As I already wrote in a previous post, Marco Codenotti, the 10 years old boy who beat IM Zivojin Ljubisavljevic some days ago in Elba Island, moved his first (chess) steps in the United States. Susan Polgar reported the news on her well known Blog on May 7 and today Tom Panelas from Ray School in Chicago, where Marco used to play chess, has blogged about him (http://raychess.blogspot.com/2007/05/marco-beats-master.html). Here is an excerpt of his article: “Surprising though it may seem, Marco’s achievement reflects the steady progress he’s made since leaving Hyde Park in 2005 and returning to his native Italy. In the two years since, Marco has focused intensely on chess and trained with leading masters. And while he’s become something of a celebrity in the chess world lately, he and his family haven’t forgotten where it all began.
«Everything for Marco started at Ray! So we are really grateful!» said Marco’s father, Bruno Codenotti, in an e-mail the other day.
Marco, who attended the early grades at Ray while his family was living in Chicago, joined the chess club in 2005. In his first tournament, the Chicago Public Schools championship, held at Lane Tech High School, he finished among the top players in the K-3 division. He later played well in tournaments by the Youth Chess Foundation of Chicago.
That summer, Marco did a nine-week stint with veteran trainer Wayne Smith, in the chess camp run by the Hyde Park Academy of Scholastic Chess. Unfortunately for Ray, his family returned to Italy right after that, taking Marco and his bionic chess skills with them. The rest, as they say, is history”.
Well, guys, why don’t you promote a (chess) twinning between Chicago and Pisa, the town where Codenotti family is now living? :-)
And now… I’m sad to announce that bad news come from Hungary. Fabiano Caruana, 14 years old, wasted a better (almost won) position against Czech GM Marek Vokac and finally managed to get only a draw: this means he won’t score his third and last GM norm in the 2007 Mitropa Cup. GM Michele Godena, too, couldn’t find a winning variation in a better position and drew with IM Jan Bernasek. Having missed so many opportunities, Italy finally lost to Czech Republic with a 3-1 score, as France did against Hungary: this way our team is still in second place, a point behind France, but Germany is now just half a point behind Italy. Tomorrow’s round will be decisive for the first places and the pairings are as follows: Slovakia-France, Italy-Slovenia and Hungary-Germany. Official site: www.sakkversenyek.hu. Updated news on my Italian site by clicking here.
Davide Giovanelli pointed out a nice game, played in the 2007 Uzbek championship, on the Italian newsgroup it.hobby.scacchi. Here it is.
Dzhumaev,M (2505)-Saidov,B (2297) [C70], Uzbek champ. 14.5.2007
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 f5 5.d4 exd4 6.exf5
Not the most common continuation at this point. 6.e5 is much more popular.
6…Bb4+ 7.c3 Qe7+ 8.Kf1 dxc3 9.a3!?
9.Nxc3 was played in Aguera Naredo-Olea Perez, Candas open 1999; after 9…Bxc3 10.bxc3 Nf6 11.Bf4 d5 12.Ne5 0-0 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Bxc6 Rb8 15.Bxd5+ Kh8 16.Bf3 Bxf5 Black got a good counterplay in return for the pawn, but he finally lost.
After 9…cxb2 10.Bxb2 White had a good compensation, but the text move is even worse.
10.Bxc2 Bd6?! 11.Nc3 Nf6 12.Bg5 0-0 13.Nd5 Qd8
13…Qe8 looked a bit more precise, but Black’s position was lost anyway.
14.Nxf6+ gxf6 15.Bh6 Re8 16.Qd5+ Kh8
And now here is the decisive combination…
After 17…fxg5 18.Bh6 Bf8 19.f6 Black can’t avoid mate.
19.Nxf7+ Kg8 20.Bb3!
The final blow.
21.Nxd6+ Kh8 22.Nxe8 Qxe8 23.Re1 Qh5
23…Qd8 was better, but would have lost anyway after 24.Bf7.
Black had no defence: 24…Qxh6 25.Re8+ Kg7 26.Rg8#