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Wall's Comet

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 27, 2017 at 5:35 PM

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It just could be the end of the world as we know it!

Life Master Brian Wall has made the cover of a national magazine, American Chess Magazine, as co-author with NM Lior Lapid and put Colorado on the chess map.

Last time Brian received so much attention was for his discovery of a rare occurance in the chess world.  It was like a sign in the sky of terrible times ahead.  A 1300 tore through the Wyoming Open like a fireball!

Wall's comet first appeared on May 5, 2006 and was described in LM Brian Wall's article:  The Day 1300s Ruled the Earth.  The comet has the effect of increasing the playing strength of 1300s exponentially.  However, the duration of the effect is only short term, and the 1300s soon return to their rightful place as the butt of chess jokes.

Since it has been over 10 years when the comet last appeared, many new players may not be aware of the firestorm that was set off during its last visit.  Randy Reynolds was the editor of the Colorado Chess Informant and an active tournament chess player at that time.  Now, he has decided to leave chess, and I thought it would be nice to relive his most controversial editorial choice (see below).


And now, the comet has returned!

The 1300s have taken over the March Swiss 90 at the Colorado Springs Chess Club.  Matthew Hansen (1300) scored his first win over a National Master.  Mike Smith (1332) was winning against an 1800 when an eclipse blocked the comet and he settled for the draw.  Finally, Scott Williams (1365 peak) set up this mating problem against his most common foe, Dean Brown.  What would you announce?


Black to mate



You can view the diagram and answer here:


Wall's Comet


[Event "March Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2017.03.21"]

[Round "3.5"]

[White "Brown, Dean"]

[Black "Williams, Scott"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B30"]

[WhiteElo "1467"]

[BlackElo "1231"]

[PlyCount "74"]

[EventDate "2017.03.07"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Nf3 a6 5. Bxc6

bxc6 6. O-O g6 7. d4 d5 8. exd5 cxd5 9. dxc5 Bb7 10. Be3 Bg7 11. Bd4 O-O 12.

Re1 Rc8 13. Qe2 Re8 14. Qe5 Nh5 15. Qe3 Bxd4 16. Qxd4 e6 17. b4 Ng7 18. g4 Rf8

19. Ne2 Bc6 20. a4 Ra8 21. Ng3 Bb7 22. h4 Bc8 23. g5 Nf5 24. Nxf5 exf5 25. Re5

Be6 26. Rae1 Qd7 27. Ra1 Rfe8 28. Ne1 f4 29. Qxf4 Bh3 30. Nd3 Bf5 31. Qd4 Bxd3

32. cxd3 Rxe5 33. Qxe5 Re8 34. Qc3 Qg4+ 35. Kf1 Qxh4 36. f3 Qh3+ 37. Kg1 Re2 0-1


This Week In Chess


On March 21st, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued its March Swiss 90 (4SS, G90+30) with 5 boards.


Standings. March Swiss 90: MS90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Aleksand Bozhenov 1923 W11 W2 W4 3.0

2 Mark McGough 1848 W6 L1 W7 2.0

3 Paul D Anderson 2041 L4 W5 W9 2.0

4 Calvin P Dejong 1754 W3 H--- L1 1.5

5 Brian Jo Rountree 1802 W8 L3 D6 1.5

6 Michael Smith II 1332 L2 W11 D5 1.5 GOW $5.00

7 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1528 L10 W8 L2 1.0 GOW $5.00

8 Scott Ch Williams 1231 L5 L7 W11 1.0

9 Sam Bridle 1800 H--- H--- L3 1.0

10 Peter Barlay 1949 W7 U--- U--- 1.0

11 Dean W Brown 1467 L1 L6 L8 0.0

Projected Prizes: 1st $24.00, 2nd $16.00

1300 Jokes Reloaded

By Randy Reynolds

Paul Anderson, author of the football-pre-empted Colorado Springs Chess Newsletter, was the only one who submitted some new 1300 jokes for this issue. I guess no one had anything funny to say about Master players, either, since nothing came in from that front (at least, nothing that could pass the censorship board). Here are just a few of Paul’s creations:

How does a 1300 make a sacrifice?

He loans out his chess clock.

How does a 1300 find a fork?

He looks next to the spoons.

What do you call a 1300 with a minor piece advantage (+3)?

Slightly worse.

What is a 1300’s favorite opening as white?

d5...oh wait, the board is backward...let me turn this around, and then I can tell you.

Why are 1300 jokes like potato chips?

You can’t stop with one.

You can view many more in the July 2006 Colorado Chess Informant:

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