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Omaha/Lincoln, NE Chess {Concern}
Compiled by fredthebear

It's been suggested that a few players (not just teenagers) from Omaha, NE are not playing fair in chess tournaments (in and out-of-state) and nothing is done about it. No, J.H. is not one of them. Certain egotistical guys who are "rating conscience" or "revenge oriented" use their smart phone in the bathroom stall and soon thereafter seize the initiative like clockwork. The apparent worst abuser -- that's hard to measure at this point -- drinks a lot of Mountain Dew.

Of course, they deny it and the local TD... TD says "It can't be proven." Sure it can, if you'd do your job TD. It's easier just to pretend it's not happening... but it is. Note when (what move) the player left the table and voila! -- post game computer analysis shows at that point he strung together computer-recommended moves for a clear plus whereas before leaving the table the thumber was not following theory. In fact, the thumber had a confused, losing position that suddenly becomes a winning position after a few suggested moves from the cell phone in his pocket.

Why don't tournament directors halt any and all access to a cell phone during tournament play?? Forbid cell phone access! A player should not be able to bring their cell phone onto the property. NO CELL PHONES at chess tournaments. You don't need to carry a ($*@*&*^*!) cell phone to play a game of chess!! Bring your Linus blanket instead.

Some people nowadays are so addicted to shallow text messages that they text while driving...willing to risk dying or killing others for a few silly electronic words?? If these fools recklessly break laws and put their own lives in danger, then they certainly think nothing of using their phone to cheat at chess. (Some people are conditioned via video games to a "re-set" button... do-overs, re-starts, mulligans.) It takes no effort at all -- just 10-15 seconds to punch in a board position on a chess ap to gain an unfair advantage. It does not bother a thumber's conscience whatsoever that he cheated to win, just so long as he wins. In fact, some take great satisfaction in cheating to win, knowing that they got away with one, like a shoplifter does.

Our society has lost it's religion, and with it goes ethics and moral values. Instead of serving God and fellow man, respecting our elders, following The Golden Rule, rules of the game, etc. many just greedily serve themselves.

When you do catch a player cheating, ban them from attending tournaments for life. If MLB banned a legendary record-setting all-time great like Pete Rose, then chess should ban cheaters for life too. It's absolutely necessary to discourage others from cheating.

(Another option is to allow the "banned player" to play, but he cannot leave his table for ANY reason. If he leaves his table, it's counted as a resignation.)

Are YOU listening TD? That's enough hints, TD.

* Read the blog on Igors Rausis bio page:

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The 50th and 60th US Open for chess was held in Omaha, NE. Omaha is the proud home of the baseball College World Series, Creighton University (world-class medical school), Offutt Air Force Base, and Henry Dorley Zoo, America's #1 zoo perhaps most famous for it's enclosed rainforest among many other features. Interstate 80 runs through the river city on it's way westward along the Oregon Trail. Do stop and dine at one of Omaha's many fabulous eateries. You'll find nice people and something to like in GO BIG RED country.

(The state capitol city of Lincoln is an hour's drive west of Omaha.)

* Jack Spence's book: Game Collection: The Chess Career of Richard Teichmann

* Lincoln 1975: Game Collection: US Open 1975, Lincoln

* Omaha 1949: Game Collection: US Open 1949, Omaha

* The Omaha Gambit allows an early Qh4+:
Game Collection: Vienna game, Omaha gambit C25

Macho Grob Spike/Borg Defense (B00) 1-0 Fool's Mate mini
W T Mayfield vs W R Trinks, 1959 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 3 moves, 1-0

Vienna Game: Omaha Gambit (C25) 1-0 Try pulling this one off!
J T Collins vs Joseph Manuel, 1980 
(C25) Vienna, 9 moves, 1-0

Vienna Game: Omaha Gambit (C25) 1-0 White climbs the board
M Al-Modiahki vs Bologan, 2014 
(C25) Vienna, 47 moves, 1-0

Vienna Game: Omaha Gambit (C25) 0-1 Resembles KGA Fischer Def
Sutovsky vs Nisipeanu, 2004 
(C25) Vienna, 66 moves, 0-1

French, Horwitz Attack. Papa-Ticulat Gambit (C00) 1-0 Declined
G Krauss vs R Larson, 1949
(C00) French Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

French Winawer (C15) 0-1 Rook fork interference
Woody Young vs A C Ludwig, 1949
(C15) French, Winawer, 17 moves, 0-1

KG Accepted. Becker Defense (C34) 0-1 Good vs Bad Bishop
J Mayer vs P Poschel, 1949
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 22 moves, 0-1

K's Gambit: Accepted. Becker Def (C34) 0-1 More than one path
W M Byland vs Evans, 1949
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 0-1

How to Win Chess Games Quickly by Fred Reinfeld
H Ohman vs G Buck, 1931 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 1-0

Scotch Gambit. London Defense?? (C44) 1-0 Scholar's Mate +1
J Creighton vs A Rangnow, 1949 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 9 moves, 1-0

Scotch G. Max Lange Attack Long Var (C55) 1-0 12.fxg7 is book
H B Goodman vs O Bain, 1949 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Open (C80) 1-0 Quick Anastasia's Mate in one
J Penquite vs K A Anderson, 1949 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 13 moves, 1-0

Old Sicilian. Open (B32) 1-0 Batteries are threatening
R Berg vs H Daly, 1949
(B32) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Four Knights (B45) 1-0 Remove the Defender next
E McCormick vs L T Magee, 1949
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 25 moves, 1-0

Neo-Grünfeld Defense 5.Nf3 (D73) 1-0 Instructive Pawn Ending
R H Steinmeyer vs J Spence, 1960 
(D73) Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3, 55 moves, 1-0

French Winawer. Classical (C18) 0-1 W light bishop must protect
J Ragan vs J Spence, 1960
(C18) French, Winawer, 50 moves, 0-1

Russian Game (C42) 1-0 Omaha CC named after Jack Spence
Koltanowski vs J Spence, 1960 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 11 moves, 1-0

Scotch Gambit. Saratt Var (C44) 1-0 Resembles Jerome Gambit
J McCord vs J Penquite, 1949
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 1-0

Russian Game: Classical Attack. Marshall (C42) 0-1 Jalapenos!
R Vollmar vs D Ackerman, 1949 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Q Pawn Game: Sarratt Attack (D00) 1-0 Uncastled K loses again
H Daly vs H Hickman, 1949
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Reti Opening: Reti Gambit (A09) 1-0 Spearhead
G A Koelsche vs Woody Young, 1949 
(A09) Reti Opening, 17 moves, 1-0

This two piece Black attack fizzled out in Omaha. White used 5
D Saxton vs H Ohman, 1947 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 15 moves, 1-0

KID Normal (E90) 0-1 Centralized Knight, R decoy sac, N+ fork
J Thomason vs Fischer, 1955 
(E90) King's Indian, 23 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Golombek Def (A16) 1-0 Underpromotion #!!
A Sandrin vs P Le Cornu, 1949 
(A16) English, 28 moves, 1-0

QGD. Modern. Knight Def (D51) 1-0 Chandler's Bc7 traps Q
J F Shaw vs W Lukowiak, 1959 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 13 moves, 1-0

Latvian Gambit: Accepted. Bilguer Var (C40) 0-1 VP 1 of a kind
Fischer vs V Pupols, 1955 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 44 moves, 0-1

Old Sicilian. Open (B32) 0-1 Zwischenzug fails White
T Litten vs M Chess, 1975 
(B32) Sicilian, 35 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Wing Gambit. Marshall Var (B20)1-0 N sac for Greco's #
Koltanowski vs D Saxton, 1940 
(B20) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

KID: Four Pawns Attack (E76) 1-0 Queen drops in mate
A Sandrin vs B Schmidt, 1949
(E76) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Modern Defense: Averbakh Var (A42) 0-1 Counter attack!
L Gilden vs H Berliner, 1959 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 25 moves, 0-1

Sicil Dragon. Yugoslav Attk ML (B77) 0-1Hellacious counterattk!
F Frilling vs J L Watson, 1969 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

Italian Game: Classical. Alexandre Gambit (C53) 1-0 Juniors
Fischer vs F Saksena, 1955 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 22 moves, 1-0

Vienna Gambit (C28) 1-0 Q sac for a unique mate!
Margulies vs Lwow, 1949 
(C28) Vienna Game, 15 moves, 1-0

"Chairman of the Board" (game of the day Aug-03-2013)
P Wolff vs J Leon, 2013 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 32 moves, 1-0

Scotch Göring Gambit. Dbl Pawn Sac (C44) 1-0 Finish w/4 Q moves
G Krauss vs R Vollmar, 1949
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Def: Najdorf (B96) 1-0 Opera Mate next in Lincoln, NE
A Laster vs R Gahtan, 1975 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 18 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Def: Classical Var (B18) 0-1 Beautiful battery work!
A S Neal vs Santasiere, 1949 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 20 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Cozio Def. Bxf7+ (C60) 1-0 Remove the Guard
D Colton vs R Dermer, 1969 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 9 moves, 1-0

Cornhusker Classic Open (1974), Omaha, NE, rd 4, May-12
G Colvin vs J Tomas, 1974
(B06) Robatsch, 24 moves, 0-1

Italian Game: 4...exd4 (C50) 1-0 Q sac for Lolli's # on h-file
D Saxton vs Worth / Tweed, 1935 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 29 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Closed. Chigorin Def (C97) 1-0 B sacrifice
A Saidy vs K Zangerle, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 25 moves, 1-0

Polish Opening: KID. Schiffler Attack (A00) 0-1 5 Pawns is slow
H Ohman vs A C Ludwig, 1949 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 22 moves, 0-1

KGD. Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit Accptd (C32) 1/2
Pillsbury vs W E Hardy, 1900 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06) · 0-1
John Liscott vs Doug Given, 2011 
(B06) Robatsch, 32 moves, 0-1

Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10) 1-0 Unusual Greek Gift
Bisguier vs A Karklins, 1969 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

R Chess vs P Brandts, 1975 
(C27) Vienna Game, 57 moves, 1-0

R Kause vs E McCormick, 1959
(B01) Scandinavian, 17 moves, 0-1

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