Archive for June, 2019

Amateur Eye-Fianchetto

June 20, 2019

A good example of square count was recently seen in the game NiHua handling White against Alex Lenderman featuring the Open Catalan at the 2019 FIDE World Team Championship held at Astana, Kazakhstan.

After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 White could choose other developing moves but the text sets sight on fianchettoing the King Bishop. Now, 3… d5 aims at a strong pawn center; the US team in 2018 pursued it’s success. After 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O both sides display fighting opening and solid play. The question becomes one of how long to follow previous examples. 6. … d:c4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 c5 9. d:c5 B:c5 10. Q:c4 Ni varies from two games featuring 10. Nbd2 ending in draws.

10. … b6 11. Ne5 Ra7 12. Nd3 Be7 13. Bf4 Bb7 14. B:b7 R:b7 15. Nd2 b5 16. a:b5 a:b5 17. Qc2 Nd5 18. Rfc1 Nd7 19. Nb3 N:f4 20. N:f4 Bd6 21. Qe4 Rb6 22. Nd3 Nf6 23. Qd4 Nd5

24. Nbc5 would be good for White here but now, as played, 24. Ra7 Be7 25. Nbc5 (White misses the strong 25. Rcc7!) and here we will stop the material game.

You should study the ideas devoted to square count. White appears to maintain a lead over the Black forces to this point but erred, messing up the edge to that point.


A Heated Tactical Melee

June 18, 2019

White: Reshevsky Black: Arnold Denker Opening: Budapest Gambit (A52) 1934 Syracuse, NY

1, d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. d:e5 Ng4 4. e4 d6 5. Be2 Sammy wants to take advantage of the harassed Knight by gaining space and squares into Denker’s position.

5. … N:e5 6. f4! Ng4 7. Nf3 Nc6 8. O-O Sammy focuses on King safety while getting Rooks into play. Following the square count theory that includes tickling the enemy who comes too close, applying pawn forces economically and tactically.

8. ,,,,Bd7 A good reply now is 9. h3 to drive away this Knight effecting square count favorably. Maybe a little better was 8….Be7 instead of …Bd7. as played. Sammy continues his plan to expand space control over squares.

9. Nc3 Oops. Sammy decides to hit with another developing move. 9…Be7 10. h3 Nf6 11. e5 This invasion tells Black that his last move was too slow. 10…Nh6 was a worthy thought. 11… d:e5 12. f:e5 Ng8 13. Be3 f6 14. Bd3 Attacking the light squares. 14. ….f:e5? This makes matters worse. When pawn captures weaken structure and the opponent has space and attack— that is the worst idea to open more lines for attack. Probably best would be to try 14… Be6 and hoping to play the Bishop to f7 for defense hoping to hide behind a castling wall.

15. Ng5 Is this the strongest move in whipping up the pressure? (15. Ne5 is better. ) 15. … Nf6 16. R:f6 B:f6 17. Qh5+ g6 18. B:g6+ h:g6 19. Q:g6+ Ke7 20. Bc5 checkmate.

Can you find other checkmates in this final sequence of moves? Here is a chess problem:Chess Problem!!Find the 1 Move Mate: W:/Bc5/Kd6/Re6
B: /Kd8/b7/p/Rf4/Bh2



Wide Open Blitz from 1992

June 14, 2019

saw clubs organizing from as far away as Long Beach California, Hamilton Ontario Canada and Rochester, New York’s Chess Center. with points in between. Blitz play sharpens the mind to play fast and think faster. The events drew beginners thru masters where players met for practice and fun mixed with the fellowship of friends.

The following game illustrates the combative zeal experienced during the many night time battles across the board.

Sherman vs. Dlugy –Polish Opening 1. b4 d5 2. Bb2 Qd6 3. a3 e5 4. e3 c6 5. Nf3 Nd7 6, d4 e4 7. Nfd2 f5 8. c4 Ngf6 9. Nc3 a6 10. Qb3 Be7 11. h3 b5 12 cd5 cd5 13. Rc1 O-O 14. Bb5 ab5 15. Nb5 Qb6 16 Nc7 Bb7 17. Na8 Ra8 18. O-O Ba6 19. Rfe1 Bd3 20. Nb1 Bb1 21. Rb1 Qb5 22. Rec1 Bd6 23. Rc2 Nb6 24, Rbc1 Nc4 25. Ra1 Kh8 26. Rce1 Nd7 27. Bc3 Ndb6 28 Be1 b6 29.Ra2 Kh7 30. Rb1 f4 31. Rc1 Bb8 32.Rb1 Qd7 33. Rc1 f3 34. Rce2 fg2 35. Kg2 Qd6 36. f4 ef3 37. Kf1 Qe6 (O-1).

Adventure in Chess History

June 13, 2019

As a youngster interested in chess I had the good fortune of having my older brothers Ray and George and my sister Shirley– all who stimulated this interest for chess play in the family circle. It was from age three but it did not equate to my interest other than watching and pestering them about what joy they got from this strange war game.

When my brother Ray entered the Army in WWII, I was sad. My mom thought it would be good to learn to read so she taught me and by age six or so I could read the newspapers and learned chess notation and studied The Game of Chess by Dr. Tarrsch and My System by Dr. Aron Nimsowtich. My brother’s library also contained the early MCO 6 edition and books by Reti, and classics featuring the games of Jose R. Capablanca and Alexander Alekhin which greatly intrigue me. When I was a teenager I developed my chess theory of square count using Capablanca and Alekhine as examples.

One excellent learning tool within US Chess (USCF) is the column Solitaire Chess/instruction from Bruce Pandolfini. This is where I got the game material for this article where I use square count. It is taken from a trip Capablanca took in 1914 to the Russian Empire where he gave a 30-board simultaneous exhibition in the city of Kiev, a major chess power. Refer to Chess Life, June 2019, pages 44-45:“Capa at Play”(from 3/2/1914) 1. d4 f5 2. e4 f:e4 3. Nc3 An aggressive gambit style is 3. f3. The text gives a huge lead in square count. Black must close the gap else a curtain will fall quickly. Black’s aim is to add to his own count with a plan to close the gap choosing 3…Nf6 developing a defense of h5 as well. 4. Bg5. It has already become tricky to find a plan. Black might choose 4…Nc6/4…e6/4…g6 or as c6 as played. Here Capablanca uses his lesson idea for compounded development discussed in his own treatise to choose 4. Bg5.

Black wants to play a timely …. d5 hoping to set up a pawn chain and strengthen his center. But now Capablanca hits the pawn center head-on with 5. f3 perhaps more than anything else just to create some open lines that arise from pawn exchanges. Black decides with 5… e:f3 to keep the pawn edge. Perhaps more prudent was seeking counter-play with 5…Qb6 with eying more space. 6. N:f3 Gaining squares and space into enemy territory giving more pressure against the enemy king station. 6…e6 opens the bishop diagonal but tactically better again was the chance for 6…Qb6. 7. Bd3 seizing the long diagonal, Capablanca ever onward takes space when offered! He digs more space holes answering 7….d5 with 8. O-O! The short span views White having five to one sweep of developing power for attack. 8…Nbd7 Securing that a Knight will hold sway on defense of h5 avoiding a Queen sally to that target square.

9. Ne5 Be7 10. B:f6 B:f6 11. Qh5+ Ke7 12. B:h7 Nf8 In positions like this it is wiser to try to exchange with 12…Qe8 and clears d8 for retreat.

13. Qf7+ Kd6 14. Nc4+ d:c4 15. Ne4+ Kd5 16. Rf5+ Pushes the King up the board to await the axe.K:e4 17. Re1+ Kd4+ 18. c3+ Kd3 19. Rd5 double checkmate!!

The Amateur Eye – Syracuse 1934 / Reshevsky vs. Denker

June 13, 2019

This battle between Reshevsky and the equally talented Arnold Denker has appeared in numerous postings in magazines and tournament book of the 1934 Syracuse event won by Sammy against a future fellow US title holder. It represents a short tidbit of fighting chess representative of that era. The decisive victory was 12-2 and representative of Sammy’s youthful vigor for attack when given the opportunity. Numerous other games have appeared in issues of FIDE tournament publications.

Reshevsky vs. Arnold Denker / Opening: Budapest Gambit

  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. d:e5 Ng4 4. e4 Possible ideas for white are 4. e4/Nf3/Bf4 but not 4. f4.. Bc5 leads to weak squares and problems for White. Denker wants to avoid piece exchanges to retain dynamic chances so avoids 4….Bb4+ 5. Bd2.

4….d6 5. Be2! Avoiding Denker’s counterattack after 5. e:d6 when Denker gets good development with King safety of castling out of the center and toward connecting Rooks.

5. … N:e5 Regaining the Pawn at the expense of delaying Black’s plan and now giving the f4 pawn advance a Knight to harass.

6. f4 Ng4 Setting a clever trap which Reshevsky avoid because he has a good and solid plan to maintain and grow his developing attack.

7. Nf3 Blunting a Queen attacking h4 if 7. B:g4 or 7. h3 by Qh4+ and preparing to castle.

7… Nc6 8. O-O Bd7 The wrong Bishop as … Be7 expedites castling and putting the King into safety.

9. Nc3 Be7 10. h3 Nf6? Better is 10… Nh6 as now he gets going in the center.

11. e5 d:e5 12. f:e5! On 12. N:e5, Denker would have time to get castled. Time is important and illustrated clearly in chess play of this game.

12. … Ng8 better was 12… Bc5+ as now 13. Be3 lassos the dark squares on

the diagonal.

13. … f6 14. Bd3 Attacking the light squares on the kingside. Reshevsky is going for a checkmate!

14. … f:e5 Captures in this setup is dead wrong logic which generally says that pawn exchanges helps the side with square count advantage.

15. Ng5 Sammy, some say, liked to rub a little dirt in the opponent’s wound. Either way, a slightly more potent end comes with 15. N:e5. Still, this finish is neatly done.

15… Nf6 16. R:f6! B:f6 17. Qh5+ g6 18. B:g6+ h:g6 19. Q:g6+ Ke7 20. Bc5 mate.

In The News–Hemp!

June 8, 2019

If your mailbox is anything like mine, it is filled with all the latest HEMP news. I earlier wrote on it, leaving my research brain to future study of an old product found expressly for making rope. You will find in the recent WWII movies of troops being dispatched to shore having the joy of climbing down the various types of naval vessels having hemp rope used for boarding troops toward land and island assaults by marine, navy and army allied invasion forces throughout the war.

Today the ignorant media uses the term loosely used for the cannabis plant in its most harmful history as “marijunana program”. But what has scientifically developed was the “good” source of this weed called HEMP and classified and used as rope where none of the bad effects are present while research redefined good over evil effects through world research.

One of several skin lotions I have to use contain Hemp Oil that was developed years ago. It has proved a plus in aiding and alleviating painful joints and for skin repair.