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.
James Ruth 16Q09 5-1
James Anderson 16Q09 5-1
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.
Bryan Black, born August 3, 1982 died in Niger October, 2017. Bryan had attained an Expert rating at correspondence chess on Compuserve.
Ronnie Burklow born September 20, 1944, died October 27, 2017.
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.