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Remove The Attacker

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 7, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's August Swiss 90.  It will be a five round event this month and good preparation for our city championship coming up in October.

A couple of Brians met for the first time.  One is a regular at the club and this time control.  One is new to slow chess.  One has over 1,000 rated chess games under his belt.  One has 4 games in the bank.  One has been playing USCF chess for close to 25 years.  One has just started.

Despite the glaring difference in experience, the newby decided to castle opposite from the veteran.  Chess games where the Kings are located on different sides of the board are often a race to see which player can Pawn Storm the other player's King the fastest.  The veteran won that race.

With open files pointing towards the King and pieces pouring in the holes, the old Brian put the pressure on the new Brian to see how well he could rally his defence. 

While chess tactics are most commonly thought of as offensive weapons, similar ideas can be used as defensive weapons.  A chess player can remove the defender to gain material or get to the King.  However, when too many of your opponent's pieces are assembling around your King, it just might be time to deploy the counter measures.

See if you can find the moves to salvage this position.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Remove The Attacker

[Event "August Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2017.08.01"]

[Round "1.5"]

[White "Baum, Brian"]

[Black "Rountree, Brian"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A00"]

[WhiteElo "643"]

[BlackElo "1856"]

[PlyCount "42"]

[EventDate "2017.08.01"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e3 e5 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. Ne2 Bd6 5. b3 Ne7

6. Bb2 Be6 7. d4 e4 8. Nbc3 O-O 9. Qd2 b5 10. Nf4 Nd7 11. Nxe6 fxe6 12. O-O-O

a5 13. a4 Bb4 14. Qe2 Nb6 15. axb5 a4 16. Bh3 Rf6 17. bxc6 axb3 18. Qb5 Ba3 19.

Qxb3 Nc4 20. Na4 Bxb2+ 21. Nxb2 Ra1# 0-1

This Week In Chess

On August 1st, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the August Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30).

Standings. August Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2001 W7 1.0

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 1994 W8 1.0

3 Peter Barlay 1912 W9 1.0

4 Mark McGough 1876 W10 1.0

5 Brian Jo Rountree 1856 W11 1.0

6 Michael Smith II 1573 W12 1.0

7 Derek Eskeldson 1270 L1 0.0

8 Scott Ch Williams 1233 L2 0.0

9 Clinton D Eads 1229 L3 0.0

10 Daniel J Rupp 989 L4 0.0

11 Brian Henry Baum 643 L5 0.0

12 Douglas N Clark 159 L6 0.0

Categories: 2017

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