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The Illegal Has Landed

Posted by Paul Anderson on September 3, 2020 at 5:10 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's event:  CSCC Knight Pair Rapid Online (4SS, G/10+10). It was played by John Brezina and Rhett Langseth.

I was looking for a game to publish this week and noticed that LM Brian Wall had published his 200,000th email with his loss to Rhett Langseth in round 4 of our Sunday night event.  I figured that Rhett had won the tournament and that his upset would be a great choice for the Game Of The Week.

However, I was surprised to see that Brian got the gold, as Rhett suffered an upset as well.  I didn't actually see the results until the day after, as I was in Denver trying to get my 2004 Toyota Highlander over 200,000 miles.  We drove to Illegal Burger to get the last 17 miles done and get a burger with a hotdog on it!  It was as dramatic as the moon landing.  In fact, Neil Armstrong drove the lunar module 200,000 miles to the Sea of Tranquility and ended with 17 seconds of fuel left as he delayed the landing just long enough to get the odometer to read exactly 200,000!

Well, as I looked at both upsets, I was more impressed with John Brezina's clever defense than Brian's stumble in the Rhetti. 

I have played John once over the board and once online, both at G/10!  The time we played over the board was in the 2013 COLORADO QUICK CHESS CHAMPIONS.  We tied with 3.0 and were a half point behind Rhett Langseth.  Despite being the Quick Championship, it was the first time I got a USCF Blitz rating.

John needed the upset to stay ahead of Rhett in the Corona Chess Olympics medal count.  John is battling Jeff Fox for domination of the bronze medals and is currently in 4th on the overall medal count with 5 total, just ahead of Rhett with 3 total.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

The Illegal Has Landed

[Event "CSCC Knight Pair Online"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2020.08.30"]

[Round "3.2"]

[White "Brezina, John"]

[Black "Langseth, Rhett"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C41"]

[WhiteElo "1624"]

[BlackElo "1809"]

[PlyCount "97"]

[EventDate "2020.08.30"]

[TimeControl "600+10"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nbd7 4. Nf3 e5 5. d5 Be7 6. Bb5 O-O 7. O-O a6 8. Be2

Re8 9. h3 Nf8 10. Nh2 Ng6 11. Be3 Bd7 12. f3 Qc8 13. Rc1 Nh5 14. Qe1 Nhf4 15.

Bxf4 Nxf4 16. Bd3 Qd8 17. Ne2 Bh4 18. Qd1 Bxh3 19. Nxf4 exf4 20. gxh3 Bg3 21.

Qe2 Re5 22. Ng4 Rh5 23. Kg2 Rh4 24. Rh1 g6 25. e5 Qe7 26. e6 f5 27. Nf2 Qg5 28.

Kf1 Qh5 29. e7 Re8 30. Qe6+ Kg7 31. Qd7 Qxf3 32. Rh2 Kf7 33. Qe6+ Kg7 34. Qd7

Rxe7 35. Qxe7+ Kh6 36. Bxf5 Rh5 37. Bg4 Qxd5 38. Bxh5 Kxh5 39. Qxh7+ Kg5 40.

h4+ Kf5 41. Qd7+ Ke5 42. Re1+ Kd4 43. Rd1+ Kc4 44. Rxd5 Bxh2 45. Rd3 f3 46.

Qxc7+ Kb4 47. Rb3+ Ka4 48. Qxb7 a5 49. Qc6# 1-0

This Week In Chess

On August 30th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held the CSCC Knight Pair Rapid Online event (4SS, G/10+10).

Place, CSCC Knight Pair Rapid Online (4SS, G/10+10), Score

1 "#1 NM BrianWall (1959)" 3.0

2 "#2 Termenoil (1855)" 3.0

3 "#3 Czechmate1972 (1639)" 3.0

4 "#4 jfoxhoot (1620)" 3.0

5 "#5 DuWayneL (1564)" 2.0

6 "#6 bazinga2 (1516)" 2.0

7 "#7 linuxguy1 (1435)" 1.0

8 "#8 alaynew (1334)" 1.0

9 "- tanguay1 (704)" 1.0

10 "- SHerman2 (1016)" 0.0

11 "- JJ7X (1704)" 0.0

12 "- KingVed (1464)" 0.0

Categories: 2020

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