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The End Of A Thing

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's May Swiss 90 event.  It is a month-long, slow-chess tournament.  Each week the players get one slow game.  It is the favorite of Turtles.

Turtles are chess players who can take an hour on one move, even if it is their first move.  With only one and a half hours in the entire game, turtles can flag in only two moves.  Sometimes when turtles meet, they both flag, and the game is a draw.

However, our turtles are getting better about picking up the pace at the end of the game to avoid the loss on time.

I am just the opposite.  I start fast and slow down at the end. 

Saving my time for the endgame worked out for me in this week's battle against Mark McGough.  He used his time to push for an advantage in the opening.  While I felt he was better most of the game, I just tried to be patient and hold the draw until he made a mistake.

Finally, I got something.  He allowed me to trade off his Knights and leave him with just a Bad Bishop.  Now, I felt I could hold the draw and probe for a win as well.  Of course, my thirty minute time lead dwindled down to five minutes as he kept defending well.

When I stumbled onto the position below, I knew I was going to win.  I just didn't know it was mating and the game reminded me of this verse.

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Ecclesiastes 7:8 (KJV)

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

The End Of A Thing

[Event "May Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2019.05.14"]

[Round "2.2"]

[White "McGough, Mark"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B15"]

[WhiteElo "1823"]

[BlackElo "1950"]

[PlyCount "150"]

[EventDate "2019.05.07"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 c6 2. e4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. e5 Na6 5. f4 h5 6.

Nf3 Nh6 7. Be3 Nc7 8. Bd3 Bf5 9. O-O Ne6 10. Ne2 Ng7 11. c4 Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Ngf5

13. c5 e6 14. b4 Be7 15. Nc3 Qd7 16. Rfb1 O-O 17. b5 Rfb8 18. Rb3 Kg7 19. Rab1

Qc8 20. bxc6 bxc6 21. Bd2 Bd8 22. Na4 Bc7 23. R1b2 Rxb3 24. Rxb3 Rb8 25. Rxb8

Qxb8 26. Qb3 Qc8 27. Qd3 Ng8 28. Nb2 Nge7 29. Qa3 Qb7 30. Qb3 Qb5 31. Kf2 a6

32. Bc3 Nc8 33. Qxb5 cxb5 34. a4 Na7 35. Ke2 Nc6 36. axb5 axb5 37. Nd3 Kf8 38.

Nb4 Nfe7 39. Na6 Bd8 40. Kd3 Ke8 41. Nb4 Kd7 42. Ng5 Nxb4+ 43. Bxb4 Nc6 44. Bc3

Bxg5 45. fxg5 Kc7 46. Bb2 Kb7 47. Kc3 Ka6 48. Kb3 Ka5 49. Bc3+ b4 50. Bb2 Kb5

51. Ba1 Na5+ 52. Kc2 Kc4 53. Bb2 Nc6 54. Ba1 Ne7 55. Bb2 Kb5 56. Kd3 Nf5 57.

Bc1 Ne7 58. Bb2 Nc6 59. Ba1 Na5 60. Bb2 Nc4 61. Bc1 Ka4 62. Kc2 Na5 63. Bb2 Nc6

64. Ba1 Ka3 65. Kb1 Kb3 66. Bb2 Na5 67. Bc1 Kc3 68. Bb2+ Kd3 69. Ka2 Kc2 70.

Ba1 Nc4 71. Bb2 Nxb2 72. c6 Na4 73. c7 Nc3+ 74. Ka1 b3 75. c8=N b2# 0-1

This Week In Chess

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

Standings. May Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1950 W8 W5 2.0

2 Brian Jo Rountree 1962 W6 D3 1.5

3 Christophe Motley 1662 W10 D2 1.5

4 Peter Barlay 1906 H--- W9 1.5

5 Mark McGough 1823 W11 L1 1.0

6 Grayson Ed Harris 1466 L2 W10 1.0

7 Dean W Brown 1442 U--- W11 1.0

8 Ayush Vispute 1365 L1 H--- 0.5

9 Joey Arispe 1259 H--- L4 0.5

10 Daniel Rupp 1076 L3 L6 0.0

11 Clinton Eads 1291 L5 L7 0.0

Categories: 2019

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