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By Alex Dunne   
June 6, 2012
Fleetwood200.jpgICCF US Olympiad 18 Team Qualifies for the Finals!

The ICCF-US Olympiad team has qualified for the 18th Olympiad Final. The team of GM Dan Fleetwood, SIM Jerry Weisskohl, SIM Keith Holzmueller, SIM Michael Proof, IM Bill Boucher, and SIM Tim Murray scored +9-2=36 with one game remaining. The Team Captain was Franklin Campbell. With only two teams qualifying in each Prelim section, ICCF-US maintains a record of qualifying for all Olympiad Finals, 13 to 18.

michael.jpgMichael Proof strikes gold !  Michael Proof won his section with +3-0=5.


Michael Proof turns in a mini-masterpiece with this positional attacking game.  The Black King is always the main target as White appears to be striking only at the squares around him in this exciting King hunt with no checks.



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 h5 10.0–0–0
Modern theory seems divided between the attacking continuation  with 10. 000 and the positional treatment with 10. Be2 Nbd7 11. Nd5 Bxd5 12. exd5 as in Mamedon-Vilmaz, Athens 2009
10...Nbd7 11.Kb1
In Tilburg 1998, Anand tried the innocuous 11. g3 against Sadler.
11...Rc8 12.Bd3
Also popular here is 12. h3 to control g4 so that White may play f4 without allowing ...Ng4.
12...Nc5 13.Nxc5 dxc5 14.Qf2
This is an improvement over Shabalov-Zhang Zhong, US-China 2001 where Shabalov played 14. Qe2
14...Qc7 15.Be2
The d5 square is the key square here.
15...b5 16.f4 0–0
Oltean-Orsolic, corres. 2007 continued 14...Qa5 15. Be2 00 16. Nd5 +=
17.f5 Bd7 18.Nd5
White plays for a sound positional advantage rather than continuing the attack with 18. Bg5
18...Nxd5 19.exd5 c4 20.d6!
Deflecting the Bishop after which White plants a killer Pawn on f6.
20...Bxd6 21.f6 g6
Without hope is 21...gxf6 22. Qxf6
While 22. Bxh5!? is strong, 22. g4! leaves the Black King without resource.
Black counterpunches well but remains one punch behind.
23.b3 Qa5 24.gxh5 Bf5 25.Bf3 Qa3 26.Bc1 Qb4 27.Qg2 e4 28.hxg6 fxg6 29.Bg4 Kf7

Not 29...Rxf6? 30. Bxf5
White would unduly rush things with 30. Bxf5 gxf5 31. Qg7+ Ke6 and White lacks a good continuation.  Instead White continues to effectively dominate the d-file.
30...Bxg4 31.Qxg4 Rcd8 32.Rg1 1-0
A little finesse -- after 32...Rg8 33. Rgd1 e3 34. R1d4 ends the game.


It’s coming and may be here by the time you read this paragraph (Editor's Note- Indeed, log in to the server to play at http://chessserver.rmrdevelopment.com/.)  Beta testing has been going on and a number of games have been played.   The official announcement is just a few kilobytes away.  Be prepared for a June introduction to CC online and later a further expansion of the USCF webserver.

Walter Muir
            Mark Cheathem  11W22  6-0
            Carl Siefring       11W36  5 ½-½
            David Wright        12W02  4 ½-1½
            John Davis          12W02  4 ½-1½
Trophy Quad
            David Sherman   09Q18  4 ½-1 ½

John Collins
            Tim McGill          10C35   5 ½-½


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IM Carl Siefring won a forfeit plagued Walter Muir.


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Aart Rackwitz
Born June 2, 1929, died April 7, 2012
Aart Rackwitz of Concord, CA was a Master CC player who finished second in the 1984 Golden Knights.  Here is an exciting game against the up-and-coming Frank Camaratta.


Glen Proechel

Born Jan. 3, 1938, died April 14, 2012
Glen was fluent in English, German, Russian, Spanish, French, and Klingon.  He won a number of OTB tournaments in his native Minnestota.  Glen was active in Golden Knights play in the 90’s and played successfully at the international level.  Earlier this year Glen came back to domestic play, but health problems forced him to withdraw.


Caution: heavy machinery is used in this game.


Who said draws aren’t fun?


Weisskohl shows remarkable defensive strength in this draw.


After 29. g4 Black has to worry about his Knight offside on a5.  After 29...g5, he has to worry about his King as well.


On Move 82 the Nalimov Tables find a win in 21 moves.


When g6 comes – and it will come – Black’s game collapses.


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