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Going Away Simul

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Game Of The Week  

This week's game comes from the "Going Away" simultaneous exhibition given by NM Josh Bloomer.  Josh had 22 players (and a couple non-players) show up to say goodbye to a 17-year veteran of the Colorado Springs Chess Club. 

I first played Josh in 3/10/98 when Josh was rated 1728 and I was rated 1703.  It was frustrating to me that this kid was so hard to beat.  I drew one and lost one that night.  It wasn't until 5/25/99 that I finally beat Josh in some kind of "official game" (Team, G15, Club rated) when he was rated 1895 and I was rated 1728. 

However, he was about to take off ratings-wise while I was going to flounder around for a long time.  It wasn't until 3/21/06 that I beat him again.  This time it was a USCF event and Josh had already earned his National Master certificate while I finally had cracked the class A barrier. 

My final 2 wins came in 2/19/08 at the CABIN FEVER RELIEVER (USCF, G30) and in 11/15/11 at a club event (G15).  The Cabin Fever Reliever win made Josh the highest rated player I have beaten and the victim of one of my chess video productions.

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In my 14 year battle with Josh, I was only able to hang 5 losses on him.  However, it is a bit ironic that in one night, I was able to send him off with 5 more losses by organizing his "Going Away" simul, in which I did not play.  One of his losses came from Dragan Plakalovic, who took home my DVD, Chess Parables, as his prize, which includes the Josh video as bonus material.


Going Away Simul


[Event "Going Away Simul"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2012.07.24"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Bloomer, Josh"]

[Black "Plakalovic, Dragan"]

[Result "0-1"]

[WhiteElo "2226"]

[BlackElo "1706"]

[Annotator "Plakalovic,Dragan"]

[PlyCount "104"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. a4 Bf5 6. cxd5

cxd5 7. Qb3 b6 8. Bg5 e6 9. e3 Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Nc6 12. Ne5 Nxe5 13.

dxe5 Nd7 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. f4 Nc5 16. Qa3 Qb7 17. b4 Ne4 18. Nxe4 Bxe4 19. Rac1

Rac8 20. Rxc8 Rxc8 21. Rc1 g6 22. Kf2 Rc2 23. Rxc2 Bxc2 24. Qa2 Be4 25. Qb2 Qc6

26. Qd4 a5 27. bxa5 bxa5 28. h3 Qc2 29. Qd1 Kg7 30. Qxc2 Bxc2 31. Bb5 f6 32.

exf6+ Kxf6 33. Ke2 e5 34. Kd2 Bb3 35. g4 Ke6 36. h4 Kd6 37. Kc3 Bd1 38. g5 Bg4

39. Be8 Be6 40. h5 gxh5 41. Bxh5 Bf5 42. Bf7 Bg4 43. Be8 Bf5 44. Bb5 Bg6 45.

Bd3 Bxd3 46. Kxd3 exf4 47. exf4 Ke6 48. Kd4 Kf5 49. Kxd5 Kxf4 50. Kc5 Kxg5 51.

Kb5 h5 52. Kxa5 h4 0-1


This Week In Chess 


On July 24th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a "Going Away" simul.  NM Josh Bloomer played white against 22 opponents going +16-5=1.  It was a tough crowd including 7 straight Class A players in row.  Here are the results: 


Score, Player, Prize


1.0 Josh Divine, Tournament Chess Set from Gentlemen's Chess Club

1.0 Mark McGough, CSCN Cap

1.0 Rhett Langseth, The Complete Hedgehog from Mongoose Press

1.0 Dragan Plakalovic, Chess Parables DVD

1.0 Alex Torres, A Bike Lock

0.5 Jeff Fox, A Hearty Handshake

0.0 Tara Martinez

0.0 Yuna Pahk

0.0 Gunnar Andersen

0.0 Joe Pahk

0.0 Peter Grigg

0.0 Tom Mullikin

0.0 Anthea Carson

0.0 Mike Madsen

0.0 Daniel Herman

0.0 Eugin Pahk

0.0 Sara Herman

0.0 Shirley Herman

0.0 Gerardo Caballero

0.0 DuWayne Langseth

0.0 Brian Rountree

0.0 Alex Freeman

Categories: 2012

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