|Posted by Paul Anderson on July 10, 2017 at 6:10 PM|
Game Of The Week
This week's game comes from the Fourth Of July. It is the first time I have played chess on the 4th. Typically, the Colorado Springs Chess Club takes a break from chess when the holiday falls on a Tuesday night. However, I was in charge of making the schedule this year and wanted to get everything in place by February. Who is thinking about Independence Day in February? So, I created the event and placed the ads without a second thought.
No one said anything to me about the unusual choice of days to hold a chess tournament. Well, that is until about a week before the event. Then it was a series of questions similar to: "Are we really meeting on the fourth of July?"
Since it was my mistake, I figured I would go down with the ship. I imagined that no one except me would show up. However, a handful of dedicated chess players came out to show their true patriotic spirit.
Just like the Founding Fathers, these brave men put chess before their personal lives and made the greatest sacrifice a man can make for his country. Let us not forget their service and salute their determination to pursue the greater good.
The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions (especially the 4th of July); for life is a kind of Chess.
Give me chess, or give me death!
Those who expect to reap the blessings of chess, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
I am going to skip chess on the 4th of July.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Chess.
Here are some of the fireworks that were created that memorial night at chess club.
White to move
See the diagram and answer here:
Life Is A Kind Of Chess
[Event "July Mating Game"]
[White "McGough, Mark"]
[Black "Anderson, Paul"]
1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. e5 h5 5. Bd3 Nh6
6. f4 Bf5 7. Nf3 Bxd3 8. Qxd3 Na6 9. Be3 Nf5 10. O-O-O Qa5 11. Kb1 Bh6 12. e6
f6 13. g3 O-O-O 14. Nh4 Nxh4 15. gxh4 f5 16. Rhg1 Rhg8 17. Rg2 Rg7 18. Rdg1
Rdg8 19. Qe2 Qc7 20. Nd1 Qd6 21. Nf2 Nc7 22. Nd3 Nxe6 23. Ne5 Bxf4 24. Nxg6
Bxe3 25. Qxe3 Kc7 26. a3 Nf8 27. Nf4 Rxg2 28. Rxg2 Rxg2 29. Nxg2 Ne6 30. Qh6
Nxd4 31. Qxh5 Qxh2 32. Qg5 Qe5 33. h5 Nf3 34. Qg8 Qf6 35. Nf4 Ng5 36. Qxg5 Qxg5
37. Ne6+ Kd7 38. Nxg5 Ke8 39. h6 Kf8 40. Kc1 e5 41. Kd2 Kg8 42. Ke3 b6 43. Kf3
c5 44. Kg3 c4 45. Kh4 d4 46. Kh5 d3 47. cxd3 cxd3 48. Kg6 d2 49. h7+ Kf8 50.
h8=Q+ Ke7 51. Qxe5+ 1-0
This Week In Chess
On July 4th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the July Mating Game (4SS, G/45d10).
Standings. July Mating Game
# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize
1 Jeffrey R Fox 1968 W4 W2 2.0
2 Mark McGough 1853 W3 L1 1.0
3 Paul D Anderson 2014 L2 W4 1.0
4 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1483 L1 L3 0.0