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Alexa In Wonderland

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 23, 2010 at 8:05 AM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the 2010 Colorado Class Championships.  I didn't get to play in this event myself, as I was directing a tournament for a collectible card game in the Springs on Saturday.  However, I was free on Sunday so I decided to see what this event was all about. 

It is the second year of the tournament that runs in conjunction with the Colorado Closed and Scholastic Closed where the top chess players and kids play in an invitation-only event.  It is also the brain child of Klaus Johnson, a past president of the state chess association, to get more people out to these closed events.  Now you can watch some of the top chess players compete and fight for a state class title yourself. 

On Saturday, I killed time in between my directing responsibilities by reading the Colorado Chess Informant.  I played over 3 games from Alexa Lasley as I read the article, Colorado's 1st All-Girls Scholastic Championship.  She had just won this event in March to claim the top scholastic girl in Colorado chess. 

Then, on Sunday, I arrive at the class championships and see a crowd of chess players listening to commentary by LM Brian Wall and Duwayne Langseth as they went over another Alexa win.  Well, I had heard so much about Alexa, I just had to introduce myself and see if I could publish her latest win.  She was willing, so here you go.

Alexa In Wonderland

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[Event "2010 Colorado Class Championship"]


[Date "2010.04.26"]

[Round "2.25"]

[White "Amarbayasgalan, Losol"]

[Black "Lasley, Alexa"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C65"]

[WhiteElo "1572"]

[BlackElo "1442"]

[PlyCount "46"]

[EventDate "2010.04.24"]

[TimeControl "40/7200:0/0:3600"]


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. Re1 Ng4 6. Rf1 a6 7. Bxc6 dxc6 8. h3 h5 9. c3 Be6 10. d4 exd4 11. cxd4 Bb6 12. Bg5 Qd6 13. e5 Qb4 14. b3 Bd5 15. Nbd2 Bxd4 16. Nxd4 Qxd4 17. hxg4 hxg4 18. Nc4 Qe4 19.f3 Qf5 20. f4 g3 21. Ne3 Rh1+ 22. Kxh1 Qh3+ 23. Kg1 Qh2# 0-1

This Week In Chess


I was sick so I don't know what happened at club.


April East Coast Deli Wednesday

By Dean Brown


Round 3 Results:

Anthea Carson drew Mark McGough

Fred Spell over Kenton Lloyd

Jerry Maier over Alex Freeman

Dean Brown over Tom Mullikin

Omar Al-Matlaq over Ken Macrae

others had Byes.


April Panera Bread Thursday

By Dean Brown


Round 4 Results:

Josh Bloomer over Tim Duesing

Kumar Tedla over Alex Cacas

Kurt Kondracki over Robert Isacoff

Zach Chase over Jerry Maier

Tyler Chase over Sai Tedla

Paul Anderson over Zach Umana

Adin Umana over Pret Bram

Dean Brown over Rebecca Isacoff

others byes.

Right Move Public Chess Club

by David Meliti


On Thursday April 22nd, The Right Move Public Chess Club had 20 players in attendance. 6 Players competed in the USCF rated event while 8 players participated in the informal club rated tourney. The remaining players engaged in some casual chess playing.


USCF rated players completed round 2 of 3 in the April 2010 G/75 Tourney. With round 2 behind us, only Alejandro Torres maintains a perfect 2-0 score. Following close behind are Tony Telinbacco and Joseph Pahk with 1.5 points each.


Also on April 22nd we played round 3 of 4 in the April 2010 G/75 club rated informal tourney. Gil Garrison won with black against Ty Winkler improving his score to a perfect 3-0. Ty Winkler and Leah Katz are tied for 2nd place.


Here are the current standing for both tourneys with one round remaining to be played....



2.0 Alejandro Torres

1.5 Anthon Telinbacco

1.5 Joseph H Pahk

1.0 Mark S Mc Gough

1.0 Omar Fahad Al-Mutlaq

0.0 George Raikas

0.0 Peter Lee Swan



3.0 Gil Garrison

2.0 Ty Winkler

2.0 Leah Katz

1.5 Russell Speicher

1.5 Carlo Lopez

1.5 Corey Hopkins

1.5 Jay Shuler

1.5 Paul Covington

1.0 Travis Bradley

0.5 Tim A Smith

0.5 Michael E Voight

0.5 John Nieman

0.5 Thomas J Nieman


Coming up on Thursday April 29th we will find out if both Al Torres and Gil Garrison will win their respective tournaments with perfect scores. We have one round left for both our informal club rated tourney and USCF tourney.


As we approach the month of May, the Game/75 swiss format continues with a brand new tournament (actually two informal club rated and the other USCF rated, both will be 4 rounds played over the entirety of the month). One game will be played each Thursday night and one half-point bye will be allowed. Registration will take place on the first Thursday in May from 6:00 - 6:55pm followed by the start of round 1 at 7pm sharp.


Group Chess Lessons: Monday April 26th we continue with lesson #4. As always childrens lessons begin at 6pm followed by adult and teen lessons starting at 7pm at Compleat Games & Hobbies downtown.


Have a great week !!!

Categories: 2010

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Reply deschner
5:14 PM on April 28, 2010 
Wow! Another Class C Player coming up with astoundingly good moves!-----Martin.