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The Glassman Cracketh

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 19, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Game Of The Week


I was trying to write an article for the upcoming Colorado Chess Informant, and I was having a hard time coming up with an idea. I didn’t have any major triumphs this year about which to write an inspiring piece. I didn’t have any humorous stories to weave into a comedy.

So, I went with one of those tear-jerking chess narratives that just tears your heart in two. My preview audience had this to say:

“Aww.... such a tragic article...”

(R. Reynolds)

Well, in the process of writing the great chess tragedy, I came upon some enlightening statistics. I noticed that I didn’t have very many upset wins in a slow time control.

I consider a slow time control to be a game where the players get a certain amount of time for their first 40 moves and additional time to complete the game.

In those types of game, I have recorded 6 upset victories. That seems awfully low to me, especially compared to the 28 upsets I have at 30-minute games. However, it was possible that I have just played 4 times as many games in the faster time control.

So, I crunched some numbers, a trait that was passed on to me by my mother the CPA. I found that at game 30, I scored upsets 13% of the time, at game 60, it was 8%, and at game 90, it was 11%.

Those numbers all seemed fairly consistent, but when I looked at the slow time control numbers, it appeared markedly lower. I scored upsets only 4% of the time!

Clearly, I was doing something wrong. The stronger rated opponents were making better use of the extra time than I was. It wasn’t until I started writing this newsletter that I broke out of my upset drought. Here is one of those upsets where I slowed down enough to outlast my opponent.




3/7/98 CS OPEN 40/90, 25/1 21 1753 DEBRA JOHNSON

12/5/99 WS OPEN 40/2, 20/1 21 1671 MICHAEL KASS

12/3/00 WS OPEN 40/2, 20/1 18 1587 ROBERT ANDERSON

8/8/04 PP OPEN 40/2, G60 16 1770 MARK KROWCZYK

8/5/06 PP OPEN 40/90, G60 18 1912 ARTHUR GLASSMAN

12/2/07 WS OPEN 40/2, G60 17 1905 LARRY WUTT


The Glassman Cracketh


[Event "Pikes Peak Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2006.08.05"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Glassman, Arthur"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B10"]

[WhiteElo "1912"]

[BlackElo "1838"]

[PlyCount "80"]

[EventDate "2006.08.05"]


1. e4 c6 2. f4 d6 3. Nf3 g6 4. c3 Bg7 5. Na3 Nh6 6. d3 b5 7. Nc2 Bb7 8. a4 a6

9. g3 Nd7 10. Bg2 Nc5 11. axb5 axb5 12. Rxa8 Qxa8 13. O-O O-O 14. Be3 Nb3 15.

Ncd4 Nxd4 16. Bxd4 Bxd4+ 17. Nxd4 Qa2 18. Qe2 e5 19. fxe5 dxe5 20. Nf3 f6 21.

Qe3 Kg7 22. b4 Ra8 23. h3 Qa7 24. Qxa7 Rxa7 25. d4 Nf7 26. dxe5 Nxe5 27. Nxe5

fxe5 28. Rd1 Bc8 29. Rd6 Bd7 30. Bf1 Kf7 31. Kf2 Ke7 32. Rd3 Ra2+ 33. Ke3 Be6

34. Rd2 Ra1 35. Kf2 Rc1 36. Rb2 Rxc3 37. g4 Kf6 38. Kg2 Kg5 39. Kh2 Bb3 40. Rd2

Rc2 0-1


This Week In Chess


On June 2nd, the CSCC had 10 members in attendance. The evening’s event was a 7-round, double-Round Robin, blitz tournament (G5). I lost one to Mitch Anderson and was stalemated by Isaac Martinez just as my flag fell to claim first place. Here are the results:


Score, Player


12.5 Paul Anderson

11.0 Mitch Anderson

10.0 Josh Divine

7.5 Buck Buchanan

5.5 Anthea Carson

5.5 Isaac Martinez

4.0 Ken Dail

0.0 Mitchell Pjontek


Local Chessplayer Passes Away


“A broom is drearily sweeping up the broken pieces of yesterday's life. Somewhere a queen is weeping, somewhere a king has no wife, and the wind, it cries Mary”

(J. Hendrix)

I just received news about the death of a local chessplayer. The note read, "This is to inform you that William Garcia passed away on March 31, 2009."

I remember playing him twice, once in Pueblo and once in Colorado Springs. I wanted to pass along my sympathies to any of his friends and family who read this and share one of our games together.


[Event "Pikes Peak Open"]

[Site "Colorado Springs"]

[Date "2001.08.04"]

[Round "3.10"]

[White "Garcia, William"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B10"]

[WhiteElo "1303"]

[BlackElo "1684"]

[PlyCount "94"]

[EventDate "2001.08.04"]

[TimeControl "40/5400:25/3600:25/3600"]


1. e4 c6 2. Bc4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bb3 e5 5. d3 h6 6. Qf3 Nf67. h3 Nc6 8. c3 Bc5 9. Ne2 O-O 10. O-O e4 11. dxe4 dxe4 12. Qg3 Nh5 13. Qh2 Bd614. g3 Qd7 15. Rd1 Ne5 16. Kh1 Qf5 17. Rxd6 Qf3+ 18. Qg2 Qxe2 19. Be3 Qe1+ 20.Qg1 Qxg1+ 21. Kxg1 Bxh3 22. Nd2 Rad8 23. Rxd8 Rxd8 24. Nxe4 Nf3+ 25. Kh1 b6 26.Rd1 Re8 27. Nd6 Nxg3+ 28. fxg3 Rxe3 29. Bxf7+ Kf8 30. Bh5 Ne5 31. Kh2 Bg4 32.Bxg4 Nxg4+ 33. Kg2 Re6 34. Rd2 a5 35. a4 h5 36. Nf5 Ne3+ 37. Nxe3 Rxe3 38. Kf2Re6 39. b4 Rc6 40. Rd3 Ke7 41. Ke3 Rc4 42. Kd2 axb4 43. Kc2 Rxc3+ 44. Rxc3 bxc345. Kxc3 Kd6 46. Kc4 Kc6 47. Kb4 g5 0-1


Upcoming Events


6/9 June Mating Game: 4-SS, G/30, USCF rated, $5 entry fee, CSCC

6/10,17,24 East Coast Deli’s June Open final rounds, CSCC

6/13-14 11th Annual Southern Colorado Open, CSCA

6/16 June Mating Game continues, CSCC

6/18 June 2009 G/29 Series Event, WCA

6/19-20 Chess and Chess Variants, 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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