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Basic Instincts

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

Game Of The Week


Sometimes picking a game to publish is easy. Most times it is not. If someone sends in a game, that makes it easy. But usually I have to make an effort to get someone else’s game. I have to copy the score sheet myself or explain to the person how to email a PGN file.

So typically, at the end of the week I have no idea what I am going to publish and have to figure out how to decide which one of my games I am going to choose.

If there was a tournament that weekend or an USCF-rated event at the club, I will use a game that is from a recent event. However, that doesn’t always happen.

So, then I have to figure out which game from my database of 367 games I want to see analyzed and published. The easiest way I have found to choose a game is to filter the games for my biggest upsets and find one I remember. Using this method makes it very unlikely for me to choose a loss. But occasionally it will happen. You just have to hang in there. I have published four losses each year the past two years.

Of course, this week will not be one of those four losses as I have decided to pick a game from this week’s club event. This week’s event was G20 so I did not keep score. But I liked this game enough that I was willing to recreate it after the tournament was over.

It stuck with me because I am trying to learn how to sacrifice effectively and was looking for the right opportunity in this game. When it came, I pounced on it. But I didn’t look at all the possible replies and was surprised by Jerry moving the rook out and almost threw the whole game away. So, clearly I still have to hone my instincts better.


Basic Instincts


[Event "CSCC Swiss"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2006.05.09"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Maier, Jerry"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B18"]

[WhiteElo "1063"]

[BlackElo "1820"]

[PlyCount "72"]

[EventDate "2006.05.09"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. Nf3 Nd7 7. Bd3 Ngf6 8.

O-O e6 9. c3 Bd6 10. Bxg6 hxg6 11. Ne2 Qc7 12. g3 O-O-O 13. a4 Rh5 14. b4 Rdh8

15. Bf4 Ng4 16. h4 e5 17. dxe5 Ndxe5 18. Nxe5 Nxe5 19. Nd4 f6 20. Ne6 Qd7 21.

Qb3 Nf3+ 22. Kg2 Nxh4+ 23. gxh4 Bxf4 24. Rad1 Qe7 25. Rh1 Be5 26. Qa2 g5 27.

Qb3 gxh4 28. Rh3 g5 29. f3 f5 30. Re1 g4 31. fxg4 fxg4 32. Rhe3 h3+ 33. Kh1 Qf6

34. Rxe5 Rxe5 35. Rxe5 Qf3+ 36. Kh2 Qg2# 0-1


This Week In Chess

Tuesday May 16, 2006


On May 9, the CSCC had 20 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder game (G90), Josh Bloomer blasted Joe Fromme.

The rest of the participants played in a three round, Swiss tournament (G20). Here are the results:


Player Score


Imre Barlay 3.0


Jason Check 3.0


Joe Pahk 2.0


Paul Anderson 2.0


Chris Nord 2.0


Dean Brown 1.0


Renae Delaware 1.0


Steve Jumper 1.0


Fred Eric Spell 1.0


Chris McCarty 1.0


Josh Divine 1.0


Jerry Maier 0.5


Paul Christensen 0.5


Tom Mullikin 0.0


Comments From Email And Guest Book


martin deschner,Denver CO USA, Tuesday May 09, 2006 23:48:28 GMT


Regarding the most recent game of the week, please see Message #1759 by me on the BrianWallChess Yahoo Group. The Message is called The Wedge Formation. It relates to triangle pawn formations in the center, as in the French Defense and the Caro-Kann. I've had pretty good luck in the openings with this pawn formation.


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Ted Metro, Wednesday, May 10, 2006 8:05 AM


Why does the game of the week always seem to have Paul Anderson winning? How about a game where Paul Anderson loses?


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Reynolds, Randy, Wednesday, May 10, 2006 9:18 AM


OK, you gotta tell me…I assume the term “kissing their sisters” means they drew. But where in the world did you find that term from?  Sounds so….unwholesome. J


[Earl Campbell's former University of Texas football coach, Darrell Royal, once said about a tie game, "It’s about as exciting as kissing your sister."]

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Jeff, Sunday, May 14, 2006 9:01 PM


Thank you for sharing such an interesting game. I play KC frequently against my roommate and often lose to his aggression. I tried early Q deployment and it worked fabulously.Even though i never get around to telling you, i spend time each week going over the game and enjoy hearing about how folks are doing. Thank you!


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