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Correspondence Chess Opportunities

July 30, 2016

A lot has changed since the last time I did a post on correspondence chess. Now my level of play generates a constant stream of invitations to very prestigious events. I have accepted most of these invitations in order to further challenge myself and continue to grow in chess. Below is a list of my current correspondence chess events minus a couple of friendly matches.

 

The 2016 USCF Absolute Correspondence Chess Championship

The 2016 USCF Absolute Correspondence Chess Championship

 

The 2016 Germany Masters

The 2016 Germany Masters

 

The North Atlantic Team Tournament VII

The North Atlantic Team Tournament VII

 

13th North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship

13th North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship

 

“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” – Ann Landers

Latvia vs USA Chess Match 2015

April 1, 2016

  

 Team USA will be winning the Latvia – USA Correspondence Chess Match of 2015 and I helped lead the way as our highest board with a perfect result. My advice is simple, “Keep Calm and Take Your Time.”

LAT-USA 2015

TD Kracht, Jörg (IA)
Latvia White Black White Black USA
Board 1  SIM Roze, Andris  2513 ½ ½ ½ ½  SIM Holroyd, Kenneth  2510
Board 2  SIM Avotinš, Maigonis  2458 ½ ½ ½ ½  IM Morrow, Wolff  2454
Board 3  Klimakovs, Sergejs  2435 1 . . 0  SIM Knudsen, John C.  2435
Board 4  Klimakovs, Sergejs  2435 ½ ½ ½ ½  SIM Biedermann, Thomas  2433
Board 5  IM Auzinš, Maris  2402 1 ½ ½ 0  O’Connell, C.  2400
Board 6  IM Auzinš, Maris  2402 ½ 0 1 ½  Ingersol, Harry  2398
Board 7  IM Graudinš, Ilmars  2369 0E 0 1 1E  Torres, Chris  2352
Board 8  SIM Kažoks, Aivars  2345 ½ 0 1 ½  Brooks, Michael  2346
Board 9  SIM Kažoks, Aivars  2345 ½ 0 1 ½  Gleyzer, Leonid  2321
Board 10  Mihailovs, Arturs  2292 ½ ½ ½ ½  IM Schakel, Corky  2305
Board 11  Mihailovs, Arturs  2292 . . . .  Horwitz, Daniel M.  2297
Board 12  Bondars, Rolands  2280 ½ 0 1 ½  Landes, Eric  2283
Board 13  Bondars, Rolands  2280 ½ ½ ½ ½  Biedermann, Kyle  2271
Board 14  GM Gaujens, Artis  2225 ½ . . ½  White, David V.  2260
Board 15  GM Gaujens, Artis  2225 ½ ½ ½ ½  Fortune, Dr. Jonathan Ray  2233
Board 16  Korzans, Vilmars  2214 ½ 0E 1E ½  Palmateer, Carl  2227
Board 17  Korzans, Vilmars  2214 0E 0E 1E 1E  Cousins, Robert  2207
Board 18  Gerhards, Guntis  2212 ½ ½ ½ ½  Ledford, Steven O.  2185
Board 19  Gerhards, Guntis  2212 ½ ½ ½ ½  Jenkins, Richard  2180
Board 20  Kurpnieks, Vairis  2143 ½ ½ ½ ½  Leisner, Jon S.  2161
Board 21  Kurpnieks, Vairis  2143 . ½ ½ .  Beres, Juraj  2159
Board 22  Plume, Gunars  2091 ½ ½ ½ ½  Chipkin, Leonard B.  2117
Board 23  Plume, Gunars  2091 0 0 1 1  Relyea, Alexander  2108
Board 24  Mačs, Osvalds  2073 ½ ½ ½ ½  Weiss, Lester P.  2101
Board 25  Mačs, Osvalds  2073 1 ½ ½ 0  Cofer, David  2096
Board 26  Koops, Maris  2061 0 ½ ½ 1  Deskin, Gary  2067
Board 27  Koops, Maris  2061 ½ 0 1 ½  Ellis, James R.  2055
Board 28  Dzenis, Janis (Tukmus)  2048 ½ ½ ½ ½  Forney, Robert  2034
Board 29  Dzenis, Janis (Tukmus)  2048 1 ½ ½ 0  Underwood, Wesley K.  2031
Board 30  Boreisis, Vitauts  1991 0 ½ ½ 1  Tedesco, Matthew  2003
Board 31  Boreisis, Vitauts  1991 1 1 0 0  Haag, Russell A.  1982
Board 32  Beltins, Gunars  1953 0 0 1 1  Cross, Gregory W.  1976
Board 33  Beltins, Gunars  1953 0 ½ ½ 1  Sylvander, D.  1955
Board 34  Gulbis, Harijs  1897 1 ½ ½ 0  DiJoseph, John  1928
Board 35  Gulbis, Harijs  1897 0 0 1 1  Stroup, Jim  1907
Board 36  Gulbis, Harijs  1897
Bitmanis, Valdemars  1887
½ 1 0 ½  Cakars, John  1906
Board 37  Bitmanis, Valdemars  1887
Gulbis, Harijs  1897
0 0 1 1  Carter, Maurice H.  1901
Board 38  Ulmanis, Ainis  1799 0 0 1 1  Neale, Mark  1820
Board 39  Plums, Uldis  1682 0 0 1 1  Howard, James  1682
Board 40  Plums, Uldis  1682 ½ 1 0 ½  McLaughlin, Ed  1681
Total: 29.5 45.5

 

 

[Event “LAT-USA 2015”]

[Site “ICCF”]

[Date “2015.02.13”]

[Round “?.7”]

[White “Torres, Chris”]

[Black “Graudins, Ilmars”]

[Result “1-0”]

[WhiteElo “2352”]

[BlackElo “2369”]

[PlyCount “61”]

[EventDate “2015.??.??”]

[WhiteTeam “USA”]

[BlackTeam “Latvia”]

[WhiteTeamCountry “USA”]

[BlackTeamCountry “LAT”]

 

  1. a3 g6 2. f4 Bg7 3. e4 d5 4. e5 f6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. d4 Nh6 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. h3 Nf5
  2. hxg4 Ne3 10. Qe2 Nxc2+ 11. Kd1 Nxa1 12. g3 Qe8 13. b3 Qc6 14. Qd3 Nd7 15.

Qb1 Nxb3 16. Qxb3 a6 17. Bd3 fxe5 18. fxe5 Rfc8 19. Be4 Nb6 20. Ng5 h6 21. Ngf3

g5 22. Nxg5 hxg5 23. Bh7+ Kf8 24. Qe3 Nd7 25. Qxg5 Nf6 26. Rf1 Qa4+ 27. Bc2

Qxd4 28. Qh5 Qe3 29. exf6 exf6 30. g5 Qe5 31. Rf5 1-0

 

 

[Event “LAT-USA 2015”]

[Site “ICCF”]

[Date “2015.02.13”]

[Round “?.7”]

[White “Graudins, Ilmars”]

[Black “Torres, Chris”]

[Result “0-1”]

[WhiteElo “2369”]

[BlackElo “2352”]

[PlyCount “68”]

[EventDate “2015.??.??”]

[WhiteTeam “Latvia”]

[BlackTeam “USA”]

[WhiteTeamCountry “LAT”]

[BlackTeamCountry “USA”]

 

  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. c4

c6 9. Qc2 Na6 10. a3 Bg4 11. Ne5 Bxe5 12. dxe5 Nac5 13. f3 Nxd3 14. Qxd3 Nc5

  1. Qd4 Nb3 16. Qxg4 Nxa1 17. Bh6 g6 18. Nc3 Qb6+ 19. Kh1 Qxb2 20. Qf4 f5 21.

Na4 Qe2 22. Rxa1 Rfe8 23. cxd5 cxd5 24. Qb4 Qxe5 25. Rg1 b6 26. Bf4 Qe7 27. Qd2

d4 28. Qxd4 Rac8 29. h3 b5 30. Nc3 Qc5 31. Qd5+ Kh8 32. Qxc5 Rxc5 33. Na2 a5

  1. Rd1 Rc4 {time forfeit} 0-1

 

Free #Chess Win?! It Must Be Christmas!

December 26, 2015

Just found out that my Latvian correspondence chess opponent accidentally stepped over his allotted time in a drawn position. Free win on Christmas!? I’ll take it!

  

 

 

Commendations 

December 24, 2015

 

24 December 2015 

Hi, Chris !

 

            Congratulations on attaining the rating of Master in USCF Correspondence Chess. This is an excellent accomplishment and the attached certificate honors your success.         

.          

                        Pax, Alex Dunne

                                 USCF CC Director

Invitation of the Month

November 13, 2015

Dear Chris,

On behalf of ICCF-US you are invited to play on board 5 of this event please let me know by 11/15/15 your decision
Tom Biedermann
On Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 7:07 AM, Valen <valentincosta@ajedrezaeac.com> wrote:

Dear Chessfriend,

The Spanish Association of Correspondence Chess (AEAC) is proud to Organise the “North Atlantic Team Tournament 7 (NATT 7)”.

Items:

Tournament will be played on the ICCF webserver;

Number of teams 13

Start date: May 1, 2016

Number of players per team: 8

Reflection time: 10 moves / 50 days.

License: 45 days / year. Special licenses not allowed.

Playoffs: Rule Bachmann, Sonnen, teams result

Category boards (orientation purposes):

Board 1: cat. 10 or more

Board 2: cat. 8/9

Board 3: cat. 7/8

Board 4: cat. 6/7

Board 5: cat. 5/6

Board 6: cat. 4. 5

Board 7: cat. 3. 4

Board 8: cat. 2. 3

If possible, confirm to me the participation from your federation before 15 November to be able to structure the tournament.

I ask you, Please, to confirm Me That You Will Participate.

Best wishes
Valen.

 

PS: Interests your federation to present 2 teams?

 

Valentín Costa Trillo

Vicepresidente Y Delegado ICCF

Asociación Española de Ajedrez por Correspondencia

valentincosta@ajedrezaeac.com · http://www.ajedrezaeac.com

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The Czech is in the Mail: CZE vs USA Correspondence Chess 

October 29, 2015

  
CZE-USA 2013, Czech Republic – USA Friendly Match TD De Blois Figueredo, Adrián (IA) Czech Republic White Black White Black USA Board 1 GM Židů, Jan ½ ½ ½ ½ GM Ham, Stephen E….

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And so it begins…

July 31, 2015

  

California’s Top Correspondence Chess Players

May 28, 2015

California has a long and rich history of correspondence chess extending all the way back to the days of the Gold Rush. Below is the list of the top 10 correspondence chess players in the State of California according to the current United States Chess Federation rating list. Panning through the databases for each of these player’s best games will undoubtably provide chess treasure hunters with many undiscovered golden nuggets from California Chess.  
1 Torres, Chris F 2378

2 Kell, Spencer R 2363

3 Bonsack, Laurence T 2362

4 Langland, Thomas P 2304

5 Funston, David A 2297

6 Boles, Robert L 2237

7 Alazawi, Samir 2162

8 Stephenson, Mark A 2156

9 Fees, Dennis 2106

10 Bellnap, Mark S 2089

Time for a promotion?

May 5, 2015

Should a white pawn manage to make it all the way to eighth rank, it must promote to any piece other than a king.

The Seventh Rank Achieved

February 10, 2015

In Spanish, a Rook in chess is called a “Torre” and every Russian schoolboy knows a rook on the seventh rank is particularly deadly!

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