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Thunder Seven

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Game Of The Week


This week’s game comes from the Pikes Peak Open. It was my seventh USCF-rated game against LM Brian Wall since we first faced each other seven years ago in the Northwest Colorado Open and the only one I could count as a “Triumph”.

Usually, I am “Spellbound” by the stature and awe inspiring presence of the master, but this time I had my mp3 player fully charged so I could “Rock Out, Roll On”, tune out any distractions, and just play the board.

Unfortunately, it was nearly impossible to tune out the sweltering heat and “Cool Down” enough to sit for any length of time. I was very unsure of myself as to what I could try to make the seventh time a different story, but I figured you have to “Follow Your Heart” and stay true to yourself.

So, I went with my most comfortable opening. You can’t show any fear when playing a master, even when a lot of “Time Goes By” and he still hasn’t made his first move. Brian has a huge arsenal of weapons to attack you with and he always wants to choose the one that frightens you the most.

He plays chess like it is poker. He tries to read your eyes. He tries to find your tells. And he has this annoying habit of playing with the captured pieces like they are his poker chips.

“Don’t look back in anger, don’t look ahead in fear, you just keep takin’ her as she comes until she comes in clear.”

(R. Emmett, M. Levine, G. Moore)

So, I just pretended it was all a “Midsummer’s Daydream”, and the game went so fast it was as if I had been shot out of a “Time Canon”.

When Brian offered the draw, I didn’t stand around “Killing Time”, I took it and never looked back. I was a “Stranger In A Strange Land” as we looked over a game of ours where I hadn’t lost, and I think Brian had “Little Boy Blues” when he realized he fell only a half game short of Andy Rea in the best record against me in our first seven USCF-rated games contest.

In my ten years, less than a dozen people have played me seven times or more.

“There are ten thunders in the wake: The seventh thunder is tribal man again.”

(R. Emmett, M. Levine, G. Moore)


Score, Draws, Opponent


7.0, 0, Andy Rea

6.5, 1, Brian Wall

6.0, 0, Josh Bloomer

6.0, 2, Buck Buchanan

3.5, 1, Dean Brown

3.5, 3, Virgil McGuire

2.5, 1, Jeff Fox

1.0, 0, Anthea Carson

0.5, 1, Richard Cordovano

0.0, 0, Joe Pahk

0.0, 0, Al Ufer


Thunder Seven


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[Event "Pikes Peak Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2008.08.02"]

[Round "3.2"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Wall, Brian"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "A16"]

[WhiteElo "1950"]

[BlackElo "2207"]

[PlyCount "42"]

[EventDate "2008.08.02"]


1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. Qc2 c6 6. b3 d5 7. d4 Na6 8. a3 Bf5

9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 c5 11. O-O cxd4 12. exd4 dxc4 13. bxc4 Qa5 14. Bd2 Qh5 15.

Qe3 Rac8 16. c5 e6 17. Rab1 Nd5 18. Nxd5 Qxd5 19. Qb3 Qxb3 20. Rxb3 Rfd8 21.

Be3 b6 1/2-1/2


This Week In Chess


On July 29th, the CSCC had 13 members in attendance. The participants played in the 4 round, Swiss tournament (G15). Here are the results:


Score Player


3.0 DuWayne Langseth

3.0 Paul Anderson

3.0 David Meliti

2.0 Jeff Fox

2.0 John Lee

1.0 Hector Torres

1.0 Dan St. John

1.0 Charles Martin


Upcoming Events


8/5 Speed tournament, CSCC

8/6,13,20,27 Poor Richard's Bookstore August Open, CSCC

8/12 Thematic: 4-SS, G/15, not rated. Sicilian Grand Prix Attack. After 1 e4 c5 White develops with Nc3, Bc4, f4, d3, etc., CSCC

8/16 Agia Sophia coffee house, 2902 W Colorado, 8:00 PM, CSCC

8/19 Team tournament 4-SS, G/15. Team members alternate moves in games vs other team, no consulting., CSCC

8/27 August 2008 G/29 Grand Prix Event - Boulder, BCC


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 ( )

New Mexico Chess Organization: NMCO (

Categories: 2008

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