The Thrill Of Chess Victory

The Thrill Of Chess Victory

Apr 29, 2013, 5:24 PM |


Brian Rountree wins the Wednesday Panera tournament for April, and Josh Divine wins the Thursday Panera tournament for April.  You can see the full results here:

I recap the Colorado Closed Challenger tournament with my draw against Robert Ramirez in this week's newsletter including actual footage from the game in video form.

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1. Game Of The Week: The Thrill Of Chess Victory
2. This Week In Chess:  Thematic Swiss Results
3. Game Viewer: Paul Anderson v Robert Ramirez ( )
4. Tuesday Night Chess Tour Cumulative and 2nd Quarter Standings
5. video:

2013 Calendar Of Events for the Colorado Springs Chess Club:

For additional events, see the following websites:

Denver Chess Club: DCC (
Colorado State Chess Association: CSCA (
Wyoming Chess Association: WCA (

ps - Newsletter preview with pgn:

Game Of The Week
This week's game comes from the Colorado Closed Challenger.  I spoke with David Hartsook after the tournament and he said, "This game was the turning point."  I think that everyone going into the tournament thought that Robert Ramirez, the number one seed, was going to be hard to beat.  And he was.

Robert went unbeaten in the tournament with 4 draws and 1 win (+1-0=4), which tied him with Kevin Seidler (+1-0=4) and myself (+2-1=2).  However, I think most people expected Robert to come away with more wins. 

It was not a big surprise when Robert and Chris drew on the first day.  It was a little surprising that I took the lead in the tournament by being the only player to get a win Friday night.  Of course, I don't think anyone expected me to hold that lead going into Saturday when I had to face both Robert and Chris.

While it seemed like either Robert or Chris would climb to the top at the end of Saturday's games, it was David Hartsook who turned in the best performance with 2 wins.  He jumped to the top of the leaderboard half a point ahead of Kevin and a full point ahead of Robert, Chris, and I.

Of course, by the time of the evening's games, everyone knew that I had narrowly escaped from giving Robert his first victory.  Here is the key position from our game.  It is black to move.

[Event "Colorado Closed Challenger"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2013.04.20"]
[Round "2.1"]
[White "Anderson, Paul"]
[Black "Ramirez, Robert"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "1999"]
[BlackElo "2141"]
[PlyCount "137"]
[EventDate "2013.04.19"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. c3 b6 5. e3 Bb7
6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Nbd2 cxd4 9. cxd4 h6 10. Bh4 d6 11. Rc1 Nbd7 12. Qe2
Rc8 13. h3 Rc7 14. Rfd1 Qb8 15. Qf1 Rfc8 16. Bg3 Qa8 17. Rxc7 Rxc7 18. Rc1 Qc8
19. Rxc7 Qxc7 20. Qd1 Kf8 21. Kf1 Ke8 22. Ke2 Kd8 23. Qc2 Qxc2 24. Bxc2 Ba6+
25. Bd3 Bxd3+ 26. Kxd3 d5 27. Ne5 Nxe5+ 28. Bxe5 Ne8 29. Nb1 Kd7 30. Nc3 Kc6
31. f3 Bb4 32. Ne2 g6 33. Kc2 Be7 34. Nc1 Nd6 35. Bxd6 Bxd6 36. e4 dxe4 37.
fxe4 f5 38. e5 Be7 39. Ne2 g5 40. Kd3 Bb4 41. a3 Be1 42. Ng1 Bf2 43. Ne2 b5 44.
Nc3 Be1 45. Nd1 Ba5 46. b4 Bb6 47. Ne3 a5 48. d5+ Kd7 49. d6 axb4 50. axb4 Kc6
51. Nd1 Kd5 52. Nc3+ Kxe5 53. Nxb5 Kd5 54. Na3 e5 55. Nc4 e4+ 56. Kc3 Bd4+ 57.
Kb3 Kc6 58. Kc2 f4 59. Nd2 e3 60. Ne4 Bb6 61. Kd3 Kd5 62. h4 gxh4 63. Nc3+ Ke5
64. d7 h3 65. gxh3 f3 66. d8=Q Bxd8 67. Kxe3 Bb6+ 68. Kxf3 Kd4 69. Ne4 1/2-1/2

Peace be with you,
Paul Anderson
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