The August Check is in the Mail

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Robert Irons

Gary Boye of Buffalo, New York and Robert Irons of Elmira, New York, shared first place in the 2015 Swift Quad 15SQ14.

GAME OF THE MONTH

Black essays an aggressive line against his opponent, but White adopts such a flexible development that there are no targets for Black’s aggression.  The result is White’s  pieces are coordinated against Black’s somewhat awkward ones.

 

            15SQ14

Irons 1831 ½\0 11 11
Boye 1788 ½1 1F 11
Shannon 1746 00 01 11 3
White 1981 00 00 00 0-6

 

TONY WEST SWEEPS 15W38        

         WALTER MUR 6-0

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Tony West

15W38

West 1979 11 11 11 6-0
Jex 1868 00 ½1 3-3
Badger 1847 00 ½0 ½1 2-4
Anderson 1934 00 ½0 1-5

 

Tony West of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, won the 2015 Walter Muir with a perfect 6-0 score.  This victory sends Tony’s ELO over into the Expert rating.  Congratulations, Tony !

The tactics in this game make it fun – for Black.

THE 20th OLYMPIAD HAS STARTED

The United States team appears well balanced with four Grandmasters and two Senior International Masters. Only Germany, with six Grandmasters, and Spain, with five Grandmasters, have entered a more powerfully titled team.

On the US team, playing Board One, is GM Stephen Ham.  Board Two is GM Daniel Fleetwood.  Board Three is held down by GM Jon Ostriker.  Board Four has GM Jason Bokar.  Board Five is SIM Kenneth Holroyd.  Board Six is SIM Wolff Morrow.  It is a strong team and I wish them good skill in their games.

An interesting opening marks this game from the 2013 Golden Knights semifinals.  If 15. Bg7 Na5 !

Black captures a “poisoned”  b-Pawn which causes his King to flee from g8 to a7 and safety.

JULY RESULTS

Walter Muir

Rama Gitananda    16W03   5-1

Samuel Younkin  15W20  6-0

David Stone             15W26  5-1

A puzzling game – When Black misses 29…e4, the game turns against him.

OBITUARY

Carrie Goldstein of Roslyn, New York has died.  Carrie was born in 1936 and held a correspondence rating of a Class A player

TWO MORE BY TONY WEST

Once again the Catalan Opening demonstrates that development and the center may be worth a stray Pawn or two on the queenside.

Quote: 

Purdy:  In correspondence chess where there is virtually no time limit, one learns the disadvantages of rigidly adhering to a fixed plan.

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