Selected Games from the US Amateur Teams East 2012

By Michael Goeller

The problem with amateur games is that they usually contain errors. Those errors do not invalidate the games entirely -- after all, you will often find amateur games that contribute a great deal to theory (as at least a few of the games below definitely do). What's more, those errors teach us the importance of not missing critical opportunities. The games from the US Amateur Teams East 2012 (available at NJSCF or TWIC 905) offer many chances to test yourself and see if you can find the winning move after an error. Most of the following games interested me because of their openings, but I was also attracted to the killer moves -- each of which receives a diagram. Test yourself as you go and see if you can recognize the error and find the winning move.

Arthur B Bisguier (2200) - Peter Snow (1871) [C26]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (1) 2012


1. e4

Table 49, board 1, #48 Tarnished Knights vs. #124 Fischer Secret Seconds

1... e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bc5 4. Bg2 d6 5. Nge2 Bg4 6. O-O   Nc6 7. h3 Bh5 8. Na4 Nd4 9. g4 Bg6 10. Nxc5 dxc5 11. d3 Qd7 12. Nxd4 cxd4 13. f4 exf4 14. Bxf4 O-O-O 15. Qf3 Ne8 16. e5 c6 17. Bg5 f6 18. exf6 Nxf6 19. Rae1 Rdf8 20. Qe2 Nd5 21. Qe5 Rxf1+ 22. Rxf1 h6?

 










22... Nc7

23. Bxd5!

23. Bxh6!! also wins.

23... cxd5

23... Qxd5 24. Qxg7

23... Re8 24. Rf8!! Rxf8 25. Be6

24. Bf4! Kd8 25. Qb8+ Qc8

25... Ke7 26. Qxh8

26. Qd6+

White snags the loose Bishop at g6, so Black resigns.

1-0 [Michael Goeller]

Garrett Christian (1928) - Zhenhao Li (1509) [C54]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (1) 2012


1. e4

Table 102, board 1, #173 LI Chess Mates 1 vs. #250 Masterman

1... e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Nxe4 8. O-O  Nxc3!?

Playable but rare.

8... Bxc3 9. d5! is the standard Moeller line.

9. bxc3 Bxc3

 










9... d5! 10. cxb4 dxc4 11. Re1+ Ne7 12. Qe2 Be6 13. Bg5

10. Qb3!

10. Ba3!? is the book move, but I like Qb3.

10. Bxf7+!? can also be played.

10... Bxa1

10... d5 11. Qxc3 dxc4 12. d5

11. Bxf7+ Kf8 12. Bg5! Nxd4 13. Qa3+ Kxf7 14. Bxd8 Rxd8 15. Rxa1 Ne6 16. Ne5+ Ke8?

16... Kg8 17. Qe7

17. Qf3! Ng5 18. Qf5!?

18. Qh5+ g6 19. Qxg5

18... h6 19. Ng6

Mate in 7 says Fritz.

19. Re1 is faster, with mate in 3!

19... Ne6 20. Re1 a6 21. Qf8# 1-0 [Michael Goeller]


Carsten Hansen (2318) - Derrick Higgins (2085) [A04]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (1) 2012


1. Nf3

Table 31, board 1, #31 Rustlers vs. #107 Grecos Sac Squad

1... f5 2. d3 d6 3. e4 fxe4 4. dxe4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. h3 e6 7. Bg5 Be7 8. Bb5 O-O 9. Qe2 Nd7 10. Bd2 Bf6 11. O-O-O Qe7 12. Rdf1 a6 13. Bxc6 bxc6 14. g4 a5! 15. Ne1 Ba6 16. Nd3 Ne5 17. f4 Nc4?!

 










17... Nxd3+! 18. cxd3 Bd4

18. e5! dxe5

18... Bh4 is the only way to rescue the Bishop

19. g5! Nxb2 20. Kxb2 e4 21. gxf6 Rab8+ 22. Kc1

22. Ka1

22... Qa3+ 23. Kd1 exd3 24. cxd3

24. Qxe6+ Rf7 25. cxd3

24... Rxf6 25. Rhg1 Qb2 26. Qe3 Rbf8

26... Rd8!

27. Rf3 Qa1+ 28. Bc1 R8f7

28... Qxc3

29. Qa7 Rxf4 30. Rxf4 Rxf4 31. Qxa6 1-0 [Michael Goeller]


William T Townsend (1832) - Mateos G Sahskian (1862) [C18]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (1) 2012


1. e4

Table 1, board 4: #79 Paul Morphy Re-Animation Project vs. #5 Overrated

1... e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Nc6 7. Qg4 Nge7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. f4 Qa5 11. Ne2 dxc3 12. Qd3 d4 13. a4??

13. Nxd4

 

 

13... Nb4! 14. Qd1 d3 15. cxd3 c2

15... c2 16. Qd2 Nxd3#

0-1

[Michael Goeller]


Omar M Aguilar (1951) - Michael Colucci (1902) [B21]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (2) 2012


1. e4

Table 57, board 1, #172 Us 4 vs. #95 Will Bluders Never Cease

1... c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 e6 5. Nf3 a6 6. Bc4 d6 7. O-O Be7 8. Qe2 Nd7 9. Rd1 Qc7 10. Be3 Ngf6 11. Rac1 Qb8 12. Nd4! Ne5

12... O-O 13. f4 Nc5 (13... b5? 14. Nc6) 14. Bf2

13. Bb3 O-O 14. f4?!

14. h3 Bd7 15. f4 Nc6 16. f5

14... Neg4 15. Kh1 Nxe3 16. Qxe3 Ng4?! 17. Qe2 Nh6 18. f5?!

18. g4!

18... exf5! 19. Nd5 Bg5 20. Rc3 g6?!

20... fxe4!

21. Nb6

21. Rg3!

21... Ra7

21... fxe4 22. h3

22. Qc2 Ra8 23. Nxa8 Qxa8 24. Rc7 Be3 25. Bd5

25. exf5

25... Qa7

25... Ng4

26. Nc6 Qb6 27. Ne7+ Kh8 28. Rxc8 Rxc8 29. Qxc8+ Kg7 30. Qc3+ Kf8 31. Nc8 Qd8 32. Qxe3 Ng4 33. Qg3 Qxc8 34. Qxd6+ Kg7

White won in a time scramble.

1-0

[Michael Goeller]


Glen B Hart (1721) - Joe Renna (1425) [C02]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (2) 2012


1. e4

Table 103, board 2, #134 Occupy: The Center Squares vs. #229 Chessaholics

1... e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bd3 Bd7 6. O-O   Nxd4 7. Nxd4 cxd4 8. Qg4 Qb6 9. Nd2 O-O-O 10. Nb3 g6?!

10... f6!

11. Bd2! Bb4 12. Bxb4 Qxb4 13. c3! Qe7 14. cxd4 Nh6 15. Qf4 g5 16. Rfc1+ Kb8 17. Qd2 Rc8 18. Nc5 Ka8 19. Nxd7 Qxd7 20. Qxg5 Nf5 21. Bxf5 exf5 22. Rxc8+ Rxc8 23. Rc1 Rxc1+ 24. Qxc1 Kb8 25. f4?

25. Qh6! Qc7 (25... Qc6 26. Qxc6! bxc6 27. Kf1 Kc8 28. Ke2 Kd7 29. Kf3 Ke6 30. Kf4 and Black will eventually be forced to surrender the f-pawn by zugzwang.) 26. g3 a6 27. Kg2! with a winning advantage for White, who will soon pick up loose pawns on the kingside.

25... Qa4 26. Qc5? Qd1+ 27. Kf2 Qd2+ 28. Kg3??










Trying too hard to still win, White walks into mate.

28. Kf1=

28... Qe3+ 29. Kh4 Qxf4+ 30. Kh5 Qg4+ 31. Kh6 Qg6# 0-1

[Michael Goeller]


Steadroy A Lloyd (2119) - Eriberto Guzman (1782) [B23]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (2) 2012


1. e4

Table 46, board 2, #45 Lin-ferior Position vs. #122 Frederick Douglass Academy

1... c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 d6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Bc4 Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 Nd4 8. Qd1 a6 9. a4 e6 10. O-O Be7 11. d3 d5 12. Ba2 b5 13. f5! b4

 










14. fxe6! bxc3

14... fxe6 15. exd5 bxc3 16. bxc3 Nf5 17. dxe6 Nd6 18. Bd5 Nxd5 19. Qh5+ g6 20. Qxd5

15. exf7+ Kf8 16. bxc3 dxe4

16... Nc6 17. exd5 Nxd5? 18. Qf3

17. dxe4!

17. cxd4?? Qxd4+

17... Nxe4?

17... Nc6 18. Qe2

18. cxd4 Bf6 19. Bb2 Rb8 20. Re1! Qb6 21. Rxe4 c4 22. Ba3+ Kxf7 23. Bxc4+ Kg6 24. Qg4+ Kh6 25. Bc1+ g5 26. Bxg5+ Bxg5 27. Re6+ Qxe6 28. Qxe6+ Kh5 29. Be2+ 1-0

[Michael Goeller]


Neil S Miller (1761) - Joel Benjamin (2625) [E33]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (2) 2012


1. d4

Table 97, board 1, #214 We're Varisty Athletes vs. #135 Benjamin Family Values

1... Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nf3 e6 4. a3 d6 5. g3 g6 6. Bg2 Bg7 7. O-O O-O 8. Nc3 a6!?

A very interesting approach to this line, which becomes more reminiscent of a Hippo than a Tango.

9. e4 Rb8 10. Bg5?! h6 11. Bd2 b5 12. Rb1?! bxc4 13. Qa4 Bb7 14. Qxc4

 










14... Nxe4! 15. Qd3

15. Nxe4 d5

15... Nxd2 16. Qxd2 Na5 17. Qd3 Nb3 18. Ne2 Bc6 19. Nd2 Bb5 20. Qe3 Qg5 21. Nxb3 Qxe3 22. fxe3 Bxe2 23. Rfe1 Bd3 24. Nd2 Bxb1 25. Rxb1 a5 26. Nc4 a4 27. Bc6 d5 28. Nd2 Rfc8 29. Kf2 Rb6 30. Bxa4 c5 31. dxc5 Rxb2 32. Rxb2 Bxb2 33. Nb3 Ra8 34. Bb5 Rxa3 35. Nd4 Kf8 36. h3 Ra5 37. c6 Bxd4 38. c7 Ra2+ 39. Kf3 Rc2 40. exd4 Rxc7 41. Bd3 Rc3 42. Ke3 Ke7 43. Kd2 Ra3 44. h4 Kd6 45. g4 g5 46. h5 f5 47. gxf5 Rxd3+ 48. Kxd3 exf5 0-1

[Michael Goeller]


Denys K Shmelov (2514) - Arthur B Bisguier (2200) [D36]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (2) 2012


1. d4

Table 12, board 1. #13 The Shmelov Sox vs. #48 Tarnished Knights

1... d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 c6 6. Qc2 Na6!?

 










This move has been played quite often in this position, though it seems very strange and anti-positional.

7. e3

7. a3 Nc7 8. e3 Ne6 9. Bh4 Be7 10. Bd3 g6 11. Nge2 O-O 12. O-O Nh5 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. e4 Nef4!? 15. exd5 Qg5 16. Ng3 Nxg3 17. hxg3 Nxd5 18. Rfe1 Qd8 19. Qd2 Be6= 0-1 Movsesian,S (2668)-Sokolov,I (2637)/ Sarajevo BIH 2000 (64)

7... Nb4

Black thus tries to force White off of the b1-h7 diagonal, but the Knight will be forced to return from whence he came.

Perhaps 7... Nc7 8. Nf3 g6 9. Bd3 Ne6 10. Bh4 Be7 11. h3 O-O 12. O-O Nh5 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. Rab1 Ng5 15. Qd1 f5!? 16. Nxg5 (16. Ne5 Nf7) 16... Qxg5 1/2-1/2 Kasparov - Ljubomirovic 1989 (52)

8. Qd2

Better seems 8. Qb1! h6 9. Bh4 g6!? 10. Qd1!? (10. a3!? Bf5 11. e4 dxe4 12. axb4 Bxb4) 10... g5 11. Bg3 Bg4!? 12. f3 Bf5 13. Kf2 a5 14. a3 Na6 15. Bd3 Qd7 16. Nge2 Bg7 17. h4 1/2-1/2 Zhigalko,A (2571)-Aleksandrov,A (2638) / Aix-les-Bains FRA 2011 (68)

8... Bf5 9. Rc1 a5!

9... h6?! 10. Bxf6! (10. Bh4?! g5 11. Bg3 Ne4 12. Nxe4 dxe4) 10... Qxf6 11. a3 Na6 12. Bxa6 bxa6 13. Nge2

10. a3 Na6 11. Nge2 Be7 12. f3 Nc7 13. g4 Bg6 14. Nf4 Ne6 15. Nxe6 fxe6 16. Bg2 O-O

Black's opening has proven a complete success.

16... h5!?

17. O-O Nd7

17... Ne8!? 18. Bxe7 Qxe7 19. e4 Nd6!?

18. Bf4!? Nb6! 19. Rf2 Nc4 20. Qd1 Bh4!?

Better to attack in the center and on the queenside with 20... c5!

21. Re2 Bg5 22. Bxg5 Qxg5 23. h3 h5!? 24. f4! Qh4 25. Qe1! Qxe1+ 26. Rcxe1 hxg4 27. hxg4 a4 28. Rf2 Nd6

White has gone from disadvantage to slight edge, suggesting that Black's kingside play was a mistake.

29. Bf3 b5 30. Bg2

30. Kg2 Kf7 31. Kg3 Rh8 32. e4

30... Rab8 31. Na2 Rb6 32. Bf1 Rc8 33. Rc1 Ne4 34. Rh2!?

Perhaps White's play is designed to lure Black into opening the c-file? More natural seems the prophylactic 34. Rfc2 but then 34... Nd6

34... c5!?

34... Nd6!

35. dxc5 Rxc5

35... Nxc5? 36. Nb4!

36. Rhc2! Rxc2 37. Rxc2 Nd6 38. Rc5 Nc4 39. Bxc4 bxc4 40. Nb4!

and White has a good Knight vs bad Bishop ending.

40... Be4 41. Kf2 e5? 42. fxe5 Rh6 43. Kg3 Rh1 44. Nxd5 Bxd5 45. Rxd5 Rb1 46. Rc5 Rxb2 47. Rxc4 Rb3 48. Rxa4 1-0 [Michael Goeller]


David Vigorito (2549) - Dale E Sharp (2200) [A92]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (2) 2012


1. d4

Table 26, board 1, #28 Wannabes vs. #63 Chessketeers

1... e6 2. c4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 d5 5. Nf3 Be7 6. O-O   O-O 7. Qc2 c6 8. Nbd2 Qe8 9. Ne5 Qh5 10. Ndf3 Nbd7 11. Nd3 Ne4 12. b3 g5 13. Nfe5










13... Ndf6?

13... Rf6! 14. f3? (14. Nxd7 Bxd7 15. Ne5 Be8) 14... Rh6 15. fxe4 (15. h3 Nxg3) 15... Qxh2+ 16. Kf2 Nf6

14. f3 Nd6 15. Bd2 Bd7 16. Nc5 Be8?

16... Bc8 17. Qc1

17. Nxe6 Bg6 18. Bxg5 Rfe8 19. h4 1-0 [Michael Goeller]


Arthur B Bisguier (2200) - John M Burke (1963) [C26]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (3) 2012


1. e4

Table 44, board 1, #48 Tarnished Knights vs. #161 Three and a Half Men

1... e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 Bc5 5. Nge2 O-O 6. O-O  d6 7. Na4 Bb6 8. Nxb6 axb6 9. d4 exd4 10. Nxd4 Bd7 11. b3 Re8 12. Re1 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 Bc6 14. Bb2 Qe7 15. c4 Qf8 16. Re2 Nd7 17. Bc3 Nc5 18. Rae1 Re7 19. Qd2 Rae8 20. f3 f5 21. e5

21. b4 Na4 22. Ba1

21... dxe5 22. Rxe5 Ne4 23. fxe4 Rxe5 24. Bxe5 Rxe5 25. exf5 Qc5+ 26. Kh1 Rxf5 27. Bxc6 Qxc6+ 28. Qg2 Rf2 29. Qxc6 bxc6

 










30. Re7

30. Re8+! Kf7 31. Rc8 Rxa2? (31... b5! 32. Rxc7+ Kf8 33. Rxc6 bxc4 34. bxc4 Rxa2) 32. Rxc7+ Kf8 33. Rxc6

30... Rxa2 31. Rxc7 Rb2 32. Rxc6 1/2-1/2 [Michael Goeller]


Dale E Sharp (2200) - Zachary Tanenbaum (1850) [C30]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (3) 2012


1. e4

Table 56, board 1, #63 Chessketeers vs. #176 Last Knight the King and Queen

1... e5 2. f4 Nf6 3. fxe5 Nxe4 4. Nf3 Ng5 5. Bc4??










5... Nxf3+ 6. Qxf3 Qh4+ 7. g3 Qxc4 8. d3 Qc6 9. Rf1 Qxf3 10. Rxf3 d6 11. Bf4 Nc6 12. exd6 Bxd6 13. Bxd6 cxd6 14. Nc3 O-O 15. Nb5 Bg4 16. Rf4 Rfe8+ 17. Kf1 Bh3+ 18. Kf2 g5 19. Ra4 Rad8 20. g4 Ne5 21. Rg1 Nxg4+ 22. Raxg4 Bxg4 23. Rxg4 Re5 24. Nc3 h6 25. Rd4 f5 26. a3 Kf7 27. Rb4 Rd7 28. Nb5 a6 29. Nd4 Kg6 30. a4 f4 31. c3 Kh5 32. Rc4 Kg4 33. Rc8 h5 34. Rg8 Kh3 35. Nf3 g4 36. Nxe5 dxe5 37. Rg5 h4 38. Rxe5 g3+ 39. hxg3 fxg3+ 40. Ke2 g2 41. Re3+ Kh2 0-1 [Michael Goeller]


Rahul Swaminathan (2205) - Igor Yeliseyev (2175) [B02]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (3) 2012


1. e4

Table 6, board 2, #10 European Chess Crisis vs. #33 We Think Therefore We Chess

1... Nf6 2. e5 Ng8 3. d4 d5!

3... d6 4. Nf3

4. exd6!? cxd6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Bd3 e6

6... g6!

7. O-O Be7 8. Re1 O-O 9. Nbd2 b6 10. Ne4 Nbd7 11. Bf4 Qc7 12. Ng3 Re8 13. c4 Bb7 14. Rc1 Qd8 15. Bd2 d5 16. cxd5 Nxd5 17. Bb5 a6 18. Bxd7 Qxd7 19. Ne5 Qd8 20. Nh5 g6 21. Nf4?

 










21... Nxf4 22. Bxf4 Qd5 23. Qf3

23. f3 Qxa2

23... Qxf3 24. Nxf3 Bxf3!?

It's debatable whether the two Bishops are better than the structural problems, but I like the two Bishops.

24... Bd5 25. a3 Rac8

25. gxf3 Red8 26. Be5 Rac8 27. Bc7 Rxd4 28. Bxb6 Rdc4 29. Be3 Rc2 30. Rxc2 Rxc2 31. Rc1 Rxc1+ 32. Bxc1 Kf8 33. Kf1 g5?! 34. f4! g4 35. f3! f5 36. fxg4 fxg4 37. Kg2 Ke8 38. Kg3 h5 39. h3 gxh3 40. Kxh3 Kd7 41. Bd2 Kc6 42. a4 Kd5 43. b4 Kc4 44. b5 axb5 45. axb5 Kxb5 46. Be1 Kc4 47. Bh4 Bd6

47... Bxh4 48. Kxh4 Kd4 49. Kxh5 Ke4 50. Kg4=

48. Kg3 Kd5 49. Kf3 Bb4 50. Ke3 Bc3 51. Kf3 Kd4

 










52. f5! e5

52... exf5 53. Kf4=

53. Bf6 Kd3 54. Bxe5! Bxe5 55. Kg2= Bf6 56. Kh2 Ke3 57. Kg2 Kf4 58. Kh2 Kg4 59. Kg2 h4 60. Kh2 Be5+ 61. Kg2 h3+ 62. Kh1 Kf3 63. f6 Bxf6 64. Kh2 Kg4 65. Kh1 Be5 66. Kg1 Kg3 67. Kh1

Great defense by White saves the point.

1/2-1/2

[Michael Goeller]


Andy Weng (1464) - Lamont A Rouse (1877) [D08]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (3) 2012


1. d4

Table 102, board 2, #239 Chessnuts vs. #128 Rule 20G - Annoying Behavior Prohibited

1... d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. a3 Be6 6. Bf4?! f6!? 7. exf6?!

7. Qb3!

7... Nxf6 8. Nbd2

8. Qb3

8... Bd6! 9. Bg3 Bxg3 10. hxg3 Qe7! 11. Qb3 O-O-O 12. g4? Nxg4 13. g3 Rhe8 14. Nh4 Qf6

14... d3!

15. Bh3 Ne3?!

15... Qxf2+

16. fxe3

16. Bxe6+ Rxe6 17. fxe3 dxe3 18. Ndf3 g5 19. Ng2? Nd4!

16... Bxh3 17. e4

17. Rxh3 dxe3 18. Ndf3 g5

17... Bg4 18. Rf1 Qd6 19. Nf5 Bxf5 20. Rxf5 d3 21. Rd5 Qxg3+ 22. Kf1 dxe2+ 23. Kxe2 Rxe4+ 24. Kd1 Re1+ 25. Kc2 Qg6+ 0-1 [Michael Goeller]


Joseph J Felber (2007) - Valery Frenklakh (2274) [B85]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (4) 2012


1. e4

Table 9, board 3, #42 Fogeys vs. #5 Overrated

1... c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Be2 a6 7. a4 Be7 8. O-O  O-O 9. Be3 Qc7 10. Kh1 b6 11. f4 Bb7 12. Bf3 Nbd7 13. Nb3 Rfd8 14. Qe2 Rac8 15. Rad1 Qb8 16. Qf2

 










16... Rxc3!

A classic Exchange sac.

17. bxc3 Nxe4 18. Bxe4

18. Qe1 Rc8 19. Bd4 Qa8

18... Bxe4 19. Bd4 Qc7 20. Qe2 Qb7 21. Rd2 Rc8 22. Qg4 Bf8

22... Nf6

23. Qg3 Qc6 24. Re1 f5 25. h3 Qxa4 26. Rde2 Qc6 27. Nd2 d5 28. Nf3 a5 29. Ng5 a4 30. Ra1 b5 31. Ree1 Nb6 32. Nf3 Nc4 33. Qf2 Bd6 34. Ng5 Re8 35. Nf3 Bxf4 36. Qh4 Qc7 37. Ng5 Bxg5 38. Qxg5 e5 39. Bg1 f4 40. Rad1 f3 0-1

[Michael Goeller]


Davis Liu - Mikhail Koganov (2168) [B06]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (4) 2012


1. e4

Table 27, board 3, #100 Pawn Push Overs Team 1 vs. #33 We Think Therefore We Chess

1... d6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 c6 4. f4 d5 5. e5 h5! 6. Nf3 Nh6 7. Bd3 Bf5! 8. Be3 Bxd3 9. Qxd3 Nf5 10. Bf2?! e6 11. a3 Nd7 12. Ng5 Be7 13. h4 Kf8 14. Ne2 Kg7 15. Nc1? c5

15... Qa5+!? 16. Qd2 Qxd2+ 17. Kxd2 c5

16. dxc5 Nxc5 17. Bxc5 Bxc5 18. Qb5 Qc7 19. Nd3 Be3! 20. c3 a6 21. Qb4 b5 22. Rh3 Rad8 23. Ke2 a5 24. Qb3

 










24... Bxf4! 25. Nxf4 Qxe5+ 26. Kd3

26. Kf3?? Qe3#

26... Qxf4 27. Qxb5 Rb8 28. Qxa5 Qc4+ 29. Kd2 Rxb2+ 30. Kc1 Rhb8 31. Rf3 Qe2 32. Nxe6+ Qxe6 0-1

[Michael Goeller]


Neil S Miller (1761) - Ronald E Lohrman (2037) [A41]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (4) 2012


1. d4

Table 78, board 1, #214 We're Varisty Athletes vs. 15 Rochester #1

1... d6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 dxe5 4. Qxd8+ Kxd8 5. g3 Be6 6. Bg2 f6 7. b3 Nd7 8. Nf3 c6 9. O-O  Kc7 10. Be3 Nh6 11. Bxh6 gxh6 12. Rd1 Be7 13. Nbd2 Rad8 14. a3

White offered a draw, but Black has everything to play for here with his two Bishops.

14... Rhg8

14... a5

15. b4 Nb6 16. Rac1?

 










16. c5 Na4 17. Rac1 Rd7

16... Nxc4 17. Nxc4 Rxd1+ 18. Rxd1 Bxc4 19. Bh3 Rd8 20. Rxd8 Kxd8 21. Kf1 a5 22. Nd2 Bf7 23. bxa5 Bxa3 24. Bg2 Kc7 25. Be4 Bb4 26. Ke1 Bg6 27. Kd1 Bxa5 0-1 [Michael Goeller]


Yefim Treger (2295) - Giorgi Margvelashvili (2538) [B10]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (4) 2012


1. e4

Table 12, board 1, #47 Pull the Treger and Mate vs. #26 Trapped in PINsanity

1... c6 2. Ne2 d5 3. e5 c5

3... d4! is most challenging to White's concept.

4. d4 Nc6 5. c3 cxd4 6. cxd4 Bf5 7. Ng3 Bg6 8. Nc3 e6 9. h4 f6 10. h5 Bf7 11. Bb5 Rc8 12. O-O  a6 13. Bxc6+ Rxc6 14. Re1 f5! 15. Na4

 










15... g5! 16. Nc5 f4 17. Nf1 Qc8!?

17... Bxc5

18. b4 b6 19. Nd3 Nh6 20. g4?! fxg3 21. Nxg3 Be7 22. a4 Rc4 23. Be3 Rg8 24. a5

24. b5!=

24... b5! 25. Rc1 Rxc1 26. Bxc1?!

26. Qxc1 Qxc1 27. Rxc1 Kd7 28. Nc5+ Bxc5 29. Rxc5=

26... Kf8?!

26... Qc4 xb4 27. Nc5 Qxb4

27. Nc5 Kg7 28. Bd2 Kh8 29. Qe2 Bxc5 30. Rc1! Rg7 31. Rxc5 Qe8 32. Qf3 Ng8 33. h6!?

33. Qc3!

33... Nxh6 34. Bxg5 Rxg5 35. Qf6+ Rg7 36. Qxh6 Bg6 37. Qf4!?

37. Qc1

37... Rg8?










38. Qg5?

38. Qf6+! Rg7 39. Rc7 Qg8 (39... Bf7 40. Kf1 Kg8 41. Nh5 Rg6 42. Qh4) 40. Rxg7 Qxg7 41. Qxe6

38... Rf8 39. Rc7 Rf7! 40. Qc1 Rxc7 41. Qxc7 h5!=

Now White cannot attack Black's weak pawns without falling victim to a counterattack on the kingside with h4, Be4, and Qg6+ etc.

42. Qc1! Kh7 43. Qg5 Qf8 44. Nxh5 Qxb4 45. Nf6+ Kg7 46. Nh5+

46. Ne8+ Kh7 47. Qh4+ Kg8 48. Nc7 offers White some chances, but a draw is a safe choice here.

46... Kh7 47. Nf6+ Kg7 1/2-1/2 [Michael Goeller]


William R Trueman (1698) - Oskar Santana (1393) [D10]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (4) 2012


1. d4

Table 42, board 4, #117 Newark Delaware vs. #45 Lin-ferior Position

1... c6 2. c4 d5 3. e3 Bf5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Nf3 h6 6. Qb3 Qb6 7. Qxb6 axb6 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. Nb5 Na6 10. Bd2 Nd7 11. Rc1 Kd8 12. Be2 Be4 13. O-O  e6 14. a3 f6 15. Rc3 Ndb8 16. Rfc1 Nc6 17. Be1 Be7 18. Nd2 Kd7?! 19. Nxe4 dxe4 20. f3! exf3 21. Bxf3 Rhc8

 










22. d5! Ne5?

22... exd5 23. Bg4+

23. dxe6+ Kxe6

23... Kd8 24. Rd1+ Ke8 25. Bxb7

24. Rxc8 Rxc8 25. Rxc8 Nd3 26. Bc3 Bc5 27. Nd4+ Kd7 28. Rg8 g5 29. Bxb7 Bxd4 30. exd4

Black lost on time. On the scoresheet the player of the black pieces was listed as Matthew Morales, but he didn't play in round four.

1-0 [Michael Goeller]

Ben Altman Desole (1920) - Michael Semel (1900) [D08]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (5) 2012


1. d4

Table 12, board 3, #2 Browning Brownies vs. #49 SHoes of the Fischerman

1... d5 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 d4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. a3 Be6 6. b3 Nge7

6... f6!

7. Bb2 Ng6 8. Nxd4 Nxd4? 9. Qxd4 Qg5 10. Nd2 Rd8 11. Nf3 Qf5 12. Qc3 Nf4 13. g3 Nh3

13... Nd3+!? 14. exd3 Qxf3 15. Rg1 Bc5 16. Qd2

14. Bg2 Bc5 15. Rf1 h6 16. b4 Bxf2+ 17. Rxf2 Nxf2 18. Kxf2 O-O 19. Kg1 Qh5 20. Re1 c6 21. Nd4 Rd7 22. Nxe6 fxe6 23. Bf3 Qg5 24. Bc1 Qg6 25. Be3 Rfd8 26. Bxa7 Rd1 27. e4??

 










27. Bf2

27... R8d3! 28. Rxd1 Rxc3 29. Bg2 Qg5 30. Bh3 Rc1! 31. Bxe6+ Kh8 32. Rf1 Rxf1+ 33. Kxf1 Qxe5 34. Bf5 Qa1+ 35. Kg2 Qxa3 36. Bc5 Qa2+ 37. Kf3 Qxc4 38. e5 Qd5+ 0-1 [Michael Goeller]


Arthur B Bisguier (2200) - Max Yelsky (1990) [A28]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (5) 2012


1. c4

Table 49, board 1, #48 Tarnished Knights vs. #110 ICA

1... Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. a3 a5 5. d4 exd4 6. Nxd4 Bc5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. e4 d6 9. Be2 Be6 10. f4 Qc8 11. h3 b5?

11... a4 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 O-O 14. O-O

12. cxb5 Bxb3 13. Qxb3 Nd4 14. Qd1 Nxe2 15. Qxe2 Qb7 16. O-O  O-O 17. Qc4 Qb6+ 18. Kh2 Rac8 19. Qc6 Qd4

19... Qxc6 20. bxc6 Rb8 21. e5 and Nd5

20. Rf3 Qc5 21. Qxc5 dxc5 22. e5 Nd7 23. Nd5 Rfe8 24. Bd2 a4 25. Rd1 c6 26. bxc6 Rxc6 27. Bc3 h6 28. Rg3 g6 29. Rgd3 Nf8 30. Nxe7+ Rxe7 31. Rd8 Rcc7 32. Ra8 Rcd7 33. Rd6 Rxd6 34. exd6 Rd7 35. Bf6 Rxd6 36. Be7 1-0 [Michael Goeller]


Varun Maheshwari (1678) - Jeffrey Lawrence (1940) [C24]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (5) 2012


1. e4

Table 89, board 1, #204 Chessaholics #2 vs. #132 Connecticut Knights with Power

1... e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. O-O Bc5 7. Re1 O-O

7... Bg4! 8. h3 Be6 (8... Bh5?? 9. Nxe5!) 9. Bxd5 (9. Nxe5? Nxe5 10. Rxe5 Bxf2+ 11. Kxf2 Qf6+) 9... Bxd5 10. Nxe5 O-O

8. Nxe5 Qh4

8... Nxe5 9. Rxe5 c6

9. Qf3 Nxe5?!

9... Ndb4!?

10. Rxe5










10... Bd6?

10... Bg4 11. Bg5 (11. Qg3 Qxg3 12. hxg3 Rae8 13. Rxd5?! Re1+ 14. Kh2 Rxc1! 15. Rxc5 Re8) 11... Rae8! 12. Bxh4! (12. Qxf7+!? Kxf7 13. Bxd5+ Kg6 14. Bxh4 Rxe5 15. Be4+ Bf5 16. Nd2 Bxe4 17. Nxe4 Bd4) 12... Rxe5! 13. Qe4! (13. Nd2?! Bxf3 14. Nxf3 Rf5) 13... Rxe4 14. dxe4 Nb6 15. Bb3

11. Rh5?

11. Qxd5 Bxe5 12. Qxe5 Bd7 13. Be3

11... Qe7 12. Qe4 Qxe4 13. dxe4 Nf6 14. Rh4 Re8 15. f3 h6

15... Re5!? 16. Nc3 g5

16. Nc3 c6 17. Be3 Be7 18. e5 Nd5 19. Re4??

19. Nxd5! cxd5 (19... Bxh4 20. Nc7) 20. Bb5

19... Nxe3 20. Rxe3 Bc5 21. Kf2 Bxe3+ 22. Kxe3 Rxe5+ 23. Kd4 Re8 24. Ne4 Be6 25. Bd3 b6 26. Re1 Rad8+ 27. Kc3 Bc8 28. g4 Bb7 29. Rg1 c5 30. Nd2 Re3 31. Rg3 b5 32. a3 c4 33. Nf1 Re1 34. Bxc4 bxc4 35. Nd2 Re3+ 36. Kxc4 Rxd2 37. f4 Rxc2+ 38. Kb4 Rxb2+ 39. Ka4 Bc6+ 40. Ka5 Rxa3+ 41. Rxa3 Rxh2 42. Rc3 Ra2+ 43. Kb4 Ra4+ 44. Kb3 Rxf4 45. Rxc6 a5 46. Ra6 a4+ 47. Rxa4 Rxa4 48. Kxa4 f5 0-1 [Michael Goeller]


Marty C Frank (2158) - Jon S Leisner (1964) [A80]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (6) 2012


1. d4

Table 22, board 3: #37 This Team is Rufus Approved! vs. #70 Shutt Em Down

1... f5 2. Bg5 h6 3. Bf4 Nf6 4. e4 fxe4

4... Nxe4?? 5. Qh5+ g6 6. Qxg6#

5. f3 d5 6. Nc3 Bf5 7. fxe4 dxe4! 8. Bc4 c6?!

Too passive. More active is

8... e6! with the idea of Nc6, and if 9. Nb5 Na6

9. Nge2 Nbd7 10. O-O  Bg6 11. Qd2

11. Qe1!

11... Nb6 12. Be6! Nbd5 13. Be5!

13. Nxd5

13... Nc7 14. Nf4! Bf7 15. Bxf7+ Kxf7 16. Rae1 Ncd5 17. Nxe4 b6 18. Qe2 Qd7 19. Nh5! Kg8 20. c4!

20. Bxf6!? exf6 21. Rxf6!!

20... Nxe4 21. Qxe4 Qe8 22. Qg4 Qc8 23. Qxc8

23. Rxf8+! Qxf8 24. cxd5

23... Rxc8 24. cxd5 cxd5 25. Rc1 Ra8 26. Nf4 Kh7 27. Ne6 Rg8 28. Rf7 Kg6 29. Rcf1 Rc8 30. Nxf8+ Kh5 31. h3 e6 32. Nxe6 Rc2 33. R7f2 g5 34. Rf8 Rg6 35. R8f6 Rg8 36. g4+ 1-0 [Michael Goeller]


Jeffrey Lawrence (1940) - Jonathan Richman (2125) [B10]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (6) 2012


1. e4

Table 50, board 1, #132 Connecticut Knights with Power vs. #81 Vassar-Chadwick.com

1... c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Ne5

I like to call this the Apocalypse Attack. It has received some attention at all levels, including Magnus Carlsen who has played it.

4... a6 5. d4 Nf6 6. c3 Bf5 7. Qb3! Qc8 8. Be2 e6 9. Nd2

9. Bf4!?

9... Bd6 10. f4! O-O 11. O-O  Nc6 12. Ndf3 b5 13. Nxc6 Qxc6 14. Ne5 Qc7 15. a3 Rfc8 16. Be3 Rab8 17. Rfc1 Qb7 18. Qd1 h6 19. Qf1 a5 20. Kh1 Rc7

20... Ne4

21. Kg1 Bf8 22. g4 Be4 23. g5 hxg5 24. fxg5 Ne8 25. Bg4 Nd6 26. g6 f5 27. Qh3 1-0 [Michael Goeller]


Dragan Milovanovic (2251) - Brad C Thomas (1973) [B15]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (6) 2012


1. e4

Table 42, board 1, #66 Hamilton CC vs. #117 Newark Delaware

1... c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Bc4 Nf6

6... Nh6!?

7. Nxf6+! exf6?!

After this White gains a permanent structural advantage.

7... Bxf6 8. c3 (8. Bh6 Qa5+!? 9. c3 Qh5 10. Qd2 Bh3!?) 8... O-O 9. Bh6 Bg7 10. Qd2

8. O-O  O-O 9. Re1 Re8 10. Rxe8+ Qxe8 11. Bf4 Nd7 12. Qd2 Nb6 13. Re1 Qd8 14. Qe2 Bg4 15. Bb3 Bxf3?










16. Bxf7+! Kh8

16... Kxf7 17. Qe6+ Kf8 18. Bd6+

16... Kf8 17. Qe6 Bd5 18. Bd6+

17. Qxf3 Qxd4 18. c3 Qc5 19. Qh3!

White no longer enjoys the structural advantage, but his two Bishops and better pieces give him a powerful attack.

19... g5 20. Bg6! h6 21. Be3 Qd5 22. Qh5! Rd8

22... Qxa2? 23. h4!

23. Bc2 Qe5

23... Qg8 24. Bxb6! (to stop Nd5 and allow Re7 soon) 24... axb6 25. Qg6 Rf8 26. Bf5!

24. Qg6 f5 25. Bxf5 Kg8 26. f4! Qf6

26... gxf4 27. Bf2

27. Qh7+ Kf7 28. fxg5 hxg5 29. Qh5+ Kg8 30. Bh7+ Kh8 31. Bg6+ Kg8 32. Qh7+ Kf8 33. Bc5+

A brilliant game by White.

1-0 [Michael Goeller]

Justin Sarkar (2454) - Albert Z Kapengut (2374) [A61]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (6) 2012


1. d4

Table 31, board 1, #4 Houdini Performs a Magic Trick vs. #97 Kapengut Family

1... Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nf3 g6 7. Bf4 Nh5 8. Bg5 f6 9. Bh4 Na6 10. e3 Nc7 11. Nd2 Be7 12. Be2 Ng7 13. f3 O-O 14. O-O Rb8 15. a4 b6 16. Rb1 Bf5 17. e4 Bd7 18. b4 Nh5 19. Re1 cxb4 20. Rxb4 Qc8 21. Qb3 Na6 22. Bxa6 Qxa6 23. e5 g5 24. e6 Be8 25. Bf2 Nf4 26. Nb5 Qb7 27. Rd4 Rc8 28. Bg3 a6 29. Nc3 b5 30. axb5 axb5 31. Ne2?!

31. Bxf4 gxf4 32. Rxf4

31... Nxe2+ 32. Rxe2 Rc1+ 33. Nf1 f5

33... Bg6 with the idea of Rfc8 or Ra8 with some initiative for Black.

34. Re1 Qc7 35. Rxc1 Qxc1 36. Rd1 Qc4 37. Nd2 Qe2 38. Qc2 b4 39. Re1 Qb5 40. Qc7! Qxd5 41. Qxe7 Qxd2 42. Qxd6 Qxd6 43. Bxd6 Rf6 44. Bxb4

Despite the bishops of opposite color, White is winning.

44... h6 45. Kf2 f4 46. h4 Rf5 47. hxg5 Rb5? 48. Bc3 Rc5 49. Bf6 hxg5 50. Ra1 Kh7 51. Ra8 Bc6

51... Bb5

52. Rc8! Kg6










52... Rc2+ 53. Ke1! (53. Kg1 g4!) 53... Kg6 54. e7

53. e7! Kxf6 54. Rxc6+! Rxc6 55. e8=Q Re6 56. Qf8+ Kg6 57. Kf1 Rf6 58. Qh8 Rf7 59. Qg8+ Rg7 60. Qe6+ Kh5 1-0 [Michael Goeller]


Richard Selzler (2216) - Stuart S Finney (2244) [B20]

US Amateur Team-ch East/Parsippany,NJ (6) 2012


1. e4

Table 4, board 2, #1 A Sudden Epiphany vs. #30 May the Odds Be Ever in Our Favor

1... c5 2. a3!? d6 3. b4 a6 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. bxc5 dxc5 6. f4 g6 7. Bb2 Bg7 8. Nf3 b5 9. Rb1 Bb7 10. g3 Nd4 11. Bg2 Nf6 12. e5 Nd7 13. O-O  Nb6 14. d3 O-O 15. Nxd4 Qxd4+ 16. Kh1 Qd7

16... Bxg2+ 17. Kxg2 Qd7

17. Ne4 Rac8 18. Qe2 Rfd8 19. Rbd1 Qc7 20. c4 Nd7 21. Rc1 Qb6 22. Kg1 Nf8 23. f5! gxf5 24. Rxf5 Ne6 25. Rcf1 Rf8 26. Ba1 bxc4 27. dxc4 Qb3??

 










28. Nd2! Qc2 29. Bxb7 Rcd8 30. Bd5 Nc7 31. R5f2 Nxd5 32. cxd5 Rxd5 33. Nf3 Qb3 34. Qe4 h6 35. Nh4 e6 36. Ng2 Rd1 37. Rxd1 Qxd1+ 38. Rf1 Qb3 39. Ne3 Rd8 40. Qf4 Rd7 41. Ng4 Kh7 42. Qe4+ Kh8 43. Nf6 Bxf6 44. exf6 Rd8 45. Be5 Rg8 46. Bf4 Rg6 47. Bc1

47. Qxg6 fxg6 48. f7 Kg7 49. Bxh6+! Kxh6 50. f8=Q+ Kh5 (50... Kg5 51. Qf4+ Kh5 52. Qh4#) 51. Qh8+ Kg5 52. Qh4#

47... c4 48. Qxg6! 1-0

[Michael Goeller]

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