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[14 Apr 2007|09:29am]

chessdude
[ mood | frustrated ]

Hey everybody I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.  I'm from Arkansas and I have been playing chess off and on since I was 14 (I'm almost 30 now) and I have just recently began to take chess seriously.  I am now taking lessons from IM Predrag Trajkovic on the Internet Chess Club.  My USCF rating right now is 1219 and my provisional ICC rating in standard chess is 1882, so I'm not really sure what my OTB playing strength is at this time.  It seems that I sometimes play very strong, and then at other times I play quite weak, and I'm working on trying to figure out how to play strong consistently.

For example, here is a game I lost just last night on ICC:

mikep (1768) vs. JMichael (1882) --- 2007.04.13 17:53:05
Unrated Standard match, initial time: 50 minutes, increment: 5 seconds

Move  mikep              JMichael       
----  ----------------   ----------------
  1.  e4       (0:04)    e5       (0:11) 
  2.  Nf3      (0:03)    Nc6      (0:14) 
  3.  Bc4      (0:22)    h6       (1:51) 
  4.  d4       (0:30)    d6       (0:43) 
  5.  Be3      (0:11)    Nf6      (0:43) 
  6.  Nbd2     (0:28)    Bg4      (0:47) 
  7.  c3       (0:07)    d5       (1:27) 
  8.  exd5     (0:47)    Nxd5     (0:30) 
  9.  Qb3      (0:08)    Na5      (2:50) 
 10.  Qa4+     (2:30)    c6       (1:03) 
 11.  Nxe5     (0:37)    Nxc4     (3:23) 
 12.  Qxc4     (0:15)    Be6      (0:37) 
 13.  Qe2      (0:44)    Bd6      (2:39) 
 14.  Ndc4     (0:45)    Nxe3     (1:46) 
 15.  fxe3     (0:48)    Bxe5     (2:50) 
 16.  Nxe5     (0:17)    Qb6      (1:28) 
 17.  O-O      (3:12)    O-O      (2:50) 
 18.  Rf4      (2:16)    f6       (2:11) 
 19.  Ng6      (0:04)    Rae8     (0:27) 
 20.  Nxf8     (0:17)                    
       {Black resigns} 1-0


And then again, here is my draw against GM Larry Christiansen(!!!), also on ICC during a simul:

LarryC (2559) vs. JMichael (1882) --- 2007.02.13 13:50:30
Unrated Standard match, initial time: 45 minutes, increment: 15 seconds

Move  LarryC             JMichael       
----  ----------------   ----------------
  1.  e4       (0:21)    e5       (0:12) 
  2.  Nf3      (0:46)    Nf6      (0:33) 
  3.  d4       (1:00)    Nxe4     (4:31) 
  4.  Bd3      (6:16)    d5       (4:13) 
  5.  Nxe5     (8:46)    Bd6      (2:24) 
  6.  O-O      (4:58)    O-O      (0:44) 
  7.  Nc3      (1:39)    Nxc3     (4:27) 
  8.  bxc3     (6:12)    Nd7      (4:37) 
  9.  Re1      (2:29)    Re8      (3:51) 
 10.  Bxh7+    (2:40)    Kxh7     (0:22) 
 11.  Qh5+     (0:49)    Kg8      (0:46) 
 12.  Qxf7+    (0:34)    Kh8      (0:37) 
 13.  Ng6+     (0:56)    Kh7      (0:20) 
 14.  Rxe8     (1:23)    Qxe8     (4:56) 
 15.  Qxe8     (3:46)    Nf6      (0:51) 
 16.  Ne5      (0:15)    Nxe8     (0:53) 
 17.  Bf4      (0:43)    Bf5      (1:14) 
 18.  Rc1      (0:32)    Ba3      (1:41) 
 19.  Rb1      (0:31)    b6       (2:23) 
 20.  Nd3      (0:14)    Nf6      (2:18) 
 21.  Nb4      (0:29)    c5       (1:13) 
 22.  dxc5     (0:24)    bxc5     (0:58) 
 23.  Nd3      (0:17)    c4       (2:23) 
 24.  Nb4      (0:38)    Bxb4     (0:41) 
 25.  Rxb4     (0:26)    Bxc2     (0:22) 
 26.  f3       (0:37)    Bd3      (0:47) 
 27.  Kf2      (0:19)    d4       (0:14) 
 28.  Be5      (0:30)    Re8      (0:29) 
 29.  Bxd4     (0:06)    Re2+     (0:15) 
 30.  Kg3      (0:42)    Nd5      (1:19) 
 31.  Rb7      (0:09)    Rxa2     (0:40) 
 32.  Rxg7+    (0:06)    Kh6      (0:02) 
 33.  h4       (0:14)    Bf1      (0:59) 
 34.  Kh2      (0:19)    Ne3      (0:40) 
 35.  Kg1      (0:23)    Bxg2     (0:31) 
 36.  Rxa7     (0:04)    Rxa7     (0:09) 
 37.  Bxe3+    (0:02)    Kh5      (0:07) 
 38.  Bxa7     (0:05)    Bxf3     (0:01) 
 39.  Bf2      (0:01)    Be2      (0:04) 
 40.  Kg2      (0:03)    Bg4      (0:04) 
 41.  Kg3      (0:02)    Be6      (0:04) 
 42.  Kf4      (0:06)    Bd5      (0:02) 
 43.  Ke5      (0:01)                    
       {Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2

And I've also beaten IM Alexey Kireev (MaestroASK on ICC) as well, although I can't find that game at the moment.  If I do I'll post it if anyone is interested.

So the point is, I know I have it in me to be a strong player, but how to do it consistently?  Any advice from stronger players is greatly appreciated.  Nice to meet you all!

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For those interested in help [09 Dec 2006|10:59am]

axiom_ascended
I would like a little back ground information from those of you interested in some lessons. Basically I would like to know how long you have been playing, what kind of chess do you play (casual, tournament, postal, yahoo, internet), any rating you have (preferably USCF or FIDE), and what kind of things you would like to accomplish from lessons. Also, if you would include 1 or 2 sample games it would be helpful for me to understand a bit about how you play. If you want you can include some self analysis but don't go too far just yet.

Right now I am just trying to get a feel for how I could best use a single lesson where the whole group could benefit from it. This is not to say I wouldn't be willing to individualize some things as well.

What I feel is most important in chess is the middle and end games. Any opening is playable and can be found in tons of books. It is the creative and visualization aspects that often hold a lot of chess players back. You have to be able to evaluate a position and then visualize a later position that would make you better off, then you work on making that position happen. Also it is important to recognize your oponents threats, take care of them, and still further your own plans.

Ok...so let me leave you all with a question about some basic principles. Does everyone know how to force checkmate with a king and two bishops vs king, king knight and bishop vs king, king and rook vs king, and king and queen vs king? Do you all know when king and pawn vs king wins or draws?
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me vs. Junior [08 Dec 2006|03:17pm]

schuldbesef
I don't think I posted this up here before. Thought some of you might enjoy this bit of computer psychology.

It's always interesting to see how a computer analyzes a position. I thought I was better and Junior seemed to think it was perfectly safe and a few pawns up.

French Defense, Advance variation, Milner-Barry gambit

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5 4 c3 Nc6 5 Nf3 Qb6 6 Bd3 cxd4 7 cxd7 Bd7 8 O-O Nxd4 9 Nxd4 Qxd4 10 Nc3 a6 11 Qe2 Ne7 12 Kh1 Nc6 13 f4 Bc5 14 a3 Ba7 15 Bd2 Qb6 16 f5 O-O? (-.61) 17 f6 g6 18 Rf3 Qxb2? (-1.41) 19 Rb1 Qxa3 20 Rh3 h5 (-.22) 21 Rxh5! (+4.27)

The scoring is Junior's analysis in a blitz game on a 3.0 GHz computer.

On a longer analysis, it does much better. After either 18 ...Rfc8 or 18 ...Nd4 black should be fine. At move 14, it suggests ...h6? and white is a probably a bit better after 15 Nxd5! exd5 16 e6.
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Teacher seeking students [08 Dec 2006|01:17pm]

axiom_ascended
I have recently decided to come back into the chess world. I have been playing for over 20 years, 19 of them competitively. I was once a student of GrandMaster Gregory Kaidanov of Lexington Kentucky and had the great fortune of defeating him in a simul exhibition. It has actually been about 5 years since my last tournament competition as I turned to instructing elementary school children, but my performance rating for that tournament was USCF 2117. I would say at this point with my being out of chess for the past couple years I am a decent A player. At any rate, I miss teaching and coaching and found this community...thought maybe a few of you would like to learn some things or get help with tournament preparations. If anyone is interested please contact me through LJ or email me at axiom_ascended@yahoo.com. If I have enough interest I will organize some lessons free of charge.
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Nf6 Scandinavian question [28 Nov 2006|01:49pm]

ethicsgradient
So, given that:

1. e4 d5 2. exd Nf6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bc4 Bg4

is a "main sideline" in the Nf6 Scandinavian, how should black best respond if white skips the Bb5+ and goes straight for 3. Bc4? Black can achieve the same position he has above with 3 ... Bg4, but given that the bishop is on c8 rather than d7 in this line, is there better? Should black instead play Nxd5? I'm starting to play the Nf6 Scandinavian and have a feeling that at my level I'm going to encounter all the side lines that try to keep the pawn (3rd moves like Bb5+, Bc4, c4, Nc3, etc) more often than I'll meet the main line 3. d4.

Anyone else out there play this and have advice for me?
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Chess [05 Nov 2006|10:16am]

ladygenki
[ mood | cold ]

;Title: Yahoo! Chess Game
;White: xmaths
;Black: ladygenki
;Date: Sat Nov 04 22:21:01 GMT 2006

1. d2-d4 d7-d5
2. c2-c4 d5xc4
3. b1-c3 b8-c6
4. g1-f3 c6xd4
5. f3xd4 d8xd4
6. d1xd4 c8-e6
7. e2-e4 a8-d8
8. d4-c5 e6-g4
9. f2-f3 g8-f6
10. f1xc4 f6xe4
11. f3xe4 g7-g6
12. o-o f8-h6
13. c4xf7+ e8-f8
14. c1xh6++

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Hi [25 Sep 2006|11:27am]

verslaflamme
Hi all. Hope everyone is enjoying the Topalov/Kramnik match.

I'm writing because I'm looking for a chess buddy to learn and practice with. I'm a novice but not a total beginner. My Yahoo rating is 1260 I think, though I haven't played much.

I'd like to have a few friendly but competitive games each week, depending on schedule, and some discussion/analysis about the games too--even during. Wouldn't want to keep score or anything though.

Prefer a female partner.

If you want to play and study together, let me know.

Drew
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[13 Aug 2006|11:59pm]

snooooopy
There's this commercial for HP featuring the rapper Jay-Z. One part involves a chess game that he's playing. He seems to think he's wrapped it up. Has anyone taken a look at his position? Is his confidence justified?
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Chess Mess? [15 Jun 2006|02:27pm]

bazoodaville
how does astigmatism effect playing chess?

I think I keep losing because the patterns and the peices get jumbled up in my head. It's really frusturating!! I'd really like to play chess without getting my butt kicked. I'm even using a demo version of Fritz 6 and Kasparov's Chessmate.

**sigh**
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3 piece sacrifice! [10 May 2006|11:38am]

nervo
Here's a game I recently played on gameknot. Although I was a piece ahead, I finished it of with a nice three piece sacrifice!

http://gameknot.com/chess.pl?bd=5018759

It would have continued 22. Kxh1 Qh4+! 23. Kg1 Qh2 mate.
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What did I miss? [19 Dec 2005|03:14pm]

tallon29
[ mood | working ]

I just lost this game, and I have a feeling I missed an opportunity to win mid game. I know I was one move from mate for 5-10 moves 2/3 through, but never got the opportunity to execute on it. Can anyone of you much more experienced players just glance over this game and tell me if you see anything I missed?

I am whiteCollapse )

I am an amateur level player looking to spend time improving my abilities and would appreciate an initial book reccommendation that is accessible to someone without much (if any) formal strategic chess knowledge. The only real knowledge I have from chess is playing. I'm not up on terminology or in depth tactics at all.

Also if anyone knows of any informal chess clubs in the Central Florida area, that would be great.


Thanks so much!

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[12 Oct 2005|08:16am]

beingjdc
This from last night is one of the prettiest games of chess I've played in a long time (partly, though not solely, because I won), so I thought I'd share it. Basically my opponent messes up, but for a long time there's only one right move that will punish him for it, and it's not always the obvious one.

38 moves, algebraic notation, I am white...Collapse )
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Itsyourturn.com [15 Jun 2005|02:26pm]

schuldbesef
Here's a cool game I'm finishing up on www.itsyourturn.com. Classic bishop sac - kingside attack.

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 dxe4 4 Nxe4 Nd7 5 Nf3 Ngf6 6 Nxf6 Nxf6 7 Bd3 Be7 8 c3 O-O 9 Qe2 b6 10 Bg5 Bb7 11 0-0-0 c6 12 h4 Qc7 13 Bxf6 Bxf6 14 Bxh7 Kxh7 15 Ng5+ Kh6 16 Qe3 Bxg5 17 hxg5+ Kg6 18 Rh4 Rh8 19 Rf4 Kh7 20 g6+!

i.e.

20 ... fxg6 21 Rh1+ Kg8 22 Qxe6+
20 ... Kxg6 21 Qg3+ Kh7 22 Rh1+ Kg8 23 Rxh8+ Kxh8 24 Rh4+ Kg8 25 Qxc7
20 ... Kg8 21 Rxf7 Qc8 22 Qe5! Rh7 23 Rc7
21 ... Qb8 22 Qxe6

I'm pretty happy about it, since I was half expecting his king to escape after 16...Bxg5.
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Novelty? [17 Apr 2005|09:35pm]

schuldbesef
I know my opponent's repetoire pretty well, and I really didn't feel in the mood for playing against another Pirc. So I tried 1 d4. I don't know if I'm playing accurately past move 2 since he played Chigorin's Defense - which I know nothing about.

On move seven, I hit on an idea that I wondered if it was original. The way my opponent played, it led to an ending much better for white....

1 d4 d5 2 c4 Nc6 3 cxd5 Qxd5 4 Nf3 e5 5 Nc3 Bb4 6 e3 Bg4 7 Nd2!? Bxd1? 8 Nxd5 Bxd2+ 9 Bxd2 O-O-O 10 Rxd1 Rxd5 11 Bc4 Rd7

I think white looks much better with activity and the two bishops. Of course, 7 ...Bxc3? is met by Qxg4; I think best is ...Qd7 when I suspect white should sacrifice a pawn for an attack/messy position like 8 Be2 Bxe2 9 Qxe2 exd4 10 exd4+ Nge7 11 Nf3 Nxd4 12 Nxd4 Qxd4 13 O-O O-O-O 14 Nb5 Qh4.
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[26 Mar 2005|05:23pm]

schuldbesef
Had a couple of really tactical games at the chess club today. Thought I'd share one....

Farley - Harper
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e5 6 Ndb5 d6 7 Bg5 a6 8 Na3 b5 9 Nd5 Be7 10 Bxf6 Bxf6 11 Be2? O-O 12 c3 Bg5 13 Nc2 g6 14 h4!? Bxh4 15 Nce3 Ra7 16 Qd2 f5 17 g3 Bg5 18 f4 exf4 19 Nxf4 Bxf4? 20 gxf4 Ne7 21 O-O-O fxe4 22 Qd4 Rc7 23 Bg4 Rxf4??
24 Rxh7! Kxh7 25 Rh1+ Kg8 26 Qh8+ 1-0
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Howdy [16 Feb 2005|03:35pm]

wkargel
[ mood | crappy ]

I finally reentered the world of competative chess a couple of weekends ago.  I played in the 2005 Cajun Chess Georgia Peach Open in Marietta, GA on February 5th & 6th.  It was a five round Swiss event, but I ended up only playing three rounds proper.  More on that below.  I would have preferred getting my feet wet with a few of the Atlanta Chess Club's monthly "Game in 45 minutes" four-round mini-tournaments, but the timing was not right.  The Open section of the tournament was stronger than I expected, with FM Emory Tate, Jr.; "IM-Elect" FM Stephen Muhammad (I have to assume "IM-elect" means that he has only to make one more IM norm to get the title of International Master from FIDE), IMs Ron Burnett and Carlomagno Oblitas, and a last-minute surprise, GM Alexsander Wojtkiewicz...although in hindsight that shouldn't be a suprise, "Wojo", as he is casually referred to in chess circles, has been known to play in *A LOT* of these mid-sized weekend Swiss tournaments, and he makes a fair amount of money doing so, as he usually is the strongest player there and usually wins.

The two highest-rated players in the tournament, Wojo and Burnett, agreed to a *very* quick draw...I think the game did not even go five minutes!  To be honest, I think that Wojo was rather tired, he appeared to come in on a "red-eye" flight or something and needed the rest so that he could later crush the weaker opposition.  Well, in hindsight, perhaps he should have played on!  As it turned out, he was tied for first with Burnett going into the final round when he lost to Stephen Muhammad!  Burnett won his round and clear first in the tournament, and Wojo had to settle for third place behind Burnett and then Muhammad.

I found a results table for the tournament online HERE


I have not transcribed any of my games yet in PGN, much less annotated anything...but here is a brief rundown of my tournament performance:

 

2005 Cajun Chess Georgia Peach Open
Marietta, GA
Saturday, February 5th 2005


Round 1

Carey A. Hudson vs. William C. Kargel

I drew Black for my first game back in the saddle (yay).  I told my opponent before the game started that this was my very first "over the board" tournament game in 13 years...perhaps that actually made him a bit hesitant and changed his strategy, because he actually started out playing quite conservatively.  I chose to meet his 1.d4 with my "first string" defense in that situation, the King's Indian Defense.  As I just mentioned, White played very conservatively, and was rather slow in development, even allowing me to set up a double fianchetto of my Bishops!  I appeared to have a solid setup against White going into the middle game...very "Petrosian-esque", if I may say so.  I was in fact very confident in how I was doing up to that point.  White then made his pawn break on the Queenside as I expected...but in hindsight I should have either just dealt with that threat directly, or at least if I was going to start my own attack, play a better move than I did (a pawn break of my own on the Kingside that in hindsight suddenly really weakened my defenses, my pawn structure in particular).  Later, in desperation, I made a speculative Rook sacrifice that really backfired, but I think that Black was already lost anyway.  I soon resigned.   1-0

 

Round 2

I drew a full-point bye.  Yippee.


Round 3

William C. Kargel vs. Mark Solt

Mr. Solt was from Jacksonville, FL, seeking escape from the Superbowl Madness!  He played a variation of a Robatsch/Modern defense, answering my 1. e4 with g6.  There are a lot of similarities in the strategic themes of the Modern and Pirc Defenses, but the main difference between the Modern and the Pirc is the delaying of development of the Kingside Knight.  Being an experienced Pirc player in correspondence chess on both sides of the board, I basically played a common setup for White against the Pirc, very similar to the "150" or "Caveman Attack" against the Pirc, with 5. Be3.  I soon had managed to place an enormous amount of pressure on Black's Kingside with both of my Rooks in early deployment, and I was giving Black fits as he really had no place to go or to counter-attack.  But, as usual, I made a tactical mistake that made my Kingside attack fizzle out, and then allowed Black to counter-attack and place a Knight behind my Queenside pawns...Black then proceed to pick them off one by one until he had a massive pawn phalanx in center...we both at this point only had a Knight left as pieces...I fought on, and actually managed to snipe two of the pawns before he inevitably promoted the e-pawn to a Queen and I then resigned.  Black could have finished me sooner, but he was making inaccurate moves in the endgame and allowed me a bit of counterplay (i.e. my lone Knight sniping a couple of pawns from his endgame majority).  My opponent seemed rather annoyed that I played on for over 50 moves and not resigned way back when we entered the endgame.  Oh well...I don't give up so easily!  0-1

 

 


Sunday, February 6th 2005

 

Round 4

Matthew D. Beard vs. William C. Kargel

This player was ultimately a no-show.  I later found out that the other members of his family had all asked for fourth-round byes, so I have to assume that this player just forgot to do the same.  I would have much rather played and tried to have actually earned the full point!  As it was, I think it led to disasterous consequences for my final round.  I was pacing all over the place like a hungry jaguar or something, just about salivating with anticipation to pounce on my next opponent over the board!


Round 5

Kevin D. Meng vs. William C. Kargel

My last opponent was a quiet Chinese boy of about thirteen or so.  He acted rather timid over the board, and in fact played into a Giuoco Piano/Italian Opening, rather the Giuoco Pianissimo ("quiet game") variant with 5.d3, which I was not happy about at all.  I twiched and played 5...d5.  Not the smartest move!  To make a long story short, my position imploded and the quiet kid then quietly and methodically ground me down.  My only real disappointing loss!  1-0

 


I chalk up my poor results in the tournament to two things:  1) lack of "over the board" tournament experience, especially since I am still not used to the 3-D environment of OTB chess as I am to the 2-D environment of Correspondence chess.  2) bad tactical assessments.  No surprises here...I need to work on tactics, tactics, tactics!

I really didn't expect to light up the boards, and overall I was pleased with how I played...much better than I did 13 years ago, that's for sure!  Back to practice, practice, practice!

 

 

 

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[22 Jan 2005|04:08pm]

snooooopy
There was an amusing misprint in the daily chess problem in the newspaper this week:

.. .. .. BR .. .. .. ..
.. BP .. .. .. BP .. ..
.. BQ .. BP BK BP .. ..
.. BR .. .. BP .. .. ..
.. .. .. .. WP WP .. ..
BP .. WP .. .. WR .. ..
WP .. WP WQ .. .. WP WP
WK BR .. .. .. .. .. ..


The title of the puzzle is "White Gains A Rook" with the hint of "Give and get a queen." The title of the puzzle should be "White Is Dead Meat."

Looks like the rook at b2 was mistakenly colored black.
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My Return to Competative Chess [08 Nov 2004|04:15pm]

wkargel
[ mood | anxious ]

I have never had a job where I had weekends off as part of my regular schedule for my entire adult life...unless I had to beg the occasional weekend off! That was the reason why I had to stop playing in "over the board" tournaments in the first place way back when!

Well, I have finally had a change in my work schedule that now allows me to have weekends off! It became effective this week! I almost don't know what to do with myself!

I knew that this change would eventually happen, so I for the past months I have been working as best as I can to prepare myself for playing in tournaments again. This has not been easy by any means, with the daily demands of a job, a wife and now a seven-month-old boy to deal with!

Well, the point of all this is is that I am finally reentering the world of competative chess...I am going to play my first "over the board" chess tournament in nearly THIRTEEN YEARS this weekend!

When I last played in a few tournaments while I was still in school, I really did not have a clue what I was doing, and I think I was lucky to have my last published USCF rating to be 1052...but that was also in January, 1992! Now, however, I have been a "serious" player and have been working very hard with improving my game. I really cannot estimate my true playing strength right now, but it HAS to be better than it was in 1992, when I never cracked open a chess book, studied any openings, performed any tactical middlegame and endgame exercises, etc. (I have been most definately doing all that this past year)

In some ways, I don't think I am really ready to do this, but then again, I have no real yardstick to measure my progress over this past year by, so playing a few tournament games may allow me to find the right course of action and from analyzing those games, find out where I need to focus my studying on.

So, I am both very excited and also quite nervous...I would hate to get crushed in my first tournament, but I would rather at least lose if I was simply outplayed versus losing because I made stupid mistakes due to my long absence.

I would find it to be a HUGE psychological boost if I were able to win my first game, at least!

This is a small one-day tournament, a monthly four round Swiss that is put on by the Atlanta Chess Club, but it is a start! If this goes really well (meaning, I win at least half of my games), I may even enter myself in the Atlanta Open in December and play for some money!


Is there any advice/encouragement that you guys wish to pass on to me? Anything constructive would be appreciated! And in return, I will try to go over my games as quickly as possible to annotate a bit in my own amateurish way and post them here for your own input if that is OK...anything to improve!

This is something that I have been looking forward to for a long time, so I truly hope that the experience is a positive one...it is like playing in my first chess tournament all over again...might as well be, at least...!

Wish me luck!

Regards,

Bill

P.S. I plan on dedicating my tournament performance in memory of my father, who passed away two years ago on November 9th...it was he and my grandfather who first taught me how to play chess in the first place. And I wish I could play him in a game now...!

~

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I would be interested in the following experiment: [26 Aug 2004|08:15am]

kvschwartz
"Man Vs. Machine" chess (any level of human player, any clock time), where the initial set-up excludes either A) all pawns on white squares or B) all pawns on black squares. Thus each side starts with only four pawns, no two of them able to protect one another until some piece or pawn is captured by a pawn.

If my intuition is correct, such a scenario would tend (compared with standard chess) to give computers an Elo "rating bonus" of perhaps as much as a few hundred points.

Anyone willing to try to prove me wrong?
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[13 Aug 2004|02:51pm]

kvschwartz
What are the advantages of Shredder Vs. Fritz Vs Junior? In particular, what program would you recommend for a patzer (perhaps Elo around 1100 to 1300?) who wants to learn basic openings?
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