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The Thrill Of Chess Victory

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 29, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Closed Challenger.  I spoke with David Hartsook after the tournament and he said, "This game was the turning point."  I think that everyone going into the tournament thought that Robert Ramirez, the number one seed, was going to be hard to beat.  And he was.

Robert went unbeaten in the tournament with 4 draws and 1 win (+1-0=4), which tied him with Kevin Seidler (+1-0=4) and myself (+2-1=2).  However, I think most people expected Robert to come away with more wins. 

It was not a big surprise when Robert and Chris drew on the first day.  It was a little surprising that I took the lead in the tournament by being the only player to get a win Friday night.  Of course, I don't think anyone expected me to hold that lead going into Saturday when I had to face both Robert and Chris.

While it seemed like either Robert or Chris would climb to the top at the end of Saturday's games, it was David Hartsook who turned in the best performance with 2 wins.  He jumped to the top of the leaderboard half a point ahead of Kevin and a full point ahead of Robert, Chris, and I.

Of course, by the time of the evening's games, everyone knew that I had narrowly escaped from giving Robert his first victory.  Here is the key position from our game.  It is black to move.

Perhaps the effect of missing the win (64...f3) is why David said my draw against Robert was the turning point.  It was a long game and very draining.  I lost my next game badly, and Robert drew his.  Now David and Kevin were in the driver's seat, and the Challenger championship was really up in the air.

However, Robert's ability to avoid any losses and save his best for last ended up giving him the title on tiebreaks and a guaranteed invitation to the Colorado Closed next year.



3.0    Robert Ramirez        2135

3.0    Kevin Seidler            2099

3.0    Paul Anderson          2038

2.5    David Hartsook          2105

2.0    Chris Peterson          2104

1.5    Josh Jex                    2005

For me, it was a great tournament.  I was thrilled to tie for 1st.  I got to face 5 players who were higher-rated than myself, a rarity in Colorado Springs.  Also, I got my first Candidate Master norm after 4 years of norm drought.

However, the ending was a little anti-climatic.  I was pumped up like I had just won the Super Bowl, but there were no fireworks and confetti.  I did not get to cut down any nets.  I did not get to hoist any trophy.  I did not get doused with champange.  I got to fold chairs and hoist the trash cans.

Sometimes I wish chess had some of the excitment from other sports.


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The Thrill Of Chess Victory


[Event "Colorado Closed Challenger"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2013.04.20"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Ramirez, Robert"]

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

[ECO "A46"]

[WhiteElo "1999"]

[BlackElo "2141"]

[PlyCount "137"]

[EventDate "2013.04.19"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. c3 b6 5. e3 Bb7

6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Nbd2 cxd4 9. cxd4 h6 10. Bh4 d6 11. Rc1 Nbd7 12. Qe2

Rc8 13. h3 Rc7 14. Rfd1 Qb8 15. Qf1 Rfc8 16. Bg3 Qa8 17. Rxc7 Rxc7 18. Rc1 Qc8

19. Rxc7 Qxc7 20. Qd1 Kf8 21. Kf1 Ke8 22. Ke2 Kd8 23. Qc2 Qxc2 24. Bxc2 Ba6+

25. Bd3 Bxd3+ 26. Kxd3 d5 27. Ne5 Nxe5+ 28. Bxe5 Ne8 29. Nb1 Kd7 30. Nc3 Kc6

31. f3 Bb4 32. Ne2 g6 33. Kc2 Be7 34. Nc1 Nd6 35. Bxd6 Bxd6 36. e4 dxe4 37.

fxe4 f5 38. e5 Be7 39. Ne2 g5 40. Kd3 Bb4 41. a3 Be1 42. Ng1 Bf2 43. Ne2 b5 44.

Nc3 Be1 45. Nd1 Ba5 46. b4 Bb6 47. Ne3 a5 48. d5+ Kd7 49. d6 axb4 50. axb4 Kc6

51. Nd1 Kd5 52. Nc3+ Kxe5 53. Nxb5 Kd5 54. Na3 e5 55. Nc4 e4+ 56. Kc3 Bd4+ 57.

Kb3 Kc6 58. Kc2 f4 59. Nd2 e3 60. Ne4 Bb6 61. Kd3 Kd5 62. h4 gxh4 63. Nc3+ Ke5

64. d7 h3 65. gxh3 f3 66. d8=Q Bxd8 67. Kxe3 Bb6+ 68. Kxf3 Kd4 69. Ne4 1/2-1/2


This Week In Chess


On April 23rd, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a Thematic event.  I gave a lecture on my performance in the Colorado Closed Challenger as black.  As it turned out, I played the same 4 moves in each game, winning 2 and drawing 1 (All games started 1. ... c6 2. ... g6 3. .. d6 4. .. Bg7, but not necessarily in the same order). 

After the lecture, the audience picked which white opening they liked best, and we played a Swiss tournament (3SS, G15) with all the games starting 1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 Bg7.  Isaac Martinez beat me with my own opening and went unbeaten to take home the 1st place points.  Here are the results:


Score, Player:


Thematic Swiss results (3SS, G15):

3.0 Isaac Martinez

2.0 Koji Del Conte

2.0 Peter Grigg

2.0 Paul Anderson

1.0 Mark McGough

1.0 Mike Madsen

1.0 Tom Richardson

0.0 Joe Polanco


Tuesday Night Chess Tour Cumulative and 2nd Quarter Standings


Current Standings (rank, name, total, quarter):

1    Paul Anderson    36.50    11.50

2    Mark McGough    15.75    3.75

3    Mike Madsen    14.50    7.00

4    Koji DelConte    13.50    7.00

5    Isaac Martinez    13.00    8.00

6    Tim Brennan    12.00    0.00

7    Alex Torres    11.00    3.00

8    Josh Bloomer    10.50    8.00

9    Peter Grigg    10.00    7.00

10    Dean Brown    9.00    2.00

11    Jeff Fox    6.25    1.75

12    Alex Freeman    5.00    0.00

13    Daniel Herman    5.00    1.00

14    Sara Herman    5.00    1.00

15    Brian Rountree    4.00    0.00

16    Eugin Pahk    3.00    0.00

17    Shirley Herman    3.00    1.00

18    Joe Polanco    3.00    3.00

19    Josh Divine    2.50    2.50

20    Anthea Carson    2.00    0.00

21    Mike Wanek    2.00    0.00

22    James Powers    2.00    0.00

23    Wes Smith    2.00    1.00

24    Josh Divine    1.75    1.75

25    Richard Buchanan    1.75    1.75

26    Rebecca Herman    1.50    0.00

27    Joe Pahk    1.50    0.00

28    Mike Toth    1.00    0.00

29    Buddy Diamond    1.00    0.00

30    Kathy Schneider    1.00    0.00

31    Curits Holsinger    1.00    1.00

32    Tom Richardson    1.00    1.00

    MAX POSSIBLE    44.00    16.00

Categories: 2013

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