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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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/)
The Winston-Salem Chess Club currently holds 7-round blitz (G/5;d0) and 3-round quick (G/15;d3) on the first Thursday (blitz) and third Thursday of each month. Entry fee is $1 for WSCC members, $3 for non-members. Entrants must be current USCF members. All tournaments are USCF-rated. Players are asked bring a tournament-class set and clock if available.
Next up is Winston Wars Blitz on Thursday, October 6, 2016.
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!
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
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?
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!
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!
Long time no see! It’s your favorite (or second favorite…i dunno) Scholastic Director, Colonel Sanders with a reminder to come down to the Third Winston Wars Quick tournament. The 3-round event is located at the Miller Park Rec Center, at 400 Leisure Lane, Winston Salem NC, 27103. After the event stick around for some blitz, study and banter.
I know the NCCA website says the Quick Tournament is on the 21st, but it is actually Thursday, September 22nd. I’ve gone through the proper channels to get this corrected, but there’s no response yet from the NCCA administration. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
As always, the Time Control is Game/15 with a 3-second delay. This is a great time control for practicing some openings and sharpening your vision, so if you have the time, also attend the Greensboro Quick Chess Tournament on the 28th!
And now, an update. The WSCC and Atkins Chess team have collaborated to plan a Standard Saturday 3-round Swiss in the near future. We hope this gives more options to the enthusiastic Triad Tournament Player, and are currently in the process of validating and confirming one of a potential few venues and dates. Consistent with the City and the High School Mascot, I have tentatively titled this tournament as the Camel City Open!! Attend the club meetings for the earliest scoop on developments.
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