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28 Feb 2015

C44 Scotch Game: General

C44 Scotch Game: General

This is one of those games that could have ended in a rather embarassing way for me... For one move only I offered the win for my opponent, this I only realised in the after game analysis. I have no idea anymore why I played 32.Qd3?? as that move should have lost the game as my opponent just takes the rook on a1 with a check, oops... Lucklily my opponent did not take it but if he had, I would have probably just resigned immediately. I would like to say that these kind of mistakes are rare but at the start of the year I have done some really awful moves almost everytime I make my moves. If I would at least bother to check the situation and look at the whole board, I would not make these awful moves again. I guess it is due to the huge confidence I have in my chess playing abilities that I think I only need to look only part of the board as I should have enough experience by now to see quite quickly what is important in a position. Of course that could not be more wrong, I am still far, far away from the level of play where I could do that. This game was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II. I am still in the fight for first place but not sure how long if I keep playing badly. My rating raised at the end of last year around two hundred points at Red Hot Pawn but this year I have started to go back down again. I have dropped my rating around 70 points and it may keep going down for a bit. It may start to be worrying progress but maybe it is only due to the horrible blunders I have started to make for some reason. If I can make moves more carefully and not make huge blunders, I may be able to get back to the old heights again. The rating climb has stopped at Chess.com aswell, my rating dropped around 40 points after the 200 or so point climb but now it resides somewhere around 1870 constantly. Maybe I need to fit some tactics training to my daily schedule and maybe see if that helps, maybe also go outside for a walk more to get some fresh air... ;-) I have added two mate in twos, one mate in five, one mate in six and one mate in seven puzzle today. In addition to that I added two games to my post C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation.

Game number two. This one was played in the first round of a 20 minute tournament at the FIDE Online Arena on March 22nd 2015. This was rather disappointing tournament for me because there were no official elo games played in this tournament. The game below was a good start for me in the tournament, no big mistakes but some inaccuracies of course.

Game number three. The game below is from a team match called Magnificent Obsessives Ride and it is played between Obsessive Chess Disorder!! and Team Australia. I am playing on board 7 for Obsessive Chess Disorder!! and we shall see if I can improve my score in this match in the other game I have against Chair-man. This match is played on 40 boards and the current score in the match is 40,5 - 37,5 in favor of Obsessive Chess Disorder!! and that means that we will win this match after all the games have finished. Both players in the game below made some bad moves but I managed to do one that the analysis program though to be a good move, a move that ended my opponent's resistance quite well.

Game number four. This was played in the first round of the 2014 October Long Haul Split I tournament. There are two groups that both contain 12 players and I am playing on group 2. I have finished ten games so far and I have won them all. There are still 12 games left to finish, so I can still mess things up quite well concerning the battle for the win. The leader of group 2 is a player called beatlemania, who has gathered 45 points so far. The second place is currently occupied by Blackpoolmad, who has gathered 43 points. On third place is Marko Krale, who has collected 38 points so far. My current score 30 puts me in seventh place but my maximum possible score is higher than anyone else in the group at the moment and that is what matters in the end.

27 Feb 2015

C01 French: Exchange Variation (6.O-O)

C01 French: Exchange Variation (6.O-O)

Well this game should not have been a draw if you look at the position where this game ended. White should be winning but I guess this game had gone too long because my opponent offered a draw and I of course accepted since my position is really bad. I tend not to resign that easily as I don't like it all that much. Usually only after my opponent has a forced win, I resign. And I never offer a draw in a position where I think I am lost. I only offer a draw when I think the position is a dead draw or in some friendly games when my opponent needs to leave before finishing the game. The game below was played in the first round of the tournament called Maximum ! and it was only fifth game to finish for me. As I look at the cross table, I am clearly the slowest person to finish my games. There are twelve players in the group and the best tree will advance to the next round. I have added two mate in ones, two mate in twos and one mate in five puzzle. I have also added a game to these two posts: E00 Indian Game: East Indian Defense and E11 Bogo-Indian Defense: Exchange Variation.

This paragraph and the ones that follow it in this first game have been added November 24th, 2016. I think both players played reasonable moves until we reached the position after 21.Rxe6. You can see that position below. I am not sure what I was thinking at the time, but I played 21...fxe6. I assume that I wanted to get away from the symmetrical pawn structure in order to get some imbalance in the position and maybe avoid the draw. I kind of succeeded, but not in the way I would have liked. The move 21...fxe6 is just bad in many ways. It weakens the g6 square and it creates a backward pawn on e6. I usually try to play in a way where my pawn structure remains healthy, so my 21st move is a bit uncharacteristic of me.

The game continued to go rapidly downhill for me as you can see in the game continuation 22.Re1 a6 23.Qg6 Rd8. The point of playing 22...a6 was to prevent Qb5 after Re8. However, the move 23.Qg6 showed how pointless my 22nd move actually was. The best way to handle the position was to play 22...Qd7, it stops Qb5 and in case of Qg6, I could play Re8 and maybe hang on in the game. My position was really horrible after 23.Qg6, but I made things even worse with the move 23...Rd8 because it should lead to further material loss. While writer15 did not find the best move, my opponent still had a winning advantage after 24.Rxe6.

[Event "Maximum ! - Round 1"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.09.11"] [Round "?"] [White "writer15"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C01"] [WhiteElo "1635"] [BlackElo "1874"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "49"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 {French Defense: Exchange Variation} exd5 4. Nf3 (4. c4 {French Defense: Exchange Variation. Monte Carlo Variation}) (4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bg5 {French Defense: Exchange Variation. Svenonius Variation}) 4... Bg4 5. Be2 Nf6 6. O-O {C01 French: Exchange Variation} Be7 7. Bg5 (7. Ne5 Bxe2 8. Qxe2 O-O 9. Bg5 c6 10. Nd2 Re8 {1/2-1/2 (10) Polak,T (2440)-Velicka,P (2420) Martin 1996 }) (7. h3 Bxf3 8. Bxf3 O-O 9. Nc3 c6 10. Re1 Bd6 11. Bg5 Nbd7 12. Bg4 Qc7 13. Bxd7 Nxd7 14. Qg4 Rfe8 15. Bh6 Bf8 16. Bf4 Bd6 17. Bh6 Bf8 18. Bg5 Bd6 19. Qf5 Nb6 20. b3 Qd7 {1/2-1/2 (20) Boeck,M (1829)-Dietzel,U (1708) Berlin 2013}) 7... O-O 8. c3 h6 $146 (8... c6 9. Nbd2 Nbd7 10. Re1 Re8 11. Nf1 Nf8 12. Ne5 Bxe2 13. Rxe2 Ne4 14. Bxe7 Rxe7 15. Ng3 Nxg3 16. hxg3 Ng6 17. Nxg6 hxg6 {1/2-1/2 (17) Kovac,Z (2090)-Vucelic,R (1994) Subotica 2011}) 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 {Black has the pair of bishops} 10. Nbd2 Nc6 11. h3 {White threatens to win material: h3xg4} Bh5 12. Nh2 Bxe2 {Black forks: d1+f1} 13. Qxe2 Re8 {Black threatens to win material: Re8xe2} 14. Qd3 Qd7 15. Ng4 Be7 16. Rfe1 (16. Ne3 Bh4 $14) 16... Bg5 (16... Bd6 17. Nf3 $11) 17. Nf3 $14 Bf4 18. Nge5 Nxe5 19. Nxe5 (19. dxe5 c5 $14) 19... Qd6 20. Nf3 Re6 21. Rxe6 fxe6 {Black has a new backward pawn: e6} ( 21... Qxe6 22. Re1 Qd7 23. Qe2 $11) 22. Re1 $14 a6 $2 (22... Qd7 $142 $5 $14 { must be considered}) 23. Qg6 $16 Rd8 $4 {terrible, but what else could Black do to save the game?} (23... e5 $142 $5 24. Qxd6 cxd6 $16) 24. Rxe6 (24. g3 $142 {and White has reached his goal} Bg5 25. Rxe6 $18) 24... Qf8 25. Qg4 1/2-1/2

26 Feb 2015

E90 King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Rare Defenses

E90 King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Rare Defenses

This is the first game of mine where the ratings of both players are over 2200. This also might be the only one for quite some time unless I am able to somehow get back over 2200, since this game dropped my rating four points. It is good to get these tough opponents on regular basis, to test my skills against them. I have now played five correspondence games against players who are rated over 2400 and my score in them is zero wins, one draw and four losses. I may not be strong enough to give these players much in the way of resistance but that draw might be sign of it being possible, how ever rarely it might occur. The game below was played in the second round of the AUTO-MASTER-2088 tournament. It is a tournament that was open to only rated players between 1900 and 2300. It is rare that tripled pawns are any good but maybe this game showed that having tripled paws might not be always that bad. This loss of mine made certain that my opponent in this game, Luke2015, wins the tournament no matter what happens in the last remaining game of the tournament between the same two players who fought in this game. I did secure my place as the second in the tournament already when I drew and won against the third participant in this second round some time ago. I have added three mate in ones, one mate in three and one mate in four puzzle today. I have also also added one game to the following posts C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation, A45 Indian Game: General and C50 Italian Game: Italian Variation.

25 Feb 2015

Chess960 SP71

Chess960 SP71

One might say it is about time there was another #Chess960 game featured here. The thing is that I have mainly tried to feature chess games so that I can finally know how many opening variations I have played in my time. I do not think that I have featured all the openings I have played yet but for the moment I could not find a new one that I had not covered here. The other thing is that I have not played that many Chess960 games yet. I still have not lost a single game of it, though avoiding it has become extremely hard. So far the score from fifteen games is 13 wins and two draws. I have some games in progress but I hope to increase the amount of Chess960 games in the future by a large amount. I know that the way I look at those different starting positions differs a lot from the way good players play them but so far I have done quite well without ever really looking at Chess960 games from different databases and determining what I should play. I like to keep my thinking as fresh as possible and kind of discover myself what works in what starting position. I have added games to the following posts today: B13 Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange Variation, C96 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Closed Defense, E24 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Accelerated, C64 Ruy Lopez: Classical Defense and C10 French Defense: Normal Variation..

Game number two. This time I guess the winds of change are blowing and I can actually post here analysed versions of my Chess960 games. This game like the one above this was played in a team match called Respect Freedom :). It is a 42 board match played between ♦♦ Respect ♦♦ and Historical Association. I played board 23 in this match for Historical Association and I managed to win both my games. The knowledge of that does not warm me that much as our opponent has secured the win because they lead the match 45,5 - 33,5 at the moment I type this. This game was added March 18th 2015.

24 Feb 2015

A22 English Opening: King's English Variation. Two Knights' Variation Smyslov System

A22 English Opening: King's English Variation. Two Knights' Variation Smyslov System

In this game I tried to play the English again in order to see if I could play it again but the way that this one went I maybe stick to other opening moves for now. Well, this was just one game but still I feel more comfortable by playing 1.e4, for example, even though it may also end up in positions that I do not really like. The game you see below was played in a team match called the WOLF. It is an ongoing match between The WOLF and ♙ Thematic Matches & Tournaments. It is played on 48 boards and I am playing board 3 for The WOLF in this match. When I looked at all the players that play or finished their games on this match, I noticed something positive about it, no one had their accounts closed during this match! Still too many timeouts though. The score in the match is 19,5 - 64,5, so the winner is clear even now and it is ♙ Thematic Matches & Tournaments. I have added three mate in twos, one mate in four and one mate in eight today.

Game number two. This really short game was played in a team match called Great Viking Warriors vs. Kopaonik. The match is played on 90 boards and I am playing on board 18 for Kopaonik. The current score in the match is 43.5 - 65.5 in favor of Kopaonik. Even if the current score looks really good for us, the match is still far from over.

23 Feb 2015

B13 Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange Variation

B13 Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange Variation

This one of the four games that my opponent lost on time during the same day against me. The game was played in a team match called Art of Chess vs VIP ChessQueen. It is an ongoing match between Art of Chess and VIP CHESS. In this match I played board 5 for VIP CHESS. It is played on 46 boards and the current score is 57 - 31 in favor of Art of Chess which means they have already secured the win even before all games are finished. According to the analysis shown below I did not have all that much to say in this match as my opponent was the one who could have gained an advantage but did not manage to do it.

As I checked today how many games I still have in progress, I was somewhat surprised to see that my game load had decreased to 262 games from the 300 games I had in progress January 12th 2015. Well, the 300 games did not last but a few hours actually but it was nice to get it when I did. The amount of finished games is actually more than 38 games as there have been more games added to the load during this time. If the last part of 2014 I was able to increase my ratings steadily, this year has started to decline my ratings somewhat. The only site where I have been able to keep up increasing my rating has been Queen Alice Internet Chess Club but then again it might start ever so slight decrease soon. It is easier to keep the rating close to where it is there as I only have 3 games in progress there currently. There is of course also one site where I seem to stay in the same rating or close it all the time and that is GameKnot for some reason. I have added two mate in ones, one mate in four, six and nine puzzle today. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

This second game finished in a position where I could have maybe played on but agreed to my opponent's draw offer. Before agreeing to a draw however, I looked at the team match situation and as I saw that the match had already been decided, I tried to look variations that would lead me to a easyish win. I knew that the position at the end is probably more favorable to me but as I did not see any clear way to improve, I agreed to a draw. I very rarely offer draw in my games and most of the time I decline my opponent's offerings of draw. If I am worse in some position in my opinion, then I do like to accept draw offers but even then I do not offer a draw myself. I only offer draw if I honestly think that neither side can win the game. This games was played in a team match called Breaking Bad vs Baker Street Irregulars. I play board 10 in this match for Baker Street Irregulars. One of my favorite team names by the way as I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes stories. This quite big match is played on 142 boards. The score at the moment I type this is 160,5 - 110,5 in favor of Breaking Bad, so they have secured the win clearly by now. This game was added February 25th 2015.

Game number three. This is from the fourth round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena on April 6th 2015. First three rounds went as well as could be expected, I won lower rated opponents and lost to a higher rated one, so the game below broke that consistency that was seen on previous rounds. The first inaccuracy that momentarily dipped the advantage more clearly on my favor was when my opponent played 7...e6 but because I did not continue properly, teh position leveled once more. Black should have tried 7...Nf6 instead of the move played in the game. Apparently I should have played 8.c4 as a reply to e6 but is one of those moves I probably would not even consider during a game because I am maybe bit too much relying on the old principles in openings, where fast development of pieces is preferred to moving pawns. Admittedly I am not that experienced with Caro-Kann and the plans involved in them. The next time the equality is broken when I play 27.Qf3 which the engine thinks is bad for me, at least in the line it analysed. And looking at the line it gives, I doubt that the game would have continued like that. 27.Qf2 would have been a better move. The equality is restored with my opponent's reply 27...Rh8. The next time I give my opponent some play is when I played 30.Kh2 and continued my descent into a worse position with the move 32.Re5 and in my next move 33.Qd2? I made the final blunder from which I could not recover anymore.

22 Feb 2015

B15 Caro-Kann Defense: Tartakower Variation

B15 Caro-Kann Defense: Tartakower Variation

The game I share with you today is from a quite big team match called AoC vs R&J TM. It is played on 100 boards between Art of Chess and Romeo and Juliet. I played board 12 in this match for Romeo and Juliet and I managed to win both my games on time. Had the time not be a deciding factor in these games, the result might have been quite different. The current score in the match is 97,5 - 76,5 in favor of the home team that is in this case Art of Chess. The thing that occurs way too often in these matches is timeouts and accounts closing and this team match was no exception. Both teams had two people who had their accounts closed during the match. Art of Chess has lost more games on time out than Romeo and Juliet so far but I do hope that there are no more losses on time in this match. I have added one mate in one, two and three and two mate in six puzzles today. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts today: B33 Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Normal, C70 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Caro Variation, Philidor Defense: General 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4, C53 Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo and C50 Italian Game: Hungarian Defense.

21 Feb 2015

B79 Sicilian Dragon: Yugoslav Attack, 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.O-O-O Qa5 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.f3 O-O 9.Qd2 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Qa5 11.O-O-O Be6 12.Kb1 Rfc8)

B79 Sicilian Dragon: Yugoslav Attack, 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.O-O-O Qa5 (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.f3 O-O 9.Qd2 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Qa5 11.O-O-O Be6 12.Kb1 Rfc8)

This might very well be the only game in this blog not to have a reference game included in the notation. This is because when I used my normal settings to analyse this game, the program did not commentate the first 18 moves of the game in any way. As there was already the move that lost me the game included I found it strange. There was only one reference game apparently for this game and apparently as the program uses this reference database for checking the opening, it may have mistakenly thought that it was something that can be played. I know that the way I have analysed games is not perfect but never thought that this kind of problem could exist. After trying to analyse this game twice with my normal settings, the second try was mainly intended to check if I had mistakenly put the last move to be checked by the program something other than move number one. As I got the same result as with my first try, I left the opening reference out of the analysis, so that it would not see if the moves were previously played from the reference database. After I did that I got in my opinion better analysis.

The game below was played in a tournament called 2014 September Octet I 1700-1800. This is a small eight player tournament where it is all versus all with both colors. The winner has already been decided and that was my opponent in this game, AttilaTheHorn. He won all but one game in the tournament and even that was a draw, so he was undefeated! I can get a second place finish in case I win both of my games that are still in progress. Well, I can get the second place also if I get a win and a draw from the last two games. Maybe the most important moment of the game was seen after the move 14...b5.

I did move my knight, but unfortunately to a very passive square a2. I probably thought about the move 15.Nd5 in a superficial way and thought it to be unplayable. After my 15th move it was all downhill for me, and I resigned after 19...b3.

[Event "Octet"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.09.10"] [Round "1"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "AttilaTheHorn"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B79"] [WhiteElo "1871"] [BlackElo "1767"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "38"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 {Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Normal} 5. Nc3 d6 (5... e5 6. Ndb5 (6. Nb3 {Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan Variation. Schlechter Variation}) 6... d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 Bg7 {Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan Variation. Sveshnikov Variation Novosibirsk Variation} (10... f5 11. Bxb5 {Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan Variation. Sveshnikov Variation Peresypkin's Sacrifice})) 6. Be2 g6 7. Be3 Bg7 8. f3 O-O 9. Qd2 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Qa5 {last book move} 11. O-O-O Be6 {Black threatens to win material: Be6xa2} 12. Kb1 Rfc8 {B79 Sicilian Dragon: Yugoslav Attack, 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.O-O-O Qa5} 13. a3 Rab8 14. g4 b5 15. Na2 (15. Nd5 $142 { and White can hope to live} Qxd2 16. Rxd2 Bxd5 17. exd5 $11) 15... Bxa2+ $17 16. Kxa2 b4 17. h4 $4 {White falls apart} (17. c4 $142 $17) 17... Nxe4 $1 $19 { the knock-out blow} 18. fxe4 Bxd4 19. Rb1 (19. Rh3 {what else?} Bxb2 $1 { Decoy: c3} 20. Rb3 Bxa3 21. Kb1 $19) 19... b3+ $1 {Discovered attack: b4, Qa5xd2. . . . . . . .} (19... b3+ 20. cxb3 Qxd2 21. Rhd1 Qxe2 22. Rxd4 Qe3 23. Rd3 Qxd3 24. b4 Qc4+ 25. Ka1 Qb3 26. e5 Rxb4 27. e6 Rc1 28. exf7+ Kxf7 29. a4 Rxa4#) 0-1

20 Feb 2015

C91 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Bogoljubow Variation

C91 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Bogoljubow Variation

This is an example of those games where I could have lost many times during the game but did not as my opponent was not able to make use of his possibilities. So, in that regard I am lucky to even have drawn this game as I never really had an advantage during the game. It is interesting to see in the notation that the reference games are quite old even though I keep my reference database updated each week. I guess not that many players have played like this in many years or have not ended up in the database. This game was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III. This a tournament where I can only hope for a third place finish as the two first places are too far ahead of me in points that I can't reach them anymore. I have added two mate in ones, two mate in twos and one mate in eight puzzle today. I have also added a game to my post C41 Philidor Defense: General 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts! As always, if you have any feedback to give, please leave a comment, it would be much appreciated.

Game number two. This is from the second round of a rapid chess tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on April 4th 2015. This was a much tougher game than my first round game, because the only reason I won this game is that my opponent lost on time. It is a bit unfortunate aspect of these faster paced games that you can lose on time even if you are in a much better position than your opponent. I have been on both of the winning side and the losing side in these type of situations many times.

Game number three. The game below was played in a team match called SUPER OPEN MATCH LBF (for less 300 members team). It is played between La Belle France and EQUIPO EXTREMADURA on 5 boards. I played on board 2 for La Belle France. Before my games in this match ended, we were already in a situation where one more loss or draw would make sure that EQUIPO EXTREMADURA would win the match. I was able to win my first game against Extremadura and after that the score was 1 - 5 in favor of our opponent. Before my second game ended, our team had taken two more wins, so the score was then 3 - 5 and we only needed two more wins to tie the match. Unfortunately I was the one that lost one of those remaining two games and lost the match for the team. It was very disappointing after what seemed like a very good comeback.

19 Feb 2015

C20 King Pawn Game: Macleod Attack

C20 King Pawn Game: Macleod Attack

Today I post two games in this same new opening straight away as I saw that the the two consecutive games in my database were played by the same players and as it so happens, also the same opening. The game below was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II. It is an ongoing tournament held at Red Hot Pawn. As majority of the games have finished only two players still have chances to win the tournament and I am one of them. I have secured at least fourth place in this 21 player tournament. Thinking times are seven days for each move and there are fourteen days in the bank to use in case you can't make a move in the seven days. In case you spend over seven days to think your move, your timebank starts depleting. Still you have seven days minimum to make your next move even if you used time from the bank. I have added two mate in threes, one mate in two, one mate in five and one mate in seven puzzle today. When I added my first puzzle today to mate in three section, I noticed that my opponent in that game had a rating of 2938! He or she is most likely the highest rated adversary that I have ever faced. I also added one game to the post C44 King's Knight Opening: Normal Variation.

This second game was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III and it obviously is also held at Red Hot Pawn. The thinking times and the amount of players is the same as in the game above. The tournament also started the same day August 11th 2014. In both these tournaments you get 40 simultaneous games immediately when the tournament starts as you play with each color against everyone in the tournament. This tournament differs a bit from the other one in at least one aspect, I am no longer fighting for the win of the tournament but instead I fight for third place.

Game number three. This was played in a team match called Feb. 2015 Challenge(WL): 1701-1900 and it is played between CYBERMEN ELITE and TROY. I am playing on board 1 in this match for TROY. This is only played on three boards, so it is one of the smallest team matches I have been a part of. The current score is 1 - 3 in favor of TROY, so we have at least drawn this match already. In the two remaining games we only need a draw to win the match. This was a rather uneventful game and draw was agreed upon on move 17. The draw was offered by my opponent and I thought I should accept due to the fact that I had no real ideas on how to improve my position. Also the situation in the match was going good enough for us that draw was sensible to make at that point. If we would have needed every game to be won in order to win the match or even draw it, I would not have accepted the draw offer.

18 Feb 2015

C89 Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. General

C89 Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. General

This opening reminds me of the game when Frank James Marshall played this against José Raúl Capablanca for the first time. Marshall had prepared the opening for years but when he finally got to play it against Capablanca, he lost. That is one of the old games that I remember going through some years ago. I have actually gone through other games from these players aswell but that I remember the best. Well, not the game itself but the story related to it I remember to some extent.

The game below is my second game against ACW and both were played in the Team Match Champions League Division D, round one match between DEORLS! and THE VAMPIRE. I played both of my games quite badly, I am ashamed to admit and lost quite quickly. I played board seven for DEORLS! and these two games happened to be my first two matches representing them. Luckily other members of the team have had better success in their games and the score is tied 25,5 at the moment I type this. So even though I was not able to be all that much help as a player, maybe the fact that I joined and dropped some players to lower boards helped a bit at least. When I typed about the fact that I feel more confident about my moves yesterday, I had not yet gone through some of the moves I still had to do in my correspondence games. While I went through them, I noticed yet another blunder I had done, this time taking a pawn with my knight that I thought would be safe to do. It turned out I had miscalculated again or maybe thought that my opponent would play the moves in different order. He just took my knight and then I noticed that I can't take back as more terrible thing would be coming my way. I have to stop making these bad moves now or I will see myself dropping my rating hundred or more points due to silly blunders I should not do anymore. I should know better by now. I have added two mate in twos, one mate in three, one mate in four and one mate in six puzzle today. I have also added one more game to my post E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Marco Defense.

Game number two. The game below was played on the first round of the Ruy Lopez tournament that is being played at Chess.com. This tournament started on October 10th 2014, so the first round has lasted clearly over a year now and it will last quite a long time still. One of my first round games has not even started yet... That is because you only play one game per opponent at a time, which seems silly in view of the thinking times used in the tournament. You can use 14 days to think about your every move. Well, not all of it, because then you would timeout, but close to it. I am playing on group #1 and from the 20 games that have finished so far, I have won all of them!! Not sure if the reason for this is more due to time consumption than anything else. Not all people seem to understand that this can take a long time to finish even if they are aware of the thinking times when joining the tournament. So when the duration of the tournament gets too big for them, they quit playing in the tournament.

The best three players of each group will advance to the next round and it is already clear who are those three players in the group I am in. It will be me, adamredsox24 and djsniper800. The only games in progress in group #1 are my games against adamredsox24, well actually the second one has not even started yet because of the silliness I explained earlier. There are still 16 games left to finish in this round, so it is unclear how long it will be until the next round can start. My opponent in the game below, bzalasky, finished fourth in this group with a score of 15 points out of the possible 22 points.

17 Feb 2015

B41 Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation

B41 Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation

This game went first slightly worse for me on move 12 and move after that I blundered so badly that the game would have been resignable at that point. I tried to continue a bit longer but on move 20 I resigned as my position was completely hopeless. This game was played in the first round of the LA BELLE FRANCE TOURNAMENT 3. The tournament has 16 players on round one and they are divided in to groups of four. Two best players from each group will advance to the next round. I have only finished one game on round one so far, the loss you see below. Rating range in the tournament is 1751-2050 and the time control is 3 days per move. Around the time I played that horrible move, I also blundered in some other games aswell and lost a couple of games under 20 moves. I played last weekend in a over the board tournament and the results there were somewhat promising that I may be able to get back to level of play that I once had. Well, talking about my rating to be exact, I think when I am able to concentrate on the games properly, I play better chess than I have ever played. My over the board rating has had some rollercoaster movement the past few years, I get it to my highest ever rating and then I plummet down a couple hundred points. This has happened a few times, usually ending with me taking a long break from chess. Since I started doing this blog, I think I have been able to improve my play quite a bit. I was able to get two wins against International Masters and one draw against a FIDE Master in 2014 and those results did gave me a confidence boost. Maybe I am doing something right when playing chess. The only problem I have is that my level of play is not all that consistent, some positions I play much better than others. I have added two mate in one, one mate in four, one mate in six and one mate in nine puzzle today. In addition, I have added one game to my post A80 Dutch Defense: General.

Game number two. The game below was played in a team match called open Challenge # 122. It was played between Fighting Warriors and * The WOLF * on 34 boards. I played on board 3 for * The WOLF * and I won my other game against Retsam100. The match ended with a score of 23 - 45 in our favor and in 25 of those games we won due to timeouts. In comparison we only lost one game due to a timeout. The timeouts show quite clearly which team had the more willing participants in the match and players who wanted to fight for the team. I was in some trouble in this game for some moves in the earlier part of the game, but then I got to a position where I could have received a winning position but I misplayed a bit and then the game got a lot more difficult again and despite my small material advantage, I was not able to proceed to victory. I think my best chance to shift things permanently in my favor came after my opponent played 25...Rd8. I could have played 26.Bf4 and I remember thinking about playing that move but for some reason decided that 26.R1e6+ is better. Now that I look at it, it is very clear that I should have played the much better 26.Bf4.

16 Feb 2015

C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation

C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation

The game below is the most recently finished game of mine from GameKnot. This was played in a tournament called tedjj's mini-tournament XLIII, it is a tournament where I have played worse than in any other correspondence chess tournament. I have only one win out of five games in that tournament so far and I am currently residing in last place. The time control in the tournament is 3 days initially but you get two days added to your time after every move you make though it is limited so you can think maximum of five days each move. There are 11 players in total joining this mini-tournament and you play each player twice so both have one White and one Black against other players. I have fifteen games left to play and try to alter the course of the tournament, it will be interesting to see if I keep losing games or can I start winning some games. My rating at GameKnot is one of the lowest I have in correspondence chess sites but I do have a decent winning percentage there, though lately that has come down a bit, currently at 71% chance of me winning. It is also the only correspondence chess site where I have not played any draws in the 52 games that have ended there. I have added three mate in ones, one mate in two and one mate in seven today for you to hopefully enjoy.

15 Feb 2015

C92 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System

C92 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System

The moves in this one might be slightly out of order but the position after Black's 9...Bb7 is from the opening that is said in the title of this post. The game below is from the first round of the tournament called 2014 August Banded Threesomes I 1700-1800 and it is held at Red Hot Pawn. People are divided in to three player groups if possible as you may figure out from the name of the tournament. Round one is still in progress in one of the groups but the group I was in has already been decided and there were two players sharing the group victory, so both advance to the next round. Both of those players are featured in the game below. Thinking times are 3 days per move and 7 days are in the bank. I have added two mate in two, one mate in four and two mate in eight puzzles today. I have also updated the following posts C41 Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4, C41 Philidor Defense: General 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4, C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation and C41 Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 by adding one more analysed game in to them. If you have any feedback to give me, please leave a comment, would be much appreciated and don't forget to tell your friends about this blog, thank you!

Game number two. This is from the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. The battle for the win is still between eight players and this tournament has been going on for over six months now, so people are in no rush to end their games. Rather relaxed way of looking at correspondence chess and I like that. I know there are other sites where some of the people rush through their games as fast as they can which I dislike since it ruins the nature of this playing format a bit, at least in my opinion. This game was added to this post March 15th 2015.

Game number three. This was played in a team match called Open Challenge Team 8 and it was played between Team 8 and Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy on 24 boards. I played on board 3 for Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy and lost both of my games against this strong player. This match started on November 17th 2014 and finished on July 3rd 2015 with a score of 28,5 - 19,5 in favor of Team 8. Our opponent even had the luxury of losing more games on time than our team, they lost on time on eight games and we lost on time on five games.

14 Feb 2015

C45 Scotch Game: Steinitz Variation

C45 Scotch Game: Steinitz Variation

In this post I share with you all a game that was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III. The ongoing tournament is played at Red Hot Pawn and it started August 11th 2014. It is a 21 player tournament where all players play against each other two games and all of those games are played simultaneously. There are only two players left to fight for the win of the tournament but I can only fight for third place at the moment. Even the third place finish is still long way to go as my opponent in this game is currently third and he has finished all his games having scored 97 points, I have games still in progress and my maximum possible score is 99, which does require me to win all my remaining games. That may prove too difficult a task for me but we will see how it goes. My opponent's rating in the notation is very low but when we played our game, he was rated over 2000. For some reason or the other he started to lose his games on time. I have added today one puzzle to the following: mate in one, two, four, five and seventeen. I have also added one more game to these two posts C45 Scotch Game: General and C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense.

13 Feb 2015

C41 Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation

C41 Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation

This game was played in the first round of the 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800 tournament. Our group number was 1 and it was the only group from the five groups that had five players in it. Other groups had only four players. Only the winner from each group advances and I was able to be one of the winners, so I advanced to the second round. I have added one mate in one, two mate in three, one mate in seven and one mate in eight puzzles today. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

This second game was played in a tournament called 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III and it is still ongoing at Red Hot Pawn. This tournament started August 11th 2014. I am currently fighting for the second place finish here as the tournament leader has gone too far for me to cath already. Realistically I might only get third place as the second place would require me not only win my games but the player currently second can't have more points in the remaining games.

Game number three. This is one of the finished games I played in the 2014 September Octet I 1700-1800 tournament. Only two games remain to be played in this tournamnet and in them the battle for second place still continues. No matter what the tournament is, my games are almost always the last ones to finish. When I was younger and played in my first over the board tournaments, time was never the deciding factor in long games. I played much faster back then but then again as a result, I lost the games because I played very poorly. I was not able to use my time properly because I worried that my time would run out. Luckily I have become wiser in my older days and started to use more time in my games and the results have been better. The two remaining games will determine who will be second in this tournament.

Game number four. This game is taken from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. In this 21 player tournament I still have some chances of finishing second but is really unlikely to happen. I am currently residing in fourth place but some games left that can change my placement in the tournament.

Game number five. The game below was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament at Red Hot Pawn. I am clinging on a very small chance of winning this tournament still but at any given time I may be out of the fight for the win as the current leader only needs to get two more points to get higher amount of points that I can gather in my remaining games.

Game number six. The game below was played in a team match called Happy New Year 2015 !! and it is played between The Empire Of Assassins and Kasparov Chess Club. I played on board 6 for The Empire Of Assassins and I lost both my games against ayshila. It luckily had no huge meaning in this 71 board match as the current score is 95 - 46 in our favor which will mean that we will win this match. My opponent was a bit too strong for me this time and deserved to win this game.

Game number seven. The game below was played in the 21 player tournament called 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III at Red Hot Pawn. I have finally lost my chances to win this tournament and with that one loss I had against the current leader, I also dropped one other player from the fight for the win. Now only three players have chances to win, though one of them is quite close of being eliminated from the battle aswell. This game was only one of the many unevenly rated games that were played in this tournament.

Game number eight. This was played in the fourth round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena on March 30th 2015. The first three games I won against lower rated players but after I won this fourth round game, I knew that I was in good shape. The fact that this is still my best tournament that I have played there, speaks for itself. In no other tournament there have I been able to win all five games and have a performance rating of 2413!!

Game number nine. This was played in the second round of the Team Match Champions League, Division D. The match is played between DEORLS! and Chess Castle on 27 boards. I played on board 10 for DEORLS! and I won both of my games against justmissi11. We have played well on this round and we lead the match 32.5 - 16.5 at the moment I type this, so we have secured the win quite nicely. This has been maybe the only time so far that I have won both of my games in the Team Match Champions League matches. I have not checked to make sure but I think my score in TMCL is slightly on the negative side even despite this good result from this match.

Game number 10. This was the second draw in a row in the 100 game match that these two players are playing against each other. This is the 42nd game in the match. At this point in the match I was quite content in making draws because as long as I did not lose, I got closer to winning the match. The score after this game was 24.5 - 17.5 in my favor.

Game number 11. This one was played in a team match called "LEGENDS ARE FOREVER OPEN CHALLENGE 2016". It consists of 55 boards and it is between SHETOS and Chess School. I played on board 8 for Chess School and I was able to win both of my games against Silent_Venom. The current score in the match is 34 - 68 in favor of Chess School and therefore we have secured the win in the match quite nicely. SHETOS has lost 21 games so far on time and Chess School has lost 4 games due to timeouts.

The game below is a rather silly one in that for some reason I made my life harder by not taking the free piece on a5 after 15...f5. I do not know what was I thinking at the time or if I even was thinking at all... Sometimes my brain just goes to vacation without my permission. I was able to play reasonably well, but this could have been much easier for me had I kept my eyes open.

12 Feb 2015

D45 Semi-Slav Defense: Normal Variation

D45 Semi-Slav Defense: Normal Variation

The only site that I know of that keeps track of the amount of moves you make is Red Hot Pawn. It is kind of nice feature actually not that the amount of moves makes all that much difference to your playing strength necessarily. I have made 8811 moves there at the moment I type this. That is only a small fraction of the moves that my opponent has done. He is one of the two very esteemed move makers at Red Hot Pawn as he and only one other player have made over one million moves on the site!! My first game against this same opponent was over ten years ago and I have at the moment a couple of games against him. The game below was played in the 2014 Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament. The tournament is played in one group of 21 players and it is a all versus all times two, so when you start the tournament you have 40 games in progress in this tournament alone. I can only fight for the third place in the tournament anymore as I have lost too many points. Well, I have theoretical chances for the second place but that would mean that I would need to win all my remaining games and the player currently second can't earn more points from the remaining games. I have added one mate in two, three mate in four and one mate in six puzzle today.

11 Feb 2015

A48 Indian Game: London System

A48 Indian Game: London System

The game you see below is another one where the move order is not normal for this line. In the usual move order White plays 2.Nf3 and 3.Bf4. It happens very rarely that the computer likes my moves enough that it puts excalamtion point behind one of my moves in the analysis but in this game it does do that. Exclamation point after a move indicates that the move was good if someone wandered what it means. I have added one more game to my post C42 Russian Game: Three Knights Game, two games to the post C50 Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo, one game to the post C45 Scotch Game: General, one game to the post C50 Italian Game: Italian Variation, one game to the post C16 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation General, C17 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation and one game to the post C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation. I have also added one puzzle to the following pages: mate in ones, mate in two moves, mate in threes, mate in four moves collection and mate in 9. If you find these posts useful or have any suggestions, please leave a comment. Feedback is always appreciated, thank you all who have come to view this blog and until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

10 Feb 2015

B18 Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main Line

B18 Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main Line

The game below was played during the time when I started to play more and more correspondence chess. Most games I have had in progress at the same time was earlier this year when I reached 300 simultaneous games. That did last only a few hours as some games ended but still it was a amount to reach. At the moment I have only 277 games in progress so the pressure of making moves is not as bad as it was before. I do try to get to under 100 games so that I would have more time to other things aswell. The game below was played at Red Hot Pawn and it still remains one of my most active places to play, at least if the amount of games in progress is any indication, I have currently 115 games in progress there. This game is also one of the last games that were not played in a tournament, now I have only tournament games in progress there. I have added one mate in one, two mate in three, one mate in five and one mate in fourteen puzzles today. There are now 714 different puzzles published and more will be coming each day.

Game number two. The game below was played in a team match called Battle For Victory vs. "MONIKA". The match is played on 77 boards and I am playing on board 15 for Battle For Victory. The current score is 72.5 - 60.5 in favor of Battle For Victory. So far the match is going well for us, but in order to finally secure our win, we still need 5 more points from the remaining games. We have lost 19 games due to timeouts while our opponent has lost only 5 games on timeouts. This is interesting because it would seem that our opponents were more willing to fight for their team, but in the remaining games that were actually played to their completion clearly favored us.

The early part of the game featured mistakes on both sides, but the real turning point was when my opponent castled short. It was like asking for trouble which I replied obviously with 17.g4. It is quite clear that I am ready to attack unlike my opponent. I may not have played all the most accurate moves in the remainder of the game, but I was able to be in control and not allow my opponent to launch a counterattack. It was not so obvious to me how to finish my attack, but I was confident about my chances because the g-file was open and all my pieces were targeting the enemy king. Even after I took on h6 on move 31, I was not sure if I am going to win. I did see that the rook can't be taken without allowing a forced mate like it happened in the game continuation. I was not sure at all what I would do if DogOnTheRoad would have played Kg8 instead of taking the rook, but the game continuation I had played in the conditional moves, so that the mate sequence played out when my opponent took the rook.

9 Feb 2015

C54 Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Main Line

C54 Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Main Line

Here it is, ladies and gentleman, the game that raised my rating six points to get it over 2200 at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. This game was played in invitation only private tournament called szybkielanie. It is a tournament that uses the Swiss System and has four rounds. There are fourteen players participating in this tournament. Players who participate in it are from all around the world. There are players from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Brunei, France, Spain and last but by no means least Finland of course. The game below is from the first round of the tournament between myself and Gosiulkaa. The early part of the game was not that easy for me after 11.Bg5, after that move I just tried to get out of the pin by slowly getting to a position where I can play Qd6 to free my knight. I of course missed completely my opportunity to play 20...b5 because the Queen needs to move to a square where it can't defend the d3 sqaure, enabling me to take advantage of my opponent's clumsy rooks by playing Bd3 after the Queen has moved. Instead I just tried to play so that I can get out of the pin safely and get my Queen to d6. I was not sure how this game will end until I saw the move 27...g5, after that it was much easier to find moves than it was up to that point and the game speeded up a lot from the slow play I had played so far. I added one more game to my yesterdays post C22 Center Game. Normal Variation today and I have also added one more puzzle to mate in one, two, three, eighteen and nineteen puzzle pages.

8 Feb 2015

C22 Center Game: Normal Variation

C22 Center Game: Normal Variation

It may have taken awhile but I did find yet another opening variation that has not been covered here before. The game below is just one of the 216 correspondence games I have played at Red Hot Pawn. I have also managed to get a bit closer again to my peak rating there, now only 9 points away. Talking about peak ratings, I did manage to get a new one at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club today as my opponent had enough of the game and resigned. Now my new peak rating there is 2201!! I thought I would never see this day when one of my ratings would go so high. I will post that milestone game tomorrow after I have analysed it. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in six and two mate in seven puzzles today. I have also added games to the following posts: C41 Philidor Defense: General 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4, C70 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Caro Variation, C64 Ruy Lopez: Classical Defense, D02 Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation, A15 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Mikenas-Carls Variation and A85 Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation.

Game number two. This game ended yesterday in a peaceful manner to a draw. The game below was played in a team match called Diamonds vs THE KNOBLE KNIGHTS---Open 3day/move, 1+ boards. It is played between Diamond Members & Staff and THE NOBLE KNIGHTS! I play board 5 in this match for Diamond Members & Staff. My other game against ichimary is still in progress and it is the last one to finish, big surprise there... The match has already been decided in favor of our team, the score at the moment is 32 - 11. This match is played on 22 boards.

Game number three. The game below was played in the second round of the 2014 August Banded Threesomes I 1700-1800 tournament held at Red Hot Pawn. This is my only loss on second round and if I do not lose my last game in this round, I will win my group and advance to the third round. My last game is also the last game of the round. This game was full of mistakes on both sides but I ended up messing up the ending that at one point could have been drawn and instead I lost.

C41 Philidor Defense #3

C41 Philidor Defense #3

When this game was played I really did not like to play chess, so I ended some of the games like this. This game was previously under just C41 Philidor Defense: General but when I today added a game there I noticed a problem that would have bothered me if I had left this game there. The problem that I had was that there are sometimes opening variations where the ECO code and the name of the variation is the same but the moves given in theory differ from each other in some way. This was one of those cases, so if I come across something like this again I will also put the line in the name of the post in order to separate them from each other. This was unscheduled post so if I can find a game where I come across an opening I have not featured here, I will also post that today as this was basically a repost of older one, sort of. If I can't find a game with a suitable opening, there are always my Chess960 games that I can turn to. The name was updated and corrected once again in October 11th 2015.

Game number two. The game below is from the fourth round of the tournament that was played at Pori over 12 years ago. Before this round I had gathered one win and two losses, the losses came in a row and the game below ended my losing streak. This is the only game from this tournament where I played against a lower rated opponent, well at the time anyway, I think nowadays his rating is much higher than mine.

7 Feb 2015

D43 Semi-Slav Defense: General

D43 Semi-Slav Defense: General

Today did not go at all that well for our team in the over the board team match. We lost the last match of the season 1-3 and that meant two things, we came second in our group and this was also the first match in which we had suffered a loss in any of our boards. I had a good game, managed to get a pawn for free but eventually my technique was quite bad and got in to a losing position and had to resign in a position where nothing could save me from a loss anymore. Two other players in the team I represented also lost after first having good games but somehow the oppenents just turned the games around. Chess is sometimes very hard... I have added one more analysed game to the posts C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense and C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation. I have also added four mate in four and one mate in five puzzle today. In the game below I did play quite well if only I could play all the games well... Alas I blunder too often even these days.

Game number two. This was played on the second round of the 2014 August Banded Threesomes I 1700-1800 tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. This was the last game to end on round two and by winning this game I secured the win in group 3 and the win meant that I advanced to the third round. Third round will also be the final round as the remaining four players in the tournament will all play in the same group. The winner of that group will win the tournament. This is then another opportunity for me to win a correspondence chess tournament at Red Hot Pawn. In the second round I won three games and lost one. In the first round I also won three games and lost one. My score with White and Black is also 3 wins and one loss. The third round will be the only round in which I face a player who is higher rated than me, so I have played pretty much in the expected way, now I just need to get good games against my three opponents and take the win home.

Game number three. This was played in the first round of the 2014 October Glacial Super Casual Banded I 1650+ tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. This tournament started with 23 players that were divided into two groups, one has 12 players and the other 11 players obviously. Even though this tournament started November 3rd 2014, only two players in the tournament have finished their first round games. The reason for this is partly due to the thinking times used in this tournament, you have 21 days before you timeout and 21 days in the bank. That means that if you use more than 21 days for your move, the timebank starts depleting. You always have at least 21 days for your move but if you have depleted your timebank, you can only use the additional time left in the bank in addition to that basic 21 days. I lost this game due to a silly mistake I made on my last move, I can't believe I missed that the rook can be taken due to the pin for free. Had I only look at the whole board, the game below could still be played rather evenly...

Game number four. The game below was played in a team match called Vikings know no limits at Chess.com. It is being played on 69 boards between Great Viking Warriors and Limitless Chess. I played on board 22 for Limitless Chess. I ended up losing both of my games against Raho1967, only after those games had finished I learned that my opponent's account has been closed for cheating. It is very unfortunate that some players resort to cheating, I have encountered quite a few of them in these team matches and I think I have lost more points than gained from them. Only way for me to gain points against these players is that before our games end, Chess.com has closed their accounts and they will timeout. Usually I have lost the game by the time that happens. So far, there have been 5 players, who played for the Great Viking Warriors that have their account closed for cheating. There are also two players in our team that also have the cheater badge next to their username. The current score in the match is 73.5 - 55.5 in favor of Great Viking Warriors.

Game number five. This was the first game that I played at the FIDE Online Arena this year late at night against Nestor Oprysk. Well, okay not that late but the day changed during our three 5 minute blitz games. Actually those three games are the only ones that I have at FOA this year, maybe I should activate myself there again in the near future. For a blitz game we did play reasonable moves until I played 16...Nc5, which could have been the start for my downfall, had my opponent replied correctly. Instead the game takes a more even direction until Nestor Oprysk plays 21.f5, which might have seen like a good move at first because it threatens both taking on g6 either with the queen or with the pawn. Taking with the pawn would open up the f-file for the attack. However, both threats are answered quite easily by 21...Qxg5. After this the game ends quite quickly in my favor.

Game number six. The game below was played in a team match called Christmas Tortoise Challenge. It is played on 25 boards between Tortoise Chess Club and La Belle France. I am playing on board 5 for La Belle France and this might be one of the worst performances from me in team matches. Considering that the rating difference is clearly in my favor, I should be doing better than this. Obviously the rating difference is not that hight that I should automatically win these games, but even still it is rather disappointing for me. I made some really bad moves during this game and I deserved to lose this game because of the way I played. While jimmyrbellew did not play the most accurate moves all the time, he did not make as many mistakes as I did and he therefore deserved to win this game. The current score in the match is 9 - 33 in favor of La Belle France, which means our other members were up to the task and have secured the win for our team! Had the match been more evenly fought, I would be really ashamed of the way I played this game. Now I can be more relaxed and not worry too much, these losses can happen time to time and I just need to play better in the future.

6 Feb 2015

B40 Sicilian Defense: French Variation. Open

B40 Sicilian Defense: French Variation. Open

The game you can see analysed below was played in a team match called Balkan Chess Unity open challenge. The match is played on 33 boards between Balkan Chess Unity and Magnus Carlsen Group. I play board six for the Magnus Carlsen Group in this match. The score is at the moment 38,5 - 18,5 in favor of our opponent so they have already secured the win in the match, sadly in many boards our players lost on time. I have still my other game against saxpanos to play but as it only began after this game ended it is still in the opening phase. I still have a lot of games to make moves in before this day ends as I need to make sure not to lose on time tomorrow when I go to play over the board game in a team match. I have added three mate in ones, one mate in two and one mate in three today. Now I need to focus on my correspondence games, until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts.

5 Feb 2015

A56 Benoni Defense: Modern Variation

A56 Benoni Defense: Modern Variation

The game below was played in the second round of the tournament called 1800-2000: Knock Out. The 64 players were divided into 2 player groups where only the winner continues to next round or in case of a tie, both advance to the next round. In the first round I lost one and won one and both players advanced to the next round. This second round I still have my other game against Danman24 in progress, which will determine if I will be eliminated from the tournament or not. At the time I type this, only two games remain to be finished in round two. After my rating momentarily visited over 1900 at Chess.com yesterday, today it went below it again as I needed to resign one more horrible game. It was not probably the last one, unfortunately. Time will tell if I can balance my wins and losses so that I would at least keep my rating around 1900 there. I have not climbed over 2200 at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club either as my opponents keep resisting my efforts... I have added one mate in one, three mate in twos and one mate in three puzzle today.

Game number two. This is one of those games where I missed the mate and because of that I got mated instead of me just resigning the game. The game was quite lost even if I had seen the mate, so it was not that big of a deal. This game was played in the second round of a tournament called 2014 August Banded Quartets I 1700-1800. Despite the fact that KellyJay won this game against me, he finished fifth in this final group of five players. I was not much better as I finished fourth.

4 Feb 2015

A04 Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation

A04 Zukertort Opening: Sicilian Invitation

This marks the 200th different opening variation featured here! It is a nice milestone to reach. Today I had to resign a game where apparently my opponent had taken my rook but for some reason or other I had not noticed it and did not take the rook with my remaining rook but instead moved my bishop so next move my opponent just took the other rook... I honestly don't know what is wrong, maybe some of the connections in my brain shut down sometimes or maybe just too many things going on at the same time that it is hard to concentrate on the current task. Sometimes I can see the whole board and other times I miss the most obvious things in the position. I hope my concentration is up to the task on Saturday when I need to go and play important team match. I am afraid that with my current state everything is possible but I might end up me blundering something that I would not blunder if I would be in my best form. Today I updated my so far one and only post about a Chess960 game. Now the game can be replayed on this blog as well as in my Chess.com blog. The problem with the replayer here is that I could not get the analysis into replayable form as there is a limit on how long the game can be. With all the analysis it was too long, so I took all the analysis out, in order to fit it so it can be replayed here. I have added two mate in one, one mate in two, three and four puzzles today.

3 Feb 2015

A50 Indian Game: Normal Variation

A50 Indian Game: Normal Variation

Tomorrow I will post a game that features the 200th opening variation that I have covered in this blog! There might be many more still to come but if not, then I will turn my attention back to Chess960. Tomorrow I thought I had found a good way to publish my Chess960 games in this blog but it unfortunately did not work out as there was a restriction on how long the game can be... But now that I type this, a possible solution came to my mind, I will need to try it out tomorrow or perhaps later today if I have time. The game below is one of the 34 losses that I have suffered at Red Hot Pawn which is around 16% of all the rated games I have played there. The average opponent rating in past five years is 1460 so it is pretty low compared to my current rating. I would like have stronger opponents constantly to see how well I could do against them. I do have opponents that are close to or even higher rated than me there currently but there are not that many of them. I guess when I start more tournaments I should join only those that have rating restrictions, to ensure that the people I face are consistently higher rated than my current average opponent. I have added one puzzle to each of the following: mate in three, four, five, seven and twelve.

Game number two. The game below is from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament held at Red Hot Pawn. In this tournament I was able to win jmi60 on both my games against him. I have currently the fourth highest rating of the 21 players participating in this tournament, I was third but some bad games dropped me to fourth. I have currently a rating of 1813 at Red Hot Pawn and my peak was at 1885. I am hoping to improve on my peak rating by the end of the year. This game was added March 2nd 2015.

2 Feb 2015

B01 Scandinavian Defense: Main Line

B01 Scandinavian Defense: Main Line

The amount of different opening variations covered here will be 200 in a few days. It is still hard to believe that I faced so many different ways to play. Then again not that many things really surprise me anymore. The fact that I may be one win away or really good draw away from reaching 2200 at Queen Alice Internet Chess Club is something that I may not have believed if you told me this year ago. My rating progress has been for the time being at least taken a bit of a dive in almost every site I play. At Chess.com I have dropped below 1900 which is maybe the biggest drop on any site at this time after going steadily up there for months. My rating at Red Hot Pawn has also dropped but not as much only 22 points or so. It is of course no catastrophe yet and maybe these drops are forced at some point in time as I can't win them all. I can only hope that I can somehow change the course back to new heights but it may continue its dive for some time at least at Chess.com. I have added new puzzles to mate in two, three, nine and eleven today.

Game number two. The game below was played in a team match called Diamonds vs THE NOBLE KNIGHTS---Open 3day/move, 1+ boards and it was played between Diamond Members & Staff and THE KNOBLE KNIGHTS! The match was played on 22 boards and it was won by Diamond Members & Staff with a score of 32 - 12. I played board 5 in this match for Diamond Members & Staff and got a draw and a loss in the two games, luckily other members of the team were able to play more successfully than I.

Game number three. This one was played in a team match called Feb. 2015 Challenge(WL): 1701-1900. It was played on three boards between CYBERMEN ELITE and TROY. I played on board 1 for TROY and I was only able to get a draw out of my two games against ichimary. Ichimary has been a tough opponent for me to face, I have now played four games against him and I have not won a single one. I have only gathered two draws and two losses in my games against ichimary. Thanks to our board two player troi-p, we were able to draw the match because troi-p won both of his games and both me and our board three were only able to get one draw out of our two games. The match ended in a 3 - 3 tie. The game below was the last one to end and had I even been able to draw it, we would have won the match.

Game number four. The game below was played on the first round of the 2015 October Grand Split Three Seven I 1800+ tournament. The first round is still in progress at Red Hot Pawn and I have been able to get 38 points so far. I have still seven games to finish in this group 1, before my games in the tournament are finished. Group 1 was decided some time ago and the sole winner of the group was a player called cenerentola (2545), who gathered 82 points. The player who finished second is called MarcusRemius (2400) and he has currently 74 points, with one game left to finish. Because only the winner or winners will advance to the next round, this time only one player was able to get to the second round from group 1. I reside currently on 6th place, but if rest of the games go well enough for me, I may be able to get to third place in the final standings. Even if I win all my remaining games, I would still require help from other players to finish third, so it is at the moment very unlikely thing to happen. Johannnes Goethe has finished all but one game and he has gathered 40 points so far. It means that Johannes Goethe is currently on 5th place.

My opponent offered me a draw on several occasions during this game and finally after 30...Nd7, draw was agreed upon. I did not accept the draw before because I thought that I can quite safely play for the win without the fear of losing. I was not able to think of a good plan to improve my position and in the last position I was not at all confident about my chances anymore, so I took the draw.

1 Feb 2015

C14 French: Classical System, 4.Bg5 Be7 main line (5...Nfd7)

C14 French: Classical System, 4.Bg5 Be7 main line (5...Nfd7)

When this game started I thought my opponent's handle seems familiar, so I had to check if I had played against him before. I had one game against him before this one and it was played almost exactly 10 years before this one! It is probably the longest time I have spend before the next game against the same opponent, no other example comes to mind. It seemed I was playing with the white pieces on both occasions, only the result and our ratings were different from our first encounter. Who knows, maybe our next game is nine years from now... Playing every ten years one game seems a bit silly though. I won the first game and drew this, so maybe next time I lose. If there is going to be a next time that is. For the first six moves the game continued evenly, but then I played 7.Bd3 and ended up in some trouble.

Bobla45 should have then attacked the weakest of the central pawns with the move 7...c5. My opponent did not find the right idea and instead continued the game with the move 7...a6. The reason why Bobla45 played that move I can't understand because I have no desire to go to b5 with my pieces and my opponent also never played b5 himself, which might be another reason to play a6. I should have then continued the game by playing 8.h4, but I chose the move 8.Qh5, which is a bit weaker alternative according to the chess engine called Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT. The game then continued with the moves 8...f5 9.exf6 Nxf6. At that point the position was roughly even. My 10th move was a horrible blunder and could have meant a loss for me.

In the game I played 10.Qh3, which placed the queen on an awkward square. Bobla45 went for the immediate 10...e5, which is not as accurate as playing 10...c5 first and later on move the e-pawn. While my opponent should be preferred in the game continuation, the position was not winning for Bobla45 anymore. The game continued to be played in more or less evenly manner until it came time for my opponent to play 19...Nf6. The square f6 was a good square to place a piece, just not the knight, but instead the bishop.

I then finally castled short, which is perhaps the most accurate move. My opponent blundered a second time in a row with the move 20...Bd6. I then had a chance to gain a winning advantage by playing either 21.f4 or 21.Na4, but I failed to see a good move and played the move 21.Bxd6 instead, which allowed my opponent to get back into the game again. A few moves later I went downhill so steep that I should have lost the game with my 24th move Qh3.

The huge problem with my 24th move was that it took the last safe square away from my knight and Bobla45 could have just played 24...h6 and I would have needed to sacrifice my knight to e4 in order to get at least a pawn for the piece. For some reason my opponent missed the move 24...h6 and moved the knight from b8 to d7 instead. I messed up again by moving my queen to h4 on my 25th move. A much better square for the queen was found from e3. The game continued clearly in my opponent's favor for a few moves, but then with his 27th move Qxg3, Bobla45 threw some of the advantage away and the game dwindled more towards a draw again. I was not out of trouble yet, I took another wrong path on move 37 with the move h4.

At first Bobla45 found the strongest reply 37...Rf8, but only after few moves later my opponent played a bit sloppy move 41...Rxg5 and the game headed likely towards a draw again. I replied with 42.Kg1 making my struggle for the draw more difficult again. With the 44th move Kf5 by my opponent the game started to head towards a draw again, this time for the last time and the game ended in a draw after my 47th move Nxf4.

[Event "Corr game 30.4.2014-14.5.2014"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.04.30"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "Bobla45"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C14"] [WhiteElo "1863"] [BlackElo "1495"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "93"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 {French Defense: Classical Variation. Normal Variation} 5. e5 Nfd7 {C14 French: Classical System, 4.Bg5 Be7 main line} (5... Ne4 {French Defense: Classical Variation. Tartakower Variation}) 6. Be3 (6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. Bd3 {French Defense: Classical Variation. Tarrasch Variation} (7. f4 {French Defense: Classical Variation. Steinitz Variation}) (7. Nb5 {French Defense: Classical Variation. Alapin Variation}) ( 7. Qd2 {French Defense: Classical Variation. Rubinstein Variation}) (7. Qg4 { French Defense: Classical Variation. Pollock Variation})) 6... O-O 7. Bd3 $146 (7. Qh5 f5 8. f4 c5 9. Nf3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nc5 11. O-O-O Nc6 12. g4 Nxd4 13. Bxd4 g6 14. Qh3 fxg4 15. Qxg4 Rxf4 16. Qg3 Qf8 17. Bg2 Bh4 18. Bxc5 Qh6 19. Be3 Bxg3 20. hxg3 Qg5 21. Bxf4 Qe7 {Taubenhaus,J-Reggio,A Monte Carlo 1903 1-0}) (7. Qd2 c5 8. f4 Nc6 9. O-O-O Rb8 10. dxc5 Nxc5 11. Qf2 b6 12. Nf3 f6 13. Bb5 Qc7 14. exf6 Bxf6 15. Qd2 Bb7 16. Bxc6 Bxc6 17. Rhf1 Na4 18. Bd4 Nxc3 19. Bxc3 Bxc3 20. Qxc3 Qxf4+ 21. Kb1 Bb5 {Ebeling,M (1459)-Marais,N (1544) Khanty-Mansiysk 2016 1-0 (40)}) (7. f4 c5 (7... a6 8. Nf3 c5 9. Ne2 Nc6 10. c3 Qb6 11. Qd2 cxd4 12. Nexd4 Bc5 13. Be2 Nxd4 14. Nxd4 Qc7 15. O-O Bb6 16. b4 Rd8 17. Rac1 Nf8 18. Rf3 Bd7 19. Bd3 Rac8 20. Qe2 Bxd4 21. Bxd4 Qc6 22. g4 {Urbanc,V (1861)-Radenic,F (1612) Topusko 2013 1-0 (32)}) 8. Nf3 Qb6 9. Rb1 a6 10. Be2 Nc6 11. O-O cxd4 12. Nxd4 Bc5 13. Na4 Qa5 14. Nxc5 Qxc5 15. Kh1 Nb6 16. Qd2 Nc4 17. Bxc4 Qxc4 18. b3 Qb4 19. Qxb4 Nxb4 20. Nxe6 fxe6 21. Bc5 Rd8 {Tolosa,S-Bandoni,J San Luis 2006 1/2-1/2 (36)}) (7. f4 $11) 7... a6 {Black has a cramped position. Black's piece can't move: c8} (7... c5 $142 {and Black has air to breath} 8. f4 Nc6 $17) 8. Qh5 $16 f5 9. exf6 {White has a mate threat} (9. g4 $142 $5 c5 10. gxf5 $16) 9... Nxf6 $11 10. Qh3 $2 (10. Qh4 c5 11. dxc5 Nbd7 $11) 10... e5 ( 10... c5 $142 $5 11. g4 Nc6 12. dxc5 e5 $19) 11. Bf5 $15 Bxf5 {Black forks: c2+h3} 12. Qxf5 e4 {Black wins space} (12... exd4 13. Bxd4 Nc6 14. Nf3 $15) 13. Nge2 $11 c6 {Consolidates b5} 14. Nf4 Ne8 {Black king safety dropped} 15. Qg4 { Black king safety improved} (15. Qe6+ Rf7 $15) 15... Nf6 {Black threatens to win material: Nf6xg4} 16. Qh3 (16. Qf5 Rf7 $15) 16... Qd7 $15 17. Ne6 {White threatens to win material: Ne6xf8} Rf7 {Black's piece can't move: b8} (17... Re8 18. Nf4 $15) 18. Bf4 (18. Na4 Bb4+ 19. c3 Ba5 $11) 18... Nh5 {Black threatens to win material: Nh5xf4} 19. Be5 Nf6 (19... Bf6 20. O-O Re7 21. Bxf6 Nxf6 $11 (21... Rxe6 $143 22. Bg5 Qe8 23. Rae1 $14)) 20. O-O $16 Bd6 (20... b5 $142 $16) 21. Bxd6 $4 {throwing away the advantage} (21. f4 $142 {White has a promising position} Qe7 22. Ng5 $18) 21... Qxd6 $11 22. Ng5 {White threatens to win material: Ng5xf7} Re7 23. Qc8+ Re8 {Black threatens to win material: Re8xc8} 24. Qh3 $4 (24. Qf5 Nbd7 $17) 24... Nbd7 (24... h6 $142 {and Black can already relax} 25. f4 Nbd7 $19) 25. Qh4 $2 (25. Qe3 a5 $15) 25... Nf8 (25... Qb4 26. Ne2 Qd2 27. Rfe1 Qxc2 28. Qh3 $19) 26. Ne2 (26. a3 c5 27. Qg3 Qxg3 28. hxg3 h6 $17) 26... Ng6 (26... Qb4 $5 $17) 27. Qg3 Qxg3 (27... Qb4 28. Qc3 a5 29. a3 Qxc3 30. Nxc3 $15) 28. Nxg3 $15 Nf4 29. Rae1 h6 30. Nh3 Nxh3+ 31. gxh3 g6 {Covers f5+h5} 32. Re3 Nd7 (32... Kg7 33. f3 $15) 33. Ne2 (33. h4 Kg7 $11) 33... Nf8 (33... Re7 34. Ng3 $11) 34. Rg3 Kg7 35. Kh1 (35. f3 exf3 36. Nf4 Re4 37. Rgxf3 Nh7 $11) 35... Ne6 36. Rfg1 g5 37. h4 (37. f3 $5 $11 {is noteworthy}) 37... Rf8 $17 38. R1g2 (38. hxg5 hxg5 39. Kg2 Rf5 $17) 38... Rf5 (38... Rf3 39. Kg1 $17) 39. hxg5 hxg5 40. h4 (40. Rb3 b5 $17) 40... Kf6 (40... Rh8 $5 $17) 41. hxg5+ Rxg5 (41... Nxg5 42. Rh2 $17) 42. Kg1 (42. f3 $5 $11) 42... Rag8 43. Rxg5 Rxg5 44. Kf1 Kf5 (44... Rh5 $5 $17) 45. Rh2 $11 Rg7 46. Rh3 Nf4 47. Nxf4 1/2-1/2