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13th USCCC Final - Diary of Mark Morss

Following are the ongoing USA Championship (13th USCCC Final) games of USCF Senior Master Mark Morss. Also see the 13th USCCC Final Crosstable and read the Mark Morss Introduction.
Mark has finished twelve games. His current score is 9-3. Update: final score 10-3.
13th USCCC Opponent Menu (finished games)
Bacon* | Brandhorst* | Burris* | Gach* | Good* | Koppersmith*
Martinec* | Potter* | Schakel* | Shea* | Smith* | Thompson*
13th USCCC Opponent Menu (unfinished games)
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White: Houser, Ted (2414)
Black: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.Nf3 f5 2.d4 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.Bg2 O-O 6.Nc3 d6 7.O-O Qe8 8.d5 Na6 9.Nd4 Bd7 10.Rb1 c6 11.b3 Nc7 12.Bb2 c5 13.Nc2 g5 14.e3 f4 15.exf4 gxf4 16.Ne2 Nh5 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Qd2 Qg6 19.Bf3 e5 20.dxe6 Nxe6 21.Qxd6 Rad8 22.Qe5+ Nf6 23.Na3 Ng5 24.Bxb7 Nh3+  25.Kh1 Rfe8 26.Qb2 Bf5 27.Nxf4 Nxf4 28.gxf4 Kf7 29.Rbe1 Bh3 30.Rxe8 Rxe8 31.f5 Qxf5 32.Qb1 Qf4 33.Qc1 Qb8 34.Bf3 Bxf1 35.Qxf1 Qb4 36.Nc2 Qd2 37.Ne3 Qxa2 38.Qd1 Qxf2 39. Bh5+ Nxh5+ 40. Qxh5+ Kf8 41.Qxc5+ Re7 42.Qf5+ Qxf5 43.Nxf5 Re2 44.Nd4 Ra2 45.b4 remaining moves unavailable. Final result: 0-1
Last Updated: 2014.03.11

After 44. Nd4
Final result 0-1

Finished Games

White: Bacon, Joseph (2366)
Black: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Nd5 Nxe4 6.Qe2 Nf6 7.d4 Bxd4 8.Bg5 d6 9.c3 Bb6 10.Nd2 Bg4 11.Qd3 Nb8 12.Qg3 h5 13.h3 Be6 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Qg7 Kd7 16.Ne4 Qf8 17.Qxf8 Rxf8 18.Nexf6+ Kd8 19.Nxh5 Bxd5 20.Bxd5 c6 21.Be4 f5 22.Bc2 f4 23.g3 fxg3 24.fxg3 Nd7 25.O-O-O d5 26.g4 Kc7  27.Bf5 e4 28.Rhe1 Ne5 29.Nf4 Rf6  30.Re2 Nc4 31.Rxd5 Be3+ 32.Kc2 Bxf4 33.Rd7+ Kb6 34.Rxe4 Ne3+ 35.Kd3 Nxf5 36.Rb4+ Ka5 37.Rxf4 Rd6+ 38.Rxd6 Nxd6 39.h4 Kb6 40.g5 Rg8 41.Rg4 Kc7 42.g6 ½-½
Last Updated: 2000.09.20

After 42. g6 ½-½

White: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
Black: Brandhorst, Wesley (2432)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.O-O dxc4 7.Qc2 a6 8.a4 Bd7 9.Qxc4 Bc6 10.Bg5 Nbd7 11.Nc3 h6 12.Bxf6 Nxf6 13.b4 Bd5 14.Nxd5 exd5 15.Qb3 Ne4 16.Rfc1 c6 17.e3 Bd6 18.Rab1 Re8 19.Rc2 Qe7 20.Ne1 Reb8 21.Nd3 Kh8 22.Nc5 f5 23.Nd3 h5 24.f4 1/2-1/2
Last Updated: 2000.05.18

After 24. f4 ½-½

White: Burris, David E. (2419)
Black: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nxe5 dxe4 7.Nxc6 Qg5 8.Qe2 Nf6 9.f4 Qxf4 10.Ne5+ c6 11.d4 Qh4+ 12.g3 Qh3 13.Bc4 Be6 14.Bg5 O-O-O 15.O-O-O Bd6 16.Bxe6+ Qxe6 17.Qc4 Rhe8 18.Qxe6 Rxe6 19.Nf7 Rd7 20.Nxd6+ Rexd6 21.c3 h6  22.Bxf6 Rxf6  23.Rde1 Rf2 24.Rxe4 Rg2 25.Ree1 c5 ½-½
Last Updated: 2000.08.21

After 25. … c5 ½-½

White: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
Black: Gach, Andrew (2364)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.f3 e6 6.e4 exd5 7.e5 Qe7 8.Qe2 Ng8 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.Nh3 Qd8 11.Nf4 d4 12.Ne4 Qa5+ 13.Bd2 Qxb5 14.Qxb5 axb5 15.Bxb5 Bc6 16.Bd3 d5 17.exd6 Nd7 18.b4 Bxe4 19.Bxe4 Ra7 20.bxc5 Nxc5 21.Bc6+ Kd8 22.O-O Bxd6 23.Rfb1 Ne7 24.Bb5 Ng6 25.Nd5 Ne7 26.Nb4 Kc7 27.a4 Rb8 28.Bg5 f6 29.Bh4 Rba8 30.Rc1 Kb6 31.Rab1 Bf4 32.Rc2 Rc7 33.Bf2 Be3 34.Bxe3 dxe3 35.Re2 Nxa4 36.Bxa4 1-0
Last Updated: 2000.11.21

After 36.Bxa4 1-0

White: Good, Gary (2367)
Black: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3 dxc3 5.Bc4 cxb2 6.Bxb2 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Qc2 d6 9.O-O-O O-O 10.e5 Ng4 11.Nd5 Bc5 12.exd6 cxd6 13.h4 Nce5 14.Ng5 g6 15.Ne4 Bf5 16.Bxe5 Nxe5 17.h5 Rc8 18.hxg6 Ba3+ 19.Kb1 Bxe4 20.Qxe4 Rxc4 21.Qe3 fxg6 22.Qxa3 Rxf2 23.Qxa7 Qf8 24.Ne7+ Qxe7 25.Qxf2 Rb4+ 26.Ka1 Ng4 0-1
Last Updated: 2000.04.06

After 26. Ng4 0-1

White: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
Black: Koppersmith, Van (2373)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 a5 5.Bg2 d5 6.Nf3 dxc4 7.Na3 Qd5 8.O-O Bxa3 9.bxa3 Bd7 10.Ng5 Qxd4 11.Bxb7 Ra7 12.Bg2 Bc6 13.Rb1 Nfd7 14.Qc2 Bxg2 15.Be3 Qe5 16.Kxg2 Qd5+ 17.f3 Nb6 18.Rfd1 Qf5 19.Ne4 O-O 20.Bc5 Re8 21.Bxb6 cxb6  22.Qa4 Rf8 23.Rxb6 Rc7 24.Rb5 e5 25.Qxa5 Qc8 26.Nd6 Qd8 27.Qc3 e4 28.fxe4 Nd7 29.Nxc4 Qc8 30.Rd4 1-0
Last Updated: 2000.09.12

After 30.Rd4 1-0

White: Martinec, Bob (2402)
Black: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.O-O a6 7.Bb3 Ba7 8.Nbd2 O-O 9.Re1 Ng4 10.Re2 Kh8 11.h3 Nh6 12.Nf1 f5 13.d4 fxe4 14.Rxe4 Bf5 15.Re1 exd4 16.cxd4 Qf6 17.Bg5 Qg6 0-1 (Martinec resigned all his games because he has to go to Europe for six months.)
Last Updated: 2000.03.27

After 17. … Qg6 0-1

White: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
Black: Potter, Robert B. (2317)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 O-O 6.Nf3 c5 7.d5 b5 8.cxb5 a6 9.a4 Nbd7 10.Bd2 axb5 11.Bxb5 Ba6 12.Qe2 Qb6 13.O-O Rfb8 14.e5 Bxb5 15.axb5 dxe5 16.Rxa8 Rxa8 17.fxe5 Ng4 18.Bf4 Ra7 19.d6 exd6 20.e6 Nde5 21.Nd5 Qd8 22.Nxe5 Nxe5 23.e7 Rxe7 24.Bg5 f6 25.Nxf6+ Bxf6 26.Bxf6 c4 27.Qe3 Qd7 28.Bxe7 Qxe7  29.b3 cxb3 30.Qxb3+ Kg7 31.b6 Qb7 32.Rc1 Kf6 33.h3 h5 34.Rc7 Qb8 35.b7 1-0
Last Updated: 2000.08.21

After 35. b7 1-0

White: Schakel, Corky (2330)
Black: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Qa4 Bd7 5.exd5 Nd4 6.Qd1 Nxf3+ 7.Qxf3 Nf6 8.Bc4 e4 9.Qe2 Bd6 10.d4 O-O 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bh4 Bf4 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.g3 Bd6 15.Nd2 Qg6 16.O-O Rae8 17.Bb5 Bg4 18.Qe3 Re7 19.c4 Bb4 20.c5 Qh5 21.Bc4 Bxd2 22.Qxd2 Bf3 23.Rfc1 Kh8 24.Qf4 f5 25.d6 cxd6 26.cxd6 Rd7 27.Bf1 Rfd8 28.Rc7 Rxd6 29.Qe5 Qg6 30.Bc4 h5 31.Bf7 Qf6  32.Qxf6 Rxf6 33.d5 Rb6 34.b3 g6  35.Be6 e3 36.fxe3 Bxd5 37.Bxd5 Rxd5 38.Re1 Rb4 39.Rec1 Rbb5 40.Re7 Rbc5 41.Rxc5 Rxc5 42.a4 ½-½
Last Updated: 2000.09.02

After 42. a4 ½-½

White: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
Black: Shea, Quin (2421)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 dxc4 5.Nf3 c5 6.O-O cxd4 7.Nxd4 Na6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.Ndb5 O-O 10.Be3 Nc5 11.Qxd8 Rxd8 12.Rfd1 Rd7 13.Bf4 Rxd1+ 14.Rxd1 Bd7 15.Nd6 Bc6 16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Be3 Ncd7 18.Nxc4 a6 19.Na4 Nd5 20.Bd4 Rd8 21.e4 Nc7 22.Bc3 Nf6 23.Rxd8+ Bxd8 24.f3 Nd7 25.Ba5 e5 26.Ncb6 Nxb6 27.Bxb6 Ne6 28.Bxd8 Nxd8  29.Nc5 a5 30.Kf2 f6 31.Ke3 Kf7 32.Kd3 Ke7 33.b4 axb4 34.Kc4 Nf7 35.h4 g5 36.Kxb4 Kd6 37.a4 1-0
Last Updated: 2000.10.23

After 37. a4 1-0

White: Smith, Robin (2295)
Black: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
ICCF US13F, 1999

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.O-O Bb6 8.cxd4 d6 9.Nc3 Na5 10.Bg5 f6 11.Bf4 Ne7 12.h3 Ng6 13.Bg3 Nxc4 14.Qa4+ Qd7 15.Qxc4 Qf7 16.Nd5 O-O 17.Nxb6 axb6 18.Rfc1 Qxc4 19.Rxc4 d6 20.Bxd6 b5 21.Rb4 Re8 22.Nd2 f5 23.f3 fxe4 24.fxe4 Ra3 25.Rb3 Ra6 26.Ra3 Rxa3 27.Bxa3 Nf4 28.Re1 Be6 29.Bd6 Nd3 30.Re3 Rd8 31.e5 Nf4 32.a3 Bd5 33.Ne4 Bc4 34.Kh2 b6 35.Re1 Ra8 36.Rd1 Ra7 37.Rd2 h6 38.Nc3 Nd5 ½-½
Last Updated: 2001.02.20

After 38. … Nd5 ½-½

White: Morss, Mark F. (2421)
Black: Thompson, Paul L. (2421)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 cxd5 5.Bf4 Nc6 6.e3 a6 7.Bd3 Bg4 8.Nge2 e6 9.O-O Bd6 10.f3 Bh5 11.Rc1 Bg6 12.Bxd6 Qxd6 13.Nf4 Bxd3 14.Nxd3 O-O 15.Na4 Rac8 16.Nb6 Rc7 17.Qb3 Nd7 18.Nxd7 Qxd7 19.Qb6 Rfc8 20.Nc5 Qe7 21.Nd3 Qd7 22.Rc5 Ne7 23.Rfc1 Rxc5 24.Nxc5 Qc7 25.Qb3 b6 26.Nd3 Qb7 27.Rxc8+ ½-½
Last Updated: 2000.03.15

After 27.Rxc8+ ½-½

An Introduction by Mark Morss

I share here my ongoing games in the final section of the 13th U.S. Correspondence Championship. I hope other members of US13F may also be persuaded to do this, for the sake of promoting interest in chess, and interest in the correspondence game. You will see my move posted here in each game, together with my opponent's response, more or less as soon as I receive my opponent's move (bear in mind that hard-working Franklin must be allowed some time to put the latest information up). Thus in each position you see, I will be on move. In this way, I will avoid telegraphing my latest move to my opponent. Also, you will have the opportunity to play along with me and see whether my eventual move agrees with your choice.

This is a very tough section, and I have no idea of my prospects in it. I will be satisfied with a plus score, but of course, I hope for much more. Bearing in mind the strength of my opponents, I may have to settle for much less.

Since my game is far from perfect, I have no doubt that many visitors here will have better ideas than I have about many of these positions. Please refrain, however, from sharing your insights with me, even to the extent of saying "you are better," or "Brandhorst is better." If you have a strong interest in some of these positions, please record your ideas and send them to me when the game is over; after the result has been posted, I'll be very grateful for anything you have to say, even "You patzer, you missed 24...Re1+!!"

I also encourage you to contact me at any time, even while the games are in progress, to discuss the idea of publishing ongoing games in this way. To me, it seems that all correspondence games of a certain level should be made public while they are in progress. What better way to promote our splendid pursuit?

Mark Morss
Columbus, Ohio

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