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Game Of The Year VIII

Posted by Paul Anderson on August 23, 2011 at 6:40 PM

End Of The Season

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Well, another chess season has come to a close for me. It is time for me to move on to managing the website for my other hobby (, but I will return after the football season ends.

Before I go, I wanted to clean up some loose ends. Of course, you can still send in news items or articles during the off-season, and I will email them along to the subscribers. Any games I receive will be stored at the Colorado Springs Chess News’ Yahoo! group ( You can also join the group to keep receiving chess games all year round.

So, before I finish typing my chess thoughts for another year, I want to thank all the people who sent in games and articles, all the people who took the time to tell me something nice about the newsletter, and all the people who take the time to read this.

Game Of The Year


This year was very comparable to last year ( with both good and bad results. 

While my USCF rating crept up from 1926 to 1951 with similar results compared to last year, my club performance pushed last year's all-time high even higher before tumbling back down. 

However, I did finally win the City Championship after 14 years.  I wrote about it for the Colorado Chess Informant and posted it to the blog:

In addition, I wrote three more articles for the Colorado Chess Informant: 

This year I had one more upset win than last year, which seems like an improvement despite going +2-5=2 against higher rated players.  The nine games came from 5 opponents including losses to LM Brian Wall, John Irwin, and Joshua Samuels. 

The bulk of my games against higher rated players came against 2 opponents (+2-2=2), Julian Evans and Kurt Kondracki.  I already published my win against Julian Evans (Dream On), leaving me with one unpublished, upset win staring me in the face as the obvious choice as Game Of The Year.  Of course, the fact that I really liked the game didn't hurt either.  I felt like I had almost achieved perfection. 


Had I played 22. Bh7+!!! (mate in 4), it would have been perfect.  However, I was so worried about his mating threat (1...Rxa2+ 2. Kxa2 Qa4++) that I lost my balance between offense and defense and missed the brilliancy.  Otherwise my best game of the year.

Game Of The Year VIII


[Event "June Panera"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2011.06.23"]

[Round "4.2"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Kondracki, Kurt"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D53"]

[WhiteElo "1938"]

[BlackElo "1956"]

[PlyCount "49"]

[EventDate "2011.06.02"]

[TimeControl "5400"]


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 O-O 6.

Qc2 Nbd7 7. O-O-O c6 8. Kb1 Rb8 9. e4 Nxe4 10. Nxe4 dxe4 11. Bxe7 Qxe7 12. Qxe4

Nf6 13. Qh4 b5 14. c5 b4 15. Bd3 h6 16. g4 Nd5 17. g5 Nc3+ 18. bxc3 bxc3+ 19.

Ka1 Rb2 20. Rb1 Qb7 21. gxh6 Qb4 22. Bc2 Rxa2+ 23. Kxa2 Qa5+ 24. Kb3 Ba6 25.

Bh7+ 1-0

This Week In Chess


On August 16th, the CSCC had 9 members in attendance.  The Acacia Apartments changed the locks on the ballroom and failed to let the club know.  A couple of members played skittles games in the library, but no results were kept.


Chess In The Theatre

By Buck Buchanan

Buck Buchanan will be playing the role of Judge Danforth in Arthur Miller's classic play  The Crucible in a performance with Tin Roof Productions.  The play will be held in the theatre of First Methodist Church at 420 N. Nevada from August 18 - 28.  For information or to reserve tickets go to  or call 502-9056

Categories: 2011, Game Of The Year

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