Weekly chess column

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.

a)  This was once played by the best players in the world over a hundred years ago, but it was since found to be lacking. However, it does set a trap…


b)  …which Black falls into! Correct is 6…Nc6.

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c)  Thanks to Black’s inaccurate move order, White has the advantage.

d)  White could choose 14.Qxe7 followed by 15.g3 with a simple, comfortable edge. Instead he goes for the jugular!

e)  White could still have wimped out with 17.Nf3, but that would be inconsistent with the decision he made on move 14 – and much less fun besides!

f)  Or 18…Ng7 19.Rf6! and if anything the rook on f8 may get in Black’s way in the defense.


g)  Black must meet the threat of Rh6-h8+; now if 22.Rh6, 22…Ne8 defends.

h)  I have no idea whether the last five moves were the most accurate for either side, so have fun cranking up your computer and see what it tells you! Black’s next move, however, is a blunder.

i) There is nothing better: 27…Qe7 28.Qxe7; 27…Qf8 28.Rh8+ Bxh8 29.Qh7#.

Gulamali – Kaufman

US Chess League 2012

French defense

Gulamali Kaufman

Gulamali Kaufman

White Black

White Black

1.e4 e6

17.g4! (e) hxg5

2.d4 d5

18.fxg5 Rxf1 (f)

3.Nc3 Nf6

19.Rxf1 Ng7

4.e5 Nfd7

20.Rf6 Bd7

5.f4 c5

21.Rxg6 Bd4 (g)

6.dxc5?! (a) Bxc5? (b)

22.Ne2 Qf7

7.Qg4! 0-0

23.Nf4 Rc8+

8.Bd3 Qe7

24.Kd1 Bxb2

9.Nf3 (c) f6

25.Rh6 Ne8

10.Qh4 g6

26.Ke2 (h) Bg7??

11.exf6 Nxf6

27.g6! Qf6 (i)

12.Bd2 Nc6

28.Rh8+! Bxh8

13.0-0-0 Nh5

29.Qh7+ Kf8

14.Ng5!? (d) Nb4

30.Bb4+ Nd6

15.Rhf1 Nxd3+

31.Bxd6+ Ke8

16.cxd3 h6

32.Qg8+ 1-0