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For Such A Time As This

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 12, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from my latest chess achievement: 2010 Jim Burden Award winner! It is quite an honor for me to be mentioned with such chess greats:


Jim Burden Award Winners:

2019 Chris Motley - game

2018 Larry Osborn - game

2017 LM Brian Wall - game

2016 Paul Anderson - game & game

2015 Daniel Herman

2014 Tim Brennan - game

2013 Scott Massey - game

2012 Tom Mullikin - game

2011 Devon Wall - game

2010 Paul Anderson - game

2009 Francisco Baltier

2008 Tim Fisher - game

2007 Chris Peterson - game

2006 Tobias Lingaard - game

2005 Josh Smith - game


As I add this new feather in my chess cap, I would like to thank LM Brian Wall for creating this award and giving it to me. He wrote in his Yahoo group:

"I am awarding the 2010...Jim Burden give-up-a-Queen-for-nothing-and-still-win award this year to Paul Anderson for sheer desire, persistence and multiple entries. I believe people should get what they want before they die even if it lets them down. If this was a movie, Paul would gently die in his sleep like a big bear now. Getting what you need is the kiss of death in a movie script."

I certainly hope there is not a curse attached with this award, as I haven't heard about the recent whereabouts of the previous winners. In fact, my hope is that this award will be a great blessing to my chess career and that this day will go down in the annuls of chess as a day of feasting and gift giving like Purim in the time of Queen Esther.


You see, the game reminded me a lot of the story of Esther whose rise to prominence was precipitated by the actions of the foolish Queen Vashti. King Xerxes, the ruler of Persia and Media, had been telling the Queen, "Do not go out too early. You must remain with the King."

However, she did not obey. The King burned with anger like Ralph Kramden towards his rebellious wife. However, being King has its benefits. He punished the Queen for her departure by removing her from the game and sending out an edict to all the land:

"He sent dispatches to all parts of the kingdom, to each province in its own script and to each people in its own language, proclaiming in each people's tongue that every man should be ruler over his own household."

Esther 1:22 NIV

Not much has changed today; guys still want to keep the Queen at home and will banish anyone who violates this rule.


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Of course, thanks to LM Brian Wall's award, I have learned an important lesson in chess. Just like the removal of Queen Vashti was only the beginning of the story for Esther, the loss of a Queen does not mean the loss of the game.

The game of chess is more than position and material. It is also a battle of time and will. God had removed Queen Vashti for a reason: to allow Queen Esther to fulfill her role in bringing about triumph for the Jews.

So, when I blundered away my Queen, I wasn't about to give up. There could be another Queen just waiting in the wings.


I had a facebook friend challenge me to describe myself using only song titles from my favorite band. I chose the Triumph song “Never Surrender” as my motto because it served me well in life and chess. I don’t know if I would have actually won this game, as I had only evened the position when my opponent resigned.

“…And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"

Esther 4:14 NIV


For Such A Time As This


[Event "2010 Jim Burden Award Contest"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2010.02.19"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Tonèek 1"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B06"]

[WhiteElo "1621"]

[PlyCount "50"]

[EventDate "2010.04.01"]


1. d4 c6 2. e4 g6 3. Nf3 d6 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. Bd3 Bg4 6. Nbd2 Bxd4 7. c3 Bg7 8. O-O

e5 9. Be3 Nd7 10. Qb3 Qb6 $4 11. Bxb6 Nxb6 12. a4 Be6 13. Qc2 Ne7 14. b4 O-O

15. c4 Rad8 16. a5 Nbc8 17. Ng5 Bd7 18. Rad1 h6 19. Nh3 Kh7 20. Nf3 f5 21. c5

fxe4 22. Bxe4 d5 23. Bxg6+ Nxg6 24. Rfe1 Bxh3 25. Nxe5 Bf5 0-1

This Week In Chess


On June 8th, the CSCC had 7 members in attendance. Most players joined the first round of the USCF-rated June Mating Game tournament (3RR, G30).  This is a 2 week tournament.  So, there is still time to join and possibly even get a piece of 1st place:


Score, Player:


2.0 Paul Anderson

1.0 Jeff Fox

1.0 Buck Buchanan

0.0 Dean Brown


June Panera Bread Thursday

By Dean Brown


Round 2 Results:


Kurt Kondracki over Kumar Tedla

Dean Brown over Jerry Maier

Gene Lucas over Sai Tedla

Paul Sample over Justin Leo.



By Art Byers, NMCO Tournament Organizer


THE NEW MEXICO CHESS ORGANIZATION (The official state affiliate of the United States Chess Federation.)


June 26/27 The Albuquerque/Rio Rancho Open at the Rio Rancho Meadowlark Senior Center

September 25/26 The Santa Fe Open at the Santa Fe Cimmunity College

November 6/7 The New Mexico Open and State Chess Championship at the Rio Rancho Meadowlark Senior Center




2010 State Quick Chess Championship (Jul 3)

3 Musketeers Team Tournament (Aug 7)

2010 State Blitz Chess Championship (Sep 4)

The Great Pumpkin Octagons (Oct 2)

Check Low, Mate High Action (Dec 11)




July 17: The second annual Hub City Open


Casual chess this Saturday!

by Renae Delaware


Hello Everyone!


I hope everyone is having a fantastic start to their summer! Happy Father's Day to all the fathers on this list!


Here are details:


When: Saturday, June 19th at 8pm

Where: Agia Sofia Coffee Shop & Bookstore, 2902 W. Colorado Ave 80904. Located on the NW corner of Colorado & 29th (directly west of the firestation) 719-632-3322

Who: Anyone! Just be sure to bring your own sets & clocks! (Though this is not a requirement.) 


Please remember to support them if you're able to! (Even if it's not at our casual nights!)


Thank you!


Right Move Public Chess Club

by David Meliti


Club newcomer Brian Rountree has followed up his recent win in round 1 of the USCF Thursday Night June 2010 Swiss with another victory in round 2 defeating Mark McGough with a solid French Defense playing the black side of the board. Let it be known however that Brian is certainly not new to rated tournament play and has competed in 90+ rated events. Following close behind Brian ( who has a perfect 2.0 score by the way ) are Jason Loving and David Meliti tied for 2nd place with 1.5 points.


The black side of the board dominated this past Thursday June 10th in round 2 of 4 in both the USCF rated and informal club tourneys. USCF player Jason Loving was the lone exception with a win with the white pieces over Peter Swan and club player Paul Covington had a victory with the white pieces over David Flaks in the informal tourney.


Round 2 results for all players this past Thursday are as follows:


Mark McGough.................0-1 ................Brian Rountree (USCF)

Mr Jay Shuler...................0-1 ................David Meliti (USCF)

Jason Loving ...................1-0 ................Peter Swan (USCF)

Paul Covington................ 1-0 ................David Flaks (Informal Club)

Gil Garrison......................0-1 ................Henry Blandon (Informal Club)

Melody Kirkwood............. 0-1 ................Justin Zeek (Informal Club


Byes: Travis Bradley & Isaac Martinez (Informal Club Tourney)


Small Group Chess Lessons Off-Site(Mondays)


This past Monday night June 14th the club had a lengthy adult class session beginning at 6:30pm since the next childrens class doesn't begin for a few more weeks. Tactical items taught included deflection, windmill, pawn chains, bishop sacrifice, piece mobility & scope, removing the guard, weak squares, open vs closed games and related topics. Paul will continue with tactics next class on June 21st although end game topics are on the agenda for the evening as well. The very last class will be a chess simul.....more info to follow on this !!!


June 21, 2010:::: Small Group Adults Class: 6:30 -8:00pm (Lesson #11)

Lesson Topic: Tactics Part 3 + End Game Study


Small Group Childrens Class Graduated June 7th - Next Class Begins Soon !!!

Tentatively planned start date will be sometime in July 2010.


Club Calendar (Thursdays at First United Methodist Church Dowtown)


June 17, 2010:: Casual Play: 6:00 - 9:30pm

Tournament Style Play: 7:00 - 9:30pm

USCF RATED Tournament: 4-SS G/75 June 2010 Swiss Rd 3 of 4

Informal Club-Rated Event: 4-SS G/75 June 2010 Swiss Rd 3 of 4


June 24, 2010:: Casual Play: 6:00 - 9:30pm

Tournament Style Play: 7:00 - 9:30pm

USCF RATED Tournament: 4-SS G/75 June 2010 Swiss Rd 4 of 4

Informal Club-Rated Event: 4-SS G/75 June 2010 Swiss Rd 4 of 4


Other Club Announcements


It is time once again to raise the profile of the club in our local community. For the second time this year we will be having a visible presence in the Colorado Springs area doing another chess promotion at the Sunflower Market. Saturday July 10th and Sunday July 11th representatives of the club will set up a chess display at the Sunflower Market. We will hand out club flyers, give on-site chess lessons, play casual chess and just introduce the shoppers to the game of chess and it's many benefits. Club members are encouraged to come out and play chess while promoting the club.


The club would like to thank Tim Kirkwood (father of Melody Kirkwood playing in this month's informal G/75 tourney) for producing high quality score sheets for club members to record their chess moves. The new club score sheets feature the club's logo, name and are in color just to name of few of the impressive features. Tim, after developing the layout for the score sheets connected with a local quality printing company to produce 1000 Right Move Public Chess Club score sheets. Way to go Tim and thank you !!! This is just one example of the way that many of our players and members have stepped up and served this club in one way or another. As many of you know, we are a "quality-minded" Colorado Springs chess club endeavoring to provide only the best chess playing experience for all chess players in the area. The new club score sheets will be put out on the tables for the first time beginning Thursday June 13th just prior to the start of the 3rd round of the G/75 June 2010 Swiss.


Paul Covington is also making a major contribution to the Thursday night club meetings. Between the hours of 6pm and 7pm (before the tournaments begin), players can now watch chess lecture and training videos on a variety of chess topics. Club members now have a choice of either playing casual chess during the first hour of club, or if they choose, they can watch one or more videos that Paul has in his archives. Thank You Paul for providing the technology and your services in this way.


In other news, the club is happy to report that pre-registrations have begun for our first Saturday Summer Quad Tournament to take place on July 3rd. We have already had players register from out-of-state. Wisconsin and Arizona will be represented along with some of the usual locals. All information pertaining to the weekend Saturday tournaments this summer can be found on the "weekend tournaments" link on the club's website.


Have a great week and happy chess playing !!!

Categories: 2010

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