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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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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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There's Only One Way To...

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 13, 2018 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's August Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30).  It is the beginning of our turtle season at the club when we have five straight months of slow chess.


This game features Grayson Harris against Mark McGough...

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Mate To Two, Too

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 6, 2018 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's July One Night Quick event (3SS, G/20; d/5).  The idea behind the tournament was to honor a motion made by members at our annual meeting and attract a different type of chess player.  Since we play slow chess (G/90+30) nine months of the year, it was a chance for quick pl...

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P Is For Pin VII

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 30, 2018 at 5:55 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 tacti...

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Flip The Script

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 23, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the July Mating Game (4SS, G/45; d/10) at the Colorado Springs Chess Club.  It is a two-week event with two games each night.  Each player starts with 45 minutes on his clock.  So, it is medium, as far as chess speed is concerned.


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Theoretical vs Practical

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 17, 2018 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

By Matt Grinberg


You probably think the title is a reference to theoretical chess versus practical chess.  Actually, I mean the theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, developer of the theories of special and general relativity, versus the more practical physicist, Robert Oppenheimer, who was the ...

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A Horse With No Game

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 12, 2018 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the July Quick Six event (6SS, G/24+5) at the Colorado Springs Chess Club.  It was the creation of the club's Vice President, Peter Barlay. 


One of the jobs the officers do for the club is make the schedule each year....

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Mobility Move

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 5, 2018 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

 

This week's game comes from Tristan Cruz.  He is a newcomer to the Colorado Springs Chess Club on Tuesday nights.  He started chess back in 2014 as a youngster.  However, he didn't stick with it and took a 4 year break.  Now, he is in Colorado and looking to establish his rating.

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A Tale Of The Scottch Tape

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 27, 2018 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from Scott Williams.  He has been a regular on Tuesday nights since 2015. 


One of our scholastic players, Ayush "Panda" Vispute, gave him the nickname "Scottch," and I have embraced it.

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O Is For Overload VII

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 18, 2018 at 5:00 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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Cruz Control

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 12, 2018 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's June Swiss 90 event.  The tournament is one of two slow time control, monthly events the club does each quarter.  The first month of a quarter is scheduled for the club's special events, which are typically much faster time controls.


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That's Your Excuse!

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 5, 2018 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


Brian Rountree burned up the competition at the May tournament of Club Chess like Kilauea throught the Hawaiian islands.  The damage was so complete there was no one left to stop him.  Well, that is until I got the call.  A Black Knight appeared in the sky, and I rushed over to the crime scene to put an end to Brian's devastati...

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The Tortoise And The Raccoon

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 26, 2018 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


Once upon a time there was a tortoise who, boasting how he could play chess better than anyone else, was forever teasing the raccoon for its ludicrous middle-game tactics.  Then one day, the raccoon answered back:  “Who do you think you are?  There’s no denying you’re good, but even you can be beaten!”&#...

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Revengers Insanity War

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 21, 2018 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (3)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the May Swiss 90 event at the Colorado Springs Chess Club.  It was won by my new hero, the Panda! 


For some reason, the Swiss Sys pairing program has to shorten players names, especially those who registered with a mi...

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R Is For Removal VII

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 14, 2018 at 4:20 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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Extra Credit

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 8, 2018 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from Mike Smith II.  This time, the game was created with the help of Joey Arispe at the May Swiss 90 tournament.  Joey started at the Colorado Springs Chess Club in August 2017, and he has almost established a USCF rating.


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What's Your Name

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 30, 2018 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from Mike Smith II.  His name is so common that he needs a number to set himself apart.  Mike joined the Colorado Springs Chess Club in 2017 and started with a 1255 rating.  He quickly shot up 400 rating points as he adjusted to tournament chess.  However, he has been up and down ever since.

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One Good Turner Deserves Another

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 23, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from Larry Turner.  Larry is a long-time, Colorado chess player.  His tournament results stretch back into the early nineties and, possibly, even further.  However, he doesn't get to play a lot of games, only racking up 164 regular-rated games since 1991.  In comparison, Dean Brown has 3,257 since 19...

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Puncher's Chance

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 17, 2018 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Game Of The Week

By Tim Brennan


Thanks Paul for inviting me back for another Tim Brennan week in the Colorado Springs Chess Newsletter!


Today I would like to share my experience playing in the Colorado vs New Mexico team match last ...

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D Is For Discovery VI

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 10, 2018 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 tactic...

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