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Posted by Paul Anderson on April 12, 2015 at 9:30 PM

Game Of The Week

By Tim Brennan

Thanks Paul for inviting me back for another Tim Brennan week!

I thought I would do some news and notes style writing about some things on my mind.

  • I find the Wesley So forfeit at the US Championship fascinating. (For those who don't know, So, the 2nd highest ranked player in the US, was "making notes" during the game). The notes were not analysis, but appear to be little reminders like "Double and triple check every move before you make it". While I would not call this cheating, it certainly is against the rules. So got multiple warnings in the past, and even got warnings in the past from team mates and coaches that he should not be doing this. In one article I read, So mentioned how he was having family problems at home (his host family in Minnesota and biological family are fighting), and this was causing him a lot of stress. The notes were intended to help him keep focused. It is a tough situation, but I think the arbiter did the correct thing.
  • This situation happened to me years ago at the Denver Chess Club. My opponent was making chess related notes (not analysis) such as "develop all your pieces" and other things like this on his score sheet. I told the TD, LaMoyne Splichal, who told me this was allowed. I looked it up after the game, and found out it was not allowed (this was before I became a TD myself).
  • Personally I am not a fan of players who write down their move before they play it. ESPECIALLY players who write down a move, think for 2 minutes, scratch out the move, write down a different move, etc. Some even cover up the move. The score sheet is supposed to be a record of the game. How can you record something that hasn't happened yet? This would be like a baseball scorekeeper writing down a home run for Adrian Gonzales before the pitcher even throws the ball. If you are recording something, why would you need to cover it up? The USCF did try to change this at one point, but it was controversial, because so many chess coaches taught their kids to write down the move first (a mental crutch to help them prevent blunders). In FIDE I believe it is illegal.
  • Shirley Herman made an interesting point that people with Mon Rois (like me) or other electronic score keeping devices, should not be allowed to use the GUI (graphical user interface) to study the board. That way you do not get the benefit of using both a 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional board when playing. This seems fair. I remember there was a letter to the editor months ago about this possible issue, but never heard more about it.
  • Knowing the rules is important. When I played at the Millionaire Open last fall I was talking to one "chess mom". She told me that he son has lost a game on time due to not understanding the 40 move rule. The kid had black, and his opponent made 40 moves, but he did not. He thought as long as anyone made 40 moves, then the second time control kicked in. A mistake like this could have cost him $40,000.
  • Congrats to Paul on becoming a tournament director! Being a TD is a pretty thankless job, but an important one. There are a lot of rules out there, and everyone has a different interpretation of them.
  • Finally, I was watching a video by Marie Forleo ( where she encouraged everyone to comment on social media, with the hashtag #5GreatThings and give a heartfelt shout out to someone you love. Tell them five great things you appreciate about who they are.

So I would like to list #5GreatThings about Paul

  • Paul is witty - His jokes crack me up. I love making little jabs at Paul, and he always comes back with an even more clever joke.
  • Paul is consistent and reliable - He is always there to open the doors of the CSCC, and writes his newsletters on a consistent basis. If he says he is going to do something, he will (except return my demo board that he borrowed about 6 years ago)
  • Paul is a leader. He is doing great work at the CSCC, and has really stepped up.
  • Paul is wise. He has a lot of good and original ideas.
  • Paul is patient. He doesn't care if it takes him 110 moves to win a game. He rarely makes reckless moves, which makes him a tough opponent to play against, and is how he can maintain his impressive rating.

So thanks Paul for inviting me back for Tim Brennan week! Keep up the great work!

Here is my game from the Colorado Open against LMBW. Can you see how I could have gone into a winning endgame at the end instead of taking a draw? I was worried about the run away h pawn.

White to move.

See the diagram and answer here:

Your Friend, Tim Brennan

Make It So


[Event "Colorado Springs Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2015.03.07"]

[Round "2.1"]

[White "Brennan, Tim"]

[Black "Wall, Brian"]

[Result "1/2-1/2"]

[ECO "B00"]

[WhiteElo "1816"]

[BlackElo "2278"]

[PlyCount "104"]

[EventDate "2015.03.07"]


1. e4 a6 2. d4 e6 3. c4 c5 4. Nf3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bd6 6. Nc3 b6 7. Bd3 Bb7 8. f4

Bc7 9. Qe2 d6 10. Be3 Nf6 11. g4 d5 12. cxd5 exd5 13. exd5 O-O 14. O-O-O Re8

15. Nc2 Bxf4 16. Qf2 Bxe3+ 17. Nxe3 Nfd7 18. Rhf1 Ne5 19. Bc2 Nbd7 20. Qf5 g6

21. Qf4 Qh4 22. h3 Rf8 23. Kb1 Rab8 24. Bb3 Kg7 25. Ne4 h6 26. Ng2 Qd8 27. g5

h5 28. Nf6 b5 29. Qe4 Nc4 30. Nf4 Nxf6 31. gxf6+ Kh6 32. Bxc4 bxc4 33. Qe3 Re8

34. Ne6+ Kh7 35. Nxd8 Rxe3 36. Nxf7 Rf8 37. Ng5+ Kh6 38. h4 Bc8 39. f7 Kg7 40.

Rde1 Bf5+ 41. Kc1 Rd3 42. Ne6+ Kxf7 43. Nxf8 Kxf8 44. Rd1 Ke7 45. Rxd3 cxd3 46.

Kd2 Kd6 47. Rf4 Kxd5 48. Ra4 Ke5 49. Rxa6 Kf4 50. Ra4+ Kg3 51. Rd4 g5 52. hxg5

h4 1/2-1/2


This Week In Chess

On April 7th, the Colorado Springs Chess Club hosted the April Swiss 75 (4SS, G/75+30, $10 entry). 10 players battled on 5 boards this evening.

Here are the results:

Score, Player

1.0 Rhett Langseth

1.0 Richard Buchanan

1.0 Aleksand Bozhenov

1.0 Brian Jo Rountree

1.0 Mark McGough

0.0 Justice Myers

0.0 Jordan Myers

0.0 Dean W Brown

0.0 Dan Prutz

0.0 Federico Carreon

Categories: 2015, Tim Brennan Week

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