Awesome State Champions
Life Master Dana Mackenzie introduces us to the amazing games of some regional legends, including FIDE Master John Curdo, best known for winning the Massachusetts State Championship 17 times. FIDE Master Curt Justin Brasket, sixteen-time State Champion for his home state of Minnesota. FIDE Master Orest Popovych, 4 times New Jersey State Champion. International Master William Martz, the highest rated player from Wisconsin for almost 20 years and holds the USCF record of 104 for the most consecutive rated games without a loss and Life Master Brian Wall, 5-time winner or tied for the Colorado State Championships.
Content: 159 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 5 lectures. PGN Included.
Recommended for: Intermediate Players.
Users rated this series: 4.86 out of 5
Chess Fans have said: Really outstanding lecture and a very interesting topic. I like seeing non-GM games because they are imperfect… the games are more representative of what you see in clubs or weekend tournaments.
LM Dana Mackenzie is a USCF Life Master, a Ph.D. mathematician, award-winning mathematics and science journalist, and author. LM Dana Mackenzie started playing tournament chess during the ‘Fischer boom’ of 1971-72 and for some reason never quit. He was the champion of North Carolina in 1985 and 1987 and became a master in 1988. In 2009, Dana received his Life Master certificate from the USCF, and in 2012 was a member of the West regional champion team in the US Amateur Team tournament.
His most memorable game was in 2006, a victory over IM David Pruess, a game later featured as Game of the Day by Chessgames on November 23, 2011. That same game so impressed then-IM Jesse Kraai that he invited Dana to give a lecture on it – on this site, where Dana has delivered more than 100 lectures since.
- The Attacker Defends
Sicilian Defense: Rossolimo Attack
John Curdo vs. Murray Turnbull
Run Time: 00:34:11
- Poppy Ties Up the Octopus
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack
Orest Popovych vs. Greg Nowak
Run Time: 00:31:15
- Brian’s Birthday Bash
Caro-Kann: Classical Variation
Brian Wall vs. Damian Nash
Run Time: 00:28:00
- The Quest for Simplicity
Gennady Kuzmin vs. William Martz
Run Time: 00:49:49
- The Classic Pawn Storm
King’s Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation
Curt Justin Brasket vs. Dr. Anthony Saidy
Run Time: 00:32:31