The December Check is in the Mail

Joel Levine wins another Palciauskas! 

Joel Levine has won his fourth Master-level Palciauskas tournament with a decisive edge in 14P01 ceding only a draw to John Galvin who died while the tournament was in progress.

GAME OF THE MONTH

PHILIDOR’S DEFENSE (C41)

2017 ABSOLUTE CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2017 Absolute Championship is coming up.   This prestigious tournament is open to the top 13 players who submit bids.  Entry is free.  The Absolute is unique among US Chess Federation tournaments  in that computer engines are allowed,  The tournament this year will be ICCF rated.  A prize fund will be offered so get your bids in now !

NOVEMBER RESULTS

Walter Muir

David Stone        16W09   5-1

David Wright   16W24  5-1

Swift Quad

Razvan Azamfirei  15SQ02  5-1

Robert Irons              15SQ02  5-1

Kendrick Aung       15SQ13  5½-½

Trophy Quad

Scott Sensiba               15Q03    5-1

Lawrence Gladding  15Q03    5-1

OBITUARY

Ernest Chace of Beverly Hiils, FL,  Ernest was born 19 June, 1936, and died October 15, 2015.  In the following game Ernest shows his strength against US CC Master Peter Radomsky.

SCOTCH OPENING (C45)

Quote: Correspondence ought to make one’s play more accurate and far-seeing  and is also suitable for people living in villages or in poor health or who find the strain and excitement too much for the over-strung nerves and who are thus put to considerable disadvantage with hardier opponents — James Pierce

December is the month for our miniature games column.  Enough said!   Let the games begin.

ANATOMY OF A MINIATURE

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Keith Rodriguez

SICILIAN DEFENSE (B99)

SICILIAN DEFENSE (B21)

From the CCLA almost half of Black’s moves are with his victorious Knight.

SICILIAN DEFENSE (B21)

White’s pieces overrun Black in this game.

PHILIDOR’S DEFENSE (C41)

 

White pulls off a neat trap when his pieces just overwhelm the Black King.

FRENCH DEFENSE (C14)

 

Black’s Knight makes almost half of the moves in this game while White is developing everything.

PETROFF DEFENSE (C43)

 

Beware the pin that binds:

ENGLISH OPENING (A37)

 

The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

KING’S INDIAN DEFENSE (E91)

 

Paging 1856…

KING’S PAWN GAME (C44)

 

Black engineers a hit and run against the White Queen.

ENGLISH OPENING (A20)

 

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