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Pikes Peak Or Bust

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 17, 2017 at 6:40 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's annual tradition, the July Mating Game.  It is a 2-week event that typically conflicts with Colorado Springs' annual tradition, the Pikes Peak Or Bust Rodeo Parade.

The parade travels right by the chess club and blocks anyone trying to cross Tejon for most of downtown.  In addition, it makes parking far more difficult than it already is.  However, to be fair, the parade was here first.  They have been holding it since 1940.  The chess club didn't start until 1947.

So, I have learned to adapt to the parade over the years.  I arrive early and on the Nevada side of Tejon, where there is more parking.  Then I enjoy the walk around our quaint downtown and, sometimes, even catch a little bit of the parade.

This year, I was so inspired by the parade that I decided to create one in my game that night.  See if you can find the move to start the parade.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Pikes Peak Or Bust

[Event "July Mating Game"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2017.07.11"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Eads, Clint"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A91"]

[WhiteElo "2014"]

[BlackElo "1200"]

[PlyCount "97"]

[EventDate "2017.07.04"]

[TimeControl "2700"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nh3 O-O

6. O-O d6 7. Nc3 a5 8. Nf4 Qe8 9. Nb5 Na6 10. Bd2 e5 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Nd5 Nxd5

13. Bxd5+ Kh8 14. Bg2 f4 15. Bxa5 Qh5 16. Bxc7 Nxc7 17. Nxc7 fxg3 18. fxg3 Bc5+

19. Kh1 Bh3 20. Nxa8 Bxg2+ 21. Kxg2 Rxa8 22. Qd3 Bd4 23. Rf5 Qe8 24. Qc2 Qc6+

25. e4 Kg8 26. Raf1 Qd6 27. Qb3 Bc5 28. Rd1 Qe7 29. Rd5 Bd4 30. Rb5 Rb8 31. c5+

Kh8 32. Qf7 Bxc5 33. Qxe7 Bxe7 34. Rf7 Bd6 35. Rd7 Bf8 36. Rdxb7 Rc8 37. Rb8

Rc2+ 38. Kh3 Kg8 39. Rxe5 Rc6 40. Ree8 Rh6+ 41. Kg2 Rf6 42. e5 Rf5 43. e6 g6

44. e7 Kg7 45. Rxf8 Rd5 46. e8=Q Rd2+ 47. Kh3 Kh6 48. Qe3+ Kh5 49. g4# 1-0

This Week In Chess

On July 11th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the July Mating Game (4SS, G/45;d/10).  Since the event didn't have enough games to meet the USCF's minimum rating fee, several players created a Speed Quad (RR, G/5;d/0)

Standings. jmg: July Mating Game

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

1 Jeffrey R Fox 1968 W8 W2 L3 W5 3.0 $21.00 1st

2 Mark McGough 1853 W4 L1 W6 D3 2.5 $7.00 2nd

3 Brian Jo Rountree 1834 H--- H--- W1 D2 2.5 $7.00 2nd

4 Paul D Anderson 2014 L2 W8 U--- W6 2.0

5 Michael Smith II 1589 H--- H--- W7 L1 2.0 $9.00 U1800/unr

6 Clinton D Eads 1200 H--- H--- L2 L4 1.0

7 Brian Henry Baum unr. H--- H--- L5 U--- 1.0

8 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1483 L1 L4 U--- U--- 0.0

Standings. jmg: Speed Quad

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1953 W3 W4 W2 3.0

2 Jeffrey R Fox 1839 W4 D3 L1 1.5

3 Mark McGough 1702 L1 D2 W4 1.5

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1636 L2 L1 L3 0.0

Categories: 2017

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