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Favorite Combination

Posted by Paul Anderson on February 18, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Game Of The Week

Since I am still trying to figure out my new system of putting out newsletters, I picked an easy game to publish.  It comes from question 9 of my old Grimm interview.  The diagram did not paste very well into the blog so I figured I would just add it as a video.  But I also ran across a nice PGN viewer!  So I also added the last 2 games into the Games link.  Check it out and let me know what you think.


Favorite Combination

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[Event "13-12-9"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2004.01.03"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A36"]

[PlyCount "59"]

[EventDate "2003.11.01"]

[TimeControl "0"] 

1. c4 c5 2. g3 g6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. b3 e6 6. Bb2 Nge7 7.

e3 O-O 8. Nge2 b6 9. O-O Bb7 10. d3 d6 11. Qd2 Qd7 12. Nb5 Bxb2 13. Qxb2 a6 14.

Nbc3 Ne5 15. Rad1 Bxg2 16. Kxg2 Qb7+ 17. e4 f5 18. f4 Ng4 19. Qd2 Nf6 20. Qe3

Rad8 21. Kg1 Kf7 22. Qf3 h5 23. exf5 Qxf3 24. fxe6+ Kxe6 25. Rxf3 d5 26. Re1

Kf5 27. Nd4+ Kg4 28. h3+ Kxh3 29. Nd1 Ng4 30. Re2 1-0

This Week In Chess

On February 16th, the CSCC had 6 members in attendance.  Most of the group played in the conclusion of the Cabin Fever Reliever (RR, G30).  Buck rallied from a slow start to tie for 1st with myself.  Here are the results:

Score, Prize, Player

2.0 $10.00 1st Paul Anderson

2.0 $10.00 1st Buck Buchanan

1.0 Jeff Fox

1.0 Dean Brown


CO Chess Survey: Paul Anderson, Part 2

Interviewed via email by Paul Grimm from January 2005

7. Do you have an archrival?  If so, do you do anything specifically to beat him/her?


I have more than one archrival.  I have ten.  I was inspired by Richard Nixon to make a “list of enemies.”  I track all my rated games and at the end of the year I calculate who has taken the most net rating points from me.  I call it the “10 Most Wanted.”  It changes from year to year, but currently the list is:


Opponent, Wins, Losses, Rating Change, Ave Rating

Inn Sohn, 0.0, 3.0, -81, 1561

John Farrington, 1.5, 5.5, -67, 1631

Larry Wutt, 4.0, 5.0, -63, 1564

Nathan Mensay, 0.0, 2.0, -44, 1482

Dan Cabrera, 3.0, 4.0, -42, 1546

Robert Kohler, 6.0, 6.0, -40, 1702

Katie Roberts-Hoffman, 1.0, 5.0, -40, 1814

Jon Tindall, 0.0, 2.0, -36, 1655

Jack Maynes, 0.0, 2.0, -30, 1762

Ann Davies, 0.0, 1.0, -29, 1211


8. What is your favorite tournament in the state of Colorado?


It is hard to pick a favorite.  I like the Colorado Springs Open since it was my first.  I like the Southern Colorado Open since I won my biggest prize money there.  I like the Winter Springs Open since it will put me over 1800.  I also like the CSCC tournament as I get most of my upsets there.  But I think the best overall experience was at the Northwest Colorado Open when I took the family camping at RMNP for a couple of days before staying at a hotel in Craig.  There is nothing like playing a chess game, taking a break at the wave pool, playing another chess game, and finishing with a soak in the hot tub.  I can’t remember if I won any games that year, but I sure would like to do it again.


9. Please share with us your favorite combination you played against an opponent.  Why did you like it?


See below from move 27.  The best combinations are those that lead to mate!


10. What is your most memorable game, and why is it significant?


It was that first email game I played against my dad.  There is nothing like beating your old man to kick off your chess career.  I chose it as the first game I published on my chess webpage because it was the event that got this whole train a’rollin’.


11. What is your next goal in chess?


My ongoing goal in chess is to keep my winnings ahead of my dues and entry fees.  So far, I am at 134%.  I also had a goal to break 1800.  I was at 1738 when I read about Paul Grimm’s quest to break 1800, and I thought I could beat him there.  But it was harder than I thought.  I had to go unbeaten in my last 3 events (6-0-2) to make it.  Of course, I am waiting for my ratings to show up on MSA before I make any new goals, but I am pretty sure I am now class A.


12. What would you change in the Colorado chess scene, if anything?  Why?


One of the things I think the chess scene in Colorado needs is more communication.  I enjoy reading the Informant, but it just doesn’t come out often enough.  So, last year I decided to help out by starting my own website.  It has been a lot of fun to do, and I hope others have enjoyed it.  But I still publish too many of my own games than I’d like.  Also, I would like to get more news items from other clubs, but hopefully, that will pick up in 2005.


Upcoming Events

2/23 “Ladder Games”, CSCC

2/24 February East Coast Deli final round, CSCC

3/2 Speed Tournament, CSCC

3/3, 10, 17, 24 2010 March East Coast Deli, CSCC

3/4, 11, 18, 25 Panera Bread Thursday's, CSCC

3/6-7 Colorado Springs Open, CSCA


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 (

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