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Slow Death

Posted by Paul Anderson on July 28, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Game Of The Week


This week's game comes from way back in my chess history.  It is one of my upset victories and in a slow time control.  I didn't have many upsets in slow time controls, as I had to learn to be more patient. 

However, every now and then my opponent was just as impatient as I was and would miss my early opening errors, giving me the opportunity to fix them and come up with a winning plan.  Here I survived losing my d pawn and piled up on the c7 pawn for a slow death. 

It is an example of how I learned to win at chess.  Play safe and wait patiently for your opponent to make a mistake.  It was not the quick, tactical style of attacking chess that got me my wins.  It was the slow, positional style of defensive chess where I had my most success.  In fact, I didn't have a material edge in this game until move 44. 


The game reminded of a chess movie I recently saw about the difference between Indian chess and British chess in the 1800s.  The movie was called "The Chess Players" and was just the kind of title to get me to check it out from the library. 

However, I discovered it was subtitled and figured that I would not like reading a movie.  I tend to avoid foreign films for just that reason.  Since I had already checked it out, I popped it into the DVD player, and I was surprised to find that I enjoyed the movie enough not to notice the subtitles. 

It is cleary the best Indian film I have ever seen.  The chess players are so funny in their struggle to find a place to play and completely oblivious to the coming British takeover of their country and their game.  They liked the slow Indian way of playing chess. 

Here they talk about the difference in rules between Indian chess and British chess:


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Since my style is already pretty slow, I think I would have liked the slow game.  Now, I just have to see if I can talk someone into trying the Indian way with me.


Slow Death



[Event "Winter Springs Open"]

[Site ""]

[Date "2000.12.03"]

[Round "4.5"]

[White "Anderson, Paul"]

[Black "Anderson, Robert"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "E20"]

[WhiteElo "1524"]

[BlackElo "1587"]

[PlyCount "107"]

[EventDate "2000.12.01"]

[TimeControl "40/7200:20/3600:20/3600"]


1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bd2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3 6. Bxc3 d5

7. b3 Ne4 8. Bb4 Re8 9. a4 a5 10. Ba3 Nd7 11. Nf3 b6 12. e3 Ba6 13. Bd3 f5 14.

O-O g5 15. Nd2 Nxd2 16. Qxd2 Qf6 17. Rac1 Rec8 18. Rc2 Qd8 19. Rfc1 Nf6 20. f3

h6 21. Rc3 dxc4 22. Bxc4 Bxc4 23. Rxc4 Ne8 24. Rc6 Qd7 25. Qc3 Rab8 26. Qc4 Kf7

27. Kf2 h5 28. g3 Rd8 29. Ke2 Qd5 30. h3 Qxc4+ 31. R1xc4 b5 32. R4c5 b4 33. Bb2

Ra8 34. g4 Rd6 35. gxf5 Rxc6 36. Rxc6 exf5 37. d5 g4 38. fxg4 fxg4 39. hxg4

hxg4 40. Be5 Ra7 41. Kf2 Ke7 42. Kg3 Nd6 43. Kxg4 Kd7 44. Kf4 Ra8 45. Bxd6 cxd6

46. e4 Rf8+ 47. Ke3 Ra8 48. Kd4 Ra7 49. Kc4 Ra8 50. Kb5 Ra7 51. Kb6 Ra8 52.

Rc7+ Kd8 53. Rh7 Rb8+ 54. Kc6 1-0

This Week In Chess


On July 27th, the CSCC had 6 members in attendance. Most of the players joined the Speed tournament  (2RR, G5). Mark McAdam returned from his chess sabbatical in Germany to take down the field. Here are the results:


Score, Player


8.0 Mark McAdam

6.0 Paul Anderson

3.5 Jeff Fox

2.5 Alex Torres

0.0 Mike Voight


2010 July East Coast Deli Results

By Jerry Maier


Prize Schedule:


1st Prize $38 Buck Buchanan

U1800 $34 Brian Rountree and Dennis O'Rorke ($17 each)

U1700 $28 Gene Lucas

U1500 $24 Isaac Martinez

U1300 $18 Ken Mac Rae


Where's The Fish?

By George Lombardi


The 9th Annual Kenai Chess Challenge was held July 23 to 25 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna, Alaska. 5 time Colorado Chess Champion and Life Master Brian Wall played in the event. The weekend started early for me as I needed to pick up Brian at the Anchorage airport late Wednesday night. On Thursday I took him to Seward for a tour of Resurrection Bay and on Friday we went to Homer before heading back to Soldotna and the start of the event. While we were waiting for the first round Brian played a game of blind fold blitz against KC Jones. I called out KC's moves, made Brian's moves on the board and stopped his clock. There were doubled pawns in the center of the board and Brian dropped his queen because he forgot about 1 of them. KC eventually won on time but was on the verge of winning anyway after promoting a pawn. I delayed the start of the first round because I knew that Fairbanks Master Artem Ruppert was on his way and wanted to give him a chance to make it. At 8:00 PM we started the round and I was paired as black against Brian. He had been telling me for 2 days that he wanted to play openings with an Alaska theme. 


The Halibut Gambit

1 c4 b5


The Russian Defense

1 e4 d5

2 Nf3 Nf6


The Fishing Pole by LM Jack Young

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 0-0 Ng4!!


The King Crab

1 h4

2 a4


Since he and I had King Crab on the boat tour the previous day that's the opening I got. I died from a bad case of crabs after 30 moves. Artem eventually made it to Soldotna but in the end decided not to play in the event. However, he did come by my house Saturday night to play speed chess with Chuck Sherwood and Brian Wall. Things went pretty much as expected through 2 rounds but in round 3 the fireworks started happening. Brian lost on time to Matthew "Son of a Preacher Man" Parshall and in his chess blog mused, "Did you ever play a great game of Chess but forgot to win? I am rarely in such a good mood after a loss." Also in round 3 that sandbagging SOB KC Jones defeated Chuck Sherwood. The tournament was won by Matthew Parshall with 3.5 points ($40) and Brian Wall was 2nd with 3 points($20). For U1500 1st was myself, George Lombardi, ($25) and tied for 2nd were KC Jones and Randy Parshall ($7.50 each). The upset prize of $10 went to KC Jones for his win over Chuck Sherwood. I would like to thank Randy Parshall for providing us with the playing site and thank KC Jones for the ice cream cake he brought to the tournament for after the final round. Brian Wall is quite a character, full of stories and anecdotes. I had a blast spending the last 4 days with him. I was hoping for a bigger turnout but the nice thing about the small number was that it was very personal and everyone got a chance to play Brian either in a rated game or blitz or both.


Comments From Email


Josh Smith, Tue, 27 Jul 2010


Sir Paul,

I had long since forgotten about that email. It makes me wonder about how people feel when they beat me. On the one hand I’m a lowly 1962 in standard time controls but on the other hand I’m a powerful Candidate Master sitting at 2029 in faster time controls! Either way, I’m full of hot air and any strongly worded attack usually brings me to my knees. Happy Hunting JD


Martin Deschner, Mon, Aug 02, 2010


Which candidate did Mr. Obama say to vote for? The Lesser of 2 Evils?! Amused.........Martin


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