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Mate In Seven!

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

Game Of The Week

This week’s game comes from the Pikes Peak Open. I did not do as well this year as I did last year.

Last year, I won 3 games (announcing mate in all 3), drew 1, and lost 0, taking home 2nd place.

This year, I won 2 games, drew 0, and lost 2, taking home my tail between my legs.

The only consistent factor from last year is that I announced mate in all my wins again this year. In the past 8 games at the Pikes Peak Open where I did not announce mate, I either drew or lost.

I think next year I will just announce “Mate in 47!” at the beginning of every game. I don’t have to announce mate correctly. In fact, I often miscalculate the mate.

However, according to Randy’s Rule #1 (, accuracy is not important as long as you err on the high side. Also, I think it was LM Brian Wall who told me that it has to be at least mate in 3 to be able to announce.

I have announced "mate in 2" in the past, but that was my second attempt at announcing mate. I announced mate in 3 twice after that, but once it was actually mate in 2.

This year I extended my personal best announcements to a mate in 4 and a mate in 7 (and both were correct, although the best line was not played). I even took some consolation from the fact that my Fritz 8 engine has trouble getting the mate in 7 correct.

Before 46…Rf2+ it says #8 but when you play that move it jumps to #6. In the game, Cory didn’t find the best defense, and I was able to announce mate in 3 and play it out correctly.

I don’t mind playing out these mates, as I clearly have a lot of room for improvement in this area. I am just glad Cory didn’t go to lunch and let me win on time.


Mate In Seven!


[Event "Pikes Peak Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2009.08.01"]

[Round "1.4"]

[White "Foster, Cory"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B12"]

[WhiteElo "1534"]

[BlackElo "2003"]

[PlyCount "98"]

[EventDate "2009.08.01"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2 Bxf3 7. Bxf3 Qb6 8. Ne2

Nh6 9. O-O O-O 10. c3 f5 11. e5 Nf7 12. Kh1 Na6 13. Qc2 Nc7 14. Be3 dxe5 15.

fxe5 Nxe5 16. dxe5 Qxe3 17. Qb3+ e6 18. Qxb7 Qb6 19. Qxc6 Qxc6 20. Bxc6 Rad8

21. Rad1 Bxe5 22. Nc1 Kf7 23. Nd3 Bd6 24. b4 e5 25. a4 Ke6 26. a5 e4 27. Rfe1

Kf6 28. Nb2 Be5 29. Na4 Ne6 30. b5 Nf4 31. b6 axb6 32. axb6 Nd3 33. Re2 Nf2+

34. Kg1 Nxd1 35. Kf1 Nxc3 36. Nxc3 Bxc3 37. Rc2 Be5 38. b7 Rd1+ 39. Ke2 Rfd8

40. Ba4 g5 41. Rc6+ R1d6 42. Rc8 Rd2+ 43. Ke1 Bxh2 44. Rc6+ Ke7 45. Rh6 Bg3+

46. Kf1 e3 47. Bb5 Rf2+ 48. Kg1 Rd1+ 49. Bf1 Rdxf1# 0-1


This Week In Chess

On July 28th, the CSCC had 10 members in attendance. The evening’s event was a 7-round, double-Round Robin, blitz tournament (G5). I suffered a rough start, and David Meliti ran out of gas, as we tied for 1st place. Here are the results:


Official Score, Actual Score, Player

5.5 11.5 Paul Anderson

5.5 11.5 David Meliti

4.5 10.5 Mitch Anderson

4.5 10.5 Buck Buchanan

0.0 3.0 Jaan Schlemermeyer

WD 3.0 Anthea Carson

WD 2.0 Lee Oats

WD 0.0 Isaac Martinez

Pikes Peak Open 2009 Prizes

By Jerry Maier

Thought you might want a list of the prize breakdowns:


Score Place Prize Player

4.5 1st $80.00 Renard Anderson

4.5 1st $80.00 Julian Evans

4.0 3rd $61.00 Jeffrey Baffo

4.0 3rd $61.00 Brian Wall

3.5 U1800 $50.00 Jeffrey Serna

2.5 U1500 $40.00 Daniel Picard

2.5 U1600 $11.25 Jeremiah Haynes

2.5 U1600 $11.25 Christopher Hanagan

2.5 U1600 $11.25 Kurt Kondracki

2.5 U1600 $11.25 Cory Foster

2.0 U1300 $35.00 Josiah Ortega

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