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Toledo here we come!

Lane vs Jimio

Lane vs Jimio

Brenden and I will be heading to Toledo to play in their Toledo Open Chess Tournament. Here I am batteling Lane and sharpening my brain for a hopefully good result. I’ll be in the open section so I’ll be lucky (opps,no luck in chess) to take second. WISH US LUCK (There’s that word again) Cheers -Jimio

Summer Chess

New Member of the Club on the right

New Member of the Club on the right

Brenden playing the new member Lodd just before we started a casual club tournament. 9 showed up but only 5 played in the tourney which Brenden won. The Jackson Chess Club is open to anyone of all ages and there is no membership fee. We play at the Cottage Inn Pizza on W. Michigan Ave just east of the Westwood Mall. Come down and flewx your brain muscles. *Cheers* -Jimio

My first Over The Board Tournament in 20 years.

Friday Knight Quads

Friday Knight Quads

I like the Maize -N- Blue Chess Set

I like the Maize -N- Blue Chess Set

Well my 1st over the board tournament in 20 years was a surprise in that I did not lose all my games. In fact I won 2 and lost only 1. A freiend went with me to the tournament so we had 2 from Jackson Michigan represented for us.
A lot of very young players were here which bodes well for the future I guess.

A lot of very young players were here which bodes well for the future I guess.

I'd say us older players were outnumbers 3 to 1.

I’d say us older players were outnumbers 3 to 1.

Jennifer Skidmore-Smith was the TD and she did a fantastic job.Of course she has plenty of experience.
The guy on the right seems to be thinking extra hard.

The guy on the right seems to be thinking extra hard.

Chess teaches great concentration skills.

Chess teaches great concentration skills.

The Tournament was played at Pierpoint Commons on the University of Michigan Campus in Ann Arbor. Right next door was the Arthur Miller building. Arthur Miller wrote the book “Death of a Salesman” and “The Crucible” and many other works which have turned into plays and movies. Arthur Miller was an Alumnus of U of Mich.

What Opening do you prefer? – Part 1

Correspondence Game Brenden vs Jimio

Jimio vs Brenden… Skittles…

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. Nxe5 Qd4 6. Nf3 Qxe4+ 7. Qe2 Bf5 8. Nc3 Qxe2+ 9. Nxe2 Bxc2 10. O-O O-O-O 11. d3 Bxd3 12. Re1 Bxe2 13. Rxe2 Rd1+ 14. Re1 Rxe1+ 15. Nxe1 Nf6 16. Bg5 Bb4 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Nd3 Bd2 19. Rd1 Ba5 20. Nf4 Rd8 21. Rxd8+ Kxd8 22. Kf1 Bd2 23. Nd3 b6 24. Ke2 Bg5 25. g3 f5 26. h4 Bf6 27. b3 c5 28. f4 c6 29. Ke3 Kd7 30. Ne1 Kd6 31. Kd3 Kd5 32. Nc2 b5 33. Ne3+ Ke6 34. Nf1 Kd5 35. Nh2 c4+ 36. bxc4+ bxc4+ 37. Kd2 Kd4 38. Nf3+ Ke4 39. Ke2 c3 40. Ne1 h5 41. Nc2 a5 42. Na3 Be7 43. Nc2 c5 44. Na3 f6 45. Nc2 c4 46. Ne1 Bb4 47. Nc2 Bc5 48. Ne1 Be3 49. Nf3 c2  resigns.

Chess game from the tournament.

wpid-img_20150903_205345.jpgBrenden vs jimio … The tournament… Round three, board one.
1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O e5 5. c3 Be6 6. d4 e4 7. Ne5 Nxe5 8. dxe5 Be7 9. Qa4+ Qd7 10. Qxd7+ Bxd7 11. c4 Bc6 12. cxd5 Bxd5 13. Nc3 Bc6 14. Nxe4 O-O-O 15. Bh3+ Kb8 16. Bf4 Bxe4 17. e6+ Ka8 18. exf7 Nf6 19. Rad1 b6 20. f3 Bc6 21. Bg2 Bd5 22. e4 Bxf7 23. Rxd8+ Rxd8 24. Bc7 Rd7 25. e5 Rxc7 26. exf6 Bxf6 27. f4+ Kb8 28. Rd1 Bc4 29. b3 Ba6 30. Bf1 Bxf1 31. Kxf1 Kc8 32. g4 * black loses on time.