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Colorado vs Kansas

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 2, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from Rhett Langseth.  He is Colorado's current state scholastic champion.  As such, he gets an automatic invitation to the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, which pits 50 state scholastic champions against each other to compete for a 4 year Academic Distinction Scholarship from the University of Texas, Dallas. 

Colorado has never won the tournament, but we have come close a couple of times.  In 1985, Alex Fishbein of Wyoming took home the top spot, and local boy LM Tyler Hughes got the scholarship when that year's winner declined the award. 

This year, the event was held in conjunction with the U.S. Open in Orlando, Florida from July 30 to August 2, 2011.  I was able to view some of the games with my Monroi account, and one of them was from our own Rhett Langseth. 

He was kind enough to let me use it for the newsletter.  I did not play tournament chess in school and missed out on this kind of event, but I imagine it would be quite thrilling. 

I picture a huge playing site with fancy boards and sets on individual tables with name cards and your own state flag.  The GMs from the Open would hover over my board in awe of the next American prodigy.  Finally, when I finish my last round victory, all the participants would hoist me onto their shoulders and carry me out of the playing hall and over to Disney World. 

It could've happened.


Anyway, Rhett's style of chess reminds me of my own.  I didn't care about principle;  I cared about winning.  I  used to bring my queen out early and beat higher rated players when they got flustered that they couldn't figure out how to punish my opening imperfections. 

Here is an example from Rhett.  In the above position, most people would have reached the position without having moved the queen.  Not Rhett.  He took 4 moves to get it back where it started in an even or slightly worse game.  In fact, I kind of like white better here, but it only took his opponent 2 moves to get a lost game:  19. Bd3 Nxd4 20. Bxg6 fxg6.





I don't know if Rhett's opponent planned to sacrifice the d pawn just to trade even material or if it was just a blunder.  However, Rhett's heavy artillery quickly goes from wandering aimlessly to finding their purpose in life:  kill the king.  Rhett knows how to finish a game and has seemed to catch on to my favorite principle in chess:


 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Ecclesiastes 7:8, KJV


Colorado vs Kansas


[Event "US Open, Denker, Barber"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2011.08.01"]

[Round "4"]

[White "Hodel, William"]

[Black "Langseth, Rhett"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A46"]

[WhiteElo "1515"]

[BlackElo "1823"]

[PlyCount "60"]

[EventDate "2011.07.30"]

[Source "MonRoi"]


1. d4 d6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6 4. e4 Qa5 5. Bd2 Qb6 6. a3 Bg4 7. Be3 Bxf3 8.

gxf3 Nbd7 9. b4 Qc7 10. Na4 g6 11. c4 a6 12. Rc1 Qd8 13. c5 d5 14. e5 Nh5 15.

Be2 Ng7 16. Bh6 Nf5 17. Bxf8 Rxf8 18. f4 e6 19. Bd3 Nxd4 20. Bxg6 fxg6 21. Qxd4

Qh4 22. Rc2 Rxf4 23. Qb2 Rd4 24. Re2 Ke7 25. Nc3 Rf8 26. b5 Nxc5 27. Re3 Nd3+

28. Rxd3 Rxd3 29. bxa6 b6 30. Rf1 Qd4 0-1

This Week In Chess


On August 2nd, the CSCC had 8 members in attendance.  The participants played a Round Robin, Speed tournament (G5).  NM Josh Bloomer went unbeaten to claim the top spot.  Here are the results:

Score, Player

7.0 Josh Bloomer

5.0 Mark McGough

4.0 Buck Buchanan

4.0 Jeff Fox

4.0 Paul Anderson

3.0 Alex Torres

1.0 Mike Voight

0.0 Rod S.


Standings for Pikes Peak Open

By Buck Buchanan

Here are the standings for the Pikes Peak Open from August 6-7:


4.5    Kevin Seidler

4.0    Kurt Kondracki

4.0    Daniel Zhou

3.5    Nia Neilson

3.5    Anthea Carson

3.5    Alex Yu

3.5    Sean Scott

3.5    Ron Rossi

3.5    Paul Covington

3.5    Ray Fourzan

3.0    Hector Martinez

3.0    Alex Cacas

3.0    Julian Evans

3.0    Brian Rountree

3.0    Peter Barlay

3.0    Joshua Jex

2.5    Rhett Langseth

2.5    Barry Hepsley

2.5    Dragan Plakalovic

2.5    Dalton Ross

2.5    Phillip Brown

2.5    Shan Holyoak

2.5    Brady Barkemeyer

2.5    Sam Dorchuck

2.5    Charles Cordell

2.5    Gary Bagstad

2.0    Alex Freeman

2.0    Jiri Kovats

2.0    Daniel Lund

2.0    Cory Foster

2.0    Eric Barkemeyer

2.0    Jason Lund

2.0    Jordan Dorchuck

1.5    Robert Carlson

1.5    Victor Creazzi

1.0    Isaac Martinez

1.0    Tom Corbett

1.0    Sara Herman

1.0    Jose Llacza

1.0    Robert Rountree

1.0    DuWayne Langseth

0.0    Daniel Herman

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Reply DuWayne
6:24 PM on August 8, 2011 
Great article. Thanks for the nice words about Rhett. We had a great time at the Denker, and Rhett played pretty well but had a range of experts and a master he lost to, and beat the C and B players.

I played in the Pikes Peak Open because I had really been looking forward to it for a long time. But I had a BAD cold, and after one game it was clear I was done. I was afraid my coughing would be a big annoyance. I napped on the benches in the entrance way. Rhett started off very well, with 2.5 out of 3, beating Joshua Jex and drawing against Nino Nielson (he had an easily won game, but she kept it alive and he was soon lucky to draw). Sunday, he played poorly, maybe because of all the blitz with the other young guys. By the way, the Pikes Peak was a clear domination of the next generation of chess players. Kurt Kondracki, Daniel Zhou, Alex Yu, and to start with Rhett all crowded Board one from early on.