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Of Mice And Chess

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 19, 2020 at 8:25 AM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the March Swiss 90.  It was a time before the plague had struck when dreams of the new chess season were fresh and bright.  The long and burdensome winter gave way to the sweet smells of springs and the soft caress of sunlight on one's face.  It was going to be a year of new expectations.

This year, I decided to make more specific goals to improve my productivity and bust out of some long, plowed ruts.  One of the ideas was to accept LM Brian Wall's 40-move challenge:  I would play every legal first move possible for white and black in a standard-rated, USCF game.

I got 3 games under my belt when my plan came to an abrupt halt.  My chess house was torn asunder with no way to build a new one.

To relieve my melancholy, I took a walk along the path behind my house.  I stumbled across a mouse just sitting by the way.  He looked to be on his last legs.  I asked him if he had any advice, but he just sat in silence.  


But Mouse, you are not alone,

In proving foresight may be vain:

The best-laid schemes of mice and chess

Go often askew,

And leave us nothing but grief and pain


I may never know if the mouse ever made any new plans, but I haven't given up on mine.  I will seek another's counsel.  I will try the Borg.


Black to move

See diagram and answer here:


Of Mice And Chess


[Event "March Swiss 90"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2020.03.03"]

[Round "1.3"]

[White "Frank, Gabriel"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B00"]

[WhiteElo "1350"]

[BlackElo "1957"]

[PlyCount "88"]

[EventDate "2020.03.03"]

[TimeControl "5400+30"]


1. e4 g5 2. d4 h6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Be3 d6 5. Bc4 Nf6

6. h3 Nc6 7. Qd2 e5 8. d5 Ne7 9. f3 Ng6 10. Nb5 a6 11. Nc3 Nf4 12. g4 Bd7 13.

Bxf4 exf4 14. Nge2 Qe7 15. O-O-O Qe5 16. Qd4 Ng8 17. Rhe1 Ne7 18. a3 Ng6 19.

Rd3 Qxd4 20. Nxd4 Ne5 21. Rdd1 Nxc4 22. Nf5 Be5 23. Rh1 O-O-O 24. h4 Nxa3 25.

bxa3 Bxc3 26. hxg5 hxg5 27. Nh6 Rdf8 28. Rh5 Bg7 29. Rdh1 Bxh6 30. Rxh6 Rxh6

31. Rxh6 Kd8 32. Kb2 Ke7 33. c4 Ba4 34. Kc3 Bd1 35. Rh3 Kf6 36. Kd4 b6 37. Rh6+

Kg7 38. Rh3 f6 39. Kc3 Rh8 40. Rxh8 Kxh8 41. Kd2 Bxf3 42. Kd3 Bxg4 43. Kd2 Bf3

44. Kd3 g4 0-1


This Week In Chess


On April 15th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held an online blitz event.  It was an hour-long, Arena style tournament with a time control of G/5+0.


Place, Player, Score


1 "#1SmyslovFan (2038)" 18

2 "#2bozhenoff (1969)" 15

3 "#3cschessnews (1932)" 11

4 "#3johnbrezina (1839)" 11

5 "#3Termenoil (2380)" 11

6 "#4GriffinMac (1961)" 8

7 "#5linuxguy1 (1765)" 7

8 "#5DuWayneL (1647)" 7

9 "#6CosmicNovaGalaxy (1601)" 7

10 "#7Alf8892 (1736)" 5

11 "#8MoxRuby (1534)" 5

11 "#9KingVed (1547)" 4

13 "#10valmiki113 (1390)" 0

Categories: 2020

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