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Taking Off My Armor

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from fellow chess player and author of The Dark Lake, Anthea Carson NN.  We were talking about writing a chess blog, as we have that in common.  She wanted me to add this video from fellow chess player and artist, JC MacNeil.  She said, "He is looking for a chess set collector or chess art connoisseur who might be interested in adding to their collection."

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It was impressive, but I told her I was going to use this amazing quote instead.  I stumbled across it while trying to catch up on my Bible-In-A-Year schedule:

The king of Israel answered, “Tell him: ‘One who puts on his armor should not boast like one who takes it off.’” 

1 Kings 20:11


She was completely underwhelmed, "I don't get it.  How are you going to use that in a chess blog?"

I explained to her, "That is the job of the writer.  You have to weave together completely unrelated ideas in an interesting way.  You do write for a living, right?"

She replied, "No, I don't understand the quote."

I explained that the quote means:  one should not brag before the battle but after the victory.  Then the lights went on. 

However, she was surprised that I was certain I would be able to use the quote despite the fact that I hadn't even chosen the game about which I would write.  I wasn't too worried about finding a game in which a chess player boasts before or after the game.  In fact, I kind of regret telling Anthea NN the quote.  It was like opening Pandora's box.  She treated the advice like I was her coach, and I was training her on the boasting etiquette of chess.

I could just imagine her saying, "Ok, coach, I will wait until after the victory before I boast," as she runs out of the locker room.  Unfortunately, her next victory was over me.

The queen didn't hesitate to take her armor off.  She didn't stop with just a little bit of armor.  She took off all her armor.

The queen said, "I just beat Paul Anderson aand made his rook sit in a corner looking really stupid."

After unloading all her armor on me, she added to my humiliation by severing my rook and posting it on a stake in front of her castle wall.


When she ran out of armor, she brought in the King's armor and her princess' armor to mock me at the board.


The King said, "The queen will be happy tonight!"

The Princess said, "hahaha! alrgith"


She didn't stop with the royal family's armor either.  She even brought in her facebook serfs to ridicule me in front of the whole world.


Sir Edward said, "Congratulation on your win! Paul's poor rook looks really sad."


Sir Timothy said, "Nobody puts baby in a corner!"


Sir Damian said, "yeah... that rook looks pretty stupid alright.  shout out to his bughouse partner: "gimme a bishop!"  please tell Paul that rooks belong BEHIND the pawns, for this very reason. "


Sir Brian said, "I hope that is an extra Rook."


Well, I don't have to just sit in her pile of armor.  I have some armor of my own, and I am taking off my armor!

My chess blog has been around longer than hers, and it goes out to over a thousand emails compared to her hundreds.  My channel has over 170,000 views while hers has just over 5,000.  I have over 2,500 chess friends on facebook with her languishing under 800. 

I am the King David of Colorado Springs chess bloggers.  She is just the King Saul (can you tell I have been reading Kings?)

And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 

1 Samuel 18:7


Ok, so I lost one game.  It is not the first time.  I'll concede the fact that she has some armor and should not be taken lightly.  However, my armor is nearly 4x greater, getting 15 victories out of our 19 battles.  In fact, just the day before I dispatched her in a contest that ended with my typical humble and gracious winning disposition.  No mocking.  No photos.  No piling on.  That is not my style.  I prefer to take the high road, and just politely share a humble position diagram with a gracious pgn viewer to thousand upon thousand of loyal readers.




So, take that, Anthea NN!  I know I am not your chess coach, but I would like to point out that my one piece of free advice has raised your rating more than the hundreds you paid to your last coach.


Taking Off My Armor


[Event "May Panera Wednesday"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2012.05.02"]

[Round "1.1"]

[White "Carson, Anthea"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B06"]

[PlyCount "112"]

[EventDate "2012.05.02"]

[TimeControl "5400"]


1. d4 c6 2. e4 g6 3. f4 d6 4. Be3 Bg7 5. Nd2 Qb6

6. Nc4 Qc7 7. e5 d5 8. Nd2 Nh6 9. Bd3 Ng4 10. Qe2 Qb6 11. Nb3 a5 12. Rb1 Na6

13. a3 a4 14. Nd2 O-O 15. Ngf3 Qa7 16. O-O b5 17. c3 Nb8 18. Nh4 Nxe3 19. Qxe3

e6 20. Kh1 Nd7 21. Nhf3 Nb6 22. Ng5 Nc4 23. Qf2 Qe7 24. Ngf3 Bd7 25. Ne1 Rfc8

26. Nef3 Bh6 27. Ng5 Be8 28. Nh3 c5 29. Nf3 Rc7 30. Bxc4 bxc4 31. dxc5 Qxc5 32.

Nd4 Rb8 33. g4 Rcb7 34. Qh4 Bf8 35. f5 Rxb2 36. Rxb2 Rxb2 37. fxe6 Qe7 38.

exf7+ Bxf7 39. Qxe7 Bxe7 40. e6 Be8 41. Nf4 Bc5 42. Nxd5 Bxd4 43. Ne7+ Kg7 44.

cxd4 c3 45. Rc1 c2 46. Kg2 Kf8 47. Nc8 Bc6+ 48. Kf2 Bd5 49. Ke2 Bxe6 50. Nd6

Ke7 51. Ne4 Bxg4+ 52. Kd2 Bf5 53. Nc5 Ra2 54. Nxa4 Rxa3 55. Nc5 Kd6 56. Re1 Kd5



This Week In Chess


On May 1st, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a Speed event.  The participants faced off in a round-robin tournament (G5).  Here are the results:


Score, Player


10.5 Josh Bloomer

9.0 Peter Grigg

8.0 Buck Buchanan

7.5 Alex Torres

7.0 Jeff Fox

6.0 Mike Madsen

5.0 Mark Coen

5.0 Mark McGough   

4.0 Koji Del Conte

2.0 Mike LaCombe

1.0 Wesley Smith

1.0 Katrina Eidolon

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Reply Anthea Carson
2:22 AM on May 5, 2012 
I'm sorry, I tried to read this email but I kept being distracted by visions of HOW HILARIOUS YOUR ROOK LOOKED ON H3!
Reply Ed Stoddard
2:20 PM on May 8, 2012 
Nice article, Paul!! Hope you didn't feel too bad about our comments on facebook. It's just we know how hard Anthea tries and that she's the lower rated player. She was the underdog who finally was able to slay Goliath! Who doesn't like a story like that? I know I do. Nice of you to make a good and interesting article out of your loss - not many would draw attention to such a game! :)
Reply Edward Stoddard
2:32 PM on May 8, 2012 
Anthea Carson says...
I'm sorry, I tried to read this email but I kept being distracted by visions of HOW HILARIOUS YOUR ROOK LOOKED ON H3!

lol... Yes, the rook looks pretty sad sitting in the corner. Don't think Paul will ever allow that to happen in a game again, unless there is a one move mate to be had! :)
Reply Edward Stoddard
2:39 PM on May 8, 2012 
Oh Paul, I don't see her win here? ;)
Reply Paul Anderson
5:34 PM on May 13, 2012 
I won on Wednesday. She won on Thursday. She posted the picture and fb comments from her game, and I posted the diagram, pgn, and game viewer from my win to get revenge.
Reply Edward Stoddard
8:33 PM on May 13, 2012 
That's probably what I would have done, too! :)