Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Chess and Politics

Last year I wrote about the collision between what I sometimes read in chess (Eric Schiller), and what I always read in politics (Daily Kos. Click here for a refresher). Well the connection between that blog and chess has gone a little further, with the holding of the DKos Chess Tournament 2009. It was played online (over a couple of months) and attracted quite a large field.
As it turned out Eric Schiller won the event, although any one of 4 players were in with a chance going into the final round. Full coverage by Superbowlxx can be found here.
Here is the final decisive game of the tournament.

Makechessnotwar - Sharkmeister [E14]
DKos Tournament, 08.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 b6 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.0-0 Be7 6.c4 0-0 7.Nc3 d5 8.b3 Nbd7 9.Bb2 Ne4 10.Qc2 Ndf6 11.Ne5 Rc8 12.Ne2 c5 13.f3 Nd6 14.dxc5 Rxc5 15.Bd4 Rc8 16.Qb2 dxc4 17.bxc4 Nf5 18.Bxf5 exf5 19.Rad1 Qc7 20.Nc3 Ba6 21.Nb5 Bxb5 22.cxb5 Qc2 23.Nc6 Qxb2 24.Nxe7+ Kh8 25.Bxb2 Rc2 26.Bxf6 gxf6 27.Nxf5 Rxa2 28.Ra1 Rb2 29.Rfb1 Rc2 30.Rxa7 Rc5 31.e4 h5 32.Rb7 Kh7 33.Rxb6 Kg6 34.Ne7+ Kg7 35.Rc6 Re5 36.Nf5+ Kg6 37.b6 1-0

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