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Going Away Simul II

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 1, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Game Of The Week      


This week's game comes from the "Going Away" simultaneous exhibition given by NM Josh Bloomer.  Josh had to play 22 players going +16-5=1.  Two of the losses and the draw came from "Murder's Row," which included 7 class A players in a row.  Josh Divine was only able to get his feet in the picture, but did score the first victory, taking home the tournament chess set donated by The Gentlemen's Chess Club (

Josh Divine started playing tournament chess in 2005 and climbed up to the class A barrier before plateauing (mostly due to college).  He is like me in that his highest rated played, who he beat, is Josh Bloomer at 2222 in March of 2007.  However, Josh Divine's victory came before he had cracked the class A barrier, as Josh finally made it into the class A world on July 10th, 2012.  Not a bad way to start off your class A career.

Going Away Simul II


[Event "Going Away Simul"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2012.07.24"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Bloomer, Josh"]

[Black "Divine, Josh"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A85"]

[WhiteElo "2226"]

[BlackElo "1807"]

[PlyCount "54"]

[EventDate "2012.07.24"]


1. d4 e6 2. c4 f5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. g3 d5 5. Bg2 c6 6. Nh3 Bb4 7. O-O Bxc3 8. bxc3

O-O 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Bg5 Nbd7 11. Nf4 Qa5 12. Qd3 Nb6 13. f3 Bd7 14. Bxf6 Rxf6

15. e4 c5 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. exd5 c4 18. Qxc4 Bb5 19. Qc5 b6 20. Qc7 Rf7 21. Qd6

Bxf1 22. Qc6 Bxg2 23. Qxa8+ Rf8 24. Qc6 Bxf3 25. Qe6+ Kh8 26. Qe7 Rc8 27. Re1

Qxd5 0-1


This Week In Chess 


On July 31st, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a Quad and a Swiss event.  The USCF-rated players faced off in a Round Robin Tournament (RR, G30) while the unrated players formed a Swiss Tournament (3SS, G20).  Gunnar Anderson went unbeaten in the quad while Josh Divine did the same in the Swiss.  Here are the results: 


Score, Player



2.5 Gunnar Andersen

2.0 Anthea Carson* NN

1.5 Isaac Martinez

0.0 Mark McGough

Unrated Swiss

3.0 Josh Divine

2.0 Alex Torres

2.0 Jeff Fox

1.0 Gerardo Caballero

1.0 Daniel Herman

0.0 Shirley Herman


* Paul Anderson substitution after round 1

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