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DuWayne's Crowning Glory

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado State Senior Chess Championship.  I was recruited to be the Tournament Director (TD) for the second day.  The event was a two-day, four-round, Swiss Tournament (4SS, G/90+30).  It was held in Golden, Colorado on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th.  I had my choice of days as the first TD, Philip Nelson, was willing to direct but not give up his whole weekend.  I had lost my spot at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, as the chess playing monk on Sunday, and decided to help the Colorado State Chess Association crown the new Senior Chess Champ.

The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs 16:31 (KJV)

Also, I had just learned that my youngest Grandparent was going to be having her 100th birthday on June 25th.  She did not live long enough to celebrate the occasion, as she died in 2014.  However, since she is buried in Ft Logan National Cemetery, I figured I could stop by after the tournament and put some flowers on her grave.

It seemed like the perfect plan.  Two birds, one stone.

However, I didn't realize the problems that are associated with having 2 TDs tag-team direct a chess tournament.  Philip uses different software than I do.  So, getting the first half results in a digital file was not likely to work.  Fortunately, the turn-out was small and entering the results by hand was not that difficult.

The other problem that was new to me was directing a seniors-only event.  Maybe I shouldn't say, "Problem."  It is a different set of challenges with all seniors at a chess event.

I made the mistake of asking the group if anyone knew how to set up the printer that Philip had left for me.  DuWayne said,  "Let me take a look under the hood."  So, I turned over my netbook to him while I set up the snack bar with Werther's hard candies and Metamucil.

Soon, I realized that DuWayne was not going get the printer up and running.  He asked, "Where is the Enter key? Your computer doesn't have one."

"It is right here, DuWayne, " I responded politely.

"Your keyboard is too small!" DuWayne complained with an air of frustration, "It is asking for a password.  Why is it asking for a password?  What is the password?"

"It is AMCguest, DuWayne," I said.

"What?" DuWayne spoke loudly, cupping his hand over his ear, "Speak up, sonny."

"Thanks for your help.  I am just going to write the pairings by hand."  I said nicely, trying to usher him off my computer and back to his seat, "Let me just close these 14 windows of blank spreadsheets, OneNote, PowerPoint, and 7 windows of Internet Explorer.  Oh, look, you have deleted the SwissSys tournament file.  Thanks again, I've got it from here."

Once I got DuWayne back to his chair and started the first round, I was able to get the computer working again and even downloaded the correct driver to connect to the printer.  I printed one page for the third round pairings just to make sure it was working when Jeff Cohen came back to pick up the printer.

So, I spend the rest of the third round uninstalling the printer software.

Most of my time during the fourth round was spent refilling the cleaning fluid for bifocal glasses and waking up the players when it was their move.  I think DuWayne benefited the most from my duties, as I woke him up with his game in the following position.  I was busy cleaning his glasses so he had to lean in real close to find the right move. 

However, he was able to see it and went on to win his first Colorado State Senior Chess Championship.  Congratulatons, DuWayne!

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

DuWayne's Crowning Glory

[Event "Senior Championship"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2017.06.25"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Langseth, DuWayne"]

[Black "Wutt, Larry"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A45"]

[WhiteElo "1979"]

[BlackElo "1984"]

[PlyCount "57"]

[EventDate "2017.06.24"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 e6 3. f4 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Bd3 d5

6. Nf3 b6 7. Nbd2 Bd6 8. Ne5 Qc7 9. O-O O-O 10. Rf3 Bb7 11. Rh3 Ne7 12. Bxh7+

Kh8 13. Bd3+ Kg8 14. Qe1 Rfd8 15. Qh4 Kf8 16. Qh8+ Neg8 17. Ndf3 Bxe5 18. fxe5

Ne4 19. Bxe4 dxe4 20. Ng5 Rd7 21. Rh7 Ke7 22. Rxg7 Nh6 23. Qxh6 Rf8 24. Nh7

Rdd8 25. Nxf8 Rxf8 26. Qf6+ Ke8 27. Qxe6+ fxe6 28. Rxc7 Ba6 29. Bd2 1-0

This Week In Chess

On June 20th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the June Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. JuneSwiss90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2008 W7 W4 W3 3.0

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 1914 W8 H--- W6 2.5

3 Mark McGough 1859 W10 W7 L1 2.0

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1767 W12 L1 W9 2.0

5 Peter Barlay 1957 W9 U--- W8 2.0

6 Calvin P Dejong 1900 W11 H--- L2 1.5

7 Michael Smith II 1545 L1 L3 W11 1.0

8 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L2 W12 L5 1.0

9 Dean W Brown 1469 L5 W10 L4 1.0

10 Clinton D Eads 1180 L3 L9 W13 1.0

11 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L6 W13 L7 1.0

12 Daniel J Rupp 993 L4 L8 U--- 0.0

13 Cass Raymon Melin unr. U--- L11 L10 0.0

Projected prizes: $30 1st; $20 2nd; $13 U1500/unr

Categories: 2017

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