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The Knights Are Better Here!


Look For A Better One

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 24, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the Colorado Springs Chess Club's July Quick event (6SS, G/24+5).  It is one of our faster events.  We hold faster time controls in January (Speed = 5 minute per player), April (Dual = between 30 to 60 minutes & Quick = between 10 and 30 minutes) and July (same as April).  Ordinarily, the club has month-long tournaments where each week only has one game (G/90+30).  The change to slower games dominating the schedule came about in 2015 when the old guard of officers wanted to retire and a new band of fresh, hip, and exciting officers stepped up to take over.

One of the results of switching schedules is that my 20 year grudge match with Jeff Fox has slowed down.  The match-up of Paul Anderson vs Jeff Fox is possibly the most frequent pairing in Colorado Springs chess history with 93 rated games.  However, we have only met five times in the past 3 years with the slower schedule.  In the past, we were playing five times each year.

Of course, the slower schedule may be only a contributing factor to our less common pairings.  A look at the numbers shows that Jeff's attendance had decreased dramatically a couple years before the switch to slow time controls.

Year, Games, My Wins, My Losses

2012    9    4.5    4.5

2013    2    1.0    1.0

2014    3    1.0    2.0

2015    2    2.0    0.0

2016    1    1.0    0.0

2017    2    2.0    0.0

* 2017 includes 1 Blitz rated game

A second glance at the numbers reveals that the back-and-forth nature of our ongoing battle has disappeared.  In 2014, we were dead even with 44 wins apiece.  Until 2015, I could pull ahead of Jeff by one win, but no more.  He might pull ahead by one win, but no more.  Now, I have won five straight games.

So, while the slower schedule might mean I play Jeff less, it just might be better for me.

Just like chess, while things might look good and your plan may win the game, a different move just might be better.

When you see a good move, look for a better one

(Emanuel Lasker)

Here is a position from my 93rd game with Jeff Fox.  I had been looking at a couple of moves before I got here.  When I arrived, I quickly went with my first candidate and didn't look back.  Well, until after the game, then I realized my other option just might have been better.

White to move

See the diagram and answer here:

Look For A Better One

[Event "July Quick"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2017.07.18"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Fox, Jeff"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B08"]

[WhiteElo "1953"]

[BlackElo "1839"]

[PlyCount "63"]

[EventDate "2017.07.18"]

[TimeControl "1440+5"]

1. d4 g6 2. e4 d6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Be3 c6

6. Qd2 Nbd7 7. h3 O-O 8. Be2 Qc7 9. Bh6 Re8 10. Bxg7 Kxg7 11. g4 e5 12. d5 Nc5

13. Qe3 cxd5 14. exd5 a6 15. Nd2 b5 16. g5 Ng8 17. h4 Ne7 18. Qf3 Nf5 19. h5

Qe7 20. Nce4 Nd7 21. O-O-O Bb7 22. hxg6 fxg6 23. Qh3 Kg8 24. Nf3 Rf8 25. Nh4

Rac8 26. Nxg6 hxg6 27. Qh8+ Kf7 28. Rh7+ Ke8 29. Rxe7+ Kxe7 30. Qh7+ Rf7 31.

Qxg6 Nd4 32. Qxd6+ 1-0

This Week In Chess

On July 18th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the July Quick (6SS, G/24+5).

Standings. July Quick

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 1953 W9 W4 W3 3.0

2 Aleksand Bozhenov 1825 W8 D7 W5 2.5

3 Jeffrey R Fox 1839 W11 W6 L1 2.0

4 Mark McGough 1702 W14 L1 W7 2.0

5 Michael Smith II 1457 W10 W9 L2 2.0

6 Peter Barlay 1702 W12 L3 W10 2.0

7 Brian Jo Rountree 1636 W13 D2 L4 1.5

8 Matthew C Hansen 533 L2 W13 H--- 1.5

9 Scott Ch Williams 1302 L1 L5 W11 1.0

10 Konnor Katona unr. L5 W14 L6 1.0

11 Clinton D Eads 1114 L3 W12 L9 1.0

12 Ritarka Samanta unr. L6 L11 W14 1.0

13 Drake Wilson unr. L7 L8 H--- 0.5

14 Douglas N Clark 496 L4 L10 L12 0.0

Categories: 2017

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