The December Check is in the Mail: Miniature Time!

GAME OF THE MONTH

Preston Ladson of Philadelphia demonstrates why a difference of 300+ rating points can be decisive in correspondence chess.

NOVEMBER RESULTS

Swift Quad

David Will               16SQ04     5-1

Artem Busorgin       18SQ01     5-1

Trophy Quads

Allen Woollen   17Q09   5-1

Palciauskas Tournament

Preston Ladson   16P01   5-1

After a wild opening, Black is caught up in the whirl and misses the simple 12…Bxe2 with an advantage.

FRENCH DEFENSE (C00)

OBITUARY

Eric Schiller born March 20, 1955, died November 3, 2018.  Eric was the author of many chess books, perhaps even rivaling the output of the legendary Fred Reinfeld.

The world of correspondence chess is almost completely ignored by over-the-board players  — unjustly, for plenty of ideas can be gleaned from it, striking and profound ones, diligently worked out in home analysis – Mark Dvoretsky and Artur Yusupov

MINIATURE GAMES

It is December once again and that means it is time for snow, for Christmas, for short days and long nights, for cold weather, and for the annual publication of miniature correspondence  games.  So, beware !

In this battle two Queens are not worth one Knight.

PIRC  DEFENSE (B08)

Black’s 18. …Nxd3! is a back breaker.

ENGLISH OPENING (A25)

It’s just a step to the right and move 14 does Black in.

SICILIAN DEFENSE (B23)

Black’s game is difficult before 18…d5.  After 19. Bg5 it becomes impossible.

OLD INDIAN DEFENSE (A55)

White expects resignation on the next move.  Unfortunately it is his.

RUY LOPEZ  (C67)

After both Rooks are gobbled by a Knight, one side works to free his Knight.

FRENCH DEFENSE (C02)

SICILIAN DEFENSE (B81) 

A sacrifice on d5 ends Black’s chances of survival.

SLAV DEFENSE (D13) 

Three pieces make a mate, especially when  you can sacrifice one of them.

QUEEN’S PAWN GAME (D02)

Black finds there is no defense to Rae1 and f4 and the  seizure of his Knight.

CENTER COUNTER (B01)

Black is two Pawns ahead but hopelessly tied up.

CARO-KANN DEFENSE (B12)

And now the most miniature of miniatures – White is lost after six moves

PETROFF DEFENSE (C42)

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