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 Chess.com, 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:

United Kingdom: https://www.chess.com/club/matches/san-gabriel-valley-chess-club/1145550

Singapore: https://www.chess.com/club/matches/san-gabriel-valley-chess-club/1147218

France: https://www.chess.com/club/matches/san-gabriel-valley-chess-club/1147212

Reno: https://www.chess.com/club/matches/san-gabriel-valley-chess-club/1147214

Azerbaijan: https://www.chess.com/club/matches/san-gabriel-valley-chess-club/1147248

Chess Tournaments Club Matches: Live
Chess.com 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 Chess.com 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 Chess.com 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: https://www.chess.com/clubs/matches/live/san-gabriel-valley-chess-club

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)
#ClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8PtsTB1Place
1Chess Club ZebraW45W17W2W10W3W7W9W88.0401st
2GROP Chess ClubW49W51L1W14W10W4W3W97.0402nd
3Exeter Chess ClubW39W35W11W40L1W28L2W76.039.53rd
4Chess Long IslandW8L15W29W19W21L2W20W126.0384th
5Club Scacchi CesenaW13W16L40W18W11L9W17W106.0385th
6Galeria de Xadrez Borba GatoL7L27W34W30W36W21W14W156.031.56th
7Gill Saint Bernard’s KnightsW6W25W30W15W12L1D8L35.5427th
8Cercle D’Echecs De HullL4W23W25W36W20W12D7L15.5398th
9Chess Projects Club MilanoH—W24W51W17W40W5L1L25.5379th
10Noble Park Chess ClubW33W14W28L1L2W18W32L55.04110th
11Stockport Chess ClubW26W29L3W35L5W16W15L135.036.5
12The Secret Dark Knight SocietyW34W42W20W46L7L8W25L45.036
13Club Atletismo HuescaL5W39L24W29L16W33W31W115.033
14TJ Valasska Bystrice – SachyW55L10W16L2W24W37L6X325.031
15Saint Petersburg CC FloridaW44W4W46L7D42W19L11L64.537
16TJ Bohemians PrahaW50L5L14W26W13L11W35D244.535
17Aatos Chess ClubW52L1W33L9W39X40L5D184.533
18SK Povazske PodhradieW47L40W48L5W35L10W28D174.533
19Burlington Ambush Chess ClubW36L46W27L4W23L15W38D204.532
20Los Pujamaderas Chess ClubW22W21L12W44L8X42L4D194.531
21Los Angeles Chess FortressW41L20W53B—L4L6W23D254.529.5
22San Gabriel Valley Chess ClubL20L44D41W53L37W30W36W384.524
23Columbia SC Chess ClubL25L8W38W27L19W43L21W374.029
24Airbus Chess ClubL51L9W13W49L14H—W29D164.028
25ChessEmpire [Case Western Univ.]W23L7L8W37X46H—L12D214.027
26Eagle and Child ChessL11D43D31L16W52L32W45W284.026.5
27Aurora CC 2012L46W6L19L23W30L35D34W413.531
28Schachclub Hochstadt a.d. AischW48H—L10W50W32L3L18L263.530.5
29Badgers Brook Chess ClubW43L11L4L13D31W49L24W353.530
30Club Depor. Esp. de Buenos AiresD37W38L7L6L27L22W44W433.529
31Wimbledon Chess ClubL35W49D26L32D29W39L13D333.527.5
32Circolo Scacchistico ForliveseL40W52D50W31L28W26L10F143.526.5
33Hobart Chess ClubL10W45L17L41W44L13W49D313.525
34Villages Chess Club of FloridaL12L36L6L38B—W44D27W453.523.5
35Warley QuinborneW31L3W43L11L18W27L16L293.032.5
36Billiards Cafe Chess ClubL19W34W37L8L6L38L22W493.031
37Club Mariano MorenoD30W54L36L25W22L14D41L233.029.5
38Huntsville Chess ClubD54L30L23W34D41W36L19L223.029
39Echiquier du Grand AlesL3L13W52W47L17L31D43H—3.026.5
40Club Ajedrez Puerta ElviraW32W18W5L3L9F173.026
41Lincoln High School Chess ClubL21L53D22W33D38H—D37L273.024.5
42Coachella Chess ClubW53L12W44H—D15F203.014
43Lycee Francais D’Agadir CCL29D26L35D45X50L23D39L302.522.5
44Reno Chess ClubL15W22L42L20L33L34L30B—2.027.5
45ShahmatKGL1L33L47D43D49X52L26L342.025.5
46IHOP Chess ClubW27W19L15L12F252.017.5
47SK Ceska LipaL18L48W45L39U—U—W552.014
48Schaakclub’t Ros DendermondeL28W47L18X512.011.5
49Hermanus Chess ClubL2L31W55L24D45L29L33L361.527.5
50Val Parisis Echecs- FranconvilleL16W55D32L28F431.513.5
51A.D. Scacchi FoggiaW24L2L9F481.016.5
52Phoenix Chess ClubL17L32L39W55L26F451.016.5
53Highland High School Chess ClubL42W41L21L22U—1.016
54Jacksonville Chess Club NCD38L370.56
55Gazmag Sakk SzakosztalyL14L50L49L52U—U—L470.015.5

 

 

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