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Hello Everyone,

We wrapped up our 2022 Christmas simul (played on December 17) and what an awesome event it was!  Master Tom Britt gave a lecture using a demo board and then played against 23 simul participants.  I am proud to say that the Marysville Chess Club played well against the master.  Tom won 15, lost 7 and drew 1 game.  The first one to beat the master was Mike Thomas.  Mike played a beautiful game!  Master Britt said it was the best played game of the event!!  Nice job Mike! The second one to beat Tom was Roy Dotson.  Others include Howard Dixon, Peter Galupo, Dave Bernow, Bruce Lindman and Athena Ferkins.  Forrest Obnamia was the only one to get a draw against the master.  You can see photos below of Tom Britt and the first two to beat him followed by the rest of the participants.  We really had a great time.  Thank you for doing this Tom!!

Master Tom Britt volunteered to do the simul and asked that we donate the proceeds to a charity of our choice.  We will be giving our donations totaling $410 to the Columbus Chess Acadamy.   Seth and Kathy- founders of the school, started our announcements prior to this event.  Thanks for all you do for chess and the community Seth and Kathy!!

Master Tom Brit

Mike Thomas

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Roy Dotson

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Adam Rehouma

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Frank Phillips

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Angela Rincon

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Franz Gruber

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Athena Ferkins

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Gabriel Eberhard

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Bruce Lindman

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Ginny Sterling

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David Bernow

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Howard Dixon

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Forrest Obnamia

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Jakob Emmelhainz

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Frank Hamilton

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Jonah Thomas

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Kyle Flinn

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Lance Notarmuzi

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Peter Galupo

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Richard Vail

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Rob LaPat

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Rosie Merkt

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Tom Wolber

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Posted December 17 2022

October 2022 Invitational Results

What another awesome tournament we had.  We had some major upsets doled out by Howard Dixon. NM Chuck Diebert was kicking but and taking names in usual style!

The Marysville Chess Club thanks everyone who joined us for this event.  It couldn't be awesome without you!!

Thank you, Scott Swisher, for taking photographs of our event, it was much appreciated!

Special thanks to everyone that took the time to help set up the boards and pieces.  Thank you, Richard Vail, for organizing this event!

Open Section

National Master Chuck Diebert (photo 1) tied for first place with Howard Dixon (photo 2).  Like Master Chuck Diebert, Howard won all three of his games, but the impressive part is that he beat two masters and a player rated 1865 which gave Howard a performance rating of 2495, impressive right.!  I have all three games Howard played posted and annotated by Howard at the end of this article, check them out!

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Under 1600

Bhavya Singhal (photo 3) won sole first place.  That means we will waive his entry fee if he plays in our Spring 2023 Invitational.  Good Job Bhavya! Forrest Obnamia (photo 4) and Gabriel Eberhard (photo 5) tied for second place.  Congrats Forrest and Gabriel!!

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Under 1400

Nick Rameriz (photo 6) won sole first place in the U1400.  That means we will waive his entry fee if he plays in our Spring 2023 Invitational.  Congrats Nick!  Franz Gruber (photo 7) and Kevin Wade (photo 8) both tied for second place in the U1400.  Congrats Franz and Kevin!!

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Under 1000

Bryce Coder (photo 9) and Chris Haggy (photo 10) tied for first place in the U1000.  Congrats Bryce and Chris!!

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Hello Everyone, this is Howard Dixon. Roy has asked me to annotate the games I played in the tournament, So.. here they are. Just a quick note: None of these games were put through the ringer with a computer. I'd like to keep my ego intact.

Round 1

NM Steve Wygle Vs Howard Dixon

1. d4 c6 2. e4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nf6 5. c3 Nc6 6. h3 Qc7

Black wants to keep white from posting the bishop on f4, thus Qc7.

 7. Nf3 e6 8. 0-0 Be7 9. Nbd2

I thought this was a funny choice from Steve. Why not 9.Bg5? The knight blocks the bishop. Then again, white is a titled player, and I am prone to dropping pieces.

9...0-0 10. Re1 Rb8


Why not go for a minority attack? This is what Rb8 is all about.


11. Ne5 Nxe5 12. dxe5 Nd7 13. Nf3


I was surprised Steve didn't play f4.

b5 14. Qc2 h6 15. a3 a5 16. Bd2 Nc5 17. Bh7+ Kh8 18. b4 Nb3


Cute, but I'm not sure it's any good. It does allow me to snag one of the bishops and allow me to trade some pieces. I heard from someone you are supposed to do that when you have less space. Also, if I manage to get the dark squared bishop, the c3 pawn will be backward on an open file with no bishop to protect it.


19. Qxb3 Kxh7 20. bxa5 Qxa5 21. c4 Qb6 22. cxd5 
exd5 23. Qxd5 Bb7


White wins a pawn but black gets an awesome square for his bishop, who up until now has been neglected.


24. Qd3+ Kg8 25. Bb4 Bxb4 26. axb4 Rbd8 27. Qe3 Qg6 28. Rad1 Bd5


The bishop seems to work really well here. 

29. Nh4 Qh5 30. Rd4 Bc4 31. Nf3 Ra8 32. Red1 Rfe8

Threatening to win the pawn back with a move like f6.

33. Rd6 Qf5 34. g4 Qc2 35. Rc1 


Likely a mistake as the queen will now have to babysit the rook, and my queen gets to nibble on the b4 pawn.

Qb2 36. Nd4

36. Nd2 was probably better, when 36...Ra3 fails to 37. NxB.

Ra3 37. Qf4 g5 38. Qf6 Qxc1+ 39. Kg2 Qf1+ 40. Kh2 Rxh3#  0-1

Round 2

Howard Dixon Vs NM Tom Britt

1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 c5 3. c3 b6 4. f4

I honestly wasn't sure if 4.f4 was any good but I decided to go for it. I think if I had it to do over again, I would play the safer 4.Nf3.

Bb7 5. Nf3 g6 6. Be2 Bg7 7. 0-0 0-0 8. Nbd2 Qc7 
9. b3 Nd5

When Tom slapped this move down on the board, I almost instinctively took off my hat so Roy could slap me on the back of my bald head and exclaim, " You big dummy!". Now I have to swallow my pride and go back.

10. Nb1 d6 11. c4

Get back knight! Now if only I could get back my pride!

11... Nf6 12. Bb2 e6 13. Nc3 a6 14. Qd2

Seems odd to put the queen on a square that begs the little horsie to jump come in, but my queen wants to protect f4 incase of cxd in the near future.

14... Nbd7 15. Rad1 Rfd8 16. Kh1

With Kh1, I just wanted to play a Grand Master move one time in my life. 



Like I said earlier, these games were not analyzed with an engine, so I have no idea if 16...cxd4 is right or wrong, but I was surprised to see it. If I had my guess, I would guess it's a mistake, simply because it simplifies in the center and black gets nothing in return for his capitulation.

17. exd4 d5 18. Ne5

I was very shocked after the game was over that this knight was so strong and most likely uncapturable.


18...dxc4 19. bxc4 Ne4 20. Nxe4 Bxe4 21. Qe3 Qb7 22. Bf3

Blacks bishop is better than min. We can't have that!

22...Bxf3 23. Rxf3 Nf6 24. Re1

Setting up some sneeky 1 .Nxf7 Ideas when 1..KxN 2 .Qxe6+ Kf8, followed by 3. Ba3 would be sweet. But of course, Tom isn't going to fall for that and I never get the opportunity.

24...Rac8 25. h3 Ne8 26. Ba3 Nd6 27. Bxd6 Rxd6 28. c5 Rd5 
29. Rb1 b5 30. Rf2

One of my better moves. The rook was terrible on f3 so why not move it to b2 and play a4 to follow?

30...Qc7 31. a4 Qd8 32. axb5 axb5 33. Rxb5 Rxd4 34. Rb7 Rd1+ 35. Kh2 
Rc7 36. c6 Rd5 37. Rfb2 Bxe5

The knight is captured, and the f file is opened at last. 


38. fxe5 Rxc6 39. Qa7 Qg5 40. Rf2

Rf2 probably the winning move. My heart was beating so hard I thought my eyes were going to pop out of my head! Could I really be lucky enough to beat two masters in a row!? No way.


40...Rc3 41. Rb8+ Rd8 
42. Qxf7+ Kh8 43. Rxd8+ Qxd8 44. Qxe6 Qg5 45. Qe8+ Kg7 46. Qf8#  1-0

Tom was nice enough to allow me the honor of actually playing the mate. My year was made! 

Round 3

Daryl Skinner Vs Howard Dixon

1. d4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bf4 Bf5 4. e3 Nf6 5. Nbd2 e6 6. c4 Bd6 7. Bxd6 Qxd6 8. cxd5 
cxd5 9. Be2 0-0 10. 0-0 Nc6 11. a3

I was expecting Daryl to go for my bishop with 11. Nh4. This is likely best, but as I've said before, these games were not analyzed with an engine. Also, it seems that playing the knight to d2 makes it very difficult to trade off black's bishop, as white cannot play Bd3 easily.

h6 12. Rc1 Bh7 13. Nb3 Rac8 14. Nc5 b6 15. Nd3 
Ne4 16. Nde5 f6 17. Nxc6 Rxc6 18. Qa4 Rc7 


This move should ensure that it is black who will take over the C file and what makes matters worse, blacks well placed knight cannot be dislodged, while whites knight finds its prospects limited. 

19. Qa6

A clever trap from the devious mind of Daryl. He is hoping for 19...Rfc8 when 20.QxR! would snag two rooks for a queen and the open C file. Stop it, Daryl! Stop trying to steal my hard-earned C file!

19...Qd7 20. Bb5 Qc8 21. Rxc7 Qxc7 
22. h3 Rc8 23. a4 Nd6 24. Bd3 Bxd3 25. Qxd3 Qc2 26. Qxc2 Rxc2 27. Rb1 Ne4 28. b4 Nc3

A forced sequence of moves that allows black to steal a queen side pawn, which is much more important than the F pawn. It also allows black to maintain control over the C file while doing so. As a great master once said, " I have pawn, and the compensation."


29. Ra1 Rb2 30. b5

The point to blacks play, as white cannot play the rook to C1 and steal away the C file from black. Can you see why? I must admit I didn't see this possibility when I played, 25...Qc2.

30..Rb4 31. Kh2 Rxa4 32. Rc1 Nxb5 33. Rc8+ Kf7 34. h4 Rc4 35. 
Rb8 Rc7 36. h5 Nd6 37. Nh4 Rc8  0-1

White resigns as its clear two outside passed pawns on the queen side cannot be delt with.

Posted October 16, 2022

The club membership continues to be strong.  We average 15 or more every week.  we even have Master Tom Britt and Master Steve Wygle stop by.

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Posted August 22, 2022

Hello Everyone,

We had a really good time at the annual Marysville Memorial Chess Cookout.  Chef Jarebear (see photo) grilled over 40 burgers and over 40 hotdogs that were quickly consumed by all of the hungry chess players (see the other photo). Using a demonstration board, National Master, Chuck Diebert, and Club Founder, Roy Dotson, performed an analysis of a game that was played at our annual Ohio vs. Michigan tournament last March by Frank Phillips (Ohio) and Russ Albright (Michigan).  Everyone was asked to see if they could guess the moves and then we discussed plans in the middle game and when to trade pieces. You can view all of the photos from this event by clicking on the photo's album tab. 


Special thanks to Jarred Dotson for all of his hard work preparing and grilling all of the food, great job!

Jarred Dotson-AKA -Chef Jarebear


Hungry Chessplayers


Posted May 30 2022

Hello, Everyone,


We are excited to showcase our Ohio vs Michigan plaque (see below). The winner of our annual non-rated tournament takes the plaque home for that entire year and has the honors of installing their team plate of victory on it!  Looks like Covid won in 2020 and in 2021.

Hope to see you at club, Come on out and play some games!

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