Tactics Time Chess Newsletter: Cover Me!

Published: Thu, 01/05/17

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Cover Me!

Want to see my picture on the cover. Wanna buy five copies for my mother ~ "The Cover of the Rolling Stone", song lyrics by Shel Silverstein

tactics position x
his position comes from my game against Rudy Tia (2092), Round 1, DCC Tuesday Night Championship, January 3, 2017.
   In the position on the right it is White to move
   Answer below.

   Yesterday the January 2017 issue of the Colorado Chess Informant came out.

   It was exciting for me, because I am on the cover!

   You can see the issue, and read it for free at http://www.coloradochess.com (it is in PDF format).

   Last fall, after Millionaire Chess 3, David Llada (http://www.davidllada.com/), who is a famous photographer, posted a bunch of pictures that he took at the tournament, including one of me.

   Fred Spell, who is the outstanding editor of the Colorado Chess Informant magazine, had the idea to use this as a cover photo, and asked me to write an article about the Millionaire tournaments.

   Fred got permission from David to use the photo, and I think the cover looks really cool.

   I posted it on my facebook page, and got over 100 likes, and some funny comments.

   Here are some of my favorites:
  • Tomasz Talpin: Killer man is on the cover! Ok Timmy - I accept the draw offer :D... and please let me go alive!
  • Mary Choong: Awesome- you look very imposing. I wouldn't want to square against you
  • Susan Moldavi Grumer: Great article, Tim. Of course I love your picture by David Llada on the cover.
  • Eugène Reshetov You look like young Korchnoi
  • Rob Hartelt: Damn! He probably is related to Mikhail Tal with that look of his. LOL
  • Randy Reynolds: Tim Maroney is not impressed... 
  • Pete Short: Sporting the retro 70's sideburns. Congrats Tim - great cover
  • Paul Anderson cracked me up with the "fake news" headline he tweeted: Congratulations to my good friend and protegee, @TacticsTime, for winning the Millionaire Open and getting the cover of the Informant!
  • Joel Johnson: Gonna see my picture on the cover - gonna buy five copies for my mother - yeah - Gonna see my smiling face on the cover of the Colorado Chess Informant - I'd be there smiling - awww, beautiful!
    Or we could go with the stare down, game face! That could work as well!

   Thanks everyone :)

   Here is the complete game in PGN:
[Event "DCC Tuesday Night Championship"]
[Site "Denver, CO"]
[Date "2017.01.03"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Brennan, Tim"]
[Black "Tia, Rudy"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C15"]
[WhiteElo "1846"]
[BlackElo "2092"]
[PlyCount "45"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Qd3 Bb4 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Qg3 Kf8 7. Bd3 c5 8. a3
Qa5 9. axb4 Qxa1 10. Qf4 a6 11. bxc5 Nc6 12. Nf3 h6 13. O-O Qa5 14. Bg6 Nd8 15.
Nxd5 exd5 16. e6 Nf6 17. Bd2 Qa4 18. Qd6+ Ke8 19. exf7+ Nxf7 20. Ne5 Rf8 21.
Re1 Bf5 22. Nc6+ Ne4 23. Qe7# 1-0

   You can play through this game here: http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2017/1/5/Game1200433546.html

   White has mate in two with 22. Nc6+ discovered check 22...Ne4 23. Qe7#

   I emailed this game to Dragan Plakalovic, who works with me at Raytheon, and he wrote "This entire second half of the game was a lesson in pinning; you exploited every single pin possible!  I would've smashed the pieces, broken the board, and left home. LOL!"

   Happy Tactics!
   Your Friend,

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