Today’s game of Kazim Gulamali vs. Larry Kaufman played in Round 10 of the US Chess League was chosen as the League’s “Game of the Week” and is also best compared, in our view, to World War I. Gulamali of the Boston Blitz, playing against a French defense, set a trap for Kaufman of the Baltimore Kingfishers, who despite his experience programming Rybka, apparently fell into it. However, the opening soon became irrelevant as Gulamali viciously attacked the king-side, and Kaufman counterattacked and defended.
The players went right through the Battle of the Marne, the Somme, and the Second battle of the Marne in a hail of combinational moves. Essentially the game involved stamina. Finally Kaufman yielded with 26… Bg7?? and White’s 27. g6 attacked Kaufman’s queen and cleared the way to inundate his king.