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Puncher's Chance

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 17, 2018 at 5:20 PM

Game Of The Week

By Tim Brennan

Thanks Paul for inviting me back for another Tim Brennan week in the Colorado Springs Chess Newsletter!

Today I would like to share my experience playing in the Colorado vs New Mexico team match last fall.  The Colorado vs New Mexico matches go back a few years, and I believe the idea was started by Paul Covington (although it might have been Klaus Johnson).  Each year the event is hosted by a different state.

Last year (2017), it was held in Santa Fe, which is the capital of New Mexico.  Santa Fe is also home of my favorite author George R. R. Martin who wrote the Game of Thrones books.  GRRM is also a life member of the USCF!

I was the TD for the Colorado vs New Mexico match a few years ago when it was held in Trinidad.  So, I was pretty familiar with the format and knew the event was a lot of fun.  These tournaments are similar to the Scholastic Closed, where there are always last minute drop outs and no shows.

For the 2017 tournament, it was announced that it was going to be held in the capital building, which I thought sounded very exciting.  I love tournaments that are held in nice and exotic locations.

They were holding a side event that was open to everyone.  So, I decided I would drive down to Santa Fe and play in that.  I had done nothing to qualify in the team tournament, and didn't even play in the class championship, which determines who represents Colorado.  As I was driving down that Friday, Brian Wall texted me to let me know that Chris Peterson, who was supposed to play board one, dropped out at the last minute. Brian wanted to know if I could take Chris's place on the team.

Of course, Chris is a much stronger player than I am, but when you are man short you have to take any warm body that you can find!  Much like when the Chicago Blackhawks signed a 36 year old accountant earlier this year to be their backup goalie - and he ended up in the game!

The day of the tournament I ended up on board 2, the "master/expert" board, even though my brief tenure as an "expert" ended faster than a Britney Spears Vegas marriage.  I found out I was paired against Philip Bauer (rated 2102).  Brian sat next to me on board 1.

The event was absolutely beautiful! We sat right in the middle of the capital in a circle under the domed ceiling.  They had flags and nice boards for us to play on.

Round 1, Brian and I both lost, but the team score was 5-5.

After round 1, everyone went out for a nice lunch at a Mexican restaurant which was great.  That night was the Connor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather fight, which I really wanted to watch.  Most people predicted that Mayweather would win, but McGregor had a "puncher's chance."  I felt the same way going into my second round game.

In round 2, I was able to get my pieces on some active squares, and then my opponent let down his guard and allowed me a sucker punch.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

After the dust settled in round 2, Colorado came out a game ahead and won the match 11-9.  I was happy that I was able to contribute and put Colorado over the top with my 300 point upset win!  That night Brian, Philip (my opponent in the match) and I all watched the McGregor fight, which was a blast!

Thank you to the fine folks in New Mexico who put on such an awesome event! This will be a tournament and weekend I will never forget.

Puncher's Chance

[Event "NM vs CO"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2017.08.26"]

[Round "2.2"]

[White "Brennan, Tim"]

[Black "Bauer, Philip"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B18"]

[WhiteElo "1821"]

[BlackElo "2102"]

[PlyCount "67"]

[EventDate "2017.08.26"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Bc4 e6 7. N1e2 Nf6 8.

O-O Nbd7 9. f4 b5 10. Bb3 a5 11. c3 a4 12. Bc2 Bxc2 13. Qxc2 Bd6 14. f5 e5 15.

Bg5 h6 16. Bh4 Qb6 17. Kh1 exd4 18. Nxd4 O-O 19. Ne4 Nxe4 20. Qxe4 c5 21. Nf3

Rfe8 22. Qg4 Re2 23. f6 Nxf6 24. Bxf6 Bf8 25. Bh4 Rae8 26. Rae1 c4 27. a3 R8e6

28. Nd4 Rxe1 29. Rxe1 Rg6 30. Qc8 Qa6 31. Qxa6 Rxa6 32. Re8 g5 33. Bg3 f6 34.

Re6 1-0

This Week In Chess

On April 10th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the April Quick Six event (6SS, G/24+5).

Standings. April Quick Six

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

1 Peter Barlay 1617 W8 L3 D11 W6 W2 W4 4.5 $36.00 1st

2 Mark McGough 1648 W6 W4 W7 W3 L1 L5 4.0 $6.00 2nd

3 Paul D Anderson 1930 W11 W1 W5 L2 L4 W6 4.0 $6.00 2nd

4 Michael Smith II 1508 W12 L2 W10 W5 W3 L1 4.0 $6.00 2nd

5 Brian Jo Rountree 1643 W13 W10 L3 L4 W7 W2 4.0 $6.00 2nd

6 Scott Ch Williams 1294 L2 W12 W13 L1 W10 L3 3.0 $8.00 U1500

7 Supreme King 1889 L10 W13 L2 W8 L5 W12 3.0

8 Grayson Ed Harris 1011 L1 L11 W12 L7 W13 W10 3.0 $8.00 U1500

9 Joey Arispe 1208 H--- U--- U--- L10 W12 W13 2.5

10 Dean W Brown 1409 W7 L5 L4 W9 L6 L8 2.0

11 William Leo Wolf 1477 L3 W8 D1 U--- U--- U--- 1.5

12 Lawrence R Osborn 986 L4 L6 L8 W13 L9 L7 1.0

13 Clinton D Eads 1052 L5 L7 L6 L12 L8 L9 0.0

Categories: 2018, Tim Brennan Week

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