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No GOATs Allowed!

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from round three of the Colorado Springs Chess Club's May Swiss 90 event.  It was played by Chris Motley and Mark McGough.  They have faced each other six times in the past year, mostly in Quick-rated tournaments.  They are even in Quick (+2-2=1).  This time they met with Turtle Time (G/90+30), a specialty of Mark's.

This game was vying for the Game of the Week prize last week.  However, it lost, as Mark was a bit of a goat for failing to get me the pictures I requested that supplement this game quickly enough.  You see, I wanted to share the major milestone Mark has accomplished in his first year as the Colorado Springs Chess Club Treasurer:  He has re-segregated the bathrooms!

2019 Colorado Springs Chess Club Treasurer, Mark McGough, procures the key to the Men's room and reopens gender specific restroom service on May 28, 2019!

Every chess game tells a story.  Some have pictures.

The story with this game is like a fable with Mark as the Turtle and Chris as the GOAT.  One might call it, "The Tortoise and The GOAT."

Once upon a time there was a GOAT who, boasting how he could play chess better than anyone else, was forever teasing the tortoise for its slowness.  Then one day, the tortoise answered back:  “Who do you think you are?  There’s no denying you’re good, but even you can be beaten!”  The tortoise squealed with laughter.

A game was paired, and the next day at the Colorado Springs Chess Club they stood at the board.  When the clock started, the GOAT jumped out to a huge lead in position and gained a massive time advantage.

When the dust settled, the tortoise had won.  "How is this possible?" the spectators asked.

“Slowly does it every time!  Especially when your opponent is Giving-up Overwhelming Advantages with a Time lead,” the tortoise said.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Mark found himself in the position above.  Undaunted with his King's Rook seemingly locked away, Mark channeled his experience as Key Master and set about the task of gaining freedom for his King-side pieces.  Yes, it took a long time, but he was able to make due with the Queen-side facilities for the time being.

When the dust settled, Mark had the winning Endgame and was living on turtle time.  Chris was not eager to resign after having thrown away a huge positional advantage with a massive time lead.  However, Mark reminded him of the new bathroom etiquette going into effect with the newly, re-opened Men's room.

After re-opening the restroom, Mark installed a couple of signs to remind chess players that we weren't using the Women's room anymore.  Now, we have to be on good behavior.  No more Thunder Dome.  Respect for others is the rule.  This rule applies to chess as well as bathrooms.  We call it PFTP. 

There is a kind of code at the Colorado Springs Chess Club.  You can use terms and phrases that may seem strange in chess, but they are quite well understood here:

  • Turtle = a chess player who thinks G/90;d/5 is blitz
  • GOAT = G iving-up, O verwhelming, A dvantages with, T ime lead
  • PFTP= Don't resign with Mate in 1

The second sign says, "No GOATs Allowed!"  I am not sure what that sign means, but Mark has threatened to close the Men's room if anyone violates it.

No GOATs Allowed!

[Event "May Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2019.05.21"]

[Round "3.2"]

[White "Motley, Chris"]

[Black "McGough, Mark"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B61"]

[WhiteElo "1662"]

[BlackElo "1823"]

[PlyCount "126"]

[EventDate "2019.05.07"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 Bd7 7. Qd2 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 Qa5 9. Bd2 Qc5 10. Qxc5 dxc5 11. e5 Ng4 12. Nb5 O-O-O 13. f4 a6 14. Na3 Bc6 15. h3 Nf2 16. Rg1 Ne4 17. Ba5 Rd4 18. c3 Rd2 19. Nc4 Rf2 20. Bd3 Rxf4 21. g3 Rf3 22. Bxe4 Bxe4 23. Nd2 Rd3 24. O-O-O Bc6 25. Nc4 Rxd1+ 26. Rxd1 b5 27. Rd8+ Kb7 28. Ne3 g6 29. c4 Bg7 30. Rd2 Bxe5 31. Rf2 Bd4 32. Bd2 f5 33. Re2 Bf3 34. Re1 Be4 35. Nd5 e6 36. Ne3 h5 37. Bc3 Bxc3 38. bxc3 Rd8 39. cxb5 axb5 40. a4 bxa4 41. Nc4 Rd3 42. Kb2 Rxg3 43. h4 Rg4 44. Ne5 Rxh4 45. Nxg6 Rh2+ 46. Ka3 h4 47. Nf4 Bd5 48. Nxd5 exd5 49. Re5 Rh3 50. Rxd5 Rxc3+ 51. Kxa4 f4 52. Rh5 Kc6 53. Rxh4 Kd5 54. Kb5 Ke4 55. Kc6 c4 56. Kc5 Rc2 57. Kb4 Ke3 58. Rh8 f3 59. Re8+ Kf2 60. Rf8 Kg2 61. Rg8+ Kf1 62. Rf8 f2 63. Rf7 Ke1 0-1

This Week In Chess

On May 28th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the May Swiss 90 event (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. May Swiss 90

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

1 Brian Jo Rountree 1962 W5 D3 W2 W4 3.5 $27.00 1st

2 Paul D Anderson 1950 W7 W4 L1 W5 3.0 $18.00 2nd

3 Christophe Motley 1662 W12 D1 L4 W7 2.5

4 Mark McGough 1823 W10 L2 W3 L1 2.0

5 Grayson Ed Harris 1466 L1 W12 W9 L2 2.0

6 Robert Kohler 1658 H--- H--- U--- W9 2.0 $5.00 GOW

7 Ayush Vispute 1365 L2 H--- W13 L3 1.5 $12.00 U1450

8 Peter Barlay 1906 H--- W11 U--- U--- 1.5

9 Dean W Brown 1442 U--- W10 L5 L6 1.0

10 Clinton Eads 1291 L4 L9 U--- W14 1.0

11 Joey Arispe 1259 H--- L8 U--- U--- 0.5

12 Daniel Rupp 1076 L3 L5 U--- U--- 0.0

13 William Leo Wolf 1300 U--- U--- L7 U--- 0.0

14 Joy Sato unr. U--- U--- U--- L10 0.0

Categories: 2019

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