Tragic Flaw

Tragic Flaw

Apr 12, 2013, 8:32 AM |


Tim Brennan wrote this week's newsletter and is giving away his best-selling kindle chess book for free this weekend.  Read the newsletter to get the link!

Don't forget the Springs Fundraiser is this Saturday (4SS, G30).  Supporting members of the CSCC get a $5 discount.

In addition, the Colorado Springs Chess Club now has a page on the website:

I can add an image instead of the gray box.  However, I don't know who has the club logo.  So, I may have to add a photo to represent the club.  If you have any suggestions, let me know.  There are a bunch in this album:

If anyone is wondering who won my March Madness Bracket Challenge and my chess tour $10 gift card prize, it wasn't a chess player.  My wife outsmarted all the chess players and auditors:

Bonus Pts
Total Pts
22 22 12 8 16 32 (Louisville) 0 112
22 22 12 8 16 32 (Louisville) 0 112
Vote Pedro
20 16 8 8 16 32 (Louisville) 10 110
RandyR's Expert Bracket
21 20 12 8 16 0 (Indiana) 22 99
Edu's Incredible Choices
21 22 16 8 16 0 (Kansas) 1 84
23 18 8 8 0 0 (Gonzaga) 18 75
23 16 12 8 0 0 (Kansas) 16 75
Sweet Action
21 20 16 8 0 0 (Gonzaga) 8 73
Jaime's Bracket
21 20 16 0 0 0 (Gonzaga) 12 69
19 18 8 8 0 0 (New Mexico) 16 69
- - - - - No Pick - 0
Ignacio's Official Bracket
- - - - - No Pick - 0

Read The Newsletter!

1. Game Of The Week: Tragic Flaw
2. This Week In Chess:  Quad Results
3. Game Viewer: Tim Brennan v Paul Anderson ( )
4. Tuesday Night Chess Tour Cumulative and 2nd Quarter Standings
5. Colorado Closed by Buck Buchanan
6. 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
Pardon the interruption, boys and girls, but I'm Tim Brennan, and I will be hosting Paul's Newsletter today!

Sorry to disappoint those of you tuning in today hoping to continue reading Paul's new series on his most brilliant wins against Kathy Schneider, part 5 of 12, but I promise he will be back next week to go over every pawn push in the those epic battles!

Thanks for having me here today Paul!  It is an honor!

There has been a lot of politics going on in Colorado these days.  People are complaining about the Colorado Closed, the use of electronic devices, and everything in between.  It reminds me of a joke from the world of academia...

Why is the infighting so vicious?

Because the stakes are so low!

One of the things that I really admire about Paul is that he manages to stay out of the mud on these issues.  Personally, I end up getting sucked into a lot of these issues, and often play the role of internet troll throwing gas on the fires, which I have to admit I enjoy doing.

Paul has a really great sense of humor about things, and often makes little jokes and quips about these issues without offending anyone, which is a great quality.

Paul is also quite an amazing chess player.  He is also an excellent teacher and writer on the subject of chess.  He has a great positional understanding, a solid opening repertoire, and amazing endgame skills.  He has pulled himself up by the bootstraps, and has become one of the best, and most respected chess players in all of Colorado.

But, as Aristotle wrote, every hero has a hamartia - a tragic flaw. If you think about today's popular comic heroes - they all have some kind of tragic flaw:

  • Superman has kryptonite
  • Daredevil hates noise
  • Green Lantern has the color yellow

As near perfect as Paul's game has become, after years of honing his craft, spending hours pouring over computer analysis, achieving an understanding of the most complex middle game pawn structures that most of us could never dream of, he still has one flaw, one weakness, one hole in his game.

And I am going to share it with each and every one of you here today!  Paul Anderson's one and only weakness is (drum roll please!):

Playing against Tim Brennan and Anthea Carson, the authors of Tactics Time! 1001 Chess Tactics from the Games of Everyday Chess Players [Kindle Edition]

Now this might sound lame, but really, is it any more lame than having your weakness being the color yellow?

I have to admit that Anthea and I have an unfair advantage because we looked at hundreds of Paul's games while putting together this book.  In fact, about 8% of the book comes from Paul's games.

(Paul, please insert my 15 pages of multimedia, high pressure sales copy for the book here including reviews, testimonials, video trailers, thanks.  I am also experimenting with a hypnotic subliminal MP3 to convince people to buy the book - is there any way to get that to play while people read this email? )


Now that you are done reading (and listening, heehee) to all that, let's look at a position from Tactics Time vs Paul Anderson :

[Event "Cabin Fever Reliever"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2013.02.19"]
[Round "3.1"]
[White "Brennan, Timothy"]
[Black "Anderson, Paul"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B10"]
[WhiteElo "1755"]
[BlackElo "2038"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[EventDate "2013.02.12"]
[TimeControl "1800"]
1. e4 c6 2. f4 d6 3. Nf3 g6 4. Bc4 Bg7 5. O-O Nf6
6. d3 O-O 7. c3 Ng4 8. h3 Qb6+ 9. d4 Nf6 10. e5 dxe5 11. fxe5 Nd5 12. Bb3 Bf5
13. c4 Nb4 14. Nc3 Nd3 15. g4 Nxc1 16. Rxc1 Bc8 17. Ng5 Qc7 18. c5 e6 19. Nce4
Bh6 20. Nf6+ Kg7 21. Qd2 Nd7 22. Nfxh7 Bxg5 23. Nxg5 Qd8 24. Rxf7+ Rxf7 25.
Nxe6+ Kh7 26. Nxd8 Rg7 27. Nf7 Nf8 28. Qh6+ 1-0

Peace be with you,
Paul Anderson
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