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The Demise Of Denny's

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the old Denny's tournaments. 

Back in July of 2007, the Colorado Springs Chess Club tested out the idea of offering more chess.  Rather than just one night per week and one location, we created a new night at a new location.  It was an immediate success.

Players who were not coming to the traditional Tuesday night events started coming to events on other nights.  However, the club only has limited resources.  So, part of the formula for making the extra nights work was to find locations that would let chess players take over their establishment for free. 

For one reason or another, chess players wore out the welcome mat at a number of places:

  • Poor Richard's Bookstore
  • East Coast Deli
  • Panera on Powers
  • Air Force Academy
  • Panera on Academy
  • Pikes Perk
  • IHOP on Academy
  • IHOP on Stetson Hills
  • Garbanzo's
  • Marco's
  • A house in North Gate

What we lacked was a quality organizer who could build a good relationship with a favorable location.  Finally, we landed a nationally known chess tournament director from Ohio, Earle Wikle, and he found a place that was a steal:  Denny's!

The Denny's events started in September of 2015 and ran until December of 2016.  We held 32 events at their location and all was right with the chess world. 

However, all good things end.  Appearently, someone tripped over an extention cord and went into a rant like Donald Duck turning red and spraying spittle and feathers all over the place.  Well, this soured the management on chess players in general, and Earle, despite his extraordinary diplomatic skills, could not get back in their good graces.  Denny's asked us to leave.

Beware the wrath of Earle!

Anyone who has ventured into the world of chess tournament organizing knows how lucrative it can be.  Well, Earle was not going to let his cash cow die without a fight.  He penned a nastly letter to Denny's Corporate office, posting it to many social media outlets, letting them know about the billions of dollars he was generating.

Soon the Colorado Department of Revenue got wind of Denny's backroom games of chance, with its enormous prizes and never ending pots of coffee.  They were none too pleased that many of the cash awards were not signed for and not reported on the chess players taxes. 

They shut down the nafarious operation and are currently looking for anyone who may have received a prize from a Denny's event.  Please fill out a 1099 form within the next 90 days and return it to:

Colorado Department of Revenue

Denver, CO 80261

Of particular interest, the Colorado Department of Revenue is looking for the two parties involved in the following game that created this position, which won a suspiciously large brilliancy prize:

Black to mate

See the diagram and answer here:

The Demise Of Denny's

[Event "Denny's Thursday Grand Slam October"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2015.10.01"]

[Round "1"]

[White "Mekonnen, Alemayehu"]

[Black "DeJong, Calvin"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B22"]

[WhiteElo "1587"]

[BlackElo "1241"]

[Annotator "D,Calvin"]

[PlyCount "106"]

[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bc4 e6 6. O-O Be7 7. d4 Nc7 8. Nbd2

b6 9. Ne4 cxd4 10. cxd4 O-O 11. Nd6 Bxd6 12. exd6 Ne8 13. Bg5 f6 14. Bf4 Na5

15. Bd3 Nb7 16. Be4 Rb8 17. Bd3 Nexd6 18. Qa4 Ra8 19. Ba6 Qe7 20. Qb4 Nf5 21.

Qa4 d6 22. Rfe1 Na5 23. Bd3 Bd7 24. Qd1 g6 25. b4 Nc6 26. a3 Ncxd4 27. Be4

Nxf3+ 28. Bxf3 Rad8 29. g4 Nh4 30. Bh1 e5 31. Bg3 f5 32. f4 e4 33. g5 h6 34.

Bxh4 h5 35. Qd4 Ba4 36. Bg2 d5 37. Rac1 Qg7 38. Qd2 d4 39. Bxe4 fxe4 40. Rxe4

Qd7 41. Bf2 Bc6 42. Rxd4 Qg4+ 43. Bg3 Rxd4 44. Qxd4 Qf3 45. Qc4+ Bd5 46. Qf1

Qe3+ 47. Bf2 Qxf4 48. Bg3 Qd4+ 49. Bf2 Qg4+ 50. Bg3 Rxf1+ 51. Kxf1 Qf3+ 52. Ke1

Qe3+ 53. Kd1 Bb3+ {White resigns} 0-1

This Week In Chess

On May 30th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the May Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30).

Standings. MaySwiss90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2008 W12 W3 L2 W9 W5 4.0 $25.00 1st

2 Laurence Rob Wutt 1989 W7 W4 W1 W6 U--- 4.0 $25.00 1st

3 Brian Jo Rountree 1761 W11 L1 W7 D4 W6 3.5 $5.00 GOW

4 Mark McGough 1859 W10 L2 W11 D3 W7 3.5

5 Michael Smith II 1545 W13 W9 L6 W8 L1 3.0 $13.00 U1600

6 Alexander Freeman 1908 D8 W12 W5 L2 L3 2.5

7 Dean W Brown 1475 L2 W13 L3 W11 L4 2.0

8 William Leo Wolf 1312 D6 W14 L9 L5 D10 2.0

9 Peter Barlay 1957 W14 L5 W8 L1 U--- 2.0 $5.00 GOW

10 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L4 L11 H--- W14 D8 2.0

11 Clinton D Eads 1180 L3 W10 L4 L7 U--- 1.0

12 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L1 L6 W14 U--- U--- 1.0

13 Daniel J Rupp 993 L5 L7 H--- U--- U--- 0.5

14 Michael W Sandau 1372 L9 L8 L12 L10 U--- 0.0

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