Friday, July 1, 2016

Richard Kasa Chess Tribute

Richard Kasa passed away in July 2015. Kasa was a long time chess master and an energetic scholastic chess teacher. From what I saw online, I am sure Rich is missed by the people who knew him well. Kasa and I played only this one time.

Our encounter came in the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) Master Class section WT/M/GT/156. We were the only two USA players out of the 15 in this round robin event. I finished in eleventh with 6 out of 14. Kasa was next with 5.5.

My chess game with Richard Kasa began as a French Defence 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5. I chose the Tarrasch 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7. When GM Seirawan played this against Kasa in 1992, Yasser as White played 5.c3 c5 6.f4. They drew in 36 moves. That is C05 in ECO.

I preferred C06 5.Bd3 with White knights on d2 and e2. I relocated my knights to their natural squares 10.Nf3 and 12.Nc3. This kept the White bishops active. I followed the White strategy of exchanging the dark squared bishops via Bg5-Bh4-Bg3. Anatoly Karpov used this strategy against Victor Korchnoi in their world championship matches.

Our game was a sharp contest with constant attacks and counter attacks. We both played well for about a year (postal chess). White had a better move 20. Black had a better move 34. The position remained basically equal until my blunder on move 40.

Sawyer - Kasa, corr ICCF 1984 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Nf3 Bd6 11.0-0 Qc7 12.Nc3 [12.g3=] 12...a6 13.Bg5 0-0 14.Bh4 [14.Rc1=] 14...g6 15.Bg3 Bxg3 16.hxg3 Qg7 17.Qd2 Ng4 18.Be2 Bd7 19.Rad1 Rae8 20.Nh2 [20.Na4+/=] 20...Nh6 21.g4 Kh8 22.Bf3 Re7 23.Ne2 Ref7 24.g5 Nf5 25.g3 Nd6 26.Bg2 Nc4 27.Qc3 Rc8 28.b3 Nd6 29.Qb2 Ne4 30.f4 Nb4 31.Bxe4 dxe4 32.Rc1 Rxc1 33.Nxc1 Bb5 34.Re1 Bd3 [34...Rc7!=/+] 35.Ng4 Rc7 36.Nf6 Rc2 37.Qa3 Qe7 38.Qa5 Nc6 39.Qb6 Qb4 40.Qxb4 Nxb4 41.Nxe4 [41.a3 Nd5=] 41...Bxe4 42.Rxe4 Rxc1+ 0-1

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