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Better Than Nothing

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:05 PM

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One of my favorite chess players is Buck Buchanan. He has been running the chess club since I have been coming (with help), he directs the main tournaments I play in (Colorado Springs Open, Pikes Peak Open, and Winter Springs Open), and he got me involved in promoting chess (Renaissance Festival and Territory Days). He is also one of the top three most common opponents I have faced in rated play behind Jeff Fox (41 times) and Virgil McGuire (39 times).

Therefore, he has had a big influence on my chess playing. More than anyone he varies his openings against me, some of which I have incorporated into my game (Four Pawns Attack). I think this may have come from my early success against him.

In our first 3 rated games, I was even with him with 1 win, 1 loss, and 1 draw. After 10 games, I had fallen behind but still had 2 wins and 3 draws. But then, he got creative.

He threw one curveball after another at me. I just kept swinging harder and harder with no success for 2 years (’01-’02). Finally, I have gotten back to winning some by learning to be still and coming up with some kind of a plan. This year we have split our 4 games together (2 wins, 2 losses).

This last one was our 33rd game together and something I have never seen Buck play. I have played against the Benko as white, but now I was on the black side. I felt at a loss early on, and it just kept getting worse as the game went on. But I remembered a quote from the last Colorado Chess Informant:

“A bad plan is better than none at all.” (Frank Marshall)

So, I made a plan, caught a break, and didn’t screw it up.


Better Than Nothing


[Event "May Ladder"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2006.05.30"]

[Round "5.1"]

[White "Buchanan, Buck"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A09"]

[WhiteElo "2007"]

[BlackElo "1820"]

[PlyCount "52"]

[EventDate "2006.05.02"]


1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 d4 3. g3 c5 4. b4 e6 5. Bg2 cxb4 6. a3 Nc6 7. d3 Nf6 8. O-O Bc5

9. Nbd2 bxa3 10. Bxa3 Bxa3 11. Rxa3 O-O 12. Qa1 Ne8 13. Rb1 f6 14. Nb3 e5 15.

Nfd2 Qc7 16. Ne4 Kh8 17. c5 f5 18. Ned2 f4 19. Na5 fxg3 20. hxg3 Nf6 21. Ndc4

Ng4 22. Bf3 Qf7 23. Kf1 Nh2+ 24. Ke1 Nxf3+ 25. exf3 Qxf3 26. Qb2 Qh1+ 0-1


This Week In Chess

Tuesday June 6, 2006


On May 30, the CSCC had 23 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder games (G90), Joe Pahk punished Jerry Maier and Fred Eric Spell easily slaughtered Tom Mullikin. The shortened USCF-rated ladder games featured Joe Fromme fracturing Gerry Sunderland and Paul Anderson annihilating Buck Buchanan.

The rest of the participants played club-rated ladder games (G15). Each player faced an opponent similar in rating in a 2 game match and then chose other willing opponents for additional matches. Here are the results:


Player Win Loss %


Brendan Kullback 2.0 0.0 100.00%


Gary Frenzel 2.0 0.0 100.00%


Kathy Schneider 2.0 0.0 100.00%


Bill Whinemiller 3.5 0.5 87.50%


Virgil McGuire 3.0 1.0 75.00%


Philip Meyer 1.0 1.0 50.00%


Chris Wynkoop 1.0 1.0 50.00%


Renae Delaware 1.5 2.5 37.50%


Ken Bullard 0.0 2.0 0.00%


Dean Brown 0.0 2.0 0.00%


Geoffrey Wathen 0.0 2.0 0.00%


T. Dixon 0.0 2.0 0.00%


Tom Bourie 0.0 2.0 0.00%


Winter Springs Open

By Buck Buchanan


Dec. 2 - 3, Manitou Springs: WINTER SPRINGS OPEN


4-SS. 40/2 and G/1, Masonic Lodge, 455 El Paso Blvd, Manitou Springs. 3 sections: JUNE (open to all), JULY (U 1800), AUGUST (U 1400). All sections: EF $25 if rec'd by 11/30, $30 at site. Cash prizes per entries. $6 off EF for juniors, seniors, unrateds. CSCA membership req'd ($15, 10 for jrs, seniors), OSA. Register 8:30 - 9:30, rds 10, 4; 9, 3. Richard Buchanan, 844 B Prospect Place, Manitou Springs CO 80829. E-mail [email protected] or call (719) 685-1984. Colorado Tour Event.


Comments From The Guest Book


Liz Wood, Pueblo CO USA, Saturday June 03, 2006 00:04:55 GMT


FYI: Pueblo Chess is now four (4) nights a week:


Monday --- Barnes & Noble, 4300 N. Freeway


Tuesday --- Wire Works Coffee House, 100 Broadway


Wednesday --- Daily Grind, 209 S. Union


Thursday --- Wire Works Coffee House, 100 Broadway


Each night is drop by & pick up a game, 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! If you're in the area, please stop by!


Upcoming Events


6/6 Speed tournament, CSCC

6/10-11 Southern Colorado Open, CSCA

6/13 & 6/20 June Mating Games tournament: 4-SS, G/30, USCF rated, $5 entry fee, CSCC

7/1 & 7/8 Denver Open, DCC

7/22-23 2006 Kansas Open, CSCA

8/5-6 Pikes Peak Open, CSCA


Colorado Springs Chess Club: CSCC (

Denver Chess Club: DCC (

Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA (

Categories: 2006

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