The August Check Is in the Mail


Andrew Leonard

Johnny Owens








Two players fought to share honors in the 2017 Walter Muir Tournament 17W02. Andrew Leonard of Columbia, South Carolina and Johnny Owens of Radcliff, Kentucky managed two draws with each other but shut out the opposition to win first place. Two winners to choose from, two different styles. This month the positional style of Andrew Leonard will be featured over the attacking style of Johnny Owens.


Bishops need breathing room. In this case they are asphyxiated.


John Collins

Michael Gross 16C05 6-0

Nianthony Martinez 15C05 6-0

Philip DeAugustino 15C13 6-0

Andrew Graves 15C15 6-0

Walter Muir

Fletcher Penney 17W10 6-0

Howard Turner 16W16 5-1

Andrew Leonard 17W02 5-1

Johnny Owens 17W02 5-1

Trophy Quad

Lawrence Gladding 15Q11 5 ½-½

Hang on to your hats – lots of complications in this one!


Zoltan Sarosy

International Correspondence Chess Master Zoltan Sarosy of Canada was born 23 August 1906 died in June 2017. Zoltan was 110 at the time of his death and probably the oldest ICCM in the world. The following game was started by Zoltan when he was 102 years old.

Malcolm Peskoff 

Malcolm Peskoff of Yorktown Heights, born September 8, 1942, died May 24, 2017. Malcolm played postal chess in both CCLA and USCF.

“Correspondence play reinforces a player’s combinative ability by giving him time and leisure, and freeing him from the time limitations and nervous strain of international tournament play.”


Jim Schroeder

James Schroeder was born November 30, 1927 and died July 8, 2017. James supported prison chess and encouraged people to play correspondence chess with prisoners. He also was a seller of books and wrote pamphlets on chess. He prided himself on being a maverick and was involved in a few scuffles with the powers that be. James lived in Vancouver, Washington, was the Ohio State chess champion of 1960 and 1985, and the winner of fifty consecutive USCF rated games.


Johnny Owens shows his attacking skills with an exchange sacrifice that leads to a wandering Black King.

Black’s superior center allows him to dominate both sides of the board.

White’s plan of attack of 21. Bg7 and 22. Bf6 is ingenious and effective.

That old French magic strikes again as Black gathers up stray material.

An interesting draw where Kell proves that developed minor pieces are just as good as undeveloped major ones.

A pair of magic Bishops do most of the hard work in this game.

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