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More Lessons From Dad

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

Game Of The Week


Last year, I published a loss of mine to my father as part of his father's day gift. He wasn't too thrilled about my choice of games, but I thought I would continue the tradition, only with one of his choices this year.

So, I asked him how he got better and which games he liked best and this is what he had to say. Happy Father's Day!


"I got better by taking more time on my moves and playing better defense, which means I look more carefully at what attacks you may have and try to defend against them early before you have 2 attacks and I only have 1 move to defend.  I also try to keep my pieces well defended to prevent any surprises.  I used to be able to get away with taking chances and being more aggressive and count on you making a weak move if I got into trouble. But now if I get into trouble it seems you are very good at maintaining your advantage to a win.  Only after I feel a defensive move is not necessary and I have a free move, do I look for a good offensive move.  That seems to get me at least a draw instead of a loss.  Even if I feel I have a slight advantage, I try to make sure I hang on to the draw rather than trying something risky for a win.  There are 2 wins I remember better than others.  One was an end game position where we both had pawns racing to Queen and Kings in position to stop the race or capture other material and I forced your King in a position where I would Queen with check and give me an extra move tempo..."


More Lessons From Dad


[Event "6-6-2"]

[Site ""]

[Date "1999.09.15"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A22"]

[PlyCount "124"]

[EventDate "1999.04.27"]


1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. e3 c6 4. Nf3 e4 5. Nd4 Bc5 6. Nb3 Bb4 7. Qc2 d5 8. cxd5

cxd5 9. Nb5 Nc6 10. a3 Be7 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O a6 13. N5d4 Ne5 14. d3 b6 15.

dxe4 dxe4 16. Rd1 Qd7 17. Bd2 Bb7 18. Rac1 Rfc8 19. Bc3 g6 20. Qb1 Qa4 21. Bf1

Nfd7 22. g3 f5 23. Bg2 Bf6 24. Qa2 Bd5 25. h3 Nc5 26. Nxc5 Qxd1+ 27. Rxd1 Bxa2

28. Na4 Rab8 29. Bb4 Nf7 30. Nc3 Bc4 31. a4 Rb7 32. g4 Bxd4 33. Rxd4 Kg7 34. f3

exf3 35. Bxf3 Rbc7 36. Kf2 Rd8 37. Nd5 Bxd5 38. Bxd5 Rc2+ 39. Kf3 Rxb2 40. Bc3

Rc2 41. Bxf7 Rxd4 42. Bxd4+ Kxf7 43. Bxb6 Rc4 44. a5 Ke6 45. gxf5+ gxf5 46. Kg3

Kd5 47. Kf3 Kc6 48. Bd4 Ra4 49. Bc3 Kb5 50. Bd2 Rxa5 51. Bxa5 Kxa5 52. Kf4 Kb6

53. Kxf5 Kc6 54. Kf6 a5 55. e4 a4 56. e5 a3 57. e6 a2 58. Kf7 a1=Q 59. e7 Qf1+

60. Ke8 Qf5 61. h4 h5 62. Kd8 Qd7# 0-1


This Week In Chess

Sunday June 18, 2006


On June 13, the CSCC had 15 members in attendance. The main event was the start of the two-week, USCF-rated June Mating Games Tournament (4SS, G30). Here are the results after the first two rounds:


Player Score


Paul Anderson 2.0


Virgil McGuire 2.0


Charles Martin 1.0


Dean Brown 1.0


Jason Check 1.0


Joe Pahk 1.0


Fred Eric Spell 0.0


Kathy Schneider 0.0


Lost but not forgotten chess board...II

By Josh "JD" Smith


...Alright, one last ditch effort to make this happen. You said that your opponent in the Southern Colorado Open (Pete Karagianis) was on his way to the National Open. Do you have a way to get a hold of him? I’m presuming that he is driving through Colorado on his way to Vegas? Does he want to make $50? Let me know. Tell him that we can meet and he can exact lots of speed chess revenge on me for getting lucky against him the last time we played J


[Event "ICC 15 0"]

[Site "Internet Chess Club"]

[Date "2005.03.02"]

[Round "-"]

[White "karagianis"]

[Black "Tsov-Noog"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ICCResult "White resigns"]

[WhiteElo "2264"]

[BlackElo "2240"]

[Opening "Semi-Benoni (`blockade variation')"]

[ECO "A44"]

[NIC "OI.09"]

[Time "20:51:47"]

[TimeControl "900+0"]


1. d4 c5 2. d5 e5 3. e4 d6 4. Bd3 g6 5. Ne2 Bg7 6. O-O Ne7 7. c4 O-O 8. Nbc3 f5 9. a3 f4 10. f3 g5 11. b4 b6 12. Rb1 h5 13. Kh1 Nd7 14. Nb5 Nf6 15. bxc5 bxc5 16. Bd2 g4 17. Ng1 a6 18. Qa4 Bd7 19. Ba5 Qe8 20. Nxd6 Bxa4 21. Nxe8 Nxe8 22. Rb7 Nc8 23. Rfb1 Rf7 24. Rb8 Rfa7 25. fxg4 hxg4 26. Be2 Nf6 27.R1b2 Nxe4 {White resigns} 0-1


[Unfortunately, I don't think Josh got the board back yet, but he did get some sympathy.]


Hi Josh, Your story about the chess board made me think about the chess clock that I never got. As I was growing up in Texas, I fell in love with what I thought was the coolest chess clock I had ever seen. I think it was one of those wooden tilt-back Jerger clocks (dark brown wood). It was about $75 at a time when $75 was more than I could afford. I hoped that someday I would have a good paying job and then I would be able to afford the clock. Unfortunately, now that I can afford it, it is no longer being produced. I've searched on the Internet but have not been able to find a good one. I will have to just keep searching and waiting and maybe one will become available. Good luck on getting your board back.


Ray Fourzan, El Paso, TX


Comments From Email


Randy & Teyana Reynolds, Tuesday, June 13, 2006 5:35 PM


Y’know, it’s kind of funny that you would throw a “1300/light bulb” joke in your newsletter this week. You’ll see why when you look through the next Informant. Look for it in about a couple weeks…


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