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Old Lions

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the Wednesday Night Panera Tournament.  I did very well in this event, even achieving my peak rating of 2015.  However, the best part of the tournament was getting to play an old rival, Imre Barlay, in the 4th and decisive round.  After going 4-0, I was far enough ahead of the pack to lock in first with a bye, and considering my month of May had too many chess activities already, I needed the day off.


Old Lions


I first met Imre in 1998 at the Colorado Springs Chess Club at the beginning of my tournament chess career.  He won easily.  He was still playing at the master level at that time.  We met again in 2004, 2005, and 2006, and he continued to win them all.  However, by 2006 our skill levels had grown closer together, and in August, I finally got a draw against him to share 1st place in the Pikes Peak Open (  In 2007, I was able to draw him again, this time in the Colorado Springs City Championship.  But the victory still eluded me.

Imre has been playing top level chess longer than I have been alive, and I am no young pup to begin with.  He appeared in Chess Review in 1959 for winning the CA Intercollegiate Championship.  He would make a great poster child for the idea of chess keeping your mind sharp in your declining years.  He is still in the 90th percentile of chess players into his 80s.  He is older than when my grandfather died of Alzheimer's and still punishing us whippersnappers over the board.

So, when I heard that Imre had been preparing for me a week before our game, I was fearful that my shot at the win was gone.  Back when I started this newsletter, I was worried that people would see my games, and I would never be able to win a game in Colorado again.  However, that was not the case.  I continued to climb up the ratings ladder until I hit expert.  The expert moniker seemed to change things.  Now I hear about all these chess players studying my games to use against me.  From Dan Avery to Mark McGough, from Imre Barlay to James Powers, these chess players were acting like General Patton, “Paul, you magnificent bastard, *I read your book*!”

I had one shot to topple Imre.  I figured that I would use a piece of advice I ran across in the book of Job: 

"The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad."

Job 4:11 (KJV)


The idea was to give Imre no counterplay, make no blunders, and wait for him to starve.  Of course, in chess terms we are both old lions.  So, my plan did not work out like I had hoped.  He found some prey.   Here it looks like black is done for, as white is on the move.




Black played the tactic Removal (from the DROP Method).  The idea of sacrifice seemed to fit into the DROP method best at Removal because it is often used to eliminate defenders around the king or remove lower value pieces from the board.  In this case, the rook sacrifice [Rxc8] tried to distract the last guard from removing the mate threat (Nf3#).  However, I used the tactic Removal (Rxd2) to keep my winning position.


Old Lions


[Event "May Panera Wednesday"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2012.05.23"]

[Round "4.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Barlay, Imre"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A17"]

[PlyCount "115"]

[EventDate "2012.05.02"]

[TimeControl "5400"]


1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. b3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bb2

Bd6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. g3 c6 8. Bg2 Qe7 9. O-O Ba3 10. Bxa3 Qxa3 11. Qc1 Qe7 12. e3

Bf5 13. d4 Nbd7 14. Nh4 Be6 15. f4 Nb6 16. Nf3 Nfd7 17. a4 a5 18. Qa3 Rfe8 19.

Qxe7 Rxe7 20. Kf2 f6 21. Rfe1 Bf7 22. Nh4 g6 23. Bh3 Rae8 24. Rab1 Nb8 25. Bf1

Nc8 26. b4 axb4 27. Rxb4 Nd6 28. Bd3 Nd7 29. Nf3 c5 30. Rbb1 Ne4+ 31. Bxe4 dxe4

32. Ng1 cxd4 33. exd4 e3+ 34. Kg2 Nb8 35. Nge2 Rd8 36. Red1 g5 37. Kf3 h5 38.

Rb6 g4+ 39. Kg2 Kg7 40. Kf1 Bc4 41. Ke1 Nc6 42. d5 Na5 43. Nd4 Kf7 44. Ne6 Rc8

45. Ne4 Rd7 46. Nd6+ Rxd6 47. Rxd6 Nb3 48. Rd7+ Kg6 49. Rc7 Nd2 50. Rxd2 exd2+

51. Kxd2 Rxc7 52. Nxc7 Kf7 53. Kc3 Ba2 54. Kd4 Ke7 55. Kc5 Kd7 56. a5 Bb1 57.

Nb5 Be4 58. Nd6 1-0


This Week In Chess


On May 29th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a Quad event.  The participants split into groups of four players for a Round Robin tournament (RR, G30).  I went unbeaten to win the top quad, and Daniel Herman and Mike Madsen drew their game to tie for 1st in the lower quad.  Here are the results:


Score, Player


Quad A

3.0 Paul Anderson

2.0 Peter Grigg

1.0 Mark McGough

0.0 Dean Brown


Quad B


2.5 Mike Madsen

2.5 Daniel Herman

1.0 Shirley Herman

0.0 Gary Frenzel

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Reply Gunnar
3:27 PM on June 1, 2012 
Imre Barley is 83 years old!