Sunday, October 30, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
First tournament -November 12
Monday, October 24, 2005
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?
Thursday, October 20, 2005
I seem to be channeling Morphy during the past few days. at least Morphy at age 9 anyway 8).Played through a number of pre 1900 games and seems to have helped me. Of the last eleven games I am 8-2-1 mostly against higher rated players. I had started playing the Traxler Gambit and makes for exciting play.Some interesting king hunts and mating nets.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
How do you think Morphy would do with ct-art ? 8)
14 l30 57%
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Current tactical training
I have also been reading a chess tactic book by Littlewood. This is a nice little book. I may post some positions from this book in a later blog.
Last night I went through the first game of Reti's Master of the Chessboard. I read through the anotations,played on the board as well as did the interactive thing. I played the winning side trying to guess the next move. This I find helpful.
Friday, October 07, 2005
Why I like the Giuoco (a Dan Heisman Game)
This I have to remember.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Occurrence of Mating Patterns
I think the opportunities to play them are more available than I realize. By studying them, being able to recognize the pattern,actively looking for them, creating the conditions, I greatly improve the chance of me being able to play them. One of my goals in tactical training is reach a level of play where I will quickly see the pattern within the position: the skeleton of a mate and reduce the position to it and win.
I saw a positive effect of my tactical training while playing the other day. I quickly saw the pattern for the classic smothered mate and played it to win. The conditions for smother mates occur frequently as all one needs is an attacking Knight and Queen and your opponents King behind a wall of pawns(normally).Often times the defender is trying to protected themselves from other frontal mate threats and the attack focus shifts to boxing in the king and placing the knight in a final mating position.
Example of a classic smothered mate
collection of smothered mates games