Archive for January, 2017

January 26, 2017

Gonzaga Classic

The 15th Annual Gonzaga Classic takes place this weekend the 27th-29th January and it looks like a strong lineup of players in the top section with a number of titled players participating. As usual all profits go to charity so it is for a good cause.

The ICU have also announced a series of norm tournaments taking place in Tralee from 13th-17th April. There will be 4 sections in total offering the chance for players to achieve GM and IM norms. It’s good to see such events in Ireland giving players a chance to achieve titles without having to travel abroad to do so. Details are on the ICU website for anyone interested in applying to play.

January 18, 2017

Wijk aan Zee 2017

The Tata Steel sponsored Wijk aan Zee tournament is taking place at the moment in the Netherlands. Today was the first rest day. Pavel Eljanov leads the Masters on 3.5 from 4 while in the Challengers Markus Ragger is leading the way on from 4 from 4. Gawain Jones is competing in the Challengers and is currently on 2.5 from 4 after a win yesterday in a Hebdenesque opening line against Tari. Round 5 takes place tomorrow and the competition continues until the 29th.

January 15, 2017

Pieces beat the Queen

Here is another puzzle from a game I played in the Leinster League at the weekend. It’s not too difficult (there’s a clue in the title 🙂 )

Rad-Quinn (2016) Black to play

Rad-Quinn (2017) Black to play

Most moves for Black are good here. In the game I played Qd6 and won but there is a quicker win. Can you find it?

January 10, 2017

Larter – Nyander

Nick Larter sent on this excerpt from his game against Joakim Nyander in the Mulcahy last weekend.

N. Larter 1715 v J. Nyander 2223, Mulcahy Memorial 2017, Rd. 2
Opening: B20 (1.e4 c5 2.c4 b6).

Position after 36..Rd2

Black has just played 36...Rd2. How should White respond?

Black has just played 36…Rd2. How should White respond?

The critical position from my most interesting game at this year’s Mulcahy. Black’s threat now is just to take the bishop, so I have to act. Here I misread the board and played the very poor 37.Rxf6? and after 37…gxf6 38.Qh7+ Kf8, if I were to try and bring another piece into the attack, Black would quickly mate me, so I had to bail out with 39.Nxe6+ Qxe6 40.Qh6+ Kg8 41.Qxd2 – an exchange down – eventually losing the game in another 20 moves or so, playing on increments.

On the other hand moving the target away with 37.Bg4! would have given me a +1.5 advantage according to the engines and (since Black cannot take the bishop with his knight on account of the mate) launch me on a king hunt after 37…Qd4+ 38.Kh1 Qb2 39.Bxe6+. Such are the margins!

January 8, 2017

Lopez wins Mulcahy

Alex Lopez continued his good run of results in the Mulcahy with a comprehensive victory in this years event scoring 6 out of 6. Details on the Cork Chess Club website.