#69 Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

#69 Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

Chess960 start position: 118 (NQBRNBKR)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/DSgrnRTL

SP118

1. c3 Nf6 2. d4 d5 {good move, stopping e4 which would be favorable for white.}

3. Bf4 {kind of making the game a London system.}

3… g6 {Bg4 with Bh5, Bg6 idea is also good. }

4. e3 Bf5 5. Bd3 Bxd3 6. Nxd3 Bg7 7. Ne5 Qc8 {Nd7 right away was easier, kicking out the e5-knight.}

8. Nb3 {with Nd2, Nf3 to follow}

8… Nb6 9. Qc2 O-O 10. O-O-O {White wants to play for an attack with g4, etc.}

10… Nbd7 11. Nd2 Nh5 12. Ndf3 Nxf4 {maybe f6, trying to play e5 is better for black to try to gain some counter-play.}

13. exf4 Nxe5 {again f6 might be better.}

14. Nxe5 c5 {a good move that white missed. Now, black should be equal.}

15. h4 {White didn’t want to play dxc5 and weaken the e5 knight’s support.}

15… cxd4 16. cxd4 Qxc2+ {Bxe5 was interesting. If fxe5, then Qg4 hitting the g2 pawn and threatening Rc8. Black might be better here.}

17. Kxc2 {Now it’s equal.}

17… Rc8+ 18. Kd3 Rc7 19. Rc1 {White thought it best not to allow a doubling on the c-file.}

19… Rfc8 20. Rxc7 Rxc7 21. h5 {trying to play on the king-side, but there’s really not much.}

21… Bxe5 22. fxe5 Kg7 {g5 straight away was interesting.}

23. f4 e6 24. g4 h6 25. Rg1 {trying to play f5.}

25… Rc6 26. f5 exf5 {even g5 right away is fine }

27. gxf5 g5 28. f6+ {slightly inaccurate. It was better to leave the pawn on f5, keeping the black king out. White missed black’s king march to f5.}

28… Kf8 29. a4 Ke8 30. Ra1 {being as annoying as possible, as white can’t just sit and wait. Ra3, Rb3, and Rb5, targeting the weak d-pawn is white’s idea.}

30… Kd7 31. Ra3 Rb6 {good move, forcing b3 which is annoying.}

32. b3 Ke6 33. a5 Rc6 {Rb5 is much better I think, when it should be a draw. Notice then black can’t really make progress as if the king goes too far forward, then e6! wins.}

34. Ra4 {Now white gets what he wants.}

34… Kf5 35. Rb4 b6 36. Rb5 Ke6 37. Kd2 bxa5 {probably helping white a bit, but black was rather short on moves!}

38. Rxa5 Rc7 {a6 is much safer, limiting the white rook.}

39. Kd3 Rb7 40. b4 Rc7 {now, black is unfortunately losing the thread. He has been driven into a passive position after some inaccuracies.}

41. Ra6+ Kf5 42. Rd6 Kg4 {Kf4 maybe, but black’s position is getting bad. The white pawns are stronger than black’s king-side pawns.}

43. Rxd5 Kh3 {Kxh5 would have held a bit longer, trying to stay close to the middle with Kg6, Kf5.}

44. Rd8 {Now it’s over.}

44… g4 45. Rg8 g3 46. d5 {White can sac his rook for the g-pawn if need be, and the passers in the middle easily beat the rook.}

46… g2 47. e6 fxe6 48. dxe6 {Good game though! Was probably a draw if black played Rb5 move 33, or a6 move 38.}

{ Black resigns } 1-0

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An interview with James Plaskett (GM)

chess959: I would like start with a very tricky question: Which one is a chess variant: Chess960 or SP#518 (RNBQKBNR)?

plaskettJames Plaskett: Oh my… Both I’d say! The latter…maybe not. I understand what prompted Fischer to seek a variant of the game.Seirawan has even invented SeirawanChess. But… Maybe It’s some kind of lost cause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

chess959: Bobby Fischer was a genius and so often he used language in a way that we are not familiar with. We think we understood him but actually we were not listening, we were just operating off our own assumptions of what we think he meant. One of the biggest controversies is what Bobby meant when he talked about “pre-arranged” chess games…..

It sounds like match fixing……..I used to get confused about what Bobby was talking about. But Bobby was talking about “pre-arrangement” in the sense that both players have organised what they are going to play on the board before they get there (independently from each other).

The idea of “pre-arrangement” is that as Bobby noted, it should be stated up front (acknowledged rather than blindly accepted). What is the difference between playing from an opening book in your mind, compared to if both players actually used a physical opening book as they were playing through the opening?

James Plaskett: You ask players openly using opening books… well something akin to that happened in Kasparov´s Active Chess idea i.e players openly consulting computers during play.

chess959: Advanced chess.

James Plaskett: Yes. Sounds a bit daft to me. Fischer was a chess genius yes but his celebration of the 9/11 atrocities was vile.

chess959: If there was a physical book, everybody would be clear about what is happening. As it is now, the book is in human memory. But what is the difference?

James Plaskett: Theory is updating all of the time. That could be the difference…

(Off the record) me: James what kind of response is this? Are you serious?

chess959: We now know that some people intentionally misdescribe chess960 as a chess variant. What could be the main reason for this?

(Off the record) me thinking: He won’t answer this question and will try to say something else. And here it is…

James Plaskett: It is a chess variant.

(Off the record) me thinking: He started to defend SP518. But no chance. The truth cannot be hidden anymore!

James Plaskett: Random starting positions. A few yrs ago I even played a FischerRandom event in Murcia, near my home. I finished 2nd.

chess959: James,,, please! (Note: Finally I lost my patience.)

James Plaskett: eh?

chess959: Ok, here is another try.

James Plaskett: Yes sir!

chess959: Carry out this simple thought experiment that questions our Chess centric way of thinking: “In an alternative reality, hundreds of years ago the game of Chess960 was invented. Then late in the 21st century, a small movement began to only play SP518 (Chess). But players all around the world asked the simple question, why would you want to dumb down Chess960 like that?”

AND Chess (SP518) is a variant of Chess960 and so are the other 959 positions. There is no difference that I can tell. Chess960 is not a variant. It is a generalised set of rules that determine all the possible positions of pieces on the back rank without violating any past rule. Not a single rule of chess is violated in the process, not one.

James Plaskett: NO INDEED not… except the position of the pieces at the start… but; so what? Tactics, strategy, ending technique affected? Not at all.

chess959: Indeed.

James Plaskett: I’m quite enjoying it, even.

chess959: Most chess960 games after 10-15 moves, will look like a classical chess position. You won’t be able to easily determine how the game originated.

James Plaskett: Quite.

chess959: And last one: If the purists are so insistent that chess 960 is not “real chess”, why did we let computers rule the analysis of classic chess?

James Plaskett: Rule it? They are engines for perfecting commentary AFTER the games, Señor.

chess959: Don’t you know supercomputers for opening preparation?

James Plaskett: They are used there, too.

(Off the record): I think James is a good guy, but lack of knowledge about computers invasion to human chess. Here Ian Rogers, reported from Sofia, Bulgaria, 2010:

“World Championship games are expected to last four, perhaps even six hours. This one was over in little more than two. The Indian World Champion was destroyed; nay, humiliated. On Bulgarian television that night, Topalov explained that the entire game had been prepared by him and his team at home; he didn’t need to find a single original move to score a simple first game victory.”

chess959: James, Chess960 is not a variant of chess. Chess960 is a generalization of chess. Do you agree?

James Plaskett: And, over the last 25 years people are less and less happy about that. I’ll go along with your definition of Chess960.

(Off the record) me: See? He is a good guy, when vital information given to them (GM), they will understand it. Most of them spend entire life to chess. I have full respect to them even to Kasparov (number 1 enemy of pure human play a.k.a chess960)

chess959: James, thanks for your time.

James Plaskett: Pleasure. Adios.

 

 

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#67, 68 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Plaskett, H James (GM) FIDE: 2438

#67 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Plaskett, H James (GM) FIDE: 2438

Chess960 start position: 823 (RKBNQRNB)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/upJ03VUUJTdW

SP823

1. Nf3 b6 2. g3 Bb7 3. d3 g6 4. Bd2 e5 5. Bc3 f5 6. b3 d5 7. Bb2 Nc6 8. a4 Nf6 9. h3 Qe6 10. Ng5 Qd7 11. f4 e4 12. dxe4 fxe4 13. Ne3 h6 14. O-O-O hxg5 15. fxg5 Qe6 16. gxf6 Bxf6 17. Bxf6 Rxf6 18. Nxd5 Qe5 { Draw } 1/2-1/2


 

#67 Plaskett, H James (GM) FIDE: 2438 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

Chess960 start position: 733 (RKNBQNBR)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/nLYBlrmLERWS

SP733

1. h3 e5 2. Bh2 f6 3. e3 Bd5 4. Rg1 b6 5. d3 Bb7 6. Nd2 d5 7. Ne2 Nd6 8. Nc3 c5 9. f4 exf4 10. Bxf4 Bc7 11. Bf3 Qe6 12. O-O-O O-O-O 13. Kb1 Kb8 14. e4 d4 15. Nd5 Bxd5 16. exd5 Qxe1 17. Rgxe1 Ng6 18. Bg3 Rhe8 19. c4 Nf5 20. Bxc7+ Kxc7 21. Ne4 Nd6 22. g3 Ne5 23. Bg2 Re7 24. Nxd6 Kxd6 25. Rf1 a6 26. Kc2 { Draw } 1/2-1/2

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#64, 65, 66 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250

#64 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250

Chess960 start position: 754 (BRKNNBRQ)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/N2IA1cKCfAlG

SP754

1. b3 e6 2. Bb2 d5 3. e3 Nd6 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Be7 6. h4 O-O-O 7. Qh3 Kb8 8. d4 g6 9. a3 b6 10. Ba6 f5 11. Ng5 Qf6 12. g3 h6 13. Nf3 Ne4 14. Qf1 g5 15. hxg5 hxg5 16. Nxe4 fxe4 17. Ne5 Bd6 18. Nxc6+ Bxc6 19. a4 Rgf8 20. Rg2 e5 21. a5 exd4 22. axb6 axb6 23. Bb5 Bb7 24. Ba6 Be5 25. Bxb7 Kxb7 26. Ra1 Ra8 27. Qb5 c6 { White resigns } 0-1


 

 

#65 Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

Chess960 start position: 638 (RNKQRBBN)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/RmiENboferiq

SP638

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Ng6 3. f3 f6 4. d4 exd4 5. Qxd4 Nc6 6. Qd2 Bb4 7. Bb5 a6 8. Ba4 Qe7 9. Bf2 Qe5 10. O-O Bc5 11. Ng3 O-O-O 12. a3 Nge7 13. Rad1 Bxf2+ 14. Rxf2 g6 15. f4 Qc5 16. b4 Qa7 17. Nd5 b5 18. Nxf6 Rf8 19. Nxg8 bxa4 20. Nxe7+ Nxe7 21. c4 h5 22. e5 h4 23. Ne4 Nf5 24. c5 { Black resigns } 1-0


 

 

#66 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Gombac, Jan (FM) FIDE: 2250

Chess960 start position: 947 (BRKRNNQB)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/EtWqeDJ3DhBD

SP947

1. f4 b6 2. g3 d5 3. b3 g6 4. Bxh8 Qxh8 5. Nf3 Nd6 6. d3 Nd7 7. N1d2 e5 8. fxe5 Nxe5 9. Nxe5 Qxe5 10. Nf3 Qc3 11. Qd4 Qxd4 12. Nxd4 c5 13. Nf3 d4 14. Nd2 Bxh1 15. Rxh1 Re8 16. Re1 Rb7 17. Nc4 Nxc4 18. bxc4 Rbe7 19. Kd2 Kc7 20. Rbd1 Re3 21. a4 a5 22. c3 dxc3+ 23. Kxc3 Rxe2 24. Rxe2 Rxe2 25. Rf1 f5 26. g4 Re6 27. gxf5 Rf6 28. Re1 gxf5 29. Re7+ Kd6 30. Rxh7 f4 31. Kd2 f3 32. Ke1 Ke5 33. Rh4 f2+ 34. Kf1 Rf3 35. Re4+ Kf5 36. Re2 Rxd3 37. Rxf2+ Ke5 38. Rb2 Rd6 39. Re2+ Kf4 40. Kg2 Rg6+ 41. Kf2 Rh6 42. Kg2 Rd6 43. Kf2 Rd4 44. Rb2 Rxc4 45. Rxb6 Rxa4 46. Rb5 Ra2+ 47. Kg1 c4 48. Rc5 Kf3 49. Rf5+ Ke4 50. Rc5 Kd3 51. h4 c3 52. h5 Ra4 53. Kf2 Ra2+ 54. Ke1 a4 55. Ra5 Ra1+ { White resigns } 0-1

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#62 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

#62 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

Chess960 start position:  260 (NBBRKNQR)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/gMyKXqlbo9D5

SP260

1. Nb3 b6 2. d4 Ba6 {e2 looked weak in some positions.}

3. c3 c6 4. Nfd2 d5 5. Nf3 {Bd3 was worth considering, in view of how strong black’s bishop later becomes.}

5… e6 6. Bg5 {maybe g3 and Bf4 is interesting, as well.}

6… Rc8 7. Bh4 {same idea, but a little slower. The rook wanted to go to c8 regardless.}

7… Nd7 {swinging round to f6, eyeing e4 is natural.}

8. Bg3 f5 {The ensuing “stonewall” set-up is probably favorable for black, as the Nb3 is misplaced and white’s e2 pawn is still a problem.}

9. Bxb8 Rxb8 10. h4 {g4! is worth considering. White’s attack might yield him some open king-side lines, activating his light-squared bishop and queen. Also, Bd3 is again, worth
looking at.}

10… Qf7 11. Qh2 {nice maneuver by white nonetheless, eyeing e5.}

11… O-O 12. Ng5 {maybe Ne5 is better, looking to trade pieces.}

12… Qe7 13. f4 Nf6 14. Qg3 {Again Bd3!}

14… Nc7 {aiming for b5 (or e8) and d6 with full control over e4.}

15. Rd2 {Illustrating how powerful black’s bishop is. White struggles to get castled.}

15… Nb5 16. Rc2 {Qe3 or 0-0 might be better, the rook could probably go to d1 later, keeping the light-squared bishop more active. Also, it is more prone to hits down the c-file.}

16… Nd6 {threatening h6, and a knight to e4.}

17. Nd2 Rbc8 {eyeing c5 with some pressure.}

18. Rc1 c5 {now cxd4 is a threat.}

19. e3 {now things are turning sour for white. His king is stranded due to black’s monster on a6.}

19… Kh8 {maybe not the best by black, Qe8 immediately is more pointed.}

20. Ndf3 h6 21. Ne5 Qe8 {yea, here the king should just be on g8.}

22. Nh3 Kg8 23. Nf2 Qb5 {here black should be close to winning.}

24. Bd3 {Maybe a knight to d3 covers b2. Then if c4, Nb4! and white is hanging on. It’s still unpleasant though.}

24… Qxb2 25. O-O {finally castled, but alas, too late!}

25… Nde4 {and in black storms, a loss of material is inevitable.}

26. Nxe4 Nxe4 27. Bxe4 {If the queen moves then just Bxd3 and Qd2 and white’s pawns fall quickly.}

27… Bxf1 28. Rb1 {more or less equivalent to the alternatives.}

28… Qxc3 29. Bxd5 exd5 30. Rxf1 cxd4 {yea, this is over. So, earlier white should have probably have traded the light-squared bishops to avert some of the pressure. The structure that came about is very static, but in some lines, white can be quite justified in going g4! With king-side pressure. }

{ White resigns } 0-1

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#59, 60, 61 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Kundin, Alexander (IM) FIDE: 2320

#59 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Kundin, Alexander (IM) FIDE: 2320

Chess960 start position: 465 (BRNBNKRQ)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/yu37U1CvzwHi

SP465

1. b3 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d3 b5 4. e3 c5 5. Ne2 g5 6. Be5 Rb6 7. h3 h5 8. Ng3 h4 9. Ne2 Nd6 10. Bxd6 Rxd6 11. d4 Bb6 12. Ne5 Ne4 13. Nf3 Rf6 14. Rc1 Qh6 15. Qh2 Qh5 16. Qb8+ Kg7 17. Qe5 Kf8 18. Qb8+ Kg7 19. Qe5 Kh7 20. c3 Rxf3 21. gxf3 Nd2+ 22. Kg2 Qxf3+ 23. Kh2 Qxf2+ 24. Kh1 Qf3+ 25. Kh2 f6 26. Bc2+ Kh8 27. Qxe7 Ne4 28. Bxe4 dxe4 29. Nf4 Bd8 30. Qf7 Qxe3 31. Qh5+ Kg7 32. Qg6+ Kf8 33. Ne6+ Ke7 34. Qxg8 Qd2+ 35. Rg2 Qxc1 36. Qxd8+ Kxe6 37. Qxa8 Qf4+ 38. Kh1 Qf1+ 39. Kh2 Qf4+ 40. Kh1 Qf1+ 41. Kh2 Qf4+ { Draw } 1/2-1/2


 

#60 Kundin, Alexander (IM) FIDE: 2320 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

Chess960 start position: 145 (BNRBNQKR)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/R21Wfq87dHnl

SP145

1. e4 Nc6 2. b3 e5 3. Nd3 Bf6 4. Bg4 Rd8 5. Nc3 Nd4 6. Nd5 d6 7. f4 c6 8. Ne3 c5 9. c3 Nc6 10. Nd5 exf4 11. N3xf4 Be5 12. Ne6 { Black resigns } 1-0


 

#61 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Kundin, Alexander (IM) FIDE: 2320

Chess960 start position: 354 (BNRKRBQN)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/Zqqm7o8J16oD

SP354

1. f4 b6 2. g3 f5 3. b3 g5 4. Bxh8 Qxh8 5. Nc3 gxf4 6. gxf4 Bh6 7. e3 e5 8. Ng3 Qf6 9. Nge2 c5 10. fxe5 Qxe5 11. Qg3 Qxg3 12. hxg3 Nc6 13. Bh3 Ne7 14. Rf1 Rf8 15. O-O-O Rc6 16. Rf2 Rg6 17. Rdf1 Rg5 18. e4 Ke8 19. exf5 d5 { Draw } 1/2-1/2

 

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An interview with Aaron Grabinsky (NM)

chess959: I would like start with a very tricky question:

grabinsky

Aaron Grabinsky: Sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

chess959: Which one is a chess variant: Chess960 or SP#518 (RNBQKBNR)?

Aaron Grabinsky: SP#518? though not exactly sure. What exactly is SP#518?

chess959: The chess we already knew: Rooks at the corner…

Aaron Grabinsky: oh, lol, then no, chess960 right? yea, chess960 would be the variant

chess959: Just think about it for a moment.

Aaron Grabinsky: Okay :) I guess in a funny way, SP#518 would actually be the variant.. huh, never thought about it that way.

chess959: We now know that some people intentionally misdescribe chess960 as a chess variant. What could be the main reason for this?

Aaron Grabinsky: Maybe because chess960 isn’t as popular as SP#518? that would be my guess, so people assume it’s the variant.

chess959: That’s the point. People assume it a chess variant. But it is not. Chess960 is a generalization of chess. If Chess960 were a variant of chess, then chess could not be a position within the variant. But it is! Chess960 encompasses chess. We have a chess centric point of view I think.

Aaron Grabinsky: yes :) chess 959 doesn’t include normal right?

chess959: Yes, chess959 means no more SP518

Aaron Grabinsky: yea, well that makes sense, about the variants, I mean,,, which is which

chess959: Carry out this simple thought experiment that questions our Chess centric way of thinking: “In an alternative reality, hundreds of years ago the game of  Chess960 was invented. Then late in the 21st century, a small movement began to only play SP518 (Chess). But players all around the world asked the simple question, why would you want to dumb down Chess960 like that?”

AND Chess (SP518) is a variant of Chess960 and so are the other 959 positions. There is no difference that I can tell. Chess960 is not a variant. It is a generalised set of rules that determine all the possible positions of pieces on the back rank without violating any past rule. Not a single rule of chess is violated in the process, not one.

Aaron Grabinsky: hmm, I didn’t know about that! I’ve always played chess, lol.. Pretty new to 960

chess959: But you’re playing so creative…

Aaron Grabinsky: But it sounds cool! Yes, thank you! I actually like chess 960 better!,,, in a way

chess959: I can only compare your games with Sergey Volkov (GM) or very strong FM Jan Gombac: my main training partners currently.

Aaron Grabinsky: How did they compare?

chess959: I mean the quality of your playing very close to GM level.

Aaron Grabinsky: Cool :) that’s nice, minus the theory advantage in normal chess. I’m much closer to GM level then… well, that’s interesting.

chess959: Bobby Fischer was a genius and so often he used language in a way that we are not familiar with. We think we understood him but actually we were not listening, we were just operating off our own assumptions of what we think he meant. One of the biggest controversies is what Bobby meant when he talked about “pre-arranged” chess games…..

It sounds like match fixing……..I used to get confused about what Bobby was talking about. But Bobby was talking about “pre-arrangement” in the sense that both players have organised what they are going to play on the board before they get there (independently from each other).

The idea of “pre-arrangement” is that as Bobby noted, it should be stated up front (acknowledged rather than blindly accepted). What is the difference between playing from an opening book in your mind, compared to if both players actually used a physical opening book as they were playing through the opening?

Aaron Grabinsky: Well, I suppose it would be more beneficial to use the one in your mind,,, as your memory would be stimulated. But, I’m a little confused, lol. Physical opening book?

chess959: It means the books you can open in your OTB games.

Aaron Grabinsky: Oh, I’d say the difference is sight vs memory.

chess959: In Chess960, memorization is laterally spread rather than longitudinally deep.

Because there are small subsets of critical start positions that need to be memorized in Chess960, players will memorize variations laterally across a subset of positions rather than longitudinally deep in one position as we do in traditional chess. Therefore the overall memory burden is no greater than traditional chess. In fact I can predict already that in future generations of Chess960 players, the total quantity of memorization that we now see in traditional Chess (SP518) will be exactly mirrored in Chess960. There will be great benefits in memorizing certain start positions. However, this practice of memorizing openings will never be at the expense of general creative over-the-board opening play as we see today in traditional chess, because the memory task in Chess960 is so monumental that conceptual thinking in the opening will always be the dominant mode of thinking.

Aaron Grabinsky: This sounds like an improved form of chess, it could be the future! Very interesting.

chess959: Exactly. It is the future.

Aaron Grabinsky: It might just replace chess.

chess959: You are a smart guy.

Aaron Grabinsky: In fact, I think it will! cool :)

chess959: But there is one problem: and a big one.

Aaron Grabinsky: What?

chess959: Very very big one: MONEY

Aaron Grabinsky: How so?

chess959: Sponsors and current chess oligarchy.

Aaron Grabinsky: Oh, well it will have to be advertised and promoted and I hope it will come through though.

chess959: Ok Aaron. Thanks for talking to us.

Aaron Grabinsky: Well, I really like 960! Thanks for being interested in it and introducing me to it more :) Good talking with you too, and see you Tuesday for more 960! :)

chess959: yeah,,, have a good day!

Aaron Grabinsky: okay, cya later! you too.

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#58 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

#58 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Grabinsky, Aaron (NM) FIDE: 2337

Chess960 start position:  819 (BRKNQRNB)

Time control: 15+5

Site: http://en.lichess.org/nKxrTPvNOOEQ

SP819

1. b3 b6 2. Nc3 g6 3. Nf3 e5 4. d3 {e4 is probably better. Allowing black to get total central control cannot be right. Now when black plays d5, e4 will be met with d4! and white is cramped.}

4… d5 5. e3 {even here, e4 is probably to be preferred, as white’s severe lack of central space will begin to tell quite soon.}

5… f5 {mine as well grab more space! Black enjoys a clear edge here.}

6. Qe2 {Nd2 and e4 for white is interesting. If black plays e4, then d4 limits the damage and white shouldn’t be doing to badly.}

6… Nf6 7. O-O {Staying on the queen-side is probably better.}

7… Nf7 8. Nd2 Qe6 9. g3 {d4 or f4, trying to force a locking of the center is safer, maybe then later g3.}

9… O-O-O {of course, playing for a quick attack on white’s king is the easiest way to win here. White’s opening play was a bit too passive.}

10. Nb5 {even here, d4 or f4 is better, trying to shut down black’s fluid center pawns.}

10… a6 11. Nc3 {Na3 even with c4 idea might be a better way to go, although at this point it’s probably too late. White has just lost too much time.}

11… h5 12. Na4 g5 {this attack should be decisive.}

13. c4 {e4 is more annoying for black, even then f4 for black looks strong. Then exd5 and white might be able to use the e4 square for defense.}

13… g4 14. cxd5 Ng5 {a cool move :)}

15. Rfe1 {better is e4 when it is highly unclear, but black remains on top.}

15… Bxd5 16. Bxd5 Qxd5 17. h4 {alternatives do not help, d3 is hanging at the very least, when black will be technically winning anyway.}

gxh3 18. Kh2 {f3 or e4 avoid mate, but the result is not in doubt. Black simply takes d3 and has a winning position with two extra pawns and better pieces. So earlier, white definitely had to be more aggressive with his stakes in the center. The huge amount of space that black was given, and thus the flexibility he enjoyed, spelled white’s doom. } { White resigns } 0-1

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#56, 57 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Ilic, Zoran S (IM) FIDE: 2284

#56 Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132 vs Ilic, Zoran S (IM) FIDE: 2284

Chess960 start position: 462 (RNNKQBBR)

Time control: 15+5

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SP462

1. Nc3 f5 2. e4 Nc6 3. Nd3 fxe4 4. Nxe4 d6 5. f4 Nb6 6. g3 h6 7. Qe2 Bf7 8. Bh3 Bh5 9. g4 Bf7 10. a4 g6 11. a5 Nd5 12. c3 Bg7 13. Bf2 Rf8 14. O-O a6 15. b4 Nf6 16. Ng3 Qd7 17. f5 g5 18. Nb2 Rh8 19. Rae1 Kc8 20. Bg2 { Draw } 1/2-1/2


 

 

#57 Ilic, Zoran S (IM) FIDE: 2284 vs Yuce, Aytac ICCF: 2132

Chess960 start position: 765 (RKNBNRBQ)

Time control: 15+5

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SP765

1. f4 g6 2. g3 Ncd6 3. d3 e5 4. fxe5 Qxe5 5. Nf3 Qg7 6. Nb3 Bf6 7. c3 h5 8. Bc2 Nb5 9. d4 a5 10. Nc5 O-O-O 11. a4 Na7 12. Ne5 c6 13. Ncd3 d5 14. O-O-O Nd6 15. Qf3 Bg5+ 16. Be3 Bxe3+ 17. Qxe3 f5 18. h4 Rfe8 19. Qg5 Bf7 20. Nf4 Ne4 21. Bxe4 dxe4 22. Nxh5 Qh8 23. Nxf7 { Black resigns } 1-0

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