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Rook Sac Guy

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from Round 2 of the Colorado Springs Chess Club's August Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30) and Round 6 of this year's match-ups with Brian Rountree.  We have faced-off in February (regular), April (quick), twice in May (regular), July (quick), and now in August (regular).  He is my most common opponent in the past year (+8-1=0). 

It is getting harder to beat him consistently.  I have to throw everything I have at him plus the kitchen sink.  Fortunately, I have found that throwing my Rook at him works the best. 

In the past three games with Brian, I have used a Rook Sacrifice to win the game.  Sometimes it is a good move.  During the second May match-up, I found myself in this position.

White to move

I played 28.Rxh7+ Kxh7 29.Rh3# for a nice finish.

However, sometimes it is a bad move.  During the July matchup, we were playing with a quick time-control, and I didn't have enough time to work out my second attempt to sacrifice my Rook in two games against Brian.  I figured I had to go for it but missed the Only-Move that refuted my choice.  Fortunately, Brian missed it too, and I was 2-for-2 on my Rook Sacrifices versus Brian.

My third chance to sacrifice my Rook came in our third straight meeting.  This time I had the knowledge that I had been right one time and wrong the other time.  The time I was wrong was a quick game, and I had the safety net of time pressure.  This time we were back to turtle mode, and Brian is the Master Turtle.

Would it work?

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Rook Sac Guy

[Event "August Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.08.14"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Rountree, Brian"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A23"]

[WhiteElo "1989"]

[BlackElo "1893"]

[PlyCount "75"]

[EventDate "2018.08.07"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 c6 4. Bg2 Bb4 5. a3

Bxc3 6. dxc3 d6 7. Nf3 O-O 8. O-O Qe7 9. Qc2 Be6 10. b3 h6 11. Bb2 Nbd7 12.

Rfd1 Ne8 13. Nh4 Qf6 14. a4 g5 15. Nf3 Bf5 16. Qd2 Nc5 17. Ra3 Rd8 18. b4 Ne6

19. Qe3 b6 20. Nd2 d5 21. cxd5 cxd5 22. Nf3 Be4 23. c4 Bxf3 24. Bxf3 d4 25. Qc1

Nd6 26. c5 bxc5 27. bxc5 Rc8 28. c6 Nf5 29. Qc4 Nd8 30. Rc1 Ne7 31. Qa6 Ndxc6

32. Rb3 Qe6 33. Rb7 e4 34. Bg2 Nd5 35. Ba3 Rfe8 36. Bh3 Qxh3 37. Rxc6 e3 38.

Rg6+ 1-0

This Week In Chess

On August 14th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the August Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. August Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1989 W13 W6 2.0

2 Peter Barlay 1931 W14 D3 1.5

3 Mark McGough 1855 W12 D2 1.5

4 Michael Smith II 1635 W9 D7 1.5

5 Laurence Rob Wutt 1948 W8 U--- 1.0

6 Brian Jo Rountree 1893 W11 L1 1.0

7 Sam Bridle 1826 H--- D4 1.0

8 Ayush Vispute 1362 L5 W10 1.0

9 Justin Parker unr. L4 W14 1.0

10 Scott Ch Williams 1246 H--- L8 0.5

11 Joey Arispe 1140 L6 D12 0.5

12 Grayson Ed Harris 1111 L3 D11 0.5

13 William Leo Wolf 1515 L1 U--- 0.0

14 Clinton D Eads 1268 L2 L9 0.0

Shirley Herman Hearing

The CSCA Board has released the following letter to notify Shirley Herman of the upcoming hearing:

August 17, 2018

Mrs. Herman,

On July 23, 2018, the Board of Directors for the Colorado State Chess Association (CSCA) voted to have a hearing to investigate if any violation of the CSCA Code of Conduct occurred by you while a member of the CSCA.  The Board received complaints from members, chess clubs, tournament directors, and event organizers.

The hearing will take place at 3 pm on Saturday, August 25, 2018:

East Library

Meeting room E1

5550 N. Union Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

You have the right to attend the hearing and to call witnesses on your behalf.

The nature of the complaints alleges a pattern of behavior unbecoming a member of the CSCA in regards to Article III, Section 4 of the CSCA By-Laws.  I have broken the Code of Conduct in to three parts:

  • Chess players and observers will treat each other, tournament directors, and event organizers with the utmost respect.
  • Will not engage in any form of un-sportsmanlike conduct.
  • Uncivil conduct to include any form of behavior disruptive to the chess playing environment.

The written letter of complaint received by the Board can be provided upon request.


Earle P. Wikle, President of the CSCA

Categories: 2018

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