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One Foot In The Grave

Posted by Matthew Anderson on February 20, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Game Of The Week


Last year, I published my first game from a Southern Colorado Open. It was a round one game from the reserve section by Allan Ufer. He got the upset prize from that game. Well, when my second round game showed up on the upset list, I thought I might as well keep the tradition going and publish another upset prizewinner from the Southern Colorado Open.

But this year, the upsets just kept coming. In the third round, a bigger upset knocked my game out of prize contention (Thank God! As the loser of the upset, I get none of the prize anyway.) With each successive round, my upset dropped further down the list. So, as bad as I was playing, I no longer had any chance to publish one of my games as an upset prizewinner.

If I were going to be able to keep the tradition going, I would have to get someone else’s game. But as luck would have it, the fifth round saw Tom Mullikin upset the number one ranked reserve player, Renae Delaware. Both of them have had games published on my website before so I figured I had a shot at getting their game. Tom is a nice guy and wouldn’t publish the game unless Renae agreed.

So, I went to Renae to see how she felt about it. She made a counter offer of a MN win of hers (if she could get them away from Brian Wall), which I would have been more than happy to publish at this point. As you can see there is a lot of groundwork that goes into getting these games from other people. It is a very delicate procedure. One wrong word, and I could knock someone out of chess forever.

So the upset dream was almost dead. But then, in the final round, Mike Davis scored the biggest upset, I asked him for it, and he said yes!


One Foot In The Grave

[Event "Southern Colorado Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2005.06.12"]

[Round "6.18"]

[White "Davis, Mike"]

[Black "Delaware, Renae"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A48"]

[WhiteElo "1073"]

[BlackElo "1483"]

[PlyCount "81"]

[EventDate "2005.06.11"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. h3 Bg7 4. Bf4 O-O 5. e3 d6 6. Be2 Qe8 7. c4 Nbd7 8. Nc3

e5 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. Bh2 e4 11. Nd4 c6 12. Bd6 Ne5 13. Bxf8 Kxf8 14. O-O Nfd7

15. Nxe4 Nxc4 16. Bxc4 Qxe4 17. Qf3 Qxf3 18. gxf3 Ne5 19. Be2 Bxh3 20. Rfd1 c5

21. Kh2 Bd7 22. Nb3 b6 23. f4 Ng4+ 24. Bxg4 Bxg4 25. Rd2 Ke7 26. Kg3 Be6 27.

Nc1 Rh8 28. Ne2 h5 29. Nc3 h4+ 30. Kh2 Kf6 31. Rad1 Kf5 32. Rd8 Rxd8 33. Rxd8

Kg4 34. Rd2 Kf3 35. Nb5 a6 36. Nc7 Bxa2 37. Kh3 Bf6 38. Rd6 Bxb2 39. Rd2 Be6+

40. Nxe6 Bc3 41. Ng5# 1-0


This Week In Chess

Tuesday June 14, 2005


On June 7, the CSCC had 29 people in attendance. In the USCF-rated matches (G90), Paul Anderson added one to the win column against Tony Telinbacco, Richard Cordovano crushed Dean Brown, and Jerry Maier mauled Joe Pahk.

Most of the members played in the double, round robin, speed tournament (G5). Here are the results:





Group 1


Jeff Fox



Dan Avery



Sam Meyer



Renae Delaware



Tim Brennan



DuWayne Langseth



Josh Devine



Bill Malone



Virgil McGuire



Zack Malone



Group 2


Matt Tucker



Jeff Brewer



Philip Meyer



Russ Johnson



Chris McCarty



Kathy Schneider



Jay Zinko



Comments from the Guest Book


I think Brian Wall was right. The guest book may have little value. I found out this weekend that not everyone knows how to use the web features or has access to them.

So, I am going to change my philosophy. I still love your comments and feedback, but I will put the public comments in the newsletters (private comment will not be published) so that more people can view them. If you want the guest book kept around, let me know. Otherwise, I will just delete it as I publish the old comments over time:


Matt Tucker, June 2nd:


Hey everybody, I think I am going to 'come out of retirement'... I have started playing again, and I am going to play at the Southern Colorado Open. Hope to see a lot of familiar faces!


Comments from Email


Mike, June 6th [after checking his 2 games on Chessbase]:

Paul, Thanks for the quick work... I'm still running dial-up, and it was searching - congrats on having me beat out! :-)


Tim Brennan, June 7th:

Hey Paul! That was really funny!


Dean Brown, June 7th [late game updates]:

Chris N 2 - Chris W 0

Steve J 2 - Jeff B 0

Dean B 2 - Josh B 0 (uhh...this last one was just wishful thinking).



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Southern Colorado Open Prizes


On June 11th and 12th, the Southern Colorado Open was held in Manitou Springs with a prize fund of $1044 and 50 participants. Philip Ponomarev took 1st in the open section, and Eirik Ogilvie won the reserve section. Here are the rest of the prizes:


Open Section


Philip Ponomarev




Mikhail Ponomarev




Jim Hamblin




Eric Billaux




Art Glassman

Class A



Imre Barlay

Class A



Leo Sotaridona

Class A



Mark Krowczyk

Class B



Chris Peterson*




Gino Figlio




Reserve Section


Eirik Ogilvie




Mike Davis*




Tom Mullikin




Philip Meyer




Russel Stark




*Best Upset


Upcoming Events


6/14 June Mating Game, CSCC

6/21 June Mating Game, CSCC

6/28 Ladder, CSCC

7/2-3 Denver Open, DCC

7/23 Denker Fundraiser, DCC

7/23-24 Rocky Mt. Championships, CSCA


Colorado Springs Chess Club: CSCC

Denver Chess Club: DCC

Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA

Categories: 2005

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