Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Monday, October 24, 2005

Conspiracy Theory

I am wondering if my sudden run from 1450 to 1620's is due in part to the introduction of Fritz 9. All of a sudden there is a influx of new players that
start out with an introductory (and artifically high)rating of 1500. hmmm. It was a
fun run !

Water and my chess play will seek it's own level. I have since been fluctuating between 1550 and 1600 .

Yes I am still doing some tactic work . Doing my 5x5 flashcards will return soon to level 3 Ct-art.

Also does anyone have recommendations on a good book on Gambits?


  • At 5:22 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    A book that gave me 5 good openingsidea's was 101 chess opening surprises from Graham Burgess. Not very deep, 1-2 pages per idea, but a very good selection, and very surprising for your opponents. Idea's are rated on surprise value and solidity on a scale from 1 to 5.
    I used it to fix the holes in my repertoire.

  • At 6:04 AM, Blogger phorku said…

    I have these:
    Gambit Openings Repertoire For Black (Essential Opening Repertoire Series)-Schiller

    Gambit Opening Repertoire For White (Essential Opening Repertoire Series) by Eric Schiller (Paperback)-Schiller

    They get a lot of bad reviews that you can read on Amazon.com. I thought they were ok though. I am a bad memorizer and don't care if every variation is evaluated. I was just looking for some playable gambits and the basic ideas behind them.

    I also have How to Play the Goring Gambit-Schiller. I found this gambit to be completely unplayable against anyone who was careful and rated 1500 or above (FICS).

    I also have Danish Dynamite that I could not get into and sits unread in my box of chess books.

    The only gambit opening I play now is the Scandinavian/Icelandic gambits for black which I like a lot. I like the Halasz Gambit vs the Sicilian for white but I have not played it for a long time.

    Perhaps I will study some again when I am done with my tactical studies. I switched to a non-gambit opening for white since you already have the initiative and the better players would trade down and punish me in the endgame.

  • At 7:33 AM, Blogger Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said…

    I have both of Schiller's books that phorku mentioned. Indeed, Schiller gets panned in reviews but quite frankly I thought it was a good start. I have not adopted all of his ideas. For Black I've taken the Scandinavian against e4. My d4 gambit as black is still in the works. I messed around with the Goring, but like Phorku, I found it a weak.

    So for white I've adopted the Kings Gambit and the Smith Morra. I found a nice ebook on the Smith-Morra that I use My knowledge of the Scandinavian as Black already helps me as white if my opponent plays 1....d5

    I use Book Up express, an opening trainer. I've found it really useful for getting basic lines down. As I go through the opening book, I enter the moves in the book up program and then I can quiz myself. When I know an opponent plays 1.e4, I'll fire up Bookup and practice my Scandinavian. I think it's pretty effective.


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