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Tim Brennan Resurrects

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Game Of The Week

 By Tim Brennan

Thanks Paul, for inviting me to be part of your "Tim Brennan Week" again!

As Mark Twain said, "Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated!" 

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Tim's back from the grave for yet another book!

Now that I am done spending dozens of hours responding to press releases and media inquires regarding the story that I have quit chess (, I have some free time to write a guest newsletter!

One of the things that I really like about Paul Anderson's chess ideas and teachings is that he realizes that in order to become a better chess player, you have to become a better person.

Chess isn't just about openings, tactics, strategies, endgames, etc, etc.  Becoming a better person, and a better chess player go hand in hand.

I was reading a very interesting article on this morning entitled "8 Things the Most Successful People Do That Make Them Great" ( and I think most of them could apply to getting better at chess as well.

Success in any area is about building good habits, and eliminating bad habits - including chess.

Jim Rohn, who recently passed away, and was the mentor of Tony Robbins, talks about this idea in relationship to earning money by quoting his mentor, Earl Shoaff:

Set a goal to become a millionaire for what it makes of you to achieve it.

He said, “Do it for the skills you have to learn and the person you have to become. Do it for what you end up knowing about the marketplace, what you’ll learn about the management of time and working with people. Do it for the ability of discovering how to keep your ego in check. For what you have to learn about being benevolent. Being kind as well as being strong. What you have to learn about society and business and government and taxes and becoming an accomplished person to reach the status of millionaire.

All that you have learned and all that you’ve become to reach the status of millionaire is what’s valuable. Not the million dollars."  (page 20, Conversations with Millionaires, by Mike Litman and Jason Omar)

Paul has said similar things about chess, which many chess teachers never mention or think about.

For example, if you lifestyle is something out of a "girls gone wild" video, you probably are not going to reach your chess goals as quickly as you would like.  If you have emotional issues, and cannot control your temper, you probably will have a hard time handling a loss or a tough tournament.  If your ego is so fragile that you cannot handle losing, then you are not going to get very far.  If your ability to concentrate is worse than a kitten hopped up on catnip during a laser light show, you are going to have problems at the chess board.

To become good at chess, you have to learn patience, and discipline.  You have to try and find the best move every turn, even when you don't feel like it, and your brain wants to take a break.

It is about the journey - not the destination.  It is about small improvements - constant and never ending improvements - which build up over time.  It is about pinpointing your bad habits and weaknesses, and fixing them.  It is about learning from mistakes and doing your best every time.  It is about using your time wisely.

All of these things apply to getting better at chess and life.

Here is a very interesting game that I was sitting next to yesterday during Lee Simmon's monthly chess tournament at the Colorado Chess center.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Thanks Paul for your great newsletters! I always enjoy them! Keep up the good work!

Tim Brennan

P.S. Be sure to check out my best selling chess tactics books on amazon! 

I think that you will like them, and they will help your chess game!


Tim Brennan Resurrects


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[Date "2014.04.12"]

[Round "2"]

[White "Wu, Andy Honeyu"]

[Black "Carson, Anthea"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "C78"]

[WhiteElo "1713"]

[BlackElo "1712"]

[PlyCount "37"]

[SourceDate "2014.04.12"]


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. c3 d6 8. d4 Bb6 9. h3 Bb7 10. Re1 O-O 11. Bg5 Qe7 12. Nh4 exd4 13. Nf5 Qe5 14. f4 dxc3+ 15. Kh1 cxb2 16. fxe5 bxa1=Q 17. Bxf6 Nxe5 18. Qh5 Bxe4 19. Qh6 1-0


This Week In Chess


On April 1st, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a free, Quad event.  Since the USCF-rated players didn't fit smoothly into a multiple of 4, they were grouped into one Swiss tournament.  Imre went unbeaten to claim 1st place in the rated section, along with Earle Wikle and Rezheen Hamid in the unrated sections.


Swiss tournament (3SS, G30):

2.5 Imre Barlay

2.0 Mark McGough

2.0 Daniel Herman

1.5 Koji Del Conte

1.0 Paul Anderson

0.0 Brandon Hilliard

Unrated Quad A (RR, G20):

3.0 Earle Wikle

2.0 Peter Barlay

1.0 Mike Makinney*

0.0 Ben Matthews

Unrated Quad B (RR, G20):

3.0 Rezheen Hamid

2.0 Paul Mark Protheroe

1.0 Shirley Herman

0.0 David Silva

* Dean Brown substitution after round 1


Tuesday Night Chess Tour Standings for 2nd Quarter


MAX POSSIBLE    52.00    8.00

1    Paul Anderson    32.50    1.00

2    Richard Buchanan    27.00    3.50

3    Daniel Herman    26.33    6.00

4    Mark McGough    16.83    3.50

5    Koji DelConte    16.00    1.00

6    Shirley Herman    15.00    3.00

7    Joe Pahk    13.50    0.00

8    Earle Wikle    11.00    6.00

9    William Benedek    10.50    1.00

10    Imre Barlay    10.00    4.00

11    Josh Bloomer    8.00    0.00

12    Dean Brown    7.00    2.00

13    Eugin Pahk    6.00    0.00

14    Mike Madsen    6.00    1.00

15    Alex Freeman    5.33    0.00

16    Larry Kledzik    5.00    0.00

17    Ben Matthews    5.00    1.00

18    Peter Barlay    5.00    3.00

19    Sara Herman    4.00    0.00

20    Katie Wise    4.00    0.00

21    Paul Protheroe    4.00    4.00

22    Rezheen Hamid    4.00    4.00

23    Kevin Kaaoush    3.00    0.00

24    Alex Torres    3.00    0.00

25    Gunnar Andersen    3.00    0.00

26    Gary Atkinson    2.00    0.00

27    John Byrne    2.00    0.00

28    Robert Jimenez    2.00    0.00

29    Ron Dotson    2.00    0.00

30    Chris Wynkoop    2.00    0.00

31    Peter Wise    2.00    0.00

32    Mike Makinney    2.00    2.00

33    Bobby Dzagen    1.00    0.00

34    Adam Metzger    1.00    0.00

35    Web McNairy    1.00    0.00

36    Jeff Fox    1.00    1.00

37    Jeremy Hawks    1.00    1.00

38    Phil Van Hawk    1.00    1.00

39    David Silva    1.00    1.00

40    Brandon Hilliard    1.00    1.00

Categories: 2014, Tim Brennan Week

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