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30th Ciocaltea Mem 2013-GM Fodor,T(HUN)

TWIC 959
Victor Ciocâltea Memorial Tournament
Victor Ciocâltea was many times Romanian champion.

Biography Victor Ciocâltea Wikipedia

Ciocâltea was Romanian Champion in 1952, 1959, 1961, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1975, and 1979. He played for Romania in eleven Chess Olympiads from 1956 to 1982.

Victor Ciocâltea


He was a participant of four zonal FIDE tournaments (1954–1982) and many international tournaments. 

Ciocâltea died at the chess table, while playing a chess game at a Spanish tournament in September 1983.


In the feature game, Hajbok,R got the better of GM Fodor,T jr with strong positional pressure. 


22…Qf8


Hajbok used the original regrouping 23.Nb1!?( with the idea of Nd2-f3 etc) and followed up nicely in a BB vs.BN ending.

Hajbok,R (2339) – Fodor,T jr (2503)
Italian 6.h3 h6[C50]
30th Ciocaltea Mem 2013 Bucharest ROU (10.5), 24.03.2013

Position 1

White’s bishops are a dominating force. How should white continue?

White to Play

34…Nxg7


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Cappelle La Grande 2013 Rd9-Papp,P(HUN)

Here is Petra Papp’s tough rd9 game.
Papp held her own in the early part of the game playing aggressive and creative defence. In the ending, small inaccuracies cost the game.

Grigoryan,K2 (2531) – Papp,Petra (2280) 
Italian 9.h3 Ne7[C54]
29th Open Cappelle la Grande FRA (9.29), 02.03.2013


Position 1
White has just infiltrated with 38.Rh7 and it is up to black to find an accurate defence. How should black defend?

Black to Play

38.Rh7

Position 2
The pawn structure says it all. How should white proceed?

White to Play

43…Kxe7