The September Check Is in the Mail

Johnny Owens

Johnny Owens of Radcliff, Kentucky has scored a rare double this month, tying for first at 4 ½-1 ½ with Razvan Azamfirei in Walter Muir 16W17 and winning clear first in 16W23 (which, coincidentally, saw Razvan Azamfirei finish in second place with 3 ½-2 ½).


In the following game, Owens demonstrated how the center is integrally linked with the kingside and the queenside, closing the center and the queenside to open up the center to sacrifice on the kingside to win on the queenside.




            Walter Muit

            Razvan Azamfirei  16W19  4 ½-1 ½

            Johnny Owens        16W19  4 ½-1 ½

            Juan Lopez              17W11  5-1

            Johnny Owens        16W23  5 ½-½

            Timothy Weil          17W04  6-0

            Paul Shannon          17W06  4½-1 ½

            Alex Strobehn         17W08  5-1

            Ronald Roberts       17W07  6-0

            Ben McGahee         17W15  5-1

            Trophy Quad

            Carlos Graupera  16Q01  6-0

            Swift Quad

            David Will      16SQ05   6-0



Wanted!  A few interested players who wish to accept a challenge from the Internationally based Conrad Goodman

Club.  Entry is free.  One game to be played.

Computer use is allowed, and therefore the games will not be US Chess rated.  If you are interested in playing, please contact me at [email protected]


“There is never enough time you could spend on a single game as long as there are ideas to try.”

-Ron Langeveld,  26th World Correspondence Champion



Black demonstrates he is familiar with the fine art of the attack.

White’s concentration of forces on the e-file is fierce.

Black has to pay an exchange to rescue his Queen.

White loses a Pawn, then a second, then a third, and then the game.

Two bishops or not two bishops, that is the question.  Paul Shannon gives the answer.

Queen + Bishop can be a powerful attacking tool in the endgame.

White’s error on move 32 proves fatal.

Just a feint to the left, and Black soon collapses.

White survives a difficult middlegame, wins a pawn, and hangs on to win the endgame.  A familiar story?

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