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by Alan
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

In that other Rapid game, a few moves before winning the Queen I actually had another sneaky tactic available. On move 9 I could have left my Knight apparently undefended and played 9. Re1. If my opponent then played 9. ...Qxe5 I would have 10. Bb5+ with a discovered attack on their Queen, effective...
by Alan
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

I had a pretty good advantage out of the opening in this Rapid 15+10 game, but panicked on move 14. DmitriyKiev1 position 1.png My Queen and Rook were forked! According to the engine I'm actually in excellent shape and have a large advantage. The most straightforward thing to do would have been to ...
by Alan
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

I won my most recent Rapid game . My opponent played the Scandinavian Defense , replying to 1. e4 with 1. ...d5. The point of this opening is to interfere with White's plan to establish a strong center, but by bringing the Queen out so early (after 2. exd5 Qxd5) the Queen is forced to retreat after ...
by Alan
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

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by Alan
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

In this Daily game I was put under heavy pressure in the opening. I play the King's Indian Defense against 1. d4 as Black, but this game transposed into what is apparently called the Pirc Defense - Austrian Attack . The Pirc is actually an 1. e4 defense that leads to a similar set up to the King's I...
by Alan
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

I had a pretty good advantage out of the opening in this Rapid 15+10 game, but panicked on move 14. DmitriyKiev1 position 1.png My Queen and Rook were forked! According to the engine I'm actually in excellent shape and have a large advantage. The most straightforward thing to do would have been to j...
by Alan
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

Spent some time playing Blitz and one Rapid game today. I think I need to play more time control game and do “Blitz tactics” on Chess Tempo because my brain freezes up when I need to come up with a move under time pressure.
by Alan
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

I actually missed forced Mate in 2 on move 22 (22. exf7 Kxf7 23. Qg7#), and instead played 22. Ng5 which was instead forced Mate in 4 :lol: Having my Knight on g5 seemed good to me but was totally unnecessary. Luckily there was no significant counter-play but moves like that against stronger opponen...
by Alan
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

And finally, I played my best game . Troubadour15.gif Move 8 gave me a nice tactic to win a pawn: Troubadour15 position 1.png Their d5 pawn is defended twice (e6 pawn and the Queen) while I am attacking it twice (c4 pawn and c3 Knight), but the e6 pawn is overloaded, defending both the d5 pawn and t...
by Alan
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

I also had my first draw . There was a huge opportunity I missed on move 19. Mihalyic position.png I got tunnel vision, worrying too much about his advanced g pawn and did not look for counterplay. 19. Rf6 would have set up a more or less unstoppable attack for me. Instead I found myself under attac...
by Alan
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

After a huge series of trades we went into a pretty even endgame. With accurate play it would have ended in a draw, but I blundered on move 47 by trading off my Bishop for their Knight, which allowed a passed pawn. I couldn't see how to hold both sides of the board at that point and resigned. I prob...
by Alan
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

I lost my first daily game after winning my first 5. My opponent was clearly a pretty strong player; they created their account on 8/9 and as of today have won their first 35 daily games in a row. I played them pretty evenly actually. Here I missed an opportunity to gain a positional advantage: Tale...
by Alan
Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

I won my second daily game as White; my opponent chose what is apparently called Alekhine's Defense . Despite not having seen it before I tried to stick to standard opening principles which led me to a pretty strong position. It helped that my opponent (despite picking this opening) apparently devia...
by Alan
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

Finished my first Daily (Correspondence) game. I won with Black, playing the Sicilian. It was a pretty tight game until my opponent failed to notice that 17. ...e4 had two purposes: 1) defending the Rook on d3 but also 2) unveiling a discovered attack by my g7 Bishop on his a1 Rook. On move 20, when...
by Alan
Mon Aug 10, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

I decided to try my hand at some games against real people instead of the engine. It's been a while since I've played a live game. There are a bunch of different time controls. Classical chess is 90 minutes for each player for the first 40 moves, then you both get an additional 30 minutes after that...
by Alan
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

Step 3: Evaluate possible moves My Queen and Bishop are positioned to attack the King, Queen, or take away escape squares. CT diagonals.png And what about Qxc3, which was my initial instinct? Unfortunately, the first move I thought of doesn’t pan out. With each move you make, you need to think of t...
by Alan
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

I think it was probably not quite correct to say that I was approaching puzzles in the wrong way before. I think you probably need to do a bunch of puzzles in whatever way you can do them to start building your pattern recognition before you can take a more methodical approach to them. I think it's ...
by Alan
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

And before playing the first move, you also have to realize a couple things: 1. Your king is in check, so your first move has to bring you out of check. 2. The obvious move is to take White's Queen with yours, but you should also look at what would happen in other lines before realizing that the obv...
by Alan
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

Here's a good illustration of some of the points above: https://chesstempo.com/chess-tactics/77505 chess tempo example.jpg With Black to move, there is an obvious line that wins a Pawn and a Rook for a Bishop (along with a Queen trade), with: 1. ...Qxf3 2. gxf3 Bxf1 If all that mattered was to make ...
by Alan
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Games
Topic: Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 718

Re: Chess

We would probably still have a good game. I still make plenty of blunders in actual games. For puzzle improvement I found that it was important to change my mental approach. Up until my previous update the way I approached puzzles was to look for a theme (like a pin, skewer, or fork), and if I didn'...