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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.

27 Nov 2014

A00 Irregular Openings (2.Nf3)

A00 Irregular Openings (2.Nf3)

I was surpised to see how many named opening lines there were starting with the move 1.e3 when I looked this opening up. Well the move 1.e3 is better at least than the 1.Nh3 I covered yesterday but the e-pawn is still not living up to its full potential if you only move the pawn one square up, so if you grab the e-pawn and want to move it on move one, move it to e4. I am going to do some content about the basics in chess for the beginners in both English and in Finnish in the coming days and or weeks depending how fast I am able to produce the content. If you have any questions about my posts or about chess in general, please leave a comment and I will answer to your questions the best way I can. I have updated the mate in one, two and three sections of the blog again today by adding a few more puzzles there. So today there are 72 positions in mate in ones, mate in two moves has 81, mate in threes has 64, mate in four moves collection contains 35 puzzles, mate in 5 has 16, mate in six moves has 9, mate in seven has two and mate in eleven has one puzzle to solve. All this adds up to 280 different puzzles which you can only see in this blog!

[Event "Corr game 11.5.2004-25.5.2004"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2004.05.11"] [Round "?"] [White "ikke"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "1125"] [BlackElo "1849"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "52"] [EventDate "2004.??.??"] 1. e3 {Van't Kruijs Opening} e5 (1... d5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. a3 e5 4. f4 exf4 5. Nf3 {Van't Kruijs Opening: Keoni-Hiva Gambit Delayed}) 2. Nf3 {A00 Irregular Openings} (2. Bc4 b5 3. Bb3 {Van't Kruijs Opening: Bouncing Bishop Variation}) (2. Nc3 d5 (2... Nc6 3. f4 exf4 4. Nf3 {Van't Kruijs Opening: Keoni-Hiva Gambit. Alua Variation}) (2... Nf6 3. f4 exf4 4. Nf3 {Van't Kruijs Opening: Keoni-Hiva Gambit. Akahi Variation}) 3. f4 exf4 4. Nf3 {Van't Kruijs Opening: Keoni-Hiva Gambit. Ekolu Variation}) 2... e4 3. Nd4 c5 (3... d5 4. h3 Nf6 5. f3 Bd6 6. fxe4 Nxe4 7. Qf3 Qh4+ 8. Ke2 Ng3+ 9. Kd1 Nxh1 10. c3 Nf2+ 11. Ke2 Ne4 { 0-1 (11) Silva,M-Palacios Llancari,J (1809) Juiz de Fora 2014}) 4. Nb5 (4. Ne2 d5 5. d3 exd3 6. Qxd3 Nf6 7. c4 Nc6 8. cxd5 Nxd5 9. Nec3 Be6 10. Nxd5 Bxd5 11. Nc3 Nb4 12. Qb1 Bc6 13. a3 Nd5 14. Qe4+ Be7 15. Nxd5 Bxd5 16. Qa4+ Kf8 17. e4 Be6 18. Be3 a6 {Hamad,A (2241)-Naby,S (2331) Tanta 2003 1/2-1/2 (74)}) 4... a6 5. Nd6+ $4 $146 (5. N5c3 Nf6 6. h3 d5 7. a3 Nc6 8. b3 d4 9. Na2 dxe3 10. dxe3 Qxd1+ 11. Kxd1 Be6 12. Bb2 Nd5 13. Bc4 O-O-O 14. Nd2 Be7 15. Ke1 f5 16. g3 Bf6 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. b4 b5 19. Be2 Ne5 {Miniszewski,M-Ptasznik,A (1789) Mielno 2010 0-1 (32)}) (5. N5c3 $142 {was a good chance to save the game} d5 6. d3 exd3 7. Bxd3 $11) 5... Bxd6 $19 6. Nc3 Be7 (6... Nf6 $5 {might be the shorter path} 7. g4 h6 8. d3 $19) 7. Nxe4 d5 8. Ng3 Nf6 9. c3 (9. Be2 {doesn't change anything anymore} Nc6 $19) 9... O-O (9... h5 {keeps an even firmer grip} 10. d4 $19) 10. Bd3 Nc6 11. Nh5 (11. Nf5 {a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} Bxf5 12. Bxf5 d4 $19) 11... Ne5 12. Bc2 (12. Be2 {desperation} c4 13. Nf4 $19) 12... Bg4 13. f3 Bxh5 14. g4 (14. d4 {is no salvation} Nc6 $19) 14... Bg6 (14... Nfxg4 $142 {and Black has prevailed} 15. f4 Bh4+ 16. Kf1 $19) 15. f4 ( 15. O-O {cannot change what is in store for White} c4 $19) 15... Bxc2 16. Qxc2 Nexg4 17. h3 Nh6 18. f5 Qd7 19. Rf1 Bd6 (19... Ne4 $5 {makes it even easier for Black} 20. Kd1 Nxf5 21. d3 $19) 20. d4 cxd4 21. cxd4 Rac8 22. Qf2 Ne4 23. Qf3 (23. Bd2 {is not the saving move} Nxf2 24. Bc3 Qxf5 25. Rxf2 Bg3 26. Kd2 Qxf2+ 27. Kd3 Rfe8 28. Re1 Rxc3+ 29. bxc3 Qxe1 30. Kc2 Rxe3 31. a3 Rxc3+ 32. Kb2 Qd2+ 33. Ka1 Rc1#) 23... Bg3+ (23... Bb4+ 24. Kd1 Qa4+ 25. b3 Qb5 26. Qg2 Qd3+ 27. Bd2 Bxd2 28. Qxg7+ Kxg7 29. Rg1+ Kf6 30. Rg6+ hxg6 31. a3 Nf2#) 24. Ke2 (24. Qxg3 {is not much help} Nxg3 25. Rf3 Nhxf5 26. Bd2 Qb5 27. Rxg3 Nxg3 28. Kf2 Qe2+ 29. Kxg3 Qxd2 30. Kf3 Rfe8 31. Rf1 Qxe3+ 32. Kg4 Re4+ 33. Rf4 Qxf4+ 34. Kh5 g6#) 24... Qb5+ 25. Kd1 Qd3+ 26. Bd2 Qxd2# 0-1

26 Nov 2014

A00 Irregular Openings (1...d5)

A00 Irregular Openings (1...d5)

Todays post involves an opening that I would not recommend to anyone. That is if you are wanting to play to win the game, then something else should be considered on move one. If you want to move that same knight, then f3 is much better square to develop it. When you play chess, you want to control as many squares as possible and especially the central squares e4, e5, d4 and d5. If you control the center, you control the game usually. When you develop the knight to h3 it has much more reduced influence on the game as it only controls four squares and on f3 it would control eight squares. As I looked this up, there is actually some theory on this move but of course very limited as the move is not that good or worth spending all that much time studying that move. 1.Nh3 may not be the worst move that you can play on move one but it is quite far up the list. Tomorrow I will share another game with an offbeat opening that in some ways is better than this opening I share with you now. I added two more games to my post about A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General and in addition I updated the mate in one, two, three and four pages today.

[Event "Corr game 3.5.2004-14.5.2004"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2004.05.03"] [Round "?"] [White "2redsportscars"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A00"] [WhiteElo "843"] [BlackElo "1849"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "72"] [EventDate "2004.??.??"] 1. Nh3 {Amar Opening} d5 {A00 Irregular Openings} 2. Nf4 (2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 c6 4. c4 e5 5. O-O Be7 6. f4 e4 7. f5 O-O 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. d4 Nc6 10. Nc3 b5 11. a3 a5 12. Bg5 Ng4 13. e3 Bxg5 14. Qxg4 Bxe3+ 15. Kh1 Ra6 16. Nf4 Bxf4 {Max-Marin, M (2515) Badalona 1993 0-1}) (2. g3 e5 3. f4 Bxh3 4. Bxh3 exf4 5. O-O fxg3 6. hxg3 {Amar Opening: Gent Gambit.}) 2... e5 3. Nxd5 $2 $146 (3. Nd3 Nc6 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c4 dxc4 6. Nxb4 Nxb4 7. Qa4+ Nc6 8. e3 Bd7 (8... Be6 9. Bxc4 Qh4 10. d4 Bxc4 11. Qxc4 exd4 12. O-O Nge7 13. Nd2 O-O 14. Nf3 Qg4 15. exd4 Nf5 16. h3 Qg6 17. d5 Nd6 18. Qh4 Na5 19. Ne5 Qe4 20. Qg3 Qxd5 21. Nd7 Ne4 22. Qxc7 Rfd8 23. Ne5 {Backlin,T-Fromm,T Taby 1991 0-1}) 9. Ba3 Nge7 10. Qc2 O-O 11. Bxc4 Bf5 12. d3 a6 13. e4 Bg6 14. h4 h6 15. h5 Bh7 16. Rh3 b5 17. Bd5 Nxd5 {Backelin, T-Nilsson, L Vaxjo 1992 1-0 (63)}) (3. Nh5 Bg4 (3... c5 4. d3 Bg4 5. Ng3 Nf6 6. Nd2 Nc6 7. b3 Be7 8. Bb2 Qc7 9. h3 Be6 10. e4 Rd8 11. Qf3 Nd4 12. Bxd4 cxd4 13. Nf5 Bxf5 14. Qxf5 Bb4 15. Rd1 O-O 16. Be2 Qxc2 17. f3 Qxa2 18. Qxe5 {Backelin, T-Hultin, P Vaxjo 1992 0-1 (59)}) 4. e3 Bxd1 5. Kxd1 Nf6 6. Bd3 Nxh5 7. h3 Nc6 8. c3 Qg5 9. Bb5 Qxg2 10. Re1 Qxf2 11. Rh1 Qf3+ 12. Ke1 Qxh1+ 13. Ke2 Ng3+ 14. Kd3 Qe4# {0-1 (14) Rosa,V-Comp Shredder 7,A Vicente Lopez 2003}) (3. Nd3 $142 Bd6 4. e3 $17) 3... Qxd5 $19 4. e3 Nf6 5. Bb5+ (5. Nc3 Qd6 6. Be2 $19) 5... Qxb5 6. Nc3 Qc4 7. Ne2 (7. d3 {doesn't do any good} Qh4 $19) 7... c5 8. O-O Qg4 9. g3 (9. f3 {does not improve anything} Qd7 $19) 9... Nc6 10. c3 (10. f3 { there is nothing else anyway} Qg6 11. d3 $19) 10... Qf3 11. Nd4 Qxd1 (11... exd4 $6 {is impossible} 12. Qxf3 dxe3 13. Qe2 $17) (11... Nxd4 {is a weaker possibility} 12. exd4 Qxd1 13. Rxd1 exd4 14. h4 $19) 12. Rxd1 cxd4 13. exd4 exd4 14. d3 Bd6 15. Re1+ Be6 16. Bd2 O-O 17. c4 Bb4 (17... Ne5 {keeps an even firmer grip} 18. Rxe5 Bxe5 19. Bg5 $19) 18. Bxb4 Nxb4 19. Rad1 Nxa2 20. Ra1 Nb4 21. Re5 Nxd3 22. Rg5 Nxb2 23. Re1 Nxc4 (23... d3 $142 {and Black can already relax} 24. Ra1 d2 $19) 24. h4 d3 25. Rd1 d2 26. h5 Bg4 27. h6 (27. Rb1 { does not save the day} Rfe8 28. Kg2 Re1 29. Rgb5 Rc1 30. Kh2 d1=Q 31. Rxc1 Qxc1 32. Rg5 Qxg5 33. f4 Qxh5+ 34. Kg1 Bf3 35. g4 Nxg4 36. f5 Qh1#) 27... Bxd1 28. hxg7 (28. Rxg7+ {does not help much} Kh8 29. Kh2 Bf3 30. g4 Ne4 31. g5 d1=Q 32. Rxh7+ Kxh7 33. g6+ Kxh6 34. g7 Qh1#) 28... Rfe8 (28... Bf3 29. g4 d1=Q+ 30. Kh2 Qh1+ 31. Kg3 Qg2+ 32. Kf4 Nd5+ 33. Rxd5 Qxg4#) 29. Rf5 (29. Kg2 {cannot change destiny} Bg4 30. Rf5 d1=Q 31. Rxf6 Qd5+ 32. Kh2 Qh5+ 33. Kg1 Re1+ 34. Kg2 Qh3#) 29... Kxg7 (29... Bg4 30. Rxf6 d1=Q+ 31. Kg2 Re1 32. Rf4 Qd5+ 33. Re4 Qxe4+ 34. f3 Qe2#) 30. Rf4 (30. Kh2 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} Bg4 31. Rg5+ Kf8 32. Kg2 d1=Q 33. Rxg4 Nxg4 34. Kh3 Nxf2+ 35. Kg2 Ne3+ 36. Kh2 Qh1#) 30... Bb3 ( 30... Bf3 31. Rxf3 d1=Q+ 32. Kg2 Nd2 33. Rxf6 Kxf6 34. g4 Qxg4+ 35. Kh2 Re1 36. f3 Nxf3#) 31. g4 (31. Rd4 {does not solve anything} Rad8 32. Rf4 d1=Q+ 33. Kg2 Re1 34. g4 Rg1+ 35. Kh3 Rh1+ 36. Kg2 Qg1+ 37. Kf3 Bd1#) 31... d1=Q+ 32. Kg2 ( 32. Kh2 {hardly improves anything} Re4 33. Rxe4 Nxe4 34. f3 Qxf3 35. g5 Qg3+ 36. Kh1 Nf2#) 32... Re1 33. g5 (33. Rxc4 {does not win a prize} Bxc4 34. f3 Rg1+ 35. Kh3 Qxf3+ 36. Kh4 Rxg4#) 33... Rg1+ 34. Kh3 Qh5+ 35. Rh4 Qf3+ 36. Kh2 Rh1# 0-1

25 Nov 2014

E21 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation

E21 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation

This game was played in a team match called Open Challenge Magnus Carlsen Group. It is played between Magnus Carlsen Group and DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS. I will never understand the fixation of all caps in a team name but then again it does not bother me as much as it does some people. This match is played on 21 boards and I played board 4 for Magnus Carlsen Group. I won both my games in the match, this game with resignation and the other on time. Even though there are still games left to play, DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS have already won the match as the score is at the moment I type this 12,5 - 24,5 in favor of our opponent. I have updated the mate in ones, twos, threes and fours today, so have a look there if you want to do some training. All puzzles you will find in this blog are taken from my games, the positions are either the actual game continuations or taken from the analysis of that game. The positions I have lately put there are all happened in the actual game the puzzle text refers to. The ones that have been taken from analysis continuations have no game comment on the puzzle text. I still have most of my moves to make in my correspondence chess games and I am going to make moves on them after I have made this post.

24 Nov 2014

A36 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Symmetrical Variation

A36 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Symmetrical Variation

I guess this game falls into category wierd time losses but maybe not as much the one game I am posting tomorrow. Well apparently white is clearly better according to Stockfish but maybe not winning and I would not resign in this position as black if I ever got to this position again. I was able to move in almost all of my Chess.com Online Chess games today which is a rare feat these days and I am happy that I managed to do that. Tomorrow I am hoping to go through all or at least most of my Red Hot Pawn games. It is around a hundred or more games I need to make a move in there. Almost every day it is the same with my Chess.com games or rather that is the amount of games where it is my move. Mate in one, two, three and four puzzles have been updated today so please take a look in there aswell.

Game number two. The game below is my latest game from Red Hot Pawn. It actually ended today when I type this June 29th 2015. It was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament. A player called kopsov (1924) leads the tournament, who has gathered 108 points and has maximum possible score of 114. Luft (1997) is on second place with 100 points and maximum possible score of 106. On third place is Reverb (1671), the only player who can tie points with the current leader. Reverb would need to win all of his or her remaining games to do it though and kopsov would need to lose all of his or her games in order there to be two winners of this tournament. I am currently fourth in this tournament and I have gathered 88 points and my maximum possible score is 103 at the moment.

Game number three. This was played in the first round of an over the board tournament that was held at Turku from December 7th 2001 to December 9th 2001. My rating back then was really low and I did not know all that much about chess. I am not sure how many times I faced this opponent, but he has always been a difficult adversary for me over the board. We both have improved our play over the years and if we were to play 100 game match or something like that I would not be so sure of the result. I think I would have good chances against him, based on mostly of the fact that I have spend a lot more time studying the game lately than he is, or so I would assume. Back in 2001, I did continue the games much longer than I would continue these days. I mean I would have resigned this game much sooner if this were a more recent game.

Game number four. For some reason, I have not marked which round this was played on. Because the results of this tournament I could not find anywhere anymore, I could not check to make sure. Also because this was played over 13 years ago, I have really no memory of the details anymore. Only thing I do know is that this was played in the Finnish School Team Championships on April 27th 2002. Also I remember that there were no ratings shown while we played, so unless you asked the rating of your opponent, you could not really tell what it was. And back then I did not really follow all that closely what my own rating was, I just wanted to play the game. The teams consisted of four players and even though I have vague memories of the tournament, I could not even tell for 100% certainty who played on the same team as me. I think I have very selective memory at times. I only seem to remember things that were somehow important to me and sometimes I remember things that I would like to forget.

Game number five. This is from the round four of the Lomasäkylä tournament that was played at Eura in 2005. On the first round I won a game against a player who was rated 2063. After that first round, I had lost on rounds two, three, and on this fourth round. So after four rounds I had only one point, which was rather disasterous, though I have to say in my defense that only on this fourth round had I faced an opponent that was lower rated than me. Therefore my results might have been expected based on the ratings. This does not mean that I would have been in any way satisfied with my results so far, except the first round win of course.

Game number six. This was played on the first round of a five round tournament that was played at Turku in the early part of 2006. I think this was the fourth tournament I played that year and the similar progress I experienced in those three tournaments continued also on this one, with every tournament my rating dropped around 40 points. It was a disastrous start for the year and actually the whole year became very grim for me, as far as my chess results are concerned that is. I think I dropped my rating over 200 points in 2006, it is luckily something that I have not experienced any other year, so far anyway. This horrible chess year was followed by a long break from playing chess. I think I did not play the game in nine months or something like that.

Game number seven. The game below was played on the first round of the weekend tournament that was played at Espoo between February 22nd and February 24th, 2008. This was the first over the board tournament that I played in 2008 and it started with a win against a higher rated opponent. While this game might have been a promising start to the tournament, I could not have anticipated what happened on the remaining rounds. This tournament became the best tournament that I have ever played in view of how much rating points I was able to gain just from these five rounds. For some reason I had forgotten about this tournament when I have thought about my highest rating increases in one tournament until I saw the results of this one once again some time ago.

I think it was around this time I had spent a lot of time watching chess videos at chessvideos.tv and during this tournament thought when making my moves, what would Greg do in this position. Greg otherwise known as curtains made a lot of videos to that site and I started watching them after my friend suggested I should check out curtains' videos. I did watch videos also from other people there, but Greg's videos especially were enjoyable to watch and still are, but these days I watch them at Youtube when I have time.

Game number eight. The game below was played on the first round of a weekend tournament that was played at Turku in 2008. Back then I mainly played 1.c4 with white, so these systems were fairly known to me. Neither side really gained an advantage until I blundered with 12.Ncd4. It was better to play 12...Nxb4. The game becomes even quite soon as after 14.b5 the balance is restored. The next clearly noticeable shift in the advantage comes when my opponent played 34.Rd2, I was already slightly better at this point, but with that move I was clearly better. My opponent almost lost the game with the move 36.Kg3, but I was not able to find the best continuation to make use of that blunder. My advantage held to the end of the game and I should have a winning advantage in the position where the game ended, but for some reason we agreed to a draw. I am not sure why, maybe it was a time trouble thing and I could not figure out the winning plan in the remainder of my time or something like that. Then again, I looked at the line that according to Stockfish should be winning but it does not seem so convincing to me, so I do not know if that position is truly winning or not, but it does require very accurate play regardless.

23 Nov 2014

D11 Slav Defense: Breyer Variation

D11 Slav Defense: Breyer Variation

I guess as I still managed to find a "new" opening, I am still continuing the same path I started in July this year. Despite August being a bit off in all accounts as I had some technical problems, I still have been able to post more than one post per day on average. If I do not fell in to a coma or worse or something major wrong with the computer I will keep a daily update schedule running. I hope I lost the game below on time because if I resigned in an even position, I would be really ashamed of myself... Or rather I would be if I were younger and cared about that more. Today was quite a busy day in form of updates to this blog while I tried to find a game where the opening was something I had not featured here yet. This meant that the following posts have new games to look at A15 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation has two new games, D30 Queen's Gambit Declined: General has one more game added, A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General has two new games, A17 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Hedgehog System has one more game, C64 Ruy Lopez: Classical Defense has one more game, D02 Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation. Pseudo-Catalan has one more game, B38 Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind has one more game and C62 Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense has one more game. In addition to all this I have also added more puzzles in the mate in one, two and three puzzle pages.

22 Nov 2014

B10 Caro-Kann Defense: Accelerated Panov Attack. Open Variation

B10 Caro-Kann Defense: Accelerated Panov Attack. Open Variation

I have come up with something special to share when I do not have anymore different openings to go through but I am not going to spoil the surprise yet. I have not experimented with the idea yet to test if it works but I am quite confident about it at the moment. Only time will tell what my briliant idea is. Safe to say though that it will bring even more diversity to this blog and that is all I am going to say about it. For the time being I hope you enjoy the posts I have made and if you do, please tell your friends about it. I have updated more puzzles today aswell in the mate in ones, twos and threes. I did manage to go through one of my databases and went on to the next one, where I can pull even more puzzles for you all to solve. I did also update one of my older posts called D10 Slav Defense: General. Until next time, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

21 Nov 2014

B45 Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation

B45 Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation
[Event "Let's play chess"] [Site "http://gameknot.com/chess.pl?"] [Date "2014.10.01"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "jonax12"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B45"] [WhiteElo "1694"] [BlackElo "1676"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "96"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 {Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation} 6. Be2 (6. Ndb5 Bc5 {Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation, Cobra Variation}) (6. Nxc6 {Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation, Exchange Variation}) 6... h6 (6... Qb6 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. O-O d5 9. exd5 cxd5 10. Be3 Qb8 11. Bb5+ Bd7 12. Bxd7+ Kxd7 13. f4 Bd6 14. Qd2 Rc8 15. Bd4 Bc5 16. Bxc5 Rxc5 17. Rad1 Qc7 18. f5 e5 19. Qg5 Rg8 20. Rfe1 Kc8 21. a4 { Vouldis,A (2285)-Skembris,S (2545) Rhodos 1993 0-1 (41)}) 7. O-O b6 $146 (7... Bb4 8. Qd3 (8. Ndb5 O-O 9. a3 Be7 10. Bg4 e5 11. Be3 d6 12. a4 Be6 13. f4 exf4 14. Bxf4 Ne5 15. Be3 a6 16. Nd4 Rc8 17. Nf5 Nc4 18. Nxe7+ Qxe7 19. Qc1 d5 20. Bd4 Nxe4 21. Nxe4 dxe4 22. b3 Nd6 {Maestracci,O (1620)-Carrot,P (1841) Loire 2008 0-1 (36)}) 8... Bxc3 9. bxc3 O-O 10. c4 d5 11. exd5 exd5 12. Re1 dxc4 13. Qg3 Ne4 14. Qf4 Qxd4 15. Rb1 Nc3 16. Qg3 Nxe2+ 17. Rxe2 Qd1+ 18. Re1 Qxe1# { 0-1 (18) Sharovskaya,O-Shchipanova,S Ukraine 2000}) (7... a6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. Be3 Qc7 10. f4 g5 11. f5 e5 12. a3 Bb7 13. Bf3 Rd8 14. Na4 c5 15. Nc3 Be7 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. exd5 e4 18. Be2 Qe5 19. c3 Nxd5 20. Bf2 Bd6 21. Bg3 Nf4 22. Bxa6 { Zaksaite,S-Baltramiejunaite,L Panevezys 1995 0-1 (52)}) (7... d5 8. exd5 exd5 9. Bb5 $14) 8. Be3 {White has a very active position} (8. Nxc6 dxc6 9. Qxd8+ Kxd8 10. Rd1+ Nd7 $16) 8... Bb7 {Black should quickly conclude development.} 9. Ndb5 d5 $2 (9... d6 $142 $16) 10. exd5 $18 Nxd5 $2 (10... exd5 11. Bf4 Bc5 12. Nc7+ Kf8 13. Nxa8 Bxa8 $18) 11. Nxd5 exd5 12. Qxd5 (12. Bf4 {and White can already relax} Be7 13. Nc7+ Kf8 14. Nxa8 Bxa8 $18) 12... Be7 (12... Qxd5 13. Nc7+ Kd7 14. Nxd5 $18) 13. Rad1 (13. Qe4 {might be the shorter path} O-O 14. Rad1 Na5 $18) 13... O-O 14. Qh5 Qb8 $2 (14... Qc8 $18) 15. Bd3 (15. Rd7 $142 { and White wins} Bf6 16. Bf3 $18) 15... Ne5 (15... Qe5 $142 16. Qxe5 Nxe5 $16) 16. Be2 $4 {weakening the position} (16. Bxh6 Nxd3 17. Rxd3 Be4 $18) 16... Be4 $4 {allows the opponent back into the game} (16... Nc6 17. Rd7 Bf6 $18) 17. c3 (17. Bf4 Bf6 18. Bd3 Bg6 19. Bxg6 fxg6 $18) 17... Ng6 (17... a6 18. Bf4 axb5 19. Bxe5 $16 (19. Qxe5 $6 Qxe5 20. Bxe5 Rxa2 $11)) 18. Bf3 (18. Rfe1 Nf4 19. Bxf4 Qxf4 $18) 18... Bxf3 $16 19. Qxf3 (19. gxf3 $6 Re8 $11) 19... Qe5 20. Nd4 Bd6 (20... Rfe8 21. Rfe1 Bf8 22. h3 $16) 21. g3 f5 $2 (21... Bc5 $142 $16) 22. Rfe1 $18 Qf6 (22... Rae8 23. Bxh6 $1 {Decoy: h6} Qxe1+ 24. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 25. Kg2 $18) 23. Nb5 (23. Qd5+ $142 {keeps an even firmer grip} Kh7 24. Ne6 Rfe8 $18) 23... Be5 24. Bd4 (24. Qd5+ $142 $5 {makes it even easier for White} Qf7 25. f4 Qxd5 26. Rxd5 Bf6 $18) 24... Rad8 25. Bxe5 Nxe5 26. Qb7 $4 {releasing the pressure on the opponent} (26. Qe2 Rxd1 27. Qxd1 Rd8 $18) 26... f4 (26... Rxd1 $142 {and Black is still in the game} 27. Rxd1 f4 28. Qd5+ Kh8 $11) 27. Rxd8 $16 Rxd8 28. Nd4 fxg3 29. hxg3 Nd3 30. Re2 Rf8 31. Qd5+ (31. f4 Nc5 32. Qc6 Qf7 $16) 31... Kh8 (31... Qf7 32. Qxf7+ Kxf7 33. Kg2 $16) 32. Ne6 Re8 $4 {simply worsens the situation} (32... Qf5 33. Qxf5 Rxf5 34. Nd4 $16) 33. Qxd3 (33. Qd7 $142 {and White can celebrate victory} Rxe6 34. Qxe6 (34. Rxe6 $6 Qxf2+ 35. Kh1 Qf1+ 36. Kh2 Qf2+ 37. Kh3 Nf4+ 38. gxf4 Qf3+ 39. Kh4 Qxf4+ 40. Kh3 Qf3+ 41. Kh2 Qf2+ 42. Kh3 Qf3+ 43. Kh2 Qf2+ 44. Kh3 Qf3+ $11) (34. Qxd3 $6 Rxe2 35. Qxe2 Kh7 $16) 34... Qxe6 35. Rxe6 Nxb2 36. Kg2 $18) 33... Rxe6 $16 34. Rd2 (34. c4 Rxe2 35. Qxe2 Qg6 $18) 34... Qg5 (34... Re1+ 35. Kg2 $16) 35. Qd8+ Qxd8 36. Rxd8+ Kh7 37. Rd2 Kg6 38. Kg2 Kf6 (38... Re1 39. Rc2 $16) 39. Kf3 h5 40. Rd4 (40. Rd7 $5 a6 41. c4 $16) 40... g5 41. Rd2 Re7 (41... Re1 42. b3 Rc1 43. c4 $14) 42. c4 $16 Rc7 (42... Re5 43. b4 $16) 43. b3 Re7 44. a3 (44. Rd6+ $142 Kf5 45. Rd5+ Kf6 46. c5 bxc5 47. Rxc5 $18) 44... a5 $4 (44... Re1 $142 $14 {the only rescuing move}) 45. Rd6+ $18 Re6 (45... Ke5 46. Rxb6 a4 47. Rb5+ Kf6 48. bxa4 g4+ 49. Kf4 Re2 50. Rxh5 Rxf2+ 51. Kxg4 Rc2 $18) 46. Rxe6+ Kxe6 47. Ke4 h4 ( 47... g4 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} 48. b4 Kd6 49. Kf5 Ke7 50. Kg6 Ke6 51. Kxh5 Kf5 52. bxa5 bxa5 53. a4 Ke4 54. Kxg4 Ke5 55. f4+ Kd4 56. f5 Ke5 57. c5 Kd5 58. f6 Ke6 59. Kg5 Kd5 60. f7 Kxc5 61. f8=Q+ Kc4 62. Kf4 Kd5 63. Qd8+ Kc4 64. Ke4 Kc3 65. Qc8+ Kb2 66. Kd3 Ka1 67. Qb8 Ka2 68. Kc3 Ka1 69. Qb2#) 48. gxh4 gxh4 1-0 [Event "Grand Seven Fourteen"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.08.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "apsol"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B45"] [WhiteElo "1871"] [BlackElo "1650"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "49"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 {Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation} 6. Be2 (6. Ndb5 Bc5 {Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation, Cobra Variation}) (6. Nxc6 {Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation, Exchange Variation}) 6... Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. Be3 a6 9. h3 $146 { Black has a cramped position. Black's piece can't move: c8} (9. a3 d6 (9... b5 10. Nxc6 dxc6 11. Qxd8 Rxd8 12. Bb6 Rd7 13. Rfd1 Rb8 14. Ba5 Rbb7 15. b4 Rxd1+ 16. Rxd1 Rd7 17. e5 Nd5 18. Ne4 f5 19. exf6 Nxf6 20. Rxd7 Bxd7 21. Bf3 h6 22. h3 Nd5 23. Kf1 Kf7 24. Ke2 {Genzor,M (1643)-Uhrecky,U (1664) Slovakia 2015 1/ 2-1/2 (34)}) 10. Nf3 h6 11. Qd2 e5 12. h3 Be6 13. Nd5 Nxe4 14. Nxe7+ Nxe7 15. Qb4 Bd5 16. c4 a5 17. Qa4 Bc6 18. Qc2 Nf5 19. Rad1 Nxe3 20. fxe3 Qe7 21. Bd3 f5 22. Nd2 Ng3 23. Rf2 Qg5 {Aedo,L (1554)-Lopez,R (1805) La Florida 2003 0-1}) (9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. f4 d5 11. exd5 cxd5 12. Bd4 Qc7 13. Kh1 Bb7 14. Bd3 Rac8 15. Rf3 Ne4 16. Bxe4 dxe4 17. Rg3 f6 18. Qg4 Rf7 19. Qxe6 Qd6 20. Qb3 Qb4 21. Re3 Qxb3 22. cxb3 Bd6 23. g3 Rd7 {Knight,S (2104)-Ivanov,S (2261) Caleta 2010 0-1 (42)}) (9. Kh1 Qc7 10. Qe1 b5 11. Bd3 Ng4 12. Nf3 Bb7 13. h3 Nxe3 14. Qxe3 Bf6 15. Qd2 Rac8 16. Rac1 Rfd8 17. Rfe1 h6 18. Nd1 Ne5 19. Nxe5 Bxe5 20. Re2 d5 21. Qe1 Bf4 22. Ne3 dxe4 23. Bxe4 Bxe4 {Goulart,C-Farhat,S S Sebastiao do Paraiso 2001 1-0} ) (9. f4 d5 10. exd5 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 exd5 12. Rad1 Bf5 13. Rd2 Ne4 14. Nxe4 Bxe4 15. Bf3 Bf6 16. Qb4 Bxf3 17. Rxf3 Qc7 18. Bd4 Bxd4+ 19. Qxd4 Rad8 20. Qc3 Qb6+ 21. Qd4 Qc7 22. Rc3 Qe7 23. Re3 Qf6 {Simo,J (2049)-Kobzak,G (1662) Hungary 2002 1-0 (46)}) 9... Qc7 {White has an active position} 10. Nb3 {White has a very active position} b5 {White has an active position} 11. a3 {White has a very active position} Bb7 {White has an active position} (11... Ne5 12. f4 Nc4 13. Bxc4 bxc4 14. Nd2 $11) 12. Qd2 {White has a very active position} (12. f4 b4 13. axb4 Nxb4 $11) 12... Rad8 (12... Ne5 13. Qd4 $15) 13. Nc5 Bc8 14. Rad1 ( 14. Nb3 d6 $11) 14... Ne5 $15 15. Nb3 {Black has a cramped position} Bb7 (15... Nc4 16. Bxc4 bxc4 17. Nd4 $17) 16. f3 {Covers g4} (16. Qd4 d5 17. Qb6 Qxb6 18. Bxb6 Rc8 $11) 16... Nc4 17. Bxc4 bxc4 18. Nd4 d5 19. exd5 exd5 {Black has an active position.} (19... Nxd5 $142 20. Nxd5 Rxd5 $17 (20... exd5 $6 21. Nf5 $11 )) 20. Nf5 $14 Bc5 21. Bxc5 Qxc5+ 22. Qd4 Qc8 $4 (22... Qxd4+ $142 {was much better} 23. Nxd4 Rfe8 $14) 23. Ne7+ $18 Kh8 24. Nxc8 Rxc8 25. Rfe1 1-0

Today I finally ended my winning streak at Chess.com, it had become pretty ridiculous to be honest, I had won 19 games in a row there. It may be actually the longest streak I have had at any site ever before. The longest winning streak I remember having was many, many years ago when I still played chess at Yahoo, I think I got to 17 then. My longest losing streak is well I do not even know how long that is, somehow that has never been something I want to acknowledge... I have updated today a few more puzzles to mate in ones and twos.

Game number two. This game is taken from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament played at Red Hot Pawn. I am still fighting for the win of this group of 21 players. I am currently placed second with 91 points, the player currently on first place has 101 points but as I have more games still in progress I have a chance of catching him. He does have maximum possible score of 116 after all his games have finished and I have maximum possible score of 115, so the two games that I have against the current leader, caissad4, are in crusial part in determining who wins. This still ongoing tournament started August 11th 2014.

20 Nov 2014

B12 Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Bayonet Attack

B12 Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Bayonet Attack

I have tried to significantly decrease the amount of correspondence games I play for awhile now but the amount of games in my case is more likely to increase than to decrease. I am going over 300 games any time now. The time needed for moving in all of the games takes as it is too long as I am not able to move in all of the games everyday, actually only at small part of the games I can actually make a move in any given day. I have not lost a single game on time in years, counting only corr games of course because blitz games I do lose on time every now and again. I like to play as well as I can possibly play which means that I may only make moves on games that have less than two days until I time out, there just does not seem to be enough time for other games. I have updated mate in ones, twos and threes with few more puzzles today. The game below is one of the rare examples when I have played the Caro-Kann with the black pieces and even rarer example of me actually winning a game with it.

19 Nov 2014

D95 Gruenfeld Defense: Botvinnik Variation

D95 Gruenfeld Defense: Botvinnik Variation

Today the amount of puzzles featured in this blog went over 200, the current amount is at 203. With this post the amount of different openings featured in this blog goes to 125 and the amount of analysed games is now 194. I will do my very best to offer you more content each day and I am hoping to add from now on more puzzles every day as well as these new games to look at and new opening variations in them as long as there are different ones to go through. I am still playing too many correspondence games and there is little hope of that changing in the near future. The pressure to make moves is always present but so far I have managed not to lose on time. The game below is against the same opponent that I shared a game with you all yesterday, this time I lost in a game where I did a couple of really bad moves.

18 Nov 2014

E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Marco Defense

E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Marco Defense

I forgot to mention yesterday that I updated one of my earlier posts called A13 English Opening: Agincourt Defense with one more game added there and as I did the adding, I noticed that the post had mislabeled ECO code A40 as it should have been A13, so I fixed that at the same time I added the new game there. Even though I try to be careful, sometimes things like these happen. Today I have updated the post D02 Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation with one more game to look at. I have also added more puzzles to mate in ones, twos and threes.

The game you see below is a recent one and like most cases in my games, the opening variation played comes from unusual move order. The usual move order for this opening variation is otherwise the same as the order in the game, except for white's fourth and fifth moves should be other way around. As I typed about the wierd time control numbers yesterday this one is also the amount of seconds players had at their disposal for each move. 604800 seconds equals to 7 days. If you find something that is wrong or bizarre in this blog, please let me know in the comments and I try answer as well as I can to what is maybe the reason why something is the way it is. The comments may contain questions about the puzzles or maybe some of my posts that did not make sense if there are any that is that were hard to understand. I do try to do things as simply as I can while maintaining a certain level of quality.

This second game was played in a team match called Northeast9. It is a ongoing match between BRAZIL - NORDESTE and Finno-Ugric Chess Players. I played board two for Finno-Ugric Chess Players in this match and my other game against rabirabbit I lost, so on board two we tied 1 - 1. We are currently leading the match 4 - 7 as we are the away team in this match. Only one game remains to be played but we have already secured the win as you can see from the score. Like most of the team matches I have played at Chess.com, this had also the same thinking time of 3 days per move.

Game number three. The game below was played in the second round of the Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52). This was played in group #1 and I won my other game against hozer. I have two games left in round two and I have not secured my place on the third round yet but at the moment it seems to be likely. Hozer is currently leading the group and I am on second place. Two best players in the group will advance to the next round.

17 Nov 2014

A04 Zukertort Opening: Pirc Invitation

A04 Zukertort Opening: Pirc Invitation

Welcome all to yet another opening experimentation which seemed to result into a victory for me this time. If you notice the wierd number on the time controls 1/259200 it actually means that we had to move once every 259200 seconds which can be said more easily if you just say we had three days to use per move. I have no idea why it does that change, it shows on my Chessbase 12 database as 4320m/1 which is obviously how many minutes there were to use before we had to move. This has happened with some, not sure if all of my GameKnot games that I have copy pasted from my e-mail to my database. Today I was not able to update more puzzles but I will do so tomorrow at some point. Until next time, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

The second game in this line is also one that was played at GameKnot and also one that was a normal game challenge as it was not played in a team match or in a tournament. This game is also the most recently ended game on the site and as the year is running out fast, it will be most likely the last game I manage to finish this year on GameKnot. It is nice to be able to finish the year in a victory at least on one of the sites I play.

16 Nov 2014

C11 French Defense: Steinitz Variation. Gledhill Attack

C11 French Defense: Steinitz Variation. Gledhill Attack

As I keep getting my Chess.com rating higher and higher back to its old glory, I keep wondering when my eventual downfall starts. There has been some games where I know that my survival in them is not a long one. I hope to be mainly improving my rating though and maybe I can once more get to my peak rating there. It still needs around hundred points more to get there but maybe with precise play and minimizing my losses it will someday get there again. The game I am sharing with you now was played not that long ago at GameKnot and this particular variation of the French I think I have only played this one time. My loss of course was not due to the opening but my inability to play good moves later on in the game. Maybe if I remember these moves, I could try this opening again as it may need a second try or maybe even more tries than that. I have updated today mate in one, two and three sections. Not with that many additions but some.

15 Nov 2014

A01 Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation

A01 Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Modern Variation

Despite the odds being against I was able to yet again do a normal post even though I was sure yesterday that I would need to take this day off due to stuff I needed to do and which took quite a huge part of the day. I did also update the mate in two and mate in three sections with one more puzzle each. I was today at a team match witch required me to drive an hour or so with my team mates to reach the place where we played. We managed to win our match 3-0 which meant the second victory for us this season in the second match, so we have started this season really well. The first one we won 2-0 so we are in quite a good shape. We play a series with each team having five players but draws do not count for the end result. I do hope we can continue our good results in the last two matches. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

14 Nov 2014

A04 Zukertort Opening: Queenside Fianchetto Variation

A04 Zukertort Opening: Queenside Fianchetto Variation

I still seem to have some luck in me as I managed to find a suitable game for the daily update. It was basically the last game I had analysed today. Tomorrow I may be too busy to update this blog but I try my best. If nothing else, I can update the puzzles section a bit tomorrow. The following posts have new games to look at A45 Indian Game: General, C62 Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense, D02 Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation and C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation, the last one even had two more games added to it.

Game number two. This was played on round four of the tournament that was played at Turku in 2002. From the previous three rounds I had gathered one win, one loss and one draw. Because all of my opponents were higher rated than me, it was a good result for me. Even the last two rounds were not enough to make this a bad tournament for me, because I ended up increasing my rating again despite only getting 1.5 points out of the possible 5.

13 Nov 2014

D02 Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation

D02 Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation

For the first time today I ended up doing something I have tried to avoid, I analysed a game that I had already analysed before. The good news is that the analysis got updated to a more accurate one or at least I hope that is the case... Well the older analysis had been using some old version of Rybka and now it features the current engine I am using to analyse my completed games Stockfish 5 64 SSE4.2. Last night before I went to take my 7-8 hour nap, I updated a bit more puzzles. My post on C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation has that newer game analysis to look at, the post about A20 English Opening: King's English Opening. General has two more games than previously.

Game number two. This is something that almost never happens, I am updating the post I made on yesterday before I have something new to post today. Will I find a game with a previously unseen opening variation in it before this day ends, is at the moment quite unlikely but I will try to find one.

This third game is the first one of the three that features the opening in the move order that you can find this in theory.

Game number four. This is one of the last remaining Open invite games that I have played at Red Hot Pawn. I think all the future games I will start there will be tournament games. It is much easier to get more games to play simultaneously when I go to a correspondence chess tournament. Admittedly it is sometimes a bad thing if you start too many and they become unmaintainable. Or the next round might start in a time that is bad for you. I would still rather play tournaments though as there are more to fight for in the games. This game was added March 2nd 2015.

Game number five. The game below was played in the 2014 September Octet I 1700-1800 tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. I am at the moment I type this, still fighting for the second place in the tournament in the last two games that still remain to be played or rather finished as all the games in this tournament started at the same time. The winner of this eight player tournament of course has been crowned a long time ago.

Game number six. This one was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III. I am currently fighting for fourth place or in a way shared third place because if I win all my remaining games, I can get to 97 points which is the same amount of points as the player who is third has. But because he has already played all his games and he won both his games against me, I can't be ahead of him in the final standings.

Game number seven. It is safe to say that this game did not go as planned and it started to go wrong for me in the opening and I could not recover properly anymore in the later parts of the game. This was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament at Red Hot Pawn. Both me and Reverb are still in the fight for the win of the tournament. Three other players who can also win the tournament are kopsov, caissad4 and Luft. Out these players kopsov is the current leader and the one with the best chance of taking the win. This is due to the fact that his maximum possible score is higher than anyone else in the tournament. I have currently 76 points and that puts me in fourth place. I also have the fourth highest maximum possible score, so I might also end up being fourth in the final standings.

Game number eight. This was played in the first round of the Smaller Tournament at Chess.com. I have finished three of the eight games of my round one games so far. I have won two of them and one on time. The one I won on time, is the game below. I am currently on third place in this five player group. Only the group winner advances to the next round.

Game number nine. This game was played in a team match called "LEGENDS ARE FOREVER OPEN CHALLENGE 2016". The match consists of 55 boards and it is played between SHETOS and Chess School. I played on board 8 for Chess School and won both of my games against Silent_Venom. The current score in the match is 34 - 70 in favor of Chess School, se we have secured the win in this match quite comfortably.

The game shifted in my favor after two inaccurate moves in a row by Silent_Venom 6.dxc5 and 7.Qa4+. It was better to play Be2 instead of either move played in the game. The adavantage that I might have had before, I lost when I played the somewhat clumsy looking 12...Qe5. I played that move because I wanted to keep my pawn structure intact by taking with the queen on f5 if my opponent had decided to take the bishop with the knight, which happened later in the game. The next turning point of the game came when Silent_Venom played the move 16.Bb2, the bishop has a very grim future on b2 because the pawn on c3 is unlikely to move out of the way anytime soon. 16.a4 would have been a much better move because it has a threat attached to it and therefore it fights for the initiative. I did not find the most accurate reply to 16.Bb2, which would have been Nb6, but instead I played my knight to e5 and directed my attention to the kingside. I ended up being on the worse side once again because I played 18.bxa4 which was the simple answer to the threat towards my pawn on b5. I should have looked for more creative and better ways to do that same thing and I would have been doing a bit better at this point in the game. The advantage shifts a bit back and forth until Silent_Venom played 28.Kg1. With that move the position goes from even to my favor for the last time in this game. It is not the losing move, however, the losing move was the last move that Silent_venom played in this game 37.exd5, without that blunder Silent_Venom might have been able to draw the game.

Game number 10. This one was played on the 5th and final round of a weekend tournament that was played at Kurikka almost eight years ago. This win secured the shared first place for me in group B with a score of 4.5 points out of the possible 5. Due to tie-break I was second in the final standings. My only draw was against the only other player who reached 4.5 points. Due to this nice success, my rating went from 1704 to 1768.

I made a judgement error on my 12th move and went for the passive Be7 move. Up to that point no clear mistakes were made by either player. I should have gone for the more active play starting with 12...Qa5+. I made things even worse for me with the move 13...b6 and according to Stockfish, I should be in a losing position after my 13th move. Actually after I looked the lines after 14.Ne5, it does seem quite clear that I should have been lost after my 13th move. Luckily for me, my opponent was not able to find the strongest move, but instead played the move that made things easier for me. I was still worse after 14.Nxf6+, but at least I was not losing. The inaccurate pawn grab on move 17 brought the game back into balance. White may be up a pawn, but it would seem that I have full compensation for it because I could actually get that pawn back. My opponent, Vesa Leskinen, tried the move 22.O-O-O, which has the threat of Bxg6 attached to it, but this was not a good idea and it would have been better to play 22.h5, for example. However, castling was not as bad as the move he played next. In the game continuation Vesa loses a pawn, but it was maybe better for me to play 23...b5 and try to open lines in front of my opponent's king. The move 23...Bxh4 won a pawn instead, so it was more attracting option for me. The downside of the pawn grab is that it opens a line in front of my king. I played 24...Kg7 because I thought that I need to bring my rook to h8 to protect h7, in preparation for the doubling of the rooks. I was not right in my thought process because Qe3 as a reply to Kg7 would have been enough to hold the position. Vesa was not able to find that move and played the move I had anticipated instead. The problem with the move Rdh1 is that it is a bit slow and I have time to play Bg5+ and I have just enough time organise my kingside against the h-file aggression. 25...Bg5+ was the starting point for my road to victory. After the move 43.Qc4, I was already in a winning position, but after the even bigger blunder 44.Ba4, I could ended this game much quicker than in the game continuation. It is a shame I did not see the move 44...Rd1+, which would have either given me a lot of material or I could have delivered mate in a couple of moves.

12 Nov 2014

A17 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Hedgehog System

A17 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Hedgehog System

Maybe I am starting to learn not to start anymore games as I am down to 290 games now, it was a couple of more than that awhile ago but to my knowledge it has not gone over 300 at any point. Typing this has been a bit of a long process as I have started it many times and then went and moved in couple more of my games. Despite the quite a big load of games I still manage to do something else aswell with my time luckily. If I were constantly trying to be in a state where it was not my move in any of my games, I would probably need to make moves 24/7... But as I do try always also win my games that slows my moving considerably down. Which might at times be irritating to my opponents as it takes sometimes really long time for me to reply for their move. I have added a bit more puzzles today into mate in ones and twos. I have also added one more game into these two posts A36 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System and C64 Ruy Lopez: Classical Defense.

11 Nov 2014

E10 Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian

E10 Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian

For a long while now I have thought that I have no more different openings to share with the readers but I somehow always seem to get something. There are I believe 117 different opening variations now featured here which might seem a lot but actually it is quite a small group of all the named openings out there. There is according to site called Master Chess Openings more than 3600 openings out there and they feature all of them in their site. In that regard I have a long, long way to go still. I have added a few more puzzles today in the mate in ones, twos and threes if I remember correctly. As I have updated those in parts I don't really remember exactly what I have updated and when. This might be the last game from Queen Alice Internet Chess Club I will share for now and I may turn my attention to the games I have played at GameKnot and after that I will probably start sharing my Red Hot Pawn games. Until next time, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

Game number two. This was played in a team match called ☼ The Farm ☼ vs Historical Association. I am playing on board 8 for Historical Association. This 72 board match started January 21st 2015 and the current score in the match is 60,5 - 71,5 in favor of Historical Association. That means that we are only one point away from securing our win in this match. I feel quite confident about our chances in this match despite the fact I have not been able to contribute any points for our team so far. Luckily other members of the team have been in better form than me.

10 Nov 2014

A13 English Opening: Agincourt Defense. King's Knight

A13 English Opening: Agincourt Defense. King's Knight

Another short game and one that I lost on time albeit the time control was 7 days per move. Maybe it was during a time I rapidly lost interest on chess. I can't remember the exact reason for that time loss as it was years ago but it might be very well the reason. There has been couple of longish breaks I have taken from chess but eventually came back again to try it that one more time... I don't think there will be those long breaks anymore from playing chess but who knows what the future might bring. I have updated some more puzzles in the mate in one, two and three sections. In have also added some games in my older posts A37 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Two Knights Line, C52 Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense, A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General and A30 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General. All those posts now have one more game to look at.

9 Nov 2014

B27 Sicilian Defense: Katalimov Variation

B27 Sicilian Defense: Katalimov Variation

At this moment is uncertain what I am posting tomorrow so it will be a surprise to everyone, even me. With 293 games in progress and high chance of going over 300 soon, I am really hopeless... But at least there is quite a nice pool of new game examples coming some day that I will of course post here. The game featured below is a really short one but maybe some instructive moments at least to lower rated players. After this post I need to start going through my games again and maybe find a new and exciting opening variation to post here tomorrow. Might take a while for me to get back on posting more puzzles but there will be more next week albeit I will remain quite busy for the next week or two I think. Until next time, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

8 Nov 2014

E72 King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Deferred Fianchetto

E72 King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Deferred Fianchetto

Today I got yet another peak rating at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club, now it is 2155!! I am really happy about it. The fact that I am consistently keeping my rating there over 2100 these days makes me grin every now and again. Will I ever be able to transfer that same playing strength to over the board games, most likely not, at least not for a long time. Too many things distracting me in OTB games these days to ever really improve my rating in that department. I think my Finnish elo or selo as it is maybe better known peaked at 1886 or something like that and I honestly think it will not get over that ever again. I just don't have any interest in OTB chess anymore. I updated a couple of my my older posts A15 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation and C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation both posts have now one more game to look at. I have not managed to update puzzles today as of yet but maybe later on in the evening I have time to do that.

This second game is from a still ongoing tournament Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52). There are still a couple of games left on round one but I am already guaranteed to advance to the second round of the tournament. Two best players will advance to the second round from each group and in my group two best players have already been decided but still need to play the remaining games before the advance is official. This game was added December 13th 2014.

Game number three. This short game ended in my win due to a timeout. Actually I won both of my games against Pushpendra3681 because of timeouts which is unfortunate, but these things happen from time to time. This game was played in a team match called Open Challenge WILDCATS CHESS and it is being played on 23 boards between WILDCATS CHESS and Space Angels Shoveling Star Snow In Andromeda's Cluster Of Infinite Bright Stars. I played on board 2 for Space Angels Shoveling Star Snow In Andromeda's Cluster Of Infinite Bright Stars and I got a very rare score of 2 out of 2 which I may not have been able to get without the timeouts. The team I am part of changes its name quite often and whenever I post a game from these team matches where I have played for that team, I think that the name has been different every time. The current score in the match is 7.5 - 24.5 in favor of Space Angels Shoveling Star Snow In Andromeda's Cluster Of Infinite Bright Stars, so we have secured the win very clearly.

Game number four. The game below was played on the first round of the 2015 October Grand Split Three Seven I 1800+ tournament. The tournament started with 30 players and those players were divided into two groups of 15 players. I am playing on group 1 and I have gathered 28 points so far. My maximum possible score is 64 which may be a nice number that relates to chess, but it is not enough in this group to fight for the win as the leader of the group already has 76 points. I am currently on 8th place, while my opponent, ZorroTheFox, is on 11th place at the moment I type this. ZorroTheFox has gathered 19 points so far and has a maximum possible score of 37. ZorroTheFox is still the most active player on the site, he has made 1221014 moves already and almost makes the same amount of moves in a month than I have done at RHP in the twelve years that I have been there. Actually in monthly activity some players manage a lot more than ZorroTheFox currently does, but his number one spot in the all moves made list is likely to last a long time. There are two other players at RHP also who have broken the amazing 1 million moves made barrier. Those two player are not even close to the montly moves made by ZorroTheFox though. The most active player this month has done over 24000 moves!! I find this to be quite extreme and I could never see myself doing so many moves per month. It is quite possible that I never even see the day when I reach 1 million moves on the site. If I did not care at all about the quality of my moves, but instead took the goal of making as many moves as possible per day, I might get that 1 million moves in a decent pace, but I do not think that I would remain sane while trying to do that...

7 Nov 2014

C57 Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense

C57 Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense

There are many things that I do not understand in this world and one of them is quite often discussed by chess players on a correspondence chess site. Some players don't seem to like that the game can last a long time but still they are playing correspondence chess (covers his head with his palm)... I mean there are quicker ways to play a game of chess from start to finish if that is what matters to you. There is one tournament where I play that has 14 days per move and some have dropped out of it because it has started to take too long to finish the games. So when they entered the tournament the thought of how long it could possibly take did not even cross their minds, I just do not understand these people. I do not have anything against these people of course they can do whatever they like and maybe next time they consider about the possible length before they join... I have never personally had anything against these very long thinking times. I even play in a tournament that has 21 days per move and 21 days in the bank. And probably vacation time also allowed though with those times, you would never need to have vacation time in addition to the game time. I have added a few more mate in ones and twos today. I also updated my post B84 Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Classical Variation with one game added to it.

6 Nov 2014

C54 Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Moeller-Therkatz Attack

C54 Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Moeller-Therkatz Attack

Today was another day when I needed to do quite a lot of things and not enough time to do them all. I did update some more puzzles in the morning to mate in ones, twos and threes. Puzzle count is at 158 now in total. Today I also tried to share some of my exceptional chess knowledge with children I sometimes try to teach and usually fail miserably at the attempt. Okay, okay, maybe exceptional chess knowledge is a bit too arrogant thing for me to say. Luckily the people who come to teach the kids rotate so I don't need to go there every week. Or at least they should rotate but the rotation isn't working as planned. In addition to this I need to move in maybe 70-90 games at least every day to have sort of reasonable move times. I have tried to go through both chess.com and RHP games a bit at the same time but that doesn't really work out that great. I should clearly concentrate on both sites on different days as I have planned but rarely I have actually managed to do so. Trying to do that again tomorrow and hoping a bit better results... There is also a possible other major time waster coming a week from now. Some of my time will no doubt take that one MMORPG that has one of its expansions coming out again... So time will be even more divided when the Warlords Of Draenor comes at November 13th 2014... Do not fear though, I still do daily updates even at that date and later on also.

5 Nov 2014

B84 Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Classical Variation

B84 Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Classical Variation

This is the long awaited and many times tried to analyse game that I typed about in my earlier posts. I was able to at long last analyse this game with the Full Analysis function of the Deep Fritz 14 64 bit version. This was made possible by the fact that the program was updated and the bug that was in it was fixed. The position where the program crashed everytime was when it reached 35.Qh5. It is a bad move but still the program should not crash because of it... I have updated a few more mate in one puzzles for you today. I know that the rate of puzzle adding has slowed quite a bit but I try to increase whenever I have time. I wish I did not need to sleep so that I could utilize that otherwise wasted 7-8 hours to something more useful :-P

Game number two. I seem to end up in this opening variation always from this unusual move order, every game I looked that ends in this variation every time the player with the black pieces has played the moves 5...a6 and 6...e6 and they are in theory the other way around 5...e6 and 6...a6. Still no publicly shared games where I would have ended victorious in this line, I wonder if I have actually won a game in this opening variation.

This third game was played at GameKnot and it was an open invite game. The game ends in a bit wierd manner as my opponent is clearly better if not winning but I still got the win as my opponent lost on time. I had my chances to get some advantage on move 17 but instead I blundered and maybe made the move that should have cost me the game and probably would have if it weren't for the time situation. When I saw my opponent taking on a3, I assumed that it was a good move that gives my opponent a free pawn. I did not think that there was anything I can do about it. In these situations one should always look deeper in the position to see if it actually was any good after all and possible tricks in the position.

Game number four. The game below is taken from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament. This is one of the rare tournaments at Red Hot Pawn that have gone quite well for me as I still fight for the win of the tournament. One other rare thing that has happened in this tournament is that I may not be the slowest mover in this tournament! This I noticed when I looked at the move count on other games that are still in progress. Actually in general my move speed has increased at Red Hot Pawn, mainly due to the fact I have managed to reduce the amount of games I play there by maybe 50 games from my busiest days there so far. At one point in time I made around 1200 moves per month there but last couple of months I have managed maybe 300-500 moves per month. Now in four days this month I have made 54 moves, so maybe I am getting to faster paced games finally.

Game number five. This is from the first round of a tournament called 2014 October Split II and the game below is my first and so far the only loss I have suffered in this tournament. Despite this loss, I have better chances for winning this tournament than aukermdr based on the fact that my maximum possible score is still higher than his. If I lose my other game against this same opponent the situation will be reversed. Then again that one loss might happen against someone else aswell. If I somehow manage to win this tournament it would be second correspondence chess tournament win and the first one at Red Hot Pawn, the first win I got some years ago at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club.

Game number six. The game below was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament at Red Hot Pawn. This tournament started on August 11th 2014 and I still have two games in progress from the 40 games that started with this tournament. Both of those games are against caissad4. If I were to win both of those games, I would help NN Cheap to win the tournament because caissad4's maximum possible score would in that case be reduced by six points to 110, which is two points less than NN Cheap gathered in this tournament.

Game number seven. The game below was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. I am currently leading the tournament and if I win my last game, I also win the tournament. The advantage in the game below could have gone back and forth as neither player played the most accurate moves. I made some bad moves here and there but then my opponent replied with an equally bad move and never really gained an advantage.

Game number eight. The game below was played in a team match called Happy New Year Breaking Bad and it is played between BREAKING BAD and RED STONES. This match is played on 22 boards and I am playing on board 5 for BREAKING BAD. With three games left to play in the match, the score is 31 - 10 in favor of BREAKING BAD which means we have secured the win some time ago already. It seems that every single player that I have faced in this opening variation have prefered the Najdorf move order and not the move order in which this particular opening appears in theory. The moves a6 and e6 are played in the theory of this opening the other way around.

Game number nine. The game below was played in the second round of Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52). I am currently on second place in group #1 and I have two games left to finish this round. Two best players of each group will advance and I think I have good chances to advance to the next round. My opponent in this game, hozer, has already secured his or her place in the third round.

Game number ten. The game below was played in the third round of a rapid chess tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on March 24th 2015. After this game I had gathered two wins and one draw in this tournament, so I played well this time around.

Game number 11. This is from the first round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena on April 11th 2015. If starting a tournament with a loss was not bad enough, this was the fourth consecutive loss I suffered at FOA. My losing ways continued on to the next round aswell but after that I finally won a game. The game below was full of mistakes and unfortunately most of them were played by me, though my opponent played a few really bad moves too.

Game number 12. This is from the second round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on April 12th 2015. This was my second win in a row in the tournament and fourth win in a row at FOA. I left one timeout win where no moves were made out of that statistic. On the third round I faced an opponent that was too strong for me and I lost.

Game number 13. The game below was played on the second round of the Smaller Tournament that is currently in progress at Chess.com. I advanced from the first round by winning group 4 with a score of 6.5 out of 8. It was only half a point more than Jessemw915 got, who finished second in that group. It seems to be also very difficult to advance from this round because only the winner of the group will advance to the third round. At the moment I have gathered 2 points out of the three games I have finished and that currently puts me in third place. I still have quite good chances to advance since the first two players have also lost one game. My opponent in the game below, rudobrody, leads the group having gathered 4 wins in the 5 games he has finished. _Henry_ (1900) is on second place and he has gathered 3 wins in the 4 games he has finished. I have played so badly lately that I think I will not be able to fight for the win of the group, but time will tell what happens.

Game number 14. This game was played on the first round of the 2015 October Grand Split Three Seven I 1800+ tournament. The tournament is played at Red Hot Pawn and it started on December 21st, 2015. Timeout is 3 days and there is a timebank of 7 days, which means if players use more than 3 days to make their moves, then the timebank starts depleting and only after that has run out, they will lose on time. I have gathered 45 points so far and I am on 5th place. My opponent, IyoKobat, has gathered 24 points and is on 11th place at the moment. IyoKobat has two games left to play, so he or she can finish the tournament with 30 points if he or she can win both games.

Starting from the move 11...Kh7, IyoKobat gets into some problems. Those problems would have increased with IyoKobat's next move 12...Nc5, but I was not able to find the most accurate move and played 13.Bf3 that throws away a good opportunity to get a nice position. My opponent stumbled with the reply to 13.Bf3 and played 13...Rb8, which gives me another opportunity to play e5 and get a clear advantage. I did not play the move e5 on this move either, but instead went for 14.Nde2, which is not as good as 14.e5. The next turning point came when my opponent played 17...exf5, though my 17th move was not ideal either. I chose to take back with a pawn, but taking on f5 with the knight was a clearly better option. With the move 19...Ng4 IyoKobat went from a reasonable position to a lost one. I did not find the strongest continuation, but even with my less than ideal moves, I was able to get a winning advantage, which I mostly threw away with 22.Bg1. I do get some of the advantage back after 22...Rbd8, but I was not able to keep and played 23.Qf4 when I should have played 23.Qb4. Inaccuracies and blunders keep coming from both sides until my opponent played 27...Qg4, which was finally the losing move of the game and I was able to spot the problem with that move and continue towards the full point.

4 Nov 2014

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation

C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation

I looked through several games until I found this game and more importantly something I have not previously shared! As a result I did update quite a few posts also today and one even got more than one game added there. The updated posts are B06 Modern Defense: King Pawn Fianchetto, C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense, A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General, C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation and C64 Ruy Lopez: Classical Defense. The afore mentioned posts that have to do witht the King's Gambit and the English feature a game where I get completely outplayed by opponent AAABBB, who was rated at the time well over 2500. When we started playing the two games where he challenged me to, I think he was a bit under 2500 but when both games had finished, he was already rated 2574 or something like that. I might also update some puzzles today but before I do that I need to go through my corresponce chess games and try to come up with something good to play, albeit most probably failing miserably at that... And as always, all the +1s, comments etc. will be much appreciated.

Game number two. To even the odds, now I share a loss of mine in this line.

This third game is taken from a team match between Fair tournament players and The WOLF. That team match is played on 25 boards and I was on board 14. The match is still going but I have finished both my games and I was able to bring two points for the Fair tournament players. There are only two games left today December 13th 2014. As we lead the match 35,5 - 12,5, the victory is ours no matter what happens in those remaining games.

This fourth game was played at Red Hot Pawn during the early part of 2011. This one is pretty much one-sided game but I did have maybe one chance in the game to fight for the advantage but I did not understand it at the time.

Game number five. This was played in a mike5972p's mini-tournament VII. The tournament is held at GameKnot. I am not sure how the pairing goes in this tournament. Albeit it is all versus all tournament and two games against everyone, only part of the games are started simultaneously. I have three games in progress in this tournament but some have four and one has only two simultaneous games even though they are not the last two. Well, the mini-tournament rules can be found on the site but I am not going to list them here.

Game number six. This one was played in the round one of Roy Lopez Classical Tournament. At the start of the tournament there were 60 players and half of them have been already eliminated from the tournament. Players were divided into six player groups and only the winner of the group advances to the next round. I have only one game left on round one and if I win that I finish third on my group so my tournament ends there. The game below is one of the four games I have won on round one. My opponent in this game finished fifth in this group.

Game number seven. As this game was added the same day as game six, all the tournament info is still the same. I could add though that my remaining game on round one is against dgrish, the opponent against whom I lost this game. There were 300 games on round one and only 11 of those are still ongoing.

Game number eight. I guess some part of the match name was incomprehensible to the program and thus a lot of question marks. This game was played in a team match called K & Ваш ход, товарищ! URAAA ! > 24. The match is played on 16 boards between Ваш ход, товарищ! and The Night's Watch at Castle Black. I am playing board 5 for the The Night's Watch at Castle Black. The score in the match is currently 12 - 14 in our favor but as the match is still not decided, anything is possible. This match started November 24th 2014. This game was added to this post February 26th 2015.

Game number nine. The game below is one of my forty games from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament. My opponent in this game is actually much stronger than the rating in the notation would suggest, his highest rating in 90 days is 2073. Not sure what happened to him but he lost all his games after December 9th 2014 on time. I am currently fourth in this tournament with 78 points and I have the maximum possible score of 99 which means very little chances of reaching second place in the final standings. Third or fourth place is much more likely though at this point in time. This game was added March 15th 2015.

Game number ten. This was played in the first round of the Ruy Lopez tournament and it is still in progress at Chess.com. I am currently in fifth place but because I have won all my 13 finished games, I have good chances still to win the group. Group #1, the group I am in, is a group consisting of 12 players. Some of those players have already finished their efforts in the tournament. A player called djsniper800 (1684) is currently leading the group and he has gathered 15 points so far. Second place holder is called bzalasky (1580) and he has also gathered 15 points. The next two spots are taken by adamredsox24 (1711) and Dmitriy2302 (1565) and they both have 14 points so far. Three of the best players will advance to the second round and it is still not clear which players are going there but I may be one of them. Thinking times in this tournament are 14 days per move, so these games may take awhile to finish and the first round started on October 10th 2014 and it is still ongoing. In the parentheses are shown the current ratings of the players. This game was added to this post July 27th 2015.

Game number 11. This is the 26th game in the 100 game match that is being played with 15 minute time controls between me and Tomi. Tomi was able take the lead once more with this win. The score was 12.5 - 13.5 in favor of my opponent at this point in time.

Game number 12. This is the 36th game in the 100 rapid game match between two friends. This was my fifth win in a row in the match and this might have been one of the crusial moments in the match. Maybe more importantly I had been able to be unbeaten in the last ten games, counting the game below. I had won 7 games and played 3 draws. I was in real good shape when these games were played. And maybe my friend was not in his best possible shape. The score in the match after this game was 21 - 15 in my favor.

Game number 13. The 44th game in the 100 game match was already the seventh game in a row where I had avoided losing and at this point I was quite confident about my chances to win the match. The score was at the time 26.5 - 17.5 in my favor. This match started with quite an equal way, both players took turns leading the match, but after I had tied the match in game number 28 and went on to lead the match in the next game, I have been on the lead ever since that happened.

Game number 14. With this game, we reached the halfway mark in our 100 game match. My friend had started to really make a comeback in the match in the last three games and continued his good results with a win in this game. He won three of those games and played one draw. If he could keep this up in the latter part of the match aswell, the match would become much more interesting again. The score after 50 games was 29 - 21 in my favor.

Game number 15. The game below was played on the second round of a tournament that was played at Espoo close to ten years ago. This win did bring some of the confidence back that I had lost after losing the first round game against a player who was rated 1564. On the next round I lost to a player who was rated 1584, so it pretty much shattered my hopes of increasing my rating during the tournament. I did get 1.5 out of the possible 2 points in the last two games, but even had I won both of them, I would not have been able to increase my rating anymore.

Game number 16. This was played on the last round of a weekend tournament that was played at Turku in the early part of 2006. On the first round I drew against a lower rated player, then on the next two rounds I lost both to a higher rated opponent and a lower rated player. The fourth round brought me my first and only win of the tournament against a lower rated opponent. The fact that I was only able to get two points out of the possible five, my rating dropped 40 points. I started the year 2006 with a rating of 1760, but after four tournaments and four months from the start of the year, my rating had already dropped to 1604... I am not sure, but I am quite convinced that I have not been able to repeat this horrible period of time after this, which is of course a good thing. So, I broke a record of mine that I will never want to break again. I do not remember exactly who offered the draw in the game below, but I assume it was my opponent. I usually do not accept draws when there is still some play left, but I probably was quite disgusted with the way I was playing at this point in the tournament that I did not care anymore.

Game number 17. This is the 1300th analysed chess game added to this blog!! This was the first long game that I had played in a year and the break from chess I took during that year had a good impact on my results. While 2006 was the year when my rating experienced downhill every time I went to play over the board chess, the first game of 2007 did bring me some of the confidence back that I had lost in 2006. Of course by this point I had pretty much recovered from the most awful chess year I have ever experienced. Had I not recovered by this point, I would not played this tournament. Not only did I win this first round game, but I also won the second round game. After that I lost two games in a row, but on the fifth round I won again. My last positive score in a tournament had come in December, 2005. It took almost two years to get another positive score in a tournament since the one that was held in 2005...

Interestingly enough, Stockfish thinks that after 5.O-O the only reasonable move is 5...Nf6 and that 5...Nge7 is a mistake. However, I have used that move in many games with a positive score. Admittedly if my opponents have known what to do, my winning percentage has decreased. In my opinion though this system should be playable at least to anyone rated below 2000. Then again it is hard to say the exact rating level where this is not so good anymore. I have won some games very quickly if my opponents have played 10.Ng5, there I would just castle and if they have taken on e6 twice then Qh4 gives nice play for the sacrificed material. The first clear mistake in my opinion is played when my opponent plays 21.Rbc1, which allows the move 21...c5 to be played. Of course I did not play it for some reason, but it is something that I should have done. I thought that I should bring my other rook into play before playing c5, but that move was not as strong as it would have been a move earlier. Then on move 23 I played the horrible blunder Qh4, which could have been the last move I make in the game if Lari would have played 24.Bg5. I think I would have resigned after that. Luckily for me, he does not play that and the game goes towards a drawish ending. The game is not really a dead draw and mistakes are still possible and indeed one huge blunder by my opponent makes sure that I win the game. The losing move was 46.fxg4, but had I replied with 46...fxg4, the game would have been a draw again. I am able to find the correct way to take back the pawn and therefore I went on to win this game.

Game number 18. This was played on the third round of the weekend tournament that was played at Turku slightly over eight years ago. On the first round I drew against a player who was rated 1661 and on the second round I won against a player who was rated 1642. After three games I had two points and had not lost a game, so in that sense I was doing quite well up to this point.

Up to his 9th move, my opponent had played quite well. The 9th move, however, gives the advantage to me. That advantage I was able to maintain until I played 15...Qh3. After that the position is about even again. Equality did not last long as I messed up a bit on my 17th move, which gave the advantage to my opponent. Bo was able to get a free pawn on c6, but I had some compensation for it in view of better pawn structure and a bishop versus a knight. After 20.f4 Stockfish thinks that I have full compensation for the pawn. It is quite logical because my pieces are active as Bo's pieces are tied to defensive duties. However, accurate play was needed to keep the balance, but instead I went a bit astray with 20...Rf5, after which my opponent is slightly better according to Stockfish. When my opponent played 23.Qa3, the advantage that my opponent had, ceased to exist. Apart from small inaccuracies, not much happened before I played 32...Kf7. After that the small advantage that my opponent had changed into a clear advantage. Bo did not play 33.h5 which is probably the best move, but the move he chose should be okay as well. The game continued to be favorable for Bo and after I made the move 46...Re8, I should have been in a lost position. I did fight to the end and was rewarded with a draw after some inccurate moves by my opponent had taken his advantage away.