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Baby's On Fire

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 26, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event, the April Quick 24.  This is a new event for the club and was created by the partnership of Earle Wikle and Peter Barlay.  Earle is one of the club's TDs (tournament directors), and he likes to have as much time as possible and not effect his standard rating.  So, the event has the longest possible Quick-rated time control.  Peter is also a club TD and one of the club officers.  One of the tasks for the club officers is to make the club schedule.  Peter suggested a 6 round event.

One of the benefits of having faster time controls in chess events is the increased chance of upsets.  An upset in chess occurs when the higher rated player loses or draws a lower rated player.  The greater the difference in ratings the less likely the lower rated player can score.

However, blunders happen!

Every chess player will make a terrible move.  The question is how often?  The best players have raised their level of self-control so that their mistakes are so far apart it appears that they never make mistakes at all.  But when they do, it makes news.  Tim Brennan and Joel Johnson jump on them and collect them for their next book.

So, when Dean Brown was burning up the local chess scene by scoring a couple of upsets this past week, I figured I had to sound the alarm.  He was on fire, getting a win and a draw over players rated 500 points above him.  The odds of that happening in the same week were staggering.  It was like having your house go up in flames twice in the same week.  So, I looked up some of the numbers:

  • Number of home fires your household can expect in an average lifetime: 5
  • Chances your household will have a reported home fire in an average lifetime: 1 in 4
  • Chances of drawing Dean Brown with a rating over 1900:  1 in 6
  • Chances that someone in your household will suffer a fire injury in an average lifetime: 1 in 10
  • Chances of losing to Dean Brown with a rating over 1900:  1 in 14
  • Chances that someone in your household will suffer an injury in a reported fire in an average lifetime: 1 in 89
  • Chances of Dean Brown beating and drawning +1900s in the same week:  1 in 4000

Of course, your odds go down if you get a position like this.  It is White to move:

You can view the diagram and answer here:

Baby's On Fire


[Event "April Quick 24"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2016.04.24"]

[Round "1.3"]

[White "Brown, Dean"]

[Black "Wikle, Earle"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C01"]

[WhiteElo "1400"]

[BlackElo "1950"]

[PlyCount "98"]

[EventDate "2016.04.19"]

[TimeControl "1440"]


1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. exd5 exd5 5. Bd2

Ne7 6. a3 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 Bf5 8. Bd3 O-O 9. Bxf5 Nxf5 10. Ne2 Nc6 11. O-O Re8 12.

Re1 Qg5 13. Bd2 Qg4 14. c3 Nh4 15. Ng3 Qg6 16. Qb3 Qd6 17. Rxe8+ Rxe8 18. Qxb7

Rb8 19. Qa6 Rxb2 20. Qc8+ Qf8 21. Qxf8+ Kxf8 22. Bf4 Rc2 23. Rc1 Ra2 24. Bxc7

Rxa3 25. Bd6+ Ke8 26. Bxa3 Na5 27. Re1+ Kd7 28. Re7+ Kc6 29. Rxa7 Nc4 30. Bc1

Nd6 31. Bf4 Ne4 32. Rxf7 Ng6 33. Be5 Nxe5 34. dxe5 Nxc3 35. e6 d4 36. e7 Kd7

37. Rxg7 d3 38. Nf1 Ne2+ 39. Kh1 h5 40. Nd2 Ke8 41. g3 Nd4 42. f4 Nf5 43. Rg5

Nxe7 44. Re5 Kf7 45. Rxe7+ Kxe7 46. Kg2 Kf6 47. Kf3 Kf5 48. h3 Kf6 49. Ke3 Kf5



This Week In Chess

On April 19th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club a Quick-rated event (6SS, G/24;d5).  12 players joined.

Standings. April Quick 24

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

1 Josef I Friedman 10310351 2186 W7 W8 D2 2.5

2 Jeffrey Rando Fox 12641996 1846 W12 W6 D1 2.5

3 Paul Dou Anderson 12728345 1954 W4 W9 H--- 2.5

4 Mark McGough 11366481 1561 L3 W10 W9 2.0

5 Earle P Wikle 12126030 1950 L6 W11 W8 2.0

6 Dean W Brown 10224098 1400 W5 L2 D11 1.5

7 Larry Turner 10303931 1629 L1 W12 H--- 1.5

8 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1651 W10 L1 L5 1.0

9 Daniel Herman 14345456 1839 W11 L3 L4 1.0

10 Matthew Hansen 15244744 592 L8 L4 W12 1.0

11 John D Byrne 13249837 1356 L9 L5 D6 0.5

12 Shirley Herman 14812654 962 L2 L7 L10 0.0

2016 World Youth Qualifying Player

By Jerry Nash, FIDE Youth Events

Congratulations Sara Herman!

I am pleased to inform you that you have qualified to play in the 2016 World Youth Chess Championships in the Girls Under 14 Section.  Should you accept this invitation, you will have the opportunity to compete as a member of an elite team of players and coaches who will represent the United States in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, from September 20 to October 4, 2016.

Sara, as one of the top rated players in your age group in the United States, you can be proud of the results of your hard work.  You are certainly to be congratulated for this milestone in your life.

Categories: 2016

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