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Causing A Stampede

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Game Of The Week

This past weekend I played my last day at the Renaissance Festival for this year. Since it was the last day, I was hoping to finish on a high note and go unbeaten, but it was not my day.

Not only were the number of opponents a little slow early in the day, but also when I did get some takers, they were the slow, deliberate, methodical, tournament-style players. So, instead of moving between the two boards making alternating moves in a nice rhythm, I spent most of my time just standing there watching two people just stare at their boards and occasionally scratching their heads.

At least, I finally got to see the entire parade that passes right by our booth every weekend. And I really enjoyed watching the elephant put the obnoxious, teasing teenager in his place by knocking him out of the path, that had been cleared for him by his trainers, with a swipe of his trunk across the boy’s face leaving a trail of warm, moist trunk slime.

I could understand how the elephant felt. I kind of wished I could have done the same thing to these slowpokes, who were still only three moves into their games. Of course, just like the elephant, being the entertainer means you have to maintain your decorum and not let your emotions get the best of you or else you’ll get beaten. I don’t know how many times the elephant was beaten that day, but I was twice.

One of my losses was to Joe Haines, who said he wished he had kept score. I told him, “If you write it down, I will publish it.” There was little hope that I could remember it after the 30+ games I played that day. His comment and the end of the Renaissance Festival had reminded me how close I am to the end of the chess season.

I only have four more times to pick a game to publish. One of those four games is supposed to be a loss by me since I sort of promised to publish four losses each year, and I am only at three so far. But Joe couldn’t remember the game either, so I searched my database for my last USCF-rated loss.

I was surprised to see I hadn’t lost in 10 games including 2 complete tournaments while facing such formidable opposition as Tyler Hughes, Daoud Zupa, and Randy Reynolds. I guess I disliked my last beating so much it sent me on a rampage like a mad circus elephant.


Causing A Stampede

[Event "Southern Colorado Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2006.06.11"]

[Round "4.4"]

[White "Abresch, Martin"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A02"]

[WhiteElo "1561"]

[BlackElo "1820"]

[PlyCount "109"]

[EventDate "2006.06.10"]


1. f4 Nf6 2. b3 d5 3. e3 Bf5 4. Bb2 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Ne5 Ne4 7. Qf3 f6 8. Nxd7

Qxd7 9. d3 Nd6 10. g4 Bg6 11. Bg2 Be7 12. O-O h5 13. Nd2 O-O-O 14. Rfc1 hxg4

15. Qxg4 Bf5 16. Qf3 Rh4 17. c4 Nf7 18. cxd5 exd5 19. e4 Bh3 20. Qf2 Qg4 21.

Nf3 Qxg2+ 22. Qxg2 Bxg2 23. Nxh4 Bh3 24. Ng6 Bd6 25. e5 fxe5 26. fxe5 Bb4 27.

d4 Bd2 28. Ne7+ Kb8 29. Rc2 Be3+ 30. Kh1 Bg4 31. Rf1 Ng5 32. Rc3 Bxd4 33. Rg3

Bxb2 34. Rxg4 Ne6 35. Rg6 Nc5 36. Rxg7 d4 37. Rg8 Rxg8 38. Nxg8 c6 39. b4 Ne4

40. e6 Kc7 41. Rf7+ Kc8 42. e7 Nd6 43. Rf8+ Kc7 44. Rd8 d3 45. Rxd6 Kxd6 46.

e8=Q Kd5 47. Ne7+ Kc4 48. Nf5 Bc1 49. Qe4+ Kc3 50. Nd6 d2 51. Qc4+ Kb2 52. Qb3+

Ka1 53. Nf5 c5 54. Ne3 d1=Q+ 55. Nxd1 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday August 1, 2006

On July 25, the CSCC had 16 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder games (G90), Jerry Maier mated Kathy Schneider and Joe Pahk pancaked Tom Mullikin.

The rest of the participants played in a thematic, Swiss tournament (3SS, G20). The theme for the evening was the Benko Gambit so all games had to start after 1. d4, Nf6 2. c4, c5 3. d5, b5 4. cxb5. Here are the results:


Player Score


Paul Anderson 2.5


Josh Divine 2.5


Virgil McGuire 2.0


Steve Jumper 1.0


Matthew Tucker 1.0


Dean Brown 1.0


Renae Delaware 0.0


Brett Poulson 0.0

Comments From The Guest Book

Martin Deschner, Denver CO USA, Wednesday July 26, 2006 22:09:20 GMT


Looks like you are a "speed bump" for Tyler Hughes on his road to Chess Master! Good draw.


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John, Thursday December 02, 2004 14:28:30 GMT


Beautiful site!

Comments From Email

Brian Wall, Tuesday, July 25, 2006 6:08 PM


Hilarious Tyler email -I laughed out loud three times at -1 - Do you mind if I CC a hundred of my closest friends?2 - Quoting from the Bible about David and Goliath.3 - After Tyler dropped the piece, I laughed and asked myself -How the hell is Tyler going to draw this?Great job.


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