Sunday, April 23, 2006

FICS Round 2 against Phorku

Click anywhere on this sentence for R2 of Fics league. I played fellow blogger Phorku. It was a crazy game until the end. (I just finished the game so the annotations were quick, but I wanted to get something down before I forgot).

edit: phorku's comments have been added in the above link.

Friday, April 21, 2006


I finally finished "Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking: From the First Move to the Last" by Neil McDonald. Its very good and I recommend it for fellow patzers like myself. At times it's redundant, but how many things can you really say about Nf3?
Does anyone know another book similar to that I might like?

In other news: I'm still playing the Center-Counter as black against e4 and so far I like it. With black against d4 I'm dying though, let me tell you. I think I'm going to go with d5 for awhile and see if I like that. Similarly, I'm liking the scotch but since I'm going to play d4 d5 as black I may start trying d4 as white. Perhaps not though, since that would be learning a whole new system, but it just blitz so I may give it a go.

On a related note: I need to stop playing so much blitz.

Friday, April 07, 2006

ratings slump

Graph of my horrible ratings slump at chessworld, the graph reads right to left, I'm currently below 1700 after a high of 1820 something. They use a "moving average" of your last 50 games. (the ratings at are inflated by quite a bit since I'm a solid USCF 1300).

Monday, April 03, 2006


Even though I hadn't played or studied chess in a while I decided to play in a tournament. I played 3 games OTB and here's how it went.

Game 1:
I haven't loaded it into Fritz yet or else I'd give a picture, but I went up a pawn early (move 11 or 12) and then up two pawns, and then I had a protected passer and then two connected passers and I ended up winning. He was unrated and I had black and played the trusted pirc because I knew I was rusty and didn't want to try anything new (like the center counter, which I've been playing because Celtic Death said I suck and should play it) (joke, but CD did recommend it and I like it in the handful of games I've been playing with it).

Game 2:
White, against an 1800, he played the Alekhine's defense (I guess technically I did since I played e5 on move 2). Regardless here's the postition I reached before meltdown:

It's my move (white). Pretty dominating huh? I made a series of mistakes which my higher ranked opp took advantage of and I resigned on move 36.

Game 3:
I'm black against a 1500 and the KIA. Another opening I wasn't to familiar with but I played okay chess until I reached this position:

My move (black). This isn't that bad and it's probably even, or close to it. I made a quick move based on a calculation I did several moves earlier, well, in hindsight its the stupidest move ever (h6) and drops a pawn and leaves me with a horrible kingside position which I never could recover from and I resign on move 36.

Both games I played openings I wasn't familiar with but came out of them with good positions without losing to much time on my clock. I applied what limited opening principles I have and did okay.
My problem was in the middlegame and coming up with actionable plans. I have no idea how to work on this besides play games. I need to play more and finish Chess for Zebras instead of another Ian Rankin novel.

Lessons Learned from this post: Read Ian Rankin if you like mysteries, but skip the first one because its a little slow.