Waldo Canyon Fire Variation

Waldo Canyon Fire Variation

Jun 30, 2012, 12:14 PM |


This week, more than ever, I hope everyone is doing well.  The Waldo Canyon Fire got out of control on Tuesday and is still not yet fully contained.  Local chess coach, Glenn Miller, was interview on ABC, as his home was sparred while just up the street his family lost theirs.


I write about how chess help me deal with the fire in this week's newsletter and include my video from Tuesday night.

Peace be with you,

Paul Anderson

Read The Newsletter!
( http://cschess.webs.com/apps/blog/entries/show/16515961-waldo-canyon-fire-variation )

1. Game Of The Week: Waldo Canyon Fire Variation
2. This Week In Chess: Thematic Swiss: Daniel's Theme
3. Game Viewer: Paul Anderson v Mark McGough ( http://cschess.webs.com/ )
4. Video: Waldo Canyon Fire On Chess (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaBOlTYFtWs)

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ps - Newsletter preview with pgn (for board diagram and video see The Newsletter):

This week's game comes from Mark McGough.  Nero may have fiddled, but Mark and I played chess while Colorado Springs burned.  The Waldo Canyon Fire killed 2 people and destroyed close to 400 homes.  It is the worst wildfire in Colorado history and just happened to fall on the same night as the Colorado Springs Chess Club.  I had considered cancelling club, as the smoke was beginning to look ominous.

Looking back, I am glad that I did not.  It was a great distraction from a disaster we were powerless to stop.  I probably would have been at home glued to the television set worried about friends who I could not help.  It made me realize that what I like most about chess is the friendships.

Mark is one of those friends, and we were talking about the fire the next evening.  We both changed our usual trips home from club because of the fire.  He wanted to see what had happened and drove west, my usual route home.  I wanted to avoid the evacuation and drove east, his usual route home.

Of course, we also talked about chess.  However, the fire left such an impression that it even effected our chess thoughts.  While Mark normally spends his study time trying to solve my Trompowsky, this night he decided to immortalize my discovery of Nd2 with a new moniker: "The Waldo Canyon Fire Variation...

[Event "May Quad II"]
[Site "http://cschess.webs.com/"]
[Date "2012.05.29"]
[Round "3.1"]
[White "Anderson, Paul"]
[Black "McGough, Mark"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A45"]
[WhiteElo "1991"]
[BlackElo "1839"]
[Annotator "Anderson,Paul"]
[PlyCount "27"]
[EventDate "2012.05.29"]
[TimeControl "1800"]

1. d4 {Mobility} Nf6 {Mobility} 2. Bg5 {Mobility} c5 {Removal} 3. Bxf6 {Material} gxf6 {Material} 4. dxc5 {Material} e6 {Material} 5. Nd2 {Mobility} Na6 {Mobility} 6. Nc4 {Mobility} Bxc5 {Material} 7. Nd6+ {Mobility} Ke7 {Material} 8. Ne4 {Material} Qb6 {Material} 9. Nxc5 {Material} Qxb2 {Mystery} 10. Ne4 {Material} Nb4 {Overload} 11. Rc1 {Material} Nxa2 {Material} 12. Rb1 {Material} Qe5 {Material} 13. Qd3 {Material} f5 {Material} 14. Qa3+ {Material} 1-0