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Public Enemy Number Four

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Game Of The Week

This week’s game comes from the club’s Swiss tournament played this past Tuesday. I was paired against Dean Brown in the first round. Dean was happy to play me as he just rocketed his way into the 4th spot on my chess enemies list at the beginning of this year.

At the end of every year, I go through my chess database and update a list of my top ten chess enemies and chess benefactors. Those are the chess opponents who have taken the most net rating points from me and who have given the most net rating points to me.

I originally came up with the “list of enemies” idea back in January of 2005 when I was interviewed by Paul Grimm for the Colorado Chess Informant. He asked, “Do you have an archrival?”

Without an actual archrival, I though it would be humorous to combine Richard Nixon’s list of enemies with my obsession for statistics and create my “10 Most Wanted” list. I guess other people enjoyed it as well, as I still get comments about it today.

In fact, at the start of our game, Dean says to me, “Let’s see if I can improve my spot on your enemies list.” He did not.

However, he has figured out a way to keep his spot. Several people have attempted to lock in their spot on my list by moving away or quitting chess, but they can always be passed by some up-and-comer who has my number.

Dean has taken a different approach. After making the list, he has stopped updating the ratings for the club. Now the main source of rating change has come to a grinding halt. My opponents will have to wait for the few USCF-rated opportunities to overtake Dean on the list.

Of course, I could always throw my next game against Dean to unclog the ratings pipeline, but I just couldn’t do it this game. It is not often I find the opportunity to sacrifice a piece for the knockout blow!


Public Enemy Number Four

[Event "CSCC Swiss"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2007.05.29"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Brown, Dean"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A57"]

[WhiteElo "1889"]

[BlackElo "1339"]

[PlyCount "83"]

[EventDate "2007.05.29"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. cxb5 a6 5. b6 Bb7 6. Nc3 d6 7. e4 g6 8. f3 Bg7

9. Bc4 Qxb6 10. Nh3 O-O 11. O-O Qb4 12. Qb3 Qxb3 13. axb3 a5 14. Bd2 Nbd7 15.

Ra2 Ba6 16. Rfa1 Bxc4 17. bxc4 Nb6 18. b3 Nfd7 19. Rxa5 Rxa5 20. Rxa5 Ra8 21.

Rxa8+ Nxa8 22. Na4 Ndb6 23. Nxb6 Nxb6 24. Ba5 Bd4+ 25. Kf1 Nd7 26. Ke2 Ne5 27.

Nf4 Kg7 28. Nd3 Kf6 29. Bd8 h5 30. Ne1 h4 31. h3 g5 32. Nc2 Bb2 33. Ne3 Ng6 34.

Nf5 Nf4+ 35. Kf1 Ng6 36. Nxd6 Ke5 37. Nxf7+ Kd4 38. e5 Kc3 39. Bxe7 Nxe7 40. d6

Nc6 41. e6 Kd3 42. e7 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday June 5, 2007

On May 29, the CSCC had 19 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder game (G90), Joe Pahk played to a draw against Anthea Carson.

The rest of the participants played in the 4 round, Swiss tournament (G15). Here are the results:


Player Score


Josh Bloomer 4.0

Paul Anderson 3.0

Bill Whinemiller 3.0

John McCollum 2.0

Mike Filppu 2.0

Sean Cabrera 2.0

Buck Buchanan 2.0

Tom Mullikin 2.0

Jerry Maier 1.0

Mike Dimeo 1.0

Dean Brown 1.0

Jenna Bloomer 0.0


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6/16 Rocky Mountain Quads, BCC

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Categories: 2007

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