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Member since Feb-25-09 · Last seen Sep-08-16
Phil Van Dusen, USCF member since 1969. OTB rating ~ 2100. I was active in chess tournaments in the 1980s, but gradually shifted my focus to weekend table tennis competitions, seeking physical exercise as an offset to a sedentary job. You might be interested to know that USATT (USA Table Tennis, formerly known as the US Table Tennis Association, the governing body equivalent to USCF) has a rating system that they borrowed from chess. My best result in chess? I got a lucky last-round draw against GM Niaz Murshed to finish in a tie for 2nd at the 1990 Maryland Open, but Allan Savage, also in the group tied for 2nd place, deservedly won the the title of Maryland State Champion on tiebreak. So I guess that makes me an "almost" state champion. GM Max Dlugy won that tournament, beating Allan Savage in the last round after recovering from a lost position. My worst result? Perhaps, losing to 7. Qf7 mate (a delayed, thinly disguised "scholar's mate") in a blitz game against ChessMaster a few days ago.

In 2005 I took an early retirement from my IT Consulting job and started to spend more time playing and teaching chess. In 2007, I started to run some small days camps that combined chess and table tennis, primarily to raise money for the non-profit table tennis club run by MDTTA and to utilize its rented facility during the daytime. The camp was designed primarily for kids, but some adults have participated and enjoyed it. This is the derivation of the handle CHESSTTCAMPS. I have enjoyed this website for over a year, using the puzzles as a teaching tool and as a means (I hope) for improving my own tactical vision.

Like Dzechiel and other regulars at this site, I will only use the provided diagram and my own analysis (without moving pieces) for my initial post, so I will undoubtedly commit a few blunders.

   CHESSTTCAMPS has kibitzed 1988 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-13-16 Santasiere vs B Thurston, 1956
CHESSTTCAMPS: Currently frustrated with mediocre results in ChessTempo tactical problems, so looking for a lighter challenge in the Wednesday POTD. Material is even, but white owns the semi-open h-file and an f6 pawn that functions as an extra piece in the attack. Giving priority to the most
   Jun-23-16 K Ulanowski vs E Kustal, 2009 (replies)
CHESSTTCAMPS: Material is essentially even, but black's lag in development leaves the back rank fatally weak, making Black's threat of 27... Rxg2 ineffectual. White can ignore the threat with 27.Nf6+!: A. 27... gxf6 28.gxf6+ Rxg2 29.Rd8+ Qe8 30.Rxe8# A.1 28... Kh8 29.Qg7# A.2 28... Kf8 ...
   Jun-22-16 A S Rasmussen vs T Rydstrom, 2014 (replies)
CHESSTTCAMPS: Material is essentially even, with white having very well-placed minor pieces that are much superior to black's passive bishop pair. The pin on black's f-pawn allows the white queen to get to g6, a familiar attacking pattern against a king-side castle. Therefore, 24.Nf6+! gxf6 ...
   Jun-21-16 G Mittermayr vs C Kleijn, 2009 (replies)
CHESSTTCAMPS: White has B+N+P for the bishop pair, but the castled white king is more vulnerable, even though the black king is caught in the middle. I was initially focused on two candidates, 25... Bf4+ (to be followed by 26.Kb1 Qa5 27.Ba4), and 25... Ra1+ 26.Kd2 Bc3+ 27.Ke3, where the ...
   Jun-20-16 W So vs S Fedorchuk, 2015 (replies)
CHESSTTCAMPS: White is up two pawns and threatens 32.Bxf3 (primary) and 32.dxc8. But black is completely prepared to exploit white's weak back rank with 31... Rh1+ 32.Bxh1 Rg1#
   Jun-09-16 Korchnoi vs Yusupov, 1988 (replies)
CHESSTTCAMPS: Material is essentially even, with black having the bishop pair. Black owns the open d-file with the rook battery, but white's ownership of the h-file is more important, given that the black king-side is so poorly defended. It quickly becomes apparent that f7 is weak - 31.Rh7! ...
   Jun-08-16 N Bakulin vs Korchnoi, 1950 (replies)
CHESSTTCAMPS: Korchnoi has a knight for three pawns in this endgame position, but appears to be in the process of losing a piece with the attacked knight forced to give up its defense of the bishop. No worries though - the remaining pieces work together perfectly. 38... Nc4+! forces mate: ...
   Jun-07-16 Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1948 (replies)
CHESSTTCAMPS: Yes, a very instructive game to honor Viktor Korchnoi. This includes the "fighting chance" resource (12... Kd8) that young Spassky missed against his older Leningrad rival. Obviously most of the posters (including yours truly) did as well. I agree with <patzer2> entirely ...
   Jun-07-16 S Dittmann vs R Fuchs, 1956
CHESSTTCAMPS: In this middle-game attacking position, white has a slight material disadvantage of R+P for N+B, but the rook battery and queen are aggressively posted. The lone knight defending the attacked rook on c8 points to a removal of the guard: 28.Rxb6! Rc4! (axb6 29.Qxc8+ Kg7 30.Rd7 ...
   Jun-01-16 B Hammar vs E Jonsson, 2014 (replies)
CHESSTTCAMPS: White is up a pawn and has a rook controlling the 7th rank, making a potent threat of 29.Qe7. But black can make good use of the move, forcing the win of the queen with 29... Rf1+ 30.Qxf1 Ng3+ 31.Kh2 Nxf1+ 32.Rxf1. Now I can't see a clear win for black after 32... Rc7 or 32... ...
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