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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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Everything About You

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 23, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from my loss column.  I have a tradition of publishing four losses each year.  I hate looking at a chess loss, let alone publishing it, but forcing myself to do this keeps me humble.


When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Proverbs 11:2 (KJV)


The worse part is that I lost to Mike Smith.


I know what you are thinking, "Hey Paul, isn't that the same guy who dated your sister in high school?  Didn't you hate that guy?"


Well, the good news is that this is Mike Smith part II.  And like most sequels, he is much better than the original.  We have become good friends, and I told him the story about my sister.  He responded:


"Everybody hates Mike Smith!"


I guess this widespread bias against Mike Smith has made him a little bitter.  Every week he comes to the club and tells me all the things he hates.  It is like listening to the song from Ugly Kid Joe, "Everything About You."


"I hate New Mexico!"

"I hate white socks!"

"I hate the Kissing Knights logo!"

"I hate gift cards from Will Wolf!"

"I hate LM Brian Wall's shirt!"


So, I will leave you with this year's chess position I hate the most.


White to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204367312


Everything About You

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=111107


[Event "April Quick"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.04.18"]

[Round "1.1"]

[White "Smith, Mike"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B06"]

[WhiteElo "1569"]

[BlackElo "1986"]

[PlyCount "61"]

[EventDate "2017.04.18"]

[TimeControl "1440+5"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. Nf3 d6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. Be3 Bg4

6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 Nd7 8. Bc4 Ngf6 9. g4 h6 10. h4 e6 11. g5 hxg5 12. hxg5

Rxh1+ 13. Qxh1 Nh5 14. Be2 Qb6 15. O-O-O O-O-O 16. d5 Qb4 17. dxc6 bxc6 18. e5

Nxe5 19. Bd4 Kc7 20. a3 Qa5 21. Bxh5 Rh8 22. Qe4 Rxh5 23. f4 c5 24. fxe5 d5 25.

Nxd5+ Kb8 26. Ne7 Qc7 27. Bxc5 Qxc5 28. Rd8+ Kc7 29. Rc8+ Kd7 30. Qb7+ Qc7 31.

Qxc7# 1-0


This Week In Chess


On August 15th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the August Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30).


Standings. August Swiss 90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2001 W6 W4 W2 W8 4.0

2 Brian Jo Rountree 1856 W13 W5 L1 W4 3.0 $5.00 GOW

3 Mark McGough 1876 W15 H--- L5 W10 2.5

4 Michael Smith II 1573 W14 L1 W7 L2 2.0

5 Aleksand Bozhenov 1994 W9 L2 W3 U--- 2.0

6 Derek Eskeldson 1270 L1 W15 L8 W14 2.0 $5.00 GOW

7 Clinton D Eads 1229 L11 W14 L4 W9 2.0

8 Calvin P Dejong 1876 H--- H--- W6 L1 2.0

9 Scott Ch Williams 1233 L5 L12 W14 L7 1.0

10 Dean W Brown 1494 H--- H--- U--- L3 1.0

11 Peter Barlay 1912 W7 U--- U--- U--- 1.0

12 William Leo Wolf 1322 U--- W9 U--- U--- 1.0

13 Brian Henry Baum 643 L2 H--- U--- U--- 0.5

14 Douglas N Clark 159 L4 L7 L9 L6 0.0

15 Daniel J Rupp 989 L3 L6 U--- U--- 0.0


Projected Prizes: 1st $27.00; 2nd $18.00; U1300 $12.00

Searchin' In The Sun For Another Overload

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 14, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game choice comes from Glen Campbell, the pop and country singer who passed away on August 8th from Alzheimer's disease.  In honor of his contributions to music, I was listening to a couple of songs from him that I have in my collection.  My sister and her best friend from the 4th grade, Jennifer Macpherson, performed "Rhinestone Cowboy" at the 1978 Elmwood elementary school carnival entitled, "The Razzle Dazzle Carnival." 


Jennifer was a very witty child and won the name the carnival contest, which included the honors of having her name announced over the loud speaker by Principal Barnicle and various cash and prizes.  However, her vocals left something to be desired, and she failed to win the talent contest despite performing one of the catchiest songs of all time.  After hours and hours of listening to my sister and Jennifer rehearse in our basement, the song remains in my head and in my collection to this day.


The other Glen Campbell song that I have in my collection is "Wichita Lineman."  It was a gift from my sister since it was popular in the year of my birth.  I don't really know what a Lineman does, but it seems to me he has time to play chess during his job.


At one point in the song, the Lineman is "searching in the sun for another Overload."  I can relate to this as I have often had to search through chess games to find an Overload tactic for my newsletter.  In fact, this week I found a position which had 2 Overloads.


See if you can decide which one is better.  And I recommend taking this puzzle out in the sun!


White to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204339026


Searchin' In The Sun For Another Overload

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=111069


[Event "August Swiss 90"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.08.08"]

[Round "2.4"]

[White "Rupp, Dan"]

[Black "Eskeldson, Derek"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B07"]

[WhiteElo "989"]

[BlackElo "1270"]

[PlyCount "62"]

[EventDate "2017.08.01"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 d6 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3 g6 5. d4

Bg4 6. d5 Ne5 7. Bb5+ Ned7 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 Bg7 10. Bg5 O-O 11. O-O-O Ne5 12.

Qe2 a6 13. Ba4 b5 14. Bb3 Nfd7 15. f4 Nc4 16. a3 Nxa3 17. e5 Nc4 18. exd6 cxd6

19. h4 Qa5 20.

Bxc4 bxc4 21. Bxe7 Rfe8 22. Rhe1 Rab8 23. Qxc4 Rec8 24. b4 Qa3+ 25. Kd2 Rxc4

26. Re3 Rxc3 27. Rde1 Rxe3 28. Rxe3 Qxb4+ 29. c3 Qxf4 30. g3 Rb2+ 31. Kd3 Nc5#

0-1


This Week In Chess


On August 8th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the August Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30).


Standings. August Swiss 90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2001 W6 W5 2.0

2 Brian Jo Rountree 1856 W10 W4 2.0

3 Mark McGough 1876 W11 H--- 1.5

4 Aleksand Bozhenov 1994 W12 L2 1.0

5 Michael Smith II 1573 W13 L1 1.0

6 Derek Eskeldson 1270 L1 W11 1.0

7 Clinton D Eads 1229 L8 W13 1.0

8 Peter Barlay 1912 W7 U--- 1.0

9 William Leo Wolf 1322 U--- W12 1.0

10 Brian Henry Baum 643 L2 H--- 0.5

11 Daniel J Rupp 989 L3 L6 0.0

12 Scott Ch Williams 1233 L4 L9 0.0

13 Douglas N Clark 159 L5 L7 0.0

Remove The Attacker

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 7, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's August Swiss 90.  It will be a five round event this month and good preparation for our city championship coming up in October.


A couple of Brians met for the first time.  One is a regular at the club and this time control.  One is new to slow chess.  One has over 1,000 rated chess games under his belt.  One has 4 games in the bank.  One has been playing USCF chess for close to 25 years.  One has just started.


Despite the glaring difference in experience, the newby decided to castle opposite from the veteran.  Chess games where the Kings are located on different sides of the board are often a race to see which player can Pawn Storm the other player's King the fastest.  The veteran won that race.


With open files pointing towards the King and pieces pouring in the holes, the old Brian put the pressure on the new Brian to see how well he could rally his defence. 


While chess tactics are most commonly thought of as offensive weapons, similar ideas can be used as defensive weapons.  A chess player can remove the defender to gain material or get to the King.  However, when too many of your opponent's pieces are assembling around your King, it just might be time to deploy the counter measures.


See if you can find the moves to salvage this position.


White to move



See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204316500


Remove The Attacker

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=111016


[Event "August Swiss 90"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.08.01"]

[Round "1.5"]

[White "Baum, Brian"]

[Black "Rountree, Brian"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A00"]

[WhiteElo "643"]

[BlackElo "1856"]

[PlyCount "42"]

[EventDate "2017.08.01"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. e3 e5 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. Ne2 Bd6 5. b3 Ne7

6. Bb2 Be6 7. d4 e4 8. Nbc3 O-O 9. Qd2 b5 10. Nf4 Nd7 11. Nxe6 fxe6 12. O-O-O

a5 13. a4 Bb4 14. Qe2 Nb6 15. axb5 a4 16. Bh3 Rf6 17. bxc6 axb3 18. Qb5 Ba3 19.

Qxb3 Nc4 20. Na4 Bxb2+ 21. Nxb2 Ra1# 0-1


This Week In Chess


On August 1st, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the August Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30).


Standings. August Swiss 90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2001 W7 1.0

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 1994 W8 1.0

3 Peter Barlay 1912 W9 1.0

4 Mark McGough 1876 W10 1.0

5 Brian Jo Rountree 1856 W11 1.0

6 Michael Smith II 1573 W12 1.0

7 Derek Eskeldson 1270 L1 0.0

8 Scott Ch Williams 1233 L2 0.0

9 Clinton D Eads 1229 L3 0.0

10 Daniel J Rupp 989 L4 0.0

11 Brian Henry Baum 643 L5 0.0

12 Douglas N Clark 159 L6 0.0

WARNING: High Performance Rating

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 31, 2017 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from Doug Clark.  I told Doug I would publish his first USCF-rated win.  Well, after 45 games and two years, it finally happened.  Doug won!


In the fourth round of the July Quick, everything finally came together and he got that elusive win.  Unfortunately, players do not have to keep score in a Quick-rated game.  So, the actual victory cannot be published.  However, Colorado's newest Tournament Director (TD), Matthew Hansen, was there to see the final position and the glorious mate.  Both players just stared with amazement at the board for several minutes while Matthew wiped tears from his eyes.


"It was like watching the Cubs win the World Series," commented Mike Smith.


"I knew it was going to happen.  Surely, he was crushing a certain player in the past but just ran out of time," added Peter Barlay.


"High Performance Rating!" warned the USCF rating system.


As I helped Matthew Hansen submit the results, we received the USCF's warning.  The TD has to investigate and check off any warnings the USCF's computer system finds in the results that are submitted to be rated.  I guess the USCF doubted Doug's will and perseverance to get that first win.


The rest of us never did.  We were rooting for it.


He had all the elements of a win.  He could play good development.  He could find good tactics.  He could play a good endgame.  He could manage his clock well.  Just not all in the same game.


Here is an example from the 52nd Colorado Springs City Chess Championship where Doug gets a winning position, but his tactical eye failed him in this loss.


Black to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204295350


WARNING: High Performance Rating

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110935


[Event "City Championship"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2016.11.01"]

[Round "5.7"]

[White "Rupp, Dan"]

[Black "Clark, Doug"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C21"]

[WhiteElo "921"]

[BlackElo "159"]

[PlyCount "53"]

[EventDate "2016.10.04"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. e4 e5 2. d4 d6 3. d5 Nf6 4. Nc3 b6 5. Bb5+ Bd7

6. Qe2 c6 7. dxc6 Nxc6 8. Bg5 Nd4 9. Qd3 a6 10. Bc4 b5 11. Bd5 Rc8 12. Nf3 h6

13. Bd2 b4 14. Ne2 Bb5 15. c4 Bc6 16. Nfxd4 exd4 17. Nxd4 Bxd5 18. exd5 Qe7+

19. Ne2 a5 20. O-O Qe5 21. Rfe1 Qxb2 22. Nf4+ Be7 23. Ng6 fxg6 24. Qxg6+ Kd7

25. Qf5+ Kd8 26. Qe6 Rxc4 27. Qxe7+ 1-0


This Week In Chess


On July 25th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the July Quick (6SS, G/24+5).


Standings. July Quick


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1953 W7 W11 W2 L3 W4 W5 5.0 $32.50 1st

2 Jeffrey R Fox 1839 W10 W9 L1 W5 W3 W6 5.0 $32.50 1st

3 Aleksand Bozhenov 1825 W12 D4 W5 W1 L2 D9 4.0

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1636 W15 D3 L11 W7 L1 W10 3.5 $17.00 U1700

5 Michael Smith II 1457 W6 W7 L3 L2 W9 L1 3.0

6 Konnor Katona unr. L5 W13 L9 X14 W8 L2 3.0 $5.50 U1000/unr

7 Scott Ch Williams 1302 L1 L5 W10 L4 W13 W15 3.0

8 Michael Bauers 831 H--- H--- U--- W10 L6 W13 3.0 $5.50 U1000/unr

9 Peter Barlay 1702 W14 L2 W6 U--- L5 D3 2.5

10 Clinton D Eads 1114 L2 W14 L7 L8 W15 L4 2.0

11 Mark McGough 1702 W13 L1 W4 U--- U--- U--- 2.0

12 Matthew C Hansen 533 L3 W15 H--- U--- U--- U--- 1.5

13 Douglas N Clark 496 L11 L6 L14 W15 L7 L8 1.0

14 Ritarka Samanta unr. L9 L10 W13 F6 U--- U--- 1.0

15 Drake Wilson unr. L4 L12 H--- L13 L10 L7 0.5

Look For A Better One

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 24, 2017 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's July Quick event (6SS, G/24+5).  It is one of our faster events.  We hold faster time controls in January (Speed = 5 minute per player), April (Dual = between 30 to 60 minutes & Quick = between 10 and 30 minutes) and July (same as April).  Ordinarily, the club has month-long tournaments where each week only has one game (G/90+30).  The change to slower games dominating the schedule came about in 2015 when the old guard of officers wanted to retire and a new band of fresh, hip, and exciting officers stepped up to take over.


One of the results of switching schedules is that my 20 year grudge match with Jeff Fox has slowed down.  The match-up of Paul Anderson vs Jeff Fox is possibly the most frequent pairing in Colorado Springs chess history with 93 rated games.  However, we have only met five times in the past 3 years with the slower schedule.  In the past, we were playing five times each year.


Of course, the slower schedule may be only a contributing factor to our less common pairings.  A look at the numbers shows that Jeff's attendance had decreased dramatically a couple years before the switch to slow time controls.


Year, Games, My Wins, My Losses


2012    9    4.5    4.5

2013    2    1.0    1.0

2014    3    1.0    2.0

2015    2    2.0    0.0

2016    1    1.0    0.0

2017    2    2.0    0.0


* 2017 includes 1 Blitz rated game


A second glance at the numbers reveals that the back-and-forth nature of our ongoing battle has disappeared.  In 2014, we were dead even with 44 wins apiece.  Until 2015, I could pull ahead of Jeff by one win, but no more.  He might pull ahead by one win, but no more.  Now, I have won five straight games.


So, while the slower schedule might mean I play Jeff less, it just might be better for me.


Just like chess, while things might look good and your plan may win the game, a different move just might be better.


When you see a good move, look for a better one

(Emanuel Lasker)


Here is a position from my 93rd game with Jeff Fox.  I had been looking at a couple of moves before I got here.  When I arrived, I quickly went with my first candidate and didn't look back.  Well, until after the game, then I realized my other option just might have been better.


White to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204273476


Look For A Better One

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110871


[Event "July Quick"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.07.18"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Fox, Jeff"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B08"]

[WhiteElo "1953"]

[BlackElo "1839"]

[PlyCount "63"]

[EventDate "2017.07.18"]

[TimeControl "1440+5"]


1. d4 g6 2. e4 d6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Be3 c6

6. Qd2 Nbd7 7. h3 O-O 8. Be2 Qc7 9. Bh6 Re8 10. Bxg7 Kxg7 11. g4 e5 12. d5 Nc5

13. Qe3 cxd5 14. exd5 a6 15. Nd2 b5 16. g5 Ng8 17. h4 Ne7 18. Qf3 Nf5 19. h5

Qe7 20. Nce4 Nd7 21. O-O-O Bb7 22. hxg6 fxg6 23. Qh3 Kg8 24. Nf3 Rf8 25. Nh4

Rac8 26. Nxg6 hxg6 27. Qh8+ Kf7 28. Rh7+ Ke8 29. Rxe7+ Kxe7 30. Qh7+ Rf7 31.

Qxg6 Nd4 32. Qxd6+ 1-0


This Week In Chess


On July 18th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the July Quick (6SS, G/24+5).


Standings. July Quick


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1953 W9 W4 W3 3.0

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 1825 W8 D7 W5 2.5

3 Jeffrey R Fox 1839 W11 W6 L1 2.0

4 Mark McGough 1702 W14 L1 W7 2.0

5 Michael Smith II 1457 W10 W9 L2 2.0

6 Peter Barlay 1702 W12 L3 W10 2.0

7 Brian Jo Rountree 1636 W13 D2 L4 1.5

8 Matthew C Hansen 533 L2 W13 H--- 1.5

9 Scott Ch Williams 1302 L1 L5 W11 1.0

10 Konnor Katona unr. L5 W14 L6 1.0

11 Clinton D Eads 1114 L3 W12 L9 1.0

12 Ritarka Samanta unr. L6 L11 W14 1.0

13 Drake Wilson unr. L7 L8 H--- 0.5

14 Douglas N Clark 496 L4 L10 L12 0.0

Pikes Peak Or Bust

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 17, 2017 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's annual tradition, the July Mating Game.  It is a 2-week event that typically conflicts with Colorado Springs' annual tradition, the Pikes Peak Or Bust Rodeo Parade.




The parade travels right by the chess club and blocks anyone trying to cross Tejon for most of downtown.  In addition, it makes parking far more difficult than it already is.  However, to be fair, the parade was here first.  They have been holding it since 1940.  The chess club didn't start until 1947.


So, I have learned to adapt to the parade over the years.  I arrive early and on the Nevada side of Tejon, where there is more parking.  Then I enjoy the walk around our quaint downtown and, sometimes, even catch a little bit of the parade.


This year, I was so inspired by the parade that I decided to create one in my game that night.  See if you can find the move to start the parade.


White to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204251813


Pikes Peak Or Bust

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110797


[Event "July Mating Game"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.07.11"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Eads, Clint"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A91"]

[WhiteElo "2014"]

[BlackElo "1200"]

[PlyCount "97"]

[EventDate "2017.07.04"]

[TimeControl "2700"]


1. d4 e6 2. c4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nh3 O-O

6. O-O d6 7. Nc3 a5 8. Nf4 Qe8 9. Nb5 Na6 10. Bd2 e5 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Nd5 Nxd5

13. Bxd5+ Kh8 14. Bg2 f4 15. Bxa5 Qh5 16. Bxc7 Nxc7 17. Nxc7 fxg3 18. fxg3 Bc5+

19. Kh1 Bh3 20. Nxa8 Bxg2+ 21. Kxg2 Rxa8 22. Qd3 Bd4 23. Rf5 Qe8 24. Qc2 Qc6+

25. e4 Kg8 26. Raf1 Qd6 27. Qb3 Bc5 28. Rd1 Qe7 29. Rd5 Bd4 30. Rb5 Rb8 31. c5+

Kh8 32. Qf7 Bxc5 33. Qxe7 Bxe7 34. Rf7 Bd6 35. Rd7 Bf8 36. Rdxb7 Rc8 37. Rb8

Rc2+ 38. Kh3 Kg8 39. Rxe5 Rc6 40. Ree8 Rh6+ 41. Kg2 Rf6 42. e5 Rf5 43. e6 g6

44. e7 Kg7 45. Rxf8 Rd5 46. e8=Q Rd2+ 47. Kh3 Kh6 48. Qe3+ Kh5 49. g4# 1-0


This Week In Chess


On July 11th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the July Mating Game (4SS, G/45;d/10).  Since the event didn't have enough games to meet the USCF's minimum rating fee, several players created a Speed Quad (RR, G/5;d/0)


Standings. jmg: July Mating Game


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize

1 Jeffrey R Fox 1968 W8 W2 L3 W5 3.0 $21.00 1st

2 Mark McGough 1853 W4 L1 W6 D3 2.5 $7.00 2nd

3 Brian Jo Rountree 1834 H--- H--- W1 D2 2.5 $7.00 2nd

4 Paul D Anderson 2014 L2 W8 U--- W6 2.0

5 Michael Smith II 1589 H--- H--- W7 L1 2.0 $9.00 U1800/unr

6 Clinton D Eads 1200 H--- H--- L2 L4 1.0

7 Brian Henry Baum unr. H--- H--- L5 U--- 1.0

8 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1483 L1 L4 U--- U--- 0.0


Standings. jmg: Speed Quad


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1953 W3 W4 W2 3.0

2 Jeffrey R Fox 1839 W4 D3 L1 1.5

3 Mark McGough 1702 L1 D2 W4 1.5

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1636 L2 L1 L3 0.0

Life Is A Kind Of Chess

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 10, 2017 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Fourth Of July.  It is the first time I have played chess on the 4th.  Typically, the Colorado Springs Chess Club takes a break from chess when the holiday falls on a Tuesday night.  However, I was in charge of making the schedule this year and wanted to get everything in place by February.  Who is thinking about Independence Day in February?  So, I created the event and placed the ads without a second thought.


No one said anything to me about the unusual choice of days to hold a chess tournament.  Well, that is until about a week before the event.  Then it was a series of questions similar to:  "Are we really meeting on the fourth of July?"


Since it was my mistake, I figured I would go down with the ship.  I imagined that no one except me would show up.  However, a handful of dedicated chess players came out to show their true patriotic spirit.


Just like the Founding Fathers, these brave men put chess before their personal lives and made the greatest sacrifice a man can make for his country.  Let us not forget their service and salute their determination to pursue the greater good.


The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits ready on all occasions (especially the 4th of July); for life is a kind of Chess.

(Benjamin Franklin)


Give me chess, or give me death!

(Patrick Henry)


Those who expect to reap the blessings of chess, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

(Thomas Paine)


I am going to skip chess on the 4th of July.

(Benedict Arnold)


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Chess.

(Thomas Jefferson)


Here are some of the fireworks that were created that memorial night at chess club.


White to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204227913


Life Is A Kind Of Chess

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110737


[Event "July Mating Game"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.07.04"]

[Round "1.1"]

[White "McGough, Mark"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B15"]

[WhiteElo "1853"]

[BlackElo "2014"]

[PlyCount "101"]

[EventDate "2017.07.04"]

[TimeControl "2700"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. e5 h5 5. Bd3 Nh6

6. f4 Bf5 7. Nf3 Bxd3 8. Qxd3 Na6 9. Be3 Nf5 10. O-O-O Qa5 11. Kb1 Bh6 12. e6

f6 13. g3 O-O-O 14. Nh4 Nxh4 15. gxh4 f5 16. Rhg1 Rhg8 17. Rg2 Rg7 18. Rdg1

Rdg8 19. Qe2 Qc7 20. Nd1 Qd6 21. Nf2 Nc7 22. Nd3 Nxe6 23. Ne5 Bxf4 24. Nxg6

Bxe3 25. Qxe3 Kc7 26. a3 Nf8 27. Nf4 Rxg2 28. Rxg2 Rxg2 29. Nxg2 Ne6 30. Qh6

Nxd4 31. Qxh5 Qxh2 32. Qg5 Qe5 33. h5 Nf3 34. Qg8 Qf6 35. Nf4 Ng5 36. Qxg5 Qxg5

37. Ne6+ Kd7 38. Nxg5 Ke8 39. h6 Kf8 40. Kc1 e5 41. Kd2 Kg8 42. Ke3 b6 43. Kf3

c5 44. Kg3 c4 45. Kh4 d4 46. Kh5 d3 47. cxd3 cxd3 48. Kg6 d2 49. h7+ Kf8 50.

h8=Q+ Ke7 51. Qxe5+ 1-0


This Week In Chess


On July 4th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the July Mating Game (4SS, G/45d10).


Standings. July Mating Game


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Jeffrey R Fox 1968 W4 W2 2.0

2 Mark McGough 1853 W3 L1 1.0

3 Paul D Anderson 2014 L2 W4 1.0

4 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1483 L1 L3 0.0

The One Percent

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 4, 2017 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event, The June Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30).  It was a four-round, month-long event with one game per night.  Typically, Brian Rountree gets his money's worth on time, as he is one of the last games to finish.  However, this night, he was the first game done.


The reason he finished so quickly was that his game ended in 9 moves.  A single digit game is a rarity in tournament chess.  Very few games finish in under 25 moves, and those games have been given a special name: miniatures.


I have no idea what a single digit game is called.  But they do happen.  I have played in over 900 tournament games.  I searched my database for games that finished in less than 10 moves and found 3 games.  One was 9 moves where my opponent dropped his Queen and resigned.  The next was 1 move because my opponent didn't show up.  The last one was a 4 move checkmate from the editor of my state's chess association, who promised a loss to anyone who submitted an article.


Of course, my numbers may not be the best example of how often single digit games occur, as I don't often play the new or less experienced players.  So, I checked my TD database.  It has 523 games, and I found 6 games with 9 moves or less.  One percent.


You are in rare company to be a part of a single digit game. You are apart of the 99th percentile.  However, I noticed that it is even more rare to win as Black.  All of the single digit games I found were won by White (Peter Barlay had 3 of them).  Until now.


Here is the rarest of rare:  A Single Digit Black Victory


Black to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204208103


The One Percent

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110700


[Event "June Swiss 90"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.06.27"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Smith, Mike"]

[Black "Rountree, Brian"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C55"]

[WhiteElo "1545"]

[BlackElo "1767"]

[PlyCount "16"]

[EventDate "2017.06.06"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. e5

d5 6. exd6 Bxd6 7. Nxd4 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 Bb4+ 0-1


This Week In Chess


On June 27th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the June Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30).


Standings. JuneSwiss90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize

1 Aleksand Bozhenov 1914 W11 H--- W9 W2 3.5 $30.00 1st

2 Paul D Anderson 2008 W10 W4 W3 L1 3.0 $6.67 2nd

3 Mark McGough 1859 W5 W10 L2 W6 3.0 $6.67 2nd

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1767 W12 L2 W7 W10 3.0 $6.67 2nd

5 Clinton D Eads 1180 L3 L7 W13 W11 2.0 $13.00 U1500/unr

6 Peter Barlay 1957 W7 U--- W11 L3 2.0

7 Dean W Brown 1469 L6 W5 L4 D8 1.5

8 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L9 W13 L10 D7 1.5

9 Calvin P Dejong 1900 W8 H--- L1 U--- 1.5

10 Michael Smith II 1545 L2 L3 W8 L4 1.0

11 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L1 W12 L6 L5 1.0

12 Daniel J Rupp 993 L4 L11 U--- W13 1.0

13 Cass Raymon Melin unr. U--- L8 L5 L12 0.0

DuWayne's Crowning Glory

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado State Senior Chess Championship.  I was recruited to be the Tournament Director (TD) for the second day.  The event was a two-day, four-round, Swiss Tournament (4SS, G/90+30).  It was held in Golden, Colorado on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th.  I had my choice of days as the first TD, Philip Nelson, was willing to direct but not give up his whole weekend.  I had lost my spot at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, as the chess playing monk on Sunday, and decided to help the Colorado State Chess Association crown the new Senior Chess Champ.


The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs 16:31 (KJV)


Also, I had just learned that my youngest Grandparent was going to be having her 100th birthday on June 25th.  She did not live long enough to celebrate the occasion, as she died in 2014.  However, since she is buried in Ft Logan National Cemetery, I figured I could stop by after the tournament and put some flowers on her grave.


It seemed like the perfect plan.  Two birds, one stone.


However, I didn't realize the problems that are associated with having 2 TDs tag-team direct a chess tournament.  Philip uses different software than I do.  So, getting the first half results in a digital file was not likely to work.  Fortunately, the turn-out was small and entering the results by hand was not that difficult.


The other problem that was new to me was directing a seniors-only event.  Maybe I shouldn't say, "Problem."  It is a different set of challenges with all seniors at a chess event.


I made the mistake of asking the group if anyone knew how to set up the printer that Philip had left for me.  DuWayne said,  "Let me take a look under the hood."  So, I turned over my netbook to him while I set up the snack bar with Werther's hard candies and Metamucil.


Soon, I realized that DuWayne was not going get the printer up and running.  He asked, "Where is the Enter key? Your computer doesn't have one."


"It is right here, DuWayne, " I responded politely.


"Your keyboard is too small!" DuWayne complained with an air of frustration, "It is asking for a password.  Why is it asking for a password?  What is the password?"


"It is AMCguest, DuWayne," I said.


"What?" DuWayne spoke loudly, cupping his hand over his ear, "Speak up, sonny."


"Thanks for your help.  I am just going to write the pairings by hand."  I said nicely, trying to usher him off my computer and back to his seat, "Let me just close these 14 windows of blank spreadsheets, OneNote, PowerPoint, and 7 windows of Internet Explorer.  Oh, look, you have deleted the SwissSys tournament file.  Thanks again, I've got it from here."


Once I got DuWayne back to his chair and started the first round, I was able to get the computer working again and even downloaded the correct driver to connect to the printer.  I printed one page for the third round pairings just to make sure it was working when Jeff Cohen came back to pick up the printer.


So, I spend the rest of the third round uninstalling the printer software.


Most of my time during the fourth round was spent refilling the cleaning fluid for bifocal glasses and waking up the players when it was their move.  I think DuWayne benefited the most from my duties, as I woke him up with his game in the following position.  I was busy cleaning his glasses so he had to lean in real close to find the right move. 




However, he was able to see it and went on to win his first Colorado State Senior Chess Championship.  Congratulatons, DuWayne!


White to move



See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204184238


DuWayne's Crowning Glory

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110660


[Event "Senior Championship"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.06.25"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Langseth, DuWayne"]

[Black "Wutt, Larry"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A45"]

[WhiteElo "1979"]

[BlackElo "1984"]

[PlyCount "57"]

[EventDate "2017.06.24"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 e6 3. f4 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Bd3 d5

6. Nf3 b6 7. Nbd2 Bd6 8. Ne5 Qc7 9. O-O O-O 10. Rf3 Bb7 11. Rh3 Ne7 12. Bxh7+

Kh8 13. Bd3+ Kg8 14. Qe1 Rfd8 15. Qh4 Kf8 16. Qh8+ Neg8 17. Ndf3 Bxe5 18. fxe5

Ne4 19. Bxe4 dxe4 20. Ng5 Rd7 21. Rh7 Ke7 22. Rxg7 Nh6 23. Qxh6 Rf8 24. Nh7

Rdd8 25. Nxf8 Rxf8 26. Qf6+ Ke8 27. Qxe6+ fxe6 28. Rxc7 Ba6 29. Bd2 1-0


This Week In Chess


On June 20th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the June Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30).


Standings. JuneSwiss90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2008 W7 W4 W3 3.0

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 1914 W8 H--- W6 2.5

3 Mark McGough 1859 W10 W7 L1 2.0

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1767 W12 L1 W9 2.0

5 Peter Barlay 1957 W9 U--- W8 2.0

6 Calvin P Dejong 1900 W11 H--- L2 1.5

7 Michael Smith II 1545 L1 L3 W11 1.0

8 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L2 W12 L5 1.0

9 Dean W Brown 1469 L5 W10 L4 1.0

10 Clinton D Eads 1180 L3 L9 W13 1.0

11 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L6 W13 L7 1.0

12 Daniel J Rupp 993 L4 L8 U--- 0.0

13 Cass Raymon Melin unr. U--- L11 L10 0.0


Projected prizes: $30 1st; $20 2nd; $13 U1500/unr

It's Not Late If It's Still Trending

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 19, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from my email match against my dad.  It started in 1996 and lasted until 2010.  We played 53 games, and the score was even until 2003 (+12-12=9).  The final 20 games went in my favor and showed a marked improvement in my game (+10-3=7).  The match was the reason I started going to the Colorado Springs Chess Club and started playing in the USCF.


When I started writing about chess in 2004, I made it a tradition to publish my dad's wins on Father's Day.  Sometimes I would not get the newsletter out on time since it can be busy for me as well.  This year I went to see Wonder Woman on Father's Day (since Wonder Dad does not exist) and did not get the newsletter out. 


However, I noticed that the hashtag FathersDay is still trending.  I guess a lot of children didn't get their act together.  So, here is a game for all those chess Dads out there!


White to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204162862


It's Not Late If It's Still Trending

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110617


[Event "9-8-4"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2001.01.15"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B33"]

[PlyCount "127"]

[EventDate "2000.11.01"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5

6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Nd5 Qd8 11. c3 Ne7 12. g3 Nxd5

13. exd5 Be7 14. Bg2 O-O 15. O-O Bb7 16. Nc2 Rc8 17. Ne3 Qb6 18. Re1 a5 19. Rc1

Rc7 20. Bf1 Bc8 21. Bd3 Ba6 22. Qe2 Rfc8 23. h4 g6 24. Kg2 f5 25. f3 Bf6 26.

Rcd1 Bg7 27. Nc2 Rc5 28. Na3 Rxd5 29. Bc4 bxc4 30. Rxd5 Rc5 31. Qf2 Rc6 32.

Qxb6 Rxb6 33. Re2 Bb7 34. Rxa5 d5 35. Rb5 Rxb5 36. Nxb5 Kf8 37. Kf2 Ke7 38. f4

e4 39. Re1 h5 40. Nd4 Kd6 41. a4 Bf6 42. a5 Bd8 43. Ra1 Ba6 44. Nc2 Kc6 45.

Nb4+ Kb5 46. Nxa6 Kxa6 47. Rd1 Bxa5 48. Rxd5 Bb6+ 49. Ke2 Bg1 50. Rd6+ Kb5 51.

Rxg6 Ka4 52. Rg5 Kb3 53. Rxf5 Kxb2 54. Rxh5 Kxc3 55. Rb5 Kd4 56. f5 Be3 57. f6

c3 58. Kd1 Bh6 59. g4 Bf8 60. g5 e3 61. g6 Bh6 62. g7 c2+ 63. Kxc2 e2 64. Rb1

1-0


This Week In Chess


On June 13th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the June Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30).


Standings. JuneSwiss90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2008 W10 W5 2.0

2 Mark McGough 1859 W11 W10 2.0

3 Aleksand Bozhenov 1914 W7 H--- 1.5

4 Calvin P Dejong 1900 W6 H--- 1.5

5 Brian Jo Rountree 1767 W12 L1 1.0

6 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L4 W13 1.0

7 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L3 W12 1.0

8 Dean W Brown 1469 L9 W11 1.0

9 Peter Barlay 1957 W8 U--- 1.0

10 Michael Smith II 1545 L1 L2 0.0

11 Clinton D Eads 1180 L2 L8 0.0

12 Daniel J Rupp 993 L5 L7 0.0

13 Cass Raymon Melin unr. U--- L6 0.0

The Knight

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 14, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Game Of The Week



Name: Knight

Alias: Horse, Jumper, Rider, Horseman

Number: 2

Starting Square: 1st rank, B and G files

Motto: “We are Better Guards!”

Move: One straight, one diagonally

Capture: One straight, one diagonally

Speed: Medium

Special Ability: None

Material Value: 3

Mobility Preference: Outposts

Spiritual Value: Joy

Song: Joy To The World, Three Dog Night

Verse: Joel 2:4-5 (KJV)


The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.


My horses leap for joy and I will give thanks to them in song.  The Knights are the happiest of pieces because they are free.  They jump over any obstacle in their way and are not tied to the same color.  They start fenced in by the rook and bishop but are free to jump into battle immediately.  While the other pieces only move across open ground, the knights will always leap for joy.


Since he cannot move onto the same color, he will switch colors with every move.  He combines a rook move with a bishop move.  He can capture any enemy piece that comes too close while remaining safe from him.  He circles the wagons in defense.  However, he makes sure not to go too far too fast.


The Knight will take on any mission.  He will defend the king, he will lay down his life, and he will capture his King's enemies.  But most importantly, he will serve the King by guarding the castle or an outpost.  How will you use the Knight?  You will have to play to find out!


Here is a position from my game with NM Buck Buchanan, where I chose to use the two Knights versus the Bishop Pair and get the win against a master:


Buchanan,Buck (2004) - Anderson,Paul (1952) [A42]

Al Ufer Memorial Colorado Springs (4.2), 03.01.2009


1.d4 c6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nc3 Bg4


Buck has decided to follow the conventional wisdom and bring out his Knights first.  Being the rebel that I am, I have gone the other way and employ the Bishops first.


I have added these principles to the law: get the Knights into action before both Bishops are developed.

(Emanuel Lasker)


6.Be2 Bxf3 7.Bxf3 Qb6 8.d5 Qb4 9.Qb3 Qxb3 10.axb3 Nd7 11.Be3 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 c5 13.0–0 Ngf6 14.g3 0–0 15.Bg2 Rfb8 16.f4 b5 17.Rfb1 bxc4 18.bxc4 Rxb1+ 19.Rxb1 Nb6 20.e5 Ng4


When the Queens are traded, I choose to create a weakness in the Pawn Structure and battle it out with Knights vs Bishops.  Of course, the Bishop Pair is going to be the faster army.  However, I am hopeful that I can keep most of the Pawns on the board and minimize the Bishops’ activity.  A chess position where a lot of Pawns remain on the board and the Mobility of the Rooks and Bishops is inhibited is called a Closed Position.  The Knights are often more beneficial in Closed Positions as they can jump over the Pawn obstacles.


21.Bc1 Nxc4 22.h3 Nge3 23.Bf3 Nf5 24.g4 Ng7 25.Rb7 Kf8 26.Rb1 f5 27.Be2 Nb6 28.Bb5


I am pretty sure that Buck didn’t mind giving up one of his Doubled Pawns since it gave more space to his Light-squared Bishop.  However, in his rush to activate his Minor Pieces, he missed the counter-play the Knight has after trying to set up an Overload tactic.


28…Nxd5 29.Bc6 Nxc3 30.Rb2 Rc8 31.Bd7 Rd8 32.e6 Nd5 33.Bd2 Nb6 34.Ba5 Rb8 35.Kf1 fxg4 36.hxg4 h5 37.Kg1 hxg4 38.Rh2 Nh5 39.f5 Kg7 40.Bc3+ Nf6 41.Bc6 gxf5 42.Rf2 Kg6 43.Ra2 Nbd5 44.Ba1


Black to move



See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204147958


Despite having the faster army, Buck can’t find anywhere to do some damage, with the Knights and Pawns holding down the fort.  Now, time is becoming a factor.  The unusual move pattern of the Knights can be a tricky problem to solve for even the most experienced players with the clock ticking down.


In blitz, the Knight is stronger than the Bishop.

(Vlastimil Hort)


44…Rb6 45.Bd7 a6 0–1


We both missed the Knight’s patented move, The Fork (44…Nb4!).  The Knight creates an Overload by attacking both the Rook and Bishop.  White cannot defend both pieces as the Knight also covers Ra6.


The Knight Fork is possibly the first tactic most players learn.  Typically, the Fork occurs when the Knight can move forward towards two pieces and take one path to capture one piece and take a different path to capture the other one.   However, it is possible for the Knight to fork 8 different pieces!


When the Knight forks the King and Queen, it is called a Royal Fork.  When the Knight forks the King, Queen, and a Rook it is called a Family Fork.


The Knight

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110585


[Event "Al Ufer Memorial"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2009.01.03"]

[Round "4.2"]

[White "Buchanan, Buck"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A42"]

[WhiteElo "2004"]

[BlackElo "1952"]

[PlyCount "90"]

[EventDate "2008.01.05"]

[TimeControl "3600"]


1. d4 c6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nc3 Bg4 6.

Be2 Bxf3 7. Bxf3 Qb6 8. d5 Qb4 9. Qb3 Qxb3 10. axb3 Nd7 11. Be3 Bxc3+ 12. bxc3

c5 13. O-O Ngf6 14. g3 O-O 15. Bg2 Rfb8 16. f4 b5 17. Rfb1 bxc4 18. bxc4 Rxb1+

19. Rxb1 Nb6 20. e5 Ng4 21. Bc1 Nxc4 22. h3 Nge3 23. Bf3 Nf5 24. g4 Ng7 25. Rb7

Kf8 26. Rb1 f5 27. Be2 Nb6 28. Bb5 Nxd5 29. Bc6 Nxc3 30. Rb2 Rc8 31. Bd7 Rd8

32. e6 Nd5 33. Bd2 Nb6 34. Ba5 Rb8 35. Kf1 fxg4 36. hxg4 h5 37. Kg1 hxg4 38.

Rh2 Nh5 39. f5 Kg7 40. Bc3+ Nf6 41. Bc6 gxf5 42. Rf2 Kg6 43. Ra2 Nbd5 44. Ba1

Rb6 45. Bd7 a6 0-1


This Week In Chess


On June 6th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the June Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30).


Standings. JuneSwiss90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2008 W7 1.0

2 Peter Barlay 1957 W9 1.0

3 Aleksand Bozhenov 1914 W8 1.0

4 Calvin P Dejong 1900 W10 1.0

5 Mark McGough 1859 W11 1.0

6 Brian Jo Rountree 1767 W12 1.0

7 Michael Smith II 1545 L1 0.0

8 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L3 0.0

9 Dean W Brown 1469 L2 0.0

10 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L4 0.0

11 Clinton D Eads 1180 L5 0.0

12 Daniel J Rupp 993 L6 0.0

The Demise Of Denny's

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the old Denny's tournaments. 


Back in July of 2007, the Colorado Springs Chess Club tested out the idea of offering more chess.  Rather than just one night per week and one location, we created a new night at a new location.  It was an immediate success.


Players who were not coming to the traditional Tuesday night events started coming to events on other nights.  However, the club only has limited resources.  So, part of the formula for making the extra nights work was to find locations that would let chess players take over their establishment for free. 


For one reason or another, chess players wore out the welcome mat at a number of places:


  • Poor Richard's Bookstore
  • East Coast Deli
  • Panera on Powers
  • Air Force Academy
  • Panera on Academy
  • Pikes Perk
  • IHOP on Academy
  • IHOP on Stetson Hills
  • Garbanzo's
  • Marco's
  • A house in North Gate


What we lacked was a quality organizer who could build a good relationship with a favorable location.  Finally, we landed a nationally known chess tournament director from Ohio, Earle Wikle, and he found a place that was a steal:  Denny's!


The Denny's events started in September of 2015 and ran until December of 2016.  We held 32 events at their location and all was right with the chess world. 


However, all good things end.  Appearently, someone tripped over an extention cord and went into a rant like Donald Duck turning red and spraying spittle and feathers all over the place.  Well, this soured the management on chess players in general, and Earle, despite his extraordinary diplomatic skills, could not get back in their good graces.  Denny's asked us to leave.


Beware the wrath of Earle!


Anyone who has ventured into the world of chess tournament organizing knows how lucrative it can be.  Well, Earle was not going to let his cash cow die without a fight.  He penned a nastly letter to Denny's Corporate office, posting it to many social media outlets, letting them know about the billions of dollars he was generating.


Soon the Colorado Department of Revenue got wind of Denny's backroom games of chance, with its enormous prizes and never ending pots of coffee.  They were none too pleased that many of the cash awards were not signed for and not reported on the chess players taxes. 


They shut down the nafarious operation and are currently looking for anyone who may have received a prize from a Denny's event.  Please fill out a 1099 form within the next 90 days and return it to:


Colorado Department of Revenue

Denver, CO 80261




Of particular interest, the Colorado Department of Revenue is looking for the two parties involved in the following game that created this position, which won a suspiciously large brilliancy prize:


Black to mate



See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204120758


The Demise Of Denny's

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110523


[Event "Denny's Thursday Grand Slam October"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2015.10.01"]

[Round "1"]

[White "Mekonnen, Alemayehu"]

[Black "DeJong, Calvin"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B22"]

[WhiteElo "1587"]

[BlackElo "1241"]

[Annotator "D,Calvin"]

[PlyCount "106"]

[EventDate "2015.??.??"]


1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bc4 e6 6. O-O Be7 7. d4 Nc7 8. Nbd2

b6 9. Ne4 cxd4 10. cxd4 O-O 11. Nd6 Bxd6 12. exd6 Ne8 13. Bg5 f6 14. Bf4 Na5

15. Bd3 Nb7 16. Be4 Rb8 17. Bd3 Nexd6 18. Qa4 Ra8 19. Ba6 Qe7 20. Qb4 Nf5 21.

Qa4 d6 22. Rfe1 Na5 23. Bd3 Bd7 24. Qd1 g6 25. b4 Nc6 26. a3 Ncxd4 27. Be4

Nxf3+ 28. Bxf3 Rad8 29. g4 Nh4 30. Bh1 e5 31. Bg3 f5 32. f4 e4 33. g5 h6 34.

Bxh4 h5 35. Qd4 Ba4 36. Bg2 d5 37. Rac1 Qg7 38. Qd2 d4 39. Bxe4 fxe4 40. Rxe4

Qd7 41. Bf2 Bc6 42. Rxd4 Qg4+ 43. Bg3 Rxd4 44. Qxd4 Qf3 45. Qc4+ Bd5 46. Qf1

Qe3+ 47. Bf2 Qxf4 48. Bg3 Qd4+ 49. Bf2 Qg4+ 50. Bg3 Rxf1+ 51. Kxf1 Qf3+ 52. Ke1

Qe3+ 53. Kd1 Bb3+ {White resigns} 0-1


This Week In Chess


On May 30th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the May Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30).


Standings. MaySwiss90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2008 W12 W3 L2 W9 W5 4.0 $25.00 1st

2 Laurence Rob Wutt 1989 W7 W4 W1 W6 U--- 4.0 $25.00 1st

3 Brian Jo Rountree 1761 W11 L1 W7 D4 W6 3.5 $5.00 GOW

4 Mark McGough 1859 W10 L2 W11 D3 W7 3.5

5 Michael Smith II 1545 W13 W9 L6 W8 L1 3.0 $13.00 U1600

6 Alexander Freeman 1908 D8 W12 W5 L2 L3 2.5

7 Dean W Brown 1475 L2 W13 L3 W11 L4 2.0

8 William Leo Wolf 1312 D6 W14 L9 L5 D10 2.0

9 Peter Barlay 1957 W14 L5 W8 L1 U--- 2.0 $5.00 GOW

10 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L4 L11 H--- W14 D8 2.0

11 Clinton D Eads 1180 L3 W10 L4 L7 U--- 1.0

12 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L1 L6 W14 U--- U--- 1.0

13 Daniel J Rupp 993 L5 L7 H--- U--- U--- 0.5

14 Michael W Sandau 1372 L9 L8 L12 L10 U--- 0.0

P Is For Pin VI

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 30, 2017 at 4:55 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 tactics.  It is meant to remind you not to drop your pieces and help you get your opponent to drop theirs.


I said that the DROP Method was a work in progress, and it was.  So, I thought I would revisit each of the four kinds of chess tactics to provide more examples.



Pin is a chess move that immobilizes an opponent's piece.


The Pin is different from the other kinds of tactics in that it does not create multiple threats.  Its main function is to prevent a piece from moving.  A Pin on a target allows that target to be attacked by a lower value piece.  A Pin on a support allows the capture of the piece the support is guarding.


"The defensive power of a pinned piece is only imaginary."

(Aaron Nimzovich)


The Pin works by threatening a low value piece that has a higher value piece (or an ungarded piece) behind it.  The low value piece is stuck (as if with a pin) to the higher value piece due to the loss of material should the low value piece move and allow the capture of the higher value piece.


If the higher value piece is the King, the low value piece is absolutely immobilized, as the rules of Chess do not allow moves where the King could be captured.   Otherwise the Pin is relative, as the opponent can actually move the low value piece if he is willing to accept the loss of material.  The other types of Pins are rare:


  • Absolute (Pins a target to the King)
  • Relative (Pins a low value target to a higher value piece)
  • Cross (Multiple Pins on one piece)
  • Cross-check (blocks check and counter-checks)


Here is an example from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event:  May Swiss 90.  Scott Williams, who just recently played his 100th tournament game, attacked the Bishop, perhaps in an effort to gain the Bishop pair.  Mike Sandau, in his first contest versus Scott, retreated the Bishop, not willing to trade it yet. 


However, Mike didn't move the Bishop back quite far enough, leaving it unguarded and creating the Pin.


White to move



See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204092764


P Is For Pin VI

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110471


[Event "May Swiss 90"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.05.23"]

[Round "4.6"]

[White "Williams, Scott"]

[Black "Sandau, Mike"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C50"]

[WhiteElo "1282"]

[BlackElo "1372"]

[PlyCount "35"]

[EventDate "2017.05.02"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nd4 4. Nxd4 exd4 5. d3

a5 6. O-O c6 7. a3 Nh6 8. Nd2 Bd6 9. Nf3 b5 10. Ba2 Ng4 11. h3 Ne5 12. Bf4 Qe7

13. Nxd4 Qf6 14. Nf5 Bc7 15. d4 g6 16. dxe5 Bxe5 17. Bxe5 Qxe5 18. Nd6+ 1-0


This Week In Chess


On May 23rd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the May Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30).


Standings. MaySwiss90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize

1 Laurence Rob Wutt 1989 W8 W5 W2 W4 4.0

2 Paul D Anderson 2008 W12 W6 L1 W7 3.0

3 Michael Smith II 1545 W13 W7 L4 W9 3.0

4 Alexander Freeman 1908 D9 W12 W3 L1 2.5

5 Mark McGough 1859 W10 L1 W11 D6 2.5

6 Brian Jo Rountree 1761 W11 L2 W8 D5 2.5 $5.00 GOW

7 Peter Barlay 1957 W14 L3 W9 L2 2.0 $5.00 GOW

8 Dean W Brown 1475 L1 W13 L6 W11 2.0

9 William Leo Wolf 1312 D4 W14 L7 L3 1.5

10 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L5 L11 H--- W14 1.5

11 Clinton D Eads 1180 L6 W10 L5 L8 1.0

12 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L2 L4 W14 U--- 1.0

13 Daniel J Rupp 993 L3 L8 H--- U--- 0.5

14 Michael W Sandau 1372 L7 L9 L12 L10 0.0


Projected prizes: 1st $30; 2nd $20; U1600 $13

O Is For Overload VI

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 22, 2017 at 3:05 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 tactics.  It is meant to remind you not to drop your pieces and help you get your opponent to drop theirs.


I said that the DROP Method was a work in progress, and it was.  So, I thought I would revisit each of the four kinds of chess tactics to provide more examples. The first kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Discovery, which I revisited on May 8th (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/44523643-d-is-for-discovery-v). The second kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Removal, which I revisited on May 14th (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/44533499-r-is-for-removal-vi).  The third kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Overload.


Overload is a chess move that attacks a target.


The Overload is played when the player creates a threat on a target that cannot be defended.  The classic example is choosing a target and piling more attackers on it than supports the defender can muster.  When the number of attackers are greater than the number of supports, material can be won through a series of captures.   Each capture creates a new target until the final support is exhausted and an unguarded target appears.


However, the Overload is, perhaps, the most broad kind of tactic.  Not only does it use multiple attackers on one target, but also it uses a single attacker on multiple targets.  The idea is the same:  to gain a target than cannot be defended.  So, most players will become familiar with the different types of Overload:


  • Battery (Overload with multiple attackers on a file or diagonal)
  • Fork (Overload with multiple targets by the Knight)
  • Double Attack (Overload with multiple targets by the other pieces)
  • Over-Worked Piece (Overload with multiple targets)
  • Skewer (Overload with multiple targets where a high value piece is in front)


Here is an example from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night event, the May Swiss 90.  This position was created by Peter Barlay and Will Wolf.


Black to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204067398


O Is For Overload VI

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110407


[Event "May Swiss 90"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.05.16"]

[Round "3.3"]

[White "Barlay, Peter"]

[Black "Wolf, Will"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B03"]

[WhiteElo "1957"]

[BlackElo "1312"]

[PlyCount "45"]

[EventDate "2017.05.02"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. c4 Nb6 4. d4 d6 5. f4 dxe5

6. fxe5 Nc6 7. Be3 Bf5 8. Nc3 e6 9. Nf3 Bb4 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Bxc3 12. bxc3

Na5 13. Nd2 c5 14. Qe1 cxd4 15. cxd4 Rc8 16. Rc1 Nc6 17. Qf2 Qe7 18. Qg3 Bg6

19. h4 Qa3 20. Kh2 Ne7 21. Qf4 Nf5 22. Bg1 Rfd8 23. h5 1-0


This Week In Chess


On May 16th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued the May Swiss90  (5SS, G/90+30).


Standings. MaySwiss90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Laurence Rob Wutt 1989 W9 W5 W3 3.0

2 Alexander Freeman 1908 D8 W11 W4 2.5

3 Paul D Anderson 2008 W11 W7 L1 2.0

4 Michael Smith II 1545 W12 W6 L2 2.0

5 Mark McGough 1859 W13 L1 W10 2.0

6 Peter Barlay 1957 W14 L4 W8 2.0

7 Brian Jo Rountree 1761 W10 L3 W9 2.0

8 William Leo Wolf 1312 D2 W14 L6 1.5

9 Dean W Brown 1475 L1 W12 L7 1.0

10 Clinton D Eads 1180 L7 W13 L5 1.0

11 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L3 L2 W14 1.0

12 Daniel J Rupp 993 L4 L9 H--- 0.5

13 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L5 L10 H--- 0.5

14 Michael W Sandau 1372 L6 L8 L11 0.0

R Is For Removal VI

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 14, 2017 at 4:15 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 tactics.   It is meant to remind you not to drop your pieces and help you get your opponent to drop theirs.


I said that the DROP Method was a work in progress, and it was.  So, I thought I would revisit each of the four kinds of chess tactics to provide more examples.   The first kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Discovery, which I revisited on May 8th (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/44523643-d-is-for-discovery-v).  The second kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Removal.


Removal is a chess move that attacks a support.


The Removal is played when the player stops an opponent's piece from supporting the actual target.  The supporting piece will typically be of an equal or lesser value than the attacking piece.  However, the Removal can give up material, as the protection on the real target is now gone and creates a second attack that cannot be defended.


The target can be the King (Mate threat), a valuable piece (Material threat), or even a square (Mobility threat).


Different types of Removals are referred to by different names, but the idea is the same:  The support of the target is removed.  Here are some names for the different types of Removal:


  • Clearance (Removal by passing support)
  • Deflection (Removal by forcing support to move)
  • Interference (Removal by interposition; Interception)
  • Undermining (Removal by capturing support; trade)
  • Sacrifice (Removal by capturing support; Exchange; Greek Gift, Desperado)


Here is an example from an email match I played with my Dad.  I am a Pawn ahead in Material and have a more advanced position.  However, one Pawn doesn't guarantee success.  Can you find the killer move?


White to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=20404033


R Is For Removal VI

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110365


[Event "3-4-1"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "1997.09.12"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D20"]

[PlyCount "71"]

[EventDate "1997.07.23"]

[TimeControl "0"]

 

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4 c5 4. d5 e6 5. Bxc4 Nf6 6. Nc3 exd5 7.

Nxd5 Nxd5 8. Qxd5 Qxd5 9. Bxd5 Bd6 10. Ne2 Nd7 11. Be3 O-O 12. Rc1 Rb8 13. O-O

b6 14. Rfd1 Be5 15. Nc3 a6 16. f4 Bxc3 17. Rxc3 Nf6 18. Bc6 Bb7 19. Bxb7 Rxb7

20. e5 Ng4 21. Bc1 h5 22. h3 Nh6 23. Rcd3 Re8 24. Rd7 Rxd7 25. Rxd7 Kf8 26. Kf2

Re6 27. Kf3 f6 28. Ke4 fxe5 29. fxe5 Nf7 30. Bf4 Rg6 31. g3 Ke8 32. Rc7 Nd8 33.

Kf5 Re6 34. Rxg7 b5 35. Rg8+ Kd7 36. Rxd8+ 1-0


This Week In Chess


On May 9th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club continued its May Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30).


Standings. MaySwiss90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Laurence Rob Wutt 1989 W9 W8 2.0

2 Paul D Anderson 2008 W11 W6 2.0

3 Michael Smith II 1545 W12 W7 2.0

4 Alexander Freeman 1908 D5 W11 1.5

5 William Leo Wolf 1312 D4 W13 1.5

6 Brian Jo Rountree 1761 W10 L2 1.0

7 Peter Barlay 1957 W13 L3 1.0

8 Mark McGough 1859 W14 L1 1.0

9 Dean W Brown 1475 L1 W12 1.0

10 Clinton D Eads 1180 L6 W14 1.0

11 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L2 L4 0.0

12 Daniel J Rupp 993 L3 L9 0.0

13 Michael W Sandau 1372 L7 L5 0.0

14 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L8 L10 0.0


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D Is For Discovery V

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 8, 2017 at 10:10 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 tactics. It is meant to remind you not to drop your pieces and help you get your opponent to drop theirs.


I said that the DROP Method was a work in progress, and it was.  So, I thought I would revisit each of the four kinds of chess tactics to provide more examples.  The first kind of tactic in the DROP Method is Discovery.


Discovery is a chess move that attacks with two pieces.


The Discovery is played when a player is going to make an attack with the piece that he moves, but also he will make an attack with another piece that was blocked by the piece that he moves.  When the Discovery is successful, the opponent can only avoid one of the attacks.  This means that the other attack will gain material or mate.  The second attack is often a check on the King, which is called a Discovered Check.


"Discovered check is the dive bomber of the Chessboard."

(Reuben Fine)


Here is a position from a game played between Brian Rountree and Clint Eads in the May Swiss 90 from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's Tuesday night monthly tournament.


White to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204020939


The Discovery is played by moving the Knight to b3.  This move is just an attack on the Rook.  It attempts to win the undefended Rook.  However, when the Discovery is added into the mix, the attack is unstoppable.  The Knight move also allows the Rook to attack the Black King.


The first attack is a capture of a Rook.  The second attack is a check of the King.  Black has to defend the King by the rules of the game.  The Rook has been blown out of the water along with any hopes of salvaging a draw.


So, by just being observent, a player can find these Discovery opportunities and bring home that point.


D Is For Discovery V

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110326


[Event "May Swiss 90"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.05.02"]

[Round "1.6"]

[White "Rountree, Brian"]

[Black "Eads, Clint"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A96"]

[WhiteElo "1761"]

[BlackElo "1180"]

[PlyCount "101"]

[EventDate "2017.05.02"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. c4 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. g3 O-O

6. Bg2 d6 7. O-O Ne4 8. Qc2 Nxc3 9. Qxc3 Bf6 10. e3 Nc6 11. b4 e5 12. b5 e4 13.

bxc6 bxc6 14. Nd2 Qe8 15. f4 exf3 16. Bxf3 Rb8 17. Nb3 c5 18. Bd2 Kh8 19. Rac1

Qg6 20. Qd3 Qh6 21. e4 Bg5 22. Bxg5 Qxg5 23. Bg2 Bd7 24. dxc5 Rf6 25. cxd6 cxd6

26. exf5 Bxf5 27. Be4 Rbf8 28. Bxf5 Rxf5 29. Rxf5 Rxf5 30. Re1 Re5 31. Rf1 g6

32. Qd4 Qe3+ 33. Qxe3 Rxe3 34. Rd1 Re6 35. Kf2 Rf6+ 36. Ke3 Kg7 37. Nd4 Kh6 38.

Nb5 Re6+ 39. Kf2 Rf6+ 40. Kg2 Re6 41. Rd2 a6 42. Nc7 Re1 43. Nxa6 Rc1 44. Rxd6

Rxc4 45. Rd2 Rc1 46. Rb2 Ra1 47. Nc5 Kg5 48. Kh3 Kf5 49. a4 h5 50. Rb5 g5 51.

Nb3+ 1-0


This Week In Chess


On May 2nd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the May Swiss 90 event (5SS, G/90+30).


Standings. MaySwiss90


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2008 W9 1.0

2 Laurence Rob Wutt 1989 W10 1.0

3 Peter Barlay 1957 W11 1.0

4 Mark McGough 1859 W12 1.0

5 Brian Jo Rountree 1761 W13 1.0

6 Michael Smith II 1545 W14 1.0

7 Alexander Freeman 1908 D8 0.5

8 William Leo Wolf 1312 D7 0.5

9 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1478 L1 0.0

10 Dean W Brown 1475 L2 0.0

11 Michael W Sandau 1372 L3 0.0

12 Scott Ch Williams 1282 L4 0.0

13 Clinton D Eads 1180 L5 0.0

14 Daniel J Rupp 993 L6 0.0

Chess Nuts Boasting In An Open Foyer

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 29, 2017 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

By Matt Grinberg


Have you ever heard this old chess joke?


It was sent in by Dennis Cravens in response to the Christmas Tree Chess Problems.  It was also sent to me by Jim Bailey's wife Katy a while back.  This was Katy's version:


A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.

After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?" they asked, as they moved off.

"Because," he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."


A friend of mine, Ray Jones, claimed he was the originator of this joke.  In fact, he said it was based on an experience of mine!


In August 1973, when Ray and I were both living in Arlington, Virginia, Ray his wife, Gloria, and I decided to go to the U.S. Open Chess Championship at the La Salle Hotel in Chicago.  The plan was that we would drive out together in their car, and after the tournament, we would drive back together. 


Ray had a tournament as bad as mine was good. He decided that, before going back to Arlington, he wanted to visit his parents in southern Missouri.  Well, I had to get back to work.  So, Ray and Gloria headed off to Missouri while I was left at the hotel.


It so happened that the hotel was attached to a Greyhound bus terminal.  I bought a ticket for Washington, DC and sat down in the lobby of the hotel to wait for the bus.  I broke out my chess set and started analyzing some games I was playing by correspondence in the 1972 Golden Knights.  GM Yasser Seirawan (U.S. Chess Champion in 1981, 1986, and 1989) saw me analyzing and asked if I would mind if he joined me.  At the time, Seirawan was a 13 year old 1600 player.


This tournament is where he first gained national attention.  He scored an astounding 8.5 - 3.5 against very strong competition, sending his rating over 2000.  I certainly knew who he was based on his performance.  I was flattered that he would want to analyze my game with me.  We were studying the game and Seirawan had interesting ideas of which I had not thought. 


Deeply engaged in our study, I suddenly heard someone say, "Excuse me gentlemen."


I looked up and saw someone from the hotel staff;  "Yes," I said.


"You are not allowed to play chess in the lobby."


As I was putting my pieces away, I couldn't help but think, "Let's see.  They just had the U.S. Open Chess Championship here.  There were a record 778 chess players in the two week tournament.  The tournament rented the huge ballroom on the 18th floor, plus most of their meeting rooms.  Most of chess players probably stayed in the hotel for the entire two weeks.   They just made a ton of money off of chess.  And yet, they are telling us we cannot play chess in their lobby!?"


When I saw Ray back in Arlington, I told him what happened.   Later that year, he told me the joke and told me it was based on my experience and the lyrics "chestnuts roasting in an open fire" from "The Christmas Song."  The best known recordings of "The Christmas Song" were done by Nat King Cole in 1946 and 1953.


Was Ray telling me the truth, or had he already heard the joke somewhere?


Well, sorry to say Ray, but I did a little research.  It would seem that the joke dates back about a year and a half before Ray Jones told it to me.  But, perhaps, he thought of it independently.


Black to move


You can view the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=203990321


Chess Nuts Boasting In An Open Foyer

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110252

 

[Event "Golden Knights Preliminaries"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "1972.??.??"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Grinberg, Matthew"]

[Black "Lee, Carlton"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C55"]

[PlyCount "46"]

[EventDate "1972.??.??"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. O-O

Bc5 6. e5 d5 7. exf6 dxc4 8. Re1+ Be6 9. Ng5 Qd5 10. Nc3 Qf5 11. Nce4 O-O-O 12.

Nxe6 fxe6 13. g4 Qe5 14. Bg5 Rd7 15. fxg7 Rg8 16. Bf6 Qd5 17. Nxc5 Qxc5 18.

Rxe6 Nd8 19. Re2 Qd6 20. g5 Ne6 21. Qe1 Nxg7 22. Rd1 Qc6 23. Bxd4 Ne6 0-1


This Week In Chess


On April 25th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished its April Quick (6SS, G/24+5).


Standings. AQ


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Tot Prize

1 Aleksand Bozhenov 1771 W8 D4 W2 W3 W5 W7 5.5 $24.00 1st

2 Paul D Anderson 1986 L6 W11 L1 W4 W3 W5 4.0 $8.00 2nd

3 Mark McGough 1683 W10 W9 W6 L1 L2 W11 4.0 $8.00 2nd

4 Brian Jo Rountree 1617 W11 D1 L9 L2 W6 W8 3.5

5 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1307 L9 W10 W8 W6 L1 L2 3.0 $11.00 U1500

6 Michael Smith II 1569 W2 W8 L3 L5 L4 W10 3.0

7 Michael W Sandau 1023 H--- U--- U--- W10 W11 L1 2.5

8 Dean W Brown 1400 L1 L6 L5 W11 W10 L4 2.0

9 Peter Barlay 1703 W5 L3 W4 U--- U--- U--- 2.0

10 Clinton D Eads 1168 L3 L5 W11 L7 L8 L6 1.0

11 Douglas N Clark 496 L4 L2 L10 L8 L7 L3 0.0

Chessnuts

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 25, 2017 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from last night.  I finally had a free Monday night and decided to check out a new chess club that had contacted me back in January.  Robin Fields sent me this message:


Chess Players,

As a 35 year resident of Colorado my family and friends recently decided to start a public chess club in Monument, CO for players at all skill levels. As you might know we are a small community and need either free or very low cost used chess equipment.

We currently meet at the Pikes Peak Library in Monument ...

Please visit us when you're in our neighborhood.

Thanks and we hope to see you in future tournaments.


As the only chess news source in southern Colorado, I feel it is my duty to investigate these changes to the chess scene and report on them...eventually.  By March, I still had not visited the club but sent a message to Robin to see how the club was doing.  He replied:


We are now meeting on the second (today) and fourth Monday of each month with the Chessnuts club at the Senior Center at the Lewis Palmer High School across from the YMCA. Enter from the Jackson Creek stop light. The Center is just south of the High School. Meeting time is from 5-9pm.


Well, it took another month to get up there, but I finally made it.  I didn't get to meet Robin.  The only 2 people at the club were the Chessnuts, a couple of retired military gentlemen who live in King's Deer.  They were very friendly and happy to have a visitor.  I was going to keep my chess background a mystery until we played, but they asked for my email address and the cat was out of the bag.


I played the entire club that evening and went unbeaten.  However, I was quite impressed with their fighting spirit.  My advantages were wiped out both times, and I had to overcome some very drawish endgames to claim my victories.


It was a fun evening.  I am hoping it has laid some groundwork for collaboration between the Chessnuts and the Colorado Springs Chess Club.


Here is the decisive moment from my second game.


Black to move


You can view the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=203971698


Chessnuts

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110213


[Event "Chessnuts Club"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.04.24"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Hartley, Mick"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[PlyCount "68"]

[EventDate "2017.04.24"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Bc5 4. h3 O-O 5. b3 c6 6. Bb2 d5 7. exd5 cxd5 8. d4

exd4 9. Bd3 Nc6 10. a3 Ne4 11. Qf3 Ne5 12. Qf4 Bd6 13. Qc1 Qh4 14. g3 Nxg3 15.

fxg3 Qxg3+ 16. Kd1 Re8 17. Ne2 Qf3 18. Re1 Bxh3 19. Bxd4 Nxd3 20. cxd3 Bg4 21.

Nbc3 Bg3 22. Qg5 g6 23. Qh6 Qxd3+ 24. Qd2 Qxd2+ 25. Kxd2 Bxe1+ 26. Rxe1 a6 27.

Nxd5 Rxe2+ 28. Rxe2 Bxe2 29. Kxe2 Rd8 30. Nf6+ Kg7 31. Kd3 Rxd4+ 32. Kxd4 Kxf6

33. b4 Ke6 34. Kc5 Kd7 0-1


This Week In Chess


On April 18th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started its April Quick (6SS, G/24+5).


Standings. AQ


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Mark McGough 1683 W7 W3 W4 3.0

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 1771 W9 D6 W8 2.5

3 Peter Barlay 1703 W5 L1 W6 2.0

4 Michael Smith II 1569 W8 W9 L1 2.0

5 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1307 L3 W7 W9 2.0

6 Brian Jo Rountree 1617 W10 D2 L3 1.5

7 Clinton D Eads 1168 L1 L5 W10 1.0

8 Paul D Anderson 1986 L4 W10 L2 1.0

9 Dean W Brown 1400 L2 L4 L5 0.0

10 Douglas N Clark 496 L6 L8 L7 0.0


Thanks To You

By Ann Davies


After perusing the upcoming tournaments today, I realized there was a myriad of opportunities to play competitive chess in Colorado. The tournament landscape has changed dramatically thanks to the efforts of organizers, directors and chess clubs.  I wanted you to know that your commitment and hard work does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated.


If I have neglected to properly thank someone, please pass this on to them.


Cheers, Ann Davies

The Defibrillator

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 17, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game is my attempt to resurrect the Jim Burden Award for 2017.  LM Brian Wall created this award back in 2005 and promised us, "I will post all entries and announce the winner every April 1."  While Brian is one of the most creative chess authors and organizers, he is not the most discipline fellow.


His creativity has finally helped him get the recognition he deserves.  You can see him in the 2017 Spring issue of American Chess Magazine.




However, as I was playing my typical April Fools joke on Matthew Hansen about a fortnight ago, I realized I had missed the 2017 Jim Burden Award winner.  As I looked through my spam folder to find my Brian Walls emails, I could not find any information on the current winner.


Did Brian forget again?


In 2010, I was still trying to win this award and had to select the winners for 2007 and 2008 just to get this thing back on track.  Now, it appears that the award has gone back into cardiac arrest.


So, here is a game from Dean Brown and Alex Bozhenov that I like to call "The Defibrillator!"


I am counting on Brian's other promise that the winning game is "chosen mostly for humorous content."  This game had Peter Barlay cracking up at the board and Kathy Schneider biting her fingernails.


It all started in this position.  Dean found the shocking move and awoke Alex from his coma.


White to move



You can view the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=203944150


While Dean didn't actually get the Queen, he should have.  Saving the Queen is actually worse, and Dean continued to build on his lead until he was close to +15.  However, by that time both players got in time pressure and the score sheet went flatline.


However, I could see that the game was not the peaceful transition into the loss column for Alex.  I was sitting across the tournament hall, but it was clear from Dean's reactions that Alex's position was coming back to life.


Peter Barlay does impresssions of different Colorado chess players as they are losing.  He showed me his Dean Brown mannerism, where Dean picks up a piece, does not place it down, but rather brings it closer for inspection with a look on his face that says, "Why, on earth, did I pick up this piece?"


Now, Dean was living it out, with a Bishop in his hand, tapping it against his head, trying to find a square for it.  Soon a Rook was gone, as well as several Pawns.  Finally, the stone was rolled away and Alex came out with the win.


The Defibrillator

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=110131


[Event "Cabin Fever Reliever"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.04.11"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Brown, Dean"]

[Black "Bozhenov, Alex"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B23"]

[WhiteElo "1517"]

[BlackElo "1914"]

[PlyCount "92"]

[EventDate "2017.04.04"]

[TimeControl "2700"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Na5 4. Nf3 a6 5. Be2

b5 6. b3 Bb7 7. d3 e6 8. O-O Qc7 9. g3 f6 10. Bb2 h5 11. Nh4 O-O-O 12. Bxh5 g5

13. Ng6 Rh6 14. Nxf8 Rxf8 15. Bf3 Ne7 16. Ne2 e5 17. Kg2 f5 18. h3 Rfh8 19. Rh1

g4 20. hxg4 Rxh1 21. Qxh1 Rxh1 22. Rxh1 Qd6 23. gxf5 Qf6 24. g4 Nac6 25. c3 b4

26. c4 Nd8 27. Bc1 Nf7 28. Rh5 Qd6 29. Be3 Kc7 30. Nc1 Nc6 31. g5 Ne7 32. Bg4

Nd8 33. Rh6 Ne6 34. fxe6 dxe6 35. Rxe6 Qd8 36. Bxc5 Nc6 37. Rf6 Qg8 38. g6 Nd8

39. Bd6+ Kb6 40. Bxe5+ Bc6 41. Bd4+ Kb7 42. c5 a5 43. Rd6 a4 44. g7 Nf7 45. Re6

Ng5 46. Re7+ Ka8 0-1


This Week In Chess


On April 11th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished its Cabin Fever Reliever (4SS, G/45;d10).


Standings. CFR


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize


1 Richard Buchanan 2000 W6 W2 W3 W8 4.0 $24.00 1st

2 Brian Jo Rountree 1832 W5 L1 W6 W7 3.0 $16.00 2nd

3 Aleksand Bozhenov 1914 W7 L4 L1 W6 2.0

4 Mark McGough 1848 W9 W3 U--- U--- 2.0

5 Clinton D Eads 1168 L2 D9 L8 W10 1.5 $10.00 U1800

6 Dean W Brown 1517 L1 W7 L2 L3 1.0

7 Michael Smith II 1332 L3 L6 W10 L2 1.0

8 Alemayeh Mekonnen 1507 U--- U--- W5 L1 1.0

9 Scott Ch Williams 1273 L4 D5 U--- U--- 0.5

10 Daniel J Rupp 1013 U--- U--- L7 L5 0.0

He Mate Me

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 10, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

By Tim Brennan


Friends, Romans, Countrymen:


It is Tim Brennan here, and I am very happy to be back again for another annual installment of "Tim Brennan week" on Paul Anderson's excellent Colorado Springs Chess News email newsletter!


Thanks Paul for having me!


It is nice to take a break from being a magazine cover model, and be able to focus on writing instead of always being treated like a piece of meat!


Today I would like to share a game that I played against Daoud Zupa at the Denver Chess Club in January 2017.


I have known Daoud for many years.  I used to live in downtown Denver (9th and Lincoln) in the "Capitol Hill" area in the early 2000s.  The Denver Chess Club at that time met at the VFW Post 1, on 9th and Bannock (which has since been torn down and replaced with luxury condos).


The VFW was a bit of a dump.  This was back when people were allowed to smoke indoors, and the whole place smelled like an ash tray.  There was a bar area inside that looked like "Moe's" from the Simpsons.  The toilets were always getting clogged, and the owner was always kicking us out (a common and oft-repeated theme with Colorado Chess clubs).


Daoud also lived on capitol hill, and we could both walk there.  At the time, I was only rated in the 1300s, and he was a very strong player.  I also used to see Daoud a lot on the Auraria Campus where both of us were taking computer science classes at the University of Colorado.


Although we have crossed paths and played in many of the same tournaments over the years, I have rarely been paired against him.  Sometimes there are players like this, that you see all the time, but for whatever reason rarely get paired against.  DuWayne Langseth is another person that falls in this category for me.


But during the January Denver Chess Club monthly tournament I did get paired against Daoud.


Two weeks prior, I had beaten Rudy Tia in one of the best games I had ever played, which I wrote about in my Tactics Time email newsletter "Cover Me", which I sent out on January 5, 2017 (http://archive.aweber.com/tacticstime/MLlEy/h/Tactics_Time_Chess_Newsletter_.htm).  In that game I sacrificed an exchange and a knight to set up a mating attack, and mated Tia on move 23.


Daoud had seen that game, and said before our game, "I don't want to play the French against you, after seeing what you did to Rudy Tia!"


Our game started off kind of slow, with an early trade of queens.  I realized around move 22 that I could win a pawn, which I did.   My plan was then to trade down into a winning endgame.  I activated my king, moving him towards the center, and got a passed pawn.  All textbook.


Unfortunately for me, Daoud went into "NOTHING IS OVER" mode and found a brilliant mating net!


Black to move


You can view the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=203920581


Normally I don't like losing to an opponent's tactic, but when it is a brilliant one like this, it actually makes me quite happy.  I love a beautiful tactic, even when I am on the receiving end.  After the game, I shook Daoud's hand and congratulated him on the brilliant move 41...Rxg7!! which I didn't see coming at all.


Thanks again Paul for having me!  Keep up the outstanding work that you do!


Your friend, Tim


P.S. If you haven't already, check out the Tactics Time books on amazon, available in both Kindle and paperback formats!


http://amzn.to/2oPr8Xl


He Mate Me

http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2017/4/9/Game1299959937.html


[Event "Denver Chess Club"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "2017.01.17"]

[Round "3"]

[White "Brennan, Tim"]

[Black "Zupa, Daoud"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B23"]

[WhiteElo "1864"]

[BlackElo "1999"]

[PlyCount "84"]

[EventDate "2017.01.03"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 a6 3. a4 Nc6 4. f4 d6 5. Bc4 Nf6 6. Nf3 e6 7. d3 d5 8. Ba2 dxe4

9. dxe4 Qxd1+ 10. Kxd1 b6 11. h3 Bb7 12. e5 Nh5 13. Ne2 Nd4 14. Nfxd4 cxd4 15.

Rh2 g5 16. g4 Nxf4 17. Nxf4 gxf4 18. Bxf4 O-O-O 19. Ke2 Bc5 20. Bc4 Kc7 21. Bd3

Kc6 22. Bg5 Rd7 23. Bf6 Re8 24. Bxh7 Be7 25. Be4+ Kc5 26. Bxb7 Bxf6 27. exf6

Rxb7 28. Kd3 e5 29. Re1 b5 30. axb5 Rxb5 31. b3 Kb4 32. h4 Rc5 33. Ke4 a5 34.

Rd1 Rec8 35. Rdd2 Kb5 36. g5 Rg8 37. Rdg2 Kc6 38. h5 Kd6 39. g6 Ke6 40. g7 Rc3

41. Re2 Rxg7 42. fxg7 f5# 0-1


This Week In Chess


On April 4th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club began its Cabin Fever Reliever (4SS, G/45;d10).


Standings. CFR


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Richard Buchanan 2000 W5 W3 2.0

2 Mark McGough 1848 W6 W4 2.0

3 Brian Jo Rountree 1832 W7 L1 1.0

4 Aleksand Bozhenov 1914 W8 L2 1.0

5 Dean W Brown 1517 L1 W8 1.0

6 Scott Ch Williams 1273 L2 D7 0.5

7 Clinton D Eads 1168 L3 D6 0.5

8 Michael Smith II 1332 L4 L5 0.0


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