The June Check Is in the Mail

Kristo Miettinen – 2015 Absolute Victor

Kristo Miettinen has won the 2015 Absolute Tournament with an undefeated 7 ½-2 ½ score, a half point ahead of his nearest rival, Gary Walters.  Kristo has won a number of prestigious events before – a 15-man ICCF tournament,  the 1994 Hawver Cup, the World Correspondence Chess Championship (a three-way tie for first).  He was awarded the International Correspondence Chess Master  title in 2004 and gained Senior Master status in 2009.  He won the 11th North American Invitational.  He also finished tied for third in the 2007 Absolute Championship and clear third in the 2014 Absolute.

GAME OF THE MONTH

 John Keats was not writing about chess when he penned “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” but had he only seen this game…

A magnificent game worthy of being in anthologies.

2015 Absolute Championship
Miettinen ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 7.5
Walters ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 7
Ingersol ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6.5
Magat ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1E ½ 1 6
Horwitz 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 5.5
Jacobs 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 1 5
Procopi ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 5
Sogin 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5
Tracz ½ 0 ½ 0E 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4
Vaghan 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 3.5
Wilson 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0.5

“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 overstrung nerves and who are thus put to considerable disadvantage with hardier opponents.”

-James Pierce

Second place in the 2015 Absolute went to Gary Walters with an undefeated record of +4 =6  -0.  Here is Gary’s favorite game from the event.

MAY RESULTS

 Walter Muir

     Joseph Hawkins     16W29     5-1

      Nicole Niemi     16W20    5 ½-½

      Joseph Korman     17W03    5-1

    Swift Quad

         Rick Johnson     16SQ07     5 ½-½

       Trophy Quad 

      Charlie Leach      14Q08    5-1

      Sara Henrickson     15Q10    5-1

LADIES’ WORLD CHAMPION

Irina Vladimirovna Perevertkina

Black’s King flees like a beast in the night, but it is not into complete safety.

Black steals one Pawn and pays, and pays, and pays.

GAMES FROM THE 2015 ABSOLUTE

The champion struts his stuff.

A first class fight featuring attack and defense on both sides.

When White captures a poisoned d-Pawn, the rest is technique.

The most intriguing aspect of this game is how Black’s seeming disregard of Pawns nets him a wining Pawn plus endgame.

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