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Greener Pastures

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Game Of The Week


This week’s game comes from my list of upset victories. I have 44 wins where I beat someone who was within 25 points of my rating or higher in my 10 years of USCF-rated play.  It has taken me 136 events and 468 games to achieve that number. That works out to a 32% chance of getting an upset win in any event.

Part of the reason the number is so low, is that most of the time I am paired against someone who is lower rated than me, which works out to a 0% chance of an upset win for me. Now that I have climbed into the Advanced Class A world by consistently beating those lower rated opponents, I only have about 8% of the USCF population that is higher rated than me.

Here in Colorado that works out to 22 players who are higher rated than me and have played in the past year (8 master level, 11 expert level, and 3 class A level). However, I rarely have a shot at the experts anymore since they seem to have vanished from the Colorado Springs chess scene.

Last year, I played 4 of the experts and 4 of the masters on the list. This year the masters have climbed to 5 while the experts have dropped to 2, and in the past couple of events, I have been surprised to find myself as the highest board after any masters in the tournament.

This has made me a little nostalgic for those Advanced Class B days when I had 18% of the USCF population rated higher than me. One of those players was Glenn Leotaud from California who was only in Colorado for about 2 months in 2003. I don’t know if he left for greener pastures, but he does have 178 players who are rated higher than himself out there in Northern California (and 129 if he had my rating).


Greener Pastures


[Event "December Quad"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2003.12.09"]

[Round "1.3"]

[White "Leotaud, Glen"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B10"]

[WhiteElo "1755"]

[BlackElo "1738"]

[PlyCount "64"]

[EventDate "2003.12.09"]


1. e4 c6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 e5 4. Ngf3 Bd6 5. g3 Nf6 6. Bg2 h6 7. O-O O-O 8. Re1

Qc7 9. h3 Be6 10. Qe2 Nbd7 11. Nb3 dxe4 12. dxe4 Rad8 13. Be3 b6 14. Nfd2 c5

15. Nc4 Be7 16. f4 b5 17. fxe5 Bxc4 18. exf6 Bxf6 19. Bf4 Qxf4 20. gxf4 Bxe2

21. Rxe2 Bxb2 22. Rd1 Nb6 23. Rxd8 Rxd8 24. Nxc5 Bd4+ 25. Kh2 Bxc5 26. e5 Nc4

27. Bc6 b4 28. e6 Rd2 29. exf7+ Kxf7 30. Rg2 Rxg2+ 31. Kxg2 Ne3+ 32. Kf3 Nxc2





This Week In Chess


On June 24th, the CSCC had 17 members in attendance. The participants played in the club-rated ladder games (G15). Each player faced an opponent similar in rating in a 2 game match and then was repaired for a second round of matches. Here are the results:


Wins Losses % Player


4 0 100.00% John Lee

3 1 75.00% Paul Anderson

3 1 75.00% Hector Torres

2 2 50.00% Ken Micklich

2 2 50.00% Mike Thomas

2 2 50.00% David Meliti

2 2 50.00% Ken Dail

1 3 25.00% Buck Buchanan

1 3 25.00% Alex Torres

0 4 0.00% Gary Frenzel


On June 25th, the CSCC held the final round of the Poor Richard's Bookstore June Open. Here are the results:


Score Place $ Player


4.0 1st $50.00 David Meliti

3.0 2nd $35.00 Joseph T Fromme

2.5 Josh Bloomer

2.5 Bill Whinemiller

2.5 U1800 $30.00 Larry Turner

2.0 M Paul Covington

2.0 Anthea Carson

2.0 Alejandro Isaac Torres

2.0 U1600 $23.50 Gerard Sunderland

2.0 U1600 $23.50 Fred Eric Spell

1.5 Joseph H Pahk

1.5 Thomas Mullikin

1.0 Michael Joseph Wokurka

1.0 Kathy Schneider

0.5 Dean Brown

0.5 Gerald Maier

0.5 Isaac Martinez

0.5 Kristen Colette Meliti


Comments From Email


Reynolds, Randy, Tuesday, June 24, 2008 3:05 PM


Actually, section 43 of USCF’s Official Rules of Chess explain the etiquette behind announcing checkmate quite succinctly. I’ve attached the pertinent section for your reference.


Announcing Mate Etiquette


1. If you’re unsure how many moves the mate is in, choose the larger number. If you somehow get the mate in the lower number, tell your opponent they didn’t play best defence, even if they clearly did. Besides, which sounds more impressive: Mate in 2, or mate in 13?

2. Stand up before your move and calmly but firmly announce the mate in X moves. The volume of the announcement must be such that even the furthest table can hear the announcement.

3. After announcing the mate, the move should be made with the greatest intensity possible. Your goal is to leave a permanent mark on the board and/or table beneath the board, so do not be shy in your slamming down of the piece.

4. As usual, extra flair points are awarded for any announced mate that includes castling queenside. NEVER move Rd1+ or Rd8+ when a o-o-o+ will do the job just as well!

5. As your opponent looks over the board to determine the validity of your claim, you must remain standing, arms crossed, head up high. Your analysis is done; you should not be looking at the board any more. As a good rule of thumb, pretend someone is erecting a statue of you and model appropriately.

6. It is customary to give knowing smirks to anyone that looks your way, with a small nod, acknowledging their amazement at your chess prowess.

7. If, on the odd chance your opponent finds a way out of your mate in X, you must yourself resign on move X and then quickly push all the pieces to the middle of the board so everyone thinks you did the mate in the required number of moves. Under no circumstances should you meekly say, “Uh, never mind!” and sit back down for another 25 moves.

8. Finally, take care when recording the result to make sure you give yourself only one (1) point for the win. I know, I know... announcing that mate in 8 might feel like 1.5 or 2 points, but it’s just going to make the TD mad.


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Martin Deschner, Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:12 PM


Best wishes to 2008 USA Junior Champ Tyler Hughes. Also, regards to his first teacher, Master Brian Wall.

Regards, Martin Deschner, Chess Expert.


Colorado Springs Chess Club 3rd Quarter Schedule

By Buck Buchanan


Here is the club schedule for July - September.





July - September 2008


The Colorado Springs Chess Club meets Tuesday evenings in the downstairs Game Room of the Acacia Apartments Building at 104 E. Platte, just north of Acacia Park. The building opens about 6:30 PM. Most activities begin registration about 7:00, with play starting at 8:00. On most evenings, club ladder games are also available, including USCF-rated G/90 games. For more information call Buck at 685-1984 or e-mail [email protected] .


Players should arrive no later than 8:00 to get into the building.


In addition to Tuesday evenings, club members are gathering for chess at these times:


Wednesdays: Poor Richard’s, 320 N Tejon, 6:30-10 PM. Rated tourney, G/90, 1 game a night.


3rd Saturday of month (7/19, 8/16, 9/20) Agia Sophia coffee house, 2902 W Colorado, 8:00 PM.





1 Speed tournament

8 Juniors vs seniors match

15 Quad (USCF rated G/30, otherwise G/20)

22 Bughouse tournament!

29 G/15 tournament




2-3: Pikes Peak Open, 5-SS, rated, Manitou Springs City Hall. Register with Buck or Jerry Maier.

5 Speed tournament

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

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

26 Ladder games (G/30)

30 - 31, Denver: Colorado Open - state championship, CSCA annual membership meeting.




2 Speed tournament

9 G/15 tournament

16 Team tournament (2-player teams, rating sum < 3400, 4-SS, G/15)

23 Quad (see July 15)

30 “Low rated Pick” tournament



Club Championship tournament Oct. 14 - Nov. 4.


Upcoming Events


7/1 Speed tournament, CSCC

7/2,9,16,23,30 Poor Richard's Bookstore July Open, CSCC

7/8 Juniors vs seniors match, CSCC

7/15 Quad (USCF rated G/30, otherwise G/20), CSCC

7/18-20 2008 Kansas Open, KCA

7/19 DCC July Fireworks, CSCA


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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