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To Pass Or Not To Pass?

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 19, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Game Of The Week

This week’s game comes from the simultaneous exhibition by NM Josh Bloomer. It is not an easy thing to play in one of these events, at least for me. I have played in 11 different simuls and have recorded only one win (  Even then LM Brian Wall allowed me the choice of color and played his first move (1. d4 g5?) drawn from a hat.

Most of the time I am playing against a master. However, my first simul was against GM Arthur Bisguier ( The main highlight was the fact that I lasted as long as my dad. 

Of course, my son is doing much better than I am, as he has only played in one simul with one win (

I always go into these events thinking, “I have a good shot to beat a master.” However, the format is very distracting, as you cannot manage your time like a regular game. You just never know when the master will show up again at your board and you will be caught goofing around with Renae and Tom (

This year I decided to make use of my passes and try to maximize my time. In the past, I had the philosophy that it was rude to use the passes and prolong the master’s evening ( As players get knocked out, the master comes around faster and faster until you are virtually playing a blitz game.

Josh was nice enough to give me a third pass when only two of us remained, but by then it was too late. I lost even with 3 passes employed. I don’t know if they helped me last longer than I would have without them. However, I did last longer than Jeff Fox who chose not to pass at all. I think he could have used one on move 1


To Pass Or Not To Pass?

[Event "NM Josh Bloomer Simul"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2009.04.21"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Bloomer, Josh"]

[Black "Fox, Jeff"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B07"]

[WhiteElo "2227"]

[BlackElo "1846"]

[PlyCount "21"]

[EventDate "2009.04.21"]


1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. Be3 Nf6 5. Qd2 Ng4 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 c6 8. f4

Qb6 9. O-O-O e5 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Qd8+ 1-0


This Week In Chess

On April 21st, the CSCC had 9 members in attendance. The NM Josh Bloomer simultaneous exhibition included six members. Josh’s opponents were allowed their choice of color and 2 passes. Mitch Anderson (as black) was the only one to beat Josh. Here is the order in which the games finished:


Result Color Move Player

0.0 B 11 Jeff Fox

1.0 B 21 Mitch Anderson

0.0 W 28 Ken Dail

0.0 W 28 James Powers

0.0 W 35 Paul Anderson

0.0 B 36 Dean Brown


On April 22nd, the CSCC held the 4th round of the Poor Richard's Bookstore April Open. Here are the current standings:

Score Player

4.0 Josh S Bloomer

3.0 Dean W Brown

2.5 Mitchell Anderson

2.5 M Paul Covington

2.0 Brian D Wall

2.0 David Meliti

2.0 Bill Whinemiller

2.0 Anthea J Carson

2.0 Dragan Plakalovic

1.5 Fred Eric Spell

1.5 Thomas Mullikin

1.0 Michael C Davis

1.0 Michael J Wokurka

1.0 Gerald J Maier

1.0 Isaac Martinez

1.0 Alexander Freeman

USAFA Quads #9

By Jerry Maier

Here are the results of the USAFA Quads #9. We had a lot of first time players and some folks new to chess and tournaments. Much fun was had by all.


Quad A

Score Place Prize Player

3.0 1st $40.00 Mitchell Anderson

2.0 Julian S Evans

1.0 Gerardo Fern Neri

0.0 George Raikas


Quad B

Score Place Prize Player

2.5 1st $20.00 Gary A Sauer

2.5 1st $20.00 Dragan Plakalovic

1.0 Joseph White

0.0 Gerald J Maier



Score Place Prize Player

3.0 1st $40.00 Thomas Mullikin

2.0 2nd $10.00 Daniel Jus Picard

2.0 2nd $10.00 Alexander Freeman

1.0 Robert Mitchell

0.5 John Michael Steck

0.5 Melissa May Steck

Comments From Email

Moellmer, Scott, Wednesday, April 22, 2009 9:35 AM


If any and everyone interested in playing would let me know how and when, etc to play an online game (esp if kicking my Tail would make you laugh or something) I’d be happy to be the usual willing sacrifice sometime. I’d like to get better, never Found a way. Scott ([email protected])


Upcoming Events

4/28 Ladder games, G/15, CSCC

4/29 Poor Richard’s April Open Final Round, CSCC

5/2 Super Saturday #1 G/29 Grand Prix Event, CSCA

5/5 Speed tournament, CSCC

5/6,13,20,27 Poor Richard’s May Open, CSCC

5/9 CU Rapid XI, CSCA


For event details and additional events, see the following websites:


Colorado Springs Chess Club: CSCC (

Boulder Chess Club: BCC (

Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA (

Wyoming Chess Association: WCA (

Kansas Chess Association: KCA (

Categories: 2009

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