Baltimore-Philly IV… Battle of the Beasts!

There has been a lot of buzz going on about the match tomorrow (September 20th) between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Both sides have been trash-talking and Philly is looking to avenge their 14-12 loss. This battle has become a fierce rivalry and it’s time to settle the score for once and for all. Will Baltimore blast Philly into next week or will Philly pulverize Baltimore into submission? Whatever will happen, some inspired chess will be played and the event will be made known to the world!

FM William “The Exterminator” Morrison has told The Chess Drum that his team will come prepared to do battle. NM Glenn Bady has lead the charge for Philly stating that they bring “wiggle-resistant” fishing nets with them. Sounds like fighting words, but of course the event has raised the spirit of chess activity and it will be one of social significance and bringing both communities closer together.

Let’s get it on!

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

33 Comments

  1. Philly suffers another beatdown !!!!
    Baltimore 15½ Philly 5½
    First Round Baltimore 9 Philly 1

    We kind of felt sorry for the Philly Group and put the 3rd string in for the 2nd round. That’s why they won a few games.

    The traveling aquarium fed on the Philly guppies. Their was quite a few killer sharks in the Baltimore aquarium.

    Bruce Thompson said that Baltimore are a school of fish. They were lucky, he told me that he crushed Antoine and destroy Richard, what a joke. Next time the Baltimore aquarium travel to match wits with Philly it we will have a large hook for them.

    Philly filet fish.

    Thanks to Charles for being a great host. P.S. Philly lost the speed match too.

  2. Now Glenn, you know you owe the Chess Drum an Article, and make sure that you mention in the article how I beat both you and James Gist in speed chess matches, after I beat Bruce in round one (that’s right the same Bruce that beat me last time) and James Gist in round two of the actual tornament. Also. you might want to mention in that article how I beat Dragon 3 – 0 in the blitz tournament, and don’t leave out how I tried to play you in round two of the tournament but you did not want to play me, and don’t leave out how you went 1 win and 4 losses out of your 5 games between the slow chess and blitz chess tournaments. Lastly do not forget to mention how nice the host was for having us over and how nice the playing site was, and how AWESOME!!! team Baltimore is. You better get started you have a lot of writting to do.

    Antoine Hutchinson-
    7 – 1 all time Baltimore vs. Philly.

  3. Someone post the lineups and scores, or send a report. If someone sends a report, it will be put up, but have some decent pictures and if you send the games preferably send them already in .pgn format. If you send a report, run the spell-check through it. That way the turnaround time is quicker.

    If Dragon was on board #2 (playing Adu), then who was on #1, Glenn Bady? I guess Pete missed this one if Glenn played top board. Missing a top board really makes things tough. Here is a game sent in by Adu against Raymond “Dragon” Robinson.

    Raymond Robinson (Philadelphia)-IM Oladapo Adu (Baltimore)
    Baltimore vs. Philly IV, 2008

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 exd5 5.d4 Nc6 6.Be2 Bd6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.0-0 Nge7 9.Nbd2 0-0 10.Nb3 Bd6 11.Bg5 Qc7 12.h3 h6 13.Bxe7 Nxe7 14.Nbd4 a6 15.Bd3 Bd7 16.Re1 Rae8 17.Bc2 Bf4 18.Bb3 Qd6 19.Qd3 g6 20.Rad1 Qc7 21.c4 dxc4 22.Bxc4 Nf5 23.Ne2 Bc6 24.Nxf4 Qxf4 25.Rxe8 Rxe8 26.Nh2 h5 27.Nf1 Re4 28.Bb3 Bb5 29.Qd8+ Kg7 30.Qd2 Qe5 31.Rc1 Re2 32.Qc3 Nd4 33.Ng3 h4 34.Nf1 [34.f4 Qe3+ 35.Qxe3 Rxe3 36.Nf1 Rxb3 37.axb3 Ne2+] 34…Rxb2 35.Qxb2 [35.Kh1 Rxf2 36.Rd1 Bc6 37.Qxd4 Rxf1+ 38.Rxf1 Qxd4] 35…Nf3+ 36.gxf3 Qxb2 37.Rd1 a5 0-1

    (See Robinson-Adu !)

  4. Daaim,
    We are trying to organize an article which I am writing! I await
    lineup info from William Morrison, and Michael Williams will send
    pictures to me for placement. All blogs to date are accurate but our
    report is taking a little longer than expected. Glenn and Antoine had
    a personal bet regarding an article but Michael Williams and I had
    committed to this in advance.

    Kimani

  5. Daaim,
    Kimani and I spoke earlier, and as he stated he would being writing an article. The photos have been sent. Just waiting on
    William Morrison’s info.

  6. Malik Rogers ? – Lee R. Carter 1950
    I actually thought I was rated higher, Oh Well!!
    Two Knights Defense
    1. e4 e-5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. B c4 N f6 4. d3 ( I was expecting Ng5 and it would have been some fireworks. The Wilkes-Barre Variation would had been in full effect. I like fireworks. Even a rookie likes excitement) B c5 5. Nc3 h6 6. 0-0 d6 7. Na4 Bg4 8. N x c5 dc5 9. c3 0-0 10. Be3 Qd6 11. Qe2 Rad8 12. Rad1 b6
    13. Qd2 Bxf3 14. gf3 Na5 15. Bb5 c6 16. Ba6 Qd7 17. Kh1 Kh7 ( I had a feeling Mr. Rogers was ready to sack something) ( a baby Emory Tate without the fireworks, just duds being tossed all about) 18. f4 ef4 19. Bxf4 Qe7 20. Rg1 Rd7 21. b3 Nxe4 22. Rxg7+ (Holy cow Batman ?????) Kxg7 23. Bxh6 + Kh7 24. Bxf8 Qxf8 25. Qf4 f5 26. b4 Nxc3 27. Re1 cb4 28. Re6 Rg7 29. Qh6+ Kg8 30. d4 Qd8 31. Qh5(Time Pressure?????) Qd5+ 32. f3 Qxe6 Mate follows shortly thereafter. Time scramble towards the end.
    (Philly cheesesteak snack)

  7. The Morrison-Bady game comes out of a well-known book line after 11…b4? 12.Nd5! This move can also be played against 11…Be7 but black has more resources in that line. I first saw the Morrison-Bady idea in a Chess Life issue when Maia Chiburdanidze played it and won brilliantly against some GM. That game featured 11…Qb6 and after 12.Nd5! She was about 17-18 and was the rising star then… around 1980.

    [looking for the game now]

    It took me awhile, but I found the game.The game is in the green text.

    FM William Morrison (Baltimore) – NM Glenn Bady (Philadelphia)
    Baltimore vs. Philly IV, 2008

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Nbd7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 b5 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.Rhe1 b4 [11…Qb6 12.Nd5!? exd5 13.Nc6 Bxc6 14.exd5+ Be7 15.dxc6 Nc5 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.Bf5 Qc7 18.b4 Ne6 19.Qh5 Ng7 20.Bd7+ Kf8 21.Qh6 d5 22.Rxe7 Kxe7 23.Re1+ Kf8 24.Qxf6 Kg8 25.Re7 Rf8 26.Be6 Qxe7 27.Qxe7 fxe6 28.c7 h5 29.Qxf8+ Kxf8 30.c8Q+ Kf7 31.Qxh8 1-0 Maia Chiburdanidze-Semen I Dvoirys/Tallinn 1980 (31); Other analysis is 11…Be7 12.Nd5 Nxd5 (12…exd5 13.Nf5; 12…Bxd5 13.exd5 Nxd5 14.Rxe6!) 13.exd5 Bxd5 14.Qxd5! Medina Parrilla played this line in the All-Girls Championship recently.] 12.Nd5 Qa5 13.Nb3 Qd8 14.Nxf6+ gxf6 15.Bh4 a5 16.Nd4 Be7 17.Qh5 0-0 18.e5 f5 19.Bxf5 exf5 20.Bxe7 Qxe7 21.Nxf5 1-0

    You all will have to wait for the clickable boards because these games being sent are not in PGN format and require a lot of reformatting and cleanup. Surprisingly, some of the games come with incomplete and illegal moves, mixture of descriptive and algebraic notation and other mistakes. Putting the games into ChessBase, ChessBase Light, or ChessMaster (with a mouse) and saving as a .pgn file is a lot easier than typing the game. It’s easier for me too!

    (See Morrison-Bady!)

  8. Could you imagine the eery ride back to Philly and Delaware? I picture total silence as the chess wannabees are slapping each other and shouting Wake Up!!! Wake UP!!!!!! Moe, Curly and Joe!!! Which way did we get mated. I see Glen Bady and crew, clicking their heals and saying theres no place like home!! Theres no place like home!! They wake up in Kansas and find the Baltimore cleanup crew ready to put them out of their Chess misery. Doo Doo doop doodle do, if they only have a game.

    Once upon a midnight dreary there came a lot of rapping and mindless yapping from some pitiful Philly chess players
    Over many a blunder and curious volume of forgotten chess moves –
    While Baltimore nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came Philly talking crap while getting slapped, while Baltimore gently smacking and going 9-1 The Chess Gods’ tapping,
    As of Philly rapping, rapping at Baltimore’s door.
    «Tis some visitor», who saw this massacre, Baltimore muttered, «tapping at Baltimore’s door:
    Wasn’t it silly to come from Philly
    Only this and nothing more».

  9. Baltimore-Philadelphia IV
    Photos by Michael Williams.

    L-R: Nigel Mitchell, Larry Saxby, Lamont 'Malik' Rogers, Glenn Bady, Robert Gist, Bruce Thompson Jonathan Phillips, Ray 'Dragon' Robinson (front) and Akeem Thompson (kneeling)

    Philadelphia (L-R): Nigel Mitchell, Larry Saxby, Lamont “Malik” Rogers, Glenn Bady, Robert Gist, Bruce Thompson Jonathan Phillips, Ray “Dragon” Robinson (front) and Akeem Thompson (kneeling)

  10. William Morrison
    It is always a pleasure to be part of something as wonderful as this. What could be better than this? The first round was a bit of a surprise to everyone(9-1), though I did feel we had a certain advantage. I was fortunate enough to get into a favorable position
    in my first round game but this was not the case in round two.Glenn really deserved more out of the second game,which was a Ruy Lopez, but simply overpressed. He had some advantage in space and a d6 target. I would have taken a draw if he had asked. Tough defense prevailed in the end. I must congradulate all of my team members. All of these guys have lots of potential and I believe that the master titles are not far away. This match should be a shining example of Baltimore’s talent. I would like for us now to turn our sights to the North and challenge the “Big Apple”. I have already contacted Jerald Times and await his return call. Our confidence is at an all time high. If NY accepts the challenge, it would be simply foolish of them not to take heed and field their strongest team. (Board One: Maurice Ashley) I would walk to N.Y. at a brisk pace if I could be assured that Ashley would play!!

  11. It would be a good matchup. I hope Maurice is reading this and not let a challenge go by! Exterminator is putting a challenge on the table. New York would definitely have a team if they could get everyone assembled.

  12. For the record, I finished the main text of the article some days ago, William M. gave me the scores on Monday or so but I wanted to include games from others. I have made requests of two individuals but have received no games, so the article will be submitted by midnight tonight. I wanted to be inclusive of all, even those without the internet. I do not like the impression of having to compete with a blog to showcase a great story as this match is but I don’t really expect to have extended discussion about this. I just want the article posted preferably with games that inspire future matches and future development of all players involved! Also, I think we must train to expect to sustain our team’s winning ways despite our strength, and talent!

    Kimani

  13. Kimani,

    In journalism, there is the adage that “news burns in your hands.” If the news doesn’t get posted quickly, then others began to report on it and it loses its novelty. What’s even worse, if the initial news is not accurate, it takes a life of its own after people read it. I also learned the enormity of this while working at Sports Illustrated for a brief stint.

    It’s not an easy task to compile a decent report and I appreciate your effort. These are the challenges I have faced for seven years. It is a LOT of work!!! Typically, you have to go with what you have and if the deadline (for receiving games or other info) is not met, then move forward. The good thing about the Internet is you can add photos and games later. You can always post reports on the blog as well.

    I have to get a better reporting system for tournaments. I used to have a form for that on The Chess Drum, but spam robots would send junk to it.

  14. Hi Daaim,

    Yes, Baltimore did crush us, and Antoine did beat me in our speed match. They have a strong team and deserve victory. Maybe we can practice and compete with them in the future. Daaim a fast way to put games in chessbase format is to use the Ctrl C for copy and then use Ctrl V for paste. This is how it works: any game you receive just highlight it and copy it (Ctrl C) open up a new game in chessbase and use Ctrl V (to paste) the game in the new game board that you opened up. I learned how to do from reading chessbase workshops. I already tried this and it works. Peace to all the brothers who played in the match.

    http://www.cheadschess.com

  15. Glenn,

    Well… the reason it works now is because I’ve done all the cleanup, but it was very tedious. There were all types of illegal moves and bad notation format. You ought to know that I know those basic CTRL+C and CRTL+V tricks. We know these from the MS-DOS days. You forget… I’m an old computer science hack… got a degree in this stuff. 😉

    If you copy and paste Lee’s game above, tell me what happens. I didn’t clean this one because he posted directly on the blog (which is cool). Notice he has dashes and spaces in his notation. It won’t work in ChessBase. Even worse, one of the above games was sent to me via e-mail with an illegal move. Another was sent as a Word document and had moves such as R(h)e1… won’t work. I also had pawn captures like “exd” or “ed”… won’t work. It has to be “exd4” or at minimum “ed4”.

    It takes a lot of time to correct the files and to trouble shoot each game. Brothers should be putting their games in the database anyway. No need to type it out and risk making typos. Another thing I can’t understand is why I don’t have a lineup with everyone’s correct names. That is something that should be charted during the match. We can’t have reports with “Gizmo” beat “Horseshoe” and “Glenn” beat “Bubba”. 🙂 People around the world reading this will be confused. It shouldn’t be up to Kimani to hunt down the names of people. Brother is crazy busy as we all are.

    I’m not blaming anyone, but if we want to present ourselves to the world, we got to come correct! This is exciting stuff happening and we want to show the world that we have the passion and professionalism in chess. Those pics are inspiring!!

  16. A short poem from Baltimore
    Starlight starbright, where is our next fight? We want to flex our new found might. We look to the East, we look to the West, perhaps it’s the North that will be our next test. N.Y., N.Y., can’t you see; it’s the ferocious team from the Big “B”.
    We challenge you, if it’s alright, because we are looking for a good fight. We played Philly and they fell down, that’s why we want to come to your town.

  17. Extermo,

    Adisa Banjoko of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation can get you rhymes. 🙂

    Where’s New York? I’ve never known Maurice to back down from a fight. Is this a first? Jerald Times? Steve Colding?

  18. I want Colding when we Play New York. We need to do it soon before it gets too cold.
    By the way, thanks to the Philly Brothers for coming down. One day ifPhilly can gets it whole team together.
    1. Norman Rogers vs. The Exterminator
    2. Elvin Wilson vs. Adu The Nigerian Terror
    3. Glenn Bady vs. Troy “The Truth” Roberts
    4. Glenn Umstead vs. Antoine “The Hammer” Hutchinson
    5. Ray Robinson vs. Kimani “The Professor Stancil”
    6. Shelly Mays vs. Jorge “The Assasin” Martinez
    7. Herb Causwell vs. David “Pawn Master” Mcduffie
    8. Bruce Thompson vs. General Lee Carter
    9. Mike Williams vs. Dimarco “The Dream” Walker
    10. Malik Rogers vs Tavon “The Kid”

    This line up would be a match!! So Glenn, Mike, Malik if you want Baltimore to come back next year you need to have a line up that looks something like that.

  19. I have sent the article, and we did keep track of names this time. A
    couple of last names may be omitted by personal choice but this fact is unclear. I hope that everyone enjoys the article when it surfaces here.
    Peace,
    Kimani

  20. I understand what you saying Dr. Diaam. I guess the “trick” Ctrl C and Cntr V was new for me and not you. No disrespect. I have no control who write the article. My own opinion is that anybody can write the article concerning Baltimore and Philly match. Just choose from the one that is most correct and informative. Its very easy to have everybody name and it only takes the writer a couple of minutes. Each team should have a registration form of all the players and rating. Board order would also be included and any changes during the second game would be recorded. I still await the article.
    Peace

  21. No problem Glenn. Thanks for the advice anyway. Don’t hesitate.

    Kimani has delivered the goods! I have had the article, but my e-mail was infected by my corrupted security software. Go figure.

    It’s a very nice piece with annotated games and he is very judicious, but the article does contain a sharp edge. I should have it up tomorrow. It will be a separate thread.

    I believe brothers should learn from Kimani’s example of his game. Here’s a brother who dropped a few games and he’s putting them out there for all to see. Most brothers only send me their wins… and usually a blowout (not competitive). Nevertheless the games he submitted are interesting.

    Thanks “Dr. K” or is it “GM K Rock”?

  22. I’m surprised you fell into that trap Larry! (L.B Pugh).
    To be a little more accurate, if our top players came out, the line up would definitely be different.. Players like Anthony Randolph, and Earl Brown would fill the roster. And of course, WE would pick our team not, our opponent! 😀

  23. Hi Larry
    Good to hear from you on the Chess Drum. Hey Mike I can understand what Larry saying. He is starting to play in over the board tournament (OTB) again and he is an expert. Anthony Randolph and Earl Brown are masters, but they have not played in OTB tournament in over 15 years. Although, Earl Brown would come to Mc Donalds on 52nd street last year and beat up on the street players. He would win about 98 percent of the time, he beat them so badly that they stop talking to him. Go figure. Yes, Philly need Larry Pugh and Jeff Johnson to play against The Big “B”. Mr. Antione Hutchinson is on track about the line up, but we could even seat a stronger one than he suggest.

  24. Glenn, I hear what your saying. I don’t really like to have individual discussions on this blog, but, my point is if Philly is serious about winning these type of events in the future, we need to let all our resources have the opportunity to compete. I was speaking to Randolph at the World Open last year and Earl, though rusty, may come into forn if he had a reason too.
    For example, let’s say we commit to have another one in say, April. Would it not be in our best interest to let them know in case they may want to study up for a G/45?

  25. See that is all that I am saying Mike / Glenn, but Mike I have to disagree with you picking your line-up cause that has not worked out to well for you guys the last two times. This is the line-up I want to see at least at the top, otherwise there is really no point at a rematch. Larry I disagree Mike is definitely strong enough to make the team. Glenn we would love to face your best line-up. We have a few players that we can dust off as well like Wilbert Brown, William Stokes, Troy Williams, and Charles Covington. Get your squad together and maybe we can go 15 deep!! next time.

  26. I agree with Antoine Hutchinson that both teams need to field their strongest players. For this reason, Baltimore will be having an “inter-team” tournament to verify who is best suited to represent us at any future competition. Once we do this, then the world can watch out! 😈

  27. I live up in Beacon NY. How do I get a chess club started like that? Im gonna give it a run. Looks like you all had a great competition.

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