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The Quincenchessial

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 19, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Game Of The Week


After playing two USCF-rated games in Tuesday’s June Mating Game, I noticed that I was going to reach 500 games at the Southern Colorado Open. It seemed like such a milestone that I couldn’t see publishing anything else this week. But what kind of game was it going to be?

It was going to be the final round of the tournament that was for sure. However, a bad tournament could have meant a lower rated opponent while a good tournament would have meant a tougher opponent. It could have even been a battle for 1st place and the top prize.

Well, after my usual 3rd round defeat to FM Renard Anderson and my customary 4th round bye, the top spot was out of the picture. I had dropped to board 4 and had to struggle to win against Julian Evans and the clock, in a drawn rook and bishop versus rook endgame, to even make it back to the top table for the Anderson family reunion.

Since I had already played “Papa” Anderson (not an actual relation), it was time for the patriarch of the Anderson clan to school my sibling, Mitch Anderson (not an actual relation), on board 1 while my milestone played out on board 2.


I was hoping my 500th game would have been a memorable triumph rather than an embarrassing defeat. However, if it was going to be a defeat, I wanted to go out in a blaze of glory.

I didn’t know much about my opponent, Jeffrey Csima. We hadn’t played before this game. He was listed as 2083, but he was coming off a long break. Since he told me he was new to Colorado, I pondered the idea of winning with the bishing pole.

The idea grew on me as we started our game. “This would be memorable win or lose,” I thought to myself. Of course, we had started with the English, so I really was in uncharted territory if I ventured down that route.

It looked similar to a fishing pole, but I was on the white side with a bishop on a different diagonal. It was closer to the bishing poles I’ve played, but the knight was the bait instead of the bishop. I had no idea if this would work.

If he had seen this before, I would have been in big trouble. If this was new to him, I had a shot. I was terrified.

I decided to offer my first grandmaster draw just to hedge my bet, as I played h4. However, I gained no relief from the terror. I still had to wait for his answer. It was the most stressed I had felt all weekend, as the whole tournament seemed to hang on this one decision.

The game seemed irrelevant now.

If he declined, he was on to me and would crush my folly. If he accepted, he was under my spell and would have fallen into a mating line.

The next word from him would determine the entire future destiny of my life. The game became so monumental in my mind that I knew I need a word to describe its epic proportions, like the Bicentennial.

Of course, I play more than one game a year, so I would have to remove the yearly reference in my term. Yet, I still wanted something to inspire the chess world to celebrate with loud anthems and fireworks all across this great nation of ours from sea to shining sea.


The Quincenchessial


[Event "Southern Colorado Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2009.06.14"]

[Round "6.2"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Csima, Jeffrey"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "A35"]

[WhiteElo "1986"]

[BlackElo "2018"]

[PlyCount "19"]

[EventDate "2009.06.13"]


1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e3 e6 5. a3 d5 6. Qc2 Be7 7. b3 O-O 8. Bb2

Re8 9. Ng5 h6 10. h4 1/2-1/2


This Week In Chess


On June 9th, the CSCC had 10 members in attendance. The main event for the evening was the first round of the June Mating Game. This USCF-rated event (G30) is a 4 round, Swiss tournament played over 2 weeks. There is still time to join, get a couple of wins, and collect some prize money (it has been done before). Here are the results after the first 2 rounds:


Score, Player


2.0 Paul Anderson

1.5 Mitch Anderson

1.5 Josh Divine

1.0 Jeff Fox

1.0 Dean Brown

1.0 Bob Staten

0.0 Buck Buchanan

0.0 Mitchell Pjontek


Comments From Email


Ray Fourzan, Wednesday, June 10, 2009 11:48 AM


I don't know about the 500 games, but I have been playing in rated tournaments since December 1971 (pre-Bobby Fischer), so I probably have played about 3000 rated games. Can anyone beat that?


Ann Davies, Friday, June 12, 2009 7:32 AM


I was just thinking about the word 'upset' and although I've heard the term often and have my own understanding of what it means, I was wondering what is your definition? Is there an official definition, someone beating someone who is 'blank ____" points above them? Do different chess players have different notions of upsets? Just curious . . .. . Please comment if you have the time.


[Ann asks an excellent question. The short answer to my definition of an upset is any win where my opponent is within 25 rating points of me or higher.

Also, I would highly doubt there is an official definition so chess players are free to create their own definitions. The only official use of upset in chess I have seen is when Dean Brown offers an upset prize at a tournament.

Then the lower rated player, with a victory over a higher rated player with the largest difference in their ratings, claims the cash prize. Here is an example:]


Martin Deschner, Monday, June 15, 2009 6:57 PM


I might have been napping, but are Paul Anderson and Mitch Anderson related? Just wondering....Martin in Denver.


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Fuchs, Mike, Monday, June 15, 2009 2:04 PM




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USAFA Quads #10

By Jerry Maier

Here are the results of the USAFA Quads #10.


Quad Alpha

Score Place Prize Player

2.0 1st $20.00 Julian S Evans

2.0 1st $20.00 Josh Divine

1.5 Anthea J Carson

0.5 Alex Cacas


Quad Bravo

Score Place Prize Player

2.5 1st $40.00 Brendon Ch Barela

1.5 Gerardo Fern Neri

1.0 Howard Notgarnie

1.0 Derek Austin Fish


Quad Charlie

Score Place Prize Player

2.0 1st $20.00 Kurt Kondracki

2.0 1st $20.00 Alexa E Lasley

1.0 Donald P Binnix

1.0 Matthew Lasley Sr


Quad Delta

Score Place Prize Player

2.5 1st $40.00 James M Powers

2.0 Thomas L Mullikin

1.5 Isaac Martinez

0.0 Gerald J Maier


Quad Echo

Score Place Prize Player

3.0 1st $40.00 Matthew Lasley Jr

1.5 Alexander Freeman

1.0 Gary G Frenzel

0.5 Robert Mitchell


USAFA Chess #1 new tournament announcement

By Jerry Maier


2009 July USAFA Chess, Thursdays July 2-30


5 round Swiss system tournament.

Time Control: Game/90, t/d5

Site: The Milazzo Center, Building 5226, US Air Force Academy, CO

Directions: From I-25, take Exit #150 (Academy Blvd/the South Entrance to the Academy), turn west toward the mountains. The road becomes Stadium Drive. Take Stadium Drive, over the railroad bridge, about 5 miles. Turn left up Community Center Drive about 2 miles. Near the hill crest on the left is the fitness center. Turn left onto Aspen Drive (before Falcon and Eagle Drives). Continue straight to the next stop sign and turn left. Proceed straight for 100 yards (the fitness center is now on your left). The Milazzo Center and its parking lot will be on your right (opposite the baseball field).

Sections: Open (open to all).

Entry fee: $10 covers the entire month of Thursdays.

Prizes: Cash prizes per entries paid on final Thursday of event, usually 85%-90% of entry fees, for 1st place and Under sections based on number of players.

Registration: 5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. every Thursday.

Rounds: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30. 1 game per evening. TD assumes you are playing all rounds unless notified in advance. Two ½ point byes are allowed this month.

Entries/TD: Jerry Maier 229 Hargrove Court, Colorado Springs CO 80919

Phone: (719) 660-5531 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (719) 660-5531      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

E-mail: [email protected]

USCF membership required. See the TD if you need to renew or join.Sponsored by the USAFA Community Center with Southern Colorado Chess direction.Please note that this tournament runs while a casual, non-USCF section also meets. There is no cost for the non-USCF games, nor for attending the casual chess.Please be careful of the road construction on base. Be prepared to show photo ID to get onto the base.


Winter Springs Open Announcement

By Buck Buchanan


Here is a tournament announcement for the Winter Springs Open.






December 5-6, 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 12/3, $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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (719) 685-1984      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or e-mail [email protected] . CSCA membership required ($15, 10 for juniors/seniors), OSA. Colorado Tour Event.


Upcoming Events


6/16 June Mating Game continues, CSCC

6/17,24 East Coast Deli’s June Open final rounds, CSCC

6/18 June 2009 G/29 Series Event, WCA

6/19-20 Chess and Chess Variants, CSCA

6/20 DCC June Swoon, CSCA

6/20 casual chess at Agia Sophia coffee house, 2902 W Colorado, 8:00 PM., CSCC


For event details and additional events, see the following websites:


Colorado Springs Chess Club: CSCC (

Boulder Chess Club: BCC (

Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA (

Wyoming Chess Association: WCA (

Kansas Chess Association: KCA (

Categories: 2009

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