Home Page Chess Life Online 2012 January The January Check is in the Mail
|The January Check is in the Mail|
|By Alex Dunne|
|January 8, 2012|
ABE WILSON WINS 2005 GN !
2005 GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Abe Wilson 43.95
Chuck Cullum 43.45
Patrick Ryan 38.35
Shane Schultheis 38.35
R. McLaughlin 35.80
Chris O'Connell 36.75
Steven Smith 34.65
James Ellis 32.90
Gary Adams 32.70
Edward Addis 32.40
Patrick Ryan 31.75
Edward Lupienski 31.65
Steven Smith 31.10
Bruce Reynolds 30.50
Barry Walker 29.65
Peter Radomskyj 29.55
Thomas Connelly 29.40
David Porter 28.40
Wayne Pressnall 27.20
Mark Robledo 26.05
Michael Allard 25.05
Mark Robledo 23.80
Jiri Kovats 21.65
Preston Ladson 20.00
Michael Allard 18.30
William Jempty 17.65
Mark Garner 17.10
A, J. Zeppa 12.20
With the winter winds beginning to blow, Abe Wilson has two achievements the rest of the chess world can envy: he lives in Hawaii and he has won the Golden Knights tournament for the second time.
Abe began his correspondence chess career with the 1987 Golden Knights and progressed up the ranks, finishing fifth in 1995 and fifth again in 1996, becoming a CC Master in 1999, and winning the 2000 Golden Knights. And now he has annexed the title again, becoming one of the nine men who have won the tournament twice over the sixty years of Golden Knight play.
GAME OF THE MONTH
Abe Wilson's game is usually geared to a slower, methodical takeover of his opponent's game. Here he shifts gears into an attacking mode.
CENTER COUNTER (B01)
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 c6
This escape hatch for the Queen is a usual part of the Center Counter tabiya. If 5...e6 6. Bc4 Nbd7 7. Bd2 Be7? 8. Nd5 Qa4 9. Bb5 wins
6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Bd2 e6
Black can also play more meekly with 7...Qc7, but Center Counter players are not typically meek players.
8.Nd5 Qd8 9.Nxf6+ gxf6
Black can safely recapture 9...Qxf6 though the Queen is not particularly well placed on f6. After 10. Qe2 Black has to avoid 10...Bxc2?! 11. d5! cxd5 12. Bb5+! Nc6 13. Nd4 with complications that favor White. Saner is 9...Qxf6 10. Qe2 Nbd7 11. 000 Nb6 12. Bb3 as in Karpatchev-Kuehn, Oberliga Baden 2001
Now on 10. Qe2!? Black can safely take the c2 Pawn -- 10...Bxc2 11. 00 Be7 12. Bh6 Bg6 13. Rad1 Nd7 with about even play Nispeneau-Stefanova, Krynica 1998
10...Qc7 11.Qe2 Nd7 12.a4
This is a critical situation for the opening -- where is Black's King going to live?
12...Bd6 13.a5 0-0-0
Black had two choices here -- kingside or queenside. After 13...c5 14. 000, Black can try 14...00, though White is better. Now Wilson has a target.
14.a6 b6 15.Nh4
This is a standard idea in this position and quite effective. The Knight will either exchange itself for the Bishop on g6 or reposition itself via g2, and though it doesn't make it in this game, then either f4 or e3 depending on Black's play. There is also the possibility of playing f2-f4-f5.
15...Bg6 16.g3 Kb8 17.0-0 b5?
Black's idea is to drive his knight to d5, but there was a better route with 17...f5!? and Nf6-d5. Now Black is punished for loosening his King's shield.
Of course! With Black's g6 Bishop and h8 Rook out of the picture, White can unleash a lot of firepower against the Black King.
18...bxc4 19.Bxc4 Nb6 20.Rfc1 Qe7
White can mop up after 20...Nxc4 21. Rxc4 Rc8 22. Rac1 Qb6 23. Qf3 Qxa6 24. Rxc6 Rxc6 25. Rxc6 Qa1+ 26. Kg2 Qxb2 27. Nxg6 hxg6 28. Qxf6 Rc8 29. Rxd6 Qxd2 30. Qxf7 Qd3 31. Qxe6+
21...Bc7 isn't much better after 22. Bb3 Rxd4 23. Nxg6 hxg6 24. Rxc6 Qd8 26. Rac1 when Black is all tied up.
22.Bxb6 axb6 23.a7+ Ka8 24.Qf3 1-0
Black has no good defense to Bb5. After 24...e5 the ending is won by 25. Nxg6 hxg6 26. Bd3! f5 27. dxe5 Bxe5 28. Rxc6 Rxc6 29. Qxc6+ Qb7 30. Qxb7+ Kxb7 31. Bd5 Rd8 32.Bd5+!
Kenneth Douglas 09C42 5-1
Ron Hall 10C30 4 ½-1 ½
Robert Eisthen 09C44 5 ½-½
Jeffrey Levin 10C31 6-0
Jack Sarhage 10C34 6-0
Lee Kemfort 10C08 6-0
Beilin Li 10SQ09 5-1
Kairav Joshi 11SQ01 5-1
John Badger 11W09 4-2
Vladimir Iglesias 11W09 4-2
John Wright 11W30 5 ½-½
David Long 11W27 6-0
Zackary Dressner 11W31 6-0
Inoel Cardenas 11W10 5-1
Joseph Hawkins 11W10 5-1
Michael Burrus 11W21 5 ½-½
Jerome Lewis 10P06 6-0
Ken Koepplin 10Q08 5 ½-½
Dennis R. Kohler
Dennis Kohler died November 19, 2011, at the age of 81. Dennis was a prolific CC player, finishing over 500 games in USCF play by post, email, or server. He jointly holds the American record of playing the most games with one opponent, over 143 games with his long time chess friend Hobart Newton.
PHILIDOR'S DEFENSE (C41)
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The server will also be a boon to OTB players, but I believe it will benefit the CC world just as much if not even more.
LAST CALL FOR 2012 ABSOLUTE
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Working hard to push his b-Pawn to queen, Black suddenly shifts ground to create a surprise mating net on the kingside.
SICILIAN DEFENSE (B32)
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FOUR KNIGHTS (C47)
After White sacrifices a queenside Pawn on move three, he spends the next thirty moves scrambling to justify its loss. Through sheer will power he succeeds.
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RUY LOPEZ (C68)
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GIUOCO PIANO (C55)
Some sharp center tactics determine whose hyphen is the winner.
SEMI-SLAV DEFENSE (D45)
Black plays this game like he owns it - Suddenly the White King finds itself on h5.
FRENCH DEFENSE (C02)
Tacticians will enjoy this banquet.
SICILIAN DEFENSE (B21)
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