Francisco Friday for 7/1/2022

German chess master Alexander Fritz (1857–1932) suggested 5…Nd4 in the Italian: Two Knights Defense (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4) to Carl Schlechter who publicized the line in a 1904 issue of Deutsche Schachzeitung. Sixty years later, the Fritz Variation famously re-emerged during Bobby Fischer’s crushing loss to Robert Eugene Burger at a simultaneous exhibition in San Francisco.

Fast forward another sixty years and today the Fritz Variation is championed by attacking maestro Francisco Anchondo. Francisco has played several brilliancies, such as the one below, keeping Alexander Fritz’ invention alive.

[Event “Casual Blitz game”]

[Date “2022.03.15”]

[White “Anonymous”]

[Black “Francisco Anchondo”]

[Result “0-1”]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4 6.c3 b5 7.cxd4 bxc4 8.dxe5 Qxd5

9.O-O Bb7 10.f3 Bc5+ 11.Kh1 h6 12.exf6 hxg5 13.fxg7 O-O-O 14.gxh8=Q Rxh8 15.Nc3

Qd6 16.f4 Rxh2+ 17.Kxh2 Qh6+ 18.Kg3 Qh4#


Join our Free Online Summer Chess Camp and learn how to win with The Fritz Variation during a masterclass taught by Francisco Anchondo. The next camp rubs from July 11th – 15th.

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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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