Month: April 2014

The Parma Open Game 2

One thing that I forgot to mention was the change in time control.  All of my previous games had been sudden death games.  That means if it was game 45 phpGemZZ2if the player ran out of time in he lost.  This was no longer the case.  With the advent of digital clocks there is a time delay.  The Parma Open had a five second delay.  When the opponent hit the clock five seconds ran down before my time started.


This is a real boon for me as I play fast and could easily just play on the five seconds and never touch the real time if needed.  I will miss the excitement of seeing the flag rise preparing to fall.  Oh well, time awaits no man (For wete you well the tyde abydeth no man)

After the first game I felt pretty good.  I returned to the main hall and pulled out my set.  I met Ryan Knestrick and we played a bunch of speed games.  We hit it off and I gave him some helpful hints.  He traded pieces for no reason and had a habit of not leaving himself escape squares.

Also I found the older guy I had played in speed when I first got there.  He was annoyed at himself that he had promoted a queen in his first game, misread the clock and stalemated his opponent achieving only a half point instead of the full point he deserved.

parma open random

Soon it was time for my second game.

Again I was at table 13 (the earlier sign and table placement I think were done on purpose by the chess gods)

I sat down and lo and behold it was the older guy Richard Tiedman who was my opponent.  He played the Caro-Kann Defence and my younger self would have played the Panov-Botvinnik Attack but now I like 2. f4.  I don’t see it listed in MCO (Modern Chess Openings) but it seems strong.

The game was interesting but he blundered allowing me to fork his knight and bishop.  This was the first time I ever felt bad winning a game of chess. Plus he used most of his time and I only used six minutes.  When it was over he said, “Hiroshima had it better!”

Parma Open
Game 2
White: Randall Bott
Black: Richard Tiedman

1. e4 c6 2. f4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. d3 Qb6 6. c3 Nd7 7. Be2 Be7 8. b4 a5 9. bxa5 Qxa5 10. O-O c5 11. Be3 Nh6 12. Nfd2 f6 13. exf6 Bxf6 14. Nb3 Qc7 15. g4 d4 16. cxd4 cxd4 17. Bd2 Bg6 18. g5 O-O-O 19. Na3 Nc5 20. Rc1 1-0


The Parma Open Game 1

As I said I hadn’t played a serious game of chess in fifteen years although I have played a lot of chess, mostly online speed and skittles with friends.

I arrived at German Central on time and saw this ominous sign as I pulled in.  I wondered if it portended the obvious.

Parma Open ParkingI went in and paid my entrance fee and walked around.  I introduced myself to a few people and tried to get a feel for the chess world again.  I finally sat down, got out my set and pulled out a book.

An older guy came over and offered a game of speed chess.  I said sure and we played two games of five minute chess.  I won easily never using more than two of my minutes.  His name was Richard Tiedman and I think my fast play flustered him a little.

Now the pairings were up and I found my seat at table 13.

My first opponent was Jim Nicks.  His rating was 186 points higher than mine so when he played e4 I decided to play Petrov’s Defence.  I had hopes with his rating he’d play the Boden-Kieseritzy Gambit or other line but he stayed with the main line.

Since it was my first game I focused on playing solid chess.  I was very relaxed and was surprised at the length of time he took on each move.  He took minutes per move and I only used fifteen minutes for the entire game.  I’d make a move, get up, get some coffee, walk around and look at other games.  For example, this woman’s opponent didn’t show for the first game so she just sat until declared winner.

Woman at Parma Open
Mary Ann McClure

The game was a very solid Petrov’s Defence so I won’t bother to annotate it.   After thirty moves I was sure it was a draw so offered and he happily accepted.

Parma Open
Game 1
White: Jim Nicks
Black: Randall Bott

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. c4 c6 9. Qc2 f5 10. Ne5 Qc7 11. f3 Nf6 12. Re1 g6 13. Bh6 Re8 14. Bg5 Nbd7 15. Nc3 Kg7 16. f4 Bb4 17. a3 Bxc3 18. bxc3 Ne4 19. g4 Ndf6 20. Bxf6+ Kxf6 21. g5+ Kg7 22. Rab1 Be6 23. c5 Rab8 24. Rb3 b5 25. cxb6 Rxb6 26. Rxb6 Qxb6 27. Rb1 Qc7 28. Ba6 Bc8 29. Bd3 c5 30. Kg2 c4 1/2-1/2


Game two tomorrow.







What a Weekend!

Anyone who knows me knows that chess has been a big part of my life.  I was captain of the chess team in high school, college and played on the German – American team in the nineties.  Then work and life got in the way.  I still played when I could and even ran a club out of the local library.

Last week I was considering playing in the Parma Open.  Friday night I played poker until 2am so planned on just going there and watching.  I was surprised when I awoke at 7am so I said what the hell and went.

It had been fifteen years since I had played a rated game so I had low expectations.  I sat down and was amazed at how relaxed I was at the table.

I ended up getting 3 ½ out of 4 games and winning the U2000 division.  My rating jumped up over 100 points.  I’m excited.

Parma Open

Then to top it off on Sunday I placed first in a poker tournament.  Retirement is good.