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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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The Millchessial

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 24, 2019 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


I have played 1000 USCF-rated games.


I knew the milestone was approaching and figured that I would publish the game.  However, there is a gap of time between when I record my game for my TD database and when I move it to my USCF database.  Due to...

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Final Nail

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 19, 2019 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


All good things come to an end.


My Father's Day tradition for the Colorado Springs Chess News website has been to publish a win from my dad during our email match together.  We started playing in 1996, before I ever went to the Colorado Springs Chess ...

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Overworked & Underpaid

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 9, 2019 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's June Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30) event.  This tournament is a month-long event with one game per week.  I like the one-game-per-week format because it is easier to direct and play.  Not easy, just easier, but I prefer playing.  I do not prefer being the tournament d...

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No GOATs Allowed!

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 3, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from round three of the Colorado Springs Chess Club's May Swiss 90 event.  It was played by Chris Motley and Mark McGough.  They have faced each other six times in the past year, mostly in Quick-rated tournaments.  They are even in Quick (+2-2=1).  This time they met with Turtle Time (G/90+30), a spe...

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O Is For Overload VIII

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 29, 2019 at 8:25 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 (https://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 th...

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The End Of A Thing

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's May Swiss 90 event.  It is a month-long, slow-chess tournament.  Each week the players get one slow game.  It is the favorite of Turtles.


Turtles are chess players who can take an...

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R Is For Removal VIII

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 14, 2019 at 5:05 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 (https://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 dro...

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CSCC vs AFACC

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 7, 2019 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's (CSCC) team challenge against the Air Force Academy Chess Club (AFACC).  We haven't played in a team tournament since 2007 when we beat the Fort Collins Chess Club to win the Mountain States Chess Club Match Champions trophy:


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Bobby Has Left The Springs

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 24, 2019 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


One of the biggest chess controversies in Colorado Springs is whether or not Bobby Fischer ever played here.  On one side is the 1st Colorado Springs City Chess Champion (Francis Mason).  On the other side is the 22nd Colorado Springs City Chess Champion (NM Buck Buchanan). 


Francis Mason claims to have playe...

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I Like Quick

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 18, 2019 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's April Quick Six event.  We have 8 slow chess months and 4 special chess months each year on the club's calendar.  The slow months are G/90+30, month-long tournaments.  The special events are the Speed Chess Championship (January), Cabin Fever Reliever (April), July ...

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Guys In Costumes

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 14, 2019 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

By Tim Brennan


There is a YUGE event this week that millions of people around the world have been looking forward to for years!  No, not the final season of Game of Thrones!  I'm talking about the 15th year of Tim Brennan Week in the Colorado Springs Chess Club Newsletter!

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D Is For Discovery VII

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 8, 2019 at 5:15 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 tact...

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The Scandinavian

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 3, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the March Swiss 90, round 4.  It was played by Alex Bozhenov and Jesse Williams.  They have played 36 times before.  27 in the past year!  They are on pace to break my personal best of 87 USCF-rated games against Mark McGough.


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Father And Son

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 26, 2019 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the March Swiss 90, round 3.  It was played by Grayson Harris and Mark McGough.  They have met four times before with Mark getting the upper hand every time.  However, Grayson has been improving rapidly.


Grayson s...

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Scottch ROOM Attack

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 18, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the March Swiss 90, round 2.  It was played by Dean Brown and Scott "Scottch" Williams.  They have faced each other 14 times in rated chess.  Scottch needed this game to pull even with a +7-7=1 score.


Dean helped ...

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Forty Stripes Save One

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 11, 2019 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the March Swiss 90, going on at the Colorado Springs Chess Club this month.  My opponent was Dean Brown.  We have played 65 rated games over the years.  He used to be my "whipping boy" until Mark McGough passed him up for the most losses from one opponent in 2016.

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White Pieces' Burden

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Speed King III


Monday, March 4th, 2019


I am back for another season of chess news and games.  Last year, I suffered another down year rating-wise.  This makes three down years in a row.  Ouch!  I have never had three bad years in a row before.

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Game Of The Year XV

Posted by Paul Anderson on September 19, 2018 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

End Of The Season

Thursday, September 20, 2018


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 (https://spamfootball.webs.com/), but I will return after the football season en...

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Parable Of The Good Chess Player

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


Good evening, my fellow chess players. 


One month and five days ago, in a moment of tragedy and trauma, the duties of this office fell upon me.  I asked then for your help, and God’s that we might continue Colorado chess on its course bind...

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Rook Sac Guy

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from Round 2 of the Colorado Springs Chess Club's August Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30) and Round 6 of this year's match-ups with Brian Rountree.  We have faced-off in February (regular), April (quick), twice in May (regular), July (quick), and now in August (regular).  He is my most common opponent in the past year ...

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