The March 2016 Check is in the Mail

Tim Corkum of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin has won the 2011 Electronic Knights Championship.  Tim, who qualified for all three Finals section, put together a strong 5 ½-½ finish to edge out Dan Woodard for the title.

GAME OF THE MONTH

A positional Queen sacrifice sets the stage for Corkum’s win of active  Rook, Knight, and Pawn versus a passive Queen.

2011 ELECTRONIC KNIGHTS FINAL STANDINGS

Tim Corkum                    39.15

Daniel Woodard               37.90

John Procopi               35.25

Andrew Bussom               32.40

Barry Endsley              32.40

Andrew Bussom               32.25

Dalibor Milenkovic           30.20

Samir  Alazawi   30.15

Mark Stephenson            30.15

Mark Ellis                    30.10

John Galvin                  29.65

Tim Corkum                          28.40

Tim Corkum                      27.90

Dennis Fees                         24.50

Mark Lehr                             23.95

Raymond  Mayers        23.45

John Galvin                           23.40

Vladimir Iglesias                  21.15

Richard Jenkins   19.95

Steven Patterson               15.40

Samir Alazawi                 12.20

FEBRUARY RESULTS

Walter Muir

Dwayne Hoffman  15W17  6-0

Jerry Blankenship  15W16  4 ½-1 ½

Charles Jacobs          15W02  4-2

Swift Quad

David Pendergast  15SQ05   4 ½-1 ½
15SQ05 SWIFT QUAD WINNER

David Pendergast of Las Vegas, Nevada, won the 2015 Swift Quad 15SQ05.

15SQ05

 

Pendergast 2174 ½½ ½

1

1

1

Milenkovic 2011 ½

½

½

½

1

1

4
Pedersen 2097 ½

0

½

½

1

1

Bedard 1999 0

0

0

0

0

0

0

How many Queens can a player sacrifice?  is the question this game asks.

2016 Absolute Underway

The 2016 Absolute Championship has begun with eleven of our top players competing.  Leading the list at 2425 is Harry Ingersol followed by Dan Woodard at 2393..  Chris Torres, Gary Walters, Kristo Miettinen, Keith Rodriguez, and Gordon Magat make up the list of 2300+ rated players. Danny Horwitz, John Procopi, Charles Jacobs, and Andrew Bussom complete the roster.  It  is a fine collection of Masters and I wish them all Good Skill !   .

The Queen can be a powerful force, but here she is overcome by the cooperation of three pieces and a Pawn.

The motto of this game might well have been, “Attack with all you’ve got!”

Quote:  Most postal players look to improve their opening play by correspondence but endgame play is what you learn the most — David Eisen

Computer poll

In the January issue of “The Check Is in the Mail”  I polled the readers on the use of engines in USCF correspondence chess.  The result was overwhelmingly against their use.  One of the emails was from David McCann who sums up the discussion very neatly:  “I enjoy playing without computers, matching wits with my opponent.  Recently, I have entered some ICCF tournaments where computers are allowed. Many players like this but I am not one of them.  I probably will drop out of ICCF as soon as I finish my games.  It seems to me it comes down to who has the latest software and most  recent and most powerful computer.  I got slaughtered in one game with an evenly matched opponent, in terms of our ratings, though my USCF OTB rating is much higher than his.  He said he used an Aquarium platform running Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish (the latest versions) all at once, building trees of analysis.  Well, my single Houdini engine was no match for his supercomputer conglomerate, so I was crushed.  To me, that is not the true nature of competition in chess”.

The upshot of it all is that players who want to use a chess engine to generate their moves have a place to do so – the ICCF allows the use of computers n their competitions.  US Chess CC players who use engines are welcome to compete there.

GAMES FROM 2011  ELECTRONIC KNIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP

All was not easy for the 2011 Champion – witness this attacking masterpiece by 4th place finisher Andrew Bussom

Strong, solid chess shows a strong, solid Queen winning against two strong, solid Rooks.

Second place finisher Dan Woodard shows first class skill in this win.

When Black misses the safe 17…Nd7 his game disintegrates rapidly.

Caution: You may get a headache working through all the complications in this game


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