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Bobby Has Left The Springs

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 24, 2019 at 7:35 PM

Game Of The Week

One of the biggest chess controversies in Colorado Springs is whether or not Bobby Fischer ever played here.  On one side is the 1st Colorado Springs City Chess Champion (Francis Mason).  On the other side is the 22nd Colorado Springs City Chess Champion (NM Buck Buchanan). 

Francis Mason claims to have played Bobby Fischer when he came to Colorado Springs.  As he was sharing the game of Kings with his son, Curtis Mason, he included his encounter with the King of Kings in his chess war stories.  Of course, Curtis passed along this information with any chess player who was willing to listen. 

"No!" Buck shook his head gruffly.  "Never happened.  Bobby has never been to Colorado Springs." 

Now, on the 55th anniversary, new evidence has appeared that proves once and for all that Bobby Fischer was in Colorado Springs in 1964.

This article appeared on page 1 of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph from September 2nd, 1972 and recounts the events of the 1964 Bobby Fischer Simul at the Broadmoor.

"Juan, President of the Colorado Springs Chess Club for many years, was ranked as one of the strongest players in Colorado.

In the Fischer-Reid game below, players will note that Reid was a pawn up and in a strong position at move thirty.  But he believed that Bobby's vast experience would beat him in the end game and so he offered a draw.  The international grandmaster accepted instantly, with a grin."

Marshall Sprague, Colorado Springs Sun

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Bobby Has Left The Springs

[Event "1964 Broadmoor Simul"]

[Site ""]

[Date "1964.04.28"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Fischer, Bobby"]

[Black "Reid, Juan"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "C41"]

[PlyCount "60"]

[EventDate "1964.04.28"]

[TimeControl "0"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 exd4 5. Nxd4

Be7 6. f3 Nbd7 7. Be3 Ne5 8. Qd2 c5 9. Bb5+ Bd7 10. Nf5 O-O 11. Bxd7 Qxd7 12.

O-O-O Nc4 13. Qe2 Nxe3 14. Qxe3 Rfd8 15. g4 Bf8 16. e5 Ne8 17. Ne4 Qc7 18. exd6

Nxd6 19. Nexd6 Bxd6 20. Nxd6 Rxd6 21. Rxd6 Qxd6 22. Rd1 Qxh2 23. Qe7 Qb8 24.

Rd7 Qf4+ 25. Kb1 g6 26. Qe2 b6 27. a3 a6 28. Qd3 b5 29. Qd5 Re8 30. Ka2 Re5


This Week In Chess

On April 23rd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the April Quick Six event (6SS, G/24+5).

Standings. April Quick Six

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Tot Prize

1 Gunnar Andersen 2102 W13 W7 W3 W8 D2 W4 5.5 $37.00 1st

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 1891 L9 W5 W8 W3 D1 W7 4.5 $25.00 2nd

3 Paul D Anderson 1939 W6 W4 L1 L2 W9 W8 4.0

4 Mitchell Anderson 1887 W12 L3 W13 W7 W5 L1 4.0

5 Brian Jo Rountree 1669 H--- L2 W11 W9 L4 W13 3.5

6 Joel Brown 1334 L3 W12 L7 D10 W15 W11 3.5 $16.00 U1500

7 Mark McGough 1722 W11 L1 W6 L4 W12 L2 3.0

8 Earle P Wikle 1888 W15 W9 L2 L1 W10 L3 3.0

9 Ayush Vispute 1228 W2 L8 W14 L5 L3 W12 3.0

10 Christophe Motley 1526 H--- H--- H--- D6 L8 W15 3.0

11 Jonathan Brown unr. L7 D14 L5 W15 W13 L6 2.5 $5.00 GOW

12 Grayson Ed Harris 1007 L4 L6 W15 W13 L7 L9 2.0

13 Dean W Brown 1400 L1 W15 L4 L12 L11 L5 1.0

14 William Leo Wolf 1311 U--- D11 L9 U--- U--- U--- 0.5

15 Clinton Eads 1027 L8 L13 L12 L11 L6 L10 0.0

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