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A Tribute to Allan Ufer
Friend, Gentleman, and Chess Player
Brian L. Walker

You meet many types of chess players. Some arrogant, loud, limitless boastful pride and some just plain irritating. But this was not the Allan I knew. Some say he was grumpy. I never say it. I saw his battle with health, mobility and age. He was alway cheery, light hearted and serious about chess. Our light banter at the Pike's Peak Tournament, always produced a laugh. As I have traveled playing in Colorado these past few years, he was good for a joke and pleasant conversations. He took his losses well. He enjoyed the wins. The thrill of pulling off a good gam was satisfying. He could reminisce on some of his younger days like yesterday. He savored his friends, games and life. In tribute of a Colorado Veteran, I give you a few of his games.

Games from the 1998 Colorado Open
Denver, Colorado
September 5 - 7,1998
Richard Buchanan, Director

Allan Ufer - Joey Evoniuk 1998 Colorado Open
Reserve Section Round Four:
1.d4 d5 2.e3 c5 3.c3 Nf6 4.Bd3 e6 5.f4 Bd6 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Ne5 c4 8.Bc2 Nfd7 9.e4 Bxe5 10.fxe5 dxe4 11.0-0 f6 12.Bxe4 fxe5 13.Qh5 Rxf1+ 14.Kxf1 Qf6+ 15.Kg1 g6 16.Qg4 exd4 17.Bg5 Qe5 18.cxd4 Qxd4+ 19.Kf1 Nf6 20.Bxf6 Qxf6+ 21.Bf3 Qxb2 22.Qxc4 Nc6 23.Bxc6 bxc6 24.Qxc6 Qxa1 [24...Ba6+! 25.Qxa6 Rf8+ 26.Ke1 with mate in 6 (Fritz4) 26...Qf2+ 27.Kd1 Rd8+ 28.Kc1 Qc5+ 29.Kb2 Rb8+] 25.Qe8+! Kg7 26.Qe7+ Kh6 27.Qh4+ draw

Games from the US West Chess Festival Open
Denver, Colorado
November 14-15, 1998
Mary Nelson and Richard Buchanan, Directors

Dustin Eager - Allan Ufer
Reserve Section Round 3:
1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Bf5 5.Bg5 Nf6 6.Be2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.Nc3 Nc6 10.b4 Nxb4 11.Rb1 Bxc2 12.Qc1 Bxb1 13.Qxb1 a5 14.a3 Nc6 15.Qxb7 Nxd4 16.Nxd4 Bxd4 17.Nxd5 c5 18.Ne7+ Kh8 19.Bd3 Rb8 20.Qe4 g6 21.Nc6 Qc7 22.Nxd4 cxd4 23.Qxd4+ Kg8 24.Bc4 Rbd8 25.Qc3 Rc8 26.Rc1 Qd8 27.a4 Qb6 28.h4 Rc5 29.Qd4 Rfc8 30.Qf4 Qc7 31.Qxc7 R8xc7 32.f4 Rxc4 33.Rd1 Rc1 34.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 35.Kf2 Rc4 36.g4 Rxf4+ 37.Kg3 Rxa4 38.g5 h5 39.gxh6 Kh7 40.Kh3 Kxh6 41.Kg3 Rd4 42.Kf3 a4 43.Ke3 Rd5 44.Ke4 Rd1 45.Kf4 Kh5 46.Kg3 a3 47.Kh3 a2 48.Kg3 a1Q 49.Kf4 Qd4+ 50.Kg3 Rd3+ 51.Kg2 Qb2+ 0-1