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Better Call Paul

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 12, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Game Of The Week

By Tim Brennan


It's Tim Brennan week again!

I'm honored to be invited back for my 12th year!

I wasn't sure what to write about this year, so I thought "Better Call Paul" and invited Paul to hang out on Sunday and do a podcast!

We talked about some of Paul's funny experiences during his first year as a USCF Tournament Director.

Thanks Paul for your hard work and giving back to the chess community!

Paul and I both love to talk about different loop holes and "corner cases" in the rules, and all of the various "controversies" that have come up in Colorado chess the past couple of years.

I think you will really enjoy this conversation!

Here is my favorite tactic from one of my games in the past year.  It was played at the US Open in Phoenix, which had a lot of Colorado Chess players in attendance.  It was published in Joel Johnson's book "Attacking 101 Volume 2," which came out last fall.


You can view the diagram and answer here:


Better Call Paul


[Event "US Open 2015"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2015.08.06"]

[Round "4"]

[White "Kaye, Dylan"]

[Black "Brennan, Tim"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A46"]

[WhiteElo "1534"]

[BlackElo "1800"]

[PlyCount "40"]


1. d4 b5 2. Bf4 Bb7 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 a6 5. Bd3 e6 6. h3 d6 7. O-O Nbd7 8. c3 h6

9. b4 g5 10. Bh2 g4 11. hxg4 Nxg4 12. Nbd2 h5 13. Bg3 Rg8 14. Re1 Be7 15. Nf1

h4 16. Bf4 e5 17. dxe5 dxe5 18. Bh2 e4 19. Nd4 exd3 20. Bf4 Nxf2 0-1


This Week In Chess

On April 5th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held its annual tradition, the Cabin Fever Reliever (4SS, G/30;d10).  9 players joined.


Standings. Cabin Fever Reliever

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Tot Prize

1 Josh S Bloomer 12626102 2241 W5 W4 2.0

2 Mark McGough 11366481 1882 W8 W7 2.0

3 Paul Dou Anderson 12728345 2053 W9 H--- 1.5

4 Daniel Herman 14345456 2065 W6 L1 1.0

5 Travis Crow 15831070 1750 L1 W8 1.0

6 Dean W Brown 10224098 1568 L4 W9 1.0

7 Shirley Herman 14812654 1050 H--- L2 0.5

8 Doug Clark 15941617 unr. L2 L5 0.0

9 Daniel J Rupp 15768473 981 L3 L6 0.0


Projected Prizes: 1st $16; 2nd $11; U2000/unr $7; U1500/unr $5

Categories: 2016, Tim Brennan Week

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