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Cat And Mouse

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Game Of The Week


This week’s game comes from a couple of staples of the CSCC, Jerry Maier and Tom Mullikin. They both seem to prefer a long, slow game (G90) to whatever the club event is that week. Often, they are the only G90 that week, and every time Dean announces their pairing, he says, “In the game 90, it’s Tom “the cat” Mullikin versus Jerry “the mouse” Maier.”

I used to watch the old Hanna-Barbera cartoon “Tom and Jerry” after school, so I am familiar with the reference. I have even included it in the newsletter a couple of times. Of course, if you aren’t aware of the animated cat and mouse, it is a fairly simple premise.

Each episode plays out the same way and much like this game. Tom starts out with the upper hand and torments Jerry by tying him to the dartboard and hurling darts at him. However, his advantage doesn’t last long as Tom receives a note that says he can only inherit a million dollars if he doesn’t harm a mouse. With this new knowledge, Jerry can inflict a little punishment of his own, as Tom has to remain passive to hold on to his fortune. Every time Tom decides to take out his aggression on Jerry, Jerry pulls out the note that says Tom can’t beat a mouse and Tom just ends up thumping himself in the head with a baseball bat.


Cat And Mouse

[Event "CSCC Ladder"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2007.04.17"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Maier, Jerry"]

[Black "Mullikin, Tom"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A40"]

[WhiteElo "1234"]

[BlackElo "997"]

[PlyCount "91"]

[EventDate "2007.04.17"]


1. d4 Nc6 2. Nf3 d6 3. c4 e5 4. d5 Na5 5. Qa4+ c6 6. e4 Bd7 7. b4 cxd5 8. Qxa5

Qxa5 9. bxa5 dxe4 10. Ng5 Nf6 11. Nc3 Bc6 12. Rb1 h6 13. Nxf7 Kxf7 14. Nd5 Nxd5

15. cxd5 Bxd5 16. Rb4 Ke6 17. Bc4 Rc8 18. Bxd5+ Kxd5 19. O-O Rc5 20. Rxb7 Rxa5

21. Be3 a6 22. Rd1+ Ke6 23. Rd2 g5 24. Rb8 Bg7 25. Rb6 Rd8 26. Rc6 Bf6 27. g4

Be7 28. Bb6 Rd5 29. Rxd5 Kxd5 30. Bxd8 Kxc6 31. Bxe7 Kd7 32. Bf8 Ke6 33. Bxh6

Kf6 34. Bf8 d5 35. Kf1 d4 36. Bb4 d3 37. Bd2 Kg6 38. Ke1 Kf6 39. Kd1 Ke6 40.

Bxg5 Kd5 41. h4 a5 42. h5 Ke6 43. Bd8 a4 44. h6 Kf7 45. g5 Kg6 46. Bf6 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday April 24, 2007


On April 17, the CSCC had 16 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder game (G90), Jerry Maier managed to outlast Tom Mullikin.

The rest of the participants were divided into 2 groups based on age for the long-awaited Juniors vs. Seniors re-match. Last time (April 13, 2004), the Juniors ran circles around the Seniors with a 6-2 victory.

However, only one member from each team was back from the previous contest, Junior Paul Anderson and Senior Dean Brown.

The rest of the Seniors included Buck Buchanan, Bill Whinemiller, Charles Martin, and Bob Edgar.

The rest of the Juniors included Joe Pahk, Robert Jertberg, Fred Eric Spell, and Paul Shepard.

This time the Seniors held their own, breaking even in 3 of the 5 matches (2-game, G30). In addition, Bill Whinemiller picked up a point in his match when Joe Pahk had to be substituted with Fred Eric Spell during the second game. However, the youthful and vibrant Paul Shepard saved the day for the Juniors by taking both games in his match over Bob Edgar. Here are the results:


Team Score


Juniors 5.5

Seniors 4.5


Comments From Email


Tim, Wednesday, April 18, 2007 7:21 AM


Yeah that is awesome!! I haven't been able to play as much in Colorado as I would like. I have been traveling A LOT for work. I just flew into DC today, and have been here 3 out of the last 4 weeks! Keep up the great work! Cheers,Tim


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Reply Richard
10:36 PM on July 29, 2014 
Hello! I saw you chess game playing white in that game you have a lost position and you draw it. That is a nice game, my friend!..:)