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Catalan BogoIndian opening…pardon?!

Posted on October 4th, 2010 by Richard

I lost my last OTB game last week. I was black and white played 1.d4.
My main reply is 1….e6 and from then on there are a myriad of possibilities of openings depending on the next moves. I have had some coaching recently in the English opening but have not yet played it enough to know the variations.

In this game I lost and when I analysed the game with the computer engine (Crafty) it told me the opening was the Catalan BogoIndian.
The what???
The Catalan BogoIndian! (ever heard of it-ever played it?!).

Well I lost the game-I kept losing position gradually & somewhat lost interest in the game. Eventually I made a really poor move but I wasn’t really interested in playing by then!
Why don’t White players just stick to 1.e4? It would make life so much easier & a whole lot more fun! 1.d4 and 1.c4 should be banned (along with everything else except 1.e4!)!!

Now I am going to check out the Catalan BogoIndian defence & find out how this opening should be played!

Here is the game:

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Thetford RapidPlay 18/09/10

Posted on September 22nd, 2010 by Richard

Thetford RapidPlay chess

Last weekend was the Thetford RapidPlay competition (G30 time control).
This fine local chess competition is run by Thetford Chess Club organised by Kevin Moore and his helpers. It has a continental flavour in that a group of players from Spikenjisse Chess Club in Holland play the tournament and are hosted in the local area.

The tournament was a great success and enjoyable for all chess players even those who were a little disappointed with their results.

I played in the Minor u125 section ending with 4/6. This section was won by Richard Donahue. My son Chris played in the strong Open section and he finished with 3/6 and overall this section was won by Stephen Orton.

Unfortunately although I scored all my games I made some errors in the scoring & did not complete any one scoresheet & I cannot show my games! I must improve at scoring while playing to ensure I do not miss out moves but record all accurately & quickly.

Chris & I had a good time and we hosted Steyn & Jarno who did well too! Thanks Kevin for all your work!

Thetford chess 18/09/10

Thetford RapidPlay Chess 18/09/120

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3 minute blitz chess

Posted on August 24th, 2010 by Richard

Earlier today I found my 15 yr old son on my computer playing chess 3 minute internet blitz. My son is a good player who has more or less given up regular time control chess but he plays a few 3 minute blitz games for fun.
I watched him win 3 games in a row before I asked to use my computer!

Here is the last game he played and won-very entertaining as both players were low on time:
CaroKann Opening

In contrast to that last week I had a bad time at chessclub in a decreasing time control tournament. I lost 4/5 games and forgot there was a final round 5 game & left the club!
I shall try and get some practice in against Numpty chess engine.

In regard to Numpty it is written in Basic (.bas) and about a week ago I tried to convert this to C code using BCX converter.
It didn’t work! I got an error message (I have forgotten now exactly what). The only trouble I have running Numpty is that it seems very memory hungry and I can have no other programs open & running when I use Numpty. This is inconvenient as I like to play after research/computer work and I like to keep my browser tabs and programs open mainly.
One day I hope to fix this in Numpty-then I can do more practice against Numpty chess engine!

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My chess improvement

Posted on July 21st, 2010 by Richard

I haven’t posted in a while, partly because I have had big problems with WordPress themes for my chess blog. I still have those problems!

Anyway here is a chess update about how to improve my rating:

My chess rating is slowly going up. As I play better, my rating improves as I start to win more (& lose less). My problem has been to identify how do I improve my chess? I know at my level I make weak moves but I need to know why my moves are weak and how to change and make stronger moves.

I believe I have finally realised that I need to improve my game analysis through better assessment and calculation. In short I have not been good at analysis, assessment and calculation and my weaknesses in these areas let me down. More or less up to now I have been playing what I ‘feel’ to be sound moves without thinking much about my game plan and the opponents plan and crucially without calculating through my moves enough! In effect I play the whole game on ‘auto-pilot’ mode and while my opening knowledge is reasonable, my mid and endgame play is much weaker and so I struggle and often lose from good positions! I look forward to changing this by thinking & calculating my moves before playing them! I’m sure this will make me become a better player and I look forward to detailing how I can do this and sharing it here!

Meanwhile here is a win of mine in AlapinĀ Sicilian B22 opening:

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Trialling jspgnviewer WordPress plugin to display games

Posted on July 1st, 2010 by Richard

I have been trying over the last few days to install jspgnviewer by Toomas Romer as an alternative chess pgn game viewer for my blog. It has been a bit awkward as it does not install as simply otherĀ  WordPress plugins. It is not too complicated though-it seems to need the pgnviewer directory moved up a level (ie to be put in the plugins folder along with jspgnviewer-0.6.7 folder). So I hope this will work!

This is a game of mine from a nice training chess software program I have recently found called ‘Lucas Chess’

Unfortunately the board images are not displaying!

I am now going to try cvd plugin (chess viewer deluxe)!

I have had quite some trouble with pgn viewer plugins. This one is embed chessboard IFrame:

That hasn’t worked either!

I need to sort out the best pgn viewer for my blog……

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My first ever Youtube video and on chess!

Posted on June 5th, 2010 by Richard

Yesterday I changed my chess blog theme to this GoNatty WPress theme and I am still adjusting it.

Today I made & uploaded my first ever Youtube video and it is on my favourite chess opening the Scotch game.

This was a very interesting exercise especially limiting my video to just 10 minutes! I had many takes to make it under 10 minutes!

It features on the sidebar here and in this post! Hope you like it!…

YouTube Preview Image

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