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Brian Wall's DAM Game

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Game Of The Week


This weekend I stopped by the Colorado Chess Festival after taking the family to the Denver Art Museum. I am not a big art fan, but the museum has free days on Saturdays, and I try to go at least once a year. The only thing they ask you to do is wear the button with the museum’s initials.

Otherwise, the security will ask you, “Where is your DAM button?” while you are trying to enjoy some of the DAM exhibits.

Well, after a couple of hours of paintings and sculptures, I decided I was ready for some art I could really appreciate so I stopped by the Colorado Closed. Brian Wall was shocked to see me, as he knows I rarely come to Denver for chess. I told him about the art museum and asked him if he had created any artistry of his own this weekend. He replied, “I have created a masterpiece! It is worthy of display in the Denver Art Museum.” I told him, “At least let me display it in my gallery first.” So, here it is:


Brian Wall's DAM Game

[Event "Colorado Closed Championship"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2005.03.19"]

[Round "1.1"]

[White "Wall, Brian"]

[Black "Mink, Chris"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A00"]

[WhiteElo "2218"]

[BlackElo "2040"]

[PlyCount "35"]

[EventDate "2005.03.19"]


1. Nc3 d5 2. e4 d4 3. Nce2 e5 4. Ng3 Be6 5. Nf3 f6 6. b3 Nh6 7. Bc4 Bxc4 8.

bxc4 d3 9. Rb1 Nc6 10. O-O Bc5 11. cxd3 Rb8 12. Qa4 Qd6 13. d4 exd4 14. e5 fxe5

15. Ne4 Qe7 16. Qxc6+ bxc6 17. Rxb8+ Kf7 18. Rxh8 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday March 22, 2005


On March 15, the CSCC had 17 members stop by the club. A couple of members played in the USCF matches (G90) with Tony Telinbacco defeating Mike Davis and Dean Brown surviving against Tom Mullikin.

The main event was a Fischer-Random, Round Robin tournament (G10). In each round, the pawns started in their regular position. However, the roll of a die determined the set-up of the pieces. Of course, a couple of rules helped keep the game close to standard chess; the bishops had to be on opposite colors, and the king had to be between the rooks. Castling was accomplished with the standard rules and into the normal position, but the king and rook could start from almost any other back rank square. Here is how the tournament ended:


Paul Anderson



Robbie Caldwell



Gary Frenzel



Renae Delaware



Chris McCarty



Bob Edgar



Free Workshop & Book Signing

By Robert Snyder


Robert M. Snyder (International Rating: 2405) will give a free, one-hour lesson on basic rules and strategy followed by doing a book signing and having an open practice on SATURDAY, APRIL 30, from 10 am to 11:45 am at the Barnes and Noble store at 1565 Briargate, Colorado Springs. Mr. Snyder runs the world famous youth chess club, “Chess For Juniors” based in Fort Collins, Colorado. His individual students have won first place in championship sections at the national scholastic championships 36 times (the national record). He trains students along the entire front range in person and students from as far away as England via the Internet. He is author of the top selling series of chess books in the nation, “Chess for Juniors”. His books, “Chess for Juniors” and “Unbeatable Chess Lessons for Juniors” are ranked as the #1 and #2 best selling chess books in the country. For further information call: 970-377-0011, e-mail, [email protected], or visit the club’s website at


Colorado Chess Festival Results


On March 19, the Colorado Chess Festival kicked things off with the first couple of rounds of the Colorado Closed Championship and a Team Swiss event. The Team Swiss was open to anyone and allowed participants to not only play some quick games but also watch some of the state’s best chess-players battle each other in the Closed just one door away. The Festival concludes on the 26th and 27th with 2 more open events and the final rounds of the Closed. Here are the final standings in the Team Swiss:






Fort Collins





3 Gambiteers





Josh’s Team



Isaac’s Team





Triple Pawns



Team 6



Rest In Peace Garry Kasparov



Gluttons For Punishment



Upcoming Events


3/22 Lecture, CSCC

3/26 CCF: Designer Swiss, CSCA

3/27 CCF: Match Play, CSCA

3/29 Quads, CSCC

4/2 Scholastic Fundraiser, CSCA

4/30 School of Mines, DCC


Colorado Springs Chess Club: CSCC

Denver Chess Club: DCC

Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA

Categories: 2005

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