Thursday, March 10, 2016

2015-2016 LCCC Chess League Crowns a Champion!

A lady grandmaster at work.
Well, it did not seem possible at the half way point of this season, but the Tigers put on a sprint to the finish and nosed out the 49'ers for the League Championship for 2015-2016.

As Yogi Berra so eloquently said, "It ain't over til it's over," and it wasn't until the last round. The position round! Nine players were on hand to play in the match or watch the action.

The Tigers defeated the 49'ers  2 - 1 to tie the 49'ers at the top of the league with 15 Team Points.

But the tie break is Match Points and the Tigers won that battle 17 - 16.

Congratulations to the winning team of :

Board 1 = Tim R
Board 2 = Nick D
Board 3 = Sam T

Nice job gentlemen.

I hope to get scorecards of the championship round for posting soon.

In other exciting news, our TD Ken T stated that the 2016 LCCC Club Championship will begin on Monday, March 21. Stay tuned for details on that.

Another announcement: the annual "State of the Club" meeting will be held (tentatively) on March 24, 2016 at 6pm at Teekos Coffee Shop. Tentatively because we have to make sure enough of the officers can be in attendance to make it an official meeting. Emails will be going to the officers soon, but any member of the club can attend the meeting.

Other things for Club Members to think about is 'nomination for officers' for 2016 - 2017. Nominations can be made from April 1 to April 15 by email or by declaration at any club meeting.

Nominations are closed on the April 15th and voting begins on April 18th thru April 29, 2016.
Voting can be done - again, by email or at a club meeting.

The new term for the elected officers are from May 1, 2016 to April 30 2017.
Position before Black's error of 8. ...... dxe5. Find White's best reply.

Ok, now for some chess from the Wyoming Open in 1997:

Black carelessly plays 8. ...... dxe5 instead of castling. He paid a price for that.

Find the correct move for White for Move 9.

Answer to appear in the comments upon request.

Have fun!


  1. Chess is 90 percent mental. The other half is just showing up for the game.

  2. I knew I was going to blunder, so I was hopeful my opponent would blunder first.

  3. You can observe a lot just by watching.

  4. The future ain't what it used to be.