The Check Is in the Mail – February 2018

Olga Rubtsova

Olga Rubtsova was born August 20, 1909 and died December 13, 1994.  She was the first USSR Women’s Champion when she won the event in 1931, and she won that title again in 1937 and 1949.  She won the 4th Women’s World Championship (OTB) and then, in 1971 she won the first Women’s World  Correspondence Chess Championship 1968-1971.  She was the only person to become the Women’s World Champion in both OTB and Correspondence Chess.

JANUARY RESULTS

Swift Quad

            Rick Johnson  17SQ04   4 ½-1 ½

            Josh Pruett      17SQ01    5-1

Trophy Quad

           Ross Holmes            16Q07   5 ½-½

           Vaughn Gregg          16Q04  4 ½-1 ½

           Lawrence Gladding  16Q04  4 ½-1 ½

Obituary

  Walter Alberts

Born Dec. 10, 1936, died Dec. 23, 2017 – Lifelong member of  US Chess.

When Walter misses the crushing 22. Qc4, his Morra Gambit fails.

“Postal chess players depend less on intuition than on genuine analytical ability.”

-Irving Chernev

An unusual treatment of the French brings in dividends.

Crash, Slash, Bang!  What a draw !

ACTIVE MASTER CC PLAYERS

as of January 2018

 

  1. John Menke 2505
  2. Harry Ingersol 2436
  3. Gary Adams 2434
  4. Wilbur Tseng 2428
  5. Michael Buss 2427
  6. Gary Walters 2406
  7. Laurence Bonsack 2387
  8. Kristo Miettinen 2384

Daniel Woodard 2384

  1. James Tracz 2374
  2. Joel Levine 2366
  3. Robert Rizzo 2366
  4. Danny Horwitz 2364

Gordon Magat 2364

  1. Patrick Ryan 2362
  2. Dana Daves 2354
  3. Chris Lewis 2340
  4. Thomas Connelly 2334

Gregory Cross 2334

  1. Keith Rodriguez 2328
  2. John Procopi 2319
  3. James Ellis 2312
  4. Ferdinand Burmeister 2309
  5. Tim Corkum 2295
  6. David Funston 2288
  7. Charles Jacobs 2286
  8. Andrew Leonard 2278
  9. Robert Miehm 2272
  10. John Millett 2256
  11. Richard Barber 2253
  12. Matthew Grabove 2252
  13. David Porter 2248
  14. Bradley Rogers 2241
  15. Barry Endsley 2213
  16. Andrew Bussom 2210
  17. David Drevinsky 2209
  18. Barry Walker    2203

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Black’s Queen perches on b5, just waiting to be won.

After an opening like this, is it any wonder that a surprise upset happens?

Tim Corkum shows an interesting variation on the classical Bxh7+ combination.

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