- The Washington Times - Friday, May 28, 2004

Same name, new champ. NM Ray Kaufman kept the Arlington Chess Club champion’s trophy in the family, succeeding his father, two-time defending champ IM Larry Kaufman, at the club championship earlier this month.

The younger Kaufman’s 4- score was matched by masters John Meyer and Boris Privman, but Ray took the honors as the only club member in the winner’s circle. The Arlington club is one of the biggest and strongest in the area.

Tyler Cook is the new ACC amateur champion, edging out Jim Cope, Steve Linett and Manoj Sapre on tiebreaks after all four finished at 3-2. Some 59 players competed in the event, according to organizer Mike Atkins, who also passed along some games from the event.

Class C player David Paden took one of the event’s upset prizes after defeating two experts and a Class A player in his first three games. He was finally beaten by the new club champion in Round 4 but gained a sackful of ratings points over the weekend.

Against expert Michael Damey, Paden showed a cool head even after losing a pawn just out of the opening. After 18. Qd1 Rac8 19. Bxa4 Qg4, the open c-file offers Black a little compensation, but perhaps more important, the lost material leaves Paden with only one option — attack.

White’s next move, 20. Qd3?!, is already a wrong turn, increasing the force of the coming …f5. Better was challenging Black on the c-file with 20. Re1 Rc3 21. Rc1!, because Black gets in trouble on 21…Rfc8 (Rxc3? 22. Rc7) 22. Rxc3 Rxc3 23. Qa1 Rc4 (Rxf3? 24. Bd1!) 24. Nxe5! dxe5 25. Qxe5+ Kf8 26. d6 Ng8 (Nc6 27. Qh8 mate) 27. d7, winning.

By 27. Rg4 Nf4 28. Nh4 (Rxf4!?, giving up some booty to ease the pressure, was a consideration here) Qf6, Black has made all the progress and has a real threat in 29…Rc3! 30. Qxc3 Ne2+. Paden cashes in on 29. Qe4 Rc3 30. Bc2 Nxh3+! 31. Kh2 (gxh3 Qxf2+ 32. Kh1 Rxh3 mate) Nxf2, forking every major asset White has.

A series of checks only drives the Black king to a safe harbor on the queenside, and after 34. Ba4+ Kd8 35. Qg8+ Kc7, White not only loses an exchange, but his knight on g6 is trapped as well. After 42. Qg8 Bxd5 43. Qe8 Qc2, White faces instant mate and a huge material deficit; Damey resigned.

Larry Kaufman’s bid for a yet another club crown came to grief against Meyer in a critical final-round encounter. We pick things up from today’s diagrammed position, where a wild opening struggle has finally subsided into a position of rough equality.

With time control drawing near, Kaufman as Black thinks he can dislodge White’s knights from their central posts, only to find himself snared in a mating net.

Thus: 34. Rd8+ Kb7 35. Nd4 f6 (Ne4 36. Ke2 37. Nc4 Bxd4 38. Rxd4 Nc5 39. Nxa5+ Ka6 40. Nc4 Nxb3 looks acceptable for Black) 36. Nc4 e5?? (Black eyes the b-pawn but forgets his own king; evacuating the rook with something like 36…Re7 or 36…Rg7 was mandatory) 37. Nd6+ Kb6 38. a5+!.

It’s mate in one when the knight returns to c4 on 38…Kxa5 39. Nc4 mate. Kaufman resigned.

Spain’s Alexei Shirov got off to a scintillating start in the Category 15 Bosna 2004 tournament in Sarajevo. Against a strong field that included onetime world-title challenger Nigel Short of Britain, the electrifying Shirov reeled off six wins and two draws in the first eight rounds to lock up clear first with a round to go this week.

One of the best games in the streak was Shirov’s bare-knuckle brawl with Bosnian GM Suat Atalik, who is no mean tactician himself. Cutting right to the chase, we find after 31. Nxe5 Rxf1+ 32. Kh2 dxe5 that Black has actually won two minor pieces for Shirov’s rook.

But with his rook on f1 and knight on a3 essentially out of play, Atalik underestimates the power of White’s d-pawn.

Shirov wraps things up in brilliant fashion with 34. d7 Qd8 35. Rd3 f6 (emancipating the knight with 35…Nb1 allows 36. Qg5!) 36. Rd6 Kf7 37. Qe2! (hitting the rook on f1 and gaining a tempo to reach h5) Rc1 38. Qh5+ Ke7 39. Re6+!! Kxd7 (Kxe6 40. Qe8+ Qe7 41. d8=Q wins) 40. Rd2+.

The rook check costs Black his queen and his king can’t survive much longer after that. Atalik gave up.

2004 Arlington Chess Club Championship, Arlington, May 2004

Damey Paden

1. e4 c5 23. Bb3 Rf7

2. Nf3 g6 24. Rd1 g5

3. d4 Bg7 25. Qe3 h6

4. c3 cxd4 26. h3 Ng6

5. cxd4 a6 27. Rg4 Nf4

6. Nc3 b5 28. Nh4 Qf6

7. a3 Bb7 29. Qe4 Rc3

8. Bd3 d6 30. Bc2 Nxh3+

9. Be3 Nd7 31. Kh2 Nxf2

10. 0-0 e5 32. Qh7+ Kf8

11. d5 Ne7 33. Ng6+ Ke8

12. Qd2 0-0 34. Ba4+ Kd8

13. Bh6 Nc5 35. Qg8+ Kc7

14. Bc2 Qd7 36. Rg3 Nxd1

15. Bxg7 Kxg7 37. Bxd1 Rxg3

16. b4 Na4 38. Kxg3 Rg7

17. Nxa4 bxa4 39. Qh8 Qxg6

18. Qd1 Rac8 40. Bh5 Qd3+

19. Bxa4 Qg4 41. Kh2 Rh7

20. Qd3 f5 42. Qg8 Bxd5

21. Rfe1 fxe4 43. Qe8 Qc2

22. Rxe4 Qf5 White resigns

Bosna 2004 Grandmaster Tournament, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, May 2004

Shirov Atalik

1. e4 e5 21. Ra2 Rc3

2. Nf3 Nc6 22. Qd1 Qf6

3. Bb5 a6 23. Re3 Rfc8

4. Ba4 Nf6 24. Bd2 R3c5

5. 0-0 Be7 25. Rf3 Qd8

6. Re1 b5 26. Ne3 R8c7

7. Bb3 d6 27. Ng4 Qc8

8. c3 0-0 28. Bf1 Rc1

9. h3 Na5 29. Bxc1 Rxc1

10. Bc2 c5 30. Qd2 Ba6

11. d4 cxd4 31. Nxe5 Rxf1+

12. cxd4 Bb7 32. Kh2 dxe5

13. d5 Rc8 33. d6 Bb7

14. Nbd2 Nh5 34. d7 Qd8

15. Nf1 Nc4 35. Rd3 f6

16. a4 b4 36. Rd6 Kf7

17. b3 Na3 37. Qe2 Rc1

18. Bd3 a5 38. Qh5+ Ke7

19. Nxe5 Bf6 39. Re6+ Kxd7

20. Qxh5 Bxe5 40. Rd2+ Black


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

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