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How To Think Like A Master

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

Game Of The Week

This week’s game comes from the 3rd round of the Cabin Fever Reliever. Mitch Anderson has been on a roll since coming back from a 5-year hiatus. He hasn’t lost a game in G90 or longer (beating expert Markus Petters), he has owned the Poor Richards tournament placing 1st in November, December, and January (beating NM Josh Bloomer and LM Brian Wall in the process), and he won the Colorado Springs Chess Club championship.

He has also faired well in the faster time controls. He won a couple quads (including a victory over NM Buck Buchanan) and the CSCC speed championship. He passed into expert rating briefly.

Of course, he dropped back into the class world in time to keep me from beating another expert, but I was still a little bit intimidated. We had a week to prepare for our match. I have 80 published games online for my opponent to study.

The only thing I knew about Mitch was his growing reputation and his win over LM Brian Wall. However, I always do well in the Cabin Fever Reliever.

Last year, I recorded my highest rated victory there (, which I haven’t tired of telling people about yet. And this year, I recorded my 46th and 47th USCF-rated upsets while posting my 13th undefeated tournament and 4th tournament with all wins.


USCF-rated, Swiss Tournaments without a loss

Wins, Draws, Event, Year

4 0 Cabin Fever Reliever 09

3 1 Pikes Peak Open 08

4 0 June Mating 07

3 1 Pikes Peak Open 06

3 1 Springs Fundraiser 06

4 0 June Mating 06

4 0 Cabin Fever Reliever 05

2 1 Winter Springs Open (U1800) 04

3 1 Pike Peak Open 04

3 1 Cabin Fever Reliever 04

3 1 Winter Springs Open (U1800) 01

3 1 June Borborgyms 00

2 2 Pueblo 98

Why have my results improved so much over the past 5 years?

Well, it is because I have learned the secret of thinking like a master. And now, for a limited time only, I am offering that secret to the public so that you too can think like a master*.

What would you pay to replace a puny brain with a gargantuan one?  Similar systems have sold for hundreds of dollars.

Here are some actual examples from my game with Mitch Anderson and how they compare with LM Brian Wall’s game against Daoud Zupa:

Brian wanted to play his opponent in a way that was “slow, patient, nontactical,” and so did I. I was able to keep the game even as I traded off pieces, but I started thinking, “It was a nervy situation, and I feared some nightmarish last minute unfair mating net.” That was the exact same thing Brian thought about his game.

As my time advantage dwindled away and we were both left with just a minute apiece, I thought, “I was losing the ability to think rationally.” Another identical thought as Brian.

When I moved 35. Qf6, I was looking for some line that could force a perpetual check, but I stumbled into certain death. I thought, “But how am I supposed to find weird computer lines like this with a minute on my clock?” and “My beautiful sand castle washed away.” Both of which occurred to Brian in his game.

Fortunately, Mitch missed the killer move 36…Nxe4, and I began to think, “It was an impossible situation but I came through somehow,” and “Amazingly from nowhere I win a piece!” Two more examples of being on the same wavelength with a master.

With a knight disadvantage and seconds left, Mitch even made an illegal move (43…Kd7) and gave me 2 minutes. I didn't think I would need it though, as “I have a 5 second delay, and I will gobble up all his pawns.”

That makes 8 examples of master-type thinking from one game. It is clear that I have tapped into the secret of how to think like a master.

Now I am offering you that secret for just a one time gift of any amount, so that you too can think like a master*. Just return to the homepage and use the newly installed donation button to access our secure PayPal account (the PayPal account can also be used by wealthy chess benefactors looking to help underwrite this endeavor).

If I had to close this game with a master-level final thought, I would probably say, “I have to give [Mitch Anderson] great credit for his mating net bluff - it should have worked.”


* your chess results may vary and your brain size will most likely stay the same


How To Think Like A Master

[Event "Cabin Fever Reliever"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2009.02.17"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Mitch"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D13"]

[WhiteElo "1960"]

[BlackElo "1991"]

[PlyCount "129"]

[EventDate "2009.02.10"]


1. c4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. e3 Bg4 7. Be2 e6 8. O-O

Bd6 9. h3 Bh5 10. Nd2 Bxe2 11. Qxe2 O-O 12. a3 Rc8 13. f4 Na5 14. Qd3 a6 15. b4

Nc4 16. Nxc4 Rxc4 17. Bd2 b5 18. Rac1 Qb6 19. g4 Ra8 20. g5 Nh5 21. Kg2 a5 22.

Na2 axb4 23. Bxb4 Bxb4 24. Nxb4 Rac8 25. Rxc4 Rxc4 26. Rf2 g6 27. Rc2 Ng7 28.

Kf3 Qc7 29. Qb3 Ne8 30. Rxc4 dxc4 31. Qc3 Nd6 32. e4 Qb7 33. d5 Qa8 34. Nc6 Qa4

35. Qf6 Qxa3+ 36. Kg4 Qg3+ 37. Kxg3 Nxe4+ 38. Kf3 Nxf6 39. gxf6 exd5 40. Ke3 c3

41. Kd3 Kf8 42. Kxc3 Ke8 43. Ne5 Kd8 44. Nxf7+ Kd7 45. Ne5+ Ke6 46. f7 Ke7 47.

h4 h6 48. Kd4 b4 49. Nc6+ Kxf7 50. Nxb4 Kf6 51. Nxd5+ Kf5 52. Ke3 Kg4 53. Ne7

Kxh4 54. Nxg6+ Kg4 55. Ke4 Kh5 56. f5 Kg5 57. Ke5 h5 58. Ke6 h4 59. Nxh4 Kh6

60. Ke7 Kg7 61. f6+ Kg8 62. f7+ Kh7 63. Nf5 Kg6 64. f8=Q Kh7 65. Qg7# 1-0


This Week In Chess

On February 17th, the CSCC had 11 members in attendance. Most of the group played in the conclusion of the Cabin Fever Reliever (4SS, G30). I survived a battle with Mitch Anderson to take home 1st place. Here are the results:


Score Prize Player

4.0 $15.00 1st Paul Anderson

3.0 $8.00 2nd Mitch Anderson

2.5 Buck Buchanan

1.0 $3.50 U1900 Dean Brown

1.0 $3.50 U1900 Tikila Nichols

0.0 Kathy Schneider


Upcoming Events

2/24 Fischer - Random tournament, CSCC

2/28 USAFA Quads #7, CSCC

3/3 Speed Tournament, CSCC

3/4,11,18,25 Poor Richard's Bookstore March Open, CSCC

3/7-8 Colorado Springs Open, CSCA

3/10 Team tournament - 2-player teams, CSCC


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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