The April Check is in the Mail
By Alex Dunne   
April 2, 2015
The Ideal Chess Opponent !

Now for the first time ever you can enjoy playing correspondence chess against a computer!  No worries about near-perfect opening play.  No worries about complex middlegames. No worries about flawless Rook and Pawners. This computer Deepinwhatdoyoucallit designed to enhance your ego, lighten your day, and feel like you are playing a real live fish.

Now available at your local dealer, you can have the experience of playing what seems to be a real live human - guaranteed to make a game-changing mistake within every ten to fifteen moves  Want recording errors? Deepinwhatdoyoucallit Thought (commonly called Deepin) can garble Ne4 into QBnx9 and let you puzzle over what that means for hours at a time.

Worried that your opponent isn't sending you enough if-moves?   This opponent will send you a series of if-moves on every second move, many of which lead to horrible positions for it.

Worried about your opponent taking too much time?  Deepin is designed to take twenty to thirty days to make a move, and then speed up to answering immediately while complaining to the Director about your tardiness without the courtesy of a repeat card.

Did you ever wonder what the weather was like in an area far removed from your hometown?  Deepin will be guaranteed to regale you with weather reports - "It's raining here." or "Hot here today," or even "Great hurricane has ripped the roof off of my house.  I realize that I am down three pieces with no counterplay.  Would you like a draw?"

It may happen (and usually does) that during the course of the game, Deepin will change a previously agreed upon move,  Do not worry - the change is almost always detrimental to its game.  You can choose to accept the change or stick with the agreed upon moves, knowing that in either case you will be winning the game.

Impressed with the superior nature of your play, when the game is concluded with your inevitable victory, Deepin will complain that you were using a computer to generate your moves.  You can take this as a compliment or an insult or both,  

The supply of these correspondence chess computers is limited and secretive.   You may not be able to purchase one for your own use, but you may recognize when your opponent is using one, or is one.   If that is the case, enjoy!  You are playing against the best modern technology has to offer,

2012 Electronic Knights Champion

kain.gifAnthony Kain
It's been quite a ride for newly crowned Electronic Knights Champion Anthony Kain.  Currently 25 years old, Anthony is now a high school science teacher.   He enjoys weightlifting and formal debates, and in correspondence chess he excels.  He recently achieves his ICCF International Masters Title and hit 2400 on the USCF CC list for his Senior Master title.  Further, he is poised to win the 2014 Absolute Championship as he has an insurmountable lead.


The game of the month features Kain at his craftiest - By playing a waiting game, he dares White to start an attack against his King and when White does so, his game suddenly collapses.



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 a6
6...e5 is standard in this position, but the text seems to be gaining in popularity lately.
7.Qd2 Nc6 8.Nge2
With Black poised to answer 6. 000 with a quick ....b5, White continues to develop, waiting for the opportunity to start his own attack.
8...Rb8 9.Rc1
Twenty years ago the big names -- Karpov, Beliavsky, Dreev, Mecking favored 9. Nc1 here.  In 2015 that move has faded, as have its practitioners.  9. 000 is a viable alternative.
9...Bd7 10.Nd1
Thus repositioning of the Knight became the main line of the Samisch in 2014.   Aronian trued 10.  d5 here but had to settle for a draw,  10. h4 and 10. g4 have also been played, to little effect.
10...e6 11.Nf2 Re8 12.g4
There have been two other tries here -- 12. h4 h5 13, g3 b5 was Lizaraburu-Magayo, CAD/C22  2011 and 12. g3 b5 as in Gragonian-Sale, Abu Dhabi 2005 both of which ended in draws.
 The first conflict of the game occurs as far away from the center as possible.  It is a prelude to all out war in the center of the board.
It is a close decision, but gaining some space on the kingside with 13. g5 is probably better,
Black continues to play keepaway, waiting for White to over commit himself,  It is a dangerous game but one which Kain plays to perfection in this game..
14.Nd3 b6 15.e5
White can resist being aggressive no longer and crosses the boundaries into Black's position.  With his King Bishop and passive Rooks, this requires much energy on White's part.
15...Nh7 16.Nef4
After 16. gxh5 Bc6 17. hxg6 Nxg6 18. exd6 Nh4! suddenly White is in trouble,  Instead, White should proceed to activate his kingside with 16, Bg2
Suddenly the shakiness of White's game is revealed.  After 17. exd6 cxd4 18. dxe6 dxe3 19. exd8(Q) exd2+ 20. Kxd2 Rbxd8 Black has the better ending.
17.dxc5 dxe5 18.Ne2
Rather than go into full defense mode, better may have been 18. Nxh5!? gxh5 19. cxb6 Bc6 20. Qf2
18...b5 19.Nc3?
White misses his last chance to stay in the game with 19. gxh5 and very soon the Black pieces swarm though his center,
19...Bc6 20.Ne4 f5! 21.Nd6 f4 22.Nxe8 fxe3 23.Qxe3 Bxe8 24.Nxe5 bxc4 25.Bxc4 Nd5 26.Bxd5
Or 26. Qe2 Nf4 27, Qe4 Ng5 28. Qxf4 Bxe5 29. Qe3 Rxb2 winning.
26...Qxd5 27.Nd3 hxg4
After 15 moves the initial conflict is resolved in Black's favor.
28.hxg4 Ng5 29.Rf1 Bc6 30.f4 Bd4 31.Qe2 Ne4
Completing the erasure of White's center.  Black wins easily now.
32.Rf3 Nxc5 33.Nxc5 Qxf3 34.b3 Bc3+ 0-1

  Second place:   Michael Buss



 Third place: Patrick Ryan



                Anthony Kain        39.50
                Michael Buss      37.20
                Patrick Ryan       35,15
                Barry Endsley     32.90
                Mark Stephenson 32.35
                John Procopi        32.25
                William Young    30.65
            Harold Brown      28.40
                Andrew Bussom  27.30
               Gerald Fielding   26.65
                John Galvin         26.15
                Mark Ellis            24.40
            Robert Cousins    19.90
                Alfredo Gotay     17.00


Walter Muir

                Daniel Whitted  14W36  5-1
                Errol Acosta           14W29  5-1
                Jesse Van Hine   14W33 5 ½-½
                Robert Nolan     14W23  5 ½-½
                Andy Hunt             14W32  5-1
                David Wright        14W27  5-1
                John Nelson       14W38  4 ½-1 ½
                Dwayne Hoffman 15W02  6-0

Swift Quad

                Alan Bokiev    14SQ07  6-0

Quote: if anyone tells you he is playing a correspondence game against Capablanca with the aid of a ouija board, edge quietly toward the nearest exit. == Malpass, Bluff Your Way in Chess


John Bradley Fowler born 22 December 1955, died 20 July 2014 of King, NC.  John was mainly an OTB players, but he also played CC.





Roger Pedersen neatly dissects Black's game.





Both sides play ambitiously.  White sets a trap toward the end only to find it was a counter trap.



Attacking is an art.  Here is one worth framing,


Black offers the queenside in order to gain the kingside.