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Gift From Dad

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 23, 2015 at 4:35 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from my email match (1996-2010) with my dad.  To honor my father, I publish one of his wins over me each year around Father's Day.

He is the reason I started playing chess as an adult.  He also encouraged me to play chess as a child.  He taught me the rules and was my first opponent.  He let me study his chess books to get better, he bought me a chess program (Sargon 3) to train, and he even took me to play a Grandmaster in a simultaneous exhibition (1986,

Who knew that it would take 22 years to meet another Grandmaster?

One would think, that as an active chess expert who has been playing in rated events for 18 years, I would have run into many Grandmasters.  However, such is not the case. 

I remind you that I live in Colorado and rarely travel to chess events outside the state.  None of the current 88 American Grandmasters live in Colorado.  So, my contact with Grandmasters was limited to 2 in 22 years.

Fortunately, a New York Grandmaster was traveling to a chess tournament in California by car and had to cross through Colorado.  The chess club in Denver quickly laid a trap for him and refused to let him go unless he did a simul and played in the Denver Open.

So, I had a chance to meet my 3rd Grandmaster in 30 years:

  • GM Arthur Bisguier (1986 Simul)
  • GM Dashzegve Sharavdorj (2008 Bobby Fischer Memorial)
  • GM Gata Kamsky (2015 see below)

While my dad gave me a lot of gifts to get my chess career started, the best one was his time.  Here is a position from one of our earliest email games.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Gift From Dad


[Event "1-2"]

[Site ""]

[Date "1996.10.04"]

[Round "?"]

[White "Anderson, Douglas"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B14"]

[PlyCount "75"]

[EventDate "1996.08.01"]

[TimeControl "0"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nf3 Bb4 7.

Bd3 O-O 8. O-O Nc6 9. a3 Ba5 10. b4 Bb6 11. c5 Bc7 12. Bg5 a6 13. Qc2 h6 14.

Bh4 Qe7 15. Rfe1 Qd8 16. Ne2 Bd7 17. Qc3 b6 18. Ne5 Be8 19. Bc2 bxc5 20. bxc5

Ba5 21. Qd3 g5 22. Bg3 Bxe1 23. Rxe1 Kg7 24. f3 Rh8 25. h3 Nd7 26. Nxc6 Qc8 27.

Ne5 Nxe5 28. Bxe5+ f6 29. Bd6 Bf7 30. f4 Qe8 31. Ng3 Qd7 32. f5 Qb5 33. Qf3 Qb2

34. fxe6 Qxd4+ 35. Kh2 Qb2 36. exf7 Qxc2 37. Nh5+ Kg6 38. Re6 1-0


This Week In Chess

On June 16th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club finished the June Mating Game (4SS, G/30; d/10, $5 entry). 10 players battled on 5 boards this evening.

Here are the results:

Standings. 2015 June Mating Game: Open

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Tot Prize

1 Daniel Herman 14345456 1866 W8 W2 W5 D4 3.5 $20.00 1st

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 15525004 1893 W11 L1 W8 W6 3.0 $13.00 2nd

3 Paul Dou Anderson 12728345 2062 W6 W5 U--- U--- 2.0

4 Richard Buchanan 10273030 2000 H--- U--- W11 D1 2.0

5 Mark McGough 11366481 1865 W10 L3 L1 W8 2.0

6 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1841 L3 D11 W7 L2 1.5 $2.50 GOW

7 Sara Herman 14345441 1602 H--- U--- L6 W10 1.5 $9.00 U1800

8 Dean W Brown 10224098 1500 L1 W10 L2 L5 1.0

9 Clark T Stroh 12761284 unr. U--- U--- L10 W11 1.0

10 Scott Williams 15755696 unr. L5 L8 W9 L7 1.0

11 Shirley Herman 14812654 1088 L2 D6 L4 L9 0.5 $2.50 GOW

Categories: 2015, Father's Day

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