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Bishops of Opposite Colour – Training Positions – Part 2

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Bishop Endgames: Do Opposites Attract? (Practical Endgames) is now available as a paperback; here are some sample training exercises that illustrate the play in typical endgames with bishops of opposite colour. Scroll down to see the solutions.
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Csulits, Anton – Horvath, Miklos, 1989
205
White’s turn


Hladik, Josef – Balaz, Peter, 1990.11.11
206
White’s turn



Horvath, Gyula – Juhasz, Jozsef, 1990
207
White’s turn


Naumkin, Igor – Ward, Christopher, 1990
208
White’s turn

Solutions:

Csulits, Anton – Horvath, Miklos, Szekszard op, 1989
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24. Bd5+

White noticed that winning the ‘f5′ is much more important than the ‘c’ pawn.

( The check is better than capturing on c6. 24. Bxc6 Kf8 )

24. … Kh8 25. Be6 Rc7 26. Bxf5

242Black’s pawns now are disconnected and White has an advantage which he converted into a full point.

26. … c5 27. Kg2 Rc6 28. Be4 Rc7 29. Bd5 Bf6 30. f4 Kg7 31. Kf3 e5 32. e3 Kf8 33. Ke4 exf4 34. gxf4 Ke7 35. Kf5 Kd6 36. e4 Bd4 37. Ra4 1-0


Hladik, Josef – Balaz, Peter, CSR-chT 9091, 1990.11.11
243
39. Rxc6

White wins another couple of pawns, so the bishop endgame is winning.

39. … Ke7 40. Rc7+ Rd7 41. Rxd7+ Kxd7 42. Bxd5 Kd6 43. Bg8 h6 44. Kg3 g5 45. f5

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45. … Be5+ 46. Kf3 Bf4 47. Ke4 Bc1 48. b3 Bb2 49. Kd3 Ba3 50. c4 Kc5 51. cxb5 Kxb5 52. Ke4 Kc6 53. Ke5 Kd7 54. Be6+ Ke7 55. f6+ Kf8 56. Kd5 Bb2 57. f7 Ba3 58. Kc4 Ke7 59. b4 1-0


Horvath, Gyula – Juhasz, Jozsef, Budapest Spring op 06th, 1990
245
40. Bxb7

( 40. Bxb7 Rxb7 41. c6 and the pawns supported by the rook win the game. )

1-0


Naumkin, Igor – Ward, Christopher, Lloyds Bank op 14th, 1990
246
30. Rd5

Forces Black’s king to block the pawn.

30. … Kd7 31. Rb5 Kc6 32. Rb6+

Another sacrifice – the rook again cannot be captured because of d6-d7-d8.

32. … Kc5 33. d7 Bh5

247Black is setting up the last trap.

34. Bd6+!

Blocking the ‘d’ file with yet another check.

( 34. d8=Q?? would allow Black to bounce back 34. … Rd1+ )

1-0

Source: chessblogger

Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – December 2, 2017

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to move and mate in 2 (Funk)

Source: Chess Manitoba

2017 Manitoba Senior (over 50) Champiosnship – Dec 9 – 10

Monday, December 4th, 2017

For more details, please contact Rod Riquelme at 204-851-1191


2017 Manitoba Senior Championship (over 50) Dec 9-10

2017 Manitoba Senior Championship (open to those 50 years old and over)
University of Winnipeg – Room 2C15
4 round Swiss System CFC Rated (CFC Membership required)
$ 15 entry fee
Registration: 9:40 – 9:55 am – Saturday, December 9 (Room 2C15) or
Tuesday, December 5 at the TNT.(Room 4CM42)
University of Winnipeg – Room 2C15
Open to all Manitoba players born before 1968
Time Control: 90 minutes + 30 second increment
Round Times: 10 am and 2:00 p.m each day (Rounds 2 and 4 may be advanced if Previous round’s games end early and there is mutual consent between paired players to start earlier.)
Minimum prizes –
Top Senior – Born before 1968
Top Over 65 – Born before 1953
CFC Membership Information:
All players must be CFC members (can be obtained during registration on-site)
[$ 20 for a one-tournament adult membership or $ 49 for 12 months-
new adult members pay only $ 36 for a twelve-month CFC membership, or $ 16 for a one-tournament membership]

Tournament Director:  Ken Einarsson

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Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – November 18, 2017

Monday, December 4th, 2017
from the Winnipeg Free Press
White to mate in 2 (Rinder)

Source: Chess Manitoba

2017 Manitoba Junior Championship has been rated by the CFC

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

2017 Manitoba Junior Championship has been rated by the CFC

Please see the crosstable here:

http://chess.ca/crosstable?tournament_check_number=201711100

Yanyu achieved a new peak high established rating: 1341

Source: Chess Manitoba

In memory of Mark Taimanov – video with a famous combination against Karpov

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

A year after Mark Taimanov’s passing – here is a tribute to his tactical vision!

Source: chessblogger

Schliemann Defence: Volume 2 – Tactics and Combinations

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

If you are looking to pick up a new opening for Black against 1.e4, you might be interested in the Schliemann Defence and in the collection of tactics in this opening that I just published. It is available both in Kindle and Paperback versions. It is also available on Kobo. The second volume covers combinations in the games played in the repertoire lines and illustrate typical tactical ideas for Black.

 

Contents:
1. Introduction
2. How to Learn Typical Tactics – Follow up Book
3. Typical Themes
4. Early Deviations for White
5. System with 4.d3
6. System with 4.Bxc6
7. System with 4.Nc3
8. Odd Move orders
9. Index of Players
10. About the Author
11. Symbols and Abbreviations Used in the Book
11.1. Position Evaluation
11.2. Move Evaluation

Source: chessblogger

Schliemann Defence – Theory and Practice

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

If you are looking to pick up a new opening for Black against 1.e4, you might be interested in the Schliemann Defence and the repertoire outlined in the book I just published. It is available both in Kindle and Paperback versions. The first volume covers the theoretical variations and sample games. The second volume will contain a collection of combinations that illustrate typical tactical ideas for Black.

High Level repertoire overview and Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Typical themes
3. Overview of Variations
4. Early Deviations for White
5. System with 4.d3
5.1. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. Nc3
5.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Bxc6
5.3. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Nc3
5.4. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 fxe4 5. dxe4 Nf6 6. O-O Bc5 7.Qe2
6. System with 4.Nc3
7. System with 4.Nc3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Nf6 6.Qe2
7.1. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 d5 7. Nxf6+ gxf6 8. d4 Bg7 9. dxe5 O-O 10. Bxc6
7.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Qe2 d5 7. Nxf6+ gxf6 8. d4 Bg7 9. dxe5 O-O 10. e6
8. System with 4.Nc3 dxe4 5.Nxe4 6.Nxf6
8.1. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Nxf6+ Qxf6 7. Qe2 Be7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Nxe5
8.2. Variation 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. Nc3 fxe4 5. Nxe4 Nf6 6. Nxf6+ Qxf6 7. Qe2 Be7 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9. Qxe5
9. Final Classic Example
10. Conclusion
11. How to learn Typical Tactics – follow up book
12. Index of Players and Games
13. About the Author
14. Symbols and Abbreviations Used in the Book
14.1. Position Evaluation
14.2. Move Evaluation

Source: chessblogger

Cecil’s Saturday Puzzle – November 4, 2017

Sunday, November 12th, 2017
from the Winnipeg Free Press

White to mate in 2 (Shire)

Source: Chess Manitoba

More Kaptsan crosstables from the Latvian era

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

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