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July Mating Game

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 11, 2016 at 8:45 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event:  the July Mating Game.  This is the 1st year the event has been played in July.  Previously, the event was named the June Mating Game, by Virgil McGuire back in 2002, and held in, you guessed it, June.

Prior to 2002, the event was named the June Borborgyms and was created in 1993.  The event didn't start recurring annually until 1996.  So, this year will be the 22nd edition.

The year for the best participation was in 2001 when 22 players joined the event.  However, a couple of times the event shrunk as small as a Quad (4 players) in 2010 and 2011.

The time control for the event has been 30 minutes, which is the fastest Standard-rated tournament possible.  It also makes this event both Quick-rated and Standard-rated and allows for a higher possibility of upsets, as players often have to move quicker at key points in the game or risk losing on time.

In this game, the underdog, Dan Rupp, has a shot at an upset over Alex Freeman.  Dan had been behind in material most of the game but has a chance to turn the tables.  However, time is often the key element.  Perhaps Dan's position improved as Alex got down in time.  Then Dan has to decide whether to use that time to find the best move or save that time to keep pressure on Alex and risk missing a killer move.  This positon might have benefited from a slower time control.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

July Mating Game


[Event "July Mating Game"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2016.07.05"]

[Round "2.6"]

[White "Rupp, Dan"]

[Black "Freeman, Alex"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B01"]

[WhiteElo "1023"]

[BlackElo "1706"]

[PlyCount "74"]

[EventDate "2016.07.05"]

[TimeControl "1800"]


1. e4 d5 2. d3 dxe4 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bf4 Bg4 5. f3

exf3 6. gxf3 Bh5 7. Qe2 e6 8. O-O-O c6 9. d4 Bb4 10. Qe5 Bxc3 11. bxc3 O-O 12.

d5 exd5 13. Bd3 Qa5 14. Bg5 Nbd7 15. Qd4 Qxa2 16. Nh3 Qa3+ 17. Kd2 Kh8 18. Rhe1

Bg6 19. Nf4 c5 20. Nxg6+ fxg6 21. Qh4 Kg8 22. Ra1 Ne5 23. Qh3 Qb2 24. Rab1 Nxd3

25. Rxb2 Nxb2 26. Rb1 Nc4+ 27. Kd3 Ne5+ 28. Ke2 Rae8 29. Rxb7 Nh5 30. f4 Nxf4+

31. Kd2 Nxh3 32. Bh6 Rf7 33. Rb3 Nf3+ 34. Kc1 Nhg5 35. c4 dxc4 36. Rc3 Rb7 37.

Bxg5 Re1# 0-1


This Week In Chess

On July 5th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held its annual tradition:  the July Mating Game (4SS, G/30;d/10).  12 players joined.

Standings. July Mating Game

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Daniel Herman 14345456 2045 W8 W6 2.0

2 Paul D Anderson 12728345 2020 W7 W5 2.0

3 Aleksand Bozhenov 15525004 1947 W10 W4 2.0

4 Dean W Brown 10224098 1507 W9 L3 1.0

5 Mark McGough 11366481 1881 W11 L2 1.0

6 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1877 W12 L1 1.0

7 Sara Herman 14345441 1787 L2 W10 1.0

8 Alexander Freeman 14201087 1706 L1 W12 1.0

9 Jeffrey R Fox 12641996 1976 L4 W11 1.0

10 Scott Ch Williams 15755696 1163 L3 L7 0.0

11 Shirley Herman 14812654 1096 L5 L9 0.0

12 Daniel J Rupp 15768473 1023 L6 L8 0.0

Categories: 2016

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