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Fantasy Serenade

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

Game Of The Week

When I got the Mother’s Day newsletter out early last week, I thought I would have plenty of time to come up with something clever and witty to say about the game Mitch Anderson gave me back in April ( However, other things just seemed to get in the way. First, my son wanted me to help him with his clay animation video card to his mother.

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We had to upload it secretly between the hike to the Castlewood Canyon dam ruins and the food from Chipotle, so that it would be a surprise.

Of course, sending his mother to pick food from a menu she has seen thousands of times before can be an exceptionally slow process, giving us far more time than we actually needed. So, we decided to upload the birthday video card as well.

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With the Mother’s Day festivities completed, I still had a week to find some time to think about Mitch’s game. But it is surprising how much of a distraction this fantasy chess turned out to be.

It was nice to see each day how Tyler was doing in the tournament, and I deliberately put a low point value on his pairing, as I didn’t want to find myself rooting too heavily on his results one way or the other. I tend to get carried away rather easily.

However, I did put a higher point value on IM Irina Krush to score better than IM Anna Zatonskih, and it looked like a lock when Zatonskih withdrew from the tournament and finished with 0.5 points. Krush finished with 3.5, and I thought I had 9 points in the bag.  I had missed the ruling that gave Zatonskih draws for all 6 of her un-played games giving her 3 unearned points and causing a tie score in the match-up.

I was incensed! Why should I be punished for correctly being able to predict the major health collapse of one of the top female US chess players? I became like the Bobby Knight of the chess world, flinging chairs across the tournament hall.

Did Michael Jordan get free points when he was sick in game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals? No, he had to drag his feverish body up and down the court and earn every point.

Did Scottie Pippen get free points when his back went out in game 6 of the 1998 NBA finals? No, he let Michael do all the scoring.

Did I get handicap points when Tom Brady was knocked out for the season in my fantasy football league? No, in the real world, you have to suffer the consequences of your pretend players not scoring pretend points. That is what the real fantasy world is all about. REALLY!


Fantasy Serenade

[Event "Springs Fundraiser"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2009.04.18"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Brennan, Tim"]

[Black "Anderson, Mitch"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D93"]

[WhiteElo "1670"]

[BlackElo "2003"]

[PlyCount "48"]

[EventDate "2009.04.18"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 a6 7. Rc1 dxc4 8. Bxc4

b5 9. Bb3 Bb7 10. O-O Nbd7 11. Qe2 c5 12. dxc5 Nxc5 13. Rfd1 Qb6 14. Bd5 Rfd8

15. Bxb7 Qxb7 16. h3 Rac8 17. Rxd8+ Rxd8 18. Nxb5 Nd3 19. Rd1 Qxb5 20. Qc2 Ne4

21. Ne1 Nec5 22. a4 Qxb2 23. Qxc5 Qxf2+ 24. Kh1 Qxe1+ 0-1


This Week In Chess

On May 12th, the CSCC had 7 members in attendance. The main event for the evening was a thematic, double-Swiss tournament (3SS, G10). The theme for the evening was the King's Indian Defense so all games had to start after 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6. Here are the results:


Score Player

5.5 David Meliti

4.0 Jeff Fox

4.0 Ken Dail

2.5 Paul Anderson

2.0 Buck Buchanan

2.0 Mitch Anderson

1.0 Bob Staten

Fantasy Chess

NM Tyler Hughes finished the US Championship beating a GM, an IM, and a FM in route to 4 wins and $2,375.00. I finished the fantasy chess with 5 correct predictions including the champion.


My score was 45.0. My final ranking was #53 to #60 (possible points = actual points).


GM Gata Kamsky (6.0) < GM Hikaru Nakamura (7.0) 3 = 3

GM Alex Onischuk (6.5) < GM Yury Shulman (5.0) 2 = 0

GM Varuzhan Akobian (6.0) = GM Julio Becerra (4.0) 4 = 0

GM Larry Christiansen (5.0) > GM Alex Shabalov (4.5) 11 = 11

GM Joel Benjamin (4.5) = GM Gregory Kaidanov (4.5) 6 = 9

GM Jaan Ehlvest (4.5) < GM Ildar Ibragimov (5.0) 5 = 5

GM Boris Gulko (4.5) = GM Melikset Khachiyan (3.0) 7 = 0

GM Josh Friedel (5.0) > GM-elect Robert Hess (6.5) 8 = 0

IM Irina Krush (3.5) > IM Anna Zatonskih (3.5) 9 = 0

IM Ray Robson (4.5) > IM Sam Shankland (3.0) 10 = 10

IM Michael Brooks (4.5) * < IM Enrico Sevillano (4.0) 12 = 0

NM Tyler Hughes (4.0) = NM Charles Lawton (1.0) 1 = 0


I have selected GM Hikaru Nakamura to be the 2009 U.S. Champion. 7 = 7

Comments From Email

JEFFERY BAFFO, Sunday, May 10, 2009 6:17 PM


I am missing copies of my Colorado Chess Informant! Yes, a huge crisis for the entire Colorado Chess Community! Now, in order to keep the stars spinning in their proper orbits, achieve world peace and complete my collection I need the following issues; Jan 2006, Jan 2008 and Oct 2005. I am willing to pay $


Stan Foster, Sunday, May 10, 2009 10:04 PM


Thanks for the "Heads Up" about the U.S. Championship! I "Googled" it, found it, and was amazed at the site. I recommend that anyone who loves chess get on the site and "check it out!" The URL follows:


You might want to forward this URL to the rest of the chess world!! :-)


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DuWayne Langseth, Thursday, May 14, 2009 11:12 PM


I just caught the end or maybe even right after the end. Tyler did outstanding overall I thought.


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Monument Open

By Fred Eric Spell

For more information about the tournament itself, to be held August 22-23 2009, contact Fred Eric Spell at [email protected]


Upcoming Events

5/19 Quads - 3 RR, G/30 if rated, G/20 if not, CSCC

5/20,27 Poor Richard’s May Open final rounds, CSCC

5/23-25 Territory Days Booth at Bancroft Park. Play for fun, promote chess. Dress “Western.” See Buck, CSCC

5/26 4-SS, G/15, CSCC

5/27 May 2009 G/29 Series Event, 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 (

Categories: 2009

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