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Game Of The Year XIII

Posted by Paul Anderson on September 7, 2016 at 3:05 AM

End Of The Season

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


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.  They bring me back into balance and force me to look at what I did right and what I did wrong.  While 2015 sets some records, this year looks to be an off year:


  • 2053 peak USCF rating (record: 2015 - 2102)
  • 2055 peak BLITZ rating (record: 2015 - 2055)
  • 2054 peak CLUB rating (record: 2013 - 2127)
  • 71.43% USCF winning percentage (record: 2012 - 79.31%)
  • 74.14% CLUB winning percentage (record: 2013 - 87.86%)
  • 18 projected prizes won (record: 2014 - 20)
  • 23 projected USCF-rated wins (record: 2013 - 75.5)
  • 1 upset (record: 2001 - 6)


However, I found a new report on the USCF website that can quickly give you an idea of how the year went.  The nice thing is that I still have to the end of the year to make this a positive year.

Year, Peak Rating, Gain

  1. 1998 1680 +
  2. 1999 1580 -
  3. 2000 1567 -
  4. 2001 1695 +
  5. 2002 1757 +
  6. 2003 1772 +
  7. 2004 1805 +
  8. 2005 1864 +
  9. 2006 1882 +
  10. 2007 1897 +
  11. 2008 1962 +
  12. 2009 2003 +
  13. 2010 1977 -
  14. 2011 2000 +
  15. 2012 2043 +
  16. 2013 2058 +
  17. 2014 2098 +
  18. 2015 2102 +
  19. 2016 2053 ?


Total: 15 positive years and 3 negative years


So, as far as my favorite game of the year goes, the obvious choice would be the one upset I had this year.  The problem is that I have already published that game when I was trying to help promote the chess movie:  The Dark Horse (  It was supposed to be re-released in some select cities this year. 

However, the movie was like my chess upsets; never to be seen again.


Without any other good wins from which to choose, I decided it was time to pick a draw for the Game Of The Year.  This will be the first time I have chosen one of my draws for the game of the year.  However, it was not without excitement.

I was playing Alex Bozhenov on board one at the Colorado Springs Chess Club's monthly event.  I thought he played well and felt that I had messed up the ending when he caught me by surprise getting a Passed Pawn on move 42.  I tried not to panic and use my time advantage to solve the problem he had given me.

I thought I had figured out a way to salvage a draw.  He was very low in time and had a naked King.  So, I am sure he was happy with a draw.  I, however, was not convinced I had given up the victory, but I was very nervous that I would push for a win and blunder the draw.  I have done this before.  Typically, this happens when I use up my time advantage and fall below my opponent on the clock.

I decided to keep pressing for the win despite falling behind in time and allowing his Pawn to get one square away from Promotion because I had a 30 second increment.  My clock would get under 1 minute, but I would make a move and jump back over a minute.  It was giving me a false sense of security.  I thought I could go on like this forever.

I gained a 2 Pawn Advantage and thought I had to have a win somehow.  But I tried to remind myself not to give up the draw.  I found myself in the position below with seconds clicking off the clock.

I was tortured by being up 2 Pawns.  I had always thought somebody said, "Two Paws are winning."  How could I offer a draw?

Finally, I decided this position was above my pay grade.  I was going to have to leave it in the hands of the long-drawn-out-endgame masters, DuWayne Langseth and LM Brian Wall.

I wasn't going to figure this out with just 30 seconds to think or by making random moves.  So, I tried to remember the rules about making a draw offer.  In my case, it was a little more difficult because I have to take off  my headphones and my opponent doesn't speak English.

After offering the draw, I almost forgot to hit my clock.  When I finally pressed the button, I realized I was at 1 second.


White to move


See diagram and answer here:


Game Of The Year XIII


[Event "August Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2016.08.09"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Bozhenov, Alex"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "A45"]

[WhiteElo "2036"]

[BlackElo "1955"]

[PlyCount "120"]

[EventDate "2016.08.02"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bf4 c6 4. c3 d5 5. Nd2

Nxd2 6. Qxd2 Bf5 7. Nf3 h6 8. e3 e6 9. Be2 Be7 10. O-O Nd7 11. Rfc1 O-O 12. c4

Nf6 13. h3 Bd6 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 15. b4 dxc4 16. Bxc4 Rad8 17. Qb2 Nd5 18. a3 a6

19. Ne5 f6 20. Nd3 b6 21. Ne1 Kh8 22. Nf3 b5 23. Bxd5 cxd5 24. Rc5 Bd3 25. Qc3

Bc4 26. Nh4 Rf7 27. Nf3 Re8 28. a4 bxa4 29. Rxa4 e5 30. Raa5 e4 31. Nd2 Bb5 32.

Nb1 Rb7 33. Na3 Reb8 34. Nxb5 Rxb5 35. Raxb5 Rxb5 36. Rxb5 axb5 37. Qc5 Qd7 38.

Kh2 Kh7 39. f3 f5 40. Kg3 g5 41. Qb6 f4+ 42. exf4 e3 43. fxg5 hxg5 44. Qf6 Qc7+

45. f4 gxf4+ 46. Kf3 Qc2 47. Qf7+ Kh8 48. Qh5+ Kg7 49. Qe5+ Kh7 50. Qh5+ Kg7

51. Qg4+ Kh7 52. Kxf4 e2 53. Qh5+ Kg8 54. Qxd5+ Kh7 55. Qh5+ Kg8 56. Qe8+ Kh7

57. Qf7+ Kh6 58. Qf6+ Kh7 59. Qe7+ Kg8 60. Qe6+ Kh7 1/2-1/2


This Week In Chess


On September 6th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club hosted the September Swiss 90 (4SS, G/90+30, $10 entry). 12 players joined the event.


Standings. September

# Name ID Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Josh S Bloomer 12626102 2276 W7 1.0

2 Paul D Anderson 12728345 2036 W8 1.0

3 Mitchell Anderson 12788878 1991 W9 1.0

4 Aleksand Bozhenov 15525004 1955 W10 1.0

5 Peter Barlay 14700831 1890 W11 1.0

6 Mark McGough 11366481 1809 W12 1.0

7 Brian Jo Rountree 12477167 1801 L1 0.0

8 Dean W Brown 10224098 1400 L2 0.0

9 Daniel J Rupp 15768473 921 L3 0.0

10 Douglas N Clark 15941617 379 L4 0.0

11 Ken Ahlstrom unr. L5 0.0

12 Rob Lorenzen 16065265 unr. L6 0.0

Categories: 2016, Game Of The Year

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