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Where Did That Come From?

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

Game Of The Week

Sometimes I have no idea what game I am going to publish. I haven’t recorded a game from a recent event, and nobody’s given me a game in a while.

So, I go through the database searching for a past upset. Of course, I have published most of my bigger upsets already. Now I am left with a handful of minor upsets that I stumbled across on my road to 1900.

One of my smallest upsets was against Richard Cordovano back in 2001. I was 1544, and he was 1554. I had forgot that I was lower rated than Richard at one time, as he was one of the chess players I have never lost to in rated play.  We played nine times from 2001 to 2006, and I won 7 games with 2 draws improving to 1803 compared to 1621 for Richard.

However, I was lucky to survive without a loss, as Richard was typically even or better than me in our games. He was a very studious chess player with a great sense of humor. He gets some of the credit (or blame, depending on how much you like my sense of humor) for inspiring me to write these newsletters.

I still remember our lunch at KFC between rounds of a tournament where Frank Shotwell, Shaun MacMillan and I were wiping the tears from our eyes as we listened to Richard share about his miscues. He would blunder if he got out of his prepared opening or in time pressure.

Fortunately for me, most of our games were played in the faster time controls (G30). We met most often in the Cabin Fever Reliever, which was named by Richard. I would struggle all game long kicking myself for being such a lousy chess player until a totally uncharacteristic blunder would come out of nowhere to save my game. This game is like that (34.Kf1??)


Where Did That Come From?

[Event "May Quad"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2001.05.22"]

[Round "2.3"]

[White "Cordovano, Richard"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B13"]

[WhiteElo "1554"]

[BlackElo "1544"]

[PlyCount "102"]

[EventDate "2001.05.22"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nf6 5. Nd2 Nc6 6. c3 Bg4 7. Ngf3 e5 8.

dxe5 Nxe5 9. Bb5+ Nc6 10. O-O Be7 11. h3 Bh5 12. Qa4 Qc7 13. Nd4 Rc8 14. Qxa7

O-O 15. Nxc6 bxc6 16. Qxc7 Rxc7 17. Bd3 Bc5 18. b4 Ba7 19. Re1 Bg6 20. Bxg6

fxg6 21. Nf3 Ne4 22. Be3 Nxc3 23. Bxa7 Rxa7 24. a3 Rfa8 25. Ng5 h6 26. Ne6 Rxa3

27. Rxa3 Rxa3 28. Nd4 Nb5 29. Nxc6 d4 30. Rd1 d3 31. Ne5 Rb3 32. Nxd3 Nc3 33.

Nc5 Rxb4 34. Kf1 Nxd1 35. Ke2 Nc3+ 36. Kd3 Nd5 37. Ke2 Kf7 38. Kd3 Ke7 39. Ke2

Kd6 40. Nd3 Nf4+ 41. Nxf4 Rxf4 42. Ke3 Ke5 43. f3 g5 44. Kf2 h5 45. Kg3 h4+ 46.

Kf2 Kd4 47. Kg1 Ke3 48. Kh2 Kf2 49. Kh1 Rd4 50. Kh2 Rd2 51. Kh1 Kg3 0-1


This Week In Chess

On April 22nd, the CSCC had 10 members in attendance. The main event for the evening was a simultaneous exhibition by National Master Josh Bloomer. Josh allowed players less than 1600 their choice of color and all players three passes. Joe Fromme was the only one able to draw Josh. Here is the order in which the games finished:


Score Order Player

0.0 1st Ken Dail

0.0 2nd Paul Anderson

0.0 3rd Kristin Meliti

0.0 4th Dean Brown

0.0 5th Jeff Fox

0.5 6th Joe Fromme

0.0 7th David Meliti


Upcoming Events

4/29 Fischer Random tournament: 4-SS, G/15, not rated, CSCC

4/30 Poor Richard's Bookstore April Open final round, CSCC

5/3-4 Bobby Fischer Memorial, CSCA

5/6 Speed tournament, CSCC

5/7,14,21,28 Poor Richard's Bookstore May Open, CSCC

5/7 May 2008 G/29 Grand Prix Event, 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 (

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