The January Check is in the Mail

 The Check Is in the Mail

January 2019

The United States correspondence team has qualified for the finals by tying or winning all its nine matches in the preliminary round.

ICCF Olympiad 21 Preliminaries

On  first board, SIM Dan Perry of the US took first with an undefeated 6-3 result.  Second Board was won on tie break by SIM Carl Siefring with a score of 5-4.  Third board saw SIM Wieland Belka score 6-3 to tie for first.  On Board 4 SIM Kenneth Reinhart finished in third place with a 5 ½-3 ½ result. Board 5 was held down by IM Wilbur Tseng who GAME OF THE MONTH

Dan Perry of the United States faces a little-known line in the Sicilian to score the win over Spain in what would prove to be a  critical game in determining first place for the US team.

Quote: Steinitz was once arrested as a spy.  The moves of a correspondence game between him and Chigorin were mistaken for being a code with which war secrets were being divulged. — Henebry

DECEMBER RESULTS

John Collins  

Allen Woollen 17C13     6-0

Rick Johnson   17C15      5-1

Eric Godin      17C04      5 ½-½

James Ruth      18C05      6-0

Walter Muir

George Barton   18W12     5-1

Jon Leisner        18W17     4½-1 ½

Matthew Tedesco  18W17 4½-1½

               OBITUARY

Walter Griesmeyer of Cairo, Il, born August 4, 1940, died February 2018.

SICILIAN DEFENSE (B14)

2019 ABSOLUTE CHAMPIONSHIP

I am taking bids for the 2019 Absolute Championship.  The 13 highest rated players will be selected to play.  Remember, the Absolute is the only US Chess correspondence event that allows the use of computers.  Entry is free.  Please send your bids to [email protected]

James Ruth wins a quickie…

BIRD’S OPENING (A03)

Jon Leisner submits this game as a high-quality draw that was the last to finish and resulted in a tie for first place in 18W17.

BISHOP’S OPENING (C56)

Games from the ICCF Olympiad Preliminaries

Second board SIM Carl Siefring scores the point against a Belgian IM.

FRENCH DEFENSE (C06)

Third board Wieland Belka essays the very rare Wing Gambit against his Hungarian opponent and very quickly finds himself two Pawns down with the superior chances

WING GAMBIT (B20)

The endgame from Move 40 on is strongly played by Kenneth Reinhart against Belgian’s fourth board.

CATALAN OPENING (E09)

Our fifth board IM Wilbur Tseng  scores the point against Nicaragua.

RUY LOPEZ (C75)

SICILIAN  DEFENSE (B99)

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