Saturday, January 28, 2006

Teamchess games

In my last post Freydus commented about the Sicilian and trying the Scandinavian instead. He made some good points. A may start playing a few games with it and see what happens.

Here is my teamchess game that I lost from last night. Its just the teamchess page, I'm not going to annotate it.

And here is my teamchess game win from this morning. Also just from the teamchess page because I'm not going to annotate it.

I've been quite busy lately and besides games I haven't been playing much. Still plan on playing in a tournament next month so I should start making time for some longer games.

Sunday, January 22, 2006


Here's a link to a very good chess column called Chandler Cornered. (It's also quite funny)

Also, from something C's Chess said a long time ago, coupled with what Blue Devil has said recently, I'm going to start playing the Sicilian. I realize that there are people out there who know variations of the Sicilian 20 moves deep, but who cares, the same can be said about the Murphy, so I might as well give it a shot (not to mention at my level I just don't think I'll see that many people who know it that well). Plus, playing different openings for a while, even if you don't stick to it, makes sense to me (this is what blue devil had mentioned).

Also, I'm playing the English as white (or the Bird's opening, one or the other, haven't made up my mind).

Friday, January 20, 2006


I was out of town for a week for work (damn job) and I'm trying to catch up to everyone's blog and I have things to note.

Make sure you read Bahus' current post titled "FANCY MOVE SYNDROME" which I have a bad case of and at leas now I know what to call it. (oh, you know you catch it every now and then too, it comes from to much tactics training and trying to find combos that aren't there).

The other thing I think is crazy is how much time really good chess players spend studying and preparing for tournaments, how much time do they really spend I wonder? Anybody know? I'm talking GMs and IMs and all the way down to FMs and such? Anybody?

How much time does everyone average a week studying and playing chess? (this includes you DG)

I would guess for me its about 10 - 15 hours a week, depending on how many long games I have... of course I'm playing in a tournament next month and it will be even more, but on average I would think 10 - 15 hours (an hour a day with extra time for games) (also, I don't include the times I play at work)

No teamchess games this week because of my trip (damn job).

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Teamchess game, pontification, and statistics

Here is the link to yesterdays teamchess game.

I'm really upset at the blunder that cost me the game. A Big lesson learned from this game: even when I think I have calculated a series of moves correctly, I need to stop after every move just to make sure that everything is still like I though it was. Of course I still made moves that weren't "best moves" but that doesn't worry me as much as out right blunders.

Here is a key position from the game (with White to move):

white to move (hint: and keep a small edge)

I saw the continuation that Fritz recommends but didn't think it was good and ended up playing a really bad move.

Anyway, chess is an amazing game, the more I play longer games the more I realize that tactics play, by far, the largest role in any of my games. "Chess is 99% tactics" is an understatement, in my opinion, and I need to stop playing chess like a scared little girl (or boy).

Chess for Zebras is in the mail and I look forward to that.

Statistics from my games at teamchess:

U1800, at 4th board for 4 games, average opp. strength: 1651

U1600, at 1st board for 4 games, average opp. strength: 1727.5

Crazy isn't it?

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Teamchess Game and Comic

Here's a Big Nate strip from last week:

Sorry that its so small, I can't seem to enlarge it. But its called Big Nate and you can check out the week long chess storyline from last week at Its not too terribly funny, but at least its chess related. (The previous chess story lines have been funnier).

Here is my annotated teamchess game from today. Its a horrible, horrible game and I'm quite embarrased, but here it is anyway.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Two teamchess games

Here's the links to two other teamchess games.

A postponed round 2 game where I played a bad Smith-Morra Gambit but managed to get a draw.

And here's an U1800 win

So midway through I'm +2 -2 =2 ... not too bad.

I'm looking for a new opening as white, any ideas? I usually play 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 .... etc. etc. I want something different... anybody?

Saturday, January 07, 2006

U1600 R3

Here's the link to my annotated lose in Round 3 of the U1600 teamchess game. The highlight is below, with Black to play.

Black to Play

(its not that hard to see at all and I missed it!)

Tuesday, January 03, 2006