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Game Of The Year

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:45 PM

End Of The Season

Monday September 06, 2004


You may not be aware that the chess year has an off-season, but it does. The chess season ends when the NFL season starts.

Oh sure, some die-hard chess fanatics keep playing all year round. In fact, I will be playing some myself. However, the games are far less newsworthy. So, as a chess news website, I am forced to switch my focus from updating this website each week to updating my football-related websites.

I know this news is very upsetting for all my readers. So, I have a couple of suggestion to help you make it through the next several months. If you can’t do without my beautiful prose, check out my fantasy football league at If it is more chess emails you crave, check out


Game Of The Year


For the final game of the year, I had a tough choice to make. I could have reprised one of the games I published earlier this year, but I didn’t want to repeat myself. I could have pulled one from my stockpile of games other people have given to me, but I thought, “Who wants to see yet another Brian Wall victory?” So, I decided to pick one of my own games.

It has been making news on its own without the aid of my shameless self-promotion. Buck Buchanan selected it as one of the games from the Pikes Peak Open to go on the CSCA website, and he even game me an exclamation point on move 26.

Brian Wall demanded I publish it. No really, he did. He even made it the topic of a couple emails he posted to his yahoo group. The reason he likes it so much is because I took the “System” from one of his emails. He listed four elements that are used as white in the Queen’s Gambit Declined and gave an example that ended in 13 moves.

So when I got that opening in the Pikes Peak Open, I figured I could use a quick win. How hard could it be to get four elements into 13 moves?

Well, it is harder than you might think. Brian wrote, “Paul Anderson adopted one of my systems and has been having great results.” Actually, I have played it twice (in a row) in USCF-rated play (40/2+60 and 90) and still haven’t gotten all four elements. I am undefeated with it, but someday I would like to get the “Bishing Pole” element into a game. Nobody pushes h6 for me.

In this game, I castled queenside, pushed e4 in one move, got the king to b1, but my bishop got pushed off g5 and by the time I got my opponent to take my bait (knight) there the firing lines were clogged with knight and pawns.

But I was undaunted. Even though I was well past 13 moves, out of elements, and a stranger in a strange land, I put my trust in the “System.” It had gotten me this far, and I wasn’t going to abandon it now. I decided the “System” would require something bold.

So, my plan was to annihilate and demolish the stronghold around the king, and I did just that. Fritz liked it well enough to award me an exclamation point and a double exclamation point in the course of 4 moves. Not bad for the first time with the “System”.


Game Of The Year


[Event "Pikes Peak Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2004.08.08"]

[Round "5.4"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Krowczyk, Mark"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D53"]

[WhiteElo "1761"]

[BlackElo "1770"]

[PlyCount "97"]

[EventDate "2004.08.07"]


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 O-O 6. Qc2 c6 7. h4 Nbd7 8.

O-O-O Ng4 9. e4 f6 10. Bf4 e5 11. Bg3 dxe4 12. Nxe4 Qa5 13. Kb1 f5 14. Neg5 e4

15. Nd2 Ndf6 16. Nb3 Qa4 17. d5 Nh5 18. Bc7 cxd5 19. cxd5 Bxg5 20. hxg5 g6 21.

Bc4 b5 22. Bf1 e3 23. Rd4 b4 24. d6 Bd7 25. Qc4+ Kg7 26. Rxg4 fxg4 27. Qd4+ Nf6

28. gxf6+ Rxf6 29. Rxh7+ Kxh7 30. Qxf6 Qc6 31. Qe7+ Kh8 32. Qxe3 Bf5+ 33. Bd3

Re8 34. Qd4+ Kh7 35. a3 Re1+ 36. Ka2 bxa3 37. Bxf5 gxf5 38. Qc3 Qe4 39. Kxa3

Rd1 40. Qe3 Qb7 41. Qe7+ Kh6 42. Qf6+ Kh7 43. Qxf5+ Kh6 44. Qxg4 Rd3 45. Qe6+

Kg7 46. Qc4 Rd1 47. d7 Rxd7 48. Qg4+ Kf6 49. Qxd7 1-0


Winter Springs Open

By Buck Buchanan


Dec. 4-5, Manitou Springs: WINTER SPRINGS OPEN. 4-SS. 40/2 and G/1, Masonic Lodge, 455 El Paso Blvd, Manitou Springs, 3 sections: JUNE (open to all), JULY (U 1800), AUGUST (U 1400). All sections: EF $25 if rec'd by 12/2, $30 at site. Cash prizes per entries. $6 off EF for juniors, seniors, unrateds. CSCA membership req'd ($15, 10 for jrs, seniors), OSA. Register 8:30 - 9:30, rds 10, 4; 9, 3. Richard Buchanan, 844 B Prospect Place, Manitou Springs CO 80829. E-mail [email protected] or call (719) 685-1984.


Free Chess Workshop & Book Signing

By Robert M. Snyder


A National Chess Master will be giving a free workshop on basic rules and strategy, followed by a book signing and chess practice Saturday, October 23rd (7-9pm) at Borders Bookstore (Chapel Hills Mall). This free event is directed at kids, ages 7-16. Mr. Snyder has trained 35 first place winners in championship sections at the National Scholastic Chess Championships (the national record), has trained 10 first place teams in championship sections at the national scholastic championships, and has introduced chess to over 170,000 children (the national record) in school assemblies and school programs. His book, “Chess For Juniors” (Random House, 1991), is the top selling chess book in the country, with his second book, “Unbeatable Chess Lessons For Juniors” (Random House, 2003), following right behind it in national sales. Mr. Snyder’s latest book, “Winning Chess Tournaments For Juniors,” is being released on September 14 and will also be available at the book signing. For further information call Borders at 266-1600, or Robert Snyder at 970-377-0011 or [email protected]


Pikes Peak Open Games

By Buck Buchanan


I selected games from the Pikes Peak Open. Brian Wall has annotated the games Weiss-Wall, Carson-Gitis, and Gitis-Wall in his e-mails sent out in mid-August. If you don't get his e-mails (and you should!!!), you can read his notes by joining his Yahoo group at BrianWallChess (


Denver Chess Club Website

By Paul Grimm


I can now post quick news bulletins on the home page: With this and being able to post upcoming DCC events, things are moving along! Let me know if we need to get the word out on anything going forward (carpools, etc). More to follow with this web site as time permits (reminder: Rick Nelson is an unpaid volunteer right now).




Upcoming Events


9/18-9/19 24hr Chess Marathon, DCC

10/23 Workshop & Book Signing, Borders

12/4-12/5 Winter Springs Open, CSCC


News items received will be forwarded to the subscribers. Games sent in will go into the stockpile for next year. See ya next year!

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