October 31, 2020
By Abel Talamantez
Table of Contents
- Queens Gambit on Netflix
- Ray Conway Tuesday Night Marathon Online
- Michael Walders' California Chess Journey
- Become a Mechanics' Institute Member
- TD Corner
- IM John Donaldson Interview
- Twitch Arena
- Weekly Classes
- Scholastic Online Offerings
- Online Events Schedule
- FM Paul Whitehead's Column
- GM Nick de Firmian's Column
- Submit your piece or feedback
I have watched the first 4 episodes of The Queen's Gambit on Netflix, and hope to finish it by this weekend. I will save my full review until I complete all the episodes, which will be in next weeks newsletter. I know the reviews have largely been praise for the series, and I myself have enjoyed the acting, the chess, the human drama and the music supporting the storytelling. There is one part of the series I would like to mention, because it speaks to the beauty and power of chess, and for the ability of the everyday person to change the world through kindness.
In the first episode, we are introduced to the central character, Beth Harmon, who at an early age is placed in an orphanage after the death of her mother in a car crash, one in which it appears she took her own life. Beth survived, and tries to adapt to her new life. While being sent to clean erasers during the school day, she goes tot the basement to find the custodian, Mr. Shaibel, going over a game on a chessboard. She inquires about the game, and starts to learn the piece movements by watching him. As she gets more curious about the game, Mr Shaibel begins to teach her more, including notation. Soon enough, her genius surpasses the skills of her instructor. Mr Shaibel then brings the director of the high school chess club, who then organizes a simul at the school. As she goes on to defeat challenger after challenger, she becomes poised to enter the world of tournament play. However, she does not have the money to play her first event in her home state of Kentucky, so she writes to Mr. Shaibel for a loan for the entry fee, which he sends to her. Thus begins her journey into the competitive chess world, and the drama and tale begins to unfold.
What I really enjoyed about the first two episodes was the relationship between Beth and Mr. Shaibel. He not only teaches her chess, but he instills discipline while teaching. During one moment of frustration by Beth, she calls him a name and he does not permit her to go down to the basement to play for a time. He recognizes her talent, and supports her growth and progress, and goes out of his way to bring attention to her through his outreach to the local high school chess club and his support of her first tournament entry. While this was the last (at least through four episodes) we see of Mr. Shaibel, his impact on her was immense.
I very strongly believe that in chess, and in life, an everyday person can have a profound impact on the lives of others, and that even those that are geniuses or that accomplish great things are influenced by everyday people in some way that helps and supports them. I think often times people think of themselves as insignificant in terms of making an impact on the world, but the reality may be that people have an impact they do not realize. Even from some of the stories I have heard since coming to Mechanics', I have been quite surprised to hear of stories like Bobby Fischer staying at the house of Steve Brandwein for example, giving him a place to stay while in San Francisco. This is significant in telling the history of Bobby Fischer, what would he have done otherwise? Would we have had him in San Francisco?
I eagerly await to see how the series plays out, but I really enjoyed this part of the series. Chess is played literally everywhere in the world, and it is a very special thing for us to have that, just as it is a vspecial thing to look up at the moon and know the whole world sees the same thing. Probably only soccer can claim the same in terms of sport or game. And just like in soccer, you need very little to learn and play, only a set of pieces and a board. And with this, the ability to change the world.
The 8-round Open section Ray Conway Memorial Tuesday Night Marathon concluded on Tuesday, and IM Elliott Winslow showed that in chess brilliance, perseverance, and resolve can stay with you long into your career. Winslow got through a gauntlet of players that included GM Gadir Guseinov, IM Prasanna Rao and FM Kyron Griffith to win clear first in the TNM with a score of 7/8. His wins were delberate, and his draw against GM Guseinov was aggressive. He took a strategic draw in the penultimate round against FM Kyron Griffith but closed the show in fine form in the final round against the very young and talented Javier Silva. Congratulations to Elliott on a phenomenal performance over 8 rounds and 4 weeks!
GM Gadir Guseinov took clear 2nd with 6.5/8 and IM Prasanna Rao, NM Michael Walder and Patrick Liu tied for 3rd at 6/8.
Tentative prize winners include Patrick Liu (u/2000), Vishva Nanugonda and Ethan Guo (u/1800) and Stephen Zhu, Jacob Wang, Yali Dancig Perlman, and Pranav Pradeep (u/1400).
All results are tentative pending a far play review which will be conducted by Chess.com and Dr. Ken Regan.
Here are some games from Tuesday, annotated by GM Nick de Firmian
(1) Javier Silva (J3Chess24)(2019) - IM Elliott Winslow (ecwinslow)(2032) [B22]
Ray Conway mem TNM Chess.com (8.1), 28.10.2020
1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.cxd4 [6.Bc4 right away is quite a different path: 6...Nb6 7.Bb3 d5 8.exd6 Qxd6 9.0-0 (9.Na3 dxc3!? (9...a6) ) 9...Be6 10.Na3 (10.Bxe6 Qxe6 11.Nxd4 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 Rd8 (12...Qd7!?) 13.Qh4 Qe2 (13...h5) ) ] 6...d6 7.Bc4 dxe5!? [Mostly you see 7...Nb6; or 7...e6] 8.dxe5 [8.Bxd5 used to be the idea, but 8...Qxd5 9.Nc3 Qd6 10.d5 Nd4! 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Qxd4 e5! 13.Qd3 Bd7 14.0-0 f5! when Black is quite content to settle his king on f7.; 8.Nxe5 could well be the best try for an advantage.] 8...Ndb4!?
(2) FM KyronGriffith (KyronGriffith) (2175) - GM Gadir Guseinov (GGuseinov) (2615) [B27]
Ray Conway mem TNM Chess.com (8.2), 28.10.2020
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 Via an unusual move order the game has become a Dragon. 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 And a Yugoslav Attack, so both players are out for blood. 9.0-0-0 The only slightly more restrained continuation, [compared with 9.Bc4] 9...d5 The most principled and popular move, since it was found that [9...Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.Kb1! thwarts Black's direct play: 11...Qa5?! 12.Nd5!] 10.Nxc6!? An almost forgotten line, Kyron shows it has considerable teeth. [10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bd4 (12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.Qxd5 Qc7!) 12...Bxd4!? (12...e5 13.Bc5 Be6!? was the rage for a long time but has been completely superseded.) 13.Qxd4 Qb6] 10...bxc6 11.Bh6
(3) Felix German (FelixGerman)(1696) - IM Prasanna Rao (Praschess) (2140) [A83]
Ray Conway mem TNM Chess.com (7.3), 27.10.2020
1.d4 f5 2.e4 The Staunton Gambit against the Dutch Defense. Felix goes for immediate action. 2...fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 c6 5.f3 e3 Instead of looking for a refutation, Black gives back the pawn immediately, leaving White with a strange pawn at f3, and aiming for a psychological edge: after all, if an opponent wants to play a gambit, why give him what he wants? 6.Bd3 g6 7.Bxe3 Bg7 8.Qd2 Yet White has a nice solid position with good control of the center. 8...Qa5 9.Nge2 d6 10.0-0 0-0 11.a3 Nbd7 12.b4 Qc7 13.b5 This advance doesn't really do much for White. 13...Nb6 14.bxc6 bxc6 15.Kh1 Be6 16.a4?! [16.Bh6] 16...Nc4 17.Qc1 Nxe3 18.Qxe3 Bf7 Black has the two bishops now, without compensation for that. 19.Nf4?
(4) GM Gadir Guseinov (GGuseinov) (2609) - NM Michael Walder (FlightsOfFancy)(1886) [B40]
Ray Conway mem TNM Chess.com (7.2), 28.10.2020
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qc7 The Taimanov Variation - flexible yet fighting. This gives us a rich strategic Sicilian position. 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.f4 Bb4 9.Bd3 b5 Mike chooses this variation, perhaps influenced by [9...Na5 10.a3 Bxc3 11.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 12.bxc3 d5 13.exd5 Nxd5 14.Bd2 Nb6 15.Rb1 Nbc4 16.Rb4 Nxd2 17.Kxd2 Bd7 18.Be4 0-0-0 19.Rhb1 g5 20.Bxb7+ Nxb7 21.Rxb7 gxf4 22.Ke1 Rhg8 23.Kf2 e5 24.Nf3 e4 25.Nd4 Rg5 26.Rb8+ Kc7 27.R1b7+ Kd6 28.Rxd8 e3+ 29.Kf3 1-0 (29) GGuseinov (2518)-0gZPanda (2138) Chess.com 23.05/0 ] 10.a3 [Alternatives are 10.0-0-0!?; and 10.a4!?] 10...Be7 [riskly is 10...Ba5?! 11.Nxc6 Qxc6 12.b4 Ng4!? 13.Bg1 Bb6 14.Be2 Bxg1 15.Rxg1 Nf6 16.Bf3 Bb7 17.e5 Nd5 18.Nxd5 exd5 19.0-0-0! White is on the verge of winning but his illustrious opponent managed to hold; ½-½ (50) Skuhala,L (2087)-Vachier Lagrave,M (2789) PRO Chess League, Ljubljana Turtles vs. Marseille Migraines, chess.com INT 21.03/0 ] 11.e5 Ng4 The game has already become sharp. This knight move is needed for Black to stay competitive. 12.Nxc6 [12.Bg1 Bb7 13.h3 Bh4+ 14.Kd1 Nh6] 12...dxc6 13.Ne4 Nxe3 14.Qxe3 Bb7 15.b4
(5) Richard Hack (Kaline340Green) (1517) - Ethan Boldi (etvat) (1881) [C11]
Ray Conway mem TNM Chess.com (7.11), 28.10.2020
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 Burn's Variation of the French. Like the Rubenstein Variation Black gives up a little space in the center but gets free development and avoids White's cramping pawn on e5. 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Ng3 Richard chooses a sideline and retreats the kinght. This costs a tempo though, so more testing is 6. Bxf6. 6...h6 7.Be3 Nd5 8.c4?! Chasing the knight from it's post but leaving the white king exposed to checks. Developing and castling would be safer. 8...Nxe3 9.fxe3 Bb4+ [probably even stronger was 9...c5! 10.d5 0-0 11.Nf3 Re8 12.Qd2 exd5 13.cxd5 Bd6 with great control of the board] 10.Ke2 [10.Kf2] 10...0-0 11.a3-/+ Bd6 12.Ne4 Bd7 [12...Be7] 13.c5 Be7 14.Nf3 f5?! This creates a weakeness on e6. [Black would be happier opening up play on the queenside with 14...b6] 15.Nc3 Bf6 16.g3 b6 17.b4 a5 18.Rc1 [18.Bg2] 18...axb4 19.axb4 bxc5 20.bxc5 Critical move. 20...Bc6 21.Bg2 Na6 22.Qb3 White has gotten back to equal chances with his development and now targeting the e6 pawn. 22...Re8 23.Nh4?! [23.Rb1] 23...Bxg2?! [23...Rb8! 24.Qa3 Nb4 gives Black active play] 24.Nxg2 Rb8 25.Qa3 Nb4 26.Rb1 Nd5 27.Nf4?! [White is ok after 27.Rxb8 Nxc3+ (27...Qxb8 28.Nxd5 exd5 29.Kf2) 28.Qxc3 Qxb8 29.Rc1] 27...Ra8! 28.Qb3
[32...Qh5+ 33.Kd2 Ra2+ 34.Kc3 Kh7! 35.Nxc7 Rd8 36.Qxe6 Qe2 is a ferocious attack] 33.Kf1? [The white monarch should be brave here and advance in the center with 33.Kd3! The white rooks would be connected then and chances would be even. 33...Qh5?! 34.Nc3 defends the white king very well and leaves Black with weakenesses to defend.] 33...Qh5 Now there is no good defense to the attack from the black queen and rook. 34.Re1 Bh4 35.Nxc7 Rf2+ etvat won by resignation [35...Rf2+ 36.Kg1 Qg4+] 0-1
Tentative final results - pending fair play review
SwissSys Standings. Conway Memorial TNM Online: Open
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Fed||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Rd 7||Rd 8||Total||T-Sonneborn|
|1||IM Elliott Winslow||10363365||2278||ecwinslow||W17||W20||W13||W10||W6||D2||D8||W7||7.0||36.5|
|2||GM Gadir Guseinov||17343590||2600||GGuseinov||H---||H---||W37||W3||W10||D1||W4||W8||6.5||29.5|
|3||IM Prasanna Ragh Rao||16083805||2508||Praschess||W30||D5||W19||L2||W12||W20||D9||W14||6.0||28.5|
|4||NM Michael Walder||10345120||2075||FlightsOfFancy||W43||W21||L10||W5||W22||W6||L2||W17||6.0||28.5|
|5||Patrick Peiju Liu||16667410||1851||katechen77||W48||D3||W23||L4||W11||D18||W10||W9||6.0||27.75|
|7||Javier Silva III||16089208||1869||J3Chess24||L27||W46||W25||W30||W18||D9||W13||L1||5.5||23|
|8||FM Kyron Griffith||12860484||2470||KyronGriffith||W28||W12||H---||H---||W14||W24||D1||L2||5.5||21.5|
|12||Mark L Drury||12459313||1843||BirdOrBust||W45||L8||D29||W21||L3||W37||W38||D6||5.0||19.25|
|13||Nicholas Ruo Weng||15499404||1958||ninjaforce||W46||W27||L1||W28||L24||W34||L7||W30||5.0||18.5|
|22||Thomas F Maser||10490936||1900||talenuf||H---||H---||W42||W32||L4||H---||W20||L11||4.5||11.5|
|24||Davi Flores Gomez||14799653||1812||PlayerCreate1||W54||W11||L9||W17||W13||L8||L14||L16||4.0||17|
|26||Jacob S Wang||17083655||1287||jacobchess857||W36||L10||D20||D37||L30||W52||W34||L15||4.0||13|
|27||Ya Dancig Perlman||16280288||1235||noydan100||W7||L13||L15||L36||W51||L28||W52||W43||4.0||13|
|36||Nicholas Ar Boldi||15088356||1883||nicarmt||L26||L38||W47||W27||L33||D42||W41||L19||3.5||11.5|
|37||Kevin M Fong||17254586||1783||chessappeals||D49||W44||L2||D26||D38||L12||W42||L18||3.5||11|
|50||Yuvraj Si Sawhney||17095004||1060||SaintReturns||L20||L17||L53||L47||L49||W56||D51||W55||2.5||3.75|
|52||Cailen J Melville||14006141||1940||Mangonel||L29||L33||W49||L25||W35||L26||L27||L46||2.0||6|
|55||Cleveland W Lee||12814843||unr.||vincitore51745||H---||H---||H---||U---||L29||L49||L48||L50||1.5||0|
by NM Michael Walder
In 1976 I became a California chess player. Fresh from Chicago, I was 19 years old and over 2000 USCF. I played in San Francisco Bay Area chess tournaments and got to play a lot of strong players. There was a regular 5 minute tournament at “A Fiddler’s Green” where I got to regularly play strong players like Walter Browne, Jeremy Silman, Zaki Harari, Jay and Paul Whitehead. In the evenings I often went to Café Picaro and gave my quarters to Steve Brandwein. And of course I played at the Mechanics.
In 1978 a job promotion had me move to Los Angeles. I was a little unhappy that I might not get to play strong players in LA, but it was a promotion, and I was young and ambitious. I took a hiatus from playing in chess tournaments but showed up regularly at Troy’s Chess Shop in Torrance mall. There I became friends with underrated 2100 player Ricardo Gilbert who Introduced me to 2300 players Chuck Jones and Steve Ramos. We often met on Wednesdays to study chess openings together.
I returned to tournament chess in May of 1982 with one of the best tournaments in my lifetime, going 5-1 beating Jack Peters, a handful of masters and experts, while losing a tense battle with Nick de Firmian. I became friends with IM Michael Brooks and US Women’s Champion WGM Diane Savereide. We played regularly at the Santa Monica Chess Club along with 2300 player Ben Nethercot. I got plenty of decent games both casually and in tournaments.
I highly recommend playing and studying with your friends. It is fun and doing so helped my chess; it might help yours.
For a bit more about me leaving and returning to chess, please see this article of me being interviewed by WIM Alexey Root https://en.chessbase.com/post/chemo-brain-and-chess
All the best,
(1) Walder,Michael - Remlinger,Larry (2471) [B89]
American Open, 11.1983
I was awarded the Brilliancy Prize for this game against IM Larry Remlinger which was quite an honor as this tournament was rich with GMs. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 The Sozin was my weapon of choice against the Classical Sicilian back then, 6...e6 7.Be3 a6 8.Qe2 I liked playing this attacking setup pioneered by Dragoljub Velimirović. 8...Qc7 9.Bb3 Na5 10.0-0-0 b5 11.g4 Bb7 [11...Nd7= 12.f4 Nc5 13.f5 b4 14.Na4 Naxb3+ 15.axb3 e5 16.Nf3 Nxa4 17.bxa4 Qc6 18.Qd3 Bb7 19.Qb3 Rc8 20.Rhe1 Be7 21.Bf2 0-0 22.Kb1 Rc7 23.Nd2 Rfc8 24.Rc1 Bg5 25.Be3 Bxe3 26.Qxe3 Qxa4 27.b3 Qb5 28.f6 gxf6 29.Qh6 Qd7 30.Rf1 d5 31.g5 fxg5 32.Qxg5+ Kf8 33.Qxe5 Qg4 34.Qd6+ Re7 35.exd5 Qg5 36.Ne4 Qg6 37.Nf6 1-0 (37) Trabattoni,F-Toth,B (2440) Castelvecchio Pascoli 1977] 12.g5N I wanted to try this pawn sac. While it's true I get some comp if he takes my e pawn, the engines point out that Black would have a small advantage. [12.f3 Rc8 13.g5 Nd7 14.Kb1 Nb6 15.Bxe6 fxe6 16.Nxe6 Qf7 17.Bxb6 Nc4 18.Nxf8 Nxb6 19.Nxb5 axb5 20.Qxb5+ Kxf8 21.Qxb6 Qc7 22.Qxd6+ Qxd6 23.Rxd6 Ke7 24.Rhd1 Bc6 25.R6d3 Rhf8 26.Rc3 Rf4 27.b4 Bd7 28.Rxc8 Bxc8 29.Rd3 Ba6 30.Re3 Bf1 31.Kb2 Kd6 32.Kb3 Ke5 33.a4 Rf8 34.b5 Kf4 35.Re1 Bg2 36.Kb4 Kxf3 37.c4 Kf2 38.Rc1 Bxe4 39.c5 Kg2 40.h4 Kg3 41.c6 Bd5 Kozlov,A-Tsetselian,S Almaty 1971 1-0] 12...Nxb3+ [12...Nxe4=/+] 13.axb3 Nd7 [I was planning these variations, and evaluated them as giving me great practical chances: 13...Nxe4 14.Nxe4 Bxe4 15.f3 Bb7 (15...Bg6 16.h4 Bh5 17.Bf4 Rc8 18.Rd3 Be7 19.Nf5) 16.h4 Be7 17.h5=/+] 14.h4 b4 15.Na4 Nc5 [15...e5 This is the right way. I don't get enough after my intended 16.f4 exd4 17.Rxd4 Be7 18.Rxb4 d5 19.exd5 Bxd5 20.Rf1 0-0 21.Rd4 Bc6 22.Qf2 Rfe8 23.h5-+] 16.Kb1 e5 17.Nf5 Nxa4 18.bxa4 Bxe4
(2) Walder,Michael - Peters,Jack (2551) [B81]
Memorial Day Classic N. Hollywood (4), 30.05.1982
My career had me move to Los Angeles in 1978. After taking some time off from chess to get my work and new apartment set up, I decided to play in the Memorial Day Classic. Iwent 5-1 in this tournament, winninhg this game. The one loss was an exciting game with future GM and US Champ Nick de Firmian. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 Back then, I loved playing both sides of this opening. Today I think the Keres attack puts Black under pressure. 6.g4 a6 7.g5 Nfd7 8.Be3 b5 9.Bg2 I thought up this Idea while analyzing a Belyavski-Tal game that went f4 here. Both Peters and I thought it was a novelty, but with moden databases I see that is was a rare try, including a game played 8 yrs earlier by, Paul Heinrich, who I played in this tournament. 9...Bb7 10.0-0 This move surprised Peters. He told me that he thought that white castling kingside must be an error, but he confided that he later tried it himself. 10...Ne5 11.f4 Nc4 12.Qe2+/= [12.Bc1+/-; 12.Bf2+/-] 12...Nd7 Black should take the Bishop. 13.f5?! The humbling experience of computers. We both thought this was a shot. 13...e5?
(3) Walder,Mike - Strauss,David J [E55]
Players Chess News Jan op Los Angeles, CA, 01.1984
Playing IM David Strauss was always challenging for me. I previously tried to play sharply against him but he was able to exploit my eagerness with positionally sound moves that usually ended up winning the game for him. In this game I decided to try and play actively, but a little more circumspect. 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 Marshall's treatment of the Scandanavian. 3.c4 c6 4.d4 cxd5 And now we are playing a Caro Kann Panov Botvinnik attack. 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.Bd3 And now we are morphing into a Nimzo Indian 7...dxc4 8.Bxc4 0-0 9.0-0 b6 10.Qe2 Bb7 11.Rd1 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Nbd7 13.Bd3 Qc7 14.c4 Rfe8 15.Bb2 Rad8N [15...Qf4 16.Qe3 Qxe3 17.fxe3 Be4 18.Be2 Rac8 19.a4 Bc2 20.Rdc1 Bg6 21.a5 Rc7 22.axb6 axb6 23.Ra6 h6 24.Rca1 Be4 25.Nd2 Bb7 26.Ra7 Rec8 27.Ba3 Bc6 28.Rxc7 Rxc7 29.Bd6 Rc8 30.Bf3 Bxf3 31.gxf3 Ne8 32.Bg3 Kf8 33.Kf2 Ke7 34.Ke2 Nd6 35.Kd3 Nf5 36.Be1 e5 37.Ne4 exd4 38.exd4 Rd8 39.Bb4+ Ke8 40.Re1 Ne5+ 41.Kc3 Nxd4 42.Nd6+ Kd7 43.Rxe5 Nc6 44.Rd5 Nxb4 45.Kxb4 Keres,P-Barcza,G Budapest 1972 1-0] 16.Rac1 Qf4
28...f5?! [28...Nfe4+! 29.Kg2 Qxh4 30.fxe4 Nxe4 31.Qf3=] 29.gxf5 Qd6+ 30.Kg2 Nce4 31.fxe4 Nxe4 32.Qg4 Nf6 33.Qg5 e2 34.Bxf6 Qxf6 35.Qxf6 gxf6 36.Kf2 Re5 37.Rxe2 Rxe2+ 38.Kxe2 1-0
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Right before the final round of the TNM this past Wednesday, IM Elliott Winslow was given black in the final round against Javier Silva. This seemed wrong to Elliott, since it would mean he would have received black three times in the final 4 rounds. His final round game had started, but he did not make a move as he wanted an explanation from the TD's.
Judit had called me during the intermission to discuss the situation, prior to Elliott inquiring online. We both looked up the rule and came to the same conclusion: Elliott had the following color allocation heading into round 8: BWBWBBW. His opponent Javier Silva had the following color allocation: BWBWBWB. In both cases, each player has had four blacks and three whites.
The USCF rule in this situation is as follows, from USCF Rule 29E4 #4:
4. If both players have had an equal number of whites and blacks, or both are equally out of balance, and if they had different colors in one or more prior rounds, priority for assigning color should be based on the latest round in which their colors differed. One or both players should be assigned the color opposite to that which they played in that round. Example 1: WBWB gets white over BWWB, because the first player had black in round two, the latest round in which colors differed. Example 2: BWxBW gets white over BWBxW, because the first player had black and the second had no color in round 4, the latest round in which colors differed.
The intersting thing about this is that Judit wrote about this very rule in last week's newsletter in her article on color allocation, check it here: https://www.milibrary.org/chess-newsletters/940
So Elliott was given black in this scenario given that he had white in the previous round and Javier had black.
The USCF rulebook online can be found here: http://www.uschess.org/docs/gov/chessrules/US_Chess_Rule_Book-%20Online_Only_Edition_v7.1-1.2.11-7.19.19.pdf
If anyone has a TD question, please feel free to submit to us at [email protected]
IM John Donaldson releases his new book Bobby Fischer and His World on November 1st, and he is interviewed by GM Jesse Kraai from Chess Dojo. To watch that interview, please click the link below.
To order his new book, with new information on Bobby Fischer, click HERE
The chess room staff at the Mechanics' Institute are taking on all comers now weekly, as each of us will live stream an arena tournament where we will commentate our own games! You might be playing 3-time US Champion GM Nick de Firmian, or perhaps our commentator and instructor extraorinaire FM Paul Whitehead. Try to take down Organizer sensation Dr. Judit Sztaray or Chess Director Abel Talamantez. We will all be live on Twitch playing, reviewing about our games, and talking about anything that comes up in the chat. Come hang out with us at the Mechanics' online club, perhaps we may even give out an occasional free prize!
Arenas are an hour long, and the chess staff will be paired against the first available player to play at the conclusion of their games. All other players will be paired with the next available opponent. This will continue for the whole hour. While there is no guarantee you will be paired against a chess staff member, you will have a very good chance at it, depending on the number of players playing. All games will be streamed live on our Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/mechanicschess
Check out the times here:
GM Nick de Firmian Arena: Mondays 4pm-5pm, 11/2: https://www.chess.com/live#r=555835
FM Paul Whitehead Arena: Tuesdays 5pm-6pm, 11/3: https://www.chess.com/live#r=577191
MI Chess Director Abel Talamantez, Dr. Judit Sztaray Arena: Fridays 3pm-4:00pm, 11/6: https://www.chess.com/live#r=587602
See you in the arena!