Tampa Bay Junior Championship Results, Pictures, & Game Analysis

Congratulations to Lyubo Gospodinov for winning our Tampa Bay Junior Chess Championship on May 15, 2010 with a score of 4.5 out of 5! State Champion Kaita Seito and Bryan Harvey tied for 2nd with 3.5 points; Matt Harvey, Benjamin Freeman and Brandon Hair tied for Top under 1000 with 3; Benjamin Freeman and Brandon Hair tied for Top K-5; and Rachel Freeman won Top K-2. A good time was had by all! These kids really enjoy winning cash prizes! We are steadfast about continuing to offer cash prizes to these hardworking kids! If we can attract 200 entries, 1st place will be worth over $1,000! The tournament was directed by Michael Hoffer.

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TB Junior Championship. Left side from the top: Truman Hoang, Kaita Seito, Bryan Harvey, Christian Noskey, & Cayden Kozma. Right side you can barely see: Matt Harvey, Benjamin Freeman, Noah Morrissey, & Rachel Freeman.

TB Junior Championship. Bryan Harvey v. Zach Peters, Kaita Seito v. Matt Harvey, Truman Hoang v. Lyubo Gospodinov.

TB Junior Championship: From the top Left: Bryan Harvey, Christian Noskey; Right: Lyubo Gospodinov, Matt Harvey, Zach Peters, Benjamin Freeman.

Congratulations to Brandon Hair of Bradenton for winning Top K-5 at our Tampa Bay Junior Chess Championship 5/15, & 3rd place in bughouse, St. Pete Chess Club 4/3!

Now to the games!

It comes as no surprise that the most interesting game of the Tampa Bay Junior Championship occurred with Zach Peters at the helm of the White pieces in round two, due to his extraordinary creativity:

Peters, Zachary (909) – Harvey, Bryan (1493)

B30 Sicilian Defense, Tampa (R2), May 15, 2010  [Notes by Hoffer]

1.e4 c5 2.d3 d6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 Nf6

16-year-old Indian GM S.P. Sethuraman fianchettoed against me: 4…g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.0–0 e5  [6...e6 7.c3 Qb6 8.Nbd2 Nge7 9.Re1 Bd7 10.a4 Qc7 11.Nc4 a6 12.a5! Rd8 13.Bf4 e5 14.Be3 Be6 15.b4 Nc8 16.Qa4 cxb4 17.cxb4 0–0 (Amin,B (2561)-Benidze,D (2365), Yerevan 2007) 18.Rac1!?] 7.c3 Nge7 8.Nbd2 0–0 9.a4 h6 10.Nc4 Be6 11.Nfd2 f5  (11…d5 12.exd5 Bxd5 13.Bxd5 Nxd5 14.a5) 12.Qe2 Qd7!?N 13.exf5 Nxf5  [13...gxf5 14.Re1 (14.f4 exf4 15.Rxf4 d5!) 14...Rf6 15.Nb3] 14.Ne3 Rae8 15.Nxf5 gxf5 16.Re1 Kh8 17.Qd1 d5 (17…f4) 18.Nf3 Kh7 19.Nh4 Qf7?! (19…f4 20.Qh5) 20.Bf3 Rd8 (20…Qd7) 21.Bh5 Qf6 22.Be3 f4? (22…d4 23.cxd4 Nxd4 24.Ng6 Nb3 25.Ra3 c4 26.Rxb3 cxb3 27.Bc5 Rf7 28.Nxe5 Rc7 29.Bb4 is unclear) 23.Bxc5 Rg8 24.Bf3 Bf8 25.Bxf8 Rdxf8 26.Kh1 Rg7 27.b4 Nd8 28.Qe2 Nf7 29.d4!± e4? (29…fxg3 30.fxg3 Rg5 31.Rf1±) 30.Bxe4++- dxe4 31.Qxe4+ Kg8 32.Qxe6 Qd8 33.Ng6 fxg3 34.hxg3 Qg5 35.Nxf8 Qh5+ 36.Kg2 Kh8 37.Nd7 1–0 Hoffer,M (2663)-Sethuraman,S.P. (2457), Internet 2009.

5.Bg2 g6 6.c3!?

The 'normal' main line is: 6.0–0 Bg7 7.Nbd2 0–0 8.a4 Rb8 9.Nc4 b6 10.e5! dxe5 11.Nfxe5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bb7 13.Nc6 Bxc6 14.Bxc6± Fischer,R-Green,M, East Orange, NJ 1957 1–0, 58.

6…Bg7 7.d4!?

Leave it to Zachary's imagination to have a trick up his sleeve! The usual move is 7.0–0 0–0 8.Nbd2 Ne8 9.Nb3 a5 10.a4 e5 11.Be3 f5 12.exf5! gxf5 13.Bg5! Nf6 14.Nh4 Be6 15.d4 cxd4 16.cxd4 Nxd4 17.Nxd4 exd4 18.Nf3 Qd7 19.Bxf6 Bxf6 20.Nxd4 Bc4 21.Re1± Dzindzichashvili,R (2500)-Shamkovich,L (2535), Baku 1972  USSR Ch 1–0, 34


Better is 7…cxd4 8.cxd4!? Nxe4 9.d5 Qa5+ 10.Nfd2  (10.Nbd2? Qxd5 11.Nh4 f5 favors Black) 10…Nc5 (10…Nxf2!? 11.Kxf2 Qb6+ 12.Kf1 Ne5 13.Qe2÷) 11.dxc6 Nd3+ 12.Kf1 Qc5 13.Ne4 Qxc1 14.Qxc1 Nxc1 15.Nbc3 Nd3 16.Rb1 Rb8!? 17.Ke2 Ne5 18.c7 Ra8 19.Rhc1 with plenty of compensation.

8.d5! Nb8 9.Qa4+ Bd7 10.Qxe4+- Bf5 11.Qe2 Nd7 12.0–0 Nb6 13.c4 Na4 14.a3?!

Zach played this to create a space for his Rook. Be careful on pawn moves! It's better to improve the position of your pieces: Better is 14.Nh4! Bd7 15.Nc3 Nxc3 16.bxc3 0–0 17.Rb1+-

14…Qb6 15.Ra2?

This turns out to be a horrible hiding place for Zach's Rook. It should only be done as a last resort. White has immediate threats which absolve him from having to make such a passive and defensive move.  Better is 15.Nh4! Bd7  (15…Nxb2? 16.Nxf5! gxf5 17.Nc3! Bxc3 18.Rb1 Qc7 19.Bxb2 Bxb2 20.Qxb2+-; 15…Bxb2?! 16.Nxf5! gxf5 17.Ra2+-) 16.Nc3 Nxc3 17.bxc3 Bxc3 18.Bg5!!+- This line is even stronger now as the Qb6 will be a terrific tempo target for Rab1.


Better is 15…Bxb1 16.Bg5! 0–0 17.Rxb1 Nc3 18.bxc3 Qxb1+ 19.Bf1 Bxc3 20.Rc2 edge to White

16.Re1!± 0–0 17.Nc3

A normal reflex move that is good enough. However, very complicated and worth the analysis is the dynamic: Better is 17.Ra1! Nxb2 18.Nbd2 Qa4 19.Nh4! Bd3 a) 19…Bc2 20.Bxb2 Bxb2 21.Ra2 Bg7 22.Qf3±; b) 19…Nd1? 20.Nxf5 gxf5 (20…Bxa1? 21.Nxe7+ Kh8 22.Ne4 Bg7 23.Qxd1+-) 21.Bh3 Bxa1 22.Bxf5 e6 23.dxe6 fxe6 24.Bxe6+ Kh8 25.Qxd1+-; c) 19…Nd3? 20.Nxf5 Nxe1 21.Nxg7 Nxg2 22.Kxg2 Qc2 23.Qxe7 Qc3 24.Rb1 Qxg7 25.Rxb7 Rae8 26.Qxd6+-; 20.Qf3 Bxc4 21.Bxb2 Bxb2 22.Rab1 Bf6 23.Nxc4 Qxc4 24.Rxb7±


Giving up the dark-squared fianchetto Bishop is not advisable. Bryan has enough problems without voluntarily creating a glaring weakness to his King safety. Better is 17…Nxc3 18.bxc3 Bxc3 19.Rd1 Bb1 20.Rad2 Bxd2 21.Rxd2 Rfe8 22.Bh3! Rab8 23.Bb2!±

18.bxc3 Nxc3 19.Qxe7!?

This is risky as it gives up the Ra2 without immediately getting back a piece, which is important as two pieces beat a Rook. Black might also reply with 19…Rae8 getting White's Queen for two Rooks. While it turns out that White wins all the variations, it is a lot to analyze, increasing the chances to make a mistake or inaccurately calculate ahead by missing a potential Zwischenzug as many of these variations run more than 12 moves deep.

A safer way to handle this position is 19.Qb2 Qxa2 20.Qxc3 Qc2 21.Qxc2 Bxc2 22.Rxe7 Rfe8 23.Bg5 Bd3 24.Bf1 Bxf1 25.Kxf1 Rxe7 26.Bxe7 f6 27.Bxd6 b6 28.Ke2 Kf7 29.Bf4+- This variation practically plays itself!


Considering this loses rapidly to 20.Qf6!, Bryan should have thought about playing a more complex and unclear variation.

19…Nxa2 20.Bh6 Qc3 21.Re3 Qa1+  (21…Qc1+? 22.Bf1 Qa1 23.Ng5 Qh8 24.g4! Bxg4 25.Ne4 f5 26.Ng5 f4 27.Re6 Nc3 28.Rxd6 Bf5 29.Bxf8 Rxf8 30.Rd8 Qg7 31.Rxf8+ Qxf8 32.Qxh7#; 21…Qh8 22.Bxf8 Rxf8 23.Qxd6 Qa1+ 24.Bf1 b5 25.cxb5 c4 26.Re1 Qc3 27.Kg2 Nc1 28.Qc5 Nd3 29.Bxd3 Rc8 30.Qxa7 cxd3 31.Re3 Qb2 32.Ne5 Rf8 33.Nxd3 Qxb5 34.Qd4+-) 22.Bf1 with four interesting possibilities:

a) 22…Bh3? 23.Re1 Qc3 24.Bxh3! Qxf3 25.Bd7! Qc3 26.Be8! Raxe8 27.Qxe8 Qg7 (27…Rxe8? 28.Rxe8#) 28.Qe3! Qe5 29.Qxe5 dxe5 30.Bxf8 Kxf8 31.Rxe5+-;

b) 22…Nc3 23.Re1 (It's too early for 23.Re5 dxe5 24.Qf6 Ne2+ 25.Kg2 e4 26.Qxa1 exf3+ 27.Kh1 Nd4 28.Bxf8 Kxf8) 23…Qb2 24.Ng5 (Actually a blunder now is 24.Re5?? dxe5 25.Qf6 Qxf2+!! 26.Kxf2 Ne4+ 27.Kg1 Nxf6–+) 24…Qd2  (24…Nb1 25.g4 Bc2 26.Bxf8 Rxf8 27.Nxh7 Rc8 28.Re3 Nd2 29.Nf6+ Kg7 30.Rh3 g5 31.Ne8+ Rxe8 32.Qxe8 Bh7 33.Rxh7+ Kxh7 34.Qxf7+ Qg7 35.Bd3+ Kh8 36.Qe8+ Qg8 37.Qh5+ Kg7 38.Qg6+ Kf8 39.Qxd6+ Kg7 40.Qe7+ Qf7 41.Qxg5+ Kf8 42.Qxd2+-) 25.Nxf7  (25.Re5!! also finally works 25…Nd1 26.Re2 Qd4 27.Bxf8 Rxf8 28.Nxh7 Rc8 29.Ng5 Rf8 30.Qxd6±) 25…Rxf7 26.Bxd2 Rxe7 27.Rxe7 Ne4 28.Bh6! g5 29.Rxb7 Nd2 30.Be2 Re8 31.Rg7+ Kh8 32.Rxa7+-;

c) 22…Qh8 23.Bxf8 Rxf8 24.Qxd6+-;

d) 22…b5 23.Re5!! Bh3 24.Re1 Qc3 25.Bxh3 Qxf3 26.Bd7 Qh5 27.Bxf8 Rxf8 28.Bxb5 Nc3 29.Qxd6 Qf3 30.Re3 Qd1+ 31.Kg2 Nxb5 32.cxb5 c4 33.Qc5 Rd8 34.Qxc4 Rxd5 35.a4 Kf8 36.a5+-;

Or 19…Rae8 20.Qxe8  [20.Qf6?? Rxe1+ 21.Nxe1 Re8 22.Bh6 Rxe1+ 23.Bf1 Rxf1+ 24.Kg2 (24.Kxf1?? Bh3+ 25.Ke1 Qd1#) 24...Rg1+ 25.Kxg1 Qd1+ 26.Kg2 Be4+ 27.f3 Qxf3+ 28.Qxf3 Bxf3+ 29.Kxf3 Nxa2–+] 20…Rxe8 21.Rxe8+ Kg7 22.Rb2 Qxc4 23.Rxb7 Ne2+ 24.Rxe2 Qxe2 25.Bb2+ Kh6 26.h4 Be4 27.Rxf7 g5 28.Bh8! Kh5 29.hxg5 Bxd5 30.Rxh7+ Kg6 31.Rh6+ Kf7 32.Rxd6 Qd1+ 33.Kh2 Ke7 34.Be5 Bxf3 35.Rxd1 Bxd1 36.Bd5+-


Zach immediately plays a second best move, not realizing the Queen needs to lead this parade into Black's vacated fianchetto before Bryan has the time to cover the dark squares. That is a shame because 20.Qf6! wins rather easily with 20.Qf6!+- Qa1 21.Kh1!   (to avoid …Ne2+, thus unleashing the unstoppable Bh6) 21…Rae8 22.Rf1! g5 23.Bxg5 Qb2 24.Bh6 Nd1 25.Qxf5 Qa1 26.Kg1!  (avoiding …Nf2+ & unleashing Ng5) 26…Re2 27.Ng5 Qh8 28.Bxf8 f6 29.Bh6 Re8 30.Qd7 Rf8 31.Qe6+ Rf7 32.Qxf7#


Rather than giving away a piece, Bryan could have gotten the material balance much closer with: 20…Qb2 21.Ng5 b5 22.Bxf8 Rxf8 23.Nxh7 Rb8 24.Ng5 Rf8 25.h4 bxc4 26.Nh7 Ra8 27.Nf6+ Kg7 28.Ne8+ Rxe8 29.Qxe8±


Zach exuberantly throws another piece into the attack while neglecting to notice he is being mated at f2. It's surprising that he did not pick off the Ne4, after which the win is fairly easy to achieve: 21.Rxe4+- eliminates the mating threat and wins: 21…Qa1+  (21…Bxe4 22.Qf6 Qa1+ 23.Qxa1 f6 24.Ng5 Bxg2 25.Kxg2+-) 22.Re1 Qh8 23.Bxf8 Rxf8 24.Qxd6+-

21…Qxf2+ 22.Kh1 Qxe1+ 23.Bf1 Nf2+

Better is 23…Qxf1#.

24.Kg1 Qxe7 25.Bxf8 Rxf8 26.Kxf2 Qxg5 27.h4 Qd2+ 0–1

This round three game was a missed opportunity for 9-year-old Truman against a player 6 years older and rated 600 points higher! This was a wild and very entertaining game:

Harvey, Bryan (1493) – Hoang, Truman (952)

D52 QGD Cambridge Springs – Tampa (R3), May 15, 2010  [Notes by Hoffer]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.Nf3

Bryan realizes he cannot try to win the d5 pawn as it would lose his Knight to the old Elephant Trap of: 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Nxd5?? (Better is 6.e3 c6 7.Bd3 Be7 8.Qc2 0–0 9.Nf3 Re8 10.0–0–0 Nf8 11.h4 Be6 12.Kb1 Rc8 13.Ka1 a6 14.Qb1 b5 15.Rc1 h6 16.Bf4 c5 17.dxc5 Bxc5 18.Nd4 Bd7 19.f3 Qb6 advantage Black, Bacrot,E (2594)-Karpov,A (2696), Cannes 2000 ½–½, 46 ) 6…Nxd5! 7.Bxd8 Bb4+ 8.Qd2 Kxd8–+ 9.e4 Re8 10.f3 f5 11.Bd3 Nf4 12.Kd1 Bxd2 13.Kxd2 Nxg2 14.Nh3 fxe4 15.fxe4 Nf6 16.Ng5 Nf4 17.Nf7+ Ke7 18.Ne5 Bd7 19.Rhg1 g6 20.Be2 Rad8 21.Ke3 Ne6 22.d5 Nc5 23.Kd4 b6 24.b4 Nb7 25.Raf1 c6 0–1 Mayet,K-Harrwitz,D, Berlin 1847.

5…c6 6.e3 Qa5

The Cambridge Springs Defense which has been used by Kasparov, Karpov, Smyslov, and Alekhine. The alternative of the Orthodox Defense is a boring fight for tempos behind a wall of pawns: 6…Be7 7.Qc2 0–0 8.Rd1 h6 9.Bf4 b6 10.Be2 Bb7 11.0–0 Nh5 12.Be5 f6 13.Bf4 Nxf4 14.exf4 f5 15.Rfe1 Bd6 16.Bd3 = Kasparov,G (2838)-Adianto,U (2598), Batumi 2001 ½–½, 49.


After the game, Bryan realized he had played an inaccurate move here and asked me to suggest an improvement for White. Better is 7.Nd2! Bb4 8.Qc2 0–0 9.Be2!  [9.Bd3?? falls into another trap which costs White a piece. 9...dxc4! (discovering the attack 10...Qxg5) 10.Bxf6 cxd3! (a nice Zwischenzug) 11.Qxd3 Nxf6–+ winning a piece.] 9…c5 10.0–0 cxd4 11.Nb3 Qb6 12.Na4 Qc7 13.Nxd4 dxc4 14.Bxc4 Bd6 15.Rac1 Bxh2+ 16.Kh1 Bd6 17.Nb5 Qb8 White is better. Ivanchuk,V (2729)-Bacrot,E (2717), Wijk aan Zee 2006 ½–½, 43;

The Cambridge Springs gained a revival from: 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qd2  (8.Qb3!? Bb4 9.Rc1 c5 10.Bc4!? 0–0 11.0–0 cxd4 12.exd4 Bxc3 13.bxc3 a6± 14.Rfe1 b6 15.Bd2 b5 16.Bxd5 exd5 17.Qxd5 Nb6± Kramnik,V (2785)-Dreev,A (2607), Moscow 2007 0–1, 40) 8…N7b6 9.Nxd5 Qxd2+ 10.Nxd2 exd5 11.Bd3 a5 12.a4 Bb4 13.Ke2 Bg4+ 14.f3 Bh5 15.h4 0–0 16.g4 Bg6 17.b3 Bxd3+ 18.Kxd3 Rfe8 19.Rac1 c5 20.Bf4 Rac8 21.dxc5 Nd7 22.c6 bxc6 23.Rhd1 Nc5+ 24.Kc2 f6 25.Nf1 Ne6 26.Bg3 Red8 27.Bf2 c5 28.Nd2 c4 29.bxc4 Nc5 30.e4 d4 31.Nb1? (31.Ra1 d3+ 32.Kc1 Bxd2+ 33.Kxd2 Nb3+ 34.Kc3 Nxa1 35.Rxa1 d2 36.Rd1 Rb8 37.Bg3 Rb4 38.Bc7 Rc8 39.Bxa5 Rcxc4+ 40.Kxd2 Rxa4 41.Bc3 Kf7 Black has a slight edge) 31…d3+ 32.Kb2 d2 0–1 Karpov,A (2705)-Kasparov,G (2715), Moscow 1985.


A) 7…Bb4!? 8.Qc2 Ne4:

a) Another common Cambridge springs trap occurs after 9.Rc1?? Nxg5–+ 10.Nxg5 dxc4 0–1 Lylov,I (2251)-Novichkov,V (2405), Dubna 2001;

b) Not 9.Bxe4?! dxe4 10.Ne5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Qxe5 12.Bf4 Qa5 13.0–0 f5 14.Rfd1 e5 15.Bg3 0–0 and Black stands better. Malinichev,K (2290)-Khruschiov,A (2453), Volodarskij 2007 0–1, 24;

c) 9.cxd5 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Bxc3+ 11.Ke2 Bxa1 12.dxe6 f6  (Better is 12…Bc3 13.exd7+ Bxd7 advantage Black) 13.exd7+ Bxd7 14.Bf4 Qc3 15.Qb1 Bb2 16.Nd2 White is much better. Farago,I (2502)-Obran,H (2125), Porto San Giorgio 2002 1–0, 22;

B) 7…dxc4 8.Bxf6 cxd3 9.Be5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 Be7 11.Qxd3 0–0 12.0–0 Rd8 13.Qe4 Bd7 14.Rfd1 Be8 15.a3 Qc7 16.Rac1 Rac8 17.h3 Qb8 18.Ne2 (18.Nd3!?=) 18…c5 19.Rc3 Bd6 20.Rdc1 b5 21.f4 c4 22.Qf3 f6 23.Ng4 0–1 Maldonado,O (2250)-Balinas,R (2340), Los Angeles 1995


Bryan falls into the very same trap as did Igor Lylov vs. Vadim Novichkov in his game in the note above. Much better is 8.cxd5 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Qxc3+ 10.Ke2 Qb2+ 11.Nd2 exd5 12.a3 (12.Bf4!?=) 12…Be7 (12…Bd6!?) 13.Bxe7 Kxe7 14.Re1 Nf6 (14…c5!) 15.Kf1 Re8 (15…Qc3) 16.Nf3 (White should have set up a Queen trap: 16.Nb3! Bg4 17.f3 Bxf3 18.gxf3 Qxh2 19.Re2 Qh1+ 20.Kf2 Qh2+ 21.Ke1 Qh1+ 22.Kd2 Qxf3 23.Qg1±) 16…Kf8 17.Ne5 Qc3 18.Qe2 Kg8 19.Rec1 Qa5 20.Rc5 Qc7 21.Qc2 Rxe5! 22.dxe5 Qxe5 23.Rb1 Qxh2µ 24.f3 h5 25.Bf5? (25.Rb4!) 25…Bxf5 26.Qxf5 Qh1+  (26…Ne4!! 27.fxe4 Qh1+ 28.Kf2 Qxb1–+) 27.Kf2 Ne4+??  (27…Qh4+!) 28.fxe4?  (28.Qxe4!! dxe4 29.Rxh1+-) 28…Qxb1 29.exd5 0–1 Pierecker,M (2290)-Raffalt,M (2205), St Veit, Germany 1998. A very sloppy game indeed!

8…Nxg5–+ 9.Nxg5 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Qxg5 11.0–0 Nb6

This Knight may be better placed on the Kingside for defense. 11…Qd8 12.f4 Nf6 13.Qb3 g6 14.Rf3 Bg7 15.Raf1 0–0–+

12.Bd3 Bd6?!

Now that Truman has completed his piece winning combination, he should take a break to reanalyze the position. Black is ahead by a black squared Bishop. Therefore, a desperate White is poised to attack with f4-f5. Truman should consolidate his advantage and build a fortress around his King by with an impenetrable fianchetto as White does not have a black-squared Bishop to break in. Truman should then withdraw his Queen from vulnerability to tempo shots by keeping her on the dark squares, safely castle his King, cut off any counterplay (such as answering f4 with …f5) and finally develop his Queenside pieces. Better is 12…g6! 13.f4 Qe7 14.Ne4 Bg7 15.Rf3 0–0 16.g4 f5–+

13.Ne4 Qd5?!

When ahead like this, Black should play it safe and not subject his Queen to being a tempo target. Better is 13…Qe7 14.a4 Bd7 15.Qb3 0–0 16.Nxd6 Qxd6 17.e4 Qc7–+

14.f4 f5 15.Ng5 Be7 16.Nf3 Qd7?!

This move wastes two tempos. Truman wins easily as long as he completes his development! Better is 16…0–0 17.b3 Bd7–+

17.Ne5 Qc7 18.e4 Bf6?

Don't move the same piece repeatedly! It is much better to get your next piece out and well-developed, especially when you have yet to castle and develop your Queenside. Better is18…g6 19.Rad1 0–0 20.Rf3 Bd7–+

19.exf5 Bxe5?

Seven out of Truman's last eight moves have been with this dark squared Bishop or his Queen when he has not castled or developed Bc8 & Ra8! It's time to gain a tempo and attack the dangerous Bd3 with: Better is 19…Nd5! 20.Rae1 Nb4 21.Qe2 0–0 (21…Nxd3 22.Nxd3 0–0 23.fxe6 looks too dangerous.) 22.Bc4 Nd5 23.fxe6 Bxe6 24.Nxc6 (24.f5 Bf7 25.Qg4 Rae8 26.Nxf7 Qxf7–+; 24.Bxd5 Bxd5 25.Qd3 Rae8+-) 24…Nxf4 25.Bxe6+ Kh8 26.Rxf4 Qxf4–+

20.fxe5 0–0?

Black finally castles, but it is right into White's attack. Truman should have played 20…Nd5! 21.fxe6 Ne3 22.Qb3 Nxf1 23.Rxf1 Qe7 24.Rf7 Qxe6–+

21.f6! g6?

This should have been the losing move as it invites a Bishop sac at g6. On 21…gxf6 22.Rxf6 Rxf6 23.exf6 e5 24.Qf2 Be6 (24…Nd5 25.Qg3+ Kh8 26.dxe5 with compensation) 25.Re1 Nd5 26.Qh4 Qf7 27.Rxe5 (27.dxe5 Kh8) 27…Nxf6 28.Rg5+ Kf8 29.Qh6+ Ke8 30.Rg7 Qf8 31.Bxh7 Rc8 32.Qg5 Nxh7 33.Rxh7 Rd8 34.Rxb7 Bd7 35.Rxa7 Qd6 36.Qe5+ Qxe5 37.dxe5 Rb8 38.b3 Rb5 39.h4 Rxe5 White has the edge;

Best is 21…Kh8! 22.fxg7+ Qxg7 23.Rxf8+ Qxf8 24.Rf1 Qb4 25.Qf2 Qe7 26.Qf3 Bd7 27.Qh5 Be8  (27…Kg8 28.Rf6 Qg7 29.Bxh7+ Qxh7 30.Rg6+ Qxg6 31.Qxg6+ Kh8 32.h4 Re8 33.h5 Nd5 34.g4 Re7 35.g5 b6 36.Kf2 Bc8 37.Kf3 Ba6 38.h6 Bc4 39.b3 Bb5 40.Kg3+-) 28.Rf8+  (28.Qh6? Nd7!) 28…Kg7 29.Qxh7+  (29.Rxe8 Rxe8 30.Qxh7+ Kf8 31.Qh8+ Kf7 32.Qh7+=) 29…Kxf8 30.Qh8+ Kf7 31.Qh7+ Kf8 32.Qh8+=


This is the second lead change.


There is no defense. 22…Nd5 23.Rf3+-.

23.Qxg6+ Kh8 24.Rf3 Qh7 25.Rh3 Qxh3 26.gxh3??

Incredibly, Bryan was apparently so thrilled to capture Truman's Queen, he misses MATE-IN-ONE, and loses his own Queen in the process! Better is 26.Qg7#, in my country.


This is the third lead change.

27.Qxg8+ Kxg8 28.Kf2 Bd7 29.Rg1+ Kf7 30.Rg7+ Kf8 31.h4 Rd8??+-

This is the fourth lead change. Truman totally disregards the danger from White running his h-pawn, which had to be addressed immediately with 31…Be8! 32.Rxb7 Rd8 33.Rxa7 Rxd4 34.Rh7 Rd2+ 35.Kg3 Rxb2 36.Rh8+ Kf7 37.Rh7+ Kg8–+


Passed pawns must be pushed! Neither one of these guys seems to have the patience to analyze a winning transition into the endgame. They are both playing scared. It is vital to remain active and not passive in the endgame. Better is 32.h5! Be8 33.h6 Rxd4  (33…Bg6 34.Rxg6 Rd7 35.Rg7 Rxg7 36.hxg7+ Kf7 37.Kf3+-) 34.h7 Rh4 35.Kg3 Rh6 36.Rg8+ Kf7 37.h8Q Rxh8 38.Rxh8 Nd7 39.Rh7+ Kf8 40.Kf4 Nc5 41.Rh8+ Kf7 42.h4 Nd3+ 43.Ke4 Nf2+ 44.Kd4 c5+ 45.Kxc5 Ne4+ 46.Kd4 Ng3 47.Rh7+ Kf8 48.Rxb7+-


This is the fifth lead change. This move works is the King goes into the corner on the next move to disrupt the pawn most likely to Queen. More efficient is 32…Be8! 33.h5 Rxd4 34.Rh8+ Kf7 35.Kg3 Rd1 36.Rh7+ Kg8 37.Rg7+ Kf8 38.h6 Rg1+ 39.Kf4 Rxg7 40.hxg7+ Kg8 41.Ke4 Bg6+–+.

33.Rg7+ Kf8??+-

This is the sixth lead change. The King always needs to be in front of the pawn threatening to promote. The f7 pawn was not a threat as an immediate f7 hangs the supporting Rg7.  Better is 33…Kh8 34.Rg4 Rg8 35.Rf4 Kh7–+


This is the seventh lead change! White again puts his Rook in the way of keeping his h-pawn from scoring a touchdown! It is becoming clear White hopes to draw. Allowing any consideration of drawing into your mind is POISON. This is an excellent example. Offering draws is a sign of weakness and lack of confidence. Accepting such an offer should only be done with major suspicion and after sober analysis of the position. It should only be done if you are busted or playing a far superior opponent.  Better is 34.h5! Be8 35.h6 Rxd4 36.h7 Rh4 37.Kg3 Rh6 38.Rg8+ Kf7 39.h8Q Rxh8 40.Rxh8+-

34…Be8 35.Rh8+ Kf7 36.Rh7+  ½–½!?

Bryan correctly offers the draw here as he realized he was lost. Truman innocently accepted the offer in a position that would require a major blunder to lose. Never accept draws in a position such as this, especially when you have nothing to lose. Make 'em prove it! White's position was hopeless. Play may have best continued with:

a) 36…Kg8 37.Rxb7 Rxd4 38.Rxa7 Rxh4 39.Kg3 Re4 40.Re7 Bd7 41.b4 Rxb4 42.Rg7+ Kh8 43.Rf7 Rb5 44.Rf8+ Kh7 45.a4 Ra5 46.Rb8 Nc8 47.Rb4 c5 48.Rg4 Nb6 49.f7 Ra8 50.a5 Nd5 51.Rc4 Kg7 52.f8Q+ Kxf8 53.Rxc5 Nb4 54.h4 Nd3 55.Rc3 Nxe5 56.Ra3 Nc4 57.Ra2 Rxa5 58.Rf2+ Ke7 59.Rf3 Nd6-+

b) Or 36…Kg6 37.Rg7+ Kh5 38.f7 Bxf7 39.Rxf7 Rd7 40.Rf6 Rxd4 41.Rxe6 Rd2+ 42.Kg3 Nd5 43.Re8 Rxb2 44.Rh8+ Kg6 45.h5+ Kf5 46.h6 Kg6 47.h7 Rxa2 48.e6 Re2 49.Rb8 Re3+ 50.Kf2 Kxh7 51.Rxb7+ Kg6 52.Rxa7 Rxe6–+

We now move ahead to round four:

Kaita Alexander Saito had recently won the K-8 Florida State Championship in Miami. Zach boldly faced a player rated 700 points higher than him. Zach had some tough pairings in this event yet was still in the hunt for the cash in the last two rounds. He had his chances in this one!

Saito, Kaita (1608) – Peters, Zachary (909)

C54 Giuoco Pianissimo Tampa (R4), May 15, 2010  [Notes by Hoffer]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3

4.Nc3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.Bg5 The Canal Variation, a favorite of Capablanca's, is stymied by 6…Na5!

4…Nf6 5.d3

Kaita chooses the Giuoco Pianissimo or "very quiet game". This is a passive system which gives Black easy equality – at least! The main line of the Giuoco Piano is far more enterprising:

5.d4 exd4! 6.cxd4

In my game against Chinese WGM Xiaobing Gu, she decided to avoid the main lines of the Giuoco with: 6.e5!? d5! 7.Bb5 Ne4 8.cxd4 Bb6 9.Nbd2 [9.Nc3 0–0 10.Be3 Bg4 11.Qc2 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Ng5 13.Bxc6 bxc6 14.Qa4?!  (14.0–0–0!? Nxf3 15.Qf5 Nh4 16.Qg4 Ng6 17.h4 f5 18.exf6 Qxf6 19.h5 Nf4 20.Rh4 Ne6³)  14...Nxf3+ 15.Ke2 f6!³ Sveshnikov,E (2560)-Balashov,Y (2515), Soviet Union 1985 1–0, 41] 9…Bd7!N 10.0–0 Nxd4 11.Nxe4 Bxb5 12.Bg5?  (12.Nxd4 Bxf1 13.Ng3 Ba6µ) 12…Nxf3+ 0–1 Gu,X (2630)-Hoffer,M (2554), Internet 2006 White is busted on either 13.gxf3   (or  13.Qxf3 dxe4 14.Qg3 Qd7 15.Rfd1 Bd3–+) 13…Qd7 14.Ng3  (14.Re1 dxe4–+) 14…Bxf1 15.Qxf1 Bd4–+.

6…Bb4+ with two very different continuations:

a) 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Nbxd2 d5! 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Qb3 Nce7!  (Black can get a draw with 10…Na5 11.Qa4+ Nc6 ½–½ Short,N (2660)-Karpov,A (2755), Skelleftea 1989) 11.0–0 0–0 12.Rfe1 c6! 13.Ne4 Qb6 14.Nc3 Qxb3 15.Bxb3 with counterplay for Black;

b) 7.Nc3 Kaita obviously chose to avoid the complications of the wild and woolly Möller Attack. 7…Nxe4 8.0–0 Bxc3 9.d5 Bf6! 10.Re1 Ne7 11.Rxe4 d6 12.Bg5 Bxg5 13.Nxg5 h6 14.Qe2 hxg5 15.Re1 Be6! 16.dxe6 f6 17.Re3 c6 18.Rb3 [18.Rh3 Rxh3 19.gxh3 g6 20.Qf3 Qa5! 21.Kf1  (21.Rd1 Qf5! Silver,A (2235)-Matsuura,E (2405), Vitoria, Brazil 1998 22.Qb3 0–0–0 23.Qa3 Qc5 24.Qb3 d5µ)  21...Qf5 22.Qg4 0–0–0 23.Qxf5 gxf5 24.h4 d5µ Sergeev,G (2412)-Novikov,M (2518), Tula 2006 0–1, 35] 18…Qc7 19.Bd3 d5 20.g3 g6 21.Qf3 f5 22.Qe3 g4 23.Qd4 0–0 24.Ra3 (24.Rc3!?) 24…c5 25.Rc3 c4 26.Bf1 b5 27.Bg2 Qb6 28.Rd1 Qxd4 29.Rxd4 Rfd8µ 30.Rc1 Rd6 31.a4 a6 32.Ra1 Rad8 33.axb5 axb5 34.Ra5 Rb6–+ Gonzalez Perez,A (2430)-Guerra Mendez,J (2399), Havana 2007 0–1, 44.


Or 5…d6 6.Bb3 a6 7.0–0 0–0 8.h3 Ba7 9.Nbd2 Be6 10.Bc2  (10.Re1 Bxb3 11.Qxb3 Rb8!? 12.Nf1 Qd7 13.Ng3 Rfe8 14.Bd2 h6 15.Rad1 Qe6 16.Be3 Bxe3 17.Rxe3 Qxb3 18.axb3 d5 19.Ree1 Rbd8 20.Kf1 a5 21.Nh2 h5 22.Nf3 g6 23.h4 Kg7 24.Ra1 dxe4 25.dxe4 Nd7 26.Rad1 Nc5 27.Rd5 b6 Black is clearly ahead due to his pawn structure. Bacrot,E (2695)-Aronian,L (2750), Mainz 2007 0–1, 45) 10…d5 11.Re1 dxe4 12.dxe4 Nh5 13.Nf1 Qxd1 14.Rxd1 Rad8 15.Be3 f6 16.Bxa7 Nxa7 17.Ne3 Nf4 18.h4! White held an edge. Karpov,A (2700)-Korchnoi,V (2695), Merano (m/8) 1981 ½–½, 84;

Black has not fared too well recently with 5…a6 6.0–0  [6.Bb3 0–0 7.0–0 d5 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.h3 Nb6!? 10.Re1 h6 11.Nbd2 Qxd3 12.Nxe5 Qg3?!  (12...Nxe5 13.Rxe5=)  13.Qf3 Qxf3 14.Ndxf3 Ne7 15.Nd3 Bd6 16.Bf4 Ng6 17.Bxd6 cxd6 White has a clear advantage due to Black's isolated pawn. Kramnik,V (2807)-Krasenkow,M (2633), Wijk aan Zee 2003 1–0, 80] 6…Ba7 7.Re1 d6 8.Bb3 0–0 9.h3 Ne7 10.Nbd2 Ng6 11.Nf1 Nh5!? 12.d4 Nhf4 13.Ng3 h6 14.Be3 Qf6 15.Kh2!? Kh8 16.Qd2 Be6 17.Rad1 Kh7?!  (17…Rfd8=) 18.Bc2 Nh4 19.Bxf4 Nxf3+ 20.gxf3 Qxf4 21.Qxf4 exf4 22.Nh5 g5 23.e5+ Kh8 24.d5 Bd7 25.e6 fxe6 26.dxe6 Be8 27.e7 Bxh5 28.exf8Q+ Rxf8 29.Kg2± Vocaturo,D (2493)-Grandelius,N (2476), Wijk aan Zee 2010 1–0, 83

6.0–0 Re8?!

It makes more sense to develop the Bc8 before the Rook with 6…d6 with five continuations:

a) 7.a4 a6 8.Nbd2 Ba7 9.Re1 Ng4 Black is obviously determined to play …f5 come hell or high water! I kind of admire that! 10.Re2 Kh8 11.h3 Nh6 12.Nf1 f5 13.Bxh6 gxh6 This guy has guts! 14.exf5 Bxf5 I hate it when they don't let you get in …f4. So the question is: does Black's attack still work? 15.Bd5 Bg6 16.Qd2 Qf6 17.Ng3 Qf4 18.Qxf4 Rxf4= So much for the attack. Now we have dull equality. 19.Be4 Bf7 20.Bxc6 bxc6 21.d4 Apparently White thinks he has a winning endgame despite Black's two Bs. 21…Rg8 22.Kh2 exd4 23.Nxd4 Bxd4 24.cxd4 Bd5 25.Rd1 a5 26.f3 Rb8 27.Rdd2 Kg8 28.Re3 Kf8 29.Ne2 Rf7 30.Nc3 Bc4 31.g4 h5 32.Kg3 Rb4 33.f4 h4+ 34.Kf3 Bf1 35.Re1 Bc4  (NOT 35…Bxh3?? 36.Rh1 Bg2+ 37.Kxg2 Rxf4 38.Rxh4+-) 36.f5 Bb3 37.Kf4!? c5! 38.Kg5 (38.Re4!? d5 39.Re5 Rxd4+ 40.Rxd4 cxd4 41.Nxd5 h6 42.Kf3 d3 43.Nc3 Rd7 44.Rxa5 d2 45.Ke4 Bc2+ 46.Ke3 Rd3+ 47.Ke2 Rxc3 48.Kxd2 Rc6–+) 38…cxd4 39.Ne4??  (39.Nb5 d3 40.Rxd3 Bxa4 41.Nd4 Rxb2 is unclear) 39…Rb8  (39…Re7!–+) 40.Rxd4 Re8 41.Re2??  (41.Rc1) 41…Rfe7! 42.Re3 Bf7 43.Rc3 Rxe4 44.Rxe4 Rxe4 45.Rxc7 Re7 46.Rc8+ Be8 47.Kf6 d5–+ 48.g5 d4 49.g6 d3 50.Rd8 Rd7 51.g7+ Rxg7 52.Rxd3 Rg3 53.Rd4 Rxh3 54.Kg5 Rb3 55.Rxh4 0–1 Movsesian,S (2624)-Morozevich,A (2718), Prague 2002;

b) 7.Re1 a6 8.Bb3 Ba7 9.h3 h6 10.Nbd2 Be6 11.Bc2 (11.Nf1 Re8 12.Be3 d5 13.Bxa7 Rxa7 14.exd5 Bxd5 15.Ba4 b5 16.Bc2 Ra8 17.Ne3 Be6 18.a4 Qd6 19.Nd2 Ne7 20.Ne4 ½–½ Kudrin,S (2543)-Benjamin,J (2576), New York 2007) 11…Re8 12.Nf1 d5 13.Qe2  (13.exd5!?) 13…Qd7 14.N3h2  [14.Ng3 Rad8 15.Nh4 Bxh3!? (15...dxe4 with counterplay) 16.gxh3 Qxh3 17.Nhf5 Ng4 18.Be3 Qh2+ 19.Kf1 Qh3+ 20.Kg1 ½–½ Sedlak,N (2590)-Predojevic,B (2628), Zlatibor 2007] 14…Ne7 15.Qf3 Nh7 16.Ng4 Ng6 17.Nfe3 c6 18.Nf5 f6 19.d4!? exd4 20.Nxd4 Bxd4 21.cxd4 dxe4! 22.Qg3 Bf7 23.Qc3?!  (23.h4!?) 23…Rad8µ 24.Be3 h5 25.Nh2 f5 26.Rad1 f4 27.Bc1 Nf6 28.Nf1 Re7 29.Nd2 Rde8 30.Nc4 Bxc4 31.Qxc4+ Nd5 32.f3?! exf3–+Areshchenko,A (2638)-Movsesian,S (2670), Kemer 2007 0–1, 45;

c) 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Bg3  (9.Nxg5?! hxg5 10.Bxg5 Kg7 leads to a wild position 11.Qf3 Be6 12.Nd2 Rh8 13.h4 Qe7 14.Bd5 Nxd5!? 15.Bxe7 Ndxe7 16.b4 Bb6 17.b5 Na5 18.g3 Rag8 19.d4 Kf8 20.Kg2?! Ng6 21.Rh1 Nxh4+ 22.Rxh4 Rxh4 23.Qf6 Bh3+–+ 24.Kf3 Rh5 25.Ke3 Rg6 26.Qd8+ Kg7 27.Rh1 c5 28.Qe7 cxd4+ 29.Kd3 dxc3 30.Nf3 Bxf2 31.Kc2 Bxg3 32.Kxc3 Bf2 33.Kb4 b6 34.Ka4 Rg3 35.Nd2 Bc5 36.Nb3 Nc4 37.Rh2 Bg2 38.Nxc5 Nb2+ 0–1 Vajda,L (2511)-Sutovsky,E (2628), Turin 2006) 9…Bg4 10.Nbd2 Qd7 11.Bb3 a6 12.Nc4 Ba7 13.Ne3 Be6 14.Bc2= Dobrovolsky,L (2395)-Ernst,T (2525), Oberwart 1991;

d) 7.b4 Bb6 8.a4 a6 9.Be3  (9.a5 Ba7 10.Be3 Ne7 11.Bxa7 Rxa7 12.Nbd2 Ng6 13.d4 Qe7 14.dxe5 dxe5 15.Re1 Nf4 16.Qb3 Bg4= Velikhanli,F (2304)-Naumkin,I (2503), Moscow 2007 ½–½, 50) 9…Bxe3 10.fxe3 d5 11.exd5 Nxd5 12.Qd2 Be6 13.Na3 Qe7 14.e4 Nb6 15.Bxe6 Qxe6 16.Nc2 Rad8 17.Ne3 f6 18.a5 Nc8 19.Nd5 Qd7 20.Rad1 N6e7 21.Nxe7+ Qxe7 22.Qe3 Nd6 23.Rfe1 Nb5 24.d4 exd4 25.Nxd4 Nxd4 26.Rxd4 Rxd4 27.Qxd4 Rd8 ½–½ Yermolinsky,A (2660)-Anand,V (2770), Madrid 1998;

e) 7.Bb3 a6   (7…h6 8.Nbd2 a6 9.Re1 Ba7 10.Nf1 Be6 11.Ng3 Bxb3 12.Qxb3 Qd7 13.h3 Rfe8 14.Be3 Bxe3 15.fxe3 d5 16.exd5 Qxd5 17.Qxd5 Nxd5 18.Rad1 Rad8 19.Rd2 b6 20.Kf2 g6 21.e4 Nf4 22.Red1 Na5 23.Nf1 Nb7 24.Ke3 f6 25.Ng3 Nd6 26.Kf2 Kg7 27.Ne2 Ne6 28.Ng3 Nc5 29.Kf1 a5 30.Re1 a4 31.Rdd1 a3 32.d4 exd4 33.cxd4 Ncxe4 34.Nxe4 Rxe4 35.bxa3 Rxe1+ 36.Rxe1 Kf7 37.Rc1 Rd7 38.a4 Nf5 39.Ke2 Re7+ 40.Kf2 Nd6 41.d5 Ne4+  (41…Rd7!)  42.Kg1 Rd7 43.Rc6 h5 44.Nd4 h4 45.Kf1 Rxd5 46.Rxc7+ Ke8 47.Nf3 g5 48.Rc6 Rd6 49.Rc4 f5 50.Rb4 Ke7 51.Nd4 Kf6 52.Nf3 Nc3 53.Rc4 Ne4 54.Rb4 Rd1+ 55.Ke2 Nc3+ 56.Kf2 Rd6 57.Rc4 Ne4+ 58.Kf1 Nd2+  (58…Re6!?³)  59.Nxd2 Rxd2 60.Rc6+ Ke5 61.Rxb6 Rxa2 62.Rb4 ½–½ Anand,V (2725)-Kamsky,G (2735), Monte Carlo 1996) 8.Nbd2 Ba7 9.h3 Be6 10.Re1 Bxb3 11.Qxb3 Rb8!?  [transposes to the above listed game (after 5...0-0)]  Bacrot,E (2695)-Aronian,L (2750), Mainz 2007 0–1, 45


7.Re1 Na5 8.Bb5 c6 9.Ba4 b5 10.Bc2 Qb6 11.Qe2 Ng4  (11…b4!?) 12.Rf1  (12.d4!?) 12…b4 13.h3 bxc3 14.Nxc3 Nf6 15.Na4 Qb5 16.Nxc5 Qxc5 17.a3 Qb6 18.b4± Kasparov,G (2851)-Borodavkin,A, New York 2000 1–0, 61


Had White played the Canal Variation of 4.Nc3 instead of 4.c3 (and if both players had not yet castled, and had Black played …d6 instead of …Re8) as White can't play b4, then …Na5 would be a great move! In fact …Na5 is the reason World Championship contestant GM Victor Korchnoi gave up the Giuoco Piano! In that variation, it is Black's best chance for activity when White passively chooses to play the very quiet game. This is likely what Zachary remembered when he played 7…Na5?! in a position where Kaita can sacrifice his Bishop at f7 & play b4. It is dangerous to allow unbreakable pins to linger on in front of your King. Zach should have kicked the Bg5 with 7…h6 8.Bh4 d6 9.b4 Bb6=.


Kaita could've tried 8.Bxf7+! Kxf7 9.b4 d6 with an edge to White due to Black's uncastled King.


Zach misses his last chance to keep the game even with 8…a6 9.Ba4 Ba7=

9.Bxf6 Qxf6 10.b4 a6 11.Ba4 Bxb4?

Zach's dark-squared Bishop (which White does not have) was one of his best pieces, so he should have hung onto it, but even on 11…b5 12.Bc2 Bb6 13.bxa5 Bxa5± White is comfortably up a piece for a pawn.

12.cxb4 Nc6 13.Nc3+- Nxb4 14.a3 Nc6

The rest is mop-up and technique.

15.Nd5 Qd8 16.Re1 b5 17.Bc2 Ne7 18.Nxe7+ Qxe7 19.d4 exd4 20.Nxd4 Bb7 21.Qd3 c5 22.e5 g6 23.Nf3 Qe6 24.Qe3 g5 25.h4 g4 26.Nh2 h5 27.Nf1 Re7 28.Ng3 Rae8 29.Nf5 Qd5 30.Qg5+ Kh8 31.Qg7# 1–0

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