We were recently invited to join a multi-club online tournament, and will be playing members of the Westchester and Rockland clubs on lichess.org. The tournament is scheduled for Thursday June 4th starting at 8pm.
Link to the tournament: https://lichess.org/tournament/1Q1JOwr1
If you have not joined lichess yet, please do so – and just as importantly, you need to request to join the Vassar-Chadwick team. Link here: https://lichess.org/team/vassar-chadwick-chess-club
When you request to join, PROVIDE YOUR NAME so that we know who you are (we want to keep invites to actual members of the club, past and current).
If you are a current/former member of the Vassar-Chadwick club and you are interested in playing some online matches against some of the other clubs in our region (such as Westchester and Rockland), then please follow this process:
- Sign up at lichess.org (it is free)
- Go to our club page and request to join: https://lichess.org/team/vassar-chadwick-chess-club
- Important! before your request can be processed you have to solve the simple chess position that appears at the bottom of your request. This is to prove you are a human to lichess
- Important! before your request can be approved, you have to let us know what your lichess username is (so that we do not approve random people, but actual Vassar-Chadwick members). The easiest way to do this is go to our Facebook page and send a message: https://www.facebook.com/VassarChadwickChessClub/
In lighter news, political polling website FiveThirtyEight has presented a chess puzzle: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/can-you-solve-the-chess-mystery/
Thanks to Mark Courtney for alerting me to this puzzle.
You need to provide a legal game score whereby the white knight has moved exactly 8 times to reach the diagrammed position.
I could find many ways for the knight to make an odd number of moves (7, 9, etc), but so far the solution is eluding me. If you think you have one, submit it and you may get recognized.
It has been reported by Al Lawrence that former USCF president Don Schulz has passed away from complications due to the awful COVID virus.
He was also a member of the Chadwick chess club, the precursor to our current incarnation, and he wrote a book, Chess Don, that had numerous references to the club and his time here.
No additional details are available at this time; updates may be posted to our Facebook page.
With everyone (except essential workers) asked to self-quarantine and stay at home as much as possible, our weekly club meeting has been suspended. But one of the benefits of chess (compared to other social activities) is the ability to enjoy the game online. From playing, tactics training, learning openings and viewing the games of the masters, there is a whole world of chess to experience from the comfort of your home.
Our resident NM, Matan Prilleltensky, has graciously offered to provide club members with their own virtual chess class. He recently competed in an IM norm tournament at the Marshall club and would like to go over these games – this promises to have high instructional value, to get into the thought process of a Master level player.
The plan is to offer this virtual class on Monday April 6th at 7pm (same time that our club would meet). He will use Zoom, a web-based video meeting tool that has free access to join (so it will not cost anything for you). Because he would like to have a manageable audience (at least for this first class), it will be limited to current Vassar-Chadwick members. If you are interested, please send a message to the club page on Facebook, providing your email address. When the time approaches, Matan will send the Zoom meeting link to your email. Then all you need to do is make some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy a Master class – and don’t be afraid to ask questions!
If this is successful and well-received, we might have more of these sessions in the future. So if you can make it, I think it would be well worth your time.
You can click HERE for the current standings in MS Word format (.docx)
However, in summary we have Mark Courtney in first place with 72 points, followed by Ernie Johnson (62), Darius Jafary (41), and James Reap (32).
UPDATE! I got my hands on the Courtney – Johnson game, see below…
Remember long ago when we felt safe to leave our homes? Let’s take a journey back to that time, oh about 5 days ago, when the 3 round (G/75) Swiss acting as the warm-up to the now suspended Dutchess County Championship, was just wrapping up.
The top board in that final round featured two Experts, the current DCC Champ Mark Courtney, and the perennial DCC Champion Ernie Johnson.
I would pay good money to get the score-sheet for that game (hint, hint), but all I know is the end result…
Here is the game in PGN format:
[Event "DCC Warm Up"]
[Site "Poughkeepsie NY"]
[Black "Johnson,Ernie "]
1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6
5. Nf3 Bf5 6. Bc4 c6 7. Qe2 e6 8. Bd2 Bb4
9. O-O-O O-O 10. Bb3 Nbd7 11. h3 Nd5 12. Nxd5 cxd5
13. Nh4 Bxd2+ 14. Rxd2 Bg6 15. Nxg6 hxg6 16. h4 Qd8
17. c3 Re8 18. f4 f5 19. h5 g5 20. g4 Nf6
21. gxf5 exf5 22. Qd3 Ne4 23. Rg2 g4 24. Kb1 Kh7
25. Qb5 Qd6 26. Qxb7 Rab8 27. Qxd5 Qxd5 28. Bxd5 Nxc3+
29. Ka1 Nxd5 30. Rc2 Re4 31. Rc6 Rbe8 32. a3 Re1+
33. Rxe1 Rxe1+
The final moves are missing, but at that point Black has a large advantage. Interesting game. I encourage you to copy/paste the PGN into an online tool, such as lichess and turn on Stockfish to analyze it as you work through the moves.
Ernie captured first place, with 3 wins and a perfect score. Congrats, and hopefully the club will be able to resume tournaments (including DCC) before too long.
Click HERE for the full crosstable results.
With the closing of the Vassar campus until April 10, and the reasons behind that, we are suspending all club activity (including the Dutchess County Championship) until further notice. Updates will be provided here and on our Facebook page.
Bob Simmons has shared his first round game. It was a draw, but as Black against an opponent that was rated 230 points higher. In the final position Black has the advantage (he can win the d-pawn due to tactics), but as Bob’s team had already lost the round might as well take the points you can get and save up for round 2.
[Event “USATE 2020”]
[White “Sokolovsky, Eugene “]
[Black “Simmons, Robert”]
- d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Be7 6. b3 Nbd7 7. Bd3 O-O 8. O-O b6 9. Bb2 Bb7 10. Qe2 Rc8 11. Rfd1 Qc7 12. Rac1 Qb8 13. e4 dxe4 14. Nxe4 Nxe4 15. Bxe4 Nf6 16. Bb1 Rfd8 17. Ng5 Qf4 18. Nh3 Qh4 19. f3 Bd6 20. Be4 g5 21. d5 Nxe4 22. Qxe4 Qxe4 23. fxe4 1/2-1/2
White’s last mistake was 22. Qxe4; the computer prefers dxe6 first, but that is a hard move for a human to make – in in-between move to grab a pawn while down a piece.