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Peak Position

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 4, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from one of my four customary losses of the season.  I have typically published four losses each season.  It all started when former Colorado Springs Chess Club regular Dan Avery suggested that I should publish some of my losses.

I thought to myself, "Could I be so biased that I have never picked a game to publish where I lost?"

I was relieved to find out that I had chosen four.  Of course, the victories out-numbered the defeats, but the difference between the wins and losses was not great.  In fact, this year I have only published seven of my wins so far.

It is not easy to pick a loss.  The higher my rating has climbed the fewer the defeats have occurred.  This year I have three losses from which to choose.  Also, the losses are far less memorable than the wins.

A bad win is better than a good loss.

However, I do think it is a good idea to go over your losses no matter how painful.  This one was especially painful.  I was only seven rating points away from a new peak rating, a new rating floor, and crossing the 2100 barrier.  This loss set me back 5 months.

It was also because of a huge blunder.  I had not been playing well this game and made some moves that I did not calculate fully.  As soon as I took my hand off the piece, I would see a good move for Jordan.  I would then sit there in anguish hoping that he would not see it.  He kept finding the best move.

Finally, we arrived at this position.  I was eager to activate my King and eliminate his Passed Pawn.  Then I thought I might be able to get the win.  Quickly, I saw I cannot take the under-defended Pawn due to the threat of the Pin.  I also realized that I cannot get my King out to the second rank due to the Overload on the King and Bishop.  I knew the Bishop had to be saved, but I didn't put any thought into how to save it.  Turns out there are five ways to save it.  See if you can find all of them.


White to move and save the Bishop


See the diagram and answer here:


Peak Position


[Event "March Swiss 75"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2015.03.10"]

[Round "2.3"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Myers, Jordan"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "D55"]

[WhiteElo "2093"]

[BlackElo "1515"]

[PlyCount "100"]

[EventDate "2015.03.03"]

[TimeControl "4500+30"]


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O

6. Nf3 b6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Bd3 Be6 9. O-O c5 10. Rc1 c4 11. Bb1 Nc6 12. a3 b5

13. Qc2 g6 14. Nxb5 Rb8 15. Nc3 Na5 16. Ne5 Qb6 17. Na4 Qb7 18. b4 cxb3 19. Qc7

Nc4 20. Qxb7 Rxb7 21. Bxf6 Bxf6 22. Nxc4 dxc4 23. Nc5 Rc7 24. Nxb3 Be7 25. Nc5

Bxc5 26. dxc5 Rxc5 27. Rc3 Rb8 28. Rfc1 Rcc8 29. f3 Rb3 30. Ba2 Rxc3 31. Rxc3

Kf8 32. e4 Rd8 33. Bb1 Rd1+ 34. Kf2 Rxb1 35. Rc2 Rb3 36. a4 c3 37. Ke3 a5 38.

g4 Bd7 39. Ra2 Rb2 40. Ra3 c2 41. Kd2 Be6 42. Rc3 Bb3 43. Rc5 Rb1 44. Rxc2 Bxc2

45. Kxc2 Rb4 46. Kc3 Rxa4 47. Kb3 Rb4+ 48. Ka3 Ke7 49. h3 Kf6 50. h4 Ke5 0-1


This Week In Chess


On July 28th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club hosted the July Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30, $10 entry). 12 players joined the event.


Here are the results:


Standings. 2015 July Swiss

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

1 Paul Dou Anderson 12728345 2084 W10 H--- W9 W2 3.5 $34.00 1st

2 Mark McGough 11366481 1857 W7 W9 W3 L1 3.0 $11.50 2nd

3 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1807 W4 W8 L2 W10 3.0 $11.50 2nd

4 Clark T Stroh 12761284 unr. L3 W11 W10 D7 2.5 $15.00 U1800 + $5.00 GOW

5 Peter Barlay 14700831 1885 H--- U--- U--- W12 1.5

6 Geo Krasnopolskiy 12730517 1609 L8 H--- W11 U--- 1.5

7 Scott Ch Williams 15755696 1338 L2 L10 W12 D4 1.5

8 Duwayne Langseth 11197175 1974 W6 L3 U--- U--- 1.0

9 Aleksand Bozhenov 15525004 1908 W11 L2 L1 U--- 1.0

10 Michael St Filppu 12915820 1706 L1 W7 L4 L3 1.0

11 Dean W Brown 10224098 1595 L9 L4 L6 U--- 0.0

12 Daniel Rupp 15768473 unr. U--- U--- L7 L5 0.0

Categories: 2015

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