Chess in Albany, California

Below is an exciting chess battle between two brothers at the 2010 Albany Chess Summer Camp.

[Event “Albany Chess Camp”]
[Site “Albany”]
[Date “2010.08.11”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Xu, William Young”]
[Black “Xu, Thomas (Taotao)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C55”]
[Opening “Two Knights”]
[Variation “4.d3 Be7 5.Bb3 O-O”]
[Comment “Battle of the Brothers”]

1. e4 {Notes by Chris Torres.} e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 d6 {Better is 3…Bc5
or 3…Nf6.} 4. Nc3 {White should take advantage of black’s passive play
and move d4!} Nf6? {Better would have been 4…Bg4 which prevents 5.Ng5!}
5. d3? {Misses the afformentioned punishment.} Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 … 7. Qxf3
Nd4 8. Qd1 Be7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Qd2 {I prefer o-o} a6 11. O-O-O? {Kingside
should be preferable as black has an easy pawn storm now.} b5! 12. Bb3
Nxb3+ 13. axb3 b4 14. Na4 c5? {14…d5! would have continued the
punishment. Black’s choice make is diificult form him to free the knight on
f6 or bishop on e7.} 15. g4! {Here comes white.} h6 16. g5? {16. f4 makes
more sense.} Nh5?? {16…hxg5 and black is fine.} 17. gxh6 gxh6 18. Rhg1+
Kh8 19. Bxh6 Rg8 20. Bg7+?? {This is a huge blunder. If black plays Rxg7 he
will be winning.} Nxg7??? 21. Qh6# 1-0

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Published by chessmusings

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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