2nd annual ThanksGiving Open

Tournaments like these would be better not blogged about, but since this _is_ a blog, I will treat it like another diary entry.

This tournament was a little unusual for me, as the first round game was not much of a fight, although it was a fun and memorable game, but it didn’t get me emotionally into the tournament.  There was no feeling like I had got my nerves into a battle.  My first round game was the quickest finished.  Afterward, I wasn’t hungry, but ate anyway as it gave me something to do to pass the time, after looking at the other games and talking to others.

In round two, I made an impatient move, blunder, and resigned.  Earl had been taking a lot of time, when I saw only straightforward moves.  I knew we had four games to play today, and wanted to get on with the play, but when Earl starts spending too much time, it’s almost always because he is planning a kingside strike.  Earl likes to plan his moves before the strike, so it comes as more of a surprise to me because most players spend their time on an attack just when they need to and not in advance the way he does; then he plays the actual moves of the attack quickly.  Earl often focuses in on a line, and often doesn’t shake it off, so he is highly efficient.  He is also knowledgeable and creative with his openings.

Round three I was playing well as Black, but it was taking too much time for me to decide on the moves.  In the end, I got into time-pressure, then got blitzed in my time-pressure, and turned a promising position into a loss.  After I moved …Qd6 late, I thought I should have played …Qc5 to blockade his pawn, and then he sacked his c-pawn, and apparently I shouldn’t have taken it, but I also made a silly decision to give up my a-pawn in time-pressure, and gave up c and d pawns as well.  This is why I need the time.  When I blitz, my chess is full of silly moves that look hardly believable.

Round four was against Ayush, a young kid who habitually spends more time away from the board than at the board.

 

Round 1

[Event “2nd annual ThanksGiving Open”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.11.24”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Will Wolf”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “0-1”]
[BlackElo “1911”]
[ECO “C29”]
[EventDate “2018.11.24”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1399”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 Nxe4 5. d3 Qh4+ 6. g3 Nxg3 7. Nf3 Qh5 8.
Nxd5 Bg4 9. Nf4 Bxf3 10. Nxh5 Bxd1 11. hxg3 Bf3 12. Rh2 Nc6 13. Rf2 Bxh5 0-1

 

Round 2

[Event “2nd annual ThanksGiving Open”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.11.24”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Earl Wikle”]
[Result “0-1”]
[BlackElo “2006”]
[ECO “C02”]
[EventDate “2018.11.24”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1913”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Bd7 6. Be2 Nge7 7. Na3 cxd4 8. cxd4
Nf5 9. Nc2 Qb6 10. O-O Na5 11. b3 Bb5 12. Bd3 Nc6 13. g4 Nfe7 14. a4 Bxd3 15.
Qxd3 h5 16. h3 hxg4 17. hxg4 Ng6 18. Bd2 Rh3 19. Kg2 Rxf3 0-1

 

Round 3

[Event “2nd annual ThanksGiving Open”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.11.24”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Alexander Bozhenov”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1911”]
[ECO “C60”]
[EventDate “2018.11.24”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “2003”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7 4. O-O g6 5. Re1 Bg7 6. c3 O-O 7. d3 a6 8. Ba4
b5 9. Bc2 d5 10. Nbd2 d4 11. Nb3 Qd6 12. Qe2 dxc3 13. bxc3 a5 14. a4 b4 15. c4
Bg4 16. h3 Bxf3 17. Qxf3 f5 18. Qe2 f4 19. Qf3 Nd4 20. Nxd4 Qxd4 21. Rb1 Qc3
22. Qe2 Qd4 23. Bb2 Qd6 24. c5 Qxc5 25. Bb3+ Kh8 26. Rbc1 Qd6 27. Qc2 Rac8 28.
Qc5 Qd7 29. Qxa5 c5 30. Qb5 Nc6 31. Qxc5 Nd4 32. Qd5 Qxd5 33. Bxd5 Bf6 34. Bxd4
Rxc1 35. Rxc1 exd4 36. Kh2 Kg7 37. g3 fxg3+ 38. Kxg3 Rd8 39. f4 Rd7 40. Kg4 Be7
41. Rc6 Kh6 42. h4 Kg7 43. h5 gxh5+ 44. Kxh5 Rd6 45. Rc7 Rh6+ 46. Kg4 Kf8 47.
e5 Rh2 48. f5 Rd2 49. Bc4 b3 50. f6 Bd8 51. Rc8 Ke8 52. f7+ Ke7 53. Rxd8 Kxd8
54. f8=Q+ Kc7 55. Qd6+ Kb7 56. Qb4+ 1-0

 

Round 4

[Event “2nd annual ThanksGiving Open”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.11.24”]
[Round “4”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Ayush Vispute”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1309”]
[ECO “B51”]
[EventDate “2018.11.24”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1911”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. Bxc6+ bxc6 5. d3 Nf6 6. O-O g6 7. e5 dxe5 8.
Nxe5 Qd5 9. Re1 Bg7 10. Nc3 Qd6 11. Qf3 Bb7 12. Nc4 Qd7 13. Be3 O-O 14. Bxc5
Rfe8 15. Ne4 Nxe4 16. Qxe4 Bf6 17. c3 Ba6 18. Rad1 Rad8 19. Ne5 Qd5 20. Qxd5
Rxd5 21. d4 Bxe5 22. Rxe5 Rxe5 23. dxe5 Be2 24. Rd7 a6 25. Bxe7 Bg4 26. Rc7 Kg7
27. Bf6+ Kh6 28. Rxf7 1-0

Advertisements

The streak stands at 16 games

Round 3

We both got down to 7 minutes, a piece, when I offered the draw.  It’s unfortunate that we both needed more than 90+ minutes to play out this game, as there was a lot of life still left in it.

I looked at the game without an engine, and realized that I had missed 26.Nd5.  I also correctly saw a likely continuation.  26…h4 (the move he probably would have played, or at least wanted to), 27.Qf2 Qb7, 28.Be3 f5!?  I spotted this before I saw it with an engine.  It’s a crazy line.  There definitely would have been a crazy line to follow, unless one side simply blunders.

I might play on Saturday.  It’s four-rounds of G/70, 30 increment, but it would almost surely mean killing the undefeated streak, particularly as I have normally been sleeping during the day.  I was hoping to get the streak to 20 games, since Expert Paul Anderson’s longest undefeated streak lasted for 19 games.

[Event “Strong Swiss”]
[Site “Club Chess”]
[Date “2018.11.21”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Mark McGough”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “1820”]
[ECO “B41”]
[EventDate “2018.11.21”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1913”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. c4 Qc7 6. Nc3 d6 7. Be2 Nd7 8. Be3
b6 9. O-O Bb7 10. Rc1 Ngf6 11. f3 h5 12. Qd2 Rc8 13. Rfd1 Be7 14. b3 Qb8 15.
Nc2 O-O 16. Bf4 Ne5 17. Ne1 Rfe8 18. Nd3 Nfd7 19. Bf1 Nxd3 20. Bxd3 Ne5 21. Bf1
Bc6 22. a4 a5 23. Qf2 Nd7 24. Qg3 Ne5 25. Be2 Qc7 26. Rd2 1/2-1/2

King movement in the endgame

Round 3

Playing an endgame on the increment, I just don’t have enough endgame experience to do that.  Need to study more endgames.

After the game, I told him that his 45…fxg4+ was brilliant.  We were both in time-pressure, but he had seen quickly enough that he could give up his last pawn.  After 45…f4? (which was all that I was expecting), 46.Ke4, which was my plan, is winning.  I couldn’t figure out whether to trade some pawns on kingside first or move my king to the center.  I knew this game would look foolish, in hindsight, had I not won it, but time-pressure has the ability to make fools of us all, and it often leads to a half-point being thrown away.

[Event “November Swiss”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.11.20”]
[Round “3”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Chris Motley”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “1602”]
[ECO “B04”]
[EventDate “2018.11.20”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1913”]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 g6 5. c4 Nb6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. Nbd2 Bf5 8. Be2
dxe5 9. Nxe5 Bxe5 10. dxe5 Nc6 11. Nf3 Qxd1+ 12. Rxd1 Nb4 13. Nd4 O-O-O 14. O-O
Bd7 15. a3 Nc6 16. Nb5 a6 17. Nc3 Nxe5 18. Bd4 f6 19. Bxb6 cxb6 20. Nd5 Rhe8
21. Nxb6+ Kc7 22. Nxd7 Nxd7 23. f4 e5 24. fxe5 Rxe5 25. Bf3 f5 26. b4 Re3 27.
a4 Ra3 28. a5 Rb3 29. Rb1 Rxb1 30. Rxb1 Nf6 31. Re1 Rd7 32. Re6 Ng8 33. Rb6 Kb8
34. b5 axb5 35. cxb5 Ka7 36. Re6 Ne7 37. Be2 Nc8 38. Re8 Kb8 39. Bc4 Re7 40.
Rxe7 Nxe7 41. Kf2 Kc7 42. Kf3 g5 43. h4 h6 44. hxg5 hxg5 45. g4 fxg4+ 46. Kxg4
Kd6 47. Kxg5 Kc5 48. Be2 Nd5 49. Bf1 Nc7 50. b6 Na8 51. Bg2 Nxb6 52. axb6 Kxb6
53. Bxb7 Kxb7 1/2-1/2

My 14th consecutive game without a loss

Unfortunately, I missed winning chances in this game.  Paul had an hour of time remaining at the end of the game, but that’s no excuse that I didn’t manage my own time well enough, since Paul likes to make the play mostly about the endgame, the later stages are where the opportunities are against him.

Round 2, Strong Swiss

[Event “Strong Swiss”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.11.14”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Brian Rountree”]
[Black “Paul Covington”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “1837”]
[ECO “B22”]
[EventDate “2018.11.14”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1913”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c3 d5 4. e5 Ne7 5. d4 cxd4 6. cxd4 Nf5 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. Be2
Qb6 9. Na4 Bb4+ 10. Bd2 Bxd2+ 11. Qxd2 Qb4 12. Qxb4 Nxb4 13. O-O b6 14. Nc3 Bd7
15. a3 Nc6 16. Nb5 Ke7 17. g4 Nh6 18. h3 f6 19. Rac1 fxe5 20. Nxe5 Nxe5 21.
dxe5 Bxb5 22. Bxb5 Rac8 23. Ba6 Rxc1 24. Rxc1 Rd8 25. f4 g5 26. Rc7+ Rd7 27.
Rxd7+ Kxd7 28. Kg2 Nf7 29. Kf3 h6 30. Bd3 Ke7 31. Bg6 Nd8 32. Bd3 Nc6 33. b4 b5
34. Ke3 a6 35. Be2 Kf7 36. Bd3 Ke7 37. Be2 Kf7 38. Bd3 Kg7 39. Kf3 h5 40. gxh5
Kh6 41. Bg6 a5 42. bxa5 Nxa5 43. Be8 Nc4 44. Bxb5 Nxa3 45. Bd7 gxf4 46. Kxf4
Kxh5 47. Bxe6 Nc4 48. Bf7+ Kh6 49. e6 Kg7 50. Bh5 Kf6 51. Bg4 Ne5 52. e7 Ng6+
53. Ke3 Kxe7 54. Kd4 Kd6 55. Bf3 Nf4 56. h4 Ne6+ 57. Kd3 Ke5 58. h5 Nf4+ 59.
Ke3 Nxh5 1/2-1/2

 

The English, with an Expert

In my second round game, I played Earl, with the Black pieces.  Earl is normally Expert rated, but his rating dropped just a bit below that due to an upset by Jesse in the City Championship.

Another interesting game to analyze.  At one point, I played 37…Kf8, and then 38…Kf7?? I believe this was played, and it was on his scoresheet, but that’s right about where I messed up my score.  He made a move, I didn’t write it down but instead moved instantly, and then he replied instantly.  I should have written his first move down as soon as he made it.  Anyway, I believe the score is accurate, and the final position certainly is.  Obviously, were were both in time-pressure, making moves with under a minute.  I got down to 5 seconds before playing 35…Qg6, even though I knew it was the only move – crazy sort of thing people do in time-pressure.

[Event “November Swiss”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.11.14”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Earl Wikle”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “1913”]
[ECO “A25”]
[EventDate “2018.11.14”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1991”]

1. c4 e5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Nd5 O-O 6. Nf3 Re8 7. O-O Nxd5 8.
cxd5 Nd4 9. Nxd4 exd4 10. e4 dxe3 11. dxe3 d6 12. a3 Ba5 13. b4 Bb6 14. Bb2 Bf5
15. Qh5 Bg6 16. Qg4 Qc8 17. Qc4 Qd7 18. a4 a5 19. b5 Re7 20. Rac1 Rae8 21. Bd4
Bxd4 22. Qxd4 b6 23. Rc4 Be4 24. f3 Bf5 25. e4 Bh3 26. Rfc1 Bxg2 27. Kxg2 f5
28. Rxc7 Qd8 29. Qxb6 fxe4 30. fxe4 Rxe4 31. Qa7 Qg5 32. Rf1 Re2+ 33. Kg1
Qh6 34. Rf2 Rxf2 35. Qxf2 Qg6 36. Qc2 Qg5 37. Qc3 Kf8 38. Rc8 Qe7 39. b6 Kf7
40. Rxe8 Qxe8 41. Qf3+ Kg6 42. Qd3+ Kh6 43. Qd2+ Kg6 44. Kf2 h6 45. b7 Qf7+ 46.
Qf4 Qxb7 47. Qxd6+ Kf7 48. Qe6+ Kf8 49. d6 Qf7+ 50. Qxf7+ Kxf7 51. Ke3 Ke6 52.
Kd4 Kxd6 1/2-1/2

Post City Championship

Round 1, November Swiss

I guess the question is, could I keep the unbeaten streak alive?  Paul Anderson kindly wrote in Colorado Springs Chess News:  “Current City Champ, Brian Rountree continues his unbeaten streak in round 1 of the November Swiss 90. Look out GM Ding Liren!”

This is only David’s second rated chess tournament, his first rated tournament was the City Championship where he actually won two games (it took me multiple tournaments before I won my first rated game).  Not bad for a first tournament!

I thought about playing other variations, but really wanted to play what I know against a new opponent for me.

4.c4 Why not? Certainly, the idea of a future cxd…cxd to weaken b5 for the Nc3, was enough for me.

6…exd Surprising choice of recapture.

8…c4 His pushing the play, with each chance he gets, is a little too predictable, or predictable from a much lower-rated opponent. 8…Ne7 looked solid.

10…h6 This must have been either to support …g5, or prevent a Bg5 pin on a knight, and struck me as too optimistic for Black.

12…Rg8? 12…Ng4 would have been the most critical reply, although …BxNc3 and …Nh7 are possible. After the game, I mentioned to David that 12…Ng4, 13.h3 h5 (aka the Fishing-Pole), might be possible here. Also unclear were 12…Ng4, 13.Nd5 Ba5, and 13.Ne4. This is a position that is crying out for some creative insight!

13…gxf6? Relatively pointless, although it sure looks enticing from a visual perspective. I was expecting 13…Nxf6.

18.Nxf6+ This game is long over, but I was sorely tempted to play a fantasy variation (ha! no pun intended) just to keep the game interesting. We both had half an hour or more remaining at the end of the game, and so the line goes 18.exf Rxg+, 19.QxR BxQ, 20.fxBe7 Qc8 (say), 21.KxB. Black has all six minor pieces versus queen and rook, and the king is trapped to where it can’t castle.

[Event “November Swiss”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.11.06”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Brian John Rountree”]
[Black “David Tomy”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1354”]
[ECO “B12”]
[EventDate “2018.11.06”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1913”]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 Nd7 4. c4 e6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Bd3 c5 8. Ne2 c4
9. Bc2 dxe4 10. fxe4 h6 11. O-O Ngf6 12. e5 Rg8 13. exf6 gxf6 14. Nf4 Bd6 15.
Qe2+ Be7 16. Nfd5 Ne5 17. dxe5 Bh3 18. Nxf6+ Kf8 19. Bxh6+ Rg7 20. Bxg7+ Kxg7
21. gxh3 Bc5+ 22. Kh1 Kf8 23. Ncd5 Rc8 24. Qg4 Qxd5+ 25. Nxd5 1-0

 

Round 1, November Strong-Swiss

Me and Sam always have these highly contentious positional battles, and it looked like Sam had me in this one.  However, there is always the clock, and as we both got down to five minutes remaining (in less than 20 moves!) one of those inevitable possibilities happened.

1.b3  Sam always plays The Nimzo-Larsen Attack.

3…d6. 3…d5, 4.Bb5 is often considered as a positional error for Black, because BxNc6 will be so strong in this variation. So, this is one way to avoid that, and just like that I am in some new line where I don’t have a clue.

6…g6. My first reaction, and almost played, was 6…a6, but 7.BxN NxB looks strange, as I sort of want to castle queenside then, well I suppose …d5 and …Bd6 and …f6 type plan would be possible, thinking of it now. If 7.Bd3 Nb4 was unusual, and I wasn’t sure. In hindsight, it looks rather strong for Black, as 8.a3 NxBd3, 9.cxN looks like it strenghtens White’s center, but really gives Black a tempo in a way, with freer and clearer development. I thought he should have played 6.d4, but we are talking instincts in an unknown position. I would play …a6 here, given another chance.

12.d4 This is the move that I overlooked when playing …Nb4.

12…Qe7. I spent a long time looking at 12.Qg5, but we both saw that this move at least protects the …Nb4.

14.Nc3 A solid positional move that I missed.

15.Qd3! Very nice. Protecting e3, and connecting the rooks.

15…f5 I reached to play 15…Rad8 (with idea of …Bc8 with possible …Bb7 redeployment), which helps me knight get back into play with …Nc5 (or …c5) type moves, but in one line I saw I didn’t have time, and so this move played was more out of a feeling of necessity.

16.Rae1! He is onto this position.

16…e4 Not what I desired to play, but the only practicable move that I could find. 16…exd, 17.exd Qd6, 18.Red1 with c4 coming, hitting the loose …Na6 is what I was worried about there. If 16…Rad8, then 17.e4 f4, 18.Nge2 g5 might have been best, with …Bf5 to come, but I was a bit aghast that this seemed forced, and didn’t have the nerve to try it. If Black doesn’t play 17…f4 in this line, then White will take on f5 and e5 and has more centralized play – the …Na6 is offside, and the isolated pawns are not encouraging.

17.Qd2!? This came as a surprise. I was only expecting 17.Qe2.

17…Be6? This is a mistake. 17…c5 looks warranted, as Black needs some play, even at the cost of a temporary knight incursion to d5. 17…c5, 18.Nd5 Qd6

18.Na4! Came as a surprise, as 19.Qa5 is threatened.

18…Rab8?! A likely blunder. 18…Rad8 was the other move I was considering.

19…Bc8 I offered a draw here, as this seemed the time to do it, since we were both down to 5 minutes (I had another half minute), and I was only expecting his queen to retreat rather than block itself in with 20.b4! He accepted my draw offer immediately, as we’ve had some crazy time-scrambles together where I did rather well in all but the last one.

After the game, Sam showed me 20.b4, threating 21.b5! winning the knight. I made good on some ridiculous tries in the post-mortem, such as 19…f4, but White must be simply winning here. I would not have offered the draw, had I known that I was completely losing and dropping a piece, as that’s not my style, I don’t make insulting draw offers, or at least haven’t made one yet, in that sense. In any case, Sam was rather happy and pleased with what we got done in the time we had, as was I of course. So, for us at least, it was another fun night of playing chess.

[Event “Strong Swiss”]
[Site “Club Chess!!”]
[Date “2018.11.07”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Sam Bridle”]
[Black “Brian Rountree”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[BlackElo “1913”]
[ECO “A01”]
[EventDate “2018.11.07”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1800”]

1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 d6 4. Bb5 Bd7 5. Ne2 Nge7 6. O-O g6 7. f4 Bg7 8. Ng3
O-O 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. fxe5 Nd5 11. c4 Nb4 12. d4 Qe7 13. a3 Na6 14. Nc3 dxe5 15.
Qd3 f5 16. Rae1 e4 17. Qd2 Be6 18. Na4 Rab8 19. Qa5 Bc8 1/2-1/2

New Colorado Springs City Champion

Round 5

Going into the last round, there were four of us players contending for the title of City Champion.  My opponent, and I, as well as Paul Anderson and Dan Avery on the other board.   There had been a lot of upsets in this tournament, and many in the lower-half of the draw finished with three points or so.

I was the clear favorite going into the last round, since I had White against a lower-rated opponent, however I choked in the opening, and it wasn’t long before I was simply defending a losing position.

At the end of the game, Black needs to play either 47…Rf5 or …Rh5.  After the game, I showed Jesse that I was looking at the line 47…RxR, 48.NxR Rxf, 49.Ng5, but then instantly realized I can’t give up the b4 pawn, even for his e6 pawn.  I believe that 49.Ke3 or Kd3 is the move, then 49…Rf3+, 50.Kd4 (if 49.Rf1 Rxg), and the position looks clearly losing for Black.

This game came down to hanging in there as White, and the move 29…Ng4??; whereas, I was expecting either …Nd7-e5, …Qc7 or …Qd6.  He might have tried 29…Ne5, followed by …Nh5-f4, for example.  It was a critical point for Jesse to determine how he wanted to decide the game.

His move was more understandable, in light of not looking for opponent’s best replies.  When a player doesn’t frequently study tactics (I don’t know whether he does or not, in his case), it’s natural to not look too hard for refutations.  Most tactics positions have refutations for plausible wrong answers.

In the end, he flagged, and so this is how I became the 2018 Colorado Springs City Champion!  🙂

After the game, everyone congratulated me, including the Hermans, and Master Josh Bloomer.  Expert Earl Wikle said “Welcome to the club!” when he shook my hand (reminded me of when they give the green jacket to the Masters golf tournament winner).

I was only the 7th seed in a field of 19, whereas in a normal monthly tournament, like next month’s, I would possibly be the 2nd seed.  A big reason why this tournament gets such a strong turnout, and the longest and most competitive games of any month, is because it is called the City Championship, and the winner gets their name on the club plaque for the current year.  I believe there are three plaques that I have seen, as the tournament dates back to the 1940’s, but of the two plaques that Paul had up on the wall, the yearly list of names goes back to 1960’s, before I was born.

It would have been neat to tell my dad that I had won.  I never told him about any of my chess successes, back when I had the chance to.

[Event “City Championship”]
[Site “CSCC”]
[Date “2018.10.30”]
[Round “5”]
[White “Brian John Rountree”]
[Black “Jesse Williams”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “1624”]
[ECO “B01”]
[EventDate “2018.10.30”]
[TimeControl “G/90, Inc 30”]
[WhiteElo “1893”]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d4 Bf5 6. Bc4 e6 7. Nh4 Bg6 8.
Nxg6 hxg6 9. Be3 c6 10. a4 Bb4 11. Qf3 Nbd7 12. O-O Qc7 13. Bf4 Bd6 14. Bxd6
Qxd6 15. h3 Qxd4 16. Bb3 Qh4 17. Rfe1 O-O-O 18. a5 a6 19. Ra4 Qh5 20. Qe3 Qc5
21. Qe2 Rh5 22. Bc4 Qa7 23. Raa1 Re5 24. Qf1 Rh8 25. Bd3 Rhh5 26. b4 Reg5 27.
Re3 Qb8 28. Be2 Rh4 29. Rb1 Ng4 30. Rg3 Qe5 31. hxg4 f5 32. Qe1 Nf6 33. Bf3 Qd6
34. Qd1 Qxd1+ 35. Rxd1 fxg4 36. Be4 Rgh5 37. Kf1 Re5 38. f3 gxf3 39. gxf3 Rh1+
40. Rg1 Rh2 41. Rg2 Rh1+ 42. Ke2 Rh3 43. Kf2 g5 44. Re1 g4 45. f4 Nxe4+ 46.
Rxe4 Rf3+ 47. Ke2 1-0

Here is one of those beautiful songs from the 1970’s that they’ve long since stopped playing on the radio: