Hung Up

Gull 3 (3116) vs Hannibal 1.5×12 (2998)
TCEC Season 7 – Stage 2
Rd 5
D41 QGD: Semi-Tarrasch, Keres Counterattack

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 c5 5. cxd5 cxd4 6. Qxd4 exd5 7. e4 Nc6 8. Bb5 dxe4 9. Qxd8+ Kxd8 10. Ng5 Be6 11. O-O Kc7 12. Ngxe4 Nxe4 13. Nxe4 Rd8 14. Bf4+ Kb6 15. Ba4 f5 16. Nc3 Bc4 17. Rfc1 h6 18. h4 Bb4 19. a3 Be7 20. b3 Bd3 21. Bxc6 bxc6 22. Re1 Bxh4 23. Na4+ Kb7 24. Nc5+ Kb6 25. Rac1 Rd5 26. Be3 f4 27. Bxf4 Bf6 28. Be3 Bf5 29. Ne4+ Kb7 30. Nxf6 gxf6 31. Rc4 Rh7 32. Rec1 Bd7 33. Bc5 a6 34. a4 h5 35. Rf4 h4 36. Kh2 Rd3 37. Rb4+ Kc7 38. Rb6 a5 39. Ra6 Rxb3 40. Rxa5 Rg7 41. Ra7+ Kb8 42. Rd1 Rb7 43. Ra5 Rb3 44. Rd6 Rf7 45. Be3 Rb4 46. Rd3 Rh7 47. Bc5 Rb1 48. Bd4 1-0

The game ended when “Black’s connection stalls.” Black got “hung up,” as we say in the South, as in, “Honey, I got hung up at work,” or, “Honey, I got hung up in traffic,” or my favorite, “Honey, I got hung up paying the bar tab.” That is when she says, “Honey, it is obvious our connection has stalled.” This actually happened to me back in the ’70’s. It went something like this:

Blues Brothers Tunnel Scene

It is not just chess playing machines that sometimes become “hung up.” A recent example would be GM John Nunn, called “Dr. Death” at the House of Pain, by a Master level player from England, David Fletcher. In an article, “John Nunn Behind the Board Again at World Seniors,” (, Peter Doggers writes, “He played his last official game of chess in August 2006, but now he’s back at the chess board: John Nunn. The English GM and acclaimed author is playing in the 50+ World Seniors in Katerini, Greece.”

Dr. Death had produced four wins and one draw before sitting down behind the Black soldiers in the sixth round to face GM Zurab Sturua from the country of Georgia.

GM Matthew Sadler left a comment on October 28, 2014, “However, this is not a dream story as of yet. Nunn’s first tournament in eight years is a tough one with no less than 11 rounds scheduled. Besides, yesterday he suffered a devastating loss”:

Sturua, Zurab (2523) vs. Nunn, John D M (2602)
World Senior 50+ 2014 | Katerini GRE | Round 6.1 | 29 Oct 2014 | ECO: E60 |

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c6 5. Bg2 d5 6. Qb3 O-O 7. O-O Qb6 8. Nc3 Na6 9. Qxb6 axb6 10. Na4 Nd7 11. cxd5 cxd5 12. Bd2 e6 13. Rfc1 b5 14. Nc3 b4 15. Nb5 Nb6 16. b3 Rd8 17. Ne5 Bf8 18. Nd3 Bd7 19. Nc7 Rac8 20. Bg5 1-0

The Chess Bomb ( showed this possible line leaving White up “only” 1.1 (20… Nb8 21. Nc5 Bc6 22. Bxd8 Rxd8 23. a4 bxa3 24. N7xe6 fxe6 25. Nxe6 Re8 26. Nxf8 Rxf8). In the modern chess world this game would have been played to checkmate, but Dr. Nunn comes from the chess world of last century. One of the kibitzers on the Bomb explained the decision to resign as ” self-disgust.” This is the kind of thing that happens to a 59 year old player who has not played in almost a decade. Fatigue takes a toll and the brain gets “hung-up.” A Senior begins playing moves that look good to him in his mind, but once played on the board he soon realizes his “connection has stalled.” This leads to what is popularly called a “brain cramp.” Nearing 60 a man realizes that out of a week of days he will have one or two when things just do not seem to compute. He is working just as hard at the board as the day before but realizes things are not quite right because his brain is “hung-up.” This is disconcerting to a Senior in the same way as when he calls on the Old Soldier to jump to “Ten Hut!” but it remains “at ease.” In addition, Dr. Nunn’s biorhythms ( ) show he was, and is, at his low ebb intellectually and will stay there for the duration of the tournament. This is mitigated somewhat by his being in a high phase physically, or it could be made worse because when one has much energy it is more difficult to understand why such poor moves are being produced.

Madonna – Hung Up (Official Music Video)

Southeastern FIDE Championship on Livestream

Chacha Nugroho sends this report on the Southeastern FIDE Championship, which will be held at the Charlotte Chess Center & Scholastic Academy ( The first round is Friday, October 31, 2014; 7:30PM. The website (!southeast-fide-championship/cxan) shows 31 players on the Pre-Registered List, heading by GM Ben Finegold. IM’s Ronald Burnett and Kassa Korley have entered, along with FM’s William Fisher, the number two seed, and Peter Bereolos. Georgia players include Benjamin Moon; Reece Thompson; Grant Oen; Kapish Potula; Arthur Guo; & Carter Peatman.

Hi Michael,

Just want to give you information that Peter Giannatos will broadcast games from Southeastern FIDE Championship.!southeast-fide-championship/cxan

And in as well. He as at least 1 DGT board, but we trying to provide 3 DGT boards for 3 live games. I probably will ask Peter to have scan of scoresheets during the tournament, so crowd may help to convert to PGN as well, like in US Masters.



Joe Cocker – Watching The River Flow (LIVE in Berlin) HD

Draw Eliminates Kings from Playoffs

The Atlanta Kings season ended last night when, needing a win, they could only manage a draw with the Sharks of Miami. The Kings were eliminated from the playoffs.

Week 10: Miami Sharks (MIA 2406) vs Atlanta Kings (ATL 2405)

​Tuesday, October 28, 7:40pm

1. GM Julio Becerra (MIA 2626) – Deepak Aaron (ATL 2446) 1/2

2. ​FM Kazim Gulamali (ATL 2397) – FM Marcel Martinez (MIA 2474) 0-1

3. Federico Gonzalez (MIA 2315) – FM Daniel Gurevich (ATL 2393) 1/2

​4. Richard Francisco ​(ATL 2382) – Oscar Maldonado (MIA 2209) ​1-0

Match Tied 2-2

Becerra,Julio (2626) – Aaron,Deepak (2446) [C78]
USCL Week 10 Internet Chess Club, 28.10.2014

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.axb5 axb5 9.c3 d6 10.d4 Bb6 11.Na3 Bg4 12.Nxb5 0-0 13.Be3 d5 14.exd5 Nxd5 15.Bg5 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Qxg5 17.Bxd5 Ne7 18.Bc4 exd4 19.Nxd4 Ng6 20.Nc6 Rbe8 21.Rfe1 Nh4 22.Qd5 Qf6 23.Kh1 g6 24.f4 Rxe1+ 25.Rxe1 Nf5 26.g3 Ne3 27.Qe4 Ng4 28.Kg2 Qd6 29.Ne7+ Kg7 30.Nd5 Nf6 31.Nxf6 Qxf6 32.Rd1 Rd8 33.Rxd8 Qxd8 34.Bd5 c5 35.Qe5+ Qf6 36.Kf3 Qxe5 37.fxe5 f5 38.Ke2 Bc7 39.e6 Kf6 40.Kd3 Ke7 41.Kc4 Bd6 42.Kb5 h5 43.Kc4 g5 44.Kd3 h4 45.gxh4 gxh4 46.h3 Kf6 47.Kc4 Ke7 48.Kb5 Kf6 49.Kc6 Be7 50.Bc4 Bf8 51.Kd7 Be7 52.Be2 Bf8 53.Bd3 f4 54.Be2 Be7 55.Bg4 Bf8 56.Bf3 Be7 57.Bd5 Bf8 58.Bf3 Be7 59.Bd5 1/2-1/2

Gulamali,Kazim (2397) – Martinez,Marcel (2474) [D18]
USCL Week 10 Internet Chess Club, 28.10.2014

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.d4 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Bb4 8.0-0 0-0 9.Ne5 Nbd7 10.Qb3 a5 11.Nxd7 Qxd7 12.Rd1 Qe7 13.f3 e5 14.e4 Bg6 15.Be3 Rfd8 16.d5 Bc5 17.Bxc5 Qxc5+ 18.Kh1 h5 19.Rd3 h4 20.Rf1 Rac8 21.Qa2 Qb4 22.b3 Nh5 23.Qf2 Nf4 24.Re3 Qc5 25.g3 Nh5 26.Kg2 Qe7 27.Kh1 Rd6 28.Ree1 hxg3 29.hxg3 Bh7 30.Rg1 Qg5 31.Rg2 Rg6 32.Reg1 Qh6 33.Rh2 Qg5 34.Rh3 Rh6 35.Kh2 Rd8 36.f4 Qe7 37.f5 Qg5 38.Kg2 Nf4+ 0-1

Gonzalez,Federico (2315) – Gurevich,Daniel (2393) [B30]
USCL Week 10 Internet Chess Club, 28.10.2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.Nc3 dxe5 8.Nxe5 Nxc3 9.Nxc6 Nxd1 10.Nxd8 Kxd8 11.Kxd1 Be6 12.Bd3 Bd5 13.f3 e6 14.Bf4 Rc8 15.Ke2 Kd7 16.Rhc1 Bd6 17.Bxd6 Kxd6 18.a3 h6 19.Ke3 g5 20.Rc3 Rxc3 21.bxc3 Rc8 22.Kd2 f5 23.h4 f4 24.hxg5 hxg5 25.Rh1 g4 26.Be4 gxf3 27.gxf3 Bxe4 28.fxe4 Rg8 29.Rh6 Rg2+ 30.Kd3 Rg3+ 31.Kc4 b5+ 32.Kxb5 Re3 33.e5+ Kd5 34.Kb4 f3 35.Rf6 Ke4 36.Kc4 a6 37.Rf8 Re1 38.d5 exd5+ 39.Kc5 f2 40.e6 Kd3 41.Rxf2 Rxe6 42.Kxd5 Re8 43.Rf3+ Kc2 44.c4 Rd8+ 45.Kc5 Rc8+ 46.Kb4 Rb8+ 47.Ka5 Rc8 48.Rf4 Rc6 49.Kb4 Rb6+ 50.Kc5 Rb8 51.Kd6 Kb3 52.c5 Kxa3 53.c6 a5 54.c7 Rc8 55.Kd7 Rh8 56.c8Q Rxc8 57.Kxc8 a4 58.Kb7 Kb3 59.Kb6 a3 60.Kb5 a2 61.Rf1 Kb2 62.Kb4 a1Q 63.Rf2+ Kc1 64.Rf1+ Kb2 65.Rxa1 Kxa1 1/2-1/2

Francisco,Richard (2382) – Maldonado,Oscar (2209) [B30]
USCL Week 10 Internet Chess Club, 28.10.2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg4 6.Be3 e5 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Nf6 9.Nd2 Nd7 10.Qg3 Qf6 11.0-0 Qg6 12.Qh2 Be7 13.Nc4 Qe6 14.f4 exf4 15.Bxf4 0-0 16.a4 b5 17.Ne3 c4 18.Nf5 Bf6 19.Qg3 Ne5 20.Nd4 Qe7 21.Nf5 Qe6 22.Bg5 Bxg5 23.Qxg5 Ng6 24.h4 Qd7 25.Qg4 Qa7+ 26.d4 f6 27.Kh1 Rad8 28.h5 Kf7 29.c3 Ne7 30.Qxg7+ Ke8 31.axb5 cxb5 32.Rxa6 Qb7 33.Nd6+ Rxd6 34.Rxd6 Qxe4 35.Rd8+ Kxd8 36.Qxf8+ Kd7 37.Qxf6 Qe2 38.Qf3 Qxb2 39.Qb7+ Ke8 40.Re1 Qa3 41.Qxb5+ Kf7 42.Qxc4+ Kg7 43.Qb4 Qxb4 44.cxb4 Nd5 45.b5 Kf6 46.Re5 Nb6 47.Rc5 Ke7 48.Rc6 Nd5 49.b6 Kd7 50.b7 Kxc6 51.b8Q Nb6 52.Qe5 Nd5 53.Qe6+ Kc7 54.Qxd5 Kc8 55.Qf7 Kb8 56.Qxh7 Kc8 57.Qg7 Kb8 58.h6 Ka8 59.h7 1-0

Because of the rating cap it is difficult to take the USCL seriously. Each team must have an average rating of 2400 except when, “3. Any player rated above 2600 will count as only 2600 when determining whether a lineup has a legal average; this is done to reward teams for using the strongest players in the country on their rosters.” Or when, “4. Any player rated below 2000 will count as 2000 when determining whether a lineup has a legal average; this is done to keep lineups reasonably balanced.” (

This makes no sense whatsoever. When the Kings played the St. Louis Arch Bishops GM Wesley So, the number ten player in the world, was rated 2751, yet for USCL purposes his rating was considered to be 2600. Theoretically, a team could field three 2700 players and an 1800 on last board under USCL rules. If the 2700 rated players were actually considered to be 2700, then the last board would have to be manned by a player rated 1500. This obviously greatly favors teams fortunate enough to have players rated over 2600, lessening the chance an underdog team has of making the playoffs. Like the tax laws in this country favoring the wealthy and corporations, now considered “people” under the law ( & (, USCL rules favor the teams rich in higher rated players. Unless and until the rules are changed the USCL has little credibility.

The Kings were led this season by NM Richard Francisco, who scored an amazing 7 1/2 out of 9 games. The Frisco Kid played 3 games more than any other player, and scored an astounding 4 1/2 more points than the second highest scoring player, NM Damir Studen. He also had the highest PR. If a team MVP is chosen, Mr. Francisco is the man.

1. GM Alonso Zapata 2555 – 1.0/3 (2518 PR)

2. Deepak Aaron 2446 – 1.5/5 (2309 PR)

​3. IM Carlos Perdomo 2400 – 1.5/3​ (2524 PR)

4. FM Kazim Gulamali 2397 – 0.5/4​ (2172 PR)

​5. FM Daniel Gurevich 2393 – 1.5/3 (2412 PR)

​6. Richard Francisco 2382 – 7.5/9​ (2531 PR)​

​7. Damir Studen 2372 – 3.0/6 (2439 PR)

8. Michael Corallo 2284 – 1.0/2 (2115 PR)

9. Leonardo Martinez 2266 – 2.0/3 (2395 PR)

​10. Sanjay Ghatti 2245 – 0.0/1 (1870 PR)

11. Lawrence White 2179 – 0.5/1 (2074 PR)

Get Smart: Missed it by that much

Houdini 4 Passes Turing Test

Houdini 4 (3224) – Chiron 2 (3049)
TCEC Season 7 – Stage 2
Rd 2
Queen’s Pawn: 2.Nf3

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 a6 3. c4 e6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Bxe7 Nxe7 7. e3 Bf5 8. Bd3 c6 9. Nc3 Nd7 10. O-O O-O 11. Qc2 Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Re8 13. Rad1 g6 14. Ne2 Nf5 15. Nf4 a5 16. Qb3 Nd6 17. a4 Kg7 18. Rfe1 Qf6 19. Rc1 Qe7 20. Nd3 Nf8 21. Rb1 Ne6 22. Nd2 Nc7 23. Red1 Red8 24. h3 Nce8 25. Rbc1 Nf6 26. Nc5 Re8 27. Re1 Qc7 28. Rc2 Re7 29. Rec1 Nd7 30. Qc3 Kg8 31. Nd3 Nf6 32. Qb3 Qd8 33. Nc5 Ra7 34. Rf1 Kg7 35. Rcc1 Ra8 36. Rc3 Rb8 37. Qc2 Rc8 38. Nd3 Qc7 39. Rb3 Ra8 40. Rc1 Rae8 41. Rc3 Nfe4 42. Nxe4 Nxe4 43. Rb3 Ra8 44. Nc5 Nd6 45. Qe2 Rae8 46. Rbc3 Qb6 47. Rd3 Qa7 48. Rb3 Ra8 49. Rbc3 Qb6 50. Qc2 Qd8 51. Rd1 Rc7 52. Rb3 Qh4 53. Rc1 Re7 54. Qd1 Rf8 55. Qd2 f5 56. Re1 Kg8 57. Nd3 Nc4 58. Qc2 g5 59. Kh2 g4 60. Nf4 gxh3 61. g3 Qg4 62. Qe2 Rf6 63. Rc3 Rh6 64. b3 Nd6 65. Rc5 Ne4 66. Rxa5 Re8 67. Ra7 Qg7 68. Rf1 Qe7 69. b4 Qc7 70. Qa6 Nd6 71. Qa5 Qb8 72. Rc1 Ne4 73. Rc2 Ng5 74. Kh1 Kh8 75. Nd3 Rg6 76. b5 Nf3 77. Nf4 Rg7 78. b6 Reg8 79. Rc1 h5 80. Rxb7 Qxb7 81. Qb4 h4 82. Qd6 Kh7 83. Nh5 hxg3 84. fxg3 Rg6 85. Qf4 Ng5 86. Qxf5 Qe7 87. Qe5 Qf8 88. Qf4 Ne4 89. Qxf8 Rxf8 0-1

Houdini 4 first went wrong with 76 b5. The program’s own analysis showed 76 Ne5, keeping the Black Knight out of f3, but for some yet as to be determined reason the program made the pawn move. Then on move 80, Houdini 4 melted down completely by trading a Rook for only pawn. Houdini’s analysis showed it was expecting 79…Ng5, but when Chiron 2 played 79…h5, Houdini 4 was obviously flummoxed. Chiron 2 showed 80 Nxh5 as best.

When asked what had gone wrong with Houdini 4 its handler said, “Today Houdini 4 passed the Turing test because it played like a human. As to why, we have just finished a psychiatric diagnostic of Houdini 4. The answer is on the screen.”


When asked to elaborate, the plug was pulled.

An interesting checkmate: Computer chess engines

TCEC Stage 2 “a pure lab for beautiful novelties”

This notice appeared on the TCEC (Thoresen Chess Engine Competition) website:

“…Stage 2 will be played without an opening book this Season. This idea was advocated by several TCEC fans and Martin thought it ought to be tried. Initially I was skeptical, but after thinking about it, I could not imagine a better time or a better way to stimulate interest in the tournament. If the aim was entertainment, we had to try it. We will all see what happens and Martin will determine if bookless Stages ought to be a recurring feature in TCEC.” (


“TCEC Stage 2 starts today with average ELO 3000+”

“The second stage of the Top Computer Chess Championship TCEC starts today with a brilliant field of average 3000+ ELO. The favorites Stockfish, Komodo, Houdini, and Gull, as well as ten more engines are starting the competition tonight, live at the official website.”

“This stage of TCEC is unique – the engines will not be allowed to use opening books, making TCEC a pure lab for beautiful novelties. This is the first time TCEC excludes opening books in search of discoveries of novelties and new lines, something very probable given the strength of the engines and the monster processing power of the super-computer behind TCEC.” (

Unfortunately the format is only for Stage 2.

“Stages 3 and 4, being double round robin and allowing engines to play all openings from both sides of the board, do not require the same exacting level of play-balance as Stage 1. Instead, lowering the draw-rate assumes much greater importance as otherwise you will likely see 70-75% of the games ending in draws given the hardware being used, the time control and the strength of the engines that make it into these Stages. Such a high draw-rate could get boring. We have an aversion to anything boring.”

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way (Official Music Video)

The Best Chess on the Internet

This game was played in Stage 1b of the TCEC tournament for chess “engines.”

Junior 13.3 (2921) v Nightmare 7.82a (2808)
TCEC Season 7 – Stage 1b
Rd 9

Queen’s Indian: Nimzowitsch, 5.b3 b5 6.cxb5

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 b5 6. cxb5 Bxb5 7. Nc3 Bb4 8. Bd2 Bc6 9. Bg2 Qc8 10. O-O O-O 11. d5 Bxc3 12. Bxc3 Nxd5 13. Bb2 Ne7 14. e4 d6 15. Qd4 f6 16. Qc4 Kh8 17. Nd4 e5 18. Nxc6 Nbxc6 19. b4 Rb8 20. Bc3 Nd8 21. Rac1 Qe6 22. Qa6 Ndc6 23. Rfd1 Rb6 24. Qe2 a6 25. a3 Qf7 26. Qd3 Nd8 27. Bd2 Ne6 28. Be3 Rb5 29. Rf1 c6 30. a4 Rxb4 31. Qxd6 Rxa4 32. Rb1 Nd4 33. Rb7 Re8 34. Rfb1 h6 35. Qd7 a5 36. Bh3 Qf8 37. Kg2 Ng8 38. Bxd4 Rxd4 39. Qxc6 a4 40. Ra7 Ne7 41. Qc7 Rxe4 42. Bd7 Rd8 43. Be6 Re8 44. Qc5 Rd4 45. Rc7 a3 46. Rbb7 Ng6 47. Qc2 Ne7 48. Qb3 Nc8 49. Bd7 Rxd7 50. Rxd7 Nd6 51. Ra7 Nf5 52. Qa4 a2 53. Qxa2 Qb4 54. Qe2 Rb8 55. h4 Qb1 56. h5 Rg8 57. Qf3 Nd4 58. Qb7 Qxb7+ 59. Raxb7 Ne6 60. Ra7 Nc5 61. Rdc7 Ne6 62. Re7 Nd4 63. Red7 Ne6 64. Kh3 f5 65. Kg2 Ng5 66. Re7 e4 67. Rec7 Nh7 68. Rc5 Rf8 69. Re5 Ng5 70. Rb7 Nh7 71. Ree7 Rg8 72. Kh3 Ng5+ 73. Kh2 Nf3+ 74. Kg2 Ng5 75. Kf1 Nh7 76. Re5 Rf8 77. Ke1 f4 78. gxf4 Nf6 79. Kf1 Ra8 80. Rbe7 Rb8 81. Ra7 Rb3 82. Kg2 Rf3 83. Ra8+ Kh7 84. Rf5 Rb3 85. Ra7 Rb6 86. Rc5 Rb2 87. Re7 Ra2 88. Rf5 Ra6 89. Rb7 Rc6 90. Re5 Rc3 91. Ra7 Rb3 92. Rc7 Rb2 93. Rf5 Kh8 94. Re7 Rb3 95. Re6 Rb7 96. Rc5 Kg8 97. Ra6 Kf7 98. Ra4 Ke7 99. Re5+ Kd6 100. Ra8 Rc7 101. Raa5 Rb7 102. Ra6+ Kd7 103. Ra8 Kc6 104. Ra2 Rd7 105. Raa5 Rb7 106. Re6+ Kd7 107. Rea6 Ke7 108. Rf5 Rd7 109. Re5+ Kf7 110. Rc6 Kg8 111. Rc8+ Kf7 112. Rc4 Kg8 113. Rcc5 Kh7 114. Rb5 Rd1 115. Re7 Rd3 116. Rc5 Rb3 117. Re6 Rb7 118. Rce5 Rb1 119. Ra5 Rc1 120. Re7 Rc3 121. Rf5 Rc6 122. Rfe5 Rc3 123. Rf7 Kg8 124. Ra7 Kh7 125. Raa5 Rd3 126. Re6 Rd4 127. f5 Rd7 128. Ree5 Nxh5 129. Rxe4 Nf6 130. Rc4 h5 131. Kg3 Rd3+ 132. Kf4 Rb3 133. Rd4 Rb8 134. Kg5 Rb3 135. Ra8 Rf3 136. Ra2 Rh3 137. Rda4 Rh1 138. f3 Rf1 139. R2a3 Rd1 140. Ra1 Rd2 141. R4a2 Rd3 142. Ra3 Rd2 143. Rg1 Rf2 144. Kf4 Nd5+ 145. Ke5 Ne7 146. Rg5 Re2+ 147. Kf4 Nd5+ 148. Kg3 h4+ 149. Kxh4 Re1 150. Rg3 Kh6 151. Rg6+ Kh7 152. Ra5 Rh1+ 153. Kg3 Nf6 154. Kf4 Nh5+ 155. Ke3 Re1+ 156. Kd2 Re7 157. Rg5 Nf6 158. Ra8 Ng8 159. Kd3 Rb7 160. Rf8 Nh6 161. Rg2 Rb5 162. Ke4 Rb4+ 163. Ke5 Rb5+ 164. Kf4 Rb4+ 165. Kg5 Rc4 166. Rb2 Rc7 167. Rbb8 Nf7+ 168. Kh5 Rd7 169. Rbc8 Rb7 170. Kg4 Rb4+ 171. Kh3 Rb7 172. Rce8 Kh6 173. Kg4 Kh7 174. Ra8 Nh6+ 175. Kg5 Nf7+ 176. Kf4 g5+ 177. Kg4 Rb4+ 178. Kg3 Rb7 179. Rg8 Rb6 180. Rgb8 Rxb8 181. Rxb8 Nh6 182. Rb7+ Kg8 183. f6 Kh8 184. f4 g4 185. Ra7 1-0

The Legendary Georgia Ironman commented, “That is some real grinding!”

The prospect of such a game has humans producing “efforts” like these “games.”

Kazhgaleyev, Murtas (2566) – Andriasian, Zaven (2622)
Chigorin Memorial 2014 St Petersburg RUS (7.4), 2014.10.24
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bc1 Nf6 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bc1 Nf6 10.Be3 ½-½

Sjugirov 2664 v Yakovich 2523
Chigorin Memorial 2014 St Petersburg RUS (7.4), 2014.10.24
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Re8 10. d4 Bb7 11. Ng5 Rf8 12. Nf3 Re8 13. Ng5 Rf8 14. Nf3 Re8 1/2-1/2

From which game could a student learn most?

Houdini took the lead with these two games which were played back to back:

Nightmare 7.82a (2808)-Houdini 4 (3145)
TCEC Season 7 – Stage 1b
Rd 6
King’s Indian: Fianchetto, 6…c6 7.O-O

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. c4 c6 7. Nc3 Qb6 8. h3 Qa6 9. b3 b5 10. cxb5 cxb5 11. a4 b4 12. Nb5 Qb7 13. Bf4 Nc6 14. Rc1 Bd7 15. d5 Nd8 16. Ng5 Bxb5 17. axb5 Qxb5 18. Rc7 Re8 19. h4 a5 20. Qd2 a4 21. bxa4 Rxa4 22. Rb1 Nb7 23. e4 b3 24. Bf1 Qb6 25. Rc6 Qa7 26. Be3 Nc5 27. Bxc5 dxc5 28. Rxb3 Nxe4 29. Nxe4 Rxe4 30. Ra6 Qc7 31. Rc6 Qe5 32. Rxc5 Bf6 33. Kg2 Ra8 34. Bc4 Kg7 35. Rc6 Ra1 36. Re3 Rxe3 37. Qxe3 Qxe3 38. fxe3 Be5 39. h5 gxh5 40. Be2 Ra2 41. Kf3 Rd2 42. Bc4 Rd1 43. Kg2 Bd6 44. Kf3 Rh1 45. Kg2 Ra1 46. Bb5 Ra2+ 47. Kf3 Ra5 48. Bc4 Ra4 49. Rc8 Kf6 50. Kf2 h6 51. Kg2 Ke5 52. Kf3 Rb4 53. Rc6 Rb8 54. Ra6 Rg8 55. Ra2 Rg4 56. Bb3 Rb4 57. Bc2 h4 58. gxh4 Rxh4 59. Kg2 Bc5 60. e4 Rg4+ 61. Kh2 Rf4 62. Kg2 Rf2+ 63. Kg3 Re2 64. Kf3 Re1 65. d6 exd6 66. Kg4 Rh1 67. Ba4 h5+ 68. Kf3 Rf1+ 69. Kg2 Rg1+ 70. Kh2 Kxe4 71. Bc6+ Kf4 72. Be8 Rg7 73. Ra4+ Ke3 74. Kh3 f5 75. Bc6 Rc7 76. Bg2 Rf7 77. Bd5 Re7 78. Rc4 f4 79. Rc1 Re5 80. Bc6 Rf5 81. Rc3+ Kd2 82. Rb3 d5 83. Rb2+ Kc3 84. Rb1 Be3 85. Rb5 Kd4 86. Rb1 f3 87. Rd1+ Ke4 88. Bb5 Rg5 89. Rb1 f2 90. Rb4+ Kf3 91. Rb2 0-1

Houdini 4 (3145)-Exchess 7.31b (2670)
TCEC Season 7 – Stage 1b
Rd 7
French: Burn, 6.Bxf6 Bxf6

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Be7 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. Qe2 O-O 9. g3 b6 10. Nxf6+ Nxf6 11. Bg2 Bb7 12. O-O a5 13. Rfd1 Qe8 14. Ne5 Bxg2 15. Kxg2 Rd8 16. Rd2 Nd5 17. Re1 b5 18. Kg1 a4 19. c4 bxc4 20. Qxc4 Rb8 21. Qe2 Qb5 22. Qf3 Ra8 23. Rc1 Qb4 24. Qd1 Qb7 25. a3 Ra5 26. Rc4 Qa6 27. Rdc2 Qa8 28. Rc1 Rb8 29. Qh5 Rf8 30. Qe2 Ra6 31. Qc2 Rc8 32. Nc6 h6 33. Ne5 Rd8 34. Qd1 Rb8 35. Qh5 Rf8 36. Qe2 Re8 37. Rc5 Rc8 38. R1c2 Rf8 39. Qd3 Ra5 40. Rc6 Qb7 41. R6c4 Qa6 42. Rc1 Qb7 43. Qe2 Qa6 44. Qe4 Qb7 45. R1c2 Qa8 46. Qe2 Rb5 47. h3 Rfb8 48. Qf3 Rf8 49. Qh5 Rb7 50. Rc5 Qa6 51. Rc6 Qb5 52. Kg2 Nf6 53. Qf3 Nd5 54. Qd1 Ra8 55. Qh5 Rf8 56. Kg1 Nf6 57. Qf3 Nd5 58. Qe4 Rd8 59. Qh4 Rf8 60. Qg4 Ra7 61. R6c5 Qa6 62. Nc6 Rb7 63. Ra5 Qd3 64. Qe2 Qxe2 65. Rxe2 Nb6 66. Rb5 Ra8 67. Re4 Kf8 68. Kg2 Ra6 69. h4 g6 70. h5 g5 71. f4 gxf4 72. gxf4 Ra8 73. Kf3 Rc8 74. f5 exf5 75. Rf4 Re8 76. Rbxf5 Nc8 77. Rxf7+ Kg8 78. Ne5 Nd6 79. Rg4+ Kh8 80. Rf6 Re7 81. Ng6+ Kg7 82. Rxd6 Rb3+ 83. Kf2 Rxb2+ 84. Kg3 Re3+ 85. Kf4 cxd6 86. Kxe3 Rb3+ 87. Ke4 Rxa3 88. Nh4+ Kf7 89. Nf5 Rh3 90. Nxh6+ Ke6 91. Rg6+ Kd7 92. Nf5 Kc7 93. h6 a3 94. Rxd6 Kb7 95. Rg6 a2 96. Rg1 Rh2 1-0

The stage ended with these two “engines” tied for first place, but with Komodo being the moral victor. When asked for comment, the Dragon was silent.

Komodo 8 (3151)-Houdini 4 (3145)
TCEC Season 7 – Stage 1b
Pirc: Classical, 5.Be3

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Be3 O-O 6. Qd2 c6 7. Bh6 Bg4 8. Bxg7 Kxg7 9. Ng1 e5 10. f3 Be6 11. O-O-O Qa5 12. a3 b5 13. g4 b4 14. Nb1 c5 15. d5 Bc8 16. Ne2 Ba6 17. Ng3 Bxf1 18. Rdxf1 Nbd7 19. h4 Rab8 20. h5 Qb6 21. axb4 Qxb4 22. Qxb4 cxb4 23. g5 Ne8 24. Nd2 Nc7 25. Rf2 Nb5 26. Nb3 Rfc8 27. Rfh2 Nf8 28. Ne2 Rb7 29. Na5 Rbc7 30. Nc6 Rxc6 31. dxc6 Rxc6 32. h6+ Kg8 33. Kd2 Ne6 34. Rg2 Kf8 35. Ra1 Ned4 36. Nxd4 Nxd4 37. Rf2 Rc7 38. Ra4 Ke7 39. Kd3 Rb7 40. Rf1 Nc6 41. Rd1 Kd7 42. Ke3 a5 43. Kf2 Rc7 44. c3 bxc3 45. bxc3 Rb7 46. Raa1 Ke7 47. Kg3 Ra7 48. Rd5 Ke6 49. c4 Rb7 50. Rb5 Rc7 51. c5 d5 52. Rb6 dxe4 53. fxe4 Ke7 54. Kg4 Rc8 55. Ra6 Rc7 56. Ra8 Rd7 57. Rc8 Na7 58. Rh8 Rd4 59. Kf3 Rd3+ 60. Kf2 Nc6 61. Rxh7 Rd2+ 62. Ke3 Rh2 63. Rg7 1-0

Komodo Dragon’s Kill

FM Daniel Gurevich Adds Spice to Cup

FM Daniel Gurevich vs GM Illia Nyzhnyk
2014 Spice Cup Rd 1

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qb6 5. Nb3 Nf6 6.
Nc3 e6 7. Bd3 d6 8. O-O Be7 9. Kh1 Qc7 10. f4 a6 11. Qf3 h5 12. a4 h4 13. Be3
Bd7 14. a5 Nb4 15. Bb6 Qc8 16. e5 Bc6 17. Qh3 dxe5 18. fxe5 Nh5 19. Nd4 Nxd3
20. cxd3 Rh6 21. Nxc6 Qxc6 22. Be3 Rh7 23. Ne4 Qb5 (Stop! Take time to answer the question of, “What move do I want, or need, to play?” The answer is from GM Kevin Spraggett. (

“SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis USA 2014.10.21 Position after 23 moves. A quick glance at the position of Black’s pieces on the Kingside indicates that the higher rated player (Nyzhnyk) has taken some liberties. Clearly Black’s game lacks cohesion and harmony. Even so, one feels almost sorry for Black for the BRUTAL finish that White has in store…

“SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis USA 2014.10.21 Gurevich, Daniel–Nyzhnyk, Illya: 24.Rxf7!! A brilliant move that exposes the lack of harmony in Black’s game 24…Kxf7 ( 24…Qxe5 25.Raf1 paralyzes Black and is not better than the move played in the game ) 25.Rf1+ Nf6 ( Relatively best. If instead 25…Kg8 26.Qxe6+ Kh8 27.Qxe7 Qe8 28.Qxe8+ Rxe8 29.Nd6 Rb8 30.e6 and the pawn must win: 30…g6 31.Bg5 etc or if instead 25…Ke8 26.Qxe6 with multiple threats) 26.exf6 Qxd3 ( 26…gxf6 27.Ng5+ ) And now the simplest is 27.Ng5+ Kg6 28.Qf3 gxf6 29.Nxe6 and Black is defenceless ) The game continuation was a bit imprecise, but good enough to win: 27.Qf3 gxf6 28.Nxf6 Bxf6 29.Qxf6+ Ke8 30.Qxe6+ Re7 31.Qg8+ Kd7 32.Qg4+ Kc6 33.Rc1+ Kd5 34.Qh5+ Ke6 35.Re1 Rae8 36.Bc5+ Kd7 37.Bxe7 Rxe7 38.Rd1 Kc7 39.Qc5+ 1-0 A pretty attacking game.” (

Daniel has found the going rough since the opening round with three draws and three losses after round seven. His PR, including the first round stands at 2285 (

Expert and Atlanta King member Sanjay Ghatti is also playing in the Spice Cup. He has also found tough going, having drawn three games in addition to four losses, which translates to a PR of only 1966. (

Will It Pumpkin Spice?

The GCA Check is in the Mail

This message can be found on the GCA Facebook page:

“Cash Payouts have been vetted and sent to the Treasurer. Apparently WinTD 4.2 has a bug in generating a prize distribution list. 4.11c still works perfectly. It is likely that the extra function of using data for email/text pairings is affecting the database function for prize distribution. I’ll be reporting this to the author of the software. We’ll be publishing the prize distribution list at my next opportunity.

My apologies for not being able to get these out earlier, as I had to get the distribution list vetted and try to track down the actual source of the error, go through my Ebola response training and email the payout list after tonight’s Board meeting.” (

I am loath to make assumptions, but since Fun Fong is the President of the GCA Board, and is an ER MD at Emory, where the CDC is located, Mr. Spock would tell the Captain, “There is a 99.44% chance this was written by the POTGCA.” These days some people blame the computer program for every mistake. It is not the computer but the person who puts the information in the computer who is usually to blame. “Garbage in, garbage out.”

I was under the impression the GCA disbursed the prize checks at the end of the tournament and thought the delay was due to the resignation of the Treasurer, but such is not the case. Pam Little has not yet resigned and could have been there signing checks for the prize-winners, as Michael Mulford did when Treasurer.
The Legendary Georgia Ironman comments, “The GCA Board wants to change everything, including the time-honored tradition of paying the winners at the tournament. What about the out of town players, some of whom may need that money to get home?” Evidently the GCA is attempting to “fix” what is not “broke.”

Best wishes to “Chairman of the Board,” Fun Fong in relation to Ebola because, as Alex Jones ( reported on Coast to Coast AM (, “44% of doctors who have come in contact with Ebola have contracted the disease.”

Frank Sinatra My Way 1974

New GCA Board Members

The GCA announced the names of the two new members of the GCA Board on its Facebook page (

“We had a productive Executive Board meeting tonight. The Board appointed WIM Carolina Blanco as 2nd-Member-at-Large and Nick Thompson, former President of the Emory Chess Club, as Secretary.”

The new members replace Tim Payne and Frank Johnson, who resigned. The GCA has yet to publish any word as to why the former members left the GCA Board.

This is dated Oct. 22, 2014, the night of the Board meeting. A few hours before the meeting I was asked the location of the meeting. Not knowing, I went to the GCA website and found it was “TBD.” This is now being called the “stealth” GCA Board meeting.

The Know Nothing party has added at least one member who knows something. A player does not earn a title, even a lesser title, without knowing something about chess. I know nothing about Mr. Thompson, and was unable to find a Nick Thompson from Georgia on the USCF website.

There are now four women on the Board, only one of whom plays chess, and they outnumber the men 4-3. The number of appointed GCA Board members also outnumber those elected by a 4-3 margin.

A nice picture of new GCA Board member WIM Carolina Blanco can be found on The Chess Drum website in the article,
“Reflections of the Millionaire Chess Open.” (

Black Atlanta Kings Member Denied Ga Open Entry

Thinking the match between the Kings and Ospreys began at seven I was early in arriving at Emory University, where the Kings play. The first player to arrive was Expert Lawrence White, who was to play his first game as a King. Mr. White is a tall, large man with a huge smile, which was on display when he noticed me. He is an intelligent, educated, likable person whose comportment while at the House of Pain was always that of a gentleman.After purchasing a snack, which would substitute for dinner, as he had come directly from work, Lawrence walked over to say hello.
I have known Lawrence since he first appeared at the Atlanta Chess Center in 1997. He is a friendly gentleman and a talented chess player, who is obviously serious about his game. During our conversation I was taken aback when he said he was refused entry to the recent Georgia Open. “What?” I exclaimed, and asked Lawrence to elaborate. He explained, “The registration was from eight AM until eight-thirty and I arrived just before the closing time. I saw Fun Fong standing on something giving a speech, so I found his assistant and told him I would like to enter. He looked at his watch and said it was eight-thirty two. My watch showed eight-thirty.”
It took me a few moments to wrap my head around what I had just heard. Gathering myself, I asked the name of the person he had encountered. Lawrence did not know his name, but after describing the man I said, “That was not an assistant, but the Chief TD, Ben Johnson.” Rather than making waves, Lawrence decided he would not play in the event.
Realizing something like this would never have occurred when the GCA held their events at the House of Pain, I apologized. “Why are you apologizing?” he asked, “I know you would not have done it.” He was correct because just a few years ago every accommodation was made to allow a player, any player, to participate in a GCA event held at the House of Pain. What I did not tell Lawrence, who happens to be an American of African descent, was that I immediately thought of something my friend Mr. William A. Scott, an Expert player back when there were only a few players rated over 2000, publisher of the Atlanta Daily World, a well-respected Black newspaper, and a member of the first incarnation of the Atlanta Kings, told me many decades ago when he said, “Mike, the difference between us is that to Negroes, everything is considered racial, while to White people nothing is race related.” I have heard this many times during my life and have always tried to keep it in mind in my relations with my fellow humans who happen to have been born with a darker skin pigmentation, for I know that when that skin is removed there is no difference in the human body.
I have no idea what was in the mind of Ben Johnson when he denied entry to Mr. Lawrence White. As far as I know it could have been GM Michael Rohde, who has played in Atlanta previously, asking to enter the tournament and Ben, a member of what has become known as the “Know Nothing” party who has taken control of chess in Georgia, would not have known him from Adam. I have no idea how much race played in the Chief TD’s decision. What I do know is that Ben Johnson saw a rather large Black man standing there and the pairings had already been made, so he refused to go to the trouble of making new pairings, something made quick and simple with the advent of the computer pairing programs.
Appalled at the whole situation, I asked Lawrence if I could quote him on the blog and he said, “Sure.”
There were only a few higher rated adults entered and Mr. White would have added stature to the Georgia Open, something completely lost on Ben Johnson. Who is Ben Johnson? I have come to think of him as the “Weird Hockey Guy” of chess. The Legendary Georgia Ironman shuddered at the mention of this, and this is why. Tim and I were doing sports memorabilia shows in the 90’s before the collapse of the card market. During one show a goofy fellow appeared at our table, asking if we would like to purchase a large box of unopened Hockey cards. I had no interest, but the Ironman engaged the rather strange fellow in conversation. Weird Hockey Guy told Tim he had absolutely no interest in the pieces of cardboard of any type. “I am in it only for the money.” In the best capitalist tradition the Weird Hockey Guy would “buy low and sell high.” With the possibility of the MLB strike looming and the encounter with the WHG in mind, I decided to sell everything and get out of the business because it was obvious the card market bubble had burst.
When first meeting Ben Johnson he said, “I don’t know anything about real chess; I come from the scholastic side.” Not only did he try to argue with me about what constituted stalemate, but he also said, “I’m in chess only for the money.” It was obvious I had met the Weird Chess Guy.
Ben Johnson is the Vice President of the Georgia Chess Association. The Ironman mentioned recently that Ben Johnson had organized a one day camp for children in which he would collect $90 for each child from the parents of 30 children. Ben is rated 647. Please note that as Chief TD of the Ga Open Ben Johnson played a rated game during the final round, which he won. Once this game is rated Ben will reach the stratospheric heights of, for Ben, 697.
In his forward to the wonderful book, “The Stress of Chess…and its Infinite Finesse,” by GM Walter Browne, IM Danny Kopec writes, “There is simply no reasonable living to be made in chess in this country…”
“Instead we encourage mediocrity and top players are often left in the cold. By mediocrity, I mean situations like players who have barely reached expert level (or below) making a reasonable regular salary teaching in schools, while the great players, analysts and writers must struggle to make ends meet.”

Bob Dylan Only a Pawn in Their Game March on Washington 1963