The Von Rook

The Von Rook

Feb 28, 2016, 7:36 PM |



The Colorado Springs Chess News website has begun a new season of newsletters for 2016!  The first issue celebrates the Denver Broncos 3rd Super Bowl title with a game that contains a new chess tactic:  The Von Rook.  You can read about it here:


The Colorado Springs Chess Club starts a new monthly tournament for March this Tuesday (4SS, G90+30, USCF-rated, $10 entry, prizes).  We offer discounts to our Supporting Members for all Tuesday events, and Earle Wikle also offers discounts to Supporting Members for his Thursday event and the Friday IHOP Quick events.  Anyone can become an annual Supporting Member ($50 for individual, $75 for a family) and help maintain the CSCC.  You can see more details here:


Here are the most recent events rated under the CSCC affiliate:


End Date
Event ID
Event Name
Dates and Section Count
Received: 2016-02-25   Entered: 2016-02-25   Rated: 2016-02-25   Sections: 1 2016-02-23
201602239222 FEBRUARY SWISS 90
Received: 2016-02-24   Entered: 2016-02-24   Rated: 2016-02-24   Sections: 1 2016-02-19
201602196512 IHOP QUICK 19 FEB
Received: 2016-02-20   Entered: 2016-02-20   Rated: 2016-02-20   Sections: 2


The USCF sent me this reminder about the Colorado Springs Open:


The events shown below are ones that have been or will be advertised in Chess Life or Chess Life for Kids:


2016-03-12Colorado Springs Open - Manitou Springs, CO

Manitou Springs CO2016-01 CL A5012031


This week's game features the Von Rook.  It is white to move:


2016 February Swiss 90


You can view the diagram and answer here:



The Von Rook


[Event "CSCC February Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2016.02.09"]

[Round "1.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Herman, Sara"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A45"]

[WhiteElo "2050"]

[BlackElo "1653"]

[PlyCount "47"]

[EventDate "2016.02.09"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. g3 e6 3. Bg2 d5 4. Nf3 c5 5. c3 Be7

6. O-O O-O 7. Nbd2 Nc6 8. e3 b6 9. Re1 Ba6 10. a3 Rc8 11. Bf1 Bxf1 12. Nxf1 c4

13. N1d2 b5 14. e4 dxe4 15. Nxe4 Nd5 16. Bd2 a5 17. Qc1 b4 18. axb4 axb4 19.

Bg5 Bxg5 20. Nfxg5 Na5 21. Qc2 Nb3 22. Ra7 Rc6 23. Rd7 Qa5 24. Rxd5 1-0