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Lessons From Dad

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:35 PM

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This past Sunday was Father’s Day. Each year, I have my son send my Dad a homemade card. There are two reasons I do this.

First, I remember my Dad on Father’s Day since it is obvious to anyone that I am really doing all the work on the card, and I have also given my son a subtle hint that Father’s Day is fast approaching.

Of course, my scheme has yet to have any success. My son forgets Father’s Day, and my Dad always makes a point of letting me know that only his grandson remembered Father’s Day.

So, this year I am going to do something extra for Father’s Day (although a little late). I am going to thank Dad for all the life lessons he taught me over the chessboard.

The first lesson I learned was that we all have strengths.

My Dad taught my older sister and I how to play chess, and it was the first time I remember being better than my perfectionist, goody-two-shoes, never-gets-in-trouble, older sister.

The second lesson was humility.

I was as proud as a peacock when I beat Dad in our first email game, but the Bible says:

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” [Proverbs 16:18]

Well, my Dad brought the destruction upon me in the next 4 games. The final lesson in humility was especially rough, but it motivated me to join the CSCC later that year and learn how to improve: 


Lessons From Dad

[Event "1-4"]

[Site ""]

[Date "1997.03.07"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B13"]

[PlyCount "53"]

[EventDate "1997.01.21"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 dxc4 5. Bxc4 Nf6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Qa4+ Qd7 8.

Bb5 Nc6 9. Ne5 Qd5 10. Nxc6 Bd7 11. Nxa7 Qxg2 12. Bxd7+ Nxd7 13. Rf1 Qe4+ 14.

Be3 b5 15. Qa6 Qc2 16. Nc3 Qxb2 17. Rc1 e6 18. Ncxb5 Bb4+ 19. Kd1 O-O 20. Qc6

Ne5 21. Qc7 Qxa2 22. Qxe5 Rfd8 23. Qc7 Ba5 24. Qc4 Qxc4 25. Rxc4 Bb6 26. Nc6

Rd5 27. Ne7+ 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday June 21, 2005


On June 14, the CSCC had 23 members stop by for the evening. The main event for the evening was the first round of the June Mating Game. This USCF-rated event (G30) is a 4 round, Swiss tournament played over 2 weeks. Here are the results after the first 2 rounds:





Buck Buchanan



Jeff Fox



Paul Anderson



Jerry Maier



Tom Mullikin



Virgil McGuire



Dan St. John



Roy Heath



Joe Pahk



Mike Davis



Frank Shotwell



Gary Frenzel



Kathy Schneider



Thomas Rosado



Comments from the Guest Book


This week’s comment comes from Denver. Akira asks a fine question, as not everyone may understand my sense of humor.

My choice of verbs in describing these games is purely for entertainment purposes only and not meant to be an actual description of the play (as I rarely see any part of the games). However, in an effort to avoid repeating the phrase “x beat y,” I adapted a method from John Owens, sportscaster of KKTV, News 11, who uses a different synonym for beat in each football score he announces.

In addition, this particular week I was trying to put my high school creative writing class into action by using the technique of alliteration. Of course, I am not married to these verbs. If any of the participants are unhappy about my choice of verb, they can send me a more appropriate one that I can put in the archives. That way when one of your high school buddies googles your name, he won’t get the wrong impression about your chess playing ability.


Akira, June 15th:


"Richard Cordovano crushed Dean Brown, and Jerry Maier mauled Joe Pahk"


Are you trying to embarass or alienate people from chess?


P.S. I love Brian Wall


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Comments from Email


Nathan, June 15th:

Thanks Paul for adding me to the list.


Mitch, June 15th:

Paul, thanks for the newsletter…


Renae, June 16th:

Hey Paul,

I didn't say you couldn't publish Tom's game....I offered to give you a game from MN in addition to Tom's. You should publish it! I'll get you a copy of the game this weekend, if I remember. And I'll try to send you a couple games from MN… I'm not upset at all, I just didn't think you understood. :-) Everything is funnier in your little world, so I have no room for criticism.


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Roy, June 15th [after someone saw his name on the June 6th newsletter (]:

Yes, this was indeed a high school colleague.


Upcoming Events


6/21 June Mating Game, CSCC

6/28 Ladder, CSCC

7/2-3 Denver Open, DCC

7/23 Denker Fundraiser, DCC

7/23-24 Rocky Mt. Championships, CSCA

7/30-31 Summer Fun, DCC


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