The Check is in the Mail: July 2019

Bradley Rogers (courtesy subject)
Bradley Rogers of Sterling Heights, Michigan, showed his dominance in the 2017 John Collins 17C18 scoring a shutout against strong opposition.
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[Event "17C18"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rogers, Brad"]
[Black "Hart, Bert"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D00"]
[WhiteElo "2239"]
[BlackElo "1985"]
[PlyCount "43"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2005.04.21"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 {Likely to lead into the London System against the
King's Indian Defense, this Bishop excursion is primarily designed to take
both parties out of book.} g6 3. Nc3 {OK -- no King's Indian} d5 4. e3 c6 {
Aronian-Nepomniachtchi, blitz 2017, continued 4...Bg7 5. h4!? 00 6. h5 c5 7.
hxg6 fxg6 8. dxc5 with a slight pull for White.} 5. Nf3 Bg4 {Natural here is 5.
..Bg7 6. h3 Bf5 7. g4 Be4 with the better chances for White in Vidugov-Vishnu,
World Rapid 2018.} 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 Nbd7 {Nabaty-Zubar, Boris Karadzica
Memorial 2016, continued 7...Bg7 8. 000 b5 9. g4 with both sides attacking.} 8.
g4 {Welling-Van der Wiel, Hilversum 1985 saw 8. Bd3 Bg7 9. g4 00 10. h4 when
10...h5! would considerably slow down White's attack.} Qb6 {Black's choice
considerably slows down Black's counterattack. He should try either the
natural 8...Bg7 to see what White has planned or 8...b5 to begin queenside
action and discourage White's 000.} 9. O-O-O Bg7 10. h4 e6 {Black could also
try to survive here by 10....h6 (10...h5 is not so good -- 11.g5 Ng4 12. Bh3)
11. Be2 Nf8 and White has yet to find a breakthrough.} 11. Kb1 {White makes
this defensive move in the mistaken idea iy makes his King safer,} O-O-O {
Diagram # Black misses his chance to stay in the game with 11...Ne4!? 12. Nxe4
dxe4 and now 13. Qxe4 is an error as 13...Nc5! 14. Qf3 Na4 15. b3 Nc3+ 16.
Kc1 Nxd1 17. Qxd1 gives Black at least even chances, though White is stilll
better after 13. Qg2.} 12. Bh2 Rhf8 13. Bh3 h5 14. g5 Ne8 15. e4 {White opens
up the center with the object of the Black King.} Bxd4 16. Na4 Qb4 17. c3 Qxa4
18. Rxd4 Qa6 19. exd5 c5 {Hopeless is 19...cxd5 20. c4 Nd6 21. Qf3 Kc7 22. Rc1
as the full force of White's attack is on call.} 20. Re4 exd5 21. Rxe8 $1 Rfxe8
22. Qf4 1-0

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JUNE RESULTS Walter Muir Lawrence Coleman  18W15  5-1 Mital Patel                18W15  5-1 John Collins Allen Woollen       17C14   6-0 Paul Lamarre          18C11  6-0 After a long and successful defense, Black blunders.
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[Event "18W15"]
[Site "ICCF"]
[Date "2018.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Coleman, Lawrence"]
[Black "Patel, Mital"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D06"]
[WhiteElo "1236"]
[PlyCount "87"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2005.04.21"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nb6 6. Nf3 Be7 7. Be2
O-O 8. O-O Bd7 9. b3 Bc6 10. Bb2 Na6 11. a3 Nc8 12. Re1 Nb8 13. Qd3 a6 14. Bd1
b5 15. Bc2 Bb7 16. e5 g6 17. Bc1 Re8 18. Bf4 Nb6 19. Bg3 Nd5 20. Nxd5 Bxd5 21.
b4 Nd7 22. Rac1 Nb6 23. Qd2 Bf8 24. Bb1 Nc4 25. Qe2 Nxa3 26. Qb2 Nc4 27. Qc3
Bh6 28. Rc2 Rb8 29. Ba2 Rc8 30. Bxc4 Bxc4 31. Nd2 Bxd2 32. Qxd2 c6 33. Qh6 f5
34. Bh4 Qxd4 35. Bf6 Rc7 36. Rd2 Qc3 37. Red1 Bd5 38. Rd4 c5 39. bxc5 Qxc5 40.
h4 Qf8 41. Qg5 Rec8 42. h5 Qf7 43. R4d3 Rc1 44. Rxc1 1-0

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Quote: You asked for feedback about the ICCF webserver.  It is a great way to go.  It makes it so easy.  So easy in fact that I think I've wrongly been moving too fast, forgetting we do after all have plenty of time to move. -- GreenPawn
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[Event "18W15 "]
[Site "ICCF"]
[Date "2018.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Patel, Mital"]
[Black "Coleman, Lawrence"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A37"]
[BlackElo "1236"]
[PlyCount "45"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2005.04.21"]

1. c4 c5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 e5 6. O-O Nge7 7. a3
O-O 8. d3 d6 9. Bg5 Be6 10. e4 Qd7 11. Re1 a6 12. Qd2 {Diagram #} b5 13. cxb5
axb5 14. Nxb5 d5 15. exd5 Bxd5 16. Nc3 Be6 17. Bh6 Nf5 18. Bxg7 Nxg7 19. Nxe5
Qc8 20. Nxc6 Re8 21. Ne5 Ra7 22. Nc4 Nf5 23. Nb5 1-0

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[Event "17C14"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "McGill, Timothy"]
[Black "Woollen, Allen"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B80"]
[WhiteElo "1792"]
[BlackElo "1665"]
[PlyCount "88"]
[SourceDate "2005.04.21"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. f3
Be7 8. g4 h6 9. Qd2 d5 10. O-O-O dxe4 11. Nxe4 O-O 12. Bd3 Nbd7 13. h4 Nxe4 14.
fxe4 Ne5 15. g5 h5 16. Be2 Ng4 17. Bxg4 hxg4 18. Qg2 Bc5 19. Qxg4 e5 20. Qg1
exd4 21. Bxd4 Bxd4 22. Rxd4 Qa5 23. a3 Be6 24. h5 Rad8 25. g6 Rxd4 26. Qxd4
fxg6 27. hxg6 Qg5+ 28. Kb1 Qxg6 29. Rg1 Qf7 30. b3 b5 31. Kb2 Qc7 32. Rg2 Rc8
33. Ka2 a5 34. Kb2 Qf7 35. Rg1 a4 36. b4 Qe7 37. Kb1 Rc4 38. Qd3 Qh4 39. e5 Qe4
40. Qd8+ Kh7 41. Qe7 Qxc2+ 42. Ka1 Qc3+ 43. Kb1 Bf5+ 44. Ka2 Qb3+ 0-1

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OBITUARY
Jim Ainslie
Jim Ainslie of Richland, Washington, was born November 5, 1954, and died May 10, 2019.
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[Event "CCCA Major A-106"]
[Site "corr"]
[Date "1959.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Hall, S."]
[Black "Ainslie, JD."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B67"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "1959.??.??"]
[EventType "game"]
[Source "Chess Mail"]
[SourceDate "2001.03.30"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2
a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. Bc4 Be7 10. Rhe1 Na5 11. Bd3 h6 12. Bh4 g5 13. Bg3 e5 14.
Nf5 Bxf5 15. exf5 Rc8 16. f3 Nd7 17. Nd5 Nc4 18. Qe2 Ndb6 19. Nxb6 Nxb6 {
Diagram #} 20. Bxe5 dxe5 21. Qxe5 Rg8 22. f6 Nd7 23. Qxe7+ Qxe7 24. Rxe7+ 1-0

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White’s Rook is a miracle Rook in this British game from WWII.
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[Event "BCCC"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1941.02.27"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Ritson Morry, William"]
[Black "Wormald, Robert"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C52"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[SourceDate "2005.04.21"]

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Bc5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 d6 7. Qb3
Qd7 8. dxe5 dxe5 9. a4 Qe7 10. O-O a6 11. Rd1 Bb6 12. a5 Bxa5 13. Rxa5 Nxa5 14.
Bxf7+ Qxf7 15. Rd8+ Ke7 16. Qd1 Nc6 17. Bg5+ Nf6 18. Rxh8 Qe6 19. Nh4 Kf7 20.
Bxf6 Qxf6 21. Nf5 {Diagram #} Bxf5 22. Rxa8 Bxe4 23. Qb3+ Ke7 24. Nd2 Bxg2 25.
Qa3+ Kd7 26. c4 Qg6 27. Qg3 Qxg3 28. fxg3 Bh3 29. Rg8 Bf5 30. Rxg7+ Kd6 31. g4
Bc2 32. Kf2 a5 33. Ke3 a4 34. Ne4+ Bxe4 35. Kxe4 a3 36. Rf7 Nb4 37. Rf1 Nc2 38.
Kd3 Nd4 39. Ra1 Nf3 40. h3 Kc5 41. Rxa3 e4+ 42. Kxe4 Nd2+ 43. Kd3 Nxc4 44. Ra8
Kb4 45. Rh8 c5 46. Rxh7 b5 47. Rh5 Na3 48. g5 Kb3 49. g6 1-0

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When White sends her Rook off to an empty a-file instead of a critical e-file, Black breaks through.
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[Event "16EN02"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Crouch, Jessica"]
[Black "Endsley, Barry"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B78"]
[WhiteElo "1879"]
[BlackElo "2253"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2016.02.17"]
[EventType "corr"]
[EventRounds "1"]
[SourceDate "2005.04.21"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3
Nc6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. O-O-O Rc8 11. Bb3 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 b5 13. Nd5 Nxd5
14. Bxg7 Kxg7 15. exd5 a5 16. a3 Kg8 17. h4 b4 18. axb4 axb4 19. Qd4 Bf5 20.
Kd2 Re8 21. g4 e5 22. Qxb4 Rb8 23. Qc3 Bd7 {Diagram #} 24. Ra1 e4 25. Qe3 Rb4
26. g5 exf3 27. Qxf3 Rbe4 28. Rhe1 Rd4+ 29. Kc3 Rxh4 30. Rxe8+ Qxe8 31. Qf2
Qe5+ 32. Kd2 Qxg5+ 33. Kd3 Rh3+ 34. Kc4 Qg4+ 0-1

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When White captures the a5 Pawn, Black gains the initiative.
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[Event "15ENs04"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Fraser, Mark"]
[Black "Bussom, Andrew"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C08"]
[WhiteElo "2103"]
[BlackElo "2214"]
[PlyCount "68"]
[EventDate "2013.09.01"]
[EventType "corr"]
[SourceDate "2005.04.21"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. exd5 exd5 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7.
Bxd7+ Nbxd7 8. O-O Be7 9. dxc5 Nxc5 10. Nb3 Nce4 11. Nfd4 Nd6 12. Qf3 O-O 13.
Nf5 Nxf5 14. Qxf5 a5 15. a4 Ne4 16. Be3 g6 17. Qf3 Rc8 18. c3 Re8 19. Rad1 Bf8
20. Rd3 Qd7 {Diagram #} 21. Nxa5 b5 22. Rfd1 bxa4 23. Rxd5 Qe6 24. Rd7 Rc5 25.
Nb7 Rf5 26. Qh3 h5 27. Rd8 Rxd8 28. Nxd8 Qb3 29. Re1 Qxb2 30. c4 Nxf2 31. Qh4
Nd3 32. Rf1 Rxf1+ 33. Kxf1 Qb1+ 34. Ke2 Qc2+ 0-1

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 GAMES FROM 17C15 John Collins  After 14…Ne7 (14….Na5!) White takes over in Evans Gambit style.
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[Event "17C15"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Brunt, Chris"]
[Black "Hart, Bert"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C52"]
[BlackElo "1979"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[SourceDate "2005.04.21"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 d6 7. dxe5
dxe5 8. Qb3 Qf6 9. Bg5 Qg6 10. Nbd2 Nf6 11. Bd5 Bb6 12. h4 Nxd5 13. h5 Qd6 14.
exd5 Ne7 {Diagram #} 15. c4 f5 16. O-O e4 17. Qc3 O-O 18. Ne5 Re8 19. Bf4 Qf6
20. Rac1 Qh4 21. g3 Qxh5 22. Kg2 Ng6 23. Nxg6 Qxg6 24. c5 a6 25. cxb6 cxb6 26.
Qc7 Qf7 27. Qxf7+ Kxf7 28. Rc7+ Re7 29. Rfc1 1-0

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[Event "17C18"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rogers, Brad"]
[Black "Hall, Ron"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A87"]
[PlyCount "43"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]

1. d4 f5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. O-O O-O 6. b3 d6 7. Bb2 Qe8 8. c4
Na6 9. Nbd2 c6 10. Re1 Bd7 11. e4 Nxe4 12. Nxe4 fxe4 13. Rxe4 h6 14. Qe2 e6 15.
Re1 c5 16. dxc5 Bxb2 17. Qxb2 Nxc5 18. Rd4 Bc6 19. b4 Bxf3 20. Bxf3 Rxf3 21.
bxc5 dxc5 22. Rd6 1-0

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White castles queenside into Black’s fangs..
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[Event "17C18"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Brunt, Chris"]
[Black "Rogers, Brad"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A44"]
[BlackElo "2239"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[SourceDate "2005.04.21"]

1. d4 c5 2. d5 e5 3. c4 d6 4. e4 Be7 5. Nc3 h6 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. h3 Nbd7
8. Bd3 Nf8 9. Bc2 Ng6 10. Ba4+ Nd7 11. Be3 O-O 12. Bxd7 Bxd7 13. g4 a6 14. Qd2
b5 15. O-O-O {Diagram #} Rb8 16. Rdg1 Qa5 17. Kb1 Rb7 18. Ne2 Qc7 19. Ka1 Rfb8
20. Rb1 bxc4 21. Rhg1 a5 22. Nc3 Bf6 23. g5 hxg5 24. Bxg5 Qd8 25. h4 Nf4 26.
Ne1 a4 27. a3 Bxg5 28. hxg5 Rb3 29. Rg3 g6 30. Ka2 Qa5 31. Rg1 Kg7 32. Rh1 Qd8
33. Rg1 Qb6 34. Rg3 Bh3 35. Rf3 Bf1 36. Ka1 Bd3 0-1

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This game is an object lesson – is the Black isolated Queen Pawn weak or strong? Created on Move 18, the answer becomes clear twenty moves later.
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[Event "17C18"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rogers, Brad"]
[Black "Brunt, Chris"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C06"]
[WhiteElo "2239"]
[PlyCount "77"]
[SourceDate "2005.04.21"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ne2
cxd4 8. cxd4 Qb6 9. Nf3 f6 10. exf6 Nxf6 11. O-O Bd6 12. Bf4 Bxf4 13. Nxf4 O-O
14. Re1 Bd7 15. Qd2 Rae8 16. Rad1 Qc7 17. g3 e5 18. dxe5 Nxe5 19. Nxe5 Rxe5 20.
Bf1 Rfe8 21. Rxe5 Rxe5 22. Bg2 Bc6 23. Qd4 a6 24. Bf3 Qd6 25. h3 Kf7 26. Kg2
Ke8 27. Nd3 Re7 28. Nb4 Rd7 29. Nxc6 Qxc6 30. Rd3 Kf7 31. g4 g5 32. h4 h6 33.
hxg5 hxg5 34. Qe5 Qc4 35. Rd1 Qf4 36. Qxf4 gxf4 37. g5 Nh7 38. Rxd5 Re7 39. Kh3
1-0

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