Speelman's Agony #72

by Jonathan Speelman
3/18/2018 – American Doug Schwtke is 65 years old, from Texas, and has two grandchildren. He plays chess "for the thrill of a good game", and sent GM Jon Speelman one tactical slugfest of a QGD exchange, and one nice positional game out of a Chigorin! Fancy Jon taking a look at your games? Send them in! If you appear in the Agony column, not only will you get free detailed commentary of your games by one of chess’s great authors and instructors, and former world no. 4 player, but you also win a free three-month ChessBase Premium Account!

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"Pretty good for an old fart..."

This weeks pair of games come from American Doug Schwtke, who is 65 and has been playing tournament chess since 1977.

He writes:

Doug SchwtkeI live in Fort. Worth, Texas and have three “kids" and two grandkids. All three of my kids have married someone I really like. I spent a long career in pharmaceutical manufacturing. And in my semi-retirement currently work with handicapped adults in a dayhab. The company is called Expanco. We provide the dignity of work to a group of people that want to participate in life. The clients have a safe place to work and be with others with disabilities. I play tournament chess on the weekends whenever possible. I play skittles with a group that meets in downtown Fort. Worth. Our weather is usually great so we play outside whenever possible. At my age, significant chess improvement probably isn't going to happen. I play for the thrill of a good game. My other hobby is reading. I read a diverse collection of books from religion to political theory to military history. I have five direct ancestors who participated in the American Revolution and am a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Doug sent two interesting battles from Open tournaments and annotated them quite extensively to which I've as usual added my own comments as JS. We start with the Agony, in which he built up a powerful attack with a piece sacrifice but then missed several opportunities to crown the attack with a mating finish, before finally losing.

 

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The Tactical Chigorin

Opening with the Chigorin shows your intention to play for a win right from the outset. After 2...Nc6 Black's pieces fly into the game putting pressure on White's position from a very early stage. This opening is ideal for the type of player who strives for an unconvential yet attacking game right from the start.

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Jonathan Speelman, born in 1956, studied mathematics but became a professional chess player in 1977. He was a member of the English Olympic team from 1980–2006 and three times British Champion. He played twice in Candidates Tournaments, reaching the semi-final in 1989. He twice seconded a World Championship challenger: Nigel Short and then Viswanathan Anand against Garry Kasparov in London 1993 and New York 1995.
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