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

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Just don't stand there, Sack something!

I am enjoying the How to Beat your Dad at Chess Book. Despite the title, it is a book that is appropriate for all ages over 10. It is a collection of tactics mostly of mating attacks on the castled king side and some on the uncastled king.

It is very much suitable to my style of play and thinking. Charge the castled King and let your opponent worry about defense. I think upon completing 7 circle of this little book I will become much stronger.

Here is a recent game against a 1780 playchess , I made most of these moves very naturally. I make 10 Bxe6 (see board )offering my Bishop for 3 pawns and making the king move with next to no calculation. It just felt like a good move. I see that I missed a free knight due to a pin earlier as well as some other miscues. Even with these warts, my having the initiative carried me through.

This is a fun way to play and I suggest that one should play in an attacking way that creates interesting postions even if it means playing a little over your head. Ratings be damn. 8)

Paste game into this viewer


Takchess (1592) -X (1785)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 a6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Bc4 Qc7 7.Qe2 e6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.h4 Nbd7 10.Bxe6 0–0 11.Bf5 Ne5 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.Rh3 Re8 14.Rg3 Bxf5 15.Nxf5 Ng6 16.h5 Nf4 17.Qg4 g5 18.Nd5 Qa5+ 19.c3 Nxd5 20.0–0–0 Nf4 21.Rxd6 Re6 22.Qxf4 Qxa2 23.Rxg5+ Bxg5 24.Qxg5+ Rg6 25.Ne7+ Kh8 26.Nxg6+ fxg6 27.hxg6 Qa1+ 28.Kc2 Qa4+ 29.Kd3 Qd1+ 30.Qd2 Qxd2+ 31.Kxd2 hxg6 32.Rxg6 Re8 33.Ke3 Kh7 34.Rg5 Kh6 35.f4 Rc8 36.g4 Rc4 37.Rh5+ Kg6 38.f5+ Kg7 39.g5 b5 40.f6+ Kg6 41.Rh6+ Kxg5 42.f7 Rc8 43.Rxa6 Rf8 44.Ra7 Kg6 45.Kd4 Rxf7 46.Rxf7 Kxf7 47.Kc5 Ke6 48.Kxb5 Ke5 49.Kc5 Kxe4 50.b4 Kd3 51.b5 Kxc3 52.b6 Kd3 53.b7 Ke4 54.b8Q Ke3 55.Qe5+ Kd3 56.Qd4+ Kc2 57.Kc4 Kc1 58.Kb3 Kb1 59.Qd1# (Lag: Av=0.30s, max=0.5s) 1–0
Wednesday -50 htbdc circle 3


  • At 11:15 AM, Blogger Tom Chivers said…

    I got to play a Bxb5+ thematic sacrifice in a Sicilian recently, against a higher rated player, who I then beat in about 20 moves. Even though I knew it made sense and had countless predecessors, I still felt incredibly nervous - probably especially since my team-mates were watching.

  • At 12:15 PM, Blogger takchess said…

    Interesting enough Fritz suggested something else though I don't understand why ? I am wondering if my fritz is set to calculate deep enough. Anyway it is all black magic to me.

    It looks very clear that my move is correct. I also missed a very straightforward backrank mate.

    Upon getting excited about a game I play I often find my self humbled
    (at least to my next brillancy)


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