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Brown Van Gang

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 19, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Game Of The Week

By Barbie Fortune


I do not believe I ever defeated Al Ufer even though we were often paired. Al, Kathy Schneider, and I enjoy chess and the tournaments, but we would quickly sink to the back tables at tournaments where we would often be paired with one another and have some rousing games. Al Ufer, Dean Brown, and Kathy Schneider always came to Casper or Cheyenne to play in the Wyoming Open.


Jon and I would invite many people to join us at an Italian restaurant in Craig, CO back when Rick and Mary Nelson would host the Northwest Open. Al, Dean, Kathy became known as the Brown Van Gang. We would all eat tons of pasta and debate our games for hours along with the Nelsons and anyone from Cheyenne who had crammed into our car for a weekend of chess. This became a tradition, and we kept it up wherever we were playing: Cheyenne, Denver or Craig.


Al Ufer also helped organize one of the Manitou Springs tournaments where, in addition to the rated tournament, there was an unrated community tournament. He had prizes for it as well as the rated tournament. It was the first time I ever won a tournament. A win shared with Renae Delaware, perhaps the start of her career.


Once at a tournament in Manitou Springs, my husband Jon was the TD or one of the TD group, and as the round was about to start, no one could find Al. Jon looked everywhere even dispatching people to walk down the street to see if he was in a restaurant. We were all starting to get worried when Al appeared. He had been sleeping on the floor in the tournament hall, but he was perpendicular to one of the pillars in the back and thus invisible to the rushed searchers. Al was well rested and indignant about all of the fuss.


Brown Van Gang


[Event "Colorado Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "1999.09.06"]

[Round "6"]

[White "Ufer, Allan"]

[Black "Fortune, Barbara"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B12"]

[WhiteElo "1111"]

[BlackElo "862"]

[PlyCount "59"]

[EventDate "1999.09.04"]


1. d4 c6 2. e4 d5 3. e5 Nd7 4. Bf4 e6 5. Nf3 Ne7 6. Bd3 g6 7. O-O c5 8. b3 Nf5

9. Bxf5 gxf5 10. c4 dxc4 11. bxc4 Bg7 12. d5 Nb6 13. Qb3 exd5 14. Rd1 O-O 15.

cxd5 Bd7 16. Qe3 Ba4 17. Nc3 Bxd1 18. Rxd1 Nc4 19. Qc1 Qa5 20. d6 Qa3 21. Nd5

Rfe8 22. Qxc4 b6 23. Ne7+ Rxe7 24. dxe7 h6 25. Rd8+ Rxd8 26. exd8=Q+ Kh7 27.

Qdd3 Qc1+ 28. Bxc1 h5 29. Qxf5+ Kg8 30. Qcxf7+ 1-0


This Week In Chess


On July 7th, the CSCC had 11 members in attendance. The evening’s event was a 7-round, double-Round Robin, blitz tournament (G5). David Meliti came out of the woodwork to take everyone down a notch and claim the top spot. Here are the results:


Score Player


11.5 David Meliti

10.5 Paul Anderson

10.5 Jeff Fox

9.5 Buck Buchanan

6.0 Dean Brown

5.0 Klayton Kendall

3.0 Jason Feith

0.0 Mitchell Pjontek


Comments From Email


Martin Deschner, Wednesday, July 08, 2009 3:10 PM


For a Class C Player, Joseph Aragon plays a strong game of chess! I saw him draw Master Bardwick in a Queen and Pawns vs. Queen and Pawns endgame at a Simul. At the Glendale Chess Club, Aragon won by attacking his opponents center, while being two pieces down! I'm still shaking my head over the Glendale CC game!


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Klayton Kendall, Thursday, July 09, 2009 4:13 PM


...I think your club is great, and everyone was very welcoming to me. I hope to participate more in the future...


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