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How To Gain 200 Points In 9 Days

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

Game Of The Week

This week’s game comes from Dean Brown, who has been away from Colorado for a couple of weeks now. He has spent part of that time playing in the 108th Annual US Open. It was a nine round, Swiss tournament that was played over the course of a week.

I have never played in one of these long tournaments myself, but their format of one game each day seems to cater to Dean’s style of play. He starts strong, scoring most of his upsets in the first round, but fades quickly as the rounds progress.

I called him the anti-Energizer Bunny in an earlier email ( However, if you give him a day to recharge his batteries between each game, then he can play 500 points above his rating. Last week, Dean sent me an email with the results of his first four games.


He wrote, “I figured I'd share my results after 4 rounds of the US Open since I temporarily have a plus score?!


Rd1: White vs Mike Morris (1937) of Athens Ohio....a boring positional loss. I resigned. An ugly positional game where I was continuously adrift without a plan. This game set the tone for the next three round where I set out with dubious aggressive plans rather than lose boring games. My higher rated opponents should be able to handle my simple plans but so far they have been very good to me!


Rd2: Black vs. Ernest Schlich (1715), New England acquaintance of Brian Wall...a generous 19-move win! Since I gave up the Dragon for the Accelerated Dragon my results have been a lot better...the Accelerated Dragon seems to be more forgiving of my dubious moves.


Rd3: White vs Ethan Peake (1859), Oregon Denker exciting premature 49-move draw! My most exciting game so far, thoroughly enjoyable game that probably ended too soon. I was seeking the draw and got it.


Rd4: Black vs Sylvia Yang (1854), a Texas middle-schooler...receives a second generous mini 21-move win!! With 2 1/2 out of 4 I expect a strong A-player or expert next round (I hope the generosity continues?!).


I'll keep you informed with future results sooner or later (probably sooner if the news is positive). I'll let you know how the rest of the Colorado gang are doing once I peruse the standings sheets.


Best from Cherry Hill! Dean Wm (the lucky patzer) Brown.”


I chose the 4th round game to publish mainly because it was the only one that I could cut and paste into Fritz without losing any moves. However, it turned out to be Dean’s best win. I checked the US Open’s website to see how Dean’s final five rounds faired. He only scored 2 more points, but he finished the tournament with a performance rating of 1855 and looks to gain 200 rating points!


How To Gain 200 Points In 9 Days

[Event "108th Annual US Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2007.07.31"]

[Round "4"]

[White "Yang, Sylvia"]

[Black "Brown, Dean"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B27"]

[WhiteElo "1854"]

[BlackElo "1322"]

[PlyCount "42"]

[EventDate "2007.07.28"]


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Bc4 Nc6 5. d3 Nf6 6. Be3 b6 7. h3 O-O 8. O-O

d6 9. Qd2 Qd7 10. Bh6 Ne5 11. Nxe5 dxe5 12. Bxg7 Kxg7 13. Qg5 Qd4 14. Rab1 h6

15. Qd2 Rd8 16. Rfe1 Qxc4 17. Qe3 Qd4 18. Qe2 Be6 19. a4 Nh5 20. Nb5 Qd7 21.

Qf3 Nf4 0-1


This Week In Chess

Tuesday August 7, 2007

On July 31st, the CSCC had 17 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder game (G60), Jerry Maier might have gotten the win over Tom Mullikin.

Most of the participants played in the 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


Brian Wall & Renae Delaware 6.0

Buck Buchanan & Charles Martin 3.0

Joe Pahk & Mike Filppu 3.0

Paul Anderson & Matthew Anderson 0.0


Upcoming Events

8/7 Speed tournament, CSCC

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

8/11-12 Pikes Peak Open, CSCA

8/14 Fort Collins 2nd Tuesday August, CSCA

8/14 Ladder games, CSCC

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


Colorado Springs Chess Club: CSCC (

Denver Chess Club: DCC (

Boulder Chess Club: BCC (

Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA (

Wyoming Chess Association: WCA (

Kansas Chess Association: KCA (

Categories: 2007

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