|Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM|
Tuesday February 17, 2009
“Changes, time's making changes in my life. Rearranging, can't seem to stop the hands of time.”
(F. Hannon, J. Keith, T. Luccketta, T. Skeoch, B. Wheat)
I know “changes” may seem like an unoriginal theme for the start of a new year of newsletters and a blatant theft from the past political campaign. But such is not the case. In my defense, I would like to point out that for the past two years I was the clear originator and owner of this theme as I started my 2007 and 2008 newsletters with quotes from the Scorpions’ Wind of Change and Jimi Hendrix’s The Wind Cries Mary.
Oh, wait. It looks like wind is the common theme there. I guess I lost control of that change theme with that Hendrix quote. Well, in any case, I am taking the change theme back with this year’s Tesla quote, as there are many changes going on at the Colorado Springs Chess Newsletter.
Ok, actually just one change. During the off-season, I added the Colorado Springs Chess News Youtube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/cschessnews). Hopefully, this new feature will be the start of many new improvements that demonstrate my use of this theme is not just empty rhetoric.
Footprints In The Sand
Chess has opened up a lot of doors for me. Who knew, when I started playing chess, it would lead me into the realms of web publishing, art design, online retailing, and now chess video critic? When I started playing chess, I was just trying to get some email to my alumni account at UCCS.
I have been following in the footsteps of LM Brian Wall. He once told me, “Each chess game is like a footprint in the sand. By examining them, you can see where a Master is going and where he has been” (Wisdom of Brian 1:1).
Brian has left behind a lot of tracks since May 21, 2001. I have played over a lot of them, and they have definitely had an impact on my chess. I started leaving my own tracks March 1, 2004 (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/show/2929905-the-miracle-on-wood-). I noticed several times our tracks crossed and became only one set of footprints. This bothered me because it was usually when I was suffering defeat (0-6).
So, I said to Brian, “The last time I saw only one set of footprints, I got a draw (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/show/2929017-thunder-seven). What happen?”
Brian replied, “It is because I carried you.”
Of course, Brian would cringe to hear me say, “I am following in his footsteps,” especially after looking over some of my recent games. He would probably say, “I don’t play garbage like that!”
However, what I mean is that, as Brian has taken his chess into new frontiers, I have been inspired to use chess as a vehicle to explore new avenues. He was publishing games online long before I was and it was his style that reassured me that someone in this class world of chess could write about chess and have it enjoyed, if not for its cutting edge theory, at least for its humor and entertainment value. Now he has started publishing analysis through chess videos on Youtube.
I am not one to jump right into the latest fads and follow all the sheep onto Myspace and Facebook just because everyone is doing it. I have to see the practical value. Even when Brian started his Yahoo group, I waited about 2 years before following along when I realized it offered more spam protection than my online guest book. But when Tim Brennan put out his classic Halloween parody video, I just couldn’t resist signing up for Youtube anymore.
I have been watching and reviewing chess videos for several days now and feel qualified to act as the authority on chess videos. With that in mind, I would like to announce my awards for the best of 2008:
The award for best screenplay in a chess video goes to...
LM Brian Wall for his life story and commentary in Shattering The Scheveningen, Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV3rjuo0UiY).
The award for best actress in a chess video goes to...
Anthea Carson NN for her dance moves in The Crab Chess Opening (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJYWk2CMYpw).
The award for best actor in a chess video goes to...
Tim Brennan for his impression of the giggling grim reaper in the Halloween Gambit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzALeHw_rUU).
The award for best director in a chess video goes to...
Chris Peterson for his production, direction, and editing of Fork Trick, Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oT6QcOHj-M), which includes the famous Juliet vs. Friar Tuck game (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/show/2929843-juliet-vs-friar-tuck).
And the award for best chess video goes to...
Chess For Girls, mostly for inspiring this amazing piece of literature (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/show/2929752-chess-for-girls).
Game Of The Week
“Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.”
(Proverbs 15:22 NASB)
This week’s game has set the record for the most consultation I have ever done for one newsletter. Of course, with a chess newsletter, you would think the consultation would be about the game but not in this case.
It all started after I wrote a newsletter and created a poll to find a nickname for Bill Whinemiller (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/show/2929020-badger-baiting-bill). As is typical, the only response I got was from LM Brian Wall and the people who participated in the poll, which was anonymous.
That is until Bill started whining. They say that it is the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, and I think Bill relies on that unfortunate fact.
For the first time in five years of publishing chess games someone asked me not to publish losses from one particular person even though I was a participant in the game or received the game from a participant.
I thought perhaps some good could come from this situation, so I made the offer to be relayed back to Bill that I would delete the poll in exchange for an effort to avoid certain offensive behaviors.
The number of people I consulted was in the double digits and the majority had experienced an offensive behavior. It reminded me of the Cheers episode where Sam was asked if he would lose customers when he fired Diane. Sam replied, “No, I would probably get a few back.”
Well, I thought if I go ahead with this poll, we could get a few chess players back, but if I stop writing about Bill, I know a wheel and an oil can who will be happy.
Also, what about the other suggestions my counselors provided? Whose advice should I take? I don’t know if my plan improved with many advisors, but it sure did make it harder to decide what to do. What did I decide?
Well, I decided to try and please everyone.
Most people thought I should make up my own mind, and to them, I give you my hearty thanks for not complicating my plan any further with actual advice.
Someone said I should consider it a direct hit and enjoy it. I liked that advice and have tried to enjoy this entire process even when it seemed like a couple of people were unhappy with me.
A couple of people thought the offer was a good idea, and I would have been glad to honor it, but I never heard back.
For the one who asked for a legal disclaimer from Bill’s threats of a lawsuit, I added one below.
For the one who asked me to stop writing, I offer you six months of the year free of Bill stories (August to January).
For the one who suggested I keep expressing my first amendment rights unabridged, I give to you six months as well (February to July, when appropriate) and this tale of our last encounter:
I had been hoping not to have to face Bill over the board until this nickname issue was resolved. After all, what would I put in the name box on the score sheet?
In the last round of the Winter Springs Open, I was paired with Paul Covington and happy to have made it though another Bill-free tournament.
However, there was a line through Paul’s name and an arrow pointing to the bye line. Paul decided to forfeit his last game, and I had to play the person with the bye: Bill.
My heart sank as I realized I was in for up to 6 hours of awkwardness and Jedi mind tricks. My counselors had regaled me with stories of slamming pieces and whining about the cleanliness of opponents’ sets to force a change.
Fortunately, I was the one who was late and entertained the thought of filing a complaint about his disgusting set. However, that would leave me open to the slamming tactic so I just grabbed a pair of latex gloves from my car to wear during the game.
The next battle focused on my captured pieces. I was playing white so the location of the black pieces was a source of great concern for Bill. I noticed that after he dropped his first pawn, the prisoner of war camp I established next to the clock had been raided.
In a couple more moves, a pawn exchange allowed me to test the security features of Stalag Luft III again. This time I moved the camp behind the clock and further away from the battlefield. Another escape!
The kommandant will be furious. Another dropped pawn allowed me to relocate the prison camp even further behind the clock. ESCAPE AGAIN!!!
Now the escapee will have to be sent to the cooler. Finally, a captured bishop found itself in the corner farthest from the battlefield. If this escapes, we will have to make a full-scale recovery effort as soon as the enemy leaves the table.
However, the surrender came, and the prisoner was returned to his homeland. The only thing left to decide was what name to use on the score sheet.
The poll ended in a tie. So, after all the off-season antics, I changed my vote to break the tie. Hopefully, Bill will see his new nickname as a commentary on how his behavior comes across to others and provide incentive to better himself.
After all, it wasn’t as one-sided as I originally thought. My counselors did provide some positive examples as well. So, there just may be some good in him after all.
[Event "Winter Springs"]
[White "Anderson, Paul"]
[Black "Weihmiller, Bill"]
1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. e3 c6 4. Nf3 d6 5. Qc2 Bg4 6. b3 Na6 7. a3 Be7 8. Bb2
O-O 9. b4 Nd7 10. h3 Bh5 11. Bd3 Nf6 12. Ng5 h6 13. Nh7 e4 14. Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.
Bxe4 d5 16. cxd5 cxd5 17. Bxd5 Qe7 18. Bb3 Rac8 19. g4 Nc7 20. gxh5 1-0
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This Week In Chess
On February 10th, the CSCC had 8 members in attendance. Most of the group played in the first half of the USCF-rated Cabin Fever Reliever (4SS, G30). Since this event last 2 weeks, there is still time to join in for the conclusion. Here are the current standings:
2.0 Paul Anderson
2.0 Mitch Anderson
1.0 Tikila Nichols
1.0 Buck Buchanan
0.0 Dean Brown
0.0 Kathy Schneider
In January, the CSCC held the 2009 Poor Richard's Bookstore January Open. Here are the prize winners:
1st Place : Mitch Anderson- $60.00
2nd Place Tie+U1860 Section: Brian Wall, Anthea Carson- $27.50 each
U1500 Section 3 way tie: Jerry Maier, Danielle Rice, Fred Spell - $7.00 each
By Liz Wood [who sent the announcement before the event, but I failed to publish the newsletter in time]
February 14, 2009
A Valentine Tournament --- An Open One-Day Rated Chess Tournament5SS, G/30 TD 5
Location: at the Daily Grind, 209 S. Union, Pueblo (take 1st Street exit, three blocks to Union; Union & D Street)
Registration 9:00-9:45, Rounds 10, 11:15, 12:30, 2:30, 3:45.
Entry fee: $20; Sr, Jr, Unr $15; CSCA & USCF required, OSA. Pre-registration entry fee: $15, which must be paid at the time of pre-registration. Cash prizes based on entry fees will be distributed at the conclusion of the event. Final round byes must be requested before the start of Round 2, and are irrevocable.
For further information, contact Liz Wood, [email protected] ( 719-566-6929 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 719-566-6929 end_of_the_skype_highlighting) or Jerry Meier, (719-660-5531 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 719-660-5531 end_of_the_skype_highlighting) Send pre-registrations to: Jerry Maier at 229 Hargrove Court, Colorado Springs CO 80919-2213 or [email protected] by February 12th.
2009 Pikes Peak Open Tournament Announcement
By Jerry Maier
August 1-2, Manitou Springs: PIKES PEAK OPEN
5-SS, Rds: 1-3 40/90 and G/1; Rds: 4-5 40/2 and G/1. Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. One open section. EF: $30 if rec’d by July 30, $35 at site. $8 EF discount for juniors, seniors, unrated. CSCA required, ($15, jrs & srs 10), OSA. Cash prizes per entries. Registration: 8:30 - 9:30 AM. Rds: 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM, 7:00 PM; 9:00 AM, 3:00 PM. Entries to: Jerry Maier, 229 Hargrove Court, Colorado Springs CO 80919. Phone (719) 660-5531 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (719) 660-5531 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or e-mail [email protected] . COLORADO TOUR EVENT.
2/17 Cabin Fever Reliever continues, CSCC
2/19 February 2009 G/29 Series Event, WCA
2/21 Casual chess at Agia Sophia coffee house, 2902 W Colorado, 8:00 PM, CSCC
2/24 Fischer - Random tournament, CSCC
2/28 USAFA Quads #7, CSCC
3/3 Speed Tournament, CSCC
For event details and additional events, see the following websites:
Colorado Springs Chess Club: CSCC (http://springschess.org/)
Boulder Chess Club: BCC (http://www.geocities.com/boulderchessclub/)
Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA (http://colorado-chess.com/)
Wyoming Chess Association: WCA (http://www.wyomingchess.com/)
Kansas Chess Association: KCA (http://www.kansaschess.org/)