The Ugly Chess Move

The ugly move is a subject about which little is said, or written. The thing about the ugly move is that sometimes a move may look ugly but when one understands the reason(s) for the move it is suddenly transformed into a beautiful Chess move. Such is not the case with the move you are about to see, which is one of the most ugly Chess moves I have ever visualized. This move is jump out at you and slap you in the face UGLY. Seeing the move is akin to hearing someone scrape their fingernails on a blackboard, a sound I hope to never again hear.

IM Jason Liang (USA) vs GM Nikolas Theodorou (GRE)
NY Winter Invitational GM A 2022 round 03
ECO: B20 Sicilian, Keres variation

  1. e4 c5 2. Ne2 d6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 g6 5. c3 Bg7 6. d4 Bg4 7. d5 Na5 8. O-O Nf6 9. h3 Bd7 10. Nd2 Rc8 11. f4 O-O 12. g4 Bb5 13. Rf2 Nd7 14. Nf3 Ba6 15. Ng3 b5 16. Qe2 Nb8
White to make one hell of an UGLY move

The Stockfish program at the ChessBomb shows 17 Qc2 as best, and it has a nice look to it, does it not? The second choice of 17 h4 is a good looking move. The third choice of 17 e5 looks like it belongs on the board, but I’m not too sure about choice number four, 17 Qe1. It may, or may not be ugly, but I would not want to bring it to the dance…Are you ready for some ugly?

Ugly position after 17 f5

Ugly is as ugly does, and boy, does that last move look UGLY. Although I understand the motivation behind the move; White has a overwhelming preponderance of material on the Kingside, leading one to think he should begin an attack, but Black has a harmonious position with no glaring weakness, so White should concentrate on completing development and improving his position before beginning an attack on the fortified King. I know this because ‘back in the day’ this writer was more than a little fond of attacking whether warranted or not. I know this is an ugly move because after playing hundreds, if not thousands of ugly moves I could be declared an honorary expert on ugly moves, I am sad, but honest enough to report.

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Let us be honest, that move was even uglier than Phyllis Diller. How ugly was f5?

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Then again, if not for ugly how would we know beauty?

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Back to the game…

  1. f5 b4 18. Qe1 bxc3 19. bxc3 Nc4 20. Bg5 Nd7 21. Bf1 Rb8 22. Bxc4 Bxc4 23. Qe3 Ne5 24. Nxe5 Bxe5 25. Bf4 Bh8 26. Rd1 Rb7 27. h4 Qa5 28. e5 Qa4 29. Rdd2 dxe5 30. Bxe5 Bxe5 31. Qxe5 Ba6 32. Rf4 Qa3 33. Rdf2 Qc1+ 34. Kg2 Rb2 35. fxg6 hxg6 36. h5 Rxf2+ 37. Rxf2 Qd1 38. h6 f6 39. Qxe7 Qxd5+ 40. Ne4 Qf7 41. Nxf6+ Kh8 42. Qe5 1-0
    https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2022-ny-winter-invitational-gm-a/03-Liang_Jason-Theodorou_Nikolas
  1. e4 c5 2. Ne2 d6 (Stockfish plays 2…Nf6 attacking the unprotected pawn) 3. g3 (Although this has been the most frequently played move at the big database at 365Chess, Stockfish plays 3 Nbc3, which is the most often played move at the Chessbase Database, the move having been made about twice as often as 3 Nbc3. Yet White has scored better, 63%, with 3 g3 as opposed to only 55% for 3 Nbc3) 3…Nc6 (Stockfish 14.1 @depth 36 plays 3…d5) 4. Bg2 g6 (The most often played move but Stockfish 14
    @depth 35 will play 4…Nf6) 5. c3 Bg7 (Far and away the most often choice in the position, but Stockfish 13 @depth 40 plays the seldom played 5…e5) 6. d4 Bg4 (Again SF would play 6…e5) 7. d5 Na5 8. O-O (SF plays 8 Be3, which will be a TN if and when played by a human) 8…Nf6 (For 8…b5 see game below)

Viktor D Kupreichik (2472) vs Christian Scholz (2324)
Event: BL2-West 0001
Site: Germany Date: 01/28/2001
Round: 5.2
ECO: B20 Sicilian, Keres variation (2.Ne2)
1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 d6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 g6 5.c3 Bg7 6.d4 Bg4 7.d5 Na5 8.O-O b5 9.h3 Bd7 10.f4 Nh6 11.g4 f5 12.exf5 gxf5 13.g5 Nf7 14.Ng3 O-O 15.Qc2 Qc8 16.Re1 Re8 17.Nd2 Nh8 18.Nh5 Ng6 19.Nxg7 Kxg7 20.Nf1 Nh4 21.Bh1 e5 22.dxe6 Bc6 23.Qf2 Bxh1 24.Qxh4 Bb7 25.Ng3 Rxe6 26.Rxe6 Qxe6 27.Qh6+ Qxh6 28.Nxf5+ Kg6 29.Nxh6 Re8 30.f5+ Kh5 31.Kf2 Nc4 32.b3 Ne5 33.Kg3 Nd3 34.Ng4 Nxc1 35.Nf6+ Kxg5 36.Nxe8 Ne2+ 37.Kf2 Nxc3 38.Rg1+ Kf4 39.Nxd6 Bd5 40.f6 Nxa2 41.f7 Bxf7 42.Rg4+ Ke5 43.Nxf7+ Kd5 44.Ke3 Nc1 45.b4 cxb4 46.Rxb4 Kc5 47.Rb2 1-0
https://www.365chess.com/game.php?back=1&gid=312922&m=15

Julio Playing Chess Down By The Gulf Coast

Pedro Hernandez Perez (2176) vs GM Julio Becerra Rivero (2491)
7th Gulf Coast New Year 2022
C26 Vienna, Paulsen-Mieses variation

  1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bc5 4. Bg2 d6 5. h3 a6 6. Nge2 Nc6 7. d3 h6 8. O-O Be6 9. Nd5 Bxd5 10. exd5 Ne7 11. d4 exd4 12. Nxd4 O-O 13. c4 Re8 14. Be3 Qd7 15. Qc2 Ng6 16. a3 a5 17. Rab1 a4 18. b4 axb3 19. Rxb3 b6 20. Ra1 Ra4 21. Nf5 Re5 22. Nd4 Re8 23. Ne6 Bxe3 24. Rxe3 Ne5 25. Nf4 Rxc4 26. Qb3 Qa4 27. Qxa4 Rxa4 28. Rc3 g5 29. Nd3 Nxd3 30. Rxd3 Rc4 31. Bf3 h5 32. a4 Rc5 33. Rda3 Ra8 34. Rd1 Kf8 35. Rd4 Re8 36. Kf1 Rc1+ 37. Rd1 Rc5 38. Rd4 Kg7 39. Be2 Re5 40. Rad3 Rexd5 41. Rxd5 Rxd5 42. Ke1 0-1
    https://live.followchess.com/#!7th-gulf-coast-new-year-2022/-257325680
Black to move
  1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 (I should not have to inform you the programs all frown on the move g3 because it requires two moves to develop the Bishop in lieu of the one move it takes to place the prelate on a square like c4. When growing older I gravitated toward, shall we say, more “positional” type openings, and the Vienna was one of them. In addition, the Sicilian that had been “open” became “closed.” Here’s the deal…The move preferred by the programs, 3 Nf3 has scored 56% in the 3809 games in the Chessbase Database; in 1803 games the move 3 g3 has scored 55%) 3…Bc5 4 Bg2 d6 (Deep Fritz 13 @depth 35 plays this move, but StockFish 041221 @depth 52 and StockFish 151121 @depth 65 both castle) 5. h3 (Deep Fritz 13 @depth 31 plays the most often played move, 5 Nge2, which has scored at a high rate of 70%. Left crunching a little longer it changes its whatever to 5 Nf3 @depth 33. Stockfish 14 @depth 42 plays 5 Na4, moving the steed to the rim where it may be grim, but it also attacks the Bishop. In only ten games 5 h3 has also scored 70%) 5…a6 (Houdini @depth 25 plays the move played in the game; there are five examples contained in the CBDB. Komodo @depth 30 castles. There is only one example of 5…0-0. Stockfish 14 @depth 45 plays 5…Nc6, and so should you because it has scored 56% in the 16 games found in the CBDB) 6. Nge2 Nc6 7. d3 (Komodo prefers this move, the most often played move by far in 89 games, and it has scored 63% in battle. The next most frequently played move with 40 games showing, 7 0-0, has only scored 50%. Nevertheless, Stockfish 14 castles…) 7…h6 (Stockfish 14.1 @depth 38 plays 7…Be6) 8. O-O Be6 (Deep Fritz 13 castles, but Stockfish 13 @depth 36 would spring the Theoretical Novelty 8…b5 on the Chess world. The game move has been most frequently played) 9. Nd5 (Although the most often played move, given the chance Stockfish will play 9 Kh2) 9…Bxd5 10. exd5 Ne7 (This is the only move found at the CBDB, but Houdini and two different Stockfish programs would play 10…Nd4, and so should you…) 11. d4 exd4 12. Nxd4 O-O 13. c4 Re8 (This is a TN. The only move seen in the position is 13…Qd7, which happens to be the choice of Stockfish 14 and Komodo)

Anton Arencibia Monduy vs Theodore Slade C24 Bishop’s opening, Berlin defence

Anton Arencibia Monduy (2128) vs Theodore Slade (2074)
7th Gulf Coast New Year (round 2)
C24 Bishop’s opening, Berlin defence

  1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. Bb3 a5 6. a3 a4 7. Ba2 Bd6 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. O-O Be6 10. Re1 d4 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. Ng5 Qe7 13. f4 Nfd7 14. Nc4 exf4 15. Qg4 e5 16. Qe6+ Qxe6 17. Nxe6 Rf6 18. Nxf4 exf4 19. e5 Nxe5 20. Nxd6 Nbd7 21. Ne4 Rff8 22. Rf1 Ng6 23. Bd2 b6 24. Rae1 Rae8 25. Ng5 Nde5 26. Re4 Ng4 27. Rfe1 Ne3 28. Ne6 Rf6 29. Nxd4 Rxe4 30. dxe4 Rd6 31. Bxe3 fxe3 32. Nf5 Re6 33. Rxe3 Ne5 34. b3 b5 35. h3 g6 36. Ng3 Rd6 37. bxa4 bxa4 38. Rc3 Rd4 39. Rc5 Nc4 40. Rxc6 Nxa3 41. e5 Rc4 42. Ra6 Nxc2 43. e6 Kg7 44. Ra7+ Kf6 45. e7 Kf7 46. Nf1 a3 47. Nd2 Rc5 48. Ne4 Rc6 49. Ng5+ Ke8 50. Nxh7 Re6 51. Ng5 Rxe7 52. Ra6 Rb7 53. Nf3 Rb2 54. Nd4 Nxd4 55. Rxa3 Ne2+ 56. Kf2 Nf4+ 57. Kf3 Nxg2 58. Kg4 Kf7 59. Ra7+ Kf6 60. Ra6+ Kg7 61. h4 Rb4+ 62. Kg5 Rb5+ 63. Kg4 Kh6 64. Ra4 Ne3+ 65. Kf4 Nf5 66. Kg4 Rd5 67. Rf4 Rd4 68. h5 Rxf4+ 0-1
    https://live.followchess.com/#!7th-gulf-coast-new-year-2022/1110130451
  1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 c6 4. Nf3 d5 5. Bb3 a5 6. a3
Black to move

(I do not understand why anyone in their right mind would play this move. Stockfish 13 @depth74(!) and Fritz 17 @depth 33 play the logical 6 a4. Houdini shows 6 Nc3, which at least stops the black pawn from moving forward. Yet the Chessbase Database shows 90 games in which the move 6 a3 has been played; 104 games feature 6 a4) 6…a4 7. Ba2 Bd6 8. Nbd2 (The CBDB shows 8 Nc3 has been played in an astounding number,53, of games out of the 65 games contained in the CBDB even though it has only scored 44%! Stockfish and Komodo both castle, while SF 310721 @depth 27 would play 8 Bg5, which will be a TN just as soon as a titled player plays it in a rated game…The only other game with 8 Nbd2 can be found below, along with another game in which 8 Qe2 was played. If you have to ask why the second game is being presented you are obviously not a regular reader of the AW.

Ervin Mozes (2405) vs Mihai Ionescu (2310)
Event: ROM-chT
Site: Herculane Date: ??/??/1996
Round: ?
ECO: C24 Bishop’s opening, Berlin defence
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 a5 6.a3 a4 7.Ba2 Bd6 8.Nbd2 O-O 9.O-O Nbd7 10.Re1 Re8 11.Nf1 Nf8 12.Bg5 dxe4 13.dxe4 h6 14.Bh4 Ng6 15.Bg3 Qc7 16.Nh4 Nxh4 17.Bxh4 Be7 18.Qf3 Bg4 19.Qc3 Nh5 20.Bg3 Bf8 21.Ne3 Bc8 22.Bh4 Qa5 23.Qxa5 Rxa5 24.Red1 b5 25.Bd8 Ra8 26.Bc7 Ra7 27.Bd6 Nf6 28.f3 Rd7 29.Bxf8 Kxf8 30.Rxd7 Bxd7 31.Rd1 Ke7 32.Kf2 Rd8 33.c4 Rb8 34.cxb5 cxb5 35.Nc2 Be8 36.Nb4 Rd8 37.Rxd8 Kxd8 38.Nd3 Nd7 39.Ke3 Kc7 40.g3 Kd6 41.f4 f6 42.h4 Nb6 43.Nb4 Bd7 44.Kd3 Bh3 45.Ke3 Bf1 46.fxe5+ ½-½
https://www.365chess.com/game.php?back=1&gid=1333631&m=16

Olexandr Bortnyk (2602) vs Vasif Durarbayli (2626)
Event: St Louis Fall A 2019
Site: Saint Louis USA Date: 09/13/2019
Round: 4.4
ECO: C24 Bishop’s opening, Berlin defence
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 a5 6.a3 a4 7.Ba2 Bd6 8.Qe2 O-O 9.h3 Nbd7 10.O-O h6 11.Re1 Re8 12.Qf1 Nf8 13.Nc3 Bb8 14.g4 Ng6 15.Qg2 Be6 16.g5 hxg5 17.Nxg5 Ra5 18.Nxe6 Rxe6 19.Bg5 Qd7 20.Kh1 Nh7 21.exd5 cxd5 22.Bd2 Nf6 23.Rg1 Rc5 24.Rae1 Kf8 25.Be3 Ra5 26.Bg5 Ba7 27.Bd2 Rc6 28.b4 axb3 29.Bxb3 Rxa3 30.Nb5 Rxb3 31.cxb3 Rc2 32.Bb4+ Bc5 33.Na3 Bxb4 34.Nxc2 Bxe1 35.Nxe1 Qb5 36.Qg5 Qxb3 37.Qf5 Qb6 38.Qc8+ Ne8 39.Nf3 Ne7 40.Qg4 f6 41.Qh4 Qb3 42.Qh8+ Kf7 43.Rg3 d4 44.h4 Qd1+ 45.Kh2 Qf1 46.Ng5+ fxg5 47.Rf3+ Nf6 48.hxg5 Ng6 49.Rxf6+ gxf6 50.Qxf6+ Ke8 51.Qxg6+ Kd7 52.Qf7+ Kd6 53.g6 Qxd3 54.g7 Qh7+ 55.Kg3 Qd3+ 56.Qf3 1-0
https://www.365chess.com/game.php?back=1&gid=4219502&m=16

Martin Luther King Jr. Had A Dream

It’s the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

Bytes: 10 Martin Luther King Quotes

(books by this author), born on this day in Atlanta (1929).

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He is best known for his work as a leader during the civil rights movement and his commitment to nonviolence. On April 4, 1967, King delivered a speech called “Beyond Vietnam” in which he strongly denounced America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

He was concerned that the war was recruiting poor and minority soldiers, that it was draining resources from much-needed social programs at home, and that it was an unjust war anyway, targeting the poor people of Vietnam. He said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Throughout the next year he continued to speak out against the war and said that the civil rights movement and the peace movement should come together for greater strength. He began a “Poor People’s Campaign” to fight economic inequality. On April 4, 1968, exactly one year after his first anti-war speech, King was assassinated while he was standing on the balcony of his Memphis motel room. He was preparing to lead a protest march in solidarity with garbage workers who were on strike.

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He said, “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live”

and he said:

“Here and there an individual or group dares to love, and rises to the majestic heights of moral maturity. So in a real sense this is a great time to be alive. Therefore, I am not yet discouraged about the future.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
https://www.history.com/news/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-martin-luther-king-jr

Granted that the easygoing optimism of yesterday is impossible. Granted that those who pioneer in the struggle for peace and freedom will still face uncomfortable jail terms, painful threats of death; they will still be battered by the storms of persecution, leading them to the nagging feeling that they can no longer bear such a heavy burden, and the temptation of wanting to retreat to a more quiet and serene life. Granted that we face a world crisis which leaves us standing so often amid the surging murmur of life’s restless sea. But every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark confused world the kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.” (https://www.garrisonkeillor.com/radio/twa-the-writers-almanac-for-january-15-2022/)

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The Acoustic Jimi Hendrix

Author and music historian, Harvey Kubernik,

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has written twenty books on the history of popular rock music. In the latter half, he spoke about the music of the 1960s and 70s, including his latest work on Jimi Hendrix.

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Jimi was very influenced by science-fiction, and one of his most famous songs, “Purple Haze”

was inspired by a Philip Jose Farmer novel, Night of Light, Kubernik revealed.

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SF Reviews Night Of Light by Philip Jose Farmer
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Further, Hendrix claimed to see a UFO hovering over his back garden one night and began to fill up notebooks with stories about spaceships, aliens, and galactic battles. (https://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2022-01-13-show/)

Jimi Hendrix On An Acoustic Guitar(Only known 2 videos RARE)

Cannabis compounds stopped COVID!

Cannabis compounds stopped COVID virus from infecting human cells in lab study

By Kanoko Matsuyama
and
Bloomberg

January 12, 2022 4:45 AM EST

Cannabis compounds prevented the virus that causes COVID-19 from penetrating healthy human cells, according to a laboratory study published in the Journal of Nature Products.

The two compounds commonly found in hemp — called cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, or CBDA — were identified during a chemical screening effort as having potential to combat coronavirus, researchers from Oregon State University said. In the study, they bound to spike proteins found on the virus and blocked a step the pathogen uses to infect people.

The researchers tested the compounds’ effect against alpha and beta variants of the virus in a laboratory. The study didn’t involve giving the supplements to people or comparing infection rates in those who use the compounds to those who don’t.

Hemp is a source of fiber, food and animal feed, and extracts are commonly added to cosmetics, body lotions, dietary supplements and food.

“These compounds can be taken orally and have a long history of safe use in humans,” said Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center. “They have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2,” he said in a statement.
https://fortune.com/2022/01/12/cannabis-compounds-stop-covid-virus-infecting-human-cells-lab-study/

Beer and Drugs Empowered Ancient Andean Empire

The Wari Empire ruled the South American highlands for centuries with help from hallucinogenic parties, new evidence suggests.
By George Dvorsky

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A depiction of the Wari Staff God, with tree branches and seed pods sprouting from the head, as depicted in a Wari vessel. Image: J. Ochatoma Paravicino/M. E. Biwer et al., 2022/Antiquity

Archaeological evidence from Peru suggests elite members of the Wari Empire mixed a hallucinogenic drug with a beer-like beverage in order to cultivate and preserve political control.

During feasts, Wari elites added vilca, a powerful hallucinogen, to chicha, a beer-like beverage made from fruit. Together, the concoction made for a potent party drug, which the researchers say helped those in power bond with their guests and consolidate relationships. And because vilca could only be produced by the elites, these psychedelic feasts served to boost their social and political importance. Such are the findings of a new study published today in Antiquity. (https://gizmodo.com/how-beer-and-drugs-empowered-an-ancient-andean-empire-1848339767)

Crossing the Rubicon

It was on this day in 49 B.C.E. that Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River and launched a civil war.

In 50 B.C.E. the Senate announced that Caesar’s term as a governor had ended and demanded that he disband his army and return to Rome. According to Roman law, if a general was accompanied by a standing army when he entered the official Roman Republic from one of the Roman provinces he would be considered a traitor. Caesar was afraid that if he obeyed Pompey’s orders and disbanded his army he would be prosecuted by the Senate for abusing power in the past and would have no one to defend him.

The Rubicon River formed the border between Gaul and the Roman Republic. According to legend, even when Caesar got to the river with his army, he had still not made up his mind about what he would do. With the famous phrase Alea iacta est, or “the die is cast,” he decided to cross.

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With Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon, the Roman Republic was thrown into civil war. Eventually, Caesar defeated Pompey and his allies and emerged as the winner. As emperor, he made some radical changes in government. He decreased the power of the provinces and centralized power in Rome. He eliminated much of the government’s debt, disbanded powerful guilds, and rewarded people for having children in an effort to increase Rome’s population. He set a term limit on governors, launched a huge rebuilding effort, established a police force, and modified the calendar. He made himself incredibly powerful and demanded that everyone revere him as part-deity.

Despite all he did and his huge legacy, Caesar’s reign as emperor was short. He crossed the Rubicon in 49 B.C.E. and he was assassinated in 44 B.C.E.

Because of Caesar, the phrase “crossing the Rubicon” has entered popular culture, meaning “past the point of no return,” and it is used in all sorts of contexts.(https://www.garrisonkeillor.com/radio/twa-the-writers-almanac-for-january-10-2022/)

7th Gulf Coast New Year: Expert Brejesh Chakrabarti vs GM Julio Becerra Rivero

Sometimes Chess viewing is like a box of chocolates…Such was the Gumpian thought when seeing a tournament being played in the sunny and warm climate of the Gulf Coast was being broadcast at FollowChess.com. Although what is called a “weekend swiss” it is a weekend Chess tournament sending moves all over the world thanks to modern technology. The following round two game was found while surfing and much time was spent watching the game, and the others, one of which developed from a Bishop’s opening, and if you are a regular reader you know what that means. You may, though, be surprised to learn the B.O. game may, or may not be posted, depending, because the AW decided to post a Caro-Kann, Exchange variation today.

Brejesh Chakrabarti 2039 vs Julio Becerra Rivero 2491

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https://ajedrezlaluchacontinua.blogspot.com/2019/03/coleccion-grandes-maestros-n-334-julio.html


7th Gulf Coast New Year (round 2)
B13 Caro-Kann, exchange variation

  1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Qc7 6. Ne2 Bg4 7. Bf4 Qxf4 8. Nxf4 Bxd1 9. Kxd1 e6 10. Nd2 Bd6 11. Nh5 g6 12. Ng3 Nge7 13. Nf3 Rb8 14. a4 a6 15. Re1 Kd7 16. Ke2 h6 17. Kf1 Rhc8 18. Re2 Rc7 19. Ke1 Na5 20. Kd1 Nc8 21. Nf1 Nc4 22. Bxc4 Rxc4 23. Ne5+ Bxe5 24. Rxe5 Rc7 25. Nd2 Nd6 26. Re2 a5 27. f3 g5 28. Ke1 Rg8 29. Nb3 b6 30. Kf1 h5 31. Nc1 Nf5 32. Nd3 Kd6 33. Kg1 g4 34. f4 Ke7 35. Ra3 Rb8 36. Ra2 Kf6 37. Ra1 Nd6 38. Kh1 Ne4 39. Kg1 g3 40. h3 Kf5 41. Kf1 h4 42. Ra2 b5 43. axb5 Rxb5 44. Ra3 Rcb7 45. Ra2 Rb8 46. Ra1 Kf6 47. Ra2 Kg7 48. Ke1 Rc8 49. Kf1 Nd6 50. Ke1 Rcb8 51. Kd1 Kf6 52. Ke1 Ne4 53. Kd1 R8b7 54. Ke1 Kf5 55. Kd1 Ra7 56. Ra4 Rc7 57. Ra3 Rcb7 58. Ra2 Rb8 59. Ke1 f6 60. Kd1 a4 61. Rxa4 Nf2+ 62. Nxf2 gxf2 63. Rxf2 Rxb2 64. Ra2 Rxa2 65. Rxa2 Rb1+ 66. Kc2 Rf1 67. Kd3 Kxf4 68. Ra6 Re1 69. Ra8 Re3+ 70. Kd2 Rg3 71. Rh8 Rxg2+ 72. Kd1 Kg3 73. Re8 f5 74. Rxe6 f4 75. Ke1 f3 76. Rg6+ Kxh3 77. Rf6 Kg4 78. Rg6+ Kf4 79. Rf6+ Ke3 80. Re6+ Kd3 81. Rh6 Rh2 82. Rc6 h3 83. Rf6 Kxc3 84. Rf4 Kd3 85. Rxf3+ Kxd4 86. Kf1 Ke4 87. Ra3 d4 88. Kg1 Rg2+ 89. Kf1 d3 90. Ra8 Rb2 91. Re8+ Kf5 92. Rf8+ Ke6 93. Re8+ Kf7 94. Re3 Rb1+ 95. Kf2 h2 0-1
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  1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 (Stockfish 13 @depth 61 played 3 e5, the advance variation; SF 14 @depth 60 prefers 3 Nc3) cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Qc7 (Stockfish 11 @depth 50 played 5…Nf6, still the most often played move according to the Chessbase Database, but SF 14 @depth 51 has moved on to the solid 5…e6, of which there are only 33 games found in the CBDB. There are 2212 games with 5…Nf6. There are 1417 games containing the move played in the game, 5…Qc7, and it has held white to only a 47% winning percentage. After 5…Nf6 white has scored 51%. The solid 5…e6 has held white to scoring only 44%) 6. Ne2 (The most often played move, but is it the best? The move has scored only 47% for white. SF 14 & 14.1 both play 6 h3, with which white has scored 53% in 471 games. Deep Fritz 13 shows 6 Nf3, a move that has scored only 38% in 78 games) 6…Bg4 (For as long as I have been playing the Royal game this move was “it”, but that has changed with the advent of computer Chess playing programs. The CBDB contains 601 games with the move chosen by GM Becerra Rivero. The second most played move has been 6…e6, which has been seen in 46 games, while scoring 38%. The best move in the position according to StockFish 14 @depth 49, and Stockfish 14.1 @depth 46 is 6…e5, a move having appeared to date in only 10 games while scoring 50%) 7. Bf4? (Stockfish 180821 @depth 52 simply castles, and so should you! The move chosen by the Expert has been seen in 15 games while scoring only 43%. When facing much higher rated opposition some players look for a way, any way, of trading Queens, which is a dumb move if you cogitate awhile, because the Grandmaster will, most probably, grind you down into a fine losing powder. On the other hand there are players like this writer who preferred keeping the Queens on the board, as was the case in a victory over Senior Master Klaus Pohl. The next time we played Klaus played a variation in which the Queens left the board early and the AW was given a endgame lesson. Cheap tricks do not usually work on the Chess board, or life) 7…Qxf4 8. Nxf4 Bxd1 9. Kxd1 e6
White to move

IM of GM strength Boris Kogan was fond of saying, “Why be afraid of playing an even position?” After 10 Bb5 Stockfish 14.1 @depth 32 says the game is triple zeros, aka, “even Steven”) 10. Nd2 Bd6 11. Nh5 (SF 12 brought the knight to e2, but SF 14 placed the steed on h3) 11…g6 12. Ng3 Nge7 (For the choice of Stockfish, 12…Nf6, see Guzman vs Spata below)

Maxim Novikov (2513) vs Alexander Riazantsev (2646)
Event: 69th ch-RUS HL 2016
Site: Kolomna RUS Date: 06/23/2016
Round: 2.13
ECO: B13 Caro-Kann, exchange variation
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Ne2 Bg4 7.Bf4 Qxf4 8.Nxf4 Bxd1 9.Kxd1 e6 10.Bb5 Bd6 11.Nd3 Ne7 12.Nd2 a6 13.Bxc6+ Nxc6 14.f4 f6 15.a4 b6 16.Nb3 a5 17.Nd2 h6 18.h4 h5 19.Nf3 Kf7 20.Re1 Ne7 21.Ke2 Nf5 22.Kf2 Rh6 23.g3 Rc8 24.Rg1 Be7 25.Rge1 Bd6 26.Rg1 Rc7 27.Rge1 Rh8 28.Re2 Re8 29.Ree1 Bf8 30.Nd2 Rb8 31.Ra2 Bd6 32.Nf3 Ra7 33.Rh1 Bc7 34.Re1 Raa8 35.Rg1 Rg8 36.Raa1 Rab8 37.Rge1 Nd6 38.Nd2 Rge8 39.Re2 Re7 40.Kg2 Rh8 41.Rh1 Rg8 42.Kf2 Ke8 43.Rhe1 Kf7 44.Rh1 Nf5 45.Nf3 Rh8 46.Rg1 Rh6 47.Rge1 Bb8 48.Rg1 Re8 49.Rge1 Bd6 50.Rg1 Bc7 51.Rge1 Bb8 52.Rg1 Nd6 53.Nd2 Rg6 54.Ree1 Rc8 55.Kf3 Rh6 56.Re2 Rhh8 57.Rge1 Rhe8 58.Kf2 Rc7 59.Kf3 Ra7 60.Kf2 Rb7 61.Ra1 Nf5 62.Nf3 Bd6 63.Ree1 Ra8 64.Ra2 Bc7 65.Raa1 Bd6 66.Ra2 Rc8 67.Raa1 Bf8 68.Ra2 Rbb8 69.Re2 Rc7 70.Re1 Nd6 71.Nd2 Nc4 72.Re2 Nd6 ½-½
https://www.365chess.com/game.php?back=1&gid=3997485&m=20

The following game was found only at the Chessbase Database (https://database.chessbase.com/)

FM Christoph Guzman 2258 (DOM) vs FM German Spata 2257 )ARG)
Rio Grande Domingo op 20th

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Ne2 Bg4 7.Bf4 Qxf4 8.Nxf4 Bxd1 9.Kxd1 e6 10.Nd2 Bd6 11.Nh5 g6 12.Ng3 Nf6 13.f3 h5 14.Rc1 Ke7 15.Kc2 Rhc8 16.Kb1 Rab8 17.Rhe1 b5 18.Ne2 Bxh2 19.g3 h4 20.gxh4 Rh8 21.Rh1 Rxh4 22.Nf1 Rbh8 23.Bxb5 Na5 24.b3 g5 25.c4 dxc4 26.bxc4 Bc7 27.Rg1 g4 28.f4 Nh5 29.f5 exf5 30.Ne3 Rh2 31.Nc3 Ng7 32.c5 Kd8 33.d5 Bf4 34.Ncd1 R8h3 35.c6 Kc7 36.d6+ Bxd6 37.Nd5+ Kd8 38.c7+ Bxc7 39.Rxc7 Rh1 40.Rd7+ Kc8 41.Rxh1 Rxh1 42.Rc7+ Kb8 43.Ba6 Rxd1+ 44.Kc2 Nb7 45.Rxb7+ Kc8 46.Kxd1 Ne6 47.Rxf7+ Kd8 48.Rxf5 g3 49.Ne3 Nd4 50.Rd5+ 1-0

‘Naked Alien’ Photographed In Montana

‘Naked Alien’ Photographed In Part Of Montana Known For UFO Sightings
By Dave Basner
Jan 5, 2022

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Hunters often times set up cameras on trees deep in the woods to see what kind of wildlife lives in the area, but one in Montana captured a very strange creature – so odd that it might not be from this planet.

It was snapped by Donald Bromley’s camera deep in the woods of Redgate in Deer Lodge, Montana and it shows an eerily-shaped gray humanoid. The area where it was photographed is a hotspot for paranormal activity. Bromley told the local news station that there are often “UFOs, lights in the sky, unexplainable things” there. Among the strangeness is in the area, cars mysteriously stall on the roads for no reason.

Bromley spoke about the image, saying he first thought it was just a person but, “The more I look at it was just odd, it was out of place and everything just matches the alien persona the bigger bulbous head, you can tell he has no clothes, it’s kind of a transparent being.”


A nearby resident, Patrick Cutler, has produced a documentary about the area and its unexplained incidents. He posted an interview with Donald, in which Bromley describes more details surrounding the photo. Donald reveals that he has dozens of cameras in the woods, all with the same type of battery, which lasts a year, but when he went to this particular camera, it was dead after just two months. He downloaded the photos off of it and the last one it took was of the “alien.”

Bromley adds that the location of the camera makes it incredibly unlikely that the picture is of a human, explaining that he was only able to access it because it was near a secure private ranch where he worked, but according to him, “To get to that spot publicly, it’s miles, literally miles to get there and you probably have to drop 1,000 feet in elevation just to get to that point. It’s unrealistic.” Additionally, none of the other nearby cameras were triggered and they would’ve been if someone was walking nearby.