Chess to Impress

Chess to Impress

MafuMafu
MafuMafu
Mar 24, 2018, 8:28 PM |
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Today, 25 March 2018, Iowa State University (ISU) hosted an event in the library called Chess to Impress. This is an event where Dr. Jiles, a professor here at ISU in the department of electrical and computer engineering, plays a simul against anyone who wants to play. This event was organized by the Iowa State Chess Club (ISCC) and hosted by the Parks Library and The Students Helping Our Peers (SHOP) organization. The SHOP is an on campus food pantry that provides food to any people in need such as students, staff, or really anyone who needs it. Many players made donations and the deal was that if anyone could beat Dr. Jiles, he would agree to donate an additional $10. 

 

I had played Dr. Jiles twice before. One time was during a Cyclone Chess Club (CCC) meeting during a mini blitz tournament where I beat him with an early tactic. That game was very unusual since I forked his king and queen using a knight and a simple deflection tactic. I suspect that was due to the fact that it was late at night when everyone was tired. The other game was during the ISCC Spring 2018 Casual Tournament. That game was heartbreaking. I had won an exchange and had connected passed pawns on the king side, but I blundered all of my advantage in time pressure, missed multiple tactics to regain it, made terrible endgame decisions, and ended up losing what was a completely winning game. Knowing the past encounters, I was eager to play Dr. Jiles again since I see him often at both ISCC and CCC, but I don't play him often. During this Chess to Impress event, I managed to play two games which lasted in total approximately 3.5-4 hours.

 

Game 1:

 

Game 2:

 

I was quite happy, at the time, with my results. Obviously after analyzing the games, not as happy with my blunders, but I was still quite satisfied with these games. Dr. Jiles only had a maximum of 4 or 5 games going on simulatneously, although he played more in total. With only 4-5 boards, I was still making moves quickly enough that he never had to pass over me. I actually think that I spent less time than him thinking. Overall, this was a fun event with an important goal of raising donations for an important organization. Looking at the past Iowa State Daily posts, the last time this event was hosted was in September of 2015. Hopfully in addition to the casual and rated semester tournaments, we can continue to make this fundraiser an annual or perhaps even bi-annual event.