RRSO II

25 April 2004
Wichita Falls, Texas

Oklahoma
(On Road)
8.0
16.0

Texas
(At Home)
Bd
Player
Pre
Post
Score
Pre
Post
Player
Pre Post
Pre Post
01
1988
1980
0.0
2.0
2220
2227
1988
1980
2220
2227
02
0.0
2.0
2137
2142
1920
P03
1849
P05
2137
2142
03
1983
1974
0.5
1.5
1950
1989
1983
1974
1950
1989
04
1864
1892
2.0
0.0
1976
1952
1864
1892
1976
1952
05
1800
1800
0.5
1.5
1871
1878
1800
1800
1871
1878
06
1840
1851
1.5
0.5
1841
1830
1840
1851
1841
1830
07
1786
1774
0.5
1.5
1780
1792
1786
1774
1780
1792
08
1512
1533
1.0
1.0
1758
1743
1512
1533
1758
1743
09
1459
1502
1.5
0.5
1757
1728
1459
1502
1757
1728
10
1506
1507
0.5
1.5
1709
1708
1506
1507
1709
1708
11
1414
1400
0.0
2.0
1674
1684
1414
1400
1674
1684
12
1332
1320
0.0
2.0
1640
1649
1332
1320
1640
1649

2004 Wichita County Classic

25 April 2004
Wichita Falls, Texas

#
Player
St
Pre
Post
Rd01
Rd02
Total
01
TX
1620
1643
W02
W02
2.0
02
TX
1553
1528
L01
L01
0.0
03
TX
1438
1452
W04
D04
1.5
04
Omar Montemayor
TX
1404
1389
L03
W03
0.5
05
TX
1372
1335
L06
L06
0.0
06
TX
1361
1399
W05
W05
2.0
07
TX
1163
1266
W08
W08
2.0
08
TX
1114
1086
L07
L07
0.0
09
TX
1144
1143
D10
W10
1.5
10
Jesus Ucol
TX
D09
L09
0.5
11
TX
1137
1128
L12
L12
0.0
12
TX
W11
W11
2.0
13
TX
1003
1013
W14
W14
2.0
14
TX
L13
L12
0.0

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Oklahoma Chess Coach Predicts Victory

By Victor Yaward
Chess Reporter

Webmaster's comments (August 16, 2016):  RRSO always attracts a lot of press and publicity.  Just before RRSO II in Wichita Falls (TX), this was first published.

     Watauga Chess News (April 1, 2004).  Recently, Dallas city officials gleefully announced two college football teams are playing in the Cotton Bowls another five years.  And the Texas State Legislature was unable to conduct business because the Democrats fled the State to avoid a quorum.  Meanwhile, the City of Wichita Falls is bracing itself for the real Red River Shootout, the annual team match between the most fanatical chess players in Oklahoma and Texas.  This reporter located the man who cliams to be the coach of the Oklahoma Chess Team.  In a previous career, Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf (better known as "Baghdad Bob") inadvertantly became an international sensation as Minister of Information for Iraq.  What follows is a very interesting and informative interview.

VY     "Thank you for letting us talk to you today.  We understand you are the Oklahoma Chess Team's coach.  How long have you been their coach?"

BB     "Since before last year's glorious match when we sent the invaders running with their tails between their legs.  In fact, they are still hiding today, in the Holiday Inn in Ardmore, and won't come out because the Texas Governor and state troopers are looking for them."

VY     "That was the sight of last year's match (RRSO I).  But, don't you have the Texas players confused with the Democrats in the Texas Legislature?"

BB     "Well, can I help that?  They both wear shirts with donkeys or horses that look like chess knight logos.  In any case, we destroyed them!"

VY     "The Captain of the Texas team, Tom Crane, says Texas won by three full points, 12-1/2 to 9-1/2."

BB     "The leader of the Texas team lies!  We did not lose.  We came in second."

VY     "Yes, Well ... how does one become the Oklahoma coach, anyway?"

BB     "Tom Nichols, the Oklahoma Team Captain, recruited me because of my background and insight into the game.  In fact, I was the second best player in all of Iraq, behind the President of course."

VY     "I didn't know anyone played chess in Iraq."

BB     "We invented the game!  Iraq is known as the birthplace of civilization and chess as well as other sports like checkers, dominos, and snipe hunting."

VY     "You must be a very strong player.  Are any openings named after you?"

BB     "Not exactly.  But, I invented a surefire defense with the Black pieces that is guaranteed to bring victory this year.  I call it the Oklahoma Defense.  See, White moves something and then Black moves his knight to f6.  Then on the second move White moves something else and Black returns his knight to g8.  After White's third move Black returns the knight to f6.  And Black continues playing like that for the next half dozen moves until the enemy is overextended.  Then we cut him off, surround his pieces, and destroy him."

VY     "Did your team try this approach last year?"

BB     "No, but I think Jim Hollingsworth from Texas must have because of his quick result against Alex Relyea in the first round.  It is a very strong defense.  I have never lost with it, except to the President of course."

VY     "This year the match is Wichita Falls and the organizers have provided a very large and distinctive trophy."

BB     "Is that where they hid our prize?  They stole it from us last year and we want it back!  Where is Wichiita Falls?"

VY     "It is located south of Lawton on the Texas side of the Red River.  So, it soulds like you have adopted Oklahoma as your new home."

BB     "Lawton?  Yes, Iraq and Oklahoma are very similar.  Both have plenty of warm weather, lots of outhouses, and winning chess teams."

VY     "So, do you have a prediction for this year's match?"

BB     "Prediction?  Yes, we will send the invaders packing back across the Red River!"

Editor's note (April 1, 2004):  With all due respect to our chess-playing friends up North and anyone who may have overlooked this article's publication date, we are looking forward to a great rematch in Wichita Falls on Sunday, April 25th.  The Wichita Falls Chess Club has generously donated a huge traveling trophy that the Texans are determined to keep on their side of the Red River.  Dr. Carl Latino will also demonstrate Chess Valet and he is trying to bring a few extra demonstration models for the players to test.  Good luck to all.  By the way, any player on either team who successfully wins with Baghdad Bob's Oklahoma Defense will get their entrance fee refunded."