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400th Victory

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 7, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Game Of The Week      


This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's "Player's Choice" night in July.  Typically, the 1st Tuesday of the month is Speed Chess (G5).  The 2nd Tuesday is USCF-rated Quads (G30).  The 3rd Tuesday is Quick-rated Swiss (G20).  The 4th Tuesday is "Something Different," like simuls, thematic events, bughouse, lectures, etc.  When a month ends with a 5th Tuesday, the club lets the attendees decided what kind of chess they would like to play.

Gunnar Andersen and Isaac Martinez wanted rated Quads.  However, we had an odd number of players, and with myself sitting out, we still did not have enough players for everyone to play in a Quad since it requires a multiple of 4.  So, we created one USCF-rated Quad and an unrated Swiss. 

I was going to sit out and work on my newsletter, for which I was struggling to find a game I wanted to publish.  However, Anthea Carson NN decided to withdraw from the USCF-rated Quad after losing to Gunnar and having to face her son and Mark McGough in a bad mood.  So, I replaced her in the Quad and got an idea for a game to publish at the same time.

I got 2 wins in the Quad and realized that I had gone over 400 victories in USCF-rated play (I am counting half victories too).  It was in 2009 that I joined the 300 club ( by beating Gary Bagstad when I was rated 1990.  In those 3 years and 100 victories since then, I finally broke the expert barrier (2003) only to quickly fall back under and plummet to 1897 before getting my act together again.


400th Victory


[Event "July Quad"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2012.07.31"]

[Round "2.2"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Martinez, Isaac"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D40"]

[WhiteElo "2022"]

[BlackElo "1784"]

[PlyCount "55"]

[EventDate "2012.07.31"]

[TimeControl "1800"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7

6. e3 b6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Bb5+ Bd7 9. Qa4 O-O 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. Nxd5 Bxd4 12.

Bxd7 Bxb2 13. Rb1 Nxd7 14. Rxb2 Ne5 15. Qd1 Qd6 16. Nxe5 Qxe5 17. Rd2 c4 18.

O-O c3 19. Rd4 Rac8 20. Qc2 Rc5 21. Rfd1 Rfc8 22. Re4 Qxd5 23. Rxd5 Rxd5 24.

Rd4 Rb5 25. h3 Rb2 26. Qxc3 Rc2 27. Qxc2 Rxc2 28. Rd8# 1-0

This Week In Chess 


On August 7th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a Speed event.  The participants played in a double, Round Robin tournament (RR, G5).  Josh Divine and Koji Del Conte racked up the most points.  Here are the results: 


Score, Player


8.0 Josh Divine

8.0 Koji Del Conte

6.0 Wesley Smith*

3.0 Daniel Herman

3.0 Shirley Herman

2.0 Bill Malone

* Paul Anderson substitution after round 2


Pikes Peak Open‏

By Buck Buchanan

Here is the crosstable for the Pikes Peak Open, which I directed over the weekend.


5.0    Eric Montany

4.0    Chris Peterson

4.0    Richard Herbst

4.0    Zach Bekkedahll

4.0    Dean Clow

4.0    Brad Lundstrom

3.5    Katie Wise

3.5    Brian Wall

3.5    Jeff Baffo

3.0    Justin Alter

3.0    V. M. Kenkre

3.0    Imre Barlay

3.0    Brady Barkemeyer

3.0    Anthea Carson

3.0    Eric Barkemeyer

3.0    Deanna Alter

3.0    Ron Rossi

3.0    Richard Brown

2.5    Rhett Langseth

2.5    Victor Huang

2.5    Alex Stiger

2.5    David Wise

2.5    Gene Lucas

2.5    Sheena Zeng

2.0    Gunnar Andersen

2.0    Robert Moore

2.0    Phil Brown

2.0    Hongbiao Zeng

2.0    Cory Foster

2.0    Mark Schlagenhauf

2.0    Fred Eric Spell

2.0    Robert Hodge

1.5    Robert Carlson

1.5    Daniel Herman

1.5    Peter Swan

1.5    Robert Hartelt

1.5    Rebecca Herman

1.5    Victor Creazzi

1.5    Davy Williams

1.5    Alex Cacas

1.0    Joseph Haines

1.0    Tom Corbett

1.0    Robert Rountree

0.5    Sara Herman

0.0    Shirley Herman

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