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Posted by Paul Anderson on March 22, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Game Of The Week


This week's game come from the club event and is my first published loss of the season.  It was a tough one to lose, as I felt like I had the advantage the whole game.  However, I had gotten 15 minutes behind during a Game 30 and was afraid that I was going to collapse in time pressure.  I guess it was a dose of my own medicine. 

One, I had drawn NM Ron Kensek last week in a quick-rated game.  Now, the beneficiary of his generous tournament membership, Alex Torres, was giving me all I could handle in a rated event  that, 2 week's ago, Alex was ineligible in which to participate. 

Two, I have played the time game often myself.  In fact, both of my wins this evening were terrible positions that were saved by the clock, including another victory over Jeff Fox. 

I have made a career out of giving him some quick, puzzling moves in the opening only to take a worse position with a huge clock lead.  Now Alex was beating me at my own game.  It was a tough pill to swallow but tempered by the fact that Alex thoroughly enjoyed himself. 

I guess if my chess games can spread that kind of happiness, I have found my purpose in life.


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[Event "March Swiss"]

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[Date "2010.03.16"]

[Round "1.2"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Torres, Alejandro"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "A44"]

[WhiteElo "1974"]

[BlackElo "1582"]

[PlyCount "96"]

[EventDate "2010.03.16"]

[TimeControl "1800"] 


1. d4 c5 2. d5 e5 3. e4 d6 4. c4 Be7 5. Nf3 Bd7 6.

Bd3 a6 7. Nc3 Bg4 8. h3 Bh5 9. g4 Bg6 10. Be3 Nd7 11. Qd2 h6 12. O-O-O Rb8 13.

Kb1 Ngf6 14. g5 hxg5 15. Nxg5 b5 16. f3 b4 17. Ne2 a5 18. Rdg1 a4 19. Ne6 Qb6

20. Nxg7+ Kd8 21. Ng3 Nf8 22. N7f5 N8h7 23. Nxe7 Kxe7 24. h4 Nh5 25. Nxh5 Bxh5

26. Rg3 Rhg8 27. Rhg1 Rg6 28. Bf1 Rbg8 29. Qf2 a3 30. b3 Qb8 31. Bh3 Qf8 32. f4

exf4 33. Bxf4 Qg7 34. Rxg6 fxg6 35. Qd2 Rf8 36. Bh6 Qe5 37. Bxf8+ Kxf8 38. Re1

Kg7 39. Be6 Nf6 40. Qf2 Bf3 41. Re3 Bxe4+ 42. Kc1 Qa1+ 43. Kd2 Qxa2+ 44. Ke1

Qb1+ 45. Ke2 a2 46. Qf4 Qc2+ 47. Kf1 a1=Q+ 48. Re1 Bd3+ 0-1

This Week In Chess


On March 16th, the CSCC had 10 members in attendance.  Most of the group played in a USCF-rated, Swiss tournament (3SS, G30).  David Meliti went unbeaten to take 1st place.  Here are the results:


Score, Player


2.5 David Meliti

2.0 Paul Anderson

2.0 Alex Torres

1.5 Buck Buchanan

1.0 Jeff Fox

0.0 Elena Novik


March Panera Thursday

By Dean Brown


3rd Round:


Tim Duesing over Buck Buchanan

Tony Telinbacco over Mark McGough

Kurt Kondracki over Brian Rountree

Zack Chase drew Paul Anderson

Robert Isacoff over Rebecca Isacoff

Tyler Chase over Nick Isacoff

Gene Lucas over Chandler Meinder

Anthea Carson, Jose Llacza, & Cody Meinders 1/2 pt byes

Tara Martinez 0 pt bye.

Dean Brown over Tyler Chase in extra game.


Right Move Public Chess Club

By David Meliti


On March 18th the club had its second formal meeting and I want to welcome the players that came to club for the first time. In addition to our tradition of always having informal “friendly” games of chess anytime during club hours, the club had a Game/30 Swiss Tournament. Alejandro Torres once again took clear first place in this three-round tournament with a 2.5 score. Following close behind with scores of 2.0 each were Carlo Lopez and John Longmore who is a teacher of special needs children in our community. John shares chess with his students and on behalf of the club I want to thank John for his support of local chess. Ty Winkler gave Alejandro Torres a solid game. The game came down to the wire with Ty having two knights and a pawn and Alejandro having only one knight and a “very” advanced rook pawn, which could have been very easily promoted to a queen had Ty not sacrificed a knight in order to preclude any possibility of such a promotion. The game ended in a draw. Ty is an experienced chess player who recently moved to the area from Tennessee. I am pleased to announce that Ty Winkler will be our club assistant TD and an officer of the club. Welcome aboard Ty !!!


At our next club meeting on Thursday March 25th we are going to hold our very first chess simul. Your director will be playing multiple chess games at a time against all of you who sign up for this event at club. I will be moving at blazing speed through the boards and execute my moves within 15 seconds. For those of you who are able to come up with a win at this event, I plan on awarding a prize or two which will be announced at club.


Looking ahead to the month of April, the club has on it’s calendar three “rated” chess events which include a G/30 Swiss Bout on April 1 - 8, 2010 played over the first two Thursdays of the month. For those of you who like quick chess we will be having our G/15 Quickie on April 15, 2010 followed by a Quad event the fourth Thursday of April (ALL USCF RATED WITH YOUR SUPPORT COLORADO SPRINGS). Details on these events can be found on the club’s website via the tournament page. Non-USCF players will match what the rated players are engaging in with an unrated tournament of their own.


Just a reminder, beginner group chess lessons begin Monday April 5th at Compleat Hobbies & Games in downtown Colorado Springs (Tejon just North of Platte). Childrens group lessons will begin at 6pm followed by teen/adult lessons at 7pm.


Have a Great Week !!!

Categories: 2010

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