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Russian Gold

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 9, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Tuesday night event at the Colorado Springs Chess Club:  August Swiss 90.  We had 8 players join the tournament.  So, as TD (tournament director), I had 4 games to choose from for the Game Of The Week. 

Of course, one of the games was mine.  While Alex Freeman played a great game, I ended up winning after dropping a Pawn in the middle game.  So, I didn't want to publish another win of mine, as I have had plenty of my victories already published this year.  In fact, I am 2 games behind on my goal of published losses of mine.  Maybe next week I will get one of those out of the way.

I decided I liked the game from Alex Bozhenov the best.  He is a Russian that visited Colorado Springs last year when his daughter got married and became an American citizen. 

Alex Bozhenoz receives a shirt.

The Russians have been getting a lot of negative press about doping and cheating recently.  I thought that they could use some good press.  While the International Olympic Committee left it up to me to allow Alex to play in Tuesday's event, I have no reason to believe that he has been using performance enhancing drugs and allowed him to compete.

After my game with Alex Freeman, he would be the one I would most suspect.

Anyway, the toughest part of picking the Game Of The Week is reading the score sheets.  As I was entering Alex's game, I put in the wrong fourth move.  My instinct was different than what Alex played.  Soon I realized my choice couldn't work with the rest of the moves.  So, I had to go back and fix it.  However, I was curious if my choice was better.

So, I let the computer run on this golden position.  What is your instinct?

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Russian Gold


[Event "August Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2016.08.02"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Bozhenov, Alex"]

[Black "Carson, Anthea"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C29"]

[WhiteElo "1929"]

[BlackElo "1739"]

[PlyCount "67"]

[EventDate "2016.08.02"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 Bb4 4. fxe5 Bxc3 5.

bxc3 Nxe4 6. Nf3 Ng5 7. d4 Nxf3+ 8. Qxf3 O-O 9. Bc4

Nc6 10. O-O Qe7 11. Qg3 Kh8 12. Bg5 Qe8 13. Rf6 Ne7 14. Raf1 d5 15. exd6 Nf5

16. R6xf5 Bxf5 17. Rxf5 cxd6 18. h3 Rc8 19. Bd3 f6 20. Bd2 g6 21. Rd5 Rd8 22.

Rxd6 Rxd6 23. Qxd6 Qd8 24. Qxd8 Rxd8 25. a4 a6 26. Be4 Rd7 27. Kf2 Kg7 28. Ke3

f5 29. Bf3 Kf6 30. c4 g5 31. c5 f4+ 32. Kd3 h6 33. c4 Rc7 34. Ba5 1-0


This Week In Chess

On August 2nd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a USCF event (6SS, G/90+30). 8 players joined.

Standings. August Swiss 90

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 12728345 2036 W6 1.0

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 15525004 1929 W7 1.0

3 Mark McGough 11366481 1809 W8 1.0

4 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1829 D5 0.5

5 Calvin P Dejong 15617641 1698 D4 0.5

6 Alexander Freeman 14201087 1775 L1 0.0

7 Anthea Jan Carson 12614322 1739 L2 0.0

8 Douglas N Clark 15941617 379 L3 0.0

Categories: 2016

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