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Pawn

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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
Today's Training (December 30):
1. CT 50 mins
I went 3-4 today, so my standard rating dropped to 1820. :(
EDIT: Went 7-0, up to 1877. :)
2. Read "The Inner Game of Chess" last night and this morning.
3. Won a tough 30 5 in which I was up 2 pieces, but had to pull out the win in time trouble and with an exposed king. Good defensive training. :)

14.Nf5: Maybe 14.Ne2, intending Be3 & Nf4?
15.Nxd6: A mistake -- I missed that Black has ...Nd3 in response to my pawn fork on e5. :(
17.exf6: I wanted to double Black's pawns, but maybe I should have played 17.exd6! This would have led to a much quieter game in which I could have tried to make something happen with my 2 bishops.
24.Bxc5: Natural to exchange a pair of pieces, but I should have played 24.Bf2! I'm happy that I played the right moves before now though.


Last edited by colindru on Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.



Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:24 am
Knight

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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
colindru wrote:
I've only been getting back into chess for a month

Same, didn't play chess "seriously" about 3-5 years, returned to it about month ago. In 2012 January will also compete in some serious tournaments (see topic: gigenieks Tournament Schedule 2012 Jan (link)
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and right now I'm focusing on tactics..

How? By playing "tactical openings / positions" ?

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As a teenager, I improved mostly by reading lots of books. I loved to study openings...

Also played when I was child and teenager (9-14 year?) I think about when I was 15-18 I achieved class A.
Difference from you?
  • Didn't read chess books at all.
  • Didn't study openings at all.
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Also, compared to 1.e4 and 1.d4, I feel like it's easier to just "play a game of chess" with the English, without knowing much theory.

In fact I didn't know even opening names, but I had already achieved class A. :lol:
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..use of my time with tactics and analysis practice.



Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:10 pm
Pawn

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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
gigenieks wrote:
How? By playing "tactical openings / positions" ?


I should have been more specific: I'm mostly solving tactical problems on chesstempo. Also trying to solve each example from "The Inner Game of Chess," and analyzing my games for tactical mistakes. So no, not really by playing tactical openings, but perhaps I'll start playing some more tactical openings to see if that helps. :)

I just found out about chesstempo.com (I was using chess.emrald.net before that). Thanks for the other link about analyzing games -- those look like great tips that I'll definitely try in the future.

Good luck in your tournaments!


Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:36 pm
Knight

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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
I'm also new member to CT website.
OK waiting for your "upgraded" analysis! :shock: :D


Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:05 pm
Pawn

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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
Today's Training (December 31):
1. CT 25 mins
Went 6-0 and raised my rating to 1919. The last problem took me 7 mins to solve:
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(Solution: http://chesstempo.com/chess-problems/55953)

This might be it for today. I'll be trying the new analyzing tips on my next game. :)


Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:43 am
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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
Nice one! I solved it in less than a minute.
I read in comments 2 excellent suggestions on "how" to look at moves:

  1. winbyforce: "..look at most forcing variation first"
  2. thewolf: "The basis of all combination is a double attack. [as it were here with Qc1]

Do you play at ChessCube?


Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:57 am
Pawn

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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
Today's Training (January 2):
1. CT 30 mins
Went 3-2, staying steady at 1921.

gigenieks wrote:
Do you play at ChessCube?

Nope, I only play on FICS.


Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:40 am
Pawn

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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
Today's Training (January 5):
1. CT 15 mins
Haven't been doing much chess lately. Went 3-0, up to 1941.


Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:35 pm
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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
Great progress in such a short amount of time. Would be nice to seeya on FICS/KDX sometime :)

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Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:09 am
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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
Sorry, I've been without internet for a while, and chess has fallen by the wayside. :? See ya as soon as I am able. :D (Is it KDX now, or still IRC?)


Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:49 am
Pawn

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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
My interest in chess is starting to rise after visiting a nearby chess club for the past 2 weeks. Got another suggestion (on top of gigenieks's) to switch to more tactical openings, so I think I'll be doing that. Probably 1.e4 as White, 1.e4 e5 as Black, and maybe a Slav or Tarrasch setup against 1.d4/c4/Nf3.

Not sure how much time I'll be able to devote to studying, but I recently learned that I can do chess.emrald.net on my cell phone, so that's pretty nifty. :)


Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:41 pm
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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
Hey Ska : ) That's great to hear, man.

It's still IRC. Shai told me you stopped by not too long ago, it'd be great to see you there.

For 1. e4 e5, you might take a look here to start: http://www.chessvideos.tv/wiki/index.php/Katar%27s_Videos#Complete_1.e4_e5_Opening_Repertoire_for_Black

All the best my friend!

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Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:01 am
Pawn

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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
Thanks Aug :) I'm lovin that link!

EDIT: First FICS game in ages, and my first game trying out my new repertoire (1.e4 as White, 1...e5 against e4, and a Tarrasch setup against 1.d4/c4/Nf3).


8.f3: Solid, but not sure if this is the best move. I was mindful of ...b5, ...b4, ...Nxe4, and I wanted to continue developing with Be3 without allowing ...Ng4.
10.Bb3: Maybe a mistake? 10...c5 11.Ne2 c4 12.Ba4 a6, and I'll have to sac a piece for 2 pawns after 13...b5. My queenside pawns would be dangerous in the endgame. Looks unclear.
11...a6: Obviously the wrong move order if he wanted to trap my bishop. Now I can play against the d5 square and backward d6 pawn.
16.Bb6: 16...Qe8 17.Nc7 picks up the exchange. 17...Qb8 18.Nxa8 Qxa8 19.axb5 axb5 20.Bxc4 should pick up another pawn while activating my a1 Rook and freeing my Bishop, so it's game over.


Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:05 am
Pawn

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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
Lately, I've been building up my openings and working on tactics at chess.emrald.net.
White: 1.e4 (Bishop's opening/Urusov gambit vs. ...e5, Sicilian Alapin vs. ...c5, Panov-Botvinnik attack vs. ...c6)
Black: 1.e4 e5 (Ruy Lopez Berlin, 2 Knights Ulvestad, 4...Nge7 vs. the Scotch), Tarrasch setups (...c5, ...d5, ...e6) vs. d5/c4/Nf3.

Here's a 15 5 game I just lost:

I don't have anything against the French yet, so I went for the exchange variation and tried to play normal-looking moves.
12...Ba5 I felt happy with the opening at this point. I have good development, pressure along the b7-h2 diagonal, and possible play against Black's kingside.
20...Nd8 Felt good here, too. I didn't look at 21.Rf6, but it seems strong. I ate up too much time looking at 21.Bxf7+, couldn't think clearly enough come to a conclusion about it, and just played 21.Kh1.
25...Qxa2 I missed this move, preparing to bring the queen back to e6.
26.Rf6? Walking into a knight fork. I was looking at 26.Rxc5 bxc5, but didn't see any need to sacrifice the exchange -- maybe it's strong if I follow up with 27.Rf6.

Computer moves:
18.Qc2 instead of 18.Qb3, preparing the strong positional plan of a3, b4, and Nd6.
25.Rxf7! How did I miss this?!? It's mate in 10.
26.Nf5 retains my advantage, while 26.Rf6? loses.


Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:58 am
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 Re: Colindru's Training Journal
I don't like 18 Qb3. You have a large lead in development and the black kingside is weakened, therefore you should immediately start an attack. As a starter Qd4 looks good, has ideas like Qf6 or securing the queenside with b4 , maybe h4 or Qe4 and Bd3...
It's a move that gives you most possibilities

25 Rxf7 is crushing...

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25...Qxa2 I missed this move, preparing to bring the queen back to e6.

I think 26 Nf5 wins at least an exchange.
e.g. 26 Nf5 Ne6 27Qf6 wins,
or 26 Nf5 f6 27 Qe7 Rf7 28 Nxh6+ Kg7 29 Nxf7 Qxf7 30 Qxf7+ Kxf7 with a winning endgame

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26.Rf6? Walking into a knight fork. I was looking at 26.Rxc5 bxc5, but didn't see any need to sacrifice the exchange -- maybe it's strong if I follow up with 27.Rf6.

That would be a backrank mate.

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