Colorado Springs Chess News

The Knights Are Better Here!



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

Game Of The Week

This week’s game comes from this week’s club event at the Colorado Springs Chess Club. NM Josh Bloomer was caught playing too deliberate in his first round game against Josh Divine and misplayed his endgame in the time pressure giving the divine Josh the only upset of the night.

It looked like the same thing was going to happen to the Master Josh when he played NM Buck Buchanan in the second round. However, this time the deliberation paid off as Josh was able to mate Buck in a time pressure scramble.

Of course, the end of the game is somewhat of a mystery, but I do have the game up to the decisive point. It is a subtle move but crushing. After seeing Josh play this tricky move, one wonders how he lost the previous game with his rooks doubled up on the second rank.

It reminds me of the song from the band Dio:

“When there’s thunder, there should be rain, but it don’t always follow the rule. And is the wise man always right? No, he can play the fool. It's always a mystery.”



[Event "March Quad"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2007.03.13"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Buchanan, Buck"]

[Black "Bloomer, Josh"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "C59"]

[WhiteElo "2018"]

[BlackElo "2211"]

[PlyCount "80"]

[EventDate "2007.03.13"]


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8.

Be2 h6 9. Nf3 e4 10. Ne5 Bd6 11. d4 exd3 12. Nxd3 O-O 13. Nc3 Qc7 14. Be3 Re8

15. Qc1 Nc4 16. Bf4 Nxb2 17. Bxd6 Nxd3+ 18. cxd3 Qxd6 19. O-O Bg4 20. f3 Be6

21. Ne4 Qd4+ 22. Kh1 Nd5 23. Rb1 f5 24. Qc5 Qe3 25. Qxe3 Nxe3 26. Nd6 Nxf1 27.

Nxe8 Rxe8 28. Bxf1 Bxa2 29. Ra1 Bd5 30. Rxa7 Re1 31. Kg1 Kh7 32. Kf2 Rd1 33.

Be2 Rd2 34. Ke3 Rb2 35. Ra3 f4+ 36. Kf2 Kg6 37. g3 Kf5 38. Rc3 g5 39. Ra3 Ke6

40. Ra8 g4 0-1


This Week In Chess

Tuesday March 20, 2007

On March 13, the CSCC had 15 members in attendance. The main event for the evening was quads. The members were split into groups of four and played each other in a round robin tournament (club-rated G20 or USCF-rated G30). Here are the results:


Player Score




Josh Bloomer 2.0

Buck Buchanan 2.0

Paul Anderson 1.0

Josh Divine 1.0




Joe Pahk 3.0

Jerry Maier 2.0

Dean Brown 1.0

Fred Eric Spell 0.0




Gerry Sunderland 3.0

Tom Mullikin 2.0

Kathy Schneider 1.0

Jenna Bloomer 0.0

Colorado Springs Chess Club Logo Reminder!

By Renae Delaware

We are just a couple weeks away from our logo design contest. Just a reminder to please have your submissions to myself, Dean Brown or Richard Buchanan prior to or on April 3rd (...a copy of the original e-mail: There have a been a couple of questions wondering, "hey, what's in it for me?" and unfortuntely I do not have the answer for you right now. I can tell you that there WILL BE something (i.e. polo shirt, chess tourney entry fee... it has not been decided!) Thanks to a couple of you I've received submissions from! I look forward to seeing all the creative thinking this chess community is capable of! :-)Thanks again!

Ft Collins Match

By Renae Delaware

Just a short update on our match challenge. Here's some necessary info:


When: March 24th, Start time 10am

Where: Tabor Center food court, 16th St. Mall, Downtown Denver


We decided that we are going to play the 2 match game system: 1 opponent of relatively equal strength, 2 games: 1 white/1 black. The # of votes between the round robin & the single opponent match up was actually even. We decided this was easier based on an unknown number of players and to have no players out. The time control will most likely be G/90. I do not have a roster of the FCCC team yet, however Lee's working on getting that to me. I would like, if possible, to meet with participants on Tuesday to discuss whatever travel arrangements need to be made. If you can't make it Tuesday, let me know about any potential ride situations, and we'll see what we can work out.

Book Signing At Borders

By NM Todd Bardwick

I'll be doing a book signing and lesson for kids at 6:30 on April 2 at the Colorado Springs Scholastic Chess Club (Chapel Hills Borders) to help promote scholastic chess in Colorado Springs. I'm actually doing a mini-simul at the Denver Art Museum for the Marcel Duchamp exibit the night before my big simul at the Colorado Mills Mall Food Court. They are actually going to include a chess table with the exibit at the Art Museum where people can play chess when they visit the museum!


Upcoming Events

3/20 Josh Bloomer Simul, CSCC

3/21,28 Poor Richard's Book Store March Open Final Rounds, CSCC

3/27 Ladder games, CSCC

3/31 National Master Todd Bardwick Simultaneous Chess Exhibition, CSCA

3/31-4/1 Idaho Open, CSCA

4/2 National Master Todd Bardwick Book Signing, Borders Book Store, CS, CO


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Denver Chess Club: DCC (

Boulder Chess Club: BCC (

Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA (

Categories: 2007

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