RRSO XII

26 April 2014
Davis, Oklahoma

Oklahoma
(At Home)
8.5
9.5

Texas
(On Road)
Bd
Player
Pre
Post
Score
Pre
Post
Player
Pre Post
Pre Post
01
2184
2225
1.5
0.5
2214
2205
2184
2225
2214
2205
02
2113
2134
2.0
0.0
2107
2100
2113
2134
2107
2100
03
1864
1839
0.0
2.0
1908
1932
1864
1839
1908
1932
04
1800
1800
1.0
1.0
1800
1800
1800
1800
1800
1800
05
1788
1772
0.5
1.5
1785
1801
1788
1772
1785
1801
06
1680
1695
1.5
0.5
1661
1646
1680
1695
1661
1646
07
1489
1465
0.5
1.5
1444
1469
1489
1465
1444
1469
08
1341
1391
1.0
1.0
1405
1423
1341
1391
1405
1423
09
1379
1351
0.5
1.5
1318
1347
1379
1351
1318
1347

2014 Murray County Open

26 April 2014
Davis, Oklahoma

#
Player
St
Pre
Post
Rd01
Rd02
Rd03
Total
01
OK
1979
1994
W04
W02
W03
3.0
02
OK
1807
1799
W05
L01
W06
2.0
03
OK
1751
1753
W06
W04
L01
2.0
04
OK
1557
1548
L01
L03
W05
1.0
05
OK
1181
1176
L02
W06
L04
1.0
06
TX
0645
0641
L03
L05
L02
0.0

Jim Berry Invitational

26 April 2014
Davis, Oklahoma

#
Player
St
Pre
Post
Rd01
Rd02
Total
01
OK
1986
2006
W04
W03
2.0
02
TX
1988
1994
D03
W04
1.5
03
TX
1949
1939
D02
L01
0.5
04
TX
1853
1834
L01
L02
0.0

RRSO XII Photos

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RRSO XII Games

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Texas Rallies in First Half to Stun Oklahoma

By Victor Yaward
Chess Reporter

Webmaster's comments (August 18, 2016):  RRSO always attracts a lot of press and publicity.  This was published in the Oklahoma Chess Quarterly (Vol 31-3, July 2014, Summer Edition).  The author (in the photo) first made the chess scene in Lawton in the late 1970's.  For the local news media chess news wasn't news unless Victor Yaward was in the byline.  Some complain his writings about the RRSO series appear biased for Texas.  Others insist his reporting is fair and (mostly) balanced.  Whatever the case, his knack for transforming a mundane RRSO into a spectacular and epic event helps justify his title as "The Most Interesting Man in Chess."

     The defending Red River Champions Oklahoma Chess Team, in an exciting on-the-road match against the Texas Chess Team, failed to rally in the second half of RRSO XII and lost to the most fanatical chess players in Texas.  Oklahoma's top two boards, manned by Alex Zapata and Joshua Alexander, paced their teammates with an 87.5 percent win ratio against the strongest players Texas could muster.

     Aurelio Gonzalez, the most fanatical chess player in Texas (twelve straight RRSO's), led the Texas charge on Board 3.  His perfect 2-0 score over RRSO veteran Shaun Graham-Bowcaster enabled Texas to take a slim one-point lead and fostered Texan hopes for a possible rout.  Those dreams were quickly dashed as Oklahoma's players halted their opponent's momentum dead in its tracks.

     The teams drew the 2nd round and that enabled Texas to leave with the coveted and famous traveling trophy.  Oklahoma's players vowed to follow their Team Captain, Frank Berry, in his quest to to return the title and trophy to Oklahoman soil in RRSO XIII.

     As all serious chess players know, the "REAL" Red River Shootout is a series of annual team matches between the most fanatical chess players in Oklahoma and Texas.  On a Spring Day, usually in late April, chess players in both states make the journey and converge to the Treasure Valley Inn - Exit 55 off I-35 - Davis, OK.  The Entree fee is low, yet the stakes are high:  One "famous" Traveling Trophy and bragging rights for another year.  Interested Players should check the RRSO website and latest OCQ for future RRSO match details around the beginning of each year.  All players must be Oklahoma or Texas according to their current USCF address and have a USCF rating.