Colorado Springs Chess News

The Knights Are Better Here!



Posted by Paul Anderson on August 14, 2019 at 6:45 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes from the IHOP August Quick event.  It is organized and directed by Earle Wikle and Peter Barlay, two of the Colorado Springs Chess Club's authorized TDs.  The last time they organized a monthly, Quick-rated tournament was in 2017.  It is great to have them back promoting chess in the Pikes Peak region.  Look for their Quick events to continue each month.

During this game, I was noticing some similarities between chess and Spartan Races.

On August 4th, I became a Spartan.  Aroo!  Spartan Races start at 5k and included 20 or more obstacles.  My son has been doing these races for about 3 years, and I decided to join him to get off my weight loss plateau.  I trained for 2 months and realized I was in huge trouble.  20 years of sedentary chess isn't easy to counter-act in 60 days. 

It was brutal!  However, I did finish.

Matthew and Paul at the 2019 Spartan Snowmass Sprint (3.8 miles, 20 obstacles).

So, what does Spartan Races and chess have in common?  They both have 2 goals.

When I started coaching chess, I put together a lesson on Goals and how to keep them simple.  I decided that there were only 2 goals in a chess game:  1. Win or 2. Don't Lose.

The main goal is to win by getting your opponent to admit defeat (resign).  If you cannot achieve the main goal, it is good to have a plan B and at least, not lose.  You don't lose by getting your opponent to agree to a draw. 

Of course, for the more stubborn opponents, you may have to force the issue.


  1. Time (auto-resign)
  2. Mate (auto-resign)
  3. Forfeit (auto-resign)
  4. Adjudication (either)
  1. Insufficient Material (auto-draw)
  2. Repetition (auto-draw)
  3. Moves (auto-draw)
  4. Stalemate (auto-draw)

In Spartan Races, they give you the goals on their registration packet:  1. Don't Get Catastrophically Injured or 2. Don't Die

I was kidding when I made this joke to my mom at the race.  Unfortunately, it turns out it is no joke.  I was shocked to see an article in the Aspen Times about a 50-year-old, Colorado Springs man, who was into heavy metal and board games, that died during the race.  It hit a little too close to home.

I will stick with chess.  The goals are safer.

Black to mate

See the diagram and answer here:


[Event "IHOP August Quick"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2019.08.11"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Harris, Grayson"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A40"]

[WhiteElo "1348"]

[BlackElo "1930"]

[PlyCount "70"]

[EventDate "2019.08.11"]

[TimeControl "1440+5"]

1. d4 c6 2. Bf4 d5 3. e3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Nbd2

e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. g4 Bg6 8. Ne5 Nbd7 9. Nxg6 hxg6 10. Nf3 Nxg4 11. Bg2 Ngf6 12.

Qe2 Qa5+ 13. c3 Be7 14. Kd2 Ne4+ 15. Kc2 c5 16. Ne5 Nef6 17. a4 c4 18. Nxc4

dxc4 19. Bxb7 Rb8 20. Bxb8 Nxb8 21. Qxc4 O-O 22. b4 Qf5+ 23. Kb3 Qxf2 24. e4

Qh4 25. e5 Ne4 26. Bxe4 Qxe4 27. Qc7 Bg5 28. Qxa7 Qd5+ 29. Ka3 Rc8 30. Kb2 Bd2

31. Rac1 Nd7 32. Qa6 Rc7 33. Qd6 Qc4 34. b5 Bxc3+ 35. Ka3 Ra7 0-1

This Week In Chess

On August 6th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club started the August Swiss 90 event (4SS, G/90+5).

Standings. August Swiss 90

# Name Rtng Rd 1 Tot Prize

1 Mark McGough 1842 W4 1.0

2 Paul D Anderson 1969 D3 0.5

3 Christophe Motley 1750 D2 0.5

4 Grayson Ed Harris 1612 L1 0.0

Categories: 2019

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