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31 Oct 2014

C62 Spanish Game: Steinitz Defence (5.O-O)

C62 Spanish Game: Steinitz Defence (5.O-O)

For a long time now I have managed to take my time with the correspondence chess moves and as a result my moves have been quite decent. Today I went through the games at Chess.com and managed to move in around 60 games until I started something that would resemble a blunder marathon, so I decided I have to take a break before I ruin more of my games. I guess the chance of making idiotic moves increases when you are moving fast and not even looking the board properly... Speaking of game losing blunders I did one against the opponent that is featured in the game below. It did not happen in this game though but in our other encounter which sometimes still troubles me deeply when I close my eyes... Speaking of games that have haunted me for weeks after I have played them, I only remember one that I played several years ago in a close chess tournament. I had calculated a winning combination in that game but then I started to think that maybe there is something even stronger in that position, so I looked the position again and thought I found something better and of course then played that move. My originally calculated line would have won the game but the one I actually played lost the game. After that game, everytime I closed my eyes for a couple of weeks, I saw the position again in my mind where I could have won. I do not sleep all that well in the best circumstances but then it was much harder to get into sleep. I have updated some more positions today in the exercises section of the blog.

This game went horribly wrong for my opponent very early on. On move 5 sphagnis played the incomprehensible move Nb8. Moving the knight back to its original square is very passive and unnecessary. The moves 5...exd4 and 5...Nf6 are better options for Black in that position. I had the clearly favored position after my opponent's 5th move.

The move 5...Nb8 was seen in the position above. I replied with 6.Bc4, which was a good move, but 6.Qd3 might have been a better one. Then sphagnis played 6...Be6. Moving the bishop for the second time in a row in the opening in this case was a waste of time that my opponent could not afford. Admittedly it led to me moving my bishop for the third time, but the difference is that my third bishop move ruined my opponent's pawn structure and allowed me to win material. Already after six moves I was in a winning position.

[Event "AUTO-OPEN-3305"] [Site "http://www.queenalice.com/gam"] [Date "2014.08.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "sphagnis"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C62"] [WhiteElo "2140"] [BlackElo "1694"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "85"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 {Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense} 4. d4 Bd7 (4... exd4 5. O-O {Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense. Center Gambit}) 5. O-O {C62 Spanish Game: Steinitz Defence} (5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Bxc6 {Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense. Nimzowitsch Attack}) 5... Nb8 (5... exd4 6. Bxc6 Bxc6 7. Nxd4 Bd7 8. Re1 Nf6 9. Bf4 Be7 10. c4 O-O 11. Nc3 Ng4 12. h3 Ne5 13. Qe2 Re8 14. Rad1 Bf8 15. Nf3 c6 16. Rd2 Qe7 17. Red1 Be6 18. Nxe5 dxe5 19. Bxe5 Bxc4 20. Qxc4 { Pokojowczyk,J (2385)-Adamski,A (2365) Krakow 1978 0-1 (70)}) 6. Bc4 Be6 $146 ( 6... Qe7 7. Nc3 c6 8. Ng5 Nh6 9. Be3 b5 10. Bb3 a5 11. a4 b4 12. Ne2 f6 13. Nf3 Be6 14. d5 Bd7 15. Bxh6 gxh6 16. Nh4 c5 17. Ng3 Qf7 18. Bc4 Rg8 19. Be2 Qg7 20. Bh5+ Kd8 21. Qd2 {Mietner,F (2013) -Kraska,E (1449) Duisburg 2006 1-0 (64)}) ( 6... Nc6 7. c3 $16) 7. Bxe6 $18 fxe6 8. dxe5 Nc6 9. exd6 Qxd6 (9... Bxd6 10. Qe2 e5 11. b4 $18) 10. Qe2 $18 g6 $4 {sad, but how else could Black save the game?} (10... O-O-O $142 $18) 11. Rd1 Qb4 12. c3 (12. a3 {seems even better} Qe7 13. Bg5 Qg7 $18) 12... Qe7 (12... Qa4 {does not solve anything} 13. Ng5 Nd8 14. Bf4 $18) 13. Bg5 Nf6 (13... Qg7 {desperation} 14. Qc4 Be7 $18) 14. e5 Qc5 ( 14... Bg7 {there is nothing better in the position} 15. Nbd2 h6 16. exf6 Bxf6 17. Bxf6 Qxf6 $18) 15. Bxf6 Rg8 16. Ng5 Be7 17. Nxe6 Qa5 18. Nd2 Kf7 19. Ng5+ Kf8 20. Qc4 Nxe5 21. Bxe5 (21. Nxh7+ Ke8 22. Qe6 Nc6 23. Nc4 Rg7 24. Nxa5 Rxh7 25. Nxc6 Kf8 26. Nxe7 Rf7 27. Rd7 g5 28. Ng6+ Kg8 29. Qxf7#) 21... Rg7 22. Ne6+ (22. Bxg7+ Kxg7 23. Qf7+ Kh6 24. Qxh7+ Kxg5 25. Ne4+ Kf4 26. g3+ Kf5 27. Qf7+ Ke5 28. Qxe7+ Kf5 29. Qg5+ Kxe4 30. Qf4#) 22... Ke8 (22... Kg8 {cannot undo what has already been done} 23. Nxg7+ Kf8 24. Ne6+ Ke8 25. Nf3 Qa6 26. Nxc7+ Kf8 27. Nxa6 g5 28. Rd7 h6 29. Qe6 Re8 30. Qxh6+ Kf7 31. Nxg5+ Kg8 32. Qg7#) 23. Bxg7 c6 (23... b5 {does not help much} 24. Nxc7+ Qxc7 25. Qxc7 Rc8 26. Qxc8+ Kf7 27. Re1 Kxg7 28. Rxe7+ Kf6 29. Qe6+ Kg5 30. Nf3+ Kf4 31. Rf7#) 24. Ne4 Rc8 (24... Qd5 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} 25. Rxd5 cxd5 26. Qxd5 Kf7 27. N6g5+ Ke8 28. Nf6+ Bxf6 29. Bxf6 a6 30. Qf7#) 25. Nd6+ (25. Nc7+ Qxc7 26. Qg8+ Bf8 27. Qxf8#) 25... Bxd6 26. Rxd6 Qb5 (26... Qd5 {does not improve anything} 27. Rxd5 cxd5 28. Qxc8+ Ke7 29. Re1 d4 30. Qc7+ Ke8 31. Nxd4#) 27. Qf4 (27. Ng5 Qxc4 28. Re1+ Qe6 29. Rexe6#) 27... Qf5 28. Qxf5 (28. Ng5 Rc7 29. Re1+ Re7 30. Rxe7+ Kxe7 31. Bf6+ Qxf6 32. Qxf6+ Ke8 33. Qd8#) 28... gxf5 29. Ng5 Rc7 30. Re1+ (30. Bf6 Re7 31. Rad1 Kf8 32. Rd8+ Re8 33. Rxe8+ Kxe8 34. Rd8# ) 30... Re7 31. Rxe7+ (31. Re5 Rxe5 32. Bxe5 h6 33. Rxh6 f4 34. Rh7 Kd8 35. Ne6+ Kc8 36. Rc7+ Kb8 37. Rd7+ Ka8 38. Rd8#) 31... Kxe7 32. Re6+ Kd7 33. Kf1 a5 (33... h5 {is no salvation} 34. Rf6 c5 35. Rxf5 h4 36. Rf4 h3 37. Nxh3 c4 38. Ng5 Kc6 39. h4 a5 40. h5 a4 41. h6 a3 42. bxa3 b6 43. h7 Kc7 44. h8=Q Kb7 45. Rf7+ Kc6 46. Qc8+ Kb5 47. Rf5+ Ka4 48. Qa8#) 34. Ke2 (34. Rf6 h5 35. Rxf5 c5 36. c4 a4 37. Rf7+ Kc6 38. Ne6 a3 39. Nd8+ Kb6 40. Rxb7+ Ka6 41. b4 h4 42. b5+ Ka5 43. Nc6+ Ka4 44. Ra7#) 34... b5 (34... h5 {is not much help} 35. Bd4 c5 36. Bxc5 b6 37. Bxb6 a4 38. c4 Kc8 39. Re7 Kb8 40. Ne6 f4 41. Nc5 f3+ 42. gxf3 a3 43. Re8#) 35. Ke3 b4 (35... c5 {hardly improves anything} 36. Kf4 h6 37. Rxh6 a4 38. Kxf5 a3 39. bxa3 b4 40. Be5 b3 41. Ne4 b2 42. Nxc5+ Ke7 43. Rh7+ Kf8 44. Ke6 b1=Q 45. Rh8#) 36. cxb4 (36. Kd4 b3 37. axb3 h6 38. Rxh6 a4 39. Kc5 a3 40. Bf6 a2 41. Rh7+ Kc8 42. Kb6 f4 43. Rh8+ Kd7 44. Rd8#) 36... axb4 37. Kd4 h5 ( 37... b3 {doesn't improve anything} 38. a4 h6 39. Rxh6 f4 40. Kc5 f3 41. Rh7 fxg2 42. Be5+ Kd8 43. Kxc6 g1=Q 44. Bf6+ Ke8 45. Rh8#) 38. Kc5 f4 (38... h4 { does not save the day} 39. Bf6 b3 40. Re7+ Kd8 41. Kxc6 h3 42. Ne6+ Kc8 43. Re8#) 39. Bf6 h4 (39... f3 {doesn't change anything anymore} 40. Re7+ Kd8 41. Kxc6 b3 42. Ne6+ Kc8 43. Re8#) 40. Re7+ Kd8 (40... Kc8 {a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} 41. Kb6 b3 42. Re8+ Kd7 43. Rd8#) 41. Kxc6 b3 42. Ne6+ Kc8 43. Re8# 1-0

30 Oct 2014

C46 Four Knights Game: Gunsberg Variation

C46 Four Knights Game: Gunsberg Variation

It maybe a bit insane to play hundreds of simultaneous games but I still keep getting more and more games. I am playing now 265 games at the same time and it might get to over 300 at some point and then it might get to 400 and so on. Even with this many games at the same time, there are not that many games ending even nearly the same time. Maybe three to five games have ended the same day at most. In addition to my correspondence games, I play hundred game blitz matches against two friends of mine. The first one I lead quite clearly and unless I lose all the last 20 games in the series, I get the win from that one. The other one has barely started and only four games have been played, so anything can still happen in that one. It is safe to say then that chess takes a lot of my time these days as in addition I also sometimes try to teach children to play chess. I have updated some more puzzles today and as I did, I noticed that all the lines that I take these positions from might have some mistakes in them. I am not aware that any would have gone unnoticed to the puzzle lists but if you find a clear mistake in some of them, please let me know. This means that if you find a quicker forced mate, for example, in four move mate exercise there is a quicker three move forced mate, then I would like to know about those mistakes so that I can correct it. I will of course check that puzzle myself first in order to know if there really is a mistake. As always leave a comment if you like to ask something of these posts or want to share your thoughts about chess and +1s are always much appreciated.

Game number two. The game below was played in the paweljaniak's mini-tournament I at GameKnot. The tournament started on December 13th, 2015. This mini-tournament uses the following time control, 3d +1d <5d. It means that everyone starts the games with initial time of 3 days and when you make a move, 1 day is added to your time, however, you can never have more than 5 days of thinking time per move. But because vacation time is allowed, players might have more than 5 days to think their moves at times when one of the players have postponed their games. I am currently on fifth place, but in case I win all my remaining games, I will finish on second place. I have finished 6 games so far and I have gathered 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in those games. My opponent in this game, zanoni, has finished all but one of his 12 games in this tournament and has only managed to get 1.5 points in eleven games. His only remaining game is against me. Zanoni is currently on seventh place and if he wins our game, he will tie on sixth place if I win my game against chief_huerta, who is currently on sixth place in this seven player tournament. The order in the standings can therefore still change for all other players than paweljaniak, who has secured the win in his own mini-tournament.

29 Oct 2014

C50 Hungarian Defence and Giuoco Pianissimo (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.O-O d6 5.h3 Nf6 6.Nc3 a6 7.Re1 O-O)

C50 Hungarian Defence and Giuoco Pianissimo (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.O-O d6 5.h3 Nf6 6.Nc3 a6 7.Re1 O-O)

This may come a bit later than usual but I still managed to get a daily update done. I have not updated any puzzles today and I might only get those updated tomorrow earliest. I have been quite busy today and I still need to go through my Chess.com games before the day is done. This opening variation can also be found with the name C50 Giuoco Piano. I did update one of my earlier posts today though King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense. While I tried to find a game that featured an opening that I have not yet covered, I went through three games as I thought that only the third one was something I had not featured here before but actually I was wrong in my assumption. The game below is the second game I went through and thought that I had done this opening already but when I searched through all the posts I have done, I could not find it. Good news is that now I have a game to share tomorrow, day earlier than usual. Please leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts about chess you would like to share. Also +1 the posts if you like them, will be much appreciated. Until next time, my fellow chess players and enthusiasts.

[Event "AUTO-OPEN-3305"] [Site "http://www.queenalice.com/gam"] [Date "2014.08.08"] [Round "1"] [White "Paulsains"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C50"] [WhiteElo "1890"] [BlackElo "2135"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s)"] [PlyCount "54"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O d6 5. h3 Nf6 6. Nc3 a6 7. Re1 (7. d3 Be6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bxf6 Qxf6 10. Nd5 Qd8 11. c3 O-O 12. d4 Ba7 13. a4 a5 14. Qd2 Kh8 15. Ne3 exd4 16. cxd4 Bxc4 17. Nxc4 d5 18. exd5 Qxd5 19. Ne3 Qd7 20. Rfd1 Rad8 21. d5 Nb4 {Nogrady,V (2250) -Mathe,G (2380) Hungary 1992 0-1}) 7... O-O { C50 Hungarian Defence and Giuoco Pianissimo} (7... h6 8. Nd5 g5 9. Nh2 Rg8 10. Qf3 Rg6 11. c3 Nxd5 12. d4 Bxd4 13. cxd4 Nxd4 14. Qd3 Nf4 15. Bxf4 gxf4 16. Nf3 Bxh3 17. Nxd4 Bxg2 18. Bxf7+ Kxf7 19. Qc4+ d5 20. Qxd5+ Qxd5 21. exd5 Bxd5+ 22. Kf1 {Christopher,A-Asabri,H (2286) Mallorca 2004 0-1}) 8. b3 $146 (8. Nd5 Na5 9. Bf1 Nc6 10. c3 Nxd5 11. exd5 Ne7 12. d4 exd4 13. cxd4 Bb4 14. Re4 Nxd5 15. Bg5 Nf6 16. Rh4 h6 17. Bxh6 gxh6 18. Qc1 h5 19. Qg5+ Kh7 20. Bd3+ Kh8 21. Rxh5+ Nxh5 22. Qh6+ Kg8 {Mogstad,O-Moldskred,K Volda 1992 1-0}) (8. Nd5 Nxd5 9. Bxd5 Qf6 $11) 8... Nd4 $15 9. Nxd4 Bxd4 ({Inferior is} 9... exd4 10. Na4 Ba7 11. Bf1 $11) 10. Bb2 Be6 (10... b5 11. Bf1 $15) 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. Rb1 (12. Qe2 Qe8 $15) 12... Nd7 $17 13. Rf1 Qh4 14. Ne2 $4 {strolling merrily down the path to disaster} (14. Qe2 $142 $17) 14... Bxf2+ $19 15. Kh1 (15. Kh2 Rf6 16. d4 Raf8 $19) 15... Qxe4 (15... Nf6 $142 {makes sure everything is clear} 16. Rxf2 Qxf2 $19) 16. d3 Qh4 17. Qd2 (17. Ng1 $19) 17... Rf7 18. d4 (18. Ng1 {cannot change what is in store for White} Raf8 $19) 18... exd4 (18... Raf8 $142 {keeps an even firmer grip} 19. dxe5 Be3 20. Qxe3 Rxf1+ 21. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 22. Ng1 $19) 19. Nxd4 (19. Bxd4 Raf8 $19) 19... e5 (19... Nc5 $142 {and Black can already relax} 20. Qe2 Ne4 21. Rxf2 Rxf2 22. Qg4 Qxg4 23. hxg4 $19) 20. Nf3 (20. Ne6 c6 21. Ng5 $19) 20... Rxf3 $1 {Deflection: h3} 21. Qd5+ (21. gxf3 Qxh3# {Mate attack Deflection}) (21. -- $140 Rxh3+ {Mate threat}) 21... Rf7 22. Rbe1 (22. Qc4 { cannot undo what has already been done} Qxc4 23. bxc4 Nc5 $19) 22... Raf8 ( 22... Nf6 23. Qd2 Nh5 24. Qc3 Ng3+ 25. Kh2 Qf4 26. Rxf2 Nf1+ 27. Kg1 Qxf2+ 28. Kh1 Qf4 29. Rxf1 Qxf1+ 30. Kh2 Rf2 31. Qc4+ Qxc4 32. bxc4 Rxc2 33. Ba3 Rxc4 34. Kh1 Rf8 35. Kg1 e4 36. Kh1 e3 37. Kh2 e2 38. Bc1 Rxc1 39. h4 e1=Q 40. Kh3 Rc3+ 41. Kh2 Qxh4+ 42. Kg1 Rc1#) 23. Re2 (23. Re4 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} Qh6 24. Re2 Nf6 25. Qxf7+ Rxf7 26. Rexf2 Qe3 $19) 23... Bg3 24. Re3 Nb6 25. Qe6 Bf4 (25... Qe7 $142 {and Black wins} 26. Qxf7+ Rxf7 27. Rxf7 Qxf7 28. Rxg3 Qf2 $19) 26. Ref3 Qf6 (26... Qh6 $5 {seems even better} 27. Qxh6 Bxh6 28. c4 $19) 27. Qg4 (27. Qxf6 {a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} Rxf6 28. c4 Nd7 $19) 27... Qg6 (27... Qg6 28. Qxg6 hxg6 $19) 0-1

28 Oct 2014

B33 Sicilian: Pelikan and Sveshnikov Variations (10...Qxe7)

B33 Sicilian: Pelikan and Sveshnikov Variations (10...Qxe7)

Today was quite a good day for making moves, at least I managed to move in a lot more games than I usually am able to. Not sure if all the moves were that great but at least I don't think they were losing moves, so that is good enough for me. The game below is another quite a good draw considering the rating difference in favor of my opponent. I have played two games against this same opponent with a score of 1,5/2, so I have managed a good result against him, will it continue in the two games we have in progress at the moment, is still unclear to me. Oh yes and today I found out that the game I had problems with analysing, would have crashed other peoples programs as well, due to some bug that was in that program. Chessbase support told me that as soon as the next update comes to Deep Fritz 14, it will fix that little problem. I am waiting for that update quite eagerly so that I can share the game with all of you with analysis done to it. I have added more puzzles also today and one more game example in one of my older posts A15 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation.

This paragraph and the ones that follow it have been added November 9th, 2016. The previous sentence only applies to this first game. Both players played quite well until we reached the position below. The last move played in that position was 18.exd5. It was then that my opponent faced an important decision.

CCapivara did not see the danger in the position and played 18...Bxd5. The correct move was 18...Qc5 and it would have kept my opponent in the game. It was then up to me to find the best move, which I did as I played 19.Bxf6. My 19th move was the only move that enabled me to get an advantage. CCapivara's reply to the move was again very important and for the second time in a row my opponent blundered. CCapivara played 19...Qxf6, which could have been a losing move. A better alternative would have been 19...gxf6. I had to play once again the best move in order to take advantage of the blunder. Luckily it was easy enough to see that 20.Nxd5 wins because after 20...Rxd5 I have the move 21.Bh7+!! After my opponent took the bishop, I took the rook with my queen.

I was able to play reasonably well until it came to my 29th move, which I played in the position below. At this time I was rather worried about the possible counterplay that my opponent might get, so I thought that I have to make a passive move like 29.Rd2. My 29th move was a huge mistake. I should have played either 29.h3 or 29.h4 in order to open a square for my king to h2. Had I moved my h-pawn, this game might have had a different result, one more favorable for me...

The move I played was so bad that opponent could have won the game because of it. CCapivara replied correctly with 29...Qb1+, to which I of course answered with 30.Kf2. CCapivara took another wrong path after that and played 30...Nd3+. Had my opponent played 30...Qh1, I would have been quite lost. While 30...Nd3+ allowed me a chance to get a drawish position, but I chose the wrong square with my king. I should have gone to e2, but instead I played 31.Ke3. I did get another chance to fight for the draw when my opponent played 32...Nd1+, but again I messed up. I was a bit lucky as my opponent agreed to a draw after 37...Qf4+. After my 33rd move I should have probably lost the game, so I am happy with the draw.

[Event "AUTO-OPEN-3254"] [Site "http://www.queenalice.com/gam"] [Date "2014.05.16"] [Round "1"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "CCapivara"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B33"] [WhiteElo "2102"] [BlackElo "2245"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Nd5 {Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan Variation. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation} Be7 10. Nxe7 Qxe7 {B33 Sicilian: Pelikan and Sveshnikov Variations} 11. Bd3 O-O 12. O-O h6 13. Bh4 Nd4 $146 (13... Be6 14. c3 g5 15. Bg3 d5 16. exd5 Nxd5 17. Re1 Rad8 18. Qe2 b4 19. cxb4 Ndxb4 20. Rad1 Nxd3 21. Rxd3 Rxd3 22. Qxd3 Nb4 23. Qe2 f6 24. b3 Rd8 25. Nc4 Qc5 26. Qe3 Qxe3 27. fxe3 Nxa2 28. Ra1 {Gombar,P (2033)-Kimerling, M (2015) Slovakia 2012 1/2-1/ 2 (36)}) (13... Bb7 14. c3 Qe6 {1/2-1/2 (15) Gruenfeld,Y (2430)-Adorjan,A (2525) Riga 1979}) (13... Rd8 14. c3 d5 15. exd5 Rxd5 16. Qe2 Bb7 17. Rad1 Qe6 18. Bxf6 Qxf6 19. Bh7+ Kxh7 20. Rxd5 Qg6 21. Qd3 Ne7 22. Qxg6+ Nxg6 23. Rd7 Bc8 24. Rxf7 Be6 25. Rc7 Bxa2 26. Ra1 Rd8 27. h3 Be6 28. Rc6 {Tomulic,T (1661) -Kovacic,L Topusko 2012 1-0 (39)}) (13... g5 14. Bg3 Nd4 15. c3 Ne6 16. f3 Nh5 17. Bf2 Nhf4 18. Bc2 Rb8 19. Qd2 Rd8 20. c4 b4 21. Nb1 a5 22. Ba4 Nc5 23. Bb5 Ba6 24. Bxa6 Nxa6 25. Be3 Ne6 26. Qf2 Nac5 27. Rd1 Na4 28. b3 {Kazakov,M (2261) -Aliev,I Kiev 2009 1-0 (55)}) 14. c3 {White threatens to win material: c3xd4} Ne6 15. Nc2 Bb7 (15... Nf4 16. Re1 $11) 16. f3 {Covers g4} (16. Ne3 $5 $14) 16... Rfd8 17. Ne3 d5 (17... Nf4 18. c4 $11) 18. exd5 Bxd5 (18... Qc5 $142 { and Black has air to breath} 19. Kh1 Nxd5 20. Nxd5 Rxd5 $11) 19. Bxf6 $16 Qxf6 $2 (19... gxf6 $142 20. Qe1 Nf4 $18) 20. Nxd5 $18 Rxd5 21. Bh7+ $3 {Discovered attack: d3, Qd1xd5} Kxh7 22. Qxd5 Rd8 23. Qe4+ g6 24. Rad1 Rxd1 25. Rxd1 Nf4 26. Rd7 Kg7 27. Qb7 $4 {hands over the advantage to the opponent} (27. Kf1 { might be the shorter path} g5 $18) 27... Qe6 $2 (27... Qf5 28. h4 $16) 28. a3 ( 28. Rd1 {keeps an even firmer grip} Qxa2 29. Qb8 Qe6 $18) 28... Qa2 $2 (28... Qf5 $142 29. h4 g5 $16) 29. Rd2 $4 {throws away the game} (29. h3 $142 $18 { secures the point}) 29... Qb1+ $19 30. Kf2 Nd3+ (30... Qh1 $142 {and Black can celebrate victory} 31. Qb6 Qxg2+ 32. Ke1 Qh1+ 33. Kf2 Qxh2+ 34. Ke1 Qh1+ 35. Kf2 Qg2+ 36. Ke1 Qxf3 $19) 31. Ke3 Nxb2 {Black has a mate threat} 32. Kf2 (32. Ke2 Nc4 33. Rd7 Qb2+ 34. Ke1 Qxc3+ 35. Kf2 Qe3+ 36. Kg3 Qf4+ 37. Kf2 Qf5 $11) 32... Nd1+ (32... Nd3+ 33. Rxd3 Qxd3 34. Qxa6 $17) 33. Rxd1 (33. Kg3 $142 $5 { must be considered} Ne3 34. Kf2 Nd1+ 35. Kg3 $11) 33... Qxd1 $17 34. Qxa6 Qd2+ 35. Kg3 $4 {cause more grief} (35. Kf1 Qd3+ (35... Qxc3 $6 36. Qxb5 e4 37. a4 $11) 36. Kf2 e4 (36... Qxc3 $6 37. Qxb5 e4 38. Qb4 e3+ 39. Ke2 Qc2+ 40. Kxe3 $11) 37. fxe4 Qd2+ 38. Kf1 Qf4+ 39. Kg1 Qxe4 40. Qxb5 Qe1+ 41. Qf1 Qxc3 $17) 35... Qf4+ (35... Qe1+ $142 {and Black takes home the point} 36. Kh3 g5 $19) 36. Kf2 $17 Qd2+ {Twofold repetition} 37. Kg3 Qf4+ 1/2-1/2

27 Oct 2014

C55 Two Knights: 4.d3, 4.d4 exd4 5.e5 and Max Lange Attack (8...Bf6)

C55 Two Knights: 4.d3, 4.d4 exd4 5.e5 and Max Lange Attack (8...Bf6)

What to say about the tournament I played last weekend, except that I managed to only get 2 points out of the possible 5. It was far from a good result but it does not bring me down all that much. I play more important games elsewhere these days than on close chess. Well, more important to me at least. With 264 games in progress at the moment I may end up having 300+ games if I am not careful... The amount of games I play now is still manageable though it does mean that I am only able to move in the games where I would lose on time if I would not move every day. I am planning to create a schedule where I would do all the games at Chess.com Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays while Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays I would move in my all Red Hot Pawn games. This I planned in order to manage my time better. Currently at 103 games at Chess.com and 149 RHP games in progress. As they are the two major contributors to my correspondence chess games, I feel that I need to start following that schedule as well as I possibly can.

Leduar took the first clear step in the wrong direction when my opponent played 14.Ne4 in the position below. The correct idea was to play the bishop to b2. Moving the knight to e4 was a bad idea, because it allowed me to ruin the pawn structure in front of leduar's king. I took advantage of my opportunity and replied by taking the knight on f3 with my bishop. It is true that I lose my bishop pair because of it, but the exchange was clearly in my favor.

The blunder my opponent made on his or her 14th move was the start of leduar's downfall. The game continued with the moves 15.gxf3 Bh4 16.Kh1 Qd5 and then my opponent made his or her final mistake by playing 17.c4. The problems that arose due to the pawn advance are that the pawn on b4 was no longer protected and the square d4 was no longer controlled by the c-pawn, which made the square d4 ideal place to move my knight to. My opponent never recovered from this blunder and I was able to checkmate my opponent on move 34 with the move Qxd1#. Admittedly I had a faster mate before, but I did not see it.

[Event "AUTO-MASTER-2088"] [Site "http://www.queenalice.com/gam"] [Date "2014.05.16"] [Round "1"] [White "leduar"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C55"] [WhiteElo "2022"] [BlackElo "2089"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "68"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Be7 {Italian Game: Hungarian Defense} 4. c3 (4. d4 exd4 5. c3 Nf6 6. e5 Ne4 {Italian Game: Hungarian Defense. Tartakower Variation }) 4... Nf6 5. d3 O-O 6. O-O d5 7. exd5 Nxd5 8. Re1 Bf6 {C55 Two Knights: 4.d3, 4.d4 exd4 5.e5 and Max Lange Attack} 9. Bb5 (9. Nbd2 Nb6 10. Bb5 Qd5 11. Qb3 Qd8 12. Bxc6 bxc6 13. Nxe5 Bxe5 14. Rxe5 Qxd3 15. c4 Qg6 16. Qg3 Bf5 17. Qf4 Be6 18. b3 Rfd8 19. Ba3 Qc2 20. Nf3 a5 21. h3 a4 22. Rg5 g6 23. Ne1 Rd1 { Podgursky,S (2260)-Pessi,E (2355) Bucharest 1996 0-1 (33)}) 9... Nde7 (9... Re8 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. Nbd2 Nf4 12. d4 Nd3 13. Re3 Nxc1 14. Rxc1 exd4 15. Rxe8+ Qxe8 16. Nxd4 Bxd4 17. cxd4 Be6 18. b3 Bd5 19. Nc4 Rd8 20. Qd2 Bxc4 21. Rxc4 c5 22. g3 Qe7 23. Qa5 Rxd4 {1/2-1/2 (23) Garcia Lopez,J (1838) -Castro Lopez,S (1737) Martorell 2016}) 10. Nbd2 Bg4 $146 (10... a6 11. Bxc6 Nxc6 12. Ne4 Be7 13. Ng3 f6 14. b4 Bg4 15. h3 Be6 16. Bb2 Qd7 17. Qe2 b5 18. a3 Rad8 19. Rad1 Bb3 20. Rd2 Bd5 21. Rdd1 Bd6 22. c4 Bf7 23. c5 Be7 24. d4 Bb3 25. Rd2 {Bagheri,M (1958) -Kichukov,M (1821) Chennai 2012 1-0 (67)}) (10... a6 11. Bc4 $11) 11. Qc2 (11. h3 $5 Bf5 12. Ne4 $14) 11... a6 12. Bxc6 (12. Ba4 b5 13. Bb3 Bh5 $11) 12... Nxc6 $15 ({Worse is} 12... bxc6 13. Nxe5 Bf5 14. Ndf3 $16) 13. b4 (13. b3 Bf5 14. Ne4 Be7 $15) 13... Re8 {White has a cramped position} (13... Nxb4 14. cxb4 e4 15. Bb2 (15. Nxe4 $2 Bxa1 16. Bg5 f6 17. Qc4+ Kh8 18. Nxf6 Bxf6 19. Qxg4 Qxd3 $19) 15... exf3 16. Bxf6 Qxf6 17. Qxc7 fxg2 18. Qxb7 $15) 14. Ne4 (14. Bb2 $5 $11 {is interesting}) 14... Bxf3 $17 15. gxf3 Bh4 16. Kh1 (16. a4 Qd5 $17) 16... Qd5 17. c4 (17. Bg5 Bxg5 18. Nxg5 f6 $17) 17... Qd7 $19 18. Rg1 Nd4 19. Qd1 Qf5 (19... f5 20. Ng3 $19) 20. Bh6 g6 21. Bg5 (21. Be3 Qxf3+ 22. Qxf3 Nxf3 $19) 21... Bxg5 22. Rxg5 Qe6 23. Nd2 (23. Rb1 $19) 23... Rad8 24. Nb3 Qf6 25. Rg3 b6 26. a4 $2 (26. Nxd4 Rxd4 27. Qe2 $19) 26... Nxb3 27. Qxb3 e4 28. Re1 ( 28. Rd1 {is not much help} exf3 29. c5 Rd4 $19) 28... exf3 (28... Rxd3 $142 { keeps an even firmer grip} 29. Qc2 Red8 $19) 29. Rxe8+ (29. Re4 $19 {is the last straw}) 29... Rxe8 30. d4 (30. Qd1 {hoping against hope} Re2 31. Kg1 $19) 30... Re1+ 31. Rg1 Rxg1+ (31... Qg5 32. h3 Qxg1#) 32. Kxg1 Qg5+ 33. Kf1 Qc1+ 34. Qd1 Qxd1# 0-1

26 Oct 2014

C41 Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation #2

C41 Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation #2

As I had an hour or so extra to use today, I updated the exercises section of the blog with more puzzles before I did this post. I kind of knew that clocks were changed again to winter time but completely forgot it when I put the alarm for today morning. I am not that annoyed for waking up earlier than I intended as I got to these updates before I need to go to play some close chess again and set the clocks for the next round. So far after three rounds I have one win, one draw and one loss. In order to increase my rating a bit I may need to get at least 1,5 points in the last two games. If my previous attempts have shown though, it is not looking so promising and it is much more likely for me to plummet my rating again. Well, as I have put a lot more effort into my online games which I have 259 currently in progress, if none of my opponents have resigned without me noticing, are therefore more important to me than the close chess games at the moment, so whatever happens in the last two rounds is not all that much of a concern for me.

This second game was played in the first round of the 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800 tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. It is a tournament where players are divided into four player groups if possible. The group I was in had 5 players in it, the only group on round one that had more than four players. I won all but two games on round one, those two games were draws. That meant that I was a clear winner of my group but the second round is much tougher with all the group winners of round one gathered in the same group. Currently I can only hope for a tie for the first place. It is more likely though that I end up finishing second in this tournament.

Game number three. This game is just one more example of the 231 games that I have played at Red Hot Pawn and this is one that I played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament. It is one of three tournaments at Red Hot Pawn that I still have chances of winning if I recall correctly. I have currently mustered 52 points in the tournament and my maximum possible score is 112. I should mention at this point that when you win, you get three points and one point is awarded to you in case of a draw. My current score of 52 puts me in shared eight place with a player called IBeatScurvey.

Game number four. This was played in the first round of a tournament called 2014 October Split II and it is still ongoing at Red Hot Pawn. With five games still left to play, I am fighting for the win. I have lost only two games so far but it might be too much as there is one player who has not lost a single game yet or even played a draw. Only if I could win both of my games against him, could I have a chance of winning the group and advancing to the second and final round. It does not look all that good for me at the moment but I will play as well as I can and see how far that gets me.

Game number five. The game below was played in a small team match called Open Challenge Vlad Tepes. The match was only played on three boards between Vlad Țepes and La Belle France and I played on board 1. The match ended with a score of 1 - 5 in favor of La Belle France. Vlad Țepes was only able to get two draws from the six games, so this was rather one-sided match where our team had the clearly higher rated players. The rating difference was more clearer on boards 1 and 3, but interestingly enough it was on those boards where our opponent was able to get those draws. On board two we won both games and one might have thought that this would be the board where the games would be more evenly fought, but it was not the case. However, the reason we won those two games on board 2 was that the time run out in both of those games for the Vlad Țepes player.

25 Oct 2014

C01 French Defense: Exchange Variation. Monte Carlo Variation

C01 French Defense: Exchange Variation. Monte Carlo Variation

I may be a bit busy this weekend but I will still try to update the blog in the best way possible. As I need to divide my time a bit more maybe than usual, I do this update between rounds of a close chess tournament. Every spare time that I can muster from playing that tournament and moving in my 237 or so correspondence chess games, I use to put more puzzles here and at least one new fully analysed game a day. I have added a bit more puzzles for you to solve in each of the categories starting from mate in ones and ending at a mate in seven exercise. Until next time, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

This second game was played in the first round of the tournament called French 2014. Both players made mistakes but I was the one who made the last blunder and thus I lost.

24 Oct 2014

D11 Slav Defense: Quiet Variation

D11 Slav Defense: Quiet Variation

With this post I am for now at least going through my games from Queen Alice Internet Chess Club, where my current rating is also my peak rating there 2153!! That is of course also my highest rating anywhere ever. As I have played 59 games there, the rating should be quite around where it should be compared to other players playing there. Maybe I am wrong in saying this but as I am quite far away from similar ratings at Chess.com, Red Hot Pawn or any other correspondence chess site, the player base might not be as good at Queen Alice as it is on other sites, so that the ratings there might actually have some air in them. Then again I mainly play tournaments at QA and tournaments where other people participating in the tournament are also near my rating, so when I lose, my rating won't drop as much as it might in tournaments or random games where there can be players much lower rated than I am and huge rating drop is much more likely. Currently the puzzle section of the blog has only one mate in one exercise as I have mostly concentrated on updating mate in three and mate in four sections. Mate in two moves has now eight positions there, mate in threes has 16, mate in fours has 14, mate in five has only two and mate in six has only one puzzle but I try to update them every now and then. If time allows, I will put more puzzles in those every day though this weekend seems a bit busy one again.

23 Oct 2014

C54 Giuoco Piano: 4.c3 Nf6, main lines with 5.d4 and 5.d3 (6.Bg5)

C54 Giuoco Piano: 4.c3 Nf6, main lines with 5.d4 and 5.d3 (6.Bg5)

With this post I am at long last at a point where I have posted example games of 100 different opening variations!! It is a milestone that has been long coming but it is finally here. The fact that this game happens to feature a win of mine even better though it just happened to be that way. If it had been a loss or a draw, I would have still posted it now. I put up a few exercise positions yesterday to mate in three and mate in four sections. I will most likely put more examples in the exercises section of this blog later today. I have also updated the following posts today A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General, A15 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation, A37 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Two Knights Line, A10 English Opening: Great Snake Variation and C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation. Each of those posts now have one more game to look at. Also all +1s are very much appreciated, so do consider doing those if you like the content I share with you.

This game was roughly evenly played for the first twelve moves. The position below is taken after my 12th move axb5. The move that my opponent should have played was most likely 13.Na3 and follow it up with 14.Qb3 perhaps.

Rcogley played Qb3 first, which was a huge blunder. It allowed me to play 13...Bxf2+, which wins a pawn and a rook for a bishop. I sometimes see tactical opportunities like this and seeing this tactic enabled me to win the game. The game did not end here though, the game ended in mate after 35 moves.

[Event "Let's Play!"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2008.07.08"] [Round "?"] [White "rcogley"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C54"] [WhiteElo "1603"] [BlackElo "1885"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "70"] [EventDate "2008.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 {Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo} a6 6. Bg5 {C54 Giuoco Piano: 4.c3 Nf6, main lines with 5.d4 and 5.d3} (6. Bb3 Ba7 7. h3 O-O 8. O-O d6 9. Re1 {Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo Main Line}) 6... d6 7. O-O (7. d4 exd4 8. cxd4 Bb4+ 9. Nc3 h6 10. Bxf6 Qxf6 11. O-O Bxc3 12. bxc3 O-O 13. Rb1 Na5 14. Be2 Bg4 15. h3 Bh5 16. Nh2 Bxe2 17. Qxe2 b5 18. f4 Qe6 19. f5 Qc4 20. Qd2 f6 21. Ng4 Rae8 {Tischbierek,R (2480)-Schoene,R (2345) Berlin 1991 1-0 (41)}) (7. h3 O-O 8. Nbd2 Be6 9. Bb3 Qe7 10. O-O b5 11. Qe2 Rae8 12. a4 bxa4 13. Bxe6 Qxe6 14. c4 a5 15. b3 Ne7 16. Be3 Nd7 {0-1 (16) Garcia Guevara,N (1780)-Otalora,C (2140) Bogota 2013}) 7... O-O 8. b4 $146 {White threatens to win material: b4xc5} (8. h3 Be6 9. Bxe6 fxe6 10. Qb3 d5 11. Qxb7 Na5 12. Bxf6 Rxf6 13. Qxa8 Qxa8 14. b4 Bxb4 15. cxb4 Nc6 16. a3 Qb7 17. Nbd2 Qb5 18. Rac1 Nd4 19. Nxd4 exd4 20. Nf3 Qxd3 21. exd5 exd5 22. Rxc7 Qxa3 {Bashouti,M (1116) -Scholz,R (1165) Dresden 2012 0-1}) 8... Ba7 9. a4 Be6 (9... h6 10. Bh4 $11) 10. Bxe6 fxe6 {Black has new doubled pawns: e5+e6} 11. Re1 b5 12. axb5 axb5 13. Qb3 $4 { releasing the pressure on the opponent} (13. Na3 $142 {this is the best bet to save the position} Rb8 14. Qe2 $11) 13... Bxf2+ $1 $19 {Discovered attack: a7, Ra8xa1.} 14. Kxf2 Rxa1 15. Na3 (15. Nbd2 Rxe1 16. Qxe6+ Kh8 17. Kxe1 Qe8 18. Qxe8 Rxe8 $19) 15... Rxe1 (15... Ng4+ {keeps an even firmer grip} 16. Kg3 Rxf3+ 17. Kxg4 Rf4+ 18. Bxf4 h5+ 19. Kf3 Rxe1 20. Qxe6+ Kh8 21. Bg3 $19) 16. Kxe1 $2 (16. Qxe6+ Kh8 17. Kxe1 $19) 16... Qd7 17. Nxb5 h6 18. Be3 (18. Bxf6 {doesn't improve anything} Rxf6 19. Na3 Ne7 $19) 18... Ra8 19. Kf2 (19. Qb1 {doesn't get the bull off the ice} Ra4 20. c4 Nxb4 $19) 19... Ng4+ (19... d5 $142 $5 { seems even better} 20. exd5 exd5 21. Bc1 $19) 20. Ke2 Nxe3 (20... d5 $5 { makes it even easier for Black} 21. Na3 Nf6 22. Nd2 $19) 21. Kxe3 Ne7 22. c4 c6 23. Nc3 Ng6 (23... Qa7+ $142 {and Black can already relax} 24. Ke2 Qa1 $19) 24. d4 (24. g3 {desperation} Qa7+ 25. Ke2 $19) 24... exd4+ 25. Nxd4 c5 26. Nf3 cxb4 27. Qxb4 Qa7+ 28. Kd2 (28. c5 {is one last hope} dxc5 29. Qc4 $19) 28... Qf2+ 29. Kc1 Ra1+ 30. Nb1 Qf1+ 31. Ne1 Nf4 32. Kb2 (32. Qd2 {is not the saving move} Qxc4+ 33. Qc2 Ne2+ 34. Kd2 Ra2 35. Na3 Rxc2+ 36. Naxc2 Qxe4 37. h4 Nf4 38. g3 Qe2+ 39. Kc1 Ng2 40. Nxg2 Qxg2 41. h5 Qxg3 42. Kb2 Qe5+ 43. Kc1 Qe2 44. Kb2 Qxh5 45. Kb3 Qf3+ 46. Kb4 h5 47. Nd4 Qd5 48. Nc2 h4 49. Kc3 Qc5+ 50. Kb2 h3 51. Na1 Qb5+ 52. Kc1 h2 53. Nc2 h1=Q+ 54. Kd2 Qg2+ 55. Kc1 Qb3 56. Na1 Qg5#) 32... Nd3+ 33. Kxa1 (33. Nxd3 {doesn't change anything anymore} Rxb1+ 34. Kc3 Rxb4 35. Nxb4 Qe1+ 36. Kb3 Qxe4 37. g3 Qg2 38. g4 Qxh2 39. Kc3 Qg3+ 40. Kd2 Qxg4 41. Nd3 h5 42. Ke3 h4 43. Ne1 Qg1+ 44. Ke2 h3 45. Nf3 Qc5 46. Kd3 Qf2 47. Ke4 Qe2+ 48. Kf4 g5+ 49. Nxg5 h2 50. Ne4 h1=Q 51. Nf6+ Kf7 52. c5 Kxf6 53. c6 Qef3#) 33... Nxb4 (33... Qxe1 $6 {is impossible} 34. Qxe1 Nxe1 35. g3 $17) (33... Nxe1 $6 {is not possible} 34. Nd2 Qd3 35. Kb2 Qc2+ 36. Ka3 $19) 34. Nf3 (34. Kb2 { cannot change what is in store for White} Qxe1 35. Na3 Nd3+ 36. Kc2 Nc5 37. g3 Qe2+ 38. Kc3 Qd3+ 39. Kb2 Qb3+ 40. Kc1 Qxa3+ 41. Kc2 Qd3+ 42. Kb2 Qd2+ 43. Ka3 Qc3+ 44. Ka2 Qc2+ 45. Ka1 Nb3#) 34... Qxc4 35. Nfd2 (35. Kb2 {cannot undo what has already been done} Nd3+ 36. Ka1 Qb4 37. g3 Qb2#) 35... Qa2# 0-1

22 Oct 2014

B72 Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Classical Variation General

B72 Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Classical Variation General

Today I managed to get to a new peak rating at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club, the new highest rating there now 2144!! If I manage to keep my rating over 2100 the rest of the year or as long as I play there I will be both extremely happy and also a bit wierded out by it due to the fact that I do not think my rating should be that high. If I would ever manage to get my other ratings at different correspondence chess sites also over 2100 at some point, I would maybe start believe that I am deserving such a high rating. I also started playing too many games again... It is a problem I have to get rid off at some point. Then again if I would ever win in the lottery and had no financial problems I might even increase the current amount of games and play as long as there is life left in me :-P I have updated my older post also today A00 Hungarian Opening: General with one more game example. I might also put more content later on today.

Game number two. This was played in a team match called friends of chess 3. It is an ongoing 21 board match between TRUE CHESS LOVER and *Haddad ROYAL CHESS CLUB.. The score in the match is 6,5 - 33,5 in favor of *Haddad ROYAL CHESS CLUB.. which of course means that the winner is already clearly known. I played board two in this match for *Haddad ROYAL CHESS CLUB.. so I was in the side of the winners this time. I did not play particularly well as I lost this somewhat easily and only won the other game due to a timeout. Well, no moves were made in the other game, so anything could have happened.

21 Oct 2014

C50 Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo

C50 Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo

Back to posting normally I hope... The game that I typed about yesterday still refuses to be analysed though. That being said it is mind-boggling why that one position can mess things up so badly on the program. I contacted Chessbase about my problem and exchanged some messages. I sent them the problem game to be checked on their end. What will most likely happen that they notice no problems there and might think me nuts but seriously Chessbase support has been really helpful with the problems I have had. I have updated two of my older posts also today C84 Spanish Game: Closed Variations and C65 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense both have one more game now. The first one features a game I lost at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club over three years ago. Then my rating was nearly hundred points lower than it is now. I might start adding more exercise positions also today but tomorrow I will do that for sure.

In this second example we will go farther in the past than with first game. This one was played over nine years ago at Red Hot Pawn. This game was a challenge issued by my adversary. I think it is what happened back then at least, it is so long time ago that I can't remember anymore. In any case, when I look at this game now, I see some difference in my play back then and now, especially the way I handled the opening. I would not play moves like 4...h6 anymore in that sort of position, for instance. I would probably just play 4...Nf6 there these days.

This third game shows a game that is quite far from perfect but I played ok until my brain stopped working at move 27...Qg4?? This was the first Queen give away this year, I can only hope it is the last one. This was played in a team match called Slow players - open challenge. The two teams that are involved in this match are Dacii and Himgouree's club. I play board 3 in this match for Himgouree's club. There are two games left to finish in this match that is played on ten boards but the winner of the match is already decided and it is Dacii as they lead the match 12 - 6 at the moment.

This fourth game was played at Red Hot Pawn in 2014. It took only one major blunder, move 25.Rf5??, this time to decide the fate of the game.

In this fifth game I experience one of the most embarassing losses that I can remember. This was plaeyd in the tournament called 2014 September Glacial Super Casual I. It really is a tournament where you can take your time as every move has a timeout of 21 days and there are also 21 days in the timebank. The game below is so far the only loss that I have suffered in this tournament. I have managed to finish six of my games and with five wins and one loss I still have chances to win the group and advance to the next round.

Game number six. The game below was played in a club tournament in 2004. It seems I have not marked the round in which this was played for some reason, so I can't really tell all that much about my progress in this tournament. I have played against Aare maybe a few hundred games and I think I have always had the upper hand in most of our games, though I still do not consider him an easy opponent to face. I do not have any exact statistics from our encounters, so I might be even wrong about the results a bit.

20 Oct 2014

Deep Fritz 14 crashes and ruins my daily update schedule

Deep Fritz 14 crashes and ruins my daily update

Sometimes I get very annoyed with computers and programs I have in them and yesterday was one of those moments where I just wanted to throw my computer away... I have analysed maybe 60-80 games with my Deep Fritz 14 and used Stockish 5 64 SSE4.2 as the analysis engine to go through my finished games but last Saturday evening was the first time the program became unresponding while it was on full analysis mode. On move 35 it just stopped and did not want to continue anymore. I thought that it was a momentary crash and I should be able to get the analysis done the second try but no, the program still worked fine until it came to that same move 35. I tried moving the game to a different database in case the old one was somehow corrupted and did not work anymore but it still did the same thing. Then I tried to reinstall the program surely it would work now. Nope, it still stopped the analysis on move 35 and the program did not respond anymore. Then I downloaded the pgn for that game again, tried to do the analysis again but still it failed utterly in the same position. I became quite frustrated with the program at this point. Finally I gave up on that game and inserted the moves that were played in the close chess team match game I played Saturday and tried to analyse that game and for some reason that worked start to finish without problems. I even had the same analysis settings that I had in the failed attempts. What can we learn from this? I may have found a position that can't be analysed using that full analysis function. I may need to contact Chessbase about this problem but before I do, I will try to analyse another game and maybe the same length game as the one that keeps failing for some reason or the other. Because this particular problem and partly due to stuff that required my attention elsewhere I wasn't able to post any new content Sunday, sorry for that. I could have posted new positions but after the problem I tried to fix and failed at it, I was too tired to do those.

18 Oct 2014

C47 King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation

C47 King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation

Today was a bit busy day, I had to go and play one close chess game and organise the pieces, boards and the clocks for all of the teams that were playing. The team in which I was playing at won 2-0 its opponent. I was our team captain and I only managed to play a draw after a very uneventful game. Luckily two of my team mates were able to get the job done and secure the full point. I have not prepared the post for tomorrow so still busy evening ahead of me. I have not been able to add more training positions today and it would seem at this point that I may not be able to do that tomorrow either. From Monday onward everything should get back to normal and then I will resume normal update schedule.

17 Oct 2014

D38 Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense

D38 Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense

Today was somewhat a good day to move in the various games of mine. I actually managed to get my Chess.com games so that there were only 8 games in which it was my turn to move, I have not managed that in a long time. I still need to go through my Red Hot Pawn games some time today. I add more puzzles probably later on today if time allows. There will always be something new in this blog every day or that is my intent anyway. The main focus of this blog might still be for some time game examples of new openings that I have not covered before but when those stop appearing something else will take its place. Even after there are no new opening variations to cover, I will keep updating the older posts with new games.

16 Oct 2014

B01 Scandinavian Defense: Panov Transfer

B01 Scandinavian Defense: Panov Transfer

I may have been a bit too optimistic on the speed on which I start to update the exercises section of this blog. I will do my best in the time restrictions I have, in order to get nice amount of content posted here. I have rearrenged a bit this blog, there used to be a post called Bonus content part one but now it is transferred into the mate in one page and the old post deleted. I might be somewhat busy this weekend so not sure how much content I will be able to put here but starting from Monday I should get that stuff that keeps me busy out of the way. By the way if you happen to like this blog, tell your friends about it, would be much appreciated. If you have any questions or some suggestions about the blog, I would like to hear about them in the comments.

This second game was played at Red Hot Pawn in the early part of 2011. The game features maybe a bit too many horrible moves for a correspondence and if you would not know the time controls, you might easily think this to be a blitz game. I guess when I play without proper chess understanding, most games look horrible when looked at afterward.

Game number three. This was played in the team match called K&MF,10/16/2014. It was played between MY FRIENDS = MOJI PRIJATELJI = ΦΙΛΟΙ ΜΟΥ and The Night's Watch at Castle Black. I played board 3 for The Night's Watch at Castle Black. The final score in the match was and still is 28 - 12 in favor of MY FRIENDS = MOJI PRIJATELJI = ΦΙΛΟΙ ΜΟΥ. The start date for this match was October 16th 2014 and it finished on March 27th 2015.

15 Oct 2014

C51 Italian Game: Jerome Gambit

C51 Italian Game: Jerome Gambit

Now that I am only a few posts away from making post number 100, I thought about adding also other content than these analysed games here in larger quantities, mainly that means exercises where you need to find mate in one, mate in two etc. or some tactical exercises where you need to see what move combination wins material. I will start adding those later on today but trying to do maybe 10-20 positions per day or even more if I have the time. Sometimes it feels like that there is not enough hours in the day, especially when you need to move in quite a lot of games, maintain daily updates in this blog and do other stuff that require my attention in some way. I would like to maybe read the books I have ordered earlier this year, 24 books still unopened and in the queue and one that I am currently reading and trying to at least read one chapter a day.

14 Oct 2014

A45 Indian Game: General

A45 Indian Game: General

This is a game I played over three years ago at GameKnot. As I am currently only barely over 1700 there my rating has not made huge leaps in three years but then I haven't played there all that much during that time. I have removed some of the games that were seen under this post as I noticed they belong to a different opening. When I published this post the first time, I only used one source for looking up openings and then I thought that it would have all possible variations and only couple of months ago, I realised that it was not the case. Now I use a couple of sources to confirm the openings. Whenever I saw mistakes I have done in this blog, I will always correct them as well as I can. If you see mistakes on the name of the openings and maybe you think that some game should be under a different opening, please let me know, so that I could correct the matter. This was updated September 20th 2015.

Game number two. This game was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament and it is held at Red Hot Pawn. It is still possible for me to reach third place as my maximum possible score is still more than on the player who is currently third. The battle for the first place is still ongoing, the player who is at the moment first, has already played all of his games and only can hope that the player who is now second, does not get enough points in the remaining games to overtake him. As I have my both games still in progress against caissad4, the player who is currently second, I may play some part in the victory battle even though I can't win the tournament anymore. This game was added February 26th 2015.

Game number three. This one was played March 20th 2015 in the first round of a rapid chess tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena. The game went downhill for my opponent quite quickly and the large rating difference probably played part in this game. This was the 40th rapid game in a row where my rating had stayed 1700 or above and only needed 10 more games to achieve the goal I set for myself earlier the same year.

Game number four. This was played on the first round of the 2014 October Long Haul Split I tournament. Winning this game put me back on the number one spot of this tournament's group 2. I overtook beatlemania (1858), who had taken the number one spot from me by defeating me earlier in the tournament. I have currently 53 points with a maximum possible score of 59, beatlemania is on second place with 52 points and a maximum possible score of 58. My opponent in this game, Blackpoolmad, is currently on third place with 43 points and a maximum possible score of 49. There is, however, also a third player that has a theoretical chance to win and that is veca (1375) who has currently 32 points, but has a maximum possible score of 59.

Game number five. This one was played in paweljaniak's mini-tournament I. This win is the first one I have been able to get in the tournament so far. I have finished three games and I have won one, drawn one and lost one. I am currently on 7th place, which is also the last place in this tournament. My opponent, chief_huerta, is currently on 5th place and has gathered 2.5 points in 11 games he has finished, those points consist of two wins and one draw, the rest of his games he lost. Our other game is still to be played and it is the last game chief_huerta has to play in the paweljaniak's mini-tournament I. In these mini-tournaments you can only play four games at the same time and the tournament can start even with two players, even if there is a place for seven players or any other number of people. Because of that there is no way to tell when that game will start as it depends on how long my games last and also if other games from the tournament start before that one.

The game below went on evenly until my opponent played 12.c4, after that I started to get some advantage. The game starts to drift more and more to my advantage when my opponent sacrifices the pawn on e5 by castling on move 16. I did not expect this pawn sacrifice but I was happy to take that pawn as I did not see any reason not to take it. The rest of the game went without any major mistakes from either side until I played 36...Qg3, which could have resulted in a draw. Interestingly my opponent was in the same illusion as I was in that Qg3 just wins the game. It would not have won the game if my opponent had continued the game correctly, but instead the game would have been drawn.

Game number six. This was played at the FIDE Online Arena on December 10th, 2015. This game was played quite well until Vittorio Sterbini blundered with 17.Ne5. It was a horrible move that lost the game immediately, because I was just up a minor piece when I took the knight on e5. This was the 42nd rapid game in a row where my rating had stayed 1700 or above and only needed 8 more games to achieve the goal I set for myself earlier the same year.

Game number seven. This was played on the third round of the Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52). I advanced from the first round by winning group 14 with a one point difference to the player who finished second. Then on the second round I finished second in group 1, I lost first place with a half a point to a player called hozer. Because only two players advance to the next round, I was glad to at least secure the second place finish with one point difference to the player who finished third. So far I have suffered one more loss each round, I lost one on round one, two on round two and the first three games that have finished on round three I have lost, so it is time to win the remaining games. I actually need to win them all or this is the round that I am eliminated from the tournament. I currently reside in fourth place in this group 4 that consists of 5 players.

E24 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Accelerated

E24 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Accelerated

For the first time for some weeks I was able to move in enough games at Red Hot Pawn that there were only like 14 games in which it was my turn to move. I will try to do the same at Chess.com there I usually have 50+ games that are waiting for my move, compared to Red Hot Pawn it is not that much as in RHP there are over 70 games every day waiting my move. For a brief moment I was under 200 games in progress today but after couple of team matches started, I am back around 200 games. I wonder if I can get clearly under 200 games at some point as it does seem that new games end up starting in the place of the finished ones. I forgot to mention in yesterdays post that I updated one of my older posts A46 Indian Game: Knights Variation. General by adding one more game there.

Game number two. This game was the one that lifted me to my peak rating of 2155! It would have been maybe a lot more interesting if not for the blunder at the end by my opponent. The ratings shown in the pgn-file are ratings that were affected by this game's result and not the rating after the game had finished.

This third game started a bit maybe offbeat way, well mainly due to my opponent's surprising move 6.e4 and after that I handled the position in a suboptimal way. Well, 6...Nxe4 might be ok but after that I crumbled. The game below was played in a tournament called 2014 September Octet I 1700-1800. It is an eight player tournament played at Red Hot Pawn. The winner of the tournament was AttilaTheHorn, the opponent I had in this game. There is only two games left and those decide who will be second and third in the tournament. I am playing in those two remaining games, so I can still get second place which is according to the current ratings of the other participants a bit less than what you might of expected. I have over 100 rating points more than the second highest rated player in the tournament. Of course it is still not that huge difference that these kind of results would be somehow big surprises. This game was added to this post February 25th 2015.

Game number four. The game below was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament held at the correspondence chess site called Red Hot Pawn. Well, you can play blitz there these days aswell but main focus there is on correspondence chess. I have currently 91 points in the tournament and I am ten points behind the player who leads the tournament. I still have some chances of winning the tournament but I have secured myself at least third place, so can't complain all that much on how things have gone. This game was added March 2nd 2015.

Game number five. The game below was played on the third round of the Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52). With this win I had finished all but one game in group 4 and I was one full point away from advancing to the next round. I did manage to win my last game and that meant that I ended up on second place in the final standings of group 4. Our group was won by erimus (2195) with a score of 8 out of 8! I tied second place with quequeg, we both gathered 4.5 points in 8 games. Our group might be the only one where three players advanced, but two groups are still in progress and it is not clear yet what will happen in those groups. It has been somewhat tougher each round to advance to the next round, so fourth round might mean the end of the tournament for me, depending on who will play on the same group with me. I would really like to end up in the final round and have a chance to win one of those special trophies that this tournament offers.

It is kind of wierd to think that castling and bringing your king to safety can be considered a bad move, but there has been numerous examples in my games where castling has been in fact a bad move, sometimes even the game losing move. When quequeg played 10.O-O, his position started to go downhill and was not able to recover during the rest of the game. He should have gone for 10.e4, which might be the best chance for White to keep the game in balance. It is probably important to note that 10.O-O was not the losing move of the game, quequeg did have chances to hold a draw after that move. With his next move he goes further down the drain. Even after that quequeg does get to a position where he is only slightly worse after I played the move 14...Qc7. The losing move of the game was most likely 22.Bxc4 after which I played well enough not to give anymore chances to my opponent to equalise the game.

Game number six. This game was played on the first round of the 2015 October Grand Split Three Seven I 1800+ tournament that is being played at Red Hot Pawn. I have gathered 45 points so far and I have only one game left to finish. My last game is against funkydunky71 (1960), who is also at 45 points. However, funkydunky71 has 4 games left to finish and therefore has chances to overtake me in the standings. I am on the shared 5th place at the moment with funkydunky71. My opponent in this game, IyoKobat, has gathered 24 points so far and has one game left, which means IyoKobat can get to 27 points in case he wins his last game. IyoKobat is currently on 11th place but by winning that last game, he can get to 10th place in the final standings.

The move 5...b6, the first move that is out of theory, is something I like to play in that position. Well, I guess it could have transposed into a theoretical position had my opponent played 6.e3 and I would have continued with 6...c5. The reason I go for 5...b6 is that I want to play my bishop either to b7 or a6 as soon as possible and if I would wait, then maybe my opponent could play g3, followed by Bg2. However, there is a problem for White if he decides to fianchetto the bishop and that is the c4-pawn. After the bishop has been fianchettoed, it is much harder to defend the c4-pawn. I usually play for Ba6, Nc6, followed by Na5 to increase pressure towards that pawn. The idea is also to play d5 at a convenient moment to increase pressure towards the pawn.

I think the first questionable move from my opponent is Qd3 in response to Ba6. The queen does protect the pawn, but it is very badly placed at d3, allowing me to play d5 and possibly win the pawn from c4. After the moves 8.e4 d5, my opponent noticed the akwardly placed queen and played Qc2. At this point the accident had already happened and only if I am not up to the task, can my opponent get some counterplay and maybe even the game. There are a few options to consider after 8.Qc2, 8...Nxe4, 8...dxe4, 8...dxc4 and 8...Bxc4. Neither 8...dxc4 or 8...Bxc4 seem to do all that much because to dxc4 White can play Qa4 and if Bxc4, then Bxc4 followed up with Qa4, should be good for White. The other two options Nxe4 and dxe4 seemed better to me at first, but I had to dismiss the idea of Nxe4 in view of cxd5, after which I would be in huge trouble. That only left dxe4, which I think is the best move in the position. IyoKobat played 10.Ng5, which I think is not the ideal move, even though it does get a pawn back. The problem is that I can win the c4-pawn now. Hmm, maybe there was nothing better because the alternative Nd2 follewed by Qa4, g3 and Bg2 is a bit slow and passive way to handle the position. In the game continuation I am able to win the pawn after some prepatory moves. I had to wait until move 15 to start capturing on c4 because had I done that immediately after Qxe4, then Qc6+ would have won the game for my opponent. Even after I had won the pawn, the position was not all that easy to play due to the fact that I had weak dark squares around my king. After 24.Rd7 I was in some difficulties and I thought that my opponent certainly had some compensation for the pawn. I think I was able to play quite well and after 29.g3 I was very confident about my winning chances because I was able to first trade the menacing rook on the 7th rank and after I saw the move 31.Qc3 from my opponent, I knew that I will win the game because I can trade queens and the rest of the game should be risk free to play for the win as I was two pawns up in material. 31.Qc3 is basically the last try from my opponent to win the game as he threatens mate in one. I may have been falling to such threats in the past, but not anymore.

13 Oct 2014

C65 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense

C65 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense

I have tried for couple of days now just to go through all my games where it is my turn to move and at least look at the position if not make a move. I have failed completely in my attempt so far. If only I could at least do that I would be able to move in more games that I have been able to do so for some time now. I used to play faster games that were a bit easier than the other games but I do not remember all that well anymore what are the games where I have a good game going and where things are not going all that well. As I have over 200 games in progress at the moment, remembering the games or the ideas that I had in them has been sometimes really difficult. Some positions I do remember surprisingly well and even some ideas that I had in them but most are very fuzzy to me. It may be due to the fact that I do not have clear plans in some games, so remembering them becomes even more difficult.

Game number two. It is wierd how some games are much more easier to analyse than other games. I mean this I managed to analyse without any problems and then there is that one game that keeps crashing the program each time it reaches that one position...

Game nuber three. The game below is from a team match called OPEN MATCH LA BELLE FRANCE / CALABARZON CHESS TEAM. This is an ongoing match that is played on 15 boards. I played on board 5 for La Belle France and won both of my games on time. The other one I should have lost and this one ended in an interesting position where my king is quite actively attacking! Despite of that I may have some minor advantage on the position. The current score in the match is 18 - 9 in favor of La Belle France, so I was on the side of the winners of the match this time. We did get 8 of those wins due to timeouts. On a more positive note, we have not lost any games due to timeouts in this match.

Game number four. The game below was played in the fifth round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on April 12th 2015. I managed to win three games, play one draw and lose one game in this tournament. It was a good result because the only loss came against a player who outrated me by over 700 points at the time. This was a 15 minute game and because of that there are more mistakes than there would be if this was played with longer time controls. I assume the lack of time is what enabled me to survive the material deficit I had and enabled my comeback to a winning position.

12 Oct 2014

C21 Danish Gambit: General

C21 Danish Gambit: General

In addition to this new post I have also updated two of my previous posts with new games and those are in A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General and in C03 French Defense: Tarrasch Variation.. To my knowledge this might be the only blog out there where also older blog posts get updated when suitable additions to those are found. If there are other similar things out there, please leave a comment. I know that the content here should be without a doubt unique as no one else is publishing my games, well analysed versions of them anyway. I know that some of my close chess games are in some sites for one reason or the other, games that I have not uploaded myself that is.

This second game I won on time. Maybe I should have left it out but as I analysed it anyway, I thought why not publish it. The end position seems to be completely even, despite Black's awkwardly placed pieces. Stockfish did think that White is slightly better for a while but then it realised it was dead even.

Game number three. This was played in a team match called Chess & Cold Beer. It is played between I like beer and Chess and Stargate Command on 85 boards. I am playing on board 9 for Stargate Command and only time will tell whether or not I can tie my score with romeolips. That game will only affect on the ratings of the players and maybe change the score a bit one way or the other but otherwise it is not that important because the match has already been decided. The score is at the moment 63.5 - 93.5 in favor of Stargate Command, so I am on the winning side of this match regardless of my own personal performance in this match which has not been as good as I would have liked. I should start playing 4...cxb2 from now on, it would be probably the best way to try and take advantage of White's play. It is at least according to Stockfish the way to go. This game is also the 900th analysed chess game to appear on this blog! The amount of games analysed might go over 1000 before the end of the year which is quite amazing in my humble opinion.

Game number four. This was played on round one of the 1800+ 7 Days tournament that is being held at Chess.com. I am playing in group #5 and I am currently on fourth place, having gathered 5 points in 9 games. A player called PaulPorsche is leading the group but because he has had his account closed due to cheating apparently, the first player to advance to the second round should be BigGStikman, who is on second place at the moment and who crushed me easily in this game. BigGStikman has three games left and is only a half a point behind PaulPorsche, so he can get the win of the group in points aswell. I could get to 10 points if I were to win all my remaining five games but it is very doubtful at the moment I type this. A player called skw123 (2119) is on third place with 8.5 points and skw123 has four games left to improve that score.

11 Oct 2014

D06 Queen's Gambit Refused: Marshall Defense

D06 Queen's Gambit Refused: Marshall Defense

Again one of those rare openings you do not see all that much. As the games that are shown in the notation suggests, people who have played similar way in the opening are not that high rated. I would like to get a database in which only over 2400 rated players are but I guess as there might not be one easily accessible anywhere that if I would like to have one, I would need to make one myself but that seems like a lot of work. Might be easier just to play the openings in the way that higher rated players play them in order to get some examples of those in the games that I post here. I guess I should examine the games of someone who seems to know their Ruy Lopez or any other opening I would like to learn. Even though I heard this recommendation in a lot of sources, I have never really followed through with that. I just like to test moves on my own and see what seems to work.

Game number two. This was played on the third round of a rapid chess tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena on April 11th 2015. From the first two rounds I managed to get one win and one loss. Not that it would have saved this tournament for me but it would not have been nice to win the last round game and not lose a third game in a row, alas I did lose that fourth round game aswell and ended the tournament with only one win and three losses.

10 Oct 2014

C70 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Caro Variation

C70 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Caro Variation

I may have a problem of sorts, albeit I have tried to mostly not enter anymore tournaments and otherwise increase the amount of games that I play, I did enter a couple more tournaments today... Mainly due to the thinking times being long enough and one tournament even was a Ruy Lopez thematic tournament that I allowed myself to join those tournaments. This will most likely increase the amount of simultaneous games back over 200 but so be it. It is somehow still maintainable amount of games but it might drive me mad if most of games start to be in situations that I do not know what to do. This many simultaneous games has also affected in my logging into ICC or Playchess, I just have no time for it anymore which I would obviously want to change at some point. Then again I would most likely just play blitz in either of these sites and not playing blitz might have increased my overall strength. My steady climb at Red Hot Pawn seems to continue at least for now as I got to my highest ever rating there yet again, new peak at 1848. I wonder how long I can keep that nice progress going and when the eventual downhill starts.

This second game is from a team match called 50 MEMBER MILESTONE! and it was played between Life Is Chess and Chess School. I played board two for Life Is Chess and in addition to this win, I lost my other game with RavindraBabu. The match ended in 12 - 8 victory for Life Is Chess, so I was on the winning team this time.

The third game in this line is from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. It is a tournament where there are 21 players who play against each other twice, once with both colors. Joining these kind of tournaments increases your games in progress by 40 games instantly when they start. Third place finish is the highest I can hope for to get as the players in front of me are too far for me to reach as I have lost too many points in the tournament. In the game below the rating difference is just too great to make this an even battle for victory.

Game number four. It it is very rare that one wins after one has made four double question mark moves also known as very bad moves but somehow I did manage to win. I even made one bad move or only one question mark move. Well I guess this game is a blunder collection as my opponent made one really bad move more than I did. It is sometimes funny to see how badly I have played after the game. The thing is I never make these blunders on purpose but the pressure of making moves does make things maybe unnecessarily hard and that makes blunders more likely to occur. The game below was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II. This tournament is one of the rare ones at Red Hot Pawn that I can still fight to win. Likelihood of me winning this tournament is quite small though. This game was added March 2nd 2015.

Game number five. This was played in the first round of the 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800 tournament that was held at Red Hot Pawn. Despite the name of the tournament, the group I was in had five players in it, instead of four as you might think. It was the only group to have five players and because there were also five groups in round one and only the winner advanced to the second round, there were also five players in the final group. I did manage to win the group I was on the first round but the second round went rather badly and I finished fourth in the tournament. The game below was not played all that accurately by either of the players but as my opponent made more mistakes than I did, I was able to win the game.

Game number six. This was played in the first round of the 2014 August Banded Threesomes I 1700-1800 tournament. There were seven groups of three and one group of four players in the first round. In four of the groups more than one player advanced as there were either two or all three players tieing for first place. At least in the second round it seems that only one player will advance to the next round. This game and the game number five were played around the same time and they ended only a few days apart from each other.

Game number seven. This miniature game was played in the round one of the Ruy Lopez tournament that is held at Chess.com. This is a very long tournament because the thinking times are 14 days per move and only half of the round's games are started at the same time. This tournament started on October 10th 2015 and one of my games that started then is still in progress. This tournament has gone very well for me so far, in the 17 games that have finished that I have finished, I have gathered 17 wins!! I am also the current leader of group #1. I have five games left to finish on round one, so I have still time to mess things up and not win the group. A player called djsniper800 (1728) is currently second with 16 points and because he has three games left to finish, he still has a chance to win the group. A player called adamredsox24 (1689) is on third place at the moment with 15 points and because he has also five games left to play, he can also win the group. Because three of the best players will advance to the next round, I have pretty much secured my place on second round, due to the fact that players who are on places four to twelve, have either finished their tournament or can only reach 17 points.

Game number eight. This was played in the fourth round of a rapid chess tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on April 4th 2015. In the first three rounds I won two games and lost one, the loss coming in the third round game, so this win ended the losing streak before it even properly started. Then again this was also the last game of the tournament, so the losing streak would not have lasted all that long in any case. I think my opponent had the title of Arena FIDE Master at the time this game was played.

9 Oct 2014

C23 Bishop's Opening: General

C23 Bishop's Opening: General

I have tried to decrease the amount of games I play in order to be able to reply to moves made by my opponents faster. I am currently playing 186 games simultaneously which is a decent drop from the 216 games that is my current highest amount of simultaneous games. I could, of course, reply to moves made against me faster if I would not care that much of the outcome of the moves but I kind of like to win so I try make the best moves I possibly can. This mentality is probably what is the main reason for my rating increase in different sites. I have been able to increase my ratings at Red Hot Pawn, Chess.com and Queen Alice Internet Chess Club around 100 points in each site after I started playing correspondence chess again this year. Only on Red Hot Pawn though I am currently at my peak rating on the site which is 1821.

Game number two. This game I am about to share you now is one that I am quite ashamed of but I am still going to post it. I just did not look at all what my opponent had in mind. If I had spend a bit more time taking his counterplay off, this would have been an easy win but alas I did not, so this is embarrassing loss instead.

This third game you can play through below was played in a team match called Diamonds vs Space Angels---Open 3day/move, 1-10 boards. The teams that play against each other in this match are Diamond Members & Staff and Space Angels Light The Christmas Tree In Andromeda's Cluster Of Infinite Bright Stars. The latter team changes its name every now and then if I have understood correctly. The only game remaining still in this match is my other game against this same opponent. I play board 4 for the Diamond Members & Staff in this match. No matter what happens in the last remaining game, we have already secured our win in this match as we lead the match 10 - 5 at the moment. As I looked at the analysis, it seems I missed a shorter way to victory on move 15 when I played 15...Nxf3+ instead of the far superior move 15...Nf5+ that I should have seen it but did not. I guess one of my biggest problems when playing chess is that I settle for a decent move that seems to win and only very rarely look if there is an even stronger alternative.

The fourth game in this line was played over nine years ago at Red Hot Pawn. The ratings shown in the notation are not the ones from those old days when this was played but instead they are from the time I got the notation to my database which was sometime this year. Looking this game now, I would probably play the game almost exactly the same way I played it nine years ago. This is a rare example of my old games that I actually pretty much agree with my decisions but there are lot of early examples when I play against the various player profiles in Chessmaster 8000, for example, where I can't agree with most of my moves... Only thing comes to mind when I look at those games, did I really use to be so bad at chess. I mean I am not that good at it these days but I am at least a lot better when I started playing the game.

Game number five. This is the 38th game in the 100 rapid game match between me and Tomi. I continued to increase my lead again after one loss I suffered in the last game. After this win, the score was 22 - 16 in my favor. This time it was only due to one mistake by my opponent that gave me the advantage and I never let it go.

Game number six. The game below is the 46th game in the 100 game match and game after game, the way the match is going to end seems more and more clear. I would not rule out the winner of the match just yet though, the match can still take a completely different path. That different path just needs to start for my friend as soon as possible. After this 46th game, the score was 28.5 - 17.5 in my favor.

Game number seven. This was the 16th game to finish for me at ChessRex and my 8th chess game at the site. I have also played 8 chess960 games there so far and I have also two chess960 games in progress at the moment at ChessRex. This game was a direct challenge from SRIKANTH to me and the thinking time used in this game was 10 days per move. Despite of the longish time controls, this game did not even last a whole month. It was created February 29th, 2016 and it finished on March 22nd, 2016. I think this game went pretty much as expected until SRIKANTH played 4.Qc2. As far as I can remember, I have not seen that move in that position before. I think 4.d3 is something that people usually play against me, though other moves have also been tried here. Queen on c2 basically only defends the pawn on e4 which is not the best possible task for such a powerful piece. With correct play, I could have taken advantage of this move, but I was not able to play the most efficient reply, so the position was about even again. SRIKANTH played aggressively with paws during the six first moves and only developed a bishop and the queen. While that happened, I tried to be as effective as possible with development and not make unnecessary pawn moves. My way of playing the opening did give me a small advantage. When SRIKANTH played 7.d3, it was like asking for more problems because now SRIKANTH is falling even further behind in development. I take advantage of that by playing 7...d5 and already I should be clearly better. SRIKANTH's reply 8.Bxd5 just makes my job easier. In order for my opponent to somehow barely hang on in the game, SRIKANTH should have played 8.exd5 and keep the only active piece he or she has. After this I am able to maintain and even increase my advantage until on move 21, the game ends to my victory with a checkmate I am able to deliver.

C55 Italian Game: Two Knights Defense

C55 Italian Game: Two Knights Defense

It is a very rare occurrence that I am able to conduct a successful attack but it does happen and this game is an example of that. This is also the very few games that I can actually say that I enjoyed of playing because it felt so effortless. In most cases I just try to put my pieces in to good squares and hope that things work out. Sometimes I just do not have any idea on how to play a position and I may end up looking at it for a long time and still have no good ideas on what to do. Playing a lot of simultaneous games at the same time has given me some ideas on certain openings that I have able to put into use in my blitz games but as I mostly play games that have at least three days per move, I have become quite slow mover in blitz. I noticed it again yesterday when I tried to play blitz at the chess club yesterday. Well, my slowness might have been due to the fact that I had not played blitz over the board in couple of months. It was also a bit distracting when the pieces were not always completely centralized and I sometimes needed to adjust their position. Yes, I am a bit obsessed with that little thing, one of the reasons I prefer to play on the internet, the pieces are always neatly placed on their squares... ;-)

Game number two. This was played in the first round of the 2014 October Long Haul Split I tournament that is still ongoing at Red Hot Pawn. My opponent offered the draw after the move 35.g3 and despite the fact that I have two pawns more, I could not find a winning plan from this position and therefore I accepted the draw offer. I could have maybe tried to play this through because I have no fear of losing in this kind of position. Winning is extremely hard in my opinion though because of the different colored bishop ending. I know that there are positions where even that does not indicate a draw but in the position where this game ended, I can't advance my queenside pawns all that well and it seemed to me that my opponent can blockade the pawns quite easily. And because the pawns are symmetrical in the kingside, I thought my only winning chances would rely on advancing the queenside pawns so that my opponent would need to sacrifice his bishop for one of the pawns. I may have been incorrect in my assessment of the position but even now I do not think that I could win from that position. Stockfish seems to like my chances but maybe it is a bit overestimating my chances or I am too pessimistic about them, I am not sure.

8 Oct 2014

C11 French Defense: Classical Variation. Steinitz Variation

C11 French Defense: Classical Variation. Steinitz Variation

Here it is, the game that I typed about in my previous post. This is probably the best game I have played this year so far anyway. My opponent is a young Polish International Master whose rating in Online Chess may not be impressive for a titled player but as I noticed some of his ratings at Chess.com, he seems to be strong bullet player with a rating of 2625 and he also seems to have a great eye for tactics as his tactics rating 2831 would suggest. There is no doubt that he is a much better player than I am and also 12 years younger than me, meaning that he could still become much stronger.

Game number two. It is always a judgement call whether or not to include these short timeout losses in this blog. I think if there has been at least ten moves or otherwise the position is winning or losing, I will include it here. The position at the end of this game is pretty even, so had the game continued, it could have been an interesting one. The game below is from the 2014 Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. My opponent is currently the lowest rated player in this 21 player tournament. I am currently sharing the fourth highest rating, 1827, in the tournament.

Game number three. The move order in this one is a bit unusual, the normal move order can be seen in the first two games. The game below is from the first round of a tournament called 1800+ 7 Days. I have finished 3 of my 14 games on round one and out of those three games I have lost two and played one draw. So far this has gone quite badly for me and due to the fact that my opponents seem to play quite well, I do not think that I will improve my stats all that much on the other games but we shall see what happens. I am currently on sixth place with that half a point.

7 Oct 2014

A03 Bird Opening: Dutch Variation

A03 Bird Opening: Dutch Variation

In order to balance the scale a bit I have to post this loss of mine. Since I posted a win against this same opponent earlier today, I thought as this was conveniently already analysed that I would put this game here today aswell. There is also something interesting about today that I wanted to share with the readers. Today was the second time this year and actually the second time in my so called chess career that I was able to beat an International Master, you can see the game here. The first win over an IM came in the Finnish Team Blitz Championships, so one win over the board and one in the internet. I do not think I have improved that much in chess that beating IMs would become a regular thing, not by a long shot, so I need to be happy about those rare moments when those things happen. I will post that game later on in this blog with full analysis.

This second game was played in a team match called The Castle of Chenonceau - super semi-open match La Belle France. It is played between La Belle France and CALABARZON CHESS TEAM. I played board four for La Belle France and won both my games on time. The score is while I type this still at 11,5 - 0,5 in favor of La Belle France.

Game number three. This was played in a team match called First 'WIld and WIlful' Team match. It is an ongoing match between Wild & Wilful and Chess School. I am playing board 2 for Wild & Wilful. This is a small team match as it is played on only four boards. The current score is 5,5 - 1,5 in favor of Wild & Wilful which means we have secured the win in the match. The only remaining game is my other game against harianja_pr. This match started on November 20th 2014.

Game number four. The game below was played in a tournament called 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III. The tournament is held at Red Hot Pawn. Six players still battle out for the win of the tournament and one of those six is me. It is probably no surprise to anyone that the speed with which I have played is slow enough that I have more unfinished games than most of the other players in the tournament. I have 15 games still in progress out of the 40 games that started September 11th 2014. The games have been going over seven months now and some of the games might be in progress couple of months from now, so if I was a person who likes to finish things quickly, correspondence chess would not be for me.

Game number five. This was played in a team match called CYBERMEN ELITE vs «Classic Hits». The match is still ongoing and I am playing on board 3 for «Classic Hits». The match started on December 19th 2014 and the current score on May 19th 2015 is 22 - 12 in favor of CYBERMEN ELITE. That means that CYBERMEN ELITE will win this match as this is played on 19 boards. The game below started go horribly wrong for me on move 13...Nf6 and after that my opponent maintained his advantage never letting me back in the game again.

Game number six. This was the second game of mine to end in a match called Limitless Chess vs France/Deutschland Group. Both of my games ended in a wierd manner because there were two reasons suggested why I won this game, my opponent apparently lost on time and also resigned. Both of these games ended in even positions. I played on board 23 for Limitless Chess in the match that consisted of 87 boards. The current score in the match is 56 - 74 in favor of France/Deutschland Group. We still have chances to win the match but it does require a good comeback.