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Lazy Dog Awakens

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Game Of The Week

This week’s game comes from my list of upset victories. One of my goals when I started this newsletter was to publish all my USCF-rated wins over opponents within 25 points of my rating or higher.

It was an easy way to choose a game for the week, and it also helped me focus on those things I was doing right. I have 47 upsets to date and only 4 left to publish.

Year, # of upsets

1998 6

1999 2

2000 5

2001 7

2002 3

2003 5

2004 4

2005 3

2006 4

2007 3

2008 2

2009 3

However, this method is not without its flaws. I upset three people in quick events for which I have no record. Therefore, my upset list can never really be complete. In addition, I have upset a couple of people multiple times.

In fact, two people make up one third (36%) of my upset victories. This means that I would have had to write about someone’s losses over and over and over. That seemed a little redundant and a little unfair to that opponent.

So, I decided to pick several games from one person to post to the Yahoo! Group and write about the one that received the most votes. That way I still get all my upsets published, just not all in the newsletter.

My most common upset victim is Jeff Fox who represents 21% of my victories. Of course, we have played more often than any other combination of players at the club in the past 12 years.

Jeff holds the overall lead in wins with 27.5 to 25.5. However, I hold the lead in USCF-rated wins with 12 to 9. Most of the time, I was lower rated than Jeff and could play for a draw and wait for him to flag as he used up all his time trying to find a win.

Oh, sure, some might say that was the lazy way to catch the Fox, but I would remind you that one should let sleeping dogs lie.


Lazy Dog Awakens

[Event "June Borborgyms"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2000.06.20"]

[Round "3.1"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Fox, Jeff"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A10"]

[WhiteElo "1526"]

[BlackElo "1700"]

[PlyCount "66"]

[EventDate "2000.06.13"]


1. c4 g6 2. g3 Bg7 3. Bg2 d6 4. e3 c6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Nge2 f5 7. O-O Nf6 8. d4

O-O 9. b3 e5 10. dxe5 dxe5 11. e4 a5 12. Rb1 Na6 13. a3 Be6 14. Be3 Rfd8 15.

Qc2 Rd7 16. Rbd1 Rad8 17. Rxd7 Rxd7 18. Rd1 Bf8 19. Rxd7 Qxd7 20. Bb6 Bxa3 21.

Bxa5 Nb4 22. Bxb4 Bxb4 23. Kf1 Qd6 24. Bh3 f4 25. Bxe6+ Qxe6 26. Kg2 Qg4 27.

Qd3 Kf7 28. f3 Qc8 29. gxf4 exf4 30. Nxf4 g5 31. Nfe2 Nh5 32. Qd4 Qe6 33. h3

Qc8 1-0


This Week In Chess

On March 10th, the CSCC had 10 members in attendance. Due to a lack of interest in the scheduled team event, the participants opted for club-rated ladder games (G30). Each player faced an opponent similar in rating in a 2 game match. Here is how the ladder players fared:


Score Player

2.0 DuWayne Langseth

2.0 Rhett Langseth

0.0 Paul Anderson

0.0 Dean Brown


Upcoming Events

3/17 Bughouse!!, CSCC

3/18,25 Poor Richard's Bookstore March Open - final rounds, CSCC

3/21 DCC March Madness, CSCA

3/21 casual chess at Agia Sophia coffee house, 2902 W Colorado, 8:00 PM, CSCC

3/24 Quads - USCF rated (G/30) or not (G/20), CSCC

3/27-29 Colorado Closed and Colorado Scholastic Closed, CSCA


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 (

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