This is a draw since neither King can stray too far from the e-pawns. Foe example. 1. ...Kxa6?? 2.e6 and Black can't stop pawn promotion.
NCM Vas Sladek- NM Wilson1 ICC blitz November 2017
This position is from the Vancouver Rapid Chess League round 3. White is a junior player and when you play against these youngsters you can expect some wild positions. Black is fine here but he's taking too long. He needs to bang out a few moves to take advantage of the 5 second increment.
1. Nh3 Rh2 ( I prefer h4) 2. Bxg3 Rxh3 3. Bf2 Ra3 4. Rh1 Ra1+ 5. Be1 and Black's flag fell 1-0
David, Sherry and Dejan Radic (league debut) played well in round 3 of the Vancouver Rapid Chess League. They were down by a point heading into round three but they had two whites. And they made them count by winning with both. David took on the VCS 2 star master player Davaa-Ochir Nyamdorj and almost won. He could have forced a draw but kept fighting instead (full marks!)
Tri-Cities chess 4.5-4.5 Vancouver Chess School 2
The league continues in December.
Sherry, Dejan and David after the match.
This is what my regular Thursday night chess club visit looks like. Since my Thursday schedule only allows for about thirty minutes of play, it's a quick visit. Four old timers filed in. One generously shared his box of dates. And all four guys are the nicest chess club dudes you will meet.
I got to play Ed Enns who happens to be the club dynamo. He's always there and will answer your questions. His high rating is 1470. Today he is below 1000.
Take a look at our position. White (Ed Enns) to play. His knight is en prise but there is a bigger problem for White. Do you see it?
Black's extra rook translates into more POWER. White saves his knight with 1. Ne2 but Rh5# is mate. 0-1
Come down to the club and meet the guys. Perhaps you'll score some free dates.
Chess expert Michael Yip used to play chess in Vancouver and then he sold one of his condos, rented out the other and left for Budapest, Hungary. He's been there for years, living the chess dream.
I must say, I'm a bit jealous. I wish I could just play chess all year. But I also have other dreams. Like teaching my growing kids a few things; and becoming a professional landscape blogger. But still, it must be nice to play lots of chess. All year.
One surprising thing is that Michael hasn't really rocketed his FIDE ELO. I would move to Hungary if I wanted a CM or FM titles. In practice though, it's very tough to gain lots of rating points. Michael's rating as of today is 1949.
Here's one of his recent games.
I know, most of you are blitz addicts. But it's better for your chess to play longer games. I was lucky to make a new friend online. He's Cecil Moncur, the Bahamas' first FIDE Master and he prefers to play longer games. His FIDE ELO is around 2000 which makes him a decent training partner. Below is our most recent game.
You can share your games in the comments below. Have fun! Play better chess.
If you're over 50, mark your calendars for June. Also, the Canadian Senior Championships are being held in Calgary in August 2018. That might be a nice follow up. And if you're one eager senior player then consider playing in the World Senior Championships in Bled, Slovenia in November 2018.
2018 BC Senior Championship
22-24 June 2018
Location: Comfort Inn and Suites, 166th Street at Fraser Hwy, Surrey, BC
Sections: One section, CFC rated
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Entry Fee: $50 up to May 21st, then $60 up to June 21st. $75 on site up to 5pm on June 22nd. Free entry for GM/IM/WGM.
Time Control: Game/90+30 sec. increment
5 Rounds: Fri 6pm, Sat 10am and 3pm, Sun 10am and 3pm
Accommodation: Comfort Inn 604-576-8888. $124/night; free parking, internet and hot breakfast. Mention Victoria Chess when booking. www.comfortinnsurrey.com
Registration: registration Online (coming soon) or send e-mail transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail cheque payable to Paul Leblanc, 1012 Spiritwood Pl, Victoria, BC V8Y 1C6 or register onsite up to 5pm Fri 22 June
CFC membership required. BC residents annual fee $38. Available from the CFC, or purchase with advance registration or on site. Or purchase tournament membership (TM) $16 with registration (good for this event only). Free TM for unrated BC players
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WHITE TO MOVE
How do we cover the knight on c3?
20. Rb3? (Not this way. 20. Rec1 was good, keeping the rooks connected). Rxb3 21. Qxb3
Bxd4! (Tactics, again!) 22. bxc6 bxc6 23. Rc1 Nxe3! 24. Nce2 Nxg2 25. Kxg2 Bb6 26. Qd3 Qc5 27. Rf1
NCM Vas Sladek vs. Beinai 2430, 3 0 blitz
Black to move.
White has just played 40. Kg2? and you can punish him. Try to calculate as deep as you can. Daily tactics training can pay off in your own games.
NCM Vas Sladek
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