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My chess game of the week video series no.3

Posted on June 16th, 2014 by Richard

Here is my next video in my chess game of the week YouTube series.
It is a win for me as White in 2.c3 e6 Alapin Sicilian opening variation.
I haven’t played many games during the week and this was not a good game as I made a blunder to lose a pawn but my opponent then blundered a rook! That proved fatal as it gave me an easy win.

The Alapin Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.c3) is my standard defence against the Sicilian defence. It is arguably a boring response to 1….c5 but it can lead to exciting positions. WGM Alisa Melekhina recommends it (see her YouTube videos about it). In this game it virtually transposed to an advanced French defence position for black and that is not good for the black Sicilian player trying to use his pet Sicilian defence!

Sadly over the week I have not played very well and my rating has not improved. So I still want to get my rating between 1400-1600 consistently in 5 minute blitz. My real downfall is frittering away good opening positions with less sound mid-game play and taking too long in the mid and endgame and getting in time trouble.

This is my continual weakness that I have had over the last few years of my chess play and I want to change this, and I need to do this to win more games and get my rating to 1400-1600. On the positive side, I now have a reasonable knowledge of my preferred White and Black openings and defences and I can build on that. I need now to seriously try and eliminate my slow play and improve my mid and endgame play and this should be perfectly possible with practice and patience!

So I am going to try to learn to play more solidly and more quickly in the mid and endgame and this should mean I will win more games, I hope!

I look forward then to playing more and better games through next week and having a better game of the week video to showcase!

I also hope my videos are of some help to other low rated players who are like me trying to improve their rating. Happy chess play everyone :-)

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My chess game of the week (week 2).

Posted on June 9th, 2014 by Richard

I haven’t played many games over the week and my rating remains just below 1300.

Here is my next video on my rpdatutube chess channel showing My chess game of the week playlist and week 2 video:

As a bonus for week 2 I feature x2 games! Both are good wins for me. The first is a win in the French Exchange as black against a 1600 rated opponent. The second is a quick win for me as white in the Philidor defence (opponent rated 1300).

I hope to get time to play more games over the next week and get more material for the next week 3.
Meanwhile I hope you enjoy this video series! Thanks for watching and I hope you can learn something from my games and analysis! :-)

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My new chess video series/playlist at YouTube..”My game of the week”

Posted on June 1st, 2014 by Richard

My game of the week

I have created a new YouTube chess video playlist at my rpdatutube YouTube chess account. It is called “My game of the week” and the first video shows a French Advanced Wade variation win for me as black. The video is shown below:

I like the French defence as both White and Black. Notable GM’s that have played the French defence are GM Nimzovitch, GM Korchnoi, GM Botvinnik, GM Morozevich, GM Akobian, GM Uhlmann to name just a few!

Bobby Fischer did not play the French defence as black. He preferred the Sicilian defence as black. With white against the French he almost always played 3.Nc3 leading to the Classical or Winawer variations but he did not have his normal success rate against the French as in his other openings.

Rating increase based on the French

Many of my games are French defence ones and as I have to improve my rating, I need to play the French defence better! So I look forward to great games with the French defence and even the French Exchange (which I vow not to play as White if I possibly can! It is the most dull variation in the rich French defence system!).

Enjoy your chess over this next week and I hope to have another chess video next week….

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Life of a King (2013)

Posted on May 19th, 2014 by Richard

I recently watched this film ” Life of a King (2013)” on my Sky TV and enjoyed it. Cuba Gooding plays ex felon Mr Eugene Brown who has been converted to chess by a fellow prison inmate during his 20 year incarceration. He struggles to find a job after release from prison and ends up forming a chess club and he helps troubled youngsters through the ideals of chess play applied to life.

Here is a clip from YouTube:

This apparently was based on a real story and despite early problems, the chess club is successful and others are founded elsewhere. This club is a million miles away from the sedate chess club of Bury St Edmunds and the local junior chess club. However both Mr Brown and Mr Jones (of Bury St Edmunds CC & JCC UK)are both passionate about chess and helping youngsters learn the game!

In tribute to this film I show one of my recent games:

ENJOY :-)

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Slow progress on blitz rating improvement….

Posted on June 16th, 2013 by Richard

I haven’t blogged here recently and also haven’t played much chess recently on FICS. When I did have a few games last week my rating fell! I played poorly and my rating has dropped to 1100. I just wasn’t concentrating properly on the games and made silly errors & lost. One game I was in a very good position but twice played poor moves that let the opponent off and then the opponent started to exert pressure on my position. I did win the game in the end when the opponent was greedy and took a piece he shouldn’t allowing me to fork his king & queen & he resigned but I had made very hard work of that game!

Yesterday I played a good game as black in the English defence & posted it to my chess YouTube account. Here is the link: rpdatutube

Below is the embed:

Blitz rating improvement

I do know why my blitz rating is so low and it is because I am often very careless in the middlegame. So I will improve this and try & calculate better in the middlegame! This is something I have not done in the past. However I have to acknowledge that currently the middle game is my main weakness and I need to start calculating moves here better if I want to win more games. Game on!

I also need to play a bit quicker as my main play is 5 minute blitz and I have lost good game positions on time which is silly and frustrating. So hopefully I can try to get my rating back to between 1400-1600 where I want it!

Happy chess playing… :-)

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Chessboard in CSS

Posted on March 12th, 2013 by Richard

I enjoy coding chessboards in all types of programming languages eg C / C++ /C# /VisC/C++ HTML/ HTML5 and CSS.

I have done some work on creating a browser based HTML5 dragndrop chessboard and one day will revisit the folder it is in and post it here online. Googling for browser based chessboards the most popular type I find are table based chessboards and I can code these. Less common are CSS based chessboards using divs and classes. Tonight I have just made a simple CSS chessboard using the following code:

CSS Chessboard

CSS for a chessboard I made using divs & classes eg.dksq & .ltsq & div id =”row” & float:left;

<style type=”text/css”>
.dksq{

height:20px;
width:20px;
background-color:blue;
}

.ltsq{
height:20px;
width:20px;
background-color:white;
}
#cboard{
height:160px;
width:160px;
border: solid 1px;
}
#col1{
height:160px;
width:20px;
float: left;

}
#col2{
height:160px;
width:20px;
float: left;

}
#col3{
height:160px;
width:20px;
float: left;

}
#col4{
height:160px;
width:20px;
float: left;

}
#col5{
height:160px;
width:20px;
float: left;

}
#col6{
height:160px;
width:20px;
float: left;

}
#col7{
height:160px;
width:20px;
float: left;

}
#col8{
height:160px;
width:20px;
float: left;

}
</style>

<div id=”cboard”>

<div id=”col1″>
<div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div>
</div>
<div id=”col2″>
<div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div>
</div>
<div id=”col3″>
<div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div>
</div>
<div id=”col4″>
<div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div>
</div>
<div id=”col5″>
<div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div>
</div>
<div id=”col6″>
<div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div>
</div>
<div id=”col7″>
<div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div>
</div>
<div id=”col8″>
<div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div><div class=”dksq”></div><div class=”ltsq”></div>
</div>
</div>

ENJOY!!!

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