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Waldo Canyon Fire Variation

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 27, 2012 at 12:55 AM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from Mark McGough.  Nero may have fiddled, but Mark and I played chess while Colorado Springs burned.  The Waldo Canyon Fire killed 2 people and destroyed close to 400 homes.  It is the worst wildfire in Colorado history and just happened to fall on the same night as the Colorado Springs Chess Club.  I had considered cancelling club, as the smoke was beginning to look ominous.

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Looking back, I am glad that I did not.  It was a great distraction from a disaster we were powerless to stop.  I probably would have been at home glued to the television set worried about friends who I could not help.  It made me realize that what I like most about chess is the friendships.

Mark is one of those friends, and we were talking about the fire the next evening.  We both changed our usual trips home from club because of the fire.  He wanted to see what had happened and drove west, my usual route home.  I wanted to avoid the evacuation and drove east, his usual route home.

Of course, we also talked about chess.  However, the fire left such an impression that it even effected our chess thoughts.  While Mark normally spends his study time trying to solve my Trompowsky, this night he decided to immortalize my discovery of Nd2 with a new moniker: "The Waldo Canyon Fire Variation."

The knight starts out quietly enough on move 5.  However, he soon gets out of control and cannot be stopped.  Mark felt powerless against the knight.  He wants to keep the bishop pair and get castled.  However, the knight threatens everything, and Mark could not find the resources to prevent him.

As chess players, we want to be in control.  That is why life is sometimes easier in front of the board than away from it. 


Waldo Canyon Fire Variation


[Event "May Quad II"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2012.05.29"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "McGough, Mark"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A45"]

[WhiteElo "1991"]

[BlackElo "1839"]

[Annotator "Anderson,Paul"]

[PlyCount "27"]

[EventDate "2012.05.29"]

[TimeControl "1800"]

1. d4 {Mobility} Nf6 {Mobility} 2. Bg5 {Mobility} c5 {Removal} 3. Bxf6 {Material} gxf6 {Material} 4. dxc5 {Material} e6 {Material} 5. Nd2 {Mobility} Na6 {Mobility} 6. Nc4 {Mobility} Bxc5 {Material} 7. Nd6+ {Mobility} Ke7 {Material} 8. Ne4 {Material} Qb6 {Material} 9. Nxc5 {Material} Qxb2 {Mystery} 10. Ne4 {Material} Nb4 {Overload} 11. Rc1 {Material} Nxa2 {Material} 12. Rb1 {Material} Qe5 {Material} 13. Qd3 {Material} f5 {Material} 14. Qa3+ {Material} 1-0


This Week In Chess 


On June 26th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a thematic event.  The participants played in an unrated, double Swiss tournament (4SS, G7).  However, each game started from a position chosen by Daniel Herman (1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. c4 Qc7), which turned out to be the Kan Variation of the Sicilian, and had to play their opponent on both the black and white sides.  The father/daughter team of Peter and Katie Wise seemed to have the most experience with the opening and finished 2nd and 1st respectively.  Here are the results: 


Score, Player 


6.5 Katie Wise

5.0 Paul Anderson

5.0 Peter Wise

5.0 Mark McGough

5.0 Daniel Herman

4.0 Peter Grigg

4.0 Alex Torres

2.5 Mike Madsen

2.0 Shirley Herman

1.0 Steve O'Hara

Categories: 2012

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