Seeing that there would've been five players for the quad, and he would be much higher rated than the number two man, Spencer Bledsoe, the High Plains Drifter graciously decided to let the others, Pinky Peatman, Christopher Roberts, and the oftentimes House man, Bob Bassett have a go at the winner take all purse. For that magnanimous gesture, Mr Vest will receive a free entry into the next TNF!
Spencer beat Christopher and Pinky drew with Bob in round one. In the second round Spencer bested the House, while Pinky scored his first ever win over CR! That set the stage for the last round. When it came time to flip the coin deciding colors, Pinky said that, although he was supposed to have white in the first round, he took Black, as Bob was already sitting behind the White pieces! I told him it was up to both players to know which color they were to play. Later, I told Bob that it was a crafty move by the veteran to sit behind the White pieces unless and until told otherwise! I also told Carter that he needed to watch these Wiley O Veterans...More than chess is learned at the HOP.
Bob drew with CR and left saying, "What are these kids rated? They're too good!" Spencer outlasted Pinky although he admitted he was on the ropes at one point. Mr Bledsoe finished 3-0 and took the cash from the House! He was kind enough to make a copy of his game with Mr Roberts, since he knows I've had an afinity for the Closed Sicilian for many years. Keep in mind this was a G/30. Although Spence missed 7 Bxc5 and Christopher missed 19...Rxf2, it is a very interesting game, including a Queen sac! It looks as though 22 R8h7+ Kg8 23 Rh8+ would've ended in a draw...This is a good game to put into your machine, whether Fritz, Shredder, Deep Junior, or Deep Purple!
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 e6 6.Be3 Nge7 7.Qd2 0–0 8.Bh6 d6 9.h4 Nd4 10.0–0–0 Nec6 11.h5 Qe7 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.Nf3 Nxf3 14.Bxf3 Nd4 15.Bg2 Bd7 16.Rh2 Rac8 17.hxg6 fxg6 18.Qh6+ Kg8 19.Rdh1 Rf7 20.Qxg6+ hxg6 21.Rh8+ Kg7 22.R1h7+ Kf6 23.e5+ Kxe5 24.f4+ Rxf4 25.gxf4+ Kxf4 26.Rxe7 Rxh8 27.Rxd7 Rh2 28.Bxb7 Rxc2+ 29.Kb1 Ke3 30.Be4 Rf2 1-0 (as Nd1+ forks)