|Posted by Paul Anderson on March 17, 2011 at 9:05 PM|
Game Of The Week
The next week, I move up to the top board to face 2-time champion, Buck Buchanan (1992, 2003). I still have little hope of winning this year, as several past champions have shown up to regain their former glory.
Once in a while, former champions and local masters have failed to show up for this event, and it is easy to get complacent and blunder away a game against a lower-rated opponent, ruining your chance when you had a lock on the title.
However, there is no danger of that this year, as champions from 7 different years are blocking my way and I have to go through all 7 of them (and do it in only 3 games, mind you).
Buck is possibly the most regular of the regulars, and we have faced many times. I have a line in the Modern that he sometimes has trouble with (especially in our speed matches). So, I decide to use that and hope for the best.
Buchanan,Buck -Anderson,Paul [A42]
CSCC Championship Colorado Springs (2.1), October 19, 2010
1.e4 c6 2.d4 g6 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.f4 Nh6 6.Nf3 0–0 7.Bd3 Bg4 8.Be3 Qb6 9.Qd2 Bxf310.d5
Of course, having played me just as often as I have played him, he has seen my peculiarities before and has a response with which he is comfortable. I did not expect d5 and struggle to come up with a plan. I decide to try and leave my queen in the midst of his army and trade her off when I can. In the meantime, I want to get my knights to more central positions and hold off the kingside pawn storm.
10...Bd4 11.Bxd4 Qxd4 12.gxf3 f5 13.0–0–0 Nd7 14.Rhe1 Nc5 15.Ne2 Nxd3+ 16.Qxd3 Qxd3 17.Rxd3 fxe4 18.fxe4 cxd5 19.exd5 Rac8
I am grateful to be alive after my opening had gone wrong, and the kingside pawnstorm never materialized. I feel like I might be able to win this now. I have my rooks on open files and an isolated pawn to target.
20.Rc3 Rc7 21.b3 Nf5 22.Kb2 Kg7 23.Ng3 Nh6 24.Rf3 Ng4 25.Re2 Ne5 26.Rfe3 Rxf4 27.Ne4 h6 28.Nc3 a6 29.Rd2 Rfxc4
After gaining the pawn, I am building a lead in time and looking for my opportunity to trade off the pieces. This nice tactic serves the purpose well. Pawn takes rook goes down another pawn since I get the rook back with the fork, and rook takes knight trades 2 of the 3 pieces I want off the board. Now I just need to get that rook.
30.Rxe5 Rxc3 31.Rxe7+ Rxe7 32.Kxc3 Re4 33.Kd3 Rh4 34.Ke3 Kf6 35.Rg2 g5 36.Rf2+ Ke5 37.Rd2 Rh3+ 0–1
The Long And Winding Road To Triumph, Part II
[Event "CSCC Championship"]
[White "Buchanan, Buck"]
[Black "Anderson, Paul"]
1. e4 c6 2. d4 g6 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. f4 Nh6 6. Nf3 O-O 7. Bd3
Bg4 8. Be3 Qb6 9. Qd2 Bxf3 10. d5 Bd4 11. Bxd4 Qxd4 12. gxf3 f5 13. O-O-O Nd7
14. Rhe1 Nc5 15. Ne2 Nxd3+ 16. Qxd3 Qxd3 17. Rxd3 fxe4 18. fxe4 cxd5 19. exd5
Rac8 20. Rc3 Rc7 21. b3 Nf5 22. Kb2 Kg7 23. Ng3 Nh6 24. Rf3 Ng4 25. Re2 Ne5 26.
Rfe3 Rxf4 27. Ne4 h6 28. Nc3 a6 29. Rd2 Rfxc4 30. Rxe5 Rxc3 31. Rxe7+ Rxe7 32.
Kxc3 Re4 33. Kd3 Rh4 34. Ke3 Kf6 35. Rg2 g5 36. Rf2+ Ke5 37. Rd2 Rh3+ 0-1
This Week In Chess
On March 15th, the CSCC held a Quad event. Four players close in rating are grouped together to play as many Round Robin tournaments as needed. One quad was sufficient, and the players chose to play quick-rated (RR, G20). Paul Anderson increased his quick-rated unbeaten streak to 8 games by sweeping the quad. Here are the results:
3.0 Paul Anderson
2.0 Jeff Fox
1.0 Kenton Lloyd
0.0 Dean Brown