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He Mate Me

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 10, 2017 at 5:40 PM

Game Of The Week

By Tim Brennan

Friends, Romans, Countrymen:

It is Tim Brennan here, and I am very happy to be back again for another annual installment of "Tim Brennan week" on Paul Anderson's excellent Colorado Springs Chess News email newsletter!

Thanks Paul for having me!

It is nice to take a break from being a magazine cover model, and be able to focus on writing instead of always being treated like a piece of meat!

Today I would like to share a game that I played against Daoud Zupa at the Denver Chess Club in January 2017.

I have known Daoud for many years.  I used to live in downtown Denver (9th and Lincoln) in the "Capitol Hill" area in the early 2000s.  The Denver Chess Club at that time met at the VFW Post 1, on 9th and Bannock (which has since been torn down and replaced with luxury condos).

The VFW was a bit of a dump.  This was back when people were allowed to smoke indoors, and the whole place smelled like an ash tray.  There was a bar area inside that looked like "Moe's" from the Simpsons.  The toilets were always getting clogged, and the owner was always kicking us out (a common and oft-repeated theme with Colorado Chess clubs).

Daoud also lived on capitol hill, and we could both walk there.  At the time, I was only rated in the 1300s, and he was a very strong player.  I also used to see Daoud a lot on the Auraria Campus where both of us were taking computer science classes at the University of Colorado.

Although we have crossed paths and played in many of the same tournaments over the years, I have rarely been paired against him.  Sometimes there are players like this, that you see all the time, but for whatever reason rarely get paired against.  DuWayne Langseth is another person that falls in this category for me.

But during the January Denver Chess Club monthly tournament I did get paired against Daoud.

Two weeks prior, I had beaten Rudy Tia in one of the best games I had ever played, which I wrote about in my Tactics Time email newsletter "Cover Me", which I sent out on January 5, 2017 (  In that game I sacrificed an exchange and a knight to set up a mating attack, and mated Tia on move 23.

Daoud had seen that game, and said before our game, "I don't want to play the French against you, after seeing what you did to Rudy Tia!"

Our game started off kind of slow, with an early trade of queens.  I realized around move 22 that I could win a pawn, which I did.   My plan was then to trade down into a winning endgame.  I activated my king, moving him towards the center, and got a passed pawn.  All textbook.

Unfortunately for me, Daoud went into "NOTHING IS OVER" mode and found a brilliant mating net!

Black to move

You can view the diagram and answer here:

Normally I don't like losing to an opponent's tactic, but when it is a brilliant one like this, it actually makes me quite happy.  I love a beautiful tactic, even when I am on the receiving end.  After the game, I shook Daoud's hand and congratulated him on the brilliant move 41...Rxg7!! which I didn't see coming at all.

Thanks again Paul for having me!  Keep up the outstanding work that you do!

Your friend, Tim

P.S. If you haven't already, check out the Tactics Time books on amazon, available in both Kindle and paperback formats!

He Mate Me

[Event "Denver Chess Club"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2017.01.17"]

[Round "3"]

[White "Brennan, Tim"]

[Black "Zupa, Daoud"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B23"]

[WhiteElo "1864"]

[BlackElo "1999"]

[PlyCount "84"]

[EventDate "2017.01.03"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 3. a4 Nc6 4. f4 d6 5. Bc4 Nf6 6. Nf3 e6 7. d3 d5 8. Ba2 dxe4

9. dxe4 Qxd1+ 10. Kxd1 b6 11. h3 Bb7 12. e5 Nh5 13. Ne2 Nd4 14. Nfxd4 cxd4 15.

Rh2 g5 16. g4 Nxf4 17. Nxf4 gxf4 18. Bxf4 O-O-O 19. Ke2 Bc5 20. Bc4 Kc7 21. Bd3

Kc6 22. Bg5 Rd7 23. Bf6 Re8 24. Bxh7 Be7 25. Be4+ Kc5 26. Bxb7 Bxf6 27. exf6

Rxb7 28. Kd3 e5 29. Re1 b5 30. axb5 Rxb5 31. b3 Kb4 32. h4 Rc5 33. Ke4 a5 34.

Rd1 Rec8 35. Rdd2 Kb5 36. g5 Rg8 37. Rdg2 Kc6 38. h5 Kd6 39. g6 Ke6 40. g7 Rc3

41. Re2 Rxg7 42. fxg7 f5# 0-1

This Week In Chess

On April 4th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club began its Cabin Fever Reliever (4SS, G/45;d10).

Standings. CFR

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Richard Buchanan 2000 W5 W3 2.0

2 Mark McGough 1848 W6 W4 2.0

3 Brian Jo Rountree 1832 W7 L1 1.0

4 Aleksand Bozhenov 1914 W8 L2 1.0

5 Dean W Brown 1517 L1 W8 1.0

6 Scott Ch Williams 1273 L2 D7 0.5

7 Clinton D Eads 1168 L3 D6 0.5

8 Michael Smith II 1332 L4 L5 0.0

Categories: 2017, Tim Brennan Week

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