Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wisconsin Chess Blog Puzzle Standings Kicks Off

To make the blog more interactive the Wisconsin Chess Blog will have a year long contest with prizes randomly given out for gaining points. A point scoreboard will be posted so you can see how you are doing. The it will officially start in June 2009and end in June 2010 with prizes for the top 10 finishers, top three Juniors(U21), and top 3 Scholastic (U18). For you to be eligible you must be following the blog at the time of your post or it will not be counted. Always leave your entire name at the end of your post. There will be a deadline for everything, if the deadline is June 25th then it must be posted before midnight on the 25th.

Game Commentary Contest:

Deadline: June 25th, 2009.

Points: 100

Please provide a complete annotations for the game below. You will be judged on your ability to elucidate the ideas in the game. Feel free to post an example game that illustrates the ideas for the game. I would like to see a good mix of concrete analysis and lots of explanations. You will also be judged on finding any mistakes made by either side in the game.The most accurate and complete annotations will get 50 points, 2nd 20 points, 3rd 10 points, 4th-9th 5 points. All reasonable annotations will get 1 point. We reserve the right to post and use any posts for but not limited to the Wisconsin Chess Blog and Vaja International Chess Academy handouts/publications.

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  1. This is a Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen (Fianchetto Variation B80):

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 (allows 6.g4, the Keres Attack)

    [The Keres Attack is considered very dangerous. It was named after notable GM Paul Keres. The move takes advantage of the fact that 5...e6 cuts off the black queenside bishop’s control of g4. White plans to force the knight on f6 (black’s only developed piece) to retreat and force black into a more passive position. This move also launches white into a king-side attack.]

    6.g3 a6 7.Bg2 Qc7 8.O-O Nc6 9. Re1 Bd7 10. a4?! (probably a stronger line would have been 10.Nxc6 Bxc6 11.a4 Be7 12.a5…)

    10…Nxd4 (This appears to be a novelty as 10…Be7 seems to have been the only moved played at this point in previous games)

    [More to come later when I get more time.]

  2. I guess I never found more time before the deadline; sorry about that.