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Bishops after knights

In the 6th game of the 1909 Capablanca-Marshall match, Black developed his queen bishop prematurely by 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.c3 Bg4. By pinning the f3-knight, ...Bc8-g4 can help Black pressure a white pawn at d4, but White hadn't committed the d-pawn yet, and 5.d3 left little promise for the g4-bishop. The bishop [...]

October 9th, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments

Killer Combo’s at the State Championship!

Check out this game! Master section Cal chess State! [Event "Calchess State Championship"] [Site "Union City"] [Date "2018.09.03"] [Round "3"] [White "Derek Wu"] [Black "Evan Ai"] [Result "0-1"] [PlyCount "54"] [Setup "1"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 0-0 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 h6 9.Bh4 c6 10.Nge2 Re8 11.0-0 Nf8 [...]

September 2nd, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments

FM and BCS alum Christopher Yoo makes first IM norm at Berkeley FIDE norm tournament

IM Joshua Sheng, an incoming UC Berkeley student, won the FIDE title norm tournament held 8/17-21 at our San Pablo Ave. location. (crosstable) FM Christopher Yoo, the highest-rated 11-year-old in the country, earned his second IM norm, which required beating GM Conrad Holt in the last round. It was Yoo's second IM norm. The first [...]

August 29th, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments

Results of, and best game from, Aug. 3 BCS Quad

Nine players won trophies at the 27-player BCS Quad held Aug. 3 at The Berkeley Chess School. Bryon Doyle and Neal Sauer directed.   Quad 1Yali Dancig Perlman2 Tristan Needham Quad 2Kyle Cambra2.5 Quad 3Christopher Bei2.5 Bradley Yen Quad 4Garrett Slody3 Quad 5Kian Jamali2.5 Benjamin Mendelyou Quad 6Nicholas Duquette3   Yali Dancig Perlman, who shared [...]

August 8th, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments

Opportunities missed at the BCS G/45 tournament

NM Bryon Doyle and Class B players Timothy Werby and Sos Hakobyan each scored 3-1 to share 1st-3rd place at the BCS G/45 June 30 at The Berkeley Chess School.  Doyle directed eight players in the open G/45, and six in the blitz tournament following, where he won again with 5-1, tied with NM Michael [...]

July 2nd, 2018|Blog, Games, News|1 Comment

20 rating points lower but 50 years younger

My most recent opponents at the Berkeley and Mechanics Institute chess clubs were rated 1580 and 1600. The rating system says they're about equal in playing ability, but the games serve to remind that kids are almost always much under-rated. [Event "Berkeley CC Walter Browne Memorial"] [Site "?"] [Date "2018.06.15"] [Round "?"] [White "Frisco [...]

June 20th, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments

A neat miniature by the Berkeley Chess School founder

The Berkeley Chess School blog has seen just a couple of entries in years, so they brought me in, an old chess writer, to boost the signal. I sought a miniature game to test pgn4web integration with the blog. This is a gem by BCS founder Elizabeth Shaughnessy. your web browser and/or your host do [...]

June 15th, 2018|Blog, Games|0 Comments
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