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The Miracle On Wood!

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

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Game Of The Week

by Paul Anderson


Monday March 01, 2004


For my first attempt at publishing a game, I was inspired by the “Miracle on Ice.” I took my son out to the movie for our first father-and-son-movie, and we learned about how it all started right here in Colorado Springs.

On February 22, I realized that it was on that date in 1980 that the US Olympic Hockey Team beat the Soviets, who had not lost the gold since the 1960 games, for what was the biggest upset in the history of sports. Well, it turns out that was not the only major upset to occur on that day and have a Colorado Springs connection.

Sixteen years later, a young, amateur chess player with no postal experience took on the veteran, who had taught him the game, in an email chess match. The veteran had already beaten IM Greg De Fotis and had been trained by the evil empire, before it was broken up (Bell Labs). But, despite having never beaten the veteran and falling behind early in the game, the novice rallied back to record the second biggest upset in the history of sports:


Anderson,Douglas - Anderson,Paul [B76]

Email Game 1 Colorado Springs, 22.02.1996



The Miracle On Wood: This is the game that started my chess career. I wanted to play my dad at chess just to get some email and did not expect to win. But as you can see, miracles can happen on wood as well as ice!

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Out of book 7...Nf6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.exd5 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.Qxd5

The Soviets come out flying, out-shooting the Americans by a wide margin. Craig keeps his team in the game, only down a point

13...Be6 14.Qxd8 Rfxd8 15.Rxd8+ Rxd8 16.b3 a5 17.a4 Rc8 18.c4

The world's best goaltender, Tretiak, is replaced by backup Vladimir Myshki [18.Ba6 Rd8 19.Bc5 Ra8 20.Bc4 Bxc4= ]

18...Rb8 19.Kc2 Bf5+ 20.Bd3 Bxd3+ 21.Kxd3 Rxb3+ 22.Ke4

Vasily Pervukin's clearing pass is stopped by Pavelich!


Eruzione scoops it up, skates into the high slot and throws a 25-foot wrist shot past Myshkin!

23.Kd5 Rxe3 24.Rc1 Be5 25.h3 e6+ 26.Kc6 Kf7 27.Rd1 Kf6 28.Kb5 Bc3 29.c5 Re5 30.Kb6

Leaving younger, fresher players on the bench, Tikhonov trusts his veterans [30.f4 Re3 31.c6 Bb2 32.c7 Rc3= ]

30...Re2 31.Rd3 Rb2+ 32.Kc7 Be5+ 33.Kd7 Rb7+ 34.Kc6 Rc7+ 35.Kb6 Rc8 36.c6 Rb8+ 37.Kxa5 Bc7+ 38.Ka6 Rb6+ 39.Ka7 Rxc6 40.Kb7 Rc4

Eleven moves

41.Ra3 Rc5

You got ten moves, the countdown going on right now

42.Ra2 Kg5 43.Kc8 e5 44.Kd7 e4 45.fxe4 fxe4 46.Ra3 h5

Five moves left in the game

47.g3 Kf5 48.Ke7 Re5+ 49.Kd7 Ba5 50.Re3 Bd2 51.Re2 e3

Do you believe in miracles? Yes!



The Miracle on Wood! 

[Event "Game 1"]

[Site "Email"]

[Date "1996.02.22"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B76"]

[PlyCount "102"]

[EventDate "1995.10.23"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nf6 8. Qd2

O-O 9. O-O-O d5 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. exd5 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 cxd5 13. Qxd5 Be6 14. Qxd8

Rfxd8 15. Rxd8+ Rxd8 16. b3 a5 17. a4 Rc8 18. c4 Rb8 19. Kc2 Bf5+ 20. Bd3 Bxd3+

21. Kxd3 Rxb3+ 22. Ke4 f5+ 23. Kd5 Rxe3 24. Rc1 Be5 25. h3 e6+ 26. Kc6 Kf7 27.

Rd1 Kf6 28. Kb5 Bc3 29. c5 Re5 30. Kb6 Re2 31. Rd3 Rb2+ 32. Kc7 Be5+ 33. Kd7

Rb7+ 34. Kc6 Rc7+ 35. Kb6 Rc8 36. c6 Rb8+ 37. Kxa5 Bc7+ 38. Ka6 Rb6+ 39. Ka7

Rxc6 40. Kb7 Rc4 41. Ra3 Rc5 42. Ra2 Kg5 43. Kc8 e5 44. Kd7 e4 45. fxe4 fxe4

46. Ra3 h5 47. g3 Kf5 48. Ke7 Re5+ 49. Kd7 Ba5 50. Re3 Bd2 51. Re2 e3 0-1


This Week In Chess


Monday March 01, 2004


The times are a-changin’. This past Tuesday the Colorado Springs Chess Club raised their dues for the first time in six years. During an emergency meeting called by the club officers, the membership was presented with a proposal to change the dues structure. The reason for the increase was to help offset the change in rent the club has to pay for use of its location. The membership passed the 5 point proposal with only a few minor changes:


1. Dues are now $2.

2. Dues are required each week.

3. Sign in is required each week.

4. No dues will be used for prizes.

5. The officers can adjust the amounts promised for special events.


The changes included charging no dues for member who are 65 and older and allowing members to buy a six-month membership for $35. The new structure takes effect 3/2/04. Once the meeting was adjourned, several members played ladder games.


Upcoming Events


3/2/04 Speed Tournament, CSCC

3/6/04-3/7/04 Colorado Springs Open, CSCA

3/9/04 Lecture, CSCC

3/16/04 Quads, CSCC

3/23/04 Ladder games, CSCC

Categories: 2004, Mother's Day

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