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Queen In Love

Posted by Paul Anderson on March 26, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from the March Panera Thursday tournament.  It was my final round game, and I guess I have not quite adjusted to this new format, as I was not happy with how I played the whole tournament.  In this game, I started out well enough picking up a couple of pawns and feeling like it was going to be an easy finish. 

But Robert wasn't quite ready to give up and took advantage of my mistakes to get back into it.  When he played 29. Re1, it was like a slap in the face.  I had just spent 5 minutes coming up with my Rf6 move and thought I was going to crash through his kingside for a quick mate after he took the a4 pawn. 

However, he was still looking at all his options.  I don't always think through the counter-attacks, but when a good response shows up I can definitely feel it. 

I felt like I had thrown away the game, but I took another 4 minutes to figure out another plan.  It worked, but I think Robert's Queen was too enamored with my King, as she could have saved the day if she had returned to stand by her man.


Queen In Love


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[Event "March Panera"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2010.03.25"]

[Round "4.3"]

[White "Isacoff, Robert"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "0-1"]

[ECO "B06"]

[WhiteElo "1327"]

[BlackElo "1963"]

[PlyCount "86"]

[EventDate "2010.03.04"]

[TimeControl "5400"] 

1. d4 c6 2. e4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Bc4 d6 5. O-O Nf6 6.

Nc3 O-O 7. Bg5 b5 8. Bb3 b4 9. e5 bxc3 10. exf6 exf6 11. Bc1 cxb2 12. Bxb2 Nd7

13. Ba3 Nb6 14. Nd2 a5 15. c4 a4 16. Bc2 Ba6 17. Re1 Nxc4 18. Nxc4 Bxc4 19. Qf3

Qd7 20. Re3 Rfe8 21. Rc3 d5 22. Bd3 Bxd3 23. Qxd3 Re6 24. Rc2 Rae8 25. Kf1 f5

26. Bc5 Qc7 27. g3 f4 28. Qa6 Rf6 29. Re1 Qd7 30. Rxe8+ Qxe8 31. Re2 Qb8 32.

Qxa4 Qb1+ 33. Re1 Qd3+ 34. Kg1 h5 35. Qa8+ Kh7 36. a4 Qf5 37. Qb8 f3 38. Kh1

Qh3 39. Rg1 g5 40. a5 Re6 41. Bb4 Re2 42. a6 Rxf2 43. a7 Rxh2# 0-1

This Week In Chess


On March 23rd, the CSCC had a snow storm.  So, I only know about the chess at Panera on Thursday.  Here are the prize winners via Dean Brown's status:


Score, Player, Place, Prize


4.0 Tim Duesing (2094), 1st, $55

3.0 Richard Buchanan (2002), 2nd, $40

2.5 Paul Anderson (1976), Under 2000: 5-way tie, $6

2.5 Tony Telinbacco (1850), Under 2000: 5-way tie, $6

2.5 Anthea Carson (1787), Under 2000: 5-way tie, $6

2.5 Mark McGough (1733), Under 2000: 5-way tie, $6

2.5 Kurt Kondracki (1657), Under 2000: 5-way tie, $6

2.0 Robert Isacoff (1327), Under 1600/1200, 3-way tie, $20

2.0 Tyler Chase (1194), Under 1600/1200, 3-way tie, $20

2.0 Gene Lucas (1161), Under 1600/1200, 3-way tie, $20


March Panera Thursday

By Dean Brown


4th Round:


Tim Duesing beat Kurt Kondracki

Richard Buchanan beat Tony Telinbacco

Paul Anderson beat Robert Isacoff

Anthea Carson beat Cody Meinders

Mark McGough beat Zach Chase

Tyler Chase beat Tara Martinez

Gene Lucas beat Rebecca Isacoff

Isaac Martinez beat Jose Llacza

Nick Isacoff beat Chandler Meinders


April East Coast Deli

By Jerry Maier


2010 April East Coast Deli, April 7 - 28, 2010


4 round Swiss system tournament.

Time Control: All Rounds: G/90, t/d5

Site: East Coast Deli, 24 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Directions: The Deli is located between Pikes Peak and Colorado Avenues. Street parking can be tricky, although there is free parking near the movie theatre (north east) and around the court buildings (1 block south and east). The Plaza of the Rockies has paid parking for $1 after 5:00 p.m., located between S. Tejon and S. Nevada on Colorado Ave.

Open: Open to all

Entry fee: $10 covers the entire month of Wednesdays

Prizes: Cash prizes per entries paid on final Wednesday of event, usually 85%-90% of entry fees, for a 1st place with Under sections based on number of players (typically 4).

Registration: 5:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m. every Wednesday, Rounds: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. April 7, 14, 21 and 28. 1 game per evening. TD assumes you are playing all rounds unless notified in advance. One ½ point bye is allowed this month..

Entries: Dean Brown 4225 Hedge Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80917

Phone: (719) 573-5176-Dean. (719) 660-5531-Jerry.

E-mail: [email protected]

Once in the Deli, take the long hall to the back room. Please support the deli if able; the site is free. Please do not bring food or drink in from outside the restaurant. Nice playing area with plenty of room for a large turnout. Directed by Dean Brown and Jerry Maier.


Spring is Sprung tourrnament

By Liz Wood


April 10, 2010

Spring is Sprung One Day Rated Chess Tournament

5 round Swiss system tournament.

Time Control: G/30 TD 5

Site: The Daily Grind, 209 S. Union, Pueblo

Directions: Take 1st Street exit, three blocks to Union; Union & D Street

Sections: Open

Entry fee: Entry fee: $20; Sr, Jr, Unr $15; CSCA & USCF required, OSA. Pre-registration entry fee: $15, which must be paid at the time of pre-registration.


Prizes: Cash prizes based on entry fees will be distributed at the conclusion of the event.

Final round byes must be requested before the start of Round 2, and are irrevocable.


Registration: 9:00-9:45, Rounds: 10, 11:15, 12:30, 2:30, 3:45.


For further information, contact Liz Wood, [email protected] ( 719-566-6929) or Jerry Maier, (719-660-5531) Send pre-registrations to: Jerry Maier at 229 Hargrove Court, Colorado Springs CO 80919-2213 or [email protected] by April 8th.

Right Move Public Chess Club

By David Meliti

On March 25th the club held a simultaneous chess exhibition.  I had the privilege of conducting this chess simul and my opponents came prepared and ready to play.  Two of my opponents came up with some brilliant tactical maneuvers, which in the end gave them a win at the event.  Ty Winkler played an opening I was honestly not prepared to play against: The Elephant Gambit !!!  He secured a win and walked away with a prize: The English Chess Opening DVD by GM Nigel Davies.  Mr. Al Torres also was triumphant in the simul. He played a version of the Sicilian that I don't see very often: The Katalimov variation.  I played the white side of the board. This game was a long hard struggle but in the end Al's superior tactical prowess secured the win for him. At the end of the game Al sacrificed his queen in order to get my king out into the open and I just could not recover and get my king out of harm's way. Mr. Torres also walked away with a prize:  Bobby Fischer'sOutrageous Chess Moves Book by Bruce Pandolfini.  Thanks to all you chess aficionados who made this event a memorable one!!!  Pics of the event have been posted on the club's website in the photo gallery.


At our next club meeting on Thursday April 1st we begin a series of USCF rated chess tournaments.

Right Move Public Chess G/30 SwissBout #1 April 1 - 8, 2010 (Played over 2 Thursdays)

Right Move Public Chess G/15 Quickie #1 April 15, 2010

Right Move Public Chess G/30 Action Quads #1 April 22, 2010


Non-Rated events and/or sections for Non-USCF players will be offered.   Informal club ratings will be used.


Important Note:  Check-in for these events begins at 6pm and concludes at 6:20pm. We will endeavor to start the tourneys at 6:30pm.


Just a reminder, we are less than 1 week away from the start of our club chess lessons which 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. 


Happy chess playing.  Keep your king safe!!

Categories: 2010

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