This tournament was to honor the long standing contributions by Dr. Erich W. Marchand on behalf of the game of chess and by our chess club membership. Many players had benefited from the teachings of Dr. Marchand who periodically held either classes of chess instruction or private sessions.
One such player and long standing friend is Tillman Meney who I cross swords with on numerous occasions either in skittles play or in tournaments. Thus, the tournament I found myself seated across from Tillman and even though I lost this game on time, have always cherished it as one of my better losses.
White: Tillman Meney vs. Black: Don Reithel Opening: English/Old Indian Defense
1. P-QB4 P-K4 / 2. N-QB3 N-KB3 / 3. P-Q3 P-B3 / 4. N-B3 P-Q3 / 5. P-KN3 QN-Q2 / 6. B-Q2 P-QR4 / 7. R-B1 B-K2 / 8.B-N2 O-O / 9. O-O R-K1 / 10. Q-B2 B-B1 / 11. N-KN5 P-R3 / 12. N-R3 N-B4 / 13. P-B4 N-KN5 / 14. P x P P x P / 15. N-B2 Q-Q5 / 16. N-Q1 B-B4 / 17. B-QB3 Q-Q2 / 18. P-K4 N x N / 19. N x N B-N3 / 20. Q-K2 Q-B2 / 21. P-N3 N-K3 / 22. K-R1 P-B3/ 23. Q-N4 B-B2 /
I made the assumption that past play would by now have given me progress toward achieving an edge but Tillman kept his cool and seemed to have built up confidence. During some of these moves, Dr. Marchand had made visits to our board and appeared pleased with the situation on the board. I now found myself spending a lot more time on the next sequence.
24. B-Q2 K-R2 / 25. B-R3 N-Q5 / 26. Q-Q1 QR-Q1 / 27. B-B3 B-K3 / 28. B-KN2 B-QB4 / 29. Q-Q2 P-QN3 / 30. N-Q1 Q-Q2 /.
I found myself with the clock flag having risen and only a speck of white showed on the hour hand as it teetered on the edge of the hour. I realized I was not going to make the time control.
31. N-K3 R-KB1 / 32. P-QN4 P x P / 33. B x P B x B / 34. Q x B Q-QB2 / 35. R-B2 P-QB4 / 36. Q-Q2 R-Q3 / 37. N-Q5 B x N / 38. BP x B R-QR1 / 39. B-R3 R-R3 1-0 my flag fell.
I congratulated Tillman on a very nicely conducted game. He whispered to me that he was given private lessons by Dr. Marchand. That may be true that his game was improving but he was the one who was playing the game and showed a high degree of confidence. Maybe that is what makes a good teacher and student!
It is hard to imagine that game was played 33 years ago!