Tuesday Night Marathon Games

After having been “nutted-up” for almost a year and a half because of the pandemic it was good, after having been vaccinated to be able to get out a little before being hit with the second, Delta, wave. One of the people encountered was a middle-aged gentleman with a wife and two children, Mr. G. His business is nearby and we began talking and one of the subjects was Chess. He has never played a rated game but has learned the basics from the internet and has been following some of the action online. Now Mr. G is not going to enter a USCF rated tournament and take home first prize in any section but he will be able to play a decent game against lower rated players. Mr. G also plays piano professionally. It was interesting hearing him relate how his students are not beginners because they learn the basics from a computer program. He begins teaching after they have acquired a modicum of proficiency. He wondered why so many people take Chess lessons when there is a plethora of information on the internet. I have wondered the same thing myself…Many years ago a gentleman did not want to take Chess lessons from me because I was not a titled player. “You took golf lessons from the club pro, did you not?” He nodded his head in agreement. The fact is that some very strong Chess players do not make good teachers because they cannot teach. The same could be said about a few of the teachers I had ‘back in the day’. Mr. Stuart, for example, was a brilliant mathematician, but a lousy teacher. Some teachers have a knack for imparting knowledge and wisdom; some don’t. My younger sister taught third grade. Lynnette once told me that she knew from the moment entering first grade she wanted to become a teacher. I visited her third grade classroom once and was amazed to see how beautiful was the room compared to the prison like surroundings we suffered in when young. There were big, brightly colored, fluffy pillows on the floor, and each and every student was engaged in something. There were myriad items on the walls and the room was BRIGHT, unlike the dark, dingy and foreboding cells in which we were imprisoned. The children were smiling and laughing and having a fine ol’ time. There was none of that when I attended school. The surroundings were dismal and austere at best. The frowns on the face of the teachers spoke loudly. As Bob Dylan wrote, “Things have changed.” In this case they have changed for the better.

I have told budding players to replay games of lesser players to learn because non-titled players make the same kind of mistakes they will make. In addition, they will play more of the type of openings you will face. I mentioned to one young bud that maybe he should consider playing over the games of the top women players because they make more mistakes that the top men players. “I don’t wanna see any mistakes because then I will make the same mistakes!” he said. “But you learn from the mistakes, do you not?” He returned fire with the salvo, “Yeah, but then I will be PLAYING LIKE A GIRL.” He frowned after I said, “Dude, you have about a snowballs chance in Hell of ever becoming as good as the woman who finishes in last place in some of those tournaments.”


I enjoy replaying the games from the Tuesday Night Marathon at the venerable Mechanic’s Institute Chess Room in San Francisco, (https://xpertchesslessons.wordpress.com/2021/07/22/san-francisco-mechanics-institute-tuesday-night-marathon-games-and-newsletter/) which surely must be on every Chess player’s ‘bucket list’ boy or girl. The games are available at the ChessBomb live and some of the games are annotated when the Mechanic’s Institute Newsletter (It is FREE! Join the mailing list here: https://www.milibrary.org/chess-newsletters/985) is published on Saturday. I usually go over the games Wednesday morning while having coffee, after cut and pasting them so I have nothing but the moves, and look at them on an actual board with pieces one can hold in a hand. Later I look at them at the ChessBomb website (https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-tuesday-night-marathon-september), checking my moves with those of the Stockfish program, which I admit, at times can be painful. The following games, are from the first round. The second round was last night and I will wait until the MIN hits the internet before writing them through the Armchair Wringer, and hopefully fire them next Tuesday. These games were not annotated at the MIN but you can find all the answers to your questions at ChessBomb. On with the games!

Teodoro Porlares 1749 (USA) vs Natan Gimelfarb, 1139 (USA)
Tuesday Night Marathon September 2021 round 01
A52 Budapest, Adler variation

  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. e6 Bb4+ 6. Nc3 dxe6 7. Qxd8+ Nxd8 8. g3 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 Nc6 10. Nd4 Nce5 11. h3 Nf6 12. Nb5 O-O 13. Nxc7 Rb8 14. Nb5 a6 15. Bf4 Nxc4 16. Bxb8 axb5 17. Bg2 Bd7 18. Bf4 Bc6 19. O-O Bxg2 20. Kxg2 Nd5 21. Rfc1 Nxf4+ 22. gxf4 Nb6 23. e4 f5 24. e5 Nd5 25. Kf3 Rc8 26. Rab1 Nc7 27. a4 bxa4 28. Rxb7 Nd5 29. c4 a3 30. Ra7 Nb6 31. Rxa3 Nxc4 32. Rac3 Nxe5+ 33. fxe5 1-0

1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 (It will come as no surprise that Stockfish prefers 2…e6, but where’s the fun in that?! The move played in the game makes the opening the: A51 Budapest defence declined) 3. dxe5 (After taking the pawn white has scored 63% against an average opposition of 2422, which formerly was known as Senior Master. These daze it is International Master territory and sometimes even Grandmasters have a rating beginning with a “24”. And there are those who say there has been no rating inflation. Ha, ha!) 3…Ng4 (With this move it becomes the: A52 Budapest defence) 4. Nf3 (This make it the: A52 Budapest, Adler variation. I cannot recall Adler, can you? If so, leave it in a comment on the blog. Please do not send an email, unless you are a friend, or at least friendly. Things get interesting here with the ChessBaseDataBase, which shows SF 12 @depth 47 playing the most often played move, 4 Bf4, which has scored 64% versus 2431 opposition in 1131 games. SF 14 @depth 51 plays 4 e3, which has scored 65% against 2433 opposition in 248 games. Meanwhile, SF 270821 @depth 41 plays 4 Nf3, the second most played move in 775 games, scoring only 60% against a composite player rated 2415. The choice is yours) 4…Nc6 (Here is the deal…SF 12 & 13 going way deep to depths in the 50s and 60s play the most often played move 4…Bc5, which has scored 57% vs 2375 opposition in 586 games, but the move played in the game has scored 67% in 180 games vs 2347 opposition! Makes you wonder, don’t it?…) 5. e6 (5 Bf4 has been played in an astounding 720 games, or 83% of games contained in the CBDB, scoring 65% against and ELO average of 2434 opposition, yet StockFish does not play the move! Ain’t that some excrement? SF 13 @depth 47 plays 5 Bg5, a move that has been seen in only 30 games against opposition rated 2450, but it has scored a phenomenal 82%! Whoa, Nelly…But wait, there’s MORE! SF 311220, diggin’ real DEEP, all the way to depth 58, produces 5 Nc3, a move having been attempted only 26 times, scoring 60% versus opposition rated 2389. The move played in the game was pulled outta his ass but is NOT a Theoretical Novelty. I kid you not…There are eleven (ELEVEN!) games at 365Chess in which some “player” thrust his e-pawn into the heart of the black defense, while no doubt regretting it later. Therefore, move 8 g3 is a TN. Previously played was 8 Bf4 in the following game:

Felix Schmekel (770) vs Martin Otto (1737)
Event: Ueckermuende op 6th
Site: Ueckermuende Date: 08/31/2007
Round: 1
ECO: A52 Budapest, Adler variation
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.e6 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 dxe6 7.Qxd8+ Nxd8 8.Bf4 c6 9.Bd2 Nf6 10.O-O-O O-O 11.e3 Ba5 12.Bd3 Bc7 13.Ng5 e5 14.e4 Ne6 15.Nxe6 Bxe6 16.Rhf1 Rad8 17.Be2 b6 18.f4 exf4 19.Bxf4 Rxd1+ 20.Bxd1 Bxc4 21.Be2 Bxe2 22.Nxe2 Bxf4+ 23.Rxf4 Re8 24.Ng3 Re6 25.h4 h6 26.h5 g6 27.hxg6 fxg6 28.e5 Nd7 29.Rg4 Nxe5 30.Rh4 Kg7 31.Ne4 g5 32.Rh3 Ng4 33.Ng3 Kg6 34.Nf1 Re1+ 35.Kd2 Rxf1 36.Ke2 Rf2+ 37.Ke1 Rxg2 38.Kf1 Rxb2 39.Rg3 Kf5 40.Rf3+ Ke4 41.Rg3 h5 42.Rc3 c5 43.Rc4+ Kf3 44.Rc3+ Ne3+ 45.Kg1 g4 46.Rc1 h4 47.Re1 h3 48.Ra1 Rg2+ 49.Kh1 Nf5 50.Rf1+ Ke4 51.Re1+ Kd3 52.Rd1+ Ke2 53.Rg1 Ng3# 0-1

After the game during the post mortem Felix said, “I should have played 8 e6,” and his opponent agreed with him. Then Mr. Schmekel withdrew from the tournament vowing to never, ever play Chess again. The last time anyone saw him he was muttering, “I should’ve played e6…”
OK, I made that up, but being a Chess player, I KNOW you believed it, at least for a moment!

Steven Svoboda 1936 (USA) vs Adam F Stafford 1665 (USA)
Tuesday Night Marathon September 2021 round 01
D08 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Albin counter-gambit

  1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. a3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. b4 Qe7 7. Bb2 O-O-O 8. Nbd2 Nxe5 9. Nxe5 Qxe5 10. Nb3 c5 11. bxc5 Bxc5 12. Nxc5 Qxc5 13. Qb3 Nf6 14. h3 Bf5 15. Qb5 Qxb5 16. cxb5 Rhe8 17. O-O-O Kb8 18. Bxd4 Rc8+ 19. Kb2 Rc2+ 20. Kb3 Rec8 21. Be5+ Ka8 22. e4 Be6+ 23. Kb4 Rxf2 24. Bd3 Nd7 25. Bxg7 f6 26. Rb1 Nc5 27. Rhd1 Nxd3+ 28. Rxd3 Rc4+ 29. Kb3 Kb8 30. Rd6 Rc6+ 31. Rxe6 Rxe6 32. Rc1 Rxg2 33. Bf8 Rg3+ 34. Kc4 Rg8 35. Bc5 b6 36. Be3 Rc8+ 37. Kd5 Re5+ 38. Kd4 Rxc1 39. Bxc1 Kc8 40. Bb2 Rxb5 0-1
  1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. a3 (SF plays 4 Nf3 and so should you) 4….Nc6 (SF 13 @depth 47 would play 4…c5. There is one game in the CBDB in which that particular move has been played. The Big database at 365Chess contains a dozen games with that move. SF 12 & 14 both prefer 4…Ne7, a move not found at either the CBDB or 356Chess) 5. Nf3 Bg4 (5…Nge7 has been the most often played move and is the choice of Fritz, but StockFISH 13 & 14 both show 5…g6 as best. There are 17 examples contained in the CBDB; none at 365Chess) 6. b4 (6 Nbd2 is THE move) 6…Qe7 7. Bb2 (7 Nbd2 is the move. The move played in the game is not good TN. The databases contain no games with the move played in the game, but there was one game found in which a future World Chess Champion found himself facing the position after 6…Qe7:

Tigran V Petrosian


vs Giorgio Porreca

Giorgio Porreca - Wikipedia

Event: Belgrade
Site: Belgrade Date:1954
Round: 1
ECO: D08 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Albin counter-gambit
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.a3 Bg4 6.b4 Qe7 7.Qa4 O-O-O 8.Bf4 Bxf3 9.gxf3 Kb8 10.Nd2 Nxe5 11.Qb3 Ng6 12.Bg3 f5 13.f4 Nf6 14.Qd3 Ne4 15.Bh3 Nxd2 16.Kxd2 Nxf4 17.Bxf4 g5 18.Bxc7+ Qxc7 19.Bxf5 Qf4+ 20.Kc2 Qxf2 21.Raf1 Qe3 22.Be4 Re8 23.Qxe3 dxe3 24.Kd3 Re7 25.Rf5 h6 26.Rhf1 Bg7 27.Rf7 Rd8+ 28.Bd5 Rdd7 29.Rxe7 Rxe7 30.h3 Be5 31.Rf8+ Kc7 32.c5 Bb2 33.a4 Rd7 34.Kc4 Rd8 35.Rxd8 Kxd8 36.Bxb7 Kc7 37.Bf3 Be5 38.b5 Bb2 39.a5 Be5 40.b6+ axb6 41.cxb6+ 1-0


2 thoughts on “Tuesday Night Marathon Games

  1. dennis fritzinger says:

    “Play Like a Girl” is an excellent book.

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