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

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Chess Lives on

There are a lot of things about chess that interest me and some aspects of it stand out as being very special. One is how a chess game lives on chess fans think about the analysis of Greco and discuss the games of Morphy and Anderssen from the 1850's. A book was just written where discussion of the immortal game plays a big part.

The idea as to how a chess game lives on has very few parallels that I can think of in sports or other areas where people discuss the strategy and play and still learn from them. The few things I can think of remotely close to this is art or study of battles such as Gettysburg.

I am a big fan of chess books and have often trade piles of books on other subjects to obtain them. Today I traded a number of boxes of books for 7 chess books at a used book store. The Gambit by Yudovich a Russian chess master. Chess fundamentals by Capablanca, A book on the two knight defense, principles of the new chess by pandolfini, Chess Middlegame essentials by Averbach (!) and Pachman Attack and Defense in Modern Chess Tactics (!).

I was especially pleased to get a book from 1951 Chess Secrets I learned from the the Masters by Edward Lasker. Edward was a cousin of Emmmanuel Lasker the world champion and a good player in his own right . He also was a big factor in the introduction of the game of GO to the west. There are some games of Capablanca and dozen of others as well as alot of stories. On the front cover plate is the old owners name Oliver J Deckert June 1952.This book looks well used so I picture him playing through the games. So as I read this book and play through the games: This book, the games and these masters live on. (note the painting is of Emmanuel Lasker)

Also in the spirit of Tempos recent Grand Prix Attack posting, here is one I played a few minutes ago.

[White "Takchess"]
[Black "bnyahs"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B23"]
[WhiteElo "1451"]
[BlackElo "1797"]

1. e4 {5} c5 {1} 2. Nc3 {4} e6 {4} 3. f4 {17} Nc6 {6} 4. Nf3 {5} d6 {6} 5. Bc4
{6} Nf6 {19} 6. O-O {21} d5 {4} 7. exd5 {20} exd5 {10} 8. Bb3 {10} Be7 {13} 9.
d3 {27} O-O {6} 10. Ng5 {32} d4 {43} 11. Nce4 {14} h6 {18} 12. Rf3 {50} Bg4 {8}
13. Qf1 {30} hxg5 {12} 14. Nxg5 {10} Bxf3 {18} 15. Qxf3 {7} Ne8 {24} 16. Qh5 {
11} Bxg5 {3} 17. fxg5 {5} Ne5 {28} 18. g6 {38} Qf6 {80} 19. Qh7# {
(Lag: Av=1.69s, max=11.8s) 5} 1-0

paste game into this viewer
monday l30 c2 449
tues 474


  • At 1:14 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    The paste and copy to the viewer you suggest doesn't work. It does 1. d4 in stead of 1. e4. Maybe J'adoube has sabotated it?:)

    I copied it to Arena, which gives no problem. Man, you play really wild! I'm impressed.

  • At 4:02 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    This game was not a monument to sound play on either of our parts 8)

  • At 3:22 PM, Blogger transformation said…

    dear jim, nice to see you still passionate and dedicated to chess learning--as always here.

    ive had a note all week poping up on my MSFT Outlook to write you, that i had to keep moving forward, but once a month i am required to work 10 of 11 days straight, and today is day 7... and my one single day off, if you will...

    as i told GM Seirawan in a note yesterday telling him i recieved his recent emails, but was too tired to give his big email on world "Peak Oil" any due and would write as soon as i possibly could, and he replied saying how sleep was very important, and i slept 12.5 hours last night. i also told him days before that it was the first time, wednesday i think it was, that i had not done a tactic that day for the first time in months, and similarly last night...

    in your post "Pattern Recognition vs Pattern Association" from Tue 10 Oct 06, we had some discussion about CT-Art 3.0 and i wanted to humbly respond if i could, please. i have not had much success posting replied embedded within old posts that got feedback, so very much hope that you do not mind my continuing the thread here, please:

    you mention a fairly rapid or at least not slow rate of processing each exercise at CTA for the first circle. while CTS has a clock which figures quite significantly into the experience if not in its near entirety, at CTA of course, no penalties are given for slowness or 'just staring at the position'.

    i strongly feel that what is important, especially in the first or maybe even second circle, especially among those of us with good memories (my memory, i admit is pretty good, not to brag but as fact, so affects my approach), we need to do the set as an experience rather than as an accomplishment.

    that is to say, stare at the board and force ourselves to have the EXPERIENCE of going through the effort to sort out the variations, rather than throw our hands up and say, "i cannot figure it out". we of course being serious chess students never quite do THAT, but we do hit an edge of DISCOMFORT that we tend to back off from, for if we did NOT, we would be more advanced chess players.

    for when we approach CTA the second and third time, if that, when will we ever again have the chance to discover these things, if we just "click" and say, "i don't know"?

    if a person has a good memory, then they will remember many of these odd or unforseen constructs rather than *K N O W* them or find them, and this is not chess thinking but the much discussed situation of pattern recognition.

    i dont want to recognize the pattern! of course, i dont mean this literally. but i want to calculate it! for when and if a similar position were to arrise in the future, i might not recognize it. i want to be able to calculate it, the entire point.

    now you know jim, that i know that there must be recognition, too. but in these early stages, i say we slow down and think, knowing we have circles 5 or 6 or 7 to remember rather than to see.

    i say let us have the experience of calculation rather than to remember the result.

    warmest regards, dk

  • At 4:22 PM, Blogger takchess said…

    Thanks trans for the comment. I too find it easier to recieve comments on more recent bloggs so it is more easily seen. I do believe there is benefit in calculation and that part of patttern recognition is built from this process. It was very important for me to get through the first circle of all the levels quickly not for the learning per se but more psychologically to build momentum. At point I wondered if trying to solve a problem quickly might have a positive effect on recognition. I now feel that haste make waste and there is a benefit to seeing the structure and having an understanding of the coordination of the pieces. I have the book which ct art is based on combination motifs and at times look at that as well. This lumps every thing by theme not levels of difficulites. So you see the evolution of different types of "opposition problems" of increasing difficulties. I am also tempted to play more online chess since I am feeling tactically stronger. I had a Kings Gambit against a 1900 player and an 1800 player where I learned some lessons. I held my own for a while in the opening but lost it in the middlegame and endgame. The thing I need to remember is to continue tactical training as it is the only thing that best works for me.
    Trans do you play online ?


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