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

Friday, December 22, 2006

Of Cabbages and Kings

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

It Christmas time in Boston, a crazy end of the year time for me being in IT Sales,
I have Dice-K Fever, in a week I turn 50.

I am just in the mood to jabber a little bit about everything and nothing. This is the book on tape I just finished this which is very good. I am enjoying this Cd and really enjoyed this movie

Enjoying reading my fellow knights bloggs and am amazed at the proliferation of American pop culture: Nezha with wrestling and basketball , Fiberas with Sin City,
Samurai Pawn with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (or is that Italian Pop Culture? ).
As for me I consume far less of this culture than I used to as the Home and Garden network is on 24-7 in our house...Lord, please help me before I am completely emasculated............ Fortunately, when it is on I just go into another room and read chess books, do problems or play at playchess.com.

I plan to update this post during the next few days as the spirit hits me and time allows.

My defense play as black appears to be getting somewhat better. (I am hesitant to talk too loudly or proudly). There is a commonality in my defense where I find myself playing Nf6,Be7,0-0 against a lot of lines . Nothing flashy but it tends to work. This is part of the rue defenses I play as well as where I go in the two knights where I cannot get a traxler going.

It seems to be that one of the best defensive moves I see in the open games is black playing d5 at the appropriate time. Like in the Marshall counterattack, in the two knights. Sometimes it is giving back a pawn,opening lines, creating an opportunity where one can can blockade, In Fines book the idea behind the chess openings, he says that black reaches equality when he can play d5 without negative repercussions. That I have to admit happens in the French and the Caro.

I am working on my defense against the King Gambit. A factor for my great respect for the KG power is my poor play against it as black. I find myself playing moves that are parts of one defense such as bg7 than an incorrect move nf6 which is correct in the Berlin defense but not not played with Bg7. Researching in my kg books is helping. I always accept the gambit and play 3. g5. For me it is an interesting game.

Here are two games I played earlier today.The game as white not too bad except for the blunder,the game as black I might of had something more than a draw but found both to be very sharp games.(fritz confirmed I had a clear win)

paste games here
[White "Takchess"]
[Black "Balduin Bienlein"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1568"]
[BlackElo "1644"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3.
Nf3 d6 4. d4 g5 5. h4 g4 6. Ng1 f3 7. gxf3 gxf3 8. Nxf3 Bg4 9. Nc3 Be7 10. Bg5
Nc6 11. a3 Bxf3 12. Qxf3 Nxd4 13. Qd3 Ne6 14. O-O-O Bxg5+ 15. hxg5 Qxg5+ 16.
Kb1 O-O-O 17. Nb5 a6 18. Nd4 Nxd4 19. Qxd4 Ne7 20. Qa7 Nc6 21. Bh3+ f5 22. Qf2
Kb8 23. Bxf5 h5 24. Rhg1 Qh6 25. Rg6 Qf8 26. e5 Nxe5 27. Be4 Qxf2 0-1

[White "Balduin Bienlein"]
[Black "Takchess"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5
4. Bc4 Bg7 5. O-O h6 6. d4 d6 7. c3 Be6 8. d5 Bg4 9. Be2 Nd7 10. h3 h5 11. Nh2
Bxe2 12. Qxe2 Be5 13. Nd2 Qe7 14. Nhf3 O-O-O 15. Nc4 g4 16. Nfxe5 dxe5 17. hxg4
hxg4 18. d6 Qh4 19. Bxf4 g3 20. Bxg3 Qxg3 21. dxc7 Rf8 22. Nd6+ Kxc7 23. Nf5
Qh2+ 24. Kf2 Ngf6 25. Qc4+ Kb8 26. Rh1 Qxh1 27. Rxh1 Rxh1 28. Ne7 Rc1 29. b4
Nb6 30. Qd3 Nc8 31. Nxc8 Rxc8 32. Qd6+ Ka8 33. Qxf6 Rc2+ 34. Kf3 R8xc3+ 35. Kg4
Rxg2+ 36. Kh4 Rh2+ 37. Kg4 Rg2+ 38. Kh4 Rh2+ 39. Kg4 Rg2+ 1/2-1/2

I did get Fritz 10. I get the new version every year since it comes with a one year subscription to playchess.com. The biggest difference is that it analyzes the games much faster than 9. I can fully analyze 7-8 games over night where I would only get 2 or 3 earlier. Cosmetically nothing is jumping out at me in terms of other improvements yet.

I also fired up chess tactics for beginners. I like the interface for these type of quick problems and I love doing them quickly. I did not like using fritz as much on the polgar mate in one problems in the database that j'adoube pointed us to.

I am playing the smith-mora a little again as well as the grand prix. A strong sicilian player is tough to beat.


  • At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a tendency to quote from American movies (although I am Dutch), but have a broad interest besides 'pop culture'. Just wondering: is the poetry from one of the works from Lewis Carroll?

  • At 3:54 PM, Blogger takchess said…

    yes it is. See below. I have special connection to this poem and this illustration which is the same as my mother read to me as a child. The illustrator maybe Teniel.


    I am sure you have broad interests as do most of the other Knights. It seems to me that that pop culture flows more from the US to Europe rather from Europe to the US. (which I think would be interesting ).

    My interests are not very broad at the moment mainly consumed by chess.


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