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The Knights Are Better Here!


Beware The Knight Pair

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 26, 2020 at 8:10 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's event:  CSCC Memorable Upsets Rapid Online (4SS, G/10+10).   It was played by Brian Rountree and Laurence Coker.

One of the nice things about these online tournaments is that I am running into players I haven't played in years.  I hadn't played Andy Rea since 2007.  Now, I got to play Laurence Coker again.  We played once in 2002 at the Southern Colorado Open when I won my largest prize ($120.00, Class B).

This time it was another close battle that went into an endgame.  Since we were the longest game of the round, our game was the interest of several spectators.

Another nice thing about these online tournaments is that you can view others players' games and even play "Guess The Move."  I have yet to try guessing other player's moves but when my game ends, I get the results of who guessed my moves.



#1 alaynew (1320) 4/5

#2 jfoxhoot (1572) 3/10

#3 lifeofacoomer (800) 1/1

#4 Aeqetes (1316) 1/2

I guess I need to watch out for alaynew!  She is on to my way of thinking.

In the next round, Laurence played Brian.  When he told me that his game had a puzzle position with 2 Knights, I had to check it out.  As a guy who uses 2 Knights in my Kissing Knights logo, I get a kick out of Knight positions.  Any time during my game, when I get the Knights to land on squares next to each other, I make sure they are facing each other and annotate the move with a heart on my score sheet!


Black to move

See the diagram and answer here:


Beware The Knight Pair


[Event "CSCC Memorable Upsets Online"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2020.08.23"]

[Round "3.5"]

[White "Rountree, Brian"]

[Black "Coker, Laurence"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "B27"]

[WhiteElo "1475"]

[BlackElo "1462"]

[PlyCount "138"]

[EventDate "2020.08.23"]

[TimeControl "600+10"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nc3 Qd8 5. Bc4 e6 6. O-O Nf6 7. d4 cxd4 8.

Qxd4 Qxd4 9. Nxd4 a6 10. Be3 Be7 11. a4 O-O 12. a5 Bd7 13. Na4 Bxa4 14. Rxa4

Nbd7 15. b4 Rac8 16. Bd3 Ne5 17. Be2 Nc4 18. Bf4 e5 19. Nf5 Bd8 20. Bg3 Nb2 21.

Ra2 Rxc2 22. Bf3 e4 23. Bd1 Rd2 24. Bf4 Rxd1 25. Rxd1 Nxd1 26. Rc2 b6 27. Bd2

bxa5 28. bxa5 g6 29. Ng3 e3 30. fxe3 Ng4 31. Nf1 Bg5 32. e4 Bxd2 33. Rxd2 Nc3

34. Rd6 Nxe4 35. Rxa6 Rb8 36. h3 Nh6 37. Ne3 Nc5 38. Rb6 Rxb6 39. axb6 Nb7 40.

Kf2 Kf8 41. Nc4 Ke7 42. Ke3 Kd7 43. g4 f5 44. gxf5 Nxf5+ 45. Kf4 Ne7 46. Kg5 h5

47. Ne5+ Kd6 48. Nxg6 Nxg6 49. Kxg6 h4 50. Kg5 Ke6 51. Kxh4 Kf6 52. Kg4 Kg6 53.

Kf4 Kh5 54. Ke5 Kh4 55. Kd5 Kxh3 56. Kc6 Na5+ 57. Kb5 Nb7 58. Ka6 Nc5+ 59. Kb5

Nb7 60. Kc6 Na5+ 61. Kc7 Kg4 62. Kb8 Kf5 63. Ka7 Ke6 64. Ka6 Nc6 65. b7 Kd7 66.

Kb6 Nb8 67. Ka7 Nc6+ 68. Ka8 Kc7 69. b8=Q+ Nxb8 1/2-1/2

This Week In Chess

On August 23rd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held the CSCC Memorable Upsets Rapid Online event (4SS, G/10+10).

Place, CSCC Memorable Upsets (4SS, G/10+10), Score

1 "#1 jfoxhoot (1605)" 4.0

2 "#2 cschessnews (1633)" 3.0

3 "#3 DuWayneL (1560)" 2.5

4 "#4 dzhierkiev64 (1613)" 2.5

5 "#5 Czechmate1972 (1598)" 2.5

6 "#6 alaynew (1360)" 2.0

7 "#7 Aeqetes (1336)" 2.0

8 "#8 linuxguy1 (1451)" 1.5

9 "#8 msmcgough (1464)" 1.5

10 "#10 bazinga2 (1409)" 1.5

11 "- tristancruz (1072)" 1.0

12 "#11 CosmicNovaGalaxy (1319)" 1.0

13 "- KingVed (1464)" 1.0

Categories: 2020

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Reply Paul Anderson
5:14 PM on September 5, 2020 
---------- Original Message ----------
From: Laurence Coker
To: Colorado Springs Chess News
Subject: Re: My 60 Memorable Upsets
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2020 03:47:16 +0000

By the way in my game you posted online, my d5 (1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 d5) is a mouse slip. I meant to play d6. It happens sometimes. I was not trying to get out of the book. I was not trying to confuse my opponent. It was a mouse slip.

...Even though I missed the mate it turned out to be an interesting endgame also- a knight stopping a pawn by itself on the sixth rank. I am not sure if I played it exactly nor am I sure my opponent played it correctly, But the end result was a draw. Another possible feature that could have happened is white could have exchanged his knight for my h and g pawns and we could have had two knights against a king (and some pawns). That also would have been a draw (obviously can't mate with two knights) though having pawns on the board for white might make a mate possible for black to mate given the proper amount of time. A very interesting game.