The July Check is in the Mail
By Alex Dunne   
July 12, 2012
The 17th Olympiad has only a few games left to be finished, but it is clear that Germany will win the gold, Spain the silver, and Russia and Italy are still in a battle for the bronze.

Bringing up the rear are the United States and Croatia, with Croatia still having a game left.

Facing some of the best competition the correspondence world can offer, the US team scored minus one on Boards one (Jason Bokar) three (Kenneth Reinhart) and five (Robert Rizzo).  Michael Millstone had a difficult job on Board two, having to take over when Gary Walters was unable to continue his games, scoring minus 4. Keith Rodriguez (Board four) and Corky Schakel (Board six) had a bad tournament, scoring minus seven and minus four respectively.


Some chess games can impress the reader by the steady accumulation of small advantages until one side emerges with a winning advantage. Take warning -- this is not one of  those games.    This is Conflict with a capital C.



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 0-0 10.0-0-0 Nbd7
The scene is set.  We all know that opposite side castling is generally the clue that some heavy stomping is in the coming attractions.  So let the stomping begin!
11.g4 b5 12.g5 b4 13.Ne2
Bokar is ready for a fight.  A safer line is 13. gxf6 bxc3 14. Qxc3 Nxf6 15. NA5 Qe8 16. Nc6 Rc8 17. Nxe7+ Qxe7 = as in Pinkovetsky-Scherer, 27th World Championship Final.  Bokar is playing for the win against the Estonian GM.
13...Ne8 14.f4 a5 15.f5 a4
And it is clear that Kukk is playing for a win against the American GM, too.
Only thus, with the counterthreat of Nc6 so the Knight must be captured.
16...exd4 17.Nxd4 b3!
And Black offers his Queen after 18. Nc6? bxa2!
Recent experience has strongly favored White in this position, but this game was started in 2009.
White has also been doing well against 18...bxa2+ as in Rakay-Joao, ICCF 2002: 19. Ka1 Nc5 20. fxe6 fxe6 21. Nc6 Qc7 22. Nxe7+ Qxe7 23. Bxc5 dxc5 24. Bc4.A lesser line worth looking into was 18...Nc5 19. fxe5 Nxe4 20. Qd3 as in Ruggeri Laderchi-Braakhuis, 27 World Championship semifinal.
19.Nxc2 Bb3! 20.axb3 axb3 21.Na3 Ne5 22.h4 Ra4
This position was reached by another American Grandmaster in Fleetwood-Jedrzejowski, 15 Olympiad Final, which continued 23. Qg2 Qa8 24. f6 Bxf6 25. gxf6 Nxf6 with advantage to White.
23.Bd4 Qa8 24.Qe3 Kh8 25.Bb5
White's plan is to force Black to sacrifice on a3 or allow the safe capture of the b3 Pawn. 
25...Ra5 26.Bc3
Taking on b3 right away is a catastrophe -- 26. Qxb3 Nc7 27. Be2 Rb8
26...Rxa3 27.bxa3 Qxa3 28.Rd2 Nc7 29.Be2 Rb8 30.Rh3 f6 31.Bxe5 dxe5 32.Rb2 Qa4 33.Qd3 Nb5 34.Rxb3
Remarkably this position was reached in Keuter-Schmidt, Germany cc 2008 and a draw was agreed.  Bokar obviously has a different assessment of this position.
34...Na3+ 35.Kc1 Rc8+ 36.Rc3 Rb8 37.Bd1!
This is the key to White's defense - turn it into an attack --  as the position now begins to turn strongly to White's favor.
37...Qa8 38.Rc7 Bd8 39.Rf7 Qc6+ 40.Bc2 Kg8 41.Qxa3!
The Black King will now be forced into a stomping as White's Rook, Bishop, and Queen will quickly be working together. 41...Kxf7 42.Rc3 Qb6 43.Bb3+ Ke8 44.Qa4+ Kf8 45.Qc4! Qg1+ 46.Kb2 Qf2+ 47.Kb1
Not 47. Rc2? Qd4+ and Black will hold.
47...Qe1+ 48.Ka2
And now not 48. Rc1 Rxb3+! 42. Qxb3 Qxe4+ which is equal.
After 48...Ra8+ 49. Kb2 Qa1+ 50. Kc2 Black is doomed.
49.Rc2 Qa7+ 50.Kb1 Rxb3+
Now 50...Qg1+ 51. Rc1 Rxb3+ 52. Qxb3 Qd4 53. Rc4 will soon lead to a win.
51.Qxb3 fxg5 52.Rc8! Qd4
Black cannot defend by 52...Qd7 53. Rb8 gxh4 54. Rb7 Qe8 55. f6 Bxf6 56. Rb8 Bd8 57. Qd5
53.Qd5 Qg1+ 54.Kc2 Qf2+ 55.Qd2 Qxd2+ 56.Kxd2 Ke8 57.f6
Also winning is 57. h5, but Bokar's way is neater.
57...gxf6 58.h5 Kd7 59.Ra8 h6 60.Ke2 g4 61.Ra7+ Bc7 62.Kf2 Kc6 63.Kg3 Bb6 64.Rf7 1-0


Steve Chakis of Loxahatchee, FL,  born June 26, 1954 died September 22, 2011.  Steve was a Master level CC player, active OTB in many Florida events, and a finalist in the 1996 Golden Knights.  Here is a game from the Finals.



Walter Muir
            Klaus Johnson        11W20    6-0
            Harold Brown       12W05   3 ½-2 ½
            Roger Pedersen     12W05   3 ½-2 ½
            Michael Serovey   11W26   3 ½-2 ½
            Paul Shannon          12W01   6-0
            Stephen Hoffmeister 11W38 5 ½-½
            Brennan Price           12W13  5 ½-½

Trophy Quad
            Gerald Sitter            12Q01   6-0
            Pater Gaffney          11Q07   5-1

John Collins
            Jack Shaw            10C22    5 ½-½
            Thomas Chromczak  11C12 5 ½-½
            Robert Eisthen     10C20    6-0

Klaus Johnson's Rooks dominate Frederick Mayes' Queen.



Two chess players were playing a correspondence match. One lived at the North Pole, one lived at the South Pole. Every 6 months a small piece of paper with the other player's move would be delivered. Now the player at the South Pole was eagerly anticipating his opponent's move, for they had just reached a particularly complex position in the Sicilian Najdorf. And at last, one day some dogs arrived bearing the move. He took in a deep breath as he opened up the envelope. It read:


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On Board Two Michael Millstone defeated former World Champion Gert Timmerman of the Netherlands.  White's Knight is the star of this piece.



CC in the year 2373 ?
A good magician uses sleight of hand.  In this game Kenneth Reinhart uses sleight of pieces.  His opponent from Romania does not know which side of the board White will sacrifice next on.



Fourth Board Keith Rodriguez didn't win any games, but it was not for want of trying. 

This was a sharp fight for the initiative against his German opponent.



Robert Rizzo takes the classic icon of attacking chess, the Dragon Variation of the Sicilian, and transforms it into a drawing line.  Heresy?  or Practicality ?

Rizzo showed an iron defense on Board 5, losing only a single game to the gold medal winner and drawing the rest.



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Harry Golombek once described maneuvering in chess as the fine art of doing nothing.  Schakel maneuvers from about Moves 17-65 and then shows his Ukrainian opponent the art of doing something and doing it well.



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