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HOUSEKEEPING NOTE

Posts which have previously been made to Roscoe's Quick Notes and to Roscoe's Lists will now be made here.

My life is once again becoming too busy for me to maintain three different personal blogs. So from now on, everything will be here.

Posted 16/April/2021 ~ 09:40 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving

  • by Roscoe

Queen-Rook-Rook Checkmate

Checkmate

I won this correspondence chess game this afternoon by checkmate with my Black Queen at d3 delivering the fatal strike to the White King. My Rooks at the Queen's side, on the c and e files, covered the King's only possible flight squares.

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

1. e4 d6 2. Qf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Bb5 a6 5. Bd3 Bg4 6. Qg3 e5 7. f3 Be6 8. Nge2 Nh5 9. Qf2 g6 10. g4 Nf4 11. Nxf4 exf4 12. Ne2 g5 13. c4 Ne5 14. Bc2 Qd7 15. a4 Nxc4 16. Qd4 Rg8 17. b3 Ne5 18. Bb2 Nxf3+ 19. Kf2 Nxd4 20. Nxd4 Bxg4 21. h3 Bh5 22. Bd3 Bg7 23. Nf5 Bxb2 24. Rag1 O-O-O 25. Rb1 Ba3 26. Bc4 Bc5+ 27. d4 Bxd4+ 28. Nxd4 Rde8 29. Bd3 Re5 30. Rbg1 f6 31. Rc1 Rc5 32. Rb1 Rc3 33. Bc4 Re8 34. Rhg1 Qxh3 35. Be2 Bxe2 36. Kxe2 Rxe4+ 37. Kd1 Qd3# 0-1

And the adventure continues.

Posted 07/Apr/2021 ~ 19:35 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess

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White Win

Queen fork

I won this correspondence chess game earlier today when my opponent playing Black resigned after my 37.Qf5+. He was right to do this. My Queen had forked his King (hence the check) and his e4-Rook. After he moved his King out of check I'd have taken that Rook. Then he'd have been left with only one Rook and a very exposed King, while I had my Queen and my Rook pair and a well-defended King. Checkmate would then have come quickly and easily.

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

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 b5 4. Nc3 c6 5. g3 Nf6 6. Bg2 a6 7. Nf3 Bg4 8. h3 Bh5 9. O-O e6 10. Re1 h6 11. Ne2 Nbd7 12. Nf4 Bd6 13. b3 Nb6 14. Nxh5 Nxh5 15. Ne5 Nf6 16. Nxc6 Qc7 17. d5 Qd7 18. dxe6 Qxe6 19. Nd4 Qd7 20. Bc6 O-O 21. Bxd7 Nbxd7 22. Nc6 Rfe8 23. Qxd6 Rad8 24. Ne7+ Kh8 25. Bb2 a5 26. Rad1 Ne4 27. Qd4 Nef6 28. Nd5 cxb3 29. axb3 b4 30. Qa7 Ne5 31. Nxf6 gxf6 32. Bxe5 fxe5 33. Qxf7 Rg8 34. Qf6+ Kh7 35. Qxe5 Rde8 36. Qxa5 Re4 37. Qf5+ 1-0

And the adventure continues.

Posted 03/Apr/2021 ~ 17:10 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess

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And Another Win With Black

Black Win

Just as my month of March ended with a won correspondence chess game, so too does my month of April begin. Yesterday, on April 1st, my opponent playing White resigned this game to me after my 41...b2, giving me the win with Black by default.

He was right to surrender. He could see that on my next move I was going to promote the b-pawn to a Queen, making my already overwhelming material advantage even greater.

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

1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 d6 3. Bb5 Bd7 4. d5 Ne5 5. Bxd7+ Qxd7 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Nf3 h6 8. Nh4 O-O-O 9. a4 g5 10. Nf5 e6 11. dxe6 fxe6 12. Nd4 d5 13. exd5 exd5 14. a5 a6 15. O-O Ne4 16. f3 Nxc3 17. bxc3 Bc5 18. Kh1 Rhe8 19. Ne2 Rg8 20. Ng3 Rgf8 21. Ba3 Bxa3 22. Rxa3 Nc4 23. Rb3 Ne3 24. Qd4 Nxf1 25. Qa7 c6 26. Nxf1 Rfe8 27. Qf2 Kb8 28. h3 Qd6 29. Ng3 c5 30. Nf5 Qf4 31. Nxh6 Qc1+ 32. Kh2 Re1 33. Qg3+ Ka7 34. Qf2 Rc8 35. g3 Qe3 36. Qg2 c4 37. Ng4 Qe7 38. Nh6 cxb3 39. Nf5 Qe2 40. Nd4 Qxg2+ 41. Kxg2 b2 0-1

And the adventure continues.

Posted 02/Apr/2021 ~ 12:00 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess

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Another Win with Black

Black Win

Late last night my opponent playing White resigned after my Bishop pinned his Rook to his Queen with 48...Bd4.

Throughout our endgame my Black army had been harassing his King mercilessly while whittling away his pieces. At game's end his King was practically defenseless and threatened by many of my men. And he was about to lose his last remaining Rook. He was right to resign when he did.

The final position of our pieces is above, and our full move record is below:

1. e4 d6 2. d4 a6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. Ne2 Bg7 6. O-O O-O 7. Be3 b5 8. Qd2 Ng4 9. h3 Nxe3 10. Qxe3 Nc6 11. c3 Bb7 12. a4 e5 13. axb5 axb5 14. Rxa8 Qxa8 15. d5 Na5 16. b4 Nb3 17. Nd2 Nxd2 18. Qxd2 c5 19. bxc5 dxc5 20. Nc1 h5 21. Nb3 c4 22. Nc5 Qc8 23. d6 Bf6 24. Rd1 Qxc5 25. Qb2 Rd8 26. d7 Bc6 27. h4 Rxd7 28. Re1 Rd6 29. Qc2 b4 30. cxb4 Qxb4 31. Rb1 Qc5 32. Bf1 Rd4 33. Rb8+ Kg7 34. Bg2 Qd6 35. Rb6 Rd1+ 36. Kh2 Rd2 37. Qc1 Rxf2 38. Rb2 Rxg2+ 39. Rxg2 Qd4 40. Rd2 Qe3 41. Qd1 Bxe4 42. Re2 Qf3 43. Qe1 Bd3 44. Rf2 Qg4 45. Qg1 Bf5 46. Kg2 Qh3+ 47. Kf3 e4+ 48. Ke2 Bd4 0-1

And the adventure continues.

Posted 01/Apr/2021 ~ 12:40 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess

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They're Dead! So Dead!

Dead Bushes

And they have got to go!

Casualties of the heavy Week of Winter we had in Texas, these monster bushes in my back yard have never recovered. The row of bushes is now nearly twenty feet long and stands maybe five or six feet tall at its highest point.

When green and healthy in previous years the bushes presented a formidable wall of green that stood nearly ten feet tall. But... those days are gone now.

My plans are to cut them down and chop them up and load them into the green organics bin for the city to haul away weekly. I fully expect this particular chore to last for many weeks. Months probably.

And the adventure continues.

Posted 23/Mar/2021 ~ 19:00 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chores

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Making My Monday Feel Better

White win

I won this correspondence chess club tournament game earlier today when my opponent playing the Black pieces resigned, giving me the victory by default. He was right to resign when he deid. He could see that I was going to checkmate him soon and there was nothing he could do to prevent it.

Position of pieces on our board when the game ended is above, and our full move record is below:

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Qf6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nc3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 g5 6.Bxg5 Qg6 7.e3 f6 8 Bd3 Qf7 9.Bh4 b6 10.O-O Bb7 11.d5 exd5 12.cxd5 Bxd5 13.Bg3 d6 14.e4 Bc6 15.Nd4 Nh6 16.Bf4 Qg7 17.Ne6 Qe7 18.Qh5+ Nf7 19.Qh3 Ng5 20.Bxg5 fxg5 21.Qh5+ Kd7 22.Nd4 a5 23.Qg4+ Kd8 24.Rfe1 Qg7 25.Ne6+ Kc8 26.Nxg7+ Kb7 27.Qxg5 Rg8 28.Bc4 Rh8 29.a4 Nd7 30.Ne6 Bxe4 31.Rxe4 Rhg8 32.Qd5+ Kb8 33.Qc6 Ra7 34.Qxd7 c6 35.Qxc6 Rc8 36.Qxd6+ Kb7 37.Qd5+ Kb8 38.Rb1 1-0

And the adventure continues.

Posted 22/Mar/2021 ~ 12:45 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess

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An Uncomfortable Win

Black Win

I won this correspondence chess game yesterday with the Black pieces when my opponent stopped playing and let his clock run out. Now, I'll take my wins however they come, but this game deserved a better ending.

White had a material advantage here. He and I had fought our way through a solid opening and an exciting middle game to this stage of the endgame. He was ahead by one major piece (his Knight) and two pawns. He'd have probably been able to checkmate me eventually, but there was a lot of chess to be played on this board before we reached that point. Sadly, that is some chess that will forever remain unplayed.

The position of pieces at game's end is posted above, and our complete move record is below:

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bf4 e6 5.e3 Bd6 6.Bxd6 cxd6 7.Bb5 O-O 8.O-O a6 9.Bd3 g6 10.e4 dxe4 11.Nxe4 b5 12.Nxf6+ Qxf6 13.c3 b4 14.Qa4 Bd7 15.cxb4 Rfd8 16.Be4 a5 17.Bxc6 Ra7 18.Bxd7 Rdxd7 19.bxa5 e5 20.Rfd1 Re7 21.dxe5 dxe5 22.Re1 e4 0-1

And the adventure continues.

Posted 20/Mar/2021 ~ 10:30 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess


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Queen-pawn-Bishop Combination Checkmate

Q-p-B-Mate

I won this correspondence chess club tournament game earlier today with a nifty 3-piece combination checkmate. My White Queen is the attacking piece here, and all possible flight squares for the Black King are covered by my g4-pawn and the Bishop parked on the g3 square.

Position of pieces at game's end is pictured above, and our full move record is below:

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d5 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.e3 Bd7 5.Bxc4 c6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.h3 b5 8.Be2 Qa5 9.O-O Bf5 10.Bd3 Bg6 11.Bxg6 hxg6 12.a3 b4 13.Ne2 g5 14. Bd2 Qb6 15.Nxg5 Qb5 16.Bxb4 Qxg5 17.f4 Qg6 18.Rf3 Nbd7 19.Rg3 Qf5 20. Rg5 Qh7 21.Qa4 Nb8 22.Rd1 Ne4 23.Ra5 a6 24.Nc3 g5 25.fxg5 Nxg5 26.Rxg5 Bh6 27.Re5 Ra7 28.Bc5 f6 29.Re6 Rd7 30.Re1 Kf7 31.Qc4 Rd5 32.Rxe7+ Kg6 33.Rxh7 Kxh7 34.Nxd5 cxd5 35.Qxd5 Kg6 36.g4 Kg7 37.Qb7+ Kg6 38.Ba7 Kg5 39.Rf1 Kh4 40.Bxb8 Bxe3+ 41.Kg2 f5 42.Bg3+ Kg5 43.Qg7# 1-0

And the adventure continues.

Posted 19/Mar/2021 ~ 14:00 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess


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A Win with White

White wins

I won this correspondence chess club tournament game earlier today when my opponent playing Black resigned after my d6 pawn placed his King in check. It wasn't quite checkmate yet, but that was only two moves away and he saw there was nothing he could do to stop it.

It would be a 5-piece combination checkmate when it happened involving: an attacking pawn protected by a Knight, and all possible flight squares covered by my Queen and both Bishops.

The position of pieces on the board when black resigned is above, and our full move record is below.

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nbd2 e6 4.a3 Bd6 5.c4 c5 6.g3 b6 7.e4 dxe4 8.Qe2 exf3 9.Qxf3 Qd7 10.Bg2 Nd5 11.cxd5 e5 12.dxe5 Qe7 13.Nc4 Kd7 14.O-O Qf8 15.Nxd6 a6 16.Bh3+ Ke7 17.Nxc8+ Kd8 18.Bg5+ Kc7 19.d6+ 1-0

And the adventure continues.

Posted 17/Mar/2021 ~ 21:00 Central Time #RoscoeEllis #blog #SeniorLiving #chess

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