Sunday, January 31, 2010

Unofficial Hamilton Chess Club Web Page Powered By Google And Updated By Victor


(HHC club member who hosts the Unofficial Hamilton Chess Club Web Page )

This is the site address for the Unofficial Hamilton Chess Club Web Page located in Groveville , New Jersey.

Currently , this web page is maintained by Victor, a Club Member who is expanding and is improving this site on a daily basis.

To the best of my knowledge, this is a one man show updating this web page about Hamilton Chess Club but if Victor ever needs helps updating info to be posted, I would be more than happy to assist him. My email address is Victor if you read this post just shoot me an email if you need any help.

This site is current for the past club events posted under the tab "Recent Results".

The past results go back to July 2009.

Below are some links that will redirect to parts of the Unofficial Hamilton Chess page.

Also some excerpts taken from that web page.

The current results for the January 2010 Queens Gambit Thematic Tourny are posted at this web page:

The Hamilton Chess Club is located in Groveville near Hamilton in central New Jersey.

The Club meets Wednesday evenings from 7:30 pm till 10:30 pm in the Ray Dwier Recreation Center. Men, women, and children are all welcome. Events are held throughout the year. (Results of recent events are posted on a separate web page.) Skittles are played every week. Dues is $10 per year.

Wednesday Events
2010 Wednesday Evening Events
All events start at 8:30 pm, except for the Turkey Shoot Out which starts at 9:00 pm.

January 6, 13, 20
Queen's Gambit Theory Tournament

January 27
Volunteer for Committees and Election

February 3, 10, 17, 24
Club Championship Qualifier
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31,
April 7, 14
Club Championship
April 21 Club Champion Simul
May 12, 19
Partner Chess

June 9, 16 Blitz Championship

July 14, 21, 28
Sicilian Theory Tournament

August 18, 25 Morphy Time Odds Tournament

September 8, 15, 22 Fall Open
October 13, 20, 27 Ruy Lopez Theory Tournament
November 10, 17
Turkey Shoot Out
December 29
Committee Reports

Event dates are subject to change.

All other evenings are Position Night. Those participating play a closely rated player on the Club Ladder.

Skittles are played every Wednesday.

Quads are held on the third Saturday of each month.

The Tournament Director is Ed Sytnik.


In the 1st annual Hamilton Queen's Gambit Theory Tournament Dragan Milovanovic (3/3) won 1st place and Josh Hill, Clive Usiskin, and Aleksey Vishnyakov all tied for 2nd place with 2/3 scores.

Please don't forget the meeting on Wednesday, February 3, 2010. That's the final date for volunteering for committees and for the election of officers AND the Club Championship Tournament begins.

Each year the Hamilton Chess Club enters a team in the U. S. Amateur Team East Championship held during Presidents' Day weekend in Parsippany, NJ. In addition, several members of the Club play as a team in the Garden State Chess League.

Queen's Gambit Thematic Tourny At Hamilton Chess Club, Groveville, New Jersey

Joshua David H. USCF Rating 1942

During the month of January 2010 , there was a Queens Gambit Thematic Tourny at the Hamilton Chess Club located in Groveville, New Jersey. In the last round both Joshua and Dragon had two points each. This was the game that decided first place, unfortunately for the young upstart, Joshua Hill, he fell short in this game.

Some chess statistics of Joshua David H. from MSA, the chess statistic program that extracts wns and loss records from
US Chess Life web page.

Highest Rated Opponent Win = DRAGAN MILOVANOVIC -- 2248 HAMILTON GAME/30 CHAMPIONSHIP 01-17-2007
Highest Rated Opponent Draw = DENNIS RYLANDER -- 2346 2004 US TEAM-EAST 02-14-2004

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Some Analysis Of My Round Two Game At Hamilton Quads On January 23, 2010

Here is some light analysis, that I went over in the Analysis board at of my round 2 games with "The Kid" at Hamilton Quads on Saturday , January 23, 2010.

I was thinking for White's Move 18... move my Knight to C6 instead of taking Black's Bishop on E6 but it seems this turns out worse for white.

Here is the Analysis and the orignal game is below it.

Corus Round Eight : Kramnik Beats Nakamura

Vladimir Kramnik (pictured) had to play accurately in the early stages against Nakamura's Dutch defence, but he emerged unscathed and fought back for a memorable and deserved win.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Nakamura, Round 7 Corus Chess , Press Conference

Alexei Shirov lost his first game in Wijk aan Zee today. He was beaten by Hikaru Nakamura, who is now just half a point behind the tournament leader. So is Magnus Carlsen, who right after the opening won a piece against Vassily Ivanchuk.

The Corus Chess Tournament takes place January 16-31 in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands. Next to hundreds of amateurs, three Grandmaster Groups (A, B and C) with 14 players each play a closed round-robin. The rate of play is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, and 30 seconds increment


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Trashed At Hamilton Quads In Round Two By The Kid

Here's my second round game at Hamilton Quads on Saturday January 23, 2010.

I played white hoping for the Reti Exchange which I like as White. Thinking this kid lost his first round and that I was well rested after my 25 move draw in round one , I would be fresh and also be better off to win this game since I received the White pieces. Never Happened ! I was outplayed and outgunned, and shot myself in the foot at the same time. I was Not even seeing the same follow up variatons that my opponent was able to produce in counter play.

Maybe after move fifteen, I should have offered a draw just to psyche him out. I was told by Dion after the Quads , this game is psychological and that Pyching out your opponent, plays a large part in winning.

I can honestly say this is one of the few games I will commit to memory. because the Reti Exchange/ transposing into the Slav/type Queens Gambit is what I need to be part of my opening repertoire. I also notice the Class C players and below were all playing some type of Queens pawn opening for the most part at this Quad.

Hopefully when I get the Black side of the Sicilian down completely, I will venture pushing the E 4 pawn up two spaces.

Here is the complete game, which I did not relish playing at all.
Just a side note, Black played his light square bishop on move 8 to F 5
not on G4 as in the chess playing diagram.

Hamilton Quads January 23, 2010 Help Mate In Round Three

Here is my third round game that I played at Hamilton Quads in Groveville, New Jersey on Saturday , January 23, 2010. What interesting is that my opponent was the number one seed, rated at 1361 pts and this was a Swiss event for the lower rated players because the odd number of players rated below 1375 pts. (Class D )and the six remaining players could not form two final Quad Sections.

This game was played fast by both of this in about in one hours total time for both of us.

I have played John C. about 8 games total throughout the past two years and I have the better winning percentage about five wins to three losses.

At this quad event there were many new faces all of which were under the age of fourteen years in all rating classes. Suprisely , half of the youngsters were girls, and all of them were class B and higher in ratings. One of the girls, her first name was Maryka , class B player under the age of twelve years tied in her Quad Section and as I was leaving she was kicking butt in her last round agains an old timer Class B player.

Also the usual suspects were present today, Masters, Jim West, Dragan, and Mark.

Below is my help mate game, which and should have been played better by myself even though it was a win. It's not just enought for me to win , I must win by playing efficent and exact moves in my chess wins.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Part Two, Suprise Weapon Against The French, The Reti Gambit.

Here are addtitional Reti Gambit Games in Chess Flash format. I went over this opening with Aaron K (USCF Rating 1560) a Class C player, at the end of the Hamilton Quads, January 23, 2009. at Hamilton Chess Club in New Jersey and he pointed out instead of Black accepting the pawn , Black just plays Nf6. I will try to find some of these games where Black declines the Reti Gambit by playing Nf6 and post some of those games in a future post.





In this followup blog on the Reti Gambit, I am posting an excerpt from the Gambit Cartel series by Tim McGrew which he published in The Chess Cafe.

The entire article can be found by clicking on this link: Terra Incognita by Tim McGrew which explains the Reti Gambit and he goes over a casual game using this gambit against a Class A player.

Comments are by Tim McGrew taken from "Terra Incognita"

"This brings me to our focus for this month, which is a rather interesting
way to shake French Defense players out of their routines and creating
unusual positions from the outset. Our attempt to reach terra incognita
begins with 1.e4 e6 2.b3!?
This is not, or not obviously, an
ambitious move. But it is quite
sound and has the capacity to
generate some sparkling positions. I
was reminded that it exists as I was
refining some ChessBase keys a few
weeks ago (by hand – Frederic, if
you’re out there and listening in,
please give us back the automatic
refining feature that CB7 had!), and
I resolved to try an experiment:
without doing any study of the line,
without even playing over any complete games in it, I would essay this
variation and see whether just by disorienting my opponents I could
achieve interesting and playable positions"

Also in this post on the Reti Gambit, I am including some Chess Flash games where white plays his 5th move which is g4 pushing into the kingside of Black.

Immediately after white's g4 move, white plays Bishop to g2 with a followup of Nxe4.
Thereafter, White castles queenside and pushes the f pawn and h pawn.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Reti Gambit, Surpise Weapon Against The French

Thomas Johansson

This gambit is played by white to completely throw off your opponent, who is booked up on the French defense.

I personally would use this gambit, because I don't like playing white against the French defense. It seems everytime, I played white against the French , I always walk away with a draw or worst yet, a loss.

I have not used this weapon yet in tournement play only because I have only been recently exposed to this unique gambit within the past few days by overhearing a discussion on this gambit in the skittles room at the 42nd Liberty Bell Open in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,on January 16,2010, and also because I'm am collecting a mulitude of games on this opening from Chessbase to get both viewpoints from White's and Black's perspective.

This game below in Chess Flash format shows White's treatment of the Reti Opening and the usual move order by White.


Below are excerpts from Chessville reviews "The Fascinating Reti Gambit" by Thomas Johansson

Chances are that if you take up the Réti Gambit, many of your opponents (if you are below master level) will be totally unfamiliar with it, much to your advantage. A while back Tim McGrew, in his “Gambit Cartel” column for Chess Café, wrote an article on the opening entitled Terra Incognita, that is, “unknown territory.” He tried an “experiment” – without studying or even playing over any complete games, he tried 1.e4 e6 2.b3 to “see whether just by disorienting my opponents I could achieve interesting and playable positions.” He was quite happy with his results. Imagine how well he would have done had he known the details of the opening…

The Fascinating Réti Gambit is published by Lulu, a print-on-demand publisher, which means that the author did all of the manuscript preparation, layout, editing, etc. himself. That is a lot of long, hard and tedious work. (Anyone who doubts this has never done it.) Yet the layout and use of white space, diagrams, fonts, bolding, and the occasional underlining make the book very readable – and I recall finding only one typo, which is rather amazing. The Index, as noted, is very helpful, and the list of Sources (i.e. Bibliography – yay!), inclusive.

Here is the first part of a Six Part You Tube video on the Reti Gambit, along with links to the other parts of the same chess video produced by Taljechin.


Reti Gambit Part Two

Reti Gambit Part Three

Reit Gambit Part Four

Reti Gambit Part Five

Reti Gambit Part Six