DCC May 2024 Report

8:06pm Saturday, June 1st, 2024

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... with that unabashed bragging about the DCC Denver Open...

The heading photo is unabashed bragging about Tuesday night attendance, as I am prone to do :-) With the 2024 DCC Denver Open coming up on June 15th and 16th I thought I'd review how this great DCC event has in my opinion, become the premier Colorado chess tournament. Going back to 2015 when we had GM Gata Kamsky and IM Justin Sarker along with 130 other players. In 2016 we had special guest, WIM Mariam Danelia who gave a Friday night simul and then played in the tournament, along with 121 other players, which included Colorado stars, Gunnar Anderson and Chris Peterson.  

100 players for the 2017 tournament was a little disappointing with a lower registration than 2016, but we did have GM Pavel Blatny, who happened to be passing through Denver. The GM was held to a draw in the last round by FM Nikhilesh Kunche. The 2018 tournament only had 89 players, but the Open section did feature all of Colorado's strongest players. Namely: Josh Bloomer (2337), Gunnar Anderson (2335), Lior Lapid (2332), Richard Shtivelband (2314), Nikhilesh Kunche (2289), and Brian Wall (2264). But Mr. Wall showed his strength by tying for 1st place with Mr. Lapid and strong Expert, Akshat Jain (2191). Where are you now, Mr. Jain?

Danny Rench at the 2019 Denver Open

The 2019 Denver Open had a terrific registration of 160 players, including WGM Tatev Abrahamyan and IM Danny Rensch, the driving force behind Chess.com . Mr. Rensch kicked things off with a Friday night lecture followed by a 26 board simultaneous exhibition. This tournament also featured the great idea of having a Colorado State Chess Association, girls only tournament, held in conjunction with the Denver Open. 

The 2022 Denver Open

We all know why there was not a 2020 or 2021 DCC Denver Open. Things got back to normal in 2022 when we had a Denver Open record attendance of 188 players, which included special guest GM Jesse Kraai. That great tournament was followed by the 2023 Denver Open which had a registration of 194 players. That included Elizebeth Shaughnessy, founder of the Berkeley Chess School , and well known social media star, Megan Chen from Chicago. They both paid their way to play in the tournament. So I believe I'm justified in saying the DCC Denver Open is the best annual weekend chess tournament in Colorado. Will we see another Denver Open attendance record this year? We'll find out in a couple of weeks. 

Only part of the players at the 2023 Denver Open...

...there was a separate room for the Championship section. 

So then, with that shameless bragging about the DCC Denver Open over the years, on to who won what in the DCC Tuesday and Thursday night tournaments this month. In the Tuesday night Premier section two young rising stars battled for 1st place. Going into the last round, both NM Daniel Herman and NM Eamon Mongomery had 3 points. Setting up a great round 4 game between the two. Mr. Herman took 1st place with a win and won 144 dollars. Don't miss Eamon's YouTube analysis of the game. Also see Chris Peterson's analysis of the game below, before the Games section. Chosen by NM Peterson to be the DCC Best Game prize winner, from the Tuesday and Thursday night tournaments. 


Tuesday night Premier Section players.

Mr. Mongomery ended up sharing 2nd place with Celeb Pena, with each player winning 71 dollars and 50 cents. Mr. Pena (1904) had a big round 3 upset win against NM Matthew Wofford (2202). Thus, also winning the 20 dollar Honorable Mention Upset Prize. Caleb also won against the strong DCC Treasurer, Luis Jimenez in the last round. The 30 dollar Best Upset Prize was won by Wyatt Wear (1515) for his round 2 win over Mr. Jimenez (1959) I doubt if Luis will ever again be upset twice in the same tournament.

Jeff Nohrden ruled the Tuesday night U1900 section with a perfect 4-0 score. Capped off with a nice 168 rating point difference win against Isaac Sanchez in the last round. Mr. Nohrden takes home 138 dollars for his fine play. Andrew Robichaud and Micah Pena both took a 3rd round bye and finished with 3.5 points. They share the combined 2nd and 3rd place prize of 138 dollars. All of Micah's (1364)  points were upset wins. Against Ariji Chakraborty (1559), John Schoenke (1546), and Ricardo Bogaert (1700) I don't know if Micah is related to Celeb Pena but clearly, they are both good chess players. 

 A Tuesday night room shot....

Petra Lambert-Gorwyn (904) won the 30 dollar U1900 Best Upset Prize for her last round win over longtime DCC player, Paul Kullback (1300) The 20 dollar Honorable Mention Upset Prize was won by new to the DCC, Jason Nigatu (1464) for his round 3 win over the strong Kristopher Zelkin (1818). 

In the Tuesday night U1500 section Thomas Wellborn (1070) took 1st place and won 139 dollars, in addition to the 30 Dollar Best Upset prize, when he beat long time DCC player, Maxwell Fischer (1347) in the last round. I also don't know if Andrew Nohrden (974) is related to Jeff Norhden, but they are also good chess players. Andrew started off with a round 1 upset win against Alexan Kaenel (1198) and also won against higher rated Christopher Cox (1115) and Richard Eveleigh (1023)  in the last round. the 20 dollar Honorable Mention Upset prize was won by Ying-Te Yin when he beat Ryan Dunagin (1050) in round 3. 

...and another Tuesday night room shot. I can't help myself ...

I'm pleased to say the Thursday night registration is growing, and better is we continue to see new players at this location. Chess is steadily becoming more popular, and it shows in DCC tournament attendance. 

In the Thursday night Premier section, it is no surprise that getting better by the game, Daniel Herman has again taken 1st place. This time only giving up a draw to Brian Wall in round 3, to finish with 4.5 points, and put 135 dollars and 50 cents in his pocket. Rhett Langseth only lost to Mr. Herman and with a round 4 bye ended up with 3.5 points and won the 2nd place prize of 101 dollars and 63 cents. Forrest Lundstrom won the U1900 prize of 50 dollars and 81 cents, in addition to the 20 dollar Premier Upset prize.  

...and of course a Thursday night room shot by Shirley Herman...

...and one of my fine blurry photos of the Thursday night tournament. 

In the Thursday night U1600/Unrated section John Schoenke took 1st place with a perfect 5-0 score. You can't do better than that. His fine play put 135 dollars and 50 cents in his pocket. Wyatt Wear only lost to Mr. Schenke and with a 3rd round bye ended up with 3.5 points and won the 2nd place prize of 103 dollars and 61 cents. TD Weston Taylor, Mark Kingsley, and Thomas Wellborn all finished with 3 points and each player won 33 dollars and 87 cents for 3rd place. Don Henry (982) won the 20 dollar Upset prize when he won against James Corbett (1233) in round 1.

Best Game Prize Winner

by NM Christofer Peterson

There were many games submitted as potential best games. The games came from both the Tuesday and Thursday night tournaments and featured players from every rating class. Each of the games were interesting in their  own right and deserve to be analyzed in depth to extract as much educational content as possible. Unfortunately, there can be only one best game winner. There were two games that stood out to me among all of the games. One game I seriously considered was Kenzie Moore's stylish victory over Don Wisdom Jr. Kenzie showed the power of the Bird opening to achieve strong central control and how to convert that into a winning flank attack. The sudden, somewhat anti-climatic finish made it the runner up. The winner of the Best Game Prize for May 2024 must go to NM Daniel Herman for his victory over NM Eamon Montgomery. His game also showed the power of central control and how it can lead to a decisive flank attack. The finish was stylish and devastatingly accurate so it barely edged out Kenzie Moore's game. Here is the game with some commentary.

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Daniel Herman (2172) - Eamon Montgomery (2237)

Round 4 of 2024 DCC May Tuesdays


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6The Kan Sicilian is a solid counter-attacking variation. There are many tricks that can give black a good position if white is not careful. Overall the Kan has a great reputation and has been played at the highest levels for for a long time. 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Qc7This move is flexible but does not put much pressure on white's center. Developing with threats is a key principle to surviving the opening. There is nothing explicitly wrong with Qc7 but a move like Bc5 would put an immediate question to the loose knight on d4. Quite often if you know the opening better than your opponent, you can choose more flexible moves to try and confuse them into making a mistake. That certainly happens to me all the time on the white side of the Kan when I play online!( 5... Bc5 6. Nb3 Be7Is how the super grandmasters have been playing this opening. ) 6. O-O Nf6 7. f4An aggressive, double-edged move. White is signaling their intent but at the cost of the g1-h7 diagonal. 7... d6?!Bc5 must be played here to maintain any kind of pressure on white's center.( 7... Bc5 8. c3 d6 9. Kh1 O-OBlack's position is a lot less cramped here than it is in the game line. ) 8. Kh1A nice prophylactic move to get off of the weak diagonal. 8... Be7 9. c4A lot of sicilian positions boil down to the control of d5. If black can successfully break with pawn to d5 he will be doing well. With white pawns on c4 and e4, there is now a strong bind on d5 and black will need to find creative ways to free his position. 9... Nbd7 10. Nc3 O-O 11. Qe2White missed an opportunity for a more direct attack.( 11. g4Because black has not been playing aggressively in the center, white has a strong grip on it. A huge commitment on the flank with 11. g4 is only possible here because of that strong central control. Black is too slow to exploit it with moves like b6 and Bb7. Whenever there is a strong bind in the center, look for extremely aggressive flank play. The traditional way to combat a flank attack is with central breaks. A strong central bind will make a central break less effective. 11... b6 12. g5 Ne8 13. Qh5Black's king is in a lot of danger. A rook lift via f3 is going to be deadly. ) 11... Re8 12. Bd2 Bf8?I do not really understand this move. The bishop will not be a great defensive piece. The only nice thing it does is opens the line for the rook to eye the queen to discourage f5. The point of white's play is not to play f5 any time soon, though, as that will give up the nice e5 square for the d7 knight. Developing moves like b6 and Bb7 would be better here. The downside is it will require good calculation to parry the coming onslaught.( 12... b6 13. Rae1 Bb7 14. e5It looks like black is losing a piece but white's under defended pieces on the d-file gives black just enough. 14... dxe5 15. fxe5 Qxe5 16. Qxe5 Nxe5 17. Rxe5 Rad8And the pressure on the d-file will force white to give a piece back leading to an imbalanced but equal position. ) 13. Nf3 g6 14. e5!It can be difficult to find the right time to make a central push when you have such a strong bind. It is tempting to continue maneuvering with moves like Bc2 or Rae1. It is a delicate balance between giving your opponent time to unwind and find the opportune moment to strike. White has found the perfect time. Black's pieces are not well placed and poorly developed. He has opted for a slow defensive plan with Bf8, g6 and Bg7. This e5 move disrupts the maneuvers and punishes black's lack of development. 14... Nh5( 14... dxe5 15. fxe5 Nh5 16. g4 Ng7 17. Ne4Black's kingside is swiss cheese. Even though white's king is exposed along the h1-a8 and g1-h7 diagonals, black's lack of development and poor coordination makes it impossible to exploit. ) 15. Rae1An additional rook does not add much to the position but black's position is in such disarray that he has plenty of time to call in reinforcements.( 15. g4 Ng7 16. f5! Nxe5( 16... exf5 17. Nd5! Qd8 18. Bg5The darksquares are ludicrously weak. 18... f6 19. Bxf6 Nxf6 20. Nxf6+ Qxf6 21. exf6 Rxe2 22. fxg7A nice zwischenzug to secure a large material advantage. 22... Rxb2 23. gxf8=Q+ Kxf8 24. gxf5 Bxf5 25. Nd4And white should win this ending easily. )( 16... gxf5 17. gxf5Black's king is getting more and more exposed. Black will have to give up a lot of material to stave off the mating attack. ) 17. Nxe5 dxe5 18. f6That is embarassing for the fianchettoed knight. ) 15... b6It is the right idea coming too late. Black would have a much better time defending if he had gotten his rooks connected earlier rather than trying to fianchetto the dark-squared bishop.( 15... dxe5 16. fxe5 b6 17. Ng5 Re7 18. Be4 Bb7 19. Bxb7 Qxb7 20. Nce4Something has got to give. Either black sacrifices the knight on e5 or the f7 pawn is going to drop. ) 16. Ng5 Ng7 17. Qf3 Bb7 18. Qh3 h5Black is doing a great job fighting off the attack. Unfortunately, the attack is too strong. Now it just requires precise execution from white. 19. Nce4 Bxe4There are no great defensive options for black.( 19... Nf5 20. exd6 Bxd6 21. Nxf7! Kxf7( 21... Bxe4 22. Bxe4 Kxf7 23. g4! hxg4 24. Qh7+ Kf8 25. Bxa8+− ) 22. Ng5++− )( 19... dxe5 20. fxe5 Nf5 21. Ng3And the kingside collapses. ) 20. Bxe4 Rad8 21. Bc3 Qxc4 22. g4!This theme of g4 is recurring. White had many opportunities to play it. He found the safest and arguably the most effective time to play it. Without a light-squared bishop, black has no hope of counter attacking along the h1-a8 diagonal. Additionally, he cannot play hxg4 because of Qh7#. Pawn f5 is now a serious threat as g4 is there to back it up. 22... d5?Technically a blunder but there is no hope for black here as long as white makes reasonable moves.( 22... Nc5 23. gxh5 Nxh5It is vital that the h-file remains closed. 24. Bf3 Qxf4 25. Rg1 Qf5 26. Qxf5 exf5 27. e6 Nxe6 28. Nxe6 Rxe6 29. Rxe6 fxe6 30. Bxh5Ok black is lost here but there is still some hope if white gets sloppy. ) 23. Bd3 Qc7 24. gxh5 Nxh5 25. Nxf7! Kxf7 26. Bxg6+!A brilliant double piece sacrifice to fully expose the black king. 26... Kxg6This walks into a checkmate but declining the sacrifice was a miserable way to play.( 26... Ke7 27. Qxh5 Rc8 28. Qh4+ Nf6 29. exf6+ Kd7 30. Be5 Bd6Ok, technically black is surviving here but what kind of existence is it, truly? It reminds me a little of the scene from The Princess Bride where Wesley is describing how he is going to disfigure Prince Humperdinck. Rather than fighting to the death, the black king wants to fight to the pain. 31. Bxe8+ Rxe8 32. f5 Bxe5 33. f7 Rf8 34. fxe6+ Kxe6 35. Qh6+ Ke7 36. Rf5Dear God, what is that position? ) 27. f5+!One brutal move after another. 27... Kh7 28. Qxh5+ Kg8 29. Rg1+A very nice finish to a well executed sacrificial attack on the black king. The key takeaways for this game are: in the opening develop with tempo when you can, flank attacks are best countered with central breaks, and look for attacks when you have a strong positional advantage. Here white demonstrated how to effectively launch an attack from a position with a lead in development and a space advantage.1-0

Congratulations to the winners. Good luck in the June tournament and at the DCC's flagship event, the Denver Open. I will see you all there to provide commentary, game analysis, and to choose the best game.

Games section. I twisted Brian Wall's arm hard enough for him to provide the commentary for his games, which is as it should be. "All comments" in quotation marks are by NM Brian Wall. Nearly all of Mr. Wall's comments are a mini chess lesson, in addition to often being humorous. 

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1) GM Alexander Fishbein vs. Brian Wall. Wyoming Open. Round 3. "After 29 ... Qf5  30 Qd4+  Kg8  31 Qxb6 I felt disgusted and resigned." "I have known 3 generations of Fishbeins for half a century but this was my first classical game with one"

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2) Brian Wall vs. Griffin McConnell Wyoming Open. Round 5."Daniel Herman calls me the Exchange Sac Pawn Wave Guy.20 dxe5!!  Nxe1  21  Rxe1  Bxe5  22 Bxh6  Bg7 gave me more than enough for the exchange. Two Bishops, extra pawn, safer King, active pieces. I lacked faith and did not know if my attack would work. From here 23 Bxg7  K xg7  24 Re6 is powerful After  23 Qh5 Qd7  24 Qg5  Nc8  25 Rxe8  Rxe8  26 Nxf5  is strong. The game went 23 Qh5  Qd7  24 Bxg7  Kg7 and here 25 Qg5+  Kh7  26 Bf1  is best. Instead, I chickened out and took a perpetual for $400. My problem is I did not realize I had a crushing bind with time to maneuver. I harbored negative thoughts of a Black Rook on e2 wiping out my Queenside pawns and that paralyzed my judgment. I was quite shocked when the computer told me I was winning a week after the game."

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3) Brian Wall vs. Paul Cornelison Wyoming Open. Round 4. In this position, NM Wall says "After 47 Ke2  Paul's King has to shelter in place like an immigrant sharecropper while my King casually patrols his fields like a Zulu King." 

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4) Ethan Hoopes vs. Brian Wall. Wyoming Open. Round 1. "Saccing the Knight with 11. Nxd5 cxd5 12. Bxd5 Nd7 13. Qb3 is OK but just 11 Bd3 12 O-O-O 13 g3 is a powerful positional  plan saccing nothing."

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5) Brian Wall vs. Brad Lundstrom Colorado Senior. Round 3. "Brad Lundstrom organized the 2024 Colorado Over/Under 50 years old tournament in a Greeley, Colorado Senior Center. To the tune of Nicholas Brookins and Shirley Herman yelling at each other like a scene out of One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest, the rest of us tried to maintain our focus." "Seniors cannot calculate, we can only play pattycake with our nursing home oatmeal. The following missed Knight sacs were sound."12 ... Nfxe4!!  13 Nxe4  Nxe4  14 fxe4  Bxd4+  15 Qxd4  Qxg5  16 Qxd6  Qe3+" "19 Nf5+!!  gxf5  20 exf5"

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6) Josh Samuel vs. Brian Wall. Colorado Senior. Round 2. "One time I  was playing an amateur and he said, "All I lost was a pawn. It's not that bad. No, you lost the whole center." "After  25 ... Qxe5!!  Josh has no defense to
a myriad of horrors like ... Rfc8, ... a5-a4 not to mention ... e5-d4 liberating my long suffering French Bishop."

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7) Randy Canney vs. Brian Wall Colorado Senior. Round 4. "I have been playing my defense attorney Randy Canney for 50 years since he was 12 at John Watson's Chess House at 5th and Bannock. I forgot Randy has been playing this Qxd4 system successfully the whole time. I was under pressure but now I am fine after 22 ... fxe5!  23 fxe5  Rf8!" "Drawing this game gave me $350, clear first and my fourth Colorado Senior title."

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8) Brian Wall vs. Lloyd Heikes. Colorado Senior. Round 1. "Move 27  Qe1+
surely leads to checkmate" After 27...Ke7-d7, find mate in 2. 

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9) Brian Wall vs. Yuval Laor. DCC Spring Classic. "After  24 Rd7!  c4  25 Bxa7!
Yuval's Queenside starts disintegrating under the pressure of my Two Bishops and a Pig on the 7th."

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10) Brian Wall vs. Daniel Herman. Thursday. Round 3. "Daniel's miserable pawn structure has given him a wretched game so far. 27 Qe3!  looks bad because of  27 ... f4  but 28 Qe4! maintains. Instead 27 Qf2?  e4!suddenly gave Daniel tons of play."

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11) Luis Jimenez vs. Brian Wall. Thursday. Round 2. "This game was a travesty as Luis had a crushing textbook King's Indian Attack for example" "24 Nf6+!!  Kh8  25 Ng5!!" "or 24. Qc2 g6 25. Nf6+ Kg7 26. Ng5 Bxg2 27. Kxg2 Qc6+  28 f3!!" "or "24. Qc2 g6 25. Nf6+ Kg7 26. Ng5 Bxg2 27. Kxg2 Qc6+ 28. Kg1 Nd5   29 h6+  Kh8  30 Nfxh7" "or "38 Qg6!!  +4" "or many other wins."

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12) Brian Wall vs. Samuel Slack Thursday. Round 1. "I overheard Chessplayers talking about this game a week later. Just play like Brian Wall, horrible moves that you know how to play better than your opponent." "After 13 Qb3!! Sam's development is comical, I have increasing pressure everywhere and
13 ... O-O-O  14 Ne5!! is awkward"

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13) Rhett Langseth vs. Brian Wall Thursday. Round 5. "I lost this 100 move game in the middle of Rhett Langseth's honeymoon. Rhett made me his wife. I am still recovering. 39 Rxg6+!! is close to a draw. When I stopped keeping score and had less than 5 minutes. 48 ... Qc1+!!  49 K-any  Rd5!!  +9 is one win. Of course  79 ... Rh6?? is a terrible blunder in a dead drawn Rook ending when I had two minutes left." Brian calls his last move a "wedding gift" It was a rare oversight by NM Wall under time pressure. 

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14) Kenzie Moore vs. Don Wisdom Tuesday. Round 4. After 32. Rac8, the pinned Knight can't move... right? 

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15) Daniel Herman vs. Eamon Montgomery. Tuesday. Round 4. After 24...Ng7xh5, capturing a pawn, Mr. Herman begins a mating attack with his next move. How would you begin an assault on the Black King? Don't miss Mr. Mongomery's YouTube analysis of the game. 

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16) Gere Cruz vs. Abraham Sanchez  Tuesday. Round 4. An attacked Knight doesn't always have to retreat. 

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17) Andrew Robichaud vs. Mark Brandao Tuesday Round 4. Black is up a couple of pawns and eager to trade pieces with 36..Rc8-c1. Was that a good idea?

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18) Liam Newell vs. Andrew Robichaud Thursday. Round 4.Black attacked the d4 pawn  with 25...Rg8-g4. Why was 26. f2-f4, not the best defense?

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19) Devin vs. Viaan. Thursday. Round 4. White has just played 19. Re6-e2 to defend the f2 pawn. Why was that not the best defense? 

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20) Luis Rivera vs. Andrew Robichaud Tuesday. round 3. After 20... Rfxc8 recapturing a Rook White played 21. Qd1-b3. What is a much better move?

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21) Jacob Helle vs. Gere Cruz Tuesday. Round 3. After 13...c7-c6 17. Bxf7 proves to be an unsound sacrifice.

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22) Gere Cruz vs. Jeff Manuel  Tuesday. Round 1. White offers a Queen trade with 37. Qg3-e5. Probably not the best idea when Black has an outside passed pawn.

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23) Andrew Robichaud vs. Mark Kingsley  Tuesday. Round 1. After 22. Qg5-f4 Quoting Mr. Robindhaud: "Brainrot on my part with this move. I played it instantly thinking e5 would be met with my queen and bishop with me winning material. Putting the queen on e3 is nearly an even game" Nevertheless Andrew goes on to win the game

The Tuesday night TDs. Left to right - Peter, Sikander, and Phil. No doubt looking at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue :-)

As always a big THANK YOU to the players and the TDs who devote their time and effort towards making the DCC one of the best chess clubs anywhere.

Thanks again to all,

 J.C. MacNeil

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