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Monday, December 27, 2010

h8,a1,h1, or a8 "My View From The Corner" How I Saw 2010

11 year old Bob Seltzer plays 3 members of the then NBA World Champion Boston Celtics.

If you can't identify the three basket ball legends above; ask Bob Kilmer or click on the link below the picture before your neighbors find out and run you out of town on a rail. I exaggerate a little; after all they did play on a "Yankee" team. But this is Kentucky the home of fast horses, bourbon, and basketball.

I wanted to find a picture that might be of interest and not be "political" in nature as an intro to my rambling observations of 2010. I guess I reflect my age as the photo is in black and white.

In 2010 the Club suffered from an internal struggle to change from our casual chess tete-a-tete's to a more structured affair with rules and regulations that virtually choked the fun out of the Club. As a result we lost on odd member or two but rebounded even stronger than before. By popular vote it was decided that the only rule was that there were no rules! Except of course for those laid down by USCF. Actually we are a little more structured now; but without the staid stiffness of the country clubs of yore.

E Pluribus Unium should strike a familiar cord with you; translated from the Latin that appears on the everyday coins you carry in your purse or pocket; it means... Out of many one! As it happens the E-town Chess Club is exactly that...a meeting of like, but different souls who share a common interest in chess! The sage sexagenarian (like Andrew Preston), the confident mid lifer (like Nick Folino and Ernie Weaver), the rebellious teen (like Andrew Lee and Kerry Fatula) , and the chess neophyte of all ages come together to play individually under the canape of the Elizabethtown Chess Club.

2010 saw the introduction of dues for the first time. Included in our 20 dues paying members are 3 Life Members who antied up $100 each as an expression of their belief in the Club. It is significant to note that all the Life Members have a rating below 1200; I believe we should keep that in mind when we begin to spend the club treasury. I was queried by a member as to why I didn't become a Life Member; it must be the Scottish part of my ancestry kicking in as I had already paid to participate in all the 2010 Tuesday Tournaments in advance. Rest assured that I intend to be the 4th Life Member at our first meeting in 2011; joining Sal Mancuso, Stephanie Clayton, and Dave Brock.

Congratulations to Rudy McKinney for becoming the first member of 2011 by winning the "Under 1400" Section of the "Remember Pearl Harbor" Tournament! Johnny Owens became the second member of 2011 by winning the "Open" Section.

2010 saw Johnny Owens becoming a USCF delegate representing the state of Kentucky at the annual USCF business meetings. That's a feature in the cap of both Johnny and the Club.

Stephanie Clayton placed 1st in her class at the Kentucky Open, winning $100 cash!

The Club hosted the Bluegrass State Games for the second year in a row.

Stephanie Clayton and Steve Parsons put together the 2nd Annual Veteran's Tournament; and guaranteed the prize fund!

The Club gained 407 rating points during 2010 with Gelvic Cubar gaining 199 points to take the "Most Improved" title!

The economy directly impacted on the Club with two members changing jobs, one taking an additional job, and one put on "mandatory overtime" for the majority of the year.

All in all it was a very good year for the Club with Joe Farrell winning the 2010 Club Championship in the last game of the December Tournament!

Looking forward to next year I hope for more members to consider running for office; better attendance; and new members. Johnny has already submitted the Chess Life advertisement to USCF for our 2011 "Spring Tournament" and has negotiated a deal to advertise our Second Tuesday Tournaments for free in a couple of issues.

Any ideas for 2011 would be appreciated; you may present your idea to any of the Club officers and I guarantee that they will all be considered.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Hou Yifan Becomes The 13th Women's World Champion At 16

Hou Yifan wins the Woman's World Chess Championship at the age of 16! Check the various links in the right hand column for the full story.

The Face That Launched A Fist (A What was I Thinking Story)

Arianne Caoili is a former child prodigy with a current Fide Rating of 2242. Proof of her chess talent is this game against Russian GM Vladimir Epishin (2667) played in the 2000 Malaga Open.

Caoili (2078) -vs - Epishin (2667) 2000 Malaga Open

This is the position with White to play her 38th move. See the full game score at the end of the post.

Arianne obviously disguises her chess talents in a very attractive package. Her mother is Dutch-Australian and her father is Filipino. Arianne plays for Australia, her home of record, and is Australia's top woman player.

Looking at the picture above it is easy to see how a "tipsy" British GM Danny Gormally could get jealous enough to punch or push GM Levon Aronian to the ground when he saw him dancing with Arianne. Click here to read one report of this incident which occurred at the Chess Olympiad at Turin.

Here is the full game score leading to the diagram above; shame on you if you chose 38.Qxd4??

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.c4 e6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb7 6.Bg2 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 a5 8.0-0 0-0 9.a3 B37 10.Nc3 d5 11.cxd5 exd5 12.Qc2 Re8 13.Rfc1 Na6 14.Bf4 Qd7 15.Na4 Bd6 16.Bxd6 Qxd6 17.e3 h6 18.Nb2 c5 19.Nfh4 Rac8 20.Nc4 Qe6 21.Qf5 cxd4 22.exd4 Qc6 23.Rc2 b5 24.Ne3 Qd6 25.Rxc8 Bxc8 26.Qd3 Nc7 27.Nhf5 Qb6 28.Rc1 b4 29.a4 g6 30.Nh4 Kg7 31.Nf3 Ba6 32.Qc2 Ne6 33.Qd1 Bb7 34.Bh3 Ne4 35.Bxe6 Rxe6 36.Ne5 Nc3 37.Qg4 Qxd4 38.Nf5+ 1-0

Thanks to Gelvic Cubar who had googled Filipino Chess Masters but was unaware of Arianne.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"What Was I Thinking" - #3

Here are some examples from the top four finishers in the 2010 Club Championship. Remember that these all occurred during "game 30" conditions; although only one example actually occurred during time trouble. In order to try and fill the request from some of the members for more "instructional material" I am presenting these 4 positions before the blunder was made, try not to use a board, make the "blunder move" in your mind and then find the crushing response also without a board. Anyone having problems after a serious try can contact me for the solutions.

Weldin (W) vs Weaver (B) - Just before 16....Kb8??

Weldin (W) vs Farrell (B) - Just before 11......Nbd7??

Owens (W) vs Weldin (B) - Just before 8.....d6??

Fatula (W) vs Weldin (B) - just before 41.....Kxd4??

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Joe Farrell Wins 2010 Club Championship

Joe Farrell won the 2010 Club Championship last night by posting a perfect 3 - 0 score in the December Rating Tournament. 4 players posted 20 or more points with Joe hauling in 25 points for the year to finish 1 point ahead of Johnny Owens at 24 points; Ernie Weaver edged out Jerry Weldin for 3rd with 20.5 to Jerry's 20. Congratulations to Joe and the rest of the top finishers!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

7 Came Out To "Remember Pearl Harbor!!"

"Remember Pearl Harbor" has been posted by USCF!

Johnny won the event with a perfect score (3-0) and moved back up to class A!
Rudy moved back up to class C with his win over Kerry!
The free 1-year club memberships go to Johnny and Rudy.
Those that missed this tourney, missed some fighting chess!

Reminder: Next week will be the last club meeting for 2010 and
it's Tournament Night!

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