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A Time Of Testing

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 3, 2018 at 5:10 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's March Swiss 90 tournament.  It was unusual in that I was not a tournament director (TD) in any way for this event.  My TD certification had expired.  Fortunately, we have a number of authorized TDs for the club, and Peter Barlay stepped in as Chief TD.

It is hard to believe it has been 3 years since I became a TD to help save the Colorado Springs Chess Club on Tuesday nights.  The USCF gives you 3 years before your certification expires.  However, they don't do much else.  I didn't get an email reminder that my time was up.  I didn't get a letter in the mail saying, "Thanks for your service!  We want you back.  Here is how to renew."  Nothing.  They just lock you out of the TD website.

The rule book mentions that a test is required after 3 years to continue being a TD.  However, it doesn't say much else.  I wasn't told when to take the test.  I wasn't told where to take the test.  Nothing.  They just lock you out of the TD website.

Well, I had to do a little digging, but I found where to get the test.  It is funny because I also have to take a test to continue my insurance license and they both are due in April.  It will be a month of tests and taxes.  How fun!

Of course, I was surprised to see that the government does a better job than the USCF does in helping you take their tests.  Although the government is just as bad in regards to helping you with taxes.  I ordered my tax forms in January and just got them in March.  I guess that is the difference between State and Federal.

Anyway, this tournament needed a TD ruling.  So, Peter jumped in to give his certified opinion.  On move 26, Chris played Bh6, jumping over a Pawn in the process.  Peter awarded Mike 2 minutes for Chris' infraction.  Mike declined the time, and the game resumed.  Peter was worried about the fact that he did not tell Chris that touch move still applies.

He came to me for my uncertified opinion.  I tend to be a laissez-faire TD and told him to wait until the players make another request for a ruling.  They never did.  Luckily, the player, who made the illegal move, moved the touched piece legally and went on to win.  However, he did miss this mating line.

White to mate

You can view the diagram and answer here:

A Time Of Testing

[Event "March Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.03.27"]

[Round "4.4"]

[White "Motley, Chris"]

[Black "Smith, Mike"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B10"]

[WhiteElo "1556"]

[BlackElo "1644"]

[PlyCount "67"]

[EventDate "2018.03.06"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 d4 4. Ne2 c5 5. c3 Nc6

6. cxd4 cxd4 7. Qa4 Bd7 8. Nexd4 e5 9. Nxc6 Bxc6 10. Bb5 Bd6 11. Bxc6+ bxc6 12.

Qxc6+ Kf8 13. O-O Ne7 14. Qa4 h5 15. d4 Ng6 16. dxe5 Nxe5 17. Nxe5 Bxe5 18. Rd1

Qh4 19. g3 Qg4 20. f4 h4 21. Rd5 hxg3 22. Qa3+ Bd6 23. Qxg3 Bc5+ 24. Rxc5 Qd1+

25. Kf2 Qh1 26. Bd2 Qxa1 27. Bc3 Rh7 28. Rg5 g6 29. f5 Qh1 30. Bb4+ Kg7 31.

Rxg6+ fxg6 32. Qxg6+ Kh8 33. Bc3+ Rg7 34. Qxg7# 1-0

This Week In Chess

On March 27th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished its March Swiss 90 (4SS, G90+30).

Standings. March Swiss 90

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

1 Josh S Bloomer 2353 H--- W8 W6 W2 3.5 $44.00 1st

2 Paul D Anderson 2045 W14 D3 W5 L1 2.5 $10.00 2nd

3 Calvin P Dejong 1837 W16 D2 W15 U--- 2.5 $10.00 2nd

4 Edward D Boldt 1836 H--- L11 W13 W6 2.5 $10.00 2nd

5 Michael St Filppu 1654 W20 H--- L2 W7 2.5 $19.00 U1800

6 Brian Jo Rountree 1854 W7 W15 L1 L4 2.0

7 Scott Ch Williams 1203 L6 W20 W16 L5 2.0 $13.00 U1205

8 Dean W Brown 1422 W21 L1 U--- W13 2.0

9 Christophe Motley 1556 H--- H--- U--- W10 2.0 $5.00 GOW

10 Michael Smith II 1644 H--- L12 W14 L9 1.5 $5.00 GOW

11 Daniel Herman 2107 H--- W4 U--- U--- 1.5

12 Sara Herman 1942 H--- W10 U--- U--- 1.5

13 Joey Arispe 1123 L15 W17 L4 L8 1.0 $5.00 GOW

14 Clinton D Eads 1250 L2 L19 L10 W20 1.0

15 Mark McGough 1804 W13 L6 L3 U--- 1.0

16 Joseph Reininger 1193 L3 W21 L7 U--- 1.0

17 Ayush Pan Vispute 1209 L18 L13 W21 U--- 1.0

18 Peter Barlay 1925 W17 U--- U--- U--- 1.0

19 Shirley Herman 1115 U--- W14 U--- U--- 1.0

20 Grayson Ed Harris 1002 L5 L7 U--- L14 0.0

21 Lawrence R Osborn 974 L8 L16 L17 U--- 0.0

Categories: 2018

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