Break Chess' No. 25, 3rd July 2000
2000 by Alexander Baburin
has been a long time since the last issue of CBC came out. Partly this is
because of my busy summer schedule (I went to Sarajevo and Frankfurt), but
mainly the delay is due to my recently acquired hay fever. :-( I never had it
before and for a while did not even realise what it was. Yet, it affected me
quite badly and still does. Therefore I would like to warn anyone who saw me in
the past few weeks or might see me any time soon that I donâ€™t have excessive
drinking problems! Those red eyes and red nose are just a result of some pollen
in the air... :-) Anyway, enough about protecting my image - letâ€™s talk
Updates on my site.
I put new stuff on my site - http://ababurin.tripod.com: more questions
answers, more puzzles, my chat session, one more game, additional
also started GM Forum (http://ababurin.tripod.com/gmforum.htm),
where you can read Seirawanâ€™s Open Letter to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, correspondence
between GMs Seirawan and Gulko. There is also a very interesting interview with
IM Silvio Danailov (manager of Topalov) at the Forum. I will appreciate you
comments and will publish most interesting messages.
invite people to contribute to the site -
hopefully together we can make it better. For example, I seek help with Chess
Puzzles and Chess Wonders sections. I cannot offer any monetary
reward, but you will have your name on the Net. To see what we can do together,
please have a look at Chess in Japan article at http://ababurin.tripod.com/news.htm.
Web watch. I
find that Kasparovâ€™s chess portal offers excellent coverage of chess news.
During both Sarajevo and Frankfurt I often went to its Russian division (http://www.clubkasparov.ru/index0.htm)
which I think s a must for Russian speakers.
I saw a chat session with the World Champion Alexander Khalifman. See its
transcript at http://chess.about.com/games/chess/library/weekly/aa060600a.htm
Alexander is involved in GM-School Project (http://www.gmchess.com). There you can also
read news, ask questions, etc. One of GM-School columnist - Valery Segal - talks about pros and
contras of the knockout system in chess at http://www.gmchess.com/digest/featureart/segal3.html
His views are similar to some of Danailovâ€™s ideas. For what I know, they many
chess professionals share them too.
perhaps we should start doing something about it? On my site you can take part
in the online poll on how to make chess more attractive to public and sponsors.
It is interesting that so far most visitors believe that things should be left
unchanged. Maybe they think that everything is fine in chess and we can all just
enjoy watching GM Svidler playing GM Morozevich on the ICC forever. But I can
assure you that professional chess is in a deep crisis! Internet is good for
chess, but it does not offer any financial reward to players yet, so it might
simply become the medium, where an accountant James Howell (GM) will play an odd
blitz game against a saleman Matthew Sadler (GM). I respect their decision to
quit chess, but fear that many more chess professionals will have to
follow. Again, maybe there is nothing wrong with
My 2nd Internet chess auction.
The auction, which took place in early June, went very well. You can find its
catalogue and results available at http://chessauction.tripod.com/catalogue.htm
I believe that our auctions have a bright future and will soon become the most
popular place for collectors to buy and sell chess items. If you have interest
in collecting, please do not hesitate to contact me. The next chess auction will
be in late August - early September.
Chess training sessions in Dublin in late August.
If you would like to combine a holiday with chess study, I invite you to come to
Ireland. I will stage two training sessions in the end of August (26th &
27th and 28 August - 1 September) in Dublin. See the city or travel
to the country before or after the session, while preparing yourself for the
next chess season! And check out famous Irish pubs! For more details please
refer to http://ababurin.tripod.com/Baburintrain.htm
IIf interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Hope to hear from
One curious ending. I
did not play much lately, so Iâ€™d like to show one ending from the National Open
in Las Vegas, particularly as some CBC readers, who were there, asked me to do
so. It was the first time I got to play with a rook and bishop vs. rook. I had
little idea on how to play this tricky endgame and it is interesting that just
before the game I mentioned to GM Novikov (who nearly got such ending in his
game in the previous round), that I had never played it - neither with the
bishop nor without it. And a few hours later I was given a chance to learn
something about this endgame.
Baburin - E. Torman,
National Open, Las Vegas (5), 18.03.2000
position is a draw according to Ken Thompson database. But White can and should
to play on. 68...Rf4 69 Rg6+ Kf2 70 Be6 Ke3 71 Rg3+ Kd2 72 Ke5 Rh4 73 Bd5 Kc1
74 Rg2 Kb1 75 Be4+ Ka1 76 Kd4 Rh2 77 Rg1+ Kb2
77...Ka2?, because of 78 Kc3 Ka3 79 Rb1 and White wins. The following lines
illustrates the winning technique: 79...Ka4 80 Bd3 Ka3 (or 80...Ka5 81
Rb5+ Ka4 82 Re5 Rh3 83 Re1 Ka5 84 Re6+-) 81 Bf1! Rf2 (81...Ka2 82 Rb5 Ka1 83 Rd5
Rb2 84 Rd4 Rb6 85 Ra4+ Kb1 86 Bd3+ Kc1 87 Ra1+ Rb1 88 Rxb1#) 82 Bc4 Rf3+ 83 Bd3
Rf2 84 Rb3+ Ka2 85 Rb5 Ka1 86 Re5 Rg2 87 Re1+ Ka2 88 Bc4+ Ka3 89 Ra1+ Ra2 90
Rxa2#. Also loses 79...Rh3+ 80 Bd3 Rh2 81 Bf1 Rf2 82 Bc4 Rf3+ 83 Bd3 Rf2
84 Rb3+ Ka2 85 Rb5 Ka1 86 Re5 Rg2 87 Re1+ Ka2 88 Bc4+ Ka3 89 Ra1+ Ra2 90 Rxa2#.
Of course, this is all computer-generated analysis, while in real life both
Black and White can easily go wrong.
Kc4 Rh8 79 Rg2+ Ka1?? (D)
going to the corner is wrong here. Now it's checkmate in 34 moves with best
play! Black could draw both with 79...Kc1 and 79...Ka3. 80 Bd5? Letting
Black off the hook... 80...Kb1 81 Be4+ Ka1?? Coming back to the trap.
<82 Bd3! Rc8+ (better was 82...Rb8 83 Bc2 Rb6 84 Kc3 Rc6+ 85 Kb4 Rc8 86
Bb3 Rc7 87 Bc4 Rb7+ 88 Kc3 Rb2 89 Rg1+ Rb1 90 Rg3 Rc1+ 91 Kb3 Rb1+ 92 Ka3 Rc1 93
Re3 Rb1 94 Bd5 Rc1 95 Bc6 Rb1 96 Re5 Rb8 97 Ba4 Rb6 98 Re3 Rb7 99 Bb3 Ra7+ 100
Kb4 Rc7 101 Bc4 Kb2 102 Re2+ Kc1 103 Kc3 Rd7 104 Rf2 Rd8 105 Ra2 Rb8 106 Ba6 Rb6
107 Bd3 Rc6+ 108 Bc4 Rb6 109 Rc2+ Kb1 110 Re2 Ka1 111 Re5 Rb8 112 Ra5+ Kb1 113
Bd3+ Kc1 114 Ra1+ Rb1 115 Rxb1#) 83 Kd4 Now it's checkmate in 21 - how
encouraging! :-) 83...Rc1 (more stubborn was 83...Ra8) 84 Rh2 Rg1
(better 84...Rc7) 85 Kc3 Rc1+ 86 Bc2 Rg1 87 Rh4 Rg3+ 88 Bd3 Rg2 89 Rh1+
Ka2 90 Bc4+ 1-0
next tournament - Politiken Cup - will be in Copenhagen on 17-28 July
After that I hope to produce another issue of CBC and to add more material to my
site - stay tuned!
Baburin, Dublin http://ababurin.tripod.com & http://chessauction.tripod.com
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