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Baniel leads with 4.5, Dulger in second place PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Wed, Jun 11 2008 (18:50)

Baniel beat Ranario in round five to take sole lead in a 20-player field with 4.5 points. Dulger who is proving to be the sensation of the tournament is only half a point behind. Baniel’s score reflecting his solid performance is enough to guarantee a team spot on the US Armed Forces Team for the NATO event. The Army is now tied with the Air Force, each team with 19 points. Individual scores and team standing will be posted in the next entry.

 

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CHESS IN EDUCATION WORKSHOP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Wed, Jun 11 2008 (06:48)
USCF logoAugust 7, 2008 is the date of the USCF Chess in Education workshop. Please see the press release. I am the co-organizer of the workshop, and one of the presenters. I look forward to seeing you there!
 
2008 Inter-Service Chess Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Tue, Jun 10 2008 (12:00)

This year’s edition of chess rivalry between the armed services is already showing hints of historical proportions. For the first time ever in the history of military chess, a lone Air Force tigress laid waste to a field of mesmerized men by defeating the top boards of both the Army and Navy teams.

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SPEED CHESS WITH PINS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Alexey W. Root on Mon, Jun 09 2008 (17:57)

Tonight I attended Denton Chess Club. My first speed chess game was as black against Julia Jones. It was her move in this position. White: Kh1; Qh4; Rs a1, e4; Ps a2, b2, f6, g5, h3. Black: Kg8; Qc6; Rs d2, f8; Bf4; Ps a7, b5, c5, c4, f7, g6. The white rook on e4 is pinned to the white king on h1. What was nice about the continuation is that more pressure was put on this pin. In other words, just as I taught students last week at T. H. Rogers, when you have a pin, add pressure! The continuation was

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NATIONAL OPEN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robson on Mon, Jun 09 2008 (07:19)

 

 

Hi everyone! This is Ray Robson from Las Vegas. I have just finished playing in the National Open, and I will be going home soon. In the end I finished with a good 4.5/6. Here is a short recap of my games:

 

Round 1 black vs. Gutman. In the first round I was black against an Expert. I was able to quickly seize the initiative and finished the game with an exchange sacrifice to open up my opponent’s king. Round 2 white vs. Sandager. My opponent offered to play the Marshall Attack in the Ruy Lopez, but instead I made it an Anti-Marshall. I thought a long time about playing the sacrifice 17.Bxf7+, but in the end I decided not to. Instead I played a different sacrifice with 17.Re3 and 18.Rg3. I am not sure if this sacrifice is completely correct, but after his move 18…Nbd4 I think the next moves were forced. I was able to get 5 pawns for a piece and won the game by eventually pushing my pawns forward.

 

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