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Dream On

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 5, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Game Of The Week


I never know how many people play over my games.  Since I publish a lot of them online at my chess blog, I dream that they are viewed my millions of chess fans around the globe. 

However, a quick check of the page counter shows that, clearly, the masses have yet to discover my website. In fact, only a small percentage of the people on my email list actually go to the web pages to read the stories and play over the games. 

One guy that I know of, who does check out my games, is DuWayne Langseth, a Colorado Springs chess player, chess coach, and chess father.  I have known DuWayne for more than a decade now because of my chess hobby, and he has seen me start well below his rating and gradually over-take him. 

So, when he is taking his son to a chess tournament, and I am there as well, he will split his time watching his son’s game and mine.  He can’t even dream of how I can keep winning so many chess games with such limited chess ability.


Such was the case this fall at Dean Brown’s Air Force Academy no-entry fee, chess tournaments. I played in three events going +5-2=2 against similarly rated opposition.  DuWayne comes to these events to encourage his son’s chess career, but he does not play in the G60, 4-man, round robin events, as he is using a wise strategy to improve his rating known as “playing to your strengths.” 

DuWayne is a chess turtle.  He needs the slow time controls to avoid the blunders that ruin his game and rating at faster time controls. Admittedly, I am similar, as I had more trouble adjusting to the clock in the first event (+1-1=1) than the last one (+2-0=1).  I also have learned to use the strategy of “playing to your strengths,” and this game is a good example.  Also, I told DuWayne that I would publish this one for him, as it is the only one left he hasn’t gone over.


I had just lost to Kurt Kondracki in the first round by getting into time trouble in an even endgame, which is not playing to my strengths.  So, I was determined to play quicker in the opening and save more time for the endgame in my next game.  The problem was that I was playing the highest rated opponent in my quad, Julian Evans.  I had played Julian just once before, getting the win in a drawn rook + bishop versus rook endgame where he was in time trouble.  So, I was dreaming for the same type of thing.


Evans,Julian (2012) -Anderson,Paul (1959) [A40]

USAFA NoEF Quads #3 Colorado Springs (2.1), 17.10.2010

1.d4 c6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 Nf6 5.c4 d6 6.Nc3 Bg4 7.Be2 Qa5 8.0–0 Nh5 9.Bg3 Nxg3 10.hxg3 0–0


Unfortunately, Julian may have remembered our last meeting and was focused on not repeating the same situation, as he blitzed out his first 10 moves.  I kept pace and we both had only used 2 minutes on the first 10 moves.  I had decided to trade my knight for his dark bishop to give him doubled pawns and see if Icould take advantage of that minor weakness in the endgame.


11.a3 Nd7 12.Rc1 Rab8 13.Nd2 Bxe2 14.Qxe2 a6 15.Rfd1 f5 16.Nf3 Bf6 17.e4 fxe4 18.Nxe4 Qf5 19.Nxf6+ Qxf6 20.Re1 Rf7


I felt like I was just responding to Julian’s build-up in the center and needed something to get some counter-play.  I thought my best shot was to focus on the f-file and put some pressure on f2 if he tries to win a pawn in the center.  I was already starting to slip behind in time, as Julian had gained 3 minutes on me.


21.Rc3 Rbf8 22.Rb3 b6 23.Re3 e5 24.dxe5 Nxe5 25.Qc2 Qf5 26.Qxf5 Rxf5 27.Nxe5 dxe5 28.f3 Re8 29.f4 Kf7 30.fxe5 Rd8


I didn’t think trading queens was the best plan for me, but my time deficit was growing, and I had dreams about queen to h5, knight to g4, and sacrificing a rook for his knight and a mate on f2. Some times you just have to admit your dreams are just fantasies. 


They are like a dream when one awakes;

   when you arise, Lord,

   you will despise them as fantasies.

Psalms 73:20


By this time, I was down 11 minutes.  So, my dream of a win on his time pressure blunder was turning out to be a fantasy as well.  However, I have the open files for my rooks, my king is more active, and his doubled pawns are enough for losing a pawn.  So, my dreams of a win haven’t been dashed yet.


31.Rf3 Ke6 32.Rxf5 gxf5 33.Re3 Rd4 34.b3 Re4 35.Kf2 Kxe5 36.Rf3 a5 37.Rd3 Rd4 38.Re3+ Kf6 39.a4 Rd2+ 40.Kf3 Rb2


When we reached 40 moves, I was down 20 minutes on the clock, but I still had 18 minutes to try and win a better position. Julian could see the writing on the wall and offered a draw on move 39, but I thought I had plenty of time to fight for the win without losing the draw.  Of course, trading rooks would have made things easier for me, but I was too focused on regaining my pawn. 


41.Rc3 Ke5 42.c5 Kd4 43.Rc4+ Kd5 44.Rc3 bxc5 45.Kf4 Rxg2 46.Kxf5 Rf2+ 47.Kg5 Rf7 48.g4 Rb7 49.Kh6 Rb4 50.g5 Rg4 51.Kh5 Rg2 52.Rd3+ Ke4 53.Rh3 Kf4 54.Rh4+ Kf5 55.Kh6 Rxg5 56.Kxh7 Ke5 57.Rc4 Kd5 58.Rc3 Rg4 59.Kh6 c4 60.Kh5 Rd4 0–1


It turns out that the ending was harder to solve than I thought, but I finally realized the value of c4 and went on to clean up the last two pawns and threaten promotion before Julian conceded.  Maybe this game will be the one that finally draws the multitudes to my website. Dream on.

Dream On


[Event "USAFA NoEF Quads #3"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2010.10.17"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Evans, Julian"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A40"]

[WhiteElo "2012"]

[BlackElo "1959"]

[PlyCount "120"]

[EventDate "2010.10.17"]

[TimeControl "3600"]


1. d4 c6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bf4 Bg7 4. e3 Nf6 5. c4 d6 6. Nc3 Bg4 7. Be2

Qa5 8. O-O Nh5 9. Bg3 Nxg3 10. hxg3 O-O 11. a3 Nd7 12. Rc1 Rab8 13. Nd2 Bxe2

14. Qxe2 a6 15. Rfd1 f5 16. Nf3 Bf6 17. e4 fxe4 18. Nxe4 Qf5 19. Nxf6+ Qxf6 20.

Re1 Rf7 21. Rc3 Rbf8 22. Rb3 b6 23. Re3 e5 24. dxe5 Nxe5 25. Qc2 Qf5 26. Qxf5

Rxf5 27. Nxe5 dxe5 28. f3 Re8 29. f4 Kf7 30. fxe5 Rd8 31. Rf3 Ke6 32. Rxf5 gxf5

33. Re3 Rd4 34. b3 Re4 35. Kf2 Kxe5 36. Rf3 a5 37. Rd3 Rd4 38. Re3+ Kf6 39. a4

Rd2+ 40. Kf3 Rb2 41. Rc3 Ke5 42. c5 Kd4 43. Rc4+ Kd5 44. Rc3 bxc5 45. Kf4 Rxg2

46. Kxf5 Rf2+ 47. Kg5 Rf7 48. g4 Rb7 49. Kh6 Rb4 50. g5 Rg4 51. Kh5 Rg2 52.

Rd3+ Ke4 53. Rh3 Kf4 54. Rh4+ Kf5 55. Kh6 Rxg5 56. Kxh7 Ke5 57. Rc4 Kd5 58. Rc3

Rg4 59. Kh6 c4 60. Kh5 Rd4 0-1

This Week In Chess


On April 5th, the CSCC had 8 members in attendance.  The participants played in an unrated, speed tournament (RR, G5).  NM Josh Bloomer showed up to hand out some free lessons on blitz.  Here are the results:


Score Player


7.0 Josh Bloomer

6.0 John Irwin

5.0 Paul Anderson

4.0 Alex Torres

3.0 Mark McGough

2.0 Ken Bullard

1.0 Kenton Lloyd

0.0 Mike Voight

Categories: 2011

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