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Just Got Lucky

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Game Of The Week

About a month ago, I published a game where Renae Delaware missed a mate-in-1 twice. I assumed it was because she was in panic mode with seconds left on the clock, but she told me she had several minutes left. She explained that her clock management skills were just not very good. She starts moving too quickly, too early in the game. Well, I believed it at the time. But after this game, I think she was just setting me up.

When we got under five minutes on both clocks, I thought for sure she would start to fall apart and my catlike reflexes would take over the game. But it was just the opposite. She sat calmly in her chair, slowly reached for each piece, and gently placed it in a good spot as the clock clicked off 5 minutes, 4 minutes, 3 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute.

On my side of the board:

  • 5 minutes - My leg starts bouncing
  • 4 minutes - I start writing the white moves in the black column and the black moves in the white column
  • 3 minutes - I start sweating
  • 2 minutes - I have given up on my score sheet as I can’t write the moves and pick up all the pieces I am knocking over without losing more time
  • 1 minute - I have lost total control of my hands as they fidget with my hair, my pen, the score sheet, the clock, the pieces, and anything else within arms length

It is no wonder why my moves look like something played by a chimpanzee after drinking a six-pack of Jolt cola.

But suddenly, I see what looks like a perpetual check, and my apelike reflexes fling the queen into position. Then Renae offers a draw, and it was as if time had stopped. I sat calmly in my chair, slowly reached for the knight, and gently placed it on f2.


Just Got Lucky

[Event "May Quad"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2005.05.10"]

[Round "1.3"]

[White "Delaware, Renae"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B12"]

[WhiteElo "1483"]

[BlackElo "1842"]

[PlyCount "84"]

[EventDate "2005.05.10"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 e6 4. Bd3 Ne7 5. c3 Ng6 6. Ne2 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. e5 b6

9. f4 c5 10. Nf3 a5 11. Kh1 Nc6 12. Ng3 Ba6 13. f5 Bxd3 14. Qxd3 Nh4 15. f6

gxf6 16. Nxh4 fxe5 17. Bh6 Bxh4 18. Nh5 f5 19. Bxf8 Qxf8 20. Qh3 Qe7 21. dxe5

Kh8 22. g3 Bg5 23. Rae1 Rg8 24. Qg2 Qc7 25. Nf6 Rf8 26. Qe2 Bxf6 27. exf6 Rxf6

28. Qh5 Qd7 29. Qg5 Rg6 30. Qf4 d4 31. c4 Rg4 32. Qh6 Rg6 33. Qf8+ Rg8 34. Qf6+

Qg7 35. Qxe6 Nb4 36. Rxf5 Nd3 37. Re2 Rf8 38. Rxf8+ Qxf8 39. Rg2 Qf1+ 40. Rg1

Qf3+ 41. Rg2 Qf1+ 42. Rg1 Nf2# 0-1


This Week In Chess

Tuesday May 17, 2005

On May 10, the CSCC had 24 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated match (G90), Tony Telinbacco took on Richard Cordovano with an exciting result (draw).

The main activity for the evening was the round robin quads. The members formed groups of 4 (or 5) and play each opponent one game. Here are the results:




Group A

Mike Davis


Jerry Maier


Joe Pahk


Dan Torba


Group B

Jason Caldwell


Dan St John


Paul Anderson


Renae Delaware




Group A

Chris Wynkoop


Jeff Brewer


Chris McCarty


Kathy Schneider


Barry Wilson


Group B

Chris Nord


Dean Brown


Mick Taylor


Ken Alhstrom


Group C

Jeff Fox




Buck Buchanan


Virgil McGuire



Upcoming Events

5/17 Ladder, CSCC

5/24 Scotch Gambit Theme, CSCC

5/28-29 May Daze, DCC

5/28-30 Territory Days, CSCC

5/31 Report from MN, CSCC

6/11-12 Southern Colorado Open, CSCA


Colorado Springs Chess Club: CSCC

Denver Chess Club: DCC

Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA

Categories: 2005

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