April Tornado
Game in 45: Tornado Speed!
Charles Herber wins! His win over Pylant was fantastic, even though Black did help him with a help-mate lurking in the final position.
Herbers-Pylant April 14 2000
[Opening "Scotch: Pulling counter-attack"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Qh4 5. Nxc6 ?

5. Nb5 or 5. Nc3 are better.

5. ...Qxe4+ 6. Be2 Qxc6??

A gross blunder 6...dxc6 was better.

7. O-O Nf6 8. Nc3 Bc5 9. Bb5 Qd6? 10. Re1+ Kf8 11. Qe2 a6 12. Bc4 b5? 13. Ne4! Qe7 14.Nxf6 gxf6 15. Bh6+ Ke8 16. Qf3 Rb8 17. Qxf6! 1-0 [Pylant]
Where did the Tornado get its name?
In the early 70's, faster time controls did not involve the sudden death feature.  The first time control was something like 40 moves in one hour, then followed by 30 moves in 30 minutes.

Most games were over by the first control.
Games which reached the second control became a race with time to see whose time would run out first.  The old school of chessplayers hated blitz chess of any sort and the Tornadoes caused them to stay home or play casual games all night long to avoid losing rating points.
Game from April 07 2000
Bogle-Schoumacher
[Opening "Bird's opening"]
[ECO "A03"]


1. f4 d5 2. b3 Nf6 3. Nf3 c5 4. e3 Bg4 5. Bb2 Nbd7 6. Bb5 a6 7. Bxd7+ Nxd7 8. d3 e6 9. Nbd2 Nf6 10. h3 Bxf3 11. Nxf3 Qa5+ 12. Qd2 Qxd2+ 13. Nxd2 Bd6 14. Kf2 b5 15. e4 Bxf4 16. Bxf6 gxf6 17. Nf3 dxe4 18. dxe4 Rd8 19. Rhd1 Rxd1 20. Rxd1 Ke7 21. g3 Bc7 22. Ne1 Be5 23. Nd3 Bd4+ 24. Kf3 Rg8 25. c3 Bxc3 26.Nxc5 Rd8 27. Rxd8 Kxd8 28. Nxa6 Kd7 29. Nc5+ Kd6 30. Nd3 f5 31. exf5 e5 32.Ke4 b4 33. g4 f6 34. h4 h6 35. Nc1 Be1 36. h5 Bd2 37. Ne2 Kc5 38. Ng3 Bf4 39. Nh1 Bd2 40. Nf2 Bg5 41. Nd3+ Kb5 42. Nb2 Kc6 43. Nc4 Kc5 44. Na5 Kb6 45. Nc4+ Kc5 46. Nb2 Kc6 47. Nd3 Kb5 48. Kd5 Be3 49. Nb2 Bc1 50. Nc4 Bg5 51.Nd6+ Kb6 52. Ne4 Bh4 53. Nd6 Bg5 54. Kc4 Ka5 55. Ne4 Bh4 56. Nd6 Bg5 57.Nb7+ Kb6 58. Nd6 Ka5 59. Ne4 Bh4 60. Kc5 Be1 61. Nxf6 Bh4 62. Ne4 Be7+ 63.Kd5 Kb6 64. f6 Bf8 65. Kxe5 Kc6 66. Ke6 Kc7 67. f7 Kc6 68. Nf6 Kc7 69. Nh7 Bc5 70. f8=Q Bxf8 71. Nxf8 1-0
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April Tornado -- Will it Ever be Spring?                     Cross Table, Page 1



  No. Gr    Name(Team)                  Rate Rd 1  Rd 2  Rd 3  Rd 4  Score



   1.    Charles Herbers (1)........... 1994 D12   W13   W16   W8      3.5

   2.    E Ron Kelley (3).............. 1750 W13   W5    -H-   -H-     3.0

   3.    Ravichandar Namasivayam (4)... 1617 W9    W11   L6    W14     3.0

   4.    Greg Krog (5)................. 1579 W19   -H-   D8    W11     3.0

   5.    Elian Levatino (8)............ 1511 W26   L2    W21   W15     3.0

   6.    Dr Robert Schoumacher (6)..... 1559 W22   L8    W3    D9      2.5

   7.    Kenneth Howell (7)............ 1552 -H-   -H-   -H-   W17     2.5

   8.    Allan Bogle (10).............. 1422 W23   W6    D4    L1      2.5

   9.    Satoru Inoue (15)............. 1122 L3    W15   W10   D6      2.5

  10.    Jeff Bulington (9)............ 1487 -H-   -H-   L9    W21     2.0

  11.    Charles McField (11).......... 1307 W25   L3    W23   L4      2.0

  12.  5 Danny Gholson (12)............ 1241 D1    D24   -H-   -H-     2.0

  13.    Michael Sansom (13)........... 1230 L2    L1    W22   W23     2.0

  14.    Marshall Young (17)........... 1107 -H-   -H-   W20   L3      2.0

  15.    Farai Pasipanodya (25)........ nnnn W24   L9    W18   L5      2.0

  16.    Gary Pylant (2)............... 1859 -H-   -H-   L1    -H-     1.5

  17.    Will Pierce (19)..............  836 -H-   -H-   -H-   L7      1.5

  18.    Courtney Gardner (20).........  834 -H-   -H-   L15   D22     1.5

  19.    Louis Mahe Ghawji (21)........  714 L4    D22   -H-   -H-     1.5

  20.    Yuriy Brodskiy (22)...........  642 -H-   -H-   L14   -H-     1.5

  21.    John Watson (14).............. 1129 -H-   -H-   L5    L10     1.0

  22.    Doug Golonka (24)............. nnnn L6    D19   L13   D18     1.0

  23.    Jason Spires (26)............. nnnn L8    W25   L11   L13     1.0

  24.    Billy Moran (16).............. 1114 L15   D12   -U-   -N-     0.5

  25.    Navid Nia (23)................  356 L11   L23   -U-   -H-     0.5

  26.    Michael Belanger (18).........  947 L5    -N-   -N-   -N-     0.0





April Tornado -- Will it Ever be Spring?                       Standings, Page 1



Place            Name/Team             Rate Score  MMed   Solk   Cum   CumOp

    1 Charles Herbers (1)              1994   3.5    6.5    8.0    8.0   17.5

    2 Ravichandar Namasivayam (4)      1617   3.0    7.0    9.0    8.0   22.5

    3 Elian Levatino (8)               1511   3.0    6.5    7.5    7.0   16.0

    4 Greg Krog (5)                    1579   3.0    6.0    6.0    7.0   16.0

    5 E Ron Kelley (3)                 1750   3.0    5.0    5.0    7.5   10.0

    6 Allan Bogle (10)                 1422   2.5    9.0   10.0    8.0   24.5

    7 Dr Robert Schoumacher (6)        1559   2.5    8.0    9.0    6.5   23.5

    8 Satoru Inoue (15)                1122   2.5    7.5    9.5    5.5   24.0

    9 Kenneth Howell (7)               1552   2.5    1.5    1.5    4.0    3.0

   10 Farai Pasipanodya (25)           nnnn   2.0    4.0    8.5    6.0   17.0

   11 Michael Sansom (13)              1230   2.0    4.0    8.5    3.0   20.5

   12 Charles McField (11)             1307   2.0    4.0    8.0    6.0   18.0

   13 Danny Gholson (12)               1241   2.0    1.5    5.0    4.0    9.5

   14 Marshall Young (17)              1107   2.0    1.5    4.5    4.5   10.5

   15 Jeff Bulington (9)               1487   2.0    1.0    3.5    3.5    8.0

   16 Louis Mahe Ghawji (21)            714   1.5    1.0    4.0    2.0    9.0

   17 Courtney Gardner (20)             834   1.5    1.0    3.0    3.0    8.0

   18 Gary Pylant (2)                  1859   1.5    0.0    3.5    2.5    8.0

   19 Will Pierce (19)                  836   1.5    0.0    2.5    3.0    4.0

   20 Yuriy Brodskiy (22)               642   1.5    0.0    2.0    2.5    4.5

   21 Jason Spires (26)                nnnn   1.0    5.0    7.5    3.0   17.0

   22 Doug Golonka (24)                nnnn   1.0    5.0    7.5    2.0   14.5

   23 John Watson (14)                 1129   1.0    2.0    5.0    2.5   10.5

   24 Billy Moran (16)                 1114   0.5    2.0    4.0    1.5   10.0

   25 Navid Nia (23)                    356   0.5    1.0    3.0    0.0    9.0

   26 Michael Belanger (18)             947   0.0    0.0    3.0    0.0    7.0










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