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Once upon a time in Mexico: A Chess Adventure Retold by Francisco Anchondo

April 22, 2014

My friend Francisco Anchondo sent me a story from one of his recent chess adventures in Mexico. The story is fantastic and the game is even better. Enjoy!

 

 

7-11 /Pemex service station in Mexico

7-11 /Pemex service station in Mexico

 

From Francisco:

On my way to Ensenada at 2:30 AM my vehicle was having some electrical problems. l waited at 7/11 /Pemex service station  right before the Rosarito Caseta (Toll gate.) l  took a siesta till 5:15 AM awoke to see 2 mexicans engaged in a chess game. I saw one who was clearly better than the other and he was just cannon fodder. I checked it out while an electrician checked my van. He came back stated my pedal stop switch was out along with several fuses and gave me a decent estimate of 350 to400 pesos( $23.40 / $30 US) compared to $60 US just for a diagnostic. l saw the winner boast as to how he could whoop up on everyone seated at the small cafe inside 7/11 for 200 pesos a game. Jose Manuel Ruelas Alvarez boasted no one wants to lose their hard earned pesos.

“Ja ! Ja! Ja!,”  I interrupted.

 l saw the winner boast as to how he could whoop up on everyone seated at the small cafe inside 7-11 for 200 pesos a game.

l saw the winner boast as to how he could whoop up on everyone seated at the small cafe inside 7-11 for 200 pesos a game.

“Ok l stated look let’s do this for 300 pesos since l am bound to lose”, I said.

“Ok ! On one condition l play white Jose stated.”

1. e4 e5, 2.Nf3 Nc6,3. Bc4 Nf6, 4. d3 Bc5, 5. O+O,  d6  6. Bg5 h6, 7.Bh4 g5, 8.Bg3 pondered my next move. I played 8….h5?! Jose couldn’t resist. He snapped it off and hollered now l got some $ to take my girl to the movies. What you gonna do Americano?  9.Nxg5 h4!, 10. Nxf7 hxg3,11. NxQd8 Jose jeered, talked trash, and said, “If l lose this game l will buy y’all 5 rounds of Tecate.”

 

11. NxQd8 Jose jeered, talked trash, and said, “If l lose this game l will buy y'all 5 rounds of Tecate.”

11. NxQd8 Jose jeered, talked trash, and said, “If l lose this game l will buy y’all 5 rounds of Tecate.”

 

I said,  “does that include me?”

“Yeah, yeah. Just resign and get over it.”

11…..Bg4, 12.Qe1 Nd4!, 13. c3?? Nf3+!,14.gxf3 Bxf3, Jose looked and looked to no avail. At that moment the mechanic walked in and said 350 pesos Senor. Your van is ready. I looked at Jose, pay the man and my coffee.

14.gxf3 Bxf3, Jose looked and looked to no avail.

14.gxf3 Bxf3, Jose looked and looked to no avail.

 

As l left with my coffee l could hear everyone laugh and cheer that Jose the swindler had been manhandled by an unknown and everyone was happy and saying thanks. Jose did not look to happy since everyone cheered,” beers are on Jose tonight. Ha! Ha! Ha! ”

 

As l left with my coffee l could hear everyone laugh and cheer that Jose the swindler had been manhandled by an unknown...

As l left with my coffee l could hear everyone laugh and cheer that Jose the swindler had been manhandled by an unknown…

 

Francisco Anchondo is a regular chess teacher at Torres Chess and Music Academy Camps. He will be joining Susan Polgar and Chris Torres for the 2014 Fremont Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School. Don’t miss out on the best summer camp in Norcal, sign your child up today.

Crime and Punishment on the Chessboard (Tijuana Style!)

March 12, 2014
Francisco Anchondo is the most feared chess player south of the border.

Francisco Anchondo is the most feared chess player south of the border.

 

Francisco Anchondo showed me another example of why players throughout Mexico revere his chess skills.

 

[Event “Blitz”]
[Site “Tijuana, Mexico”]
[Date “14.1.26”]
[Round “”]
[White “Anchondo, Francisco”]
[Black “Morales, Juan”]
[Result “”]
[Eco “D00”]
[Annotator “Chris Torres”]

{[Blackmar-Diemer Gambit,D00]}

1.d4 d5 2.e4 {!} {Francisco is usually happy to gambit a couple pawns to gain a developmental edge.}

dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 {The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit is a fun system to employ. White’s extra piece and
control of the center provide adequate compensation for the gambited pawn.}

The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

c5 {Black attacks white’s center with a pawn of his own. The problem is, Francisco is not obligated to accept the pawn. Perhaps Juan should have played something like this:}

( 5…Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 c6 8.Be3 e6 9.Bd3 Nbd7 10.O-O-O Bb4
11.Ne4 Qa5 12.Kb1 Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Nf6 14.Qf3 O-O-O 15.c3 Bd6 16.Rhf1
Rd7 17.g4 h6 18.h4 Qc7 19.g5 hxg5 20.Bxg5 Nd5 21.Rde1 a6 22.Rg1
c5 23.dxc5 Bxc5 24.Rg4 Kb8 25.Be4 {…0-1, Diaz Rodriguez Francisco Javier (ESP) 2179 – Iturrizaga Eduardo (VEN) 2640 , Jaen 2/ 6/2011 It (open) (active)}
)

6.d5 h6 {?} {This slow pawn move does not develop a piece. Now it is white’s duty to punish black’s play.}
( 6…Bg4 7.Bf4 a6 8.h3 Bh5 9.Be2 b5 10.g4 Bg6 11.Ne5 b4 12.g5
bxc3 13.gxf6 cxb2 14.fxg7 Bxg7 15.Rb1 e6 16.dxe6 Qh4+ {0-1, Boe A H – Pedersen Steffen (DEN) 2431 , Gausdal 1990 Cup Arnold}
)

7.Bf4 {Francisco now has three against one with a pawn in the center.}
g6 {?} {Another slow pawn move? Juan is asking for trouble.}
8.Nb5 {!} {Punishment for black’s crimes.}

White initiates a dangerous attack.

White initiates a dangerous attack.

 

Na6 {Juan is forced to put a knight on the rim to defend c7.}
9.Qe2 {Now white is threatening to escalate the violence on d6 and is ready to castle.}
Qb6 {?} {Black is oblvious to Francisco’s intentions. A more reasonable continuation would be something like this:}
( 9…Bg7 10.d6 e6 11.Nc7+ Nxc7 12.dxc7 Qd7 13.Rd1 Nd5 )

10.O-O-O {?!} {An inaccuracy. When Francisco showed me this game, I suggested Nd6! which looks to be crushing.}

e6 {Opening up the e-file makes no sense for black. A better move was, obviously, Bg7.}

11.dxe6 {Too many slow pawn moves have left the black King stranded in the middle of the board with no where to hide.}

Bxe6 {Black is finally getting pieces developed but it is too late.}

12.Nd6+ {!} {Francisco’s knight says, “Hola, mi amigo,” to the helpless king.}

Francisco's knight says, "Hola, mi amigo," to the helpless king.

Francisco’s knight says, “Hola, mi amigo,” to the helpless king.

Bxd6 13.Rxd6 {Now the rook says, “Hola,” to the queen.}

Qa5 14.Rxe6+ {!} {The rook may be worth more, but king safety is more important than material gains.}

fxe6 15.Qxe6+ {Francisco and Juan saw the impending mate and black resigned. Had play continued it would have looked something like this:}
Kd8 16.Qxf6+ Kc8 17.Qe6+ Kd8 18.Bb5 Qd2+ 19.Nxd2 Nb8 20.Qd6+
Nd7 21.Qxd7# *

 

The final position before black resigned.

The final position before black resigned.

 


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