Nelson Bailey returned to the chessboard Tuesday and won a key match against the 2013 and perennial champion Bob Taylor to win gold in the NW La. District Senior Olympics Chess competition at Randall T. Moore Center.
Bailey, the field’s highest rated player by the U.S. Chess Federation, beat Bob Taylor in the battle of titans. It was a match that almost went to a draw as both players were reduced to pawns and a king each. Bailey stopped Taylor’s attempt to reach king’s row and then was able to turn the trick himself.
Bailey missed the 2013 Chess competition and bowed to Taylor in head-to-head the year before. But he owns a Gold Medal this time around for the 60-64 age field. Taylor won the Gold among 70-74 age players, stopping Robert Stockman and Don Sorrells who deadlocked for the age group Silver Medal. It was Stockman’s second silver in a row.
It proved a long day for the five-player field (Ronne Basco was the other player), play beginning at just after noon and finishing at the 5:30 mark.
60-64: Nelson Bailey Gold. 70-74: Bob Taylor Gold, Robert Stockman and Don Sorrells each Silver.