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Just Call Me Check

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Game Of The Week


This week’s game comes from one of the great names in chess. I had to think of a couple of names from the chess scene just to get paired in this week’s event at the club. I learned that I would not be a very good contestant on Family Feud, as I froze on the female name. I finally came up with Katie Roberts-Hoffman and was paired against Jerry Maier in the first round because he couldn’t come up with someone truly famous either (Kathy Schneider).  We justified our choices with the fact that they had their games published in the Colorado Informant.

For the second question, I chose Arthur Bisguier, which was a good choice since no one else named him. I forgot to ask my opponent whom he picked, but I still think he has the best chess name of them all.

I used to play with this guy all the time when I first started at the club. In fact, one night we found ourselves still at the club when the cafeteria workers came in to start serving breakfast. However, it may just seem like we played all the time (especially considering that night), because in reality, I only have two rated games against him, and here is the second one.


Just Call Me Check


[Event "CSCC Eccentric"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2006.03.28"]

[Round "2"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Check, Jason"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "E76"]

[WhiteElo "1804"]

[BlackElo "1655"]

[PlyCount "75"]

[EventDate "2006.03.28"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f4 b6 6. Bd3 Bb7 7. Nh3 Nfd7 8. Be3

e5 9. fxe5 dxe5 10. d5 c5 11. Qd2 Na6 12. a3 Nc7 13. Bc2 O-O 14. O-O Ne8 15.

Rad1 Nd6 16. b3 Qh4 17. Rde1 Qe7 18. Kh1 a6 19. Rf2 f6 20. Ref1 Rf7 21. Ng1 b5

22. Bd3 b4 23. axb4 cxb4 24. Na4 Rc8 25. Qxb4 Nxe4 26. Qxb7 Nxf2+ 27. Rxf2 Rb8

28. Qxa6 Rxb3 29. c5 e4 30. d6 Qe5 31. Bc4 Rxe3 32. Qc8+ Nf8 33. d7 Re1 34.

d8=Q Rxg1+ 35. Kxg1 Qa1+ 36. Rf1 Qxa4 37. Qd5 Qa7 38. Qe8 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday April 4, 2006


On March 28, the CSCC had 29 members in attendance. The main event this evening was the Eccentric Pairing Swiss Tournament (4SS, G15). The goal of the tournament is to be the player with the highest rating gain.

Instead of using the normal pairing system, Buck will match players based on some unusual criteria. As people signed up for the tournament, Buck asked each one a couple of questions in the style of Richard Dawson doing the Family Feud’s fast money round, “Name a famous female chess player not named Polgar?” “Three seconds!” “BUZZZZZ!” “Survey says, 0 points.” The round 2 question was “name a grandmaster no one else would name?”

In the third round, the people with the lowest rating gain chose their opponent. In the final round, the players were paired in order of the rating gain. After all the madness, Larry Conforti finished on top with +75 rating gain.

Here are the results:




Rating Change


Larry Conforti




John Mauger




Fred Eric Spell




Mick Taylor




Jeff Fox




Virgil McGuire




Josh Bloomer




Renae Delaware




Jerry Maier




Jenna Bloomer




Paul Anderson




Jason Check




David Light




Joe Pahk




Bill Whinemiller




Karl Nathaniel




Kathy Schneider




Tim Brennan




Tikila Nichols




Josh Divine




Matt Wizenried




Joe Fromme




Comments From Email


Tim, Tuesday, March 28, 2006 2:34 PM


I like Randy's comments. That is funny :-) Everyone expects things to be as clever as "Sports Center". I guess you could start using Chris Berman type expressions for people. See for examples.


Josh "Late" Bloomer

Brian "Another Brick in the" Wall

Shannon "The quick brown" Fox

Renae "Crossing the" Delaware

Paul "Mother Goose and" Grimm


These are just some obvious ones off the top of my head. Shannon is actually pretty good at coming up with nicknames for people. Some of them are kind of offensive to mention though :-)


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Josh Smith, Wednesday, March 29, 2006 10:06 AM


If you don’t count beating NM Josh Bloomer as “beating a master level chess player”, you are sorely mistaken. A win against those gods of chess is to be cherished and fondly remembered regardless of whether their rating is 2197 or 3 points higher. I beat NM Jeff Phillips (2196) and then drew GM Igor Ivanov (2529) in the last game he ever played. I consider that a win against a master and a draw against someone that has a winning record against the World Champions that he has faced! Once a master, always a master………………I think that it was put best in the movie “The Luzhin Defense” when John Turturro’s character walked into a hotel and was greeted by the entire staff. They all bowed graciously as the grandmaster passed by without notice. The concierge, trying desperately to gain his attention, whispered the most correct words possible “Maestro, Maestro”. Those words still ring in my mind J


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