Thursday, August 30, 2012

Delegates - They're Not Just in FL Anymore!

These next two weeks are filled with US Delegate events - the national political party conventions - making this month a political junkie's dream! What may be news to you is that the chess world has something similar (although, at times, I hope, better!) and you can be involved!

The US Open is one of the largest and most important general chess events in the country, and its not all about those nine critical games. One of the things that happens during the US Open every year is the USCF Delegate's Meeting. While the USCF Office and the USCF Executive Board run the day-to-day operations of the Federation, the policy decisions and overall aims are decided by a 150-person Board of Delegates that meet every year at the US Open.

Each USCF "state" (I put that in quotes because, for example, as far as the USCF is concerned, there is a N. California and a S. California) has a certain number of Delegates based on their USCF membership. Choosing those Delegates, and submitting their names to the Federation, is the responsibility of the State Chess Associations. A body of Primary and Alternate Delegates - in the case of MA, three of each - is recruited and chosen by the MACA Board in our case. These names are submitted to the Federation near the end of the year and their terms of office go from January to January. Three Alternate Delegates are chosen in case any of the Primary Delegates cannot fulfill their responsibilities during the year.

So what does a USCF Delegate do? Their primary responsibility is to attend the Annual Delegate's Meeting, representing their state and its membership, during the last weekend of the US Open. This is when the actual business gets done, and these two meetings don't interfere with the US Open playing schedule. If you've been to the US Open you might also know that from Wednesday to Friday there are several workshops held. This is where a lot of the discussions take place regarding things that come up during the Delegates Meeting, so it can be important, but not critical, to attend the areas that you, or your constituents, are interested in. These meetings may conflict if you're on an accelerated playing schedule, but not if you're on the traditional playing schedule.

You can read about Al Lawrence's impression of the 2012 Delegate's Meeting in Vancouver here
Otherwise, during the year, Delegates are part of the USCF representative infrastructure. It's possible that people may want to contact you regarding a question or a problem they have regarding the Federation. Also, while you don't need to be a Delegate to serve on a USCF Committee, statistically, usually most USCF Committee members are Delegates.

So, are you going to the US Open in Madison, WI next year? How would you like to take an active hand in both shaping the policies of your USCF and representing the active tournament chess players in your state? The MA Chess Association is currently seeking a slate of three Primary and three Alternate Delegates to represent MA to the USCF during its 2013 Delegates Meeting at the US Open next August in Madison.

Are you a USCF member and interested in putting your name in the ring? Have additional questions? Contact Doc Kinne at kinnerc @

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Charles Drafts results

The 19th annaul Charles Drafts Memorial tournament concluded Saturday.

FM Kazim Gulamali was the winner of the open section with 4.0.

[Read about FM Gulamai in an interesting interview by Daaim Shabazz at]

Mateos Sahakian and Oliver Traldi shared second place with 3.0 scores.

In the under 1900 section, Vyacheslav Mayorskiy took first prize with 3.5.

 Mark Neale and Bowen Wang tied for second with scores of 2.5.

Bernardo Iglesias directed the tournament, and Walter Driscoll was the assistant TD.   Walter originated the tournament in memory of his friend Charles Drafts, and also again this year, guaranteed the $400 prize fund.  



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mark your chess calendar for this Saturday:

19th annual
Charles Drafts Memorial
Sat Aug 25, 2012

19th Charles Drafts Memorial

  • 4SS; 
  • G/60;d5 
  • EF: $25, $20 to BCF members if received by 8/19; $5 more at door. 
  • Two sections: Open & U1900; 
  • Prizes: $$400G: 100-50-50 in both sections. 
  • Reg.: 9:15 – 9:55. 
  • Rounds: 10, 12:40, 3:00, 5:10
This is a great tournament for several reasons:
  • guaranteed prize fund,
  • good turn-out,
  • competitive level, and
  • an event honoring a truly remarkable man.

Please consider playing.

The event will be directed by Bernardo Iglesias and the prize fund is guaranteed by Walter Driscoll as he has done for 19 years to remember his friend Charlie Drafts.

You may not know that Walter is a chess traveler [having competed in Hungry and visited Fischer's home and grave in Iceland before he was exhumed], an actor, and a stand-up comedian.

Walter Driscoll has for 19 years honored and remembered his friend Charles Drafts by helping sponsor a tournament for which he personally guarantees the prize fund.


Charles Drafts

by David Glickman

[republishing of a previous post]

This Saturday the ... Annual Charles Drafts Open is being held at the Boylston Chess Club. Charles died several years ago and so for newer members of the club and the broader readership of the weblog I thought it might be worthwhile to briefly review his story.

Charles was a disabled, double-amputee living in the housing projects in Mission Hill. He loved to play chess but his condition made it difficult for him to come to a club or attend tournaments. At some point in time he contacted the BCC to see if any players would be willing to come to his apartment to play. Over the years several heeded the call, but in particular club member Walter Driscoll was a frequent visitor. I believe Walter was also the driving force behind the Charles Drafts Open. At the beginning and for many years, the tournament was held at Charles' building in Mission Hill so that at least one time a year Charles would have an opportunity to play in a "traditional" chess tournament. Since his death, the tournament has continued at the club as a memorial event.

The introduction of internet chess was obviously a boon to Charles and he was an active player on the ICC. It was, in fact, in the middle of a chess game on the ICC in 1996 when the event occurred which thrust Charles into momentary international prominence:
BOSTON -- A disabled man who became ill while logged on to an Internet chess site reached out to fellow players from around the world for emergency assistance.

Charles Drafts, a double amputee who types using a stick in his mouth, was playing chess in cyberspace Saturday on the multi-use World Wide Web site where 159 others also were logged on.

Suddenly, he sent out this message: "i'm having physical illness problems and need help."

"He was starting to have some really bad feelings, shortness of breath and dizziness, and he typed in a message to all our members," said Daniel Sleator, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University near Pittsburgh who founded the Internet Chess Club.

"It took a little while to know whether it was serious or not because there's an awful lot of kidding and bantering that goes on," Mr. Sleator said. "At first, I think some people were thinking it was a joke. But others realized it was a serious thing and started getting the information right away."

Mr. Drafts managed to type in his address.... while several users tried to find out what symptoms Drafts was suffering, Andy McFarland of Owensboro, Kentucky, was calling Boston's emergency medical services on his second phone line. "When he finally got through, he told dispatchers where he was calling from and explained the situation," Howland relates. 'I think I lost them for just a second,' McFarland said. 'It's not something they get every day.'"

...firefighters rushed to Draft's home, but no one answered the door. They called McFarland back to verify the address. McFarland told the wire service, "The last thing I heard them say was, `We're going in,' and they hung up." ...a short while later Boston firefighters broke down his door to get inside. They rushed the 48-year-old man to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition ..., suffering from an undisclosed ailment.

About 20 minutes later, a Boston dispatcher called to tell McFarland that they had found Drafts inside and that he had needed help.

[This text is a re-gifting of David Glickman's 2005 post.]

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Mika Brings Home the Silver!

Mika Brattain. Photo by Tony Cortizas
Going from strength to strength, Massachusetts and Boylston's own Mika Brattain made his own Olympic glory last week by bringing home the Silver Medal - 2nd Place - from the National Dewain Barber Scholastic Champion's tournament.

Mika gained five points out of six, never suffering a loss, but being edge out of first place by Tommy O He of Texas by a half point.

Congratulations, Mika!!  We're watching you!!

A Personal Blast From the Past...

As some of you may or may not know, my Mom died last year right before the 3rd Round of my first Thursday Night Swiss in August. As part of the inevitable "going through possessions," I received a packet from my sister a little more than a week ago. In it were several newspaper clippings of my time and activities as a teenager.  I thought the club might like to see a couple of them.

The above photograph (and the one following) is from 16 December 1982 edition of the Syracuse Post Standard. I like to think this is photographic proof that I was once young, hot, and actually sported reasonable hair on my head!

Here I play with one of my favorite rivals from childhood, Becky Ball, the daughter of tournament organizer and Director Joe Ball, who originally trained me as a TD and greatly encouraged my play up until the time I entered college. Joe is still an active organizer and arbiter in Central NY.

Amazingly, here is the game from this photograph!

Onondaga County (NY) Scholastic Championship, 11 December 1982
Round 1
White: Richard Kinne-1282
Black: Rebecca Ball-1419

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c5 3. e3 e6 4. Bd2 Nc6 5. Ne2 Nf6 6. Nf4 b6 7. Bc3 Be7 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O Bb7
10. b3 h6 11. h3 Re8 12. Bf3 Rb8 13. Qc2 Ba6 14. Nd2 b5 15. cxd5 exd5 16. Rfe1 c4 
17. Kh1 Nb4 18. Bxb4 Bxb4 19. a3 cxb3 20. Qb2 Bxd2 21. Qxd2 Ne4 22. Bxe4 Rxe4 
23. Qb4 Qc7 24. Qxb3 Qd6 25. Nxd5 Bb7 26. f3 Bxd5 27. Qb4 Qxb4 28. axb4 Re6 
29. Rxa7 Rc8 30. e4 Bb3 31. Re3 Be4 32. Rc3 R6e8 33. g4 Be2 34. R7a3 Rxc3 
35. Rxc3 Rd8 36. d5 Kf8 37. Kg2 Ke7 38. Rc7+ Kf6 39. Kf2 Bd1 40. Ke3 g6 
41. f4 g5 42. Rc6+ Kg7 43. f5 f6 44. Rc5 Ra8 45. Rxb5 Rc8 46. Rb7 Kg8 47. d6 Rd8 
48. d7 Ba4 49. Kd4 Bb5 50. Kc5 DRAW

I thought the club might get a kick out of these. In every game I play now, this is the boy I'm trying to beat, to prove to myself I still have it, by working to raise my rating above what his was so many years ago!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Yuan Ling Yuan 
Returns to Harvard Square Chess Café

Yuan Ling Yuan loves to play chess. So she was right at home playing all comers at the Au Bon Pain Chess Plaza, Harvard Square, Cambridge. 
 Now a resident of Toronto, Canada, Yuan Ling, a freshman at Yale University, was accompanied to Massachusetts by her father, mother and maternal grandmother.  

Yuan Portrait   Red Bow  Photo: Steve Stepak

Her parents and grandmother, from Shanghai, China, lived for a time in California. 

Yuan's Canadian rating is 2382, which corresponds to 2397 USCF.  Her FIDE rating is 2220 and she has the FIDE title of Women's International Master.

Yuan Ling’s father told me that she had not played serious chess since that event. 

Yuan Ling made her first appearance at the Harvard Square Chess Scene in 2005, at the age of 11, sporting a 1983 USCF rating. 

She was here on a two week chess training session with her teacher IM Satea Husari, a well known chess personality at the Boylston Chess Club at that time.   

I am told Husari, from Syria, resides safely in Europe at this time. 

And Satea arranged for Yuan Ling to play many strong masters and experts, including GM Larry Christiansen. 

Yuan Ling says she has fond memories of that time in her childhood. 

Yuan 5 min hands hands  photo: Steve Stepak

Now Yuan Ling, 18 yrs old, embarks on her passage to adulthood, having been accepted to Yale University, New Haven, CT, where she will pursue study in the fields of business and law.    

She told me she will be playing chess with GM Robert Hess (FIDE 2624), also an undergraduate at Yale, in the Connecticut chess circuit. 

In her current 2012 visit to Harvard Square, she did herself, her teachers and her family proud by performing well in the 5 minute (blitz) format, no time delays or increments. 

Most of the players she faced were around 1700  strength. She beat them all. 

Big John, around 1950 strength was her first real challenge.  Though she won her multi-game match against Big John with a perfect score, witnesses (including me) saw that in the time scramble, Big John missed a mate in one! But for this omission, Yuan Ling punished him with a quick mate in three. 

 Big John v Yuan   photo: Steve Stepak
[Let the spectators of the photos note that Yuan Ling was playing on a USCF (totally) mechanical clock. So in each of her games, that little red flag which was hanging for most of Yuan Ling’s games, could have fallen at any time (hard to know exactly how much time you have with these babies, especially since most of us are used to the ubiquitous digital readout clocks now!) 

Yuan Ling was “cool under pressure” I mean she did not flinch or even show one ounce of emotional disruption—only solid determination and great endgame skill—in all her games.   

And in conversation after each game, Yuan Ling was congenial and friendly to all with whom she shared chess.

Yuan Ling’s most difficult opponent was Senior Master Rus Garber (USCF 2435 quick/2403 regular). Though Garber won the match 2-1, Yuan Ling played a spectacular first game and checkmated Garber.  The other two games found her losing on time-forfeit in positions which might be characterized as equal or better.  It is clear that Yuan Ling plays chess on the board and is more likely to lose the game only on the clock for her endgame technique is quite remarkable.

DSC_1171.jpg  Garber v Yuan time trouble  photo: Steve Stepak

Yuan Garber boys watch   photo: Steve Stepak

IM Esserman watches Yuan play Garber  photo: Steve Stepak
The Yuan family after a tour of Harvard and Boston will drive down to New Haven to drop off there talented daughter to Yale for freshman orientation.   

Yuan, who is quite convivial, says she will be back to Cambridge soon: the historic Harvard-Yale football game will take place this year at Harvard.   

And I’m sure, if the weather cooperates, Yuan Ling will make a visit back to the chess tables at Au Bon Pain for more chess fun and excitement.   

We, in the Boylston Chess Club and neighborhood chess communities, wish Yuan Ling the best of luck and success in her studies at Yale and in her pursuits of chess throughout her adult life.

Submitted by: 
Steve Stepak 
aka SteveChess, Cambridge MA USA

Thursday, August 16, 2012

An Award Winner in Our Midst

IM David Vigorito - 2012 Award Winning Analyst
Last week one of the BCC members was nationally recognized.

Oh, sure, maybe its not unusual for International Master David Vigorito to be recognized, but its always nice that it happens.

As part of the US Open, the Chess Journalists of America hold their Annual Meeting. Part of the purpose of that meeting is to announce their awards for 2012 in chess writing, analysis, reviews, publishing, and editing.

Our own David Vigorito gained an Honorable Mention - 2nd Place - in the "Best Analysis" category for his Chess Horizons article this year, "Opposites Attract."  Congratulations, David!

The Boylston Chess Club and its members - again on the vanguard of US Chess!

Christiansen's Sensational South Station Success!

I'm a firm believer that some things take time to take root and grow. Sometimes you have to give things time, and when you do their success can become amazing.

Last Tuesday our own Grandmaster Larry Christiansen held a Simul in South Station. Ho hum. He's been doing that for nearly six months. Larry won every game as well. That's not news either.

What is news - what is very exciting news - is how the Simuls in South Station have developed in the last half year!

I've been privileged to be involved with the South Station Simuls since the beginning, helping to set up, monitoring and playing in the Simuls, and picking up at the end. We set up 25 boards for each Simul. When we began this about six months or so ago perhaps 11 boards were filled at the beginning and 8 of those boards were filled with Boylston Chess Club members. It was wonderful that the club supported the Simuls as they first started out! We would begin at 5:00PM and go until 7:00PM. People could come and sit down to any open board. We accepted people until 6:30 at which point we'd start to put sets away when people finished so that Larry could end by 7:00.

Larry Plays to a Packed House in South Station!
Over the last two months that model has no longer worked. Over the last two months we've somehow cross a Rubicon. I've been amazed as we've started out with 23 out of 25 boards filled. The games have gotten more serious. Longer. This last Tuesday we had perhaps two Boylston Chess Club members playing. This wasn't because BCC wasn't supporting the Simuls anymore, it was because we officially had more people than we could handle. We actually had a "line" of sorts to play games with Larry this last Tuesday! We cut new games off a half hour earlier than normal, and still Larry was playing until 7:30.

Obviously Larry is no stranger to doing simuls. He's been doing them his whole career. However, the Simuls in South Station, even for Larry, seemed to have turned a corner. Last Tuesday he seemed...comfortable. More than in previous months he seemed to be having fun. He talked to folks as he walked around the tables. Simuls are not easy. We figure Larry may walk over 5km during one of these things. Those folks who don't think chess is a physical activty have really never seriously played!

It seems that both South Station and Larry have accepted each other, even embraced each other, to a certain degree. As I said, I had the impression that Larry has become more relaxed, and people have started recognizing him to the point of answering questions from folks in the audience that we would have answered six months ago. "Who is that guy?" was now answered by folks in the audience watching the game last Tuesday. And they were answered with a certain amount of pride in their tone

One of the goals of the Boylston Chess Club is to promote and popularize chess. Here, working with Larry and South Station, we've done that in spades! Everyone in the club can be very proud.

And as far as Larry in concerned, well, he may be adding another title to his collection - Boston's Own Grandmaster - as he walks the tables winning both the games and the hearts of Bostonians who watch and play him at South Station.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Game Analysis: Schmidt-Warfield

We had some interesting games at the club last month, and I wanted to share one from the Reubens-Landey tournament, our U2200 championship. In this game, multiple-time champ Simon Warfield faces Dan Schmidt in an open Sicilian. Schmidt plays a sharp idea in the opening, but Warfield finds a precise response and goes on to win after some adventures.

Schmidt - Warfield

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 The Kan variation. Black allows White a wider choice of plans than in most Sicilians, but avoids certain sharp theoretical lines. 5.Nc3

5...Qc7 [5...b5 6.Bd3 Qb6 7.Nf3 is a major alternative. White will try to exploit his lead in development -- depending on Black does, White might attack the queenside with a2-a4, grab space in the center with e4-e5, or line up a Nd5 shot after placing a major piece on the e-file.] 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.f4

7...d6 [7...b5 8.e5 b4 has also been played here. One line is 9.Ne4 Nxe4 10.Bxe4 Bb7 11.Qf3 Nc6 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 13.Bxc6 dxc6 which looks okay for Black, if a little dry.] 8.Qf3 Be7 9.g4!? Nc6!

This looks like a good reaction, as White cannot defend the knight in a natural way. 10.Nxc6 [10.Be3 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 e5 and Black is slightly better: 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Qg3 Bd6 14.Be3 Ba3! is a common trick that is useful to remember.] 10...bxc6 11.g5 Nd7 12.b3 Bb7 13.Bb2 d5 14.h4 Nc5 15.0-0-0

15...Nxd3+ [15...d4!? 16.Ne2 Nxd3+ 17.Rxd3 c5 looks more ambitious. I would rather be Black here, as White cannot undermine Black's center without opening up his own king. ] 16.Rxd3 0-0-0 This quiet approach also looks roughly equal, though White does have a little pressure on the kingside. 17.Rhd1 f5 

18.exf5 [18.gxf6! definitely looks best. 18...Bxf6 19.Na4 is problematic, but after 18...gxf6 Black will always have to watch out for undermining f4-f5 ideas. ] 18...exf5 19.Ne2 Bd6 20.Kb1 Rhe8 21.Ng3 Qf7 22.Re3?! c5 Now Black's center is mobile and he is definitely better. 23.Rxe8 Rxe8 24.Qc3 Re7 25.Qd3 g6 26.Bf6 Re6 27.Qd2 Qe8 28.Qa5 Kb8 29.Be5! 

White finds a tactical way to limit his disadvantage. Black is still better in the ensuing position due to his control of the e-file, but the pawn structure is changed in White's favor.29...Bxe5 30.fxe5 Rxe5 31.Qxc5 Qe7 32.Qd4 Re3 33.Rd3 Re1+ 34.Rd1

34...Qe5 The right idea, as White's queen defends the dark squares. 35.Qxe5+ Rxe5 36.c4? White was in trouble anyway, but freeing Black's bishop can't be right. 36...f4 37.Nh1 dxc4 38.bxc4 Kc7 39.Nf2

With Black's bishop participating, the win is in sight.  39...f3 40.Ng4 Re7 41.Rd4 Bc8 42.Kb2 Bxg4 43.Rxg4 Rf7 44.Rg1 f2 45.Rf1 Kc6 46.Kc3 Kc5 47.a4 a5-+ 48.h5 gxh5 0-1

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Christiansen Simul 8/14!

The next simul with Thrice-U.S. Champion GM Larry Christiansen is once again fast approaching!
As the second Tuesday of the month (the 14th) looms, so too does another opportunity to try your hand against the legend.
The exhibition will start at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday evening at South Station, and will go until 7:00. Players can stop by and start a game (space permitting) until 6:30.
Good luck!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Scholastic Grand Prix #5

Sunday, August 19, 2012

4SS, G/30, USCF Rated

Sections: 8 and under; 11 and under; 14 and under

Registration: 10:00 – 10:20am

Rounds: 10:30, 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00pm (Parents and other children not allowed in playing room during the rounds.) Lunch: 11:30-12:00

Entry fee: $10 for BCC Members, $15 for non-Members.

Prizes: Trophies for 1st – 2nd in each age group. Medals for 3rd – 4th    in each age group. And the very popular chess pencils to all!

Requirements: USCF Membership Required. All USCF Rules will be in effect: time controls; touch move, score keeping, good sportsmanship, etc.

Grand Prix: Points in Grand Prix tournaments will accumulate towards winning prizes in each age group at the end of the summer (August). 
New or unrated players are Welcome!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Why the English Language Needs the Word "Egregious"

I happened to see this glass chess set for sale recently. I am willing to imagine that the clear glass squares could be considered as the light squares, so that we are indeed looking "up the board" (i.e., we are behind the "White" pieces) and the queens are indeed on their proper color squares.

But how could someone have properly placed three bishops and three knights on the correct squares, yet put White's king bishop on g1 and king knight on f1??

I guess the photographer didn't talk to Gary Lane, the author of the accompanying book. I heard that guy knows something about chess.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Morra Gambit Simul Tactics Quiz - Solutions (Including Full Games!)


From the game Esserman - NN,
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 Bg4 7. Bxf7+ Kxf7 8. Ng5+ Kg6 9. Qxg4 Nf6 10. Qf5+ Kh6 11. Nf7# 1-0


From the game Esserman - NN,
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 a6 7. O-O b5 8. Bxf7+ $5 Kxf7 9. Qd5+ e6 10. Qxc6 Bd7 11. Qb7 1-0

From the game Esserman - NN,
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bc4 d6 7. O-O Nge7 8. Bg5 h6 9. Nb5 d5
10. exd5 hxg5 (10... exd5 11. Bf4) 11. dxe6 fxe6 12. Nd6+ 1-0


 From the game Esserman - NN,
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 d6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bc4 a6 7. O-O Nf6 8. b4 Bg4 9. b5 Ne5
10. Nxe5 dxe5 11. Qb3 e6 12. bxa6 bxa6 13. Bxa6 1-0


From the game Esserman - Kim,
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 a6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Bf4 e5 9. Ng5 Be6
10. Bxe6 fxe6 11. Nxe6 Qd7 12. Nd5 {and White won shortly} 1-0


From the game Esserman-Bromberg, 
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 d6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Qe2 Be7 9. Rd1 e5
10. Be3 O-O 11. Rac1 Bg4 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 Rc8 14. Qe2 Qc7 15. Bb3 Qb8 16. a3 Rfd8 17. Nd5 Nxd5 18. Bxd5 Bf8 19. b4 a6 20. Qf3 Rd7 21. Qg4 Qc7 22. Bb6 1-0


From... not a game at all! This position actually arose from variations from Esserman - Fox,
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 e6 5. Nf3 a6 6. Bc4 b5 7. Bb3 Bb7 8. O-O b4 9. Nd5 exd5
10. exd5 Bd6 11. Re1+ Kf8 12. Qd4 a5 13. Bg5 Nf6 14. Nd2 h6 15. Bh4 Ra6 16. Ne4 Qb6 17. Nxf6 gxf6 18. Qe4 Be5 19. Rad1 d6 20. Kh1 Nd7 21. f4 Nc5 22. Qe2 (22. Qf5 $1 Nxb3 23. fxe5 fxe5
24. Rf1 Qc7 25. Bd8 ) 22... Nxb3 23. axb3 Bxf4 $4 (23... Rg8 24. fxe5 dxe5 25. Rf1 Rg6) 24. Qe7+ Kg8 25. Bxf6 Be5 26. Qe8+ {mating} 1-0

From the game Esserman-Kim,
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bc4 a6 7. O-O Nf6 8. b4 Bd7 9. a3 g6
10. Qb3 e6 11. Bf4 Qe7 12. Rfd1 e5 13. Bg5 Be6 14. Nd5 Bxd5 15. exd5 Nd8 16. Nxe5 Qxe5
(16... dxe5 17. d6 $18) 17. Re1 Ne4 18. Qa4+ Black resigned, as b5 19. Qxb5+ axb5 20. Bxb5+ Nc6 21. Bxc6#

And a bonus:

From the game Esserman-NN,

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 e6 5. Nf3 h5 6. Bc4 h4 7. O-O Nc6 8. Nb5 Rh6 9. Bxh6 a6 10. Bg5 Nge7 11. Nd6# 1-0

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

1st Annual Providence Invitational
Free Unrated Chess Tournament

1st Providence 
Free Unrated 
Invitational Tournament
Location: 2 Kennedy Plaza (Large Tent at Public Skating Rink Downtown), 
Providence, RI 02903
Time Control: 4SS, G/30 d5 - 
Prizes: $2000 Guaranteed Prizes
* OPEN    $500-$250-$125
* U2000    $300-$150-$75
* U1600    $200-$100-$50
* High School Gr. 9-12    $100-$50-$25
* Middle School Gr. 6-8   $100-$50-$25
* Elementary Gr. K-5      $100-$50-$25
Trophies for top players in all 3 scholastic sections
Trophies for top player in each adult section 
School teams of 3 or more players will receive FREE CHESS SETS/BOARDS
Inquiry: Frank DelBonis, Phone: (401) 212-1335
Entry Fee:  FREE TO ALL PLAYERS, please email organizer
Registration onsite: 8:30-9:30 AM, 
Round 1 starts PROMPTLY at 9:45 AM, entries after 9:30 will receive a 1/2 pt bye
Registration by Mail:  
Rhode Island Chess Asociation, P.O. Box 40604. Providence, RI 02940
Sections: OPEN, U2000, U1600, High School Gr. 9-12, Middle School Gr. 6-8, Elementary K-5
Tournament Rule and other information:
* Tournament is located across from Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Providence
* A large tent will be provided at the tournament - we play rain or shine
* Please bring a clock to use if you have one
* Most scholastic sections will finish by 12:30-1:00, all others by 2:30 PM
* All day parking garage available at Westin, or behind Courtyard Providence Hotel at Cookson Place
* Sponsored by RI Chess Association and City of Providence
* Please register in advance by email or mail by 8/10
* All late on-site registrations or non-confirmed early pre-registrations
      after 9:30 AM will recieve a 1/2 point bye. NO EXCEPTIONS

Sat. August 11, 2012