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Lightning Only Strikes Twice

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Game Of The Week

I chose this week’s game mainly because it occurred exactly eight years ago today. Of course, it didn’t hurt that it was a game I won and also my 8th biggest upset. Back then, I didn’t really think much about the win as I was new to nationally rated chess and didn’t quite understand much about the ratings.

But now that I am approaching 3,000 days (in 4 days) as a USCF chess player, I realize that these upsets of 100 rating points or higher are few and far between, at least for me. Especially now that I am much higher rated and my opponents are less likely to give me the mistakes I need to pull off these upsets.

In my first 2 years playing, I had 6 upsets and 9 in the first 3 years. However, in the past 2 years, I have had only 2 upsets and 4 in the past 3 years. Interestingly, this game would still be a 100-point upset if we played today and I won.

But I would probably not play Andy again as we have only met twice in rated play and I won both times. So, he is the only higher rated player I have played more than once and never lost or drawn. What are the odds that I could keep that claim going if we kept playing each other?


Lightning Only Strikes Twice

[Event "Pueblo April"]

[Site ""]

[Date "1998.04.25"]

[Round "2.2"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Hortillosa, Andy"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "D30"]

[WhiteElo "1718"]

[BlackElo "1933"]

[PlyCount "59"]

[EventDate "1998.04.25"]


1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bd3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Nbd2 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8.

Bb3 Bb7 9. O-O Be7 10. a3 O-O 11. Bc2 c5 12. dxc5 Nxc5 13. b4 Ncd7 14. Bb2 Rc8

15. Rc1 h6 16. Qe2 a6 17. Rfd1 Rc7 18. Ne5 Qa8 19. Bh7+ Kxh7 20. Rxc7 Bxg2 21.

Nxd7 Nxd7 22. Rxd7 Bf6 23. Bxf6 gxf6 24. Qh5 Qe8 25. Nf3 Bxf3 26. Qxf3 Rg8+ 27.

Kf1 f5 28. Qh5 Rg7 29. Ke2 Kg8 30. Rd8 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday April 25, 2006

On April 18, the CSCC had 23 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder games (G90), Josh Bloomer blighted Joe Fromme, Mike Davis danced around Tom Mullikin, and Jason Check checkmated Virgil McGuire twice (G30).

Most of the participants played in the double round robin, Bughouse Tournament (G5). Bughouse is a chess variant where one two-man team plays opposite colors on two separate boards against another two-man team, and the partners can use each 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


Paul Anderson & Larry Conforti 10.0


Buck Buchanan & Renae Delaware 7.0


Bill Whinemiller & Dean Brown 5.0


Jerry Maier & Kirsten Maier 4.0


Josh Divine & Chris McCarty 3.0


Carl Jack & Kyle Dimmick 1.0


Utah Quick Chess, Bughouse and Random Chess Championships in Moab next weekend!

By Moab Chess Club

Utah Quick Chess, Bughouse and Random Chess Championships!


Moab Arts and Recreation Center 111 East 100 North in Moab, Utah April 29th and/or 30th, 2006


Ø 8-round Chess Tournament at Game/25 (3 second delay), Saturday 9:00 to 6:00.

Ø Bughouse Team Tournament from 7:30ish to 9:30ish Saturday evening.

Ø Random Chess Tournament at Game/25 (3 second delay), Sunday 9:00 to 4:00pm.


Location: The Moab Arts and Recreation Center ("The MARC"), 111 East 100 North Street, in Moab, UT.


Utah Quick Chess Championships: Open to all players, 8-round tournament, paired by Swiss rules (non-elimination). USCF rated and membership required. Medals to the top Utah resident in the following categories: State Champion, Female, Senior (over age 60), Junior (under age 20), Under 1500 and Under 1000 Champions. Cash prizes based on entries, so that every player has a reasonable chance of winning. USCF Quick ratings will be used; if no quick-chess rating, then USCF standard rating will be used. Entry fee is $30, less $10 for seniors (over 60) and juniors (under 20). Rounds 9:15, 10:15, 11:15, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00. 1/2-point byes any round except last. Register 8:15 to 8:45. 15% discount for advance registration (see below).


Utah Bughouse Championships: This fast, 2-player team variant of chess is played according to the rules found at USCF membership not required. Entry fee is $20 per team, less $5 for teams with both players seniors (over 62) and/or juniors (under 20). Register from 7 to 7:15pm. Cash prizes and tournament format based on the number of entries. Medals to both team members as Utah Bughouse Champions, 2nd place and 3rd place.


Utah Random Chess Championships: Open to all players. USCF membership not required. Medals to the top Utah residents in the following categories: State Champion, Female Champion, Senior Champion (over age 60), Junior Champion (under age 20). Cash prizes based on entries, so that every player has a reasonable chance of winning. Entry fee is $20, less $8 for seniors (over 60) and juniors (u 20). 20% discount for each additional family member. Rounds at 9:15, 10:15, 11:15, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00. ½-point byes any round except last. Rounds 1,3,5 played by Fischer Random (Chess960) rules, rounds 2,4,6 by Moab Random Chess rules. Register onsite 8:30 to 8:45am.


Lodging: Cheapest is Lazy Lizard Hostel, 435-259-6057. Classiest is the Gonzo Inn, 800-464-6696. RV Camping at the Portal Campground, 800-574-2028. Tent camping in town (near tournament) at Up the Creek Campground, 435-259-6995. Beautiful camping near town can be found at BLM campsites along the Colorado River (Hwy 12, Moonflower Canyon along Kane Creek Road, or the Sandflats Recreation Area (inquire locally for directions). To find other lodging visit the website or Reserve rooms early!! This is a big weekend in Moab with the Rod Benders car show!


Early Entries: Register online or by mail and save 15% on entry fee if received by 4/24. Make checks payable to Moab Chess Club. Send to Damian Nash, 3820 Kerby Lane, Moab, UT 84532. Include name, USCF ID#, expiration and rating. New and renewing USCF members also include mailing address, email address, phone number, gender, birth date and USCF membership dues ($47 regular, $10 for this tournament only, $34 over age 64, $23 under age 20, $13 under age 15). For online payment go to and send to [email protected] Please include all registration information in the message along with the Paypal payment.


How much fun can you have with a chess set ?!

Comments From Email

Tim, Tuesday, April 18, 2006 6:45 PM


hey that was cool! My first published game in your newsletter :-) I liked your fritz analysis. I can't believe I missed a mate in eleven :-) That was a fun game. I was 3-0 afterwards, so was quite happy. Brian Wall has made similar comments, about sending out his emails to the silent masses. I like to give him feedback too. His emails also crack me up. Yeah being a software engineer, I keep up on my email pretty good. I am in San Diego right now fixing some bugs. Emails from you and Brian are great ways to break up the day! I like how you both focus on the lighter side of chess, and the people involved, and not just reams of analysis and stuff like that.


Peter, Wednesday, April 19, 2006 2:43 AM


I liked the comments about the almost Master. I would like to be an almost Master. lol So Tim is not the only one who reads the newsletter. PS: Let us hope the newsletter doesn't peter out!


Grochowski, Robin J., Wednesday, April 19, 2006 2:43 AM


I enjoy your newsletter and usually play over the games. Thanks for sending it.


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Upcoming Events

4/25 Ladder games, CSCC

4/29-30 Utah Quick Chess, Bughouse and Random Chess Championships, CSCA

5/2 Speed tournament, CSCC

5/6-7 2006 Wyoming Open, CSCA

5/9 Paul’s G/20 tournament - 3-SS, CSCC

6/10-11 Southern Colorado Open, CSCA


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