|Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM|
End Of The Season
Tuesday August 19, 2008
Well, another chess season has come to a close for me. It is time for me to move on to managing the websites for my other hobby (http://spamfootball.webs.com/), but I will return after the football season ends.
Before I go, I wanted to clean up some loose ends. Of course, you can still send in news items or articles during the off-season, and I will email them along to the subscribers. Any games I receive will be stored in my stockpile until next year. You can also join the Colorado Springs Chess News’ yahoo group (http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/cs_chess/) to keep receiving chess games all year round.
So, before I finish typing my chess thoughts for another year, I want to thank all the people who sent in games and articles, all the people who took the time to tell me something nice about the newsletter, and all the people who take the time to read this.
Game Of The Year
At this time, I usually look over the year and see how well I did. I noticed that the pattern of previous years alternated between an up year and a down year. 2004 was up, 2005 was down, 2006 was up, and 2007 was down.
The nice thing was that 2008 was supposed to be an up year. Of course, I already knew that it was. My first event of the year helped me crack the 1900 barrier, and 10 events later I was at my career high (1962).
Also, I recorded my highest rated victory ever, as I pulled off a giant upset over NM Josh Bloomer (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/show/2929151-a-giant-upset), and I am poised to break my best year for prize winnings (2002, $514.32), depending on how this Colorado Chess Tour Class A prize turns out.
In addition, I wrote three more articles for the Colorado Chess Informant:
The latter was the story of the only two grandmasters I have played against. Since it took 22 years, after playing GM Arthur Bisguier (http://home.att.net/~cs.chess/newsletter/Mon_Mar_22_v1.html), to face another GM, I figured I should choose that game as my first Game Of The Year loss.
A Tale Of Two Grandmasters
It was the best of games. It was the worst of games. I have now played two Grandmasters. One was at the beginning of my recorded chess career. One was at the Bobby Fischer Memorial, 22 years later.
It was the notation of wisdom. It was the notation of foolishness. By the time I played in the Bobby Fischer Memorial, I had mastered algebraic notation. I know some people have a great deal of anxiety towards mathematics and just the sound of algebraic notation sends them running from the chessboard.
However, my 5 semesters of engineering and logical mind provided me with enough confidence that I could master 8 letters and 8 numbers to determine the position of a point, line, curve, plane, pawn, knight, bishop, rook, queen, or king in a space of a given dimension with respect to a system of lines or other fixed references. How simple.
Of course, by this time I had experience recording each move in a legible fashion for 453 games. My main problem is getting the right move in the right box on the score sheet, but in my most recent game against a GM, I must say I was at or near the best recording I have ever done.
However, my first game against a GM was also my first recorded game ever. The only preparation I did for the game was trying to figure out how to write the moves. Unfortunately, I picked up my father’s childhood chess books and learned that English notation was the most popular system in the US back in the 50’s. Who knew it had changed by 1986?
I did fine with the moves, but I have no idea what I was thinking on some of the annotations. I put an arrow on my move 17, and I assume I did not mean “with attack”. Hopefully, I confused the GM and made him think there was more there than just a bad move, like the time I had an opponent who thought check was notated with an exclamation point. I was confused as to why he thought bringing his queen out early was such a good move as it lead to a series of exclamation points for me, ending in a double exclamation point (if you know what I mean)!!
It was the epoch of adjournment. It was the epoch of time delay. My first experience playing a GM was un-timed, as it occurred during a simultaneous exhibition. Of course, there was a limit to the amount of time I had to think about each move, but it varied depending upon how long the GM took to make his way around all the other boards.
In my second experience playing a GM, the time control was game in 2 hours (G/2). The first day of the tournament, I had adjusted my clock until 1:20 showed in the display. However, the first game ended so quickly time was never an issue.
The second game lasted almost the entire 4 hours. Since the GM was late the next day, I set up my clock at the board. When he finally showed up, he had little trouble making up the time he had lost, and soon I was falling behind. As I looked at the clock, I realized our game was much further along than anyone else’s game. How could this be?
I played for 4 hours yesterday, but this game looks like it couldn’t even last 3 hours. An hour and 20 minutes had just vanished into thin air like an airplane in a David Copperfield trick.
Suddenly, it occurred to me that I never used my clock yesterday. I had used my opponent’s clock in both games, and now I just had put a clock on my game with the GM at 1 hour and 20 minutes not 120 minutes. Both of us were short 40 minutes.
So, I approached the TD about the situation, apologized to the GM, stopped the clocks, and added the additional time. It turns out I was the one who needed the extra time as my final moves were played in blitz mode with the GM having ample time to methodically mop up the last of my hopes for a draw.
It was the season of White. It was the season of Blackness. By the time of the Bobby Fischer Memorial, I was the proud owner of my own tournament chess set. It came in handy, as my game against the GM was the first round of the final day, and the GM had not shown up.
As I unpacked my canvas, custom-created, chess carrying case and unrolled my vinyl green and buff chessboard, I set up my high-quality, black & ivory, weighted plastic chess pieces including the 4 inch king.
Since I was white, I pushed my pawn to c4 and began fantasizing about the possibility of beating a GM in one move. I only had an hour to wait.
However, in my first attempt against a GM I did not have the benefit of such fine equipment. I did not even own my own chess set. I had to grab the cardboard box with the torn corners that held the slab of cardboard folded in half and the miniscule pieces that tended to fly away if anyone turned on the air conditioning with the ½ inch king as I headed out the door to the simultaneous exhibition.
Of course, as is the custom, all challengers had to play as black against the GM, which wasn’t much of a handicap for me as I was equally bad on both sides of the board at this point in my chess career.
We had everyone around us. We had no one around us. My first experience playing a GM was as part of a large group of chess players taking on the GM all at the same time. I had very little experience playing chess prior to this event as, after learning the moves, I found myself in the wide chasm between being able to beat my older sister and not being able to beat my dad.
However, any invitation to be included in one of my dad’s activities was met with great expectations. Plus, my lack of experience would certainly be hidden in the crowd of people who had turned out for the event. I happily chose a seat next to my dad, I tried to survive as long as he did, and we resigned on the same move.
In my second experience playing a GM, it was a tournament game with myself facing the GM head to head. This time I had no place to hide. I was alone on an island, called board 1.
To make matters worse, Joe Fromme set up a demonstration board on the stage behind us and played out each move as we made them. Now, even the laziest of chess players could have seen all my embarrassing blunders without even leaving their seats.
It was the opening of hope. It was the endgame of despair. By the time of the Bobby Fischer Memorial, I had a better understanding of the opening moves of chess. I had gotten twice as far into the book as I did the first time out, and when I departed from the book, it was deliberate.
I can’t say it was the best plan, but I found myself in a common battle of life trying to decide between playing it safe or taking a risk. Unfortunately, I never really resolved the conflict in my mind and continued to switch between the options on alternating moves.
I thought, “Yes, I will attack and annihilate him, before he does the same to me.” So I pushed the h pawn.
But then I thought, “No, wait, wasn’t it Rommel who said that? Didn’t he lose? I should castle kingside and away from these advancing pawns.” So I pushed the g pawn.
Finally, I thought, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away!” So, I sent my forces running through the forest silently chanting, “Gunter glieben glauchen globen!”
We were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the simultaneous exhibition was so far like the present game, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
So, as I reflect back on these two games against Grandmasters, I realize there are really only two things I can truly say I learned from this experience:
Bisguier is spelled with a “G” not a “Q” like I originally thought, and it is a far, far better game that I played, than I have ever played; it is a far, far better rest I go to until the next time I play a Grandmaster.
Game Of The Year V
[Event "Bobby Fischer Memorial"]
[White "Anderson, Paul"]
[Black "Sharavdorj, Dashzegve"]
1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. b3 d6 6. Bb2 Nbd7 7. Qc2 e5 8. Be2
Re8 9. d3 c6 10. h4 a5 11. Ng5 Nc5 12. Nge4 b6 13. g3 Qe7 14. h5 Nxh5 15. Bxh5
gxh5 16. Rxh5 Bg4 17. Rh2 f5 18. Nxc5 dxc5 19. Ne2 Rad8 20. O-O-O Rd6 21. Rd2
Red8 22. Ng1 e4 23. Bxg7 Qxg7 24. Qb2 Qxb2+ 25. Kxb2 Rxd3 26. Rc2 Rd1 27. Nh3
Bxh3 28. Rxh3 Kg7 29. Rh4 Rg1 30. Rf4 Kg6 31. Rh4 Rdd1 32. Rf4 h5 33. Ka3 Rc1
34. Rd2 Rgd1 35. Re2 b5 36. cxb5 cxb5 37. f3 exf3 38. Rxf3 Re1 39. Rd2 Rcd1 40.
Rc2 Rd5 41. Rcf2 Re5 42. Rd2 c4 43. Rd6+ Kg5 44. Ra6 cxb3 45. axb3 b4+ 46. Kb2
Re2+ 47. Kc1 R5xe3 48. Rxe3 Rxe3 49. Kc2 Rc3+ 50. Kb2 Rxg3 51. Rxa5 Rg2+ 52.
Kb1 h4 0-1
This Week In Chess
On August 12th, the CSCC had 9 members in attendance. The main event for the evening was a thematic, round robin tournament (G10). The theme for the evening was the Sicilian Grand Prix Attack so all games had to start after 1 e4 c5 with White moves Nc3, Bc4, f4, and d3. Here are the results:
5.0 Paul Anderson
4.0 John Lee
3.0 Buck Buchanan
2.0 Ken Dail
1.0 Renae Delaware *
0.0 Charles Martin
* Substitution after 3rd round: Tikila Nichols
On August 12th, the CSCC held the second round of the Poor Richard's Bookstore August Open. Here are the current standings:Score Player
2.0 Anthea J Carson
2.0 Kenneth W Dail
1.5 Bill Whinemiller
1.5 Alejandro Torres
1.5 Daniel S Gonzales
1.0 M Paul Covington
1.0 Dean W Brown
1.0 Gerald J Maier
1.0 Isaac Martinez
0.5 Timothy E Brennan
0.5 Christopher Hanagan
0.5 Fred Eric Spell
0.5 Thomas Mullikin
0.0 Justin Jos Luebbe
Comments From Email
Tim, Tuesday, August 12, 2008 8:01 PM
Hey Paul - if it makes you feel any better I beat Anthea last night in an extra rated game with "The Penguin" - 1. Nf3 2. Rg1!!It pays to play like an animal!
Timothy Brennan - Anthea Carson,1.Nf3 Nf6 2.Rg1 Nc6 3.Nc3 d5 4.d4 Bf5 5.e3 Qd7 6.Bb5 0–0–0 7.Ne5 Qe6 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.Na4 Nd7 10.Nxd7 Qxd7 11.c3 e5 12.Bd2 f6 13.b4 Bd6 14.Nc5 Bxc5 15.bxc5 Rhe8 16.Qa4 Kb8 17.Ke2 Ka8 18.Qa6 Rb8 19.Rgc1 e4 20.c4 Rb2 21.Rab1 Reb8 22.Rxb2 Rxb2 23.Qa3 Rb7 24.Qa6 Qe8 25.h3 Bc8 26.Qa4 Qd7 27.Rc3 g5 28.Ra3 g4 29.hxg4 Qxg4+ 30.Kf1 Bd7 31.Rb3 Qd1+ 32.Be1 Rxb3 33.Qxb3 Qd3+ 34.Qxd3 exd3 35.cxd5 cxd5 36.f3 Bb5 37.Bd2 f5 38.Kf2 h5 39.Kg3 Kb7 40.Kh4 Bd7 41.Kxh5 Kc6 42.Kg5 Kb5 43.g4 fxg4 44.fxg4 Ka4 45.Bc1 Kb4 (I didn't get the rest of the score since I was in time trouble) 1–0
[Comment is about this newsletter: (http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/show/2929013-shoo-fly-shoo-)]
Damian Nash, Wednesday, August 13, 2008 8:26 AM
Enjoy your newsletter and hope we get to meet in person one day.
Ray Fourzan, El Paso, TX, Wednesday, August 13, 2008 9:32 AM
I see that Anthea Carson used the Swiss Gambit to get 4 points in the Pikes Peak Open. Good job Anthea.
SOCO One-Day Rated Chess Tournament
By Liz Wood
Just thought I'd let everybody know about the next, upcoming tournamet in Pueblo.Liz
SOCO One-Day Rated Chess Tournament
5SS, G/30, 5s Time Delay,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. 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) or Jerry Maier, [email protected] (719-268-6970) COLORADO TOUR EVENT
8/19 Team tournament 4-SS, G/15. Team members alternate moves in games vs other team, no consulting., CSCC
8/20,27 Poor Richard's Bookstore August Open final rounds, CSCC
8/26 Ladder games (G/30), CSCC
8/27 August 2008 G/29 Grand Prix Event - Boulder, BCC
8/30-31 Colorado Open - State Championship, CSCA
9/3,10,17,24 Poor Richard's Bookstore September Open, 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/)
New Mexico Chess Organization: NMCO (http://www.nmchess.org/)
Utah Chess Association: UCA (http://www.utahchess.com/)