A Nice Finish

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Wednesday saw a nice finish in my game.

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Chris Wainscott

Alekhine in San Remo 1930 – Round Seven

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In round seven Alekhine faces Hans Kmoch. While he later became famous as the author of Pawn Power in Chess, at this time Kmoch was a fierce competitor over the board.

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Chris Wainscott

Tactic of the Day 4/13/2021

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Solution below.

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2400 vs 2800 Calculation

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This video is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while.

IM Levy Rozman and GM Hikaru Nakamura both take four of the same puzzles from a chapter called something like “GM’s Cried While Solving These” and they each spend five minutes working on solutions before reconvening.

Much of the calculation time is sped through, so essentially you watch about two minutes of Levy, one minute of Hikaru, and then about three minutes of Hikaru walking Levy through how his thought process works.

It’s just flat out amazing to see the difference.

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Chris Wainscott

Alekhine in San Remo 1930 – Round Six

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As we learned from George Harrison, all things must pass.

For Alekhine at San Remo, round six saw the end of his winning streak to start the event, though with the draw his undefeated streak remained intact.

Coming out of an Exchange French, the players quickly trade down most of their pieces in just a few moves, showing that neither feels like overly pressing.

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Chris Wainscott

Tactic of the Day 4/11/2021

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Solution below.

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Failed to Calculate Further

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Last Wednesday I played my second OTB game since the beginning of the pandemic.

While I did win the game, I horribly misplayed this position:

Here I played 33…Qh5?? 

Clearly the queen cannot be captured since the game would then proceed 34.Bxh5 Rg2+ 35.Kh1 Rh1+ 36.Kg1 Rag2#

What I calculated was 34.Qxc2 Qg6+ 35.Qg2 Rxg2+ 36.Bxg2 Nxe4 and thought “OK, up a pawn…must be better.” Do you see what I missed? (Scroll down for the answer)

 

 

 

 

 

Here I missed 37.f5!

In this position

I also missed 34.Bg4 Rxc2 35.f5! Qxg4 37.hxg4

So there’s a lot of work still to be done.

Luckily my opponent saw none of that and played 34.Rd2

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Chris Wainscott

Alekhine in San Remo 1930 – Round Five

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Once again, in round five we are treated to a display of Alekhine’s will to win as he gets off to a 5-0 start in the event.

After emerging from the opening in an equal position, the world champion maneuvers back and forth, increasing his advantages in the tiniest ways per the teachings of Steinitz, until eventually he is able to convert his advantage.

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Chris Wainscott

Tactic of the Day 4/10/2021

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Solution below.

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Alekhine in San Remo 1930 – Round Four

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Today we look at the round four game in San Remo between Vidmar and Alekhine. After winning this game, the world champion was off to a 4-0 start.

This is a game that should be required learning material for an serious student who is just starting out.

Alekhine has a nice middlegame position, which he exchanges for an endgame with an outside passed pawn, eventually trading that down into a rook and two vs knight and three ending with all the pawns on the same side of the board.

From here the good doctors technique is quite educational.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott