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Reynolds Gambit

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Game Of The Week

This week my list of upsets was down to the final four. I decided to put one more in the newsletter, brining the total of published upsets to 26, and send the rest to the Yahoo! Group, making its number of games 18. Including the 3 unrecorded upsets, my list of 47 upsets would now be done. All future upsets would have to be from current games. But which one to choose as the last one?

I was quite surprised to find out how many people were actually following along with my project and interested in who I was going to choose. In fact, I had a number of people ask me this week, “Who do you like in the final four?”

I told them, “I think I am going with Robert Anderson.”

Not everyone was thrilled with my choice.

“What?! Are you insane? They are never in it,” they would retort.

Others responded, “They haven’t ever made it past the second round.”

I thought that was a little harsh as I am pretty sure our game was played in the 3rd round. However, Randy Reynolds was very supportive. His comment was something like, “They could go all the way.”


I agree with Randy that Robert should have gone all the way in this game. I was totally clueless about how to respond to Bird’s Opening. I have played against 1. f4 twice in 490 USCF-rated games.

After this one, I saw it again 5 years later in the same tournament ( I did better the second time around but miscalculated and threw away a game I should have won.

This time it was the other way around. I won a game I should have lost.

Since I am playing a bracket, I guess I have basketball on the brain. This game kind of reminded me of the March Madness tournament. One team looks like they are on the verge of an upset when all of a sudden a player steps on the line in-bounding the ball and throws away all their hard work.

When you have the Tigers by the tail you just can’t let up for a second. Just as Marquette picked the worst possible time to fail bringing the ball into the court, Robert picked the wrong time to protect an attacked pawn.

This game made me realize there are a lot of similarities between chess and bracketology. One can play safe and go with all the favored choices or one can make some sacrifices and take the riskier path.

For example, it was funny to me to see how Tim Brennan picks his bracket. The king of the grob didn’t take any risks in his bracket while Randy Reynolds landed the most upset bonus points with his “Pick all 12 seeds” strategy. It is just too bad that bracketology doesn’t have any catchy opening names like chess does.


Reynolds Gambit

[Event "Southern Colorado Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2001.06.09"]

[Round "3.16"]

[White "Anderson, Robert"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A02"]

[WhiteElo "1525"]

[BlackElo "1544"]

[PlyCount "94"]

[EventDate "2001.06.09"]


1. f4 Nf6 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. e3 b6 4. Be2 Bb7 5. O-O d6 6. d3 Qd7 7. a4 h6 8. Qe1 e6

9. Bd2 Be7 10. b4 a6 11. Na3 Na7 12. Nc4 b5 13. Na5 c5 14. bxc5 dxc5 15. Ne5

Qc7 16. Nxb7 Qxb7 17. Bf3 Nd5 18. c4 O-O 19. cxd5 exd5 20. axb5 axb5 21. Qb1 b4

22. e4 d4 23. Nc4 Nb5 24. e5 Rxa1 25. Qxa1 Qc7 26. Qa6 Nc3 27. Ra1 Rb8 28. Qa7

Qd8 29. Qa6 Kf8 30. Nb2 Qc7 31. Qc4 Qd7 32. Kf1 Qb5 33. Qxb5 Nxb5 34. Ra8 Rxa8

35. Bxa8 Nc3 36. Bb7 Bd8 37. Ba6 Ke7 38. Bc4 Bb6 39. Ke1 Ba7 40. Bxc3 bxc3 41.

Na4 f6 42. exf6+ Kxf6 43. g4 g6 44. Bd5 Bb8 45. Nxc5 Bxf4 46. Ne4+ Kg7 47. h3

c2 0-1


This Week In Chess

On March 17th, the CSCC had 7 members in attendance. Due to a lack of interest in the scheduled bughouse event, the participants opted for a Jeff Fox innovation: "risers." Opponents played a blitz game (G5), and the winner retained control of the board while the loser had to vacate his seat to a new opponent. The player with control of the top board at the end of the night was named the winner. Here are the results:


Board, The "Riser"

1 Jeff Fox


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