|Posted by Paul Anderson on June 30, 2015 at 4:55 PM|
Game Of The Week
This week's game comes from a couple of newcomers to tournament chess in their first rated event: The June Mating Game.
Playing in a chess tournament can be intimidating. Not only do you have to know the rules of chess, but also you have to understand the rules of tournaments. These rules include using a clock and keeping score correctly. Both of these requirements may be totally foreign to someone playing in their first event.
Even experienced players can have a hard time with keeping an accurate score sheet. Now that I collect and try to recreate chess games from players' score sheets, I see all the mistakes players make.
It is not that surprising that most score sheets contain errors, as recording a chess game is similar to learning a new language. The language of chess is called Algebraic Notation. It is a shorthand system to quickly record what piece moved to which square when. It is not difficult to learn, but most players just pick it up on the fly, which means they can miss some of the details.
Here is a quick lesson on Algebraic Notation:
Now, I am sure you understand why most score sheets contain errors. It ain't easy keeping all that straight with the pressure of a chess game. Also, don't forget your clock is ticking. It is no wonder why blunders happen. Here is an example where Clark walked into a tactic.
Black to move
See the diagram and answer here:
[Event "June Mating Game"]
[White "Stroh, Clark"]
[Black "Williams, Scott"]
1. d4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bf4 Nd7 4. c4 dxc4 5. e3 h6
6. Nc3 Ngf6 7. h3 e6 8. Bxc4 Bb4 9. O-O b5 10. Bb3 Bxc3 11. bxc3 Ne4 12. Qc2
Ng5 13. Qe2 Ba6 14. Rad1 Nxf3+ 15. Qxf3 b4 16. Rfe1 bxc3 17. Bd6 Nf6 18. Bb4
Rb8 19. Bxc3 O-O 20. e4 Re8 21. e5 Nd5 22. Bb2 Qg5 23. Bc1 Qf5 24. Qg3 Qg6 25.
Qh2 Nc3 26. Rd2 Ne4 27. Rb2 Ng5 28. h4 Nf3+ 29. Kh1 Nxh2 30. Kxh2 Qg4 31. Re3
Bf1 32. Rg3 Qxd4 33. Kg1 Ba6 34. Rd2 Qxe5 35. Rd1 Rb4 36. Rh3 Re4 37. Be3 Be2
38. Rc1 Bg4 39. Rg3 Rd8 40. Re1 Qh5 41. Bc2 Rc4 42. Bb3 Rd3 43. Bxc4 Rd8 44.
Bg5 hxg5 45. hxg5 Qxg5 46. Re4 Qc1+ 47. Bf1 Rd1 0-1
This Week In Chess
On June 23rd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club hosted the City Speed Chess Championship (2RR, G/5; d/0, $10 entry). 10 players battled on 5 boards this evening to qualify for the Championship section. The top six players move on while the rest of the players remain in a Consolation section.
Here are the results:
Standings. 2015 City Speed Championship
# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Rd 8 Rd 9 Tot Prize
1 Josh S Bloomer 12626102 2255 W2 W6 W10 W5 W9 W8 W3 W7 W4 9.0 $6.00 1st
2 Daniel Herman 14345456 1866 L1 W5 W9 W8 W3 W7 W4 W10 W6 8.0 $5.00 2nd
3 Paul Dou Anderson 12728345 2062 W8 W10 W7 W4 L2 W6 L1 W5 W9 7.0 $4.00 3rd
4 Earle P Wikle 12126030 1981 W5 W9 L8 L3 W7 W10 L2 W6 L1 5.0
5 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1841 L4 L2 W6 L1 W10 W9 W8 L3 W7 5.0
6 Sara Herman 14345441 1602 W10 L1 L5 W9 W8 L3 W7 L4 L2 4.0
7 Jeffrey Rando Fox 12641996 1976 W9 W8 L3 W10 L4 L2 L6 L1 L5 3.0
8 Michael St Filppu 12915820 1706 L3 L7 W4 L2 L6 L1 L5 L9 W10 2.0
9 Shirley Herman unr. L7 L4 L2 L6 L1 L5 W10 W8 L3 2.0
10 Scott Williams unr. L6 L3 L1 L7 L5 L4 L9 L2 L8 0.0