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, February 15, 2007

Learning through past games

I have 2700 games I played on playchess.com in a pgn file. (many of these are duplicates) I am slowly reviewing my games with the designation c50-c59. These are all Giucos, 2 Knights, Traxlers all filled with examples of Man's inhumanity to Man ...Pins, Forks, Skewers, Missed Opportunities, Horrid Endgame and Minatures. It is quite instructive.

When I see a position where I am uncertain how I should proceed. I search for that position through out my other games then I search the million plus master database in Fritz to see what should be done.

Consider the following sequence:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.0–0

White has started down the agressive path with play 4.Ng5 against the 2 Knights when met with the sharp Bc5, he bailed out on his plan by castling seeking king safety. This is not a horrible move but inconsistant with playing the original Ng5. It's as if white didn't account for someone playing the Traxler and running scared. This is a good decision for someone unfamilar with the Traxler lines.

The funny thing in my games I have seen this position around 10 times. In the entire chessbase database which comes with Fritz, there is only 15 times out of a million games.
When I looked on Chessgames.com I only came up with this one.


This is a sign that some position are so bad that they very rarely come up in Master play.

I also came upon a number of games where 5.d3 is played. Another cautious move of which chessgames.com had only 3 examples. I have over dozen in my personal game database.


More to follow on this........
not alot of tactics this week.
I plan to spend some time this weekend on them.


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