R O Mitchell was a friend of the club for many years.  His death notice appeared in the Commercial Appeal on June 20, 2007. Winner of the 1990 U.S. Junior Championship,  R.O.  was only 35 years old when he died.   Visit this site for more details.

The June 23rd memorial service for R O was held on campus of The University of Memphis in the Panhellenic Building.  There were many good stories and eulogies.  Opening remarks were given by his boss and best friend, Bonita Lyons.  The Memphis Chess Club (Allan Bogle, Jenny Duggan, Curt Jones, Ed Hamelrath, Charlie Durham, Marlon Mitchell, Patrick Coleman, Tony Maneclang, Gil Maneclang, Gary Pylant, Mike Sansom, Carlos Sims, and Jonathan Van Doren) showed several R O games.  Bogle and Sims told some good R O stories and had everyone laughing. Ralph Albanese speaking for the Spanish Department, gave R O credit for improving the tutoring process and helping students in many areas.  Maurice Williams did Special Music.  R O's roomates and friends, Matt Holladay and Nestor "Ito" Rodriguez, told some interesting stories.  His campus family, Venita Walker, Gerise Guy, and Bonita Lyons gave closing remarks. There was a Nigerian Blessing at the end by Chukwuemeka Iwueke. 

Special thanks go to Joe Matesich, Alecia Powell, and Ed Koshland for helping restore an old U of M website for the Mitchell - Pylant game!
Aaron Smith helped with setting up a slow laptop with the projector.
ChessTiger 14.0 graphics were colorful and clear, and everyone even the non-chessplayers enjoyed R O's endgame delights.

See Maurice Ashley (bottom of page) going over one of R O's games in 1989. 

Here are a few games.  Credit goes to Peter Lahde's "History of Tennessee Chess" for the two US Junior Open games (and the Curt Jones and Leonard Dickerson games) and to Daaim Shabazz, The Chess Drum, for the US Junior Closed game.  North American Open games are submitted by Carlos Sims.  Dwight Weaver, club historian, found the Nashville Championship Finals games.  Please, email your R O games to Gary Pylant.






























This page was last updated on: January 26, 2019
R O Mitchell (1971-2007)

Joseph Crump(1792) - R.O. Mitchell(2000)   1988  Nashville Championship Finals
A36: English: symmetrical variation

1. c4 c5 2. g3 Nc6 3. Bg2 g6 4. e3 Bg7 5. Ne2 e5 6. O-O Nge7 7. Nbc3 d6 8.
Rb1 O-O 9. a3 a5 10. b3 Rb8 11. d3 Be6 12. Bb2 d5 13. cxd5 Nxd5 14. Ne4 b6
15. Nd2 f5 16. e4 Nde7 17. exf5 gxf5 18. Nc4 b5 19. Ne3 f4 20. gxf4 exf4 21.
Bxg7 Kxg7 22. Bxc6 Nxc6 23. Nc2 Bh3 24. f3 Qg5+ 0-1

R.O. Mitchell(2000) - Andrew Mongin(1967)   1988  Nashville Championship Finals
A84: Dutch defense

1. d4 f5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nf3 d6 5. c4 c6 6. Nc3 Nh6 7. O-O O-O 8. b3
Nf7 9. Bb2 e5 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. Qxd8 Rxd8 12. Rfd1 Rxd1+ 13. Rxd1 Nd7 14.
Na4 b6 15. Ng5 e4 16. Nxf7 Kxf7 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Rd6 b5 19. Nb2 bxc4 20.
Nxc4 c5 21. Rc6 Nb6 22. Rxc5 Be6 23. Ne3 Kf6 24. f3 Re8 25. fxe4 fxe4 26.
Rc7 Ke5 27. Rxa7 Kd4 28. Nd1 Rc8 29. e3+ Kd3 30. Nf2+ Kxe3 31. Bxe4 Rc1+ 32.
Kg2 1-0

R.O. Mitchell(2000) - Morris Lewis(1900)   1988  Nashville Championship Finals
D90: Grünfeld: Three knights variation

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Qb3 Nb6 7. Bg5 O-O
8. Rd1 Be6 9. Qc2 c6 10. h3 Na6 11. e4 Nc7 12. Be2 Re8 13. O-O Qc8 14. Bf4
f6 15. Bg3 Bf7 16. Nh4 e6 17. Bd6 Qd8 18. e5 Ncd5 19. Nf3 Nc8 20. exf6 Nxd6
21. fxg7 Qf6 22. Ne4 Nxe4 23. Qxe4 Rad8 24. Qe5 Re7 25. Rd2 Red7 26. Rfd1
Kxg7 27. Qxf6+ Kxf6 28. a3 Rd6 29. Rc1 Nf4 30. Bf1 g5 31. Rc5 h6 32. b4 b6
33. Rc1 Bg6 34. g3 Be4 35. Nh2 Ng6 36. Bg2 Bxg2 37. Kxg2 h5 38. Rdc2 Ne7 39.
Nf3 Rd5 40. Ne5 c5 41. bxc5 bxc5 42. Rxc5 Rxd4 43. Nf3 Nd5 44. Nxd4 1-0

R.O. Mitchell(2208) - Curt Jones(2435)    1990 Memphis Championship
D86: Grünfeld: exchange, Simagin's improved variation

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 O-O
8. Ne2 Nc6 9. Bg5 Qd7 10. Qd2 b6 11. Bh6 Na5 12. Bd3 c5 13. Bxg7 Kxg7 14.
O-O Bb7 15. d5 c4 16. Bxc4 Nxc4 17. Qd4+ Kg8 18. Qxc4 Rfc8 19. Qd3 Qa4 20.
Rfd1 Ba6 21. Qe3 Bxe2 22. Qxe2 Rxc3 23. Rac1 Rac8 24. Rxc3 Rxc3 25. e5 Rc2
26. Qe1 Rxa2 27. d6 Qd7 28. Qc3 Qa4 29. Rc1 Qf4 30. Qe1 exd6 31. exd6 Rd2
32. g3 Qxd6 33. Rc8+ Kg7 34. Qe8 Rd1+ 35. Kg2 Qd5+ 36. Kh3 Qd7+ 37. Qxd7
Rxd7 38. Kg4 Rb7 39. Kf4 Rd7 40. Ke3 h5 41. f4 Rd5 42. Ke2 Rc5 43. Ra8 a5
44. Kd2 Rc4 45. Kd3 Rb4 46. Kc3 h4 47. Rc8 h3 48. Rc6 Rb1 49. Kd3 a4 50. Rc2
b5 51. Ra2 Rb3+ 0-1

R.O. Mitchell(2158) - Andrew Serotta(2300)    1990 US Junior Open Championship
D10: QGD Slav defense: exchange variation

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bf4 e6 6. e3 Bd6 7. Bxd6 Qxd6
8. f4 O-O 9. Bd3 Re8 10. Nf3 Nc6 11. O-O a6 12. Ne5 Ne7 13. Qf3 b5 14. Rac1
Ra7 15. Rc2 Bd7 16. g4 Rc8 17. g5 Ne4 18. Nxe4 dxe4 19. Rxc8+ Bxc8 20. Bxe4
Rc7 21. Bxh7+ Kf8 22. Qh5 Ng8 23. Bxg8 Kxg8 24. g6 fxg6 25. Nxg6 Bb7 26.
Qh8+ Kf7 27. Ne5+ Kf6 28. Qh4+ Kf5 29. Qg4+ Kf6 30. Qg5# 1-0

R.O. Mitchell(2158) - Bill Hall(2087)    1990 US Junior Open Championship
E24: Nimzo-Indian: Sämisch variation

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 Ne4 6. e3 b6 7. Qg4 Bb7 8.
Qxg7 Rf8 9. f3 Nf6 10. Qg5 Rg8 11. Qh4 d6 12. e4 Nbd7 13. Be3 Qe7 14. Qf2 d5
15. cxd5 exd5 16. e5 Nh5 17. Kd2 f5 18. f4 c5 19. Be2 Ng7 20. Nf3 Ne6 21.
Nh4 Qf7 22. Bd3 Nxe5 23. fxe5 f4 24. Bxf4 Qxf4+ 25. Qxf4 Nxf4 26. Bxh7 1-0

Bobby Seltzer(2267) - R.O. Mitchell(2208)   US Junior Closed Bloomington, IL (2), June 19, 1991
B36: Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, Gurgenidze variation

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Nxd4 7. Qxd4 d6
8. Bg5 Bg7 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O Be6 11. Rac1 Nd5 12. Qd2 Nxc3 13. bxc3 Rc8 14.
Rb1 Qd7 15. Rb4 Rc6 16. f4 Rfc8 17. f5 Bxc4 18. fxg6 hxg6 19. Bxc4 Rxc4 20.
Qd5 e6 21. Qxc4 Rxc4 22. Rxc4 b5 23. Rb4 a5 24. Rbb1 Bxc3 25. Rfd1 Qc6 26.
Rbc1 b4 27. e5 Qc5+ 28. Kh1 Qxe5 29. Bd8 Qf4 30. Rf1 Qc4 31. Bf6 e5 32. a3
Kf8 33. axb4 axb4 34. Rfd1 Qe6 35. Bg5 d5 36. Bh6+ Kg8 37. Bd2 d4 38. Bxc3
bxc3 39. Ra1 Qc4 40. Ra8+ Kg7 0-1

R.O. Mitchell(2199) - Leonard Dickerson(2147)  Tennessee Open, 1993
D31: QGD: semi-Slav

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nf3 Bd6 6. Bg5 Qb6 7. Qc2 Ne7 8.
Bxe7 Bxe7 9. e3 Nd7 10. Bd3 Nf6 11. Ne5 h6 12. O-O-O Be6 13. h3 Nd7 14. Nxd7
Bxd7 15. Bf5 Bxf5 16. Qxf5 Qc7 17. e4 dxe4 18. Rhe1 O-O 19. Rxe4 Rad8 20.
Rg4 Qd7 21. Qxd7 Rxd7 22. d5 cxd5 23. Nxd5 Rc8+ 24. Nc3 Bg5+ 25. f4 Rxd1+
26. Kxd1 f5 27. Rg3 Bxf4 28. Rd3 Bg5 29. Rd7 Rd8 30. Rxd8+ Bxd8 31. Nb5 Bf6
32. b3 g5 33. Nd6 f4 34. Nxb7 Be7 35. Ke2 Kf7 36. Kd3 Kg6 37. Ke4 Kh5 38.
Na5 Kh4 39. Kf3 h5 40. Nc6 Bd6 41. b4 g4+ 42. hxg4 hxg4+ 43. Kf2 Bc7 44. a4
Bb6+ 45. Kf1 Kg3 46. a5 Be3 1/2-1/2

R.O. Mitchell(2208) - Gary Pylant(1910)    First U of M Open    Oct 20, 1996
D10: QGD Slav defense

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 a6 7. Bd3 g6 8.
Nf3 Bg7 9. O-O O-O 10. Rc1 Bg4 11. h3 Bd7 12. a3 Rc8 13. b4 b5 14. Qb3 e6
15. a4 bxa4 16. Nxa4 Nh5 17. Bd6 Nxd4 18. exd4 Rxc1 19. Bxf8 Rxf1+ 20. Bxf1
Bxf8 21. Bxa6 Bxa4 22. Qxa4 Qb6 23. b5 Bg7 24. Qb4 Nf4 25. Qd2 Nh5 26. Qc3
Nf4 27. Qc8+ Bf8 28. Ne5 Ne2+ 29. Kh2 Qxd4 30. Nd7 Qf4+ 31. Kh1 Qb4 32.
Qxf8+ Qxf8 33. Nxf8 Kxf8 34. b6 Nd4 35. Bb5 1-0

Arun Vishnuvardhan(2192) - R.O. Mitchell(2189)   North American Open 2005
E49: Nimzo-Indian: Sämisch variation

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 c5 7. Bd3 d5 8.
cxd5 exd5 9. Ne2 b6 10. Ng3 Ba6 11. O-O Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Qc8 13. f3 Qa6 14. Qd2
Re8 15. Bb2 Nc6 16. Rae1 Na5 17. e4 Nc4 18. Qf2 Qb5 19. Rb1 Qb3 20. e5 Nd7
21. f4 Nxa3 22. Bxa3 Qxa3 23. Qd2 Rec8 24. f5 cxd4 25. cxd4 Qc3 26. Qf4 Rc4
27. Rbd1 Kh8 28. Nh5 f6 29. Rfe1 Nxe5 30. Rxe5 fxe5 31. Qxe5 Rc7 32. f6 Rg8
33. Rf1 gxf6 34. Rxf6 0-1

Vladimir Tkatchouk(2107) - R.O. Mitchell(2192)     North American Open 2005
B34: Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Be3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Bg7 7. c3 O-O 8.
h3 d5 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. e5 Ne4 11. f4 Ng3 12. Rg1 Bf5 13. Kf2 Bxd3 14. Kxg3
Ba6 15. Nd2 f6 16. exf6 Rxf6 17. Kh2 Qd6 18. Nf3 Raf8 19. g3 g5 20. Nxg5 e5
21. Qc2 e4 22. h4 c5 23. Qf2 Rc8 24. Rad1 Bd3 25. a3 d4 26. Bc1 Qd5 27. Qg2
dxc3 28. bxc3 h6 29. Nh3 Qc4 30. Nf2 Re8 31. Rge1 Be2 32. Rd7 Bf3 33. Qg1
Rf7 34. Rxf7 Kxf7 35. Be3 Rb8 36. Rb1 Rb6 37. Rxb6 axb6 38. Qc1 Qxc3 39. Bd2
Qxc1 40. Bxc1 Bd4 41. Nh3 e3 42. Ng1 Bg4 43. Kg2 e2 44. Bd2 c4 0-1

Airapetian Chouchanik(2162) - R.O. Mitchell(2192)     North American Open 2005
B36: Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, Gurgenidze variation

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Nxd4 7. Qxd4 d6
8. Be2 Bg7 9. Bg5 O-O 10. Qd2 Be6 11. Rc1 Qa5 12. O-O Rfc8 13. Nd5 Qxd2 14.
Bxd2 Bxd5 15. exd5 Ne4 16. Be3 Bxb2 17. Rb1 Bf6 18. Rxb7 Nc3 19. Bd3 Nxa2
20. Bxa7 Nb4 21. Be2 Na6 22. Be3 Kg7 23. Rc1 Nc5 24. Rb5 Ra2 25. Kf1 Bb2 26.
Rb1 Bf6 27. Rc1 Ne4 28. Bd3 Nc5 29. Be2 Rca8 30. Bxc5 dxc5 31. Rxc5 Rd2 32.
Rd1 Rc2 33. Bd3 Rxf2+ 34. Kxf2 Bd4+ 35. Kf3 Bxc5 36. Rb1 Ra3 37. Ke2 Ra2+
38. Kd1 Rxg2 39. Rb5 Be3 40. Bf1 Rxh2 41. Ke1 Rc2 42. Bd3 Rc3 43. Ke2 Bd4
44. Kd2 h5 45. d6 exd6 46. Rb7 Ra3 47. Rd7 Bc5 48. Rc7 Ra2+ 49. Ke1 h4 50.
Be4 h3 51. Bd5 Ra7 52. Rxa7 Bxa7 53. Ke2 f5 54. Kf3 g5 55. Bc6 Kf6 56. Bd7
Bd4 57. Bc8 g4+ 58. Kg3 Kg5 59. Be6 f4+ 60. Kh2 Kh4 0-1

R.O. Mitchell(2208) - Dewey Maynard (2098)    North American Open 2005
E43: Nimzo-Indian: Fischer variation

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 b6 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Bb7 7. f3 d6 8.
Bd3 O-O 9. Ne2 Nc6 10. O-O Na5 11. Ng3 c5 12. dxc5 dxc5 13. Qe2 Qd7 14. Rd1
Qa4 15. e4 h6 16. e5 Nd7 17. Bc2 Qc6 18. Qd3 Rfd8 19. Qh7+ Kf8 20. Qh8+ Ke7
21. Qxg7 Rg8 22. Qxh6 Nxe5 23. Bg5+ Rxg5 24. Qxg5+ f6 25. Qg7+ Nf7 26. Ne4
Nxc4 27. Qxf6+ Kf8 28. Ng5 Ne5 29. Bg6 1-0

R.O.Mitchell(2156) - Sanford Merrill(1215)   John Hurt Memorial 3  June 24, 2006
D31: QGD: semi-Slav, Marshall gambit

1. d4 d5 2. e4 c6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. e5 c5 6. a3 cxd4 7. axb4 dxc3 8.
bxc3 Qc7 9. f4 dxc4 10. Qg4 g6 11. Nf3 Nh6 12. Qh3 Nf5 13. Ng5 h5 14. Ne4
Nd7 15. g4 Qc6 16. Bg2 Qb6 17. gxf5 exf5 18. Be3 Qc7 19. Nd6+ Kf8 20. Bd5
Rh7 21. Rg1 Nb6 22. Bxf7 Rxf7 23. Rxg6 Nd5 24. Qxh5 Rh7 25. Qg5 Ne7 26. Qf6+ 1-0

R.O. Mitchell(2161) - Greg Turner(1816) Memphis Chess Classic Open,  October 14, 2006
A34: English: symmetrical variation

1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. e4 d6 6. Nge2 Nbd7 7. O-O O-O 8.
h3 a6 9. d3 Ne8 10. a4 Nc7 11. Rb1 Rb8 12. b4 b6 13. d4 Bb7 14. Be3 cxb4 15.
Rxb4 a5 16. Rb3 Ba6 17. Nb5 Nxb5 18. cxb5 Bb7 19. Rc3 Rc8 20. Rxc8 Qxc8 21.
Qd3 Qa8 22. Rc1 Rc8 23. Rxc8+ Qxc8 24. Qc3 Qxc3 25. Nxc3 e6 26. Kf1 f5 27.
f3 Kf7 28. Ke2 d5 29. exd5 Bxd5 30. Nxd5 exd5 31. Kd3 Ke6 32. h4 Bf8 33. Bh3
Be7 34. Bf4 Bd8 35. Ke3 h5 36. Bh6 Be7 37. Bf4 Ba3 38. Kd3 Bb4 39. Bc7 Be7
40. Ke3 Bf6 41. Kd3 Be7 42. Ke3 Ba3 43. Kd2 Bb2 44. Kd3 Bc1 45. Bf1 g5 46.
hxg5 Bxg5 47. Bh3 h4 48. f4 Be7 49. g4 Bd6 50. gxf5+ Ke7 51. f6+ Nxf6 52.
Bxb6 Bxf4 53. Bxa5 Ne4 1-0

R.O. Mitchell(2143) - Carlos Sims(1930)   Clash of the Titans,  March 17, 2007
A52: Budapest: Rubinstein variation

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 Bb4+ 5. Nc3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Nc6 7. Nf3
Qe7 8. Qd5 f6 9. exf6 Nxf6 10. Qd3 d6 11. e3 O-O 12. Be2 g6 13. Nd4 Ne5 14.
Qc2 Be6 15. Bxe5 dxe5 16. Nxe6 Qxe6 17. O-O c5 18. Rad1 Rad8 19. h3 b6 20.
Rxd8 Rxd8 21. Rd1 Rxd1+ 22. Qxd1 e4 23. Qd8+ Kf7 24. Qc7+ Qd7 25. Qxd7+ Nxd7
26. f4 Ke6 27. g4 Nf6 28. Kf2 Ne8 29. Kg3 Nd6  1/2-1/2