Grob’s Attack

The intended title of this was to be “The Grob Opening.” That was prior to researching the opening, and the man responsible for the opening, Henri Grob. “Henri Grob (4 June 1904 – 5? July[1] 1974) was a Swiss chess player, artist and painter. He pioneered eccentric chess openings, such as 1.g4 (book Angriff g2–g4, Zurich 1942), sometimes known as Grob’s Attack. He was awarded the title of International Master in 1950 at its inauguration.” (

Henri Grob vs. Willem Muhring (Hastings, 1947-48)

The fact is that Henri intended to move the f-pawn two squares but grabbed the g-pawn by mistake after being slapped on the back by a friend. OK, I made that up, but it’s as plausible as any other reason for how the opening came to be, is it not? Prior to writing I did a not so extensive search of Grob and his opening. The most amazing thing learned was what was not found; not one game featuring Henry Grob playing his opening could be located in the Big Database! I kid you not. There are 24 games featuring the Grob played by GM Michael Basman,

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and it should surprise no one that there are two games featuring GM Timur Gareyev,

one a loss to Jan Krzysztof Duda

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at the 2018 World Rapid, featuring the “Romford counter-gambit,” which is a new one to this writer, and another against Marat Makarov

The chess games of Marat Anatolyevich Makarov

at the same tournament, a game won by Timur. After losing Makarov had to be restrained from jumping out of a window. OK, I made that one up, too, but who could have blamed him? How would you like to be the Grandmaster known for losing to the Grob? Players have jumped for less reason…

Mark Hyland (1875) vs Josef Behrends (UNR)
9th Cherry Blossom Classic round 7
A00 Grob’s attack

  1. g4 d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. c4 c6 4. Qb3 Bc8 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Bxd5 e6 7. Bg2 Nc6 8. Nf3 Nf6 9. d3 Bc5 10. Qc4 Bf8 11. Nc3 g6 12. Bg5 Bg7 13. h4 h5 14. Ne4 Qa5+ 15. b4 Nxb4 16. Nd6+ Ke7 17. Bd2 Nfd5 18. Rb1 Kxd6 19. Rxb4 Qc5 20. Qb3 Kd7 21. Rc4 Qb6 22. Qa4+ Ke7 23. Qa3+ Qd6 24. Rc7+ Bd7 25. Rxd7+ Kxd7 26. Qxd6+ Kxd6 27. e4 Nc7 28. Ng5 Ke7 29. Bb4+ Ke8 30. Ke2 f6 31. Nf3 Kf7 32. e5 Nd5 33. Bd2 Bh6 34. Rb1 b6 35. exf6 Bxd2 36. Kxd2 Rac8 37. d4 Kxf6 38. Bf1 Ne7 39. Bd3 Nf5 40. Rg1 Rhd8 41. a4 Ra8 42. Ke2 Nxd4+ 43. Nxd4 Rxd4 44. Rxg6+ Kf7 45. Rh6 Rxh4 46. Rh7+ Kg8 47. a5 b5 48. a6 b4 49. Ke3 Rh3+ 50. f3 Rf8 51. Rxa7 Rfxf3+ 52. Ke4 Rxd3 53. Rb7 Ra3 54. a7 Ra4 55. Ke5 Rha3 0-1
  1. g4 d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. c4 c6 4. Qb3 Bc8 5. cxd5 cxd5 (Komodo, Fritz, and Deep Fritz, and his bro, Deep Freezer, all play 5…Nf6) 6. Bxd5 e6 7. Bg2 (All three programs will play 7 Bxb7, as in the game below)

Stefan Grasser (1504) vs Marcello Grande (1350)
Event: Mittelfranken-ch
Site: Germany Date: ??/??/1999
Round: 3
ECO: A00 Grob, Fritz gambit
1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 Bxg4 3.c4 c6 4.Qb3 Bc8 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Bxd5 e6 7.Bxb7 Bxb7 8.Qxb7 Nd7 9.Nc3 Bc5 10.Nb5 Rc8 11.Nxa7 Rc7 12.Qg2 Bxa7 13.Qxg7 Qf6 14.Qxf6 Ngxf6 15.d3 Rg8 16.Nh3 Bb6 17.Rg1 Rxg1+ 18.Nxg1 Ng4 19.Nh3 Ba5+ 20.Bd2 Bb6 21.Bf4 e5 22.Bg3 f6 23.a4 Ba5+ 24.Kd1 Nb6 25.Ng1 Nd5 26.e3 Nb4 27.h3 Nh6 28.Ra3 Nf5 29.Ne2 Nc2 30.Rc3 Bxc3 31.Nxc3 Nxg3 ½-½

Timur Gareyev (2569) vs Marat Makarov (2505)
Event: World Rapid 2018
Site: St Petersburg RUS Date: 12/26/2018
Round: 4.63
ECO: A00 Grob’s attack
1.g4 e5 2.Bg2 d5 3.c4 d4 4.b4 c6 5.Qb3 Be6 6.h3 Nd7 7.Nf3 a5 8.Ba3 b5 9.bxa5 bxc4 10.Qc2 Qxa5 11.Bxf8 Kxf8 12.O-O f6 13.e3 d3 14.Qd1 Ne7 15.Nc3 Kf7 16.Nh4 Nc5 17.f4 e4 18.f5 Bd5 19.g5 fxg5 20.f6 gxh4 21.Qh5+ Ng6 22.Nxd5 Ne6 23.Bxe4 cxd5 24.Bxd5 Qa6 25.Rab1 Ra7 26.Qf5 Re8 27.Rb4 Qd6 28.Rb5 1-0

Timur Gareyev (2569) vs Jan Krzysztof Duda (2738)
Event: World Rapid 2018
Site: St Petersburg RUS Date: 12/27/2018
Round: 6.34
ECO: A00 Grob, Romford counter-gambit
1.g4 d5 2.Bg2 Bxg4 3.c4 d4 4.Bxb7 Nd7 5.Bxa8 Qxa8 6.f3 e5 7.d3 f5 8.Qa4 Bh5 9.Na3 c6 10.Bd2 Ngf6 11.O-O-O Be7 12.Bb4 c5 13.Ba5 O-O 14.Nh3 e4 15.Nf4 Bf7 16.fxe4 fxe4 17.Rhg1 Ne5 18.Bc7 Ng6 19.Qa6 Kh8 20.Nb5 Nxf4 21.Bxf4 Bh5 22.Qe6 Qd8 23.Nxa7 Re8 24.Nc6 Qb6 25.Nxd4 Qa5 26.Rxg7 Bd8 27.Re7 Bxe7 28.Nc6 Qxa2 29.Be5 Qa1+ 30.Kd2 e3+ 31.Ke1 Qa8 32.b4 Rg8 33.Bxf6+ Bxf6 34.Qxf6+ Rg7 35.Ra1 Qxc6 36.Qf8+ Rg8 37.Qf1 cxb4 38.Kd1 Qd6 39.Kc2 Qd4 40.Ra6 Bxe2 41.Qxe2 Qc3+ 0-1

After winning the first game the surprise factor was obviously gone with the wind…

Before viewing the video a disclaimer. Please keep in mind the fact that I have watched each and every video published on this blog, including this one:

What Color Is Your Chessboard?

Until today I had never, ever, considered what the board ‘theme’ said about me. To be honest, I have never, ever, until today, considered what constitutes a board ‘theme’. In over fifty years playing the Royal Game never has anyone asked, “What do you think of my board theme?” If asked, I would probably responded, “Say what?” After hearing it repeated I would have probably responded, “Who the fork cares?”

I have played on all kind of boards, including one game for a C-note in a bar upon which we battled on one of those red and black cardboard sets with the little plastic pieces. The most games have been played on a green board, but I have also battled on a field of black; blue; brown; and red. I have never seen a pink board, but I suppose they are in existence what with all the females playing Chess these daze. No self-respecting male would have ever brought out a pink board, even the player known as the effeminate heterosexual, who will, for obvious reason, remain nameless…

I write this because of an article read earlier today at, a website at which I surf to each day, spending less and less time there with each passing day. I have come to think of it as a “fluffy” type website. I am like former Senior Master Brian McCarthy, who, when hearing a disparaging remark about his Informant without a cover, replied, “It’s still got the MEAT!” I will give it to; they have the “fluff.” I write this because of an article appearing today by lularobs, What Your Board Theme Says About You (

There is no doubt about the influx of the female players bringing change to the Royal Game. Nothing typifies that change better then the aforementioned article. I simply cannot imagine any male Chess player at the House of Pain ever asking, “What do you think of my board theme?” The ensuing laughter may have brought the old, rickety House of Pain down!

Chess is a war-like game. Chess is a battle, sometimes to the death. One does not have to be big to play Chess, but one must be strong. I don’t know about you but to me pink does not set the tone for a battle to the death.

The article by the pretty young thing I think of as “Lulu” begins with the sentence, “A board theme says a lot about a person… like, it says which color board you like.” I like, like that. It continues, “But more than that, it gives important insight into your personality and play style.” I like think that should be “playing” style, but is not known for proof reading. The paragraph culminates with, “We looked at some of the most popular and some of the most divisive board themes on Prepare to feel seen.” This is followed by “Jump to:

Green, Brown, Dark Wood / Walnut, Icy Sea, Tournament
Blue, Bubblegum, Marble, Glass, Lolz, 3D”

I liked the “Tournament Blue.” After clicking onto it I wondered what was the difference between “Blue” and “Tournament Blue”? Why is there no “Tournament Bubblegum,” I wondered…


“You totally knew you could change your board color (yup, you can, right here) but you kept it to the classic green anyway. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” right? I bet you haven’t changed your coffee order, haircut, or favorite pair of shoes for a while either. No. Your green board says you don’t like to rock the boat.”


“ really said “what if we yassified Walnut or Dark Wood?” when they created the Brown board. Honestly, it’s kind of an offbeat choice; the feeling of playing on a real board, but without the pesky wood grain that reminds you the offline world exists. It’s the neo-classical choice—no really, please tell me about the new line you’re learning in the Grunfeld.”

What needs to do is provide the definition of “yassified,” because I checked with three different dictionaries and could not find the word. I paid particular attention to this one because after checking out the myriad colored boards at a website ( for the blog I decided on a brown board. Does that make me “yassified”? Oh well, I’ve been called worse…much worse. I did, though, like the part about it being a “kind of an offbeat choice.” Regular readers know how much the AW likes the “offbeat.”

“Dark Wood or Walnut”

“As a true admirer of the classics, you probably prefer playing over-the-board chess, but acknowledge that this is as close as it gets. You think it’s impolite to decline a rematch, and you prefer replaying through annotated games books to doing online puzzles. I won’t tell anyone you sleep with Capablanca’s My Chess Career on your bedside table.”

How did she know? The part about Capa’s book, I mean. This would be my choice of board color.

“Icy Sea”

“Icy Sea has all the class of one of those frosted glass chess sets that people display in their homes, but without the constant worry that you’ll drop a rook mid-blitz game and shatter it into a thousand pieces. Yet another case where online is just better… but you use the Icy Sea set, so you’ve known that for a while. Fancying yourself as someone who can play any opening, you’re pretty cold-blooded in blitz, and you’ve banked way too many games of 3+0.”

It may be a “case where online is just better” than what, exactly? How can online Chess possibly be better than OTB Chess? There is absolutely nothing better than watching your opponent squirm after you have placed that Bishop on the ultimate square and given it a twist, just like after inserting the blade and twisting…


“The dark green of the Tournament board gives the feeling of playing a weekend congress without having to be sat across from someone who kicks you under the table every time you make a good move. This is a nostalgic board theme, not used by anyone who learned to play the game post-Pogchamps. Reminiscent of the plastic roll-up sets at your local chess club, it’s trying to be a serious board, just like you’re trying to be a serious player.”

I was only kicked underneath the table once. It was at the US Open and I said nothing. My opponent, an Expert, was smaller than am I, and I am considered a small man, so that is saying something. After the second time he kicked me I went to talk with Carol Jarecki and she had a talk with him. After losing the game several other players informed me the man was known for under the table kicking and some of them had been kicked by the dude. We played on a green board.


“Sitting somewhere between Green and Icy Sea, the Blue board is refined but plain. You didn’t want the default, but weren’t ready to stray too far from it. It’s like ordering the same latte as always, but with an extra shot of vanilla. No one’s judging you for it, don’t worry.”

Blue has always been my favorite color, but not as a board for playing Chess.


“Using the Bubblegum chessboard makes you the Elle Woods of your league division. You know what they say, underrated board color… underrated player? Yeah, people definitely say that. You show up, blitz out 15 moves of theory (or at least, 15 moves of… something), and win on the board in style. What, like it’s hard?”

I thought “Bubblegum” was music? The color sure looks a lot like pink to this writer. If the board color had been “Bubblegum” I would not be writing the words because I would never have played Chess! I will admit having had to go to DuckDuckGo to search for “Elle Woods.” It’s sad, really…seems like just yesterday I was “hip,” and maybe even a “hipster”. Now I have a bad “hip.”

I could tell Lulu was a Bubblegum kinda girl, but it was real nice of her to prove it…


“You picked one of the most dignified board styles on This design was practically made for longer games of 15+10 in classical mainlines. Every move played on this board theme feels kind of weighty, and even the Botez gambit comes with some heft and grandeur here. You definitely have a full bookcase of chess books at home, and you wouldn’t be caught dead playing 1.b3.”

Marble? I did not know a marble board existed. See what one can learn from reading… My grandmother was fond of telling the story of how her young daughter won all the marbles from the boys in the neighborhood, and was forced into returning them…so she could do it again! You go, girl! Especially when the girl is your Mother…


“The Glass board may be niche, but it’s pretty sophisticated. You drink your coffee black and all of your phone apps are on dark mode. You’re a 1.e4 player because you think it’s “best by test,” and I’ll bet 10+0 is your favorite time control.”

Lulu got all that from glass? You go, girl!


“Players with the Lolz board should truly be feared. Anyone who thrives on this amount of glitter is a force to be reckoned with. Lolz board users have no regard for pawns or material in general, favoring activity and chaos. In this way, they are the opposite of Bubblegum board users. The silver sparkles of the Lolz board serve a Y2K aesthetic that reminds you chess is actually supposed to be fun, with a clear message that “I’d rather play 1.g4 every game than ever face a Berlin.”

Once again the internetofallthings had to be consulted in order for this writer to find understanding:

What Does LOLZ Mean?
LOLZ means “Laugh Out Loud (A Lot).” (
Hold on, that’s not a color! Nevertheless, is this a LOLZ article, or what?!


“3D board users grew up playing Battle Chess on CD-Rom, and probably have Arcade Animations enabled for their pieces. The top-down view gives the full board game experience, while the board color is left up to the player (and although I’m personally biased towards Bubblegum, all the best board colors also look great in 3D). Plus, the knight pieces that come with this board style have no eyes, so at the very least they can’t see when you blunder.

While the 3D look may not be the most popular choice, you can finally say you’ve found a way to play bullet chess “over the board” without knocking the pieces off the table.”

GM Ben Finegold Plays The Chigorin Defense

Having taken up Chess at the advanced age of twenty your writer did not have as much time to spend on the game as would a much younger person. Initially I did what many other American players did and followed Bobby Fisher, playing openings like the Najdorf and Gruenfeld, because those are the openings played by Bobby. Later I began playing openings that are now called “offbeat” openings, as regular readers know. One of those openings was the Chigorin, which I played before beginning a love affair with the Leningrad Dutch. In the first round of the ongoing Chicago Open Grandmaster Ben Finegold trotted out the Queen’s horse on the second move. Before sitting down to compose this post I went to, learning it contained 21 games in which Ben has played the Chigorin ( From the years spent researching the opening phase of the game with computer programs I have learned much of what humans thought about some openings was incorrect, if not downright wrong. The following game is a case in point.

Ethan Sheehan 2075 vs GM Benjamin Finegold 2424

31st Annual Chicago Open
D07 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Chigorin defence

  1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. cxd5 Nxd4 5. e3 Nf5 6. Nf3 Bd6 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Bxd7+ Qxd7 9. e4 Nfe7 10. O-O Ng6 11. Qb3 b6 12. a4 a6 13. Be3 Nf6 14. h3 O-O 15. Rac1 h6 16. Rfd1 Nh5 17. Ne2 f5 18. exf5 Rxf5 19. Nd2 1/2-1/2!31st-annual-chicago-open-2022/2068768054

1.d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 (SF 15 @depth 55 plays 3 cxd5, but @depth 62 changes to 3 Nf3) 3…e5 (SF 14.1 @depth 48 will play 3…e6. SF 040522 @depth 49 plays 3…Nf6, which appears in 387 games at the ChessBaseDataBase. The CBDB contains only 75 games with 3…e6, but does contain 748 games in which the inferior 3…dxc4 has been played. The move played in the game has been seen in 92 games) 4. cxd5 Nxd4 (The CBDB contains 82 games with this move and only one with 4…exd4, the choice of Houdini at a lower level; SF 13 at a higher level, and SF 14.1 at a mid-level depth 43) 5. e3 Nf5 6. Nf3 (Until now this has been the preferred move, with 51 examples in the CBDB, but Houdini, Komodo, and Stockfish 14.1 all show 6 e4 as best in the 8 games in which it has been tried the move has scored 69% compared to the 63% scored by the move played in the game) 6…Bd6 7. Bb5+ (This move is the choice of Fritz 17, so you know it is suspect. Both Houdini and SF 14.1 play 7 e4, and so should you) 7…Bd7 (Fritz 13 SE will play 7…Kf8. I kid you not…) 8. Bxd7 (SF 14.1 and SF 221221 both play 8 e4, and so should you in the event you play badly enough to reach this position) 8…Qxd7 9. e4 Nfe7 10. O-O (The CBDB shows only 8 games having reached this position; 4 with Nf6; 3 with Ng6; and 1 with f6. Houdini, and SF 7 & 11 show 10…h6 as being the best move. The game move has been the most often played move according to the 365Chess Big Database) 10…Ng6 11. Qb3 (SF 14 will play 11 Be3. See Pohlers vs Maahs below) 11…b6 (See Farago vs Plat below)

Frank James Marshall

vs R. Guckemus
Event: Sylvan Beach
Site: Sylvan Beach Date: ??/??/1904
Round: 4
ECO: D07 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Chigorin defence
1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.cxd5 exd4 5.dxc6 dxc3 6.Qxd8+ Kxd8 7.cxb7 Bxb7 8.bxc3 Bd6 9.f3 Nf6 10.e4 Re8 11.Bb5 c6 12.Bc4 Ke7 13.Rb1 Rab8 14.Be3 Bc8 15.Rxb8 Bxb8 16.Bc5+ Bd6 17.Bxa7 Be6 18.Bxe6 Kxe6 19.Nh3 h6 20.Bd4 c5 21.Bxf6 gxf6 22.Kd2 Ra8 23.Ra1 Bxh2 24.f4 Rg8 25.Kd3 Rxg2 26.Kc4 Rg3 27.Nf2 f5 28.a4 Rf3 29.a5 Bxf4 30.a6 Bb8 31.Nd3 Ba7 32.exf5+ Kxf5 33.Rb1 Ke4 34.Rb7 1-0

Benjamin Leussen vs Aaron Nimzowitsch

Event: Barmen-B
Site: Barmen Date: ??/??/1905
Round: ?
ECO: D07 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Chigorin defence
1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.cxd5 exd4 5.dxc6 dxc3 6.Qxd8+ Kxd8 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.g3 bxc6 9.Bg2 Nd5 10.Bd2 Be7 11.Nf3 Bf6 12.Nd4 Bd7 13.e4 Nb4 14.cxb4 Bxd4 15.Rd1 Kc8 16.O-O c5 17.Bf4 Bb5 18.bxc5 Bc3 19.Bh3+ Kb7 20.Rb1 Kc6 21.Rfc1 Bd4 22.e5 1-0

Juergen Pohlers (2133) vs Erich Maahs (2200)
Event: Bad Woerishofen op 18th
Site: Bad Woerishofen Date: ??/??/2002
Round: 8
ECO: D07 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Chigorin defence
1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.cxd5 Nxd4 5.e3 Nf5 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.Bb5+ Bd7 8.Bxd7+ Qxd7 9.e4 Nfe7 10.O-O Ng6 11.Be3 Nf6 12.h3 O-O 13.Rc1 a6 14.Qd3 Nh5 15.Ne2 h6 16.g4 Nhf4 17.Nxf4 exf4 18.Bd4 Rae8 19.Rfe1 f6 20.Qb3 b6 21.Qc4 h5 22.Qc6 Qc8 23.Nh2 f3 24.Qxd6 cxd6 25.Rxc8 Rxc8 26.Nxf3 Nf4 27.gxh5 Rc2 28.Kh2 b5 29.h6 Ne2 30.hxg7 Kxg7 31.Be3 Rxb2 32.Nh4 Rd8 33.Kg2 Rxa2 34.Kf3 Nc3 35.Nf5+ Kh7 36.Bb6 Rd7 37.Bd4 b4 38.Bxf6 Rf7 39.Bxc3 bxc3 40.Rc1 Ra3 41.Ke2 Kg6 42.Rg1+ Kf6 43.Nxd6 Rc7 44.Ne8+ Ke5 45.Nxc7 Kd4 46.d6 Ra2+ 47.Kf3 Ke5 48.d7 Rd2 49.Nd5 c2 1-0

Ivan Farago (2340) vs Vojtech Plat (2556)
Event: FSGM May 2021
Site: Budapest HUN Date: 05/08/2021
Round: 7.4
ECO: D07 Queen’s Gambit Declined, Chigorin defence
1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.cxd5 Nxd4 5.e3 Nf5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bxd7+ Qxd7 8.Nf3 Bd6 9.e4 Nfe7 10.O-O Ng6 11.Qb3 b6 12.h3 Nf6 13.Bg5 Nh5 14.Qb5 Nhf4 15.Rfe1 h6 16.Bxf4 Nxf4 17.Kh2 a6 18.Qxd7+ Kxd7 19.Rad1 g5 20.g3 Ng6 21.Kg2 f6 22.Nh2 h5 23.Nf1 b5 24.Ne3 h4 25.Ng4 Raf8 26.Re3 Ne7 27.Rf3 b4 28.Nb1 f5 29.exf5 e4 30.Rb3 Nxf5 31.Nd2 e3 32.Nxe3 hxg3 33.Nxf5 Rxf5 34.Ne4 gxf2 35.Nxf2 a5 36.Ng4 Bc5 37.Rbd3 Re8 38.R3d2 Kd6 39.b3 Re4 40.Nh6 Rff4 41.Rc2 Bd4 42.Ng4 Bc3 43.Rd3 Bd4 44.Rc6+ Kxd5 45.Rxc7 Re2+ 46.Kg3 Ke4 0-1

Since the tournament is still ongoing Ben has not had time to produce his latest youtube apologia explaining why he could only draw versus a much lower rated player so here is a pertinent video:

Everybody Hurts

Children called for help from inside classrooms in Uvalde. The police waited.

UVALDE, Texas — Furtively, speaking in a whisper, a fourth-grade girl dialed the police. Around her, in Room 112 at Robb Elementary School, were the motionless bodies of her classmates and scores of spent bullet casings fired by a gunman who had already been inside the school for half an hour.

She whispered to a 911 operator, just after noon, that she was in the classroom with the gunman. She called back again. And again. “Please send the police now,” she begged.

J. David Goodman, Edgar Sandoval, Karen Zraick and Rick Rojas

Hymn for the Hurting
May 27, 2022, 5:17 p.m. ET

By Amanda Gorman

Everything hurts,
Our hearts shadowed and strange,
Minds made muddied and mute.
We carry tragedy, terrifying and true.
And yet none of it is new;
We knew it as home,
As horror,
As heritage.
Even our children
Cannot be children,
Cannot be.

Everything hurts.
It’s a hard time to be alive,
And even harder to stay that way.
We’re burdened to live out these days,
While at the same time, blessed to outlive them.

This alarm is how we know
We must be altered —
That we must differ or die,
That we must triumph or try.
Thus while hate cannot be terminated,
It can be transformed
Into a love that lets us live.

May we not just grieve, but give:
May we not just ache, but act;
May our signed right to bear arms
Never blind our sight from shared harm;
May we choose our children over chaos.
May another innocent never be lost.

Maybe everything hurts,
Our hearts shadowed & strange.
But only when everything hurts
May everything change.

Amanda Gorman

is a poet and the author of “The Hill We Climb,” “Call Us What We Carry” and “Change Sings.”

Stockfish wins the jubilee edition of the TCEC Cup

Stockfish wins the jubilee edition of the TCEC Cup

By Sergio
Posted on May 27, 2022

Indomitable engine Stockfish, having already won the TCEC Season 22, won the TCEC Cup 10 by defeating Komodo Dragon in the finals. After Stockfish’s dominant performance in Premier Division and record-setting victory against Komodo Dragon in the Superfinal, few people would bet against Stockfish winning the Cup. The short matches of the Cup meant that small sample size effects are magnified, and it is possible another engine will score an upset. Still, Stockfish lived up to its billing. (

So there I was, surfin’ the interwovenwebofallthings, landing at the website of, home of the computer program Chess, TCEC ( A new game had just begun and it was a Dutch. I watched in amazement as the opening moves were played: 1 d4 f5 2 e4. According to 2 e4 made it a A82 Dutch, Staunton gambit. As you will see from the two games which follow, the same opening can have many names. The time limit was game 30, plus three seconds added. After ruminating I could not recall playing against even one Staunton gambit. It is one of those rare openings for which you have your prepared, pet line that you never get to use until an opponent fires 2 e4 at you the realization hits that you cannot recall said pet line. Don’t ‘cha just hate it when that happens?! Since it was to be a quick game, and it was late, and I was tired, too tired to think, I decided to just watch the game. When it ended another Staunton gambit appeared, and I watched that one, too, before collapsing into bed, heading straight to the land of nod…

[Event “TCEC Cup 10 Final”]
[Site “”%5D
[Date “2022.05.25”]
[Round “1.1”]
[White “KomodoDragon 3”]
[Black “Stockfish dev16_2022051413”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “3627”]
[ECO “C39”]
[GameDuration “01:04:21”]
[GameEndTime “2022-05-25T16:04:22.474 UTC”]
[GameStartTime “2022-05-25T15:00:00.764 UTC”]
[Opening “KGA”]
[PlyCount “120”]
[Termination “adjudication”]
[TerminationDetails “SyzygyTB”]
[TimeControl “1800+3”]
[Variation “Kieseritsky, Polerio defence“]
[WhiteElo “3586”]

A83 Dutch, Staunton gambit, Nimzovich variation

  1. d4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 b6 5. f3 e3 6. Qc1 Ba6 7. Bxa6 Nxa6 8. Qxe3 c6 9. f4 e6 10. O-O-O Nc7 11. Nf3 Ncd5 12. Nxd5 Nxd5 13. Qe4 Be7 14. h4 Qc7 15. Bxe7 Nxe7 16. Kb1 O-O-O 17. Ne5 Rdf8 18. g3 Nf5 19. Rh3 Kb7 20. h5 b5 21. Nd3 Rf7 22. a3 h6 23. Nc5+ Ka8 24. Rhh1 Ne7 25. Rhe1 Nd5 26. Re2 Rf5 27. Qd3 Rhf8 28. Rde1 Qc8 29. Qf3 Qc7 30. Qg4 Rg8 31. Re5 Rf6 32. Qf3 Rf7 33. Rd1 Qb8 34. Rd3 Qb6 35. Re2 Rb8 36. Rb3 Qd8 37. Re1 Qc8 38. Qd3 Qd8 39. Re2 Nb6 40. Qf3 Nd5 41. Re5 Qf8 42. Qd3 Qc8 43. Re2 Qf8 44. Ka2 Qg8 45. Re1 Qd8 46. Ka1 Qf8 47. Qe2 Qd8 48. Ka2 Rf5 49. Qg4 Nf6 50. Qg6 Qe8 51. Rbe3 Qxg6 52. hxg6 Rh5 53. R1e2 Rd8 54. a4 Nd5 55. Ra3 Rf5 56. axb5 cxb5 57. Re1 Rf6 58. Kb3 Ne7 59. d5 Rxg6 60. dxe6 Rxg3+ 61. c3 dxe6 62. Nxe6 Rc8 63. Nd4 b4 64. Ra4 Nd5 65. Nf5 Rd3 66. Ne7 1-0

1.d4 f5 2. e4 (The ChessBaseDataBase contains 711 games with this move and it has not scored well, showing only 48% versus 2363 opposition. The five moves above it in number of games played, 2 g3; Nf3; c4; Nc3; and Bg5, have all scored between 56% and 59% against opposition rated at least 2400+) 2…fxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 (In 613 games this move has scored 49%, and it is the choice of SF 14.1. Fritz 17 @depth 26 will play 4 f3, a move made in 64 games while scoring only 38%) 4…b6 (Stockfish and two Fritz programs all play 4…g6, a move having been played in 105 games. 4…Nc6, with 376 games showing has been the most often played move while holding white to only 48%, followed by the 190 games of 4…e6, a move having taken quite a few lumps as it has allowed white to score 68%. The move played in the game, 4…b6, has only been attempted in 11 games. Makes one wonder what inept human forced the program to play such an inferior move, does it not?) 5. f3 e3 6. Qc1 (The CBDB shows only 2 games for 6 Bxe3, the move played by Fritz 16. SF 14.1 will play the game move, making it a TN of sorts, I suppose…)

[Event “TCEC Cup 10 Final”]
[Site “”%5D
[Date “2022.05.26”]
[Round “1.10”]
[White “Stockfish dev16_2022051413”]
[Black “KomodoDragon 3”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “3586”]
[ECO “A83”]
[GameDuration “01:13:39”]
[GameEndTime “2022-05-26T01:18:26.469 UTC”]
[GameStartTime “2022-05-26T00:04:46.765 UTC”]
[Opening “Dutch”]
[PlyCount “279”]
[TerminationDetails “3-Fold repetition”]
[TimeControl “1800+3”]
[Variation “Staunton gambit, Nimzovich variation“]
[WhiteElo “3627”]

1.d4 f5 2. e4 fxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 b6 5. f3 e3 6. Qc1 Ba6 7. Bxa6 Nxa6 8. Qxe3 c6 9. O-O-O e6 10. f4 Be7 11. Nf3 O-O 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. h4 Nc7 14. Kb1 Qe8 15. g3 Nd5 16. Qd3 Nxc3+ 17. Qxc3 b5 18. a3 Rb8 19. Qe3 Qe7 20. h5 Qd6 21. h6 g6 22. Rhe1 Qd5 23. Ne5 Be7 24. g4 Rbe8 25. Rf1 d6 26. Nf3 a5 27. Rde1 Bf6 28. Ng5 Bxg5 29. fxg5 a4 30. Rf6 Rxf6 31. gxf6 Kf7 32. g5 Ra8 33. Qe4 Re8 34. Qe3 Ra8 35. Qd2 c5 36. Rd1 c4 37. Qb4 Re8 38. Qa5 Qb7 39. Ka2 Rb8 40. Re1 Rc8 41. Qb4 Rd8 42. Rc1 Qd5 43. Qa5 Rd7 44. Rd1 Qb7 45. Qb4 Qd5 46. Qa5 Qb7 47. Kb1 Rc7 48. Qb4 Rd7 49. Re1 Rd8 50. Ka2 Rd7 51. Qa5 Rc7 52. Rf1 d5 53. Re1 Qc6 54. Kb1 Rd7 55. Kc1 Rc7 56. Kb1 Rd7 57. Re5 Rc7 58. Kc1 Rc8 59. Re3 Rc7 60. Re1 Qb7 61. Re5 Qc6 62. Kb1 Rd7 63. Ka2 Rc7 64. Re1 Rd7 65. Ka1 Rc7 66. Re2 Rc8 67. Re1 Rc7 68. Re3 Rd7 69. Rg3 Rc7 70. Kb1 Qd6 71. Re3 Qc6 72. Re5 Rd7 73. Qb4 Rc7 74. Kc1 Rb7 75. Kd2 Qc7 76. Qc5 Qd7 77. Kc3 Qd8 78. Qc6 Rb6 79. Qc5 Rb7 80. Kd2 Qd7 81. Re1 Rc7 82. Qb6 Rb7 83. Qc5 Ra7 84. Kc1 Rc7 85. Qb6 Rb7 86. Qc5 Rb8 87. c3 Rb7 88. Re2 Rc7 89. Qb6 Rb7 90. Qc5 Rc7 91. Qb4 Rb7 92. Re1 Qc7 93. Kb1 Qg3 94. Re5 Qg1+ 95. Ka2 Qd1 96. Re3 Qb3+ 97. Qxb3 axb3+ 98. Kb1 Rb6 99. Re1 Ra6 100. Kc1 Ke8 101. Re3 Kf7 102. Re1 Ke8 103. Kd1 Kd7 104. Ke2 Ra8 105. Kf2 Kd6 106. Kf3 Kd7 107. Kf4 Kd6 108. Kg3 Kd7 109. Kf4 Kd6 110. Ke3 Rf8 111. Ra1 Ra8 112. Rb1 Rf8 113. Kd2 Rf7 114. Ra1 Ra7 115. Re1 Rf7 116. Ra1 Ra7 117. Rf1 Rf7 118. Rf2 Rf8 119. Re2 Kd7 120. Rf2 Ra8 121. Rf1 Ke8 122. Ke3 Kd7 123. Kf4 Kd6 124. Re1 Re8 125. Ra1 e5+ 126. dxe5+ Rxe5 127. a4 Rf5+ 128. Kg4 bxa4 129. Rxa4 Rf2 130. Ra7 Rxb2 131. Kf3 Rb1 132. Kf2 Rb2+ 133. Kf1 Rb1+ 134. Kf2 Rb2+ 135. Kf1 Rb1+ 136. Kg2 Rb2+ 137. Kg3 Rb1 138. Kg2 Rb2+ 139. Kg1 Rb1+ 140. Kg2 1/2-1/2

Last Round (In)Action at the 2022 Saint Louis Norm Congress

When GM Vladimir Belous

sat down to play in the last round he had already won the tournament as he had seven points after winning six games and drawing two. His opponent, IM David Brodsky,

was tied for third place with a 5-3 score. I have no idea if a win by IM Brodsky would have earned him a GM norm or not, but can tell you from over half a century following the Royal Game it is difficult for anyone who has nothing to play for to play for something. In all that time I have seen numerous players with nothing for which to play lose. David Brodsky is not yet a Grandmaster, and may never earn the title. He really had nothing to lose, and much to gain by defeating the winner of the tournament, even if a GM norm was not possible. Since he is young and still has much to learn, what better way to gain experience by at least attempting to win. This was the result:

Vladimir Belous 2525 vs David Brodsky 2484

  1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 g6 4. g3 1/2-1/2!saint-louis-norm-congress-gm-2022/310589946

One cannot call it a game, but it counts just as if it were a one hundred mover. Never would have thought I would live long enough to see the Chess Mecca that is the St. Louis Chess Campus defiled as it was during this event. I will hand it to the women because they were not passing out buddy-buddy draws like the men, and I use the word “men” loosely.

I do not want to end coverage of this event with the premature ejaculation masquerading as a game above, so I will again present another game in which IM Aaron Grabinsky plays the B10 Caro-Kann, two knights variation, the third time he trotted out the opening to battle the Caro-Kann ( Before the round began FM Posthuma, with 6 1/2 points, had a half point lead over IM Grabinsky. IM Matyas Marek was in third place with 5 1/2 points, which went to 6 1/2 points when his last round opponent, Julien Proleiko, forfeited.

IM Aaron Grabinsky 2401 vs FM Joshua Posthuma 2405

  1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Qe2 Nxe4 6. Qxe4 Be6 7. c4 Nd7 8. d4 Nf6 9. Qh4 Bf5 10. Be2 e6 11. O-O Be7 12. Qf4 O-O 13. h3 a5 14. Rd1 Bc2 15. Re1 Qb6 16. Qe3 Rfd8 17. Bd3 Bxd3 18. Qxd3 a4 19. Qc2 Qa6 20. Be3 b5 21. Rac1 bxc4 22. Qxc4 Rdb8 23. Qc2 Nd5 24. a3 Rb5 25. Rcd1 Qb7 26. Bc1 Bf6 27. Ne5 Ne7 28. Re4 Nf5 29. Qxc6 Rc8 30. Qxb7 Rxb7 31. g4 Nd6 32. Re2 h6 33. Kf1 Bxe5 34. Rxe5 Nc4 35. Rc5 Rxc5 36. dxc5 Rc7 37. Rd3 Rxc5 38. Rc3 f5 39. gxf5 exf5 40. Ke2 g5 41. h4 gxh4 42. Rh3 Nxb2 43. Bxh6 Rc2+ 44. Kf1 Nc4 45. Rxh4 Kf7 46. Ke1 Nxa3 47. Rxa4 Nb5 48. Ra6 Nd4 49. Be3 Ne6 50. Kf1 f4 51. Ba7 Rc8 52. Rd6 Rd8 53. Rc6 Ra8 54. Bb6 Ra6 55. Kg2 Ng5 56. Rc7+ Kg6 57. Rb7 Ra2 58. Bd4 Kf5 59. Rb8 Rd2 60. Rb4 Ne4 61. Ba7 Ra2 62. Rb7 Ng5 63. Bb8 f3+ 64. Kg3 Ne4+ 65. Kxf3 Rxf2+ 66. Ke3 Rc2 67. Re7 Nf6 68. Kd3 1/2-1/2!saint-louis-norm-congress-im-2022/-1059380010

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Nxe4 6.Qxe4 Be6 (The most often played move has been 6…Nd7. In 343 games it has held white to 49%. It is the choice of Fritz 16 @depth 36. Stockfish 13 @depth 60 plays 6…Qa5, which also shows 49% in 183 games. Then comes SF 14.1 which likes the second most often played move, 6…Qd5. Yet in 295 games it shows 58%! The move in the game, 6…Be6, has been attempted in 99 games, resulting in holding white to only 45%) 7.c4 (7 b3 has been most played and in 54 games has scored 47%. All three programs shown will play 7 b3. The game move has been seen in 15 games while scoring only 33%) 7…Nd7 (The 13 games in which this move has been played have held white to 27%, and it is the choice of SF 14 @depth 42. SF 100222 @depth 55 will play 7…g6. The CBDB contains only two games with the move…) 8.d4 Nf6 9.Qh4 (SF 11 @depth 45 plays 9 Qd3; SF 14 @depth 27 plays 9 Qf4; SF 050621 @depth 33 will play 9 Qe3) 9…Bf5 10.Be2 e6 11.O-O Be7 12. Qf4 (This is the choice of Stockfish 170921. For 12 Qg3 see below:

Jules Moussard (2571) vs Tigran Gharamian (2626)
Event: 3rd IF Payroll Blitz 2017
Site: Sanem LUX Date: 09/23/2017
Round: ?
ECO: B10 Caro-Kann, two knights variation
1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Nxe4 6.Qxe4 Be6 7.c4 Nd7 8.d4 Nf6 9.Qh4 Bf5 10.Be2 e6 11.O-O Be7 12.Qg3 O-O 13.Rd1 Re8 14.Ne5 Nd7 15.Bh6 Bg6 16.Nxg6 hxg6 17.Be3 Nf6 18.h3 Qa5 19.Qe5 Bd8 20.a3 Bc7 21.Qxa5 Bxa5 22.b4 Bb6 23.a4 a6 24.Bf3 Red8 25.Rab1 Rac8 26.b5 axb5 27.axb5 Ba5 28.bxc6 bxc6 29.Ra1 Bb4 30.Rd3 c5 31.Rad1 cxd4 32.Rxd4 Rxd4 33.Rxd4 Bc5 34.Bb7 Bxd4 35.Bxc8 Bxe3 36.fxe3 Kf8 37.Kf2 Ke7 38.Bb7 Nd7 39.Ke2 Nc5 40.Bf3 Kd6 41.Kd2 Ke5 42.Kc3 g5 43.Bh5 g6 44.Bf3 Kd6 45.Kb4 Nd3+ 46.Kb5 Nc5 47.Be2 Ne4 48.Bf3 Nc5 49.Be2 f5 50.Bf3 Nd7 51.Kb4 Nc5 52.Kb5 Nd3 53.Be2 Nc5 54.Bf3 Nd7 55.Bc6 Ne5 56.c5+ Kc7 57.Be8 0-1

Armed and Dangerous Females at the 2022 Saint Louis Norm Congress

When one surfs over to the website of the St. Louis Chess Club to check out the upcoming pairings this is what one finds for the IM tournament:

2022 Saint Louis Norm Congress

Pairings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Rankings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

List by federation
Cross table

Click on “Females” and one discovers how the four female players have fared against their male counterparts. Segregating the “females” sets them apart, making it appear they are different and not part of the group. Is this good for the “females” or for Chess? Is it necessary to separate the women players because of their gender? Does this help or hurt their chances of being accepted as part of the group? Let me ask another question. What if there were enough players to have a similar tournament with four players with dark skin pigmentation and the word “Black” was used in lieu of “Female”? Would that be acceptable to people with darker skin pigmentation? Would that be acceptable to the people in charge of the St. Louis Chess Club? Would it be acceptable to the larger Chess community of the world? If the answer is “no” then why is it acceptable for the people at the St. Louis Chess Campus to segregate any one particular group?

After informing a National Master that I have been avidly following the two tournaments currently being held at the St. Louis Chess Campus he replied, “Why would you waste your time watching those chumpy-lumpies when you could be watching games from the Sharjah Masters? There are thirty of the best players in the world competing and they are fighting.” I said nothing while thinking about the proliferation of draws, most of them short, afflicting top level Chess these daze. Short draws have been anathema at the St. Louis Chess mecca. The options for a Chess fan these days are almost unlimited; this fan prefers watching games emanating from the Chess Capital of America no matter who is playing because short draws are not acceptable in St. Louis, or at least were not until seeing this insult to the St. Louis Chess Campus and Chess in general:

IM Matyas Marek 2363 vs FM Joshua Posthuma 2405

Round 6

  1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 1/2-1/2!saint-louis-norm-congress-im-2022/1216272321

This game “wowed” the fans, or at least one of them, who left this at the “Chat” with the game:

Chat room

Neverness Board 1: What a fighting game! 😀

Neverness Wow, just wow! 😀

Neither one of these “players”, and I use the word loosely, is a Grandmaster yet they felt compelled to make a “Grandmaster draw.” What are the odds either one of these losers will ever be invited to return to the St. Louis Chess Campus? Games like this appear with regularity at tournaments held at the Charlotte Chess Center, and in the Bay area at San Jose. ( Never thought I would be writing about a three and a have move game from St. Louis…

On to the good stuff abounding from this tournament!

After four rounds FM Jennifer Yu

was +2 after two wins and two draws. In the fifth round she had the white pieces versus fellow FM Joshua Posthuma (2404).

After the latter made a weak ninth move and followed it up with what is called a “mistake” at LiChess, she was winning. The game was a real battle and could have ended in a draw, but Ms. Yu let go of the rope with her 39th move, a passive retreat when she could have continued checking, and the lights were turned out. The game must have taken something out of her because she played weakly in the opening in the following game and was lost before move ten…but fought back to an even game later before both players blundered with their thirtieth move and it was back to even, Steven, until Ms. Yu again let go of the rope with her thirty second move and it was all over but the shouting…In the next, seventh round, she had the black pieces against one of the three co-leaders, IM Aaron Grabinsky, who had won his first four games before drawing the next two games. Not many people who gamble would have wagered on Jennifer. This writer was hoping she would not fall apart completely and do the goose-egg shuffle on her way out of St. Louis. Many players would have lost their fighting spirit and consented to “making a draw,” and who could, or would, blame her if she did exactly that? Then, on move 24 her opponent made a vacillating move in retreating his Queen and Jennifer gained an advantage. Solid move followed solid move until IM Grabinsky again retreated his Queen on his 29th move. Unfortunately, Jennifer did not make the best move in reply, but still had an advantage, albeit small. Then her opponent blundered on his 31st move and Jennifer punished him for it, winning in 35 moves. What a fighter is Jennifer Yu! I urge you to replay the game, which can be found here> (

While watching the action in round six I put two games into the opening grinder and one of them was the game of the tournament. When young FM Alice Lee sat down to play IM Aaron Grabinsky in round six she had a total of 1 1/2 points, earned in the three previous rounds with draws after losing her first two games. Her opponent was leading the field with 4 1/2 points. Alice had the white pieces, but her opponent grabbed an positional advantage and began squeezing the life out of Ms. Lee, but she refused to let go of the rope, finding good move after good move for many moves. Several times IM Grabinsky achieved the maximum from his position, but refused to bring the hammer down and continued playing vacillating moves; he simply could not pull the trigger. After one hundred and eight moves (!) IM Grabinsky gave up the ghost and FM Alice Lee had scored a well earned and hard fought draw with the leader of the tournament!

Round 6
FM Lee, Alice 2334

vs IM Grabinsky, Aaron 2401

Coquille resident makes name for himself in international chess …

E11 Bogo-Indian defence
1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Qxd2 d6 6.Nc3 Nbd7 7.e4 e5 8.Be2 O-O 9.O-O c6 10.Rfd1 Re8 11.Qc2 a5 12.Rd2 Qe7 13.Rad1 g6 14.d5 c5 15.Ne1 Nb6 16.Nb5 Rf8 17.Qd3 Ne8 18.Bf1 f5 19.f3 Bd7 20.Nc3 f4 21.Rc1 Nf6 22.Kf2 Qe8 23.Nc2 g5 24.h3 Qh5 25.Ke1 Ne8 26.Kd1 Nc7 27.Na3 Qe8 28.Kc2 Nc8 29.Kb1 Na7 30.Qe2 Kf7 31.Qf2 Ke7 32.Bd3 Qg6 33.Rh1 h5 34.Be2 Rh8 35.Rdd1 Rag8 36.Rh2 Ne8 37.Rdh1 Rh7 38.Nc2 Rgh8 39.a4 Nf6 40.Ne1 b6 41.Rg1 Rg8 42.Rgh1 Nc8 43.Nd3 Rhg7 44.g4 fxg3 45.Qxg3 h4 46.Qf2 Nh5 47.Bd1 Qf6 48.Qd2 Kd8 49.Rg1 Nf4 50.Nf2 Rf7 51.Rhh1 Nh5 52.Re1 Qg6 53.Qe3 Ne7 54.Rh2 Qf6 55.Ne2 Ng3 56.Ng1 Rgf8 57.b3 Qg7 58.Kc2 Kc7 59.Kb1 Rf4 60.Nd3 R4f6 61.Nf2 Be8 62.Ng4 Rf4 63.Nf2 Bh5 64.Nd3 R4f6 65.Nf2 Ng8 66.Ka2 R6f7 67.Kb1 Nf6 68.Kc2 Nh7 69.Kb1 Rf6 70.Kc2 R8f7 71.Ng4 Rf4 72.Kc1 Qf8 73.Qd3 Nf6 74.Nf2 Nd7 75.Ng4 Bg6 76.Nf2 Nf6 77.Kb2 Bh5 78.Kc1 Qg7 79.Qe3 Bg6 80.Bc2 Qf8 81.Kb2 Nfh5 82.Bd1 Qg7 83.Ka2 Rf8 84.Bc2 Qf6 85.Bd1 Qf7 86.Kb2 Ng7 87.Qd3 N3h5 88.Qe3 Qe7 89.Nd3 R4f7 90.Nf2 Ng3 91.Bc2 Bh5 92.Bd1 Qf6 93.Ng4 Qg6 94.Nf2 Ne8 95.Ka2 Rf4 96.Nd3 Nf6 97.Nf2 Qf7 98.Kb2 Qg7 99.Ka2 Rf7 100.Bc2 Qf8 101.Bd1 Qh6 102.Kb2 Nh7 103.Qd3 Qf8 104.Re3 Bg6 105.Re1 Nf6 106.Ka2 Bh7 107.Kb2 Nfh5 108.Qe3 1/2-1/2

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 (111865 games with this move can be found in the ChessBaseDataBase, and it is the choice of SF 15 @depth 68 and and SF 040522 @depth 74, but SF 14.1 @depth 64 preferred 3 Nc3. In 80101 games it has scored 53%. 3 Nf3 has scored 55%) 3…Bb4+ (SF 14.1 @depth 66 plays 3…d5) 4.Bd2 (This has been the most often played move with 11966 games in the CBDB, and it is the choice of Fritz 16-you know what that means-both SF 14.1 and 15 will play 4 Nbd2) 4…Bxd2+ (SF 15 plays 4…Be7, a move with only 165 games that have shown a score of 60%. Here’s the deal, Fritz 16 also plays the move! Deep Fritz 13 likes 4…a5, in third place with 3096 games in the CBDB. 5538 players have chosen 4…Qe7 with a score 57%; 2247 players have tried 4…c5 resulting in 53%. The move played in the game has scored 58% in 1212 games) 5.Qxd2 d6 (There are only 92 examples of this move contained in the CBDB with a resulting 62%. Fritz 16 @depth 31 will play 5…Nc6. There is only one game with the move. Komodo @depth 30 will play 5…b6. The 93 games in which this move has been played have resulted in 65% for the players of the white pieces. SF 14.1 @depth 55 castles. With 493 games it has been the most often played move, resulting in a 59% score) 6.Nc3 (With this move the CBDB shows us the progression of the computin’ of SF 14.1. At depth 38 it favors 6 e3. There is only one game with this move in the CBDB… then comes 6 g3 @depth 39. It has scored 50% in 15 games. Then @depth 47 the program moves to the move made in the game, which has resulted in a strong 63% for white) 6…Nbd7 (This move has been played in 22 games, scoring 61%. SF 190322 @depth 27 will play 6…Qe7. In 20 games it has scored 65%. Then there is SF 14.1 @depth 40 which will, given the opportunity, play 6…d5, a NEW MOVE!) 7.e4 e5 8.Be2 (There is only one game with this move in the CBDB, and it is the move of Deep Fritz 13 @depth 17 [17? The Fritz limbo; how low can you go?] which ought to give you pause…Komodo 14 @depth 31 and SF 130222 @depth 27 both 0-0-0) The CBDB contains only two games here, one with 8 d5 and the other with 8 Be2. Don’t know about you but I’m sticking with Stockfish!)

FM Gabriela Antova,

Jewgenij Schtembuljak und Polina Schuwalowa sind Junioren-Weltmeister …

from Bulgaria, got off to a good start in the first round by defeating FM Alice Lee with black. Then she lost three in a row before drawing in the fifth round. In the sixth round she faced IM Pedro Rivera Rodriguez,

from Cuba, who, although an International Master, is rated below Master level at 2199. How is that possible? What has happened to the rating system? 2199 is below Master level, as 2000-2199 is, or was considered Expert level.

Round 6
FM Antova, Gabriela 2282 vs IM Rodriguez Rivera, Pedro 2199
A53 Old Indian defence

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nf3 Nbd7 4.g3 e5 5.Nc3 c6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.Qc2 a6 9.Rd1 Qc7 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Nh4 g6 12.b3 Re8 13.Bb2 a5 14.Nf3 Bf8 15.Na4 Nc5 16.Nxc5 Bxc5 17.e3 Bf5 18.Qe2 a4 19.h3 axb3 20.axb3 Rxa1 21.Bxa1 Be4 22.Qb2 Bxf3 23.Bxf3 Qe7 24.Kg2 Bb4 25.h4 h5 26.Be2 Ba3 27.Qc2 Bb4 28.Qa2 Ne4 29.Qc2 Nc5 30.Rh1 Rd8 31.Rd1 Re8 32.Rh1 Rd8 33.Rd1 1/2-1/2

  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d6 3. Nf3 (Stockfish 14.1 @depth 56 will play 3 Nc3) 3…Nbd7 (Three different SF programs all going very deep will play 3…g6) 4. g3 (Two SF programs and one Komodo all play 4 Nc3) 4…e5 (Far and away the most often played move with 354 games, and advocated by Fritz 16 @depth 30, but SF 8 [8? Did SF 8 first appear last century?] @depth 27 will play the second most played move according to the ChessBaseDataBase, 4…c6, with 74 games showing. Stockfish 14.1 @depth 30 plays 3…g6, the third most popular move with only 51 moves contained in the CBDB) 5. Nc3 c6 (SF 7 @depth
    29 will play this, the most often played move with 452 games in the database, but Fritz 16 @depth 35 AND Stockfish 14.1 @depth 44 both prefer 5…exd4. The CBDB contains on three games with pawn takes pawn) 6. Bg2 Be7 (With 432 games contained in the CBDB this has been the most frequently played move, and it is the choice of Houdini, but Fritz 16 @depth 28, and Stockfish 14.1 @depth 43 will play 6…e4, a move having been attempted in only 103 games) 7. O-O (The 495 games in which players have castled are more than double the 213 games in which 7 e4 has appeared. Both Houdini and Fritz castle, but SF 14.1 will play 7 Qc2, a move only seen in 51 games, although it has scored highest at an astounding 72%! Castling has scored 58% while 7 e4 has scored 63%) 7…0-0 (This move has been played in over one thousand games, 1033 to be exact, and has scored 58%, and it is the choice of Houdini, albeit at a low depth of only 24 fathoms. Yet Komodo and SF14.1 @depth 53 both will play 7…e4, a move having only been tried in 14 games) 8. Qc2 (The move of both Houdini and Fritz, but SF 14.1 will play the most often played move, 8 e4) 8…a6 (Komodo and Fritz play the most often played move, 8…Re8; SF 14.1 plays 8…Qc7) 9. Rd1 (SF 14.1 @depth 39 plays 9 h3. There is only one game containing the move found at the CBDB) 9…Qc7 10 dxe5 (This move cannot be located at either 365Chess or the CBDB, therefore FM Antova played a Theoretical Novelty)

IM Aaron Grabinsky Scores Two at the 2022 Saint Louis Norm Congress with the B10 Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack

IM Aaron Grabinsky

vs Julien Proleiko

2022 Saint Louis IM Norm Congress
B10 Caro-Kann, two knights variation

  1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Qe2 Na6 6. Nxf6+ gxf6 7. h3 Bf5 8. d3 e6 9. g3 Qa5+ 10. Bd2 Nb4 11. Bc3 Qc5 12. Bg2 Nd5 13. Bd4 Qa5+ 14. Kf1 O-O-O 15. a3 c5 16. b4 Qb6 17. bxc5 Bxc5 18. Bxc5 Qxc5 19. Kg1 Rhg8 20. Kh2 Nc3 21. Qe1 e5 22. Nd2 h5 23. Nc4 Nd5 24. h4 Be6 25. Rb1 b6 26. a4 Nc7 27. a5 b5 28. Nd2 f5 29. Nb3 Qd6 30. Qe3 f4 31. Qxa7 e4 32. Bxe4 fxg3+ 33. Kg2 gxf2+ 34. Kf1 Rg1+ 35. Rxg1 fxg1=Q+ 36. Qxg1 Bh3+ 37. Ke1 f5 38. Bh1 Qf4 39. Bc6 Qxh4+ 40. Kd2 Qb4+ 41. Kc1 Qa3+ 42. Rb2 Nd5 43. Bxd5 Rxd5 44. Qh1 Qb4 45. Nd2 Qh4 46. Kb1 Rc5 47. a6 Rc7 48. Rxb5 Qa4 49. Qa8+ Kd7 50. Qd5+ Kc8 51. Qe6+ Rd7 52. Qe8+ Rd8 53. Qc6#
  1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 (SF 14.1 prefers 3 d4) 3…dxe4 (SF121050 @depth 47 will play this move, the second most often played move, with 2210 examples in the ChessBaseDataBase, but SF 15 @depth 44 prefers 3…Nf6, a move having been made only 840 times, according to the CBDB. Then there is the most often played move of 3…Bg4, the favorite of Komodo @depth 33, which can be found in 4536 games at the CBDB) 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Qe2 (The most played move thus far with 1166 examples contained within the bowels of the CBDB, but is it the best move? Fritz 17 @depth 29 calculates it best, as does Komodo @depth 34. Then there is the Big Fish, Stockfish 15 @depth 64, which has come to the conclusion 5 Nxf6+ is better than any other move. In 596 games it has scored only 51%; Qe2 shows 52%. Then there is 5 Ng3, a move yet to be mentioned, that has been attempted in 150 games while scoring 56%! I like the smelly Fish, but regular readers will know only a meat cleaver would prevent me from moving the Lady to e2, where she belongs…) 5…Na6 (Stockfish 9 [Nine? Are you kidding me?] @depth 41 plays the move, and it has scored very well, holding white to only 44% in the 27 games contained in the CBDB. Fritz 16 @depth 38 will play the most often played move, 5…Nxe4, which has scored 52% in 928 games. Fritz 18 will play 5…Bg4. In 84 games it has scored 55%) 6. Nxf6+ (With 18 games this has been the most often played move, and it has scored 50%, but SF 14 @depth 37 and SF 14.1 @depth will play 6 a3, a move yet to be tested by a human. Komodo 14 @depth 36 will play a TN of its own, 6 c3) 6…gxf6 7. h3 (SF 13 plays the most often played move, 7 d4, which has only scored 31%; SF 14 plays 7 a3, a move not found in the CBDB; and SF 15 will play 7 d3, and so should you)

Sankalp Gupta 2429 (IND) vs Grigoriy Oparin 2652 (RUS)
PNWCC Online blitz JP 12th
1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Na6 6.Nxf6+ gxf6 7.h3 Bf5 8.d4 Nb4 9.g4 Nxc2+ 10.Kd1 Bg6 0-1
From the CBDB

IM Aaron Grabinsky vs FM Ezra Paul Chambers

2022 Saint Louis IM Norm Congress
B10 Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack
1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Nxe4 6.Qxe4 Nd7 7.Bc4 Nf6 8.Ne5 e6 9.Qe2 b5 10.Bb3 Qc7 11.d4 Bd6 12.Bg5 O-O 13.O-O Nd5 14.Nf3 Bb7 15.c3 h6 16.Be3 a5 17.Rfd1 c5 18.dxc5 Bxc5 19.Bxc5 Qxc5 20.Qe5 Rfd8 21.a4 Kf8 22.axb5 Qxb5 23.Nd4 Qe8 24.c4 Nb4 25.Rxa5 Kg8 26.Rxa8 Bxa8 27.h3 Rc8 28.Qd6 Qf8 29.Nb5 Rb8 30.Ba4 Bc6 31.Nc3 Bxa4 32.Nxa4 Qe8 33.Nb6 Nc6 34.Nd7 Rc8 35.b4 Ne7 36.Nb6 Rb8 37.b5 Nf5 38.Qc7 e5 39.Nd7 Rc8 40.Qxe5 Qxe5 41.Nxe5 f6 42.Nc6 1-0

1.e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Qe2 Nxe4 6. Qxe4 Nd7 (Fritz 16 @depth 36 will play the game move, which has scored 49% in 343 games; SF 13 @depth 60 will play 6…Qa5, the third most often played move with 183 games in the CBDB. SF 14.1 @depth will play 6…Qd5, with a resulting 58% in 295 games) 7. Bc4 Nf6 8. Ne5 e6 9. Qe2 b5 10. Bb3 Qc7 11. d4 Bd6 12.Bg5 O-O (Komodo @depth 26 will castle, but SF 14.1 @depth 44 will play 12…a5

Max Warmerdam (2422) vs Rainer Buhmann (2574)
Event: Bundesliga 2018-19
Site: Muelheim GER Date: 04/06/2019
Round: 14.7
ECO: B10 Caro-Kann, two knights variation
1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Nxe4 6.Qxe4 Nd7 7.Bc4 Nf6 8.Ne5 e6 9.Qe2 b5 10.Bb3 Qc7 11.d4 Bd6 12.Bg5 O-O 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.Nd3 Kh8 15.f4 Bb7 16.Qf2 Rad8 17.Nc5 Bxc5 18.dxc5 Qa5+ 19.c3 b4 20.c4 Rd7 21.Qh4 Qxc5 22.Bc2 f5 23.Qf6+ Kg8 24.Qg5+ Kh8 ½-½

GM Arjun Kum Erigaisi 2626 (IND) vs GM Daniel Naroditsky 2623 (USA)
Titled Tuesday intern op 07th Sept 2021
1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Nxe4 6.Qxe4 Nd7 7.Bc4 Nf6 8.Ne5 e6 9.Qe2 b5 10.Bb3 Qc7 11.d4 Bd6 12.Bg5 O-O 13.O-O Nd5 14.Bh4 c5 15.c3 c4 16.Bc2 Bb7 17.Bg3 f5 18.Nf3 Rae8 19.Bxd6 Qxd6 20.Qe5 Qc6 21.a3 Rf6 22.Rae1 Ref8 23.Bd1 Rg6 24.Nh4 Rh6 25.Nf3 Nf6 26.Qxe6+ Qxe6 27.Rxe6 Nd5 28.Rxh6 gxh6 29.Re1 Nf4 30.Re7 Be4 31.Ne5 Bxg2 32.f3 Bh3 33.Rxa7 Nd5 34.Kf2 f4 35.Bc2 Bf5 36.Bxf5 Rxf5 37.Ng4 Kf8 38.Rxh7 h5 39.Ne5 Ne3 40.Ng6+ Ke8 41.Nxf4 Nd1+ 42.Kg3 Rg5+ 43.Kh4 Rg1 44.Rxh5 Nxb2 45.Rxb5 Nd1 46.Re5+ Kd7 47.Nd5 Kd6 48.Ne3 Nxc3 49.Nxc4+ Kc7 50.Rc5+ Kd8 51.Ne5 Ne2 52.Ng4 Ke7 53.Re5+ 1-0

GM Leandro S Krysa 2527 (ARG) vs GM Vincent Keymer 2591 (GER)
Titled Tuesday intern op 23rd Mar
1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Nxe4 6.Qxe4 Nd7 7.Bc4 Nf6 8.Ne5 e6 9.Qe2 b5 10.Bb3 Qc7 11.d4 Bd6 12.O-O O-O 13.Bg5 Nd5 14.Bh4 a5 15.c4 a4 16.cxd5 axb3 17.dxc6 bxa2 18.b3 Bxe5 19.dxe5 Qxc6 20.Rxa2 Bb7 21.f3 Rxa2 22.Qxa2 Qc5+ 23.Bf2 Qxe5 24.b4 h6 25.Rd1 Bd5 26.Qa1 Qg5 27.Qc1 Ra8 28.Qxg5 hxg5 29.h4 Ra4 30.Rb1 gxh4 31.Bxh4 f6 32.Rb2 Kf7 33.Bf2 Ra1+ 34.Kh2 g5 35.Bc5 Kg6 36.Kg3 Kf5 37.Kf2 g4 38.Re2 Ra3 39.Re3 Ra2+ 40.Re2 Ra3 41.Re3 Ra8 42.Kg3 Rg8 43.f4 Ra8 44.Be7 Ra2 45.Rc3 Rxg2+ 46.Kh4 Rh2+ 47.Kg3 Rh3+ 0-1

Raving Chess Playing Perp Cuffed At Checkers Tournament

Guy Playing Chess Thrown Out of Checkers Tournament

BY Mark Roebuck ON May 3, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A crafty, forward thinking participant was tossed out of the local checkers tournament, when it was revealed he had been playing chess the whole time.

“You think you’ve outsmarted me?” cried Doyle Ross as he was carried out of the local checkers tournament being held at the Holiday Park Community Center. “You haven’t seen the last of me! I’ve been planning this all for months, years even! While you sit around with your pathetic little tournament and rankings, I’ve got the brains to see the bigger picture!”

The raving entrant was escorted out by police and told to stay away from the premises. The tournament continued on successfully, although the unfortunate incident continued to dominate the discussion of the day.

“Wow, you gotta hand it to the guy,” said Matt Greene, who competed in the tournament. “He was really out here playing chess while we were all playing checkers. I’m not sure there was any reason to do it. I mean, it was quite odd, really, the way he’d shoot his one checker up the board and say, ‘This is my rook.’ You can’t really do that. That doesn’t make you smart.”

This is already the second high profile incident at the Community Center this year, after someone else was tossed out for bringing a knife into the local gun show this March.

Mission 360 Bay Area Making a Mockery of Chess Tournament

I love the Bay area and have previously written about it and the Mechanic’s Institute Chess Room many times on this blog. I love the South, and Charlotte is in North Carolina, a Southern state, and I would love to visit the Charlotte Chess Center someday. Nevertheless, like the story about an argument between three umpires. The first umpire says, “I calls ’em like I sees ’em.” The second one says, “I calls ’em like they was.” And the third one says, “They ain’t nothin’ till I calls ’em.”

These games were…what word should be used for the excremental games to follow? One calls them “games” for lack of a better word, for none of these so-called “games” were games in any sense of the word. To each and every player appearing on this blog post today I ask, “Why do not you play Chess?”

I do not know what to say about the first game. The first thought after replaying the moves was, “This must be some kind of joke.” Unfortunately, the game can still be found at LiChess days later… The AW has been playing Chess for over half a century and I have never, ever, seen any game like it…

Round 7: Sivakumar, Shaaketh – Sivakumar, Shaashwath
1.g4 d5 2.e4 Bf5 3.Qf3 Qd6 4.Qb3 Bc8 5.Qb5+ Kd8 6.Bd3 Na6 7.f4 Nb4 8.Na3 Nxa2 9.e5 Qg6 10.Bf1 Qd3 11.Bg2 Qe2+ 1/2-1/2

1 g4
2 e4
2 Bf5
3 Qf3
4 Qb3
5 Qb5+
5 Kd8
6 Bd3
7 f4
7… Nb4
8 Na3
9 e5
10 Bf1
11 Bg2


Round 6: Zaloznyy, Mike – Sevillano, Enrico

  1. Nf3 Nf6 2. e3 c5 3. b3 g6 4. Bb2 Bg7 5. Be2 O-O 6. O-O Nc6 1/2-1/2

Round 6: Yanayt, Eugene – Andrianov, Nikola

  1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 1/2-1/2

Round 7: Sevillano, Enrico – Yanayt, Eugene

  1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. c4 Nc6 1/2-1/2

Round 7: Andrianov, Nikolay – Yu, Jaingwei

  1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bf4 1/2-1/2