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Overworked & Underpaid

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 9, 2019 at 4:15 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's June Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30) event.  This tournament is a month-long event with one game per week.  I like the one-game-per-week format because it is easier to direct and play.  Not easy, just easier, but I prefer playing.  I do not prefer being the tournament director (TD). 

Being a TD is a thankless job.  There is no fame.  There is no fortune.  It is just work, but I do want to keep the club going.  I feel like the Godfather.

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."

Michael Corleone, The Godfather Part III

I can get most of the directing duties done at the beginning of the night and eventually focus on playing chess.  Well, at least, that is my hope.

Since this was the first Tuesday in June, it was round one.  I am always hopeful that my round one pairing will be an easy game because the first week of a tournament is more hectic as the TD.  It was not.

I was playing Grayson Harris again.  We met in the 4th round of the May Swiss 90, where he got behind in the opening, fought hard, and couldn't quite come back.  This time, it was my turn to fall behind and see if I could come back.  I used up a lot of time trying to figure out a plan to get my Pawn back.

Just when I thought I was won, Grayson pulled out Qa5.

Now, I was low on time and fighting to hold the draw.  When I reached this position, I wasn't thinking tactically and missed the killer move.  However, I held the draw as long as I could, and, with a minute left, I took a shot.

Just when I thought I was drawn, I pulled out a win.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Overworked & Underpaid

[Event "June Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2019.06.04"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Harris, Grayson"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D10"]

[WhiteElo "1950"]

[BlackElo "1534"]

[PlyCount "103"]

[EventDate "2019.06.04"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. g3 dxc4 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. Nf3

Bf5 6. O-O Nbd7 7. Nbd2 Nb6 8. Nh4 Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. g4 Bg6 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12.

e3 Qc7 13. Qf3 e5 14. Ne4 Be7 15. Bd2 exd4 16. exd4 Nbd5 17. Rfe1 O-O 18. Rac1

b5 19. Nc3 Rad8 20. Re2 Rfe8 21. Rce1 a6 22. Bg5 Kf8 23. Re5 Rd7 24. Bxf6 gxf6

25. Nxd5 cxd5 26. Rxd5 Rxd5 27. Qxd5 Qa5 28. Qe4 Qxa2 29. Re2 c3 30. bxc3 Qa1+

31. Bf1 Qxc3 32. Qb7 Qc8 33. Qa7 Qa8 34. Qxa8 Rxa8 35. Ra2 a5 36. Bxb5 Bb4 37.

d5 Ke7 38. Kg2 Kd6 39. Bc6 Ra7 40. Kf3 Ke7 41. Ke4 Kf8 42. Kd4 Kg7 43. Kd3 Kh6

44. f4 f5 45. Ke3 fxg4 46. hxg4 f5 47. gxf5 gxf5 48. Kf3 Kh5 49. Re2 a4 50. Re6

Bf8 51. Be8+ Kh4 52. Re1 1-0

This Week In Chess

On June 6th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the June Swiss 90 event (4SS, G/90+30).

Standings. June Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1950 W8 1.0

2 Peter Barlay 1906 W9 1.0

3 Mark McGough 1857 W10 1.0

4 Christophe Motley 1679 W6 1.0

5 Joey Arispe 1259 W7 1.0

6 Richard Buchanan 2000 L4 0.0

7 Michael Smith II 1713 L5 0.0

8 Grayson Ed Harris 1534 L1 0.0

9 Dean W Brown 1460 L2 0.0

10 Kenneth Macrae 1264 L3 0.0

Categories: 2019

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