Tactics Time Chess Newsletter: CaissaChess

Published: Sun, 01/08/17

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Old traps still work ~ Richard "Buck" Buchanan annotating the game below

tactics position x
his position comes from the game Matthew Sheers (1343) vs David Gao (1427), Colorado Open, Round 4, played September 4, 2016. 
   In the position on the right it is Black to move
   Answer below.

   Life Master Joel Johnson is coming to town!  

   Joel is leaving Monday morning from Phoenix and taking a Greyhound to Denver, and will be spending a week here.  

   Joel is going to stay with me, and play in both the Tuesday night Denver Chess Club events, and also the big Tribute to Martin Luther King tournament next weekend. (see tournament details here: http://www.coloradochess.com/newtourn.shtml#909 ). 

   Both tournaments are using Dean Clow's CaissaChess software, which just keeps getting better and better.

   Dean has been working on this for two years, and I think it has become a real "game changer" in the world of directing tournaments.

   The software does everything from collecting entries, to making the pairings, and now it even shows pairings and live results online as soon as the result is entered into the software, which is amazing.  Everything is integrated.

   For example, here is the page for the MLK tournament: http://caissachess.net/live/93 where you will be able to see all the entries, pairings and results live!  I have never seen a tournament do this.  (Some TDs will manually post pairings and results online, but the software is not constantly updating as soon as a game result is entered)

   The software also calculates all of the points for the new DCC "tour", which is really great.

   You can see a full list of all the features here: http://caissachess.net/  (It even has things like reading barcodes at player registration!)

   I asked Dean if the software is for sale, in case other tournament directors are interested in using it.  

   Dean wrote:

   "Thanks for your interest in Caissa! :) It’s been work in progress for nearly 2 years now, and its finally getting somewhat to it’s completion stage. It’s currently not for sale as it’s still in the real-world testing phase, but it’s very close. I’ve been using Colorado as my testing grounds since I started being a TD. I am definitely looking for people to start using the software for free right now so I can get their useful feedback. It’s mainly been featured at the DCC tournaments, and Todd Bardwick will be using it for the scholastics in February."

   So if you are a TD that is looking to get on the "bleeding edge" of tournament software, and try something new, you can get in touch with Dean at deanrclow@gmail.com.

   Great job Dean!

   Here is the complete game:
[Event "Colorado Open"]
[Site "Denver, CO"]
[Date "2016.09.04"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Sheers, Matthew"]
[Black "Gao, David"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D08"]
[WhiteElo "1343"]
[BlackElo "1427"]
[PlyCount "16"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. e3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 dxe3 6. Bxb4 exf2+ 7. Ke2
fxg1=N+ 8. Rxg1 Bg4+ 0-1

   You can play through this game here: http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2017/1/8/Game1470131500.html

   Answer:   This game followed the "Lasker Trap" in the Albin Countergambit, which even has its own Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albin_Countergambit,_Lasker_Trap

   This trap features a fun underpromotion to a knight on move 7 for Black, and is a good one to know.

   Kingscrusher did a nice YouTube video where he goes over some of the various lines in this trap, and how to avoid it, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkMPmG0Hh4o

   Here the trap and game ended with 8 ...Bg4+ skewering the Bishop and Queen.

   Happy Tactics!
   Your Friend,

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