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31 Jul 2015

Chess960 SP649

Chess960 SP649

The game below was played in a team match called chess960 open challenge. It is played between Team Japan and Battle For Victory on 17 boards. I am playing on board 4 for Battle For Victory. This game was also important because it decided the match. Because I lost this game, our team also suffered a loss. I would have needed to win both of my games in order for our team to draw this match. I was unable to do so this time because my opponent played better chess960 than I was capable of. The current score in the match is 18 - 15 in favor of Team Japan. Only time will tell whether or not I can even the score a bit in my other game against Shinjin16792.

Monday I will get back to chess games again but for now, have a good weekend everybody! I have added three mate in ones, one mate in two and one mate in four puzzle today. I have also added two analysed chess960 games and they can be found in these two posts: Chess960 SP33 and Chess960 SP301.

Game number two. This is my second game against Shinjin16792 from the same team match as the first game in this post. With this win I tied the score with my opponent and made the final score a little bit nicer for our team, the final score being 18 - 16 in favor of Team Japan. This match started on March 31st 2015 and finished on August 29th 2015.

30 Jul 2015

D53 Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense

D53 Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense

For today I picked a game that was played over 13 years ago at the Finnish School Team Championships. Back in those days I seem to have forgotten to put in the notation what was the round the games were played and other info about the games is also missing, for example, not all the games I played in that tournament had all the moves included in the notation and therefore I have not put them in my database either. It is somewhat disappointing but then again, the games I played back then were not all that well played by me anyway, so maybe it does not matter all that much that the notations are a bit incomplete. There are now 843 analysed chess games in this blog. It is only a small fraction of the games I have played and have notation of but if the amount of games I share keeps up with recent days, then at least I am publishing more games than I finish in the current rate. And that means I might some day catch up... It will not happen anytime soon, I am certain of that.

Tomorrow I have some chess960 games to share again, even a never before seen starting position, at least when this blog is conserned. I have added one mate in two, one mate in four, two mate in five and one mate in eight puzzle today. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: A42 Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Fianchetto, D08 Queen's Gambit Refused: Albin Countergambit. Normal Line, C79 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense, Steinitz Deferred, C78 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O, C45 Scotch Game: General, C45 Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation and B33 Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan Variation. Schlechter Variation.

29 Jul 2015

C79 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense, Steinitz Deferred

C79 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense, Steinitz Deferred

It is time once more to look at a game I played at the FIDE Online Arena. This is from the fourth round of the rapid chess tournament I played there. This fourth round was also the final round of the tournament and I ended up scoring two wins, one draw and one loss in those games. I may not be completely happy with that result because all my opponents were lower rated than me. I should start playing at FOA again so that I would maybe get that better title I was aiming for before but had to settle for what I have now. I may even have time for that on the weekends at least from now on. I may even have time to play there Monday to Friday when more of my correspondence games end. I still have 140, so I have been able to free some of the time used for those in the past few months. At the moment I do not know what will be the post about tomorrow but there will be something posted tomorrow unless something prevents me from doing it. I have added two mate in ones and three mate in threes today. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Central Variation, C46 Four Knights Game: Italian Variation, C11 French Defense: Classical Variation. Delayed Exchange Variation, E12 Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation, C69 Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. Gligoric Variation, C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Classical Variation and two more analysed games to my post C42 Russian Game: Three Knights Game. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

Game number two. This is a game that was played in the first round of the WORLD OPEN RAPID tournament that was held at the FIDE Online Arena on March 29th 2015. These two games that I have published under this post are actually consecutive games of mine from FOA. I certainly did not play the same opening variation on purpose that I played the previous day with reversed colors, it just happened.

28 Jul 2015

E69 King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation, Classical Main Line

E69 King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation, Classical Main Line

The game I am shring with you now was played in a team match called Romeo and Juliet Want to Play king's indian defense fianchetto variation !! at Chess.com. The match was played between Romeo and Juliet and ♙ Thematic Matches & Tournaments on 72 boards. I represented ♙ Thematic Matches & Tournaments in this match and I played on board 17. I won both of my games against chegarra. The final score in the match is 68.5 - 75.5 in favor of ♙ Thematic Matches & Tournaments.

Today my not losing streak at Chess.com ended after lasting 26 games! Those 26 games contained 20 wins and 6 draws. Admittedly, I could have lost the game that ended the streak much sooner or continued it a couple of moves longer but the final position was completely lost and I saw no reason to continue the struggle anymore. I have added one mate in one, one mate in three, one mate in six, one mate in eight and one mate in nine puzzle today. I have also added one analysed game to these two posts: E30 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation and C80 Spanish Game: Open Variations. Open Variation.

27 Jul 2015

C63 Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense

C63 Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense

Maybe a bit unfortunately one more short game that features an opening that I have not covered before. There will be more games in this line in the distant future that most likely are going to be longer than the game I will share today, but until then this will have to do. The game below was played in a team match called We are alive. It is played between psychedelic lollipop and GOTHIC. The match is played on ten boards and the score is at the moment 8 - 10 in favor of GOTHIC. I played on this match on board 1 for psychedelic lollipop and ended up winning both my games against Erikson15 on time because his account was closed by Chess.com due to cheating apparently. I have never understood why people would want to cheat in chess. If winning is that important to you, I would suggest either doing something else where the winning might be easier or improve your skills enough that you would win more chess games on your own. For example, the amount of work I have done to improve my chess in the last year has been fruitful as I have steadily improved my rating on sites I actively play. I have even been able to get to 98.8 percentile at Chess.com due to my Online Chess rating of 1960! My goal is to be on the 99 percentile and above at some point. I still have not been able to break my Online Chess rating record that I have had since January 15th 2009. I am only 14 points away though which means that if couple of games end favorably for me before the losses start again that peak rating will be set to new hights in the nearish future. I have added one more analysed game to the following posts: A16 English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Queen's Knight Variation, C64 Spanish Game: Classical Variation. Charousek Variation and C50 Italian Game: Hungarian Defense. I have also added two mate in twos, one mate in four and two mate in six puzzles today.

Game number two. This one was played in the third round of the 2014 August Banded Threesomes I 1700-1800 tournament that was held at Red Hot Pawn. The game below was the only game I played quite well on round three and the only one I managed to win, all other games I lost. I was able to advance from round one because I tied the win of group 3 with one other player. On the second round I was able to be the sole winner of group 3. The third round was mostly downhill, I lost my first five games and only the last game I was able to win. The loss in this game meant for my opponent that he could not share the win of the tournament with Rumdrum (1972). The tournament winner Rumdrum won all but one game in this tournament and the only game he lost was against Paullli. I ended up on fourth and last place in this final round. Third place went to chessicle (1948), the only games he was able to win on this third round were against me.

Game number three. The game below was played in a team match called Alien Go To Russia. The match is played on 100 boards between LullabyVisca and Team Russia. I am playing on board 34 for LullabyVisca. The current score in the match is 89.5 - 108.5 in favor of Team Russia. That of course means that Team Russia has clearly secured their win in the match. I had both the possibility to win the game below and to lose it. I did play the ending poorly, which allowed my opponent to draw the game. I am fairly happy with the draw because my opponent was higher rated than me, had my opponent been lower rated than me, I would not have been happy with the result, but I still would have offered the draw in the same position. My other game against Trogvar is still in progress at the moment I type this.

24 Jul 2015

C46 Three Knights Opening #2

C46 Three Knights Opening #2

The game below was played in the first round of the 2014 October Long Haul Split I tournament that is held at Red Hot Pawn. I am currently on sixth place in group 2 after I have finished half of my games in this round. So far things have gone as well as they can go, because I have won all my 11 games. Because there are 11 more games still to finish, this tournament can still become a disaster for me. Beatlemania leads the group, who has gathered 48 points so far. Blackpoolmad is on second place and has gathered 43 points. Third place holder is blither, who has gathered 40 points. I have really good chances to win the group and advance to the next round because I have six points higher maximum possible score than beatlemania, who currently has the second highest maximum possible score. I have added two mate in ones, one mate in two, one mate in three and one mate in six puzzle today.

Game number two. This game was previously in my post called C46 Three Knights Opening: General. Only after I looked for the opening used in the first game in this post, did I realise that the opening in the game below was mislabeled. Now that I check these openings from Chess.com, I sometimes see that I have mislabeled the variations in the past. As time goes by, I am able to correct the names of some of the lines. I think that most of the opening variations should be correctly labeled, maybe even all of them at this point but I can't be 100% sure.

23 Jul 2015

B20 Sicilian Defense: Myers Attack #2

B20 Sicilian Defense: Myers Attack #2

This game is a real blast from the past for me as this was played over 13 years ago in Finnish School Team Championships. My first official tournament was in the same Championships a year earlier than this one. If in my earliest chess playing days I lost most of the games I played, it certainly is not the case anymore, I have avoided losing a game for 22 games in a row now at Chess.com. That undefeated streak has enabled me to get quite close to my peak rating in Online Chess once again, I am now 24 points from the peak rating that I got January 15th 2009. I may get farther away from it quite soon as I noticed that I blundered a piece for maybe only a minimal compensation. There are of course other games there aswell that do not look all that good for me. It does not necessarily mean that I would resign those games just yet as I do not think those games are that easy to win. Only when I feel a game is completely hopelessly lost, I will resign. I have added one mate in one, three mate in threes and one mate in four. I have added one more analysed game to the following posts: D02 Queen Pawn Game: Chigorin Variation, E20 Nimzo-Indian Defense: General and C52 Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Pierce Defense.

22 Jul 2015

C21 Center Game: Von der Lasa Gambit

C21 Center Game: Von der Lasa Gambit

The game below was played in the fifth round of a rapid chess tournament at the FIDE Online Arena. This was one of the rare occasions where I finished the tournament without losing a single game. I won three games and drew two games. My fourth round game I won on time and I will not share it here because the game did not feature any moves. It was a somewhat of a disappointment that I could not win this game but then again after the poor start I had to this game, I could have also lost this, so maybe draw was an okay result.

After a few months, I do not even know how long it has been, I have only 148 games in progress again. The last time I had this amount of games was sometime last year. I remember when I got to 300 games in progress January 12th 2015 that I had played 270+ games for several months at that point. It may very well be that it has been over a year since my game load was as low as it is now. It still is not low enough and I do not start anymore challenges or team matches for quite some time. I might even see the rest of the year without any new additions like that. I know that the games I have in progress might get back over 150 before it starts to descent more again. This is because at least one tournament I can remember might get to the next round before I reduce enough games for it not to go over that limit. I have added three mate in twos and two mate in threes today. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: C78 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O, C97 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense and B84 Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Classical Variation.

21 Jul 2015

A61 Benoni Defense: Uhlmann Variation

A61 Benoni Defense: Uhlmann Variation

As there are some correspondence games that have finished recently, I will go through them before going to my FIDE Online Arena and over the board games. The game below was played in a small team match called Open Challenge Let's Play Benoni. I call it small because it was played on only three boards between Let's Play Benoni and Himgouree's club. I played on board 3 for Himgouree's club and won both my games against opticRED. The score at the end was 1 - 5 in favor of the away team Himgouree's club.

Some of the openings that I have seen listed in the book openings at Chess.com have a # sign at the end and if I put those in the notation, Chessbase 12 considers them as evaluation marks and puts the #3, for instance, in front of the name of the opening and I can't remove the #3 from that place of the notation anymore... Or at least I do not know how to do it. That is a bit annoying but I could of course just work around the problem by leaving the # out of the notation, which I never of course remember to do when I type the name of the variation in the notation... Well maybe next time I remember to do that and make my life a bit easier as a result. I have added one mate in two, three mate in threes and one mate in six today. I have also added one more analysed game to my post B32 Sicilian Defense: Open #3.

20 Jul 2015

B20 Sicilian: Unusual White 2nd moves

B20 Sicilian: Unusual White 2nd moves
[Event "AUTO-MASTER-2135"] [Site "http://www.queenalice.com/gam"] [Date "2015.05.14"] [Round "2"] [White "Franzel"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B20"] [WhiteElo "2422"] [BlackElo "2199"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "41"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Two Knights Variation} 3. d3 (3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. e3 (5. e4 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System}) (5. Nf3 e5 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System Reversed}) 5... e5 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Botvinnik System Reversed}) 3... g6 4. e4 Bg7 {B20 Sicilian: Unusual White 2nd moves} 5. Be2 e6 (5... d6 6. f4 e6 7. Nf3 {1-0 (7) Weller,A (1573)-Klinke,R (1042) Eschborn 2014}) 6. Nf3 (6. Be3 Nd4 7. h4 h6 8. Nf3 Ne7 9. Qd2 d5 10. Bxd4 cxd4 11. Nb5 dxe4 12. dxe4 e5 13. c5 O-O 14. Rc1 Be6 15. b3 f5 16. Bd3 fxe4 17. Bxe4 Bd5 18. Nd6 Bxe4 19. Nxe4 Nd5 20. h5 g5 { Fancsy,I (2409)-Lubashov,A (2411) Dos Hermanas 2004 1-0 (49)}) 6... Nge7 7. Bf4 $146 (7. Bg5 d6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. h4 h5 10. Nh2 f5 11. exf5 exf5 12. O-O Be6 13. Rfe1 Qd7 14. Bh6 d5 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. cxd5 Nxd5 17. Nxd5 Qxd5 18. Bf3 Qd6 19. Qg5 Kh7 20. Bxc6 Qxc6 21. Nf3 Qd6 {Moiseev,I (2280)-Brukhovich,O Kiev 2005 1-0 (37)}) (7. Bd2 O-O 8. Qc1 d5 9. O-O d4 10. Nb5 a6 11. Na3 f5 12. exf5 gxf5 13. Bg5 Qd6 14. Bh6 e5 15. Bxg7 Kxg7 16. Nc2 Ng6 17. g3 Bd7 18. Nd2 e4 19. Ne1 Rae8 20. Bh5 Re7 21. a3 Kh8 {Lahucky,P (2165) -Vrablik,M (2057) Slovakia 2002 0-1 (34)}) 7... a6 {Prevents intrusion on b5} 8. Bd6 {White threatens to win material: Bd6xc5} O-O (8... b6 9. Rb1 $11) 9. Qd2 b6 {Controls c5} 10. h4 Bb7 11. h5 Re8 12. O-O-O Nc8 $2 (12... e5 $142 {and Black can hope to survive} 13. hxg6 hxg6 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 $14) 13. Bf4 $18 d6 (13... Nd4 14. Bh6 Nxf3 15. Bxf3 $18 (15. gxf3 $6 Bf6 $16)) 14. Bh6 Bh8 15. Rh3 Ra7 (15... Ne5 16. hxg6 Nxg6 17. Rdh1 $18) 16. Rdh1 Ba8 (16... Nd4 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} 17. Ng5 Bc6 18. Nxh7 $18) 17. Ng5 Nd4 18. Nxh7 $1 {the end} Nxe2+ (18... Kxh7 19. hxg6+ fxg6 (19... Kxg6 20. Rg3+ {Mate attack Clearance}) (19... Kg8 20. gxf7+ { Passed pawn}) 20. Bg5+ {Mate attack Clearance Pinning}) 19. Nxe2 f5 (19... g5 { is the last straw} 20. Nxg5 Be5 $18) 20. Bg5 Qd7 21. hxg6 (21. hxg6 Qxh7 22. gxh7+ Kf8 23. Nf4 $18) 1-0 [Event "Natalia Pogonina! vs Space Angels Celeb"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2016.03.20"] [Round "?"] [White "hlornik"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B20"] [WhiteElo "1450"] [BlackElo "1829"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "68"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation, Two Knights Variation} 3. e4 (3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. e3 (5. e4 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation, Botvinnik System}) (5. Nf3 e5 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation, Botvinnik System Reversed}) 5... e5 {English Opening: Symmetrical Variation, Botvinnik System Reversed}) 3... g6 4. d3 Bg7 {B20 Sicilian: Unusual White 2nd moves} 5. Bd2 e6 6. Nf3 Nge7 7. Be2 O-O 8. O-O d5 ( 8... b6 9. a4 Bb7 10. b3 d5 11. Qc2 Nb4 12. Qb2 dxe4 13. dxe4 Bxe4 14. Rad1 Nf5 15. Bh6 Qf6 16. Bxg7 Qxg7 17. Rd2 Bxf3 18. Bxf3 Rad8 19. Ne4 Qxb2 20. Rxb2 Nd4 21. Be2 f5 22. Ng5 e5 23. Rd1 {Liodakis,F (1297)-Kotronias,V (2533) Chania 2014 0-1}) 9. cxd5 $146 (9. Qc1 Re8 10. a3 Nd4 11. Nxd4 cxd4 12. Na2 b6 13. exd5 exd5 14. Bf3 Bf5 15. Nb4 Rc8 16. Bh6 Bh8 17. Rd1 dxc4 18. dxc4 Be6 19. b3 a5 20. Nd3 Nf5 21. Bf4 Qe7 22. g3 a4 23. Qb2 axb3 {Nemastil,L (1750)-Cervinka, P (1821) Czechia 2006 0-1 (47)}) 9... exd5 10. exd5 (10. Re1 b6 $11) 10... Nxd5 $15 11. Nxd5 Qxd5 12. Ne1 $2 (12. Bc3 $5 $17) 12... Nd4 (12... Bxb2 13. Bf3 Qd6 14. Rb1 $19) 13. Bc3 $17 Bf5 14. Bxd4 Qxd4 (14... cxd4 $6 15. Bg4 $15) 15. Qb3 $2 (15. Rb1 $142 $5 $17) 15... b6 $19 16. Nf3 (16. Nc2 Qxb2 17. Qxb2 Bxb2 $19) 16... Qxb2 17. Qxb2 Bxb2 18. Rab1 Bg7 19. h3 (19. Rfe1 Rfe8 20. Kf1 Rad8 $19) 19... Rad8 (19... Rae8 {might be the shorter path} 20. Rbe1 Bc3 21. Rc1 Rxe2 22. Rxc3 Rxa2 23. g4 $19) 20. Rbd1 (20. Rfd1 Rd7 $19) 20... Rd7 (20... Rfe8 { seems even better} 21. Rd2 c4 22. Rfd1 $19) 21. Nh4 (21. d4 cxd4 22. Bb5 Rd6 $19) 21... Be6 22. a3 Rfd8 23. Nf3 Bf5 24. Ne1 (24. d4 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} Bxd4 25. Nxd4 Rxd4 (25... cxd4 $6 26. Bd3 $19) 26. Rxd4 Rxd4 $19 (26... cxd4 $6 27. Rd1 $19)) 24... Bc3 (24... c4 $142 $5 {and Black can already relax} 25. Bg4 Bxg4 26. hxg4 cxd3 27. g5 $19) 25. g4 Be6 26. a4 ( 26. Rc1 {doesn't improve anything} Bf6 $19) 26... Bb3 27. Rc1 Bxe1 28. Rfxe1 Bxa4 29. Rc3 Bb5 30. Rd1 (30. Ra1 {doesn't get the bull off the ice} a6 $19) 30... Rd4 {[%cal Yc5c4] Black plans c4} 31. Ra3 a6 32. Kf1 c4 (32... a5 $142 $19 {makes it even easier for Black}) 33. Ke1 (33. dxc4 {the last chance for counterplay} Rxd1+ 34. Bxd1 Bxc4+ 35. Ke1 $19) 33... cxd3 34. Bf3 d2+ (34... d2+ 35. Rxd2 Rxd2 36. h4 Rb2 37. Bd1 Rb1 38. f3 Rbxd1+ 39. Kf2 R8d3 40. Ra2 Rf1+ 41. Kxf1 Rd2+ 42. Ke1 Rxa2 43. f4 a5 44. f5 gxf5 45. gxf5 Bd3 46. h5 Re2+ 47. Kd1 a4 48. f6 a3 49. h6 a2 50. Kc1 a1=Q#) 0-1

Ah, back again after a two day break from posting. I actually used those two days more or less by doing some maintanance to this blog. I mostly corrected some minor mistakes that I have made in the past. As I went through all the posts, I noticed a mistake in the ECO code of one post and corrected it. Even though I usually am careful and check the ECO codes these days better than I did when I started doing this blog, there can occasionally be an inccorrect code in the post. I am quite confident though that I will not make a similar mistake in the future because I think I can learn from my past mistakes. I also now know for certain that there are 808 analysed chess games in this blog. Also for the first time since I started doind this blog, I can now check all the stats easier from the .ods file I made. As long as I remember to update that file, I should now all the essential statistics from the openings I have played. The game below is my latest game from Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. I have lost three games in a row there now, which is not a good sign. Even worse, I have only won one game out of the last seven games, played one draw and lost five games. Maybe I am a bit too hard on myself though because my opponents have been quite good, three of those losses have come against a player rated over 2400 and two of the losses against a player who is currently over 2200 but his true rating might be even higher because he still has a provisional rating and he his rating has gone steadily upward. This game was played in the second round of the AUTO-MASTER-2135 tournament that is still in progress. Only three players are left in this second and final round. I am currently in last place in the group and because I face tough opponents, I may not get much higher than that. This was my first game to end, so I have zero points, my opponent in this game, Franzel, is on first place with four points. On second place is a player called Evandrobit, who I have faced before and I have bad score against him. Evandrobit has two points that came from his draws against Franzel. That means of course that they share the win of the tournament if they both win me twice. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in three and two mate in five puzzles today.

Game number two. This game, played at Chess.com in a team match called Natalia Pogonina! vs Space Angels Celebrate was my second game against hlornik. The match was played between We love Natalia Pogonina! and Space Angels Chocolate Dunk Monster Strawberries In Andromeda's Cluster Of Infinite Bright Stars on 33 boards. I played on board 7 for Space Angels Chocolate Dunk Monster Strawberries In Andromeda's Cluster Of Infinite Bright Stars and managed to win both of my games against hlornik. The final score in the match was 11.5 - 54.5 in favor of Space Angels Chocolate Dunk Monster Strawberries In Andromeda's Cluster Of Infinite Bright Stars.

The game below followed a similar path as can be seen in the first game in this post until hlornik played 5.Bd2. The move order was a bit different though. The first sign of trouble for my opponent was when hlornik played in the position below 10.exd5. It might be argued that my opponent's play can be improved earlier on, but hlornik should have been able to hold a draw with accurate play, had hlornik played 10.Re1, for example.

The game continued to go downhill for my opponent and hlornik's position became lost only a few moves later when he played 15.Qb3.

17 Jul 2015

B27 Sicilian Defense: Bücker Variation

B27 Sicilian Defense: Bücker Variation

It has been quite a chess960 filled content here lately but now it is time to go back to chess. This game was played in the first round of a rapid chess tournament at the FIDE Online Arena. I think I will shift between my FOA games and my over the board games for now, adding the occasional correspondence games from Chess.com, Red Hot Pawn, GameKnot and Queen Alice Internet Chess Club into the mix from time to time as games finish from those sites. I have also been thinking of doing other changes to my posting aswell, mainly I have considered doing this blog only five days a week instead of every day. I will post games and puzzles from Monday to Friday from now on, in order to divert my time a bit to other projects that I want to test out. My correspondence games do not end as fast as I would like, so the time that frees from those is not enough at the moment. I have 156 in progress at the moment and when I get to 50 games or so, I might finally be a relaxed correspondence chess player. I will probably reach that amount in a few months if I do not advance to next rounds in tournaments all that much or have to start anymore team matches. I need to be more adamant about not joining more team matches as it is sometimes hard to decline when the team that I am in is outrated by the opponent. I have added three mate in twos and two mate in threes today. In addition, I have added one more analysed game to the following posts: C11 French Defense: Classical Variation. Delayed Exchange Variation, C77 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation and B92 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation. Until Monday, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

16 Jul 2015

Chess960 SP803

Chess960 SP803

There are some days when nothing seems to go your way and today was like that for me. I planned on going through more of my chess games today but that did not happen because I could not use my computer for several hours due to electricity going out and there been thunder and lightning in the air. Well, at least I was able to analyse this chess960 game today. Depending on how things work out tomorrow, I might not be able to post anything tomorrow or only games from openings I have already covered in the past. I might have one more new chess960 starting position but it would require me to correct the pgn-file for it as I remember there being something wrong with it. It is also something that I can't guarantee that I am able to fix but I can see what I can do. If nature will not unleash its fury upon me, I might be able to post something unseen in this blog, we shall see. The game below is so far the fourth and last chess960 game I have played against trallala. I won this game on time, according to Stockfish 6 64 BMI2, the position at the end is close to a draw. I have added one mate in two, two mate in three, one mate in four and one mate in five puzzle today.

15 Jul 2015

Chess960 SP910

Chess960 SP910

One year ago this blog started with the intention of bringing unique content that you can't find anywhere else. I think I have succeeded in that at least because no one else is likely to share my games publicly... Also I have not really seen blogs done in this way anywhere else. I know that I still have a lot to learn about how to do things more efficiently and in an interesting way. Some part of the learning process involves learning more about HTML, CSS and Javascript and how to use them to improve the quality of the site and make it as good as it can be. I will now take a look back at what has happened in the year that this blog has been active. I have at the moment 803 analysed chess games posted that feature 350 different opening variations. I posted yesterday that the game count was 801 but it turned out today when I went through all of the openings and my results in them that the actual amount is 803. I am not 100 percent sure which one is right but I would bet that 803 is more likely to be correct. I still need to verify that tomorrow, I could have done it today but there were other things I also had to do today and time just simply run out again. From the statistics I took from openings I have covered and my results in them page, I also calculated the amount of wins, draws and losses that were listed there. I have won 519 games, played 62 draws and lost 222 games out those 803 games. My Chess960 results are more easier to count and there are now 30 of those analysed in this blog. The starting position you see in the game below is the 13th different one to appear in this blog. I won 21 of those 30 chess960 games, played 5 draws and lost 4 games. I have also published 1470 chess puzzles during this one year period. During this year I have gone from zero followers at Google+ to 35 and I would like to thank all of them at this point in time. Like all the followers, I also appreciate all of the comments and +1's people have given for the posts. The game below was played at the Free Internet Chess Server with 3 minute time controls on April 6th 2011. I won the game below on time as one might imagine because Black is better in the final position. I have added four mate in twos and one mate in three puzzle today.

14 Jul 2015

Chess960 SP773

Chess960 SP773

This is a game that was played at the Free Internet Chess Server on April 5th 2011. This was played with 3 minute time controls. Some years ago when I was more active at FICS, I used to play best two out three mini matches against mister trallala. I have no accurate statistics on how many of those mini matches I won and how many he won but there are statistics on my fics games against him at FICS games database. We have played 178 blitz games there and my score in them is 129 but even with the winning percentage of 72.5, it might be a bit misleading. I mean the difference in our playing strength is not that high and I probably have won most of those games on time. If I happen to live long enough to analyse all of those games, I will be able to get a better understanding of the playing strength difference between me and him. The post I am doing tomorrow might be longer than usual because tomorrow this blog has been around one year! Well, I did have a chess blog that was called the same and it had the same address years ago but the rebirth of this blog has been around one year tomorrow. I have added one more analysed chess960 game to my post Chess960 SP50. I have also added one more analysed chess game to these two posts: B32 Sicilian Defense: Open #3 and C97 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense. Both of those chess games were played at FIDE Online Arena. There was no post called B32 Sicilian Defense: Open #3 before today, by the way, I had to change the name of the post after I looked what opening was played in the game I was adding from Chess.com's database of openings. When I originally added that post, I used a different source or I should say only one source to identify the openings. I have also added one mate in one, two mate in twos and two mate in threes today.

13 Jul 2015

Chess960 SP920

Chess960 SP920

This game is my first ever chess960 game and it was played at the Free Internet Chess Server on April 5th 2011. My first four games in this chess variant were against this same opponent. Those four games are also the only chess960 games I have played against him. I am not sure how many chess games I have played against him but I would reckon it has to be several hundreds at this point. It is always nice to play against him, not only because I mostly win but also because the games are rarely boring in my opinion. We do not play the same openings all the time, so there is some variance in that aswell. Well, it is likely that he will change the openings if I would like to play the same stuff more than once in a row. Even though I have good results against him, he is still very dangerous opponent to me face especially in longer time controls. He probably calculates variations better than me but part of the reason for that is that he most of the time uses too much of his time searching for the crushing move and I end up winning on time. This is true in blitz at least. I actually do not remember all that many games that I would have won because my position was better or that I ended up checkmating his king. I have added two mate in twos and three mate in threes today. In addition I have added one more analysed chess game to my post C53 Italian Game: Bird's Attack, I have also added more chess960 content today, one game to the post Chess960 SP33, two games to the post Chess960 SP50 and one game to the post Chess960 SP563. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

12 Jul 2015

C40 Elephant Gambit: Maroczy Gambit

C40 Elephant Gambit: Maroczy Gambit

This is my latest game from GameKnot, after this game I have played 71 games there and out of those games, this was my 47th win. GameKnot is the only site where I play actively that I have not even reached a rating of 1800... I used to think that my poor results there were due to my opening choices but even after I changed the openings I play there to ones that are more familiar to me, the results remained quite bad. Or maybe enough games have not ended after the change to see the affect clearly. It is more likely that I just do not have the same will to win as I do on other sites. I know that this might sound nuts but I may feel that other games on other sites are more important to me. The games become more important, the higher my rating rises. It might be then that my rating will remain only 1700+ on GameKnot and does not change all that drastically one way or the other in the future either. Well, rating is not the only thing that makes some of the games I play more important than others. Team matches that I play at Chess.com, for example, are more important to me than just a single challenge against a random player, or even a tournament game. The game below was played in tedjj's mini-tournament XLIII. This tournamnent has not gone all that well for me and I am currently in eight place in this eleven player tournament. In the 13 games that have finished, I have gathered only six points... I have seven more games left to finish and if I would somehow win them all, I would end up in third or fourth place quite likely. I have added one mate in two, three mate in threes and one mate in four puzzle today. I have also added one analysed game to my post C45 Scotch Game: Classical Variation and one chess960 game to my post Chess960 SP50 has also been added.

11 Jul 2015

Chess960 SP185

Chess960 SP185

The game below was a challenge issued by my opponent. We have played two chess960 games now and both have ended in peaceful draws quite quickly even though the positions might have been not drawn. The first game I might have lost if we had played on and in this second game I might have been slightly better, so in my opinion quite a good result for me, even though I dropped some rating points because of these draws. I could have lost a lot more, so I can't complain all that much. I am again not sure what to post tomorrow but it might be some more chess960 and it might be time to look at my first chess960 game I have ever played. I might also post my latest games from GameKnot and Chess.com. I have added one mate in one, two mate in twos, one mate in three and one mate in eight puzzle today. I have also added one more analysed chess game to my post B92 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation and that is my latest game from Queen Alice Internet Chess Club. I have also added two analysed chess960 games to my post Chess960 SP33 and one analysed chess960 game to my post Chess960 SP50.

10 Jul 2015

Chess960 SP650

Chess960 SP650

It is time for some chess960 once again. It is quite likely that the post I will do tomorrow will also feature chess960 in some way or another. I will also take a look on my latest game from Queen Alice Internet Chess Club tomorrow but more about it then. The game below was played in a team match called 960? The question mark is part of the name in case someone wondered. The match is played between Stargate Command and Xindi on 13 boards. I played on board one for Stargate Command and won both of my games on time. The other game ended in the starting position. The score in the match is currently 18 - 6 in favor of Stargate Command. If my memory serves me right, this was my first match for Stargate Command and luckily it was success right away as we were able to win the match, or should I say that we will win as it is not official until all games have finished. The amount of games I have in progress has increased a bit again... I now have 155 games in progress. I just need to decline all games from now on, otherwise I end up facing 200+ games again soon and that is not what I want at all. I have added two mate in ones, two mate in threes and one mate in four. I have also added one analysed chess960 game to my post Chess960 SP33.

9 Jul 2015

A06 Réti Opening: 1.Nf3 d5 (2...c5)

A06 Réti Opening: 1.Nf3 d5 (2...c5)

This was played in a team match called Welcome Match. The match was played on 6 boards between Lutheran Chess Players and Life Is Chess. I played on board 4 for Life Is Chess. The only six games that were lost on time were on our side which meant that all who did not lose on time, should have won all their games. This of course did not happen and I was the only one in our team that was able to win a game, actually I won both my games against VincentUSA. The match ended 9.5 - 2.5 in favor of Lutheran Chess Players. I have added one mate in one, three mate in twos and one mate in four puzzle today. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: C92 Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System, A42 Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Fianchetto, D00 Queen Pawn Game: Sarratt Attack and E20 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Kmoch Variation. The post about the A42 A42 Sicilian Defense: Hyperaccelerated Fianchetto had previously mislabeled ECO code which I corrected day before yesterday. The previously seen ECO code was something that was either on the original pgn-file or after analysis error and I just have forgotten to change it. I have also added one more chess960 game to my post Chess960 SP50.

[Event "Welcome Match - Board 4"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2015.04.10"] [Round "?"] [White "VincentUSA"] [Black "Vierjoki, Timo"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A06"] [WhiteElo "1701"] [BlackElo "1872"] [Annotator "Stockfish 8 64 POPCNT (30s), TV"] [PlyCount "120"] [EventDate "2015.??.??"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. e3 (2. b4 {Zukertort Opening: Santasiere's Folly}) (2. c4 b5 { Reti Opening: Zilbermints Gambit} (2... c6 3. b3 Bg4 {Reti Opening: Anglo-Slav Variation, Bogoljubov Variation II})) 2... c5 {A06 Réti Opening: 1.Nf3 d5} 3. Be2 (3. c4 Nf6 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. a3 Nc6 6. Qc2 e6 7. Bc4 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. Rd1 Nf6 10. d4 cxd4 11. exd4 Qc7 12. Ba2 Bd7 13. Nc3 Rac8 14. Qe2 Rfd8 15. Bg5 Be8 16. Rd3 Rd7 17. d5 exd5 {Kozul,Z (2580)-Simic,D (2330) Maribor 1996 1-0}) 3... Nc6 4. O-O e5 5. Ne1 $146 (5. d4 e4 6. Ne5 Nxe5 7. dxe5 f6 8. exf6 Nxf6 9. c4 d4 10. Re1 d3 11. Bf1 b5 12. cxb5 c4 13. Nc3 Bb4 14. a3 Bxc3 15. bxc3 Qa5 16. Bd2 Qxb5 17. Rb1 Qa6 18. Qc1 Bb7 19. Qb2 Bc6 {Sikora,K-Obara,D Swietokrzyskie 2010 0-1 (31)}) (5. b3 Bd6 6. d3 Nge7 7. Bb2 O-O 8. Nbd2 Ng6 9. c4 d4 10. Ne4 Be7 11. exd4 cxd4 12. Re1 f5 13. Ng3 Bb4 14. Nd2 Qa5 15. Ngf1 Nf4 16. a3 Bc3 17. b4 Qd8 18. Rb1 Qg5 19. g3 Nh3+ {Trsinski,S (1889)-Tica,S (2159) Hum na Sutli 2014 0-1}) (5. Bb5 Bd6 6. d3 Bg4 7. e4 Nge7 8. c4 dxe4 9. dxe4 O-O 10. Bg5 Nd4 11. h3 Nxf3+ 12. gxf3 Bxh3 13. Re1 h6 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. f4 Qh4 16. Qf3 exf4 17. Nc3 Qg5+ 18. Kh1 Bg4 19. Qg2 f3 {Fontana Sotomayour,L-Miguel Lago,V (2285) Caldas de Reis 1992 0-1}) (5. d4 cxd4 6. exd4 e4 $11) 5... Nf6 6. Nc3 ( 6. c4 d4 $15) 6... Be7 $17 {White has a cramped position. White's piece can't move: c1} 7. Nb1 O-O 8. Nf3 (8. b3 Qc7 $17) 8... Be6 9. Ne1 Qd6 (9... Qc7 10. b3 $17) 10. Nf3 (10. d3 b5 $17) 10... e4 11. Ne1 Ne5 (11... Qc7 12. d4 $17) 12. f3 (12. d4 Ng6 $17) 12... exf3 13. Nxf3 Ng6 (13... d4 14. Qe1 $17) 14. Nc3 a6 15. Qe1 b5 16. Nd1 Bd8 17. Nf2 (17. b3 Bc7 $17) 17... Bc7 18. Qd1 (18. b3 d4 $19) 18... Ng4 (18... h5 $142 $5 19. Nd3 Rfe8 $19) 19. Nxg4 $17 Bxg4 20. h3 $4 {cause more grief} (20. g3 $142 $17) 20... Bxf3 $19 21. Bxf3 (21. Rxf3 { desperation} Nh4 22. Qf1 Qh2+ 23. Kf2 $19) 21... Rad8 (21... Qh2+ $142 { seems even better} 22. Kf2 Qg3+ 23. Kg1 Rad8 $19) 22. a3 (22. d4 {does not solve anything} Rfe8 23. c3 Qg3 $19) 22... Qg3 (22... Qh2+ $142 {and Black has it in the bag} 23. Kf2 Qg3+ 24. Kg1 $19) 23. d3 (23. d4 {a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} Nh4 24. b4 cxd4 25. Qxd4 Be5 $19) 23... Nh4 24. Bd2 (24. Rf2 {does not help much} Qh2+ 25. Kf1 Nf5 $19) 24... Rfe8 (24... Qh2+ 25. Kf2 Bg3+ 26. Ke2 Nxg2 27. Qe1 Nxe1+ 28. Kd1 Nxf3 29. Ba5 Qg2 30. Rxf3 Qxf3+ 31. Kd2 d4 32. c4 dxe3+ 33. Kc2 Qe2+ 34. Kb3 Qxd3+ 35. Bc3 Qxc4+ 36. Kc2 Rd2+ 37. Kb1 Qb3 38. Bxd2 exd2 39. a4 d1=Q#) 25. Qc1 Re6 (25... Qh2+ 26. Kf2 Bg3+ 27. Ke2 Nxf3 $19) 26. Be1 Qh2+ 27. Kf2 Nxf3 28. Kxf3 Rf6+ 29. Ke2 Qxg2+ (29... Rxf1 $142 {and the result of the game is clear: Black will win} 30. Kxf1 Rd6 $19) 30. Rf2 Rxf2+ 31. Bxf2 Qxh3 32. Qh1 Qxh1 33. Rxh1 Be5 34. b3 d4 (34... g5 {makes it even easier for Black} 35. Rc1 c4 36. bxc4 dxc4 37. d4 $19) 35. e4 ( 35. Kf3 g6 $19) 35... g6 (35... g5 {keeps an even firmer grip} 36. Kf3 Kg7 37. Bg3 Bxg3 38. Kxg3 $19) 36. Kd1 (36. Rc1 {cannot undo what has already been done } h5 $19) 36... h5 (36... Kg7 {might be the shorter path} 37. Ke2 h5 38. Kf3 $19) 37. Bh4 (37. Ke2 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} Kg7 $19) 37... Re8 38. Ke2 Kg7 39. Kf3 Bf6 (39... Kh6 {and Black can already relax} 40. Rf1 $19) 40. Bxf6+ (40. Bg3 {is not much help} Be7 $19) 40... Kxf6 41. Rh4 (41. Rf1 {what else?} Re5 42. Kg3+ Ke6 43. Rh1 $19) 41... Kg5 42. Rf4 f6 43. Kg3 Rh8 44. Rh4 f5 45. exf5 (45. Rh1 {hardly improves anything} fxe4 46. dxe4 h4+ 47. Kh2 Rf8 $19) 45... Kxf5 46. Rf4+ Ke5 (46... Kg5 47. Re4 h4+ 48. Kh2 Rf8 $19) 47. Kf3 (47. Rf1 {praying for a miracle} g5 48. Rf2 $19) 47... g5 48. Re4+ Kd6 ( 48... Kf5 49. a4 g4+ 50. Kg2 $19) 49. Kg2 (49. b4 {a fruitless try to alter the course of the game} Rf8+ 50. Kg2 Rc8 $19) 49... Rh6 (49... a5 $142 $19 { and Black can already relax}) 50. Kh1 (50. Re8 {there is nothing else anyway} g4 51. Ra8 $19) 50... Re6 51. Rxe6+ (51. b4 {is not the saving move} Rxe4 52. bxc5+ Kxc5 53. dxe4 Kd6 54. Kg2 Ke5 55. Kg3 Kxe4 56. Kf2 h4 57. Ke2 h3 58. Kf2 Kf4 59. Ke2 h2 60. Kd3 h1=Q 61. Kxd4 g4 62. c3 g3 63. a4 g2 64. c4 g1=Q+ 65. Kc3 Qe3+ 66. Kb2 Qhc1+ 67. Ka2 Qea3#) 51... Kxe6 52. Kh2 (52. Kg1 {cannot change destiny} h4 53. Kg2 Kf5 54. a4 Kf4 55. axb5 axb5 56. Kf2 h3 57. b4 g4 58. bxc5 g3+ 59. Ke1 h2 60. c3 h1=Q+ 61. Kd2 Qg2+ 62. Kc1 dxc3 63. d4 Qd2+ 64. Kb1 Qb2#) 52... Kf5 53. Kh3 (53. b4 {does not solve anything} cxb4 54. axb4 Kg4 55. Kg2 h4 56. Kf2 h3 57. c4 dxc3 58. Ke3 h2 59. Kd4 c2 60. Kc5 c1=Q+ 61. Kd5 h1=Q+ 62. Kd6 Qcc6+ 63. Ke7 Qc7+ 64. Kf8 Qa8#) 53... Kf4 {[%cal Yg5g4] Black plans g4} 54. Kh2 (54. Kg2 {doesn't get the cat off the tree} g4 55. a4 h4 56. axb5 axb5 57. Kg1 h3 58. Kf2 g3+ 59. Ke1 h2 60. c3 h1=Q+ 61. Kd2 Qg2+ 62. Kc1 dxc3 63. b4 Qd2+ 64. Kb1 Qb2#) 54... Kf3 55. Kh3 (55. Kg1 {doesn't change anything anymore} g4 56. b4 cxb4 57. a4 bxa4 58. Kf1 a3 59. Ke1 a2 60. Kd2 a1=Q 61. c3 bxc3+ 62. Kc2 Qb2+ 63. Kd1 Qb1#) 55... h4 (55... a5 56. Kh2 Kf2 57. Kh3 a4 58. bxa4 bxa4 59. c3 dxc3 60. d4 c2 61. d5 c1=Q 62. Kh2 Qg1+ 63. Kh3 Qg3#) 56. Kh2 (56. b4 {does not win a prize} c4 57. Kh2 g4 58. dxc4 bxc4 59. b5 axb5 60. a4 bxa4 61. Kg1 d3 62. cxd3 cxd3 63. Kf1 d2 64. Kg1 g3 65. Kf1 d1=Q#) 56... g4 57. Kh1 (57. Kg1 {doesn't change the outcome of the game} g3 58. a4 b4 59. a5 h3 60. Kh1 Kf2 61. c3 g2+ 62. Kh2 g1=Q+ 63. Kxh3 Qg3#) 57... Kf2 58. Kh2 g3+ (58... b4 59. axb4 cxb4 60. c3 dxc3 61. d4 c2 62. d5 c1=Q 63. d6 Qg1#) 59. Kh3 g2 60. Kxh4 (60. Kg4 {does not improve anything} g1=Q+ 61. Kf5 h3 62. Ke5 h2 63. a4 Qg5+ 64. Kd6 h1=Q 65. Kc7 Qe7+ 66. Kb6 Qhb7+ 67. Ka5 Qec7#) 60... g1=Q ( 60... g1=Q 61. Kh5 Qg7 62. c3 Kf3 63. a4 Kf4 64. b4 Qg5#) 0-1

8 Jul 2015

Chess960 SP382

Chess960 SP382

I thought yesterday that I would have been able to continue posting some of my chess games today but it seems that time just flies too fast and other things took too long in order for me to do so. As chess960 has been a backup plan for me at times, I thought I would be at least able to post a game from a starting position I had not featured before which I luckily found before this day ended. Tomorrow should be more normal day for me but plans might change if something happens that disrupts the normal way of things. I might post a mix of chess and chess960 games tomorrow but I can't say it for certain at this time. The game below was a challenge from my opponent. This game showed once more that I should be more aware of the board from move one. I obviously was not even considering the fact that my opponent could threaten something after his first move. I guess I have played chess too much that when I play chess960, I try to play it too similarly and can't see threats that "normally" should not be possible. After two moves I was down a pawn and the exchange, so pretty much a resignable position but I thought to continue a few more moves. I did have some compensation for the material, my lead in development, but obviously it was not enough. Actually it was my opponent who offered the draw, mainly because he thought that the position is a bit stuck but I would have probably played on if I were him. I was happy to agree to a draw obviously in this friendly game against a good player whose rating at the moment might be lower than mine but that might change. I played an over the board blitz game against him today and lost. Well, I am not that good at blitz even though my national blitz rating is higher than my standard rating. I have added one mate in one, two mate in twos, one mate in three and one mate in six puzzle.

7 Jul 2015

A43 Benoni Defense: General

A43 Benoni Defense: General

Today I had to do something that I do not normally do, due to time restraints. I skipped a few games in my database in order to reach this game in time, so I could get a post done today. I did check the opening on those skipped games and as they did not offer anything new, I had to leave them for now. I will go through them eventually, maybe even tomorrow but today I just did not have enough time. The game below was played in the first round of the Maximum ! tournament that is held at Chess.com. I am currently on eight place and I have gathered 10,5 points. I have still six games left to play in round one and if I win all of them, I will finish third and that would mean that I would advance to the second round. Even though I do not look forward on advancing to the second round in this tournament, I will not lose on purpose just to avoid that. I have added two mate in ones, one mate in two, one mate in three and one mate in five. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: C44 King Pawn Game: Dresden Opening, C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation General, C10 French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense, A00 Hungarian Opening: General, A38 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Duchamp Variation and C78 Spanish Game: Morphy Defense 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O.

6 Jul 2015

B08 Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System Parma Defense

B08 Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System Parma Defense

The game I will share with you today was played in a team match called ♔ Chess Without Limits ♔ vs "MONIKA". It is played between Limitless Chess and "MONIKA" on 35 boards. I played on board 3 for Limitless Chess. I lost my other game against asahmd, so I did ok on board 3 against a higher rated opponent. The match is not yet decided but it is a close one. The current score is 34,5 - 32,5 in favor of Limitless Chess, so we need one more point to win the match. I have added one mate in one, two mate in twos, one mate in three and one mate in four puzzle today. I have also added two of my latest games from Red Hot Pawn and they can be found in my posts: D43 Semi-Slav Defense: General and C44 Scotch Game: General.

5 Jul 2015

C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line

C18 French Defense: Winawer Variation. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line

This was played in the second round of the French 2014 thematic tournament at Chess.com. The second round is still in progress and I have two games left to finish. I have only gathered two points so far and I am on fourth place in this five player group. If I were to win my remaining games, I could have chances to get to third place and that would enable me to continue my way to the third round. However, it is something that I would like to avoid. I am still in the process of reducing my game load, though it does momentarily increase from time to time due to tournaments going to the next round and some important team matches. In the game below I started to get in trouble after my move 15...Nh4, which apparently was a novelty and not a good one at that. After that the position started to get more and more difficult for me to play and I tried to fight on but to no avail. The group #2 is the group I am playing in and it will be won by NM Ejarov but who will be finishing second, third or fourth is still unclear. Lasker64 is on second place with four points and one game left to finish, albatros1 is on third place with two points and four games left to finish. I have added one mate in one, two mate in threes and two mate in five puzzles. I have also added one more analysed game to each of the following posts: A36 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Symmetrical Variation, D16 Slav Defense: Alapin Variation and D55 Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation. Normal Line.

Game number two. This game was played on the second round of the French 2014 tournament. The game below determined which one of the players in the game below advanced to the third round. Had I drawn this game, I would have tied albatros1 in points and both of us would have advanced to the third round. I played surprisingly well against my higher rated opponent and I was able to get 1.5 points out of the two games I played against albatros1. With this win I secured the third place in the final standings of group 2. I was also able to advance from round one only barely, I finished on third place in group 3 with a half a point difference to the player who finished fourth.

Game number three. This game was played on the third round of the French 2014 thematic tournament that is still in progress at Chess.com. I barely advanced from each round until it came to this round. I was finally eliminated from the tournament as I was on fourth place in the final standings of Group 2. I was only able to get half a point out of the six games that I played on this round. I was clearly the lowest rated player of the group, so not advancing to the final round was not really a surprise to me. On the first two rounds three players advanced from each group, but on this third round only two were able to advance to the next round. That meant that Lasker64, who came third was eliminated from the tournament just like I was. Lasker64 was able to get 3 points, half a point less than amir88 (2164), who finished second in the group.

I have to remember next time when I end up in the position after 7.Qg4 that I should play 7...O-O instead of 7...Qc7. I think it would be more of a position that I could handle, this Main Line is not at all something I would comfortably play. That being said, I remembered what to do up to my 9th move, from the 10th move onwards it was not that familiar territory for me. Apparently, I messed up with my 11th move and I should have gone for 11...Nbc6 instead. Luckily Lasker64's reply was not good either and I was able to get a decent position starting with 12...Ba6. I did lose a pawn, but Stockfish seems to think that the position is quite even up to the move 15...Rc8, which was a horrible move that lost the game for me because it loses the exchange by force. I tried to resist the inevitable, maybe even bit too long, but after 42.Bg5 I could not take this game any longer and resigned.

4 Jul 2015

C68 Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. King's Bishop Variation

C68 Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. King's Bishop Variation

This game is taken from a team match called CHOCOLATE II vs LATINO. The match is played on 58 boards and I am playing on board 4 for CHOCOLATE II. The winner of the match is clear even though not all games have finished because the score in the match is 49 - 63 in favor of Latino. There were quite many timeouts in this match unfortunately on both sides. My game load is still a bit too much, I have at the moment 152 games in progress and it will actually increase by a few games in the nearish future at least momentarily. In one of my games I encountered something silly awhile back. I offered a draw in a position where I had a pawn and a king and my opponent had only his king left and my opponent refused the draw!! The reason why I offered the draw was because I knew the position was completely drawn and nothing I could do would change that. My only hope to win that game would be if my opponent ran out of time. More importantly though, he can't win that position... Even if my time would run out, it would still be a draw because he does not have enough material to mate me. I send another draw offer few moves later but it might be that he does not accept that either... Well, the game will be drawn by force in a few moves anyway, so it does not matter all that much. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in three, one mate in seven and one mate in nine puzzle today. I have also added one more analysed game to these two posts: B92 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation Traditional Line and C03 French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. The latter game was against a National Master Ejarov who was rated 2301 at the time that game ended.

Game number two. This is the 22nd game in the 100 game match that these two players have engaged themselves in. With this win, I took a small step in this match towards tieing the score. The score now was 11.5 - 10.5 in Tomi's favor.

3 Jul 2015

C88 Spanish Game: Closed

C88 Spanish Game: Closed

The game below was played in a team match called Obsessive try again!! This is played between Obsessive Chess Disorder!! and CzechoSlovakia * ČeskoSlovensko. The match is played on 40 boards and I am playing on board 15 for Obsessive Chess Disorder!! The current score is 20,5 - 35,5 in favor of CzechoSlovakia * ČeskoSlovensko, so they are quite close of winning the match but it is not certain yet. This variation I found from Chess.com's Book Openings section. Now that I think of it, I may need to check some of my older posts if I need to transfer some games under this post as this opening variation did not show up in the source material I used only in the past to see what the openings were called. Well, when I see something in this blog that is not really correct, I correct it as soon as possible. You may also correct me if you see something that seems wrong to you and let me know in the comments, so that I can look into it and fix it if there is need to do so. I have added three mate in ones, one mate in three and one mate in five moves. I have also added one more analysed game to these two posts: C50 Italian Game: General and A20 English Opening: King's English Variation. General. Until tomorrow, my fellow chess enthusiasts!

Game number two. This was played in a team match called The Chess Headquarters vs Alexander Grischuk Chess Club. It is being played on 148 boards. I played on board 9 for The Chess Headquarters and I unfortunately lost both of my games and was not able to help the team with any points. The match is still in progress but the winner of the match is already known. The score in the match is currently 117 - 155 in favor of Alexander Grischuk Chess Club.

Game number three. This is the 48th rapid game in my journey towards the Arena International Master title and it was my 6th 15 minute game on December 12th. This was the third game in a row that I was able to win at the FIDE Online Arena. For the majority of this game I was facing problems which faded a bit on move 40 when probably the first time during this game I was on the better side of the position. It was the turning point that changed the outcome of the game.

Game number four. The game below was played in a team match called Limitless Chess vs Philippine Critical Movers. It consists of 33 boards and I played on board 7 for Limitless Chess. I drew both of my games against sdenzv. The current score in this match is 35 - 30 in favor of Limitless Chess and that means that our team will get the win as soon as all games have finished! Like most team matches, this one also featured timeouts and unfortunately closed accounts as well. We have lost seven games on time while Philippine Critical Movers has lost 19 games on time. There were no closed accounts on our side, but our opponent has 5 of those as well. One might think that the score should be more in our favor due to those timeouts and closed accounts, but it is not. In the remainder of the games that were not affected by those timeouts, Philippine Critical Movers played quite well to compensate the timeout losses, but it was quite not enough this time.

Game number five. With this win, I have now been able to win a game against three different International Masters!! The game below was played in a team match called OCD and the Realm Rematch! The match consists of 53 boards and it is played between ♞KNIGHTS of the REALM♞ and Obsessive Chess Disorder!! I played on board 10 for OCD and in addition to this win, I lost my other game against IM Hafez_Bakr. The score in the match at the time I type this is 44.5 - 55.5 in favor of Obsessive Chess Disorder!! We have secured the win, but there are still some games left to finish before the win is official.

Some inaccuracies I made starting from maybe 8...Na5 added up to a clear advantage for my opponent after the move 12...O-O. My opponent did not reply to my 12th move accurately and the position became even again. He should have played 13.b4 in order to keep White's advantage as clear. I had an opportunity to play 17...Nxd5 because Hafez_Bakr played 17.Nh4. After I made the move 17...Bf8, I noticed that I had missed that opportunity to play 17...Nxd5 and I was a bit disappointed in myself. Because I did not want to play my bishop back to e7 and threaten Nxd5 again, I played Qd8 with the same idea instead. My opponent played 19.Qf3, which I thought is a mistake during the game because I can now take on d5 with my knight and after exd5 take on h4 with my queen. As I am a player who appreciates material advantage over compensation usually, I thought I should be somewhat better after I was up a pawn. After 20...Qxh4, Hafez_Bakr played 21.Nf5, which would have given me a small advantage had I replied with Bxf5. However, I played after some consideration Qf6 even though I figured there might be some problems attached to it and immediately when I had made the move, I thought, oh no, I messed up a good game again because I saw Nxh6+, after which I might have resigned. Luckily for me, my opponent did not play that move, but instead let me off the hook by playing Be4. I replied with Bxf5 because I wanted to get rid of that dangerous knight. After Bxf5 I am slightly better, but in order to be clearly better I should have played Kh8 and not give up the bishop pair. Then my opponent played perhaps the most surprising move of the game, 23.Rae1, which is a huge blunder and not something that I would expect an IM to play. Admittedly, my opponent's rating is currently very low for an International Master and if he keeps making moves like 23.Rae1, it is no wonder why that rating is so low. I thought that Hafez_Bakr played the other game against me very well, so seeing these sort of mistakes from him is very strange to me. I was very happy to be up a piece and a pawn and knew that I should be able to get the full point, which I did get a few moves later.

2 Jul 2015

B92 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation Modern Line

B92 Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation. Opocensky Variation Modern Line

It is always nice to play against stronger players and see how well I do against them. I faced more 2000+ players in the past year than I faced in the 13 years that I played chess before that. Obviously the fact that I have increased my rating on different sites has helped me to play against opponents that are increasingly tougher. This does not apply to all my games as I do still have games against much lower rated players but the average rating of the opponents has increased at the same time my rating has gone up. This game was played in a team match called CHRISTMAS CRACKER. It is played between Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy and ♔GM Tiger Genov's chess school♔. I played on board one in this match for Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy and in addition to this loss I got a draw against arjunshenoyk. Actually my opponent offered a draw after his second move. Because the match was already decided by that point, I accepted the draw offer. The score in the match is 30,5 - 66,5 in favor of ♔GM Tiger Genov's chess school♔. If we had any chances to draw or win the match played on 49 boards at the point in time when my opponent offered the draw, I would not have accepted it. In fact, I would not have accepted it even if my game would have been against Magnus Carlsen. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, one mate in three, one mate in four and one mate in five exercise. I have also added one more analysed game to these two posts: A30 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General and D08 Queen's Gambit Refused: Albin Countergambit. Normal Line.

1 Jul 2015

D37 Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation

D37 Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation

This game was played in a team match called 15.12.2014 tmylmz84's friendly match series: TCP vs ACR. The match is played between TURK CHESS PLAYERS and ACROPOLIS on 59 boards. I am playing on board 6 for ACROPOLIS. The score in the match is at the moment I am typing this 51,5 - 64,5 in favor of ACROPOLIS which of course means that we are guaranteed winners of the match now and we only need to wait for the remaining games to finish to receive the win officially. When I ended up in this rook endgame with my opponent having the doubled pawns on the e-file, I thought that I could have some edge in it but it turned out much harder to take advantage of the doubled pawns than I initially thought. I think my opponent offered a draw a couple of times and eventually I had to accept because I saw no way to progress into a situation that could be winning for me. I have added one mate in one, one mate in two, two mate in threes and one mate in eight puzzle. I have also added one more analysed game to the following posts: A36 English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Symmetrical Variation, C20 English Opening: The Whale and A85 Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation.