I Need to Work On My Fighting Spirit

Last weekend I played in the 54th Northeastern Open. This tournament means a lot to me since it was the first one I played back in 2011 when I returned to chess after a 19 year absence.

That year I went 5-0 and won the Reserve Section.  Since then I have tried to play it.

In the first round I was paired up about 350 points, and overall I played a very bad game.

Yet if I gave you these two positions:

and said “find the best move for White” the odds are that  you would find the moves 24.h4! in the first position and 33.Nxe8! in the second.  Why?  Because you would be in puzzle mode.

However, when those positions appear on the board after several hours of defending they’re easy to miss.  Or at least they were for me.  This tells me that I need to work very hard on my fighting spirit.

Here is the entire game:

I hope to have my other games from this event up soon.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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World Class Players Also Miss Simple Tactics

Here a legend of the game manages to miss a simple tactic which causes and immediate loss.

The game was between Wolfgang Uhlmann and Viktor Korchnoi. There may have been time pressure involved, but still…

Here’s the position:

Here Viktor plays 31…Bf7?? and after 32.Bxh7+ he resigns on the spot.

Here is the entire game:

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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My Best Ever Piece of OTB Calculation

Thursday I played a game where I somehow was able to calculate crystal clear at the end of the game.  Hopefully that’s a sign that all the work I did over the summer is paying dividends!

Feel free to take some time and try to work out the solution, which I give at the bottom of this post.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to the above position:

 

Puzzle for September 30, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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[Event “Riga”]
[Site “Riga”]
[Date “1980.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Woitkewitsch”]
[Black “Klimakow”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Annotator “T3Z”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “rn3r1k/ppp4n/3bBqQB/8/6P1/2N2P1R/PPP3K1/R7 w – – 0 1”]
[PlyCount “7”]
[EventDate “1980.??.??”]
[EventType “team”]
[EventCountry “LAT”]

1. Qxh7+ Kxh7 2. Bxf8+ Kg6 3. Rh6+ Kg5 4. Ne4+ 1-0

Puzzle for September 29, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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[Event “Minsk”]
[Site “Minsk”]
[Date “1978.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Lanka”]
[Black “Roisman”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Annotator “T1W”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “8/2p3kp/1pP1Qpp1/pP6/5p2/P6P/5bPK/3r4 w – – 0 1”]
[PlyCount “3”]
[EventDate “1978.??.??”]
[EventType “game”]
[EventCountry “BLR”]

1. Qd7+ Rxd7 2. cxd7 1-0

Puzzle for September 28, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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[Event “Bangalore”]
[Site “Bangalore”]
[Date “1981.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Kusmin”]
[Black “Torre”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Annotator “T2Z”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “3qnrnk/5p2/3p1b1p/p2PpBB1/1rp1PQ2/2N4R/1PP3PP/R6K w – – 0 1”]
[PlyCount “5”]
[EventDate “1981.??.??”]
[EventType “team”]
[EventCountry “IND”]

1. Bxh6 exf4 2. Bg7+ Kxg7 3. Rh7# 1-0

Puzzle for September 27, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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[Event “Budapest”]
[Site “Budapest”]
[Date “1981.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Lengyel”]
[Black “Farago”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Annotator “T3A”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “r3rk2/1b2Np1p/p4P2/1p1Np3/1Q6/P6q/2P1B2P/3n1RK1 w – – 0 1”]
[PlyCount “5”]
[EventDate “1981.??.??”]
[EventType “team”]
[EventCountry “HUN”]

1. Ng6+ Kg8 2. Qf8+ Rxf8 3. Nde7# 1-0

Puzzle for September 26, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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[Event “Moskau”]
[Site “Moskau”]
[Date “1981.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Waganjan”]
[Black “Pantschenko”]
[Result “0-1”]
[Annotator “T3X”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “r1b2rk1/2q3pp/p3pn2/1pb1n3/2P1P3/2N2N1P/P1B2PP1/R1BQ1RK1 b – – 0 1”]
[PlyCount “3”]
[EventDate “1981.??.??”]
[EventType “team”]
[EventCountry “RUS”]

1… Nfg4 2. Nxe5 (2. hxg4 Nxf3+ 3. gxf3 Qg3+ 4. Kh1 Qh3+ 5. Kg1 Rxf3 6. Qd8+
Rf8) 2… Nxf2 0-1

Puzzle for September 25, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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[Event “Moskau”]
[Site “Moskau”]
[Date “1981.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Bronstein”]
[Black “Andrijanow”]
[Result “0-1”]
[Annotator “Tv3R”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “5rk1/5ppp/4b3/1pPp4/1P1B4/q5P1/r2nPPBP/2NQK2R b K – 0 1”]
[PlyCount “11”]
[EventDate “1981.??.??”]
[EventType “team”]
[EventCountry “RUS”]

1… Nf3+ 2. Bxf3 Qxb4+ 3. Kf1 Bh3+ 4. Bg2 Rd2 5. Qe1 Qxd4 (5… Bxg2+ $1 {
Alternative}) 6. Nb3 Qe4 0-1

Puzzle for September 24, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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[Event “Dresden”]
[Site “Dresden”]
[Date “1981.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Belke”]
[Black “Goldberg”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Annotator “T+2Z”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “2r5/5pkp/3r2p1/1B1pp3/1p1B2b1/1Pb1P1P1/P4PKP/2R1R3 w – – 0 1”]
[PlyCount “3”]
[EventDate “1981.??.??”]
[EventType “swiss”]
[EventCountry “GER”]

1. Rxc3 bxc3 2. Bxe5+ 1-0