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I Can't Drive 55

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 5, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from my list of upsets.  I have a report in my chess database called "Best Wins" which weeds out all my games except those where I score a 16 point rating gain or higher in a USCF-rated game.  So far, I have published 54 of the 57 upset games in that report.  This will be number 55.

My opponent was Rhett Langseth in 2014.  Rhett had just passed up my rating for the first time and had a shot to get added to the list as the highest rated 16-point upset.  A 16-point upset means that you are very close in rating (within 25 points) and possibly slightly lower.

Rhett has gotten to where he is in chess by being very cautious.  He is so cautious that he has refused to get his driver's license until they have perfected the self-driving car.  Instead, he just rolls himself in bubble-wrap and has his slightly less cautious dad drive him to chess events in their '43 Sherman Tank.

He takes his time making moves until he has seconds on his clock, and then he will flip the switch and blitz out his last ditch attack.  Because of this mastery over the clock, he rarely makes blunders and often catches me, in a better position, trying to run him out of time.

I think that he will blunder because he is the one low in time.  However, I end up moving just as quick and not taking advantage of my time lead.  So, it just becomes a battle of who has the better blitz skills, and he does.

However, I don't always throw away my wins.  We have split our 18 games.  I tend to mess up the quicker games (G/30 or less) where he has scored 6 of his nine wins.

This time I caught him in a rare blunder.  Rhett tries to take advantage of the Pin on the Queen.  The c Pawn cannot move without the loss of the Queen.  However, I found a decent move and went on to get upset number 55 from the guy who can't drive.

Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:

I Can't Drive 55


[Event "October Panera Wednesday"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2014.10.22"]

[Round "4.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Langseth, Rhett"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B07"]

[WhiteElo "2012"]

[BlackElo "2022"]

[PlyCount "115"]

[EventDate "2014.10.01"]

[TimeControl "5400"]


1. d4 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. Be2

e5 6. d5 Nc5 7. Nd2 Be7 8. Bf3 O-O 9. O-O Re8 10. Re1 Qc7 11. Nf1 a6 12. Be3

cxd5 13. Nxd5 Nxd5 14. Qxd5 Be6 15. Qd2 Rac8 16. Rec1 b5 17. Ng3 Red8 18. Ne2

Na4 19. c3 Nb6 20. Bxb6 Qxb6 21. Rd1 Rd7 22. Ng3 g6 23. Nf1 Rcd8 24. Ne3 Bg5

25. Nd5 Bxd5 26. Qxd5 Rc7 27. Qb3 Be7 28. Rd5 Rb8 29. a3 Rc4 30. Qc2 b4 31. Qe2

Rc5 32. axb4 Rxd5 33. exd5 Ra8 34. Qc4 Bd8 35. Qc6 Qxc6 36. dxc6 Ra7 37. Bd5

Kf8 38. Kf1 Ke7 39. Ke2 f6 40. Kd3 Bb6 41. f3 a5 42. bxa5 Rxa5 43. Rxa5 Bxa5

44. Kc4 Kd8 45. Kb5 Bc7 46. Ka6 f5 47. Kb7 g5 48. b4 e4 49. fxe4 fxe4 50. Bxe4

d5 51. Bxh7 g4 52. b5 g3 53. hxg3 d4 54. cxd4 Ba5 55. b6 Bxb6 56. Kxb6 Kc8 57.

Bf5+ Kd8 58. c7+ 1-0


This Week In Chess

On June 28th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a USCF-rated event (4SS, G/90+30). 14 players joined.

Standings. June Swiss 90

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 12728345 2047 W3 H--- W2 W4 3.5 $24.00 1st

2 Alexander Freeman 14201087 1756 W11 W7 L1 W5 3.0 $16.00 2nd

3 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1791 L1 W8 D10 W7 2.5

4 Larry Turner 10303931 1812 W8 H--- D5 L1 2.0 $5.00 GOW

5 Calvin P Dejong 15617641 1705 H--- X13 D4 L2 2.0 $11.00 Under 1750

6 Mark McGough 11366481 1854 L7 X14 W9 U--- 2.0

7 Dean W Brown 10224098 1513 W6 L2 D8 L3 1.5

8 Gerald Mena 12430450 1356 L4 L3 D7 W9 1.5

9 Douglas N Clark 15941617 578 H--- X12 L6 L8 1.5

10 Shawn Micha Irish 12615700 1820 H--- H--- D3 U--- 1.5

11 Peter Barlay 14700831 1887 L2 H--- U--- U--- 0.5

12 Pranav Maddali 15093864 1261 H--- F9 U--- U--- 0.5

13 Srinivas Maddali 15469577 1225 H--- F5 U--- U--- 0.5

14 Prajit Maddali 15490583 650 H--- F6 U--- U--- 0.5

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Reply Daniel
6:34 PM on July 12, 2016 
I guess I will miss the list by 2 points?