Old triumphs over the Young

The fourth annual generational battle, Young vs Old, was played on Monday (Jan 20th). Twelve players, split up based on birth date into 6 player teams, competed in a one G/75 match to determine whether the decrepit elders could hold off the vigorous striplings for one more year.

The result should bring joy to the hearts of the grey, as Old took the match by a dominating 5.5/6. The only blemish to this near perfect feat was due to Dr. Fisher taking a draw against Antonucci. I would not normally take time to mention this in a bad light, but since Craig thought I was 10 years older than I am, I felt the urge to point out his disappointing result.

Pairings (White listed first, asterisk indicates Old), rating difference (+ sign indicates advantage to Old), and result:

Board 1: *Strattner (1980)     vs     Kulick (1939)     +41     1-0 (see below for the game)

Board 2: Antonucci (1883)   vs     *Fisher (1818)     -65      1/2-1/2

Board 3: *Jafary (1754)   vs    Rosa (1734)    +20     1-0

Board 4: Woeckener (933P)   vs    *Oliveras (1704)    +771      0-1

Board 5: * O’Connor (1681)    vs    Gould (1473P)     +208     1-0

Board 6: Weigand (Unr)     vs     *Orcutt (1257P)     +N/A     0-1

Before I forget, I’d like to welcome John Weigand to the club! He will be playing on the Young team for a long long time, but I’m sure his rating will quickly climb him to the upper boards.

The board 1 match-up promised to be intense, and I certainly went through a range of emotions when playing. I am not including this to show off a sparkling win (it was not), but rather to demonstrate multiple gotchas that can affect us all.

1. When you have worked hard to achieve an advantage, do not fall asleep. There are dangers hiding around every corner, especially when the opponent still has his queen.

2. When disaster strikes, take a deep breath and try your best to fight through. Tartakower said that the winner makes the next to last mistake, so work hard to make sure that isn’t your opponent.

3. When victory is at hand, sit on your hands. Unless the clock is ticking down the final seconds, you have time to double-check your variation and make sure you play it in the right order.

4. Don’t be ashamed to enforce the rules of tournament chess – sometimes it can help to rectify what feels like a karmic implosion.

Summary of the game: White does well to get an advantage, then Black finds a nice resource to turn the tables in an instant. Resignation is in White’s future, until Black touches the wrong piece.

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