The Capital District Chess League season has begun. The Albany “A” team won its first match against Saratoga 3.5-0.5 on April 19
Board 1: Jeremy Berman (Alb) beat Gary Farrell (Saratoga)
Board 2: Dean Howard (Alb) beat Alan LeCours (Saratoga)
Board 3: Tim Wright (Alb) drew with Glen Gausewicz (Saratoga)
Board 4: Gordon Magat beat (Alb) Joshua Kuperman (Saratoga)
Gordon won an exchange in the middlegame and won routinely after that.
Glen had a small space advantage, but Tim managed to trade some pieces and a draw was agreed.
After some complications, Jeremy was ahead in material but behind on time by enough to regret declining an earlier draw offer. Unfortunately for Gary, he needed to spend more time trying to offset the material deficit, and his own time ran out first.
My game with Alan was the last to finish. I got a modest space advantage, built it slowly without being too aggressive. Alan maneuvered unsuccessfully after grabbing a pawn, and I won comfortably without being at risk of losing.
That’s what I thought.
The computer evaluated Black’s position more favorably, and found two big holes on my tactical analysis.
Not a bad game, all things considered, just not as good as I thought on the way home.
Over the years RPI has represented the collage element on the local chess scene more consistently than any other school in the area. In the 1970s and 1980s they fielded some strong teams occasionally with masters on the top boards. I can’t say they a team in the League every year, but more often than not Continue reading “A Theoretical Game”
Wednesday evening the Albany Club held a thematic tourney, unrated, game/15. The theme was the Benko Gambit Accepted. Jonathan Lack won the event scoring 3 ½ – ½. Dean Howard was 2nd at 3 – 1, and Cory Northrup proved his growing strength by finishing 3rd with 2 ½ – 1 ½. Behind these top fishers Continue reading “Catching Up on Some Games”
Well, Schenectady ended its Championship in one sense last night. John Phillips won his game from Alan Le Cours. The victory gave Mr. Phillips a 4 ½ – ½ score that no one in the event can match and his first Schenectady title. Continue reading “Phillips Wins the SCC Title!”
News, news, news! Wednesday and Thursday were busy with chess events this week. At the Albany Area Chess Club the last game of the preliminary rounds was played; Cory Northrup was defeated by Peter Henner. The result resolved the final question; who was to play in the under 1800 title match. Continue reading “Local News and A Game”
The first of the big club championships in the Capital district ended last night. The Saratoga title was decided in a game between Jon Fineberg and Alan Le Cours. For a good while it seemed that the game might be drawn Continue reading “The Finish at Saratoga”