Chess Life - May 2009 by Daniel Lucas

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C5 Nc4 11. Bxc4 dxc4 12. Nge2 Bf5 13. 0-0 Nc6 14. b3 Bd3 15. bxc4 Bxc4 16. Qa4 Na5 4. Nf6 5. 0-0 Bc5 6. exf5 0-0 7. Be3 Nd4 8. c3 Nxf3+ Setting up a tactical threat which White underestimates. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 f5 4. d3 I know that I can play 4. Qe2 or 4. exf5 but I prefer 4. d3. Also interesting is 8. Nxb5 9. Bxc5 d6 10. Qb3+. 9. org All book up to this point however my opponent took a very long time figuring things out. 9. Qe7 I didnt like this move. Better is 9. Be7. 10. Bc4+ Here I gain an important tempo.

As I entered the hotel building, however, I knew this was no scholastic event. S. Amateur Team East (USATE), and when I saw grandmasters like Nick deFir mian, Joel Benjamin, John Fedorowicz, and Giorgi Kacheishvili around me, I felt the inescapable sensation that I had sud denly stepped into The Twilight Zone. The cluttered hallways, the “chess moms” and “chess dads” congregating in the lobby area, and the myriads of small chil dren moving underfoot screamed of a “SuperNationals style” event. The grand masters, the presence of chess veterans like IM Jay Bonin, and the decorum of the sizable tournament hall which, this year, held 1,203 players embodied the essence of a strong open.

Not all of Bob’s thoughts were 100% sound. Bob suggested that when you have to choose for colors, if your opponent is right handed (usually so) you should put the black pawn in your left hand. When you put your hands out for your opponent to choose, he will choose your left hand with his right hand. He had opinions about certain openings, and perhaps one opening is Bob’s claim to fame. Bob championed 1. Na3, or in the descriptive notation of the day, 1. N QR3. And to this day this opening is known as the Durkin Attack (some call it the Sodium Opening, in algebraic Na3).

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