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Game Of The Year IX

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 14, 2012 at 10:15 PM

End Of The Season

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Well, another chess season has come to a close for me. It is time for me to move on to managing the website for my other hobby (, but I will return after the football season ends.

Before I go, I wanted to clean up some loose ends. Of course, you can still send in news items or articles during the off-season, and I will email them along to the subscribers. Any games I receive will be stored at the Colorado Springs Chess News’ Yahoo! group ( You can also join the group to keep receiving chess games all year round.

So, before I finish typing my chess thoughts for another year, I want to thank all the people who sent in games and articles, all the people who took the time to tell me something nice about the newsletter, and all the people who take the time to read this.


Game Of The Year

This chess year has been good expanding-my-horizons-wise.  I became an officer of the club for the first time and started teaching individual lessons.  Also, Tim Brennan finally got me to sign up for Twitter (, and we decided to spark some controversy by pretending to have a heated debate in the Colorado Chess Informant over when a chess player should resign.  It was the most feedback I have received on an article in a long time.  I wrote a couple of other articles as well.

2012 Colorado Chess Informant Articles: 


This chess year has been good number-wise.  I had more upsets this year (2) than last year (1).  However, they are getting harder to come by, as my rating has passed up my usual upset victims.  Despite not beating a lot of higher rated players, I still may break or tie a number of personal bests this year.

  • 76.64% overall winning percentage (record: 2011 - 75.41%)
  • 2067 peak club rating (record: 2011 - 2057)
  • 79.55% USCF winning percentage (record: 2009 - 74.29%)
  • 2029 peak USCF rating (record: 2009 - 2003)
  • 35 most USCF-rated wins (record: 2008 - 32.5)
  • 9  fewest USCF-rated losses (record: 2009 - 9)
  • 3 sole 1st Place tournament finishes (record: 2010 - 4)

When I passed up my peak rating and we lost NM Josh Bloomer from the Springs to Wikipedia, Florida, I thought that I was the king of the hill.  I had won the city championship; I was an officer of the club; I had the keys to the kingdom of chess in Colorado Springs.  I was the greatest!

Of course, DuWayne Langseth was quick to burst my bubble, like the mother hen that he is.  He scolded me for bragging about my chess skills by pointing out that Nia Neilson, who is studying at the university in Colorado Springs, is younger, better looking, and higher rated.

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One of my opponents who must be happy that my rating has passed his is Buck Buchanan.  He has always been higher rated than me when we face over the board.  Until this year.  We met in February with the exact same rating.  He won.  While I am sure he enjoyed the win, it does set me up for another upset possibility.  So, when we faced again in May and I won, he was at his highest rating (2021) of any of my previous upsets.

Now he was in the unfamiliar position of being the underdog for the first time in our history.  As he was not used to being the underdog, in the next encounter he only managed a draw.  However, I am hoping he will have a lot more upset chances in the future.

Game Of The Year IX

[Event "May Quad"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2012.05.08"]

[Round "1.1"]

[White "Buchanan, Buck"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "E62"]

[WhiteElo "2021"]

[BlackElo "1989"]

[PlyCount "138"]

[EventDate "2012.05.08"]

[TimeControl "1800"]


1. d4 c6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Nc3 d6 5. g3 Nf6

6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O Qc7 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bd2 e5 10. Rc1 Nbd7 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Nxe5

dxe5 13. b3 Rd8 14. Qc2 Bf5 15. e4 Be6 16. Rcd1 Rd7 17. Be3 Rad8 18. Rxd7 Rxd7

19. Qc1 Kh7 20. Rd1 b6 21. c5 b5 22. b4 Qd8 23. Rxd7 Qxd7 24. Qc2 Ne8 25. a4 a6

26. Bf1 Nc7 27. axb5 axb5 28. Qc1 Bh3 29. Be2 Ne6 30. Qd1 Nd4 31. f3 Be6 32.

Nb1 Bb3 33. Qd2 Qa7 34. Kf2 Qa1 35. Qc1 Nc2 36. Bd1 Nxb4 37. Kg2 Qa2+ 38. Kh3

Nd3 39. Bxb3 Qxb3 40. Qf1 Qc4 41. Nd2 Qc2 42. Qg2 b4 43. Nf1 b3 44. Qd2 Qxd2

45. Nxd2 b2 46. Nb1 Bf8 47. Bd2 Bxc5 48. Bc3 Bd4 49. Kg2 c5 50. Kf1 c4 51. Ke2

Nc5 52. Kd2 Na4 53. Bb4 f5 54. Kc2 Kg7 55. Ba3 Kf7 56. Nd2 c3 57. Nb1 Ke6 58.

Kb3 fxe4 59. fxe4 Kd7 60. Bf8 h5 61. Bb4 Kc6 62. Kc2 Kb5 63. Kb3 Nc5+ 64. Bxc5

Kxc5 65. h3 g5 66. Kc2 Kc4 67. Na3+ Kb4 68. Nb1 Ka4 69. Kd1 Kb3 0-1

This Week In Chess

On August 14th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a Quad event. The participants were split into groups of 4 and played in a Round Robin tournament (RR, G30). Gunnar Andersen won all his games to take the top quad while Peter Grigg and Daniel Herman tied for theirs.  Jeff Fox won the unrated quad.  Here are the results:

Score, Player

USCF-rated, Quad A

3.0 Gunnar Andersen

1.5 Mark McGough

1.5 Brian Rountree

0.0 Isaac Martinez

USCF-rated, Quad B

2.5 Peter Grigg

2.5 Daniel Herman

1.0 Mike Madsen

0.0 Shirley Herman

Unrated Quad

3.0 Jeff Fox

2.0 William Payne*

1.0 Larry Kledzik

0.0 Michael Young

* Paul Anderson substitution in round 2

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