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Tiny Tim

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

Game Of The Week


This week’s game came to me at the beginning of the season. Back then, my stockpile consisted of several games that related to some theme weeks I had started as a result of having too many submissions for a couple of Game Of The Week ideas:  Al Ufer and Father’s Day.

The rest of the stockpile was from Tim Brennan, who sends me a database file of all his games from a single tournament. I was able to publish one game ( last year, but I ended up saving all the rest.

So, with over half of the stockpile being Tim Brennan games, I figured I needed a new theme week: The Tim Brennan Week.

Last year’s game from Tim went out on April 18th, so I held on to his submissions until about the same date to make the Tim Brennan Week seem more official and something chess players could look forward to year after year.  I even talked the IRS into giving taxpayers an extra day to file returns in honor of Tim Brennan Week.

Tim was a little nervous about his game choice as he was probably recalling the last time I published a 10-move game ( and how it ended the chess-playing career of the vanquished. But part of the problem might have been my choice of title for the game. I was trying to be clever by combining the name of the opening with the fact that the game was a miniature and not a description of any of the participants in the game.

So, with that in mind, I tried to avoid any title that could possibly be taken any other way than a reference to a miniature chess game during this most joyous time of the year, Tim Brennan Week. If anyone does find offense with the title, then I have only one thing to say, “God bless us all, everyone!”


Good to have you back! I had a pretty funny game on Sat at Billy Willson's Regis tournament. I checkmated a kid in 10 moves with the grob. The cool thing was that it was kind of a "smothered mate." In the previous game, he has beaten JC MacNeil in a pretty huge upset. JC did something like hanging his queen on move 6. I told JC that I would avenge his loss. I said to myself, in the psychotic dark voice of the Marvel comic’s antihero, The Punisher, "It's not REVENGE. It's PUNISHMENT." I proceeded to punish my opponent severely! Of course, I should have won since he was only rated 1199, but it was fun to win in such a manner. :-) It is probably not cool to punish a victory over someone that you are almost 600 points higher than, but at the same time, people always post their upset victories! Why can't I publish my non-upset victory! So if you need some filler feel free to use this game. :-) Remember, you can't stop the grob. You can only hope to contain it! Cheers,Tim


Tiny Tim


[Site ""]

[Date "2007.02.24"]

[Round "3"]

[White "Brennan, Tim"]

[Black "Massey, Eric"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A00"]

[WhiteElo "1769"]

[BlackElo "1373"]

[PlyCount "19"]

[EventDate "2007.02.24"]


1. g4 e5 2. c4 c6 3. Bg2 d5 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Qb3 Ne7 6. h3 g6 7. Nc3 e4 8. d3 d4

9. Nxe4 Nbc6 10. Nf6# 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday April 17, 2007


On April 10, the CSCC had 16 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder game (G90), Josh Bloomer blew out Dean Brown.

Most of the participants played in the round robin, bughouse tournament (G5). Bughouse is a chess variant where a two-man team, playing opposite colors on two separate boards, challenges another two-man team, and one partner can use the other’s captured pieces. Therefore, once one partner captures a piece, the other partner can now drop that piece onto any vacant square (as long as it is not a pawn onto the eighth rank) of his board in lieu of making a regular move. The partners can advise each other regarding moves or captures, and either partner can win to gain the point for the team. Here are the results:


Team Score


Buck Buchanan & Kathy Schneider 7.0*

Joe Pahk & Fred Eric Spell 7.0

Paul Anderson & Matthew Anderson 6.0

Bill Whinemiller & Gerry Sunderland 6.0

Jerry Maier & Kirsten Maier 3.0

Renae Delaware & Linda Anderson 1.0


* won the tiebreaker

Upcoming Events


4/17 Juniors vs Seniors match. 2 games, G/30, CSCC

4/18,25 Poor Richard's Book Store April Open Final Rounds, CSCC

4/21-22 Colorado Chess Festival, Colorado Scholastic Closed Starts, CSCA

4/24 Quads: 4-RR, G/30 if USCF rated, G/20 if not, CSCC

4/28 Boulder Quick Championship, BCC

5/1 Speed Handicap tournament, CSCC


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Categories: 2007, Tim Brennan Week

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