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31 Dec 2014

C46 3.Nc3: Unusual Black 3rd moves (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 Bc5 4.Nc3)

C46 3.Nc3: Unusual Black 3rd moves (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 Bc5 4.Nc3)

The chess basics page I typed about some time ago is still a work in progress, whether I can add it today or not is not really certain. I just try to do it as well as possible first time around as that is probably something that will not be updated once it is finished. Of course if there is something wrong or it misses something that I did not think of before then it will get an update to fix whatever the problem with it might be.

If this year has not gone all that well in my life, at least in chess it has gone maybe better than ever before. Highlights of the year include me winning two International Masters and that one draw I got from a FIDE Master who was rated 2456 at the time of the draw. If I would list all the blunders I made this year, it would be a very long list and I would not have time to finish this post today...

The game started to go down the drain for ozanan when my opponent played 10.O-O. This is one of those times when castling is not a good move. In this position it loses a pawn.

I will always go for material if I do not see a clear reason why it would not be advised and in this position there did not seem to be any tricks, so I took the free pawn. My opponent did not have any compensation for the lost material. Ozanan could not recover from this mistake and during the rest of the game I was able to improve my position and win even more material. My opponent finally resigned when she or he faced a forced mate after the move 35...Qe4+.

[Event "Corr game 27.9.2005-23.12.2005"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2005.09.27"] [Round "?"] [White "ozanan"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C46"] [WhiteElo "1495"] [BlackElo "1841"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "70"] [EventDate "2005.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 {King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation} 3. d3 (3. b4 { King Pawn Game: Paschman Wing Gambit}) (3. Bb5 b6 {Spanish Game: Rotary-Albany Gambit} (3... Bb4 4. c3 Ba5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 {Spanish Game: Alapin Defense: Alapin Gambit})) 3... Bc5 4. Nc3 {C46 3.Nc3: Unusual Black 3rd moves} h6 5. Nd5 (5. Be3 Bb6 6. d4 exd4 7. Bxd4 Nxd4 8. Nxd4 Nf6 9. Bc4 Nxe4 10. Nxe4 d5 11. Bxd5 Qxd5 12. Qd3 Bf5 13. Nb3 Qe6 14. Nbd2 Bc5 15. O-O Qe5 16. h3 Bd6 17. Qg3 Qxb2 18. Nc4 Qxc2 19. Qc3 Qxe4 {Fitton,N (770) -Claassen,C (847) Waterkloof 2015 1-0 (34)}) 5... Nf6 6. c3 Bb6 $146 (6... d6 7. Nxf6+ Qxf6 8. Be3 Bb6 9. d4 Bg4 10. Be2 O-O 11. d5 Ne7 12. h3 Bh5 13. Bxb6 axb6 14. O-O Bg6 15. Bd3 Qf4 16. Re1 Ra7 17. c4 Rfa8 18. b4 Ra4 19. a3 Rxa3 20. Rxa3 Rxa3 21. c5 {Banks, D-Taylor,J Lansing 1993 0-1 (40)}) 7. Nxb6 axb6 8. h3 {Prevents intrusion on g4} O-O 9. Be2 d5 {Black threatens to win material: d5xe4} 10. O-O $2 (10. Qc2 $142 $11 { and White is still in the game}) 10... dxe4 $17 11. dxe4 Nxe4 12. Qe1 Nf6 13. a4 Bf5 14. Nh4 Bc2 15. b3 (15. b4 $142 $5 $17) 15... Bxb3 $19 16. Kh1 (16. Bb5 $19) 16... Rxa4 17. Rxa4 Bxa4 18. Bf3 (18. Nf5 {does not solve anything} Bc2 19. Ne3 Bd3 $19) 18... Re8 (18... Qd3 {makes it even easier for Black} 19. Be3 $19) 19. Nf5 (19. Qe3 {cannot undo what has already been done} Bc2 $19) 19... Bb5 20. Be2 Bxe2 (20... Bd3 {might be the shorter path} 21. Ne3 $19) 21. Qxe2 Qd5 22. Qe3 (22. Rd1 {doesn't do any good} Qb3 23. Qe1 Qe6 $19) 22... Qe4 23. Nxh6+ (23. Ng3 {cannot change destiny} Qxe3 24. Bxe3 Na5 $19) 23... gxh6 24. Qxh6 Qg6 25. Qh4 (25. Qxg6+ {is no salvation} fxg6 26. Re1 Ra8 $19) 25... Ra8 26. f4 (26. f3 {doesn't improve anything} Ra2 27. Rf2 Ra1 $19) 26... Ne4 27. Kg1 (27. f5 {praying for a miracle} Ng3+ 28. Kg1 Nxf5 29. Qe1 $19) 27... Ra2 28. g4 {White prepares the advance f5} Nxc3 29. f5 Qh7 (29... Ne2+ 30. Kh1 Qd6 31. Qg5+ Kf8 32. Qh6+ Ke8 33. Qxd6 cxd6 34. Rf3 Ncd4 35. Re3 Nxc1 36. h4 b5 37. h5 b4 38. h6 Kf8 39. g5 b3 40. h7 Kg7 41. g6 fxg6 42. Rh3 Ra8 43. h8=R Rxh8 44. f6+ Kxf6 45. Rxh8 b2 46. Rh2 b1=Q 47. Rf2+ Kg7 48. Rf1 Qe4+ 49. Kh2 Qh4+ 50. Kg2 Qg4+ 51. Kh1 Qh3+ 52. Kg1 Nde2+ 53. Kf2 Qg3#) 30. Qg5+ (30. Bh6 {is one last hope} Ne2+ 31. Kg2 Nf4+ 32. Kg1 $19) 30... Qg7 31. Qh4 Ne2+ 32. Kh1 Nxc1 33. f6 Qh7 34. Qg5+ Kf8 35. h4 (35. Qg7+ {cannot change what is in store for White} Qxg7 36. fxg7+ Kxg7 37. Rxc1 Nd4 38. Rc3 b5 39. Re3 b4 40. Kg1 b3 41. Kf1 Ra1+ 42. Re1 Rxe1+ 43. Kxe1 b2 44. h4 b1=Q+ 45. Kf2 Qd3 46. g5 Qf3+ 47. Kg1 Ne2+ 48. Kh2 Qg3+ 49. Kh1 Qg1#) 35... Qe4+ (35... Qe4+ 36. Rf3 Qxf3+ 37. Kg1 Qd1#) 0-1

30 Dec 2014

A15 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation

A15 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. King's Indian Formation

This is the game that ruined my chances of ending the year with a win at GameKnot. I do not feel that bad though as I am quite likely to end the year with a win on other sites I play correspondence chess. There is still time though to change that... I do not know what it is but I can't really play on GameKnot as well as I can play on other sites because if I could, my rating would not be as low it is at the moment, only barely over 1700. Maybe it is due to the openings I try out there as I do not play the same stuff on any other site. I should try and play stuff I am more familiar with in order to check if it significantly changes the outcome more to my favor. Then again I have made stupid blunders there in a few games which are completely unrelated to the opening. I have added ten more puzzles that are divided in to mate in one, two, three and four pages. Tomorrow I shall update ten more puzzles so that there are 500 puzzles by the end of the year, well in my timezone at least it will be still the year 2014. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

29 Dec 2014

A09 Réti Opening: Advance Variation

A09 Réti Opening: Advance Variation

I remember vaguely experimenting with this line with the black pieces some years ago but I have no real feel to it and I can't remember what happened in those games. This game is part of a tournament called tedjj's mini-tournament XLIII. That tournament is going as badly as it can go for me, I had to resign one more game only a moment ago. Before that happened I added one more game to the post A04 Zukertort Opening: Pirc Invitation and typed there that it is nice to finish the year in a win as it is unlikely that I would finish more games this year on GameKnot. Well, I was very wrong in that matter. Now it looks like that I will end the year in a loss, well at least on this site. The only game I have won in this tournament is the game you see below. I have added ten more puzzles today divided in to mate in one, two, three, four and five pages.

28 Dec 2014

A04 Zukertort Opening: General

A04 Zukertort Opening: General

My games can be so problematic sometimes that the program I use sometimes refuses to analyse the whole finished game but instead it crashes everytime on the same move. I have found two such games while going through my games and both times I contacted support and told about the problem and in both cases they fixed the problem quite soon on their program update. Chess is a very hard game and winning the so called won game is really difficult sometimes. You may have the winning position but if you do not know how to win the game from that position, it does not matter. I am quite likely to play some sloppy moves at those positions and give my opponent more chances than they might deserve. I did three tactical exercises today and solved only one of them... I really would need to practise tactics more. With all the games I have in progress at the moment and all the other stuff that uses my time, it is very hard to find the time to solve those exercises or rather in my case usually fail miserably while trying. I have added one more game to A46 Indian Game: Knights Variation. General and I have also added ten more puzzles divided in to mate in ones, twos and threes.

27 Dec 2014

B07 Czech Defense: General

B07 Czech Defense: General

The game I am sharing with you today is my latest game that I have played at the Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. This game was played in the second round of the AUTO-MASTER-2088 tournament. The rating of the people who were allowed to join this tournament had to be in the range 1900-2300. As the rating of the people who joined differs during the tournament, my other opponent in round two has a rating of 2481 at the moment I type this. I am of course always willing to play against these higher rated people because I might just learn something from them. In round two there are only three players left so the winner of this group will be the winner of the tournament. I still have chances for winning the group as three games are left in the round but it will require a really good playing on my part. This game was a tough one for me and I thought at some point I would be losing this one, only after my opponent's last move in the game did I know that I was going to win. I rarely get to play moves like 29.Qxe5, so it felt good to play that move. After this game my rating went to my current peak rating of 2191. I have added one more game to my post B92 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation and I have also added 10 more puzzles today divided in to mate in one, two and four pages.

Game number two. The game below was played in the first round of the 2014 October Glacial Super Casual Banded I 1650+ tournament that is still in progress at Red Hot Pawn. I have still 9 games left to finish in this first round and I still have very small chances to win the group and advance to the second round. Actually I am very close of dropping out of the battle for the win. In order for me to take the first place, I would need to win all my remaining nine games and the current leader would need to lose all his remaining games. So even though I have theoretical chances still, I do not think that I have no practical chances anymore. A player called takinitez007 (1930) is currently on first place with 50 points, only point losses have come from two draws, the rest he has won!! Second place belongs to a player called caissad4 (1969), who has gathered 38 points so far. On third place is a player called jankrb (2040) who has gathered 34 points so far. I am currently in seventh place with only 24 points gathered at the moment.

Game number three. This one was played in the first round of the 2014 October Glacial Super Casual Banded I 1650+ tournament. I have gathered 30 points so far and the loss from this game meant that I can no longer fight for the win of group 1 and therefore I can't advance to the second round either. A player called takinitez007 (1843) is on first place with 50 points and a maximum possible score of 62. My opponent in the game below, jankrb, is currently second with 40 points and a maximum possible score of 52. Third place belongs to caissad4 (1753) with 38 points and a maximum possible score of 59. The win of the group will decided between four players, takinitez007, jankrb, caissad4 and veca (1430). However, takinitez007 can drop both jankrb and veca out of the battle by just winning one game, so caissad4 is the main rival for takinitez007.

26 Dec 2014

E32 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense

E32 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense

The game you see below was played in a tournament called AUTO-OPEN-3254 and that tournament is held at the Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. It has been maybe the only correspondence chess site where my rating has gone steadily upward and I have only suffered only momentary rating losses. The first round of this tournament is still going even though it would not be if the players who could claim a win on time, would actually claim their wins. Those four games that are still going needlessly do not even have any effect on who advances to the next round as that is already decided. The 20 players that are on the tournament are divided into five groups of four players. And I believe only the winner advances into the next round. As there can be only maximum of six simultaneous games, in the next round there will be one group of three people and one group where there are only two players. The winners of round two will face off in the final third round. No matter what happens in the two remaining games of my group, I will be able to advance to the next round as I have secured my win in the group already. Not sure if those games will ever finish though... With the win in this game I was able to increase my rating to 2169. I have added ten more puzzles today divided in mate in two, three and four pages.

Game number two. The game below was played in the first round of the 2014 October Split II tournament that has been in progress since October 24th 2014 at Red Hot Pawn. I am the current leader of group 1 but the win is far from certain. My opponent in this game, caissad4, has the best chances of winning the group and advancing to the second round. I was actually lucky to get even this draw against caissad4, who was without any point losses before this game. The position at the end is favorable for Black and maybe caissad4 should have continued playing this game. The second place is currently tied between NN Cheap and aukermdr as both have gathered 52 points so far. Like these two players, my maximum possible score is 58. Caissad4 is currently on fourth place with 49 points but his or her maximum possible score is 64. This game was added to this post June 27th 2015.

25 Dec 2014

C10 French Defense: Normal Variation

C10 French Defense: Normal Variation

Now this is a game I have wanted to share for some time but as I value the order of posting maybe more than presenting the selected games first, it was only now that this game came up in the database of games I have gone through. And after this game I shall move to another database of games, I like to keep my games from one site in a database where there are only games from that site. The game you see below was played in the first round of the French 2014 thematic tournament where the starting position was after the moves 1.e4 e6 had been played. My opponent in this game was a FM Juergen Kaufeld. We played two games against each other in the first round and the other game I lost. I have already posted that loss and that can be found in my post C16 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation General. This is most likely the best draw I have ever had. In the light of the ratings that is. I would assume that my opponent remains the highest rated person I have drawn against for quite a long time. I did manage to advance to the next round in this tournament even though there was two titled players in my group one International Master and one FIDE Master. Well, I came third in the group and barely advanced to the next round, half a point ahead of the IM. Only three games remain in the round one, so the next round might start soonish, I have not checked what is the status of those games but assuming those games are not really long games, they should not take many months to finish. Today I have added 14 more puzzles divided into mate in two, three and four pages. I have also added one more game to C45 Scotch Game: Mieses Variation.

This paragraph has been added July 31st, 2016. This opening can also be found with the names C10 French Defense: Paulsen Variation or C10 French, Paulsen Variation depending on the source.

This second game is from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament where I may get to third place if I win my remaining games. With the way I have played lately, I seriously doubt it. I will do my best though.

24 Dec 2014

C96 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense

C96 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense

The opening played in this game I have learned from watching chess videos that have featured strong players. I have never really looked at the theory until I looked it for the post analysis of this game. The game below is a bit unfinished as my opponent lost this game on time. This game was played in the match called We celebrate 500 members by honoring Mequinho - the Brazilian WOLF. The match is played between The WOLF and Chess Society America. I play board 4 for The WOLF and currently our opponent leads the match 1-3. Our board two lost both of his games on time, so that was not good but we still have a chance in the match. I have added one more game to my earlier post C23 Bishop's Opening: General and I have also added more puzzles to mate in ones, twos and threes today. I am going to add puzzle number 500 on December 31st 2014 and that means that I have to increase the amount of puzzles per day to 10 and one day even need to do 11 in order to reach that goal. I am also hoping that I get my other project finished before this year ends so it will be a busy time for me and new content will be coming in a faster pace at least the last week of the year. This is also my 160th different opening featured here!! I have also reached new peak at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club and that new peak rating is 2191!!

Game number two. It seems that the move order was slightly off from the theoretical line in this second game aswell. It does not matter all that much as we reached the same position in both games after move 10...c5 in both games. There was a move order that made some difference in this game because if my opponent had played 11...Qc7 we might have ended up in a different line in the Spanish. In the game my knight was allowed to go to c3 which I could not have done so easily after 11...Qc7 and I might have placed it to d2 instead and rerouted it to g3 maybe later. The game below was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament held at Red Hot Pawn. In this 21 player all versus all with both colors tournament I won both my games against this opponent and I am also currently fighting for the victory in the tournament. I am currently second, ten points behind the current leader, caissad4. This game was added February 25th 2015.

Game number three. This is the fifth round game of the third WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that I have played at the FIDE Online Arena. I managed to get quite a decent score of 3,5 out of 5 but my monitored elo did drop a bit because of the result. Out of the three monitored elo games I got two out of three but it was not enough to keep my rating where it was or to increase it. The game below was a bit sloppy from me but I was able to get the win and include a piece sacrifice in the game by playing 46...Nxg6!

Game number four. This is the 1200th chess game added to this blog! The game below was played in a team match called Great Viking Warriors vs. Kopaonik. The match is played on 90 boards and I played on board 18 for Kopaonik. My personal score in the match is one win and one loss. My win on the other game was fast due to a blunder made by my opponent after which he resigned. On this second game I am outplayed by my opponent. For around 17 moves I played a decent game, but with my 18th move, my position started to go down the drain and I had to finally resign after 32.Rxf6. The current score in the match is 60.5 - 91.5 in favor of Kopaonik, so we shall win this match after all games have finished!

Game number five. This is the first correspondence game I have played at the Internet Chess Club. This was not the first game I started there, actually this was the second game to start, the first one was aborted on move one. This is the only game I have played all the way through using only my phone to make moves. The Chess at ICC app is easy to use, so making moves with that was not really a problem and actually it was more convenient for me than logging into ICC using the client on my pc. That being said, I would use the client to play chess on other time controls because then the games would be automatically saved into a pgn-file and therefore it would be much easier for me to analyse the games at some point. If I could ask an improvement for the app, it would be that I could, when creating a new correspondence game, see the different time control options or set the time controls I would like to play with. Also I would like to see how much time I have left before I must make a move, during the game I had no idea about the time controls used in this game... Before I started playing this game, I had looked for information on how to play correspondence games at ICC and tried to find what time controls they use and based on the information I only got a reasonable estimate on how long I could think for each of my moves. On the game board on the app it only said 00:00:00 all the time for me both for me and my opponent, so that did not really help me in any way to determine how much time I can use.

The game below started like a lot of my games in the Spanish have recently started, but the problem is that at some point I have no clue what to do. Even though I determined a long time ago that these closed systems are not my cup of tea, I still play the closed systems in the Spanish. It is a thing that I should stop doing and look for more open games if possible. I was very close of just losing this game because I did not see the very obvious idea of 41.Nxg6 and the following complications at all. When I played 39...Rcf7, I thought that I might get some play on the f-file, but only after 41.Nxg6 did I realise that I might be in bigger troubles than I thought. My 39th move should have been the losing move, but I am glad that my opponent went for the draw instead.

23 Dec 2014

E14 Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System

E14 Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System

This game is a rare draw in my team match games, actually it is currently the only draw I have played in a team match at Chess.com that is. In over the board chess I have drawn quite many times in a team match. The game below is from a team match called Friendly match and I played board one for the Himgouree's club, our opponent was Internet tim BASK Beograd. I have shared my other game previously from this team match which was a loss and that game can be found in the post C87 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Averbakh Variation. My opponent offered me the draw in that final position and because I thought that I am worse in that position, I accepted the draw offer. And I still believe that if someone is going to win that game, it is my opponent as my pieces are badly placed. It was kind of sad that my only loss and a draw in a team match happened in the same match. Well, only point losses so far that is. There will be more quite likely as I can't win them all. I always try to play for the win but sometimes the opponent is just better. Today I have updated the mate in one, two and three puzzle pages. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

22 Dec 2014

E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation

E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation

It is a rare thing that I play any other games than either team match games or tournaments these days but this one is neither, it is a challenge I created apparently in June this year. This game lasted over five months, so it is one of the longest games I have played but I am quite sure that there will be longer games as time goes by. My move speed is too slow these days to indicate something different. All I can say from this game is that mistakes were made on both sides and this was by no means an easy game for me. I have added more puzzles to mate in ones and twos today. I have also added one more game to look at in my earlier post about D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation.

Game number two. This game was played in a team match called ITS A KNOCKOUT Quarter Finals: LEGION vs Obsessive Chess Disorder!! This 20 board match is still in progress and I have still my other game ongoing against noresign on board 18 for OCD. Despite the name, noresign resigned this game. The winner of the match is not yet decided but it does look good for us because the current score in the match is 4.5 - 15.5 in favor of Obsessive Chess Disorder!!

21 Dec 2014

C00 French Defense: Knight Variation

C00 French Defense: Knight Variation

Today I shall present to you this short game that I won on time. Even if my opponent had not flagged, the position for him was really bad anyway. This game was played in Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52), the time control for the game was 3 days/move. There was at the start of the tournament 100 players that were divided into groups of five. From each group two of the best players will advance to the next round. I had to resign my last game of round one against a player who was around 450 points lower rated than me but played much better than his rating would suggest. I am actually surprised that he did not make it to round two. That game was also the only loss I suffered in round one in this tournament. In my other game against the player who was the only one that could beat me, I also had difficulties but I was able to get a win in that game. I will post that game at some point here, when I have analysed it. I should maybe avoid playing correspondence chess tournaments where the winner advances to the next round. This is because I may completely forget that tournament even exists before the next round starts. Assuming that I win my group, of course, it does not happen all the time. Today I noticed that my Red Hot Pawn games had increased from 133 to 141, so I started look what had caused this. After I found out what games had started, I figured out that one of the tournaments had moved on to the next round. I had forgotten all about that tournament. This meant that my games in progress is now 288, so the real chance of it getting over 300 is still there. I have added more puzzles to mate in ones, twos and threes today.

Game number two. This was played in the second round of a tournament called 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800. The tournament was held at Red Hot Pawn. I lost both my games against stardogon in this tournament but I was able to gather the same amount of points as my opponent. This meant that I finished fourth and he finished third. This game showed once more that I am oblivious to tactics from time to time. Had I spent sufficient time of studying the position, I would have seen that 18...h6?? hands over the advantage to my adversary and loses the game.

Game number three. This one was played on the third round of the French 2014 tournament. It is being played at Chess.com and it started on August 7th, 2014. I am playing in Group 2 and I have finished three games so far in this group that consists of four players. Both of my games against amir88 have ended and the other one I was able to draw. I have also lost a second game and that was against NM Ejarov. I am on last place with a half a point to show for my three finished games. I am going to be most likely on last place in the final standings as my opponents are a bit strong for me at the moment. Amir88 is currently leadind the group. Amir88 has gathered four draws and one win in the five games that he has finished. He has currently one point more than NM Ejarov, who is on second place, but NM Ejarov has three games left to finish, two more than amir88.

For 16 moves I am able to play well enough to keep the game balanced, but then with my 17th move I go a bit astray. Amir88 does not take his opportunity to get a clear advantage, but instead goes for a more equalizing move. With my next move 18...Re6, I am again offering a clear advantage to my opponent, but amir88 does not find the most accurate reply, so the position is after 19.Rxe6 only slightly better for amir88. Inaccurate moves by me make my position very difficult to play and on move 27 I make the losing move Kf8. To be honest, it was probably just a matter of time when my position would have been completely lost, but I may have prolonged the game a bit with a better move.

20 Dec 2014

A43 Benoni Defense: Benoni Gambit Accepted

A43 Benoni Defense: Benoni Gambit Accepted

This is one of the ten games I played in the round one of the 28th Chess.com Tournament. The rating range for the group was 1601-1800. The next round of the tournament still has not begun as 119 games still remain to be played on round one while I type this. This game started to go wrong for my opponent early on, especially after the move 12...b6 which was a big blunder that lead to a loss of a bishop for a pawn. After that blunder there was no real hope for a comeback for my opponent even though I may not have played the rest of the moves in the game optimally.

The amount of games I play simultaneously seems to have stabilized to 278 games which is at the moment a bit too much as I am not able to give enough attention to every game. I have tried to move faster recently but I have still not managed to get my games to a point where there would be less games in which I have to move than those where it is my opponent to move. I have updated mate in one, two and three puzzle pages today.

19 Dec 2014

C87 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Averbakh Variation

C87 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Averbakh Variation

The game I am sharing with you now is from a team match game called Friendly match and it was played between Himgouree's club and Internet tim BASK Beograd. It was a three board match and we were outrated on every board. I played board one for the Himgouree's club and only got a draw from the two games I played. Our team only lost the match 2-4, so despite being the clear underdog we did quite a good job, mostly due to our board two who managed to get 1,5 points out of the two games against a much higher rated opponent. The game below is the only loss I have suffered in the team matches I have played at Chess.com. In the 18 team games I have played there, I have won 16 games, played one draw and lost one game. Those statistics will become worse as time goes by that is quite certain even though I play as well as I can in every game. I have added more puzzles to mate in twos and threes today.

Game number two. This was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament that is still ongoing at Red Hot Pawn. There are still six players that have a possibility to win this tournament and I am one of the lucky ones that are included in that group. I am currently in fifth place and 35 points behind the current leader but I have more games in progress so I still have a chance to turn things in my favor.

18 Dec 2014

C60 Spanish Game: General

C60 Spanish Game: General

The game you see below is from a team match game called we love chess and fun. The match is played between F&R and We Love Chess!!! I play board two for the latter team and only my other game is still left in the match. In case I win the remaining game, we can tie the match to 5 - 5. On two boards we lost 0-2 with timeouts so the boards that actually played their games did a good job to counter those timeouts. I have reached a new peak at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club yet again and now the peak rating is 2181!! 2200 is now so close that I believe I can have a rating over 2200 at some point but that requires very careful and strong moves. I have updated mate in one, two and three pages today.

Game number two. This was played in the first round of the 2014 October Split II tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. This is one of the rare tournaments there that I have still chances of winning. Currently I am in the lead in group 1 but that can change at any time. This tournament started on October 24th 2014 and it has a timeout of 7 days and a timebank of 7 days. You get 3 points for the win and one for a draw. Because of the point calculation system, I have gathered 54 points so far and can reach 60 if I win both of my remaining games. The game below was one of the many unevenly matched games played in this tournament.

Game number three. The live commentary of this game can be viewed in the video below.

17 Dec 2014

C19 French: 3.Nc3 Bb4 Main Line, 7.Nf3 and 7.a4 (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.Nf3 Ne7 8.Bd3)

C19 French: 3.Nc3 Bb4 Main Line, 7.Nf3 and 7.a4 (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qc7 7.Nf3 Ne7 8.Bd3)

This game is taken from a team match game called Man of History - Gough Whitlam (Round Two). The match is played on 20 boards between Historical Association and Team Australia. I play on board nine for the Historical Association. With four games still left in the match, we have already ensured our win because we lead the match 21 - 15. I still have quite a huge load of games that I do not seem to get rid of that easily as I want to play well and simply resigning games without the position otherwise requiring it, does not seem that appealing to me. The first position I would like to take a look at is the position after 13.Qd2. Johnb2007 played 13...a6 in reply, maybe thinking of following it up with b5 later, because I see no other reason to play a6 in that position. I wanted to prevent b5, so I played Rfb1. Placing the rook on a half open file may seem like a good idea, but maybe more aggressive and better move would have been 14.h4 and try to push that h-pawn up the board.

Johnb2007 then played 14...f6, which at first may seem like a good idea because it attacks my center pawns and tries to free up squares for the pieces. However, I could have replied with 15.Bd6 and maintained the control of the center. In the game I played 15.exf6 and the position was equal again. My 15th move allowed the passive knight on d7 to get into the game and activate itself, which it could not have done, had I played 15.Bd6. Well, at least not so easily. The second position to look at has been taken after 33...Bc8. The game did feature some mistakes between these two positions, but maybe not as horrible as 34.Re7.

I placed my rook to e7 for the simple reason that it adds more pressure to the pawn on e6. My opponent found the strongest reply and pushed a-pawn forward. I could not take on e6 with my bishop unfortunately due to Qxg2#, so the pawn on e6 was not actually in any danger. In response to 34...a4 I moved my bishop to e1, which could have lost me the game. It does attack the knight on h4, but the problem was that my opponent could have just played a3 and I could not have prevented the pawn from queening. Johnb2007 saved the knight by moving it to f5, but that was not a good idea because I managed to get back into the game. I took the knight with my bishop and then the worst move of the game was played by my opponent, 36...Qxf5, which allowed me to end the game with 37.Qxg7#.

[Event "Man of History - Gough Whitlam (Round Tw"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.09.21"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "johnb2007"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C19"] [WhiteElo "1870"] [BlackElo "1542"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "73"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qc7 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Classical Variation} (6... Ne7 7. a4 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation} (7. Nf3 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Positional Variation}) (7. Qg4 Qc7 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Kd1 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation Paoli Variation} ( 10. Ne2 {French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line}) )) 7. Nf3 Ne7 8. Bd3 {C19 French: 3.Nc3 Bb4 Main Line, 7.Nf3 and 7.a4} c4 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O Nd7 $146 (10... Bd7 11. Bg5 Bc6 12. Bh4 Nf5 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bc1 Ba4 15. g4 Ne7 16. Be3 Nd7 17. Qd2 Kh7 18. g5 Nf5 19. gxh6 Nxe3 20. Qxe3 gxh6 21. Kh1 Rg8 22. Rac1 Nf8 23. Nh4 Qe7 24. Ng2 Bc6 25. f4 {Carbonell,A-Cortes,M Dos Hermanas 2003 0-1 (48)}) (10... Nbc6 11. Re1 (11. a4 Bd7 12. Ba3 h6 13. Qd2 b6 14. h4 f5 15. h5 Rf7 16. Qf4 Kh7 17. Nh4 g5 18. hxg6+ Nxg6 19. Nxg6 Kxg6 20. Qh4 Qd8 21. Bh5+ Kg7 22. Qg3+ Qg5 23. Bxf7 Kxf7 24. Qxg5 hxg5 25. g3 Kg6 { Auvinen,E (1887) -Hasberger,W (1739) Marianske Lazne 2016 1-0 (49)}) (11. Bg5 b5 12. Qd2 Bd7 13. Rfb1 Rab8 14. h3 h6 15. Bf4 g5 16. Bxg5 hxg5 17. Qxg5+ Ng6 18. Qh6 Rfe8 19. Ng5 Nf8 20. Bh5 Re7 21. Re1 Ng6 22. Qh7+ Kf8 23. Bxg6 { 1-0 (23) Rodriguez Llorens, J (1472)-Valles Blomecke,I (1696) Cerdanyola del Valles 2011}) 11... f6 12. Bf1 (12. exf6 Rxf6 13. Bg5 Rf7 14. Qd2 Ng6 15. Nh4 Nf4 16. Bxf4 Rxf4 17. g3 Rf6 18. f4 Bd7 19. Bf3 Raf8 20. Bg2 Qd8 21. Nf3 h6 22. Ne5 Nxe5 23. Rxe5 Qb6 24. Qc1 Rf5 25. Re2 R5f6 26. Rb1 Qc7 {Podolsky,A (2240) -Ivanov,V (2075) Shepetivka 2011 1/2-1/2 (31)}) 12... fxe5 13. Nxe5 Nxe5 14. Rxe5 Rf5 15. Re1 Bd7 16. g3 Raf8 17. Re2 h6 18. Bh3 R5f6 19. a4 Ng6 20. a5 Re8 21. Qe1 Qc6 22. Ba3 Ne7 23. Bc5 Nc8 24. Re3 b6 25. axb6 {Sharapov,E (2505) -Ivanov,V (2100) Khmelnitsky 2009 1-0 (67)}) 11. a4 Ng6 (11... a5 12. Ba3 Qd8 13. Qd2 $14) 12. Ba3 {White threatens to win material: Ba3xf8} Re8 13. Qd2 a6 14. Rfb1 f6 (14... Qd8 $14) 15. exf6 (15. Bd6 $142 $5 Qd8 16. a5 $16) 15... Nxf6 $11 16. Qg5 Ne4 17. Qe3 Bd7 18. Bc1 b5 (18... e5 19. a5 $11) 19. axb5 Bxb5 (19... axb5 20. g3 $11) 20. Ng5 Nxg5 (20... Nf6 $5 $11) 21. Qxg5 $16 Qf7 22. f4 Ne7 23. Bg4 (23. Qe5 $5 $16) 23... Nf5 $11 24. Bh3 h6 {Black threatens to win material: h6xg5} 25. Qg4 Reb8 (25... Nd6 26. Qe2 $11) 26. Bd2 (26. Ba3 Be8 $14) 26... Qa7 (26... Bd7 27. Rxb8+ Rxb8 28. g3 $11) 27. Kh1 (27. Qe2 $5 Qf7 28. Qe5 $14) 27... Qf7 $11 28. Qe2 Qg6 (28... Bd7 29. Kg1 $11) 29. Re1 (29. Qe5 Kh7 $14 ) 29... Bd7 $11 30. Reb1 (30. Qe5 $142 $5 $11 {would allow White to play on}) 30... Rxb1+ $17 31. Rxb1 a5 32. Qe5 Nh4 (32... a4 $5 {should be investigated more closely} 33. Ra1 Ra6 34. Qb8+ Qe8 35. Qxe8+ Bxe8 36. Bxf5 exf5 $15) 33. Rb7 $14 {Exerts pressure on the backward pawn. White threatens to win material: Rb7xd7} Bc8 {Black threatens to win material: Bc8xb7} 34. Re7 $4 {Increases the pressure on the backward pawn. a transit from better to worse} (34. Rc7 $142 {and White has air to breath} Kh7 35. Bc1 $14) 34... a4 $17 35. Be1 $4 { strolling merrily down the path to disaster} (35. Bc1 $142 a3 36. f5 Nxf5 37. Bxf5 $17) 35... Nf5 (35... a3 $142 {makes sure everything is clear} 36. f5 Qg5 37. Bxh4 a2 $19) 36. Bxf5 $14 {White has a mate threat} Qxf5 $4 (36... Qf6 $142 {the only rescuing move} 37. Qc7 exf5 $16) 37. Qxg7# 1-0

16 Dec 2014

D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation

D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation

The game you can see below was played in the first round of the 28th Chess.com Tournament and the last game of mine in that first round finished only moments ago to my victory. That meant that I won the group number 137 with a score of 10/10!! With that win I also climbed my way back to 1900. I wonder how the next round will be as my tournament entry rating was 1733 which meant that I played in this group but will I be promoted to a higher group in the next round, is still a bit unclear to me. I hope that I will be getting higher rated people to play against so that I do not have that much pressure on winning every single game. Well luckily it might still take awhile before the next round starts as there are still around 3% games left in the first round. The tournament started September 1st 2014, so it took a bit over 3 months to wrap up the first round for me. I also hit my new peak rating at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club today and now the new peak is at 2169!! I might get it a bit higher yet before it maybe comes down a bit. I will share that game at some point. I have added more puzzles today to mate in one, two, three and five pages.

This second game in this line was played in the first round of the Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52). My opponent ended up losing this game on time. The first round finished for me recently and I am just waiting for the next round to start as I won my group and the best two players will advance to the next round. 27 games still remain to be played before the next round can start and I kind of hope that they will take their time as I am currently playing too many games as it is.

The third game you see below is from 2008 and it was played at a site called Red Hot Pawn. This one happened to be a short win but I do have short losses to feature in this blog aswell.

Game number four. This is from the round one from the Maximum ! tournament. This is one of the examples where I resign a game when I have no reason to. Admittedly before I resigned, I looked at the position and tried to find a good way to continue to the game, I could not find one, so I resigned as I thought I was completely lost. I guess that final position in this game is just one of the many positions that I have not understood properly. I am currently in eight position in the tournament and I can theoretically climb my way to the second place but it does require me to win almost all my remaining games.

Game number five. This is from a team match called SAVE SMUDGE THE DOG!! It is played on 20 boards between Obsessive Chess Disorder!! and Battle For Victory. I am playing on board 4 for OCD in this match and we will see if I can even my score with 777555 in the other game. That second game started after the game below ended, so it might take awhile still to complete. Luckily some of the pressure is off as the match has already been decided and even my loss against a lower rated opponent did not matter that much because the current score in the match is 26.5 - 12.5 in favor of Obsessive Chess Disorder!! Our win secured, I can finish my other game without having any worries but because I will always play to win and definetely like to show the fighting spirit, I will do my best in that other game and go for the win if possible.

15 Dec 2014

E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation

E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation

Another day, another opening variation. This game was played in the first round of the 28th Chess.com Tournament within the rating range of 1601-1800. I still have one game remaining in the group that I play but after that I need to wait for the other groups to finish so that I can see what is the group going to be like on the next round. The game you see below was decided when my opponent made a huge blunder on move 18...Qd5?? which is clearly the losing move of the game. My opponent played well up to that point so it is a shame that he played that move. I added today one more game to my post about C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense and I have also added more puzzles to mate in one, two and four pages.

Game number two. This is from a team match called Team United States Chess says Trick or Treat to the Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy.(og418). This match was played on 21 boards between Team United States Chess and Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. I played on board 3 for Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. I won my other game against TurboFish, so I don't feel all that bad about this loss. The final score in this match was 11,5 - 30,5 in favor of Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. So this time I played for the winners of the match. This match started on October 31st 2014 and it finished on April 27th 2015.

Game number three. This game was played in the fourth round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on March 26th 2015. After this bad draw, due to the rating situation, I had gathered two wins, one draw and one loss in the first four rounds. The wins I got from the first two games, so I was in good shape at the start of the tournament but I assume I just got tired as the games went on. Even though it might have affected my play, I do not blame the loss or this draw on fatigue but only on my playing skills.

Game number four. The game below was played in a team match called PFCC vs. Vulcan Science Academy. The match was played on 17 boards where each player plays two games against the same opponent, one with the white pieces and one with the black pieces. PFCC stands for PHILIPPINES' FINEST Chess Club. I played on board 2 for the Vulcan Science Academy and in addition to this draw, I won my other game against ruthlessqueen. The match ended with a score of 9.5 - 24.5 in favor of Vulcan Science Academy.

I think I offered a draw a couple of times during this endgame where I knew that if I just keep my king on g7 and my rook behind the pawn while giving checks to her king if it comes to protect the pawn on a7, I should be able to draw this with ease. She did everything she could to try and win this position, but I stayed alert and held the draw. After she played 40.a7 I knew that I should be able to draw this with the plan I mentioned before. I did try to play actively with my king for a while there because I thought that there should be no danger in doing so at that time, but eventually I went to g7 and I am in no danger of losing. Of course if I go to a wrong square with my king, then I will lose, for example, I can't go to g6 after she played 59.Ke6 because then she will check my king with her rook and the pawn will promote.

14 Dec 2014

C17 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation

C17 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation

With this game there are now 150 different opening variations covered in this blog!! It is mind-boggling to notice how many different openings I have played, I guess if I had studied my games more before starting this blog, I would have realised this maybe years earlier... The game below is taken from round one of the French 2014 tournament. It is a thematic tournament where the starting position is after the moves 1.e4 e6 have been played. Round one is still ongoing in my group but I have finished all my games for this round. The round one was nice for me as I got to play against two titled players, FM Juergen Kaufeld and IM Kacper Drozdowski. I managed to only get a draw against FM Kaufeld from our two games but I am happy to get even that. Surprisingly I had a better result against IM Drozdowski getting a win and losing the other one. I also notice now when I look at the tournament results table that I am actually advancing to the next round which I was not expecting at all to do. I finished third in my group, half a point ahead of the player who finished fourth. As the opponent below lost this game on time, my advancement to the next round is not the most glorious one of all time. I do not think there is any luck in a game of chess but I got maybe lucky win on time on this one as this enabled my advancement and the draw I got against the FM. Today I have added more mate in one and mate in two puzzles. Mate in one has now 100 different puzzles to solve!

This second game was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III. It is a 21 player all versus all tournament and you play two games against everyone. In this tournament there are two players that still battle for the win but I am fighting for the third place. Second place I could get in theory I guess but it is too unlikely to happen. Thinking times are 7 days per move and 14 days in bank, hence the name Seven Fourteen in the name of the tournament.

13 Dec 2014

C00 French Defense: Queen's Knight

C00 French Defense: Queen's Knight

This game was played in the first round of the 28th Chess.com Tournament where the rating range is 1601-1800. The tournament is still ongoing and I have managed to secure my place on the next round before my final game ends. Of course when I entered this tournament my rating was on that range but after it had started it went over 1800 at some point. I am very close of getting that place to the second round with a perfect score of 10/10. I have no doubt in my mind that on the next round I will not be able to continue that well but I will try my best of course. I have added more puzzles to mate in twos and threes and I have also added new games to the following posts C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation, E72 King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Deferred Fianchetto and C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Central Variation.

12 Dec 2014

D46 Semi-Slav Defense: Main Lines

D46 Semi-Slav Defense: Main Lines

This one is really short due to the fact my opponent resigned quite early. I think he should have played on, especially considering who he was facing. I mean I can make at any point a huge blunder... Not that often luckily but I can miss quite a lot. This year I have went to couple of mate in ones without me noticing before I was in the mate and I have blundered two queens and two rooks in correspondence chess games. Despite those blunders I have for the most part been able to increase my rating at various sites. I have added more puzzles to mate in ones and twos today. I still have a lot of moves to make before I can start doing other things so until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

11 Dec 2014

A85 Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation

A85 Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation

I need to somehow activate myself so that I could do more moves each day because at the moment it just takes way too long for me to move. I have had 270+ games in progress for a couple of months now and it does take a lot more time to cut down that game load. I am not sure if I can even do that all that well, sure a few games end here and there but then I am needed in a team match and a couple more games will start as a result... It is a circle that I am trying to get rid of. If I could get to hundred games or so that would be helping me a lot to manage my time better. Actually if I could take a break from all the games for a couple of weeks that would be maybe enough to recharge my chess enthusiasm. After this a bit over week when I was sick and made only the most necessarry moves, my interest may have dropped a bit towards chess. The reason for the interest loss might also be because the games have not gone as well as they had for a month or two. I have added more mate in one, two and three puzzles to their pages today. The amount of all the puzzles is now at 359, I will most likely continue to add five more puzzles each day, unless I feel update craziness coming in which case there will be more.

This second game is currently my latest game that has finished at GameKnot. It actually finished today January 15th 2015. Before my opponent blundered at move 21 and lost a piece, the game was quite tough and my opponent had his chances in this game.

Third game and first loss in this line, so far that is. I have tried out the Dutch quite a few times but I don't think that it suits me all that well. Still unsure what to play against 1.d4, all the options seem a little bit annoying to me. I just need to find something that I could confidently play against it but so far nothing special has arrived to my field of view.

Game number four. This was played in the first round of the Maximum ! tournament that is held at Chess.com. I am currently in eight place and I have gathered 8,5 points in the finished 14 games. I have still 8 games to finish in the first round. If I win all my remaining games, I will end up on third place and that unfortunately would mean that I need to play on the next round aswell... Because I want to decrease the amount of games I play that would be a bad thing but I would play the second round games as well as possible regardless.

Game number five. The game below was played in the first round of the Maximum ! tournament that is still ongoing at Chess.com. I have gathered 9,5 points in the 15 games that have finished. I have still 7 games to finish in round one. I currently reside in eight place. Three players of the twelve player group will advance to the next round and in the group I am in, the first two have been already decided. Chramer won the group with a score of 21,5 out of 22. Astra81 will finish second, he has one game left and that is against me. He has gathered 17 points in 21 games. On third place is the opponent I faced in this game, philgood84. Philgood84 gathered 13,5 points in 22 games.

Game number six. This was played in the first round of the Maximum ! tournament that is still in progress at Chess.com. I am currently in eight place in the tournament that has featured some really bad moves from me. The game below is a good example of how I can mess things up. I should have agreed to a draw when my opponent offered it, but I did not, because I thought that I can somehow still win the game. While I was trying to prove myself and to my opponent that the position was indeed a win for me, I ended up going to position that actually was losing for me because I overlooked my opponent's chances. This is not the first time that I lose a game that I should not have lost because I have arrogantly thought that my opponent has no real chances to win... Each time I have been shown the error of my ways, which is a good thing because I may learn to avoid similar things in the future.

10 Dec 2014

E11 Bogo-Indian Defense: Exchange Variation

E11 Bogo-Indian Defense: Exchange Variation

Yesterday evening I started to be bit worried about my correspondence chess games as I could not remember if I had already moved so that I could go to sleep without the need to worry about losing a game on time. Of course for some reason or the other I could not access internet anymore so I could not check whether my fears of losing are actually justified or not. Funny thing is though I slept a lot longer than I usually do, I guess it was a good thing because I am still a little bit sick, no fever though. When I finally was able to log in today to see what the status of the games are, I had not lost on time but I had to resign in one of my games, extending my losing streak to two games in one of the sites I play. Okay, maybe it can't be called a proper losing streak yet as there are only two games contributing to it. I do hope to get back in to winning games again as soon as possiple or my rating will start to drop a lot again. The problem is that I am for the most of the time the higher rated player in the games and that means that if I lose my rating will drop more than it would increase in the case I win. Well, against a lower rated opponent I have to win if I want to increase my rating... I have added more puzzles to mate in one and two pages. I also one more game today to my post C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Central Variation.

This second game is from a team match called south prairie. It was played on four boards between Wolf's Lair and Himgouree's club. I played board one for the Himgouree's club and I managed to get two wins in this match as each player plays the same opponent twice, once with both colors. We won the match 2 - 6 and the match deciding boards where the first two as there we got maximum points. The lower boards were harder fought as there we got a 50% score. In the first two boards we got three timeout wins and those actually decided the match in our favor. If those timeout wins had not happen, this might have been a much more balanced match. This game was added February 27th 2015.

9 Dec 2014

C02 French Defense: Advance Variation. Paulsen Attack

C02 French Defense: Advance Variation. Paulsen Attack

I think I found a program crashing game again or rather one position seems to be to much for the analysis program. I thought this would not happen again as the first program crashing bug was fixed when I had a similar problem with my other game. Maybe it is time to contact support again. I will test the program on a different game first to check if the problem is tied to that one position only or does the Full Analysis crash on another game aswell. I do have some games analysed and if things go as well as they did today, there might be a couple more posts worth of material almost ready. I have updated two of my older posts D10 Slav Defense: General and A00 Hungarian Opening: General by adding one more game to them. I have also added mate in two and three puzzles to their pages.

Game number two. This one is from the first round of the Maximum ! tournament. This tournament did not go at all that well for me, though I did avoid a complete disaster at least. I finished on 5th place in group #4 and ended up having 13.5 points out of the possible 22. I had half a point less than the player who finished on third place, so my advancement to the second round was quite close. The group was won by a player called chramer (1617) who gathered 21.5 points out of the possible 22, which is amazing considering his low rating. The second place finisher was astra81 (1918) who gathered 18 points in 22 games. Third place went to thematrosken (1741) who gathered 14 points in 22 games.

8 Dec 2014

A49 Indian Game: Pseudo-King's Indian Variation

A49 Indian Game: Pseudo-King's Indian Variation

It had to happen, I dropped below 1900 again at Chess.com. This was due to only one game but one where my opponent was much lower rated than I was. In that game I made a huge blunder and since I thought that there is no real hope in the game anymore, I resigned. I hope that this dive is only momentary but I know that there is at least one more game where me hitting the resign button is probably the best option. It is also a game that really annoys me, maybe I tell more about it when it comes time to publish that game. The game below is one of my latest games, it was played at GameKnot in a mini-tournament. There are now new puzzles in the mate in one, two, three and four pages. There are also now 101 mate in two exercises! It was the first to reach over 100 puzzles but will not be the last.

Game number two. This game was played in the round one of the Team Match Champions League Division B. This match is played between Fair tournament players and Team Dalmatia. I played on board 29 for Fair tournament players and in addition to this win, I also lost a game against igor1979. The match is played on 109 boards and the current score is 116 - 100 in favor of Fair tournament players which will mean that we will win this first round match against Team Dalmatia as soon as all the games are finished. The game below features a mate that I do not remember seeing ever before.

Game number three. This was played on the first round of third division, group 5 team match between SalSK 2 and SalSK 3. The game below is from the fifth and the lowest board in the match and I played for SalSK 3. The match ended 2-2 despite of the fact that we faced higher rated players from our club. These two teams have faced each other quite a few times over the years, obviously with different people playing on both teams every time, but I do not recall that our higher rated team would have won these with a huge difference. Every time I have played in these encounters, the match has been quite evenly fought as far as I can remember anyway.

7 Dec 2014

B10 Caro-Kann Defense: General

B10 Caro-Kann Defense: General

I have to say my correspondence chess games have been going a lot better than I would have expected. I wonder how long can I keep the good results coming, I mean I managed to get my Online Chess rating at Chess.com to 1912 and because of that I am now been for a while in the top two percent of Online Chess players there. 7864 players are in todays ranking higher rated than I am. Total player pool in Online Chess there is 438993 so I am happy with how things have been going. I have been over 1900 before there and and it has come down eventually but I am hoping that this time I will be able to maintain a 1900+ rating there and maybe just maybe to get my rating to 2000 at some point. The game below is one of those rare examples when even after making a really bad move I avoided losing the game. The fact that my opponent replied my double question mark move with one of his own, obviously helped me a lot. I have updated mate in two, three and four puzzle pages today.

6 Dec 2014

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Central Variation

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Central Variation

I am still a bit feverish but still manage a daily schedule in the blog updates. Speaking of which I have updated mate in one, two and three puzzle pages and also the following two older posts D37 Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General and C16 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation General have one more game to look at now and the French Defense one features my first game against a FM Avancado (2421). My second game against this same FM I will post sometime later this year, how soon it will be I am not sure yet. The game below features an opening variation I thought I had already covered but when I looked at the posts I have done, I could not find it, so here it is. This was quite a difficult game for me to play especially when my opponent had pressure on my e6 pawn, it would have been easy to make mistake there.

Game number two and this time I play with the white pieces. This time I lose and as you can see from the moves made in the game, I really did deserve to lose as some of the moves I made are really horrible.

All three games from the same tournament, it seems. It is already clear that in this tournament I will not advance to the second round even if I win the remaining four games which I am sure I can't do. The only two wins in this tournament are against aesculap. I am actually glad that I am not able to advance as it would mean additional games and I am trying to cut down my game load.

Game number four. This game was played in the third round of the Team Match Champions League, Division D. The teams who are taking part in this match are DEORLS! and Legends of Kerala.കേരളം. I am playing on board 10 for the DEORLS! in this match. The match is played on 19 boards and the current score in the match is 18.5 - 16.5 in favor of DEORLS! and even though we are quite close to winning this match, it is still not a secured win.

Game number five. This was played on the fourth round of a tournament that turned out to be the best one I had played before as points gathered in the tournament are considered. This was not the best tournament for me if I consider the amount of rating points I received from this, but I had never before this managed to get 4 out 5 points in these weekend tournaments that last for five rounds. Before this round, I had gathered two wins and one loss.

Game number six. This was played in a team match called France/Deutschland Group vs Hitchhiker`Guide to The Galaxy. It was played on 77 boards between France/Deutschland Group and Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. I played on board 9 for Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy and I lost both of my games against WorldofNo, who proved to be too much for me to handle this time. Luckily other members of the team were more able to handle their opponents and the final score 69.5 - 84.5 was in our favor. In case you are wondering, I always type the score of the match so that it says the home team score first. This match started on May 9th 2015 and finished on November 17th 2015.

Game number seven. This was played on the second round of the weekend tournament that was held at Espoo in February 2008. On the first round I had won a game against a player who was rated 1698. This second round draw helped me to make this a good tournament for me. At this point I had no idea on how good it would become later on. At times when I start a tournament with a win and then on the next round I draw, it sometimes feels that the direction where I am going is not that promising. This would happen even when both of my opponents on those two rounds are higher rated than me. Though the situation would be worse if both of those players are lower rated than me. It had no real effect on me this time, because I was able to win the last three games in this tournament. Apart from my move 4...Qf6, I was able to play quite well without clear mistakes. I only gave my opponent one real chance to get a clear advantage, but because he was unable to seize his chance, the game continued evenly to its end.

5 Dec 2014

B30 Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General

B30 Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. General

When a bit tired and feverish one should not play chess and I was both yesterday evening when I went through some of my games. I ended up messing up a completely winning position with one really careless rook move. I do not know what part of my brain snapped at the time and made me think that the move I am doing would be good. Because of that rook move I am no longer winning and I might be a bit worse actually though I may still have some hope for a draw. The game I am sharing with you now is quite a new game played at Chess.com not that long ago. The opening features once again unusual move order like so many times before in my games. This time of course the move order is not that big, you only need to change white's second move to be made in move one and vice versa to get the move order that is in opening theory. Mate in one, two, four and five puzzle pages of the blog have been updated today.

4 Dec 2014

C07 French Tarrasch: 3...c5, 4.Ngf3 and 4.exd5 Qxd5 (7...Qd8)

C07 French Tarrasch: 3...c5, 4.Ngf3 and 4.exd5 Qxd5 (7...Qd8)

With this post the number of different opening variations covered reaches 140!! The game below should have of course been a loss of mine if my opponent would have remembered to move in time that is. Larrave is also highest rated player that I have beaten at Chess.com but I would have rather won the game by playing better than my opponent and not have a lucky win on time. I have updated puzzles from mate in ones to mate in five moves and all in between today. What I am going to post tomorrow is a bit uncertain at this point but if it is not opening variation number 141, then I will start exploring a bit new territory on these posts but only time will tell what will happen tomorrow.

This and the following paragraphs have been added on November 21st, 2016, unless otherwise stated. I was able to play reasonable moves until it came time to make my 11th move in the position below. The best move according to Stockfish 7 64 POPCNT is 11...Nh5. I played my other knight on the rim with the move 11...Na5, unfortunately it was not as good as the other knight move. My 11th move was a novelty, it had not been seen in any of the games in my reference database. The problem with my move was that the knight does not do anything useful on a5 and the coordination of my pieces less than ideal.

The starting point for my downfall was the move I played in the position above, but it was only after I replied to the move 15.Ne5 that I was in a lost position. I should have played either 15...Be8 or 15...Ba4 in order to have a fighting chance, but I played 15...Rfd8 instead in the position below.

The remainder of the game continued to be hopelessly lost for me and I only won because my opponent ran out of time.

[Event "French 2014 - Round 1"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.08.07"] [Round "?"] [White "Larrave"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C07"] [WhiteElo "2132"] [BlackElo "1765"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "48"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 {Thematic Game - This is the starting position.} 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 Qxd5 {French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense} 5. dxc5 (5. Ngf3 cxd4 6. Bc4 Qd6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Nb3 Nc6 9. Nbxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 a6 {French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Chistyakov Defense Modern Line}) 5... Bxc5 6. Ngf3 Nf6 7. Bc4 Qd8 {C07 French Tarrasch: 3...c5, 4.Ngf3 and 4.exd5 Qxd5} 8. Qe2 O-O 9. O-O Nc6 10. Nb3 Be7 (10... Bd6 11. Bg5 Qc7 12. Rad1 Ng4 13. h3 Nge5 14. Bd3 Nxd3 15. Qxd3 Bf4 16. Bxf4 Qxf4 17. Rfe1 e5 18. Qe2 f6 19. Nc5 Qb4 20. Nd3 Qb6 21. c3 Be6 22. b3 Rfe8 23. Nd2 Rad8 24. Ne4 Bf7 25. Nb2 {Mohaupt,S (2193) -Kniest,O (2252) Cologne 2015 1/2-1/2}) 11. Bf4 Na5 $146 (11... Nh5 12. Be3 ( 12. Bd2 Qc7 13. Rfe1 Bd7 14. Bd3 Nf6 15. c3 h6 16. Rad1 e5 17. Bc1 Rfe8 18. Qc2 Bf8 19. Nbd2 Be6 20. h3 Rac8 21. Qb1 g6 22. Ne4 Nxe4 23. Bxe4 Bg7 24. Bd5 Bf5 25. Be4 Bxe4 26. Qxe4 f5 {Ushenina,A (2484)-Hou, Y (2527) Istanbul 2008 0-1 (60)}) 12... Qc7 13. g3 g6 14. Bh6 Re8 15. Nbd2 a6 16. a4 Bd7 17. Ne4 Ne5 18. Bb3 Bc6 19. Nd4 Bxe4 20. Qxe4 Bd6 21. Rad1 Rad8 22. Bg5 Rc8 23. Rfe1 Ng7 24. Re2 Nc4 25. c3 Bf8 26. Nf3 {Van Oosten,A (2141) -Lerstad,B (1825) Dresden 2010 1-0 (34)}) (11... Bd7 12. Rfd1 Qb6 13. c3 Rfd8 14. Nbd4 Nxd4 15. Nxd4 Qc5 16. Be5 Rac8 17. Bb3 Ne8 18. Rd3 Bf6 19. Re3 a6 20. Re1 Bb5 21. Nxb5 Qxb5 22. Qxb5 axb5 23. a3 Rd2 24. R1e2 Rcd8 25. Bg3 R8d3 26. Kf1 {Erkelenz,R (1963) -Hirschberg,M (1759) Ruhrgebiet 2005 1-0 (52)}) (11... Nh5 $5 {is worth consideration} 12. Bd2 Qc7 $11) 12. Rfd1 $16 Qb6 13. Nxa5 Qxa5 14. c3 (14. Ne5 Qb6 15. c3 Rd8 $16) 14... Bd7 15. Ne5 {White threatens to win material: Ne5xd7} Rfd8 $2 (15... Be8 $142 $5 $16) 16. Nxd7 Rxd7 17. Rxd7 Nxd7 18. Bxe6 $1 { Decoy: e6.} Nf6 (18... fxe6 19. Qe4 {Decoy Double attack}) 19. Bb3 Qc5 (19... Re8 20. Qc4 Qh5 21. Re1 $18) 20. Be3 Qc7 21. Bd4 a6 $6 {Black seems to have resigned himself to defeat.} (21... Rf8 $18) 22. Re1 Kf8 (22... Bf8 {is not much help} 23. Bxf6 gxf6 24. Qg4+ Bg7 25. Re3 $18) 23. Bb6 $1 {Deflection: e7} Qd7 (23... Qxb6 24. Qe3 {Decoy Double attack} (24. Qxe7+ {Deflection})) 24. Qc4 Bd6 (24... Bd6 25. Bc5 Ne8 26. Rxe8+ Rxe8 27. Bxd6+ Kg8 $18) 0-1

3 Dec 2014

C01 French Defense: Exchange Variation. Svenonius Variation

C01 French Defense: Exchange Variation. Svenonius Variation

So it seems that I am still not up to the move speed I would like. I am still only moving in the games where losing on time is a real possibility. I was not able to move in as many games yesterday as I would have liked and this has not been much better as I have a bit of headache and feel the fever rising. Due to this I think I skip posting new puzzles today, especially when I have updated quite a lot of my older posts today. The following posts have been added one or more games C16 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation General, C64 Ruy Lopez: Classical Defense, D30 Queen's Gambit Declined: General, A13 English Opening: Agincourt Defense, A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General, D02 Queen Pawn Game: London System and A10 English Opening: Great Snake Variation. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts. Tomorrow will also be a milestone of sorts, so do check out tomorrow's post as well. Thank you all who have taken their time to come and see this blog, much appreciated.

Game number two. This was played on the first round of the 2015 October Grand Split Three Seven I 1800+ tournament. I have gathered 31 points in this tournament so far and my maximum possible score is 61, which means that I have 10 more games to finish. Out of the 18 games I have finished so far, I have won 10, drawn 1 and lost 7. I have also of course lost any chances to win the group a long time ago, but I will do my best in the remaining games in order to maintain my rating over 1900 and if possible to get it closer to 2000. My place in the final standings is not yet clear, but it is clear that atomicpatzer will be on last place in group 1. The game below ended with a surprising resignation by my opponent. I do not think anything dire is going to happen anytime soon to either player in this game and therefore I do not understand why this game ended the way it did.

2 Dec 2014

A10 English Opening: Anglo-Lithuanian Variation

A10 English Opening: Anglo-Lithuanian Variation

This evening will be a busy one for me as I really have to get moves done in my games if I don't, I end up having every day the same problem always under 10 hours to move in one or more of my games. The problem is of course that I can't seem to find a good plan most of the time. It somehow feels like the games have gotten a lot harder than they used to be or something has happened to my ability to play decent moves. Sure there are still easy games in the mix in all my in progress games and I do try finish those quicker so that I can spend more time in the harder ones. Maybe I spend even too much time on thinking some positions. I do find that I accept draws maybe easier than previously. Or maybe the positions where my opponents make the draw offer are more agreeable than maybe in some of my over the board games over the years. I do not offer draws that often myself and that may have been quite constant thing in my 13 years of playing chess. I have updated mate in one, two and three puzzle sections of the blog today and I have also added one more game to my older post A15 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation.

In this second game we see a game that was played in the first round of the Chessvideos.tv exclusive tournament. The tournament was played during the time I started to lose interest in chess so in that way the timing was bad for me. The start went quite well and I was still interested in fighting in the games and I ended up going to the second round by scoring 9/12 in the first round. That enabled the second place in my group. The three games I lost on round one were due to timeouts. On round two, the statistics were even more horrible, I lost every game, seven timeouts and in one game I resigned. It is shameful but luckily timeouts are no longer a problem, in correspondence chess that is. If I could go back in time, I would fight on all of those games. Oh well, no use looking the past, I need to concentrate on the present.

Game number three. The game below was played on the fifth round of a weekend tournament that was held at Salo in November, 2007. On the first round I faced an opponent who had a rating of 1511 and won, on the second round I faced an opponent who was rated 1547 and I also won that game. Then on the third round I lost to a player who was rated 1593 and on the fourth round I lost again, this time to a player whose rating was 1597 before the tournament. This last round game brought me the third win of the tournament and it meant that this positive score increased my rating by 37 points. Three points in group E where I was playing meant for me that I was third in the final standings of the group.

The first mistake of the game was the move 11...Nb4, it was better to play 11...Qd7. The game could have been over after 13...Nxd3 had I played 14.g4 in response, but I guess I was too scared to weaken the pawn cover in front of my king. Then again, I might have missed the possibility of g4. The move I chose is a decent alternative which keeps the advantage on my side. I had the possibility to play g4 on move 17 and also getting a clearly winning position, but I did not play it then either and instead just played 17.Rfd1. I have no idea why I ended up playing that move, when I look at the position now, it would not be the move I would play. I am not sure if I would go for 17.g4, but I would definetely do something else than what I played back then. I made one of my biggest mistakes of the game when I played 22.Bb2. This could have been the losing move, but bad moves followed from both sides and actually this lively end had many opportunities for both sides to win the game.

1 Dec 2014

D37 Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General

D37 Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General

The clock is ticking ever faster and coming up with good ideas on what to move seem to completely elude me. Today I have been closer on losing on time in my correspondence games than in years. I only had like 2 hours to move in couple of my games. Two hours to make one move would be an eternity in over the board game but if a corr game gets that close it can be called time trouble. Or at least it feels like that to me. For tomorrow's post I have a game ready which is also an oldie like the recent ones but after that I am not sure if there will be different openings to cover from my games but if there are not, I will just start doing something different but every day there will still be new games to look at, unless something happens to my computer, internet connection or to me that prevents me from doing the updates. I updated some puzzles to mate in twos and threes today.

In this second game I even the score in this line with a win. I made small inaccuracies during the game but nothing major so it was a good game for the most part for me.

Game number three. This game I am not that happy with. I played quite well up to my 19th move, but then on my 20th move I made a mistake that should have lost the game. It would have been the losing move if my opponent had been able to move before his time ended. I do not know the circumstances why he did not make any more moves in this game because he did come back online after being offline over a week. But because he did not come online in time, I thought I would claim the win because I did not know at that point if he would ever come back online again. I did give him over 7 days and I did send him a move reminder after which I waited over 24 hours for him to make a move. The thinking times were 7 days per move. The game below was the last game to end in the second and final round of the AUTO-MASTER-2135 tournament that was played at the Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. A player called Franzel (2417) won the tournament and due to this unfortunate loss against me, Evandrobit (2298) came second in this tournament, he could have shared the win of the tournament if he had won this game. And as the final round was played with three players, I came third and lost all other games except this one. My rating raised from 2180 to 2196 because of this game.

Game number four. This was played on the first round of a weekend tournament that was played at Turku between December 2nd and December 4th in 2005. The game below I played against my friend and teammate Ensio Lähde. I think everyone who knew him, remember him as a gentleman who always greeted people kindly. The way he greeted people when he came to the place where our chess club meets almost every Wednesday is something that I have thought about reviving at times, but somehow it is not really me, so I have not done that at least not yet anyway. I think we played close to a hundred games against each other and when I lost I did not mind all that much. There are some players who I hate losing against but Ensio was not one of them. I think when we played in his 75 year celebration blitz tournament, he won all his games which was very impressive in my opinion!

Game number five. This game was played on the third round of a weekend tournament that was played at Kurikka almost eight years ago. On the first round of this tournament I won a game against a player who was rated 1572 after the tournament, he did not have a rating before this tournament. I did struggle quite a bit in that game, but after a very eventful game I was able to get the full point. Then on the second round I was able to win my second game and that was against another previously unrated player, but the after tournament rating for my second opponent was 1493. This draw ended up being the only game that these two players did not win in this tournament and we shared the win of group B with 4.5 points. Due to tie-break, I was on second place in the final standings. My rating increased by 64 points, a very familiar number to all chess players.

I may not be that happy with this draw because I had chances to win this game. Already on move 9, my opponent played the inaccurate Ne5, which gave me a small advantage. Or rather it would have, had I played 9...c5 instead of 9...Nbd7. Harri did continue with imprecise play and made the move 10.Nd3. To that I finally played c5, which gave me a small advantage. A few moves later on move 13, I apparently took back with the wrong piece and therefore the game became balanced again. I should have taken back with the knight, but I took back with the bishop, which was not as good of a move. However, my opponent made a bad decision immediately after and took on c5 with the knight and the advantage was back on my side. Even back then I probably understood during the game that I should have a good game after 14...Bxc5. The thing that I am annoyed mostly about when looking at this game now, years later that I did not play the obvious move 17...Bxe3+ after my opponent had made the unwise decision to move the dark-squared bishop to b2. Even after the move I played in the game, I should remain on the better side of the position, but it was really sloppy of me not to play Bxe3+. Harri played a second horrible move in a row and I got another opportunity to play Bxe3+, but again I was oblivious to that chance. Instead of the obvious Bxe3+, I played the move Bf5, which of course threatens Bg4, but it was a silly threat to play in my opinion, especially because Harri could simply play Qf2 and make the move Bg4 not so effective. My sloppy moves finally resulted in a position that is equal after 30...Kf8. Even though I was able to gain a small advantage momentarily, I threw that away and had to accept the draw after 43.Rf2.

30 Nov 2014

C44 King Pawn Game: Dresden Opening

C44 King Pawn Game: Dresden Opening

This is another around ten year old game but the analysis is done only recently. I wonder how good I would be in this game if I had analysed my games right after I had finished them or at least in the same week. Analysing games only after a decade has gone by is maybe a bit too slow progress rate but there might still be something to learn from the old games. I have managed to decrease my game count from 290 to 277 so maybe I am not that hopeless case after all. That being said, I still have one tournament that has not started yet which will increase the amount of games I play a bit again. I have updated puzzles from mate in ones to mate in six moves today and all in between. I have also started typing about chess basics but it will take me a bit more time to get it in the shape I want to get it before I consider it something I want to publish. There will be quite a few games still from my Red Hot Pawn games that I will publish before going at least briefly back to my Chess.com games.

Game number two. This one was played in a team match called Open Challenge Royal Challengers and it was played between Royal Challengers and DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS on 15 boards. I played on board 7 for Royal Challengers in this match. It ended with a score of 13,5 - 16,5 in favor of DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS. We lost 11 games due to timeouts which is of course too much to survive from in a match of this size. Like four of my teammates, I too was able to win both of my games. It of course was not enough to compensate for the timeouts that really decided the match.

29 Nov 2014

A10 English Opening: Anglo-Scandinavian Defense. General

A10 English Opening: Anglo-Scandinavian Defense. General

Yesterday I managed to get a very good draw in my correspondence chess game against a FM Juergen Kaufeld, his Online Chess rating at Chess.com is 2456 and mine is currently 1910. I will post that game analysed sometime in the future. This year has been the best year for me against titled players, never before have I managed to not only draw against a FIDE Master but also beat two International Masters, IM Aleksei Holmsten in an over the board blitz game and the young Polish IM Kacper Drozdowski in a Online Chess game at Chess.com!! Before this year, the highest titled player that I had beaten was a Finnish FM Tapio Salo and that was some years ago in a OTB blitz tournament. Both of those over the board victories came when I flagged my opponent but where I did manage to play quite well for the most part of the game. The game I am sharing with you now is from my early chess playing years. At the time when this game was played I had played my first tournament only a bit over three years ago. Well, I consider my so called chess career to have started around 2001 with my first tournament appearance albeit I had played chess before that to some extent but only some practise games. I have updated today mate in one, two, four and five pages, in addition, my older post about A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General has now two more games to look at.

28 Nov 2014

C20 King Pawn Game: Leonardis Variation

C20 King Pawn Game: Leonardis Variation

I have kept climbing back up to where I once was in Chess.com's Online Chess ratings. I think I am 75 points behind my peak rating at the moment so I still have work cut out for me in order to reach new heights but if the games keep ending the way they have it should be only a matter of time when I get back to 1974 or somewhere around there. I have only moved in a couple of my games today and after I made a huge blunder which might very well mean the first loss for me in a Chess960 game, I thought I should take a break from moving and update the blog again. I have concluded 9 Chess960 games in my life and from those games I have 8 wins and one draw. That does not tell all that much from my abilities as a Chess960 player as my opposition has been mainly lower rated people. The game I am sharing now is one that features another offbeat opening that you rarely see played anymore. In all my games over the years I have maybe faced this line 10-20 times out of several thousand games. I have added a few more puzzles also today to mate in one, two and three pages. The beginner stuff I typed about yesterday will start appearing this weekend or that is the plan anyway.

Game number two. The game below was played in the Team Match Champions League Division A, round one match between LATINO and Chess Champ. I play board 12 for Chess Champ in this match. This is played on 198 boards and as the current score is 218,5 - 154,5 in favor of LATINO, they have already secured the win by a huge difference. There has been again too many timeouts on both sides, so not all could play to the normal conclusion of the game. This match started December 8th 2014. This game was added to this post March 6th 2015.

Game number three. This was played in the fourth round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on April 7th 2015. In the first three rounds I managed to win two games and lose one, so with this last round win meant that I was able to get a positive score out of this tournament. The game below went quickly down the drain for my opponent because already on move four I started to be on the better side of things.