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That's Your Excuse!

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 5, 2018 at 4:40 PM

Game Of The Week

Brian Rountree burned up the competition at the May tournament of Club Chess like Kilauea throught the Hawaiian islands.  The damage was so complete there was no one left to stop him.  Well, that is until I got the call.  A Black Knight appeared in the sky, and I rushed over to the crime scene to put an end to Brian's devastation.

Paul Anderson (left) goes over the game with Brian Rountree (right)

This week's game comes from Brian Rountree and his chess blog:

"I know the local readership of this blog’s typical reaction 'Oh, look, that’s your excuse!'"

"I would have already made Expert if it weren't for playing Expert Paul Anderson.

My record against Paul is a shocking 5 wins, 34 losses and no draws (nearly all of these games, if not all played against him, I was a Class A player)!

In my last game against him, I was +2 as Black and still lost.  He practically makes me regurgitate my advantages against him in time-pressure (he also plays better in the later stages of a game).  I don't care how one does the math, if I had never played Paul I am a walking Expert.

It doesn't help to think about rating points like that, it's a total distraction.  It's almost a cliche the number of players who have made Expert, only to slam back down to their 1800 floor.  This happens at many levels.

In Canada, there are no floors, people make Expert and then can go below 1700 - I've seen this happen to a friend of mine.  Imagine going from 2034 to under 1700 at some point, and then starting the assault back to the top.

Experts, don't get to stay Experts, unlike Masters who stay Masters.  Most Experts in CO have figured out that the real goal, therefore, is to make Master.

For someone to casually hold an Expert rating, year after year, against lower-rated players, would suggest that they are still under-rated, particularly when they do beat Masters when given the opportunity (e.g., Paul A.)."

White to Mate In 2

See diagram and answer here:

That’s Your Excuse!


[Event "Club Chess May Classical"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2018.05.30"]

[Round "5.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Rountree, Brian"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D00"]

[WhiteElo "2017"]

[BlackElo "1870"]

[PlyCount "57"]

[EventDate "2018.05.30"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. Nf3 c5 5. e3 Nc6

6. O-O Be7 7. b3 O-O 8. Bb2 b6 9. Nbd2 Bb7 10. Re1 Rc8 11. c3 Qc7 12. Rc1 Rfd8

13. Bf1 e5 14. Bh3 e4 15. Bxc8 Bxc8 16. Nh4 Bg4 17. f3 exf3 18. Nhxf3 Ne4 19.

Kg2 Bd6 20. Qc2 Bxg3 21. Rf1 Bxh2 22. Nxe4 Bxf3+ 23. Rxf3 dxe4 24. Qxe4 Ne7 25.

Rh1 f5 26. Qe6+ Kh8 27. Rxh2 Rd6 28. Rxh7+ Kxh7 29. Rh3# 1-0

This Week In Chess

On May 29th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held its May One Night Quick event (4SS, G/20;d/5).

Standings. May One Night Quick

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

1 Paul D Anderson 1899 W6 W10 D2 W5 3.5 $10.50 1st

2 Mark McGough 1682 W9 W4 D1 W8 3.5 $10.50 1st

3 Michael Smith II 1572 L7 W11 W6 W4 3.0

4 Dean W Brown 1400 W14 L2 W7 L3 2.0

5 Larry Turner 1652 L13 W7 W8 L1 2.0

6 Joey Arispe 1272 L1 W12 L3 W11 2.0 $2.50 U1300

7 Clinton D Eads 985 W3 L5 L4 W14 2.0 $2.50 U1300

8 Calvin P Dejong 1588 W11 W13 L5 L2 2.0

9 Erasmus Eskeldson 1233 L2 W14 L10 W12 2.0

10 William Leo Wolf 1418 W12 L1 W9 U--- 2.0

11 Gerardo Cruz 1055 L8 L3 W13 L6 1.0

12 Tristan Cruz 456 L10 L6 W14 L9 1.0

13 Grayson Ed Harris 1127 W5 L8 L11 U--- 1.0

14 Douglas N Clark 445 L4 L9 L12 L7 0.0

Categories: 2018

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