Colorado Springs Chess News

The Knights Are Better Here!


Tactics Tim

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Game Of The Week

By Tim Brennan

Hey this is Tim Brennan,


I am honored to once again be invited by Paul Anderson to be part of his "Tim Brennan week"...  It is like Discovery Channel's "Shark Week", only much more disappointing!


I have been a huge fan of Paul Anderson's e-mail chess newsletter for years now.  He was part of the inspiration for me to start my own chess e-mail newsletter.


Writing a newsletter can be a fairly "thankless" job, because your readers start to get a sense of entitlement.  If you always send out the newsletter on Tuesdays, then one week get pneumonia, at least one person is going to write to you and say "Hey!  Where is my newsletter!"


People will complain that they can't read your newsletter on their Commodore 64 computer, their "smart phone", or if you show them a tactic that wasn't actually played in the game.  But none of these things seem to bother Paul, and he continues to write great content year after year, and never complains.


There are a lot of things that really impress me about Paul, and he has a lot of qualities I admire: 

  • Paul has a superb sense of humor.  I wish that my newsletters were as funny as his. 
  • Paul is a great marketer.  I don't think he has really studied marketing, but it comes very naturally to him - he writes great attention grabbing headlines, and is great at promotion.  I think of Paul as a naturally gifted salesman and marketer, who isn't actually selling or marketing anything!
  • Paul isn't shy.  I often feel like I am "bothering" someone if I ask them to sign up for my newsletter.  Not Paul!  He will send his newsletter to anyone with a heartbeat and post notifications anytime he posts a sentence on the internet in about 30 different places :-) 
  • Paul is outgoing.  Paul is Facebook friends with any warm body that has ever pushed a pawn, and actually communicates with them on a regular basis.  I have a bunch of facebook friends that I "unsubscribe" to, so I don't have to actually read what they write, so they won't be offended that I "unfriended" them. 
  • Paul loves all aspects of chess.  I actually don't find most parts of a chess game all that interesting.  I LOVE tactics - but as far as openings, endgames, etc, I'm not all that interested in them. 
  • Paul is a great contributor to Colorado Chess - he writes articles for the Colorado Chess Informant, is an officer in the local club, he helps publicize tournaments.  I show up every once in a while, but stay on the fringe of really getting my hands dirty. 
  • Paul actually does the things that we all should be doing - entering our games in a database, finding where we made mistakes, correcting those mistakes so that we do not do them again.  It is fairly obvious process, but Paul actually does it, and I really admire that about him.


So keep up the great work Paul!  I really admire a lot of qualities about you, and you inspire me to be the best pawn pushing, newsletter writing, chess playing fool I can be! Thanks again for inviting me to be a part of your chess newsletter!


Here is a game of mine played at the Colorado Class, where I "grasped defeat from the jaws of victory".  I was up 3 pawns against Larry Wutt, and managed to practically help mate myself by falling asleep at the wheel - D'oh!!


Cheers, Tim


P.S. If you haven't already be sure to sign up for my chess tactics e-mail newsletter at!


Tactics Tim


[Event "Colorado Class"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2012.03.31"]

[Round "1"]

[White "Brennan, Tim"]

[Black "Wutt, Larry"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A47"]

[WhiteElo "1812"]

[BlackElo "1921"]

[PlyCount "62"]

[EventDate "3.??.??"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. c3 b6 5. e3 Bb7 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Nbd2 h6 8. Bh4

g5 9. Bg3 Nh5 10. Qe2 Nxg3 11. hxg3 Be7 12. O-O-O Qc7 13. Kb1 O-O-O 14. dxc5

bxc5 15. e4 g4 16. Ne1 h5 17. f4 Kb8 18. Nc2 Ka8 19. Ne3 Rb8 20. Rh2 f5 21.

exf5 Bf6 22. fxe6 dxe6 23. Ne4 Be7 24. Rdh1 Na5 25. Rxh5 Rhd8 26. Nxg4 c4 27.

Bc2 Bd5 28. Nef6 Ba3 29. b3 cxb3 30. Bxb3 Nxb3 31. axb3 Rxb3+ 0-1


This Week In Chess


On April 10th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held an unrated, quick event.  The participants played in a 3 round, Swiss tournament (3SS, G20d5).  Jeff Fox went undefeated and claimed the top spot.  Here are the results:


Score, Player


3.0 Jeff Fox

2.0 Alex Torres

1.5 Paul Anderson

1.5 Dean Brown

1.0 Mark McGough

0.0 Teppei Monjiyama

Categories: 2012, Tim Brennan Week

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

You must be a member to comment on this page. Sign In or Register