Here is a nice game I played through tonight from 500 Master Games of Chess. The ending is particularly nice.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I spent time this afternoon analyzing it from a printout of the position, and when I got home I set it up on a board and analyzed it some more. Very fun position to work on.
Some analysis below:
1.Ne7+ Kh8 2.Q:f6
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Probably one of the greatest players ever at training and preparing for competition was Botvinnik. Supposedly he discussed his methods in both the Flohr - Botvinnik match book, and in the book he authored with Ragozin about the 11th Soviet Championship. The discussion in the Flohr match book consists of about 4 pages of text, and I will probably translate it sometime in the near future. There is a bit about his methods in The Dover publication of Botvinnik's 100 Selected Games.
- Begins preparation with a review of the chess literature to acquaint himself with new and interesting games, making notes on questions which are of interest to him as he reads.
- Studies the games of his rivals in the upcoming competition. He studies their peculiarites of play, and their opening repertoire.
- Studies the lines he intends to employ in the competition. For a competition he usually employs 3-4 systems for each color, and is thoroughly prepared in those systems.
- Next is to try out these systems in training games.
- He champions the use of training games to work on all aspects of your chess, using the games to focus on a certain deficiency and to continue training games with that deficiency being the focus until it is eradicated. An example being that if you get into time trouble, you should play training games where the first consideration is the clock, not the quality of play or the result. This continues until you can play at peak strength without time trouble in the time control being trained.
- He champions resting the final few days before competition to be fresh when it starts.
- More than anything else to reach top potential you must master the art of analysis. To this end you should publish your analysis so that others can find the faults within it. I imagine you could also use a chess engine to critique your analysis. He makes an interesting point that you should not analyze games in the first hours immediately after it is played, because such analysis will most likely be purely negative and can become a bad habit.
I just came across this program in a forum post on chess.com today. It is a program that presents you random positions selected from pgn files that you provide it. You choose your move for the position and then it scores it against a chess engine's analysis.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Continuing to work through McDonald's The Art of Planning in Chess tonight. Just played through this nice win by Ivanchuk against Kamsky. Very instructive to see how Ivanchuk converts his advantage to a won minor piece endgame. Played through it twice, the 1st time doing guess-the-move and using the CB training tab, and the 2nd time playing through reading McDonalds annotations of the game in the book.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Jacob Aagaard has a nice, little section in Excelling at Chess where he discusses a method of preparing an opening.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I worked on this interesting position last night while working through some of Buckley's Practical Chess Analysis.
You are supposed to visualize the position after gxf5 gxf5 Nxf5, determine who stands better, analyze and come up with the variation to be played.
Answer given below.
Though White has forked Black's Queen and Rook, he is in fact lost in this position.
Qb7+! d5 Qxd5+ Rf3 Qxf3+ Qxf3 Rb1+ Qf1 Rxf1#
When using Peshka and ChessOK training modules there is something to look out for. If you are not using a course that is a bunch of problems, say for example the Strategy 2.0, go into tools, options, play, and uncheck the random vertical mirror and random horizontal mirror options. If you do not, this will lead to some very odd interactions within the course, with game fragments being mirrored and the commentary making no sense whatsoever. Those options are useful when doing something like CT-ART 3.0, or perhaps some studies, but for things like Encyclopedia of the Middlegame or Strategy 2.0 it is confusing when you run into it. It would be nice if you could set options at the module level. I'm not sure if that is currently possible. I guess I need to buy another course and find out. :D
I have started to work through Herman Grooten's Chess Strategy for the Club Player. In it he gives the following thought process the origin of which is a book by Karpov and Mazukevich. Grooten has modified it slightly.
- What is the material balance?
- Are there any (direct) threats?
- How is the safety of both Kings? (# attackers, # defenders, pawns)
- Pawn Structure (where are the open lines & diagonals, Are there any strong squares, who is controlling the center, who has more space and where on the board does he have it)
- Which pieces are active and which are not? (compare the activity of the same types of pieces)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I'm not sure what I had done previously when I tried it, but last night I was able to successfully save a Chessbase opening report to a database other than the reference database, complete with it's games. I am guessing I had missed the save text as option before, which allows you to choose a database to save to and queries you on whether you want the games and keys exported to the database as well.
A nice feature to have for organized opening study.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Chess software producer ChessOK, formerly Convekta, have finally decided to update the interfaces for their software products. In the past year they have developed the Aquarium interface for doing chess analysis with an engine, mainly Rybka, and now they have updated the interface to be used with their training courses.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I got a couple new chess books in the mail today. The first I have ordered in a while. It looks like the next book in Kasparov's series just came out so I will be purchasing that in the near future. I see that New In Chess has also released a new edition of Bronstein's Sorcerer's Apprentice. Considering what a wonderful work that is and the nice quality of books published by NiC, that might be a neccesary purchase even though I have an older copy.
The books I got today are Herman Grooten's Chess Strategy for Club Players from New in Chess, and Colin Crouch's Chess Secrets: Great Attackers from Everyman Chess. I didn't realize Crouch had suffered through a severe illness sometime after publishing his book How to Defend in Chess, which left him partially blind. I am looking forward to working through both of these books, but to be honest I have shelves full of chess books I am looking forward to working through. :)
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I was looking at some lines in the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack the other day, and I ran across this game by John Nunn that has a King march that reminds of the one in Short's game against Timman. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Testing how posting a game using the chessvideos.tv game replayer looks. This game is a favorite of mine.
I first played through this game while working through John Nunn's Understanding Chess Move by Move.