September 12, 2020
By Abel Talamantez
Table of Contents
- The Unconventional Chess Club
- Community Tuesday Night Marathon Report
- Weekly Classes
- Scholastic Online Offerings
- Online Events Schedule
- TD corner
- FM Paul Whitehead's Column
- GM Nick de Firmian's Column
- Submit your piece or feedback
The Mechanics' Institute has been adapting to the changes caused by this global pandemic, including what it means to play chess. I think many of us see the writing on the wall: The way we play chess may forever change, or at least it will be some time before we play and socialize through chess the way many of us remember. There have been many articles written lately about the psychological impact the shelter in place and the change of routines has had on people. For those of us that love the game of chess, the temporary loss of the thrill and enjoyment of live play, whether it be rated or non-rated casual play, is something many of us feel.
I met up in San Francisco with a coach last week for a socially-distant coffee meeting by Mechanics' Institute, and he expressed a feeling of loss at not being able to go into the club. The feeling of just being inside the chess room, with all its history and memories, was something of a personal fulfillment that felt now taken away. He has been a member of the Institute for decades, so Mechanics' is part of his life. While Mechanics' being closed may not be the biggest concern in his life, the meeting reminds me that the love we have for our club or for how we play the game of chess for chess players remains an emotion that impacts our psychologocal state.
When thinking about chess clubs, I started remembering my childhood and my start in chess. I have previously written about getting my start at the Kolty Chess Club in Campbell, California, a club that still operates to this day. What I also remember is going as a young teenager to a pizza place just down the street from Kolty on Friday nights (Kolty has always been Thursday nights) called The Garret.
The layout of the Garret pre-1993
In the 1980's, The Garret was a two story pizza place in the Pruneyard in Campbell, California. Established in 1971 in a plaza shopping center near downtown Campbell, it was a hub on Friday nights. The Garret was a special place. It's two-story building, and the sheer size attracted many people, especially on Friday nights. Pizza, sports on televisions, arcade games - it had it all. What it also had was a steady crop of chess players looking to hustle games for beers and dollars. As a chess-playing teenager, my friends and I would go there to play video games and eat pizza mostly, but we would love to watch the adults play blitz with everything on the line, and by everything, I mean a glass of Budweiser or a silver dollar. If you watched them play, you would think a lot more was on the line, such the nature of chess players. There was one player in particular that I remember, he appeared to be of Irish descent, red beard and all, who was a regular there and was always playing blitz for beers. It was a form of entertainment in itself to come and watch him play. He had a unique look and character, and the way he played the game was akin to a magician that uses misdirection, charm, and storytelling to lure the audience in and dazzle them with the act. It was like watching Hulk Hogan wrestle, or Muhammed Ali box. For these athletes, it was as much about how they practiced their art as much as their raw talent. I don't remember ever playing him, but some of my friends did. They donated a healthy (or unhealthy) dose of Friday drinks to this gentleman. But for my friends, chess was no different than playing an arcade game, pushing quarters into a machine for an evening of entertainment.
I don't remember the video games I played there, but I remember the chess action. Almost every chess player has a story like this, whether it be playing at a coffee house or park, the streets of San Francisco or at a restaurant. Gatherings like this are every bit as important as any organized USCF affiliate. The US Chess Clubs Committee has affirmed this also, recognizing and offering support to any club or gathering of people that promotes the playing of chess whether it is USCF rated or not. I've walked the streets of San Francisco while heading to the CalTrain station for my ride back to San Jose and have seen people playing chess at tables outside coffee shops and games in the park. I've seen chess played literally on sidewalks. It is a special thing for us to be able to enagge in chess with people from anywhere in the world. Chess is its own universal language in which people can come together and engage in despite being from different cultures and not even needing to speak the same language. Additionally, you can play anywhere, rain or shine, and the cost of materials is relatively cheap and very portable. With people that love to play sports for example, you need a field to play. If I enjoy tennis, I have to go to a tennis court. If football or baseball, I at least need a park. Chess however, can be played anywhere, so there are no limits to how people can socialize through chess.
Street chess on Market street is no longer there, but chess played in the streets of San Francisco was alive and well, before the current shelter-in-place.
Now things ahve changed dramatically, at least for now, but playing chess online keeps the games going and the people talking. If you haven't experienced our Tuesday Night Marathons online, you should give it a try. We have 60 players participate regularly, and viewers can follow the coverage of the games and people can enter comments in the chat. Although it is differnet of course from the live experience, it is warming to see the chess community engaged, talking, joking, criticizing in some cases - all part of the human experience. It at least reminds us that we are all still an active community, and I belive this means something.
The Garret closed its doors in 1993 because of rising rents, and then reopened in 1997 at a different location, just blocks from the Pruneyard. While it has survived and preserved its own history, the feeling of the days of long ago had passed, at least for those of us that remember it for its chess action. Time changes things, and while I have fond memories of that time, in that building, with those people, time also presents new opportunities to make new memories and create new experiences. As organizers of chess events, we share a particular responsibility to provide that for players, especially during these times. This is a challenge because we also recognize that almost everything we know about a chess experience is from live over the board play, and it is uncertain when we will feel that again, or if we will ever experience it in the same way again.
We must remember that as a society, we have been through wars and pandemics before, and life has gone on to experience economic prosperity and technological innovation. It all just takes time. Chess players can be a persistent bunch, especially since chess can be played in a myriad of unconventional places. Our job is to encourage participation, offer options, and support those who want to find ways to safely play. Maybe one day someone will reflect on online clubs and events the way I remember The Garret. Ultimately, I belive that it is not the type of events or options that will be remembered, but the fact that we value community, it is not about the chess per se, it is about the people. The Garret was a special because it was a unique gathering place, it enhanced the local chess action and provided the perfect venue for the chess hustlers and blitz afficianados. Many people feel the same about the Mechanics' Institute chess room, albeit without gambling. Locations matter, but they matter because of the history before it, and this history is about the people.
The Mechanics' Institute's Community Tuesday Night Marathon, our September 2020 installment of our flagship event, kicked off on Tuesday night (football pun intended as NFL games are scheduled to start this week). We currently have 52 players currently for this 6-round G/35+2 USCF rated event. This event was named in honor of the amazing chess community at the Mechanics' Institute.
The top section is strong, with GM Aleksandr Lenderman, FM Kyron Griffith, IM Elliott Winslow, WGM Carla Heredia, and NM Ruiyang Yan representing the top 5 seeds. Although some of the games were well contested, there was only one significant upset among the top five players. Ashik Uzzaman, the cagey veteran Mechanics' player who is always good for a solid game kept his cool in a time scramble and converted a win against WGM Carla Heredia after equalizing was looked like a bad position out of the opening. Kristian Clemens put up some brave resistance in round 2 against GM Aleksandr Lenderman, but the top GM's skills and advantage proved too much. Perfect scores after the first two rounds include Aleksandr Lenderman, Kyron Griffith, Elliott Winslow, Ruiyang Yan, Alex Chin, Pranav Sairam, Arul Viswanathan, and Ashik Uzzaman.
In the under 1800 section, Erika Malykin is the top seed and closed the forst 2 rounds with 1.5/2. Previous TNM under section winner Pranav Pradeep will face some stronger competition the time around, but finishes the first couple of rounds with 2/2. Andrew Ballantyne delivered the big upset in this section on Tuesday, defeating Nursultan Uzakbaev. Pradeep, Martin Camacho and Andrew Ballantyne are at 2/2.
Here are some games from rounds 1 & 2, annotated by GM Nick de Firmian.
(5) GM Aleksandr Lenderman 2717 (AlexanderL) - Kristian Celemens 1997 (kclemens) [A11]
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1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 This has become a fairly regular couple of moves, even at the highest level, in recent years. The idea is to play the transposition game. To try to get Black into certain lines, and avoid others. But on principle it has a problem: about the queen's bishop. 2...Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 e6 This is one solid way for Black to go, thinking some sort of Meran Defense -- if/when White plays d2-d4! Black certainly has no shortage of choices though: [Bishop developments: 4...Bg4; 4...Bf5; Slav Fianchetto systems: 4...g6; Even 4...a6 is fairly popular, as in the Slav looking for ...b5 even though it makes even less sense here.] 5.b3 White solves that bishop problem first, while the a5-e1 diagonal is solid. 5...Be7 A bit misdirected. Black might show more concern for the key disputed square e5. [5...Nbd7 is, somehow, the most popular move,; while 5...Bd6 is second.] 6.Bb2 0-0 7.d4 And back to a more well-known position. 7...Nbd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 A double-edged sequence, as White now takes gets quite the pawn center. [8...b6 is the slow approach, putting the bishop along a center diagonal before undertaking action.] 9.bxc4 c5 10.d5 exd5 11.cxd5 Nb6!? Sensible, to pressure d5 so that e4-e5 is discouraged while preparing to develop that last minor piece. [But 11...Bd6 to batten down on e5 is the other way to go (and the computer's choice). There is still the long diagonal for the other bishop, perhaps with ...a6 first.] 12.e4 Bg4 13.0-0
13...Nfd7?! Maybe not the best maneuver. [13...c4 14.Bc2 Re8 with futures for the dark-squared bishop.] 14.Rb1 [14.h3! puts Black to the fire and on the brink of lost. 14...Bxf3 gives White a dangerous two bishops to go with his center (but 14...Bh5 15.g4 Bg6 16.e5 risks being overrun) ] 14...Ne5 15.Be2 Nxf3+ 16.Bxf3 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 Bf6 18.Ba1 Somewhat indulgent. Moving the queen and sending up the center was straightforward. 18...Qd7 19.Qd3 Bd4 That strong bishop has to go. 20.Ne2 Bxa1 21.Rxa1
21...f5! hoping to weaken those center pawns. 22.f3 Rad8?! [22...Qd6 keeps rook options open, advantageously.] 23.Nf4! A knight sinking in (eventually) to e6 will send panic to Black's position. 23...Qd6 24.Qe3 [24.Ne6?? Qxe6; 24.g3! looking for alternatives for White's queen, not to mention exf5.] 24...Qe5 [24...Nc4! 25.Qc1 fxe4 26.fxe4 Qe5 with tactical defense based on problems with that last undeveloped rook on a1: 27.Ne6?? Rxf1+ 28.Qxf1 (28.Kxf1 Nd2+! 29.Qxd2 (29.Kg1 Nxe4 sets up smothered mate, so there's no time to take the rook.; 29.Ke2 Qxe4+ and ...Rxd5(+)) 29...Qxa1+) ] 25.Rae1 Now White is secure 25...fxe4?!
[25...Rde8 26.Ne6 Rf6 is still going to be tough.] 26.fxe4? [26.Ne6! Nxd5 27.Qxe4 Qxe4 28.fxe4 wins material] 26...Rde8?! [26...Rc8 Black shouldn't forget his own counterplay; White's advantage now would be nominal.] 27.g3 [Stockfish can't settle between 27.Ne6 Rxf1+ 28.Kxf1; and 27.Qg3 , but they're both clear advantages.] 27...Qc7? Giving up the c-pawn and the game. [27...Nd7; 27...Rc8; 27...c4] 28.Ne6! [28.e5 is also quite strong] 28...Rxf1+ 29.Rxf1 Qe5 30.Qf2! This in-between move throws Black's game out of order. 30...Qf6 31.Qxc5 Nd7 32.Qb5 Qe7 33.Qxb7 There's nothing left. 33...a5 34.e5 The back-rank problems persist. 34...h6 35.Qc7 a4 36.Rf2 Rb8 37.Kg2 a3 38.Qc3 The queen was well posted where it was -- and, there was a shot! [38.h4; 38.Rf5; 38.Nxg7! works!] 38...Nb6 39.Qf3 Nd7 40.Qf5 Still in the win zone, according to the computer... 40...Rb2 41.d6 Rxf2+ [41...Qe8!?] 42.Kxf2 Qe8 43.Nc7 Qxe5 44.Qxe5 The "human" move, going into a winning ending. [44.Qxd7! is the computer saying "there is no perpetual."] 44...Nxe5 45.Nb5 Kf7 46.Ke3 Ke6 47.Kd4 Nf3+ 48.Kc5 Nxh2 49.Kc6 Nf3 50.Kc7 Ne5 51.Nxa3 h5 52.Nc2 g5 53.Nd4+ Kd5 54.Nf3! Nxf3 55.d7 h4 56.d8Q+ Ke4 57.gxh4 gxh4 58.Qd7 Kf4 59.Qh3 Kg5 60.Qxf3 1-0
(6) Felix German 1976 (FelixGerman) - FM Kyron Griffith 2470 (KyronGriffith) [E24]
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1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 This is a flexible move "waiting" to see how Black develops before defining White's strategy. 4...c5 [4...b6 5.Bg5 is more a Queen's Indian than a Nimzoindian now, compared to the Leningrad System (4.Bg5)] 5.a3?! There are problems here: since Black hasn't played ...d5, White will remain stuck with doubled c-pawns. And the knight on f3 is in the way of the f-pawn. Usually White would like to deploy Bd3/Ne2. [5.e3 returns to the old main line (next Bd3, 0-0) without White having any Nge2 variations.; 5.g3!? harks back to a Kasparov-Karpov opening battle that raged across two of their world championship matches, and is still a difficult line.] 5...Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qa5 Black leans in right away. 7.Qc2 Ne4 8.Bd2 Of course taking the knight fails. 8...Nxd2 9.Qxd2
9...cxd4!? Kyron figures the remaining c-pawn will be just as weak, not to mention that the queens coming off reduce White's attacking chances. 10.cxd4 Nc6 11.e3 [White's clearest road to equality is 11.d5 Qxd2+ 12.Nxd2 Na5 13.e4 b6 14.h4=] 11...b6 12.d5?! [12.Bd3] 12...Qxd2+ 13.Nxd2 Na5 14.Bd3 Bb7 15.e4 d6?! [15...Ke7!? After all, that dark-square highway is just made for the king to cruise on.] 16.0-0 Rc8 17.f4 0-0 18.f5?! Bad bishops matter. 18...e5?! [18...Rfe8 keeps open possibilities along the e-file.] 19.Rac1 Ba6 20.Rc3 Rc5 21.Rfc1 Rfc8 threatening ...b5 22.a4 Black needs the famous "second weakness" (in White camp). 22...R5c7 23.Kf2 f6 24.Ke3 [24.h4] 24...g6?! [24...g5!=] 25.fxg6?! improving Black's pawn structure [25.h4!] 25...hxg6 26.h3 Kg7 27.Be2
27...f5 Perhaps premature. Black didn't get anywhere with the pressure on c4, so maybe it's time to find new posts for the minors. 28.g3? [28.exf5 gxf5 29.g4! Black is ready to swing one rook over to the kingside, but is that enough for an advantage? 29...f4+!=/+ Between ...Rh8 and ...Nb7-c5, Black has some hope to get things going.f] 28...Rh8 29.Bf1?! Nb7 [29...Rf7! 30.Nb3 f4+ borders on winning.] 30.Nb3 Rf7 31.a5!? White is happy to trade off a weakness.
31...fxe4? [31...Nc5 32.Bg2 Na4 33.R3c2 bxa5! 34.Ra1 Rb8! 35.Nd2 Rb4 36.Rca2?! (36.Bf3 Bc8-/+) 36...Nb6-+] 32.Kxe4? forgetting to capture first [32.axb6 axb6 33.Bg2 Nc5 34.h4 is equal as White is getting ready to take on c5 and then, finally, on e4 without any nasty rook penetration.] 32...bxa5!-+ 33.Ra1 Rf2 [33...Rhf8!] 34.Nxa5? [34.Rf3 Rb2 35.Nxa5 Nc5+ 36.Ke3-/+] 34...Nc5+ 35.Ke3 Now the white king is a target and the game is lost 35...Rhf8-+ 36.Be2 Rg2 37.Bf3 Rxg3 38.Kf2 Ne4+ 0-1
(7) Nitish Nathan 1941(BreatheChessAlways) - NM Ruiyang Yan 2242 (jij2018) [D00]
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1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 d5 Rui is often content to play quiet lines -- quiet at first. [2...g6; 2...e6; At the other end of the spectrum is the radical 2...c5 3.e3 Nd5!? 4.Bg3 Qb6!? 0-1 (47) Prie,E (2508)-Korobov,A (2647) Aix les Bains 2011 CBM 142 Extra [Marchand,A/Primel,D]] 3.e3 e6 4.Nd2 Bd6 5.Bg3 0-0 6.c3 c5 7.Ngf3 b6 [7...Qc7!? prepares ...Nbd7] 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Qc2 [10.Qe2 Bxg3 11.hxg3 Ne7 12.dxc5 bxc5 13.e4 Ng6 14.Rad1 Qb6 15.b3 Rad8 16.e5 Nd7 17.c4 d4 18.Rfe1 h6 19.Be4 Bxe4 20.Qxe4 Qa5 21.Qc2 Qc7 22.Qe4 Qa5 23.Qc2 Qc7 1/2-1/2 (23) Harikrishna,P (2763)-Nakamura,H (2787) chess.com INT 2016] 10...Ne7
11.e4? [Preferrable is 11.dxc5 bxc5 12.c4 leaning a bit on Black's pawn center.] 11...Bxg3 12.hxg3 c4! 13.Be2 dxe4 14.Ne5 b5 And Black has won a center pawn. 15.a4 a6 16.axb5?! axb5 17.b3? Nf5 Not bad, but [17...e3! 18.fxe3 Nf5 is won for Black. White may win on c4, but everything else collapses.] 18.g4? Nd6? [18...Rxa1 19.Rxa1 Nxd4! Is an immediate tactical win. Playing quietly can become a dangerous habit! You miss things.] 19.bxc4 bxc4 20.Ndxc4 Black's advantage has evaporated. 20...Nxc4 21.Nxc4 Rc8?! 22.Ne3 [22.Rfb1] 22...Nd5 23.Nxd5 exd5= 24.Rfb1 [24.Qd2; 24.Ra7; 24.f3] 24...Bc6 25.Qd2 Qd7 26.Qf4 Kh8? [26...Qd8] 27.g5+/- Qe7 28.Rb6 [28.Ra5] 28...f6 [28...Qd8] 29.gxf6+/- Rxf6 30.Qh4?! [30.Qe5; 30.Qg5] 30...e3 [30...Qc7] 31.f3??
[31.f4! is some advantage for White. One slip is all it takes in chess!] 31...Qc7!-+ Threatening both the rook on by and 32...Rh6 32.Ba6 Re8 33.Rbb1 Rh6 34.Qg4 Qh2+ 35.Kf1 Rg6 36.Qh3 Qxh3 The endgame is good enough, but even better is [36...Qf4] 37.gxh3 Bd7 38.Bb5 Bxh3+ 39.Ke2 Rg2+ 40.Kd3 Rd2# 0-1
(8) WGM Carla Heredia 2227 (mathandchess2020) - Ashik Uzzaman 1940 (ashikuzzaman) [B52]
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1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5.0-0 Nc6 6.c3 Nf6 7.d4!? A sharp gambit requiring some preparation if you land here as Black. [7.Re1 and 7...e6 8.d4 cxd4 9.cxd4 d5 10.e5 Ne4 11.Nbd2 Nxd2 12.Bxd2 Be7; 7.Qe2 are the quieter lines.] 7...cxd4 [7...Nxe4 8.d5 Ne5 is the critical continuation.] 8.cxd4 Nxe4 Gutman's "a bold decision" is a euphemism -- Black takes quite a risk grabbing this pawn! [8...d5 9.e5 Ne4 10.Ne1 h6 (or 10...f6 when 11.f3 Ng5 12.Bxg5 fxg5 13.f4 starts quite an initiative.) 11.f3 Ng5 12.Nc3 Black isn't comfortable yet.] 9.d5 Ne5 10.Nxe5 Gives Black an unusual spot for his knight. [10.Re1!? Nxf3+ (10...Nf6) 11.Qxf3 Nf6 12.Nc3 is cramped but Black could still survive.] 10...dxe5 11.Re1 Nd6 12.Rxe5 g6
Black has given back the pawn and looks to get some time attacking the rook, but White strikes first. 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bf6 Rg8 15.Bh4?! [15.Re2!? 0-0-0 16.Bd4 Kb8 17.Nc3 Bg7 18.Bxg7 Rxg7 19.Qd4 Rgg8 20.Rae1 Rge8 21.Qh4 Nf5 22.Qf4+ Qc7 23.Qxc7+ Kxc7 24.g4 1-0 (54) Turner, M (2325)-Demirel,T (2335) Sas van Gent 1992] 15...Nf5 and Black equalizes, finally dealing with that bishop. 16.Bg3?! [16.Re4] 16...Bg7 [16...Rd8!] 17.Re2 Nxg3 18.hxg3 Rd8 19.Nc3 Bxc3 20.bxc3 Qxd5 21.Qa4+ Kf8 22.Qxa7 Rd7 23.Rae1 Kg7 [23...e6] 24.Qa4 Black offered White a forced line leading to perpetual. By declining White was psychologically affected to play for a win, which at this point turned reckless. [24.Rxe7 Rxe7 25.Rxe7 Qd1+ 26.Kh2 Qh5+=] 24...b5 25.Qb4 e6 26.Re5 Qxa2 27.Rxb5 Rgd8 White has two pawn islands and Black only one. 28.Qf4 Rd5 29.Rb7?!
29...Rf5! 30.Qe3 Qd2 [30...Rd3! is even better] 31.g4 Qxe3-/+ 32.Rxe3? [32.fxe3] 32...Rd1+ 33.Kh2 Rxf2-+ 34.Rxe6 Rdd2 The double rook ending is an easy win for Black. 35.Ree7 Rxg2+ 36.Kh3 Rgf2 37.Kg3 g5 38.c4 Rf4 39.c5 Rd3+ 40.Kg2 Rxg4+ 41.Kf1 Rf4+ 42.Ke2 Rc3 43.Rbc7 Rf5 44.c6 Rf6 0-1
(3) CM Ethan Boldi 2120 (etvat) - Jwalin Shah 1832 (jshah1331) [A08]
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1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 e6 4.b3 Nf6 5.Bb2 g6 It is unusual to place the black pawns on both e6 and g6 as both moves allow the development of the dark-squared bishop so only one of them is needed, 6.d3 [6.0-0 Bg7 7.c4!?] 6...Bg7 7.Nbd2 Nc6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Re1 b6 10.e4 Bb7 Both sides have developed with double fianchettoed bishops and pawns contesting the center. Chances are even. 11.Qe2 d4 12.c3 dxc3 13.Bxc3 Ba6 [13...Qe7 14.Nc4 Rad8 would be direct central play] 14.Nc4 Qc7 15.Qb2! Power on the long diagonal. 15...Ne8 16.Rad1 [16.Nce5!] 16...Rd8 17.a4 Nb4?! [17...Bxc3 18.Qxc3 Bxc4 19.dxc4 Rxd1 20.Rxd1 e5! would give Black the fine outpost on d4] 18.d4 Nd6 19.d5? [19.Nce5!] 19...Bxc3 20.Qxc3
20...exd5? missing the tactic [20...Nxe4! 21.Rxe4 exd5 22.Ree1 dxc4 winning a pawn with a great position] 21.exd5 Nf5 22.Nfe5 Now White is getting control of the central squares. 22...h5 [22...Nd4? 23.Rxd4 cxd4 24.Qxb4] 23.g4! Ng7?! [Black needed to be creative to stay in the game. 23...Bxc4 24.bxc4 hxg4 25.Nxg4 Rd6 26.Nf6+ Rxf6 27.Qxf6 Nc2 28.Re4 Ncd4 would at least give Black a great knight outpost on d4 for the exchange] 24.d6 Qc8 25.gxh5 Nxh5 26.d7 This pawn has become a monster. 26...Qc7 27.Rd6! Bxc4
28.Nxg6! Wonderful! The centralized white pieces crash through for a decisive attack. 28...fxg6 29.Qxc4+ Kg7 30.Re7+ Kh6 31.Qe6 Nf4 32.Qe5 Black is playing the best defense, but it is just complete domination from the white pieces. 32...Nbd3 33.Rxg6+ Nxg6 34.Qxc7 [The computer finds 34.Qg7+ Kh5 35.Qh7+ Kg5 36.h4+ Nxh4 37.Rg7+ Kf6 38.Qh6+ Ke5 39.Qe3+ Kf6 40.Qe7+ Kf5 41.Bh3+ Kf4 42.Qe3#] 34...Nxe7 35.Qd6+ Ng6 36.Qxd3 Rf7 37.Bc6 Anyway the monster d-pawn decides the game 37...Nf8 38.Qh3+ Kg7 39.Qg3+ Ng6 40.h4! Rf6 41.Qc7 Rff8 42.Be4 Kf7 [42...Nxh4 43.Qg3+] 43.h5 Nh8 44.Qd6 Rg8+ 45.Kf1 Rgf8 46.h6 Rb8 47.Bd5# Great attack by etvat. 1-0
(4) Nursultan Uzakbaev 1513 (rimus11) - Andrew Ballantyne 948 (andrewaballantyne) [C21]
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1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 Nf6 A reasonable way to decline the gambit. Black becomes first to develop a piece. 4.e5 Qe7!? [4...Nd5 5.Qxd4 Ne7 6.Bc4 Ng6 would be about even chances] 5.cxd4 d6 6.f4 White keeps hold of the important e5 pawn. Still, there are no white pieces developed. 6...dxe5 7.fxe5 c5 8.Be2?! This forces the black knight on f6 to move, but it is a passive move in an open position. White should develop the pieces to aggressive squares - [8.Nf3 cxd4 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.0-0! and White has a clear edge since 10...Bxb5? 11.exf6 Qxf6 12.Re1+ is winning for White.] 8...Ne4?! [8...Nd5 is preferrable] 9.Nf3 cxd4 10.b3?! This is a strange move with little positive effect. White would have an edge after [10.0-0 Nc6 11.Nbd2 with Black having the king in the center] 10...Bg4 11.0-0 Qc5 12.Ba3 Qb6 13.Kh1 [There were interesting complications which could lead to a perpetual check after 13.Bxf8!? d3+ 14.Kh1 Nf2+ 15.Rxf2 Qxf2 16.Nc3! dxe2 17.Qd6 Qf1+ 18.Ng1 Nc6 19.Nd5 f6 20.e6 Bxe6 21.Qxe6+ Kxf8 22.Qd6+ Kf7 23.Qd7+] 13...Bxa3 14.Nxa3 d3
15.Bxd3? [White choose the wrong capture. With 15.Qxd3! Nf2+? 16.Rxf2 Qxf2 17.Rf1 Qc5 18.Nc4 White would have a terrific position as the white knight comes to d6 with check unless Black gives up a piece with 18...0-0 19.Ng5 g6 20.Bxg4] 15...Nf2+ 16.Rxf2 Qxf2 17.Bb5+ Nc6 There is surprisingly just no compensation for the exchange. If Black castles he is completely safe with extra material. White decides to try to cause trouble. 18.Qd6?!
18...Bxf3! 19.gxf3 Qxf3+ 20.Kg1 Rd8 The game is over. Black has both material and the attack. 21.Qc7 0-0 22.Qxb7 Rd2 23.Qxc6 may as well take something 23...Qf2+ 24.Kh1 Qxh2# andrewaballantyne won by checkmate 0-1
Here are the current standings:
SwissSys Report: Mechanics' Community TNM Online
SwissSys Standings. Mechanics' Community TNM Online: 1800+
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Fed||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Total|
|4||Alex Paul Chin||17050697||1811||achingolf||W11||W10||2.0|
|10||Ethan [kaza Boldi||15088362||2120||etvat||W23||L4||1.0|
|17||Nicholas Ruo Weng||15499404||1958||ninjaforce||W32||L3||1.0|
|18||Cailen J Melville||14006141||1940||Mangonel||L14||W28||1.0|
|19||Thomas F Maser||10490936||1900||talenuf||L1||W29||1.0|
|20||Kenneth E Fee Jr||12480902||1884||KenFee||L2||W31||1.0|
|21||Rudolph Fr Breedt||13701346||1884||bobbejaan||L3||W30||1.0|
|27||Nicholas Ar Boldi||15088356||1883||nicarmt||L5||L24||0.0|
|28||Davi Flores Gomez||14799653||1812||PlayerCreate1||L6||L18||0.0|
|29||Kevin M Fong||17254586||1783||chessappeals||L7||L19||0.0|
|31||Patrick Peiju Liu||16667410||1719||katechen77||L16||L20||0.0|
SwissSys Standings. Mechanics' Community TNM Online: u1800
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Fed||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Total||T-Sonneborn||Prize|
|6||Ya Dancig Perlman||16280288||1235||noydan100||B---||D4||1.5||0.75|
|13||Yuvraj Si Sawhney||17095004||823||SaintReturns||L7||B---||1.0||0|
|15||Rama Krish Chitta||17350313||1499||draidus||D16||L8||0.5||0.25|
|19||Danny Du Uy Cao||16939797||843||caodanny||L11||L12||0.0||0|