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Beware The Twelfth

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 29, 2020 at 7:35 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's event:  CSCC Blind Turtle Rapid Online (4SS, G/10+10).  It was played by Alex Bozhenov and Dean Brown.

I was surprised to see Dean in virtual medal contention and tied with my opponent, Jeff Fox, when the 4th round started.  I figured there had to be an upset in one of his first three games, but I was floored to see it was against Alex Bozhenov.

Alex had played in a couple of the Colorado Springs Chess Club's online events and hadn't lost a game.  In his first 12 games of Rapid chess, he won six, drew five, and lost only one.  He had pushed his Rapid rating to his peak from these tournaments on the twelfth:  Highest 1808 (Jul 12, 2020).

Beware the twelfth, for the streak was going to come to an end.  In fact, the rating was going to drop sharply.  In the last 30 days, Alex's online Rapid rating was going to fall nearly a hundred points, and all from one man:  Dean William Brown (Rating change: White -99, Black +47).

Ironically, the Twelfth Of July is also the day the Orange Order celebrates another victory from a different William.

The Battle of the Boyne was fought in Ireland between William of Orange and James II in July 1690.  It was the last time two crowned kings of England, Scotland and Ireland faced each other on the battlefield.  William of Orange won a crushing victory, which secured the Protestant ascendancy in Ireland for generations.

After the battle, William changed his color to Brown while James changed his name and fled the British Isles for Russia.  Their descendants have been waring ever since.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Beware The Twelfth


[Event "CSCC Blind Turtle Online"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2020.07.26"]

[Round "3.2"]

[White "Bozhenov, Alex"]

[Black "Brown, Dean"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B20"]

[WhiteElo "1616"]

[BlackElo "1174"]

[PlyCount "70"]

[EventDate "2020.07.26"]

[TimeControl "600+10"]


1. e4 c5 2. b4 b6 3. b5 a6 4. c4 d6 5. Nc3 g6 6. f4 Bg7 7. Qf3 Bb7 8. Nge2 f5

9. d3 Nf6 10. Rb1 O-O 11. Bd2 Nbd7 12. Ng3 e5 13. a4 exf4 14. Qxf4 Ne5 15. Nd5

fxe4 16. dxe4 Nxd5 17. cxd5 Rxf4 18. Bxf4 Qf6 19. Be3 Rf8 20. Be2 axb5 21. Rxb5

Ba6 22. Rxb6 Bxe2 23. Kxe2 Nc4 24. Rf1 Qxf1+ 25. Nxf1 Nxb6 26. a5 Nc4 27. Bg5

Nxa5 28. Be7 Re8 29. Bxd6 Rxe4+ 30. Kf3 Rd4 31. Ne3 Nb7 32. Bc7 c4 33. g4 c3

34. g5 c2 35. Nxc2 Rc4 0-1

This Week In Chess

On July 26th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held the CSCC Blind Turtle Rapid Online event (4SS, G/10+10).

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

1 "#1 cschessnews (1696)" 3.0

2 "#2 jfoxhoot (1538)" 2.5

3 "#3 Czechmate1972 (1527)" 2.5

4 "#4 KingVed (1476)" 2.0

5 "#4 msmcgough (1522)" 2.0

6 "#6 bozhenoff (1620)" 2.0

7 "#7 Navajo36us80917 (1166)" 2.0

8 "#8 tristancruz (1002)" 0.0

Categories: 2020

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