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Tunnel Vision

9 hours agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

It seemed to me that playing a thematic attack against the King's Indian Defense gave me a straightforward victory. However, post-game analysis reveals several errors in my game. My tunnel vision in pursuit of one idea led to missing a checkmate in one, another checkmate in two, and several better moves throughout. Show More Summary

Expose the King!

3 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In a recent correspondence game, I found a single reference game in which Black's play struck me as a bit timid. Black to move My database contains six games that reached this position, one with White to move. I only looked at those games played by masters (ratings above 2200). Show More Summary

Child's Play

5 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A two pawn advantage in a rook ending should be decisive. Indeed, I won easily with such an advantage last night in a three minute blitz game. The win seemed child's play.A few minutes of postgame analysis this morning revealed another story. Show More Summary

Strategic Nuances

5 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This position, which I came to via Karpov -- Timman, European Junior Championship, Groningen 1967-1968, has appeared on the board at least 119 times. Black to move Jan Timman played 5...Ba5.Anatoly Karpov wrote:The bishop is badly placed at a5, and the whole of White's subsequent play is built on exploiting this circumstance. Show More Summary

A Better Day

Taking Care of Business After losing my round two game and taking my usual round three bye, I started Sunday morning with 1.5/3 in the Eastern Washington Open. My round four opponent is returning to chess after fifty years away and is much stronger than his rating suggests. Show More Summary

A Nice Win

Simple Chess I have been playing correspondence chess on for eleven years, longer than any other site where I play at present. It was the third website that I joined for this sort of chess. I started on in early 2003. Show More Summary

Bad Day

My first day's performance in the Eastern Washington Open was sub-par. In the first round, I missed a key defensive resource and found myself on the Black side of this position. White to move Fortunately, my opponent missed the key move here and I was able to defend. Show More Summary


Yesterday, I started reading an old book that had been sitting on the shelf: Anatoly Karpov and Aleksandr Roshal, Anatoly Karpov: Chess is My Life, trans. Kenneth P. Neat (1980). The book contains two of Karpov's games from the Masters vs. Show More Summary

Pawns are the Soul

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Pawns are the soul of chess.François-André Danican PhilidorIn my post, "Dominquez--Aronian, Tata Steel 2014", I mentioned that Levon Aronian's play in that game offered a modern lesson in the meaning of Philidor's famous dictum. This morning I looked at Aronian -- Ponomariov, Tsaghkadzar 2015, Chess Informant 124/9, and found another illustration. Show More Summary

From the Benoni

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I had this position a couple of months ago in a correspondence game. The computer says that I squandered an advantage. How should White play? White to move

Glossary of Tactics: Skewer

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

When two pieces are on the same rank, file, or diagonal, they may be attacked by a pin or skewer. A skewer is a pin in reverse. The stronger or more vital piece stands in front of another target. When it moves to safety, the piece behind it is captured. Show More Summary

Training with Karjakin

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

While working to shore up some weaknesses in my French Defense, I became interested in Svidler -- Karjakin, Khanty-Mansiysk 2014 from last year's Candidates Tournament. The game was annotated by Suat Atalik for Chess Informant 120/98. Show More Summary


last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I am working through a book that had been collecting dust on my shelf for a few years. Nikolay Minev, A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames (2004) offers an informative discussion of tactical elements and strategic elements in the first chapter, which comprises half of the book. Show More Summary


last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Several years ago, a high school sophomore who attended a school's satellite program showed up at at a high school chess club where I was the coach. He wanted to know whether he could join the club. He could and did.Kevin Baker had an odd opening that he cherished, but that I did not think was very good. Show More Summary

Winning an Open

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I won the Spokane Falls Open with a score of 4.5/5. It was my first win of an open Swiss, although I have won club tournaments, quads, and a few invitationals. I also tied for first in the reserve section of the 2006 Washington Challenger's Cup. Show More Summary

Chigorin -- Davidov 1874

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Early this summer, I faltered in my 2015 goal to work through one game each week from the selection in GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge (2000) by Rashid Ziyatdinov. To some extent my training shifted when Chess Informant 124 arrived, but I also have wasted far too much time playing bullet and blitz. Show More Summary

Knight versus Pawns

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In round two of the Spokane Falls Open this afternoon, I had Black in this position. The first move that I considered was the right one, according to Stockfish 6. I did not play it, but went on to win anyway. Black to move


2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This problem was posted on Facebook with "Black to move, mate in two." There are two simple checkmate patterns and it seemed that both could be easily refuted. After I failed, as did many others, even arguing that the correct solution was impossible, a question was posed. What was White's prior move? Black to move

Thinking about Development

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Ever since reading Elements of Positional Evaluation, rev. ed. (1999) by Dan Heisman fifteen years ago, I have thought a little differently about development. Before reading this book, I had been content to get my pieces out, hopefully to good squares. Show More Summary

Why Play Bullet?

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Most of the time that I'm playing bullet chess, I'm unhappy. I lose completely winning positions because my opponent shuffles pieces almost randomly with enough speed that I cannot execute the win before my clock expires. Other times,...Show More Summary

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