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Mate To Two, Too

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 6, 2018 at 6:45 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's July One Night Quick event (3SS, G/20; d/5).  The idea behind the tournament was to honor a motion made by members at our annual meeting and attract a different type of chess player.  Since we play slow chess (G/90+30) nine months of the year, it was a chance for quick players to come out and get three rated games. 

Also, the night ended earlier than normal.  So, the early risers could come out, play some chess, and get home before ten o'clock.  So far, the attendance has not matched our slow nights, and there has been some murmurings about getting rid of the quick event.

I can't complain.  I got to play two of the highest rated players in the event.  I took first place.  And I didn't have to direct the tournament. 

In addition, I got a little revenge on Mark McGough.  Ever since I called him my whipping boy ( in 2016, he has stepped up his game against me and has taken back a big chunck of the rating points I had gotten from him.  In fact, this year we are even (+3-3=1) in the seven USCF-rated games we have played.

However, this game put me back on the winning track and moved my total USCF-rated beats on Mark to 61.  Now, I am only 6 more beats away from tying FM Isay Golyak's 67 beats on Mark.

Of course, it isn't helping that Mark and I play a ton of blitz games together.  He is one of my weasel-students.  We play so often that he sees all my secrets and never pays me a dime.  I even buy him pizza at Target's food court before our blitz matches.

However, I think the pizza paid some dividends in this event.  I started using LM Brian Wall's Fishing Pole tricks against Mark and found a bit of an achilles' heel.  Mark can lose sight of the f2 pin in time pressure and give up some miracle mates.

In this position, I was so used to the Fishing Pole style mate that I didn't realize there are two ways to get to mate with two moves.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Mate To Two, Too

[Event "July One Night Quick"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.07.31"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "McGough, Mark"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A20"]

[WhiteElo "1734"]

[BlackElo "1916"]

[PlyCount "46"]

[EventDate "2018.07.31"]

[TimeControl "1200"]

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

Nc6 6. Nge2 d6 7. O-O a6 8. Rb1 Qe8 9. b4 Ba7 10. d3 Bf5 11. Re1 Qd7 12. Nd5

Nxd5 13. cxd5 Ne7 14. Nc3 Bh3 15. Bh1 f5 16. a4 Ng6 17. b5 axb5 18. Rxb5 Bb6

19. Qb3 f4 20. exf4 exf4 21. Ne4 fxg3 22. hxg3 Qg4 23. Ng5 Qxg3+ 0-1

This Week In Chess

On July 31st, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held the July One Night Quick (3SS, G/20;d/5).

Standings. July One Night Quick

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1916 W8 W3 W2 3.0 $9.00 1st

2 Jeffrey Fox 1780 W10 W4 L1 2.0

3 Mark McGough 1734 W5 L1 W6 2.0

4 Michael Smith II 1546 W7 L2 W8 2.0

5 Tristan Cruz 832 L3 W10 W9 2.0 $6.00 u1500/unr

6 Brian Jo Rountree 1714 D9 W7 L3 1.5

7 Joey Arispe 1277 L4 L6 W10 1.0

8 Gerardo Cruz 1222 L1 W9 L4 1.0

9 Zachary Anguiano unr. D6 L8 L5 0.5

10 Ayush Vispute 1131 L2 L5 L7 0.0

Categories: 2018

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