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The Knights Are Better Here!


The Hanging Rook Formation

Posted by Paul Anderson on May 11, 2015 at 3:35 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the email match with my Dad.  I have a tradition of honoring my Father by publishing his wins over me on Father's Day.  However, I didn't feel right honoring him by publishing his losses.  So, I decided to honor my Mother by publishing his losses.  She seems to enjoy his failures, especially after the divorce.

This year I am late getting my Mother's Day issue out.  I had a hard time choosing a game.  Then Colorado Springs had a year's worth of rain in 3 days and my basement flooded.  I was up for over 40 hours straight dumping water out with the shop vac 5 gallons at a time.  By the time Sunday rolled around, I was too tired and worn out to write a newsletter.


However, the waters have receded, God has granted me sleep (Psalm 127:2), and a vision from heaven appeared in a game I played with my dad.

The vision was similar to the one I had back in 2009.  I called it The Hanging Knights Formation.  There was something beautiful about the fact that all the pieces supported each other in a circular fashion.  Together they were strong and each one did his part.

This time, the vision was not as symmetrical and a little more common, but it is still a good formation to know.  See if you can find The Hanging Rook Formation by playing the next 3 moves.


Black to move


See the diagram and answer here:


The Hanging Rook Formation


[Event "14-12-9"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2004.04.26"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B12"]

[PlyCount "158"]

[EventDate "2004.01.07"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. dxc5 Qa5+ 5. Nc3 e6 6.

Be3 Bxc5 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Bxc5 Bxb5 9. b4 Qa6 10. Qg4 g6 11. Nge2 Bxe2 12. Nxe2

Nd7 13. Bd4 Nh6 14. Qf3 Nf5 15. Bb2 Qc4 16. Qc3 Qxc3+ 17. Bxc3 O-O 18. Kd2 a6

19. a4 f6 20. exf6 Nxf6 21. Bxf6 Rxf6 22. f4 Nd6 23. Rhf1 Rc8 24. g3 Kf7 25. c3

Ke7 26. Nd4 Ne4+ 27. Ke2 Nxc3+ 28. Kd3 Ne4 29. Rac1 Rff8 30. Nf3 Rfd8 31. Ne5

Nd6 32. Rfe1 Rxc1 33. Rxc1 Rc8 34. Rb1 Ne4 35. Rb2 Rc7 36. a5 Nd6 37. Rb1 Nb5

38. Rb3 Rc1 39. Rb2 Rc3+ 40. Kd2 Rc7 41. Kd3 Kd6 42. Rb3 g5 43. Kd2 gxf4 44.

gxf4 Rg7 45. Rh3 Nd4 46. Kd1 Nf5 47. Kd2 h6 48. Kc3 Ke7 49. Kd2 Rg2+ 50. Kc3

Ra2 51. Kb3 Rf2 52. Nd3 Rf1 53. Nc5 Rxf4 54. Nxb7 e5 55. Nc5 e4 56. Kc3 e3 57.

Nxa6 d4+ 58. Kd3 Rf2 59. Nc5 Rd2+ 60. Ke4 e2 61. Nd3 Rxd3 62. Rxd3 e1=Q+ 63.

Kxf5 Qxb4 64. Ke4 Qxa5 65. Kxd4 Kf6 66. Rf3+ Kg5 67. h3 h5 68. Ke3 Qe1+ 69. Kd3

Kh4 70. Re3 Qf2 71. Ke4 Kg5 72. Rf3 Qc5 73. Kd3 Qe5 74. Kd2 Qe4 75. Re3 Qg2+

76. Kc3 Kf4 77. Rd3 h4 78. Kd4 Qb2+ 79. Rc3 Qxc3+ 0-1


This Week In Chess


On May 5th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the May Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30, $10 entry). 8 players battled on 4 boards this evening.


Here are the results:


Score, Player


1.0 Paul Dou Anderson

1.0 Aleksand Bozhenov

1.0 Mark McGough

1.0 Brian Jo Rountree

0.0 Justice Myers

0.0 Jordan Myers

0.0 Dean W Brown

0.0 Dan Prutz

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