Author: John Wright, SGVCC President

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SGVCC Goes International!

We may all be physically stuck at home but your fellow Club members are making their presence felt abroad—online that is! We are presently in team matches against clubs from Scotland, France, and Singapore. We also have our old foes the Reno Chess Club. The matches started on July 15th and are what is called “Daily Play” by, who organized the event. But in fact it is more like old school correspondence chess as you have three days to make a move. Each participant plays two games against the same player in each match.

The match against Singapore has the most players, with seven on each team. But someone may have forgotten to remind our opponents of the time control as Randy Hough won his first game in record time—-a mere 3 days! Randy was surprised at the speed of his opponent’s moves but certainly took advantage of it.  His e6 pawn push was a nice way to pick up the errant Black Bishop on g4. It is our featured game:

In fact, we are now up 4-0 against the team from Bishan, Randy also won his second game and Chris Stychinsky, not to be outdone, also finished 2-0.

But, it is much more likely that the matches are going to take many months to finish. We are still waiting for our match against Thousand Oaks Chess Club to conclude, which started last March and is 93% done, with @ObedientRunner playing the clock out in a lost position. We will be providing periodic updates but you can check out the games yourself by following these links:

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Chess Tournaments Club Matches: Live Clubs League Concludes!

After an ignominious start, losing 9-1 in our first match, SGVCC won three of its last four matches to finish 4-4 over 8 rounds. Matches were played on Saturdays with a game 15|2 sec t/c. The League was sponsored by and many thanks go to our own Laura Nyström for serving as our club administrator.

In Round 8 we faced the Huntsville Club of Alabama. The city of Huntsville is nicknamed “Rocket City” for its NASA facility that employs over 6,000 people. And it looked like they were trying to send us into orbit early as we were down after the first round of games. But two wins in round two and a half-point forfeit gave us the victory.

Clubs League Final Results

Like traditional in-person team events there was a lot of excitement each match. It all comes down to how the team does and so even if you lost your own games you could cheer on your teammates. The playing site was ideal as you could see other games in real time and we had some amazing comeback games in the last round that had us fixated on our screens!

The only downside we ran into were teams not having an even number of players, which meant some people did not always get a game. We apologize if this happened to you. It was never clear how many players would show for each team until the time of the event, so hopefully that improves.

To see the full match results, including any game played during the match, visit:

Thanks as well to all our members who participated! It was great fun meeting people from other clubs and checking out their club websites. Keep watching for the next rapid play Clubs League.

Featured Game

Standings After Round 8 (Final Round)
# Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts TB1 Place
1 Chess Club Zebra W45 W17 W2 W10 W3 W7 W9 W8 8.0 40 1st
2 GROP Chess Club W49 W51 L1 W14 W10 W4 W3 W9 7.0 40 2nd
3 Exeter Chess Club W39 W35 W11 W40 L1 W28 L2 W7 6.0 39.5 3rd
4 Chess Long Island W8 L15 W29 W19 W21 L2 W20 W12 6.0 38 4th
5 Club Scacchi Cesena W13 W16 L40 W18 W11 L9 W17 W10 6.0 38 5th
6 Galeria de Xadrez Borba Gato L7 L27 W34 W30 W36 W21 W14 W15 6.0 31.5 6th
7 Gill Saint Bernard’s Knights W6 W25 W30 W15 W12 L1 D8 L3 5.5 42 7th
8 Cercle D’Echecs De Hull L4 W23 W25 W36 W20 W12 D7 L1 5.5 39 8th
9 Chess Projects Club Milano H— W24 W51 W17 W40 W5 L1 L2 5.5 37 9th
10 Noble Park Chess Club W33 W14 W28 L1 L2 W18 W32 L5 5.0 41 10th
11 Stockport Chess Club W26 W29 L3 W35 L5 W16 W15 L13 5.0 36.5
12 The Secret Dark Knight Society W34 W42 W20 W46 L7 L8 W25 L4 5.0 36
13 Club Atletismo Huesca L5 W39 L24 W29 L16 W33 W31 W11 5.0 33
14 TJ Valasska Bystrice – Sachy W55 L10 W16 L2 W24 W37 L6 X32 5.0 31
15 Saint Petersburg CC Florida W44 W4 W46 L7 D42 W19 L11 L6 4.5 37
16 TJ Bohemians Praha W50 L5 L14 W26 W13 L11 W35 D24 4.5 35
17 Aatos Chess Club W52 L1 W33 L9 W39 X40 L5 D18 4.5 33
18 SK Povazske Podhradie W47 L40 W48 L5 W35 L10 W28 D17 4.5 33
19 Burlington Ambush Chess Club W36 L46 W27 L4 W23 L15 W38 D20 4.5 32
20 Los Pujamaderas Chess Club W22 W21 L12 W44 L8 X42 L4 D19 4.5 31
21 Los Angeles Chess Fortress W41 L20 W53 B— L4 L6 W23 D25 4.5 29.5
22 San Gabriel Valley Chess Club L20 L44 D41 W53 L37 W30 W36 W38 4.5 24
23 Columbia SC Chess Club L25 L8 W38 W27 L19 W43 L21 W37 4.0 29
24 Airbus Chess Club L51 L9 W13 W49 L14 H— W29 D16 4.0 28
25 ChessEmpire [Case Western Univ.] W23 L7 L8 W37 X46 H— L12 D21 4.0 27
26 Eagle and Child Chess L11 D43 D31 L16 W52 L32 W45 W28 4.0 26.5
27 Aurora CC 2012 L46 W6 L19 L23 W30 L35 D34 W41 3.5 31
28 Schachclub Hochstadt a.d. Aisch W48 H— L10 W50 W32 L3 L18 L26 3.5 30.5
29 Badgers Brook Chess Club W43 L11 L4 L13 D31 W49 L24 W35 3.5 30
30 Club Depor. Esp. de Buenos Aires D37 W38 L7 L6 L27 L22 W44 W43 3.5 29
31 Wimbledon Chess Club L35 W49 D26 L32 D29 W39 L13 D33 3.5 27.5
32 Circolo Scacchistico Forlivese L40 W52 D50 W31 L28 W26 L10 F14 3.5 26.5
33 Hobart Chess Club L10 W45 L17 L41 W44 L13 W49 D31 3.5 25
34 Villages Chess Club of Florida L12 L36 L6 L38 B— W44 D27 W45 3.5 23.5
35 Warley Quinborne W31 L3 W43 L11 L18 W27 L16 L29 3.0 32.5
36 Billiards Cafe Chess Club L19 W34 W37 L8 L6 L38 L22 W49 3.0 31
37 Club Mariano Moreno D30 W54 L36 L25 W22 L14 D41 L23 3.0 29.5
38 Huntsville Chess Club D54 L30 L23 W34 D41 W36 L19 L22 3.0 29
39 Echiquier du Grand Ales L3 L13 W52 W47 L17 L31 D43 H— 3.0 26.5
40 Club Ajedrez Puerta Elvira W32 W18 W5 L3 L9 F17 3.0 26
41 Lincoln High School Chess Club L21 L53 D22 W33 D38 H— D37 L27 3.0 24.5
42 Coachella Chess Club W53 L12 W44 H— D15 F20 3.0 14
43 Lycee Francais D’Agadir CC L29 D26 L35 D45 X50 L23 D39 L30 2.5 22.5
44 Reno Chess Club L15 W22 L42 L20 L33 L34 L30 B— 2.0 27.5
45 ShahmatKG L1 L33 L47 D43 D49 X52 L26 L34 2.0 25.5
46 IHOP Chess Club W27 W19 L15 L12 F25 2.0 17.5
47 SK Ceska Lipa L18 L48 W45 L39 U— U— W55 2.0 14
48 Schaakclub’t Ros Dendermonde L28 W47 L18 X51 2.0 11.5
49 Hermanus Chess Club L2 L31 W55 L24 D45 L29 L33 L36 1.5 27.5
50 Val Parisis Echecs- Franconville L16 W55 D32 L28 F43 1.5 13.5
51 A.D. Scacchi Foggia W24 L2 L9 F48 1.0 16.5
52 Phoenix Chess Club L17 L32 L39 W55 L26 F45 1.0 16.5
53 Highland High School Chess Club L42 W41 L21 L22 U— 1.0 16
54 Jacksonville Chess Club NC D38 L37 0.5 6
55 Gazmag Sakk Szakosztaly L14 L50 L49 L52 U— U— L47 0.0 15.5



Chess Tournaments
SGVCC Wins Dramatic Round 7 Match Against Billiards Café Chess Club!

After coasting to victory last week in Round 6, SGVCC needed heroic efforts in our match versus the Club from Ayer, Massachusetts. It all came down to the final two games on Boards 2 and 3, where Chris Stychinsky and Richard Reid had to overcome very difficult potions to help us win 4.5 to 3.5, by just a single game.

It seemed we were coming from behind the entire match.  First, John Wright on Board 1 went down quickly losing both games. But then @Capital2 on Board 4 got us back even with strong play, taking both games. Chris had lost his first game and Richard had won his, so the match was tied at 3 points each going into the last two games.

But no sooner did we get a reprieve we were fighting for our lives again.  Richard was Black against the London System and White had broken through on the Kingside, first by sacrificing a piece, then getting the piece back plus all three of Black’s Kingside pawns! Chris was White against the Black Lion Defense and the “Lion” was roaring! Our opponents meet at a pool hall and it looked like they were going to run the table! Later computer evaluations have both our hero’s lost, but it’s people–not machines–that finish chess games.

In a time scramble Richard was able to create his own passed pawn and the players agreed to a draw with seconds remaining. At that point, the match was still tied and it was all up to Chris. Appropriately, we have made this our featured game this week:

If you look at White’s position after Black played #33…Rh8, it is hard to see how White avoids getting checkmated in short order. Chris’s solution on move #34 seemed to rattle Black, who was still winning, but likely frustrated by White’s stubborn resistance. And “Nimzotech” was starting to make some threats of his own too.  Sure enough, five moves later Black dropped a piece and the Lion had been tamed!

Black Lion