Nova Scotia Chess Association Newsletter November 2018

November 20, 2018

Lloyd Lombard, Secretary and Treasurer of the Nova Scotia Chess Association and Editor of the NSCA Newsletter shares with us another edition of this informative publication. Also included in this post is Lloyd's cover letter which is itself chock full of interesting chess-related material. We hope you enjoy the Newsletter and we encourage you to get on Lloyd's email list.

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Fall Chess @ UMA Tournament Report

November 19, 2018

The Fall Chess @ UMA Tournament was played on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the University of Maine in Augusta. The event attracted thirty-nine players including twenty-six scholastic players, eleven in the Open section, and two who played in a non-rated match.

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WCC R8: A Promising Position for Caruana Ends in a Draw

November 19, 2018

Using an information advantage and 7.Nd5 in the Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian, Caruana got a great position in Game 8 of the World Chess Championship Match with a big lead on the clock. If he played 24.Qh5, Caruana would have had complete control over the position. However, Caruana played the slower 24.h3 and lost most of his advantage. A near miss for the Challenger and the eighth straight draw in the Match tying the record held by Anand-Kasparov 1995. Going into a rest day, the Match is tied at 4-4.

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WCC R7: An-Out-of-Book-at-All-Costs Draw

November 18, 2018

The seventh game of the World Championship Match ended in a draw after a 40-move Queen's Gambit Declined. This game marked the seventh straight draw of the Match--one game shy of the most consecutive draws to open a World Championship Match which happened during Anand-Kasparov 1995. Another bellwether from this game is the realization that, at the top level, getting one's opponent out of their preparation is more important than playing the most principled lines. The Match score is locked at 3.5 points apiece.

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MECA Coaches' Communique

November 18, 2018

Maine Chess Association President Michael Dudley shares his Coaches' Communique with details of the upcoming 2018-2019 scholastic chess season.

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MECA President's Letter

November 18, 2018

MECA President Michael Dudley has penned an update sharing what has been going on and what is planned to come related to the Maine Chess Association and chess in Maine in general. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

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Women's World Chess Championship Enters Final Match

November 17, 2018

Running concurrent with the World Chess Championship Match in London is the Women's World Chess Championship being played in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. The WWCC is a sixty-four player knockout tournament with each round consisting of two mini-matches and tiebreaks if necessary. The tournament's final match will begin on Monday, November 19th between current Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun of China and Challenger Kateryna Lagno of Russia.

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Carlsen Gets Back-to-Back Whites in Games 6 & 7

November 17, 2018

The World Chess Championship Match currently underway in London between Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Fabiano Caruana will consist of twelve classical time control games and tiebreaks if the score is tied at the completion of the twelfth game. Each player will play six games with the white pieces and six games with the black pieces. If this is so, why is it that the Champion will play two consecutive games with the white pieces? We take a look at the rules and regulations for the FIDE World Championship Match.

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November 2018 Houlton Open Tournament Report

November 17, 2018

The snows came early this year in Maine. A nor'easter blew into eastern Maine and prevented quite a few players from getting to the Houlton Open on Saturday, November 17th. Four hearty locals had to take up the slack and play a three-round quad. When the smoke (and snow) had cleared, Roger Morin and Ray Haines shared first with 2.0 points and Lance Beloungie and Roger Hardison finished in equal third with a point apiece.

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WCC R6: Caruana Presses Carlsen to the Brink--Game 6 Drawn

November 16, 2018

Game 6 was the most exciting and fascinating game of the Match. From a sterile middlegame position, Caruana created some imbalances with 21...c5. At that point, both players and fans were in for a wild ride. A forced sequence later resulted in Carlsen giving up a piece for three pawns and opposite colored bishops. The position was very good for Caruana but Carlsen managed a fortress to hang on to a draw on move 80.

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