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Posted by Paul Anderson on May 20, 2014 at 2:50 AM

Game Of The Week

 

This week's game comes from the May Panera Wednesday tournament.  I got to play David Silva, who just recently moved to Colorado Springs.  It is always a pleasure to play someone new, as I tend to stay more focused and play better chess.  I want to put a good face on Colorado Springs chess and impress our newcomers, as you never know how long they will stay around.


So, I was trying to find the best moves to finish out the game rather than just finding an easy line.  When it looked to be mating, I tried to calculate what the mate was.  Was it mate in 7 or mate in 8?


However, it was too hard for me.  So, I just tried to play the best move I could find and not worry about the continuation.  I figured my Fritz 8 would just spit out the mate when I put it in the computer.


As it turns out, Fritz wasn't that much better than me.  Around move 39, I started looking for mates.  Fritz quickly announced mate in 7.  However, as I looked at what Fritz had come up with, it finally changed the analysis to mate in 8.  So, I moved forward in the game.  One move forward and Fritz jumped to mate in 10.


Now, I was beginning to think Fritz didn't know what he was doing at all.  He was just pretending to be smart.


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Finally, I got to a position where I could calculate the mate and Fritz agreed.  See what you think:

 

White to move and mate in ?.



See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=192536414

  

Mating Problems

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=92516

 

[Event "May Panera Wednesday"]

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

[Date "2014.05.14"]

[Round "2.5"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Silva, David"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D55"]

[PlyCount "93"]

[EventDate "2014.05.07"]

[TimeControl "5400"]

 

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3

Nbd7 6. Nf3 O-O 7. Rc1 b6 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. O-O c5 11. b3 Rc8 12. Qe2

Ne4 13. Bf4 Ndf6 14. Ba6 Qd7 15. Ne5 Bxa6 16. Qxa6 Qe6 17. Nb5 Nd2 18. Rfd1

Nfe4 19. f3 f6 20. Nd3 Nxf3+ 21. gxf3 Ng5 22. Kf2 Qh3 23. Bg3 h5 24. Nf4 Qf5

25. Qb7 Rfe8 26. Qxd5+ Qxd5 27. Nxd5 Bf8 28. Ndc7 Red8 29. h4 Nf7 30. Nxa7 Rxc7

31. Bxc7 Ra8 32. Bxb6 cxd4 33. Bxd4 Bb4 34. Rc8+ Rxc8 35. Nxc8 Nh6 36. e4 f5

37. Rg1 Kf7 38. Rxg7+ Kf8 39. Rb7 Bd2 40. e5 Bf4 41. e6 Ke8 42. Bf6 Ng8 43. Rh7

Kf8 44. Rh8 Bc1 45. Ne7 Be3+ 46. Ke2 Bg5 47. Rxg8# 1-0

  

This Week In Chess

 

On May 13th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a free, USCF-rated, Quad event.  Koji Del Conte and Daniel Herman went unbeaten to claim the 1st place points in their Quads.

   

Quads (RR, G30):


Quad A

2.5 Koji Del Conte

1.0 Mark McGough

1.0 Paul Anderson

0.5 Imre Barlay

0.0 Arthur Knize


Quad B

3.0 Daniel Herman

2.0 Anthony Thomason

0.5 Richard Brown

0.5 Dean Brown

 

Tuesday Night Chess Tour Standings for 2nd Quarter

 

#    MAX POSSIBLE    72.00    28.00

1    Paul Anderson    42.20    10.70

2    Daniel Herman    39.33    19.00

3    Richard Buchanan    32.00    8.50

4    Koji DelConte    24.00    9.00

5    Mark McGough    23.87    10.53

6    Shirley Herman    18.00    6.00

7    William Benedek    16.03    6.53

8    Joe Pahk    14.70    1.20

9    Earle Wikle    13.00    8.00

10    Imre Barlay    12.00    6.00

11    Dean Brown    10.50    5.50

12    Katie Wise    9.20    5.20

13    Josh Bloomer    8.00    0.00

14    Sara Herman    7.33    3.33

15    Larry Kledzik    7.00    2.00

16    Mike Makinney    7.00    7.00

17    Gunnar Andersen    6.50    3.50

18    Eugin Pahk    6.00    0.00

19    Mike Madsen    6.00    1.00

20    Ben Matthews    6.00    2.00

21    Jeff Fox    5.50    5.50

22    Alex Freeman    5.33    0.00

23    Peter Barlay    5.00    3.00

24    Paul Protheroe    5.00    5.00

25    Rezheen Hamid    5.00    5.00

26    Anthony Thomason    5.00    5.00

27    Kevin Kaaoush    4.00    1.00

28    Alex Torres    3.00    0.00

29    Mitch Vincent    3.00    3.00

30    Peter Wise    3.00    1.00

31    David Silva    3.00    3.00

32    Richard Brown    2.50    2.50

33    Gary Atkinson    2.00    0.00

34    John Byrne    2.00    0.00

35    Robert Jimenez    2.00    0.00

36    Ron Dotson    2.00    0.00

37    Chris Wynkoop    2.00    0.00

38    Arthur Knize    2.00    2.00

39    Bobby Dzagen    1.00    0.00

40    Adam Metzger    1.00    0.00

41    Web McNairy    1.00    0.00

42    Jeremy Hawks    1.00    1.00

43    Phil Van Hawk    1.00    1.00

44    Brandon Hilliard    1.00    1.00

45    Dragan Plakalovic    1.00    1.00

46    Thomas Mullikin    1.00    1.00

47    Daniel Cabrera    1.00    1.00

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