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Losing With The English

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

Game Of The Week


This week’s game comes from Shaun MacMillan, a former Colorado Springs Chess Club Champion. After winning the title in 1982, he refused to defend his title and disappeared from chess for 10 years. When he returned to chess in 2003, he was only a shadow of his former self. Now he is studying feverishly to return to his former glory.

After his lecture on the English Opening, I thought I would check my database for one of his loses with his old system of studying. That way I could point out where he went wrong and describe which element of his football vision would have avoided the opening blunder. However, I couldn’t find one where I beat him against the English.

In fact, I am 0-3 against him and that was all against his puny, feeble, old memory. I guess that is why the club opted not to go with my lecture last week, called “Losing With The English.” So, here is a game where I had a better opening, but my tactics failed me after Shaun brings out his cheerleader too soon.


Losing With The English

[Event "August Quad"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2003.08.19"]

[Round "3.2"]

[White "MacMillan, Shaun"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A30"]

[WhiteElo "2005"]

[BlackElo "1772"]

[PlyCount "51"]

[EventDate "2003.08.19"]


1. c4 c5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. e3 Nc6 5. Ne2 d6 6. d4 cxd4 7. exd4 Qb6 8. Be3

Qxb2 9. Nbc3 Bf5 10. O-O Nf6 11. Qa4 O-O 12. Rab1 Bxb1 13. Rxb1 Qxb1+ 14. Nxb1

Rfc8 15. Nbc3 Nd7 16. Bh3 e6 17. d5 Nb6 18. Qb5 Ne5 19. dxe6 f5 20. Bxb6 axb6

21. Nd5 Rxc4 22. Nxb6 Rc5 23. Qxc5 dxc5 24. Nxa8 c4 25. Nc7 c3 26. e7 1-0


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