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Cruz Control

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 12, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's June Swiss 90 event.  The tournament is one of two slow time control, monthly events the club does each quarter.  The first month of a quarter is scheduled for the club's special events, which are typically much faster time controls.

However, even with the slower time control (G/90+30), some games end well before the allotted time.  This can mean that someone who comes with another person then has to wait until the other person finishes his game.  And these games can go three to five hours, depending on the number of moves.

This week, I ran into another problem.  My game was played on another player's set, which looked similar to the club sets.  This player finished quickly while my game was the last to finish.  The player who was done wanted his set to leave.

I decided to offer the player an extra game.  Therefore, I would not have to interrupt my opponent to replace the board.  Of course, the only player available to play an extra game was Tristan Cruz, who was willing to play.  However, his father finished his game just after I got Tristan started on an extra game.

Now, Tristan's father would have to wait for his son to finish his second game of the night.  So, I arranged another extra game for Tristan's father, Gerardo Cruz. 

It worked out well for Gerardo as he got to kill the time during Tristan's game with a victory of his own when he found the winning move in this position.


Black to move

See diagram and answer here:

Cruz Control

[Event "June Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.06.05"]

[Round "1.12"]

[White "Herman, Shirley"]

[Black "Cruz, Gerardo"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A53"]

[WhiteElo "1105"]

[BlackElo "1214"]

[PlyCount "88"]

[EventDate "2018.06.05"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 d6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 h6 4. Qb3 Nbd7 5. Bf4

c5 6. Nf3 g5 7. Bg3 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Nc5 9. Qc2 e5 10. Nf3 Bg7 11. Rd1 Be6 12. Nxe5

O-O 13. b4 Na6 14. a3 Qe7 15. Nf3 Rfd8 16. e4 Rac8 17. Nb5 d5 18. Nxa7 Nxb4 19.

axb4 Qxb4+ 20. Qd2 Qxd2+ 21. Rxd2 Ra8 22. Bc7 Nxe4 23. Bxd8 Nxd2 24. Nxd2 Rxd8

25. Be2 Bc3 26. Nb5 Bb4 27. Bd3 dxc4 28. Nc7 Rxd3 29. Nxe6 fxe6 30. Ke2 Rxd2+

31. Ke3 c3 32. Ra1 Bc5+ 33. Ke4 c2 34. Rf1 Rd1 35. Ke5 Rxf1 36. h4 gxh4 37. g3

hxg3 38. f4 Rxf4 39. Kxe6 Kh7 40. Ke5 c1=Q 41. Ke6 Qe3+ 42. Kd7 Rd4+ 43. Kc8

Qe7 44. Kb8 Rd8# 0-1

This Week In Chess

On June 5th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started its June Swiss 90 event (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. June Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Josh S Bloomer 2324 W12 1.0

2 Daniel Herman 2051 W13 1.0

3 Sara Herman 1971 W14 1.0

4 Peter Barlay 1927 W15 1.0

5 Brian Jo Rountree 1822 W16 1.0

6 Mark McGough 1779 W17 1.0

7 Michael Smith II 1635 W18 1.0

8 William Leo Wolf 1580 W19 1.0

9 Dean W Brown 1571 W20 1.0

10 Paul D Anderson 2032 D11 0.5

11 Ayush Vispute 1207 D10 0.5

12 Clinton D Eads 1310 L1 0.0

13 Gerardo Cruz 1214 L2 0.0

14 Joey Arispe 1192 L3 0.0

15 Shirley Herman 1105 L4 0.0

16 Grayson Ed Harris 1009 L5 0.0

17 Daniel J Rupp 973 L6 0.0

18 Lawrence R Osborn 898 L7 0.0

19 Tristan Cruz 745 L8 0.0

20 Joel Hicks unr. L9 0.0

Categories: 2018

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