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Father And Son

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 26, 2019 at 4:45 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the March Swiss 90, round 3.  It was played by Grayson Harris and Mark McGough.  They have met four times before with Mark getting the upper hand every time.  However, Grayson has been improving rapidly.

Grayson started at the Colorado Springs Chess Club in September 2017 as a beginner.  He has continued to come back and play as often as he can.  He took Mike Madsen's chess class at Air Academy High School.  He takes lessons from LM Josh Bloomer.  So, it is no wonder he is getting good.

So far, Grayson has been published by me twice.  Both losses.  This is not uncommon when you are starting out since you have more losses than wins to get chosen.  I even published a game where Mark beat Grayson last year. 

Now, it was time for revenge.  After getting a draw against me earlier this year, Grayson was ready to notch his highest rated victory, surpassing his quick-win over Jeff Fox at 1849.

I have two games in my USCF database against a Harris:  the  father [2004] and the son [2018].  Grayson has already surpassed his father by drawing me at 1953 while his dad got a loss when I was 1782 and his dad was 1234.  He has even passed his dad's higest victory versus a 1719. 

I was similar.  I started coming to the Colorado Springs Chess Club to get better than my father.  So, I figured I would share some fatherly advice to Grayson to help him when he finds himself in a position like this.

I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not easy,

To be calm when you've found something going on

But take your time, think a lot...

Cat Stevens

White to move

You can view the diagram and answer here:

Father And Son

[Event "March Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2019.03.19"]

[Round "3.4"]

[White "Harris, Grayson"]

[Black "McGough, Mark"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A45"]

[WhiteElo "1490"]

[BlackElo "1863"]

[PlyCount "67"]

[EventDate "2019.03.05"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d6 3. Nc3 g6 4. e4 Bg7 5. Qd2 c6

6. Bh6 O-O 7. O-O-O b5 8. f3 b4 9. Na4 Qa5 10. b3 Ba6 11. Kb1 Bxf1 12. Bxg7

Kxg7 13. Rxf1 Nbd7 14. g4 c5 15. Nb2 cxd4 16. Qxd4 Qc5 17. Qd1 a5 18. Na4 Qe5

19. Nb2 Nb6 20. Nd3 Qb5 21. Ne2 e5 22. Qd2 Rfe8 23. h4 d5 24. h5 dxe4 25. hxg6

fxg6 26. Qh6+ Kg8 27. fxe4 Nbd7 28. g5 Nh5 29. Rxh5 gxh5 30. g6 Re7 31. Ng3 Rg7

32. Nf5 Rxg6 33. Ne7+ Kh8 34. Nxg6+ 1-0

This Week In Chess

On March 19th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued its March Swiss 90 (4SS, G90+30).

Standings. March Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1985 W10 D6 W3 2.5

2 Brian Jo Rountree 1869 W13 H--- W7 2.5

3 Josh S Bloomer 2323 W8 W4 L1 2.0

4 Aleksand Bozhenov 1980 W12 L3 W6 2.0

5 Grayson Ed Harris 1490 W14 L7 W11 2.0

6 Christophe Motley 1599 W9 D1 L4 1.5

7 Jesse Williams 1731 H--- W5 L2 1.5

8 Ross Inman 1481 L3 D12 W9 1.5

9 Scott Ch Williams 1225 L6 W10 L8 1.0 $5.00 GOW

10 Dean W Brown 1444 L1 L9 W12 1.0 $5.00 GOW

11 Mark McGough 1863 H--- H--- L5 1.0

12 Gerald Mena 1362 L4 D8 L10 0.5

13 Clinton Eads 1307 L2 H--- U--- 0.5

14 Nick A Curott 1161 L5 U--- U--- 0.0

Projected Prizes: 1st $34.00; 2nd $23.00; U1500 $15.00

Categories: 2019

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