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Gone Fishin'

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 5, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Game Of The Week

 

Seven times I have published a game from Al Ufer to remember him after his death on July 10th, 2005.  I think it speaks volumes about Al that his passing was the only time I was flooded with chess game submissions.  I have kept the tradition going until I published all the games I received.  This year will be the last game. 


So, I have decided to bring an end to my Al Ufer Week.  However, before I close things out, I wanted to thanks those people who helped me out over the years and add a few words of my own.


Thanks to Dean Brown, Tom Mullikin, Paul Grimm, Jon Fortune, LaMoyne Splichal, Randy Reynolds, Barb Fortune, Brian Walker, and Michael Varney for sharing their thoughts and games.


Here is Al (right) with his top 2 opponents and number 7


I would like to say that Al was one of my favorite chess players.  He had a great spirit about and love for the game.  I was the player who played him the most who he could not beat, which put me 7th on his list of most common opponents. 


However, he should have gotten me several times.  He was a very solid player but had a very creative side.  He would often try some wild attacks with good success, but then just fail to close them out against me.  But I don't think he cared about losing, he just loved to fight.  He was not one to get discouraged and resign early.  He seemed to get the most out of every chess game and taught me that the most important thing in chess is the joy of playing.  


Rank, Opponent, Games, Wins, Draws, Losses

1    KATHY A SCHNEIDER     43    41    0    2

2    DEAN W BROWN     27    3    1    23

3    GARY G FRENZEL     18    11    1    6

4    THOMAS LEE MULLIKIN     17    8    0    9

5    PAUL M GRIMM     14    3    0    11

6    ROY L HEATH     10    3    0    7

7    PAUL DOUGLAS ANDERSON     10    0    0    10

8    ANDREW CHOW     9    3    1    5

9    CHARLES E MARTIN     9    3    1    5

10    SEAN J CABRERA     9    0    1    8

11    SAMUEL D MEYER     9    4    0    5

12    BARBARA MARY FORTUNE     7    7    0    0

13    FRANK SHOTWELL     7    1    0    6

14    GERARD R SUNDERLAND     7    1    1    5

15    JEFFREY RANDOLPH FOX     6    1    0    5

16    DANIEL M CABRERA     6    1    1    4

17    LAURENCE R WUTT     6    1    0    5

18    ALDO M MENDOZA     6    1    0    5

19    DAN SOUTHARD     6    1    0    5

20    VIRGIL P MC GUIRE     5    0    0    5

21    SAM WHEELER     4    3    0    1

22    AARON R SHOTWELL     4    3    0    1

23    BRENDAN A KULLBACK     4    2    0    2

24    WILLIAM BLAKE GARCIA     4    0    0    4

25    JOHN F SCHULTZ     4    0    0    4

26    JOSEPH ARAGON     4    0    0    4

27    JONATHAN RAY FORTUNE     4    0    1    3

28    FREDERICK HOPE     4    2    0    2

29    ISAAC MARTINEZ     4    3    1    0

30    JOHN P MC INTYRE     4    4    0    0

31    RENAE D DELAWARE     4    0    0    4

32    LA MOYNE SPLICHAL     4    0    0    4

33    RICHARD W BUCHANAN     4    0    0    4

34    KENDEL BOYD CROSE     4    2    1    1

35    JAMES C MACNEIL     4    0    0    4

 

If you want to see some Al Ufer games, click on Tributes and scroll down.  Here is a game from Michael Varney where Al uses a Fishing Pole Knight to get up an exchange, gets himself in huge trouble, but fights his way to the victory.


 

 

Gone Fishin'

www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=66984

 

[Event "Winter Springs Open"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2004.12.04"]

[Round "1.6"]

[White "Ufer, Allan"]

[Black "Varney, Michael"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D02"]

[WhiteElo "1096"]

[BlackElo "892"]

[PlyCount "137"]

[EventDate "2004.12.04"]

[TimeControl "180"]

 

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bg5 f6 4. Bf4 Bd6 5. Bxd6 Qxd6

6. e3 Ne7 7. Bd3 O-O 8. Nbd2 e5 9. dxe5 fxe5 10. Ng5 Bf5 11. Bxf5 Rxf5 12. h4

h6 13. g4 Rxf2 14. Kxf2 Qf6+ 15. Qf3 hxg5 16. Qxf6 gxf6 17. h5 Nbc6 18. c3 e4

19. Raf1 Ne5 20. Kg3 Rf8 21. b3 c6 22. a4 Kf7 23. a5 Ng8 24. c4 Nh6 25. c5

Nexg4 26. a6 bxa6 27. Ra1 Nxe3 28. Rxa6 Nef5+ 29. Kg2 Nh4+ 30. Kf2 Ng4+ 31. Ke2

Ne5 32. Rxa7+ Ke6 33. h6 Rf7 34. Rxf7 Kxf7 35. Rf1 f5 36. Rg1 Kf6 37. h7 Neg6

38. Ra1 Ke5 39. Ra8 d4 40. h8=Q+ Nxh8 41. Rxh8 e3 42. Nf3+ Nxf3 43. Kxf3 f4 44.

Ke2 Kd5 45. b4 Kc4 46. Rh6 d3+ 47. Kd1 Kc3 48. Re6 e2+ 49. Ke1 f3 50. Rd6 Kc2

51. b5 cxb5 52. c6 g4 53. c7 f2+ 54. Kxf2 Kd2 55. Rxd3+ Kxd3 56. c8=Q g3+ 57.

Ke1 g2 58. Qh3+ Kc4 59. Qxg2 Kc3 60. Qxe2 b4 61. Kd1 Kb3 62. Kc1 Ka4 63. Qa6+

Kb3 64. Kb1 Kc3 65. Qf6+ Kb3 66. Qf3+ Ka4 67. Kb2 Kb5 68. Kb3 Ka5 69. Qf8 1-0


This Week In Chess

 

On July 5th, the CSCC had 9 members in attendance.  The participants played in an double, Round Robin, blitz tournament (2RR, G5).  Here are the results:

 

Score, Player

 

10.5 Paul Anderson

10.0 Jeff Fox

9.5 Mark McGough

8.5 Alex Torres

8.0 Buck Buchanan

4.5 Nick Curott

3.0 Kenton Lloyd

2.0 Dean Brown

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2 Comments

Reply BrianWall
3:27 AM on July 6, 2011 
I like how you've gone from being a 1600 covering the Chess news to winning tournaments
Reply Paul Anderson
10:12 PM on July 6, 2011 
I have to win them just to keep my rating from dropping!

BrianWall says...
I like how you've gone from being a 1600 covering the Chess news to winning tournaments