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Where, O Death, Is Your Victory?

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Game Of The Week

Last year, I reported that the team tournament where partners alternate without consultation had been killed by the Whinemiller controversy. Well, I didn’t actually say it was dead, but I mentioned that the coffin was being nailed shut.

“Of course, this week’s controversy has probably only helped to put one of the final nails in the coffin of this game” (

You might think being carried away in a coffin would be the end of the road for this chess variant. But this wouldn’t be the first time someone climbed out of a coffin. Just ask the widow of Nain’s son (Luke 7:14-15).

Perhaps there is a greater purpose for this game that was yet to be fulfilled. Why else would this game come back right before Easter Sunday? Perhaps there is a deeper meaning to its return.

The games are filled with feelings of loss and despair when your partner drops material and kills your plans. Those feelings quickly turn to joy and hope as your winning chances are resurrected. But you soon realize there is no telling what the future holds.

Everything is not under your control, and it all moves so fast you can hardly keep track of what you need to do and not do something wrong. You worry that it will be your mistake that kills your chance for victory. But in the end:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

(1 Cor. 15:54-55)


Where, O Death, Is Your Victory?

[Event "CSCC Team"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2008.03.11"]

[Round "3.3"]

[White "Meliti-Meliti"]

[Black "Anderson-McGuire"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A45"]

[WhiteElo "3000"]

[BlackElo "3513"]

[PlyCount "68"]

[EventDate "2008.03.11"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Nf3 Nxg5 4. Nxg5 e5 5. Nf3 e4 6. Nfd2 d5 7. c4 Be6 8.

Nc3 c6 9. e3 Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. cxd5 cxd5 12. O-O f5 13. Qb3 b6 14. Rac1 f4

15. Ndxe4 Nc6 16. Nxd5 Bxd5 17. Bc4 Rf5 18. Bxd5+ Rxd5 19. Rxc6 Kf8 20. Rfc1

fxe3 21. Qxe3 h6 22. h3 Rxd4 23. Qf3+ Kg8 24. Nc3 Rd2 25. Nb5 Bc5 26. Nc7 Rxf2

27. Qb3+ Kh8 28. Nxa8 Rxb2+ 29. R6xc5 Rxb3 30. Nc7 Qd4+ 31. Kh1 Rb2 32. Ne6 Qf2

33. Rc8+ Kh7 34. a4 Qxg2# 0-1


This Week In Chess

On March 11th, the CSCC had 11 members in attendance. The main event was a single round-robin, team tournament (G15). The teams were made up of 2 partners who had to alternate moves without consultation. Here are the results:


Team Rating Score

Buck Buchanan & Joe Fromme 3688 2.0

Paul Anderson & Virgil McGuire 3513 2.0

Ken Dail & Kale Duncan 3126 2.0

David Meliti & Kristin Meliti 3000 0.0

Pueblo's Winter Wonderland Tournament Results And Games

By Liz Wood

The weather was warm and balmy for the Winter Wonderland Tournament, a one-day 4-round event held in Pueblo on January 19, 2008. Twenty-five players came from across the state to test their abilities on the chess board at the Daily Grind, where the Pueblo club meets on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.


Final points were as follows:


James Hamblin 4.0

Scott Massey 4.0

Gordon Jamall Randall 3.0

Igor Meinykov 3.0

Joe Fromme 3.0

Alejando Torres 3.0

Brian Clason 3.0

Scott Nichols 2.0

Anthea Carson 2.0

Renae Delaware 2.0

Joseph Pahk 2.0

Ryan McCardell 2.0

Bret Kugler 2.0

Gerald Maier 2.0

Russel Stark 2.0

Thomas Mullikin 2.0

Michael DiStasio 1.0

Lucas Caballero 1.0

Dylan Asmar 1.0

Buddy Owens 1.0

Isaac Martinez 1.0

Tara Martinez 1.0

Robert Roundtree 0.0

Emilio Martinez 0.0




James Hamblin - Alejando Isaac Torres (Note the mate combination, which is similar to the Anastasia’s mate.) 1. e4 e6 2. d4 c6 3. Nf3 d6 4. Nc3 g6 5.Bg5 f6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. D5 e5 8. dc bc 9. Bc4 Nh6 10. h3 Nf7 11. Qd2 0-0 12. 0-0-0 Qe7 13.Qd6 Qd6 14. Rd6 Ba6 15. Bb3 Kh8 16. Rd2 Nd8 17. Rhd1 Nb7 18. a3 h5 19. g4 Kh7 20. gh gh 21. Nh4 Na5 22. Nf5 Nb3+ 23. cb Bc8 24. h4 Be6 25. Kc2 a5 26. Rg1 Bf5 27. ef Rf7 28. Rd8 Rb7 29. Ne4 a4 30. b4 Rd7 31. Rc8 Rf7 32. Nd6 Rd7 33. Ne8 Bh8 34. Bc5 e4 35. Nd6 Bg7 36. Ne4 Rf7 37. Nd6 Rf8 38. Ne8 Rg8 39. Rg7+ Rg7 40. Nf6+ Kh6 41. Rh8+ Rh7 42. Rh7++ 1-0


Scott Massey - Scott Nichols (Note Massey’s exploitation with a queen-side attack.) 1. e4 d5 2. ed5 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nxd5 4. Nxd5 Qxd5 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2 Nc6 7. 0-0 0-0-0 8. Re1 e5 9. c4 Qd7 10. a3 a5 11. b4 Bxf3 12. Bxf3 Qd4 13. Rb1 Qxc4 14. bxa5 f5 15. Bxc6 Qxc6 16. Rxe5 Qd6 17. Reb5 Qc6 18. Rxb7 Qxb7 19. Rxb7 Kxb7 20. Qf3+ Kb8 21. a6 1-0

Upcoming Spring Is Sprung Tournament

By Liz Wood

2008 Spring is Sprung One-Day Rated Tournament, April 26, 2008


5SS tournament.

Time Control: G/30 No Time Delay

Site: The Daily Grind, 209 S. Union, Pueblo

Directions: Take 1st Street exit, three blocks to Union; Union & D Street

Entry fee: $20; Sr, Jr, Unr $15

Prizes: Cash prizes based on entry fees will be distributed at the conclusion of the event.

Registration: 9:00-9:45, Rounds: 10, 11:15, 12:30, 2:30, 3:45.

Entries: Liz Wood

Phone: 719-566-6929

E-mail: [email protected]

CSCA & USCF required

Final round byes must be requested before the start of Round 2, and are irrevocable. Pre-register by Wednesday, 4/23/08 and entry fee is $15; Send checks to TD Jerry Maier at 229 Hargrove Court, Colorado Springs CO 80919-2213

Colorado Tour Event


Upcoming Events

3/18 Quads, 3-RR, G/30 if USCF rated, G/20 otherwise, CSCC

3/19,26 Poor Richard's Bookstore March Open final rounds, CSCC

3/22 2008 Boulder Quick Championship, BCC

3/25 It’s back: Buck’s Problem Solving Contest! Don’t Miss It!, CSCC

3/29 Salida March Cash Open, CSCA

4/2,9,16,23,30 Poor Richard's Bookstore April Open, CSCC


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: 2008

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