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Playing on a Giant Chess Set

They said they were going to crush each other. I guess who had the toughest voice wins.

They said they were going to crush each other. I guess who had the toughest voice wins.

Gario, Dougio and I were in Detroit a few days ago checking out the ice along the Detroit River but most had already melted, so we had lots of time to kill and headed over to the Motor City. We stumbled across this huge chess set so I figured I’d naturally take a few photos.
Gario in a GrandMasterly pose.

Gario in a GrandMasterly pose.

The chess pieces were made of a very durable plastic and it seemed they had some sand inside them to weigh them down so the wind would not knock them over.
Gario making a move.

Gario making a move.

Actually it was kinda hard seeing the entire position. I think a ladder to stand on would have helped me calculate my variations better.
Jimio prefers Knights

Jimio prefers Knights

We need a chess set like this in downtown Jackson. Maybe next to the Clock Tower. This is Jimio saying *Groovy Chess to All*

New Member of the Club

Julia

Julia

A new member came down to the club Thursday. Her name is Julia and she is getting energy from her chocolate ice cream cone. Anna is her opponent and giving her a few pointers on the game. In fact Sammy,Joe, Rueben and Gwen all joined in a kind of consultation match. This is Jimio saying *Chess for Fun*

Group Selfie

One Third of the Chess "Gang"

One Third of the Chess “Gang”

Getting these guys together is like pulling teeth but I somehow managed to get most of the club together for a kibitz session. I took 2 photos in case the 1 did not turn out and sure enough picture #2 one player was frowning and one player had his eyes closed. This is Jimio saying *Smile for Chess!* :-]

The World of Blitz Chess

Marc vs Gario

Marc vs Gario

Blitz Chess, sometimes called Speed Chess or 5 Minute Chess or 5 0 Chess [ 5 Minutes with 0 Increment added] is a crazy fun variant of regular normal chess. For instance in blitz chess you dont want to announce “check” because if your opponent leaves his king in check, you simply take it off the board and the game is immediately over, done for -Kaput! Actually there are even faster forms of blitz chess with shorter time controls of like 4 0 or 3 0 but when you get down to 2 0 chess its called “Lightning Chess” because your hands have to move like lightning to keep from losing on time :-] One nice thing about speed chess is you can run a big tournament and get a lot of rounds in since each game can only last a maximum of 10 minutes. Thats about 5 Rds per hour if you leave 10 minutes for setting up each board after the rounds. Another great advantage of blitz chess is you can play many games over and over to try out a certain variation or pet line you have been studying all week. The only problem is, blitz chess can tend to make it difficult to study the game in depth over the board due to the short time span. Some chess coaches frown on too much blitz chess for this reason. I say you need both blitz practice and long term slow chess playing for a proper balance. This is because even in long tournament games, you can still run low on time and then it turns into a blitz frenzy anyways! This is Jimio saying *Chess for Fun* and *Chess for Calculation n Focusing Ability”.

New Member at the Chess Club

Sam and his mom Stacy

Sam and his mom Stacy

Here is Sam with his mom Stacy. Sam learned chess from family members and has an Uncle who played Tournament Chess.

How to Draw a Lost Game

Recently in one of my correspondence games I fell into a little trouble [well probably bigger than a little] but with a few inaccuracies from my opponent I was able to escape with a draw. Here is the game: Jimio73 [1963] vs chess1izer [1686] 1d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4cd5 ed5 5 Bg5 Be7 6 e3 0-0 7 Bd3 c6 8 h3 Nbd7 9 Qc2 Re8 10 Nge2 Nf8 11 g4 b5 12 Ng3 a5 13 Nf5 Bf5 14 Bf5 g6 15 Bd3 Ne6 16 Bh4 Nd7 17 Be3 Qe7 18 h4? Nd4! [Big mistake. I forgot that pawn was pinned and the N hits my Q so not many good squares to go to] 19 Qc1 Ne5 [ Threatening to win B with Nd3 and also Nxd4 so...] 20 Be2 Ne2 21 Ke2 Ng4 [One N took my B and the other N still wins the pawn, now I'm down 2 pawns] 22 Qd5 h5 [22...h5 seems a little slow] 23 Raf1 Rad8 [23 Raf1 I'm just trying to desparately create some sort of fortress] 24 Kd1 f5 25 Ne2 b4 26 Nf4 Kg7 27 Qd4+ Qe5 [Now he gives me a tiny bit of counterplay but it is somewhat risky but at this stage I had no choice but jump into the fire] 28 Qa7+ Re7 29 Qa5 Qb2 [I picked up a pawn and attacked his R on d8, he lets to R go! But he near to my King] 30 QxRd8 Ra7? [This move allows me to draw. I think If I don't go into this drawing sequence, I will lose fast] 31 Ne6+ Kf7 [ If 31...Kh6? then 32 Qf8! Kh7 33 Ng5# mates and if 31...Kh6? 32 Qf8! Rg7? 33 Qh8 Rh7 34 QxQb2 wins his Q and 31 Nf6+ Kh7 32 Ng5 Kh6 33 Qf8 Qg7 34 Qg7 Kg7 ans I'm up a whole R but still he has a lot of pawns left but hopefully that extra R can help gobble them up and 33 Qf8 Rg7? 34 Qh8 Rh7 35 QxQb2 wins the Q again] So… 32 Ng5 Kg7 33 Ne6+ Kh7 34 Ng5+ Kg7 35 Ne6+ Kh7 36 Ng5+ Kg7= Draw since it is Three Fold repetition of the position. same position shows up 3 times. Sometimes it pays never to give up, you might get a draw and even a win a few times. It has happened for me both ways. This is Jimio saying *Play Chess!*

Practice makes you Stronger

Anna thinking of a Move

Anna thinking of a Move

Here is Anna thinking of her next move. She knows that a good balance of over the board games mixed with chessbook studies will improve her game. She also plays her Dad, Rudy, at home plus 2 brothers and a little sister she can practice on. Magnus Carlsen won the World Chess Championship over viswanathan Anand by a score of 6.5 [3 wins-7 draws] to 3.5 [3 losses-7 draws] It only went 10 of 12 games because Magnus had enough points and Anand could not even tie it up with 2 games left. For some reason Anand did not seem to have his heart in this match. He acepted too many draws when it was clear he needed to fight on as hard as he could for a win, but I suppose he would have lost even worse for Magnus is a fierce aggressive player. Also the entire match was played in India and you would think this would be a plus for Anand being a home advantage on his turf. Instead all the pressure of the India Press took its toll on Anand’s nerves. At least no nerves lost at the Jackson Chess Club. Our games are soothing and quite relaxing. Come check us out at Cottage Inn, just east of the Westwood Mall.


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