Colorado Springs Chess News

The Knights Are Better Here!


Marathon Man

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Game Of The Week


The nice thing about the Colorado Springs Open is that you get to play a wide range of opponents. In my first round, I played against a 1200. In the second round, I played someone 1000 points higher.

Of course, as is my custom, I beat the people I was higher rated than and lost to the one I was lower rated than. I don’t feel bad about the outcome since the MacMillan-Fromme draw landed me in the prize money anyway.

Also, my only loss was to Randy Canney. I had never played him before, and he seemed to be having a good tournament. He finished in second only because he took a bye to spend time with his wife. Otherwise, I thought his games were some of the most interesting ones I saw.

In each of my other games, I had time to get away from the board and wander around the tournament hall. I found myself lured to Randy’s board to find out what piece he had sacrificed and how it had turned out for him. Even during my game with him, I was compelled to stay right in my seat and ponder some way out of the mess I had gotten myself into.

So, I think I spent more time during this tournament analyzing Randy’s games than I did my own. But it was worth it. I caught up with him just before a training run for the Pikes Peak Marathon.  He calls himself a class E runner, but really enjoys it. As all the top runners passed him by, he realized there is more to chess and running than just finishing first.

I asked him how he liked his games, and if he wanted to share one with me. He said he has never used a chess program and would be interested to see what the computer said. I told him I have never played against the program I have or used its tutorials either, but I just use the analysis and publishing features. However, just that part has allowed me to meet interesting people, I wouldn’t have talked to otherwise.


Marathon Man


[Event "Colorado Springs Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2006.03.05"]

[Round "5.2"]

[White "Canney, Randy"]

[Black "Hamblin, Jim"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "E04"]

[WhiteElo "2225"]

[BlackElo "2044"]

[PlyCount "55"]

[EventDate "2006.03.04"]


1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 dxc4 6. Bg2 b5 7. O-O Bb7 8. Ne5

Qb6 9. e4 Nfd7 10. Ng4 Na6 11. a4 h5 12. axb5 cxb5 13. Ne3 O-O-O 14. b3 Ne5 15.

Nxb5 Qxb5 16. bxc4 Qc6 17. Bb2 Kb8 18. Qe2 Nd7 19. Rfb1 Qc7 20. Bc3 Kc8 21. Ba5

Nb6 22. c5 Nxc5 23. dxc5 Bxc5 24. Rc1 Kb8 25. Bb4 Nd7 26. Rab1 Qe5 27. Bxc5

Nxc5 28. Qb5 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday March 21, 2006


On March 14, the CSCC had 21 members in attendance. In the USCF-rated ladder games (G90), Richard Cordovano conquered Dan St. John and Joe Pahk pounded Jerry Maier. In a G60, Josh Bloomer outlasted Buck Buchanan.

The rest of the group was paired together for the King’s Gambit Thematic 2-game matches. Each participant played both sides of the King’s Gambit opening (1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4) against the same opponent (G30). Here are the results:







Josh Divine


Joe Fromme



David Light


Virgil McGuire



Bill Whinemiller


Tikila Nichols



Kathy Schneider


Jenna Bloomer



Paul Anderson


Larry Conforti



Mike Voight


Chris McCarty



Fred Eric Spell


Tom Mullikin



Comments From The Guest Book


Brian Wall Fan, Denver CO USA, Monday December 05, 2005 15:57:04 GMT:


Brian Wall, be nice to your mother! Don't shake the vacuum cleaner at Thanksgiving Dinner!

Champion of Lebanon equivalent to weak Colorado A player?


Colorado Patzer vs. Mouradian Knarik Time 3 - 0

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5.Bc4 d6 6. d3 e6 7.0-0 a6 8.a4 Nge7 9.Qe1 0-0 10.f5 ef5 11.Bg5 fe Be6 13.Nd5 Bd5 14.ed Ne5 15.Ne5 Be5 16.Qh4 Re8 17.Rae1 Qd7 18.Re5! de 19.Rf7!! h5 20.d6 Nf5 21.Rd7 Kh8 22. Bf6 1-0


jane, NY us of a, Saturday August 27, 2005 01:56:24 GMT:


i am trying to locate anthony telinbacco...i am an old friend of his from new york


Upcoming Events


3/21 Quads: G/30 USCF, G/20 club, CSCC

3/25-4/2 Colorado Chess Festival, CSCA

3/28 Eccentric pairings tournament: 4-SS, G/15. Winner is one with highest club rating gain, CSCC

4/8 DCC Daylight Savings Special, DCC

4/22 DCC Spring Mini Event, DCC

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


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Categories: 2006

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