RRSO VIII

18 April 2010
Davis, Oklahoma

Oklahoma
(On Road)
22.0
38.0

Texas
(At Home)
Bd
Player
Pre
Post
Score
Pre
Post
Player
Pre Post
Pre Post
01
2262
2267
2.0
0.0
2262
2267
2089
2111
2268
2253
02
2146
2138
0.5
1.5
2222
2227
2146
2138
2222
2227
03
2261
2264
0.0
2.0
2212
2229
2261
2264
2212
2229
04
2174
2167
0.5
1.5
2200
2207
2174
2167
2200
2207
05
1966
1964
0.5
1.5
1966
1964
1966
1964
2118
2120
06
1937
1970
1.0
1.0
2104
2098
1937
1970
2104
2098
07
1995
2009
1.5
0.5
2103
2090
1995
2009
2103
2090
08
2203
2181
0.5
1.5
2100
2112
2203
2181
2100
2112
09
2125
2123
1.0
1.0
2094
2096
2125
2123
2094
2096
10
1933
1939
1.0
1.0
2039
2034
1933
1939
2039
2034
11
1923
1929
1.0
1.0
2028
2023
1923
1929
2028
2023
12
1881
1886
1.0
1.0
1957
1953
1881
1886
1957
1953
13
1894
1908
1.5
0.5
1950
1937
1894
1908
1950
1937
14
1870
1874
1.0
1.0
1938
1934
1870
1874
1938
1934
15
1845
1826
0.0
2.0
1891
1909
1845
1826
1891
1909
16
1802
1800
0.5
1.5
1882
1888
1802
1800
1882
1888
17
1863
1842
0.0
2.0
1868
1889
1863
1842
1868
1889
18
1800
1800
0.5
1.5
1830
1839
1800
1800
1830
1839
19
1800
1800
0.5
1.5
1826
1836
1800
1800
1826
1836
20
1746
1763
1.5
0.5
1804
1800
1746
1763
1804
1800
21
1690
1677
0.0
2.0
1732
1754
1690
1677
1732
1754
22
1664
1670
1.0
1.0
1730
1725
1664
1670
1730
1725
23
1605
1583
0.0
2.0
1700
1719
1605
1583
1700
1719
24
1603
1624
1.5
0.5
1672
1653

1603

1624

1672
1653
25
1603
1587
0.5
1.5
1583
1600
1603
1587
1583
1600
26
1541
1558
1.5
0.5
1553
1536
1541
1558
1553
1536
27
1502
1503
1.0
1.0
1508
1507
1502
1503
1508
1507
28
1266
1239
0.0
2.0
1391
1415
1266
1239
1391
1415
29
1162
1141
0.0
2.0
1369
1387
1162
1141
1369
1387
30
1456
1426
0.5
1.5
1311
1346
1456
1426
1311
1346

RRSO VIII Photos

Actual image used to advertise the eighth annual team chess match between the most fanatical chess players in Oklahoma and Texas - Designed by the artist Elizabeth Girard - Features a red knight in the center of a black and white chess board with a hand wearing a colorful boxing glove holding and stretching each corner - To the left of the knight in the center is a colorful box with the words Number Two Ranked Oklahoma Chess Team inside - To the right of the knight in the center is a second colorful box with the words Number One Ranked Texas Chess Team - Centered at the top of the image and above the stretched chess board are the words THRILLER IN DAVIS OKLAHOMA April sixteenth 2010 - Centered at the bottom of the image and below the stretched chess board are the words RED RIVER SHOOTOUT and Roman Numerals VIII
Designed by E. Girard

Actual graphic image used to advertise RRSO VIII.  Designed by the artist Elizabeth Girard.  She is the daughter of RRSO Co-Founder Jim Hollingsworth and was an accomplished chess player by age 7.  He used to take her with him to small chess tournaments at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  She beat a lot of Soldiers at the Caisson and Cannon recreation centers - often in only four moves.  Her two sons, Alex and Mason, had no choice but to learn to play chess.

She would probably play RRSO chess, but lives in another state.

Photo of USCF Original Life Chess Master Tom Braunlich, National Chess Master D La Pierre Ballard and strong Class A chess player Odell Hall (deceased)
The Three RRSO Amigos
USCF Original Life Chess Master Tom Braunlich
National Chess Master D La Pierre Ballard
Odell Hall (deceased - seated)

Three Oklahoma Chess Stars enjoyed a brief recess from the RRSO action and enabled what is probably the most recognizable photo in OCF History.  USCF Original Life Chess Master Tom Braunlich (standing left) has won three Oklahoma State Chess Champion titles (2006, 2009 and 2011).  He has also been Chief Director of 39 USCF rated tournaments (since 1991) and organized or helped organize numerous chess tournaments throughout Oklahoma.

RRSO VIII was the first rated event for National Chess Master D La Pierre Ballard (standing right) in many years.  Because USCF's online records only go back to 1991 he was assigned a 2100 rating for pairing purposes.  During his younger years, there was ample time for National Master Ballard to build and improve his chess skills.  Along the way he won three Oklahoma State Chess Champion titles (1964, 1966 and 1971) and defeated World Champion Bobby Fischer in a simul.  After all that, Life caught up with him.  Raising a family and building a successful career had priority.  He became a Whatever happened to ___? trivia question for Oklahoma chess historians.  RRSO VIII was a long overdue and welcome homecoming for National Master Ballard.  After RRSO VIII Frank Berry, Rob Jones, and Jim Hollingsworth pooled their knowledge and resources (including a 40 year plus collection of Chess Life magazines to determine his correct status and rating.

Over a thirteen year period (1997 to 2010) Odell Hall (deceased and sitting in this photo) played 1n 126 rated chess events throughout Oklahoma.  He was a strong Class A player and, based on his early rated achievements, was a strong chess player before he ever heard of USCF.  In early 2007 he accomplished a feat all chess players dream of but few achieve; victory over a chess master in a rated tournament.

Photo by Mike Tubbs

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