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

January 17, 2010

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.

DIONISIO ALDAMA

2150-ish RATED VICTIM

BLACK TO PLAY & WIN A PIECE!

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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REGGIO EMILIA 2009/2010: ONE ROUND TO GO!

January 5, 2010

CROSS TABLE as of ROUND 8

If you want to keep up to date on the Chess World then there is one website you HAVE to pay attention to – Mark Crowther’s THE WEEK IN CHESS or TWIC for short.  You can access this outstanding website by visiting them here:

http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/twic.html

Mark does an excellent job of keeping every one informed about the present state of the chess world.  There is no doubt that with Mark on the job plus all of his friends and fellow chess fans from all around the world that you can find out about any major event as it is happening.  His reporting is extremely good and the website he has built is the best one out there – in my opinion.

SUMMARY OF ROUNDS 7 and 8

The last two rounds were heavily draw ridden affairs – with only Zoltan Almasi showing us the chess fans – just how badly he really wants to win this event.  His outstanding score of +5 and =3 for the first 8 rounds is quite the amazing achievement but there is one last hurdle for him in this event – his game against Gata Kamsky in the final round being held tomorrow.   If Zoltan can steer the game towards a stable position – one from which a draw is guaranteed – then he has every right to expect victory in this event.  Should he fail to master his nerves and should he be outplayed – then it will be Kamsky that steals the show from him in the final round.

Kamsky is in second place alone on 5.5 points which puts him a full point ahead of his nearest pursuers Fabiano Caruana and Michele Godena.  A win in tomorrow’s game would allow him to catch Zoltan and thus take first place on tie-breaks.  Zoltan only has to draw this game to win the event outright.  A win would be quite the exclamation mark for the final round of the 2009/2010 edition of Reggio Emilia for Mr. Zoltan Almasi and would certainly gain him a lot more recognition.  He is already a famous player but such a tournament win would help catch the interest of tournament organizers all over the world.

Kamsky is in a win-win situation.  If he wins the big game tomorrow then he wins the tournament and picks up another nice first place finish.  If he draws he takes second place alone.  If he losses tomorrow’s game then he is either alone or in a tie for second place – depending upon the outcome of the other games for Caruana and Godena.  If he is tied with one or two other players then his fate may depend upon the great barrier reef of competitive chess – the tie-breakers.  No matter what happens though he should approach tomorrow’s game with a determined yet risk free spirit plus an ultra competitive attitude.  In short he should be able to play his best without worry.  He is already guaranteed second place – but to rise up to the challenge and to snatch first place from the other player who held onto it for the last several rounds would be his own very powerful exclamation mark.  His score as of round 8 is +3 and =5.

My prediction for tomorrows game?  Kamsky will play for a win and will have to settle for a draw.  So the outcome looks to be most certainly a draw but I have been wrong about these things before and hope to be again!  Zoltan deserves to win this event after having played very hard throughout the entirety of this tournament.  But Kamsky is no less deserving and has a chance to impress all tomorrow with some gutsy play or to stick to the “script” and to help in crowning Zoltan as the 2009 Reggio Emilia Champion.  What has yet to be determined is whether or not Gata Kamsky will be a passive spectator or an aggressive opponent for Zoltan tomorrow.

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CHESS PUZZLES

brought to you

by ZOLTAN ALMASI!

~ROUND 7~

Eltaj SAFARLI

Zoltan ALMASI

WHITE to PLAY and WIN

One move – just that simple.

~ROUND 8~

Daniel VOCATURO

Zoltan ALMASI

WHITE to PLAY and WIN

Again a “quiet” move, but one that has violent intentions behind it!

25 EXPERT POINTS if you find one of the Checkmates!

Enjoy – Coach Sean Tobin.

REGGIO EMILIA ROUND 6 TOURNAMENT UPDATE!

January 4, 2010

Reggio Emilia Round 6 = 80% decisive games!

TWO PUZZLES from

ROUND 6!



BLACK TO PLAY & WIN


BLACK TO PLAY & CHECKMATE in 4 MOVES!

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CROSS TABLE ROUND 6

4 out of 5 games were decisive today – all of them exceedingly interesting battles. Landa vs Vocaturo was one amazing battle – the pawns winning the game for Landa who had a Queen versus two Bishops and a Knight. Very interesting game!

Kamsky and Almasi have set a blistering pace – 3 wins and 3 draws for both of them. With their game against each other still looming on the horizon this event is still heating up! Caruana is playing very attacking chess and so is Bologan – especially Bologan! He is burning bridges either winning games or losing games, with not one draw in this event yet. He is a danger to anyone in this event and he still has a game against Kamsky to play as well – having lost to both Caruana and Almasi.


Quite an event!

The Italian contingent – Vocaturo, Brunello, Godena and Caruana are getting very good experience by playing in this event. I do have to point out that Caruana is now representing Italy having grown up here in the United States.

Stay tuned for more fighting chess from this extremely interesting Italian tournament.
– Chess Coach Sean Tobin.

ROUND 4 – REGGIO EMILIA HEATS UP!

January 1, 2010

REGGIO EMILIA HEATS UP! Three more decisive games from Thursdays round four!

One win with the White pieces and two wins with the Black pieces – not bad – 3 out of 5 games decisive!  Kamsky and Caruana had to play each other today but that ended in an exciting draw.  It looked like, at least to me, that Kamsky had a win – I will have to spend some time analyzing this game and then the time spent will tell what secrets remain, as of now, in this game.

VOCATURO

JOBAVA

WHITE TO PLAY AND ACHIEVE A DEAD WON POSITION

QUIET MOVE WINS THE DAY.

BOLOGAN

LANDA

BLACK TO PLAY

DEFEND AGAINST THREATS WHILE CREATING SOME MORE OF YOUR OWN

It is always nice to see an author win with the opening that they have just written a chess book about.  Bologan has just written a very popular book on the King’s Indian Defense.  I have taken a look at it and it isn’t bad but I have to be honest and say that I do prefer a different format for my Chess Books.  Anyways Bologan has also done a Chessbase DVD on the KID that will be extremely interesting and a product that I hope to review.

Happy New Years! – Coach Sean.

REGGIO EMILIA; ROUND 3 UPDATE

December 31, 2009

Quite the fighting round today!  Caruana lost… and Kamsky was lucky in that his opponent only had enough steam in his attack to secure a perpetual check draw.  I have to admit even when the people I am cheering on end up losing I still find the competitive struggle to be both fascinating and exciting.  Caruana will be a much more dangerous opponent for the other players now that he has had this loss in round 3.

With 3 out of 5 games decisive today we have lowered the draw rate to below 50% – which is a good thing!  Interesting enough the only games that were won by players using the Black pieces were the three wins in round one.  Since then there have been 5 wins with the white pieces – 2 in round 2 and 3 in round 3.  Shall we see 4 wins in round 4?  Let us all hope so!

BRUNELLO

BOLOGAN

WHITE to PLAY & WIN POINTS!

34. …Qd5 was a howler, why and how did Bologan take advantage of this move?

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GODENA

KAMSKY

BLACK to PLAY and DRAW?

Kamsky’s 33. Qc1 was a mistake – Why?  If you can find this combination then you my friend win 200 Master points!

Enjoy the puzzles from the 52nd Edition of Reggio Emilia – Chess Coach Sean.

52nd REGGIO EMILIA ROUND 2= 12/29/2009

December 30, 2009

Kamsky drew today – I have to say I was a bit disappointed. Same went for Fabiano Caruana too – so a double serving of disappointment.  Even still though the draw percentage for this event is “only” at 50% as of today’s round two I would personally like to see it be even lower.  The more decisive games there are the better for the fans!  Two games were decisive today and it is from one of these games that I provide a “WHITE TO PLAY & WIN” problem for your enjoyment.

Bologan, Viktor

Jobava, Baadur

WHITE to PLAY and WIN POINTS

STANDINGS: Round 2

Time will tell what round three shall bring us all – the fans of high level chess!  Hopefully fewer draws and more wins and losses. – Chess Coach Sean Tobin.

WHITE TO PLAY & DRAW: Chess Puzzle for 12/29/2009

December 29, 2009

Problem featured in "BILGUER'S HANDBUCH DES SCHACHSPIELS" Leipzig, 1864

WHITE to PLAY and DRAW!

The Black pawn is one square from super stardom – becoming a Queen on the c1 square.  But White can draw this!  This is a problem created/crafted by E.B. Cook which originally appeared in “BILGUER’S HANDBUCH DES SCHCHSPIELS” from Leipzig, 1864 but I came across it in A.J. Roycroft’s TEST TUBE CHESS.  And now you get to  enjoy it!

– Chess Coach Sean Tobin.

PUZZLE for 12/28/2009

December 28, 2009

WHITE TO PLAY and DRAW! ~

A puzzle from my past…

I first got to see this puzzle 14 years ago… and I just happened upon it again last night!  I am happy to share this puzzle with you now – so have fun solving it!

– Chess Coach Sean.