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On The Other Side

Posted by Paul Anderson on September 17, 2020 at 5:40 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's event:  CSCC Full Commitment Rapid Online (3SS, G/10+10).  It was played by Thomas Claman and Mark McGough.

I always start my weekly newsletter with the same introduction because starting on an empty page can be too daunting to overcome.

The empty page before me now, the pen is in my hand

The words don't come so easy but I'm trying

I'm searching for a melody or some forgotten line

They can slip away from us so quickly

Don't be unkind I'm not complaining

I only feel it needs explaining

Kansas, 1979

Kansas is tied for 59th in my favorite music artists list.  I was exposed to Kansas songs from listening to the radio on my family car trips from Chicago to California, much like the Griswold's family vacation:  "This is no longer a vacation. It's a quest. It's a quest for fun."  My apologies to Kansas for not listening to more of your albums.

Kansas is also one of the states I need in my quest to spend a night in all 50 States, since we would bypass Kansas and drive through Nebraska to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth, which was only four short hours away.  I can't remember ever spending the night in the state.  My apologies to the state of Kansas if I have forgotten.

Kansas is also the home to a new player in our Sunday Night events, Thomas Claman.  He joined late and filled in for me after I got knocked offline.  He asked a question on the event chat and may not have received an answer.  My apologies to Thomas Claman of Kansas for not getting back to you.

Kansas is also the home to another player in our Sunday Night events, Laurence Coker. He was playing me when I got knocked offline and may have had to wait until I flagged to get the win.  My apologies to Laurence Coker of Kansas for not having a better internet provider.

On the other side, I hope Mark McGough is happy that I picked one of his wins to publish this week, even though he missed the same move twice when it could have won material but found it the third time when it was just positional strong.  Here is strike two before Mark knocked it out of the park.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

On The Other Side

[Event "CSCC Full Commitment Online"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2020.09.13"]

[Round "3.4"]

[White "Claman, Thomas"]

[Black "McGough, Mark"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A47"]

[WhiteElo "1342"]

[BlackElo "1495"]

[PlyCount "66"]

[EventDate "2020.09.13"]

[TimeControl "600+10"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 b6 3. e3 Bb7 4. Bd3 d6 5. O-O Nbd7 6. Nbd2 e5 7. c3 Be7 8.

dxe5 dxe5 9. Re1 O-O 10. Bc2 c5 11. Nc4 Qc7 12. Bf5 Rad8 13. Qc2 e4 14. Ng5 Ne5

15. Nd2 Nd3 16. Re2 Qe5 17. Bxh7+ Nxh7 18. Nxh7 Kxh7 19. Nf1 c4 20. b3 b5 21.

a4 a6 22. Ba3 Bxa3 23. Rxa3 Rd6 24. bxc4 bxc4 25. Qa2 Bd5 26. Nd2 Nc1 27. Qb2

Nxe2+ 28. Kf1 Qxh2 29. Kxe2 Qxg2 30. Qb4 Rfd8 31. Nxc4 Qf3+ 32. Ke1 Bxc4 33.

Qxc4 Rd1# 0-1

This Week In Chess

On September 13th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held our Sunday Night Online Event.

Place, CSCC Full Commitment Rapid Online, Score

1 "#1 Termenoil (1904)" 3.0

2 "#2 linuxguy1 (1774)" 2.0

3 "#3 jfoxhoot (1607)" 2.0

4 "#4 bazinga2 (1618)" 2.0

5 "#5 Czechmate1972 (1615)" 1.0

6 "#6 alaynew (1316)" 1.0

7 "#6 msmcgough (1495)" 1.0

8 "#8 cschessnews (1594)" 0.0

9 "#8 Thunder_Knight (1339)" 0.0

Categories: 2020

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