USCF Home Chess Life Online 2013 December The August Check is in the Mail
|The August Check is in the Mail|
|By Alex Dunne|
|August 19, 2013|
JOHN PROCOPI TAKES TWO !
John Procopi takes 12W38 and 13W11
John Procopi of Levittown, PA, born July 12, 1948, is a retired accountant. He started playing chess in the late Sixties and was quite active OTB for about fifteen years, but when his wife and he started a family, he gave up OTB and started playing postal. He made Postal Chess Master about twenty years ago and stopped playing. Now retired, he began playing again and has had some fine results including this July, two victories in Master/Expert tournaments.
12W38 Walter Muir Tournament
GAME OF THE MONTH
Procopi demonstrates that even a Rook Pawn can aspire to greatness.
SEMI- SLAV DEFENSE
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5
The choices today are pretty much between this move, 5. Bf4 and 5. e3.
Retreating the Bishop was seen in O'Hare-Brandhorst, 2003 Absolute, which led to an even game after 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. h4 b4 11. hxg5 bxc3 12. bxc3 Nxe4
Left back in the history books in favor of 7. e3 seem to be the replies here of 7. Qb3, 7. Qc2, and 7. g3.
7...Nd7 8.Bd3 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Bb4
The most popular reply now is 9...g6 as in van Oosterom-Pinkovetsky, 15 Olympiad, which continued 10. 00 Qe7 11. e4 Bg7 12. Re1 00 =
10.0-0 Bxc3 11.bxc3 0-0 12.a4!
This is better than 12. Nd2 Nb6 13. Bb3 e5 with rough equality as in Antunes-Ferreira, Carris Open 2002.
12...e5 13.Qc2 exd4
White ends up with a strong center and a lead in development after this exchange. Better was resistance by 13...Re8 14. Bd3 Qe7 15. Nd2 Nf6.
14.cxd4 Nb6 15.Ba2 Be6 16.a5 Bxa2?
Black needed to play 16...Nd5 17. Bb1 g6 18. Qb2 Qe7 19. Re1 Rac8 20. Ne5 c5 when White stands only a little better. Now the a-Pawn is decisive.
17.axb6 Bd5 18.e4 Be6 19.bxa7
White has created a monster that stands on a7. It is now Procopi's task to use it effectively.
19...Rfd8 20.Rfb1 Rd7 21.Qc5 Qf4
Black seeks active counterplay as defense by 21...Qd8 just loses to 22. Ne5 Rxd4 23. Nxc6! bxc6 24. Rb8 Rxb8 25. axb8(Q) Qxb8 26. Qxd4
22.Ne5 Rdd8 23.Rxb7 Qxe4 24.Nxc6 Re8 25.Rb8 Kh7 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Ne7 Bd5
After 27...Ba2!? 28. Qf5+ Qxf5 29. Nxf5 Bd5 30. Nd6 Rf8 31. h4 Ra8 32. Ra5 Be6 33. Nb5 Rc8 34. Nc7 the win is easy.
28.Qxd5 Qxe7 29.g3 1-0
Avoiding 29. h8(Q) Qe1+ and insuring the win.
THREE WAY TIE IN 13W11
John Procopi strikes again, sharing first this time with Charles Jacobs and James Anderson.
Black's combination on Move 21 backfires and the game ends quickly.
NIMZOINDIAN DEFENSE (E20)
Ralph Vecchio 12SQ19 5 ½-½
Eric King 13SQ05 6-0
Joseph Kuhajda 12Q05 5-1
James Ruth 12Q05 5-1
Timothy Grassel 11Q12 5-1
John Terrall 11Q12 5-1
William Vega 13W13 4-2
Charles Jacobs 13W11 4-2
John Procopi 13W11 4-2
James Anderson 13W11 4-2
John Procopi 12W38 4 ½-1 ½
Ronald Roberts 13W09 5-1
Eugene Bedard 10P08 5 ½-½
GERARD SORICELLI TOPS 11C08
PETROFF DEFENSE (C42)
Raymond Stefens, born 1949 died 5/23/13.
GRUNFELD DEFENSE (D96)
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Patience, patience, patience brings home the point.
ENGLISH OPENING (A34)
From 12W38 White lands too many punches for Black to survive.
SEMI-SLAV DEFENSE (D46 )
McCann finds a drawing line in this Pawn down endgame
QUEEN's PAWN GAME (E10)
White's Bishops are the stars of this show but the Rooks don't do too badly either
KING'S INDIAN ATTACK (A08)
If chess pieces had sharp bases, the chess board would be in tatters after this gem.
ENGLISH OPENING (A18)
When White tries an opening innovation on move 6, Corky demonstrates conclusively why it was not played before.
DUNST OPENING (A00)
Mark Laboda demonstrates the power of the two Bishops in an endgame.
SICILIAN DEFENSE (B88)
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