Colorado Springs Chess News

The Knights Are Better Here!


Grimm's Unfair-y Tale

Posted by Paul Anderson on February 15, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Change The World

Tuesday February 16, 2010

If I could be King, even for a day, I'd take you as my Queen.  I'd have it no other way, and our love would rule this kingdom we had made.  Til then I'd be a fool, wishing for the day that I can change the world.

(G. Kennedy, W. Kirkpatrick, T. Sims)

If I could change the world, I would go back to when putting out a newsletter was a quick and simple process.  However, everything has changed.  I had to switch to a whole new website ( with new features and  new processes to learn. 

So, I will try to keep this newsletter short and simple (yeah, right) until I figure everything out.  Since it is a new website, I thought an introduction was in order.  Here is one I did with Paul Grimm back in 2005 for the Colorado Chess Informant (


CO Chess Survey:  Paul Anderson, Part 1

Interviewed via email by Paul Grimm from January 2005

1. How long have you been playing chess and what got you started?


It all started back on October 23rd of 1995.  I was still using my college email account but not receiving much email after graduation.  So, I decided to play email chess as a way to get email on a regular basis.  I challenged my dad and sister to games.  I beat my dad for the first time and crushed my sister.  She was so devastated by the loss we have never played since.  My dad enjoyed it, and we still play over email to this day.  I have won 14, lost 12, and drawn 11 in the ten years we played.  While we were playing, I joined the FICS (11-30-95) as a way to sharpen my skills.  However, it didn’t help much.  After the first win, I lost the next 4 games to my dad.  It was about this time I met Paul Refalo at the University while playing chess online (telnet).  He told me about the CSCC, and I thought it might be a way to improve.  I played my first game at the club on May 27, 1997 against Clark Stroh with an initial rating of 1500.  I won both the ladder games we played and went on to finish the year at 1735 with prize winnings in excess of $13.  Dean Brown suggested I could make more on the national level.   So, on February 2nd, 1998 I played in my first USCF-rated game against John Brunn.  I earned the unrated prize of $5 and my professional chess career was in full swing.


2. Why do you like to play chess?


I enjoy playing chess because of all the fame and fortune it brings me.  Who knew when I started playing chess that the media would be contacting me for an interview?  Of course, I could have expected it since my games are now getting international attention.  Not only are people from across the globe viewing my games on my website, but also I noticed my games showing up in a foreign database (  If you go to the site and type in “Anderson,Paul” as white, you will see a come-from-behind win of mine over Michael Kass.  You can put my name in as black (2 games) too, but the games are not near as interesting.


3. Everyone likes to win, but how do you deal with losing?


I bang on the keyboard.


4. What is your favorite opening and why do you like it?


Caro-Kann is the most common opening I play (74 of out 315 USCF games) as black.  I started playing it during my FICS days when I had no idea what openings were and had a lot of success with it.  Now I have played so many games with it that I can whip out the moves in blitz games and not get myself in trouble.  As white, I play the Queen’s Gambit most (56 out of 315 USCF games).  My current favorite line is from one of Brian Wall’s emails called the “Bishing Pole.”  I have played it 3 times and have won all 3 games with one of the games being the subject of my game of the year newsletter.


5. Do you consider yourself to be a positional player or tactical player?


I consider myself tactically-challenged.


6. Do you like long time controls or short time controls?


I prefer the long time controls.  It has been more of a challenge for me to play well in the slower games, so I find the wins more rewarding.  I was better at the quick games early on and got a rating of 1670, but I quickly dropped to 1496 when I started playing the longer time controls.  I had to learn to be more patient.

Game Of The Week

This week's game was a tough one to choose, as I spent most of my time trying to figure out how to display and annotate games for the new website.  Also, I thought it was a little unfair to publish a loss from Paul Grimm as a thank you for his 2005 interview of me and inspiring me to reach for 1800 way back when. 

However, I already had published his only draw to me, and he hasn't beat me yet.  So, I just picked our most recent contest and decided to try out a video blog.  Hope you enjoy the new format!


Grimm's Unfair-y Tale

You need Adobe Flash Player to view this content.

[Event "Colorado Springs Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2008.03.09"]

[Round "5.5"]

[White "Grimm, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B12"]

[WhiteElo "1603"]

[BlackElo "1912"]

[PlyCount "56"]

[EventDate "2008.03.08"]

[TimeControl "40/7200:0/0:3600"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nc3 e6 5. f4 Nd7 6.

Be3 Bb4 7. Bd3 Ne7 8. g4 Be4 9. Nf3 Bxc3+ 10. bxc3 b5 11. O-O f6 12. Bxe4 dxe4

13. Nd2 Nd5 14. Nxe4 Nxe3 15. Nd6+ Kf8 16. Qf3 Nxf1 17. Rxf1 Qb6 18. g5 Ke7 19.

Qh5 Raf8 20. Qe2 fxe5 21. fxe5 Rxf1+ 22. Kxf1 Rf8+ 23. Ke1 Qa5 24. Qd3 Qxa2 25.

Qxh7 Qb1+ 26. Ke2 Qf1+ 27. Ke3 Qf2+ 28. Kd3 Rf3+ 0-1

This Week In Chess

On February 9th, the CSCC had 6 members in attendance. Most of the group played in the first half of the USCF-rated Cabin Fever Reliever (RR, G30). Since this event last 2 weeks, there is still time to join in for the conclusion. Here are the current standings:


Score Player


2.0 Paul Anderson

1.0 Dean Brown

1.0 Buck Buchanan

0.0 Jeff Fox


Results Of Slow Road To Perfection Event

By Jerry Maier


1st & U1900-  $49 each to Gordon Randall and David Meliti

U1800         -  $30 to Scott Massey

U1700         -  $26 to Jerry Maier   

U1400         -  $22 to Alexander Freeman

U1200/Unr.  -  $20 to Sain Gomez 


Casual Chess Night This Saturday!

By Renae Delaware

Hello Everyone!  Here are details:

When:  Saturday, February 20th at 8pm

Where: Agia Sofia Coffee Shop & Bookstore, 2902 W. Colorado Ave 80904. Located on the NW corner of Colorado & 29th (directly west of the firestation)  719-632-3322

Who: Anyone!  Just be sure to bring your own sets & clocks!


Please remember to support them if you're able to!  (Even if it's not at our casual nights!)




Upcoming Events

2/16 Cabin Fever Reliever continues, CSCC

2/17, 24 February East Coast Deli final rounds, CSCC

2/17 February 2010 G/29 Grand Prix Event, BCC

2/20 Casual chess at Agia Sophia coffee house, 2902 W Colorado, 8:00 PM, CSCC

2/23 “Ladder Games”, CSCC

3/2 Speed Tournament, CSCC


For event details and additional events, see the following websites:


Colorado Springs Chess Club: CSCC (

Boulder Chess Club: BCC (

Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA (

Wyoming Chess Association: WCA (

Kansas Chess Association: KCA (

Categories: 2010

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

You must be a member to comment on this page. Sign In or Register