Roscoe's Story

This is my story and I'm stick'n to it.

A Win With Black

Black wins

Earlier today my opponent playing White resigned this club tournament game after my 31...f3, giving me the win with Black. He was right to do this. At this point in our endgame he only had one major piece left on the board, the Bishop he'd just pushed to the c1 square, while I had a Rook, a Knight, and I was only two moves away from promoting a pawn to a Queen.

The position of pieces at game's end is shown above, and our full move record is below.

1. e4 a6 2. Qh5 g6 3. Qf3 e5 4. Bc4 Qe7 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Nd5 Nxd5 7. Bxd5 d6 8. d3 c6 9. Bb3 h5 10. h3 Be6 11. Bxe6 Qxe6 12. g4 Nd7 13. c4 O-O-O 14. Ne2 hxg4 15. hxg4 Qf6 16. Qxf6 Nxf6 17. f3 Rxh1+ 18. Kd2 d5 19. b3 Bb4+ 20. Kc2 dxe4 21. fxe4 Nxg4 22. a3 Bc5 23. b4 Bd4 24. Nxd4 exd4 25. Kb2 Rh2+ 26. Kb3 Rh1 27. Bb2 Rxa1 28. Bxa1 f5 29. exf5 gxf5 30. Bb2 f4 31. Bc1 f3 0-1

And the adventure continues.

Posted 24/Feb/2021 ~ 17:00 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess

This can't be good, right?


I've not paid much attention to this huge old pecan tree in my front yard since I did a mid or late January cutting of the grass. But this morning my eyes were drawn to a basketball-sized hole in one of the main branches near the trunk.

This camera phone photo snapped a few minuts ago doesn't do justice to the jet black, rot-looking interior of the hole that reaches down into the main trunk.

So I've called the landlord and described the situation to him. He says he'll either send one of his contactors or come by himself to inspect it.

Hopefully the hole can be cleaned out and filled with some kind of putty to save the tree. I'd hate to see the thing have to be cut down. But I'd rather see it cut down than have it fall down against the houe, or crush my neighbor's car.

And the adventure continues.

Posted 22/Feb/2021 ~ 10:35 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #tree

Moving on up

Section winner
Playing in club chess tournaments is often a very humbling experience. Trying my very best but losing, sometimes quickly, does not instill a sense of confidence. But then there are moments that make me smile.

This morning I received an email from one of the clubs in which I play notifying me that I'd won a section in a tournament there and was being “bumped up” to play the next round against more advanced opponents. This made me smile.

And the adventure continues.

Posted 17/Feb/2021 ~ 09:15 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess


six below zero

... and it's going to get colder. Mercy!

Tomorrow night is supposed to be colder yet, and Wednesday is supposed to bring us more freezing rain and snow on top of the three to seven inches we have in our area presently. And...

And in addition to the Wind Chill Warning and Winter Storm WArning we're currently under, we've also got a Pollen Alert due to the high levels od cedar pollen in the air now. And...

And though Sylvia and I haven't yet been hit by them, there are rolling power blackouts in the area that are expected to continue through the duration of this extreme weather.

What a Monday!

And the adventure continues.

Posted 15/Feb/2021 ~ 06:40 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #weather

Radio Habana Cuba


While Svengoolie showed a movie I've seen about a zillion times I reached over to the little multi-band radio to see what I could bring up on the shortwave. The first thing I found broadcasting in English with enough clarity to hear through the noise (my room is a pretty noisy place from which to try to pull in radio signal) was Radio Habana Cuba.

After listening for awhile I switched off the little radio and began paying attention to the TV again. Even though the film was boring, Sven's schtick is always delightful.

And the adventure continues.

Posted 13/Feb/2021 ~ 20:15 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #SWL

Tracking the Day's Chess Moves


I have active correspondence chess games in four different clubs. In one of those clubs I'm playing in three different tournaments and some players are playing in more than one tournament with me.

In order to keep myself organized during a session with these games, I record each opponent as I work on the game against him, then place a check mark when I've moved in his game and am ready to move on to another. You'll notice in today's list pictured above, two players get two check marks. These are guys who are playing in different tourneys with me, and the two marks mean I've moved in the two games against each.

And when a game ends I note that, too. Of all the games worked on today, I lost one, resigning to my opponent. Oh well, can't win them all, you know. I'm pretty confident that tomorrow's session will see me winning a game.

And the adventure continues.

Posted 10/Feb/2021 ~ 14:20 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess

New on my Kindle


Rafael, Laurell Hamilton's latest novel in her Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series was delivered to my Kindle today. And I'm looking forward to starting it tonight.

This is the 28th book in the series and, while I may not have read every one of them, I'm confident that I've read most. I've certainly read all the early books as well as everything she's published in recent years.

At only 230 something pages long, this little book is almost in the novella category. Some reviewers have said it reminds them of her earlier books in this series. I'm confident I'll like it.

And the adventure continues.

Posted 09/Feb/2021 ~ 20: Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #books

Taking a Stand For Greg

yard sign

San Antonio desperately needs a Republican Mayor to help clean up the mess that the Democrats in City Hall are making and to start restoring our freedoms. That's why I'm supporting Greg Brockhouse for Mayor.

As far as I can tell, mine is the first yard sign up in the neighborhood. Hope it stays up for the duration of the campaign.

And the adventure continues.

Posted 08/Feb/2021 ~ Noon Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #politics

Over the past 10 days or so I've been steadily ramping up an old hobby of mine, SW and MW DXing. I still have the portable multi-band radio that I used for shortwave listening in the late 1990s, and it appears to be in pretty good shape despite its age. A few days ago I added an external antenna to improve reception. And I've found a welcoming FaceBook group and an interesting YouTube Channel devoted to this hobby that help keep me informed and enthused.

Though I've not been posting too much about it recently, my correspondence chess play has picked up quite a bit. I'm carrying a bigger game load now and spending more time on my games. Most days find me working at least an hour on the games, and sometimes it's much more than that.

Both of these hobbies are solitary by nature and perfectly suited to the socially restricted lifestyle forced on us during this time of covid.

While they keep me from obsessing over the fake news of the day, which is a very good thing, they take time away from what has been my primary hobby for the last several years: my blogging.

Now that I've wiped the hard drive on my laptop and given it a fresh OS installation (that was yesterday's big chore), it's running faster and operating more smoothly. Hopefully that will make my writing easier and allow me to resume more regular blogging. We shall see.

And the adventure continues.

Posted 07/Feb/2021 ~ 14:05 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #hobbies


Midday yesterday I won this Correspondence Chess Club Tournament game with my Black Queen, defended and assisted by her Rook, delivering the mating move.

Our board at game's end is shown above, and our full move record is below:

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.b3 d6 4.Bb2 Be7 5.a4 a5 6.d3 O-O 7.Nb5 c6 8.Nc3 d5 9.Qf3 Bg4 10.Qg3 Nbd7 11.h3 Bh5 12.Be2 Bxe2 13.Ngxe2 h6 14.Bc1 Bb4 15. Bd2 Bxc3 16.Nxc3 d4 17.Ne2 Re8 18.f4 exf4 19.Nxf4 b5 20.c3 b4 21. c4 Qc7 22.O-O-O Qd6 23.h4 Nc5 24.h5 Nxb3+ 25.Kc2 Nxd2 26.Rxd2 Rab8 27.Rh4 b3+ 28.Kd1 b2 29.Rxb2 Rxb2 30.Ne2 Rb1+ 31.Kc2 Qb4 32.Qc7 Qb2# 0-1

And the adventure continues.

Posted 01/Feb/2021 ~ 12:05 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess

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