Colorado Springs Chess News

The Knights Are Better Here!



Posted by Paul Anderson on April 25, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from last night.  I finally had a free Monday night and decided to check out a new chess club that had contacted me back in January.  Robin Fields sent me this message:

Chess Players,

As a 35 year resident of Colorado my family and friends recently decided to start a public chess club in Monument, CO for players at all skill levels. As you might know we are a small community and need either free or very low cost used chess equipment.

We currently meet at the Pikes Peak Library in Monument ...

Please visit us when you're in our neighborhood.

Thanks and we hope to see you in future tournaments.

As the only chess news source in southern Colorado, I feel it is my duty to investigate these changes to the chess scene and report on them...eventually.  By March, I still had not visited the club but sent a message to Robin to see how the club was doing.  He replied:

We are now meeting on the second (today) and fourth Monday of each month with the Chessnuts club at the Senior Center at the Lewis Palmer High School across from the YMCA. Enter from the Jackson Creek stop light. The Center is just south of the High School. Meeting time is from 5-9pm.

Well, it took another month to get up there, but I finally made it.  I didn't get to meet Robin.  The only 2 people at the club were the Chessnuts, a couple of retired military gentlemen who live in King's Deer.  They were very friendly and happy to have a visitor.  I was going to keep my chess background a mystery until we played, but they asked for my email address and the cat was out of the bag.

I played the entire club that evening and went unbeaten.  However, I was quite impressed with their fighting spirit.  My advantages were wiped out both times, and I had to overcome some very drawish endgames to claim my victories.

It was a fun evening.  I am hoping it has laid some groundwork for collaboration between the Chessnuts and the Colorado Springs Chess Club.

Here is the decisive moment from my second game.

Black to move

You can view the diagram and answer here:


[Event "Chessnuts Club"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2017.04.24"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Hartley, Mick"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[PlyCount "68"]

[EventDate "2017.04.24"]

[TimeControl "0"]

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Bc5 4. h3 O-O 5. b3 c6 6. Bb2 d5 7. exd5 cxd5 8. d4

exd4 9. Bd3 Nc6 10. a3 Ne4 11. Qf3 Ne5 12. Qf4 Bd6 13. Qc1 Qh4 14. g3 Nxg3 15.

fxg3 Qxg3+ 16. Kd1 Re8 17. Ne2 Qf3 18. Re1 Bxh3 19. Bxd4 Nxd3 20. cxd3 Bg4 21.

Nbc3 Bg3 22. Qg5 g6 23. Qh6 Qxd3+ 24. Qd2 Qxd2+ 25. Kxd2 Bxe1+ 26. Rxe1 a6 27.

Nxd5 Rxe2+ 28. Rxe2 Bxe2 29. Kxe2 Rd8 30. Nf6+ Kg7 31. Kd3 Rxd4+ 32. Kxd4 Kxf6

33. b4 Ke6 34. Kc5 Kd7 0-1

This Week In Chess

On April 18th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started its April Quick (6SS, G/24+5).

Standings. AQ

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Mark McGough 1683 W7 W3 W4 3.0

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 1771 W9 D6 W8 2.5

3 Peter Barlay 1703 W5 L1 W6 2.0

4 Michael Smith II 1569 W8 W9 L1 2.0

5 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1307 L3 W7 W9 2.0

6 Brian Jo Rountree 1617 W10 D2 L3 1.5

7 Clinton D Eads 1168 L1 L5 W10 1.0

8 Paul D Anderson 1986 L4 W10 L2 1.0

9 Dean W Brown 1400 L2 L4 L5 0.0

10 Douglas N Clark 496 L6 L8 L7 0.0

Thanks To You

By Ann Davies

After perusing the upcoming tournaments today, I realized there was a myriad of opportunities to play competitive chess in Colorado. The tournament landscape has changed dramatically thanks to the efforts of organizers, directors and chess clubs.  I wanted you to know that your commitment and hard work does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated.

If I have neglected to properly thank someone, please pass this on to them.

Cheers, Ann Davies

Categories: 2017

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