The September Check is in the Mail

unnamed-1Razvan Azamfirei takes 16W07

Razvan Azamfirei is a 19-year-old student at Yale University majoring in molecular, cellular, and Developmental Biology.  He also is a chess player as indicated in his victory in a Walter Muir tournament.

GAME OF THE MONTH

 

Razvan entered this tournament as an unrated.  He finished with a 2119 ELO.

One might expect a refined positional game from a Princeton student.  Instead, be prepared for an out-and-out brawl.

16W07

Azamfirei 0000 11 11 5 ½
Harrison 1987 ½½ 11 3 ½
Wittenstein 1942 00 ½½ 11 3-3
Davis 1860 00 00 00 0-6

DUTCH DEFENSE (A80)

AUGUST RESULTS

Trophy Quad

Paul Ciarrocchi    14Q07   5-1

Victor Palciauskas

Philip DeAugustino  14P04  5-1

Peter Dollard            14P04  5-1

John Collins

Ben McGahee      14C16  4 ½-1 ½

Stephen Newman 14C02  5 ½-½

Walter Mir

Razvan Azamfirei  16W07  5 ½-½

Brian Perry                16W10    4-2

Ralph Vecchio      16W10    4-2

Jay Hall        16W04   5 ½-½

Swift Quad

Allan Ong             15SQ06      5-1

Steve White    15SQ06      5-1

NORTH AMERICAN INVITATIONAL

The 13th North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship is now underway. Leading the pack of eleven Masters, International Masters, and senior International Masters is Larry Parsons with a 2420 Elo.  Close behind are Harry Ingersol, 2409; SIM Thomas Biederman, 2406;  and Daniel Woodard, 2404; Chris Torres, 2394; Juan Gustavo Mercader Martinez, 2368; Paul Morley, 2362; Donald Harvey, 2360; Craig Sadler, 2310; George Bukowski, 2299; and IM Valer-Eugen Demian.

200 rating points and a Rook down, battered by White’s sharp attack, Black pulls off an ingenious escape to victory.

 

RUY LOPEZ  (C64)

 

OBITUARY

Stephen Wharry of Tulsa, OK was born October 23, 1955 and died August 1, 2016. Stephen carried a Class A rating.

QUEEN’S GAMBIT DECLINED (D52)

 

Ralph Vecchio shows that the French Defense when he plays it sometimes has fangs.

FRENCH DEFENSE (C17)

 

In the first part of the game White makes a number of Queen moves to win a Pawn.  In the middle part, Black sacrifices a Pawn to make attacking moves with his Queen.  In the finale,. White uses his Queen to try to make an unsuccessful perpetual check.

 

BISHOP’S OPENING (C24)

 

When White discovers he can’t capture the g-Pawn because of …Bxc3, his game goes steadily downhill..

GRUNFELD DEFENSE (D87)

 

FRENCH DEFENSE (C16)

 

ENGLISH OPENING (A32)

 

Quote: 

From my experience you need about a 1500-1700 level of chess understanding to have a chance at excelling on ICCF.– Wolff Morrow

FRENCH DEFENSE (C01)

 

Chess is a battle:

NIMZOVICH DEFENSE (B01)

 

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