Monday, February 28, 2011

tamky70 Gets a Win

Rubidium Round 3. Tamky70's opponent self destructed. Rubidium thus wins the match and plays the division leader next round.

Jorobo Draws

Tellurium Round 3. The draw secured a draw in the match.

Selenium With A Perfect Score After Three Rounds

Selenium Round 3. Selenium has won it's first three matches. Good job. Here's Ivio winning the final game of the round.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

ben622 gets a draw

Rhenium Round 3. ben622 got a draw versus his higher rated opponent.

Ivio Ivio Ivio Ivio

Niobium Round 3. The title is Salvatore's whispers cheering his teammate on. Ivio has a habit of winning lost games. Here he is completely busted. But he kept making good moves, setting up difficulties for his opponent, which he just couldn't handle.

An Impressive Game by bshribharath

Selenium Round 3. bshribharath tore him apart. Great Chess.

Saturday, February 26, 2011


It is Krysto who plays Sunday at 21:00. Bshribharath plays at that time Saturday.

azbycx Draws

Tellurium Round 3. Some observers call azbycx the alphabet man. Interesting draw.

Missing Your Sunday Football?

Instead you can tune into ICC and watch no less than eight Element players in action. Az2112 starts off the day at 10:00. Don't miss the triple header at 14:00 when ben622, Tamky70, and Traho play. At 15:00 there will be Paulkov and Ivio to try to entertain you. After a brief commercial break we see "drum roll" hcube in battle at 19:00. But wait, there's more. At 21:00 Bshribharath does battle. Should be a fun Sunday.

A Knight Ending

Selenium Round 3. DreamCatcher13 manages to draw tricky and scary ending.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Solution to Last Game Revisited

I hope you had a chance to look at this problem. There is a big difference between the two moves. One draws, one loses. You'd hate to play a three or four hour game to get to this point, then not take a moment to calculate, and throw it all away. The King must go to to b6. Not thinking and playing a3 will lose.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Element Results in Round 2

Rhenium won 2.5 to 1.5. Now at 1 of 2 match points. Tellurium got a draw to go to .5 match points. Selenium won yet again 2.5 to 1.5 to go to a perfect 2 match points. Niobium had a setback but still has 1 match point. Rubidium also had a tough week but has 1 match point.

A Draw Was Good Enough

Rhenium Round 2. We needed at least a draw in the final game to win the match. Ben622 came through.

The Last Game Revisited

There's something interesting and instructive in the endgame of the last post. Bring out your K+P endgame brain and see what you think.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Element Results in Round 1

Rubidium U1400 won 2.5 to 1.5. Good start. Niobium U1600 won 3.5 to .5. That's a great start. Selenium U1800 won 2.5 to 1.5. Another good start. Tellurium U2000 lost 2.5 to 1.5. Should have been drawn but a defective mouse. Rhenium U2200 lost 3 to 1. Warming up for round 2.

Berke Wins

Rubidium Round 1. Berke's victory clinched a match win for Rubidium. A good start for a new team.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Ivio Wins for Selenium

Selenium Round 1. A second win for Ivio this weekend. A nice game.

Miles Wins for Niobium

Niobium Round 1. Milesotoole took advantage of his opponents mistakes to score a convincing victory. The win capped off a 3.5 to .5 win for Niobium in round 1. Also Miles achieved a personal high standard rating. Congrats!

DreamCatcher13 Wins

Selenium Round 1. This was DreamCatcher's first league game. He won but not without some adventures.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Salvatore Wins

Niobium Round 1. Salvatore completely outplayed his opponent. The win clinched a match victory for Niobium.

A Lucky Draw for Hcube

Selenium Round 1. hcube was busted.

Tamky70 Wins

Rubidium Round 1. In his very first league game, tamky70 crushes his opponent in just 16 moves!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

A Mouse Tragedy

Tellurium Round 1. Ben622, facing an opponent rated 375 points above him, battled back to force a draw. But a mouse slip and it is all for naught.

Ivio Survives

Niobium Round 1. A victory for the rating system.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

T48 Has Begun

This blog is dedicated to the members of the "Element" teams in the Team 45 45 League. These teams are Rhenium U2200, Tellurium U2000, Selenium U1800, Niobium U1600, and Rubidium U1400. You"ll find here team news, interesting games by the players, and other neat stuff. If you play a nice game and want to annotate it yourself to be published here, let me know. I hope you enjoy the blog.

Solution to "Is White Lost''

White can force a draw.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Best Game of T47

In my opinion at least. This is Rhenium in round 2. Campagnolo made some incredible attacking moves. He missed the win in the end, and had to settle for a draw. Even so the game won the Game of the Week for round 2. Check out some of these moves!