Romulus, NY was the site of the 1963 NYS Amateur Chess Championship. Some very tough games were played and the field was extremely strong.
One of my opponents was Mrs. Fuchs and ask readers if they have any information on her background as I would like to do a brief biography. I believe she was from NYC, one of the major women players in the USA, perhaps playing in a US Women’s Championship or other regional or state events.
Mrs. Fuchs (White) Don Reithel (Black)
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Qxb6 axb6 7.Nc3 e6 8.Bd2 Bd6.
This bishop is centrally placed to gain as much sqct as possible, thus gaining a spatial edge early on although this is not immediately important in itself. SqCt: 8/18.
9.Rc1 0-0 10.Nh4 Bg6 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12. f3.
Defends e4 and g4 with a support for an eventual wing pawn roll up starting with g4.
12…Nbd7 13.a3 Rfe8 14.cxd5 exd5 15.Bd3 Rac8 16.Kf2 Nf8 17.g4 Nf8 18.h4 Rcd8 19.h5 g5 20.Bf5!
This lady knows how to play chess!
20…Nf8 21.Na4 Bc7 22.Bb4.
Look at the way she is handling her bishop-pair. I was trying to safeguard inroads into my position and after a long think I came up with what I hoped was a cool plan.
22…g6 23.hxg6 fxg6 24.Bd3 Kg7.
Bringing the King into an active defensive role and making room for the Rooks to maneuver on the rank.
A costly mistake as I was eying the e-pawn which might have been defended by Bd2 first. Now, I strike with a tactical shot using a skewer on the K/R.
25…Rxe3! 26.Kxe3 Bf4+ 27.Ke2 Bxc1 28.Kd1 Be3 29.Bc3 N6d7 30.b3 Ne6 31.Rh2 Bxd4 32.Re2 Bxc3 33.Rxe6 Bf6 34.Kc2 b5 35.Nc3 Nc5.
The sqct is 13/12 which has little meaning other than the position is rather even spatial-wise. However, black has a pawn majority on the Q-side and his active pieces begin to pressure the white position and limit movement. It is about time to bring the King into an active and aggressive role where the white monarch will be vested in a defensive capacity.
36.Re1 Bxc3 37.Kxc3 Rf8 38.Re7+ Rf7 39.Rxf7+ Kxf7 40.Bc2 Kf6 41.Kb4 b6 42.Kc3 Ne6 43.Bd3 Nf4 44.Bc2 Ke5 45.Bd1 c5 46.Bc2 d4+ 47.Kd2 c4 48.bxc4 bxc4 49.Be4 Kf6 50.a4 Ng2.
Here the position was adjourned and black was awarded a win. (0-1).
Remember what I said about square count. Originally it was to find a way to map the ups and downs of a chess game. Its features spell out spatial assets in a position. The system can be used both for aggressive and defensive plans. In the above game, Mrs. Fuchs needed to defend her e3 square with best probably being Bd2. However, in advancing her aggressive intentions on the King-wing with Rh3, she overlooked the weak link in her position which subsequently squelched her excellent play to that point.
Bruno Schmidt was one of the top stars among amateurs in NYS events and a very gifted attacking player. This game was interesting because I had played this 6.h3 idea against Joe Coe from the same event and won a very tense battle.
The opening books suggest after 6.h3 that best ideas to try for black were Nc6, e6 or g6 but gave e5?! as questionable. I felt my opponent would have made himself familiar with this and decided to try e5 because I could see nothing fundamentally wrong with it and there is enough play to complicate the battle. Perhaps GMs or top masters might have concerns but in the hands of amateurs, I felt it was worth it psychologically to toss my opponent a ‘gift’ so-to-speak.
Bruno Schmidt (White) vs Don Reithel (Black)
When I was first learning to play chess and my first adventures into tournament play by post and then after joining the Rochester Chess & Checker Club, I usually adopted 1…e5 opening defense and rarely a French, Caro Kann or Sicilian Game that came as I began to realize my opponents gearing up against 1…e5.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3.
In the Coe game, Joe tried here 6…Qc7 7.Be3 e6 8.N4e2 Nc6 9.g4 Ne5 10.Ng3 g6.
6…e5?! 7.Nde2 b5 8.g4 Bb7 9.Bg2 Be7 10.Ng3 g6 11.Bh6 Nc6! 12.0-0 Nd4 13.Nce2 Ne6.
The Knight takes up an excellent position and covers g7 nicely so I can drive away the Bishop.
Sometimes you have to go backwards a step inorder to advance two steps.
15.Be3 Qc7 16.Nc3 Rc8 17.Rac1 Nf6 18.Nd5 Bxd5!
This is the right way to capture the Knight. Part of the reason Bruno wanted to exchange here was to free up e4 for his pieces in an anticipation of an eventual attack on the K-side.
19. exd5 Nc5 20.c4 b4 21.b3.
Why did he refuse to take the b-pawn with his Queen? On 21.Qxb4?? black’s Knight forks by Nd3 the Q & R.
21…0-0 22.f4 Nfd7 23.f5.
All Hell is breaking loose! There was definitely a gleam in his eye and the pawn was screwed into the square as though to tell me that he was going for my King.
23… a5 24.Bh6 Rfe8 25.fxg6 fxg6 26.Qf2 Nf6 27.Rcd1.
Taking time to defend the d3 square and limit my counterplay.
27…Bf8 28.Bg5 Nfd7 29.Ne4 Bg7 30.Qf7+.
Obviously coming down to look around but I could not see any way white can achieve much.
30…Kh8 31.Nxc5 Nxc5 32.Qxc7 Rxc7.
I suspect he sought exchange of the Queens due to having spent considerable time on planning his attack and the fact that he was unable to find a winning blow with the Queen sortie.
33.Be3 Kg8 34.Rf2 a4 35.Bxc5 Rxc5.
Better than …dxc5 which would have given him more play.
36.Be4 axb3 37.axb3 Ra5 38.Rc2 Bh6! 39.Kg2 Be3 40.Rd3 Bd4 41.Rf3 Rf8 42.Rxf8+ Kxf8 43.Rc1 Ra2+ 44.Kg3 Bf2+ 45.Kf3 Bd4 46.Rb1 Rf2+ 47.Kg3 Re2.
Suddenly white finds himself in hot water.
48.Bf3 Re3 49.Kg2 e4 50.Bd1 Re1 51.Kg3 e3 52.Kf3 e2.
From move 40ish on both clocks had flags rising. While the time control was reached, the end of the game was at hand. After one last deliberation, Mr. Schmidt resigned and congratulated me on my handling of the black forces in a very tense fight.