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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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Game Of The Year XIV

Posted by Paul Anderson on September 11, 2017 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

End Of The Season

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


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 season ends.  Before I go, I wanted to clean up some loose ends.


Of course, you can still send in news items or articles during the off-season, and I will email them along to the subscribers.  Any games I receive will be stored at the Colorado Springs Chess News’ Yahoo! group (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/cs_chess/info).  You can also join the group to keep receiving chess games all year round.


So, before I finish typing my chess thoughts for another year, I want to thank all the people who sent in games and articles, all the people who took the time to tell me something nice about the newsletter, and all the people who take the time to read this.


Game Of The Year


Usually at this time, I look over the past year's statistics to see if it was a good or bad year for me.  Looking over the statistics helps me get past the bad feelings that linger from my losses.  They bring me back into balance and force me to look at what I did right and what I did wrong.  While 2016 was an off year and 2017 isn't looking much better, I still have time to improve 2017.  Here is how it is going so far:


2048 peak USCF rating (record: 2015 - 2102)

2067 peak BLITZ rating (record: 2017 - 2067)

2054 peak CLUB rating (record: 2013 - 2127)

75.81% USCF winning percentage (record: 2012 - 79.31%)

78.95% CLUB winning percentage (record: 2013 - 87.86%)

12 projected prizes won (record: 2014 - 20)

35 projected USCF-rated wins (record: 2013 - 75.5)

1 upset (record: 2001 - 6)


Peak Rating Report


Year, Peak Rating, Gain


1998 1680 +

1999 1580 -

2000 1567 -

2001 1695 +

2002 1757 +

2003 1772 +

2004 1805 +

2005 1864 +

2006 1882 +

2007 1897 +

2008 1962 +

2009 2003 +

2010 1977 -

2011 2000 +

2012 2043 +

2013 2058 +

2014 2098 +

2015 2102 +

2016 2053 -

2017 2048 ?


Total: 15 positive years and 4 negative years


So, as far as my favorite game of the year goes, the obvious choice would be the one upset I had this year.  I was able to get a win from NM Josh Bloomer during the "Year of Josh." 


Josh had been playing less and less chess recently.  In fact, for 5 straight years he played less than 20 games.  Finally, several of Colorado's masters got together for a bet to see which 2200 could pass 2300 first.  This goal seemed to reinvigorate Josh's game.


At the beginning of this year, Josh was getting close to winning the bet.  He was at 2294 and only six points away from the top of the mountain.  However, that is when I got my upset.  He is the highest rated player I have beaten.  It was a setback for Josh but only temporarily.


In the past year, Josh has not only passed the 2300 barrier but also only lost this game and one more to fellow NM, Chris Peterson, in the process.  Chris was one of the masters in 2300 bet and took Josh out for his steak dinner.  But the real thanks goes to LM Brian Wall, who served up the steak dinner on a silver platter.


NM Josh Bloomer's Top 30 Regular Opponents - Last 12 Months


+ = - Name

0 0 1 PAUL D ANDERSON 

0 0 1 CHRISTOFER PETERSON 

0 1 0 CALVIN P DEJONG 

0 1 0 RYAN DAVID SWERDLIN 

0 1 0 LIOR LAPID 

0 1 0 CLIFTON P FORD 

0 1 0 GUNNAR JAMES ANDERSEN 

1 1 0 ALEKSANDR BOZHENOV 

1 0 0 JESSE WILLIAMS 

1 0 0 MATTHEW C HANSEN 

1 0 0 DEREK ESKELDSON 

1 0 0 ALEXANDER FREEMAN 

1 0 0 MICHAEL W SANDAU 

1 0 0 EARLE P WIKLE 

1 0 0 KEVIN LUCAS 

1 0 0 DEAN W BROWN 

2 0 0 DANIEL HERMAN 

2 0 0 SARA HERMAN 

2 0 0 M PAUL COVINGTON 

2 0 0 MARK MCGOUGH 

4 0 0 BRIAN JOHN ROUNTREE 

6 0 0 BRIAN D WALL 


Here is the key position from my game with Josh.


Black to move


See diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204424778


Game Of The Year XIV

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=111256


[Event "February Swiss 90"]

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

[Date "2017.02.28"]

[Round "5.1"]

[White "Bloomer, Josh"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B06"]

[WhiteElo "2275"]

[BlackElo "2041"]

[PlyCount "120"]

[EventDate "2017.01.31"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. h3 d6 5. Bc4 Nf6

6. e5 dxe5 7. Nxe5 O-O 8. O-O Nbd7 9. Nf3 b5 10. Bd3 Bb7 11. Nbd2 a6 12. Nb3

Qc7 13. a4 Nd5 14. Re1 e6 15. c3 N5b6 16. a5 Nd5 17. Bg5 c5 18. dxc5 Nxc5 19.

Nxc5 Qxc5 20. Qe2 Nxc3 21. Qe3 Qxe3 22. Rxe3 Na4 23. Rc1 Rac8 24. Rxc8 Rxc8 25.

b3 Nb2 26. Be2 Rc3 27. Nd2 Bd4 28. Rxc3 Bxc3 29. Nf3 Bd5 30. Nd2 Bxa5 31. Bf3

Bxd2 32. Bxd2 Bxf3 33. gxf3 Nd3 34. Kf1 Nc5 35. b4 Nd7 36. Ke2 Kf8 37. Kd3 Ke7

38. Kd4 Kd6 39. Bh6 e5+ 40. Kd3 Kd5 41. Be3 f5 42. Ba7 Nf8 43. h4 Ne6 44. Bb6

h5 45. Be3 f4 46. Bb6 g5 47. hxg5 Nxg5 48. Ke2 Ne6 49. Kf1 Kc4 50. Ba5 Nd4 51.

Bc7 Nxf3 52. Kg2 Ne1+ 53. Kf1 Nd3 54. Ke2 e4 55. f3 e3 56. Bd6 Kd4 57. Be7 Ne5

58. Bf6 Kd5 59. Bg5 Ng6 60. Bf6 Kc4 0-1


This Week In Chess


On August 29th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the August Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30, $10 entry).


Standings. as90: August Swiss 90


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

1 Paul D Anderson 2001 W7 W3 W2 W4 W6 5.0 $27.00 1st

2 Brian Jo Rountree 1856 W13 W8 L1 W3 L4 3.0 $11.00 2nd + GOW

3 Michael Smith II 1573 W14 L1 W6 L2 W10 3.0 $6.00 2nd

4 Calvin P Dejong 1876 H--- H--- W7 L1 W2 3.0 $11.00 2nd + GOW

5 Mark McGough 1876 W15 H--- L8 W10 U--- 2.5

6 Clinton D Eads 1229 L11 W14 L3 W9 L1 2.0 $6.00 U1300

7 Derek Eskeldson 1270 L1 W15 L4 W14 U--- 2.0 $11.00 U1300 + GOW

8 Aleksand Bozhenov 1994 W9 L2 W5 U--- U--- 2.0

9 Scott Ch Williams 1233 L8 L12 W14 L6 U--- 1.0

10 Dean W Brown 1494 H--- H--- U--- L5 L3 1.0

11 Peter Barlay 1912 W6 U--- U--- U--- U--- 1.0

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

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

14 Douglas N Clark 159 L3 L6 L9 L7 U--- 0.0

15 Daniel J Rupp 989 L5 L7 U--- U--- U--- 0.0


Pikes Peak Open Standings

By Buck Buchanan


5.0 Zachary Bekkedahl

4.5 Dean Clow

4.0 Gunnar Andersen

4.0 Rhett Langseth

4.0 Joshua Samuel

4.0 Mark Krowczyk

4.0 David Hickman

3.5 Sara Herman

3.5 Paul Baxter

3.5 Sullivan McConnell

3.5 Charles Alexander

3.5 Brian Wall

3.5 Daniel Ruvins

3.0 Daniel Herman

3.0 Suhaas Narayanan

3.0 Robert Carlson

3.0 Cory Kohler

3.0 Alexander Marsh

3.0 Edward Sedillo

3.0 Brian Rountree

3.0 Griffin McConnell

3.0 Vibi Varghese

3.0 Davin Yin

3.0 Rahul Sampangiramiah

2.5 Sami Al - Adsani

2.5 Cory Foster

2.5 Nathaniel Reeves

2.5 Michael Smith

2.5 Mukund Gurumurthi

2.5 Scott Williams

2.5 Karthik Selva

2.0 Neil Bhavikatti

2.0 Duwayne Langseth

2.0 Ryan Mantey

2.0 Alexander Freeman

2.0 Calvin Dejong

2.0 Doyle Lobaugh

2.0 Andrew Starr

2.0 Vedanth Sampath

2.0 Shirley Herman

2.0 Nicholas Derosier

2.0 Steven Butcher

2.0 Rollin Leavitt

2.0 Coleman Hoyt

1.5 Alan Wong

1.5 Zane Youssef

1.5 William Wolf

1.5 Christophe Motley

1.5 Alex Firth

1.5 Aditya Krishna

1.5 Aravin Gurumurthi

1.0 Joseph Aragon

1.0 Steven Readel

1.0 Landon Baxter

0.5 Daniel Rupp

0.5 Tucker Lane

0.5 Yusuf Sherif


Pikes Peak Open Games in PGN

By Buck Buchanan


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "1"]

[White "Zach Bekkedahl"]

[Black "Michael Smith"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B13"]

[WhiteElo "2139"]

[BlackElo "1573"]

[PlyCount "61"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nf6 5. c3 Bg4 6. Qb3 Qc7 7. Ne2 Bxe2 8.

Bxe2 Nbd7 9. g3 b6 10. Bf4 Qb7 11. O-O h6 12. Qa4 a6 13. Nd2 g5 14. Be5 b5 15.

Qb3 Nxe5 16. dxe5 Nd7 17. c4 Nc5 18. Qe3 e6 19. b4 Nd7 20. cxd5 exd5 21. e6 Nf6

22. Qe5 Bg7 23. Rac1 Rc8 24. Bg4 Rxc1 25. exf7+ Kxf7 26. Qe6+ Kf8 27. Rxc1 Qe7

28. Rc8+ Ne8 29. Qf5+ Bf6 30. Bh5 Qe1+ 31. Kg2 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "1"]

[White "Dean Clow"]

[Black "Alexander Marsh"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A03"]

[WhiteElo "2064"]

[BlackElo "1551"]

[PlyCount "107"]


1. f4 d5 2. Nf3 c5 3. b3 Nc6 4. Bb2 Nf6 5. e3 b6 6. Bb5 Bb7 7. Ne5 Rc8 8. O-O

a6 9. Nxc6 Bxc6 10. Bxa6 Ra8 11. Be2 g6 12. Nc3 Bg7 13. Nb5 O-O 14. a4 Ne4 15.

Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Qe1 d4 17. Rd1 Nd6 18. exd4 Nxb5 19. axb5 Qxd4+ 20. Qf2 Qxf2+ 21.

Kxf2 Be4 22. d3 Bf5 23. Ra1 Kf6 24. Bf3 Rxa1 25. Rxa1 e5 26. Ra6 Rb8 27. fxe5+

Kxe5 28. Ke3 h5 29. c4 Bc8 30. Ra7 Be6 31. b4 cxb4 32. d4+ Kd6 33. d5 Bf5 34.

Kd4 Bd7 35. Bd1 f6 36. Ra6 Kc7 37. Bf3 Re8 38. d6+ Kxd6 39. Rxb6+ Ke7 40. Rb7

Rd8 41. Bc6 g5 42. c5 f5 43. Kc4 Ke6 44. Bxd7+ Rxd7 45. Rxd7 Kxd7 46. Kxb4 h4

47. Kc3 g4 48. Kd3 f4 49. Ke4 f3 50. Ke3 g3 51. hxg3 fxg2 52. Kf2 h3 53. Kg1

Kc7 54. g4 {and White won.} 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "1"]

[White "Vedanth Sampath"]

[Black "Daniel Herman"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B23"]

[WhiteElo "1508"]

[BlackElo "2057"]

[PlyCount "94"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 g6 4. Bc4 Bg7 5. Nf3 e6 6. O-O Nge7 7. Qe1 O-O 8. d3

d5 9. Bb3 c4 10. dxc4 dxe4 11. Nxe4 b6 12. Qh4 Nf5 13. Qxd8 Rxd8 14. c3 Bb7 15.

Bc2 Ba6 16. b3 Nb4 17. cxb4 Bxa1 18. Ne5 Bb7 19. Nf6+ Kg7 20. Be4 Bxe4 21. Nxe4

f6 22. Nc6 Rdc8 23. b5 Nd4 24. Nd6 Rc7 25. Nb4 Ne2+ 26. Kh1 Nxc1 27. Rxc1 Bd4

28. Rd1 Bc5 29. Na6 Re7 30. Nxc5 bxc5 31. Ne4 Rc8 32. Rd6 e5 33. Rxf6 exf4 34.

Rxf4 Rce8 35. Ng3 Re1+ 36. Nf1 Rf8 37. Rxf8 Kxf8 38. Kg1 Re2 39. a4 Rb2 40. Ng3

Rxb3 41. Ne4 Rb4 42. Nxc5 Rxc4 43. Nd7+ Ke7 44. Ne5 Rxa4 45. Nc6+ Kd6 46. Kf2

Kc5 47. Ne7 Kxb5 {and Black won.} 0-1


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "1"]

[White "DuWayne Langseth"]

[Black "Ryan Mantey"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D00"]

[WhiteElo "1938"]

[BlackElo "1361"]

[PlyCount "61"]


1. d4 d5 2. e3 e6 3. f4 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Bd3 g6 6. Nf3 b6 7. O-O Bg7 8. Nbd2 Nf6

9. Ne5 Nxe5 10. fxe5 Nd7 11. Nf3 a5 12. Qe2 a4 13. e4 c4 14. Bc2 b5 15. exd5

exd5 16. e6 Nf6 17. exf7+ Kxf7 18. Ne5+ Kg8 19. Bg5 Qd6 20. Bxf6 Bxf6 21. Nxg6

hxg6 22. Qe8+ Qf8 23. Qxg6+ Qg7 24. Rxf6 Qxg6 25. Rxg6+ Kf7 26. Rf1+ Ke7 27.

Rg7+ Ke6 28. Rff7 Rb8 29. Bf5+ Kd6 30. Rg6+ Be6 31. Rxe6# 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "1"]

[White "Mark Krowczyk"]

[Black "Christopher Motley"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "E92"]

[WhiteElo "1974"]

[BlackElo "1211"]

[PlyCount "66"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. Be3 Ng4 8. Bg5

f6 9. Bh4 h5 10. h3 Nh6 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Qxd8 Rxd8 13. Nd5 g5 14. Nxg5 fxg5

15. Bxg5 Rd7 16. Bxh6 Bxh6 17. Nf6+ Kg7 18. Nxd7 Nxd7 19. Bxh5 Nc5 20. O-O Nxe4

21. Rfe1 Nd2 22. Rxe5 Kf6 23. Re8 Nxc4 24. Rd1 Nd6 25. Rxd6+ cxd6 26. Bg4 Bxg4

27. Rxa8 Be2 28. Rxa7 Ba6 29. b4 Bc4 30. Rxb7 Bxa2 31. b5 Bd5 32. Rd7 Ke6 33.

Rh7 Bg5 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "2"]

[White "Brian Wall"]

[Black "Sullivan McConnell"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C33"]

[WhiteElo "2265"]

[BlackElo "1922"]

[PlyCount "118"]


1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nc3 Qh4+ 4. Ke2 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qf6 6. Nd5 Qd8 7. d4 d6 8.

Bxf4 Nf6 9. Nc3 a6 10. Kf2 Be7 11. Bd3 g5 12. Bg3 g4 13. d5 gxf3 14. dxc6 fxg2

15. Kxg2 bxc6 16. Rf1 Ng4 17. Qe2 Bg5 18. Kh1 h5 19. e5 d5 20. Rae1 Be6 21.

Bxa6 Rb8 22. Bd3 Ne3 23. Rf6 Rxb2 24. Na4 Rxa2 25. Rxe6+ fxe6 26. Bg6+ Ke7 27.

Nc3 Qg8 28. Bd3 Ra3 29. Nb1 Ra1 30. Rg1 Qb8 31. c3 Ng4 32. h3 Nh6 33. Qxh5 Nf7

34. Qg4 Qg8 35. c4 Ra2 36. cxd5 cxd5 37. Nc3 Rb2 38. Na4 Rb8 39. Nc5 Nd8 40.

Bf2 Rb2 41. Bd4 {Diagram [#]} Be3 42. Qg7+ Qxg7 43. Rxg7+ Kf8 44. Bxb2 Kxg7 45.

Nd7 Rxh3+ 46. Kg2 Rh7 47. Kf3 Ba7 48. Ba3 Rh3+ 49. Ke2 Nb7 50. Be7 Kf7 51. Bf6

Rxd3 52. Kxd3 Nc5+ 53. Nxc5 Bxc5 54. Bd8 Bb6 55. Bh4 c5 56. Kc3 Kg6 57. Kb3 Kf5

58. Ka4 c4 59. Kb5 Bd4 0-1


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "2"]

[White "Rhett Langseth"]

[Black "Calvin DeJong"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A46"]

[WhiteElo "2076"]

[BlackElo "1876"]

[PlyCount "95"]


1. Nf3 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 d6 5. Qc2 Nc6 6. Bf4 g6 7. Nc3 Qb6 8. a3

Bf5 9. e4 Bxe4 10. Nxe4 d5 11. Bd3 dxe4 12. Bxe4 Nxe4 13. Qxe4 Bg7 14. O-O-O

O-O 15. Rd2 Na5 16. Rc2 Nb3+ 17. Kb1 Nxd4 18. Nxd4 Qxd4 19. Qxd4 Bxd4 20. Re1

e6 21. Rc7 b6 22. Rec1 Bxf2 23. Bh6 Rfd8 24. Rf1 Bd4 25. Rfxf7 Be5 26. Rce7 Re8

27. Rxe8+ Rxe8 28. Rxa7 Bd4 29. Kc2 e5 30. Rg7+ Kh8 31. Rd7 Bg1 32. h3 e4 33.

Kd2 Bc5 34. Be3 Rc8 35. Bxc5 Rxc5 36. Ke3 Rc2 37. Rd2 Rc4 38. Kf4 Kg7 39. Re2

e3+ 40. Kxe3 b5 41. Kd3 Rc1 42. Rc2 Rf1 43. Kc3 Kf6 44. Kb4 Rf5 45. Rc6+ Kg7

46. g4 Rf2 47. b3 Rf3 48. Rc3 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "2"]

[White "Cory Kohler"]

[Black "Dean Clow"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D12"]

[WhiteElo "1847"]

[BlackElo "2064"]

[PlyCount "116"]


1. d4 d5 2. e3 Bf5 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Bg4 7. O-O Bd6 8. h3

Bh5 9. Be2 Nbd7 10. Qb3 Rb8 11. c5 Bc7 12. Qa4 a6 13. Qc2 O-O 14. b4 Bg6 15.

Bd3 e5 16. Bxg6 hxg6 17. dxe5 Nxe5 18. Nd4 Re8 19. a4 Qe7 20. Re1 a5 21. Na2

Nc4 22. Bd2 Ne4 23. Bc3 Nxc3 24. Qxc3 axb4 25. Nxb4 Qxc5 26. Nd3 Qd6 27. Red1

Qh2+ 28. Kf1 Qh1+ 29. Ke2 Qxg2 30. Nc2 Qxh3 31. Qd4 Re4 32. Qa7 Rbe8 33. Rh1

Qg4+ 34. f3 Qg2+ 35. Nf2 Bb6 36. fxe4 Bxa7 37. Rag1 Qxh1 38. Rxh1 dxe4 39. Rd1

Nb6 40. a5 Nd5 41. Ra1 f5 42. a6 bxa6 43. Rxa6 Bb6 44. Nd1 g5 45. Nb2 f4 46.

Nc4 f3+ 47. Kf2 Bc7 48. Rxc6 g4 49. Rg6 g3+ 50. Kf1 Rb8 51. Nd2 Nf6 52. Nd4 Ra8

53. N2b3 Kf7 54. Rg5 g2+ 55. Kg1 Bh2+ 56. Kxh2 Rh8+ 57. Kg1 Rh1+ 58. Kf2 Rf1+

0-1


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "2"]

[White "Edward Sedillo"]

[Black "Suhaas Nurayanan"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B25"]

[WhiteElo "1806"]

[BlackElo "2046"]

[PlyCount "40"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. d3 O-O 7. O-O d6 8. Kh1

Rb8 9. Ne2 b5 10. Nh4 Bb7 11. f4 e6 12. f5 exf5 13. exf5 Ne5 14. d4 Bxg2+ 15.

Kxg2 Nc6 16. Be3 Qe7 17. Bg1 Rfe8 18. Re1 Qe4+ 19. Kh3 g5 20. Ng2 Qg4# 0-1


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "2"]

[White "Michael Smith"]

[Black "Will Wolf"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B04"]

[WhiteElo "1573"]

[BlackElo "1322"]

[PlyCount "43"]


1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. Nf3 g6 6. d5 Bg7 7. e6 fxe6 8. dxe6

Bxe6 9. Ng5 Qd7 10. Nxe6 Qxe6+ 11. Be2 Nc6 12. Nc3 Nd4 13. O-O Nxe2+ 14. Nxe2

Qxc4 15. Nc3 O-O 16. Bg5 e5 17. Rc1 Qd4 18. Qc2 Qg4 19. Be3 Nc4 20. Qb3 Kh8 21.

f3 Qe6 22. Nb5 1-0

 

[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "2"]

[White "Alexander Marsh"]

[Black "Scott Williams"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D02"]

[WhiteElo "1551"]

[BlackElo "1233"]

[PlyCount "97"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d5 3. e3 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. c3 O-O 6. Bd3 Nbd7 7. Nbd2 Nh5 8.

Bg3 Nhf6 9. Ne5 Nxe5 10. Bxe5 c6 11. Nb3 b6 12. O-O Be6 13. Qe2 Qd7 14. a4 Ng4

15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. f3 Nh6 17. a5 Nf5 18. axb6 axb6 19. Bc2 h5 20. e4 Nd6 21. e5

Nf5 22. Ra6 Rxa6 23. Qxa6 Ne3 24. Rc1 Nc4 25. Na1 Bf5 26. b3 Bxc2 27. Nxc2 Na5

28. Qxb6 Nb7 29. Ra1 Qf5 30. Qxb7 Qxc2 31. Qxc6 Qe2 32. h3 h4 33. Qxd5 Qe3+ 34.

Kh1 Qxc3 35. Rg1 Qe3 36. Qd7 e6 37. d5 Qxe5 38. dxe6 Qxe6 39. Qxe6 fxe6 40. Rc1

Kf6 41. Kg1 Kf5 42. Kf2 e5 43. Ke3 Re8 44. Rc4 g5 45. b4 Re6 46. b5 Re7 47. b6

Re6 48. Rb4 Re8 49. b7 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "3"]

[White "Gunnar Andersen"]

[Black "Paul Baxter"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C91"]

[WhiteElo "2291"]

[BlackElo "1992"]

[PlyCount "57"]


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3

O-O 9. d4 Bg4 10. Be3 exd4 11. cxd4 Na5 12. Bc2 Nc4 13. Bc1 c5 14. b3 Nb6 15.

dxc5 dxc5 16. Nbd2 Qc7 17. Qe2 Rfe8 18. e5 Nfd5 19. Bxh7+ Kxh7 20. Qe4+ Kg8 21.

Qxg4 Qd7 22. Qg3 Nc3 23. Bb2 Qd3 24. Bxc3 Qxc3 25. Ne4 Qb4 26. Nf6+ Bxf6 27.

exf6 Rxe1+ 28. Rxe1 g6 29. Qc7 1-0


[Event "2017 PikesPk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "3"]

[White "Zach Bekkedahl"]

[Black "Sara Herman"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B51"]

[WhiteElo "2139"]

[BlackElo "1945"]

[PlyCount "71"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. c3 Ngf6 5. d3 a6 6. Ba4 g6 7. Bb3 e6 8. O-O

Bg7 9. Re1 O-O 10. Bg5 Qc7 11. d4 b5 12. Nbd2 Bb7 13. Rc1 e5 14. d5 c4 15. Bc2

a5 16. Nf1 Nc5 17. Qd2 Nh5 18. g4 Qd7 19. gxh5 Qg4+ 20. Ng3 Qxf3 21. h3 Bf6 22.

Bh6 Bg7 23. Bxg7 Kxg7 24. Nf5+ Kf6 25. Nxd6 Qxh3 26. Re3 Qxh5 27. Rg3 Ra6 28.

Bd1 Qh4 29. Rg4 Qxg4+ 30. Bxg4 Rxd6 31. Qh6 Rh8 32. f4 Nd3 33. Rf1 Nxf4 34.

Rxf4+ exf4 35. Qxf4+ Ke7 36. Qe5+ 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "3"]

[White "Suhaas Narayanan"]

[Black "Charles Alexander"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A57"]

[WhiteElo "2046"]

[BlackElo "1800"]

[PlyCount "61"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. b6 d6 6. Nc3 Qxb6 7. e4 Nbd7 8. Nf3

g6 9. Bd3 Bg7 10. h3 O-O 11. O-O Ne8 12. Qe2 Nc7 13. Bf4 Bb7 14. Rab1 Rfb8 15.

Nd2 Ne5 16. Bxe5 Bxe5 17. Nc4 Qa7 18. Nxe5 dxe5 19. Bc4 Ne8 20. f4 exf4 21.

Rxf4 Nd6 22. e5 Nxc4 23. Qxc4 Bc8 24. a3 Rb7 25. e6 fxe6 26. Rbf1 Bd7 27. Rf7

Bb5 28. Qh4 h5 29. Qg5 Bd3 30. Qh6 c4+ 31. Kh1 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "3"]

[White "Shirley Herman"]

[Black "Robert Carlson"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D35"]

[WhiteElo "1042"]

[BlackElo "1620"]

[PlyCount "120"]

 

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Bf5 5. Bg5 e6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. cxd5 exd5 8.

Qa4 Bd7 9. e4 b5 10. Qb3 Qe7 11. Bd3 b4 12. Ne5 Qd6 13. Ne2 Be6 14. Qc2 Be7 15.

Rc1 O-O 16. Nxc6 Nxc6 17. Qxc6 Rfc8 18. Qxd6 Rxc1+ 19. Nxc1 Bxd6 20. e5 Bc7 21.

O-O Bb6 22. Nb3 Rc8 23. h3 a5 24. Bb5 g6 25. a4 Rc7 26. Bd3 Bd7 27. Nc5 Bxc5

28. dxc5 Rxc5 29. b3 Rc3 30. Bb5 Be6 31. Rb1 Bf5 32. Rb2 Kf8 33. Rd2 Rc5 34.

Bd3 Be6 35. Rc2 Rc3 36. Rxc3 bxc3 37. Kf1 Ke7 38. Ke2 Bf5 39. Bxf5 gxf5 40. f4

h5 41. Kd3 d4 42. g3 f6 43. exf6+ Kxf6 44. Kc2 Ke6 45. b4 Kd5 46. bxa5 Kc4 47.

a6 d3+ 48. Kd1 Kb3 49. a7 Kb2 50. a8=Q c2+ 51. Ke1 c1=Q+ 52. Kf2 Qd2+ 53. Kg1

Qe3+ 54. Kg2 Qe4+ 55. Qxe4 fxe4 56. Kf1 Kc2 57. Kf2 d2 58. Ke3 d1=Q 59. Kxe4

Qd3+ 60. Ke5 Qxg3 0-1


[Event "2017 PikesPk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "3"]

[White "Sami Al-Adsani"]

[Black "Brian Wall"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A40"]

[WhiteElo "1643"]

[BlackElo "2265"]

[PlyCount "62"]


1. d4 Nc6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 f6 4. Nf3 fxe5 5. e4 Nf6 6. Bg5 Bc5 7. Nc3 d6 8. Be2

Be6 9. Nd5 Bxd5 10. exd5 Nd4 11. Nxd4 Bxd4 12. Bh5+ g6 13. Qa4+ Kf7 14. Bxf6

Kxf6 15. Be2 Bxb2 16. Rb1 Bc3+ 17. Kd1 b6 18. Rf1 Kg7 19. Qc6 Rf8 20. Kc2 Bd4

21. f3 Kh8 22. Bd3 Qe7 23. Be4 Rad8 24. a4 a5 25. Rbd1 Rf7 26. Qb5 Qh4 27. Rh1

Rdf8 28. Qb3 Qh6 29. Qd3 Rf4 30. Qd2 Qh5 31. Rb1 Rxe4 0-1


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "3"]

[White "Joshua Samuel"]

[Black "Cory Foster"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B38"]

[WhiteElo "1988"]

[BlackElo "1742"]

[PlyCount "63"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Be3 Bg7 6. c4 Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O 8.

Be2 d6 9. O-O a6 10. Rc1 Bd7 11. b3 Rc8 12. f3 Qe8 13. Qd2 Nxd4 14. Bxd4 b5 15.

cxb5 axb5 16. Nd5 Nxd5 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. Qxd5 Bc6 {Diagram [#]} 19. Bxb5 Bxb5

20. Rxc8 Qxc8 21. Qxb5 Qc2 22. a4 Rc8 23. Qb6 Qb2 24. Kh1 Rc2 25. Rg1 Qc3 26.

b4 Ra2 27. a5 Ra1 28. Rxa1 Qxa1+ 29. Qg1 Qb2 30. Qe1 Qb3 31. Qa1+ Kg8 32. a6

1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "3"]

[White "Brian Rountree"]

[Black "Alan Wong"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B28"]

[WhiteElo "1856"]

[BlackElo "1458"]

[PlyCount "129"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Nde2 Nf6 7. g3 Bc5 8.

Bg2 h6 9. O-O O-O 10. a3 d6 11. Nd5 Bg4 12. h3 Bxe2 13. Qxe2 Nd4 14. Qd1 Nxd5

15. exd5 Nf5 16. Qf3 Nd4 17. Qd1 Re8 18. c3 Nf5 19. Qg4 Qf6 20. Be4 Ne7 21. b4

Bb6 22. Be3 Bc7 23. c4 Rad8 24. Rfd1 b6 25. Rac1 Rc8 26. Kg2 Kh8 27. c5 bxc5

28. bxc5 dxc5 29. Bxc5 Bd6 30. Bb4 Bxb4 31. axb4 Rxc1 32. Rxc1 Qd6 33. Qf3 Rf8

34. Rc5 f5 35. Bd3 Kg8 36. Bc4 e4 37. Qf4 Rd8 38. Qxd6 Rxd6 39. Kf1 Kf8 40. h4

g5 41. hxg5 hxg5 42. Ke2 Rb6 43. b5 axb5 44. Bxb5 Rd6 45. Bc6 Kf7 46. Ke3 Kf6

47. Kd4 g4 48. Bb7 Rd7 49. Rb5 Rd6 50. Ra5 Kg5 51. Ke5 Rb6 52. Ba8 Ng6+ 53. Kd4

Rd6 54. Kc5 Rd8 55. d6 Ne5 56. Kd5 Nd3 57. Ke6 Re8+ 58. Kf7 Rh8 59. d7 Rh7+ 60.

Ke6 Rh8 61. Ke7 Rh7+ 62. Kd6 Rh8 63. Bxe4 Nxf2 64. Rxf5+ Kh6 65. Rxf2 {and

White won.} 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "4"]

[White "Dean Clow"]

[Black "Gunnar Andersen"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "A47"]

[WhiteElo "2064"]

[BlackElo "2291"]

[PlyCount "99"]

 

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 c5 3. c3 e6 4. Bf4 b6 5. e3 Be7 6. h3 O-O 7. Bd3 Ba6 8. O-O

Bxd3 9. Qxd3 d5 10. Nbd2 Nc6 11. Rfe1 c4 12. Qc2 b5 13. Ne5 Nxe5 14. Bxe5 a5

15. e4 Qd7 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Nf3 Rfe8 18. Re2 b4 19. Rae1 Reb8 20. exd5 Qxd5

21. Ne5 b3 22. axb3 cxb3 23. Qd3 a4 24. c4 Qd6 25. Rd1 a3 26. bxa3 Bxe5 27.

Rxe5 Qxa3 28. Re3 Qa2 29. Qb1 Qc2 30. Rc1 {Diagram [#]} Qxc1+ 31. Qxc1 b2 32.

Qb1 Ra1 33. Re1 Rxb1 34. Rxb1 Kf8 35. Kf1 Rb4 36. Ke2 Rxc4 37. Kd3 Rb4 38. Kc3

Rb5 39. Rxb2 Rxb2 40. Kxb2 Ke7 41. Kc3 Kd6 42. Kc4 g5 43. Kd3 Kd5 44. Ke3 f5

45. g3 h5 46. h4 f4+ 47. Kf3 gxh4 48. gxh4 e5 49. dxe5 Kxe5 50. Ke2 1/2-1/2

 

[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "4"]

[White "Daniel Herman"]

[Black "Zach Bekkedahl"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B27"]

[WhiteElo "2057"]

[BlackElo "2139"]

[PlyCount "84"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Qa4 d6 7. e5 dxe5 8.

Nxe5 Bg7 9. Bb5 O-O 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Bxc6 Bd7 12. O-O Bxc6 13. Qxc6 Qb8 14.

Nd5 Nxd5 15. Qxd5 Bxb2 16. Rb1 Qe5 17. Qxe5 Bxe5 18. Rb7 Bd6 19. Bb2 Rfb8 20.

Rxb8+ Rxb8 21. Bd4 Rc8 22. Bxa7 Rxc2 23. Bd4 Rxa2 24. Ra1 Rxa1+ 25. Bxa1 e5 26.

g4 f5 27. gxf5 gxf5 28. Kg2 Kf7 29. Bb2 Ke6 30. f3 Kd5 31. h3 Kc4 32. Kf2 Kd3

33. Bc1 Bc5+ 34. Kf1 Be3 35. Ba3 Bd2 36. Bd6 Bc3 37. Be7 Ke3 38. Kg2 Ke2 39.

Bf6 f4 40. Bd8 e4 41. Bb6 exf3+ 42. Kg1 Bd2 0-1


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "4"]

[White "Rhett Langseth"]

[Black "Suhaas Narayanan"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D02"]

[WhiteElo "2076"]

[BlackElo "2046"]

[PlyCount "141"]


1. Nf3 d5 2. c3 c5 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Qa4 Qc7 6. Bf4 Qb6 7. Qb3 Nf6 8.

Qxb6 axb6 9. Na3 Bf5 10. Nb5 Rc8 11. h3 h6 12. e3 Kd7 13. Nbd4 Nxd4 14. Ne5+

Ke8 15. exd4 Nd7 16. Be2 Nxe5 17. Bxe5 f6 18. Bg3 e6 19. Kd2 Kf7 20. Rhe1 Be7

21. Bb5 Rhd8 22. Re2 Bd6 23. Bxd6 Rxd6 24. Rd1 Ra8 25. a3 h5 26. Re3 Rh8 27.

Bd3 Bxd3 28. Kxd3 b5 29. Kc2 Rc8 30. Kb3 Ra8 31. f4 g6 32. g4 h4 33. f5 Raa6

34. fxg6+ Kxg6 35. Rf3 Ra4 36. Rd2 Rc4 37. Rdf2 e5 38. dxe5 fxe5 39. Rf7 d4 40.

cxd4 Rcxd4 41. Kc2 b4 42. R7f3 bxa3 43. Rxa3 Rc6+ 44. Rc3 Rb6 45. b3 Ra6 46.

Kb2 e4 47. Re3 Rb4 48. Rf4 Rd6 49. Kc3 Rdb6 50. Kb2 Rd6 51. Ka3 Rbb6 52. Rfxe4

Ra6+ 53. Kb2 Rd2+ 54. Kc3 Rdd6 55. Re2 Rf6 56. Kb2 Rab6 57. Re5 Rf3 58. R2e3

Rf2+ 59. Kc3 Rc6+ 60. Kb4 Rf4+ 61. Kb5 Rff6 62. b4 Rb6+ 63. Ka4 Ra6+ 64. Ra5

Rab6 65. Ree5 Rf1 66. Rg5+ Kh6 67. Rh5+ Kg6 68. Rag5+ Kf7 69. Rf5+ Rf6 70. Rxf1

Rxf1 71. Rxh4 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "4"]

[White "Brian Wall"]

[Black "Nathaniel Reeves"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D00"]

[WhiteElo "2265"]

[BlackElo "1922"]

[PlyCount "47"]


1. e4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 dxe4 4. f3 exf3 5. Nxf3 Bg4 6. h3 Bh5 7. g4 Bg6 8.

Ne5 e6 9. Bg2 c6 10. h4 Bb4 11. O-O Bxc2 12. Qxc2 Qxd4+ 13. Kh1 Qxe5 14. Bf4

Qa5 15. g5 Bxc3 16. bxc3 Nd5 17. Bd2 Qc7 18. c4 Ne7 19. Bf4 Qc8 20. Bd6 c5 21.

Qb2 Nbc6 22. Qxg7 Rg8 23. Qxf7+ Kd8 24. Rad1 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "4"]

[White "DuWayne Langseth"]

[Black "David Hickman"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A48"]

[WhiteElo "1938"]

[BlackElo "1773"]

[PlyCount "106"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Be2 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. b3 Nc6 7. Bb2 Nd7 8. e4

e5 9. d5 Ne7 10. c4 h6 11. Nc3 f5 12. Nd2 c5 13. f3 h5 14. a3 Bh6 15. b4 Be3+

16. Kh1 f4 17. bxc5 Nxc5 18. Nb3 Nxb3 19. Qxb3 g5 20. Nd1 Bc5 21. Nf2 Rf7 22.

Nd3 b6 23. Nxc5 bxc5 24. Bc3 Rg7 25. Qb5 g4 26. Ba5 Qf8 27. Bc7 {Diagram [#]}

Nxd5 28. Bxd6 Qxd6 29. Qe8+ Qf8 30. Qxf8+ Kxf8 31. cxd5 Rb8 32. Rab1 Rgb7 33.

Rxb7 Rxb7 34. g3 Rb2 35. Bd1 gxf3 36. Bxf3 Bh3 37. Rc1 Ke7 38. gxf4 Rf2 39.

Bxh5 Rxf4 40. Re1 c4 41. Be2 Rxe4 42. Kg1 Bg4 43. d6+ Kxd6 44. Rd1+ Kc5 45.

Bxg4 Rxg4+ 46. Kf1 c3 47. Ke2 Rd4 48. Rb1 a5 49. Rb8 Kc4 50. Rc8+ Kb3 51. Rc7

c2 52. Rc6 Rd1 53. Rb6+ Kxa3 0-1


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "4"]

[White "Karthik Selva"]

[Black "Michael Smith"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D13"]

[WhiteElo "1386"]

[BlackElo "1573"]

[PlyCount "54"]


1. c4 c6 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. d4 Bf5 6. Bg2 e6 7. Nf3 Nc6 8. a3

Be7 9. O-O h5 10. Bf4 Qb6 11. b4 Ne4 12. Rc1 h4 13. Nxe4 Bxe4 14. Qa4 Bxf3 15.

Bxf3 g5 16. Bd2 hxg3 17. fxg3 g4 18. Bg2 Qxd4+ 19. Kh1 Kd7 20. Bc3 Rxh2+ 21.

Kxh2 Rh8+ 22. Bh3 Rxh3+ 23. Kg2 Qe4+ 24. Rf3 Qxe2+ 25. Rf2 Qe4+ 26. Rf3 Qxf3+

27. Kg1 Rh1# 0-1


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "5"]

[White "Gunnar Andersen"]

[Black "Brian Wall"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "B00"]

[WhiteElo "2291"]

[BlackElo "2265"]

[PlyCount "118"]


1. e4 Na6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nc3 Qd6 5. h3 Bf5 6. Nf3 Nb4 7. Bb5+ c6 8.

Ba4 e6 9. Ne5 Rd8 10. Be3 Nf6 11. O-O h6 12. Ne2 b5 13. Bb3 Nbd5 14. Ng3 Bh7

15. c4 Nxe3 16. fxe3 Be7 17. Qf3 bxc4 18. Bxc4 O-O 19. Qxc6 Nd5 20. Bxd5 Qxd5

21. Qxd5 Rxd5 22. Kf2 Rb8 23. b3 Ba3 24. Nc4 Be7 25. Ke2 a5 26. Rfc1 f6 27. e4

Rdb5 28. Rc3 g5 29. Rd1 f5 30. Ne5 fxe4 31. Nh5 Bd6 32. Nf6+ Kg7 33. Nh5+ Kg8

34. Rdc1 Bxe5 35. dxe5 Bg6 36. Nf6+ Kh8 37. Rc6 a4 38. Rxe6 axb3 39. axb3 Rxb3

40. Nd7 Rb2+ 41. Ke1 Rd8 42. Rxg6 Rxd7 43. Rxh6+ Kg7 44. Rd6 Re7 45. Rd2 Rb5

46. Ke2 Rbxe5 47. Ke3 Ra5 48. Rc3 Ra1 49. Rd5 Kg6 50. Rcc5 Ra3+ 51. Kf2 e3+ 52.

Ke2 Ra2+ 53. Kf3 Rf2+ 54. Kg3 e2 55. Re5 Rff7 56. Rc6+ Kh7 57. Rce6 Rxe6 58.

Rxe6 Rf5 59. Rxe2 Kg6 {The game continued to move 124, when it was drawn.}

1/2-1/2


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "5"]

[White "Suhaas Narayanan"]

[Black "Dean Clow"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D35"]

[WhiteElo "2046"]

[BlackElo "2064"]

[PlyCount "78"]


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Qc2 O-O 7. Nf3 Be6 8.

e3 Nbd7 9. Be2 c5 10. O-O Rc8 11. Rac1 cxd4 12. Nxd4 Ne4 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. Qd1

Nxc3 15. bxc3 Nb6 16. Qb3 Nc4 17. Rfd1 Rfd8 18. Qb1 Rc5 19. Nb3 Rc6 20. Rd4

Rdc8 21. Bf3 Nb6 22. e4 dxe4 23. Bxe4 Rxc3 24. Rxc3 Rxc3 25. Bxh7+ Kh8 26. Be4

Bxb3 27. axb3 Qc7 28. Rd1 Nd7 29. Qa1 b6 30. Bf5 Nf8 31. b4 Kg8 32. h3 g6 33.

Bg4 a5 34. bxa5 bxa5 35. Qa4 Qc5 36. Qf4 Rc2 37. Bd7 Rc4 38. Qf6 Rc1 39. Qf3 $2

Nxd7 0-1


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "5"]

[White "David Hickman"]

[Black "Daniel Herman"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B23"]

[WhiteElo "1773"]

[BlackElo "2057"]

[PlyCount "99"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bb5 Nd4 6. d3 Nxb5 7. Nxb5 a6 8. Nc3

b5 9. O-O Bb7 10. Qe1 e6 11. f5 Qc7 12. fxe6 dxe6 13. Ng5 Nh6 14. Qh4 Qe7 15.

Bd2 O-O-O 16. Rad1 Rdf8 17. Rde1 Ng8 18. Qg3 h6 19. Nf3 Qd7 20. a3 Ne7 21. b4

cxb4 22. axb4 Qc7 23. e5 Nf5 24. Qf2 g5 25. Ne4 g4 26. Nh4 Bxe5 27. Nxf5 Bxh2+

28. Kh1 exf5 29. Qxf5+ Kb8 30. Nc5 Bc8 31. Qh5 Bg3 32. Bc3 f6 33. Ra1 Qc6 34.

Rf5 Bc7 35. d4 Rhg8 36. d5 Qd6 37. Ne4 Qd7 38. Raf1 Qf7 39. Qxf7 Rxf7 40. Rxf6

Re7 41. Nc5 Re2 42. d6 Bd8 43. Rf8 Rxf8 44. Rxf8 Be7 45. Re8 Rxc2 46. dxe7 g3

47. Rxc8+ Kxc8 48. e8=Q+ Kc7 49. Qd7+ Kb6 50. Qb7# 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "5"]

[White "Sullivan McConnell"]

[Black "Paul Baxter"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "B23"]

[WhiteElo "1922"]

[BlackElo "1992"]

[PlyCount "81"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 g6 3. f4 Bg7 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. Bb5 e6 6. Bxc6 bxc6 7. e5 Ne7 8. Ne4

O-O 9. Nxc5 Nd5 10. d4 d6 11. Nd3 f6 12. Qe2 {Diagram [#]} fxe5 13. fxe5 Ba6

14. Bg5 Qd7 15. O-O h6 16. Bd2 Nf4 17. Qe4 d5 18. Qe3 Nxd3 19. cxd3 Qe7 20. a3

Rab8 21. b4 Rf7 22. Rfc1 Bb7 23. Rc5 g5 24. h3 Rf5 25. b5 cxb5 26. Rxb5 Rc8 27.

Bb4 Qd7 28. Rc5 Bf8 29. Rxc8 Bxc8 30. Bxf8 Rxf8 31. h4 g4 32. Nh2 Qg7 33. Qg3

h5 34. Qe3 Ba6 35. Rf1 Rxf1+ 36. Nxf1 Qg6 37. Ng3 Kh7 38. Qf4 Bxd3 39. Qf8 a6

40. Qe7+ Kh6 41. Qf8+ 1/2-1/2


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "5"]

[White "Daniel Ruvins"]

[Black "Mukund Gurumurthi"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A47"]

[WhiteElo "1724"]

[BlackElo "1425"]

[PlyCount "91"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 e6 3. e3 b6 4. c3 c5 5. Nd2 Bb7 6. Ngf3 Nc6 7. Bb5 Be7 8. Nc4

a6 9. Bxc6 Bxc6 10. Nd6+ Bxd6 11. Bxd6 Ne4 12. Be5 f6 13. Bg3 Nxg3 14. hxg3 g5

15. Qc2 Qe7 16. g4 d6 17. Qb3 b5 18. Rh6 c4 19. Qc2 Qg7 20. Rh2 O-O-O 21. Nd2

e5 22. a4 Qd7 23. axb5 axb5 24. f3 Rde8 25. Kf2 Qe7 26. Nf1 e4 27. b4 Qf7 28.

Ng3 Qb7 29. Nf5 Rd8 30. Rh3 Rhe8 31. Qe2 exf3 32. gxf3 Rd7 33. Qa2 Kc7 34. Qa5+

Qb6 35. Qa7+ Qxa7 36. Rxa7+ Bb7 37. Rh6 Rf8 38. Ra5 Kc6 39. d5+ Kxd5 40. Rxb5+

Ke6 41. Nd4+ Ke7 42. Rxh7+ Rf7 43. Nf5+ Ke8 44. Rxf7 Kxf7 45. Rxb7 Rxb7 46.

Nxd6+ 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "5"]

[White "Griffiin McConnell"]

[Black "DuWayne Langseth"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B01"]

[WhiteElo "1804"]

[BlackElo "1938"]

[PlyCount "103"]


1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5. g3 Bg4 6. Be2 Bf5 7. Bf3 Nc6 8.

Bf4 Qd7 9. Nb5 Rc8 10. c3 Nd5 11. Bc1 Ncb4 12. Na3 Nd3+ 13. Kf1 Nxc1 14. Qxc1

e6 15. Nc2 Be7 16. h4 c5 17. dxc5 Qb5+ 18. Kg2 Bxc5 19. Ne2 O-O 20. Ned4 Qb6

21. Nxf5 Nxc3 22. bxc3 exf5 23. Rb1 Qf6 24. Bxb7 Rb8 25. Bf3 Qxc3 26. Rxb8 Rxb8

27. Qf4 Rb2 28. Bd1 g6 29. h5 Rxa2 30. Qf3 Rxc2 31. Bxc2 Qxc2 32. h6 Qe4 33.

Qxe4 fxe4 34. Rc1 Bf8 35. Rc8 a5 36. Kh3 a4 37. Kh4 f6 38. Kg4 Kf7 39. Rc7+ Be7

40. Ra7 a3 41. Kf4 f5 {Diagram [#]} 42. Ke5 a2 43. Rxa2 Bf6+ 44. Kd5 Bg5 45.

Ra7+ Kg8 46. Ke6 Bxh6 47. Kf6 Bf8 48. Ra8 h5 49. Kxg6 f4 50. gxf4 h4 51. f5 e3

52. f6 $1 1-0


[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "5"]

[White " Sami Al-Adsani"]

[Black "Coleman Hoyt"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D38"]

[WhiteElo "1643"]

[BlackElo "1047"]

[PlyCount "117"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bg5 Be6 7. e3 Nbd7 8.

Bd3 c6 9. Qc2 h6 10. Bh4 Bg4 11. h3 Bxf3 12. gxf3 g5 13. Bg3 Qe7 14. a3 Ba5 15.

b4 Bb6 16. Ne2 a5 17. O-O axb4 18. axb4 Rxa1 19. Rxa1 O-O 20. b5 c5 21. dxc5

Bxc5 22. Nc3 d4 23. Na4 Ra8 24. Rd1 dxe3 25. Nxc5 Nxc5 26. fxe3 Qxe3+ 27. Bf2

Qxf3 28. Be2 Qxh3 29. Qxc5 Ng4 30. Qd6 Nxf2 31. Kxf2 Qf5+ 32. Ke1 Re8 33. Qd7

Qxd7 34. Rxd7 Rb8 35. Bf3 b6 36. Bd5 Re8+ 37. Kf2 Re5 38. Bxf7+ Kf8 39. Bc4

Rf5+ 40. Kg2 h5 41. Rd6 Rf4 42. Be2 Rb4 43. Rxb6 Rb2 44. Kf1 Rb1+ 45. Kf2 Rb2

46. Ke3 Rb3+ 47. Kf2 Rb2 48. Rh6 g4 49. Rxh5 g3+ 50. Kf3 Rb3+ 51. Kg2 Rb2 52.

Re5 Rb3 53. Bf3 Rb2+ 54. Kxg3 Rb3 55. Kf4 Rb4+ 56. Kf5 Rb1 57. Bc6 Rf1+ 58. Ke6

Kg7 59. Rf5 1-0

 

[Event "2017 Pikes Pk Open"]

[Site "?"]

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

[Round "5"]

[White "Scott Williams"]

[Black "Zane Youssef"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B07"]

[WhiteElo "1233"]

[BlackElo "998"]

[PlyCount "59"]


1. e4 d6 2. h3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nbd7 4. Nf3 e5 5. Bc4 Be7 6. d3 c6 7. a3 a5 8. Bg5 h6

9. Be3 Qc7 10. Ba2 Nf8 11. O-O g5 12. d4 Ng6 13. dxe5 dxe5 14. Qd3 O-O 15. Ne2

g4 16. hxg4 Bxg4 17. Nh2 Kh7 18. Nxg4 Nxg4 19. Ng3 Rg8 20. Nf5 h5 21. Bd2 Nf4

22. Bxf4 exf4 23. Qh3 Bf8 24. Qxh5+ Nh6 25. Nxh6 Bxh6 26. Qf5+ Kh8 27. Qf6+ Kh7

28. Bxf7 Rgf8 29. Qg6+ Kh8 30. Qxh6# 1-0

Make It A Combo

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 28, 2017 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the August Swiss 90 (5SS, G/90+30).  It was the fourth round, and I was facing by best student, Calvin DeJong.  More than any other student of mine, he put into practice the advice I had given him.  So, he had all my secrets in a couple months.  It took me over seven years of testing out different ideas over the board to realize these things.


One of my secrets was the DROP Method of tactics.  It was a way of simplfying the myriad descriptions chess players use to describe tactics.  I remember looking online at lists that contain over thirty different tactics.


When I was a child learning chess, I only remember three:  Pin, Fork, and Skewer.  How could there be so many about which I was not told?  Well, the reason was because most teachers weren't separating the basic tactics from the more advanced problems.


There are four basic kinds of tactics:  Discovery, Removal, Overload, and Pin.


The other tactical ideas players describe come from combinations.  A combination occurs when 2 or more of the basic tactics are needed to realize the material gain.  The more times a basic tactic is needed in a particular line or series of moves to gain the material goal the more difficult the problem becomes.  And this is what makes chess challenging.


Combinations have always been the most intriguing aspect of Chess.  The masters look for them, the public applauds them, the critics praise them.  It is because combinations are possible that Chess is more than a lifeless mathematical exercise.  They are the poetry of the game; they are to Chess what melody is to music.  They represent the triumph of mind over matter.

(Reuben Fine)


So, when both the teacher and student missed a combination, I was interested in discovering why that happened.  The game was still relatively young.  Neither player had made 20 moves and had plenty of time on their clocks.  Therefore, the difficultly in seeing the combination must have come from the nature of the position.


After looking a the position, I realized that it was one of those rare positions that combined all four of the basic tactics.  So, a player has to be familar with the pattern of each of the different kinds of tactics and good at calculating four moves deep.  Clearly, both of us were not up to the task that night.  See if you can do better...


White to move


See the diagram and answer here:

http://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=204382282


Make It A Combo

http://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=111138


[Event "August Swiss 90"]

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

[Date "2017.08.22"]

[Round "4.1"]

[White "DeJong, Calvin"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B06"]

[WhiteElo "1876"]

[BlackElo "2001"]

[PlyCount "60"]

[EventDate "2017.08.01"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. d4 c6 2. e4 g6 3. Be3 Bg7 4. c3 d6 5. Bc4 d5

6. exd5 cxd5 7. Bd3 Nc6 8. Nf3 Nf6 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. O-O Ne8 11. Re1 Nd6 12. Bf4

a6 13. Nb3 b6 14. Ne5 Bb7 15. Qe2 Nb8 16. a4 e6 17. a5 b5 18. Nc5 Bc6 19. b3

Be8 20. Nxf7 Bxf7 21. Nxe6 Bxe6 22. Qxe6+ Nf7 23. c4 bxc4 24. bxc4 Qf6 25. Qxd5

Qxf4 26. Qxa8 Bxd4 27. Ra2 Ne5 28. Qd5+ Kh8 29. Kh1 Nxd3 30. Rf1 Nxf2+ 0-1


This Week In Chess


On August 22nd, 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

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 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2001 W7 W3 W2 3.0

2 Brian Jo Rountree 1856 W12 W4 L1 2.0

3 Michael Smith II 1573 W13 L1 W8 2.0

4 Aleksand Bozhenov 1994 W9 L2 W6 2.0

5 Calvin P Dejong 1876 H--- H--- W7 2.0

6 Mark McGough 1876 W14 H--- L4 1.5

7 Derek Eskeldson 1270 L1 W14 L5 1.0

8 Clinton D Eads 1229 L10 W13 L3 1.0

9 Scott Ch Williams 1233 L4 L11 W13 1.0

10 Peter Barlay 1912 W8 U--- U--- 1.0

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

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

13 Douglas N Clark 159 L3 L8 L9 0.0

14 Daniel J Rupp 989 L6 L7 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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May 27, 2017

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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


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