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Double-Bishop Sacrifice by George Koltanowski

posted May 10, 2020, 7:54 PM by Louisiana Chess

George Koltanowski made the Colle-System famous through his many “blind-fold” simultaneous exhibitions.  I still have his paper-back, signed to Denis Baker, that I bought for a steal in 1980.  The old, used pamphlet sells for $40 on ebay, today.  Here is one of Koltanowski’s games, with notes from Smith-Hall {Winning With The Colle System] 

Koltanowski-Defosse, Belgium, 1936 – Colle System

 

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 c5 5.c3 Nc6 [putting pressure on the d4 square, hindering white's plans to push the pawn to e4]  6.Nbd2 (Traditional Colle System) Bd6  7.0–0 0–0.  8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.e4 Qc7  10.Qe2 Bd6  11.Re1 Ng4 12.h3 Nge5 13.Nxe5  Nxe5 14.exd5 exd5 15.Nf3 …

Smith-Hall suggests 15. … Nxd3 is the safer move, followed by 16.Qxd3 Qc4 17.Rd1 Qxd3 18.Rxd3 Rd8 19.Be3 Be6 20.Rad1

*The actual game continued 15...Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 Be6 17.Be3 Rad8

(17...Be5 18.Kh1 to avoid checks 18...Bf6 19.Re2 followed by Rae1 and Bb1 Harding) 

18.Bc2 b5 19.Bd4 (Threats Qh5 and after ...g6 Qh6) 19...Bc5 20.Rad1 b4 21.Be5 Bd6

(See Diagram).

 22.Bxh7+!! Breaking away the pawns that protect the King, common with Colle attacks 22...Kxh7 23.Qh5+ Kg8 24.Bxg7!! Kxg7 25.Qg5+ Kh7 26.Rd4 1-0 Koltanowski-Defosse, Belgium, 1936 - Brilliant 2 Bishop Sacrifice!]


2019 Senior Qualifier - Round 5 - Phillips v. Apper

posted Mar 21, 2020, 8:36 PM by Louisiana Chess

     Posted by Rene Phillips
[Event "2019 Senior Qualifier"]
[Date "2019.04.07"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Phillips, Rene'"]
[Black "Apper, Kevin"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A48"]
[WhiteElo "2000"]
[BlackElo "1780"]
[Annotator "lichess.org"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2020.??.??"]
[EventType "rapid"]
[TimeControl "300+8"]
[WhiteClock "0:05:34"]
[BlackClock "0:06:32"]

1. d4 {0.25/0 8} g6 {0.56/0 8 A40 Modern Defense} 2. Bf4 $6 {0.00/0 3 (0.56
→ 0.00) Inaccuracy. c4 was best.} (2. c4 d6 3. e4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Be2 O-O
6. Bg5 h6) 2... Bg7 {0.00/0 2} 3. Nf3 {0.00/0 3} Nf6 {0.00/0 3} 4. h3 {0.01/0 3
} d6 {0.18/0 3} 5. e3 {0.00/0 4} O-O {0.05/0 6} 6. Nbd2 {0.27/0 4} Nc6 {
0.03/0 7} 7. Be2 {0.03/0 2} Bd7 {0.06/0 4} 8. O-O {0.18/0 6} a6 $6 {0.76/0 2
(-0.18 → 0.76) Inaccuracy. Re8 was best.} (8... Re8 9. c3) 9. a4 $6 {0.16/0
3 (0.76 → 0.16) Inaccuracy. c4 was best.} (9. c4 e6) 9... Nh5 {0.52/0 5} 10.
Bh2 {0.92/0 5} f5 {1.01/0 5} 11. c3 {0.94/0 2} f4 {1.36/0 3} 12. Ng5 $6 {
0.66/0 7 (1.36 → 0.66) Inaccuracy. d5 was best.} (12. d5 Ne5 13. Nxe5 dxe5
14. Qb3 Rb8 15. Bxh5 gxh5 16. exf4 exf4 17. Rae1 Kh8 18. Qb4 f3) 12... fxe3 $6
{1.71/0 5 (0.66 → 1.71) Inaccuracy. e6 was best.} (12... e6 13. Ndf3) 13.
Qb3+ {1.57/0 6} e6 {1.73/0 3} 14. Nxe6 {1.38/0 3} Bxe6 $6 {2.36/0 5 (1.38 →
2.36) Inaccuracy. exf2+ was best.} (14... exf2+ 15. Rxf2 Bxe6 16. Qxe6+ Kh8 17.
Rxf8+ Qxf8 18. Bxh5 gxh5 19. Re1 Bh6 20. Rf1 Qg7 21. Bf4) 15. Qxe6+ {2.19/0 2}
Kh8 {2.08/0 7} 16. fxe3 {2.19/0 8} Re8 {2.24/0 11} 17. Qb3 {2.19/0 6} Rxe3 $6 {
3.16/0 4 (2.19 → 3.16) Inaccuracy. Qg5 was best.} (17... Qg5) 18. Bxh5 {
3.01/0 8} gxh5 {2.98/0 2} 19. Qxb7 {2.86/0 4} Ne7 {2.79/0 6} 20. Bf4 {2.63/0 7}
Re2 $6 {3.94/0 4 (2.63 → 3.94) Inaccuracy. Re6 was best.} (20... Re6 21. Qf3
Qg8 22. Qxh5 Qe8 23. Qf3 Rb8 24. Rae1 Ng6 25. Rxe6 Qxe6 26. Bg3 Rxb2 27. Re1)
21. Qf3 {3.95/0 5} Re6 {3.07/0 8} 22. Qxh5 $6 {2.08/0 7 (3.70 → 2.80)
Inaccuracy. Ne4 was best.} (22. Ne4 Qg8) 22... Ng6 {3.26/0 6} 23. Bg5 {3.15/0 7
} Qe8 {3.27/0 5} 24. Nf3 {3.22/0 4} Re2 {3.36/0 6} 25. Rf2 {2.93/0 36} Rb8 $6 {
4.42/0 7 (2.93 → 4.42) Inaccuracy. Rxf2 was best.} (25... Rxf2 26. Kxf2) 26.
b4 $6 {3.21/0 4 (4.42 → 3.21) Inaccuracy. Rxe2 was best.} (26. Rxe2 Qxe2 27.
Bd2 Qd3 28. Re1 Rf8 29. Ng5 h6 30. Ne4 Nf4 31. Qh4 Ne2+ 32. Kh2 Re8) 26... Qe4
$2 {5.54/0 5 (3.21 → 5.54) Mistake. Rxf2 was best.} (26... Rxf2) 27. Rxe2 {
5.07/0 4} Qxe2 {4.55/0 5} 28. Re1 {4.53/0 2} Qd3 {4.56/0 10} 29. Re3 {4.02/0 6}
Qd1+ $6 {5.35/0 5 (4.20 → 5.35) Inaccuracy. Qc2 was best.} (29... Qc2 30. Bh6
) 30. Kh2 {5.68/0 3} Rf8 {6.59/0 14} 31. Bh6 {6.01/0 48} Rf6 {8.18/0 6} 32.
Re8+ {7.67/0 9} Nf8 {13.69/0 9} 33. Bxg7+ {12.79/0 10} Kxg7 {11.57/0 5} 34.
Qg5+ {8.09/0 5} Ng6 {7.83/0 6} 35. Nh4 {6.41/0 8} Rf1 {8.46/0 5} 36. Re7+ {
7.66/0 11} Rf7 $2 {#5/0 10 (7.66 → Mate in 5) Checkmate is now unavoidable.
Kf8 was best.} (36... Kf8 37. Re3) 37. Nf5+ {#4/0 5} Kf8 {#4/0 6} 38. Qh6+ {
#3/0 4} Kg8 {#3/0 6} 39. Re8+ {#2/0 6} Nf8 {#2/0 5} 40. Rxf8+ {#1/0 6} Rxf8 {
#1/0 4} 41. Qg7# {10 Normal White wins by checkmate.} 1-0

I included engine notes from Chess.com. I recalled the game from memory after the game was played as it was the tie break game at a G/15 time control. I had faced Kevin Apper in the first round of the 2020 Louisiana qualifier with Black and managed a draw from the Black side of a Scandinavian Defense. Kevin and I both won games against our other opponents and remained tied with 3.5 points after 4 rounds. This last game was played as a tiebreaker with me having the White pieces. I actually thought on the whole, Kevin played better than I did in this tournament as his wins against the same opposition seemed much more convincing than mine. I was fortunate to win this tiebreak. 

2009 G/10 and G/15 games

posted Dec 1, 2009, 6:34 PM by Lazy Frog   [ updated Dec 1, 2009, 6:35 PM ]

Courtesy of Rene' Phillips


Games from the 1960s

posted Sep 23, 2009, 8:21 AM by Louisiana Chess   [ updated Sep 23, 2009, 8:22 AM ]

Thanks to William Trosclair for submitting these great games!



Phillips-Steger, 2009 La. G/60 Championship

posted Jul 15, 2009, 5:16 AM by Louisiana Chess   [ updated Jul 15, 2009, 2:47 PM ]

 

Olson-Steger, 2009 La. G/30 Championship

posted Jul 15, 2009, 5:13 AM by Louisiana Chess


Karaivanov-Phillips, 2009 La. G/30 Championship

posted Jul 15, 2009, 5:12 AM by Louisiana Chess   [ updated Jul 15, 2009, 2:51 PM ]


Phillips-Caveney, 2009 La. G/30 Championship

posted Jul 15, 2009, 5:10 AM by Louisiana Chess


Bartell-Sana, 2009 Liberty Bell Open

posted Jul 15, 2009, 5:09 AM by Louisiana Chess


Hargrove-Sana, 2008 La. State Championship

posted Jul 15, 2009, 5:06 AM by Louisiana Chess


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