Monday, April 26, 2010

Tarrasch gets his revenge

I played through a another game from Tarrasch's 300 Games tonight. This time Tarrasch gets his revenge on Richter. This game looks to be a good example of a game with an open center. Black's pieces are all active and attacking White and it ends quickly with the pretty Nb3.

Cambridge Springs 1904

I just finished going through the games from Cambridge Springs 1904. Below is the cross-table for the event.

Cambridge Springs  1904

                                1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 
1   Marshall,Frank James        * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1  13.0/15
2   Lasker,Emanuel              ½ * 1 ½ ½ 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1  11.0/15  76.75
3   Janowski,Dawid Markelowicz  0 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1  11.0/15  69.75
4   Marco,Georg                 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1   9.0/15
5   Showalter,Jackson Whipps    0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1   8.5/15
6   Schlechter,Carl             0 1 0 ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½   7.5/15  50.75
7   Chigorin,Mikhail            ½ 0 0 0 0 1 * ½ 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 0 1   7.5/15  48.75
8   Pillsbury,Harry Nelson      0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1   7.0/15  47.50
9   Mieses,Jacques              0 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 ½ 1 0   7.0/15  45.75
10  Fox,Albert Whiting          0 0 1 0 ½ 1 1 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 0 0   6.5/15  47.25
11  Teichmann,Richard           0 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 * 1 ½ 0 1 1   6.5/15  42.50
12  Napier,William Ewart        ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 ½   5.5/15  37.50
13  Lawrence,Thomas Francis     0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 * ½ 0 ½   5.5/15  35.50
14  Barry,John Finan            0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ * 0 1   5.0/15  35.25
15  Hodges,Albert Beauregard    0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 0 0 1 1 * 0   5.0/15  32.25
16  Delmar,Eugene               0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 1 0 ½ ½ 0 1 *   4.5/15

The resort where they played reminds of this large wooden resort on Coronado Island in San Diego (http://hoteldel.com/). It is a shame that the owner died the following year, and his resort burned to the ground in 1931. I imagine they would have had some more great tournaments.

Nice example of Anastasia's Mate

I worked through some more games in Tarrasch's 300 Games tonight. The game below contains a nice example of the Anastasia's Mate motif. Tarrasch, surprisingly, was on the losing side of this encounter. It is a funky move order for a Dutch Defense.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Another test

This is a test of the chessflash game viewer using the Kotov game where he successfully stops white's mobile pawn center.


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Testing Chess Viewer

I used to use an app called Chess Viewer to display games when I ran my blog inside drupal. It looks like Nikolai Pilafov, http://chesstuff.blogspot.com/ , the author of chess viewer now has made it pretty simple to use within a blog. So this is a test to see how it looks.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Stopping a mobile pawn center

I have been reading through 'various pawn positions in the centre' from Art of the Middle Game, and Kotov uses the following game to illustrate stopping the mobile pawn center.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Training Update for weekend of 4/4/2010

I didn't spend that much time this weekend on chess. I did continue my daily tactics problem solving work on chess.com. I have gotten my rating back to around 2250 on there.

I have been reading the chapter on various pawn center structures in the Kotov & Keres work, The Art of the Middle Game. Kotov discusses different types of pawn centers and the kind of plans that are usually involved when they exist.I have gone through the sections on closed and open centers, and I am starting in on the section on mobile pawn centers. I saw this chapter mentioned in another book, so I thought I'd read through it, and then continue working through Chess Strategy for Club Players.

I finished playing through the Berlin chapter of Tarrasch's 300 Games with a board and pieces. Next up is the chapter on his time in Halle.

I also played up through round 9 of Cambridge Springs 1904 on the computer.