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  • Chess in the Antelope Valley Chess e-Newsletter of the Antelope Valley Vol VI No 2 Editor: Daa (day) Mahowald 1 February, 2015

    Local Chess News & Photos PAGE TOPIC

    2 Local chess classes and club 7-8 AV Holiday Chess Party 9 FREE Field Trips to AV Chess House 10 Chess Club to perform at AVLA Open House 13 Want to see your name in print?

    State & National Chess News PAGE TOPIC

    2 National Scholastic Chess Tournament Over $100,000 in scholarships and prizes! 14 Randy Hough Who is he? Plus info on chess activities down below

    Chess Columns

    PAGE COLUMNIST TOPIC 3 Transferrable Skills 5 NM Matt Mahowald AVs National Master Matt Mahowald Analyzes a Caro 10 John Herron author of the book Total Chess King Maneuvers (Beginner Lesson) 10 Chess Corner Rules of the Opening 14 NM Ruben Ondangans Chess Corner Christmas Classic

    Upcoming K-8 Chess Events

    PAGE EVENT WHEN 2 & 12 Presidents Day 11am 3pm, February 16 2 Spring Break Chess Camp 9am 1pm, March 23-25 2 & 4 AV-wide K-8 Chess Club 5:15 5:45pm, Fridays, January 9 March 27 Still Accepting New Member!

    Regular Features

    PAGE FEATURE 6 AV CHESS OPPORTUNITIES 11 CHESS FUNNIES 9, 12, 13 Please check out our advertisers

    Quick Survey

    In the January 1, 2015 issue of this newsletter, we asked:

    If we held a Memorial Day chess event, would you and/or your child be likely to participate? Yes No

    Please email your response today, to: Please make the emails subject line: Memorial Day

    Because no one responded to the survey, the AV Chess HouseAV Chess HouseAV Chess HouseAV Chess House will not schedule any Memorial Day weekend activities. However, groups and individuals can schedule classes, workshops, or Field Trips to be held over that weekend. For more info or to schedule an activity:

    EDITORS NOTE: It is with apologies that this issue is 5 days late. Your editor spent those days in the AV Hospital but is now recovering.

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    Transferable Skills

  • Chess in the Antelope Chess e-Newsletter of the Antelope Valley Vol VI No 2 Page 4 of 14 1 February, 2015

    KIDS CHESS CLUB Celebrates with an End-of-Session Awards Ceremony & Party New AV-Wide KIDS CHESS CLUB sessions starts January 9!

    During the KIDS CHESS CLUB end-of-session Awards Ceremony, volunteer, Ms. Dawn, presents Good Sportspeopleship spinner medallions to Shaun Ikeuchi, left, and Alex Zitser. Both are 1st Graders at Gregg Anderson Academy of Palmdale. The next session of the KIDS CHESS CLUB runs January 9 through March 27. Theres still time to join the club and give your children hands-on chess fun. ALL ability levels, from Beginner through Advanced will be provided with skill-appropriate lessons.

    17 youngsters were in the KIDS CHESS CLUB Fall Session which met 5:15-6:45pm on Fridays from October 3 December 19. On the last day, 1st through 3rd Place Overall went to, from left, Owen McCoy, a 2nd Grader at iLEAD Charter School of Lancaster, Matthew Marchand, an 8th Grade homeschooler from Lancaster, and Gavin Krohman, a 2nd Grader at Dos Caminos.

  • Chess in the Antelope Chess e-Newsletter of the Antelope Valley Vol VI No 2 Page 5 of 14 1 February, 2015

    AVs National Master Matt Mahowald Analyzes a Caro

    (2) Fabiano Caruana (2801) Maxime VachierLagrave (2768) [B12] Sinquefield Cup Saint Louis USA (2), 28.08.2014 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.Be3 Qb6 Diagram

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    [6...cxd4 Fritz7 doesn't like Qb6. Commenters call Qb6 sharp 7.Nxd4 Ne7 8.c4 Nbc6 9.Qa4] 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.0-0 Qxb2 9.Qe1 Diagram

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    [The normal move is 9.Nb5 ] 9...cxd4 The surprise move is

    15.g4! (some 6 moves later). How could white know the

    moves? turns out there are not that many variations. once

    black does cxd4, the rest is mostly forced. [9...0-0-0 Is fine,

    but looks bad.] 10.Bxd4 Nxd4 11.Nxd4 Bb4 12.Ndb5

    [possible is 12.Rb1 Bxc3 13.Rxb2 Bxe1] 12...Ba5 [Rybka likes

    12...Bxc3 But I'm not surprised that a GM does not.] 13.Rb1

    Qxc2 14.Rc1 Qb2 15.g4!


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    And we are here! Its not that this position is good for white (or the computers would see it), its that its really hard to play as black. 15...Bg6 16.f4 Be4 17.Rf2 Diagram

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    17...Nh6? [And if black plays 17...Qb4 Black is up .4, but he has used up most of his time.] 18.Bd3! The first move that White had to think on. White is now up .5 18...Qb4 19.Rb1 Qc5 20.Nxe4 dxe4 [20...Bxe1 21.Nxc5 Bxf2+ 22.Kxf2 And black is still loosing] 21.Qxa5 And the game is basically over, White only had to play 3 moves!. 21...0-0 22.Be2 e3 23.Rff1 Rfc8 24.Qe1 Qd5 25.Rb2 f6 26.Qg3 fxe5 27.fxe5 Rf8 28.Rxf8+ Rxf8 29.Qxe3 Nf7 30.Nc3 1-0 When Grandmasters play, they focus on getting a winning advantage, often by giving opportunity for a bad, but not loosing game

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    Chess in the Antelope Valley Chess e-Newsletter of the Antelope Valley

    Vol VI No 2 Page 6 of 14 1 February, 2015


    FOR ALL AGES USCF-rated Monthly 4 RD SWISS Tournament 10am 3pm, 2nd Sunday-of-every-month USCF-rated, LOC AV Chess House. PZ 1st

    Place 50% of combined entry fee, 2nd Place 25% FEE $10 if pd at least 10 days prior; $15 if email registered 3 days prior, $20 if email registered at least 1 hour prior. RDs 10:10; 11:20; 12:30; 2:00 USCF req. CONTACT:

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    Unrated Monthly 3 RD Chess Tournament 10am 2pm, 1st-Saturday-of-every-month. LOC AV Chess House FEE $7. PZ 1st Place $15, 2nd Place $10. RDs 10:15, 11:30, 12:45. CONTACT:

    Improve Your Chess Play with Private Lessons Individual and small-group private chess lessons for Beginners, Beyond Beginners, and Intermediates of all ages. LOC AV Chess House. CONTACT:

    Bring Chess to Your Client Base Whether you work with seniors, preschoolers, families, special-needs populations, etc. The AV Chess House can provide a chess program tailored to your needs. CONTACT:

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    FOR KIDS Kids Chess Club (Winter) 5:15 6:45pm, Fridays January 9 March 27!

    Spring Break K-8 Chess Camp 9am 1pm, March 23-25!

    Presidents Day - Chess-O-Rama 11am 3pm, Monday, February 16th!

    Girl Power Chess Camp Chess learning experience for K-8 girls, all skill levels Details coming soon!

    Have a Chess Match with Another School Several Scholastic Chess Clubs in the Antelope Valley are eager to hold a Chess Match with other Scholastic Chess Clubs in the AV. If your school is looking for a Chess Match, CONTACT:

    Boy Scout Chess Merit Badge To earn a Boy Scout Chess Merit Badge or Cub Scout belt with Ms. Daa, CONTACT:

    Start a Chess Club at Your Childs School Students who participate in a once-a-week Chess Club reap numerous benefits, especially improvement in math and reading skills. To learn how to start a CHESS CLUB, CONTACT:


    Chess Club 1 4pm Thursdays. LOC AV Senior Center, 777 West Jackman St, Rm 105, Lancaster Free, casual chess CONTACT:

    Casual Chess at Starbucks A free, casually-organized group of chess players meets at different Antelope Valley Starbucks at a variety of days and times. CONTACT: John Buck 661-816-1423 or Christian Mercado 661-406-0798

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    AV Holiday Chess Party

    Almost 50 Antelope Valleyans dropped in during the AV Holiday Chess Party, 12-4 pm, 12/29/14. Even USCF National Master Ruben Ondang