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Power Point

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Game Of The Week


This week’s game was sort of a last minute decision, as I was hoping to have one game from the Shaun MacMillan lecture. However, as the deadline approached, I realized he might not get the game to me on time. I guess I should have expected this possibility after seeing how well Shaun did with his Power Point presentation at the club earlier this week.

This was the first time someone was going to be doing a lecture with something other than a demonstration board, where all the pieces are moved by hand.  In those lectures, approximately 45% of the time is spent trying to figure out which piece was put in the wrong slot.

Therefore, the club was excited to see how the new technology would avoid these kinds of delays. In addition, this lecture was going to be run by Shaun MacMillan, a chess player who has proven to have the desire, diligence, and training to make a goal and see it through to its completion. Of course, after Buck introduced Shaun to the club, we began to get the feeling something had gone awry.


Buck announced, “We have a special treat tonight as the current club champion, Shaun MacMillan, is going to do the first chess lecture at the club on Power Point tonight. Shaun are you ready?”


Shaun muttered, “What? Me? Uhh…sure.”


As Shaun moved to the center of the room, he began his lecture, “Ok, thanks for coming out tonight. Um…well…er…oh, yes, I know. I thought I would begin my chess lecture with a little demonstration on how to set up a Power Point presentation. First, you have to find an outlet to plug the computer into.”


Five minutes pass.


Shaun continued, “Ok, there we go. Second, we will want to turn the computer on. This could take a couple of minutes to load up.”


Five more minutes pass.


Shaun resumed, “Thirdly, we’ll need to find the start button and click there. Now we can locate Power Point and press run. It shouldn’t be long now. Oh, wait a minute, I just have to register first.”


Five more minutes pass as Shaun keys in the registration information.


Shaun started again, “Ok, now we’re ready.” As Power Point begins, a reminder window pops up.


Shaun read aloud, “New updates are available. Would you like to upload them now?” Well, huh…I guess we should get the updates. I’ll just press yes and…hmmm, well, it looks like this should just take about 12 more minutes.”


Buck interrupted, “Shaun this is the first time you have opened Power Point? You forgot about your lecture, didn’t you?”


Shaun defended himself, “In all honesty, I doubt I would have gotten this done even if I had remembered.”

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So, I picked the shortest upset of mine I could find, and Fritzed it early this morning. It may not be in a Power Point presentation, but you probably don’t have that much time to spend on this email anyway.


Power Point


[Event "Southern Colorado Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2004.06.13"]

[Round "4.6"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Jablon, Stephen"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A51"]

[WhiteElo "1768"]

[BlackElo "1784"]

[PlyCount "57"]

[EventDate "2004.06.12"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. d5 Bb4+ 4. Nd2 c6 5. Qb3 Qa5 6. a3 Na6 7. Rb1 Bd6 8. Qg3

O-O 9. b4 Qc7 10. c5 Nxc5 11. bxc5 Bxc5 12. dxc6 dxc6 13. e4 Qa5 14. Qd3 Rd8

15. Qc2 Rd4 16. Bd3 Bg4 17. Bb2 Rad8 18. Bxd4 Rxd4 19. Ne2 Bxe2 20. Kxe2 Qc7

21. Qxc5 Rxd3 22. Kxd3 Qd7+ 23. Kc2 Qg4 24. Rxb7 h6 25. f3 Qxg2 26. Rg1 Qxh2

27. Rb8+ Kh7 28. Rh8+ Kxh8 29. Qf8+ 1-0


This Week In Chess


On May 20th, the CSCC had 12 members in attendance. The evening’s activity was a lecture from the 2007 club champion, Shaun MacMillan. He did a power point presentation about his process for winning the club championship on the 25th anniversary of his last (and only) title.

He now holds the record for longest time between championships, taking the record away from Buck Buchanan, who had set the record at 11 years in 2003. His lecture was titled “How? Did Shaun! Win?!” and covered his march through a field of 6 former champions with 4 upset victories to post his personal best performance rating of 2600.


Looking For Colorado Chess Informant Submissions





Once again, I'm putting out an 11th hour call for articles and Colorado games from players, preferably annotated material. I'm coming up a few pages short, so any articles that you or your readers would like to send about chess in Colorado would be greatly appreciated.


Please send any inquiries and/or submissions to [email protected]


Also, I'm looking for some insider info on the Colorado Closed, too. Games that aren't in Brian's mailing list already, any interesting anecdotes of what happened, and even an up-to-date picture of Philipp Ponomarev would be helpful in getting a story put in about that.


Also looking for info (besides the crosstable) about the Bobby Fischer Memorial that was held in Colorado Springs May 3-4.



Randy Reynolds, Colorado Chess Informant Editor


Upcoming Events


5/27 Quads - 3-RR, G/30 for USCF rated, G/20 otherwise, CSCC

5/28 Poor Richard's Bookstore May Open final rounds, CSCC

5/31 Quads by Knight, CSCA

5/31 CU Rapid VIII, BCC

6/3 Speed tournament, CSCC

6/4-8/27 Boulder Club Championship, BCC


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