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The Gambler

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 31, 2019 at 6:10 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's July Mating Game.  This tournament has its origins back in 1991 with a different name, in a different time.  Of course, change is inevitable and, over the course of its 29 year history, the event has morphed into a two-week, four-round, dual-rated tournament (4SS, G/45;d/10).

In the first week, Joel Brown got his loss published because I was looking for a Pin tactic.  He wasn't too happy with me for making his first game in print a loss.  His mood didn't improve when we had a dispute about the prize money. 

It all started when Joel played Bishop to c3 with a double attack on the Queen and Rook.  He called me over to his game to claim his prize money.  I told him things look good, but I should wait until the result is official, but, for a taste of your whisky, I'll give you some advice: 

You never count your money

When you're sittin' at the table

There'll be time enough for countin'

When the game's done

You see, with an upset win over NM Buck Buchanan, Joel was going to qualify for the 2nd place prize and the Under prize.  While Buck seemed to have this game under control, he went after the left most Pawn.  It was a gamble that didn't pay off.

During the Renaissance period, the rules of chess were changing dramatically with the introduction of the Mad Queen and new names for the pieces.  But these chess innovators also felt the need to name all the Pawns.  The name they gave to the left most Pawn was The Gambler because it is always a risk to capture it.

So, if you want to solve this puzzle, for a taste of your whiskey, I'll give you some advice:

Every player knows

That the secret to survivin'

Is knowin' what to throw away

And knowin' what to keep

'Cause one move's a winner

And every move's a loser

With the position looking bad, the question is, "Do you hold 'em or do you fold 'em?"

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:


The Gambler

[Event "July Mating Game"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2019.07.23"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Buchanan, Richard"]

[Black "Brown, Joel"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B40"]

[WhiteElo "2000"]

[BlackElo "1378"]

[PlyCount "78"]

[EventDate "2019.07.16"]

[TimeControl "2700"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3

Bb4 6. Bd3 a6 7. Bd2 e5 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. O-O h6 10. a3 Bc5 11. Nd5 d6 12. c4 Bg4

13. h3 Bxf3 14. Qxf3 Nxd5 15. cxd5 Nd4 16. Qd1 O-O 17. b4 Bb6 18. Be3 Qd7 19.

Kh1 Rac8 20. Rb1 Rc3 21. a4 Rfc8 22. b5 a5 23. f4 Ra3 24. Bc1 Rac3 25. Bb2 R3c7

26. fxe5 dxe5 27. Qh5 Qd6 28. Rbc1 Rxc1 29. Qxf7+ Kh8 30. Rxc1 Rf8 31. Qxb7 Rf2

32. Bxd4 Bxd4 33. Qa8+ Kh7 34. Qxa5 Qa3 35. Rd1 Qb3 36. Rd2 Bc3 37. Rxf2 Bxa5

38. Bc2 Qe3 39. Rf8 Qc1+ 0-1

This Week In Chess

On July 23rd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the July Mating Game (4SS, G/45;d/10).

Standings. July Mating Game

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

1 Aleksand Bozhenov 1971 W10 W2 W4 W6 4.0 $36.00 1st + GOW

2 Joel N Brown 1378 W5 L1 W7 W9 3.0 $16.50 2nd

3 Christophe Motley 1690 L8 W9 W5 W4 3.0 $16.50 2nd

4 Grayson Ed Harris 1646 W9 W8 L1 L3 2.0

5 Mark McGough 1824 L2 W10 L3 W8 2.0

6 Paul D Anderson 1950 H--- H--- W8 L1 2.0

7 Kenneth Macrae 1264 H--- U--- L2 W10 1.5

8 Jonathan An Brown unr. W3 L4 L6 L5 1.0

9 Richard Buchanan 2000 L4 L3 W10 L2 1.0

10 Dean W Brown 1459 L1 L5 L9 L7 0.0

Categories: 2019

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