I beat Jay Stallings!
Well, here is a little information about Jay Stallings before I tell you about the game. Jay Stallings was ranked 3rd best in the United States in 1977 and he works for a non-profit organization to teach kids around our local schools about chess. His son, Jackson, goes to my high school which is why I got an opportunity to play him. Obviously, I have tried to beat him before when I was in Jr. High, but I never succedded as he checkmated me or I resigned because he had me cornered, however, September 15, 2009, I finally beat him! The stage was set, I just exited from my AP Biology class and was heading out for lunch when I realized we had chess club today so I thought I'd check it out. I saw him for the 1st time in nearly 2 years and we greeted and shook hands. At first, I wanted to either get revenge on his son, Jackson, because he has beaten me 4 1/2 out of our 6 games OR this other guy who goes to my school who has a 1-2-1 record against me. I offered to play, but they were just about to start playing their game so I played a person I did not personally know. Our first game was tough, but I managed to get my Passed Pawn up to b1 and that game was history. Our 2nd game, I played around with my Knight-Bishop combination to pin his King and Queen together in the Opening. : ) Afterwards, Jay Stallings walked around the room quizzing our knowledge of the chess world and I won a JollyRancher for getting it right. LOL I believe the question was "Who did Bobby Fischer beat in order to become the WCC in 1972?" and I blurted out Boris Spassky. I knew that one because I have submitted some articles portaining to their World Chess Championships last year. I offered to play him and he accpeted. We sat down about 20 minutes to 1:00 PM. He played as White while I played as Black--we played the Ruy Lopez. Early on, I made a mistake with my Knight and I asked to takeback my move, of course, he accpeted and we continued on until the early Endgame where we were left with a King, Rook, Bishop, Knight and a few Pawns. We were eyeing the central squares where I had stationed an important post of Pawns. He tried to infiltrate my Pawns, but that left him in front of my Pawn with his Rook not to far behind. We had a difficult position, but I offered up my Bishop so that my Knight could fork his king and Rook. He, however, did not fall for this SAC so he continued to progress his Pawns. I played a3! and he commented that it was "an interesting move" because it would remove the defender of the c3 square if he took it. It serves as another purpose--PROMOTION! He could not take my Pawn for those two reasons. He took a different Pawn with his Bishop, but I think that was a mistake for I pinned that to his King and Rook. I slid my Rook over, I took his Bishop, he re-took with his King, and my Knight came over in one swoop to fork him. I was left with a Pawn on b2, a Knight on d3, so he resigned. I was awarded another JollyRancher for beating him. : D Wow, it would have been great if we documented those moves down, but that ending will stay with me for quite a long time.