Steve Stoyko Lecture
Introduction | Puzzles | Game
One | Game Two | Game
Three | Game Four
Kenilworth Chess Club Champion and FIDE Master Steve Stoyko lectured
in the club's skittles room on Thursday, April 21, 2005. He played
over and discussed some of his games published in Dr. Orest Popovych's
book featuring games by former champions of the Ukrainian Sports
Federation of the USA and Canada (USCAK) -- which Steve has won several
Instead of the standard demo board, Steve played his moves
on a regular board and they were shown on the widescreen television
monitor using the Fritz interface. Each move thus had both human
and computer analysis. In some ways, the lecture became a commentary
on the limitations of computer thinking, since Fritz found many
of Steve's deepest combinations and ideas unfathomable given its
relatively limited horizon.
You can play through the games and commentary
below using the Palmede Java viewer, or go first to
the four quiz positions from these games. You can also download the
PGN file of all games and annotations using the links at the bottom
of the page.
FM Steve Stoyko lectures with
Fritz running in the background.
Four "Double-Exclam" Puzzlers
Position after 24.Qd1.
Black to move and win. Black actually has
two strong ways to break through on the queenside and win material.
Position after 23.Qg2.
Black to move and win. Steve has been targetting
the pawn at e4 and White has brought his pieces to its defense.
How can Black apply more pressure to win it?
Position after 24...Nd6.
White to move and win. How can White most
quickly bring his pieces to the kingside for attack?
Position after 34.Nxd6
How can Black continue the attack on the White
king and at least win material?
|Accelerated Averbakh System|| |
Arthur Bisguier (2350)
Steve Stoyko (2330)
Somerset, NJ, 1990
Steve prefaced his remarks by praising our current "Dean of American Chess" as a great endgame player. He then pointed out that he has a plus record against the Biscuit because he never lets the game get to an endgame.
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Bg5 c5 6. d5 Qa5 7. Qd2 h6 8. Bh4 Nh5!N Steve had developed this novelty years before this game and was glad to have a chance to play it. As far as he knows, this one is still not in the books though the position is familiar.
9. Nge2 White might need to bail out into an ending, suggests Massey, though Black's dark-squared Bishop is powerful after 9. Nb5!? Qxd2+ 10. Kxd2 Na6 11. Kc2 g5 12. Bg3 Kd8=/+
9... g5 10. Bg3 Nd7! 11. f3 Ne5 12. b3 a6 13. Bf2 b5 14. cxb5 axb5 Computers sometimes do see things better. Fritz suggests the immediate 14... Nf4! 15. Nxf4 (15. Kd1 Ned3)
15... Nxf3+ 16. gxf3 Bxc3-+
15. Rc1 Bd7 16. Rc2 b4 17. Nd1 Bb5 18. Ng3 Nf4 19. Nf5 Ned3+ Fritz prefers 19... Bxf1 20. Nxg7+ Kf8 21. Kxf1 Qb5+ 22. Kg1 Nh3+ 23. gxh3 Nxf3+
20. Bxd3 Nxd3+ 21. Kf1 Nf4+ 22. Kg1 Bc3 22... Ne2+ 23. Kf1 Nd4+-+
23. Nxc3 bxc3 24. Qd1 Bd3 This wins the exchange and removes the defender of the a-pawn, allowing for the final invasion.
Fritz points out that the immediate 24... Qxa2! would actually win as well because Black's position is so completelyoverwhelmin g (with the seventh rank and the passed c-pawn on the sixth) that he can even sacrifice his Queen.
25. h4 25. Rc1? Ne2+-+
25... Bxc2 26. Qxc2 Qxa2-+ 27. Qxc3?(+) Ne2+ 0-1
|Hedgehog Variation|| |
Walter Morris (2380)
Steve Stoyko (2330)
Virginia Open (6)
Fredericksburg, VA, 1996
|King's Indian Attack|| |
|French Variation|| |
Steve Stoyko (2330)
Edward Formanek (2300)
U.S. Amateur Team Championship
Somerset, NJ, 1997
1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O e5 Steve thought it was a mistake for his opponent to play essentially the White side of a King's Indian a move down.
5. d3 Nge7 6. e4 d4 7. c3 Ng6 8. cxd4 cxd4 According to Steve, the opening of the c-file in this type of pawn structure favors White here.
9. a3 Be7 Massey suggested 9... a5 to keep White's ambitions in check. Steve said that in the same position, as it occurs in the King's Indian Defense (with colors reversed from in the present game), the strategy that Black pursues of allowing the expansion in order to attack and undermine the pawns is considered good.
10. b4 O-O 11. Ne1 b5!? Fixing White's pawns in order to attack them. But White now shifts his focus to the kingside.
12. f4! a5 13. bxa5 Rxa5 14. f5! Nh8 Though it appears ugly, this is a standard retreat square for the Knight in these type of positions.
15. Nd2 Bd7 16. Rb1 Qa8 17. Nc2 f6 18. Rf2! A standard set-up in the King's Indian classical lines. The Rook prepares to support a pawn advance on the kingside with g4 and h4.
18... Rc8? This Rook will be needed on the kingside. Black has targetted the pawn at a3 and now wins it. But he does not have time to turn the corner with his forces and create a winning attack before White crashes through on the kingside directly upon the Black king.
>= 18... Nf7
19. Bf1 Nf7 20. h4 Rc7 21. Nf3 Na7 22. g4 Nc8 23. g5 Nb6 24. g6! Nd6 25. Nxe5!! Computer programs never see this coming and have trouble grasping it even several moves later.
25... fxe5 26. Qh5 Bf6 26... h6 27. Bxh6 and only now does Fritz see that this is bad for Black.
27. Qxh7+ Kf8 28. Bg5! Ne8 29. Bxf6 >= 29. Qh8+! Ke7 30. Bxf6+ gxf6 31. g7 appears faster.
29... Nxf6 30. Qh8+ Ng8 31. f6! Be8 32. f7 Bxf7 33. gxf7 Rxf7 34. Rxf7+ Kxf7 35. Qh5+ Ke6 36. Bh3+ Kd6 37. Qg6+ Nf6 38. Nxd4! exd4 39. e5+ Kc7 39... Kxe5 40. Qg3+ Kd5 41. Bg2+
40. exf6 gxf6 41. Qg3+ Kd8 42. Qd6+ Ke8 43. Re1+ Kf7 44. Re7+ Kg6 45. Qg3+ Kh6 46. Qg7+ Kh5 47. Qh7# 1-0
|Aronin-Taimanov 9.Nd2|| |
Vladimir Rubenchik (2300)
Stephen Stoyko (2300)