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Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:06 am
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Welcome to the forums! Look forward to reading the updates. The schedule looks great, but I'm surprised you intend to read "How to Reassess Your Chess" so quickly! Perhaps devoting a bit more time to the book to study each of the examples might be better?


Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:13 am
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Hey Bart; nice to see a new trainee with such enthusiasm 8) The first thing to say is kudos on your decision not to use any computers while annotating your games. I might add though that you should certainly switch them on after your analyses are complete, then log every tactical thing you miss, such that you can take a look at the more serious combinative classes of error you may make.

Another good decision is to look at Rook endings. I don't know if you learn better from practise or study, but what I did when I wanted to start these was take about thirty positions from my games over the years with a single Rook for each side (or two Rooks if they weren't horridly complex), where I was +-2pawns, and play them against Fritz. It took a ridiculously long time to win even when 2 pawns up, but it made for great learning, and I can now supplement that with the core Philidor/Lucena positions etc.

I would be careful with playing too many games if you intend to annotate them all in full. I personally would either only annotate the most interesting games each week (say the top 5), or not annotate those which cover too much duplicated material in the way of openings or eventual structures; unless you are really gunning to cover those specific positions.

Would you tell us a little more about your skills, your repertoire and what you feel to be your strengths/weaknesses? :)


Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:31 am
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As is oft said here, long is good :D

Your computer use is precisely like mine. I must confess sometimes I've found a position to be great or horrible and be out in my judgement by up to +-2.00 :oops: :oops: And yes, the way I asked about your skills, etc was just english syntax ;)

Your repertoire seems to be similar to mine: solid systems with emphasis on deep knowledge. For me, to be strongest in the opening is to say: Hey, come and get me if you want, but fall off the tightrope and I'll eat you for breakfast. It also though against higher rated players forms an insurance in the quality of my position, so that later, unseen errors count less against me until I learn technical skill.

I play the Chebanenko Slav, and I'm currently working on the Open Games for White having for all my 11 playing years focused solely on the Spanish. Being now rated near 1800 my results are fine of course but I'm also playing ...Nc6 with Black now after lots of Petroff use, and I'm also relearning the CaroKann which I stuffed up with so much in my junior days :P So I may buy the Pinski/Emms monographs on said open games. If you're suited to attack, I can agree that you try something daring like the Sicilian/KID.

You say your greatest weakness is Rook endings: I take it you feel well and confident in any other type? :) Not sure what your library is like, but I have been going through Fundamental Chess Endings (Muller/Lamprecht) for a while now, page by page, and it's wonderful to feel the knowledge seeping in, especially when you can grind in dead equal positions against lower rated players, or get easy annoying book draws despite being material down :P

Do you play online? :) If you would like I can give you the FEN for some of the Rook endings I used for my own learning.


Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:09 pm
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Sun Apr 18, 2010 1:38 pm
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For me, to be strongest in the opening is to say: Hey, come and get me if you want, but fall off the tightrope and I'll eat you for breakfast. It also though against higher rated players forms an insurance in the quality of my position, so that later, unseen errors count less against me until I learn technical skill.

I completely agree! I often hear people at my club saying that learning openings is only useful at master level. When I hear this I usually just smile and say nothing, because I know that they're wrong. When I play against such a player I usually achieve a better position in or right after the opening. When I win and tell him that it went wrong in the opening, he would disagree completely and say that my evaluation is wrong, even though it's still theory and Fritz gives me a +1.50 advantage!

Yes, it's really only the Rook endings I have a problem with. For some reason I have a lot of difficulty finding the right plan :( . I don't know what it is: for me other endings are just much easier. But Rook endings...

I do play online, usually on FICS. I mostly play 5 0 blitz games. I would really like to have the FEN for the Rook endings you have used for studying. Thanks :D !


Ooh, I can't handle G5. I had no talent when I started, and I was always very slow but since last summer I really upped my skill at G30 rapid, to pretty much what my normal abilities are, and that's what I play online, save a few G90 when I need to. I play on Chesscube because I find it difficult to get 30 mins games on FICS, though to that end your rating is probably closer to mine than 100 points since Cube seems less tactically skilled in general. I'll PM you the FENs of the ending positions, would you care to share with us any of your considered best games? :) And yeah it's wonderful isn't it when you can play total book on someone and win a miniature: I've had a fair few!


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Keep it up :)

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The first thing to say is that such losses are naturally rare, and will burn on your mind forever, so doubtless in such variations you'll be sharper in future.

I can't however recommend 2...Bf5 and then such a continual symmetry. White is playing something that requires precision: make him be precise, and play 2...c5, or if you want. 2...Nf6. The former ends up often with the Queen on c1, and you can later push ...c4, trying for a small plus, and Queenside play. If you prefer 2...Nf6, it transposes after 3. Nf3 c5, but in general you must try to push against London/Barry systems.


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What about Qb6 before taking on c5? Then white doesn't have Ba3 as a response. Black is better there to my eyes at least. Although wait, white has dxc5 protecting the d6 bishop and after Qxb2 Qc1 looks like forces the exchange of queens with white having an extra pawn, however maby black can regain it, yet I am not sure.

2.Bf4 isn't terrible but you should try to exploit this early development of the bishop by an early c5 and possibly Qb6 as pointed out by TheArbiter. This would force white to either play Qc1, b3 or c3 Qb3 in either case that's not too exciting for white

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