'1st Place' at the
'CICL Individual Championship' won by RK's Jeff
RKCF would like to
congratulate, Expert Jeff Caveney. for winning
1st Place at the 'Chicago Industrial Chess
League Individual Championship' on May 8, 2010.
Jeff is an excellent chess teacher and an
strong player. Jeff told us all his
opponents played well, and he annotated his
game against Expert Andrew Hubbard for
the 'Knights News'. Thank you Jeff.
CICL Individual Championship
This is the main line of the
Ruy Lopez, and this position was just as
familiar to chess players in 1910 as it is in
White also could have
delayed this recapture and played 15.Bf4 first.
This is a mistake because it
blocks in the bishop on c1.
Activating the rook and
pushing the queen back.
With a big lead in
development, White's pieces tied up, and no
protection for his king, now is the time to
sacrifice the bishop to expose and attack the king.
23.Ke2 could have led to the
same position as the game after 23...Re3+
Temporarily sacrificing a
rook too to strip away all the pawns in front of
the king. Black will soon start getting his
material back with interest.
Hubbard fights hard to stay
alive in a lost position. The main lines were
24.Nxe4 Rh1+ 25.Ke2 Bg4+ winning the queen and
24.gxh3 Bxh3+ 25.Ke2 Bg4+ 26.Kf1 Bxd1 27.Rxd1.
White has a rook, bishop and knight for the
queen, but Black also has 3 extra pawns, and
most important all White's pieces are
undeveloped and tied up doing nothing. A move
like 27...Qh6 looks strong, threatening to harass the king with checks,
the tactical point being 28.Nxe4 Qh1+ 29.Ke2
Amazingly White isn't dead
yet, but the endgame will eventually be winning
for Black if he plays accurately. The two extra
passed pawns on the kingside are too much, even
with opposite colored bishops.
Here with under 5 minutes on
the clock I stopped writing the moves down. The
following are the rest of the moves as best I
can remember them.
Black didn't bother to
protect the a6 pawn, since the king could drive
the bishop away from that diagonal. But Black
does bother to protect the b5 pawn, because
the bishop has more room on this diagonal, and
because two pawns would be much more dangerous
counter play for White than one pawn on the
Now Black can give up the b5
pawn because his own h-pawn is so close to
queening. 50...Be6 stops White from playing e6
himself and then Bd6 covering h2.
52.bxa4 h3 White