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A Tale Of The Scottch Tape

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 27, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from Scott Williams.  He has been a regular on Tuesday nights since 2015. 

One of our scholastic players, Ayush "Panda" Vispute, gave him the nickname "Scottch," and I have embraced it.

His dedication to chess is unquestioned.  He will forsake all bathroom stops on his long drive from Pueblo West just so he can check in on time.  Therefore, he has become the key master for our restroom at the club.  No one gets to use the facilities until Scottch shows up and unlocks the door.

We are the first club to implement the new transgender policy from the USCF that has banned gender-specific bathrooms.  We had to board up the Men's restroom to get in compliance since the urinal was offensive to some non-gender-specific humans who have a hard time making use of that appliance.

Scottch has yet to break the 1400 barrier, but I felt like he has been streching his patience level in our last game.  He didn't throw away a decent position on a spectulative attack like he had in our past encounters.  He continued to find good moves until he got under 10 minutes.  Then he missed a tactic shot.

A little more practice on seeing tactics quicker and Scottch should rocket past 1400 and possibly meet me somewhere in the middle of our current ratings.  So, here is a position where Scottch found the 2nd best move.

"If you find a good move, look for a better one"

2nd World Champion Emanuel Lasker

White to move


See the diagram and answer here:

A Tale Of The Scottch Tape

[Event "June Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.06.19"]

[Round "3.8"]

[White "Williams, Scott"]

[Black "Cruz, Gerardo"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B07"]

[WhiteElo "1243"]

[BlackElo "1214"]

[PlyCount "71"]

[EventDate "2018.06.05"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 d6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bg4 4. Bc4 Nbd7 5. d4

c5 6. h3 cxd4 7. Ng5 e6 8. Qxd4 Bh5 9. O-O e5 10. Qe3 h6 11. Nf3 a6 12. Be2 Nc5

13. Ne1 Bg6 14. Bf3 Ne6 15. Nd5 Rc8 16. Nxf6+ Qxf6 17. Qb3 Qe7 18. Be3 f5 19.

exf5 Bxf5 20. Bxb7 Rc7 21. Bxa6 Bxh3 22. Bd3 Bg4 23. Bg6+ Kd8 24. Bb6 Be2 25.

Bxc7+ Nxc7 26. Qb8+ Kd7 27. Bf5+ Ne6 28. Qb7+ Kd8 29. Qb3 Bxf1 30. Kxf1 g6 31.

Bxe6 Qc7 32. Rd1 Be7 33. Nf3 Rf8 34. Qd5 Qa7 35. Qc6 Qc7 36. Qa8+ 1-0

This Week In Chess

On June 19th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the June Swiss 90 event (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. June Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Josh S Bloomer 2324 W13 W6 W4 3.0

2 Mark McGough 1779 W18 W3 W10 3.0

3 Daniel Herman 2051 W20 L2 W14 2.0

4 Sara Herman 1971 W16 W7 L1 2.0

5 Peter Barlay 1927 W21 W8 U--- 2.0

6 Brian Jo Rountree 1822 W17 L1 W15 2.0

7 Michael Smith II 1635 W22 L4 W18 2.0

8 Dean W Brown 1571 W9 L5 W17 2.0

9 Joel Hicks unr. L8 W21 W13 2.0

10 Paul D Anderson 2032 D15 W11 L2 1.5

11 Scott Ch Williams 1243 H--- L10 W20 1.5

12 William Leo Wolf 1580 W19 U--- U--- 1.0

13 Clinton D Eads 1310 L1 W22 L9 1.0

14 Derek Eskeldson 1302 H--- H--- L3 1.0

15 Ayush Vispute 1207 D10 D20 L6 1.0

16 Joey Arispe 1192 L4 L18 W22 1.0

17 Grayson Ed Harris 1009 L6 W19 L8 1.0

18 Daniel J Rupp 973 L2 W16 L7 1.0

19 Tristan Cruz 745 L12 L17 W21 1.0

20 Gerardo Cruz 1214 L3 D15 L11 0.5

21 Shirley Herman 1105 L5 L9 L19 0.0

22 Lawrence R Osborn 898 L7 L13 L16 0.0

Projected Prizes: 1st $46.00; 2nd $31.00; U1600/unr $20.00; U1200 $13.00

Categories: 2018

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