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The Knights Are Better Here!


The Threat Is Stronger Than The Execution

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 20, 2018 at 4:40 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's March Swiss 90.  The event is a month-long tournament with one game per night.  The club officers have scheduled eight of these types of events in the second and third month of each quarter.  In the first month of each quarter, the club holds special events.  January is Speed Chess.  April and July are Quick-rated and Dual rated.  Finally, October is the City Chess Championship, which will be in its 54th year.

The new schedule has stabilized attendance.  We don't seem to have the wild swings in numbers we used to have.  However, last week was an exception.  But a good one.  For the first time in several years, the Colorado Springs Chess Club had to use three pages for the wall chart.  That means we had over 20 players in the monthly event!

With so many games going on last week, my usual job of going over all the games is getting a little more time consuming.  However, it gives me a lot of choices for the Game Of The Week.

I found one I liked from Joey Arispe vs Ayush Vispute.  When I entered the game into my computer, I was surprised that a Knight was hanging for so long.  Sometimes when you enter a game into the computer, you guess at the moves rather than read them from the score sheet because the moves look so automatic.  When you go back to reading the moves you realize that the game you entered makes no sense since the players didn't play the automatic moves.

It turns out the Knight is not an automatic capture.  There is a better threat.

There is a story about Aron Nimzowitsch that when an opponent laid an unlit cigar on the table, he complained to the tournament arbiters, "He is threatening to smoke, and as an old player you must know that the threat is stronger than the execution."

White to move

You can view the diagram and answer here:

The Threat Is Stronger Than The Execution


[Event "March Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.03.13"]

[Round "2.7"]

[White "Vispute, Ayush"]

[Black "Arispe, Joey"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B22"]

[WhiteElo "1209"]

[BlackElo "1123"]

[PlyCount "126"]

[EventDate "2018.03.06"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 e6 5. Nf3

Nf6 6. Nc3 d5 7. e5 Nd7 8. Bd3 Be7 9. O-O O-O 10. Qc2 h6 11. a3 b6 12. b4 f6

13. Nxd5 exd5 14. Qxc6 Rb8 15. Qxd5+ Kh8 16. e6 Rb7 17. Ba6 Rc7 18. Bxc8 Qxc8

19. exd7 Rxd7 20. Qe6 g5 21. d5 Kg7 22. Rd1 Bd6 23. Nd4 Be5 24. Nf5+ Kh7 25.

Rb1 Re8 26. Nd6 Rxd6 27. Qf7+ Kh8 28. Qxa7 Bd4 29. Bxg5 Qc2 30. Rbc1 Qxf2+ 31.

Kh1 hxg5 32. Qc7 Be5 33. Qf7 Rdd8 34. Qh5+ Kg7 35. d6 Bxd6 36. Rf1 Qh4 37. Qxh4

gxh4 38. Rc6 Be5 39. Rxb6 Rd2 40. Rb7+ Kg6 41. a4 Rb8 42. Rxb8 Bxb8 43. a5 Rb2

44. a6 Rxb4 45. Ra1 Ba7 46. g3 hxg3 47. hxg3 Kg5 48. Kg2 Kg4 49. Ra2 f5 50. Ra1

Rb2+ 51. Kf1 Kxg3 52. Ra3+ Kg4 53. Ke1 f4 54. Kf1 f3 55. Ra1 Rh2 56. Ra4+ Kg3

57. Rg4+ Kxg4 58. Ke1 Kf4 59. Kd1 Ke3 60. Kc1 Kd3 61. Kb1 Kc3 62. Ka1 Kb3 63.

Kb1 Rh1# 0-1

This Week In Chess

On March 13th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued its March Swiss 90 (4SS, G90+30).

Standings. March Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Brian Jo Rountree 1854 W9 W8 2.0

2 Calvin P Dejong 1837 W11 D3 1.5

3 Paul D Anderson 2045 W18 D2 1.5

4 Josh S Bloomer 2353 H--- W10 1.5

5 Daniel Herman 2107 H--- W15 1.5

6 Sara Herman 1942 H--- W16 1.5

7 Michael St Filppu 1654 W19 H--- 1.5

8 Mark McGough 1804 W12 L1 1.0

9 Scott Ch Williams 1203 L1 W19 1.0

10 Dean W Brown 1422 W21 L4 1.0

11 Joseph Reininger 1193 L2 W21 1.0

12 Joey Arispe 1123 L8 W20 1.0

13 Peter Barlay 1925 W20 U--- 1.0

14 Shirley Herman 1115 U--- W18 1.0

15 Edward D Boldt 1836 H--- L5 0.5

16 Michael Smith II 1644 H--- L6 0.5

17 Austin Cl Harbach 1576 H--- U--- 0.5

18 Clinton D Eads 1250 L3 L14 0.0

19 Grayson Ed Harris 1002 L7 L9 0.0

20 Ayush Pan Vispute 1209 L13 L12 0.0

21 Lawrence R Osborn 974 L10 L11 0.0

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