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Killer Latency

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 25, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's event:  CSCC Overload Rapid Online (4SS, G/10+10).  It was played by Jose Llacza and Mark McGough. They have faced each other twice online.  Jose got the first game, and Mark evened the score with this game.

Mark has a little more experience with the rapid time control with 30 games versus 24 games by Jose.  However, Jose has fared better with 17 wins to Mark's 14 wins.  I don't know if they have played each other over the board, as the USCF website was hacked, and I couldn't get any statistics from them to pad my blog.

I did find out that Mark's most common rapid opponent online is Dean Brown!

In any case, Mark was on fire this night.  He moved from playing on his tablet to playing on his phone.  He told me that he made the switch to avoid the latency.  I was not sure exactly what he meant by this.  However, after seeing him score a 98.6% accuracy and winning his first virtual medal, I am guessing he was referring to his undeveloped and unmanifested ability to attack in a chess game.  It had always been in a state of existence, but it was concealed from the online viewers prior to this game.


Now, his latent ability was, at last, revealed with this killer move.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Killer Latency


[Event "CSCC Overload Rapid Online"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2020.06.21"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Llacza, Jose"]

[Black "McGough, Mark"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D32"]

[WhiteElo "1689"]

[BlackElo "1467"]

[PlyCount "38"]

[EventDate "2020.06.21"]

[TimeControl "600+10"]


1. c4 e6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 c5 4. Nf3 cxd4 5. Qxd4 Nc6 6. Qd1 d5 7. cxd5 exd5 8.

e3 a6 9. Be2 Bc5 10. O-O O-O 11. h3 b5 12. a3 Bb7 13. b4 Bb6 14. Bb2 d4 15.

exd4 Nxd4 16. Nxd4 Qxd4 17. Qb3 Qf4 18. Bc1 Qg3 19. Rb1 Qxg2# 0-1


This Week In Chess

On June 21st, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held the CSCC Overload Rapid Online event (4SS, G/10+10).


Place, CSCC Overload (4SS, G/10+10), Score

1 "#1DFSStar (2105)" 3.5

2 "#2msmcgough (1487)" 3.0

3 "#3JJ7X (1830)" 2.5

4 "#4CosmicNovaGalaxy (1347)" 2.0

5 "#5cschessnews (1737)" 2.0

6 "#6Navajo36us80917 (1119)" 2.0

7 "#7jfoxhoot (1525)" 1.0

8 "#8Honeybrook (1314)" 1.0

9 "-Skadelig (1395)" 0.0

Categories: 2020

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