Saturday, March 12, 2011

Most absurd Internet game yet

It turns out that my fourth move is a novelty, deviating from the more subtle 4...Bd6 of Krebs-Diemer, Germany 1974 (0-1, 13). Diemer (1908-90), a Nazi, shares billing credit for the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit and wrote the 1957 book "Playing for Mate From the First Move."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chess: The Song!

Don't miss Chess: The Song! Amusing, though I don't think it'll be a mainstream hit like One Night in Bangkok.

20th annual Chicago Open

Another cut-and-paste from my email: make your plans for Memorial Day weekend!  Please remember that Illinois Chess Association membership is required for all rated Illinois residents.  You get a discount when you renew your ICA membership at the same time you register for the Chicago Open!

Memorial Day Weekend

20th annual CHICAGO OPEN
Open Section: May 26-30, 9 rounds, norms possible

Other Sections: May 27-30, 28-30 or 29-30, 7 rounds

At the luxurious, AAA four diamonds Westin North Shore Hotel, Wheeling, Illinois.  Special chess rates $99 for 1-4 in room.  Reserve your room as early as possible by calling 800-937-8461 or 847-777-6500.  The reservation deadline is May 13, but the chess block may sell out earlier.


 1) FREE ANALYSIS OF YOUR GAMES by Grandmaster John Fedorowicz.  Begins two hours after the start of each 4-day round and continues for about three hours.  All players are welcome to submit their game scores for analysis.
2) FREE LECTURES by Grandmaster John Fedorowicz each day May 27-30, beginning 5 pm May 27, 9 am each day May 28, 29, 30.
3)  QUICK OR BLITZ side events twice daily May 28, 29, 30.
 4)  LARGE CLASS PRIZES in each section in addition to the place prizes. This event has had Master class prizes in the past, but this year will also have a $1000 class prize for U2000 in the U2100 Section, U1800 in the U1900, U1600 in the U1700, U1350 in the U1500, and $800 for U1000 in the U1200.         
In 6 sections.  FIDE ratings used for Open Section, USCF official May list for other sections.  ENTER BY MARCH 15 FOR LOWEST FEE.
OPEN SECTION: $10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-700-600-500-400-400, clear or tiebreak 1st $200 bonus, top FIDE 2300-2499 (NOT 2449) $2500-1500-1000, top FIDE Under 2300 or unrated $2500-1500-1000.  300 Grand Prix Points (enhanced). 

UNDER 2100 SECTION: $6000-3000-1500-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300, top U2000 $1000.  Unrated may not win over $2000.

UNDER 1900 SECTION: $6000-3000-1500-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300, top U1800 $1000. Unrated may not win over $1500.

UNDER 1700 SECTION: $6000-3000-1500-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300, top U1600 $1000. Unrated may not win over $1000.

UNDER 1500 SECTION: $5000-2500-1300-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300, top Under 1350 $1000. Unrated may not win over $600, provisional (4-25 lifetime games) may not win over $2500.

UNDER 1200 SECTION: $4000-2000-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300-300, top Under 1000 $800.  Unrated may not win over $300, provisional (4-25 lifetime games) may not win over $1500.

RATING DROP PRIZE LIMIT: Players who have had official ratings more than 30 points above section maximum any month May 2010 through April 2011 may not win over $1500.
 Full details (in many garish colors) here!

 Enter here!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Natalie Broughton?

Illinois Chess Association Treasurer Carl Dolson is the managing trustee of the ICA's Broughton Fund, which periodically awards the Natalie Broughton Life Achievement Award.  Carl's been asked to write a short biography of Natalie for the ICA website, and was stumped.  He writes:
The only thing I can find on the internet is from a Time Magazine article from 1972 on “Why They Play: The Psychology of Chess” in which Natalie Brougton, “a Chicago suburban housewife” is quoted as saying “My favorite gambit against male opponents is Sitzfleish. If you sit long enough, staring and pondering, you don’t have to have a fast mind. The other person will become so annoyed and tired that he finally slips.” I thought you, or other Chicagoans you know, would be able to fill in some of the blanks on Ms. Broughton.

I also found a notice of death from the June 7, 2002 Chicago Tribune for Natalie W. Broughton of Evanston, age 85, beloved wife of the late Donald B. Broughton, burial at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie. No obituary.
I moved to Chicago in 1979, and I don't recall having met Mrs. Broughton.  Readers?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Schmakel-Felecan now on ICA chess blog

Black to play
What's the best move?
 Follow this link to enjoy this cool game!

Downers Grove Swiss April 9th

Cut and pasted from Daniel Parmet's email!
Downers Grove Chess Swiss #7 tournament on April 9th is now up to 4 Guaranteed Masters participating!!! IM Florin Felecan, NM Trevor Magness, FM Albert Chow and NM Mariano Acosta will be in attendance! A great warm-up for the Chicago Open!!

I'm running on April 9th [sic] in Downers Grove Chess Club. Time control will be G/60 with 5 second delay. 4 round swiss, boards, sets and clocks provided.
See the ICA Tournament Calendar for more info!

Quiz answer

Here's the answer to the quiz that I flunked in over-the-board play:

Chicago Industrial Chess League, 2011
After 71...g5: White to play and win

It would have been time for me to throw in the towel after the simple but difficult 71.hxg5! hxg5 72.Nd5!   It would have been a well-deserved victory for the Bh3, which had been engaged in a domination struggle with the Ne3 for a couple dozen moves.

Both players knew that White could not afford to trade away all his pawns, so we both overlooked that in certain situations, White might want to initiate the trade.  (Hayhurst was in severe time pressure, but I had a good twenty minutes.)