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
Prizes: Trophies and cash prizes
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
Sponsors: Contact Paul Leblanc
Organizer: Victoria Chess (Paul Leblanc)
Black to move.
NM Wilson1 vs. NCM Vas Sladek, ICC 3 2 blitz, November 11, 2017
The black bishop is under attack but do we care? What's Black's best move?
28. ... Qh4 (since the e1 rook is hanging, the black bishop is safe) 29. Qa5 Qf2+ 30. Kh1 Rf7 (Mate can not be avoided) 31. Qd8+ Rxd8 ( and Rh7+ next will lead to mate) 0-1
White to move.
28. Rxe7! Kxe7 29. Bxb4+ Kf7 30. Bxd5+ Kg7 +- and White is winning because the bishop pair will get to have lots of fun in this open position. Always make room for your bishops and try to keep them both. Here the two bishops are stronger than black's rook.
IM Rahul Shetty vs. NCM Vas Sladek, ICC blitz 2017
NCM Vas Sladek
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