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WARNING: High Performance Rating

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 31, 2017 at 8:20 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from Doug Clark.  I told Doug I would publish his first USCF-rated win.  Well, after 45 games and two years, it finally happened.  Doug won!

In the fourth round of the July Quick, everything finally came together and he got that elusive win.  Unfortunately, players do not have to keep score in a Quick-rated game.  So, the actual victory cannot be published.  However, Colorado's newest Tournament Director (TD), Matthew Hansen, was there to see the final position and the glorious mate.  Both players just stared with amazement at the board for several minutes while Matthew wiped tears from his eyes.

"It was like watching the Cubs win the World Series," commented Mike Smith.

"I knew it was going to happen.  Surely, he was crushing a certain player in the past but just ran out of time," added Peter Barlay.

"High Performance Rating!" warned the USCF rating system.

As I helped Matthew Hansen submit the results, we received the USCF's warning.  The TD has to investigate and check off any warnings the USCF's computer system finds in the results that are submitted to be rated.  I guess the USCF doubted Doug's will and perseverance to get that first win.

The rest of us never did.  We were rooting for it.

He had all the elements of a win.  He could play good development.  He could find good tactics.  He could play a good endgame.  He could manage his clock well.  Just not all in the same game.

Here is an example from the 52nd Colorado Springs City Chess Championship where Doug gets a winning position, but his tactical eye failed him in this loss.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

WARNING: High Performance Rating

[Event "City Championship"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2016.11.01"]

[Round "5.7"]

[White "Rupp, Dan"]

[Black "Clark, Doug"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C21"]

[WhiteElo "921"]

[BlackElo "159"]

[PlyCount "53"]

[EventDate "2016.10.04"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 d6 3. d5 Nf6 4. Nc3 b6 5. Bb5+ Bd7

6. Qe2 c6 7. dxc6 Nxc6 8. Bg5 Nd4 9. Qd3 a6 10. Bc4 b5 11. Bd5 Rc8 12. Nf3 h6

13. Bd2 b4 14. Ne2 Bb5 15. c4 Bc6 16. Nfxd4 exd4 17. Nxd4 Bxd5 18. exd5 Qe7+

19. Ne2 a5 20. O-O Qe5 21. Rfe1 Qxb2 22. Nf4+ Be7 23. Ng6 fxg6 24. Qxg6+ Kd7

25. Qf5+ Kd8 26. Qe6 Rxc4 27. Qxe7+ 1-0

This Week In Chess

On July 25th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the July Quick (6SS, G/24+5).

Standings. July Quick

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1953 W7 W11 W2 L3 W4 W5 5.0 $32.50 1st

2 Jeffrey R Fox 1839 W10 W9 L1 W5 W3 W6 5.0 $32.50 1st

3 Aleksand Bozhenov 1825 W12 D4 W5 W1 L2 D9 4.0

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1636 W15 D3 L11 W7 L1 W10 3.5 $17.00 U1700

5 Michael Smith II 1457 W6 W7 L3 L2 W9 L1 3.0

6 Konnor Katona unr. L5 W13 L9 X14 W8 L2 3.0 $5.50 U1000/unr

7 Scott Ch Williams 1302 L1 L5 W10 L4 W13 W15 3.0

8 Michael Bauers 831 H--- H--- U--- W10 L6 W13 3.0 $5.50 U1000/unr

9 Peter Barlay 1702 W14 L2 W6 U--- L5 D3 2.5

10 Clinton D Eads 1114 L2 W14 L7 L8 W15 L4 2.0

11 Mark McGough 1702 W13 L1 W4 U--- U--- U--- 2.0

12 Matthew C Hansen 533 L3 W15 H--- U--- U--- U--- 1.5

13 Douglas N Clark 496 L11 L6 L14 W15 L7 L8 1.0

14 Ritarka Samanta unr. L9 L10 W13 F6 U--- U--- 1.0

15 Drake Wilson unr. L4 L12 H--- L13 L10 L7 0.5

Categories: 2017

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