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The Magnetic Queen – a chess lecture

“The Magnetic Queen” by Rhys Goldstein

“Let us say that a game may be continued in two ways: one of them is a beautiful tactical blow that gives rise to variations that don’t yield to precise calculations; the other is clear positional pressure that leads to an endgame with microscopic chances of victory. I would choose the latter without thinking twice. If the opponent offers keen play I don’t object; but in such cases I get less satisfaction, even if I win, than from a game conducted according to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic.”
~ Anatoly Karpov

Despite his reputation for “boring” play, in this masterpiece, Karpov uses his queen like a magnet and essentially moves the enemy pieces.

Here are the PDF notes for The Magnetic Queen, a lecture given on February 13, 2017 at Annex Chess Club (just before Round Two of the What’s My Name Swiss).

And here is the featured Karpov game:

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The featured image is from the tomb of Queen Nefertari (1295-1255 BCE). She was known by many titles, including Great of Praises (wrt-hzwt), Sweet of Love (bnrt-mrwt), Lady of Grace (nbt-im3t), Lady of The Two Lands (nbt-t3wy), and in the words of her husband Ramses II, ‘The one for whom the sun shines.’ There is no record of her ever having been known as The Magnetic Queen.

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ACC What’s My Name Swiss

What is the name of this tournament? Starting on Monday February 6, exactly 50 years after Muhammad Ali’s famous “What’s my name” fight, this Swiss – which turns out to be only two rounds – is divided in three sections, Crown, U1900, and U1500. The tournament runs just two Monday nights from February 6 to February 13. (Then we’re closed February 20, and the Club Championship starts February 27.)

Coincidentally, the logician and mathematician Raymond Smullyan who wrote What is the name of this book? (1978) died at the age of 97 on that very same Monday February 6. Smullyan may be better remembered in chess circles for his Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes (1979) featuring “retrograde” chess problems in which previous moves of the game must be deduced from the current position.

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Round One – February 6

Before the first round starts, Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy presents a half-hour lecture titled “Chess Miniatures: the first-round knockouts of chess.” (Details will be posted.)

In U1500, three brand new unrated players join the tournament and all three make a name for themselves: Sasha Chapin defeats Evgeny Kalmanson, David Chodoriwsky defeats Alex Geddie, and Brett Kingsbury defeats Eli Teram. Meanwhile, interesting Round-1 results include Harry Chen (1425) upsetting Salim Belcadi (1641) in U1900 and, in the Crown section, Max England (2042) upsetting Dave Southam (2247), who just won the previous event.

Here is the Southam/England game:

And here’s another game, this time featuring William Li and Armand Jess Mendoza:

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Round Two – February 13

Before the round, Rhys Goldstein starts the night off with a well-received lecture titled “The Magnetic Queen,” starting at 6:50 pm. In this intriguing talk, he shows a game in which former World Champion, Anatoly Karpov, uses his queen like a magnet to move his opponent’s pieces. (See the lecture notes.)

And that’s it! We’re cutting this tournament short at two rounds to make room for the six-round Club Championship ahead of our bid to host the Toronto Closed, pending GTCL approval.

Reminder: ACC is CLOSED next Monday February 20 for Family Day

Our Club Championship is a six-round event starting February 27, in two sections: Crown (min. 1700) and Reserve (under 1800).


Final Ranking cross-tables after Round 2

ACC What’s My Name Swiss Crown

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Humphreys Michael 2314 CAN 13b1 14w1 2
2 Liu Zhanhe (lambert) 2172 CAN 14b1 8w1 2
3 Noritsyn Sergey 2241 CAN 11b1 1.5
4 Zotkin Daniel 2231 CAN 12b1 1.5
5 England Max 2042 CAN 15b1 1.5
6 Malakhovets Sergey 2035 CAN 11w½ 15b1 1.5
7 Akophyan Nika 1810 CAN -1 1.5
8 Li William 2194 CAN 9w1 2b0 1
9 Mendoza Armand Jess 1914 CAN 8b0 13w1 1
10 Stefanovic Miroslav 2152 CAN 12w½ 1
11 Calvelo Jelvis 2207 CAN 6b½ 3w0 0.5
12 Fines John 1883 CAN 10b½ 4w0 0.5
13 Mcsherry Peter 2070 CAN 1w0 9b0 0
14 Qiao Cindy 1901 CAN 2w0 1b0 0
15 Southam David 2247 CAN 5w0 6w0 0

See full results at Chess-Results.com

ACC What’s My Name Swiss U1900

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Ab-Barin Hooshang 1711 CAN 14w1 10b1 2
2 Diemer Ulli 1619 CAN 7b1 4w1 2
3 Ramesh Bharath 1669 CAN 8b1 1.5
4 Ugodnikov Arkadiy 1789 CAN 6w1 2b0 1
5 Armstrong Robert J. 1715 CAN 16b1 0 1
6 Qiao Joey 1475 CAN 4b0 13w1 1
7 Jevtic Dragan 1364 CAN 2w0 11b1 1
8 Pei Eric 1344 CAN 13b1 3w0 1
9 Vigneswaramoorthy Vinorth 1628 CAN 15w1 0 1
10 Chen Harry (siqi) 1425 CAN 12w1 1w0 1
11 Teram Eli 1077 CAN 7w0 0.5
12 Belcadi Salim 1641 CAN 10b0 0 0
13 Gelowitz Mark A. 1490 CAN 8w0 6b0 0
14 David Jean-Marc 1443 CAN 1b0 0 0
15 Zhang Henry Xianrui 1403 CAN 9b0 0 0
16 Abbarin Shabnam 1467 CAN 5w0 0 0

See full results at Chess-Results.com

ACC What’s My Name Swiss U1500

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd Pts.
1 Finkelstein Michael 1291 CAN 9w1 6b1 2
2 Chapin Sasha 0 CAN 5w1 13b1 2
3 Kingsbury Brett 0 CAN 10w1 8b1 2
4 Patton Mark A. 1316 CAN 13b1 0 1
5 Kalmanson Evgeny 1151 CAN 2b0 9w1 1
6 Chodoriwsky David 0 CAN 12b1 1w0 1
7 Goldfarb Adam 1384 CAN 11w1 0 1
8 Noritsyn Ivan 967 CAN 3w0 0.5
9 Souchko Larissa 889 CAN 1b0 5b0 0
10 Teram Eli 1077 CAN 3b0 0 0
11 Stahlbrand Kevin 1032 CAN 7b0 0 0
12 Geddie Alex 1133 CAN 6w0 0 0
13 Fitzgerald Jimmy 944 CAN 4w0 2w0 0

See full results at Chess-Results.com

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On February 6, 1967, Muhammad Ali defeated Ernie Terrell in a 15-round decision, repeatedly asking his opponent “What’s my name?” during the fight. (Terrell had been calling Ali by his birth name, Cassius Clay, before their match.)

Muhammad Ali died on June 3 last summer.

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Beware the Cavalry!

The knight with its funny L-shaped move is one of the hardest pieces to master, and even experienced players sometimes lose a game by missing a knight fork tactic.

“Inexperienced players have a fear of this piece, which seems to them enigmatic, mysterious, and astonishing in
its power. We must admit that it has remarkable characteristics which compel respect and occasionally surprise
the most wary players.”
~ Eugène Znosko-Borovsky, 1936

In a recent chess lecture at ACC, veteran Toronto chess player and teacher, Erik Malmsten, explains a circle visualization method and a square-colour alert to help train your brain to watch out for potential threats by these tricky pieces!

Check out the full lesson here (in .pdf format).

And here are the games (as a zipped .pgn) from the lesson – with a few bonus ones thrown in!

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The featured image is from a photograph by Maarten van den Heuvel.

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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!

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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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A Chess Lecture on Losing

Rhys Goldstein
Rhys Goldstein

“The Role of the Loser” by Rhys Goldstein

…a lecture on losing inspired by the following quote:

“What we shouldn’t forget is that it takes two very good players to create a brilliant game. I always feel the role of the loser in a brilliancy is underestimated. I always thought the loser should really get the money for the brilliancy prize. The winner’s happy anyway.”

– Bill Hartston

  • 6:50-7:20 pm
  • 918 Bathurst
  • Mon March 23
  • $5 casual drop-in fee
  • Free for ACC members and chess students

If you missed the lecture, here is a great article version (pdf) of the lecture: Role_of_the_Loser

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