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I Am Not A Number

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 31, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the June Panera Thursday night tournament.  The longest and most interesting game came from a couple of the younger players in the tournament, Kurt Kondracki and Alex Freeman. 

Actually, most of the players were of the younger sort.  If it weren't for Peter Swan and Dean Brown, I might have felt like I was teaching a class.

I didn't get to see the game except for during the post-mortem when an arguement broke out about the following position. 


They were trying to reconstruct the game from memory and not quite sure where all the pieces went.  I was pretty sure they got the position wrong as it seemed the obvious move was to take the knight and Alex should win. 

I knew that Kurt is the more experience player and the 2nd seed in this event.  Plus, Kurt  did win this game.  So, the most likely answer was that the position was set up wrong. 

However, after going over the game, I realized that Alex had fallen behind in the game and fought hard to get back into it.  Just when he had the win, he picked the weaker line and a bad continuation and gave Kurt the mate in 2.

Of course, with a tough loss like that, the post-mortem can get a little heated.  I think the emotion of the situation possibly made Alex a little more defensive about the standings after round one.  But can you blame him when you let a nice comeback slip away?

Kurt:  We want information… information… information.

Alex:  Who are you?

Kurt:  The new Number Two.

Alex:  Who is Number One?

Kurt:  You are Number Six.

Alex:  I am not a number! I am a Freeman!


I Am Not A Number


[Event "June Panera"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2011.06.02"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Kondracki, Kurt"]

[Black "Freeman, Alex"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A80"]

[PlyCount "77"]

[EventDate "2011.06.02"]

[TimeControl "5400"]


1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 d5 5. O-O Be7 6.

Bf4 Ne4 7. Nbd2 O-O 8. c4 c6 9. Nxe4 fxe4 10. Ne5 Re8 11. f3 e3 12. Bxe3 Bf6

13. Bd2 dxc4 14. Bc3 Qc7 15. f4 Nd7 16. Nxc4 b5 17. Ne5 Bb7 18. b4 Rad8 19. Qc2

Nb6 20. Bb2 Nd5 21. Bxd5 exd5 22. Rac1 Rc8 23. Rf3 Qb6 24. Qc5 Qa6 25. Ra3 Qb6

26. Rxa7 Qc7 27. a4 Be7 28. Qc3 Qb6 29. Ra5 bxa4 30. Rxa4 Qb5 31. Ra7 Rc7 32.

Kf2 Bxb4 33. Qd3 Qb6 34. Ra4 Bd6 35. Nd7 Qxb2 36. Rb1 Rxe2+ 37. Qxe2 Qxb1 38.

Qe8+ Bf8 39. Qxf8# 1-0


This Week In Chess


On May 31st, the CSCC had 6 members in attendance.  The participants played skittles games.  There are no results.


USCF Board Of Directors Election

By Sevan Muradian

I don't have recommendations for the other two positions. Really it's going to come down to what a voter thinks is more important - do we need a lawyer on the board? do we need a CPA on the board? do we need someone who is solely out for scholastic chess only on the board? I would say to any voter to go look at what those that are running have accomplished for chess with scrutiny on those that are the incumbents - what did they specifically accomplish in the past year they were on the board? I would also keep in mind that we are still involved in legal battles, a new one with Sam Sloan for keeping him off of the ballot and then one with FIDE over the past FIDE elections and the USCFs part in seeking legal action against FIDE to disqualify people on the slate that the USCF did not support when a USCF supported candidate was in violation of rules being on a slate himself. Any questions your readers may have let me know.

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