November 21, 2020
By Abel Talamantez
Table of Contents
- Thanksgiving Message
- Mechanics' TNM Report
- Mechanics' Thursday Night Marathon Report
- FIDE Trainer Seminar
- Mechanics' League Play
- Dr. Alexey Root
- Become a Mechanics' Institute Member
- Twitch Arena
- Weekly Classes
- Pacific Regional Grade Level
- Scholastic Online Offerings
- Online Events Schedule
- FM Paul Whitehead's Column
- GM Nick de Firmian's Column
- Submit your piece or feedback
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Mechanics' Institute Chess Team
The November Tuesday Night Marathon Rounds 3&4 are in the books, with two players emerging in a tie for the lead in the top section. GM Gadir Guseinov and FM Kyron Griffith won their 3rd round games and faced off against each other in round 4. Their game ended in a draw, but the post game analysis between the two players in the game chat was quite interesting. Kyron was gracious enough to annotate his game for us based on the discussion in theri chat, and it is provided in the games analysis, along with GM Nick de Firmian's annotation of the game. Both players lead the top section with 3.5/4.
What was unfortunate was the very anticipated match between GM Jim Tarjan and NM Mike Walder in round 3. Internet issues plagued Tarjan in Oregon, and after a few moves, Walder graciously offered a draw in a show of sportsmanship. Tarjan received a half point bye for round 4. 6 players are at 3/4, including Tarjan.
In the u/1800 section, Phillip Gerstoft and Pranav Pradeep are tied for the lead at 3.5/4, with 3 other players at 3/4.
Here are the current standings after 4 rounds
Standings after Round 4
SwissSys Report: November 2020 Tuesday Night Marathon Online
SwissSys Standings. November 2020 Tuesday Night Marathon Online: 1800+
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Fed||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Total|
|1||GM Gadir Guseinov||17343590||2685||gguseinov||W26||W11||W9||D2||3.5|
|3||GM James Edwa Tarjan||10991820||2469||tirantes||W15||W13||D5||H---||3.0|
|6||Nicholas Ruo Weng||15499404||1983||ninjaforce||W27||L2||W22||W14||3.0|
|9||IM Elliott Winslow||10363365||2278||ecwinslow||W10||W7||L1||D5||2.5|
|10||Javier Silva III||16089208||1895||J3Chess24||L9||D17||W18||W20||2.5|
|20||Thomas F Maser||10490936||1900||talenuf||H---||H---||H---||L10||1.5|
|23||Davi Flores Gomez||14799653||1812||PlayerCreate1||L5||W26||L14||L12||1.0|
|24||Kevin M Fong||17254586||1783||chessappeals||L11||L15||D27||D26||1.0|
|25||Roger V Shi||16191192||1753||1-h4-1-0||L13||L22||W26||L16||1.0|
|26||Cailen J Melville||14006141||1940||Mangonel||L1||L23||L25||D24||0.5|
SwissSys Standings. November 2020 Tuesday Night Marathon Online: u1800
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Fed||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Total|
|13||Cleveland W Lee||12814843||470||Vincitore51745||B---||L2||W15||L7||2.0|
SwissSys Standings. November 2020 Tuesday Night Marathon Online: Extra Games
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Fed||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Total|
|1||Cleveland W Lee||12814843||470||Vincitore51745||W2||1.0|
Here are some games from Tuesday night, annotated by GM Nick de Firmian. Included as the final game is FM Kyron Griffith's annotation of his game against GM Guseinov.
(6) IM Elliott Winslow (ecwinslow) (2045) - GM Gadir Guseinov (GGuseinov) (2637) [E91]
Mechanics' Nov TNM Chess.com (3.1), 18.11.2020
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 Bg4 To call this Guseinov's "pet line" is an understatement -- he has over sixty games in the databases, thus slightly edging out Beat Zueger's 60 for the superfan award. It does take the game far away from the electrified madness of the Mar Del Plata and Bayonet variations, and thus has attracted some devotees. 7.Be3 Nfd7 and this: 55 times. 8.Rc1 [8.d5!? Avrukh has two wins against Guseinov with this, avoiding Rc1.] 8...a6!? One annotator dubbed this the 'Azeri' move, for how many of that country's players major it in their repertoire. [8...e5 is the older move;; Gadir has played 8...c5 in four of the ten games after 8.Rc1 with no seeming preference otherwise.] 9.b4!? [Half his games (3) here went 9.d5 c5 (to stop 10.Nd4), with a win and two draws.] 9...c5 Black took his first think of the game choosing -- [9...a5!? has been the other move, with adequate results -- but Guseinov has only played the text (two games).] 10.bxc5 dxc5 11.d5 b5 12.cxb5 [12.0-0 Qa5 13.Qb3 Bxf3 14.gxf3 bxc4 15.Qb7 Nb6 16.Na4 Qxa4 17.Qxb6 c3 18.Qxc5 Re8 saw Black making the most of that huge asset, the pawn at c3; 0-1 (43) Chuchelov,V (2592)-Guseinov, G (2505) Istanbul 2003] 12...axb5 13.Nxb5
13...Rxa2 [The only game that made it here went 13...Qa5+ 14.Bd2 Qa4? (14...Qxa2 15.0-0 when Avrukh shows some advantage for White) 15.a3! Qxe4 16.Rc4 Qf5 17.Rf4 Qh5 18.h3 Bxf3 19.Rxf3 Qxd5 20.Nc7 and White cashed the Exchange for pawn game: 1-0 (60) Volkov,S (2634)-Guseinov, G (2573) Warsaw 2005 [Avrukh,B]] 14.0-0 Qa5 Avrukh hints in his notes to the above game that this might be Black's best chance for salvation, but his knights still have trouble finding action. 15.h3! Bxf3 16.gxf3 Now White hs the two bishops and a strengthened center, but the weakening of the king's defense comes back to bite him in a few moves. 16...Na6?! [16...Rb2!? 17.Ra1 Qb6 18.Na3! heading for c4] 17.Na7! As noted by Avrukh in another position -- c6 is a pretty nice outpost if White can get it. [17.f4! is about as good, though.] 17...Ndb8 18.Bxa6 [18.f4! here, too] 18...Qxa6 19.Bxc5 White is up a pawn, but gives it back, overlooking something. 19...Be5 White: 19:57 Black: 23:14
20.Nc6? Played too quickly! Dreaming of somehow taking on e7 and marching the d-pawn, but there won't be a d-pawn after... [20.Be3! Qf6 21.Nc6 was the way to do it, with a clear plus if not a won game already.] 20...Nxc6 21.dxc6 Qxc6 22.Qd5 White used almost half his remaining time to work out, incorrectly, what would happen after [22.Bxe7 -- it wasn't as bad as it looks after 22...Qe6 if White notices 23.f4! (everything else is crushed by . ..Qxh3 and mate) 23...Qxe7 (23...Bxf4 24.Qf3! A couple of only moves by White and a draw is in sight. 24...Re8 (24...Bxc1 25.Bxf8) 25.Qxf4 Rxe7 26.Kg2! Qxe4+ 27.Qxe4 Rxe4 28.Ra1 That is, in sight if the 2278 player can hold R+2 v R+3 vs. the 2665 former European Under-10 champion and Olympic gold medalist.) ] 22...Qf6!=/+ Life remains rough in spite of the limited field -- the aforementioned kingside weakness! 23.Be3 [23.Qxa2?? Qg5+ 24.Kh1 Qf4 and mate!] 23...Ra3 24.Kg2 Rfa8?! Stockfish is starting to show "0.00" (dead draw), but of course White didn't know that during the game -- nor did he have time to get his bearings. [24...Bf4!?=/+ 25.Rc6 e6 26.Qc5 keeps it together or tries to.] 25.Rc5 Black has nothing now 25...Bf4 26.Rfc1?! [26.Rc6 Qh4 27.Bd4= 0s across the list.] 26...Bxe3 27.fxe3
27...Qa6? [27...h5!-/+ /=/+ -- Certainly Black keeps things going.] 28.Qd2? [28.Qd4! appears to cause Black enough trouble --; But a player with over four minutes might have noticed 28.Qxa8+! Qxa8 29.Rc8+ Qxc8 30.Rxc8+ Kg7 31.Kf2 when Black's winning chances are not nonexistent, but White should hang on.] 28...h5 [28...Rd3! 29.Rc8+ Rxc8 30.Rxc8+ Kg7! 31.Qb2+ f6 Black might still work some Q+R magic.] 29.f4? [29.Rc6 is a candidate for the draw;; 29.Kg3 also. But nothing is easy at this point.] 29...Rd3 30.Qe2 Qa3 31.Kf3 [31.Rc8+ Rxc8 32.Rxc8+ Kh7 33.Kf2 Qd6 34.Rc2 Kg7 Maybe White can hold this, but it's very uncomfortable.] 31...Kh7!
White: 2:15 Black: 14:18. Black lets White panic, which he does. 32.f5? [32.Rc8 Rxc8 33.Rxc8 Rb3 continues to "massage" White, when combined with time shortage will be good. 34.Rc2 (34.Qd2 Qa6! 35.Rc1 Qe6 (35...Rd3) ) ] 32...Rad8 33.fxg6+ fxg6 White just handed Black the f-file! But after the next it is moot. 34.Kg2?? Rd2 Guseinov's pet line comes through again! But he might want to take it to the shop, as the opening was bumpy. Next round it will be Guseinov vs. Kyron Griffith, one of the star matchups, with GM James Tarjan and Mike Walder a half point behind. 0-1
(1) FM Kyron Griffith (KyronGriffith) (2226) - NM Arun Dixit (Limelight2727) (2028) [B27]
Mechanics' Nov TNM Chess.com, 18.11.2020
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bg7 The Accelerated Dragon is an opening much favored by former MI Chess Director John Donaldson. Here 5. c4 heads to a positional game where white has some space advantage, but Kyron plays for more active possibilities. 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 taking the game to a postition that was well investigated 40 years ago but may now be littled remembered 8...Nd5 This is the classic older move in this variation, not backing down. Yet the subtle [8...Ng8! may well be an easier way to equality] 9.Nxd5 cxd5 10.Qxd5 Rb8 11.0-0-0! This brave way to guard the b2 pawn seems to give White some edge. 11...Qc7?! [11...Bb7 12.Qc5 0-0 13.c3 Be4 gives some compensation for the pawn] 12.f4 [12.Bd4! seems to be a strong neutalizing move which contests the power of Black's Dragon bishop and asks what does black have for the pawn. 12...Bb7 (12...0-0 13.b3) 13.Qc4 Qxc4 14.Bxc4 Bxg2 15.Rhe1 threatens both 16.Bxa7 and 16 e5-e6] 12...0-0 13.Qc5 [The computer likes 13.b3 d6 14.exd6 exd6 15.Qxd6 Qb7 16.Bd4 when White who has two pawns more to begin any complications.] 13...Qb7 14.b3 d6! This gets Black some play on the queenside 15.Qxa7 Qxa7 16.Bxa7 Ra8 17.Bd4 Bg4
18.Re1?! [18.a4! Bxd1 19.Kxd1 would be a marvelous ending for White as the passed queenside pawns block the black rooks and will eventually advance for the win] 18...Rxa2 19.Bd3 dxe5 20.Bxe5 Bxe5 21.fxe5 Be6?! [21...Bf5! 22.Bxf5 gxf5 23.Rhf1 Rd8 24.Kb1 (24.Rxf5? Ra1+ 25.Kb2 Rxe1) 24...Rda8 is a pawn up for White but the double rooks make for counterplay against the king] 22.Rhf1 Rc8 23.Kd1 [23.Kb1! Rca8 24.Re3 consolodates with the passed pawns] 23...Rc3 24.Be4 Bf5 25.Kd2?!
[25.Bxf5 gxf5 26.Re2 Ra1+ 27.Kd2 Rxc2+ 28.Kxc2 Rxf1 29.b4! is a potent passed pawn] 25...Raxc2+! 26.Bxc2 Rxc2+ 27.Ke3 Rc3+ 28.Kd4 Rxb3 29.Rf2 h5 Now Black should be able to hold the draw with accurate play 30.Re3 Rb1 31.h3 Rd1+ 32.Kc5 Be6 33.Rb2 Rc1+ 34.Kd4 Rc4+ 35.Kd3 □ 35...Rc7 36.Ke2 Kg7 37.Kf3 Bd5+ 38.Kf2 Be6 39.Rbe2 Rc4 40.Re4 Rc5 41.Rb4 Bd5 42.Ra4 Rc7 43.Ra5 Be6 44.Rb5 Rd7 45.Reb2 g5 46.Rb7 Rd5 47.Rxe7 Rxe5 48.Re2 Rf5+ 49.Kg1 Kg6 50.Re8 h4 51.Rg8+ Kf6 52.Rf2 Rxf2 53.Kxf2 Kf5 54.Rb8 Ke4 55.Rb5 f6 56.Ra5 f5 57.Ra7
57...g4? This is the mistake, leaving the h4 pawn unprotected. Black has played the endgame very well and here only needs to do nothing, such as 57...Bd5 58.Rh7! Kyron quickly jumps on the mistake and converts with the extra material 58...g3+ 59.Kg1 f4 60.Rxh4 Ke3 61.Rh8 Bd5?! [Black could put up more resistance with 61...Ke4 62.Rf8 Bb3 63.h4 Bd1] 62.Re8+ Be4 63.h4 f3 64.h5! KyronGriffith won on time [64.h5 Kf4 65.Rxe4+ Kxe4 66.h6] 1-0
(5) Ashik Uzzaman (ashikuzzaman) (1825) - Kristian Clemens (kclemens) (1795) [C36]
Mechanics' Nov TNM Chess.com, 18.11.2020
1.e4 e5 2.f4 Ashik is quite fond of gambits and quick attacks. 2...exf4 3.Nf3 d5 while Kristian prefers the quieter waters. The problem is, they're hard to find in the King's Gambit! 4.exd5 Nf6 5.d4 Nxd5 6.c4? Too loose! Some bishop move, preparing to castle, is prudent.
[And in fact, these players met previously, back when the TNM was face to face: 6.Bc4 Be6 7.Qe2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.c3 c5 10.Kh1?!N (10.Bxd5 Qxd5 11.Bxf4 Nc6 12.Rd1 Rad8 13.Ne5 1-0 (43) Pruijssers,R-Beekhuis,M Apeldoorn 2001) 10...Nc6 11.Rd1 Qd7 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Bg4 0-1 (51) Uzzaman,A (2096) -Clemens,K (1917) MI TNM, San Francisco April 10, 2018] 6...Bb4+ Computer-approved. [6...Ne3!? Straight up could well be better. (and Bangiev gave it an exclamation point!) 7.Bxe3 fxe3 8.Qd3 Bb4+ Black is just better. 9.Nc3 0-0 10.0-0-0 Bxc3! 11.Qxc3 Qe7 12.Re1 Re8 13.Bd3 Nc6! 14.Bb1 Bg4 15.d5 Ne5! 16.Rxe3 Bxf3! 0-1 (48) Grabarczyk,B (2394) -Markowski,T (2531) Plock 2000 [Bangiev,A]] 7.Kf2 White wants to be able to deal with the knight coming to e3. 7...Ne3! Not quite always played. [What to make of this gamelet? 7...Nf6 8.Qa4+ Nc6 9.d5 Bc5+ 10.Ke1 0-0 11.dxc6 Ng4 12.Be2 Nf2 13.Rf1 Nd3+ 14.Bxd3 Qxd3 15.Nbd2 Re8+ 16.Kd1 Qe2+ 17.Kc2 Bf5+ 0-1 (17) Hoffmann,J-Wich,M Wiesbaden 1999] 8.Bxe3! [8.Qa4+ Nc6 9.d5 (9.Be2 0-0-/+) 9...Ng4+ 10.Ke2 Qe7+ 11.Kd1 Nf2+ 12.Kc2 Bf5+ 13.Kb313...b5! 14.Qxb5 Rb8 15.Qxc6+ Bd7 16.Qxc7 Ba4+ 0-1 (16) Kraft, V-Heimrath,R Zirndorf 1985; 8.Qb3 Ng4+ 9.Kg1 Be1!?] 8...fxe3+ 9.Kxe3 0-0 10.Nc3 Bg4 11.Be2 c6 Slightly slow. Black's advantage lays in White's ridiculous king position and some fast development was in order. [11...Nc6! 12.Nd5 Re8+ 13.Kf2 when Black stands very well after 13...Re4 (or 13...Bd6) ] 12.Kf2 Nd7 Well, the fact is that f6 and maybe even b6 are great squares for the knight as well. 13.a3 [Best was to "castle by hand" with 13.Re1 Re8 14.Kg1 Bxf3 15.Bxf3 Rxe1+ 16.Qxe1 Nb6 but Black still has a clear advantage.] 13...Be7 14.Rf1 Nf6 15.Kg1 Qc7 16.Ne5 Bxe2 17.Qxe2 Rad8 18.Rad1 Bd6 19.Ne4 Bxe5 20.dxe5 Nxe4
21.Rxd8? [21.Qxe4!=/+ was the way to go. 21...Rxd1 (21...Rde8!? 22.Rfe1 Re6 picks on the one weak pawn, on e5, with a slight advantage.) 22.Rxd1 Qb6+ 23.Kh1! (23.Qd4?? Rd8) 23...Qxb2 24.e6! fxe6 25.Qxe6+ Kh8 26.Qe7 Rg8 27.h3 White is a pawn down but clearly more active.] 21...Rxd8 22.Qxe4 Re8? [22...Qb6+ 23.Kh1 Qd4!-+ and Black dominates via the d-file control and White's weak pawns.] 23.Qd4 Qxe5 24.Qxe5 Rxe5 25.Rd1 Kf8 26.Rd7 Re7 27.Rd8+ Re8 28.Rd7 Rb8 Black decides to avoid the repetition and try to win with his extra pawn. But that white rook is at least compenation. 29.b4 Ke8 30.Rc7 A standoff. Black tries too hard to win and ... 30...h5 31.Kf2 g6?! 32.Ke3 Kf8 33.Kd4 Rd8+ 34.Kc5
34...Rb8? Back to fatal passivity. [Best play, as any endgame manual will say, is to activate the rook with 34...Rd2 35.Rxb7 Rxg2 when White has only a small advantage.] 35.h4 Kg7 36.g3? [Better was 36.a4! g5 37.hxg5 a5 38.bxa5 Ra8 39.Kb4!+-] 36...Kf6 37.a4 [37.Kd6+/=] 37...Ke6? [Black is holding after 37...Kf5! 38.Rxf7+ Kg4] 38.a5 f6 39.a6! bxa6 40.Rxc6+ [As good but requiring severe calculation: 40.Rxa7 g5 41.Rxa6 gxh4 42.Rxc6+ Ke5 43.gxh4] 40...Kf5 41.Rxa6 Rc8+ 42.Rc6 Re8 43.b5 White has a number of little advantages that add up to a win, but it's a particularly difficult rook ending. 43...g5 44.Rc7 gxh4 [44...Ra8 45.Kc6 Kg4 46.Kb7+-] 45.gxh4 Ra8 46.Rg7 [46.Kc6 Kg4 47.Kb7] 46...Ke5 [46...Ke4 47.Re7+ Kd3 48.Rd7+ Kc3 49.Kd5] 47.Rh7? Putting the win at risk. [47.Re7+ forces the king in front of the f-pawn; 47...Kf4 48.Kd6 It's always the c-pawn.] 47...f5 48.Rxh5 Ke4 49.Rh7! f4 50.Re7+
50...Kf5? [Maybe Black is drawing after 50...Kd3! 51.Rd7+ Ke3 52.Kd5 f3] 51.Kd6 [51.Kd4!] 51...f3 52.c5 [More accurate is 52.Rf7+ Ke4 53.c5 Rd8+ 54.Ke6 Re8+ 55.Kd7] 52...Rb8 [52...Rd8+ 53.Kc7] 53.c6 Kg4 54.c7 [54.Rf7!] 54...Rf8 55.Re1 Kxh4 56.Rf1 Kg3 57.Kd7 Rf7+ 58.Kd8 Rf8+ 59.Kd7 Rf7+ 60.Kc6 Rf8 61.Kb7 Kg2 62.Rxf3 Kxf3 63.c8Q Rxc8 64.Kxc8 Ke4 65.Kb7 Kd5 66.Kxa7 Kd6 67.b6 Kc6 68.b7 ashikuzzaman won by resignation. A bumpy road, but Ashik brought it home. The rook ending is worthy of some effort in study. 1-0
(2) Philip Gerstoft (pgstar3) (1785) - Sebby Suarez (SebbyMeister) (1549) [B01]
Mechanics' Nov TNM Chess.com, 18.11.2020
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.d4 Bf5 5.Nf3 e6 6.Bd3 Bg6 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Re1 c6 9.Bg5 Be7 10.Ne2 0-0 11.Bxg6 hxg6 12.c4
White has played logical moves to gain a small advantage in space. Black has a solid position that is hard to crack. 12...Re8 13.Qb3 b6?! A slight weakening of the queenside. 13...Qb6 would keep the solid pawn structure. 14.Ne5 [14.Rad1!] 14...Nfd7 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Nf4?! now Black is able to trade off pieces and has no troubles 16...Nxe5 17.Rxe5 Nd7 18.Re3 Qd6 19.Ne2 Rad8 20.Rd1 Nf6 21.Red3 Nh5 22.g3 Nf6 23.h4 Rd7 24.Nf4 Nh5 25.Ng2 Red8 26.Ne3 Nf6 27.Qc3 Ne4 28.Qe1 Qe7?! [28...Nf6 keeps the game perfectly level. Now the white knight is able to jump to a strong post] 29.Ng4! Nf6 30.Ne5 Rd6 31.b4 c5? [Black feels under pressure and decides to do something, but this lets White win a pawn. It was best to just wait with a move like 31...Qc7] 32.bxc5 bxc5 33.dxc5 Rxd3 34.Rxd3 Rxd3 35.Nxd3 Qd7 36.Ne5 Qc7 37.c6!
The extra doubled pawn really shows it strength. Black is tied down and can do little. 37...Ne8 38.Qe4 Nf6 [38...f6 39.Nxg6 Kf7 40.Nf4 Qd6 41.h5] 39.Qd4 Kf8 40.c5 Ke7 [40...Nd5 41.Nd7+ Kg8 42.Qe5 Qxe5 (42...Qxc6 43.Qb8+ Kh7 44.Nf8+ Kh6 45.Nxe6!) 43.Nxe5 Kf8 44.f4 Ke7 45.Kf2 is a winning knight ending] 41.f4 Nh5 42.Kg2 Nf6 43.Qb4! the white queen heads to b7 where it will cause great problems 43...Qd8?! [43...Ne8 44.Qb7 Kf8 holds out longer, though White could win by marching the king up to a6 45.Kf3 Ke7 46.Ke3 Kf8 47.Kd3 Ke7 48.Kc4 Kf8 49.Kb5 Ke7 50.Ka6 Kf8 51.Qxc7 Nxc7+ 52.Kxa7] 44.Qb7+ Ke8 45.Qxf7# pgstar3 won by checkmate 1-0
(4) GM Gadir Guseinov (GGuseinov) (2610) - FM Kyron Griffith (KyronGriffith) (2236) [B12]
Mechanics' Nov TNM Chess.com, 17.11.2020
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6 6.c3 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Ne2 Re8 9.0-0 So: it's back to the quiet line. [9.Qc2 was standard, to see how Black reacts before deciding which side to castle on -- and then along came 9...h5!! and things haven't been the same. Since 2017 when it first appeared in master play there have been over 600 games in the databases, with a plus score for Black. Those opening books that declared 5... exf6 a dry line hoping for a draw are going to need rewriting! Here is a light in the wilderness: 10.Be3 Nd7 11.0-0-0 b5?! (11...Nf8 has done fine) 12.d5 c5 13.Bxb5 Rb8 14.c4 a6 15.Ba4 1-0 (63) Duda,J (2757)-Carlsen,M (2863) Stavanger 8th Norway Chess 2020 and another earlier game.] 9...Qc7 [9...Nd7 10.Bf4 Nf8 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.Re1 g6 13.Ng3 saw Carlsen win, but as usual, others weren't so fortunate. 1-0 (39) Carlsen,M (2863)-Svane,R (2613) Lichess.org INT 2020] 10.Ng3 g6
11.Qf3 [11.Ne4! is more aggressive as Black would lose material after 11...Bxh2+ 12.Kh1 when both 13. Nxf6 and 13. g3 are threatened] 11...f5 Kyron has been playing this line for only a few months now; uninfluenced by 5...exf6's quieter history he assumes an aggressive stance. 12.Bh6 Be6 13.Rae1 Nd7
14.Bxf5?N Miscalculation? Over-optimism? A change to the "trend" of the game? In any case, the engines are steadfast in their claim: this is unsound. [One earlier, quiet game: 14.b3 Nf6 15.c4 Ng4 16.Bc1 Bd7 17.h3 Nf6 18.Bb2 Rxe1 19.Rxe1 Re8 20.Rd1 f4 21.Nf1 b6?! 22.Nh2 h5 23.Nf1 and White managed to win: 1-0 (41) Lapertosa Viana,J (2130) -Orfali,M (2055) ICC INT 2009] 14...Bxf5 15.Nxf5 gxf5 16.Qxf5 Bf8! 17.Bf4 Bd6 Kyron, unsure what is going on, repeats. 18.Bh6 Bf8 19.Bf4 Qd8! [19...Qc8 also thwarts White.; 19...Bd6 20.Bh6 would be a three-fold repetition.] 20.Bg5
20...Qc8?!-/+ [20...f6!-+ when 21...Bg7 is an almost universal followup, with Stockfish making it in the high -2s.] 21.Qg4! The only move to make it interesting, but it's clear by now that the attack doesn't exist. 21...Kh8 [21...f5!? is a radical price for a tempo: 22.Qxf5 Nb6] 22.Qf5 Kg8 [22...f6! 23.Bxf6+ Nxf6 24.Qxf6+ Bg7 25.Qf7 Rf8 26.Qe6 a5 Both players have about half their time remaining. There isn't any reason Black shouldn't play on.] 23.Qg4 Kh8 24.Qf5 Kg8 Game drawn by repetition. A curious game -- Guseinov got a little crazy and Griffith didn't have the defensive will to follow through. Still, a draw leaves them both tied for first-second with two rounds to go. 1/2-1/2
Here is the same game, annotated by FM Kyron Griffith
(7) GM Gadir Guseinov (GGuseinov) (2610) - FM Kyron Griffith (KyronGriffith) (2236) [B15]
TNM Chess.com, 18.11.2020
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6 Recapturing here with the e pawn instead of the g-pawn has gained a following only in the past few years. Historically, recapturing with the g-pawn was considered the obvious reply as chess players are typically taught to take towards the center. However practice has shown that black's quick and flexible development is ample compensation for the slightly damaged pawn structure. White has a number of different ways to set up his pieces here but the most challenging is the c3 - Bd3 - Qc2 - Ne2 setup. Finally, white would love to reach an endgame without any further pawn transformations. The 4 on 3 queenside pawn majority would promise great endgame chances while black's crippled majority on the kingside is nowhere near as impressive. 6.c3 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Ne2 [More common is: 8.Qc2 Re8+ 9.Ne2 Where black has the popular move h5!? here although the alternatives h6 and g6 are fine as well. 9...h5] 8...Re8 [8...Qc7 After the game, GM Guseinov advised that I take a look at this move. The main idea is to prevent white from castling kingside. I was initially worried that white could reply with Qc2 and try to castle queenside, but perhaps in this particular case black should prefer h6 over h5. 9.Qc2 h6! and now white is less interested in castling queenside as black's counterplay will come quickly on that wing while white's play on the kingside will be slower as compared to if black had played h5. (9...h5 10.Be3 Black has been slightly tricked here. We reach a position similar to a tabiya, but black's Queen is on c7 instead of Re8. This limits black's options slightly, although in practice black should be fine.) ] 9.0-0 Qc7 10.Ng3 g6?! I realized this move was dubious as soon as I played it. I simply wanted to achieve a g6-f5 pawn structure and lock down the white knight. Unfortunately now it has a moment to jump to freedom. 11.Qf3?! Returning the favor with an inaccuracy. Now my plan is justified. [11.Ne4! Black either has to go on the defensive or give up the bishop pair here. 11...Be7 (11...Bxh2+ This may be the best practical chance but it is quite speculative 12.Kh1 Rxe4 (12...Nd7 13.g3 f5 14.Bf4 and black's bishop is lost) 13.Bxe4 Bd6) 12.Bc4 Be6 13.Bxe6 fxe6 14.Qb3 Qd7 is quite unpleasant] 11...f5 12.Bh6 Be6 13.Rae1 Nd7 14.Bxf5?! I actually said out loud "what the he**?!" when I saw this move. It feels like it shouldn't work - black's position is solid and all his pieces are developed. That being said it is tricky to refute as black always has to worry about his king. 14...Bxf5 15.Nxf5 gxf5 16.Qxf5 Bf8 The only move or else white would be winning. GM Guseinov mentioned after the game that he had missed this one. In fact it is now black who has the edge. [16...Nf8 as mentioned on the broadcast gets mated quickly 17.Qf6] 17.Bf4 Bd6 18.Bh6 Bf8 19.Bf4 Qd8! I was happy I played this move instead of taking the easy draw. On one hand it is unclear how black is going to untangle, but on the other hand white doesn't have any immediate threats. I felt that black was better here but it is tough to prove. 20.Bg5 Qc8?! [20...f6 was the opportunity for black to keep the edge] 21.Qg4 Kh8 22.Qf5 Kg8 23.Qg4 Kh8 24.Qf5 Kg8 Game drawn by repetition = [24...f6 25.Bxf6+ Nxf6 26.Qxf6+ Bg7 27.Qf7 The engine gives a -0.5 evaluation here but I think black has a large task ahead of him to prove that.] 1/2-1/2
For more information on the November TNM, please follow this link: https://www.milibrary.org/chess-tournaments/november-2020-tuesday-night-marathon-online
The second round of the new Thursday Night Marathon was played, and many of the favorites went on to win, setting up some exciting 3rd round matchups in 2 weeks. Next week will be an off week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. With perfect scores at 2/2 are IM Elliott Winslow, FM Allan Savage, NM Michael Walder, Pranav Sairam, Ako Heidari, Stewart Katz, Eric Hon and Adam Mercado. Here are the current standings.
The Mechanics' Institute will be organizing its first FIDE Trainers Seminar on December 11-13, 2020. This seminar is for coaches and players looking to enhance their education in coaching and understanding the learning of chess. Participants at the conclusion of the seminar will take an exam towards the awarding of a FIDE title for trainers.
The instructors and lecturers for this seminar include GM Melik Khachiyan, GM Jacob Aagaard, GM Dejan Bojkov, IM John Donaldson, IM Kostya Kavutskiy, WIM Dr. Alexey Root, Dr. Judit Sztaray and Abel Talamantez. Topics for the seminar include Some of the topics covered will be the role of the trainer, fair play in chess, psychological issues, study of classical games, tactics training, training in calculation, and means of improvement.
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The Mechanics' Institute went don in defeat in week 2, losing to a very tough Chess Kids Nation team. We lost 15-9 in the rapid and 11.5-2.5 in the blitz. Their team had a very deep bench of solid strong players that made it difficult for our mid-lower boards. Congratulations to them on an outstanding performance.
Mechanics' has chosen to take a bye for this weekend, so we will get a half point and be playing in week 4 next Saturday.
Nice Game From FM Paul Whitehead's Arena
We thought it would be great to include this fine win by NM Michael "f-pawn" Aigner against FM Paul Whitehead during Paul's Tuesday G/2+1 arena before the start of the TNM. A terrific shot by fpawn shows he still is a blitz force to be reckoned with. Enjoy!
(3) NM Michael Aigner (fpawn) (2205) - FM Paul Whitehead (chessmonster666) (1232) [B24]
Mechanics' Nov Arena Chess.com, 17.11.2020
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.g3 Choosing the Closed Sicilian for the slow buildup, like Spassky used to do. 3...Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.d3 Bg7 6.Be3 d6 7.f4 Nge7 8.Nf3 Nd4 Black could also just castle, but this early knight jump to the center is fine. 9.0-0 Nec6 However the other knight should have stayed in it's place. Castling is safer. 10.e5!? dxe5 [10...0-0!] 11.Nxe5!
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