Thursday, October 22, 2020

2020 CCCR Club Championship: Round 3

Wednesday, Oct. 21st was round #3 of the club championship.  The chess action took place at the Chess Center in Rochester, New York.  It was an exciting night and there were plenty of great chess battles on the 64 squares.  The current club champion, Lev Paciorkowski, has withdrawn from the tournament in order to participate for Norms at the 14th Annual SPICE CUP in St. Louis (https://gamesmaven.io/chessdailynews), Missouri.  This means that the Community Chess Club will have a new champion this year. 

Toby Rizzo (right) won against Peter Craig.

David Phelps (left) won against Ken McBride

Henry Swing (right) won against Don Stubblebine


CCCR member TJ Weaver has provided these games and analysis:








Round 4 will be held next Wednesday, October 28.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

2020 CCCR Club Championship: Round 2

Round 2 was held on Wednesday, October 14, and as usual there was plenty of excitement! We had a turnaround upset on board 2, and at one point I had an objectively lost position on board 1. Let's dive into the games.

Let's start with our game of the week, which was Henry Swing's (1936) win over Clif Kharroubi (2098), overcoming a more than 150 point rating gap.


A lucky escape for Henry to be sure - after having a nearly lost position out of the opening he was still able to keep the game going and ended up winning after Clif's critical blunder on move 50.

In my game against TJ, after being unfamiliar with the opening I came up with a bad plan and found myself in a difficult position. While 9. ... f6!? would have still been OK for black, the exchange sacrifice I played instead was just unsound - I missed a couple key tactical details and also overestimated the long-term weakness of white's king.

Nevertheless, TJ went astray with his reckless kingside expansion, and despite my bad opening I was able to take advantage of my opponent's mistaken strategy beyond move 14.



I have one other game from this week too, which was the board 5 encounter between Ryan and Ken:


A tough long game. Ryan was hanging in there until losing the pawn on a2, when with two outside connected passers Ken was able to bring in the full point.

Here are the full results for this round:


Round 3 will be held next Wednesday, October 21.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

2020 CCCR Club Championship: Round 1

 Round 1 of the 2020 Club Championship was held last Wednesday on 10/07. This year I'll be spotlighting one game from each round (typically an upset) and analyzing it.

Even with many of the boards seeing large rating disparities in round 1, we had at least two very significant upsets, one of which I've gotten the game score for.

The first was Vinnie Basile's (1212) win over Greg Miller (1820), which I have as the game of the week below:


The second upset I know about was Shaffer's draw against Stubblebine, another roughly 600 point rating gap. Here is the notation for that one:


A very back-and-forth struggle, where white won a pawn in the opening, then black won the pawn back, and in the RN vs RB ending black was surely winning most of the way before losing the queenside pawns. In the final position, white is actually winning the king and pawn ending since black's king is held back on the kingside!

On the top boards, the higher rated players generally prevailed, with David Phelps winning as black against David Lusignan on board 4 and Peter Craig winning against Aidan Kharroubi on board 3. Clif Kharroubi won by forfeit on board 2 and I won my game against Arianna Kharroubi.

Below are some of the other games I was able to get the notation for this round - here is Attaya - Rizzo from board 6:


And Lusignan - Phelps from board 4:



Finally, here are the standings after the opening round:



Don't miss round 2 next week!