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Country Jam, Take Me Home

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 26, 2018 at 7:35 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from Mike Smith.  Mike has been a Supporting Member of the Colorado Springs Chess Club since 2017.  He typically plays on Tuesday nights and last year scored a perfect 50% with 27 wins and 27 losses (1 draw).  His most common opponent is Brian Rountree and yet he still renewed his Supporting Membership for 2018.

The past 2 years, he has joined my March Madness group, picking West Virginia to win back-to-back titles.  This must be his alma mater, and his loyality is blinding his ability to recognize seeding numbers.  Of course, this year, that blindness was not much of a handicap with the majority of the teams in the tournament unable to play up to their seeding rank. 

You were in huge trouble if the famous alumi of Loyola University Chicago, Bob Newhart, was in your March Madness group.  He would have scored tons of bonus points.  Unfortunately, our group didn't do much better with Florida State alum, Dean Brown, stealing the crown with his crazy, upset picks.

Of course, the boy from the Blue ridge mountains and Shenandoah river wasn't as lucky this year with Villinova crushing West Virginia, but I still like Mike because he likes my stuff on Facebook. 

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More than any other Facebook friend, Mike likes my chess posts.  So, now his stuff pops to the top of my feed.  I get to see all his country boy antics like getting into bar fights, getting dumped by his girlfriends, and getting his pick-up truck repossessed.

The last post invited me to go camping with him at Country Jam 2018 for $250.  While I like homemade preservatives as much as the next guy, that is just way too much money for what is mostly a breakfast stable.

However, if it will help raise funds for your fruity campout, I will give you the Game Of The Week prize for missing this obvious move against Clint Eads.

White to move

You can view the diagram and answer here:

Country Jam, Take Me Home

[Event "March Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.03.20"]

[Round "3.6"]

[White "Smith, Mike"]

[Black "Eads, Clint"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B07"]

[WhiteElo "1644"]

[BlackElo "1250"]

[PlyCount "103"]

[EventDate "2018.03.06"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. dxe5 dxe5 5.

Qxd8+ Kxd8 6. Bg5 Ke8 7. Nf3 Bd6 8. O-O-O Be6 9. Bb5+ Nc6 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Nd5

Bxd5 12. exd5 a6 13. Bxc6+ bxc6 14. dxc6 Ke7 15. Rhe1 Rhg8 16. g3 Rab8 17. Rd3

Rb6 18. Nd4 Kf8 19. Nf5 Rxc6 20. Red1 Rg5 21. Nxd6 cxd6 22. Rxd6 Rxd6 23. Rxd6

a5 24. Rxf6 Kg7 25. Rf3 e4 26. Rf4 Re5 27. Kd2 Rb5 28. b3 a4 29. Rxe4 axb3 30.

cxb3 Rd5+ 31. Kc3 Rd1 32. a4 Rf1 33. Rf4 Rc1+ 34. Kb4 Rh1 35. h4 Re1 36. a5 Re5

37. a6 Re8 38. Ka4 Re6 39. Kb5 Re5+ 40. Kb6 Re6+ 41. Kb7 Re7+ 42. Kc8 Re8+ 43.

Kd7 Ra8 44. Ra4 Ra7+ 45. Kc6 Re7 46. a7 Re6+ 47. Kd5 h5 48. a8=Q Rg6 49. Rf4

Re6 50. Qb7 Rg6 51. Rxf7+ Kh6 52. Rh7# 1-0

This Week In Chess

On March 20th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued its March Swiss 90 (4SS, G90+30).

Standings. March Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2045 W18 D2 W7 2.5

2 Calvin P Dejong 1837 W12 D1 W11 2.5

3 Josh S Bloomer 2353 H--- W15 W4 2.5

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1854 W5 W11 L3 2.0

5 Scott Ch Williams 1203 L4 W20 W12 2.0

6 Edward D Boldt 1836 H--- L9 W13 1.5

7 Michael St Filppu 1654 W20 H--- L1 1.5

8 Michael Smith II 1644 H--- L10 W18 1.5

9 Daniel Herman 2107 H--- W6 U--- 1.5

10 Sara Herman 1942 H--- W8 U--- 1.5

11 Mark McGough 1804 W13 L4 L2 1.0

12 Joseph Reininger 1193 L2 W19 L5 1.0

13 Joey Arispe 1123 L11 W14 L6 1.0

14 Ayush Pan Vispute 1209 L16 L13 W19 1.0

15 Dean W Brown 1422 W19 L3 U--- 1.0

16 Peter Barlay 1925 W14 U--- U--- 1.0

17 Shirley Herman 1115 U--- W18 U--- 1.0

18 Clinton D Eads 1250 L1 L17 L8 0.0

19 Lawrence R Osborn 974 L15 L12 L14 0.0

20 Grayson Ed Harris 1002 L7 L5 U--- 0.0

Projected prizes: 1st $44.00; 2nd $29.00; U1800 $19.00; U1205 $13.00

Categories: 2018

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