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By Alex Dunne   
January 9, 2013
Kovats250.jpgTSENG AND GOTAY SPLIT 10P03

Wilbur Tseng and Alfredo Gotay dominated the field in the 2010 Victor Palciauskas Tournament 10P03.  Sharing only the draw between the two of them, Tseng and Gotay shut out the rest of the field to finish with 5 ½- ½.

Tseng is a medical researcher in Chicago and the winner of the 2008 Electronic Knights . Gotay is a professional photographer from Puerto Rico.



1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.Bg5

This treatment of the Nimzoindian utilizing rapid development was played by such OTB players as Alekhine, Botvinnik, Tal, Spassky, and Kasparov, among others.

5...Bb7 6.e3 Bxc3+

Black parts with this Bishop in order to exploit the doubled c-Pawns, but this plan never materializes. In hindsight then, better may be 6...h6 and ...00.

7.bxc3 Qe7 8.Bd3 d6 9.0-0 h6

Janowski-Nimzovich, Marienbad 1925, saw 9...e5, but Vaughan's 9...h6 is better.

10.Bh4 Nbd7 11.a4 g5 12.Bg3 Be4

Schiller-Scharf,  ICCF 2008 had 12...a5 with a += for White, but 12....Be4 seems more natural.

13.a5 a6?! 

Black's solution to his queenside problems is to establish a passed a-Pawn, but it leaves his position passive.  If White's center pressure fails, the a-Pawn may become a game changer.

14.axb6 cxb6 15.Be2

White regroups to drive Black off the e4 square.

15...0-0 16.Nd2 e5 17.f4!

Tseng finds the can opener -- Black can't afford to take the f-Pawn as that would open the e-file for the White pieces.

17...Bh7 18.fxg5 hxg5 19.Bf3 Ra7 20.e4 Re8 21.Bf2 Qf8

Black declines the unfavorable endgame that results after 21...exd4 22. cxd4 Nxe4 23. Nxe4 Bxe4 24. Bxe4 Qxe4 25. Re1 Qa8 26. Qg4 Rxe1+ 27. Rxe1 Qd8 28. Be3 f6 29. Qe6+ Kg7 30. Qxd6   

22.Qe2 a5

The a-Pawn moves, but it leaves a weak b5 square in its wake.

23.Rfb1 Qh6 24.Rb5 Raa8 25.Be3 Qg7 26.h3 Qg6 27.dxe5

White decides it is time to resolve the center tension.  Black can't play the desired 27...dxe5 as 28 Bxb6 is too easy for White so the d6 Pawn must remain a target.

27...Rxe5 28.Qd3 g4!

This is Black's best chance.  The Pawn on d6 is abandoned, but Black gains needed activity for his pieces.

29.hxg4 Nxg4 30.Bxg4 Qxg4 31.Qxd6 Rxb5 32.cxb5 Re8 33.Rf1 Bxe4 34.Nxe4 Qxe4 35.Bd4

An immediate 35. Bxb6 should also win and seems surer-- 35...Nxb6 36. Qxb6 a4 37. Qf6! Qe6 38. Qxe6 Rxe6 39. Ra1 Re3 40. Rxa4 Rxc3 41. Rb4 Rc7 42. b6.

35...Qe6 36.Qg3+ Qg6 37.Qc7 Qe6 38.Rf3

This is what Tseng had in mind with 35. Bd4 -- the forced advance of the f-Pawn leaves Black's King with precious little dignity.

 38...f6 39.Re3 Qf7 40.Rg3+ Kf8 41.c4

And even now Tseng is reluctant to trade that strong Bishop for an inactive Knight.

41...Re1+ 42.Kh2 Re7 43.Rh3 Qg6 44.Bxb6

The Bishop finally captures the b6 Pawn when Black's pieces are all at a defensive posture.


One last try --Black seeks counterplay against the White King.

45.Qd8+ Kf7 46.Qd5+ Kg7 47.Kh1 Rd7 48.Qa8! Rd1+ 49.Bg1 Nf7 1-0

Adjudicated a win for White.  White will relocate his Queen to e3 and the passed Pawns will win.  The game might continue 50. Kh2 Qb1 51. Qa7 Kg6 52. Qe3 Ne5 53. Qg3+ Kf7 54. Rh8 Rxg1 55. Qg8+ Ke7 56. Rh7+ Kd6 57. Qd5 mate

Jiri Kovats 2012 Colorado Correspondence Champ!

Jiri Kovats repeated as Colorado State Champion with an unblemished 5-0 score this year reprising his 2011 win.

The key win is this win against Baffo who gambitted a Pawn after which Kovats relentlessly simplified to a won endgame.




Trophy Quad
            Jack Shaw   10Q13    6-0

Colorado State Championship
            Jiri Kovats  12COf01   5-0

            Wilbur Tseng  10P03  5 ½- ½
            Alfredo Gotay 10P03   5 ½- ½

John Collins
            Logan Ripley   10C14   5-1
            Thomas Breuers 11C16  6-0

Walter Muir
            Eliza Eggert      12W06    6-0
            David Stone      12W28   4 ½-1 ½
            Fletcher Penney 12W28  4 ½-1 ½
            Jaun le Roux     12W17  5-1
            Paul Gomez      12W33   5 ½-½
            Bernard Miller  11W39  4 ½-1 ½
            Wade Reaves    11W39  4 ½-1 ½
            Mark Rose         12W27  6-0

Swift Quad
            Juraj Beres   12SQ12   5 ½-½


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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


Recent statistics published on RedHotPawn.com by Jerry Honn in a discussion of computer cheating also revealed an interesting comparison between correspondence World Champions and World OTB Champions. Using the "Top 3" match of comparing the player's choice of moves - that is, was the move played by the human in the Top 3 choices of Fritz 11? - it was determined that in the Alekhine-Capablanca match of 1927, Alekhine's moves matched Fritz 80% of the time, that is, Alekhine's move was either Fritz's first, second, or third choice 4 out of 5 times.  Capablanca produced a Top 3 agreement 82 % of the time.  In the Fischer-Spassky match of 1972, Fischer brought home an 86% Top 3 agreement.  Spassky produced an 80% pairing.  Finally the article looked at Kramnik-Topalov 2006 where Kramnik scored 83.5 % and Topalov 80.5%. By these limited statistics I can project that OTB World Champions agree with Fritz's top three choices 80% or more of the time.

The article went on to look at some correspondence World Champions in the pre-computer era. Jacob Estrin (in 9 games) from 1972-1975 scored 82%.  Runner-up Josef Boey produced agreement 84%  of the time. In 1978-1981, World Champion Victor Palciauskas scored 82%   

While runner-up Juan Morgado made an 84% result.

It would appear from the statistics that the best of OTB play are equal to the best at CC. 


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Brandhorst Sets Absolute Record
Ted Brandhorst has just surpassed Ron Lifson's Absolute record of 156 games.  Ted scored a win against Harry Ingersol in the 2012 Absolute to go to 157 games, with two more remaining to claim the title of the most prolific Absolute player ever.


(as of December 2012)

1.  John Menke            2486
2.  Steven Van Enk       2452
3.  Wesley Brandhorst 2440
4.  Michael Buss           2415
5.  James Tracz            2411
6.  Hugo Concha          2404
7.  Harry Ingersol         2400
8.  Wilbur Tseng           2390
9. Gary Adams            2384
10. Walter Brower       2373
11. Gary Walters          2371
12. Daniel Woodard     2367
13.  Peter Swan            2366
14.  Keith Rodriguez     2365
15. Thomas Langland   2352
16.  Robert Rizzo         2351
      Robert Fass            2351
18. Joel Levine 2350
Stephen McGregor 2350
20.  Abe Wilson          2330
21.  John Ballow           2324
22.  Dana Daves           2319
23.  Laurence Bonsack 2315
24. Sanford Greene      2312
25. Anthony Kain         2311


As Black's pieces slide toward the kingside in attack they bring White's over to defend.



A neat execution by the stronger player.



The philosophy of the two combatants in this game seems to be, "You send me knives, I'll send you daggers".  It's a fight to the end when a draw is perhaps a surprise to both players.



A game in which Knights show themselves better than Bishops