- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 1, 2002

Maryland-based GM Alex Wojtkiewicz is his adopted state's new champion, having taken last month's Maryland Open with a 4- score, surrendering only a last-round draw.
Master Oladapo Adu, the only player with a chance to catch the Polish-born GM, accepted the draw to finish in a three-way tie for second at 4-1 with defending champ Larry Kaufman of Potomac and New Yorker Ilye Figler. About 38 players competed in the Open section of the tournament, held May 15 and 16 at the University of Maryland's College Park campus.
Expert Thomas Murphy turned in one of the weekend's better performances, drawing Kaufman in Round 1 and defeating masters Vladimir Grechikhin and Enkhbat Tegshsuren on his way to a ratings-enhancing 3-1 result.
Bruce Till of Maryland won the Under-2000 Amateur section at 4-, a half-point ahead of Kebadu Belachew and Sathish Nath in the 33-player section. Five players Frank Huber, Graham Cridland, Brian Montes, Cleveland Murphy and Bret Latter shared top honors in the Under-1500 Reserve section, all at 4-1.

Talented Russian GM Vadim Zvjaginsev took clear first in the strong Category 16 fourth annual Julian Borowski Tournament, which wrapped up May 25 in Essen, Germany. His superb 7-1 result was just good enough to nip top-seeded Hungarian GM Peter Leko, who also was undefeated at 7-2.
Moral victories may not count over the chessboard, but some kind of prize should have gone to the great Russian-born Swiss GM Viktor Korchnoi, who kept things lively by playing eight decisive games in the nine-round event. Uzbek GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov notched his only win in Essen in one particularly enjoyable tilt with Korchnoi.
In the first of today's two French Defenses, Black never really solves the defense's basic problem the blocked-in queen's bishop and the cramp it places on his development. Already after 14. Nxd4 Bd7 15. Rad1, Black has to waste another defensive tempo because the natural 15…Rac8 allows 16. Nxe6! Bxe6 17. Bxe6 fxe6 18. Qxe6+ Kh8 19. Qxe7 Rxd1 20. Rxd1 Qh5 21. Rd8+, preserving White's material edge.
Kasimdzhanov's rook lift 16. Rd3! Ng8 17. Bg3 (White has no interest in chopping wood) Rac8 18. Rf3 puts maximum pressure on the Black king side. Poaching a pawn with 19…Qxa2? already would be costly because of 20. Qe4 g6 21. Rxf6! Nxf6 22. Be5 Kg7 23. Qf4, winning.
Black finally snatches the a-pawn, only to find himself under a textbook sacrificial attack against the weak points on his king side: 20. Be4 Qxa2 (Qc4 21. Qxc4 Rxc4 22. b3 Rc5 23. Bd6 Rg5 24. Bxb7 loses a pawn with no compensation) 21. Bb1 Qd5 22. Qd3 g6 23. Rxf6!.
There is no immediate follow-up to White's exchange sacrifice, but the paralyzed Black king side and the shaky pawn structure give Kasimdzhanov plenty of targets to shoot at. After Black is forced to weaken his e6 square, a second piece sacrifice brings matters to a close.
Thus: 23…Nxf6 24. Be5 Kg7 25. Qg3! (putting pressure on g6 and clearing the way for the second rook to enter the game) Qc5 (to clear the long diagonal for the bishop and prevent the White rook from getting to f3, but the bishop abandons e6 in the process) 26. Re3 Bc6 27. Bxg6!.
On 27…fxg6, White has to watch his back rank, but the attack still proves overwhelming 28. Bxf6+ (and not 28. Nxe6+?? Kh7 29. Nxc5 [Nxd8 Rxd8 30. Bxf6 Rd1+] Rd1+ 30. Re1 Rxe1 mate) Kh7 (unfortunately forced, as 28…Kxf6 29. Rxe6+ Kg7 30. Qxg6+ Kh8 31. Qxh6+ Kg8 32. Rg6+ Kf7 33. Qg7+ Ke8 34. Re6+ leads to mate) 29. Bxd8 Rxd8 30. Rxc6.
Kasimdzhanov has won a pawn with a still-potent attack, and even the resourceful Korchnoi can't save the position. Black has to agree to a queen trade as 30…Rg8 31. Qe3 Rg7 32. Nxc6 Qxe3 33. fxe3 bxc6 34. Rxc6 is an easy win.
In the final position, the awkward position of the Black king will lead to further material loss; e.g. 34…a6 35. Ne3 Bg8 [Bc6 36. Ng4+ Kh5 37. Rh7 mate] 36. Ng4+ Kh5 37. Rg7 b5 38. Rxg8! Rxg8 39. Nf6+ Kh6 40. Nxg8+. Black resigned.

Milan's Vedior Trophy, a modest 12-player Category 1 event won last month by Albanian FM Llambi Qendro, isn't exactly a major stop on the international circuit. But it's always nice to find a game in which a player manages three queen sacrifices in the space of an 18-move miniature, as Italian master Davide Isonzo does here to compatriot Valerio Di Fonzo.
This French Winawer takes a very different turn from the previous game, as Isonzo as Black sacrifices half his king-side pawns in order to organize a quick counterattack. Di Fonzo's 14. c3?! Bf5 15. Qh6? plays into Black's plans, opening lines to the White king while the White queen remains far from the action.
The punishment is swift and direct: 15…Nb4! (offering her majesty for the first time, since 16. Qxd6 Nxa2 is mate, while 16. cxb4 Rc8+ 17. Bc3 Qxh6+ exploits the overworked White bishop) 16. Bc4 Qc7 (dxc4!? 17. cxb4 Qd7 is probably good enough, but not nearly as satisfying) 17. Nxe5 (see diagram) Qxc4!! (Sacrifice No. 2, brutally renewing the threat of 18…Nxa2 mate) 18. b3 dxc3!.
Sacrifice No. 3 settles the affair, as 19. bxc4 Nxa2 is mate a third time, while 19. Rfd1 Qe2! 20. Qe3 Nxa2 is mate yet again. Di Fonzo resigned.

Loyal reader Joe Barker is putting together a book on the history of the U.S. Open and asks if anyone has cross tables and other information from the 1964 Open in Boston and the fondly remembered 1976 event at George Mason University in Fairfax. You can contact Mr. Barker directly at 806 Litz Drive, Charleston, WV 25311 or e-mail him at st2004@stmail.wvnet.edu.
The author says any help would be greatly appreciated.

Fourth Julian Borowski Tournament, Essen, Germany, May 2002
Kasimdzhanov Korchnoi
1. e4e618. Rf3Bf6
2. d4d519. Bd3Qd5
3. Nc3Nf620. Be4Qxa2
4. Bg5dxe421. Bb1Qd5
5. Nxe4Nbd722. Qd3g6
6. Nxf6+Nxf623. Rxf6Nxf6
7. Nf3c524. Be5Kg7
8. Bc4Qa5+25. Qg3Qc5
9. c3Be726. Re3Bc6
10. 0-00-027. Bxg6fxg6
11. Re1h628. Bxf6+Kh7
12. Bh4Rd829. Bxd8Rxd8
13. Qe2cxd430. Rxe6Qg5
14. Nxd4Bd731. Qxg5hxg5
15. Rad1Kh832. h3Bd5
16. Rd3Ng833. Re7+Kh6
17. Bg3Rac834. Nc2Black

Vedior Trophy, Milan, May 2002
Di FonzoIsonzo
1. e4e610. Nf3a6
2. d4d511. Nd6+Bxd6
3. Nc3Bb412. exd6Qxd6
4. e5c513. 0-0-0e5
5. Bd2cxd414. c3Bf5
6. Nb5Bc515. Qh6Nb4
7. Qg4Ne716. Bc4Qc7
8. Qxg7Rg817. Nxe5Qxc4
9. Qxh7Nbc618. b3dxc3
White resigns

David R. Sands can be reached at 202/636-3178 or by e-mail at dsands@washingtontimes.com.



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