|Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:50 PM|
Game Of The Week
I am off my losing streak (4 games and 2 weeks) and now have several recent wins I can choose from to publish. So, I have chosen the best win. Not only was it the best win of the three I had this weekend, but also it ranks as the 6th biggest upset I have ever had.
Of course, it was a faster time control (G25/5), as are most of my upsets (85%). I am surprised each time I play a G30 that the time is going by faster. When I first started playing, I would lose the game and end up with more time on my clock.
But now, I find I can’t even get my score sheet heading filled in with out being in time trouble. Of course, this could be due to my Saitek chess clock as I am not sure that it has learned to tell time yet.
I was talking to another Saitek owner this weekend about our frustrations with the clock. He was nice enough to offer me his clock for $50. I told him that he’d have to pay me a lot more than that to take his clock.
Anyway, when I play in games with fast time controls, I can often get stuck with one idea in my head and fail to look at other options. Such is the case with this game. My thought was that the knight should be on d4. Fritz agreed.
So, I left it there for 25 of the 59 moves in the game until I was forced to trade it. But it worked! So, if you play me any time soon, then look out! The knight is coming to d4.
The Knight Likes It On d4
[Event "Denker Fundraiser"]
[White "Anderson, Paul"]
[Black "Buchanan, Buck"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. a3 b6 4. Nc3 Bb7 5. Nf3 d5 6. Bg5 Be7 7. e3 O-O 8. Bd3
Ne4 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. cxd5 exd5 11. O-O Nd7 12. Rc1 Ndf6 13. Bb1 Rfd8 14. Qc2
Rac8 15. h3 c5 16. Qd3 cxd4 17. Nxd4 Nc5 18. Qf5 g6 19. Qg5 Ne6 20. Nf5 Nxg5
21. Nxe7+ Kg7 22. Nxc8 Rxc8 23. Nb5 a6 24. Nd4 Nge4 25. Bxe4 Nxe4 26. Rxc8 Bxc8
27. Rc1 Bd7 28. Rc7 Nf6 29. g4 h6 30. f3 Kf8 31. Kf2 Ke7 32. b3 Kd6 33. Ra7 a5
34. a4 Kc5 35. h4 g5 36. hxg5 hxg5 37. Ke2 Kd6 38. Kd3 Kc5 39. Kc3 Kd6 40. b4
Bxa4 41. bxa5 bxa5 42. Rxf7 Ne8 43. Ra7 Nc7 44. Rxa5 Bd7 45. Ra1 Nb5+ 46. Nxb5+
Bxb5 47. Ra2 Bc4 48. Rh2 Ke5 49. Rh8 Be2 50. Rf8 Ke6 51. Kd2 Bc4 52. Rf5 Bb5
53. Rxg5 Be8 54. Kd3 Bf7 55. Kd4 Kd6 56. Rg7 Be8 57. Rg8 Bf7 58. Rd8+ Ke7 59.
This Week In Chess
Monday April 05, 2004
On 3/30, the CSCC had 22 members attend the evening’s festivities. The main event was an April Fools’ Eve Eve random chess tournament. Sixteen members played in the match (4-SS, G/15) with a different starting position for each of the 4 games. The pawns started in their regular position. However, the roll of a die determined the set-up of the pieces. Of course, a couple of rules helped keep the game close to standard chess; the bishops had to be on opposite colors, and the king had to be between the rooks. Castling was accomplished with the standard rules and into the normal position, but the king and rook could start from almost any other back rank square. I lost several seconds in one game trying to figure out how to move my king first to g1, which was occupied by the rook, and then move the rook to f1. In standard chess, I normally perform this maneuver one-handed, and I didn’t want to break with tradition. My opponents were quite shocked with my solution, and it distracted them enough to help me tie for 1st! In addition to the random chess, Richard Cordovano beat Andrew Chow and Dean Brown wore down Allan Ufer in the USCF-rated, G/90 matches.
On 4/3, the Embassy Suites Hotel was a hotbed of chess activity. Not only did Lee Simmons of Rocky Mountain Chess hold the Colorado Springs Scholastic Benefits Tour finale there, but also the CSCA had its Denker/Polgar Fundraiser across the river to help Brandon Cooksey and McKenzie Mical represent Colorado in their national scholastic events. Here are the results from the Denker/Polgar Fundraiser:
Fred Eric Spell
4/5 Kids’ Chess Club, Borders
4/6 Speed Tournament, CSCC
4/13 Jr vs. Sr match (G/60), CSCC
6/12-6/13 Southern Colorado Open, CSCA
5/1/04 T-shirt design for the CSCC
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