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Posted by Paul Anderson on July 22, 2020 at 8:25 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's event:  CSCC Pin Is Mighty Rapid Online (4SS, G/10+10).   It was played by DuWayne Langseth and Brian Rountree.


I was looking online for some stats to share about the combatants in this game since they created my favorite position from this week.  I thought I had gone blind.  Every place I looked I couldn't find them together.


I found a cool chart online that had the club's standings for rapid ratings.  Brian was there at number 15, but, my eyes failed me, I couldn't find DuWayne anywhere in the top 24.  My only thought was that since the website starts new players with a rating of 2 and the caps the amount of ratings you can earn from a win at 2, he has yet to catch Dean Brown.


Player Rating Won / Lost / Draw


#1 NM RichardShtivelband 2362 88 / 6 / 6

#2 SmyslovFan 2109 34 / 8 / 10

#3 NM BrianWall 1958 31 / 23 / 10

#4 phatchess 1881 41 / 22 / 5

#5 Termenoil 1848 251 / 183 / 16

#6 JJ7X 1771 23 / 9 / 3

#7 GriffinMac 1768 121 / 89 / 20

#8 cschessnews 1694 29 / 13 / 7

#9 waynehatcher 1687 29 / 18 / 7

#10 geeleong 1661 74 / 53 / 6

#11 RayFchess 1647 13 / 13 / 3

#12 u139054 1608 76 / 58 / 8

#13 msmcgough 1532 18 / 13 / 3

#14 jfoxhoot 1525 15 / 11 / 1

#15 linuxguy1 1483 41 / 36 / 11

#16 KingVed 1471 172 / 186 / 25

#17 albertgardner 1421 393 / 330 / 87

#18 aelvr 1399 62 / 48 / 5

#19 Honeybrook 1340 73 / 77 / 15

#20 CosmicNovaGalaxy 1328 231 / 245 / 21

#21 alaynew 1283 23 / 41 / 7

#22 liencam2 1180 11 / 17 / 0

#23 amauer01 1134 278 / 282 / 27

#24 Navajo36us80917 1110 4 / 29 / 2


Of course, I was able to find out that DuWayne is 0-1 against me in online, rapid games.  Brian is doing much better with 2 wins and 2 losses against me.  However, those trivial stats weren't nearly enough information to pad a blog.


So, I went to USCF.  My eyes must have been deceiving me, but the ratings database was gone.  My tool for easy numbers was nowhere to be found.  Fortunately, the link to the top players in Colorado was still there.  I checked the current members and saw DuWayne at #38, but I didn't see Brian on the list.  Perhaps, his membership has expired.


Anyway, without the comparison stats, I figured I would just use an appropriate quote that connected with the game.  The only thing I could think of was that this position was like two blind turtles passing in the night, as DuWayne's King blindly wondered into the center of the board and Brian's Rook blindly strolled right by.  Can you see it?

 

I guess you were just tryin'

To buy some piece of mind

But baby there's no buyin'

Eyesight for the blind


(Great White, 1992)

 

Black to move

 

See the diagram and answer here:

https://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=206256691


Two Blind Turtles

https://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=115625


[Event "CSCC Pin Is Mighty Rapid Online"]

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

[Date "2020.07.19"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Langseth, DuWayne"]

[Black "Rountree, Brian"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A45"]

[WhiteElo "1316"]

[BlackElo "1464"]

[PlyCount "135"]

[EventDate "2020.07.19"]

[TimeControl "600+10"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 d5 3. f4 Bf5 4. Bd3 Be4 5. Nf3 e6 6. O-O c5 7. c3 c4 8. Bc2 Nc6

9. Nbd2 Bg6 10. Ne5 Bxc2 11. Qxc2 Bd6 12. e4 Nxe4 13. Nxe4 dxe4 14. Qxe4 O-O

15. Nxc6 bxc6 16. Qxc6 Rc8 17. Qe4 Qb6 18. Rf3 Qc6 19. Qxc6 Rxc6 20. Bd2 Rb8

21. Bc1 h5 22. g3 g6 23. Rf1 Kg7 24. Rd1 Rb5 25. Kf2 Rc8 26. Ke2 Rh8 27. Rb1 h4

28. Be3 hxg3 29. hxg3 Rh2+ 30. Bf2 g5 31. Kf3 Rf5 32. Be3 gxf4 33. gxf4 Rh3+

34. Ke4 Rh2 35. Rg1+ Kf8 36. b3 Re2 37. bxc4 Bxf4 38. Rge1 Rxe1 39. Rxe1 Bxe3

40. Kxe3 Ra5 41. Re2 Ra3 42. Kd3 a5 43. c5 Ra4 44. Rb2 Ke7 45. Rb7+ Ke8 46. c6

Kd8 47. Rxf7 Rxa2 48. Rf6 Ke7 49. Rf7+ Kd8 50. Kc4 Re2 51. Kc5 Re3 52. Kd6 Ke8

53. Rh7 Rxc3 54. Rh8+ Kf7 55. c7 Rc4 56. c8=Q Rxd4+ 57. Kc5 Rd5+ 58. Kc4 a4 59.

Qe8+ Kf6 60. Rh6+ Ke5 61. Rh5+ Kd6 62. Rxd5+ exd5+ 63. Kd4 a3 64. Qe5+ Kc6 65.

Qxd5+ Kb6 66. Qc4 Ka5 67. Kc5 a2 68. Qb5# 1-0


This Week In Chess


On July 19th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held the CSCC Pin Is Mighty Rapid Online event (4SS, G/10+10).


https://www.chess.com/tournament/live/cscc-pin-is-mighty-rapid-online-1329073


Place, CSCC Pin Is Mighty (4SS, G/10+10), Score


1 "#1 msmcgough (1532)" 4.0

2 "#2 DuWayneL (1363)" 3.0

3 "#3 linuxguy1 (1483)" 3.0

4 "#4 Czechmate1972 (1473)" 2.0

5 "#5 CosmicNovaGalaxy (1328)" 2.0

6 "#6 tanguay1 (707)" 1.0

7 "#6 Navajo36us80917 (1110)" 1.0

8 "#8 abarkaw (1835)" 0.0

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