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The Tortoise And The Other Tortoise

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Game Of The Week


Once upon a time there was a tortoise who, boasting how he could play chess better than anyone else, was forever teasing the other tortoise for its slowness. Then one day, the other tortoise answered back: “Who do you think you are? There’s no denying you’re good, but even you can be beaten!” The tortoise squealed with laughter.


A game was planned, and the next day at Panera they stood at the board.  When the clock started, all the spectators fell asleep for both tortoises moved so slowly. 


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When the spectators awoke, it was a draw.  Both tortoises flagged having only made 2 moves.  "How is this possible?" the spectators asked.


“Slowly does it every time!” they said.




This week's game comes from Brian Rountree and his chess blog:


http://linuxguyonfics.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/who-wins-on-time-between/


"Mark McGough and Brian Rountree? (Brian Wall’s most frequent Google search).

Well, it’s the same as usual here, and it’s as I tell others, I try not to follow Mark McGough into his time-pressure. We are possibly the two slowest players in Colorado, but we are also possibly the two best blitzers in time-pressure when we are “on” (which, BTW, is not most of the time).

I always flag to Paul Anderson because he studiously writes down every move and the times in my time-pressure and gently, calmly makes his moves, which makes me think they are strong and that I am not in time-pressure. So, carefully I consider his move, and then I flag.

So, here it is, the Round 3 Showdown. Well, not much of one, and I don’t think either one of us was really up the task..."


I saw the end of the game and thought Mark had a shot for a win in this position.  See if you agree with me.


White to move


See diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=194159103


The Tortoise And The Other Tortoise

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=93667

 

[Event "July Panera Wednesday"]

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

[Date "2014.07.16"]

[Round "3.3"]

[White "McGough, Mark"]

[Black "Rountree, Brian"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "E18"]

[WhiteElo "1780"]

[BlackElo "1799"]

[PlyCount "107"]

[EventDate "2014.07.02"]

 

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 d5 8. Ne5

Nbd7 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Qa4 Nxe5 11. dxe5 Nd7 12. Nxd5 Nc5 13. Nxe7+ Qxe7 14. Qf4

Bxg2 15. Kxg2 Rfe8 16. Be3 Qxe5 17. Qxe5 Rxe5 18. Bxc5 Rxc5 19. Rac1 Rxc1 20.

Rxc1 Rc8 21. Kf3 Kf8 22. Ke4 c6 23. b4 Ke7 24. g4 Kd7 25. f4 a6 26. Kd4 f6 27.

e4 Ra8 28. e5 a5 29. a3 axb4 30. axb4 fxe5+ 31. Kxe5 Re8+ 32. Kf5 Re2 33. h4

g6+ 34. Kg5 Re4 35. Rb1 Kd6 36. f5 gxf5 37. Kxf5 Re2 38. Kf6 Rf2+ 39. Kg5 Rd2

40. Kf6 Rf2+ 41. Kg5 Rd2 42. Kh5 c5 43. bxc5+ Kxc5 44. g5 b5 45. Kh6 Rh2 46. h5

b4 47. g6 hxg6 48. Kxg6 Kc4 49. h6 b3 50. h7 Kc3 51. Kg7 Kc2 52. Rxb3 Kxb3 53.

h8=Q Rxh8 54. Kxh8 1/2-1/2

 

This Week In Chess


On July 15th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held its 3rd Tuesday of the month event: Quick Swiss.  USCF members are entered into a free, Quick-rated, Swiss tournament.  Jeff Fox and Imre Barlay  edged the field to earn the 1st place tour points.


Quick Swiss (G20, 3SS):


2.5 Jeff Fox

2.5 Imre Barlay

2.0 Earle Wikle

1.5 Paul Anderson

1.5 Mark McGough

1.0 NM Buck Buchanan

1.0 Joe Pahk

0.5 Tikila Nichols*

0.0 Dean Brown


*sub for Dean after round 1


Tuesday Night Chess Tour Cumulative and 3rd Quarter Standings


# MAX POSSIBLE 108.00 12.00

1 Paul Anderson 68.70 2.50

2 Daniel Herman 50.33 0.00

3 Mark McGough 35.87 2.00

4 Richard Buchanan 34.00 2.00

5 Koji DelConte 29.00 4.00

6 Shirley Herman 23.00 0.00

7 William Benedek 20.03 1.00

8 Dean Brown 18.50 1.00

9 Jeff Fox 18.50 7.00

10 Joe Pahk 18.20 2.50

11 Earle Wikle 17.00 2.00

12 Imre Barlay 15.50 3.50

13 Katie Wise 14.20 2.00

14 Gunnar Andersen 13.50 7.00

15 Sara Herman 11.33 0.00

16 Larry Kledzik 9.00 1.00

17 Eugin Pahk 8.50 2.50

18 Josh Bloomer 8.00 0.00

19 Anthony Thomason 8.00 0.00

20 Mike Makinney 7.00 0.00

21 Mike Madsen 7.00 0.00

22 Ben Matthews 6.00 0.00

23 Alex Freeman 5.33 0.00

24 Peter Barlay 5.00 0.00

25 Paul Protheroe 5.00 0.00

26 Rezheen Hamid 5.00 0.00

27 Richard Brown 5.00 2.50

28 Kevin Kaaoush 4.00 0.00

29 Alex Torres 4.00 0.00

30 Arthur Knize 4.00 0.00

31 Kurt Kondracki 3.50 3.50

32 Mitch Vincent 3.00 0.00

33 Peter Wise 3.00 0.00

34 David Silva 3.00 0.00

35 Spencer Shook 3.00 0.00

36 Gary Atkinson 2.00 0.00

37 John Byrne 2.00 0.00

38 Robert Jimenez 2.00 0.00

39 Ron Dotson 2.00 0.00

40 Chris Wynkoop 2.00 0.00

41 Isaac Martinez 2.00 0.00

42 Tim Brennan 2.00 0.00

43 Brian Wall 2.00 0.00

44 Luke Thurman 2.00 0.00

45 Steven Readel 2.00 0.00

46 Tara Martinez 2.00 0.00

47 Bobby Dzagen 1.00 0.00

48 Adam Metzger 1.00 0.00

49 Web McNairy 1.00 0.00

50 Jeremy Hawks 1.00 0.00

51 Phil Van Hawk 1.00 0.00

52 Brandon Hilliard 1.00 0.00

53 Dragan Plakalovic 1.00 0.00

54 Thomas Mullikin 1.00 0.00

55 Daniel Cabrera 1.00 0.00

56 Anthea Carson 1.00 0.00

57 Tikila Nichols 1.00 1.00

Categories: 2014

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