Sunday, February 22, 2015

Keiser Challenges Caro-Kann Defence

Flashback to 1982: I played Art Keiser of Pennsylvania four APCT postal games on the same postcards. Two were Bird's Openings and two Caro-Kann Defences. Below is an Advance 4.Bd3 Variation which allows Black to swap off his bad bishop.

I believe this was the same Arthur W. Keiser who died in 2014 at the age of 92. The Bucks County Courier Times described him as being born on a farm and raised with a deep Christian faith and love of the earth. Art Keiser was devoted to church and family, who "remember him for his love of gardening, photography, chess, tennis, racquetball, model airplanes, and Spanish."

In his final tournament at age 71 in 1993, Art Keiser ended up 41st out of 50 players in Hatboro. Art finished behind Greg Nolan, Alan Lindy, Eric Tobias, Victor Snapstys and ahead of Robert Lovenstein, all players that I faced myself. In our game White has the right idea, but, at the wrong time. White falls for a tactic that leaves White down the Exchange and a pawn. I was fortunate enough to win all my games vs Keiser.

Keiser (1856) - Sawyer (2100), corr APCT 1982 begins 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Bd3 Bxd3 5.Qxd3 e6 6.Nf3 Nd7 7.0-0 Qc7 [7...Ne7=] 8.a3 Ne7 9.b4 a5 10.Bd2 a4 11.b5 c5 12.c4 cxd4 13.cxd5 Nxe5 [13...Nxd5!=/+] 14.Nxe5 Qxe5 15.dxe6 fxe6 16.Re1 Qd5 17.f4? [Correct is 17.Re4 e5 18.f4=] 17...g6?! [17...Rc8!-/+] 18.Re5? [White should play 18.Bb4= now!] 18...Qd7 19.Bb4 Bg7 20.Re4 [20.Nd2 Nd5-/+] 20...Nd5 21.Bc5? Rd8 [More accurate is 21...Rc8! 22.Bb4 Rc1+ 23.Kf2 Ne3-+] 22.Nd2 b6 23.Bxd4? [23.Bb4 Nxb4 24.axb4 0-0 25.Rxa4 Rc8-/+] 23...Nxf4 24.Rxf4 Bxd4+ 25.Rxd4 Qxd4+ 26.Qxd4 Rxd4 27.Nf3 Rd3 28.Kf2 Rb3 29.Nd4 0-0+ 30.Kg1 Rb2 31.h4 Rff2 32.Nxe6 Rxg2+ 33.Kh1 Rh2+ 0-1


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Troy DalyAccelerated Dragon Sicilian

This week I am reminded of two tournament games I played against Troy Daly in the Sicilian Defence when I beat someone in an Accelerated Dragon in ICC blitz. Last year I posted my second game vs Troy Daly. Here I post the earlier 2007 Florida State Championship. Troy Daly became a USCF Life Master. I wish him all the best.

The Accelerated Dragon move 8.0-0 was suggested to me by Peter Dyson, former USCF Master who said this little known line was much better than its reputation. I figured my 16-year old opponent knew the main line which goes 8.Bb3 a5. In our post-mortem, Troy said that the line favors White very slightly, but Troy added that he had been playing it "since I was born" and that he usually won as Black anyway.

Troy is not the first chess Daly that I have known. I met Harlow B. Daly at a chess tournament in 1973 when I travelled to Portland, Maine with Ronald Robinson to play in a James Quirk event. Harlow Daly (1883-1979) played the likes Frank Marshall and Samuel Reshevsky as well as defeated World Champion Alexander Alekhine in a 1929 Boston simul. I do not know of any relationship between to the New England Daly family, but the Florida Daly family carries on a fine chess tradition.

Sawyer (1959) - Daly (2111), Florida State Championship (2), 01.09.2007 begins 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Be3 Bg7 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.0-0 Nxe4 9.Nxe4 d5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bd3 dxe4 12.Bxe4 Qc7 [A possible improvement was 12...Ba6! 13.Qxd8 Rfxd8 14.Rfd1 Bxb2=] 13.Rb1 Rb8 14.b3 e5 15.Qe2 Kh8 16.Rfd1 [16.Bc5! Rd8 17.Rfd1+=] 16...f5 17.Bd3 c5 18.f3 Bb7 19.a4 Rbd8 20.Bc4 e4 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.fxe4 Bxe4 23.Rd1 Rxd1+ 24.Qxd1 Be5 25.h3 Qe7 26.Qd2 Bf6 27.Qf2 Bxc2 28.Bxc5 Qe4 29.Bxa7 Bxb3 [After 29...Bxb3 the logical continuation is 30.Bxb3 Qb1+ 31.Kh2 which I figured would likely be a draw, however White has some interesting chances with 31.Qf1! Qxb3 32.a5+=] 1/2-1/2



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