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More Powers To You

Posted by Paul Anderson on June 28, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Game Of The Week

This week's game comes Anthea Carson NN.  She played James Powers the week after he beat me.  I was interested in watching this game for several reasons.  First, it was being played right next to my game so it was easy to look over and see the position. 

Second, I was hoping that James would destroy Anthea NN and verify the fact that I did not lose to a 1700-player last week, but rather that James' study has given him master level strength that his rating just hasn't caught up to yet. 

Third, the two of them just wouldn't stop talking to each other during the game.  All chess games between two men are totally silent.  Male chess players don't even really know how to form sentences. 

However, female chess players are much more verbal.  They use their verbal skills as a tactic to distract males from what they are trying to do.   It was hard to hear as they whispered to each other, but it went something like this:

Anthea NN:  "Do you ever feel like a chess piece yourself in a game being played against your will?"

James:  "Hmm"

Anthea NN:  "What are you thinking about?"

James:  "Mmmuh"

Anthea NN:  "Why don't we ring for some music and dance?"

James:  "Grrrumph"

Finally, I decided I needed some video evidence to make a complaint to the tournament director so I pulled out my video camera and shot this:

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However, while I was shooting their game, I realized that James was not master strength and that Anthea NN had clearly distracted him.  In fact, she had gotten into his head so badly that she was setting him up for the Holy Grail of chess: 

A queen sacrifice for mate. 

He seemed completely oblivious to what was coming, and I was so mesmerized by their game that I stopped playing my game to watch this rare occurance in chess.  I have sacrificed my queen for less compensation, but never just a pawn.  I just had to watch.  

Have you seen a Kansas sunset or an Arizona rain? 

Have you drifted on a bayou down Louisiana way? 

Have you heard a Bobwhite calling in the Carolina pines? 

Does the call of Niagara thrill you when you hear her waters roar? 

Do you look with awe and wonder at a Massachusetts shore where men who braved a hard new world, first stepped on Plymouth Rock? 

Have you seen a snowflake drifting in the Rockies way up high? 

Have you seen the sun come blazing down from a bright Nevada sky? 

Have you seen the mighty Tetons?

Have you watched an eagle soar? 

Have you seen the Mississippi roll along Missouri's shore?  

Have you felt a chill at Michigan, when on a winters day, her waters rage along the shore in a thunderous display? 

Do you stare in disbelief when you see the surf come roaring in at Waimea reef? 

Well, it was like that.



Sometimes watching someone else finish a chess game is the most painful thing I have ever experience...I am sorry.  I can't go on.  It is too painful.  I will let Anthea NN tell you the rest of the story:

Colorado Springs Chess Champion, Paul Anderson, was watching the game. He saw the move I should have played. In fact, he told me after the game, he thought it was what I was setting up. He thought I was brilliant. No. Not brilliant. Just lucky, and now it turns out not so lucky anymore. In fact now I was born under a bad sign...  Turns out the correct move was Qxf3, an absolute brilliancy. If the pawn recaptures the bishop recaptures and it's mate. If White plays any other move it's Qxg2 and it's mate.

More Powers To You


[Event "June Panera"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2011.06.16"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Powers, James"]

[Black "Carson, Anthea"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A57"]

[PlyCount "63"]

[EventDate "2011.06.02"]

[TimeControl "5400"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Qc2 bxc4 5. e4 e6 6.

Bxc4 exd5 7. e5 dxc4 8. exf6 Qxf6 9. Qxc4 Bb7 10. f3 Be7 11. Ne2 Nc6 12. Nbc3

Ne5 13. Qb5 Bc6 14. Qa6 O-O 15. O-O Rfb8 16. Ng3 Rb6 17. Qe2 c4 18. Nh5 Bc5+

19. Kh1 Qf5 20. Re1 d6 21. Nf4 Re8 22. Ncd5 Rb7 23. Qe4 Ng6 24. Nxg6 Rxe4 25.

Rxe4 hxg6 26. Ne7+ Rxe7 27. Rxe7 Bxf3 (27... Qxf3 28. Re8+ Kh7 29. Rh8+ Kxh8

30. gxf3 Bxf3#) 28. Be3 Bxe3 29. Rxe3 Qg5 30. Rxf3 d5 31. Re1 Qd2 32. Re8+ 1-0

This Week In Chess


On June 28th, the CSCC had 8 members in attendance.  The participants played in an unrated, Round Robin tournament (RR, G10).  Here are the results:


Score, Player


5.0 Jeff Fox

4.0 Paul Anderson

3.0 Alex Torres

1.0 Buck Buchanan

1.0 Caitlin Pires

0.0 James Diggs*

* Mark McGough substitute for round 5

Winter Springs Open Announcement

By Buck Buchanan

December 3-4, Manitou Springs: Winter Springs Open

4-SS, 40/2 and G/1, Masonic Lodge, 455 El Paso Blvd, Manitou Springs.  3 Sections: June (open to all),  July (U1800), August (U1400).  Entry fee $30 if rec’d by 12/1, $35 at site.  $8 off EF for Juniors, Seniors, Unrated.  Cash prizes per entries.  Register 8:30 - 9:30, rds schedule 10, 4;  9, 3.  Entries to Richard Buchanan, 1 Sutherland Rd, Manitou Springs CO 80829.  Phone (719) 685-1984 or e-mail [email protected] . CSCA membership required ($15, 10 for juniors/seniors), OSA.  Colorado Tour Event.

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Reply Edward Stoddard
7:29 PM on July 5, 2011 
This was very funny and interesting. (Females do offer distractions that males just can't compete with!)

Anthea does have the intuition to place her pieces correctly for the kill. The only problem with intuition is that it rarely points out to the conscious mind the precise manner to complete the kill. That has to be brought to one's conscious and then calculated! The only way to not miss these opportunities is through rigorous study of tactical situations - doing tactical problems. After such study, the conscious mind begins to see tactics very quickly. For example, master level players see a several move mate almost instantly, while lower rated players either don't realize it's there at all or take much longer to calculate it.

Anthea, having had such a winning queen sacrifice slip through her fingers will, very likely, given a similar position, never let it slip a again.