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Same plan for training this week as last....

Monday, 8/23
1. Tactics - 75 min for 5 CT problems (3 out of 5 correct, missed an easy one on my last problem :( )
2. Blitz - 3 games (first didn't count....opponent blundered badly on eighth move) - reviewed both openings, there wasn't alot to review as both games involved a poor moves early on (first I won the exchange, then proceeded to get mated :oops: while in the second I dropped a piece and held on for a draw :roll:
3. Analysis - 45 min reviewing a tournament game from last year with an opponent I could potentially face in a couple weeks
4. Misc - Re-read a couple articles and spent some time consider various openings and how they fit w/ various playing styles.....I've been wondering if my repertoire w/ Black should be adjusted.....

Tuesday, 8/24
1. Analysis - I spent 105 min (!) working on my 15th move in the Croalin-Studentofchess on-line game.
2. Tactics - 60 min on 6 CT problems (4 of 6)
3. Blitz - 2 games - haven't reviewed yet, one was the Polish Opening (?) - don't think I'll be spending too much time on that....

Wednesday, 8/25
1. Tactics - 2hrs, 15min - Long time to spend on 7 problems (4 out of 7 correct) - current rating is 2128 which is getting close to my high on that site, so I did a couple extra looking for that "breakthrough" but alas the last two problems I got correct only garnered me a point or two....
2. Blitz - 3 games (one was short) - reviewed one variation of significance
3. Analysis - 60 min on On-Line games

Thursday, 8/26
1. Analysis - 2 hours on On-Line games - mostly one in particular (Agazo-Studentofchess) where I was looking at the thematic ...Bxh3 sac in the Kings Indian.
2. Blitz - 2 games - only one of significance in my repertoire (haven't reviewed yet)
3. Tactics - Started working on one CT problem....after about 30 min I still hadn't solved and went to bed

Friday, 8/27 - Morning
1. Tactics - 90 min on 5 CT problems (5of 5!!) OK, maybe I should consider seeking help.... :wink: I finished up the problem I couldn't figure out last night (quite quickly actually - interesting how stepping away from a position and then coming back to it with a fresh perspective can help), then did 4 more. But the last one took me a little over an hour (!) - I had found 2 Alternate solutions but not the "best move" and since my rating was nearing an all-time high, I wasn't about to give in. So I'm sure it was a bad decision to spend that much training time on one problem, but I feel better because I FINALLY figured it out and broke through a rating barrier (currently 2140).
2. Analysis - 30 min reviewing more lines in on-line game involving ...Bxh3 sac

Friday, 8/27 - Evening
1. Tactics - 60 min on 5 CT (3 of 5) + 3 TT problems. CT rating inched up to new high of 2142 :D

Saturday, 8/28
1. Tactics - 60 min on 5 CT (4 of 5) + 3 TT (3 of 3) problems. Another new high on CT rating (2148), TT is at 2311.
2. Opening Prep - Played 6 games of blitz, have several games w/ opening variations to review tomorrow.

Sunday, 8/29
1. Opening Prep - 2 hrs reviewing variations of KID-4 pawns attack

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Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:34 pm
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cool beans :D

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Monday, 8/30
1. Play - Tried to get in a training game, opponent kept having internet problems and we had to abort 10 moves into the game.
2. Opening Prep -
a. 60 min reviewing opening variation from this game. Nice to have computer validate my move after opponent left opening theory...
b. 60 min reviewing analyzed games in KID - Bayonet attack.

Tuesday, 8/31
Took some time off from work today and had extra time to sharpen up for this weekend.
1. Tactics - 60 min on 5 CT problems (4 of 5) - rating continuing to inch higher, now at 2156 - and 3 TT problems
2. Opening Prep -
a. 60 min reviewing KID 4 pawns attack.
b. 30 min reviewing English - Reversed Dragon. Also spent quite a bit of time reviewing books, various articles, sites to get an idea of whether or not incorporating the Dragon Sicilian (with Black) would fit my style. I likely will purchase a book or two and review games in my database to consider adding to my repertoire. I'm not totally satisfied w/ the Pirc, but the structures are similar as well as some of the English lines I play. My concern however, is how theoretical this opening is (along w/ my KID repertoire, this could involve a great deal of work to maintain).
3. Analysis - 45 min on two on-line games.
4. Miscellaneous - Watched some videos on ICC and this site.

Wednesday, 9/1
1. Tactics - 75 min on 6 CT problems (ended up 4 of 6 correct, was 3 of 5 and had to get one more in to keep the rating moving up :D ....now at 2158) and 3 TT problems (2314 rating right now).
2. Opening Prep -
3. Analysis -

Thursday, 9/2
1. Play - 2 hours - Got in a training game (G/60). Interesting position out of the opening (see next post below).
2. Analysis - 1 hour - Went over training game.
3. Opening Prep - 30 min - Reviewed line similar to variation from training game.

Friday, 9/3


Saturday, 9/4 thru Monday, 9/6 - Tournament

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Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:24 am
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Hope you did well :D

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Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:45 pm
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Here is my round 1 game from last weekend - I have not annotated it yet. Comments are always welcome!


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Took a bye in Round 2 (wanted to watch my school's college football season opener :) ) so with 1.5/2 was paired up in Round 3. This particular opponent in my opinion is one of the best - if not THE BEST - in the state and I've already played him a half-dozen times since getting back into chess last year.



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Tuesday and Wednesday of this week were off days - more because of work and other commitments than being tired from the tourny.

Thursday - Completed 5 CT problems, got 4 of 5 and continued pushing my rating higher (yeah!), and then spent an hour analyzing my Rd 5 game. I've already entered all my games, along with my thoughts during the game, into my DB. Anymore I try and do this either right after the game or that evening while it is fresh in my mind. You know what science has found about how quickly the human brain forgets things - we will forget 95% of something we've heard w/n 72 hours. Of course, this has to be somewhat different w/ chess as there is much more intense thinking involved, but still I'm sure we forget some of what we were thinking....

Friday - Work / dinner out...only had time for 3 CT problems...was tired so went to bed

Saturday -
Morning:
- Completed 7 CT problems (to make up for yesterday)
- Opening Prep - Skimmed Chp 6 in Marin's Book on English Opening - mostly wide sidelines so didn't spend too much time on it.
Evening:
- Play / Analysis - Spent close to 3 hrs figuring out moves in on-line games.

Sunday -
Tactics - Completed 5 CT problems
Play / Analysis - Worked on chess.com game vs. Croalin

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Monday, 9/13
1. Tactics - 5 CT + 3 TT problems
2. Opening Prep -
a. Started my "survey" of the Dragon reading intro to new Book recently purchased.
b. Watched ICC GOTW video - KID Mar Del Plata variation was played and followed current on-line game vs. Agazzo to around move 20.

Tuesday, 9/14
1. Tactics - 5 CT + 3 TT problems
2. Analysis / Play - Reviewed some material on how to use the 2 Bishops before deciding on continuation in on-line game vs Croalin.
3. Opening Prep - 10 min, read small section in new book on Dragon

Wednesday, 9/15
1. Tactics - Due to time constraints, was only able to complete 3 CT problems (missed all of them :( dropping rating down to 2174).
2. Opening Prep - 20 min, continued "survey" on Dragon reading pgs 15-16.


Thursday, 9/16


Friday, 9/17


Saturday, 9/18


Sunday, 9/19

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Have a good week :)

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Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:26 pm
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studentofchess wrote:
Monday, 9/13
1. Tactics - 5 CT + 3 TT problems
2. Opening Prep -
a. Started my "survey" of the Dragon reading intro to new Book recently purchased.
b. Watched ICC GOTW video - KID Mar Del Plata variation was played and followed current on-line game vs. Agazzo to around move 20.

Tuesday, 9/14
1. Tactics - 5 CT + 3 TT problems
2. Analysis / Play - Reviewed some material on how to use the 2 Bishops before deciding on continuation in on-line game vs Croalin.
3. Opening Prep - 10 min, read small section in new book on Dragon

Wednesday, 9/15
1. Tactics - Due to time constraints, was only able to complete 3 CT problems (missed all of them :( dropping rating down to 2174).
2. Opening Prep - 20 min, continued "survey" on Dragon reading pgs 15-16.


Thursday, 9/16


Friday, 9/17


Saturday, 9/18


Sunday, 9/19


Very busy weekend, so didn't keep up with my journal. Spent quite a bit of time late on Thursday evening, but Fri, Sat, Sun pretty much had stuff going on all day....still, managed to find 15 minutes here and there in between stuff to read my two opening books or consider moves in my on-line games.

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This last week and a half has been challenging to find much time for training. I finally got some time last night to work on analyzing one of my on-line games (60 min) and then did a few tactics problems before going to bed. Worked on a few more tactics problems this morning.

Went through an awful streak of missing 7 out of 8 problems over the last few days bringing my CT rating down from 2190 to 2164. Between last night and this morning I've gotten 5 in a row correct bringing me back up to 2180. I want to see this continue to trend higher as I think it is confirmation of what I am "feeling" in that my vision and tactical ability is improving.

One of these on-line games that I've spent so much time on recently concluded so I will post that as soon as I get a chance...

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So, Thursday evening I spent 4(!) hours working on 3 on-line games.

Then Friday I spent time on both my White and Black opening prep, along with a couple new on-line games.

Saturday was a slow day so I continued my opening study, along with spending some time on a couple videos, some blitz, and a few on-line games.

Below is the recently concluded game I referred to in the previous entry from the 2000-2200 class tourny I'm in. I found this game to be interesting as the position was somewhat "non-standard." It was also challenging, and I think the in-depth analysis definitely helped me to improve. Unfortunately, the blunder towards the end precluded what could have been an analysis/study on Bs vs Ns. I've included my notes from this game - unedited and copied from SCID, so I apologize if they are hard to follow.



Some notes from the game:

6. ...Nc6!? Of course, ...c6 or ...Bg4 are the most common moves here, but I wanted to try a different line.

8.h3?! In the only game I have in my Master DB White played 8.Bg5 here. I can't imagine allowing Black to win the "minor exchange" can be correct here, even though the trade does open the file for White and support his center.

9. ...e6 Assessment Time: Black needs to strike at White's center, but what is the best way to do that? If e7-e5, then not d4-d5 which makes both Black's dark-squared B and White's remaining B bad, but a2-a4 in order to activate the B on the a2-c4 diagonal. If ...Kh8, prepping f7-f5, then a2-a4 again so that after ...f5 Bc4 follows, again activating the B. So I decided e7-e6, w/ the idea of Ne7, and an eventual c7-c5 was best. And the c8 B would eventually go to b7 (there was little hope on the h3-c8 diagonal). I noted that this still left open the possibility of an f7-f5 break.

11.Ng4?! This odd maneuvere allows White to hit at White's center with gain of tempo.

12. ...gxf5 I looked at lines involving recapturing with the e pawn, which is appealing as it opens the e-file for attacking White's center. But it also opens the a2-g8 diagonal for White, as well as decreasing control of the d5 square.

12. ...Qg5 Hitting e3 and looking to put pressure down the g-file.

14.Rf3 Evaluation time: Black has no weaknesses. He does have the Bishop pair, but his light-squared B is not very good right now.

If anything, the pawn chain "points" to the K-side, which is also where the only half-open file is. However, there isn't yet any basis for a successful K-side attack as White has no real weaknesses there, and even has more pieces than Black (if you count the Q which has easy access to the K-side). As for the Q-side, there is no imbalance that would lead to a successful attack on that side of the board. However, my initial thinking (a few moves ago) re. attacking White's center shows some promise. Both the c6 N and the g7 B are pressuring the d4 pawn, and if Black can get in f5-f4 (undermining the pawn chain at its base) then d4 becomes a weakness. This doesn't work right now because White can exchange on f4 and then push d4-d5.

Another idea would be to play for e6-e5 trying to gain more control of the center - though d4-d5 might be a problem.

White's N on h2 is poorly placed. Also, his center is potentially vulnerable (per above), but he could play d4-d5 which hits Black's pawn chain at its base, and eliminates the potential weakness on d4. If Black exchanges on d5, White could obtain a well placed N on d5. The only potential downside to this idea is opening up the position for Black's B pair, but there seem to be enough merits to this move to make it a threat.

14. ...Bd7
( 14...f4 15.Ne4
( 15.exf4 Rxf4 16.d5
( 16.Qd2 Bxd4+
( 16...Rf5 )
17.Kh1 Be5
( 17...Rf5 18.Qxg5+ Rxg5 19.Raf1 Bd7 20.Rf7 Rg7 )
18.g3 )
16...Nd4
( 16...Bd4+ 17.Kh1 exd5 18.Nxd5 Qxd5 19.Rxf4 Bxh3 20.Bf3 )
( 16...exd5 17.Qxd5+ )
17.Rxf4 Qxf4 18.Bd3
( 18.Bc4 Nxc2 )
( 18.Bf1 Qe3+
( 18...exd5 19.Nxd5 Qg5 20.Nxc7 this is playable here since the B on f1 defends against the mate threat on g2 after ...Bxh3 )
19.Kh1 Qf2
( 19...Nf5 20.Nf3 )
20.Bd3
( 20.Ne2 exd5 )
20...c6
( 20...exd5 21.Nxd5 I don't think Black has anything here )
21.Qh5 oops )
18...Nf5 this might force Bxf5
( 18...exd5 19.Qh5 followed by Rf1
( 19.Nxd5 Qg5 20.Nxc7 Bxh3 21.Bc4+
( 21.Bf1 Rc8 22.Nd5 Rxc2 and White is in trouble )21...Kh8 22.Bd5 Rc8 23.c3 Rxc7 24.cxd4 Qxd5 25.gxh3 Bxd4+ 26.Kf1 Qh1+ and Black wins )
)
19.Nf3
( 19.Qh5 Bd4+ 20.Kh1 Ng3# )
19...Bxc3
( 19...Ne3 20.Qd2
( 20.Ne2 Qh6
( 20...Nxd1 21.Nxf4 Nxb2 22.Re1
( 22.Nxe6 Bxe6 23.dxe6 Nxd3 winning )22...Nxd3 23.cxd3 e5
( 23...exd5 24.Nxd5 c6 )24.Nh5 Bf5 25.Nxg7 Kxg7 26.d4 exd4
( 26...e4 27.Nh4 Kf6 28.g4 Bg6 29.Nxg6 hxg6 30.Rxe4 )27.Nxd4 Bd3 28.Re7+
( 28.Ne6+ is another try, though probably not as good )28...Kf6 29.Rxc7 Ke5 30.Nf3+ Kxd5 31.Rxb7 Re8 Black may have the edge here, but I don't know if it's enough )21.Qe1 Nxd5 )
20...Nxd5 21.Nxd5 Qxd2 22.Ne7+ Kf7 23.Nxd2 Kxe7 24.Bxh7 Bxb2 25.Rb1 Bd4+ 26.Kh2 while Black is a pawn up, White has counter chances w/ the connected passed pawns, so I'm not sure if Black is any better here )
20.bxc3 exd5 21.Rb1 b5 and I think Black is consolidating his material advantage. )
( 15.Qd2 fxe3 16.Rxf8+ Kxf8 17.Rf1+ Kg8 )
( 15.d5 Ne5 16.Rf1 fxe3 )
)
( 14...d5 With the idea of eliminating the threat of d4-d5, and then striking at White's pawn chain w/ f5-f4. The problem is this makes the c8 B even worse, as well as weakening the e5 & c5 squares. 15.g3 puts a stop to f5-f4
( 15.Na4 with the idea of redeploying the N to d3 (via c5 or b2) - the other benefit of this move is it unblocks the c pawn allowing for c2-c3 to support d4. However, it appears to be too slow and could leave the N out of play or even vulnerable to b7-b5. 15...f4 16.c3 fxe3 17.Rxf8+
( 17.Bd3 with the idea of capturing on f3 w/ the Q, otherwise playing the Q to e2, followed by Nf1 & Re1 to win the e3 pawn 17...e5 since Black cannot maintain the e3 pawn, he looks to increase his control of the center. 18.dxe5 Nxe5 19.Rxf8+ Bxf8 20.Nf3 Nxf3+ 21.Qxf3 b5 22.Rf1 Be6 and Black wins )
( 17.Nc5 e5 18.dxe5 Qxe5 19.Rxf8+ Bxf8 20.Nd3 Qg3 I think Black is still doing very well here. )
17...Bxf8 18.Nf3 Qg3 )
( 15.Qd2? Nxd4 )
)
( 14...e5 15.d5
( 15.dxe5 Nxe5 16.Rf4 Black might be able to win a pawn here, but White gets alot of compensation.
( 16.Qd5+ Kh8 17.Rf4 Ng6 18.Rb4 Qxe3+ 19.Kh1 Bxc3 20.bxc3 Qxe2 )
16...Qg6
( 16...Ng6 17.Rb4 Qxe3+ 18.Kh1 Bxc3 19.Rb3 Re8 20.Bc4+ Be6 21.Rxc3 Qe5 22.Nf3 Qf6 23.Bxe6+ Rxe6 24.Rxc7 )
)
15...e4 16.Rf4
( 16.dxc6 exf3 17.Bxf3 Qxe3+ 18.Kh1 bxc6 19.Bxc6 Rb8 20.Nd5 Qd4 21.Ne7+ Kh8 22.Qh5 Qf6 23.Nxc8 Rfxc8 24.Bd7 Rf8 25.Rf1 Rxb2 26.Bxf5 Qh6 )
16...Ne5 17.Qd2 Ng6 18.Rf2 )

15.Nf1
( 15.d5 I don't think this is possible due to ...Ne5 15...Ne5 16.Rf4
( 16.dxe6 Nxf3+ 17.Nxf3 Qxe3+ etc )
16...Ng6
( 16...Rae8 )
17.Nf3
( 17.Rf3 Nh4 18.Rf2 Qxe3 )
17...Qh6 18.dxe6
( 18.Rb4 Qxe3+ 19.Kh1 b5 20.a4 Qc5 21.Rb3 b4 22.Na2 a5 23.Nc1 else ...Bxa4 23...exd5 and Black is easily on top )
18...Nxf4 19.exd7 Nxe2+ etc )

15. ...f4
following the principle of attacking a pawn chain at its base - White's d4 pawn is potentially weak in several variations. This also opens the game for my somewhat better coordinated and more active pieces (note it would take 3 moves to get the a1 R to the f1 square to contest the soon-to-be opened f file). The one drawback to this move is that it relinqueshes the e4 square; fortunately, after 16.Ne4 Black has ...Qg6 as a resource (and if 17.Bd3 then Nb4).
( 15...Kh8 16.Rg3 Qh6
( 16...Qh4 maybe this is better, at least keeping some pressure on the R 17.d5 Ne5
( 17...f4 18.exf4 Bd4+
( 18...Rxf4 19.dxc6 Bxc6 20.Bf3 preventing ...Rxf1+ )
19.Kh2 Bf2 20.Rd3

16.Ne4
( 16.exf4 Rxf4 17.d5
( 17.Rg3 Rxf1+ 18.Kxf1 Qxg3 )
( 17.Qd2 Bxd4+ 18.Kh1 Rf5
( 18...Raf8 19.Ng3 )
)
17...Nd4 18.Rxf4 Qxf4 19.Bd3 Nf5 20.dxe6
( 20.Qh5 Bd4+ 21.Kh1 Qxf1+ 22.Rxf1 Ng3+ 23.Kh2 Nxh5 )
20...Bxe6 21.Ne2 Qg5 Black should have some edge here )
( 16.d5 Ne5 17.Rxf4 Rxf4
( 17...exd5 18.Qxd5+
( 18.Nxd5 Bxh3 )
18...Kh8 19.h4
( 19.Rxf8+ Rxf8 20.Kh1 Bc6 winning )
19...Qg6 20.Bd3 Nxd3 21.Qxd3 with no edge )
18.exf4 Qxf4 19.Qd2 Qh4
( 19...Rf8 20.Qxf4 Rxf4 only seems to give Black a very small edge )
)

( 20.Rf3 Nd4 21.Rd3 Nf5 )
20...exd5 21.Nxd5 Bxh3 22.Rxh3 )
18.dxe6 Bxe6 19.Nd5 )
17.d5 Ne5
( 17...Ne7 18.dxe6 Bxe6 19.e4 and I think White's problems are solved 19...f4 20.Rf3 Ng6 21.Nd5 Ne5 22.Rf2 )
18.dxe6 Bxe6 19.Nd5 Rf7 20.Nf4 Bd7 is probably even. After Nd2-f3 White probably doesn't have to worry about the R being trapped by Bf6-h4 (note - Nh5 might not stop this due to Bf8-e7-h4) )
( 15...Ne7 16.Rg3 Qh6 17.d5 f4 now that White has played d5, Black need not worry about Ne4 in response to this move. 18.exf4 Rxf4 19.dxe6 Bxe6 20.Rf3 Raf8 21.Rxf4 Qxf4 Black has better coordinated pieces and control of the f file. )

16. ...Qg6
( 16...Qh6 17.c3 fxe3 18.Rxf8+ Rxf8 19.Qd3 )

17.Bd3
( 17.Qd3 Nb4 18.Qb3
( 18.Qc4 Bb5 19.Qxb4 Bxe2 20.Rf2 Bxf1 and Black wins a piece )
18...Qxe4 19.Qxb4 fxe3 20.c3 otherwise the d pawn falls
( 20.Rxe3 Rxf1+ )
20...Bc6 I think Black has a lot of good options here. The e3 pawn is immune from capture and will be hard to win back.
( 20...Bb5 21.c4
( 21.Bxb5 axb5 and now Black is threatening to push the e pawn as well as take on f3 )
21...Qxd4 22.Rd1 note the e3 pawn is still immune from capture )
( 20...b5 )
)

19. ...Bc6
( 19...Bh6 )
( 19...fxe3 20.Qxe3 Rxf3 21.Qxf3 Rf8 22.Qe2 Bb5 23.Qc2
( 23.Qe3 Bh6 24.Qg3 )
23...Rxf1+ 24.Rxf1 Bxf1 25.Kxf1 d5 )

20.Nfd2
it seems like Black should have something here but I'm not finding anything
20...fxe3
( 20...Bh6 21.exf4 Bxf4 Black has to watch out for Rg3 22.Raf1 )
( 20...d5
( 20...e5 21.d5
( 21.exf4 connects the R & Q making the pin on the b1-h7 diagonal less problematic 21...exd4 22.cxd4 Rae8 23.Re1 d5 )
21...Bd7 22.exf4 Rxf4 23.Rxf4 exf4 24.Rf1 )
21.Nc5 )

20. ...fxe3
( 20...Bh6 21.exf4 Bxf4 Black has to watch out for Rg3 22.Raf1 )
( 20...d5
( 20...e5 21.d5
( 21.exf4 connects the R & Q making the pin on the b1-h7 diagonal less problematic 21...exd4 22.cxd4 Rae8 23.Re1 d5 )
21...Bd7 22.exf4 Rxf4 23.Rxf4 exf4 24.Rf1 )
21.Nc5 )

21.Qxe3
( 21.Rxf8+ Rxf8 22.Qxe3 Bh6
( 22...e5 23.dxe5 Bxe5 and Black should have an advantage w/ the two Bishops, eg: 24.Qg5
( 24.Rf1 Rxf1+ 25.Kxf1 Qf7+
( 25...Bd5 26.c4 Bc6 27.b3 Qf5+
( 27...a5 perhaps this is the way to go at attacking the Q-side pawns 28.Qg5 )28.Qf3 Qxf3+ 29.gxf3 )
( 25...d5 26.Nc5 Qf6+ 27.Qf3 d4 28.Qxf6 Bxf6 29.Nde4 Be5 30.cxd4 Bxd4 31.b3 b6 32.Ne6 Be5 33.N4g5 )
26.Qf3
( 26.Nf3 Qc4+ winning a piece )
26...Qxa2 27.Qg4+
( 27.Nf6+ Kf7 28.Nfe4+ Ke7 )
27...Kf8 28.Qc8+ Be8 29.Qxb7 )
24...Qxg5 25.Nxg5 Bf4 26.Ngf3 Be3+ 27.Kh1 Bxd2 28.Nxd2 Rf2 )
23.Qe2 Kh8
( 23...Rf4 24.Re1 )
24.Rf1 Rg8 25.Rf2 it seems like there should be some way for Black to win here. )

22.Nxf3??
( 22.Qxf3 Rf8
( 22...Bh6 23.Qe2
( 23.Nf6+ Kf7
( 23...Kg7 24.Nde4
( 24.Nh5+ Kh8 winning a piece )24...Rf8 25.Rf1 Bxe4 26.Nh5+ Kg8 27.Nf6+ Kh8 winning 28.Qxe4 Rxf6 )
24.Nde4 )
)
23.Qe2 Rf4 24.Re1 b5 White is limited to pawn or King moves here. 25.a3 Bd5 )

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Post Re: Studentofchess' journal
I've been sick this week, and have been down alot, so have spent considerable time on chess.....but in a somewhat "unstructured" way - i.e. lots of blitz games, some tactics training, some opening prep, on-line games. The usual stuff, but in an unorderly fashion depending upon how I was feeling at the time.

Interesting thing about blitz - I never considered myself a very good blitz player when I was younger, and have come to accept that as I've taken up chess again in my 40s, that I am even worse (it is a fact of nature that an older brain thinks slower than a younger brain). So, over the last year or so since I've started playing again, my 5 minute blitz rating has pretty much stayed in the 1650 - 1750 range on ICC. Periodically, I would go into a funk and go lower - briefly - and periodically I would go on a run and jump into the 1800s - briefly. Recently (i.e. couple weeks ago), I managed to break into the 1800s again but so far I have pretty much remained there. I just went back and looked at my recent games - there were a dozen games in the 1775 - 1800 range, and then another 33 games after I had broken through 1800, where I was pretty much in the 1775 - 1825 range the whole time.

My take away from this is simply that it appears the tactics training and position analysis work that I've been doing appears to be paying off. Of course, future games will confirm whether this is actually the case or just a prolonged good run that I am on.

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Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:12 pm
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Post Re: Studentofchess' journal
Haven't posted in a couple months because I've been extremely busy at work. This will let up in a couple weeks and then I can get back into a normal routine. I've still been involved in chess, but I have too many on-line games going right now so all I've been able to do with the time available is make my moves in those games. I'll start posting here again in a few weeks.

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Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:07 am
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......well, it took more than "a few weeks" but my schedule has settled back down to its normal level of business and I am now able to begin posting / training more regularly. First, a quick recap of what's been going on "chess-wise" since I've been gone:

As I look over my journal, I see I never finished posting my results from the tournament held over Labor Day weekend.....I finished that event with 3.5 / 6 (including a 1/2 point bye in Round 2). No significant positives or negatives - I won the games I was supposed to, and lost the games I was "supposed" to based upon ratings.

After that event, the last months of the year I had less time for chess (expected due to work schedule) and the time I did have was almost exclusively spent on on-line chess (chess.com). In conjunction with having less time, I also had "too many" games going (approx 25 at the high point), so that all my available time was spent on making moves in these games. So I was consistently playing most every day, but not training (i.e. tactics, opening prep). I have since been gradually working this number down and now have about a dozen games going. That is a more manageable level, but in order to have enough time for consistent training in tactics, game / position analysis, and opening study, I need to keep that number under 10 I think. During this time, there were 3 or 4 different tournaments that I had to pass up playing in due to schedule, family commitments, etc.

At the start of this month, I got my first opportunity of the new year to play in a tournament. While my results (4/5) and performance rating were in-line w/ my rating, this was an interesting result in that while I played well generally, I was admittedly a bit lucky in a few games (having overlooked opponents moves). The other interesting thing was that the competition was stronger than what would appear: I played two youth opponents and four of the five people I played were underrated, improving players. So, while the crosstable reflected that I played 1 Class C, 2 Class B, and 2 Class A players, in reality I played 1 Class C, 3 Class A, and 1 Expert.

I think my positional understanding has continued to improve over the last 3-4 months that I have not been posting. However, I also feel that my tactical sharpness has fallen off a bit. As I've gotten back into working on ChessTempo problems, my results seem to confirm this: when I stopped training regularly on these problems back in Sept, my rating on the site had gotten to 2198. Now, after having only gotten 25/45 of the problems I've done this month, my rating on the site is down to 2123.

Well, that's all for now. I will try and return to more consistent updates of my training, as well as include some games in case anyone out there is still following along.

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