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Russia vs USA Chess Match

January 3, 2013
Let the Games Begin

Let the Games Begin

Forty years after the greatest American chess player, Bobby Fischer, slayed Boris Spassky and the Russians to win the World Chess Championship, another classic chess battle between East and West will taking place. Officially starting on February first, 2013, Russia and the United States will do battle in a correspondence chess match for honor and pride. The last time a match such as this occurred was in 1982 when the Soviets crushed the Americans. This time round, the players representing the United States aspire to even the score.

I am honored to be representing team USA on board 16 versus the infamous Russian chess master, Andrey Terekhov. Mr Terekhov has already earned the title of FIDE Master and appears to be on his way toward earning an International Master title in correspondence chess. Andrey’s successes on the chess board are only matched by his achievements in computer science. On occasion, Andrey Terekhov is able to combine his hobbies as can be seen in a recent article about his simul versus the Caltech Chess Club.

For the next month, leading up to my first move, I will be busy preparing inventions and traps and placing them in a folder marked “Andrey Terekhov.” Should he attempt to alter his play to avoid my mischief, I look forward to unleashing some unexploded opening bombs that I have been waiting for an opponent of his caliber to victimize with. Serious correspondence chess players understand the need for preparation and I take my correspondence chess games very seriously.

Below are the top 20 boards for the upcoming Russia vs. United States of America correspondence chess match:

Russia                                                                          United States

Board 1   SIM Yamaliev, Vil Usbekovich  2462 . . . .   IM Belka, Wieland  2460
Board 2   IM Gerbich, Vladimir Fedorovich  2452 . . . .   SIM Knudsen, John C.  2443
Board 3  IM Balabanov, Viktor Viktorovich  2437 . . . .   SIM Millstone, Dr. Michael  2442
Board 4   Dolin, Boris Lukianovich  2426 . . . .   SIM Biedermann, Thomas  2430
Board 5   Pavlov, Viktor Aleksandrovich  2419 . . . .   Ingersol, Harry  2401
Board 6   Gudzovaty, Yury Vasilievich  2407 . . . .   Holroyd, Kenneth  2397
Board 7   SIM Baklanov, Valentin Petrovich  2393 . . . .   O’Connell, C.  2392
Board 8   Budkin, Gennady Aleksandrovich   2393 . . . .   Fass, Robert N.  2386
Board 9   IM Ivanov, Boris Vladimirovich  2384 . . . .   IM Ballow, John  2383
Board 10   Kazantsev, Renal Aleksandrovich  2367 . . . .   Horwitz, Daniel M.  2358
Board 11   Ananskikh, Evgeny Nikolaevich  2360 . . . .   IM Musitani, Cesar  2348
Board 12   Volodarsky, Yury Aleksandrovich  2357 . . . .   Meiners, Edwin  2336
Board 13   Chukanov, Igor Anatolievich   2352 . . . .   IM Schakel, Corky  2337
Board 14   Butov, Yury Alekseevich  2349 . . . .   Woodard, Daniel S.  2327
Board 15   Gus’kov, Viktor Vladimirovich  2346 . . . .   Parsons, Larry  2316
Board 16   Terekhov, Andrey Andreevich  2346 . . . .   Torres, Chris  2300
Board 17   Mishin, Anatoly Valentinovich  2343 . . . .   Brooks, Michael  2290
Board 18   Volkov, Aleksandr Valentinovich  2319 . . . .   Gleyzer, Leonid  2284
Board 19   Borisenkov, Dmitry Vasilievich  2318 . . . .   White, David V.  2270
Board 20   Selin, Sergey Gennadievich  2292 . . . .   Merrell, William S.  2232
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Correspondence Chess News: SIM Kristo Miettinen

February 6, 2010

The month of January was full of accomplishments for correspondence chess player Major Kristo Miettinen. Kristo Miettinen clinched first place in the Eleventh North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship (NAICCC.) Later in the same month, Kristo Miettinen was awarded with the Senior International Master title by the International Correspondence Chess Federation.  Like many players around his age, Kristo Mietinen became interested in the game of chess during the 1972 Fischer vs. Spassky chess match. Kristo proclaims that, “My first experiences with correspondence chess came a few years later, in 1975, at the Kaivopuisto chess park in Helsinki. There I met correspondence players who would bring their CC recorders with them to the park, to discuss their ongoing games with anyone willing to offer an opinion. Within a year I too was playing CC with my friends, albeit eschewing consultation.” From that point forward it was a long and arduous road to the top of the North American Correspondence Chess ladder. Below is  a fine example of Kristo’s play as well as the cross table from the Eleventh North American Invitational Correspondence Chess Championship (NAICCC.)

ECOCode: B93

White: IM Miettinen, Kristo (USA)

WhiteElo: 2297

Black: Labonte, Richard (CAN)

BlackElo: 2399

Event: 11th NAICC ch.

Date: 2007

Result: 1/2

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e5 7.Nf3 Nbd7 8.Bd3 Be7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Kh1 b5 11.a4 b4 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.exd5 Bb7 14.fxe5 dxe5 15.d6 Bf6 16.Bf5 g6 17.Bh3 e4 18.Nd4 Bg7 19.a5 Ne5 20.Nb3 Bc6 21.Bf4 f5 22.Nc5 Qe8 23.Qd4 Bb5 24.Rfd1 Nc4 25.Qd5+ Qf7 26.Qxf7+ Kxf7 27.b3 Ne5 28.d7 Rfd8 29.Rab1 Ra7 30.g4 Nxg4 31.Bxg4 fxg4 32.Bg5 Rdxd7 33.Nxd7 Bxd7 34.Be3 Rc7 35.Bf4 Rb7 36.Rd6 Bb5 37.Rbd1 Re7 38.Be3 Rc7 39.Rb6 Bf6 40.Rd5 Rxc2 41.Rdd6 Bh4 42.Rb7+ Kg8 43.Rxb5 axb5 44.a6 Ra2 45.a7 Ra1+ 46.Kg2 Kf7 47.Rc6 Ra2+ 48.Kf1 Bf6 49.Bb6 Be5 50.Rc8 Bxh2 51.a8Q Rxa8 52.Rxa8 Ke6 53.Ra5 Bf4 54.Rxb5 g3 55.Rxb4 Kf5 56.Rc4 h5 57.Bc7 g5 58.b4 h4 59.Kg2 Kg4 60.Bxf4 gxf4 61.Rxe4 ½–½

11th North American Invitational CC Championship TD Marconi, Ralph P.
Category 5 SIM=10 IM=9 LGM=6 LM=3½ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Score SB R Place
1 USA 511025 IM Miettinen, Kristo S. 2297 1D ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 10.5 62.5 0 1
2 CAN 90572 Verde, Pino 2311 0D ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ . ½ 5 31.75 1 12
3 CAN 440353 IM Demian, Valer-Eugen 2420 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 1 ½ 1D 0 7 43 1 5
4 USA 510552 IM Myers, David R. 2416 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 7 42.5 0 6
5 CAN 90172 Fichaud, Alan 2364 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 8 49.25 0 3
6 CAN 90355 Labonte, Richard 2399 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 9 53 0 2
7 USA 513931 Hill, Grayling V. 2397 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . . ½ . ½ 6 41 3 8
8 USA 514324 Wilson, Abe L. 2400P 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5 25.75 0 14
9 USA 513991 SM Reinhart, Kenneth M. 2496 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 . ½ ½ ½ ½ 7.5 44.25 1 4
10 USA 514604 Andrews, Randal 2400P ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 . ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 38.75 1 9
11 CAN 90571 Hynes, Wayne 2452 0 ½ . ½ ½ 0 . 1 . . 1 ½ . 1 5 28.25 5 11
12 CAN 90161 IM Maurer, Serge 2366 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ . ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ . ½ 4.5 29.75 2 13
13 USA 511655 IM Rodriguez, Keith A. 2435 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 6.5 40 0 7
14 MEX 340040 IM Guizar, Dr. Clemente 2352 ½ . 0D ½ ½ 0 . ½ ½ ½ . . 0 ½ 3.5 24.75 4 15
15 USA 510980 IM Schakel, Corky 2325 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 6 35.5 0 10

XD = result by default
XP = provisional

Correspondence Chess News

February 4, 2010

It has been said that “The plight of the Correspondence Chess player is to toil in anonymity to add a grain of sand to the body of chess knowledge.” As a regular part of my blog, I will now feature the often misunderstood hobby of correspondence chess. Many of the chess opening novelties we have seen featured in locations such as Linares, Wijk aan Zee and Sofia were indeed created in the lonely laboratories of the correspondence chess master.  Below is February’s United States Chess Federation list for the top 100 correspondence players.  Of special mention is Alex Dunne who writes a wonderful monthly article on the subject of correspondence chess entitled “The Check is in the Mail.” You can find his collection of articles here: http://main.uschess.org/content/view/7527/397/

1 Cullum, Chuck (12683996) MA USA 2486
2 Duliba, Edward P (10147310) PA USA 2485
3 O’Hare, Ciaran (12540472) OK USA 2447
4 O’Connell, Christopher Ian (10206600) DE USA 2436
5 Van Enk, Steven J (12729266) OR USA 2433
6 Brandhorst, Wesley (10177103) FL USA 2432
7 Greene, David F (12547622) NJ USA 2423
8 Cook, Randy (12414122) AZ USA 2421
9 Wilson, Abe L (12483963) HI USA 2412
10 Miettinen, Kristo, Maj (12486315) NY USA 2403
11 Rose, Bleys W (12405134) CA USA 2395
12 Concha, Hugo J (12464289) FL USA 2391
13 Tracz, James G (12398324) OH USA 2385
14 Brack, Frank Edward (12412040) TX USA 2383
15 Brower, Walter J (12416332) AL USA 2379
16 Langland, Thomas P (11236219) CA USA 2373
17 Daves, Dana Drew, Sr (12395110) NC USA 2369
18 Schultheis, Donald H, Sr (10183758) MD USA 2365
19 Levine, Joel (10099200) NY USA 2361
20 Keating, Robert F (12641782) IA USA 2358
21 Buss, Michael D (12437668) IN USA 2355
22 Swan, Peter Lee (10163421) CO USA 2349
23 Fass, Robert (10127319) NY USA 2348
24 Walters, Gary (12617923) OH USA 2342
25 Adams, Gary R (12515217) AZ USA 2339
26 Baffo, Jeffrey (10340195) CO USA 2335
27 Sogin, David Warren (12546407) KY USA 2327
28 Rodriguez, Keith (10118735) FL USA 2310
29 Ballow, John (12397699) CA USA 2309
30 Anderson, Laurence Allyn (12238840) MO USA 2308
31 Woodard, Daniel S (12410084) NV USA 2307
32 Stueber, Guido J (12677347) FL USA 2304
33 Schakel, Corky (10318602) MN USA 2303
34 Ryan, Patrick J (10050880) NJ USA 2300
35 Greene, Sanford I (10107369) NY USA 2289
36 Prieto, Alberto (10377811) GA USA 2287
37 Ingersol, Harry (10347394) MO USA 2285
38 Weiner, Gerald H (10061237) CT USA 2283
39 Magat, Gordon B (10088828) NY USA 2281
Funston, David A, P-37790 (12829713) CA USA 2281
41 Gales, Wesley V (12487508) WI USA 2278
42 Boege, Harold W (10323126) MN USA 2274
43 Endsley, Barry E (10397901) MI USA 2272
44 Jacobs Jr, Charles A (12746276) AK USA 2271
45 Miehm, Robert (11046894) TN USA 2262
46 Bonsack, Laurence T (12500562) CA USA 2261
47 Cruz, Humberto (10231221) FL USA 2259
48 Walker, Barry Wood (12483835) MO USA 2255
49 Motta, Paul S (10435986) OR USA 2254
50 Rhodes, James E (12687721) CA USA 2248
51 Jones, Jan (12475891) AZ USA 2247
52 Ireland, R Scott (12217080) FL USA 2246
53 Dunne, Alex (10155576) PA USA 2245
Strock, Faraday J (12501396) IL USA 2245
55 Cross, Gregory W (12280220) TX USA 2244
56 Hillery, John K (10010250) CA USA 2242
57 Marshall, Michael J (12126310) GA USA 2240
58 Meiners, Edwin Paul, Iii (10395801) AZ USA 2239
Smith, Steven Richard (11097332) PA USA 2239
60 Calogridis, Michael S (10394546) TX USA 2238
61 Eilmes, Don P (10462398) CA USA 2232
62 Shipman, Joseph L (10114322) NJ USA 2227
Mcgregor, Stephen Dean (12437976) TX USA 2227
64 Everitt, Gordon T (12201480) LA USA 2223
65 Kell, Spencer R (10431646) CA USA 2222
66 Endler, Jeffrey I (10031923) DE USA 2215
67 Brochard, Thomas W (11155669) CT USA 2214
68 Albanesi, Paul L (11033482) NY USA 2213
Delehanty, Thomas (12642096) NY USA 2213
70 Poole, Kenneth J (12249130) CA USA 2210
71 Connelly, Thomas P (10132258) VA USA 2202
72 Porter, David William (12514878) MD USA 2194
73 Hensley, Michael F (12713876) MS USA 2192
74 Van Dooren, James (12658352) FL USA 2191
75 Harris, Timothy Mark (13443503) SC USA 2189
76 Robledo, Mark, Sr (12597337) IL USA 2188
77 Hampton, Robert C (10426162) NM USA 2181
Vaughan, James Gerald, Jr (12543480) OH USA 2181
79 Ellis, James R (11301037) GA USA 2179
80 Radomskyj, Peter (12460475) NJ USA 2178
81 Mclaughlin, Richard Francis (12443601) NY USA 2173
82 Rogers, Bradley K (12317970) MI USA 2172
83 Addis, Edward L, Ii (10505551) OR USA 2168
84 Ovadya, Menahem (12746310) CA USA 2164
85 Barber, Richard A (10416787) CO USA 2162
Furse, Norman J (10890527) KS USA 2162
Tseng, Wilbur (12692226) IL USA 2162
88 Boles, Robert Lowell (10483522) CA USA 2160
Lauterbach, Michael (12028490) CT USA 2160
90 Hammel, David C (10261694) IA USA 2159
91 Babcock, Thomas Charles (10841704) MN USA 2158
92 Lane, Riley E (12135170) GA USA 2151
Flowers, Brian R (12447657) CT USA 2151
94 Allard, Michael N (10365520) MD USA 2148
Soricelli, Gerard C (12428749) NY USA 2148
Hoefdraad, Gillmore Andre (12806102) MD USA 2148
97 Murray-Miller, Morgan (12609710) NY USA 2147
98 Weiss, Lester (10279321) IN USA 2142
99 Chilson, Steven Wayne (10137446) VA USA 2139
Lewis, Walter J (10470544) CA USA 2139

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