Gens Una Sumus!
December 11, 2021
Table of Contents
- World Chess Championship
- Guthrie McClain Memorial Report
- TNM Report
- TD Corner
- Tony's Teasers
- Events/Class Schedule
- Scholastic Chess Bulletin
- FM Paul Whitehead's Column
- GM Nick de Firmian's Column
- Submit your piece or feedback
GM Magnus Carlsen Retains Title Against GM Ian Nipomniachtchi 7.5-3.5
Read GM Nick de Firmian's column for more in the newsletter
Guthrie McClain Memorial Report
by Abel Talamantez
We had an excellent turnout for the McClain memorial with 45 players for the four-round, one-day event in honor of Guthrie "Mac" McClain, former editor of the California Chess Reporter and Mechanics' Institute Trustee. We had a particular strong top section for the weekend club event, with many of the Bay Area's talented youngsters participating. Local Mechanics' player Christophe Bambou took the top spot with 3.5/4, with Lucas Lesniewski and Rohan Rajaram tying for 2nd place with 3/4.
In the under 1800 section, Mechanics' TNM players Aaron Craig and Matt Long tied for 1st place with 3.5/4. Full results can be found below.
We want to thank all the participants for their support of Mechanics'!
SwissSys Standings. 20th McClain Memorial Championship: 1800+
|#||Place||Name||ID||Rating||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Total||Prize|
|7||7-12||Michael Da Cruz||12554298||2000||W10||W13||L1||U---||2.0|
SwissSys Standings. 20th McClain Memorial Championship: Under 1800
|#||Place||Name||ID||Rating||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Total||Prize|
|12||Katherine Sunny Lu||16425316||1329||W16||W4||L6||L7||2.0|
|20||Steven Pier Hicks||15109093||unr.||L6||D9||L15||B---||1.5|
SwissSys Standings. 20th McClain Memorial Championship: Extra Games
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TNM Round 6 Report
by Abel Talamantez
Lucas Lesniewski was on board 1 against IM Elliott Winslow for round 6 of the TNM, and he showed courage in bravely going for a victory against the tournament leader. After finding a shot with 27...Ne4+, he arrived at a position where it looked like he could achieve a threefold repetition if he wanted it. As chess players, we have all been there - deciding whether to press on when you think you have an advantage against a higher rated player or be happy with the draw. I was in a similar position a few years back against then expert now IM Ladia Jirasek, where after 4+ hours, I had a pawn advantage in an endgame and could have repeated moves for a draw. I decided to press on and go for the win, and eventually lost the game. He was a stronger player that played more accurately deep into the endgame, and unfortunately for Lucas, the same happened in this game. He adandoned the perpetual with 33...Bxe3+ and went for the win with 3 extra pawns to Winslow's piece. It was an inaccurate decision, but one for which the courage should be admired. That type of mentality will be rewarded with a big win someday, but it was not to be on that Tuesday evening. Winslow showed the accuracy and calmness of an IM finished with a win, keeping him a full point ahead in the tournament with 5.5/6. Christophe Bambou and Nathan Fong also won to stay within distance at 4.5/6.
In the under 1800 section, Adam Mercado win a sharp game against the MI veteran Albert Starr. Starr's unpredictable sharp play against the agressive Mercado delivered an entertaining attack/counter attack matchup, but Mercado prevailed to go to 5.5/6 and holds clear 1st in the section. Yuvraj Sawhney also won to go to 5/6, just a half point behind the leader. Five players are at 4.5, so there is still room for movement with two rounds to go.
Watch the broadcast from the evening by following this link HERE.
Here are some games form the round, annotations by GM Nick de Firmian.
(1) Wang,Daniel - Weng,Nicholas [A45]
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 d5 4.f3 Nf6 An interesting choice by Nicholas against the Tropowski. Black has lost a tempo and given White f3 for free, but that may not be a very useful move. 5.e4!?
(2) Argo,Guy - Fong,Nathan [A02]
1.f4 Guy always plays interesting chess and here choses the unusual Bird's Opening. 1...c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 d5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.e3 Bg4 6.Be2 Qc7 7.0-0 Rd8 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 g6 both sides develop logically 10.Qe1 d4 11.Ne4 Nxe4 12.Bxe4 Nb4 This attack on the c-pawn doesn't gain anything but doesn't hurt either. 13.Qf2 Bg7 14.a3 Nc6 15.Bxc6+ Qxc6 16.e4 c4 17.f5 Now Black could just castle with an even game. 17...cxd3!?
(3) Winslow,Elliott (2252) - Lesniewski,Lucas (1855) [D12]
MI Nov-Dec TNM 1800+ San Francisco (6.1), 07.12.2021
1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg6 7.Qb3 [Relevant is the superstar game, even if it was blitz: 7.Nxg6 hxg6 8.Rb1 Nbd7 9.c5 e5 10.b4 Be7 11.b5 Qc7 12.h3 exd4 13.exd4 Nf8 14.Qa4 Ne6 15.bxc6 bxc6 16.Ba6 Nd8 17.Ne2 0-0 18.Bf4 Qd7 19.0-0 Ne8 20.Qa5 Ne6 21.Bb7 Nf6 22.Bxa8 Rxa8 23.Be5 Ne4 24.Rb2 Kh7 25.f3 Nf6 26.Qa6 Nd8 27.Rb8 Rxb8 28.Bxb8 1-0 (28) Nakamura,H (2736)-Vachier Lagrave,M (2763) chess24.com INT 2021] 7...Qc7 8.Bd2 Nbd7 8...Ne4 is vanishing. ("Vanishing"?) 9.Rc1 [9.cxd5 exd5 10.Nxg6 hxg6 11.0-0-0!? (11.h4!?) ] 9...Nb6 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Nxg6 hxg6 12.g3 Qd7 13.a4
(4) Brownlow,Samuel (1832) - Askin,David (2023) [B10]
MI Nov-Dec TNM 1800+ San Francisco (6.8), 07.12.2021
1.e4 c6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 e5 4.Ngf3 Bd6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 Re8 8.Re1 Nbd7 Thus far a very reasonable King's Indian Attack with about equal chances. 9.a4 a5 10.h3 Nc5
32...c4! Opening up ...Bd6 and sunlight! [Admittedly 32...Bd8 also gets that long-dormant extra piece into motion.] 33.Kf1 cxb3 The score sheets end here, but Black is completely winning here and took the point. 0-1
SwissSys Standings. Nov-Dec 2021 Tuesday Night Marathon: 1800+
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SwissSys Standings. Nov-Dec 2021 Tuesday Night Marathon: Under1800
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Rd 7||Rd 8||Total|
|39||Nick Casares Jr||10424364||1600||L33||W30||L37||L16||L44||W50||2.0|
SwissSys Standings. Nov-Dec 2021 Tuesday Night Marathon: Extra Games
|#||Name||ID||Rating||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Rd 5||Rd 6||Total|
|1||Alexander Pa Chin||17050697||1859||U---||U---||W18||U---||U---||W17||2.0|
|23||Drew H Clark||30178041||1339||U---||U---||U---||U---||U---||L9||0.0|
TD Corner: FIDE vs. USCF Rule Differences
by Abel Talamantez
Judit and I have both previously written about differences in rules that govern FIDE versus USCF events and USCF events, and how these differences can cause confusion at the board.
According to the USCF rulebook: 14E. Insufficient material to win on time. The game is drawn even when a player exceeds the time limit if one of the following conditions exists as of the most recently determined legal move.
14E2. King and bishop or king and knight. Opponent has only king and bishop or king and knight, and does not have a forced win.
This means that if an event is USCF-rated, the following position would be drawn if white ran out of time.
This is because black does not have the requisite material to force mate.
However, FIDE sees it differently, since the material on the board is such that a mate can be constructed, as in this example.
The corresponding FIDE rule is the following:
5.2.2 The game is drawn when a position has arisen in which neither player can checkmate the opponent's king with any series of legal moves. The game is said to end in a 'dead position'. This immediately ends the game, provided that the move producing the position was in accordance with Article 3 and Articles 4.2 - 4.7.
In the case above, it is possible to achieve checkmate, however, it is just not a forced checkmate.
Such nuances are important for players to remember. I was directing a People's Tournament on the UC Berkeley campus where it was king and rook vs. king and knight, and the player with king and rook ended up flagging while trying to desperately achieve a mate on the board. The player did this thinking the worse that could happen is the game would be drawn. Players should take time to read these little differences, as many have to learn it the hard way.
Another rule that often affects the TNM games is accounting for the time elapsed when both players have not arrived at the start of the round. Based on USCF rules, the elapsed time between the start of the round and the time when the first player shows up must be split between the two players.
16K. Both players late. If both players arrive late, the first to arrive must split the elapsed time before starting the opponent’s clock. For example, if the first player to arrive is 40 minutes late, the clocks should be set to reflect 20 minutes of elapsed time on each side.
The FIDE rule on this is different, all elapsed time is subtracted from white's clock:
6.6 At the time determined for the start of the game White's clock is started.
In smaller tournaments the arbiters start all clocks.
In tournaments with many players the arbiter announces the start of the round and states that White's clock is started. The arbiter then goes round the room checking that White's clock has been started on all boards.
In the case of FIDE, there is no splitting of times, the pressure is on white to show up and make a move and black's time only starts after white makes the first move.
In another incident that is good for club players to know is what happens when an ilegal move is made and the original position before the illegal move is not certain. This occurred towards the end of the evening during the Tuesday Night Marathon, a board 10 matchup between Glenn Kaplan and Teodoro Porlares. Porlares made an illegal move with 2 seconds on his clock and both players were not notating. There was difficulty restoring the original position since the record of the game was not being kept and both players were not certain on the original position. I had to lean on the following FIDE rule:
7.6 If, during a game it is found that any piece has been displaced from its correct square, the position before the irregularity shall be reinstated. If the position immediately before the irregularity cannot be determined, the game shall continue from the last identifiable position prior to the irregularity. The game shall then continue from this reinstated position.
Both players agreed upon the last position and play resumed from there, after adding 2 additional minutes to Kaplan for Porlares' illegal move.
I encourage players to flip through both rulebooks, as a little bit of knowledge can go a long way in a critical moment in a game. As always, get an arbiter if there are any issues during a tournament game, please do not try to resolve rule issues yourself at the board.
Check out the USCF Rulebook by clicking HERE.
Click HERE for the FIDE rulebook.
Tony is back and ready to challenge you to solve this problem: white to move and mate in 4
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Scholastic Chess Bulletin #7 is out!
In this issue:
Monthly Scholastic In-Person Tournament - 2021 November Report
Mechanics' Institute Thanksgiving Gobbler Kids - Friday, November 26 @ 9:30AM
Chess Enrichment Highlight: Alice Fong Alternative School
Upcoming Chess Camps
Why I like Quads by Andrew Ballantyne
Understanding Tournaments: Moves, moves, moves
Upcoming Tournament Schedule
Tournament Results & Featured Games analyzed by GM Nick de Firmian
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Problems in the Opening, Part Four
There’s one opening that we all know, for better or worse: the King’s Indian Attack (KIA). As played successfully by Karjakin in his must-win victory over Shankland in the World Cup 2021, the simple sequence of moves 1.Nf3, 2.g3, 3.Bg2 and 4.0-0 – no matter what black plays! – seems to guarantee the perfect answer to that never-ending question: how do I get out of the opening alive?
Apart from being a safe beginning to the game, the King’s Indian Attack is also a way to take the game into your own territory:
“You thought you were playing a French after 1.e4 then 1…e6? Well, then 2.d3! Take that!”
“Nice Sicilian Defense you got there, pal. We wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to it now, would we? 1.e4 c5 2.d3!”
Here’s the above-mentioned game:
Karjakin – Shankland, World Cup 2021.
1. e4 e6 2. d3.
Avoiding main-stream theory - here we go!
1…d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. Ngf3 Be7 5. g3 a5 6. Bg2 a4 7. a3 c5 8. O-O Nc6 9. Re1 O-O 10. e5 Nd7 11. Nf1 b5 12. h4 Bb7 13. h5 h6 14. Bf4 Qb6 15. Qd2 Rfc8 16. g4 Qd8 17. N1h2 Ra6 18. Kh1 b4 19. Rg1 Nf8 20. axb4 cxb4 21. d4 Na5 22. g5 Nc4 23. Qc1 hxg5 24. Bxg5 b3 25. Bxe7 Qxe7 26. Bf1 a3 27. Rxg7+!!
This is what it’s all about.
Kxg7 28. Ng4 f5 29. exf6+ Qxf6 30. Nxf6 axb2 31. Qg5+ Kf7 32. h6 Ng6 33. Nh4 bxa1=Q 34. Qxg6+ Ke7 35. Qg7+ Kd6 36. Qd7# 1-0
Trailing his opponent by a game, this victory essentially put Karjakin into the next Candidate’s Tournament.
However, The King’s Indian Attack is not suitable as an opening if your intention is to just play some moves and think you don’t have to worry about anything. Chess doesn’t work that way, as many have found out:
Nezhmetinov – Korchnoi, 21st USSR Championship 1954.
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d3 Nf6 4. Nbd2 g6 5. g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O d5 8. Re1 e6 9. c3 b6.
Black is using one of numerous possible setups against the KIA.
10. e5 Nd7 11. d4 f6 12. exf6 Qxf6 13. Qe2 Bb7. If white now goes for the e-pawn he loses the d4 pawn and gets nothing. But giving up the center completely, as he now does, is worse. 14. dxc5 Nxc5 15. Nb3 Ba6 16. Qe3 Ne4 17. Nbd2 Nc5 18. Nb3 Ne4 19. Nbd2 Nxd2 20. Bxd2 e5.
White’s drifting play has landed him in hot water, and “Victor the Terrible” turns up the heat: 21. Ng5 Rad8 22. f4 e4 23. Nh3 Rfe8 24. Nf2 Na5 25. b3 Bf8 26. g4 Bc5 27. Qg3 e3 28. Rxe3 Bxe3 0-1
If 29.Bxe3 Qxc3, etc.
All well and good you might say: what an insipid opening! But die-hard advocates of the King’s Indian dream of conducting incredible mating attacks like this:
Petrosian – Pachman, Bled Yugoslavia 1961.
Annotations by Bobby Fischer.
1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.O-O Bg7 5.d3 e6 6.e4 Nge7 7.Re1 O-O 8.e5 d6 9.exd6 Qxd6 10.Nbd2 Qc7 11.Nb3 Nd4 12.Bf4 Qb6 13.Ne5 Nxb3 14.Nc4. Very nice tempo move.
14…Qb5 15.axb3 a5 16.Bd6 Bf6 17.Qf3 Kg7 18.Re4. Now Petrosian is preparing for a very beautiful finish. 18… Rd8.
19.Qxf6+! Kxf6 20.Be5+ Kg5 21.Bg7!! This is a real problem move. 1-0
Black cannot avoid mate.
Already a steady user of the KIA, Fischer produced his own immortal version six years later:
Fischer – Myagmarsuren, Sousse Interzonal 1967.
1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. g3 c5 5. Bg2 Nc6 6. Ngf3 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. e5 Nd7 9. Re1 b5 10. Nf1 b4 11. h4 a5 12. Bf4 a4 13. a3.
This odd move, slowing down black’s queen-side attack considerably, is Fischer’s patent.
12…bxa3 14. bxa3 Na5 15. Ne3 Ba6 16. Bh3 d4 17. Nf1 Nb6
18. Ng5 Nd5 19. Bd2 Bxg5 20. Bxg5 Qd7 21. Qh5 Rfc8 22. Nd2 Nc3
What follows is a model white attack, precise and elegant in its execution.
13…Qe8 24. Ne4 g6 25. Qg5 Nxe4 26. Rxe4 c4 27. h5 cxd3 28. Rh4 Ra7 29. Bg2! Setting the stage. 29…dxc2 30. Qh6 Qf8 31. Qxh7+!! 1-0
Another explosive finish. 31…Kxh7 32.hxg6+ Kxg6 (32…Kg8 33.Rh8#) 33.Be4#!
But for all of these brilliancies, there’s always a cold shower somewhere for white, and another example of pointless play ruthlessly punished:
Ljubojevic – Kasparov, Niksic Yugoslavia 1983.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.Nbd2 g6 6.Bg2 Bg7 7.O-O Nge7 8.Re1 b6 9.h4 h6 10.c3 a5 11.a4 Ra7.
A very dynamic set-up for black in this opening. 12.Nb3 d4 13.cxd4 cxd4 14.Bd2 e5 15.Nc1 Be6 16.Re2 O-O 17.Be1 f5 18.Nd2 f4.
White is already lost, and the axe falls over and over again, without mercy:
19.f3 fxg3 20.Bxg3 g5! 21.hxg5 Ng6! 22.gxh6 Bxh6 23.Nf1 Rg7 24.Rf2 Be3 25.b3 Nf4 0-1
Finally, I must confess: I too, from time to time, have come under the hypnotic sway of this opening. But only out of laziness and cowardice – my games with white have resembled those of Nezhmetdinov and Ljubojevic, not those of Petrosian and Fischer, I’m afraid.
The year 1978 was my best in chess: I tied for 1st in the American Open and the US Junior, and won the Northern California State Championship held at the Mechanics’ Institute, tying with my brother Jay. I also got lucky a few times, as a quick look at the following gruesome game will show:
Whitehead – Kennedy, No. California State Ch. / Bagby Memorial 1978.
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.0-0 e6 5.d3 Be7 6.Nbd2 0-0 7.e4 d6 8.Re1 c5 9.c3 Qc7 10.a4 Nc6 11.Nc4 Rad8 12.Qe2 Rfe8.
Black’s opening set-up has been a success, while white’s moves are pretty pointless. The trend continues. 13.Bh3 a6 14.b4? cxb4 15.Be3 Nd7 16.cxb4 Nxb4 17.Rec1 Nc5 18.Ra3 Bc6 19.a5 bxa5 20.Nxa5 Nbxd3.
21.Qxd3? Ridiculous. White sacrifices his queen for three minor pieces and a lost game. 21.Nxc6 Nxc1 22.Nxe7+ Rxe7 23.Bxc1 Nxe4! was unappealing, but white has 2 bishops vs a rook and 3 pawns. The a-pawn is weakish and the rooks are not doing much. Unclear? But that was better than the game. 21…Nxd3 22.Rxc6 Qb8 23.Rb6 Qa8 24.Rxd3 Qxe4 25.Ne1 Rb8 26.Bg2 Qf5?! 26…Qxe3! wins on the spot. Now white equalizes. 27.Rxb8 Rxb8 28.Nc6 Re8 29.Nxe7+ Rxe7 30.Rxd6 h5 31.Nd3?! Misplacing the knight, which would have more potential on f3. 31…a5 32.h3?! This pawn belongs on h4. 32…Re8 33.Kh2 Rb8. Black’s failure to play …h4! breaking up white’s king position here or sometime in the next few moves is puzzling. Time pressure for both sides is taking a toll. 34.Bc6 Rb3 35.Nf4 Kh7 36.Be8 Rb1 36…h4! 37.Bc6 Qe5 38.Rd7 f6?! 39.Re7! Rd1? Last chance for 39…h4! Now white takes over, and the minor pieces swarm in. 40.Rxe6 Qc3 41.Be4+ f5 42.Bxf5+ Kg8 43.Re8+ Kf7 44.Bg6+ Kf6 45.Re6+ Kg5 46.h4+. Missing mate in one: 46.Nd3#! 46…Kg4 47.f3+ 1-0.
After 47…Kxf3 48.Bxh5#.
The King’s Indian Attack is like a piece of chocolate cake: sweet, but don’t eat too much.
Nick de Firmian’s Column
Long Live the King!
Magnus Carlsen has retained his title at the World Championship match in Dubai. (Technically it’s not over at this writing, but it’s over and will probably be official by the time you read this.) He strengthens his already impressive legacy among world champions, having defended his title four times. You may recall that the great Capablanca never had a successful defense of his title. He beat Lasker in 1921 and lost his first challenge to Alekhine in 1927. Kasparov beat Karpov and Anand in title defenses then lost to Kramnik. Alekhine won several matches defending his title (lost to Euwe but trounced him in the rematch). He and Fischer had the distinction of going to their deaths with the claim of champion, but avoiding the strong challengers make that claim weak. Botvinnik held the title for 15 years but is not in the running for greatest world champion as he never won a match against a challenger (a tie with Bronstein and a tie with Smyslov). To his credit he won the rematches against Smyslov and Tal, though he seems to have benefitted from a favorable system to keep the title that long. Lasker kept the title an astounding 27 years and we must pay him his due even though the world (and chess world) was a very different place then.
Magnus dispatched Nepo with relative ease in this 4rth title defense. How long can he keep it up? Already people are looking ahead to the next world championship match and wondering if young Firoujza or a re-energized Caruana can finally dethrone Carlsen. One can only wait and see, though I wouldn’t bet against the king. He showed all the qualities of a great champion in Dubai while his opponent didn’t match his skill, determination and experience. Below we give two games with key moments of the match.
(1) Carlsen,Magnus - Nepomniachtchi,Ian [D02]
World Chp, 03.12.2021 Game 6
This was the most important game of the match. It went back and forth in the opening/early middle game and then settled into a long, hard battle which tested both players stamina and determination. 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.b3 A slow move instead of the usual 6. c4 Catalan continuation. 6...c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.c4 dxc4 9.Qc2 Qe7 10.Nbd2!? Magnus offers a pawn sacrifice. 10...Nc6 Nepo chooses saftey and declines the offer. On [10...cxb3 11.Nxb3 Bd6 12.Na5 White has good compensation] 11.Nxc4 b5 12.Nce5 Nb4 13.Qb2 Bb7 14.a3 Nc6 15.Nd3 Bb6 16.Bg5 Rfd8 17.Bxf6 gxf6 Black has doubled pawn but the bishop pair in compensaton. Chances are equal. 18.Rac1 Nd4 19.Nxd4 Bxd4 20.Qa2 Bxg2 21.Kxg2 Qb7+ 22.Kg1 Qe4 23.Qc2 a5 24.Rfd1 Kg7 25.Rd2
(2) Carlsen,Magnus - Nepomniachtchi,Ian [C43]
World Chp, 05.12.2021 Game 8
A match will usually have some mistakes (and even blunders) from both participants. Nepo was down in the match and had to remain steady. It seems he was still suffering from the grueling 136 move defeat and couldn't stay completely focused. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 Petrov's Defense is a good match weapon - just trying to draw with Black. 3.d4 Nxe4 4.Bd3 d5 5.Nxe5 Nd7 6.Nxd7 Bxd7 7.Nd2 Nxd2 8.Bxd2 Bd6 9.0-0 h5!?
46.Qf3! White is 3 pawns up and stops the checks. Nepo resigned. 1-0
Solution to Tony's Teaser
1. Rb7!! Kd5 2. Nd8 Kc5 3. Be5!! Kd5 4. Rb5#
If 2...Kd6 3. Bd4 Kd5 4. Rd7#
If 1...Kf5 2. Rb6 Kf4 3. Kf2 Kf5 4. Rf6#
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