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A Horse With No Game

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 12, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the July Quick Six event (6SS, G/24+5) at the Colorado Springs Chess Club.  It was the creation of the club's Vice President, Peter Barlay. 

One of the jobs the officers do for the club is make the schedule each year.  The current board has added a lot of slow chess (9 months).  However, some events were given to us from past boards like the Colorado Springs City Speed Chess Championship in January.

One of the historic events given to the current board from past members at an annual meeting is our July Mating Game (see our ad in Chess Life).  It is coming up next Tuesday.  Since it is just a two week tournament, we had a hole in the calendar to fill.  So, Peter suggested the July Quick Six event.

Round 4 of the July Quick Six, Mark McGough vs Dean Brown

I was not planning to play in the tournament.  I was going to direct and take care of club business.  Directing gives me more time to do other things like taking pictures.  I was eager to try out some of the features on my phone's camera.  The above photo was a test of the zoom feature.  The camera also has a panoramic setting.

Unfortunately, when Larry Wutt didn't show up, my job as photographer was over.  I jumped into the tournament to keep the number of players even and prevent someone from not getting to play a game each round.

However, chess at the Colorado Springs Chess Club can be brutal.  It is like riding through the desert.

After two games in the desert sun

My skin began to turn red

After three games in the desert fun

I was looking at a basic mate

And the story it told of a rook that flowed

Made me sad to think it was late

You see I've been through the desert on a horse with no game

It felt good not to use my brain

In the desert you can't remember your move

'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no groove

I won all three of my games in the tournament.  However, I wasn't playing well.  I guessed on a Rook Sacrifice against Brian Rountree, and he missed the saving move.  I found the wrong move against Earle Wikle, but he was nice enough to give me another shot at finding it. 

I was glad to get out of there and catch the end of the 78th Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade!  I met an Indian with a horse who could play chess (but not well) and told them I played 26...R8e4.  They just stared at me.

See if you can find the right move.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

A Horse With No Game

[Event "July Quick Six"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.07.10"]

[Round "6.1"]

[White "Wikle, Earle"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A22"]

[WhiteElo "1933"]

[BlackElo "1893"]

[PlyCount "54"]

[EventDate "2018.07.03"]

[TimeControl "1440+5"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bc5 4. Bg2 O-O 5. e3

Nc6 6. Nge2 d6 7. a3 a5 8. d4 exd4 9. exd4 Bb6 10. O-O Re8 11. Rb1 Bf5 12. Ra1

Ne4 13. Nxe4 Bxe4 14. f3 Bg6 15. Kh1 Qf6 16. d5 Nd4 17. Nxd4 Qxd4 18. Re1 Bd3

19. f4 Bxc4 20. Bd2 Bxd5 21. Bc3 Bxg2+ 22. Kxg2 Qxd1 23. Rexd1 Re2+ 24. Kh3

Rae8 25. Rd5 f6 26. g4 R8e4 27. Rf1 R4e3+ 0-1

This Week In Chess

On July 3rd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the July Quick Six event (6SS, G/24+5).

Standings. July Quick Six

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Josh S Bloomer 2209 W10 W6 W4 3.0

2 Earle P Wikle 1933 W11 W7 W9 3.0

3 Sara Herman 1848 W12 W15 W11 3.0

4 Daniel Herman 1969 W14 W9 L1 2.0

5 Paul D Anderson 1893 H--- W12 H--- 2.0

6 Aleksand Bozhenov 1789 W8 L1 W10 2.0

7 Laurence Rob Wutt 1769 W16 L2 H--- 1.5

8 Tristan Cruz 708 L6 D14 W15 1.5

9 Jeffrey Fox 1813 W13 L4 L2 1.0

10 Brian Jo Rountree 1703 L1 W13 L6 1.0

11 Joey Arispe 1279 L2 W16 L3 1.0

12 Derek Eskeldson 1221 L3 L5 W14 1.0

13 Gerardo Cruz 1113 L9 L10 W16 1.0

14 Dean W Brown 1400 L4 D8 L12 0.5

15 Lawrence R Osborn 961 H--- L3 L8 0.5

16 Shaun Pat Creamer 559 L7 L11 L13 0.0

Categories: 2018

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