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Gimme Three Points

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Game Of The Week


A while back I wrote about all the experts I’ve beaten before. There was only three at the time, and I am hoping it stays that way. You see, my criteria for determining whether I counted a win was based on the opponent’s USCF rating being at least 2000 at the time the game was played. So, when I beat Jason Caldwell last year (4/12/05) when his club rating was 2115, I couldn’t count it, as his USCF rating was 1992.

However, as there is a delay in the rating updates on the USCF’s Member Services Area, I would check back to see if his prior wins would bump up his rating over the 2000 mark by the time when I had played him. Well, his rating dropped to 1988 with one event, but he still had one more event yet to be rated. I thought I had a shot as he won all three games in that event and only needed to average 4 rating points per victory.

I was his first victim in that event and was at my highest rating. He also beat Glenn Miller who was still above 1700, so I figured he was at 1997 with those 2 wins alone. All he needed was three more points. Alas, his last opponent was Tom Mullikin.

Unfortunately, Tom’s rating was so low, Jason gained 0 ratings points with his victory. So, I missed adding another expert scalp to my trophy case by a lousy three points. Well, I mentioned this because I just scored my biggest upset in my chess career.

I was almost 400 rating points below my opponent, and with me at 1804, this victory should have been my first master scalp. Of course, with my luck, I checked the MSA and can you guess what his rating was? That’s right, 2197. Another lousy three points!

Well, I don’t give up that easy. I am going back to that MSA everyday asking for just one thing:

“And I know you don’t owe me, but I wish you would let me ask one favor from you; Say, won’t cha gimme three [points], gimme three [points] mister, gimme three [points] or some more. Gimme three [points], gimme three points [mister], and you’ll never see me no more!”


Gimme Three Points


[Event "March Quad"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2006.03.21"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Bloomer, Josh"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D12"]

[WhiteElo "2197"]

[BlackElo "1804"]

[PlyCount "146"]

[EventDate "2006.03.21"]


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

Nc3 e6 9. Bb5+ Nc6 10. Ne5 Rc8 11. Bd2 Nd7 12. Nxd7 Kxd7 13. Rc1 Bd6 14. Ke2 h5

15. Na4 Bc7 16. Bb4 h4 17. Rc3 g5 18. Rhc1 Bd8 19. Rb3 g4 20. Be1 Kd6 21. Bb4+

Kd7 22. Bd2 Kd6 23. Bd3 Bxd3+ 24. Kxd3 Ra8 25. Nxb6 Rxa2 26. Bb4+ Kc7 27. Ba3

Kb8 28. Na4 Na5 29. Rb5 Nc4 30. Nc5 b6 31. Nd7+ Ka7 32. Rc3 f5 33. Ne5 Nxe5+

34. dxe5 Rh7 35. Rc1 Rc7 36. Rxc7+ Bxc7 37. Rb4 Bxe5 38. h3 gxh3 39. gxh3 Bf6

40. Ra4+ Kb7 41. Rf4 Ra1 42. Kd2 Rh1 43. Rf3 Kc6 44. Kc2 Kb5 45. Bd6 Ra1 46.

Bf8 Ra2 47. Ba3 Ra1 48. Bf8 Kc6 49. Bb4 Ra4 50. Be1 Rc4+ 51. Kb3 b5 52. Bb4

Bxb2 53. Bd2 Be5 54. Be1 Bd6 55. Bd2 b4 56. Kb2 Be5+ 57. Bc3 Bxc3+ 58. Kb3 Be5

59. e4 dxe4 60. Re3 Kc5 61. Re2 Rc3+ 62. Ka2 Rxh3 63. f3 Rxf3 64. Kb1 h3 65.

Kc2 h2 66. Re1 Rf2+ 67. Kc1 Rg2 68. Rh1 Rg1+ 69. Rxg1 hxg1=Q+ 70. Kd2 Kd4 71.

Kc2 Qf2+ 72. Kd1 Kd3 73. Kc1 Qc2# 0-1


This Week In Chess

Tuesday March 28, 2006


On March 21, the CSCC had 18 members in attendance. The evening’s event was quads. This is where the members are grouped into 4-person single round robin matches. The club offered G30 for those members who wanted to play USCF- rated games and G20 for those members who wanted to play club-rated games. Here are the results:


Player Score




Group A

Paul Anderson 2.0

Josh Bloomer 2.0

Buck Buchanan 2.0

Larry Conforti 0.0


Group B

Dan St. John 2.5

Joe Pahk 2.5

Jerry Maier 1.0

Josh Divine 0.0




Group C

Renae Delaware 3.0

Virgil McGuire 2.0

Dean Brown 0.5

Paul Christensen 0.5


Group D

Michael Ericson 3.0

Mike Voight 2.0

Chris Wynkoop 1.0

Horst Wolf 0.0


Comments From Email


Reynolds, Randy, Wednesday, March 22, 2006 9:57 AM


“Josh Bloomer outlasted Buck Buchanan”??? What happened, out of alliterations? J

Josh Bloomer blasted…

Josh Bloomer blew by…

Josh Bloomer blighted…

OK, I guess it is kind of hard…


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[ed: OK, you caught me. It is nice to know someone is paying attention, but I actually saw the rook and pawn ending played in extreme time pressure and didn't have the heart to use 'blasted'.]


Randy Canney, Wednesday, March 22, 2006 10:36 AM


Thanks for "Fritzing" the games and for the kind words. Thanks also for taking the time to popularize chess. See you at a tournament soon.


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