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The Czech Republic put on an excellent display of chess and computer power, winning every match but one – a 2-2 tie with runner-up Germany to win the 16th Olympiad by five points.  This was the last Olympiad to be played by post.

The US did not fare well in this Olympiad, drawing six of its twelve matches, losing five, and winning only one, against England.

Alik Zilberberg held down first board for the US, scoring 5 ½-6 ½.  Ed Duliba finished with 4-8.    Keith Holzmueller had an outstanding +3 undefeated  result to score

7 ½-4 ½ and Jerry Weisskohl holdng down fourth board scored 3 ½-8 ½.

GAME OF THE MONTH

In the following game Keith demonstrates the power of two isolated passed a-Pawns.

Keith Holzmueller

Alik Zilberberg

Black narrowly escapes a loss in this game that slides out to a draw.

DUTCH DEFENSE (A88 )

Edward Duliba

Just when White’s attack is looking decisive, Black shows the right defense..

SEMI-SLAV DEFENSE (D44)

 18th Olympiad  2010-2016

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Palciauskas

15P01    John McCumiskey           6-0

13P04  Douglas Middleton    5-1

Trophy Quad

14Q09       Ryan Miller        6-0

14Q04  Louis Biasotti 5-1

Swift Quad

15SQ14  Gary Boye     5 ½-½

Walter Muir

15W41   Robert Nolan   6-0

15W18  Vincent Sereni  6-0

15W42  Juan Lopez       4 ½-1 ½

 

Knights can be treacherous animals on the chessboard.

FRENCH DEFENSE (C01)

White takes advantage of Black’s passive queenside with relentless pressure against the queenside.

QUEEN’S GAMBIT DECLINED (D36)

Here are two more Holzmueller victories.  In this first game the Black King is apparently safe in the center, but its safety ties down the Black Queen and Bishop and White’s ragged Pawn structure proves superior to Black’s connected passed Pawns.

SICILIAN DEFENSE (B49)

With the sacrifice 13. Ne6!? A battle rages over the safety of the Black King.  With 30….Nf4+! the battle is over the lack of safety of the White King.

SICILIAN DEFENSE (B87)

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