World Open, Game 1

[Event “World Open U 1800”]
[Site “Richmond”]
[Date “2019.07.05”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Mike C”]
[Black “Chloe Gaw”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “D00”]
[WhiteElo “1741”]
[BlackElo “1577”]
[Annotator “Scholarship,Chess”]
[PlyCount “85”]

{This is round 1 of the 2019 World Open. I’ve been working on a variation of
the London. My opponent did not expect to get into it so early. As a result
this 9 yr old goes down 2 pawn from an opening trap and never gets back in the
game. Score 1-0-0} 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bf4 c5 4. e3 Nc6  world open 1-1

5. Nb5 {Can’t even give this any puncuation!} e5 6. Bxe5 Nxe5 7. dxe5 Ne4  {
This type of misguided ambition is going to cost her another pawn!} (7… Ng4
8. Nf3 a6 9. Nc3 d4 10. exd4 cxd4 11. Qxd4 Qxd4 12. Nxd4 Nxe5 13. O-O-O
Bc5 14. f4 Ng4 15. Bc4  {White will escape the fork by playing h1-e1 check.}
) 8. Qxd5 Qxd5 9. Nc7+ Kd8 10. Nxd5 Be6 11. Nf4 Bd7 12. Bc4 Ng5 13. Rd1 Ke8 14.
h4 Ne6 15. Ngh3

world open 1-2

h6 {My advantage was mainly static. By that I mean the material alone was the only advantage I had. This allows black to fall behind in development. You must develop when you are down or that’s strike 2!} (15… Be7 16. Nxe6 Bxe6 17. Bxe6 fxe6 18. Nf4 Kf7 19. Rd7 b5  { White is still winning but that tempo was worth a whole pawn.}) 16. Nxe6 Bxe6 17. Bxe6 fxe6 18. Nf4 Kf7 (18… Rc8 19. Nxe6 Rc6 20. Nf4 Rb6 21. b3 Ra6 22. a4
c4 23. Ke2 Be7 24. Nd5 Kf7 25. f4 ) 19. Rd7+ Be7

world open 1-3

20.Rxb7 (20. Rh3  {Development is an all game thing and must be done even when you have the advantage. The game would have been over faster with this move.}) 20… Rhb821. Rxb8 Rxb8 22. b3 c4 world open 1-4 23. Ne2  {This allows black a glimmer of hope. h4-h5! was a lot faster and stronger. What’s key is to see b8-b5 coming and not lose the pawn!} Rb5 24. f4 Ra5 25. a4 cxb3 26. cxb3 Rd5 27. Kf2 Rd2

world open 1-5 28. Rc1  (28. Kf3 g6 29. Rc1 Bd8 30. Nd4 Bb6 31. Nb5 Rd3 32. Rc3 ) 28… Bxh4+ 29. Kf3 Rd7 30. Nd4 Bd8 31. Rc6 Re7 32. b4 Bb6 33. Nb5 
{picking off the a pawn will be the nail in the coffin!} Ke8 34. a5 Bd8 35. Ra6
Kf8 36. Rxa7 Rxa7 37. Nxa7 Ke8 38. Nb5 Kd7 39. a6 Kc6 40. Nd4+ Kb6 41. Nxe6 Be7
42. b5 g6 43. e4world open 1-6  {They played for another 18 moves but its over!} 1-0 1 down 7 to go!  Enjoy!


Scholarship Chess Business Center Owner scores 6 of 9 at the 2019 World Open!


For years we’ve been talking about the advantages of exponential learning and the fact that you don’t have to lose chess games to get experience.  To be honest, even with all of the tournament success we have had with students, not 1 has made it to step 3 of our 4 step mastery system!!!  I went there using all 4 steps and blew my opponents off the board 7 times, and got held to a draw just once!  After 6 rounds, my score was 5.5!! In round 7 with a won position I blundered in time trouble by forgetting to follow my own time trouble procedures?!  Fatigue was getting the best of me in round 8 when in a position Fritz evaluated as +17.81, my opponent offered a draw and I accepted??  Round 9 I was so tired I couldn’t see anything nor did I have any patience or discipline left.  Using the post tournament ratings of, 1872, 1840 , 1839, 1831, 1800, 1758, 1756, 1704, and 1577, my cast performance rating for this event was 2068-2255!!  Hey, it’s the World Open!!!  The players that finished ahead of me have cast performance ratings even higher than mine!!! My rating before the tournament was 1741.  This performance sends it up to 1802!?  So what are these secret steps and principles?!  Well you have to come by or get lessons to find out but here is what they do:

1.) Provide you an easy and reliable method of narrowing down how many choices you’ll actually consider for a move!

2.) Provide you a minimum distance ahead to look based on the typical length of the combinations for your openings.

3,) Provide you an active system of determining how well you are doing and what to improve between skirmishes, combinations, transitions!

The openings played were, the Jobava London, King Gambit Declined, Old Indian Defense Callaham Attack, The Philidor Harding Variation, Jobava London Wing Attack, and The Philidor Hanham Variation!

Keep an eye out over the next 2 weeks.  We will publish rounds 1-8 as they get done and are available.

If you want to be healthy wealthy and wise, Scholarship Chess Business Center can be your stop 4 days a week!

Back to School Stemtree Chess Camp Aug 19-23rd!

Simultaneous Exhibitions

The only qualification for this camp is; you should have either attended at least 1 chess tournament, or have someone you play that has played in tournaments, or you’re coming to the camp to get ready for tournaments.  This is not a babysitting camp!  We will take breaks, short walks, etc but make no mistake about it, we are there to teach how to win at chess.  We are going to learn and play all kinds of chess all day to make sure everyone gets the lesson!

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Some of the practices we have at our camps are unique to us.  We keep fruit and snacks around morning, noon, and evening.  We open at 8 am and stay until 6 to stay out of your work day!

Chess Camp

We have no age or grade requirements!!  How could we, we have a 6 yr old coaching at Lucille Brown Middle School!  Her Co-Coach started working with us at age 11 and is in his 5th year!  Each participant receives a training guide that’s designed to be used again and again, teaching something new each time it’s reviewed!  Participation in the tournament Saturday the 24th is included in the camp.

Free analysis table

Everything we’ve learned about how chess players develop goes into a curriculum that gets results.  Our camp is just $295.00.  Let our, ” tournament training”, experience give you a better chess understanding, the secrets to beating, “experienced” players, and the tools you need to improve after the camp is over!  Deadline to register at just $295 is 26 July.  Registrations after that are just $349.00.  ( material is original and developed around the participants and must be changed for late entrants!)

Register with your name, rating, US Chess ID, phone and email.  We will be sending out a primer to let you know how to get the most from the camp.  Cash or local check preferred.

K-8 Kids being coached by 16 yr old and 6 yr old Coaches, takes 2nd in the k-12

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This has been a fun session at Next Up, Lucille Brown.  Jason Moorefield 16,  Anagha Sinkar 6, and their parents really deserve all the credit for this.  Jason is a SCBC Master Coach.  You become a Master Coach by coaching 100 sessions.  Jason was actually number 114 in the World, Under 16, until his recent birthday.  Anagha is 18th for girls under 7 in the US.  They alternate Tues and Thursdays as the coaching team of Lucille Brown Middle School.  This past weekend at the Meadowdale Spring Tournament, Nazerria Thomas and Laiyla Joseph teamed up to bring home 2nd place in the combined middle and high school section of this national tournament!!   Laiyla (R) making her sixth tournament appearance in 6 months knocked of a career high 639 player to get herself an individual medal performance.  Nazerria (l) was appearing in her 1st US chess tournament. By the way Coach Anagha played in the k-5 section and finished 1st with a perfect score of 4-0!  It was all girl power this weekend!  Hats off to the ladies!!!

Nazerria Thomas and Cole Felix are looking forward to Scholarship Chess Business Center’s summer work program.  From late June until mid August, selected Rated Tournament Chess Players will be trained in Business to Business  Marketing, Fund Raising, and Chess Coaching.  Our goal is to show them that they can earn money now and get ready for college.  Successful kids coaching successful kids.   Let’s see what’s next!?

Rated Tournament Chess Players nationwide, of any age, looking for work may contact Mike Callaham @ 804-426-6058