Chai Neuhaus Tribute

I have had many names and forms. ~ Chaitanya Neuhaus

Chai Neuhaus, an active chess player from Boulder Colorado recently passed away.  

In the position below, from one of Chai’s games, it is White to move
Answer below.

White to Move

   I did not know Chai very well, but we did play some USCF rated correspondence games together.  He was always very courteous, and seemed like a great guy.  His handle was “Still Sky”, which reflected his spiritual nature  You can see his USCF rating history here:
   Ginny Gaige, another chess player from Boulder, posted:
   “Chai was diagnosed with Leukemia a month ago, endured a week of chemo, which wiped him out, entered BCH a few days later, developed pneumonia, and passed away last Saturday, May 5th at 5:30 PM. There was a gathering at Chautauqua of his friends the next day, Sunday, for a reading of his poetry, and there will be a memorial on May 19th at the Silver Sage Cohousing”.
   Chai was a poet, and here is one of his poems:

I just keep
off this cliff

    heels over head,
      earth rushing
        up to swallow
          my body

Hands clasped,
    the prayer
      the Void
        and I follow
   You can read some of his other poems here:
   Here is the complete game:

[Event “2009 Monument Open”]
[Site “Monument, CO”]
[Date “2009.08.23”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Neuhaus, Chaitanya”]
[Black “Martinson, Michael”]
[Result “1-0″]
[ECO “D03″]
[WhiteElo “1447”]
[BlackElo “1227”]
[PlyCount “73”]

1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bg5 e6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. e3 Nc6 6. h4 h6 7. Bf4 Bb4 8. Be2
Ne4 9. Qd3 Qe7 10. O-O Nxc3 11. bxc3 Bd6 12. Rae1 Bd7 13. Bxd6 Qxd6 14. Nd2 e5
15. e4 O-O-O 16. exd5 Qxd5 17. Bf3 Qxa2 18. Ra1 Qe6 19. d5 Qd6 20. dxc6 Bxc6
21. Bg4+ Kb8 22. Qe3 b6 23. Ne4 Qe7 24. Bf3 Qxh4 25. Nc5 Bxf3 26. Na6+ Kc8 27.
Qxf3 e4 28. Qf5+ Rd7 29. Rfd1 Rhd8 30. Rxd7 Rxd7 31. Rd1 Qe7 32. Nb8 Kxb8 33.
Rxd7 Qa3 34. Qxe4 Kc8 35. Re7 Qc1+ 36. Kh2 Qg5 37. Qa8# 1-0

Chai went a perfect 6 for 6 in this tournament, the 2009 Monument Open, and picked up over 100 rating points in part because he found brilliant moves like the surprising and creative 32. Nb8 adding a third attacker to the rook on d7 in an unusual manner.

Rest in Peace Chai.

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  1. I played Chai Neuhaus several times. His games were always very structured and he genuinely enjoyed playing chess. He was always willing to sit down and analyze a game after.

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