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Strange Case Of Dr. Class And Mr. Expert

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 19, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Game Of The Week

Each year I have published 4 of my losses. This year, it was tougher to pick a loss. I just didn’t have many to choose from. Prior to the Pikes Peak Open, I only had 3 USCF-rated losses. I had lost one to FM Renard Anderson, who is 7-0 against me. The others were from two new Colorado experts as of this year, Mitch Anderson and Kevin Seidler.

I was quite surprised to see that I had lost so few, but I had a strange feeling that it could not last. I was at an 83% winning percentage, which is 13 points higher than last year’s record.

Also, I was trying to make it past 2000 for the first time. The fear of an impending losing streak with being so close to the expert mark started to change me. I began to do things in chess I had never done before. Things I wouldn’t have done if I had been in my right mind. Things so terrible in chess that I hesitate to name the unspeakable acts.

However, much like the Ephesians of old, my fear of God is greater that I feel compelled to unburden my soul.

“And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.”

Acts 19:17-18 KJV

I began to offer grandmaster draws and withdraw from tournaments to avoid losses.

Was becoming an expert worth the price? Could I live with myself knowing what had become of me? Was there any way to rid myself of this terrible curse? I had to find a cure for this monster I had become.

Fortunately, I ran into Dr. Cacas and Dr. Serna at the Pikes Peak Open, who had the prescription for my ailment. They said, “Take 2 losses and call us in the morning.”

Here then, as I close up Microsoft Word and proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy expert to an end.


Strange Case Of Dr. Class And Mr. Expert


[Event "Pikes Peak Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2009.08.01"]

[Round "3.4"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Serna, Jeffrey"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A10"]

[WhiteElo "2003"]

[BlackElo "1757"]

[PlyCount "134"]

[EventDate "2009.08.01"]


1. c4 f5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 d6 4. e3 e5 5. Qc2 Nc6 6. a3 Be7 7. b3 Be6 8. Ng5

Bd7 9. Bb2 Ng4 10. Nf3 e4 11. Nd4 Nxd4 12. exd4 Bf6 13. Nd5 c6 14. Nxf6+ Nxf6

15. Be2 Rc8 16. Qc3 Qe7 17. O-O-O b5 18. c5 Nd5 19. Qc2 O-O 20. Kb1 f4 21. Rhe1

Bf5 22. Ka1 dxc5 23. dxc5 e3 24. Bd3 Bxd3 25. Qxd3 Rcd8 26. Qc2 e2 27. Rc1 Rde8

28. Qd3 f3 29. gxf3 Nf4 30. Qc3 Rd8 31. Rg1 Rf7 32. Rce1 Rd3 33. Qe5 Rxb3 34.

Qb8+ Qf8 35. Qxf8+ Kxf8 36. Ka2 Rxf3 37. Bd4 Rd7 38. Be3 Rxe3 39. dxe3 Rd2+ 40.

Kb3 Nd3 41. Kc3 Nxe1 42. Rxe1 Rd5 43. Kb4 Rh5 44. Rxe2 Rxh2 45. Rd2 Rh5 46. Rd6

a5+ 47. Kxa5 Rxc5 48. a4 bxa4+ 49. Kxa4 Ke7 50. Rd4 g5 51. Kb3 h5 52. Ra4 Kf6

53. Ra8 h4 54. Rh8 Rf5 55. Kc3 Kg7 56. Rh5 Kg6 57. Rh8 Rxf2 58. Kd3 Rf7 59. Ke2

Rc7 60. Kf3 c5 61. Kg4 c4 62. Rg8+ Kf6 63. Rf8+ Kg7 64. Rf5 c3 65. Rf1 c2 66.

Rc1 Kg6 67. e4 Rc3 0-1


This Week In Chess

On August 4th, the CSCC had 5 members in attendance. The evening’s event was a 4-player, quadruple-Round Robin, blitz tournament (G5). David Meliti ran out of gas again, as he lead for most of the night until the final round where Mitch Anderson gave him his 1st and only goose-egg and opened the door for me to leapfrog into the top spot. Here are the results:


Score, Player

9.0 Paul Anderson

8.0 David Meliti

4.0 Mitch Anderson

3.0 Jeff Fox

2009 July East Coast Deli Results

By Jerry Maier

The East Coast Deli continues on in grand fashion. July had a total of 18 players battling for a share of the $161 prize fund.


Score Player

4.0 Richard Buchanan

4.0 M Paul Covington

3.0 David Meliti

3.0 Shaun T Macmillan

3.0 Laurence R Wutt

3.0 Gerard Sunderland

3.0 James M Powers

2.5 Anthea J Carson

2.5 Fred Eric Spell

2.5 Dean W Brown

2.0 Dragan Plakalovic

2.0 Thomas L Mullikin

2.0 Earl Macenulty III

1.5 Bill Whinemiller

1.5 Gerald J Maier

1.0 Robert Har Staten

1.0 Isaac Martinez

1.0 Alexander Freeman

2009 July USAFA Chess Results

By Jerry Maier

The inaugural 2009 July USAFA Chess tournament had a modest turnout of 14 players and a $126 prize fund. The majority of individuals playing on Thursday night are not playing on Wednesday at the East Coast Deli. We look forward to greater participation from the cadets and staff once the Academy's school year is in full session.


Score Player

4.5 David Meliti

3.0 Anthea J Carson

3.0 Gerardo Fern Neri

3.0 Dean W Brown

2.5 Anthony Telinbacco

2.5 Kurt Kondracki

2.5 Isaac Martinez

2.0 Rhett Ly Langseth

2.0 Matthew Lasley Sr

2.0 Daniel Jus Picard

1.5 Alexa E Lasley

1.5 Gerald J Maier

1.0 James M Powers

1.0 Melissa May Steck

Comments From Email

Martin Deschner, Thursday, August 06, 2009 2:15 PM


I like the "pawn-wedge formation" that was achieved with 11.e5. I've had good luck playing games with pawns on d4-e5-f4 or c4-d5-e4. (Foster versus Anderson). Regards.....Martin in Denver


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Upcoming Events

8/11 Fischer-random tournament, 4-SS, G/10, CSCC

8/12,19,26 2009 August East Coast Deli, CSCC

8/13,20,27 2009 August USAFA Chess, CSCC

8/15 Super Saturday G/29 II, CSCA

8/18 Anderson(s) simul, CSCC

8/22-23 Monument Open, CSCA


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