Chad Schneider was one of the best liked players and organizers in recent New Mexico chess. He was one of the four players who tied for first in the 2009 New Mexico Open. But he is best remembered in New Mexico chess circles for the tournaments he ran. Chad organized and ran dozens of tournaments between 2009 and 2012, when he moved to Colorado. His Southern Rocky FIDE Open tournaments in 2011 and 2012 were probably the best tournaments ever run in New Mexico. Chad, come back and organize some more tournaments for us!
This third round victory in the 2009 New Mexico Open Championship over one of the chief contenders was key to Chad Schneider securing a share of the New Mexico Championship. Ben Coraretti as Black establishes a superior position coming out of the opening. Chad has some attacking chances against Ben’s castled king on the queenside, but meanwhile his position crumbles in the center and kingside. Ben seems to be cruising toward victory but is hit with a shocker on the last move! This game demonstrates three important lessons for chess (and life): “Nobody ever wins by resigning”; “Persistence pays off”; and “Don’t count your chickens until they are hatched.”