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Post whitesheepwall's journey
I learned how to play chess in elementary school. I decided to come back after a 13 year hiatus.

I will be posting my more memorable games. I want to eventually be rated at 2000+. It's an extremely high bar, considering I've never played competitively before.

Finished:
Chess the Easy Way - Reuben Fine (2013/08/27)

In Progress:
Complete 1.e4 e5 Opening Repertoire for Black - Katar
How to Reassess Your Chess - Jeremy Silman
The Reassess Your Chess Workbook - Jeremy Silman

To do:
The Complete French - Lev Psakhis
Practical Chess Endings - Paul Keres
The Amateurs Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions Into Chess Mastery - Jeremy Silman

PGN file of all my games (will upload new one every time I post)
Chesstempo profile

I would like recommendations on other material I should go over. I am an aggressive player but I don't want to conform myself to any one style. Books are definitely great, but I prefer other media.

Currently looking for something on how to play the Sicilian as White.


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Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:34 pm
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Post Re: whitesheepwall's journey
This thread has a lot of worthwhile videos:
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=7198
especially Zibbit's pattern recognition series #1-5 that i just posted there.

I think you get the most bang for your buck by analyzing your own games, especially losses.
I also think 5-10 minutes a day of basic/easy tactics puzzles is a good way to maintain sharpness. There are many tactics trainers online and as apps... It doesn't matter which one you use, so just find one that is convenient and easy on your eyes.

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Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:14 am
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Post Re: whitesheepwall's journey
Welcome to the site! Looking forward to seeing updates on your progress.

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Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:02 am
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Post Re: whitesheepwall's journey
Thanks for the advice! It feels like a celebrity just commented on my thread. :D

This game, though embarrassing, really highlights just how much I need to work on.



1. e4 c6, 2. d4 d5, 3. Nc3

I'm not very familiar with the Caro-Kann. I assume it's similar to the French, and I just tried to stick to standard opening principles.

5. Nc3
Stockfish recommends 5. Nxf6+. It doesn't lose tempo, and doubles Black's pawns. I was becoming too concerned about silencing my aggressive tendencies, and getting that ideal opening position.

7. ... e6
My guess is that Black had plans for the d5 square, but at the cost of tempo and a blocked light squared pawn.

8. Ne5
If Black is putting all his attention on one center square, I'm going to focus on the other ones. Also, I wanted to protect my light squared bishop on c4. I usually leave it hanging on accident...

10. ... Nxc2??
I don't even know. But Black makes up for it soon.

12. Qd2
I didn't want to trade my free moving bishop for a knight.

12. ... Nb6
My e5 knight is overloaded... and I don't even notice. And things go downhill from there. Remember how I said I usually leave my bishop hanging? Yeah...

28. ... Nh4
I know that checkmates with rook and knight are common. I tried to play carefully, and it didn't look like there were any forced mates yet.

30. g3??
Started panicking. Stockfish recommends Bg3. Stockfish also says I just entered a M7. GG

I would love to hear your feedback.

EDIT: formatting


Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:51 am
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Post Re: whitesheepwall's journey
If you post PGN here, I'll do a quick analysis for you.

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Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:20 am
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Post Re: whitesheepwall's journey
http://projectflep.com/chess/whitesheepwall.pgn

Thanks Sarciness!


Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:12 pm
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No problem- I think the game will be very instructive for beginners. Are you okay if I do a quick analysis video and post on this site?

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Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:10 pm
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Post Re: whitesheepwall's journey
Sarciness knows all about improving at chess and his video will be gold. I think you will make lots of progress just by developing pieces faster. It's usually better to develop a new, undeveloped piece than it is to move the same piece multiple times in the opening. So instead of 8.Ne5 which is a good idea but premature, of course castling is simpler and better. Then instead of moving the queen from c2 to d2 on 12.Qd2, you can put a rook on d1 instead.

Until you get to a certain level, you can build up good healthy positions just developing fast, get all the pieces out, castle, connect the rooks. Try to accomplish all that very quickly. Usually by that time some kind of central pawn move (one of the middle 4 pawns, c,d,e,f) will often be a good idea to open a line for the rooks. Half your opponents will play some weird or exotic moves that they will not be able to "explain" or make any sense out of -- some of your opponents will get behind in development or not fight in the center.

Anyway, good luck!

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Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:47 pm
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Post Re: whitesheepwall's journey
I went and did it and it was a bit rushed, but I hope it can still be useful. Should be up on the beginner's forum soon.

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Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:10 am
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Video now up, but on Game Analysis forum, not Beginners'.

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Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:16 pm
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Perfect. I will take a look. Thanks again!


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