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Topic started by Grim on 23 Jun 2011, 18:51:40
Grim
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23 Jun 2011, 18:51:40
 
Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
The last Corr Tourney is nearly over, and winner(s) have already played, and there are just one or two games left.
 
As no one else has stepped up, I thought I'd start the next Corr Tourney, and I thought the Benko-Volga looked interesting.
 
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5
 
Current list of suckers:
Grim
Kingsfull
Spud
WizardNo1
TrencherKnight
Blue
thornydevil
jaume1959
kastelka
DualSpace
power
 
Registration is open until 30 June 2011. Games will start 1 July 2011. Based on the number of participants, there *may* be two pools. If so, I will split them based on rankings, but haven't decided yet just how that split will occur.
This will be a standard (for us) two-games per opponent pair setup, meaning each player will play his opponent twice, once as white and once as black.
Each player will send a challenge, as white, to his opponent, for a correspondence game. Time controls for the games shall be set to 15 moves over 15 days. It is the responsibility of the player assuming the white pieces to initiate a challenge. (If one of your opponents sends you two challenges, one as white and one as black, prior to you sending your own challenge, that is okay.)
It is the responsibility of the victor to post the results. I will start a new thread prior to the tourney's initiation for that purpose.
 
I would be neat, but is not required, for players to import their games into the thread. I might make a separate thread just for that, much like Spud created separate threads for the Pirc teams.
 
Grim
Edited on 1 Jul 2011 at 03:14:58
Kingsfull
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23 Jun 2011, 19:48:36
In reply to Grim
Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga?
I'm game...
Spud
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23 Jun 2011, 20:15:26
In reply to Grim
Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga?
Count me in
TrencherKnight
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24 Jun 2011, 13:43:44
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Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga?
Oh...alright...I'm in.
 
Tknight
Grim
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24 Jun 2011, 14:04:48
 
Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
I have added rules / registration info to the initial post in this thread, as well as the current list of enrolled participants.
Grim
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24 Jun 2011, 16:53:26
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Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
WizardNo1 said:
The only thing I would suggest is that you might consider speeding up the standard Caissa correspondence time controls.
 
That's an excellent suggestion. I will speed up the games to be 15/15. This doesn't make the games *that* much faster, for folks who prefer to take more time or have inconsistent network connections, but it will ensure people are moving fairly regularly.
 
And those of us over 40 can certainly appreciate the benefit of regular movements ...
 
;)
Blue
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24 Jun 2011, 21:48:10
 
Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
I'm in.
thornydevil
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25 Jun 2011, 07:44:52
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Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
if this is the next MOT then I'm in. I once saw a film, about a trip up the river Volga by cruise ship.The captain went into the ladies quarters and asked; anyone up for the bonko volga? From memory, there wasn't much chess in it.
jaume1959
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28 Jun 2011, 19:20:24
 
Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
I'm in...
kastelka
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29 Jun 2011, 03:55:23
 
Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
I am in!
Good to see you back Jaume!
Edited on 29 Jun 2011 at 03:58:42
WizardNo1
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29 Jun 2011, 14:31:42
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Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
This tourament prompted me to go back and look over some of my old copies of Chess Life, as I knew I had organized and directed a USCF-Rated Restricted Move Benko Event in the 60's, 70's or 80's. I was organizing a lot of USCF Restricted Move Events back then, and all appeared in the Tournament Life section of Chess Life.
 
Maybe these events richly deserve to remain unmentioned, LOL, but here are some of them anyway:
 
Benko Billy
Lassie Come Home (Colle System)
Close Encounters Of The Bird Kind
Two Knights In Another Town
Gone With The Winawer
The Empire Spikes Back
George's Geronimo (King's Indian)
Elizabeth's Pocahontas (Queen's Indian)
Edited on 4 Jul 2011 at 16:44:20
Grim
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29 Jun 2011, 14:37:41
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Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
Zorro said:
10/15 might attract more entrants...
 
It might, but I'm going to keep it at as stated.
 
WizardNo1 said:
Maybe these events richly deserve to remain unmentioned, LOL, but here are some of them anyway
 
So you've been making bad puns for over 40 years ... :)
DualSpace
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30 Jun 2011, 02:19:00
 
Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
I'd like to participate if it's not too late. The opening does indeed sound like a russian volvo wagon...
Grim
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30 Jun 2011, 04:27:18
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Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
You're in!
 
DualSpace said:
I'd like to participate if it's not too late.
 
Grim
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30 Jun 2011, 04:27:51
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Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
jaume1959 said:
I'm in...
 
Welcome back, Jaume ... I hope all is well.
Zorro
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30 Jun 2011, 13:26:26
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Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
Unfortunately, I must withdraw from this MOT.
power
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30 Jun 2011, 20:07:17
 
Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
count me in
Grim
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1 Jul 2011, 03:14:37
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Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
power said:
count me in
 
Squeaking in just under the line!
WizardNo1
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7 Jul 2011, 05:16:16
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Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
The basic thrust of the Benko, by Black, if White accepts the b-pawn, is to generate the exchange of the light-squared Bishops on f1, thus preventing Castling and hindering White's development, then mounting an attack on the a and b files. If this is not accomplished, or at least attempted, the Benko seems purposeless and the pawn squandered for nothing.
 
Wiz
TrencherKnight
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8 Jul 2011, 01:41:02
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Re: Anyone up for the Benko-Volga? And, official rules
Now you tell me