Sicilian Defense: The Most Useful Trap You've Never Seen

NM Fred Rhine shows how a centralized setup can be a problem in a variation of the Sicilian Defense in this YouTube video.

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4th Move Trap in the Caro-Kann Defense

NM Fred Rhine shows in this YouTube video a trap in the Caro-Kann that occurs after 4... Nd7 if black tries to go ahead with his normal plan of attack.  If you like it or have any comments leave Fred a comment on the videos' YouTube page.

A Trap in the Modern/Robatsch Defense

NM Fred Rhine shows how sometimes there is no such thing as a "free" bishop.  


Games from the 7th Downers Grove Club Tournament

Downers Grove Chess Club hosted its 7th tournament this past Saturday April 9th. 40 players turned out for the occasion including 6 masters! The winner was Indiana FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos with a perfect 4-0 score (defeating FM Aleksandar Stamnov in the final round) to take home the first place prize of $275. 2nd and 3rd was a tie between IM Florin Felecan and FM Albert Chow who drew each other in the final round during an immense time scramble for 3.5-.5 – each took home $138.

The tournament’s turnout was so great that the prizes were increased from 3 book prizes to 10 book prizes! Two of the winners of the upset prizes came in round one, Hao Hansen (1497) defeated DGCC member Daniel Dugovic (1984) and Sritej Vontikommu (1434) took home a win over Wisconsin player Phil Shields (1929). While the third upset prize was taken down by Luo Chengliang (1951) for his victory against FIDE Master Aung Thant Zin (2322)! Their game:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Be3 Be6 9. O-O a5 10. a4 O-O 11. f4 exf4 12. Rxf4 Rc8N 13. Nd5 Bxd5 14. exd5 Nb4 15. c4 Nd7 16. Rf1 Bf6 17. Rb1 Re8 18. Bd4 Qe7 19. Re1 Bxd4+ 20. Nxd4 Qe3+ 21. Kh1 Nf6 22. Bf1 Qf2 23. Nb5 Rxe1 24. Qxe1 Qb6 25. Qe7 Re8 26. Qxd6 Qe3 27. Qg3

After 27... Qd2? (Better was 27... Qxg3 28. hxg3 Ne4 29. Kh2) Luo played the beautiful 28. Nd6! Re3 29. Qf4 Nd3 30. Ne4 Nxf4 (if 30... Rxe4 31. Qxd2) (if 30... Nxe4 31. Qb8#) 31. Nxd2 g5?! 32. b4 axb4 33. Rxb4 Re1 34. Rb1

34… Re7? +- (34... Rxb1 and maybe Black has some chances to hold this ending 35. Nxb1 Kf8 36. g3 Ng6 37. Nc3 Ke7 38. c5 though White is clearly better.) 35. g3 Ng6 36. d6 Re6 37. c5 Nd7 38. Bc4 Re5 39. Rxb7 Nxc5 40. Rxf7 Kh8 41. d7 Ne6? 42. Bxe6 resigns 1-0

Round3 saw IM Florin Felecan face off against fellow Chicago Blaze teammate NM Trevor Magness. A wild game ensued! Annotations by IM Florin Felecan:

1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 e6 3. Bg2 d5 4. Nf3 dxc4 Trevor and I had our share of gambits together and this time is no different 5. Na3 (Main move in this position is 5. Qa4+ but I decided to go with a more "colorful" idea that might be a better fit for a G/60) 5... Bxa3 6. bxa3 b5!? Trevor does not show much fear of the Catalan bishop 7. Rb1 a6 8. a4 c6?! (Keeping the extra pawn,  but 8... Bb7 has been known to be a safer alternative) 9. Ba3 Nd5 This game is particularly interesting as Black is keen on placing his pieces on light squares only 10. O-O Nd7 11. e4 N5b6 12. Bd6!? Nf6 13. e5 Nfd5 14. a5 (14. Nd4 Bd7 15. a5 Nc8 seemed okay for Black) 14... Na4 15. Nd4 Qd7?! (15... Bd7 16. Qg4 g6 keeping the black queen on the d8-h4 diagonal should keep Black out of trouble on the dark squares and keep the game level.) 16. Qg4 g6 17. Qh4 Bb7 (17... h6!?) 18. Bxd5! The right time to exchange on d5 in order to dominate on the dark squares and keep Black from freeing with c6-c5 18... cxd5 19. f4! ± Qd8 20. Qh6 Qd7 (20... Qxa5 21. f5!± exf5? 22. Rxf5 gxf5 23. Qf6 +-) 21. f5! This pawn break is the only way to exploit Black's weaknesses on the dark squares and his uncastled king 21... gxf5 (21... exf5 22. Rxf5 gxf5 23. Qf6 Rg8 24. e6 transposes back to the game.) 22. Qf6 Rg8 The LONG awaited moment: ALL Black's pieces are on light squares. 23. Rxf5! (23. Nxf5 is weaker and will allow Black to defend successfully) 23... exf5 At this time, both of us were down to a few minutes so any imprecise play could have had disastrous consequences. 24. e6! +- fxe6 (24... Qxd6 25. Qxf7+ (25.exf7+ Kd7 26. Qxf5+) 25... Kd8 26. Qxg8+ Kc7 27. Qf7+ Kd8 (27... Kb8 28. e7) 28. Nxf5 Qc5+ 29. Kf1) 25. Re1 Despite being down a rook, White is winning. 25... Qxd6 26. Rxe6+ Qxe6 27. Qxe6+ Kf8 28. Qf6+ Ke8 29. Nxf5 Kd7 30. Qd6+ resigns 1-0 in light of: Kc8 (30... Ke8 31. Qe7#) 31. Ne7#

An impressive performance from Unrated Alex Ding who turned in a 3-1 result with a win over NM Trevor Magness in Round4 (a win over expert Jeff Dixon in Round2) and a 2286 provisional rating! (His only loss came at the hands of FM Albert Chow in round3). His friend Benjamin Stern was not surprised at Alex’s performance stating, “he plays on ICC all the time!”

Alex Ding - FM Albert Chow Round3

28. Nd2? (White can probably try 28. c4 Rc8=+) 28... Rxb5 29. Nxe4 Nxe5 30. Bxe5 Rxe5 31. Re1?-+ (31. Rg4) 31... bxc3 32. bxc3 Bxg5+ White forfeits on time 0-1

Alex Ding gave some annotations to his game with NM Trevor Magness. Trevor had to play his last ten or so moves entirely off delay as he was down to literally ONE second!


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