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It's Final When I Say It's Final!

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Game Of The Week

This past weekend I played in the Colorado Springs Open. It was a typical Colorado Springs Open for me. I beat the opponents I was higher rated than, and I lost to the opponent I was lower rated than. It is always this way for me at the Colorado Springs Open. I have played in this tournament for 11 straight years for a total of 51 games.

The only anomalies to this rule are a final round draw (and my only draw) to James Kulbacki in 2002 and my first year in 1998, when I was unrated.

How do I know this? Well, I just happened to stumble across this fact as I was trying to figure out whom I’ve played the most often at the Colorado Springs Open.

I was using a trick I recently discovered using the database feature on Fritz. I have all my USCF-rated games in one database, which I can filter for just Colorado Springs Open games. That gives me the 51 games and is a fairly obvious feature of a database. The less obvious feature is the “Create a tournament cross table” button. If you have a game highlighted and press this button, it will make a chart of all the games you played in that specific tournament with opponent names, ratings, colors, and results.

I have used this feature many times in the course of writing this newsletter. But what I failed to realize until just this year was that you can highlight multiple games and create a cross table including multiple tournaments. Why this never dawned on me earlier is beyond me, but now it is my favorite research tool.

After highlighting my 51 Colorado Springs Open games, I just clicked a button. Immediately, I saw I had won 31.5 games and played 43 different opponents.

A couple of opponents stood out with the highest number of games. I played each of them 3 times. One is higher rated, and one is lower rated. Of course, I am 0-3 against the higher rated and 3-0 against the lower rated. But both have to be getting tired of playing me.

The lower rated is Anthea Carson NN, who consistently outplays me in the opening only to see me weasel out a victory time after time.

The higher rated is LM Renard Anderson, who always has to face me in the 3rd round of this tournament at 7pm on a Saturday night.  For the past two years now, we are the last ones to leave the tournament hall as I struggle to make the first time control with some possibility of a draw and play on into the second time control until all hope is lost.

This year Fritz claimed the “final blow” at move 33, but I played on. The “final destruction” came at move 47, but I played on. Only the thought of having to get another score sheet finally made me throw in the towel.


It's Final When I Say It's Final!

[Event "Colorado Springs Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2008.03.08"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Renard"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "E61"]

[WhiteElo "1912"]

[BlackElo "2217"]

[PlyCount "120"]

[EventDate "2008.03.08"]


1. c4 g6 2. e3 Bg7 3. d4 Nf6 4. Nc3 O-O 5. Bd3 d6 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. Qc2 e5 8. d5

Nc5 9. e4 a5 10. h3 Nh5 11. g4 Nf4 12. Bxf4 exf4 13. O-O-O a4 14. Ne2 c6 15.

Kb1 a3 16. b3 Bd7 17. Ned4 Na6 18. Qd2 c5 19. Nc2 Qf6 20. e5 dxe5 21. Be4 Qd6

22. g5 b5 23. Qd3 bxc4 24. Qxc4 Rfb8 25. Nd2 Nc7 26. Qe2 Nb5 27. Qd3 Qa6 28. f3

Qa5 29. Nc4 Qa6 30. Nd2 Nd6 31. Qxa6 Rxa6 32. Bd3 Bb5 33. Ne1 c4 34. Bc2 cxb3

35. Bxb3 Bc4 36. Nxc4 Nxc4 37. Rd3 Na5 38. Rh2 Rab6 39. Rhd2 Kf8 40. Nc2 Nxb3

41. axb3 Rxb3+ 42. Rxb3 Rxb3+ 43. Ka2 Rb2+ 44. Kxa3 e4 45. fxe4 f3 46. d6 Ke8

47. Rf2 Bd4 48. Rxf3 Rxc2 49. d7+ Kd8 50. Kb4 Rc7 51. Rxf7 Rxd7 52. Rf4 Ke7 53.

Kc4 Be5 54. Rh4 Ke6 55. Rg4 Rc7+ 56. Kb4 Bd4 57. Kb5 Ke5 58. Kb4 Be3 59. h4 Bf4

60. h5 Kxe4 0-1


This Week In Chess

On March 4th, the CSCC had 8 members in attendance. The evening’s event was a double, round robin, blitz tournament (G5). NM Buck Buchanan and I battled to a first place tie with Jeff Fox finishing just a game and a half back. Here are the results:


Player Score

Buck Buchanan 12.5

Paul Anderson 12.5

Jeff Fox 11.0

Joe Fromme 8.0

Dan Southard 5.0

Dean Brown 4.0

Matthew Tucker 3.0

Kathy Schneider 0.0

Colorado Springs Open Standings

By Buck Buchanan

Here is the crosstable for the Colorado Springs Open held last weekend.


Player Score


Renard Anderson 5.0

Hal Medrano 4.0

Igor Melnykov 4.0

Randy Canney 3.5

Paul Anderson 3.5

Bill Whinemiller 3.5

Gordon Randall 3.5

Joe Fromme 3.5

Larry Wutt 3.0

Tim Brennan 3.0

Jason Stoneking 3.0

Ted Doykos 3.0

Anthea Carson 3.0

Dean Brown 3.0

Robert Rountree 3.0

Shaun MacMillan 2.5

Gary Bagstad 2.5

Paul Grimm 2.5

Istvan Hornyak 2.5

Cory Foster 2.5

Gerry Sunderland 2.5

Buddy Owens 2.5

Joe Pahk 2.0

Michael Wokurka 2.0

David Moritz 2.0

Russel Stark 2.0

Tom Mullikin 2.0

Ken Johnson 2.0

Fred Eric Spell 1.5

Matt Tucker 1.5

Gerald Maier 1.5

Steven Endersbee 1.5

Glen Mullins 1.5

Ryan McCardell 1.0

Lucas Caballero 1.0

Isaac Martinez 1.0

Gary Frenzel 1.0

Kathy Schneider 1.0

Marcus Hilgers 0.0


Upcoming Events

3/11 March 2008 G/29 Grand Prix Event, CSCA

3/11 Team tournament: 2 players, sum of club ratings < 3400, alternate moves, no consultation, CSCC

3/12,19,26 Poor Richard's Bookstore March Open final rounds, CSCC

3/13 Family Chess Knight with the Colorado Avalanche, CSCA

3/14-16 Colorado Closed Championship, CSCA

3/15 2nd Annual Regis Jesuit Grand Prix #7, 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 (

Categories: 2008

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