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How To Tell If Your Opponent Is Not Cheating

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Game Of The Week

   

To get the chess players in the right frame of mind to play top chess, the Colorado Springs Chess Club has added classical music as an overture to the evening's event.


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This week's game comes from a newcomer to the Colorado Springs Chess Club, Tom Richardson.  He started playing again in April after an 11 year break from tournament chess.  So far, he has gone 0-8 in USCF-rated games, but he prefers the slower games and getting used to the clock isn't easy.


However, he does much better in the correspondence games online.  His rating is about 500 points higher when he doesn't have to use the clock. 


The only time I have played correspondence chess was an email match with my Dad.  I figured it was a different type of skill set that I didn't have.  It seemed liked the correspondence games favored the "researcher."  Someone who could take his time looking up each position to play precise openings would have a huge advantage.


I also thought that once someone had an advantage, they could use a decent computer to finish the game.  Therefore, a comeback would be eliminated.  You have no clock to save you and blunders are out of the question.


I was wrong.  Not everyone uses those aides.


Tom sent me a game where he makes one of the biggest comebacks in chess I have ever witnessed.  Here is a position from the game.  It is White to move.



 

If you played Pawn take Rook (31. exf7), you just fell into Tom's trap and have thrown away your dominating performance.  You can see Tom's response on the chess viewer (below) if you aren't seeing it.  If you played Queen to g7 with check (31. Qg7!), you just earned the brilliancy prize with a Queen sacrifice that leads to mate.


How To Tell If Your Opponent Is Not Cheating

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=82052

 

[Event "Chess World Correspondence Game"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2013.05.20"]

[Round "?"]

[White "SpottedDowel"]

[Black "trichardson"]

[Result "0-1"]

[WhiteElo "1631"]

[BlackElo "1658"]

[PlyCount "62"]

[TimeControl "0"]

 

1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nf3 e6 4. O-O a6 5. d4 d5 6. exd5 exd5 7. Re1+ Be7 8.

Bf1 c4 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. Ng5 O-O 11. h3 h6 12. Nf3 Kh7 13. Ne5 g5 14. b3 Nd7 15.

bxc4 Ndxe5 16. dxe5 f6 17. cxd5 Nxe5 18. f4 Bc5+ 19. Kh1 Ba7 20. fxe5 b5 21.

Bd3+ f5 22. g4 Qc7 23. Bb2 Bb7 24. gxf5 Qd7 25. f6+ Kh8 26. Qh5 Rf7 27. Qxh6+

Kg8 28. Qxg5+ Kf8 29. e6 Bxd5+ 30. Nxd5 Qc8 31. exf7 Qxh3# {White king mated}

0-1

 

This Week In Chess

 

On July 2nd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a Speed tournament (Double 5SS, G3d2).  Dean Brown played in an event with 3 minutes on the clock with 2 seconds of delay for each move and enjoyed it.  So, we switched from our normal 5 minutes on the clock with no delay.

   

I won the $10 Gift Card from the 2nd quarter Tuesday night tour.  I decided to offer it as a prize to the 1st player to beat me in the Speed event.  No one earned the prize, and I kind of like this new time control.


Next week I will raffle off the gift card.  Anyone who scored tour points during the 2nd quarter will get free entries.  I wish you the best of luck!

 

Here are the results:

     

Score, Player:

       

9.5 Paul Anderson

7.5 Josh Divine

7.0 Larry Wutt

5.0 Buck Buchanan

4.0 Joe Stafford

4.0 Joe Pahk

3.5 Jeff Fox

3.5 Mark McGough

3.5 Dean Brown

2.5 Steve Hornyak

 

Tuesday Night Chess Tour Cumulative and 3rd Quarter Standings

  

Current Standings (rank, name, total, quarter): 

 

1    Paul Anderson    64.50    4.00

2    Isaac Martinez    37.50    0.00

3    Mark McGough    34.25    1.00

4    Mike Madsen    24.50    0.00

5    Daniel Herman    19.00    0.00

6    Jeff Fox    15.75    1.00

7    Dean Brown    15.50    1.00

8    Alex Torres    15.00    0.00

9    Shirley Herman    14.50    0.00

10    Joe Pahk    14.00    1.00

11    Koji DelConte    13.50    0.00

12    Tim Brennan    12.00    0.00

13    Peter Grigg    12.00    0.00

14    Richard Buchanan    10.75    1.00

15    Josh Bloomer    10.50    0.00

16    Alex Freeman    8.50    0.00

17    Josh Divine    7.25    3.00

18    Sara Herman    7.00    0.00

19    Tom Richardson    7.00    0.00

20    Eugin Pahk    7.00    0.00

21    Kevin Kaaoush    7.00    0.00

22    Gunnar Andersen    7.00    0.00

23    Randy Canton    6.00    0.00

24    Brian Rountree    6.00    0.00

25    Scott Williams    4.00    0.00

26    Kathy Schneider    4.00    0.00

27    Peter Barlay    3.50    0.00

28    Joe Polanco    3.00    0.00

29    Anthea Carson    2.00    0.00

30    Mike Wanek    2.00    0.00

31    James Powers    2.00    0.00

32    Wes Smith    2.00    0.00

33    William Wilken    2.00    0.00

34    Imre Barlay    2.00    0.00

35    Laurence Wutt    2.00    2.00

36    Rebecca Herman    1.50    0.00

37    Mike Toth    1.00    0.00

38    Buddy Diamond    1.00    0.00

39    Curits Holsinger    1.00    0.00

40    Evan Baron    1.00    0.00

41    Teppei Monjiyama    1.00    0.00

42    Nicholas Wyle    1.00    0.00

43    Katie Wise    1.00    0.00

44    Joseph Stafford    1.00    1.00

45    Istvan Hornyak    1.00    1.00

    MAX POSSIBLE    84.00    4.00

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