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, May 29, 2006

play against a better player

It is always nice to watch a craftsman at work. This fellow rated 1950 on playchess without wasted effort beat me in three games. Often times players rated this high will only give me one rated game(if any)then move on. I am pleased we played three times.

Paste games into this link

This Vienna game I mechanically made a unsound bishop sac without calculating.

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Bc5 4. Nc3 d6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 Bxf2+ 7. Bxf2 Bg4 8.
Nf3 Qd7 9. O-O Nc6 10. a3 O-O-O 11. Nd5 Nd4 12. Bxd4 exd4 13. Nxf6 gxf6 14. Qd2
Rhg8 15. Qxh6 Rh8 16. Qxf6 Rdf8 17. Nxd4 Be6 18. Bxe6 Qxe6 19. Nxe6 fxe6 20.
Qxe6+ 1-0

This game he caught me in the Siberian trap in the Smith-Mora.

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 dxc3 4. Nxc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 e6 6. Bc4 Qc7 7. O-O Nf6 8.
Qe2 Ng4 9. a3 Nd4 10. g3 Nxe2+ 11. Bxe2 Bc5 12. Bf4 Qb6 13. Nd1 d5 14. exd5
exd5 15. Rc1 a5 16. h3 Nf6 17. Nc3 Bd7 18. a4 Bxh3 19. Rfe1 Bxf2+ 20. Kh2 Bxe1
21. Rxe1 Be6 22. Nb5 Qf2+ 23. Kh1 O-O 24. Nbd4 Bg4 25. b3 Rfe8 0-1

Another Vienna and some poor play

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Bc5 3. Nf3 d6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. f4 O-O 8.
Be2 Re8 9. O-O a6 10. a3 b5 11. b4 Ba7 12. Kh1 Bb7 13. Bf3 c5 14. Nf5 Re6 15.
Nxd6 cxb4 16. Nxb7 Qb6 17. axb4 Qxb7 18. e5 Qb6 19. Bxa8 Nxe5 20. fxe5 Rxe5 21.
Bxf6 gxf6 22. Qd7 Qe3 1-0

Play like this is reinforces that I need some more tactical study before my tourney.


  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger The Christopher said…

    What time control were these games at? Which games were you white?

    What was the goal of the sac in the first game?

  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger takchess said…

    What time control were these games at? 20 + 6 on internet

    Which games were you white? the second one.

    What was the goal of the sac in the first game? I misunderstood the position and analyzed it for before the bishop had moved.

    ...bishop X pawn +,
    kXp, knight move +
    take bishop with queen.

    It was no longer there when I did it so it was a big error I was confused.

  • At 6:31 PM, Blogger DreadPirateJosh said…

    Takchess, that's a great trick but it was never there because the opp's queen controlled g4 (the square where your knight would go for check to discover attack on the Bishop,
    Bxf2+ Kxf2
    Ng4+ and he can take the N with his Q which protects his Bishop)...
    I've done that quite a bit, try to play something I assume is there because I've done it before only to not double check it and I lose a piece.


  • At 4:18 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    Josh,All I can say is it must of been a brain cramp.8) I play bishops pointing at f7 at least 80% of my games as white and mostly make good decisions around it. I want to take a look at 100 of my games at random in my database at random and count how many times I sac a bishop. It would be interesting for me to know.


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