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My name is Paul Anderson (http://www.facebook.com/paul.anderson.904750), and I began the newsletter on March 1, 2004 as a way for me to receive and distribute any last minute schedule changes about local chess events and to put to use the analysis and publishing features of my Fritz 8.

However, I soon realized that I liked reporting on the results of my local club and adding some humorous comments about the games I was publishing.  So, during my chess season (typically February to August) the newsletter will contain at least a couple of articles from me (This Week In Chess and Game Of The Week). 

Every now and then, I will receive chess news, chess games, or other chess stuff from my readers, which I am more than happy to include, as I think it makes for a better newsletter.  It doesn’t matter where you are from or what the news is about (as long as it is about chess); you are welcome to contribute.

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My Unbelievable Bracket

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 20, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

This week's game comes from round 2 of the March Swiss 90 between Mike Smith and Dean Brown.  Mike is a newcomer to the club, but he was able to pull off the upset over the oldtimer.  I think Mike harnessed his inner Wagner and played a little chin music for Dean, as he wiffed with his Louisville slugger.

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Stone Cold

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 11, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Chess Is The Word

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

 

I am back for another season of chess news and games.  Last year, I dropped from my peak  (USCF 2102) and had my first down year in 5 years.  While it is disappointing to have an off year, I am going to pin the blame on the distractions I ...

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Game Of The Year XIII

Posted by Paul Anderson on September 7, 2016 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

End Of The Season

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

 

Well, another chess season has come to a close for me.  It is time for me to move on to managing the website for my other hobby (http://spamfootball.webs.com/), but I will return after the football s...

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When It Rains, It Pours

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 22, 2016 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event:  August Swiss 90.  It was the 3rd round, and I was facing Mark McGough as Black on board one.  Mark and I have played so much chess together since 2010 that he has become the player I have beaten the most in rated chess (see

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Bridle Shower

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 16, 2016 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from 2015.  It was my first year as TD (tournament director), and the first year we had moved the G/90+30 time control to Tuesday nights.  It was not easy adjusting to both of those changes.


I used to play G/90;d/5, which i...

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Russian Gold

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 9, 2016 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Tuesday night event at the Colorado Springs Chess Club:  August Swiss 90.  We had 8 players join the tournament.  So, as TD (tournament director), I had 4 games to choose from for the Game Of The Week. 


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Missed Mates

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from my extra games database.  Every so often, I will play a game I like enough to want to look at later.  This one was a Quick game and not something I usually record.  However, it tied my record for largest Mate Announcement.  So, I had to check to see if it was a correct announcement.

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It's Not Dyslexic Being Easy

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 26, 2016 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from my list of upsets.  I was not sure if I should have it on the list due to the time control.  The list of upsets started with dual-rated and standard-rated games only.  My quick-rated games were typically rated as another type of game.  Either they were USCF games that were dual-rated or CLUB gam...

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Unsigned, Unsealed, Undelivered

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 19, 2016 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event: the July Mating Game.  This is a 2-week event, and this year, rounds 3 and 4 fell on the same night as the Pikes Peak Or Bust Rodeo Parade.  This parade travels right next to the chess club and makes parking much more difficult.  However, no one...

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July Mating Game

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 11, 2016 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event:  the July Mating Game.  This is the 1st year the event has been played in July.  Previously, the event was named the June Mating Game, by Virgil McGuire back in 2002, and held in, you guessed it, June.


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I Can't Drive 55

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 5, 2016 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (1)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from my list of upsets.  I have a report in my chess database called "Best Wins" which weeds out all my games except those where I score a 16 point rating gain or higher in a USCF-rated game.  So far, I have published 54 of the 57 upset games in that report.  This will be number 55.


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Grimm's Lost Game

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 28, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from my past.  I have recorded and saved every USCF tournament game that I have played (at standard time control).  In fact, it turns out that I have recorded more.


How is this possible?  Well, the USCF can and...

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Twice Bitten, Twice Shy

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 21, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

This week's game comes from my email match with my Dad.  It has been my Father's Day tradition to publish one of his wins.  This will be the 12th edition.  Happy Belated Father's Day to all the chess dads out there!


In addition to honoring ...

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P Is For Pin V

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 13, 2016 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


A couple years back, I came up with a method to organize chess tactics.  I called it the DROP Method (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/categories/show/1378181-drop-method).  The DROP method is an acronym for the basic kinds of tactic...

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Avoid All Losses

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 7, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event, a Simultaneous Chess Exhibition by FM Joe Friedman.  This is a special event where a very strong chess player will take on multiple opponents at the same time.  The stronger player will still win most of the games.  However, it gives casual playe...

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Looking For Draws In All The Wrong Positions

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 31, 2016 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the final round of the May Swiss 90.  It was down to Mark McGough and Brian Rountree for 1st place.  Mark needed a win to jump past Brian.  Brian just needed a draw to lock out Mark.


I kind of expected the game to...

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Whipping Boy

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 24, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event, the May Swiss 90.  I was paired against a familiar opponent, Mark McGough.  Mark is a regular on Tuesday night and my most common opponent since 2010.  It has been a good match-up for me, and Mark was about to break a milestone in the annuals of ...

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O Is For Overload V

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 17, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


A couple years back, I came up with a method to organize chess tactics.  I called it the DROP Method (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/categories/show/1378181-drop-method).  The DROP method is an acronym for the basic kinds of tactic...

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R Is For Removal V

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 8, 2016 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


A couple years back, I came up with a method to organize chess tactics.  I called it the DROP Method (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/categories/show/1378181-drop-method).  The DROP method is an acronym for the basic kinds o...

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D Is For Discovery IV

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 3, 2016 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


A couple years back, I came up with a method to organize chess tactics.  I called it the DROP Method (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/categories/show/1378181-drop-method).  The DROP method is an acronym for the basic kinds ...

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