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Mr. White With The Rook In The Endgame

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Game Of The Week

To those of you who have tuned in to see Renae Delaware’s upset of Brian Wall, I apologise. I have preempted her game in order to bring you this puzzling, mystery game.

I was playing Dean Brown on a dark and stormy night when all of a sudden the record keeping went blank! Screams filled the air as 2 pawns and a rook vanished. When the record keeping was finally restored, the Black King had received a fatal wound and was near death.

After the game, I desperately tried to reconstruct what had happened, but I kept overlooking one key piece of the puzzle. Your task, if you chose to accept it, is to find the missing moves. In this week’s newsletter, I have included the game up to the point where the scorekeeping was lost. What happened after move 53 is, for the most part, a mystery. Here is what I do know:

  • The Black King somehow got to a5.
  • The Black Rook was gone.
  • The White King got to c4.
  • Only the f and h pawns had moved and were gone.
  • The White Rook got to h6.

Can you find the missing moves? It took me until the end of the Cordovano-MacMillan (the opposite of speed players) game to figure out what I think happened.


Mr. White With The Rook In The Endgame

[Event "June Mating Game"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2004.06.15"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Brown, Dean"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A58"]

[WhiteElo "1768"]

[BlackElo "1373"]

[PlyCount "133"]

[EventDate "2004.06.15"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. bxa6 Bxa6 6. Nc3 d6 7. g3 g6 8. Bg2

Bg7 9. Nf3 O-O 10. O-O Nbd7 11. h3 Nb6 12. Re1 Nc4 13. e4 Nd7 14. Bf1 Qb6 15.

Qc2 Nde5 16. Nxe5 Nxe5 17. Kg2 Bxf1+ 18. Rxf1 Nc4 19. b3 Na5 20. Na4 Qa6 21.

Bb2 e5 22. dxe6 fxe6 23. Bxg7 Kxg7 24. Rad1 Qc6 25. Nb2 Nb7 26. Nc4 Rfd8 27.

Rd2 d5 28. exd5 exd5 29. Ne5 Qd6 30. f4 Na5 31. Rfd1 d4 32. Qe4 Qd5 33. Re1

Qxe4+ 34. Rxe4 Nb7 35. Nc6 Rd6 36. Re7+ Kf6 37. Rxb7 Rxc6 38. Rxh7 Re6 39. Rc7

Ra5 40. g4 Rea6 41. a4 Rb6 42. Rd3 Ke6 43. Kf3 Kd5 44. Re7 Re6 45. Rxe6 Kxe6

46. Ke4 Ra6 47. h4 Ra8 48. h5 gxh5 49. gxh5 Rh8 50. Rh3 Kd6 51. f5 Kc6 52. h6

Rh7 53. f6 Kd6 ...?


This Week In Chess

Monday June 21, 2004

On 6/15, the CSCC had 22 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated match (G90), Richard Cordovano and Shaun MacMillan ended in a hard fought draw. The rest of the members chose between the USCF-rated June Mating Game (4SS, G30) and the club-rated ladder games (G15). In the ladder matches, Jon Tindall went undefeated with 4 points from George Raikas (2-0) and Roy Roberts (2-0). Roy Roberts also went home with 4 points beating Mike Makinney (2-0) and Justin Schiff (2-0). George Raikas got 4 points as well with wins against Chris McCarty (2-0) and Devin Smith (2-0). Devin Smith earned 3.5 points by taking care of Charles Martin (2-0) and Dan Cole (1.5-0.5). Charles Martin didn’t go home empty handed with 3 points in a victory against Chris Wynkoop (2-0) and a draw against Justin Schiff (1-1). Both Gary Frenzel (2-1) and Chris Wynkoop (2-0) took their points from Chris McCarty. Finally, Dan Cole got most of his 1.5 points from his draw with Mike McKinney (1-1). In the June Mating Game, the first 2 rounds were played with the final 2 rounds finishing up this week. Here are the current standing:


Paul Anderson


Virgil McGuire


Dean Brown


Allan Ufer


Renae Delaware


Tom Mullikin


Jeff Gilchrist


Gary Frenzel




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Reply Paul Anderson
3:20 AM on April 2, 2014 
Here is how the game finished:

54. f7 Rxf7 55. h7 Re7+ 56. Kd3 Rxh7 57. Rxh7 Kc6 58. Kc4 Kb6 59. Rh6+ Ka5 60. Rh8 d3 61. Kxd3 Kb4 62. Kc2 c4 63. Rb8+ Ka3 64. bxc4 Ka2 65. a5 Ka3 66. a6 Ka4 67. a7 1-0