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Tactics Flow From Inferior Positions

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 9, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from my look back at my 1st Quarter of being a chess Tournament Director.  I ran my first event in February and have held five events so far.  The events have ranged from an unrated, speed (G5) Round Robin to a month-long, standard-rated, Swiss tournament.

For the most part, chess players are well-behaved and need little direction.  Just tell them who to play, and they are good to go.  However, I have had to make a couple of rulings.  One of the more humorous ones involved a new player and a young girl. 

The young girl was a veteran of many chess events and came well prepared for her game.  She had her headphones to block out any distractions and a bright pink clipboard for easy score-keeping.  She had her purple and white board and colorful pieces all set up including her clock with the rainbow stickers programmed for the correct time control.

Her opponent was an adult gentleman who was new and brought no equipment.  When they didn't start their game, I went over to see what the problem was.

The gentleman responded, "I would like a clipboard."

I couldn't remember anything in the rule book about clipboards.  So, I told the gentleman that I didn't believe it gave her an unfair advantage and he would have to use the table that I provided.

Otherwise, directing has gone very smoothly.  I even created a new chess database (which I love to do as a stat guy).  The database has been fun and is quite easy to maintain since most of the data is copied and pasted from Swiss Sys.  Here are some of the records so far:

  • Most Wins:  Paul Anderson & Mark McGough (21)
  • Most Losses:  Dean Brown (22)
  • Most Draws:  Alex Bozhenov (3)
  • Best Winning %:  Anthea Carson NN (100%)
  • Highest Score:  Paul Anderson (25.5)
  • Most Prizes:  Brian Rountree (3)
  • Best Average Finish:  DuWayne Langseth (1st)
  • Most Prize Money:  Brian Rountree ($45.50)
  • Best Profit Margin:  Joshua Williams (420%)

Another nice thing about being the Tournament Director is that I get to collect all the score sheets and go over the games.  They have provided some great material for my newsletter.  This position came from my first event where I used the carbon score sheets.  It reminded me of something Tim Brennan told me this weekend as he was criticizing Bobby Fischer's tactical knowledge.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Tactics Flow From Inferior Positions


[Event "CSCC March Swiss"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2015.03.31"]

[Round "5.6"]

[White "Williams, Selah"]

[Black "Williams, Teah"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B00"]

[WhiteElo "897"]

[BlackElo "1104"]

[PlyCount "70"]

[EventDate "2015.03.03"]

[TimeControl "4500+30"]


1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. d5 Nce7 4. Nf3 Ng6 5. Nc3

Nf6 6. Bg5 c6 7. d6 h6 8. Be3 Ng4 9. Bc4 Qf6 10. O-O Bxd6 11. h3 Nxe3 12. fxe3

O-O 13. Nh2 Qe7 14. Ng4 Bb4 15. a3 Bxc3 16. bxc3 d6 17. Qd3 Bxg4 18. hxg4 Rad8

19. Rab1 b5 20. Bb3 d5 21. exd5 Qxa3 22. Ra1 Qc5 23. c4 bxc4 24. Bxc4 cxd5 25.

Bb3 d4 26. e4 Nf4 27. Qc4 Qxc4 28. Bxc4 Rc8 29. Bd5 Rxc2 30. Rf2 Rxf2 31. Kxf2

Nxd5 32. exd5 Rd8 33. Rxa7 Rxd5 34. Ra1 f6 35. Rd1 Kf7 0-1


This Week In Chess

On June 2nd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club hosted a Speed Tournament (2RR, G/5;d/0, unrated). 10 players battled on 5 boards this evening.

Here are the results:

Standings. 2015 June Speed

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Tot

1 Paul Dou Anderson 12728345 2062 W3 $6 $9 #2 $8 $7 $4 $5 X10 16.5

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 15525004 1893 $4 $8 $7 D1 $5 X10 W3 $6 X9 15.5

3 Daniel Herman 14345456 1866 W1 W5 $10 $4 $6 X9 W2 X8 $7 15.0

4 Mark McGough 11366481 1865 L2 $10 $8 L3 $7 $6 L1 X9 $5 12.0

5 Jeffrey Rando Fox 12641996 1976 $10 W3 W6 X9 L2 $8 $7 L1 L4 10.0

6 Shirley Herman 14812654 1088 $7 L1 W5 X10 L3 L4 X9 L2 $8 9.0

7 Dean W Brown 10224098 1500 L6 $9 L2 $8 L4 L1 L5 X10 L3 6.0

8 Robert Dzagan unr. L9 L2 L4 L7 L1 L5 X10 F3 L6 2.0

9 Richard Houy unr. $8 L7 L1 F5 ---10 F3 F6 F4 F2 2.0

10 Andrew Powell unr. L5 L4 L3 F6 ---9 F2 F8 F7 F1 0.0

Categories: 2015

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