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30 Jun 2015

C95 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid

C95 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid

I thought I could not make it, but again I am wrong. The daily posting cycle did not break today and I am quite happy about it, even if it means that I was wrong yesterday. The game below was played in the first round of the Smaller Tournament. I am currently on third place and I have gathered 4,5 points in six games. Two games left and if I win both of them, I will win my group and advance to the next round. My opponent in this game, nemoz, is currently on second place and will not advance to the second round as only the winner will advance. This is because nemoz has no more games to play. Both of my remaining games are against the current leader of the group, Jessemw915, who has won all his other six games in this tournament. The game below was quite evenly fought and I think it was my opponent, who offered the draw and I accepted because I was uncertain of how to continue and also because draw against a higher rated player is something I can be somewhat happy about. And maybe even more importantly, it decreased my game load. Not by much, but every little bit helps. I have added one mate in one, three mate in twos and one mate in six today. In addition, I have also added one more analysed game to my post C45 Scotch Game: Mieses Variation. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

29 Jun 2015

D63 Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line

D63 Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line

This game was played in a team match called 100+ PLAYERS FUNNY JUNGLEMATCH. The match is played between JUNGLE TEAM and Space Angels - National Almond Butter Crunch Day In Andromeda's Cluster Of Infinite Bright Stars. The latter team changes its name from time to time. This is played on 139 boards and I am playing on board 15 for Space Angels - National Almond Butter Crunch Day In Andromeda's Cluster Of Infinite Bright Stars. This game promised more for me than a draw and also it promised a loss near the end, so maybe I am ok with the result because it could have been worse. The score in the match at the moment I type this is 117 - 133 in favor of Space Angels - National Almond Butter Crunch Day In Andromeda's Cluster Of Infinite Bright Stars. We have a nice lead in the match but the win is still far from secured. I have added two mate in twos, one mate in three, one mate in four and one mate in six moves puzzle. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: B17 Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov Variation, B32 Sicilian Defense: Löwenthal Variation, C22 Center Game: Normal Variation, A36 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Symmetrical Variation and C65 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. All except the last one are games that were played at Red Hot Pawn. The last one was played at Chess.com. I have also today finally all caught up in my RHP games, so I might start going through my over the board games alongside my Chess.com games. And when more games end at GameKnot, Red Hot Pawn or Queen Alice Internet Chess Club, I will go through them again. Tomorrow I might be too busy to make a post, so I might take a day off, after doing this daily for several months in a row.

28 Jun 2015

D16 Slav Defense: Alapin Variation

D16 Slav Defense: Alapin Variation

Another game from Chess.com and this time it is from a team match called burek. It is played between Bosnia and Herzegovina and CHOCOLATE II. It is played on 31 boards and I am playing on board 4 for CHOCOLATE II. The game below I won on time, but I should have been able to win it even if the game had continued. Bosnia and Herzegovina leads the match 39 - 21, so they have secured the win quite comfortably. We have lost 15 games in this match due to timeouts, which is a very unfortunate thing. It can be quite annoying for the people who actually play their best in order to win their games and the match and then see it is all for nothing because lot of people lose on time. The line played in the game below is not quite the one seen in opening theory as the move order is a bit off. Basically if I had played 3.Nf3 and 4.Nc3 and everything else is the same, then it would have been in the move order seen in theory. I have added one mate in two, three mate in threes and one tactic puzzle. I have also added one more game to my post A45 Trompowsky Attack: Classical Defense. Big Center Variation. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

Game number two. This was played in a team match called Open Challenge ✮HIGH POWER✮. It was a match played on 12 boards between ✮HIGH POWER✮ and DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS. I played on board 3 in this match for DORU-66 6 HIS BEST FRIENDS and I ended up winning both of my games on time. The match ended 6,5 - 17,5 in favor of DORU-66 & HIS BEST FRIENDS. Even if my opponent had not lost on time, I think I could have won this regardless. There were positions in this game that were quite difficult for me to play and I thought that one mistake could cost me the win. I had to be very careful not to let that happen. This was certainly more hard fought game than my other game with honnyqueen because there she lost on time during the opening phase of the game.

27 Jun 2015

A45 Trompowsky Attack: Classical Defense

A45 Trompowsky Attack: Classical Defense

This one is a short timeout win, but it could have been a humiliating loss to a much lower rated opponent. My total lack of awareness to tactical possibilities is my major weakness when playing chess and it can often cause me to lose against a much lower rated opponent if they just can solve tactics better than me. Luckily I do not play all that many games against much lower rated players anymore. The game below was played in the first round of the 2014 October Long Haul Split I tournament at Red Hot Pawn. I am playing on group 2 and I am currently on shared sixth place. I have gathered 27 points so far and I have won all my games. It does not mean that my games would have been that good, but somehow I managed as a winner, at least that has been the case so far. The current leader of the group is beatlemania (1677), who has gathered 42 points in this tournament and has a maximum possible score of 60. Beatlemania is currently the second highest rated player in the group. Second place is taken by Blackpoolmad (1589) with 40 points and a maximum possible score of 58. On third place is Marko Krale (1489) with 38 points and a maximum possible score of 41. The numbers on the parentheses are the ratings of the players that they currently have. I have added two mate in ones, three mate in twos and one mate in five puzzle today. In addition, the following posts: C45 Scotch Game: General, E32 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense and C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation General have now one more analysed game added to them.

Game number two. This was played in a team match called May Madness Open Starts 1 May 15 1201 AM PST). The match is still being played between Obsessive Chess Disorder!! and ♞KNIGHTS of the REALM♞. I played on board 5 for OCD and lost both of my games against BryantPark despite being given some chances to win, for example, I could have won the game below if I had understood that 26...Rhc8 still has winning chances. Somehow I did not even thought about that move all that long and chose to play 26...Rab8? instead which gives my opponent a slight advantage. While that move should not lose the game, it does put me in a more difficult position. Other members of OCD were doing much better than I on their games and the current score 38 - 33 is good enough for us to secure the win in this match which I am happy about.

Game number three. The game below was played in a team match called TM C.L. 2016 Div. C RO: Kopaonik vs. 300 Spartans. The match is played on 109 boards and I played on board 22 for Kopaonik. For some reason I have been able to play well when I have played for Kopaonik and so it was in this match as well because I won both of my games. The score in the match is currently 111.5 - 84.5 in favor of Kopaonik, so we have secured the win already.

Game number four. This was my second game of the day and also my second game in a row against Andrea Martelli. Our first encounter I lost and this game was going in that direction as well, only a huge blunder near the end of the game turned my agony into a celebration. The first inaccuracy of the game was played by me in my 14th move. I played 14...f5, so that I can defend my kingside along the seventh rank. It does weaken my pawns on e6 and g6 a bit, but I did not consider that to be all that dangerous in the current position. On move 20 my opponent plays perhaps the worst move up to that point, because after that I could have gained a small advantage. I do not seize the advantage, but instead allow my opponent to take it back. I am quite often generous like that...

That small advantage turned into a clearer one when I played 24...b5. That was the starting point of my biggest struggles during this game. I got into a position that should have been completely lost to me, but it only takes one innocent looking blunder to change the outcome of the game. In this game, that move was 36.Kh1, after this, there was no turning back and I was able to take advantage of my chance to be the winner of the game.

26 Jun 2015

E51 Nimzo-Indian: Rubinstein, 4...O-O 5.Nf3 d5 (8...e5)

E51 Nimzo-Indian: Rubinstein, 4...O-O 5.Nf3 d5 (8...e5)

The game below was played in the first round of a tournament called 1800+ 7 Days. There are 64 players in this tournament, divided into eight player groups and three best players of each group will advance to the next round. I am currently on sixth place and me ending up in the top three is very unlikely at this time. I have finished six games so far, with a score of 3,5 out of 6 and I have eight games left. PaulPorsche (2362) is leading group #5 at the moment, the group I am in. He has gathered 9,5 points in ten games, so he is a clear favorite to win the group at the moment. The next two players in the standings are BigGStikman (2045) and skw123 (2129) and both have gathered 5,5 points in seven games. The ratings shown in the parentheses are their Online Chess ratings at the time I type this. Even though they have not secured their places on the next round, I think those three players are the most likely ones to continue to the second round from group #5. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in three, one mate in four and one mate in five today.

This paragraph and the ones that follow it have been added November 8th, 2016, unless otherwise stated. In my opinion the first move that started the downhill for CabassoG was 5...dxc4. The move is a mistake because I could take back on c4 with my bishop that still originated at f1. If the player who controls the black pieces wants to take on c4, then that player should take there only after the light-squared has moved. Due to the move played in the game, I got one extra move to develop my pieces. Even after that move the game might be salvageable for my opponent with accurate play. The position went more down the drain for CabassoG with my opponent's 6th move, Bd6 that he played in the diagram below.

I did miss the strongest reply, 7.e4, this time and played 7.O-O instead allowing my opponent to breathe a sigh of relief. I may have missed my chance to get a clear advantage on move on move 7, but at least I remained on the better side of the board. It was with my 9th move that the advantage tipped in favor of my opponent. In the position below I played 9.Be3.

CabassoG was able to play the most accurate reply, 9...exd4. I replied with 10.Nxd4 and opponent answered by playing 10...Nxd4. Unfortunately for CabassoG, my opponent's 10th move was a mistake that enabled me to get back into the game. When we reached the position below after my 14th move Qc2, CabassoG made the biggest mistake of the game up to that point. CabassoG played 14...Bb7, which could have been already the losing move.

I played a good enough move in response, but I missed the strongest move 15.e5. In the game I played 15.Rad1. Again my opponent took a wrong path though and after 15...Qc8 I should have been in a winning position. Once more I missed my chance, this time, however, I was not able to maintain an advantage, the move 16.Nd5 brought the position to equality. The game was rather evenly fought until CabassoG played 32...Qc5 in the position below.

While for a couple of moves I was able maintain the advantage, with my 35th move Rd8 all my gathered advantage disappeared. In order to maintain the best possible chance to win the game, I should have played 35.Re7 instead. CabassoG continued with the right idea at first, but then my opponent played 37...g5 in the position below.

It was the fatal mistake as it allowed a forced mate.

[Event "1800+ 7 Days - Round 1"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2014.10.10"] [Round "?"] [White "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Black "CabassoG"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E51"] [WhiteElo "1908"] [BlackElo "1690"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "75"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 {Queen's Gambit Refused: Chigorin Defense} 3. Nf3 (3. cxd5 Qxd5 4. e3 e5 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 exd4 8. Ne2 {Queen's Gambit Refused: Chigorin Defense. Exchange Variation Costa's Line}) 3... e6 (3... Bg4 4. Qa4 {Queen's Gambit Refused: Chigorin Defense. Main Line Alekhine Variation} ) (3... e5 {Queen's Gambit Refused: Chigorin Defense. Lazard Gambit}) 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. e3 dxc4 6. Bxc4 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. e4 e5 {E51 Nimzo-Indian: Rubinstein, 4...O-O 5.Nf3 d5} 9. Be3 (9. d5 Ne7 10. Re1 (10. h3 a6 11. Be3 Ng6 12. Be2 Re8 13. Nd2 Nf4 14. Nc4 b5 15. Nxd6 cxd6 16. Bf3 h6 17. b4 Bd7 18. Ne2 g5 19. Re1 Rc8 20. Nxf4 gxf4 21. Bd2 Kh7 22. Rc1 Rxc1 23. Qxc1 Rg8 24. Kf1 Qb6 {Webb,S (2445)-Lawton,G Ayr 1978 1/2-1/2 (49)}) 10... Ng6 11. Bf1 Qe7 12. h3 Bd7 13. Nd2 Bc5 14. Nb3 Bb6 15. a4 a6 16. a5 Ba7 17. Be3 Bxe3 18. Rxe3 Ne8 19. Nd2 Nd6 20. Nc4 Nf4 21. Kh2 Rad8 22. b3 f5 23. exf5 Rxf5 {Najdorf,M (2510)-Brond,V (2310) Buenos Aires 1975 1-0 (40)}) 9... exd4 $146 (9... Bg4 10. d5 Ne7 11. Be2 Ng6 12. h3 Bd7 13. Rc1 h6 14. Qb3 Rb8 15. Bxa7 Ra8 16. Be3 Nh7 17. Bd3 f5 18. exf5 Bxf5 19. Bxf5 Rxf5 20. Ne4 Nh4 21. Nh2 Nf6 22. Ng3 Rf4 23. Bxf4 exf4 24. Ne2 {De Saint Amant,P-Stanley,C New York 1852 1-0 (36)}) 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 (10... Ng4 $142 $5 11. Nf3 Nxe3 12. fxe3 Qe7 $17) 11. Bxd4 $11 Be7 (11... c5 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. f4 Qd4+ 14. Qxd4 cxd4 15. Nb5 $11) 12. Re1 {White has an active position} (12. e5 Nd7 13. Qh5 c5 $14) 12... c5 {Black threatens to win material: c5xd4} (12... Be6 13. Bxe6 fxe6 14. Qa4 $14) 13. Be3 (13. Be5 Be6 14. Qb3 Bxc4 15. Qxc4 Qb6 $14) 13... b6 (13... Be6 14. Qb3 Qb6 15. f3 $14) 14. Qc2 {White has a very active position} (14. e5 $142 Ng4 15. Bf4 Qxd1 16. Raxd1 $16) 14... Bb7 $4 (14... Be6 15. Bxe6 fxe6 16. Qe2 $14) 15. Rad1 $4 {White threatens to win material: Rd1xd8. allows the opponent back into the game} (15. e5 $142 {keeps an even firmer grip} Ne8 16. Rad1 $18) 15... Qc8 (15... Qc7 $16) 16. Nd5 (16. Qe2 $142 Kh8 17. Bf4 $18) 16... Nxd5 $11 17. Bxd5 Re8 18. Qb3 Bxd5 {Black forks: b3+e4} 19. Rxd5 c4 {Black threatens to win material: c4xb3} 20. Qc2 Bf6 21. Bd4 Bxd4 22. Rxd4 b5 23. Red1 Qc5 24. Rd5 {White threatens to win material: Rd5xc5. An ideal square for the white rook.} Qc6 25. f3 a5 26. R1d4 Qh6 (26... Rac8 27. Rd6 Qc5 28. Kf1 $11) 27. Qd2 (27. a4 bxa4 28. Rxc4 Qb6+ 29. Kh1 Rad8 30. Rxd8 Rxd8 $11) 27... Qb6 $11 28. Kf1 g6 (28... Rac8 29. Rd6 Qc7 30. Qg5 $11) 29. Rd7 (29. h3 Re6 $14) 29... Rac8 30. Qf4 {White has a mate threat} (30. R4d6 Qc5 $14) 30... Rf8 $11 31. R4d6 {White threatens to win material: Rd6xb6} Rc6 32. e5 Qc5 (32... Rxd6 $142 $5 {and Black has air to breath} 33. exd6 c3 34. bxc3 b4 $11) 33. Qf6 $16 Rxd6 34. exd6 Qd5 (34... Qf5 $142 35. Qxf5 gxf5 $16) 35. Rd8 $4 {with this move White loses his initiative} (35. Rc7 Qd2 36. d7 $18) 35... Qd1+ $11 36. Kf2 Qd2+ 37. Kg3 {White has a mate threat} g5 $4 {throws away a nice position} (37... Rxd8 $142 {was much better} 38. Qxd8+ Kg7 $11) 38. Rxf8+ (38. Rxf8+ Kxf8 39. Qh8#) 1-0

25 Jun 2015

A16 English Opening: 1...Nf6 with ...d5

A16 English Opening: 1...Nf6 with ...d5

The game below was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament. I have gathered 85 points so far and I can get to 103 points if I win my last six games. I am currently on fourth place but I can end up anywhere from second place to sixth place depending on what happens on the remaining games. In three days, I have gone from 169 games in progress to 159 games in progress which is a very good sign. Games might end in a decent pace in the nearish future aswell, so maybe I could get under 100 in July. I have added one more analysed game to the following posts today: A00 Mieses Opening: Reversed Rat, C62 Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense and D45 Semi-Slav Defense: Main Lines. I have also added two mate in twos, two mate in fours and one mate in six. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

The first sign of trouble for my opponent came when adalia bipunctata played 9.b4 in the position below. It was a better idea to play 9.h3. One of the problems with the move 9.b4 is that it loses a pawn in the game continuation 9...cxb4 10.axb4 Nxb4 11.Qb3 a5. My 9th move was not the best, 9...Nxe4 was a much stronger move and the game might have been quickly over had I played it.

Even with the move I played in the game I was clearly better for a few moves. When I played the move 12...Qc7 in the position below, my advantage decreased into a small one. 12...Rc8 and 12...Nd7 were better options.

Adalia bipunctata then made the game losing blunder 13.d5. It gave me another opportunity to play 13...Nxe4! Given enough time, even I can find a good move and I did play the move 13...Nxe4 in the game. My opponent never recovered and ended up resigning the game after my 37th move d4+.

[Event "Grand Seven Fourteen"] [Site "http://www.redhotpawn.com"] [Date "2014.09.11"] [Round "1"] [White "adalia bipunctata"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A16"] [WhiteElo "1340"] [BlackElo "1893"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "74"] [EventDate "2014.??.??"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Full Symmetry Line} 6. O-O O-O 7. e4 (7. b3 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Double Fianchetto}) (7. d3 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Duchamp Variation}) (7. d4 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Mecking Variation}) 7... d6 8. a3 {A16 English Opening: 1...Nf6 with ...d5} (8. h3 Ne8 9. d3 Nc7 10. Rb1 a6 11. Be3 Ne6 12. Nd5 Ned4 13. Nxd4 Nxd4 14. Bg5 Re8 15. f4 f6 16. Bh4 e6 17. Ne3 g5 18. fxg5 fxg5 19. Qh5 gxh4 20. e5 Nf5 21. Be4 hxg3 22. Nxf5 exf5 {Pesantes Carbajal,C (2335)-Horvath, J (2480) Manila 1992 0-1}) 8... Bg4 (8... a6 9. d3 Bg4 10. Be3 Ne5 11. h3 Nxf3+ 12. Bxf3 Bxh3 13. Re1 Bc8 14. Rb1 Rb8 15. Nd5 Nd7 16. b4 e6 17. Nf4 b6 18. Ng2 Qc7 19. Qd2 Ne5 20. Be2 Bb7 21. Rb3 Bc6 22. bxc5 bxc5 23. Reb1 {Milla Mercado, J (1268)-Martorell Prats,A (1593) Santa Margalida 2016 0-1 (31)}) 9. b4 $2 $146 (9. h3 Bd7 10. Rb1 Ne8 11. d3 Nc7 12. Bd2 Ne6 13. b4 Rb8 14. Nd5 Ncd4 15. Nxd4 Bxd4 16. Kh2 b5 17. f4 Nc7 18. Ne3 e6 19. Qe2 Bg7 20. bxc5 dxc5 21. e5 bxc4 22. dxc4 Ba4 23. Ba5 Qd7 {Daskevics,V (2169)-Naxakis, T Kallithea 2003 1/2-1/2 (32) }) (9. h3 $142 {would keep White in the game} Bxf3 10. Qxf3 $11) 9... cxb4 10. axb4 Nxb4 {Black has a new passed pawn: a7} (10... Nxe4 $5 11. Ra3 Ng5 $17) 11. Qb3 a5 12. d4 Qc7 (12... Rc8 $142 $17) 13. d5 $4 {White gets more space} (13. e5 $142 {and White is still in the game} dxe5 14. Nxe5 $15) 13... Nxe4 $1 $19 { Deflection: c3} 14. Bb2 $4 {terrible, but what else could White do to save the game?} (14. Nxe4 Bxa1 {Clearance Deflection Pinning}) 14... Nxc3 (14... Bxf3 $142 {and Black has triumphed} 15. Bxf3 Nd2 $19) 15. Bxc3 Bxc3 16. Qxc3 Rfc8 17. Ng5 (17. Rfc1 Nxd5 $1 {Deflection: c4} 18. Qd2 $19) 17... Qxc4 18. Qxc4 ( 18. Qe3 {cannot change destiny} h6 19. Ne4 Kg7 $19) 18... Rxc4 19. f3 (19. Bf3 {is not much help} Bxf3 20. Nxf3 Nxd5 $19) 19... Bd7 (19... Bf5 {makes it even easier for Black} 20. Rfd1 a4 21. Bf1 $19) 20. Rae1 Re8 21. Re4 (21. Rb1 { cannot undo what has already been done} b5 $19) 21... Rxe4 22. fxe4 f6 23. Ne6 Bxe6 (23... a4 $142 {might be the shorter path} 24. Rb1 a3 25. Nd4 $19) 24. dxe6 Rc8 25. e5 (25. Rb1 {does not save the day} b6 $19) 25... dxe5 26. Bxb7 Rc7 27. Be4 f5 28. Bg2 e4 29. h4 (29. Ra1 {doesn't improve anything} Rc5 $19) 29... Rc6 (29... Nd3 30. g4 Rc1 31. Rxc1 Nxc1 32. gxf5 gxf5 33. Bf1 Nd3 34. Bh3 a4 35. Bxf5 a3 36. Bxe4 Nf4 37. Bb1 Ne2+ 38. Kf1 Nc3 39. Bf5 a2 40. Kf2 a1=Q 41. Ke3 Nd5+ 42. Kd2 Qc3+ 43. Ke2 Qe5+ 44. Kd3 Qxf5+ 45. Kd4 Qf3 46. h5 Qd1+ 47. Kc4 h6 48. Kc5 Qd3 49. Kc6 Qc4+ 50. Kd7 Qc7+ 51. Ke8 Nf6#) 30. Rd1 Rxe6 ( 30... Kg7 $142 {keeps an even firmer grip} 31. Ra1 $19) 31. Rd8+ (31. Bf1 { doesn't change anything anymore} Kg7 32. Be2 Rc6 $19) 31... Kf7 32. Bf1 Rd6 33. Rxd6 (33. Rc8 {hoping against hope} a4 34. Rc4 $19) 33... exd6 34. Kf2 (34. Bb5 {doesn't do any good} Ke6 35. Be8 d5 36. h5 gxh5 37. Kf2 d4 38. Ba4 Ke5 39. Kf1 e3 40. Ke2 Ke4 41. Bd1 d3+ 42. Kf1 a4 43. Bxa4 e2+ 44. Kf2 Nc2 45. Kg2 e1=Q 46. Bc6+ Ke5 47. Bf3 Ne3+ 48. Kh3 Qf1+ 49. Kh4 Qxf3 50. Kg5 Qg4+ 51. Kh6 Qg6#) 34... Ke6 35. Bc4+ d5 36. Bb3 (36. Bb5 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} d4 37. h5 gxh5 38. Bc4+ Ke5 39. Bb3 d3 40. Ke3 h4 41. g4 f4+ 42. Kd2 e3+ 43. Kc3 e2 44. Ba4 e1=Q+ 45. Kc4 Qc1+ 46. Bc2 dxc2 47. g5 Qd1 48. Kb5 c1=Q 49. g6 Qd7+ 50. Kb6 Qcc7#) 36... Ke5 37. Ke3 (37. Bd1 {cannot change what is in store for White} d4 38. h5 gxh5 39. Ke1 e3 40. Ke2 Ke4 41. Kf1 d3 42. Bxh5 a4 43. Bd1 a3 44. Bh5 a2 45. Kg2 a1=Q 46. Bf3+ Ke5 47. g4 e2 48. g5 Qf1+ 49. Kh2 Qf2+ 50. Bg2 e1=Q 51. g6 Qg3#) 37... d4+ (37... d4+ 38. Kf2 d3 39. Bd1 Nc2 40. h5 f4 41. gxf4+ Kxf4 42. hxg6 hxg6 43. Be2 e3+ 44. Kf1 dxe2+ 45. Kxe2 Ke4 46. Kd1 Kd3 47. Kc1 e2 48. Kb1 e1=Q+ 49. Ka2 Qa1+ 50. Kb3 a4#) 0-1

24 Jun 2015

C68 Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. Keres Variation

C68 Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. Keres Variation

This game is from the first round of the Ruy Lopez tournament that is in progress at Chess.com. I have finished now 12 of the 22 games that I need to play on round one and I won them all. The twelve points I have gathered put me in fifth place at the moment. I am currently the only player in the group without any point losses, so things are looking good for me. The 96 players who have taken part in this tournament were divided in 12 player groups. From each group 3 players will advance to the next round. This will be one of my longest tournaments because the thinking times are 14 days per move and also because only half of the games will start with each round. So there will be only one game against a certain opponent at a time. I played quite badly in the earlier part of the game and only got back in the game and in a winning position after my opponent blundered with 21.Rxe6?? and I managed turn the game around. I did not see the best way to win but instead something that was adequate. I have added four mate in twos and one mate in three today. I have also added one more analysed game to these two posts: E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Marco Defense and C53 Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo.

23 Jun 2015

A47 Indian Game: Capablanca Variation

A47 Indian Game: Capablanca Variation

When I searched for an opening that was played in this game, I found three different names for it. This was also called A47 Indian Game: Pseudo-Queen's Indian and A47 Queen's Indian Defense. So the one thing that was agreed upon was the ECO code for the opening. I chose to call it this because I like it more than the other two. Besides, Capablanca is one of my favorite players of all time. The game below was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament. The tournament is still in progress and whether or not kopsov, my opponent in this game, will be the single winner of the tournament has not been decided yet. He only needs to get one draw from his remaining two games to win on his own. After this game I was really disgusted about the way I was able to mess up a very good game. I thought about the move 41...Rf1 but I am not sure why I ended up playing what I did in the game. I guess I was already a bit annoyed how well my opponent seemed to have counterplay for the material he or she had lost. Quite simply I just misunderstood the correct time when I was truly lost. And maybe I thought I would need my rook on the defense of the sixth rank. I guess I have forgotten some of the lessons I had learned from watching Attack with LarryC videos in the past. I should start watching them again at some point, to keep my mind set on the attack and not so much in the defense. I have added three mate in twos and two mate in threes today.

22 Jun 2015

C10 French Defense: Rubinstein Variation

C10 French Defense: Rubinstein Variation

This game was played in a team match called Un-Orthodox CHESS vs Night's Watch (at Castle Black). It was played between The Un-Orthodox and The Night's Watch at Castle Black. It was played on eight boards and I played on board 1 for The Night's Watch at Castle Black. The match ended 9 - 7 in favor of The Un-Orthodox. I have been able to decrease the amount of games I play quite nicely in the past few days and I have now 169 games in progress. In slightly over five months, the amount of my simultaneous games has decreased from 300 to 169. This might mean that it would take the rest of the year to finish all my games, some might even be in progress at the start of next year. However, I will not try to get rid of all of them but instead get my game load to much more reasonable amount. Even now it does feel that I have freed up a lot of time but I do need to free up quite a bit more to feel comfortable. I have added one mate in two, one mate in three, two mate in fours and one mate in five. In addition I have added one analysed game to my following posts: C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation, B84 Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Classical Variation and B33 Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan Variation. Schlechter Variation.

21 Jun 2015

A00 Mieses Opening: Reversed Rat

A00 Mieses Opening: Reversed Rat

This opening is one of those silly ones that almost no one plays. I think I have at least two games in this line and both against this same player. The other game will be posted sometime later this year. The game below was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament that is held at a site called Red Hot Pawn. It is a tournament where I have the best chances of getting my first tournament win there, I only need to win my last game in the tournament. It is easier said than done but I must play to win that game. I am currently at 109 points and my only rival, caissad4, can still take the win from my grasp and he or she is at 104 points but caissad4 has 2 games more in progress than me and higher maximum possible score than me. I should have one more new opening to cover tomorrow but after that it comes a bit of an unknown territory as I have not checked my databases further if they contain something new. Also today this blog reached 10000 views, so big thank you to all who have made it possible!! I have added three mate in threes and two mate in fours today. I have also added one more analysed game to my posts: C45 Scotch Game: Mieses Variation, A00 Polish Opening: General and A30 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General.

Game number two. The game below is taken from the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament. I am in fourth place at the moment and I will also finish in fourth place, no matter what happens in the remaining games. There are two people left that can win the tournament, NN Cheap and caissad4. NN Cheap has finished all his games some time ago but caissad4 still has four games left to finish. Two of those games are against me, so I can still have an influence on who wins the tournament, even though I can't win the tournament myself.

20 Jun 2015

D46 Semi-Slav Defense: Bogoljubov Variation

D46 Semi-Slav Defense: Bogoljubov Variation

This is one of the two games to which my opponent in this game, Jerzy, challenged me into. This was played at the Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. It is a site for correspondence chess only. I have been enjoying my games there quite a bit because I seem to do really well there usually as my current rating of 2199 would suggest when comparing it to my other similar ratings. However, in the last few months I have been really annoyed by one thing there and it is the fact that there are no automatic timeouts in tournament games. So if one player decides not to win a tournament game on time and that opponent is never going to be online again, then that will freeze the tournament forever. One of my tournaments has been stuck because of that for several months now. Of course the players involved do not have any chances of advancing to the next round, so they do not really care if those games are never finished... Because if they can't have the win, no one can... I do not understand people like that at all. I have even send messages to these two players who are prolonging the tournament unnessarily and asked if they could claim their wins, one of them even replied to me and said that he would do that but nothing happened. Some time passed and I asked him why are those games still going and he replied it must be because he made the claims on his phone and for some reason they had not been registered, so he would do that again. Still nothing happened. To my latest request and suggestion that he would do that on a computer, I got no reply anymore. I guess it is useless to try and reason with some people. The other player did not even reply to my message, so that is hopeless thing at the moment. I also made a forum topic there that there should be automatic timeouts in tournaments but that had no effect either. I guess person or persons who have been taking care of the site in the past, have not done anything for it recently and have maybe disappeared all together.

On a more positive note, I got my standard rating at FICS up from 2127 to 2160 couple of days ago! It is definetely my highest rating at FICS and it starts to get close to my highest rating ever on any site, currently my highest rating resides in Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. Oh yes, almost forgot to mention that despite my loss, I did not lose any rating points due to the game below because my opponent has a provisional rating still. I have added one mate in two, three mate in threes and one mate in seven today. I have also added one more analysed game to these two posts: C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation and C52 Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense.

19 Jun 2015

B34 Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon

B34 Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon

Only one game to share today and probably tomorrow aswell but after that there might be more games per day again. This game was played in the first round of the 2014 October Glacial Super Casual Banded I 1650+ tournament. There are 23 players in this tournament and they were divided into two groups, one group consisting of 12 players and the other 11 players. I am playing in the larger group and I am still one of the six players who are fighting for the win of group 1. This tournament is called Super Casual because the thinking times are the longest you can get at Red Hot Pawn. At least I have not seen any longer time controls than those that are used in this tournament. It has timeout of 21 days and there are 21 days in timebank. The tournament description also says: "No need to hurry, take a 3 week break." Well, my playing speed has been really slow but as more and more of my games will end, I will be able to play faster. When I am finally going to finish this and similar long tournaments, I will only going to play shorter tournaments in order to force a faster playing speed from me. Quite recently I even got into a point where I had only one game left where it was my turn to move in the games I play at RHP. It was a thing that had not happened in several months, so I am happy about the way things are going in that regard. I have added one mate in two, two mate in three, one mate in four and one mate in six puzzle today.

18 Jun 2015

C65 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Fishing Pole Variation

C65 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Fishing Pole Variation

The game below was played in the second round of the Sarah's Mini Cooper Tournament (No 52). In every round two players will advance to the next round and I got my place on the second round by winning group 14 with a score of 7 out of 8. Now on the second round I am in group 1 and in this four player group I have gathered 3 wins in 4 games that have finished and I have two games left to complete. It is quite likely at this point that I will advance to the third round and still have a chance to get a Mini Cooper trophy. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in three and two mate in four puzzles today. In addition, there are now one more analysed game in the following posts: D30 Queen's Gambit Declined: General, D02 Queen Pawn Game: London System and A85 Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation.

17 Jun 2015

B32 Sicilian Defense: Löwenthal Variation

B32 Sicilian Defense: Löwenthal Variation

For a duration of 14 games I have been able to maintain a rating of 1900 or above in Online Chess at Chess.com. I am currently rated 1921 and 53 points away from the peak rating I got there January 15th 2009, so it would be about time to break that record. If all goes well, it might be broken this year at some point. I am also climbing towards my peak again at Red Hot Pawn where the game below was played. This game is taken from the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament and it is starting to be at a point where the winner of the tournament will be decided. At the moment there are only two players left who can win the tournament, but one of them can only get a shared win. So the current leader of the tournament, kopsov, has already secured at least the shared win but only needs one more point from his or her remaining two games to get the unshared win. From the games that I have added today, one may peak more interest than others and it is my first finished game against caissad4, who has been my main rival in a couple of tournaments. That game can be found in the post B12 Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Short Variation, link below. I have added two analysed games to my post B12 Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Short Variation and one more analysed game to my posts: C46 Four Knights Game: Italian Variation and B00 St. George Defense: General I have added three mate in threes, one mate in four and one mate in five.

Game number two. This one is from the first round of the 2014 September Glacial Super Casual I tournament and it is still ongoing at Red Hot Pawn. I am playing on group 7 and I am leading the group at the moment. I have gathered 24 points so far and my maximum possible score is 39, it could have been 42 had I not lost one game due to a huge blunder. Dooser2004 is currently second with 19 points and third place is shared with ettemarc and golfnaturl with 12 points. I got myself into a bad position with some really bad moves starting with the move 13.Nxe7+?? and continued the same path for awhile until I was able to turn the game around due to some inaccuracies done by my opponent.

16 Jun 2015

B18 Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation

B18 Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation

Today I have added three rapid games that were played at Chess.com against the same opponent. I was challenged to these games by bfoleyfire and in the first two games the thinking times for both players was 15 minutes. The third one had the same basic time but it also had an increment of 10 seconds. I won the first two but lost the last game. My opponent played better for quite some time and even had a chance to win the game but I think the main factor that turned the tables was that he started to go into time trouble and because of that he made some mistakes that enabled me to get back into the game. I won this game on time but at the end I had already also climbed from the deep pit that I had dug myself into and had a winning position. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in five, one mate in six and one mate in seven puzzle today. I have also added two games to my post C53 Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

Game number two. This is from the third round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was played at the FIDE Online Arena on March 30th 2015. Third round and third consecutive win, could not get a better start for the tournament than this. So far all my opponents had been lower rated than me, so winning the first three games was not that much against the odds.

Game number three. This was played in the fourth round of a rapid chess tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on April 5th 2015. Before this round I had won a game and lost two, so this win brought me some consolation from the tournament that had gone not so well up to this point. The fifth round was also disappointing even though I did win that game, it was disappointing because my opponent lost on time in a game where no moves where played.

Game number four. The game below was played in a team match called Limitless Chess vs Angels Academy For Brilliant Angels. The match is played on 50 boards and I played on board 13 for Limitless Chess. I won both of my games against kartikbhatt129 on time. Had these two games continued and finished due the position on the board, I think my score would not have been nearly as good as it is now. The score in the match is 60.5 - 34.5 in favor of Limitless Chess, so we have secured the win in the match quite clearly.

Game number five. This one was played at Red Hot Pawn in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament. 21 players took part in this tournament and everyone faced everyone else twice, so each participant played 40 games. There was a timeout of 7 days and if you went over that there was also 14 days in the bank that depleted when it took more than 7 days for you to move. The tournament was won by a player called NN Cheap (2056) who was also the clearly highest rated player of all the 21 players. NN Cheap gathered 112 points. My opponent in the game below, caissad4, finished second with 103 points. Third place went to z4 (1264) with 97 points. That low rating may fool someone into believing that z4 is not a strong player, but that low rating is due to the fact that z4 lost all games starting from December 10th 2014 to April 8th 2015 on time. I do not know the reason for the timeouts, but z4 was rated 2073 one year ago which makes z4 a formidable player. I ended up taking the fourth place with 93 points. For each win player gained 3 points and for each draw 1 point.

15 Jun 2015

A45 Trompowsky Attack: Classical Defense. Big Center Variation

A45 Trompowsky Attack: Classical Defense. Big Center Variation

When I think that I must have covered all the different openings I have played, I stumble on to a new one. This has happened to me quite often while I have typed this blog and undoubtedly it will keep doing that for some time still. It may be more surprising to me that I have been able to post a new variation or a chess960 game every day since October 21st 2014. The fact that something new has come along in relatively short gaps, has made this daily posting schedule possible. It may be only a matter of time that something happens that will break the daily pace like it did in October last year and in August also. I would also like to get this blog as up to date as possible and feature all the games I have ever played that have some sort of notation. It may take me a very long time to accomplish if I am able to accomplish it at all because there are so many of them and new ones come along steadily. As I have at the moment 182 games in progress, there will be a lot more games to cover in the future aswell.

The game below was played in the first round of the 2014 October Split II tournament that is still ongoing at Red Hot Pawn. This game I won time but my position at the end of this game should also be winning for me, so the result is right this time. I have two games lef to play on round one and I am the current leader of group 1. Despite the fact I am on the lead, I may not be there after the group has been decided as three other players can also win the group. I have added two mate in twos, one mate in three, one mate in six and one mate in seven puzzle today.

Game number two. The game below was played in a match that is still ongoing between Samurai Warriors and The WOLF. The match is called open Challenge # 122. This is played on 34 boards and I am playing on board 3 for The WOLF. The current score is 22,5 - 43,5 in favor of The WOLF, so we have secured the win already. There was quite a lot of timeouts in this match and we won on boards 1, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 23 and 30 both games on timeouts. And on four boards we won one of the games on timeouts, so we won 24 games on timeouts... In a match of this size, it is a huge amount of games basically forfeitted only because players did not make their moves on time. We have only lost one game due to a timeout, so we had more fighting spirit and wanted to win more than our opponent.

Game number three. The game below was played at GameKnot in paweljaniak's mini-tournament I. After this game my opponent, muek54, withdrew from the tournament and our other game was never played. It was the only game that muek54 did not play in this mini-tournament. With this win and the win I received due to the withdrawal of muek54, I was able to get to 5.5 points, which means that I am currently on third place in the standings. I have four games left to finish and if all goes well in those games, I will be on 2nd place in the final standings. Muek54 was able to get 4 points and finished 5th in the tournament. The winner of the mini-tournament will be paweljaniak (2149), who won all but one game. That one game he lost to muek54 interestingly enough. This win also enabled me to get to my peak rating at GameKnot, which is now 1794. This game was also my 100th game there.

The first mistake of the game was played by my opponent on move 20, before that there were some inaccuracies, but nothing that shifted the advantage in favor of either player in a major way. 20.exf6 was a much better alternative. Muek54 played the final mistake of the game on move 30, after which the game was completely lost for him. This might be one of the best games I have played lately.

14 Jun 2015

B00 St. George Defense: General

B00 St. George Defense: General

There are some players who have been able to play lines that I have not previously covered here more than once and my opponent in this game, SpottedCow, is one of those players. Or rather will be maybe tomorrow or some time later in the near future when I post the game I played with the black pieces against him. The game below was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen II tournament at Red Hot Pawn. It is the tournament in which I am the closest of winning of all the tournaments that I have played or am playing. If I win my only remaining game, I will also win the tournament. If I do not win that game, I will need some assistance from other players. My main rival, caissad4, will need to either lose or play two draws, so that I would be a guaranteed winner. Actually, in case that I would lose my game against him and in the other two games he has left, he would draw both of them, then we would share the win of the tournament in points. I have added two mate in twos, one mate in five and two mate in six puzzles today. I have also added one analysed game to my post D30 Queen's Gambit Declined: General. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts! And thank you all who have spend their precious time by visiting this blog, it is much appreciated!!

Game number two. This was also played against SpottedCow, who for some reason likes to play this way based on the two games with White that I have played against him. The game below was played in the 2014 August Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament at Red Hot Pawn. It is a tournament where I have secured fourth place very tightly and I have two games left to finish. I have still some influence on who wins the tournament though, as the remaining two games I have are against caissad4, who has chances of winning the tournament as long as he does not lose a game against me. The game you see below was quite one-sided as you might guess from the huge difference in rating. Rating difference, no matter how huge, is not always a guarantee for victory as I have shown by losing some games against much lower rated players in the past.

13 Jun 2015

A22 English Opening: King's English Variation. Two Knights' Variation General

A22 English Opening: King's English Variation. Two Knights' Variation General

The game below was a rated game but because of the result, neither player lost or gained any rating points because of this game. This game started to go downhill for my opponent when he played 8.d4? which loses both of the important center pawns and after that there is no hope left in White's position. This game was played in rather fast pace for a correspondence game, at least in my standards because this game started April 27th 2015 and it ended May 30th 2015 and these days my average correspondence chess game lasts several months. I have added one mate in one, two mate in two, one mate in three and one mate in four puzzle today. I have also added an analysed game to my post D04 Queen Pawn Game: Colle System.

12 Jun 2015

D30 Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Variation

D30 Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Variation

This time I share a game that was played almost ten years ago at Red Hot Pawn. I did not originally like to share this because it was won by timeout but now that I have shared some shorter timeout wins aswell, I thought why not share this one aswell. It turned out that it also featured an opening I had not covered in this blog before, so that was also a factor which contributed in sharing this game. While I got all my other pgn-files from Red Hot Pawn, I noticed something interesting, I played one of my current opponents also over ten years ago. During that ten year gap, not a single game but now I got a few games against him. There is also one other player there that I played against the very first time in 2004 and my second game ten years later in 2014. I could have been completely lost in the game below but as games can be decided on time aswell, I got the win. The ratings are taken yesterday, so they are not even close to the ones that they were back in 2005. I have added one more tactics puzzle, one mate in four, one mate in five and two mate in seven puzzles today.

11 Jun 2015

C93 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov Defense

C93 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov Defense

Today I will share two games from GameKnot, both of which I lost. The game below is the latest game that has finished from my games there. This was played in the tedjj's mini-tournament XLIII. The mini-tournament has 11 players and I am currently in eight place. I have finished 12 games of the 20 games that I need to play in this tournament, I have won only four games and played two draws, so this is one of the worst correspondence chess tournament performances I have ever had. My opponent in this game, blokhin2, leads the tournament currently and the more I look at the standings has already secured his win also. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in four, one mate in five and one mate in eight puzzle. My other recent loss from GameKnot can be viewed in my post C78 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O.

10 Jun 2015

B00 Nimzowitsch Defense: Scandinavian Variation. Exchange Variation

B00 Nimzowitsch Defense: Scandinavian Variation. Exchange Variation

Today I accepted two chess960 challenges and in the first one I was pretty much lost after two moves... For some reason I do not look at the board properly when it comes to chess960. I guess I have played chess mostly recently and because of that I have forgotten that in some chess960 starting positions White will be able to threaten to take a pawn for free after his first move. Even if White were to take that pawn for free, it might not cost the game, but in the starting position I have in that game, my opponent was also able to take the exchange on his third move. So after three moves, he was up the exchange and a pawn, which is too much to give for almost no compensation. This might also mean that I need that break from chess more badly than I thought. Well, I should not make all that big decisions based on one game. I have mostly played on a decent level lately, maybe around 1900 level on average, at least on Chess.com and at Red Hot Pawn. Everywhere else the ratings that I have are farther away towards both directions, so I can't really compare them. I have been back over 1900 at Chess.com again for a few days now but around the time that happened, I dropped my rating at Red Hot Pawn below 1900, so that was a rather wierd coincidence.

The game below was played in a team match called Happy New Year 2015 Romeo and Juliet vs Kasparov Chess Club !! The match is played on 62 boards and I played on board 11 for Romeo and Juliet. I won my both games on time. Neither of those games were actually winning for me in the position the game ended but instead close to equal. The score has not changed in the match during the time I posted yesterday and this post, so the score is still 89 - 33 in favor of Romeo and Juliet. I have added one mate in one, two mate in twos, one mate in five and one mate in seven puzzle. In addition, I have added one more analysed game to my post C44 Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. London Defense.

9 Jun 2015

E20 Nimzo-Indian Defense #2

E20 Nimzo-Indian Defense #2

This opening should have been in this blog earlier but as the source of openings I only used in the past did not recognise E20 Nimzo-Indian Defense #2, this did not happen before I started to check these openings from Chess.com aswell. The game below was played in a team match called Happy New Year 2015 Romeo and Juliet vs Kasparov Chess Club !! I played on board 11 in this match for Romeo and Juliet and won both of my games against Jhopes on time. This is a match that is played on 62 boards and the current score in it is 89 - 33 in favor of Romeo and Juliet which means that we have clearly won the match already and only need to wait to get the official win after all the games in the match have finished. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in three, one mate in four and one mate in six puzzle today. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: A52 Budapest Defense: Adler Variation, C67 Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted, C00 French Defense: Normal Variation and C16 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation General.

Game number two. This second game and the third game were originally in a different post because the source of opening theory that I used back then did not recognise Nimzo-Indian Defense #2 at all. These two games were originally in my post E00 Indian Game: East Indian Defense. That post still exists as there were two other games that fit under that opening. I moved these two games here on the same day that this post was created. The game below was played in 2014 as a game that is neither a team match or a tournament game. So it was just an open challenge.

Game number three. This is one of the games I have played against Marko Krale, who belongs to the very limited group of people who have made over one million moves at Red Hot Pawn. I have only managed 9261 moves there at the moment I type this. The setting for this game was the 2014 Spetember Octet I 1700-1800 tournament. The battle for the second place still rages on as the only two remaining games in this tournament determine who ends up in second place.

Game number four. This was played in a team match called France/Deutschland Group vs Hitchhiker`Guide to The Galaxy. The match is played on 77 boards and I am playing on board 9 for the Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy. I am happy for other members of the team because they have received better results than I have so far. The current score 68.5 - 84.5 is in our favor which also means that we have secured the win!!

8 Jun 2015

C61 Spanish Game: Bird Variation

C61 Spanish Game: Bird Variation

It seem I have found yet another new opening variation. My Red Hot Pawn games have been providing more of the new stuff than Chess.com games lately. I am closing in on the most recent game on both sites but almost every day one or more game ends, so it might take a few days still to catch up to the latest game. The amount of games I can analyse per day is also a limiting factor on the pace that I will post the games. Tomorrow I will likely go through my Chess.com games a bit again but nothing new has caught my eye as of yet. The game below was played in the first round of the 2014 October Split II tournament. With two games for me to finish still in round one, of the 22 games that started with this tournament, I am leading group 1 with a two point difference to the next two players in the standings. I have added one mate in one, two mate in twos and two mate in three puzzles. In addition to the puzzles, I have added one more analysed game to these two posts: C41 Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 and C53 Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo. The latter one has the 700th analysed game to appear on this blog!! That latter opening also was the 100th opening variation that was covered in this blog and the post also has the 500th analysed game I posted. It is somewhat interesting that all those things are featured in that one post. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

7 Jun 2015

Chess960 SP301

Chess960 SP301

It is time for some chess960 again as normal chess did not seem to offer different opening variations at this time. The game below was played in a team match called Pancake Day (960). It is an ongoing match between Obsessive Chess Disorder!! and Total 960. I am playing on board 3 for Obsessive Chess Disorder!! in this 20 board match. The current score in the match is 14 - 19 in favor of Total 960. At this point every member of the team must avoid losing because if one of us lose, we can't win the match anymore. It does seem now that I have covered all the different variations I have ever played but this might be also a long break from different ones. I will post some chess games and of course five puzzles like in most days tomorrow but now it seems I have no new topic for tomorrow, no new opening to cover, nor a new starting position from chess960 games. It means that a new era may begin tomorrow for this blog, we shall see what I can come up with tomorrow. I have added one mate in one, two mate in twos, one mate in three and one mate in five. I have added also analysed chess games today to these posts: C46 Four Knights Game: Italian Variation, B84 Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Classical Variation and D45 Semi-Slav Defense: Main Lines.

Game number two. This was played in the same team match as the first game. It was quite disappointing for me that I could only get a draw out of these two games but I just could not play this starting position as well as I can play some others... The match will be won by Total 960 because they lead the match played on 20 boards 16 - 23.

6 Jun 2015

C44 King's Knight Opening: Konstantinopolsky Opening

C44 King's Knight Opening: Konstantinopolsky Opening

Second day in a row that I post a game from Red Hot Pawn. This is because I did not have a game from Chess.com that had a different opening than the ones I have already covered. At least in analysed form that is. I have added games from both sites today because of that. The game below was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament. I am currently in fifth place in this tournament and I still have theoretical chances to win the tournament, even though that is very unlikely thing to happen. There are also four other players still in the fight for the win out of the 21 players that are in taking part in this tournament. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in three and two mate in four puzzles today. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: C54 Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line, B92 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation, C41 Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6, C16 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Advance Variation General, C34 King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense and two more analysed games to the post B84 Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Classical Variation.

5 Jun 2015

A33 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense

A33 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense

It did take today quite a long time to get things going but I still managed to get this post done today and maintain my daily blog posting pace. Tomorrow might be similar day as today but I will try to get a post done by the end of the day. While I went through my database and tried to figure out what openings were played in the games, I noticed I had made a mistake in one of my earlier posts. I have used the same source of checking these openings since I started doing this blog and I have occasionally noticed that it does not contain all of the different variations. The mistake I made was due to the fact that the opening variation used in all of the games in that post was not covered in the source material I had been using. From now on I think I need to check the accuracy of these variations at Chess.com as I would like to think that they have all those variations correctly there. The post I renamed and modified the pgn-files there was called previously B40 Sicilian Defense: French Variation, it was quite close to being correct but it missed one move and the rest of the name of the opening variation. That post is now called B40 Sicilian Defense: French Variation. Westerinen Attack. That opening bears the name of the legendary Finnish Grandmaster Heikki Westerinen. I have been honered to be playing on the same team as him twice, he played on board one and I played on board eight in two team matches in 2011. Actually I had been known to this variation maybe some years ago when I watched one of the Attack with LarryC videos at ICC but as I could not confirm the name in my source of the opening names, I had not used the name. Well, it is sometimes hard to determine the name of some opening line especially when the moves are out of order, like in the game below. The move order that you see in theory is 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Nc6.

Today I have added four mate in ones and one mate in three. I have added two analysed games to my post C50 Italian Game: Italian Variation and one more analysed game to the following posts: C41 Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6, A45 Indian Game: General and B40 Sicilian Defense: French Variation. Westerinen Attack. Thank you all who have come to see this blog and special thank you to those who have followed me on Google+ and those who have made comments on my posts, it is much appreciated!

4 Jun 2015

B58 Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation

B58 Sicilian Defense: Classical Variation

The game below was played in the seventh round of the 2nd Eurasian League Tournament. The match I am playing in is between East Slavs and Finno-Ugric Chess Players. I am playing on board 4 for the Finno-Ugric Chess Players. This is played on 26 boards and the only game left in this match is apparently my other game against vikkol. This match was quite evenly matched as the current score is 26,5 - 24,5 in favor of East Slavs. I just calculated the total amount of correspondence games I have played so far and the current amount is 794. 22 games of those are chess960 games. Out of the total amount I have won 560, played 49 draws and lost 185 times. I can't really complain about those stats as I have roughly won 7 games out of 10. There is always room to improve and I have messed up a bit too many games on beginner like blunders which should not happen with these time controls. Because I have had quite a lot of games in progress at the same time, mistakes can be partly explained by it. I have added one mate in one, two mate in twos, one mate in five and one mate in six. I have also added one more analysed game to these two posts: C78 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O and D02 Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation.

Game number two. The game below was played in the dim_weasel's XIV mini-tournament at GameKnot. This is my latest game from this mini-tournament and I currently have 2 points. With those two points I am on third place, half a point behind mhead123. A player called jug_head (2061) leads the tournament having won all of his games so far. With 6 points, jug_head is the clear number one at the moment. If I win all my remaining four games, I would get to 6 points and maybe share the number one spot with jug_head, but he would need to lose both of his remaining games in order for that to happen.

I rarely go for opposite side castling, but in this game it seemed like the clearly better option, so I castled queenside while my opponent castled kingside. The first mistake that I noticed during the game was 11...e5 as it allows me to play Nf5. Mhead123 took the knight with the bishop, which might be the best try, even though Rfd8 might have been another option because otherwise I might take on e7 and win a pawn on d6. The problem with the game continuation is that I can now open up the g-file for attacking purposes. I was quite happy of the way things had gone so far. After the g-file had been opened for me, I focused on getting my pieces towards the enemy king. It was not all that clear to me how I could make my attack work, but I was quite confident that if I can keep up the pressure, my opponent's defenses might start to crumble. After mhead123 played g5, I thought that my chances to make the attack work increased even though the details were still unclear to me. After the move 27...Rgg7 it seemed like my opponent can hold the position together, even if only barely. Then after 29...Qd6, mhead123 kind of threatened to take on d5, but in case my does that I may just take the pawn on f6. I did not really care about the d5-pawn, not that I could have defended it directly anymore anyway. Therefore I doubled my rooks on the h-file and tried to make something good happen there. Mhead123 did not take on d5, but instead played Nc4, which does not seem to do anything useful in my opinion. I replied with Qg3 and maybe now threatened to take on h7 or perhaps Bh6. My opponent's 31st move does make my next move quite clear to me, Bh6 is the easiest way to win material. The game ends after I played 32.Bh6 due to my opponent resigned and I can't really blame mhead123 of that decision. I would have most likely resigned in that position as well.

3 Jun 2015

C60 Spanish Game: Cozio Defense. General

C60 Spanish Game: Cozio Defense. General

The game below is the 678th analysed chess game to appear in this blog, so there have been quite a lot of them thus far. 678 games is still only a small part of all the games I have played over the years, so a lot more to cover in order to know what is my real success rate in different openings and how many different openings I have played during the last 14 years. I really should have started going through these games back in 2001, when I started to play chess in tournaments. Better late than never, I suppose. I know it probably is not all that useful for me to look at games of mine that have been played so long ago, since the way I play has changed quite a lot since those days and they do not offer improvements to my game the same way that my recent games could provide. Obviously I have not gone through my older games all that much anymore, only the more recent examples, but when those do not provide me material anymore, I will start looking at my older games that are not in this blog yet.

The game below was played in the 2014 September Grand Seven Fourteen III tournament at Red Hot Pawn. I am currently in the theoretical fight for the win of the tournament but at this time it would seem that it is only a matter of time when I am eliminated from the battle for the win. The current leader of the tournament, kopsov, has gathered 105 points so far, only one point less than my maximum possible score. If he wins one of his remaining games, I am eliminated from the fight. He can do that with two draws aswell, so it does look a bit grim for me. Even if he does not win or draw two out of his last three games, I can still mess up my chances by either drawing or losing a game. As I have nine more games left to play, it is quite likely that I can't win them all. In the game below one serious mistake by my opponent was all that I needed to win this game. That mistake happened on his 25th move and after that it was quite easy to convert my advantage into a winning one. I have added one more game to my post C62 Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense today. I have also added two mate in twos, one mate in three and after a long, long break also two easy tactical exercises. When I started those for the first time, I thought I would be adding them on a regular basis but it never happened because I thought that making those kind of puzzles would take too long to make. It is a lot easier to do mate in x number of moves than it is doing tactical positions, because with tactical positions I would need to go through the games from start to finish in order to see if there are good tactical ideas worth of posting. With these mate in x number of moves I usually look at the position at the end of the game and see if there are forced mate there or near the end. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

2 Jun 2015

A84 Dutch Defense: Normal Variation

A84 Dutch Defense: Normal Variation

This is a game that was played in the round one of the 1800+ 7 Days tournament that is held at Chess.com. This is also the only game I have not lost from the three games I have finished in this tournament. My half a point puts me in seventh place at the moment in this eight player group. My opponent in this game, coronaguy, is currently second in the standings. I was pretty much losing this game until my opponent made a mistake that allowed me to get some counterplay and I saved myself with repeating the position that my opponent could not get away from. My game load keeps easing up a bit every day and I only have 194 games left anymore. At the moment it is still too many games but the quite fast pace of ending games is a positive sight for these old eyes of mine. I have added three mate in twos and two mate in three puzzles today. I have also added one more analysed game to these two posts: D45 Semi-Slav Defense: Main Lines and C78 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O.

1 Jun 2015

C68 Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. General

C68 Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. General

The game below is from the first round of the 2014 October Split II tournament that is still in progress at Red Hot Pawn. I am still leading group one and I have gathered 54 points in the 20 games that have finished so far. I have still two more games to go, so I can get to total of 60 points if I win both of my remaining games. In order for me to win this group, I need to win the two remaining games as that would also decrease the maximum possible score of my opponent to 60 points. If were to be both at 60 points, we would both be advancing to the second and also final round. The game below was fought quite evenly until it came to White's 20th move, then he made the mistake that made my life a little bit easier in this game. After that mistake, I played accurately enough not to give my opponent any real chances and went on to win this game. I have added four mate in twos and one mate in six today. I have also added one more analysed game to these two posts: C50 Italian Game: Italian Variation and A45 Indian Game: General. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

Game number two. The game below was played in the first round of the Ruy Lopez tournament that is still in progress at Chess.com. The tournament started on October 10th 2014, so round one has been in progress for slightly over a year now. This also confirms that the longest game I ever had played before this tournament has been replaced by a new longest game ever. I have one game in progress in this tournament that started at the same time with this tournament, so that game has been in progress for over a year now aswell. I am not sure if that indeed is the longest game I have ever played because some of the games at Red Hot Pawn might have been in progress slightly longer than this game... I have finished 19 of the 22 games that I have to play on round one and I won them all. Funnily enough, there is even one game left for me that has not even started yet. The fact that you can only play one game per opponent at a time in this tournament is ridicilous, considering how much time you can use per move. The time control for this tournament is 14 days per move. This tournament will keep me playing correspondence games for a long time because I have secured my place on round two aswell. Whether or not I win the group is still not being decided though. One player can still overtake me if he wins all his remaining games and I lose all of mine.

Game number three. This one was played at ChessRex and both players had 5 days to make each of their moves. I do not think that this opening is all that interesting, but it is quite easy to play in my opinion. AWOLNATION takes the pawn on e5 on his 5th move, which leads to a simplified position where the queens are exchanged and I have not allowed my opponent to castle. Other important things in the position after 8.Kxe2 are that I have the bishop pair and I have doubled pawns on the c-file. I think that the bishop pair more than compensates for the pawn weakness I have. I slightly prefer to be black in this position, though I do not think that black is better by any signifant amount. The position should be quite even at this point. I think the start for my opponent's troubles came when he sacrificed his c-pawn with the move 10.Kf1. I think he should have played 10.d3 instead, it would seem a logical move to make in that position, at least to me that is.

On move 13, the next shift in advantage takes place. After the move 13.Nd4, I played Bxh2+ which wins another pawn, but also makes it so that there are now bishops of opposite color on the board. The fact that the bishops do not travel on the same colors anymore, may sometimes make the position more drawish. I was willing to do this for material because there are still other pieces on the board which lessen the chance for a draw. I still had some technical difficulties and the exchange of one pair of the rooks made it maybe a bit more complicated for me. The game continuation did lead quickly to a completely lost game for my opponent and the game was very easy to play after AWOLNATION played 24.Rd1??, which loses to 24...Bc2 and one of white's pieces will fall. Admittedly even without this final blunder, the game would have been hard to play for white in my opinion.