Interesting Puzzle

For those who miss the regular hum of Yale chess meetings during the lazy summers, there is a fun chess problem and story on ChessBase today for you to solve. Apparently, it was from a real game, and quotes four players contradicting each other, two claiming a win for Black, two insisting on a victory for White. Classic!

Ultimately, White resigns, thinking the position lost, but his stronger opponent then points out a winning sequence. Naturally, they’re both wrong ;). The resignation sequence is reminiscent of an amusing anecdote IM Jeremy Silman gave in his The Amateur’s Mind — he resigned after suffering for most of his game, only for his grandmaster opponent to remark, “I was about to offer a draw. You have an immediate perpetual check!” (pg 311). Not exactly the same, but similar to this puzzle…

Analysis (spoiler)

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Tutors Assist First NHFPL Kids Tournament


The New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) and Yale Chess Club organized a children’s chess tournament at the Mitchell Branch of the NHFPL last Saturday afternoon, on February 22, 2014. Despite being the first such tournament, it drew nearly 30 participants. Check out our photos!

The children were grouped into round-robin quads; after three rounds, the winner of each quad took home a trophy, while the rest received medals. It was the first chess tournament ever for over half of the participants, but thanks to the extensive help from our volunteers, the rounds proceeded quickly and smoothly. Special thanks to Yale Chess tutor Lawrence Moy, who ran registration, pairings, and scoring; Yale chess tutor Alex Emmons, who supervised and worked with the children with unmatched skill; and NHFPL staff member John Roberts, who organized the location and logistics, making the tournament possible in the first place!

And additional thanks to everyone else who helped: Yale Chess tutors Eric Banatt, Kareem El-Badry, Ian Gonzalez, Victor Macrinici, and Vance Zuo; Sharon and the Mitchell Library staff; and our other volunteers, high school student Jason Lewis, and young translator Rochelle.

Yale Ties First in U1800 at Columbia

Yale's two teams.

Yale’s team members: (from left to right) Ananth, Stephen, Kareem, Achutha, Dionis, Alex, Vance, Eryk.

The Yale Chess Club sent two teams to the Inter-Ivy Chess Championships in Columbia University on February 8. Both teams had modest ratings, and had to play up most rounds; nonetheless, Yale’s A team—Vance, Achutha, Alex, and Ananth—eventually fought its way to tie for first in the U1800 section and win some money!

Yale’s top scorers were Ananth and Vance, both with 2.5/4. Along the way, Vance managed to draw International Master Victor Shen as White. Shen played absentmindedly in the beginning, allowing Vance to steer the position into a symmetrical, equal endgame. Shen then pressed, advancing his bishop and queen into Vance’s territory, but lacking weaknesses to attack, eventually had to settle for a draw.

Be sure to check out our photos! For the full results, see the USCF website's records, though be warned: there are some serious mistakes in the results---some people's results are listed as 'X', and in some cases the wrong players/teams were matched up. Unfortunately, these errors have not been fixed, as of Feb. 25, 2014.