This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
must find 51. Kh4! Bxf3 52. Rxf5 to elim- inate Black’s pawns and clinch a draw.


50. ... Bxf3 51. Kh2 g4 52. Rxa5 Kg5 53. Rf2??


Perhaps White was still dreaming of


winning. But Black’s pawns are danger- ous. White should secure the draw by 53. Kg1 Rc2 54. Rf2 Rc1+ 55. Rf1 Rc2 56. Rf2, repeating. Trickier is 53. Kg1 g3 54. b4, but both 54. … Be4 55. Ra7! (to check at g7) 55. ... Kg6 56. Ra6+ Kg5 57. Ra7! and 54. … Kg4 55. a3 f4 56. Ra7 hold.


53. ... Be4! Winning. Black threatens 54. … g3+


and 54. … Rh3+. 54. Re2 It’s too late for 54. Kg1 g3 55. Rf1, as


55. … Rc2 sets up mating threats.


54. ... g3+ 55. Kh3 g2+ 56. Kh2 Rh3+!, White resigned. Tim Taylor loves to attack. In this first


round game, he gets his wish, and the tournament favorite suffers a rare defeat.


Sicilian Defense, Scheveningen Variation (B84) IM Tim Taylor (2363) IM Andranik Matikozyan (2532) 4th Metropolitan Invitational Los Angeles, 4/6/2011


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e6


A common transposition from the Naj-


dorf to the Scheveningen. 7. 0-0 Nbd7 Most players develop the knight to c6.


8. a4 b6 9. f4 Bb7 10. Bf3 Qc7 11. Qe2 Rc8 12. Be3


Already Black has a difficult position.


12. ... Be7 13. g4! Nc5 14. Bd2 g6? The counterattack 14. … d5 fails to


15. exd5 Nxd5 16. Nxd5 Bxd5 17. Bxd5 exd5 18. Nf5. Apparently Black must weaken his kingside (14. … h6) or queen- side (14. … a5).


15. g5 Nfd7 16. b4 e5 17. Nd5! Bxd5 18. exd5 exd4 19. Rae1! Qd8 20. bxc5 Nxc5 21. f5!


(see diagram top of next column) No letup!


21. ... gxf5 22. Bh5 Rg8 Even castling won’t help. After 22. …


Rc7 23. Rxf5 0-0 24. Ref1, Black cannot protect f7.


23. Rxf5 Rg7 24. Rxf7! Rxf7 25. Rf1, Black resigned.


uschess.org


Caro-Kann Defense, Advance Variation (B12) IM Andranik Matikozyan (2532) Vadim Kudryavtsev (2202) 4th Metropolitan Invitational Los Angeles, 4/8/2011


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 White has tried at least nine alterna-


tives, all aggressive. No wonder Caro-Kann players dread the Advance variation.


4. ... h6 5. g4 Bd7 6. c4 Qc8!? Fighting back. The stodgy 6. … e6 7.


Nc3 Ne7 will not solve Black’s develop- ment problems.


7. f3 h5 8. Nc3 hxg4 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Nxd5 Bc6 11. Nc3 e6 12. Bg5 Be7 13. Bg2 gxf3?


Much too cooperative. Black should


keep White’s kingside bottled up by 13. … Na6 14. Qd2 Nb4.


14. Nxf3 Qd8?! 15. Qd2 Suddenly White has a significant lead


in development. Maybe Black can hang on with 15. … Na6. Certainly he is doomed after his next move.


15. ... Bxg5? 16. Nxg5 Inviting 16. … Bxg2 17. Qxg2 Qxd4


18. Qxb7 Qxe5+ 19. Nce4, when Black must drop a rook.


16. ... Ne7 17. 0-0-0 Bxg2 18. Qxg2 Nbc6 19. d5 Brutally effective.


19. ... exd5 20. e6! fxe6 21. Nxe6 Qc8 22. Nb5 Kd7


Against 22. … Nb4+, one good method is 23. Nbc7+ Kd7 24. Qe2 a6 25. Kb1.


23. Nec7 Nd8 24. Rxd5+ Nxd5 25. Qxd5+ Ke7 26. Re1+ Kf8 27. Re8 mate. What’s next for Metropolitan Chess?


The club plans monthly invitationals lead-


-+rwqk+-tr +-+-vlp+p pzp-zp-+p+ +-snP+PzP- P+-zp-+-+ +-+-+L+- -+PvLQ+-zP +-+-tRRmK-


After 21. f5 Matikozyan took a few rounds to


recover from this thrashing and never challenged for first place. However, he did manage to win one game with his normal flair.


ing up to its greatest venture yet, the First Metropolitan International, scheduled August 17-21. That Swiss-system will offer GM and IM norms and might attract 100 players. Already 10 GMs have registered. By the end of this year, Gupta and


Belcher hope to make the club a self- sustaining business that can continue to host player-friendly international tour- naments indefinitely. For 2012, there is talk of inviting a world-class GM or two for a match or tournament. And more chess treats, you can be sure!


.


The USCF Executive Board votes each year to determine the various USCF award recip- ients, who then receive their award at the U.S. Open. To see the full list of 2010-2011 recipients, you can download the Dele- gates’ Call from uschess.org, “About USCF,” “Governance,” “Reports.” Much more infor- mation about USCF governance can be found in the Delegates’ Call.


Metropolitan Chess Club At A Glance


Event: 1st Metropolitan FIDE Invitational Date: November 12-21, 2010 Top Finishers: 1st, 7½: Enrico Sevillano; 2nd, 7: Zhanibek Amanov; 3rd-4th, 5: Joel Banawa, Garush Manukyan. Chief Tournament Director: Michael W. Belcher


Event: Jimmy Quon Memorial Date: January 19-23, 2011 Top Finishers: 1st, 7½: Mark C. Paragua; 2nd, 6: Melikset Khachiyan; 3rd, 5: Mackenzie Molner. Chief Tournament Director: Michael W. Belcher


Event: 3rd Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational Date: February 23-27, 2011 Top Finishers: 1st, 7: Jacek Stopa; 2nd-3rd, 61


⁄2


Philip Xiao Wang. Chief Tournament Director: Michael W. Belcher


Event: 4th Metropolitan Chess FIDE Invitational Date: April 6-10, 2011 Top Finishers: 1st, 71 Banawa; 2nd, 61 3rd, 51


⁄2 ⁄2 ⁄2 : Yian Liou.


Chief Tournament Director: Michael W. Belcher


: Joel : Pedram Atoufi;


: Joel Banawa,


Chess Life — August 2011


47


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84