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The Long And Winding Road To Triumph, Part III

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 22, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Game Of The Week

Part II:


Now, I am beginning to think I might have a shot at the title.  I am still on board 1, and I get a chance to remove an old thorn from my paw against 3-time champion, Dan Avery (1997, 1998, 2000). 

I decide I should use a page from Shaun MacMillan’s (2007 champion) playbook and do some preparation.  Of course, that is not an easy task to solve, as Dan has been out of tournament chess for a while.  I only have 4 games in my database, and the most recent one is from 2003. 

However, I did look over them and came away with the idea that I could play defensive, head for the endgame, and let the clock put pressure on him.  The only win I have against Dan (in the database) was from the 2003 championship, and his attack failed and bounced back on him with a worse endgame and less time. 

So, being new to this preparation thing, this is the best I come up with.


Avery,Dan - Anderson,Paul [A40]

CSCC Championship Colorado Springs (3.1), October 26, 2010

1.d4 c6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 5.g3 Na6 6.Bg2 Nf6 7.0–0 0–0 8.e4 c5 9.d5 Nd7 10.Be3 Nb6


So far, I couldn’t be happier.  Nothing has happened, and I am 13 minutes ahead on the clock. 


11.Nd2 Bd7 12.Rc1 Qc8 13.Re1 h6 14.b3 Kh7 15.Ne2 Nb4 16.f4 Bg4 17.Nf3 Nxa2 18.Rb1 a519.Qd2 Nb4 20.e5 a4


I think I might be able to trade off the light-squared bishop when 15…Nb4 falls into my lap.  It is not all that strong, but it looks bad and gives Dan something to think about.  He could play a4 and be fine, as the knight on b6 is hurting for escape squares.  He goes a different way, and it give me a choice. I could play Nd3, fork the rooks, and take the quick material lead.  However, I want a long-term plan, to keep playing the clock, pick up a pawn, and keep the knight on his strong outpost.  My time advantage grows to 24 minutes.


21.Rec1 Bf5 22.Ra1 axb3 23.Rxa8 Qxa8 24.Bf1 Bc2 25.Nc3 Qa6 26.Ne1 Nxc4 27.Nxc2 Nxc2 28.Bxc4 Qxc4 29.Nd1 Ra8 30.Nb2 Qb5


Thirty moves in and I haven’t lost a pawn.  In fact, I have snuck a pawn down to his third rank, and now it is just a matter of getting him 2 more squares.


31.Bf2 dxe5 32.Nd3 e4 33.Nxc5 e3 34.Bxe3 Nxe3 35.Qxe3 b2 36.Rb1 Ra1 0–1

The Long And Winding Road To Triumph, Part III


[Event "CSCC Championship"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2010.10.26"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Avery, Dan"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A40"]

[PlyCount "72"]

[EventDate "2010.10.12"]

[TimeControl "5400"]

1. d4 c6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Nc3 d6 5. g3 Na6 6. Bg2 Nf6 7. O-O

O-O 8. e4 c5 9. d5 Nd7 10. Be3 Nb6 11. Nd2 Bd7 12. Rc1 Qc8 13. Re1 h6 14. b3

Kh7 15. Ne2 Nb4 16. f4 Bg4 17. Nf3 Nxa2 18. Rb1 a5 19. Qd2 Nb4 20. e5 a4 21.

Rec1 Bf5 22. Ra1 axb3 23. Rxa8 Qxa8 24. Bf1 Bc2 25. Nc3 Qa6 26. Ne1 Nxc4 27.

Nxc2 Nxc2 28. Bxc4 Qxc4 29. Nd1 Ra8 30. Nb2 Qb5 31. Bf2 dxe5 32. Nd3 e4 33.

Nxc5 e3 34. Bxe3 Nxe3 35. Qxe3 b2 36. Rb1 Ra1 0-1

This Week In Chess


On March 22nd, the CSCC had 13 members in attendance.  The players had their choice of events for the evening.  Since there was a large number of non-USCF members, the group decided to play a club-rated, Swiss tournament (3SS, G/20).  Here are the results:


Score Player


3.0 Paul Anderson

2.0 Buck Buchanan

2.0 Jeff Fox

2.0 Alex Torres

2.0 Kenton Lloyd

1.0 Tony Vera

1.0 Larry Kledzik

1.0 Mike Voight

1.0 Jeff Ashford

0.0 Jeff Beckman

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Reply Paul Anderson
1:06 AM on March 23, 2011 
Creating my newsletter at club thanks to Tony's Bar! Alex is losing all his money to Jeff while I relive my past glories.
Reply BrianWall
6:55 PM on April 5, 2011 
I love this story, no matter how many times I hear it. ( once a month now I think ) Conquering something the first time is always super special.
Reply Paul Anderson
7:40 PM on April 6, 2011 
BrianWall says...
I love this story, no matter how many times I hear it. ( once a month now I think ) Conquering something the first time is always super special.

I haven't tired of reading it myself, and I haven't tired of telling it either. I showed Josh the Avery game on the viewer last night at club and when the right moved clicked by I was quoting the story to him. Yet he was still complementary despite my silliness.