Tactics Time Chess Newsletter: More than just a Game

Published: Sun, 10/02/16

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More than just a Game

The movie is 20 times too good for a Chess movie. We are unworthy. ~ Life Master Brian Wall

tactics position x
his position comes from the game Baskaran Adhiban (2671) vs Sergio Minero Pineda (2391), Chess Olympiad (2016), round 2, played September 2, 2016.
   In the position on the right it is White to move
   Answer below.

   I mentioned in my September 18th newsletter that I was going to a premier of the movie "Queen of Katwe".

   (You can read that newsletter here: http://archive.aweber.com/tacticstime/IacJu/h/Tactics_Time_Chess_Newsletter_.htm)

   The movie was really fantastic!  Several members of the Denver Chess Club attended the event: myself, National Master Jesse Cohen, NM Lior Lapid, Life Master Brian Wall and Denver Chess Club manager J.C. MacNeil.

   After the screening, there was a live satellite Q&A session with Director Mira Nair and actors Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo.

   I think they were live to 20-25 different cities.  They gave us a hash tag to use, where we could send questions.

   There were some interesting tidbits during the Q&A.

   I didn't realize that the kids in the movie were not professional actors.  They were real kids from Uganda.  The girl who play Phiona had literally never been to a movie before.  They took her to see "Jurassic World" during the filming, and she asked "Is this what we are doing?"  She had never seen a movie (even though she was staring in one!), so didn't completely comprehend what was going on.  So the movie was kind of like her life as well.

   Most, if not all, of the scenes are really in Uganda and Africa - not some stage in Hollywood. 

   The whole thing was very touching.  It is a movie that I have been thinking about all week. 

   I bought a copy of the book on kindle, and I have been enjoying that as well. 

   I read several reviews of the movie, and they are all really positive:

   Here is the New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/movies/queen-of-katwe-review.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

   and the Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/movies/2016/09/21/when-chess-more-than-just-game/SIn7j7qrqkkI5sDNjzMviO/story.html?event=event25

   Jay Stallings wrote a great article on the USCF website about the various premiers around the country: https://new.uschess.org/news/queen-of-katwe-coast-to-coast-screenings-and-premiers/

   It is in wide release now, and if it is playing in your city, I highly recommend checking it out!  If you already saw it, let me know what you thought!

   Here is the complete game:
[Event "Chess Olympiad"]
[Site "Baku AZE"]
[Date "2016.09.03"]
[EventDate "2016.09.02"]
[Round "2.9"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Baskaran Adhiban"]
[Black "Sergio Minero Pineda"]
[ECO "B47"]
[WhiteElo "2671"]
[BlackElo "2391"]
[PlyCount "95"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nge2 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Qc7 6. Be2
a6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Be3 Be7 9. f4 d6 10. Kh1 O-O 11. Qe1 Nxd4
12. Bxd4 b5 13. Qg3 Bb7 14. a3 Bc6 15. Bd3 Qb7 16. Rae1 b4
17. Nd1 bxa3 18. bxa3 Rac8 19. c4 Qc7 20. Ba1 g6 21. Nf2 Nh5
22. Qe3 e5 23. Ng4 f6 24. f5 Be8 25. c5 Qxc5 26. Bxa6 Ra8
27. Qxc5 dxc5 28. Bc4+ Kg7 29. Ne3 Rxa3 30. Nd5 Ra7 31. g4 Nf4
32. Nxf4 exf4 33. g5 Bc6 34. Bd5 Bxd5 35. exd5 Bd8 36. Rxf4 h6
37. h4 hxg5 38. hxg5 Rh8+ 39. Kg1 Rh5 40. Rg4 gxf5 41. gxf6+
Kf8 42. Re8+ Kxe8 43. Rg8+ Kd7 44. Rg7+ Kd6 45. Rxa7 f4 46. f7
Rf5 47. Bf6 Rxf6 48. Ra6+ 1-0

   You can play through this game here:  http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1830282

   This is another great tactic sent to me from Raymond Labelle, who writes: 
   Hi Tim,

   From the Baku Chess Olympiads – a very amusing position from a real game I have seen which could be used as a problem – which was not of the category I have sent you before, which was only interesting.  If you cannot see it in this e-mail, I insist that you give yourself the trouble to look at it.  From the Baku Olympiad, tactical brilliancy (the only best move, not long ramifications in terms of number of moves and options, but not obvious to find) by Mr Adhiban, from India, White, against Mr. Minero, from Costa Rica.  This was in round 2.  Maybe TTable.

   TB:  Thanks Raymond!  Totally agree!  This is a great one, and not obvious.

   47. Bf6!! is the move.

   This is similar to a Novotny in chess compositions, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novotny_(chess), which Wikipedia defines as "A white piece is sacrificed on a square where it could be taken by two different black pieces - whichever black piece makes the capture, it interferes with the other"

   If Black captures with the Bishop, 47...Bxf6 white makes a Queen with 48. f8=Q+

If Black captures with the Rook, White has 48. Ra6+ Ke7 49.Rxf6 and Black cannot recapture because of 49...Kxf6 50. f8=Q+

   If 49...Kf8 50.Rxf4 with a winning endgame for White.

   Happy Tactics!
   Your Friend,

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