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What's Your Name

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 30, 2018 at 9:20 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from Mike Smith II.  His name is so common that he needs a number to set himself apart.  Mike joined the Colorado Springs Chess Club in 2017 and started with a 1255 rating.  He quickly shot up 400 rating points as he adjusted to tournament chess.  However, he has been up and down ever since.

At the Cabin Fever Reliever, the story stayed the same.

He was supreme in his first two rounds, with 2 wins.  Then he landed on board 1 against NM Buck Buchanan.  He had already beaten Buck in the City Championship last year and had his best shot to earn his inaugural 1st place. 

However, the down side was about to rear its ugly head again.  Mike crashed and burned in the next 2 games, with 2 devastating losses.  It was so bad he talked about changing his name.

Of couse, it is not unusual for chess players to change their name.  Most chess players have done so, at one time or another, for various reasons.  In fact, every player who played in the 2018 Colorado Closed Championship this year had already changed their name.

Colorado Closed, Round 1 - NM Lior Lapid vs CM Kevin Seidler

2018 Colorado Closed Championship

Place, Score, Name, Original Name

1st  4.0  NM Lior Lapid - Lior Smith

2nd 3.5  IM Michael Mulyar - Michael Johnson

2nd 3.5  FM Nikhilesh Kunche - Nikhilesh Williams

4th 2.0  NM Gunnar Andersen - Gunnar Anderson

4th 2.0  LM Richard Shtivelband - Richard Brown

5th 0.0  CM Kevin Seidler - Kevin Jones

So, it is understandable that Mike would want to change his name.  Who would want to be associated with this position.  This is the Jeff Gillooly of chess positions.  Coincidentally, Jeff Gillooly changed his name to Mike Smith III.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

What's Your Name

[Event "Cabin Fever Reliever"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.04.24"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Smith, Mike"]

[Black "Buchanan, Richard"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C44"]

[WhiteElo "1641"]

[BlackElo "2010"]

[PlyCount "70"]

[EventDate "2018.04.17"]

[TimeControl "2700"]

1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. c3

d3 6. Qxd3 d6 7. b4 Bb6 8. b5 Nce7 9. Bb3 Nf6 10. Bb2 O-O 11. O-O Ng6 12. c4

Nf4 13. Qd2 Ne6 14. Nc3 Nc5 15. Bc2 Be6 16. Qe2 Re8 17. Rad1 Qc8 18. Ng5 Bg4

19. Nf3 Qe6 20. Rfe1 Ncd7 21. Qd3 Bxf3 22. gxf3 Ne5 23. Qe2 Qh3 24. Rd3 Nxd3

25. Bxd3 Re5 26. Bc1 Ba5 27. Qe3 Rh5 28. Bb1 Qxh2+ 29. Kf1 Qh1+ 30. Ke2 Qg2 31.

c5 Rxc5 32. Bd2 Re8 33. Rf1 Bxc3 34. Bxc3 Nd5 35. Qd3 Nf4+ 0-1

This Week In Chess

On April 24th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the Cabin Fever Reliever event (4SS, G/45d10).

Standings. Cabin Fever Reliever

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

1 Richard Buchanan 2010 W9 W2 W3 W4 4.0 $26.00 1st

2 Mark McGough 1795 W7 L1 W5 W3 3.0 $17.00 2nd

3 Michael Smith II 1641 W10 W4 L1 L2 2.0

4 Supreme King 1972 W5 L3 W8 L1 2.0

5 Gilber Gaxiola Jr 1317 L4 W10 L2 W7 2.0 $11.00 U1500

6 Paul D Anderson 2039 H--- H--- U--- W10 2.0

7 Ayush Pan Vispute 1179 L2 D9 W10 L5 1.5

8 Larry Turner 1745 W11 H--- L4 U--- 1.5 $5.00 GOW

9 Dean W Brown 1425 L1 D7 U--- U--- 0.5

10 Lawrence R Osborn 974 L3 L5 L7 L6 0.0

11 Grayson Ed Harris 1034 L8 U--- U--- U--- 0.0

Categories: 2018

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