping mall and mainly attracts a small number of weak players. ..... While it's true that Bernie plays his unusual chess system with success, ...remember that Bernie beats people because he's an expert, not


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becuse he plays his queen out early. We chess-paying Hoosiers shouldn't brag about (any of these places) I'm not impressed by any of them. Signed, (?) Anonymous ISCA member. " My first - probably appropriate - reaction was to ignore this rather baleful letter ( the above version is drastically edited). Should letters "signed - Anonymous" be published? I decided to print it because it demonstrates how someone who at least knows how to spell is unable to understand what he reads. My article was clearly intended to let people know where they might play organized chess in Indianapolis .. Read the article in the September issue; it's news to me that Eastgate mainly attracts a small number of weak players. There was no "bragging." Maybe Mr. Anonymous should try making constructive comments regarding improving the club chess scene. Any suggestions or criticisms from our members are most welcome; they may not always be published but they will be responded to by Gary, me or other appropriate directors. But please, don't waste your time sending us anonymous letters of this type. They'll hit the round file faster than a dunk by Reggie. I had an interesting exchange of emails with Michael Greengard popular writer Mig of ChessBase and other chess websites - re Play it Forward. Mig had done something similar a couple of years ago, but asked if he could have some of my stuff for his Chess Ninja website, though he thinks it a bit too advanced for "Chess 10l." We also discussed a different technique for inserting diagrams into Word from CBase, which I may use in future. Then Sara Walsh ofUSCF wrote to us about the weekly electronic newsletter she is producing; the first issue came out in mid-November and included some examples I sent her of (you guessed it) Play it Forward. Games: I've filled this issue with a lot of games, mostly from the State Championship, and mostly annotated. Wherever available, I've used the winner's commentary, otherwise, my own, reinforced by Fritz 8 analysis. I don't think I've made too many glaring errors, but if you run your own Fritz (or whatever) overnight at 15 ply you may discover a refutation or two here and there! Don't hesitate to let me know .... Crosstables: I used Joe Riegsecker's www.concentric.net website to obtain the winners of tournaments rated by USCF since the September issue, and to key in the Championship crosstables. I've made it a rule to publish crosstable for major Indiana tournaments, only. They take up costly space, and can be obtained on the web - either on the ISCA website or the USCF website. I realize that not all members have access to the web, but those who do will be interested in this recent email from Joe: The USCF Member Services Area (http://www.uschess.orf!imsal) is now up and running at full speed. All available data (back to 1991) has been loaded and is now being updated daily. This calls into question the point of maintaining my own crosstable page. Comments are welcome. (Joe - please keep it going for a while yet! - Ed.) Just a hint for searching for tournaments - if you know the ending date of the tournament, enter it into the tournament search box in this format: yymmdd. ..for instance, to find the Indiana State Championship which ended September 21, 2003, put 030921 in the search box and you will get all tournaments which ended on that day. If you aren't sure of the exact day, you can enter yymm and get all tournaments that ended in that month, but that will give more results you have to pick through (030921 gives you 23 tournaments, 0309 gives you 355!). Another easy way to find a tournament is to search for a member who played in it.

E-mail problems? : some spam-catching programs -and by now most of us use them - may catch some of the mail we want to receive. A recent example being treasurer@indianachess.org, which got bounced by Scott Reisinger's e-mail program. For the time being, we sugggest you write Scott at msreisinger@hotmail.com. When you send any director an e-mail you should expect a response within 4 days; you'll likely get it within 48 hours. After 4 days without a response, try a phone call or even (1) snail mail..., the likely cause for the lack of response within a reasonable period will be an over-zealous anti-spam program. ISCA Website: Dave Frey has been working his tail off developing a program to handle the upcoming ISCA Tour, and updating the website to provide a wider variety of features useful to members. He writes: I've been working hard recently on the ISCA website. Originally it was scheduled to be released earlier this year, but due to other professional conflicts I had to put it off for a while (so I could make a living doing other websites). Some of the key features include an easier navigation sustem, upgraded discussion forum, java pgn viewer where you can upload your games and, most of all, automated tour information. Check back often at our new website, http://pawn.indianachess.org. This will be the place where folks can check out what I'm doing as I go along. Your feedback is always welcome! Feedback is important to me, too: let me have your ideas on how we can make Chess In Indiana all you would want it to be. Holiday presents?: recently I indulged (again) in my addiction for buying chess books. I guess my shelves contain about 160 books, none of which I've read from cover to cover. So why buy more? Answer: I fall for the hype that accompanies each new book that catches my eye. I occasionally buy books on particular openings, but I mostly go for games collections and instructional stuff on strategy and tactics ...OK, my latest editions and recommendations -

Small Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings (Sahovski Informator}.
I bought it because I was tired of trying to dig up ECO codes - you've got them all here, in a beautifully produced hardcover book, though the number of lines in each opening is somewhat limited. When will someone publish a book with names and ECO codes? This book doesn't give names, so if you're looking for a particular opening you have to find it via the diagrams in each section, Informator style. Am I glad I bought it? Yes ...it's fun to work with. Chess Strategy In Action (John Watson). A follow up to his highly successful Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy, and published by Gambit Publications under the watchful eye of Chess Director John Nunn, it's easy to dip into and learn something ...If you got "Secrets ..." you won't want to do without this one. My Great Predecessors, Part 1(Kasparov, Everyman Chess). Has any other chess book ever been so energetically marketed? Well, by and large, it's worth the price (Hey, I forget what I paid for any of these books -they're all widely available so you can shop around). It's another beautifully produced book, hardcover, a pleasure just to pick up - only a Philistine would dream of dog-earing its pages. Kasparov has selected games by Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine - as well as digressing with games from their predecessors and contemporaries - and annotated them in depth. He treats them all with tremendous respect, even admiration, but gives many mistakes in their analysis, thanks, partly, to Fritz .... Get this book if you can - but beware, you'll be bound to get hooked into buying the remaining volumes in the series, one by one, as they roll off the press. Ken Hamilton, Editor





The State Championship produced a down-to-the wire fmish, with 4 Indiana residents each coming second to visiting GM Stanislav Smetankin of Minnesota, with 4 points out of 5. Under ISCA's tie-breaking rules, Patrick Mihelich of Carmel was pronounced Champion. He writes: "I added the most to my game with Jay Carr, since I analyzed that one pretty thoroughly after the tournament. During the game I always felt like I was winning but, while that's probably true, things were more complicated than I realized at first ... I was also inspired by the game Aseev-Rashkovsky, 1998 (worth looking at in ChessBase) which appeared in Nunn's 'Understanding Chess Move by Move. ' In that game Rashkovsky tried a somewhat similar setup with a6 and e6 and was duly crushed. " Patrick Mihelich(2042) - Jay Carr (2000) [B09] Pirc Defense, Austrian Attack variation Indiana Championship l.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 S.NO 0-0 6.Bd3 a6?! 7.0-0 e6?! 8.Qel cS 9.eS NdS 10.Ne4 dxeS 1l.fxeS 11.dxe5 was better, preserving a stronger center -Ed. .11. dxe5 retains a clear advantage, but I would call it a 'soft' move, one which doesn't really punish the opponent. 11. fxe5! is the most direct way of taking advantage of Black's loss of time with a6 and weakening of the kingside dark squares with e6. White is justified in looking for more than a positional advantage 1l ...cxd4 12.BgS f6?! Jay should have ducked and gone Qb6 with counterploy.instead; he chooses to duke it out on f6 and exposes himself to a powerful pin - Ed. [ 12...Qb6 was a better defense, but White's attack (which includes the queen, all four minor pieces, and at least one rook) is too strong. 13.Qh4 Nd7 Forced. Black needs more coverage off6. 14.Nf6+ N7xf6 ( 14...Bxf615.Bxf6 N7xf616.exf6 Qxb2 17.Qh6! Nxf6 18.Ng5 wins.; 14...N5xf6 15.Bxf6 also gives a winning attack. 15...Qxb2 16.Ng5! h617.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Nxe6+! fxe6 19.Qe7+ Kg8 20.Bxg6 with a quick mate) 15.exf6 BhS 16.Ne5! The knight heads for h6. 16...Nb4 ( 16...h5 17.Qe4! with the decisive threat Nxg6.) 17.Ng4 h5 ( 17...Rd8 18.Nh6+ Kj8 19.Nxj7! is a killer) IS.Nh6+ ( 18.Qxh5 immediately is also crushing) IS...Kh7 19.Be4 with Qxh5 to follow. This does not exhaust the possibilities, but I think that it is impossible to defend Black's position even after Qb6.] 13.exf6 Nxf6 14.Qh4?! Patrick misses the best move - 14.Ne5! with 15.Qh4 next.-Ed. 14.Ne5 Nb8d7 15.Nxd7 Bxd7 16.Qh4 winning 14...Nbd71S.Nfd2 .Nxd4 is probably best. My idea was to continue 16. Nxf6 Bxf6 17. Rxf6! Nxf6 IS. Ne4, winning lS ...eS! Now 16. Nxf6 Nxf6 17. Ne4 Bf5 doesn't work, although it looks like White could simply pick off the e-pawn with 17. Rael instead. Even after missing the best continuations, I still have massive compensation for the pawn 16.Bc4+ Kh817.Nd6



Of course, Patrick needs no introduction. He was featured in our March, 2003 issue following his winning the 11tho grade national title in Atlanta, in December 2002. Then - as reported on our Scholastic Chess page in March, Patrick won the State High School Championship in Anderson, while still a junior at Park Tudor School. It gets even better! In March, Patrick shared in a three-way tie for the National High School Championship in Columbus, Ohio (See Chess Life, September, page 2S). Now a senior at Park Tudor H.S., Patrick has added the State Championship plaque to his growing collection of trophies. What a year he has had! I selected two games from the State Championship for this article (the other three, including Patrick's only loss, appear in the More Championship Games! pages), added a few comments and sent them to Patrick; he appended his own comments and analysis and here they are.


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Nb6? 17..Qe7 would have held the fort, though the defense would still have been difJicultEd,[This is the most interesting point in the game and deserves a close look. 17...Qe7 18.N2e4 bS White threatens simply Rf3 and Rafl, so Black must get his queen's rook to b6 ASAP. 19.Bb3 Rb8 20.Rf3 ( 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.Nxf6 Nxf6 22.Nj7+ Rxj7 23.Bxj7 Kg7 24.Bb3 Bf5 25.Rael Re8 is not convincing. With a solid position and strong central control, Black has reasonable compensation.) 20...Rb6 (20 ...Bb7 21.Rafl Bxe4 22.Nxe4 Rb6 is the same.) 21.Nxc8 Rxc8 22.Rafl Rf8 During the game I was not sure how to make progress here. Black is almost in zugzwang, with all his pieces tied down to defending f6, but he seems to be holding on. Even after the game it took me a long time to find a breakthrough. 23.Rh3! Black has no good way to meet the threat of Qxh7+!, winning back the pawn and retaining a strong attack despite the exchange of queens. (Probing on both sides of the board with 23.a4! may be even better, threatening to harass the rook with as and BdS. If Black attempts to escape the pin with 23...bxa4?! 24.Bxa4Qe6 White can go over to the attack. 25.Bxf6 Nxf6 26.Ng5 Qg8 27.Bb3 Rxb3 28.Rxb3 with a material advantage and strong pressure.) 23...Rc6 What else? Attempts to stop Qxh7+ only make Black's position worse. ( 23...h5? is too weakening. 24.Rhj3 and White will soon break through decisively with g4.; 23...Re8? 24.Qg3! Threatening Rxh7+. 24...Nj8 25.Qf3!+- The only way to defend f6 is N8d7, when White wins with Rxh7+.) 24.Qxh7+ Nxh7 2S.Bxe7 Rxfl + 26.Kxfl White's pieces are still much more active than Black's and the Black king remains in danger. The immediate threat is NgS. 26...Bf6 27.BdS! Rb6 28.Bd6! With a double threat ofNxf6 winning both center pawns and Bc7 winning the exchange. 28...Bd8 29.c3! Kg7 After 29. ...dxc3 30.Rxc3 the rook would penetrate decisively on the c-file. 30.cxd4 exd4 31.Rd3 White wins the d-pawn and likely the game. However this variation is very difficult, and 17.... Qe7 would have allowed Black to put up a stiff defense.] 18.Nf7+ Rxf7 19.Bxf7 Bf5 20.g4 Bxc2 21.Rxf6 Ouch! 21...Qc7 22.Rcl Jay resigned,for after 22...d3 comes 23. Bxg6 Bxf6 24. Bxf6+ Kg8 25.Bxd3and Black's scattered troops have nofight left Ed. 1-0 In our e-mail exchanges I posed a few questions aimed at revealing how Patrick has become so strong a player while still in high school: Ed: Patrick, who is your coach? PM: I have never had a regular coach Ed: What chess club do you attend, and how has it helped you? PM: I go as often as I can to the Midwest Chess center hosted by Lester van Meter, which has given me a lot of extremely useful experience. I am sure I would be a much weaker player without the MCC. I have met with GM Emil Anka from Hungary a couple of times when he came to visit the club, and last summer I went to the Castle Chess camp in Atlanta, including the two-day Koltanowski Seminar given by--GMsYurfSliillman-aiid-JuHoBecerra-Rivero;;;---------------Ed: What about the Park Tudor chess program? PM: The Park Tudor high school chess program currently is not very active - most of the other players who had an interest in tournament play graduated in the past couple years.

Ed: Yourfavorite GM? PM: If I lJ,a_l!_JQ.p_i~_1iI guess it would be Kasparov, for one, his brilliant games and for how he has stayed at the top for-so long. My favorite players are the ones who have creative styles. Ed: Favorite books? PM: Geller's games collection "The Application of Chess Theory" is an excellent book. I also like Sherevsky's "Endgame Strategy' and Polugaevsky's "6randmaster Preparation". Shirov's "Fire On Board" is fun but I don't understand any of the games ... Ed: Favorite openings? PM: The Sicilian Dragon is an old favorite of mine, and I'm starting to like the Ruy Lopez a lot (I don't think I'm giving away too much here!).
Ed.tHow much time do you spend on chess, and what other games do you enjoy playing? PM.: I'd say I spend a couple of hours a day on chess.... other than chess, I like to play soccer and frisbee.

Ed: Thanks, Patrick. Here's wishing you continued success in your remarkable tournament career. Quaitemes Williams is a strong A-class player from Ohio. He lost to Patrick in the second round, but managed to fmish the tournament with a respectable 3 points.

Quaitemes Williams(1868)- Patrick Mihelich(2042) (B77) Sicilian Dragon - Yugoslav Attack
Indiana Championship (Ken Hamilton ( Ed)., and Patrick Mihelich (PM) 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.f3 Bg7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Bc4 0-0 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.g4 Rb8 11.0-0-0 b5 This line-opening pawn sac is the point of 1O ...Rb8. White's setup with g4 seems too slow against this plan (PM) 12.Nxc6 [ 12.NdxbS NeS 13.Be2 BxbS 14.BxbS QaS IS.Be2 Qb4 with a very strong attack Ed. - Here Black has a beautiful thematic breakthrough, IS ... Rxb2!! 16.Kxb2 Nxf3! 17.Bxf3 Nxe4! No price is too high to open the long diagonal. Black should mate in a few moves. PM] 12...Bxc6 13.Bb3 (13. BdS b4! 14.Ne2 BxdS lS.exdS RbS! gives Black a strong attack. PM) a5 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.Bxd5 Qc716.a3 b4





the combination of the attack on the b-file and the al-h8 diagonal is very uncomfortable for White. Although Quaitemes had taken 10 minutes over 16.a3 - which looks like a lemon - he was ahead on time, having used 44 minutes versus Patrick's 57. With a column to fill, I thought I'd show a wild game played by Shirov, that fascinated the many kibitzers on ICC who tried to guess each successive move. Patrick told us he likes creative players' games, and also that he didn't understand any of Shirov's book "Fire on Board." I don't believe he meant that seriously, but I am sure he, and most of our readers, will enjoy this game. Ed Shirov - Atalik [CI6] French Defense European Team Tournament, 10.20.03 l.e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.eS Ne7 S.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.Qg4 Ng6 8.h4 hS 9.Qg3 Ba6 10.Ne2 Rh7

17.axb4 Questionable; perhaps 17.a4 b3 18.c3 would have provided a better defense? Ed.- In which case Black could win the bishop with 18...e6, while 18...Rfc8 followed by picking off the I-pawn with Qd7-a4 might be even stronger. PM.. 17...axb4 A somewhat strange choice, though keeping what appears to be a winning attack. The blunt Rxb4 looks better, while Fritz gives Black an out and out win with 17...Nxd5 (removing a protector of b3) 18.Qxd5 Rxb4 19.b3 a4 and the White King has to evacuate c1 in a hurry Ed. IS.Qd3 NxdS 19.exdS RfcS 20.Qb3 QaS I spent a lot of time looking at 20 ...Bc3!? However, White can survive for the moment with the cool 21.Rdfl! (I was worried about 21.Bd4 Qa5 22.bxc3 bxc3 23.Bxc3 but now Black wins with 23 ...Qa6! 24.Bb4 Rc4 25.Qa3 Qc8 -+) 2l...Ra8 22.Kdl! Bg7 although Black retains a large advantage. PM 21.Kd2 QbS Quaitemes had 18 minutes left to time control at move 30. Patrick only 6 ... Black's best move was 21...Rc3! 22.Ral (forced) Qb5 23.bxc3 Bxc3+ 24. Kdl Bxal 25.c4 Qa6, winning.Ed. 22.Qd3? I was happy to see this, as now I enter a pawn-up ending and I don't have to fmd any difficult moves before the time control. PM Qxd3+ 23.Kxd3 Bxb2 24.Rbl Fritz picks.24 ... Rc3+ as marginally better, in a rather complicated line that Black did well to avoid in time pressure - 25.Kd2 Rb5! 26. Rxb2 Rxd5+ 27.Ke2 Re5 28.Kd2 Rexe3 29.Rxb4 Rxf3 Ed 24 ...Bc3 2S.Bd2 RbS 26.Bxc3 Rxc3+ 27.Kd4 Rxc2 Black is winning quite easily - but Patrick had under three minutes left for his next three moves-Ed. 2S.Rb3 Rd2+ 29.Kc4 RdxdS 30.Rxb4 Rxb4+ Missing, right on time control, an easier win with Rbc5+ 31.Kb3 Rd3+ picking up the f-pawn. But Patrick has beaten the clock and retains a winning endgame. Playing winning chess doesn't require playing the very best moves all the time - just play practical moves, keeping the advantage and that is exactly what Patrick has done in this game Ed. 31.KxdS Rf4 32.Rel Kf8 33.Re3 Ra4 34.Rb3 Ra6 3S.h4 e6+ 36.Ke4 hS 37.gxhS gxhS 3S.Rb4 Kg7 39.f4 Ral 40.RbS Ra4+ 41.Kf3 dS 42.Rbl Ra3+ 43.Kg2 Kg6 44.Rb7 f6 with every move, White's position grows steadily worse Ed 4S.Re7 KfS 46.Rh7 Kxf4 47.RxhS Ra2+ 4S.Kh3 White decides to struggle on..Ed... 4S...Ra3+ 49.Kg2 Kg4 SO.Rh6 Rg3+ S1.Kf2 Rf3+ S2.Kg2 RfS S3.Kgl eS S4.Kg2 d4 SS.RhS RhS S6.Rf8 Rh6 S7.Kf2 Kxh4 SS.Kf3 KgS S9.Ke4 Rh4+ 60.Kf3 e4+ White resigned, having suffered more than enough. Ed. 0-1

a dubious move... 14.Kxfl cS







IS.NfS! Qc4+ 16.Kgl exfS 17.QxfS Nd7 alas, Black does not have 0-0 available IS.e6 Nf6 19.Rel Qxc3 20.exf7+ Kxf7 21.Qe6+ Kf8 22.Rh3 Qxd4 23.Rf3 Nxh4 24.Rf4 Qc3 2S.Bxh4 Rh6

It is interesting that Patrick refers, in the preamble to his game with Jay Carr, to Dr. John Nunn's book "Understanding Chess Move by Move" in that Jason Doss, in an interview that appeared in the May 2002 issue, said Irving Chernev's "Logical Chess, Move by Move" had been an early favorite of his. Readers take note! - perhaps you might find these or similar books useful in your questfor improvement. Patrick's play has engendered a healthy respect among his opponents for his tactical ability. In reviewing Patrick's games I was struck by the depth of his analysis; to my mind, concentration, and calculating ability are key to success in chess and Patrick displays both in his games. Ed.

26.ReS 26.Re3 was also winning resigns 1--0

26 ... Qd2 27.Bxf6






63rd. INDIANA STATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP CROSSTABLE Championship Section # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43

Name Stanislav Smetankin Dennis Monokroussos Jason R. Doss Mike K. Herron Patrick Mihelich Gerald A. Larson James Stephen Cates Scott W. Bent Bernard Parham Jay A. Carr Azrnat S. Hussain Garrett L. Smith Quaitemes E. Williams Rev. Michael L. Gant Michael Wiseman Ben Inskeep Leslie C. Kistler John L. Easter Nathaniel Criss Robert L. Banta Jason A. Fried Edward Sweetman Kenneth Hamilton Jim H. Dean Dennis Geisleman Aaron Dean Thomas J. Harris Drew Hollinberger Richard J. Arnold Andrew Kobalka Eddie D. Labin Cameron L. Donis Walt H. Thompson Tim Lambie-Hanson James A. Mills Lester L Van Meter Glenn W. Snow KevinD. Fyr Benjamin Dillon Mark R. Beatty Michael S. Zabawa Abdovlae Diallo Jeffrey Bulington

Rtng 2529 2337 2328 2086 2048 2119 2014 2002 2000 2000 1995 1986 1926 1908· 2200 2034 1972 1939 1915 1855 1839 1814 1751 2245 2076 2011 1900 1807 1756 1667 1631 1917 1907 1560 2216 2200 2003 1961 1730 1305 1860 1754 1564

Post 2530 2331 2332 2103 2071 2122 2025 2018 2000 2000 1999 1991 1937 1960 2200 2029 1969 1956 1924 1872 1861 1823 1776 2234 2062 2000 1903 1809 1751 1671 1635 1885 1891 1594 2200 2200 1986 1939 1747 1301 1853 1735 1554


Rd 1 W36 W19 W27 D20 W22 W41 W28 W23 L39 D30 W31 D34 W15 W36 L13 W43 W42 W35 L2 D4 W37 L5 L8 W33 W32 D29 L3 L7 D26 D10 L11 L25 L24 D12 L18 L14 L21 L1 W9 B--L6 L17 L16

Rd2 W6 W16 W11 W29 W13 D18 W40 L1 W42 D34 L3 W30 L5 L24 W22 L2 W39 D6 W43 D26 D25 L15 D27 W14 D21 D20 D23 W38 L4 L12 B--L37 L36 D10 W41 W33 W32 L28 L17 L7 L35 L9 L19

Rd3 W25 L5 W7 W17 W2 H--L3 W28 D31 W40 W34 D21 L26 W37 W20 H--L4 D25 W35 L15 D12 H--H--L1 D18 W13 H--L8 D30 D29 D9 W43 W42 L11 L19 U--L14 B--U--L10 U--L33 L32

Rd4 W3 W17 L1 W5 L4 W11 W19 D18 W21 W26 L6 W24 W29 W25 H--W38 L2 D8 L7 W30 L9 W40 D33 L12 L14 L10 W28 L27 L13 L20 H--D34 D23 D32 U--U--U--L16 U--L22 U--F--F---

Rd5 D4 W14 W10 D1 W10 D7 D6 W16 X15 L5 W18 L2 W31 L3 F--L8 D20 L11 D21 D17 D19 W33 W32 U--U--U--U--W34 X--B--L13 L23 L22 L28 U--U--U--U--U--F--U--U--U---


4.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Players with equal scores are listed in order of opening rating, per USCF crosstable. B==whole point bye, H=halfpoint bye, X=default win, F=default loss U=unplayed. CHESS IN INDIANA Page 8 DECEMBER, 2003

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John K. Wortinger Alexei Gordounov Kristopher Lane Williams Joe H. Swindler Jerry W. Crouch Jonathan Portugal Evan Hanley Jimmy Humphrey David Witwer Mark R. Frank Chris B. Savage Mike C. Cochran Steven J. Steppe _ T_Qffi_D,_Black Christopher Johnson Anthony Woods Daniel Feinstein Anne Abou Nikolay S. Ivanov Brandon Pherson Latreze Townsend Gary Hilburn McClain Bishop La'mar T. Munn Alek J. Jansen Eshak Y ousak Jerry Christner Gerald E. Thomas Jerry J. Hill David M. Konnert Rogerio Ferreira Charles Sutphin Christopher Lambie-Hanson Terry R. Perkins Adam Diallo Andrew W. Sutphin Dylan M. Dale Josh E. Hinson Carlos Harbert Joseph Peterson Falilou Keita DeWayne Crayton Andrew M. Pierce Gabriel J. Griggs David A. Deventer Benjamin Klimek Travis Blazer Mathew Leach Cedric Prier Alex Santiago Christopher Harbert Brandon Hardwick Thomas Eugene Byers Rev. DeWayne Van Hom David M. Stader Kenneth Hall A. J. Varner Roger Lee Hendrick Michael Vidulich James F. Bowman Steve A. Fulp Tyler B. Houser Dean Leo Jansen Eric S. Miller Kevin Prier Benjamin Pitchkites Jonathan Beatty Carter Dulington

1674 1638 1750 1739 1545 1533 1530 1144 1,671 1662 1661 1441 1691 1628 1620 1614 1608 1545 1543 1539 1446 1421 1343 1300 1112 Um 1638 1520 1500 1470 1375 1346 1329 1323 1317 1209 1198 970 1596 1400 1393 1309 1365 1334 1310 1302 1299 1269 1249 1075 1402 1344 1278 1266 1260 1257 1193 Um 1698 1248 997 965 964 Um 1435 Um 1172 1166



Rd 1


W7 W16 W18 L6 W45 W4 L1 W11 D33 D34 L8 W55 W17




1738 IN W34 W41 1677 IN W47 W22 IN W48 W12 1757 W40 1735 IN W31 1549 IN L54 W68 1598 IN W56 W23 1546 IN W57 W49 1412 IN W39 W30 1656 IN D21 W36 IN W46 L24 1642 1647 IN W45 D32 1488 IN W37 L3 W28 1696 IN W44 1597______ lli_______ D25____J.,J3 _ 1628 IN W52 W42 1621 IN W67 W59 IN W53 W54 1596 TN W60 !558 W55 1526 KY W68 D58 1529 IN L49 W50 1465 TN D9 W63 1437 IN W61 L2 1346 IN W66 L6 1428 IN W27 WI0 1258 IN L28 L29 1492 IN L41 W46 1585 IN L24 L55 IN 1503 W25 L13 1500 IN W25 L60 1431 IN L8 L36 1387 IN L4 W57 IN W30 1369 L9 1413 IN D39 W14 1386 IN Ll W67 TN 1370 D14 W65 1319 IN L9 W30 1227 IN W43 Ll2 1113 IN L40 L45 1561 IN D33 L8 1400 IN W38 L4 1420 TN W26 L1 1360 IN W62 Ll5 IN L37 1309 L58 1330 IN L13 W61 1253 IN Ll1 W38 1276 IN L26 LlO 1204 IN W62 L2 1230 IN L63 L3 1332 TN L7 W20 1159 IN D65 L20 TN 1380 L59 D56 1315 IN Ll5 W66 1271 IN Ll7 W64 1293 MI Ll7 W5 1267 IN Ll8 W27 1283 TN L6 D51 1189 IN L7 L31 1238 IN W43 D19 1684 IN W51 Ll6 1219 IN W29 LlO 969 IN L22 L44 943 IN L42 L47 985 IN L21 W48 1037 IN L32 L53 1352 TN D50 135 1018 IN L23 L52 1135 TN L34 Ll6 1125 TN Ll9 L5

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W24 L2 Ll3 L3 D32 W47 W58 W54 D37 Ll5 W43 W44 D50 W53 D52 W67 H--L40 D9 DlO W64 L40 D23 W46 W63 W36 D49 W60 L25 L26 L5 L38 L20 W61 D41 D27 L14 D29 L28 L22 L12 W65 D66 L21 U--L42 L48 B--L39 L35 L56 D57 130 F---

W6 W3 5.0 4.5 W13 D8 W15 Ll 4.0 4.0 W35 W20 W40 W26 4.0 4.0 Ll W19 W33 4.0 D21 D2 4.0 D12 W31 3.5 W52 W32 3.5 W56 W16 3.5 D9 W34 3.5 U--L2 3.0 D42.____ _ W3_7_ __ .3.0 F--L3 3.0 W17 Lll 3.0 W44 Ll6 3.0 U--W22 3.0 W24 L6 3.0 W42 L4 3.0 U--D8 3.0 LlO W47 3.0 H--3.0 W50 W40 Ll9 3.0 W48 W42 3.0 W28 L5 3.0 W62 W54 2.5 L26 D33 2.5 L34 2.5 W55 D54 W57 2.5 W58 L9 2.5 H--2.5 W58 L7 D28 2.5 W29 2.5 Ll2 L4 U--2.5 H--W58 2.5 Ll4 2.5 D55 W52 2.5 D41 U--2.0 L5 L24 2.0 U--D39 2.0 L20 L25 2.0 W61 W60 2.0 W60 L17 2.0 L50 W62 2.0 W67 W63 2.0 W63 L22 2.0 L25 W64 2.0 U--D14 2.0 W45 L23 2.0 U--1.5 LlO L38 1.5 H--U--1.5 D30 L27 1.5 D38 L29 1.5 L11 U--1.5 W65 130 1.5 131 L36 1.5 F--U--1.0 L44 L43 1.0 L43 1.0 L27 L45 1.0 L47 L46 1.0 W68 L48 1.0 L57 U--0.5 F--U--0.5 L46 F--0.0 L64 U--0.0






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Bxb6 27.Qb3 Bxd4 28.Nxd4 Ba8] 2S...Be7 26.Qb3 bS 27.NeS BxeS 2S.RxeS still with a strong advantage. I was unhappy that I'd handed a pawn back, but I was confident I would win this game 2S...RaS 29.Qe3 Qe7 30.h3 Qf8 31.Nh2 aiming for f6 31...BeS 32.Qe3 Bd7 33.Ng4 Bxg4 34.hxg4 Ra4 Best now is 3S.Rxc6 Qxa3 36.Qxa3 Rxa3 37.RcS b4 38.RxdS Ra2 39.Rd6 b4 Stanislav Smetankin - Jim Dean RbS 3S.Rb1 ReaS 36.Rxe6 Rxa3 37.QeS Now my winning [BI4] Caro Kann chances have improved - again 37 ...Ra1 Nothing wrong with 38. QxbS - but maybe I didn't see it. (!) 3S.Qxf8+ Kxf8 39.Rec1 l.e4 e6 2.d4 as 3.exdS exdS 4.e4 Nf6 S.Ne3 g6 6.Qb3 Bg7 Rxb1 40.Rxb1 RbS 41.f4 Ke7 42.Kf2 Kd7 43.Ke3 b4 44.gS 7.exdS 0-0 S.Be2 Na6 9.BO Qb6 10.Qxb6 axb6 1l.Nge2 Nb4 Ke6 4S.g4 KbS 46.f5 The game is absolutely even - Fritz gives = 12.0-0 RdS 13.d6 Rxd6 14.Bf4 Rd7 1S.BeS Nd3 16.Bxf6 Bxf6.JQrulLlines46 ••.• 38 47.Kf4R3Z. R _. 17 .Nd5Rd(;I8:63Bc(;? ·Here's-where Jirii's-problems-stan: 18...BfS was best 19.Nxf6+ exf6. 20.Bxb7 Ra7 21.BO Nb4 22.Ne3 Rdd7 23.a4 Ne2? Jim made very few errors in this game - this was the second, but it was enough. Best was 23 ...Rac7 with fighting chances despite being a pawn down Former State Champ Jim Dean made a great start to the tournament, winning his first two games - but then came a cropper against GM Stanislav Smetankin, who displayed impressive technique in the following, 3rd• round game.

24.dS! Nxa1 2S.dxe6 fxe6 26.Rxal Rae7 27.NbS Re2 28.h3 Rb2 29.Re1 Rxb3 30.Re6 Rbl+ 31.Kh2 Rb4 32.Rxe6 Rxa4 33.Rxf6 Ra6 34.Ne3 Ra3 3S.NbS Ra6 36.Re6 Kg7 37.Kg3 Ra2 38.Rxb6 Rb2 39.Rd6 Rxd6 40.Nxd6 Rd2 41.Ne4 Rb2 42.h4 RbS 43.Ng~ Rb2 44.Nh3 RbS 4S.Be4 RaS 46.Nf4 RbS 47.0 RaS 4S.Kh3 RbS 49.g4 RaS SO.gS RbS S1.hS Black resigns Scott Bent had a good tournament, finishing with a four-way tie for 6th• place. He hasn't played as much chess as he would have liked recently, and maybe I helped scrape a little rust off his analytical ability ...if I'd scraped a little more off mine in this 15t.round game then who knows what might have happened ...

48.Ke3? time to push the e-pawn; I began to waffle, losing my grasp of the position 48 ...Ra3+ 49.Kd2? Better to have returned to f4, then push the e-pawn. 49...Ke4 SO.e6 fxe6 S1.fxe6 Ra2+ S2.Ke3 Ra6 Ouch! S3.Rel + Kb3 S4.ReS Rxe6+ SS.Kd3 Rd6 S6.RbS Better Rc7 - still losing, but getting my rook onto h file where it can attack Black from the side S6...Ka4 S7.Rb7 b3 SS.Ke3 Better Rxh7, as noted previously SS...Re6+ S9.Kb2 Re2+ 60.Kb1 Rd2 61.Rxh7 Ka3 62.Ra7+ Kb4 63.Rb7+ Ke3 64.Re7+ Kxd4 6S.Re6 Rg2 66.Rxg6 Rxg4 Time ran short, I kept no more score - after several more moves I was forced to resign. I might have made a better go of it, and even a draw, with the following line offered by Fritz:67.Kb2 Kc4 68.Rc6+ KbS 69.Rd6 RxgS 70.Kxb3 Rg3+ 71.Kc2 Kc4 72.Rc6+ 0-1 Garrett Smith, one of several highly-talented teenagers who may well attain master level before graduating from high school, had scored 3 points in the first 4 rounds before meeting Dennis Monokroussos in the fmal round. Dennis, who currently makes his home in the Fort Wayne area, finished in a 4-way tie for second place

Ken Hamilton (1752) - Scott Bent (2000) (D55) QGD
l.e4 Nf6 2.Ne3 e6 3.NO as 4.d4 Be7 S.BgS 0-0 6.e3 b6 7.exdS exdS S.Bd3 Nbd7 9.0-0 ReS 10.Rc1 Stronger is IO.BbS. [ IO.BbS Ne4 Il.Bxe7 Qxe7 I2.NxdS Qd6 I3.Rcl] 10...Bb7 1l.Bxf6 Bxf6 Better was Nxf6 12.NbS White has close to a winning advantage 12...Re8 13.Nxa7 RaS 14.NbS Re8 1S.b4 Be7 16.Qb3 e6 17.Ne3 Nf8 18.BfS Re7 19.Na4 g6 20.Bd3 Re8 21.Rfdl Ne6 22.e4 Too ambitious. White could keep a firm control over the game with a3, relieving the queen of the task of guarding b4. 22 ...Nf4 23.eS Nxd3 24.Qxd3? overlooking that this - instead of the steadier Rxd3 - loses the b pawn. But White still retains a strong advantage 24 ...Bxb4 2S.a3 a more complicated line with unclear results was: [2S.Rbl BaS 26.Nxb6

Garrett Smith (1969)- Dennis Monokroussis (2349) (B90) Sicilian (Najdorf)
l.e4 eS 2.NO d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Ne3 exd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be3 eS 7.Nb3 Be6 S.Qd~ Nbd7 9.0 b5 10.a4 b4 1l.NdS BxdS 12.exdS Nb6 13.Bxb6 Qxb6 14.aS Qb7 1S.Be4 Be7 16.Ra4 RbS 17.Qd3 0-0 1S.Bxa6 Qa7 19.Nd2 Nd7 19...NxdS would win back a pawn and get a better position to boot [ 19...NxdS 20.QxdS Qxa6 21.Nc4 Rfc8 22.b3 RcS] 20.Nb3 rs 21.BbS NeS 22.Nxe5 QxeS 23.Be6 e4 24.Qe2 Bd8 25.a6 Bb6 26.Rfl Ba7 27.Kdl Rf7 28.Kel Re7 29.Re1 ReS 30.f4 Re7 31.Kb1 e3 32.Rd1 Re4 33.g3 g6


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34.Rd3 Qc4 minimize the damage, he wants to clog up e4 ifhe can. 43.Qxb6 Nxf4 44.Qc7+ Kg6 45.Qxd6 Nxg2 46.Rxe8 Rxe8 47.Nd3 Here --I thought lwas just winning; but Black has numerous-practical resources because of the awkwardness of White's King. 47 ...Nh4 48.Ne5+ Rxe5 49.Qxe5 Qd8 A strong move creating counterplay! f3 is weak and there are multiple tricks with Qxd2 and Nf3+ forking everywhere. 50.Qe3 Ne4?! Declining winning 2 pieces for the rook, I assume the 2 passers on the queenside and his low time made this unattractive. 51.Nxe4 N13+ 52.Kf2 Bxe4 53.Qf4 Qd4+ 54.Qe3 Qe5 55.Rdl Qxh2+ 56.Bg2 Qh4+ 57.Ke2 Qg3 58.Qb6+? The Queen needs to be near the king to help defend. This makes the resulting position unclear and very hard to defend. 58 ...Kh5 59.Rhl + Nh4 60.Bxe4 fxe4

35.Ra5 unfortunately allowing 3S b3. The advantage passes in one move from White to Black 35 b3 36.cxb3 Qxd3+ 37.Qxd3 e2 White resigns 0-1 Reigning champion Jason R. Doss was on track to retain his title when he stumbled against Smetankin in the 4th. round. At one time it looked as if Jason was going to notch the win but, as he explains below, things went awry.

Doss,J (2328) - Smetankin,S (2529) [A31] Sicilian (by transposition)
(Jason Doss) l.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.N13 cxd4 4.Nxd4 b6 5.Nc3 Bb7 6.13 d6 7.e4 e6 8.Be3 a6 9.Qd2 Be7 10.Be2 0-0 11.0-0 Nbd7 12.Rfdl Qc7 13.Rac1 Rac8 14.Bfl Qb8 15.Qf2 Bd8!? Thus far a completely normal Hedgehog position. Bd8 is somewhat unusual, more normal being a Re8-BfS-g6-Bg7 type maneuver. 16.Na4?! Premature ...better is the immediate b4, following countless examples in similar positions. Black can play Nc5 taking advantage of the inaccuracy. 16...Bc7 17.Qh4 17.b4 might run into a d5! exploding the center and hitting the soft h2-pawn with the Queen-Bishop battery. 17...Rfe8 18.b4 Ba8 19.Khl Kh8?! 20.a3 Rcd8 21.Bg5 Kg8 22.Rc2 h6 23.Bcl Ne5 24.Qf2 Kh7 25.Be2 Rg8 Black is the first to create a change in the structure with this Rg8->g5 idea. It is a well-known maneuver in hedgehogs popularized by Former World Women's Champion OM Susan Polgar. Here it seems a mistake though, the king seems to be left weak, and the pawn structure looks too brittle. 26.Be3 White encourages the g5 break by showing a willingness to break through on the queenside with c5! when Black's pieces will be disorganized preparing the King-side attack. 26 ... g5 27.Rdcl Ng6 28.Nb3 Nd7 29.Qgl Defending h2 again in case of a dS break. 29 ...Nge5 30.Rc3 White wants to play c5, but the Knight on b3 is loose. 30 ... g4 31.f4 Ng6 32.Nd2 f5? This just weakens the white-squared diagonal to the King, probably a decisive error. 33.Bd3 RgfS 34.Qf2 Bc6 35.Nb2 Qa8 36.exf5 exfS 37.Rel! Black's rook on fS cannot move, so the e-file should be White's to infiltrate upon. 37 ...Rde8 38.Rccl Bd8 39.Kgl Bf6 40.Bd4 Be4? 41.Bfl? Nxe4! is very strong and good. [41.Nxe4± fxe4 42.Bbl e3? If anything else, White plays Be3 and spends the rest of the game attacking e4 and d6. 43.Qc2!+-] 41...Bc6 42.Bxf6 Nxf6 Black has done well to

61.Qf2?? Completely missing the rook hanging on hl , in Smetankin's time pressure I make the big blunder. 61...Qd3+ 62.Kel Qbl+ 63.Kd2 Qxhl 64.Qf7+ Ng6 65.Qf5+ A lucky shot, there are many practical chances from here on out, but they were blown. 65 ...Kh4 66.Qxg6 There is no more recorded from the game. Black played very quickly with about a minute left while White blundered continuously. 0-1 Against each of his other four opponents Jason showed no mercy. In the following game Steve Cates suffered his only loss of the tournament, an awesome, Capa-like effort by the popular ICC administrator ....

Jason Doss (2328) - Steve Cates (2035) [D46] QGD Semi-Slav
l.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Bd3 e6 4.Nd2 Nbd7 5.Ng13 Bd6 6.c4 c6 7.0-0 0-0 8.e4 dxe4 9.Nxe4 Nxe4 10.Bxe4 Nf6 1l.Bc2 c5 12.Qd3 cxd4? 12...h6 was called for, preventing Bg5 13.Bg5 Black has 2 alternatives in this uncomfortable position. The better of the two is l3 ..Re8, when after 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.Qxh7+ KfS he has fS as a flight square, while the queen quards the dpawn. So after ... 13...Re8 White plays 14.Nxd4 .... eS 15.Rfel Bb4 16.Bxf6 Qxf6 17.Qxh7+ KfS and White is a pawn up with a good position. Steve chooses the other alternative, which loses quite quickly 13...g6 14.Qxd4 Be7 15.Qh4 Re8 16.Radl Nd7 17.Ba4 Black has no good moves 17... f6 18.Qe4 Bf8 19.Bxf6 Now ...Qxf6 20.Bxd7 re7 21.Bxc8 Rxc8 22.b3 and White is a pawn up with a better pawn structure and a comfortable game 19...Nxf6 20.Rxd8 Nxe4 21.Rxe8 Black resigns. Jason played this game in great style. 1-0


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Tom Harris, long a fixture at tournaments around the State, and until recently ISCA's corporate secretary, remains one of our keenest players. It took quite a while for Jason to break down his defences in the following well-played game. 22.Bh4 Qxh4+ 23.Rxh4 Kxfl 24.Qf2 Nxe5 25.0-0-0 Nfd7 26.Qf4 Kf6 Lasker reborn? 27.b4 Nb6 2S.Qd4 Nbc4 Fritz really, really likes Black's position now. 29.g3 b6 30.Qf4 The queen was doing nothing on d4; in fact f4 was the only move it could make ... 30 ... a5 Black is in trouble on the queenside, but not much can be done about it 31.b5 cxb5 32.Qd4 Back again, so soon? 32 ... Bb7 33.Rfl Ke7 34.h6 Rh7 The buck stops here . 35.Kc2 b4 36.Qf4 Yep, this has more possibilities than d4 . 36 ...RcS 37.Qg5+ Kd6

Jason Doss (2328) - Tom Harris (1900) [E81] KID Saemisch
Ever noticed how most of Jason's games arrive at an identifiable opening by transposition? l.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 d6 4.Nc3 g6 5.e4 Bg7 6.13 0-0 7.Bg5 h6 S.Be3 a6 9.Qd2 Kh7 10.Nge2 Nbd7 H.Ncl Ne5 12.Be2 RbS Tom has played the opening well-tit will be interesting to see if and how - Jason breaks through 13.h3 perhaps to allow f4 without the N going to g4 13... QeS Tom has enough lumber on the kingside to protect his king, and sets his sights on a queenside breakthrough 14.a4 ...which Jason nips in the bud 14... b6 15.f4 Ned7 16.Nd3 Now e5 is under attack 16... e6 an interesting counter-attempt but too slow. l7.e5 is still possible - ...dxe5 18.fxe5 Ng8 19.a5 (whittling away support for c5) Nxe5 20.Nxe5 Bxe5 21.ab Qe7 or 17...Ng8 18.a5 Ne7 19.dxe6 fxe620.exd6 Nf5 21.axb6 Nxe3 22.Qxe3, with advantage to White in both lines. Jason apparently preferred to avoid these somewhat tricky lines and chose to adopt a more patient approach, maintaining a strong center 17.Nf2 exd5 IS.cxd5 Bb7 19.0-0 Qe7 20.Rael RbeS 21.B13 QdS 22.g4 NgS 23.Kg2 BcS 24.h4 f5 Black eschews 24 ...Qxh4, in view of25.Rhl. But opening up the king's position is rash, as White's rooks are better poised to attack on the g and h files 25.exf5 gxfS 26.g5 Ne7 27.Bh5 Tempting, but h5 was the way to continue the attack (per Fritz) 27 ...Ng6 2S.Rgl Rhl looked better; now Black could play Nxh4+ with an unclear position 2S...RgS 29.Nh3 Nxh4+ Now Tom decides it's safe to grab the h-pawn 30.Kfl Ng6?? ...Re7, followed by 31.Qf2 Bxc3 (uncovering protection of g6) 32.bxc3 Ng6 might have held for a while 31.Bxg6+ Kxg6 32.gxh6+ Black resigns, as Kxh6 is met by 33.Ng5 with the threat ofNf7+ winning the queen. Then 33 ...Qf7 is met by 34.Qh2+ Kg6 35.Ne6+ Kf6 or Kf7. 36.Qg6++ If 32 ...Kh7 33.Ng5+ Kg6 34.Ne6+ wins the queen. Tom fought toe-to-toe with Jason for almost the entire game, but fell to a sudden sucker-punch at the end. 1-0 Nattering back and forth on ICC, Jason told me his game with Rev. Michael Gant was "hilarious." (read: "wild."). Rev. Gant had an impressive tourney, fmishing with 3 full points and boosting his rating from 1885 to 1929. Here's the game, with my irreverent comments ....

Black's pieces look a trifle more harmonious than White's. The queen is in virtual bondage 3S.Rxf5? Nxe3+ 39.Qxe3 Rxc3+ 40.Qxc3 bxc3 41.Rg5 d4 42.Rg7 Be4+ 43.Kdl d3 Fritz scores the position - 20.47, more often than not a winning advantage ... 44.a4 What else? 44 ...B13+ White resigns 0-1 Just to show that Rev. Gant is no slouch (!) here is his win over Lester Van meter - no slouch, either (five times Indiana State Champion).

L.Van Meter (2213) - Mike Gant (1885) Dutch Defense [A8?]
l.d4 f5 2.g3 g6 3.N13 Bg7 4.b3 Nf6 5.Bg2 c6 6.0-0 0-0 7.c4 d5 S.Ba3 ReS 9.Qc2 e6 10.Rdl Ne4 H.Nc3 Nd7 12.e3 Ndf6 13.Ne5 Nxc3 14.Qxc3 Ne4 15.Qc2 Qa5 16.Bb2 Bxe5 17.dxe5 Bd7 IS.13 Ng5 19.e4 fxe4 20.fxe4 Qb6+ 21.Bd4 Qa5

Rev. Michael Gant (1885) - Jason Doss (2328)
(ASO) Dutch Defense l.d4 rs 2.c3 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.Nd2 d5 5.e3 Bd6 6.f4 Nbd7 7.Ng13 h6 S.Bh4 RgS 9.Ne5 g5 10.fxg5 hxg5 I1.Bg3 Qe7 a somewhat more wild line is: [ I1...Bxe5 12.dxe5 Ng4 13.Qe2 Ngxe5 14.00-0 Qe7 15.Nf3 Nxf3 16.gxf3 c6 17.h4 But that isn't Jason's style] 12.Be2 Bxe5 13.dxe5 Nh7 maybe I spoke too soon ... 14.Bh5+ KdS Fritz is giving White a whole pawn advantage here with 15.c4 or 15.0-0(!) 15.Qe2 Qg716.N13 c617.h3 Nhf8 Fritz says all is equal,now IS.h4 g4 19.Ng5 Ke7 20.BfI RhS 21.h5 A cunning trap? 21...Qxg5! Three pieces for a queen? What trap?

22.b4 or 22.Qc3 Qxc3 23.Bxc3 protects e4 as the dl rook has a clear shot at the bishop on d7. White has a big positional advantage but loses it with his next move, which allows Nxe4 .. 22.h4? Nfl? Black decides not to look the gift horse in the mouth 23.Rfl Rf8 24.exd5 cxd5 25.h5 NhS 26.cxd5 RacS


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27.Rxf8+ Rxf8 2S.QcS Qd2 29.Be3 Qb2 30.Qd4 Qxd4 starting with 33. Qxf6. 37...gS 3S.Rle7+ Kg6 39.g4 All roads 3l.Bxd4 b6 32.Bh3 Rf3 33.Bf2 gxhS 34.Rcl Ng6 3S.Rc7 NxeS lead -quickly- to Rome, here. 39. Rg8+, or Rg7+ or RfS all lead 36.dxe6 BeS 37.Bg2 White rejects - or misses? - the obvious to mate. 39...Qc2 40.Rg7+ Kh6 41.Re6+ Qg6 42.Rexg6+ hxg6 3TRXiiT37:.:Rd33KBe4F()i the last dozen orfnore in()ves-----43;gxIi5-gxIi54"~hxgS#"-T'::O----White has maintained a winning advantage; now, in a tricky position, he gives away much of it.Yet 38.Be4 looks strong, forking the rook and h pawn.....the reason Fritz prefers 38.a4 is because it shuts off Black's bishop from b5, maintaining the threat of Rc8 as well as Rxa7. It's the kind of position the great chess trainer and writer Dvoretsky asks you to solve...if you can. 3S...Rd1+ 39.Kg2 Rd2 40.Bxh7+ Kf8 41.BfS Bc6+ 42.Kf1 BbS+ 43.Kg2 Bc6+ 44.Kf1 Rxa2 Now 45.Rh7 would maintain a level position (Fritz). Instead, Lester blunders, allowing the Black rook the clean sweep of the second rank. 4S.Be3? BbS+ 46.Rc4 or 46.Kel Rd2+ and Rxe3. 46. Kgl is worse, ...Nf3+ 47.Khl Rh2# 46...Nxc4 47.Bh6+ Ke7 4S.BgS+ Kd6 49.bxc4 Bxc4+ SO.Kgl Bxe6 S1.Bf4+ KdS S2.Bg6 Ra4 S3.BxhS Ke4 S4.Bg6+ Kf3 SS.BeS Ral + S6.Kh2 BdS S7.BhS+ Kf2 SS.Kh3 Rh1+ S9.Kg4 Bf3+ 0-1 As is often the way, several talented players had disappointing results; among them were Expert Glenn Snow and young teenager Cameron Donis (a sure bet to be a future champion, see Chess In Indiana, September). When they faced off in the second round, each had already dropped a full point, Glenn to last year's Reserve Champ, Jason Fried, and Cameron to Expert Dennis Geisleman. I was drawn to this game by the comment Glenn had scrawled across the scoresheet: "Check out move 33!!" - so I did.

Jim Dean awaits the approaching Stanislav Smetankin for his 3rd. round game, while on the next board Patrick Mihelich prepares to make hisfirst move against Dennis Monokroussos. In the 3rd• round our eventual champion scored a key win over Dennis Monokroussos...

Glenn Snow (2003) - Cameron Donis (1846) (B30) Sicilian Defense
1.e4 cS 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Be2 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 S.Rel e6 6.c3 Nge7 7.d4 cxd4 S.cxd4 dS 9.eS 0-0 10.b3 f6 1l.exf6 Bxf6 l2.Bb2 Qb6 l3.Na3 NfS l4.Nc2 Nh4 lS.Qd2 Bd7 l6.Radl RadS l7.Nxh4 Bxh4 lS.g3 Be7 19.Bfl Nb4 20.Ne3 eS? Cam should have contested the c-file with Rc8, rather than opening up the center 21.a3 nudging the sole defender of d5 21...QaS? Black figures he'll answer 22.axb4 with Bxb4 21... Nc6 was still losing, but not as badly, giving up the d5 pawn. 22.Nc2? 22.Bc3 simply wins a piece. 22...Nc6 23.b4 Qa4 24.dxeS Bg4 2S.Rcl Bf3 26.e6 RfS 27.h4 RhS 2S.Bg2? 28.Qc3 d4 29.Qxf3 wins outright 2S...Bxg2 29.Kxg2 as 30.Nd4 Rf8 31.Nxc6 bxc6 32.Qd4 Bf6

Patrick Mihelich -Dennis Monokroussos (2042) (2349) [C63] Ruy Lopez - Schliemann Variation
(Patrick Mihelich) 1.e4 eS 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.BbS rs Ah! the Schliemann Variation,rarely seen nowadays and perhaps with good reason. It offers Black chances for aggressive piece play, usually at the cost of a pawn. Maybe Dennis figured his lower-rated opponent was unfamiliar with it; certainly he kept a comfortable time advantage over Patrick throughout the game.-Ed. 4.Nc3 fxe4 S.Nxe4 Nf6 5...d5 is the main move.Nf6 aims for active play at the cost of the epawn. 6.Nxf6+ Qxf6 7.Qe2 Be7 S.Bxc6 dxc6 9.NxeS BfSlo.o-O 0-0-0 Checking the ChessBase online database I found 25 games with 10.0-0; 17 wins for White and 8 draws. Only 5 continued with 10...0-0-0; 2 went 1O ...Bxc2. One, after n.d3 00-0 12.Re1 Bd6 13.Qg4+ Kb8 14. Bg5 and Black resigned; hilariously the other continued 14....Bxe5, Black gave up his Queenfor the Bishop pair and eventually drew...Ed. 1l.d3 Rhe8 l2.Nc4 here 12.f4 was played in the games found on CBase. Has Patrick created a novelty? ..Ed.This was only my second game with the Ruy Lopez. Fortunately I had studied up on the Schliemann, but at move 12 I fmally couldn't remember any more theory. 12.f4 is the best move, but my "novelty' doesn't ruin anything.12.f4 Bd6 (During the game I was concerned about 12...Bc5+ 13.Be3 Rxe5 14.fxe5 Qxe5 15.Rae1 Re8 but this was just an oversight as 16.Bxc5! wins) 13.Qf2! Kb8 14.Be3 and Black does not have nearly enough for the pawn. l2 ...BcS 13.Qf3 bS Black plays aggressively but chases the N to a square


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33.Qxf6!! Rxf6 34.e7 Rf8 3S.eSQ RxeS 36.RxeS+ Kf7 37.Rcel Black is fmished. A nicely calculated combination by Glenn,


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it was already eyeing ....Ed 14.Ne3 Forcing the exchange of queens, whereupon Black's initiative rapidly deteriorates .. Ed. 14... Bg61S.Qxf6 gxf616.Bd2 f5 17.Rfel f418.Ng4 13 gfhere is perfectly ok, but Patrick decides to preserve his pawn formation anticipating that he will be able to pick off the j3 pawn later. It looks as though he is giving Black some play, but it works ...Ed. 19.93 Re2 20.Rxe2 fxe2 21.Rel BhS 22.h3 Re8 23.Nf6 RfS 24.Qxfi+ and Black resigns, as no legal move exists to stop 25.Qxg7++ 1-0

hoping for Nxh5 24 ...Bxf2+ 25. Kg2 Bxel 26.Bxel Rfl 27.Bc3 e l=Q 28.Bxel RxeI winning 24.Ne4 but this holds everything, and is, in effect, Black's death knell ..Ed. 24 ...Bd4 2S.c3 25.Bc3 was best, not weakening d3. In that case White would be two pawns up for nothing. 2S...Bb6 26.g4 Bg6 27.Rxe2 R13 Black regains a pawn but it is not enough to save the game ..Ed. 28.Be3 Rxh3 29.Kg2 Rh4 30.13 Bxe3 31.Rxe3 hS 32.gS! Rf4 33.Kg3 RfS 34.f4 34.b4! would have clamped down decisively. Black would have no way of opposing the plan f4, Rf3 Kh4, Ng3. Now Black is still lost, but he is able to make the game more complicated than was necessary. 34 ...cS 3S.Rf3 c4 36.d4 b4 37.cxb4 RdS 38.Nf6 Rxd4 39.fS h4+ 40.Kh3 Bfi 41.g6 Kd8 Black is helpless. if ..Bd5 then 42.Nxd5 Rxd5 43.g7 Rd8 f6 is curtains ...Ed 42.Re3 42.gxf7 Ke7 43.Ng4 Rd3 Re3+ Kj8 45.Kxh4 also wins easily ...Ed. 42 ...Rd3 43.Rxd3+ exd3 44.gxfi Ke7 4S.Ne4 Kxfi46.Kxh4 Resigns 1-0 So Patrick frnished play on Saturday with three points, tied with Jason Doss and Stanislave Smetankin, having scored earlier wins over the tenacious Azmat Hussein and veteran competitor Ed. Sweetman. Here's his game with Sweetman, who gleaned but a half-point from the first day's play - and that from a bye- but frnished strongly with two wins on Sunday.

Top boards clash in round 4: Jason Doss under way in his fateful game with Stanislav Smetankin, while on board 2 Patrick Mihelich, with the black pieces, is about to suffer his only loss of the tournament at the hands of Mike Herron..In foreground, Les Kistler pondering his game with DennisMonokroussos. Reserve Champ John Wortinger looks on.... Mike Herron shared in the four -way tie for second place which was determined, by tiebreak, the State Champion (non- residents don't qualify - so Stanislav Smetankin got the winner's check but no trophy). In the first round Mike could do no better than draw with Robert Banta; then came three wins in a row until the last round, when he and Smetankin agreed to an early draw. This is Mike's win over Patrick in round 4.

Mike Herron (2086)- Patrick Mihelich (2042) [A06] Larsen's Opening
Mike Herron l.N13 dS 2.b3 As a positional player this quiet system suits my style. It's an especially nice choice for me against my opponent, who is stronger than me tactically and has much more theoretical knowledge in mainstream openings. 2...BfS 3.Bb2 e6 4.e3 Nd7 S.d4 Ngf6 6.Nbd2 Bd6 7.Be2 h6 probably played in anticipation of Nh4, to allow retreat of bishop to h7. But 7...Ne4 looks more natural. Ed. 8.0-0 0-0 9.e4 e6 10.Rel Re8 n.eS (having recently advised a couple of lower-rated players to maintain the tension in positions like this, I felt a little silly in playing this move. However, in this case I felt 1) terrified of my opponent's talent and therefore wanted to clarify things a bit, and 2) encouraged by a glimmer of some quick queenside play after the e5 push that's coming). n... 12.b4 eS 13.dxeS NxeS 14.NxeS Be7 BxeS IS.BxeS RxeS Now White seizes the initiative, getting his N to d4 while forcing Black to move first his rook then his bishop to avoid capture - Ed. 16.N13 Re8 Re7 was better, allowing a subsequent doubling and also freeing e8 for a possible Ne8 > c7 > e6 to dislodge the otherwise unassailable Non d4 -Ed. 17.Nd4 A wonderful square for the knight. It stays here for the rest of the game, just radiating power offensively at c6 and defensively atf5 and f3 17...Bg6 18.Bd3. 18...Bxd3 19.Qxd3 He took a long think

Patrick Mihelich (2042)- Ed. Sweetman (1814) [B42] Sicilian Defense
[Ken Hamilton and Patrick Mihelich (PM)] l.e4 eS 2.N13 e6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 a6 S.Bd3 d6 6.0-0 Nf6 7.e4 Be7 8.Ne3 0-0 9.Qe2 Bd7 The bishop would be better placed on b7 (PM) 10.f4 Ne6 n.N13 Qe7 12.b3 Rae8 13.Bb2 Rfd8 14.Rael eS? IS.NdS NxdS 16.exdS Nb4 17.Bbl stronger than the immediate fxe5 as it preserves the powerful white-square bishop and forces Black to provide a flight square for the knight 17... aS 18.fxeS dxeS 19.NxeS Black's blunder 14...e5 has brought the roof crashing down on his head. It's all over bar the shouting. 19...QeS+ 20.Khl Be8 Now White has a pleasant selection to make - 21. Bh7+, 21.Nxf7 or 21.Qe4. All win in crushing style. 21.Bxh7+ Kxh7 22.QhS+ Kg8 23.Nxf7 Bxfi


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after this move; it's a key position. 19...ReS Looks reasonable, but on hindsight may not be the best [ 19...Ng4] 20.bS! I think this may have surprised him a bit, this type of push isn't typically played so quickly, butiiiostfybyaccident I have incredible queens ide potential with pieces and pawns in perfect position to crash down on c6 and the b-file. 20 ...Qc7 Surprisingly, this virtually commits him to either blowing down the house on the kingside or losing the game. It seems to have happened out of nowhere 21.bxc6 bxc6 22.Qa6 ...and suddenly Black is in trouble; not only is c6 under fire, but also my rooks are threatening to plunge in down the b- file 22...RhS? Les Kistler started the tournament well enough, winning his first two games; then came a loss to Mike Herron followed by another loss to Dennis Monokroussos in the fourth round. With a Ja_st round draw against Bob Banta he managed to break even, pointswise. Here's how he suffered a positional squeeze at the hands of an old friend and adversary.

Les Kistler (2003) - Mike Herron (2086) [B13] Caro Kann, Exchange Variation
Mike Herron l.e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3.exdS exdS 4.Bd3 Nf6 More common here is 4 ...Nc6, but as I believe White's best move is S.c3 and Nc6 virtually forces.him .to play it, I've always preferred the· text move, giving White more choices ... S.BgS?! I hadn't seen this move before, so I took a few minutes to figure out the best response S... Qb6 This is probably it! The queen attacks b2, while still covering f6 6.b3 Better Nc3! if 6... Qxb2 7. Nb5! - Ed. 6...Bg4 7.Be2 Ne2 better 7...Bxe2 S.Nxe2 Ne4 9.Bf4 e6 10.0-0 Bd6 1l.Be3? I think he's trying to solidify the d-pawn readying the c4 push, but Bxd6 would have kept things pretty much equal. 1l ... Qe7 12.h3 0-0 13.Qd3 Ne6 14.e3 RacS I have an advantage now with two more pieces developed, more active pieces and a target in his c3 pawn. IS.Nd2 fS it's important to keep the pressure on against strong players or they will fmd a way to recover. 16.f4 Preventing me from winning a piece with f4, and reducing the scope of my bishop 16... KhS 17.Nf3 Ne7 IS.Rael a6 19.NeS BxeS In these locked positions knights on eS (or e4 for Black) are usually very powerful, so unless you're giving your opponent a monster attack along,say, a half-open f-file, it's usually a good idea to exchange and give him a pawn instead of a knight on eS. 20.dxeS Nc6 21.Rfdl QaS 22.a4 RfdS 23.Nd4 Nxd4 24.Bxd4 I would have preferred cxd4, eliminating the weakness on c3 (but on the other hand, also restricting the scope of the bishop - Ed) 24 ...Rc6 this may already be a positionally won game for Black 2S.Qe3 RdeS 26.Rd3 bS 27.axbS axbS 2S.Qel White could try b4, but after 28 ...Qa2 it's just a matter of time 2S... b4 A picturesque position, as every black piece plus a pawn attacks c3 and every White piece (kings excepted) defends it. 29.Ral trying to gain a tempo to be able to capture on b4, but... 29 ... QbS ...this hits the d3 rook 30.e4 White could have played 30.Re3, e.g., 30 ...bxc3 31.Bxc3 gS (the Black king needs luft, as 3l...Nxc3 Rxc3 32 ...Qxc3 and if 33.Rxc3 R32. a8#) 32.Bd4 gxf4 with no more disadvantage than in the line actually played. 30 ...dxe4 31.bxe4 Qxc4 32.Qe3 h6 No need to hurry this prevents any back rank accidents 33.Bb2 QeS 34.Bd4 QbS 3S.Kh2 Re2 36.Rbl Rf2 37.Rb2 to prevent the doubling of the rooks on the second rank, but... 37 ...Rfl ...doubling on the 1st rank is even stronger! 3S.Be3 Quite a disappointment to me, as I was hoping for a fireworks finish like Rdb3 Rccl3 39.g3 Rhl+ 40.Kg2 Rcg1+ 41.Kf3 Rg3+ etc. 3S...Nxe3 39.Rxe3 Rxe3 40.Qxe3 bxe3 41.RxbS c2 White resigns 0-1

This is a mistake, but far from an obvious one! Fritz gives as the best move 22 ...Re7! when White cannot play 23.Nxc6 because of 23 ...Re6! winning a piece, but instead plays 23.Rabl contesting the b-file or 23.Qxc6 23.Qxc6 Qxc6 24.Nxc6 Rc7 regaining the pawn. Mike and I compared notes on this move and conjectured that the reason Patrick didn't retreat the rook to e7 was because having moved it up the board, with h5 in mind, it was psychologically difficult to think of a retreat. Ed. 23.h3 ReS giving up a pawn and the game ...Nd7 or Ne4 would have offered a pawn swap and a chance to hold on. Ed. 24.Qxc6 QeS A weird situation;· Black has played reasonable moves yet he has reached a position where he must checkmate White swiftly or lose to the c-pawn express. The downside of this for me, however, is that a very dangerous tactical player has now nothing to lose and will attack me desperately, a somewhat frightening prospect. 2S.Rabl Qe4 26.Qd6 RgS 27.g3 ReeS desperation 2S.e6 NhS 29.Kh2 Nxg3! His best chance, but otherwise I will simply promote the c-pawn. 30.fxg3 Rxg3! Again the best move. In fact, it wins in most lines for Black, e.g. 32.Kxg3? RgS+ 32.Kt2 Qg2# or 31. Rb2 Rxh3+! 32. Kxh3 RhS+ 33.Kg3 RgS+ 34.Kb3 Qg4+ 3S.Kh2 Qg2# and on 31.RgI Rxh3+! 32.Kxh3 RhS+ 33.Kg3 Qxe3+ looks good for Black. However, I had spotted the saving resource a couple moves earlier ... 31.QdS+! This wins for me ... 31 ...Kh7 no improvement is 31...Re8 as 32.Qxe8+ Qxe8 33.Kxg3 is the same story as in the game 32.Kxg3 Why can I take now? - because the queen covers gS 32... RgS+ 33.QxgS hxgS 34.Rbel f5 efforts to blockade the cpawn are hopeless. 3S.c7 f4+ 36.Kh2 fxe3 37.cSQ Qf4+ 3S.KhI Qe4+ 39.Kgl Resigns. A really well-played game by Mike - Ed .. 1-0 Besides Stanislav Smetankin, Mike was the only player in the Championship section who played all five rounds without losing a single game.

Les Kistler (2003) - Abdovlaye Diallo (1753) (BI3) Semi-Slav
For 17 moves White plays with near clinical accuracy, then stumbles. Another error 9 moves later throws the advantage to Black, who, just before time control, throws away the game. l.e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3.exdS exdS 4.Bd3 Ne6 S.e3 e6 Less inhibiting would have been S...Nf6, or S ... Qc7 (the latter blocking Bf4, and


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protecting b2 and c3 against Qb3 after developing his QB to g4) 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.0--0 Nge7 S.Re1 0--0 9.Ng5 Ng6? 9...h6 was necessary 10.Qh5 h6 1l.Nxf7 Rxf7 12.Bxg6 12.Qxg6 would have invited 12...Bxh2+ with ...QM to follow, when Black would have counterplay 12...RfS 13.Nd2 Qf6 maybe a little better was 13...Qg4, forcing the exchange of queens, though Black's position would have remained poor 14.Nf3 e5 15.Bg5 Qe6 16.dxe5 The e-pawn is untouchable; Black's best now is 16...Bc5 17.Be3 Bxe3 IS.Rxe3 when White has a comfortable, winning game with a 2-pawn material advantage 16...Bxe5 17.Bxh6 tempting, and good enough, but 17.BM was better, winning a whole piece and protecting f2 17...Rxf3 Better was gxf6; this loses more material that Black can ill afford! 18.gxf3 gxh6 19.Qxh6? 19 f4 would have done the trick. Now Black can make a fight of it. 19...Qh3! 20.Qxh3 Bxh3 21.Rad1 d4 Fritz notes Black's best plan would be to play Kg7 followed by Kf6, using the king offensively 22.f4! Bxf4 23.Re4 23. better was cd 23...RfS 24.cxd4 Kg7 25.Be8 Kh6 26.f3? Now Black actually seizes the initiative. Kh1 would have held on to it. 26...Rg8+ 27.Kf2 Rg2+ 28.Ke1 Bxh2?? Too bad. After 2S...Nb4! (with the unpleasant threat Nc2+ ) 29.Ba4 Kg5 Black's pieces would have been well-coordinated and Abdovlaye would have had the edge. Instead, he gets the sharp end of the stick... c6 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.Qb3 0-0 S.Bf4 Bxf4 9.gxf4 Nbd7 10.Ne5 Nxe5 1l.dxe5 Ne4 12.h4? now 12..Nd2! is a shot, picking up the cpawn 12...Bd7 13.cxd5 cxd5 14.Rd1 Nxc3 15.bxc3 Qa5? solid was QeS, or Qb6 16.Bxd5! KhS best was ...RfeS [ 16...exd5 17.Rxd5 Be6 IS.Rxa5 Bxb3 19.axb3] 17.Bxe6 [ 17.Bxb7 Ba4 IS.Qa3 RadS 19.Rb1 with a big plus for white-Fritz. But it's not an easy line to figure at the board] 17...Bxe6 lS.Qxe6 Qxc3+ 19.Kf1 now Fritz gives White the edge - about a half-pawn 19 RadS 20.Kg2 20 RxdS RxdS 21. Qxf5 looks a little stronger 20 Qc2 21.Rxd8 RxdS 22.Qe7 Qd2

23.e3 ReI looks tempting but leads to nothing after ...RgS, when Black is attacking both the rook and the e2 pawn, and threatening perpetual if the rook moves off the first rank. And 23.Rb1 is met simply by b6 23...Qd5+ 24.Kh2 Qd2? 24...RgS gives better chances, freeing the Black queen to attack a2 25.Kg3 h6 ...RgS was still a better move. 26.Rg1 Qd3 27.Kh2 Rd7 Last call for ...RgS. Now Black is utterly lost 28.Qe8+ Kh7 29.Qg6+ Kh8 30.Qe8+ repeating moves to meet time control 30...Kh7 31.e6 Qc2 32.Qg6+ Kh8 33.exd7 Qxf2+ 34.Qg2 Qxh4+ 35.Qh3 Resigns 1-0

29.Rh4+ played, I would think, with understandable glee 29...Kg7 30.Rxh3 Bg3+? 30...Nb4 is still the best move, 31.Ba4 Nd5 with chances of forks on f4 and e3 after ...Bg3+ 31.Kfl Rf2+ forced as both rook and bishop are threatened. Now disaster strikes 32.Kg1 Rxf3 33.Kg2 again, both pieces are attacked, but there is no saving move 33...Rf2+ 34.Kxg3 Rxb2 Black should have resigned here (if not sooner). Now d5 is the simplest way to win 35.Bxc6 bxc6 36.Rh2 Rb5 37.Kf4 Rd5 38.Rg1+ Kf7 39.Ke4 Black resigns 1-0 Jay Carr, my illustrious predecessor as Editor, profited from a little bottom fishing in the first three rounds, grubbing up 2 whole points; then came the following win over a slightly out-ofform Aaron Dean, before Jay's last round game against Patrick Mihelich, shown elsewhere in these pages.

Jay Carr - Aaron Dean Dutch Defense [AIO]
l.c4 f5 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nc3 d5 5.d4 Jay has played the Dutch Defense for years as Black, so he knows something about it. Aaron knows this, of course, so it should be quite interesting.

Scott Bent has the pleasure - and also the bad luck - to play Stanislav Smetankin in the second round (that's what you getfor beating me in the first, Scott ...) while Ben Inskeep lets his attention wander, momentarily (? - Ben lost),from his game with Dennis Monokroussos.


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John Wortinger won the Reserve Section with a perfect 5-0 score. In his first round win over Terry Perkins his opponent tried to throw the kitchen sink at him but instead threw a bishop and eventually, the game.

Steve Steppe (1691) - Alexei Gorbounov (1638) (C41) Philidor's Defense
Indiana Championship, Reserve Section

John Wortinger (1674) - Terry Perkins (1323) (E 90) King's Indiana Defense
Indiana Championship Reserve Section

l.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 S.h3 0-0 6.Nf3 cS 7.dS e6 8.Qc2 Re8 9.Bd3 a6 10.0-0 eS 11.a3 Bd7 12.b4 Qc8 13.Na4

Bxh3? Black should have played Bxa4 then Nbd8


slightly better was 14.Nh2Jwh~nWhite threatens Nb6 while preventing Black from playing Qg4 14...Qxh3 IS.Nh2 Ng4 Black's rash sacrifice on h3 has resulted in a losing game. Here Nbd8 was best. 16.13 Not 16.Nxg4 Qxg4+ with perpetual check 16...Nf6 17.bxcS NhS Now Black's position completely disintegrates 18.Qg2 Qxg2+ 19.Kxg2 Nf4+ 20.Bxf4 exf4

l.e4 eS 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.dxeS Nxe4 S.Bc4 5.Qd5 is more often played S...Be6 Not liking 5...Nc6 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Qd5+ and 8.Qxe4 6.Bxe6 fxe6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Qe2 dS 9.QbS+ Stronger was 9.Nd4! Qe7 1O.Qg4 with close to a winning game 9...Nd7 10.Nd4 NecS? The knight is too easily kicked away from protecting e6. Black had to try counter-punching with 10...Qb8 11.Nxe6 c6 11.b4 c6 12.Qe2 0-0 Black's game has fallen apart. The Philidor can get you into trouble fast if you're not careful! 13.bxcS NxcS 14.Ba3 Qe8 IS.Nc3 Rf4 16.Qe3 Rg4 17.Radl Rg6 Black, a piece down for a pawn, needs to be aggressive. Qg6 was better. 18.Nxc6? Apparently a hallucination, played to uncover a double attack on the c5 knight, but overlooking that 18....Qxc6 gives it double protection 18...Qxc6 19.Ne2 d4 A one-move trap threatening mate on g2; easily defended against, it merely strips the d-pawn of all protection. Steadily developing with 19...RfS - or c8 - was a better plan 20.Qh3 d3 21.cxd3 Qa6 22.Bcl Rf8 But now RfS was not the-right move; a pawn down, Black should have snapped off the a2 pawn to regain material equality 23.Nf4 Rh6 24.NhS Rg6 2S.d4 Ne4 26.dS exdS 27.RxdS? instead 27.Nf4 then 28. Nxd5 and White has a winning advantage 27...Qc6? Black, in turn, misses the best continuation, 27 ...Qxa2 with a winning attack! 28.Rddl BcS 29.Qb3+ Kh8 ..and White lost on time. 0-1

21.Rabl ReS Z2.cxd6 Nd7 23.Rxb7 RgS+ 24.Khl NeS 2S.NcS
with this and the next move giving uo the d6 pawn unnecessarily, but it hardly matters as White is winning easily with or without it

2S...BfS 26.Be2 Bxd6 27.Nd7 Kg7 28.NxeS BxeS 29.cS Bd4 30.c6 Rc8 31.a4 as 32.Rdl BcS 33.RbS Bb4 34.d6 RxbS and
Black resigned without waiting for axb5. A comfortable game by the eventual Reserve Champion: 1;;;.;0

Photo: Les Kistler

Busy activity in the Reserve Section
Evan Hanley scores a knockout in a sharp game against Chris Lambie-Hanson.

Evan Hanley (1503) - Chris Lambie-Hanson (1316)
[B23] Sicilian Defense
Indiana Championships, Reserve Section

Gary Fox

TD Roger Blaine congratulates Reserve Champion John Wortinger and runner-up Alexei Gorbounov.

l.e4 cS 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 S.Bc4 e6 6.0-0 Bg7 7.d3 Nf6 8.Qel 0-0 9.Qh4 NhS 10.NgS Nd4 11.g4 This is a tricky position - probably 11...Nf6 is best 11...h6 12.gxhS hxgS 13.fxgS gxhS 14.QxhS f6?? A big blunder - almost any other move was better ...Bd7( allowing Qe8 next), or Nc2. IS.g6 Re8 16.Qh7+ Kf817.Bh6 Qe718.Qh8# 1-0


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Exciting battles were also being waged in the Beginner's tournament - but apparently none of those games has been But we do have of the winners! All of these fabulous photos were taken by Gary Fox - or by someone (me?) pressing the button on Gary's camera. We don't have a photo of the Class E winner, Jonathon Harrison ...sorry! Last but not our unrated section was won

Brandon VanNote, Class F Champion, and TD Roger Blaine Scoring 4/4 Brandon gained a huge rating jump from 909 to 1063

L-R Champion Michael Phillips, tied for second place Chris O'Brien and Derrick Satterfield. This is the last time you guys will be allowed to play! - in the unrated section, that is. Now, briefly, "back to the squares." This game was a slugfest - a few heavy punches then fmally one connected ..

Rev. Dwayne Van Horn - Jerry Christner (1250) (1626) (B20) Sicilian Defense
Indiana Championship Reserve Section l.e4 c5 2.Bc4 e6 3.f4 This doesn't seem to fit with 2.Bc4; 3 ...d5 would bust up White's central pawn position leaving the pawn on f4 looking out of place. Better was Nc3 keeping the pressure on d5. 3... a6 4.Nf3 With 3...a6 Black has chosen an alternative route to d5: spotting that the c5 pawn can encircle White's bishop after ...b5, Jerry forces Dwayne to vacate c4 in a hurry, and also poses a future threat of Qh4+ when g3 would open up the long diagonal to Black's fianchettoed bishop. So Dwayn decides to guard h4. 4. a4 to prevent Black's threatened b5 would be inferior. 4... b5 But here 4 ...d5 may be better, forcing an exchange of central pawns - e.g. 5.ed ed 6.Be2 Bd6 (attacking that forlorn f4 pawn with tempo) 7.d3 Bg4 with a comfortable game 5.Be2 Bb7 6.e5 d5 7.0-0 Nd7 Maybe 7...Nc6 was a wee bit stronger, pressuring d4. In any event, White has to be acutely aware of the weakness of his king to attack on the f2-a7 diagonal. 8.d4 cxd4 If Black's N were on c6, now after 9.Nxd4 Bc5 Black would have good counterplay. Now White should simply play Nxd4 - but instead goes- 9.f5! This is a very imaginative move, threatening to wreck Black's pawn structure and opening lines for attack against Black's uncastled king 9...Bc5 How should White deal with the threat d3+? Khl comes first to mind, then Bd3 and even 10. fxe6! seems to pan out OK. 10.Qd3 Instead, Dwayn blocks the discovered check with his queen - which is not what a queen is best designed to do. Or was he looking at 10...ef 11.Qxef with (mistaken) hopes of a desperado attack on f7? Maybe neither Dwayne nor Jerry had invested much thought in the position - White's 10th move was made with only 6 minutes of elapsed time, and Black was moving nearly as quickly. 10...exf5 1l.Bf4 Discretion is the better part ofvalor. ...though a pawn down, White has better pawn structure and a slight lead in development. Black's knights have more attacking possibilities, however (Ng8>e7>G6 ) and it is that which tips the scales in Black's favor. 1l ... Qb6 12.Nbd2 Ne7 13.Nb3 Ng6 There's some

Class G winner Christopher Patterson (center) and second-place fmisher Michael D. Wiseman, flanked by TD Roger Blaine and ISCA President Gary Fox.

L-R Class H Champ Nick Wilkey, second place (tied) Ian Clark and David Rohkinson

Class I & J Co- Champs Alex Catron and Hillary Williams


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wood floating around here waiting to be chopped - e.g. Nfxd4 Bxd4 15.Qxd4 Qxd4 16.Nxd4 Nxf4 17.Rxf4 Nxe5 18.Nxf5 with interesting play for both sides after 18...0-0. 14.NgS?! With this somewhat audacious move, each player had used 10 whole minutes on his clock but Jerry now- wisely - spent 24 minutes on his next move. 14 Nxf4 IS.QxfS?? It took Dwayne only 1 minute to find this turkey - he should have spent a lot more time digesting the position. Rxf4 was the only move, when White still had at least some chances IS...Nxe2+ 16.Khl 0-0-0 17.NxcS QxcS 18.Nxf7 g6 Rhf8 was probably best, 19.e6 Qe7 20.exd7+ Kc7 and Black survives a check or two to remain a piece up with a winning game. 19.Qg4 made in less than a minute's thought. Qd3 was needed, hanging on to the c2 pawn. 19...Qxc2 20.e6

almost offering the king up for sacrifice...Kd2 was safer 2S...Qe4+ good enough, though Qc4+ 29.Kd2 de+ 30.Bxe3 Rd8+ looked better 29.Ke2? Kd2 would have held for a little longer 29...Qxc2+ 30.Kf3 Qe4+ 31.Ke2 d3+ 32.Kd2 Qc4 0-1

John Easter (1874) - Dennis Geisleman (2059) (A43) Schmid Benoni
Indiana Championship l.d4 e6 2.c4 cS 3.dS exdS 4.cxdS d6 S.Nc3 Ne7 6.e4 Ng6 A rare version of the Benoni without ...g6. Fritz 8 identifies it as the Schmid Benoni, and gives 7.Bb5+ as in Kuzmin-Westerinen, Balaguer 2000 (gleaned from note 5. Page 72, Small ECO) In other words, I had a hard time searching for it... 7.f4 Be7 S.Nf3 0-0 9.Be2 Bf6 Black's bishop is as effective on f6 as on g7, but without a weakening of his king's position. The Non g6 is a little oddly placed but helps control e5 as well as f4, where in some lines White would like to post his bishop, attacking d6. 10.0-0 ReS 1l.Qc2 Na6 12.Rel Nc7 13.Bd2 a6 14.a4 Bd7? The position has been absolutely equal so far, and both sides have been searching for a plan. Dennis slips a little here, blocking his pressure on d5 and giving John a chance for a break IS.eS! dxeS 16.d6 Ne6 17.f5 Nd4 IS.Nxd4 cxd4 19.fxg6 dxc3 20.gxh7+ KhS 21.Bxc3 Qb6+ 22.Khl Qxd6 perhaps a trifle luckily for Black material equality has been regained and once again there is not much to choose between the two sides 23.Qb3 ~e6 24.Qxb7 Kxh7 Fritz liked 24...Bd5 25.Radl Bxb7 26.Rxd6 Kxh7 with an equal game. 2S.Radl Fritz preferred Redl, as after 25 Qb8 26.Bxa6 Bb3 27 Rdcl White's a-pawn is protected 2S QcS 26.Bxa6 g6 27.BbS RedS White's pawn advantage, and the threat of pushing his Qside passers gives him a sizeable, potentially winning advantage 2S.RxdS RxdS 29.Qe4 White slips a little - QD forcing 29...Bg7 would have allowed him to start the pawn roller with b4 29...BdS 30.Qe3 QcS Giving White a choice. Bxe5 looks good, while Fritz says "Push the pawns!" 31.b4 or 31.a5 31.Kgl BaS Black is pinning his chances on a counter-attack on White's king;, but White can still push those Qside pawns, with Bfl as a fallback defence 32.Rfl Qb7 33.Qh3+ Kg7 34.Qf3 Qe7 3S.Qf2 BgS 36.Be2 f6 a little surprisingly Black pushes his f-pawn one square rather than 2; his chances of saving the game look to be in advancing his central pawns 37.h4 White continues to neglect the opportunity to advance his 2 passers 37...Bf4 3S.g3 Fritz rates White's advantage at the equivalent of less than a pawn - it had been nearly a 2-pawn equivalent for several moves 3S...Bd2 39.Bf3 giving Black the chance to bust up the connected passers 39...Bxc3 40.bxc3 e4 41.Bg2 e3 42.Qf4 e2 43.Rel Rdl 44.Qf2 What a change of fortunes! per fritz, Black is winning with 44...Qe5 45.Qa7+ Kh6 46.Qxa8 Rxel+ (45.a5 Bxg2 46.Kxg2 Qd5+ 47.QD QxD+ 48.KxD Rxel) 44...Bxg2 4S.Kxg2 Qe4+ Crunch time for both players, each having let winning opportunities slip. 46. Kgl would be a blunder, allowing 46 Qd3 and ..Qd2 46.Kh2 Now ..Qd3 is simply met by Rxe2 46 Rxel 47.Qxel Qf3 4S.Kgl Qe3+ 49.Kg2 gS SO.hxgSfxgS SI.aS A trifle late for any winning chances S1...g4 S2.a6 Qf3+ S3.Kgl Qe3+ Neither side can make progress. Draw agreed; a well-played game with many interesting nuances. Yz-~

Now 20.. Kc7 was simple and effective; Black can't stop White recouping some material but the superior positioning of Black's pieces -particularly the N on e2! - guarantees the win 20...Qxb2? Instead, Black chooses a move that completely eradicates the advantage - and gives it to White! 21.e7?? What possessed Dwayne to -again- spend but a minute on this move when he had all the time in the world to play 21.exd7+ Rxd7 22.Nxh8 with winning chances? 21...Rde8 22.Nd6+ Kc7 23.NxeS+ RxeS 24.Qe6 White has nothing better. 24...d3 2S.Qf7 d4 Black's attack is unstoppable. 26.Rabl Ng3+ At the end of the game Black had taken 84 minutes, White - the loser - only 23. 0-1 For all its ups and downs, this was a fun game... Finally, a couple more from the Premier Division!

Mark Beatty (1253) - Jay Carr (2000) [B01] Scandinavian Defense
Indiana Championship l.e4 dS 2.exdS QxdS 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.Nf3 Nf6 S.Bc4 a6 6.0-0 e6 7.d4 bS S.Bb3 Bb7 9.Rel Be7 10.NgS NdS 1l.Qf3 0-0 12.NxdS BxdS 13.BxdS exdS 14.Bf4 Qd7 IS.ReS c6 16.Qg3 Bf6 17.Re3? (Re2 better) 17...Bxd41S.BeS? White should have gone for the draw with 18.Nxh7! Kxh7 (not Bxe3 19.Nf6+) 19.Qh4+ Kg8 20.Rh3 f5 perpetual IS Bxe3 19.fxe3 f6 20.Rfl? (Bd6 better, though still losing) 20 fxgS 21.RxfS+ KxfS 22.QxgS as? trying to find an escape route for the N, but simple Kg8 23.Qg3 £a7 would have protected both b8 and g7. Now, by means of a threatened fork on f4, White regains some of his lost materialthough not enough to save the game 23.BxbS KgS 24.Bf4 ReS 2S.Kf2 Qe6 26.Ke2 with meaningless king moves White is gradualy worsening his position 26...h6 27.Qg3 d4 2S.Kd3?


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As this is the holiday time of the year, this issue's Play It Forward mind-benders are drawn from games played over the course of many Christmases from 1895 to more recent years at the Hastings International Chess Congress. Hastings, site of the famous battle between the Saxons and the Normans in 1066, is a seaside resort on the South coast of England, a pleasant place to spend a summer vacation. In fact, the first tournament was held in summertime, in August, 1895. It was won by the young American genius, Harry Pillsbury above a list of 22 participants that reads like a who's who of the greatest players of that era, including Steinitz and the newly-crowned world champion, Emanuel Lasker. A round-robin, it took a month to complete. Reuben Fine also never got a shot at the world title. He won Hastings in 1935-36, but got pipped at the post by Alekhine the following year....

3. Alexander Alekhine - Reuben Fine. After 32...NcS? it went: 33.Bc4 Qd7 34.Qa2 Nxe4 3S.Rxf7 Qxf7 36.Bxf7+ Rxf7 37. ? After the war a young cadre of British players began to make itselffelt; by the late 'fifties they began to hold their own against foreign competition.- such as our own Art Bisguier in 1961...

l.Steinitz-Von Bardeleben. White has just played 2S.Rxh7+ and Black has just walked out of the room in a hissy fit. No matter, Steinitz announced mate in ten. Can you? The first Christmas Tournament was held in 1920-21 (Hastings for ever after has bridged the Christmas and New Year celebrations, giving losers at least two major opportunities to drown their sorrows). The next little gem is from 1934-35.

2. Lilienthal- Capablanca. The great Cuban gets a beating... after 18.f5 eS 19. dxeS Qxe4 20. ? The 'thirties were halcyon days for chess; Max Euwe, Botvinnik (his first appearance was in 1934), Keres, Reshevsky Fine and Capablanca, among others - including Alekhine, who won the tournament in 1925-26 and also in 1936-37, playing under the French flag. Salo Flohr, of Czechoslovakia, won it three times in a row 1931-32 to 1933-34. A touted contender for the world title, like Keres, his dreams fell through with the outbreak of war.

4. Bisguier - J.E.Littlewood. White has just played 19.Bg3; ---- -.-.-..------. 19 Ne3-! 20.Qd3 Ncxe2+ 21.Khl Qh3 22.Rfbl Rxg3! 23.fxg3 ? By the sixties Hastings became a favorite stomping ground for most of the Soviet grandmaster contingent. David Bronstein started things off in 1953/54 - he and C.H.O'D Alexander (famous not only for his chess but also for his role at Bletchley Park, Britain's code-cracking H.Q. during the war years) tied for first place. Bronstein was an immediate hit with the British, perhaps in no small part for his professed love of Shakespeare....Keres and Smyslov visited,and were joint winners in the following year. Korchnoi won in '55/56 but Soviet participation tailed off until 1961/62, when Botvinnik was the sole Russian entrant (he won, of course) Then throughout most of the remaining 40 years of the century Hastings regularly


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welcomed two Soviet players to share in celebrating an English New Year by the sea. John Watson provides a well- annotated version of this miniature in his classic "Secrets of Modem Chess Strategy" wherein he refers frequently to Suba's ideas.

7. Suba - Sax 1983-84

14.Nxd4 IS.Ndxc6 16. ?

f6 bxc6

S. Keene- Botvinnik 1966-67. after 32.Kgl 33.Ne2! 34.Khl 3S. ?

axb4 Qxe3+ Rxe2
Instructive though this game is, it would be even more useful, perhaps, to know what Suba had for breakfast that moming,- or what Sax had, for that matter. Our fmal brain-tickler is drawn from the game that was awarded the best game prize in the 1988-89 Challengers' Tournament; the winner, a last-minute entry, had not been invited to play in the Premier Tournament. You see, she was only 12 years old ....

After his first visit to hastings in 1953/54, David Bronstein was able to playa second time, in 1975/76 ....

6. Kaplan-Bronstein, 1975-76 after 24 2S.Rxd2 26.Rdl

Rxd2 Rd8 ? 8. J. Polgar-G. Flear

If you're fmding this hard, I'm not surprised. A couple of moves earlier Bronstein notes" "I think he (Kaplan) saw what was coming but wanted to see it demonstrated all the same." The fmish entails real vision - how, and why, does Black win? But if you found it easy - maybe I should have gone back a couple more moves .... GM Mihai Suba, whom some of our readers may know book "Dynamic Chess Strategy, " played in Hastings in He came nowhere in the tournament but he did manage dynamic fame against GM Sax in only 16 moves. It's finish, and not too hard. from his 1983-84. to win a a pretty

Challengers, 1988-89 32.dS bS 33.d6 RfS 34.Rd3+ Kc2 3S.Rc3+ Kxb2 36. ?

English GM Glenn Flear, who nowadays is better known for his many books, mostly on openings, than his games, must have felt apprehensive when young Judit opened this game with the King's Gambit. A year previously he had lost a game to Judit's older sister, Susan, with the same opening. For Sohnions-see-page-Zf


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In the June and September issues of Chess In Indiana Les Kistler wrote of his visit in August, 2001 to Tallinn, Estonia, which, for most of his life, was the hometown of the great Paul Keres. In the first of these articles Les provided a brief retrospective of Keres' career, and in the second, explained how his trip came about and gave us his impressions of the city of Tallinn. In both articles we were able to bring you some of Keres' memorable games - and now, in this epilogue, Les writes about the people he met during his travels in the land of Keres. Ed My tourist books told me that Estonians are very economical with words and spare with their emotions. There is an Estonian saying - a strange but friendly benediction - "May your face be as ice." So I was pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the many Estonians with whom I talked during my travels. As I have mentioned earlier, I had picked up some Estonian through the combined efforts of Roger Blaine and my two chess-playing Estonian pen pals, so I lost no time in putting my new-found linguistic skills to the test. On the plane from Stockholm to Tallinn, I asked my seat-mate what time it was in Tallinn: Palun (excuse me) mis kell on Tallinas? Hearing this, his friends across the aisle asked me in English where I was from (evidently my Estonian accent needed some work). I replied Chicagost ja Indianast. Ma on turist. (from Chicago and Indiana - I'm a tourist). I hastened to add that I didn't understand Estonian very well, and they nodded knowingly ...after all, their confounded language has 14 noun cases, two infmitives for every verb, 9 vowels and no articles (the word "the" is untranslatable in Estonian, according to my dictionary!). To my relief, English is spoken everywhere in Estonia, as it is in much of the world today; it has replaced Russian as Estonia's second language. Almost everywhere I turned, helpful Estonians were speaking English with me: the college-age girl at the money exchange counter, the kids who were using the airport's public computer terminals - and who told me their favorite TV character was Marge Simpson(!) - the desk clerk at the Olympia Hotel, the pastor at the Methodist Church, the two young guys playing skittles at the Paul Keres Chess Club ...their fluency in English made my puny attempts to speak Estonian unnecessary. One of the main reasons I went to Estonia in the first place was to play some chess, but it almost didn't happen. While I was viewing the city from an observation platform atop Toompea (Cathedral Hill) another helpful Estonian, speaking English with a British accent, told me where to find the chess club: in Old Town, at 29 Russian Street. Due to my fear of getting on a bus or tram and getting hopelessly lost, I did almost all my exploring on foot. (The one exception was the cab ride to church on Sunday). Accustomed to the nice, square blocks that make most American cities easy to navigate, it took me awhile to get used to the curved, twisty streets. I got lost at least twice before I discovered that street signs were on the sides of buildings, rather than on street comer posts. Finally, the day before my last full day in Tallinn, I practically blundered into the chess club while admiring the Russian Orthodox Church on Russian Street. There, on the building'S facade, was the unmistakeable plaque bearing Keres' likeness and the inscription Paul Kerese Malemaja (Paul Keres' Chess House: see Chess In Indiana, September, p.14). The next day I walked to the chess club. After entering and climbing a short flight of stairs, I noticed a somewhat older man than I sitting in in an office to my left. Either my Estonian was inadequate or else he spoke only Russian, it was not until I produced myoid paperback book of Paul Keres' games that he understood and led me to the playing room. Two young collegeage guys were playing skittles, and he spoke briefly to them. They spoke English well, and we settled down to some fiveminute games, using their battered Russian clock (a white Jantar, of which we still have a few around here). I beat both of them quite easily and estimated them to be class B strength; then they called the gentleman from the front office to come and play me; (his picture adorns the front cover of the March issue). He was much stronger and almost tied a ten-game mini-match with me. Before I got to Estonia I made a short list of items to look for: a Protestant Bible in Estonian, books about Keres, Tallinn and Estonia, and an Estonian flag. I was fortunate to find a book Paul Keres in Memoriam written in Estonian, with chapters by players such as Botvinnik, Smyslov, Oligoric and including the drawn game with Fischer (Curacao, 1962) with Fischer's annotations translated into Estonian. This book was helpful to my studies of the language; reading it some six months later I found it listed the address of a place where Paul Keres had lived after the war. Ironically, I had taken a picture of the street unaware that I had walked right by his house. Although I found my first trip to Estonia rewarding, I feel it was in some way incomplete. On my next trip to Tallinn I'd like to pay a visit to Metsakalmistu (lit. Forest Cemetery). OM John Nunn visited this peaceful site where Paul Keres rests alongside famous Estonian artists, musicians, writers and politicians. My tourist book calls it one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe, and a fitting resting place for the Estonian grandmaster. I'll close with one more Keres game - one of my favorites. It's unannotated: play it through and let your imagination follow along. And, fmally, a website where you can find excellent photos of Tallinn and some beautiful virtual tours, and another which provides a wide variety of information on Estonia, its history, culture and population. -Les Kistler.

Keres, P - Book, E [D13] Semi-Slav Defense
FIN-EST Turku, 1964

l.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.N13 e6 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.e3 a6 S.Bd3 b5 9.0-0 Bb7 10.Ne5 0-0 1l.Rcl Ne4 l2.Bxe7 Qxe7 l3.Qc2 Nf6 l4.Ne2 Nbd7 l5.Qc7 RabS l6.Nc6 Bxc6 l7.Rxc6 RaS lS.Rfel g6 19.Qa5 QdS 20.Qa3 Nb6 2l.b3 Kg7 22.Qb4 QbS 23.g3 ReS 24.Nf4 Rxe6 25.Rxe6 Qb7 26.Qd6 NeS 27.Nxe6+ fxe6 2S.Qe5+ Kh6 29.g4 QbS 30.g5+ Kh5 31.Qxe6 Kxg5 32.Bxg6 hxg6 33.Qxg6+ Kh4 34.13 1-0
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For the past year or two it has seemed that every other tournament held in points North of Logansport has been won by Kevin Fyr. A strong player with an aptitude for tactical play, Kevin's play is often as fiery as his red hair and, as Fyr is pronounced "Fear" the discomfort his opponent is likely to suffer when faced with his uncompromising attacking style makes the title of this article doubly apt. Kevin's success has not been limited to tournaments in Northern Indiana; he plays regularly in the major, Chicago area tournaments where he inevitably manages to share in the prize money.... He writes: "Yes, Chicago is my kind of town! I've lived there for the past 5 years, 4 of them while in college at the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago. After graduating I began working as a freelance graphic designer here.

...Qh3 Now White realizes his position has many holes, particularly the white squares around his king; Black's advantage seems clear. 24.Re2 Qxh2+ 25.Kel Qhl + 26.Kd2 Qe6 27.Rh2 h6 2S.Rel Qa4 29.a3 Qd7 29...d5 was another, more forcing possibility, in view of 30.cd Bxd5 31.Qxd5 Rd8 with a comfortable winning game Ed. 30.Rhe2 dS 31.Kel as 32.exdS axb4 33.axb4 ReS+ 34.Re2 Rxe2+ 35.Qxe2 BxdS 36.Qe2 Bf7 37.Qe2 Qd4 3S.Rdl Kevin was probably pressed for time, and plays a move that makes for an easy win - but even better was 38...Qe3+ which wins in 2 or 3 moves whatever White replies e.g., 39.Kbl Qa3 Ed 3S...Qxb4 39.Rd7 Qe1+ 40.Qdl Qxg3 41.Rxf7 Qa3+ 42.Kd2 Qa2+ White resigns 0-1

(I produced this example of chess board art while at the Academy). It's a great city and it's also just a short 30 minute drive to the two annual 'money' tournaments held in Oak Brook - the Chicago Open and the Midwest Class Championship). I played in the Chicago Open back in May and got in the big third place tie with 5.5 out of7, so it was a decent tournament for me..."

Kevin Fyr (1950) - Ronald Washington (1940) (B88) Sicilian Defense, Sozin Variation
Chicago Open, Class A Division, May 2003 l.e4 eS 2.Nf3 Ne6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 S.Ne3 d6 6.Be4 e6 7.Bb3 a6 S.O-OQe7 9.Nde2!? This is, quite possibly, the only idea I had the whole game; White plans that after a future Bxf6, Bxf6 he can attack the f6 bishop with Nb5. Nothing amazing, but Black has to know how to meet it. 9...Be7 10.Ng3 NaS 1l.f4 Nxb3 12.exb3 Bd7 13.f5 Be6 14.BgS b5 IS.a3 RdS 16.Qe2 0-0 17.Khl Qb7 IS.Rael a5 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Nh5 Black normally handles these situations simply by placing his king on h8, but my opponent misses this idea and things quickly go downhill for him. 20...Bxe3 21.bxe3 f6? 22.fxe6 Qe7 23.Qg4 KhS 24.Nf4 Kevin misses a shot - 24.Qxg7+ Qxg7 25.Nxg7 Kxg7 26.e7 -Ed. 24...dS? This should have lost immediately, but I figured anything was winning and didn't put enough thought into my next move. 25.exd5 Qh5! would have been the kill, threatening Ng6, and on 25...Qe8 White simply plays 26.e7! and wins.(Actually, Fritz 8 prefers 25.exd5, as played! - Ed.) 2S...gS 26.dxe6 gxf4 27.Qxf4 Rd6 2S.QfS Rxe6 29.QxbS Rxe3 30.Rf3 ReS 31.Qb6 RdS? Not realizing his queen is overloaded 32.Rxf6 RdeS 33.Rf7 Qh4 34.g3 QhS 3S.Qd6 Rd5 36.Rf8+ Kg7 37.Qe7+ Kh6 3S.Qf6+ Qg6 39.Qxg6+ Kxg6 40.RxeS 1-0 "Although I don't live in Indiana anymore I still travel there quite_<l])it,anc:l~ll~I1~~er in the neighborhood on it Thursday I'm evening I'll drop by the South Bend Chess Club and play some blitz..."

Patrick McCartney (1960) - Kevin Fyr (1952) (A30) English Opening - Hedgehog Defense
Chicago Open, Class A Division, May 2003 l.Nf3 e5 2.e4 b6 3.g3 Bb7 4.Bg2 Nf6 S.Ne3 e6 6.0-0 Be7 7.Rel 0-0 S.e4 d6 9.d4 exd4 10.Nxd4 Qe7 1l.Be3 a6 I feared playing 11...Qxc4 12.e5 Nd5 thinking I would somehow come out worse at the end, but now I believe I would have been OK. 12.Rel Nbd7 Now the pawn truly is poison in view of 12...Qxc4 13.Nd5 13.f4 RaeS 14.Bf2 QbS Now I am threatening 15....Rxc4, as 16.Nd5 is simply answered by exd5 defending the rook 15.Bh3 NeS White has three choices -defend the e-pawn with Bg2, push e5 or let it go. Bg2 is probably the best choice Ed. 16.b4 An illconceived idea, planning a sac at e6 giving him a rook and 2 pawns against my 2 minor pieces; I'm familiar with this sac because I've tried it on the White side of the Bc4 Najdorf a few times, with poor results. So I didn't fear his plan 16...Nexe4 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 IS.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Bxe6+ KhS 20.BxeS QxeS 21.Qd3 Inviting Black-to-takeonf2-:-Iwould have thought White would have wanted to keep his QB by 21.Bd4; now Kevin's bishop pair have freedom to operate Ed. 21...Nxf2 22.Kxf2 Bf6 23.Redl


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My interest in chess started when I was 16 years old. A couple of my buddies had played informally at a coffee house a couple weeks prior to that, and I got absolutely destroyed by one friend of mine - the type of guy to rub it in your face when he wins so, needless to say, I was ticked off. This spirit of competitiveness led the three of us to wander into the Penn High School chess club, coached by South Bend expert Les Kistler. He quickly taught us a lot; tactics,strategy,endgames and most importantly ...the Najdorf:o) After entering college my tournament play dwindled a bit, but my internet play skyrocketed simply because it was more convenient. And 3 I-minute online for -Ed. 21...Qb6+ 22.Khl ReI Winning easily, but Fritz prefers 22 .... Qf2! - Ed. 23.Qf4 gS 24.Rg3 KhS 2S.Qf5 RSeS 26.Qd3 Qf2! White resigns. A nice finish - Ed. 0-1

Kevin Fyr (1961) - Matthew Okunevich (1735) (B78)' Sicilian])efense, Dragon. Variation .
Midwest Class Championships, Chicago, October, 2003

l.e4 cS 2.NB d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 S.Ne3 g6 ().Be3 Bg7 7.B 0-0 S.Qd2 Ne6 9.Be4 Bd7 10.0-0-0 ReS 1l.Bb3 NaS slightly different from I1...Ne5 (book) since it allows Black the option to take on b3 instead of playing Nc4, but after 12.Kbl Nxb3 13.cxb3 the open c-file actually helps the defensive task for White, I believe, but my opponent transposed anyway so its a moot point... 12.Kbl Ne4 13.Bxe4 Rxc4 14.g4 a6 This is a new one on me IS.b3 (?) I honestly don't know what to give this move; it responds to the more normal move of 14...b5 for Black, and I thought it might have the same usefulness, but it was really just a crapshoot. (Fritz prefers 15. h4 - Ed) IS ...ReS 16.h4 QaS? This is an elementary Dragon mistake; I expected Qc7, which would have made me prove my 15.b3 was not complete idiocy, making for a completely different game. (Kevin is being a little harsh, since 17.Nd5 gives White some, but not an overwhelming, advantage, per Fritz- Ed) 17.NdS Black now has the unsavory choices of 17...Qxd2 18.Nxe7+ losing pawn or admitting his mistake and losing a valuable tempo. He chose the latter.Now Fritz suggests 17... Qxd2 18.Nxe7+ Kh8 19.Bxd2 Rce8 20.Bf4 Rxe7 21.Bxd6 Ree8 as almost equal. But it certainly isn't a line to play without doublechecking one's analysis! and Fritz has a Photo: Les Kistler habit of changing its evaluation after afew moves.- Ed. 17...QdS And here Kevin is - standing, on the left, kibitzing the top boards IS.Bh6 NxdS 19.exdS ReS 20.Bxg7 This is the type of position in round 4 of the 2003 Indiana State Championship. White dreams for in the Dragon 20 ...Kxg7 21.hS RhS I was now tempted to play h6 just to spite the placement of that rook, but I Ray Satterlee (1913) - Kevin Fyr (1961) could see no immediate way to take advantage of it. 22.hxg6 [B82] Sicilian Defense, NajdorfVariation hxg6 23.NfS+! Obviously 22 ...gxf5 runs into Qg5+ losing Midwest Class Championships, Chicago, October,2003 quickly. I wasn't expecting my opponent to fall for that; the purpose of Nf5 was to open another line of attack for my rooks. l.e4 eS 2.NB d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e6 (?) 23 ...BxfS 24.gxfS eS?! Black has a bad position, but I almost there are a couple book moves here, but this is not one of them, captured the wrong way here. 25.dxe6 would have allowed Rxf5 which I was unaware of at the time. NCO seems to favor 6 ...e5, which would have given me a harder time of overcoming his but the majority of versions in this 6.f4 Najdorf line seem to end defense. 25.fxe6 f6 Black has a choice of moves,including fxe6 with equal play; however, in my opinion no opening variation and Rh4; this was the worst. 26.Qf4 Better was first Rxh8 - for can be underestimated at an amateur level. 7.Bd3?! This struck now Black could play 26 ...Rxd5! 27.Rxd5 Rxhl+ Ed. 26 ... gS me as strange, my instincts told me this bishop should've gone to 27.QfS (?) I missed a much quicker kill here, 26.Rxh8. On c4. [ 7.Bc4 Nxe4 8.Nxe4 d5 9.Bd3 dxe4 JO.Bxe4 ..is pretty 26 Qxh8 simply Qxd6 and I have 2 connected passers. On toothless; maybe White also didn't relish Black's natural 26 Kxh8 27.Rhl + Kg7 28.Qf5 Qg8 29.e7 Rc8 30.Rh7+ Qxh7 response, 7... b5- Ed] 7...Nbd7 S.Nb3 (?) Strange move no. 2, 31.Qxc8 and the pawn queens. 27 ...ReS 2S.f4 Qe7 29.Rhgl RhS perhaps fearing 8.0-0 Qb6 - although it really gains me nothing 30.Rg4 RgS 31.Rfl Kh6 32.fxgS+ fxgS 33.Qd3 Rg7 34.Re4 at this point because 9.Be3 and the b2 pawn looks way too QeS 3S.ReS! The end. On 34 ...Qxc8 35.Rf6+ Rg6 36.Qxg6# or dangerous-totake;--8;.-.Qc79.0-0-bS 1Ra3Bb7 ·11.Qe2Be7-----34:.:Gg635;Rh8+-R.llt736J~:Xh7--Kxh73-7~Q~g6+-Kxg6 38.e7 12.Be3 0-0 13.Radl NcS Simple, but effective. After an Rh8 39.Rf8 with an easy win.(1 really like the imaginative exchange on c5 I am threatening c4, winning a piece.It's not that 35. Rc8, drawing Black's queen away from the critical g6 square I come out of this with an overwhelming advantage, yet I will - Ed) 1-0 have a bishop pair and an open position, quite comfortable. 14.NxcS dxc5 IS.eS c4 This is important, as allowing White to By the way, Kevin tied for first place in the A class, with 4.5 out get a piece to e4 would ease his position, I believe. 16.exf6 cxd3 of 5 points. Truly, his kind of town, Chicago is ... 17.Rxd3 Bxf6 IS.fS RfeS another easy to see but effective move, the pin on the bishop on e3 gives White something to worry about 19.fxe6 Rxe6 20.Qg4 RaeS 21.Bcl?? White simply cannot afford to vacate the gl-a7 diagonal. So Bd4 was called


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PLAY IT FORWARD - SOLUTIONS 1 Steinitz- von Bardeleben Obviously Black has a hopeless game after 25 ....Qxh7 26.Rxc8+ Rxc8 29.Qxc8+ Qg8 30.Qxg8+ when White's king has a knight to help him mop up Black's pawns. So the only move to try is 25 ... Kg8, whereupon Steinitz announced mate in ten and von Bardeleben decided not to stick around to see it demonstrated. The many onlookers got the following treat: 26.Rg7+ Kh8 (or, ifKf8 27.Nh7+ and curtains in a couple of moves) 27.Qh4+ Kxg7 28.Qh7+ Kf8 29.Qh8+ Ke7 30. Qg7+ Ke8 31.Qg8+ Ke7 32.Qf7+ Kd8 33.Qf8+ Qe8 34.Nf7+ Kd7 35.Qd6# The 1895 Congress has been called the greatest tournament ever held - among its 18 participants were Steinitz, Lasker, Tchigorin. Pillsbury, Schleeter, Blackburne and many other well-known players. The Englishman Joseph Henry Blackburne, whose ELO rating has since been calculated at 2570, was perhaps the most colorful of the lot. His aggressive style was not confmed to the chessboard - he once, in London, after Steinitz (no shrinking violet himself) had spat at him knocked the father of positional chess through a window, and later, so it is said, did the same thing again in Paris. A heavy drinker, Blackburne, whose crushing style of play earned him the nickname "Black Death," gave many simultaneous displays. At one, he spotted a glass of whiskey on the table, drank it in one swallow and moved on. Afterward, when asked how he had won that game so quickly, Blackburne said "My opponent left a glass of whiskey en prise, so I took it en passant. That little mistake wrecked his game." . 2.Lilienthal-Capablanca The Hungarian GM Anders Lilienthal was in his twenties when he beat the former world champion at Hastings. Now in his nineties and still playing chess, Lilienthal was a prominent figure in the Soviet school of chess that emerged as a juggernaut.in. the,' fifties. The.remaining moves wer~~-20.exf6! Qxc2(i£Qxh421.fxg'l-Rg822. f6 a. ,]Jl-23 .Rf41eaveB lack-ina hopeless situation). 21.fxg7 Rg8 22.Nd4 Qe4 23.Rae1 Nc5 24.Rxe4+ Nxe4 25.Re1 Rxg7 26.Rxe4+ Black resigns - his rooks are disconnected and White will soon start mopping up pawns. If you got as far as move 24. in your head you did OK. ... 3. Alekhine-Fine 37. Qe6! (with the threat 38 Rb7 - it's over!).

4. Bisguier-LittIewood.

23 ...Nxg3+ White resigns. If 24.Kg1 Nde2+ 25.Kf2 Qxh2+ 26.Ke1 Nc3+ 27.Qe4

Qe2+ 28.Qxe2

5. Keene-Botvinnik. Ray Keene is probably best known among our readers as the Brain Games executive who set up the Kasparov-Kramnik match, and also, perhaps, as a writer of several books. Keene was born the same year that Botvinnik won the world championship - 1948, and was an awestruck 18 year-old when he sat down to play the legendary "Iron logician." After Botvinnik's blunder Rxe2? (best was 34 ...Rf2, when Botvinnik considered White should continue with 35.Qe6+ and take perpetual check) Keene played 35.Qg4+ and noted "At which point Botvinnik gasped, raised his hand to his forehead and resigned." 6. Kaplan-Bronstein. 26 ..... c4 White resigns. Bronstein explains: "A beautiful fmish. When White runs out of pawn moves he will have to move his king and lose a piece." In other words, White will soon find himself in zugzwang. 7.Suba-Sax. 16.f7+ Black resigns - for after 16...Nxf7 17. Qxc6+ Kd8 18. Nxf7# A pretty ending. 8. J.Polgar - G.Flear 36.Rc7 shattering Black's resistance. I hope you enjoyed this holiday fare. As 2003 ends and 2004 dawns, The Hastings Christmas tournament will add to its history as the world's longest running international event. Now, what can I dream up for the March issue ....Ed *********************************************************************************************************** Listing of Top 100 Indiana players who have been active in our State over the past year - whether ISCA members or not.
1. Jason R. Doss 2332 2. Dennis Monkroussos 2331 3. Jim H. Dean 2234 4. Michael Wiseman 2200 5. Lester Van Meter 2200 6. James A. Mills 2200 7.Todd S. Thomas 21188. Mike Herron 21039. Patrick Mihelich 2071 10. Dennis Geisleman 206211. Donald Urquhart 2045 12. Ben Inskeep 202913. James S. Cates 2025 14. Josh Bousum 2022 15.Scott W. Bent 2018 16.Ronald .Powe1l2012 17.Aaron Dean 2000 18. Jay Carr 2000 19. Bernard Parham 200020. Azmat S. Hussain 1999 21.Garrett Smith 1991 22. Glenn W. Snow 198623. Leslie C. Kistler 196924. Bernard Parham, Jr. 1962 25.Rev. Michael Gant 1960 26. Randy A. Miller 1959 27 .. Kevin Fyr 1939 28. Nathaniel Criss 1924 29.Thomas J. Harris 1903 30 Walt H. Thompson 1891 31.Cameron L. Donis 1885 32.Robert Banta 1872 33.Jason Fried 1861 34.Michael S. Zabawa 1853 35.Edward Sweetman 1823 36.Drew Hollinberger 1809 37.Brandon L. Heuer 1803 38. Rodney Howell 1803 39. Douglas L. Todd 1799 40. Matthew Fouts 1798 41.Carl V.La Wall 1787 42. Kenneth Hamilton 1776 43. Samuel Shapiro 1776 44. Terry LeMaster 1773 45. Josh A. Lewis 1763 46. Jamie G. Oxley 1762 47. Kristopher Williams 1757 48. Richard J. Arnold 175149. Vern Cloud 1749 50. Benjamin Dillon 1747 51. Daniel J. Bryant 1747 52. Keith E. Mielke 1746 53. John McPherson 1742 54. Dallas Loven 1740 55. Roger E. Blaine 1739 56. John Wortinger 1738 57.Joe Swindler 1735 58. George W. Kamber 1733 59. Harold Henderson 1723 60.Jeffrey Querner 1722 61. Nathaniel Boggs 1722 62. Dan Shenk 1721 63. Christopher Prather 1717 64. Brandon Lynch 1713 65. Solomon Kennedy 1708 66. Reid Hanway 1706 67. Stephen P. Caputi 1696 68. Steven J. Steppe 1696 69. Zijo Obradovic 1692 70. Darryl A. Brown 1690 71. Michael Vidulich 1684 72. Nathaniel Greene 1675 73. Ab. Mohd. Syaiful1674 74. Andre Davis 1674 75. Donald Hanebutt 1667 76. Nathan A. Bush 1666 77. Bruce L. Jackson 1660 78. Michael Reisinger 1659 79.David Witwer 1656 80. James H. Ronco 1656 81. Robert Eberwein 1653 82. Andrew Pheasant 1649 83. Chris B. Savage 1647 84. Michael Dorsett 1646 85. Mark R. Frank 1642 86. William A. Jones 1638 87. Tom Cassidy 1637 88. Eddie Labin 1635 89. Anasta Lyrintzis 1633 90. Christopher Johnson 1628 91. Jason Wycoff 1618 92. Anthony Woods 1613 93. Mark A. Bauman 1608 94. Terry Winchester 1601 95. Jason J. Crismore 1601 96. Ryan McCleary 1600 97. Alexander Polky 1600 98. Jonathan Portugal 1598 99. Tom D. Black 1597 100. Daniel Feinstein 1596 Finally, 101 in memory of Teddy Jacobi, who left us in January, and who would likely be somewhere above- and is not forgotten- Ed


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This year at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne there is a new class on the schedule, your favorite game and mine. Chess. Canterbury started its chess club in 1996 and it has grown steadily ever since. Having had so much continued interest among the students as well as a strong parent base, Canterbury's administration took notice of the positive effects chess has had in the classroom. I could go on at great length about the educational benefits to be gained from involving young people in the game, but there is insufficient space for me to do so here; if you are interested in reading more about this subject there is a wealth of related research material on the following website: http://Www.amchess.orglresearch. . I was hired in the spring of this year to be Canterbury's chess "professor" and I have enjoyed it immensely. Currently chess in the curriculum involves an 8th• period elective class in the Middle School (Grades 5-8) and an introductory course for each of the Lower School classes (Grades K-4) which I teach for one week a month during the school year. Further, students in grades 3 and 4 can sign up to attend a recreational chess class two days a week during their lunch/recess time. Teaching in the Lower School is a blast and a large majority of the students show great enthusiasm for the game. The 8th. period elective class provides a unique experience that I wish I had when I was in Middle School! 18 students (the maximum permitted in a CMS class) make up the class this first semester. We meet every day from 2.35 to 3.15 p.m. The challenge of this class, to me, is that the students' skill levels range from complete beginner to just over 1700! As a result,several students learn or do assignments in groups or even independently. Because of the skill/experience disparity I grade students on the efforts they show in bettering their chess rather than on their level of play. So far, I think everything is going quite well. Much credit goes to the Canterbury Headmaster, Mr. Jonathan Hancock, for his vision in providing this new and unique educational experience for his students. The following game from the 2003 Indiana State Championship was won by Alek (AJ) Jansen, a talented 3rd• grader from Warsaw, Indiana. 13.Ng6+ spearing the queen. ll ...Re8 Admitting the mistake with 11...Nac6 is probably necessary. 12.Qe2 White could try to cash in on the material by taking on e7 right away, but remember that Black has an extra pawn, making the resulting position quite difficult. AJ decides to keep the pressure on e7 for a bit longer. Notice that even though White gives up a strong bishop, his queen will take its place in pinning the fl pawn. 12...Nxe4 13.Qxe4 d6 14.Nxe7+ Rxe7 IS.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.h3!? A nice idea, setting up 16...Qxe4 17.Rel! Black may have found a miraculous save on that position, though, with 17...Be6! eliminating the back rank problem without loss of material. 16...Bd7 17.Rfel a6 18.Rael BaS 19.Redl

BbS If 19...Qxe4 White could win back his pawn with the flashy Kxfl 21.Ng5+! forking the king and queen. 20.QdS e6 21.Qf5 Be2? This does indeed trap the rook, however White is more than happy to get 2 bishops for it. 22.QxaS Bxdl 23.Rxdl Qxe4 24.Rel Qd3 2S.Qd2 Perhaps Qc7 is better, but offering trades when you're ahead in force makes the Coach happy... 2S...Qe4 26.Qe2! Forcing the queen trade or else...

AJ Jansen (1133)- Matt Leach (1422) C52 Evans Gambit
Annotated by James H. Dean l.e4 eS 2.Nf3 Ne6 3.Be4 BeS 4.b4! The Evans Gambit. This idea has stood the test of time. The great Paul Morphy used it to victimize many, and even in modem times Gary Kasparov has used it to brilliant effect. White offers a pawn to gain a lead in time (development) and in central space. 4...Bxb4 S.e3 BaS 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0! Stronger than 7.Nxd4, leaving a ragged pawn structure 7...Nge7 7...dxc3 is considered quite dangerous. White would follow with 8.Qb3! where he has a wide open board with active pieces, a big center and a safe king. 8.exd4 0-0 9.BgS This is an annoying pin since Black cannot play ...f6 due to the pin on the a2-g8 diagonal. Sometimes the c1 bishop fmds itself on a3 in this opening, but here Black could reply with ...d6. Note that in such a position the e5 push would only be strong if Black's N were on f6 instead of e7. 9...Bb6 This move helps White complete his development. The bishop was more of an obstacle on a5 where it kept the rook off of el and the knight off of c3. 10.Ne3 NaS ll.NdS! Il..Nxc4 would be met by 12.Nxe7+ Kh8

26...Qb4? 27.Qe8+!! Rxe8 28.Rxe8# A classic corridor checkmate tops off a very impressive performance by one of Indiana's fastest rising stars. 1-0
Jim is doing pioneering work as a member of the Canterbury faculty - and Canterbury School students are fortunate to have a master of his talents instructing them in the game of chess. We welcome articles written, not only by him, but also by other chess coaches who are developing a remarkable number of gifted young chess players in Indiana - Ed


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Holiday Tourney
December 2ih, 2003
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Quick merges into Holiday on round 3
IN State Quick + Holiday Option: 4 round Swiss Time Control: Game/20 1st Place Medallion 2nd Placelvledallion Class A Medallion Class B Medallion Class C Medallion Class D Medallion Class E & Under Medallion Registration: 8:30-10:00 Rounds: 10, 11, 12:15, 1 Quick Players merge with Holiday Tourney on 3rd round at 2:15pm. Quick scores are divided in half and rounded up to the half point at time of merger. First three rounds of quick parings will be thrown out pertaining to colors and opponents played. Accelerated pairings used if 30 or more Holiday Tourney Option: 4 Round Swiss Time Control: Game/60

1stPlace $150 + Medallion 2nd Place$75 + Medallion Class A $65 + Medallion Class B $60 + Medallion Class C $55 + Medallion Class D $50 + Medallion Class E & Under $45 + Medallion
Registration: 8:30-9:30 Rounds: 9:30,12,2:15,4:30 Both: EF: $20 if received by 12/22, $25 at site Prizes based on 40 entries Quick award winners are eligible to win additional awards and Prizes from Holiday.

INDIANA STATE BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS (Dec. 2003) USCF Quick ratings used but not USCF Quick Rated. Not WBCA Rated but we will follow WBCA rules. Championship Section (Open to all): EF: $10 by 12/22, $15 at site 1st Place $75, 2nd Place $50 + Medallions Junior Section (Students 18 & under): EF: $5 by 12/22, $7 at site Medallions Awarded to 1st & 2nd Place, Class B, C, D, E, Under 1000 Consolation Section: 1st Place $35, Under 1700 $20, Under 1300 $20 Both: Reg: 6-7:00pm 1st Round begins at 7:30pm Awards for 3rd & 4th & Top 4 in Consolation Section to be announced ALL TOURNAMENTS: USCF & ISCA Memberships required Scholastic Entry Option: Junior players age 18 and under that are still in school can enter at half price with the stipulation of not receiving any cash prizes if score warrants. Scholastic entries are also counted as a half entry for the prize fund's based on entries count. Location: Four County Counseling Center, 1015 Michigan Ave., Logansport IN 46947 Entries: Donley Chess Center, c/o G. Fox, 134 Wheatland Ave, Logansport, IN 46947 ISCA Annual Membership: Adult $12, Juniors under 18 $6 Information: Gary Fox (574) 722-4965 or e-mail president@donleychess.org



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At The Donley Chess Center in the Four County Counseling Center, 1015 Michigan Ave. Logansport ..Full details (rom Gary Fox, 1134 Wheatland Ave. Logansport IN 46947 (574) 722-4965 or president@donleychess.org. Also see Chess Life, January 2004. Dec 27 Holiday Tourney! See inside back cover! Feb 7 The Challenge Championship Companion #5 4SS rd.1 G/75 Rds 2-4 G/90 EF $20 by 2/4, $25 at site.(The Indiana State Challenge Championship Preliminaries will be held at same time - pre-qualified entrants only). The Beginners Challenge #1. 4SS Open to under 1200 rtg. EF $10 by 2/4, $15 at site. Mar 12-14 or 13-14 The Challenge Companion #6 5SS 1st Rd Sat G/75. 40/90, 20/30. EF $30 by 3110, $37 at site. The Indiana State Challenge Championship match going on at same time. Mar 13 The Beginners Challenge #2. 4SS G/30 EF $10 by 3110, $15 at site. At the Glendale Shopping Center, sr' and Keystone, Indianapolis .Entries or questions to Wick Deer, 7875 Cardinal Lake S. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46256. (317) 845 0666 (No calls after 9.00 p.m.) wickd@comcast.net.Alltournaments EF $20 if red'd before tournament, $25 at door; $300 prize fund based on 20 entries, increased ifmore than 20 entries. Dec 20 5SS G/60. Jan 17 6 SS G/30. Feb 21 4SS G/90 Mar 20 5SS G/60.

TOURNAMENT VflNNERS picking up from September Issue, and reported through October ....
6/17 Elkhart Q: Roger Blaine. 7/19 Summershine, Evansville: Don Hanebutt.7/26 Chesterton Swiss: George Kamber. 7/29 Elkhart-SB Twelver: Sec.1 Roger Blaine Sec 2 Cameron Donis, Diego Petita 7/29 JoePye Summer Tnmt.: Cameron Donis. 8/1 THCC August Action: E.G.Wright. 8/1 Glendale Open (Q) William Jones: Quad. Sec 1 Alex Santiago Sec 2. Joe Swindler. 8/1 Donley CC Quads: -OaryFox;Alexei Goubonov;8/3 EastgateAugustSwiss: Tom Hicks .. 8/16. SummerHeatEvansvilleiBruce Jackson ..8/18 Glendale Open: Walt Thompson. 8/23 Chesterton August Open: Cameron Donis. 8/27 Glendale Q.: Garrett Smith. 9/2 Glendale Q:'walf Thompson 9/2 Eastgate September Swiss: Nathen Bush 9/8 Elkhart Distortional: Sam Elzerman. 9/10 THCC Q.: Matthew Fouts. 9/13 Purdue Sept. Open: Bernard Parham. 9/15 Summer Is Falling-Evansville: Bruce Jackson 9/18 Elkhart Quirky Queens Quick Quads: Sec 1. Michael Vidulich, Sec. 2. Harold Henderson, Sec.3. Daniel Bryant Sec. 4. Daniel BryantlMichael Vidulich/James Bussler Sec. 5 Devin Duffy Sec. 6. Daniel Bryant Sec 7. Diego Batita. 9/21 Indiana State Championship: Champ. sect 1st., GM Stanislav Smetankin, State Champion Patrick Mihelich; Reserve: John Wortinger. Beginners- Class E: Jonathon Harrison, Class F: Brandon Van Note, Class G: Christopher Patterson, Class H: Nicholas Wilkey, Class I & J: Hillary Williams/Tyler Catron, Unrated: Michael Phillips. 9/27 Chesterton Sept. Quads: Sec 1: Daryl Drew, Sec.2:Baron Saterbak. lOll DCC Quads: Tom Byers. 10/4 Birdy's Open: Don Urquhart. 10/7 Elkhart Sweet Potato Q.: Sec 1: Orville Holden, Sec. 2: Vern Cloud,lGabriel Griggsl Brandon WeaverlEric Spencer. Sec 3: Daniel Bryant, Sec 4: Michael Vidulich. 10/8 Terre haute Q: Steve Steppe. 10/8 Evansville October Octos: Sec 1: Dallas Loven. Sec 2: Jeremy Craft. 10/15 DCC Double Team Quad: Tom ByerslRuben Calisto. 10/25 Chesterton Oct. Open: Brandon Heuer. 10/29 DCC Double Swiss: Gary Fox/Tom Byers.

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