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White Pieces' Burden

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Speed King III

Monday, March 4th, 2019

I am back for another season of chess news and games.  Last year, I suffered another down year rating-wise.  This makes three down years in a row.  Ouch!  I have never had three bad years in a row before.

However, while the rating is on the skids, the championships are still cruising along.  I defended my title and am the Speed King again.  Long live the King!

I picked up my third Colorado Springs City Speed Chess Championship in January.  It is the first time I have won it in back-to-back years, moving into the category with LM Josh Bloomer (2005 & 2006) and Dan Avery (2000 & 2001; 2011 & 2012).  Also, it moved me into third place for the total number of crowns behind Josh (7) and Dan (6).

Here is the music that inspired me:

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Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the January One Night Quick.  It is a one-night event.  All the games in the tournament are completed in one evening.  Players enter the event, play all their games, collect their prizes, and get their ratings updated in less than 24 hours.

This kind of event works well to fill an extra Tuesday, like the 5th Tuesday of a month.  They occur a couple times each year and are the source of the main controversy at the Colorado Springs Chess Club's annual meeting.  Every year, attendees meet to take care of club business and fight over who gets control of the 5th Tuesday:  the Turtles or the Hares.

This year the Turtles won.  However, it was a hollow victory, as the 5th Tuesdays don't fall on any of the months we have our month-long, slow tournaments (G/90+30).

So, we still need some kind of quick events to fill the 5th Tuesdays in April and July.

I don't mind the quick events, as they make for some crazy games.  In fact, the past couple of quicker tournaments have provided games that qualify for the Jim Burden Award.

You can view the winners here:

The Jim Burden Award can be earned by submitting a game to LM Brian Wall where you drop your Queen, refuse to resign, and get the win.

It has become my burden to keep this award going when Brian drops the ball and forgets to pick a winner.  Typically, I send him every blitz game I win, where I make a colossal mistake with my Queen.  I am more likely to resign when I drop a Rook than a Queen.  However, every now and then I suggest someone else's game.

I suggested the winners in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2016, and 2018.  Now, I am shooting for the 2019 winner.  The award is supposed to be announced April 1st, and this year, Brian should be able to make the announcement on time, thanks to this gem.

It was the classic battle of tortoise versus hare during our 5th Tuesday event:  the January One Night Quick.  Clint Eads decided to play in our quick tournament (G/20; d/5) since our Supporting Members get a free entry to these kinds of events.

Clint knew his chances to get a win were slim, as he typically takes 20 minutes for his first couple of moves.  However, he took his time and took advantage of some opening mistakes to get the lead.

Then he found himself in this position with his clock rapidly dwindling down.  Could he handle the burden of having the superior force but limited time?  Could any white player manage this burden?

Sometimes good fortune is too much to handle.

White to move

You can view the diagram and answer here:

White Pieces' Burden

[Event "January One Night Quick"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2019.01.29"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Eads, Clint"]

[Black "Motley, Chris"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B00"]

[WhiteElo "1027"]

[BlackElo "1528"]

[PlyCount "96"]

[EventDate "2019.01.29"]

[TimeControl "1200"]

1. e4 g5 2. d4 b5 3. Nc3 b4 4. Nce2 h6 5. Ng3 d6

6. h3 Nf6 7. Bc4 Bg7 8. f3 Nc6 9. Bb5 Bb7 10. d5 a6 11. dxc6 axb5 12. cxb7 Rb8

13. Nf5 Bf8 14. Bd2 e6 15. Ne3 c5 16. c3 d5 17. Qe2 Rxb7 18. exd5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5

Qxd5 20. a4 Qb3 21. axb5 Qxb2 22. Ra8+ Ke7 23. Bxg5+ hxg5 24. Qxb2 Bg7 25. Rxh8

Bxh8 26. Ne2 Rxb5 27. O-O c4 28. Ra1 b3 29. Nd4 Bxd4+ 30. cxd4 Rb7 31. Ra6 Rc7

32. Ra5 c3 33. Qxb3 c2 34. Ra1 c1=R+ 35. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 36. Kh2 Rc7 37. Qb4+ Kf6

38. g4 Kg6 39. Qb5 Re7 40. h4 f6 41. f4 gxh4 42. Qh5+ Kg7 43. Qxh4 Rf7 44. g5

Kg8 45. Qg4 f5 46. Kg3 fxg4 47. Kxg4 Rf5 48. Kh5 Kg7 0-1

This Week In Chess

On February 26th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished its February Swiss 90 (4SS, G90+30).

Standings. February Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize

1 Brian Jo Rountree 1833 W5 H--- W6 W3 3.5 $40.00 1st

2 Gerald Mena 1362 L4 W18 W10 W9 3.0 $27.00 2nd

3 Paul D Anderson 1985 W9 D6 W7 L1 2.5

4 Mark McGough 1876 W2 L7 W14 D6 2.5

5 Ayush Vispute 1319 L1 W19 D9 W14 2.5 $18.00 U1700

6 Jesse Williams 1729 W15 D3 L1 D4 2.0

7 Ross Inman 1481 W10 W4 L3 U--- 2.0

8 Peter Barlay 1903 W14 U--- U--- W15 2.0

9 Dean W Brown 1469 L3 W16 D5 L2 1.5

10 Richard Buchanan 2000 L7 H--- L2 W21 1.5

11 Daniel J Rupp 986 L12 H--- W20 U--- 1.5 $12.00 U1300

12 Christophe Motley 1605 W11 H--- U--- U--- 1.5

13 Michael Smith II 1724 W17 H--- U--- U--- 1.5

14 Grayson Ed Harris 1406 L8 W15 L4 L5 1.0

15 Clinton D Eads 1268 L6 L14 W17 L8 1.0

16 Jonathan Reinhard 836 H--- L9 U--- U--- 0.5

17 Darren Walker 1167 L13 U--- L15 U--- 0.0

18 Donald Hillman 1005 U--- L2 U--- U--- 0.0

19 Joseph Griffin 725 U--- L5 U--- U--- 0.0

20 Kenneth Macrae 1306 U--- U--- L11 U--- 0.0

21 William Leo Wolf 1300 U--- U--- U--- L10 0.0

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