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The English Defence

Posted on May 30th, 2010 by Richard

Last week I had a coaching session with my chess coach on the English Defence. Coincidentally this is a black opening defence my coach plays and he had a game a few days later which featured this opening. Here is that game. It ended as a draw and I checked this through Rybka who agreed with best play from both sides only a draw would occur.

The English defence:

Amazingly this draw secured the Club Championship win overall for my coach-CONGRATULATIONS Coach!

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More weekend blitz chess…

Posted on May 29th, 2010 by Richard

I am on my own this weekend (family away!) and am playing my customary internet weekend blitz games. I am also trying to load a chessboard.bmp into some c gui code for a chess gui I want to build. So far I am having mixed results both chess playing & chess coding!

Here are one or two games:

1. Opening French Steinitz variation:

Game 2:
Opening Modern defence

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More from Numpty (chess engine)…

Posted on May 27th, 2010 by Richard

Here are 2 more games against Numpty (my favourite chess engine-see my earlier post). I quite like playing engines as I tend to experiment somewhat when I play them and I find Numpty is especially good for me.(Special thanks here to Chris Tatham-the creator/programmer of Numpty who is a fine fellow!).

These 2 games show the Bayonet Advance CaroKann opening variation. The first (G1) is a Numpty win and the second is a win for me.Enjoy!?….

Game 1

Game 2

(Ignore the ELO ratings -I play these games in Arena GUI and have not properly set the ratings!!)

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Scandinavian B01 2.Nc3 variation

Posted on May 16th, 2010 by Richard

Here is a recent game of mine against the Scandinavian defence using the 2.Nc3 variation. This is not the mainline against the Scandinavian defence 1.e4 d5 but although it seems antipositional to me, it seems to give me fun games and I can win with it as seen here:

Update on World Chess Championships:
Congratulations to Vishy Anand! He is the winner (see my page covering the WCC)

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Nimzowitsch Petrov variation C42

Posted on May 9th, 2010 by Richard

As I play 1.e4 I occasionally face the Petrov defence. I find this a real challenge most times. I am trying to play the Nimzowitsch variation and this game shows a good win here with a bishop sac:

I do not usually do this well in this opening and in general I need to learn the opening better but at least here when I saw an opportunity develop I took it!
There is a Petrov variation called the Cochrane gambit (Nxf7) which can be quite exciting too but I need to learn this Nimzowitsch opening better, knowing I won’t often win with a sac & mate!
Coincidentally Vishy Anand early in his career had a bad experience losing quickly against the Petrov (if I find the pgn for that game I will post it here!).

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Wackiness vs CaroKann and my favourite chess engine Numpty0.6

Posted on May 5th, 2010 by Richard

As I play 1.e4 as my favourite white opening I often play against the CaroKann (1.e4 c6) and I have 2 favourite lines either 4.g4 or 4.h4.

Either of these can lead to unbalanced positions and I find them fun to play! Here is an example of 4.g4 vs my favourite chess engine Numpty0.6:

There are many ways in general to play as White vs the CaroKann including the advance or exchange variation and in general as White I enjoy playing against the CaroKann as I seem to get to dictate the pattern of the game from the outset. However beware CaroKann players seem by their nature to be tenacious and good at defense and can be tough nuts to crack!

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