We may not like politics in chess, but politics and chess can mix and survive. We have our personal opinions, but remember, we come together to play chess. Just keep moving. If we kicked out everyone who disagreed with us, we could play only solitaire chess.
David Parsons loved conservative American politics. He liked about every Republican President from Abraham Lincoln to George W. Bush. We had another vocal player in the chess club who was a liberal Democrat. This made for good natured banter.
Love covers a multitude of sins. At our chess club we all liked each other well enough that we did not let our political differences get in the way. Just keep moving. Beyond being able to vote, what the heck can we do about the government anyway?
In our French Defence Tarrasch, Dave chose 4...Qxd5. Black avoids the isolated pawn at the cost of a few tempi. I tried to focus on the center. Parsons pushed play to his right. Most of his moves were from the e-file to the a-file.
My queen got distracted from the center on move 23. That gave him good play. Just keep moving. Pieces kept flying with each tactical threat and counter. We reached an ending where White was up the a-pawn, so Black resigned.
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Sawyer (2011) - Parsons (1682), Williamsport, PA 1994 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Ngf3 cxd4 6.Bc4 Qd8 7.Nb3 Bb4+ 8.Bd2 Qb6 9.Nfxd4 Nf6 10.0-0 0-0 11.Bxb4 Qxb4 12.Bd3 [12.Qe2=] 12...Rd8 13.c3 Qe7 14.Qf3 e5 15.Nf5 [15.Rfe1+/=] 15...Bxf5 16.Bxf5 Nc6 17.Rad1 e4 18.Qe3 Qe5 19.Qc5 Rd5 [19...g6=] 20.Rxd5 Nxd5 21.Bd7 Nce7 22.c4 [22.Re1=] 22...b6 23.Qb5? [23.Qd4=] 23...a6 24.Qa4 Nf6 25.Bc6 Ng4 [Black threatens mate in one.] 26.g3 Rd8 27.c5 bxc5 [27...Nxc6! 28.Qxc6 e3-+] 28.Qxe4 [28.Bxe4=] 28...f5 [28...c4=/+] 29.Qxe5 Nxe5 30.Bb7 c4 31.Na5 Rd2 32.Bxa6?! [32.f4+/-] 32...c3? [32...Rxb2 33.Nxc4=] 33.Nc4 Nxc4 34.Bxc4+ Kf8 35.bxc3 Rc2 36.Rb1 Nc6 37.Rb6 1-0
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