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Avoid All Losses

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 7, 2016 at 5:45 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event, a Simultaneous Chess Exhibition by FM Joe Friedman.  This is a special event where a very strong chess player will take on multiple opponents at the same time.  The stronger player will still win most of the games.  However, it gives casual players their best shot at beating a chess Master.

This night, eight players took on the Master.  Each challenger had to play as Black and could use any number of passes.  The moves are played without a time limit.  However, the challengers are supposed to make a move when the Master returns to the board.  If they need more time they can request a pass and the Master will skip that board and move on to the other boards.

Since the games are not rated, there is no requirement to keep score.  However, one player did keep score.  So, we can see that the Master doesn't always find the best moves, just the winning ones.  Or, at least, the ones that don't lose.

White to move

See diagram and answer here:

Avoid All Losses


[Event "FM Joe Friedman Simul"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2016.05.31"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Friedman, Joe"]

[Black "Brown, Dean"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "E00"]

[WhiteElo "2221"]

[BlackElo "1509"]

[PlyCount "57"]

[EventDate "2016.05.31"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 b6 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3

Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Bxd2+ 7. Qxd2 Bb7 8. O-O O-O 9. Nc3 Ne7 10. Rfe1 d5 11. Ne5 Nd7 12.

cxd5 Nxe5 13. dxe5 exd5 14. Rad1 c6 15. e4 Qc7 16. exd5 cxd5 17. Qd4 a6 18. Rc1

Nf5 19. Qd3 Qd7 20. Bxd5 Rfd8 21. Rcd1 Bxd5 22. Nxd5 Qe6 23. Qxf5 Rxd5 24. Qxe6

Rxd1 25. Qxf7+ Kxf7 26. Rxd1 Ke7 27. f4 Rd8 28. Rxd8 Kxd8 29. Kf2 1-0


This Week In Chess

On May 31st, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a Simultaneous Chess Exhibition with FM Joe Friedman.  Joe played White on 8 boards, winning 7, drawing 1, and losing 0 (+7,=1,-0).  First place went to the best result from Dario Guerrero, who took home a wooden chess board.  Second place went to the player who lasted the longest, Brian Rountree.

Results. FM Joe Friedman Simul

0-1 8th place Matthew Hansen

0-1 7th place John Kilpatrick

0-1 6th place Doug Clark

0-1 5th place Dean Brown

0-1 4th place Kathy Schneider

0-1 3rd place Alex Torres

0-1 2nd place Brian Rountree $25 Old Chicago gift card

.5-.5 1st place Dario Guerrero Wooden chess board

Categories: 2016

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