DIONISIO ALDAMA – Cuba’s loss is Arizona’s Gain!

For those of you not in the know Dionisio Aldama is the second highest rated player in Arizona – as of this writing.  He is probably as strong as most Grandmasters are – minus the G and the M in front of his name.  During the final round of the most recent edition of the weekly Adult Friday Night Action Chess Tournament Dionisio took the measure of all of his opponents and then firmly seized them by their chess minds and then violently twisted the chess life out of his opponents!  I usually stay well away from such metaphors but this is literally – in a chess sense – what Dionisio did.

The Friday night action is held at the Chess Emporium every week and is at least four rounds long.  It was this humble chess blogger’s honor to bear witness to an extremely exciting game as it was in progress – Dionisio’s Queen Sac game – and then also to see another fine work of art produced by this extremely strong player – one Dionisio Aldama.  I have posted a Chess Puzzle position taken from the second game mentioned – the Queen Sac Game I am saving for a Club lesson!

As an added bonus for the evenings celebration of chess I got to watch Dionisio analyze with the Chess Emporium’s very own Joe Lafornara.  His most recent loss – his fourth round loss to an extremely strong expert (2150-ish) was what was on offer for the evenings amusements.  As Joe astutely pointed out what takes work for 99.9 percent of all players in the world comes with ease for Dionisio Aldama – and usually with a smile upon his face when he sees the winning line.  If you want the “Free” lessons from Dionisio then leave your ego at home and come play him during the Friday Night Action tournament that starts at 7 PM every Friday night.  Arrive early so you can register for this fine event – and seating is limited during some editions of this event as their are also Super Group and Private lessons being given.  The Chess Emporium is at times like a big chess hive – with lots of activity.

If you are looking for another opportunity to play Dionisio then this Sunday – the 17th of January – he will be giving a 12 board clock Simul at the Paradise Mall Borders.  The fun starts at 2PM and continues until around 8PM that evening and the entry fee is $5.00 – paid to the man with a plan – Dionisio Aldama.  You will have 30 minutes to match wits with one of the nations top players – and he will have only 30 minutes to move back and forth from board to board as he gives lessons to one and all takers.  This is a benefit to help support one of our strongest players – so be there or be square!

To warm up for the clock Simultaneous Exhibition Chess Match this Sunday here is a tactic from one of Dionisio’s games.  This one didn’t last long – he takes the heart of a 2150 rated player in 16 moves!  In fact when I played over the game I had to sit there for a minute or two before it dawned on my why the player of the white pieces was resigning his game.  Enjoy this little gem of a combination! – Coach Sean.




As Sherlock Holmes might say “Elementary, my dear Dr Watson”

But as all chess players know – the devil of a combination is hidden in all of those chess board details!

See you Sunday – Coach Sean Tobin.


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