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31 Jan 2015

B07 Pirc Defense: Byrne Variation

B07 Pirc Defense: Byrne Variation

Don't be fooled by my opponent's low rating in this game. When I got the pgn for this game, I noticed that my adversary's rating was a lot lower than I remembered, so I went to look up at his rating profile which contained very interesting info. He had been over 2200 in 2009 but then his rating had gone down very steeply and dropped over 900 points in total until it raised around 400 points again. Well, after learning that he had been a lot higher rated at some point consistently, made me not feel so bad at losing this game as my opponent does seem to have potential for being a really good chess player. My ratings differ a lot too, depending on the time controls and place where the games are played. Maybe the place is not as important as the different players I am facing that makes my rating be really low in some places and rather high in some other places. I have added four mate in two and one mate in four puzzle today and also added something into Chess basics that I had forgotten to add there before. I had left the explanation of a stalemate out of there for some reason. This of course I remembered maybe last night when I was trying to sleep...

30 Jan 2015

C40 King Pawn Game: Damiano Defense

C40 King Pawn Game: Damiano Defense

Today I have maybe the shortest game I have ever posted here. This game is also the first one I played after I took a break of over a year from correspondence chess and from chess in general. After this game I have played correspondence chess without a break. I can only blame myself for that fact. It has been fun at times though to try different things out. The problem is that lately some of the openings have seemed to repeat a bit too much for my taste. I actually would like to change my game load more towards Chess960 as it does interest me a bit more now than standard chess. The added benefit at least for some time would be that the games would differ a lot from each other. Mate in two, seven and eight have been updated today. I have also added one game to the following posts: C78 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense, B01 Scandinavian Defense: Panov Transfer, E32 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation, C45 Scotch Game: Classical Variation and C46 Three Knights Opening: General.

29 Jan 2015

C80 Spanish Game: Open Variations. Open Variation

C80 Spanish Game: Open Variations. Open Variation

With this post I am at least for the time being going back to going through my Red Hot Pawn games. After this there are four games that I played there before 2014, so I am catching up a bit. Not sure what the reason might be but I just seem to get into really horrible positions quite quickly. It just seems that I am losing games under 20 moves left and right because I have started to blunder pieces away without any good reason. Maybe I am experiencing some sort of burnout, having used most of my awake time to do something chess related for the past six months or so. It is of course not likely to change in the upcoming months, so I have to somehow get the game load decreased a lot as soon as possible, in order to enable some much needed rest away from the game for some time. I have also thought of doing some other brain exercises in order to make it more efficient. The hope is that I could find the solutions to my chess problems faster and therefore have more time for other stuff. I have added one game to my post D04 Queen Pawn Game: Colle System and in addition I have added some puzzles to mate in one, two, three and five pages.

Game number two. This was played in a team match called Slavic League - Tournament of Teams, R5: Kopaonik vs Team Dalmatia. The match is played on 104 boards and I played on board 30 for Kopaonik. I drew both my games against im_9999_hr. I had possibilities to get the win in both of my games but I just could not find the best plan to ensure my win. My technique was not up to the task this time. Maybe I can learn from these two games on how to improve my play and if I ever end up in similar situations, I would know how to play them better. The match has been quite evenly fought, now the score is 92 - 92, which means our lead in the match has vanished but it is still possible to take the lead again and keep that lead until all games have finished.

28 Jan 2015

C11 French Defense: Classical Variation. Burn Variation

C11 French Defense: Classical Variation. Burn Variation

The game you can see and replay below was played in a team match called VIP ChessQueen TM-2014-0018. It is still ongoing match between VIP CHESS and FC Tom (ФК Томь). I play board 6 for VIP CHESS though when this match started our team was not called that but I guess changes in the leadership of the team has changed the name of the team aswell. It was previously known as VIP ChessQueen when this one lady was in charge but I noticed that her account had been closed. It is unfortunately common sight in the team matches that someone has had their account closed. There are of course many reasons why that happens, one thing that causes an account to be closed is just by typing too often in the forums, notes etc. Because I guess that can sometimes be called spamming. So being too social may sometimes be a bad thing... At the time I type this, we lead the match that is played on seven boards 9 - 4 and that means that regardless of what happens in the one remaining game, we have already won the match. Maybe not all that surprising that the one remaining game is my other game against BLUE-DRAGON. I am usually the last one to finish my games. I have added today two games in my post C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation and I have also added puzzles to mate in two, seven, eleven and twelve pages.

Game number two. This one is one from the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament that is played at Red Hot Pawn. I have still 11 games left from the 40 games that started on September 11th 2014 and I am in the fight for the win with four other players. Maybe surprisingly I am not even the player who has the most games left to play from the five players that still have a chance to win the tournament. I am quite close though as only one player has more games left in the tournament than I do. I think this is one of the most accurately played games on my part that I have ever played. Sure there were some inaccuraries but maybe not that many.

Game number three. The game below was played in the tedjj's mini-tournament XLIII at GameKnot. This was my second to last game in this tournament and even if I had not win this game, I would have ended up being sixth in the final standings. There are currently only two games left in the tournament and both are played by the tournament creator himself, tedjj. In one of those games he plays against myself and it is also the only game I currently have in progress at GameKnot. That game should finish quite soon. Sixth place will earn me one mini-tournament point and after this tournament has finished, I will have seven mini-tournament points in total. It is not all that much and if I join one of those mini-tournaments again I will lose some points in doing so. I will take a break for awhile after that final game ends but when I start playing again, I will try to get the amount of games close to 200 there. Part of me wants to do that even now, but I know it is not a good idea at this point, so I will refrain from doing so.

Game number four. The game below was played in a team match called SUPER OPEN MATCH LBF (for less 300 members team). It is being played between La Belle France and EQUIPO EXTREMADURA on 5 boards. I play on board 2 for La Belle France and this win was the first one we got in the match. Before this game ended, the score was grim for us 0 - 5, so if we lose or draw any of the remaining games, we will lose the match. Maybe this win will be the start of our comeback and we can still draw the match.

Game number five. Almost two months ago I received a message at Red Hot Pawn where the clan leader of The White Hats contacted me and asked if I wanted to join his clan. I had not been in a clan before and I was not sure if I wanted to join. Also the name of the clan did bring up some questions as it sounded like that one clan that also has white hats. Before I joined the clan, I made sure that it had nothing to do with it.

The game below is from my first clan match between Fast Players and The White Hats. This is also the only clan game I have finished so far. The match is played on 4 boards and each player plays with both colors against their opponent. I am playing on board 1 for The White Hats and the result of the match will be determined in the final game of the match, the game I have against Adrian Shaw. The score is 2 - 2 at the moment, so it will up to me whether we win, lose or draw the match. I would rather not be the deciding player in these matches, but similar things have occured to me in the past in team matches, so I have some experience from these things.

27 Jan 2015

C78 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Archangelsk Variation

C78 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Archangelsk Variation

The game I am sharing with you today, was played in a team match called Northeast9. The match is played between BRAZIL - NORDESTE and Finno-Ugric Chess Players. I am playing board two for Finno-Ugric Chess Players. There are still two games to play in the match, my other game against rabirabbit and one game on board three. We lead the match 4 - 6, so even a draw from the last two remaining games would suffice to ensure our win in the match. In this game, I had very little chances because my opponent played well. I have added today games to the following posts A03 Bird Opening: Dutch Variation, E21 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Three Knights Variation, B32 Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open, C16 French Defense. Winawer Variation. Advance Variation General and A39 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Mecking Variation. I have also updated some of the old analysis in my earliest posts. All of the updates have kept my quite busy today but I did also add three mate in ones, one mate in four and also added a new page for mate in 16.

26 Jan 2015

C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Maroczy-Wallis Variation

C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Maroczy-Wallis Variation

I have noticed that when I play these team matches no matter if they are on the internet or over the board, I do get the extra push to try and win the game. Sure it does not always equal to victory but the need to fight for the team is stronger than if I would play just a random game. Sadly this does not always even add up to great moves by me which might be partially due to the large amount of games I play at the same time. One part is of course that I may not be all that good to begin with but I certainly have my moments... This game was played in a team match called The Castle of Chenonceau - super semi-open match La Belle France. The match is still ongoing between La Belle France and CALABARZON CHESS TEAM. And yes the latter team name is all in caps. I played board four for the home team that was in this match La Belle France. I won both my games on time. The match is played on seven boards and we currently lead the match 11,5 - 0,5 so we have secured the victory some time ago. There are still two games left in the match and both of them are played on board one. I have added one mate in one and four mate in three puzzles today. Unlike maybe other places on the internet, the puzzles I have shared here have sometimes more than one solution. I do not feel that it is a bad thing, it may sometimes make the puzzles harder or easier depending on the situation and it might be better training for chess as usually there are more than one way to play the position.

25 Jan 2015

A80 Dutch Defense: Raphael Variation

A80 Dutch Defense: Raphael Variation

This game was played in the first round of the Maximum ! tournament. There were at the start of the tournament 96 players that were divided in to 12 player groups. From each group three of the best players will advance to the next round. At the moment I have only finished 4 of 22 games in round one and in all likelihood they will take a lot longer to finish than the first four. Despite the long thinking times, 14 days per move, my moves have not been all that good or so it seems to me. I have been updating the analysis on my earliest posts and today I had to delete one of them as it turned out when I looked the old analysis closer that the opening variation was not the right one. This concerns the post C37 King's Gambit: Accepted. Muzio Gambit. It has been deleted due to the fact that it was actually just another Fischer Defense. When a very long time ago I had analysed it, the program I used to analyse it recognized as Muzio Gambit and in the analysis it said it was theory up to move 9. When I published the game, I assumed it is the right opening but only now after analysing it again and looking the opening theory did I realise that I was wrong with my assumption. Well, lesson is learned, I guess. I doubt that there are other miss labeled posts but I will change them if I come across them. I am trying to work hard to make this as good of a blog I can get it. I still need to improve on some things but I do get better over time. If you have any questions or other things to discuss, please leave a comment and I will answer them as well as I can. I have added one mate in one, three mate in twos and one mate in 12 today.

Game number two. This was played on the first round of the 1800+ 7 Days tournament. I have been playing in group #5 and I am currently on 6th place and I have scored 5 points out of the 12 possible points so far. I still have two games in progress in this tournament and if I win both of them I have a small chance to tie points with cingoz who is currently on fourth place. It is a small chance because cingoz still has four games to finish. One of those four games is against me. Three of the best players of each group will advance to the next round and because the player who is currently second has his account closed for cheating, I think if he will finish in the top three, it is ignored and the next one on the standings will advance to the second round instead. Therefore I might have still very small chances to advance to the next round.

24 Jan 2015

D15 Slav Defense: Three Knights Variation

D15 Slav Defense: Three Knights Variation

This was the only loss I suffered on round one of the Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52) and rightly so. I did a couple of really bad moves and my opponent found nicely the reason why they were bad and deserved to win this game. At the start of the tournament there were 100 players and currently 47 of those players have been eliminated from the next round. Two best players of each group will continue their way on to the second round. There are at the moment I type this still 9 games left on round one. I still need to wait for those games to end to see in what group will I end up. As there were no rating range in this tournament, my opponents on round two can be rated almost anything. I am of course hoping to get a group were I am the lowest rated player to take some pressure off from me. I like always to be the underdog if possible but of course the higher my rating goes, the less chance there is of it being the reality. I have added one mate in one, two mate in two, one mate in three and one mate in four puzzle today.

Game number two. The game below is taken from the team match called A new Era. It is a four board match between In Service of The Master and Himgouree's club. The only remaining game is the board one match between joysaha and me. I am playing for the Himgouree's club. The match has already been decided in favor of In Service of The Master because they lead the match 6 - 1. This is one of the rare positive mathces though because there has been no timeouts on either side. This match started November 5th 2014.

Game number three. The game below was played in a team match called Un-Orthodox CHESS vs Night's Watch (at Castle Black). I play in this match board one for The Night's Watch at Castle Black. This has been one of the most evenly matched battles that I have been part in as the score is even 7 - 7 and only two games remain to be played in the match. My opponent played really well this game and maybe there would have been some chances to convert that material advantage in to a win but admittedly it would be tough in my opinion. This match started October 6th 2014. This game was added to this post March 11th 2015.

Game number four. The game below is from the first round of a tournament called 1800+ 7 Days and it is still ongoing at Chess.com. The opponent that I faced in this game is the highest rated player in the group I am in. I had no real chances in this game that started to go downhill for me quite quickly. 64 players started this tournament and they were divided into groups of eight players. I am currently in eight place in my group and the two games I have finished, I have lost them both. It is nice to face players that are better than me because then I will see how they play against me and I can maybe learn from them.

Game number five. This was played in a team match called The Chess Headquarters vs Alexander Grischuk Chess Club. I play on board 9 for The Chess Headquarters in this match that is played on 148 boards. Unfortunately it is not just me who is doing badly for our team, other members of the team are also experiencing difficulties on their boards. One of the reasons that might be causing our troubles is that on most boards, the player who is playing on our team, has a considerably lower rating than the opponent. That being said, I do not think that the difference is too high for the result of the games to be clear from the start. Second reason for our poor performance is explained by the fact that we have lost significantly more games on timeout than our opponent. At the moment we have lost 48 games on time... While our opponent has lost 23 games on time. The current score in the match is 106.5 - 142.5 in favor of Alexander Grischuk Chess Club.

23 Jan 2015

C90 Closed Spanish Game with 7...d6: Early deviations (11.cxd4)

C90 Closed Spanish Game with 7...d6: Early deviations (11.cxd4)

Before I looked at this game again after a few years break, I would have said if asked that I have only recently started experimenting with 3...a6 in the Spanish game instead of my more common reply 3...Bc5. Of course the amount of information that is coming my way these days is so vast that I can't remember these kind of things all that clearly anymore. I can only hope that information that I do remember is useful in some way. This game was played in early 2011 when my rating at Red Hot Pawn was probably over two hundred points lower than it is now. My rating there now is at its peak 1885. When I started to play actively at RHP again and even became subscriber there my rating was below 1700, so it has increased quite nicely over a few months time. Unfortunately as the game load has increased my move speed has become extremely slow.

This and the following paragraphs have been added November 19th, 2016. Only small mistakes were made by both players for the first 30 moves, but when adding the mistakes of the moves 29.Nh4 and 30.Nhf5, my advantage was for the first time clear according to Stockfish 7 64 POPCNT. The position in which my opponent played 30.Nhf5 can be seen below.

The downhill that started for my opponent with the move 30.Nhf5 continued to the end of the game and rienaperdre resigned after 49...d1Q+, when my opponent was facing a forced mate.

[Event "Corr game 16.1.2011-22.4.2011"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2011.01.16"] [Round "?"] [White "rienaperdre"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C90"] [WhiteElo "1547"] [BlackElo "1831"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "98"] [EventDate "2011.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 d6 {Spanish Game: Morphy Defense (#2)} 7. Re1 Be7 8. c3 Na5 9. Bc2 c5 10. d4 cxd4 (10... Qc7 11. a4 {Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Balla Variation} (11. Nbd2 O-O 12. Nf1 Bg4 13. Ne3 Bxf3 14. Qxf3 {Spanish Game: Closed Defense. Alekhine Gambit})) 11. cxd4 {C90 Closed Spanish Game with 7...d6: Early deviations} Nc6 12. a3 $146 { Prevents intrusion on b4} (12. a4 bxa4 13. Nc3 O-O {1/2-1/2 (13) Lubos,A (2077) -Liskan,L Budapest 2004}) (12. d5 Nb8 (12... Nb4 13. Bb3 a5 14. Qe2 Bd7 15. a3 Na6 16. Nc3 Nc5 17. Bc2 b4 18. Nd1 b3 19. Bd3 a4 20. Nc3 O-O 21. Be3 Nxd3 22. Qxd3 Qa5 23. Nd2 Rfc8 24. f3 Bd8 25. Rad1 Qa6 26. Qxa6 Rxa6 27. Rc1 {Villegas, B-Lynch,J Carrasco 1922 0-1 (58)}) 13. a4 bxa4 14. Nc3 O-O 15. Nxa4 Nbd7 16. Be3 g6 17. Nd2 Ne8 18. Nc4 f5 19. exf5 gxf5 20. f4 e4 21. Qd2 Nef6 22. Na5 Qe8 23. Nc6 Ng4 24. Bd4 Bf6 25. h3 Nh6 26. Ra3 Qf7 {Klovans,J (2464)-Ljubarskij,J (2317) Bad Sooden 2004 1/2-1/2 (42)}) (12. h3 Qc7 13. Nc3 O-O 14. Be3 Nb4 15. Bb3 Qb8 16. Rc1 a5 17. a3 Na6 18. Nd5 Bd8 19. Bg5 Nxd5 20. Bxd8 Rxd8 21. exd5 exd4 22. Nxd4 Qb7 23. Nc6 Rf8 24. Bc2 g6 25. Qd4 f6 26. Re7 Bd7 {Amdouni,Z (2333)-Alnami,S (1791) Zeralda 2014 1-0}) (12. dxe5 dxe5 13. Qxd8+ Bxd8 14. Nc3 Bg4 15. Bd1 Bxf3 16. Bxf3 Nd4 17. Bd1 O-O 18. Bd2 Ba5 19. a3 Rfd8 20. b4 Nc2 21. Bxc2 Rxd2 22. Re2 Rxe2 23. Nxe2 Rc8 24. Bd3 Bb6 25. Ng3 Ng4 26. Ra2 Rc3 { Chromik,T (1885)-Cap,A (2032) Kouty nad Desnou 2013 0-1 (47)}) (12. h3 O-O $14) 12... O-O (12... Bg4 13. dxe5 Bxf3 14. Qxf3 $11) 13. dxe5 (13. d5 Na5 $14) 13... dxe5 $11 14. b4 (14. h3 Qxd1 15. Bxd1 Be6 $11) 14... Bg4 15. Nbd2 Qc7 { Black has an active position} 16. h3 {White threatens to win material: h3xg4} Bh5 17. Bb2 Rfd8 18. Qc1 (18. Qb1 Rac8 19. Rc1 Bd6 $11) 18... Rac8 $15 19. Bb3 (19. Bd1 Qa7 20. Qb1 Bd6 $15) 19... Qb8 (19... a5 20. bxa5 Qa7 21. Qb1 $17) 20. Qb1 (20. Bc3 Nd4 21. Qb2 Nxb3 22. Bxe5 Nxd2 23. Bxb8 Nxf3+ 24. gxf3 Rxb8 $11) 20... Rd7 (20... a5 21. Bc3 $11) 21. Bd1 (21. Qa2 Bd6 $11) 21... Rcd8 (21... Bd8 22. a4 $15) 22. Bc3 Rd3 {Black threatens to win material: Rd3xc3} 23. Qb2 Qb6 24. Be2 {White threatens to win material: Be2xd3} R3d7 25. Bd1 (25. Rac1 Bg6 $11) 25... Bg6 26. Bc2 Nh5 27. Nf1 f6 {Controls g5} (27... Nf4 28. Ne3 $11 (28. Nxe5 $2 {is inferior since it leads to} Nxe5 29. Bxe5 Bh4 $19) (28. Bxe5 $143 Nxe5 29. Qxe5 Ne2+ 30. Rxe2 Bf6 $17)) 28. Ne3 (28. g3 Kh8 $14) 28... Nf4 $11 29. Nh4 (29. Bb3+ Kf8 30. Nd5 Nxd5 31. exd5 Na7 $11 (31... Rxd5 $143 32. Bxd5 Rxd5 33. Rad1 $16)) 29... Bf7 30. Nhf5 (30. Bb3 Nd4 31. Nd5 Nxd5 32. Bxd4 Qxd4 33. Qxd4 exd4 34. exd5 Bf8 $15) 30... Bf8 $15 31. Rad1 Nd4 32. Kh2 (32. Bb1 $5 $17) 32... g6 33. Nh4 Qe6 34. Bxd4 (34. Bb1 Qb3 $17) 34... exd4 $19 ( 34... Rxd4 $6 35. Nf3 R4d6 36. Rxd6 Rxd6 37. Rd1 $15) 35. Ng4 $2 (35. Nd5 $142 Nxd5 36. exd5 Qxd5 37. Nf3 $19) 35... Bg7 36. f3 (36. g3 Nxh3 $1 {the decision} 37. Rd3 $19) 36... d3 37. Bb1 (37. e5 {does not win a prize} dxc2 38. Rxd7 Rxd7 39. Qxc2 f5 40. Qc8+ Be8 $19) 37... f5 38. Qd2 (38. Ba2 {is not much help} Bxb2 39. Bxe6 Bxe6 40. exf5 Bb3 $19) 38... fxg4 39. Kh1 Qf6 (39... Ne2 $142 { and Black can already relax} 40. Bxd3 Nc3 41. fxg4 Nxd1 42. Qxd1 Rxd3 43. Qe2 $19) 40. Nf5 gxf5 (40... Ne2 $142 $5 {seems even better} 41. Bxd3 gxf3 42. gxf3 $19) 41. Qxf4 gxh3 42. e5 hxg2+ 43. Kg1 Qg6 44. Qh2 d2 45. Re2 Bb3 46. Rxg2 Qb6+ 47. Kh1 (47. Kf1 {does not improve anything} Bxd1 48. Ba2+ Kh8 49. Bd5 Rxd5 50. Rxg7 Be2+ 51. Kg2 Kxg7 52. a4 Bxf3+ 53. Kh3 Qh6+ 54. Kg3 Qg5+ 55. Kf2 d1=Q 56. Qh6+ Kxh6 57. a5 Rd2#) 47... Bxd1 48. Bxf5 (48. Qg1 {is not the saving move} Bxf3 $1 {Mate threat} 49. Qxb6 d1=Q+ 50. Kh2 Bxg2 51. Qe3 Qh1+ 52. Kg3 Qh3+ 53. Kf2 Rd2+ 54. Qe2 Rxe2+ 55. Kxe2 Qf3+ 56. Ke1 Rd1#) 48... Bxf3 49. e6 (49. Bxh7+ {is no salvation} Kf8 50. Qf4+ Rf7 51. Kh2 Rxf4 52. e6 Qxe6 53. Bf5 Be5 54. a4 Rxf5+ 55. Kg1 d1=Q+ 56. Kf2 Qb6#) 49... d1=Q+ (49... d1=Q+ 50. Qg1 Qbxg1#) 0-1

22 Jan 2015

A23 English Opening: King's English Variation. Two Knights' Variation Keres Variation

A23 English Opening: King's English Variation. Two Knights' Variation Keres Variation

The game below was played in a team match called Open Challenge Blake's7. It is played on six boards between Blake's7 and Baker Street Irregulars. I played board one for the Baker Street Irregulars in this match and I won both my games on time. With three games still left to be played in the match, the score is 5,5 - 3,5 in favor of our opponent. If we can somehow win the remaining games, we will win the match but it does require everything to go without a hitch. Today I updated the page Shakin alkeita and I also added the page Chess basics to the blog, which is basically the English version of the page I published yesterday in Finnish. I have also added puzzles to mate in one, two and ten. I have also one other idea to improve this blog but I will type more about it when I am close to or finished it. I can only say at this point that it is a bit time consuming project but I think it will be helpful not only to me but more importantly people who come to see this blog.

Game number two. This was played in the fifth round of a club tournament that was played about twelve years ago. I think I only have the notation from three of those five rounds on computer, I need to check at some point if I can find the notations for the missing rounds and see if they are readable, because if they are not, it might be one of the reasons I have not added those games to my database. From those three rounds that I have games added, I can see that I lost all three of them. It was quite common at the time, my opponents were more experienced in the game of chess than I was. In the years after this game, the opponent I faced in this game has been quite difficult for me to play against, especially when I am playing with the black pieces. I have played two long games against him recently and I only managed to get 0.5 point out of the two games. Both were good games from me up to a point, but then I just was not able to find good enough moves and missed some good moves that he could do.

21 Jan 2015

C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation General

C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation General

The game below is one of the ten games I played in the first round of the 28th Chess.com Tournament (1601-1800). Only the winner of the group advances to the next round and I was fortunate enough to win my group so I have advanced to the next round and only waiting it to start. 41 games are still in progress on round one while I type this, so it might take awhile before the second round starts. This tournament started in September 1st 2014, so this will take a long time to complete it seems. There were 212 5 to 6 player groups in this rating category and as only the winners advance to the next round there will be 212 players divided in to 5 to 6 player groups again on round two. This will continue until the winner is decided, so I think that it might take several more months to complete. This tournament started in a time where I started to raise my rating more rapidly so I would not be all that surprised if I would be one of the highest rated people in round two. I think I played this quite well albeit improvements can always be made. I think I am also ready to share with you a project that took quite awhile to finish. It is of course the Finnish version of chess basics called Shakin alkeita. I hope that some of the beginners can use that to maybe understand chess and perhaps this blog a bit better. I will add the English version of that later. It will take some time to translate but tomorrow I should be able to add that one aswell. I have also added mate in one, two, seven and nine puzzles today. If some of you that understand Finnish find something that you think should be added to Shakin alkeita, please let me know in the comments. As I have done that page over some months every now and then, I may have missed something. I did publish it earlier today and later noticed that I missed something that I should have included so I made a quick update on that. Thank you all who have come to see this blog and please tell your friends about it, it will be much appreciated!

Game number two. This was played in the second round of the 2014 August Banded Threesomes I 1700-1800 tournament. I am currently leading group 3 and I have one game left to finish on round two. If I were to lose that game, I would not advance to the third round. I played quite badly at times in this game and I did miss some tactics, tactics that I should have seen but did not. Actually I have missed similar tactics in my recent games, so maybe there is a huge problem that needs to be dealt with. I have not done any tactical training in what seems like months at this point. My only loss in round two has come against ParShooter, who is currently the lowest rated player in the group with a rating of 1572.

Game number three. This was played in the first round of the LA BELLE FRANCE TOURNAMENT 3. There were 16 players at the start of the tournament and those players were divided into groups of four. Out of these groups, two of the best players from each group will advance to the next round. I am currently in second place but I do not think that I will be there until the end of the round. I have gathered 2,5 points in the four games I have finished. I have two games left and one has not started yet. The current leader in group #3 is luismiguelmonreal, who gathered 3,5 points in round one.

Game number four. This was played in a team match called Open Challenge The Ultimate Chess Alliance (T.U.C.A.). The match was played on 13 boards between The Ultimate Chess Alliance (T.U.C.A.) and Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. I played on board 1 for Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy and unfortunately lost both of my games against a lower rated opponent who managed to outplay me not once but twice. We lost the match with a score of 16.5 - 9.5. I do not remember my statistics while playing for Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy, but I think my performance for the team has not been at all good. It is a thing that I would like to change in the future.

Game number five. This one 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. This was my second loss against MarcusRemius, who is the second highest rated player in the group. I am currently the 8th highest rated player in group 1 that consists of 15 players. MarcusRemius is currently in shared first place with cenerentola (2546), who is the highest rated player of the site. They both have 55 points at the moment I type this and their maximum possible score is 82. The only game they have not been able to win was against each other, it was a draw. Their other game is still in progress and it is probably going to decide which one of the two wins the group. I have gathered 15 points so far and that has earned me 9th place in the standings. My maximum possible score is 75 which is fifth highest in the group at the moment.

20 Jan 2015

A06 Réti Opening: 1.Nf3 d5 (2.h3)

A06 Réti Opening: 1.Nf3 d5 (2.h3)
[Event "Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52)"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.10.15"] [Round "?"] [White "Kisscool"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A06"] [WhiteElo "1705"] [BlackElo "1896"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "56"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. h3 {A06: Réti Opening:1 Nf3 d5} (2. a4 {Zukertort Opening: The Potato}) (2. b3 c5 (2... Nf6 3. Bb2 c5 4. e4 {Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Norfolk Gambit 1}) 3. c4 (3. e4 {Nimzo-Larsen Attack: Norfolk Gambit 2}) 3... dxc4 4. e3 {Zukertort Opening: Paschmann Gambit} (4. Nc3 {Zukertort Opening: Regina-Nu Gambit})) 2... c5 3. b3 (3. e3 Nf6 4. Bb5+ Nbd7 5. c4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nc3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 g6 10. d4 Bg7 11. O-O O-O 12. e4 Rc8 13. Bg5 Re8 14. Qd2 Qa5 15. Rac1 cxd4 16. cxd4 Qxd2 17. Bxd2 Bb5 {Delebarre,X (2307)-Lautier,J (2670) France 2003 0-1 (57)}) (3. c3 Nc6 4. d4 e6 5. e3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O b6 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. b4 Be7 11. Bb2 Bb7 12. a3 Rc8 13. Rc1 Qc7 14. c4 Qb8 15. cxd5 Nxd5 16. Ne4 Nf6 17. Ng3 Rfd8 {Kuderinov,K (2489)-Khusnutdinov, R (2487) Almaty 2016 1-0}) 3... Nc6 4. Bb2 Nf6 $146 (4... d4 5. g3 e5 6. d3 f5 7. Nbd2 Nf6 8. Bg2 e4 9. Nh2 e3 10. fxe3 Bd6 11. Ndf1 Qc7 12. exd4 Bxg3+ 13. Kd2 cxd4 14. Nxg3 Qf4+ 15. Ke1 Qxg3+ 16. Kf1 Qf4+ 17. Ke1 O-O 18. Bc1 Qh4+ 19. Kf1 {Gruz,J (1753)-Szurkos,A (1787) Budapest 2015 0-1 (39)}) (4... Qc7 $11) 5. c3 {Prevents intrusion on b4+d4} (5. e3 $142 $5 $11 {should be examined more closely}) 5... e5 $17 6. d3 Be7 {White is behind in developement. White's piece can't move: f1} 7. Na3 (7. e3 Qc7 $17) 7... O-O $17 8. Qc2 $2 (8. e3 $5 $17) 8... Bf5 (8... e4 $5 {makes it even easier for Black} 9. Nd2 e3 10. Nf3 $19) 9. Nh4 (9. g4 e4 10. gxf5 exf3 $19) 9... Be6 $19 10. O-O-O $2 (10. e3 e4 11. g3 $19) 10... a6 (10... d4 $142 $5 {seems even better} 11. g4 dxc3 12. Bxc3 $19) 11. e3 d4 12. e4 (12. Nf3 {doesn't improve anything} Nd5 13. c4 Ncb4 $19) 12... dxc3 13. Bxc3 b5 14. Bb2 (14. Nf3 {doesn't do any good} b4 15. Nxe5 Nxe5 16. Bxe5 bxa3 $19) 14... Nb4 15. Qb1 (15. Qe2 {cannot change what is in store for White} Nxa2+ 16. Kc2 Nb4+ 17. Kb1 Bxb3 $19) 15... Qc7 (15... Nxe4 $142 { and Black has reached his goal} 16. f4 Nf2 $19) 16. Bc3 (16. Nf3 {doesn't get the bull off the ice} Nc6 17. Re1 Rfd8 $19) 16... Rac8 (16... c4 $142 {keeps an even firmer grip} 17. dxc4 Nxe4 18. Bxb4 Nxf2 19. Bxe7 Qxe7 20. Bd3 Qxh4 21. Rhf1 Nxd1 22. Rxd1 $19) 17. Kd2 (17. Be1 {cannot undo what has already been done} c4 $1 {puts the final touch} 18. dxc4 Nd3+ 19. Bxd3 Bxa3+ 20. Kd2 bxc4 $19) 17... Nc6 (17... Nfd5 $5 {keeps an even firmer grip} 18. exd5 Nxd5 19. Qb2 Nxc3 20. Qxc3 Bxh4 21. Ke1 $19) 18. Nc2 Rfd8 (18... c4 $142 $5 {makes it even easier for Black} 19. bxc4 bxc4 20. Ke1 $19) 19. Ke1 Nxe4 $1 {Discovered attack: f6, Be7xh4} 20. dxe4 Bxh4 21. Be2 Nd4 22. g3 (22. Ne3 {does not help much} Qe7 23. Kf1 c4 $19) 22... Bf6 23. Ne3 g6 (23... Qc6 $142 {and Black can already relax} 24. Bf1 Nf3+ 25. Ke2 Rxd1 26. Kxd1 Rd8+ 27. Ke2 Nd4+ 28. Ke1 $19 ) 24. a4 (24. h4 {does not save the day} h5 $19) 24... Qb7 (24... Bxb3 $142 { seems even better} 25. axb5 axb5 26. Rc1 $19) 25. Bxd4 (25. Bg4 {hoping against hope} Bxb3 26. Bxc8 Qxc8 27. Rc1 $19) 25... exd4 26. Ng2 (26. Ng4 { is no salvation} Bg7 $19) 26... Bd7 (26... bxa4 {might be the shorter path} 27. bxa4 Bb3 28. Kf1 $19) 27. f4 (27. axb5 {the only chance to get some counterplay } axb5 28. Kf1 $19) 27... Bg7 (27... Bc6 $142 {and Black wins} 28. Bd3 c4 29. bxc4 bxc4 30. Qxb7 Bxb7 31. Ne3 dxe3 32. Bb1 $19) 28. Bg4 (28. axb5 {is not much help} axb5 29. Rh2 Bc6 $19) 28... bxa4 (28... bxa4 29. bxa4 Qc6 $19) 0-1 [Event "Open Challenge CHOCOLATE II - Board 2"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2015.02.03"] [Round "?"] [White "Yigor"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A06"] [WhiteElo "1604"] [BlackElo "1911"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. h3 {Clemenz Opening} d5 (1... h5 2. g4 {Clemenz Opening: Spike Lee Gambit}) (1... e5 2. a3 {Global Opening}) 2. Nf3 {A06 Réti Opening: 1.Nf3 d5} c5 3. e3 (3. c3 Nc6 4. d4 e6 5. e3 Nf6 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O b6 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. b4 Be7 11. Bb2 Bb7 12. a3 Rc8 13. Rc1 Qc7 14. c4 Qb8 15. cxd5 Nxd5 16. Ne4 Nf6 17. Ng3 Rfd8 {Kuderinov,K (2489)-Khusnutdinov,R (2487) Almaty 2016 1-0}) 3... Nc6 (3... Nf6 4. Bb5+ Nbd7 5. c4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nc3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 g6 10. d4 Bg7 11. O-O O-O 12. e4 Rc8 13. Bg5 Re8 14. Qd2 Qa5 15. Rac1 cxd4 16. cxd4 Qxd2 17. Bxd2 Bb5 18. Rfe1 {Delebarre,X (2307)-Lautier,J (2670) France 2003 0-1 (57)}) 4. Bb5 Qb6 $146 {Black threatens to win material: Qb6xb5 } (4... Bd7 5. O-O f5 6. Bxc6 bxc6 7. Ne5 Nf6 8. b3 e6 9. Bb2 Bd6 10. d3 O-O 11. Nd2 Qc7 12. f4 Bxe5 13. Bxe5 Qa5 14. c4 Rf7 15. g4 g6 16. Kh1 Qd8 17. Nf3 Qe7 18. Rg1 Be8 19. Qe1 {Mueller,K (2092)-Kalmann,M (1521) Gladenbach 2011 0-1 (65)}) (4... Qc7 5. c3 e5 6. d3 Bd7 7. a3 Nf6 8. Nbd2 e4 9. dxe4 dxe4 10. Nh2 Ne5 11. Bxd7+ Qxd7 12. O-O Rd8 13. Qc2 Nd3 14. Rd1 h5 15. c4 Bd6 16. Ndf1 O-O 17. Bd2 Nh7 18. Bc3 f5 19. Rab1 {Gal,I-Dragomirescu,A (2317) Miercurea Ciuc 2003 0-1}) 5. c4 {White threatens to win material: c4xd5} Nf6 6. O-O a6 7. Bxc6+ Qxc6 8. cxd5 Nxd5 {Black has the pair of bishops} 9. e4 {White threatens to win material: e4xd5} Nc7 10. Nc3 e6 {Secures d5} 11. d4 {Black has a cramped position} Be7 (11... Nb5 12. d5 Nxc3 13. bxc3 $14) 12. Be3 (12. d5 $142 exd5 13. exd5 $18) 12... b6 $2 (12... Nb5 $5 13. Ne5 Qc7 $16) 13. Ne5 (13. d5 $142 $5 {might be the shorter path} exd5 14. exd5 $18 (14. Nxd5 $6 Nxd5 15. exd5 Qc7 $11)) 13... Qb7 $16 14. Qh5 (14. dxc5 $142 $5 bxc5 15. Re1 $16) 14... O-O $14 15. Rab1 (15. dxc5 Bxc5 16. Bxc5 bxc5 $16) 15... g6 (15... cxd4 16. Bxd4 Nb5 17. Nxb5 axb5 18. Rbc1 Qxe4 19. Nc6 $11) 16. Qf3 (16. Qh6 Bf6 17. Nf3 Bg7 $14) 16... Ne8 (16... f6 17. Nc4 Nb5 18. dxc5 bxc5 19. Rfd1 $14) 17. Bh6 ( 17. dxc5 bxc5 18. b3 f5 $16) 17... Ng7 $2 (17... f6 $142 $5 {and Black hangs on } 18. Bxf8 Bxf8 $14) 18. d5 $16 exd5 (18... f6 19. Nc6 $16) 19. Nxd5 (19. exd5 f5 20. Nc6 Bf6 $18) 19... Bd8 (19... Be6 20. Rfe1 Bd8 21. Rbd1 $16) 20. Qc3 ( 20. Nc4 $142 $5 Be6 21. Ncxb6 Ra7 $18) 20... f6 $16 21. Nf3 (21. Nc4 b5 22. Nce3 c4 $16) 21... Be6 22. Rbd1 Rf7 (22... Qf7 $142 $5 $16) 23. Rfe1 {[%cal Ye4e5] White prepares the advance e5} Rc8 (23... a5 24. Bxg7 Rxg7 25. Nxf6+ Bxf6 26. Qxf6 $18) 24. Bxg7 Bxd5 $2 (24... Rxg7 25. Nxf6+ Bxf6 26. Qxf6 $18) 25. Rxd5 (25. exd5 $142 {nails it down} Kxg7 26. Ng5 $18) 25... Rxg7 $16 26. Red1 Be7 27. e5 fxe5 $2 (27... Rf8 28. Qb3 Kh8 29. exf6 Bxf6 30. Rd6 $16) 28. Qxe5 (28. Nxe5 $142 {and the scales tip in favour of White} Rf8 29. Qe3 $18) 28... Qc6 $16 29. Rd7 {White threatens to win material: Rd7xe7} Bf6 30. Rxg7+ ( 30. R7d6 $5 {should not be overlooked} Bxe5 31. Rxc6 $14) 30... Kxg7 $11 31. Qe2 b5 32. Ne5 (32. Rd2 $5 $11 {should be examined more closely}) 32... Qe6 ( 32... Qe6 33. Rd7+ Kg8 $11) 0-1

This game was played in round one of Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52). In the first round I won my group with a score of 7/8 and advanced to the second round as did the player who finished second in the group and actually the player who also advanced was Kisscool, the opponent I faced in this game. He was second with a score of 6/8 and clear second as the third player in the group only got 4 points. My other game against this same opponent in this same tournament can be found in my post D46 Semi-Slav Defense: Main Lines. The games still in progress on round one is still ten, so no update there from yesterday. I added one more game to my post C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense and I have also added two mate in ones, two mate in twos and one mate in five puzzle today.

Game number two. The game below is my latest correspondence chess game from Chess.com. It was played in a team match called Open Challenge CHOCOLATE II and it is played between CHOCOLATE II and Spartanii. The match is played on 20 boards and I play on board 2 for CHOCOLATE II. This match has been quite even if you look at the score at the moment 18,5 - 20,5 in favor of Spartanii, which means they will win this match after the last game ends, it is once again my game of course that finishes the last one in the match. Our team suffered eight timeout losses in this match but our opponent suffered twelve timeout losses and still they managed to win the match. One of the timeout wins our team received in this match is the game below. The position at the end should be roughly even.

19 Jan 2015

D08 Queen's Gambit Refused: Albin Countergambit. Normal Line

D08 Queen's Gambit Refused: Albin Countergambit. Normal Line

This game was played in the first round of the Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52). Trophies that are awarded to the top three players of the tournament are custom made pictures of Mini Coopers. I did advance to the second round so I still have a chance on one of those Mini Coopers. Ten games remain to be played on round one still so I need to wait for those to end before round two can begin. I am in no rush to increase my game load so I do hope that those games keep going until I have cut my game load by a lot of games. I may have given some chances to my opponent in this game but luckily he was not able to take advantage of his opportunities. I managed to get to my highest rating yet at Red Hot Pawn, my new peak rating is now 1879 there. I have added one more game to the following posts: A10 English Opening: Anglo-Lithuanian Variation and C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation. I have also added one more puzzle today to mate in one, three, four, five and seven pages.

Game number two. The game below was played in the first round of the 1800+ 7 Days tournament. The tournament started on October 10th 2014 with 64 players. Those players were divided into 8 player groups and I am playing on group #5. I have finished seven games and I have gathered 4,5 points. My point collection puts me on sixth place at the moment and I have seven more games to finish. This is one of those tournaments where only half of the round's games start at the same time. Which of course makes the tournament last a lot longer than if all the games would have started at the same time. I should have lost the game below but I guess my opponent got tired of playing this game because he ended up resigning this game. He played a very good game, it was disappointing in a way to see that he had resigned.

Game number three. The game below was played in the first round of the LA BELLE FRANCE TOURNAMENT 3 that is still ongoing at Chess.com. I have only one game left to finish on round one and it is against the opponent I faced in this game, Diogenes_of_Sinope. If I win that game, I will advance to the second round but if the result is a draw or a loss, I will be eliminated from the rest of the tournament. Luismiguelmonreal (1740) is currently in first place in group #3 where I am also playing in. He is half a point ahead of Diogenes_of_Sinope, who is currently second with three points and I am in third place with 2.5 points.

18 Jan 2015

C45 Scotch Game: General

C45 Scotch Game: General

This game was played in mike5972p's mini-tournament VII. It is going quite well for me at the moment anyway as four games have finished I have equal amount of wins. There are still eleven games to play so plenty of time to mess things up. Always look on the bright side of life... The tournament started with eleven players but one has dropped out from the tournament, ten remain still active. Thinking time in the games is 3 days as the starting time and there is two day increment each move. I am currently sixth in the tournament but also the only player that has no point losses yet. The maximum thinking time is limited to 5 days so that the increment will not go out of control. I have added one puzzle today to the following: mate in one, two, three, five and nine.

The second game to be featured here was also the second one to finish from my round one games in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. This is a 21 player tournament where thinking time is 7 days per move and 14 days are in the bank. It means that if you go over 7 days your time bank starts depleting. There are at the moment only two players left who can win the tournament, me and the number one rated player caissad4. In order for me to win though I need to win both games against the current leader of the tournament and play better in the remaining games than my hardest rival.

In this third game I show yet again the side of me that I would like to get rid of. I miss too easy stuff sometimes as I do not really look the whole board when I am making my moves in my correspondence games. I have to force myself to take a look at the whole board and my opponent's threats before making my moves. It is actually quite a wonder that I have been able to get a rating even this high with my sloppy play. The game below was played at Red Hot Pawn in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II. This tournament is a 21 player all versus all times two and all the games start when the tournament starts, so you get 40 simultaneous games from this tournament alone. I am currently second in the tournament with a small chance to win the whole tournament if things go well for me in the remaining games.

Game number four. This was played in a team match at GameKnot. The match was played between "les cavaliers fous" and "Grand, Efficacious, Noble, Invincible, Unique, Splendid Army". I played on board two in this match that only had two players on each side for "Grand, Efficacious, Noble, Invincible, Unique, Splendid Army". We won the match 1 - 3 as we were the away team. Sadly our team pretty much self-destructed during this match and there is only one member left in the team. I think this was due to the fact that only premium subscribers with Platinum or Titanium memberships can act as the team captain/co-captain and our captain lost his subscriber status and then the team pretty much ended there... Captains and co-captains are the only ones that can accept or decline other team's challenges. Currently I am part of no team at GameKnot and if I would join one, I could not represent any other team at the same time.

Game number five. This was played at Red Hot Pawn in the first and only round of a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III. The tournament is still ongoing, so some of the games have lasted over eight months at this point. I am currently in fourth place in the tournament and even if I win all of my remaining games, I can only get a shared third place. The battle for the fisrt place is still ongoing between two players, NN Cheap and caissad4. NN Cheap has already finished all his games in the tournament but caissad4 has some games left and can even lose one of his remaining games and still have the possibility to win the tournament.

Game number six. This was played in a tournament called 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III. The current leader of the tournament is kopsov and he has 99 points at the moment and his maximum possible score is 114, which is the highest score that anyone can reach at the moment. Only one other player in the tournament has the same maximum possible score but has not finished as much games as the current leader so it is quite uncertain still who wins the tournament. I have currently gathered 70 points and my maximum possible score is 109, so I am still fighting for the win but my chances are a bit lower than that of kopsov, for example. I added this game to this post May 10th 2015.

Game number seven. This game was played at Red Hot Pawn in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III. This started August 11th 2014 but there are still two players left who can win the tournament, NN Cheap and caissad4. I will finish fourth no matter what happens in the remaining games. I still have four games to finish in the tournament and the only thing I can really improve at this point is my rating. This game was added May 14th 2015.

Game number eight. This was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament at Red Hot Pawn. I am currently in fourth place and have no chances of winning the tournament. I have gathered 85 points so far and my maximum possible score is 103. The current leader of the tournament is kopsov (1947) and he or she has gathered 108 points so far and has a maximum possible score of 114. A player called Luft (1997) is on second place but has no chance of winning the tournament anymore because he or she has only two games left and the maximum points that can be gathered from two games is six points. Third place holder at the moment is Reverb, who has gathered 93 points and has a maximum possible score of 108. That means that Reverb can share the win of the tournament if he or she can win his or her remaining games and if kopsov loses his or her last games. Now that I look this game again and the analysis done to it, I can't believe that my opponent and I both missed 51...Rxb6! which would have most likely drawn the game. This game was added to this post June 27th 2015.

Game number nine. This is from the third round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena on March 29th 2015. So far after three rounds I had gathered two wins and one loss, so the tournament had went decently up to this point. If I consider the rating difference on round two, the loss I suffered then was quite disappointing.

Game number ten. This was played in the first round of the 2014 October Glacial Super Casual Banded I 1650+ tournament that is held at a site called Red Hot Pawn. The game below is my first loss in round one, chances are it will not be the last because some of the opponents I face are quite strong. I have finished only seven games so far and in those games I have gathered six wins and one loss. There are 15 games still in progress for me in this round one that started on November 3rd 2014. I have been maybe the slowest moving player in the tournament so far but maybe I can change that in the near future as more of my time is freed from other games. I had good chances to win this game in the early part of the game but as the game continued, my position went from good to bad to even worse. Well, maybe I can learn something from this game and play these types of positions better in the future.

Game number 11. This game was played in the first round of the 2014 October Glacial Super Casual Banded I 1650+ tournament. The tournament started on November 3rd 2014 at Red Hot Pawn. I am currently on shared fifth place with 27 points. A player called takinitez007 (1879) leads the tournament, having gathered 50 points so far. Takinitez007 only needs to win one more game in order to drop two players out of battle for the win of the group. Those two players are me and jankrb (2065). After that the tournament leader would only need to worry about two players that could still take the win, caissad4 (1980) and veca (1646). Caissad4 is currently on second place with 38 points and third place is currently occupied by jankrb with 34 points. Only the winner or winners of the group will advance to the second round.

Game number 12. This was played on the third round of the weekend tournament that was played at Turku slightly over ten years ago. I had gathered two wins on the previous rounds, so this draw made sure that I could not get the maximum score 5 out of 5 anymore. This was rather disappointing draw due to the rating difference being in my favor, but my opponent in the game below has been a difficult opponent for me to face everytime. I do not remember if I have a positive score against him or not, but I do not think that whatever way the difference is tilted, it will not be by much.

Game number 13. The game below is from the fourth round of the tournament that was played at Helsinki between January 20th and January 22nd in 2006. This was a bad start for an awful year for me, as far as chess is concerned that is. After four rounds I had only managed to get four losses, so it did not matter what happened in the last game, its result could not make this a good tournament for me anymore. This was only a start for what was going to happen to me in the tournaments later in the year. Luckily I have not faced similar stuff during any other year. My really bad results made me stop playing chess for several months.

17 Jan 2015

A13 English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense Semi-Slav Defense

A13 English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense Semi-Slav Defense

I was able to get my Free Internet Chess Server standard rating to 2127 today, higher than it has ever before been!! I have played 33 standard games there now so it is not a complete fluke that my rating is so high there. Or maybe it kind of is as the time between games is rather long and that means my RD is kind of high. That number determines how much a player's rating changes. The lower the number the more active you are and your rating is considered more accurate and therefore does not change that much. I have added new games to the following posts: two games to the post D10 Slav Defense: General, two games to the post C64 Ruy Lopez: Classical Defense and one game to the post C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation. I have also added one more puzzle to mate in two, three, nine, ten and twelve pages. The game below was played almost four years ago at Red Hot Pawn and it features a lot of mistakes made by me and maybe one blunder by my opponent.

Game number two. This was played on the fifth round of a tournament that was played at Salo in November, 2006. On the first three rounds of this tournament I lost all my games. On my fourth round game I was able to break my losing streak finally, but sadly this was only a short anomaly, because on this fifth round I suffered another loss. Having scored only one point in five games, I ended up on last place in the final standings of group D. This disastrous tournament meant that my rating dropped 78 points because of these five games. My opponent ended up being third last in the group due to this win. He managed to get 2 wins in 5 games and lost 3 games.

16 Jan 2015

B50 Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin

B50 Sicilian Defense: Delayed Alapin

This game is just one more addition to the countles games I have played where I give the advantage to my opponent and then at some point they are kind enough to give the advantage back. Of course they are not doing that on purpose and this does happen the other way around aswell. I lost games last year that I should have won but did not because I could not see some one move threat that my opponents made againts me. This year has not started mistake free either and already I have made idiotic blunders that I really should not make anymore. I have added one more game to both of these posts C01 French Defense: Exchange Variation. Monte Carlo Variation and C03 French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. In addition to that I have added 3 mate in two puzzles, one mate in 8 and one mate in three puzzle.

Game number two. This is from the fifth round of the tournament that was played at Salo in 2002. I ended up losing all my games in this tournament after which my national standard rating hit its all time low of 1269. It is safe to say that it will never go that low again because my basic level of play should always be good enough that it would not drop below a certain point anymore unless I would start losing on purpose and I would never do that.

15 Jan 2015

B17 Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Modern Variation Kasparov Attack

B17 Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation. Modern Variation Kasparov Attack

This was the game that raised me to my peak rating of 2197 at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. It is the highest rating that I have ever had anywhere. It did not last a long time there as I drew the next game only some moments later after this game had finished. That draw can be found in my post C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defence. I have also added one game to my post A85 Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation. I have added one more puzzle to the following pages: mate in one, two, four, five and six. I had 300 games in progress for a few hours on January 12th 2015 but now I only have 288 games in progress so maybe my game load will start to ease up with a nice pace. I hope this will continue in the following days and weeks. Especially if the results keep going aswell in the last 12 games, I got 11 wins and one draw out of them. I know there are a few games that I am quite likely losing, so there will be some dives at some point. Today my rating at Red Hot Pawn climbed to its peak and now the rating there is 1873.

Game number two. The game below was played in the third round of the 2014 August Banded Threesomes I 1700-1800 tournament that is being played at Red Hot Pawn. I have only two more games left to finish and it does seem quite clearly that I am going the be the last one in the group. I have lost all my games on round three and despite the momentary good moves I can find, I mess up the games later on, like the game below. I had good chances and saw the correct sacrifice but as I do not normally sacrifice anything on purpose, I am not accustomed to this kind of play and therefore I guess the correct continuation was not found by me. I did consider the move 18.Nf5 but for some reason I thought 18.c4 was better. The pawn move does not lose the game but it does make things more difficult for me. I thought that the continuation 18.Nf5 Bxh2+ Kh1 was good for me during the game, I just did not see that now I would be threatening c4 and Bb4+ with excellent compensation for the sacrificed material. A player called Paullli (2068) leads the tournament currently and the second place is shared with chessicle (1938) and Rumdrum (1938). Rumdrum has equal chances with Paullli to win the tournament but chessicle does not have chances to win the tournament anymore because no matter what happens in the two games between Paullli and Rumdrum, one of these players will end up having more points than he can gain in his remaining game.

14 Jan 2015

A46 Torre Attack: Classical Defense

A46 Torre Attack: Classical Defense

My peak rating of 2197 did not stay for long as I had to draw one game at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. Now I am at 2195, so the decrease was quite minimal. Today I hit my highest rating yet at Red Hot Pawn also and the new peak is at 1863. It is interesting how much the ratings differ from each other. They are maybe slowly getting closer but I doubt that I would be able to hit even 2000 anytime soon at RHP. At Queen Alice Internet Chess Club I get higher rated people to play against constantly than I do at RHP which does have a clear relation to the rating situation of course. Winning percentage is quite close on both sites, at RHP it is 76% and at QAICC it is around 74%. This tells me that it does not matter what the rating of my opponents are, I roughly get the same overall result. The game below that I am sharing with you now was played a bit over four years ago at Red Hot Pawn. When I went through this game, I noticed that the way I play has not really changed all that much since those days. I have added one more puzzle to the following pages, mate in two, three, four, seven and I also added a new page called Mate in 12. I did also notice that with this post, there are now 180 different opening variations covered in this blog!

13 Jan 2015

C20 King Pawn Game: Napoleon Attack

C20 King Pawn Game: Napoleon Attack

This is one of those openings that I would recommend for anyone to play. I put other silly opening variations in the notation. I have to admit it is a surprise to me see that this has been played by rather good players in 2008 as you can see in the notation. The whole game is not shown in the notation only the first 19 moves. The opening variation called King Pawn Game: Wayward Queen Attack. Mellon Gambit that you can see in the notation made me immediately think The Lord of the Rings and the part where they had to say to the Sindarin word for friend "mellon" in order to enter the Doors of Durin. It did made me grin a bit when I saw the name of this variation. I think I will continue posting my Red Hot Pawn games for some time more at least. I did get a nice birthday present today from one of my opponents when he resigned in our game at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club which increased my rating to a new peak rating of 2197!! Well, he probably was unaware of this course and only due to his blunder on previous move did he need to resign. It does seem that if I would post more of my Chess960 games, I will not be able to share them here... I may need to switch that part to my other blog. There does not seem to be a free replayer that I could be able to implement in this blog that would be easy to use. Making one myself would be too much work and I doubt I would have good enough skill to do that. I have updated both the mate in two and four puzzle pages today.

12 Jan 2015

C47 Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted

C47 Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted

Today I finally hit the 300 games in progress milestone. That may change to something else quite quickly though, I saw in one of my games a huge blunder again... Made by me, unfortunately it was in a team match, had it been in a tournament game that may have not mattered that much as I would have been the only one affected by that move. Now also the team I represent may have to face one loss on my board. Well, I may have time to make things better on the second game when it starts. Then again the game where I made that blunder is still ongoing, so if I manage to same kind of luck as in my over the board game, I still have a chance. I doubt that there will be that much I can do but as it is a team match, I will try to fight on as long as there is some play left. The game below is another quite unevenly matched one but maybe some of you can learn from it still. I have updated mate in one, four and five pages today and added a new page for mate in 13 moves puzzles.

Game number two. This was played in a team match called 15.12.2014 tmylmz84's friendly match series: TCP vs ACR. It was played on 59 boards between TURK CHESS PLAYERS and ACROPOLIS. I played on board 6 for ACROPOLIS and in addition to this win on time, I drew my other game against didemersoy. Didemersoy played both games well and it is unfortunate that time decided the game below. The match started on December 15th 2014 and finished on September 25th 2015. The match ended with a score 52 - 66 in favor of ACROPOLIS. I was in some serious trouble during this game, so I am obviously happy with the win, but not the way the I received the win.

11 Jan 2015

C22 Center Game: Paulsen Attack Variation

C22 Center Game: Paulsen Attack Variation

I think that most of the times I have faced the Center Game, it is this particular variation my opponents have played. There have not been that many occasions when my games go into this opening but I remember that one of the opponents I faced over the board at our club played this quite frequently against me. As those were 5 minute blitz games I have no notation restored of those games. This game I am showing you now was played over five years ago at Red Hot Pawn. This was my fifth game after my comeback to correspondence chess and also my fifth win. It does seem like a great result but when you think that most of my opponents were a lot lower rated than I was, it just turns to a result that was expected. I have added one more game today to my post C44 King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation. I have added 3 puzzles to mate in one, one to mate in two and one to mate in three pages. On January 8th 2015 happened something that I only now realised, the number of analysed games in this blog went over 300!! Currently there are 309 analysed games and 560 unique puzzles featured in this blog and more are updated each day.

Game number two. The game below is from the second round of Rilton Cup Open that was held at Stockholm in late 2003 and early 2004. I think I did not play after the year had changed though, due to the fact I was sick. In the first round I was able to get a win against a stronger player and now I faced even a slightly higher rated player on this round than on the previous round and I lost. I had played quite ok, considering my rating, so things were still looking slightly positive and anything could still happen in the rest of the tournament.

10 Jan 2015

A11 English Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation. General

A11 English Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation. General

Sometimes but very rarely even I get lucky in a chess game. I was playing a over the board team match today and I got slowly but surely got an extra pawn on move 17, then I thought maybe for the first time in the game that I might actually win for the first time in this season, two of my earlier games were drawn. I knew that my opponent had only played one official game before our game, so I was quite confident. He did play surprisingly well though and the game was actually quite hard. I did manage to get another pawn later but then on move 33 I had to give some material back. I had three pawns for the bishop after the trades and even at this point I thought well maybe I still have some chances to win. I could not believe how badly used the material in my favor at that point. Then I lost a pawn and I thought that I am for sure going to lose now. My team mates had mostly agreed to a draw at that point and one of them had won. So I knew I had to keep fighting at least for a draw. Loss would have meant that the match would have ended in a draw. At that point I made a few quite quick moves and my opponent started to use more of his time. I tried to find any counterplay chances that I could find but as my opponent played strong moves I got a bit demoralised but fought on. Then we come to the move 42.Ne4 that he played and after some thought I took his knight with mine even though I thought the game would end there as he then would just check my king on f8 and when it moves, I lose a rook and I would have resigned at that point as there would have been no point to carry on anymore. He did not play the check, however, but instead took the knight back with his bishop. That was I think one of the turning points of the game. It was not the losing move though, it only gave me some faint hope to struggle on. After I played my king to e7 and away from checks for the time being, he made a move that at first seemed like just another way to win the game, I thought for a while and then saw some hope because it was a blunder, maybe not enough to lose the game but at least the position seemed a bit more closer to a draw. He maybe played two inaccurate moves in a row but the third one was a blunder which enabled me to get back in the game as I could at that point win back the bishop I lost. The material started to be even then but there were still technical problems that needed solving. On move 47 he played his queen to h1 in order to threaten mate on h6 which I thought at first that I can't stop. Then after some time thinking the position I saw my only hope and actually a line that might get me the win. I took a pawn on c4 with my f-rook which also checked his king on c1. His only move was to go to b1. That enabled me to check him again on c1 which his queen is forced to take and then I take his queen with my other rook checking him again. King took my other rook. At this point I had a pawn and queen for his two rooks. His rook were badly placed then though I just took one of them with my queen he took back with his rook and I took his last rook with my king. After all this we reach into a position that is an easy win for me. I have pawns on f7, b6, a7 and my king is at e5. His pawns are b2 and a3 and his king is at c1. We played on for a few moves but when he saw that I will queen my f-pawn, he resigned. My win meant that we have now won all the three matches in the season and that we have not suffered even one loss in any of the boards so far. Our last game will be against the team that leads our division.

All that had nothing to do with the game I am about to show you though. It is a game played over four years ago at Red Hot Pawn. The ratings are quite recent so the difference in rating was not as high as it is now. I have added three mate in one puzzles and two mate in two puzzles. I was luckly to find this game so quickly as I am a bit feverish again so I would require some rest. The name of this variation differs a bit debending on the source. This can also be found with the name A11 English Opening: Caro-Kann Defensive System. The reason I used the name A11 English Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation. General is that the source I only used in the past had this name for the opening variation.

Game number two. This was played in the first round of a club tournament that I took part in over twelve years ago. I do not remember much of those earliest club tournaments, but I vaguely remember that they almost never were fully played through. There were always some games that were never played for one reason or the other. The player I faced in this game has almost always had the upper hand in our encounters. Not sure what would happen if we were to play again. I think he should even still be considered the favorite in our game, but it should be somewhat more evenly fought game than in those days.

Game number three. This was played on round three of the Rilton Cup Open that was played at Stockholm in 2003. On the previous two rounds I had gathered one win and one loss, the loss came on second round, so this was my second loss in a row and it started to seem that this tournament will become a flop for me after a good win on round one. Even this did not become a flop, it was not a big success either because I was only able to gain like seven rating points.

Game number four. This was played on the fourth round of the Easter tournament that was held at Helsinki in 2008. After four rounds I had lost three games and only managed to win one game. All of the losses and also the win were against higher rated opponents, but despite of that I could not be happy about those results. The opponent in this game was probably one of the highest rated players I had ever faced in over the board chess. During the 15 or so years that I have played in over the board chess tournaments, I have maybe faced every kind of titled player there is. That is to say that I have played against National Masters, FIDE Masters, at least one International Master and one Grand Master. Against those players that have the newer titles that have the word Arena attached to them, I have only played against online, at least to my knowledge that is.

I ran into problems quite quickly in this game, because back then I did not know how to properly react to 4...dxc4. I think I have a better understanding of those kind of positions these days and would not run into similar problems as in this game. My downhill started on move 5, but even then the position was only slightly favorable to my opponent. The game losing move came when I played the move 17.e3, not realising that my opponent can just take the pawn for free due to the pin on the f-file...

9 Jan 2015

B34 Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Exchange Variation

B34 Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Exchange Variation

This game was the second correspondence chess game that I played after taking a long break from it. I have taken maybe two several month breaks from chess during the last almost 14 years or so that I have played it in tournaments. Well, to be precise in May 2015, it will be 14 years from my first official chess tournament. Those days it was like giving free points to my opponents, I was really bad at chess back then. Sadly, I am not that good at it even now, albeit I have improved quite a lot from those days. I have added one more game to look at in the following posts A10 English Opening: Great Snake Variation, C41 Philidor Defense: General, C52 Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense and A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General. I have added four more mate in ones and one mate in three today. I will post more Chess960 games when I get a replayer provided by Chessbase working with those games aswell. I did contact support about the problem and hopefully they fix it when the new update to the program comes.

Game number two. The game below was played at Red Hot Pawn in a tournament called 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III. The time controls for the tournament are timeout of seven days and fourteen days are in the timebank. This is actually not even the longest time controls that I have played with but still there ought to be enough time to think the moves quite well. In my case that is hardly the situation though as I have too many games to handle as it is. That means that even with these time controls I use very little of that time actually thinking every single move I make. That does explain some of my very poor moves. This tournament started September 11th 2014 and I am currently on 8th place but still have some chances of winning the tournament. I currently have 49 points and the current leader has gathered 87 points but as I have played my games in a slower pace, I have not finished as many games.

Game number three. This one is from a tournament called 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III and it is still ongoing at Red Hot Pawn. There are currently five players who fight for the win of the tournament and I am still in that group of five players. I am behind the current leader of the tournament by 23 points but if I can win both of my games against him, my chances to win the tournament significantly improve but even then the battle would be far from over. I have still 11 games left to finish and if I looked the cross table correctly, five of those are against the possible winners of the tournament. This game was added to this post May 16th 2015.

Game number four. This was played in the seventh round of the Finnish School Team Championships that were held at Tampere in 2002. When I look at my database, I seem to have only five games from this tournament there. Either the notation in those two games was not in understandable form and therefore I did not add them or I have not added them for some other reason which I can't remember anymore. From those five games I won two and lost three of them. As you can see in the notation, my rating was really bad in those days.

8 Jan 2015

D02 Queen Pawn Game: Chigorin Variation

D02 Queen Pawn Game: Chigorin Variation

Well, so the time seems to again and I ended up having not as much time to do things as I would have liked and I still need to make moves in some of my games. At least tomorrow I should not have anywhere to go to, so I can keep things better under control. The game you see below is from the early part of 2009 when I ended up both losing and winning games on time. This week is and will be unnaturaly busy for me as on Saturday I need to go and play a long over the board chess game. I have added one more game today to the following posts A45 Indian Game: General, E00 Indian Game: East Indian Defense and A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General and I have also added five more puzzled today divided in to mate in two, four, five and ten pages. With this post I have now covered 174 different opening variations... Still a long, long way to go if I am at some point going to cover them all. It is, of course, doubtful that I would find examples of all of them.

Game number two. This was played in a team match called Slavic League - Tournament of Teams, R5: Kopaonik vs Team Dalmatia. The match is played on 104 boards. I am playing on board 30 for Kopaonik in this match. The match is fought quite evenly as the score at the moment is 91 - 87 in favor of Kopaonik. Neither of these two games that are so far in this post have the theoretical move order in them for this opening variation. The move order seen in theory is 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6. This game was added to this post July 23rd 2015.

Game number three. This was played on the third round of a third division, group 5 team match SalSK 3 - HangSK. I played this time on board 4 for SalSK 3 and this was my first win of the season and the second round in a row where I played on board 4. Our team also played well and we won this match played on five boards with a score of 3 - 0. Draws are not counted for the final result.

Game number four. This was played on the first round of a weekend tournament that was held at Turku in the latter part of 2007. This was the second tournament with long time controls that I played in 2007 and it was also was the last tournament I played that year. Unlike the first tournament of that year, this one was not a success for me. Actually this remainded me of the tournaments I had played in 2006 when all of the tournaments went downhill for me. I was able to get 2.5 points in 5 games, but because the average rating of my opponents was only 1508, my result was not that good and my rating decreased by 12 points.

The first turning point of the game comes when I played the bad move 8...c5. It could have already been the losing move, but luckily for me, my opponent did not find the move 9.dxc5 and the continuation after which I would have probably resigned. The game continued quite evenly until my opponent, Teuvo Vuorisalo, played 12.c5, which hands over the advantage to me. Then on move 15 he goes wrong a bit more and my advantage increases a bit. Then on move 18 the downhill for my opponent continues even more. Everything goes quite well for me until I make two mistakes in a row, 37...Qc6 and 38...Qb6. The game becomes balanced again for a couple of moves, but then with the move 40...axb4 I made probably the worst move of the game because of which I lost the game.

7 Jan 2015

A65 Benoni Defense: King Pawn Lines

A65 Benoni Defense: King Pawn Lines

It does seem that when I get older time just goes by ever faster and do not seem to have time to do as much when I was younger. Well, I may have more things to do these days aswell and only time I can rest is when I get to sleep... As my games in progress hit 296 today, I thought maybe I should start four more games to get to even 300. It is of course quite insane to play so many games as I do have other things to do with my time than just move in my correspondence games. I did join a few team matches though and I may hit 300 before I get year older again in a few days time... Second posted loss in a row, will this losing streak continue tomorrow is not yet certain as I do not know at the moment what I will post then. Today I was not able to add more puzzles as time just run out too fast. Tomorrow I should have more time to spend on the blog updates, so I will add more puzzles then. Today I have added new analysed games to the following posts A10 English Opening: Great Snake Variation, A30 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General and A00 Polish Opening: General. In addition to that I replaced a game that previously had out of date analysis with analysis that is up to date in the post B21 Sicilian Defense: McDonnell Attack.

6 Jan 2015

D08 Queen's Gambit Refused: Albin Countergambit. Lasker Trap

D08 Queen's Gambit Refused: Albin Countergambit. Lasker Trap

I have played many short games in my time both as the winner and the loser. This game belongs to the latter. If I am not mistaken, I have faced this same idea quite recently in a couple of my games. Not sure how well they are going but I should be a bit better than I was back in 2008. Then again as I am bit lazy sometimes and maybe not learn some openings properly, my adversaries may be able to win quickly if they play some gambit that I am not that familiar with. It does not help that I am quite horrible at tactics. Maybe I am bad at tactics because of the aforementioned laziness. The game below is from 2008 and it was played in a site called Red Hot Pawn. It is the site where I started playing correspondence chess and also where I have played most correspondence games, Chess.com starts to be quite close to it though, both in finished games and games in progress. I have added one more game to both of the following posts D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted: Old Variation and A45 Indian Game: General. I have also replaced one of my games with improved and more up to date analysis in my post A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General. In addition to this I have added five more puzzles divided in to mate in one, two and three pages. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

5 Jan 2015

Chess960 SP50

Chess960 SP50

As I was not able to find a new opening variation to cover, I had to come up with something different. Actually I have waited to post my Chess960 also known as Fischer Random games for quite a long time now. I have played only 14 games of Chess960 in my life but I have enjoyed every single one, not only because I am at the moment still unbeaten in it... I have won twelve and played two draws so not a perfect score but it is probably better than I could have ever hoped to achieve. As I can't really sort these Chess960 games by opening, I will sort them by starting position. We will see if I add more of my Chess960 games tomorrow or have I found a normal chess game where there is an opening that I have not yet covered. I found while searching the internet a database for Chess960 games and used it as a reference database but as there was only less than 2000 games in it, there was not a single one that had this starting position played or nobody played the move I chose for move one. I still have some Chess960 games in progress and probably I will start more of those as soon as my game load drops enough. I have added a game in the following posts A15 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation, A30 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General, C64 Ruy Lopez: Classical Defense and A10 English Opening: General. I have also done some updating on the analysis of some games in the posts A36 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System and A10 English Opening: Anglo-Dutch Defense, the games that had updated analysis is told in the text above the game. I have also added five puzzles divided in to mate in one, two and three pages.

The game below was played in the round one of Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II. It turns out there are only two games left in the first round and both feature me... This tournament had 100 players when it started and players were divided into 5 player groups. Two players from each round advance to the next one. I have to say though that even though my group is only one that has not finished yet, the two people who advance have been decided already.

Game number two. Like the game above, this was also played in the first round of the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II. Only one game remains in round one and guess whose game that is... Yeah, it is my other game against this same opponent. From each round two players advance to the next round and I have secured my place to the second round at this point. The only thing now matters is that I do not mess up my good streak at Chess960. Second player to advance in my group has already been decided aswell but the tournament can't continue until the final game is finished.

Game number three. This was also played in the first round of the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II. All games in round one in my group were from the same starting position. Not sure if there were different starting positions in other groups or was this same used in every single game on round one.

Game number four. Like the other games in this post this was played in the same tournament. I will repost my other Chess960 games with analysed versions here since it seems to work?? At least I have not figured out the problem yet... Maybe there is one but I do not see it, just like I do not see tactics :-P

Game number five. The game below was played in the first round of the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II. I won six games on round one, played one draw and lost one game, the only loss obviously being the game below. With the score of 6,5 points I ended up winning group 2 because my Tie Break was better than arikbikman who came second in the group. As two of the best players from each round will advance to the next round, we both advanced to the second round. I have two games left to play on round two and it seems that I will advance from this round aswell. I am on second place in group 7 but I have better maximum possible score than the current leader, orkan11.

Game number six. This was played on the second round of the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II that is held at Chess.com. I am currently on first place in group #7 and I have won six games and drawn one game in the seven games that I have finished. I think my one remaining game will not change the fact that I will win the group, of course if I get at least a draw in the remaining game I will be the clear winner of the group as I would have more points than anyone else in the group. My first place is only due to a tie break at the moment. My opponent in this game is on second place and orkan11 has 6,5 points like me. The only difference is the tie break and also the fact that I have still one game to finish but orkan11 has finished all his games. I will keep playing on third round and it would seem this same starting position will be even more familiar to me after that round.

Game number seven. This was played in the second round of Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II. I am still leading the group #7 and I still have one game left to finish that will determine the way I advance to the third round. It would be nice to be unrivaled winner of the group but we will see what happens.

Game number eight. Like all the other games in this post, this was also played in the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II and this game is taken from the second round of that tournament. I have still one game to finish in this round and it is also the last game of this round. Which will mean that as soon as that game finishes, my game load will increase a bit again. There are some games in progress that could end at any given time, so that could help me out a bit if they finish before the next round in this tournament starts.

Game number nine. I won the game below on time. It was played on the second round of the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II. I am on first place currently and I have scored 6,5 points in 7 games, with one more game to finish, I am likely to win the group and advance to the third round. Because two players will advance to the next round, also orkan11, who is on second place will continue to the third round because there is no way anyone can drop him to third place anymore.

Game number ten. With this game I have gone through every correspondence chess and chess960 game that I have played at Chess.com so far. This was played in the second round of the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II. I am leading group #7 and unless something unexpected happens, I will also win that group. My final game of this round is against Oggi60 and it is also the last game in progress in the whole round. This game was added to this post July 14th 2015.

Game number 11. The game below was the last one to end on round two and with this win I secured a clear first place on group 7. I also won my fist round group, but that was only decided with tie break. On the first round I scored 6.5 points out of the possible 8 and on this second round I received a better result as I scored 7.5 points out of the possible 8. The amount of points I will gather on round three will be somewhat less because there is one player less in the group than on previous rounds. Of course the opponents I face on round three should also be tougher than the previous opponents that I have faced in this tournament.

Game number 12. This was played on round three of the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II. This and my other game with Surt123 ended with only one day separating them. Both games ended with less than 20 moves played in a somewhat silly way. In the game below I was worried a lot of moves, but I did not even consider the Bc5+ at all. When I saw my opponent's move, I immediately knew the game should end there. I can't believe how stupid my moves sometimes are. Well, I have always thought that every game is just a preparation for the next game and if I can at least learn something from each game, I should be doing well.

Game number 13. The game below was not much longer than my other game against Surt123 in this third round of the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II. At least I managed to win one of my games against this player, who is currently leading group #1. Surt123 has already played all of his games on this round and this was the only loss he suffered. He has secured his place on the next round, but it is not yet clear who is the second player to advance from this group. I have the possibility to tie Surt123 on points if I am able to win all my three remaining games which would obviously mean that I would be the other player to advance to the next round. I do not need to win all my games to secure my place on the fourth round, but it would be nice to do so anyway.

Game number 14. This was played on the third round of the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II. This is maybe one of the most embarrassing losses from the games that I have recently finished. It is embarrassing because I was actually winning in the last position. I was so annoyed at the time I saw my opponent's move Rf8+ and thought that my queen falls that I even did not consider that my opponent can't take the queen because of mate... I also messed my another game against KammounAmine, but that game ended in a draw. I finished third in group #1 and I was only able to gather 2.5 points out of the 6 possible points. KammounAmine finished second on the group with 3.5 points and advanced to the fourth round. There are only six players left in the tournament and they have been divided into two groups of three. Winners of those two groups will decide the winner of the tournament on round five.

Game number 15. The game below was played on the third round of the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II that is being held at Chess.com. I pretty much messed up half of the games on this round with silly mistakes. I finished third on group #1 and I was thus eliminated from the rest of the tournament. On the first two rounds I won the groups I was in rather easily, well on the first round I shared the win, but due to tie-break I was first in the final standings of group #2 on round one.

Game number 16. The game below was my last game in the Sarah's Chess960 Tournament No II. It was played on round three and had I won this game, I would have tied my opponent, KammounAmine, in points, which would have secured my place on round four. However, I did mess up both of my games against KammounAmine due to a couple of mindless moves I made. I was on third place in the final standings of this group 1. The best two players advanced to the next round from each group and in my group, those two players were Surt123 and KammounAmine. I had advanced to this third round by winning both the first and second round groups, so the fact that I was eliminated from the tournament on this round was really disappointing for me.