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Giant Killer

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

Game Of The Week

This week’s game comes from the Springs Polgar/Denker Fundraiser. The main purpose of this event is to raise some money to help this year’s state scholastic champions (Tyler Hughes and Kaila Smith) travel to the Denker and Polgar tournaments in August.

The event raised $235 from entry fees and donations. I always seem to play against the intended recipient in these events, which makes it tough to go for the win as you may knock the person you are raising funds for out of some additional money.

Well, this year was no different. The field was a little bottom heavy rating-wise with only 3 players being rated over 1800. I was one of the 3 along with Dan Avery and Tyler Hughes, and I played on board 3 all day until the 3rd round where I finally moved up to face a higher rated opponent, Tyler Hughes.

He got behind in time and dropped a knight. I had considered offering a draw when he got in time pressure, but I didn’t think he would accept it, as he seemed intent on winning at all costs. Plus, the last time we played (the 2005 fundraiser), the game was close, and he was in time pressure again but hung on to win it.

So, when it did finally end in a draw, I was pretty happy. I had improved on my last result against him, I was able to refocus after blundering away my lead in the game, and I hadn’t knocked him out of the prize money. The icing on the cake was that with the draw and Dan Avery’s loss on board 2 that round, I got a fortuitous pairing for round 4.

In addition to how well the tournament worked out for me, the game was interesting to me because it was eerily similar to my win against NM Josh Bloomer earlier this year ( I searched my Fritz database for positions after 9. Bb5+, and out of almost 400 games, I have reached that position twice, one win and one draw against 2150+ opponents.

It was as if I had stumbled across a weapon that fit me like a stone in the hand of David:

“Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them. "I cannot go in these," he said to Saul, "because I am not used to them." So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:38-40)


Giant Killer

[Event "Springs Fundraiser"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2006.07.22"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Hughes, Tyler"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "D12"]

[WhiteElo "2186"]

[BlackElo "1838"]

[PlyCount "159"]

[EventDate "2006.07.22"]


1. d4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Qb3 Qb6 7. Qxb6 axb6 8.

Nc3 e6 9. Bb5+ Nfd7 10. Bd2 Bd6 11. Ke2 f6 12. Rhc1 Ke7 13. h3 h5 14. Ne1 g5

15. Nd3 Nc6 16. Na4 Rhc8 17. b3 Rc7 18. f3 Rac8 19. g4 Bg6 20. Rg1 hxg4 21.

hxg4 Rh8 22. Rh1 Rcc8 23. Rac1 Ncb8 24. Nf2 Kf7 25. Rxc8 Rxc8 26. e4 Rc2 27.

Nc3 Bf4 28. Rd1 Bxd2 29. Rxd2 Rxc3 30. Nd1 Rc8 31. Ke3 Ke7 32. Rh2 Kf7 33. Bd3

Kg7 34. a3 Na6 35. Bb5 Nf8 36. Kd3 Be8 37. Bxe8 Rxe8 38. exd5 exd5 39. Ne3 Rd8

40. Nf5+ Kf7 41. b4 Nc7 42. Rh8 Nce6 43. Rh1 Ng7 44. Ne3 Ng6 45. Rc1 Nf4+ 46.

Kd2 Rd7 47. Rc8 Ke6 48. Rc1 f5 49. Re1 Kf6 50. gxf5 Re7 51. Ng4+ Kf7 52. Rxe7+

Kxe7 53. f6+ Kf7 54. fxg7 Kxg7 55. Ne5 Ne6 56. Ke3 b5 57. Nd7 Nc7 58. f4 Kg6

59. Ne5+ Kf5 60. fxg5 Kxg5 61. Nf7+ Kf5 62. Nd6+ Kg5 63. Nxb7 Kf5 64. Nc5 Na8

65. Nd3 Nb6 66. Ne5 Kg5 67. Kd3 Kf4 68. Ng6+ Kf3 69. Ne5+ Kf4 70. Kc3 Ke4 71.

Nc6 Na8 72. Na7 Nc7 73. Nc6 Ke3 74. Kb3 Kd3 75. a4 bxa4+ 76. Kxa4 Kc4 77. Ka5

Nb5 78. Ka6 Nxd4 79. Nxd4 Kxb4 80. Nc6+ 1/2-1/2


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Categories: 2006

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