ny state women's champ, round 3, 31.05.2009
many ways to attack f2: Q-->b6, Nf6-g4, Rf8-->
I expected 13.Nf4 Bb7 14.Ncxd5 Nxd5 15.Nxd5 Bxd5 16.Bxd5 Qxd5 17.Qxd5 exd5 and I'm a little better becaue my bishop is better, but not much. My endgames are pretty bad, I'm realizing (more on this next post), but I'm always happy to play endings against children.
16.Nxd5 I don't know why she starts trading all these pieces when she has an isolated pawn. She definitely knows better.
a photo of me playing Rochelle, stolen from Polly Wright's blog
I need to go off on a little rant now. At this tournament, the NY State Women's Championship, they force you to join the NY State Chess Association. I didn't realize this ahead of time, and I was super-annoyed, although of course it's my own fault for not reading the flyer more carefully. But this is my grievance: The New York State Chess Association should not even exist. Why is it there? What does it even do? Why does Phyllis Benjamin get to bully me into giving her $13 every year??? Possible arguments:
1. It produces Empire Chess. This magazine is absolutely atrocious. It is not worth the paper it's printed on. Why is the NY Times, the most beautiful newspaper in the world, going under, while I am forced to subsidize this vanity press? Isn't that what American market capitalism is good for, getting rid of products no one likes or wants to read?
2. It regulates the State Championship tournaments. But isn't this really done by Steve Immit? I'm sure it could be. Or Jay Bonin, or Harold Stenzel, or Polly Wright, whomever, let's pick someone reputable, give them a 5 year term as "person who decides on bids for the state championship," and pay them $1 of each entry fee for their trouble. I just suspect that the yearly work of the entire organization could be done by a competant individual in one afternoon.
3. It chooses state delegates to the USCF. I don't even know if it actually does do that, but we could easily just vote on the USCF website instead.