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Ten Years Gone

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Game Of The Week

This week’s game comes from my many upset victories over the years. Actually, there are less upsets than I would have thought.

When I got my first chess engine, Fritz 8, I decided to make use of the full analysis and publishing features by starting this newsletter.  Of course, choosing one game out of the 872 rated games I have played over the board isn’t a piece of cake.

Obviously, recently played games are still fresh in my memory and easy to write about, but sometimes I don’t have any recent choices that would provide enough variety for my tastes.

Then I have to go back in time. One trick I learned is to filter through the 872 games by looking only at games where I beat someone my rating or higher. I call these my upsets, and I have 43 of them. That works out to 4.9%. I thought that seemed a little low.

95% of the time I can’t beat someone higher than me? I realized that I wasn’t playing someone higher rated than me in every game, so some of the time I had zero chance of an upset.

Therefore, I had to find how many games I played where I had the possibility of an upset. That was a little trickier, but I created a formula and resorted the database to find I had 369 chances for an upset. That works out to 11.7%.  Not great, but better. 

During the process, I noticed that I have only played one person with the same rating as me, (John Farrington, 1674, 02/23/99) which I lost.

In any case, I have already published 27 of the 43 upsets in the newsletter or on the Yahoo! Group, so now I am getting to the smaller upsets. Also, I like to spread the wealth around so that someone I have upset quite often doesn’t get all the losses into the newsletter.

This time I chose a fresh face from 10 years back when I used to travel to chess tournaments. In addition, this is the only event I have played outside of Colorado, but I liked it so much I went back 4 times. I guess I should have quit while I was ahead. In my first trip, I finished in 2nd place, won prize money, and claimed my only out of state upset.

“Then as it was, then again it will be. Though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea”

(J. Page, R. Plant).

Afterwards, I was upset six times, and Brad got his revenge 2 years later.


Ten Years Gone

[Event "Pir Maleki"]

[Site ""]

[Date "1999.04.24"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Earlewine, Brad"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A36"]

[WhiteElo "1648"]

[BlackElo "1580"]

[PlyCount "92"]

[EventDate "1999.04.24"]


1. c4 c5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 d6 6. Nge2 O-O 7. O-O Nc6 8. d3

a6 9. h3 Bd7 10. Be3 Qc7 11. b3 Be6 12. d4 cxd4 13. Nxd4 Nxd4 14. Bxd4 Bd7 15.

Qd2 e6 16. Rad1 Rfd8 17. f4 e5 18. Be3 Bc6 19. Nd5 Nxd5 20. cxd5 Bb5 21. Rc1

Qe7 22. Rf2 Rac8 23. Bf1 Bxf1 24. Rfxf1 exf4 25. Rxc8 Rxc8 26. Bxf4 Qxe4 27.

Re1 Bd4+ 28. Kh2 Qxd5 29. Bh6 Qc5 30. Qg2 Qc6 31. Qf1 Be5 32. Rc1 Qd7 33. Rc4

Rxc4 34. Qxc4 Qc6 35. Qh4 f6 36. Qg4 Qc2+ 37. Kh1 Qb1+ 38. Kh2 Qxa2+ 39. Kh1

Qb1+ 40. Kh2 Qc2+ 41. Kh1 Qf5 42. Qc4+ Kh8 43. Qf7 Qf3+ 44. Kg1 Bd4+ 45. Kh2

Qf2+ 46. Kh1 Qg1# 0-1


This Week In Chess

On February 26th, the CSCC had 10 members in attendance. Most of the participants played in the double, round robin, bughouse tournament (G5). Bughouse is a chess variant where a two-man team, playing opposite colors on two separate boards, challenges another two-man team, and one partner can use the other’s captured pieces. Therefore, once one partner captures a piece, the other partner can now drop that piece onto any vacant square (as long as it is not a pawn onto the eighth rank) of his board in lieu of making a regular move. The partners can advise each other regarding moves or captures, and either partner can win to gain the point for the team. Here are the results:


Team Score

Renae Delaware & Matthew Tucker 5.0

Paul Anderson & Matthew Anderson 4.0

Ken Dail & Kathy Schneider 3.0

Mike Makinney & Linda Anderson 0.0


Upcoming Events

3/4 Speed Tournament, CSCC

3/5,12,19,26 Poor Richard's Bookstore March Open, CSCC

3/8-9 Colorado Springs Open, CSCA

3/11 March 2008 G/29 Grand Prix Event, CSCA

3/11 Team tournament: 2 players, sum of club ratings < 3400, alternate moves, no consultation, CSCC

3/13 Family Chess Knight with the Colorado Avalanche, 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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