Hello Jim et al,
From my perspective I have copies of all the games I have sent to this group
for the last few years. I'm very confident that Chris Ross will have done the
same. I would consider them 'fair game', but with the rider that this is the
USBCA and that games played by people in USBCA events should have a priority
On 16 May 2022 at 19:42 Jim <jhomme1028@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On a slightly side note, are analyzed games sent to this list and stored
in the list archive fair game for inclusion in the Challenger? The same
question for puzzles and solutions.
Contribute to the collection of accessible chess resources here:
On Mon, May 16, 2022 at 2:38 PM David Rosenkoetter <
davidrosenkoetter260@xxxxxxxxx mailto:davidrosenkoetter260@xxxxxxxxx ;> wrote:
> > Paul,
Thanks for your analysis. I'd like to insert this game into the
USBCA's revived Challenger magazine with your annotations. Along
featuring Chris's book and a game analyzed by Tyson, this would give
our folks a look at your teaching and excellent writing style as
Perhaps, afterward I can include a link to your recorded lessons.
Since this does serve as a memorial in view of Mr. Thacker's
it could stand in the place where I will normally include analysis
from New In Chess.
Again, thanks for analyzing this game. It's going right into my
All the best in chess,
On 5/16/22, eric.che.martin@xxxxxxxxx
mailto:eric.che.martin@xxxxxxxxx ;< eric.che.martin@xxxxxxxxx
mailto:eric.che.martin@xxxxxxxxx ;> wrote:
> Thanks very much for this analysis Paul.
> I never talked to Steve, but now I have experienced a bit of his
> I feel I learned some key lessons here, especially about getting
> and his royal shield involved to take pressure off your attacking
> I ran across some of your teaching materials last year when I
> learning chess, but at the time I didn't have the experience
> properly pick up what you were laying down.
> Is there a repository of some of your game analyses online
> found several of the Skype recordings you guys did, but I find
> analysis of games to be a more efficient use of chess study time.
> I particularly like your analysis, the thoughts are creative and
> written, and to the point.
> Not bad for a aging, Bio-Organic Thinking Unit.
> Stay well,
> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Paul Benson
> Sent: Monday, May 16, 2022 2:58 AM
> To: USBCA < usbca_chess@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [usbca_chess] Fighting To The Last
> Hello all,
> I went looking online for some games of Steve Thacker and found 3
> Tournoi Skype 21A, 22A, and 24A offer a total of 18 games.
> One game just, "Jumped Off The Page", and the decision to add some
> annotations and post was immediate.
> Hopefully the game below will offer a flavour of how Steve
> just on but also off the chess board.
> Paul Benson.
> * * *
> White: S. Thacker, TS 1600.
> Black: J. Sauvaget, TS 1662.
> Event: Tournoi Skype 21A, Round 6, July 2017.
> Opening: English Opening, A25.
> | The Tournoi Skype time-control is all moves in 105 minutes.
> That 1600 TS rating is an estimate, given to all newcomer to
> Group A, those entering Group B are given an estimated 1000 TS
> You might have noted the result is not given in the game header,
> This time the reader must assess the position on merit as the
> 1. c4 e5
> 2. g3 Nc6
> 3. Bg2 d6
> 4. Nc3 Bd7
> 5. d3 Nf6
> 6. e3 a6
> 7. Nge2 Rb8
> 8. b3 Be7
> 9. Bb2 O-O
> 10. Qd2 Qc8
> 11. O-O Bh3
> | So far the choices by both players of pawn structure combined
> development has been both quiet and fairly sensible.
> No advisory rules on handling the opening have been transgressed,
> other hand, not much to inspire the paying public to cheer.
> However this, "Unspoken Mutual Pact Of Non-Interaction", cannot
> It is black who blinks first and judges it is time for some
> the position.
> White inn reply also feels the fight should begin.
> 12. f4 Bxg2
> 13. Kxg2 exf4
> 14. Nxf4
> | "Imbalance Is The Mother Of Midddlegame Invention."
> A couple of semi-open files have been created for potential
> both players.
> Also worth considering was the plan, 14. gxf3 with the idea of,
> followed by, Kh1, then doubling rooks on the g-file.
> 14. ... Ne5
> 15. Ncd5 Re8
> 16. e4 Bd8
> 17. Rae1 c6
> 18. Nxf6+ Bxf6
> 19. Nh5 Be7
> | Whether the chosen moves so far by both sides are the best is
> purpose of annotating this game.
> It is sufficient to say, white has found a plan which removes an
> defender of the black king, namely the f6 knight.
> Furthermore there are opportunities for white to increase the
> the fight is going to occur, the kingside.
> Of course, black can shuffle in the defensive ranks waiting for
> commit units to an attack.
> Each player is about to pose questions to the other, someone
> about to be out-complicated, but who?
> 20. Qf4
> | Setting a trap.
> Fine if it fits in with a good plan, but here it is just a
1-mover with no
> sensible follow up to increase the pressure on black.
> Instead re-locating the somewhat misplaced h5 knight with 20.
> 20. ... Qe6
> | Avoiding the disastrous, 20. ... Nxd3, apparently winning an
> there would then come, 21. Qxf7+ Kh8 22. Qxg7+ mate.
> 21. Re3
> | Protecting the d3 pawn but aligning the heavy white pieces on a
> square diagonal.
> Instead, 21. Rd1 was to be preferred.
> 21. ... Qg6
> | Highlighting the precarious position of the white h5 knight.
> White decides to resort to tactics, but be aware that testing,
> Event Horizons", is a 2-way street.
> 22. Bxe5 dxe5
> 23. Qxe5
> | A doubler.
> Firstly, white has snatched a centre pawn, always worth having
> there are no detrimental consequences.
> Secondly, the h5 knight is now defended.
> Both of the above reasons to start the tactic are valid, but they
> take into account another important feature in the position.
> 23. ... Bg5
> | A tripler.
> Firstly, an unleashing x-ray attack from the black e8 rook hits
> Secondly, the black g5 bishop attacks the white e3 rook.
> Thirdly, the lateral defence of the white e5 queen to the h5
> White is in trouble, material must be conceded, the only question
> unhappy variation to select.
> 24. Qxb8
> | The alternative line was equally unpalatable, assuming black
> found it.
> Instead, 24. Nf4 Rxe5 25. Nxg6 hxg6, black emerges a piece up for
> comfortably winning.
> 24. ... Rxb8
> 25. Nf4 Bxf4
> 26. Rxf4 Re8
> 27. Ref3 Re6
> 28. Rf5 Rf6
> 29. d4 Rxf5
> 30. Rxf5 f6
> | Time to take stock.
> Grand Master versus Grand Master, this is a clear win for black,
> careful technique required.
> But does a club player possess that careful technique?
> If not, perhaps white has an outside chance of salvaging
something from the
> Maybe so, but this places the onus on white to find the best
> confuse black into missing out.
> The initial consideration in earning a win for black is to
> king, meaning the plan of, Kf8 - Ke7 - Kd6, makes the task
> re-locating the queen for aggressive action can wait.
> 31. Kf3 Qe8
> 32. d5 cxd5
> 33. cxd5
> | White makes some progress.
> The passed d-pawn must now be blocked by a member of the black
> This task should be taken up by the king in order for the queen
to get in
> amongst the white pawns.
> 33. ... Qd7
> 34. Ke3 Qd6
> 35. Kd3 g6
> 36. Rf2 Kg7
> 37. Rd2 b5
> | This pawn would do a much better job on the b7 square, now the
> can invade on the c6 square.
> And again, centralising the black king to blockade the white
> is absolutely necessary, after which the black queen would have
> invade the white position.
> 38. Rc2 Qd7
> 39. b4 f5
> 40. Rc5 fxe4+
> 41. Kxe4 Qf5+
> | Opening up the position should favour the black queen, but only
> black king was in position to blockade the white passed d-pawn.
> 42. Kd4 Qf6+
> | Trying to snatch a couple of pawns with, 42. ... Qf2+, would
> white pawn to advance to d6, to be followed by Rd5, supporting
> the rear, and black will be grovelling for a draw.
> 43. Ke4 Qe7+
> | It seems black is still playing for the win, fine fighting
> without the black king assisting the defence this is virtually
> Instead, 43. ... Qf5+, would question the white intentions.
> If in reply, 44. Kd4, appears, there could be the mutual relief
> repetition in the air.
> 44. Kd4 Kh6
> 45. a3 Qd7
> 46. d6
> | Puzzlement reigns.
> The scoresheet is accurate, white definitely advances the d-pawn.
> After trying to maximise from a technically lost position white
> throwing away all chances of grabbing something from the game,
> 46. ... Qg4+
> | Further puzzlement.
> Perhaps time is running short on both clocks?
> Or perhaps the phenomenon of, "Trusting The Opponent", is
> the board?
> Either way, simply, 46. ... Qxd6+, and black is winning.
> 47. Kd5 Qf5+
> 48. Kc6 Qe6
> | Fritz and friends could offer a strong opinion on who is better
> Unfortunately this aging, "Bio-Organic Thinking Unit", cannot
> lines like it used to in the past.
> But suffice it to say white has improved his position massively
> material imbalance arose.
> With 3 active white units closely working in a concerted fashion
> who has many problems to solve.
> Instead, 48. ... Qc8 + 49. Kb6 Qd8+, sets white a tricky problem.
> If white feels playing for a win is on, then, 50. Kxa6 Qxd6+ 51.
> black find a perpetual check or will the pawns be shuffled
> Or after 48. ... Qc8+ 49. Kb6 Qd8+ 50. Kc6 Qc8+ is suggesting a
> repetition is on offer.
> Similarly, 48. ... Qc8+ 49. Kd5 Qf5+ 50. Kc6 Qc8+ 51. Kd5,
another means to
> find 3-fold repetition.
> 49. Kc7 Kg7
> | Leaving the black king stranded on h6 was wiser, meaning a
> move was needed such as, 49. ... Qf7+, when, 50. d7 Qe7,
transposes to game
> but with the black king out of the firing line.
> 50. d7 Qe7
> 51. Rc6
> | A nice touch.
> This apparently time-wasting rook move is denying both the black
> queen access to the e6 square.
> 51. ... Kf7
> | Black continues to follow the wrong plan, hiding again with,
51. ... Kh6,
> was necessary.
> 52. Kc8 Qe4
> | Hitting the undefended white c6 rook.
> If only clock times were available, this information would surely
> the next few moves.
> 53. Kc7 Qe7
> 54. Kc8 Qe4
> | With each player having previously side-stepped any thoughts of
> repetition, it seems both players might be agreeing this is now
> both sides, right?
> White to play apparently now, "Forgets", his c6 rook is hanging.
> 55. d8=Q Qxc6+
> | So it reduces to queen and 4 pawns each, handshake imminent,
> 56. Qc7+
> | Had the black king been skulking on the h6 square then this
would not be
> check and so black could keep queens on the board.
> Of course, white needed to calculate the subsequent king and pawn
> when letting the c6 rook drop off.
> 56. ... Qxc7+
> 57. Kxc7 h5
> | The white plan is now easy to find, wipe out the black
> push a pawn to promotion.
> If the black king runs queenside the white king heads kingside to
> the remaining black pawns.
> However a similar plan for black to achieve promotion requires
the king to
> invade the white kingside from a much more distant starting point.
> Instead, 57. ... Ke6 58. Kb6 Kd6 59. Kxa6 Kc6 60. h3, white is
> zugzwang, black will soon lose the b5 pawn once the kingside
> blocked, a simple white win.
> 58. Kb6 Kf6
> 59. Kxa6 Kf5
> 60. Kxb5 h4
> | Nice try, probably hoping white will spend important clock-time
> worrying about the kingside.
> White is not going to be fooled so easily, queenside promotion is
> 61. Kc6 hxg3
> 62. hxg3 Kg4
> 63. b5 Kxg3
> 64. b6 g5
> 65. b7 g4
> 66. b8=Q+ Kh3
> | White now has so many ways to win, if the worst comes to the
> give up the queen for the black g-pawn and promote the
> 67. Qb1 Kh2
> 68. Qc2+ Kh3
> 69. Qf2 g3
> 70. Qg1 g2
> 71. Kd5 Kg3
> 72. Ke4
> Black resigns, 1-0.
> | Question: How many of you spectating this game in real-time
> phoned up your local Bookmaker to bet on white to win when the
> deficit was established?
> Answer: Probably none?
> So how did white manage to win a lost game?
> Wrong question.
> It was: "Black To Play And Win", with, "Good Technique", assumed."
> White simply struggled on, trying to make matters as awkward as
> while waiting for black to take control.
> You can only respond to the moves the opponent plays.
> Here black failed to make good use of the king, white on the
> sent him on a board-wide journey, therein the difference.
> Resignation never won anything except a smile from the opponent.
> * * *