|Posted by Paul Anderson on April 17, 2017 at 5:40 PM|
Game Of The Week
This week's game is my attempt to resurrect the Jim Burden Award for 2017. LM Brian Wall created this award back in 2005 and promised us, "I will post all entries and announce the winner every April 1." While Brian is one of the most creative chess authors and organizers, he is not the most discipline fellow.
His creativity has finally helped him get the recognition he deserves. You can see him in the 2017 Spring issue of American Chess Magazine.
However, as I was playing my typical April Fools joke on Matthew Hansen about a fortnight ago, I realized I had missed the 2017 Jim Burden Award winner. As I looked through my spam folder to find my Brian Walls emails, I could not find any information on the current winner.
Did Brian forget again?
In 2010, I was still trying to win this award and had to select the winners for 2007 and 2008 just to get this thing back on track. Now, it appears that the award has gone back into cardiac arrest.
So, here is a game from Dean Brown and Alex Bozhenov that I like to call "The Defibrillator!"
I am counting on Brian's other promise that the winning game is "chosen mostly for humorous content." This game had Peter Barlay cracking up at the board and Kathy Schneider biting her fingernails.
It all started in this position. Dean found the shocking move and awoke Alex from his coma.
White to move
You can view the diagram and answer here:
While Dean didn't actually get the Queen, he should have. Saving the Queen is actually worse, and Dean continued to build on his lead until he was close to +15. However, by that time both players got in time pressure and the score sheet went flatline.
However, I could see that the game was not the peaceful transition into the loss column for Alex. I was sitting across the tournament hall, but it was clear from Dean's reactions that Alex's position was coming back to life.
Peter Barlay does impresssions of different Colorado chess players as they are losing. He showed me his Dean Brown mannerism, where Dean picks up a piece, does not place it down, but rather brings it closer for inspection with a look on his face that says, "Why, on earth, did I pick up this piece?"
Now, Dean was living it out, with a Bishop in his hand, tapping it against his head, trying to find a square for it. Soon a Rook was gone, as well as several Pawns. Finally, the stone was rolled away and Alex came out with the win.
[Event "Cabin Fever Reliever"]
[White "Brown, Dean"]
[Black "Bozhenov, Alex"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Na5 4. Nf3 a6 5. Be2
b5 6. b3 Bb7 7. d3 e6 8. O-O Qc7 9. g3 f6 10. Bb2 h5 11. Nh4 O-O-O 12. Bxh5 g5
13. Ng6 Rh6 14. Nxf8 Rxf8 15. Bf3 Ne7 16. Ne2 e5 17. Kg2 f5 18. h3 Rfh8 19. Rh1
g4 20. hxg4 Rxh1 21. Qxh1 Rxh1 22. Rxh1 Qd6 23. gxf5 Qf6 24. g4 Nac6 25. c3 b4
26. c4 Nd8 27. Bc1 Nf7 28. Rh5 Qd6 29. Be3 Kc7 30. Nc1 Nc6 31. g5 Ne7 32. Bg4
Nd8 33. Rh6 Ne6 34. fxe6 dxe6 35. Rxe6 Qd8 36. Bxc5 Nc6 37. Rf6 Qg8 38. g6 Nd8
39. Bd6+ Kb6 40. Bxe5+ Bc6 41. Bd4+ Kb7 42. c5 a5 43. Rd6 a4 44. g7 Nf7 45. Re6
Ng5 46. Re7+ Ka8 0-1
This Week In Chess
On April 11th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished its Cabin Fever Reliever (4SS, G/45;d10).
# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize
1 Richard Buchanan 2000 W6 W2 W3 W8 4.0 $24.00 1st
2 Brian Jo Rountree 1832 W5 L1 W6 W7 3.0 $16.00 2nd
3 Aleksand Bozhenov 1914 W7 L4 L1 W6 2.0
4 Mark McGough 1848 W9 W3 U--- U--- 2.0
5 Clinton D Eads 1168 L2 D9 L8 W10 1.5 $10.00 U1800
6 Dean W Brown 1517 L1 W7 L2 L3 1.0
7 Michael Smith II 1332 L3 L6 W10 L2 1.0
8 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1507 U--- U--- W5 L1 1.0
9 Scott Ch Williams 1273 L4 D5 U--- U--- 0.5
10 Daniel J Rupp 1013 U--- U--- L7 L5 0.0