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The Comedy Styling Of Lee And Andrew

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

Game Of The Week

This past weekend I was camping up at Mueller State Park with the family, but I didn't want to skip a week with the newsletter. So, I decided to turn the reins over to a guest host this week.

I had thought about asking LM Brian Wall to fill in for me, but then I realized that in his last tournament he was beaten out by a pair of 1300s. These guys took home over four times as much prize money as Brian did.

Plus, why just have one guest host when you can have a team of fresh talent in the Colorado chess-writing scene. So, without further ado, I introduce to you the latest pair of humorists, who haven't been seen since the likes of Abbott and Costello...LEE and ANDREW!


Andrew Stolzmann:

"I just finished playing in the Denver Open which was the first tournament I have ever played, and while there I ran into the 1300 anti-hero of your story, Lee Lahti. We played to a draw in the 4th round (in a very fun game that I messed up the notation for in which Lee had 12 seconds left on the clock by the end), and got to talking with him after the 5th round. A very cool guy...except in the 5th round where he knew his won game would win a share of first. I have never seen anyone so cautious with a Queen endgame mate, or anyone so worn out after winning a tournament. He also mentioned his game against you at the Ren. festival, since the festival was the reason I decided to play in the Denver Open. I also played a monk there (Richard Buchanan), and after discovering that I had beaten a 2000 rated player (on ONLY my third try, no less! I lost the first two on purpose to lull him to sleep...) I had the chess itch. The 3 dollars I dropped at the festival was worth it, since I also split a share of first at the Denver Open with Lee in the U1400. Maybe Richard will be able to spank me again at the Open in August, but I doubt I'll play well enough for that unless I draw him first round. Anyways, thank you monks for getting me into tournament chess!"


Lee Lahti:

"Thanks for adding to my "press clippings" from the last month or so. Between getting published in the Informant, having Brian Wall write the now infamous 1300 article in the same Informant, and my being mentioned in the latest Colorado Springs newsletter - many people are learning who I am and how easily I can be beaten. I had a good string of luck at the Denver Open the last couple of Saturdays. I fell behind in 4 of 5 games but still managed to go undefeated (3 wins, 2 draws) to share 1st with 2 others in the Under 1400 section. I have enclosed my 4th round game against Andrew Stolzmann (unrated, appox 1405 provisional rating after the Denver Open), who was also one of the Under 1400 winners. We each had 2.5 after 3 rounds, we drew in the 4th round, then both won our 5th round games to share part of the Under 1400 title. It is a typical Under 1400 game - with an occasional flash of brilliance or two and some good play mixed in with some awful move choices. I have done some analysis with Fritz' help and added comments about the game. Please use it in an upcoming newsletter, if you can. Make any adjustments to my commentary as you need. By the way, my son loves his chainmail bracelet. It is now the latest piece of armor for his Knight costume. If you guys ever need a peasant to help out at the gaming tables some weekend at the Renaissance Festival, I would be more than willing to come down and play. I am hoping to attend the Springs Denker/Polgar Fundraiser tourney in a couple of weeks. Not sure if you will be playing or if you will be working at the Ren. Fest. If you are playing, maybe we will get the chance to play a real game. It was good to meet you last weekend. My son and I enjoyed our game. I look forward to a real match sometime in the near future."


The Comedy Styling Of Lee And Andrew


Lahti,Lee (1331) - Stolzmann,Andrew (1429) [A34]

Denver Open 2006 - Under 1400 Section Denver (4), 08.07.2006



1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Nf3 d5 6.b3 d4 7.Na4 a6 8.0-0 b5 9.cxb5 axb5 10.Nb2 Bb7 11.Nd3 c4 12.Nfe5

I spent about 7 minutes calculating a response to 11. ...c4. I looked at several options and got down to 2 - 12. bxc bxc, 13. Nb2 and what I played. bxc is the best response. Luckily my opponent did not find either of the 2 lines that really turn the tide in his favor.

12...Qc7 [12...Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Bxg2 14.Kxg2 Qd5+ 15.Nf3 cxb3 16.Bb2 -+ -1.5; 12...cxd3 13.Nxc6 Qd6 14.a4 Bxc6 -+ -2.8] 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.bxc4 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 bxc4 16.Nb2 Bb4 17.Qc2 Rc8 18.Qa4+ Qc6+

I missed the counter check that Qc6 produces.

19.f3 Qxa4 20.Nxa4 Nd5

Even material, but Fritz saying Black is ahead positionally by 1. 2. I would definitely agree, as White is completely bound up.

21.e4 dxe3 22.dxe3 Ra8 23.Nb2 Bc3

All best moves, according to Fritz.


Then back to reality in the Reserve sections!!! Played to alleviate the fork by Nxe3. Rf2 is a much better move.

24...Ke7 25.Rd1 Rhd8 -+ -1.6 [25...Rhb8 26.Nxc4 Bxa1 27.Ba3+ Kd8 28.Rxa1 Rc8 29.Nd6 Rc2+ 30.Kg1 Rxa3 And its all but over with this variation.] 26.a4 Nb6

-0.8 with that move

27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.Ra2 Bxb2

Starts to lets White back into the game.

29.Rxb2 Nxa4 30.Rb4 Nc5 31.Rxc4 Nd3+ 32.Ke2 Nxc1+ 33.Rxc1

= 0.03. White is completely back in the game.

33...f5 34.h3 h5 35.Rc4 g5 36.h4 g4 37.f4 Kf6 38.Rd4 Rd5

I thought the game was going to be a draw at this point. Fritz completely agrees = 0.00.

39.Kd3 Ke7 40.e4 Rxd4+ 41.Kxd4 fxe4 42.Kxe4 Kf6 43.Kd3 Kf5 44.Kd4 Kf6 45.Kd3

Draw offer by White, declined. 45. Ke4 is a won game for White in this position. Unfortunately I did not see it and I did not have time to calculate it out as I had less than 3 minutes remaining on my clock at this point. [45.Ke4 Ke7 46.Ke5 Kf7 47.f5 exf5 48.Kxf5 Ke7 49.Kg5 ]

45...Ke7 46.Ke4 Kf6 47.f5??

A mistake that should have handed Black the game.

47...exf5+ 48.Kf4 Kg6?? [48...Ke6 49.Kg5 Ke5 50.Kxh5 Kf6 51.Kh6 f4 and White cannot stop the promotion. Luckily Black did not see it.] 49.Ke5 f4 50.Kxf4 Kf6 51.Ke4 Ke6 52.Kd4 Kf5 53.Kd5 Kf6 54.Ke4 Ke6 55.Kf4 Kf6 56.Ke4 Ke6 57.Kd3 Ke5 58.Ke3 Kd5 59.Kf4 Kd4 60.Kg5 Ke4 61.Kxh5 Kf3 62.Kg5 Kxg3 63.h5 Kf3 64.h6 g3 65.h7 g2 66.h8Q g1Q+

White wins the promotion race, but promotion with Check puts Black on the offensive. With only 30 seconds on Whites clock, problems can arise if defense is played incorrectly.

67.Kf5 Qb1+ 68.Kg5 Qc1+ 69.Kg6 Qc2+ 70.Kf7 Qc4+ 71.Kg7 Qd4+ 72.Kh7 Qh4+ 73.Kg8 Qd8+ 74.Kh7

Draw agreed upon with 7 minutes on Black's clock, 12 seconds remaining for White. 1/2-1/2

[Event "Denver Open 2006 - Under 1400 Section"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2006.07.08"]

[Round "4"]

[White "Lahti, Lee"]

[Black "Stolzmann, Andrew"]

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

[ECO "A34"]

[WhiteElo "1331"]

[BlackElo "1429"]

[PlyCount "147"]

[EventDate "2006.07.01"]


1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 Nc6 5. Nf3 d5 6. b3 d4 7. Na4 a6 8. O-O b5

9. cxb5 axb5 10. Nb2 Bb7 11. Nd3 c4 12. Nfe5 Qc7 13. Nxc6 Bxc6 14. bxc4 Bxg2

15. Kxg2 bxc4 16. Nb2 Bb4 17. Qc2 Rc8 18. Qa4+ Qc6+ 19. f3 Qxa4 20. Nxa4 Nd5

21. e4 dxe3 22. dxe3 Ra8 23. Nb2 Bc3 24. Kf2 Ke7 25. Rd1 Rhd8 26. a4 Nb6 27.

Rxd8 Rxd8 28. Ra2 Bxb2 29. Rxb2 Nxa4 30. Rb4 Nc5 31. Rxc4 Nd3+ 32. Ke2 Nxc1+

33. Rxc1 f5 34. h3 h5 35. Rc4 g5 36. h4 g4 37. f4 Kf6 38. Rd4 Rd5 39. Kd3 Ke7

40. e4 Rxd4+ 41. Kxd4 fxe4 42. Kxe4 Kf6 43. Kd3 Kf5 44. Kd4 Kf6 45. Kd3 Ke7 46.

Ke4 Kf6 47. f5 exf5+ 48. Kf4 Kg6 49. Ke5 f4 50. Kxf4 Kf6 51. Ke4 Ke6 52. Kd4

Kf5 53. Kd5 Kf6 54. Ke4 Ke6 55. Kf4 Kf6 56. Ke4 Ke6 57. Kd3 Ke5 58. Ke3 Kd5 59.

Kf4 Kd4 60. Kg5 Ke4 61. Kxh5 Kf3 62. Kg5 Kxg3 63. h5 Kf3 64. h6 g3 65. h7 g2

66. h8=Q g1=Q+ 67. Kf5 Qb1+ 68. Kg5 Qc1+ 69. Kg6 Qc2+ 70. Kf7 Qc4+ 71. Kg7 Qd4+

72. Kh7 Qh4+ 73. Kg8 Qd8+ 74. Kh7 1/2-1/2

This Week In Chess

Tuesday July 18, 2006

On July 11, the CSCC had 14 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder game (G90), Jerry Maier mustered the win against Kathy Schneider.

The rest of the participants played in a double round robin, speed tournament (G5). Here are the results:


Player Score


Paul Anderson 14.0


Buck Buchanan 11.5


Renae Delaware 10.5


Josh Divine 10.5


Virgil McGuire 9.0


Joe Pahk 8.5


Paul Christensen 3.0


Chris McCarty 3.0


Steve Jumper 2.0

Club Quarterly Schedule

By Buck Buchanan

Here is the CSCC schedule for July - September. *********************************************************************************************** COLORADO SPRINGS CHESS CLUB




4 No meetime

11 Speed tournament

18 Eccentric Pairings tournament: 4-SS, G/15

July 22: Denker/Polgar Scholastics Fundraiser tournament: 4-SS, G/60, Manitou Spgs Masonic Lodge

25 Benko Gambit Thematic : 4-SS, G/15, All games start 1d4, Nf6 2 c4, c5 3 d5, b5 4 cxb5




1 Speed tournament

Aug 5-6: Pikes Peak Open: 5-SS, Manitou Spgs City Hall. Sign up with Buck.

8 Josh Bloomer Simul

15 G/15 tournament - 4-SS

22 Bughouse tournament

29 Ladder games




Sept 2-4, Denver: Colorado Open state championship tournament

5 Speed tournament

12 Team tournament G/15: Team members alternate moves, no consultation. Sum of ratings < 3400

19 Quads tournament

26 Ladder games


Note: Club Championship tournament will be Oct. 10 - 31.

Casual Chess Night

By Renae Delaware

Hello Everyone, By popular demand, we've decided to set a monthly schedule for a casual chess night. Here are the specs:


When: The 3rd Saturday of each month


Where: Agia Sofia Coffee House & Bookstore, 719-632-3322, 2902 W. Colorado Ave. 80904, On the NW corner of Colorado Ave & 29th St. Directly to the west of the firestation.


Time: 8pm to close (11pm). I have the Russian tea room reserved during this time However, I'm sure they will not mind if you show up early!


Who: Anyone! I only ask that you please help support them (if you're able.) If they stay in business, we can keep coming back.


Bring your own sets and clocks.

Comments From Email

Grochowski, Robin J., Monday, July 10, 2006 1:43 PM


Colorado Springs Chess Club Players: It was great seeing everybody again this year. The Team Tournament was great. Hope to see everyone next year again. Robin


Reynolds, Randy, Monday, July 10, 2006 1:59 PM


Ha ha ha!! I love the headlines for this week! It sounds almost like the Open section of the Denver Open! Though, in all fairness, it should read “nobody NAILED anybody” or “nobody NUCLEARized anybody”. Also, what would a G0 time control be like? White to lose in 0 moves, against any defence. I guess if there were time delay on the G0 clock, it could be a very interesting time control…


CARL BERG, Monday, July 10, 2006 4:23 PM


Brian, thanks for your efforts in chess. We, the silent, really do value them!Carl Berg


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Upcoming Events

7/18 Eccentric Pairings tournament: 4-SS, G/15, CSCC

7/22 Springs Polgar/Denker Fundraiser, CSCA

7/22-23 2006 Kansas Open, CSCA

7/25 Benko Gambit Thematic : 4-SS, G/15, All games start 1d4, Nf6 2 c4, c5 3 d5, b5 4 cxb5, CSCC

8/5-6 Pikes Peak Open, CSCA

9/2-9/4 2006 Colorado Open, CSCA


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