|Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 19, 2010 at 11:15 PM|
Game Of The Week
This week’s game comes from one of my few out-of-state chess tournaments. Well, actually, it comes from my only out-of-state chess tournament: The Pir Maleki Memorial, in Montezuma, NM.
It is having its 15th anniversary event this Saturday. I won’t be going, as I will be up in the mountains directing a different kind of tournament (http://cactusgamedesign.com/red_tournament_2009.php) for my son’s hobby. Sometimes you have make sacrifices for the family to get some time for the chess hobby.
With the Pir Maleki, I had to make the trip into a family camping trip that ended with a couple nights at a hotel conveniently located next to the tournament site. As they relaxed in the pool, I got to play some chess.
Of course, there were some other hurdles to overcome as well. With a small child and a long car trip, I had to come up with some entertainment to keep the hostilities to a minimum. So, I wrote a series of comics that would be passed out gradually to any well-behaved child in the back seat.
It was a big hit! In fact, my son loved them so much he wanted to bypass the lemonade stand and go directly into publishing comics for a living.
However, I soon realized my son’s excitement for business was not a spark of genius, as he wanted to sell his 8-page comic, at 10 cents per photocopy, for 50 cents.
One of the comics included a scene with the hero, yours truly, playing an opponent at chess who will try to win at all costs. This is eerily similar to my actual experience at the Pir Maleki.
I had just started playing tournament chess and was having a hard enough time just trying to play well without worrying about all the rules and etiquette. However, my opponent touched a piece that had no good move and would lose material no matter where it went.
I was relieved that I was now in a good position to win a game in which I hadn’t been playing very well. To my surprise, she announced, “Adjust,” and continued to repeat this action for every piece she had on the board. I decided to leave the board and ask the TD how the touch rule might be enforced.
When I returned, my clock was running and she had decided to change her move and protect her material. I was not happy, but I didn’t see a good outcome from starting an argument with a young girl who was lower rated.
I figured that I would take the high road and hope for some more lower-rated moves in the end game. Well, it didn’t work. My clock and position were too far-gone. I lost, and now I was mad.
However, the next round, I was paired with her sister. It was like a movie. The hero takes the moral victory, but loses, in the first part, and in the second part, he gets his revenge.
I was going to pummel this girl from round 1 until the final bell.
When the game started, I came out fast and furious. I was not going to waste any time with niceties. “Victory or death!” I screamed as I stood with my foot on her throat.
She just replied, “Thanks for the game, you played well.”
I just stood in stunned silence as a thought occurred to me, “Perhaps, I have handled this wrong. I was nice to the cheater and rude to the nice one.”
The lessons of chess are not always about the game. Well, it doesn’t look like Teanna is playing tournaments anymore but it was nice to see she pulled ahead of her sister. She certainly was superior this day.
Montezuma Part 3
[Event "Pir Maleki"]
[White "Anderson, Paul"]
[Black "Timmons, Teanna"]
1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. e3 d5 4. d4 exd4 5. Qxd4 Be6 6. cxd5 Bxd5 7. Nxd5 Qxd5
8. Qxd5 Nxd5 9. Bc4 Nb6 10. Bb3 Bb4+ 11. Ke2 Nc6 12. Nf3 Rf8 13. a3 Ba5 14. Ba2
Nd7 15. b4 Bb6 16. Bb2 f6 17. Rhd1 O-O-O 18. Be6 Rfe8 19. Bf5 h6 20. Rd2 Ne7
21. Bh3 Ng6 22. g3 Re7 23. Rad1 c6 24. Bf5 Ngf8 25. Nh4 Kb8 26. Ng6 Nxg6 27.
Bxg6 c5 28. Bf5 Kc7 29. Bc3 Kc6 30. a4 a6 31. Rd6+ Kc7 32. h4 Rf7 33. Kf3 h5
34. g4 hxg4+ 35. Kxg4 cxb4 36. Bxb4 g6 37. Bxg6 Rg7 38. h5 Rgg8 39. Kf5 Rh8 40.
Ke6 Nf8+ 41. Kxf6 Nxg6 42. Rxd8 Rxd8 43. Rxd8 Kxd8 44. hxg6 1-0
This Week In Chess
On April 18th, Richard Buchanan held the Springs Fundraiser. Twelve folks braved the weather for the charity chess tournament. Here are the results:
4.0 Mitch Anderson
3.0 Richard Buchanan
3.0 Anthea Carson
2.5 Tom Mullikin
2.0 Tim Brennan
2.0 Matt Lasley
2.0 Dean Brown
1.5 Liz Wood
1.5 Gary Frenzel
1.0 Jerry Maier
1.0 Alexander Freeman
0.5 Kathy Schneider
4/21 Josh Bloomer simul, CSCC
4/22,29 Poor Richard’s April Open Final Rounds, CSCC
4/25 USAFA Quads #9, CSCC
4/25 NM Todd Bardwick Simultaneous Exhibition, CSCA
4/28 Ladder games, G/15, CSCC
5/2 Super Saturday #1 G/29 Grand Prix Event, CSCA
For event details and additional events, see the following websites: