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Black's Triumph

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

Game Of The Week

This week’s game comes from the Swiss tournament event at the club on Tuesday. I was in what felt like a losing slump. I had stopped by the chess booth at Territory Days on Monday. The last guy I played there was Mike Makinney, who finally beat me. We met again in the first round on Tuesday, and the result was the same.

I had gotten a good position and was looking for a killer move when the clock began to click louder and louder. I was falling behind in time in a fast time control. It was such a distraction that I forgot what I trying to do. I began looking for a quick, safe move (otherwise known as the worst possible move).

It was like one of those chess puzzles where you find the mate in 1, but this time it was find the helpmate in 1. Well, I found it.

The next round I struggled to beat Chris Berg until he missed a fork in his time pressure. By the third round, it was after 9 pm so Dean Brown had turned back into a chess pumpkin giving me an easy win.

So, now I was facing Mitch Anderson with a shot a first place. I wanted to stay ahead on the clock and avoid my first round mistake. Also, Mitch doesn’t make many blunders until he has a minute left on the clock.

Then he will trade off both rooks giving me a passed pawn with his king out of play. Of course, after the game, he quickly saw the saving move (38.bxc4). We played on as time was still a factor, and I have the uncanney ability to find the wrong move at just the right time.

For example, I didn’t realize until the post mortem that I miscounted and could have taken the b pawn. Also, my gut reaction was to grab the closest pawns and move down the files alphabetically. However, when I saw his king heading for my last two pawns, I reconsidered and came back to the Fritz line.

After the game, I told Mitch about my Makinney mistake. He asked why I didn’t publish that one. I paused. I put my hand over the microphone as I leaned in to listen to my lawyer. I nodded several times to the whispers of my counsel as the silence filled the room.

I leaned back to the microphone, “I don’t recall…the moves.”


Black's Triumph

[Event "CSCC Swiss"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2009.05.26"]

[Round "4.1"]

[White "Anderson, Mitch"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A42"]

[WhiteElo "2035"]

[BlackElo "1954"]

[PlyCount "108"]

[EventDate "2009.05.26"]


1. d4 c6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Be3 Qb6 7. Qd2 Bxf3 8. gxf3

Nd7 9. Bh3 e6 10. d5 Qb4 11. dxe6 Ne5 12. exf7+ Kxf7 13. Qe2 Qxc4 14. Qxc4+

Nxc4 15. O-O-O Nxe3 16. fxe3 Rd8 17. Rd3 Nh6 18. Rhd1 Ke7 19. Kd2 Nf7 20. f4

Rhe8 21. Ke2 b5 22. b3 h5 23. Kf3 a5 24. Bg2 Nh6 25. h3 Nf7 26. Rc1 Rc8 27. Ne2

c5 28. Nc3 Bxc3 29. Rdxc3 Rc7 30. e5 Rec8 31. exd6+ Kxd6 32. Kg3 Ke6 33. e4 Nd6

34. Kf3 b4 35. R3c2 c4 36. e5 Nf5 37. Rxc4 Rxc4 38. Rxc4 Rxc4 39. bxc4 Nh4+ 40.

Kf2 Nxg2 41. Kxg2 a4 42. c5 Kd7 43. Kf3 b3 44. axb3 a3 45. Ke4 a2 46. Kd5 a1=Q

47. e6+ Kc7 48. b4 Qd1+ 49. Ke5 Qa1+ 50. Kd5 Qf6 51. b5 Qf5+ 52. Kd4 Qxf4+ 53.

Kd5 Qf5+ 54. Kd4 Qxe6 0-1


This Week In Chess

On May 26th, the CSCC had 9 members in attendance. The participants played in a 4-round, Swiss tournament (G15). I pulled off the unintentional Swiss gambit to tie with Jeff Fox, who drew his last 2 games, for a share of 1st place. Here are the results:


Score, Player

3.0 Paul Anderson

3.0 Jeff Fox

2.5 Mitch Anderson

2.5 Anthea Carson

2.0 Dean Brown

2.0 Mike Makinney

1.0 Chris Berg

0.0 Isaac Martinez


In May, the CSCC held the Poor Richard's Bookstore May Open. Here are the final results:

Score, Place, Prize, Player

4.0 1st $55.00 Mitchell Anderson

3.0 Josh S Bloomer

3.0 Bill Whinemiller

2.5 David Meliti

2.5 U1800 $36.00 James M Powers

2.0 Anthea J Carson

2.0 Fred Eric Spell

2.0 U1500 $10.67 Robert Harper Staten

2.0 $10.67 Gerald J Maier

2.0 $10.67 Dragan Plakalovic

1.5 Joseph T Fromme

1.5 U1300 $26.00 Alexander Freeman

1.0 Dean W Brown

1.0 Thomas L Mullikin

0.5 Isaac Martinez

0.0 Kathy A Schneider

Comments From Email

Martin Deschner, Monday, June 01, 2009 2:50 PM


Notice how the recent 30-move Dean Brown game had a Fishing Pole Theme? Brian Wall take note! Regards.....Martin Deschner in Denver


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New Location for Colorado Springs Wednesday Night Chess

By Jerry Maier

Hi All,


Change in venue from Poor Richards to the East Coast Deli. Please pass along this information! It is effective immediately.


As of this Wednesday, June 3rd, the Wednesday night chess location has changed from 'Poor Richards' to 'East Coast' restaurant & deli. The new location has a much larger room in back with proper tables that can be used for chess playing with wood floors and with room to add tables if needed. Plus it is much quieter! The address is 24 South Tejon. It is on the same side of the street as 'Poor Richards' and just North of Colorado Blvd. (almost directly across from Jack Quinn's Irish Pub). Parking is still available on the street but may be tricky to figure out the first few times so please come early if at all possible. If you get lost please call Jerry or Fred at the numbers listed below. Thanks!


As you enter the restaurant go past the counter to your right and follow the hallway down until you get to the room. I think everyone will be pleasantly suprised. The owner is even going to assign a single waitress to the room if anyone wants to order from their menu.


If anyone has questions, don't hesitate to contact me.




Fred Spell, 719-491-1040

Jerry Maier, 719.660.5531


Upcoming Events

6/2 Speed tournament, CSCC

6/3,10,17,24 East Coast Deli’s June Open, CSCC

6/6 Pueblo Open III, CSCA

6/9 June Mating Game: 4-SS, G/30, USCF rated, $5 entry fee, CSCC

6/13-14 11th Annual Southern Colorado Open, CSCA

6/16 June Mating Game continues, CSCC


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


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Boulder Chess Club: BCC (

Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA (

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Kansas Chess Association: KCA (

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