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Best OTB club game win

Posted on February 26th, 2016 by Richard

I have played a little this season at the local chess club and was having a good run of success until my last game several weeks ago. The trouble was, I was not used to winning games at the club! My rating had increased to 105 ECF and strangely when I played my last game and lost I had felt inhibited during the game, because I had felt under pressure to keep winning! I lost that game badly! I was playing White and it was a Scandinavian opening and I blundered in the opening and lost a knight to a simple Queen check and fork that I had been vaguely aware was possible after I made my blunder to allow it! I played my blunder move anyway without properly considering it,because I thought I was going to sac the piece anyway. Mmmmm! That was a huge brain freeze by me. It shows me how you need your brain clear and properly focused on the game in front of you. Without out a doubt, when you start to play a chess game, you need to be in the right frame of mind for the game ahead. To be worried about other matters (such as keeping a winning run going and day to day problems in your head) just leads to poor performance. My advice to myself is to put such things out of your mind and only focus on playing good chess. Hopefully I have learnt my lesson and the game I played last night was my best win at the chess club.

I played on board 3 (of 4) and had the Black pieces. My opponent was graded 141. He started with 1.d4 and I played 1…e6. This is a flexible move by me, giving the opponent the chance to play 2.d4 and so transpose to the French defence. Most other moves from the opponent eg 2.c4 or 2.Nf3 I treat the game as a Queen pawn opening and I continue with 2…b6 and play the English defence. In this game he played
2.Nf3 and I went on with 2…b6 and the English defence.

Of course I have some experience with the English defence and with it, I have learnt, there are several ways to play this opening. 2 main ones are either to play for a f4 pawn chain that can allow for a good kingside attack (if the opponent has castled kingside!) or with a d6 pawn chain which is a much quieter and flexible yet very solid way to play.

In the game last night, I chose to play for the quiet d6 pawn formation and my opponent took the chance to occupy the centre with his pawns. His pawns looked threatening, but as my set up was so solid, when I made my e5 pawn break I was perfectly sound. Later he made a pawn break which again I handled well and gave him no advantage. Later still, I played both my knights to the rim on the kingside! The point being, that was only temporary, as I brought a knight to f5 and both knights were attacking his kingside castle. This did allow my e5 pawn to be taken, but I got compensation by attacking with my Queen.

I played the opening slowly but carefully and had a solid position and my plan was then simple, to attack on the kingside. My opponent had started a Queenside pawn advance but I felt it was too slow
and I concentrated on my kingside attack. This caused my opponent to slow down and he slowly started to get low on time.

I played the middle game much quicker than the opening, as I had a simple clear plan to bring as many attackers to the kingside as possible. He did defend my kingside attack well but he had to think carefully about this and his play slowed right down. I decided to be patient and persistent
with my attack and after a few exchanges I felt I had a better position even though I had not exposed his king directly. As such, I wanted to continue to trade pieces, as I felt I could get a reasonable end game position, but he refused to trade and he then started to bring his kingside pawn majority down the board.

However he missed a rook check from me winning his knight (a blunder) and he resigned! He only had 4 minutes left on his clock and I had 15 minutes left and I was now a piece ahead. A good win for me and my patient approach to the game!

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Gurevich vs Bunzmann_English Defence 1.c4 b6 2.g3_1-0

Posted on November 15th, 2015 by Richard

The English Defence with 1.c4 b6 2.g3

The usual way to play the English defence opening is 1.c4 b6 2.d4 e6 (see Browne vs Miles 1-0),
The game here shows an unusual White variation with 1.c4 b6 2.g3. White still won the game…

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8 move blitz win

Posted on October 30th, 2015 by Richard

It is a long time since I posted or did a chess video.

Here is a post showing a blitz game video in the Nimzowitsch defence I won yesterday in 8 moves.

[Event “ICC 5 0 r”]
[Site “Internet Chess Club”]
[Date “2015.10.29”]
[Round “?”]
[White “me”]
[Black “RF”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ICCResult “Black checkmated”]
[ICCRating “5-minute”]
[Variant “Chess”]
[WhiteElo “1118”]
[BlackElo “1149”]
[TimeControl “300+0”]
[ExamineString “”]

1. e4 {0:05:00} Nc6 {0:05:00} 2. d4 {0:04:54} e5 {0:04:58}
3. Nf3 {0:04:50} f6 {0:04:41} 4. dxe5 {0:04:38} fxe5 {0:04:38}
5. Bc4 {0:04:25} Be7 {0:04:13} 6. Qd5 {0:04:22} d6 {0:03:50}
7. Qf7+ {0:04:17} Kd7 {0:03:43} 8. Be6# {0:04:12} 1-0

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Back into blitz

Posted on January 26th, 2015 by Richard

In my last posts I mentioned how I had taken a break from chess play since the end of October 2014. Well I also mentioned that I want to start playing again so about 10 days ago I started back playing 5min blitz on ICC.

This was a disaster! I was so rusty and played so badly that my rating of 1300 plummetted to an all time low of 950! Even players of 900 seemed to play well against me but in reality it was I was playing badly and I lost a lot of won games on time too as I had slowed down greatly!

Well I stuck at it and I am getting my rating back slowly (I’m back at around 1200 now). I have also been doing a little study and looked at the Kings Indian Attack opening for white. This was a favourite of Bobby Fischer and so can be recommended especially to me a 1.e4 player. Of course, the KIA can be reached after 1.Nf3 and having the choice of KIA or Reti after 1.Nf3 will instantly help my rating soar up! I wish…LOL! Seriously though, knowing these 2 1.Nf3 openings is good for any improving player. 1.Nf3 is a common choice for current GM’s as it is so flexible and gives good opportunities.

Finally on the KIA (specifically 2.Nf3), there is the question of can it be used as a hybrid opening in the Sicilian and integrated with my favourite 2.c3 Alapin Sicilian using 2.Nf3 with a delayed 3.c3?
I think this is feasible and below is my latest chess video showing this:

My goal now is to play better blitz and get my rating to 1400-1600. If you have read this blog before you know this has been a long time goal of mine (at least over the last 2 years!). I really think the key to achieving this is to focus on this and play very regularly. In the past I have just played in bursts and never kept at playing enough to try to get this done. Hopefully this year will be different and I can achieve my aim….we will see! ……GAME ON! 🙂

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Chess Microbase game viewer

Posted on October 16th, 2014 by Richard

I have seen a chess game viewer called Chess Microbase and thought it looked interesting and decided to try it.
I made an example game and am posting it here with Chess Microbase embed code.

Loading embedded chess game…

Well, this game, showing an introduction to the VonHennig Schara Gambit, has loaded and displays here but without the comments that I added. Perhaps I missed a step allowing my game comments to be added. I will check it out and see if and how I can add my game comments and report back later. I’m also wondering if I can adjust the viewer size….

Anyway it works as my first test, and I will experiment some more with it to check it’s full capabilities. I think this is a javascript coded widget and I may explore the coding later also.

Mmmm interesting!? 🙂

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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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