Posts Tagged ‘Oakland chess’

A Variation on a Theme by Morphy

June 22, 2012

Todays lesson examines the Morphy Variation of the Two Knights Defense (Fried Liver Attack.) Adi Kisieu is a talented young chess player from Oakland, California who, in this game, invented an interesting theoretical novelty on move 15 of a very frequently played opening. Unfortunately for his novelty, Adi used unfocused aggression and ended up giving his teacher a nice attack on the “g2” focal point. I am publishing this game in hopes that Adi’s “15. Nc3” is correctly attributed to him.

[Event “Chess Lesson”]

[Date “2012.06.21”]

[White “Kisieu, Adrian (Adi)”]

[Black “Torres, Chris”]

[Result “0-1”]

[ECO “C58”]

[Opening “Two Knights”]

[Variation “Morphy Variation”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 {White tries for the Fried Liver Attack.} d5 {This is the most common defensive system.} 5. exd5 Na5 6. d3 {The Morphy Variation gets its name by being the favorite of Paul Morphy.} (6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Be2 h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Ne5 Qd4 11. f4 Bc5 12. Rf1 Bb6 {Is another common continuation.}) 6. .. h6 7. Nf3 e4 {This is the best move and is rarely played in scholastic chess.} 8. Qe2 Nxc4 9. dxc4 Bc5 10. O-O O-O 11. Nfd2 (11. Ne5? Bd4 {and white’s mistake costs him a knight.}) 11. .. Bg4 12. Qe1 {White has a much better prospects for an endgame but black has better development right now.} Re8 13. Nb3 {This is a very nice move. I was expecting Nc3.} Qe7 {Black doesn’t want to trade but I was afraid of white playing h3 or c5.} 14. Nxc5 Qxc5 {So far our game is an exact copy of Stefanie Schultz vs Leonid Krugljakow, 2004.} 15. Nc3 {Adi Kisieu invents an interesting innovation. Adi is willing to give back a pawn on c4 in order to gain initiative and development.} Qxc4 16. b3 Qc5 17. Be3 {Adi develops with threats.} Qd6 18. Nb5 {A little too aggressive. The simple h3 keeps the initiative for white and is less of a commitment.} Qd7 19. Qa5 {Adi is being aggressive but lacks real purpose.} b6 20. Qa6 {Now that his queen and knight are tied up, I decide to have a go at Adi’s king.} Bf3 {“g2” is a nice focal point.} 21. gxf3 {In our game, I had calculated far enough to see if I win after this recapture by checkmate. To be honest, the line continued beyong where I could visualize.} exf3 22. Kh1 Qh3 23. Rg1 Rxe3 {It is all about analyzing checks, captures and threats.} (23. .. Ng4 24. Rxg4 Qxg4 25. Rg1 {and white survives.}) 24. fxe3 Ne4 {Threatening Nf2#.} 25. Raf1 f2 {Another easy threat to spot.} 26. Rg2 Ng3+ {Analyze checks first.} 27. Rxg3 Qxf1+ 28. Rg1 Qxg1# 0-1

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. d3 h6 7. Nf3 e4 8. Qe2 Nxc4 9. dxc4 Bc5 10. O-O O-O 11. Nfd2 11. Bg4 12. Qe1 Re8 13. Nb3 Qe7 14. Nxc5 Qxc5 15. Nc3 a new move by Adi Kisieu.

Albany, California Hires Top Chess Teacher to Run Summer Chess Camp

May 22, 2010

Albany residents should mark their calendars.  August 2-19 nationally renowned chess teacher Chris Torres will be heading a summer chess camp for children ages 6-12.  Attendees will receive the best training available and take part in USCF rated tournaments with awards given at the end of each week. Chris Torres prides himself in running chess camps that are fun competitive and educational. In 2009 Chris Torres coached for the 2009 National Elementary Chess Champions at Mission San Jose Elementary in Fremont, Ca. He will be bringing his proven approach to Albany in 2010. Young chess players in Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Richmond, Oakland and other North Bay cities should be sure not to miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime to train with the Bay Area’s top chess coach. Interested parents can sign their children up by visiting Albany Rec’s website at

Know Chess Cancels Chess Classes

October 16, 2008

Know Chess has recently cancelled chess classes at a number of schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.  If you work for or your child attends one of these schools, the Torres Chess and Music Academy can help you get another chess club set up immediately.  Please contact us if your school is located in one of the cities below:

Peninsula: Atherton, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, Stanford, Woodside

Northern Peninsula: Belmont, Hillsborough, Pacifica, San Francisco

South Bay: Morgan Hill, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale

East Bay: Alameda, Castro Valley, Danville, Dublin, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Milpitas, Newark, Oakland, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Ramon, Union City 

 Information about our program can be found at

Chris Torres

President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy a 501(c3) nonprofit organization

(510) 789-9641


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