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Breaking The Glass Barrier

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Game Of The Week

With two people making requests for the Game Of The Week, someone wasn’t going to get their request honored. But how to make the choice?

Martin did ask first and who wouldn’t want to see a game by an Anderson. On the other hand, Tim’s game is timelier as it comes from this weekend’s Springs Fundraiser, and I do like to keep the Game Of The Week current.

I guess what tipped the balance in favor of Tim’s request was the fact that I have only published games from one female chess player so far, Renae Delaware. Anthea Carson NN would now be the second female chess player to be published on the Colorado Springs Chess News website.

Now that I will have two different female chess players in my archive, I will be less susceptible to the charges of having a glass ceiling, “an unacknowledged discriminatory barrier that prevents women and minorities from rising to positions of power or responsibility, as within a corporation.” Also, Anthea N recently signed up for the newsletter after we had a conversation about females in chess.

Our conversation spurred me into a search of my results against women, which lasted well into the double-digit minutes. With all that time invested, it would be nice to have that information saved for posterity, and I figured I could subtly twist Tim’s honest request to see a game toward my own purposes as I casually mention my results against women:


Anthea N 7-1

Ann 0-1 (ouch!)

Renae 7-1

Stephanie 1-0

Debra 1-0

Sarah 1-0

Katie 1-5 (ouch!)

Eva 1-0

Kathy 5-0

Elizabeth Sc. 1-0

Heather 1-0

Elizabeth Sz. 1-0

Teanna 1-0

Tiffany 0-1 (ouch!)


Overall 28-9


Of course, this is all unofficial as my search was based on what I thought sounded like a female name, as my database records are gender neutral.

In any case, Anthea’s N's game against Buck was also an interesting game to watch as I sat on the board next to them. I saw Anthea N lose her bishop as she mistakenly went after a poisoned pawn. It looked bad, and I assumed Buck would roll on for the victory. All that was left was for Jeremiah to come over and mock Anthea’s N's pieces like the warriors of Babylon,

“Babylon's warriors have stopped fighting;

they remain in their strongholds.

Their strength is exhausted;

they have become like women.

Her dwellings are set on fire;

the bars of her gates are broken” (Jeremiah 51:30).

But Anthea N wasn’t going to let her dreams of victory be shattered so easily. She was going to turn the tables and do some glass breaking of her own. She gathered her oppressed and downtrodden pawns towards the cause and marched forward, chanting in unison, “We shall overcome!”


Breaking The Glass Barrier

[Event "Springs Fundraiser"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2007.04.07"]

[Round "2.2"]

[White "Carson, Anthea"]

[Black "Buchanan, Buck"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B62"]

[WhiteElo "1657"]

[BlackElo "2011"]

[PlyCount "85"]

[EventDate "2007.04.07"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Bb5 Bd7 8.

O-O Be7 9. Qd2 a6 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Bd3 e5 12. f4 Ng4 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. h3 Nf6

15. fxe5 dxe5 16. Qe2 Be6 17. Bxa6 Qa7+ 18. Kh1 Qxa6 19. Qd2 h6 20. Qd6 Nd7 21.

Rad1 c5 22. Qd2 O-O 23. a3 Qc8 24. Nd5 Bxd5 25. exd5 c4 26. Qc3 Qc5 27. Rfe1 f6

28. Re4 Rad8 29. Rxc4 Qf2 30. Qb3 Rb8 31. Rb4 Rxb4 32. axb4 Kh8 33. c4 Qb6 34.

Qa4 Qb7 35. c5 Nb8 36. b5 Rd8 37. d6 Nd7 38. c6 Qb6 39. cxd7 Rxd7 40. Qa8+ Kh7

41. Qc6 Qd8 42. b6 Rf7 43. d7 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday April 10, 2007

On April 3, the CSCC had 11 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder game (G90), Tom Mullikin mauled Kathy Schneider and Bill Whinemiller won over Dean Brown.

The rest of the participants played in a double round robin, blitz tournament (G5). I finished unbeaten in clear first. The rest of the player may have more or less points than shown, as some of the final games didn’t get recorded. Here are the best guesses at the results:


Player Score


Paul Anderson 10.0

Josh Bloomer 8.0

Buck Buchanan 5.5

Devin Smith 4.5

Mike Filppu 2.0

Joe Pahk 0.0

Springs Fundraiser

By Buck Buchanan

Below is the standings table for the Springs Denker/Polgar Fundraiser, held in Colorado Springs on April 7.


Player Score Place Prize


Brian Wall 4.0 1st $35.00

Anthea Carson 3.0 2nd/U1800 $22.50

Richard Buchanan 3.0 2nd/U1800 $22.50

Paul Anderson 2.5

Matt Tucker 2.5

Ryan McCardell 2.5

Alex Cacas 2.0

Joe Pahk 2.0

Robert Rountree 2.0 U1200 $15.00

Dean Brown 1.5

Fred Eric Spell 1.0

Kathy Schneider 1.0

Russel Stark 1.0

Tom Mullikin 0.0

Comments from Email

Martin Deschner, Saturday, April 07, 2007 11:04 AM:


I was thinking a good candidate for Game of theWeek might be that recent Anderson-Anderson game.Maybe.

Tim, Sunday, April 08, 2007 1:24 PM:

I'd like to see Anthea's N's "the Buck Stops here" game if you could get it!


Upcoming Events

4/10 Bughouse tournament. Sum of team members’ ratings < 3400, CSCC

4/11,18,25 Poor Richard's Book Store April Open Final Rounds, CSCC

4/14-15 Colorado Chess Festival, Colorado Closed Starts, CSCA

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


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