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Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top 
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
JumpNMustang wrote:
That is crazy, I just looked up to see what my rating change went to and guess what? Mine hit 1833 too! Plus I think I have seen you around FICS, you named Stockton there too?


not sure. my name is Stockton on ICC. i haven't used FICS much at all since i have ICC account. im hoping that after next school semester i will be able to put in some real study time for chess.


Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:58 am
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
katar wrote:
congrats. come clean, are you on steroids? :p


shhhhh, dont tell anyone


Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:58 am
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
played at the club 2 games. G/30. both against experts. Won with Black, Lost with White. Won a Caro-Kann, lost some open sicilian I'm not so familiar with. gotta start looking that stuff up. oh well.

rating update : USCF 1838


Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:10 pm
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
ugh, i suck at chess. lost in 14 moves to an expert. stupid sharp lines. i hate being lost in the opening. nothing more miserable.


Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:00 pm
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
ugh. nothing worse than playing what you think is a good game only to blow it in 1 move. ugh. here it is. White is a 2070ish expert player

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2009.04.02"]
[Round "1"]
[White "2069"]
[Black "1850"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "80"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 d5 3. Bxf6 gxf6 4. c4 Bf5 5. Nc3 dxc4 6. e3 Nc6 7. Bxc4 e6 8.
Bd3 Bg6 9. a3 Qd7 10. Nge2 O-O-O 11. Bxg6 hxg6 12. Qa4 Kb8 13. O-O-O Ne7 14.
Qxd7 Rxd7 15. h3 Bh6 16. Kc2 Rc8 17. b4 Rcd8 18. Ne4 f5 19. Nc5 Rd6 20. Nc3 b6
21. Rb1 e5 22. Nb3 exd4 23. Nxd4 Bg7 24. Nce2 Nc6 25. Nb3 Ne5 26. Rhd1 Rc6+ 27.
Nc3 Rxd1 28. Rxd1 Nc4 29. Nd4 Bxd4 30. Rxd4 Nxa3+ 31. Kb3 Rxc3+ 32. Kxc3 Nb5+
33. Kc4 Nxd4 34. Kxd4 a5 35. bxa5 bxa5 36. Kc5 Kb7?? (36... c6!!) 37. Kb5 a4
38. Kxa4 Kc6 39. Kb4 Kd5 40. f3 c5+ 1-0

more moves were played but its easy to see that white is winning here. i get zugzwanged and lose pretty quickly

Time control was G/30

any comments on my play?


Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:06 am
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
i did it again. got a completely winning position and crumbled. this is getting really bad. ugh.


Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:51 am
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
Sounds like stock advice, but I used to lose/draw a lot of "won" positions, and the only way I got rid of it was playing more and more tournaments.


Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:04 pm
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
The key to winning won games is patience, planning, and vigilance:

1. Many people seem to panic (and then throw the win away) by thinking that there is some onus on them to win a won game quickly. There isn't. Unless you're in the middle of an overwhelming attack, your pieces are often out of place and dis-coordinated at the end of a combination, after the winning of material, or some other circumstance that produces the "won game" condition. A consolidation period is often required as the first step of a winning plan.

2. If it is truly a "won" game, then there will be (at least) one clear plan for bringing home the full point. If there isn't, then you might be "winning" but not have a truly "won" position. Often the plan is very slow involving steps like: consolidation, counterplay suppression, positional improvements. forcing trades, generating passed pawns, etc. The nice thing is if the game is truly won your opponent can't stop you from working your plan if you don't make a mistake.

3. Unfortunately, "won" games do not win themselves, and may people make the mistake of relaxing thinking the game will play itself once it's "won". Often it won't if you don't plan and execute properly. And that means keep paying attention as if the game were equal. The biggest mistake is allowing the "lost" side to get some counterplay going. Counterplay must be ruthlessly suppressed; if you let the other guy get something going he may be able to turn the tide.

Don't be a victim. If it's truly your point, go out and take it!

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Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:56 pm
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
Excellent points there, Wildman.

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Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:17 pm
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
Thank you. Winning won games is one of the things that I do best in chess. I'm pretty good at defending lousy positions too. In both cases, there is usually a fairly obvious plan to execute which I think is the key. If I could figure out how to find that sort of plan in equal positions, I'd probably be an expert in fairly short order...

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Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:17 pm
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
so i went back to the chess club for the first time in months. haven't played at all in that time period either. It went about 100 times better than i thought. I have so far played 4 games. all G/30.

Game1 White vs 2250 have a completely crushing position with the white pieces, 2250 hangs a piece to a combination and i crumble in time pressure. that was awful.

Game2 Black vs 1850 played the Bronstein-Larsen variation of the caro ended up winning an endgame

Game3 Black vs 1806 played some weird opening in the English. ended up winning a pawn then winning a drawn bishops of opposite ending.

Game3 White vs 1806 played against the french here. sacrificed a pawn and broke through on the Kingside, Blacks game is highlighted by the fact that his light squared bishop never moves.

so, 3/4 isn't so bad. Really thought there would be rust but I actually appear to be playing slightly stronger than i was when i quit going to the club.


Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:58 am
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
i cant be stopped. beat a master at the club today. pushing my rating to 1888, an all time high


Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:37 pm
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
so, our local chess club shut down for financial reasons. It would stay down for a couple weeks and is not back up and running under new management...me. I took some time and fixed the finances with the club so it should be back up to being the most active club in AZ again in no time.


Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:12 pm
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
Stockton wrote:
so, our local chess club shut down for financial reasons. It would stay down for a couple weeks and is not back up and running under new management...me. I took some time and fixed the finances with the club so it should be back up to being the most active club in AZ again in no time.


Nice update! Good luck with reviving the club!

Also: keep us posted :)

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Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:15 pm
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 Re: Stockton's Training Journal....The road to the top
Stockton wrote:
i cant be stopped. beat a master at the club today. pushing my rating to 1888, an all time high


wooooooohooooooooo :D

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