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Fox's Book Of Martyrs

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 2, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from Jeff Fox.  I had hoped to have a win of his to publish, but his wins over me this year have been in the quick time controls and neither Jeff nor I have kept score in those games.


Event, Jeff's Results Against Me:


Club 1-1

Quick 2-3

USCF 0-3


Unfortunately for Jeff, I have held the upper hand in the USCF-rated games this year.  So, the only recorded games between us have gone my way.  In fact, in the USCF games I have gone 6-0 since 6/21/05 (16-9 all USCF). 

However, we are pretty much even when all rated games are considered.  I am hanging on to a one game lead (33.5-32.5) all time currently. 

In addition, a lot of my wins come from the help of the clock.  So, it is like publishing a win of his that just didn't have enough time to finish.  Here is one I found where I get my biggest upset over Jeff thanks to the clock, as my position is a complete shambles.  I blundered a couple of times but gave Jeff enough to think about that his desire for the perfect finish killed off an otherwise dominate game. 


Fox's Book Of Martyrs


[Event "February Flatulence"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2000.02.15"]

[Round "4.4"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Fox, Jeff"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A42"]

[WhiteElo "1505"]

[BlackElo "1782"]

[PlyCount "97"]

[EventDate "2000.02.08"]

[TimeControl "1800"]


1. c4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 d6 4. e4 c6 5. Be3 Nd7 6. Nf3 e5 7.

h3 Ne7 8. Be2 O-O 9. O-O h6 10. Qd2 Kh7 11. Rad1 Qc7 12. d5 c5 13. a3 f5 14.

Qc2 Nf6 15. Bc1 f4 16. Nh2 h5 17. Bf3 a6 18. Qd3 Neg8 19. b4 Bd7 20. Bd2 g5 21.

Rb1 b6 22. Rb2 g4 23. hxg4 hxg4 24. Be2 Nh6 25. Bxf4 exf4 26. e5+ Bf5 27. Qd2

dxe5 28. d6 Qf7 29. bxc5 bxc5 30. Bd3 Qg6 31. Rd1 Bxd3 32. Qxd3 Qxd3 33. Rxd3

Nf5 34. Na4 e4 35. Rd1 g3 36. Nf1 gxf2+ 37. Rxf2 Nd7 38. Rxf4 Bd4+ 39. Rxd4

Nxd4 40. Rxe4 Rae8 41. Rh4+ Kg6 42. Nxc5 Ne2+ 43. Kh2 Nxc5 44. Nd2 Rf2 45. Nf3

Re4 46. Rh8 Nf4 47. Rg8+ Kh7 48. Rg3 Ree2 49. Nh4 1-0


First Principles Of Chess


Colorado Springs Chess News is announcing its first chess class for July 14th at Petrie's Family Games.  It will be a 3 hours lecture-lab combining instruction with playing experience.  Each participant will receive an instructional DVD.  You can find the details on the Coaching link. 


I was inspired by Jim Belushi to become the next great high school chess coach:


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Actually, it had more to do with the 12 years of tournament chess and finally cracking the expert level (2002), that made it dawned on me that chess just might be a talent I have.  Now, I am offering group classes and individual instruction to pass on what I have gained from chess. 


This Week In Chess


On June 29th, the CSCC had 8 members for happy hour. Half of the players joined the quick-rated tournament (3RR, G20). Jeff Fox got another victory over me in a quick-rated game making it two in a row! David Meliti finished unbeaten (2 draws) to take home the top spot. Here are the results:


Score, Player


2.0 David Meliti

1.5 Buck Buchanan

1.5 Jeff Fox

1.0 Paul Anderson


Right Move Public Chess Club

By David Meliti


Last Saturday July 3rd at Right Move Public Chess Club:


The 2010 Summer Quad Series, Tournament #1 took place this past Saturday July 3rd. In all 16 players turned out for this event making this a four-quad tournament. The time control was G/55 td/5.


Section D (rating range 1346 – 1045) was won by Isaac Martinez and Larry Wells. While Isaac slowed in the last round with a draw to Larry Wells, he still went undefeated to tie for first place with Larry Wells in his quad. The full results of Quad D are as follows:


1) Jay Shuler………………. (L4) (L3) (W2) ……. Total 1.0

2) Gary Frenzel……………. (L3) (L4) (L1) ……. Total 0.0

3) Isaac Martinez.………… (W2) (W1) (D4)…….Total 2.5

4) Larry Wells…………….. (W1) (W2) (D3)….….Total 2.5


Section C (rating range 1381 – 1472) was dominated by Alex Freeman. He won a clear first place and earned the first place prize. The full results of Quad C are as follows:


1) Don Austin…………….. (L4) (L3) (D2)……….. Total 0.5

2) Kevin G Lucas…………. (L3) (L4) (D1)………..Total 0.5

3) Alexander Freeman……. (W2) (W1) (W4.)…….Total 3.0

4) Gerald Maier…………… (W1) (W2) (L3)………Total 2.0


Section B (rating range 1489 – 1762) Kurt Kondracki clinches clear first. Final standings for all players are as follows:


1) Daniel Picard ……………(L4) (W3) (W2)………Total 2.0

2) Walter Schmidt………….(L3) (L4) (L1)……….. Total 0.0

3) Robin Grochowski………(W2) (L1) (L4)………...Total 1.0

4) Kurt Kondracki………….(W1) (W2) (W3)………Total 3.0


Section A (rating range 1778 – 1963) was won by David Meliti. While David slowed in the last round with a draw to Joshua Jex, he still managed to claim clear first and go undefeated earning the first place prize. Final standings for all players are as follows:


1) David Meliti……………..(W4) (W3) (D2)………. Total 2.5

2) Joshua Jex……………….(W3) (L4) (D1)………...Total 1.5

3) Anthea Carson…………..(L1) (W2) (L3)…………Total 1.0

4) Andrew Grochowski…….(L2) (L1) (W4)…………Total 1.0


Thank You to Paul Covington for assisting with the TD responsibilities during this tourney. The club also wants to thank those who provided snacks and lunch for us during the tourney at nominal cost. Here is a personal thank you note from Jennifer Bowers and her team…..they did an awesome job in serving up the food during the tournament:


“The Honored Ladies and Sir Knights of Pikes Peak Court #20 Order of the Amaranth, Inc. thank all who helped us raise money for our general fund and donated to Amaranth Diabetes Research. We hope you enjoyed the chess tournament as much as we did and we offer our congratulations to the winners. Our members are looking forward to serving you again on July 24th and August 28th.”


Rev. Jennifer Ann Bowers, RMT, RM

Rose Bridge Creations



By the way, Jennifer will be teaching the next children’s introduction to chess group class when we resume after our short summer break. And as Jennifer pointed out, we do indeed have 2 more summer quad tournaments coming up on Saturday July 24th and August 28th. The format will be identical to this past Saturday’s event.


Last Thursday July 1st at Right Move Public Chess Club:


We had our regular weeknight club meeting this past Thursday July 1st. In all 19 players participated in club tournaments (round 1 of 4) and casual chess. Players participating in this month's USCF G/75 are Anthea Carson, Isaac Martinez, Jason Loving, Brian Rountree, Mark Mc Gough and Paul Covington. Important update for this month ..... The tournament format has been changed from a 5 round swiss to a "4" round swiss to accommodate the turnout. The last Thursday of this month (July 29) will be a casual chess and pizza night at the club rather than having a round 5. Come prepared to play some blitz chess, bughouse, or whatever you are in the mood to play on the last Thursday of this month!!!


As is our tradition we also began a new informal club tournament on July 1st. Players registered are Jay Shuler, John Nieman, Thomas Nieman, Henry Blandon, Melody Kirkwood, Barb Keiser, Jordan Myers and Justice Myers. I want to extend a special welcome to some of the chess class graduates who attended and participated in their very first tournament game. The informal club tournament was also changed from a 5-round event to a 4-round tourney to accommodate the turnout for the month. Along with the USCF players, informal tournament players are welcome to join us on the last Thursday of the month for a casual chess and pizza night.


Round 1 results in the G/75 July 2010 Swiss for all players this past Thursday July 1st are as follows:


Brian Rountree …………0-1………Paul Covington (USCF)

Mark S McGough………1-0………Jason A Loving (USCF)

Isaac Martinez…………..1-0………Anthea Carson (USCF)

Melody Kirkwood………0-1………Henry Blandon (Informal)

Jay Shuler……………….1-0………Barb Keiser (Informal)

Jordan Myers……………1-0………John Nieman (Informal)

Thomas Nieman…………1-0………Justice Myers (Informal)


The white side of the board clearly dominated in round 1. Players may still register for both month long tourneys and start play with round 2 this coming Thursday July 8th. You will be given a half-point bye for round 1.


Small Group Chess Lessons Off-Site (Mondays)


We are currently on a short summer break with the group chess lessons. The lessons will resume most likely in August or September with a new group of students and Paul Covington has plans to bring our first adult class back into session with some advanced material. As mentioned before, Jennifer Bowers will be filling in for me on Mondays with the children’s classes. At our Sunflower Market promotion this coming Saturday and Sunday July 10th & 11th we will be signing up new students for the next classes. Start dates of the next classes will be dependent in large part on interest at this weekend’s promotion where we will once again raise the profile of our club in the local community. 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.


Important Note: Once again we will be holding the chess lessons at Compleat Games & Hobbies in downtown Colorado Springs (The hobby store is located on 326 N Tejon St (just north of Platte). The store will reserve the tables for us at the usual time of 6-8pm Mondays. Stay tuned and check the club website for updates on the start date of the next lessons. After careful consideration we will "NOT" be moving the lessons to the first hour of our Thursday night club meetings.


Thank you to the many players that responded to our financial needs per the last newsletter that went out. As many of you know we were running way behind in donations last month. Between the generous donations made at club last Thursday July 1st and the higher than expected turnout for tournament registration this past Saturday, the club is in good financial standing once again. Local chess author and club member Anthea Carson will have her book “How to Play Chess Like and Animal” (co-authored by Brian Wall) on display at the club. The books will be on the director’s table each Thursday night for purchase. All proceeds from the book sales (up to 4 books) will go toward club expenses. Thank you Anthea for contributing to the club’s needs in this way. By the way, the book is a fun and entertaining way for kids to learn chess. Adults too !!!

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