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Rook To Queen's Pawn Six

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 20, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Wednesday June Panera tournament.  It is one game per night for 4 weeks and uses accelerated pairings.  This seems to only throw off the flow of the games.  You get a tough round one game and then a couple of easier games and finally another tough one, at least, as far as the ratings are concerned.  However, you never know when your opponent will be on fire.

This night my opponent, Brian Rountree, felt he was on fire.  We first met in September 2010 at one of these Panera events.  I won the first 3 games we played, and tonight was our 4th meeting.  However, each game he had lasted more moves than the previous time going 24, 25, and 34 moves into the game.

This time he was on fire and was going to lock down that draw.  I thought it was a bad omen that the game was being played on the 6th day of the 6th month at 6pm.  In fact, I was pretty worried when I found out that Brian named his pet rottweiler Damien.  Maybe this was just the time that Brian's secret power was going to be revealed.

As the game played out, I realized it was probably just a coincidence.  Brian's secret power never materialized.  While he was trading down to a draw, I was trading down to a win.  Brian was the one who was falling prey to my secret plan.  I felt like I was Number 2 from the TV Show, The Prisoner, and Brian was Number 6.  He was just a pawn in my game. 

From the human chess game, the Rook and Pawn conspired to escape from the village using the secret code, "Rook to Queen's Pawn six."  However, the Pawn failed to realized that the Rook had left the game and betrayed the Pawn.  So, when the Pawn tried to continue the plan without the Rook, he was unknowingly falling into the trap set by Number 2.


Here is an actual position from the game.  Use the secret code from The Prisoner to find the best move.


If you found the move Rook to Queen's Pawn six, you have a good grasp of the obvious.  Of course, Brian still had a lot play in the game.  However, when he traded off his last rook, he thought the opposite-colored bishops and equal pawns was certainly drawn.  He failed to realize that the Rook was key to his plan.


Rook To Queen's Pawn Six


[Event "June Panera"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2012.06.06"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Rountree, Brian"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A45"]

[PlyCount "93"]

[EventDate "2012.06.06"]

[TimeControl "5400"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bh4 g5 4. f3 gxh4 5. fxe4

c5 6. e3 Bh6 7. Qd3 Qb6 8. b3 Nc6 9. c3 d6 10. Nf3 Bd7 11. Nbd2 h3 12. g3 cxd4

13. exd4 O-O-O 14. Nc4 Qc7 15. d5 Ne5 16. Ncxe5 dxe5 17. Qc4 Qxc4 18. Bxc4 f6

19. Rf1 Be3 20. Ke2 Bb6 21. a4 a6 22. b4 Bg4 23. Kd3 Bxf3 24. Rxf3 h5 25. Raf1

Rh7 26. Kc2 Rg7 27. Rd1 Kd7 28. d6 Ke8 29. Be6 Rxd6 30. Rxd6 exd6 31. Rf1 Bd8

32. a5 Ke7 33. Bxh3 b6 34. axb6 Bxb6 35. Bc8 a5 36. Ra1 axb4 37. cxb4 Kd8 38.

Be6 Rc7+ 39. Kd3 Ke7 40. Bc4 Bd4 41. Ra8 Ra7 42. Rxa7+ Bxa7 43. Ke2 Bg1 44. Kf3

Bd4 45. Kg2 Kf8 46. Be2 Bc3 47. b5 1-0


This Week In Chess 


On June 19th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held the conclusion to its June Mating Game.  The participants played in an USCF-rated, Swiss tournament (4SS, G30d5).  Mark McGough and Alex Freeman joined for the final two rounds and scored 3 wins.  However, it was not enough to catch Jeff Fox and myself, as we drew each other and finished a half point ahead of the field.  Here are the results: 


Score, Player 


3.5 Paul Anderson, 1ST, $23.00

3.5 Jeff Fox, 1ST, $23.00

3.0 Brian Rountree

3.0 Peter Grigg

2.0 Buck Buchanan

2.0 Alex Freeman

2.0 Joe Pahk

1.0 Mark McGough

1.0 Mark Madsen, U1400, $7.00

1.0 Daniel Herman, U1400, $7.00

1.0 Eugin Pahk, U1400, $7.00

0.5 Dean Brown

0.5 Shirley Herman

0.0 Steve O'Hara

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