Another wonderful addition from Walt--Game 1973
I have refered to the Springfield Park Board Chess Club as, "the House that Fischer Built", being born from the early 70's chess boom, as a result of the historic Fischer - Spassky Match of the Century. I have selected a gem from "MY FIFTY MISERABLE GAMES" (*a fictitious work that I should write!) In this game we see the very young and impressionable Walter, taking on Arlis Snyder, in the last round of a tournament. Prof. Synder (as would later be a reoccurring theme ie. MT Smith, J.Baumlin, D. Jones) came to teach at the SMS English Dept. Upon his arrival he was racking up a number of successes and achieving a real wining streak. Occurring simultaneously with this, yours truly was at the beginning stages of climbing out of the primordial chess soup. My game fraught with positional gaps and countless errors, I was in my early teens and about one year into chess.
I think this might be the first tournament I went though without the loss of a game. Having drawn both Snyder and A. Vasilu I landed in 2nd place.
Prof. Arlis Snyder vs. Walter Ressmeyer
SPBCC Queen Pawn Tour (round four)
Nimzo Indian Defense July 23 1973
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 Bxc3 5. bxc3 Nc6 6. Nf3 d6 7. Bd3 e5 8. Ng5 h6 9. Nge4 0-0 10. Qf3 Nxe4 11. Bxe4 Bd7 12. c5 Qe7 13. Ba3 Rfe8 14. cxd6 cxd6 15. d5 Na5 16. Qe2 Rac8 17. Bb4 Qd8 18. 0-0 Qc7 19. Rac1 Qc4 20. Qxc4 Nxc4 21. Bd3 Nb6 22. Bxd6 Nxd5 23. c4 Nf6 24. e4 b6 25. c5 bxc5 26. Rxc5 Rxc5 27. Bxc5 Bc6 28. f3 a5 29. Rc1 Rc8 30. Bd6 Nd7 31. Bb5 Bb7 32. Rxc8 Bxc8 33. Bxd7 Bxd7 34. Bxe5 a4 35. a3 f6 36. Bd6 Kf7 37. Kf2 Ke6 38. Bc7 Bb5 39. Ke3 Bc4 40. h4 Kf7 41. Kf4 g5 42. Kg4 Be6 43. Kh5 Kg7 44. hxg5 hxg5 45. e5 Bf7 46. Kg4 Be6 47. Kg3 fxe5 48. Bxe5 Kg6 49. f4 gxf4 50. Kxf4 Bd5 51. g4 Be6 52. g5 1/2-1/2
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Beating a bishop of opposite colours ending to death, he was a pawn up?
Arlis is no longer with us, but I remember him, and this game fondly