Thursday, October 11, 2012
I drove to Sun Valley, ID, last weekend to pick up 90-year-old chess friend Dan Mayers and bring him to the Wood River Progressive tournament in Hailey, ID. I first met Dan in Miami about ten years ago when he was only an octogenarian.
Adam Porth's very well compiled report, with photos, can be found here.
A good time was had by all.
My favorite game for the event was a round 3 win vs. Shane Taylor. The Exchange Ruy Lopez is viewed by many as dull and drawish with a long boring endgame in store while White tries to nurse his pawn majority on the kingside. The following game gives evidence to the fact that this opening can lead to a quick tactical finish if either player gets careless!
Frank Niro vs. Shane Taylor [C68]
Hailey ID, Round 3
October 6, 2012
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.Nc3 Bd6 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 f6 8.Be3 Bg4 9.0-0-0 Qe7 10.Rd2 c5 11.Qd3
11...b5 12.Qd5 Rb8 13.Qc6+ Bd7 14.Qxa6 c6 15.Qa7 c4 16.Rhd1 1-0