The December Check Is in the Mail

Thomas Babcock

Thomas Babcock of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, is no stranger to winning first place in a John Collins event, having done so in 2008, 2009, and 2013.  Now he wins for a fourth time.

     15C13

NOVEMBER RESULTS 

Trophy Quad 

James Ruth                  16Q09    5-1

James Anderson          16Q09    5-1

Walter Muir

Samuel Younkin         16W17      609

 David Porter writes that he thinks Black’s 18th move, a natural one, allowed him a chance to win.  Better was 18…Qg5.

OBITUARY
Bryan Black

Bryan Black, born August 3, 1982 died in Niger October, 2017.  Bryan had attained an Expert rating at correspondence chess on Compuserve.

Ronnie Burklow

Ronnie Burklow born September 20, 1944, died October 27, 2017.

John Coulter

John Coulter was born April 26, 1963 and died October 25, 2017

AND NOW – LET THE GAMES BEGIN – MINIATURE GAMES THAT IS !

Thou shalt not steal the b-pawn.

Reinfeld was right when he wrote that the pin is mightier than the sword.

A Queen check on a1 is the unwritten end of this miniature.

A little Queen check causes havoc in Black’s game.

Black passes a bad check and pays the penalty.

Some pins are painful.  This one is fatal.

Combine six consecutive Queen Knight moves with a foolhardy King, and you get this miniature.

White’s attack comes with hurricane force.

Quite positional chess finds Black in a desperate position.

The second time Black sacrifices his Bishop on g3 is fatal.

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