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Remembering Al Ufer

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Game Of The Week


It is one year ago today, since Al Ufer passed away. Last year, I asked people for games they played with Al, and I still had some left over. With nothing going on at the club this week, it seemed a fitting time to remember Al.

One of the people to respond was Jon Fortune. Here is the game and what he said last year:

"I enjoyed playing Allan very much. He was the terror of the Wyoming reserves. He also had taught a number of his children to play and I met and played his son Tom in a correspondence match. He was proud of the legacy of chess he passed on to his children. His draw with me enabled him to win the reserve section of the tournament in Casper in 2001."


Remembering Al Ufer


[Event "2001 Wilmer E. Stevens Memorial WY Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2001.05.20"]

[Round "4"]

[White "Fortune, Jonathan Ray"]

[Black "Ufer, Allan"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "E61"]

[WhiteElo "1334"]

[BlackElo "1102"]

[PlyCount "82"]

[EventDate "2001.05.19"]


1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 O-O 5. Bf4 d6 6. h3 Nh5 7. Bh2 Re8 8. e3

e5 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Qxd8 Rxd8 11. Nxe5 c6 12. Nd3 Bxc3+ 13. bxc3 c5 14. O-O-O

Be6 15. Nf4 Nc6 16. Be2 Nxf4 17. Rxd8+ Rxd8 18. Bxf4 Nb8 19. Bxb8 Rxb8 20. Rd1

Kf8 21. a3 a6 22. g4 b5 23. cxb5 axb5 24. Kc2 b4 25. axb4 cxb4 26. cxb4 Rxb4

27. Rb1 Ra4 28. Kd2 Ra2+ 29. Ke1 Bd5 30. f3 Ra3 31. e4 Be6 32. Rb2 Ra5 33. Kf2

h5 34. Kg3 hxg4 35. hxg4 Kg7 36. Rb4 Rc5 37. f4 Rc3+ 38. Bf3 Bc4 39. Kg2 Rc2+

40. Kh3 Rc3 41. Kg2 Rc2+ 1/2-1/2


This Week In Chess

Monday July 10, 2006


On July 4, the CSCC had 0 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder games (G90), nobody beat anybody. None of the participants played in the evening’s main event (G0). There were no results. 


Comments From Email


Brian Wall, Tuesday, July 04, 2006 3:24 PM


great email about Lee Lahti -I really laughed at the title -The Wrath of Brother Paul - Qc8 was to cover a square already covered - a6. He probably couldn't believe his luck that Brown's Queen was really trapped although one wonders if it would have helped - considering he handed over all his pieces next anyway -


what do 1300's see when they look at the board?

A- the wood finish


how many 1300's does it take to set a digital clock?

A- None, they're not allowed to touch them


[It is not often I disagree with a master, but I think it does a master set a chronos for delay? A- He asks a 1300. Right, Dean?]


Josh "JD" Smith, Tuesday, July 04, 2006 7:55 PM


I remember having to face the powerful Dean Brown and how much he taught me. Dean is always the epitome of concentration at the board and schooled me good in our first encounter. I remember how proud I was as a 1195 player at the Loveland Open beating him and taking 1st place in the U1610 section!! Always the most active player in Colorado (other than me), I remember countless road trips with Dean, Kathy, and Al up to Loveland and Craig. Dean always had a place on his floor for me during Colorado Springs tournament with the alarm clock dogs of his in the back yard barking at hot air balloons! Anyway, Dean is what good chess memories are all about.


PS - I seem to recall a day where 2 chess monks defeated all comers and then faced off against one another to break the streak..........I'll let the readers guess who won


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Pete Short, Tuesday, July 04, 2006 11:14 PM


Tien Nguyen.... Wins U1600 at the 34th Annual World Open

1 Nguyen, Tien Q 1578 W139 W180 W190 W86 L4 W116 W73W3 W6 8.0

World Open, U1600 Champion!!!Everyone congratulate Tien for an outstanding accomplishment!


[Well done Tien!]


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