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How To Beat Jeff Fox

Posted by Paul Anderson on April 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from Jeff Fox [].  He is a long-time chess player and a 2-time city chess champion of Colorado Springs.  He doesn't play nearly as often as Dean Brown does (, but our ratings have stayed so close together that we are possibly the most common chess matchup in the Springs since 1998.  Currently, we have played 84 rated chess games against each other, with myself having a slight edge (43.0 - 41.0).


However, I still haven't figured out how to beat him.  Well, unless you count playing the clock.


In 2003, we met in a fundraiser tournament.  The fundraiser event is designed to help raise funds for Colorado's best scholastic player to travel to the Nationals.  This year's version will be held on April 13th (

Jeff was a high class A player before taking a break from chess.  He restarted about the time I picked up chess in 1998.  He was nice enough to come down to my level as I was learning how to eliminate my blunders and he was learning how to play faster time controls.

He is a perfectionist and wants to have the game won before he has to speed up and prove it over the board.  Here I have kept the game close enough that he hasn't figured out the win yet.  Of course, neither have I, as I have no real plan going forward.




Fortunately, the fundraiser is a 30 minute game and by this position Jeff was out of time.  I claimed the win and figured that I would learn how to beat Jeff down the road.  Of course, it is 10 years later and I have yet to solve how to beat Jeff Fox.


How To Beat Jeff Fox   


[Event "Hillside Fundraiser"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2003.04.05"]

[Round "4.5"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Fox, Jeff"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B07"]

[WhiteElo "1734"]

[BlackElo "1792"]

[PlyCount "56"]

[EventDate "2003.04.05"]

[TimeControl "1800"]


1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Bd3 c6 4. Ne2 e5 5. c3 Nbd7 6. O-O d5 7.

exd5 Nxd5 8. Bf5 Bd6 9. Ng3 O-O 10. Ne4 Bc7 11. Bg5 f6 12. Bh4 N7b6 13. Bxc8

Qxc8 14. dxe5 Bxe5 15. Bg3 Bxg3 16. Nxg3 Qc7 17. Nd2 Rfe8 18. Qb3 Kh8 19. Rae1

Qf4 20. Nf3 Qc4 21. Qxc4 Nxc4 22. b3 Nb2 23. Rxe8+ Rxe8 24. c4 Nf4 25. h3 g6

26. Nd4 a6 27. Nc2 Ne2+ 28. Kh2 Nc3 1-0


This Week In Chess


On March 26th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club held a Quad event.  Players were grouped into fours for Round Robin tournaments (RR, G30).  Daniel and Sara Herman won the lower quads while 3 players tied for 1st in the top quad.   Here are the results:


Score, Player:


Quad A


2.0 Isaac Martinez

2.0 Koji Del Conte

2.0 Paul Anderson

0.0 Mark McGough


Quad B


2.5 Daniel Herman

1.5 Alex Torres

1.0 Rebecca Herman

1.0 Joe Pahk


Quad C


3.0 Sara Herman

2.0 Eugin Pahk

1.0 Shirley Herman

0.0 Kathy Schneider


Tuesday Night Chess Tour Final Standings for 1st Quarter


1    Paul Anderson    25.00

2    Tim Brennan    12.00

3    Mark McGough    12.00

4    Alex Torres    8.00

5    Mike Madsen    7.50

6    Dean Brown    7.00

7    Koji DelConte    6.50

8    Alex Freeman    5.00

9    Isaac Martinez    5.00

10    Jeff Fox    4.50

11    Brian Rountree    4.00

12    Daniel Herman    4.00

13    Sara Herman    4.00

14    Peter Grigg    3.00

15    Eugin Pahk    3.00

16    Josh Bloomer    2.50

17    Anthea Carson    2.00

18    Mike Wanek    2.00

19    James Powers    2.00

20    Shirley Herman    2.00

21    Rebecca Herman    1.50

22    Joe Pahk    1.50

23    Mike Toth    1.00

24    Buddy Diamond    1.00

25    Wes Smith    1.00

26    Kathy Schneider    1.00

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