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The Knights Are Better Here!


What Good Luck!

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Game Of The Week

This weekend I played in the Pikes Peak Open. There were some good things about it, and there were some bad things about it. I was reminded of a book I enjoyed as a child called, “What good luck! What bad luck!”

Each page of the story alternates between the good and bad things that happen to the protagonist. At one point, the main character is falling from the sky because his parachute didn’t open (bad luck). Then the next page starts, “What good luck, he is falling right towards a haystack.”  Of course, the next page is the bad news, “What bad luck, there is a pitchfork in the haystack.”

My tournament was like that. What good luck, I get a forfeit win in the first round.

What bad luck, I decided not to bring anything to do if I had a break and had to wait an hour before getting the win.

What good luck, the music headphones ban is lifted and I have my mp3 player with me.

What bad luck, I didn’t charge it the night before.

What good luck, Andy Rea fails to capitalize on a huge attack on my king.

What bad luck, I lose a drawn rook ending to him over the course of 5 hours.

What good luck, Shaun MacMillan rushes a b4 move giving my knight and rook killer positions.

What bad luck, I decided to trade both the knight and rook for a drawn rook ending, which I lose over the course of 6 hours.

However, my game with Bill Whinemiller was different. I got everything I wanted in the opening, sacrificed a piece to keep my attack alive, and finished the game on an exclamation point! There wasn’t any down side, unless you consider getting paired with Bill the bad luck.


What Good Luck!

[Event "Pikes Peak Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2007.08.11"]

[Round "2.4"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Weihmiller, Bill"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A16"]

[WhiteElo "1884"]

[BlackElo "1757"]

[PlyCount "53"]

[EventDate "2007.08.11"]


1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. d4 d6 6. Bd3 c6 7. Qc2 Na6 8. a3

Nc7 9. b3 Re8 10. Bb2 d5 11. Ne5 Ng4 12. Nxg4 Bxg4 13. h3 Be6 14. g4 Qd7 15. f4

Qd6 16. c5 Qd8 17. O-O-O b5 18. Ne2 a5 19. Rdg1 Bc8 20. h4 f6 21. h5 e5 22.

Bxg6 hxg6 23. Qxg6 Qe7 24. h6 Ne6 25. hxg7 Nxg7 26. Rh7 exf4 27. Rxg7+ 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday August 14, 2007

On August 7th, the CSCC had 14 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder games (G60), Josh Bloomer blanked Mike Filppu and Kale Duncan dunked Tom Mullikin.

The rest of the participants played in a double round robin, blitz tournament (G5). Here are the results:


Player Score


Paul Anderson 6.0

Mike Makinney 3.5

Jerry Maier 2.5

Ashley Swendsen 0.0


Last week I reported "In the USCF-rated ladder game (G60), Jerry Maier might have gotten the win over Tom Mullikin." However, the truth of the matter is that Tom Mullikin managed to come back and get the win over Jerry Maier. My apologies to Tom for assuming he was out of that Mullikin magic.


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Pikes Peak Open Standings

By Buck Buchanan

Below is the standings crosstable of the Pikes Peak Open, played in Manitou Springs last weekend. I will try to get a games selection out by September 1.


Player Score Place $


Renard Anderson 4.0 1st $73.00

Brian Wall 4.0 1st $73.00

Jim Hamblin 4.0 1st $73.00

Shaun MacMillan 4.0 U2000 $80.00

Andy Rea 3.5

Larry Wutt 3.5

DuWayne Langseth 3.5

Josh Divine 3.5 U1800 $70.00

Alex Cacas 3.0

Bill Whinemiller 3.0

Scott Massey 3.0

Mike Filppu 3.0

Paul Anderson 2.5

Kenneth Doykos 2.5

Tim Brennan 2.5

Gordon Randall 2.5

Ted Doykos 2.5

Gary Bagstad 2.0

Anthea Carson 2.0

Joe Fromme 2.0

Darin Lunderman 2.0 U1600 $20.00

Fred Eric Spell 2.0 U1600 $20.00

Rhett Langseth 2.0 U1600 $20.00

Tom Mullikin 2.0 U1300 $20.00

Cynthia Langseth 2.0 U1300 $20.00

Matthew Dinsdale 1.5

Bryan Castle 1.5

Ryan McCardell 1.0

Jerry Maier 1.0

Gary Frenzel 1.0

Casual Chess Night

By Renae Delaware

Hello Everyone,


Hope to see you there!


When: Saturday, August 18th at 8pm

Where: Agia Sofia Coffee Shop & Bookstore, 2902 W. Colorado Ave 80904.

Located on the NW corner of Colorado & 29th (directly west of the firestation) 719-632-3322

Who: Anyone! Just be sure to bring your own sets & clocks!


Please remember to support them if you're able to!Thank you!




Upcoming Events

8/14 Ladder games, CSCC

8/14 Fort Collins 2nd Tuesday August, CSCC

8/15,22,29 Poor Richard's Book Store August Open Final Rounds, CSCC

8/18 Casual Chess, Agia Sophia coffee house, 2902 W Colorado, 8 PM, CSCC

8/21 Quads: 3-RR, G/30 for USCF rated sections, others G/20, CSCC

8/25 CU Rapid V, BCC


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Categories: 2007

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