GM Hans-Joachim Hecht GM Hecht and the Club Black survives the attack
The famous Tal - Hecht game Visitors were welcomed but White has better pawn structure
at the Varna Olympiad in 1962
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3rd February 2009 Lecture by Grandmaster Hans-Joachim Hecht
Opening night with Juniors registration and Round Robins, Start 6.30pm. This will be followed by a lecture to the Seniors
from Grandmaster Hans-Joachim Hecht 8.00pm to 9.00pm. Seniors and parents please bring a plate for supper,
for Hans-Joachim's 70th birthday. Other clubs’ members are welcome.
Hans-Joachim Hecht was born on the 29th of January 1939 in Luckenwalde, Germany. Awarded the IM title in 1969, the GM title
in 1973, and the IMC title in 1980, he was West German Champion in 1970 and 1973. In tournaments he was 1st= at Bad Pyrmont
1970, 1st at Olot 1971, 1st at Malaga 1972, 1st at Montilla-Moriles 1972 and 1st= at Dortmund 1973. He has also played for
West Germany in a number of Olympiads between 1962 and 1986. Biography from chessgames.com.
His latest international result was 12th= place in the Queenstown Classic in New Zealand in 2009. He was 4th= place in the
Queenstown Classic in 2006. He celebrates his 70th birthday in New Zealand on Thursday 29th January 2009, in the company of
his lovely wife. Yes, he brought his wife along for the lecture, thereby verifying his GM credentials!
GM Hecht talked us through his famous game against ex-World Champion Mikhail Tal at the Varna Olympiad in 1962. Tal left
three pieces en prise including his Queen, and then sacrificed his Queen. Hecht survived the attack, and went into a Rook
and pawn ending, but his pawns were shattered and his Knight was on the edge of the board. White eventually broke through
with his Kingside pawn majority to win. It was a most instructive game, demonstrating the power of the coordinated White
pieces against the undeveloped and uncoordinated Black defence.
This famous painting was found by GM Hecht, of his own game, so of course he had to buy it! It has the Black pawn missing
from c5. 1962 M Tal vs H Hecht 1-0
Another game that GM Hecht lectured on was his game against GM Raymond Keene, author of numerous chess books. It was played
in Brunnen, Switzerland in 1966. This is an incredible game, for two reasons. Firstly, it demonstrates the power of
attacking the Black King. GM Hecht had seven pieces at his disposal, and they danced to his music. Secondly, the analysis
proves that a correct defence was available and would have won. Of course this is always difficult to find in practice.
16/05/66 H Hecht vs R Keene 1-0
NM Leonard McLaren NM Leonard McLaren
White develops classical style Black violates the opening
principles by moving pawns
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15th July 2008 Lecture by National Master Leonard McLaren
National Master Leonard McLaren, our Club Coach, gave the Seniors a lecture tonight. It was a great opportunity
to hear Leonard provide a unique insight into chess strategy. The basis of his lecture was "Secrets of Modern Chess
Strategy" by IM John Watson. It is a book for strong club players, who already have a grasp of the general principles of
"classical" chess, as espoused by the dogmatic Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch and Aaron Nimzovitch, and advocates a strategy of
exceptions. So, basic established key general principles such as developing Knights before Bishops, don't play a Knight to
the edge of the board, and Bishops being worth more than Knights, are replaced by the modern Watson thinking of analysing a
specific line to conclude, say, whether to exchange a particular minor piece. Watson calls that "rule independence". Leonard
gave a good example of this from a Pirc Defence game, where Black had moved pawns for most of the opening and had only
developed his Queen, whilst White had developed all his pieces except one Rook, yet Black forced the White King to the
embarrassing e3 square and won.
This "rules versus analysis" strategy does not come as a surprise, given the advent of computers in chess and the ensuing
analysis by computers to find the best line. A good example of this at the highest level is ex-world champion GM Vladimir
Kramnik who as Black regularly plays the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6
dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 conceding his castling rights. A modern GM playing White would say it loses tempi in the
opening and allows doubled pawns, so is anti-positional despite having the two Bishops. Fritz 10 gives the position as +=
(0.42) Depth=20.45 or slightly in White's favour. The irony is that even Dr. Tarrasch played it as Black versus
Moritz Porges in 1892 and won, then played it as White versus Emanuel Lasker three years later, and also won! So, Kramnik is
from the same school of thought as Watson, and puts far more emphasis into analysis than general principles or rules. He
puts a lot of preparation into computer work, and plays much like a computer, and his match versus Deep Fritz in 2002 was
reflective of this.
Another book Leonard referred to was "Chess for Zebras" by Jonathan Rowson. This book provides a unique or unconventional
way, as the title suggests, to improve your chess. It attempts to improve your play by using a psychological approach.
FI Tal Granite Tal Granite gives lecture
Photo www.fide-trainer-academy.com Photo by Stan Yee
6th May 2008 Lecture by FI Tal Granite
FIDE Instructor Tal Granite from Israel is visiting New Zealand and accepted an invitation to visit our
Club. So we were more than happy to slot him in rather than play the planned Lightning Round Robin. It was a good
opportunity to hear him give a lecture. Tal led us through the process that he went through to become a FIDE Instructor in
2006, from his travel arrangements to the different aspects of training required at the FIDE Academy in Berlin. He also
explained the structured process in teaching chess to juniors. Tal is holidaying with his wife and family, doing it in true
Kiwi fashion - they are travelling around the North Island in a campervan! He was even brave enough to drive himself to and
from our Club, at night. A quick quiz showed he did know his way around Auckland, but he did mention that he had to
accustom himself to driving on the left hand side of the road. Safe driving Tal, and happy holidaying! P.S. Tal, a list of
New Zealand Chess Clubs and their emails and club nights can be found at
NZ Chess Federation
and we are sure you will be most welcome.
A FIDE Instructor or FI is required to have 2 years experience and a minimum rating of 1800. A FIDE Trainer or FT is
required to have 5 years experience and a minimum rating of 2300 i.e. be a FIDE Master, and submit a 12 page trainer paper.
New Zealand currently has only 2 FT and 4 FI: FT Ewen Green (HP), FT Bob Smith (WT), FI William Lynn (HA),
FI Vivian Smith (WT), FI Victor Wang (CA) and FI Bruce Wheeler (AC).
IM Herman van Riemsdijk Fischer always played the Sozin f5 is the thematic move
Photo by Helen Milligan Photo by Stan Yee Photo by Stan Yee
5th February 2008 Lecture by IM Herman van Riemsdijk
International Master Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk was born on the 26th of August 1948 in Tiel,
The Netherlands. He is a citizen of Brazil. He was Brazilian Champion in 1970 and 1973 and Pan American Champion in 1977.
He was awarded the International Master title in 1978.
We have been fortunate in the past to have had two Grandmasters in Julen Arizmendi and Stuart Conquest to give lectures. In
fact we can probably boast more top class lectures than any other New Zealand club. Herman is a great lecturer and has just
had a top result in the Australian Championship, finishing 2nd= on 8/11 with IM Stephen Solomon. He also finished 4th-7th in
the New Zealand Championship, and won the New Zealand Rapid.
Herman gave a lecture based on Bobby Fischer's favourite Leonhard-Sozin Attack, after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bc4, and demonstrated with several games how Fischer was such a master of that type of position.
Herman then showed us what he had learnt from Fischer, achieving similar positions and using the thematic f5 to force
Black to play ... e5 and thereby create a weak square on d5 for a White Knight outpost. Then he proceeded to show us how
to win from that position. We stopped for a great supper, but Herman carried on informally, showing a crowd of keen players
more tips from games on his laptop - so we took the supper to him! We all had a fantastic evening, and made a donation to
help him get back to Brazil ... His last stop is Hamilton, for another lecture, before flying back home. Thanks Herman, and
have a safe trip back!
IM Puchen Wang What kind of a move is that? Oh, better give the camera one
Photo by Helen Milligan Photo by Stan Yee Photo by Stan Yee
29th January 2008 Simul by IM Puchen Wang
International Master Puchen Wang was born on 20th January 1990 in China, and citizen of New Zealand - 18 years old.
He participated in the Olympiads of 2004 and 2006. He became the New Zealand Champion, Rapid Champion and Lightning Champion
in January 2007. In May 2007 he was unbeaten in the Zonal Tournament of Oceania, played in Fiji. His score of 6˝/9 was
enough for second place and the award of the International Master title. He was invited to the Euwe Stimulus Tournament in
Arnhem, The Netherlands, 17-26 August 2007. It was an invitational tournament in the format of a nine round Round Robin.
Together with this group, ten players competed in a regional group. Players included Grandmasters Barua, Panno, Olafsson and
Gaprindashvili. The tournament was won by Simutowe, and Puchen was placed third. He was not able to defend his New Zealand
Champion title in January 2008 as he was due to sit an exam, but he did retain his Lightning title.
Puchen played a simultaneous display against members and playing guests John McRae and Bob Mitchell, with moral support
from non-playing guest FIDE Master Ewen Green, to help launch Puchen on his attempt on the Grandmaster title in 2008.
Puchen will be travelling to Europe mid-February 2008 to play in several strong events to gain experience and provide
opportunities to ultimately becoming New Zealand's second Grandmaster. He is being supported and project managed in this by
the New Zealand Chess Federation, and there was a "launch" at the 115th New Zealand Chess Congress in January 2008 of
"Project Grandmaster". Donations at Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club exceeded $700, and we all wish Puchen every success. P.S.
Puchen won all 25 games!
Puchen Wang, one of the best chess-playing juniors New Zealand has ever produced, is taking a gap year before university to
try to achieve the grandmaster title. The New Zealand Chess Federation is seeking to provide the best tournament format and
funding vehicle to maximise Puchen's chances for success - we estimate a budget of $50,000 is required. Donors will have
access to a special website where Puchen will report his results, annotate some games, and keep us in touch with how he is
getting on. If you would like to be part of this project, then please, donate some money! You can make donations using the
Automatic Payment form
- right click and "Save Target As" to save the jpg file to your hard drive, then double click the file and print from your
hard drive. Fill it in, inserting your name in "Details to appear on payee's Bank statement", and send it to your Bank. Or
set up an online Automatic Payment, or make an one-off lump sum online payment, to the NZCF Puchen Wang Trust at ANZ Milford
Branch account no. 010178-0069910-00, remembering to insert your name in "Details to appear on payee's Bank statement".
Email Mike Steadman firstname.lastname@example.org
to get details of the special website for donors. Otherwise, contact Mike phone 021-799-566 to find out what you can do to
Wikipedia on Puchen Wang
NZ Champion 2008, GM Murray Chandler 2nd= IM Russell Dive & Mike Steadman
Photo by Helen Milligan Photo by Helen Milligan
15th - 25th January 2008 New Zealand Chess Supplies 115th New Zealand Chess Congress
A lot of our players were at the 115th New Zealand Chess Congress from 15th January to 25th January. It was held at the
Copthorne Harbourcity Hotel in Downtown Auckland, part of the Millennium Hotels and Resorts
which is the sponsor of the nationwide chess Grand Prix tournaments.
All Final Results and Games from the New Zealand Chess Congress
Major Open Final Results and Games from the New Zealand Chess Congress
Photos from the New Zealand Chess Congress
GM Stuart Conquest
Photo by Helen Milligan
4th September 2007 Lecture by GM Stuart Conquest
English Grandmaster Stuart Conquest gave a lecture at our Club. The photo was taken on 16/09/07 with Stuart on his
way to winning the Devonport Rapid. He also visited our Club again on 25/09/07 to look at our Swiss Rapid tournament. See
GM Julen Arizmendi
Photo by Paul Spiller?
18th April 2006 Lecture by GM Julen Arizmendi
Spanish Grandmaster Julen Arizmendi giving a lecture on the Slav Defence, whilst on honeymoon in beautiful
New Zealand. Yes, he brought his wife along for the lecture! See "Photos".