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Game Of The Year XI

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM

End Of The Season

Friday, August 22, 2014

Well, another chess season has come to a close for me. It is time for me to move on to managing the website for my other hobby (, but I will return after the football season ends. Before I go, I wanted to clean up some loose ends.

Of course, you can still send in news items or articles during the off-season, and I will email them along to the subscribers. Any games I receive will be stored at the Colorado Springs Chess News’ Yahoo! group ( You can also join the group to keep receiving chess games all year round.

So, before I finish typing my chess thoughts for another year, I want to thank all the people who sent in games and articles, all the people who took the time to tell me something nice about the newsletter, and all the people who take the time to read this.

Game Of The Year

Usually at this time, I look over the past year's statistics to see if it was a good or bad year for me.  Looking over the statistics helps me get past the bad feelings that linger from my losses (and I had a bunch of them). They bring me back into balance and force me to look at what I did right and what I did wrong.  While 2013 was a record-setting year for me, this year actually broke several of those marks before ending on a down note:

  • Same number of upsets as last year (2)
  • 2098 peak USCF rating (record: 2013 - 2058)
  • 2039 peak BLITZ rating (record: 2013 - 1973)
  • 2127 peak CLUB rating (record: 2013 - 2116)
  • 18 projected prizes won (record: 2013 - 15)
  • 71.59% CLUB winning percentage (record: 2013 - 87.86%)
  • 77.27% USCF winning percentage (record: 2012 - 79.31%)
  • 64 projected USCF-rated wins (record: 2013 - 75.5)

In addition to the statistics, I authored 3 more articles for the Colorado Chess Informant, including one about my upset victory over LM Brian Wall.  It was a great milestone for me!  His humorous chess emails inspired me to write about chess and helped me become an expert.  The win was my first over Brian in rated play and set a new record for my highest rated win (old record:  NM Josh Bloomer - 2222).

2014 Colorado Chess Informant Articles:

Name: Bishop

Alias: Elephant (in medieval chess it could only leap 2 squares diagonally restricting it to only 8 squares and unable to capture the opponent’s Elephant), Crocodile, Archer, Runner, Messenger, Fool, Jester, Hunter, Officer

Number: 2

Starting Square: 1st rank, C and F files

Motto: “We are Close Friends!”

Move: Any squares, diagonally

Capture: Any squares, diagonally Speed: Fast

Special Ability: None

Material Value: 3

Mobility Preference: Open Diagonals

Spiritual Value: Faith

Song: Faithfully, Journey

Verse: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (KJV)

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up

If anyone sets his heart on being a Bishop, he desires a noble task. For the Bishops are the most faithful of all the pieces. Whatever color square they start on, they will never leave it.

Now the Bishops must be next to the King or Queen and be the pieces of but one color. While the other pieces may move from one color to another, the Bishops will always be faithful.

Since he cannot move onto the other color, he can only touch half the squares of the board. He needs a friend to cover the rest of the squares. He can capture any enemy piece that gets on his diagonal with lightning speed. He darts at an angle as many squares as he wants. However, he makes sure not to touch the other color.

The Bishop will take on any mission. He will defend the King, he will lay down his life, and he will capture his King's enemies. But most importantly, he relies on his friends to help him go where he cannot. How will you use the bishop? You will have to play to find out!

Here is a position from my game with LM Brian Wall where I keep the Bishop pair and get the win against a master:

White to move

See diagram and answer here:

Anderson,Paul (2043) - Wall,Brian (2241) [A40]

Jason's Deli Colorado Springs (2.1), 20.01.2014

1.d4 Na6 2.e4 c5 3.c3 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.e5 Nh6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nb4 8.Bb5+ Nc6 9.0–0 Nf5 10.a3 Bd7

The past couple of years Brian has entertained and challenged himself by playing the same opening in every game. This year’s edition has been The Lemming (1. Anything Na6) and The Double Lemming (1. Anything Na6 2. Almost Anything …and eventually Nh6). By move 3, we were out of book and by move 5, I got to play against the Double Lemming!

Also, I decided not to trade off my better Bishop for one of his Lemmings.

11.Nc3 Rc8 12.Qd3 Be7 13.Ba4 f6 14.g4 Nfxd4 15.Nxd4 fxe5 16.Nxc6 bxc6 17.f3 0–0 18.Bc2 g6 19.Qd2 Rf7 20.b4 a5

Now Brian opts to keep his Bishop pair to support his Pawn center. Since he already sacrificed a Knight for a couple of Pawns and is down in material, it was an understandable choice. You want to trade Pawns not pieces when down material.

In hindsight, he might regret not getting rid of my light-squared Bishop. I was pretty happy with his sacrifice and having the Bishop pair, as I was just hoping for a draw in a new time control.

A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it.

(Wilhelm Steinitz)

21.Na4 axb4 22.axb4 Qf8 23.Ba3 Rxf3 24.Rxf3 Qxf3 25.Bd1 Qe4 26.Nc5 Bxc5+ 27.bxc5 Ra8 28.Bb2 Rxa1 29.Bxa1 d4 30.Kf2 Qd5

The Pawns are getting scary now, but my hopes for a draw are still alive with the Bishop pair that can get to his King if those Pawns move out of the center or my Queen can wreck havoc on the back rank.

31.Qa5 e4 32.Qb4 e5 33.Bb3 1–0

The Pin is mightier than the sword.

(Fred Reinfeld)

Tim Brennan was so inspired by my victory over LM Brian Wall that he was moved poetically:

I wrote a song verse for you to use if you decide to publish your game against Brian from Shirley's MLK tournament (which I am sure you will).

Mia's daughter is constantly singing "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus, and I saw a funny tweet during the super bowl, which inspired me as well...

♫ I came in like a wrecking ball ♫

♫ In my game against Brian Wall ♫

♫ All I wanted was to give my all ♫

♫ Was it good enough for Tactics Time 3? ♫

Game Of The Year XI


[Event "Jason's Deli"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2014.01.20"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Wall, Brian"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A40"]

[WhiteElo "2043"]

[BlackElo "2241"]

[PlyCount "65"]

[EventDate "2014.01.20"]

[TimeControl "2700"]


1. d4 Na6 2. e4 c5 3. c3 e6 4. Nf3 d5 5. e5 Nh6

6. Bd3 cxd4 7. cxd4 Nb4 8. Bb5+ Nc6 9. O-O Nf5 10. a3 Bd7 11. Nc3 Rc8 12. Qd3

Be7 13. Ba4 f6 14. g4 Nfxd4 15. Nxd4 fxe5 16. Nxc6 bxc6 17. f3 O-O 18. Bc2 g6

19. Qd2 Rf7 20. b4 a5 21. Na4 axb4 22. axb4 Qf8 23. Ba3 Rxf3 24. Rxf3 Qxf3 25.

Bd1 Qe4 26. Nc5 Bxc5+ 27. bxc5 Ra8 28. Bb2 Rxa1 29. Bxa1 d4 30. Kf2 Qd5 31. Qa5

e4 32. Qb4 e5 33. Bb3 1-0


This Week In Chess

On August 19th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held its 3rd Tuesday of the month event:  Quick Swiss.  However, the players agreed to change the Swiss tournament to a Round Robin tournament after Jeff Fox's suggestion and extended the delay to 5 seconds after Earle Wikle's preference.  Earle's change paid bigger dividends, as he tied with NM Buck Buchanan for the 1st place tour points.

8/19 Quick Round Robin (RR, G15d5):

4.0 NM Buck Buchanan

4.0 Earle Wikle

3.5 Jeff Fox

2.0 Paul Anderson

1.0 Dean Brown

0.5 Mark McGough

Tuesday Night Chess Tour Cumulative and 3rd Quarter Standings

Current Standings (rank, name, total, quarter):

# MAX POSSIBLE 128.00 32.00

1 Paul Anderson 80.70 16.50

2 Daniel Herman 50.33 0.00

3 Mark McGough 43.12 9.25

4 Richard Buchanan 40.75 8.75

5 Koji DelConte 36.00 11.00

6 Earle Wikle 25.75 10.75

7 Shirley Herman 23.00 0.00

8 Jeff Fox 21.50 10.00

9 Joe Pahk 20.45 4.75

10 William Benedek 20.03 1.00

11 Dean Brown 19.50 2.00

12 Imre Barlay 15.50 3.50

13 Katie Wise 14.20 2.00

14 Gunnar Andersen 13.50 7.00

15 Sara Herman 11.33 0.00

16 Larry Kledzik 10.00 2.00

17 Mike Madsen 10.00 3.00

18 Eugin Pahk 8.50 2.50

19 Josh Bloomer 8.00 0.00

20 Anthony Thomason 8.00 0.00

21 Mike Makinney 8.00 1.00

22 Ben Matthews 6.00 0.00

23 Alex Freeman 5.33 0.00

24 Peter Barlay 5.00 0.00

25 Paul Protheroe 5.00 0.00

26 Rezheen Hamid 5.00 0.00

27 Richard Brown 5.00 2.50

28 Kevin Kaaoush 4.00 0.00

29 Alex Torres 4.00 0.00

30 Arthur Knize 4.00 0.00

31 Derick Arellano 4.00 4.00

32 Kurt Kondracki 3.50 3.50

33 Mitch Vincent 3.00 0.00

34 Peter Wise 3.00 0.00

35 David Silva 3.00 0.00

36 Spencer Shook 3.00 0.00

37 Gary Atkinson 2.00 0.00

38 John Byrne 2.00 0.00

39 Robert Jimenez 2.00 0.00

40 Ron Dotson 2.00 0.00

41 Chris Wynkoop 2.00 0.00

42 Isaac Martinez 2.00 0.00

43 Tim Brennan 2.00 0.00

44 Brian Wall 2.00 0.00

45 Luke Thurman 2.00 0.00

46 Steven Readel 2.00 0.00

47 Tara Martinez 2.00 0.00

48 Bobby Dzagen 1.00 0.00

49 Adam Metzger 1.00 0.00

50 Web McNairy 1.00 0.00

51 Jeremy Hawks 1.00 0.00

52 Phil Van Hawk 1.00 0.00

53 Brandon Hilliard 1.00 0.00

54 Dragan Plakalovic 1.00 0.00

55 Thomas Mullikin 1.00 0.00

56 Daniel Cabrera 1.00 0.00

57 Anthea Carson 1.00 0.00

58 Tikila Nichols 1.00 1.00

Categories: 2014, Game Of The Year

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