Every Loss Is A Lesson

Every Loss Is A Lesson

Apr 5, 2017, 7:18 PM |



One of my games makes the newsletter this week, and it is a loss!  If you haven't heard of the Greek Gift, this one is for you.


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I traveled to Denver on Sunday to catch some of the 2017 Colorado Closed.  The Closed is Colorado's premier invitation-only tournament.  Here are some of the uninvited at the event:







NM Gunnar Andersen won his 1st Closed!  He is the one at the far table in the window holding his head.  Following in the footsteps of his Scandinavian predecessor, Max Von Sydow, Gunnar is preparing for his role as Christ.  After his 1st miracle at the Closed, he turned his barrel of water into wine!






The  CSCC has rated the March events:


End Date,Event ID,Event Name
Dates and Section Count

201703319472IHOP MARCH 2017
Received: 2017-03-31   Entered: 2017-03-31   Rated: 2017-03-31   Sections: 1
201703288222MARCH SWISS 90
Received: 2017-03-29   Entered: 2017-03-29   Rated: 2017-03-29   Sections: 2
201703120522GREEK GYROS QUICK MARCH 2017
Received: 2017-03-12   Entered: 2017-03-12   Rated: 2017-03-12   Sections: 3
2017030573922017 COLO SPGS OPEN
Received: 2017-03-06   Entered: 2017-03-06   Rated: 2017-03-06   Sections: 1

The CSCC has 6 rounds of Quick rated chess coming up on Tuesday, April 18 and 25th!


The events shown below are ones that have been or will be advertised in Chess Life or Chess Life for Kids:

Date Event Location TLA in Affiliate
2017-04-29 2017 Louisiana State Scholastic Team & Individual Championships New Orleans LA 2017-03 CL A6017928
2017-08-12 Pikes Peak Open - Manitou Springs, CO Manitou Springs CO 2017-06 CL A5012031


The events shown below are ones that have been or will be advertised in Chess Life or Chess Life for Kids:

Date Event Location TLA in Affiliate
2017-04-18 CSCC April Quick (QC) Colorado Springs CO 2017-03 CL A5012031




This week's position comes from a chess lesson I was giving that reminded me of one of my early losses.  It is white to move.



2017 Lesson 9



You can view the diagram and answer here:



Every Loss Is A Lesson



[Event "Pueblo April"]

[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]

[Date "1998.04.25"]

[Round "3.2"]

[White "Christie, Kyle"]

[Black "Anderson, Paul"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "B15"]

[WhiteElo "1763"]

[BlackElo "1718"]

[PlyCount "23"]

[EventDate "1998.04.25"]

[TimeControl "1800"]


1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 e6 4. e5 Bb4 5. Nf3 Ne7 6.

Bd3 Nd7 7. O-O O-O 8. Bxh7+ Kxh7 9. Ng5+ Kg6 10. Qg4 Rh8 11. Nxe6+ Kh7 12.

Qxg7# 1-0



* diagram comes from the lesson, not the loss