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
Dwayne Hoffman 15W17 6-0
Jerry Blankenship 15W16 4 ½-1 ½
Charles Jacobs 15W02 4-2
David Pendergast 15SQ05 4 ½-1 ½ 15SQ05 SWIFT QUAD WINNER
David Pendergast of Las Vegas, Nevada, won the 2015 Swift Quad 15SQ05.
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
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