Archive for November, 2012

Round 8: A French Twist

Posted: 28/11/2012 by Ian in Club News

Perreux Variation of the Two Knights Defense

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Ng5 Ne5 6.Qxd4 Nxc4 7.Qxc4 d5

The Perreux Variation of the Two Knights Defense typically arises after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Ng5. Its name probably derives from the chess club of Perreux-sur-Marne (cercle du Perreux), just outside Paris, where it first became popular in the 19th century. Its sharp tactical themes are easy to grasp and make it attractive to beginning players, but it has also been played by masters who like that many lines lead to interesting endgame positions where good technique can win. As a forcing line, the Perreux Variation also has the advantage of limiting the number of subvariations, so the amount of opening theory is not large. Black is immediately forced to defend his f-pawn by either 5….Ne5 or 5….d5. The resulting positions generally favor White slightly and create interesting games with chances for both sides.

As usual results for the A Division are updated here, and for the B division here. Final two Rounds next week — dont miss out. And feel free to participate in the B division tournament even if you havent done so to date. Remember if we get four Juniors along next week there will be a book prize for the junior with the most points over the two tournaments. In the case of a tie, it will come down to the individual result between the players, and if still tied a special tie break on the last club night of the year.

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Round 7: For The Birds

Posted: 28/11/2012 by Ian in Club News

Round 6 was Birds Opening, Kings Fianchetto Defence

  1. f4 Nf6 2. e3 g6 3. b3 Bg7 4. Bb2 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 Nbd7 7. O-O c5

The Bird’s opening has great surprise value! It was popularised by the English master Henry E. Bird towards the end of the 19th century. It has not enjoyed the same popularity as 1.d4 and 1.e4 because it is generally regarded as non developing, does not secure a lasting hold on the centre, and slightly weakens the kings position.  It can however lead to very interesting positions when Black plays a gambit variation (The From gambit) against it with 1. f4 e5 2. fxe5 d6.

It is with extreme sadness that the club acknowledges the untimely death of Michael who has been a loyal member of the club since its early days. Our condolences are extended to his family and loved ones. We remember Michael for his smile and sportsmanship.

Hedgehog For Round Six

Posted: 21/11/2012 by Ian in Club News

Round 6 saw the B division commence another five game Swiss system tournament with the Hedgehog. The Hedgehog is an extremely resilient opening but it is also quite difficult to handle, whether you are playing against it or with it. Black’s plan in the Hedgehog is to shuffle his pieces usefully, preparing the breaks with b5 and d5 as well as generating pressure on the e4 and c4 pawns while ensuring that white cannot break through. White’s task is just as difficult, he must restrain the d5 and b5 breaks as well as countering the threats against his c4 and e4 pawns while trying to find some way to make progress. It is very easy for white to overpress and find himself worse. On the other hand, it is also very easy for black to run out of useful moves and begin to drift, which is not advisable. The key to playing either side of the Hedgehog is an understanding of piece manoeuvring. As ususal results for the A Division are updated here, and for the B division here. More fun and games next week — dont miss out. And feel free to participate in the B division tournament even if you havent done so to date.

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.Nc3 e6 6.0-0 Be7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Qxd4 d6.

Round 5: Zen Chess?

Posted: 21/11/2012 by Ian in Club News

First up last night was a a continuation of the Paulsen variation of the Sicilian defence, variously known as the Szen variation, Dely-Kasparov gambit, or sometimes just the Gary Gambit. The line is characterized by the move 8. d5 for black. The continuation leaves excellent opportunities for both sides for further play. Kasparov used this it to great effect during his world championship match with Karpov in 1985. Last night Gary (Judkins that is, not Kasparov) used it to good effect scoring a win as well.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Nf6 7.N1c3 a6 8.Na3 d5

November Rating Lists Are Out

Posted: 18/11/2012 by Ian in Club News

The November ratings lists are out. Member’s ratings have been updated on this page.

Due to NCEA exams we will be in room C4 until the end of the year. Room C4 is located in the Hepburn building (not C block !!). See the map for the location of the Hepburn building.