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I Get By With A Little Help From My Opponents

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 12, 2018 at 8:45 PM

Speed King II

Monday, March 12th, 2018

I am back for another season of chess news and games.  Last year, I suffered another down year rating-wise.   This makes two down years in a row.  I haven't had two down years in a row since 1999 and 2000. 

However, last year was not all bad news.

I had two upsets, including setting a new mark for my highest rated victim (2294).  In addition, I collected my highest pay day from chess as a tournament director at the Colorado Senior Chess Championship.  And finally, I regained my crown as Speed King by winning the Colorado Springs City Speed Chess Championship

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from my 59th upset.  One more upset and I could write my own version of My 60 Memorable Games.

Of course, just because I classify it as an upset doesn't mean it is memorable.  It just means that I won a game against an opponent who was within 25 (or higher) rating points of me when we played.  Since I have so few of these upsets, I enjoy them no matter how they fall into my lap.

This one was a gift. 

I didn't have to make a daring sacrifice to expose the King.  I didn't have to calculate a long, tactical combination to win material.  I didn't have to grind out a drawn endgame in time pressure.  I just had to wait.

Sometimes winning at chess is like giving your opponent rope.  Eventually, he has enough rope to hang himself.

You need not play well - just help your opponent to play badly.

Genrikh Chepukaitis (FIDE 2420)

I don't how many of my upsets were gifts, but like it is said, "Don't look a gift-horse in the mouth."  Well, that is unless you need a game to publish for the start of a new year of newsletters.  Then go ahead and stare right at the bad teeth.

I was examining this set of choppers when my opponent resigned from the tooth ache.  So, I never played the winning move.  See if you can find the root-canal move. 

Black to move

You can view the diagram and answer here:

I Get By With A Little Help From My Opponent

[Event "November Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2017.11.21"]

[Round "3.2"]

[White "Buchanan, Buck"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "E62"]

[WhiteElo "2009"]

[BlackElo "2029"]

[PlyCount "57"]

[EventDate "2017.11.07"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 c6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 d6 5. g3 Nf6

6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O Na6 8. e4 c5 9. d5 Bd7 10. Re1 Ng4 11. Bf4 f6 12. Qd2 g5 13.

Be3 Nxe3 14. Qxe3 h6 15. a3 Qe8 16. Nd2 Nc7 17. b4 b6 18. Rab1 Na6 19. Kh1 f5

20. f4 gxf4 21. gxf4 Bd4 22. Qg3+ Kh7 23. Ne2 Rg8 24. Qf3 Bf6 25. Ng3 Qg6 26.

e5 Bh4 27. exd6 exd6 28. b5 Nc7 29. Re7+ 0-1

This Week In Chess

On March 6th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started its March Swiss 90 (4SS, G90+30).

Standings. March Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Paul D Anderson 2045 W9 1.0

2 Peter Barlay 1925 W10 1.0

3 Brian Jo Rountree 1854 W11 1.0

4 Calvin P Dejong 1837 W12 1.0

5 Mark McGough 1804 W13 1.0

6 Michael St Filppu 1654 W14 1.0

7 Dean W Brown 1422 W15 1.0

8 Austin Cl Harbach 1576 H--- 0.5

9 Clinton D Eads 1250 L1 0.0

10 Ayush Pan Vispute 1209 L2 0.0

11 Scott Ch Williams 1203 L3 0.0

12 Joseph Reininger 1193 L4 0.0

13 Joey Arispe 1123 L5 0.0

14 Grayson Ed Harris 1002 L6 0.0

15 Lawrence R Osborn 974 L7 0.0

Categories: 2018

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