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The Lion Tamer

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A Sad Start

Tuesday February 19, 2008


“A broom is drearily sweeping up the broken pieces of yesterday's life. Somewhere a queen is weeping, somewhere a king has no wife, and the wind, it cries Mary.”

(J. Hendrix)

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A Giant Upset

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

This week’s game comes from the club event, the Cabin Fever Reliever. It is typically my first event back at the Colorado Springs Chess Club after my off-season and one that has been very good for me.  My winning percentage in this event is 77% and my prize winnings are about 2.6 times my entry fees.


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Ten Years Gone

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week’s game comes from my many upset victories over the years. Actually, there are less upsets than I would have thought.


When I got my first chess engine, Fritz 8, I decided to make use of the full analysis and publishing features by starting this newsletter.&#...

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It's Final When I Say It's Final!

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This past weekend I played in the Colorado Springs Open. It was a typical Colorado Springs Open for me. I beat the opponents I was higher rated than, and I lost to the opponent I was lower rated than. It is always this way for me at the Colorado Springs Open. I have played in this tournament for 11 straight years for a total of 51 games. ...

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Where, O Death, Is Your Victory?

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


Last year, I reported that the team tournament where partners alternate without consultation had been killed by the Whinemiller controversy. Well, I didn’t actually say it was dead, but I mentioned that the coffin was being nailed shut.


“Of course, this ...

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Chess Ambassador

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week’s game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club’s quad event. I played in the USCF-rated quad, and I wasn’t real excited about my chances to win the quad despite being the highest rated player in the group.


First, I don’t do all that well in these quad...

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A Fool And His Pieces

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

Despite all the exciting new activities going on at the club, one chess game was played. It was a grudge match between two long-standing enemies, Gary Frenzel and Jeff Fox.


It is no secret that these two have been hostile to each other ever since the time when...

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Elk Hunter

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

This past weekend I played in the Springs Fundraiser at the Elk’s lodge in Colorado Springs. It is the second time I have played at this site, but I crack up every time I walk into the building. The parking space right by the entrance is reserved for the Elk of the Year.


It is never taken, and I...

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Timothy's 1st Epistle To Paul

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

By Timothy Brennan

 

Hey Paul,

 

I am honored that it is Tim Brennan week again (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/show/2929363-tiny-tim)! That is really cool! ...

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Two Roads

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

I was running short on time this week to write an article for the newsletter. Fortunately, I had an article I wrote from the Colorado Chess Informant for which I received a lot of positive feedback.


That is everyone except my mother. For most people, their mother is their biggest fan. You could even k...

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Where Did That Come From?

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


Sometimes I have no idea what game I am going to publish. I haven’t recorded a game from a recent event, and nobody’s given me a game in a while.


So, I go through the database searching for a past upset. Of course, I have published most of my bigger upsets already. Now I am...

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Miracle Matthew

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


Last week, I complained about not having enough chess games to choose from for the Game Of The Week column. I guess you have to be careful about what you complain about. This week I had a deluge of offers (mostly from LM Brian Wall).


I could have chosen the next episode in the ongoing b...

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Luck Of The Draw

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

By DuWayne Langseth


Ok, Anderson, I know how you got over 1900. Shear luck! :)

 

I wish my opponents played like that! (http://game...

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Chess Simulation

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


As I was looking over my chess database this week, I ran across a fact I thought was interesting. I began counting the number of games I published from specific opponents. While the fact that Jeff Fox was at the top with 7 games, I was surprised to see that Anthea Carson NN was tied with him at 7 games.


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Power Point

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

This week’s game was sort of a last minute decision, as I was hoping to have one game from the Shaun MacMillan lecture. However, as the deadline approached, I realized he might not get the game to me on time. I guess I should have expected this possibility after seeing how well Shaun did with his Power Point presentation at the club earlier this we...

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Maybe DuWayne Was Right?

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


I was writing an article for the Informant this past weekend so I didn’t have much time to think about the game of the week. This is one of those weeks where I would have loved to receive a game and story from one of my readers but none was forthcoming.


So, I just picked one of my ...

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Would You Like $37.50?

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week’s game comes from the Southern Colorado Open, except that it was six years ago. The 2008 tournament is this coming weekend, and I will be putting down my money tonight for my ninth appearance.


I used to think it was my best tournament because I won my highest prize there ...

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Bobby's Twin

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

This week I had a lot of suggestions for the game of the week. Anthea Carson NN crushed me this week at the June Mating Game for her 2nd win over me in 13 tries. She was hoping that I would write up the game to promote her chess videos (http://www.youtube.co...

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Mate In Two, No Three

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

This week’s game comes from the 2008 Southern Colorado Open. I had written before this tournament how six other tournaments had a higher net total for prize winnings than this one.


Well, that has now changed. I went into this tournament winning prize money only 13% of the time, but I have come o...

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Greener Pastures

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

This week’s game comes from my list of upset victories. I have 44 wins where I beat someone who was within 25 points of my rating or higher in my 10 years of USCF-rated play.  It has taken me 136 events and 468 games to achieve that number. That works out to a 32% chance of getting an upset win in any event.

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