Gens Una Sumus!
December 12, 2020
By Abel Talamantez
Table of Contents
- Felix German
- Mechanics' TNM Report
- Mechanics' Thursday Night Marathon Report
- Rapid Recap
- IM John Donaldson Championship
- Mechanics' Chess Social
- Dr. Alexey Root
- Become a Mechanics' Institute Member
- 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
Felix German 1978-2020
I was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of one of the Mechanics' Institute's most devoted chess players. It is still only hours after I learned the news, and it is a painful reminder of how short life is and how suddenly things can change. Felix German was a club regular. a passionate player who loved the game in the truest sense. He participated regualrly in the Tuesday Night Marathons, weekend tournaments, team matches, and simultaneous exhibitions live at the club, as well as regularly in our online events. My first direct experience with him was during a simultaneous exhibition in January 2019 with GM Jeffrey Xiong, where he held a two pawn advantage in his game, offered Jeffrey a draw, and told me during the game how frustrated he was that he declined it. He went on to lose the game.
Photo by Abel Talamantez
If there exists a definition of a Mechanics' player, Felix had to be it. Passionate and emotional about his chess, in love with his club, and a regular participant in our activities. IM Elliott Winslow, Judit, and I were texting each other about Felix this morning, where Elliott wrote, "another brother down." There is a brotherhood and sisterhood among chess players, and certainly very powerfully so at the Mechanics' Institute. We will make sure his love of the club and of chess is honored at Mechanics' in some way, because the spirit he contributed to our chess community elevated our club, made it better and stronger. We will miss him, but he will always be remembered at Mechanics' Institute.
Here is Felix's last rated game, played during round 4 of the Tuesday Night Marathon. Annotations by GM Nick de Firmian.
(4) Zachi Baharav (fastZachi) (1677) - Felix German (FelixGerman) (1741) [A00]
Live Chess Chess.com, 09.12.2020
1.g3 d5 2.Bg2 e5 3.e4 d4 4.d3 Be7 5.f4 h5!? 6.fxe5 h4 Black has good play for the pawn with this h-pawn prying open the white kingside 7.g4 h3 8.Nxh3 Rxh3?! This is too aggressive though. Black need not give material and would gain some edge with [8...Bh4+ 9.Nf2 Bxf2+ 10.Kxf2 Qh4+ 11.Kg1 Bxg4] 9.Bxh3 Bb4+ 10.Kf1 Qh4 11.Kg2 Nc6 12.Bf4?! [White gives Black a few more chances than 12.Nd2 Bxd2 13.Bxd2 Nge7 14.Qe1!] 12...Nh6 13.Bxh6?! [13.Qf3 Nxg4 14.Qg3 Qh5 15.Nd2 Ncxe5 16.Bxg4 Bxg4 17.Bxe5 Bxd2 18.Raf1 still holds the edge] 13...gxh6 [13...Qxh6 14.c3 Bc5 15.Qd2 g5! does well holding the dark squares] 14.c3?! [14.Nd2 Bxd2 15.Qxd2 Bxg4 16.Bxg4 Qxg4+ 17.Kf1 Qf3+ 18.Kg1 0-0-0 19.Qg2!] 14...h5 15.Qe1 Qg5 16.cxb4 hxg4
17.Qg3? White would still be doing well after [17.Rg1! gxh3+ 18.Kh1 Bg4 19.Nd2 Nxe5 20.Rg3 when he can defend against the attack] 17...gxh3+ 18.Kf2
18...Qxg3+? letting White off the hook with the queen trade. Black would be winning after [18...Bg4! 19.Na3 Qd2+ 20.Kg1 Be6! as the white king is caught trapping his own rook, e.g. 21.Nc4 Bxc4 22.dxc4 0-0-0 23.Qxh3+ Kb8 24.Qg2 Qe3+ 25.Kf1 Nxe5 26.Re1 Qf4+ 27.Qf2 Qh6 28.h4 Nd3 29.Qg3 Nxe1 30.Qxe1 d3] 19.Kxg3 Nxb4 20.Na3 [20.Nd2!] 20...Nxd3? [20...Bd7 is about equal] 21.Rad1 Nxe5 22.Rxd4 [22.Nb5! Rb8 23.Rxd4 c6 24.Nd6+ Ke7 25.Nxc8+ Rxc8 26.Kxh3 would be the exchange up and winning with best play. Black would have the centralized knight though which could cause some tricks.] 22...Ke7 23.Nb5 = 23...Be6 [23...c6! 24.Nd6 Be6 25.Kf4 Ng6+ 26.Ke3 Ne5] 24.Nxc7 Rg8+ 25.Kf4
25...Ng6+?! [25...Rg4+! hopes for 26.Kxe5? f6# White would have retreated rather than take the knight one presumes.] 26.Ke3 Bc8 27.Nd5+ Ke6 28.Rf1 White is objectively winning with the exchange up, but there are always tricks to be tried. Felix keeps fighting and gets his opponenet into more time trouble. 28...Ke5 29.Rxf7 Be6 30.Rxb7 Nh4 31.Ne7 Rg1 [What to do when you are down in the position? An alternative was the tricky knight move 31...Ng2+ 32.Kd2 Kxd4 33.Nxg8 Bxg8 34.Rxa7 Kxe4 when White should win with best play but would have to deal with two pieces for the rook 35.a4 Bc4 36.Rc7 Bf1 37.a5 Nf4 38.Rc3 Nd3 39.a6 Nxb2 40.a7 Nc4+ 41.Rxc4+ Bxc4 42.a8Q+ Kf4] 32.Rd2 Ng2+ 33.Kf2 Rc1 34.Rb5+ Kf6 35.Nd5+ Kg6 36.Ne3 Nf4 37.Nf5 Rh1 38.Kg3 Rf1 FelixGerman won on time. White is objectively winning at the end, but Felix had caused enough confusion to flag fastZachi. This was another great battle of Mechanics' Institute chess! Felix was very active in the club for tournament games and I would always look forward to him joining my weekly arena for challenges. He will be sorely missed from our chess community.0-1
Mechanics' Institute November Tuesday Night Marathon Report
The December Tuesday Night Marathon completed rounds 3 & 4, with the favorites winning out, setting up intriguing round 5 & 6 matchups. GM Gadir Guseinov, IM Elliott Winslow, FM Kyron Griffith, and NM Eric Hon all won both their games. Kyron's two wins were both long and technical, and showcased his precision and tenacity for endgame play. Young Nicholas Weng continued his strong play in the tournament, defeating NM Arun Dixit, before losing to NM Eric Hon in round 4 for a total score of 3/4. Philip Gerstoft, who won the under 1800 section in the previous TNM is also looking strong at 3/4 in this open event. Mechanics' scholastic regular Andrew Ballantyne is having a breakout tournament as well, scoring a big upset over David Flires Gomez and drawing Kevin Fong, both upsets in terms of rating differential. He plays literally every week is is very active and it was a matter of time before he had a strong showing like this.
Here are some games from rounds 3&4, annotated by GM Nick de Firmian.
(5) FM Kyron Griffith (KyronGriffith) (2470) - Vishva Nanugonda (vish1080) (1829) [B32]
Mechanics' December TNM Chess.com (3.7), 08.12.2020
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 The Kalyshnikov Sicilian, formerly back cousin of the Sveshnikov, has since come into equal standing. Same central grab, same backward pawn, both players have options with their unblocked bishop pawns (White's c-pawn, Black's f-pawn). 6.c4 Now White's second most common line, even if it gives Black some shaky play on d4. [6.N1c3 has taken over as the main move, but Black doesn't have to transpose: 6...a6 7.Na3 b5 (7...Be7!? has been seen a lot at the top (that is: Carlsen, Nakamura, Radjabov).) 8.Nd5 Nf6 would be the Sveshnikov, with Black dodging the fashionable 7.Nd5 lines. (8...Nge7!?; 8...Nce7!?) ] 6...Be7 This move has sorted out as number one. 7.N1c3 [7.N5c3!?; 7.b3!?] 7...a6 8.Na3 f5 9.exf5 Bxf5 10.Bd3 Be6 11.0-0 Nf6 12.Bg5 [12.Nc2; 12.Ne4!?] 12...0-0 13.Bxf6 gxf6! Black adds another pawn to controlling the center, and... 14.Be4
14...f5?! Too loose too soon? [14...Kh8 has been played a few times, with excellent results.] 15.Bd5 Bxd5 Not putting up much of a tempo fight. 16.Nxd5 Kh8 17.Nc2 e4 18.Nd4 Nxd4 19.Qxd4+ Bf6 20.Nxf6 Qxf6 21.Rfd1 Qxd4 22.Rxd4
Kyron banks on the double-rook ending and his big edge in experience -- Vishva is 11 and has been playing tournaments for "only" three years! Certainly Black has the worse position with weak pawns, but maybe it's not a loss. 22...Rf6?! [22...b5! gives White pawns to worry about as well: 23.cxb5 axb5 24.Rxd6 Rfc8 (threatening the a-pawn) 25.g3 Rc2 26.b3 Rcxa2 27.Rxa2 Rxa2 28.Rd5 b4 29.Rxf5 (29.Rb5 Kg7 30.Rxb4 Kg6 Black defends) 29...e3! 30.fxe3 Rb2 also looks like a draw (the engines certainly think so!). Remember: it's all about activity!] 23.Rad1 Rc8 24.g3 Rc6 25.b3 Kg7 26.Kf1 Kf7 27.Ke2 Ke7 28.Ke3 Rc5 29.b4 Rc7 30.a4 h5 31.h4 Re6 32.Kf4 Kf6 33.Rc1 Rc6 34.b5 axb5 35.axb5 Rc5 36.Ra1 e3 37.fxe3 Rce5 38.Ra3 Re4+ 39.Kf3 Rxd4 40.exd4 Re4 41.Rd3 b6 42.Rd2
42...Kg6?? Played in less than a minute (with over 22 left). Black needs his king closer to the central and queenside action. [These three moves all hold: 42...Kf7; 42...Rg4; even 42...Re1] 43.c5! White sacs his way to a passed b-pawn. 43...dxc5 44.dxc5 bxc5
45.Rd6+? Here also, Kyron saw the R-d6-d5 move and played it in two seconds (with almost 19 left): [45.Rb2 is a lot easier, as well as thematic ("Rooks belong behind passed pawns!" can be found in every endgame manual). 45...Re7 46.b6 Rb7 47.Ke3 Kf6 48.Kd3 Ke5 49.Kc4 Kd6 50.Kb5] 45...Kg7 [Again, 45...Kf7] 46.Rd5 Kg6?! [46...Kf6=] 47.Rxc5 Rb4? [47...Kf6 48.Rc6+ Ke5] 48.Rc6+ Kg7 49.b6 Ra4 50.Ke3 Rb4 51.Kd3 Rg4 52.Rc4 Rxg3+ 53.Kc2 Rg6 54.Rb4 Rc6+ 55.Kd3 Rc8 56.b7 Rb8 57.Kd4 Kf6 58.Kd5 Kg6 59.Kc6 Bumpy for both players, but in the end class mattered. 1-0
(6) NM Kireet Panuganti (kkpanu9) - GM Gadir Guseinov (Guseinov,Gadir) [B36]
Mechanics' December TNM Chess.com (4.1), 08.12.2020
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd4 The Gurgenidze Variation of the Accelerated Fianchetto Sicilian. (Long enough!?) White has various ways to secure a space advantage, often with Nd5 or other exchanges, but Black has a fairly relaxed game. 7.Qxd4 d6 8.Be3 Bg7 9.Be2 White could do well to leave this at home for the moment; [9.f3 defends e4 as well as stops ...Ng4, so prepares for some knight move. 9...0-0 10.Qd2 is still more popular. And who knows, the bishop sometimes comes out on h3 (!).] 9...0-0 10.Qd2 a5 Guseinov is mostly partial to this move (+2 =8); [but 10...Be6 11.Rc1 Qa5 12.f3 Rfc8 13.b3 a6 14.Na4 Qxd2+ 15.Kxd2 Nd7 16.g4 f5 was a couple hundred other games as well as ½-½ (30) Nakamura,H (2708)-Guseinov,G (2614) Bursa 2010] 11.Rd1 a4 12.c5?! [Going strictly on results 12.0-0 is a much better move.] 12...Be6 13.cxd6 Qxd6 14.Qxd6 exd6 15.a3 This looks like White has established a positional advantage, but Black has counterplay. 15...Rfc8 16.f3 [16.Rxd6 Black equalizes with 16...Rxc3!? 17.bxc3 Nxe4 18.Rb6 Bxc3+ 19.Kf1 Nd2+ 20.Kg1 (20.Bxd2 Bxd2 and White's a-pawn falls) 20...Nb3 also here, . ..Bb2 establishes a passed pawn when a3 goes.] 16...Ne8= Now a bit of cat-and-mouse without much progress on the board, but while the grandmaster cruises along having hardly take any time (still over 30 minutes!), the international master finds himself thinking on most moves. He has 21:30 here... 17.Bd4 Bb3 18.Rd3 Bc4 19.Rd1 Bb3 20.Rd3 Bh6 21.Be3 Bf8 22.Kf2 Nc7 23.Bf4 Ra6 24.Rd2 Rc6 25.Bd1 Ne6 26.Bxb3 axb3 27.Be3 f5 28.Ke2 Bg7 29.Nd5 Re8 30.exf5
... and here it is, 8:14 vs. 25:18. 30...Nd4+! 31.Kf2 Nxf5 32.Ba7? [Just 32.Re1 isn't charming for White but should hold on. Good knight vs. good bishop.] 32...Kf7 Somehow Black has got a significant if not overwhelming edge. 33.g4?! See later... 33...Ne7 34.Nb4 Rc4 35.Rhd1?
[35.Be3 h5 36.h3 Nc6 37.Nd5 Rc2 still annoying] 35...Nc8?? This might look tight, but a window of opportunity for Black closes, and for White a window opens! [35...Nc6! 36.Be3 (36.Nxc6 bxc6!-+) 36...Nxb4 37.axb4 Rc2! 38.Re2 Rec8-+ Black gets to b2 which is all he needs. 39.Bd4 Rxe2+ 40.Kxe2 Rc2+ 41.Kd3 Bxd4 42.Kxd4 Ke6! when 43.Rb1?! Rxh2 ready with the h-pawn] 36.Bd4! Now it's going to be White's b-pawn that goes, with a solid plus for White. 36...Bh6 37.Re2? [37.Rd3! Rc2+ 38.Kg3! Ree2 39.f4! Rg2+ 40.Kf3 White may take on c2 after all...] 37...Rxe2+ 38.Kxe2 Rc2+ 39.Kd3?! [39.Ke1= and Rd3xb3 sets up counterplay and draws] 39...Rxh2 40.Kc3?! [40.Nd5=/+] 40...Bf4?!
[40...Ne7!-/+] 41.Kxb3? Curiously a mistake, that pawn isn't going anywhere. [41.Nd5! is a sort of free move. (Grab those tempos when you can!) 41...Bg3 (41...Bg5 42.f4! (42.Kc4 Rc2+ 43.Kxb3 Rd2 44.Rxd2 Bxd2 45.a4=; 42.Kxb3) ) 42.Kxb3 Ne7 43.Nxe7 Kxe7 Black's advantage is just about nothing. He can create a passed pawn with ...h5, but there will be obstacles to getting it to the queening square. 44.Rc1! Kd7 45.Rg1! Be5 46.Bxe5 dxe5 47.Kc4! Rxb2 48.Rh1 just went "0.00" for all moves. Black is running out of pawns that matter.] 41...Ne7 42.Kc4 h5 43.gxh5 gxh5
The ghost of 33.g4?! has definitely come back to haunt Kireet. 44.Rg1?! [44.Kd3 still resists.] 44...Nf5 No counterplay, no rook activity. Black wraps it up. 45.Bc3 h4 46.Nd5 Bg3 47.a4 h3 48.a5 Rg2 49.Rxg2?! hxg2 50.Bd4 Nxd4 Guseinov show that he's not invulnerable, but in practice he keeps taking out everybody. Panuganti came close, but in the end... 0-1
(7) Nicholas Weng (ninjaforce) (1958) - NM Eric Hon (microbear) (2202) [B89]
Mechanics' December TNM Chess.com (4.3), 08.12.2020
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 This does have the advantage of avoiding the Prins Variation (3...cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3), which has been showing some signs of flourishing, including a featured part of a repertoire book. 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Bc4!? The Sozin Attack. 6...e6 7.Be3 [7.Bb3 Be7 8.Be3 0-0 (8...Qc7 9.Qe2 0-0 1-0 (25) Lallee,C (2069)-Badaracco,C Buenos Aires 2001) 9.Qe2 a6 10.0-0-0 1-0 (32) Bronstein,D-Lein,A Leningrad 1971] 7...Be7 8.Qe2 0-0 9.0-0-0 And Velimirovic's famous version. 9...Qc7 10.Bb3 a6
Through various move orders this is one of the most important positions of the Velimirovic Sozin Sicilian. White's next move is the most aggressive but it has a flaw. 11.g4!? [11.Rhg1 starts out seeming the more reasonable prelude but shortly gets extremely sharp.; 11.f4 only has a few games but they've gone comparatively well for White, plus Judit Polgar has played it, PLUS Shirov lost to it (an early game). Food for thought.] 11...Nxd4!? Most seen, as it seemingly gets White to take with the rook, misplacing it. Or is it an added brick in the kingside attack, sometimes even with e4-e5 and Rd4-h4!? [11...Nd7 hopes to get right on ...Nc5 and ...Nxb3+, but leaves White to set up the kingside attack anyway White wants -- plus it gives White an added shot: 12.Nf5!? Velimirovic first, of course.; 11...Na5 12.g5 Nxb3+ 13.axb3 Nd7 is slower, as the knight on d7 hasn't much to do. 14.h4! has scored very highly.; 11...b5 risks some sort of combination involving Nxc6 and Nd5.] 12.Bxd4?! [It was well established many years ago that 12.Rxd4! should be played. Black still has a viable game after 12...Nd7! Shirov is the man to yet be beaten in this line (0-4): a) 12...e5?! 13.Rc4! Qd8 14.g5 Nd7 (14...Ne8 15.Rxc8!) 15.Qh5 White rolls out the stock Velimirovic attack, with little opposition.; b) 12...b5 13.g5 Nd7 is not quite a transposition but close.; 13.g5 (13.f4 Nc5 14.f5 Bf6 15.g5!? Bxd4 16.Bxd4 b5 17.Qh5!? (17.Rg1 Bb7 18.Rg4 Nxb3+ 19.axb3 e5 20.Be3 b4 21.Na4 Bc6 0-1 (31) De Firmian,N (2545)-Shirov,A (2685) Tilburg 1993 CBM 039 [Boensch,U]) 17...Bb7 18.Rg1 Nxb3+ 19.axb3 e5 20.Be3 Rac8 21.Rg4 1-0 (32) Brenjo,S (2490)-Vujacic,I (2142) Montenegro 2009) 13...Nc5 14.Rg1 (14.Qh5!? is the "normal" approach.; 14.e5!? dxe5 15.Rh4 g6 16.Rh6!? f5 17.h4 1-0 (32) Bronstein,D-Lein,A Leningrad 1971; 14.f4!? f5!) 14...b5 15.Qh5 g6 16.Qh6 Rd8! 17.e5 Bf8 18.Qh3 Bg7 19.Rxd6 Bb7 0-1 (40) De Firmian,N (2605)-Shirov,A (2695) Biel 1995 CBM 049 [Shirov,A]] 12...e5 13.g5?! [White can simply let the pawn go: 13.Be3 Bxg4 14.f3 Be6 when results have been enough to say "sufficient compensation" but no more.] 13...exd4 14.gxf6 dxc3 15.fxe7 [15.fxg7 Kxg7 16.Rhg1+ Kh8 17.Qe3 Qc5 18.Qg3 Qe5 19.f4 Qf6 20.e5 dxe5 21.fxe5 Qh6+ 22.Kb1 Be6 0-1 (22) Lehto,V (2295)-Veingold,A (2425) Jarvenpaa 1996] 15...cxb2+ 16.Kxb2 [Sometimes the pawn can be left to shield White's king, 16.Kb1 but here there's not much to be shielded from: 16...Qxe7-/+] 16...Qxe7-/+
17.Qd3N [Previously the move was 17.Rd3 but after 17...Be6 18.Rhd1 Bxb3 19.axb3 Qe5+ 20.Kb1 a5! with a serious attack of his own: 0-1 (57) Peeters,M-Van Nies,P, Schagen 2006] 17...Rd8 18.Rhg1 Be6 19.Qd4 g6 With commonsense moves, defending against basic threats, Eric has a solid, pawn-up, advantageous game. If Nicholas is going to keep playing the Velimirovic he has some major work to do on it. 20.f4 Rac8 21.f5 Bxb3 22.axb3
22...Qe5 Off with the queens [22...Qh4!?] 23.Rg2 Re8 24.fxg6 hxg6 25.Re2 [25.Qxe5! Rxe5! (25...dxe5 26.Rd7 b5 27.h4) 26.Rxd6 Rxe4 27.Rd7 b5 28.Rf2 f5 29.Rd6 Kg7 30.Rxa6 gives White the best chance to hold.] 25...Rc6!-+ 26.c3 f5?! [26...Qxd4 might as well be played.] 27.Rg2! The result is back in question. 27...Qxd4 28.Rxd4 fxe4? [28...Kf7] 29.Rxg6+ Kf7 30.Rgxd6 Rxd6 31.Rxd6= Black has let his whole advantage slip! 31...e3 32.Rd1 Kf6 33.Kc2 Kf5
34.Re1?? [34.Kd3! gets very drawn, very quickly.] 34...Kf4 [or 34...Ke4] 35.Rf1+ Kg4 36.h4 e2 Fifty years ago this was the Wild West of chess -- but in this century, to play such openings one needs to know a few more book lines! In any case, well defended Mr. Hon! 0-1
(1) Kevin Yanofsky (kyanofsky) - Chelsea Zhou (mwncklmann) [D36]
Mechanics' December TNM Chess.com, 08.12.2020
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 The Exchange Variation seems to have gotten popular recently. 4...exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 c6 7.Bd3 Nbd7 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Nf3 Re8 10.0-0 h6 11.Bh4 [11.Bf4 deserves consideration, looking for play like a London System. On 11...Nh5? 12.Nxd5! wins a pawn. 12...cxd5? 13.Bc7] 11...Ne4 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.b4!? Ndf6 14.b5 Nxc3 [Black is about equal after 14...cxb5 15.Bxb5 Bd7 16.Bxd7 Qxd7 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Ne5 Qe6 19.Qb2 b6] 15.Qxc3 cxb5 16.Bxb5 Ne4 17.Qb2 Rd8 18.Bd3 Rd6!?
Aggressively looking for kingside play. White's pawn structure is better though. 19.Ne5 Rb6 20.Qe2 Qa3 21.Rfc1 [21.Bxe4! dxe4 22.Qc2 gives White the advantage] 21...Be6 22.Rc2 Nc3 23.Qe1 Na4 24.h3? a blunder losing a piece. White could keep a nice advantage with [24.Qc1!] 24...f6 either the white bishop or the knight is lost 25.Rac1 fxe5 26.Bg6 e4 27.Qe2 Rf8 28.Qh5 Qd6 good defense to consolidate with the extra piece. All of White's pieces are trying to attack but mwncklmann brings the black pieces back to keep the king safe. 29.Rc7 Nb2 30.Be8 Bf5?
returning the favor and letting White get the piece back [30...Rf6 stopping Qg6 is still easily winning] 31.g4? [31.Bf7+! Kh8 32.Qxf5 wins the piece back with advantage] 31...Bh7?! [31...Nc4!] 32.Bg6?? [32.Rd7! Qf6 33.Rf7! has the idea 33...Rxf7? (33...Bg6! 34.Rxf6 Bxh5 35.Rxb6 axb6 36.Bxh5 Rxf2 is about equal) 34.Bxf7+ Qxf7 35.Rc8+] 32...Qxg6 oops. Now it's two pieces. Nothing to be done now. 33.Qxd5+ Qe6 34.Qh5 Nd3 35.Rd1 Nxf2 36.Rdc1 Nd3 37.d5 Qf6 38.R1c2 Qf1+ 39.Kh2 Rf2+ 40.Kg3 Qg2+ 41.Kh4 g5+ 42.Qxg5+ hxg5+ 43.Kxg5 Rg6+ 44.Kh5 Qxh3# 0-1
(2) Ethan Boldi (etvat) - Jonah Busch (Kondsaga) [E60]
Mechanics' December TNM Chess.com, 08.12.2020
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 0-0 5.b3 c5 breaking the symmetry with a principled move 6.Bb2 Nc6 7.d4 d6?! this is a little passive. Black is fully equal after [7...cxd4 8.Nxd4 d5] 8.c4 e6 9.e3 [9.dxc5 dxc5 10.Ne5 takes some central squares] 9...Qc7 10.Nc3 a6 11.Re1 Rb8 12.Qd2 b5 13.d5 playing for space in the center [13.cxb5 axb5 14.dxc5 dxc5 15.a4 may gain a small queenside initiative] 13...exd5?! [13...Na5! puts the knight to use and levels the chances] 14.cxd5 Na7 15.e4
White has a solid grip on the center and the black knight on a7 is out of play. 15...b4 16.Nd1 [16.Na4!?] 16...Bb7 17.Qg5?! leading the charge with the queen. This is tricky and tactical but a somewhat anti-positional. [17.a3 gets everyone working for the cause] 17...h6 18.Qh4 g5!
courageously taking on the challenge 19.Nxg5 hxg5 20.Qxg5
20...Qe7?? The wrong square for the queen! It's natural to want to bring pieces as close as possible to the black king for the defense, but this loses a key tempo and thus the game. Black is better after [20...Qd8! with the plan of ...Ne8. White has no really good way to continue the attack.] 21.Ne3! suddenly White is completely winning. 22. Nf5 is a devastating threat 21...Nb5?! this goes down without a fight. Black could try [21...Bc8 22.Nf5 Bxf5 23.exf5 Qd8 when White has to find 24.Re4! which wins. 25. Rg4 is threatened and 24...Ne8 25.f6! wins] 22.Nf5
Here are the standings after 4 rounds:
SwissSys Standings. 2020 December TNMO: Open
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Fed||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Rd 7||Rd 8||Total||Prize|
|1||GM Gadir Guseinov||17343590||2600||gguseinov||W20||W13||W9||W6||4.0|
|2||IM Elliott Winslow||10363365||2278||ecwinslow||W40||W24||W10||W8||4.0|
|3||NM Eric Hon||13778105||2202||microbear||W47||W18||W22||W11||4.0|
|4||FM Kyron Griffith||12860484||2470||KyronGriffith||H---||W46||W19||W17||3.5|
|6||NM Kireet Panuganti||13843374||2138||kkpanu9||W34||W26||W14||L1||3.0|
|11||Nicholas Ruo Weng||15499404||1958||ninjaforce||W50||W32||W5||L3||3.0|
|14||Javier Silva III||16089208||1889||J3Chess24||W52||W7||L6||W22||3.0|
|24||Cailen J Melville||14006141||1940||Mangonel||W59||L2||W48||L16||2.0|
|26||Thomas F Maser||10490936||1900||talenuf||W44||L6||W37||L5||2.0|
|29||Davi Flores Gomez||14799653||1812||PlayerCreate1||W39||L22||L21||W50||2.0|
|30||Ranen A Lardent||12614986||1803||dashrndrx||W54||L10||W57||L12||2.0|
|31||Kevin M Fong||17254586||1783||chessappeals||D46||W55||L17||D21||2.0|
|48||Linu John Alex||13836822||1652||ibalek||L8||W53||L24||L39||1.0|
|50||Nicholas M Brown||12446259||1495||nmbrown2||L11||L57||W53||L29||1.0|
|51||Willia Harris III||15953392||1184||15953392||H---||H---||L27||L33||1.0|
|55||Samuel Tsen Brown||16380615||662||ComfyQueso||B---||L31||L46||L42||1.0|
|56||Leon Diaz Herrera||17355661||unr.||Aeqetes||H---||H---||L28||L36||1.0|
|58||Cleveland W Lee||30037403||unr.||Vincitore51745||L16||L37||L43||W61||1.0|
|61||Peter Jam Rushton||16453812||1239||pedrojrush||L25||L33||L36||L58||0.0||
Mechanics' Institute Thursday Night Marathon Report
Here are the standings after 4 rounds of the Thursday Night Marathon. Pranav Sairam is having a very string tournament, but he will have his hands full next week as he faces a matchup with GM Gadir Guseinov. For more information, click on the event page here: https://www.milibrary.org/chess-tournaments/thursday-night-marathon-g605-novdec-2020-pilot
SwissSys Standings. Thursday Night Marathon Online: Open
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Fed||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Total||Prize|
|2||GM Gadir Guseinov||17343590||2600||gguseinov||H---||W11||W25||W7||3.5|
|3||IM Elliott Winslow||10363365||2278||ecwinslow||W15||W14||W8||L1||3.0|
|4||NM Allan G Savage||10014999||2200||duchamp64||W19||W9||L7||W12||3.0|
|5||NM Richard W Koepcke||10493269||2200||rkoepcke||H---||W26||D12||W18||3.0|
|7||NM Michael Walder||10345120||2075||FlightsOfFancy||W20||W17||W4||L2||3.0|
|9||Roger V Shi||16191192||1753||1-h4-1-0||W33||L4||W20||W23||3.0|
|10||Rama Krish Chitta||17350313||1475||draidus||L6||W34||W33||W17||3.0|
|11||Thomas F Maser||10490936||1900||talenuf||H---||L2||W24||W28||2.5|
|16||Jeff C Andersen||11296106||1643||zenwabi||W39||L1||L23||W32||2.0|
|20||Ya Dancig Perlman||16280288||1428||noydan100||L7||W35||L9||W34||2.0|
|25||RIP Felix German||12624534||1976||FelixGerman||W21||H---||L2||U---||U---||1.5|
|27||Jacob S Wang||17083655||1434||jacobchess857||L1||L33||W35||D29||1.5|
|29||Danny Du Uy Cao||16939797||863||caodanny||X---||L12||L15||D27||1.5|
|31||Andrew Nicho Paul||14232850||1385||chessplayer3740||L8||H---||H---||F24||1.0|
|32||Robert H Frank||10498325||1200||cyber-droid||X38||L8||L18||L16||1.0|
|36||Cleveland W Lee||12814843||470||Vincitore51745||L18||L21||L26||W39||1.0|
|38||Mohammad Amir Ali||30029248||1565||Deshbondhu||F32||U---||U---||U---||0.0|
|39||B J Day||12586048||unr.||mrbillstunes1||L16||L22||L34||L36||0.0|
December 5 Weekend Rapid Recap
We held a weekend rapid on Saturday night December 5th and we had 18 players for our G/10+2 event. FM Kyron Griffith won the tournament with 5.5/6, a half point ahead of NM Eric Hon.
Here is one game from the tournament, annotations by GM Nick de Firmian.
(3) NM Michael Aigner (fpawn) (2275) - FM Kyron Griffith (KyronGriffith) (2262) [B15]
Live Chess Chess.com, 05.12.2020
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6 This variation of the Caro-Kann has become very popular recently. Black's 4 pawns on the kingside lead to interesting, unbalanced positions. 6.c3 Bd6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Ne2 Re8 9.Qc2 h5!
[20.Qh5 Nc3+ wins the queen on h5] 20...Nc3+! 21.bxc3 Rab8+ 22.Kc2 Qa4+ KyronGriffith won by resignation 0-1
Here are the full results:
Saturday, December 5 7PM Rapid - 6SS G/10+2
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Fed||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Total||Prize|
|1||FM Kyron Griffith||12860484||2470||USA||W18||W4||W7||W5||D2||W3||5.5||1st Place: $50|
|2$||NM Eric Hon||13778105||2202||USA||W15||W6||D5||W13||D1||W7||5.0||2nd Place: $37.50|
|3||Manas Paldhe||16418854||1994||IND||W10||L5||W14||W6||W4||L1||4.0||3rd Place: $25;
1st u2000: $37.50;
2-way split $62.50: $31.25 each
|5||NM Michael Aigner||12595730||2207||USA||W8||W3||D2||L1||L7||W12||3.5|
|6||Menachem Dorfman||16395755||unr.||USA||W16||L2||W17||L3||D12||W15||3.5||1st u1800: $25|
|8||Davi Flores Gomez||14799653||1812||MEX||L5||W9||L13||W11||W10||L4||3.0|
|9||Kevin M Fong||17254586||1783||USA||D11||L8||D18||W15||L16||W14||3.0|
|10||Sebby Suarez||16875347||691||USA||L3||W18||L4||W17||L8||W16||3.0||1st u1600: $25|
|13||IM Elliott Winslow||10363365||2278||USA||U---||W11||W8||L2||U---||U---||2.0|
2nd Annual IM John Donaldson Championship December 19-20, 2020
The Mechanics' Institute will hold the 2nd annual IM John Donaldson Championship the weekend of December 19-20th. It will be played on Chess.com over two days, three rounds per day with a time control of G/60+5. There will be a $2000 prize pool based on 50 entries. Join us in closing out 2020 with one of our largest prize pool events in honoring former MI Chess Director and current US Olympiad Captain John Donaldson. GM's and IM's free. For information and registration, please follow this link:
ChessTech 2020 Conference
2020-2021 Pan American Intercollegiate Online Chess Championships
The Mechanics' Institute was awarded the bid to organize the prestigious 2020-2021 Pan American Intercollegiate Online Chess Championships. This event will be held January 4-6, 2021, and will be held online on the Chess.com platform. This collegiate team championship event would have been held in Toronto this year, but the live event was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. We are proud to have been awarded the bid by the US Chess Federation to continue holding the event online, and keeping the spirit of competition among college teams from North, Central, and South American and the Carribbean.
The Texas Tech University team is the defending champion and ended a seven-year championship reign by Susan Polgar's Webster University last year. We are hoping to see many college chess powerhouse teams such as University of Texas @ Dallas, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri, University of Toronto, Harvard University, Princeton University, MIT, and our local favorite, University of California @ Berkeley. We are especially hopeful to see more teams from all around participate in this years event since it is online, as the barriers of travel and cost associated with flights and hotel rooms are removed.
We will have an all-star staff for this event making sure everything runs smoothly, including Judit Sztaray as Chief Organizer, NTD/FA Glenn Panner as Chief Tournament Director, a veteran of several Pan Am's and national championship events, NTD/IA Brian Yang, NTD/FA John McCumiskey, and several other seasoned experienced TD's to help with monitoring of games.
To Register and for event information, please follow thos link to our event page: https://www.milibrary.org/panam
Mechanics' Chess Social
Our special guest this week on our Mechanics' Chess Social was US Chess Senior Director of Strategic Communication Dan Lucas. He has been with the USCF since 2005, was the former editor of Chess Life magazine and now is the head of communications which now also includes digital communications. We will talked with him about is tenure at US Chess, the challenges and opportunities that have presented themselves obver the past year, and what got him in the chess game. Here is the link to watch the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xym_HCvyL4c
WIM Dr. Alexey Root
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Join the Mechanics' Institute, and realize savings on our events and classes while supporting our mission to provide a center for cultural and intellectual advancement. We are doing a membership drive through the end of the year for new members and to encourage current members to renew.
- Discount on most chess events or classes.
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- WiFi access throughout the Library, Chess Room, and 4th floor meeting room.
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Take on the Mechanics' Chess Staff Live on Twitch!
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:
FM Paul Whitehead Arena: Tuesdays 5pm-6pm, 12/15:
GM Nick de Firmian Arena: Thursdays 5:00pm-6:00pm, 12/17:
See you in the arena!
Mechanics' Institute Regular Online Classes
Monday's 4:00-5:30PM - Mechanics' Chess Cafe
Casual meeting to talk about chess, life and everything. Join 3-time US Champion GM Nick de Firmian and FM Paul Whitehead as they give a lecture and class in a fun casual atmosphere where you can discuss games, learn strategy, discuss chess current events and interact in a fun casual atmosphere. Enter our Monday chess café for the pure love of the game. Class suitable for ALL level of players and FREE for MI members.
FREE for Mechanics' members. $5 for non-members.
More information: https://www.milibrary.org/chess/chess-cafe
Monday's 6:30-8:00PM - The Art of Attack in Chess by FM Paul Whitehead
Course Dates: 11/16 through 12/21 (6 classes)
Learn to attack the king in this six-week class using Vladimir Vukovic's book, The Art of Attack in Chess (1963 revised 1993 by GM John Nunn), as our text.
We will take lessons from chapters such as "The classic bishop sacrifice", "The attack against the uncastled king", "Focal-points" and "The attack on the king as an integral part of the game".
Vukovic also talks about mating patterns, defense, and much more.
Join us in an investigation into one of the greatest chess books ever written, a classic enjoyed by chess players around the world.
Registration Fee: $20/class for Mechanics' member, $25/class for non-member
Wednesday's 5:00-6:30PM - Free Adult Beginner Class for Mechanics' Members
November 18, 2020 - January 20, 2021
Are you an adult who wants to put learning chess on top of your New Year's resolution! Get a head start with us at the Mechanics' Institute! This virtual class is open to any MI member who has no knowledge of the game or who knows the very basics and wants to improve. Taught by MI Chess Director Abel Talamantez along with Judit Sztaray and other MI staff, we will patiently walk through all the basics at a pace suitable for our class. Our goal is to teach piece movement basics, checkmate patterns, importance of development, and general strategy. We will also show students how to play online so they may practice. The goal of the class is to open a new world of fun and joy through the magic and beauty of chess, from one of the oldest and proudest chess clubs in the world.
Registration: Free for MI members. Members will have to register online to secure their spot and to receive an email confirming the Zoom link.
More information: https://www.milibrary.org/chess/free-adult-beginner-class-mechanics-members
Mechanics' Chess - Scholastic Tournaments
Free daily non-rated tournaments on chesskid.com:
Saturday, December 12: starts at 4:00PM
5SS G/5+2: https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=171597
Sunday, December 13: starts at 2:00PM - join from 1:45PM
8SS G/5+2: https://mechanics-institute.jumbula.com/2020OnlineTournament/ScholasticOnlineRatedTournamentDec13SUN
Monday, December 14: starts at 4:00PM - join from 3:45PM
4SS G/15+0: https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=171598
Tuesday, December 15: starts at 4:15PM - join from 4PM
5SS G/5+5: https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=171599
Wednesday, December 16: starts at 4PM - join from 3:45PM
4SS G/20+0: https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=171600
Thursday, December 17: starts at 4PM - join from 3:45PM
5SS G/5+5: https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=171601
Friday, December 18: starts at 4:15PM - join from 4:00PM
4SS G/10+5: https://www.chesskid.com/play/fastchess#t=171602
If you have any problems connecting with us on chesskid.com, please send us an email and we'll send you step-by-step instructions with pictures.
US Chess Online Rated Scholastic Tournaments
Next one: December 13, @3PM on chesskid.com
US Chess online rated - affecting online rating only (not over-the-board)
Every player must be a US Chess member.
Trophies or Medals for Top Finishers - Curbside pickup is available per arrangement.
Convenient, safe platform & tight fair play screening.
Mechanics' Enrichment Chess Classes
Select from the following four levels that are offered:
NEW Class: Get Those Chess Boards Out! -- Tuesdays 4-5PM
As parents, many of us now see kids staring at a screen for hours during the school day. We understand having another online class may not be so exciting. What if we are able to offer a class for beginners where they can feel and interact with the pieces to capture an important part of the early learning experience? That's why we are introducing a new class for our young, beginner players!
Let's get those chess boards out and use it during the class!
Coach Colin will interact with the players via zoom, but they will talk, use the chess board, set it up and set up different positions, and learn and play on a physical board. No shared screen during the class! It's all interactive, using physical chess pieces! Click HERE for more information.
Starting at Chess -- Mondays 3-4PM
This class is for new players that need to develop basic skills that will lead to improvement, such as learning notation, elementary checkmates, piece values, piece development, importance of the center of the board, and the most important part of chess learning, the value of learning from mistakes and losses and how to improve from it. This class will build the foundations from which all learning will develop and teach them learning skills that can be applied in many other areas of a child’s learning and development. Class is suitable for new players, non rated players, and players with a ChessKid rating under 800. Click Here to Register and for information
Developing Players -- Tuesdays 3-4PM or Thursdays 4-5PM
This class is for students looking to go beyond the basics and learn the building blocks of advanced chess learning. We will cover tactics, mating patterns, opening principles, middle game attack planning and endgame techniques. This class is suitable for kids with a ChessKid rating 800-1300 or who have had tournament experience. Click Here to Register and for Information.
Mastering Your Chess -- Thursdays 5-6PM
This class is for advanced scholastic players with tournament experience and understand tactics and mates who want to go beyond what can be calculated and think more abstractly about the game. We will go over middle and endgame theory, have students create their own tactics and learn positional play by going over historical games from the great players in history. Ideal for players with a ChessKid rating above 1300 or USCF rating over 800. Click Here to Register and for Information.
Note: Minimum five students to start the class, maximum 10 student in each class. Information with link to join the class will be sent via email after your registration:
Classes are online: student must have laptop, with mic and webcam, and good internet connection in order to participate in classes!
Refund policy: Full refund minus a $5 administration fee if cancelled more than 24 hours before the start of class. No refunds within 24 hours of the start of class.
If you have any questions, or need a sample of a class, please feel free to reach out to [email protected].
Mechanics' Institute Regular Online Events Schedule
The Mechanics' Institute Chess Club will continue to hold regular online events in various forms. Here is the upcoming schedule for players:
Format: 8SS G/35+2
Format: 5SS G/60+5
Start at 6:30PM
Any questions? [email protected]
FM Paul Whitehead
Friendly Rivalries, Part 21.
Continuing from here:
Jon Frankle was yet another powerful chess master from the old days. His interest in chess pre-dates the 1972 Fischer-Spassky match – he seems to have come out of Iowa:
Poking around on the internet a bit, I see that Jon obtained his PhD from UC Berkeley, lives in Silicon Valley, and has been a highly-regarded chess coach
I’m just hazarding a guess, but the highlight of Jon’s chess career was probably becoming Northern California Chess Champion in 1987, winning the prestigious Bagby Invitational in 1987:
I finished dead last in that event.
Going over these games from long ago I am struck by Jon’s aggressive play – he once crushed GM Miguel Quinteros in 25 moves – and also by my own play: sloppy, and with a poor choice of openings (that darn Rat Defense!).
Here’s the Quinteros game:
I just plain underestimated this dangerous opponent…
We played three times, in three Bagby’s at the Mechanics’ Institute. I was black in all three games, won the 1st but lost the next two.
See for yourself:
(1) Jon Frankle - Paul Whitehead [B21]
Bagby Mem./No. Cal. Ch. San Francisco, 1982
Storyline: white plays in a hyper-aggressive style, but black hangs in there and eventually the game turns in his favor. 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 d3 4.c4 Nc6 5.Qxd3 d6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Bg5 e6 8.Rd1 Qa5 9.Bd2 a6 10.Nd5
(2) Jon Frankle - Paul Whitehead [B06]
Bagby Mem./No.Cal. Ch. San Francisco, 1985
Storyline: white goes all-out for attack, but it's unsound. Black blunders with 30...c2?? instead of 30...f5 or ...30...f6 winning. Swindle! 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Bg5 c6 5.Qd2 b5 6.f3 Nd7 7.h4 Ngf6 8.Bd3 Qb6 9.Nce2 e5 10.c3 0-0
(3) Jon Frankle - Paul Whitehead [B06]
Bagby Mem./No. Cal. Ch. San Francisco, 1987
Storyline: white had an edge the whole game and black was destroyed with hardly a shot fired. This opening just never seemed to work out for me. 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bg5 c6 5.Qd2 b5 6.f3 Nd7 7.Nd1 h6 8.Be3 Ngf6 9.a4 bxa4 10.Rxa4 Qc7
1-0 Black resigns. 1-0
GM Nick de Firmian's Column
We take a look back at one of the one of the great American players of the 1990’s and 2000’s, grandmaster Alex Yermolinsky. Yermo is of course well known to many Mechanics’ players as he was the Grandmaster in Residence at the club from 1998-2008. He won two US Championships and played on many US national teams in these two decades. The national teams were at the Olympiad and World Team Championship events, where he had memorable victories over some of the world’s biggest chess stars.
Yermo is well remembered at the MI for his lectures and teaching and also for his great results on the US chess circuit of big swiss system tournaments. He is still active and won the Western States Open in Reno a few years ago (a tournament which usually features a Mechanics’ Institute team entry). Yermo and his wife (WIM Camille Baginskaite) and two sons moved to the heartland of the US ten years ago – in South Dakota. While some immigrants wish to only life in big urban cities, Yermo has embraced heartland American culture and enjoys the pleasures of the Midwest and western US.
(1) Timman,Jan H (2655) - Yermolinsky,Alex (2625) [B30]
Elista ol (Men) Elista (5), 03.10.1998
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Jan Timman was the west's big hope to challenge for the World Championship in the 1980's and early 90's. Here he plays the Rossalimo Variation of the Sicilian, which gained some popularity after Fischer used it extensively in his 1992 match with Spassky. 3...e6 4.0-0 Nge7 5.c3 a6 6.Be2 d5 7.exd5 exd5 8.d4 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Nxd4! Accurate play by Yermo gains equality in the opening. White can recapture with the queen on d4 to avoid the same isolated d-pawn as Black, but then 10...Nc6 would gain time in the opening. 10.cxd4 g6 11.Nc3 Bg7 12.Bg5 0-0 13.Re1 [13.Nxd5 Qxd5 14.Bxe7 Re8 15.Bc5 Bf5 16.Bf3 Be4 17.Re1 Rad8 is fair compensation for the pawn] 13...h6! 14.Bh4?! [White should try 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Nxd5 Qd6 16.Bf3 Be6 17.Nc3 Qxd4 though Black is at least equal] 14...g5 15.Bg3 Nc6 16.Bf3 Be6 17.Be5 The only way to defend the d-pawn, but now Black gets the bishop pair. 17...Nxe5 18.dxe5 d4! 19.Na4 Qa5 20.Bxb7? too greedy. Timman wins a pawn but will suffer against a long term initiative. 20...Rad8
(2) Yermolinsky,Alex (2596) - Thiel,Peter [D36]
US op 101st Saint Paul (5), 09.08.2000
Here Yermo plays against a very famous chess master, billionaire Peter Thiel of PayPal and Palentir fame. Older MI players will remember Peter at the club. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bg5 c6 6.cxd5 Yermo chooses the Exchange Variation of the QGD. He has always enjoyed a position where he can do a slow squeeze like a Boa Constrictor. 6...exd5 7.e3 Be7 8.Qc2 0-0 9.Bd3 Re8 10.0-0 Nf8 11.h3 g6 12.Rab1 Ne6 13.Bh6 a5 14.a3 Ng7 15.Bxg7 Kxg7
(3) Yermolinsky,Alex (2530) - Rensch,Daniel (2406) [E39]
Tonto Village Chess.com Tonto Village (4), 05.06.2011
Here Yermo plays against another chess celebrity - Danny Rensch, the funniest man in chess broadcasting. Danny is famous for his work at chess.com, but is also a strong international master. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 c5 7.dxc5 Nc6 8.Nf3 Bxc5 9.e3 b6 10.Be2 Bb7 Thus far logical play by both sides in a Nimzo-indian. 11.0-0 Be7 12.Rad1 Rc8 13.Rd2 Na5 14.b3 d5 15.Qb2 Qe8 16.cxd5 exd5?! [16...Nxd5] 17.Rc2 Ne4 18.Bxe7 Qxe7 19.Nd4 Black has the isolated d-pawn. This simple technical edge is the king Yermo would love to play. Danny is suffering. 19...Qf6 removing Black's isolated pawn, but still maintaining more control of the queenside squares. 20.Nxe4 dxe4 21.Rfc1 Nc6 22.Nxc6 [22.Bg4!? Rc7 23.Qa3] 22...Qxb2 23.Rxb2 Bxc6 24.Rbc2 Yermo has a little edge in the endgame. He loves to grind down an opponent. 24...Bd7 25.Ba6 Rxc2 26.Rxc2 Rd8 27.Kf1 Bg4 28.Be2 Bxe2+ 29.Kxe2 Rd7
where to go with the black king to let the h-pawn run? 43...Kg4? [Danny chooses the wrong square. He should have played 43...Kg5 44.a5 h4 45.b6 axb6+ 46.axb6 h3 47.b7 h2 48.b8Q h1Q 49.Qe5+ Kg6 50.Kd5 when White can still cause suffering for Black, but the game should be drawn with best play 50...Qd1+ 51.Kxe4 Qh1+ 52.f3 f6] 44.a5 h4 45.b6 axb6+ 46.axb6 h3 47.b7 h2 48.b8Q h1Q 49.Qf4+ this is the big difference. Yermo wins a pawn with check now 49...Kh5 [49...Kh3 50.Qg3#] 50.Qxf7+ Kg5 51.Qf4+ Kg6 52.Kd5 Qd1+ 53.Kxe4 Qb1+ 54.Kf3 Qh1+ 55.Ke2 1-0
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