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

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

another wild king hunt

1. e4 {0} e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5.
Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6. Kxf2 Nxe4+ 7. Ke3 Qh4 8. Nxh8 Qf4+ 9. Ke2 Nd4+ 10. Kd3 Nf2+ 11.
Kc3 Nxd1+ 12. Rxd1 d5 13. Rf1 Ne2+ 14. Kb3 Qxc4+ 15. Ka3 b5 16. b3 b4+ 17. Kb2
Qd4+ 18. c3 bxc3+ 19. dxc3 Qe4 20. Nd2 Qd3 21. Re1 Qxc3+ 22. Ka3 Qxa1 23. Rxe2
Qxc1+ 24. Kb4 Rb8+ 25. Ka4 Bd7+ 26. Ka5 Qa3# 0-1

another king hunt from the traxler. I'm playing black. Cut and paste into the viewer below. unsure how technically sound the Traxler is but it is fun to play!


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Circle 1 Wollum book

Day 1 circle 1 of Wollum's book. first 15 pages about 90 problems.

Wollum's book is a book of beginners problems simalar in format to Bain's book.Will do this book while on my treadmill. I am also revisiting Ct-Arts earlier levels to get back into tactical fighting shape.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Bought Fritz 9

My Fritz 8 was having some corruption problems and my one year subscription to playchess.com was ending so I decided to get an early Christmas present of Fritz 9. (Fritz 9 comes with a one year subscription to playchess.)

I am pleased I did it because I want to analyse games again however I don't think it has much functionality improvements over Fritz 8. I understand the engine is better in taking account pawn structure and understanding attacking positions but that is not a feature that is easily noticed/

One thing it has is some talking features where it says some funny things in varied accents as you play it which I find fun. After time it may become annoying ....

As to the training that's included it seems besides the basic course to be the first 10 minutes of a number of their training DVD. More of a marketing push than something of value. There is however a basics of Chess tutorial that some would find of value.

The booklet that came with it I found helpful and reasonably good documentation on the working of Fritz. There seems to be a merge game feature this version where two games can be merged as one . I think this sounds interesting to explore once I have some time to devote to it.

I wish the database that came with in contained more classic games. Less than a dozen Morphy Games. With over a million game in the Database, I would hope that there would be every Morphy game would be there. I suppose that would take away some of the sales of their CB9 product.

As part of my studies, I have decided to annotate the games in Reti's Masters of the Chessboard. The ones which aren't in Fritz, I have found I can grab the Pgn off the database on www.chessbase.com and import it.

I plan to return soon to Ct-art as I have been slacking on my daily tactical training.......

Friday, November 18, 2005

finding my way with the Traxler Attack

I must move my Queen to H4
I must move my Queen to H4
I must move my Queen to H4
I must move my Queen to H4........

Here's my recent game and how fritz would of played it at the turning point...Blacks move I am playing black.

Paste game into this viewer

C57: Two Knights: Wilkes-Barre/Traxler and 4 Ng5 d5 5 exd5, unusual Black 5th moves 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Kxf2 Nxe4+ 7.Ke2 Nd4+ 8.Ke3 Qh4 9.Qf1 Nxc2+ 10.Kd3 Nb4+ 11.Ke3 d5 12.Bb5+ Ke7 13.Nxe5 Qg5+ 14.Qf4 Nc2+ 15.Kd3 Qxf4 16.Kxc2 Qxe5 17.Re1 Kf7 18.Nc3 Qxh2 19.Rf1+ Nf6 20.Nxd5 Rd8 21.Nxf6 gxf6 22.d3 Be6

Here is what actually happened when I played the wrong move on 8

Paste game into this viewer

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Kxf2 Nxe4+ 7.Ke2 Nd4+ 8.Ke3 Nxc2+ 9.Qxc2 Qf6 10.Qxe4 Rf8 11.Rf1 Qb6+ 12.Kd3 d5 13.Qxe5+ Kd7 14.Qxd5+ Ke8 15.Qd8# 1–0

Sunday, November 13, 2005

It was fun

Any day one can devote the whole day to chess is a good day! I left my first tournament playing in the unrated/under 1200 with one win, one draw, and two losses.
I made some early simple tactical errors in my losses. first game I fell victim to a Knight fork. I protected against a Knight fork on one square that I saw while overlooking a fork from another square. The other was an sacrifice gone wrong: In a post game review with my opponent, we saw that I could of come out of it with a rook and a pawn for a knight and a pawn. Live and learn.

I've discovered that I will never own an analog chess clock.tick tick tick. I felt like I was in a 1930's Alfred Hitchcock movie. I also found it dificult to record moves and had to rely on my opponent scoresheets for the game. I felt the games were not as well played as a typical game at the chess club, at work during lunch or on the net.

My best played game was the draw which I have posted below.

Event NH State Tournament ]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round 3]
[White Jim Takchess]
[Black Don ]
[Result draw ]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 g6 7. Bg5 Bg7 8. Qd2
O-O 9. O-O-O Bd7 10. Rhe1 Qc8 11. h3 Re8 12. Qd3 Nc6 13. Nxc6 Bxc6 14. Bxf6 Bxf6
15. Bd5 Be5 16. Kb1 Bd7 17. g4 c6 18. Bb3 b5 19. f4 Bxf4 20. Rf1 g5
21. Rxf4 gxf4 22. Qxd6 Be6 23. Bxe6 fxe6 24. Qxf4 Rf8 25.Qg5+ Kh8 26. Qe5+ Kg8
27. Qg5+ Kh8 28. Qe5+ Kg8 29. Qg5+ Kf7 30. Rf1+ Ke8 31. Qh5+ Kd7 32. Qxh7+ Kd6 33. e5+ Kc5 34. Qe7+ Kb6 35. Na4+ bxa4 36. Qb4+ Ka7 37. Qc5+ Kb7 38. Qb4+ Kc7 39. Qd6+ Kb7 40. Qb4+ Kc7 41. Qd6+))*

paste into this pgn viewer

Friday, November 11, 2005

First Tournament Tomorrow (Saturday)

First Tournament Tomorrow . 4 game Swiss . I will post at least one of my games.
I am either playing under 1200 or 1200-1400. unsure as to which.

Looking forward to it!
Jim Takchess

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

good research link on openings

gambitfan games collections

Strong Examples of various openings and representative games. Please be reverent of the large amount of work that Gambitfan put into this !

also good resources for traxler gambit

Rollerblader traxler link

rollerblader other traxler link

flashcards set 4


flashcards set 3


flashcard set 2

white to move . Answers?

Monday, November 07, 2005

flashcards (set 1)

I have been doing flashcards of the 5X5 positions from blokh's book (the author of Ct-art). I have lost the answer keys to a bunch of them and I'm having trouble solving some. During the next few days I will be posting them on the website to see what you might think the answer is. In each case white is to move.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Traxler Counterattack

I've become interested in open games positions where one deliberately ignores attacks to pursue a mating net. Muzio Gambit, Legal Mate , Traxler Counter-attack.
I especially like the Traxler the game is often decided under 20 moves. I am working on the finer nuances of this having lost a few games trying to get it right. The sequence 7..d5 8...Nd4 then .....Bg4 threatening the queen is a strong string of moves.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Nxf7 Qe7 6. Nxh8 Bxf2+ 7. Kf1 d5 8.exd5 Nd4 9. d6 cxd6 10. c3 Bg4 11. Qa4+ Kf8 12. cxd4 Bxd4 13. Nc3 Nh5 14. Nd5 Qg5 15. d3 Qf5+ 16. Ke1 Qf2# *

Cut and paste the Pgn above in to the viewer link below to see a traxler counter attack I played as black.