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Posted by Paul Anderson on July 19, 2016 at 5:20 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event: the July Mating Game.  This is a 2-week event, and this year, rounds 3 and 4 fell on the same night as the Pikes Peak Or Bust Rodeo Parade.  This parade travels right next to the chess club and makes parking much more difficult.  However, no one had to forfeit a game, and none of the late players even suffered a loss.

I thought the parade was going to be my toughest problem to deal with as a TD (tournament director) that night.  Of course, I had forgot about the fact that I had Shirley Herman in the event.

One of my jobs as TD is to get the prize winners signed.  This is typically one of the easiest parts of the jobs.  Prize winners are happy, joyful players who eagerly sign the prize sheet, shake your hand, and collect their money with a hearty "Thank You!"

However, Shirley is not normal.  She thinks she is the Von Miller of the Colorado Chess scene.  She refused to sign, holding out for more prize money.

She has made it her mission to fight for better conditions and higher prizes for the Class E chess player.  I belive she will sit out of another Millionare Open until GM Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee get $1,000,000 in the U1200 section.

I was going to call John Elway and ask him just how he got Von Miller signed.  However, I don't think John Elway ever had to deal with someone like Shirley.  I was talking to Cam Newton and Tom Brady who said, "Shirley Herman scares us."

I began to see what Cam and Tom were talking about after Shirley burst out into a profanity-laced tantrum when I told her she won a prize and asked her to sign.  I was stunned.  I have heard some bad stuff in my days but nothing like this.  It was worse than setting off Alex Torres; it was more offensive than reading a Brian Wall email; it was more shocking than a Redd Foxx record.  If Tipper Gore had heard it, she would have slapped a Parental-Advisory sticker over her mouth.

I figured that I would need some help with the negotiations:  alcohol.  So, a handful of us walked over to the Old Chicago's on Tejon for its closing after 34 years in downtown.  I don't know what drink Shirley ordered, but I wanted to stay sober and clear-minded to remain focused on my goal of getting all the prize winners signed.  Unfortunately, when I tried to order a Shirley Temple, I misspoke saying, "I will have the Shirley Herman," and got a glass of straight vinegar.

Well, I realized that you can't always get every prize winner signed.  So, I focused on the prize winners the club really wants back.  I got Daniel Herman signed.  I got Jeff Fox signed.  I got Brian Rountree signed.  I got Alex Freeman signed.  I just have Scott Williams and Shirley Herman left to sign.  I don't think I can afford Shirley Herman.  So, I will throw the little extra money I have left towards Scott and hope for the Chess Executive Of The Year award.

After all, Scott did create this week's Game Of The Week and this position.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

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[Event "July Mating Game"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2016.07.12"]

[Round "2.6"]

[White "Rupp, Dan"]

[Black "Williams, Scott"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C44"]

[WhiteElo "1023"]

[BlackElo "1163"]

[PlyCount "72"]

[EventDate "2016.07.05"]

[TimeControl "1800"]


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. e5 Bc5 5. Bc4

d5 6. Bg5 Nge7 7. Bd3 Bg4 8. h3 Bxf3 9. gxf3 Nxe5 10. Bb5+ c6 11. Be2 h6 12.

Bh4 Qb6 13. f4 Nc4 14. b3 Bb4+ 15. Kf1 Nb2 16. Qc1 Bc3 17. Nxc3 dxc3 18. Qe1 d4

19. Bc4 O-O 20. Bxf7+ Rxf7 21. Bxe7 Re8 22. Qe6 Rexe7 23. Qc8+ Rf8 24. Qg4 Qb5+

25. Kg2 d3 26. cxd3 Qd5+ 27. Kh2 Nxd3 28. Rad1 c2 29. Rd2 Rxf4 30. Rxd3 Rxf2+

31. Kg3 Qxd3+ 32. Kh4 Kh7 33. Rg1 g5+ 34. Qxg5 hxg5+ 35. Rxg5 Rf4+ 36. Kh5

Qxh3# 0-1


This Week In Chess

On July 12th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished its annual tradition: the July Mating Game (4SS, G/30;d/10). 13 players joined.

Standings. July Mating Game

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize

1 Daniel Herman 14345456 2045 W4 W3 W5 W6 4.0 $20.00 1st

2 Jeffrey R Fox 12641996 1976 L11 W7 W12 W5 3.0 $13.00 2nd

3 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1877 W13 L1 D10 W9 2.5 $4.50 U1900

4 Alexander Freeman 14201087 1706 L1 W13 D9 W10 2.5 $9.50 U1900 + GOW

5 Aleksand Bozhenov 15525004 1947 W8 W11 L1 L2 2.0

6 Paul D Anderson 12728345 2020 W10 W9 U--- L1 2.0

7 Shirley Herman 14812654 1096 L9 L2 W13 W11 2.0 [REFUSED TO SIGN FOR PRIZE]

8 Scott Ch Williams 15755696 1163 L5 L10 W11 W13 2.0 $8.00 U1600 + GOW

9 Mark McGough 11366481 1881 W7 L6 D4 L3 1.5

10 Sara Herman 14345441 1787 L6 W8 D3 L4 1.5

11 Dean W Brown 10224098 1507 W2 L5 L8 L7 1.0

12 Anthea Jan Carson 12614322 1632 H--- H--- L2 U--- 1.0

13 Daniel J Rupp 15768473 1023 L3 L4 L7 L8 0.0

Categories: 2016

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