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The One Percent

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 4, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event, The June Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30).  It was a four-round, month-long event with one game per night.  Typically, Brian Rountree gets his money's worth on time, as he is one of the last games to finish.  However, this night, he was the first game done.

The reason he finished so quickly was that his game ended in 9 moves.  A single digit game is a rarity in tournament chess.  Very few games finish in under 25 moves, and those games have been given a special name: miniatures.

I have no idea what a single digit game is called.  But they do happen.  I have played in over 900 tournament games.  I searched my database for games that finished in less than 10 moves and found 3 games.  One was 9 moves where my opponent dropped his Queen and resigned.  The next was 1 move because my opponent didn't show up.  The last one was a 4 move checkmate from the editor of my state's chess association, who promised a loss to anyone who submitted an article.

Of course, my numbers may not be the best example of how often single digit games occur, as I don't often play the new or less experienced players.  So, I checked my TD database.  It has 523 games, and I found 6 games with 9 moves or less.  One percent.

You are in rare company to be a part of a single digit game. You are apart of the 99th percentile.  However, I noticed that it is even more rare to win as Black.  All of the single digit games I found were won by White (Peter Barlay had 3 of them).  Until now.

Here is the rarest of rare:  A Single Digit Black Victory

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

The One Percent

[Event "June Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2017.06.27"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Smith, Mike"]

[Black "Rountree, Brian"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C55"]

[WhiteElo "1545"]

[BlackElo "1767"]

[PlyCount "16"]

[EventDate "2017.06.06"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. e5

d5 6. exd6 Bxd6 7. Nxd4 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 Bb4+ 0-1

This Week In Chess

On June 27th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the June Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. JuneSwiss90

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

1 Aleksand Bozhenov 1914 W11 H--- W9 W2 3.5 $30.00 1st

2 Paul D Anderson 2008 W10 W4 W3 L1 3.0 $6.67 2nd

3 Mark McGough 1859 W5 W10 L2 W6 3.0 $6.67 2nd

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1767 W12 L2 W7 W10 3.0 $6.67 2nd

5 Clinton D Eads 1180 L3 L7 W13 W11 2.0 $13.00 U1500/unr

6 Peter Barlay 1957 W7 U--- W11 L3 2.0

7 Dean W Brown 1469 L6 W5 L4 D8 1.5

8 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L9 W13 L10 D7 1.5

9 Calvin P Dejong 1900 W8 H--- L1 U--- 1.5

10 Michael Smith II 1545 L2 L3 W8 L4 1.0

11 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L1 W12 L6 L5 1.0

12 Daniel J Rupp 993 L4 L11 U--- W13 1.0

13 Cass Raymon Melin unr. U--- L8 L5 L12 0.0

Categories: 2017

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