- The Washington Times - Friday, December 15, 2006

The Kaufman dynasty continues at the Arlington Chess Club.

Keeping alive the family’s unblemished record this millennium, IM Larry Kaufman went a perfect 4-0 to win the 2006 Arlington Chess Club championship last weekend, a half-point ahead of expert Daniel Clancy, a high school senior.

Since 2000, the senior Kaufman has won the ACC title every year save for 2004, when son Ray Kaufman took the title. Larry defeated Class A player Harry Cohen in the final round in a battle of the last two unbeaten players to claim the 2006 title.

At 21/2-11/2, Class C player Glenn M. Shelton is the club Amateur champion as the top-scoring player under 1800. Some 41 players competed in the tournament, staged by the largest and strongest club in the area.

Kaufman showed patience and persistence in beating back one of his primary challengers, Northern Virginia master Steven Greanias, in Round 2.

Horses are graceful moving forward but ungainly in reverse, and Greanias’ wandering queen’s knight proves no exception. White actually gets some early pressure out of the opening but runs into difficulties when his knight is marooned on a7.

Kaufman’s 26. b3 Be7 27. Rc7 Qd6! holds the defense together, and Black benefits from the queen exchange after 30. Qc6 Be5! 31. Qxd6 (Rc1 Qxc6 32. R1xc6 Bxc7) Bxd6 32. Rc2 Ra8 33. Nc6 Rdc8, forcing the win of a pawn because 34. Rdc1? Ba3 loses even more material.

By 39. Ra8 Bf7 40. Bf3 Bc5, Black is a clear pawn to the good and has the two bishops to boot, but the win still requires precise technique. An opposite-colored bishop ending results, but Black’s outside passed b-pawn proves sufficient to the task.

Kaufman breaks down the last barrier with 58. Kxf3 b2 59. Kf2 (Rb6+ Kg7 60. Bd3 Rg1 61. Rb5 Rxg3+ 62. Ke2 Bd4 also wins for Black) Bxg3+!, and White resigns as 60. Kxg3 Rg1+ 61. Kf4 b1=Q 62. Rxb1 Rxb1 63. Bf3 Rb4+ 64. Kg3 Ke5 is hopeless.

In other ACC news, we offer congratulations to club member Shinsaku Uesugi. The Maryland expert tied for first in the ninth-grade competition at the U.S. K-12/Collegiate Chess Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The U.S. Chess Federation reports that about 1,540 elementary, secondary and college students participated in the three-day event.

There’s been a rare sighting at the 2006 Russian national championship tournament, wrapping up this week in Moscow. In a country with a massive oversupply of top-flight grandmasters, three young international masters have crashed the party, qualifying for the 12-player final.

The most impressive debut has been turned in by 16-year-old IM Ildar Khairullin, who was vying for the lead for much of the tournament before a late loss to GM Denis Khismatullin knocked him out of the running. Khairullin inflicted the only defeat on tournament leader GM Dmitry Jakovenko, weathering a fierce attack and using a cute tactic to win a critical pawn in their Round 7 matchup.

Play is relatively balanced in this Sicilian Najdorf, and the battle is only really joined after 28. Rb1 h6! (a useful luft that White would have done well to copy) 29. b5 Bd7!?, targeting the advanced pawn but allowing White a dangerous attack.

There followed 30. Qa7 Bxb5 31. Nf5 (the immediate 31. Qxf7+ Kh8 32. Rfc1 Rf8 33. Qa7 drives White back) Nxf5 32. exf5 Qf6 33. Rb3 Ra8! 34. Qxf7+ Qxf7 35. Rxb5 (see diagram). The Black queen can’t be saved, but Khairullin now employs his rook to a useful and unexpected spot: 35…Ra2! 37. Bxf7+ Kxf7 37. Rd5?, hoping for rough equality in lines like 37…Ke7 38. g4 Rcc2 39. Kg2 Kd7.

But White misses the real point of Black’s rook move: 37…Rxf2! 38. Kg1 (Rxf2?? Rc1+) Rxf1+ (also strong was 38…Rxf5! 39. Rxf5+ [Rxd6 Rxf1+ 40. Kxf1 Rc2] Ke6 40. Rxd6+ Kxd6) 39. Kxf1 Ke7 40. Ke2 Rc5, and Jakovenko resigned as Black’s two central passed pawns will prove too strong.

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The international chess federation FIDE has announced plans to stage an eight-player world championship tournament starting Sept. 12, 2007, in Mexico, replacing the traditional one-on-one title match.

Reigning world champion Vladimir Kramnik has agreed to play, according to FIDE, and also seeded into the field are fellow Russians Peter Svidler and Alexander Morozevich and India’s Viswanathan Anand of India. Four other slots will be filled by the winners of a series of candidates matches set for May, with American GM Gata Kamsky among the contestants.

It is not clear whether Bulgarian GM Veselin Topalov, who lost a tight title match with Kramnik in October, will play in Mexico.

Arlington Chess Club Championship, Arlington, December 2006


1. Nf3d531. Qxd6Bxd6

2. c4c632. Rc2Ra8

3. g3Nf633. Nc6Rdc8

4. Bg2Nbd734. Nd4Rxc2

5. cxd5cxd535. Nxc2Rxa2

6. d4e636. Nd4Rb2

7. 0-0Be737. Ra1Kf6

8. Nc30-038. Ra7Be8

9. Bf4Nh539. Ra8Bf7

10. Bd2f540. Bf3Bc5

11. Ne5Nxe541. Nc6Rxb3

12. dxe5g642. Rb8e5

13. Qb3Rb843. Nd8Rb1+

14. Bh6Ng744. Kg2e4

15. Rfd1Qe845. Be2Rb2

16. Nb5Bd746. Kf1d4

17. Nc7Qc847. exd4Bxd4

18. Rac1Bc648. Nxf7Kxf7

19. Nb5Qd749. Rb7+Ke6

20. Nc3Rfd850. Rxh7b5

21. Bxg7Kxg751. h4b4

22. e3Qc752. Rb7Ke5

23. Nb5Qxe553. Rb5+Kf6

24. Nxa7Bf654. Rd5Be5

25. Qb6Bd755. Rb5Rb1+

26. b3Be756. Kg2b3

27. Rc7Qd657. f4exf3+

28. Qa5b658. Kxf3b2

29. Qc3+Bf659. Kf2Bxg3+

30. Qc6Be5White resigns

Russian Championship SuperFinal, Moscow, December 2006


1. e4c521. Ne3Be6

2. Nf3d622. Bd5Rc8

3. d4cxd423. a4bxa4

4. Nxd4Nf624. Qxa4Qg5

5. Nc3a625. Rf1Rb8

6. Be3e526. Kh1Qh4

7. Nf3Be727. Rae1Rfc8

8. Bc40-028. Rb1h6

9. 0-0Nc629. b5Bd7

10. Re1b530. Qa7Bxb5

11. Bb3Rb831. Nf5Nxf5

12. Bg5Nd732. exf5Qf6

13. Bxe7Qxe733. Rb3Ra8

14. Nd5Qd834. Qxf7+Qxf7

15. c3Nc535. Rxb5Ra2

16. Bc2a536. Bxf7+Kxf7

17. b4axb437. Rd5Rxf2

18. cxb4Ne638. Kg1Rf1+

19. Bb3Ned439. Kxf1Ke7

20. Nxd4Nxd440. Ke2Rc5

White resigns

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



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