MAURICE ASHLEY
322 Park Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238
 
March 26, 1992
 


My dear brother in Chess:
 
We have completed three tournaments in the First African American Unity Chess Tournament Series (UCTS). The games have been worthwhile; but .there have‑not been enough of them: (We would appreciate comments  from you brothers out there who have been receiving the bulletins. The subject of the 3rd African American Unity Chess Tournament was a line of the Meran Variation of the Semi-Slav QGD. The eight players produced sixteen games. What do you think of them?)
 
The tournament was won by Maurice Ashley. According to the conditions of the competition, Ashley got his $20 entry fee back, but the rest of the $150 first prize money went into the "Continue the Unity Fund". (may add to the funds) Ronald Simpson won three games, for 2nd place and $100. Mark Meeres, Vincent Leon Munro and Willie "Pop(s)"Johnson split $90 in a tie for 3rd‑4th‑Sth. Once again; the rest of the field got their money back, because the prize fund guarantees eight winners. (one player who did not meet the entry criteria‑was allowed to play in order to facilitate pairings.)
 

Three tournaments have brought out only seven players who have met the original 'qualification Criteria. Does this mean the entry standards were too high? Maybe there are not enough 2100+ players in the Metropolitan New York, area to carry the load. I was hoping to. get strong representation from the "Philadelphia contingent", but the distance may be too great for a one‑day tournament. Based on this thinking, the last tournament in the first UCTS to be held on April 4th ‑- has 'been opened up to players who have over‑the‑board ratings of 2000+.
 
If you plan to play in the New York Open (April 15th‑19th), this is your chance to get in some tough practice in a tough line. Post‑mortems ‑‑ with all the players in the tournament pitching in ‑‑ are added reasons for participating: See the tournament announcement following the bulletin.


Bulletin of the 3rd African American Unity Chess Tournament
 
Thematic Position: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.e4 b4 10.Na4 c5 11.e5 Nd5
 
Munro, V. L. (2146/7) vs. Ashley, M. A. (2478): 12.Bb5 cxd4 13.Bg5 Qa5 14.Nxd4 Ba6 15.Qd3 Bxb5 16.Qxb5 Qxb5 17.Nxb5 a6 18.Nd6+ Bxd6 19.exd6 f6 20.Bd2 Rc8 21.Ke2 Kf7 22.Rac1 e5 23.Rhd1 Ke6 24.b3 Rxc1 25.Rxc1 Kxd6 26.Nb2 Nc5 27.Rc4 Rb8 28.g3 Ne6 29.Nd3 a5 30.Kf1 f5 31.Rc1 Nd4 32.Kg2 h6 [and black won after a time scramble.] 0‑1.
 
Simpson, R. (2390) vs. Mitchell, J. (2138): 12.dxc5 Bxc5 13.Nxc5 Nxc5 14.Bb5+ Ke7 15.0‑0 Qb6 16.Nd4 a6 17.Bc4 h6 18.Bxd5 Bxd5 19.Be3 Rac8 20.Qg4 Qc7 21.Rac1 Qxe5 22.Nc6+ Rxc6 23.Bxc5+ Kd7 24.Rfd1 h5 25.Qxb4 Rhc8 26.h4 Rb8 27.Qa4 Qxb2 28.Ba3 Qb5 29.Qf4 Ke8 30.Rxc6 Bxc6 31.Qd6 1‑0
 
Johnson, W. (2064) vs. Colding, E. (2277): 12.dxc5 Qa5 13.0‑0 Bxc5 14.Nxc5 Nxc5 15.Be2 0‑0 16.Qd4 Nb3 17.axb3 Qxa1 18.Qg4 g6 19.Qh4 f6 20. exf6 Nxf6 21.Ng5 Bd5 22.Bc4 Qa5 23.Nxe6 Bxc4 24. bxc4 Rf7 25.Ng5 Re7 26.Nxh7 Rxh7 27.Qxf6 Qf5 28.Qc6 Rf8 29.Be3 Re7 30.Qc5 Rff7 31.Qxf5 Rxf5 32.Rd1 b3 33.g3 a5 34.Rd8+ Kf7 35.Ra8 Rd7 36.c5 Re5 37.Rxa5 Rxe3 38.fxe3 Rd1+ 39.Kf2 Rd2+ 40.Kf3 Rxh2 41.c6 Ke7 42.Rc5 Rc2 43.Rb5 Rxb2 44.Kg4 Kd6 45.Kg5 Kxc6 46.Rb8 Kc5 47.Kxg6 Kc4 48.g4 Ra2 49.Rc8+ Kd3 50.g5 Ra6+ 51.Kh7 Re6 52.Rc1 b2 53.Rb1 Kc2 54.Rxb2+ -
 
Meeres, M. (2256) vs. Harris. T. (1979)12.Bb5 Rc8 13.Bg5 Be7 14.Nxc5 Rxc5 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.dxc5 Qxc5 17.Bxd7+ Kxd7 18.0-0 Ke7 19.Qd2 h6 20.Rfc1 Qb6 21.a3 Rd8 22.Qd4 Rd7 23.axb4 Nxb4 24.Qxb6 axb6 25.Ne1 f6 26.Ra4 Nd5 27.Nd3 f5 28.g3 g5 29.Nb4 Kf7 30.Nc6 h5 31.b4 b5 32.Ra5 Bxc6 33.Rxc6 Nxb4 34.Rb6 Nc2 35.Rd6 Rb7 36.Rd2 Ne1 37.Ra3 g4 38.Re2 Nf3+ 39.Kg2 Rc7 40.h3 Rc1 41.Rxf3 gxf3+ 42.Kxf3 Rc4 43.Kg2 Re4 44.Kf3 [Time.] 1‑0
 
Ashley. M. A. (2478) vs. Simpson, R. (2390): 12.0‑0 a6 13.dxc5 Bxc5 14.Nxc5 Nxc5 15.Bc2 h6 16.Qd4 Qe7 17.Nd2 Rd8 18.Nc4 0‑0 19.Nd6 Rxd6 20.exd6 Qxd6 21.Be3 Nd7 22.Rac1 N7f6 23.Qd2 Ng4 24.g3 Qe5 25.Bd4 Qh5 26.f3 Ngf6 27.Rce1 Rc8 28.Bd3 Nd7 29.Qe2 a5 30.Rf2 Ne7 31.Ba6 Bxa6 32.Qxa6 Qd5 33.Rd2 Ra8 34.Qe2 Qc6 35.Red1 Nd5 36.Rc2 Qb7 37.Rdc1 a4 38.Qe4 Qb5 39.Rc8+ Rxc8 40.Rxc8+ Nf8 41.Bc5 f5 42.Qxe6+ Kh7 43.Qxd5 Qe2 44.Rxf8 1‑0
 
Colding, S. (2277) vs. Meeres, M.(2256): 12.dxc5 Bxc5 13.Nxc5 Nxc5 14.Bb5+ Ke7 15.Qd4 Qb6 16.Bc4 h6 17.0‑0 Rhd8 18.Qh4+ Kf8 19.Bxh6 gxh6 20.Qxh6+ Ke7 21.Qg5+ Kd7 22.Qg7 Rf8 23.Rfd1 Ke7 24.Ng5 Rac8 25.Rd4 Nb3 26.Rxd5 exd5 27.Bxb3 Qg6 28.Qf6+ Qxf6 29.exf6+ Kd6 30.Re1 Rfd8 31.f4 Rc7 32.h4 Rh8 33.g3 Rh6 34.Rd1 Bc6 35.Ne4+ Ke6 36.Rc1 Kf5 37.Nd6+ Kg4 38.Kg2 d4+ 39.Rxc6 Rxc6 40.Bd1+ 1‑0
 
Mitchell, J. (2138) vs. Johnson, M. (2064): 3rd AA Unity, 1992 12.0‑0 h6 13.a3 cxd4 14.Nxd4 bxa3 15.bxa3 Be7 16.Qg4 Nxe5 17.Qxg7 Bf6 18.Qg3 Qa5 19.Rb1 Nxd3 20.Rxb7 Qxa4 21.Nb5 N3f4 22.Nd6+ Kd8 23.Nxf7+ Kc8 24.Nd6+ Kd8 25.Nf7+ Kc8 -
 
Harris, T. (1979) vs. Munro, V. L. (2146/7): 12.0‑0 a6 13.Re1 Rc8 14.b3 cxd4 15.Nxd4 Nc5 16.Nxc5 Bxc5 17.Nxe6 fxe6 18.Qh5+ Kd7 19.Bg5 Be7 20.Be3 Rc3 21.Rad1 Kc8 22.Be4 Kb8 23.Qf7 Qg8 24.Qf3 Qf8 25.Qg4 Qf7 26.Bxd5 exd5 27.e6 Qg6 28.Qd4 Bc5 29.Qe5+ Ka8 30.Rxd5 Bxe3 31.e7 Rd3 32.Rxe3 Rd1+ 33.Re1 Rxe1+ -
 
Colding, E. (2277) vs. Ashley, M. A. (2478): 12.dxc5 Qa5 13.0‑0 Bxc5 14.Nxc5 Nxc5 15.Be2 0‑0 16.Qd4 Rad8 17.Qh4 Ba6 18.Bxa6 Qxa6 19.Bg5 Rc8 24.Bf6 gxf6 21.exf6 Kh8 22.Qh6 Rg8 23.Ng5 Rxg5 24.Qxg5 Rg8 25.Qh4 Nd3 26.Kh1 N3f4 27.g3 Qe2 0‑1
 
Simpson, R. (2390) vs. Munro, V. L. (2146/7): 12.dxc5 Qa5 13.Nd4 b3+ 14.Qd2 Qxa4 15.Bb5 Bxc5 16.Bxa4 Bb4 17.Nxb3 Bxd2+ 18.Bxd2 N5b6 19.Bb5 0‑0 20.0‑0 Nxe5 21.Rfe1 Ng6 22.Na5 Bd5 23.Bc6 Rac8 24.Bxd5 Nxd5 25.Rac1 Ngf4 26.Bxf4 Nxf4 27.Nc6 Kh8 28.Rc3 a6 29.g3 Nd5 30.Rc4 g6 31.Rec1 Kg7 32.Kg2 h5 33.Ne5 Rxc4 34.Rxc4 Rb8 35.b3 Rb7 36.Ra4 Rb6 37.Rc4 Rd6 38.Rc8 f6 39.Nc4 Rd7 40.Ra8 Nc7 41.Ra7 Kf7 42.a4 e5 43.b4 Ke6 44.Nb6 Rd6 45.Nc8 Rc6 46.Rb7 [And W wore after a time scramble.] 1‑0
 
Meeres; M. (2256) W. Johnson, W. (2064): 12.Bb5 cxd4 13.Bg5 Be7 14.Nc5 Bc8 15.Bxe7 Qxe7 16.Qxd4 0‑0 17.Ne4 N7b6 18.0‑0 Bd7 19.Ba6 Rad8 20.Rac1 Bc8 2.1.Bxc8 Rxc8 22.Nd6 Rc7 23.Nd2 Rxc1 24.Rxc1 Qg5 25.h4 Qh6 26.g3 Nd7 27.Re1 N7b6 28.Nf3 Qh5 29.Ng5 h6 30.Nge4 Qf3 31.Qd1 Qxd1 32.Rxd1 Nd7 33.f4 f6 34.exf6 N7xf6 35.Nc5 Rd8 36.Nb5 Rc8 37.Nb3 Ne4 38.Rd3 Rc2 39.N3d4 Rxb2 40.Nxe6 Ndc3 41.Nbc7 Nxg3 42.Rd7 Nge2+ 43.Kf1 Ng3+ 44.Kg1 Nge2 -
 
Harris, T. (1979) vs. Mitchell, J. (2138): 12.Bb5 Rc8 13.Nxc5 Bxc5 14.dxc5 Rxc5 15.Bd3 Qc7 16.Qd2 Nxe5 17.Be2 Rc2 18.Bb5+ Kf8 19.Qg5 Nxf3+ 20.gxf3 f6 21.Qh5 Rxc1+ 0‑1
 
Ashley, M. A. (2478) vs. Meeres, M. (2256) 12.0‑0 cxd4 13.Nxd4 Be7 14.Re1 0‑0 15.Qg4 Re8 16.Bh6 Bf8 17.Rad1 Qa5 18.Bb5 Rad8 19.Bg5 Be7 20.Bh6 96 21.b3 Bf8 22.Bg5 Be7 23.Bh6 Bf8 -
 
Simpson, R. (2390) vs. Colding, 8. (2277): 12.0‑0 Rc8 13.dxc5 Qa5 14.Nd4 Bxc5 15.Nxc5 Nxc5 16.Bb5+ Ke7 17.a3 b3 18.Bd2 Qb6 19.Qg4 h6 20.Rac1 a6 21.Bc4 a5 22.Bxd5 Bxd5 23.Be3 Qb8 24.Nc6+ Rxc6 25.Bxc5+ Kd7 26.Bd6 h5 27.Qf4 Qe8 28.Rxc6 Bxc6 29.Rc1 g5 30.Qd4 Qa8 31.Bf8+ Ke8 32.Bg7 Rg8 33.Bf6 Bd5 34.Qa4+ Kf8 35.Qd7 1‑0
 
Johnson, W. (2064) vs. Harris, T. (1919): 12.dxc5 Nxc5 13.Nxc5 Bxc5 14.Bb5+ Kf8 15.0‑0 Qb6 16.Bc4 Rd8 17.Qe2 h6 18.Bd2 g5 19.g3 a6 20.Bd3 Rg8 21.Be4 a5 22.Rfd1 Ba6 23.Qe1 Ke7 24.Bxd5 Rxd5 25.Be3 Rgd8 26.Bxc5+ Qxc5 27.Rdc1 Qb6 28.Qe4 Bd3 29.Qe3 Qxe3 30.fxe3.Be4 31.Rc7+ Kf8 32.Nd4 R8d7 33.Rc8+
 
Mitchell, J. (2138) vs. Munro, V. L. (2146/7): 12.0‑0 a6 13.Re1 Rc8 14.b3 cxd4 15.Nxd4 Nc5 16.Nxc5 Bxc5 17.Nf3 Qb6 18.Qd2 h6 19.Bb2 0‑0 20.Re4 Rfd8 21.Rg4 Kh8 22.Bc1 Ne7 23.Rxg7 Bxf2+ 24.Kf1 Rxc1+ 25.Qxc1 Kxg7 26.Qf4 Rxd3 27.Qf6+ Kf8 28.Qxh6+ Ke8 29.Ng5 Rd2 30.Rc1 Qe3 31.Qh8+ Kd7 32.Rc7+ Kxc7 0‑1
 

 
April 4th. 4th African‑American Unity Chess Tournament: 4‑SS; G/45; open to 2000+ (OTB or 2100+ DOCUMENTED correspondence); St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 230 Malcolm X Blvd., between 121st & 122nd Sts. (see below for directions); EF: $20. $$(400 gtd., but winnings of M. A. Ashley greater than his entry fee go into the "Continue the Unity Fund") 150‑100‑50‑20‑20‑20‑20‑20; NOT USCF rated; Reg. 10:30‑10:45; Rds. 11:00‑12:45‑2:45‑4:30; please bring sets and clocks; it is requested that you dress neatly. Info: (718) 622‑3458 or (914) 939‑5023.
 
Feel free to bring along any other African‑American rated over 2000 whom you know.
 
Thematic Position: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g4 h6 7.h4 Nc6 8.Rg1 h5