The recent DCCL executive and team meeting has just completed and a big change in the executive team has taken place. After almost a decade of leadership and service long time Executive Director Kyle Askine has stepped down from the position. From my position as a team captain, Kyle was extremely fair, responsive and just plain very good at the job of Executive Director. When controversies came about through the last few seasons Kyle handled them flawlessly. Kyle is not leaving the area or necessarily the league but is stepping down do to other obligations. He plans to continue participating in the league as a player when possible.
Outgoing Executive Director Kyle Askine
Although Kyle will be missed the league was lucky to get a new Executive Director who has excellent qualifications: Andy Rea. Andy who is a former President of the VA Chess Association, published chess author, seasoned TD, National Master titled player and Argyle team captain is a great addition to the executive board.
Incoming Executive Director Andy Rea
Thank you Kyle and Congratulations Andy!
The DCCL summer season first round will start on June 19th. Summer is a 4 round Swiss with 4 player boards in all divisions. The other rounds are scheduled for, July 24th, August 14th and September 11th. The new ED Andy would like all teams to be entered by June 10th so we can all know the pairings by then. Cost of a 4 player team for the season is $24.00.
The only issue agreed upon at the recent DCCL executive meeting was team uniforms. May sound absurd at first but a chess uniform is something that FIDE has actually discussed for some time. Almost every other sport or game has this requirement .
Chess is unique as well in that lately the games very integrity has been under fire. In the last 10 years with the advent of super strong chess computers, portable electronics , and million dollar prize funds the accessibility and motivation by some unscrupulous players to get outside assistance has never been greater. It has also created an environment at times as well when honorable players are accused of foul play simply when they do well. A strategy that FIDE has to counter this is uniforms with no pockets, or location for concealed electronics while being sporty at the same time.
The DCCL wanted to be ahead of the curve on this initiative so were rolling out the REQUIRED uniform look.
Basically, it’s much like the Luge uniforms at the Olympics. A full bodied unitard will be required for each match. Team name on the outfit is optional.
Expert Dino O. of the Sterling Skewers dressed in the new REQUIRED DCCL match uniform gear.
Dino of the Skewers has already started wearing the new look at local tournaments. I asked him about it and he said: ” It’s an honor to be one of the first players to wear the FIDE approved chess uniforms. I think it’s a good step to bring integrity back to tournament and team chess. They are also extremely cool and awesome looking!”
So the general consensus is this look is the future of chess and the league will not be left behind.
Ok so hope to see lots of new teams on June 19th in the summer league!
…and yes of course it’s a joke about the required uniforms ( No that’s not Dino), No major issues besides the election of the new Executive Director was determined at the last DCCL meeting. Seriously, full bodied unitards?
Finally since we had no round this month I included a recent game by DCCL player Jian Xing.
USCF Expert Jian Xing
Jian is a frequent player in the league. Jian played for both Coral Reef and Black Knights this past season. The game below was a ladder game played at the Arlington Chess Club on May 29th and he indicated it was his first time beating a master. The ACC ladder is on every Friday at 8:00pm and it uses the same exact time control as the DCCL. I was watching this game intently because well I was actually participating and the player getting Zinged by Xing.
In a nutshell the game opened up quite quickly and became very sharp and unbalanced. In positions like these tempo’s and simply active moves are usually an absolute necessity. After solid opening play white made a few not so aggressive moves that allowed black to get back in the game while black played a little more reckless at times and missed 29…b3 a strong solution just before time control.
Xing,J 2079 Hoshall,S 2253 29.05.2015
1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 Classical Dutch 7.Nc3 a5 8.b3 About as main line book vs Classical Dutch as you can get.
8…Ne4 9.Nxe4 Much more normal is 9.Bb2, but whites 9.Nxe4 is good as well. It also creates a game that will open up quickly that is not typical of the more standard closed Classical Dutch systems. fxe4 10.Ne1 d5 11.f3 dxc4 [ 11…c5] 12.bxc4 c5?! Much more principled is moving the stacked and backward black e pawn to 12…e5 13.d5 exd5 14.cxd5 c4
may seem a little coffee house by Black. I say that because the position has opened up. Black does not have the luxury now to let his queen side minor pieces sit forever which often happens in the more closed variations of the Dutch. Still on the surface it looks like black has a tactical solution to 15. fxe4 and that is 15…Qb6+ followed by …Bf6 trapping and winning the a1 rook. Even that though seems to fail to a deeper combo by white ( See 15.fxe4 sub variation)
15.Be3 15. Be3 is a solid move and good solution simply developing [ 15.fxe4 Qb6+ 16.e3 Bf6 17.e5 Bxe5 18.Rxf8+ Kxf8 19.Rb1 Qxb1 20.Ba3+] 15…exf3 16.Nxf3 Ra6 17.Qd2 [ 17.Qc2 b5 18.a4] 17…b5 18.Nd4 Bd7 19.Rxf8+ Bxf8 20.Bf2?!
20.Bf2 is too, slow, White wants to get his center pawns rolling but better is a more active move like 20.Rf1 or 20.Be4. Rf6 21.e4 Qc7 [ 21…Rxf2 22.Qxf2 Bc5 23.Kh1 Qf6 24.Qxf6 gxf6] 22.Be3 White was understandably worried about black sacrificing the exchange on F2 but that exchange sac doesn’t quite work for black and this move doesn’t give white a lot of bang for the buck. It also gives black another tempo to get his pawns closer to queening on the queenside. b4 23.Kh1?! The g1-h7 diagonal is scary for the white king to be on but white doesn’t have time to play this move. a4 [ 23…Bc5 24.Bf4 Rxf4 25.gxf4 c3 26.Qd3 Qxf4] 24.Bf4 Bd6 25.Bxd6 Qxd6 26.Re1 c3 27.Qe3 Qe5 28.Nf3
Exchange sac. The black pawns should be faster than whites center pawns and be very strong. 29.Qxf3 Be8?? 29..Be8 Black simply has no time to make this move ( idea was to bring knight to d7 after 30. Rf1). 29…b3 is probably just winning for black. The connected black c and b pawns on the 3rd rank are difficult to stop and even if white does stop them his pieces will be passively placed. My original plan was to play 29…b3 but i was worried about the black knight hanging after 29. …b3, 30. Rf1,h6 31. Qf8+ but I overlooked the black queen on e5 protects the black knight on g8. [ 29…b3 30.axb3 axb3 31.Rf1 ( 31.Bf1 b2 32.Bd3 Ba4 33.Qf2 Nd7) 31…h6 32.Qf8+ Kh7 33.Qb4 b2 34.Qb3 Bb5]
A strong move I missed. Now black never has enough time to play the desired …b3 push. Qf6 31.Qe3 Bf7 32.Qc5 Qe5 33.Qxb4 Bxd5 34.Qxa4
Could be dangerous taking the knight here and white wisely doesn’t complicate and take the bait. 35.Bg2 [ 35.Qxa6 Bxe4+ 36.Rxe4 Qxe4+ 37.Bg2 Qe1+ 38.Bf1 c2 And the game would be a draw] 35…Nc5 36.Qa5 Bc6 37.Qd8+ Kf7 38.Rf1+ Kg6
I saw this position a few moves ago and noticed after 39… c2 then 30.RxQ for white is not possible because of c1 =Q+. The problem for black is however after 39…c2, 40. Qg5 check mate is even better than taking the black queen. Ne6 [ 39…c2 40.Rxe5] 40.Qh4 1-0