Tony Sanders

Introducing the next tournament for the Winston-Salem Chess Club! A Monthly Rapid tournament Tentatively named ‘The Arena.’ The time control is going to be Game 10 with no delay, a 5-round Swiss Tournament. The entry fee is $5, and the winner will receive a prize. I’d like to pair this with a ladder format, with the current champion playing the challenger (winner of the next tournament) similar to a chess.com deathmatch

 
Since this is underway for the end of June, all tournaments except for the Camel City Open will be cancelled until then. The tournament will be announced at the beginning of June.
 
Thanks,
 
Tony Sanders

Hi all,

The Winston Salem Chess Club is happy to announce the second Camel City Open! I’ve made a few edits to the flier. We hope to have an even better turnout that tops our first turnout of 27! Below is the link.In order to pre register, just send me an email and I will add you to the pre-registration list on our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/winstonchess/ ) Thanks.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PPDXRHcD6xQoRQCLyQrBp15gCfJHigrLElL8IEi75b8/edit?usp=sharing

Thanks,

Tony Sanders,
Tournament Director
Winston Salem Chess Club

Community Meetings

     For the first Friday of March (March 3rd) I will be training for the NC State Blitz Championship, my last tournament for the forseeable future. I welcome and challenge all comers at the Three Blind Dice game shop near Hanes Park. The community meetings on the 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st will take place at the Boards near the Sawtooth Center on Marshall St. 

Blitz (5 minute)

     The WSCC continues its tradition of chess madness in March with the Winston Wars Blitz tournament. This will be held on Thursday, March 2nd at the Miller Park Community Center. As always, this is a 7 round, Game/5 event starting at 7:00p.m.; Registration ends at 6:45p.m. Bring your boards and clocks!

Quick (15 Minutes)

      The Winston Wars Quick will be on the 16th of March, at the same place and time as the blitz tournament. The time control is Game/15 with a 3-second delay for each side.

1) February 9th: Chess Lecture: “Club vs Club Match Highlights” by Colonel Sanders


2) February 10th: Chess Lecture: Community Meeting 

For Casual Play,and Recruiting new members

Three Blind Dice – 1151 Canal Dr #103, Winston-Salem, NC 27101


3) February 16th: Winston Wars: Quick VII

Miller Park Community Center-400 Leisure Lane, Winston Salem NC, 27103
Entry: $1 for members, $3 for non-members ($10 per year for the annual membership)
Times: Register by 6:45 p.m. Round 1 starts at 7:00p.m. 3SS (3-round Swiss System), Game/15;d3 (15 minutes for each side with a 3-second delay)
Perfect Score Prize: Chess Book!


4) February 17th: Community Meeting 

For casual play and recruiting new members
Twin City Hive- 301 Brookstown Ave #300, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Time: 4:30pm.-7:30p.m.


5) February 18: CAMEL CITY OPEN I 
Greentree Church and Community Center
930 S Broad St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Registration: 8:15a.m. – 9:30a.m.

Format: 3 Round Swiss. Game/75; d3 (75 minutes for each side with a 3-second delay) Round 1 10:00 a.m. Round 2 1:00 p.m. Round 3 4:00 p.m. EF: $25 on site Sections: All sections are divided into 8-player groups. low numbers in the lowest section will result in the bottom two sections being combined. Exempli gratia: b;40 entrants, 5 sections of 8 entrants ** Top Section (8 entrants) First Prize: $75 Second Prize: $40 Upper Section (8 Entrants) First Prize: $75 Second Prize: $40 Middle Section (8 Entrants) First Prize: $75 Second Prize: $40 Lower Section (8 Entrants) First Prize: $75 Second Prize: $40 Bottom Section (8 Entrants) First Prize: $75 Second Prize: $40


7) February 23: Study Night


 

8) February 24: Community Meeting 

For casual play and recruiting new members
Barnes & Noble-1925 Hampton Inn Ct,  Winston-Salem NC, 27103
Time: 4:30pm.-7:30p.m.

Below are the Winston-Salem Chess Club’s scheduled events for the month!

1) January 5th: Winston Wars: Blitz VII

Miller Park Community Center-400 Leisure Lane, Winston Salem NC, 27103
Entry: $1 for members, $3 for non-members ($10 per year for the annual membership)
Times: Register by 6:45 a.m. Round 1 starts at 7:00p.m. 7SS (7 round Swiss System), Game/5;d0 (5 minutes for each side with no delay)
Perfect Score Prize: Chess book!


2) January 6th: Community Meeting 

For casual play and recruiting new members
Washington Perk-301 W. 4th St, Winston-Salem NC, 27101
Time: 4:30pm.-7:30p.m.


3) January 12: Chess Lecture: “Our Journey of Chess Improvement” by Colonel Sanders


4) January 13: Community Meeting 

For casual play and recruiting new members
Jimmy Johns- 295 W. 4th St, Winston-Salem NC, 27101
Time: 4:30pm.-7:30p.m.


5) January 19th: Winston Wars: Quick VII

Miller Park Community Center-400 Leisure Lane, Winston Salem NC, 27103
Entry: $1 for members, $3 for non-members ($10 per year for the annual membership)
Times: Register by 6:45 a.m. Round 1 starts at 7:00p.m. 3SS (3-round Swiss System), Game/15;d3 (15 minutes for each side with a 3-second delay)
Perfect Score Prize: Chess Book!


6) January 20: Community Meeting 

For casual play and recruiting new members
Twin City Hive- 295 W. 4th St, Winston-Salem NC, 27101
Time: 4:30pm.-7:30p.m.


7) January 26: Study Night


 

8) January 27: Community Meeting 

For casual play and recruiting new members
Barnes & Noble-1925 Hampton Inn Ct,  Winston-Salem NC, 27103
Time: 4:30pm.-7:30p.m.


 

Hi all, 

 
     I just woke up after Thanksgiving leftovers, and broke my strict hibernation schedule to let you guys know about the LAST 2016 tournament for the Winston Salem Chess Club: The Winston Wars Quick VI. This Thursday’s tournament is going to be the familiar Game/15;d3 that you all know and love, and is a great way to get some practice in before a tournament. BUT…there is a twist…
 
     I am feeling a bit generous, so if our paid turnout for tournament participants exceeds our record of 10 PLAYERS in the second round, I will return the entry fees of the first 11 that showed up, and pay for them myself. Again, this is $3 for non-members, and $1 for members (annual membership is $10)
 
     The tournament starts promptly at 7:00p.m, December 15, 2016, at the Miller Park Community Center (400 leisure ln, Winston Salem, NC, 27103). This is a 3-round swiss tournament. If you’are a casual player, then it’s okay! We have a game waiting for you. Finally, the winner of this tournament with 3 wins and 0 losses will receive Chess Mazes 1&2 (great study tools for avoiding hanging pieces) and Chess Target Practice (Strategy made simple!!)
 
 
Be there or be…somewhere else!
 
Thanks, 
Colonel Sanders
Scholastic Director, Chess Coach
Winston-Salem Chess Club

2017 is shaping up to be the most eventful year for the Winston Salem Chess Club, with 3 events being marked in the sand for the benefit of both local and state chess players. Along the regular meetings and the community casual play slated for the weekdays (in 2017 because of the holidays), we have some new events in the works.

     The first event is the Piedmont Elites, Two 3-round Quads (section of four players that play each other once), the participation of which is limited to those between 1800 and 2199 USCF! Our desired date is Saturday, January 21, at the Miller Park Rec Center This is an opportunity for Class A players to face some strong competition, and for strong experts to possibly reach master level! This will be an invitational event, but will be very interesting to watch. A Blitz tournament and refreshments are possible. The winners of the two quads will have a blitz playoff. Prizes, Fees and more details are in the works. 

     The next event is a Club vs Club Match between the Winston-Salem Chess Club and the Greensboro Chess Club. The President of GCC is all for this event, and players (Class A/Expert, Class B, Class C, Class D, Class E) for the WSCC side will be selected before the New Year to allow time for club practice; our five players will be listed here when they commit. The desired date for this Saturday, February 4, with the location to be announced. GCC better bring their A-game!

     Finally, we have the Camel City Open, the newest 3-round tournament in North Carolina This will be open to all members of the USCF, and takes place Saturday, February 18, at the Greentree Church and Community Center. Find all the information you need here.

The Winston Salem Chess Club will have meetings outside of the original location as a second (optional) meeting location. This is for any die hard chessers who have the spare time to cause fire on board, or the leisurely man or woman seeking a quick game. We will be passing out flyers to interested passersby wherever we may go. The location will change from week to week, as we locate areas, times, and days with the most traffic to reach out to as many people as possible.

The first Community Meeting will be Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Sawtooth Center, on Marshall St. near the amphitheater. We will meet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30  p.m. If it’s too cold, we will relocate to Jimmy Johns at the corner of Marshall and 4th St. Bring your boards and a smile for the public!

Chessers and Chessettes!

I invite all of you to the Winston Wars Quick Edition this Thursday at our club location, The Miller Park Recreation Center. We are located at 400 Leisure Lane, Winston Salem NC, 27103. Stop by for some tough games from players of various styles, analysis/study sessions, and chess variants after the tournament!

The time control is Game/15;d3, which is 15 minutes for each side with a 5-second delay after each press of the clock. This is a good time control for practicing some openings and getting good games without sitting down for hours at a time. Registration for the 3-round event ends at 6:45 p.m., but you can email me (antinthesand@gmail.com) if you are going to be late, want to register in advance, or want a 1st round bye (limited). THE PRIZE FOR FIRST PLACE is a copy of ‘The Art of Attack’ by Vladimir Vukovic. Our entry fee is $1 for paid members, and $3 for non-members. Hope to see you there.

WSCC is out and about! Club members will be invited to meet up on other times during the week, at different shops and venues around the city! This is to get a few more games in, expose our existence to different groups, and maybe catch a bite to eat! If any spectators have any questions, let’s put them first and invite them to the main meeting! Information will be posted on our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/winstonchess/)

Be there or be square!!

 

Thanks,

Tony Sanders

Hi all,

My first lecture at the WSCC was a very informative experience for both the members and my self. as a lecturer and coach. Though I didn’t get to cover all of the material I prepared, I received constructive feedback about my outline that I will use in the next lecture. The lecture on the 25th wasn’t recorded, so I’d like to add a quick summary and annotation of the game for those who may have missed it!

Corus 2008 Topalov, V. – Kramnik, V. Semi Slav
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. O-O Nbd7 11. Ne5 Bg7
12. Nxf7!!! (1) 

 DIAGRAM 1

A very fascinating move that abandons correctness for the double-edged positions in which Topalov thrives. The play in the text leads to high demands for black, where white has already studied.

12…Kxf7 13. e5

The natural continuation. Topalov will need to maintain pressure with the best moves. His trump is that Kramnik must maintain this perfection as well, or risk being in a losing position.

13…Nd5 14. Ne4 (avoiding unnecesssary trades and moving the knight closer to its destined d6 outpost) Ke7 (An inferior king move that attempts to evacuate the king to the queenside. Better was 14…Kg8)
15. Nd6 Qb6 (2) White may be a piece down, but I challenge the reader to find a good plan for black. The pieces are halted, especially the bishops

DIAGRAM #2

16. Bg4 You had to have seen the follow-up of this move before playing it. Again I mention the stones in the river, where the stones are the unmoving, static features of the position (As cited by Kotov), and the river is the calculatory course of action that must consider and respect these features. Here, e6 is a statis weaknesses due to it being blocked and poorly defended.

16…Raf8 17. Qc2 Qd4 18. Qg6 (3)Threatening a mate in two. Can you see it?

DIAGRAM 3

18… Qxg4 19. Qg7 Kd8 20. Nb7 Kc8 21. a4 b4 (if 21…Kxb7 22. Qxd7+ Kb8 [22… Nc7 23. axb5 cxd5?? Rxa7+!! mate in 3 ] 23. axb5)

22. Rac1 c3 23. bc3 b3 (23…bxc3 24.Rb1 c2 25. Nd6+ Kd8 26. Rb7 Nc7 )

24. c4 Rfg8 25. Nd6 Kc7 26. Qf7 Rf8 27. cxd5 (Topalov had other options that were less flashy: 27. Qg6 is a tight spot for the queen 27… Qb1 28. Nxe5 Ne4 = ; and 27. h3 Rxf7 28. hxg4 Nc4 29. Nxf7 Ne2+ 30. Kh2 Nxc1 31. Rxc1)

The rest of the game was an instructive example of how to eliminate counterplay and bring the point home. An endgame truly worthy of an hour or two of your study time!

27…Rxf7 28. Rxc6+ Kb8 29. Nxf7 Re8 30. Nd6 Rh8 31. Rc4 Qe2 32. dxe6 Nb6 33. Rb4 Ka8 34. e7 Nd5 35. Rxb3 Nxe7 36. Rfb1 Nd5 37. h3 h5 38. Nf7 Rc8 39. e6 a6 40. Nxg5 h4 41. Bd6 Rg8 42. R3b2 Qd3 43. e7 Nf6 44. Be5 Nd7 45. Ne6

 

There may be a part 2 lecture for this endgame, or covering the games of another player known for sharp positions. Emory Tate and Leonid Stein are the two masters that come to mind, then Geller and Korchnoi. Study their games if you want to understand more about sharp positions. Guess their moves, and compare them to the top 4 engine move evaluations!

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