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#Chess Lesson of the Week: Fabiano Caruana vs. Robert Hess II (Argentina, 2001)

April 1, 2018

Big Thanks to Robert Hess for allowing me to share his Facebook post on this blog!


After seeing Robert Hess II’s post on Facebook, I became curious about his chess adventures with Fabiano Caruana in Argentina. After a quick search of my database, I found this superb chess game played by the two young chess prodigies. Below is the lesson from the game that I have prepared for my students this week.

[Event “Ch Pan-American”]
[Site “Guaymallen (Argentina)”]
[Date “2001”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano (USA)”]
[Black “Hess, Robert L (USA)”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Eco “C57”]
[Annotator “Chris Torres”]
[Source “”]

{[ TWO KNIGHTS’ def.,C57] Caruana Fabiano +1 =0 -0 Hess Robert L (USA) +0 =0 -1 Caruana Fabiano-Hess Robert L (USA) +1 =0 -0}

1.e4 e5

2.Nf3 Nc6

3.Bc4 Nf6

4.Ng5 d5

5.exd5 Nd4 {Robert Hess chooses the double-edged Fritz Variation.}

( 5…Nxd5 6.Nxf7 {The original Fried Liver Attack.} Kxf7 7.Qf3+
Ke6 8.Nc3 Nce7 9.d4 c6 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxe7 Bxe7 12.O-O-O Rf8 13.Qe4
Rxf2 14.dxe5 Bg5+ 15.Kb1 Rd2 16.h4 Rxd1+ 17.Rxd1 Bxh4 18.Nxd5
cxd5 19.Rxd5 Qg5 20.Rd6+ Ke7 21.Rg6 {1-0, Polerio G – Dominiko V, Rome 1602})


Position after 5… Nd4

6.c3 b5

7.cxd4 {Another American chess prodigy preferred 7. Bf1 which is the main line.}

( 7.Bf1 Nxd5 8.cxd4 Qxg5 9.Bxb5+ Kd8 10.Qf3 e4 11.Qxe4 Bd6 12.O-O
Bb7 13.d3 Nf4 14.Bxf4 Qxb5 15.d5 Qxb2 16.Bxd6 cxd6 17.Re1 Qf6
18.Nc3 Rc8 19.Qb4 Re8 20.Qa5+ Kd7 21.Qa4+ {1-0, Fischer Robert J (USA) 2780 – NN (ITA), Montreal 1964 Simultan})


Position after 7. cxd4

7… bxc4

8.dxe5 Qxd5


( 9.O-O Bb7 10.Nf3 Nd7 11.Re1 O-O-O 12.Nc3 Qd3 13.Re3 Qg6 14.d4 cxd3 15.Rxd3 Bc5
16.Nd5 Qe4 17.Bg5 f6 18.exf6 gxf6 19.Be3 Rhg8 20.Ne1 Ne5 21.Bxc5
Bxd5 22.Rg3 Rxg3 23.hxg3 Bb7 24.Qb3 Nd3 25.Qc2 Nxc5 26.Qxc5 Re8
27.Nf3 Qc6 28.Qxa7 Qc2 {…1-0, Bollek Jan – Godena Michele (ITA) 2527 , Caorle 1982 It (open)})

( 9.Nf3 {?!} {Seems to favor black.} Qe4+ 10.Qe2
( 10.Kf1 Qd3+ 11.Kg1 Nd7 ) Qxe2+ 11.Kxe2 Nd5 )


Position after 9. exf6

9… Qxg5


( 10.Qf3 Rb8 11.O-O Qxf6 12.Re1+ Be7 13.Qxf6 gxf6 14.b3
cxb3 15.axb3 Rxb3 16.Ba3 Be6 17.Bxe7 Kxe7 18.f4 Kd7 19.Rxa7 Rb2
20.Rc1 Kd6 21.Nc3 f5 22.d4 c6 23.Ra6 Rc8 24.Ra5 Rd2 25.Ra6 Ke7
26.Ra4 Rd8 27.Ra7+ Kf6 28.Ra6 R8xd4 29.g3 Rc4 30.Ra3 Kg6 31.Raa1
Rb4 32.Rd1 Rc2 33.Rac1 Rbb2 34.Rxc2 Rxc2 35.Rd3 Kf6 36.h3 Ke7
37.Nd1 c5 38.Rc3 Rxc3 39.Nxc3 c4 40.Kf2 Kd6 41.Ke3 Kc5 42.Ne2
h5 43.Nc3 Kb4 44.Kd2 Kc5 45.Ke3 Bd5 46.Ne2 Bg2 47.h4 Kb4 48.Kd2
Bf1 49.Nc3 Bd3 50.Nd1 Kc5 51.Ke3 Bc2 52.Nc3 Bd3 53.Nd1 Kb4 54.Kd2
Kb3 55.Nc3 Be4 56.Ne2 Kb4 57.Nc3 Kc5 58.Ke3 Bc2 59.Ne2 Bd3 60.Nc3
Kb4 61.Kd2 Kb3 62.Nd1 Be4 63.Nc3 Bf3 64.Nb1 Kb2 65.Nc3 Kb3 66.Nb1
Kb4 67.Nc3 Bg4 68.Nb1 Kc5 69.Ke3 {1/2-1/2, Paramzina Anastasya (RUS) 1830 – Sunyasakta Satpathy (IND) 1899, Porto Carras (Greece) 2010.10.24})

10… Be6

11.Qe4 Rb8

12.O-O Qxf6 {Fabiano Caruana and Robert Hess are dead even in a position with some serious imbalances.}


Position after 12… Qxf6

13.Qc6+ {Fabiano takes away black’s ability to castle.}

13… Kd8 {Robert Hess has an exposed king but much better development.}

14.Nc3 Bd6

15.g3 {?!} {Fearing black’s tactics on h2, Caruana plays g3 which is dangerously slow in such a sharp position. Better was:}
( 15.Ne4 Qd4 16.Nxd6 Qxd6 17.Qe4 {Which forces black to exchange his dangerous dark bishop.})

15… h5 {!} {Robert Hess launches his h-pawn toward the newly created weakness and in doing so activates his final piece.}


Position after 15… h5

16.h4 {Fabiano’s best defense creates even more weak squares around his king.}
( 16.Ne4 {??} {No longer works.} Qf3 {!} 17.h4 Bh3 )

16… Qd4 {Threatening Bxg3.}

17.Qe4 {Fabiano’s strongest move which leaves Robert Hess with a complicated choice as to how to continue his attack.}

17… Qf6 {?!} {Placing the queen on the same diagonal as his king was not the best choice. Better was:} ( 17…Bc5 18.d3 {I’m sure Fabiano would’ve been willing to temporarily lose some material to obtain must needed development.}
cxd3 19.Bf4 Rxb2 20.Be5 Qxe4 21.Nxe4 Rc2 22.Bxg7 Rg8 23.Nxc5
Rxc5 24.Bh6 Bg4 {and it’s black who is playing for a win.} )


Position after 17… Qf6

18.d3 {!} {Fabiano takes the initiative by threatening to play Bg5!}

18… Qe5

19.dxc4 Qxe4

20.Nxe4 Bxc4 {?}

{Hess wins a pawn and attacks Caruana’s rook. However, Caruana can respond by
playing Nxd6! which threatens Nxf7+ forking Hess’ king and rook. An improvement
for black would have been playing 20… Be5 which creates a threat and preserves the bishop pair for the ensuing endgame.}
( 20…Be5 21.Rb1 ( 21.Re1 Re8 22.Rb1 Bxc4 ) Bxc4 )


Position after 20… Bxc4

21.Nxd6 {!} {Removing the bishop pair and threatening Nxf7+.}

21… cxd6

22.Rd1 {Fabiano develops his rook with a threat.}

22… Kc7 {?}

{Chess can be so brutal. Had Hess played his king to the adjacent square the result of the game would have been much different.}
( 22…Kd7 23.Bf4 Rb6 24.Rd2 Be6 25.Rc1 Ra8 {and black is fine.} )


Position after 22… Kc7

23.Bf4 {!}

{Developing the bishop to a diagonal that threatens a pawn with a pin to the king and the king with a skewer to the rook.}

23… Rhd8 {?} {Robert Hess tries in vain to hold onto the pawn. Better was abandoning it.}
( 23…Kb7 24.Bxd6 Rbc8 {and black still has trouble, though not nearly as severe.})

24.Rac1 {!} {All of Fabiano’s remaining pieces entered the game in the most brutal fashion.}


Position after 24. Rac1

24… Rxb2 {Hess might as well take a pawn as there is no way to defend his pinned bishop.}
( 24…Rb4 25.b3 Kb7 26.Rd4 {!} Rd7 27.Bd2 {!} Rb6 28.Rcxc4 )
25.Rxc4+ Kb7

26.Rxd6 Re8

27.Rd7+ Ka6

28.Rcc7 Ree2 {Even with a 99.9% chance of defeat, Robert Hess still manages to create one more threat.}

29.Rxa7+ Kb6

30.Rdb7+ Kc6

31.Rxb2 Rxb2


Final Position

{Black resigns. Truly a superb chess game played by two incredible young prodigies!}



Der Fischer Konig vs. Der Burgermeister

October 1, 2015

I have been teaching more from the games of Bobby Fischer lately due to the recent release of the movie Pawn Sacrifice. Below are the notes to a lesson I gave last week about Bobby Fischer’s shortest recorded loss. Enjoy…


[Event “Bobby Fischer’s Simultaneous Exhibition Tour”]
[Site “San Francisco (USA)”]
[Date “1964”]
[Round “”]
[White “Fischer Robert J (USA)”]
[Black “Burger Robert Eugene (USA)”]
[Result “0-1”]
[Eco “C57”]
[Annotator “Chris Torres”]

{[ TWO KNIGHTS’ def.,C57] Fischer Robert J (USA) +6 =0 -2}

1.e4 e5

2.Nf3 Nc6

3.Bc4 Nf6

4.Ng5 d5 {It’s sad that the majority scholastic chess players have played both sides of this line many times but…}
5.exd5 Nd4 {(continued) Know nothing about the exciting Fritz Variation. For this reason, I
have included many of my favorite games from the Fritz Variation of the Two Knight Defense in this lesson.}

Position after 5... Nd4.

Position after 5… Nd4.


( 6.d3 Bg4 7.f3 Bh5 8.Nc3 h6 9.Nge4 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Qh4+ 11.Nf2
Bc5 12.O-O O-O-O 13.c3 Nf5 14.b4 Bb6 15.a4 a6 16.a5 Ba7 17.b5
axb5 18.a6 b6 19.Bxb5 Rxd5 20.Ra4 Qd8 21.Bc6 Rd6 22.Bb7+ Kb8
23.g4 b5 24.Rb4 Rxd3 25.Qe2 Rxc3 26.Qxe5 Bxf2+ 27.Kxf2 Rxc1 28.Rxb5
Qd2+ 29.Qe2 Rxf1+ 30.Kxf1 Qxe2+ 31.Kxe2 Nd4+ {0-1, Dunn FW – Lasker Emanuel (GER), Great Britain 1908 Simultan})

6… b5

Position after 6... b5.

Position after 6… b5.


( 7.O-O bxc4 8.cxd4 exd4 9.Qa4+ Qd7 10.Qxc4
Qxd5 11.Qxc7 Bd6 {??} ( 11…Be7 12.d3 Bb7 13.Nf3 ) 12.Re1+ Be6
13.Qxf7+ {1-0, Dagher Walid (LIB) – Shamieh Mahmoud (LIB), Beirut 2001 Ch Lebanon})

( 7.cxd4 bxc4 8.dxe5 Nxd5 9.Qf3 Qxg5 10.Qxd5 Rb8 11.O-O Bd6
12.d3 Qf5 13.dxc4 Be6 14.Qc6+ Bd7 15.Qd5 Be6 16.Qc6+ Bd7 17.Qa6
Qxe5 18.g3 Bh3 19.Qxa7 Qe4 20.Qxb8+ Ke7 21.f3 Qe2 22.Bg5+ f6
23.Bxf6+ Kxf6 24.Rf2 Qe1+ {0-1, Schoettler Katharina (GER) – Mucha Annegret (GER), Willingen 2001 Ch Germany})

( 7.Bb3 Nxb3 8.Qxb3 Qxd5 9.O-O Bb7 10.Qxd5 Nxd5 11.d4 f6 12.Ne6
Kf7 13.Nxf8 Rhxf8 14.dxe5 fxe5 15.Na3 a6 16.c4 Nb4 17.Rd1 Bc6
18.Bg5 h6 19.Be3 Rfd8 20.cxb5 Bxb5 21.Nxb5 axb5 22.a3 Nd3 23.b4
Ke6 24.Kf1 Nb2 25.Rxd8 Rxd8 26.Ra2 Nc4 27.Ke2 Ra8 28.Bc1 Kd5
29.Kd3 Nb6 30.f3 Ra6 31.Kc3 Nc4 32.Kb3 Ra4 33.Rc2 h5 34.Rxc4
{1-0, Szczepkowska Karina (POL) – Olsarova Tereza (CZE), Czech Republic 1/23/2011 Czech League 2010/11})

( 7.Bd3 Bf5 8.Bxf5 Nxf5 9.Qf3 Nh4 10.Qh3 {a novelty 10. Qg3 – Calota – Petersen, Duisburg 1992}
( 10.Qg3 Ng6 11.d4 Qxd5 12.dxe5 Qxe5+ 13.Qxe5+ Nxe5 14.O-O {=} )
Ng6 11.d4 Qxd5 12.O-O Bd6 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nd2 Nd3 15.Nb3 c5 16.Qe3+
Kf8 17.Qf3 Re8 18.Qxd5 Nxd5 19.Nf3 f6 {} $15 {} 20.g3 Nb6 21.Rd1
c4 22.Nbd4 a6 23.b3 Kf7 24.Kf1 Bc5 25.bxc4 bxc4 26.Bd2 Rb8 27.Rab1
Rhc8 28.Bf4 Nxf4 29.gxf4 Na4 30.Rxb8 Rxb8 31.Ne2 Rb2 32.Rd2 Ke6
33.Kg2 Rxd2 34.Nxd2 Kd5 35.Kf3 f5 36.Nf1 Nb2 37.Neg3 g6 38.Ne3+
Kc6 39.Ngf1 Kb5 40.Nd2 a5 41.Ke2 Nd3 42.Ndxc4 Nxf4+ 43.Kd2 Nh3
44.Ne5 Nxf2 45.c4+ Ka4 46.Nc2 Ne4+ 47.Kc1 Ba3+ 48.Nxa3 Kxa3 49.Nd3
Kxa2 50.Kc2 Ka3 51.c5 Ka4 52.c6 Kb5 53.c7 Nd6 54.Ne5 Kb6 55.Nd7+
Kxc7 56.Nf8 Ne4 57.Nxh7 Kd6 58.Nf8 g5 59.Ng6 Ke6 {0-1, Morozevich Alexander (RUS) 2610 – Timman Jan H (NED) 2590 , Amsterdam 1996 Memorial J.Donner})

( 7.Be2 Nxe2 8.Qxe2 Qxd5 9.O-O Bb7 10.f3 O-O-O 11.b4 h6 12.Ne4
Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Qxe4 14.fxe4 Bxe4 15.Rxf7 Bd3 16.a4 Bd6 17.axb5
Rhf8 18.Rf2 e4 19.g3 Rxf2 20.Kxf2 Rf8+ 21.Ke3 Be5 {0-1, Billot Daniel (FRA) 1757 – Adda Olivier (FRA) 2089 , Val Maubuee 1990 It (open) (b)})

Position after 7. Bf1.

Position after 7. Bf1.

7… Nxd5

8.cxd4 Qxg5

9.Bxb5+ Kd8

( 10.O-O Bb7 11.Qf3 exd4 12.d3 Qe5 13.Na3 Rb8 14.Nc4 Qe6 15.Na5
Ba8 16.Bg5+ f6 17.Rfe1 Ne3 18.Nc6+ Bxc6 19.Bxc6 fxg5 20.fxe3
Bb4 21.Re2 Rf8 22.exd4 Rxf3 23.Rxe6 Rf8 24.a3 Be7 25.Rae1 Rb6
26.d5 Rf7 27.b4 a6 28.g4 Rb8 29.Kg2 Rb6 30.R1e5 h6 31.Re4 Rb8
32.h3 Rb6 33.a4 a5 34.bxa5 Rb2+ 35.Re2 Rxe2+ 36.Rxe2 Rf8 37.Rxe7
Kxe7 38.a6 {1-0, Paoli Enrico (ITA) 2300 – Baretic Dragoljub (SRB) 2097 , Vrsac 1969 It})

Position after 10. Qf3.

Position after 10. Qf3.

10… Bb7

11.O-O e4

( 11…Rb8 12.Qg3 ( 12.d3 Qg6 13.Qg3 exd4 14.Na3 Bxa3 15.bxa3 Nc3 16.Qxg6 hxg6 17.Bc4 Ne2+
18.Kh1 Ke7 {0-1, Leonhardt Paul – Englund Fritz, Stockholm 1908 Izt} )
Qxg3 13.hxg3 exd4 14.Re1 Bd6 15.a3 Nf6 16.Bf1 h5 17.d3 Ng4 18.Nd2
h4 19.gxh4 Bh2+ 20.Kh1 Rxh4 21.Ne4 f6 {0-1, Gornoi Alexei (EST) – Ragger Markus (AUT) 2655 , Mureck 1998 Ch Europe (juniors) (under 10)})

Position after 11... e4.

Position after 11… e4.

12.Qxe4  Bd6

13.d3 {?}

( 13.Re1 c6 14.Bf1 Kc7 15.Qf3 f5 16.Nc3 Nb4 17.d3 Qh4 18.g3 Qf6 19.Bf4 Rad8 20.Be5 Bxe5
21.dxe5 Qe6 22.Rac1 c5 23.Qe3 Qc6 24.Ne4 Na6 25.Rxc5 Nxc5 26.Rc1
Kb8 27.Rxc5 Qb6 28.Nd6 f4 29.gxf4 Rd7 30.Bg2 Ba6 31.Rc3 Qxe3
32.fxe3 Rhd8 33.b4 Rc7 34.Rxc7 Kxc7 35.b5 Bc8 36.Nxc8 Rxc8 37.Bc6
a6 38.a4 axb5 39.axb5 Rf8 40.d4 g5 41.d5 gxf4 42.d6+ {1-0, Koskivirta Ossi – Pichler Manfred Dr (GER), corr. 1984})

Position after 13. d3.

Position after 13. d3.

13… Bxh2+ {!}

( 13…Nf4 14.Bxf4 Qxb5 15.d5 Qxb2 16.Bxd6 cxd6 17.Re1 Qf6 18.Nc3 Rc8 19.Qb4 Re8 20.Qa5+ Kd7 21.Qa4+{1-0, Fischer Robert J (USA) 2780 – NN (ITA), Montreal 1964 Simultan})

14.Kxh2 Nf4 {White resigns} 0-1

I told my students that Fischer resigned too early. How would have you continued as white?

I told my students that Fischer resigned too early. How would you continue as white?

Fremont Chess Camp Miniature

August 31, 2010

Below is a fun example of the exciting chess played in Fremont, California.

[Event “Fremont Summer Chess Camp”]
[Site “Mission San Jose Elementary School”]
[Date “2010.06.30”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Zhao, Luke”]
[Black “Zhang, Joseph”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “C57”]
[Opening “Two Knights”]
[Variation “Fritz Variation, Main Line”]
[Comment “An example of the exciting chess played in Fremont, California.”]

1. e4 {Notes by Chris Torres} e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 {White tries
for a Fried Liver Attack.} d5 5. exd5 Nd4 {The tricky Fritz Variation.} 6.
d6 (6. c3 {I have played this variation on occasion.} b5 7. cxd4 bxc4 8.
dxe5 Qxd5 9. O-O Bb7) 6. .. Qxd6 7. Nxf7? {I like d3 here.} Qc6 8. Nxh8??
{White should not be so greedy.} Qxg2 9. Rf1 Qe4+ 10. Be2??? {The final
mistake.} Nf3# *

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