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Everything Is Spoiled!

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Game Of The Week

by Paul Anderson

I spent this weekend playing chess in the Colorado Springs Open. Since the tournament just ended hours ago, I haven’t received any games from other players. But I talked to a couple of folks who said they had some nice games and would send them to me. Josh Bloomer went undefeated and finished in 1st place. He said he might send me a game, so be sure to check back for that exciting possibility.


In the meantime, I picked out one of my games to publish. It was not my best game, but I used a queen sacrifice to try and hang on after a serious mental lapse. And it worked! I don’t usually go in for sacrificing since I am just not very good at it, and I can’t remember ever intentionally giving up my queen for anything less than a queen.

So, this game is a rarity for me. Of course, in all fairness to my opponent, Tom Corbett, I should mention that he was under tremendous time pressure after move 20. By move 40, he hit his clock with 1 second left.

Also, we were using my Saitek chess clock, which Tom took around the building, at the start of the game, desperately trying to find some who could set it for delay. Unfortunately, the clock doesn’t even have this option.

Well, the Fritz analysis is done, and the only thing I can think to add myself is that I definitely felt that double question mark during the game. My face got bright red and I felt crushed. Check it out and see if it makes you feel the same way:


Everything Is Spoiled!

[Event "Colorado Springs Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2004.03.07"]

[Round "5.11"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Corbett, Tom"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "E00"]

[WhiteElo "1782"]

[BlackElo "1516"]

[PlyCount "85"]

[EventDate "2004.03.06"]


1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. a3 b6 4. Nc3 Bb7 5. Bg5 d5 6. e3 dxc4 7. Nf3 h6 8. Bxf6

Qxf6 9. Bxc4 c6 10. O-O g5 11. Ne5 b5 12. Be2 b4 13. Ne4 Qe7 14. Bh5 Rh7 15.

Qc2 Rg7 16. a4 Nd7 17. Nxc6?? Rc8 18. Rac1 Rxc6 19. Qxc6 Bxc6 20. Rxc6 Nb6 21. a5

Nd5 22. Rc8+ Kd7 23. Rfc1 Nc3 24. Ra8 Nxe4 25. Rxa7+ Kd6 26. Rxe7 Bxe7 27. Rc8

Kd7 28. Ra8 Kc6 29. Ra7 Kd6 30. Rb7 f5 31. Rxb4 Rg8 32. Bf7 Rc8 33. g3 Kd5 34.

Rb7 Kd6 35. Rb6+ Rc6 36. Rb5 Ra6 37. b4 Nf6 38. Re5 Rc6 39. b5 Rc1+ 40. Kg2 Kd7

41. Bxe6+ Kd6 42. Bxf5 Nd7 43. Re6+ 1-0


This Week In Chess

Monday March 08, 2004

On Tuesday night, the CSCC met for the first time under the new dues structure, and everything seemed to go smoothly. The officers’ estimate for average attendance was right on the nose this night with 25 people signing the register. Most of the group played in the speed tournament with myself (surprisingly enough) finishing first. Here is how the top 5 finished:


1. Paul Anderson 15/16

2. Sam Meyer 13.5/16

3. Buck Buchanan 13/16

4. Jeff Fox 13/16

5. Jim McKenna 12/16


In the ladder games, Dan Southard toppled Richard Cordovano, Ray Lyons shot down Al Ufer, and Robert Kohler took 2 from Andy Chow. Also this night, the club awarded 2 free entries to the Colorado Springs Open (3/6-3/7) for the highest club rated (Brian Wall) and the most active (Renae Delaware). Renae was able to parlay her free entry into some money by tying for the U1300 prize with Frank Shotwell and Fred Spell.


Upcoming Events

3/9/04 Lecture, CSCC

3/16/04 Quads, CSCC

3/23/04 Ladder games, CSCC

3/30/04 Random Tournament (4-SS, G/15), CSCC

4/3/04 Prairie Hills Fundraiser, CSCA

Categories: 2004

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