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Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 65

Some mate-in-3 compositions are much trickier than others. This particular chess puzzle by Erich Ernest Zepler is diabolical!

White to move and mate in 3 (by Erich Ernest Zepler from the January 1925 Chemnitzer Wochenschach).

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Francisco Friday for 5/20/2022

First debuted by Adolf Albin against Emanuel Lasker in 1893, the Albin Counter Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5) is a good surprise weapon for attacking chess players who seek to take a Queen’s Gambit player out of their prep. Decades ago, Francisco Anchondo taught a masterclass in the San Francisco Bay Area on this hyper aggressive defense for black by showing games from such attacking grandmasters as Paul Keres and Alexander Morozevich. In the game below, Francisco walks in the footsteps of these giants of our game and creates a modern classic all of his own.

[Event “Casual Blitz game”]

[Date “2022.03.06”]

[White “Anonymous”]

[Black “Francisco Anchondo”]

[Result “0-1”]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bf4 f6 6.exf6 Nxf6 7.e3 Bb4+ 8.Nbd2 dxe3

9.Bxe3 O-O 10.Be2 Re8 11.O-O Rxe3 12.fxe3 Ng4 13.Nd4 Nxe3 14.Qb3 Nxd4 15.Qxe3

Bxd2 16.Qxd2 Nf3+


Winning Chess Moves: MVL vs. Aronian, Superbet Romania 2022

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave round 6 game against GM Levon Aronian at the Superbet Romania chess tournament came to a sudden conclusion after MVL (white) errored with 25. Kd4. How does Grandmaster Aronian (black) punish his opponent’s careless king advance?

Black to move and win (Vachier-Lagrave – Aronian, R6 of the 2022 Superbet Romania, Bucharest).

Winning Chess Moves: Palatnik vs. Geller, 1980

Ukraine has long been a source of great chess and great chess players. As such, many famous chess games have been an all Ukrainian affair. Tonight’s winning chess move comes from one such game.

Ukrainian-American chess Grandmaster Sam Palatnik played a beautiful winning move over fellow Odessa native Grandmaster Efim Geller at the URS Team Cup in 1980.

The prelude to this winning move came when GM Geller, who was black, uncharacteristically grabbed a poisoned pawn with 13… Bxg2.
GM Palatinik responded with 14. Rg1.

GM Geller retreats his bishop to c6 and now white has a extraordinarily beautiful game winning move.

White to move and mate in 5 from Semon Palatnik vs Efim Geller, 1980 URS Team Cup in Rostov-on-Don.

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IM Invitational Norm Tournament 2022 Standings

Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess have teamed up for another IM Norm Tournament in San Jose, California. These prestigious FIDE rated tournaments give much needed opportunities for California’s rising chess stars to earn internationally recognized chess titles.

Below is the cross table after the fourth round. 

As you can see, this event is talent packed!

Opening ceremony: Saturday, May 14, 11:20 AM

Round Time (tentative) for 7-day

Round 1: Saturday, May 14, 11:30 AM

Round 2: Saturday, May 14, 5:30 PM

Round 3: Sunday, May 15, 11:30 AM

Round 4: Sunday, May 15, 5:30 PM

Round 5: Monday, May 16, 6:00 PM

Round 6: Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 PM

Round 7: Wednesday, May 18, 6:00 PM

Round 8: Thursday, May 19, 10:30AM

Round 9: Friday, May 20, 6:00 PM

Find out more about these and other FIDE rated events in Northern California by visiting the Mission 360 website.

Francisco Friday for 5/13/2022

Long established San Francisco Bay Area chess instructor Francisco Anchondo turns the tables on the Fried Liver Attack by using the good old Traxler Variation.

[Event “Casual Blitz game”]

[Date “2022.03.04”]

[White “Anonymous”]

[Black “Francisco Anchondo”]

[Result “0-1”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Kf1 Qe7 7.Nxh8 d5 8.exd5

Nd4 9.c3 Bg4 10.Qa4+ Nd7 11.d6 Qf6 12.Bf7+ Kf8


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Chess Position Worth Sharing 144

Some games are just too good not to share so tonight’s puzzle comes with the entire game as an added bonus. “Too good” is actually quite an understatement. In fact, if I had to demonstrate Paul Morphy’s greatness in just one game, I might choose this one even over the more famous Opera Game. Especially given the fact that this was played during a blindfold simultaneous exhibition, this could be Paul Morphy’s most impressive chessboard performance.

Paul Morphy vs. Pierre Emile Bonford from a 6 Board Blindfold Simultaneous Exhibition played in New Orleans on 3/24/1858.

[Event “Blindfold simul, 6b”]

[Site “New Orleans, LA USA”]

[Date “1858.03.24”]

[EventDate “?”]

[Round “?”]

[Result “1-0”]

[White “Paul Morphy”]

[Black “Pierre Emile Bonford”]

[ECO “C52”]

[WhiteElo “?”]

[BlackElo “?”]

[PlyCount “53”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4

7. O-O dxc3 8. Ba3 d6 9. Qb3 Nh6 10. Nxc3 Bxc3 11. Qxc3 O-O

12. Rad1 Ng4 13. h3 Nge5 14. Nxe5 Nxe5 15. Be2 f5 16. f4 Nc6

17. Bc4+ Kh8 18. Bb2 Qe7 19. Rde1 Rf6 20. exf5 Qf8 21. Re8

Qxe8 22. Qxf6 Qe7 23. Qxg7+ Qxg7 24. f6 Qxg2+ 25. Kxg2 Bxh3+

26. Kxh3 h5 27. Rg1 1-0

Paul Morphy (white) just played 27. Rg1 which is the start of a checkmating combination. How many more moves will it take for white to checkmate black if both sides play optimally?

Chess Position Worth Sharing 143

The 1927 World Championship Match was a fiercely contested clash of chess styles. Jose Raul Capablanca had a straightforward playing style which, combined with his famously precise endgame play, was his recipe for success. Alexander Alekhine, on the other hand, preferred creating complexities and oftentimes employed risky attacks in route to his victories. Capablanca was a heavy prematch favorite based on his dominating record against Alekhine in their previous encounters. However, in 1927, the Russian challenger adopted a more conservative approach at the chessboard and came out on top in what would be their only World Championship Match.

The position below comes from Round 11 of the Capablanca – Alekhine 1927 World Championship Match. A beautifully complex game resulted in a rare high level chess position with four queens on the board! In fact, Capablanca (white) has just promoted a pawn into his second queen with 65. a8=Q. However, this achievement is short lived as Alexander Alekhine now has a pretty mate in 3. Can you spot Alekhine’s (black’s) game winning combination?

Black to move mate in 3 from Round 11 of the Capablanca – Alekhine World Championship Match played on 10/7/1927 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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May 09, 2022

The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic 2022: Preliminary Results

Below are the preliminary results for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic. Official results will be announced after all of the FairPlay checks are completed. In the meantime, please enjoy watching the official event broadcast hosted by FM James Eade.

This does not show correct tiebreaks or the uncombined sections for prizes.

Sameera Gadiyaram and Surya Pyda are in the K-1 Section and will be awarded accordingly.

Bridget F. Guo, Phuc Huang, and Angel Y Lu are in the 9-12 section and will be awarded accordingly.

Important Information About The Eade Foundation Spring Scholastic Chess Classic 2022

Dear Chess Parents,

Thank you for registering your child for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic. By participating in this event, your child is helping further The Eade Foundation’s mission of increasing chess excellence and chess literacy around the globe. Please take a moment to learn more about The Eade Foundation by visiting their website: https://eadefoundation.org/about/.

Now a few notes about tomorrow’s event:

1) We combined K-1 & 2-5 into one section and 6-8 & 9-12 into one section. They will still get their prizes as if the sections were uncombined.

2) Remember to sign onto the zoom room to ensure FairPlay

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 858 5793 7624

Passcode: 036875

3) We know that it is easy to watch your kids play in online events, however, make sure that you do not interfere with their games. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Chris Torres

Francisco Friday for 5/6/2022

Attacking maestro Francisco Anchondo had the black pieces in the chess game below. As for white, “Le fue como a los perros en misa.”

[Event “Casual Blitz game”]

[Date “2022.03.02”]

[White “Anonymous”]

[Black “Francisco Anchondo”]

[Result “0-1”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 f5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Qc2 Bc5 6.Be2 Bb6 7.Na3 a6 8.b4 d6 9.Bb2

f4 10.Rd1 O-O 11.d4 Qe7 12.d5 Nd8 13.O-O Ng4 14.Nc4 Ba7 15.Kh1 Nf7 16.Kg1 Ng5

17.Nxg5 Qxg5 18.Bxg4 Bxg4 19.Rd3 f3 20.Qd2 Qg6 21.g3 Bh3 22.Re1 Rf4 23.Ne3 Raf8

24.Kh1 Qh5 25.Bc1 R8f6 26.Nf5 Bxf5 27.exf5 Rh6 28.h4 Rxh4+ 29.gxh4 Qxh4+ 30.Kg1



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Chess Position Worth Sharing 142

Tonight I showed Werner Springe vs Hans Gebhardt, Munich 1927 to my chess students at Gomes Elementary School in Fremont, California. This game, played by relatively unknown players, is a delightful choice for a chess lesson. In the position below, black has just played pawn to h6 threatening white’s bishop. What is white’s best move?

What is white’s best move? (Werner Springe vs Hans Gebhardt, Munich 1927)

So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 45

A training game against my student took an interesting turn today. I had the black pieces and after some opening inaccuracies committed by my opponent, I believed I had the game well under control. However, I let down my guard and nearly lost the game in dramatic fashion. What is white’s threat and what is black best move?

What is black’s best move?

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Winning Chess Moves: Le Quang Liêm vs. Jorden Van Foreest, 4/28/22

Chess Superstar GM Le Quang Liêm played a spectacular finish in route to his Round 7 victory over Dutch Grandmaster Jorden Van Foreest. In this first diagram, Van Foreest (black) has just played 23… Bd6 threatening white’s queen.

Position after 23… Bd6

GM Le Quang Liêm ignores his opponents’ formidable threat and replies with one of his own.

Position after 24. fxe6.

GM Jorden Van Foreest (black) plays 24… f6. What is GM Le Quang Liêm’s game winning move and why does black resign immediately after it was played?

Position after 24… f6. White to move and win (Le Quang Liêm vs Jorden Van Foreest, R7 of the 2022 Oslo Esports Cup).

Francisco Friday for 4/29/22

His name is Francisco Anchondo. If you sit at his chessboard, prepare to be checkmated!

[Event “Casual Blitz game”]

[Date “2022.02.28”]

[White “Anonymous”]

[Black “Francisco Anchondo”]

[Result “0-1”]

1.e4 e5 2.d3 Bc5 3.Be2 d6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.h3 f5 6.exf5 Bxf5 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Bg5 O-O

9.O-O Qd7 10.Nh2 Nd4 11.Bxf6 Rxf6 12.Bg4 Rg6 13.Ne4 Bb6 14.Ng3 Bxg4 15.Nxg4 h5

16.Ne3 h4 17.Ngf5 Nxf5 18.Nxf5 Qxf5 19.Kh2 Rf8 20.f3 Qf4+ 21.Kh1 Rxg2 22.Kxg2

Qg3+ 23.Kh1 Qxh3#