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Lecture, Blitz Tournament, and Pub Night!

December 21 is a special event night at Annex Chess Club

Pawn Sacrifice – DVD Release

Online Poster Art

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

Many of us saw the film in theatres. (See trailer.) Now it’s set for release on DVD/VOD December 22 – a great Christmas gift for a chess player!

Chess Lecture

Omar Shah: “Gain Elo by Kilo” 6:30 to 7:20 pm

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Asking the audience to identify the most important chess skill for the club player (1500-1800) to develop, Omar proposed calculation.

Visualization is an important component, since players must be able to calculate lines over the board without changing the position. (“Don’t move the #@%$& pieces!” was a memorable line from a group of players Omar used to analyze with every week.)

But this time, Omar stressed training with studies (realistic situations requiring analysis, not tactics problems with an obvious tactical theme); training with friends (not computers, since only friends can make fun of you if you can’t find the move); and working on your own games (never decline an offer for post mortem analysis, and wait at least a week before putting your game into the computer).

He also discussed nutrition, hydration (always have a water bottle with you, and don’t drink coffee), and the fascinating topic of how players actually think at the chess board.

For illustration, Omar showed one of his own games and a study. At the important moment in his game, Omar gave the audience 3 minutes to find a concrete short-term plan.

The study was:
White Kf2,Rh7,Bh8 & g6
Black Kg8,Rf8,f7
White to move and win.

Can you solve it? We’ll post the solution in a week.

ACC Pawn Sacrifice Blitz Tournament

  • Time control: 4m + 2s
  • 5 double rounds
  • 1 open section
  • Games start at 7:30
  • FIDE and CFC rated.

Celebrating the release of Pawn Sacrifice on DVD/VOD December 22, overall and class winners will receive a Pawn Sacrifice DVD prize compliments of Elevation Pictures!

Elevation RGB Version

Prize Winners

Thanks to all who came out, and apologies to a group of 3 or 4 players who showed up for the tournament but found CFC membership too big an added cost.

At the end of the night, the winner of the tournament was Joseph Bellissimo. Class winners were Miroslav Stefanovic and Marko Stevelic. Congratulations, Joseph, Miroslav, and Marko. Enjoy your DVDs!

Pub Night

After the tournament (around 10:30 pm) a group of chess players headed over to Pauper’s Pub for a night of food and drink and conversation!

paupers

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The girl in the featured picture is of course the young Canadian chess celebrity Ashley Tapp – playing some charity blitz with Santa.

Is Santa a strong player? Check out one of his games from 1908.

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ACC New Year’s Blitz

New Year’s Blitz Tournament – January 6

Annex Chess Club kicked off 2014 with a blitz tournament – five double rounds (two games, one as black and one as white, against the same opponent) at a time control of 4+2 (all moves in a total of 4 minutes each, with 2 seconds added before each move).

At the end of the night, Wajdy Shebetah won clear first, young Nicholas Vettese won clear second, and veteran Erik Malmsten tied with our arbiter, Tyler Longo, for third. Congratulations to the winners and good luck to all – in chess as in life – in 2014!

Complete results are posted below.

Wajdy Shebetah
Wajdy Shebetah

SwissSys Standings. New Year’s Blitz 2014

# Name CFC ID Ratng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Wajdy Shebetah 148432 2215 $17 $10 $6 $5 %2 9.0
2 Nicholas Vettese 154199 1956 $20 $13 D5 $7 %1 7.5
3 Erik Malmsten 100196 1941 $24 %7 %8 $14 %5 7.0
4 Tyler Longo 135360 2039 B— %17 $13 W10 $11 7.0
5 Joseph Bellissimo 147544 2027 $25 $12 #2 L1 %3 6.5
6 Alexandre Michelashvili 149568 2020 $18 $19 L1 D11 $17 6.5
7 Rolando Renteria 152626 2209 $21 %3 $11 L2 W8 6.0
8 Miroslav Stefanovic 154500 2003 $27 %15 %3 W9 W7 6.0
9 Bill Evans 103309 2046 $23 L11 $15 W8 W10 6.0
10 Jonathan Farine 148113 1952 $14 L1 $18 W4 W9 6.0
11 Daniel Wiebe 132137 1844 $16 $9 L7 #6 L4 5.5
12 Manuela Renteria 152627 1749 $22 L5 %20 #16 W15 5.5
13 Ulli Diemer 153538 1659 $28 L2 L4 #22 $20 5.5
14 Daniele Pirri 132983 1268 L10 #23 $21 L3 $25 5.5
15 Josep Sobrepere 152976 1664 $29 %8 L9 %20 W12 5.0
16 Julian Pulgarin 140527 1052 L11 $25 #19 D12 W18 5.0
17 Adrian Chin 155527 1614 L1 %4 $26 $24 L6 5.0
18 Bill Thornton 131181 1442 L6 $22 L10 $19 W16 5.0
19 Hooshang Ab-barin 152910 1735 $26 L6 D16 L18 $24 4.5
20 Richard Morrison 135889 1292 L2 $28 %12 %15 L13 4.0
21 Jack Maguire 144604 1609 L7 %24 L14 W23 $26 4.0
22 Dennis Li 153129 919 L12 L18 $28 D13 %23 3.5
23 Timothy Vince unr. L9 D14 %25 W21 %22 3.5
24 Raymond Lin 150193 1187 L3 %21 $27 L17 L19 3.0
25 David Fletcher 105301 1559 L5 L16 %23 $27 L14 3.0
26 Howard Halim 153419 797 L19 W27 L17 %28 L21 2.0
27 Larissa Souchko 145490 1313 L8 W26 L24 L25 %28 2.0
28 Tyler Tannahill unr. L13 L20 L22 %26 %27 2.0
29 Arno Lowi 155277 682 L15 U— U— U— U— 0.0

Legend
L=0
D=0.5
W=%=1
#=1.5
$=2

The 2014 Club Championship starts next Monday and runs for six Mondays, not including Family Day. Round One starts at 7:30 pm on January 13. (Arrive by 7:00 pm to register.)

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