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Posted by Paul Anderson on July 15, 2019 at 6:10 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's July Quick Six event.  It is a 2-week tournament with 3 games per week.  It is also Quick-rated.  These games can be a lot of fun since they are fast, don't effect your standard rating, and most often leave no record of your mental lapses.


This one Chris recorded until he got in time pressure, and I filled in the rest.  The pgn may not be 100% accurate, but the final position is real.  I couldn't forget it.  I was chuckling about it all night long.  I even had tears in my eyes and laughing out loud, as I walked through Walmart after club. :lol:  The crazy shoppers were looking at me like I was insane.


It was Chris' reaction.  He was so shocked that I had any chance to win after we both knew it was a draw.  However, I am a smidge of a "Bitter Ender."  I don't like to admit defeat.  I don't like to offer a draw.  I will use every weapon in my arsenal no matter how futile the position is.  I am not like Bobby Fischer.


I don’t believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.

Bobby Fischer, 11th World Chess Champion


I don't believe in good moves.  I believe in mind games.


Since I can't play like Fischer, mind games are all I have.  You see, I was getting into Chris' head from move one.  I was just playing for a draw.  I knew Chris has to play the brilliancy.  He has wildly sacrificed his Queen 3 times this year, just to make the game interesting.  A draw is too boring.  His brain just can't handle it.


So, when I traded down to this position, DuWayne Langseth was screaming that I had giving up way too much material.  However, I trust the mind games.  I have a Masters degree in brainwashing from my time in a campus mind-control group that was profiled on 20/20 (below).  I was really setting a mental trap.  And SNAP!


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Black to move and lose


See the diagram and answer here:

https://cschess.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoid=205817724


Mind Games

https://www.chessvideos.tv/chess-game-replayer.php?id=114498


[Event "July Quick Six"]

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

[Date "2019.07.09"]

[Round "4.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Motley, Chris"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A45"]

[WhiteElo "1935"]

[BlackElo "1759"]

[PlyCount "113"]

[EventDate "2019.07.02"]

[TimeControl "1440+5"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 h6 3. Bxf6 exf6 4. e3 d5 5. Nf3

c6 6. Be2 Qb6 7. Qc1 Bd6 8. O-O Bf5 9. Nbd2 Qc7 10. c4 O-O 11. cxd5 cxd5 12.

Qxc7 Bxc7 13. Rfc1 Bd6 14. Nh4 Bh7 15. Bg4 g6 16. a3 f5 17. Bd1 g5 18. Nhf3 Nd7

19. Bc2 f4 20. Bxh7+ Kxh7 21. e4 Rac8 22. exd5 Nf6 23. Nc4 Bb8 24. Nce5 g4 25.

Nd2 Bxe5 26. dxe5 Nxd5 27. Ne4 Kg6 28. Nd6 Rc7 29. Rxc7 Nxc7 30. Rc1 Ne6 31.

Rc4 f6 32. exf6 Kxf6 33. Nxb7 Rb8 34. Rb4 a5 35. Nxa5 Rxb4 36. axb4 Nd4 37. Nc4

Ke6 38. Kf1 Kd5 39. Na3 h5 40. Ke1 h4 41. Kd2 h3 42. gxh3 gxh3 43. b5 Nf3+ 44.

Ke2 Nxh2 45. f3 Ng4 46. Kf1 h2 47. Kg2 Ne5 48. Nb1 Nxf3 49. Nc3+ Kc5 50. Kh1

Nd4 51. Kxh2 Nxb5 52. Nxb5 Kxb5 53. Kg2 Kb4 54. Kf3 Kb3 55. Ke4 f3 56. Kxf3 Kc2

57. b4 1-0


This Week In Chess


On July 9th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the July Quick Six event (6SS, G/24+5).


Standings. July Quick Six


# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1935 W4 W7 W2 W3 W5 W6 6.0 $27.00 1st

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 1898 W8 W9 L1 W4 W6 D3 4.5 $18.00 2nd

3 Christophe Motley 1759 H--- H--- H--- L1 W4 D2 3.0

4 Robert Carlson 1569 L1 W11 W9 L2 L3 D5 2.5 $12.00 U1600

5 Mark McGough 1668 H--- H--- H--- D6 L1 D4 2.5

6 Joseph Griffin 1225 H--- H--- H--- D5 L2 L1 2.0

7 Peter Barlay 1740 W11 L1 W8 U--- U--- U--- 2.0

8 Dean W Brown 1403 L2 W10 L7 F11 U--- U--- 1.0

9 Clinton Eads 1003 W10 L2 L4 U--- U--- U--- 1.0

10 Brian Jo Rountree 1652 L9 L8 W11 U--- U--- U--- 1.0

11 Kenneth Macrae 1250 L7 L4 L10 F8 U--- U--- 0.0

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