Saturday, March 30, 2013

Great way to start the summer: chess camp in Lisle June 10-4

Grandmasters Dmitry Gurevich, Nikola Mitkov, and Atanas Kolev will be conducting the Benet Academy Summer Chess Camp in Lisle on June 10-14. For more info, see the announcement on the ICA Calendar.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

CICL East Division action

DRW Trading drew Rogue Squadron 3-3 thanks to this win by Lyle Hayhurst:

"Awonder Liang Youngest Ever Master"

Story at Chess Life Online.  Awonder and Adream live in Wisconsin, and play frequently in Chicago events. They are really nice kids, incredibly talented, and very interesting players.

I wouldn't be surprised if Awonder's amazing record is beaten by another player in the next year or so.  And I wouldn't be surprised if that player is from Illinois.

Congratulations to Awonder and his family!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Beauty and the (Silicon) Beast

I was very pleased with the following blitz game, which ends with a queen sac and a beautiful mate administered by Harrwitz bishops. But Black could have avoided mate with 8...Kd8!, though he's still quite lost. When I analyzed the game later with Houdini 3, it pointed out an even clearer win for me on move 8! Do you see it?