". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Phillip, reporting the latest from Denker:

We are now 2 hrs, 45 minutes into the game and so boards are starting to finish. It looks, though, like Trevor and his opponent will be using most of their clocks: the board is fairly even, with plenty of material (pieces) left on the board. Trevor has a slight advantage: he's "up" a pawn (i.e. he has one more pawn on the board right now than his opponent, Spencer Bledsoe). But Trevor has one set of pawns "doubled" (on the same file), so that advantage is somewhat negated. Bledsoe has more maneuverablility on the board (more territory), but Trevor has more authority over the center files of the board, with both rooks & queen in good positions for coordinated attacks sure to come. So it appears that Trevor has yielded some territory on the board for the sake of optimizing his forces. Most auspiciously for Trevor: he is ahead on time (interpolation from Trevor's mom: this is SO rare). Trevor still has 27 minutes on his clock. Bledsoe is down to 14. (N.B. Players get 30 second "increments" added to their clock every time they make a move, so the game may continue considerably longer than the 41 minutes currently allotted.)

The next hour is going to be very interesting.

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