The January Check is in the Mail

unnamedTONY KAIN ABSOLUTELY BEST!

Tony Kain has one again shown his chess muscles.  For a man who enjoys weightlifting and formal debates, this is to be expected.  What may not have been expected was his dominance of the field, wining by a full point in a field crowded with the best of USCF’s correspondence players.

With the International Correspondence Chess Master title in his pocket, and now a USCF  Senior Master rating, Tony has added to his previous accolades: youngest correspondence Master, gold medal in the 10th Pan American Team Championship, the 2012 Electronic Knights and the tied for second in the 2013 Absolute Championship.

GAME OF THE MONTH

Players of the King’s Indian Defense realize that it is a coin flip.  It is either win or lose, with little chance for a draw.  Hang on for a wild ride with King Kain !

2014 Absolute Championship

Kain, Tony 2381 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 8.5
Ingersol, Harry 2417 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7.5
Miettinen, Kristo S. 2309 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 7
Torres, Chris 2375 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 7
Fass, Robert N. 2351 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 7
Woodard, Daniel S. 2395 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 6.5
Magat, Gordon 2305 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6.5
Daves, Dana 2289P ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6.5
Sogin, David 2386 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 5.5
Rodriguez, Keith A. 2363 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 5.5
Horwitz, Daniel M. 2322 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 4.5
Jacobs Jr., Charles 2259 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 4
Rhodes, James 2250 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 2

 

Runner-up in the 2014 Absolute shows championship form.  His exchange sacrifice on Move 37 breaks Black’s resistance.

2015 COLORADO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
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Jeffrey Baffo has done it again as he reaffirms his position as the best correspondence player in Colorado.  Going undefeated this year (2015) he annexed the title for the third year in addition to two second place finishes.

Jeffrey Baffo  has also won two Master-level  Palciauskas tournaments in 2005 and 2008

2015 Colorado State Championship

 

Baffo 2272 1 ½ 1 ½ 11 11 7
Kovats 2198 ½

0

1  1 11 11
Sutton 2175 0 ½ 0  0 1 1 1  1
Johnson 1656 0  0 0  0 0  0 1 1 2
Lasley 1451 0  0 0  0 0  0 0  0 0

In this game Sutton defends while Baffo attacks.  We all know who is going to have the most fun.

DECEMBER RESULTS

John Collins

David Birozy                 14C12      5-1

Salam Hallak            14C12      5-1

Philip DeAugustino  13C14     5-1

Antonio Romero       13C12    5-1

Colorado State

            Jeff Baffo            15CO01   7-1

2014 Absolute

Anthony Kain       14A01  8½ – 3½

Walter Muir

Gregory Sanders  14W43  6-0

Edward Bowling  15W12 5 ½-½

Juan Lopez           15W19  5-1

 

This game is a puzzle: what is White’s next move?

Accurate play propels Black to the semifinals.

Quote: Correspondence and computer chess offers the best chance for mistake-free chess, but even in today’s matches between top engines rated above 3200, questionable moves can usually be identified in a post mortem. – IM Thomas Williams

2016 ABSOLUTE BIDS TAKEN                             

If you are rated 2200+ and would like to play in the strongest US Chess tournament, now is the time to submit your bids for the 2016 Absolute Championship.   The top 13 rated players will be accepted.  No entry fee will be charged.  Prize money will be announced later.  Computers are allowed.
 

COMPUTERS IN US CHESS PLAY ?

Once again it is necessary to poll the membership on a critical question: Should computer analysis  be allowed in all US Chess events?  Please send your answers to USCF, PO Box 367, Sayre, PA 18840 or email [email protected]

GAMES  FROM THE 2014 ABSOLUTE

Once again, the miracle of transposition converts a Queen Pawn into a King Pawn.

Black’s a-Pawn is the hero of this piece, causing White to concentrate on stopping it and while his pieces are thus busy, Absolute champion Kain dominates the kingside.


Black’s investment of two Knights for Rook  and a Pawn turns out to be a securities fraud.

After White sacrifices his a-Pawn for piece activity, Black returns the sacrifice for a passed a-Pawn that ultimately spells a winning endgame.

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