Sunday, February 22, 2009

King Hunt At Hamilton Chess Quads February 21, 2009

Blog Post updated with Chess Diagram and additional text at 3:45PM EST Sunday
February 22, 2009....diamondback

Here is my second round game at Hamilton Chess Club New Jersey where I had my opponent on the ropes since the opening, my main strategy was to secure the D file , harass his Queen, prevent White from castling, and move down and occupy his seventh rank to box in and trap his queen ans weave a mating net on the back rank.

Position from actual game: Black to move and win in two moves


My philosphy is that tactics spring from the game strategy and those chess tactics causes overload on your opponent position which results in the oppostion weaking his postion.

This game was played in the under 1400 quad, Quad 7, which Sal G (gentleman facing the camera in the hyperlink to Jim West Book Signing as Jim West is signing his book ) took clear first because his play was red hot. Sal may want to take a few lessons from Jim West to advance in his Amateur Chess career since he has taken clear first in several recent Quads at Hamilton Chess Club.

The next Quad at Hamilton Chess Club in Groveville, NJ is March 21, 2009 and thereafter April 18, May 16, and June 20. 2009. All Saturdays, Registraion 9:30AM First Round 10:30 AM promply.
The remaining dates for Hamilton Quads are July 18, Aug 22, Sept 19, Oct 24, Nov 21, and Dec 19 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hamilton Quad Pictures February 21, 2009

Below are several pictures taken of Upper Quad Sections and Lower Quad Sections at Hamilton Chess Club Quads at Groveville , New Jersey on Saturday February 21, 2009.

The location of the Chess Quadss is at the Ray Dwier Recreation Center located in Groveville New Jersey in Hamilton Township.

A highlight today was the participation of Steve Ferrero - Atlantic Chess News Editor (908)537-0878, who played in the HCC Quads today, Steve is the editor of the Atlantic Chess News. Steve was also snapping some pictures and collecting game scoresheets for publication in the Atlantic Chess News.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lost Position in Hamilton Chess Club Qualifier

Hello everyone out there in the Chess Blogspheere. I am posting my third round loss with only the endgame position.

I have played Bill six times before and managed only one win against him. It seems I always get a weak or lost postions in the middlegame due to poor opening play against my opponent Bill B.

Not to take anything away from Bill B, he is a strong Class C player but one should never lose most of one games against him.

One footnote, Atomic Patzer has two wins out of three rounds with one more round to go next week and he should breeze into the final HCC Club Championship nex month.


2009 USATE Team East Results

New Jersey State Chess Federation

Courtesy of the NJ State Chess Federation , I have copied and pasted the top prize results here. Above is the link where you can be redirected for the same prize results that are listed on this Chess Blog.

In the near future Atomic Patzer may post some of his photos and games from his participation in the 2009 USATE Team East chess tournament. Naturally the name of his chess blog is: Atomic Patzer "just another chess fan blogging"

2009 World Amateur Team Results
As another President's Day passes, so does the 39th Annual World Amateur Team!!! Congratulations to Palin Gambit: Give Up for winning for winning first place with a perfect 6-0 score, as well as all teams that participated. If you have won a prize, please email us your address (even if you left it at the site) in order to insure it is delivered to you promptly and at the correct address.

Here are the results:

Top Team (Dennis Barry Award): Palin Gambit: Give UP
2nd Place: Black's First Move - President Obama
3rd Place: UR Outrated: Give Up
4th Place: Quantum of Soltis
5th Place: 1. d4

Grade Prices:
Top College Team: Queenside Stimulus Package
Top High School Team: Hunter Chess HS
Top Middle School (grades 9-12 same school): Your Flag Will Fall Writing Our Move
Top Elementary School (grades K-6 same school): A Knight to Remember
Top Scholastic Team (mixed schools okay): Mating Season
2nd Scholastic Team (mixed schools okay): Be Kind Resign
Ethel Collins Award: Yes We Can Mate You

Special Prizes
Mixed Doubles (2 males, 2 females, no alternates): Team El Buho
Seniors (all over age 50): Kings of Queens
Military: Ernest Goes to Parsippany
Family (4 family members): Beauty and the Beast
Old Timers: Carol's Caissan Carousers
Company Team: Kotov Personality

Rating Prizes:
U2100: TH-A
U2000: Rook Em Dano
U1900: A Discovered Check Bails Out
U1800: Watchung Regional HS
U1700: Bad News Bishop
U1600: Gettin the Bone
U1500: Is that a book move? MCCC
U1400: ICA #5
U1300: Cool It! Chung it! Wang it!
U1200: CIS #5 - Curious Case of Benjamen's Back Rank
U1000: Austin Towers

State Prizes:
CT: New Britain Prodigies
DE: The Day the Chess Board Stood Still
MD: UR Outrated: Give Up
MA: BU Terriers
NJ: 1.d4
NY: Mating Season

Board Prizes:
Board 1: David Gertler
Board 2: Dean Ippolito
Board 3: Libardo Rueda
Board 4: Lawrence Pugh
Top Alternate: Michell Sagalchik

All 6-0 Scores:
Marc Tyler Arnold
Robert Hess
Sergey Kudrin
Nick DeFirmian
Nelson Castaneda
David Gertler
Andrei Zarembo
Dean Ippolito
Libardo Rueda
Alan Price
Lawrence Pugh
Leonard Chipkin

Biggest Upset (per round):
Round 1: Eliot Breslov
Round 2: Christian Carney-Titone
Round 3: Sriran Datattreya
Round 4: Michael Dufermot
Round 5: Maryam Vulis
Round 6: Andrew Tham

Saturday, February 14, 2009

US Amateur Team East 2009

Feb. 14-16 World Amateur Team & U.S. Team East GPP: 1 New Jersey
39th Annual - Celebrate the 60's! 6SS, 40/2, SD/1. Parsippany Hilton, 1 Hilton Ct., Parsippany,N.J. 07054. Chess Rate valid until 1/16. Reserve early 973-267-7373 or 1- 800-HILTONS. Morris/Essex train to Morris Plains 1.5 miles. Open to 4- player teams with one optional alternate. Team average (4 highest ratings-2008 Annual Rating list) must be under 2200, no more than 1000 points between 3rd & 4th board if team average over 2000. EF: $140 postmarked by 2/5/09. $180 after or at door. - all teams, any changes at site $25 charge. Check out official website

Here is an archive link from Chess Cafe spot lighting what the Amateur Team East Tournament is all about.

Chess Cafe Amateur Team East PDF article

Here is a link to the U.S. Chess Trust web page detailing the Amateur Team events during Presidents' Day

President’s Day Weekend: Four Amateur Team Championships

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chess Queen on You Tube

I have seen this You Tube video of the reigning Chess Queen posted on many individual blogs including Jim West's chess blog " Jim West On Chess" and have decided to add it to my chess blog to promote Women In Chess....diamondback

Note: Chess Base Report and Bio added one day after orignal post on February 8, 2009....diamondback

Her name is Alexandra Kosteniuk. Here is her Bio from Wikipedia.

Chess Base Report Alexandra Kosteniuk

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Born: 23 April 1984
Birthplace: Perm, Russia
Best Known As: The Russian champ who says "Chess is cool"
Russian fashion model Alexandra Kosteniuk is also the 2008 Women's World Chess champion. In the top tiers of international chess competition since her teens, she was intitially compared to tennis star Anna Kournikova: a young talent not shy about showing off her good looks. Trained by her father, Kosteniuk began playing chess as a little girl, and became a European champion before she was 10 years old. She became an International Woman Grandmaster in 1998, an International Master (competing against men) in 2000, and an International Grandmaster in 2004, the same year she won the Women's European Chess Championship. She and her father published a book, How I Became Grandmaster at Age 14, and followed it with her own line of chess games and DVDs. In later years she has become a mentor for other young chess players, pitching the game with her mottoes "chess is cool" (also the title of her podcast) and "beauty and intelligence can go together." ▼
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Full name Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk (Александра Константиновна Костенюк)
Country Russia
Born April 23, 1984 (1984-04-23) (age 24)
Perm, Volga Federal District, Russia
Title Grandmaster
Women's World Champion 2008 - present
FIDE rating 2525
(No. 8 on the October 2008 FIDE rating list for women)
Peak rating 2540 (April 2006)
Alexandra Kostantinovna Kosteniuk (Александра Константиновна Костенюк) (born April 23, 1984 in Perm, Volga Federal District) is a Russian chess Grandmaster and the current Women's World Chess Champion.

Alexandra learned to play chess at the age of five after being taught by her father. She has a little sister named Oxana, who is a master level chess player.

Her chess career is full of notable achievements. In 2001, at the age of 17, she reached the final of the World Women's Chess Championship, but was defeated by Zhu Chen. Three years later, she became female European champion by winning the tournament in Dresden, Germany. She also won the 2005 Russian Women's Championship, held in Samara, Russia, finishing with a score of +7 =4 -0. In August 2006, she became the first Chess960 (Fischer Random) women world champion after beating Germany's top female player Elisabeth Pähtz 5.5-2.5. She defended that title successfully in 2008 by beating Kateryna Lahno 2.5-1.5 [1]. However, her top success so far has been to win the Women's World Chess Championship 2008, beating in the final the young Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan, with a score of 2.5-1.5.

Alexandra at the 35th Chess Olympiad, Bled 2002.In November 2004, she was awarded the International Grandmaster title, becoming the tenth woman to receive the highest title of the World Chess Federation, FIDE (see Fédération Internationale des Échecs). Before that, she had also obtained the titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master. She is 10th on the July 2008 FIDE women Elo rating list with a rating of 2510.

Kosteniuk's mottos have been "chess is cool" and "beauty and intelligence can go together". With these as a backdrop, Kosteniuk has been promoting chess in the capacity of a fashion model and ambassador of chess in order to spark interest in the game around the world.[2]

She is also the host of a popular podcast "Chess is Cool" which informs listeners about Alexandra's life and current chess events.

Kosteniuk is married to Swiss-born Diego Garces, who is of Colombian descent, and 25 years her elder.[3] On April 22, 2007 Alexandra gave birth to a daughter, Francesca Maria. Francesca was born 2 1/2 months premature, but after an 8 week stay in the hospital, has since made full recovery.

Alexandra's website, which is maintained by her husband, covers the chess events she is participating in and offers up to date information about her.

Bibliography by Kosteniuk
Как стать гроссмейстером в 14 лет. Moscow, 2001. 202, [2] с., [16] л. ил. ISBN 5-89069-053-1.
Как научить шахматам : дошкольный шахматный учебник / Александра Костенюк, Наталия Костенюк. Moscow : Russian Chess House, 2008. 142 с ISBN 978-5-94693-085-7.

^ - Chess News - Mainz 2008 Kosteniuk wins Chess960, Rybka and Shredder qualify
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