RRSO XV

29 April 2017
Davis, Oklahoma

Oklahoma
(At Home)
15.0
13.0

Texas
(On Road)
Bd
Player
Pre
Post
Score
Pre
Post
Player
Pre Post
Pre Post
01
2071
2048
0.0
2.0
1986
2017
2071
2048
1986
2017
02
1959
1943
0.5
1.5
1911
1928
1959
1953
1911
1928
03
1926
1949
2.0
0.0
1890
1866
1926
1949
1890
1866
04
1905
1930
2.0
0.0
1888
1862
1905
1930
1888
1862
05
1891
1888
1.0
1.0
1850
1853
1891
1888
1850
1853
06
1839
1866
2.0
0.0
1819
1800
1839
1866
1819
1800
07
1800
1814
1.5
0.5
1791
1777
1800
1814
1791
1777
08
1641
1655
1.0
1.0
1788
1776
1641
1655
1788
1776
09
1534
1539
0.5
1.5
1788
1784
1534
1539
1788
1784
10
1536
1553
1.0
1.0
1700
1700
1536
1553
1700
1700
11
1500
1516
1.0
1.0
1649
1645
1500
1516
1649
1645
12
1500
1514
1.0
1.0
1634
1622
1500
1514
1634
1622
13
1365
1413
1.5
0.5
1607
1567
1365
1413
1607
1567
14
1183
1170
0.0
2.0
1523
1533
1183
1170
1523
1533

2017 Murray County Open

29 April 2017
Davis, Oklahoma

#
Player
St
Pre
Post
Rd01
Rd02
Total
01
TX
1450
1461
W04
D03
1.5
02
TX
1408
1357
L05
L06
0.0
03
OK
1409
1435
W06
D01
1.5
04
TX
1300
1285
L01
U
0.0
05
OK
1293
1324
W02
U
1.0
06
TX
0000
1392
P02
L03
W02
1.0

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RRSO XV Games

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Source:  Frank Kim Berry's OKIE Database

Three-PEAT!

Oklahoma Whips Texas, 15-13, in Annual Team Match
By Jim Hollingsworth, Chief TD

     (Davis, OK.  29 April 2017).  Defending World and Red River Champion, the Oklahoma Chess Team, beat Texas, 15-13, in the 15th Red River Shootout (RRSO XV), the annual team match between the most fanatical chess players in both states.  This was Joe Dean Veal’s first victory as the new Oklahoma Chess Team Captain.

2017 OKLAHOMA CHESS TEAM PHOTO

     The home team, Oklahoma, quickly charged ahead by 4 points.  However, Texas, playing with the white pieces, roared back to tie at 6 to 6.  Then Oklahoma scored for a 7 to 6 lead.  Returning Texan Carmen Chairez and Oklahoma legend Bruce Wells, in what has to be the longest game in RRSO history, battled to a draw.  That gave the Okies a 7-1/2 to 6-1/2 halftime lead.

     Early in the second half, Texas surged past Oklahoma for a 9-1/2 to 7-1/2, two point lead.  Things were looking good for the Texans and the hotel staff started chilling champagne in the Texas locker room.  But, the Okies battled back to tie at 10-1/2 to 10-1/2.  From there it was a see-saw battle until everything was knotted at 13-All.  Under match rules, Oklahoma only needed 14 points to tie, retain the title, and win the new Frank Kim Berry RRSO Trophy.  Finally, that epic 14th point for Oklahoma came, thanks to Carl Latino’s powerful endgame finish, on Board 6.

CARMEN CHAIREZ 1/2 - BRUCE WELLS 1/2

     Tarrant County Chess Club (TCCC) President Tom Crane walked over and congratulated Oklahoma Chess Foundation (OCF) President Jim Berry and Oklahoma Chess Team Captain Joe Dean Veal.  Then, all quickly gathered around Board 4 and watched the final contest.  About five minutes later, Wayne Hatcher won a nail biter over Texas legend Aurelio Gonzales for Oklahoma’s final point.

     All participants gave a moment of silence to remember the late Frank Kim Berry, who directed and played in thirteen of the fifteen RRSO’s.  In honor of his memory, the new Frank Kim Berry RRSO Trophy was also unveiled (far right in the photo).  The trophy’s cost was fully covered by generous contributions from several players:  Mike Tubbs, Phil Stegall, Carmen Chairez, Tom Nichols, Omar Montemayor, Russ Heise, Carl Latino, and Tom Crane.  (Photo by Danny Dunn).

PHOTO OF THE NEW FRANK KIM BERRY RRSO TROPHY

PHOTO OF CARL LATINO     Three Oklahoma standouts, Logan Zachary and Chess Experts Carl Latino and Wayne Hatcher, "aced" their Texas opponents with 2-0 sweeps.  Texans Azzama Bochenkova and Tom Crane also achieved 2-0 "Ace" honors.

     The FIDE Connection:  After the match, chess analyst Victor Yaward said he felt Texas should have won and theorized why that didn’t happen.  “Texas went into this match with an 84-point average ratings advantage.  This was especially huge on the bottom seven boards (204 average ratings point surplus).  Texas won those boards by a combined 8 to 6 score.”

     “The top seven boards, however,” Victor Yaward went on to explain, “… featured an Oklahoma team with extensive international experience.  Five of the top seven Okies have FIDE ratings.  Three of them scored 2-0 sweeps (Boards 3, 4 and 6). The Okies overwhelmed the Texans, on those seven boards, by a combined 9 to 5 score.  This made all the difference in the world for RRSO XV.  I think this all reflects well on the Oklahoma Chess Foundation because of the large number of FIDE tournaments they sponsor.”

     Jim Hollingsworth directed this historic event.  He was capably assisted by two Oklahoma experts:  Jim Berry and Joe Dean Veal.  He was also assisted by Texans Tom Crane and Chris Wood.  Texan Adam Hart was Sergeant at Arms.  Another Oklahoma expert, Mike Tubbs, was the official RRSO Scribe.  Three Texans contributed some exemplary photos:  Danny and Alex Horvath, and Tom Crane.  Some of their photos are included in this article.

     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.  Texas leads the series 9 to 6, but mighty Oklahoma keeps the title and bragging rights for one more year.  Next year's match is already scheduled for April 21, 2018, in Davis, Oklahoma.  Recruiting season starts next January.  More information will be available on the OCF website, the RRSO website and in outstanding chess publications such as "Texas Knights" and the "Oklahoma Chess Monthly."