There is a dangerous “mind virus” being propagated by Paul Anderson, and his ilk, here in the chess community of Colorado Springs.
And I am not referring to
- the unsolicited “Evolution is a Myth” creationist propaganda that the Anderson clan passes out at tournaments,
- how Paul refers to himself as an “Expert” even during the times Anthea Carson has slapped his rating back to the 1900s,
- or the flagrant violations of US Copyright law Title 17 USC § 302 which take place on Paul’s YouTube Channel.
No, this “meme” is much more serious, and dangerous.
It threatens to rob of us of
- beautiful games,
- tactics, and
- all of the things that we love about the game of chess.
It promises to stunt the minds, and growth opportunities of our young, and steal the last hopes and dreams of our old.
What is this horrendous seed of poison that Paul is trying to plant into our collective consciousness you ask?
Paul’s warped idea is that you should resign early, which shows respect to your opponent, and chess “maturity”.
Normally I think that Paul, who writes the really interesting Colorado Springs Chess Newsletter, has a lot of great ideas and thoughts.
But this brain child of Paul’s goes against just about everything that I believe in, and rant about in my own chess newsletters.
My own ideas about “when to resign” in a game are based on the teachings of my mentors Paul Grimm, Francisco Baltier, and Rambo – John J Rambo!
Nothing is Over!
Or to quote Bluto from Animal House
What? Over? Did you say “over”? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
I love this kind of fighting spirit!
In the past year I have looked at thousands of games looking for good examples to use in my chess tactics newsletter, chess column, and chess training database.
The most important thing I have learned the most is that we all make mistakes, and we are constantly making them.
Just recently I have seen
- A Grandmaster fall for a stalemate trap at the 2012 National Open, with a totally winning position.
- A Grandmaster just leave his bishop unprotected for no reason on move 7 in the US Championship
- A Grandmaster get his queen trapped in the World Championship match
And these are the types of blunders that are happening to the best players in the world!
Paul likes to publicly praise his opponents who resign down a pawn or 2 against him. Of course he does! He wants to reenforce this type of behavior in others, just like Pavlov ringing a bell to make a dog salivate.
When people resign early against him, it just makes his life easier, and basically gives him free rating points!
But when the tables are turned, does Paul himself resign early?
Hell to the no!
Recent stories include drawing Jeff Baffo in a blitz game after blundering a queen, beating Buck Buchanan after a dubious knight sac, and drawing Jeff Fox down a bishop.
See, Paul likes it when people resign against him, not the other way around.
It is kind of like taking the bus and using public transportation instead of driving a car – everyone thinks it is a great idea – FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO DO!
I could easily give hundreds of examples of games where someone was losing, didn’t resign, then came back to win or draw. That would be like shooting fish in a barrel. Instead, I will just invite you to play my friend Paul Anderson sometime, and do as he does, not as he says
Postscript: You can read Paul’s original article “Wise Beyond Her Years“, which prompted this response