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

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Fritz and Playchess

I play a few games on playchess.com everyday with the time controls of 20 minutes + 6 seconds per move. Fritz automatically saves this game in a my internet game file. Overnight, I analyze the games and check the box for opening analysis. My analyzed game now has 3 or 4 representative games that followed that line to a point and show where it diverged. The net result is that sometimes I am playing book moves 9-10 moves deep without alot of formal study. Last night I played a QGD Ragozin defence and one of the games was Capablanca Marshall draw which mirrored my game for 7 moves.
I am uncertain how it sellects games but on occasion it will match my game with some 1200 rated 10 year old. That must be a sign I am playing somewhat poorly............

Also reading the Euwe Biography by Munninghoff. Thank you interlibrary loan department!. I am enjoying it as I greatly admire the accomplishment of being world champion as an amatuer and learned a great deal from Chess Master vs Chess Amateur book.

I am also playing through some of the king gambit games from Bronstein 200 open game book. An interesting thing about the King gambit is there are so many variations on how to defend against it whether you accept it or decline it. Initially I found myself in trouble playing the black against it but am now having some success playing a variety of defenses while declining or accepting it. This is something I can see learning far deeper in the next year.

Giving up material for an attack where it the dividing line. Here is a game where I pushed the envelope a little

paste game into this viewer[[Black "Takchess"]
1. e4 {7} e5 {4} 2. Nc3 {6} Nc6 {15} 3. Bc4 {8} Nf6 {12} 4. d3 {3} Bc5 {13} 5.
Nge2 {3} d6 {7} 6. O-O {7} Bg4 {14} 7. Kh1 {5} Qd7 {7} 8. Qe1 {2} h5 {13} 9.
Bg5 {11} O-O-O {14} 10. Nd5 {4} Rde8 {11} 11. Bxf6 {8} Reg8 {39} 12. Bg5 {26}
f6 {4} 13. Be3 {9} f5 {10} 14. Bxc5 {10} g5 {6} 15. Nf6 {5} Qg7 {20} 16. Nxg8 {
7} f4 {21} 17. h3 {25} Bf3 {10} 18. gxf3 {4} g4 {2} 19. Rg1 {1} dxc5 {41} 20.
fxg4 {10} hxg4 {7} 21. Rxg4 {1} Qxg4 {17} 22. Ng1 {30} f3 {15} 23. Qe3 {13}
Qg2# {(Lag: Av=0.29s, max=0.6s) 4} 0-1

Of course white misplayed 23 should be queen Qf1 and white most likely wins. Fritz likes 21...RXh3 and a series of trades equalizes the game.


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