My Tombstone Game Poem by Darwin Henry Beuning

My Tombstone Game

Rating: 4.0


My favorite Chess game
Played so long ago

In the Land of Zion
Ogden town

I was white
In this miniature delight

Please enjoy this game
Which will be on my headstone

Knight to King Bishop three
Knight to King Bishop three

Pawn to King Knight three
Pawn to King Knight three

Bishop to Knight two
Bishop to Knight two

Castles
Castles

Pawn to Queen three
Pawn to Queen three

Pawn to King four
Knight to Knight five

Pawn to King Rook three
Knight to King four

Knight to Rook four
Pawn to King Bishop four

Pawn to King Bishop four
Knight on four to Queen two

Pawn captures pawn
Pawn captures pawn

Bishop to Queen five, check
King to Rook one

Queen to Rook five
Knight to King Bishop three

Knight to Knight six
Checkmate

My Tombstone Game
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: games
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
White's move is the first line, Black's move is the second line.
I have been playing tournament chess for 39 years. This is my favorite rated game. Game played on the evening of 26 May 1994,
Ogden, Utah
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Michael Walker 26 August 2019

You are obviously a master of chess playing. Tournament chess must be another level from social games. I played chess for a while at high school. Another fine photo-'the writer at work'.

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Darwin Henry Beuning 27 August 2019

Michael, I did not learn the game until age 18 and in the Army. Before that I had played checkers with my Grandfather.. Once married at age 28 I started playing tournament chess and have enjoyed the game ALL these years.

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Bri Edwards 25 August 2019

a long, thin tombstone? shaped like a chess piece? perhaps you will also take the board and pieces to your grave? ? bri :)

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Darwin Henry Beuning 26 August 2019

Bri, Yes, I have made my end of life choices, one should. My cancer has been a life changing event.

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Darwin Henry Beuning 26 August 2016

Here are the moves to the game in algebraic notation. 1. N-f3 N-f6 2. P-g3 P-g6 3. B-g2 B-g7 4. OO OO 5. P-d3 P-d6 6. P-e4 N-g4 7. P-h3 N-e5 8. N-h4 P-f5 9. P-f4 N4-d7 10. PxP PxP 11. B-d5ck K-h8 12. Q-h5 N-f6 13. N-g6 checkmate This will easier for chess lovers to follow, Enjoy! ! Hank

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Kim Barney 28 July 2015

The picture is a great addition. Thanks for letting me know it was there. It must have been taken by your brother at his Minnesota house.

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Kim Barney 23 July 2015

Checkmate in 13 moves? What took you so long? My favorite game only took eight moves! Of course it all depends on what the opponent does! My game was played during the day, and my opponent said 'It can't be checkmate already! ' Sitting on the board next to us was Robert B. Tanner, the tournament director, who later became a USCF National Director. (You know Bob.) He looked over and said, 'Yes, that's checkmate all right.' I held out my hand to shake the hand of my opponent, but he dropped his pen on the board, got up and walked out and never came back to play the next round. Not very sportsmanlike. Great game, Hank! I will now go set up my chessboard and play through it!

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